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That's all from the BBC News at Six

so it's goodbye from me

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On the programme tonight.

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Thefts and robberies involving

mopeds increase six-fold over two

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years in London's main shopping

hotspots but experts say it's

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a "ridiculously easy" crime.

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It is certainly the crime of the

moment, it appears in London. There

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has been a significant increase over

the past two years.

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The family of an inmate stabbed

to death at Wormwood Scrubs leads

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a protest about safety

in London's prisons.

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Also coming up -

a remarkable return to racing.

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The teenager who lost both legs

in an accident on the track prepares

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to test the car he hopes to race

in.

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To be honest it's been the most calm

place since my accident, being back

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behind the wheel of a racing car.

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I mean, that's where I've wanted

to be since my accident.

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Everyone has their own truth.

And

the film based on the two story of

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ice skater Tonya Harding, we talk to

Margot Robbie at the premiere of I,

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Tonya in London, one of her

favourite cities.

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Welcome to BBC London News

with me, Riz Lateef.

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First, the crime of the moment, that

is what one criminology expert calls

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it.

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Thefts and robberies on mopeds

in London's main shopping hotspots

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have increased six-fold over

the last two years.

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Oxford Street is the worst hit area

according to data from the

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Metropolitan Police.

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Charlotte Franks has more.

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Moped gangs on London's streets,

brazenly stealing from pedestrians,

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some going to any length

to take from their victims.

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Indiscriminately they assault

and threaten innocent people.

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With the capital's busiest streets

offering them rich pickings.

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I noticed something out of the

corner of my eye, I saw it was a

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mopeds but I still did not realise

what was happening, they snatched my

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phone and rode off down the road. It

wasn't helplessness for me, it was

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anger.

Just one of many victims last

year. New figures obtained by BBC

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London show that mopeds assisted

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threats and robberies have increased

six fold over the last two years.

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over the last two years.

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The data from the Metropolitan

Police show it is here on Oxford

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Street where most offences took

place last year, with 291 compared

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to 278 the year before,

busy street like this offer thieves

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lots of crowds to hide in and plenty

of

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people to choose from.

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Regent Street and Bond Street of

ulcers in thefts increased

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dramatically. The situation is of

great concern to criminologists.

It

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is certainly the crime of the

moment, it appears in London and

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gang gang affiliated boys for

example will actively want these

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phones because they can sell for

high value. There can be decoded and

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reused. So there is a profit margin

to be made.

Earlier this month and

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22-year-old was stabbed as he chased

about passenger who had snatched his

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on Oxford Street. Rees and City Hall

say intensive tactics in the West

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End have led to a decrease in this

type of crime since 2017.

We've been

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working with the Metropolitan Police

to deal with mopeds crime and this

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match is happening on mopeds and the

money that has put into extra

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policing will have an impact on the

crime. That includes a bed crime.

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We've also been working in

partnership, calling on the bed

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manufacturers to do their bit to

ensure that it is harder to steal

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mopeds -- calling on the bed

manufacturers.

This victim says it

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is no surprise that he still feels

unsafe and is still wary when

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walking alone.

A look over my

shoulder more than I used to, there

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is a slight feeling of being an edge

because of what happened back then.

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That's to be expected.

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And Charlotte is on Oxford Street

now, the worst affected area -

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and of course a busy area,

which is what they aim for?

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It is busy streets like this which

are very appealing to thieves and

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mopeds. As you can see Oxford Street

has very wide roads which makes it

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easy for thieves on mopeds to escape

quickly. And we have a lot of crowds

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on Oxford Street as well so plenty

of places for thieves to hide and

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plenty of places for them to

disappear quickly. We also have lots

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of people on mobile phones, so lots

of victims. And when we are on the

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phone many of us are unaware of our

surroundings, perhaps looking close

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to our phone, not focusing on what

is going on either side of us. We

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are known as mobile phone zombies.

This is again a brilliant prospect

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for any thief looking to steal from

us.

And concern that the tactics

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also changing.

Yes, experts have

told me about two new tactics being

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adopted, firstly, the spotter,

someone who stands on the pavement,

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perhaps walks along with the

shoppers and identifies someone who

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could be an easy victim. He will

then signal to his team members and

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enable them to sleep in a memo pad

and attempt to steal a phone. The

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other tactic used as weapons, so

knives, anything sharp that can

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intimidate someone into handing over

their valuables. I've been told by

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criminologists that people don't

want to use these weapons when they

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are going about trying to steal

these firms but if it comes to it

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they well.

Charlotte, in Oxford

Street, thank you very much. You are

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watching BBC London News.

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Coming up later in the programme.

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The Justice for Grenfell action

group takes inspiration

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from a Hollywood film to question

authorities about the tragedy.

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The family of an inmate

who was stabbed to death

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at Wormwood Scrubs

have led a protest

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about safety in prisons.

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25-year-old Khader Saleh was killed

2 weeks ago while on remand.

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The government says it's improving

safety in London jails.

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Here's our Home Affairs

Correspondent Nick Beake.

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SHOUTING

We demand justice. For Khader Saleh

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and his family! Among those calling

for justice outside Wormwood Scrubs

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was mulling a grieving mother. When

her son was sent to prison after

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pleading guilty to supplying drugs,

she thought he would be safe. But

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while awaiting sentence, he was

attacked and killed.

You can't

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describe how very hard this.

The

family of Khader Saleh fear more

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prisoners could be killed unless

safeties improved.

We don't want

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this to happen to anybody else. We

lost our loved one, and we believe

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if this carries on in the same way a

lot of people will be the same

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position as us, losing their loved

ones inside prisons.

Three inmates

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have been charged with the murder of

fortnight ago. Today we met one

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mother whose teenage is inside. She

is deeply concerned in light of the

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death.

I was here on the day this

totality happened. Wardens were

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running around, asking for help, a

quick response. It is very sad for

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his family today. And I have grave

concerns for my son in this prison,

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grave concerns.

Repeated inspections

here have found high levels of

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violence and staff shortages in a

place that is overcrowded and rat

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infested. The anger you see is not

just directed at what is happening

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in Wormwood Scrubs, protesters are

concerned about the safety of

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prisons across London. 21-year-old

Jamal, also from Somali background,

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was stabbed to death in Pentonville

prison in October 20 16. Three men

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were later cleared of murder the

Ministry of Justice say they have

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taken decisive action to reduce

violence in prisons. And more staff

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are being recruited. Campaigners

here acknowledge many people would

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prioritise funding for schools and

hospitals ahead of prisons but the

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demand is for basic safety for a

place where inmates can serve their

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time. Nick Beake BBC News Wormwood

Scrubs.

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A murder investigation is under way

after a 17-year-old was stabbed

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to death in Canning Town last night

in a "sustained and possibly

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targeted attack".

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He's the third teenager

to be fatally knifed

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in the capital this year.

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Police and the London

Ambulance Service were called

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to reports of a male suffering stab

injuries on Goldwing

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Close after 8pm.

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Police are appealing

for information.

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More than 50 of the Queen's swans

from a flock in Windsor have died

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following an outbreak of bird flu.

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There's now concern

that the disease could spread

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to other flocks based

at Reading and Staines.

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The Queen's Swan Marker,

David Barber, says Her Majesty,

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who technically owns all the swans

in Britain, is being kept informed.

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The Justice For Grenfell action

group have been campaigning

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for survivors of the fire to get

more help from the authorities

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ever since the disaster

happened eight months ago.

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Today it took inspiration

from a hugely successful film

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to stage a publicity stunt which it

says will encourage people to ask

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why no one has yet faced

justice for what happened.

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Victoria Cook reports.

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Three red billboards travelling

outside St Paul's Cathedral, London.

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These made their way around the

capital with a powerful message from

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those affected by the grand felon

disaster. The community say it is

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time to remind the public that the

victims have not had justice.

It is

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about making their voices heard. We

have 71 voices that can't be heard

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because they are not with us today.

So it is making sure that we are

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fighting their cause as well and not

letting it go and they are seeking

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the answers.

The billboards may seem

familiar. They have been inspired by

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the award-winning film Three

Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri.

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I know, chief, but I think we've got

kind of problem.

I would do anything

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to cut your. 'S killer but I don't

think those billboards are very

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fair.

Like the film campaigners say

the billboards will put pressure on

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the authorities, not just their

calls for justice but their plea for

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better support. More than 80

families are still in hotels waiting

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for permanent homes.

Eight months

and here we are, no drew dress, no

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answers, Theresa May busy with

Brexit. -- no redress. It's like

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it's been forgotten.

This isn't

going to stop. This will carry on

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figures. -- for years. I'm not

giving up but I want to get on with

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my life for a change.

To higher

advertising fans like this normally

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would cost quite a lot of money but

the Justice programme for campaign

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group has not had to pay anything

for them, they have all been donated

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by an advertising agency. An inquiry

into the disaster is under Way,

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aiming to establish the facts and

stop the same thing happening again.

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It cannot find anyone criminally

responsible. Victoria Cook, BBC

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London News.

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Still to come this evening. We speak

to BAFTA nominated actor Margot

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Robey at the premiere of the film

based on the life of American ice

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skater Tonya Harding. And in the

weather blue sky with showers today,

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blue skies tomorrow, even fewer

showers and the temperatures

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slightly higher. The full forecast,

later on.

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Library closures across London

are a contentious issue

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but Lambeth Council claims

it is winning the battle

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against government funding cuts.

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They've managed to keep

open all the library's

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within the borough by

diversifying the space.

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Carnegie Library reopens today

with a gym and cafe to follow.

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But many residents,

who protested when it

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closed two years ago, remain

unhappy.

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Here's Chris Rogers.

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London's libraries are under threat

because of budget cuts. Many are

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being closed. But Lambeth Council

have different ideas.

And Councillor

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Jim Dixon, a member for health and

happy communities. Today is an

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exciting day, Carnegie library in

Herne Hill is opening a game all the

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things people want from a library,

study spaces, places and people to

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meet, and it is exciting because it

means Lambeth's ten libraries are

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all up and running and providing a

great service. The plan here is to

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maintain the magnificent library and

ensure other things will bring

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people into the building, they will

be a gym in the basement, a cafe

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area behind me, performance space,

opportunities for community groups

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that flourish in the area to meet

here. We think that is the future of

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libraries. Libraries alongside other

uses that people can enjoy and bring

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them into the building. We can't go

into the area where the gym is being

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built because it's a construction

site but in five months' time they

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will be an open gym, people using it

and bringing income in which will

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help keep the library open.

But all

that comes at a cost to the size of

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the library, all these books will

eventually have to be moved into a

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smaller room. We shall not be moved!

Locals are furious. In April 2016

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they staged an occupation in

protest, delaying its closure for a

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week. Today they are back to check

that the facility.

We are taking our

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libraries back.

Lambeth taking their

chances, they have brought in

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security.

My name is Julie Nash, I'm

a local resident, grandma and a mum.

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We are left with an excuse for a

library which is just not sufficient

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and not acceptable and Lambeth

should be ashamed. OK, so we've just

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come in and had our first look at

what Lambeth are opening as a

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library. This used to be our adult

library. This is a temporary room,

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which eventually will just be moved

into a much smaller room which was

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our children's library and gallery.

I suppose as locals we feel like the

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wool has been pulled over our eyes.

Cancels one more closures are likely

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unless libraries can pay for

themselves. But the last count in

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201631 had been closed, many others

only saved by volunteers and

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crowdfunding. Chris Rogers, BBC

London News.

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The May local elections may still be

three months away but the campaign

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to let some voters know that

for the first time they'll need

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to bring ID to their

polling station.

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Residents in four areas around

London will be affected.

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Our Political Correspondent Karl

Mercer has more details -

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and the aim to prevent voter fraud?

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Yes, we knew this was coming, the

Government announced in September

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they would pilot these schemes and

there are four councils where that

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will happen in our area. They will

all try slightly different methods

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but as you say, from today we are

seeing the start of that campaign

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saying to people that things are

changing. You have never had to take

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ID to a voting booth before, this

time if you don't take any you won't

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be voting. We have seen some stuff

from Bromley today, they have

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started their campaign and they are

saying that if you turn up you need

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to bring things like a passport or

photo driving licence. Perhaps to a

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nod to the over 60s, they said you

can bring your freedom pass or other

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forms of photo ID. If you haven't

got those, you can bring two forms

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of another IDE like a credit card

bill and council tax statement. They

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are saying do go along, and you can

do postal voting. This comes on the

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back of concern is over people

essentially turning up and

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pretending to be someone they are

not, which has doubled over the last

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couple of years. There was

commissioned the Government did on

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voting which came up with

recommendations for these pilots a

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couple of years ago.

And this move

comes in the wake of the 2014

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elections in Tower Hamlets.

Very

much so. That was the election when

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Lutfur Rahman won election to be the

mayor and was a year later found to

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have acted illegally and corruptly

in that election. There were big

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concern there. Surprise perhaps

Tower Hamlets was not one of the

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borough 's chosen to pilot this, but

they are doing postal voting pilots.

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They also have measures in place in

Tower Hamlets, all police officers

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in the borough are to get two hours'

training on election law. Every

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polling station will have a police

officer on it, and any house with

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more than five people registered to

vote at it will get a visit from the

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council to check that those people

are actually registered legally to

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be voting there. So they might not

be taking part in this pilot in

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Tower Hamlets but they are saying

they are taking it very seriously

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this time around.

A lot of effort

going into it. Thank you.

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Brent Council's planning committee

last night approved a new pop-up

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mall in Wembley that

will open later this year.

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Boxpark, which already has sites

in Shoreditch and Croydon,

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will open on a former car park site

at the corner of Fulton

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Road and Olympic Way.

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The site will include food outlets

and community spaces made up

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of shipping containers.

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Next, a remarkable return to racing

for teenager Billy Monger.

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It was just ten months ago

that he suffered an horrific crash

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at Donington race track that

resulted in him having

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both legs amputated.

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He always insisted he'd

return to driving.

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That determination has paid off -

as Chris Slegg reports.

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Billy Monger back behind the wheel

already, in a car especially

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modified for him by his team,

Carlin.

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It has been completely changed,

I guess, from how I normally drive,

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so I've got the throttle pedal,

which is now a paddle

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for me and I use that

to accelerate the car,

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then I brake with my right leg,

I have a shorter prosthetic on,

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and on this side I have two paddles,

the top one being up gears

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and the bottom one down,

and then hand clutch on the side

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to pull away with.

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In a Formula Four race at Donington

last April, Billy crashed

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into a stationary car at 120mph.

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He had to have both legs amputated.

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A crowdfunding page set up

to aid his recovery attracted

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donations from the likes

of Lewis Hamilton and Jenson Button.

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Ten months on, Billy

is hoping to show he is good

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enough for Formula Three.

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Some people might think this is too

soon to be racing again,

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that you've not probably had

a chance to process what you've been

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through, what would you say to them?

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To be honest, it has been the most

calm place since my accident,

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has been back behind the wheel

of a racing car.

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That is where I've wanted

to be since my accident,

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and to get back behind the wheel,

I just feel completely in control,

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and just relaxed when I'm out there.

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For mum Amanda, there are mixed

emotions about seeing her son

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back on a race track.

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I tell him every day

that I'd like him -

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it's not too late to change his

mind, joking about.

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I know in his heart he's

set his heart on it.

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He's happy.

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He's happy doing that,

and I have to be strong for him.

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Billy will need to secure

sponsorship. His team insist he has

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the talent to drive at a Formula 3

level.

His accident won't get in the

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way. His mental attitude is strong,

he's ready mentally and his pace has

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been competitive as well.

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Last year Billy lobbied the FIA

to allow disabled drivers to compete

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in able-bodied races.

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To get the all clear with the rule

change was a big step in the right

0:21:000:21:04

direction for me, and to get back

out in 2018 in a race car.

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If all goes well, Billy Monger

will be on the starting grid

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when the Formula Three season

begins in April.

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It's the film based on a saga

from the '90s about the competitive

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world of ice-skating.

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Margot Robbie plays the US skater

Tonya Harding who rose

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through the ranks to become

the world's best figure skater

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but it all came crashing

down when she was banned

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from professional skating.

0:21:420:21:43

Asad Ahmad caught up with her

at the UK Premiere in London -

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first here's a quick taste

of the movie.

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The haters always say, Tanya, tell

the truth. Everyone has their own

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truth. I was the best figure skater

in the world at one point in time.

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I'm joined now by Margot Robbie.

Could you I skate before you made

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the film?

At a basic level but I had

to do a lot of training to be able

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to play Tonya.

It's no secret you

lived in Clapham the many years, the

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nearest ice rink would have been

stratum, did you go there?

I didn't.

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Somebody wrote about you in this

film, saying you have found a match

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for your talent, a real compliment

and a departure from your glamorous

0:22:350:22:40

roles in the Wolf of Wall Street.

Have you turned your back on that

0:22:400:22:45

sort of role?

No, I don't really

look at the role and consider the

0:22:450:22:51

aesthetic first and foremost, that

comes later when you are working

0:22:510:22:54

with costume designers. I don't

know, I enjoy playing conflicted

0:22:540:23:00

characters, outspoken characters,

characters who have the sort of

0:23:000:23:04

complicated character traits you

sometimes cannot -- you can see,

0:23:040:23:15

they have a common thread they are

unapologetic women.

I was speaking

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to a colleague up for best actor,

can you see a time sometimes in when

0:23:230:23:30

there won't be a distinction between

male and female actors?

I don't see

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it happening any time soon, it is

competitive enough as it is but may

0:23:360:23:40

be.

If you have left London for LA,

what didn't you like about London

0:23:400:23:45

that made you go?

There is nothing I

don't like about London, I even love

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the rainy days in London. I left

because we opened up our production

0:23:500:23:54

office in LA so I had to go.

What do

you miss most?

Everything, my

0:23:540:24:01

friends, catching the tube,

everything.

Do you still own an

0:24:010:24:08

Oyster card?

Yes, I have three in my

wallet!

You are true Londoner! Good

0:24:080:24:15

luck at the Oscars.

Interesting that she said she loves

0:24:150:24:18

the tube! Time now for a check on

the weather with Nick Miller. Is it

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getting less chilly?

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the weather with Nick Miller. Is it

getting less chilly?

By day, and

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also the welcome return of some

sunshine today. I know there were

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some heavy showers dotted about but

much more blue sunshine. Your

0:24:350:24:40

weather watcher pictures were taking

that into account. Some speckled

0:24:400:24:45

cloud coming in, and some of these

showers made their way across from

0:24:450:24:48

west to east so you may have been

caught in a downpour. As we look at

0:24:480:24:53

the picture into tonight, that

patchy cloud that produced the odd

0:24:530:24:59

shower dissipating and it is mainly

clear skies. Overnight the winds

0:24:590:25:05

easing a bit further so that is a

recipe for temperatures dipping away

0:25:050:25:10

and this blue on the map shows a

widespread frost developing,

0:25:100:25:14

scraping the ice off the car again

in the morning as temperatures fall

0:25:140:25:19

several degrees below freezing. Make

no mistake, a cold start in the

0:25:190:25:23

morning but then lots of sunshine on

the way. Just the odd patchy cloud

0:25:230:25:28

moving towards us but even less of a

chance of a shower. The vast

0:25:280:25:33

majority will stay dry and the

temperatures after the cold start

0:25:330:25:41

edging into double figures. This is

Saturday morning, there could be

0:25:410:25:43

some fog first thing on Saturday

some more of a great start to begin

0:25:430:25:46

with but as we go through the first

day of the weekend some cloud around

0:25:460:25:49

but also of sunshine. You will know

we have had some rubbish weekends

0:25:490:25:55

recently. We will try to change that

this weekend. Saturday already

0:25:550:25:59

looking quite fair. This is the

picture going into Sunday, a weak

0:25:590:26:04

weather front moves across the UK

but that leaves us with fine weather

0:26:040:26:08

following behind as well. Absolutely

need to point out what's going on

0:26:080:26:12

into the weekend. Saturday on

Sunday, broken cloud, sunny spells

0:26:120:26:17

coming through and the temperature

holding into double figures. The

0:26:170:26:22

days might start cold and frosty,

but on the whole at this stage, and

0:26:220:26:26

we are getting closer to it, the

weekend is looking fine. More cloud

0:26:260:26:30

around by the time we get into

Monday though and we could see

0:26:300:26:35

outbreaks of rain. Fingers crossed,

it is looking promising at last for

0:26:350:26:40

a weekend!

I love how enthusiastic

you are! Thank you.

0:26:400:26:46

A reminder of the day's main

headlines: At least 17 people

0:26:460:26:48

are dead after a 19-year-old man

opened fire at a high school campus

0:26:480:26:51

in Parkland, Florida.

0:26:520:26:53

The suspect was Nikolas Cruz,

a former student at the school

0:26:530:26:55

who had been expelled.

0:26:550:26:56

The former football

Coach Barry Bennell has been found

0:26:560:26:58

guilty of seven more charges

of sexual abuse of boys in his care.

0:26:580:27:02

He's now been convicted of 43

offences in all against 11 victims.

0:27:020:27:05

He'll be sentenced on Monday.

0:27:050:27:15

Thefts and robberies on mopeds

in London's main shopping hotspots

0:27:190:27:22

have increased six-fold

over the last two years.

0:27:220:27:24

Met Police data shows

Oxford Street is the worst hit.

0:27:240:27:26

The family of an inmate stabbed

to death at Wormwood Scrubs have led

0:27:260:27:29

a protest outside the prison.

0:27:290:27:30

25-year-old Khader Saleh was killed

two weeks ago while on remand.

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That's it for now,

thanks for joining us.

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More from the London

newsroom at 10.30.

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And plenty more of course

on our website and Facebook page.

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Do have a lovely evening.

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Goodbye.

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Goodbye.

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