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disappointing, cloudier and damp for
most of us.
Tonight on BBC London News, ten
years after the death of this man in
police custody one officer is
suspended and now faces disciplinary
Why should a family have to
fight for justice to find out how
their loved one died at the hands of
We will have an update on
the case of Sean Rigg who died at
Exton police station. Also denied a
safety drivers launched by Uber to
protect passengers and drivers but
is it enough to win back the
company's license? And the fading
dream of home ownership, how the
number of young adults buying a
property in London is plummeting.
And the films short listed for an
Oscar for their visual effects, we
visit the Soho company which helped
to create them.
Good evening and welcome to the
programme with me, Louisa Preston.
First tonight. Ten years after the
death of a mentally ill man in
police custody and officer has been
suspended. Sean Rigg died in Brixton
police station in 2008. Today his
relatives have spoken out about the
length of time it is taken to find
out exactly how their loved one died
whilst in the care of police
officers. Chris Rogers explains.
Sean Rigg overcame his mental health
issues through music.
In August 2008 he was
arrested for threatening
He was restrained, and later died
in police custody at
Brixton police station.
This week would have
been Sean's 50th, on the
and it is sad that, ten years later,
I'm still having to fight on behalf
my family to get some
sort of accountability.
Their only hope is
disciplinary hearings for the
officers involved but the family
accused the Met police of sitting on
their hands as two officers
try to retire or resign,
which would prevent them facing
any further scrutiny.
I will challenge
and try anything for
some form of accountability.
Do you think you will get it?
I have no faith in
the judicial system,
because I've had to challenge every
step of it and I shouldn't have had
to do that.
And not only me but other
families as well.
Three officers involved remain
on restricted duty but today the
family were forced for
a second time to threaten
legal action to stop
officer from leaving the force.
The family of Sean
Rigg only learned of
Sergeant Paul White's plans to
retire in the last few days, forcing
them to appeal to the
Met Police to step in.
And next week, the family
are at the High Court, as PC Mark
Harriott appeals against his
suspension to stop them from
And we have also learned that both
officers now face allegations
of lying to the inquest
into Sean Rigg's death,
and independent police
It is the latest twist
in a long legal battle,
in 2012, an inquest finds police
used unsuitable force on Sean Rigg
but in September 2016,
the Crown Prosecution
Service decides there
for criminal charges.
In November 2016, Sergeant Paul
White is found not guilty of
lying at the original inquest.
A charity which represents families
who have lost loved ones in police
custody says it is familiar
territory for most cases.
We have to have a system
that is a lot fairer,
and we need a police complaints
process that is fit for purpose.
Initially, the Met police refused
to comment on Sergeant White's
Only tonight after calls
from the family of Sean Rigg and the
BBC was his suspension announced,
and it means the family now still
have hope of finding out exactly
how and why Sean died.
Chris Rogers, BBC London News.
Uber is to introduce
new measures to protect
its passengers and drivers.
The company is currently fighting
for its future in the capital,
after having its licence stripped
last year because of concerns
over passenger safety.
An appeal against that
decision is to be heard
in the high court in June.
Emma North has more
on today's developments
and is at Uber's Headquarters.
Think it's safe to say that time is
ticking for Uber. It is five months
now since decided it was not fit and
proper to hold a licence in London.
Uber wants to show it has changed
its ways. So today we heard a list
of things Uber intends to bring in
to make things safer for customers
and drivers. Firstly there will be a
24-hour manned phone line so that
drivers and customers can call in if
there's any problem and this human
being they can talk to. Second big
customers will get more details
about the licenses of the drivers so
they will know whose car they are
getting into and who is driving that
car. And thirdly drivers will be
limited to being behind the wheel
for no more than ten hours at a
stint so nobody drives too tired but
will it work?
Uber's future is at stake.
For both customers
and drivers this means
seeing more of a personal touch.
Gareth, a typical Uber
driver who prizes
flexibility in his life,
combines being a stand-up comedian,
home-schooling his son with an
average eight hours
a day behind the wheel.
In the time that you've been working
for Uber, how has the
attitude towards their
Well I did have an issue
with something and I had to send an
e-mail, and there was no
number to call, so this,
it's always nice to speak to a human
and not kind of go
through a series
of FAQs on a screen.
Serious worries about Uber's safety
and security led to TfL
taking away its licence last year.
Uber says its new measures,
such as a telephone
hotline and more of
drivers' details being available
to customers are a sign it's learnt
What's your relationship
like with TfL at the moment?
We are in constructive
TfL and today some of
the announcements we've made a
responding to the criticism we've
had from them so we've got a new
approach to reporting incidents
to the police and we hope this
demonstrates that we've listened
to the feedback and we are making a
Uber's battle to stay
on our streets is very much a
When it lost its licence,
or than half a million
people signed a petition to get
TfL to change its mind.
But Transport for London
holds all the cards here
and it is making sure
its rules will reflect
transport in London has changed.
For example it is looking
at cutting the number of
hours drivers can work
and forcing companies
to hand their data to
One suggestion from TfL
was a service or women only.
Why, can you imagine if someone said
Ubers are going to be men only?
There'd be an outrage.
It's a good idea I think.
Also I think people can make use
of other features they have,
like you can send your tracking
information to friends, it's a good
idea, especially if it makes
people feel more safe.
It's just assuming that the men
are like, have bad
intentions, I guess.
But you never know who you
are going to be in a
This is all about intentions,
Uber wants to give its
40,000 drivers and its 3 million
customers here in London.
To do so it has to be
seen to be turning the
So some pretty serious promises but
bear in mind there was serious
criticism aimed at Uber by TfL last
year. Uber will find out if it had a
feature in the capital later this
summer. Emma North, thank you.
So we've been hearing how
the number of young adults
buying their own homes has
over past 20 years.
Well the dream to buy a property has
faded in the capital more
than anywhere else in UK.
We've visited one London firm
where employees have outlined
the huge challenge they face to get
onto the property ladder.
Here's our political
correspondent, Karl Mercer.
It's Friday morning
at Big Sky Set Build,
a busy workshop in North London
with a skilled and young staff -
just the sort of people a report out
today says are finding it harder
and harder to buy a property
here in the capital.
Hi, I'm Dan Lawrence.
I've lived in London
for about 14 years now,
and I'm a set builder.
Yeah, pretty much all my
friends, that are working,
normal skilled jobs,
getting paid average.
No one seems to be able
to afford a house.
It's up to getting
an inheritance or something,
the only real possible way.
My name is Sam Cunningham.
I've lived in London for five years,
and I'm 26 years old.
We currently rent in zone five,
which means I'm paying rent
and travelling in from zone five
every day to zone one,
so it kind of takes off any sort
of extra income I might have.
An Institute for Fiscal Studies
report today shows how
things have changed
for 25-to-34-year-olds earning
between £22,000 and £30,000.
Back in 1995, nearly half
owned their own home.
Now it's just 20%.
So London's seen the sharpest
fall in home ownership,
and that's not surprising
when you consider the fact that
three-quarters of 25-34-year-olds
in London face average house prices
in the capital of more than ten
times their annual income,
so for the vast majority
of Londoners today it really does
seem like houses are out of reach.
That means demands
on money can hit hard.
Saving for a deposit
can be difficult.
My name's Dino Forte, I'm originally
from the Scottish Borders.
I've been down in London
for coming up about six years,
and I've been working on my current
job for about five years.
So I'm 30.
My fiancee, Natasha, she's twenty...
You better get that right!
Yeah, I know, just thinking that.
I proposed to her in the summer, so,
you know what I mean,
not only saving up for
a wedding, you know?
And I guess in that sense, like,
you'd have to potentially
put that on hold -
say you did want to get
married, it's either...
You can't do both things.
My name's Jon Petrie.
I'm originally from Glasgow.
I'm 35 years old.
I've lived down in London
for almost six years.
You're led to believe that
you should own a house and that
that is the value of success.
If you own your own home,
then you have that security,
but it doesn't really feel secure,
the idea of owning a home, any more.
It feels like more of a burden
than anything else.
A woman has been charged
with murdering a seven-month-old
baby girl who died last year.
at Chelmsford Magistrates Court.
Police were called to a home
in Buckhurst Hill last
August after receiving
a tip-off from paramedics.
The baby died in hospital -
and tests showed the child had
suffered multiple fractures.
Utility companies could be charged
up to two and a half thousand pounds
a day for digging up the busiest
roads at peak times.
The aim would be to cut traffic jams
caused by roadworks.
Councils could be given the powers -
following a trial in parts
of London and Kent,
which significantly cut congestion.
Next the DIY detective.
A store owner who felt he had
to do his own investigation to help
catch a shoplifter who stole
expensive equipment from him.
The owner of Camden Guitars felt
the police weren't doing enough
and took matters into his own hands
to seek justice.
Jim Wheble has the story.
Camden Guitars, all about the spirit
of communication and with all this
equipment a bit of trust.
I had a
bad feeling so I came downstairs to
check what was happening.
Deicola Neves the owner was robbed
by somebody in his studio.
I went to
check the microphone, it wasn't
here, the box was empty, it was
The loss of that £3000
microphone lead to an unlikely
journey from shop owner to DIY
I had to find a way to
track him, to find where he is all
track. So I went to the computer,
his Facebook was mobbed in there,
and it had his name in their --
With this and CCTV given
to the police and the real
detectives found an address but
several visits led to no arrests.
After two months, I didn't hear from
them and I was sending them all the
details, I was doing my own
research. But eventually the police
just said, we have to close the
Deicola persevered, finding
out with a shoplifter was gigging,
finding out even when he had
previously worked and visiting his
old workplaces, telling the police
to no avail until Deicola had as an
breakthrough, the shoplifter was
performing at a gig right around the
So I said, I'm going to go
around there and see if I can find
him. So I went there and he was
So you ran to the high street
to find officers, you managed to
find them and they're what happened?
They came and they finally arrested
That arrest finally led to a
conviction that it is an experience
that is left Deicola feeling let
down by the police.
disappointed, I expected the police
to be more helpful.
To do what you
The Met police say
they are happy to discuss any
concerns he has about the
investigation but for the DIY
detective it is case solved. Jim
Weibull, BBC London News. Still to
come, tech success, how boffins in
Soho have been behind the scenes of
an Oscar win every day for a decade.
And coming up in whether the last
thing we want is a sunny Friday
followed by a cloudy wet weekend.
What will happen with the weather
this weekend? Keep watching, I've
got the full forecast coming up.
Now to one of London's largest urban
talent shows, which helped launch
the careers of stars like singer
Leona Lewis and the dance
It's held at the Hackney Empire
and organised by a group aiming
to steer young people away
from gangs and crime.
Ayshea Buksh is there,
where the show is well underway.
Good evening from a fantastically
noisy and excitable Hackney Empire.
The show is well under way, this is
the under 13 section, and the
audience is full of friends and
family and supporters of those
taking part. But for the organisers
this is far more than just a talent
Last minute preparations and
the Crib youth project in Hackney
for their biggest night of the year.
The talent show has singers, dance
groups and poets performing
live on stage at the Hackney Empire.
The young people come from different
youth clubs and centres across
Organisers say the aim of the event
is to show the creative potential
young people have when given
the right support.
All we ever hear is negative
things about young people,
like gang-related - this one's
getting stabbed, the parents
bury their children,
so we need to show the positive side
of young people, what they actually
do, because that is not being shown.
The Crib is based in
the De Beauvoir Estate in Hackney.
It works with hundreds of young
people and their families.
As well as a youth club,
it runs regular workshops on issues
such as knife crime and mental
health and well-being.
Pembe Tokluhan went to the Crib
as a youngster, and now works
as a professional stage manager.
She's been coordinating
the Boroughs United event.
We have over 200 people backstage -
there are all volunteers.
And I think that's
the difference with us.
There are a lot of talent
competitions, but there is nothing
that specifically targets all 33
boroughs across London,
and that's what we target,
within London and bringing everyone
together to be one community.
One local young woman taking part
is singer Elaria Admasso.
It will be the first time she's
performed on such a large stage.
I think getting to a bigger place
kind of expands my experiences,
and it helps me and my future
with my singing career.
It's like I really appreciate
it, and it feels like
an achievement to me.
Organisers hope tonight
will help break down barriers
between youngsters from different
parts of London, and promote
peace and positivity
to the wider community.
Ayshea Buksh, BBC London News.
Well, that message of peace is
certainly evident tonight at the
show. It got underway with a montage
of young people that had been killed
since last year's show at the
Empire, and at this very noisy venue
a few minutes of silence was
observed by everybody here. Then, of
course, the talent came on, and the
act started to perform. A huge
variety of acts, all different ages.
One of them, who was a previous
winner, is here tonight. Good
evening. Jermaine, you were the
winner is here at Boroughs United.
This must take you back?
It takes me
back to all those many moons ago
when I performed on this hackneyed
Empire stage for Boroughs United and
it is great to see they are
continuing with the effort to engage
young people in their talents and
skills and giving them a platform to
know their value and their words.
Actually, I am good at dance,
singing, production, and all of a
sudden sending a positive message
out to the world
that this is what our young people
are doing. Stop focusing on the
violence on the streets and start
focusing on the great work these
young people are doing in our
communities, on Aristides.
seen some good acts you like
Yes, I am a judge. Well
they are performing now I have
someone performing for me but the
talent is really is.
Jermaine has to
get back to the box to judge this
evening, and the show will go on
late into the night. Back to you.
late into the night. Back to you.
STUDIO: Ayshea, enjoy it. Thanks
Football now, and the FA Cup 5th
round gets under way tonight.
For the first time in 10 years,
only two London teams
have made it this far.
Both will be hoping to avoid shock
defeats this weekend starting
with Chelsea who host Hull
at Stamford Bridge tonight,
where Chris Slegg is.
Yes, Chelsea will be firm
favourites against them tonight. And
Hull will be firm favourites against
Rochdale. Is this Chelsea's most
realistic route to silverware now?
Manchester City have run away with
the Premier League, and in the
Champions League Chelsea have a huge
task with the Barcelona visit here
on Tuesday in the first leg in the
round of 16, so plenty riding on
this. Added significance to this
match, because there has been the
sad news this week that Ryan Mason,
the Hull midfielder, has had to
retire at the age of 26. He used to
play for Tottenham, grew up in
Enfield, and he fractured his skull
when Hull played Chelsea here last
season. We can hear from him now and
then from a very sympathetic Chelsea
manager Antonio Conte.
Medically, from a medical point
of view, it's a no-brainer.
The more research and the more
things we found out,
the risks are just far too high.
So, like I said, I'm content.
I know I'm making the right
decision, 100% the right decision.
I'm not going to regret it.
It's a pity.
This news is bad news for us,
and we are very sad.
The players in the club wish him
and his family the best,
the best for the present,
the best for the future.
Chris, very difficult time for Ryan
Mason. But on the pitch what can we
expect from Chelsea tonight?
after a run of results, you know,
the mood has lifted somewhat after
the 3-0 game with West Brom, taking
the pressure somewhat of Antonio
Conte. He will have to rest some
players with that huge Barcelona
match coming, then a tough fixture
away to Manchester United, then
Manchester City in the league. He
has a few injuries to content with,
David Luiz and Ross Barkley among
them, but you would imagine whatever
team he puts out tonight will be too
strong for Hull side one point above
the relegation zone in the
championship. Just to see there is
live commentary of this match on BBC
London Digital radio. Back to you.
Chris, thanks very much for that.
Prince Harry joined 10,000 rugby
fans at Twickenham Stadium
today to watch an open training
session with the England rugby team.
The Prince met the players
who are currently preparing
for their Six Nations match
with Scotland next week.
He attended the event to celebrate
grassroots clubs and charities
using rugby for good.
What Harry does so well
is that he is so accessible,
and I think he does a great job
of promoting sport,
and I think working,
coming down to the RFU today,
the crowd having the opportunity
to see the players but also to see
a member of the Royal family,
it just adds to that bit
of icing on the cake.
He has done at the last three
or four times we have been here,
and I think it just makes the day
that little bit more magical.
They're scenes of futuristic
worlds which transform
us in time and space.
Behind the computer generated
content is a company in Soho
which has become a world leader -
so much so it's worked with every
film nominated in the Visual Effects
category at this years Oscars.
Wendy Hurrell has been
to meet the team.
Behind the visual effects that put
us in fantasy spaceships...
Bring life to the faces of chimps...
Or take us into dystopian futures...
There is a very clever piece
of software developed in Soho.
It's called Nuke.
It's about mixing the real
and unreal together to make them
look like they blend together
perfectly and are shot
from the same camera.
So while the actors play
ape on the sound stage
with special effects, the creatives
are generating computer
imagery, and they are seamlessly
merged here at Foundry.
It's actually tracking
where all the pixels are going
in the image, the movement.
Clever. So your computer at this
point has built itself a camera?
virtual camera, yes, following the
path of that image over the
You have drawn it as an
old-fashioned camera as well, a nod
to the old days.
In this year's Oscars, they can't
lose. Every nominee in the Visual
Effects category has used their
software. They have been behind win
every year for the past decade in
fact, but you will never see them
upon the dazzling Oscar stage.
get recognised, but not in that way.
We work on the tools, the software,
the solutions, to help them bring
that magic to the screen, but we are
absolutely in the background.
got this Academy Park last weekend.
For the science bit, there is a
separate ceremony. -- Academy
plaque. Once in an office above a
chicken shop, Foundry now uses 3000
people worldwide and they will be
come February the 4th behind another
Lovely today, what has the weekend
got in store for us?
Friday sunshine normally
Friday sunshine normally puts a kiss
of death on the weekend, but we will
have some sunshine tomorrow. Not as
much as this, this skies above
Esher. Some cloud coming into the UK
at the moment which will turn things
wetter overnight, and although we
will see some cloud in our skies, as
the night goes on there. A few holes
in that cloud allowing temperatures
to dip away for a touch of frost.
Focusing on are part of the world
ahead of that system, then again
some cloud drifting through the
skies of temperatures not in as much
of a hurry to drop down as they were
yesterday evening but they are still
expected to fall close to freezing,
perhaps a little below in some
parts, so still a touch of frost
going into tomorrow morning, just
not as cold as it was this morning.
Tomorrow morning there will be some
sunshine around and there will
continue to be some sunny spells for
much of the day. More in the wake of
patchy cloud here and there, and I
think we will see that into the
evening, but after the chilly start
it would be pleasant again, the eyes
of around 8-10 or even 11 Celsius.
Into the evening cloud increasing
and there may be a light shower
moving through but it is more likely
to stay dry. Once that has gone
later tomorrow night there will
still be a touch of frost, but this
is the second part of the weekend on
Sunday, a whole different story. The
cloud and rain I was talking about
for Sunday night looks to be an
earlier. If you were with us
yesterday it looks to be an earlier
for Sunday but through the afternoon
we will see some outbreaks of rain
moving this way, so increasingly
dull and damp, but it will not be
particularly chilly over the course
of the weekend. That takes us on to
next week. What we can expect,
cloudy and damp start, fairly mild
on Monday but you will notice
looking at this forecast the
temperatures are dipping away and
the wind turning to an easterly as
well. We are expecting cold weather
to come back our way. Get us to next
week, is just look at the weekend.
And enjoy it. Thank you, Nick.
Now the main headlines.
The head of Oxfam has asked an
independent commission to deal with
claims of abuse from its staff. And
more vigils are being held across
Florida, was last night thousands
attending a candlelit vigil with
many calling for tougher gun
controls. A dramatic decrease in
young people buying their own homes
across the UK in a report. And I
will be back later with the ten
o'clock News. But for now, from all
of the team,