09/02/2017 London News


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Welcome to BBC London News - I'm Alpa Patel.

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After months of engineering work, commuters have been told the job

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on the track between Gospel Oak and Barking isn't even

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It's because Network Rail has realised the electricity poles

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Transport For London say they've only just been told of the news -

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It has become an all too familiar phrase on our

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14 miles of track between Barking and Gospel Oak -

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Closed since June to electrify the route.

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Network Rail has admitted some of the overhead structures

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which carry the cables were incorrectly designed.

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It means more noise and disruption for long-suffering residents.

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Who have just received a letter saying to expect weekend and some

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It has been an absolute pain, because they start early morning

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during the week and the same thing at the weekends, so you are not

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If you want a lie-in you have no chance.

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When you are sitting watching TV, all you can feel is the vibration.

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Network Rail has sincerely apologised to passengers

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and residents living nearby for the extra disruption,

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saying it has put in place a robust plan to get this work finished

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Embarrassing, too, for Transport For London,

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It says it is talking to Network Rail about compensation

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but was only made aware of this two weeks ago.

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It is extraordinary such an important project,

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to electrify the line, has gone so badly wrong.

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Transport For London must take some responsibility,

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because they have not been keeping an eye on this and claim

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they only found out days ago it was behind schedule.

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Some services will run during the week from Monday,

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but rail users face many more months of replacement buses.

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There's a complete famine of work because there's no investment.

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Companies get rid of all of their staff, then suddenly

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the government authorises a load of schemes and basically

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Network Rail has taken on to keep the government happy more work

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Network Rail hasn't said how much the extra work will cost.

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But has promised it will be completed in time for the arrival

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of a new fleet of electric trains in early 2018.

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Today, it's been discovered President Trump could visit London

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And the cost of policing the President's state visit

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The details were revealed by the outgoing Commissioner

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of the Met Police - Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe.

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Though Downing Street hasn't confirmed them.

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Caroline Davis is outside New Scotland Yard for us now.

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It's pretty obvious from the comments made today, by the outgoing

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commissioner, that there is plenty of things going on in New Scotland

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Yard about President Trump's visit. Of course, it's not just here that

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people are starting to think about it. We heard the Stop the Trump

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coalition held a planning meeting today. After the announcement there

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might be a visit later this year, the number of people who ended up

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protesting on the streets, if you have more time to mobilise people,

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the sheer numbers of people that could end up on the streets during

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that sort of demonstration, so Bernard Hogan-Howe met with our

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radio presenter on BBC radio London earlier today, to talk about the

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challenges of that sort of demonstration.

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The government needs to settle on a date.

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Although there might be people excited at the moment and feeling

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very strongly about policy, in six months' time, we do not know,

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My job is to make sure the state visit takes place safely,

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we protect President Trump, and we make sure people

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are facilitated to protest should they wish, and make sure

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This comes off the back of Sadiq Khan saying he thinks it's important

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that people are allowed to peacefully protest on that

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particular visit. But of course, this isn't actually going to be the

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operation that is Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe will manage. He's the

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outgoing Commissioner. This is going to be a major challenge for whoever

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takes over from him. We will find out who the new top dog in charge

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here will be probably by the end of this month.

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More now on the government's decision to end the scheme bringing

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Some councils across London are urging the government

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to change its mind and not turn their back on

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It was once home to thousands of people desperate to get to the UK.

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Last summer, before it was disbanded, a group of council

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leaders visited the so-called Calais Jungle, to show they were

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But now the government has said the number of child refugees

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from Europe will be reduced and the head of one London borough

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We also offered to take 15 extra Dubs children and I must say

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You would almost when you look at their actions think they've

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deliberately tried not to send us the children.

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200 child refugees came to the UK under the Dubs amendment.

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At least 60 were resettled by local London authorities.

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Upon arrival at the government immigration office in Croydon

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In the crowd was the Bishop of Croydon, who believes

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the government should rethink its position.

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London has an extraordinary capacity to absorb new people.

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As we all know there are huge needs already in London,

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but the numbers we're talking about under the Dubs amendment,

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and of course it's a UK wide policy, the numbers we're talking

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The government says it fears allowing further child refugees

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could encourage traffickers and see more young migrants attempt

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We are grateful to the way in which local authorities have

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stepped up to provide places to those arriving.

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We will continue to work closely to address capacity needs.

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Mike Georges believes if allowed, Syrians such as himself can make

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He now supports a group which matches refugees to host families.

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There are plenty of people still suffering in Greece

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and in France and many other places in this cold weather,

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I'm sure if they arrive here or start their life,

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it would be good for this country and good for them.

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The government insists they are not giving up on vulnerable

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children fleeing conflict, but those working with child

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refugees believe more than ever extra support is needed.

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Now Mr Darcy is one of Jane Austen's most recognizable characters.

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Brought to life of course by Colin Firth in the TV series.

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But experts at one London University say his appearance

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He's been called the nation's favourite hunk.

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And this scene, first broadcast in 1995, was responsible.

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But what if Mr Darcy from Jane Austen's novel may

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have been meant to look a bit like this...

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Well, academics from the University of London think he might have

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been, and one of them is Professor John

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What we did was to use historical information as a way

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of composing a plausible image of Fitzwilliam Darcy - and it sure

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The academics put together a sort of identikit of what a leading man

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might have looked like given the fashions and expectations of

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1813, when the book was published - starting with the head.

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The hair, hair is terribly important.

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Perhaps there is a bit of white powder in his hair.

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We tend to associate large noses with nobility.

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Is this version of Darcy actually attractive?

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I speak as a man and I find them rather luscious, yeah!

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Well, there's only one way to find out, of course.

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Take this new picture onto the streets of London.

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And for the new guy, it's not good news.

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Would you have liked to have seen him walking

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Colin Firth didn't do it for me, either!

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And it might be a first for academics at London

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University as well - a bit of research that almost

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That's it for now from me, but let's find out what the weather's

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It's not getting much warmer over the next couple of days. Things

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today have been pretty cloudy and cold. This was the scene captured by

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one of our Weather Watchers at the city. Tomorrow, no surprises, more

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of the same, cloudy and cold. There will be some wintry showers. That's

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the story through tonight. Lots of cloud, some bits and pieces of light

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rain and drizzle. Some sleetiness, the odd flake of snow here and

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there. Temperatures perilously close to freezing. Some icy stretches into

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tomorrow morning. Tomorrow, it's that cloudy mix of weather with some

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sleet and maybe some snow flurries in places. It will be rather chilly

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in the wind, with temperatures of 3-4. Into Saturday I think we will

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see more showers, but also it will turn a little bit less cold. The

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showers more likely to be rain and sleet and snow. The outlook, Sunday

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will turn a bit less cold again. All will turn a bit less cold again. All

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the way up seven Celsius. At this time of year we can often

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get the weather stories that reflect the battle between winter and

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spring, and that's what's been happening in New York in the USA.

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Yesterday, 17 Celsius, but today, it's been bitterly cold, just a

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daytime maximum of -2, a significant wind-chill and some significant snow

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falling as we speak. This was Times Square earlier today. For others,

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it's been a pretty cold day. Not quite

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