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The NHS doctor who's free
to practice again after being
cleared of gross negligence.
The surgeon gives his reaction.
I think it's been unjust
that we've been put
through all of this,
but, naturally, we are delighted
that we've come through this,
with the help of my family
and our friends.
After another burst main causes
chaos, the Mayor criticises
Thames Water for a lack
of long term planning.
Plus the women who run London.
Tonight, we hear from the fire
brigade's first female
Commissioner and ask,
does she feel like a role model?
I do absolutely feel like a role
model, and when I see groups
of young girls like these amazing
girls here, it just makes me feel
proud that I can show them
there is a way forward.
They don't have to do traditional
jobs, they can challenge themselves
and they can be firefighters.
His name is Michael Caine.
And next week he celebrates his 85th
birthday with a documentary -
his take on the Swinging 60s.
Good evening, and a very warm
welcome to the programme.
Over a 30 year career,
Dr David Sellu established himself
as one of London's top surgeons.
That was until a patient died
in his care, he was convicted
of manslaughter and sent to jail.
Dr Sellu and his wife then began
a long battle to clear his name.
Eventually they managed
to have his conviction overturned -
but even then, still had to fight
the medical establishment
to allow him to return to practice.
A tribunal has now
FINALLY vindicated him.
He's been telling our political
editor, Tim Donovan, how that feels.
His professional reputation restored
and his name cleared the relief
evident. This has been eight very
difficult year, eight years in which
we have been through many, many
investigations, inquests, a criminal
trial and now a trial in a
regulatory setting, we have been so
traumatised by this case, that I
think it's been unjust we have been
put through all of this.
It has been
horrendous, our life has been put on
hold all those years. And we've all
suffered. Our children, people close
James Hughes is sorely missed by his
sip six children and five
grandchildren. He ran a building
firm in west London before retiring
to Northern Ireland.
He was 66 and active, but with
problems with his knee. To put that
right he went for a routine op at
the private Clementine Churchill
hospital in harrow, that appeared to
go fine but then he got severe some
Macpains and Dr Sellu was called in.
He operated on Mr Hughes for a
perforated bowel. He died a
day-and-a-half later. Though he had
been is cleared of manslaughter the
general meed council pursued
disciplinary proceedings. He was
accused of failing to perform urgent
surgery but was cleared. The
tribunal heard there was no
anaesthetists and the only one was
delayed. It heard that Jame Hughes
hadn't shown signs of of
We all make mistakes
in all walks of life, unfortunately
us doctor, one difficulty that the
public need to recognise is that our
mistakes o if they are mistakes
sometimes cause harm or loss of
life. That said, I do not think I
made any mistakes in my approach to
the management of this patient and
therefore I do not believe that this
was a case that should have come as
far as it did.
Dr Sellu 's case is
timely because how the General
Medical Council deals with
malpractice cases is the subject of
a government review.
It does make
one question the British justice
system, he really didn't deserve
what they did to him. He went to
prison for it. What does that
After 30 years of previously
blemishless service he is free to
resume practise but what he does and
where is yet to decide. It won't get
back the lost years of being
ostracised and accused.
Coming up later in the programme....
We look at claims the Royal Wedding
is bringing more homeless people
to windsor as they seek out tourists
who'll give them cash.
After days of no water in south
London, today a burst pipe flooded
the streets in Tooting,
forcing some businesses to close.
It's prompted the local MP to call
for new legislation to give
the water regulator more powers.
Thames Water says the incident had
nothing to do with the recent
problems across London.
But the mayor has accused
the company of "decades
and has demanded answers.
As Marc Ashdown reports.
Tooting Broadway underwater.
The early hours of this morning,
the road resembles a river.
The latest burst water pipe to bring
chaos to south London.
It left commuters with a precarious
journey to work and many
businesses closed, and trying,
some more successfully than others,
to deal with flooded shops.
Never seen anything like it before,
to actually come into the shops.
Just yards from the burst pipe,
staff at this charity shop said
there was waist high water gushing
past, but miraculously
the doors was held firm.
We thought that everything would be
flooded, but luckily someone
was looking after us,
and, yeah, back to business.
You're going to carry
on, you are open?
Yeah, of course.
We don't let nothing stop us!
Thames Water said this incident
is unrelated to the recent
disruption caused by pipes cracking
in the severe weather.
This 30 inch pipe is one
of the oldest in London,
dating back to the 1830s.
Thames say they had a team on site
here within 15 minutes to shut off
this pipe and reduce the flow,
and as you can see, pretty much now
it has receded altogether.
Their team has been here all day,
assisting businesses and residents
who they admit will have suffered
some disruption to their water
supply, and for that
they've apologised, which,
as people round here know,
they've got used to doing recently.
The local MP says "sorry"
isn't good enough.
She's calling for tough action.
I think fundamentally the time has
come to legislate for this.
We need to make sure that
Ofwat have the powers
that they need in order
to make sure that things
up regulated properly.
Look, they said they
couldn't see this coming.
It's a 200-year-old pipe.
It was always going to be coming.
This is happening all across London
and enough is enough.
Local residents have been
without water for four
days, some of them.
Schools have been closed
and now local businesses
are going to be suffering,
due to a loss of local revenue.
It has been a difficult
few days the Thames.
Thousands of people cut off
and accusations of a slow,
poorly communicated response plan.
And today, a huge stockpile
of water has sprung up to hand out
with just a slow trickle
of residents still in need.
How long have you been without?
Erm, five days.
How many kids have you got,
have you got kids?
The Mayor of London has
written to Thames blaming
decades of underinvestment
for the recent problems.
Sadiq Khan wants pipe upgrade work
intensified and said Londoners need
assurances things will be
markedly different when -
not if - this happens again.
Marc Ashdown, BBC London News.
A Parliamentary inquiry has begun
hearing evidence today
into the sale of fur,
after a BBC London investigation
revealed how market stalls and shops
across the capital were found
selling fake fur that
was actually real.
Well Alex Bushill who covered
that story, was one
of those giving evidence.
So what did the inquiry hear?
This inquiry was launched and we
were invited to give evidence after
our investigation which secretly
recorded 17 shops and stalls across
London. The vendors told us that the
fur trim on the coat or hat was
synthetic fur, not real. Latest
tests revealed the reverse was true,
it was animal fur, have a look.
Now the vendors that used their
right to reply told us that the faux
fur was provided by their suppliers
and they were reassured it was faux
fur, so they acted in good faith.
Others are simply assumed that the
price they sourced it at it had to
be fake fur, they were wrong, the
Select Committee has been alarmed,
that I have launched this inquiry,
they want to know how bad the
problem is, here is is a sample of
some of the Ed they heard this
morning, including the evidence of
an animal rights group.
It was true
across the board is retailers and
traders are shocked that real fur
can be available so cheaply.
can see the logic that you would
sort of, you decide well it is so
cheap it can't possibly be real.
Real. I think my it has slipped
through the net I think.
You need to
be able to make informed choices, it
is the conner rights issue and it is
about whether people are being able
to make informed choices.
Camden's market said it will ban the
sale of fur.
A they have said no
more fur will be sold. On that
point, they have reassured us there
will be daily inspections to ensure
any fake fur will be that, will be
fake f it seems our investigation
has had something of an effect.
Thank you for that.
One area in London is appealing
for more private landlords to offer
homes to Syrian refugees.
Under a government scheme -
more than 500 Syrians
have been resettled
across the capital since 2015.
But councils say they're struggling
with the housing crisis
while at the same time campaigners
are demanding even more
refugees be taken in.
Chris Rogers reports from Islington.
These two women have formed the most
unlikely of close friendships.
Yvette is a London landlady
and Layla is her tenant.
A refugee from war-torn Syria.
She was a miracle for me, angel.
Comes to help us.
The home changed our life
for 100%, to better.
Leila, her husband and three
children are among ten
Syrian refugee families
to settle in Islington.
Under a government scheme London
councils are funded to pay the rent,
and support parents into work,
and children into school.
Although there is obviously a small
hit because you don't get market
rent, we get secure rent,
it's regular, there's no
gaps between tenancies,
and it's an amazing way
of being able to offer
help to families that are just
like ours, and have found themselves
in a difficult time in their lives.
Islington Council says it is mindful
of the housing crisis,
but there's the issue.
They now need to appeal for more
landlords to help refugees.
We aren't able to give any council
housing to our Syrian
because frankly there isn't enough.
We have 19,000 people
on the waiting list,
so we just don't have any council
properties to offer,
and that's why this partnership
with the private landlords
is so important to us.
But could the demand to house
Syrian refugees increase?
10,000 have been given refuge
by the UK from a devastating war,
with strong support
from London local authorities.
The UN Refugee Agency UNHCR warn
the Government's quota of 20,000
is simply not enough.
The success of the scheme has
fuelled calls from campaigners
and politicians for the Government
to do more, and take in perhaps
another 10,000 refugees,
particularly children -
and not just from Syria,
but other war-torn countries.
The Home Office tell us it has no
planned to increase its quota.
For now, Layla's family are among
the minority to escape war
for a new start in London.
Chris Rogers, BBC London News.
Now to mark International
Women's Day on Thursday,
this week we're getting an insight
into the some of women
who run London.
First up - Fire Commissioner Dany
Cotton, who talks macho image,
Grenfell, and what she needs
to survive the long hours.
I caught up with her
at Lee Green Fire Station
in south east London,
where she was meeting teenage girls
taking part in a week long
course with the brigade.
Get yourself rigged
and ready for roll call.
Dany, does it remind
you of your teenage self?
Oh, definitely, just
looking at them doing this,
the first time you put your fire
gear on, it's so exciting,
but a bit scary too.
That's it, well done.
The beginning was tough, you know.
I was one of about 30 women out
of 6000 firefighters.
I think we were probably tested
more than the guys were,
because there was some questions
around can women really do it?
Are women still being put off
a career in the Fire Service
because it's still seen
as a job for men?
I think they are, and I think it's
really important that we role model
women and that we talk
about the fact women
can be firefighters.
we explain the role.
I think people do still think it's
just about heroic macho stuff
and you have to be six foot
tall and strong.
Were there ever times in your career
that you either turned
up at a fire station,
and perhaps they were
expecting a man?
Oh yeah, and continuously,
across a whole range of things,
you know, because Dany is a sort
of a gender neutral name,
any even now I get stuff written
to me that says Mr Danny Cotton,
even as London Fire Commissioner.
Two women running London's
major services, it's not
that long ago that that
would have been unthinkable.
Completely, and even now
sometimes people are quite
surprised that it's happened,
and in the same year, which has just
been a great coincidence,
but a really fantastic one,
because it has just given us
the sort of support and shown,
for me, young girls and young women
that there are fantastic career
opportunities out there in non sort
of traditional roles.
Your first year, of course,
the tragic events of Grenfell.
Do you remember the moment
you got the call?
Vividly, because I was at home.
It was in the middle of the night.
I remember thinking at the very
start, this is going to be something
very different and it's going to be
something we've never
You've said you never get rid
of the guilt and responsibility.
What did you mean?
I was responsible for every single
firefighter on the fire ground that
day, and it felt like the biggest
weight of responsibility
I have ever had.
I have never honestly experienced
that feeling of anxiety,
responsibility and care.
If you were looking at that
building, you couldn't help
but look at that and just
have an overwhelming
feeling of concern.
How do you cope with the images
that you saw that night?
I think a lot of it for me has been
about having counselling,
and I've been really
honest about that.
I don't think I could have
processed it on my own.
I think it's a very difficult...
For me, walking round the fire
ground, talking to my firefighters,
having them physically break down
in front of me is something that
I've never experienced before.
Do you think admitting that
vulnerability is a touch
from your leadership,
because you are a woman?
Do you think that would have
happened under a male Commissioner?
I'm not so sure it would have done.
I can't judge what people
would have thought,
because it was such a different
night, but I felt it's OK for me
to be really honest about that.
Do you expect to be
criticised in the inquiry?
I think that if we are not
questioned about our actions
and questioned about everything
we do, then the inquiry
isn't doing its job.
I think, inevitably,
there will be people who maybe don't
understand what happened that night,
or the role of a firefighter,
who might ask some
But, as I said, I think it's really
important we are just
there to provide those answers,
to give honest information,
so that people can decide
what really happened and,
more importantly, to prevent
something like this
ever happening again.
Do you feel like a role model?
I do absolutely feel
like a role model.
And when I see groups of young girls
like these amazing girls here,
it just makes me feel proud that
I can show them there
is a way forward.
They don't have to do
They can challenge themselves.
And tell us something that perhaps
people wouldn't expect
about the Fire Commissioner,
or something that
might surprise people.
So, I have to eat regularly,
and that's not always good
in this job, but I try
and have snacks everywhere.
Do you get hangry?
I'm a proper hangry person.
People learn that quite
quickly with me, if I don't
get my food regularly,
on time, and I drink way too
much tea, and I really
like Earl Grey tea with milk,
which people think
is weird, big yeah.
So food and drinking regularly
are very important for me.
She is not the only one! Formidable
and a sense of humour.
And tomorrow we hear from
the Met Commissioner Cressida Dick -
the first woman to lead Britain's
largest police force.
Stay with us, still
to come before 7...
A new exhibition celebrates the
cultural Revolution of the 1960s, by
bringing together some of its most
famous faces. And, temperatures are
set to climb as we head towards the
weekend, but that doesn't
necessarily mean it will always be
sunny. All the details, later in the
Few would have given Tottenham
a chance of getting this far
in the Champions League.
So it's a big night for fans,
as they're now on the brink
of a place in the quarter-finals.
But standing in their way
are Italian giants Juventus.
For Tottenham to have either made it
this far is pretty special. They
beat Real Madrid in their group and
Borussia Dortmund twice to top that
group and then drew Juventus in the
last 16. They found themselves 2-0
down after just nine minutes of that
first leg three weeks ago but
battled back for an impressive 2-2
draw. Mauricio Pochettino's side
have a marginal advantage tonight.
Because those two away goals they
don't necessarily have to win, a
goalless draw 1-1 draw will be
enough. Pochettino says his now feel
truly at home among your's elites.
Of course, in Europe the people
start to respect more Tottenham,
but of course we respect our
football, our philosophy.
We try to develop good
football, the football
that we love and that we feel.
And, of course, yes,
we feel that we have the respect.
It is not just those who have the
respect of your's finest, it's the
ever improving form of Harry Kane.
He has scored nine goals in his
first nine Champions League
appearances, the first player ever
to do that. Tottenham fans are
hoping he can make it at least ten
in ten tonight. But, of course,
spares will have to be wary against
the truly talented Juventus team.
They've reached two the last three
Champions League finals. If Spurs
managed to get through, it will
truly count among their finest ever
results in European competition.
It's been claimed more homeless
people have moved to Windsor ahead
of the Royal Wedding,
despite a row over proposals
to fine rough sleepers.
The council were due to debate
the issue this evening -
but it has now put those
plans on hold.
Sarah Harris has the story.
Sometimes when you have
nowhere to stay, this
is what you have to do.
Homelessness - it's hard to explain,
especially in one of the wealthiest
parts of the country.
But some residents in Windsor
believe the publicity around
the forthcoming Royal wedding has
attracted more rough
sleepers to the Royal town,
keen to make the most generous
donations from tourists.
If you give a man four walls
and a roof, he'll survive.
Kenny Morris used to work
for the homeless charity Shelter
and believes they should be moved
on for their own good.
What they used to turn up with,
a sleeping bag and maybe a dog
and then they'd move on.
They're certainly not now.
Now they've got, like as you can
see, little houses.
Whether they're taking
advantage of it or not
is not down for me to say,
but there is definitely
a difference, certainly now
the wedding's coming.
Last month in Edinburgh, the Royal
couple showed their support
for a charity getting rough
sleepers back into work.
Sunny is originally from Slough
but denies setting up
by the cashpoint next to the castle
to benefit from tourists.
It's not just Windsor,
it's all up and down the country
people are homeless.
It is only highlighted
here because of the wedding,
but this is like a normal
problem in this country.
It shouldn't be, we're one of
the richest countries in the world.
Those working to support rough
sleepers say they can make more
than £200 a day begging,
but Murphy, a former
rough sleeper himself,
denies the publicity around
the wedding is attracting
more people to the town.
The only difference is,
where they've bedded down.
Because people use to bed down
in parks, now people are bedding
down on the high street
and the perception is that
homelessness is on the increase.
The local council got into hot water
when its leader made
so-called insensitive tweets
about homeless people.
Now his deputy says plans to issue
fines have been put on hold.
These people who are living
on the streets will die prematurely.
And I'm not prepared,
as all the time I'm a counsellor,
to allow that to happen
and I want to make sure
that the help is in place.
It's understood for security reasons
the police will move on rough
sleepers on the wedding day itself,
but that won't solve
the long-term issue -
the most basic of cardboard homes
next to a Royal fortress.
Sarah Harris, BBC London News.
Sir Michael Caine will be
celebrating his 85th
Birthday next week.
To mark the occasion
the London actor will release
a new documentary -
his take on the swinging sixties.
There's also a pop-up
exhibition which will open
tomorrow in Carnaby Street.
Emma North has been to take a look.
Growing up in London in the 1950s
was predictable and dull. My
generation demanded new beginnings.
It said every generation pushes back
against the one that has just gone
before, but Michael Caine thinks
there was something pretty special
about London in the 1960s.
It was the first time the future was
shaped by young people.
The film my generation is a
full-blown joyride through Michael
Caine's youth growing up in London,
and to go with it, there's an
exhibition showing a time of huge
style and quite a lot of making it
up as he went along.
I didn't have a
clue what was going on, everything
was for the first time. Everything
was exciting. Practically every day
was a new experience. I didn't know
what the others were doing. Look at
this wonderful picture up here.
Sandra worked for the likes of
Vogue. Her best pictures came when
she got her models to dance.
bring their music and sometimes I
would bring them -- played in
Strauss and sometimes chubby
checker, if I wanted them to twist.
The show includes work by the likes
of Terry O'Neill, whose first job on
a newspaper was photographing the
Beatles. The exhibition's to rate
had to go through 40,000 pictures to
bring this collection together.
Everything began to change. You
could be working class and you could
be a hero, you could be a film star,
you could be anything. That, the way
that revolution happened in the 60s
is still continuing now.
Some of the
places which made their mark back
then are still big attractions, but
half a century on, what can London
learn from the 1960s?
kids a chance. They don't really
trust kids, do they? They give them
a job but they don't really trust
them but they should trust them,
because out of that comes
It was our time... The best time of
My generation is out next
week and the exhibition starts in
Carnaby Street tomorrow.
He really is a legend! Time for the
weather and Ben Rich is here. I was
going to say the weatherman but I'm
not sure unless you are in Michael
Maybe a big Michael Caine found. As
far as the weather goes, the story
of Art where the movie in the next
few days is
of Art where the movie in the next
few days is a pretty mixed one. Ups
and downs. The temperature is going
up but at times, the rain will be
coming down. Not the best of starts
to the day for many. If you are out
and about in central London this
morning it looked a bit like that
over Tower Bridge. By this
afternoon, the day ended on a bright
note for many. You can see on our
radar picture, the rain we had first
thing took a while to clear away
from Essex and Kent but then things
were largely dry. One or two showers
passing from West to east. You would
have been fairly lucky to catch too
many of those. One or two showers
continuing tonight, some Chris Bell
is as well. After midnight, more
cloud spreading from the West,
strengthening breeze and some
outbreaks of rain if you're out and
about early tomorrow. It will not be
a cold start to the day. 2-5d.
Tomorrow, very wet weather first
thing but it should clear away in
time for a shower I suspect an skies
brightened. Some sunshine, hints of
one or two showers passing in the
breeze but nothing too significant.
Many places will stay dry through
the afternoon. The breeze will be a
feature, you will notice it but
temperatures 8-10d. Compare it with
a weaker goats, a completely
different feel. Another mile day on
Friday. A bright start and then a
bit more cloud spreading from the
south. I suspect we will stay dry
right until the end of the day.
9-11d, the temperature is continuing
to lift. That is the theme that
takes it and we can but not before
we have seen a bit of rain during
Friday night. This frontal system
pushes North Woods but as we get
into the weekend, the weather driven
by this area of low pressure and
circulating around that, we will get
into a southerly wind. That will
bring some really mild air in our
direction. Remember what things were
like last week, and think of it in a
very, very different way as we head
towards weekend. Look at that, 13,
maybe 14 degrees. With that some
rain at times. Apps the mist and
fog. If you didn't like the cold
last week you'll probably like
what's coming up. Thank you.
Tonight's main news headline:
The Metropolitan Police say
that they believe a nerve agent
was used to poison Sergei Skripal
and his daughter Yulia in Sailsbury.
A police officer who helped them
at the scene is now also
in a serious condition in hospital.
in a serious condition in hospital.
That was the latest update on that
story. I will be back with the
latest at 10:30pm. From all of us