29/12/2016 London News


29/12/2016

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Good evening.

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I'm Alice Bhandhukravi.

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A Dutch woman who lives in Surrey says it's ridiculous

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that the Home Office has told her she must leave the UK.

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Monique Hawkins applied for British citizenship

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after the EU referendum, but was refused.

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She says the error is a serious concern, as she, like many

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Europeans living here, feels uncertain about the future.

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Tolu Adeoye reports.

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Monique Hawkins left the Netherlands to live in the UK 24 years ago.

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Since then, she's married a British man, Robert,

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and they have two daughters.

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This is her home and she was content with her rights as an EU citizen

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living here until Britain voted to leave the EU.

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I decided to apply for permanent residence because I felt I needed

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some proof that I was allowed to live here, amid the uncertainty

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following the vote.

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But she says she was met by a wall of bureaucracy.

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Her application ended up being rejected on a technicality.

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The letter actually said that I had to make arrangements to leave

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the country but if I could produce the right documents,

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I was free to apply again.

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I'm a British citizen.

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I've married someone from outside the country.

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I had an expectation that process would be straightforward

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and I've been surprised how complicated it is.

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The Home Office says the rights of EU nationals are unchanged

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while Britain is a member of the European Union,

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but it says the onus is on those seeking permanent residency

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to provide as much evidence as possible in support

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of their application.

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A group which seeks to preserve the rights of EU citizens in the UK

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says these are worrying times for many people.

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We have a situation where we need to secure the future

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of these 3 million people as soon as possible.

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We need to make the bureaucracy work for them as well.

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That's just a sad example that it's just not working.

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Monique is hopeful her second application will be successful,

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but for many EU nationals, there is a question mark

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Over their future and they will be watching how Brexit negotiations

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develop closely in 2017.

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A vigil has been held on an Essex beach tonight for two teenagers

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who died after the car they were in crashed while it was

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being followed by police.

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They've been named locally as Reigan Knight and Liam Phillips.

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Jenny Kirk reports.

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Paper lanterns filling the sky above Bell Wharf,

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marking the short lives of two teenagers who died in

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the most tragic of ways.

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I feel devastated.

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One of my close mates is not here any more.

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I can't speak to him but I just want to give him

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this lovely send-off, so he knows up there that we are

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looking out for him still.

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For half an hour, friends and family ignited dozens of lanterns,

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some with poems on them.

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Balloons, too, bearing messages of love and loss.

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Both boys were passengers in a Ford Escort in the early

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hours of Tuesday morning.

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About 500 metres away from tonight's vigil their car hit another car

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before crashing into a wall.

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Two other teenage boys were arrested at the scene and one has been

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charged with causing death by dangerous driving.

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The police were following the car at the time so the case

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has been referred to the Independent Police

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Complaints Commission.

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Tonight at Bell Wharf, fireworks and a growing

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shrine to two young lives, those they have left behind trying

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to find ways to cope.

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They will be remembered at Southend United's match

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on Saturday as well.

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The club is asking supporters to clap during the 17th minute

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for the two 17-year-olds.

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The Government is facing pressure to hand over responsibility

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for suburban rail services to Transport for London,

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after a new poll showed commuters support the proposal.

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Transport Secretary Chris Grayling was accused of "putting politics

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ahead of passengers" when he opposed the idea.

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The Mayor's Office argue it would provide a better service.

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Nicola Ford has the details.

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2016 has not been easy for commuters on the railways.

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It seems not a month has gone by without strikes,

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delays and cancellations.

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The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, wants TfL to take control

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of suburban rail services from 2018.

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The plan was agreed by the then mayor Boris Johnson

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and the Government, but earlier this month the Transport Secretary,

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Chris Grayling, rejected the idea, saying it would be unfair

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to transport passengers outside the capital.

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We are asking the Government to independently review the business

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case and let's see the Department for Transport's analysis.

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We fear that the opportunity for improving the rail services

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for hundreds of thousands of Londoners is

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slipping away rapidly.

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1000 people were asked if they thought that Transport

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for London should have more or less control than they currently do over

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suburban rail lines in London.

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58% agreed TfL should have more control.

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Just 14% of those surveyed backed the Transport Secretary's decision,

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and more than half think Mr Grayling made the wrong decision.

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I think take them over.

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Can't get any worse.

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Anything that will work.

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It has to be better than the state it is in at the moment.

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The Department for Transport says the mayor's business plan

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for the south-eastern train routes provided no extra capacity

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at peak hours, and there was no funding identified

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for improvement infrastructure.

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These would come at a cost to Londoners.

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Let's have a look at the weather now with Jay Wynne.

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Good evening.

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Fog could be a bit of a problem overnight tonight.

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It will be patchy but quite dense in places so bear that in mind.

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By the end of the night, it is pretty cold out there.

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Frosty again, with temperatures either side of freezing.

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Frosty again, with temperatures either side of freezing.

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A grey and cold start to Friday and bear in mind the patchy fog

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through the morning because it could be dense.

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It will lift into low cloud, much more than today,

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and it will be a chilly afternoon with 7 degrees at the best.

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That's it from me.

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We'll be back tomorrow morning.

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Have a very good night.

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