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Tonight on BBC London News:
Fears over the fight
against breast cancer,
as early detection rates
in the capital are some
of the lowest in the country.
This could save your life.
Going for screening means
that you can catch the cancer
well before you can feel a lump.
My mum couldn't feel
anything at all, and
she was religious about checking.
So if she hadn't gone for the scan,
it would have been too late.
Also tonight - two people have died
after a fire in a flat
above a shop in Kingston.
Snow disruption and delays
on parts of the rail network.
Were train operators right
to cancel some services?
Plus, your pictures
of how a blizzard turned
some of the capital
into a winter wonderland.
Furbies as you've never
seen them before.
We meet the man behind the musical
creation that's gone viral.
A very good evening
and welcome to the programme.
First tonight - fears over
the diagnosis and treatment
of breast cancer here
in the capital.
We know, the earlier
the disease is detected,
the higher the chances
of successful treatment.
But according to a major new report,
women in greater London
are the least likely to be screened
and early detection rates
lag behind other regions.
Tolu Adeoye has the details.
The figures are stark -
every year, around 11,500 women
die from breast cancer.
That's nearly 1000
deaths each month.
And this is concerning in London,
because here the attendance rate
at screenings was the lowest
in England last year.
Just 64% of women who were
invited to a screening
attended within six months.
And that falls well short
of the national target of 70%.
I've been speaking to one woman
who says screening has saved
the lives of several members
of her family.
So my mum has had breast cancer, my
aunt, I have add, 12 members of the
family have all had breast cancer.
Her family knows more than most how
important detecting cancer can be.
She found a lump while checking her
own breasts, but she says her mother
was saved by screening.
She went to
her first possible screening
appointment, slightly younger than
the normal age, 49 rather than 50,
but her turn came up, so she went.
She had three tumours, and they
wouldn't have been felt on
self-examination, so it was
important she went for screening, if
she thought she was too busy, which
she nearly did, it might have been
Greening is offered to
women between 50 and 70 years old.
-- screening. The vast majority of
women survive for five years after
screening, but many do not go, why?
We know women in London are busy and
it can be difficult to attend, and
women are more transient in London,
they move house more regularly, and
if they are registering with a GP,
their screening invitation may be
delayed. And we know that London has
higher rates of BME women, and I are
cultural sensitivities about talking
about breast screening, breast
cancer, and that can make it more
difficult for women to attend.
is some good news - although below
the national average overall, more
women are taking up screening than
ever before. Tower Hamlets had one
of the lowest rates across the
country, but following a number of
interventions that has been
significant improvement. They
include offering people second
appointments if they don't respond
to the first invitation, calling
people before an appointment, and
going out into the community to
remind people how important it is to
go for screenings. NHS England says
it is helping local areas to improve
the consistency of service for
patients across the country. This
woman says awareness is vital.
so important to talk about it so
other people are conscious of it,
they know to check themselves and go
for it so they can be diagnosed
Two men have died after a fire
in Tolworth in southwest London.
Five others were taken to hospital
for smoke inhalation.
The cause of the blaze
is not yet known.
Yvonne Hall has more.
The burned-out remains of the
building where two men lost their
lives this morning. Fire broke out
in a flat above a wine and food
store in Tolworth near Kingston just
before 5am. A loft conversion next
door also caught fire. Other homes
nearby had to be evacuated. It took
50 firefighters nearly three hours
to get the blaze under control. The
area has been called and off all day
with work now under way to make the
damaged building safe. -- cordoned
off. These officers are still tried
to contact all the relatives of the
men who died here before releasing
their identities. -- police
officers. Five people who live in
the flat survived but were taken to
hospital suffering from the effects
of breathing in smoke. They have
since been released. Meanwhile,
police and fire investigations are
under way to find exactly how this
blaze started. Yvonne Hall, BBC
London News, Tolworth, near
A father of four from South London
who posted homemade videos
on the internet glorifying
the Islamic State group has been
jailed for three years.
50-year-old Gary Staples
from South Norwood loaded up clips
showing armed IS fighters
and Osama Bin Laden.
He was found guilty of seven counts
of encouraging terrorism and one
count of disseminating a terrorist
publication last month.
Coming up later in the programme:
The artefacts that reveal more
about the cultural history
of some of the capital's
The wintry conditions have caused
some serious disruption
in some parts of the capital,
with rail services
in the east the worst hit.
More on that in a moment.
Even central London
saw a five-minute flurry,
which delighted many
who captured it on camera.
Here are just some of the pictures
you've been sending in.
There is no where I come from.
exciting, quite enjoyable.
been in London since last year, and
it is the first time I have seen
this much snow.
I am from Spain, it
doesn't snow much there either, so I
am excited for the snow.
So looking lovely.
If you weren't trying to travel
on parts of the transport network.
There was disruption, although not
as much as was expected.
Stations in Essex and Kent did see
delays and cancellations,
as our transport correspondent
Tom Edwards reports.
This time-lapse footage from a tower
block shows a snow storm
engulfing the Greenwich Peninsula.
Blizzards and snow showers came
and went throughout the day
in London and the Home Counties.
Sometimes it was localised,
It meant central London looked more
like Moscow at times.
And out in Essex, commuters
this morning faced cancellations
and delays on the trains.
It's a bit of a worry that it's
going to be cancelled last minute
when you've already got here,
especially because I planned
this for like a month.
They're doing all they can.
The main trains going
through are working,
it's just the little stations that
are struggling at the moment.
This evening, I think
it's going to be
quite difficult getting back,
so I don't know.
I think a lot of people
who are working in London are
probably going to really struggle.
An amended timetable
was brought in by Network Rail
and the train companies.
They thinned out services.
It meant they could
use more of these.
I think we were right
to make contingency plans,
and also to warn customers
what they were going to be,
and what the levels
of service were going to be.
I also think we were quite
when the weather hasn't proved
as bad as it was predicted,
to start reinstating services.
At some stations like Chelmsford,
it took over an hour
to get on a train as they were full.
And the overground and TfL
rail also suffered.
On the roads, ice did mean some
tricky driving conditions in places,
and longer journeys.
The M20 was just gridlocked.
We tried to go some backstreets,
and basically it was just even
worse, so we had to turn around
and come back due to the weather.
We'll just have to see
what the weather's like when we get
a bit further east, so...
hopefully, we'll make it on time.
Most transport in the capital hasn't
been badly affected yet,
although there will still be
apprehension from commuters about
what lies ahead later this week.
Well, let's pick up with Tom
at Victoria Station.
What's the latest?
Very busy here, actually, at
Victoria Station, big crowds
gathering, and a lot of delays and
cancellations. You might, for
example, be able to make out the
train to Orpington cancelled,
Ramsgate also cancelled, lots of
people standing around, waiting to
find out when next train home is
going to be. As for the restrictions
brought in by Network Rail, there
has been a little bit of criticism
of those behind-the-scenes. The
phrase as I have heard, overkill,
too draconian, way over the top.
Network Rail, though, they are a bit
dammed if they do, dammed if they
don't. They said to me, we are not
weather experts, our information
comes from the Met Office. There is,
though, a little bit of good news
for commuters - those restrictions
out into East Anglia, denied they
have been lifted, and TfL Rail and
the overground are getting a little
bit back to normal. The big question
now is how long that is going to
OK, thank you very much indeed. We
heard that they are not weather
experts, but Nick Miller is, thanks
for joining us again. Variations,
really, is what we seen, hard to
predict, puts a lot of pressure on
That is the case with snow showers,
and that has been the forecast over
the last couple of days, some areas
have add snow shower after snow
shower, particularly in the east of
London, where as others have had a
dusting, that brief snow shower in
London, maybe one centimetre out of
that. That is what the weather said
is delivering at that moment, that
big variety continuing with further
snow showers. -- we are looking at
Thursday and Friday for an area of
snow, some doubt about how much we
will see on Thursday, but likely to
get some snow on Friday, a longer
period of snow. How heavy? That is
open to debate, we will keep across
that, but the transition from
showers, hit and miss Komla more of
us seeing a longer period of snow
later in the week.
And a detailed
forecast later, thank you.
Wormwood Scrubs is again
under the spotlight,
just months after a damning report
into conditions there.
Now, the family of a 46-year-old
prisoner who recently killed himself
there believe he was let down
by the prison management.
Marc Ashdown reports.
Four weeks ago, an inmate
at Wormwood Scrubs
was stabbed to death.
Outside, we spoke to
worried relatives of other
prisoners at visiting time.
I'm terrified what's
going to happen next.
Whoever's been visiting today,
they are all really shocked.
This is Sarah today.
Tragically her partner died
at the prison on Friday.
He took his own life.
She believes the authorities
let him down.
They could have done more, yes,
cos I was concerned and they said
to me that they would monitor him
every day, and I don't
think that was true.
So, he was on hunger strike?
And I don't think that was true,
that he was getting monitored.
Her partner was jailed
after he became abusive
at a betting shop last year.
After a short sentence,
he was due to be deported
to his native Sri Lanka.
He had been refusing to eat.
The Prison Service has
offered its sincere condolences
and says a full independent
investigation will be carried out.
No more prison deaths!
Protesters outside Wormwood Scrubs
earlier this month again raised
concerns about conditions inside.
Repeated inspections have
flagged staff shortages
and high levels of violence.
Families just want to know
prisoners are safe.
London prisons take
people from local courts,
and there is a churn of people
coming in and out,
so people will come in on remand
or for short periods of time,
or until they are transferred
to a longer term prison.
So there are people coming
and going every day in huge numbers.
That puts a great strain
on the prison because the staff
They are awash with drugs, vermin,
they are overcrowded, filthy,
under resourced, understaffed.
They are not safe.
My partner was a loving
I loved him too much,
and he shouldn't have...
He shouldn't, he shouldn't.
I just wish he was
with me, that's all.
Mark Ashdown, BBC London News.
Still to come before seven:
making music the Furby way. We meet
the East Londoner who has created an
internet hit with the 90s toy.
We've heard about the great
things that becoming
the European City of Culture has
done for places like
Hull and Liverpool.
So, could the same happen
here for London with a new London
borough of culture award.
Up for grabs more than a million
pounds to the winning borough.
But as Ena Miller reports -
why announce just one winner -
when you could have two?
The London Mayor's call for action.
What Boro couldst... Could prove
that they deserve the title of
Borough capital of culture and win
the £1 million? The entries came
flooding in. 22 councils entered,
two winners for the next two years
were announced at the City Hall
today. Here is the first one.
winner of the London Borough of
culture 2020 ghosted...
It is Brent.
Our bid has been about
young people and raising aspirations
for them. Setting up that trust
whether young people will be at the
heart of it, leading from the front
is going to make sure that young
people become the next leaders Brent
What would you say to
those people who think the money
could be better spent somewhere
Culture and arts is who we
are. We want young people to be
doing constructive and useful things
rather than being led astray and
giving criminal acts, so it is an
investment in young people, in
communities, but it also brings in
jobs and taxes to our city and
The Mayor's job was only
done after he announced the winners
of 2019. And the celebrations
continued all the way to
I work with young people and the
general consensus is that the
authorities don't really care, but I
think this is the perfect way and
the perfect statement to show that,
yeah, we do care.
Leaving all the
celebrations behind us, we are
entering one of the spaces that will
benefit from the award. Now, the
council says the money will go
towards developing culture and will
also go towards protecting the jobs
that create it.
We need to give more
studio spaces, more office desks.
Each borough at dart-mac it seems a
challenge that every borough is up.
Emma Miller, BBC London News. Former
Arsenal striker Ian Wright says he
cannot make a case for us in Wenger
remaining as manager of Arsenal
beyond the end of this season. --
Arsene. Ian Wright said the club
should change managers as soon as
I want Arsenal to start
the challenge again and to sign
players that make people excited
again, I want somebody who will come
into the Arsenal board who will lay
down the law to people, and a new
manager, whoever that is going to
be, and the players who are now on
easy street literally. A few of them
own easy street and read out
properties on it. It will take
Arsenal a few years to get back into
that because remember, everybody is
progressing right now and moving
forward, all of them.
Next, continuing our look at how
different cultures in the capital
have influenced London.
It coincides with the BBC's
documentary series Civilisations
about significant works of art
and what it tells us
about the people who created them.
Tonight, Wendy Hurrell
reports on the connection
between an artefact
in the Wallace Collection and
the Indian community in Southall.
Some 300,000 people from the Indian
subcontinent live in the capital. In
Southall in west London, the colour,
spice and sound of their culture
makes snowy streets vibrant. Just up
the road in Hayes, traditional
Indian sweets are being whipped,
rolled and decorated.
When there is
the birth of a child, someone is
getting married or engaged,
graduation, any time, Indian sweets
are giving out just to celebrate
with us the joyous occasions.
are named after a word that derives
from the word for snow. This is a
dagger made early in the 1600s and
evidence points to it having been
owned by Prince Koran, who became
the Mogul emperor and commissioned
the Taj Mahal.
There are a number of
things in the Wallace collection
that are associated with famous
historical figures. There is a
portrait of the Prince in the
Victoria and Albert. He he's wearing
gold decorated with stones, and it
has a duck's head over the top. It
is a dagger of unprecedented
richness. It is set with something
like 2000 tiny pieces of Ruby,
emerald and diamond is. -- diamond.
It is a human masterpiece, and human
beings dug some rare materials out
of the ground and they made that.
Its presence here tells us about the
British Empire. Its combination of
Islamic and Hindu styles reveals the
secrets of the Muslim empire. Back
at the burgeoning sweet shop empire
in Southall, an opportunity for
Rocky road, Eton
mess... We will be adding more
flavours to match the continents.
And just to say the programme
Civilisations is on this Thursday
at nine o'clock on BBC Two.
For details of events happening
near you, go to the the website,
Now, you may remember these toy
creatures from the late '90s.
But trust me - you've never seen
Furbies quite like this.
Because an East Londoner who prides
himself on turning junk into musical
instruments has made an organ out
of them, and it's
become an online hit.
So we sent our very own Furby,
Gareth Furby, to meet
the musical inventor.
We're inside a disused building
of the Mile End Road in East London
to meet a 27-year-old
called Sam Battle.
He's rapidly filling this room
with electronic inventions he's
This is my lair where I make things.
Basically, I build this stuff.
They are musical instruments,
often made out of other
When I'm very lucky,
I find it on the streets.
I've never been shy
of diving into a skip when
I see one.
And we're not recommending
you do this at home,
but this is a skill Sam's taught
himself over the past six years.
I was quite bad
at physics at school,
not very good at science,
didn't get very good grades,
but I am just very practically
minded, so this just
kind of worked.
He's starting to make a bit
of a name for himself,
taking his inventions on tour,
so here are his top three.
In third place, the musical bike.
With a synthesiser
and a drum machine on
In second place, the megadrone.
I call it a megadrone
because one pitch would
be a drone, but this
100 of them.
The point is to see
what it would sound like.
If it doesn't exist, build it.
But even that can't
compare to his newest and
most ambitious creation.
At number one...
This is a Furby organ.
It takes 45 Furbies.
I've found them in charity
shops, car-boot sales.
Each of the Furbies
are assigned a note,
and they are assigned a key to sing,
so they are singing in tune.
Of course, for someone
who shares the
name Furby, which has been traced
back to medieval Yorkshire but was
then adopted by a toy company,
this is all quite fascinating.
But even Sam admits
he may have created
something a little unpleasant.
I've made a monstrosity.
This is like Frankenstein's
What have I done?!
It's already a viral hit
on the internet, and soon
they'll be joining him on tour.
Gareth Furby, BBC London News.
that is quite something!
Time for a check on this bitterly
cold weather, and Nick's here.
It is about to get even colder out
and about tomorrow. Here is another
view of the snow shower that came
through this afternoon. We have
another warning out to be aware of
the potential for snow. Some places
will get nothing and others will
just get a few centimetres overnight
and into the morning. We expect the
heaviest showers to be well to the
East of us, running through parts of
Essex and Kent, running through
Surrey overnight and into the
morning. You could see a snow shower
just about anywhere. As we saw in
central London today, it doesn't
take long for that snow to
accumulate to a few centimetres.
Those are your overnight
temperatures, well below freezing,
so it will feel bitterly cold in the
morning. Check the situation before
you head out in case the snow
showers have had an impact during
the course of the night on the
travel situation near you. A few
more showers in the morning, but
through into the afternoon, it
becomes mainly dry, with a bit of
dry, sunny weather around. It does
nothing for the temperature. This
would be a chilly night at this time
of year. These are the daytime highs
tomorrow, so some not getting above
freezing. Factor in the wind, this
is quite breathtaking. This is what
it will feel like at times during
the day tomorrow. In two minus
double figures. Talking snow showers
at the moment, a quieter day to come
tomorrow, but then we are watching
this area of low pressure coming up
from Iberia and pushing a spell of
snow to southern parts of the UK. As
we go into Friday, we could see more
widespread snow pushing up across
our path of the world that may be
lasting some time. This is the
outlook as we go through the rest of
the week. Look how the temperatures
head up into the start of next week.
Bitterly cold now, but the end is in
The weather is one of our main
headlines than that. Snow has caused
major disruption in many areas
across the UK. Treacherous driving
conditions, train cancellations and
dozens of flight delays. Hundreds of
schools have been closed and there
could be worse weather to come
The international trade Secretary
Liam Fox says any form of customs
union with the EU after Brexit would
be a complete sell-out for the UK.
A major report has found women in
Greater London are the least likely
to be screened for breast cancer.
London also lags behind other
regions when it comes to early
detection rates. More on the day's
stories on the website, and lots of
your snow pictures on our Facebook
page. Thanks for those. I'll be back
later during the Ten O'Clock News.
Thanks for watching and do have a
lovely evening. Goodbye.