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More stop and search
on the capital's streets
to tackle knife crime.
We will have the situation we had in
the 80s where we'll have a whole
generation of youth growing up and
hating the police.
But the mayor says
"targetted" stop and search
is a "vital tool" in keeping
the capital safe.
A damning report on the service
provided to Southern
and Thameslink passengers.
People should leave each other in
Why a Holocaust survivor,
sent to a concentration camp
aged 14, is sharing her
stories with commuters.
Thank you, after that, for your
frankness. -- Arthur.
And we talk to Oscar
winner Meryl Streep
on her latest film and the Hollywood
A very warm welcome
to the programme.
It's one of the biggest challenges
facing the Met Police -
how to reduce knife
crime on our streets.
Now the Mayor's promised
to "significantly increase"
stop and search,
as part of a crackdown
on violent crime in 2018.
However, one of Sadiq Khan's
mayoral election pledges
was to cut it back.
Our Political Correspondent,
Karl Mercer, reports.
Patrick is only too aware of the
damage knives can do in the hands of
the wrong person. So is Angeline
Hill. Both Londoners whose families
have been badly damaged by a crime
that is on the increase again.
Today, Patrick is in the cafe he
runs in Brixton.
Are you OK?
where he spends much of his time.
We've filled him last year with his
son who was stabbed in the heart. --
we filmed him. This woman is
planning a website for families
affected by knife crime. What do
they make of this from the are
today? -- the London mayor.
The measures you are making are
counteracted to what you are trying
to do. Stop and search will take it
away from the police. They will not
go to the police when they have
problems. It will take us back to
youth against police.
understand the initiative. It is
good to make the public feel safe
but the reality is it will not
change the problem. The reality is,
why are these kids walking about
with knives? Luther was 32. There
are a lot of victims who are not
City Hall refused
requests for interviews today, we
could not ask what the mayor meant
by a significant increase in stop
and search for top tackling knife
crime is seen as a priority. This
video and a call for schools to
produce knife ones last week. There
are some who welcomed the news.
years ago, one in ten stop and
searches resulted in finding
something. Now the figure is about
one in three, which is loads better.
It is a tool we can use, and an
important tool. The police will be
wearing cameras, so we can see what
Cressida Dick has
previously said you were back an
increase in stop and search if it
led to lower knife crime. The
opponents of the mayor said it will
need to be done sensitively.
people feel victimised. This will
crush community policing, which
affects all crime in London.
Scotland Yard and the men know this
will have to be matched by a drop in
knife crime. -- the London mayor.
Plenty more ahead
Recreating part of London's history
as St Pancras Station begins
its 150th anniversary celebrations.
It is the UK's biggest rail
franchise. Southern and Thames Link
services have been. Olic is
for delays and cancellations.
He was responding to
a National Audit Office report
which says they have suffered
the worst disruption of any
franchise, one which has NOT
provided value for money.
Here's our Transport
Correspondent Tom Edwards.
Unreliable, not value for money,
the worst service in the country.
It won't surprise many passengers
that today there's more damning
evidence on Govia Thameslink.
Blighted by industrial action
and a lack of understanding
from Government, at its worst,
only two thirds of
trains arrived on time.
A shabby train service?
The franchise covers Thameslink,
Southern and Great Northern services
and today's report outlines how 60%
of delays have been due
to the operator, mainly
because of industrial action
and a lack of crew.
Nearly 40% of delays
are down to Network Rail's
I think from a passenger's point
of view, what they don't
want to hear is people passing
the buck and saying
it is someone else's fault.
What they want to know is that
action is being taken to sort this
out, and to make sure that they see
improvements in service.
The report also criticises
the Government for trying
to increase services
as well as introducing new trains
and getting rid of the guards,
leading to strikes.
The report says the Government
didn't know about a lack of drivers,
or the state of the infrastructure.
I think this report shows
the incompetence and the dogma
of the DfT and the Government
and seeking to put the blame
on the trade unions when they knew
they were going to cause this issue
is a false premise, and seeking
to blame the companies
who are forced to bid
for what they put out
there is a false premise.
If this is dogma,
the dogma has to change.
The Government says unions
are the main cause of the problems.
I make no apology for that huge
investment in the network.
introduction of brand-new 12 coach
trains all across the network. What
I do apologise or is we were not
able to avoid the extraordinarily
ill judged actions by the trade
unions, who caused massive trouble
The report does say
reliability on the services is
improving and it wants the
Government to learn lessons when it
sets up other franchises.
Police have released CCTV images
of two men they're hunting
in connection with an attack
on a shop worker in Mill Hill.
A 16-year-old boy appeared in court
today charged with murder.
Marc Ashdown reports.
He came to London from India ten
years ago and made it his home. BJ
Patel, here relaxing with his wife,
was a hard-working shopkeeper, but
pillar of his community. On
Saturday, he was brutally attacked
and died in hospital a few days
later. Detectives relieved these
images of people they want to
question in relation to the
incident. Mr Patel was the main
breadwinner for his family, both
here and back in India. They have
been left devastated by his loss.
is injustice. Check great man to
leave this world in such a way. It
is not right. He is an inspiration
for all of us. He guides us every
time. He is like the best person in
Floral tributes pile-up
outside the shop in Mill Hill
Broadway. The community here has
been left stunned. Members of the
local Jewish community have set up a
fundraising page to try to help the
family of Vijay Patel. There are
hoping to raise £1000. Now 600
people have donated, raising
£16,000. Security is crucial.
businesses and their employees are
very vulnerable, particularly late
at night. If we can share
information and support businesses
by providing more CCTV in local
areas we can make them more fun for
businesses have that sense of
safety. When that a 16-year-old boy
from Brent has been charged with
murder. He appeared at Willesden
Magistrates' Court this morning.
Before he died, this picture was
released of him in hospital. He was
much loved and will be sorely
Turning now to the musicians,
who took their campaign to protect
London's music venues,
to Parliament toady.
Billy Bragg and Sandie
Shaw were among them.
Many of the capital's famous
clubs and pubs have been
threatened with closure,
sometimes because of
complaints from residents
in new housing developments.
With the story, here's our political
editor, Tim Donovan.
Billy Bragg says it was where
he tried things out,
made mistakes, learned lessons.
We need a bit more vocals, mate.
It was in a pub close
to the Blackwall Tunnel,
like so many other venues long gone.
Live venues are absolutely crucial
for young people to find out
whether they can make a living
through their own creativity.
It is why he and other veterans of
the business were at a photocall in
Parliament today, calling on
developers to build new homes which
did not threaten live music.
want homes. The developer moves in
next to a live music venue and build
some flats. People complain about
the noise and the live music venue
had to shut down.
I understand they
want to build more houses for people
make lots of money for themselves.
They should be paying for anything
that actually upsets the community.
In one of the most high-profile
recent cases, the Ministry of Sound
nightclub bought off closure when
you flats started to go up in
elephant and Castle. The deal was
struck in showing the homes had
extra soundproofing and acoustic
protection. That should be
obligatory for the developers, says
The developers, who are, as
I describe it, the agent of change.
When they put in a planning
application may have to take the
necessary measures to make sure the
venue will not conflict with the new
The years passed but some
are still challenging the system.
There was a message for politicians
Just bear in mind how
important it is. As I understand it,
British music is one of our leading
exports and they must get behind and
It is not clear whether
that support will be forthcoming
from the Government. Plans to merge
three NHS trusts have been approved,
creating one of the largest NHS
trusts in the country. The move was
agreed earlier this afternoon. It
means the new trust will serve a
population of over a million people.
It could lead to the loss of some
A new study looking at a certain
type of air pollution has found that
three-quarters of the country's most
polluted post codes are in London.
Diesel engines are a key source
of nitrogen dioxide gas,
which has been linked
to respiratory disease.
Campaigners say safe
limits are regularly
breached in the capital.
The new data has named
Hyde Park Corner and Marylebone Road
as Britain's worst locations.
If you want to check how
polluted your street is,
you can go to the science page
of the BBC News website.
There's an article which lets you
use your post code to get a rating -
and some tips on how
to avoid pollution.
Still to come this
Newspapers on a red carpet. That is
because there is a premiere tonight
because of the number of Oscar
winners who will be walking down
this carpet. Join me later to find
A Holocaust survivor who was sent to
Auschwitz when she was 14 years old
has been sharing her story with the
young generation. She spent time at
passers-by at Liverpool Street
station. An 87-year-old woman is
hoping to have a chat with
passers-by. She's set up so far in
Liverpool Street and has encouraged
people to stop and listen to her
They put us in ghettos and
from there they took us to the camp,
Lily Ebert is a
How much do you
know about the Holocaust?
not taught at school but I educated
In times where there is
rising racism and anti-Semitism, her
message is that we must live
together. That is a powerful
It was heart-warming that
she was saying we are the same. It
does not seem we are together,
united, and are the same.
photo of Lily and her siblings in
Hungary. The family were sent to
Auschwitz. She and her two sisters
were forced into Labour but the rest
of her family were sent to the gas
chambers. Does it upset you when
people say they face stigma and
racism, that it still goes on today?
Yes. They should know. The truth is
because -- it does not mean someone
is better or worse than you are.
They are only different.
is a reminder of the and accompanied
children who arrived at this train
station when they fled persecution
in their home towns in Germany,
Czechoslovakia and Austria. After
World War II very few were able to
be reunited by their families --
with their families. Lilly shares
her story with today's is in and
hopes the murder of 6 million dues
is never forgotten or misunderstood.
He was never shy of causing
controversy during his days
at Stamford Bridge.
Now the former Chelsea
boss Jose Mourinho
has been trading insults with this
successor, Antonio Conte.
Well, tonight, Chelsea meet
Arsenal in the first leg
of their League Cup semifinal.
We can join our sports
reporter, Chris Slegg.
Sounds quite personal?
It has got really quite personal.
Jose Mourinho isn't even involved
with this match. He is now the
Manchester United manager. But he
has rather dominated the build-up.
Let's remind ourselves of how these
words have escalated. It was a week
ago that Mourinho was asked why he
doesn't seem to be as passionate at
Manchester United as he was in his
Chelsea days. He questioned back
saying that, because I don't behave
as a clown on the touchline, it
means I have lost my passion? Many
journalists took that word clown to
be a reference to Antonio Conte.
Asked about that, he replied saying
maybe he was talking about himself
in the past. Sometimes I think there
is a demenza senile, he said in his
native Italian. Asked about that
Ahmed, Mourinho said, what never
happened to me and will never happen
to me is to be suspended for match
fixing. Conte didn't get suspended
but he did get a four-month
suspension for failing to report
match fixing when he was manager in
Italy. Conte's response, in the past
Mourinho was a little man, he is a
little man in the present and for
sure he will be a little man in the
future. So it has really escalated
throughout the last week, and
yesterday in his press conference,
Conte was asked whether the League
Managers Association should come in
to mediate between the two men, and
this was his response.
I think we both said
things and we'll see
what happens in the future.
I think that he said serious words,
using serious words, and...
I won't forget this.
But this is not
a problem from the club.
It's a problem between me and him.
As we said, quite personal. Conte
has also criticised Arsenal manager
Yeah, he's got his
adversary tonight an old coach. That
was in response to being asked about
Arsene Wenger's criticism of a
refereeing decision last week when
these teams met in the league.
Arsene Wenger laughed that off in
his press conference yesterday,
saying, I am an old but so is
Antonio Conte. If we get as much
drama on the pitch tonight as we
have had off it, it should be pretty
exciting. This is just the first leg
and they will meet again in the
second leg at the Emirates in a
fortnight. The winner will play
Manchester City or Bristol city in
the final at Wembley on February 25.
It's a special year
for St Pancras International,
as it marks 150 years.
During that time, the station
has gone through near
demolition and restoration.
Today, as part of its anniversary
celebrations, commuters were treated
to a trip down memory lane.
Jim Wheble has more.
Marching to work -
on the phone, making a call,
often we just pass through stations
totally oblivious to their past.
That was more difficult
today at St Pancras,
with a Victorian horse and cart
parked outside, which would have
transported the product that
basically inspired the building
of the station.
At that time, goods and trade
were much more important
than passenger traffic,
and a key part of that goods
business was beer from Burton,
from the Midlands, so the ground
level of the station,
so now you can go down
and walk through it,
that was solely for the storage
of beer from Burton.
It revolutionised beer
drinking in the capital,
bringing bitter for the first time
to London pubs more familiar
with a good glass of stout.
But it wasn't the only thing
that was revolutionary
about this station.
This roof was really a wonder
of the time, wasn't it?
When the station opened,
this was the largest single-span
roof in the world.
It's 700 foot long, 250 foot
wide and 100 foot high.
Perhaps if you see an old film
from the '30s or '40s
with Grand Central Station
in New York, you might
have seen this.
You could quite likely do,
because the original Grand Central
used the design of St Pancras.
Look around here, it's
St Pancras Station -
but, back in the '60s, it was seen
by some as redundant,
and there were growing calls
at the time for this place
to be demolished.
It wasn't for this man,
Sir John Betjeman, one-time poet
laureate, who mounted a successful
campaign to stop it, perhaps this
place wouldn't be here right now.
Now, of course, it's not
just an international
terminal but a place to shop
and be spontaneously entertained.
The piano has been so incredibly
successful, hasn't it?
It's captured people's imagination.
It really has, and we
introduced them in 2012,
and they have been so popular.
People absolutely love to see people
play, to hear people play.
Even the likes of Elton John
have been seen tinkling
on the St Pancras ivories.
And, to celebrate all of this,
a special anniversary beer.
Maybe not in wooden
barrels, but you can't
always have everything.
Some of Hollywood's biggest names
are in London tonight
for the UK premiere of The Post,
starring Meryl Streep and Tom
Hanks and directed
by Steven Spielberg.
It's based on the true story
of a battle between journalists
and the US government
in the early '70s over papers
regarding the Vietman War.
Asad Ahmad is in
Leicester Square now.
I've never been on a red carpet like
this before. We've got quadruple
Oscar-winning Steven Spielberg on
the carpet, double Oscar winner Tom
Hanks is there, and I'm joined by
triple Oscar winner Meryl Streep.
Thank you for joining us for your
first UK interview about the film.
Tell us about the timing of this
film. We get a lot coming out of
Washington about fake news. It's
like this film is pushing back a bit
and saying, the importance of good,
honest journalism is important to
holding the law and government to
Absolutely, the first
Amendment was enshrined as the first
Amendment in our Constitution
protecting free speech and the
freedom of the press. We rely on the
press to give us the truth and, by
undermining the institutions that
deliver the truth, themselves,
I know all about
that! You play a really strong woman
in this film, a strong woman back in
the early 70s who is the first
female publisher, who really stands
her ground, very much in a man's
world. When you were playing that
role, did it surprise you how much
things haven't changed in nearly 40
years, or how much things have
I've lived through that
time. I was graduating from college
when the Pentagon papers emerged.
And I remember when there were no
women in business, in corporate
suites. There were very few women
lawyers, very few women doctors. It
was highly unusual. This woman
sought was the fulcrum of a pivotal
moment in history, when women emerge
and all of these opportunities, from
which I've benefited, changed. So,
yes, she broke ground for many, many
women, first head of a Fortune 500
country, and she proved, even in the
face of her own insecurities, that
women can do it.
talking to asset Ahmed.
Let's get a check
on the weather now.
And Philip Avery has joined us.
And Philip Avery has joined us.
Not the most enthralling picture,
but the weather hasn't been that
enthralling of late. Yesterday was
dreadful, not a speck of sunshine,
but we did today in some spots. Once
a weather front made its way all too
slowly for some towards the east,
that allowed much of central and
western parts of our area to buck
up. I have heard good things about
the weather in Kent, no great
surprise, when you see that front
appears to be more of an issue for
the north and east of the region.
That has a bearing on what we are
expecting tonight and injured in a
row, towards the north and east we
have the remnants from that front,
which will produce some rain.
Further west and south-west, this is
where the skies could stay clear and
we could end up with a foggy start
the day on Thursday. Bear that in
mind, if you are running up the M40,
over the Chilterns, you could be in
for a fair amount of fog. Towards
the east, that is where we have the
greatest chance of the odd spot of
rain for what essentially will be a
rather dank day. Quite cloudy, and
that prospect continues on into
Thursday evening and overnight
through into the first part of
Friday as well. A lot of clout
around, still the odd spot of rain,
and that cloud sitting quite low in
the atmosphere, so there will be
some hill fog around than the
radiation fog for two nights out
west. Friday, yes, the odd passing
glimpse of the sun but, if you work
on the basis the next few days will
be cloudy with a prospect of fog and
the odd spot of rain coming through
where the cloud is the curb, will
not go far wrong. Just in time for
the weekend, that looks like doom
and gloom, but that weather front is
slowly working its way to the
western side of the British Isles,
so the weekend starts on a cloudy
note, but not too cold. There you
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