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Tuesday next week, it will feel raw

with a biting wind.

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Leaking pipes, damp and mould,

tenants accused the council landlord

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of turning its back on them.

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On the road with the residents

in east London patrolling

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their streets after a spate

of violent burglaries.

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If we don't have the police,

somebody's got to look

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after the neighbourhood.

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And we don't have enough

police in the area.

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The Met says it understands

their concerns but warns people not

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to take the law into their own hands

and work with them.

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Also ahead this evening...

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Plus, animal charities rescue

a number of birds following an oil

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spill in the River Lea.

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# The only one who

could ever reach me

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# Was the son of a preacher man

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And as Dusty Springfield's songs

return to the stage,

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we hear about the star's west

London roots.

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A very warm welcome

to BBC London News.

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The families living in a block

in north London who say they've

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endured months of awful living

conditions - mould, damp

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and water running down walls.

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And say it's now

affecting their health.

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They feel the landlord -

Enfield council - has

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turned its back on them.

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It in turn has apologised

and rehoused some of the worst

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affected residents.

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Gareth Furby reports.

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Cianne Lindo is a mother of two, but

she says she has had to move out of

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their council flat because of

this... It's a water leak pouring

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onto the electric fuse box.

You can

see it going over the plug sockets

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and fuse box.

No one was

electrocuted but she says the

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Council only took her complaints

about damp and mould seriously when

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she showed them this recording.

I

just think it's absolutely awful.

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When I phoned the council I was told

it was sewage water. But I don't

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know where it's coming from.

Upstairs as well, there is mould in

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the bedrooms.

All on the ceiling.

And with conditions like this, it's

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no surprise in there have been some

visitors.

Yes, there are rats in

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this property.

And she's not the

only one with problems at this block

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in Edmonton.

I can't breathe in

here.

Husna Gurlek has also moved

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out.

Really strong smell.

This was

her ten-year-old daughter's bedroom.

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I have been living with these

conditions for exactly one year. The

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leaks, a horrible feeling,

depression. Sad.

There are 45 flats

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in this blog. We were shown poor

conditions in three. But some

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residents say almost every fat is

affected by damp. -- in this block.

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They believe their might be

something wrong with the block

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structure.

Pointing at this crack.

I'm certain there is subsidence and

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if the property is suffering with

subsidence then there is an issue

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there and they need to decant all

the residents and have a thorough

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investigation carried out.

Enfield

Council says it is working hard to

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find out whether water is coming

from. And if it is a problem with

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the whole block or just a few

properties. But it is proving

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difficult because the pipes all run

internally. The council says, we

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appreciate this is a distressing and

upsetting time for those residents

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affected and apologise

wholeheartedly for the delay in

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resolving this matter. For now, the

two mothers have been moved to

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separate rooms in the same hotel. It

may be dry with no mould, but with

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their children, it is very cramped

and they want a solution soon.

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Coming up later in the programme...

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Tickets, dinners and trips abroad -

the Tory councillor under fire

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for perks he's been given as gifts.

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A controversial move but once

residents in east London say they

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have been forced to take. The group

then Redbridge have been patrolling

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the streets after a spate of violent

burglaries and they say a lack of

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action from police.

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Hundreds of people have signed up

to the group in Redbridge -

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but the police have warned them

against taking matters

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into their own hands.

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Anna O'Neill reports.

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A violent attack on a family home in

Redbridge at 630 in the evening.

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Last month a gang stole money,

jewellery and a car and left the

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17-year-old son with a knife wound

to the head.

We are here with the

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driver on patrol.

Residents say they

don't have enough police, so

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hundreds of locals have got together

to set up their own unauthorised

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patrols.

All we have is a group of

250 members. If we see anything

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suspicious...

Sorry to interrupt.

I

spoke to those lads. There are three

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of them.

There are a few of them

walking really strange in the

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Avenue.

A few moments later they are

nowhere to be found.

They were seen

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on the road looking at people's

houses. And taking photos.

Taking

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photos?!

Is that what is meant by

walking suspiciously?

Yeah.

As soon

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as they walked in, I had that

sinking feeling. I opened the

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bedroom door, it was wide open, and

everything from my cupboard,

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everything was on the floor, on the

bed.

This woman was also burgled

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last month, as were a number of her

friends.

The police have come in,

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and the effectively blamed me for

everything. Why did you turn the

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lights out, why did you leave the

curtain open and the TV on?

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Burglaries have doubled in the

borough in a last 16 months.

Two

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days ago we were on a 999 call, and

it took two minutes to get through

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to the police and two hours for you

to come out.

I can't personally see

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as taking the law into our own

hands. But again, we don't want to

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have to do this. We are all working

people. If there were enough police

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officers on the road then I wouldn't

want to be on patrol, I would want

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to be at home.

I think it's totally

justified because police numbers

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have gone down. I think the last

statistics are they are down to 1985

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level, and with Redbridge being the

second fastest growing borough, per

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capita we do not have enough

policemen and residents have every

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right to be unhappy.

I have been

sleeping with the telephone under my

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pillow. Every now and then I get up

and I'm really scared and I check if

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somebody is on patrol and I feel OK

about police are launching a street

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watch scheme later month where local

patrols are trained under their

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guidance.

Police say they admire the

community spirit in the area but

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want to make sure the patrols remain

in the law.

They shouldn't have to

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feel like this.

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Let's pick up on with more

on what the police are saying.

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Alpa Patel is Scotland Yard.

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And it's not the first time we've

heard of people forming

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neighbourhood safety groups?

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We also know of similar groups in

Wickford and Romford. Those groups

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say they were forced into organising

themselves in order to protect their

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communities. The fear of crimes in

some of these neighbourhoods is very

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real. Taking the London Borough of

Redbridge where the report was

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filmed, burglary has doubled within

a six-month period. From 122

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burglaries in July of 2017 to 256

burglaries in December of 2017.

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Residents in Ilford say they believe

that rise is directly linked to cuts

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in policing. They say they cannot

rely on the police to tackle

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burglary in their area. The police

are saying that they don't want

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people to take the law into their

own hands. They want people to work

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with them. They say they have

launched these official schemes in

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several areas which provide official

training, high visibility vests for

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instance. And a specially dedicated

liaison officer. What those official

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groups do is allow them to separate

the criminals to the people who can

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help them. That helps them tackle

crime, they say.

Apologies for the

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glitch on the sound, but we heard

what he was saying.

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A woman from West London has been

spared jail after pushing

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an off-duty police officer

onto a tube line after he told

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her to "calm down".

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30-year-old Paris Valeta Bregazzi

from Ealing was arguing

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with a friend on the platform

at Hangar Lane station when

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the officer intervened last July.

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The officer pushed her in the chest

after fearing for public safety.

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But Bregazzi, who'd recently

had breast surgery,

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shoved him onto the track.

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The judge at the Old Bailey told the

today that it was lucky the officer

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was not seriously hurt.

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Dozens of cases of so-called

"upskirting" were reported

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in the capital last year.

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The results of a Freedom

of Information request revealed

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that the Metropolitan Police dealt

with 21 cases.

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It's done when someone takes

a photo up the skirt

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of an unsuspecting person -

usually on a tube, train

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or even on the street.

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Campaigners are calling for urgent

changes to make it a specific

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criminal act alongside

other sexual offences.

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The UK's highest court has begun

hearing an appeal that

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could have a major impact

on the so-called "gig economy".

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The London company Pimlico Plumbers

is trying to overturn a ruling that

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had awarded one of its workers

employment rights such

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as holiday and sick pay -

even though he was on

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a "self-employed" contract.

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The appeal is likely

to take two weeks.

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Tickets, dinners and trips abroad -

just some of the 500 perks

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a Westminster councillor has

received over three years.

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They were all declared fully -

but he's now referred himself

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to the borough's monitoring board

after he was criticised for the

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gifts and hospitality he's received.

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Here's our Political

editor Tim Donovan.

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The application is

granted as advised.

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Shame on you.

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That was Robert Davis telling

an angry audience that his council

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was backing the Garden Bridge.

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For many years, he was

the councillor in charge

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of planning in Westminster,

overseeing the look and feel

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of the heart of the capital.

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He is now deputy leader.

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An analysis of council records shows

just how much entertainment,

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hospitality and gifts he's received.

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More than 500 occasions declared

on his register of interests

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in the last three years.

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It certainly proved to be a role

with the capacity for fine dining.

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Councillor Davis has declared 296

meals over the three-year period,

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including two here at the Ritz.

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And four occasions at one

of London's most exclusive

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restaurants, La Caprice.

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While this has been his

most regular haunt.

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He's been entertained 20 times

at this upmarket steak

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restaurant just up the road

from the council offices.

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Very clearly has an approach

we disagree with.

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We think it needs to change.

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And we want there to be higher

standards of transparency for anyone

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that has responsibility

for making planning decisions.

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Look, he's not broken the rules,

but the rules need to change.

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Rarely a week goes

by without some perk.

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Like 12 bottles of wine

received in 2015.

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Or tickets to Wimbledon

in July 2016.

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A few weeks later, lunch

with the theatre impresario

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Andrew Lloyd Webber at his

home in Mallorca.

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While more recently, last December,

he gets his hands on a much

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sought-after ticket to the musical

Hamilton.

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One industry body has entertained

Councillor Davis 15 times.

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But says it's open and transparent,

just a forum for discussing

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complex planning issues.

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There is no exchange of money.

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These are, every single event

that the Westminster Property

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Association has hosted,

has been for a politician

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or an officer both to actually speak

and engage and have a discussion

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on emerging policy,

which impacts central London,

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one of the most economically

productive parts of the UK.

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Robert Davis hasn't been speaking

publicly about this today.

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But this afternoon he said he had

referred himself to the town hall

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official who monitors

the conduct of councillors.

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He said in a statement,

"I'm absolutely clear I have

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not broken any rules.

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But given recent attention,

I believe this is the right step

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to take so that can be

shown to be the case,

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and to reassure residents."

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In the meantime, the council

is saying that as the chair

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of the country's biggest planning

authority, it's not surprising

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Councillor Davis had

so many meetings.

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Tim Donovan, BBC London news.

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Next - our second special report

looking at the state

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of London's prisons.

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Tonight, it's the prisoners serving

sentences with no release dates set.

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These tariffs were introduced 15

years ago to protect the public

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from dangerous criminals whose

crimes didn't warrant

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a life term behind bars.

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But these sentences were scrapped

six years ago. Family say they are

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affectively trapped behind bars with

no hope of release.

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It's like a living hell.

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When I'm out here trying

to keep him positive,

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and I'm falling down myself,

you know, I would want to give up.

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Anyone would want to.

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Jackie's partner Martin has been

in prison for 13 years,

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he has no release date.

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He is one of thousands of people

given imprisonment for public

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protection sentences, or IPPs,

after being involved

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in an armed robbery.

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IPPs are indeterminate

sentences for those who pose

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a serious risk to society,

but don't warrant a life sentence.

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Introduced in 2003,

they were abolished

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by the government in 2012

for being inhumane, and some

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claim mentally tortuous.

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He's gone into a deep depression.

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He doesn't eat.

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He just sits there every day,

wishing to come out,

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and then become, like,

really badly into mental health,

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which is, like, so bad.

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I just can't see...

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Sorry...

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How they're going to fix it.

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Although there are no longer in use,

there are a number of people

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serving IPP sentences,

all of them must prove

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they're not a risk society

in order to walk free.

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Figures obtained by BBC London show

that last year there were 114

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prisoners in the capital

with IPP sentences.

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And of those, 98 had already

served their minimum term.

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Critics of the legislation say

although IPPs no longer exist,

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the law changed six years ago didn't

go far enough.

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It did half the job.

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It meant that nobody else

was going to receive

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that unjust sentence,

but what it didn't do was to deal

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with the problem of people serving

the sentence at the moment.

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And that means that,

for decades to come,

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there will be people serving

a sentence which we have decided was

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unjust and needed to be abolished.

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Although abolished in 2003,

some say it has left

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the government and prison service

with a difficult legacy.

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I think the problem that remains

following the abolition

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of the sentence is, in part,

the sense of injustice for

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the prisoners and their families,

that if this was so wrong that it be

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abolished, why are they remaining

on that sentence seems

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unclear and unfair.

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For the government, there is a real

problem with the labelling

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that these are labelled as dangerous

offenders, and so the government

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is very limited politically in terms

of what it can really seek to do.

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Equally, it must be recognised that

some of these individuals

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will be very dangerous.

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The government says:

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Despite fighting for Martin's

release for the last five years,

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Jackie says she won't give

up on him, even if it

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takes her a further five

to get her voice heard.

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It's really hard, because you know,

I'm going to keep being there,

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so I feel like I'm doing

the sentence with him.

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Charlotte Franks, BBC under News.

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Still to come before 7:00pm...

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60s icon Dusty Springfield as her

songs returned to the stage, we hear

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about her West London routes.

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A large oil spill has

spread for miles along

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a North London river.

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It's believed to have started last

week in the River Lea,

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but today environmental officers

confirmed they have

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struggled to contain it.

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Animal charities say

they have rescued a number

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of birds from the waterway

after they were coated in oil.

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Thomas Magill has more.

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The latest rescue on the River Lea.

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These are just some swans volunteers

are hoping to save after a big oil

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slick was discovered ten days ago.

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We're at Tottenham Hale...

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It's not the first time

Steve Knight has been here,

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he rescued these swans

from the same spot last Sunday.

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He says, this latest news

doesn't surprise him.

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It's been going on

for over 20 years.

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This is probably the most

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polluted a river in the country,

and it's in London.

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And it's a disgrace,

to be quite honest with you.

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The River Lea is actually a canal

managed by the Canal

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and Rivers Trust.

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They closed some of the locks

and installed booms to try

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to contain the pollution once

it was discovered last week.

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This in context is a large one.

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We've actually had to close

the river, so boats can't move along

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the course of the river,

to stop the spread of the oil.

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So it's pretty massive for

the comparison of times before, yes.

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The Environment Agency have launched

an investigation into how this

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could have happened, and have begun

cleaning up what they can.

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The workers here have spent

some time scooping up

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black, thick oil into bags.

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It's not just at this point,

Tottenham Lock 17, where this

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exists, the oil slick runs

in both directions for five miles

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along the River Lea.

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All right darling.

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For Steve and those that

rescue birds in danger,

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they say it's unlikely this will be

the last visit they make

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to the River Lea.

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And as for those recovered

last Sunday, they're

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getting 5-star treatment

at the Swan Sanctuary in Shepperton.

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How bad was this bird when it first

came in?

He was black when he first

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came in. They pretty much all were.

They were pretty badly covered in

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oil, not wanting to go into the

water, because it makes them too

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heavy.

The volunteers here say the

birds' recovery can take a long

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time, but they are enjoying some

TLC.

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Tonight, it's no ordinary

match at Stamford Bridge.

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Because Chelsea are up against one

of the giants of European football -

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Barcelona, who have one

of the greatest players of all time.

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We can talk to Chris Slegg

ahead of the game,

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so a walk in the park then Chris?

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Yeah, the Chelsea manager, Antonio

Conte, says he has been getting

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sleepless nights ahead of the

fixture, which shows the size of the

0:19:330:19:36

task ahead. What a night in

prospect, because Chelsea and

0:19:360:19:40

Barcelona have served up some of the

greatest nights in Champions League

0:19:400:19:45

history, albeit admittedly neither

at the heights they were at the turn

0:19:450:19:48

of the decade. But so much talent

causing through both these teams.

0:19:480:19:54

Barcelona, in particular, they have

the former Liverpool forward Luis

0:19:540:19:58

Suarez upfront, great players in

midfield like Andres Iniesta and

0:19:580:20:03

Sergio Busquets. And as you

mentioned there, one of the games

0:20:030:20:08

true greats, Leo Messi. He is 30

years old now, but he is still

0:20:080:20:13

banging goals in, 27 goals in all

competitions this season. He has

0:20:130:20:18

been voted world Player of the Year

on no fewer than five occasions, and

0:20:180:20:24

the Chelsea manager Antonio Conte

knows that his team are up against a

0:20:240:20:27

truly special player.

0:20:270:20:30

You are talking about the best

player in the world.

0:20:300:20:36

Messi has the capacity to create

a chance when you are not seeing

0:20:360:20:39

the chance to score.

0:20:390:20:41

This means that this player

we are talking about,

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is a fantastic player.

0:20:440:20:47

Chris, what is the feeling about

Chelsea's chances, then?

Nervous

0:20:470:20:52

excitement, really. We have to

remember, Chelsea do have a very

0:20:520:20:57

good record against Barcelona, they

haven't lost any of the most recent

0:20:570:21:03

seven meetings against them, and

also, we talk about Leo Messi's

0:21:030:21:07

talents, but he has failed to score

against Chelsea in all eight games

0:21:070:21:10

he has played against them. He has

never played any team that often

0:21:100:21:14

without scoring a single goal.

Barcelona, though, are the team in

0:21:140:21:18

form, seven points clear at the top

of La Liga, unbeaten in their

0:21:180:21:23

domestic league. Chelsea have only

won four of their last 12. They have

0:21:230:21:29

picked up recently, beating West

Brom last week and Hull in the FA

0:21:290:21:32

Cup on Friday night. But this, of

course, is a step up from that.

0:21:320:21:38

Chelsea will have to be at their

best tonight, and again in the

0:21:380:21:40

second leg in three weeks' time when

they head out to Catalunya. If they

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don't emit it through to the

quarterfinals of the Champions

0:21:480:21:50

League. But so much to look forward

to tonight. The last time Chelsea

0:21:500:21:55

met Barcelona, they got a famous win

in the semifinals in 2012, and went

0:21:550:21:59

on to actually win the competition.

So who knows Chris backpacks for

0:21:590:22:03

them and their fans, a good omen

there.

A big game and big hopes.

0:22:030:22:07

Thanks very much indeed.

0:22:070:22:10

Now to a legend.

0:22:110:22:13

Growing up in Ealing,

she was known as Mary O'Brien.

0:22:130:22:17

But to the rest of the world

she was Dusty Springfield -

0:22:170:22:24

international singing star

of the swinging 60s with hits

0:22:240:22:26

like 'Son of a Preacher Man'

and You Don't Have to Say You Love

0:22:260:22:29

Me'.

0:22:290:22:32

Now, an Eastender has the challenge

to bring the west Londoner's

0:22:320:22:35

songs back to life.

Helen Drew has more.

0:22:350:22:37

# Billy Ray was a preacher's Son

0:22:370:22:38

# When they gathered

round and started talking...#

0:22:380:22:40

The stunning voice that,

in the 1960s, took a girl born

0:22:400:22:43

in London and brought her

to the attention of the world.

0:22:430:22:50

# The only one who could

ever reach me

0:22:500:23:00

# Was the son of a preacher man

0:23:030:23:05

# The only one who could ever

0:23:050:23:10

# Was the son

of a preacher man

0:23:100:23:18

# Yes, he was

0:23:180:23:22

# He was

0:23:220:23:27

# Oh, yes, he was #

0:23:270:23:28

The year Dusty

recorded a son of a preacher man

0:23:280:23:31

she moved to this house here,

just around the corner

0:23:310:23:34

from Holland Park Station,

where she lived until the early 70s.

0:23:340:23:36

Rewind a fewyears,

and before she became famous,

0:23:360:23:38

she worked here on Ealing Broadway,

in what at the time was a record

0:23:380:23:41

shop called Squires.

0:23:410:23:43

And now there's a musical called

Son Of A Preacher Man featuring

0:23:430:23:45

Dusty's songs about to start

ex-EastEnder and singer Michelle

0:23:450:23:47

Gayle, she listened to

a lot of Dusty growing up.

0:23:470:23:50

I can definitely say

in this West Indian household,

0:23:500:23:52

she was very popular.

0:23:520:23:53

So she definitely crossed over

all cultures and creeds,

0:23:530:23:55

and of course, let's not forget

that LGBT, which is a big

0:23:550:23:58

movement now, but then,

you were very much in a cupboard,

0:23:580:24:01

you had to keep that in a closet.

0:24:010:24:03

And she was probably one

of the first people of her time

0:24:030:24:05

to speak what openly

about her sexuality.

0:24:050:24:07

The musical set in the swinging

60s used and is based

0:24:070:24:10

on a fictional preacher man

that owns a Soho club.

0:24:100:24:12

# When I said I needed you

0:24:130:24:14

# You said you would always stay...#

0:24:140:24:18

My mum is a huge Dusty fan,

so You Don't Have To Say

0:24:180:24:22

You Love Me is actually

one of her favourite songs,

0:24:220:24:24

so it brought a tear to her eye

when she heard me recording it.

0:24:240:24:27

# I only want to be with you

0:24:270:24:29

# I said no matter,

no matter what you do

0:24:290:24:31

# I only want to be with you.#

0:24:310:24:35

Son Of A Preacher Man is touring

and comes to Woking in April.

0:24:350:24:38

Helen Drew, BBC London News.

0:24:380:24:41

A lot of swaying in here.

0:24:440:24:46

Let's get a check on

the weather, shall we?

0:24:460:24:49

Wishing and hoping for a bit of

whether?

0:24:490:24:53

There is a lot of talk at the moment

about an impending big freeze. There

0:24:550:25:02

is colder weather, for sure, heading

our way, but it is not going to

0:25:020:25:06

happen in the next few days. The

next two, three, four days, it will

0:25:060:25:10

be a gradual drop in temperature,

but nothing too dramatic. The

0:25:100:25:15

weather will be decent, a lot of

bright weather. Tomorrow will be

0:25:150:25:18

even brighter than today, because

today wasn't that great. A fair

0:25:180:25:22

amount of cloud, sunshine thrown in,

and if anything, it got a little on

0:25:220:25:27

the wet side in the second half of

the day. You can see on the edge of

0:25:270:25:31

the map, a bit of blue over London,

which meant it was the only part of

0:25:310:25:35

the UK that got some decent rain at

least for a time. Let's see what is

0:25:350:25:40

happening in the next few hours. The

wind is starting to shift in

0:25:400:25:44

direction, coming out of the North

East, and will eventually come out

0:25:440:25:50

of the East. Once they set in, they

are here to stay. This time of the

0:25:500:25:54

year, when wind is possessed in the

blowing from the east Day after day,

0:25:540:25:58

after day after day, and they will

be blowing from the East for a long

0:25:580:26:02

time, it will gradually get colder.

But with that cold air comes a lot

0:26:020:26:06

of dry air, so no rain in the

forecast. The only thing we will

0:26:060:26:11

have tomorrow and the next few days

is cloud floating around. A look at

0:26:110:26:14

Thursday. Blowing like little

insects, white arrows if you can see

0:26:140:26:20

them, blowing straight out of the

East. That is a cold direction. On

0:26:200:26:24

Thursday, it will get much colder in

the continent as we start to see

0:26:240:26:30

cold air blowing out, first out of

Scandinavia, and next week it will

0:26:300:26:34

blow possibly straight out of

Siberia. It is too early to say we

0:26:340:26:39

will see very cold weather, but one

thing is for sure, those

0:26:390:26:44

temperatures will dip away, and

there is a risk of snow next week.

0:26:440:26:48

Recapping the main headlines:

0:26:510:26:53

Oxfam has revealed that 26 cases

of alleged sexual misconduct

0:26:530:26:55

are being investigated

as a result of claims being made

0:26:550:26:58

about its staff in Haiti.

0:26:580:27:03

Senior executives from the charity

have said 7000 people had

0:27:030:27:05

stopped their donations

in the past ten days.

0:27:050:27:09

Syrian activists say that more

than 100 people have been killed

0:27:090:27:12

after government forces

stepped up their bombardment

0:27:120:27:13

of Eastern Ghouta.

0:27:130:27:15

The UN have called for

an immediate ceasefire.

0:27:150:27:18

The Brexit Secretary has attempted

to play down concerns that Britain

0:27:180:27:20

will focus on a drive

for deregulation when it

0:27:200:27:22

leaves the European Union.

0:27:230:27:26

David Davis said Britain

wanted to lead a global race

0:27:260:27:29

to the top in standards,

not a "competitive

0:27:290:27:30

race to the bottom".

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That's it for now,

thanks for joining us.

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I'll be back with the latest

during the 10 o'clock news.

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Do have a lovely evening.

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