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disappointing, cloudier and damp for

most of us.

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Tonight on BBC London News, ten

years after the death of this man in

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police custody one officer is

suspended and now faces disciplinary

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action.

Why should a family have to

fight for justice to find out how

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their loved one died at the hands of

the state?

We will have an update on

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the case of Sean Rigg who died at

Exton police station. Also denied a

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safety drivers launched by Uber to

protect passengers and drivers but

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is it enough to win back the

company's license? And the fading

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dream of home ownership, how the

number of young adults buying a

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property in London is plummeting.

And the films short listed for an

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Oscar for their visual effects, we

visit the Soho company which helped

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to create them.

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Good evening and welcome to the

programme with me, Louisa Preston.

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First tonight. Ten years after the

death of a mentally ill man in

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police custody and officer has been

suspended. Sean Rigg died in Brixton

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police station in 2008. Today his

relatives have spoken out about the

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length of time it is taken to find

out exactly how their loved one died

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whilst in the care of police

officers. Chris Rogers explains.

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Sean Rigg overcame his mental health

issues through music.

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In August 2008 he was

arrested for threatening

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behaviour.

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He was restrained, and later died

in police custody at

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Brixton police station.

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This week would have

been Sean's 50th, on the

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11th.

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Reminiscing, basically,

and it is sad that, ten years later,

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I'm still having to fight on behalf

of

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my family to get some

sort of accountability.

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Their only hope is

disciplinary hearings for the

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officers involved but the family

accused the Met police of sitting on

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their hands as two officers

try to retire or resign,

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which would prevent them facing

any further scrutiny.

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I will challenge

and try anything for

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some form of accountability.

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Do you think you will get it?

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I have no faith in

the judicial system,

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because I've had to challenge every

step of it and I shouldn't have had

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to do that.

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And not only me but other

families as well.

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Three officers involved remain

on restricted duty but today the

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family were forced for

a second time to threaten

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legal action to stop

an

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officer from leaving the force.

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The family of Sean

Rigg only learned of

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Sergeant Paul White's plans to

retire in the last few days, forcing

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them to appeal to the

Met Police to step in.

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And next week, the family

are at the High Court, as PC Mark

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Harriott appeals against his

suspension to stop them from

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retiring.

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And we have also learned that both

officers now face allegations

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of lying to the inquest

into Sean Rigg's death,

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and independent police

watchdog investigators.

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It is the latest twist

in a long legal battle,

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in 2012, an inquest finds police

used unsuitable force on Sean Rigg

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but in September 2016,

the Crown Prosecution

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Service decides there

is

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insufficient evidence

for criminal charges.

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In November 2016, Sergeant Paul

White is found not guilty of

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lying at the original inquest.

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A charity which represents families

who have lost loved ones in police

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custody says it is familiar

territory for most cases.

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We have to have a system

that is a lot fairer,

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and we need a police complaints

process that is fit for purpose.

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Initially, the Met police refused

to comment on Sergeant White's

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retirement.

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Only tonight after calls

from the family of Sean Rigg and the

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BBC was his suspension announced,

and it means the family now still

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have hope of finding out exactly

how and why Sean died.

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Chris Rogers, BBC London News.

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Uber is to introduce

new measures to protect

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its passengers and drivers.

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The company is currently fighting

for its future in the capital,

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after having its licence stripped

last year because of concerns

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over passenger safety.

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An appeal against that

decision is to be heard

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in the high court in June.

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Emma North has more

on today's developments

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and is at Uber's Headquarters.

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Emma.

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Think it's safe to say that time is

ticking for Uber. It is five months

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now since decided it was not fit and

proper to hold a licence in London.

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Uber wants to show it has changed

its ways. So today we heard a list

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of things Uber intends to bring in

to make things safer for customers

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and drivers. Firstly there will be a

24-hour manned phone line so that

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drivers and customers can call in if

there's any problem and this human

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being they can talk to. Second big

customers will get more details

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about the licenses of the drivers so

they will know whose car they are

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getting into and who is driving that

car. And thirdly drivers will be

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limited to being behind the wheel

for no more than ten hours at a

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stint so nobody drives too tired but

will it work?

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Uber's future is at stake.

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For both customers

and drivers this means

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seeing more of a personal touch.

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Gareth, a typical Uber

driver who prizes

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flexibility in his life,

he

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combines being a stand-up comedian,

home-schooling his son with an

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average eight hours

a day behind the wheel.

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In the time that you've been working

for Uber, how has the

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attitude towards their

drivers changed?

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Well I did have an issue

with something and I had to send an

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e-mail, and there was no

number to call, so this,

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it's always nice to speak to a human

and not kind of go

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through a series

of FAQs on a screen.

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Serious worries about Uber's safety

and security led to TfL

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taking away its licence last year.

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Uber says its new measures,

such as a telephone

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hotline and more of

the

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drivers' details being available

to customers are a sign it's learnt

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its lesson.

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What's your relationship

like with TfL at the moment?

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We are in constructive

conversations with

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TfL and today some of

the announcements we've made a

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responding to the criticism we've

had from them so we've got a new

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approach to reporting incidents

to the police and we hope this

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demonstrates that we've listened

to the feedback and we are making a

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positive change.

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Uber's battle to stay

on our streets is very much a

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public one.

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When it lost its licence,

or than half a million

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people signed a petition to get

TfL to change its mind.

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But Transport for London

holds all the cards here

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and it is making sure

its rules will reflect

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transport in London has changed.

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For example it is looking

at cutting the number of

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hours drivers can work

and forcing companies

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to hand their data to

the

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government.

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One suggestion from TfL

was a service or women only.

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Why, can you imagine if someone said

Ubers are going to be men only?

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There'd be an outrage.

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It's a good idea I think.

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Also I think people can make use

of other features they have,

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like you can send your tracking

information to friends, it's a good

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idea, especially if it makes

people feel more safe.

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It's just assuming that the men

are like, have bad

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intentions, I guess.

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But you never know who you

are going to be in a

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car with.

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This is all about intentions,

Uber wants to give its

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40,000 drivers and its 3 million

customers here in London.

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To do so it has to be

seen to be turning the

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corner.

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So some pretty serious promises but

bear in mind there was serious

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criticism aimed at Uber by TfL last

year. Uber will find out if it had a

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feature in the capital later this

summer. Emma North, thank you.

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So we've been hearing how

the number of young adults

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buying their own homes has

significantly fallen

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over past 20 years.

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Well the dream to buy a property has

faded in the capital more

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than anywhere else in UK.

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We've visited one London firm

where employees have outlined

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the huge challenge they face to get

onto the property ladder.

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Here's our political

correspondent, Karl Mercer.

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It's Friday morning

at Big Sky Set Build,

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a busy workshop in North London

with a skilled and young staff -

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just the sort of people a report out

today says are finding it harder

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and harder to buy a property

here in the capital.

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Hi, I'm Dan Lawrence.

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I've lived in London

for about 14 years now,

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and I'm a set builder.

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Yeah, pretty much all my

friends, that are working,

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normal skilled jobs,

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getting paid average.

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No one seems to be able

to afford a house.

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It's up to getting

an inheritance or something,

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the only real possible way.

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My name is Sam Cunningham.

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I've lived in London for five years,

and I'm 26 years old.

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We currently rent in zone five,

which means I'm paying rent

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and travelling in from zone five

every day to zone one,

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so it kind of takes off any sort

of extra income I might have.

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An Institute for Fiscal Studies

report today shows how

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things have changed

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for 25-to-34-year-olds earning

between £22,000 and £30,000.

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Back in 1995, nearly half

owned their own home.

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Now it's just 20%.

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So London's seen the sharpest

fall in home ownership,

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and that's not surprising

when you consider the fact that

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three-quarters of 25-34-year-olds

in London face average house prices

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in the capital of more than ten

times their annual income,

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so for the vast majority

of Londoners today it really does

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seem like houses are out of reach.

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That means demands

on money can hit hard.

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Saving for a deposit

can be difficult.

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My name's Dino Forte, I'm originally

from the Scottish Borders.

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I've been down in London

for coming up about six years,

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and I've been working on my current

job for about five years.

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So I'm 30.

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My fiancee, Natasha, she's twenty...

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27.

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You better get that right!

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Yeah, I know, just thinking that.

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I proposed to her in the summer, so,

you know what I mean,

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not only saving up for

a wedding, you know?

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And I guess in that sense, like,

you'd have to potentially

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put that on hold -

say you did want to get

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married, it's either...

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You can't do both things.

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My name's Jon Petrie.

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I'm originally from Glasgow.

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I'm 35 years old.

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I've lived down in London

for almost six years.

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You're led to believe that

you should own a house and that

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that is the value of success.

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If you own your own home,

then you have that security,

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but it doesn't really feel secure,

the idea of owning a home, any more.

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It feels like more of a burden

than anything else.

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A woman has been charged

with murdering a seven-month-old

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baby girl who died last year.

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Shalina Kukkundoor

Padmanabha appeared

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at Chelmsford Magistrates Court.

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Police were called to a home

in Buckhurst Hill last

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August after receiving

a tip-off from paramedics.

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The baby died in hospital -

and tests showed the child had

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suffered multiple fractures.

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Utility companies could be charged

up to two and a half thousand pounds

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a day for digging up the busiest

roads at peak times.

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The aim would be to cut traffic jams

caused by roadworks.

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Councils could be given the powers -

following a trial in parts

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of London and Kent,

which significantly cut congestion.

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Next the DIY detective.

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A store owner who felt he had

to do his own investigation to help

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catch a shoplifter who stole

expensive equipment from him.

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The owner of Camden Guitars felt

the police weren't doing enough

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and took matters into his own hands

to seek justice.

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Jim Wheble has the story.

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Camden Guitars, all about the spirit

of communication and with all this

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equipment a bit of trust.

I had a

bad feeling so I came downstairs to

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check what was happening.

In March,

Deicola Neves the owner was robbed

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by somebody in his studio.

I went to

check the microphone, it wasn't

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here, the box was empty, it was

gone.

The loss of that £3000

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microphone lead to an unlikely

journey from shop owner to DIY

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detective.

I had to find a way to

track him, to find where he is all

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track. So I went to the computer,

his Facebook was mobbed in there,

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and it had his name in their --

logged in.

With this and CCTV given

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to the police and the real

detectives found an address but

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several visits led to no arrests.

After two months, I didn't hear from

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them and I was sending them all the

details, I was doing my own

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research. But eventually the police

just said, we have to close the

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case.

Deicola persevered, finding

out with a shoplifter was gigging,

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finding out even when he had

previously worked and visiting his

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old workplaces, telling the police

to no avail until Deicola had as an

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breakthrough, the shoplifter was

performing at a gig right around the

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corner.

So I said, I'm going to go

around there and see if I can find

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him. So I went there and he was

there.

So you ran to the high street

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to find officers, you managed to

find them and they're what happened?

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They came and they finally arrested

him.

That arrest finally led to a

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conviction that it is an experience

that is left Deicola feeling let

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down by the police.

I was

disappointed, I expected the police

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to be more helpful.

To do what you

did.

Exactly.

The Met police say

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they are happy to discuss any

concerns he has about the

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investigation but for the DIY

detective it is case solved. Jim

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Weibull, BBC London News. Still to

come, tech success, how boffins in

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Soho have been behind the scenes of

an Oscar win every day for a decade.

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And coming up in whether the last

thing we want is a sunny Friday

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followed by a cloudy wet weekend.

What will happen with the weather

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this weekend? Keep watching, I've

got the full forecast coming up.

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Now to one of London's largest urban

talent shows, which helped launch

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the careers of stars like singer

Leona Lewis and the dance

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group Diversity.

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It's held at the Hackney Empire

and organised by a group aiming

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to steer young people away

from gangs and crime.

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Ayshea Buksh is there,

where the show is well underway.

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Good evening from a fantastically

noisy and excitable Hackney Empire.

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The show is well under way, this is

the under 13 section, and the

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audience is full of friends and

family and supporters of those

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taking part. But for the organisers

this is far more than just a talent

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show.

Last minute preparations and

the Crib youth project in Hackney

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for their biggest night of the year.

The talent show has singers, dance

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groups and poets performing

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live on stage at the Hackney Empire.

The young people come from different

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youth clubs and centres across

London.

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Organisers say the aim of the event

is to show the creative potential

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young people have when given

the right support.

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All we ever hear is negative

things about young people,

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like gang-related - this one's

getting stabbed, the parents

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bury their children,

so we need to show the positive side

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of young people, what they actually

do, because that is not being shown.

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The Crib is based in

the De Beauvoir Estate in Hackney.

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It works with hundreds of young

people and their families.

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As well as a youth club,

it runs regular workshops on issues

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such as knife crime and mental

health and well-being.

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Pembe Tokluhan went to the Crib

as a youngster, and now works

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as a professional stage manager.

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She's been coordinating

the Boroughs United event.

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We have over 200 people backstage -

there are all volunteers.

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And I think that's

the difference with us.

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There are a lot of talent

competitions, but there is nothing

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that specifically targets all 33

boroughs across London,

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and that's what we target,

within London and bringing everyone

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together to be one community.

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One local young woman taking part

is singer Elaria Admasso.

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It will be the first time she's

performed on such a large stage.

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I think getting to a bigger place

kind of expands my experiences,

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and it helps me and my future

with my singing career.

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It's like I really appreciate

it, and it feels like

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an achievement to me.

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Organisers hope tonight

will help break down barriers

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between youngsters from different

parts of London, and promote

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peace and positivity

to the wider community.

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Ayshea Buksh, BBC London News.

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Well, that message of peace is

certainly evident tonight at the

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show. It got underway with a montage

of young people that had been killed

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since last year's show at the

Empire, and at this very noisy venue

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a few minutes of silence was

observed by everybody here. Then, of

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course, the talent came on, and the

act started to perform. A huge

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variety of acts, all different ages.

One of them, who was a previous

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winner, is here tonight. Good

evening. Jermaine, you were the

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winner is here at Boroughs United.

This must take you back?

It takes me

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back to all those many moons ago

when I performed on this hackneyed

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Empire stage for Boroughs United and

it is great to see they are

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continuing with the effort to engage

young people in their talents and

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skills and giving them a platform to

know their value and their words.

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Actually, I am good at dance,

singing, production, and all of a

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sudden sending a positive message

out to the world

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that this is what our young people

are doing. Stop focusing on the

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violence on the streets and start

focusing on the great work these

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young people are doing in our

communities, on Aristides.

Have you

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seen some good acts you like

tonight?

Yes, I am a judge. Well

0:19:060:19:08

they are performing now I have

someone performing for me but the

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talent is really is.

Jermaine has to

get back to the box to judge this

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evening, and the show will go on

late into the night. Back to you.

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STUDIO: Ayshea

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late into the night. Back to you.

STUDIO: Ayshea, enjoy it. Thanks

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very much.

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Football now, and the FA Cup 5th

round gets under way tonight.

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For the first time in 10 years,

only two London teams

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have made it this far.

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Both will be hoping to avoid shock

defeats this weekend starting

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with Chelsea who host Hull

at Stamford Bridge tonight,

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where Chris Slegg is.

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Chris?

Yes, Chelsea will be firm

favourites against them tonight. And

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Hull will be firm favourites against

Rochdale. Is this Chelsea's most

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realistic route to silverware now?

Manchester City have run away with

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the Premier League, and in the

Champions League Chelsea have a huge

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task with the Barcelona visit here

on Tuesday in the first leg in the

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round of 16, so plenty riding on

this. Added significance to this

0:20:040:20:08

match, because there has been the

sad news this week that Ryan Mason,

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the Hull midfielder, has had to

retire at the age of 26. He used to

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play for Tottenham, grew up in

Enfield, and he fractured his skull

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when Hull played Chelsea here last

season. We can hear from him now and

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then from a very sympathetic Chelsea

manager Antonio Conte.

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Medically, from a medical point

of view, it's a no-brainer.

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The more research and the more

things we found out,

0:20:330:20:36

the risks are just far too high.

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So, like I said, I'm content.

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I know I'm making the right

decision, 100% the right decision.

0:20:390:20:41

I'm not going to regret it.

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It's a pity.

0:20:430:20:44

This news is bad news for us,

and we are very sad.

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The players in the club wish him

and his family the best,

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the best for the present,

the best for the future.

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Chris, very difficult time for Ryan

Mason. But on the pitch what can we

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expect from Chelsea tonight?

Well,

after a run of results, you know,

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the mood has lifted somewhat after

the 3-0 game with West Brom, taking

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the pressure somewhat of Antonio

Conte. He will have to rest some

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players with that huge Barcelona

match coming, then a tough fixture

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away to Manchester United, then

Manchester City in the league. He

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has a few injuries to content with,

David Luiz and Ross Barkley among

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them, but you would imagine whatever

team he puts out tonight will be too

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strong for Hull side one point above

the relegation zone in the

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championship. Just to see there is

live commentary of this match on BBC

0:21:460:21:50

London Digital radio. Back to you.

Chris, thanks very much for that.

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Prince Harry joined 10,000 rugby

fans at Twickenham Stadium

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today to watch an open training

session with the England rugby team.

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The Prince met the players

who are currently preparing

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for their Six Nations match

with Scotland next week.

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He attended the event to celebrate

grassroots clubs and charities

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using rugby for good.

0:22:120:22:13

What Harry does so well

is that he is so accessible,

0:22:130:22:16

and I think he does a great job

of promoting sport,

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and I think working,

coming down to the RFU today,

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the crowd having the opportunity

to see the players but also to see

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a member of the Royal family,

it just adds to that bit

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of icing on the cake.

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He has done at the last three

or four times we have been here,

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and I think it just makes the day

that little bit more magical.

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They're scenes of futuristic

worlds which transform

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us in time and space.

0:22:370:22:44

Behind the computer generated

content is a company in Soho

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which has become a world leader -

so much so it's worked with every

0:22:480:22:51

film nominated in the Visual Effects

category at this years Oscars.

0:22:510:22:54

Wendy Hurrell has been

to meet the team.

0:22:540:22:56

Behind the visual effects that put

us in fantasy spaceships...

0:22:560:22:59

Bring life to the faces of chimps...

0:22:590:23:05

Or take us into dystopian futures...

0:23:050:23:10

There is a very clever piece

of software developed in Soho.

0:23:110:23:16

It's called Nuke.

0:23:160:23:20

It's about mixing the real

and unreal together to make them

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look like they blend together

perfectly and are shot

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from the same camera.

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So while the actors play

ape on the sound stage

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with special effects, the creatives

are generating computer

0:23:280:23:36

imagery, and they are seamlessly

merged here at Foundry.

0:23:360:23:38

It's actually tracking

where all the pixels are going

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in the image, the movement.

0:23:400:23:44

Clever. So your computer at this

point has built itself a camera?

A

0:23:440:23:50

virtual camera, yes, following the

path of that image over the

0:23:500:23:53

sequence.

You have drawn it as an

old-fashioned camera as well, a nod

0:23:530:24:00

to the old days.

LAUGHTER

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In this year's Oscars, they can't

lose. Every nominee in the Visual

0:24:010:24:07

Effects category has used their

software. They have been behind win

0:24:070:24:11

every year for the past decade in

fact, but you will never see them

0:24:110:24:15

upon the dazzling Oscar stage.

We

get recognised, but not in that way.

0:24:150:24:19

We work on the tools, the software,

the solutions, to help them bring

0:24:190:24:23

that magic to the screen, but we are

absolutely in the background.

They

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got this Academy Park last weekend.

For the science bit, there is a

0:24:300:24:35

separate ceremony. -- Academy

plaque. Once in an office above a

0:24:350:24:42

chicken shop, Foundry now uses 3000

people worldwide and they will be

0:24:420:24:49

come February the 4th behind another

0:24:490:24:51

Lovely today, what has the weekend

got in store for us?

0:24:510:24:54

Nick Miller.

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Friday sunshine normally

0:24:570:24:58

Friday sunshine normally puts a kiss

of death on the weekend, but we will

0:24:580:25:01

have some sunshine tomorrow. Not as

much as this, this skies above

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Esher. Some cloud coming into the UK

at the moment which will turn things

0:25:100:25:14

wetter overnight, and although we

will see some cloud in our skies, as

0:25:140:25:17

the night goes on there. A few holes

in that cloud allowing temperatures

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to dip away for a touch of frost.

Focusing on are part of the world

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ahead of that system, then again

some cloud drifting through the

0:25:260:25:29

skies of temperatures not in as much

of a hurry to drop down as they were

0:25:290:25:32

yesterday evening but they are still

expected to fall close to freezing,

0:25:320:25:41

perhaps a little below in some

parts, so still a touch of frost

0:25:410:25:43

going into tomorrow morning, just

not as cold as it was this morning.

0:25:430:25:45

Tomorrow morning there will be some

sunshine around and there will

0:25:450:25:48

continue to be some sunny spells for

much of the day. More in the wake of

0:25:480:25:52

patchy cloud here and there, and I

think we will see that into the

0:25:520:25:56

evening, but after the chilly start

it would be pleasant again, the eyes

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of around 8-10 or even 11 Celsius.

Into the evening cloud increasing

0:25:590:26:09

and there may be a light shower

moving through but it is more likely

0:26:090:26:13

to stay dry. Once that has gone

later tomorrow night there will

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still be a touch of frost, but this

is the second part of the weekend on

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Sunday, a whole different story. The

cloud and rain I was talking about

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for Sunday night looks to be an

earlier. If you were with us

0:26:250:26:29

yesterday it looks to be an earlier

for Sunday but through the afternoon

0:26:290:26:32

we will see some outbreaks of rain

moving this way, so increasingly

0:26:320:26:37

dull and damp, but it will not be

particularly chilly over the course

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of the weekend. That takes us on to

next week. What we can expect,

0:26:400:26:46

cloudy and damp start, fairly mild

on Monday but you will notice

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looking at this forecast the

temperatures are dipping away and

0:26:490:26:52

the wind turning to an easterly as

well. We are expecting cold weather

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to come back our way. Get us to next

week, is just look at the weekend.

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And enjoy it. Thank you, Nick.

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Now the main headlines.

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The head of Oxfam has asked an

independent commission to deal with

0:27:100:27:13

claims of abuse from its staff. And

more vigils are being held across

0:27:130:27:23

Florida, was last night thousands

attending a candlelit vigil with

0:27:230:27:27

many calling for tougher gun

controls. A dramatic decrease in

0:27:270:27:33

young people buying their own homes

across the UK in a report. And I

0:27:330:27:42

will be back later with the ten

o'clock News. But for now, from all

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of the team,

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