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Good evening. I'm Asad Ahmad.
So the top job in policing, and the person responsible
for keeping you and me safe, has gone to Cressida Dick.
She's made it to the top in less than 35 years
and during that time, she's been Head of
Counter-Terrorism, and in charge of the operation which led
to the fatal shooting of an innocent man on the London Underground.
Well, Ms Dick now faces the challenge of having her policing
budget slashed while trying to get crime levels down.
Here's our home affairs correspondent Nick Beake.
Cressida Dick takes the top job at a time when crime
So what do Londoners want the police to prioritise?
We had a break-in a little while ago and I think sometimes,
you just feel it's not really worth contacting the police.
Cybercrime, including online fraud and online bullying,
For me, there's a lack of investment in local policing.
We recently lost our local police station.
It's been sold and is being turned into flats.
I'd quite like the rise in race hate crime and that kind
of thing to be addressed, because we are a multicultural city
My son, at the age of 17, his life was suddenly taken
In north London today, a mum tells schoolchildren
Yvonne Lawson's son, Godwin, was stabbed to death in 2010.
She's campaigned tirelessly to reduce knife crime
I would like the commissioner to ensure that police officers work
very closely with the local communities to ensure
I would also like the police officers to find out the reasons why
young people are carrying knives in the first place.
But less money for the Met could mean a drop in the number
The rank-and-file worry it could fall to below 30,000.
I can't see how we can protect the streets in the same way we do
That's a huge number and that will have a massive effect
on all the departments within the metropolitan area.
Another concern is how to stop young Londoners being radicalised.
Here in Southall, football is used as a way of fighting extremism.
I think it's incredibly important that we have a commissioner that has
compassion and has that approach where you can speak
to the youth of London, all of this country,
So, many challenges, rising crime and less money.
The new boss may soon discover it's tough at the top.
One of those who had a say in today's appointment
He welcomed the incoming Commissioner, but warned that a lack
of money could lead to a cut in front line policing.
He spoke to our political correspondent Karl Mercer.
There are challenges facing the Met police service as a consequence
of the government's cuts over the last six years and decisions
made by the government leading to further cuts over
To give you an idea of the scale of the challenge we face,
over the last six years, we've lost more than ?600 million
Over the next four years, we are losing another ?400 million.
On top of that, there's a danger, as a consequence of the police
funding formula being changed, we may lose further money.
Do you share Bernard Hogan-Howe's concerns and those of
the Met Federation that London could lose thousands of officers?
If it is the case that the government changes the funding
formula which means we could lose up to ?700 million, the experts
last year predicted between ?170-700 million,
the consequence of that cut will mean front line officers
And day one for Cressida Dick, what will be on her desk from you?
She knows the challenges we face as a target for terrorists.
She knows the challenges we face in relation
She recognises that hate crime has gone up in the recent past but also,
I suspect and I know this from the interviews we had with her,
she's already started her homework in relation to making sure
It's really important we do our bit as Londoners to help
So, fewer police officers in London - that won't be popular.
But I think it could well be the reality the new boss faces because
remember, the Met has already sold buildings, reduced the number of
civilian staff, and so not replacing as many officers when they leave the
force could be the next step. Today is a significant one, though,
because the beat -- in the 188 year history of the Metropolitan place,
they have had captains, Kyle Mills and generals running the show but
today for the first time it will be a woman in the top position at
Scotland Yard. -- captains, colonels and generals. Cressida Dick is very
popular amongst the rank-and-file and is acknowledged to be very
intelligent and a good operational tactician but the fact remains for
many people, she is synonymous with Jean Charles de Menezes and we heard
the family said today that her appointment sends the message that
police officers can act with impunity. In contrast, the Prime
Minister Theresa May has praised her public service and says she has
exceptional qualities. And she will need them because the ongoing threat
from terrorism remains. We have seen that crime has been creeping up in
the last year or so. She will have to tackle that with less money. She
used to be an accountant, for two years before she joined the police
in the 80s. She might find that all these years on, that skill is
important. Could be useful. Thank you.
Millions of owners of potentially dangerous tumble dryers have been
warned not to use them, while they await repair.
Hotpoint, Creda and Indesit brands have been involved
in a series of fires, including one at a block
of flats in Shepherd's Bush, from where Tolu Adeoye sent this
It took 120 firefighters to bring this tower block blaze
A London Fire Brigade investigation found it was caused by a faulty
tumble dryer owned by the company Whirlpool.
It was one of millions of dryers subject to safety notices,
meaning they needed repairs and posed a fire risk.
The Fire Brigade repeatedly advised people not to use them.
We feel that it is a fire risk. You should unplug it.
You shouldn't use it and you should wait until it has been seen
by the manufacturers or a qualified electrician.
But Whirlpool maintained they were safe as long
Today, it changed that guidance on affected brands, following advice
There was relief from residents affected by the Shepherd's Bush
fire that the advice has finally been changed.
I'm over the moon. You know, we've been through hell.
Three and a half months, we were all homeless and it's been
hell trying to deal with Whirlpool and not knowing where we stand.
I'm over the moon that they have finally done that.
Nobody else will have to go through what we have
Whirlpool has written to 3.8 million owners of affected brands but more
It is urging them to come forward and get their dryers fixed.
It says its number one priority is safety.
Some of the residents affected by the Shepherd's Bush fire
But the hope is that the new guidance will reduce the risk
Thousands of plastic drinking bottles are thrown away
in London every day, with many ending up on our streets
So now there's a call to "tax" them like plastic bags,
Thousands of years ago, one of the reasons people settled
here was because of the plentiful supply of drinking water.
How ironic, then, that all these years later,
one of the reasons the ecosystem is being damaged is because of
2500 plastic bottles have been found by the Thames in just one day.
Volunteers working for the environmental charity,
Thames 21, collected the mountains of waste at the dozen
They say the containers are changing the shape of the shore.
I don't think people realise how, how detrimental it is.
Yeah, just through drinking water every day when you can also just
Most of the damage could be prevented, according
to environmentalists, by making less packaging and making
Scientists have looked at fish and crabs and other animals living
in the river and they have found that their stomachs and their whole
Bottle deposit systems are working in other countries.
It is something members of the London Assembly
In Malmo and Berlin, for example, they have very high
rates of collection, up to 98% across
We are nowhere near that in London or the UK.
So if we had a small tax on bottles, a bit like the plastic bags,
It's estimated each week, millions of plastic bottles
are dumped after being used just once in London alone.
Campaigners say our behaviour has to change if the River Thames
and its wildlife is to thrive, to be enjoyed by
That's it for now from me, but let's find out what the weather's up
Much cooler today than Monday and I understand storms on the way?
Yes, quite blustery today but a bit of sunshine. Some of that tomorrow
but the wind will become a feature. Still quite gusty tonight but
nothing too strong, bringing in the odd spot of rain or drizzle. Not
desperately wet by any means but a south-westerly wind and quite mild,
temperatures not dropping below double figures for some but
tomorrow, the wind starts to whip up, a gradual process but the Met
office have issued an amber, be prepared warning for parts of the
reasons, particularly part of Essex, Bedfordshire, partridge and North
Buckinghamshire. Gusts of 60-70 mph north of London but 50 or 60 is
where, a spell of morning rain rushing eastwards with gusts but
while we will see some sunshine, one or two showers for the rest of the
day but the wind will remain strong even in the centre of town, in
excess of 50 mph which could cause damage and transport disruption,
especially to the north of London. Into Friday, things get quieter with
some sunshine around and light winds. For more
some sunshine around and light winds. For more on Doris and its
impact, here is the national weather.
Good evening, a rough patch weather on the way. Time to fasten your seat
belt. A high wind warning from the Met office, an amber one, so pretty
severe. Let's see where Storm Doris is right now, only just developing
to the west of the UK, in its early stages which is not good because it
will be at its peak when it crosses the UK. You can see this hook of
cloud which is where the twisting is starting to happen, which is where
the big mid-latitude cyclone is starting to develop and it will slam
into the centre of the UK during the morning and move across the country
through the morning and into the afternoon. Two rounds from this
storm, we will see some snow across southern and central parts of
Scotland first tonight and into the early hours of Thursday morning.
Let's look at the snow, also an amber warning from the Met office,
the Southern uplands, the borders, including Edinburgh, there could be
a fair bit of