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for the Salisbury nerve attack as
the Prime Minister visits the crime
On BBC London this Thursday night:
For the first time,
London's Air Ambulance attends
to more violent attacks than road
traffic accidents -
And the victims are younger.
We're also seeing schoolchildren,
where we have to cut off their
school uniform to get to them to try
and help and do some operations,
which is just tragic.
We hear from a teenager who lost
a friend to knife crime.
Why these children are upset
their school could close just five
years after it opened.
How a company in Hertfordshire
could have found a way
to clean-up litter in space.
# We are the kids in America...
And don't pretend you're
not singing along.
Stay with us as we catch
up with Kim Wilde.
Good evening, I'm Asad Ahmad.
For the first time in nearly 30
years, London's Air Ambulance
says its being called out to more
stabbings and shootings
than it is to road
Their lead clinician says it's now
not unusual for them to perform open
heart surgery for stab wounds twice
in a single day.
The news comes as another teenager
died from a knife attack,
while a man was shot dead in east
Karl Mercer has spent the day
with the Air Ambulance.
As we were filming, another
call-out... They do this 1800 times
a year, nearly a third of all the
missions are to victims of stabbings
We are seeing
patients who are stabbed multiple
times, perhaps with much more brutal
weapons than we saw before. We are
still seeing people who are stabbed
once and passing away at the
roadside. We're also seeing
schoolchildren where we have to cut
off their school uniform to get to
them to try and help and do some
operations, which is just tragic.
For the first time, stabbings and
shootings account for the big
slumber of missions, bigger than
road accidents. 560 victims of knife
and gun crime in the last year. Many
The horror is not in the
injuries. It is in the age of the
victims and the constant drip, drip,
drip of life, afterlife, after life,
being ruined by injuries. That has
got to stop.
At the end of last
year, BBC London filmed a week in
the Royal London hospital. This is
where the victims of the growing
violence are brought. On busy
nights, the air ambulance can bring
in several victims. The air
ambulance is paid for by charity
donations with the NHS paying for
Every member of the team
has a case, most shifts where they
come back absolutely downtrodden
because of what they have seen and
because they have had to break news
to relatives of those patients at
the scene. Which is harrowing.
Obviously more harrowing for the
people involved, but it does affect
all of the medical teams through the
system, who are trying to help.
of those trying to do that is
surging, Martin Griffiths.
very concerning because we are
living in a society where use is
starting to degrade and people are
having near fatal events in their
childhoods. -- youth. We talk about
knife intervention at that age but
at 13, 14, where do you start the
That is a
question for wider society, but
while it looks for an answer, the
victims will continue to come.
Well, many people affected
by knife crime are teenagers
and the authorities are constantly
looking at ways of deterring young
people from carrying knives.
So as part of the BBC's
Annual School Report Day,
we asked 18-year-old Abbianca
from east London to take a look
at the issue for us.
This is her report.
Hello, I'm Abbianca.
Sixth form student at
Draper's Academy, in Harrod Hill.
I want to explore the ways
in which the education system can
help reduce knife crime.
This issue is very close
to my heart because in 2016,
I lost a dear friend of mine
who was a victim of knife crime.
I went to Scotland Yard to speak
to a senior police detective,
who deals with knife crime
on a daily basis.
I asked him if he thought schools
should have compulsory
lessons on this issue.
What to think about this,
do you think this can
make a difference?
I think it would make
a difference, I think we need
to change the messaging.
We have been saying for some time
that police on their own are not
going to arrest or enforce their way
out of this.
We need some answers and we need
to ask the right questions,
so let's get into our
communities, younger people.
Here I am back at my school,
Draper's Academy where I'll be
interviewing head of sixth form
and some students on the issue
of tackling knife crime.
Some people may carry
knives for protection,
especially because there's other
teenagers carrying knives anyway.
When community centres
are shut down and therefore,
the youth clubs that were held
in them get people getting bored
and therefore joining gangs
because they don't have the group
where they could have gone to.
If I'm being honest,
schools don't really teach
about knife crime that much.
My first talk was in year 12,
I was 16 when I had my first
talk about knife crime.
Do you think that these lessons will
make a difference and have an impact
on the younger generation?
I'm not convinced.
I think people who are attracted
to gangs and attracted to carrying
knives, they've kind of fallen out
of the education system.
There isn't one solution
to tackling knife crime,
but from my interviews,
it seems that changes
in the education system
could possibly contribute
to reduce knife crime.
Abbianca, BBC School Report.
Our thanks to Abbianca
for that report.
Well, it's Thursday the 15th March.
This is what's still
to come on the programme:
A small part of the Paddington basin
is being transformed. I will explain
how later in the programme.
London's Museums are some
of the best in the world,
but they say they're
being overlooked when
it comes to Brexit.
They argue its essential
for them to know how
they'll have access to art,
staff and funding after
the break from the EU.
To put it all into perspective,
London's Creative industries
generate almost £50 billion a year,
which is around half the UK's total.
It also accounts for one
in six jobs in London.
The issue has been
discussed at a conference
at The National Gallery today,
from where we can hear
from Katharine Carpenter.
There are figures out today showing
this place was the second most
visited attraction last year in the
UK, second only to the British
Museum. Those stats are important to
London at the moment and this sector
is trying to get its voice heard in
the breadth in negotiations. Members
gathered here today to try to
discuss how to do that, had to try
and get the issues they are
concerned about heard by the
government, amongst other things.
There are many other common things
but individual concerns for
different parts of the sector, as I
found out to some of those who run
our galleries and museums.
We'll place these as we planned...
Putting the final touches to this
exhibition of work by Austrian
artist is a precise business.
But after being shown at this
north London gallery,
some of these pieces might be loaned
elsewhere in the EU,
a fairly simple process
while we are still members.
It's really relatively smooth,
it's a number of pieces of paper.
It means we can import and export
duty free, if you like.
But if administration,
bureaucracy then comes into it,
we'll have to employ somebody
at some stage to deal
with all that paperwork.
He says he's prepared
to make the necessary
changes, but needs to know
what they'll be, soon.
Getting clarity on these issues
is just as important
for large institutions.
Here at the natural history museum
it can take up to three or four
years to plan an exhibition.
So even if you factor
in a transition period,
time is beginning to run out.
The Museums Association warns that
London's cultural offering could be
affected with access to funding
and staff major concerns.
30% of museums in the UK
employ staff from other
countries in the EU.
There is concern that some
of will leave and the museums
won't be able to attract
high-quality, specialist staff
in very niche subject areas,
which typically they rely on to put
on the kind of amazing
exhibitions that you see today.
But some see Brexit as a chance
to widen the opportunity.
The fledgling group,
Artists for Brexit, hopes it
will create a more level playing
field globally and remind
creatives they need to engage
with wide audiences.
You finish up with artists and art
work is not actually speaking
with the people of the British
People with whom they are supposed
to be engaging, but just
talking amongst themselves.
This is bad for the arts, long term.
But if some audiences
are being overlooked,
so too is the cultural sector
as a whole, according
to Alistair Brown.
The decisions that are being made
about things like the customs union
are being made at such a high level
in government and they are facing
so many different competing
demands from areas like
the city, from industry.
That it's difficult for museums'
concerns to be heard at that level.
And with so much at stake,
it's a point London's arts
will keep on making.
The government has got back to us on
the point of overlooking this
sector. It told us it wants the best
deal from the negotiations so it can
begin to grow and thrive. When it
set its own immigration policy after
Brexit it will welcome those with
the skills and expertise to allow
museums and galleries to continue to
do what's best. Let's speak to John,
are you reassured by those words?
small amount, they talk the right
talk and they are trying to be
reassuring. The issue for us, is
London, this incredible, welcoming
and cultural and artistic city,
going to be as open for business, as
open for people from across the
European Union to ply their trade.
That is what makes this industry so
intriguing, Brits and people from
far afield can work together. £92
billion annually, there is nothing
soft, nothing about entertainment in
this. This sector produces four
times as many jobs as others over
the last year. This is the real
powerhouse for Britain.
It is clear
what you want but how will you get
it, you have only got a year to go?
We are engaging with them all the
time but are they listening? I can
get out of bed either side and give
you a different answer. We have got
our work cut out. We have to
demonstrate that economically,
socially, culturally and in terms of
Britain's image abroad, the creative
industries and tech or the key
drivers for the economy. If they
don't put this sector front and
centre of the negotiations, all of
us in London will suffer
economically as a result.
a very strong case being made by the
sector, it just hopes now the
government will listen.
We will watch very carefully. Two of
the news now...
A ceremony has been held
to celebrate the life of Makram Ali,
the man killed in the Finsbury Park
terror attack in June.
and a tree were unveiled
by his daughter and grandchildren.
Mr Ali was killed by a van
driven by Darren Osbourne,
who's been jailed for life.
Also in attendance, was the Police
Commissioner, Cressida Dick
and Mayor of London,
A woman who posed as a survivor
of the Grenfell Tower Fire
has been convicted of fraud.
Southwark Crown Court heard that
47-year-old Joyce M-Sokeri,
pretended to have lost her home
and her husband so she could obtain
cash, donations and accommodation.
At the time, she was
living in Sutton.
M-Sokeri will be
sentenced next month.
Parents at a primary
school in west London,
which opened in 2012, have said
they're devastated after being told
it plans to close at
the end of next term.
Minerva Academy in Paddington
is only half full,
still on a temporary site,
and has no school playground.
Our Education Reporter, Marc Ashdown
has been finding out why.
Schools open, another
day of learning ahead,
something most parents
simply take for granted.
days at Minerva Academy
in Paddington could be numbered.
Only half full, and based on this
woefully inadequate temporary site,
the head has told parents she plans
to shut in the summer.
It's so stressful,
especially for the children.
My son has been
two days he's not eating properly,
he is not sleeping good,
he's telling me that
"I hate learning."
How are you feeling?
I will never forget this school,
it's because I've got friends that
I've known for seven
years, six years.
Minerva only opened in 2012.
In a letter to parents,
the head says falling pupil numbers
across Westminster has hit funding.
She says the current
site has not helped,
there is no playground and promises
of a brand-new building
seem to have evaporated.
It was supposed to be
here in Paddington basin,
apparently, but apparently
now there is nothing.
We were supposed to move
how many years ago?
Two, three years ago.
And everything was behind, behind,
behind, and promises.
And now, no school.
I wonder where is the new building,
what have they done with it.
Critics will argue this is another
example of what they have long
argued is a fundamental flaw
in the Government's
New schools are only
supposed to open
where there is a clear basic
need for more places
and in suitable buildings.
Here, it appears, there is neither.
It follows news that
Floreat Brentford is set to close,
another free school which could not
find a permanent home,
or make the money add up.
I do think this is chickens
coming home to roost
for the free school movement.
There's been a whole series
of stumbles and free schools,
with free schools failing.
I'm sure some have been
successful but the
general rule about free schools
that this is a privatised model of
running an education system, it's
too risky to run an education system
based on ideology.
Children have one chance
in a primary school or a
secondary school and we can't
play games with that.
Minerva is run by a multi-Academy
trust, the Board of Trustees says
staff are still providing a good
level of education but for a range
of factors, the school is no
longer financially viable.
If it does close, the local
authority, Westminster, says it's
ready to step in to make sure all 89
pupils can go to a good
Marc, what doesn't quite add up
is that we've often reported
on the shortage of school
places in London.
Now a school is closing
because there aren't enough pupils?
It does seem a bit odd. It is worth
explaining what academies are
because it can be confusing.
Originally they were Tony Blair
policy to turn around struggling
schools, then when the coalition
came in in 2010, Michael Gove
flipped it and gave outstanding
schools more power, and struggling
schools were forced to convert. Free
schools give parents the power to
start schools if they are not happy
with the local ones. Both academies
and free schools answer directly to
government, taking the council out
of the loop. I think we all agreed
the big problems these schools face
is trying to find buildings to open
in as was the case here.
We heard it
said the chickens are coming home to
roost, is this a sign of things to
Demand is always the key. A
few years ago there was a population
boom, too many kids and not enough
places. Is this the first sign that
is starting to change around? I'm
not sure. Some parents still
struggle to find places. Councils
might be out of the loop but they
still have the duty, the legal duty
to educate every child in the
country so if things start to go
wrong, as seems to be the case here,
the council like Westminster has got
to step in and provide a place for
Thanks for that.
A driver in Essex has
filmed a trail of
a quarter of a mile.
It's the second time in a year that
Watery Lane in Hullbridge
has had to close because of rubbish.
It's cost the local
council £1,500 to clear
and caused long tailbacks
through nearby villages.
Local people say flytipping
in the area is a weekly problem.
Here's a sight you wouldn't
expect to see, especially
if you were on holiday in Mexico.
The low emission ones have arrived
in Mexico City as part
of a one billion PESO deal,
that's over £40 million.
It's aimed at helping
traffic and pollution
in the Mexican capital.
It's easy to get caught up
in the pace of London life,
never taking time out
to enjoy the city.
But a new art installation
on the Regent's Canal
aims to get us to relax.
Victoria Hollins is at the
Paddington Basin to show us how.
If you have just walked in from work
and had a stressful day at the
office, you may wish you had someone
like this to spend some time. This
is in a redeveloped Paddington Basin
and it is an art installation which
has just been switched on. A
flotilla of 180 origami boats. Part
of the first Mindful series taking
place here, there will be yoga and
meditation taking place. It is
polymer paper so no fear about the
weather in the next few days. They
go through the process of changing
colour every 20 seconds or so and I
have to say it really is quite
peaceful. A short time ago I spoke
to the artists behind this.
thinking behind this is to have
something which is calming and
floating, and encourages you to take
the second and stop, and after a
busy day or during a busy day even,
it is something that makes you stop
and take a couple of minutes to
yourself. That is what the brief was
and what it is here to do.
more to so there's no chance they
will float away. There is food here
as well. The only then I would like
to change as the temperature!
I feel relaxed already, and this is
making me feel even more relaxed
because this is what it is like to
be in space, minus the suit, the
desk and chair of course!
But what we forget is all
the rubbish that's out there.
It's been left after so many
launches into space,
and as there are no bins
it just floats about.
So Airbus in Hertfordshire
have designed a type
of rubbish picker to clear it up.
Kate Bradbrook has been
seeing if it could work.
Litter and waste is a growing
problem here on planet Earth,
but it's also becoming a serious
issue in space.
Old satellites and space
craft from years gone
by discarded in low Earth orbit.
As the spacecraft are orbiting
around up there, then there's
the risk of them colliding with each
other, and when they do,
they explode to create a huge amount
more debris that then can
collide with other spacecraft
and you just get this
But there's a possible solution,
a giant litter picker or space
harpoon is being tested
here at Airbus in Stevenage -
designed to capture debris
and safely dispose of it.
Each harpoon like this
one will be travelling
at 25 metres per second,
that's 56 mph, slower than a bullet
but fast enough to spear its target.
With 18,000 pieces of smaller
junk in orbit, there
is a tool for that too.
It's designed to harpoon small
spacecraft up to around the size
of a washing machine,
and reel them in so can
be safely deorbited.
This one is called Envisat,
it's a non-functioning satellite
that's around the size
of a double-decker bus.
It's about eight tonnes
so it's much too large
for our small harpoon to handle,
so we've developed this,
which is a clean space harpoon.
In many ways it's very similar,
it has a lot of the same
technology behind it.
We pierce the satellite,
deploy the barbs, we are now locked
in so we can have a mechanical
interface with our satellite
and we can use our tether
here to turn it back
into the atmosphere
where it can be safely destroyed.
Testing in space will
begin later this year.
By the mid 2020s, this could provide
the answer to our cosmic clean up.
Kate Bradbrook, BBC London News.
And that's why they say the best
ideas are the simple ones.
OK, pop pickers.
Here's one to take
you back to the '80s.
Because one of the best known
singers of the decade
is about to go on the road
again after successfully
dabbling as a gardener,
becoming a YouTube hit
and a radio DJ.
Wendy Hurrell has
been talking to her.
Who is it? This lady...
# Looking out a dirty old window
# Down below the cars in the city go
The song that
propelled Kim Wilde to stardom
was a family effort,
written by her brother Ricky
and father Marty.
# We're the kids in America (whoa)
# We're the kids in America (whoa)
She's gone on to sell
30 million albums worldwide.
I love the original song
and I love to sing it still.
I love to see how the audience react
to it when I sing that song.
# We're the kids in America (whoa)
# We're the kids in America (whoa)
Then this viral video.
Two slightly tiddly Wildes
after a Christmas party in 2012,
serenading passengers on a train.
My brother was falling over
backwards and my antlers fell off.
It's just the most ridiculous thing!
It's all a bit of a blur as you can
imagine, but it was really good fun.
The public were really sweet
about how they responded to another
over-refreshed icon on a train.
That unlikely catalyst
revived her musical career and now
they are back, less
wobbly, with a new album.
And from March the 31st,
Kim is off on her first UK tour
in more than 30 years.
# Pop pop music, give me
pop pop music
# Don't stop, give me pop,
give me pop pop...#
So she's kicking her other career
as an award-winning landscape
gardener into the long grass
for a bit.
It's a tour in April,
I think you're just trying to get
out of the weeding and the pruning
and everything else that needs
to be done in the garden.
It's too true!
I'm looking at the garden and I'm
thinking I'm going to have
to get my old man sorting out
the garden because I
ain't can be here!
There's a lot of work can be done
in a garden in April so I'm just
going to have to leave all that,
rush in in May and ruin my nails!
The horticulture at home
in Hertfordshire for
now will have to wait.
Wendy Hurrell, BBC London News.
It's great she has come out with
some new songs but the old ones are
classics. I will tell you about it
It was one of those days to start
with, it needed to cheer up a little
bit. This was the scene in the City
of London, looking rather grey, then
it had a happy ending for most of
us. It's going to go downhill though
through the rest of this evening and
overnight. We have got some heavy
rain, a bit like last night, it kept
me awake for a while and it might
have done new too. Not a
particularly cold night, seven or 8
degrees but yet again it will make
for something of a wet commute
first. A breeze coming in, and
noticed there is some darkness
around the rain as we show it coming
up and across just about all parts.
Then things do improve, the clearer
skies coming in behind so some
sunshine, yes, temperatures
It got today, I had to take my coat
off, spring almost. Then showers,
and I have moved you through to
Saturday and you are thinking where
has the sunshine gone. There is a
snow shower working its way through
southern and eastern parts of London
and down through Kent and there will
be plenty of them late in the day.
Up to four degrees only, and that
really sets us up for the weekend
because on Sunday we have a flow of
cold, bitter air coming in from
Scandinavia and Siberia and that
will last us into the start of next
week when we begin to see a recovery
on the temperatures. Sunday could be
tricky, Saturday night and Sunday,
not just because of the two degrees
is a maximum but there may well be
some significant snow. More on that
some significant snow. More on that
Just before we go and leave
you in the safe hands
of The One Show, let me remind
you of the day's
main news headlines.
The Prime Minister has said
Britain's allies are taking a united
stance against Russia,
after the chemical
attack in Salisbury.
Today Theresa May visited the town
where the ex-Russian spy
and his daughter were poisoned.
In Syria, thousands of people have
fled part of Eastern Ghouta,
after it came under ferocious
A humanitarian corridor
was opened up by advancing
Syrian government forces,
allowing civilians to escape.
The police investigation
into the Grenfell Tower Fire
has found that a fire door installed
in the block could only hold back
flames for around 15 minutes.
That's half the time
it was supposed to.
If you missed any part
of the programme or want
to see some of it again -
you can on the BBC iPlayer.
I'll be back at 10.30 on BBC One.
Join me then if you can.
Bye for now.