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winds, perhaps bringing snow showers
as we head towards the weekend.
Tonight on BBC London News:
inside our worst jails.
One serving officer tells us -
she's works in a state of fear.
What if you're the one that gets
attacked that day and you can't get
a whistle to your mouth?
You better hope those
prisoners like you,
because they will be
the ones saving your life.
We'll investigate just why
prisons in the capital
are struggling to retain staff.
Following claims of
sexual harrassment at
The Presidents Club dinner.
Great Ormond Street Hospital
reconsiders it's position
on returning thousands in donations.
Plus exactly three months until
Harry and Meghan tie the knot -
how some Windsor residents
are cashing in on the Royal
wedding by moving out.
What is it? I need to go away for a
From acting to activist...
Jennifer Lawrence tells us why she's
preparing for a career break.
Good evening and welcome
to the programme with me Riz Lateef.
We start tonight with the state of
some of London's worst prisons.
A serving officer has told this
programme that she regularly fears
for her life whilst at work.
And a campaigner says
the situation is as bad as she's
seen in thirty years.
The claims come amid concerns
about a recruitment crisis
across London's prisons.
As Caroline Davies reports
the service is failing
to recruit new officers.
Caroline Davies reports.
Violence, drugs, drones, self harm,
suicide and even murders. This is
the state of London's prisons, and
according to some critics, the lack
of staff is making it worse.
been working at prisons more than 30
years and I have never seen them in
such a terrible state. It is very
bad for prisoners and the public
because it means the prisoners are
locked up all day and dumped back on
the street angry and bitter and more
likely to commit another crime.
the end of 2016, the government said
it would recruit an extra 2500
prison officers across England and
Wales. So how many new officers have
been recruited across London's eight
prisons? There has been a net gain
of only 22.
I really enjoyed it when
I first started, I loved the bars
that then it rapidly changed.
woman is an officer in London
prison. We have concealed her
identity and dumped her voice to
There are no staff any
more, they come in but as quickly as
they do, people are leaving. There
are people who have been there 15
years and remember when there were
four officers on a landing and now
there is only one.
What is it like
when you're just the one person?
get worried because what if you the
one that had attacked that day and
you can't get a whistle to your
mouth. You better hope those
prisoners like you because they will
be the ones saving your life.
will be shocked to hear you rely on
the prisoners to keep you safe?
is the truth, because there is no
one with you on the landing you have
to rely on prisoners.
What did the
Ministry of Justice's figures say
about the figures in London? There
might be 22 more officers across
London overall but some prisons have
even fewer staff than before the
government started this recruitment
drive. Garmash prison has 22 fewer
officers, Pentonville 20 and
Wormwood Scrubs 15. The prison
service recruited just over 4500 new
officers across England and Wales
last year but they also lost nearly
2000. And almost 500 of those were
in their first year in a prison.
Rachel used to be a prison officer
in London but after less than 18
months, she quipped. She said there
was little time for rehabilitation.
Quite a lot of them are only young
and they are coming in and being
thrown into prison, rightfully so,
but they are being put into a cell
and locked away for three days
straight. I was the one giving them
the phone calls and letting them out
to have a phone call and letting
them out to have a shower. That to
me is basic humanity, and they can't
even get that because of a lack of
So what would make a
difference to those still working in
Staff, to begin
with anyway. I think I would feel
more secure if there was more staff.
Both sides are clear what's needed
but while staff are leaving because
of staff shortages, the prison
system in London seems stuck in a
Caroline's here -
what is the Ministry
of Justice saying about this?
They say they are on track to
recruit those extra 2500 we heard
about in the report and the Justice
Secretary David Gauke says he's
determined to tackle the issue
imprisons head on. He calls staffing
golden thread that links solutions
we need to put in place. Clearly he
understands is a very important
issue. That doesn't seem to be the
issue. The issue is how do you keep
those people in the chops want to
have recruited them? We understand
the government are launching a
retention programme, to try and help
prison governors to keep their
experienced staff in the prisons,
alongside new recruits.
We know new
people are being recruited. How
significant is it that people are
The issue really is about
experience. At the moment according
to those figures, in December 2000
36% of those prison officers had
been in the prison job for under
five years. So losing a lot of
people with a lot of experience. The
concern there is if you lose that
experience, you won't get it back,
it takes awhile to regain it.
Caroline, thank you much.
Plenty more ahead this
Why commuters might not
be rushing for a seat,
as passengers complain about comfort
on a new fleet of trains.
Great Ormond Street Hospital
Children's Charity has indicated
that it may change its mind
about returning donations
to the controversial
Presidents Club trust.
The Charity said it would hand back
money previously given
following allegations of sexual
harassment at an exclusive
Let's get more from Alpa Patel,
who's at the hospital.
The amount of money we are talking
about here is £530,000. It is a
substantial amount for an
organisation like Great Ormond
Street Hospital's children's Charity
no the reason why they are
considering handing the money back.
The money is from the Presidents
Club and was thrust into the
spotlight of course last month when
two undercover financial Times
journalist went to a male only gala
dinner at the Dorchester Hotel and
there they said they saw women who
were working at this event were
being groped and sexually harassed.
A day after those revelations in the
Financial Times, Great Ormond Street
Hospital was handing back every
single penny. It said it was because
it was due to the wholly
unacceptable nature of the event.
But today, almost a month on from
that decision, it appears to have
had this change of heart. It says
"Guiding all our thinking is our
aim, to maximise the support of the
hospital on the families it cares
for. We can confirm that we are in
discussions with the Charity
commission and our schedule to meet
them later this week." The
Presidents Club has closed down, so
if the hospital did decide to hand
this money back, who it would hand
it back to it up in the air. A final
decision will be made next month.
With the latest from Greg Norman to
it, thank you.
A judge has banned
protestors from campaigning
in a west London woodland
in opposition to HS2.
Today an injunction was imposed
at the High Court preventing
unlawful protest in and around
a construction site in Hillingdon.
The case was brought by the
Tranpsort Secretary Chris Grayling.
Next this evening...
While some rush hour commuters can
only dream of ever getting a seat -
the ones that do are complaining
about levels of comfort
on some new trains.
Calling the seats 'ironing boards'
or being made of concrete.
Thameslink, one of the companies
singled out for criticism,
says the new design complies
with strict fire safety regulations.
But one Osteopath says there may
be cause for concern.
Here's our Transport
Correspondent Tom Edwards.
These new Class 700 trains
are spacious and airy,
but as well as having fewer seats,
some commuters think
the cushioning is like concrete.
On this service this
morning to St Albans,
mainly uncomfortable agreement.
It's really uncomfortable,
I can't believe this is a new train.
There's not much legroom.
And the backs are a bit
narrow for my liking.
If you're sitting next
to a stranger especially.
Then you're practically
on top of them, yeah.
Do you find them hard, the seats?
As you can see.
Soft seats, in my country the seats
is really different,
we don't have like these things,
the blue ones, so for me
it's great, I like it.
Complaints about train
seats aren't new.
The latest trains on Great Western
have also drawn criticism.
These trains on the Thameslink
Bedford to Brighton route
are now being rolled out
on the Great Northern
Then I'd like you to lift your
buttocks upwards, just slowly.
At this clinic in Maidenhead,
they're used to treating
commuters' aches and pains.
They say, over time, new harder
seats could make matters worse.
The thing is, people's bodies
don't adapt that easily.
I mean they're actually,
if you think about it,
often sitting in an office,
at an office desk all day.
They may be using
a computer all day.
They may try and take exercise
breaks, but fundamentally,
if their commute is uncomfortable
on a hard seat as well,
it's just adding more insult
to injury, in a sense.
The train companies say these seats
have to meet the strict criteria set
by the Department for Transport,
and that means they have to meet
strict fire regulations
and be graffiti proof.
But others say what this is really
about is cost-cutting.
We will shortly be
arriving at Three Bridges.
Passengers have also complained
about a lack of legroom,
and with no plans to change
the cushioning, commuters will have
to get used to seats that one
compared to an ironing board.
Tom Edwards, BBC London News.
News that the Jamie Oliver
is selling his two London
steakhouses has shone a light
on the challenges facing
widely in the capital.
The TV chef is not alone
in having to cut costs,
with others in London claiming that
high rents and business rates
are forcing them to take drastic
measures or also face closure.
Chris Rogers reports.
Business has been good for the
owners of this restaurant in Hackney
but they are closing the restaurant
next week. Despite all the hard work
and awards, the rising costs of rent
and rates mean they need to start
again, with a new name and the
cheaper location of Shoreditch but
it comes at the cost of their
Frankly, the rents in
Shoreditch are cheaper for us, so
straightaway that is the reality of
what we are doing. As much as I love
this neighbourhood, I think it's a
business and we've got to do what's
They used to be a saying...
One restaurant opens, and one closes
every 24 hours. That is not the case
now. This is the latest London
restaurant to shut just in the last
few days, yet it isn't won a host of
awards, look at this. So what is
going on? One of the main issues is
there are simply too many
restaurants. Dozens are closing and
opening all the time. Add to that
the rising cost of food, the higher
minimum wage, week pound and Brexit
and you have the perfect storm
according to this restaurant owner
There is a shrinking
labour market because of issues with
Brexit and people not coming to the
UK, it is harder to employ. A lot of
the key positions, more senior
positions, having to pay way over
the odds to get people. It is just a
The bite of rising
costs is also felt by some of the
big chains, among them chef Jamie
Oliver. He is closing some of his
restaurants. His steakhouse in
Piccadilly was closed today. While
burger chain by Ronnie is to close
up to 20 restaurants. Announcements
like that are bound to shake the
confidence of the smaller London
I'm not going to tell
anyone not to open a restaurant,
but, you know, there is only so much
business out there and only so much
money to be had. I think this will
be a bloodbath, frankly, this year.
And that's always a necessary part
of the cycle of life.
say the winners will be bit cheaper
home delivery companies. A little
far-fetched perhaps, but as rising
rents cause restaurants to raise
their menu Costil close, the likes
of delivery route may be onto
something. -- the likes of Deliveroo
might be onto something.
Get rid of the NO Ball game signs,
give young people a say
in housing developments...
And offer them all 100
hours of work experience.
Those are just a few
of the suggestions from a new report
for Islington Council launched this
morning in its bid to put children
at the heart of decision
making in the borough.
Here's our Political
Correspondent Karl Mercer.
# Sometimes, I get a feeling...#
At 14, Keji can hold a tune.
Performing for political
leaders today, but should
she also be telling them
what she wants her local
area to look like?
Her local council thinks people
like Keji should be more involved.
A report it commission recommended
all under 18s should get 100
hours of work experience,
that things like no ball games signs
should be taken down and that young
people should be consulted on big
building projects in their area.
How are you going to get
it so we get the 100
hours work experience?
Will we be given it in school or do
will we have to go out and find it?
Will you put pressure on schools
in order for them to teach
during lessons and during school
time on how to manage
their money and understanding
the political system?
What actions do you expect the local
organisations to take
so that the Islington guarantee
for young people is put into place?
I'd like to know how you plan
to make use of the spaces around
the Islington community?
The report author, The Voice winner
and former pupil here,
Jermain Jackman, says he hopes
there will be action
and not just words.
It's happened time and again,
where people come to the community
and want to do something
and then they go.
I said, you know what,
this is not a PR ploy,
we're not going to use this
to try to win votes or anything,
we want to really make
change in our community,
we want to involve children
and young people in the process,
and everyone knows how difficult
I told the council, I told people,
I made a promise to people that
I'm serious about this.
I think there will be a bit of a row
when we suggest taking down the no
ball signs but it's a row worth
having, because we need to say
to young people that this borough,
this city belongs to them and it's
about their future and we need to
put ourselves firmly on their side.
The words are done, the song has
been sung, the hardest part -
delivering on those promises -
that is yet to come.
Karl Mercer, BBC London News.
The moment of Tom Parsons' sporting
Great Britain's first
Super Saturday for some
and a miserable Monday for others...
The highs and lows of the capital's
athletes at the Winter Games.
Now, in exactly three months' time,
there's the small matter...
Of a rather big wedding
taking place in Windsor.
While thousands will descend
on the town as Prince Harry
and Meghan Markle tie the knot,
some residents are moving out,
not least to make way for the
magnitude of the media moving in.
Sarah Harris has more.
Harry and Meghan have been coming
here since they started dating.
This romantic little getaway
outside of London...
The countdown is on in the USA
to the royal wedding
featuring their girl,
With the modern couple already
living and carrying out
interest in the May nuptials
is already at fever pitch
across the Atlantic.
Kate Wickers lives on Kings Road
in Windsor, where the wedding
carriage will process
after the ceremony.
With unparalleled views and some
neighbours being offered six-figure
sums for their properties to move
out during the week of the wedding,
she is negotiating
big bucks for hers.
Well, it's a little bit strange.
We got back from a few days away,
and there was a letter
from NBC waiting for us,
saying, we'd be interested
in renting your house,
and particularly the garden outside,
and so I called them
straightaway, and they were
here within 30 minutes.
I felt like they were probably in
the hotel opposite waiting for us.
And crawled up on the roof,
took pictures from various windows,
and said that they would be talking
to New York.
Just a quick look online
at the home rental site,
you can see there's an awful lot
of people living in and around
Windsor who are prepared to move out
during that wedding week so that
royal American fans can move in.
And you can see why this is such
a big deal to Americans.
Not only have you got the history
of Windsor and the castle
and the Royal Family,
but also you've got Meghan Markle.
She is not only American,
but she's already a big TV
star in her own right.
The small rooms above
the Horse and Groom pub
overlook the castle gates.
American TV giants have already
signed them up for the wedding week.
It's understood the asking price
was around £100,000.
This is really popular
with Americans because
of the vantage point,
and all of the history
there is with this old pub,
and it's a great vantage point,
because you'll be able to see
the royal wedding coming down.
For Windsor, the town
itself, the interest
from across the pond is welcome.
It's hoped it will encourage US
tourists to keep coming back.
The Americans have not been
coming in their numbers
for a number of years,
and of course, that
will reverse that trend.
There will be, I expect,
a lot of Americans coming to town.
I understand that all of the hotel
rooms are booked now.
And that you can't
get a room in town.
You can still get places out
of town, but it's going to be a huge
increase in footfall.
Negotiations are far from complete
with three months to go,
but vantage points for the Royal
wave are selling out fast,
with the Americans, it appears,
prepared to pay the most
for the best views in town.
BBC London News, Windsor.
To the drama now of
the Winter Olympics -
and how a Londoner clinched
the first medal for
Britain in South Korea.
There have been mixed
fortunes on the snow and ice
for the capital's athletes,
as Ena Miller can tell us from
the Snow Centre Hemel Hempstead.
The weekend has been a mix of highs
and lows for Team GB in South Korea,
but it's great news for the
Londoners Tom Parsons -- Tom
Parsons, who won a bronze medal in
the skeleton event. A British man
hasn't won a medal in that event for
many years. And there is the drawing
of Penny Coomes, whose career
everyone thought was over when she
shattered kneecap 15 months ago.
This weekend, she and her partner
Nick Butland have made it through to
the ice dance final, which is
tomorrow. Then Aimee Fuller, a
26-year-old snowboarder who grew up
near Bromley. There was hope she
would play is far higher in the big
air event, but she did not manage to
do a clear jump on her first
attempt, and in her second she
crashed out. She said she is gutted,
and tweeted pictures of the bruises
on her face. The UK isn't known for
its Alpine resort facilities. How do
youngsters learning and practising
here get inspired to eventually aim
for something like the Winter
Olympics? I have the managing
director of the centre. How do you
encourage these kids?
We have kids
coming from all over London to hear
and other facilities around the
area. Whether you come with the
School or your parents, there's all
number of facilities. Whether you
are skiing or snowboarding, whether
you wish to go into freestyle or
race, there's opportunities for
everyone. There's a sponsored
programmes where kids can move up to
more elite level.
You make it sound
quite easy. Is it as easy as that,
because everything isn't close to
Like any sport, if you learn
the basics and have instructors that
can inspire them and engage them...
Like any sport, once you get into
it, it takes dedication and time to
get up to the next level.
very much. I'm going to stay here
and see what other people are
getting up to. There's a lot more
events happening over the next few
weeks at the Olympics.
The stars were out for the Baftas
last night. Most of the guests
attending the event wore black in
support of the time is up and me to
campaign against sexual harassment.
Black dresses on the red carpet, all
part of the ongoing times up
campaign, aimed at fair treatment
for women. Two of the original
Dagenham girls, whose 1968 strike
action at Ford led to the equal pay
act, were there to.
everybody would have got their
rights by now, but unfortunately it
hasn't been like that.
big winner, three billboards, and
its star won best actress, Francis
I stand in full
solidarity with my sisters tonight
in the black. Power to the people.
The movie, which won a total of five
Baftas, including best film, has
struck a chord with audiences around
Hey, there, Mildred. Did
you pay a visit to the dentist
Best actor went to Gary
Oldman, who played Winston Churchill
in the World War II drama, Darkest
Hour. He paid tribute to his female
I love you. You have a
single vision and a full heart. They
were on display here. It best
director was won for the shape of
water, starring Sally Hawkins as a
woman in love with a mysterious
water creature. And the winner of
the rising star award was from
Britain. He paid tribute to one
I would like to
thank my mum. Mum, you're the reason
why I started, the reason why I'm
here, and the reason why I keep
For the past three years, the
Baftas and the Oscars haven't agreed
on Best picture, but this 2018 Oscar
race is the most open in years, and
with voting starting on the other
side of the Atlantic on Tuesday,
many will be saying that three
billboards' performance tonight
might give it the edge at the
Academy Awards in March.
Before we go to the weather, we were
hoping to speak to Jennifer Lawrence
on the red carpet, but she hasn't
turned up yet. But what we have got
for you, is the weather. After a
mild and sunny weekend, I'm not sure
what has happened!
We had a lot of cloud and rain on
and off through the afternoon.
Unfortunately, it looks as though
tomorrow is going to be the same.
But beyond that, from Wednesday
onwards, it looks like the weather
is going to improve a little bit.
Whether from pretty much installed
across eastern parts of the UK. This
is where it is right now. It will be
so slow to clear away from our part
of the world. It is clear parts of
this evening and overnight. A pretty
gloomy, drizzly, rainy night on the
way. Very mild out there. If you are
an early shift start, temperatures
first thing will be around 8
degrees. Tomorrow's weather, a few
glimmers of brightness towards the
north-west, perhaps in High Wycombe,
but spells of rain through the day.
Tomorrow is not going to be
uniformly grey and cloudy, as there
will be glimmers of brightness every
now and again. Wednesday looking a
lot better, a lot brighter, with
some hazy skies. The winds are
starting to shift direction, which
is a hint of things to come over the
next few days. Temperatures are
still around seven to 9 degrees on
Wednesday, but because of this area
of high pressure, we will start to
see this high-pressure extending.
Looks like we could get some
Siberian air coming our way. Those
temperatures dropping through the
rest of the week, the weekend and
into next week. By the time we get
into Wednesday, it could be barely
above freezing, so cold weather
rather than spring on the way. Back
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