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Good evening and welcome to BBC London News with me, Louisa Preston.
With the capital failing to provide enough affordable homes a group of
footballers think they may have the answer to the problem. Ex-England
captain Rio Ferdinand and Bobby Zamora grew up on council estates in
London and now they are planning in investing in affordable housing
Their first scheme will be on land near Luton and asked Tim Donovan has
been finding out, the footb`llers hope to build similar schemds in
London. Take 20 hectares of land ne`r Luton
and a former captain at the England Well, soon, possibly, homes,
but not homes alone. What's missing, he says,
is community. A place to thrive and be
sustainable and have longevhty, it need a community purpose,
and that's why everything wd do have to have a sporting facility
and an education part, and we want to entice local
businesses to give people Not a sight often seen,
ex-footballers at an Ferdinand runs a charitable
foundation along with anothdr Both of them were brought up
on London estates. Now, in partnership with developers
and backed by pension funds, they want to build 1300 new homes,
half of them affordable. We just want the right commtnity
for ourselves, a community If we can do 50% social
and affordable, just like S`diq Khan Our time, our black book
of connections as well. Their share of profits will go
to the foundation providing the youth and sports facilities
and their sights are set on London. Is it possible we could see
you coming up with plans Yeah, we will be speaking to Newham,
to Barking and Dagenham. But not as quick as we
would like. I want Southwark to have a legacy,
I'll be so disappointed if that didn't happen. The state I grew up
on, there's a youth club behng talked about being closed down.
Still plans to sort out before they can be sure of success in this,
their first appearance in the property game,
Housing experts will go, leave it to people who know how
You say that, but then so why is there a problem
Leave it to the professionals, yeah, there are some
great people that do it, but in other industries
there are some people who don't do it as well.
I don't want to be known for the rest of my life
I want something I can look back on, that my family, friends and kids
especially can look back and go you know what, my dad did
something for, my friend did something for the community,
and that's there, longevity, sustainability, and helped people
This is a real good effort at trying to do that.
Our political editor Tim Donavan speaking
Jim Webern joined me. Affordable homes are key in the capital, what
is being done about it? Sadhq Khan made an election pledge to have 50%
affordable houses in new development but that is very much an ambition
rather than a reality at thd moment. Since taking office the mayor has
dampened down expectations, saying things like these changes whll not
happen overnight. One good piece of news though, another election
pledge, was that he would rdlease more land owned by City Hall,
surplus land by transport for London, and release it to
developers. We have now started to see that happen and of course where
he does have more control over affordable housing limits. One thing
to bear in mind here though is in a way it's all undermined by the fact
that we need to build 50,000 homes per year to meet the demand in
London. We are currently buhlding 25,000 homes per year and until
there's some fundamental ch`nge in that area many people are still
going trouble to -- struggld to find somewhere affordable to livd in
London. One of London's busiest hospitals
is giving its security staff body cameras after a dramatic increase
in the number of attacks on nurses The trial at Guy's and St Thomas'
comes as more than 70 people were arrested
in the last six months. With some patients banned
from the hospital altogether. So perhaps this is a sign -
and a sound - of the times. From next week, Doug and Ch`rley
will be doing this for real. Like London's police,
they'll be donning body-worn cameras to try and tackle a growing problem
of physical and verbal The stats will tell you I dhes and
Thomases have decided to act. There were 850 incidents between @pril and
September, up from 620 from the same time in 2015, a rise of 27%. Over
that same period there were 75 arrests, up from 30 last ye`r.
It's hoped the new cameras will help reassure staff.
Staff can feel intimidated `nd threatened by the individuals
involved. It can be emotion`lly upsetting for them and it m`kes it
very difficult for them to do their job and it can affect the p`tients
who also feel intimidated and threatened.
Bosses here have already bedn taking steps to protect staff.
More than 100 issued with so-called behaviour contracts warning them
And they say they've spent ` long time trying to find the most secure
video system possible beford launching this scheme.
This system, once the recording has taken place, loads directly onto a
secure server so the footagd can't be played around with or deleted. It
will go to the server, we whll download onto a disc and provide it
to the police. So it's secure in terms of patient confidenti`lity,
which will be a concern? It's one of the most secure systems we could
find. The six-month trial is being backed by the Metropolitan Police,
which says it hopes it will be rolled out across London.
Prince Harry, the Mayor of London and the Metropolitan Police
Commissioner Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe attended a memorial service
to honour more than 650 offhcers who've died in the line of duty
His Royal Highness met families of loved ones, like Sidney Lackay.
His daughter Nina died after being stabbed whilst trying
to make an arrest in Stratford almost 20 years ago.
We remember, we cannot forgdt. It's important the public shows hts
appreciation as well and we see that in the prominent officials that come
to events such as this. An update now on a story we brought
you on Monday about a former Met officer who's accused the IPCC
the police watchdog - of treating him unfairly ovdr
an allegation of racism. Mark Gatland was accused of racism
after he tasered an off-dutx black But the IPCC's inquiry into him
and two other officers The man tasered was Edric
Kennedy-Macfoy, who was latdr found not guilty of obstructing police
and resisting arrest. His representatives have told us
that during investigations by both the Met and IPCC,
independent witnesses supported The Met then apologised to him
and paid substantial damages. They also say that Mr Kennedy-Macfoy
has discussed his concerns with senior Met officers
and is to help them learn As was reported on Monday,
an independent review of thd IPPC investigation is underway
and the outcome is awaited. More details have emerged about how
a silverback gorilla who escaped from its enclosure at London Zoo
last week - leading to panic The 29-stone animal called Kumbuka
walked through two unlocked doors and helped himself to large amounts
of blackcurrant squash, Back in his enclosure, surrounded by
his family and enjoying aftdrnoon to -- afternoon tea. A week ago Calbuco
is the reason visitors were locked up and armed police called. We were
stuck in the cafe. It was lhke being in Jurassic Park, very exciting The
29 stone gorilla had escaped out of his den into a staff only area.
Luckily, the keeper who found him knew him well enough to keep calm.
He pottered out of a door that had not been secured. The keeper turned
to Kumbuka, started chatting, keep calm, just as normal, then `t that
point Kumbuka was just exploring the environment and pottered in to a
storeroom next to his dens `nd was quite delighted to see some extra
treats. He did take five litres of blackcurrant squash, but he's a big
lad, 29 stone gorilla, he c`n cope with five litres of squash on a once
off basis. The zoom insists members of the public were never in any
danger. First -- his first satisfied, Kumbuka was tranpuillised
and sent to his enclosure. Check your locks, that's the lesson to be
learned. Let's find out what the weather is up to
learned. Let's find out what the weather is up to with John Hammond.
There were more showers arotnd than I was predicting this time
yesterday. I think there will be fewer showers around tomorrow,
hopefully you will see some sunshine at some stage. The showers came down
in the breeze, it felt quitd cool in the breeze. Most of the showers have
faded away but one or two ldft behind, particularly to the east of
London. It might turn and mtrky later on, one or two fog patches in
rural spots as we head towards dawn and locally in the countryshde we
could get as low as 3-4. A chilly start. It may be grey and mtrky
hopefully that cloud will lhft and we will see some sunshine. @ few
showers but not as many as today. Temperatures up into double figures.
The outlook, mostly dry The outlook, mostly dry for the next
few days. Now the national outlook. Good evening. We are likely to the
all colours of the autumn, tomorrow, fog could be an issue. Today, West
has been best. Beautiful sunny spells breaking through the cloud in
western areas but running down through North Sea coasts again, a
frequent rash of showers. Some coming further inland but look at
this picture, a typical story of the Norfolk coast this afternoon, choppy
seas and rather threatening looking skies. It stays breezy through the
night here and showers die back towards the Norfolk and Suffolk
coast. Elsewhere, clear skies. We could see a touch of frost and some
sub -- stubborn fog patches in the morning. In rural parts,
temperatures could dip close to freezing. It could be the fog that
could be an issue first thing, it's worth bearing in mind if you are on