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of the German flag in tribute to those who lost their lives
A ?20,000 reward is being offered by police to help solve the mystery
of the disappearance of a 16-year-old 30 years ago.
Kevin Hicks from Croydon went to the shops and never came home.
Detectives now believe he may have been murdered.
They're appealing for an unnamed woman, who called a local newspaper
a decade after he disappeared, to come forward.
The last photo of a missing schoolboy.
16-year-old Kevin Hicks went missing from his home in Croydon
His disappearance in 1986 prompted a huge search effort from police
Maybe he's run away and we're looking for him, but maybe something
30 years on, and for those missing this 16-year-old boy,
He was only going down the road to buy some eggs.
He had a pound on him and that was it.
In October 1996, the Croydon Advertiser newspaper took
an anonymous phone call about his case.
Now, following a review, police have announced
When police reviewed the case earlier this year
First of all, the night that Kevin disappeared he told his parents
he was going to a local shop to buy some eggs, yet an hour-and-a-half
later he was seen here on Shirley Road for the last time,
leading police to believe he may have been meeting someone.
Secondly, he had received some speakers from an anonymous person
days before his disappearance, something he tried to
Thirdly, there was the anonymous call to the Croydon Advertiser
newspaper ten years after his disappearance, suggesting
that that person knew the location his body was buried.
Police now believe he had been groomed and perhaps
When this disappearance is viewed with a grooming aspect in mind it
does raise suspicions that he met with foul play that night.
There was a huge police response at the time and massive area
searching around south Croydon and lower Addiscombe.
Now we're being more intelligence-led and evidence-led
and that's why we are basing this appeal now.
Investigators believe whoever called the Croydon Advertiser 20 years ago
What I would appeal to is the person that made that call
I believe that person has some very specific information
as to what happened to Kevin's body that night and I would urge them
Make that phone call. You know what happened that night.
Ring the police. Get that secret told.
Just come forward. Let me have closure.
That's all I'm asking. I just need closure.
Alexandra Hicks ending that report by Dan Freedman.
The mayor, Sadiq Khan, says he wants to reassure Londoners
and tourists that the capital is still one of the safest
It follows yesterday's lorry attack on a Christmas market in Berlin.
Let's get more from Ayshea Buksh who's outside City hall tonight.
The German Embassy in London lowered its flags to half-mast today and
from tomorrow afternoon there will be a book of condolence open in
memory of the victims of the attack in Berlin for the public to sign.
Here at City Hall the mayor has said that London stands shoulder to
shoulder with Berlin and any concerns Londoners or visitors to
the capital may have over security are being looked at very seriously.
I would reassure Londoners and those visiting London
that the Met Police Service and others are doing
The Met Police are currently reviewing safety and security around
events like Winter Wonderland, around events like the New Year's
Eve fireworks, around markets taking place across London.
Scotland Yard have said in addition to reviewing those festive events
they've also brought forward plans to close roads around Buckingham
Palace during the changing of the guard. They point out these plans
were being considered before the attack in Germany but in light of
events in Berlin they're being brought forward. London Fire Brigade
has also pointed out they would be prepared for any potential terrorist
attack here in the capital. Earlier we spoke to the outgoing commission
error for the NFB. There were useful lessons to come out of 7/7, we have
learned those, we have new equipment, firefighters have new
skills than previously. I am confident that we are as best
prepared as we can be without knowing what the next attack is
going to be and unfortunately that next attack will come at sometime.
Scotland Yard has said that the threat remains severe here in the UK
but the public should be alert but not alarmed.
Thank you. Next, it can be a vital lifeline
for frail and vulnerable people, but with pressure on budgets
a growing number of councils are cutting their meals on wheels
services to save money. However, one County Council
is increasing the number of meals it delivers,
which it claims will Yvonne Hall reports
from Hertfordshire. Hi.
Do come in. Margaret has very painful
osteoarthritis, she can't cook A hot, balanced meal delivered
to her home in Harpenden in Hertfordshire every day helps
the former secretary stay well I don't have to worry
working in the kitchen And someone is checking on me every
day to make sure that I am perfectly all right,
which means an awful lot to me. Because I have no family
to check on me at all. How's your appetite been
since I last saw you? Regular health checks
are included in the service. It's run by Hertfordshire
County Council and Hills, Staff have found that more
than a third of the people referred to them are at serious
risk of malnutrition. In a recent survey of more than 800
clients like Margaret, 87% said 76% visit their GPs less
and about 93% feel happier Despite budget cuts,
Hertfordshire's now providing more of them than anywhere else
in the UK. The health checks
included are unique. If the people that we serve meals
on wheels to were to go into care it It's estimated we could spend
?40 million more per year on residential care,
if we didn't pay for the meals on wheels service
which is just ?1 million. But elsewhere, meals on wheels have
been drastically cut, some fear it's leading
to an increase in malnutrition. In 2014, 67% of councils in the
south-east provided meals on wheels. This year, that's
fallen to just 17%. It's estimated that more
than a million people over 65 in the UK are now suffering
malnutrition or are That's 10% of the
elderly population. I think it's a very,
very sad state of affairs for our country because it didn't
used to be like this. With the number of over 65s
predicted to rise by nearly 50% in the next 20 years,
the need to ensure basic nourishment and care will continue to challenge
hard-pressed council budgets. She's the UK soul singer
Beverley Knight and he's the Grammy-winning jazz
singer-songwriter Gregory Porter. Together they're hosting a gospel
inspired Christmas at the Church Our entertainment correspondent
Brenda Emmanus went And how much has music always been
a part of your Christmas experience? I think my mother,
she put on Nat King coal I think my mother,
she put on Nat King Cole That would be spinning on the record
player and at the point at which you're opening your gifts
or first coming into the room and you see the tree,
in a way it's the backdrop, Together with singer and musical
star Beverley Knight, Gregory introduces a feast
of festive music from the cream I don't think this will be the last
time that I work with so many people that I have met during the course
of putting the show together. The show, recorded at the Church
of St John at Hackney, promises to be an uplifting
experience with popular songs I think we've done a really good job
of matching the artist with songs that they will really get stuck
into and really give Well, you can join in this
big spiritual singalong on Christmas Day at 8.30pm on BBC
Two. OK. On that festive note let's check
on the weather with Wendy. Thank you. A beautiful day across
London and still clear skies above us at the moment. It means it's
chilly out there. The temperature has fallen to freezing. However,
it's going to start clouding over soon. Look at what that does to the
temperatures, they're going up through the night, probably higher
than through today underneath that cloud. You can also see that we get
rain starting to come from that cloud as we go through the early
hours of the morning and that takes us through the rush hour, as well.
It's also going to start feeling more breezy. The middle part of the
day, the rain will be out of the way and a brighter slot but it's not for
long because the next batch shows up and that's even more persistent and
heavier and it will take us through the evening rush hour. Temperatures
looking mild but when you factor in the rain and wind it's not going to
feel great. You can see the sunshine returns on Thursday. We will have
blue skies again. Turning breezy by the end of the week. If you are
making a journey elsewhere in the country it's worth knowing the
national forecast. country it's worth knowing the
national forecast. Over now to Tomasz.
So, the weather's going to blow a few