02/03/2017 London News


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general and as it is World Book Day we have the writer and illustrator,

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Raymond Good evening.

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I'm Asad Ahmad. A criminal who BBC London exposed

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for being behind what's described as "the largest job scam in London"

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to date - is still defrauding Londoners out

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of thousands of pounds. John Phillips promises job-seekers

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and the unemployed well-paid jobs - Several months ago,

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we uncovered his scam. But he's managed to escape justice,

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and continues to make This exclusive report

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is from Guy Lynn. I don't know what

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you're talking about. This was a criminal we

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tracked down last October, Now we have discovered

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he is still up to Welcome.

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I am John Phillips. John Phillips, fraudster and thief,

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who we exposed conning job-seekers like these

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with fake jobs for a fee. I got scammed really,

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really badly, Four months ago, we went undercover

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posing as a job-seeker to see how Phillips preyed on those

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who posted CVs on job websites. He told us he was the

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manager of a large HR To start work,

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applicants had to pay him upfront fees of hundreds

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of pounds for bogus jobs. Part of them doing the work

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for him involved bringing in others who were also

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looking for jobs. They ended up falling victim

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to the scam as well. We want to find a way

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to make money... We secretly recorded

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him masterminding the scam outside and collecting any

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cash that was handed over. I don't know what

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you're talking about. You don't know what

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we're talking about? We have been recording you over

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the last few months. Phillips was exposed

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on the BBC in October but we can tonight reveal he then carried

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on as if nothing had happened, ripping off

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many more Londoners. In October, he told

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applicants is name was Or Nathan Phillips.

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Sometimes, Bill Barnett. Now we can reveal he

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has metamorphosized And if you want to

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know what it feels like to be ripped off by him,

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ask these two, who do not want to be Both have been conned

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in the last few weeks. It was just horrible

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to deal with it and you just feel like everything comes

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crashing down around you. I was crying because

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it is kind of hard when you think you have finally

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found a job and then it Scores of people have now

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reported this scam to the Metropolitan Police

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and Action Fraud. This former Met Detective Chief

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Inspector is appalled I would say that Mr

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Phillips is probably one of the more serious

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and persistent offenders I have seen

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operating in this field. To be going for so long,

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to have so many victims, there is no reason

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why he should not be We have had a tip-off

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that Mr Phillips is doing some job interviews

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here in Covent Garden, potentially to scam more people

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of hundreds of pounds. What we're going to do is give him

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a bit of a surprise. You have now changed

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your name, I believe, You changed your name

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to another name, have you? You're continuing

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to defraud Londoners, Mr Phillips' scam has

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been described as Why is it you seem

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to think it is OK to keep defrauding

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Londoners in this way? I do not know what

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you're talking about. Unfortunately, the BBC cannot

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physically stop him. Goodbye to you.

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Goodbye. We are warning the authorities

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and London's job-seekers An 80-year-old woman has been found

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murdered in a garage, in an allotment where she worked

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in north west London. Leah Adri-Soejoko was discovered

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in a lock-up on Tuesday. She was known as everyone's

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grandmother and a pillar Today, friends were in shock

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at the news of the murder. When you needed something,

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you'd go to her. Just after 2am on Tuesday,

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Leah's body was found at Colindale The popular grandmother

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was secretary of the Barnet Police say she was a very active

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80-year-old who loved She is a really active for 80 years

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old, in and around the allotments, There are 90 allotment

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plots at Colindale. Today, police have been searching

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the site for clues and carrying out Police say they do not have any

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clues yet about who murdered Leah. They are investigating reports rough

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sleepers got onto allotments through this hole in the fence

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and are trying to find out who was responsible

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for a spate of thefts We're appealing to anyone who saw

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Leah here, particularly on Monday. She wore black boots

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with white spots, pink piping Her friends spoke to her

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on the phone at 2.30pm on Monday. Were you are on the

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allotments on Monday? Police say they are not saying

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exactly how Leah was murdered for operational reasons,

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but they say the much loved 80 year old lost her life in the most tragic

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way possible and the killer A number of residents

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in Brondesbury Park are spending tonight away from their homes,

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after a suspected World War II bomb Louisa Preston is there for us

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now with the latest. The building site is just behind the

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houses behind me. The army trucks are here tonight. They are on site

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now, trying to make that bomb safe. This is an extremely residential

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area and all of the homes have been evacuated today. Many people have

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been asked to leave their homes. Some were allowed back in to collect

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belongings, but most of them are spending the evening in hotels and B

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and Bs. There is a refuge centre for some residence. I spoke to some of

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them. They are dealing with it safely, it's just inconvenient. It's

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for security purposes but it's annoying. I've just come off a

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flight from New Zealand so I was keen to sleep in my own bed. This is

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a World War II bomb. What else do we know about the device? Yes, it's a

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World War II bomb and it's believed to be about 500lb. It's a big bomb.

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London Fire Brigade sent out these pictures which give an illustration

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of how big the bomb is. There's a spade and it gives you an idea how

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big that bomb is in relation to what the size of the spade is. The army

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has released a picture tonight. Another illustration of what they

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are dealing with tonight. Some schools in the area will possibly be

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shut tomorrow, but the council is saying all parents will be contacted

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if schools are evacuated. We are being told this problem won't be

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solved until by tomorrow afternoon at the earliest. People will be out

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if they have evacuated their homes, until tomorrow.

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Inspectors have criticised the Metropolitan Police for "failing

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vulnerable people" - particularly children

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Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Constabulary published a scathing

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report into policing in England and Wales - and it told the Met it

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The force is short of 700 detectives, but today,

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senior officers said the assessment was unfair.

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But I think today's report, looking at the breadth of policing, misses

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some of the challenges we are facing today.

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It doesn't pick up on the fact that we are putting many more

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resources into counterterrorism, particularly firearms officers.

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We have spoken about that regularly, the

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600 extra officers to help protect Londoners.

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And it doesn't really talk about those difficult choices

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We're squeezing resources, making sure we put

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our officers in the best place possible to protect Londoners from

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

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Tomorrow morning, it will get off took a wet start. It's dry now.

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Rainfall will push up as we go through the night. Temperatures are

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not going down much further from where they are at the moment. 4-6dC.

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Breezy as we start the day tomorrow. Not as windy as today. This is the

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morning rain. It will be a wet commute. Into the afternoon, turning

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drier and brighter. It may get warmer than this. We may see 13, or

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14 Celsius. This is the start of the weekend. There's no guarantee of a

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spell of rain on Saturday morning, but it's a possibility, clearing to

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a few showers. Part two of the weekend, we have more rain in the

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forecast. Rain at times this weekend, not all the

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