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That's all from the BBC News at Six, so it's goodbye from me


The Met Chief tells us a clamp-down on Islamaphobia will help


Her comments come with hate crime on the rise.


Swearing coming out or you can hear someone saying "Get out"


or you can hear someone saying "Leave our country."


We join police on special hate crime patrols.


The woman shot and wounded on holiday in Brazil -


her family tells how her partner, an ex-paratrooper saved her life.


Plus find out why this pub needs an inspector


The requirement is that it's sufficiently gay,


which is hilarious, but we don't want sufficient gayness,


we want wholeheartedly, massive queerness.


And a view not seen by the public for 700 years -


how Westminster Abbey is to open a rarely seen part


The Metropolitan Police Commissioner has told the BBC


that tackling hate crime and Islamaphobia is one


of the best ways of combating Islamic terrorism itself.


Cressida Dick's comments come after figures show hate crime


has been rising over the last three years.


Now the Met is combining dedicated patrols on the streets of London


with a specialist cyber command to tackle the problem.


Our political editor Tim Donovan is at New Scotland Yard now for us.


Are in tax, and tags in Manchester and London, there was a really sharp


spike in reports of reports of hate crimes, especially reports of verbal


abuse and so on directed against Muslims. The commissioner said here


today that that had fallen off, the trend has abated somewhat, but it


was still an issue but it wasn't just about numbers to her mind


because it was a very important signal to send, to address and make


a priority the issue of hate crime. There are specialist patrols. They


have started in east London where the BBC has been. Charlotte Franks


reports. Nusrat and her family know


what it's like Last year, they were


the victims of hate crime. It happened around the time


of the EU referendum. One day, I left my window open


by mistake and when I came back, there were three kgs


of tomatoes here on the window, kitchen shelf, floor


on the wall, everywhere. Three kilograms of tomatoes thrown


through your kitchen window? Then they started


calling my husband names. By his beard, calling


him Osama bin Ladin. They called your husband


Osama bin Ladin? Yes. They smashed my car,


they broke the car's windscreen... Her husband, Khalil, had to install


CCTV to capture the intimidation. After presenting


the evidence to police, Over the last five years, there's


been an upward trend in the number of reported hate crimes


across England and Wales. In London last year,


there were more than 15,000 reports of racist abuse and over 1500


Islamophobic reports. For many, the fear of becoming


a victim is very real. I can hear swearing coming out


or you can hear someone saying "Get out" or you can hear


someone saying "Leave our country." It's why police are patrolling


on foot around East London. A visible presence to


reassure the community. Superintendent Waheed Khan


is responsible for clamping down on and all of them are


equally unacceptable. I think you can be online


and increasingly we're seeing It can happen on a bus,


it could happen in the street, in a shop, but equally


in the digital world. The war against hate crime


on the Internet is being fought It was launched in April


by Mayor Sadiq Khan and works closely with


social media sites The police hope that this


combined approach of street and cyber patrols will


help to reassure London's diverse communities that they can


live their lives without fear. The Commissioner, Cressida Dick,


knows there is a perception here that needs to be tackled. She said


today that the Met needs to work doubly hard to achieve confidence in


Muslim communities. It is why today in the Fourier of the Metropolitan


Police's headquarters here, she took part in an hour-long interview and


falling with the BBC's Asian network with a big reach, of course, with a


Muslim audience. She was making the point here that if the Met was seen


to tackle and take so seriously the issue of Islamophobia, that was


going to achieve the kind of confidence that then led to help in


tackling extremism, the causes of terrorism.


One of the ways that we can tackle extremism together is to ensure


that Muslims, for example, feel protected and feel properly


protected and that we are taking hate crime very, very


seriously and I think, you know, if you look


at the terrible attack in Finsbury Park,


You know, we treated it as a terrorist incident.


What she said was, you would start to see progress when Muslim people,


news and communities felt they were able to influence their local


police, understand their police and also join the police force. 8% of


the Metropolitan Police currently are Muslim. London's Muslim


communities about 18%. There is a gap there that she wants to achieve.


The hope would then be that, of course, if you achieve that kind of


level of confidence, you would just have that extra opportunity when


somebody suspects or fears or just has a feeling about something that


is not right in their community, a neighbour or a family member, they


would be more confident about getting in contact with the police


and expressing their concerns. OK, Tim. Many thanks. Tim Donovan,


our political editor. On day five of the world athletics


Championships, IM at the club which helped transform Asha Smith into a


sprint sensation. The family of a mother-of-three,


believed to have been shot by gangsters in Brazil,


has told the BBC how her partner, Eloise Dixon was with him


and her three daughters when they accidentally drove


straight into a Rio slum ruled by one of the country's


most notorious gangs. It was a week into her son's family


holiday when Hazel Dixon got His starting was, you know,


"Eloise has been shot. He said that the gunman


had shot the tyres. "It's absolutely riddled


with bullet holes." Eloise Dixon, her husband Max


and three young children, Isabella, Holly and Alice


were driving in the coastal resort of Angra dos Reis, about 90 miles


from Rio de Janeiro. After straying into favela territory


and stopping to buy water, The mother of three was shot twice,


once in the abdomen. Max, a serving firefighter


in Bromley stayed calm in


extraordinary circumstances. He just wanted to get out of it


as quickly as possible, You know, the head man from


the hospital said she was so lucky. The 46-year-old underwent


two hours of surgery and is now in a stable condition,


waiting to be transferred to a private hospital


in Rio de Janeiro. Do you have any messages to other


travellers who might...? Don't take any little


side roads or anything. And all Hazel can do is wait


for her son's next phone call. for travellers using Waterloo


station after a signal failure shut some of the platforms


this afternoon. Ten of the platforms


are already shut for three weeks so the they can


lengthened to increase capacity. Due to the work, Network Rail have


told passengers to try and avoid In an attempt to avoid parking


charges at Luton airport, some holiday-makers are now facing


huge repair bills instead. Some air passengers have been


leaving their cars in residential to find their vehicles


vandalised and graffitied. The problem's got so bad,


the council is considering When the owners of this card


returned from their holiday, this is what's waiting for them. Parked on a


residential streets near Luton airport, for the past weeks. First


came the graffiti, then a few days later, the vandalism. About two


o'clock in the morning, we heard a thud, but out of our bedroom window


and there were two lads, 15 or 16, jumping all over it and running at


it and then they got on their bikes and drove off. Residents we have


spoken to don't condone the vandalism, but they do understand


the frustration. Icy tyres done, little airport parking, windscreen


wipers broken off. I am not going to vandalise anybody's car, but I


understand why it has been done. It is frustrating. We live here. Parked


elsewhere. They are so bold, they move the columns or they push your


card down to you fit. Someone has been writing notices for some time


and it doesn't have gone further than that but then I came out here


and I saw the side window had been done and I thought, well, seeing


what has happened before, I had better get is reported to the


council because once vandals and starts, it escalates. If you turn up


at Luton, long-stay parking charges are ?25 a day for the first date and


?21 a day after that. Pre-booking brings those prices down. Residents


have told us that all of these cars have been here for some time, left


by people with suitcases heading off to the airport and it's led to a lot


of frustration and, in some places, vandalism. We have seen three cars


vandalised here today. The police say they are powerless to do


anything but the council is trying to take some action. The council has


written to residents asking if they want a parking permit scheme. For


less than a pound a week, they will get full coverage, protection and


presents in the area by way of having the enforcement officers out


there. Most residents told us it is unfair that they would have to pay


to park outside their own homes because of airport passengers. Luton


airport says it always advises passengers to park in on-site or


off-site car parks, but with more airport expansion underway, the


number of passengers preferring to par boys parking charges could yet


increase. -- preferring to avoid parking charges.


A scheme creating the illusion of speed bumps on roads to slow down


drivers is being extended across the city.


Transport for London has now painted virtual bumps in 45 locations


to reduce speeds to 20 miles per hour.


is to bring traffic down to speeds of below 20 miles per hour


with the results of the trial showing some success


as average speeds have reduced by three miles per hour.


Over the last decade, nearly two thirds of the capital's gay bars


In Tower Hamlets, an attempt to stop the trend of LGBT venue is closing


down. The council is sending in an inspector as Emma North reports.


The Joiners Arms was an institution. It was called a meeting place for


genuine outsiders. It was a feeling as you walked through the door,


right there, bring it on! Not to forget the tunes as well, because we


didn't want to go out... Kylie. The only signs here are billboards for


nights out elsewhere because two years ago this site was sold and


like most of our city able to be flats. But the council says it must


be home to a new club for the LGBT community and an inspector will


check it is gay enough. What does that mean? I honestly don't know. I


honestly don't know. Cultural things like the music, decor, stuff like


that, nods to the sort of people that go there? Over a decade, almost


two thirds of London's LGBT venues have closed. The redevelopment of


places like Joiners Arms is part of the plan to stop this. But


campaigners say it is not important that the spaces are created, but


what counts is that they are worth going for. At the requirement is


that it's sufficiently gay, which is hilarious, but we don't want


sufficient gamers, we want wholeheartedly, massive queerness.


And if we are talking about sufficient, sufficient on whose


terms? Going out LGBT London has changed. People don't meeting pubs


and clubs but use apps instead. A culture is seen by many as a


mainstream. John sizzle, seen in the leopard-print here, appears on the


South bank. Out of costume, he explains in London's need for LGBT


bars and clubs. People I know that don't look as straight as I do will


get a lot of grief on the streets, you know. They are called names


constantly, they are bullied. People need to come to a place and express


themselves and feel safe during it. The mayor of Tower Hamlets says they


are at committed to celebrating the great diversity...


The council decides tomorrow what will happen to the Joiners Arms. A


space for the LGBT community could be guaranteed for 12 years. What


can't be promised though is the quality of any party.


Restoration work to open up part of Westminster Abbey,


not seen by the public for hundreds of years.


The bond between London and Paris hasn't been affected by


That's the view of the departing French Ambassador to the UK.


As Sylvie Bermann prepares to leave at the end of the month,


she's been speaking to BBC London about the city she's made her home


She's been speaking to our Brexit reporter Katharine Carpenter.


When Sylvie Bermann was posted to the embassy here in London


three years ago, colleagues warned her it would be boring


Well, I think it has been a historic period because I arrived


just before the referendum on Scotland and then I had


two general elections and then of course the Brexit


Around 100,000 French people living in London voted in the French


election earlier this year, but they had no say


in the UK's decision to leave the EU.


Some have already left, not a huge number of people,


some decided to leave because they feel maybe less


welcome in the city now and, again, the main problem is uncertainty.


You've talked about the Brexit negotiations as being


Did you still think that's a good analogy?


Well, that was a funny analogy and while I hope that in the future


I'm not sure it's going to be the case.


So, does she think the city will be one of those losers?


I think that London will remain a very


important financial centre, but at the same time,


some people and some activities will be relocated


It's not our choice and, of course, we take the opportunity


but generally speaking, we have a policy of strengthening


But if she's keen to play down any rivalry


between Paris and London, she's equally keen to talk up


the friendship between what she describes as our twin cities.


It's close, it has always been so and also


we suffered terrorist attacks and so there was a lot of


displays of solidarity and friendship.


I was very touched also when I was invited to Wembley and


the Prime Minister and the Prince of Wales sang the Marseillaise.


It is understood she is off to Russia next,


I like the culture and their sense of humour as well,


so I really enjoyed my time in London.


It's a bit too short, but that's the diplomatic life.


An interesting insight there into the Ambassador's thoughts


Yes, and it's very clear speaking to her that she thinks this is going to


be detrimental to the UK and to London particularly in terms of a


loss of influence on the world stage. Of course, there are many


people in this city who will disagree with that viewpoint, but we


know that to be the French position generally, so it is perhaps a great


surprise. What was interesting during our chat was how little she


felt that would impact on the human relationships between Christians and


Londoners. She said we had a human bond, particularly after the terror


attack she was talking about the -- Parisien 's and London. She said one


thing she was most proud of during her two year terrible setting up the


Anglo Franco Young readers programme, something she hopes will


mean there is a network between people of all backgrounds in France


and the UK, something that will injure. That was something that was


conceived pre-Brexit but she acknowledges it will become more


important now. And of course, we wish her well in


Russia. It's day five of the World


Athletics Championships and among the British medal hopefuls


taking to the track at the London Stadium tonight


in the 200 metre heats will be They're getting ready to cheer her


on at her club in Bromley, which is where we can


join Chris Slegg. Hello. This is Black Keys and


Bromley Harriers. Some discus training is going on behind me. The


200 metres of course, Dina Asher-Smith. A fortnight of training


here a week still. She grew up training here and she will have the


support of so many people down here tonight. Anyone who has seen her


race will know she races with a smile on her face. These pictures


are the last World Championships two years ago. She came fifth then


Budgie has since gone on to become a European champion. She has had a


really tough season after breaking her foot in February. She has


battled back in time for these rock championships. The youngsters behind


me here are going through Sprint straddles here tonight. I could


think to a court here, Ken. How do you think she will be feeling ahead


of these heaps, trying to get it if there's a's semifinals? She will do


OK. She came here 13 years ago to join the Academy and that has been


run by her current coach, John Lackey, who spotted her potential


the same as I did and everyone else did. I remember in the individual


primary school championships she won probably eight years ago now. She


broke a new record in that. I remember a teacher up there saying


to me, who do you think will win? I said the girl in lane for. They


went, no, look at the girl next door, she is twice her size and


younger. I said, just watch and basically, yeah, she ran a fantastic


time and a teacher turned round and said to me, my God, she looks like a


future Olympic champion. She is nearly there! Not far off. Let's


speak to one of these young sprinters. You do heptathlon but 200


metres as part of that. We say a lot in the media, is a cliche, or is she


genuinely an inspiration? Definitely an inspiration. To have a great


British sprinter like Dina on TV competing at the world-class shows


kids like us that if you have the determination and commitment she


has, you could be like her. Definitely an inspiration. When you


see her running, what tips do you take from her? What you learn? She's


really relaxed which he runs, so fluid and that is key especially in


sprinting slaps a great tip. We shall see how she gets on tonight.


Thank you very much. The heat are at 7:30pm, the 200 metres. If Dina


Asher-Smith gets through, semifinals on Thursday night and then fingers


crossed, everyone down here will be cheering her on, hoping she can get


a Friday night's final. We certainly hope so. Thanks very much indeed,


Chris. For more than 800 years


the Abbey has stood a medieval masterpiece,


largely untouched. So imagine the pressure


of being responsible for a multi-million pound project


to build a brand new tower alongside so visitors can access parts


of the Abbey seldom seen before. Victoria Hollins has


been to take a look. This isn't a journey many get


to take and it transports us to a place few get to see -


the top of Westminster Abbey and the hidden project changing


the face of the church. Right here, we can see the roof


of the access tower, so that's the herringbone pattern


of the lead work which we're halfway


through completing. This is the parapet


of the tower going around here. This is the top of the


new 120 foot tower to contain stairs and a lift, a new


build to bring visitors It's very challenging


project to be working on such a prestigious building,


such a prestigious project, but using historic materials


to be tied into the new materials that


we've had to build the actual Do you feel the weight


of history little bit here? It's an honour and a privilege to be


doing it, but we definitely feel It will be a new museum


and gallery allowing 300 objects from the Abbey's history


to go on display for the first time. And this, in building


terms, is the icing on the cake - a finial,


the decorative lead polle matching those that have


sat atop the other towers This is the first


significant change to Westminster Abbey


in nearly 300 years, but it's not just a change


for the building. They will be a big change


for visitors to because this is the rather unique view


they'll get once they reach It's a view that hasn't changed


hugely since the last It's been an architectural challenge


to match old with new. The design intent for


the architects, was to make this as discreet


as possible, so they've glazed it all so


basically you can look through What do you think Wren


would think of all of this? I think the Wren would be


very happy with this. Visitors will get the chance


to decide for themselves when the tower and gallery open


to the public next June. Let's get a check on the weather now


and Lucy Martin has joined us. Not great weather, not feeling


pitifully summery, but here in London we have largely got away with


seeing the better of the weather. We have seen quite heavy, thundery


showers across England today and even a few funnel clouds, Ouschan


was where I was a bit further over to the east as they make their way


up to the north is omitted the day. We have got away with seeing more in


the way of dry weather. Doesn't look like we will be quite as lucky as we


move into tomorrow though with some heavy outbreaks of rain along the


way. Here's what's going on in the charts then. Low pressure moving up


towards the north and then a weather front here that's going to sink a


little bit towards the south-east. The very slowly and as it goes


towards the south-east it will be in the great, bringing heavy outbreaks


of rain. A yellow weather warning in-place valid until midnight


tomorrow, heavy outbreaks of rain and showers could bring local


disruption, flooding and tricky driving conditions. Through this


evening then, some showery outbreaks of rain. A fair amount of cloud


around with temperatures falling to an overnight low of around 10-13dC.


We will see that rain pushing in from the north and west. Starting


off with dry spells in the south and east first thing but the rain


pushing in quite quickly from the north-west and bringing heavy


outbreaks of rain and the odd rumble of thunder and flash of lightning


knocked out of the question. Temperatures reaching a maximum of


15 or 17 degrees is not feeling warm. The yellow weather warning


could mean a localised flooding and tricky driving conditions. A ridge


of high pressure does put in on Thursday and that means we will see


something a bit drier and brighter. The weather front finally pushing


out what the south-east, so a few showers possible in the morning but


sunny spells developing into the afternoon. Temperatures reaching a


maximum of 21 Celsius. That dry weather is still with us first thing


on Friday, but it's not long before we see the rain pushing in from the


north-west later in the day. More outbreaks of rain on the way. I will


leave you with the outlook then. Very unsettled as we move through


the next few days. You will want to have your umbrella at the ready.


Stay indoors tomorrow? I would!


Organisers of the World Athletics Championships


at the London Stadium are trying to limit the spread of norovirus.


It has already affected dozens of athletes and staff.


A woman has escaped serious injury after appearing to be pushed


by a jogger into the path of a bus on Putney Bridge.


CCTV of the incident shows a man appear to shove


The Met Police Commissioner has told the BBC that tackling hate crime


and Islamophobia is one of the best ways of combating terrorism.


Figures show hate crime has risen in the capital


You're always welcome of course to get in touch


And I'll be back later during the ten o'clock news.


Thanks for joining us and have a lovely evening.


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