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A former Met Commissioner says he's "disappointed" there'll be no trial
for the murder of PC Yvonne Fletcher.
He believes the public deserve an explanation.
I don't know what the reasons but I have to say the public I think will
be disappointed if they're not giving reasons this individual isn't
prosecuted. Also tonight, As the Liberal
Democrats launch their manifesto with a second referendum
on the Brexit deal. Should European workers get special
London visas after Brexit? A woman who has terminal cancer,
tells us how she felt discriminated We catch up with the latest actors
to transform themselves into the Addams Family,
for a new musical production. Welcome to BBC London News,
with me Riz Lateef. PC Yvonne Fletcher was just 25 years
old when she was shot dead during a protest outside
the Libyan Embassy more Despite many investigations,
no one has ever been convicted for her murder,
and yesterday Scotland Yard said a key suspect had been released
and wouldn't be charged. Today, a former Met Commissioner has
told the BBC he's disappointed by the decision and says the public
deserves an explanation. Here's our home affairs
correspondent Nick Beake. A scramble for cover as shots ring
out in Central London. A 25 euros police officer, Yvonne Fletcher, is
hit by the folly of bullets. Scotland Yard believes it could
prove who was behind the killing at the Libyan embassy but that evidence
won't be presented in court because of concerns over national security.
It's a decision criticised by a former boss of the Met. My reaction
is disappointment. I know the hard work gone into trying to get a
prosecution and some of that has regenerated my time as commissioner
so I am disappointed and I know other people are. I don't know what
the reasons are but I think the public will be disappointed if we
are not given reasons for why this individual wasn't prosecuted. A man
in his 50s was arrested over the murder but now will not be
prosecuted. The Fletcher family say they are deeply disappointed and
frustrated. That is exactly how this retired police officer feels. He
cradled Yvonne Fletcher in his arms as she lay dying. It's terrible, so
disappointing and it is upsetting and we are full of anger about it.
This is something that should have been sorted out a long time ago. And
we really don't understand why they've come to this conclusion. The
bullets were fired from within the Libyan embassy which was surrounded
by the police for 11 days after the shooting. Eventually, diplomats and
others were allowed to leave and deported back to Libya, including,
it was thought, the killer. But it was only after Colonel Gaddafi's
regime was toppled in 2011 that detectives said they discovered
evidence of a Libyan plot to kill anti-Gaddafi demonstrators and
police officers at the protest. But with this suspect released without
charge now one former senior Met officer says there is little more
the police can do. The rule of law must prevail and in these difficult
cases if for whatever reason, and that explanation needs to be given,
we cannot prosecute, we will step back. Today the government refused
to comment on this decision to block a prosecution on grounds of national
security. So where are we tonight? 33 years after Yvonne Fletcher was
murdered at this spot, the chances of anyone being brought to justice
is seen as slim as ever. The Liberal Democrats have put
the capital's young people at the heart of their manifesto
with a promise of affordable housing through a new Rent to Own scheme
and an offer to restore housing They lost all but one of their MPs
in the last election and they're hoping this pitch to a younger
electorate will be enough to help Our political editor
Tim Donovan is in Bethnal Green where the party will officially
unveil their manifesto tonight. Their manifesto, pretty unusual way
of doing this. Not just the timing but the style. I think you can
notice that. And the place. This is Bethnal Green, described as an
evolving, multi-youth Art space. Not many people sitting down here. Beers
in their hands, you can hear the music and I think the Lib Dems are
trying to give the impression they are relative bit more hip than we
have thought in the past, not to say they are not offering conventional
policies. Aviation policy. They are one of the main parties saying they
will oppose Heathrow expansion. The Metropolitan Police, they will put
?60 million plus into the Met. Focus on community policing. What they are
offering for young people, they'd restore housing benefit for people
aged 18-21. And what Tim Farron will talk about is a signature policy on
housing which is an opportunity for young people to rent and a little
bit of that going into an equity, they build it up and they can buy
their home. People renting their home from a housing association,
that rent would go into a pot so they'd owned the house. If they
wanted to move, they could take that money into another pot so they'd buy
another home from a housing association. It would help young
people trying to get on the housing ladder. It might be very hip down
there but the key question is will all these policies appeal to young
people? I think it will be difficult to tell
in such a short space of time whether or not people will buy into
this rebranding but they've made their decision clear. I've talked to
young people not far from here and it doesn't seem to be working quite
yet among the younger group. No, I am a Labour girl. Would they never
win you over? No. To be honest, I've stuck by Labour because for the
younger generation, they are a lot more considered. I wouldn't. I don't
find their party interesting. You'd vote for the Lib Dems this time?
Why? They are moderate but they are the only parties saying anything on
behalf of the 40% who voted for the EU. Do you think the Lib Dems can
come back? It's unlikely at the moment, I'm not certain I am that
keen on their present leader. Different views, as he can see,
among older people, some of those who have been Labour supporters. I
think it might take some time for them to reconnect with younger
voters. Tim Farron is expected to take to the stage here at 7:15pm. I
think they'll have turned the music down by then.
I'm sure they will. Thank you. Well, as we heard there,
one of the promises made by the Lib Dems is to offer another
referendum on any Brexit deal, but is that an idea that
will appeal to Londoners? One think tank believes
the government should set up a visa system to continue attracting
the best of Europe to the capital. An idea our political
correspondent, Karl Mercer has Look what we found in
Southwark Park this morning. This is a city that attracts people
from across the world. And, today, Norwegians
in the capital were celebrating Norway of course isn't
in the European Union. But is part of the
European Economic Area. It means its citizens can travel
and work here visa free. Whatever happens after Brexit I hope
and most Norwegians hope that we will continue to have a close
relationship with our two nations. The main concern is we will struggle
to stay and struggle to work. That is the main concern. We don't know
yet. London as part of this country yet. London as part of this country
London Visa. What would that mean London Visa. What would that mean
about border controls and URLs? But that is along the lines of what
one London think-tank is suggesting. A range of visas post-Brexit
to keep the flow of people The Centre for London suggests
three types of visa. A city maker visa, lasting a year,
aimed at attracting A young European Visa,
a two year one aimed at attracting lower skilled staff for things
like the hospitality industry. And a new post study visa that
would allow higher skilled students We think there needs to be a way for
Europeans, particularly younger Europeans to come over here and look
for work, to create new jobs, to build businesses and contribute to
the economy. That should not have any bureaucracy with it.
All of which would appeal to Yalda, a 27-year-old producer at a media
Austrian, but who moved to London a year ago.
I am definitely anxious that I will have to leave or that it is going to
be a nightmare applying for a fees because I'd really like to stay. And
my lunch -- London is my home. It definitely keeps me up at night
sometimes. The biggest problem is if it is a
regional scheme, it would be a political issue, deciding which
regions are decided -- allocated to them and how is that determined? Who
can shout the loudest, I suppose. Discussions on Visas are some way
off, there's the small matter of an election first.
And, staying with the general election for a moment,
BBC London is hosting a special debate programme hearing
from all the main parties on what they will do
If you'd like to join us as part of the audience
in a Central London location, just send us an email.
A second day of garage excavations in Thurrock has still not found any
trace of murdered schoolgirl Danielle Jones, according to police.
The 15-year-old went missing in June 2001 on her way to school.
Her uncle, Stuart Campbell, was convicted of her murder,
The police search was prompted after someone tipped them off
about some unusual activity at the site around the time
Commuters on Southern Rail face more disruption at the end of this month,
because drivers will refuse to work overtime.
Talks have broken down between the company and the union,
Aslef, in their long-running dispute over staffing and
Services will also be hit by strike action on the 30th May,
as RMT union members walk out over the same issue.
The international director of a group which provides advice
for people who it believes have been affected by the war on terror,
has been charged himself, under the Terrorism Act.
Muhammed Rabbani from East London was stopped at Heathrow Airport,
and refused to give the passwords to his laptop and mobile
Asad Ahmad has been following developments.
In November, Muhammed Rabbani, from Bethnal Green, arrived at Heathrow
from a trip from the Middle East. He said he was out there investigating
an alleged case of torture. Police approached him, asked for his mobile
phone and laptop which he freely gave him. The organisation he works
for, Cage, say he wasn't accused of any crime and was happy to answer
any questions about himself but didn't want to give any information
away about the client he'd been out to sea. He wouldn't give the
passwords to his devices because he says the laptop contained
information about the case he was looking into and he couldn't abuse
his client's confidentiality so please arrested him for wilfully
obstructing an investigation under the Terrorism Act. And what has
Muhammed Rabbani had to say? He says I'm innocent of the charges. He
says, I believe I'm doing what any reasonable person would do under the
circumstances in order to protect the privacy of a client. He says he
will fight this case in court next month. He has the full support of a
co-director at Cage who himself was interned at Guantanamo Bay for
nearly three years. He says, I know what it's like to be forced to give
your password to the authorities, I was tortured into surrounding mine.
This story is quickly spreading around the world, and some of the
websites I've looked at are critical of Met Police tactics. Scotland Yard
have said they arrested take place and given those details and that is
it but it is something we will keep a close eye on. OK, thanks very
much. Still to come this
Wednesday evening. I'm with this TV celebrity to hear
about his new musical. Here's a clue.
And it was humid again today and for some of us it was quite wet as well.
What do we have in the run-up to the weekend? All the details coming up.
Judea Bogles has terminal cancer, but she says her struggle has been
made worse by the discrimination she's felt because of her sexuality.
So much so, she's even gone as far as hiding the fact she's
I'm going to have a cup of tea today. And relax. Home from home for
Judea, visiting Saint joseph's Hospice in Hackney with a friend.
She's been receiving care since being diagnosed with terminal cancer
five years ago. She says the staff are excellent but that hasn't been
her experience elsewhere. I've been asked whether my partner is my
sister. Or just the uncomfortableness around our
relationship. Which is verging on sometimes homophobic. Judea feels
being gay has had a direct impact on the care she is received in the
past. I feel like sometimes it may jeopardise my care. Being out. I've
even lied in the past just for an easy life. And she's not alone.
According to experts, there is a culture of discrimination towards
lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender patients living with a
terminal illness. We found the experiences of LGB TPP then London
reflected those of the wider nation, so they've had experiences which
were not always positive in health care. Imagine at the end of life
when you feel particularly vulnerable and you need your care
team to understand where you are, you don't need to feel you need to
conceal your sexuality or gender history. It also says individual
workers and organisations need to do more like additional training for
staff on diversity and discrimination, more LGB to
information, leaflets and posters visible in clinics and institutions.
Crucially, there is a call for more empathy and understanding for
same-sex relationships and the patient's partner. Judea says these
small changes would make a big difference and thanks to Saint
joseph's, her future isn't as bleak as it was. To have someone come into
my life that understands me, it is wonderful, it has made a huge
difference to my life. Next, they're now
through to what's dubbed Reading have reached
the Championship playoff final It means the club are a step closer
to the Premier League, which could be worth
millions to them. It is Reading who will
march out at Wembley! It's been an extraordinary
team effort for Reading This is what it means to be one
win away from promotion to the Premier League
and all of its riches after Reading's 1-0 victory
at the Madejski Stadium last night guaranteed them a place
in the Championship play-off final. The game was tight, 1-1
from the first leg at Fulham. Well, it could mean
as much as ?200 million. That's the eye watering figure most
estimates claim the club could earn from one season in
the Premier League. But, of course, there's
still one game to go. It's great to be at Wembley,
to play over there. I've been there in my
career, of course. As a manager to go back
there and play, of course, it's a different stadium but,
you know, a lot at stake. Great prize that you
can win for the club. Immediately after the game,
Reading confirmed they had new majority shareholders
in the form of Chinese brother and The take over by foreign investors
yet another indication of the possible wealth on offer
in English football's Supporters of the team they've
called the royals seem certain Brilliant defending at the end,
fantastic defending. Reading could earn a slice
of the record ?5.1 billion Sky and BT Sport have paid
for the rights to broadcast the Premier League but they'll first
have to beat either Huddersfield Town or Sheffield Wednesday
at Wembley in the winner takes all play-off final
on the 29th of May. But elsewhere Watford parting
company with their head coach. Not really. When you consider
Watford have changed manager at the end of the last three seasons now,
last summer it was key Kate Sanchez Flores who departed, despite taking
the club into the semifinals and keeping them in the Premier League.
Then another manager gone, despite taking them into the Premier League.
The club has been owned by family since 2012 and their next
appointment will be their ninth in five seasons. They are 16th in the
Premier League, they won't be relegated but it isn't enough to
keep the current manager in his post. He will leave the final game
against Manchester City on Sunday, something Arsenal fans are not happy
about because they are in a race to finish in the top four with
Manchester City. Watford confirmed today what people expected. After
the board discussed the future goals and aspirations, it was decided the
manager would be stepping down and we thank Walter for his
contribution. The next? We will wait and see.
And you might remember them from the films,
But now the Addams Family are taking to the stage
with a new musical production, starring Les Dennis
Alice Bhandhukravi has been to meet the actors backstage.
It's been a much loved TV series since the 1960s,
And now the musical is preserving the spooky family's cult status.
Sam Womack plays the matriarch of the family so I went to speak
to her as she got her make-up on for the show.
It's a really nice insight into the Addams family
as you haven't seen them before cos it's as they are facing a crisis.
So, Wednesday's older, she is falling in love
And it's the first time Gomez and Mortitia have had,
For Sam, the process of putting on her ghostly make up
and wig is very much part of the transformation into Mortitia.
And, next door, Uncle Fester, or as we like to call him Les Dennis.
I've gone from being dead in Coronation Street
Were you a fan of the Addams family in its various guises?
When I was a kid comedy TV series, the original black
I tried to bring my own Fester to the stage.
But this is what I also do because he's in love with the moon
His head should look a bit moon like.
I will play around with that for a while but their years,
So, let's go and see how Sam's transformation is going.
And so are Wednesday, Gomez and not forgetting Thing.
I will have that tune in my head for a while!
Let's get a check weather with Jay Wynne.
We started out pretty warm and humid today and then the rain started to
spread its way in from the West. This was taken by one of our weather
watchers just outside new broadcasting house, showing the
umbrellas. Here is the raider from today which shows that marriage on
-- most of the rain has been out in the West but it has spread across
the whole of our region and it is heavy in places and very nasty on
the roads and pavements with a few rumbles of thunder. It is on the
move and as we get towards the small hours of the morning, it clears to
the east and we get the breeze coming in after the rain. It will be
a much fresh start today. This morning, we were at 16. Tomorrow,
single figures so a much fresh start to the day and it will feel a good
deal fresher through tomorrow as well and it will be a decent day, a
good day for getting out and about. It might start a little bit cloudy
across eastern areas but it doesn't take long to clear away. We have
sunshine coming through, the cloud increases and there is a chance of a
shower, but it is mostly to the north and west of our region.
Temperatures 17-19 but with some sunshine, it will feel warm but not
as humid as it has been recently. For the end of the week, we start to
see this weather system coming up from the south, just a glancing blow
on Friday morning with some cloud and outbreaks of rain which clear
away. We see a bit of sunshine and showers developing later on in the
day so it won't be raining all day everywhere but there will be some
rain at times on Friday. And some places will be up at 16-17.
Saturday, starts chilly but it will be a reasonable day with a niche --
with a few showers but some try spells as well. We see temperatures
up to 18 or so. Looking ahead, well, on Friday, some rain at times.
Saturday, a good chance of staying dry with the potential of a shower.
By Sunday, another dry day with temperatures up to 19. If you're
lucky, 20. Back to you. The Liberal Democrats have
launched their manifesto today, with a pledge to offer another
referendum on any Brexit The party is also promising to spend
billions of pounds more on health and social care,
and on schools. Wage growth has fallen behind
the cost of living for the first time in three years,
according to the Office Unemployment has fallen to 4.6%,
its lowest level in 42 years. There's been an unprecedented
increase in the number of unaccompanied child migrants
and refugees travelling alone across the globe
in the past few years, Lord Stevens a former
Metropolitan Police Commissioner has said he is "disappointed"
at the decision not to prosecute a suspect in connection
with the murder of PC But Asad will be back
with our late news at 10:30pm. Plenty more of course
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