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That's all from the BBC News at Six,
so it's goodbye from me -
Coming up on the programme
this Friday evening.
President Donald Trump's decision
not to come to the UK
is welcomed by London's Mayor.
Protestors in Camden chain
themselves to trees in their fight
against the High Speed Rail Link,
HS2 - and its impact on the area.
It's about trees, it's
about open spaces,
it's about air quality.
And this project is going to have a
on all of those things.
It's the wedding venue of choice -
for celebs and locals alike.
We go behind the scenes
at Marylebone Town Hall
after its multi-million pound refit.
And, there to lift our
spirits on a grey day.
RHS Wisley welcomes tropical
butterfly from around the world.
I'm Asad Ahmad.
The ongoing spat between US
President, Donald Trump
and Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan,
has taken another turn
today after the presidential visit
to London next month was cancelled.
The decision has been
welcomed by Mr Khan,
who thinks the President has finally
got the message that Londoners
won't welcome him here.
Meanwhile, London's former Mayor
now Foreign Secretary,
Boris Johnson, has voiced strong
opinions too - as our political
correspondent, Karl Mercer tells us.
Please don't touch him, please.
didn't in the end touch the wax one
and they won't get to touch the real
one either but fake Donald did make
an appearance this morning. Fun for
the builders, slight bemusement for
the police. The new embassy will
instead be opened by the American
Secretary of State, with many
blaming the change of heart on the
threat of mass protest in London.
The mayor needs to be careful
because he is not collected to speak
for the people. He is elected to run
London and it would be nice if he
focused on his day job, builds
houses and got on top of knife crime
Sadiq Khan and President
Trump have form. He criticised
Donald Trump just after being
My views are simple.
President Trump, your views are
He doesn't know me, I
think they are very rude statements
and frankly, tell him I will
remember those statements. They are
very nasty statements.
In the wake
of the London Bridge attacks last
year, Donald Trump tweeted this: in
fact, Sadiq Khan has said there was
no need to be alarmed by the extra
police on the streets.
We will not
allow anybody to divide our
Back to this morning
and the south-east were still
growing -- going strong. So worthy
tweets, this time from Boris
Johnson, who blamed Sadiq Khan and
Jeremy Corbyn for putting the
special relationship at risk,
calling the mayor a pompous popinjay
in City Hall, a little risk say some
given that Boris Johnson had his own
spat with Donald Trump after these
We have places that are so
radicalised that people fear for
Boris Johnson replied
that the only reason he wouldn't
they do parts of New York was the
real risk of meeting Donald Trump.
Although it seems they have made up.
To start insulting the American
president and now the current Mayor
of London is surely beneath the
dignity of the Foreign Secretary?
The real President Trump has been
invited to a state visit. No word
yet on when that will happen.
If you've got an opinion
about the cancelled Trump visit -
share your thoughts with us
on Twitter and Facebook.
But still to come on the programme.
A shortage of referees means
Youth League Football games
are being played without referees.
So we see what's
being done about it.
A Britain First supporter
who gave a Nazi salute -
and told a police officer
he was going to "kill
a Muslim" before driving
at a curry-house owner in Harrow -
will be freed from jail,
after having served time on remand.
Before the attack in June,
Marek Zakrocki admitted
to also beating his wife.
Here's Marc Ashdown.
An ordinary row of
shops in South Harrow.
Two men appear to be arguing.
One is Marek Zakrocki.
Moments later, Marek Zakrocki gets
into the white van at the top
of the picture, and rams
into the shop front.
He reverses and tries again,
before driving off.
The 48-year-old Polish window
cleaner was trying to run over
the Asian owner of the takeaway,
Police pictures show
the damage to the shop.
Somehow, nobody was seriously hurt.
It was June last year,
just a few days after the terrorist
attack on Finsbury Park Mosque.
Zakrocki, after drinking
two bottles of wine
and assaulting his wife,
and himself with a knife
and went on a mission.
A mission to target Muslims.
CCTV outside a shopping centre
shows him shove a man,
then chase him through the arcade,
before attacking him
again and falling.
Then, he drove to this parade
of shops and started abusing random
members of the public.
Using his wife's mobile phone,
police managed to contact him.
He told officers, "I'm
going to kill a Muslim,
I'm doing this for Britain."
Before jumping in his van right
here, giving a Nazi salute,
and shouting "white power".
Prosecutors say although he
repeatedly drove into the front
of the restaurant, all the evidence
suggests his real
target was Mr Ahmed.
When armed police arrested him,
they found a Nazi coin.
He admitted donating money
to the far right extremist
group Britain First,
which is known to be
Yet, Zakrocki admitted charges
of dangerous driving
and assaulting his wife,
which raised questions as to why
this wasn't treated as a hate
crime or even terrorism.
It was initially dealt
with by Harrow police as a hate
crime, and the judge today has taken
all of those offences
and the motivation behind those
offences into consideration,
and has passed sentence.
However, the offences
for which he has been convicted
don't have separate legislation
Sentencing him to 33 weeks in jail,
the judge said there was evidence
of abhorrent racist views,
but said chronic alcoholism
was at the root of his crime.
Due to time already
served, he walked free
from prison immediately.
Mark Ashdown, BBC London News.
A speeding driver has been jailed
for six years after killing a female
cyclist in a hit-and-run in Enfield.
It happened last year as Ugur Unlu
drove his car at 50 miles
an hour in a 20 zone.
Alpa Patel has more details.
Well, this was described as a
horrific collision. It happened on
the 6th of February last year. The
defendant, Ugur Unlu, had borrowed
his friend's white Mercedes. He was
overtaking on a road in Enfield at
more than 50 mph in a 20 mph road.
It was then that he heaped Annie
Terzic who was cycling home from
work. -- that he heaped. She flew
into the air, suffered horrific
injuries and her bike was found into
pieces after the accident. Despite
hitting power and having a smashed
windscreens, Ugur Unlu decided to
continue driving and that is when he
abandoned his car.
A very sad case.
What did the judge had to say about
The judge was
particularly critical of the car's
tinted windows. She said it should
not have been on the road. She said
only 5% of the windows were not
tainted. She also said that despite
a completely shattered windscreen,
you drove on for two miles, driving
at speeds of up to 55 mph and then
you left the car, probably hoping it
would never be found. The victim's
husband was also in court. They had
only recently been married and he
said he had totally been shattered
by her death. Unlu pleaded guilty to
causing death by dangerous driving
and death with no insurance and he
has been jailed to six years.
A four-year-old girl
who went missing in
the summer with her mother -
who's a diagnosed schizophrenic -
has been found in Spain.
A High Court judge said
Elliana Shand is now safe and well.
The judge made a number
of public appeals for help
after Elliana and her mother,
Jessica Richards, disappeared.
A 25-year-old man has died
after being assaulted
and stabbed in west London.
It happened on Old Oak Road
in Shepherd's Bush,
Two men aged 27 and 28 have been
arrested on suspicion of murder.
Police are asking anyone
with information to contact them.
Protestors in Camden have
taken direct action -
by chaining themselves to trees -
to make their voices
heard in opposition
to the High Speed Rail Link, HS2.
They say the impact of the line -
will be 'devastating' -
although HS2 bosses believe the link
will give Londoners
a reason to celebrate.
Here's our transport
correspondent, Tom Edwards.
The Bree Louise, a much-loved
and popular real ale pub in Euston.
At the end of the month,
though, it'll shut to make
way for a high-speed
rail link, HS2.
It's been here for 15 years,
and even now the owners
still don't know how much
compensation they'll get.
It's not through choice, you know?
If we had a choice, we'd be
here until the day we died.
The impact it's had on us
personally, it's our house,
our home, our livelihood and has
been for the last nearly 15 years.
It's totally horrendous.
It's heartbreaking, it
really is heartbreaking.
I'm getting to the stage
now where I just carry
tissues around permanently.
It's a proper chain,
I'm telling you, it's heavy.
Today, these protesters symbolically
chained themselves to trees.
Work is due to start here next week.
This spring, the trees will go.
The way this project
is coming into Euston,
it's having a devastating effect
on local homes and businesses, and
particularly on our green spaces.
We've said this at consultation
meetings, at select committees.
We've signed petitions,
we've given interviews,
and we just feel that none of it
has been heard.
The project to build a high-speed
rail link to the north
will cost £55 billion.
Hundreds of homes in
Camden will be lost.
Residents say they will face 17
years of disruption.
HS2, though, says the scheme
will create jobs, capacity,
and boost the UK economy.
The footprint for the site
of the HS2 project
in Euston is now huge.
HS2 says it will eventually
mean six new high-speed
platforms at Euston station.
And this work will eventually mean
this whole area will be
able to be redeveloped.
And any trees that are cut
down will be replaced.
HS2 says negotiations
are ongoing to work out final
But many in Euston feel crushed
by a huge scheme they never wanted.
Tom Edwards, BBC London News.
If you've just joined us,
welcome to BBC London News.
This is what's still
to come on the programme
this Friday evening.
A true David and Goliath battle
as a family in west London takes
on Chelsea Football Club,
arguing that the stadium will block
daylight to their home.
And after dark in the glasshouse at
Wisley. I spent the day chasing
butterflies with varying levels of
success. Find out more later.
Lots of people get
married in a Town Hall -
but there's not one quite
like the one in Marylebone.
Former members of the Beatles,
Hollywood A-listers -
and of course - locals,
have all tied the know there.
-- the knot there.
But for the last four years it's
been closed for renovation.
This weekend, it opens
its doors once again,
and for those walking in -
they're in for a treat.
As Sarah Harris has
been finding out.
It's been the place to get
married for decades,
but the old Marylebone Town Hall
is now dressed in its wedding best
after a £60 million renovation
by Westminster City Council.
For the head registrar,
it's a moving time for the historic
building to be back to its best.
The building was in desperate need
of a refurb, and we always knew
that but we did the best
we could with it.
Now that I've come back and it's
been done, I came here just before
Christmas and I came
here on my own early one morning,
and I just sat in one of the rooms,
and I was just so proud
of the transformation.
Tony Borelli, who is getting married
today to trapeze artist Mimi Iles
at the Town Hall.
Even in the 1930s, the celebrities
of the day wanted their wedding
photos on the famous steps.
Paul McCartney liked the venue
so much he got hitched here twice.
Once to his first wife Linda,
and then to his present wife Nancy.
The designers have kept
all the old features that have made
the play so popular,
but added some modern twists.
The idea is that all the chandeliers
and all the themes of the room
is that they are supposed to reflect
precious metals used
in wedding rings.
So we have gold,
silver and rose gold.
So the idea is you can see
the circular shape of it,
again trying to pull
that theme through.
The building is full
of the moments that have
made its history so special.
Many of them are of course
celebrities, but the staff say
a wedding day is a great leveller.
They are no different
to anybody getting married.
They are just as nervous,
they have their family there, etc.
So it's quite gratifying to see them
in that situation, actually,
because they aren't any different
and you're doing something really
special for them, just
as you are for any other couple.
The old Marylebone Town Hall
will open its doors for the first
time in four years this weekend.
Sarah Harris, BBC London News.
If you are going to a wedding there
this weekend, take a snap and send
it to us. We would love to see it.
A family in west London,
is taking on Chelsea Football Club -
arguing that the teams new stadium
is going to block out
daylight to their home.
The family lives next door
to the planned stadium.
Chris Slegg has the details.
Chris, this sounds like a David
and Goliath battle.
Yes. The club is set to invest up to
£1 billion. They want to increase
capacity from about 40,000 to
60,000. The hope the stadium will be
ready for 2024. They've already got
planning permission. Back in May a
local family took out a local
injunction to prevent works going
ahead. They don't oppose a new
stadium but they think it needs to
be redesigned because they say it
will cast a permanent shadow over
their home. We can see how close the
home is. The district line runs
between the two and there a brick
wall in the foreground which is the
family home. Chelsea football club
have offered that family a 6-figure
sum in compensation. The family has
said that no amount of money will
convince them to change their mind.
What happens next?
they have found their way round this
by asking Hammersmith and Fulham
Council to perform a compulsory
purchase on the bit of land they
need for that part of the
development. They believe the
council has the right to do that
because they can prove the social
economic benefits that the area
outweighed the family's right to
light. Obviously the family's
lawyers think differently. It's
slightly complicated because the
house is in a different borough,
it's in Kensington and Chelsea. They
described the plans as harmful and
unacceptable. There will be a
meeting on Monday night of the
Hammersmith and Fulham Council is to
decide whether they will go ahead to
buy that bit of land on the behalf
of Chelsea. If they decide to it
could prompt more legal action from
the family. If they decide not to
Chelsea might have to consider
redesigning the stadium and they've
already said that isn't practical.
Few people would disagree
that grassroots football
is essential for the health
of the game.
It's where most future football
stars get their first real
taste for the game,
but to make it happen,
you need referees.
And there seems to be a shortage,
which the Surrey Football
Association is now trying
Sara Orchard has been finding how.
This week, football referees have
been back in the headlines,
or at least their new video
assistance have been.
But away from the TV cameras
and closer to the grassroots,
a lack of referees in Surrey means
many teams are going without.
We are trying to recruit
as many referees as we can.
We need more, like everybody else,
and I'm sure every game would love
to have a qualified referee.
There are currently...
That's an increase of around 30%.
It's not actually adult football
that is suffering from this
shortage, it's youth games,
and there's one particular youth
league that at the moment is only
getting a referee for around 49%
of their games.
They use a parent to go
and referee, who may not know
the rules of the game.
To give you an example,
in season 2016-17, Ifab,
which is part of Fifa,
made 95 changes to the laws
of the game, and there was nearly
40 changes this year.
So what they think they know,
perhaps actually they don't know.
Chloe trained as a
referee in November.
She attended a course,
then had to officiate on a number
of games to qualify.
I've refereed some college football,
I've refereed disability football,
and I'm looking to be involved
in our business league
that we're starting,
which will be during my lunch
time at work.
So it's really flexible with how
much I can get involved.
Taking charge of the Dorking
Wanderers Academy today,
everyone is on their best behaviour.
But does the perception
of referees being abused put
off potential new refs?
Playing fairly high non-league,
the amount of abuse,
you wouldn't want to put that
upon yourself at all.
So I'd rather just play or coach.
When the rest doesn't turn up
to the game it's frustrating,
and from a young age,
it's hard if you can't
play a game on a Sunday.
So I'd love to promote it
as much as possible and let
little kids play football.
Most you referees tend
to be teenagers, tempted
by the £15 match payment.
However, all ages are
welcome, and very wanted.
Sara Orchard, BBC
London News, Dorking.
It's coming to the end
of the second week of January
and what you might be in need
of to lift your spirits
on these grey days
is a bit of colour.
So this weekend, RHS Wisley
is showing off 50 varieties
of tropical butterfly -
and Wendy Hurrell is there to take
a closer look for us.
It's just what you need
on a day like today.
It's already looking very nice
I never say no to this
assignment, not least because I get
to spend the day with these
beautiful fellas in temperatures
that are tropical. In amongst the
flora and fauna of the glasshouse
here at Wisley. We often come to do
this report, not least out of
altruism, to fill your screens with
some colour and warmth as well. But
our annual attempt at wildlife
photography is not without its
He is trying, our Vic on camera,
but they don't take
direction very well.
It doesn't help that the gloomy
weather made most of them dozy.
That's not the only problem.
There's a robin in here
who supposed to be outside,
and a butterfly outside
who is supposed to be in here.
I'm just going to
release him back...
The escapee delivered back
to the warmth in a coffee cup.
Piggy backed out of the glasshouse.
Well, it's a close
But they're used to this at Wisley,
ten years on from the first event,
and even we get the hang
of it, with patience.
So you've actually been
to the Amazon and seen these
butterflies for real in the wild.
Yes, it was a fantastic experience,
and it 's really great to be able
to see some of them again.
And how does this compare?
I mean, you're creating
that environment here.
You're actually able to get
much closer to them.
So we have these feeding
stations with rotten fruit,
and they'll rest there and feed.
They'd be swirling round your head
in clouds on a sunny day.
There must be one or two of those
before March, surely?
Yes, they are a lot of work these
butterflies, not just for us but for
the people looking after them. There
are some screens down over the
glass. That is to keep the
temperature steady as we go through
the night. Of course the temperature
will drop underneath the glass.
Looking after them this evening is
Emma Allen. Well done, I haven't had
a log -- I haven't had a lot of luck
with them. This one is behaving. Why
do they get affected by the sort of
whether that happens outside the
If you think about
butterflies in the UK, you see them
in summer when it's warm and sunny.
Usually a still day. They are very
delicate creatures and they like
warmth. These tropical butterflies
are no different. They just like a
much higher temperature. We try to
keep it around the mid-20s. When
it's a sunny day temperatures get
higher and that's when they fly
about and it's quite a spectacle.
She's picked them up, she's a
professional. This one is performing
beautifully. They are in this basket
because that's part of your job, to
collect them so they don't get
Yes, because they like the
light they fly to the edges of the
glasshouse during the day. When we
bring the shades down in the
evening, we like to clear them out
of the way so we don't harm them.
The team go round with this laundry
basket, collect them all up and pop
them in there so we can bring the
blinds down and then they can be
They are a difficult
pet. You can see them here until
March. STUDIO: Thank you. If there
was ever a day to enjoy a colourful
butterfly it was on a grey day like
today! The weather watchers really
captured the flavour of the day.
That was the scene across Old
That was the scene across Old
Street. There's still an awful lot
of cloud there to be had. As I've
said for the last couple of nights,
we weren't alone. There is a lot of
cloud across many parts of the
British Isles. The odd glimpse of it
further east, that was probably
about as good as it got today. That
was in the forecast and there is
just that chance again when the
cloud beckons up overnight that you
may see the odd bit of drizzly rain.
Not really a cold night. You've
really got to keep your eye on the
timeline at the moment. We've gone
from like today and there the day
sets. Saturday, one of those days
where you want to get out and get on
with life, temperatures pretty much
web they've been of late. No great
shock to the system as yet. He said,
teasingly. On Sunday we've got a
weather front getting across us.
More of a band of cloud with the odd
spot of rain. There is a chance as
we finish Sunday of seeing a bit of
sunshine. Then on Monday, this set
of fronts come down from the North
West of Scotland and right through
us on Monday. Monday is wet and
windy and it's also the last of the
relatively mild days. What follows
on behind, and this is Tuesday
through the greater part of next
week, I say cold air simply because
it really is going to be cold. You
might see a bit of sunshine but once
that Monday is gone we might end up
with something a bit wintry.
It's been another busy day of news,
so let's remind ourselves
of the day's main headlines,
before we go.
President Donald Trump's visit
to Britain next month is off.
He had been due to attend
the official opening of the new US
embassy in Battersea.
But the president tweeted he was not
a "big fan" of the site -
and blamed Barack Obama's
administration for a "bad deal".
A report looking into the response
to the Manchester bombing last May,
says families searching for missing
relatives were subjected
to "intrusive media attention".
22 people were killed in the attack.
That's it from us this Friday
evening, but I'll have more
for you at 10.30 on BBC One.
Before then, you can check
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feed for more stories
from across London, and feel free
to get in touch with us too.
I'll see you later.
Have a good evening.