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Tuesday next week, it will feel raw
with a biting wind.
Leaking pipes, damp and mould,
tenants accused the council landlord
of turning its back on them.
On the road with the residents
in east London patrolling
their streets after a spate
of violent burglaries.
If we don't have the police,
somebody's got to look
after the neighbourhood.
And we don't have enough
police in the area.
The Met says it understands
their concerns but warns people not
to take the law into their own hands
and work with them.
Also ahead this evening...
Plus, animal charities rescue
a number of birds following an oil
spill in the River Lea.
# The only one who
could ever reach me
# Was the son of a preacher man
And as Dusty Springfield's songs
return to the stage,
we hear about the star's west
A very warm welcome
to BBC London News.
The families living in a block
in north London who say they've
endured months of awful living
conditions - mould, damp
and water running down walls.
And say it's now
affecting their health.
They feel the landlord -
Enfield council - has
turned its back on them.
It in turn has apologised
and rehoused some of the worst
Gareth Furby reports.
Cianne Lindo is a mother of two, but
she says she has had to move out of
their council flat because of
this... It's a water leak pouring
onto the electric fuse box.
see it going over the plug sockets
and fuse box.
No one was
electrocuted but she says the
Council only took her complaints
about damp and mould seriously when
she showed them this recording.
just think it's absolutely awful.
When I phoned the council I was told
it was sewage water. But I don't
know where it's coming from.
Upstairs as well, there is mould in
All on the ceiling.
And with conditions like this, it's
no surprise in there have been some
Yes, there are rats in
And she's not the
only one with problems at this block
I can't breathe in
Husna Gurlek has also moved
Really strong smell.
her ten-year-old daughter's bedroom.
I have been living with these
conditions for exactly one year. The
leaks, a horrible feeling,
There are 45 flats
in this blog. We were shown poor
conditions in three. But some
residents say almost every fat is
affected by damp. -- in this block.
They believe their might be
something wrong with the block
Pointing at this crack.
I'm certain there is subsidence and
if the property is suffering with
subsidence then there is an issue
there and they need to decant all
the residents and have a thorough
investigation carried out.
Council says it is working hard to
find out whether water is coming
from. And if it is a problem with
the whole block or just a few
properties. But it is proving
difficult because the pipes all run
internally. The council says, we
appreciate this is a distressing and
upsetting time for those residents
affected and apologise
wholeheartedly for the delay in
resolving this matter. For now, the
two mothers have been moved to
separate rooms in the same hotel. It
may be dry with no mould, but with
their children, it is very cramped
and they want a solution soon.
Coming up later in the programme...
Tickets, dinners and trips abroad -
the Tory councillor under fire
for perks he's been given as gifts.
A controversial move but once
residents in east London say they
have been forced to take. The group
then Redbridge have been patrolling
the streets after a spate of violent
burglaries and they say a lack of
action from police.
Hundreds of people have signed up
to the group in Redbridge -
but the police have warned them
against taking matters
into their own hands.
Anna O'Neill reports.
A violent attack on a family home in
Redbridge at 630 in the evening.
Last month a gang stole money,
jewellery and a car and left the
17-year-old son with a knife wound
to the head.
We are here with the
driver on patrol.
Residents say they
don't have enough police, so
hundreds of locals have got together
to set up their own unauthorised
All we have is a group of
250 members. If we see anything
Sorry to interrupt.
spoke to those lads. There are three
There are a few of them
walking really strange in the
A few moments later they are
nowhere to be found.
They were seen
on the road looking at people's
houses. And taking photos.
Is that what is meant by
as they walked in, I had that
sinking feeling. I opened the
bedroom door, it was wide open, and
everything from my cupboard,
everything was on the floor, on the
This woman was also burgled
last month, as were a number of her
The police have come in,
and the effectively blamed me for
everything. Why did you turn the
lights out, why did you leave the
curtain open and the TV on?
Burglaries have doubled in the
borough in a last 16 months.
days ago we were on a 999 call, and
it took two minutes to get through
to the police and two hours for you
to come out.
I can't personally see
as taking the law into our own
hands. But again, we don't want to
have to do this. We are all working
people. If there were enough police
officers on the road then I wouldn't
want to be on patrol, I would want
to be at home.
I think it's totally
justified because police numbers
have gone down. I think the last
statistics are they are down to 1985
level, and with Redbridge being the
second fastest growing borough, per
capita we do not have enough
policemen and residents have every
right to be unhappy.
I have been
sleeping with the telephone under my
pillow. Every now and then I get up
and I'm really scared and I check if
somebody is on patrol and I feel OK
about police are launching a street
watch scheme later month where local
patrols are trained under their
Police say they admire the
community spirit in the area but
want to make sure the patrols remain
in the law.
They shouldn't have to
feel like this.
Let's pick up on with more
on what the police are saying.
Alpa Patel is Scotland Yard.
And it's not the first time we've
heard of people forming
neighbourhood safety groups?
We also know of similar groups in
Wickford and Romford. Those groups
say they were forced into organising
themselves in order to protect their
communities. The fear of crimes in
some of these neighbourhoods is very
real. Taking the London Borough of
Redbridge where the report was
filmed, burglary has doubled within
a six-month period. From 122
burglaries in July of 2017 to 256
burglaries in December of 2017.
Residents in Ilford say they believe
that rise is directly linked to cuts
in policing. They say they cannot
rely on the police to tackle
burglary in their area. The police
are saying that they don't want
people to take the law into their
own hands. They want people to work
with them. They say they have
launched these official schemes in
several areas which provide official
training, high visibility vests for
instance. And a specially dedicated
liaison officer. What those official
groups do is allow them to separate
the criminals to the people who can
help them. That helps them tackle
crime, they say.
Apologies for the
glitch on the sound, but we heard
what he was saying.
A woman from West London has been
spared jail after pushing
an off-duty police officer
onto a tube line after he told
her to "calm down".
30-year-old Paris Valeta Bregazzi
from Ealing was arguing
with a friend on the platform
at Hangar Lane station when
the officer intervened last July.
The officer pushed her in the chest
after fearing for public safety.
But Bregazzi, who'd recently
had breast surgery,
shoved him onto the track.
The judge at the Old Bailey told the
today that it was lucky the officer
was not seriously hurt.
Dozens of cases of so-called
"upskirting" were reported
in the capital last year.
The results of a Freedom
of Information request revealed
that the Metropolitan Police dealt
with 21 cases.
It's done when someone takes
a photo up the skirt
of an unsuspecting person -
usually on a tube, train
or even on the street.
Campaigners are calling for urgent
changes to make it a specific
criminal act alongside
other sexual offences.
The UK's highest court has begun
hearing an appeal that
could have a major impact
on the so-called "gig economy".
The London company Pimlico Plumbers
is trying to overturn a ruling that
had awarded one of its workers
employment rights such
as holiday and sick pay -
even though he was on
a "self-employed" contract.
The appeal is likely
to take two weeks.
Tickets, dinners and trips abroad -
just some of the 500 perks
a Westminster councillor has
received over three years.
They were all declared fully -
but he's now referred himself
to the borough's monitoring board
after he was criticised for the
gifts and hospitality he's received.
Here's our Political
editor Tim Donovan.
The application is
granted as advised.
Shame on you.
That was Robert Davis telling
an angry audience that his council
was backing the Garden Bridge.
For many years, he was
the councillor in charge
of planning in Westminster,
overseeing the look and feel
of the heart of the capital.
He is now deputy leader.
An analysis of council records shows
just how much entertainment,
hospitality and gifts he's received.
More than 500 occasions declared
on his register of interests
in the last three years.
It certainly proved to be a role
with the capacity for fine dining.
Councillor Davis has declared 296
meals over the three-year period,
including two here at the Ritz.
And four occasions at one
of London's most exclusive
restaurants, La Caprice.
While this has been his
most regular haunt.
He's been entertained 20 times
at this upmarket steak
restaurant just up the road
from the council offices.
Very clearly has an approach
we disagree with.
We think it needs to change.
And we want there to be higher
standards of transparency for anyone
that has responsibility
for making planning decisions.
Look, he's not broken the rules,
but the rules need to change.
Rarely a week goes
by without some perk.
Like 12 bottles of wine
received in 2015.
Or tickets to Wimbledon
in July 2016.
A few weeks later, lunch
with the theatre impresario
Andrew Lloyd Webber at his
home in Mallorca.
While more recently, last December,
he gets his hands on a much
sought-after ticket to the musical
One industry body has entertained
Councillor Davis 15 times.
But says it's open and transparent,
just a forum for discussing
complex planning issues.
There is no exchange of money.
These are, every single event
that the Westminster Property
Association has hosted,
has been for a politician
or an officer both to actually speak
and engage and have a discussion
on emerging policy,
which impacts central London,
one of the most economically
productive parts of the UK.
Robert Davis hasn't been speaking
publicly about this today.
But this afternoon he said he had
referred himself to the town hall
official who monitors
the conduct of councillors.
He said in a statement,
"I'm absolutely clear I have
not broken any rules.
But given recent attention,
I believe this is the right step
to take so that can be
shown to be the case,
and to reassure residents."
In the meantime, the council
is saying that as the chair
of the country's biggest planning
authority, it's not surprising
Councillor Davis had
so many meetings.
Tim Donovan, BBC London news.
Next - our second special report
looking at the state
of London's prisons.
Tonight, it's the prisoners serving
sentences with no release dates set.
These tariffs were introduced 15
years ago to protect the public
from dangerous criminals whose
crimes didn't warrant
a life term behind bars.
But these sentences were scrapped
six years ago. Family say they are
affectively trapped behind bars with
no hope of release.
It's like a living hell.
When I'm out here trying
to keep him positive,
and I'm falling down myself,
you know, I would want to give up.
Anyone would want to.
Jackie's partner Martin has been
in prison for 13 years,
he has no release date.
He is one of thousands of people
given imprisonment for public
protection sentences, or IPPs,
after being involved
in an armed robbery.
IPPs are indeterminate
sentences for those who pose
a serious risk to society,
but don't warrant a life sentence.
Introduced in 2003,
they were abolished
by the government in 2012
for being inhumane, and some
claim mentally tortuous.
He's gone into a deep depression.
He doesn't eat.
He just sits there every day,
wishing to come out,
and then become, like,
really badly into mental health,
which is, like, so bad.
I just can't see...
How they're going to fix it.
Although there are no longer in use,
there are a number of people
serving IPP sentences,
all of them must prove
they're not a risk society
in order to walk free.
Figures obtained by BBC London show
that last year there were 114
prisoners in the capital
with IPP sentences.
And of those, 98 had already
served their minimum term.
Critics of the legislation say
although IPPs no longer exist,
the law changed six years ago didn't
go far enough.
It did half the job.
It meant that nobody else
was going to receive
that unjust sentence,
but what it didn't do was to deal
with the problem of people serving
the sentence at the moment.
And that means that,
for decades to come,
there will be people serving
a sentence which we have decided was
unjust and needed to be abolished.
Although abolished in 2003,
some say it has left
the government and prison service
with a difficult legacy.
I think the problem that remains
following the abolition
of the sentence is, in part,
the sense of injustice for
the prisoners and their families,
that if this was so wrong that it be
abolished, why are they remaining
on that sentence seems
unclear and unfair.
For the government, there is a real
problem with the labelling
that these are labelled as dangerous
offenders, and so the government
is very limited politically in terms
of what it can really seek to do.
Equally, it must be recognised that
some of these individuals
will be very dangerous.
The government says:
Despite fighting for Martin's
release for the last five years,
Jackie says she won't give
up on him, even if it
takes her a further five
to get her voice heard.
It's really hard, because you know,
I'm going to keep being there,
so I feel like I'm doing
the sentence with him.
Charlotte Franks, BBC under News.
Still to come before 7:00pm...
60s icon Dusty Springfield as her
songs returned to the stage, we hear
about her West London routes.
A large oil spill has
spread for miles along
a North London river.
It's believed to have started last
week in the River Lea,
but today environmental officers
confirmed they have
struggled to contain it.
Animal charities say
they have rescued a number
of birds from the waterway
after they were coated in oil.
Thomas Magill has more.
The latest rescue on the River Lea.
These are just some swans volunteers
are hoping to save after a big oil
slick was discovered ten days ago.
We're at Tottenham Hale...
It's not the first time
Steve Knight has been here,
he rescued these swans
from the same spot last Sunday.
He says, this latest news
doesn't surprise him.
It's been going on
for over 20 years.
This is probably the most
polluted a river in the country,
and it's in London.
And it's a disgrace,
to be quite honest with you.
The River Lea is actually a canal
managed by the Canal
and Rivers Trust.
They closed some of the locks
and installed booms to try
to contain the pollution once
it was discovered last week.
This in context is a large one.
We've actually had to close
the river, so boats can't move along
the course of the river,
to stop the spread of the oil.
So it's pretty massive for
the comparison of times before, yes.
The Environment Agency have launched
an investigation into how this
could have happened, and have begun
cleaning up what they can.
The workers here have spent
some time scooping up
black, thick oil into bags.
It's not just at this point,
Tottenham Lock 17, where this
exists, the oil slick runs
in both directions for five miles
along the River Lea.
All right darling.
For Steve and those that
rescue birds in danger,
they say it's unlikely this will be
the last visit they make
to the River Lea.
And as for those recovered
last Sunday, they're
getting 5-star treatment
at the Swan Sanctuary in Shepperton.
How bad was this bird when it first
He was black when he first
came in. They pretty much all were.
They were pretty badly covered in
oil, not wanting to go into the
water, because it makes them too
The volunteers here say the
birds' recovery can take a long
time, but they are enjoying some
Tonight, it's no ordinary
match at Stamford Bridge.
Because Chelsea are up against one
of the giants of European football -
Barcelona, who have one
of the greatest players of all time.
We can talk to Chris Slegg
ahead of the game,
so a walk in the park then Chris?
Yeah, the Chelsea manager, Antonio
Conte, says he has been getting
sleepless nights ahead of the
fixture, which shows the size of the
task ahead. What a night in
prospect, because Chelsea and
Barcelona have served up some of the
greatest nights in Champions League
history, albeit admittedly neither
at the heights they were at the turn
of the decade. But so much talent
causing through both these teams.
Barcelona, in particular, they have
the former Liverpool forward Luis
Suarez upfront, great players in
midfield like Andres Iniesta and
Sergio Busquets. And as you
mentioned there, one of the games
true greats, Leo Messi. He is 30
years old now, but he is still
banging goals in, 27 goals in all
competitions this season. He has
been voted world Player of the Year
on no fewer than five occasions, and
the Chelsea manager Antonio Conte
knows that his team are up against a
truly special player.
You are talking about the best
player in the world.
Messi has the capacity to create
a chance when you are not seeing
the chance to score.
This means that this player
we are talking about,
is a fantastic player.
Chris, what is the feeling about
Chelsea's chances, then?
excitement, really. We have to
remember, Chelsea do have a very
good record against Barcelona, they
haven't lost any of the most recent
seven meetings against them, and
also, we talk about Leo Messi's
talents, but he has failed to score
against Chelsea in all eight games
he has played against them. He has
never played any team that often
without scoring a single goal.
Barcelona, though, are the team in
form, seven points clear at the top
of La Liga, unbeaten in their
domestic league. Chelsea have only
won four of their last 12. They have
picked up recently, beating West
Brom last week and Hull in the FA
Cup on Friday night. But this, of
course, is a step up from that.
Chelsea will have to be at their
best tonight, and again in the
second leg in three weeks' time when
they head out to Catalunya. If they
don't emit it through to the
quarterfinals of the Champions
League. But so much to look forward
to tonight. The last time Chelsea
met Barcelona, they got a famous win
in the semifinals in 2012, and went
on to actually win the competition.
So who knows Chris backpacks for
them and their fans, a good omen
A big game and big hopes.
Thanks very much indeed.
Now to a legend.
Growing up in Ealing,
she was known as Mary O'Brien.
But to the rest of the world
she was Dusty Springfield -
international singing star
of the swinging 60s with hits
like 'Son of a Preacher Man'
and You Don't Have to Say You Love
Now, an Eastender has the challenge
to bring the west Londoner's
songs back to life.
Helen Drew has more.
# Billy Ray was a preacher's Son
# When they gathered
round and started talking...#
The stunning voice that,
in the 1960s, took a girl born
in London and brought her
to the attention of the world.
# The only one who could
ever reach me
# Was the son of a preacher man
# The only one who could ever
# Was the son
of a preacher man
# Yes, he was
# He was
# Oh, yes, he was #
The year Dusty
recorded a son of a preacher man
she moved to this house here,
just around the corner
from Holland Park Station,
where she lived until the early 70s.
Rewind a fewyears,
and before she became famous,
she worked here on Ealing Broadway,
in what at the time was a record
shop called Squires.
And now there's a musical called
Son Of A Preacher Man featuring
Dusty's songs about to start
ex-EastEnder and singer Michelle
Gayle, she listened to
a lot of Dusty growing up.
I can definitely say
in this West Indian household,
she was very popular.
So she definitely crossed over
all cultures and creeds,
and of course, let's not forget
that LGBT, which is a big
movement now, but then,
you were very much in a cupboard,
you had to keep that in a closet.
And she was probably one
of the first people of her time
to speak what openly
about her sexuality.
The musical set in the swinging
60s used and is based
on a fictional preacher man
that owns a Soho club.
# When I said I needed you
# You said you would always stay...#
My mum is a huge Dusty fan,
so You Don't Have To Say
You Love Me is actually
one of her favourite songs,
so it brought a tear to her eye
when she heard me recording it.
# I only want to be with you
# I said no matter,
no matter what you do
# I only want to be with you.#
Son Of A Preacher Man is touring
and comes to Woking in April.
Helen Drew, BBC London News.
A lot of swaying in here.
Let's get a check on
the weather, shall we?
Wishing and hoping for a bit of
There is a lot of talk at the moment
about an impending big freeze. There
is colder weather, for sure, heading
our way, but it is not going to
happen in the next few days. The
next two, three, four days, it will
be a gradual drop in temperature,
but nothing too dramatic. The
weather will be decent, a lot of
bright weather. Tomorrow will be
even brighter than today, because
today wasn't that great. A fair
amount of cloud, sunshine thrown in,
and if anything, it got a little on
the wet side in the second half of
the day. You can see on the edge of
the map, a bit of blue over London,
which meant it was the only part of
the UK that got some decent rain at
least for a time. Let's see what is
happening in the next few hours. The
wind is starting to shift in
direction, coming out of the North
East, and will eventually come out
of the East. Once they set in, they
are here to stay. This time of the
year, when wind is possessed in the
blowing from the east Day after day,
after day after day, and they will
be blowing from the East for a long
time, it will gradually get colder.
But with that cold air comes a lot
of dry air, so no rain in the
forecast. The only thing we will
have tomorrow and the next few days
is cloud floating around. A look at
Thursday. Blowing like little
insects, white arrows if you can see
them, blowing straight out of the
East. That is a cold direction. On
Thursday, it will get much colder in
the continent as we start to see
cold air blowing out, first out of
Scandinavia, and next week it will
blow possibly straight out of
Siberia. It is too early to say we
will see very cold weather, but one
thing is for sure, those
temperatures will dip away, and
there is a risk of snow next week.
Recapping the main headlines:
Oxfam has revealed that 26 cases
of alleged sexual misconduct
are being investigated
as a result of claims being made
about its staff in Haiti.
Senior executives from the charity
have said 7000 people had
stopped their donations
in the past ten days.
Syrian activists say that more
than 100 people have been killed
after government forces
stepped up their bombardment
of Eastern Ghouta.
The UN have called for
an immediate ceasefire.
The Brexit Secretary has attempted
to play down concerns that Britain
will focus on a drive
for deregulation when it
leaves the European Union.
David Davis said Britain
wanted to lead a global race
to the top in standards,
not a "competitive
race to the bottom".
That's it for now,
thanks for joining us.
I'll be back with the latest
during the 10 o'clock news.
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