22/12/2016 London News


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A former footballer, who claims he was abused as a child

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by a scout at Millwall and Charlton Althletic,

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Paul Collins says the trauma of what he suffered

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led him to hide the medals he won playing the game -

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which he's only now able to look at once again.

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He's been speaking to Laura Moss in south London.

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Playing football was Paul Collins' dream, a dream he says was shattered

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by the abuse he suffered at the abuse of talent

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while he was a teenager at Charlto Athletic.

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He would slap your leg, "You played well

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today", but he moved his hand to the top of my

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His hand went much deeper than it should have done, but I would just

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normally go quiet, looked to my left and look

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Nine out of ten times, I felt as if the player knew and were

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He would just carry on as normal, as if nothing had happened.

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Paul says the abuse went on for years.

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We would go into a little room if I got cramp,

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He would make sure he rubs you down quite high.

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He would get aroused off rubbing you, and you could tell he would get

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There was times I lay there and hoped someone

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When he left football, Paul locked his medals in the garage.

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Three decades later, he wants to look at them

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I knew this moment would come eventually.

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Since last month, when other former players came forward saying how they

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were abused as children, the NSPCC has received

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Paul has kept the memories about what happened to him locked up

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here in a garage where he grew up more than 30 years ago.

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He believes his story, like many others, may well be

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These people, these paedophiles, will

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always gravitate towards situations where

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I wouldn't be surprised if we do see, as the story

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evolves over the weeks and months to come, that there will be other

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sports and areas of society that will similarly have these problems

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In a statement to us, Charlton Athletic say there is

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an internal investigation under way at the club

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and they are taking the matter seriously working alongside the

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If you would have stopped that in the beginning, someone like

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me and hundreds of others would never have gone through, because he

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Eddie would have been penalised for what he had

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done, and imprisoned, and other people wouldn't have been hurt.

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The FA investigation continues, said by some to be the

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It won't come as any surprise to most of you,

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that the company which runs Southern Railways, has recorded

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the worst figures for punctuality of any train company since records

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And the impact it's having on the everyday

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lives of commuters - is profound - as Yvonne Hall

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Like most parents, time with her children is precious to Laura Jane.

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She has a demanding job as a careers consultant

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in London, and relies on

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Thameslink trains to get her home to St Albans in time to put

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But the growing unreliability on Thameslink services means that is

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If you know you're going to be late, I have to

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call my parents to make them get across town during rush hour to take

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over the nanny who has to get home to her children.

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We are paying extra for childcare in terms of

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What usually is already a really expensive journey

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becomes a journey that is just not worth making, because you are

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working at a loss at the end of the month.

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It's now not a feeling of frustration or anger, it is just

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Last week, Laura Jane organised a protest against

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Like many, she pays nearly ?4000 a year.

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Her campaign group's now calling for compensation.

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Thameslink and Southern Rail are run by Govia Thameslink

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The company always operates Great Northern and Gatwick Express.

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Analysis released today by London's mayor

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Sadiq Khan's office found that between the 13th of November and the

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10th of December this year, only 62% of Govia trains were on time.

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That is the worst performance by any rail

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company in the country for more than a decade.

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Southern services were the worst, with just

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Nobody from Govia was available for comment today.

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In a statment, they said the process has been blamed on strikes, London

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Bridge development and signal failures.

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Transport for London and the mayor have put together a strong

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business case to take over those suburban Southern and railway lines

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On top of worsening services, Govia's

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commuters say average fare rises of nearly

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2% in the new year, which

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they say is adding insult to injury and should be scrapped.

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Well, in response to the desperate problems on Southern and other

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services, we're hosting a debate on the subject.

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It's going to be recorded in the new year,

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on Sunday, 8th January and we want to hear from you -

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if you'd like to make your views heard.

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Send us an email to BBC Rail [email protected]

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We'll need your full name, address, daytime phone number

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and let us know briefly how you've been affected.

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We'll then get in touch and hopefully, look forward

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Other news now, and workers on London Underground

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are planning to go on strike in the New Year.

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Members of the RMT and TSSA unions will walkout for 24 hours

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It's part of a long running dispute over job losses

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Two teenagers have been charged in connection with the murder

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27 year-old Ricky Hayden, was stabbed to death

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outside his family's home in Chadwell Heath,

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when he tried to stop thieves from stealing his moped.

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The 19-year-olds will appear in court tomorrow.

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In football - Crystal Palace have sacked their manager Alan Pardew,

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has left them just one place and one point above

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Ex-England and Sunderland boss, Sam Alardyce is rumoured to be

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A pub in Buckinghamshire has found itself as a "favourite"

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on the tourist map for Chinese visitors, after it was visited last

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Apparently, that's enough to give it the seal of approval,

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and make it a popular spot for loyal Chinese subjects.

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And it's proved so popular, that a Chinese businessman has

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bought it, so he can have it copied back home.

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A traditional English pub that's making its name in China.

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Last year, David Cameron took the Chinese

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premier to the Plough for some pub grub.

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Almost instantly, it became an international attraction.

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We've been inundated with Chinese visitors.

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They seem to land at Heathrow Airport,

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picked up by a coach, stop

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at The Plough at Cadsden for fish and chips and a pint of beer and

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then off to buy the designer clothes!

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Businessman Peter spotted the potential and bought the pub

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His plans are to say the least, ambitious.

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He wants to build 50 Plough at Cadsdens

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across the Far East by this time next year.

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This pub concept is getting more and more popular in China.

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More and more Chinese students are coming to the

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UK as well as more and more tourists to the UK.

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Sharon and her partner Steve have been taken on as

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Their exit after nearly 20 years in charge led to much local

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speculation about the plough's future.

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But the pub will stay largely as it is.

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The rumour mill in the surrounding areas has been

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fantastic, there was talk of maybe it turning into a Chinese restaurant

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rather than being bought by Chinese investor.

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Yeah, there was a lot of concern initially.

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The Plough plays a big part in people's lives.

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It's quite famous throughout the county

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Now let's look at the weather. The second named storm of the season

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is on its way. Here it is Barbara, working towards the UK. The

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strongest winds from this will be well away from our region, affecting

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the north-west of Scotland. For the time-being overnight we have

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relatively clear skies. The breeze will pick up through the night,

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should stop fog from forming. We've had problems that way over the last

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few nights. It'll be relatively clear this night. Temperatures down

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to four or five degrees in the centre of town. Cold enough for the

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odd pocket of frost. Through Friday, hazy sunshine. High cloud in the

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sky. Through the afternoon, thicker cloud spreading in from the west and

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eventually as we head through the evening, we'll see outbreaks of

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rain. The wind is picking up but a relatively mild day. Temperatures

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around 11 or 12. Now looking ahead to Christmas Eve, it should be a

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dray day, then for Christmas day itself, it's not white, but it's

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warm. Temperatures could itself, it's not white, but it's

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warm. Temperatures could reach 15. I suppose you could say today was

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the calm before the storm. A winter chill, plenty of sunshine, but more

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wintry showers in Scotland, more snow over the higher ground. Some of

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this snow will melt for a time tomorrow because there is wind and

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rain coming in from the Atlantic. So we'll leave the Highlands behind,

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head out and look at

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