02/11/2016 London News


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A black east Londoner claims he s being stopped dozens of timds

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a month simply because of the colour of his skin.

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But it doesn't happen on thd street - it happens on the River Thames.

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He says police keep stopping him on his boat, and he's fed up of it.

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He's even taken mobile phond footage of an officer boarding his boat

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The Met has teams of officers patrolling the Thames.

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But at the moment their powers are limited.

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Unless they suspect terrorism, they can't stop and search boats.

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And one man claims they've been going too far, at least as far

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I was like, "Look, there's kids there!"

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Michael Sylvester from Plaistow says he was stopped and his boat boarded

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without consent when he was on a day trip with friends and children.

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The reason they stop us is because they say "terrorhsm"

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Two police boats can be seen either side of Mr Sylvester's boat and he's

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not happy when an officer boards and asks what they're doing.

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I'd like to know where you've been...

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If you can answer the questhons about who is on the boat...

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He got his rope, chucked it on and said he's getting

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We fit the description of tdrrorists because obviously they must believe

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If I was a white guy behind this wheel here,

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You haven't been given permission to get on my boat.

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Mr Sylvester says, before it was boarded, the children

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He claims he's being stopped repeatedly.

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I would say 30, 40 times in the past month.

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This happens to me every tile I come on this water.

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The Met has a very different view of this incident,

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saying patrols are routine `nd it was one of four stops that day.

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The Met says the officer thought he had consent and police

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were concerned about people not wearing life jackets.

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A community adviser on stop and search says the event does

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For me, looking at the clip, my concern again is the polhcy

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No one really understands what the police rights

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The Terrorism Act gives polhce the right to stop and search

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on the river if an officer suspects a craft is being used

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It is now being recommended the Met is given more powers

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The police can stop and search somebody they see on the ro`d,

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in a car, but if it a boat on the river, they simply don't

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have the powers the moment to stop them and check that everythhng is OK

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A change may come as early as next year.

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Mr Sylvester, though, is not happy with the way

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he is being treated under the existing law.

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Tributes have been paid to an Italian student

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who was killed as he cycled through Knightsbridge on Monday

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21-year-old Filippo Corsini, who's reported to be an Italian

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prince from one of the oldest and well-known families

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in Florence, was studying at Regent's University London.

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Knocking down the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Stadium and starting again

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has been suggested as a possible solution to the problem of

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It comes a day after Mayor Sadiq Khan ordered

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an investigation into the increasing bill, which the taxpayer

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Back then, to many, it felt like London's

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showpiece Olympic Stadium was worth every penny.

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Four years on, there have bden problems with access to the stadium,

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crowd disturbances and now the revelation of further

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It cost ?272 million to convert the Olympic Stadium

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Just ?15 million came from the Premier League club,

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the rest from the public purse, and a further ?51 million whll now

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I've ordered an investigation to find out what's gone

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But also to find financial solutions going forward.

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Every summer, we're going to spend millions and millions of potnds

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in relation to retractable seating and the other issues,

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and the obvious question is, why weren't these things known before?

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Moving those seats was supposed to cost ?300,000 a year.

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Now it's emerged the cost will be ?8 million a year.

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That's because they aren't all that retractable,

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taking 15 days to remove for athletics events or concerts

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Some believe it can never bd a truly multipurpose stadiul.

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I would demolish it, knock it down to the surfacd

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and rebuild something that's suitable for its purpose,

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and I know that sounds bizarre, when you're talking about htndreds

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Somebody bold enough has got to say, we've got to stop just shovdlling

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money into this failure, into this white elephant.

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You can't blame West Ham football club for taking

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The blame solely lies with the people who signed

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off on the contract, so that's why this

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They need to properly scruthnise who signed off on that deal and make

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sure a deal like that doesn't happen again.

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Hopes of recouping some of the costs lay with finding

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It's emerged negotiations whth one have just broken down.

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Right now, this doesn't look like the stadium

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Today, a suggestion to knock the stadium down.

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Yes, exactly right. Last night, we heard that the Mayor of London Sadiq

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Khan and ordered an investigation into spiralling costs, and we heard

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there Andrew Boff saying thd stadium should be knocked down. We have had

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become and sport committee, the chairman, Damian Collins, s`ying the

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costs are astronomical, so pressure is mounting. It's no surprise

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politically that Sadiq Khan is pinning the blame, and incoling

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Labour pinning the blame Boris Johnson, but it's also a sensitive

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time for West. They are havhng problems with the crowds getting

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into the stadium and crowd disturbances. It's being reported

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tonight that next season West Ham may have to play some of thdir games

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away from home. Most people tonight will be hoping that this

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investigation by Sadiq Khan will get to the bottom of this matter and not

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cost the taxpayer any more loney. It's exactly 350 years and two

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months since that fateful night in the City of London

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which was to change it forever. It's when the Great Fire

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of London started and, although we know a lot

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about what the streets lookdd like in the years after the fire,

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what was it like before? The Great Fire of London was

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merciless, incinerating thotsands But what did the city look like

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before the disaster? Student at Leicester's De Montfort

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University came up with this virtual fly through,

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using historic maps from the British Library, drafted

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while the embers still burndd. We start travelling down

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Pudding Lane, where the fird started You can imagine the

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fire starting here. And then due to the direction

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of the wind, stretching west St Margaret's Church, just

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on the corner of Fish Hill Street - of course, that isn't there -

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and this is roughly where the monument is now for the Great

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Fire. One of the main figures

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in the rebuilding of London is Robert Hooke, the guy responsible

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for the design of the monumdnt. Next, Fish Hill Street,

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close to the site of Billingsgate, for centuries the home

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of the capital's fish market, bordering what is now

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Lower Thames Street. Running parallel to the rivdr,

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it's always been And people from the City

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having a lunchtime drink. This is interesting here,

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Billingsgate and the dock in Billingsgate, because of course

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that no longer exists. That's the wonderful

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thing about old maps, this helps you visualise wh`t it

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must have been like. This instant draft of a gutted

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London was soon after used as the basis of this

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cutting-edge 17th-century m`p. A vast swathe of white

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from the Tower of London to the Strand, illustrating

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the nothingness of a destroxed city. Today, though, we can virtu`lly fly

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through the streets. That's it for now from me, but let's

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find out what the weather's up to. Harry Potter star Emma Watson has

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secretly been leaving books on the London Underground today, so people

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can find them and give thosd a read. You can read all about it on the

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website. It's a good story. But now the weather with Phil. I know it's

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got chilly, but I quite likd it My favourite time of the ye`r as

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well. Just enough children to start turning believes. This was captured

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by one of our weather watchdrs. Of course, it's talking. The vhnes give

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it away. But we weren't alone in Dorking. Many people enjoy the

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sunshine. You had to be quite a long way north to see cloud. This will be

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one of the cooler nights we have seen of this season. Yes, -3 also in

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the countryside and not much better than two or three in town. Tomorrow

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morning, cold and frosty at the bus stop, on the platform, VQ mtte. It

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will be a bit more cloudy l`ter in the afternoon perhaps, but ht will

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not stop the temperature is coming up to around 12. Mick Miller has the

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national picture. The weather may have turned colder

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but for many of us today there was abundant sunshine. This is from the

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end of the day from Oxfordshire Cold and clear by day and clear and

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even colder overnight. That is the recipe at this time of year.

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Widespread ground frost setting in. Parts of East Anglia already below

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freezing. In western Scotland, temperatures may stabilise. It could

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even go up a feud degrees with thickening cloud, outbreaks of rain

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and a freshening breeze. By the end of the night, the coldest weather

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will be across southern parts of the UK, with some of us below freezing,

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scraping ice off the car, and patchy fog. This is breakfast, such a

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different start for Scotland and Northern Ireland. Outbreaks of rain

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moving in, most persistent into western Scotland. Perhaps a bit more

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cloud feeding into the far west

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