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officer taken ill after heaping the

former Russian spy

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Coming up on BBC London News...

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We hear from the parents

of a severely disabled baby boy

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who's died after his life support

was withdrawn against their wishes,

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after long legal battle.

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Right now, all I can feel is pure

anger. All I know is justice was

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served at all.

-- was not served.

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Medical staff say their thoughts

are with the parents.

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Also tonight...

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Putting their lives at risk -

a mother's warning

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against an online craze that

saw her son putting himself

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in the path of oncoming traffic.

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Plus, the oil slick

which threatened wildlife

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on a stretch of the River Lea.

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Now the Government reveals it knows

who was responsible.

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And, on International Women's Day,

we're on the beat

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with head of the Met.

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-- with the first

female head of the Met.

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She tells us what her late mum

would have thought of her becoming

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the first female commissioner.

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I think she would have laughed and

been amazed that her little girl had

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gone on to do this.

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A very warm welcome

to the programme.

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The parents of a severely

disabled baby -

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who fought against London doctors

over the decision to

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withdraw his treatment -

have paid an emotional tribute

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to their "brave little boy

who fought all the way".

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One-year-old Isaiah Haastrup passed

away hours after being

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removed from life support.

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It was switched off

after his parents lost

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a long-running legal battle.

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They told us, they are heartbroken,

as they shared photos of their final

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moments with their son.

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Marc Ashdown reports.

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Isaiah Haastrup's short life came

to a tragic end yesterday evening.

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While he's been fighting to live,

his parents have been

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fighting his hospital,

determined he should be given

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every chance to survive.

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He had a little

cheekiness about him.

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Especially when you come

beside him and call his name,

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when you open his eyes and stuff

and turn his head towards you.

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That I'm going to miss, but,

right now, all I can feel

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is just pure anger and...

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All I know is justice

was not served at all.

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Isaiah was born at Kings College

Hospital last February.

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He suffered catastrophic

brain damage.

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After an investigation,

Kings eventually apologised

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for mistakes doctors made that day.

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His parents originally

accepted his prognosis but in April

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they saw signs of life and disagreed

he should simply be allowed to die.

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The hospital went to the High Court

to seek legal backing.

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In November, a judge

agreed to a second opinion

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from an independent expert.

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In January the court ruled life

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support could be removed.

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After the parents' appeals to UK

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and European courts failed,

yesterday, medical support

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was removed and Isaiah passed away.

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Kings told us they have always

actively sought to involve Isaiah's

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parents in his care and have always

acted in his best interests.

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They say the decision to apply

to the courts to remove

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treatment was only taken

after careful consideration.

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The parents still feel let down.

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They say in court the doctors

claimed Isaiah could only breed

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-- breathe for a few minutes unaided

- he actually survived

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yesterday for seven hours.

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They'd always argued he'd

have a chance of living

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if he was weaned slowly

off life support.

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These are Isaiah's

last precious moments.

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Parents must be listened to more

and not just say, well,

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the doctors have spoken and looking

at the parents from a prism of,

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they are in grief or pain.

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They don't know what they're doing,

they're delusional.

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But they allowed you to

get a second opinion?

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All the judges agreed

with the hospital.

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The attitude of the court is,

well, we don't care.

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They're doctors, we are not a doctor

will stop that we are the parents,

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and we see our child.

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We see him helpless in the bed.

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The beauty of it is Isaiah

showed us what he can do

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and that he wanted to live.

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As a system we let him down again,

even at that stage.

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I think we need to review our system

and save more kids.

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Kings maintained it was always

impossible to predict how long

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Isaiah could breathe

on his own and their priority

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was to ensure he was

comfortable with his family.

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We kept talking to him,

we kept singing to him,

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to encourage him, to let him know

we were here for him.

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And he fought,

he fought all the way.

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And Marc, a really upsetting

story for all involved.

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A sad and tragic end to a difficult

year. Upsetting and distressing for

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the family but also for the hospital

staff. There are no villains will

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stop their one set out to harm

Isaiah but there are lessons to be

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learned. The one at the centre is

about trust. Any hospital manager

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watching now will be concerned about

the fundamental breakdown between

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parents and the medical experts.

Such a difficult case but not the

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only one of its kind.

The young lady

being treated at Kings, we have

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reported that story and also Alfie

Evans, the case is being played out

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in Liverpool right now. What unites

them is parents are differing wildly

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in their views of what is the best

care, challenging the view that the

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doctor knows best. Today the parents

are saying, what if? Have we

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received the best care? Hospitals

will want to persuade people you can

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trust us and they will want to make

parents feel they are fully

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involved. Sadly, more of these cases

might crop up.

Thank you.

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You're watching BBC London News.

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Coming up later in the programme...

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I am in Totten is more details

emerge of who caused the oil spill

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which aren't wild life on this

stretch of the River Lee. --

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Tottenham.

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A teenager has died

after being shot at a cinema

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complex in Wood Green.

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Armed police were on the scene last

night along with paramedics.

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The 19-year-old was taken

to hospital but died

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a short time later.

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No arrests have been made.

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Here's Alpa Patel.

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This was the scene outside a popular

cinema in Wood Green last night.

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Today, cordoned off, along with

several restaurants and a bus stop.

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While forensic officers conduct a

thorough search of the area after a

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19-year-old was shot and killed

before half-past midnight last

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night. We met Brian Finnegan, who

was walking home shortly after the

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shooting he told us what he saw.

Myself and two colleagues, we were

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heading home and we actually saw the

guy. He was on the ground. There

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were two girls and one fella. They

were trying to comfort him but, as

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far as we know, he was already gone.

Just a terrible scene to see when

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you are heading home.

Brian and

another witness told us they saw the

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teenager lying on the ground inside

the doors of the cinema. We have

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been speaking to several residents

and people who own businesses in

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this immediate area. Most wouldn't

appear on camera out of fear of

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being identified. What they did tell

us was about their worries of gangs

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operating in and around this

complex. They said that stabbings,

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and the sound of gunshots, had

become a regular occurrence around

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here. Brian, who lives in the local

area, echoed those views.

If there

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were less crime, no knives were no

guns, whatever, it would be a lovely

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area.

How bad is the crime around

here?

Well, what has been

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experienced in the last few weeks,

quite bad.

Police say they are

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looking into whether this murder was

gang-related. They also want to

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speak to anyone who saw two people

making off on mopeds shortly after

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the shooting. The 19-year-old is the

second person to die from a gunshot

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wound this year in London and the

seventh teenager to be killed on

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London's streets will stop --

streets.

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A man, who killed three

former partners, has

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had his minimum sentence increased

at the Court of Appeal.

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54-year-old Theodore Johnson

from north London, had two previous

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convictions for manslaughter

when he was jailed for life

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for murder in January.

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He was ordered to serve at least

26 years behind bars

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but three senior judges said

that the minimum tariff was too

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lenient and it's been

increased to 30 years.

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The Government is warning travellers

not to repeat the action

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of some railway passengers

who walked on the tracks

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near Lewisham station last week

when their train was stranded

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for four hours.

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The Southeastern service

from London Bridge to Dartford

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stopped as engineers were unable

to move a broken down train further

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up the line amid the snow and ice.

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Some of the passengers forced open

the doors to escape.

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The deputy leader of

Westminster City Council

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has "stepped aside"

while an investigation

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into his conduct takes place.

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Conservative councillor Robert Davis

declared receiving more

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than 500 gifts and hospitality over

a three-year period.

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Last month, he referred himself

to the council's monitoring officer.

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He strenuously denies any

wrongdoing, but the council's

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Labour group says his

behaviour was inappropriate.

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It will transform rail

journeys through London.

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That's how the new

Transport Minister

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Jo Johnson greeted plans

for new Thameslink

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services announced today.

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It'll mean shorter journeys

and capacity freed up on the Tube.

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Mr Johnson, whose

surname may be familiar,

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also recently became

Minister for London.

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Our political editor, Tim Donovan,

joined him on his journey today.

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Not just an opportunity to get a

different perspective but for the

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new rail minister chance to get good

news on the trains, extra through

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service is happening on Tenzing,

joining Cambridge and Peterborough

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in the north to Brighton and Horsham

in the south and relieving pressure

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on London's choopo. Yell it will

transform services. We're on a train

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from Brighton, all the way through

London, to Cambridge was that this

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is really transforming journeys for

people. What has happened is the

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East Coast Main line has been joined

to Thames -- Thamelink. Thousands of

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passengers do not have to get up at

Kings Cross and on again at London

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Bridge.

This has opened up and

created a network of further journey

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opportunities for passengers.

As

well as being new rail minister,

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this visitor was also a

representative from London.

It is

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about looking for opportunities we

have before us. We need a city

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attracting inward investment. That

is what I want to work with as the

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Mayor of London to achieve. The

previous mayor has a strong legacy

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from his eight years as the Mayor of

London and we have seen in many of

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the things around us today.

Do you

think Sadiq Khan is damaging that

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legacy?

Here's early on in his

mayoralty and has a lot to prove.

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What about complaints about the hard

seats on the trains?

I have been

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sitting in it for a while but I find

it home and comfortable.

He headed

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off, in press with what he had seen.

Passengers will find out for

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themselves when the new services

begin in May. -- impressed.

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The Government says a potential

source of an oil spill

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along the River Lea in north east

London has been traced.

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Last month plus Max Bill it is being

investigated by the Environment

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Agency. --

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The Environment Agency

is investigating last month's

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spillage between Enfield and Newham.

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Let's get more from Louisa Preston

who's on the banks of the river now.

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Louisa...

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the oil spillage caused chaos and

the clean-up operation is ongoing.

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Wildlife was really badly affected.

We saw lots of pictures of swans

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covered in black oil who had to be

rescued and then taken to local

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sanctuaries where they were cleaned.

It caused chaos for people living on

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the river. Basically, people living

on the river had been in lockdown

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for the last four weeks. That is

because all of the locks on a four

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mile stretch of this river have been

closed. That is to stop the oil

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spill from spreading. We heard from

David Lambie he was asking the

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environment minister in the House of

Commons as to how this could be

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prevented from ever happening again.

Joining me now is Dick Vincent from

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the canal and with that trust. Thank

you for joining us. David was saying

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that the agencies have to work

together more closely. What do you

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make of that? I would like to thank

David for raising it. It is a really

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important issue. We need MPs and the

public to make a real change was

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this has caused chaos and something

needs to be done.

Do you have any

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idea as to who caused the spillage?

We do not know ourselves. We can

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speculate. It was on an industrial

scale and has polluted four miles of

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canals. It is a criminal act and

that is why we are pleased that

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David has raised this. We need a

stronger deterrent to prevent this

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kind of thing happening.

Many would

say there has to be a stronger

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deterrent in place, maybe fines and

things, to stop this happening

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again.

It is not for us, as the

charity that cleans up and looks

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after the canals, to do that. We

bear the brunt. The real story, the

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great story, is we have had help

from the local community and people

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living on the boats to help clear up

what is a terrible thing and has

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caused terrible damage to wildlife

in the area.

Thank you for joining

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us. As you heard the terrible damage

to the environment. This is one of

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the most polluted rivers in the

capital but hopefully things have

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been done to stop this kind of thing

from happening again.

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Still to come this

Thursday evening...

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I was thrilled, humbled and

astonished.

Getting the top job in

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the net on International Women's

Day.

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Cressida Dick's reaction to becoming

London's FIRST female

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police commissioner.

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A mother of a 15-year-old

who was knocked off his bike

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in an online craze -

which sees youngsters try

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and swerve in front of a car -

is warning it's only a matter

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of time before someone is killed.

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Her son escaped with

relatively minor injuries.

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She's now helping launch a campaign

to stop the craze spreading.

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Yvonne Hall reports

from Hertfordshire.

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This is the so-called game teenagers

are calling "swerve the car".

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But 15-year-old Paul

Belcher pushes his

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luck too far and doesn't

swerve in time.

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Incredibly, Paul only suffers

bruising in the collision in

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Hertfordshire.

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I didn't know if he was OK,

if he was dead, if he had

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broken any bones, if anyone

else had been there.

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The impact of such a stupid game

could have been a loss

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of life in so many situations.

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For drivers, it is terrifying

and dangerous too.

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A pregnant woman in

this car had to be

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treated for shock.

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This is the roundabout in

Borehamwood and a popular location

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for teenagers playing

the so-called swerving game.

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You can see how busy it is and how

dangerous it would be

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to ride a bike straight

towards these vehicles.

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But what a lot of these youngsters

probably don't realise is

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their actions are being picked up

on the CCTV camera and it should

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lead to prosecutions.

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This is really dangerous,

to get as close to the

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car as possible, usually

to intimidate the driver and it is

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often being recorded,

because it is something

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to put on social media

to

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show their friends as a fun game.

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Well, our message is

it isn't a fun game,

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it is a dangerous game

and

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people will end up getting

killed and injured.

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Here a cyclist even

swerves towards a

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police car.

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Officers say the number of

complaints they're getting about the

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craze is increasing.

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They're now planning

a campaign in schools to

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stop more teenagers risking theirs

and other people's lives.

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Now to mark International

Women's Day -

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this week we're getting an insight

into the some of senior

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women who run London.

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Yesterday, we heard from the London

Fire Commissioner Dany Cotton.

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Today the first woman in charge

of the Met, Cressida Dick,

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talks about advice in her early

career, the shooting of an innocent

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man and whether the woman in charge

of the largest police force

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in the country can ever relax.

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I caught up with her

earlier this week.

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What was your first thought when you

were appointed?

I was thrilled, I

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was humbled, I was astonished and I

thought about my mum, no longer with

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us sadly.

What would your mum have

said?

I think she would have

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laughed. I think she would be amazed

that her little girl had you know

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gone on to do this. How

How did you

cope in the earlies with the canteen

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culture and the sexism in the force?

It was a different age. I loved

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policing and I was prepared to

challenge. I stood up for what I

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believed in. But I remember one of

my bosses saying, if you fight every

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battle, you will get shot down and

that will be the end of you. I think

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I learned you can't take on every

battle head on. But you should stand

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up for yourself.

Do you ever show

vulnerability?

I heard myself saying

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to my senior officers the other day

that we had had a terrible year and

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I knew that some of them would be

feeling like crying and sometimes it

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is good for a team to see a boss

making themselves vulnerable.

In

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terms of shooting of a man, you were

cleared of any wrong doing, did you

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ever question your judgment after

that?

I don't think you can an

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effective operational leader if you

don't ask yourself hard questions.

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Absolutely. Did I think that I had

made... You know fundamental error

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of judgment in the decisions that I

made based on the information I had?

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No I didn't. But a terrible thing

happened, an innocent man was

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killed.

Does it ever feel like a

personal failure when you hear of

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another stabbing?

I suppose in a

way... It does. I feel sad of course

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for what has happened. I feel sorry

for everybody involved. And I know

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that you know the public and the

media are kind of counting each one

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and quite right too, because they're

all... You know cherished children.

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Ry death is a tragedy and we should

all feel outraged by that.

What do

0:20:450:20:51

you want your legacy to be?

I want

to leave a Met that is in really

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good slap. More importantly -- in

really good shape and I want London

0:20:580:21:03

to be seen as a safe city in which

people can see that we have taken

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violence seriously and reduced the

most pernicious sorts of violence

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and that we have done everything we

can to prevent attacks. The

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terrorist threat is a generational

issue. How long have you been doing

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this? Over a year.

Does it help your

partner was in the force and

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understands the climate you work? .

It does in some ways, it means if I

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need to drop everything and go and I

have to take a phone call, she does

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get it. There might be a few down

sides as well.

Talking shop?

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Exactly.

The nature of the job is

that you are on 24/7, 365 days a

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year. So how on earth does the Met

commissioner relax?

I have got a

0:21:560:22:02

great team. Fantastic people. I have

always slept well and I find I eetzy

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to relax. -- Easy to relax. Can we

imagine you putting your feet up and

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watching a box set? Box sets might

be for retirement.

0:22:150:22:21

And tomorrow we'll hear

from the new Bishop

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of London, Sarah Mullally -

the first woman to hold the post.

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More on International Women's Day

on our Facebook Page.

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Talking of positive role models -

0:22:290:22:31

how one charity is putting

its weight behind getting

0:22:310:22:33

more girls into rugby.

0:22:330:22:36

It's still seen as a male-dominated

sport but one London club

0:22:360:22:38

is helping to change that.

0:22:390:22:40

Emma Jones has the story.

0:22:400:22:48

Now then, no roughness, girls! Oh

this isn't a bargain sale. Attitudes

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to women playing rugby have

hopefully changed a lot over the

0:22:540:22:57

years.

The London Welsh women's team

are top of their league and are keen

0:22:570:23:04

to inspire others to take up a sport

that means so much to them.

It can

0:23:040:23:11

be offputing to start a sport if you

don't think you're slinky or skinny.

0:23:110:23:17

In rugby it is about strength as

well and it can help with your

0:23:170:23:20

fitness.

Being strong, independent

women who play sport is an

0:23:200:23:27

attractive thing. It is not worrying

what other people will think about

0:23:270:23:30

you, but going for something that

feels right for you.

This season the

0:23:300:23:33

team is being sponsored by the

inspiring girls charity. Founded by

0:23:330:23:42

international lawyer Miriam Gonzalez

it aims to find role models for

0:23:420:23:48

women.

We have more men who say we

want that society with women and

0:23:480:23:55

girls feel free to play rugby and

men feel free to do caring jobs and

0:23:550:24:01

we kick out the stereotypes. It is

easier than getting the vote.

He and

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her husband Nick Clegg know about

the challenges.

I'm optimistic. Some

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of us who are older come to equal

opportunities through a process.

0:24:230:24:29

These people have it in their DNA.

All we have to do is not ruin it.

0:24:290:24:36

With the women's Six Nationses back

this weekend, it seems we are not

0:24:360:24:40

too short of candidates for role

models.

0:24:400:24:46

Time for a check on the weather.

0:24:460:24:47

Ben's joined us -

hard to believe now

0:24:470:24:49

what it was like this

time last week.

0:24:490:24:50

what it was like this

time last week.

0:24:500:24:53

Yes you might have struggled to

believe we could get above freezing

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again. But wait until you see the

temperatures for the week. Certainly

0:24:570:25:01

we are going to see some mild

weather over the next few days. At

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the same time there will be some

rain at types. Most of us got to

0:25:050:25:10

enjoy some sunshine today. Some

cloud for our weather watcher in

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Hertford but a beautiful scene above

The Shard earlier. We had some area

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of cloud. But we have had some

sunshine. Where we have the sunny

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skies by day we will have clear

skies at night and temperatures will

0:25:300:25:34

dip. Some patchy cloud during

tonight. Some clear starry scars for

0:25:340:25:39

most and the -- skies for most and

temperatures just above freezing,

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but for many places down to minus

one or two degrees. Some frost in

0:25:430:25:49

the morning. And some mist patches.

We get some sunshine, but it won't

0:25:490:25:53

last. Because the cloud will be

spreading up from the south and into

0:25:530:25:57

the afternoon you can see these

outbreaks of rain. The blue colours

0:25:570:26:03

show the rain will be light. But the

odd heavy burst. Won't stop the

0:26:030:26:09

temperatures getting up to 10

degrees. Breezy but we say goodbye

0:26:090:26:13

to the wet weather on Friday and

Saturday starts off with spells of

0:26:130:26:17

sunshine. One or two hefty showers.

But look at the temperatures - 14,

0:26:170:26:24

15, maybe even 16 degrees if you're

lucky. Because this area of low

0:26:240:26:29

pressure will drive things through

the weekend and yes, it will bring

0:26:290:26:33

rain, but it will also give us this

feed of southerly winds. So mild air

0:26:330:26:40

continuing to waft in. But some of

us could see a bit of rain clipping

0:26:400:26:44

through on Sunday. Particularly in

Essex and Kent. But generally a

0:26:440:26:48

largely dry day. Still mild. Next

week not as mild, but still 11 or

0:26:480:26:54

12. We might have struggled to think

we would see temperatures like that

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again after last week.

Thank you.

0:27:000:27:03

we would see temperatures like that

again after last week.

Thank you.

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Let me just recap

the main headlines.

0:27:050:27:07

The police officer who

helped a former Russian

0:27:070:27:09

spy and his daughter,

after they'd been poisoned by nerve

0:27:090:27:11

gas is now able to sit up and talk.

0:27:110:27:13

But Detective Sergeant Nick Bailey

remains in a serious condition.

0:27:130:27:22

A one-year-old from

South London who was left

0:27:220:27:24

brain damaged at birth has died,

hours after doctors

0:27:240:27:27

withdrew life support.

0:27:270:27:28

Isaiah Haastrup's parents had

fought against a decision

0:27:280:27:30

by King's College Hospital

to move him to palliative care.

0:27:300:27:33

That's it.

0:27:330:27:33

Asad Ahmad will be back later

during the ten o'clock news,

0:27:330:27:36

but for now from everyone

on the team have a lovely evening.

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Goodbye.

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