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That's all from the BBC News at Six,
so it's goodbye from me
On BBC London News tonight.
£20 million and counting to house
Grenfell Fire victims in hotels,
as a number of residents say they're
still waiting - and wanting -
Never mind the amount of money you
are rowing in there, listen to what
our needs were, that would have
saved time, a lot of monetary policy
and a lot of criticism as well and a
lot of unhappiness.
lot of unhappiness.
Labour accuses the Tory
council of "incompetence".
The family of a builder who died
in hospital after routine surgery
want a new inquest into his death,
after the surgeon's conviction
for manslaughter was quashed.
There has been no justice, there has
been no full picture of what has
happened. We want the truth. We want
to know what happened, and we don't
want to to happen again.
want to to happen again.
The 24-hour a day nightmare
for residents in Fulham.
How building work on
is ruining their lives.
And we take a trip deep under
the Thames to discover
one of London's most
unusual performance spaces.
You won't believe where it is.
Over 20 million pounds has been paid
in hotel bills to keep survivors
of the Grenfell Tower
fire in accommodation.
Kensington and Chelsea Council has
met the cost, but it's understood
the Government will repay
about half of it.
71 people died in the fire in June,
with dozens of families
still in temporary accommodation.
The Council says it's doing
all it can to re-house them,
but opponents have called
the multi-million pound spend
"wasteful and incompetent".
Here's Marc Ashdown.
I managed to stop the smoke from
An on the owe was one of
the last people rescued from
Grenfell Tower. As these pictures
show he lost everything. He has
finely been moved into a temporary
flat after spending seven months in
a hotel. Life is still on hold. He
thinks the council could have worked
better with residents.
the amount of money you throw in
there, but you know, the advice is
that we could have given to them,
from day one, from day two, listen
to what our needs were, that would
have saved time, a lot of money and
a lot of criticism as well and a lot
of unhappiness on our behalf.
the tragedy the council has spent 21
million on hotels for those
affected. 210 households needed
rehousing, so far 188 have accepted
a new home, some are temporary which
means 22 households have yet to
accept a home so are still in
emergency accommodation. According
to Labour Grenfell Tower would in
today's money have cost about £7
million to build so for the £21
million the council spent on hotel
rooms it could in theory have
rebuilt the tower three times over.
I condemn the Council for its
conduct before, during and after,
they shouldn't have made these
promises and give people unrealistic
expectations if they weren't capable
of delivering them. It is a
disgraceful waste of public money
and more importantly a terrible
letting down of people who were
still living in hotel, because I can
assure you no-one wants to carry on
living in hotels.
Council said they
have an army of staff working
round-the-clock to try and rehouse
families and they have spent 235
million securing more than 300 hopes
to give people the maximum choice.
So we are all individual, we are all
human beings, of a certain age as
well and therefore, we have to have
something that is really fitting and
Antonio counts himself
lucky, one day hopes to get on with
his life. Others were not so
Others were not so fortunate.
That's our top story this evening.
And this is what's still
to come on the programme.
A £600 million extension but can
this new vision in White City really
buck the downward trend of the high
buck the downward trend
of the high street?
The family of a man who died
at a private hospital in Harrow
after undergoing routine
knee surgery is calling
for answers to what happened, eight
years after James Hughes' death.
Surgeon Dr David Sellu, who served
time for his manslaughter,
later had his conviction quashed
and was cleared last month
at a medical tribunal.
Now Mr Hughes' family
want a new inquest
to establish exactly what happened.
Our political editor, Tim Donovan
has been speaking to them.
He was the life and soul of every
party, he was very social, knew
people from every different walk of
For gym Hugh's daughter it is
hard to understand let alone accept.
You know, absolutely devastating
impact on all of us for the rest of
It was February 2010 and
her father was apparently recovering
well from his knee op which had been
done here, at the Clementine
Churchill hospital in harrow. Then
he got severe stomach pain, two days
past before he had surgery, for a
perforated bowel, he died a later,
why was nothing done sooner?
to call his own GP from his hospital
bed op his mobile phone, to get
help. We know he was in agony
because he spoke to people, he told
people he was, on the phone, I can't
talk, I'm in agony, too much pain, I
can't talk. He talked about a
burning sensation, he felt like
there was flames, fire through his
For a while she thought she
had a partial explanation when
surgeon Dr David Sellu was jailed
for manslaughters. Last year, that
conviction was quashed on appeal.
And this month he was cleared of all
11 counts by a medical tribunal. It
wasn't held he should have
operatedier, a detailed written
judgment Maggie finds hard read and
accept. She says it was never just
about one doctor, the families
concerned at the general level of
care he got at the private hospital.
If he had been anywhere else,
absolutely anywhere else, if my dad
had been in Tesco, when his bowel
ruptured, he would probably have
been alive today. If he had actually
when he wasn't getting the response,
instead of staying in that hospital,
room, and phoning his own GP from
his hospital bed, if he had crawled
out into the street, he would
probably be alive today.
A much missed brother, father and
grandfather, Jim Hughes has begun
his retirement here near Portadown
in Ireland after running a
successful building firm in west
London. His which doe says she is
Just don't trust the
legal system. I have no trust in
anything, and I just think, well,
we're back right where we started
but I can't even, in my mind I can't
go back there, I can't think of it
so I am left going on from
day-to-day. But I am getting upset
now because I am thinking of it,
and, we are just... Nowhere to turn
any more and I don't want any
controversy, I just want to live a
life. I just want answers to know
why did he die?
Which is why Maggie
wants the inquest re-opened.
only person I can see that could be
interested in a big picture or have
the power to look at big picture
would be the coroner, I think there
is lots of failings and they need to
be accountable. It is not
retribution, we want the truth. We
don't want it brushed under the
carpet. My dad no way would have
Whether she gets her
wish will be up to the coroner, Dr
David Sellu said he would welcome a
new hearing. The hospital added
appreciated the family's lost was
felt as acutely now as when he died.
His daughter says she won't let the
matter rest. Testify
Actress Liz Hurley has urged
the public to share CCTV footage
of a car police want to trace,
after her nephew was stabbed two
weeks ago in Wandsworth.
21-year-old Miles Hurley,
lost four pints of blood
when he and a friend were attacked
by a group of men following a car
crash in Battersea.
The image was released
by Scotland Yard, who said
it was "sheer luck"
that they weren't more
Detectives investigating the death
of murdered Russian businessman
Nikolai Glushkov in Malden
are appealing to drivers
and cyclists with dashcam or helmet
footage to contact them.
The former Aeroflot airline deputy
director was found strangled
at his terraced house last week.
Scotland Yard wants anyone
with footage near the 68-year-old's
home on the 11th or 12th of March -
to send it in.
It's a common complaint among
young people in London -
that there aren't enough places
to go to after school.
And today, it's been argued that
that leads to crime,
and cuts to London's youth services
in recent years is one of
the reasons knife crime is rising.
So the Mayor of London has decided
to tackle things head on,
while the government
says its doing its bit too.
Ayshea Buksh has more.
Since the 60 it was a place for
local children to hang out. But for
five years now, Grove Park Youth
Club has stood empty it was closed
by the council following cuts to its
budget from the Government. Local
resident Garfield Clark has five
sons and says some of them used to
Table tennis, school work,
activity, so many classes they used
to do there as well, after classes,
out door, indoor, it was very good.
So I don't know the reason they
close it down.
Campaigners hope to
bring it back to community use,
despite earlier interest shown by
property developers in the site.
Since it has been closed, we have
had anti-social behaviour, a number
of stabbings, including a fatality,
which think it atrocious, it would
probably cost £27,000 to open the
New research shows
over the last seven years £39
million has been lost from youth
service budget, 81 centres have shut
down and 800 youth worker posts have
The austerity pressures from
national Government is the fact they
are not a statutory service, you
don't have to provide dedicated
youth centres, that is why they have
been cut. I think the mayor has
introduced a new fund, he is giving
45 million over three years
following campaigns I have run. The
Government need to step in, and fill
the rest of the gap.
And some of the mayor's extra
funding has gone to Brixton music
charity Raw Material it works with
hundreds of young people each year
At risk young people, educational
support work with special needs and
so on is just like, it doesn't seem
to be, you talk about it but there
isn't the money for it. So we still,
what we do is keep the best kind of
service going we can, and limit our
expenditure. Although I am faced
with staff cuts now.
Council says it continues to invest
in youth service while the
Government says it is funding
various programmes to help young
to help young people.
Westfield in White City -
has become Europe's largest shopping
centre, after opening
a new £600 million extension.
It comes almost a decade after it
opened its doors in west London -
but there are critics,
eEspecially local businesses
on the High Street and those
who question the very future
of retail stores.
Frankie McCamley is at Westfield
for us this evening with more.
Yes, can you believe Westfield
shopping sceptre is nearly ten years
old? We have in the new £600 million
extension, as you can see behind me
the brand-new John Lewis, Primark
will open soon, you can see shoppers
are here enjoying what they have got
to offer, but I have been asking a
few people what they miss from the
The high street it was local and
mostly local people you meant in the
high street as opposed to here,
there are a lot of people who have
come from everywhere else.
really Miss Anything about the high
street. I just think it is good that
everything is in one place.
to socialise, we would have a walk
round but like I said, now we come
to the centres like malls or centres
like these where we do the same
thing we did on the high street.
As you can hear, some people saying,
talking about what they miss from
the high street. Joining me is a
representative from Westfield. Just
tell me, you have a lot of
competitor, you have still got the
high street, how you staying
By creating what you see
here today, which is a beautiful
combination of design, retail of
dining, leisure, entertainment, and
a real place where people can
connect with each other.
mean, this is another shopping
centre, are there are too many in
I think as long as you
deliver to what a consumer needs and
what is important to consumers now
and it is very much about creating
that experience, and that
destination, then, these types of
shopping centres really have a role
Jeremy Baker, you are a
retail expert, do you think they
have got it right, do you think it
is a thing of the past?
are doing very well here, they are
fighting with Oxford Street, and
there is Harrods out there,
Selfridge, they are in battle, and
they are taking on Oxford Street.
you think it will stand the test of
Everything in retail
disappears in the end so in about 30
years' time we will come back,
lights are off, huge cobwebs
everywhere and we will think what
happened in 2018. At the moment it
is 2018 glamour.
you for joining us, whether it will
stem stand the test of time that is
yet to be seen.
Let us sigh what is still to come
Using football to change live, how
Sport Relief has been helping
youngsters in south London.
And we take a trip deep under the
Thames to discover one of London's
most unusual performance spaces.
Residents in Fulham say their lives
have been ruined after construction
work on Thames Water's 'Super Sewer'
started going on through the night.
Last month, permission
was granted for workers
to operate 24 hours a day,
but residents complain
they can't sleepand the noise
they say is "like torture".
Victoria Cook has been
to the area to find out
what its like for herself.
Imagine trying to
sleep next to this.
Joel and Joe Watts flat overlooks
the Thames Tideway Tunnel
They've been filming it
at night to capture the
The line's been crossed for us.
It's almost like
a human rights issue.
We just want to sleep.
You should be able to
sleep in your own flat.
Your own accommodation.
We want to sleep at night.
We want the noise to...
We want very little
noise if no noise.
No noise would be the
best outcome for us.
The Thames Tideway tunnel's a major
new super sewer for London
it's designed to stop the 39 million
tonnes of sewerage that currently
overflows into the
Thames every year.
Although construction has started,
the actual tunnelling is
due to begin later this year,
the works and noise will then
continue through to 2023.
What we're doing and what we
are continuing to do is
engage with the community.
Understand what it is we need to do.
We've done a whole series of
improvement measures already, from
greasing pieces of equipment,
from turning horns off and we will
continue to work with them
to understand what else we can do to
minimise any disruption.
Some residents, like
Marsha Brackett, have
been given sound proofing already.
But the noise is still
The flats actually shake like an
earthquake and my
daughter, who is only
four, she has nightmares
and she wakes up in
night and asks - "mum,
can I sleep with you?"
She has to be in my bed
for quite a while.
The decision to allow 24 hour
works here was given
by central government.
It says it's imposed strict
controls on the noise
levels here, but the local
authority, Hammersmith and Fulham,
says the type of noise coming
from the site means the locals
are still disrupted.
It says it's now helping people
with claims of compensation
and, where it's possible,
it will try and relocate
Victoria Cook, BBC London News.
We're half-way through Sport Relief
week, with millions of pounds
hopefully being raised
for vulnerable people
across the UK and the world.
But you only need to look around
London to see how some of the money
from previous years has been
spent right here.
Like the BigKid Foundation
Chris Slegg has been down
there to find-out what they do.
Hey, listen, there's
zero communication going
on with you lot as well.
Shaninga Marasha set up a mentoring
scheme when he was still at school,
it later became known as the BigKid
Now 35, he has helped
transform the lives of scores
of youngsters in south London.
A lot of these young people come
from really challenging backgrounds
and what we try and do is create
a safe environment for the,
a space where they can
freely express themselves.
But at the same time,
we try and give them
opportunities to volunteer,
to really give back to the local
community, to give back to the young
people that they work with.
17-year-old Weze says he struggled
with anger management issues
until these sessions helped bring
structure to his life.
I've been here for three
or four years and it's
changed me because me,
I have a little bit of a temper,
so it's helped me to control it and,
you know, be welcoming to people
who are new to football,
The work being done here is made
possible thanks to money raised
by Sport Relief and funding
from the National Lottery and
Government through the iwill fund.
The money from Sport Relief
and the iwill fund has helped us
tremendously because what it does
is, it makes the programme
sustainable and what the young
people need is consistency.
It's allowed us to engage
with their parents, engage
with other local organisations.
Also give the young people
opportunities to grow with us.
18-year-old Nuno says
sport has provided him
with a vital outlet,
having grown up in
an urban environment.
It's changed my life because I've
been a really cooped up
kid when I was younger,
and it was going to continue to be
the same until I found BigKid
and I started coming out a lot more
to training sessions
and we're going on trips.
I've just been enjoying the whole
three years of my experience here.
The work of the BigKid Foundation
and Sport Relief -
proof of football's power to change
the lives of young
people for the better.
Chris Slegg, BBC London News.
Terrific work being done there and
You can watch Sport Relief
on BBC One this Friday.
Good luck if you're taking part
in any activities to raise money.
Every penny goes to help
those most in need.
Major League Baseball is a step
closer to coming to London
after the New York Yankees
and Boston Red Sox announced
they are "very close" to agreeing
a deal to play a series
here next year.
The venue for the games will be
the London Stadium in Stratford and,
if it goes ahead, the fixtures
would be the first MLB games
to be played in Europe.
The Queen went to the Royal Academy
today to look at artwork
which would have been hers if it
wasn't sold off a few
hundred years ago.
She was shown paintings collected
by King Charles I which were sold
off after his execution in 1649.
While there, the Queen
opened a new redevelopment
at the Academy and then she left,
but didn't take any of her
ancestor's artwork with her.
Good job too.
This, believe it or not, is one
of London's most famous landmarks.
But don't be surprised
if you don't recognise it -
I'd be surprised if you did.
Because this is Tower Bridge -
underground and underwater.
The huge chamber is being converted
into a performance space.
Emma North has been to take a look.
Below the grace and the grandeur,
these are the guts
beneath Tower Bridge.
Normally out of bounds to you or me,
but this week this is the giant
bascule chamber, transformed
into a huge cinema screen.
It looks like we're going to have
to accept that the streets
where we live and work are also
going to be battlefields.
Blackout tells the story
of the work of two London
policemen during the Blitz.
Their job was to wait until the all
clear sounded after an air-raid,
and then to head out
to document the destruction.
Hi, I'm Rury, a third year student
at The Guildhall School and I'm
a designer for the project.
I wanted to feel a real sense
of what it was like to live
during the blitz, to be in that
space, to be among the falling bombs
and the shock and awe of it all,
and the community spirit
that was born out of that.
is a student project.
The challenge set was a double one -
create something of a professional
standard, but do it
in an impossible place.
My name is Dan Shorten,
and I'm a lecturer in video
at The Guildhall School
of Music and Drama.
It's underground, it's dark, damp,
there's a lot of stairs involved
in the descent down to the chamber.
We have to bring in the power,
we have to bring in all
the equipment, so there's
lots of physical challenges,
but also creatively,
when you're in a building like this
that is so awe-inspiring
in its own right, you have
to make sure that you're,
the work you put in there does
justice to the environment.
Mixed in with the show
are the sounds of the traffic
above and the boats chugging
by on the other side of the walls.
It's impossible to
forget where you are.
It's not the most conventional
of theatre spaces.
For starters, the audience
sits below water level,
so it's so cold in here you can
see your breath, and
above us is the bascule.
That's the counter weight
to the bridge, so that
when Tower Bridge opens,
that great ceiling,
which is actually part of a road,
sweeps down through this chamber.
Give the little ones a kiss
on the way out the door.
But they do get 24 hours
notice before it moves,
and the performance only lasts 20
minutes to stop everyone
from getting too cold.
There are 16 performances
of Blackout scheduled,
subject to river traffic.
Emma North, BBC London News.
That looks fabulous. Emma said it
was freezing, but above ground it
was like spring.
At long last.
was freezing, but above ground it
was like spring.
At long last.
the recent snow all those spring
flowers out there, at last starting
to respond. They are in for a shock
as we go through tonight. I will
show you. Clear skies across
Scotland and Northern Ireland. They
are working towards us. We have
cloud drifting southwards across
central parts of England. That may
produce isolated showers during the
first half of the night. Most will
be dry. Clearer skies later on as
well. With winds remaining lighter
through the night, particularly to
the north and west of London, this
is where temperatures will start to
drop the furthest. We could see a
widespread frost and around the
Downs to the west and Chilterns hfrs
2 and -3. Chilly commute. Mist and
fog first thing. They will shift
away. Lovely day in store. Best of
the sunshine in the morning. A
breeze picking up a touch through
the afternoon. It will come from
from the north-west rather than the
north-east. Temperatures up to 10
maybe 11 degrees. Sunny spells into
the afternoon. The evening will
cloud over. A cloudier night, patchy
drizzle to take us through Wednesday
night and into Thursday. It means we
should be largely frost-free. Not as
cold as it will be this coming
night. It should be a frost-free
start to Thursday morning. Thursday
morning, well, best of the sunshine
during the first part of the day. It
will cloud over from the west later
on. Sunshine turning hazier.
Thursday another dry day, even if
the skies turn grey towards the west
lair on. With hazy sunshine around
we could see temperatures hit 12 or
13 Celsius. There will be a mild
night to take us through Thursday
night into Friday. Outbreaks of rain
spreading eastwards. The rest of the
week we will between weather systems
and into the weekend most places
will stay dry and temperatures into
double figures. Improvement of last
It certainly is.
Thank you for
Just before we go,
a reminder of the day's
main BBC news headlines.
Facebook's founder, Mark Zuckerberg,
has been called to appear before MPs
to give evidence about the firm's
security over personal data.
It comes after claims
that the London based firm,
used personal data to influence
the US presidential elections.
Russian diplomats and
their families have left
Stansted Airport for Moscow.
They were expelled by
the British Government over
the nerve agent attack in Salisbury.
An engineer from the Red Arrows
aerobatic display team has died
after a military jet crashed
near RAF Valley on Anglesey.
The pilot of the aircraft
survived the impact
and is receiving medical care.
The cost of housing survivors
of the Grenfell Tower fire in hotels
is more than £20 million.
Dozens of families are still
in emergency accommodation
after the blaze, that claimed 71
lives in June.
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