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Never give up.
Tonight on BBC London News tonight.
Ten years after a Norwegian student
was murdered in London,
her father sends a message
to the main suspect in Arabia -
that he's still seeking justice.
We as a family need to know what
happened to give us the opportunity
as a family to have closure in
And for the first time,
we'll hear a response
from the suspect's family in Yemen.
Waltham Forest is chosen
as the council in London to trial
a campaign to improve integration
and ease racial tensions.
A new research unit
at Imperial College will try to find
out why thousands of babies are born
prematurely in London each year.
The photographer taking a snapshot
of London's commute,
with a mission to take pictures
of every tube station.
I'm Asad Ahmad.
A decade after a Norwegian student
was murdered in London,
her father has told the main suspect
in the investigation -
that the case "will never go away"
until justice is served.
Martine Magnussen was found
strangled after she went out
to celebrate her end-of-term exams
with friends at a
nightclub in Mayfair.
She was seen on CCTV
leaving with fellow
student, Farouk Abdulhak,
who hours later fled to Yemen.
And as Caroline Davis reports -
he's never returned to the UK.
Laughing and smiling, recording a
message for her friend, Martine
Magnusson, studying in London when
she was killed ten years ago. Today
her father was in London to lay
flowers at the place her body was
found, in the basement of flats in
great Portland Street.
This is a
place where my life was turned
upside down, my family's life was
turned upside down.
Martine had been
at a party at a nightclub called
Maddix and left with a friend and
classmate, Farouk Abdulhak. This
CCTV released today shows them
leaving together, the last time
Martine was seen alive. Her body was
found the next day partially covered
by rubble. She had been raped and
struggle. Farouk Abdulhak left the
country that day and is believed to
be in Yemen, a country the UK does
not have an extradition treaty with.
He has refused to return to the UK.
I would ask him to make himself
available to the authorities and
explain what happened to Martine. We
need to know what happened to give
us the opportunity as a family to
have closure in this case. Farouk
Abdulhak is the son of a billionaire
businessman. In what is believed to
be the first statement from his
family, his father said...
This is an international case and
remains high profile in Norway. The
family and authorities believe it is
important to keep it in the public
eye to influence Farouk Abdulhak to
I appeal he considers
his position and takes a responsible
position and returns. Also he has
family and friends who can influence
him and tell him to do the right
thing I urge them to speak to him
and say now is the time to come back
to resolve this.
The Mets say he
would face charges of rape and
murder if he returned to the UK.
Martine's father says he will
continue to fight.
This case is not
I am convinced this case
will be solved.
That's our top story this
evening, but plenty more
to come on the programme
before 7, including...
As Chelsea prepared to play
Barcelona in the Champions League,
we will watch with fans, set up to
try to encourage more female
supporters in football.
As you may have heard earlier,
the government is spending millions
of pounds on trying to ease racial
and religious tensions -
and bring communities together.
The only area in London
which'll get some money
is Waltham Forest.
Our Political Correspondent,
Karl Mercer, has been there to find
out why it's been chosen.
It could be a high street
anywhere in London.
Pretty typical scenes.
A pretty typical mix of people.
And a pretty typical mix
of languages spoken here.
Waltham Forest is a borough that
prides itself on the way
its different communities get on.
In fact just last week
it was announced it would be
London's first Borough of Culture.
This video part of its
bid to win the prize.
What are we doing first?
Today it won something else.
A visit from a government minister.
And £3 million to spend on so-called
social integration over
the next three years.
The Communities Secretary Sajid
Javid talking about his children.
But keen today to push
the need for better English
across the country.
That's part of what they'll spend
the money on here in Waltham Forest.
If you don't understand
going to not be able
to participate in lots of things.
So, simple things like going
to the doctors, and if
you have to go with an interpreter,
you might be embarrassed to describe
your symptoms, or helping your
children who are growing up here and
going to school here
with their homework,
or even going to parents' evening.
We caught up with three women
currently taking English lessons.
And now I think not very well
but I think my English is good,
I can understand and I can
speak a little bit.
But not very good.
To work at my son's school,
it was impossible to
communicate with others.
It's still hard but I tried my best.
I have become confident. I can talk
with someone. I can tell them
stories. To my daughter. It is
Today won't be this week's only
social integration launch though.
On Friday London's
mayor has one too.
Local and national government
talking about the same subject.
But not necessarily
on the same page.
The government funding providing
English-language across the country
has been more than halved since 2010
so it is difficult to believe the
government saying they think it is
an important thing for social
integration when they have not
funded it properly.
The mayor is expected to put money
into a new family fund city hall
says will help.
Facebook is banned the pages of
Britain First and those of its
leaders. Louisa Preston has more on
this. Britain First had more than 2
million followers Facebook, which is
more than doubled in the next most
follow party, the Labour Party with
just over one million and Facebook
says they constantly warn Britain
First take down hateful content.
This comes after Twitter suspended
the account of Britain First and of
the two leaders of the group after
they pasted anti-Islamic videos. We
know the US president retweeted
those videos that created headlines.
The two leaders of Britain First
were given prison sentences last
week for hostility towards Muslims.
There is an issue of freedom of
speech and Facebook have been big on
They have and they
addressed the issues straightaway.
They released a statement saying we
are an open platform for all ideas
and political speech goes to the
heart of free expression...
Earlier I spoke to the founder of
There is a distinction
between free speech and hate speech.
People can question religion and
anything they want but this was hate
speech targeted towards a section of
the community and the leaders of
this group, Britain First, have been
The Prime Minister
Theresa May backed the move by
Facebook and also the Mayor of
London, who is strong on tightening
up regulations of the tech
companies. His statement read
Britain First is a vile and hate
filled group. They seek intentions
along these lines.
A vet from west London has appeared
in court charged with helping a gang
sell thousands of 'illegally
bred sick puppies.
Daniel Doherty -
who owns MyVet 24/7 -
denies conspiring to commit fraud
by issuing vaccination
certificates for puppies -
who often became ill or died soon
after they were bought.
The trial at Isleworth Crown Court
is expected to last three weeks.
Police are appealing for witnesses
boy was shot in north London. No
arrests have been made after the
incident on seven sisters Rd.
Thousands of babies are born
prematurely in London every year -
and so a new research unit
at Imperial College has been set
up to find out why.
Scientists will ask if a bacteria
found in some mothers could be
the cause of early births -
or if other factors determine
when a child is born
before its full-term.
Here's Sarah Harris.
We are building the London Bridge.
Cecelia appreciates every second
she can spend with her six-year-old
Before she was born she had gone
through 16 miscarriages
including a 20-week pregnancy.
So, when her precious
daughter came at
24 weeks she feared
she would die too.
Yes, that was my first thought,
and it was a difficult situation and
I just kept praying to God.
When the baby came out
at 24 weeks there was
a whole lot of torment in my head.
I was thinking, my God,
is it this time the baby
is going to make it?
Is the baby going to make it?
It was really a tough time for me.
Thousands of babies
are born early every
year across the capital,
experience health complications
and learning difficulties.
But now scientists have
secured funding to
find out why and do
something about it.
I would say there's two reasons.
One is the world-leading expertise
and scientists that we have in
And secondly, the multi-ethnicity
that we see inLondon.
There may be an interplay
between where a person comes from,
genetic factors, the microbes that
live in our body and preterm labour.
So, London is the perfect
place to study that.
Babies weighing as little
as 500 grams, or about a
pound, can survive
with intensive care.
Around 5000 premature infants
are born in central London
Scientists in laboratories will work
with those born at Queen
Charlotte's, St Mary's,
Chelsea & Westminster Hospitals.
The work that we're going
to do has come from some
findings of ours that there is a
link between the bacteria that live
in the reproductive tract
and a risk of preterm birth.
But not everybody who has
these sort of abnormal
bacteria goes into preterm labour.
So, the question is why do some
people respond and other people
I want to do the sprinkles.
Sprinkles on the cake?
She is thriving and happy
despite her early start.
Researchers want to make sure that
becomes the expected
outcome for the majority of
premature babies across the capital.
Sarah Harris, BBC London News.
premature babies across the capital.
If you've just joined us,
welcome to the programme.
We celebrate a revival as a play
returns to the West End to a theatre
restored expressly for it.
And in a few minutes, having had a
decent Wednesday across many parts
of the region I will have the detail
on what Thursday has in store.
Activists who took over a building
in central London to help house,
feed and support homeless people -
have today been told
by a judge that
they must leave.
The group have been squatting in
which they now call
the Sofia Solidarity Centre.
And last night alone -
over 150 people used it to get help.
Alpa Patel has been down there
It was opened up during the cold
snap. Those who live here say it
saves lives but the landlord said
they have no right to be here and
want them gone. We met Mo who has
spent the last four nights here,
otherwise he would be on the
streets, he says.
To be behind doors
you know nobody will come and attack
you in the street, nobody will steal
your stuff. You feel safe inside.
When you stay in the street...
18-year-old was originally from
Romania but has been sleeping rough.
He said they try hard to keep the
place tidy and respect the premises.
We clean everything. We are clean
people. The people help each other,
give them food.
The food is like a
medicine to them. Although it is
almost empty on the first floor, we
are told as many as 160 people
stayed here last night. Among the
sleeping bags and tents, their
photographs and books. For some,
this place is their home. Locals are
worried. They told us they seen
people you're dating outside the
building and are worried about
drunkenness and aggressive behaviour
We have a no alcohol
policy. Where possible it is not
policed, but the volunteers are here
24 hours a day and we help people
with their problems a lot of the day
and we try to keep the place clean.
The landlord would say it is their
building. And that you have no right
to be here.
This building has been
empty 15 years and we have people
dying on the streets. Have I got a
right to be here? We have created
not just a place for people to sleep
and eat but to find themselves back
in their true selves and
contributing to this, it feels we
have created the biggest family.
That family will now be broken up
after a judge decided this evening
the squatters must leave. With
temperatures predicted to drop this
weekend, these are anxious hours for
the squatters of the Sophia
Navas snapshots of London and a look
at our daily lives on the
Underground. This urban photographer
took the pictures. Wanting to take
pictures of all 270 stations. Why?
It started weirdly because on my
commute I started realising I was
taking loads of pictures and I
actually had lots of stations, I was
just taking them on the way to work
on the way home, and I thought, no
one has seen these images, they just
stayed on a hard drive, loads of us
take pictures and we don't share the
anymore so I thought I would make
the website and start sharing the
images and became a mission to try
to take not just snapshots but
something arty at each station,
something arty, interesting.
have certainly done that, arty and
interesting. If I describe Londoners
to non-Londoners, they are
resilient, when I look at what you
have captured around London, has it
can to decide of them you were not
aware of before?
actually talk to you on the tube,
Now that's going too far!
Go on, tell us, that does happen
because when I take pictures people
ask me what I'm doing and then I
explained about the project and it's
quite interesting because you don't
need to be a tube geek to get
interest. You see a station and say,
I go there, that's where I met her,
that's where we done this, we have
that experience here. These pictures
are sort of snapshots that connect
all Londoners together. Trying to
get all of the stations, it's funny
because it's amazing, its quite a
lot of effort to get every station
and get something interesting.
are going around all of the tube
stations. I know this is tough but
if there was a Tube station that
summed up London, one Tube station
and you have got to go to to see
what London is about, any one that
jumps to mind?
I knew that you would
ask that one.
It is a difficult
question. I suppose the most
interesting would be Bank because it
is a massive station joined to the
Monument, it has one of the only two
tube stations to have a travelator,
a flat escalator, and it's got
interesting tunnels and things. But
there's nice visual stations like
James Hill and other stations.
know you are going to make me and
all my viewers look at tube stations
Thank you for
sharing your thoughts and pictures
Football, and Chelsea
face a huge match in
the Champions League tonight.
They're away to Barcelona.
Chelsea will have to score
if they're to make it
through to the quarterfinals
after the first leg
at Stamford Bridge finished 1-1.
Every single player,
to play this type of game
against Barcelona at the Nou Camp,
you must be excited,
you must be excited to play
these types of games.
A lot of my players have never
played in this stadium.
This is their first time.
And we want to try and do our best.
As you can imagine there is no
shortage of Chelsea fans heading to
Catalonia's capital for the match,
while many more will be watching
Let's hear from Chris Slegg,
who's with some fans in Dalston.
This isn't a group of exclusively
Chelsea fans, but it's a group of
exclusively female fans because to
my's event was organised by a group
called This Fan Girl who are trying
to encourage more female supporters
into football. I will speak to a
couple in a minute the first of all
news on this theme today because
Tottenham Hotspur have apologised
for a survey they centre their fans
in America which included a sexist
question. Fans were asked to what
extent they agreed with a number of
statements, and one of those
statements, a woman's place is in
the home. Ottoman's pointed out that
a third party put the survey
together and they say it is a
regrettable oversight and wholly
unacceptable and apologised for the
offence course. Let's speak to Amy
and Emma if I could interrupt your
football viewing. Amy Cole what is
your response to that question sent
out by Tottenham?
I think it is
great they have apologised but
ultimately it is really
disappointing. Spurs have incredible
female football base, so I don't
know, it feels like a bit of a punch
in the stomach for some of their
How did you come to set
up This Fan Grl and what are you
trying to achieve?
It was a
photography series to start with,
last season we went to every single
Premier League club in the country
and photographed the women of every
single club and we got to speak to
them and tell their stories and
understand their experiences of
being a female football fan in this
Emma, some people would say
there is no shortage of female fans
at grounds today. Is there really a
need for a group like yours?
Totally, if you googled female
footballers you would still get a
lot of sexualised images from the
big brands and from the bigger
teams, from the FA, what we want is
a bit more 5-a-side getting stuck
in, Gresini is, lace up your boots
females, there must be a change from
the top-down. -- Grassi knees.
did a survey recently and we found
that over 50% of women experienced
sexism whilst at a football match.
So, it shows there is a need for
groups like This Fan Grl and there
needs to be a bit more solidarity
and females getting involved with
I need your prediction for
tonight, Chelsea against Barcelona,
how is it going to go?
Barcelona, I am a Spurs fan.
Barcelona might just do it.
tonight's game. Not much confidence
for Chelsea but we have since and
cracking Chelsea- Barcelona games
over the years and hopefully another
one to not. Kick off at 7:45pm, live
commentary on BBC 5 live. Chris in
Dalston, thank you.
Over 70 years after
the classic David Lean film,
and a decade after it was last
on stage in London,
Brief Encounter is back.
It's about a married woman who's
life becomes complicated
after a chance meeting
with a stranger
at a railway station.
Emma North has been
to the Empire Cinema on Haymarket,
where the production is on.
We leaned upon the parapet of
the bridge and looked down into the
It is cinema's great
story of forbidden love.
No, not really.
No, not really.
Where a stiff upper
lip hides swirling
emotions, all to the soaring
music of Rachmaninov.
Brief encounter has been billed
as the most romantic
British film ever made.
Now it is back on the London
stage after a ten
But where Alec and Laura's screen
love story burns under the
surface, in this adaptation you get
a glimpse of what could have been.
Love and particularly
forbidden love is timeless.
Throughout our history
as human beings there has
been love that has
somehow been forbidden,
or judged, or seemed to be
wrong, for whatever reason.
And outside the auditorium,
they let loose, also.
When the audience walk
in we have a live band, and
they are welcomed in.
So I think straightaway
we set up a world that
is kind of 1938 and what it would
have been like going to see that
This isn't just about the revival
of a play, it is about the
revival of an entire building.
It originally opened
as a much bigger
theatre in 1926.
But, for the last ten years,
it has been a multiplex cinema.
Its restoration has been
a rapid labour of love.
Three weeks ago this was all purple.
It was basically the
colours of the 1970s
triplex and we took it back to how
it was in 1926, complete with five
It was trying to give
an audience an old cinematic
excitement and adventure,
whilst coming to see
a theatre piece in
Playing in an auditorium
two floors above a
working cinema, this version
of Brief Encounter brings
stage and screen together
in its most literal sense.
There is something for both fans
of the film here, and those who love
Emma North, BBC London News.
It is a classic film but one that
neither Philip nor I have seen yet,
it must be on our list.
Indeed but of the British film
industry relied on me I'm afraid it
would be absolutely on its uppers. I
really must get out more!
Good evening, enough of my stories,
our weather watchers thankfully get
out and about, joyfully so here, I
will not insult you by saying where
that is. This was in fact a bit
further north west, towards
Highgate. Lovely day, I wish I'd
seen more of it. But things are
going downhill pretty rapidly after
midnight because some very wet
weather that has been a bit of a
plague across Northern Ireland and
south-west of England the greater
part of today will be ours in the
second half of the night. Not a
particularly cold night by any
means, 5-8 should just about cover
it. If you have a very early commute
on Thursday morning it will be wet
and if you are out and about on the
school run later on, it maybe there
is lots of surface water around but
the bay improves markedly come the
afternoon. Don't hold me to the fact
we will have a shower at 1500 to the
east of Broxbourne, it is indicative
that we may see the odd shower but
look at the temperatures, De Gendt
sort of where we were today, 11th,
12, 13, something of that order. On
Friday, decent start to the day, a
fair amount of sunshine, but again
with a bit of warmth, spring warmth,
dare I say it, and I'd better had
because I know what's coming, 11,
12, 13 but it may trigger one or two
showers. And then, he said
ominously, it goes downhill quite
rapidly because we tap into this may
look familiar, because this is
exactly the pattern that brought us
the snow just a few days ago. We are
going to pull in a lot of cold air
right across the whole of the
British Isles. If you're moving away
from the south-east for the weekend,
there is no escape. I think if you
stay further east in the British
Isles you have the greatest chance
of seeing some snow showers but it
is just a temporary dip in the
temperatures, back to a nice 12
is just a temporary dip in the
temperatures, back to a nice 12 on
Cold just in time for the weekend,
which is a shame. Thank you very
much. Now for a look at the main
headlines on this second Wednesday
Scientists, politicians and actors
have paid tribute to world-renowned
physicist Stephen Hawking,
who's died at the age of 76.
He was diagnosed with motor
neurone disease - aged 22.
Prime Minister, Theresa May
has ordered 23 Russian
diplomats to leave Britain -
and announced a number of sanctions
against the country.
It follows Moscow's refusal
to explain how a Russian-made nerve
agent was used on a former
spy in Salisbury.
The past half hour's
flown by for me.
I'll be back at 10:30pm
on BBC One - for more.
I hope you can join me then.
Have a lovely evening.