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It's already the world's largest festival

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but this year's Proms have got even bigger

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Good evening and welcome to the programme.

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Tonight - a warning that a growing number of people could contract

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cancer from their exposure to asbestos in hospitals.

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This programme has obtained figures showing 94% of London

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The NHS argues it's safe as long as the material is not disturbed,

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but some experts and workers unions claim it's leading to more

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Charlotte Franks begins her report with the testimony of an NHS doctor

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It seems there may have been a lot of asbestos in the tunnels

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of the hospital where I spent six years training.

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Everybody, students, doctors, nurses, porters, used the tunnels.

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Of the four doctors who trained at this hospital

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and who subsequently developed mesothelioma in the past five years,

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Doctor Andrew Lawson wrote about his condition in 2010.

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He'd been suffering with mesothelioma, a type of lung

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cancer caused by bleeding in asbestos dust.

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That somebody gets cheated of their life and future.

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He was only half way through his life.

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Andrew says he contracted it whilst training at the hospital.

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A claim that the NHS Trust refuses to be drawn on.

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White asbestos, the type in hospitals, has been deemed safe

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They warn its presence in hospital needs to be addressed.

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It could be said to be a ticking time bomb.

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The numbers of people developing mesothelioma in this

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The expected peak has been exceeded several times already.

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The prediction of when numbers of mesothelioma cases

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are going to peak has been moved forward several times since I've

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There are now calls for the Government to urgently remove

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We know that asbestos kills people. We know that the longer it stays in

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the building the more chance of it being disturbed and therefore we

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know that it is likely at some time in the future it will be responsible

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for the deaths of members of the public and workers. According to

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figures, a thousand people from London died of mesothelioma it clean

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2011-15. Several victims were nurses and doctors but it's believed the

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true number of hospital workers are factored is high on Fire. 94% of the

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capital sought bottles still contain asbestos. Andrew was typical of

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mesothelioma sufferers. It took years for his symptoms to show. Once

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diagnosed, most people are expected to live between 12 and 21 months. We

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all know about the dangers of asbestos but they failed to take

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enough action to remove the risk for those that work there.

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Charlotte joins me now for more on this.

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Charlotte what's been the response from the government?

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If there was to be a mass asbestos removal programme across all

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hospitals and London, you might think the Department of Health would

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be responsible for it. It would cost a considerable amount of money if it

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took place. The department, with operational responsibility for

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asbestos in NHS, states that following the report they have

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installed as -- they haven't decided whether or not to remove asbestos.

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There are strict rules and regulations in place so that

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asbestos is registered and contained, they say. When building

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work is carried out, experts are brought in to safely dispose of it.

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Thank you for that. A new cycle hire scheme wear bikes

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don't need docking - but there are fears

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they could cause obstructions. Half of London's police stations are

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to close under new plans announced by the Mayor of London. He says

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budget constraints have given him little choice but to shock but he

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claims are underused front counters. He once to save money in order to

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have more officers on the beat. It means that the capital will be left

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with only one station in each Babar. -- he wants to save money in order.

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The home of Scotland Yard from now on.

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Fifty years ago, the Met police were celebrating moving

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Sold off a couple of years back, part of ?1 billion worth

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of buildings sold by the Met to help cover its costs.

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Today the Mayor announced a consultation that could see dozens

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more police stations and police buildings sold off.

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The number of closures planned in this consultation run,

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That's not all, though, there is also a list

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of other office buildings, like car parks, that

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It then moves onto list of things called partnerships.

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You may remember once upon a time we were told there would be police

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officers in places like supermarkets and libraries and

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There are also what are called safer neighbourhood bases,

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where officers are based at the moment, around 100 of those

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City Hall says each borough will be left with one police station open 24

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hours a day and says it will stick to promises

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I'm afraid I can't give the reassurance to Londoners that

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police officers won't be lost as a consequence of Government cuts.

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We've worked out if we close down police station front counters

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we will save roughly ?10 million because it means

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If we sell off those police stations, police buildings,

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we can save in the region of ?170 million.

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But I've still got a big, big black hole.

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I think there are better ways of providing policing and we've seen

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We've seen that with a more localised type of policing service.

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But you've got to take the public along with you.

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If you don't do that, then you can't really call

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If the mayor's plans go ahead, London will have seen more

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than a 100 police stations close over the past five years.

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There is more money and more officers for each Londoner

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And the Mayor's given his reaction to last night's acid attack

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As we've been hearing, two teenagers have been arrested

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in connection what's believed to be attempted robberies in east London.

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Last week we told you that acid attacks have been rising

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dramatically in London. Let's look at what happened last night first.

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Five attacks in just 90 minutes. It began on Hackney Road at 1025 -

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when two men on a moped threw 25 minutes later another man

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was attacked in Islington. In another 50 minutes,

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three more attacks one Another on Cazenuve Roas

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in Stoke Newington - the victim this time suffered

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life-changing injuries. And the final attack happened

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just after half past 11 The Mayor of London Sadiq Khan

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said he was alarmed. We're speaking to the

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Government about changing laws around acid attacks but also

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speaking to supermarkets, retailers and manufacturers about regulation

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around this because many of us have household goods,

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detergents, drain unblockers, which We've got to make sure

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we have a common-sense approach. Where there are loopholes

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we are going to close them down. Overall acids attacks

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have risen year in year, in 2014/2015 - 188

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people were injured. The following financial year

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it increased to 317. And up until April this year it has

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jumped again to 398. Earlier I spoke to a victim

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of an acid attack. He was attacked by men on mopeds

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outside a hospital over a month ago. He raised his arm and a liquid

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didn't hit his face. Suddenly, when the burning sensation

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started on my forearms and my face, forcing me to close my eyes as well

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and try to open it, but as soon as you open it,

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the burning sensation in the eye. It was like somebody had just

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taken a knife and just... You can feel inside as well,

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that life is not the same as it used to be before when you were just

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walking on the road. When I see the other attacks,

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I think a week or ten days after my one, the two cousins,

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when I see that poor lady, Syed was talking about these two

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cousins, Jameel Muktar and Resham Khan, who were attacked

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with acid just over three They have been left

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with life-changing injuries. So what do you do if you've been

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involved in an attack? Remove contaminated

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jewellery and clothing. Rinse yourself with as much

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water as possible. Hopefully people will be to use that

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advice but it is useful in the meantime. -- won't need to use that

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advice. Sorry, I'll take you to the next story.

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A new bike hire hire scheme set up to rival the Mayor's hire scheme has

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The bikes don't need to be docked and can be booked

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through your mobile phone, but as our Transport Correspondent

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Tom Edwards reports, the scheme has been criticised

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A Chinese company arrived this week putting hundreds of these high-tech

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That unlocks and now you can basically free up the bike.

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OBike schemes are huge in Southeast Asia.

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The company says it wants to work with the authorities.

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The big difference is oBikes don't have docking stations.

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This means they can be left anywhere.

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Cluttering pavements, bikes left in the wrong places.

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In terms of cluttering the bikes, we are going to be doing a very

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We are going to make sure that from the get-go we are not

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We want to introduce ourselves to Londoners.

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They will have to work with local authorities

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on the distribution of the bicycles, how the bikes are maintained,

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on whether there is clutter in particular locations.

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There are a lot of things they need to resolve,

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but ultimately they need safe cycle tracks and that's

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But as we found out, without docking stations,

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These oBikes in Hammersmith have been served with

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removal notices for obstructing the pavement.

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Thousands are planned by the end of the summer and councils

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It's really unhelpful when oBike just dump their bikes in the borough

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and it doesn't help with the public perception of the bike

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I'm really annoyed that they have gone

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Tonight the company said it will remove 400

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With more schemes underway, the Mayor is

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also guarded, saying these schemes have to be introduced in a way

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Coming up: the crowds gathering ahead of the first night of the

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Proms. This year it is bigger than ever but it's not just about

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traditional venues. And centre code is based in some

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beautiful evening sunlight. More tennis at the weekend but will there

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be more sunshine? Full forecast to come.

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It's been called London's Cathedral of Science and today

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the Francis Crick Institute welcomed the King and Queen of Spain.

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The royal couple were there to meet the dozens of Spanish scientists

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working at the leading biomedical research centre - hoping

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So - will they be tempted once the UK leaves the EU?

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At the Francis Crick Institute in King's Cross, the King and Queen

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of Spain arrive as part of their state visit.

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The building has been described as a ?700 million altar

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to biomedical science in the heart of London.

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Dozens of the researchers here are Spanish woman.

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One of those is Patricia Barral, who has lived in the

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London is a really good place, it's very multicultural and close

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to Spain, so it's easy to come and go.

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It's easy to fit in London because there's just so many people,

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While many schools here still struggle to attract girls

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into science and engineering subjects, there appears to be no

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The problem they starts when it comes to higher education

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I couldn't come back after I did my Ph.D.

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And the problem is that in Spain we have a lack

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There is not a robust research system that is going to be able

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to host all those scientists that have emigrated due to

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But with Brexit looming, will these talented female

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The Government is guaranteeing investment in science until 2020.

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But after that, research shows around a third of Spanish scientists

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I think right now it's really an uncertain moment.

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I think we need to wait for a few years and see which agreements

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are made and how the Government responds to the

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Whatever happens, researchers say as things stand they will not be

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Most have said they will stay in the capital,

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It's the biggest disability sport competition outside the Paralympics,

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and it's just got under way in the capital this evening.

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Record crowds for the World Para Athletics Championships are expected

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at the London Stadium over the next ten days.

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Chris Slegg is on the Olympic Park now.

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Yes, when the Paralympics was held here it was the first Paralympics

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ever to sell out. They've sold George and 80,000 tickets so far for

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these World Championships. -- too much and 80,000. One of the first

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athletes to sample the atmosphere tonight is Abbie, a former Surrey.

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She's been telling me about her experience.

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This is the iPad app that helps Abbie Hunnisett communicate.

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My main goals for the championships as to have fun, relax

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We sent her questions before meeting her.

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She's already typed in her answers, which she plays by hitting

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What do you think it's going to be like to compete

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in the World Championships in your own country?

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I think it is going to be incredible.

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I have competed before at the anniversary games

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Abbie's been training for her event, the F32 club throw for athletes

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with severe cerebral palsy and similar impairments.

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What would you say has been the highlight of your career so far?

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The first time I competed at the Olympic Stadium three years

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The second has to be going to Rio and the whole experience

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At 21, she's achieved so much already.

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Now Dad Mark and mum Marion are getting ready

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I have threatened to buy a megaphone.

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For me to be able to call my daughter a Paralympian

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It's just great to be able to go back to some of the special schools

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I have attended and speak to the students and show them that

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if they work hard and do their best, they too could achieve whatever

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If all goes well, Abbie Hunnisett will have another career

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Good luck to Mark Whittet, her event begins at 7pm. We've seen all kinds

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of events here. Good Formula 1 be next? Reports today of an

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organisation called London GP bidding to bring a British Grand

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Prix to the streets of the capital. A spokesman for the Mayor of London

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says he is aware of these proposals. We've seen many reports of trying to

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bring a groggy to London over the years. They've never amounted to

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much. -- a Grand Prix. Tonight is all about the opening night of the

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Worlds Para Athletics. Quite An Evening Is In Store.

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It's the world's largest festival of classical music and this year

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The Proms get underway tonight with more than 90 concerts over

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eight weeks and will feature established orchestras

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Let's join Victoria Hollins, who's at the Royal Albert Hall

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The Queues Have Gathered. They've Moved A Long Into The Wire Up A Paul

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Nuttall. It Continues To Be Hugely Popular, Not Just For Audiences That

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Are Coming Here. Not just --... More than 90 concerts this season from

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across the country. We will see performance. The Royal Albert Hall

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is not the only venue. There are some rather less traditional ones

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across London, two. This isn't perhaps this sounded

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usually expect from the Proms. But the London Contemporary

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Orchestra won't be performing This is The Tanks space

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at the Tate Modern. You can hear the acoustic,

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it's just waiting for people to come It's one of five different

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venues that have never There's a real opportunity

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that the Proms have tapped into, venues around London that offer

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an opportunity to hear different And this is one of the other

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spaces being used for performances during the Proms,

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the Bold Tendencies multistorey Car Park,

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right in the heart of Peckham. The Multi-Story Orchestra

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is performing in August. It's all about bringing

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the best music to the widest It's in places like this where

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people will experience classical There will also be performances

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in Wilton's Music Hall, including Eight Songs For A Mad King,

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and Southwark Cathedral Making a debut this

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year is the Chineke! orchestra, Europe's first

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professional orchestra of Black The main focus of more than 90

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concerts will of course still be But while the more traditional

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elements aren't going anywhere, there will be a wide offering

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for a huge range of tastes. We've got jazz, we've got world

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music, we've got soul, Jools Holland, we've got

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Sir Simon Rattle, we've got... The world's biggest classical

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music festival wants Standing room tickets

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will be made available I'm pleased to say that we have a

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pianist joining us now. What are the feelings this calls to a

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performance. I'm terribly excited. Very happy. We've been working all

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day, having fun, treating each other. Taking pictures. It's been

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great. What's the draw of the first night of the Proms and the Proms

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generally? It's the people. It's about the people. It's not about

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some kind of chic or anything, it's about music and people experiencing

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music together. It's phenomenal. What about those people that say

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they don't understand classical music? They would say, this is not

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for me. What producer? It is like any music. It is all about you. It

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is all about you and me, about emotions, feelings, understanding. I

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would say music is music is music. Give it a go and try it out. Look

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around. Not intimidating to be in such a

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historical venue, then? On the contrary. Thank you very much

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indeed. There will be tickets available for almost every

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performance on the day, standing only, no. -- standing room only,

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though. It's called Wimbledon, we can look

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forward to a big weekend of tennis. Before we get onto the weather. I

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the latest news. Roger Federer has just won his semifinal. He will play

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Marin Cilic. It's been an exciting day at Wimbledon. Another which is

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player went out today but luckily we've got Jamie might -- Jamie

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Murray and Heather Watson. As we had through the weekend, it will feel a

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lot warmer. More humid air is coming through and there will be lots of

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cloud. Not too much in the wake of sunshine, perhaps some showers.

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Overnight tonight, some late brightness. It will be cool and

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fresh. The cloud will start to thicken after. Overnight lows of

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30-14 degrees. It should be a convertible sleep. Tomorrow morning

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will start with early brightness. Tomorrow, bit of sunshine in the

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morning and then the cloud will thicken it. We might even see some

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light rain. This will mainly be in the middle part of the day. Sunshine

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in the afternoon. The temperatures will rise, property up to 24-25

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Celsius. On Sunday, we stand the greatest chance of seeing some late

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showers. That could possibly affect the men's Finder. For the most part,

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it should be dry. In the best of the sunshine, temperatures rising to the

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mid-20s, possibly higher on Sunday. Lovely weather into the start of

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next week. A ridge of high pressure developing. Monday and Tuesday is

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looking bright. The temperatures are rising and we could be looking at

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something close to 30 degrees. We could be looking at some thunder. By

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that time, the tennis will be over. Thank you, Elizabeth.

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Two teenagers have been arrested after a string of acid attacks

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which took place last night in East London.

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That's it, I'll be back later driven the ten o'clock news. Have a lovely

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weekend.

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