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Tonight on BBC London News.
Two young men are murdered
in separate knife attacks
within a mile of each
other in Camden.
A grieving mother says
the violence must stop.
Here in the community, concerns are
being raised about the safety of
young people with big questions
being asked as to how something like
this can be prevented from happening
again in the future. Also ahead:
Could London learn
from Norway when it
comes to improving our
prisons and rehabilitation.
We've a special report.
and more speed limits -
why the roads could be about to get
worse for drivers in the capital.
And the catwalk show
that lured the Queen
to London fashion week.
We speak to the designer
at his Peckham studio.
Good evening, welcome
to the programme.
Four stabbings in one day.
Two young lives lost.
They were murdered in
separate attacks in Camden.
One family - who's now lost two
sons to the violence -
has told BBC London they feel let
down by the police.
It once again tragically
highlights the growing problem
of knife crime in our city.
Today, the Met Commissioner said
"London must come together.
We will not police our way
out of this problem".
Let's get more from
Frankie McCamley, she's
in Belsize Park this evening.
Those four stabbings that took place
last night took place within the
space of just seven hours. I will
take you to the timeline of events.
The first on Kilburn Highroad -
a 40 year-old man stabbed
at around half past three.
He was airlifted to hospital
and is in a stable condition.
Then around 8.20pm yesterday evening
a 16-year-old was stabbed
on Aldenham Street -
he was taken to hospital
with non-life threatening injuries.
Ten minutes later
another teenager -
17-year-old Abdikarim Hassan
was fatally stabbed
on Bartholomew Road.
Then another death
less than two hours
after that - just after 10pm -
20-year-old Sadiq Adan Mohamed
was stabbed and killed
on Malden Road.
Later it emerged that his brother
had been killed just months earlier.
My colleague has been speaking to
He was my friend. He was
my son. He was a good man. I don't
know what happened last night, but
my son has died.
The last photo of
her son, Sadiq. When she received
the news she was already grieving,
she lost her other son, Mohammed,
five months ago, he was fatally
stabbed. And her nephew was also
stabbed to death four years before.
Why? A mother has lost two sons.
have lost two sons.
In five months.
And my sister's son.
You said they
were both good lads, educated.
Is there any chance they could have
had enemies, could have been
involved in gang culture of any
No, no, no. Do you think
enough is being done to tackle knife
No. In my borough, all of the boys
are carrying knives.
There's a lot
of lives here?
She is a mother
with an unimaginable loss. She
blames it on the knife culture in
the community which, she says, the
police have done little to tackle.
cannot sleep tonight. How can I...
What is your message to the people
who carry knives, who are intent on
using them, and use them on -- used
them on both of your sons, what is
your message as a mother who has
lost two sons to knife crime to
Please stop. No good,
knife, I don't like it. Please, I
beg you, anybody who has a nice,
stop, please. Please and please.
That was my colleague speaking to
Sadiq's mother, one of the victims
of last night's stabbings. Run the
corner this evening at a local
community centre they were meant to
be having a general meeting this
evening, but the local MP along with
the Met police have taken over half
an hour off that meeting to reassure
the public and answer any questions
they may have. I was speaking to the
leader of that community centre who
told me a little bit about how
people have been feeling over the
last 24 hours.
Varies tension. They
are worried. They are scared. --
among the community there is
tension. Everybody I have spoken to
is worried about their children. The
community needs to be reassured of
that. We need to do more and give
real solutions to ensure this
doesn't happen again.
The Metropolitan Police Commissioner
has today called for London to come
together here. Extra police officers
are said to be on the streets in
this area tonight. One car with four
armed people has been stopped
already this evening but clearly big
questions are being asked tonight.
How did this happen again and what
can be done to tackle this problem?
Understandable concern there -
what about preventing
this from happening.
Our Political Editor Tim Donovan
is here - no easy answers,
but what is being done?
Expressions of condolence and loss
across the board, not just the
commission, but the Mayor, the local
MP, the local council also
concerned, and the Home Office. The
Home Office reminding us that in the
spring the government is meant to be
coming out with its serious violent
strategy. Increasingly this is a
concern in the political sphere.
This is the underlying reason why.
In London, when you look at some of
the serious violence, last year over
14,000 knife crime offences. That is
up 27% in a year. One of the
reasons, we know they are conflicts,
some say it is about the lack of
resources, lack of police officers,
but others are aware that there are
other underlying causes. We met up
with a woman whose son, eight years
ago, was stabbed to death in north
London. Now she campaigned on the
issue. She is convinced about the
need for early intervention, social
workers, teachers, youth workers,
trying to spot those who will be
susceptible not to just being
victims but perpetrators.
It does bring all of the memories
back. Then you are sat thinking of a
mother who is going through what you
went through eight years ago. And
the fact that nothing's really
changed, and the situation is
actually getting worse, it is just
alarming. Very alarming for parents.
Heartbreaking and compelling -
how does that translate
into actual changes?
It is perplexing. To many people it
looks completely intractable. We
heard from the Deputy Commissioner
today, Craig Mackey, saying the Met
police have access to increasingly
sophisticated data where they are
hoping, to see the point in that
person and upbringing they are more
likely to be using a knife, carrying
a knife, in gangs, or groups of
people where they might be victims.
He says there is also international
comparisons now in the Western
world. He would say that violent
crime is going up in many of those
places, with a few exceptions. No
consolation for anybody. The
poignancy of a mother losing two
children is piling on the pressure
And unimaginable loss, too.
Thanks very much.
You're watching BBC
London News, coming up
later in the programme.
The actor going back to his London
roots to persuade young people
from disadvantaged backgrounds
to get into books.
Continuing our series
this week on the state
of London's prisons.
Tonight - can we learn from Norway?
They lock up half as many prisoners,
and have some of the lowest
re-offending rates in the world.
So should our prisons -
which are over-capacity
and under-staffed -
follow the Norwegian lead?
Marc Ashdown has
this special report.
Tor is a truck driver,
just finishing his daily shift
delivering goods around Trondheim,
he is also serving
five years in prison.
Towards the end of their sentence,
some prisoners can stay in this open
unit and get a job to help them
re-adjust when released.
It's easier for you when you come
out and you can be a better
neighbour, than if you come
from inside and start
to work the day after.
Inmates have to earn this,
all of them start their sentences
at one of 43 prisons across Norway.
The worst criminals like mass
murderer Anders Breivik are kept
in high security wings
and may never be released.
But for most, the road
to rehabilitation starts early.
Drug offenders like this
young man are offered
and trips out.
A few times a week and we are
outside the prison, actually,
playing football. And land hockey.
Instead of sitting inside doing
nothing. We work with the
progression of getting back into the
To that end there are
courses run by the local school or
training in mechanics and woodwork.
You have a piece of paper, telling
you what they are working with, what
training they have got. Hopefully it
will help them get a proper job when
they have done their time in prison.
Everything about life in this prison
is geared towards working with the
inmates, giving them all of the
support and tools they need to fully
rehabilitate so that when they do
get out of here there is far less
chance of them coming back. There is
also a women's wing. Staff and
prisoners are encouraged to mix.
Inmates are only actually locked in
their prison cells at night.
thinking about this movie prison.
But for a prison it is pretty good.
And you hope you get out and not
It's my first time and
it'll be my last time in prison.
has a smaller population but
comparatively Norway locks up half
as many people as Britain. Crime
rate and reoffending rates are
lower, too. The governor here says
they could -- we could learn from
Everybody has a right
to be together, be in a community
with other inmates. That is a basic
rule we must follow.
Stage two for
some prisoners is the other unit on
It's open. There are
no walls. It is invisible walls
Here they have even
more freedom and run a garden centre
on site open to the general public.
In 30 years they've had 1100 inmates
and five attempted escapes. They
look after the horses, as well?
We have inmates taking care of the
horses. They feel they get respect.
We believe in them. I know it is
cheaper to run an open prison
compared with maximum security
prison. We have all categories of
inmates here. We have all
If you want to do
something with your life, they are
working for you and try to find a
way, so you can come back to society
like a better person than you were
They have a saying in
prisons here, the only thing we take
away is someone's freedom, but
everything possible is done to help
them get it back and keep it. Mark
Ashdown, BBC News, Trondheim,
Next, it's not what
drivers want to hear.
Congestion and speed limits could be
about to get worse in the capital.
It's more than a war
of words between City Hall
and central government -
it's all about money.
As our Transport Correspondent
Tom Edwards explains.
Last night, teams were out repairing
the Euston underpass.
While this kind of safety
critical work will continue,
for the next two years
all non-essential repairs
on TfL's roads are on hold
due to a lack of money.
It could mean more speed and weight
restrictions for vehicles,
and more traffic jams.
Those who use the roads say
they are already in a bad way.
I have been a cab-driver
for 36 years.
In the last two years,
I've never known, you could never
imagine it would be 100 times worse.
Stressful, it's always
City Hall blames the government
for cutting the day to day operating
grant, and say the capital should
get a share of vehicle excise
duty that Londoners pay.
We've lost something
like 700 million annually
from the government grant.
Much of which are used
to go on to the roads.
And we think it is completely
unreasonable and unfair,
and the government needs
to understand there is a terrible
consequence if they let London's
drivers and London's economy down
by not helping London
run its roads properly.
TfL is facing challenges
to balance its budget.
It says it is delivering
efficiencies and investing
But the Mayor's opponent
blame his fares freeze which cost
£640 million over four years.
He has made some
really rash decisions.
He has employed people
when he did not need
to because of the unions.
He has cut fares when he didn't
need to, and starved
investment in transport.
Clearly it's extraordinary
a government is not funding public
transport in the capital city.
I think there is hardly any examples
of this across the world.
But when it comes down
to it it's also the Mayor
who is at fault here,
because he described TfL as a flabby
throughout the mayoral election,
but when it comes down to it
he needs to put as much money
as he can in to make sure
that the transport keeps
moving in London.
It's extremely unlikely
there will be any more funding
from the government.
Stuck in the middle
using deteriorating roads
the capital's drivers.
Tom Edwards, BBC London News.
Still to come this
I'm in Peckham speaking to a London
fashion designer who is behind some
of those and some crash helmets too.
And the look of the weather won't
change too much. Largely dry, some
sunshine, but the feel of the
weather - that is going to change. I
will have all the details the later
It began life as a parlour game
in Victorian England,
throughout the world.
We all know it as 'ping pong' -
and tomorrow for the first time
the The Table Tennis team World Cup
is being held here in the capital.
Chris Slegg is at
The Copper Box Arena -
and it must bring back memories
because millions watched the sport
during the London Olympics?
It was a real spectator hit at 2012.
We have the England men's team
warming up. There will be a hundred
men and women players from 16
countries. Over there we have the
French team going through their
final drills. England men and women
are not among the medal favourites,
but valuable experience for them. I
talked to two of the players from
the capital. I asked how they're
feeling before the World Cup.
excited, because we play the world's
best players and our family and
Getting to see the top
players is great and the place looks
amazing. I can't wait for it to
Are there nerves?
what this to lose?
I can grab a
world the England technical
director. Some people are sniffy
about table tennis as a sport, will
having a World Cup in London help
raise its profile?
Recommend to anybody to get down
here, there is still a few tickets
left, to see the best players in the
world and watch one of the fastest
reflex sports in the world and we
have both England teams represented,
the men and the women. A great
chance to see the best players in
In the Commonwealth Games
we did well in Glasgow, a clean
sweep in the mixed doubles, the Gold
Coast coming up in April, how many
medals can we win there?
We have to
wait and see. We have prepared for
all events, last time mixed doubles
was a big surprise. But we are
hoping, both teams will have a great
chance and doubles and mixed doubles
will be fighting again. So not going
to pick out a number. But we will be
competing in each event.
Hoping that England can do well in
Australia. Hopefully, who knows,
perhaps we can spring a surprise at
the team World Cup. If you want to
catch the tournament, there will be
coverage on the BBC web-site and the
BBC sport app. It started tomorrow
and runs until Sunday. Thank you.
From sport to the benefits
and joy of reading.
One London actor, who you might
recognise from The Walking Dead
and Line of Duty has been persuading
young people from disadvantaged
backgrounds to get into books.
Lennie James spent part
of his childhood in a home
before being fostered.
Sarah Harris has the story.
It is important to study.
in awe, children from one of the
poorest areas of London hearing from
a successful actor and writer about
how a love of books made him two he
is today. In his South London
children's home, Shakespeare was not
readily available and Lenny James
didn't consider himself a confident
reader until he was an adult.
a class at drama school, where the
job was to read out loud and you
would read out and hand it on. I
remember being in that class and
being petrified of when it was my
turn of that book being passed down
was like a ticking bomb. I knew by
the time I got it it would stumble
and make jokes or do stuff to cover
up. But it was that I wasn't
confident at it. I made myself get
I would be disappointed
if you couldn't tell me the
Best known for roles in
the walking dead, Lenny is backing
the campaign to get kids into books.
We are encouraging parents, we are
encouraging carers and the children
themselves to go into libraries and
to access those books. Pick that
first book from the shelf.
14-year-old students from Newham
have got the message even if they
won't necessarily be turning the
I think books just
help with not just your education,
but helps you, makes you who you
They could see themselves in
the characters and take inspiration.
We to read books, just not hard
Whatever form the books
take, this group of students are
sold on the idea of reading and are
keen to pass on the word.
it was the talk of
London Fashion Week.
The Queen's surprise visit -
and her first ever appearance there.
Her majesty - front row of course -
was at the catwalk show
of London Designer, Richard Quinn -
whom she also gave an award.
Asad is at his studio in Peckham.
There much much excitement there?
Yes the the Queen Elizabeth award
for British design that won by the
man who designed these clothes. This
isn't quite my colour. But they were
printed on this machine. This studio
is also a print works. All these
clothes were on the cat walk in
front of queen. Richard Quinn, what
I'm interested in, these are like
foil dresses, what did the Queen
make of these?
These are more show
pieces to see what we can do with
You're in Peckham, under the
railway arch, which is the noise we
can hear. A couple of doors down is
your dad with his scaffolding
Yes it is a nice
community feel. It is nice if dad
You grew up in South east
London, looking at the inspiration
here, I am wondering, it is not the
south-east London I knew and grew
up. Where did you get the creativity
Growing up in London you get a
sense of creativity and this is a
culmination of growing up and all
the stuff I experienced in London.
You only graduated 18 months ago and
have already got your eye on helping
We have an open access for
young designer, working with the
British fashion council and others,
it is a cultural hub.
These are some of the prints. These
are shoes, can you believe it? And
these cash helmet, I used to be a
biker, I can't imagine wearing
these. But they were worn on the cat
It is to bring print into
different context we worked with
other companies and makers and it is
about bringing print to different
One quick question - has an
interviewer I would say after 18
months of success, in five years
time what do you want to be doing?
Continue to be creative and help
We will keep an eye on how
you do. You have had an amazing
start. Back to you.
Thank you and
congratulations to Richard. I love
the fact he was confused by the
shoes. Now the weather and talk of
sartorial elegance. Hello Ben.
shoes. Now the weather and talk of
sartorial elegance. Hello Ben.
hope he does a line in scarves and
gloves. The weather won't change
much in terms of how it looks, but
things are going to start to feel
colder. Our weather watcher in
Stevenage captured today's scene of
cloud and sunny spells. This one
found these daffodils poking
through. I think the daffodils might
start to struggle, because we are
going to see more in the way of
frost. Now a frost tonight. Some
cloud floating around. One or two
showers. But the vast majority
staying dry over night. The winds
relatively light and temperatures
hovering around freezing. A couple
of degrees either side. A touch of
frost tomorrow morning. Could be the
odd mist patch. For most a fine
start with sunshine. We will see
large areas of cloud through the
morning. But by the afternoon,
bringing some drier air in from the
east. So a lot of the cloud should
melt away. Temperatures five, or six
degrees and the winds just starting
to pick up. So things will start to
feel that bit chillier. Very similar
conditions on Friday. Areas of
cloud, sunny spells as well.
Temperatures similar, around 4 to 7
degrees. But those winds picking up
making the feel of the day rather
chilly and the winds are picking up,
because this high pressure across
Scandinavia is building in
intensity. You can see more isobars
appearing. That shows the winds will
be stronger and the winds bringing
cold air from the east. Here is our
out look. You can see the way the
temperatures dip away through the
weekend and into next week. By next
week the temperatures struggling to
get above freezing and add on the
wind and it will feel cold.
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