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So it's goodbye from me.
Tonight on BBC London News:
An undercover investigation.
I don't think it's real, man.
Nothing in this shop is made out of
We reveal how real animal fur
is wrongly being sold
as fake fur at shops
and stalls across London.
None of these are being labelled
as being made of animal fur.
I think the parallel is
if vegetarian burgers, if they found
that were made with real meat, there
would be an outcry.
Now a Parliamentary inquiry
is launched and our
investigation will be
used as evidence.
Thousands of passengers
face travel disruption
after a unexploded bomb
closes City Airport -
residents in the area also forced
to leave their homes.
They've obviously got it under
control, otherwise they would move
us all out, and being in London, you
know, World War II bombs, you will
find them wherever they are going to
be digging up stuff.
A controversial shake-up
of the way London is policed
as the force needs to save money.
What are you doing here? This is my
little sister, Sandra.
And on a council estate
near Tower Bridge some household
names gather for their latest film -
we'll be speaking to them.
Good evening and welcome
to the programme.
I'm Victoria Hollins.
A BBC London investigation
has revealed how real
animal fur is wrongly
being sold as fake.
This programme secretly
filmed at shops and market
stalls across London -
we were told the garments had
synthetic fur on them.
But in fact tests show mink,
rabbit and fox were being sold.
Animal rights charities say imported
animal fur is being farmed on such
a scale abroad that it's cheaper
to buy than faux fur,
leaving some consumers
'sleepwalking' into buying
the real product.
Alex Bushill investigates.
Our investigation starts here,
Camden market, one of the most
famous markets in the world.
Armed with a secret camera,
we joined the crowds
looking for a purchase.
A coat with a fur trim.
Definitely fake fur, yeah?
Yeah, fake one, yeah, yeah, yeah.
Because of the price it's
a fake one, of course.
Yeah, but I don't want to buy
it if it's real fur.
No, no, no, real is
very expensive, sir.
Real is very expensive.
100% fake fur?
This is the coat that
we've just bought.
It even has a label on it
saying 100% polyester.
So, no animal fur here then?
Only one way to be sure.
Doctor Phil Greaves is the country's
leading microfibre expert
so we asked him to run all the tests
needed to find out for sure if this
was real fur or faux fur.
What is it?
It's animal fibre.
Because it's got the structural
features that only
animal fibres have.
It's got an external area of scales,
pigment within the fibres.
It is of two coats and the fibres
taper towards their tips.
So that's 100% certain?
In all, we bought garments
from 17 stalls and shops
from across London, from Stratford
to Shepherd's Bush market.
From bobble hats, to key rings
and shoes with pom-poms.
Again and again, we were sold
fake fur that turned out
actually to be real fur.
I don't think it's real, man.
I know that.
Nothing in this shop
is made out of animal.
So it looks real, but
they're is not real.
So it looks real,
but they're not real.
And again in Shepherd's Bush market.
Take me to court.
Take you to court, yeah?
Take me to court.
Take me to court,
but it's not, 100%.
And then in Stratford,
again we were misled.
This time the fur she sold us
even had traces of cat.
This is synthetic, it's not real.
Real can't be for this price.
It's interesting how many of those
stallholders said at that price
it has to be fake fur.
Real fur, they say, is expensive.
Well, not any more.
According to the Humane Society,
an animal rights charity,
that is a common misconception.
They say in fact real fur can
now be so much cheaper
than sympathetic fur.
I think a lot of people will think
that real fur is expensive
and would look at a £10 bobble hat
and not think for a second
that it could be real fur.
And we just encourage
people to be careful not
into buying real fur.
The charity's even gone
filming this footage
of what they describe
as battery fur Farms in China.
In the cages, row after
row of raccoons dogs.
The Humane Society has long
campaigned to highlight the issue
of cheap imported real fur,
which, they say, is now produced
to such an industrial scale at farms
like this that the price has dropped
to rock bottom.
So, back in London, what of those
who had mis-sold to us?
We asked everyone who sold us
real fur as faux fur
to explain themselves.
Some simply didn't comment,
like these two, so we don't know
if they themselves were victims,
duped by their suppliers.
Others like this lady said
she was shocked and that she relied
on the label and was assured
by her supplier it wasn't real fur.
She's now removed
the items from sale.
Others like this stallholders said
they'd wrongly assumed
it was man-made, and had never
intended to mislead.
Which all leads to one
If so many of the shops and stalls
that sell fur don't really know
what they're selling,
how on earth are we, the consumer,
to know what the fur trim
on our coat or the bobble on our hat
is really made of?
This report will now be submitted
as evidence to a Parliamentary
inquiry looking at the issue.
Lots more to come, including...
Three London aid workers
share their first hand accounts
of working inside world's largest
refugee camp in Bangladesh.
Up to 16,000 passengers
have had their travel
plans disrupted after City Airport
was closed for the day
because of an unexploded
Second World War bomb.
The 500 kilogramme device
was discovered in the Thames,
close to the runway.
Work to make it safe
will take until tomorrow.
Some residents have been forced
to leave their homes
while it's carried out.
Tolu Adeoye has spent
the day nearby.
Grounded. Every single flight out of
London City Airport, following the
discovery of a World War II bomb
nearby. The 500 kilograms German
device was found by divers at the
King George V doctoring work to
expand the airport at around 5am
yesterday morning. By 10am the
airport was shut. Passengers were
told they could not travel today but
still we met some arriving at the
airport who hadn't heard the news.
Now we tried to go to the airport,
but we were informed in now that
there is no way inside, because
there is... I don't know!
unusual sight there of a completely
empty runway. Flights normally would
be taking off and landing around
every half an hour but 261 have been
cancelled. Some have been moved to
neighbouring airports, Southend and
Stansted, but still widespread
disruption for passengers. Today the
airport CEO apologised to the
thousands affected by the problems.
Yes, there has been a lot of
disruption and that is very
unfortunate and obviously we
apologise for that, whoever we are
working very closely with the Met
and the Navy and felt it was the
right and responsible thing to do,
to effectively close the airport and
have this device, the unexploded
bomb, removed from the dock.
disruption caused wasn't limited to
air travel. A 240 metre cord and was
put in place by the authorities,
affecting the DLR, with some roads
also closed off. The exclusion zone
meant some residents were advised to
leave their home and moved to
emergency accommodation, should they
If it was that bad they
would have moved us all out, so I
don't think it is that major because
the obviously have it under control
otherwise they would move us all
out, and being in London, World War
II bombs, you will find them
wherever they are going to be
digging up stuff.
of bombs were dropped on London
during the Blitz. They do turn up
from time to time. This one was
discovered in Brent last year. The
police and the Navy are working to
remove the latest discovery.
Unfortunately there are a lot that
still remain from previous wars.
Complacency certainly doesn't exist
within the military and the Royal
Navy ensures that every device,
every bomb, and every munition is
treated in the same way, so
therefore to ensure the public is
safe at all times.
Up to 16,000
passengers are thought to have been
affected by today's closure.
Thousands will be hoping the airport
is up and running by tomorrow
morning. Tolu is at the airport now
with the latest. Tolu?
are very much still close London
pot-mac station. Still cordons in
place and in fact more people are
being advised to leave their homes
as the police and Navy carry on with
this operation. We understand the
bomb is being moved onto a boat and
moved away from the docks this
evening but there should be good
news in the morning. The airport
expects to be open as normal, which
will be welcome for many including
Tottenham fans who were hoping to
travel to Milan, head of the
Champions League match against
Juventus tomorrow, but they say this
disruption was necessary to make
sure people are kept safe. The
advice is still to check before you
travel from airport back tomorrow.
A major shake-up of the way
the capital is policed
was announced today as the Met
warned of significant
Officer numbers are expected to drop
to as low as 27,000.
The main reform will see 12 large
police units replacing
the old system where each
borough had its own team.
Karl Mercer reports.
She's been the head of the Met for
less than a year but Cressida Dick
Passing out parades like this one
last April may be one of
the pleasures of the job,
but making cuts certainly isn't.
And that's what the Met
has announced today,
cutting 1500 jobs and cutting its
current structure from 32, to just
12 borough commands.
We're trying to position
ourselves to operate within
the budget that we've got.
Clearly there's a big
debate around what the
right number of police
officers is for London,
but in terms of what
we're doing now, we're
making sure that with
the number of officers
we can afford over the coming years,
we are able to address
the priorities that Londoners want
us, we believe,
to address, particularly around
violence, and we are able to do that
within the budget that we have.
The new setup was trialled
in Barking and Dagenham and here,
as across London, the local police
station is set to close
although it's open at the moment.
The council leader he says
the changes need careful handling.
The Met are trying to do
the best they can do
with the money they've got.
They are taking it out of front line
services and out the buildings,
where victims of crime used to go
and feel secure.
The Met's facing tough
it must save £325 million
in the coming years.
This move will save just
over £70 million of that
It says a big drop in police
numbers can't be ruled out.
The difficult decisions the Met have
taken today enable them to plan
for the future with less resources.
We know there's going to be 30,000
police officers by April and we know
that by 2021 it could be
We hope that this
will future-proof the
Metropolitan Police Service for
the coming years to enable them to
deliver a better service
with less resources.
Scotland Yard has already closed
or has plans to close more
than 100 police stations, leading
to fears that the only place left to
save money is by cutting
We're down to the bone -
there's nothing else we can sell and
I don't think there's any other way
we can raise any money, and when you
talk about the Metropolitan Police,
I think about 76% is salary and
therefore you will have to reduce
numbers to fit within the budgetary
The money challenges
for the commission come as the
capital is facing big challenges
over youth and sex crimes.
She'll be judged on delivering
better with less.
Karl Mercer, BBC London News.
Next, we head to the world's
largest refugee camp
which is 5000 miles
away in Bangladesh.
Three London aid workers travelled
there and filmed their efforts
to help some of the hundreds
of thousands of Muslim Rohingya's
who have fled persecution
in their home country.
Chris Rogers has been
looking at their video
diaries piecing together
their heart-breaking mission.
A warning you may find
some images distressing.
Our London aid workers
are heading into the world's
largest refugee camp.
This is home to more than 800,000
Rohingya Muslim refugees.
in Buddhist-dominated Myanmar.
Dr Ramiz Momeni,
and Sarah Wade have travelled
the world, helping refugees.
But nothing can prepare them
for what lies ahead.
All of which they capture on camera.
I've had a few comments here
and there, obviously asking if I'm
doing the right thing,
leaving a toddler behind
for a period of time.
But ultimately he is surrounded
by family, friends.
I work for a charity
because I want to help
the people who really need it.
Their journey begins and the gateway
to the camp where newly arrived
refugees receive basic aid.
What it is that they receive
here is a bag with a bucket
and I guess some
But the Humanitas Charity
are heading deep into the camp,
a two-hour trek, where there is no
aid, to set up a medical centre.
Word spreads, help has arrived.
The team prioritises
women and children.
Their mother could not make the trip
so she had to pass her baby
onto her bigger baby to bring here.
The baby is ten and a half days
and hasn't been breast-fed.
There are so many babies, newborns,
don't have any food, starving.
She was prescribed vitamins,
but just for her, not for the baby.
Honestly, it's like the baby's...
So we've just organised
for her to go and get
referred because she needs
to go to a hospital,
and for that she need
to have her ID card.
They are just in incredible
pain with these sores
all over their heads and really dry
and cracked skin
all over their body.
So we were literally rubbing
them down with vaseline.
This is a newborn baby,
born yesterday and they tied
the umbilical cord with just
a piece of rope.
Today, like, it's been nonstop.
coughing, throwing up.
I think we were expected to turn up
and to be working alongside a lot
more organisations or volunteers.
We worked in the Syrian refugee
crisis and it was full
of organisations and volunteers
and people on the ground
and I think we expected this
to be slightly similar,
and it isn't.
Her pulse is very low.
We're just rushing to the hospital
with these newly arrived Rohingyas
with severe dehydration.
There is absolute lack
of aid for these people.
Every day, more refugees arrive,
in biblical numbers.
All of these people,
tired, sick, hungry,
and yet to reach their final
destination in this camp
and set up home.
After three weeks and around
80 patients a day,
it's time to head home.
It's not so much as a difficult
thing to be here.
I think it would be more
of a difficult thing to leave,
knowing that we are leaving these
people in such a dire situation.
You can see more on that story at
7:30pm on Inside Out.
Still to come.
Are you scared of dying?
It is one
thing being scared of dying, it is
another to be scared of living.
Some of Britain's best known
actors gather on a council
estate in east London
for their latest film.
After a day of sparkling winter
sunshine, today things look a bit
different tomorrow, cloud and rain
from the West, strong wind. The
details are on the way.
Transport for London's bike hire
scheme expanded today into Brixton.
But it now has hi-tech
rivals on the streets.
Bikes that don't need
docking stations and you
unlock with your phone.
And they have big expansion plans.
So what is the future
of bike hire in London?
Here's our transport
correspondent Tom Edwards.
This is how you can now easily see
Brixton, by hire bike.
Lambeth Council has paid
£700,000 for seven docking
stations and 200 bikes.
This is now the southernmost
tip of the TFL scheme.
What this does is to give them
access to inexpensive cycle hire.
They come in, have a coffee,
have more than a coffee,
they can lock their bikes and move
onto next station.
So we see the bikes as a big feature
that's going to cause people
to dwell, as we expect it to bring
new visitors in.
The green line shows you within that
area where you can hire bikes.
But the bike hire market
is changing due to these.
Dockless hire bikes.
You use an app to activate
the bike and they don't
need docking stations,
you can leave them anywhere.
There are three different schemes in
London which cost councils nothing.
We don't require any funding
from TFL or from the boroughs
so the recent expansion of the TFL
scheme into Brixton has cost
£700,000 to council taxpayers.
We don't require anything so that
money could be used for other
cycling infrastructure or cycling
initiatives around London.
The first dockless project, oBike,
had their bikes seized
after they didn't talk
to the councils.
They're no longer in London.
City Hall, though, thinks there
is room for both types of scheme.
It's fantastic that other
operators are coming in.
The caveat to that is that they have
to provide a good experience
for people using their bikes.
We want people to enjoy
cycling around the city.
If it's not a good experience then
people won't do it again.
It also has to be delivered safely.
We don't want bikes cluttering
the pavements and getting in the way
of traffic and causing problems.
These dockless schemes are expanding
rapidly so you'll see more
dockless bikes in London,
part of the drive to get more
Londoners onto two wheels.
The inside of the roof collapsed
down to the basement. Builders had
been working on the property
although no one was inside at the
time. No reports of injuries but the
houses on either side were
Currently less than 10% of football
coaches in London are women.
And far fewer girls
than boys play the sport.
Well, now the search
is on for 100 new female coaches,
to show girls that football
is for them too.
From Wembley Emma Jones
can tell us more.
So here are a few facts for you.
Almost 90% of all boys in London
between the age of 14
and 15 play football.
In contrast, only 35%
of girls of that age do,
and of all the coaches in London,
almost 7% are women.
Well, that's something the London
FA is hoping to change
here at Wembley today.
There are a number of perceptions
about football being for boys,
and it's a boys' sport,
but by creating female role models
and coaches and showing
the opportunity for girls to be able
to play together in a community
environment led by female coaches
is a real opportunity to break
down those barriers.
The search is now on for 100
new female coaches in London.
To get them to coach 1000 girls
between the age of seven and 11,
and hopefully teach them that it's
OK to be both a girl
and a footballer.
However many great role models we've
got, we still have young girls
in primary schools telling us,
you know, I'm not supposed
to get hot and sweaty,
and boys won't like me
if I look like that.
And, you know, whatever
is causing that, it's
something we need to address.
London's female football fans don't
have to look far for inspiration.
Chelsea's Emma Hayes
was the first manager to lift
the women's FA Cup at Wembley,
while Sarah Wiltshire,
who also plays under a female coach
at Tottenham Hotspur Ladies,
says the idea that football
is a boys' game is changing.
I don't think it's like that now.
I see, you know, young boys not
thinking anything of young
girls playing football,
and I think that's really really
good, and I think that it
will only get better.
And these new coaching courses
offered by the London FA are just
part of a larger drive to get more
women and girls into football
across the capital.
Emma Jones, BBC London News.
A clutch of Britain's finest actors
star in a new film -
shot in part - on a council
estate near Tower Bridge.
Finding Your Feet stars
Imelda Staunton, Celia Imrie,
and Joanna Lumley among others
and its about a middle-aged snob -
who finds romance in
the most unlikely place.
Wendy Hurrell has more.
In her posh Surrey home,
Sandra puts on a party
for her husband's retirement
and looks forward to
a new life with him.
I've been planning our retirement
for the last 35 years.
Except those plans come
to an abrupt stop.
What's going on?
We were just...
It's not what it looks like.
So, Imelda Staunton's character
moves in with her sister,
living in quite different
surroundings on an East
London council estate.
And there, Biff, played
by Celia Imrie, convinces her
to join in on her dance classes.
They eventually lead to a flash mob
performance in central London.
We are all of an age where,
you know, you'd think we wouldn't be
doing stuff like that
but there we were, out
in Piccadilly Circus at midnight
in December, frozen.
Sort of like guerilla filming,
we went out and started dancing.
"Go, do it now!"
It will rain any
minute, which it did.
How important did you think
it is that films such
as this one are made,
when there are central female
characters of a more mature age?
You've cornered the market.
I'm trying to get into her market!
Her audience, I need her audience!
I watched again, one of my most
favourite films, All About Eve,
and I saw Betty Davis
being interviewed before
and she was saying that her life
was, you know, parallel to the film.
Because a woman of 40,
she's just turned 40,
three months ago, that's it.
For women, for actresses
in those days, that was it.
So I'm thrilled to be
able to say that I think
things are changing,
I really do.
Finding Your Feet is in in
cinemas from next Friday.
Go on, give it to him!
What a cast. Now the weather, it has
been a lovely day?
What a cast. Now the weather, it has
been a lovely day?
Yes, winter sunshine all around and
I wish it would last two tomorrow.
Something different on the way. This
victory from our weather watcher in
Twickenham, what a beautiful end to
the day with those largely sunny
skies. This frontal system in the
Atlantic is going to change things,
sliding from the West, bringing rain
and ahead of that, notice the
isobars squeezing together showing
that the wind is starting to
strengthen. The weather front is
waiting in the wings. At the moment
it isn't too bad, some clear skies,
a few showers from the South as we
go through the evening. Most of them
will stay to the south of the
Thames. It is going to turn quite
chilly, a widespread frost despite
those increasingly strong southerly
winds. Tomorrow if you are out and
about early there will be some
sunshine but the wind will be
strengthening all the time, cloud
from the West and then rain. Hints
of something wintry over the high
ground, maybe some sleet with the
rain. It will be cold. But something
brighter from the West as we go to
the end of the afternoon. Wednesday
looks very similar, bright start and
the cloud thickening up, winter
strengthening and rain from the
West. A hint of something wintry
over the higher ground. Temperatures
generally a bit higher, 6-8 degrees.
Further ahead, on the face of it,
fairly unsettled, low-pressure
driving the weather as we head
towards the end of the week but
we'll see cold air over northern
parts of the country but in the
south, a bit milder. Wet weather for
the next couple of things and then
things look more settled and dryer
and temperatures may get up into
double digits. Just some rain to get
Now the main headlines.
The Deputy Chief Executive
of Oxfam has resigned,
that the charity tried
to cover up a sex scandal
involving its aid workers.
The Government has threatened to cut
millions of pounds of funding.
The three British tourists killed
in a helicopter crash
in the Grand Canyon have been named.
Becky Dobson, Stuart Hill
and Jason Hill died on Saturday.
Three other British passengers
are still in hospital.
That's it, I'll be back later for
the ten o'clock news. For now,
whatever you're doing, have a lovely