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Facing jail, the ex-boyfriend
of a reality TV star found guilty
of carrying out an acid attack
in a packed nightclub
leaving 14 people injured.
I'm angry about it,
and I think it has affected me.
I wouldn't go into a club
like that again, I don't
like being in busy places.
Now calls from some of the victims
for tougher sentences.
Fighting plans post-Grenfell
to fit their flats with sprinklers.
The leaseholders who claim it's
a complete waste of money.
Plus, life after Brexit.
The EU nationals living in London
travelling to Brussels
looking for answers.
And the young refugees making a new
life for themselves in the capital
with the help of money raised by
children in need.
Good evening and welcome
to the programme.
I'm Chris Rogers.
A man has been found guilty
of carrying out an acid attack
in a packed club in Dalston,
East London - injuring 14 people.
Arthur Collins, the ex-boyfriend
of reality TV star Ferne McCann,
admitted throwing the bottle
of fluid over clubbers,
but said he thought
it was a date rape drug,
which he had snatched from two men
after overhearing them planning
to spike a girl's drink.
A man accused of helping
him was today cleared.
And a warning, some of you may find
details in Alpa Patel's
This is Arthur Collins. He is the
ex-boyfriend top reality TV star
Ferne McCann. He said he had gone
out clubbing last April to celebrate
her pregnancy. This is Mr Collins
seen outside the Mangle nightclub in
Dalston. Eyewitnesses say the club
was packed. The short time later
Arthur Collins through the liquid.
People clutch their face and run off
the dance floor. These are some of
the injuries. 22 people were hurt.
16 of them suffered serious burns,
including Lauren Trent, who was
celebrating her birthday.
hearing this sound, you know when
you open a Coke bottle. That hissing
sound. I remember steam coming off
the floor and my friend grabbing me.
I remember looking up as quickly as
I could because the sound shocked
me. It was like someone had let off
a gas bomb. It had blistered
straightaway. This happened in the
space of 40 seconds.
caused by the acid have had lifelong
effects on some of the victims. CB's
injuries were so bad she didn't want
to appear on camera.
Every time they
had to change the bandages, they had
to scrape off the skin that had been
damaged. It was so painful. Every
time that happened I had to be an
morphine for the pain. It was the
hardest thing I've ever had to deal
with. When I had to get my bandages
changed all the time, I thought I
didn't even want to live, I couldn't
deal with it.
Victims say they live
with the actions of Arthur Collins
Mentally I've been
suffering from sleep paralysis
constantly, anxiety, panic attacks.
I can't going to busy spaces. It's
put a stop on my life the seven
There aren't words to
describe him. I wouldn't describe
him as normal. No normal human being
does something like that.
Collins will be sentenced in
Well, Ian Palmer is
at Wood Green Court,
where Arthur Collins was convicted.
And, Ian, calls tonight from some
of those who were injured
in the attack for tougher sentences.
That's right. The BBC has spoken to
a number of the victims, many of
whom have life changing injuries.
One of them said she would like to
see a mandatory life sentence that
anyone convicted of an acid attack.
Certainly it is a problem here in
London. You may remember last July
five people were injured in an acid
attack in a space of an hour. There
have been 415 acid attacks in the
borough of new alone since 2010 and
in the past seven years there have
been 1800 acid attacks in London --
in the borough of Newham alone. The
Home Office is going to be
publishing a series of guidelines
and the judge in the Arthur Collins
cases taking it very seriously
indeed. He told the 25-year-old he
can expect a substantial jail term
as a result of his crimes.
Following Grenfell came calls for
greater safety and high-rise
buildings. The questions as to who
would pay for the work now exist.
Last week Labour called on the
government to fund the fitting of
sprinklers in all high-rise social
housing. There is anger amongst
leaseholders in bonds with that they
could be facing a bill for thousands
of the work to be carried out. Work
which they claim is completely
Joe has lived in his flat
on the Alton Estate in Roehampton
for nearly 30 years.
He's been told he'll have to pay out
up to £4000 to cover the cost
of fitting sprinklers to his tower
block, to make it safer
following the Grenfell tragedy.
I don't think there's enough
evidence to justify it.
They don't share some
of the features of Grenfell,
such as the external cladding.
These are all solid
concrete on the outside.
It needs further consideration.
Wandsworth Council wants to fit
sprinklers in all its blocks
of at least ten stories.
Residents who rent from the council
won't be liable to pay,
but those who own their own homes
will have too.
It's around 2000 leaseholders.
Do you think it's a good
idea, is it needed?
I don't feel these buildings do,
mainly because they're all concrete,
they don't have any cladding.
The internal system,
which is where they're
going to put the sprinklers,
is also concrete.
I think it's brilliant,
because especially after
what happened with Grenfell,
I think it's good that they put
all this health and safety
stuff in the blocks.
The questions some people
here are asking is "why now?"
Previous fire risk assessments
haven't recommended the installation
of sprinklers, and some residents
wonder whether the money
might be better spent.
The Grenfell Inquiry
is likely to give clearer
instructions to councils
about fire safety improvements.
Wandsworth Council says
although there is no specific risk
to any of its high-rise properties
currently, it has a duty to provide
peace of mind for residents,
and some will have to pay.
We have taken legal advice,
which confirms leaseholders
have a duty to pay towards it.
You think this will save lives then?
There's absolutely every evidence
to say that houses with sprinklers
do not result in fatalities.
Other councils, including Croydon,
are already retrofitting
homes with sprinklers.
Experts say it's only
part of the solution.
The fitting of sprinklers
is always a good thing.
They are a very effective means
of suppressing fire and increasing
someone's chance of escaping.
But the idea of retrofitting
to the entire stock of tall
buildings in the country shouldn't
be necessary at all.
If the buildings are maintained
there shouldn't be any need
for supplementary systems.
Leaseholders will have up to four
years to pay their share
of the £30 million cost
of fitting the sprinklers.
Wandsworth is still discussing
with the government
whether it will help pay.
Victoria Hollins, BBC London News.
Boris Johnson has apologised
and admitted for the first time
that he made comments
which threatened to extend
the prison sentence for a woman
from London who is jailed in Iran
on "spying" charges.
The Foreign Secretary had told MPs
a fortnight ago that
Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliff had been
when she was arrested but her family
insists she was simply
on holiday visiting relatives.
Her husband is due to meet
Mr Johnson and is appealing
for the government to do more
to get his wife home.
Let's speak now
to Richard Ratcliffe.
A roller-coaster of a fortnight for
you but it's been 20 months that
you've been waiting for your
daughter and your wife to walk
through that front door of your home
in West Hampstead. Can you give us
an insight into what that 20 months
has been like?
It's been a long,
long marathon of a process and we've
been battling for a long time.
Obviously there was a Herriot when
we didn't know what was happening,
then the period when we started
campaigning and she was taken to
court and we discovered all she'd
been through in terms of solitary
confinement. As you say, this last
couple of weeks have been a
completely new level, we've been on
all the news media following the
Foreign Secretary's comments and the
way they impacted on the court case.
I think today the Foreign Secretary
made a clear statement in
Parliament. He apologised for the
impact on us and said he was
considering taking me to a Rann and
giving Nazanin diplomatic
protection. -- taking me to Iran.
some ways you've got his personal
attention. Do you really feel there
is now a real chance to get your
daughter, who you only speak to an
Skype once a week, to get them home
That's the hope.
Nazanin is now a more important case
in UK politics and lots of MPs have
been saying all sorts of things
about her. Of course there is no
guarantee. She's facing another
court case. Yes, my fervent hope is
that she can be home for Christmas
and the pair of them can be buying a
Christmas tree and all the other
things they look forward to.
often said you just want to get back
to the normal hustle and bustle of
everyday life. Are you just a
typical London family that's got
caught up in international
on the telly more than most. Clearly
to get back to the complaining about
the tube and bustling to get stuff
and rushing around getting to
places, all the things we used to do
before, would be good to get back to
Are you coping and is name --
and is Nazanin and your daughter
It's obviously a very tough
time for Nazanin. She is being
called a spy and all sorts of
things. I spoke to her on Sunday and
she said she felt she was on the
verge of a nervous breakdown. In
terms of me, in some ways it's been
very tough couple of weeks. All
sorts of things have happened. In
some ways getting the spotlight and
the concern of people in London and
beyond has made such a difference
and that can only help resolve it.
You've got Boris Johnson's attention
and there are plans for diplomatic
protection which could help get her
back home. Of course we have an
Iranian Embassy in London, they
could be watching. What is your
message and your wife's message to
the Iranian authorities?
is that this has gone on long enough
and clearly Nazanin has suffered a
lot. There are every grounds for her
to be released. She served one
sentence, shall be eligible for
early release and a couple of weeks'
time. Could they please push back
We wish you well.
Scotland Yard have launched
a campaign urging Londoners
to hand in firearms,
to try and get them off the street.
34 police stations across
the capital are taking part
in the campaign over
the next two weeks.
Those handing in guns won't be
prosecuted for illegal possession -
but if the weapon is later linked
to a crime, they could
We offer an amnesty at the point of
surrender. The moment in time you
give it to a police officer, then we
will offer an amnesty at that moment
in time. That does not mean we will
not pay attention to what the weapon
has done in the past. We will look
to examine that forensically to see
whether it's been involved in crime
in a past.
Should schools train all their staff
in mental health "first aid"?
One of the largest academy chains
in the country thinks so after it
found a large number of pupils
at a school were struggling
with almost 90 saying they had
deliberately harmed themselves.
Our education reporter Marc Ashdown
reports from a school in Wembley
where teachers are being trained
to deal with pupils
who are suffering feelings
of depression and hopelessness.
One teenager told us the bullying
got so bad that she used to crawl
into a corner and refused
to go to school.
Her words are spoken by an actor.
I was lashing out at
teachers, my mum and dad.
I then started self
harming, every day.
I felt like no one
was listening to me.
Then I tried to commit suicide.
I took an overdose.
My mum found me
unconscious on the floor.
It is an extreme example but how
widespread is this sort of thing?
The Academy chain runs 25 schools,
snap at one found, out of 900
pupils, 100 said they regularly felt
depressed, hopeless and teary.
87 had self harmed.
We asked these pupils
about the pressures
facing young people.
There can be like peer pressure
and small things that
can get to you easily.
Social media can really
impact how people feel
about their bodies or her face,
weight, height except.
Symptoms in mental health people
have low confidence and others start
to have different body
expressions, facial expressions.
So the first question,
what is stress?
Give me some feedback.
Every staff member across all these
schools is now being trained
in mental health first aid.
It goes much further
than the government guidance
which only expects one staff member
per school to have
mental health training.
Times are tough, money is tough,
how can you justify it?
It is a significant investment
but we think it is our absolute
priority, our children
need that support and we
want to give them everything we can
so that their outcomes do improve,
so they are ready for
life beyond school.
It is our priority and we can
already see it is making a
It really helped this
young people to recover.
Back then I felt like I had nobody.
I couldn't reach out to anyone.
But now it's like
there's an open door.
It's given me much
more confidence to
I don't feel like I'm alone.
Much of that was due to a member
of staff helping her.
Feeling like you've got
to be on top of it all.
It can actually feel like it's
really piling on top of you.
Across these schools
they are already
seeing results with teachers more
confident in spotting the early
warning signs of
mental health issues.
They believe all schools should
undertake similar training
and hope happy pupils will result
in them achieving more as well.
A group of EU citizens living
in London have met with negotiators
at the European Commission
in Brussels appealing to them to
protect their rights after Brexit.
The government is offering
migrants who've been living
here for at least five years settled
status after Brexit.
They'd have to apply for it but it
would essentially give them
indefinite leave to remain
and they'd be entitled to public
services and benefits.
They would also have the right
to appeal to the UK courts
if their application was rejected.
But campaigners say it leaves them
without any protection if there's no
deal on Brexit with the EU.
Our reporter Katharine Carpenter
joined them on their
mission to Brussels.
A journey becoming all too familiar
for members of the 3 million
campaign group. Between them they
have lived in London and nearly 60
years. They don't want the settled
state has the government is offering
and presenting their alternative to
the EU's negotiators today.
hoping this is a solution that can
actually be accepted by both
Arriving in Brussels,
there's a sense of urgency to
changing the UK's position.
move away from rights that people
have established, writes people have
enjoyed for many years, and
converting those into a form of
immigration status. Academically
that sounds abstract and odd but the
consequences are seismic for people.
They will go, in some instances,
from living a normal life enjoying
the rights they have, to being
illegal in the UK.
Just last week the government tried
to offer reassurance saying that
applications would not be turned up
on minor technicalities and there
would be an appeals process and
safeguarding citizens rights was the
top priority but the negotiators
will return here in the next few
weeks and the fear among campaigners
is that there is so much pressure to
make progress that the details, the
nitty-gritty about their future,
will either be glossed over and
dealt with at some point in the
future or rushed through. Back-up
has arrived from Germany, France and
Spain. Londoners now living in
mainland Europe were equally worried
about their futures.
My name is Jane
Golding, I am no lawyer and I live
in Germany but originally from
Kingston -- I am a lawyer. My main
concern is as a working person,
giving my right of free movement to
be able to work across the EU, I
have worked in four different
countries as a lawyer and I want to
keep those rights.
We have been here
many times before but we are hoping
they will listen to us now because
it is crunch time in the
negotiations and we need to be
Nice to see you again.
Finally it is time for their
meeting. It is with the deputy of
Michel Barnier and we are allowed to
film a brief hello but she does not
do interviews. They have been inside
for over an hour and had his
uprising when you consider this is
the list of things to discuss. They
will be asking her to consider a
special EU- UK treaty giving them
all the same rights as they have now
but accessed through a much simpler
registration process. Meeting over,
did she listen?
It is good to keep
going at it and I think we agree,
they agree with us that we are not
within touching distance of an
agreement on the citizens rights.
It's interesting because the
government has said again today that
they think they are in touching
That is not the view here
and it is not our view either.
messages then from the two sides but
there is hope here that they have at
least been listened to.
Still to come...
Especially when they came home from
The family making a fortune
by sharing their lives with millions
of followers on YouTube.
Each year hundreds of child refugees
arrive here in London,
many traumatised and vulnerable.
Some are helped by the charity
Young Roots, which offers vital
support, as well as a chance to make
friends with other young
people who have gone
through the same experience.
The work they do is supported
by money you donate
to Children In Need.
Here's Thomas Magill.
A youth group with a difference.
The youngsters here
are all child refugees.
I am Omar, from Syria,
and my age is almost 18.
When Omar fled Damascus
a year ago, he couldn't
speak any English.
And although his journey
to London was fairly
straightforward, unlike so many
others, it came at a cost.
I feel sad because
everything is changing
We lost everything, and I haven't
seen my sister for almost
When I see my sister from the phone
or the TV, it makes you
You can't do anything
for your sister.
Forced to flee Syria,
Omar now attends Young Roots,
a charity in London funded
by Children in Need which offers
help and support to child
refugees just like him.
We help each other, we cook
something with children, and
we get our dinner here.
You've seen today, we do
some sport, like yoga.
When young people first come,
they are very often isolated.
They don't speak English,
and they are worried
about their future.
The money we get from Children
in Need is absolutely
vital and we wouldn't be able to do
the work that we do without
There is no doubt the scheme has
helped change Omar's life, but
for others, there's still a long way
to go, and it is hoped the charity's
help and the friendships forged
here will go some way to helping
these young people forget the trauma
and devastation they were forced to
Thomas Magill, BBC London News.
So, that is just one
example of where your
Children In Need money goes.
Remember, you can join us on the big
night this Friday November 17th.
Pudsey will be there too of course
at Warner Brothers Studio tours
in Hertfordshire along with some
very special guests.
To be there too just tell us
what you're doing to raise money.
Nine years ago Jonathan Joly
filmed his wife going into labour
with their first child,
in fact he filmed the whole
thing and put it online.
The video became an internet
sensation and inspired the couple
from Surrey to give up their jobs
and film their lives,
around the clock.
But is the lack of privacy worth
the huge riches it has brought them?
Sarah Harris has been finding out.
Especially when they
came home from school.
Filming their every move
and even in the book
is about their own family.
Nine years after launching
themselves onto the Internet,
the Saccone-Jolys have given
up their jobs and are making a good
living out of this full-time.
Would I recommend marrying
the person you work with every
single day, having children
with that person...
You can say no!
I think it depends on the person.
Because we are best friends
more than we are, like,
in a boring relationship I feel.
Each video is watched by hundreds
and thousands of people online
and that leads to lucrative
contracts with advertisers
and Internet platforms
although they say money was not
a motivator when they got started.
It wasn't as lucrative back then
and it wasn't really accepted,
even for us in the very beginning,
we were kind of seen as almost...
Yeah, like this is something weird.
Why would you do that?!
Yeah, and now it's kind of become
a lot more mainstream.
Their three children are a big draw
but deciding how much of their lives
makes the cut is one of the reasons
they turned down an offer
to make a TV series.
With us being their parents,
of course we have their best
interests at heart always.
Whereas if it were a producer
or somebody else, of course
they are going to want ratings
so they are going to show things
like tantrums or fights or arguments
and things that we really don't
want out there.
Sometimes in the middle
if we are having a big
fight it would be like,
hold on a second, I want to get
another angle on that!
Trawling through presents
sent to them by fans,
the intrusion into their lives can
be a problem but for now the family
is determined to make the most
of their Internet fame
and their lives out of the office.
Sarah Harris, BBC London News.
They must be mad! Speaking of which,
we are joined by Tomas with the
weather. You would love to do that,
Let me tell you what is happening
tomorrow, but milder. Today was
chilly, only around 7 degrees this
afternoon and that was for a brief
moment, a lot colder in the morning.
The clouds have rolled in and that
is a sign of things to come because
the weather in the next few days is
going to turn, not warm up because
it will still be chilly, but the
temperature is going to rise a bit.
These are the temperature is first
thing tomorrow morning I'm a still a
bit nippy, not as low as one but
four or five for most of us and the
clouds keep coming in tomorrow and
it will be pretty overcast with bits
of rain coming and going. You can
see the temperature is a bit higher,
three or 4 degrees up on what we
have had today. Pretty cloudy and
gloomy and boring on the weather
front tomorrow and then Wednesday
morning is going to be quite misty
and murky so be prepared if you are
travelling for some fog. It could be
quite sick, not desperately, you
should be able to see the end of
your nose, but high pressure means
that Wednesday morning looks gloomy
and murky. And in a couple of areas
probably outside of town it may
linger into the afternoon and this
is the time of the year for this to
persist. 12 degrees, cool but not
freezing. It can get colder at this
time of the year. And towards the
end of the week things will be
improving I think. We will get some
sunshine on Friday and the weekend
is looking pretty good as well and
after that it will cool off and into
December it is going to be quite
Now the main headlines...
MPs are being promised
a "meaningful vote" on any Brexit
Britain leaves the EU.
The Brexit Secretary said
new legislation will allow
parliament to scrutinise proposals
once a deal has been reached.
More than 350 people have been
killed in a powerful earthquake that
struck the northern border
of Iran and Iraq.
Another 4000 were injured
and the casualty figure is expected
to rise on both sides of the border.
The former boyfriend
of the reality television star
Ferne McCann has been found guilty
of carrying out an acid
attack in a nightclub.
14 people were injured
when Arthur Collins threw
the substance over a crowd.
I will be back later
during the ten o'clock news,
but for now from everyone
on the team, have a lovely evening.
Thanks for watching.