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Thousands of commuters face weeks of disruption as Waterloo station
I am good to cycle every day into town. Our service part of the way on
to tree that will already be crammed so I will suffer it for a week then
work at home for a bit. We'll have details
on the closure to services. Completely shocked and surprised, it
was the last thing I was expecting on duty just trying to do my job and
going to help someone. We speak to the paramedic targeted
by robbers on a moped whilst And after the London
Bridge terror attack - traders in Borough Market say
they've yet to receive Reggae star Freddie McGregor
on the joy of being Jamaican Good evening and welcome to the
programme with me Louisa Preston. First tonight: Hundreds
of thousands of commuters using the UK's busiest railway
station face weeks of disruption with major engineering works due
to begin this weekend. A multi million pound revamp
of Waterloo station will see half The upgrade work is in order to
create extra space for passengers. Marc Ashdown has the details
and joins us from Waterloo. Since this opened in 1840, Waterloo
has been one of London's key transport hubs. The last of the
steam trains left ear and 96 to seven. The first of the Eurostar
trains arrived in 1994, there is some trivia for you. Know they need
a station for the 21st-century. That will take lots of work and lots of
disruption. From tomorrow there won't
be any trains leaving Commuters will have to find other
ways to get into London. From here it is bus service part
of the way, to a train that is already probably
going to be rammed. I'm going to suffer it for a week,
probably work from home for a bit, It is just one of
those things really. It is a pain, but if it is
needed, it is needed. Waterloo is the UK's busiest station
with 100 million passengers The demand is expected to grow,
by 2043 we are expecting a 40% Lengthening platforms,
delivering more modern trains, getting more bums
on seats essentially. These platforms, one to four,
are shorter than Waterloo's other Look at the rest of the platforms,
they are much longer, That is hundreds more
passengers per train. It is no doubt then that there
will be some long-term gains. Southwest has colour-coded
the level of disruption. Stations in green should be OK,
yellow more crowded than usual. Stations in orange will be extremely
busy with fewer trains. Those in red will be closed
at least some of the time. Notably the line through
Clapham Junction will be cancelled to Chessington and severely
disrupted to Dorking on the Shepperton line
and as far as Winchester. Services to Reading
will also be affected. Controversially there won't be any
blanket compensation Compensation will continue to be
available throughout August as it always is and that is based
on the journey that our passengers have compared to the timetable
that we have been advertising since Have been talking to passengers
for about 12 months now, trying to raise awareness of these
works and getting people to understand the impact
on their journeys. At this station some commuters
are already planning The plan is I am going to cycle
every day into town I hope. I like an extra half hour in bed
but that is gone now. I wouldn't mind if it was a week
but three weeks is a bit extreme. But the works are extensive,
costing ?800 million, Extra trains will be laid on to try
and cope but with 250,000 journeys likely to be affected every day,
it could be a long How do you think commuters will
cope? The industry watchdog on behalf of Network Rail and Southwest
trains has been serving passengers that use the service asking them
what they are likely to do over the next month and the results are
interesting. First the good news, interesting. First the good news,
about 91% of actually heard the work is happening although a 30% say they
information they have received so information they have received so
far. In terms of double trouble free, about 52% say they will still
try and use the trains that means about half aren't going to. That is
explicit people say they will work elsewhere, from Paul of the office
and about a quarter, but a holiday to try and void the disruption.
Transport bosses tell me people do what they say then they should be
able to cope, the disruption would be too bad. In reality that could
all change, people could travel differently to the best advice I can
give you is to listen out on a radio station, BBC radio London where
there will be up to the minute information to help you plan your
journey. A paramedic who was robbed
as she was on her way to an emergency call has been
speaking about what happened. The 32-year-old was targeted by
criminals on mopeds in the west end. She says she was left 'shocked
and angry' that she couldn't get to an elderly patient
needing medical help. It comes as new figures reveal
a spike in the number of attacks Gangs on mopeds in inner London who
will do whatever it takes to get what they want. It seems that the
attack indiscriminately. Cycling paramedic Catherine McKenna was on
her way to help an elderly man and Bloomsbury which became a victim of
a morbid gang. I saw a leather glove approach in front of my face and
grab at my phone and selected from my hand. It was so quick. As I
looked up I saw to mopeds driving off down the pavement and they were
gone. She had just stepped out of a shop when the attack happened on the
pavement. I was shocked, couldn't believe that it had happened, I was
quite scared initially and felt very angry that they had actually come up
and did that to me. This latest attack comes as figures show that
has been a steady increase in the number of physical assaults on
paramedics over the last three years. There were 479 last year
since April this year that have since April this year that have
already been 79 assaults. Three weeks ago another London ambulance
worker was taboo targeted in north London. The paramedic who doesn't
want to be identified was attacked here in the early hours of the 16th
of July. She was eight on her way to a patient but was flagged down by
three men who appeared to be distressed. She stopped to help and
they pulled balaclavas over their faces and through a liquid into her
face which irritated her skin. She ended up going to hospital. People
except when they join in the add-on service that some situations are
going to be a little stressful and do have a level of risk. What we are
not prepared to accept a random attacks for no reason at all.
Following her attacker got back on her bike the very next day. I
wouldn't say I feel vulnerable, most of the time I feel relatively
straight. But I felt from the role they would have won and they always
use if doing my job. The family of a black man
who died in East London after being restrained by police
are calling for "openness It comes after it was confirmed
that the object removed from Rashan Charles's throat
was a mixture of paracetamol The 20-year-old's death sparked
protests on the streets as well as A Kenyan preacher who was living
in south London has been extradited to Nairobi and charged with five
counts of 'child stealing'. Gilbert Deya fought
extradition for ten years. He's accused of stealing babies
from hospitals in Nairobi The terror attack on London
bridge saw hundreds of businesses suffer financially
because of the closure Two months on and a number
of traders say they've yet to receive sufficient insurance
payments to cover their losses. One claims staff may even have to be
laid off as a result. It is one of the city's most popular
destinations with millions of people But earlier this year
a terror attack here forced businesses to close
for nearly two weeks. In the months following
the attack one stallholder said it had to extend its overdraft
and another said it only survived But the whole market
felt the effects. Sean estimates his business lost
between 10,000 and ?15,000. We couldn't get to our business,
we couldn't access our stock. You have been in touch
with your insurers and you It has been a real challenge
with the insurers, they not been helpful at
all in this process. We were told they wouldn't even look
at the claim. Publishers have said it was adjusted down to review the
claim that two months on and no sign of any money. And Shauna doesn't get
the insurance money he says he met have to lay off staff his MP
believes some businesses here could even close without pay-outs. He
believes the Government has not done enough to help. But all they
provided direct support but they have failed to ensure that the
pays out swiftly. That businesses pays out swiftly. That businesses
are forced to close and jobs and livelihoods are worse than any
Government is failing to do its job. The Government set up an insurance
system to make sure companies are covered if they had damaged in a
terror attack but currently it terror attack but currently it
doesn't include business closure. Which is what happened here. The
mineral may have lost is ?1.4 million and that is profound even
for summer as successful as Borough Market, that is a profound loss to
try and copper. The Government said it is committed...
Some stalls here say they need help and action now if they continue to
sell the products are long-time some of the finest the city has two
offer. After a spate of horrific
acid attacks in London, there are calls for tougher charges,
for those using it as a weapon. Today the Crown Prosecution Service
has clarified how the crime Well to tell us more
about this is Alice Salfield - we're hearing a lot more about acid
attacks at the moment? This update to the guidance comes in
response to growing calls to do more to tackle acid attacks will stop
last month in London we saw five attacks in just one night. A warning
for those at home, we are about to show some of the victims of acid
attacks, they make-up to look away and some of the life changing
horrendous instant injuries and we are seeing. They have been calls
from MPs and charities to tighten the law in terms of the sale of acid
but also tougher sentences for those found guilty of using acid in these
kinds of attacks. It is the sentencing that the Crown
Prosecution Service as addressing. It has released guidance which could
see people caught carrying acid face prison sentences of up to four
years. For those found guilty offering acid, even if it does no
harm to the intended victim, they could face a maximum life sentence.
Is this a change in the law? There has been no change in the law but
because it using acid as a weapon is a relatively new thing, so far these
kinds of attacks haven't been mentioned in any of the guidelines
suffered the Crown Prosecution Service was to do is clarify how the
current law applies to this crime. What they are saying is that as an
offensive weapon so it should carry the same sentencing is using or
carrying a knife. Will we see any tougher sentences as a result? In
reality at this stage probably not. Nothing has really changed here but
what he Home Office is saying is that they have undertaken a wide
ranging review of the law including sentencing and access to acid so
this is when we could see a real change anyway these kinds of crimes
are handled. In the opening night of London 2017
will be giving from some of the capital's track and field stars
going for glory at the home World Championships. Jamaica is taking
over London this weekend. I am here at the O2...
With the deadline up for people to have their say
on what the Grenfell Tower fire inquiry should cover,
tonight we hear from one survivor about her own very difficult journey
She's been speaking to Michael Cowen.
We first met you the day after the fire.
We then met you a week after the fire.
How far do you think you have moved on from that?
I've gotten help through counselling.
One thing you have told me that has been worrying you is the abuse that
Grenfell survivors are getting from certain members of the public.
What sort of abuse are we talking about?
It is internet abuse, very nasty comments,
People thinking we are having a free ride.
It's people thinking we are taking advantage.
We're not taking advantage, what are we taking advantage of?
It's people thinking this person doesn't deserve to speak up just
You said there have been some incredibly racist comments made.
When you have been through what you have been through,
how does it feel to see reactions like that from the public?
It is scary because I feel scared to tell anybody now that I am
from the tower because you don't know what the reaction will be.
We didn't burn the tower by ourselves.
Nobody wants to live in a hotel for a month or more than a month.
So please, stop, whoever they are, stop.
Though hurtful as it's the people are saying vicious racist things
about the survivors? The only thing about the survivors? The only thing
I can say is I wouldn't wish it on anybody, my worst enemy. It could
happen to you tomorrow and I would be the one trying to lift you up.
So please, stop, whoever they are, stop.
Young people in care are amongst the most vulnerable in society.
One in four homeless people have been looked
And 70 per cent of sex workers have been in care.
So five London councils have taken steps to offer financial
help to ensure those who leave the care system
They are quite vulnerable, so they are are facing things
At just eight years old, the local council begin this man's parents.
When he was old enough to leave care, the council
After five years in my own place, I had to move.
Just a few months later, bailiffs were knocking at his door.
They said "police" when they knocked on the door.
That was scary in itself, I wondered what I had done.
When they said it was for council tax and the amount, I was dismayed.
Many young people struggle leaving home to living on their own.
But for young people leaving social care it is harder.
For those living in London, one of the UK's most expensive
That is why five councils have scrapped council tax for young care
Tower Hamlets houses around 300 young care leavers.
They are one of the councils exempting them from council tax.
This will cost ?40,000 pery year - it is not a massive amount out
of the council budget and it will make a massive difference
to those young people until the age of 25.
We showed a leading charity some of the experiences of the young care
50% of councils are not providing financial education.
If you are managing a household budget at 18,
responsible for council tax, you need more support to make that
He hopes care leavers across the capital will benefit
The little help that you do for them, it will really benefit
them and put a smile on those young faces.
We know the capital is used to hosting some
of the biggest sporting events, but the World Athletics
Championships has never been held here, until now.
Some of the biggest stars in track and field -
including a certain Usain Bolt - will be taking to the track later
tonight at London Stadium, where we can join Chris Slegg
a helicopter you can probably hear about me is no doubt getting a deal
shots of the opening ceremony that is in full swing right now. Usain
Bolt and Mo Farah was competing on the last major championships
tonight. Mo Farah grew up on the outskirts of the capital, lets you
know from some of London's other athletes who have the honour of
competing at a former world champion ships.
Croydon's Martyn Rooney goes in the 400 metres but his best
chance of a medal comes in the relay.
He is part of a team hoping for better luck
after being controversially disqualified in Rio de Janeiro.
People laughed at us when we said we were trying to win it.
I genuinely thought we were good enough to beat
It took a couple of months to get over that, it
But we have a great opportunity in London.
Dina Asher-Smith is fit to compete after breaking her foot in February.
She helped carry athletes' kit at London 2012 when she was just 16.
But you have to grow up fast in athletics.
When I got selected, I thought this is my third
To be here and to be in some sort of shape, I'm so grateful,
21-year-old Reece Prescod stunned everyone by winning the British
The trial was probably one of the best days of my life so far.
Probably the highlight of my athletics career.
I had visualised that day and that is what I'm going to try
Having missed out on London 2012, after being injured trampolining,
Asha Philip can't wait for the chance to compete at a home
It's my hometown, literally east-ender, so all my family
I cannot wait to hear that crowd, honestly.
I actually did it, I'm going to London.
It's ten days when dreams will be made and broken.
Whatever happens, the memories of London 2017 will last a lifetime.
An important step days for all of them and imported ten days ahead for
athletics. Rocked by regular recent stripping scandals, Russia of course
remain banned. I don't think anyone expects a completely cleaner world
champ in chips but athletics has to show it is getting its house in
order. London 2017 as a really important part to play here to help
the sport itself restore its reputation. Thank you.
Well Usain Bolt is not the only Jamaican pulling in the crowds
in London this weekend - a festival celebrating
Jamaica's independence from Britain is on at the O2.
It's being headlined by reggae singer Freddie McGregor
and Wendy Hurrell caught up with him earlier today.
Here we are in the tent by the Thames.
It is my favourite place to perform actually.
I started in this country, and the kind of love I have
got from this country, it's amazing and overwhelming.
Freddie McGregor has been a few times to the capital
This guy would speak to me in real nice Cockney.
And then he will just burst out into this deep patois.
Here, I see some nice juicy looking sugar cane.
Everything that we love, mangoes, they are here.
I bought a big bag of lychees yesterday.
I enjoyed that watching telly last night.
And of course he is not the only Jamaican attracting
the crowds to the eastern half of London this weekend.
He is a party kid, he likes to party, likes going out to dance,
that's how he comes up with his famous pose
because he is a dancer, he loves dance hall music,
He is ending his career here in London the same
I am really feeling sad about that, too.
Because of the joy he has given us when we watch Bolt run
We are surely going going to miss that big-time.
So London will see him off this weekend, along
Let's get a check on the weekend weather with Ben Rich.
A bit mixed. The story for this weekend is more of the same. It
hasn't been the most inspiring week of weather. Some showers, some sunny
spells as well. Captured by some other weather watchers. Many places
had a largely dry day was not too many showers. Through the weekend a
mixture of sunshine and showers, some heavy showers tomorrow. Cool on
balance but Sunday is the day if you want reliable dry weather for much
of the time. Through tonight, largely dry, showers fading away,
clear spells, not particularly cold. Texture is down to 14 or 15.
Tomorrow doesn't start to badly, largely dry ice age from the passing
light shower. Sunny spells but then these heavy downpours swinging from
the west, some heavy, some flashes of lightning and thunder, maybe some
hail but there will be some sunny breaks in between and temperatures
around 20 or 21. At the World Championship, it could well catch a
shower at times, don't take this too literally. It may not necessarily be
at two o'clock but through the afternoon we might see some showers
fading away into the evening. Saturday night does look
dry. It is a little ridge of high dry. It is a little ridge of high
pressure building which means settled weather and a cool start to
Sunday morning. If you a lot about Italy on Sunday ten teachers could
be around nine or ten if you live out of town, perhaps 13 in the
centre of London. Sets us up for a lovely day on Sunday, a lots of
sunshine around through the morning, extra cloud developing into the
afternoon but it should spoil things to much and it will stay dry through
daylight hours. 19 to 21 degrees, feeling fairly pleasant and the
sunshine. For the Community Shield at Wembley, mainly dry, spells of
sunshine and into the start of next week rather cloudy with some rain at
times. Sunshine and showers through the weekend.
to Northern Ireland, the Irish Prime Minister says every
aspect of life there, could be affected by Brexit --
and warns against economic barriers between the UK and Ireland.
The man investigating claims Russia interfered in the US
Presidential election has convened a Grand Jury -- the first step to
President Trump dismisses the investigation.
BA, Easyjet and Ryanair are warning holiday-makers of long
delays at European airports, ahead of one of the busiest travel
Extra security checks are being blamed.
That's it, I'll be back later during the ten o'clock news,
but for now from everyone on the team have a lovely evening.
Experience the power of the BBC Proms.
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to jazz legends Ella Fitzgerald and Dizzy Gillespie,
in the centenary year of their births.
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Being on stage or screen doesn't faze these celebrities.
But how will they manage on MasterChef?
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It will be tasty. Are you telling me?
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