28/12/2016 London News


28/12/2016

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here on BBC One we can now join the BBC's news teams where you are.

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Good evening and welcome to BBC London News.

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New figures released by City Hall show that hundreds of people

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sleeping rough on the streets are former servicemen.

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The Mayor has pledged to help them, saying he'll spend an additional

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It's just a week since this former serviceman walked into this hostel.

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After a year of sleeping rough in London.

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He asked us to hide his identity to protect his family.

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He says there are many more like him.

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Without the structure of the military, life

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I could take you to Westminster now and show you ten or 12 that I know

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He thought because he was a former serviceman,

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he would get more help in London but what he found instead

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was that he was sent to the back of the queue.

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I went into Westminster county council

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offices and basically I was told, you can get

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but if you're a single man with no addictions, you're looking

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at a 20 year wait on the

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In the last eight years, the number of people sleeping

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rough in London has doubled and the proportion

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This hostel alone has 155 people currently staying here.

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The mayor has said ?4.2 million is to be spent directly

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2 million will go to help 350 regular rough sleepers, 1.9

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million will help recent rough sleepers, and ?340,000 will go

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towards a so-called pan-London clearing house.

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We are bringing together all the different players,

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whether that is councils, voluntary sector, homeless charities and

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central government and other agencies, to work out how best to

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help the different kinds of people who end up rough sleeping.

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Neil is a former soldier who has also slept rough.

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Now he works bringing ex-military off the streets.

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It is not going anywhere near far enough to

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help eradicate the problem that there is in London.

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First, to give people security of homes, there

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Just yesterday, a man sleeping rough behind

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Trafalgar Square was the

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The mayor said in one of the wealthiest cities on

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earth, homelessness is a source of shame.

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Two 17-year-old boys have died after a crash in Leigh

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on Sea after being pursued by a police patrol car.

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The Independent Police Complaints Commission is now

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Two other teenagers in the car who were injured have been arrested.

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Talks aimed at averting a 24-hour strike on London Underground broke

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Members of the RMT and TSSA unions are set to walk out on January 8th,

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next Sunday, in a long-running dispute over job losses

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Further talks are now planned for next Wednesday after tube

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managers said they needed more time before putting a new deal forward.

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Families left homeless after a fire ripped through their west London

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The blaze, in August, was caused by a faulty

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It was back in August when the DeFreitas family's

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A London Fire Brigade investigation concluded it was sparked

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The company behind the tumble dryer, Whirlpool, say they are still

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Meanwhile, the family are still living in temporary accommodation,

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It's been months and it's been very frustrating, you know.

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Your world has been turned upside down, in a sense,

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Of the 27 households who had to move out, 17 are now back in.

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Chantelle was home in time for Christmas, but still

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We had to sort of pay to purchase clothes and stuff.

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We weren't allowed home for six weeks to get anything.

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But nobody wants to take responsibility for that.

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Whirlpool says its thoughts are with all those affected.

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It has identified tumble-dryer models which need repairs

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and may pose a fire risk, but it has told its customers

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they can continue to use them, as long as they are not left

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But the solicitors representing the tenants affected by

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The concept that people have to stay with their tumble dryers in order

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for them to be safe whilst in use is pretty ludicrous.

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I don't think anyone would consider that that's acceptable.

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You know, the obligation is on manufacturers to get

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Consumers are buying products and they expect them to be safe.

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That is an obligation that manufacturers have in law.

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This is one of the machines that has been on the affected list.

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The London Fire Brigade has also warned people against using models

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They say this could have been much worse than people

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Let's have a look at the weather now with Tomasz Schafernaker.

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Watch out for the fog tonight, or tomorrow morning for most of us

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It could be very dense, particularly outside of London,

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but even in central areas, it could be dense.

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You might have to scrape that windscreen first thing.

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This time of year when the fog forms, sometimes it doesn't

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want to shift and if it sticks around all day,

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Temperatures will be two or three degrees above freezing

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By the Thames, it should be around 6 degrees.

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I don't think the fog is going to stick around.

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Friday, there could be fog in the morning.

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Later in the afternoon, that fog should disperse and then

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we are left with cloud and if we are lucky,

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We'll be back tomorrow morning in Breakfast.

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As we have seen today, the weather can be a thing of real beauty, but

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also a real menace. Lovely shot taken this afternoon in Berkshire,

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the sun lighting up the hillsides, with dense fog. And that fog is

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dangerous. It is becoming up right now, with warnings out from the Met

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Office. -- it is thickening right now. Not a pretty sight across

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England, East Wales tomorrow morning. Dense patches of freezing

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fog. Nor for all. Slippery surfaces. Take it easy on the roads. In the

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far north of England, and Scotland and Northern Ireland, not so chilly.

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And some drizzly rain across the Western Highlands and the islands.

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These continued through the day on a brisk wind. Elsewhere, the winds

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will be liked and that is the problem, because there was no wind

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to shift that fog. Where do you have got fog, it could stick around for

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much of that of. In

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