19/10/2016 London News


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Spice - a drug being smoked openly by some homeless people in London -

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A life of someone we spoke to just couple of weeks ago,

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about the drug, about the problems and about the risks.

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Nick said he was desperatelx trying to get off the drug -

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and he wanted the government to do more to get it off our stredts.

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Gareth Furby was our reporter who spoke to him

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In the Strand, no one noticds as a homeless man carries

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a single rose to the spot where his friend died.

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He was such a happy person, always up for a laugh.

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He's talking about Nick who we interviewed just over

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a fortnight ago and who told us he was determined to stop t`king

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You know what, mate, I've been clean off it thred

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He also called for a crackdown on dealers selling it for jtst 10

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Whoever it's coming from, shoot the BLEEP.

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worse than crack and worse than heroin, mate.

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Now Nicholas Williams from Islington, who was just

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Killed, according to accounts from some of his friends,

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He smoked a thing called a Spice spliff and next minute

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he was having a heart attack and died there on the spot.

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He was trying to get off it and then he went back to it and then that's

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Two weeks ago, Westminster Council launched a campaign for a ftrther

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crackdown on these psychoactive substances and showed us

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several places where it was being smoked openly.

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The word the council used to describe this was an epidemic

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and councillor Nicky Aiken let Nick who told her he wanted

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It's a dangerous drug, the Government need to crack down.

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Whatever crackdown is being planned or even under way, it's

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He only took a couple of puffs and then had a serious reaction

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to it and I understand that he may have had a cardiac arrest and it's

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proof that there is a drug that s now on the street that's

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In May, the Government outlawed selling these

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substances but not using thdm, so police can't confiscate them

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There are powers for us to deal with people who are supplying it

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and already we've taken a good number of people off the streets

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and we've seized over 1,000 packets of various different brands

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And I think by trying to disrupt that market and trying to rdmove it

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from the streets, we can best protect vulnerable people.

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I was out for about 15 minutes, they told me.

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Kelly also collapsed after just a few puffs

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She's a reformed drug addict and says Spice is the most dangerous

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I remember when they said that you've overdosed on Spice

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But it actually scared me more than overdoses I have had

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The Home Office says its new Psychoactive Substances Act

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The Met says Nick's next of kin have now been informed about his death

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and a postmortem examination is being arranged.

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The Government has been acctsed of dithering over a final ddcision

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on expanding either Gatwick or Heathrow Airport.

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The criticism comes from London's Mayor who's open

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about wanting an extra runw`y for Gatwick - but he also fdels

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the current uncertainty, is bad for business.

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The Government's decision to yet again delay deciding where to build

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a new runway will cause unndcessary uncertainty for British bushnesses

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Now more than ever businessds need certainty and stability

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in order to make investment decisions and to keep

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Well, the issue of airport expansion is nothing new.

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It goes back years - and at one point it was

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the Labour Government which looked to have made a decision.

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But the Transport Secretary at the time, Geoff Hoon,

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who made the announcement, has now admitted to our reporter

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Karl Mercer that even then he wasn't actually convinced

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Heathrow is now operating at around 99% of its maximum capacity.

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Seven and half years ago, Geoff Hoon stood up in the House

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The Government remains convhnced that additional capacity at Heathrow

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is critical to this country's long-term economic prosperity.

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Even in the chamber it causdd uproar with Hayes MP John MCDonnell,

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who is now the Shadow Chancdllor, seizing the Commons mace in protest.

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Why then did Labour, and Hoon, decide to go ahead?

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It was fundamentally import`nt to the future of Britain's dconomy

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and well-being that that decision was taken.

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I'm sorry that there has bedn a delay because the economic

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Did you really think when you stood up and announced that that Heathrow

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No, I didn't but I always realised that there were

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The emphasis I placed at thd time was on the importance to thd British

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I always recognised that thdre were political factors and those

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political factors are, frankly, getting in the way.

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Expanding airport capacity in the South East

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It was here today that local government formally joined

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the campaign against the Roskill Commission's majority

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recommendation of Cublington as London's third airport.

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In 1968, The Roskill Commission decided there should be

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a new airport in Cublington in Buckinghamshire.

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And the anti-Maplin campaigners who are today vowing to makd

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the Government eat it's hat over Maplin...

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A later plan for an airport in Maplin Sands in the Thamds

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Estuary backed by Ted Heath also failed to materialise.

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I want to make one final pohnt which is relevant to this area.

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I will not support - in fact I will oppose a third runwax.

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And plans to expand Heathrow were shot down with this plddge

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from David Cameron in the rtn-up to the 2010 election.

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What were your civil servants saying to you?

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Were they saying, Secretary of State, you would be very brave

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to give this the go-ahead, or were they saying,

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They certainly said those sorts of things on a number of occasions

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but their job is to ensure that Britain has the best transport

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Do you think a third runway will ever be built?

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I do, yes, because I think the economic argument

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If we are to maintain Heathrow as a hub airport serving

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international passengers, serving the British economy,

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Geoff Hoon ending that report by Karl Mercer.

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Olympic medal-winning gymnast, Louis Smith decided to stay away

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from Team GB's celebrations in Trafalgar Square yesterd`y -

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opting instead to go to a mosque in Wandsworth.

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Because last week, a video dmerged where he appears to mock Islam.

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Mr Smith has apologised and wants to show his apology is real,

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He was the poster boy of the Olympics in 2012,

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Strictly Come Dancing champion 2012...

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And winner of one of the cotntry's most watched shows.

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But now Louis Smith is facing a different challenge -

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getting his reputation back on track after accusations of

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It comes after a video was posted online showing the 27-year-old

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apparently mocking Islam whhch led to him receiving death thre`ts.

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Now the gymnast is meeting Luslims around the country...

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Sitting down with them to explain why.

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What you say can resonate whth some people on a personal level.

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And what I didn't want is pdople to see that video and think it's OK

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to do what I did or take it one step further or two steps further.

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While his fellow Olympians celebrated their Rio success

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in parades being thrown for Team GB earlier this week,

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Smith decided not to take p`rt because of the controversy

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I mean, I don't want to antagonise situations.

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I don't want people to feel he's done what he's done

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and now he is out having a great time and partying

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That must be hard, though, seeing all the other athletds

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celebrating their victory and success and not being there

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It is hard, but, you know, at the same time, I am in this

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position because of my own `ctions and my own behaviour.

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Young Muslims who have met the gymnast say they're ple`sed he's

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I remember watching Louis win his medal in 2012.

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When this video came out it was disappointing and I thought,

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oh, should I have supported him or not?

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But today shows again that it was the right thing to do.

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Thank you very much, very kind of you to say.

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Smith now plans to take up invitations to visit other losques

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in the country around the coming weeks and hopes to rebuild his

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career and reputation as ond of Britain's finest Olympians.

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That's it for now from me, but let's find out what the weather

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Not much going on today? No, pretty boring but it's mostly dry today. It

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was cloudy, similar sort of story over the next few days. We keep that

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largely dry story going. Thdre could be the odd shower coming down in the

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breeze. The breeze is coming down from the

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north. That cloud you can see is rdasonably

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thin which means that bar the odd shower we will see a lot of dry

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weather tonight. Most of thd showers will be to the east of London. Out

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west we could just about sed temperatures as low as four or five

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in one or two places but I `m not expecting a frost. Comfortably above

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freezing. Tomorrow mostly dry, but mostly cloudy at times. Somd breaks

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developing, some sunshine in one or two places but again by the same

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token there could be the odd light shower. Temperatures similar to

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today around about 14 or 15. The outlook, most places dry but we have

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that cool breeze to factor hn. Here is Matt with the national ottlook.

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that cool breeze to factor in. Here is Matt with the national outlook.

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Good evening. Just as the weather starts to quieten down across many

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parts of the country it notched up a gear across the east coast today.

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Near gale force winds whipping up rough seas for our weather watchers

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in north Yorkshire and in Norfolk. Low

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