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Why the Mayor is giving cash
to youth services to try and tackle
growing knife crime in the capital.
One of my friends, on his way home,
got stabbed in his face and the back
of his leg. So that was really
scary, because it's so close to
Also ahead tonight...
We reveal the rising cost
of becoming a British citizen -
and how it's leaving some young
Londoners struggling with debt.
Towed overnight to the Essex coast -
the World War II bomb
which closed City Airport
yesterday will be detonated
when the weather improves.
When dancing meets dining
in a theatrical way:
The new production where
the audience is actually
encouraged to eat.
A very warm welcome
to BBC London News.
Fatal knife attacks are all too
common across the capital,
with 17 happening since the start
of the year.
In a bid to tackle the problem,
the Mayor has announced millions
of pounds for youth services.
The Young Londoners Fund will give
the cash to charities and groups
who work to try to stop violence -
but will it be enough?
Charlotte Franks reports.
Some of the Londoners
who lost their lives last year
after being stabbed to death.
There were 80 victims in total.
Many were just teenagers.
For 19-year-old Gabrielle,
knife crime is an issue
very close to home.
Not long ago, one of my close
friends, on his way home
outside the hospital,
got stabbed in his face
in the back of his leg.
When I was on my way to the hospital
to see him, I was so scared.
Like, I didn't know what to expect.
It's scary, because it's like,
why do people feel like it's OK
to just go out there and do
things like that?
There's been a 23% increase in knife
crime across the capital.
Today, the Mayor met young people
at a centre in Bermondsey,
where he announced he will be
investing £45 million over the next
three years into youth services,
in the hope that it will help
tackle the issue.
It gives young people a place to go,
so they're not on the streets,
getting influences from bad places.
People have the option to come
here and have a safe zone
to go if they need it.
The money will come
from a combination of council
tax and business rates,
but the news comes just a day
after a warning that Met Police
could drop as low as 27,000.
Does it make sense to be spending
£45 million on projects like these
when we have just heard that police
numbers are going to be reduced
significantly in London?
I'm not going to apologise
for investing in young people.
This is an investment
for the future.
I'm investing in police as well.
We have had the biggest roll-out
of body-worn videos in the world
across London last year.
I announced additional sums
to the police last week.
We have also ringfenced some of that
towards dealing with knife crime.
In their fight against knife crime,
the Metropolitan Police carried out
dawn raids this morning
across Westminster to confiscate
knives and target repeat
knife crime offenders.
It's about keeping young people
safe during half term.
That's the focus of this
week's activity for us.
A lot of young people
and children are off school
and it's about keeping safe.
But workers in Bermondsey say
the answer to solving knife crime
begins at grassroots level,
with outreach programmes
key to their success.
What we are doing here
is preventative work.
We are not waiting
for problems to come.
We are preventing young people
from getting to where
they don't need to get to.
Once they get in there, the
unforeseen consequences are huge.
Most of the Mayor's funding
will be available for local
organisations to bid for.
It is hoped it will prevent more
young people in London
from becoming a victim in future.
Ayshea Buksh is at a youth project
in Hackney this evening.
Are you getting a sense
of whether this money will make
a difference to the work there?
I think any extra funding for any
youth project in the capital is
welcome. I'm inside The Crib youth
project, which is in the heart of an
estate in Hackney. They have been
working with young people here
locally for nearly 20 years. I'm
joined by Kelly Reed, one of the
coordinators here. Tell us what you
The Crib delivers lots of
workshops in and around London. We
have a workshop in schools where we
interact with young people about
knife crime. We also deliver the
parents' voice initiative, which is
important. We help parents identify
risky behaviour. It's important to
include the whole family and not
just the young people.
important an announcement is this of
£45 million of extra funding for
It is excellent
news. Literally, having this
funding, we know that The Crib as an
organisation will benefit from this,
but not just The Crib. It's
organisations at a grassroots level
who have been struggling since the
cuts to the council. So we are
And how difficult is
long term funding?
When I read the
paper on the new funding that is
coming out by the mayor, he
mentioned a three-year pot, which is
excellent because we often go on
about the sustainability of
projects. Five years would be
fantastic, but if three years is all
we have got, that is what we will do
with. We will definitely be
Thank you, Kelly. As you
heard, positive reaction to that
announcement, but a long term
investment is also really needed for
Ayshea with reaction
to the news about the mayor's
funding Hackney. Thanks very much.
Coming up later in the programme...
How hailing a bus on your phone
could be the next stop
for commuters in the capital.
BBC London can reveal how much
the Government has made by raising
the cost of becoming
a British citizen.
It's collected more than £800
million over the past six years.
It can cost eligible applicants -
including children born in the UK -
around £1,000 to register.
But we've discovered it actually
only costs the Home Office
about £300 to process it.
They've told us the money
is reinvested to fund
the wider immigration system.
But as our Home Affairs
Correspondent Nick Beake reports,
it's left some young Londoners
struggling with debts.
Samson Adiola was born
in Nigeria and came to London
with his family when he was five.
He was entitled to British
citizenship, but never took it.
But when he turned 18
he decided to apply because
if he went to university
as an international student,
he'd have to pay much more.
He then found out that
officially becoming British
would cost nearly £1,000.
It was very difficult,
definitely for my mum,
having to go around looking at where
she could get the money from.
One of the main places we got help
from was the churcch and they put
a substantial amount together just
to help us out.
BBC London has learned the cost
of processing applications such
as his was only £260,
a quarter of what he was charged.
It's really kind of upsetting,
actually, that they are
actually doing this.
And for other people who may not
even be able to scrape
that money together,
who are entitled, or have the right
to British citizenship and can't put
forward the application
because of the cost.
It's really frustrating.
We came for a workshop.
Some charities which help families
gain British citizenship condemned
the rising Home Office fees.
To know that you have a right
to register as a British citizen,
parliament has given you that right
and the Secretary of State is trying
to profiteer and sell the benefit
that was given by Parliament as far
back as 1983.
It is a complete scandal.
The Home Office told us it has not
been making any profit
from these rising fees.
It said any income generated
above the actual cost of processing
an application goes into the budget
which helps protect the UK border.
And so it actually reduces
the burden on the taxpayer.
One thinktank labelled this yet
another stealth tax, although it did
argue that applicants would benefit
from British citizenship
in the long run.
These people are coming in to become
British citizens and I suppose
they should get used
to all these stealth taxes.
One more big one like this maybe
won't hurt if they get the benefit
of the National Health Service
and everything else.
Ministers stress that
for the likes of Samson,
taking British citizenship
is not compulsory.
But he wanted a guarantee he'd
be able to stay here,
although he now fears
others may also struggle
to pay for that assurance.
Nick Beake, BBC London News.
were called to the Houses
of Parliament today to investigate
a white powder sent in a letter.
The package was sent to one
of the offices in the building.
The substance was later found to be
harmless, but the office
remains closed as officers
carry out investigations.
Fire crews continue to damp down
once is left of the fire from the
were damaged. It took more than 120
firefighters to bring it under
control. Smoke could be seen for
miles around. The cause is not yet
Transport for London has
announced it'll be expanding
Night Overground services in North
They'll be extended to cover
Canonbury and Highbury and Islington
stations from 23rd February.
It means the Night Overground
will link with the Victoria Line
night-tube for the first time.
A free school in west
London which has only been
open for three years
is to permanently close at the end
of the academic year.
Parents say they were only told
of the decision on the last day
of term and are now faced
with the task of finding places
for their children for September.
Emma North has the story.
A half term get-together, a chance
to have fun and see your friends.
But at the end of this year, this
group will split up. Their primary
school is closing.
When I found out
that my school was closing, I was
speechless. The only word I said
I miss my friends and I
miss my teachers also.
Theirs is a
so-called free School, paid for by
the government but ran by a group
called the Floriat trust. Floriat
say they can't make the finances
work. Some parents are not
We have been fighting
with planning permission, with the
borough, the Department for
Education and Floriat trust for the
last three years.
This car park was
in much of the new school but a
planning application never went in
and now there are claims that the
children are caught up in a
They have been a
financial guinea pig. It was a
business opportunity they tried to
make work. They have decided that it
hasn't, so they shut it down. The
trust blend the Council, the council
blamed the Department for Education.
We have no idea where blame lies,
but it is our children that are
No one from Floreat would
be interviewed today, but they said
a statement. We showed this to
This is outrageous
and factually incorrect.
planning application been submitted,
do you think it would have been
Subject to planning
committee approval, yes, because it
had the support of the council.
were you surprised when the
application form didn't come in?
Yes, we were expecting it.
are the arguments flying? Free
schools have often been the source
of bitter political battles.
been interesting watching the free
schools such a mundane aspect, you
might say, trying to find premises
for a school being such an obstacle.
This is a story that hasn't gone
away. The government, which has a
big interest in making this look
successful, hasn't been able to
solve the problem.
The parents have
been promised meetings with both the
governors and the council, but
whatever the reason for the school's
closure, these pupils seem more keen
on playing proper games and less
keen on playing politics.
Now, could hailing a bus
on the street soon give way
to using your phone instead
and booking your seat in advance?
That's what a private company,
backed by motoring giant Ford,
has started doing on four
routes in south London,
a move criticised
by transport unions.
Gareth Furby can tell us more.
Deli Brian lives in Shooters Hill,
and says public transport
there isn't the best.
I get a bus service.
It runs regularly, but it is very
slow, and not too reliable.
But now she's found an alternative,
a new service that she books
onto using an app.
And it's telling me there's
a Chariot 6-8 minutes away.
That's my ticket.
The pick-up point is also marked
on the app, and a few minutes later,
her journey to work begins.
It's an idea that started
in California and has now come
to London, with four routes starting
to operate within
the past fortnight.
We were delighted that
Transport for London approved
the routes that we are taking,
because they recognise there
are areas where they are underserved
by public transport.
So we think that what we are
putting in naturally
complements public transport.
But a bus workers' union is worried
it could lead to this,
the fierce competition
for passengers that was seen
in London before 1933,
when public control was introduced.
This is effectively going back 100
years, when you could come out
with a bus and pick people up
if that's what you wanted.
We are going to have a series
of routes now where bus drivers
will be paid the London living wage,
which is considerably less
than the average bus driver now,
who would earn about £28,000.
I just stop at the bus stop here.
But Daniel has chosen to work
for the new company, and for 12
years, he was a London bus driver.
He says it does mean a pay
cut for him of around
£6,000, but it's worth it,
because the working
conditions are better.
Here you work Monday
to Friday, and you have
Saturday and Sunday off.
The London bus network carries over
6 million trips a day.
This is very much at
the margins of that.
And we are seeing whether this can
be a complement to potentially
strengthen that network.
And back with Deli, the new service
may be costing her a bit more,
but she is happy to pay.
It is £2.40 per journey,
which is about 90p more
than I currently pay on the bus,
which I find is excellent
value for money.
The buses get overcrowded under
constant stopping and starting is
Probably saves me about 20 minutes
on my journey time in the morning.
She says she will never take
a bus from home again,
and in a few months we will know how
many other Londoners
are joining her.
Gareth Furby, BBC London News.
Still to come this
I'm at an event that combines
singing, socialising and sticky
And today it was
pretty cold out there, but there was
something drier and milder on the
way through the coming days. I will
have all the details later on.
The World War II bomb
which forced the closure
of London City Airport yesterday has
been towed to the sea off Essex.
The weather hampered efforts for it
to be detonated today.
A second empty shell
was discovered further along
Tolu Adeyoye has more.
Through the night, the Royal Navy
moved to work to move the unexploded
500 kilogram German World War II
bomb that grounded flights for an
entire day in London City Airport.
As City reopened this morning,
preparations were being made to
detonate the bomb, which had been
towed to Shoeburyness on the Essex
About ten hours, driving very slowly
and carefully down the
They've just put it on to the sea
bed, very gently and they
are now guarding it,
keeping a watch on it
while we prepare
explosives to strap onto the bomb
and then we'll hopefully detonate
It's estimated there are still
thousands of unexploded bombs
in and around London.
Just this morning
a suspected device that
turned out to be a shell was found
near the Dartford Crossing.
This is a map of London
showing where the
bombs fell during the Blitz.
These are only the ones
that were known
about at the time or have
been discovered since.
Historians say industrial
areas and ports were
first targeted but the bombing soon
spread to civilian areas.
Really anywhere around
London and along the
Thames, heavily populated
areas, were targets.
And the problem with that is
they are the areas that are
now being redeveloped and rebuilt
and that's where we're discovering
so many more bombs now.
What happens if the bomb goes off.
There will be a big
noise and quite a lot of
Accepted wisdom on how to dispose
of the bombs has changed
over the decades.
This footage shows how
some experts were quite
literally working in
the dark when a mine
in the Thames in 1957.
What's it been like down there?
You're shivering with cold.
It is jolly cold.
Have you been able to see
what you've been doing?
No, you can't see a thing.
Well, how have you
been working, then?
Just by touch.
Modern disposal methods are more
sophisticated and controlled
explosions have become more common.
The weather has meant
delays to today's planned
detonation so we'll
have to wait a little
longer for the Big Bang.
When was the last time
you stayed in a youth hostel?
I'm guessing - it probably
didn't look like this.
A capsule-style dormitory with just
enough room for a bed
and everything you need
inside a self-contained pod.
They've been popular
in Japan for years -
and Thomas Magill has been
to Borough to see if they'll
take off in the capital.
NEWSREEL: After a good night's rest,
another day lies ahead.
Getting a good night's
rest is not as easy as
you might think the many travellers
at some of the capital's youth
Squeaky beds, people rustling
plastic bags at five in the
morning when they have
to catch an early flight.
Now one company that
runs seven budget-style
hostels across London has come up
with a solution which they hope will
solve the problem of
sharing with strangers.
Here we have introduced the first
capsule hostel in the UK.
We need to up our game
in terms of hostelling.
It is such a cool concept,
and as more and more people
understand that hostels are great
play to travel to, we need to up our
game and elevate our product.
So we thought we would
be the first to
give it a go.
Capsule style accommodation,
coming to Shanghai.
It might be new in London, but
sleeping capsules have been around
for a while in Japan.
For travellers who don't
mind a bit of a squeeze.
But can they work here?
Aiden is on holiday.
He's Australian and has already
spent one night cooped up
inside a capsule.
I have stayed in other hostels
and I have stayed in
cheap ones and expensive ones.
But with the bunk beds,
some of them can
get pretty loud at night,
whereas this one is the same price
as your normal hostel places,
but you can
come here and it's dead quiet
at night, so you get a good sleep.
This is just one of 26
pods in the dormitory.
If they prove popular amongst
travellers like Hayden,
bosses say more could be
created not just here,
but at the company's other
hostels across the city.
And just because they
are small, doesn't
mean to say they are basic.
For around £30 a night,
you get all mod
cons sought by today's savvy
travellers, like air conditioning,
USB points and mood lighting
at the touch of a button.
But some have suggested it
could be like sleeping
in a coffin.
Hayden, over to you.
For people who would be
concerned about being
claustrophobic, it wouldn't be
I'm not a small guy and I have
plenty of room, so it's good.
There might be no room
service for Hayden and
the others, but there
a free breakfast in the morning.
You can make up your own mind about
It's dinner and dancing
with a twist - a new production
has opened in Deptford,
to bring people together to think
and talk about food.
It's aimed at all generations
and will even be performing in care
homes across the capital.
Helen Drew has been
to the opening performance.
A dance show like no other. May
contain food is an interactive
performance exploring people's
relationship with food. Everyone
sits at dinner tables, some with
locally sourced or home grown food.
It is accessible and a good
experience. You think about food,
you laugh about food, you have a
sense of nostalgia about food and
that's what we like to do. Full
immersion into the subject.
produce is all locally sourced.
People are encouraged to bring their
own food from home and during the
show the performers get them to help
make a sticky ginger pudding that
they put in the oven.
grapefruit with cheese and
Lips because they are
early nice -- lives.
I brought wine
gums because they my favourite
sweets, I love them.
You can't go
wrong with them.
It's not just
for children, the idea is to go in
to the community and interact with
all ages. This is the opening show,
at the Orkney in Deptford. A lot of
people in the audience are from an
arts club for people over 60 who
want to meet new people and try new
It is different, convicted
of that, it makes a change. It
relaxes you and takes your troubles
away, for the time being.
I think it should happen often. You
know, that people can have this, I
Have you ever seen anything
like this before?
anything like it. White may contain
food, may contain you will tour
various locations across London and
we aren't until the end of March.
And the sticky ginger pudding? Ready
at the end of the show.
I hope she brings some back. Cheese
cocktail sticks, very retro.
and pineapple would do me very
Let's get the latest
on the weather, shall we?
What food for thought have I got?
Something drier, quieter and milder
as we go into the weekend.
was it great and wet today, it was
also pretty cold out there. A gloomy
scene here in central London earlier
today. A lot of loud, outbreaks of
rain. The big picture from satellite
and radar, you can see this stripe
of cloud producing rain. Some
northern parts have seen significant
snowfall. Then there is a gap in the
cloud, some clearer spells allowing
it to get cold and then another
weather system in the West bringing
more rain tomorrow. For the time
being, we are trying to clear this
area of cloud and rain away to the
east but it will take a while to
clear away. After midnight the skies
will clear from the West and as we
peel the cloud away from the map,
temperatures will get away. Outside
town, -3, -4, and where the roads
are wet from the rain there may be
some icy stretches tomorrow.
Tomorrow should start bright, good
sunshine. Increasingly windy, you'll
notice the strength of the southerly
wind and then like today it will
cloud over from the West and in the
afternoon you can see rain coming
through, the odd heavy burst. A
windy day but a slightly milder one
with top temperatures of seven or 8
degrees. As Wheeler further ahead
into Thursday you can see that the
map is mostly clear, meaning mostly
sunshine, just one or two showers
from time to time but on balance we
should stay dry on Thursday. The
wind not very strong and
temperatures doing pretty well, up
to 11 degrees. That is a sign of
things to come because although low
pressure will dominate the scene
across northern areas as we head
towards the end of the week this
area of high pressure is going to
build its weigh-in across the South,
introducing a south-westerly wind,
which tends to mean milder air.
Let's have a look at the next seven
days. After the rain, more wet
weather and when the temperatures
get into double digits they should
stay that way over the coming days
and the wind mostly light. If you
don't like the cold and rain, you
might like what's on the way.
Double-figure temperatures, yes!
Recapping the main headlines:
The former football coach
Barry Bennell has been found guilty
of multiple sex offences
against boys in the 1980s.
He was convicted of 36 charges -
the jury asked for more time
to consider further counts.
The Government's unveiled an online
tool that it says can
detect and block jihadist content.
The Home Secretary says
she won't rule out forcing
technology companies to use it.
England cricketer Ben Stokes
has appeared in court.
He's charged in connection
with a fight outside a Bristol
nightclub last year.
He denies affray.
The Mayor has set up a fund
to tackle rising knife crime
and violence in the capital.
It will spend £45 million over
three years on education,
sport and cultural activities.
And at the Winter Olympics,
Britain's Elise Christie crashed out
in the penultimate lap of the 500
metre speed skating final.
She was one of Team GB's
biggest medal hopes.
I'll be back with the latest
for you during the ten o'clock news.
Plenty more on our website,
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From all the team, thanks
for watching and do
have a lovely evening.