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Tonight on BBC London News: so it's goodbye from me,


The celebrity bodyguard killed in a machete


My son, he died for nothing, just to stop someone


We'll have more from Ricky's family who say the loss has left


The million-pound rubbish problem in Essex.


The council reveals the true cost of dealing with fly-tipping.


Jump on board the first fully automated bus being trialled


Plus... Why a walk around Southwark will sound quite different from this


weekend, as buildings have had music written about them.


Good evening and welcome to the programme.


'You don't just kill a son, you kill a whole family'.


Words from the father of Ricky Hayden - the celebrity


bodyguard who was killed in a machette attack


The 27-year-old was set upon last September when he confronted a group


of teenagers he suspected of trying to steal his brother's bike.


Today one of them was given a 14 year jail sentence


They came to court hoping for justice. Wearing orange, their son,


Ricky's, favourite colour. Ricky was a security guard and gave personal


protection to celebrities. He was at his family home in Romford last


September when there was a disturbance outside. Wiki, his


brother and father ran out onto this street. They thought his brother's


scooter was about to be stolen. The men that they confronted were armed


with two machetes. Ricky had run out in just his boxer shorts and was


totally unarmed. He was stabbed and died later in hospital. Hundreds


attended his funeral. They don't just kill the person. They kill the


family. And now we've got grandsons who can't see their uncle. One man


was acquitted, one was found guilty of manslaughter. The judge speaking


at the Old Bailey said to him, unlike you, Ricky had made something


of his life. He was highly regarded and much respected. He also noted, a


complete absence of compassion from you. Although he respected the


verdict of manslaughter, he went on to say that the man came within a


hair 's breadth of committing murder. He was given 14 years in


jail. At the end of the day, it is a good result. So that is one more


piece of -- person off the streets that we do not have to worry about


four a while. But there was also frustration. My son died for


nothing, just to stop someone stealing a motorbike, and it's


wrong. We have lost a perfect son, perfect in every way. I don't want


anyone to go through that. The family have a new focus. We are


going to fight for knife crime. We need to get kids off the streets


with knives. Away from court, family and friends met to remember.


Tracking your mobile phone usage on the Tube -


how the data could help reduce overcrowding.


The County Council says over ?1 million of taxpayers'


money is spent each year on dealing with the problem.


Last year alone there were more than 17,000 incidents


Those caught could face tougher punishment, as Robbie West reports.


Early this morning, rubbish was getting unloaded in the middle


This wasn't being dumped by criminals.


It was carefully placed by the council in an attempt


to highlight to passers by how big the problem of fly-tipping


They have resorted to drastic measures.


All of the waste here has been fly-tipped across Essex.


We've got oil drums, shopping trolleys and even a fridge freezer.


The reason it is on Brentwood High Street is because the council wants


to let people know that if you even pay for people to take


waste away and it ends up fly-tipped, you could be


Already, they have started criminal proceedings on people who have paid


Where we can gather a case to prosecute, we will,


because we want to be fair about it and make sure that people


who believe they are doing the right thing are checking the credentials


of those taking it away, so they don't end up


Earlier this year, this waste in Basildon contributed to the 35%


Overall in Essex there were 17,000 incidents of fly-tipping last year,


The council deny that new rules put in place on items you can dispose


of at rubbish dumps have caused the rise.


Isn't this due to your rules on the dumps?


That is a misnomer because if you look at what is behind us,


it is items that would never have been allowed in the refuse


By temporarily dumping a ton of rubbish on Brentwood High Street,


the council hopes it will stop tons of rubbish being dumped permanently


on the fields and back roads of our counties.


A 16-year-old has been sentenced to three years in a young offenders'


institution for killing a man with a single punch.


40-year-old Arek Jozwitz fell to the ground following what was


described in court as a "superman" punch in Harlow, Essex,


The defendant, who cannot be named for legal reasons,


had denied manslaughter but was found guilty after a trial


A teenager who denies carrying out a string of acid attacks in east


London on six moped riders, will stand trial in January.


The attacks, which left one victim with life-changing injuries,


took place in the space of 90 minutes in July.


The 16-year-old, from Croydon, is accused of targeting the men


Taxi firm Uber has announced that all its vehicles on standard


journeys in London will be hybrid or fully electric by the end


of 2019, but it's adding a surcharge to help pay for it.


A 35 pence fee will be added to fares in London booked


Other measures announced by the company to help cut air


pollution include incentives for scrapping old diesel cars.


The UK's first driverless bus has been unveiled in east London.


The vehicle only uses sensors, cameras and GPS mapping to follow


And Londoners are being invited to get on board and help trial it


Our Transport Correspondent, Tom Edwards reports.


This is an autonomous bus, driven by computer, on trial on a 12


Travelling at two miles per hour, there is a staff member on board.


We are moving incredibly smoothly at a decent pace.


It's very safe and the technology is there.


Do you think computers are better drivers than human beings?


From this ten minute trip, yes, probably.


London is seeing a number of trials of driverless vehicles.


And the government is trying to make it easier to attract investment


It's part of a revolution that will change the lives


We are going to see vehicles that can provide better transport options


for people with disabilities, better public transport links at odd


times of the day when a vehicle like this can fill a link that


We are on the brink and this is starting a transport revolution.


It uses cameras and lasers to scan the road, but what if someone


Some think that autonomous vehicles will reduce


Others fear it will mean fewer jobs for drivers.


These have already been tested in other cities.


It needs to be developed, and that is why trials are important


and we will be trialling this alongside pedestrians


We have had other, smaller scale trials, and we are using the data


These are still early days in this emerging industry.


This bus, which is free to catch, will be running


Data picked up from the mobile phones used


by commuters on the Tube could be used to help tackle overcrowding.


It follows a four-week trial which saw more than 5 million


Let's get more on this from Emma North who joins us


Well, unsurprisingly, no prizes for guessing that at Tottenham Court


Road, things are busy, it being Friday evening. Until now, Transport


for London have only had one way of measuring how busy each tube station


is at any given time, by looking at platforms and corridors. Now, thanks


to this, they have a much better way, they hope, of working out where


the pinch points are across the capital at any given time, day or


night. And, most importantly, it is us who are making it happen.


Underground, on our phones. Wifi has become something Londoners use on


the tube every day, but now PF or have found a way for us and the wifi


to work for them, too. In the past, Transport for London used to be able


to tell where we were going by looking at where we tapped in and


out with the Oyster card. Now, thanks to wifi, it can also tell


which route you took. Over the summer, Transport for London tracked


the phones of two passengers using wifi. As people went on journeys,


they created a personal map. For a system that is so fixed, the way we


use it is reassuringly human. Almost a third of everybody going from


Waterloo to King's Cross to the Bakerloo line to Oxford Circus and


changed onto the Victoria line, but people used no fewer than 18


different routes to make the same journey. TEFL show that it shows


print -- pinch points they did not know about and it should one day


help us. We would like to give information to customers to be able


to say, take this path because it is less busy, or to provide information


if there is a disruption on the network, to explain what is


happening and provide suggestions. But how do people feel about them


knowing our every move? It sounds scary. I have only just moved to


London so I am getting used to these things but I would not like that. If


it speeds up the system, terrific. Invading my privacy. I feel it is


awkward, letting people know where I am going. Transport for London say


that the data was double scrambled to keep anonymous. One day, checking


your e-mails might not just keep you connected, but keep us all moving,


too. So as we've been hearing


the Tottenham MP David Lammy has raised the issue of bias


in the justice system, which he believes sees ethnic


minorities treated more harshly. In his report he made 35


recommendations, including dropping certain prosecutions against black


or Asian suspects, and low level offenders being offered


rehabilitation programmes rather Well, joining me in the studio


is Peter Herbert, Chairman of the Society of Black Lawyers


and part-time judge. Welcome to the programme. Is it your


experience that ethnic minorities are treated more harshly? I am


speaking as a barrister, in no other capacity, but yes, this is not a new


problem. We campaigned on this in the late 1980s and in 1991 passed


section 95 of the criminal Justice act, which has produced statistics


along these lines for 30 years. What we see now is that it is necessary


that we addressed this issue vigorously, and we expect the Lord


Chief Justice and Prime Minister to put employees training, detailed


monitoring of every court centre, to address this fundamental problem.


Some of these problems are dealt with in David Lammy's report. What


do you make of his recommendations? He is on track. They don't go far


enough but he has got it fundamentally right. Some people


will say that letting people off because of their ethnic minority


status is actually quite problematic. Let me put it another


way. People have been convicting people because of their ethnicity,


giving them longer sentences, and no eyebrows have been raised. How would


you justify and explain to victims of crime, they might feel, rightly,


that everyone should be treated equally? That they have not been.


Victims are often disproportionately from black and minority communities,


so we are suffering both as victims and perpetrators. So this


fundamental treatment to equal justice is a pillar of our


democracy. Therefore, nobody, whatever their ethnicity or status,


should hide behind a system where if you are of African Caribbean origin


you are nine times as likely as a white counterpart to go to jail. Any


democracy built on that will fundamentally fail. What do you


think the consequences will be if we do not address this problem? Well,


we depend upon all people in our community to be police officers, to


be judges, to the lawyers and to be the witnesses to our crimes that do


occur. And anything which undermines that actually devalues the whole


system for all of us. Thank you. Still to come... We meet Richmond's


latest golf star striving for success on the European tour.


And the weekend will not be hot, but a wash-out it is not. All the


weekend weather on the way. Next, an update on last night's


pavement explosion on Oxford Street, which left one pedestrian


with minor injuries. An investigation is underway,


and Westminster Council has asked the UK power network to look


into what caused the blast. Ayshea Buksh has more


on this, and joins us It is as busy as ever here tonight


on Oxford Street. You can see some of the damage caused by yesterday's


explosion. Paving stones were blasted away, exposing cabling


beneath this very popular part of the capital. Last night,


eyewitnesses described a loud bang and saw flames ten feet high. One


man suffered minor injuries. And UK power networks say they are


investigating what happened. This isn't the first time we have seen


incidents of exploding pavements here in the capital.


It is not the first time we have had exploding pavements in London. Last


year in October, there were two explosions within seconds of each


other with -- beneath the pavement outside Hackney town hall. The year


before in Holborn, shops were evacuated and thousands of people


were without power after an electrical fault on the ground. The


fire lasted a day and a half. And in July 2014, this explosion in


Piccadilly was one of 40 such incidents that year. The UK power


networks which maintains the cables were accused of poor maintenance.


They promised to invest in London's vast system. What has been said


today? The New West End Company which manages this part of London


are not too happy. They say they are investing millions of pounds into


making this a world-class destination and the utilities need


to match that. Westminster councillor said there is also some


concern. They believe power supplies in this area, because there are so


many people, needs to be safe, secure and reliable. UK power


networks say they have got engineers here to secure the site. They are


investigating what happened. As for those concerns, they declined to


respond. Thank you. 20-year-old Incy Mehmet


from Richmond says she believes that one day she could be the best golfer


in the world. She's at the end of her first season


on the European tour, and is currently in second place


for best rookie of 2017. Incy Mehmet first picked up a club


when she was four. Her talent shone through then and it shines through


now. Nice drive. Happy with that? Yes, it has hit the green, actually.


I would say I probably average about 235 yards. When it is warmer it


probably carries further. The skills she learned here in Richmond saw her


win her European tour card last December. She is now well placed to


finished 2017 as the top newcomer onto, but she is aiming higher. I


would love macro to beat world number one. Is that possible?


Definitely. You think you could become world number one? I believe


I've got the ability to. I just need to tidy up couple of things


technically and make quick decisions on the golf course. Lee Davies


European Tour is not in great shape right now. Catriona Matthew is among


the leading players to a voiced their concerns about the


organisation and financial difficulties that have left


newcomers particularly vulnerable. There have been five tournaments


cancelled this year. Have players had any assurances the tour will


survive? I think you we can only be optimistic and stand together strong


as a tour. We do need some good funding and support if you want to


take the sport seriously. I think there is a lot of awareness now. The


women's game in golf is growing. On the course, this year's biggest


setback was narrowly failing to qualify for the British Open. I


missed it by one, which was quite frustrating. Probably the greatest


heartbreak in my life so far. Hopefully there will be more


opportunities. On current form, for Incy Mehmet those opportunities are


sure to come. As we walk around London,


lots of us are listening to music. Maybe there are certain tracks that


you associate strongly But not much of it is written


about or for buildings - until now. Various musicians and recording


artists have selected a landmark in Southwark and have created


a short sound or musical work Where else would I be than in an


Italian deli in Rotherhithe on a Friday evening? This is full of


historians, musicians and broadcasters here to launch Music


City, a new way of exploring London's culture and history. All of


the buildings have a piece of music written about them. You can listen


to them on your phone. I have been trying it out today.


Each track is tagged. When you are in the vicinity of the building to


the music has been written about, it pops up on your phone and you press


play. I followed the map, which I've


laminated in case it rains, to Borough Market.


And on the back of the map, snippets of history about places you may walk


past all the time and never notice. Here we are at the time and talents


settlement, where once ladies of the leisured classes would share their


skills with those less fortunate. And apparently it is haunted. It is


all very atmospheric. There is another unusual building here. The


Finnish church which has a piece of music written about it, and the


person responsible for this, Nicholas. A Radio 3 DJ and


broadcaster. Why this project? What inspired you? I'm a big fan of


architecture and I have always loved the idea of trying to combine music


and architecture. I had the idea to commission pieces of music for


buildings and get people to hear them by going to be buildings. Is a


way of discovering London's history but also discovering music like we


did in the olden days? Yes, it is a bit like listening to the radio and


riding down tracks, and then trying to find the record in a record shop.


It is lovely to download music but to be able to go to a place and get


the music, that is good as well. You have got lots of well-known


buildings but some really unusual places, like Peckham library. Why


that? Sean O'Hagan is from Peckham. He saw that building developer. It


is quite an interesting building. It looks quite cool. It is getting


older now. It is a pretty iconic space. This is something you can do


starting now. How do we get started? Go to our website, download the app.


When you are at the location, you can stream the music and collect all


the tracks. It will be here forever. I had such fun doing it today. I was


drifting off into a revelry of my own. This is something you can do


over the weekend. It is beginning to rain. Hopefully over the weekend


there may be some blue skies, with which to enjoy London's landmarks


with some new music. Wendy, we will soon find out. We


have Nick Miller here with the weather. It was a bad start to


today? A totally grotty start. Since you


and I have been at work, I have heard the sun has come out. Low


pressure is in control this weekend. It is not as bad as it could be.


That is the cloud we started with today. The heavy rain as well. That


band of cloud has eased away. We did Brecknock. The day made an attempt


to cheer up. Still a chance this evening of a further brief passing


shower. When that chance has gone, the rest of the mag is looking dry


with clear spells. A little bit on the chilly side. Temperatures into


single figures. The rewards tomorrow morning will be a good deal of


sunshine. After a sunny start, the cloud will build. The chance of a


shower. It is just a chance. We start with plenty of sunshine. A


lovely start to the day. The wind too strong. It will turn breezier.


The cloud starts to build. In the afternoon, the chance of a shower.


Even if you do catch a shower, it is just 15 perhaps wet minutes out of


your day and the rest of the day will be dry. Temperatures into the


upper teens. Into the evening, still some hit and miss showers. They will


fade away. Turning clear on Saturday night. Turning chilly again. Part


two of the weekend, another weather system coming our way. It looks like


this weather front will come our way on Sunday. Not until late in the


day. Until about Eddie afternoon there is a lot of fine weather.


Sunny start, Cloud building. It is in the late afternoon we are


expecting a quick moving band of rain. The bulk of Sunday looking


dry. The wind will freshen. Temperatures into the upper teens.


Turning quite windy especially by Sunday evening and Sunday night. Low


pressure this weekend. Sunny spells tomorrow. The Chancellor shower. On


Sunday, the chance of rain. On Monday, sunshine and showers.


Thank you. Hurricane Irma has torn


across the Caribbean, leaving death and


destruction in its wake. So far at least 19 people


have been killed and more And an earthquake has hit Mexico -


it's being described as the worst there in a century.


At least 32 people have been killed. It had a magnitude of eight


and struck just off the Pacific The use of potentially addictive


painkillers across England has Researchers found one in 20 people


was being prescribed opioid painkillers, such as


codeine and tramadol. We'll be back later


during the 10 O'Clock News. But for now, from


everyone on the team, have a lovely evening.