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so it's goodbye from me
On the programme tonight.
Thefts and robberies involving
mopeds increase six-fold over two
years in London's main shopping
hotspots but experts say it's
a "ridiculously easy" crime.
It is certainly the crime of the
moment, it appears in London. There
has been a significant increase over
the past two years.
The family of an inmate stabbed
to death at Wormwood Scrubs leads
a protest about safety
in London's prisons.
Also coming up -
a remarkable return to racing.
The teenager who lost both legs
in an accident on the track prepares
to test the car he hopes to race
To be honest it's been the most calm
place since my accident, being back
behind the wheel of a racing car.
I mean, that's where I've wanted
to be since my accident.
Everyone has their own truth.
the film based on the two story of
ice skater Tonya Harding, we talk to
Margot Robbie at the premiere of I,
Tonya in London, one of her
Welcome to BBC London News
with me, Riz Lateef.
First, the crime of the moment, that
is what one criminology expert calls
Thefts and robberies on mopeds
in London's main shopping hotspots
have increased six-fold over
the last two years.
Oxford Street is the worst hit area
according to data from the
Charlotte Franks has more.
Moped gangs on London's streets,
brazenly stealing from pedestrians,
some going to any length
to take from their victims.
Indiscriminately they assault
and threaten innocent people.
With the capital's busiest streets
offering them rich pickings.
I noticed something out of the
corner of my eye, I saw it was a
mopeds but I still did not realise
what was happening, they snatched my
phone and rode off down the road. It
wasn't helplessness for me, it was
Just one of many victims last
year. New figures obtained by BBC
London show that mopeds assisted
threats and robberies have increased
six fold over the last two years.
over the last two years.
The data from the Metropolitan
Police show it is here on Oxford
Street where most offences took
place last year, with 291 compared
to 278 the year before,
busy street like this offer thieves
lots of crowds to hide in and plenty
people to choose from.
Regent Street and Bond Street of
ulcers in thefts increased
dramatically. The situation is of
great concern to criminologists.
is certainly the crime of the
moment, it appears in London and
gang gang affiliated boys for
example will actively want these
phones because they can sell for
high value. There can be decoded and
reused. So there is a profit margin
to be made.
Earlier this month and
22-year-old was stabbed as he chased
about passenger who had snatched his
on Oxford Street. Rees and City Hall
say intensive tactics in the West
End have led to a decrease in this
type of crime since 2017.
working with the Metropolitan Police
to deal with mopeds crime and this
match is happening on mopeds and the
money that has put into extra
policing will have an impact on the
crime. That includes a bed crime.
We've also been working in
partnership, calling on the bed
manufacturers to do their bit to
ensure that it is harder to steal
mopeds -- calling on the bed
This victim says it
is no surprise that he still feels
unsafe and is still wary when
A look over my
shoulder more than I used to, there
is a slight feeling of being an edge
because of what happened back then.
That's to be expected.
And Charlotte is on Oxford Street
now, the worst affected area -
and of course a busy area,
which is what they aim for?
It is busy streets like this which
are very appealing to thieves and
mopeds. As you can see Oxford Street
has very wide roads which makes it
easy for thieves on mopeds to escape
quickly. And we have a lot of crowds
on Oxford Street as well so plenty
of places for thieves to hide and
plenty of places for them to
disappear quickly. We also have lots
of people on mobile phones, so lots
of victims. And when we are on the
phone many of us are unaware of our
surroundings, perhaps looking close
to our phone, not focusing on what
is going on either side of us. We
are known as mobile phone zombies.
This is again a brilliant prospect
for any thief looking to steal from
And concern that the tactics
Yes, experts have
told me about two new tactics being
adopted, firstly, the spotter,
someone who stands on the pavement,
perhaps walks along with the
shoppers and identifies someone who
could be an easy victim. He will
then signal to his team members and
enable them to sleep in a memo pad
and attempt to steal a phone. The
other tactic used as weapons, so
knives, anything sharp that can
intimidate someone into handing over
their valuables. I've been told by
criminologists that people don't
want to use these weapons when they
are going about trying to steal
these firms but if it comes to it
Charlotte, in Oxford
Street, thank you very much. You are
watching BBC London News.
Coming up later in the programme.
The Justice for Grenfell action
group takes inspiration
from a Hollywood film to question
authorities about the tragedy.
The family of an inmate
who was stabbed to death
at Wormwood Scrubs
have led a protest
about safety in prisons.
25-year-old Khader Saleh was killed
2 weeks ago while on remand.
The government says it's improving
safety in London jails.
Here's our Home Affairs
Correspondent Nick Beake.
We demand justice. For Khader Saleh
and his family! Among those calling
for justice outside Wormwood Scrubs
was mulling a grieving mother. When
her son was sent to prison after
pleading guilty to supplying drugs,
she thought he would be safe. But
while awaiting sentence, he was
attacked and killed.
describe how very hard this.
family of Khader Saleh fear more
prisoners could be killed unless
We don't want
this to happen to anybody else. We
lost our loved one, and we believe
if this carries on in the same way a
lot of people will be the same
position as us, losing their loved
ones inside prisons.
have been charged with the murder of
fortnight ago. Today we met one
mother whose teenage is inside. She
is deeply concerned in light of the
I was here on the day this
totality happened. Wardens were
running around, asking for help, a
quick response. It is very sad for
his family today. And I have grave
concerns for my son in this prison,
here have found high levels of
violence and staff shortages in a
place that is overcrowded and rat
infested. The anger you see is not
just directed at what is happening
in Wormwood Scrubs, protesters are
concerned about the safety of
prisons across London. 21-year-old
Jamal, also from Somali background,
was stabbed to death in Pentonville
prison in October 20 16. Three men
were later cleared of murder the
Ministry of Justice say they have
taken decisive action to reduce
violence in prisons. And more staff
are being recruited. Campaigners
here acknowledge many people would
prioritise funding for schools and
hospitals ahead of prisons but the
demand is for basic safety for a
place where inmates can serve their
time. Nick Beake BBC News Wormwood
A murder investigation is under way
after a 17-year-old was stabbed
to death in Canning Town last night
in a "sustained and possibly
He's the third teenager
to be fatally knifed
in the capital this year.
Police and the London
Ambulance Service were called
to reports of a male suffering stab
injuries on Goldwing
Close after 8pm.
Police are appealing
More than 50 of the Queen's swans
from a flock in Windsor have died
following an outbreak of bird flu.
There's now concern
that the disease could spread
to other flocks based
at Reading and Staines.
The Queen's Swan Marker,
David Barber, says Her Majesty,
who technically owns all the swans
in Britain, is being kept informed.
The Justice For Grenfell action
group have been campaigning
for survivors of the fire to get
more help from the authorities
ever since the disaster
happened eight months ago.
Today it took inspiration
from a hugely successful film
to stage a publicity stunt which it
says will encourage people to ask
why no one has yet faced
justice for what happened.
Victoria Cook reports.
Three red billboards travelling
outside St Paul's Cathedral, London.
These made their way around the
capital with a powerful message from
those affected by the grand felon
disaster. The community say it is
time to remind the public that the
victims have not had justice.
about making their voices heard. We
have 71 voices that can't be heard
because they are not with us today.
So it is making sure that we are
fighting their cause as well and not
letting it go and they are seeking
The billboards may seem
familiar. They have been inspired by
the award-winning film Three
Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri.
I know, chief, but I think we've got
kind of problem.
I would do anything
to cut your. 'S killer but I don't
think those billboards are very
Like the film campaigners say
the billboards will put pressure on
the authorities, not just their
calls for justice but their plea for
better support. More than 80
families are still in hotels waiting
for permanent homes.
and here we are, no drew dress, no
answers, Theresa May busy with
Brexit. -- no redress. It's like
it's been forgotten.
going to stop. This will carry on
figures. -- for years. I'm not
giving up but I want to get on with
my life for a change.
advertising fans like this normally
would cost quite a lot of money but
the Justice programme for campaign
group has not had to pay anything
for them, they have all been donated
by an advertising agency. An inquiry
into the disaster is under Way,
aiming to establish the facts and
stop the same thing happening again.
It cannot find anyone criminally
responsible. Victoria Cook, BBC
Still to come this evening. We speak
to BAFTA nominated actor Margot
Robey at the premiere of the film
based on the life of American ice
skater Tonya Harding. And in the
weather blue sky with showers today,
blue skies tomorrow, even fewer
showers and the temperatures
slightly higher. The full forecast,
Library closures across London
are a contentious issue
but Lambeth Council claims
it is winning the battle
against government funding cuts.
They've managed to keep
open all the library's
within the borough by
diversifying the space.
Carnegie Library reopens today
with a gym and cafe to follow.
But many residents,
who protested when it
closed two years ago, remain
Here's Chris Rogers.
London's libraries are under threat
because of budget cuts. Many are
being closed. But Lambeth Council
have different ideas.
Jim Dixon, a member for health and
happy communities. Today is an
exciting day, Carnegie library in
Herne Hill is opening a game all the
things people want from a library,
study spaces, places and people to
meet, and it is exciting because it
means Lambeth's ten libraries are
all up and running and providing a
great service. The plan here is to
maintain the magnificent library and
ensure other things will bring
people into the building, they will
be a gym in the basement, a cafe
area behind me, performance space,
opportunities for community groups
that flourish in the area to meet
here. We think that is the future of
libraries. Libraries alongside other
uses that people can enjoy and bring
them into the building. We can't go
into the area where the gym is being
built because it's a construction
site but in five months' time they
will be an open gym, people using it
and bringing income in which will
help keep the library open.
that comes at a cost to the size of
the library, all these books will
eventually have to be moved into a
smaller room. We shall not be moved!
Locals are furious. In April 2016
they staged an occupation in
protest, delaying its closure for a
week. Today they are back to check
that the facility.
We are taking our
Lambeth taking their
chances, they have brought in
My name is Julie Nash, I'm
a local resident, grandma and a mum.
We are left with an excuse for a
library which is just not sufficient
and not acceptable and Lambeth
should be ashamed. OK, so we've just
come in and had our first look at
what Lambeth are opening as a
library. This used to be our adult
library. This is a temporary room,
which eventually will just be moved
into a much smaller room which was
our children's library and gallery.
I suppose as locals we feel like the
wool has been pulled over our eyes.
Cancels one more closures are likely
unless libraries can pay for
themselves. But the last count in
201631 had been closed, many others
only saved by volunteers and
crowdfunding. Chris Rogers, BBC
The May local elections may still be
three months away but the campaign
to let some voters know that
for the first time they'll need
to bring ID to their
Residents in four areas around
London will be affected.
Our Political Correspondent Karl
Mercer has more details -
and the aim to prevent voter fraud?
Yes, we knew this was coming, the
Government announced in September
they would pilot these schemes and
there are four councils where that
will happen in our area. They will
all try slightly different methods
but as you say, from today we are
seeing the start of that campaign
saying to people that things are
changing. You have never had to take
ID to a voting booth before, this
time if you don't take any you won't
be voting. We have seen some stuff
from Bromley today, they have
started their campaign and they are
saying that if you turn up you need
to bring things like a passport or
photo driving licence. Perhaps to a
nod to the over 60s, they said you
can bring your freedom pass or other
forms of photo ID. If you haven't
got those, you can bring two forms
of another IDE like a credit card
bill and council tax statement. They
are saying do go along, and you can
do postal voting. This comes on the
back of concern is over people
essentially turning up and
pretending to be someone they are
not, which has doubled over the last
couple of years. There was
commissioned the Government did on
voting which came up with
recommendations for these pilots a
couple of years ago.
And this move
comes in the wake of the 2014
elections in Tower Hamlets.
much so. That was the election when
Lutfur Rahman won election to be the
mayor and was a year later found to
have acted illegally and corruptly
in that election. There were big
concern there. Surprise perhaps
Tower Hamlets was not one of the
borough 's chosen to pilot this, but
they are doing postal voting pilots.
They also have measures in place in
Tower Hamlets, all police officers
in the borough are to get two hours'
training on election law. Every
polling station will have a police
officer on it, and any house with
more than five people registered to
vote at it will get a visit from the
council to check that those people
are actually registered legally to
be voting there. So they might not
be taking part in this pilot in
Tower Hamlets but they are saying
they are taking it very seriously
this time around.
A lot of effort
going into it. Thank you.
Brent Council's planning committee
last night approved a new pop-up
mall in Wembley that
will open later this year.
Boxpark, which already has sites
in Shoreditch and Croydon,
will open on a former car park site
at the corner of Fulton
Road and Olympic Way.
The site will include food outlets
and community spaces made up
of shipping containers.
Next, a remarkable return to racing
for teenager Billy Monger.
It was just ten months ago
that he suffered an horrific crash
at Donington race track that
resulted in him having
both legs amputated.
He always insisted he'd
return to driving.
That determination has paid off -
as Chris Slegg reports.
Billy Monger back behind the wheel
already, in a car especially
modified for him by his team,
It has been completely changed,
I guess, from how I normally drive,
so I've got the throttle pedal,
which is now a paddle
for me and I use that
to accelerate the car,
then I brake with my right leg,
I have a shorter prosthetic on,
and on this side I have two paddles,
the top one being up gears
and the bottom one down,
and then hand clutch on the side
to pull away with.
In a Formula Four race at Donington
last April, Billy crashed
into a stationary car at 120mph.
He had to have both legs amputated.
A crowdfunding page set up
to aid his recovery attracted
donations from the likes
of Lewis Hamilton and Jenson Button.
Ten months on, Billy
is hoping to show he is good
enough for Formula Three.
Some people might think this is too
soon to be racing again,
that you've not probably had
a chance to process what you've been
through, what would you say to them?
To be honest, it has been the most
calm place since my accident,
has been back behind the wheel
of a racing car.
That is where I've wanted
to be since my accident,
and to get back behind the wheel,
I just feel completely in control,
and just relaxed when I'm out there.
For mum Amanda, there are mixed
emotions about seeing her son
back on a race track.
I tell him every day
that I'd like him -
it's not too late to change his
mind, joking about.
I know in his heart he's
set his heart on it.
He's happy doing that,
and I have to be strong for him.
Billy will need to secure
sponsorship. His team insist he has
the talent to drive at a Formula 3
His accident won't get in the
way. His mental attitude is strong,
he's ready mentally and his pace has
been competitive as well.
Last year Billy lobbied the FIA
to allow disabled drivers to compete
in able-bodied races.
To get the all clear with the rule
change was a big step in the right
direction for me, and to get back
out in 2018 in a race car.
If all goes well, Billy Monger
will be on the starting grid
when the Formula Three season
begins in April.
It's the film based on a saga
from the '90s about the competitive
world of ice-skating.
Margot Robbie plays the US skater
Tonya Harding who rose
through the ranks to become
the world's best figure skater
but it all came crashing
down when she was banned
from professional skating.
Asad Ahmad caught up with her
at the UK Premiere in London -
first here's a quick taste
of the movie.
The haters always say, Tanya, tell
the truth. Everyone has their own
truth. I was the best figure skater
in the world at one point in time.
I'm joined now by Margot Robbie.
Could you I skate before you made
At a basic level but I had
to do a lot of training to be able
to play Tonya.
It's no secret you
lived in Clapham the many years, the
nearest ice rink would have been
stratum, did you go there?
Somebody wrote about you in this
film, saying you have found a match
for your talent, a real compliment
and a departure from your glamorous
roles in the Wolf of Wall Street.
Have you turned your back on that
sort of role?
No, I don't really
look at the role and consider the
aesthetic first and foremost, that
comes later when you are working
with costume designers. I don't
know, I enjoy playing conflicted
characters, outspoken characters,
characters who have the sort of
complicated character traits you
sometimes cannot -- you can see,
they have a common thread they are
I was speaking
to a colleague up for best actor,
can you see a time sometimes in when
there won't be a distinction between
male and female actors?
I don't see
it happening any time soon, it is
competitive enough as it is but may
If you have left London for LA,
what didn't you like about London
that made you go?
There is nothing I
don't like about London, I even love
the rainy days in London. I left
because we opened up our production
office in LA so I had to go.
you miss most?
friends, catching the tube,
Do you still own an
Yes, I have three in my
You are true Londoner! Good
luck at the Oscars.
Interesting that she said she loves
the tube! Time now for a check on
the weather with Nick Miller. Is it
getting less chilly?
the weather with Nick Miller. Is it
getting less chilly?
By day, and
also the welcome return of some
sunshine today. I know there were
some heavy showers dotted about but
much more blue sunshine. Your
weather watcher pictures were taking
that into account. Some speckled
cloud coming in, and some of these
showers made their way across from
west to east so you may have been
caught in a downpour. As we look at
the picture into tonight, that
patchy cloud that produced the odd
shower dissipating and it is mainly
clear skies. Overnight the winds
easing a bit further so that is a
recipe for temperatures dipping away
and this blue on the map shows a
widespread frost developing,
scraping the ice off the car again
in the morning as temperatures fall
several degrees below freezing. Make
no mistake, a cold start in the
morning but then lots of sunshine on
the way. Just the odd patchy cloud
moving towards us but even less of a
chance of a shower. The vast
majority will stay dry and the
temperatures after the cold start
edging into double figures. This is
Saturday morning, there could be
some fog first thing on Saturday
some more of a great start to begin
with but as we go through the first
day of the weekend some cloud around
but also of sunshine. You will know
we have had some rubbish weekends
recently. We will try to change that
this weekend. Saturday already
looking quite fair. This is the
picture going into Sunday, a weak
weather front moves across the UK
but that leaves us with fine weather
following behind as well. Absolutely
need to point out what's going on
into the weekend. Saturday on
Sunday, broken cloud, sunny spells
coming through and the temperature
holding into double figures. The
days might start cold and frosty,
but on the whole at this stage, and
we are getting closer to it, the
weekend is looking fine. More cloud
around by the time we get into
Monday though and we could see
outbreaks of rain. Fingers crossed,
it is looking promising at last for
I love how enthusiastic
you are! Thank you.
A reminder of the day's main
headlines: At least 17 people
are dead after a 19-year-old man
opened fire at a high school campus
in Parkland, Florida.
The suspect was Nikolas Cruz,
a former student at the school
who had been expelled.
The former football
Coach Barry Bennell has been found
guilty of seven more charges
of sexual abuse of boys in his care.
He's now been convicted of 43
offences in all against 11 victims.
He'll be sentenced on Monday.
Thefts and robberies on mopeds
in London's main shopping hotspots
have increased six-fold
over the last two years.
Met Police data shows
Oxford Street is the worst hit.
The family of an inmate stabbed
to death at Wormwood Scrubs have led
a protest outside the prison.
25-year-old Khader Saleh was killed
two weeks ago while on remand.
That's it for now,
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