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five years after the murder of a Surrey family
on holiday in the Alps, the brother tells of his
frustation with the French handling of the case.
The investigation itself was based on conjecture rather than proper
evidence and that's why the whole thing has failed.
We speak to the French investigator who admits they've
let the family down. Also tonight -
as the royals visit a new community centre providing
mental health support for Grenfell victims - we talk to one survivor
All these are materialistic things. I'm happier with them.
Plus from the D-day landings to Duck tours on the Thames.
Why these amphibious vehicles are being beached for good.
Five Guys Named Moe returns to the West End after 25 years -
or should I say "pop up" in Marble Arch.
Welcome to BBC London News with me Riz Lateef.
It was the triple murder of a Surrey family gunned down in their car
while on holiday in the Alps. No-one has ever been charged.
Exactly five years on - the brother of Saad al-Hilli,
has told us how he feels the French investigation has failed them.
The woman leading the inquiry admits mistakes have been made -
and now suspects they may have been the victims of a "random attack".
Our Home Affairs Correspondent, Nick Beake reports.
The family holiday that ended in murder. Five years on, it remains a
mystery. The bodies of Saad al-Hilli, his wife and her mother
were found in a forest near lake Annecy in the French Alps. Saad
al-Hilli's brother from Surrey was treated as a suspect before being
released. He is highly critical of the whole French police
investigation. From the beginning, they handled the whole case very
badly. Very poorly. The investigation itself was based on
conjecture rather than proper evidence. And that's why the whole
thing has failed. When a passer-by found the bullet ridden family car,
four-year-old was hiding under her mother's body. Her older sister had
been shot and beaten but Shittu survived. A French cyclist was also
killed in the attack. Detectives disprove the theory he had been the
real target but like all avenues pursued over the past five years, it
came to nothing. The murder of the family in September 2012 near lake
Annecy prompted a huge investigation. A year later, the
brother is arrested amid rumours of a family feud but later released.
Because of insufficient evidence. In late 2013, the police issued the
sketch of a motorcyclist seen nearby. But he also is later ruled
out. In 2014, an inquest in Surrey officially finds the three family
members were unlawfully killed. And now three years old in 2017, still
no one has been charged over the murders. The French lead prosecutor
now thinks the family could have been simply in the wrong place at
the wrong time. Victims of a random attack. She admits the police have
so far failed the surviving family. TRANSLATION: Unfortunately, there
are no new leads, no progress since last year. We are still looking for
the murder weapon to find out who has it. But we haven't got any
further with the motive or suspects. A case which has baffled
investigators both at home and abroad, whoever the killer may be,
for now, they have got away with it. This is Tooting Common,
where locals are extremely angry, the Council wants to fell
and replace 51 of these trees. It's almost three months
since the Grenfell tragedy - Today Princes William and Harry
visited a new community centre in the area which provides mental
health support for the many children Our Political Editor Tim
Donovan is also there - and Tim as we know, mental health,
an issue very close to their hearts? Yes and they were very well
received. The royal foundation has placed mental health issues to the
for and that is where they are dedicating some of the resources.
They put money into providing space in this building, very close to the
tower. They were here for longer than expected today, nearly an hour.
This is going to house a number of charities dealing with bereavement,
counselling, help groups and the important thing is that those groups
will be able to work together here and the princes met staff, some
local teachers, a couple of pupils who were in the tower. And they met
other survivors. Including this man. I spoke to Prince Harry. A really
great experience, especially for my daughters as well who had a very
good conversation with both of them. My daughter started school today
which is great, that she started school because she is then going
into a sort of Nirmala T but again -- a sort of normality but then I
pick up from school and we go back to hotel room which brings us down.
But everyone understands it is a difficult situation. One of the
charities benefiting is Place To Be. You are presumably dealing with a
range of mental health issues? It is not at all simple and everyone
responds to the trauma in a different way. It is important there
are a wide range of services to support them and we are sure we can
scare lit up when needed. Great to have a building and a space, is that
enough? It's a space where we can coordinate and charities can work
together. Why is that important practically? In the first place, so
we don't overlap and we're not doing similar things. There is a big need
so a lot of charities are offering some of the services but so we can
coordinate together and offer things together. What about timescale
because presumably we want the original lease on this building?
Trauma or mental health doesn't abide by timescales. This is a
long-term issue and the idea is that we have this space, the four
charities and we coordinate with all the other excellent community and
volunteer organisations and we will review the space after those few
months. Some talk today about suicide or suicide attempts relating
to this tragedy. Any comment, any reflection on that? I think there
will be a range of responses to this trauma and that highlights the
importance of having as much support and funding for the support going
forward in the years to come. Thank you. The emotional impact of this
has occurred in many ways and has been eased to an extent in different
ways. 169-year-old survivor from the tower was today reunited with some
of her possessions. -- a 69-year-old survivor.
Yes, my Gemini. Is that really important to you?
It is. Why?
It's my birthstone and I made it into a ring.
Wow, that's interesting, that's good.
Talk to me about why you are so happy.
My late husband 's watch. Does that not make me happy?
So it's been over two months now since you lost your flat,
you are still living in a hotel but you have received some of your
What sort of consolation is that for you?
To me, actually, the consolation was that I was alive.
I'm happy I got them but my life was more
important. As soon as they start letting me
build my life again, then the sooner there
will be closure. Even if I've got all
of this stuff back, there is no closure because I don't
have a roof, I don't have my self-respect, I don't have
dignity, I have nothing. Even though she has some
of her jewellery back, the majority of this lady's possessions
remain in the tower. She's just one of 12
families to be reunited with her belongings so far.
But for the majority of residents who survived,
there's nothing left to be returned. The point is, she was reunited with
those possessions when these people are in hotels, temporary
accommodation and quite clearly it's not quite the same as home. Indeed.
Tim in north Kensington, thank you. Two teenage boys are
being treated in hospital after a double shooting in east
London yesterday. No arrests have been made and police
are appealing for witnesses. Let's speak to our reporter,
Tolu Adeoye, who's in The teenagers were found in this
alleyway behind me just after 3pm yesterday. Both suffering with
gunshot wounds. A 14-year-old is now in a critical condition in hospital
and a 17-year-old has suffered what has been described as life changing
injuries. No arrests have yet been made and investigations are
underway. Police have serious concerns after possible revenge
attacks so there are extra officers patrolling and they have more stop
and search powers. We're making sure we reassure the
community. And we have to prevent this happening again. All of those
resources we have said we are putting into this, section 60,
Trident, intelligence officers, using local authority resources, all
of those things will apprehend this kind of violence we are seeing on
our streets. Gun crime has risen sharply in the
capital over the last few years. Four teenagers have been killed this
year alone. Police say this is something they are taking very
seriously. They are appealing for people to come forward if they have
information in this incident. Apologies for that. Or any other
people who might be carrying weapons.
Young people falling into gangs, committing crimes and anti-social
behaviour - a persistent problem we can't seem to solve.
Well, the Government thinks the solution lies,
in part, with youth clubs. Which is why today it's
promising almost ?7 million for projects across East London.
When over the last five years at least 36 million has been
cut from youth services across the capital.
At this youth centre, life might be about to become a little easier for
the staff and volunteers who run activities 4000 youngsters in
Hackney. Today, central government handed them ?407,000 to spend over
the next three years from the youth investment fund. It is an enormous
amount of money for us to go over three years. It means we can make
sure we can sustain what we do and we are able to build on it and also
to help us to support other organisations. The government has
targeted some of the most deprived areas which means in the capital,
the entire amount of funding is going to youth centres all in east
London. Understandably, that's not gone down well here in west London.
This youth centre has been around for almost half a century but those
who run it say it's on the brink of closure. After recent funding cuts.
21-year-old Eddie used to come here as a boy and he now volunteers as a
mentor for others. You see all these young crimes committed by young
people who have no role models. You can come here and actually have
people to look up to, people think, I want to get on with my education.
The government has defended its funding strategy. Of course, there
are other youth projects with funding streams attached to them
that government is investing in in other parts of the country but this
particular fund is going to focus on east London. The 20 projects across
east London that will benefit. London assembly member Shaun Derry
says many youth centres will continue to struggle despite the
announcement. It doesn't really scratch the surface of the level of
cuts we have seen. I found more than 36 million has been taken out of use
services since 2011. This is not replenishing that gap. It is good
the government has started to recognise the use services and the
value they have, but they need to go further. For some, the funding boost
is far too little, too late, for others, any investment in youth is a
goal worth scoring. from ferrying GIs to
touring with tourists. Why London's Duck Tours
and their amphibious vehicles have Not one, not free but five guys
named Moe popping up in Marble Arch for a musical performance like no
other. Next, though, why would
a much-loved avenue of trees Next week, all 51 horse-chestnuts -
some more than a century old - will be cut down, much
to the dismay of campaigners who Our environment correspondent,
Tom Edwards, has the story. Tooting Common, a popular,
beautiful green space in South London and,
at its heart, an avenue of horse The council says it now has to fell
51 of them and replace them Many who use the park
oppose the plans. A lot of people in the local
community weren't given the door-to-door consultations,
they knew nothing about it. It's been alarming
for the community. We're not trying to save trees just
for the sake of saving trees. We're trying to save healthy,
mature trees that simply The council, though,
says the trees are old and diseased and two recently collapsed,
and they're a safety risk. Others say the council
is trying to cut costs. When trees get old, you have to look
after them a bit more. And the answer to your question -
why are they doing it? Well, you've got to follow
the money, you know? It costs more money
to maintain older trees. And the council wants
to save some money. You know, it's austerity
at-large basically. They've got to the point
where they're having to cut down trees because they haven't got
the money to look after them. There are eight million trees
in London and the Mayor's office says that they cover 20%
of their capital. Many are even older
than these ones here. Experts say that is not
a problem, but what they need Using the spurious argument that
health and safety is the reason Jeremy is an independent
tree expert. The bulk of the trees,
there is nothing wrong with them. I mean, they are just normal
maintenance and they've got decades left in them 20,
30, 50 years some of them The felling of these trees
could start in weeks. Campaigners say they intend to fight
the removal all the way. They now want the Mayor,
or the Government, to intervene. They may have survived Nazi Germany
and the D-Day landings, but now London's Duck Tours
and their unmistakable amphibious As Sonja Jessup explains,
a new super sewer has sunk any hopes they could continue to ferry
Londoners and tourists These bright yellow Duck Tours
have been turning heads We do regard ourselves as being
an iconic product of London. One of the great benefits we bring
to London is that other So they don't have it in Paris
or in other European countries. The tours will stop
because they won't be Thames Water is taking it over
to build a new super sewer. It says it's vital to remove tens
of millions of tonnes I'm afraid we have looked
at lots of alternatives. We have worked collaboratively
with Duck Tours. We have tried to push back the time
as long as possible until such time as they had to stop their
operations, but there is really no practical, safe alternative
to the one we have now. These amphibious trucks were first
made in the US in the 1940s. Many of them actually
served on D-Day and in You can tell a bit of its American
history because, look, the driver is actually sitting
on the wrong side. More than 1.8 million passengers
have travelled on London Duck Tours Although services were suspended
for a time in 2013, when one For many passengers today,
this was a special trip, especially for Emma and her son Oliver,
who has cancer. We had a big fund-raising effort
to raise money for Oliver's bucket list and this is the first thing
we have been able to do When we found out it was closing,
we moved his treatment around and the doctors made it possible
for us to come to London John hopes the Duck Tours
might return one day. But in the meantime,
what will become of the vehicles? We are considering
working in Portugal. We have also been looking, we've
been asked to look at Loch Ness. But they set sail on the Thames
for the final time later this month. We've had pop-up bars,
restaurants and cinemas. So how about a pop up theatre
on Marble Arch roundabout? That's where the hit musical
Five Guys Named Moe will be playing when it returns to the West
End after 25 years. The traffic's been
there longer than that. Interesting location! I know, it is
not the first place you think of when you think of a night out at the
theatre but here we are and marble arch roundabout and at the newly
built marble arch theatre. A specially created to take us back in
time. # We are the greatest band in
town... # Five Guys Named Moe, that's us. It
is the 1940s New Orleans and Five Guys Named Moe are all singing and
dancing their way down memory lane. This production is a revival written
by Clarke Peters who you might recognise from the TV series the
wire and produced by one of the biggest names in musical theatre,
Cameron Mackintosh. The idea was to do the show as part of the New
Orleans event. It was not just coming to see the revival of a
lovely show, but the show was the catalyst for an incredible evening.
The musical recounts the antics of the five Moes. To the music of Louis
Jordan. Its writer insists it is very current. Louis came out of the
depression, out of the Second World War. Out of a time when society
needed to have something to escape from and two. Are we not in those
times? # It will is the sweetest thing...
# But when she gets a wedding band, a man's no longer free.
A simple but clever story pulls these songs and the five times have
wonderful advice to a guy whose love life is a mess -- the five guys give
wonderful advice. It is as simple as that and profound an entertaining
the way they tell it. You want to escape and you want to
come to marble arch to see Five Guys Named Moe. When you turn on your
television and you get the blues event -- the Blues again, you are
going to want to be here! Well, it is not just a theatre
performance, it is something of an immersive experience for people who
come here. We are in the Fourier weather is a live jazz band and
there is a special 1940s style of bar. As you say, it is not an
obvious location for a theatre. James Heatly is one of the people
responsible for building this. Why marble arch? Why not marble arch? It
has been grass with a monument for some time and we were talking at
Westminster about using different spaces and they were keen we use
something like the space to regenerate it and that is where we
decided to put it. How difficult was it, what with the challenges of
building a pop-up Theatre here? Very challenging. Surprisingly for
London, that is not much infrastructure so we had to dig our
own sewer connection, but in our own power and water before beginning any
of this. And then it is the fun stuff, building the venues and
putting the shows. And it is a special talent. Yes, pretty much the
biggest in the UK currently. And they tore all over the world and
this is very special and very old as far as Spiegel tents. Thank you,
James. It is almost ashamed to call it a pop-up Theatre, but it is and
it will be going when the show ends in Fabry next year.
Thanks very much indeed. Now, just before the weather,
have a look at this. A five-year-old boy got a bit
of a shock when he found a python in his loo
at his home in Southend. His mum called in
a reptile specialist. Apparently, for a few days
before, they'd thought Even though the snake
has now been removed, the family have been weighing down
the toilet seat as a precaution. Let's get a check
on the weather with Wendy Hurrell. I don't know if I can, that is
awful! We have quite grey skies at the moment. Today, it was a cold
front. And that is now starting to clear with one or two showers on the
back edge of it. And it means that for the middle part of the week it
is going to be slightly fresher. It has been a humid start and you will
notice that and colder nights as well. This is not a huge contrast,
but 17 degrees in Southend last night and is the day it will be 13
degrees. So less humid. It will just feel that bit more nippy. Through
the night, a bit of a breeze. It has been picking up throughout the day.
You can see the showers on the computer. That is going to be the
case for Hertfordshire and Essex, heavier ones before it clears away.
After midnight and into the early hours, the skies will completely
clear and temperatures between ten and 13 degrees and there will be
beatable sunshine first thing tomorrow morning. We will have a
breeze blowing again but the sunshine will make it feel quite
pleasant. Not as humid as it has been today. A bit nippy perhaps but
temperatures doing fairly well into the afternoon with the breeze and
some cloud. Around 20 degrees. Towards the end of the week, it
starts to be less settled. On Thursday, we just about get away
without too much of the rainfall and it will be largely dry with the risk
of showers. A little blustery, cloud around and temperatures around 20
degrees. It is towards the end of the week that we see this low
pressure system showing up on that parks itself over us through the
weekend. With some rain associated with that on Friday. Keep the
umbrella on Friday, it is going to be stubborn to shift that rain. And
there could be some heavy and thundery showers on Saturday and
Sunday. But some sunshine as well. Mottled cloud! You are a font of
knowledge! Thank you. Four serving British Army
soldiers have been arrested on suspicion of being members
of a banned neo-Nazi group. They're being held under
the Terrorism Act in connection with links to the group National
Action. The Russian President has
said further sanctions against North Korea are useless -
and that ramping up military hysteria could lead
to global catastrophe. It comes after the US said it
would table a new UN resolution Prince William and Prince Harry have
visited a new community centre providing support for the victims of
the Grenfell Tower disaster. They met members of the local community
and volunteers leading the local effort.
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