23/02/2018 London News


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brothers aged 62 who were killed in

a in a hit-and-run yesterday

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afternoon.

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Tonight on BBC London News:

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Criticism and controversy -

how some London boroughs

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are reacting to the Mayor's plans

for hundreds of

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thousands of new homes.

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As a Bexley resident

myself of over 30 years,

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and I know people I talk

to and people I represent,

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they are absolutely horrified.

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Also coming up on BBC

London tonight:

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Police say they are connecting three

stabbings in Camden on Tuesday

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night. Two were fatal. We will have

the latest in the investigation.

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The collapse of the bed

company Warren Evans leaves

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customers out of pocket.

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And spot your favourite

superhero in east London,

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as some of the most famous costumes

and comics go on show

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here for the first time.

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Good evening and welcome

to the programme.

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I'm Victoria Hollins.

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There's no debate about

whether London needs more homes.

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But how those homes are built

and where they are built is a much

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more controversial issue.

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The Mayor has plans to build 600,000

new properties in ten years.

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But he's facing growing opposition

from outer London boroughs,

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who say Sadiq Khan's plans

will threaten green spaces and lead

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to uncontrolled development.

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Gareth Furby reports.

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In the borough of Richmond,

there's an old college playing field

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where they've started digging,

and some green space

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will be lost to make way

for new schools and a business hub.

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But the council leader's

happy about it.

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It's a development that works

because it's been thought through.

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Local partners have been brought

together and we planned it.

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But what hasn't been

thought through, he claims,

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is the Mayor of London's plan

for many new homes,

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which he believes could lead

to uncontrolled development that

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wrecks the borough's character.

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And he's written an open letter

to residents saying this.

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This plan, if implemented

as currently proposed,

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will have an enormous impact

on our borough.

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The Mayor of London's plan

is for 600,000 new homes

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in ten years, with 8000 in Richmond

borough, which is one

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of the greenest in London.

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But looking at the map,

the council leader says such a dash

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for growth will come at a cost.

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We've got playing fields and green

spaces under threat already,

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so additional pressure of small site

development, local infill,

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without the ability to strategically

plan, is going to put pressure

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on all of our other remaining local

green spaces and playing fields.

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And it's not just in Richmond

that they are rebelling.

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Over in south-east London,

Bexley Council says its suburban

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streets could be changed forever.

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It certainly is a rebellion

against the Mayor's plan.

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Councillor Bailey, who has lived

here for more than 30 years,

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says in some areas developers

could just buy up and knock down

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the semis like dominoes.

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You see the houses behind me?

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This would be an ideal location

for a developer to come along,

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buy those two houses,

knock them down and put a block

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of flats there with no parking.

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I could see a lot of these houses

completely disappeared

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and just be blocks of flats.

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An independent calculation prepared

for some councils claims the target

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in inner London is up 41%,

and in outer London it is up 114%.

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So far, Richmond, Kingston, Bexley

and Bromley are known to be unhappy,

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and it's understood at least eight

councils may make formal objections.

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I think if boroughs are saying

they don't agree with our plan,

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they are either saying

they would build on the green belt,

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or they are saying they don't have

an answer to the housing crisis.

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What we are saying is that we need

to massively increase the level

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of housing that we are building

in the capital, and we've identified

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a way to do that in London

without building on the green belt.

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And that will involve

some large sites and it

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will involve some small sites,

but with really clear

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protections around open space,

green cover and crucially making

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sure we've got more new and

genuinely affordable housing.

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City Hall says it wants

to work with the boroughs.

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Responses to the plan have to be

in by the end of the month.

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Gareth Furby, BBC London News.

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Our political correspondent

Karl Mercer is here now.

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Karl, the mayor wants

to build 600,000 homes,

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but do you think he will?

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If I was a betting man I would not

stick my mortgage on it. Why not?

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Let's look at the figures. London is

growing in terms of population by

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100,000 per year, which leads the

mayor to say we need to build 66,000

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homes every year. Over the last

couple of decades we have been

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building nowhere near that,

something like 25,000 homes being

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built fairly constantly across that

time. The mayor has promised not to

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build on green belt land, which

means he has to go to the London

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boroughs and say, I need your help.

Central London, a lot of stuff has

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already been built and he says there

is more space in outer London

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boroughs, so they will pick up a lot

of pressure, not just those in that

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report but others around the edge of

London.

Can we read anything into

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the timing?

What do you think? It is

all about the politics. It is no

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coincidence that those four boroughs

mentioned in the report are

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conservative boroughs. In a couple

of months, the 3rd of May, London

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will be going to the elections.

Expect housing to be a key issue,

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not just in Tory boroughs,

campaigning or read that -- already,

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kicking out that message, but also

in all outer London boroughs.

More

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of this to come. Thank you.

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Lots more to come, including:

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Should work experience make it back

on to the curriculum?

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We'll hear from students

who would like to do more of it.

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Police say they are linking three

stabbings in north London,

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which led to the deaths

of two young men.

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20-year-old Sadiq Mohammed

and 17-year-old Abdikarim Hassan

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both died on Tuesday

night in Camden.

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Another young man has been arrested

in connection with the attacks.

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Let's get more on this from

Alpa Patel who's at Scotland Yard.

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Yes, we were told today by the lead

detective in this case

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that the three stabbings on Tuesday

night are all linked

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by the geography, timing

and the ages of the victims.

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The first stabbing happened

at 8pm on Aldenham Street.

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A 16-year-old was found

with stab wounds.

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He was taken to hospital

where he remains today.

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The second stabbing happened

about half an hour later

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on Bartholomew Road at 8:30pm,

where a 17-year-old

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was found with stab wounds.

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He has been named

as Abdelkarim Hassan.

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The third stabbing happened

at 10:15pm on Malden Road.

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A 20-year-old was found with stab

wounds and also died at the scene.

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He has been identified

as Sadiq Aadam Mohammed.

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I spoke to Detective Superintendent

Stuart Ryan a little earlier

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who gave us this update

on the investigation.

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So far, we have arrested four people

for the original stabbing,

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although they have been released

under investigation,

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they have been arrested

at the initial stage.

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We arrested one person yesterday

for all three offences.

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That we are dealing with an east

London at the moment

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and were actively looking for other

people connected to this event.

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And we will find them

and we will bring them to justice,

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and hopefully that will give

the public confidence that that

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violence will not occur again.

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He also told me that the police

are looking for a blue

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Ford Transit van which was seen

in the area that night.

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The registration of

that van is ST13 CZC.

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It was found later on fire

in Fletcher Court in

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Ingestre Road in Camden.

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Anyone with information

is being asked to come forward.

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There are special officers in Camden

tonight with special powers.

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And police will hold another meeting

tonight in Kentish Town, appealing

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to the community for information.

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It began life as a small London

company but became a business

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that was advertised all over London,

with almost a dozen stores.

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Now, after going into

administration, Warren Evans'

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customers could be left

out of pocket.

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The stores close tomorrow,

with many orders left unfulfilled.

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Chris Rogers has the story.

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Warren Evans was a London success

story. This promotional video showed

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how it only sells and makes

ethically produced furniture, a firm

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favourite for green buyers. Founded

in 1978 and funded with a couple of

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hundred pounds borrowed from his

sister, it expanded to 14 showrooms

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across the south-east.

I have been

making beds, selling quality

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mattresses with them, and designing

under bed storage, chests of drawers

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and all of this, for 32 years. It is

my passion to deliver quality.

But

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the retailer became the latest

victim of the capital's nervous

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spending and weak pound, it's

collapsed leaving 270 people without

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a job and a trail of customers

without pre-ordered goods. Kath

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Goodwin is heading to the warehouse

in Walthamstow to appeal to the

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administrators face-to-face to

refund her £700 for a mattress she

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will never get.

It did not seem 100%

sure I would get my money back

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because I did not pay on a credit

card but a debit card instead. So,

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yes, I am potentially set to lose

almost £800, which is too much to

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lose, really. If I wanted to just

lose it, I would have thrown it in

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the bin.

Where Warren Evans started

life in Camden, it also comes to an

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end, with a closing down sale. The

company told us that only

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off-the-shelf stock is being sold,

not made to order furniture like

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Kath's mattress. For every victim in

a retailer's collapse, there are

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winners. All the big stuff has gone?

Yes.

The advice is not to purchase

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big orders like furniture on a debit

card or with cash.

Buy the items on

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credit card. If it costs between

£100, and £30,000, the contracted

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with the credit card company and if

the retailer fails and does not

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deliver the goods, you can go to the

credit card company and ask for a

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refund.

Advice that cafe and many

other customers did not take,

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leaving at the mercy of their bank's

goodwill for reimbursement.

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Painshill is one of

the most famous landscape

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gardens in the country.

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But its future is uncertain

because of a massive proposed

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road development nearby.

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Some people say the changes

on the M25 could mean areas

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of the 18th century garden are lost.

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Tolu Adeoye has more.

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It's a grade one listed landscape

stretching over 158 acres.

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Is the very special

area of the park.

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It has a number of historic trees.

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Painshill Park in Surrey

is one of the UK's oldest

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landscaped gardens dating back

to the 18th century.

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Here we are at the top

of the Gothic tower.

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But the park's trustees say it's

under threat because of plans

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to widen the M25 junction

with the A3 at Wisley

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to improve traffic flow in the area.

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The current preferred option means

taking a slice of land

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at the side of Painshill.

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It's an incursion into

the historic landscape.

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What we are arguing is that they can

come up with mitigating

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things they can put in,

but they shouldn't be touching

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the landscaped park.

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From this side of the park,

you can quite clearly hear

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traffic and no wonder.

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Because there's the road.

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Highways England say

around a 200 metre stretch

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of land will be affected,

the equivalent of around

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half a football pitch.

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But Highways England says changes

are necessary to improve one

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of the country's busiest junction.

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We've got issues with

regard to traffic flow,

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we are trying to improve

the junction for everybody.

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We have to take the balance

of all the consultation we do

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because there are other impacts

if we move the road in one

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direction or the other,

we will affect other parties.

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Bosses say they are listening

to people's objections.

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There has already been a change

to a preferred route after concerns

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were raised on the impact it

would have two nearby

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Wisley Gardens, a public

consultation is currently underway.

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The majority of people

were worried about the trees

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being cut down in Wisley.

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But they've gone past that now,

they're going to use a private bit

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of land which is beyond Wisley.

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That was one of my main concern.

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They've got to widen some land,

it's got to happen somewhere.

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It's a question of

where it's taken from.

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There's not really

much of an option.

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The consultation period finishes

at the end of March.

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No final decision on the route

is due until the end of next year.

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It's the most wonderful view

of the sweeping landscape.

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Those who look after Painshill say

they won't allow any part of it

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to be a victim of the project.

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Still to come:

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He was part of the last Arsenal team

to win the League Cup 25 years ago.

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We speak to Paul Davis

ahead of Sunday's final

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against Manchester City.

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And Batman and Superman head

to east London as part

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of a new exhibition from DC Comics.

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Now, if you're of a certain age

you'll no doubt remember doing work

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experience at school.

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But five years ago the Government

took it off the curriculum

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and since then many schools don't

have the time or money

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to organise anything.

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Well now a new survey has found that

nine out of ten London teenagers

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want it brought back.

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Our Education Reporter

Marc Ashdown has more.

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Do you have any questions you'd

like to ask me about anything?

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How long is my lunch hour?

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An hour.

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In practice, work experience does

tend to be a bit more productive.

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Abdul is studying at Barking

and Dagenham College.

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His work experience involves

designing and maintaining

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websites for a company

with a mini office on-site.

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I think it's very important

because it gives you a sense

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of responsibility and independence

until you actually earn and work

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things out for yourself.

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Do you feel more ready

to go out and get a job?

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Yes, I'm applying for part-time jobs

currently and obviously

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in the future I'm applying

for bigger jobs.

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All schools and colleges used

to have to organise work experience

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for students but in 2012

the government took it off

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the compulsory curriculum.

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Now it's more ad hoc.

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Here though they still

see it as a vital step

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into the working world.

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We have to make sure we are using

the software the industry

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are using so we are researching

all the time making sure we're

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doing the right thing.

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We've got alumni students

who are working in the industry.

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We contact them and they come

in and do workshops

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as well, so, yeah...

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Making them job ready?

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Yes, that's what we want.

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Employers like Sam tend to agree.

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His firm develops and markets

independent video games.

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When looking at a CV he says

a list of gradesl isn't

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When looking at a CV he says

a list of grades isn't

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the be all and end all.

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Work experience means that they're

going to have a portfolio.

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Especially within our industry.

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They will be able to show

their talent and eagerness.

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I think the initiative,

that work experience takes,

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for us is very appealing.

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So work experience is huge,

not just for our industry

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but I think in industries

across the board.

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So what do teenagers

themselves think?

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The Career Colleges Trust asked 1000

of them and found in London 88% said

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they want compulsory work experience

back in the curriculum.

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31% said they had not been

offered any by their school

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or college and interestingly,

about half went out

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and found some on their own.

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Young people value and see

the value of work experience.

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They feel that it's as important,

if not more important,

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than a qualification degree.

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And I think the message is that it

should be built back into the school

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and college curriculum

as a compulsory element.

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It's certainly something the young

people said they want.

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With its new T levels focusing

on technical studies,

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the government is promising

a skills revolution.

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Today's teenagers have sent

a message that work experience

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should be back centrestage.

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Detectives investigating

the death of a woman

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at Bestival have charged a man.

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Louella Eve Fletcher-Michie's body

was found early in the morning

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of 11th September in a wooded area

on the edge of the festival site.

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A 28-year-old man from London

was arrested yesterday

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and charged with manslaughter.

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He will appear before Poole

Magistrates' Court tomorrow.

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He will appear before

Poole Magistrates' Court tomorrow.

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Londoners travelling

on the night tube will have more

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choice from this evening.

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The Overground line will run

to Canonbury and Highbury &

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Islington linking it

with the Victoria line

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for the first time.

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It's hoped the move will benefit

thousands of people travelling

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in north and east London.

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Arsene Wenger's Arsenal meet

Pep Guardiola's Manchester City

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in the League Cup final

at Wembley on Sunday.

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It's a trophy the Gunners have only

ever won twice in their history.

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Chris Slegg has been speaking

to a man who played in both those

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victorious finals to assess

Arsenal's chances of another

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triumph this weekend.

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COMMENTATOR:

The final whistle,

Arsenal the winners.

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It's 25 years since Arsenal last won

the League Cup but for Paul Davies,

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who also lifted the trophy in 1987,

the memories of '93 are still vivid.

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The crowd and the occasion,

you can't really describe

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it all because it's

a mixture of everything.

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Fear.

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There's quite a lot of excitement

about playing, such an iconic ground

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with saying much at stake.

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The 93 final is perhaps best

remembered for Steve Morris

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scoring the Arsenal winger

but breaking his arm

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in the celebrations when his

team-mates lifted him up

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and dropped him.

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As he forgiven you guys for it?

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Don't think so, he always brings it

up now and again when we're out.

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But it was more Tony Adams than any

of us that really caused

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the problems I believe,

was up on Tony Adams' shoulders.

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The current generation of Arsenal

player suffered a humiliating

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Europa League to Swedish side

Ostersunds last night,

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but they limped through to

the last 16 on aggregate.

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But Arsene Wenger is again

under fire from some fans

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ahead of Sunday's final.

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You go to the final,

you want to win it, you know.

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It's true that I used

to always in this competition

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have a youth team basically.

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But for us it's an opportunity,

we play our older regular

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players and you know,

we want to get to the cup

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final, to get to Wembley.

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You want to win it,

you want your friends

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to go home and happy.

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Manchester City suffered their own

embarrassment this week,

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knocked out of the FA Cup

by League 1 Wigan.

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But they are flying high

at the top of the league

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favourites for Sunday's final.

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What's your prediction for a score?

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2-1.

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Can go for Arsenal.

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Confident?

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Not really confident but 2-1.

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Arsenal know all about the pain

and joy of this competition,

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which will it be on Sunday?

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The tragedy at Grenfell have now

inspired a play based

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on interviews with local people.

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Spid Theatre in Kensal Rise works

with young people interested

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in theatre and performing arts.

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It's hoped the play will shine

a light on the problems still facing

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residents living in social housing.

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Ayshea Buksh reports.

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Nancy, can I get my usual?

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One pint of lager coming up, love.

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The setting is a pub in the shadow

of the Grenfell Tower.

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The drama onstage is between locals

and housing officials in the lead up

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to last summer's fire.

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I was going to say your

boys, smashing glasses.

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Oh, yes, boys will be boys, eh?

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The actors all live locally.

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One performer lost a close friend

in the fire and says taking part

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in this production has been

a healing process.

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It's helped me an awful lot

with grief and dealing

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with what happened here

over the summer.

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Just remember a couple of things

like the little moments where people

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talk over each other.

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It allows you to act out scenarios

and like deal with it in a way

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that's different to just

talking about it.

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The short play has been produced

by the Spid Theatre Company

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in North Kensington.

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It was written by the young

performers after interviewing

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residents living on estates

in the area.

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One of them was Rafael Joseph,

who lives on the Lancaster West

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estate next to the Grenfell Tower.

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We still feel like

nothing's being done.

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We still feel like little has been

done in terms of support.

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In terms of trying to

refurbish our flat as well.

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Stuff like that.

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Everything is going at a slow pace

but at the same we've just got to be

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grateful for our lives

and keep moving forward.

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The community theatre company

is based on a housing

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estate in Kensal Rise.

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And the artistic director says

they are passionate about giving

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people in social housing a voice.

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We want to raise the profile

of social housing.

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We want to show the value

of council estates.

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At the moment more than 100

of them in London have been

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earmarked for demolition.

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We believe that the people living

and working in social housing

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need to be empowered.

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I don't think you understand.

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To them, we're the villains.

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There is a sense of anger.

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That's how we have to express

ourselves because this disaster

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should never have happened.

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Do you know what I mean?

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So what can we do?

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Are you all right, Pat?

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The next step is to take the play,

called The Pig and Whistle,

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and perform it out on location

around local estates close

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to the Grenfell Tower.

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Ayshea Buksh, BBC London News.

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From Batman to Wonder Woman,

we're used to seeing super heroes

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in films but now the ones made

famous by DC Comics

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are coming to East London.

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Fans will have the chance to see

a unique display of costumes

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and comic books at the O2.

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Victoria Cook reports.

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The super heroes have landed in

London. For any fan of DC Comics,

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this is heaven.

I never bothered to

the chance to see one costume but to

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see all of them, it was a serious

back at this moment. I feel if I'm

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wearing a Superman T-shirt it's my

duty to act accordingly, so if I'm

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sat down, barely on today I was sat

on the tube, it was busy, and an old

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lady got on and I thought, I have

got to stand up because I'm in a

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Superman hat and I did and we had a

lovely chat.

This is the biggest

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collection of artwork ever to come

together, from the sketches that

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started it all off, to the original

costumes from the famous films.

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There is something for the super

fans but for the casual moviegoers

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well who like to see the props and

costumes. The drawings, costumes,

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props, all of them are incredibly

rare and valuable, so the costumes,

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these are the original costumes used

in the films and television series,

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so everything is unique.

The artwork

is estimated to be worth more than

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£30 million, but for fans,

everything is priceless.

When I saw

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the costume of Catwoman, I was like,

oh my God. I was actually amazed she

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could actually fit in there. I

thought, is that the actual size?

It

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was so small. Every time you come

around the corny you think what's

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going to be next?

I'm loving all the

panels and sing at the films are put

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together.

This of course is

Christopher Reeve Mac was original

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Superman costume. It's quite

incredible when you stand here and

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see people's reaction to it as they

walk through the door and feared for

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the first time. It seems, even for

the non-DC fans coming here today,

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these pieces of history seem to be

inspiring the superhero in all of

0:25:340:25:37

us. Victoria cup, BBC London News.

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Now the weather with Louise Lear.

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Now the weather with Louise Lear.

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Plenty to talk about as well, ladies

and gentlemen, getting colder this

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weekend with dry weather around, as

well. Frost will be an issue and

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spring plants are now starting to

show their hand. These are

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snowdrops. We could see this over

the next few days but for today,

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some nuisance cloud across East

Anglia and the south-east corner, so

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it's been disappointing. Hopefully

that will clear off tomorrow and we

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will have lots of sunshine. The

cloud should break up and through

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the night tonight it will turn

pretty chilly, so in actual fact, we

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could see quite a widespread frost

developing overnight with

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temperatures likely to fall down as

low as -3 down to -5 in the morning,

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hard frost first thing but it means

clear skies and plenty of sunshine,

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so the sunshine will get to work and

nibble away at that frost through

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the morning. The frost will slowly

disappear and we will see them

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lovely sunshine coming through but

the breeze will make it feel chilly

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at there. Not only for Saturday but

Sunday as well, so you have been

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warned. A couple of extra layers if

you're out and about, I suspect. It

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will feel colder than this. The

frost returns, a hard frost Saturday

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into Sunday, and it will take time

to clear so it will be cold and

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frosty on Sunday, more of a

noticeable breeze and it will feel

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pretty chilly, so plenty of

sunshine, not that much in the way

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of whether to talk about, but it

will feel pretty cold. 3-5. Probably

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only feeling like -1 or minus two

degrees. The cold weather stays with

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us and the potential for some snow

showers on Tuesday onwards. Thanks

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very much indeed.

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That's it.

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I will be back later

during the ten o'clock news,

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but for now from everyone

on the team have a lovely evening.

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Goodbye.

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