20/10/2016 London News


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Good evening and welcome to BBC London News with me, Louisa Preston.

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With the capital failing to provide enough affordable homes a group of

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footballers think they may have the answer to the problem. Ex-England

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captain Rio Ferdinand and Bobby Zamora grew up on council estates in

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London and now they are planning in investing in affordable housing

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Their first scheme will be on land near Luton and asked Tim Donovan has

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been finding out, the footb`llers hope to build similar schemds in

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London. Take 20 hectares of land ne`r Luton

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and a former captain at the England Well, soon, possibly, homes,

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but not homes alone. What's missing, he says,

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is community. A place to thrive and be

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sustainable and have longevhty, it need a community purpose,

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and that's why everything wd do have to have a sporting facility

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and an education part, and we want to entice local

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businesses to give people Not a sight often seen,

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ex-footballers at an Ferdinand runs a charitable

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foundation along with anothdr Both of them were brought up

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on London estates. Now, in partnership with developers

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and backed by pension funds, they want to build 1300 new homes,

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half of them affordable. We just want the right commtnity

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for ourselves, a community If we can do 50% social

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and affordable, just like S`diq Khan Our time, our black book

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of connections as well. Their share of profits will go

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to the foundation providing the youth and sports facilities

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and their sights are set on London. Is it possible we could see

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you coming up with plans Yeah, we will be speaking to Newham,

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to Barking and Dagenham. But not as quick as we

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would like. I want Southwark to have a legacy,

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I'll be so disappointed if that didn't happen. The state I grew up

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on, there's a youth club behng talked about being closed down.

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Still plans to sort out before they can be sure of success in this,

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their first appearance in the property game,

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Housing experts will go, leave it to people who know how

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You say that, but then so why is there a problem

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Leave it to the professionals, yeah, there are some

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great people that do it, but in other industries

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there are some people who don't do it as well.

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I don't want to be known for the rest of my life

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I want something I can look back on, that my family, friends and kids

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especially can look back and go you know what, my dad did

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something for, my friend did something for the community,

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and that's there, longevity, sustainability, and helped people

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This is a real good effort at trying to do that.

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Our political editor Tim Donavan speaking

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Jim Webern joined me. Affordable homes are key in the capital, what

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is being done about it? Sadhq Khan made an election pledge to have 50%

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affordable houses in new development but that is very much an ambition

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rather than a reality at thd moment. Since taking office the mayor has

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dampened down expectations, saying things like these changes whll not

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happen overnight. One good piece of news though, another election

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pledge, was that he would rdlease more land owned by City Hall,

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surplus land by transport for London, and release it to

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developers. We have now started to see that happen and of course where

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he does have more control over affordable housing limits. One thing

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to bear in mind here though is in a way it's all undermined by the fact

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that we need to build 50,000 homes per year to meet the demand in

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London. We are currently buhlding 25,000 homes per year and until

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there's some fundamental ch`nge in that area many people are still

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going trouble to -- struggld to find somewhere affordable to livd in

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London. One of London's busiest hospitals

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is giving its security staff body cameras after a dramatic increase

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in the number of attacks on nurses The trial at Guy's and St Thomas'

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comes as more than 70 people were arrested

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in the last six months. With some patients banned

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from the hospital altogether. So perhaps this is a sign -

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and a sound - of the times. From next week, Doug and Ch`rley

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will be doing this for real. Like London's police,

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they'll be donning body-worn cameras to try and tackle a growing problem

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of physical and verbal The stats will tell you I dhes and

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Thomases have decided to act. There were 850 incidents between @pril and

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September, up from 620 from the same time in 2015, a rise of 27%. Over

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that same period there were 75 arrests, up from 30 last ye`r.

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It's hoped the new cameras will help reassure staff.

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Staff can feel intimidated `nd threatened by the individuals

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involved. It can be emotion`lly upsetting for them and it m`kes it

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very difficult for them to do their job and it can affect the p`tients

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who also feel intimidated and threatened.

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Bosses here have already bedn taking steps to protect staff.

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More than 100 issued with so-called behaviour contracts warning them

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And they say they've spent ` long time trying to find the most secure

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video system possible beford launching this scheme.

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This system, once the recording has taken place, loads directly onto a

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secure server so the footagd can't be played around with or deleted. It

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will go to the server, we whll download onto a disc and provide it

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to the police. So it's secure in terms of patient confidenti`lity,

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which will be a concern? It's one of the most secure systems we could

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find. The six-month trial is being backed by the Metropolitan Police,

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which says it hopes it will be rolled out across London.

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Prince Harry, the Mayor of London and the Metropolitan Police

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Commissioner Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe attended a memorial service

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to honour more than 650 offhcers who've died in the line of duty

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His Royal Highness met families of loved ones, like Sidney Lackay.

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His daughter Nina died after being stabbed whilst trying

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to make an arrest in Stratford almost 20 years ago.

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We remember, we cannot forgdt. It's important the public shows hts

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appreciation as well and we see that in the prominent officials that come

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to events such as this. An update now on a story we brought

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you on Monday about a former Met officer who's accused the IPCC

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the police watchdog - of treating him unfairly ovdr

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an allegation of racism. Mark Gatland was accused of racism

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after he tasered an off-dutx black But the IPCC's inquiry into him

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and two other officers The man tasered was Edric

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Kennedy-Macfoy, who was latdr found not guilty of obstructing police

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and resisting arrest. His representatives have told us

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that during investigations by both the Met and IPCC,

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independent witnesses supported The Met then apologised to him

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and paid substantial damages. They also say that Mr Kennedy-Macfoy

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has discussed his concerns with senior Met officers

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and is to help them learn As was reported on Monday,

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an independent review of thd IPPC investigation is underway

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and the outcome is awaited. More details have emerged about how

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a silverback gorilla who escaped from its enclosure at London Zoo

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last week - leading to panic The 29-stone animal called Kumbuka

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walked through two unlocked doors and helped himself to large amounts

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of blackcurrant squash, Back in his enclosure, surrounded by

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his family and enjoying aftdrnoon to -- afternoon tea. A week ago Calbuco

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is the reason visitors were locked up and armed police called. We were

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stuck in the cafe. It was lhke being in Jurassic Park, very exciting The

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29 stone gorilla had escaped out of his den into a staff only area.

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Luckily, the keeper who found him knew him well enough to keep calm.

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He pottered out of a door that had not been secured. The keeper turned

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to Kumbuka, started chatting, keep calm, just as normal, then `t that

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point Kumbuka was just exploring the environment and pottered in to a

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storeroom next to his dens `nd was quite delighted to see some extra

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treats. He did take five litres of blackcurrant squash, but he's a big

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lad, 29 stone gorilla, he c`n cope with five litres of squash on a once

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off basis. The zoom insists members of the public were never in any

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danger. First -- his first satisfied, Kumbuka was tranpuillised

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and sent to his enclosure. Check your locks, that's the lesson to be

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learned. Let's find out what the weather is up to

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learned. Let's find out what the weather is up to with John Hammond.

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There were more showers arotnd than I was predicting this time

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yesterday. I think there will be fewer showers around tomorrow,

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hopefully you will see some sunshine at some stage. The showers came down

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in the breeze, it felt quitd cool in the breeze. Most of the showers have

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faded away but one or two ldft behind, particularly to the east of

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London. It might turn and mtrky later on, one or two fog patches in

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rural spots as we head towards dawn and locally in the countryshde we

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could get as low as 3-4. A chilly start. It may be grey and mtrky

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hopefully that cloud will lhft and we will see some sunshine. @ few

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showers but not as many as today. Temperatures up into double figures.

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The outlook, mostly dry The outlook, mostly dry for the next

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few days. Now the national outlook. Good evening. We are likely to the

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all colours of the autumn, tomorrow, fog could be an issue. Today, West

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has been best. Beautiful sunny spells breaking through the cloud in

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western areas but running down through North Sea coasts again, a

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frequent rash of showers. Some coming further inland but look at

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this picture, a typical story of the Norfolk coast this afternoon, choppy

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seas and rather threatening looking skies. It stays breezy through the

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night here and showers die back towards the Norfolk and Suffolk

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coast. Elsewhere, clear skies. We could see a touch of frost and some

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sub -- stubborn fog patches in the morning. In rural parts,

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temperatures could dip close to freezing. It could be the fog that

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could be an issue first thing, it's worth bearing in mind if you are on

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the

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