20/12/2016 London News


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of the German flag in tribute to those who lost their lives

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A ?20,000 reward is being offered by police to help solve the mystery

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of the disappearance of a 16-year-old 30 years ago.

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Kevin Hicks from Croydon went to the shops and never came home.

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Detectives now believe he may have been murdered.

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They're appealing for an unnamed woman, who called a local newspaper

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a decade after he disappeared, to come forward.

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The last photo of a missing schoolboy.

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16-year-old Kevin Hicks went missing from his home in Croydon

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His disappearance in 1986 prompted a huge search effort from police

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Maybe he's run away and we're looking for him, but maybe something

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30 years on, and for those missing this 16-year-old boy,

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He was only going down the road to buy some eggs.

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He had a pound on him and that was it.

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In October 1996, the Croydon Advertiser newspaper took

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an anonymous phone call about his case.

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Now, following a review, police have announced

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When police reviewed the case earlier this year

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First of all, the night that Kevin disappeared he told his parents

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he was going to a local shop to buy some eggs, yet an hour-and-a-half

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later he was seen here on Shirley Road for the last time,

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leading police to believe he may have been meeting someone.

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Secondly, he had received some speakers from an anonymous person

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days before his disappearance, something he tried to

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Thirdly, there was the anonymous call to the Croydon Advertiser

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newspaper ten years after his disappearance, suggesting

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that that person knew the location his body was buried.

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Police now believe he had been groomed and perhaps

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When this disappearance is viewed with a grooming aspect in mind it

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does raise suspicions that he met with foul play that night.

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There was a huge police response at the time and massive area

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searching around south Croydon and lower Addiscombe.

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Now we're being more intelligence-led and evidence-led

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and that's why we are basing this appeal now.

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Investigators believe whoever called the Croydon Advertiser 20 years ago

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What I would appeal to is the person that made that call

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I believe that person has some very specific information

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as to what happened to Kevin's body that night and I would urge them

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Make that phone call. You know what happened that night.

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Ring the police. Get that secret told.

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Just come forward. Let me have closure.

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That's all I'm asking. I just need closure.

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Alexandra Hicks ending that report by Dan Freedman.

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The mayor, Sadiq Khan, says he wants to reassure Londoners

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and tourists that the capital is still one of the safest

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It follows yesterday's lorry attack on a Christmas market in Berlin.

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Let's get more from Ayshea Buksh who's outside City hall tonight.

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The German Embassy in London lowered its flags to half-mast today and

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from tomorrow afternoon there will be a book of condolence open in

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memory of the victims of the attack in Berlin for the public to sign.

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Here at City Hall the mayor has said that London stands shoulder to

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shoulder with Berlin and any concerns Londoners or visitors to

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the capital may have over security are being looked at very seriously.

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I would reassure Londoners and those visiting London

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that the Met Police Service and others are doing

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The Met Police are currently reviewing safety and security around

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events like Winter Wonderland, around events like the New Year's

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Eve fireworks, around markets taking place across London.

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Scotland Yard have said in addition to reviewing those festive events

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they've also brought forward plans to close roads around Buckingham

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Palace during the changing of the guard. They point out these plans

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were being considered before the attack in Germany but in light of

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events in Berlin they're being brought forward. London Fire Brigade

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has also pointed out they would be prepared for any potential terrorist

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attack here in the capital. Earlier we spoke to the outgoing commission

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error for the NFB. There were useful lessons to come out of 7/7, we have

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learned those, we have new equipment, firefighters have new

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skills than previously. I am confident that we are as best

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prepared as we can be without knowing what the next attack is

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going to be and unfortunately that next attack will come at sometime.

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Scotland Yard has said that the threat remains severe here in the UK

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but the public should be alert but not alarmed.

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Thank you. Next, it can be a vital lifeline

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for frail and vulnerable people, but with pressure on budgets

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a growing number of councils are cutting their meals on wheels

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services to save money. However, one County Council

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is increasing the number of meals it delivers,

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which it claims will Yvonne Hall reports

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from Hertfordshire. Hi.

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Do come in. Margaret has very painful

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osteoarthritis, she can't cook A hot, balanced meal delivered

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to her home in Harpenden in Hertfordshire every day helps

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the former secretary stay well I don't have to worry

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working in the kitchen And someone is checking on me every

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day to make sure that I am perfectly all right,

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which means an awful lot to me. Because I have no family

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to check on me at all. How's your appetite been

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since I last saw you? Regular health checks

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are included in the service. It's run by Hertfordshire

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County Council and Hills, Staff have found that more

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than a third of the people referred to them are at serious

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risk of malnutrition. In a recent survey of more than 800

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clients like Margaret, 87% said 76% visit their GPs less

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and about 93% feel happier Despite budget cuts,

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Hertfordshire's now providing more of them than anywhere else

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in the UK. The health checks

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included are unique. If the people that we serve meals

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on wheels to were to go into care it It's estimated we could spend

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?40 million more per year on residential care,

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if we didn't pay for the meals on wheels service

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which is just ?1 million. But elsewhere, meals on wheels have

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been drastically cut, some fear it's leading

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to an increase in malnutrition. In 2014, 67% of councils in the

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south-east provided meals on wheels. This year, that's

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fallen to just 17%. It's estimated that more

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than a million people over 65 in the UK are now suffering

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malnutrition or are That's 10% of the

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elderly population. I think it's a very,

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very sad state of affairs for our country because it didn't

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used to be like this. With the number of over 65s

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predicted to rise by nearly 50% in the next 20 years,

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the need to ensure basic nourishment and care will continue to challenge

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hard-pressed council budgets. She's the UK soul singer

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Beverley Knight and he's the Grammy-winning jazz

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singer-songwriter Gregory Porter. Together they're hosting a gospel

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inspired Christmas at the Church Our entertainment correspondent

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Brenda Emmanus went And how much has music always been

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a part of your Christmas experience? I think my mother,

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she put on Nat King coal I think my mother,

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she put on Nat King Cole That would be spinning on the record

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player and at the point at which you're opening your gifts

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or first coming into the room and you see the tree,

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in a way it's the backdrop, Together with singer and musical

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star Beverley Knight, Gregory introduces a feast

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of festive music from the cream I don't think this will be the last

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time that I work with so many people that I have met during the course

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of putting the show together. The show, recorded at the Church

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of St John at Hackney, promises to be an uplifting

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experience with popular songs I think we've done a really good job

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of matching the artist with songs that they will really get stuck

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into and really give Well, you can join in this

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big spiritual singalong on Christmas Day at 8.30pm on BBC

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Two. OK. On that festive note let's check

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on the weather with Wendy. Thank you. A beautiful day across

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London and still clear skies above us at the moment. It means it's

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chilly out there. The temperature has fallen to freezing. However,

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it's going to start clouding over soon. Look at what that does to the

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temperatures, they're going up through the night, probably higher

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than through today underneath that cloud. You can also see that we get

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rain starting to come from that cloud as we go through the early

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hours of the morning and that takes us through the rush hour, as well.

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It's also going to start feeling more breezy. The middle part of the

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day, the rain will be out of the way and a brighter slot but it's not for

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long because the next batch shows up and that's even more persistent and

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heavier and it will take us through the evening rush hour. Temperatures

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looking mild but when you factor in the rain and wind it's not going to

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feel great. You can see the sunshine returns on Thursday. We will have

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blue skies again. Turning breezy by the end of the week. If you are

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making a journey elsewhere in the country it's worth knowing the

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national forecast. country it's worth knowing the

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national forecast. Over now to Tomasz.

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So, the weather's going to blow a few

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