26/10/2016 London News


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personality tonight. Join me now on BBC Two, 11.00pm in Scotland. Here

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Good evening and welcome to BBC London News.

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600 more armed police officers in the capital -

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that was the promise made by the Met Commissioner at the start

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of the year following the tdrror attacks in Paris and Brussels.

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But at the time there were no details where these

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Now the union that represents the police say that pledge

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was unrealistic and would come at the expense of

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As publicity stunts go, Operation Hercules was a good one.

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The Met Commissioner unveildd the new elite counterterrorhsm

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unit back in August and the message was clear -

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more firearms officers and lore quickly deployed across London.

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That was then, and this is now the warning from the Met Police

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Realistically it would take a lot longer than was first envis`ged

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We are seeking officers frol other forces who are firearms trahned

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No one's thought about the dffect that has on surrounding forces.

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Now those forces have to replace what they are losing.

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It's a big merry-go-round of officers who are firearms trained.

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We need to train more, but we need to support them fully

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so they want to come forward and want to be firearms offhcers.

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He says the Met is reliant on poaching officers from other

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forces because of the lack of high-quality applicants

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and the rigorous training and selection process.

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Amongst the worst affected could be Sussex Police.

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The Met too has seen a dram`tic drop in numbers.

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From 2856 firearms officers in 010 to, well, 2139 in March

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Mostly because of previous budget cuts.

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It sparked fears that any increase now might only bring the nulbers

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That's certainly the view of firearms officers like Tony Long.

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He recently retired, having been cleared of the tnlawful

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killing of Azelle Rodney back in north London in 2005.

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He was part of a police operation that stopped the car

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An inquiry said the shooting was unlawful but a jury cle`red Tony

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He said now that the Met will struggle to attract

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new recruits while officers like him face criminal charges

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Previous policy involving the cutbacks ensured that wd lost

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authorised firearms officers and now we're sort of struggling

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We're trying to train sufficient officers to not just fulfil

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new posts but also to get us up to the level that we were

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In response, the Met says they've had 1000 applications and 100 have

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As for the effect on neighbouring forces...

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The Met are working very closely with those forces that are losing

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officers to make sure that they face the recruitment to not

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cause the forces too many problems, to give the forces

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And there are, it seems, changes across the piece.

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Tonight, British Transport Police announced a change in the w`y they

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Within a few months they want uniformed marksmen to start riding

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on the tube, they say, to provide reassurance.

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Sources at City Hall are worried, though,

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Either way, we'll have a far better idea of how well prepared London

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and its security forces are for a terrorist attack on Friday

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when an independent review commissioned by the Mayor of London

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Two men have been questioned by the police have the possession of pepper

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spray over a chemical alert by close City Airport on Friday.

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It left dozens of people needing medical treatment

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and two were hospitalised with breathing difficulties.

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There've been clashes tonight at the London Stadium for Wdst Ham's

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The trouble broke out towards the end of the match,

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There were extra security mdasures in place for the game

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It follows disturbances in the stands at some

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of the Hammers' previous matches at their new home.

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The BBC has learnt that the Richmond Park and North Kingston by-dlection

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Former Conservative MP Zac Goldsmith resigned from the south-west London

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seat yesterday after the Government backed plans to build

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The seat will be a key targdt for the Liberal Democrats.

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Today their leader said the election will be about more than airports.

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If you listen to local people here, the 70% who voted to Remain

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and many of the 30% who votdd to Leave but didn't want

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us to leave the single market, they are horrified

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that the Conservative Government is taking the United Kingdol

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in the wrong direction, to an extreme version of Brdxit that

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will cost thousands of jobs and will hit livelihoods

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The man in charge of promothng and supporting the Square Mhle has

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told City bosses tonight th`t Brexit will be successful if

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It comes only months after the Lord Mayor

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of London Jeffrey Mountevans warned that leaving the EU would bd

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The last of the guests are now leaving Mansion House after the

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annual City banquet. Around 350 top officials from the financial

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regulation sector, the Lord Mayor and the CEO Yes of the financial

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conduct and prudential regulation authorities. They stress th`t work

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to ensure a strong and stable banking sector must not be to row by

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Brexit. Although the Lord M`yor with a Remain campaigner, he says he is

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confident in a successful Brexit, which he spoke to me about darlier.

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These are uncertain times for the City, London is Europol smack

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financial capital, but for how? It is the job of the Lord made to

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promote the city as the world leader in finance and business. He has been

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to be a financial disaster. We all know that Brexit is a reality, we

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have a great offer and we are determined to make a success Brexit.

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We are very much open for btsiness, internationally, there are great

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opportunities for British btsinesses internationally and great

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opportunities for international business in UK.

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The City employs 400,008 and accounts for 12% of the UK's tax

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take. In a week of talk of smaller banks making moves to leave, the

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Lord Mayor says that fighting for access to the single market and the

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free movement of workers is crucial. We don't want the value of London

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services to be lost to European clients and friends in Europe. God

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help we add a great deal of value to European business by virtue of the

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concentration of skills and the expertise here. I am optimistic we

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will work on a win/ win solttion between Europe and Britain.

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There is no doubt the City hs and will face challenges as the

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realities of leaving the EU urge, but the message to native fhnancial

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regulators and City bosses hs that they must be proactive and positive

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so that Europe -- London relains Europol smack most successftl

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financial sector. The Chancellor said that financial

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services will be at the heart of Brexit Migno Cenation is, the City

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is about confidence. The Lord Mayor says that what London has to offer

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cannot be regulated by any of the European city. Thank you.

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It's the arts venue that many Londoners may be more familhar

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with for ice skating or summer concerts.

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Well, Somerset House is tryhng to do its bit to help keep `rtists

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from moving out of London by offering special rates

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In some cases, for as littld as ?100 a month - not bad for

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As I found out. A few months ago, Larry had serious doubts about being

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able to pursue his craft because the landlords of his East End studio

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space tripled his rent. Now he is creating work in one of the capital

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plus but most prestigious art institutions, Somerset Housd. You

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have to hold onto multiple jobs to keep things going, when you are

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challenged with the problem of hyped up rent, that means the difference

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between being able to produce or not producing anything at all. We almost

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under Waterloo Bridge in a space that has been renamed Make @ Street.

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The idea is that the visual artists sit side by side with designers

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under other creatives to hotse their work. Somerset House wants lore

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artists to apply. The rooms which once housed the Inland Revenue now

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contribute to the fastest-growing sector in London smack economy, its

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creative industry. What's more, some of what is being made down here will

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be exhibited up here in the main building. This is an exampld of what

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will happen here in the futtre, where they can experience the latest

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work that has been made. It is a great way for audiences to leet some

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of the best creative talent that this city has. For the artists

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themselves it is allowing them to develop their craft, but also

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allowing them to present thdir work to a new audience. It benefhts

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everybody. Wouldn't it be awful of London just became a place for

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bankers and commercial industry The UK is such a strong creativd

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reputation, Londoners the c`pital. To not be able to show the creative

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heart of the city is living in the heart of the city feels a lhttle bit

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disconnected. Not only living the painting, designing and even making

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music, with a little bit of help from Somerset House.

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

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We are getting more and mord of the nice autumn colours and the weather

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is getting into the Hallowedn mood, we're getting mist and fog hn the

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morning, watch out for that first thing tomorrow. Foggy for some of

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us. The afternoon does not look too barge, sunshine later. Todax was

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warm, 16.5 degrees in Heathrow. These big scary yellow triangles

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indicate the fog across rur`l areas in particular of London, not in the

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City, I don't think you will see anything too dense. Take it easy if

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you are travelling, the fog will be around and might stick in some areas

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do the course of the morning. But then once it burns away, thd

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sunshine comes out and it is not looking bad at all. Temperatures

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getting up to 16 degrees, ldt's look out the outlook. Temperaturds are

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looking very promising indedd. Nick Miller

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looking very promising indeed. Nick Miller has the National forecast.

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If you like your forecast to include cold weather, this is not for you.

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Temperatures have been heading up, helped by sunshine showing off the

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autumn colours. 19 Celsius in Cheshire. Scotland, Northern Ireland

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and Wales got to 16 or above. The mild hour feeding around high

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pressure from the Atlantic will continue for the rest of

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