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will temperatures, and we will see some more on settled conditions


pushing in across the Northwest. A reminder of the main story this


evening. The route for the second stage of the HS2 high-speed rail


network have been confirmed, linking Birmingham, Manchester, Liverpool,


Leeds, Sheffield and East Midlands. That's all from the BBC News at Six


- so it's goodbye from me - A month on from the Finsbury


Park terror attack - one victim tells us it's brought


the community closer. My message to them is be united, we


have got one beautiful thing which is peace. Without peace, nobody can


live. There's now a call for tougher


penalties for religious hate crime. Is stress and exhaustion among bus


drivers contributing How this huge field could be turned


into London's biggest ever mega basement.


And on the hunt for the elusive urban hedgehog, the wildlife cameras


Good evening and a very warm welcome to the programme.


It was four weeks ago today that one man died and ten people


were injured in a terrorist attack near Finsbury Park mosque,


in what the head of the Met Police said "was quite clearly


Today, the mosque's chairman has called for stronger


He says that since the attack they've received a surge


All this, as the community there tries to heal and recover


Katharine Carpenter is there this evening.


This area was extremely busy on that night for weeks ago, it was Ramadan


and Muslims had spilled out onto the streets from the welfare centre down


the road and be mosque around the corner following evening prayers and


it was here on this quiet side street that a van careered into a


group of people and one man died. A man, 47-year-old Darren Osborne, has


been charged on terrorism related murder and attempted murder, but


there is still a great deal of healing to be done here. Our


colleague has spoken to two of those who were caught up in the events of


This man was among the worshippers leaving the mosque that night.


One of his friends had collapsed and they were treating him


When I found myself on the ground, I thought, I'm OK.


So I see one of the guys bleeding on his head,


the other one was lying down there, the people were making noise


I realised I hit, but I thought, I'm OK.


So as I was trying to stand up, I fell down, my legs


There was a lot of chaos, a lot of worry and a lot


Everybody was so scared at what happened.


Crazy, it was loud, it was unorganised, it was...


Everyone was emotional and it was tough for people,


Sadiq Yusuf saw it happen and did his best to help.


The late Makram Ali was literally on the floor.


There was a guy still underneath the van.


Luckily, there was a lot of people who came out the restaurants,


the houses nearby and lifted the van up so we could get one


Some people were conscious, some people were unconscious.


This tiny culdasac, just round the corner from the mosque,


And in the immediate aftermath, this whole area was closed down


as the emergency services tried to bring things under control.


It feels like life is kind of back to normal, but under the surface


this is still a community trying to come to terms with what happened.


This is one council at least which has risen to the challenge.


Islington council have done an amazing job for the victims,


from housing to counselling to mental health, to travel to social,


Our community, my advice to them, my message to them is - be united.


Because we've all got one beautiful thing, which is peace.


Powerful testimonies. Victim support workers are going to go into the


mosque for the first time next week. As well as the physical and mental


scars of this attack, the chairman of the mosque told me earlier today


he is also having to deal with the huge increase in Islamophobic hate


crime. According to official Met figures in the weeks before the


attack on Manchester there were 17 on average Islamophobic hate crimes


reported across London, but there was a spike following the London


Bridge attack, with 117 hate crimes reported that week alone. And


perhaps the most surprising thing is that figure has not decreased


dramatically, so in the weeks following the attack here, there


were an average 81 hate crimes reported. Earlier, the chairman of


the mosque told me enough is enough and he wants action taken.


It's a quite large file, yeah. Unfortunately it's not the only one.


A file full of poisonous words, vitriol against muslims


The chairman of Finsbury Park mosque says at least one a week


When people send us a letter saying that this is the beginning,


what's happening in Finsbury Park is the beginning,


you will have a river of blood, for example, and we'll make


sure you will get hurt and your community get hurt.


Expect bombs and other things in your centres, which is very


Out in the community, Miriam feels it, too.


Well, there's been incidents of people having their headscarves


They're having abuse shouted at them and all sorts of nasty things.


Do you think there's anything that can be done


to reassure people round here? Definitely.


I mean, I think there definitely has to be a stronger police presence,


The community has been so fantastic already anyway,


in terms of solidarity and just helping everyone come together.


She says there need to be stronger deterrants, too.


A subject the chairman of the mosque says he discussed


with the Prime Minister when she visited on the day of the attack.


His priorities are tougher penalties for those found guilty of hate crime


and more vigorous investigations by the police.


We are not asking to catch every perpetrator who sends a letter


or something like that, because we know it is impossible,


but we expect something to be done about some of these letters


and to get to the bottom of it and find out who is behind it.


We take Islamaphobic hate crime and all kinds of hate


We allocate cases to experienced detectives and they do


whatever they can, in terms of their investigative abilities,


to support the victim, to chase the suspect, and, again,


But amid the sadness during these last four weeks,


The small handprints of children offering messages of comfort


In the last few minutes, we have had a statement from the Home Office


will told us they have given ?1 million to help mosques improve


their security, that was two weeks ago. It sounds like they are moving


towards greater penalties for these hate crimes. They have asked her to


assess the police response, to make sure it is dealt with effectively


and efficiently and we are working with the CPS and the courts to


ensure all those who commit hate crimes receive heavier sentences. I


think tonight is going to be about reflection and remembrance here.


Indeed, for weeks on from that Finsbury Park terror attack,


Catherine, many thanks indeed. You're watching BBC London News,


coming up later in the programme: He's one of London's most famous


black entrepreneurs, We talk to Levi Roots about food,


music and inspiring others. And two fine days and


a thunderstorm, so the saying goes. Today's been fine, tomorrow will be


fine, so does that mean There are fears that stress


and exhaustion among bus drivers in the capital


is contributing to a rise in the number of crashes on our roads.


That's according to a new report. 25 people have been


killed either on or by Now there are calls


for new safety targets. Just to warn you, you might find


the pictures at the beginning Here's our Transport


Correspondent Tom Edwards. This man is just moments


away from the impact. The bus, in Beckton,


severely injured the pedestrian. Here, a bus mounted a pavement.


Again, people were injured. Today, reports said the capital's


buses could be made much safer. Ten years ago, Sarah Hope's mother


died after being hit by a bus. Her daughter lost her leg


in the same incident. She wants operators to reduce


the stress on drivers. We had a terrible incident


in our family and it was caused by a bus driver having road rage,


which is unforgivable and it must But since that happened


and since I've been working on my campaign to help bus drivers,


I have learnt quite a lot about the stresses


and strains they're under. And I think we need to really think


about them and what they actually physically do every day,


which is more than driving a bus. 25 people have been killed


on or by buses in the last two Today, a report found an emphasis


on punctuality over safety, with drivers facing long hours


which compromises their ability. One thing is making sure


that the contracts incentivise safety as well as punctuality,


but also we need to make sure Transport for London's


own management have in their bonus But we need to make sure the life


of drivers is better and that means making sure they can


have their meal breaks, it means making sure they don't


drive for 16 hours at a time, because if they're tired,


they may make mistakes. In extreme cases, this incident


shows the behaviour from passengers drivers also sometimes


have to deal with. And bus driving is one


of the most stressful transport Joanne Harris has been


a driver for ten years. Most drivers are doing 12 hour days


and then getting forced overtime You've got 13 and a half


hours of all that stress, It's not a good combination


for road safety. TFL welcomes the recommendations


and says it is taking It's aiming for no deaths


involving a bus by 2030. But campaigners are calling


for much quicker action. A zero-tolerance approach


to acid attacks. That's what the Mayor


of London is calling for after the recent


spate of assaults. The number in the capital has


doubled in the last two years. One victim, who had acid


squirted in face and eyes, has been speaking to BBC London


about his ordeal and what can be There are some flashing images in


this report. They started pushing me about and


giving the racial abuse. This father of five was attacked with acid in


November last year while in his car. Minutes after he thought he had


avoided a fight here with a large group of young men and boys. Minutes


later he ran into two of them again. I try to beat my window up but they


got to my car. One of them had a bottle of Lucozade on him. As I have


looked, he has literally just threw it onto my face, I could not see


anything straightaway. I was in pain. It was burning. This is how he


looked at the time, but he says his excellent physical recovery is


deceptive. It's not physical, it is mental. I can't get it out my head,


even now, it is still there. I get flashbacks, nightmares. Following


five acid attacks in less than an hour and a half last week, Sadiq


Khan called for a zero tolerance approach. We should be talking about


life sentences in appropriate circumstances. We should be looking


at sentences were people have used acid as a life threatening weapon.


But has not happened in this man's case. He says his attacker is still


on the streets. Staring at me, smiling at me. Simply, he is


laughing at me. Why is the laughing at me? Because he got away with it,


simple. I could have done something myself, but I've got kids. That's


the only thing that stops me. It should be classed as attempted


murder instead of GBH or GBH with intent. Sadly, an agonised increase


in cases like his means that debate is now taking place.


On that note, tonight MPs are going to debate exactly how to crack down


on those who carry out acid attacks. Victoria has more on this and joins


us. This debate has been called by the London MP Stephen Timms. Last


week balls attacks took place in his constituency of East Ham. There has


been significant movement on this over the weekend, we heard from the


Home Secretary Amber Rudd saying there would be a review into the


issue of acid attacks overall. It will look at things whether judges


have significant sentencing powers to deal with this sort of crime. New


guidance for police officers so they can better deal with potential


perpetrators and prevent this kind of thing happening. Stephen Timms


has tabled this for 10pm. There are several things he believes can be


done to stem the tide. Legislation is key. He wants to see somebody who


is card-carrying acid treated in the same way as somebody caught carrying


a knife. It is automatically regard as a crime, at the moment it has to


be with intent if you're card-carrying acid. At the moment,


somebody who is an acid attacker can be given a life sentence under GBH


with intent, but there is a huge variation in highly these sentences


handed down and Stephen Timms thinks that needs to change.


The Home Secretary, over the weekend, said


that she was going to review the sentences where people


I think we need tougher sentences and I think we need more


consistent sentencing, because although sometimes life


sentences have been used, other times really very small


I think we need some consistency and the guidelines


He also says there are other things that can be done to try and reduce


the number of attacks? This is very much a new supply side. Seals on the


most concentrated sulphuric acid would need a license to buy that.


Age restrictions for those wanting to buy sulphuric acid or products


with sulphuric acid in. This has the support of the British Retail


Consortium who said they would back licences for people. But one key


thing is there is not enough research at the moment into why


these attacks are being carried out, is it for robberies, is it a hate


crime? Who is carrying it out and white? And all that evidence comes


and it is hard to have a targeted approach to dealing with this


problem. Victoria, many thanks. People living near the Grenfell


Tower in North Kensington are to receive assurances


about the safety and stability Letters have been sent out today,


after a range of experts Scaffolding, including netting,


may go up around the tower in the future, but only


after consultations with survivors. Next: Could this be the mega


basement to end all mega basements? Developers are promising


a new public park next to Heathrow, if they're allowed to dig out


three million tonnes It promises to create a subterranean


space the size of two Let's find out more


from Gareth Furby, It sounds very bold. Yes, at the


moment this is a cornfield, but soon if things go according to plan this


could be the site of perhaps the biggest ever mega basement. We are


familiar with basement development across London but the ice more, even


though the cost millions of pounds. With this, we are talking about a


site of 40 football pitches and above ground while a new park,


that's going to be the size of Green Park combined with St James's Park.


Joining me now is the architect behind this. What are you planning


to put down there? Warehousing and distribution but also long-term


storage for art, museums, we have been talking to the local academy


about gymnasiums and swimming pools. Why so big? It is the consequence of


the mining strategy, we are secretly and silently removing the gravels


underneath the park. Instead of beating landfill back we're getting


basement is back. Could this set a precedent for other green belt


areas? Is this an idea to develop green belt land? The current


pressures on London are housing and many of the industrial site are now


been freed up for housing. There will be a point when the


infrastructure and the industrial site me to go somewhere and maybe


this is a precedent. What do local people think about this? We have


talked to some today. Parking is good,


warehouses are not good. At the moment, it's just


used to dump rubbish in. So I'd be glad if they done


something with it. It's good that it'll


come to some use. If you're going to park up there,


warehouse downstairs, Not the best things,


anyway, you know? Some people are unhappy about a


possible clash between lorries using the warehouse space and people using


the park. This is an enormous part, almost 1.2 kilometres from end to


end. It is combining recreation, ecology and connecting communities.


Those key infrastructural roots go into the basement underground,


making those key connections between committees. You want the gravel for


runway three, you want the warehouse for a bigger airport? This project


has been a revolution for almost eight years and are really be for


the top of runway three even made the recent press headlines. I think


we are talking about a long-term vision for London. Thank you. Will


it happen? It is all going to be planners and it will take about 15


years to complete. Gareth, thanks very much.


They're becoming more and more elusive in London.


Now, wildlife experts are trying to record their numbers.


So, you may have spotted something rather unusual in our parks -


secret camera-traps, hidden in the trees designed


And as Victoria Cook reports, it didn't turn out quite as planned!


In the depths of Highgate Woods, scientists from the Zoological


I've come out with them today to see what their hidden cameras have


Looking to see what sort of wildlife is living


These cameras are designed to photograph anything that


The scientists are really hoping to find hedgehogs here.


But, as we soon discover, it seems London's other animals have


Lots of squirrels and birds, no hedgehogs so far, sadly.


Maybe this one's captured the elusive hedgehog.


I'm not going to be disappointed yet.


I'm optimistic that we'll find some hedgehogs here.


If hedgehogs are really rare in the area, then you're not


Sadly, whilst I was filming, Chris and his team didn't find one


A real disappointment and very telling of their declining numbers.


But later that afternoon, a change in luck, and this -


The scientists say they're going to replicate their experiment


They say if you see a camera, feel free to join the wildlife


His face may be familiar, as the man from Brixton who charmed


Dragons Den with his singing and spicy Reggae Reggae sauce.


A decade on, Levi Roots is now worth worth millions.


Alice Bhandhukravi has been to meet him.


That's all I'm good for nowadays, making the sauce.


So this is where I would normally be, creating the sauces.


If you ask Levi Roots which came first, he will tell you his love of


food and music are one in the same. In the kitchen in his east London


restaurant he is making me his famous source.


It was me doing it in my kitchen in Brixton with my children


It would be me and the children, and I would be there,


Since that life changing appearance on Dragons Den, the reggae singer


has sought to share his success story with young people in schools.


I do believe young people, especially kids that have suffered


in their backgrounds, like I did when I was growing up, you tend to


think you are not going to make it and there are things against you and


do is closing that you cannot break down. I go in and I say to them,


look at me, I had all the doors locked in my face, but still I


believed in me. He hasn't forgotten his music either, creating a


compilation of reggae hits, including inspiration Bob Marley.


Whenever I hear Bob Marley, Sun Is Shining, it reminds me


of the man who has inspired me, that changed my life to be a Rasta


man and I think that's helped me to be the person I am.


Bringing Caribbean cookery to the masses. Voila, respect.


Lovely start to the week, how's it looking for the rest of the week?


The sun is shining for now, if you like it make the most of it. Things


through this week are going to change. There was blue sky around


today, sunshine beating down and temperatures heading up words, we


got to 27 degrees across parts of west London, widely into the mid-20s


but we saw McLeod in the afternoon. That cloud was fairly high, quite


innocuous but a sign of what's to come. Tomorrow there will be a south


easterly winds bringing warm air from any continent. The increasing


risk of thunderstorms late in the day. All quiet out there tonight,


dry with clear spells. We will see more of that high clade streaming


its way in from the south, maybe the odd Mr patch, minimum temperatures


of 15 to 17. Increasingly maguey. Muddy and humid tomorrow, spells of


hazy sunshine, a little bit of cloud in the sky at times, but it should


stay dry for the vast majority of the day. We will have a fairly


keenly easterly breeze, close to the coast of Essex and Kent. Further


west looking at highs of 28 or 29. Into tomorrow evening, the Met


office has issued a Yellow warning for rent in the form of some


thunderstorms which are likely to push up from the side. They look


quite dramatic and in places they could be, giving a lot of rain in


eight short space of time, localised flooding and frequent lightning.


Other spots may miss out completely and it will be very muddy. Those hit


and miss thunderstorms will tend to clear away during Wednesday, a lot


of dry weather but we cannot rule out the idea of some further storms


cropping up as the day goes on. It could be heavy if you do catch one,


even hail and gusty winds. Still warm and humid but as we head


towards the end of the week things will turn cooler and fresher. Some


changes are on the way, if you like the warmth and sunshine make the


most of tomorrow. The Government's confirmed


the routes for the second stage Trains will run from


Birmingham on two lines - one serving the north west,


the other up into Yorkshire. A terminally-ill man has begun


a legal challenge to overturn the ban on assisted dying


in England and Wales. Noel Conway has motor


neurone disease. Schools are to get a ?1.3 billion


bailout over two years, but the money will have to come


from savings elsewhere A month after the Finsbury Park


terror attack, in which one person died and ten others were injured,


the chairman of the mosque has called for tougher


penalties for hate crime. That's it for now,


thanks for joining us. Victoria Hollins will be


back with our late news.