23/12/2016 London News


23/12/2016

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and counterterror police have advised that the city skyscrapers

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As more skyscrapers are built and planned in this area,

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it's felt the only way to protect them all is to create a so-called

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ring of steel surrounding this whole area of London at an estimated cost

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Bordering Liverpool Street, the Bank of England and down

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to Fenchurch Street, the ring will be designed to protect

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the eastern city cluster, home to some of the capital's newest

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This eastern section of the City of London is especially

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of importance insomuch as there are going to be a number

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of major landmarks developed and built around this area that

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could be of interest and fit those ideals.

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The measures include protective concrete walls, rising bollards

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London's first ring of steel was a response to IRA bombs

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in the Baltic Exchange and Bishopsgate in the early '90s.

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So while the protective measures are familiar,

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it's hoped these scenes never will be.

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Tomorrow is predicted to be the busiest shopping day of the year

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when millions of pounds will be spent in the capital's shops

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That's why it's been dubbed Super Saturday.

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But after a turbulent 12 months it's thought those shoppers will spend

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Well, relax, you're in the Merman Lagoon now.

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Westfield's latest attraction isn't a store at all,

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but an underwater experience complete with boat ride

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Today's ONS figures show consumers are still willing to spend,

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but shops like this recently opened branch of Charlotte Tilbury

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are coming up with creative ways to woo business.

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People definitely want to experience things whilst shopping rather

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than just transacting, and I think that's where we win

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big-time because you come in here and there's so much to do

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These destination shopping malls are increasingly attracting people

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from their own high streets and further afield...

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Some last-minute Christmas presents, we've travelled from Qatar.

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Big luxury brands, you wouldn't find on a typical high street,

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This wall here takes customers through the journey

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So, for example, you have different levels of stitching and quilting.

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There's no robots at the Bentley factory, 4,000 people work there.

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People sort of like all this, they like to come...

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It's not just shopping, it's coming and learning something.

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We want people to go away learning maybe an anecdote or something

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And, of course, they want you to buy something.

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That might just be a key ring or a toy car...

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But if you do have a few hundred thousand pounds left

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after your spending spree, you could come downstairs here.

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This showroom is right underneath Westfield.

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You can take one of these for a test drive and still have it

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Back in the real world, this data shows the economy

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is more reliant than ever on consumer confidence.

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I've really cut down this year, absolutely.

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Because of the referendum, things like that?

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It's just generally you realise your money is not

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It's really the household budget that affects how people make

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So things like interest rates, if you're paying a little bit more

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or less on your mortgage, it'll change how much you have

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in your monthly budget to spend and whether or not you've got to do

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more for your hours at work because of the state of the economy

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and actually wider things like the European referendum,

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they do take time to filter through and they'll

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have a longer-term impact on the way people feel about their confidence

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The pain has been felt more in high streets.

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More pound shops, not very nice shops.

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I think people don't really try very hard.

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Everything is closed there, the shops are shut down.

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It seems places on the outskirts of London, like Harrow,

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are struggling in the shadow of out-of-town malls.

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If you were doing your Christmas shopping, where would you go?

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Obviously the internet generally tends to be

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cheaper because they do not have the overheads that the high

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But there are signs - this family business only

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I want them to support the independent retailers

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and hopefully we can give them special service as well.

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If this has been an up-and-down year, 2017 promises

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Time to say good night and wish you a very merry Christmas

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Now let me hand you to over to Chris Fawkes with the weather.

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Getting mild over the next couple of days. Today we had Barbra. The

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centre nearly 900 miles away from London. That is why it was never

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that bad. That has cleared through and overnight we will have clearing

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skies. Some patchy cloud coming and going but it will be dry everywhere.

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We are looking at Lowes getting down to around four, 5 degrees.

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Temperatures just above freezing in the countryside. A chill in the air

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to start the day on Christmas Eve. Tomorrow there should be plenty of

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sunshine around. That is the way the weather will stay as we go one

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through the day. A lot of dry weather to come much more such enemy

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had today. Temperatures between eight and ten days. What about the

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big day? Christmas Day. It will stay mild and temperatures could reach

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14, 15. He is down bet that the national picture.

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It will be more northern parts of the UK that see the worst of the

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weather. Another storm is developing in the Atlantic. This will turn into

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Storm Connor. This cloud has wrapped around storm Barbara. It brought

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gusty winds in the West. Some localised flooding in Scotland early

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on and the strongest winds in the north of Scotland approaching 80

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miles an hour. The amber window warning from the Met Office is about

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to expire. It

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