27/02/2017 London News


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A very good evening from BBC London News, I am Riz Lateef.

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First tonight, a warning that a hard Brexit could severely damage

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the capital's ability to build thousands of affordable homes needed

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Figures from the Mayor's office show around

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one in four builders in London is from the European Union.

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Our political correspondent Karl Mercer has the story.

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Valentine and Georgian are a long way from home,

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From Romania, they've been here nearly four years,

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that's helping power the capital's construction industry.

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When people come here for the first time, they think London

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is something amazing, but it's not like that.

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When you come, you start to make something here, it's not easy.

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You need a lot of power to make something here.

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Because you need the money, for all this you come here.

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Today, City Hall has released figures that show these

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They say there are something like 350,000 construction

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Of those, some 95,000, or 27%, are from the European Union,

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a further 3% are from other European countries,

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14% from other coutnries around the world.

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Eastern Europeans are the absolute lifeblood

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of the construction industry, especially in London.

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Our experience is that there's a perfect storm coming -

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we want to deliver more homes, we want to supply more homes,

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but frankly without the construction workers and with

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imports becoming more expensive, you're heading into a perfect storm.

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The Mayor has sent ambitious targets for housebuilding,

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his team today warning that anything that puts workers off

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Without them, you would not be able to meet the target that you have set

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yourselves of building at least 90,000 affordable homes by 2020?

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We have very challenging targets to meet,

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and we know it's going to be a marathon, not a sprint.

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We know it's going to be hard to get there,

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and I think this really underscores the fact

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that a hard Brexit would make that job a lot harder.

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You won't be able to do it without them, will you?

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We need to make sure we avoid a hard Brexit,

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so that we have those highly valuable, EU nationals contributing

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towards our efforts to increase building in London.

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You're not going to answer yes or no, are you?

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I think we need to avoid a hard Brexit.

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MPs were also asking the same question

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of the Housing Minister in Parliament this afternoon.

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If there is a mass exodus, if you like, what will be the effect?

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I don't really want to speculate on that,

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because I don't think that's what's going to happen.

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The Government is very, very clear that our priority,

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as soon as we get the negotiation under way, is to secure

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the status of British citizens in the EU and EU citizens here.

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People like Valentine and Georgian, helping London's building industry

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while it works out how to train more British workers.

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Two Met Police officers are set to keep their jobs

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after they stopped off at a McDonald's before

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in how they dealt with the case in which a woman committed suicide.

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Jim Wheble joins us with the details.

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Tell us more about the emergency they were responding to.

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Well, this focuses on events around midnight in April 2000 and 15. The

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two police officers were in a patrol car, they had accepted a 999 call,

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the information they were given was that a young woman, who was

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psychotic, had sent a suicidal text message to a friend. She wasn't

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opening her door, she was said to be a danger to herself. But the

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officers drove away and went to McDonald's, had a cup of tea, did

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some paperwork relating to another incident, and then under 40 minutes

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later, they went to the young woman's house, they found dead, she

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had hanged herself. What was said at the hearing today? Well, the two

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officers admitted they had made poor decisions, but they said their

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actions had not added to gross misconduct, but misconduct. Both

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parties except that, even if they had got there sooner, they wouldn't

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have been able to save this woman. Tellingly, the panel also accepted

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their argument that they hadn't been properly trained. The officers said

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they had had up to 60 minutes to respond to a category two call, not

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a top priority call. As a result of this, the charge was struck out, and

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tomorrow they will find out what sanction they face. Jim, thank you

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very much. BBC London has discovered that

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a growing number of men from the capital are among

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the thousands marrying who are then outcast

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by their own community. In some cases,

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the motive is financial, as the groom is given a dowry

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by the bride's family. Chris Rogers has

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this special report. She's one of thousands of women

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who entered an arranged marriage in her homeland willingly

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with a British Indian. She hasn't seen him

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since their wedding night. She spent all her savings

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to get here in the hope of meeting him

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and to get a divorce. Ritu insists she did not feel

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pressured into the marriage, but the wedding took place

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just 48 hours after they had met. he assured her that he would arrange

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for her to join him. But the marriage broke down,

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and it never happened. Why he did this?

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What has he gained out of it? Not a day had come in my life

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where you would really feel that you want to end this now.

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Sorry. I've travelled from London to Punjab

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in the north of India. It's the same journey

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that every year hundreds of Indian British nationals

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make, looking for a wife. there are well over 15,000

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abandoned wives here. Many believe they were

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married for money. Despite the dowry being outlawed

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since 1961, families still offer tens of thousands of pounds

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to the groom before the wedding. After the wedding,

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then I arrive in London... He said, "I don't love you,

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I just like you." The cultural stigma of divorce

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in India can leave women Back in London, Ritu finally gets

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to meet her husband in private. It was really sad

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that he didn't even recognise me, he doesn't want to answer

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any of my questions. Unable to secure a divorce

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from their British husbands, many South Asian wives resign

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themselves to life as an outcast, while their husbands face

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no such cultural barriers. Now, when it comes

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to last night's Oscars - the big mix-up over

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the award for Best Picture But there was no mistaking

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who won the Oscar In fact, it's the seventh year

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in a row that a London-based company

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has scooped the award. The Jungle Book was almost entirely

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made up of visual special effects. This mixture of one tiny actor

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and a cast of computer-generated animals was a recipe

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for Oscars success. Something like 50% of

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the shots were full CG. around 80% of the image

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at all times is digital. It took the efforts of 800 artists

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based here in London. Even for this team,

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it was a big ask. We're used to not noticing

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the visual effects in a film, and that's when you know you've

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done your job well. Obviously, in this case,

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it's the main point, A brilliant win for the people

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who did Jungle Book. they conjured up this

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amazing Indian jungle. I mean, it is so lifelike -

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next-level visual effects, I think. Special visual effects is a category

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London companies have dominated. In 2012, MPC won its first

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Oscar for Life Of Pi. Framestore followed

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that up with Gravity. Double Negative won two years

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running for Interstellar Now MPC has won again

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for The Jungle Book. It's a surrealistic experience, I

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have to say. When I woke up the morning and saw

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the Oscar sitting there in my house, but it's sort of sunk in a

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little more, if that makes sense. MPC is now working on

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a new version of The Lion King. Who'd bet against them winning again

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in a few years' time? But let's find out how the weather's

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shaping up with Wendy. No, a bit of shower dodging today,

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and there will be more of that, but the plus side of having showers and

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then some sunshine is that it looks very pretty. We had lots of lovely

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rainbows throughout London today, the Weather Watchers out in force,

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looking for pots of cold, one in Canary Wharf, who knew?! As we go

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through the week, that familiar mix of sunshine spells, some white

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weather, at first quite chilly, because the temperature at the

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moment is falling under clearing skies. Temperatures close to if not

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at freezing, so watch out for eyes and a foot first thing tomorrow

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morning. But for most of us, it will be a dry enough commute with some

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spells of sunshine, breezy from the outset, but don't be fooled, later

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on you might get caught in a shower, and they may have a wintry element

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as well, temperatures resolutely in single figures. As we go through the

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week, it will calm down a little bit at times, Wednesday mostly dry, a

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lot of cloud around, rain coming through after dark, then a brief

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ridge of high pressure on Thursday, perhaps with some sunshine, the

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breezy as day of the week, then more rain on Friday. This is the bigger

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outlook for the weekend, low pressure after low pressure after

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low pressure, another behind me, and as you can tell that means unsettled

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over the weekend. John Hammond has the weather for the

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rest of the country. According to one man-made

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definition, spring begins in a couple of days, but in reality

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weather does it own thing at its own pace. This was taken in Midlothian,

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a funny old day, some lovely rainbows, downpours, burst of

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sunshine, and out of the breeze it felt a little bit springlike. At the

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moment we have clusters of cloud crossing the country, generating

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wintry showers, clearer gaps in between allowing sunshine by day,

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but overnight that means dropping temperatures, already a frost in

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some

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