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Tonight on BBC London News:
Criticism and controversy -
how some London boroughs
are reacting to the Mayor's plans
for hundreds of
thousands of new homes.
As a Bexley resident
myself of over 30 years,
and I know people I talk
to and people I represent,
they are absolutely horrified.
Also coming up on BBC
Police say they are connecting three
stabbings in Camden on Tuesday
night. Two were fatal. We will have
the latest in the investigation.
The collapse of the bed
company Warren Evans leaves
customers out of pocket.
And spot your favourite
superhero in east London,
as some of the most famous costumes
and comics go on show
here for the first time.
Good evening and welcome
to the programme.
I'm Victoria Hollins.
There's no debate about
whether London needs more homes.
But how those homes are built
and where they are built is a much
more controversial issue.
The Mayor has plans to build 600,000
new properties in ten years.
But he's facing growing opposition
from outer London boroughs,
who say Sadiq Khan's plans
will threaten green spaces and lead
to uncontrolled development.
Gareth Furby reports.
In the borough of Richmond,
there's an old college playing field
where they've started digging,
and some green space
will be lost to make way
for new schools and a business hub.
But the council leader's
happy about it.
It's a development that works
because it's been thought through.
Local partners have been brought
together and we planned it.
But what hasn't been
thought through, he claims,
is the Mayor of London's plan
for many new homes,
which he believes could lead
to uncontrolled development that
wrecks the borough's character.
And he's written an open letter
to residents saying this.
This plan, if implemented
as currently proposed,
will have an enormous impact
on our borough.
The Mayor of London's plan
is for 600,000 new homes
in ten years, with 8000 in Richmond
borough, which is one
of the greenest in London.
But looking at the map,
the council leader says such a dash
for growth will come at a cost.
We've got playing fields and green
spaces under threat already,
so additional pressure of small site
development, local infill,
without the ability to strategically
plan, is going to put pressure
on all of our other remaining local
green spaces and playing fields.
And it's not just in Richmond
that they are rebelling.
Over in south-east London,
Bexley Council says its suburban
streets could be changed forever.
It certainly is a rebellion
against the Mayor's plan.
Councillor Bailey, who has lived
here for more than 30 years,
says in some areas developers
could just buy up and knock down
the semis like dominoes.
You see the houses behind me?
This would be an ideal location
for a developer to come along,
buy those two houses,
knock them down and put a block
of flats there with no parking.
I could see a lot of these houses
and just be blocks of flats.
An independent calculation prepared
for some councils claims the target
in inner London is up 41%,
and in outer London it is up 114%.
So far, Richmond, Kingston, Bexley
and Bromley are known to be unhappy,
and it's understood at least eight
councils may make formal objections.
I think if boroughs are saying
they don't agree with our plan,
they are either saying
they would build on the green belt,
or they are saying they don't have
an answer to the housing crisis.
What we are saying is that we need
to massively increase the level
of housing that we are building
in the capital, and we've identified
a way to do that in London
without building on the green belt.
And that will involve
some large sites and it
will involve some small sites,
but with really clear
protections around open space,
green cover and crucially making
sure we've got more new and
genuinely affordable housing.
City Hall says it wants
to work with the boroughs.
Responses to the plan have to be
in by the end of the month.
Gareth Furby, BBC London News.
Our political correspondent
Karl Mercer is here now.
Karl, the mayor wants
to build 600,000 homes,
but do you think he will?
If I was a betting man I would not
stick my mortgage on it. Why not?
Let's look at the figures. London is
growing in terms of population by
100,000 per year, which leads the
mayor to say we need to build 66,000
homes every year. Over the last
couple of decades we have been
building nowhere near that,
something like 25,000 homes being
built fairly constantly across that
time. The mayor has promised not to
build on green belt land, which
means he has to go to the London
boroughs and say, I need your help.
Central London, a lot of stuff has
already been built and he says there
is more space in outer London
boroughs, so they will pick up a lot
of pressure, not just those in that
report but others around the edge of
Can we read anything into
What do you think? It is
all about the politics. It is no
coincidence that those four boroughs
mentioned in the report are
conservative boroughs. In a couple
of months, the 3rd of May, London
will be going to the elections.
Expect housing to be a key issue,
not just in Tory boroughs,
campaigning or read that -- already,
kicking out that message, but also
in all outer London boroughs.
of this to come. Thank you.
Lots more to come, including:
Should work experience make it back
on to the curriculum?
We'll hear from students
who would like to do more of it.
Police say they are linking three
stabbings in north London,
which led to the deaths
of two young men.
20-year-old Sadiq Mohammed
and 17-year-old Abdikarim Hassan
both died on Tuesday
night in Camden.
Another young man has been arrested
in connection with the attacks.
Let's get more on this from
Alpa Patel who's at Scotland Yard.
Yes, we were told today by the lead
detective in this case
that the three stabbings on Tuesday
night are all linked
by the geography, timing
and the ages of the victims.
The first stabbing happened
at 8pm on Aldenham Street.
A 16-year-old was found
with stab wounds.
He was taken to hospital
where he remains today.
The second stabbing happened
about half an hour later
on Bartholomew Road at 8:30pm,
where a 17-year-old
was found with stab wounds.
He has been named
as Abdelkarim Hassan.
The third stabbing happened
at 10:15pm on Malden Road.
A 20-year-old was found with stab
wounds and also died at the scene.
He has been identified
as Sadiq Aadam Mohammed.
I spoke to Detective Superintendent
Stuart Ryan a little earlier
who gave us this update
on the investigation.
So far, we have arrested four people
for the original stabbing,
although they have been released
they have been arrested
at the initial stage.
We arrested one person yesterday
for all three offences.
That we are dealing with an east
London at the moment
and were actively looking for other
people connected to this event.
And we will find them
and we will bring them to justice,
and hopefully that will give
the public confidence that that
violence will not occur again.
He also told me that the police
are looking for a blue
Ford Transit van which was seen
in the area that night.
The registration of
that van is ST13 CZC.
It was found later on fire
in Fletcher Court in
Ingestre Road in Camden.
Anyone with information
is being asked to come forward.
There are special officers in Camden
tonight with special powers.
And police will hold another meeting
tonight in Kentish Town, appealing
to the community for information.
It began life as a small London
company but became a business
that was advertised all over London,
with almost a dozen stores.
Now, after going into
administration, Warren Evans'
customers could be left
out of pocket.
The stores close tomorrow,
with many orders left unfulfilled.
Chris Rogers has the story.
Warren Evans was a London success
story. This promotional video showed
how it only sells and makes
ethically produced furniture, a firm
favourite for green buyers. Founded
in 1978 and funded with a couple of
hundred pounds borrowed from his
sister, it expanded to 14 showrooms
across the south-east.
I have been
making beds, selling quality
mattresses with them, and designing
under bed storage, chests of drawers
and all of this, for 32 years. It is
my passion to deliver quality.
the retailer became the latest
victim of the capital's nervous
spending and weak pound, it's
collapsed leaving 270 people without
a job and a trail of customers
without pre-ordered goods. Kath
Goodwin is heading to the warehouse
in Walthamstow to appeal to the
administrators face-to-face to
refund her £700 for a mattress she
will never get.
It did not seem 100%
sure I would get my money back
because I did not pay on a credit
card but a debit card instead. So,
yes, I am potentially set to lose
almost £800, which is too much to
lose, really. If I wanted to just
lose it, I would have thrown it in
Where Warren Evans started
life in Camden, it also comes to an
end, with a closing down sale. The
company told us that only
off-the-shelf stock is being sold,
not made to order furniture like
Kath's mattress. For every victim in
a retailer's collapse, there are
winners. All the big stuff has gone?
The advice is not to purchase
big orders like furniture on a debit
card or with cash.
Buy the items on
credit card. If it costs between
£100, and £30,000, the contracted
with the credit card company and if
the retailer fails and does not
deliver the goods, you can go to the
credit card company and ask for a
Advice that cafe and many
other customers did not take,
leaving at the mercy of their bank's
goodwill for reimbursement.
Painshill is one of
the most famous landscape
gardens in the country.
But its future is uncertain
because of a massive proposed
road development nearby.
Some people say the changes
on the M25 could mean areas
of the 18th century garden are lost.
Tolu Adeoye has more.
It's a grade one listed landscape
stretching over 158 acres.
Is the very special
area of the park.
It has a number of historic trees.
Painshill Park in Surrey
is one of the UK's oldest
landscaped gardens dating back
to the 18th century.
Here we are at the top
of the Gothic tower.
But the park's trustees say it's
under threat because of plans
to widen the M25 junction
with the A3 at Wisley
to improve traffic flow in the area.
The current preferred option means
taking a slice of land
at the side of Painshill.
It's an incursion into
the historic landscape.
What we are arguing is that they can
come up with mitigating
things they can put in,
but they shouldn't be touching
the landscaped park.
From this side of the park,
you can quite clearly hear
traffic and no wonder.
Because there's the road.
Highways England say
around a 200 metre stretch
of land will be affected,
the equivalent of around
half a football pitch.
But Highways England says changes
are necessary to improve one
of the country's busiest junction.
We've got issues with
regard to traffic flow,
we are trying to improve
the junction for everybody.
We have to take the balance
of all the consultation we do
because there are other impacts
if we move the road in one
direction or the other,
we will affect other parties.
Bosses say they are listening
to people's objections.
There has already been a change
to a preferred route after concerns
were raised on the impact it
would have two nearby
Wisley Gardens, a public
consultation is currently underway.
The majority of people
were worried about the trees
being cut down in Wisley.
But they've gone past that now,
they're going to use a private bit
of land which is beyond Wisley.
That was one of my main concern.
They've got to widen some land,
it's got to happen somewhere.
It's a question of
where it's taken from.
There's not really
much of an option.
The consultation period finishes
at the end of March.
No final decision on the route
is due until the end of next year.
It's the most wonderful view
of the sweeping landscape.
Those who look after Painshill say
they won't allow any part of it
to be a victim of the project.
Still to come:
He was part of the last Arsenal team
to win the League Cup 25 years ago.
We speak to Paul Davis
ahead of Sunday's final
against Manchester City.
And Batman and Superman head
to east London as part
of a new exhibition from DC Comics.
Now, if you're of a certain age
you'll no doubt remember doing work
experience at school.
But five years ago the Government
took it off the curriculum
and since then many schools don't
have the time or money
to organise anything.
Well now a new survey has found that
nine out of ten London teenagers
want it brought back.
Our Education Reporter
Marc Ashdown has more.
Do you have any questions you'd
like to ask me about anything?
How long is my lunch hour?
In practice, work experience does
tend to be a bit more productive.
Abdul is studying at Barking
and Dagenham College.
His work experience involves
designing and maintaining
websites for a company
with a mini office on-site.
I think it's very important
because it gives you a sense
of responsibility and independence
until you actually earn and work
things out for yourself.
Do you feel more ready
to go out and get a job?
Yes, I'm applying for part-time jobs
currently and obviously
in the future I'm applying
for bigger jobs.
All schools and colleges used
to have to organise work experience
for students but in 2012
the government took it off
the compulsory curriculum.
Now it's more ad hoc.
Here though they still
see it as a vital step
into the working world.
We have to make sure we are using
the software the industry
are using so we are researching
all the time making sure we're
doing the right thing.
We've got alumni students
who are working in the industry.
We contact them and they come
in and do workshops
as well, so, yeah...
Making them job ready?
Yes, that's what we want.
Employers like Sam tend to agree.
His firm develops and markets
independent video games.
When looking at a CV he says
a list of gradesl isn't
When looking at a CV he says
a list of grades isn't
the be all and end all.
Work experience means that they're
going to have a portfolio.
Especially within our industry.
They will be able to show
their talent and eagerness.
I think the initiative,
that work experience takes,
for us is very appealing.
So work experience is huge,
not just for our industry
but I think in industries
across the board.
So what do teenagers
The Career Colleges Trust asked 1000
of them and found in London 88% said
they want compulsory work experience
back in the curriculum.
31% said they had not been
offered any by their school
or college and interestingly,
about half went out
and found some on their own.
Young people value and see
the value of work experience.
They feel that it's as important,
if not more important,
than a qualification degree.
And I think the message is that it
should be built back into the school
and college curriculum
as a compulsory element.
It's certainly something the young
people said they want.
With its new T levels focusing
on technical studies,
the government is promising
a skills revolution.
Today's teenagers have sent
a message that work experience
should be back centrestage.
the death of a woman
at Bestival have charged a man.
Louella Eve Fletcher-Michie's body
was found early in the morning
of 11th September in a wooded area
on the edge of the festival site.
A 28-year-old man from London
was arrested yesterday
and charged with manslaughter.
He will appear before Poole
Magistrates' Court tomorrow.
He will appear before
Poole Magistrates' Court tomorrow.
on the night tube will have more
choice from this evening.
The Overground line will run
to Canonbury and Highbury &
Islington linking it
with the Victoria line
for the first time.
It's hoped the move will benefit
thousands of people travelling
in north and east London.
Arsene Wenger's Arsenal meet
Pep Guardiola's Manchester City
in the League Cup final
at Wembley on Sunday.
It's a trophy the Gunners have only
ever won twice in their history.
Chris Slegg has been speaking
to a man who played in both those
victorious finals to assess
Arsenal's chances of another
triumph this weekend.
The final whistle,
Arsenal the winners.
It's 25 years since Arsenal last won
the League Cup but for Paul Davies,
who also lifted the trophy in 1987,
the memories of '93 are still vivid.
The crowd and the occasion,
you can't really describe
it all because it's
a mixture of everything.
There's quite a lot of excitement
about playing, such an iconic ground
with saying much at stake.
The 93 final is perhaps best
remembered for Steve Morris
scoring the Arsenal winger
but breaking his arm
in the celebrations when his
team-mates lifted him up
and dropped him.
As he forgiven you guys for it?
Don't think so, he always brings it
up now and again when we're out.
But it was more Tony Adams than any
of us that really caused
the problems I believe,
was up on Tony Adams' shoulders.
The current generation of Arsenal
player suffered a humiliating
Europa League to Swedish side
Ostersunds last night,
but they limped through to
the last 16 on aggregate.
But Arsene Wenger is again
under fire from some fans
ahead of Sunday's final.
You go to the final,
you want to win it, you know.
It's true that I used
to always in this competition
have a youth team basically.
But for us it's an opportunity,
we play our older regular
players and you know,
we want to get to the cup
final, to get to Wembley.
You want to win it,
you want your friends
to go home and happy.
Manchester City suffered their own
embarrassment this week,
knocked out of the FA Cup
by League 1 Wigan.
But they are flying high
at the top of the league
favourites for Sunday's final.
What's your prediction for a score?
Can go for Arsenal.
Not really confident but 2-1.
Arsenal know all about the pain
and joy of this competition,
which will it be on Sunday?
The tragedy at Grenfell have now
inspired a play based
on interviews with local people.
Spid Theatre in Kensal Rise works
with young people interested
in theatre and performing arts.
It's hoped the play will shine
a light on the problems still facing
residents living in social housing.
Ayshea Buksh reports.
Nancy, can I get my usual?
One pint of lager coming up, love.
The setting is a pub in the shadow
of the Grenfell Tower.
The drama onstage is between locals
and housing officials in the lead up
to last summer's fire.
I was going to say your
boys, smashing glasses.
Oh, yes, boys will be boys, eh?
The actors all live locally.
One performer lost a close friend
in the fire and says taking part
in this production has been
a healing process.
It's helped me an awful lot
with grief and dealing
with what happened here
over the summer.
Just remember a couple of things
like the little moments where people
talk over each other.
It allows you to act out scenarios
and like deal with it in a way
that's different to just
talking about it.
The short play has been produced
by the Spid Theatre Company
in North Kensington.
It was written by the young
performers after interviewing
residents living on estates
in the area.
One of them was Rafael Joseph,
who lives on the Lancaster West
estate next to the Grenfell Tower.
We still feel like
nothing's being done.
We still feel like little has been
done in terms of support.
In terms of trying to
refurbish our flat as well.
Stuff like that.
Everything is going at a slow pace
but at the same we've just got to be
grateful for our lives
and keep moving forward.
The community theatre company
is based on a housing
estate in Kensal Rise.
And the artistic director says
they are passionate about giving
people in social housing a voice.
We want to raise the profile
of social housing.
We want to show the value
of council estates.
At the moment more than 100
of them in London have been
earmarked for demolition.
We believe that the people living
and working in social housing
need to be empowered.
I don't think you understand.
To them, we're the villains.
There is a sense of anger.
That's how we have to express
ourselves because this disaster
should never have happened.
Do you know what I mean?
So what can we do?
Are you all right, Pat?
The next step is to take the play,
called The Pig and Whistle,
and perform it out on location
around local estates close
to the Grenfell Tower.
Ayshea Buksh, BBC London News.
From Batman to Wonder Woman,
we're used to seeing super heroes
in films but now the ones made
famous by DC Comics
are coming to East London.
Fans will have the chance to see
a unique display of costumes
and comic books at the O2.
Victoria Cook reports.
The super heroes have landed in
London. For any fan of DC Comics,
this is heaven.
I never bothered to
the chance to see one costume but to
see all of them, it was a serious
back at this moment. I feel if I'm
wearing a Superman T-shirt it's my
duty to act accordingly, so if I'm
sat down, barely on today I was sat
on the tube, it was busy, and an old
lady got on and I thought, I have
got to stand up because I'm in a
Superman hat and I did and we had a
This is the biggest
collection of artwork ever to come
together, from the sketches that
started it all off, to the original
costumes from the famous films.
There is something for the super
fans but for the casual moviegoers
well who like to see the props and
costumes. The drawings, costumes,
props, all of them are incredibly
rare and valuable, so the costumes,
these are the original costumes used
in the films and television series,
so everything is unique.
is estimated to be worth more than
£30 million, but for fans,
everything is priceless.
When I saw
the costume of Catwoman, I was like,
oh my God. I was actually amazed she
could actually fit in there. I
thought, is that the actual size?
was so small. Every time you come
around the corny you think what's
going to be next?
I'm loving all the
panels and sing at the films are put
This of course is
Christopher Reeve Mac was original
Superman costume. It's quite
incredible when you stand here and
see people's reaction to it as they
walk through the door and feared for
the first time. It seems, even for
the non-DC fans coming here today,
these pieces of history seem to be
inspiring the superhero in all of
us. Victoria cup, BBC London News.
Now the weather with Louise Lear.
Now the weather with Louise Lear.
Plenty to talk about as well, ladies
and gentlemen, getting colder this
weekend with dry weather around, as
well. Frost will be an issue and
spring plants are now starting to
show their hand. These are
snowdrops. We could see this over
the next few days but for today,
some nuisance cloud across East
Anglia and the south-east corner, so
it's been disappointing. Hopefully
that will clear off tomorrow and we
will have lots of sunshine. The
cloud should break up and through
the night tonight it will turn
pretty chilly, so in actual fact, we
could see quite a widespread frost
developing overnight with
temperatures likely to fall down as
low as -3 down to -5 in the morning,
hard frost first thing but it means
clear skies and plenty of sunshine,
so the sunshine will get to work and
nibble away at that frost through
the morning. The frost will slowly
disappear and we will see them
lovely sunshine coming through but
the breeze will make it feel chilly
at there. Not only for Saturday but
Sunday as well, so you have been
warned. A couple of extra layers if
you're out and about, I suspect. It
will feel colder than this. The
frost returns, a hard frost Saturday
into Sunday, and it will take time
to clear so it will be cold and
frosty on Sunday, more of a
noticeable breeze and it will feel
pretty chilly, so plenty of
sunshine, not that much in the way
of whether to talk about, but it
will feel pretty cold. 3-5. Probably
only feeling like -1 or minus two
degrees. The cold weather stays with
us and the potential for some snow
showers on Tuesday onwards. Thanks
very much indeed.
I will be back later
during the ten o'clock news,
but for now from everyone
on the team have a lovely evening.