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On BBC London:
to keep the capital safe.
Met warns it faces further
cuts to police numbers.
They have sold of the buildings,
close down police stations, got rid
of many police staff, reduced the
amount of community officers, all
that is left now is police officers.
The government claims extra money
has been made available for the Met.
Also tonight, the 13-year-old killed
after being taken for a ride in a
Ferrari which crashed.
The driver denies death
by careless driving.
Plus the couple from tooting trying
to improve dementia care for the gay
And hidden away in a sock drawer
for more than half a century,
the Picasso and photos of the famous
artist that have come
to light in Surrey.
Picasso was a bit out there for him.
So he put it in his sock drawer?
Exactly, he knew it was worth
keeping and he put it in his chest
A very warm welcome
to the programme.
First tonight - a
from Scotland Yard today -
that police numbers could fall
by as many as 3,000 over the next
few years if further
funding isn't forthcoming.
A report by the Met,
and seen by BBC London -
also reveals how morale is falling
and an admission that the force will
struggle to keep Londoners safe.
It comes as the Mayor today
confirmed he was investing an extra
£110 million in the police.
But even he admits it's not enough
to stop officer numbers falling.
More from our political
correspondent Karl Mercer.
The Met police is being stretched,
it's dealing with another worrying
rise in knife crime and has been
challenged by a year of terror
attacks. It's also dealing with a
growing population in London, rising
by 100,000 people a year, while
police numbers are falling. Report
seen by BBC London News aligns the
growing pressure the police are
This is the report that sets out
Scotland Yard's pretty
stark vision of the future.
Over 30-odd pages it
sets out a vision
of what the coming years will be
like without extra
It warns that unless
it gets more money.
Cuts to workforce numbers
could be damaging.
It says that
pressures on its budget mean
that it is Struggling to invest
sufficiently in crime prevention.
It also outlines
the effect that cuts
and rising crime are having
on officers saying that
a lack of resources
is having a worrying
impact on morale.
There is also a blunt
warning on police numbers.
The report says that without extra
money London could see
just 27,000 officers by 2022.
A drop of 3000.
I've been working closely now with
the Met police force for the last
two years. They are not emotive
people and don't use this sort of
language very often. They've made a
prediction based upon the cuts they
are facing. 75% of the Met police
budget goes on human beings, on
police officers. They have cut as
much as they can, all that is
left... They have sold of the
buildings, closed police stations,
got rid of many police staff, they
have reduced the amount of community
support officers. All that is left
now is police officers.
So, what to do?
Well, this document
is Scotland Yard's submission
to something called
the Police Remuneration
Basically, the body that says how
much officers should get paid.
Scotland Yard wants a 3% pay rise
for staff and also £2000 extra
in London weighting -
measures it hopes will make the Met
an attractive place to work.
We are very clear about some of
those morale issues and we talk in
the document about the fact that pay
and rewards is part of that. We hope
that in the submission that we are
taking note of that and trying to do
something that strikes that
difficult balance between being fair
to our offices and making sure it is
something realistic but also
accepting that that means there are
consequences on what money we have
to spend on police in London.
police more may attract more
recruits but the real sticking point
will be over who pays for that pay
rise. Mork Dom will central
government and evermore, or will the
Met and the mayor have to hand over
the cash? We're going to stay with
policing for a moment because
according to an independent
inspection, 90% of child protection
investigations in the capital have
been unsatisfactory. In some cases
children have been left to live with
paedophiles in London.
The Met insists it's making progress
but points out they dealing
with a record number of recorded
sexual offences committed
Chris Rogers has been studying
the latest probe commissioned
by the Home Secretary.
This is a quarterly report by HM
Inspectorate of Constabulary and
Fire And Rescue Services and they
were ordered by the Home Office
after inspectors last year found
many cases like this were not being
investigated because of budget cuts,
which is what we have been hearing
about a night. It does highlight
that measures have been put in place
but it is too soon to see if there
are any benefits, if they are
working. Let's the incidents they
highlight, in one of them, a
13-year-old girl called police after
a boy blackmailed her online and
after sending explicit images but it
wasn't investigated for 11 days.
Teaches informed police that a
seven-year-old was being abused by
his parents but he wasn't taken into
care and continue to be abused but
four months. Let's the wider
picture. Inspectors looked at a
sample of 214 child protecting cases
forced above that, almost 191 were
judged to be either requiring
improvement, or inadequate. The
backdrop to their staggering figures
is that there is a record number of
crimes like this being reported from
paedophilia to online abuse, and
exportation. 65,000 offences were
recorded in 2016, and 2017, and
children's charities say we need to
bear that figure in mind when
scrutinising the police.
I think there are a multitude
of issues that are causing
this to be so, such
an increase in potential
reporting of cases of
child protection cases
the police are having to deal with,
and part of that, we think,
is probably because of a real rise
in the number
of cases but also
the fallout of things
like Operation Yewtree,
prominence in the news
recently of child abuse.
The police are under pressure,
they have had resources
cuts to the front line,
which is making it more difficult
for them to do their jobs.
But ultimately we want them
to be doing a lot more
that is really the key to most
of those child protection issues.
Some context from a child protection
charity. Has the Met responded?
say they are pleased the inspectors
highlighted that they are making
significant processes in Samaria --
making significant progress in some
areas. Yet again they have
highlighted the huge scale of the
crimes they are investigating and
the budget cuts they are up against.
Chris Kamara for now, thank you.
Chris Rogers there.
Stay with us, coming up later
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coming up later in programme:
We are looking for people with their
phones out and their headphones in
The thieves making
a violent career out
of swiping Londoners' phones.
They boast it's like "stealing
candy from a baby".
A businessman from Surrey
was in court today accused
of causing a 13 year-old's death
through careless driving.
Alexander Worth was thrown
from a Ferrari after
being taken for a ride.
The driver from Walton-on-Thames
said he hadn't been showing off.
Steve Humphrey reports.
Described in court as formidably
powerful, the Ferrari F50 that
crashed was filmed on the day of
the tragedy for a promotional video.
Later it was delivered
back to a storage unit
in North Warnborough
Hampshire that was visited by
the jury and court officials earlier
Matthew Cobden, seen here
with the red hair, ran the storage
business, and he offered to give
13-year-old Alexander Worth quick
business, and he offered to give
13-year-old Alexander Worth a quick
spin in the car.
The Ferrari struck a wooden post,
was launched into the
air, and rolled over, throwing out
Mr Cobden and Alexander.
Today in court a statement
made by Mr Cobden
and quotes from police interviews
were read to the jury.
Mr Cobden said he had
used a torch to make
sure he had put his feet
on the right pedals when he first
got into the Ferrari to move it off
a car transporter.
Mr Cobden suffered injuries
including a broken rib and
Alexander, from Kings Worthy
near Winchester, was
pronounced dead at the scene.
Mr Cobden said it was
impossible to express
in words how terrible
felt at what had happened.
He said he'd sent
a message of sorrow and
condolence to Alexander's
parents and was at
a loss to explain how
accident had occurred.
The defence have told
the jury they believe a
pre-existing fault with the Ferrari
caused it to accelerate
But the prosecution says
it was running normally before
Mr Cobden denies causing death
by careless driving and the
After eight years of going down the
latest figures suggest youth
unemployment is once again starting
The government says
there are positive signs
of new opportunities
for school leavers.
Today the employment minister took
a tour of north London to find out
first hand the challenges some young
people still face in finding work.
Here's our political
editor Tim Donovan.
Words on the wall to inspire
at the Minister's first stop,
the Octagon Academy in Wood Green
for pupils who
found it difficult in,
or excluded from, mainstream school.
I really changed, like,
really a lot since I started here.
I started taking this second chance.
I didn't want to waste
it like I wasted my
first chance back in mainstream.
So I wanted to do things right.
Not easy doing this with so many
teachers and government
advisers in the room.
In general I just want to be
helping other people
instead of just using my skills
to do the wrong things.
The school is working
closely with the local Job
Centre plus but the head here knows
it's hard out there.
I think it is a difficult time
for them coming out of
school but if you get the right
advice, and the right information
and guidance, which is
what we've had here,
in conjunction with
work of the Department for Work
and Pensions, you can make a real
There are certainly jobs in building
Tottenham's new stadium
and the club's foundation is
promising many more in the future.
Last year I qualified
as an FA level one coach.
Youngsters here, attracted
by the chance to get a
They need independence,
they need to be
confident in what they do.
But learning workplace
skills leading to
other things as well.
The football side for many
is what allows you to
get them through the door
because of their love
or their interest
football, and then they
learn different skills.
A lot of them are into their
coaching but also a lot
of them have gone
down different paths.
Introducing what kind of work
they're looking into...
And then to the job
Centre plus in Enfield.
The rise in youth
unemployment may be
small, up from 10.9 to 11%
in a year but it's the first
time in eight years
it's headed in the wrong direction.
Ten minutes whereby
you choose ten places...
And there are signs
of new jobs drying up too.
When you look at this age
group, look at the jobs
wages, the possibility,
the cost of housing.
It's quite a bleak picture for young
people at the moment.
You were with me during
the morning and you also
saw the reaction of the young people
from the support that they are
getting and they were
They are really inspired and I felt
really positive that we
are doing the right things in terms
of providing that support, and of
course, with that support
we need to make sure
we are helping people
the cost of living as well.
Just a snapshot for
the Minister of one
small area of north London, but
leaving with the hope that this rise
in joblessness will
soon be reversed.
Tim Donovan, BBC London News.
Turning to something
we've reported a lot on,
and it's on the rise.
Robberies involving mopeds,
particularly in busy
areas like Oxford Street,
with thieves often
swiping someone's phone.
Well, for the first time,
some of those involved in the crime
have been speaking to the BBC.
Livvy Haydock who's here -
about about how and why they do it.
We will talk to you in just a
moment. First, a glimpse into how
easy they find it.
And would you go straight
through the lights?
Do you think people
are stupid walking around
with their phones out like that?
But it's so normal.
You saw a glimpse of her before, the
journalist behind the documentary.
Inside Britain's Moped Gangs,
Livvy Haydock is here -
Thank you for coming in.
saying 'user beware'?
Yeah. If anything it was almost like
a list of how not to get mugged from
the mugger, so it was extraordinary
really to get that kind of insight
from guys who are making a living
going at stealing phones off people.
As you say it was extraordinary.
did you get to the stage where they
allowed you in, so to speak?
are so many crimes committed using
motorcycles in 2017, I think it was
something like 23,000, so that
something like 23,000 people
involved in crimes, so there are a
lot of people out there who have
been involved in this, so it was a
case of approaching people, talking
to them, explaining that I want
insight, I want to understand what
motivates you and why you are doing
it, and what you feel is to be
gained. It also ultimately how
people can protect themselves
against your type of crime.
surprised by anything you saw
experienced while you were with
I was surprised at how they
brag so much about how easy it is.
The boasting, yeah.
But actually, if you chatted to
them, which I did, and challenged
them, actually they know what they
are doing is wrong, there is remorse
there. But you've got to go beyond
that. It is also partly to do with
being young men and the adrenaline
rush, bragging, Instagram, social
media about what they are doing, and
the stance they are doing on their
bikes while doing these crimes. --
the stunts. Below that there is
remorse in there and it's becoming
more or less normal for them.
Turning now to what they do with all
of these phones, you mentioned the
huge numbers, because there isn't
much value selling them here. I
think we have a clip showing what
they do with them.
Did you get any insight from being
with these gangs that this type of
crime is slowing down or how people
should be protecting themselves
Protecting themselves more
definitely, in terms of being more
aware of what is going on around
you. You wouldn't walk around with
cash in your hand but we do with our
phones and it is sad we cannot do
that any more but it is getting to
that point. The bad weather over
Christmas and earlier in the year
puts these youngsters off going out
on their bikes because it is even
It is quite an
insight. Thank you for coming in.
And you can watch Livvy Haydock's
documentary for BBC Three
Inside Britain's Moped Gangs.
It's available on the BBC iPlayer.
Still to come this
The footie match which raised cash
for Grenfell survivors -
QPR is recognised for
its fundraising efforts.
who suffers from dementia,
or who has a loved one
with the condition,
it can be an isolating time.
One couple has told us
how their experience has been even
more of a struggle because
they're gay and are now
trying to help others.
Helen Mulroy went to meet them
at their home in Tooting.
A happy life at home together with
his husband. It is something Mike
Parrish has always aspired to after
coming out as gay in the 1970s.
was a difficult time, helping with
the Pride march and getting a
mixture of cheering and happiness
and also quite a lot of abuse. You
would hear about people being beaten
up a lot. There was always this risk
if you were together that you could
be targeted and fought on it did. It
was in the late 80s that he was
But with the decades,
society's view on homosexuality
changed and they built a life
For us it was a nice safe
place to be. One has a huge appeal,
even when the law wasn't quite
right, even when things were
happening to us that wasn't fair, it
was easy to lose yourself in places
and make friends.
imagined they would face prejudice
again in the future. That was at
least until Tom's diagnosis with
dementia related to HIV.
We have to
explain our relationship. I refer to
my partner as she rather then he. We
hear stories where people are in
care homes looking after people with
HIV will put rubber gloves on, they
will make them sit in one particular
seat, make sure their cutlery is not
used by other people.
And they are
not alone in their experience.
Dementia is challenging whatever it
is but it is more challenging if you
are from the LGBT community. Often
people can be marginalised. If they
felt this from the NHS and social
services, they might not have had a
great response and it will prevent
them from making contact in the
Now Mike and Tom are taking their
story on the road with the help of
the Alzheimer's Society through a
series of talks, hoping to drive
change so that in the future gay
couples dealing with HIV and
dementia don't have to face the
challenges they have hard.
when I was 20 I would've thought by
62 this would have stopped. We
wouldn't have to keep saying, by the
way we are gay couple, but the
reality is for of gay people people
that never stops.
A football club whose
stadium is in the shadow
of the Grenfell Tower has been
recognised for the support
it has offered survivors.
QPR football club hosted a high
profile charity match,
which helped raise almost a million
pounds for those
affected by the tragedy.
Chris Slegg has more.
Shahin Sadafi lived on the fifth
floor of Grenfell Tower. Only his
mother was home on the night of the
disaster. Fortunately she survived.
There was a place where we grew up.
It was a place where friendships
Immediately after the
disaster, QPR opened their stadium
for people to leave donations.
Within weeks they had organised a
fundraising football match. Playing
alongside legendary players and
celebrities were Grenfell residents
including Shahin Sadafi himself and
remains grateful for everything the
club has done.
QPR were there with
the community from the start, one of
the many groups that came together
and said let's see what we can do.
The match helped raise close to £1
million, an effort that has seen QPR
nominated for a prize at the
football awards. Les Ferdinand was
among those who played.
For me, the
most poignant part was after the
game when I was speaking to some
survivors and people that were going
back to the hotels. They were saying
through all of this they felt they
had been on their own and it was for
the first time they felt they could
come out and enjoyed a day.
Brit awards last night, Stormzy
attacked the Government for their
# Theresa May where is the money for
Downing Street's response
was that over £60,000 has been
committed to the Grenfell community.
Shahin are still living in a hotel.
The Government authorities need to
do more. There's a lot of talk but
it's time to take action, show what
they are made for and what action to
the words they are saying.
they will continue to offer support
to the Grenfell community.
His paintings sell for millions
and he is one of the most
of the 20th century.
Quite a surprise then that one
of Pablo Picasso's works,
along with unseen photographs
of the great painter,
have been stored at the bottom
of a sock drawer in Surrey
for half a century.
Sarah Harris has the story.
That's the camera my father used
then, and that I kind of grew up
having pointed at me
when I was a kid.
And it took the pictures that
recorded the week his father spent
with one of the most famous artists
of modern time.
The plate was given to Jonathan's
father by Picasso to celebrate
the week they spent together
in the south of France back in 1964,
after a chance meeting on the beach.
The Surrey amateur photographer,
pictured here with the man himself,
kept the gift and the photos
in an old sock drawer.
My father was not a fan
of Picasso's as an artist.
He thought he was a lovely man
but didn't like the art.
His taste was much more 19th-century
and Rubens and Constable and sort
of representational stuff,
and Picasso was a bit
out there for him.
So he just put it
in the sock drawer!
Absolutely, he knew it was valuable,
worth keeping, and put it
in the bottom off his
chest of drawers.
Pablo Picasso never stops working.
Ceramist, sculptor, painter,
in one medium and another...
Picasso's work sell
the tens of million pounds.
Picasso's work sell
for tens of million pounds.
The photographs Jonathan's dad took
show him enjoying the company
of friends he even sometimes used
as human canvases.
Stanley, he says, was not fazed
by the painter's fame one jot.
He just took it
completely in his stride.
He was very pleased to have
met Picasso, then move
on and do whatever is next.
But most people would have said hi.
There must have been something
magnetic about his personality
that he invited him back to his home
and he was taking pictures
of him the whole time.
He just had charm, you know?
He was one of these people
who could walk into a room
at a party and everyone knew
he was there and
everybody loved him.
Now a Picasso exhibition
is being curated at the local
gallery in Woking.
This discovery was actually
the beginning of the whole
Picasso Fiesta, which is happening
at the Light Box because Jonathan
is a great supporter of ours.
He lives just down the road
and happened to mention in a totally
chance conversation that he had
all these photographs.
The exhibition starts next month.
Jonathan says he'll not
sell his late father's
photographs at any price.
They are just part
of his family's history.
Sarah Harris, BBC London news.
Let's see how the weather's
looking with Louise Lear -
colder is how it's feeling.
Yes, you might need to venture into
that sock drawer over the next
Yes, you might need to venture into
that sock drawer over the next
couple of days, you will need extra
layers but today has been a tale of
two halves. We started off gloomy,
but into the afternoon what a
change. A beautiful afternoon. The
cloud broke up, the sunshine came
through. That is chilly out there
but this helps to compensate.
Through the evening the clear skies
will stay with us and the
temperatures will fall away. It will
be acquired quiet weather theme over
the next few days. There will be
cloud hit and miss chiefly to the
north of London across parts of
Hertfordshire and into six, but the
temperatures are likely to fall low
as minus three degrees. Again some
lovely spells of sunshine and
through the day we will see
fairweather cloud being dragged in
from the North Sea, but that will
melt away into the afternoon and we
keep sunshine so we also keep the
clear skies. By day a maximum of up
to 6 degrees, factor in the strength
of the winds and it will feel cold.
We keep the clear skies, a cold and
frosty start into Saturday, and
again on those exposed coasts down
to Essex and Kent it will be cold.
Further inland more chance of seeing
sunshine on Saturday, a glorious day
and not much change as we head into
the second half of the weekend. This
high pressure dominating the story
across Scandinavia, and if we trace
the wind direction back to the Artic
that's the reason it will feel so
cold. Moving across the North Sea,
it will feel cold. It will stay cold
all week and in fact temperatures
perhaps by day will struggle to
climb above freezing. And yes there
is the potential maybe for some snow
on Tuesday night into Wednesday
morning. Keep watching the
morning. Keep watching the
I think we will, thank you. That's
all for now, from me and all of the
team, thanks for watching and have a