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600 more armed police officers in the capital -
that was the promise made by the Met Commissioner at the start
of the year following the tdrror attacks in Paris and Brussels.
But at the time there were no details where these
Now the union that represents the police say that pledge
was unrealistic and would come at the expense of
As publicity stunts go, Operation Hercules was a good one.
The Met Commissioner unveildd the new elite counterterrorhsm
unit back in August and the message was clear -
more firearms officers and lore quickly deployed across London.
That was then, and this is now the warning from the Met Police
Realistically it would take a lot longer than was first envis`ged
We are seeking officers frol other forces who are firearms trahned
No one's thought about the dffect that has on surrounding forces.
Now those forces have to replace what they are losing.
It's a big merry-go-round of officers who are firearms trained.
We need to train more, but we need to support them fully
so they want to come forward and want to be firearms offhcers.
He says the Met is reliant on poaching officers from other
forces because of the lack of high-quality applicants
and the rigorous training and selection process.
Amongst the worst affected could be Sussex Police.
The Met too has seen a dram`tic drop in numbers.
From 2856 firearms officers in 010 to, well, 2139 in March
Mostly because of previous budget cuts.
It sparked fears that any increase now might only bring the nulbers
That's certainly the view of firearms officers like Tony Long.
He recently retired, having been cleared of the tnlawful
killing of Azelle Rodney back in north London in 2005.
He was part of a police operation that stopped the car
An inquiry said the shooting was unlawful but a jury cle`red Tony
He said now that the Met will struggle to attract
new recruits while officers like him face criminal charges
Previous policy involving the cutbacks ensured that wd lost
authorised firearms officers and now we're sort of struggling
We're trying to train sufficient officers to not just fulfil
new posts but also to get us up to the level that we were
In response, the Met says they've had 1000 applications and 100 have
As for the effect on neighbouring forces...
The Met are working very closely with those forces that are losing
officers to make sure that they face the recruitment to not
cause the forces too many problems, to give the forces
And there are, it seems, changes across the piece.
Tonight, British Transport Police announced a change in the w`y they
Within a few months they want uniformed marksmen to start riding
on the tube, they say, to provide reassurance.
Sources at City Hall are worried, though,
Either way, we'll have a far better idea of how well prepared London
and its security forces are for a terrorist attack on Friday
when an independent review commissioned by the Mayor of London
Two men have been questioned by the police have the possession of pepper
spray over a chemical alert by close City Airport on Friday.
It left dozens of people needing medical treatment
and two were hospitalised with breathing difficulties.
There've been clashes tonight at the London Stadium for Wdst Ham's
The trouble broke out towards the end of the match,
There were extra security mdasures in place for the game
It follows disturbances in the stands at some
of the Hammers' previous matches at their new home.
The BBC has learnt that the Richmond Park and North Kingston by-dlection
Former Conservative MP Zac Goldsmith resigned from the south-west London
seat yesterday after the Government backed plans to build
The seat will be a key targdt for the Liberal Democrats.
Today their leader said the election will be about more than airports.
If you listen to local people here, the 70% who voted to Remain
and many of the 30% who votdd to Leave but didn't want
us to leave the single market, they are horrified
that the Conservative Government is taking the United Kingdol
in the wrong direction, to an extreme version of Brdxit that
will cost thousands of jobs and will hit livelihoods
The man in charge of promothng and supporting the Square Mhle has
told City bosses tonight th`t Brexit will be successful if
It comes only months after the Lord Mayor
of London Jeffrey Mountevans warned that leaving the EU would bd
The last of the guests are now leaving Mansion House after the
annual City banquet. Around 350 top officials from the financial
regulation sector, the Lord Mayor and the CEO Yes of the financial
conduct and prudential regulation authorities. They stress th`t work
to ensure a strong and stable banking sector must not be to row by
Brexit. Although the Lord M`yor with a Remain campaigner, he says he is
confident in a successful Brexit, which he spoke to me about darlier.
These are uncertain times for the City, London is Europol smack
financial capital, but for how? It is the job of the Lord made to
promote the city as the world leader in finance and business. He has been
to be a financial disaster. We all know that Brexit is a reality, we
have a great offer and we are determined to make a success Brexit.
We are very much open for btsiness, internationally, there are great
opportunities for British btsinesses internationally and great
opportunities for international business in UK.
The City employs 400,008 and accounts for 12% of the UK's tax
take. In a week of talk of smaller banks making moves to leave, the
Lord Mayor says that fighting for access to the single market and the
free movement of workers is crucial. We don't want the value of London
services to be lost to European clients and friends in Europe. God
help we add a great deal of value to European business by virtue of the
concentration of skills and the expertise here. I am optimistic we
will work on a win/ win solttion between Europe and Britain.
There is no doubt the City hs and will face challenges as the
realities of leaving the EU urge, but the message to native fhnancial
regulators and City bosses hs that they must be proactive and positive
so that Europe -- London relains Europol smack most successftl
financial sector. The Chancellor said that financial
services will be at the heart of Brexit Migno Cenation is, the City
is about confidence. The Lord Mayor says that what London has to offer
cannot be regulated by any of the European city. Thank you.
It's the arts venue that many Londoners may be more familhar
with for ice skating or summer concerts.
Well, Somerset House is tryhng to do its bit to help keep `rtists
from moving out of London by offering special rates
In some cases, for as littld as ?100 a month - not bad for
As I found out. A few months ago, Larry had serious doubts about being
able to pursue his craft because the landlords of his East End studio
space tripled his rent. Now he is creating work in one of the capital
plus but most prestigious art institutions, Somerset Housd. You
have to hold onto multiple jobs to keep things going, when you are
challenged with the problem of hyped up rent, that means the difference
between being able to produce or not producing anything at all. We almost
under Waterloo Bridge in a space that has been renamed Make @ Street.
The idea is that the visual artists sit side by side with designers
under other creatives to hotse their work. Somerset House wants lore
artists to apply. The rooms which once housed the Inland Revenue now
contribute to the fastest-growing sector in London smack economy, its
creative industry. What's more, some of what is being made down here will
be exhibited up here in the main building. This is an exampld of what
will happen here in the futtre, where they can experience the latest
work that has been made. It is a great way for audiences to leet some
of the best creative talent that this city has. For the artists
themselves it is allowing them to develop their craft, but also
allowing them to present thdir work to a new audience. It benefhts
everybody. Wouldn't it be awful of London just became a place for
bankers and commercial industry The UK is such a strong creativd
reputation, Londoners the c`pital. To not be able to show the creative
heart of the city is living in the heart of the city feels a lhttle bit
disconnected. Not only living the painting, designing and even making
music, with a little bit of help from Somerset House.
That's it for now from me, but let's find out what the weather's up to,
We are getting more and mord of the nice autumn colours and the weather
is getting into the Hallowedn mood, we're getting mist and fog hn the
morning, watch out for that first thing tomorrow. Foggy for some of
us. The afternoon does not look too barge, sunshine later. Todax was
warm, 16.5 degrees in Heathrow. These big scary yellow triangles
indicate the fog across rur`l areas in particular of London, not in the
City, I don't think you will see anything too dense. Take it easy if
you are travelling, the fog will be around and might stick in some areas
do the course of the morning. But then once it burns away, thd
sunshine comes out and it is not looking bad at all. Temperatures
getting up to 16 degrees, ldt's look out the outlook. Temperaturds are
looking very promising indedd. Nick Miller
looking very promising indeed. Nick Miller has the National forecast.
If you like your forecast to include cold weather, this is not for you.
Temperatures have been heading up, helped by sunshine showing off the
autumn colours. 19 Celsius in Cheshire. Scotland, Northern Ireland
and Wales got to 16 or above. The mild hour feeding around high
pressure from the Atlantic will continue for the rest of