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So it's goodbye from me.

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Tonight on BBC London News:

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An undercover investigation.

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I don't think it's real, man.

Nothing in this shop is made out of

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an animal.

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We reveal how real animal fur

is wrongly being sold

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as fake fur at shops

and stalls across London.

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None of these are being labelled

as being made of animal fur.

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I think the parallel is

if vegetarian burgers, if they found

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that were made with real meat, there

would be an outcry.

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Now a Parliamentary inquiry

is launched and our

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investigation will be

used as evidence.

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Thousands of passengers

face travel disruption

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after a unexploded bomb

closes City Airport -

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residents in the area also forced

to leave their homes.

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They've obviously got it under

control, otherwise they would move

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us all out, and being in London, you

know, World War II bombs, you will

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find them wherever they are going to

be digging up stuff.

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A controversial shake-up

of the way London is policed

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as the force needs to save money.

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What are you doing here? This is my

little sister, Sandra.

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And on a council estate

near Tower Bridge some household

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names gather for their latest film -

we'll be speaking to them.

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Good evening and welcome

to the programme.

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I'm Victoria Hollins.

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A BBC London investigation

has revealed how real

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animal fur is wrongly

being sold as fake.

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This programme secretly

filmed at shops and market

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stalls across London -

we were told the garments had

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synthetic fur on them.

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But in fact tests show mink,

rabbit and fox were being sold.

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Animal rights charities say imported

animal fur is being farmed on such

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a scale abroad that it's cheaper

to buy than faux fur,

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leaving some consumers

'sleepwalking' into buying

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the real product.

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Alex Bushill investigates.

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Our investigation starts here,

Camden market, one of the most

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famous markets in the world.

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Armed with a secret camera,

we joined the crowds

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looking for a purchase.

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A coat with a fur trim.

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Definitely fake fur, yeah?

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Yeah, fake one, yeah, yeah, yeah.

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Because of the price it's

a fake one, of course.

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Yeah, but I don't want to buy

it if it's real fur.

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No, no, no, real is

very expensive, sir.

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Real is very expensive.

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100%, yeah?

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Yeah, 100%.

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100% fake fur?

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110%.

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This is the coat that

we've just bought.

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It even has a label on it

saying 100% polyester.

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So, no animal fur here then?

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Only one way to be sure.

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Doctor Phil Greaves is the country's

leading microfibre expert

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so we asked him to run all the tests

needed to find out for sure if this

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was real fur or faux fur.

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What is it?

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It's animal fibre.

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Because it's got the structural

features that only

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animal fibres have.

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It's got an external area of scales,

internal structure,

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pigment within the fibres.

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It is of two coats and the fibres

taper towards their tips.

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So that's 100% certain?

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100%.

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In all, we bought garments

from 17 stalls and shops

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from across London, from Stratford

to Shepherd's Bush market.

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From bobble hats, to key rings

and shoes with pom-poms.

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Again and again, we were sold

fake fur that turned out

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actually to be real fur.

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I don't think it's real, man.

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I know that.

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Nothing in this shop

is made out of animal.

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Fake fur.

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So it looks real, but

they're is not real.

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So it looks real,

but they're not real.

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And again in Shepherd's Bush market.

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Take me to court.

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Take you to court, yeah?

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Take me to court.

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Take me to court,

but it's not, 100%.

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And then in Stratford,

again we were misled.

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This time the fur she sold us

even had traces of cat.

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This is synthetic, it's not real.

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Real can't be for this price.

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It's interesting how many of those

stallholders said at that price

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it has to be fake fur.

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Real fur, they say, is expensive.

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Well, not any more.

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According to the Humane Society,

an animal rights charity,

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that is a common misconception.

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They say in fact real fur can

now be so much cheaper

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than sympathetic fur.

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I think a lot of people will think

that real fur is expensive

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and would look at a £10 bobble hat

and not think for a second

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that it could be real fur.

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And we just encourage

people to be careful not

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to sleepwalk

into buying real fur.

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The charity's even gone

undercover themselves,

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filming this footage

of what they describe

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as battery fur Farms in China.

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In the cages, row after

row of raccoons dogs.

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The Humane Society has long

campaigned to highlight the issue

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of cheap imported real fur,

which, they say, is now produced

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to such an industrial scale at farms

like this that the price has dropped

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to rock bottom.

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So, back in London, what of those

who had mis-sold to us?

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We asked everyone who sold us

real fur as faux fur

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to explain themselves.

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Some simply didn't comment,

like these two, so we don't know

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if they themselves were victims,

duped by their suppliers.

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Others like this lady said

she was shocked and that she relied

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on the label and was assured

by her supplier it wasn't real fur.

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She's now removed

the items from sale.

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Others like this stallholders said

they'd wrongly assumed

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it was man-made, and had never

intended to mislead.

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Which all leads to one

inescapable thought.

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If so many of the shops and stalls

that sell fur don't really know

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what they're selling,

how on earth are we, the consumer,

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to know what the fur trim

on our coat or the bobble on our hat

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is really made of?

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This report will now be submitted

as evidence to a Parliamentary

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inquiry looking at the issue.

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Lots more to come, including...

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Three London aid workers

share their first hand accounts

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of working inside world's largest

refugee camp in Bangladesh.

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Up to 16,000 passengers

have had their travel

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plans disrupted after City Airport

was closed for the day

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because of an unexploded

Second World War bomb.

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The 500 kilogramme device

was discovered in the Thames,

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close to the runway.

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Work to make it safe

will take until tomorrow.

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Some residents have been forced

to leave their homes

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while it's carried out.

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Tolu Adeoye has spent

the day nearby.

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Grounded. Every single flight out of

London City Airport, following the

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discovery of a World War II bomb

nearby. The 500 kilograms German

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device was found by divers at the

King George V doctoring work to

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expand the airport at around 5am

yesterday morning. By 10am the

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airport was shut. Passengers were

told they could not travel today but

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still we met some arriving at the

airport who hadn't heard the news.

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Now we tried to go to the airport,

but we were informed in now that

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there is no way inside, because

there is... I don't know!

The

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unusual sight there of a completely

empty runway. Flights normally would

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be taking off and landing around

every half an hour but 261 have been

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cancelled. Some have been moved to

neighbouring airports, Southend and

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Stansted, but still widespread

disruption for passengers. Today the

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airport CEO apologised to the

thousands affected by the problems.

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Yes, there has been a lot of

disruption and that is very

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unfortunate and obviously we

apologise for that, whoever we are

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working very closely with the Met

and the Navy and felt it was the

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right and responsible thing to do,

to effectively close the airport and

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have this device, the unexploded

bomb, removed from the dock.

The

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disruption caused wasn't limited to

air travel. A 240 metre cord and was

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put in place by the authorities,

affecting the DLR, with some roads

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also closed off. The exclusion zone

meant some residents were advised to

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leave their home and moved to

emergency accommodation, should they

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wish to.

If it was that bad they

would have moved us all out, so I

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don't think it is that major because

the obviously have it under control

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otherwise they would move us all

out, and being in London, World War

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II bombs, you will find them

wherever they are going to be

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digging up stuff.

Indeed thousands

of bombs were dropped on London

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during the Blitz. They do turn up

from time to time. This one was

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discovered in Brent last year. The

police and the Navy are working to

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remove the latest discovery.

Unfortunately there are a lot that

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still remain from previous wars.

Complacency certainly doesn't exist

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within the military and the Royal

Navy ensures that every device,

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every bomb, and every munition is

treated in the same way, so

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therefore to ensure the public is

safe at all times.

Up to 16,000

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passengers are thought to have been

affected by today's closure.

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Thousands will be hoping the airport

is up and running by tomorrow

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morning. Tolu is at the airport now

with the latest. Tolu?

Yes, outside

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are very much still close London

pot-mac station. Still cordons in

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place and in fact more people are

being advised to leave their homes

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as the police and Navy carry on with

this operation. We understand the

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bomb is being moved onto a boat and

moved away from the docks this

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evening but there should be good

news in the morning. The airport

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expects to be open as normal, which

will be welcome for many including

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Tottenham fans who were hoping to

travel to Milan, head of the

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Champions League match against

Juventus tomorrow, but they say this

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disruption was necessary to make

sure people are kept safe. The

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advice is still to check before you

travel from airport back tomorrow.

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Tolu, thanks

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A major shake-up of the way

the capital is policed

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was announced today as the Met

warned of significant

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financial challenges.

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Officer numbers are expected to drop

to as low as 27,000.

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The main reform will see 12 large

police units replacing

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the old system where each

borough had its own team.

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Karl Mercer reports.

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She's been the head of the Met for

less than a year but Cressida Dick

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Passing out parades like this one

last April may be one of

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the pleasures of the job,

but making cuts certainly isn't.

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And that's what the Met

has announced today,

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cutting 1500 jobs and cutting its

current structure from 32, to just

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12 borough commands.

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We're trying to position

ourselves to operate within

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the budget that we've got.

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Clearly there's a big

debate around what the

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right number of police

officers is for London,

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but in terms of what

we're doing now, we're

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making sure that with

the number of officers

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we can afford over the coming years,

we are able to address

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the priorities that Londoners want

us, we believe,

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to address, particularly around

violence, and we are able to do that

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within the budget that we have.

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The new setup was trialled

in Barking and Dagenham and here,

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as across London, the local police

station is set to close

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although it's open at the moment.

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The council leader he says

the changes need careful handling.

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The Met are trying to do

the best they can do

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with the money they've got.

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They are taking it out of front line

services and out the buildings,

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where victims of crime used to go

and feel secure.

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The Met's facing tough

financial times,

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it must save £325 million

in the coming years.

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This move will save just

over £70 million of that

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target.

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It says a big drop in police

numbers can't be ruled out.

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The difficult decisions the Met have

taken today enable them to plan

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for the future with less resources.

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We know there's going to be 30,000

police officers by April and we know

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that by 2021 it could be

significantly less.

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We hope that this

will future-proof the

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Metropolitan Police Service for

the coming years to enable them to

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deliver a better service

with less resources.

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Scotland Yard has already closed

or has plans to close more

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than 100 police stations, leading

to fears that the only place left to

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save money is by cutting

police numbers.

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We're down to the bone -

there's nothing else we can sell and

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I don't think there's any other way

we can raise any money, and when you

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talk about the Metropolitan Police,

I think about 76% is salary and

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therefore you will have to reduce

numbers to fit within the budgetary

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requirements.

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The money challenges

for the commission come as the

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capital is facing big challenges

over youth and sex crimes.

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She'll be judged on delivering

better with less.

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Karl Mercer, BBC London News.

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Next, we head to the world's

largest refugee camp

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which is 5000 miles

away in Bangladesh.

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Three London aid workers travelled

there and filmed their efforts

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to help some of the hundreds

of thousands of Muslim Rohingya's

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who have fled persecution

in their home country.

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Chris Rogers has been

looking at their video

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diaries piecing together

their heart-breaking mission.

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A warning you may find

some images distressing.

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Our London aid workers

are heading into the world's

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largest refugee camp.

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This is home to more than 800,000

Rohingya Muslim refugees.

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Escaping persecution

in Buddhist-dominated Myanmar.

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Dr Ramiz Momeni,

Genevieve Jones-Hernandez

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and Sarah Wade have travelled

the world, helping refugees.

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But nothing can prepare them

for what lies ahead.

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All of which they capture on camera.

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I've had a few comments here

and there, obviously asking if I'm

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doing the right thing,

leaving a toddler behind

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for a period of time.

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But ultimately he is surrounded

by family, friends.

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I work for a charity

because I want to help

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the people who really need it.

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Their journey begins and the gateway

to the camp where newly arrived

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refugees receive basic aid.

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What it is that they receive

here is a bag with a bucket

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and I guess some

building essentials.

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But the Humanitas Charity

are heading deep into the camp,

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a two-hour trek, where there is no

aid, to set up a medical centre.

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Word spreads, help has arrived.

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The team prioritises

women and children.

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Their mother could not make the trip

so she had to pass her baby

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onto her bigger baby to bring here.

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The baby is ten and a half days

and hasn't been breast-fed.

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On

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There are so many babies, newborns,

don't have any food, starving.

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She was prescribed vitamins,

but just for her, not for the baby.

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Honestly, it's like the baby's...

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Dying.

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So we've just organised

for her to go and get

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referred because she needs

to go to a hospital,

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and for that she need

to have her ID card.

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They are just in incredible

pain with these sores

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all over their heads and really dry

and cracked skin

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all over their body.

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So we were literally rubbing

them down with vaseline.

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This is a newborn baby,

born yesterday and they tied

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the umbilical cord with just

a piece of rope.

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Today, like, it's been nonstop.

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the

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They're shivering,

coughing, throwing up.

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I think we were expected to turn up

and to be working alongside a lot

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more organisations or volunteers.

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We worked in the Syrian refugee

crisis and it was full

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of organisations and volunteers

and people on the ground

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and I think we expected this

to be slightly similar,

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and it isn't.

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Her pulse is very low.

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We're just rushing to the hospital

with these newly arrived Rohingyas

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with severe dehydration.

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There is absolute lack

of aid for these people.

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Every day, more refugees arrive,

in biblical numbers.

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All of these people,

tired, sick, hungry,

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and yet to reach their final

destination in this camp

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and set up home.

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After three weeks and around

80 patients a day,

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it's time to head home.

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It's not so much as a difficult

thing to be here.

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I think it would be more

of a difficult thing to leave,

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knowing that we are leaving these

people in such a dire situation.

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You can see more on that story at

7:30pm on Inside Out.

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Still to come.

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Are you scared of dying?

It is one

thing being scared of dying, it is

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another to be scared of living.

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Some of Britain's best known

actors gather on a council

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estate in east London

for their latest film.

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After a day of sparkling winter

sunshine, today things look a bit

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different tomorrow, cloud and rain

from the West, strong wind. The

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details are on the way.

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Transport for London's bike hire

scheme expanded today into Brixton.

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But it now has hi-tech

rivals on the streets.

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Bikes that don't need

docking stations and you

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unlock with your phone.

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And they have big expansion plans.

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So what is the future

of bike hire in London?

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Here's our transport

correspondent Tom Edwards.

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This is how you can now easily see

Brixton, by hire bike.

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Lambeth Council has paid

£700,000 for seven docking

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stations and 200 bikes.

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This is now the southernmost

tip of the TFL scheme.

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What this does is to give them

access to inexpensive cycle hire.

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Brilliant.

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They come in, have a coffee,

have more than a coffee,

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they can lock their bikes and move

onto next station.

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So we see the bikes as a big feature

that's going to cause people

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to dwell, as we expect it to bring

new visitors in.

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The green line shows you within that

area where you can hire bikes.

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But the bike hire market

is changing due to these.

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Dockless hire bikes.

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You use an app to activate

the bike and they don't

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need docking stations,

you can leave them anywhere.

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There are three different schemes in

London which cost councils nothing.

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We don't require any funding

from TFL or from the boroughs

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so the recent expansion of the TFL

scheme into Brixton has cost

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£700,000 to council taxpayers.

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We don't require anything so that

money could be used for other

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cycling infrastructure or cycling

initiatives around London.

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The first dockless project, oBike,

had their bikes seized

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after they didn't talk

to the councils.

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They're no longer in London.

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City Hall, though, thinks there

is room for both types of scheme.

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It's fantastic that other

operators are coming in.

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The caveat to that is that they have

to provide a good experience

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for people using their bikes.

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We want people to enjoy

cycling around the city.

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If it's not a good experience then

people won't do it again.

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It also has to be delivered safely.

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We don't want bikes cluttering

the pavements and getting in the way

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of traffic and causing problems.

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These dockless schemes are expanding

rapidly so you'll see more

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dockless bikes in London,

part of the drive to get more

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Londoners onto two wheels.

0:19:440:19:54

The inside of the roof collapsed

down to the basement. Builders had

0:20:000:20:03

been working on the property

although no one was inside at the

0:20:030:20:06

time. No reports of injuries but the

houses on either side were

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evacuated.

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Currently less than 10% of football

coaches in London are women.

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And far fewer girls

than boys play the sport.

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Well, now the search

is on for 100 new female coaches,

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to show girls that football

is for them too.

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From Wembley Emma Jones

can tell us more.

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So here are a few facts for you.

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Almost 90% of all boys in London

between the age of 14

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and 15 play football.

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In contrast, only 35%

of girls of that age do,

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and of all the coaches in London,

almost 7% are women.

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Well, that's something the London

FA is hoping to change

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here at Wembley today.

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There are a number of perceptions

about football being for boys,

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and it's a boys' sport,

but by creating female role models

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and coaches and showing

the opportunity for girls to be able

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to play together in a community

environment led by female coaches

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is a real opportunity to break

down those barriers.

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The search is now on for 100

new female coaches in London.

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The aim?

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To get them to coach 1000 girls

between the age of seven and 11,

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and hopefully teach them that it's

OK to be both a girl

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and a footballer.

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However many great role models we've

got, we still have young girls

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in primary schools telling us,

you know, I'm not supposed

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to get hot and sweaty,

and boys won't like me

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if I look like that.

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And, you know, whatever

is causing that, it's

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something we need to address.

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London's female football fans don't

have to look far for inspiration.

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Chelsea's Emma Hayes

was the first manager to lift

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the women's FA Cup at Wembley,

while Sarah Wiltshire,

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who also plays under a female coach

at Tottenham Hotspur Ladies,

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says the idea that football

is a boys' game is changing.

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I don't think it's like that now.

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I see, you know, young boys not

thinking anything of young

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girls playing football,

and I think that's really really

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good, and I think that it

will only get better.

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And these new coaching courses

offered by the London FA are just

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part of a larger drive to get more

women and girls into football

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across the capital.

0:22:160:22:17

Emma Jones, BBC London News.

0:22:170:22:20

A clutch of Britain's finest actors

star in a new film -

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shot in part - on a council

estate near Tower Bridge.

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Finding Your Feet stars

Imelda Staunton, Celia Imrie,

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and Joanna Lumley among others

and its about a middle-aged snob -

0:22:310:22:34

who finds romance in

the most unlikely place.

0:22:340:22:37

Wendy Hurrell has more.

0:22:370:22:39

In her posh Surrey home,

Sandra puts on a party

0:22:390:22:42

for her husband's retirement

and looks forward to

0:22:420:22:44

a new life with him.

0:22:440:22:46

I've been planning our retirement

for the last 35 years.

0:22:460:22:49

Except those plans come

to an abrupt stop.

0:22:490:22:52

What's going on?

0:22:520:22:54

We were just...

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It's not what it looks like.

0:22:550:23:01

So, Imelda Staunton's character

moves in with her sister,

0:23:010:23:03

living in quite different

surroundings on an East

0:23:030:23:05

London council estate.

0:23:050:23:10

And there, Biff, played

by Celia Imrie, convinces her

0:23:100:23:12

to join in on her dance classes.

0:23:120:23:14

They eventually lead to a flash mob

performance in central London.

0:23:140:23:23

We are all of an age where,

you know, you'd think we wouldn't be

0:23:230:23:26

doing stuff like that

but there we were, out

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in Piccadilly Circus at midnight

in December, frozen.

0:23:290:23:37

Sort of like guerilla filming,

we went out and started dancing.

0:23:370:23:39

"Go, do it now!"

0:23:390:23:40

It will rain any

minute, which it did.

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How important did you think

it is that films such

0:23:430:23:45

as this one are made,

when there are central female

0:23:450:23:48

characters of a more mature age?

0:23:480:23:49

You've cornered the market.

0:23:490:23:51

I'm trying to get into her market!

0:23:510:23:52

Her audience, I need her audience!

0:23:520:24:00

I watched again, one of my most

favourite films, All About Eve,

0:24:000:24:04

and I saw Betty Davis

being interviewed before

0:24:040:24:10

and she was saying that her life

was, you know, parallel to the film.

0:24:100:24:14

Because a woman of 40,

she's just turned 40,

0:24:140:24:16

three months ago, that's it.

0:24:160:24:20

For women, for actresses

in those days, that was it.

0:24:200:24:23

So I'm thrilled to be

able to say that I think

0:24:230:24:27

things are changing,

I really do.

0:24:270:24:36

Finding Your Feet is in in

cinemas from next Friday.

0:24:360:24:42

Go on, give it to him!

0:24:420:24:45

What a cast. Now the weather, it has

been a lovely day?

0:24:450:24:50

What a cast. Now the weather, it has

been a lovely day?

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Yes, winter sunshine all around and

I wish it would last two tomorrow.

0:24:530:24:56

Something different on the way. This

victory from our weather watcher in

0:24:560:25:02

Twickenham, what a beautiful end to

the day with those largely sunny

0:25:020:25:05

skies. This frontal system in the

Atlantic is going to change things,

0:25:050:25:11

sliding from the West, bringing rain

and ahead of that, notice the

0:25:110:25:17

isobars squeezing together showing

that the wind is starting to

0:25:170:25:19

strengthen. The weather front is

waiting in the wings. At the moment

0:25:190:25:24

it isn't too bad, some clear skies,

a few showers from the South as we

0:25:240:25:28

go through the evening. Most of them

will stay to the south of the

0:25:280:25:34

Thames. It is going to turn quite

chilly, a widespread frost despite

0:25:340:25:38

those increasingly strong southerly

winds. Tomorrow if you are out and

0:25:380:25:42

about early there will be some

sunshine but the wind will be

0:25:420:25:46

strengthening all the time, cloud

from the West and then rain. Hints

0:25:460:25:51

of something wintry over the high

ground, maybe some sleet with the

0:25:510:25:55

rain. It will be cold. But something

brighter from the West as we go to

0:25:550:26:02

the end of the afternoon. Wednesday

looks very similar, bright start and

0:26:020:26:06

the cloud thickening up, winter

strengthening and rain from the

0:26:060:26:11

West. A hint of something wintry

over the higher ground. Temperatures

0:26:110:26:15

generally a bit higher, 6-8 degrees.

Further ahead, on the face of it,

0:26:150:26:25

fairly unsettled, low-pressure

driving the weather as we head

0:26:250:26:27

towards the end of the week but

we'll see cold air over northern

0:26:270:26:31

parts of the country but in the

south, a bit milder. Wet weather for

0:26:310:26:36

the next couple of things and then

things look more settled and dryer

0:26:360:26:40

and temperatures may get up into

double digits. Just some rain to get

0:26:400:26:43

through first.

0:26:430:26:45

Now the main headlines.

0:26:510:26:53

The Deputy Chief Executive

of Oxfam has resigned,

0:26:530:26:55

following allegations

that the charity tried

0:26:550:26:57

to cover up a sex scandal

involving its aid workers.

0:26:570:27:00

The Government has threatened to cut

millions of pounds of funding.

0:27:000:27:02

The three British tourists killed

in a helicopter crash

0:27:020:27:04

in the Grand Canyon have been named.

0:27:040:27:07

Becky Dobson, Stuart Hill

and Jason Hill died on Saturday.

0:27:070:27:09

Three other British passengers

are still in hospital.

0:27:090:27:16

That's it, I'll be back later for

the ten o'clock news. For now,

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whatever you're doing, have a lovely

evening. Goodbye.

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