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racism over alleged comments about

African countries.

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That's all from the BBC News at Six,

so it's goodbye from me -

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Coming up on the programme

this Friday evening.

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President Donald Trump's decision

not to come to the UK

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is welcomed by London's Mayor.

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Protestors in Camden chain

themselves to trees in their fight

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against the High Speed Rail Link,

HS2 - and its impact on the area.

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It's about trees, it's

about open spaces,

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it's about air quality.

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And this project is going to have a

devastating effect

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on all of those things.

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Also tonight.

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It's the wedding venue of choice -

for celebs and locals alike.

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We go behind the scenes

at Marylebone Town Hall

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after its multi-million pound refit.

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And, there to lift our

spirits on a grey day.

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RHS Wisley welcomes tropical

butterfly from around the world.

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Good evening.

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I'm Asad Ahmad.

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The ongoing spat between US

President, Donald Trump

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and Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan,

has taken another turn

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today after the presidential visit

to London next month was cancelled.

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The decision has been

welcomed by Mr Khan,

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who thinks the President has finally

got the message that Londoners

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won't welcome him here.

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Meanwhile, London's former Mayor

now Foreign Secretary,

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Boris Johnson, has voiced strong

opinions too - as our political

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correspondent, Karl Mercer tells us.

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Please don't touch him, please.

They

didn't in the end touch the wax one

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and they won't get to touch the real

one either but fake Donald did make

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an appearance this morning. Fun for

the builders, slight bemusement for

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the police. The new embassy will

instead be opened by the American

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Secretary of State, with many

blaming the change of heart on the

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threat of mass protest in London.

The mayor needs to be careful

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because he is not collected to speak

for the people. He is elected to run

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London and it would be nice if he

focused on his day job, builds

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houses and got on top of knife crime

epidemic.

Sadiq Khan and President

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Trump have form. He criticised

Donald Trump just after being

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elected.

My views are simple.

President Trump, your views are

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ignorant.

He doesn't know me, I

think they are very rude statements

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and frankly, tell him I will

remember those statements. They are

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very nasty statements.

In the wake

of the London Bridge attacks last

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year, Donald Trump tweeted this: in

fact, Sadiq Khan has said there was

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no need to be alarmed by the extra

police on the streets.

We will not

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allow anybody to divide our

communities.

Back to this morning

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and the south-east were still

growing -- going strong. So worthy

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tweets, this time from Boris

Johnson, who blamed Sadiq Khan and

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Jeremy Corbyn for putting the

special relationship at risk,

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calling the mayor a pompous popinjay

in City Hall, a little risk say some

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given that Boris Johnson had his own

spat with Donald Trump after these

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comments.

We have places that are so

radicalised that people fear for

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their lives.

Boris Johnson replied

that the only reason he wouldn't

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they do parts of New York was the

real risk of meeting Donald Trump.

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Although it seems they have made up.

To start insulting the American

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president and now the current Mayor

of London is surely beneath the

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dignity of the Foreign Secretary?

The real President Trump has been

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invited to a state visit. No word

yet on when that will happen.

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If you've got an opinion

about the cancelled Trump visit -

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share your thoughts with us

on Twitter and Facebook.

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But still to come on the programme.

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A shortage of referees means

Youth League Football games

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are being played without referees.

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So we see what's

being done about it.

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A Britain First supporter

who gave a Nazi salute -

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and told a police officer

he was going to "kill

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a Muslim" before driving

at a curry-house owner in Harrow -

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will be freed from jail,

after having served time on remand.

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Before the attack in June,

Marek Zakrocki admitted

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to also beating his wife.

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Here's Marc Ashdown.

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An ordinary row of

shops in South Harrow.

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Two men appear to be arguing.

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One is Marek Zakrocki.

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Moments later, Marek Zakrocki gets

into the white van at the top

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of the picture, and rams

into the shop front.

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He reverses and tries again,

before driving off.

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The 48-year-old Polish window

cleaner was trying to run over

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the Asian owner of the takeaway,

Kamal Ahmed.

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Police pictures show

the damage to the shop.

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Somehow, nobody was seriously hurt.

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It was June last year,

just a few days after the terrorist

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attack on Finsbury Park Mosque.

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Zakrocki, after drinking

two bottles of wine

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and assaulting his wife,

and himself with a knife

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and went on a mission.

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A mission to target Muslims.

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CCTV outside a shopping centre

shows him shove a man,

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then chase him through the arcade,

before attacking him

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again and falling.

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Then, he drove to this parade

of shops and started abusing random

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members of the public.

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Using his wife's mobile phone,

police managed to contact him.

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He told officers, "I'm

going to kill a Muslim,

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I'm doing this for Britain."

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Before jumping in his van right

here, giving a Nazi salute,

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and shouting "white power".

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Prosecutors say although he

repeatedly drove into the front

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of the restaurant, all the evidence

suggests his real

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target was Mr Ahmed.

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When armed police arrested him,

they found a Nazi coin.

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He admitted donating money

to the far right extremist

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group Britain First,

which is known to be

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fiercely anti-Muslim.

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Yet, Zakrocki admitted charges

of dangerous driving

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and assaulting his wife,

which raised questions as to why

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this wasn't treated as a hate

crime or even terrorism.

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It was initially dealt

with by Harrow police as a hate

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crime, and the judge today has taken

all of those offences

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and the motivation behind those

offences into consideration,

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and has passed sentence.

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However, the offences

for which he has been convicted

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don't have separate legislation

covering racially

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aggravated offences.

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Sentencing him to 33 weeks in jail,

the judge said there was evidence

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of abhorrent racist views,

but said chronic alcoholism

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was at the root of his crime.

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Due to time already

served, he walked free

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from prison immediately.

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Mark Ashdown, BBC London News.

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A speeding driver has been jailed

for six years after killing a female

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cyclist in a hit-and-run in Enfield.

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It happened last year as Ugur Unlu

drove his car at 50 miles

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an hour in a 20 zone.

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Alpa Patel has more details.

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Well, this was described as a

horrific collision. It happened on

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the 6th of February last year. The

defendant, Ugur Unlu, had borrowed

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his friend's white Mercedes. He was

overtaking on a road in Enfield at

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more than 50 mph in a 20 mph road.

It was then that he heaped Annie

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Terzic who was cycling home from

work. -- that he heaped. She flew

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into the air, suffered horrific

injuries and her bike was found into

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pieces after the accident. Despite

hitting power and having a smashed

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windscreens, Ugur Unlu decided to

continue driving and that is when he

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abandoned his car.

A very sad case.

What did the judge had to say about

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the driver?

The judge was

particularly critical of the car's

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tinted windows. She said it should

not have been on the road. She said

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only 5% of the windows were not

tainted. She also said that despite

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a completely shattered windscreen,

you drove on for two miles, driving

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at speeds of up to 55 mph and then

you left the car, probably hoping it

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would never be found. The victim's

husband was also in court. They had

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only recently been married and he

said he had totally been shattered

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by her death. Unlu pleaded guilty to

causing death by dangerous driving

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and death with no insurance and he

has been jailed to six years.

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A four-year-old girl

who went missing in

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the summer with her mother -

who's a diagnosed schizophrenic -

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has been found in Spain.

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A High Court judge said

Elliana Shand is now safe and well.

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The judge made a number

of public appeals for help

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after Elliana and her mother,

Jessica Richards, disappeared.

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A 25-year-old man has died

after being assaulted

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and stabbed in west London.

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It happened on Old Oak Road

in Shepherd's Bush,

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yesterday afternoon.

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Two men aged 27 and 28 have been

arrested on suspicion of murder.

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Police are asking anyone

with information to contact them.

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Protestors in Camden have

taken direct action -

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by chaining themselves to trees -

to make their voices

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heard in opposition

to the High Speed Rail Link, HS2.

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They say the impact of the line -

will be 'devastating' -

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although HS2 bosses believe the link

will give Londoners

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a reason to celebrate.

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Here's our transport

correspondent, Tom Edwards.

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The Bree Louise, a much-loved

and popular real ale pub in Euston.

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At the end of the month,

though, it'll shut to make

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way for a high-speed

rail link, HS2.

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It's been here for 15 years,

and even now the owners

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still don't know how much

compensation they'll get.

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It's not through choice, you know?

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If we had a choice, we'd be

here until the day we died.

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The impact it's had on us

personally, it's our house,

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our home, our livelihood and has

been for the last nearly 15 years.

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It's totally horrendous.

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It's heartbreaking, it

really is heartbreaking.

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I'm getting to the stage

now where I just carry

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tissues around permanently.

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It's a proper chain,

I'm telling you, it's heavy.

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Today, these protesters symbolically

chained themselves to trees.

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Work is due to start here next week.

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This spring, the trees will go.

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The way this project

is coming into Euston,

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it's having a devastating effect

on local homes and businesses, and

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particularly on our green spaces.

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We've said this at consultation

meetings, at select committees.

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We've signed petitions,

we've given interviews,

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and we just feel that none of it

has been heard.

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The project to build a high-speed

rail link to the north

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will cost £55 billion.

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Hundreds of homes in

Camden will be lost.

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Residents say they will face 17

years of disruption.

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HS2, though, says the scheme

will create jobs, capacity,

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and boost the UK economy.

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The footprint for the site

of the HS2 project

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in Euston is now huge.

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HS2 says it will eventually

mean six new high-speed

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platforms at Euston station.

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And this work will eventually mean

this whole area will be

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able to be redeveloped.

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And any trees that are cut

down will be replaced.

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HS2 says negotiations

are ongoing to work out final

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compensation figures.

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But many in Euston feel crushed

by a huge scheme they never wanted.

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Tom Edwards, BBC London News.

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If you've just joined us,

welcome to BBC London News.

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This is what's still

to come on the programme

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this Friday evening.

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A true David and Goliath battle

as a family in west London takes

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on Chelsea Football Club,

arguing that the stadium will block

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daylight to their home.

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And after dark in the glasshouse at

Wisley. I spent the day chasing

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butterflies with varying levels of

success. Find out more later.

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Lots of people get

married in a Town Hall -

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but there's not one quite

like the one in Marylebone.

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Former members of the Beatles,

Hollywood A-listers -

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and of course - locals,

have all tied the know there.

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-- the knot there.

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But for the last four years it's

been closed for renovation.

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This weekend, it opens

its doors once again,

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and for those walking in -

they're in for a treat.

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As Sarah Harris has

been finding out.

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It's been the place to get

married for decades,

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but the old Marylebone Town Hall

is now dressed in its wedding best

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after a £60 million renovation

by Westminster City Council.

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For the head registrar,

it's a moving time for the historic

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building to be back to its best.

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The building was in desperate need

of a refurb, and we always knew

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that but we did the best

we could with it.

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Now that I've come back and it's

been done, I came here just before

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Christmas and I came

here on my own early one morning,

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and I just sat in one of the rooms,

and I was just so proud

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of the transformation.

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ARCHIVE:

Trapeze artists

Tony Borelli, who is getting married

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today to trapeze artist Mimi Iles

at the Town Hall.

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Even in the 1930s, the celebrities

of the day wanted their wedding

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photos on the famous steps.

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Paul McCartney liked the venue

so much he got hitched here twice.

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Once to his first wife Linda,

and then to his present wife Nancy.

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The designers have kept

all the old features that have made

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the play so popular,

but added some modern twists.

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The idea is that all the chandeliers

and all the themes of the room

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is that they are supposed to reflect

precious metals used

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in wedding rings.

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So we have gold,

silver and rose gold.

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So the idea is you can see

the circular shape of it,

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again trying to pull

that theme through.

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The building is full

of the moments that have

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made its history so special.

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Many of them are of course

celebrities, but the staff say

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a wedding day is a great leveller.

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They are no different

to anybody getting married.

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They are just as nervous,

they have their family there, etc.

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So it's quite gratifying to see them

in that situation, actually,

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because they aren't any different

and you're doing something really

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special for them, just

as you are for any other couple.

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The old Marylebone Town Hall

will open its doors for the first

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time in four years this weekend.

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Sarah Harris, BBC London News.

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If you are going to a wedding there

this weekend, take a snap and send

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it to us. We would love to see it.

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A family in west London,

is taking on Chelsea Football Club -

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arguing that the teams new stadium

is going to block out

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daylight to their home.

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The family lives next door

to the planned stadium.

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Chris Slegg has the details.

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Chris, this sounds like a David

and Goliath battle.

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Is it?

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Yes. The club is set to invest up to

£1 billion. They want to increase

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capacity from about 40,000 to

60,000. The hope the stadium will be

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ready for 2024. They've already got

planning permission. Back in May a

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local family took out a local

injunction to prevent works going

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ahead. They don't oppose a new

stadium but they think it needs to

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be redesigned because they say it

will cast a permanent shadow over

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their home. We can see how close the

home is. The district line runs

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between the two and there a brick

wall in the foreground which is the

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family home. Chelsea football club

have offered that family a 6-figure

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sum in compensation. The family has

said that no amount of money will

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convince them to change their mind.

What happens next?

Chelsea think

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they have found their way round this

by asking Hammersmith and Fulham

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Council to perform a compulsory

purchase on the bit of land they

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need for that part of the

development. They believe the

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council has the right to do that

because they can prove the social

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economic benefits that the area

outweighed the family's right to

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light. Obviously the family's

lawyers think differently. It's

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slightly complicated because the

house is in a different borough,

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it's in Kensington and Chelsea. They

described the plans as harmful and

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unacceptable. There will be a

meeting on Monday night of the

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Hammersmith and Fulham Council is to

decide whether they will go ahead to

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buy that bit of land on the behalf

of Chelsea. If they decide to it

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could prompt more legal action from

the family. If they decide not to

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Chelsea might have to consider

redesigning the stadium and they've

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already said that isn't practical.

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Few people would disagree

that grassroots football

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is essential for the health

of the game.

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It's where most future football

stars get their first real

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taste for the game,

but to make it happen,

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you need referees.

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And there seems to be a shortage,

which the Surrey Football

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Association is now trying

to address.

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Sara Orchard has been finding how.

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This week, football referees have

been back in the headlines,

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or at least their new video

assistance have been.

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But away from the TV cameras

and closer to the grassroots,

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a lack of referees in Surrey means

many teams are going without.

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We are trying to recruit

as many referees as we can.

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We need more, like everybody else,

and I'm sure every game would love

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to have a qualified referee.

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There are currently...

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That's an increase of around 30%.

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It's not actually adult football

that is suffering from this

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shortage, it's youth games,

and there's one particular youth

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league that at the moment is only

getting a referee for around 49%

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of their games.

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They use a parent to go

and referee, who may not know

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the rules of the game.

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To give you an example,

in season 2016-17, Ifab,

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which is part of Fifa,

made 95 changes to the laws

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of the game, and there was nearly

40 changes this year.

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So what they think they know,

perhaps actually they don't know.

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Chloe trained as a

referee in November.

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She attended a course,

then had to officiate on a number

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of games to qualify.

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I've refereed some college football,

I've refereed disability football,

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and I'm looking to be involved

in our business league

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that we're starting,

which will be during my lunch

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time at work.

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So it's really flexible with how

much I can get involved.

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Taking charge of the Dorking

Wanderers Academy today,

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everyone is on their best behaviour.

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But does the perception

of referees being abused put

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off potential new refs?

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Playing fairly high non-league,

the amount of abuse,

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you wouldn't want to put that

upon yourself at all.

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So I'd rather just play or coach.

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When the rest doesn't turn up

to the game it's frustrating,

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and from a young age,

grassroots football,

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it's hard if you can't

play a game on a Sunday.

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So I'd love to promote it

as much as possible and let

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little kids play football.

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Most you referees tend

to be teenagers, tempted

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by the £15 match payment.

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However, all ages are

welcome, and very wanted.

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Sara Orchard, BBC

London News, Dorking.

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It's coming to the end

of the second week of January

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and what you might be in need

of to lift your spirits

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on these grey days

is a bit of colour.

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So this weekend, RHS Wisley

is showing off 50 varieties

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of tropical butterfly -

and Wendy Hurrell is there to take

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a closer look for us.

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It's just what you need

on a day like today.

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It's already looking very nice

there.

I never say no to this

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assignment, not least because I get

to spend the day with these

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beautiful fellas in temperatures

that are tropical. In amongst the

0:20:510:20:55

flora and fauna of the glasshouse

here at Wisley. We often come to do

0:20:550:20:59

this report, not least out of

altruism, to fill your screens with

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some colour and warmth as well. But

our annual attempt at wildlife

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photography is not without its

difficulties.

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He is trying, our Vic on camera,

but they don't take

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direction very well.

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It doesn't help that the gloomy

weather made most of them dozy.

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That's not the only problem.

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There's a robin in here

who supposed to be outside,

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and a butterfly outside

who is supposed to be in here.

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I'm just going to

release him back...

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The escapee delivered back

to the warmth in a coffee cup.

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Piggy backed out of the glasshouse.

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Well, it's a close

visitor experience.

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But they're used to this at Wisley,

ten years on from the first event,

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and even we get the hang

of it, with patience.

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PASTORAL MUSIC.

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So you've actually been

to the Amazon and seen these

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butterflies for real in the wild.

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Yes, it was a fantastic experience,

and it 's really great to be able

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to see some of them again.

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And how does this compare?

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I mean, you're creating

that environment here.

0:22:100:22:14

You're actually able to get

much closer to them.

0:22:140:22:17

So we have these feeding

stations with rotten fruit,

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and they'll rest there and feed.

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They'd be swirling round your head

in clouds on a sunny day.

0:22:250:22:29

There must be one or two of those

before March, surely?

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MUSIC CONTINUES.

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Yes, they are a lot of work these

butterflies, not just for us but for

0:22:450:22:49

the people looking after them. There

are some screens down over the

0:22:490:22:53

glass. That is to keep the

temperature steady as we go through

0:22:530:22:56

the night. Of course the temperature

will drop underneath the glass.

0:22:560:23:00

Looking after them this evening is

Emma Allen. Well done, I haven't had

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a log -- I haven't had a lot of luck

with them. This one is behaving. Why

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do they get affected by the sort of

whether that happens outside the

0:23:130:23:18

glasshouse?

If you think about

butterflies in the UK, you see them

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in summer when it's warm and sunny.

Usually a still day. They are very

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delicate creatures and they like

warmth. These tropical butterflies

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are no different. They just like a

much higher temperature. We try to

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keep it around the mid-20s. When

it's a sunny day temperatures get

0:23:340:23:40

higher and that's when they fly

about and it's quite a spectacle.

0:23:400:23:44

She's picked them up, she's a

professional. This one is performing

0:23:440:23:47

beautifully. They are in this basket

because that's part of your job, to

0:23:470:23:53

collect them so they don't get

caught.

Yes, because they like the

0:23:530:23:57

light they fly to the edges of the

glasshouse during the day. When we

0:23:570:24:01

bring the shades down in the

evening, we like to clear them out

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of the way so we don't harm them.

The team go round with this laundry

0:24:050:24:10

basket, collect them all up and pop

them in there so we can bring the

0:24:100:24:14

blinds down and then they can be

released again.

They are a difficult

0:24:140:24:19

pet. You can see them here until

March. STUDIO: Thank you. If there

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was ever a day to enjoy a colourful

butterfly it was on a grey day like

0:24:240:24:29

today! The weather watchers really

captured the flavour of the day.

0:24:290:24:42

That was the scene across Old

Street.

0:24:420:24:43

That was the scene across Old

Street. There's still an awful lot

0:24:430:24:48

of cloud there to be had. As I've

said for the last couple of nights,

0:24:480:24:52

we weren't alone. There is a lot of

cloud across many parts of the

0:24:520:24:55

British Isles. The odd glimpse of it

further east, that was probably

0:24:550:25:03

about as good as it got today. That

was in the forecast and there is

0:25:030:25:10

just that chance again when the

cloud beckons up overnight that you

0:25:100:25:13

may see the odd bit of drizzly rain.

Not really a cold night. You've

0:25:130:25:22

really got to keep your eye on the

timeline at the moment. We've gone

0:25:220:25:27

from like today and there the day

sets. Saturday, one of those days

0:25:270:25:30

where you want to get out and get on

with life, temperatures pretty much

0:25:300:25:37

web they've been of late. No great

shock to the system as yet. He said,

0:25:370:25:42

teasingly. On Sunday we've got a

weather front getting across us.

0:25:420:25:45

More of a band of cloud with the odd

spot of rain. There is a chance as

0:25:450:25:50

we finish Sunday of seeing a bit of

sunshine. Then on Monday, this set

0:25:500:25:56

of fronts come down from the North

West of Scotland and right through

0:25:560:26:01

us on Monday. Monday is wet and

windy and it's also the last of the

0:26:010:26:05

relatively mild days. What follows

on behind, and this is Tuesday

0:26:050:26:09

through the greater part of next

week, I say cold air simply because

0:26:090:26:14

it really is going to be cold. You

might see a bit of sunshine but once

0:26:140:26:19

that Monday is gone we might end up

with something a bit wintry.

0:26:190:26:25

It's been another busy day of news,

so let's remind ourselves

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of the day's main headlines,

before we go.

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President Donald Trump's visit

to Britain next month is off.

0:26:300:26:32

He had been due to attend

the official opening of the new US

0:26:320:26:35

embassy in Battersea.

0:26:350:26:37

But the president tweeted he was not

a "big fan" of the site -

0:26:370:26:40

and blamed Barack Obama's

administration for a "bad deal".

0:26:400:26:46

A report looking into the response

to the Manchester bombing last May,

0:26:460:26:49

says families searching for missing

relatives were subjected

0:26:490:26:51

to "intrusive media attention".

0:26:510:26:52

22 people were killed in the attack.

0:26:520:26:56

That's it from us this Friday

evening, but I'll have more

0:26:560:26:58

for you at 10.30 on BBC One.

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Before then, you can check

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feed for more stories

from across London, and feel free

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to get in touch with us too.

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I'll see you later.

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Have a good evening.

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