13/01/2017 London News


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A crackdown on skin lightening products -

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which could potentially cause organ failure or even cancer - has started

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Shopkeepers selling the illegal treatments have been

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issued with heavy fines, and for the first time

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courts have delivered suspended prison sentences.

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But there are also calls to do more to tackle the social pressure felt

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by some darker skinned people to be fairer in colour.

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They may look like harmless beauty products, but these

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potions and lotions are illegal and dangerous.

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This haul of skin lightening creams was taken from various cosmetics

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This product, for example contains a steroid.

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And that can affect people's adrenal system, it can thin their skin

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and it can cause additional hair to grow on their body,

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as well as causing significant skin damage.

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15 shopkeepers in five different boroughs were fined on average

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The courts are now also issuing increasingly tougher sentences.

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Some people have been achieving suspended prison sentences,

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meaning that if traders continue doing this they will go to jail.

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And people have to consider the possibility of custodial sentences.

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The courts are looking at this as criminal activity,

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It isn't the kind of activity where people can think they can run

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a legitimate business and sell these products.

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Journalist and comedian Ava Vidal believes many women feel

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under social pressure to have lighter skin.

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The way it is seen, dark skin in women isn't valued.

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You see it all over the world, in Africa, in South Asia.

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The lighter you are in different cultures is seen as better.

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Trading standards officers might be able to crack down on the sale

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of these products on the high street, but it's proving much harder

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The Internet has opened up the market in such a way,

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there's so many things you can get on there, medication

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She hopes younger generations won't feed the demand for these

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dangerous products and be proud of the skin they were born with.

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A judge at the Old Bailey, sentencing three teenagers

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to prison for manslaughter, has said, "Anyone who carries

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a knife or a blade, claiming its for 'self-defence'

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It was at the sentencing of the killers of 17-year-old rapper

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He was stabbed by 19-year-old Fauz Richards and his 15-year-old

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accomplices, Lucus Risch and Junior Lukelo-Mami.

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They'll serve over 35 years in prison, in total.

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The victim was also carrying a large blade when he was attacked.

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A grenade found by police has led to the arrest of a 20-year-old man.

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The device found this morning led to a bomb disposal team deactivating

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the explosive on Burlington Road in New Malden.

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Residents were told to evacuate their homes, but have

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Football will pay tribute to the former England and Watford

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manager Graham Taylor, who died yesterday at the age of 72.

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A minute's applause will be held before all league matches

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But Watford fans have already been expressing their sense of loss

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Graham Taylor, son of Worksop, hero of Watford.

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His achievements here will never be forgotten.

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Chairman Elton John appointed Taylor as manager in 1977.

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He led them from the Fourth Division to the First, into Europe

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Even when he left Aston Villa in 1987, his chairman wished him

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I wanted him to go on to something different, he wanted and needed

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When you look back on his achievements at the club,

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what would you say the most important ones were?

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I'd say there would be no Watford Football Club

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No Watford Football Club without Graham Taylor is a sentiment

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In the last decade, he helped lead them through some troubled

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financial times and, right now, they are back in the top

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The level to which he was the very first manager ever to take them.

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For those who played for him, it was his warmth, as much

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as his winning mentality, which shone through.

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You never took yourself too seriously, because he always liked

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everybody to have a smile on their face, and when you come

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When you come to games, you enjoy your work.

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After success at Aston Villa and troubled times with England,

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Taylor eventually returned to Watford and in 1999 he again led

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It's impossible to put it into words.

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I've been coming here for over 50 years.

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This weekend, at games throughout the country,

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there will be a minute's applause for Graham Taylor -

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Alice Bhandukravi will bring you the weekend news from us

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But now let's get the weather forecast from Helen.

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What is the weekend holding for us? It's taken most of the day to warm

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up for me today. Icy conditions tonight. A pretty cold weekend.

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There are some flood warnings on a few parts of the Thames, the East

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Coast, the ice will affect all of us overnight tonight. There could be a

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few wintry flurries blown in, but even if we get the odd dusting of

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snow from one or two showers, I think the ice is the main concern as

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temperatures plummet below freezing. A bitterly cold start again tomorrow

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morning. Because we have the clear skies for most it means it should be

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a sparkling day. There could be a wintry showers around possibly to

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the east or west of us, but a good deal of dry, sunny weather.

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Certainly not warm, but the wind chill won't be as severe today,

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because the winds are easing down. 4-7. The

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cloud will start to increase, a change through the second half of

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the weekend. There's a question. Will it be a period of snow, or

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freezing rain? It's a wintry feel. 5-6 is the best we will have. It

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stays cold into the beginning 5-6 is the best we will have. It

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stays cold into the beginning of next week as well

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stop Good evening, a cold, icy night, but some others have other

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concerns. This was the scene earlier today, huge waves crashing on to the

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shoreline at Whitley Bay. We still have the peak of the high tide to

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come in other parts. This is the flood line number. It's if you have

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any concerns. The worst of the wind slowly comes -- subsiding. Wintry

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showers across the North

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