28/02/2017 London News


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The police watchdog, responsible for looking

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into wrongdoing, finds itself at the centre of an investigation.

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It follows allegations that one of its commissioners

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withheld evidence in support of an officer.

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The PC was dealing with a disturbance

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Alex Bushill has this exclusive report.

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It is a little before three in the morning

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on what was a violent night in Harrow.

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A phone camera clearly records the noise of a taser.

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Five years on, Mark Gatland has returned

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Police had been called after a party got out of control and spilled

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During the disturbance, Mark Gatland tasered this man,

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an off-duty firefighter who was arrested for obstruction,

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The Met also apologised to him and paid him substantial damages.

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In the fallout, Mark Gatland was himself accused of acting racistly,

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but his gross misconduct hearing collapsed

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when the IPCC failed to provide any evidence against him.

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Now the commissioner in charge of his case at the regulator

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faces allegations that she suppressed crucial evidence

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which today resulted in a police investigation being launched.

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It's almost eight months now, and I'm disappointed

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it has taken this long, because as a member of the public,

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I expect prompt and effective investigation.

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It was like fighting against an entire army on my own.

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There didn't appear to be any support,

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and there wasn't the political will to back me up.

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This has now been passed on to Police Scotland,

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because they're not under the jurisdiction of the police

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regulator for England and Wales, that's the IPCC, removing any

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possible conflict of interest they might have faced.

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Nonetheless, it does represent a truly exceptional situation

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where the police regulator, the IPCC,

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is now subject to an investigation by a police force.

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The commissioner at the IPCC who is now being investigated

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Now Mark Gatland wants to know why she hasn't been

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suspended from active duty, as he was.

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If an allegation of this strength is made against a police officer,

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yet she's still in post, affecting police officers' careers.

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In short, the tables have been turned -

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where once a serving police officer, Mark Gatland,

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now the police regulator itself will have to explain theirs.

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It was the worst tower-block fire in the UK,

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in which six people died including three children.

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Eight years on, Southwark Council has been ordered to pay

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more than half ?500,000 for failing to maintain

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fire-safety measures at Lakanal House.

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When a small electrical fire broke out in a ninth floor flat, it should

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have been contained, but quickly and spread, jumping floors above and

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below. The victims were wrongly advised by the fire brigade to stay

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in flats that were supposed to protect them. Three women and three

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children died as a result. The emergency calls were used as

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evidence at the 2013 inquest. Maria survived. There was a big

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fire, like a dragon, but spreading. There wasn't two ways, just one way,

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and we was lucky, even likely to get down, because everywhere you looked,

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you couldn't say properly. Southwark council had only renovated the flats

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three years earlier but there were no seals on fire doors, and there

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were no partition is in suspended ceilings.

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Southwark Council admitted their guilt last week,

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so today was about finding out what punishment they would face.

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The judge decided it should be a fine for the charges against them,

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and it would have been more had they not pleaded guilty.

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the total that Southwark Council has to pay is more than ?500,000.

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To put that into perspective, they're operating budget last year

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was ?283 million. Year in year out, we are within budget, but this will

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be part of a contingency, so there won't be a direct impact on

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residents as a result of the fine, albeit is significant. Do you feel

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it is fair or excessive? I feel it was fair, taking into account, as

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the judge did, all of the mitigating factors that we have put forward,

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particularly close working relationship with London Fire

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Brigade since the incident and the money that we have spent on putting

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right these issues that were identified as the problem in this

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fire. One man who spent 25 years keeping buildings safe from fire has

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done mike hazards says lessons have been learned. This has to be an

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Next month it will reopen after an ?11 million refurbishment.

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Southwark residents will once again call this 14-storey

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The trust behind plans for the controversial

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Garden Bridge across the Thames has been cleared of

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financial irregularities by the Charity Commission.

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Let's cross to Claudia-Liza Armah who can tell us more.

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Yes, that's right, Riz, a small victory for those

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It was all over a complaint made by Vauxhall MP Kate Hoey,

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who had serious concerns about spending, a worry that

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individuals or companies donating money towards the construction

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of the bridge were also being awarded contracts.

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However, the regulator ruled that those accusations were unfounded.

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That outcome has been welcomed by the Garden Bridge Trust.

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Does it mean we're closer to getting this bridge? Not quite.

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they've told me that there are still a few hurdles.

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Firstly, they're awaiting a review by Dame Margaret Hodge.

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to determine whether it provides value for money.

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Then it needs Mayor Khan to sign a guarantee

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that will ensure his office will pay for its upkeep,

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if money can't be raised via donations.

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The problem is ?36 million of taxpayers' money

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has already been invested in this bridge.

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If it doesn't go ahead, that money will be lost.

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This year marks the 50th anniversary of the decriminalisation

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of homosexuality, but campaigners say more still needs to be done

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to improve equality for people living here in the capital.

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Thomas Magill has been hearing one man's story reflecting on how things

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have changed over the years for the gay community in London.

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A modest gathering on a momentous day,

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the capital's first Gay Pride in 1972,

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but it took five years after the legalisation

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Thought by some as radical, welcomed by others.

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There was a great feeling in these clubs

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Men like Stuart - he was forced to come out

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in the '50s after being spotted with his partner, a move that

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and so I was met with jeers, shouting, general pandemonium.

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And so that was my sort of coming-out moment.

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So I decided after a bit that I'd had enough of that, and so I sort

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of broke my apprenticeship, found a job in an office,

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because I thought that would be a safer place than a factory.

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Like many young gay men, Stuart was soon attracted to London,

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and today he's returning to some of his old haunts.

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so quite a discreet sort of little Soho alleyway.

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Despite it being illegal, London had loads of little gay

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secret underground cafes, bars and brothels scattered

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all over the city, long before the Act was introduced.

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As attitudes changed, London's gay scene grew,

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and with it calls for more rights and acceptance.

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We were saying it wasn't preferential treatment,

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So Stonewall came directly out of this homophobia,

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Much has changed since Stuart first came to London,

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to return to a spot that holds special memories.

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I spent my 21st birthday in there, actually.

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The club's now gone, but the memories haven't,

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Stewart and Michael agree there is still more to be achieved.

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and I'll leave you with Elizabeth Rizzini for the weather.

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As well as being pancake day, it was the end of the meteorological

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winter, and February has worked out to be quite mild, dull, not as much

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sunshine as we would have liked, drier than normal, although not

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today and it will not be dry either. For the Thursday of meteorological

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spring, Darryn Binder drizzly through the afternoon. Still a

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chance of showers overnight, possibly a touch of frost into

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tomorrow morning in rural spots, so a chilly but bright start, some

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sunshine around through the morning, high cloud, patchy rain through the

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second half of the day, turning windy on Wednesday night. Thursday

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is the nicest day of the next view, otherwise chilly and unsettled.

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Good evening. We are about to head into March, the days are getting

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longer, but are they getting any warmer? Not really. We will get

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there in the end, but we will have to be patient, not very springlike

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at the moment. Some showers scattered around across England and

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Wales will tend to diminish in number, a few left behind, wintry

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showers across the north of Scotland, snow at low-level is, ice

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as well as temperatures fall close to freezing. A cold night with a

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touch of frost in a number of places. Plenty of sunshine across

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southern areas first of all, but it will not last, rain spilling from

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the south, the best brightness and eventually further north across the

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UK. Mostly fine afternoon to come across northern areas, Scotland,

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still wintry showers across the far north, but plenty of sunshine

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further south. 5-6, not feeling too bad in the sunshine. The odd shower

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for Northern

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