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Skripal using weapons grade nerve

agent. Russia accuses her inventing

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fairy tales.

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Tonight on BBC London News...

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After more crowd trouble

at West Ham, how Londoners could end

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up footing the bill for extra

policing at the ground.

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Now, the local council says it has

all is urgently reviewing safety at

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the stadium.

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Also coming up...

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On the day a teenager

is jailed for acid

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attacks on moped drivers,

one of his victims tell us

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how he's forgiven him,

but wants more to be done

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to prevent other attacks.

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I have sympathy for his age, I

forgive him, from my side. But it

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is... He made the crimes.

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Why a Tube ad urging businesses

to relocate to France

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after Brexit has been banned.

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Plus...

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Aping around - the chimp

choreographer ? yes,

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there is such a thing -

bringing Great Apes

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to the London stage.

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A very good evening

and welcome to the programme.

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First tonight - could London

taxpayers end up footing the bill

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for extra policing at the former

Olympic stadium, now

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the home of West Ham?

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It comes after yet more crowd

trouble at the weekend.

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The club is facing an investigation

after a series of pitch invasions

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and allegations of assault

during Saturday's match.

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Today, Newham Council said

it was urgently reviewing safety

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and staffing at the London Stadium.

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Our political correspondent

Karl Mercer reports.

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We've got a supporter on the pitch!

And Mark Noble is doing his up most

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to get him off the pitch...

When

you're captain has to do this, when

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fans are able to do, the middle of

the game...

Find David Sullivan has

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been encouraged to leave his seat...

And when angry supporters are able

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to do this towards your directors'

box, you know all is not well at

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your club. You also know questions

will be asked about safety at your

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ground. This man was in the crowd on

Saturday, he had flown over from

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Texas for the game, his first at

West Ham.

I was looking forward to

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it and at the beginning it was

great, nobody was doing anything,

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everyone was kind of excited. After

we let in our first goal everyone

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just went insane! It was probably

like... It was pretty upsetting for

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me, because I really wanted to enjoy

it and it left a bad taste in my

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mouth after the game.

It was also

this supporter from Holland's first

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game.

It's not good. If you want to

make a statement you can do that but

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not ditch invading on the field and

that stuff.

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COMMENTATOR: I've never seen such

scenes at a Premier League venue!

It

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doesn't look like it's gone away any

time soon, from everything I've seen

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online and on social media, there

seems to be a lot of people who want

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to march, protest, take on other

forms of protest, people are openly

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discussing how can we try to make

the lives of our current owners as

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uncomfortable as possible?

Today,

condemnation from the club, the

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council, the owners, the mayor and

the search for ways to stop it

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happening again. I'm told one of the

biggest issues for the authorities

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is not necessarily the fact that

fans got onto the pitch but the

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amount of time it took to get them

off. So, we're likely to see a very

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different stood in operation the

next time West Ham play, on the 31st

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of March, against Southampton. That

is likely to include things like

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more stewards on the edge of the

pitch, whose job it is to get fans

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of the pitch. And we are likely to

seek up to 100 police officers

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stationed within the ground. Under

the terms that West Ham have secured

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for the stadium, it won't be the

club who pay for them but the

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taxpayer. That could cost the public

verse up to £50,000. That is yet to

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be decided. So is the punishment

that West Ham will be given, likely

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to be a large fine and a warning

that scenes like these can't be

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repeated.

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You're watching BBC London News,

coming up later in the programme...

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The app-based minibus service

designed to reduce congestion -

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but why residents in Greenwich claim

it's making things worse.

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A court has heard how the man

accused of a terror attack

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at Parsons Green Underground station

allegedly said "it was his

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duty to hate Britain".

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He also admitted in an immigration

interview that he'd been trained

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and recruited by so-called

Islamic State before

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he came to live in England.

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18-year-old Ahmed Hassan denies

attempted murder and causing

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an explosion on a Tube

train last September.

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Tolu Adeoye is at the

Old Bailey for us now.

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Yeah, we found out a little bit more

about Ahmed Hassan's background. He

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came to the UK in 2015 as an asylum

seeker from Iraq and he attended a

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college in summary, where he met his

lecturer and mentor Katie Kabel, who

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was in court today. She said that

when she met him he was incredibly

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conflict to, frightened, confused.

Cheyrou membered him telling her

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that his father had been blown up

back in Iraq, his mother had been

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shot. She said he had talked about

Tony Blair and the events in Iraq

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and it was clear that he was very

angry. She also recalled an occasion

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in August 20 16th when he allegedly

told her it was his duty to hate

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Britain. She's a gee reported him to

Capita prevent. She said he did

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improve over time, he was actually

named student of the year at the

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college back in 2017 but she said

she saw him eight days before the

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attack and she was concerned about

his mental state when he told her

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things were better in Iraq.

And I

gather that the court also heard

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from charity workers who had come

into contact with Ahmed Hassan?

Yes.

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Court heard from two Barnardos

workers, the first of whom said that

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Ahmed Hassan had blamed America and

American soldiers for his father's

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death. We also heard from a second

Barnardos worker, she accompanied

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Ahmed Hassan to an immigration

interview in January 2016 in

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Croydon, where he admitted working

for IS. In a second interview,

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though, he denied that he had come

to Europe to work for them. She said

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that she had stopped the first

interview because she did not think

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he understood the question. But

about a week later Miss Spencer said

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she saw him looking at pictures of

people in balaclavas with guns and

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with a black IS flag and she was

concerned about him then. Ahmed

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Hassan denies attempted murder. The

trial continues.

Tolu Adeoye, many

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thanks.

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Next - was the banning

of a Tube advert over the top

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or being politically sensitive?

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The ad in question was urging

businesses in the capital

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to relocate to France after Brexit.

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Transport for London says they don't

comply with its guidelines.

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But the company behind them says

it was supposed to be light-hearted.

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Emma North has more.

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It's not London. But it's what

stunning views, a great

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quality-of-life... And some

delicious soft cheeses. And if

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you're an entrepreneur worried about

Brexit, well, Normandie wants to

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give your business a new home.

Norman conquest of the Underground

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had been planned. A series of

posters containing a little bit of

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cheek and rather a lot of charm.

They spoke of great opportunities

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and good lunches for anyone, British

or French, worried about what

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happens when the UK leaves the EU.

TfL said non. They said the adverts

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breached there are guidelines on

public sensitivity and controversy.

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At the banning of a few posters

seems but a drop in a deluge of

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regions who are trying to get people

back across the channel. The ban on

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the adverts broke the campaign a

different kind of publicity but it

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seems it is not the only area of

France promising a bright future

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post-Brexit.

Manny Ramirez and it is

our coming to London to meet with

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British and French entrepreneurs who

have British companies here in

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London headed basically they are

offering them financial aid to set

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up in their city.

Which could sound

reassuring to the 200,000 French

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people living in London, waiting to

find out what happens when the UK

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leaves the EU.

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There is a high level

of uncertainty about what is going

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to happen within a year,

by March 2019 basically.

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The main concern is about the access

to international talent.

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So is this Normandy trying

to steal British talent?

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TRANSLATION: We were not

being opportunistic,

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we were simply trying to give

British men and women a foothold

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we were simply trying

to give British businessmen

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and women a foothold

in the European Union.

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We were offering them a plan B

which gives them access

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to the single market.

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Our streets are no strangers to ads

tempting us to mainland Europe now.

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This poster promises a less

expensive life in Amsterdam

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but whether a hot or rural idyll

in Normandy will be enough

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for Londoners is another matter.

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At least the weather

will make it feel like home.

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Emma North, BBC London News.

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Two people were taken

to hospital as a precaution

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following the discovery

of a suspicious package,

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which was found outside an MP's

office in Westminster.

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The package was later confirmed

NOT to be hazardous,

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and the two did not require hospital

treatment, but a police

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investigation is ongoing.

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Thousands of students

across the capital could be affected

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by strike action during their exams.

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The universities union has warned

there could be another 14 days

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of action between April and June.

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The ongoing dispute is about plans

to change lecturers' pensions

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and has already seen London

universities close to students.

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More now on the string of acid

attacks on moped riders

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in the capital by teenager Derryck

John.

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In sentencing him today, the judge

described the life-changing

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impact on his victims.

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Chris Rogers has been

talking to one of them,

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a courier from east London.

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Derryck John rushes into a lorry and

police pick him up shortly

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afterwards. CCTV has also identified

him on a stolen my bed Maupay with

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his accomplice at epoch. She and.

His days of crime on the streets of

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London were over but the trauma and

suffering of his victims had only

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just begun. Hours earlier his first

of six victims is in agony and

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searching for help.

I thought I had

lost my face.

Jabed Hussain had been

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sprayed with highly erosive acid in

an attempt to take his scooter.

It

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is burning on my face. I desperately

needed some water. So, just looking

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out the car is asking for someone to

help me and no-one could help me

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out.

But despite his painful

injuries and emotional scars, he

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forgives his attacker.

I think I

feel sorry for his age, I mean, it

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out he didn't realise what he's

doing. I forgive him.

The court

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heard how Derryck John's abusive

childhood and placement into care

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played a role in turning him to

crime. Jabed says the government and

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police need to do more to help

troubled teenagers rather than just

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punish them.

We are going to the

local colleges, meeting the youth, X

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Benita them our situation, sharing

my story, sharing other victims'

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stories.

Jabed think there are

appeals to use groups and students

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will help end the cycle of violence

carriers say they face every day.

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From my union we have a lot of

drivers and they are kicked out from

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the bike, they are stabbed...

They've been stabbed, they've been

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robbed, so many times.

It is no

wonder that Derryck John's victims

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have been unable to return to a job

that has left them scarred

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physically and emotionally for life.

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So, a call there for the police

to do more to prevent acid attacks.

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Well, our political

editor, Tim Donovan,

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is at New Scotland Yard.

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You've been speaking

to the Met about their efforts

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to tackle the problem?

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Yes, was the spike in these offences

caused by the fact that people were

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trying to find an alternative to

knives? Was there a copycat factor?

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Both those things were true, police

say. And certainly the judge's

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comments in this case that there is

a growing and serious problem in the

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capital is borne out by official Met

figures. In 2017 there were 464

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incidents of the use of corrosive

substances. Compare that to 2015,

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when there were 225 cases. Although

the police say the rate of increase

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is slowing down, and they're

clinging to the hope they may have

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weathered the worst of this by

pointing out that in January just

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gone, there were just 14 incidents.

That is the lowest since May 2014.

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But the judge's comments also

suggest that this is a very

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localised thing, 60% of the

incidents last year took place in

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just four boroughs, barking and

Dagenham, Hackney, Dagenham and

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Newham. But the police feel by have

assembled a number of strategies and

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they may be about to get on top of

this.

It is a mixture of all the

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strategy come in together at once,

from us being prepared to treat

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victims on the streets through to

preventative messaging in schools,

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to stronger sentencing coming

through from courts across England

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and from us stepping up our game and

that is our next stage, actually

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tackling those who are willing to

possess it on the streets of London

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are able by which he means, more

intelligence-led stuff where

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possible, and more stop-and-search,

yes.

But they want government help,

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too. There is a voluntary scheme

where some of the big employers, the

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big suppliers, where you can buy

substances like this, have been

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involved in challenging people,

challenging those under the age of

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18 in particular, to say, why do you

want it? And not to sell it at all.

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There have been calls to store it in

your shop where people cannot find

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it or cannot use it. But they want

to make this or support this with

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legislative action, a change in the

law, next year.

Tim, many thanks.

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The app-based minibus service

designed to reduce congestion -

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but why residents in Greenwich claim

it's making things worse.

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But some residents say

they don't want them

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and the buses block the roads

and they weren't consulted.

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Does it highlight the challenge of

regulating app -based technology in

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our city?

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Four minibuses an hour now use

this residential street

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in Greenwich as their route.

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There's also what's called

a virtual bus stop here,

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where passengers can

catch the buses.

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But some residents say

they don't want them

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and the buses block the roads

and they weren't consulted.

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I don't think this road

is suitable for, you know,

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for that type of traffic to be

running up and down

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on a regular basis.

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It's a quiet road, two cars come

down here from opposite directions

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now, and cars have to

reverse and go back.

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Starting to run buses

up it is just crazy.

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It's never been a bus

route, it's a side road -

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to suddenly be used

for a commercial purpose is...

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It's just beyond me, it really is.

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My main objection is,

week get enough traffic

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My main objection is,

we get enough traffic

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here in the morning.

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And to have a bus ply this route,

I don't think it's the best thing.

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And where they've actually put

the bus stop on this road

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I would say isn't the best place.

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Chariot is carrying out a year-long

trial in the capital and is backed

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by the car giant Ford.

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Passengers can call up

the bus via an app.

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The fare is £2.60.

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It's meant to reduce congestion

and offer transport on demand

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in underserved areas.

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TfL says it does look at licenses

to make sure the routes are safe.

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But residents want TfL to intervene.

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TfL needs to say, "This

is where you go, AND this

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is where you can put bus stops."

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They need to do the risk

assessment because it's

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a Transport for London issue,

it's not a private operator's issue.

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Chariot says it has obtained

all the relevant licenses and has

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consulted with the boroughs,

and its buses will only wait

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for a minute to pick up passengers.

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But as technology

changes transport in

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the capital, there are

those that now feel

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they're ignored.

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Tom Edwards, BBC London News.

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Still to come this Monday evening:

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The Hollywood primate movement

expert teaching actors in Dalston

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have to be half chimp, half human

for a new play.

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have to be half chimp,

half human for a new play.

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It may look like a scene out

of Countryfile but this

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is a familiar sight

across the capital.

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And now there's a warning against

feeding birds in your garden.

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Scientists at the Zoological Society

of London say it could spread some

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diseases if feeding tables

and containers aren't regularly

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disinfected and poses

a real threat to wildlife.

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Here's Helen Briggs.

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Feeding wild birds, it's a great way

to get close to nature,

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but scientists say feeding birds may

not always be good for their health.

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So when people are feeding

birds in the garden,

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you get a number of birds coming

to the same place day after day

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after day and you can get a build-up

of disease-causing agents

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at those locations.

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Data shows new disease threats

to common garden birds

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like chaffinches and great tits

which cause symptoms like fluffed up

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feathers and lethargy.

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Birds rely on us feeding them,

it is their central fuel,

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but when they gather on bird feeders

like this they can pass

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diseases to each other.

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Wildlife experts say anyone

who feeds birds should

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follow simple precautions.

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So our support really is to get

the message out there to people

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that they need to be responsible

if they are feeding birds.

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We are not discouraging

people from feeding birds,

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but we are saying if you are going

to put feed out for the birds,

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you should be very

aware of your hygiene.

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You should be aware about keeping

your feeders clean and you should be

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aware of what signs of disease look

like and if you see those signs

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of disease you should

take the right action.

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This bird lover says it is worth

making an effort to keep birds

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coming back to her garden.

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The news about the necessity

to clean feeders is a bit of a shock

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because I don't do it nearly often

enough, I'm aware particularly now.

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It is rather a fiddle faddle to do

it and you just have to bother.

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With populations of some garden

birds in dramatic decline, more

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information will help safeguard

the health of the birds

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we share our gardens with.

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When we think of the need to build

more new homes in the capital

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fair to say the humble bungalow

doesn't come to mind.

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They've fallen out of fashion

in recent years, with a steep

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decline in the number of single

storey homes being built.

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But with an ageing population

could they be part of the answer

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to the housing crisis?

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Sean Fletcher has the story.

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This peaceful street tucked away

from the hustle and bustle of Acton

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comes as a great surprise to anyone

who stumbles across it.

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Because it consists

only of bungalows.

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It is very unusual to find

a whole street of them

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this close to the city centre,

but since the early 1950s they have

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been a dream home for many

people in retirement.

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Building bungalows en masse

in suburbia became very

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popular for many years.

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In 1987 alone there

were over 28,000 built.

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Last year there were just over 2000,

so there has been a steep decline.

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It is a lot harder for you to get

planning permission to build

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a bungalow than it is to build

a terraced house.

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London itself hasn't tried to get

more people to build

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bungalows, it hasn't tried

to stimulate the market.

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With more and more over 65s living

longer, their housing needs

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will need to be met.

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The answer?

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Start building bungalows again.

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This award-winning estate is one

of several being built

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or planned in Barking.

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These bungalows provide social

housing for elderly and disabled

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residents and were built on land

that was just lying dormant.

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One of the residents

lost his leg in an industrial

0:21:200:21:23

accident so climbing

stairs became impossible.

0:21:230:21:26

Moving here was ideal.

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Sometimes you can't get your leg

on and your legs swells up

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so you have to go around on your bum

or on your hands and knees

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or in a wheelchair or on crutches.

0:21:360:21:40

Going upstairs if you haven't got

a stair lift is awkward.

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So a bungalow is ideal?

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Ideal, yes.

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Tom, like most of the residents

here, moved from a much bigger

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house, freeing up other properties

that could house larger families.

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So building these new bungalows

actually made economic sense.

0:21:540:21:59

This actual site, one of eight now,

we have managed to get 76 of these

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type of properties which has freed

up 66 homes for families.

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That is really important.

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There is a waiting list and that is

why we are still building.

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We will have over 100 units

by the end of the summer

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which is fantastic.

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Bungalows have faced economic

cutbacks and lack of space,

0:22:200:22:23

but they are still places that many

elderly see as a dream home

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so with support from the Commons

bungalows could be a thing of

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the future as well as of the past.

0:22:300:22:39

And you can see more on that story

later on Inside Out tonight,

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that's at 7.30 here on BBC One.

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This image is from the front cover

of a surreal novel by Will Self

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written 20 years ago.

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Now it's been adapted to a play

also called Great Apes.

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So how does its director bring

the chimp-like characters

0:22:530:22:55

to life on the stage?

0:22:550:22:57

Well, with the help of a Hollywood

actor who has carefully

0:22:570:23:00

observed the movements

and behaviours of apes.

0:23:000:23:03

Wendy Hurrell's has been to meet him

and will explain more.

0:23:030:23:13

Peter Elliott is a pioneer in

primate behaviour for the film

0:23:150:23:18

industry. Today he is training

actors at a theatre rehearsal rooms

0:23:180:23:26

in Dalston.

I trained as a method

actor, so for me I had to become a

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chimp.

And he did that straight from

acting school, East 15 enlightened.

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This study has helped to solve a

problem for Hollywood.

A chimpanzee

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is one of the most dangerous animals

to work with. About 8-10 times

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stronger than the man in the upper

body, about as emotionally stable as

0:23:480:23:52

a one-year-old child with an IQ of

85. After being mauled a few times,

0:23:520:23:57

that is when it was time to go back

to the production company and say, I

0:23:570:24:01

do not think we will be able to mix

real gems and people.

In later years

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this was his convincing aping of

gorillas.

Your idea of humans is

0:24:060:24:13

degrading.

For this play the

challenge is to become human

0:24:130:24:18

chimpanzee, a tricky balance between

human and chimp.

We have got this

0:24:180:24:23

little cough. They can go from this

to this. I beg your pardon?

Some

0:24:230:24:36

scenes are more human, so we turn

the chimp dialled down to 12, then

0:24:360:24:42

you have these big fight sequences

or dance sequences and return it up

0:24:420:24:45

and stop the body language goes with

the sound.

Ruth and Brian are

0:24:450:24:53

turning more simian by the second,

learning from Peter's 40 years in

0:24:530:24:57

the monkey business.

I used to be

able to do this noise from my garden

0:24:570:25:11

and get a reply from London Zoo

because I lived nearby. It was

0:25:110:25:15

great, talking to real chimps.

0:25:150:25:16

It was great, talking

to real chimps.

0:25:160:25:18

Time for a check on the weather

with Darren Bett.

0:25:180:25:21

Followed that.

0:25:240:25:25

It will be a much drier day tomorrow

and there may be some sunshine

0:25:300:25:34

around as well. Today has been

disappointing. For the most part

0:25:340:25:39

cloudy skies, but we have had wet

weather. This was the scene in

0:25:390:25:44

Twickenham. That low pressure is

spiralling around. We have had these

0:25:440:25:48

lines of rain and showers and as the

low centre tracks away towards the

0:25:480:25:55

east, they will become fewer. But

there is still some rain around at

0:25:550:25:59

the moment and for a good few hours

yet there will be lines of showers

0:25:590:26:02

coming in. But the winds will drop,

the wetter weather pushes away

0:26:020:26:08

towards the east and the cloud if it

breaks towards the north and west it

0:26:080:26:12

could be down to three or 4 degrees.

We started Tuesday with a lot of

0:26:120:26:18

cloud, but probably drive. It may

stay dry all day. The cloud may

0:26:180:26:25

break up around lunchtime, so

sunshine coming through and that

0:26:250:26:28

will lift the temperatures to the

shade higher than they were today.

0:26:280:26:33

11 degrees with some sunshine at

times. As we head into Wednesday we

0:26:330:26:39

change the wind direction. It will

be a Wendi Deng on Wednesday. We

0:26:390:26:43

start the day cloudy, but we should

import some dry air from the near

0:26:430:26:49

continent. That will mean sunshine

and the temperatures will get more

0:26:490:26:52

of a boost and it will feel more

like spring with temperatures at 14

0:26:520:26:58

maybe 15. That is due to the mild

air. Make the most of it because we

0:26:580:27:04

changed our wind direction again and

we picked up an easterly. It will be

0:27:040:27:08

windy and it will be cold in the

outlook and temperatures will be

0:27:080:27:12

dropping and perhaps by the weekend

we may well see some sleet and snow.

0:27:120:27:19

Goodness me, that had

0:27:190:27:21

Goodness me, that had it all there.

0:27:220:27:24

Goodness me, that had it all there.

0:27:240:27:25

Recapping the day's headlines:

0:27:250:27:26

Theresa May says the Government's

concluded it is "highly likely" that

0:27:260:27:29

Russia is responsible for the attack

on Sergei Skripal and his

0:27:290:27:32

daughter in Salisbury.

0:27:320:27:36

the Russian ambassador has been

asked to explain how a Russian nerve

0:27:360:27:40

agent made its way to Salisbury.

0:27:400:27:44

That's it for now, thanks

for joining us this Monday evening.

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I'll be back with the latest

for you during the ten o'clock news.

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