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The police watchdog, responsible for looking
into wrongdoing, finds itself at the centre of an investigation.
It follows allegations that one of its commissioners
withheld evidence in support of an officer.
The PC was dealing with a disturbance
Alex Bushill has this exclusive report.
It is a little before three in the morning
on what was a violent night in Harrow.
A phone camera clearly records the noise of a taser.
Five years on, Mark Gatland has returned
Police had been called after a party got out of control and spilled
During the disturbance, Mark Gatland tasered this man,
an off-duty firefighter who was arrested for obstruction,
The Met also apologised to him and paid him substantial damages.
In the fallout, Mark Gatland was himself accused of acting racistly,
but his gross misconduct hearing collapsed
when the IPCC failed to provide any evidence against him.
Now the commissioner in charge of his case at the regulator
faces allegations that she suppressed crucial evidence
which today resulted in a police investigation being launched.
It's almost eight months now, and I'm disappointed
it has taken this long, because as a member of the public,
I expect prompt and effective investigation.
It was like fighting against an entire army on my own.
There didn't appear to be any support,
and there wasn't the political will to back me up.
This has now been passed on to Police Scotland,
because they're not under the jurisdiction of the police
regulator for England and Wales, that's the IPCC, removing any
possible conflict of interest they might have faced.
Nonetheless, it does represent a truly exceptional situation
where the police regulator, the IPCC,
is now subject to an investigation by a police force.
The commissioner at the IPCC who is now being investigated
Now Mark Gatland wants to know why she hasn't been
suspended from active duty, as he was.
If an allegation of this strength is made against a police officer,
yet she's still in post, affecting police officers' careers.
In short, the tables have been turned -
where once a serving police officer, Mark Gatland,
now the police regulator itself will have to explain theirs.
It was the worst tower-block fire in the UK,
in which six people died including three children.
Eight years on, Southwark Council has been ordered to pay
more than half ?500,000 for failing to maintain
fire-safety measures at Lakanal House.
When a small electrical fire broke out in a ninth floor flat, it should
have been contained, but quickly and spread, jumping floors above and
below. The victims were wrongly advised by the fire brigade to stay
in flats that were supposed to protect them. Three women and three
children died as a result. The emergency calls were used as
evidence at the 2013 inquest. Maria survived. There was a big
fire, like a dragon, but spreading. There wasn't two ways, just one way,
and we was lucky, even likely to get down, because everywhere you looked,
you couldn't say properly. Southwark council had only renovated the flats
three years earlier but there were no seals on fire doors, and there
were no partition is in suspended ceilings.
Southwark Council admitted their guilt last week,
so today was about finding out what punishment they would face.
The judge decided it should be a fine for the charges against them,
and it would have been more had they not pleaded guilty.
the total that Southwark Council has to pay is more than ?500,000.
To put that into perspective, they're operating budget last year
was ?283 million. Year in year out, we are within budget, but this will
be part of a contingency, so there won't be a direct impact on
residents as a result of the fine, albeit is significant. Do you feel
it is fair or excessive? I feel it was fair, taking into account, as
the judge did, all of the mitigating factors that we have put forward,
particularly close working relationship with London Fire
Brigade since the incident and the money that we have spent on putting
right these issues that were identified as the problem in this
fire. One man who spent 25 years keeping buildings safe from fire has
done mike hazards says lessons have been learned. This has to be an
Next month it will reopen after an ?11 million refurbishment.
Southwark residents will once again call this 14-storey
The trust behind plans for the controversial
Garden Bridge across the Thames has been cleared of
financial irregularities by the Charity Commission.
Let's cross to Claudia-Liza Armah who can tell us more.
Yes, that's right, Riz, a small victory for those
It was all over a complaint made by Vauxhall MP Kate Hoey,
who had serious concerns about spending, a worry that
individuals or companies donating money towards the construction
of the bridge were also being awarded contracts.
However, the regulator ruled that those accusations were unfounded.
That outcome has been welcomed by the Garden Bridge Trust.
Does it mean we're closer to getting this bridge? Not quite.
they've told me that there are still a few hurdles.
Firstly, they're awaiting a review by Dame Margaret Hodge.
to determine whether it provides value for money.
Then it needs Mayor Khan to sign a guarantee
that will ensure his office will pay for its upkeep,
if money can't be raised via donations.
The problem is ?36 million of taxpayers' money
has already been invested in this bridge.
If it doesn't go ahead, that money will be lost.
This year marks the 50th anniversary of the decriminalisation
of homosexuality, but campaigners say more still needs to be done
to improve equality for people living here in the capital.
Thomas Magill has been hearing one man's story reflecting on how things
have changed over the years for the gay community in London.
A modest gathering on a momentous day,
the capital's first Gay Pride in 1972,
but it took five years after the legalisation
Thought by some as radical, welcomed by others.
There was a great feeling in these clubs
Men like Stuart - he was forced to come out
in the '50s after being spotted with his partner, a move that
and so I was met with jeers, shouting, general pandemonium.
And so that was my sort of coming-out moment.
So I decided after a bit that I'd had enough of that, and so I sort
of broke my apprenticeship, found a job in an office,
because I thought that would be a safer place than a factory.
Like many young gay men, Stuart was soon attracted to London,
and today he's returning to some of his old haunts.
so quite a discreet sort of little Soho alleyway.
Despite it being illegal, London had loads of little gay
secret underground cafes, bars and brothels scattered
all over the city, long before the Act was introduced.
As attitudes changed, London's gay scene grew,
and with it calls for more rights and acceptance.
We were saying it wasn't preferential treatment,
So Stonewall came directly out of this homophobia,
Much has changed since Stuart first came to London,
to return to a spot that holds special memories.
I spent my 21st birthday in there, actually.
The club's now gone, but the memories haven't,
Stewart and Michael agree there is still more to be achieved.
and I'll leave you with Elizabeth Rizzini for the weather.
As well as being pancake day, it was the end of the meteorological
winter, and February has worked out to be quite mild, dull, not as much
sunshine as we would have liked, drier than normal, although not
today and it will not be dry either. For the Thursday of meteorological
spring, Darryn Binder drizzly through the afternoon. Still a
chance of showers overnight, possibly a touch of frost into
tomorrow morning in rural spots, so a chilly but bright start, some
sunshine around through the morning, high cloud, patchy rain through the
second half of the day, turning windy on Wednesday night. Thursday
is the nicest day of the next view, otherwise chilly and unsettled.
Good evening. We are about to head into March, the days are getting
longer, but are they getting any warmer? Not really. We will get
there in the end, but we will have to be patient, not very springlike
at the moment. Some showers scattered around across England and
Wales will tend to diminish in number, a few left behind, wintry
showers across the north of Scotland, snow at low-level is, ice
as well as temperatures fall close to freezing. A cold night with a
touch of frost in a number of places. Plenty of sunshine across
southern areas first of all, but it will not last, rain spilling from
the south, the best brightness and eventually further north across the
UK. Mostly fine afternoon to come across northern areas, Scotland,
still wintry showers across the far north, but plenty of sunshine
further south. 5-6, not feeling too bad in the sunshine. The odd shower