06/03/2017 London News


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Here on BBC One, it's time for the news where you are.

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They say she was their rock - the heart of their family.

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The children of 80-year-old Lea Adri-Soejoko

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who was found strangled at allotments in

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north-west London - have paid tribute to their mother.

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Today a man has appeared in court charged with murder.

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Her son and daughter have appealed to the public for more information -

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and have been speaking to our home affairs

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We have had the heart ripped out of our family.

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We can hardly process what has happened.

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The private grief of a son and a daughter laid bare.

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Today outside the allotment where their mother was found

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Nothing was a drama, she was very calm, funny.

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We're just appealing for anyone who might have seen anything.

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Lea Adri-Soejoko's body was discovered last week in a shed

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at the community gardens where she was a secretary.

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She was 80 but acting like she was 30 and younger.

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Having almost like another teenager time, she just

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loved her life, she was going out, starting to dress more trendily.

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She was just loving her life and that has been taken from her.

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These are the tribute at her home a short distance away.

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His death has touched friends as well as family.

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The whole world is falling apart around me and my family.

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Here in Colindale a grieving family has been appealing to the public

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Meanwhile in Wimbledon, a 40-year-old man, Rahim Mohammadi,

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has appeared in court charged with the pensioner's murder.

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The police will not be drawn on a motive, but say they need more

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help from the public including any information about the

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Did anyone find them in and around the area?

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That's three keys with a Morrisons key fob on them.

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For local drivers and residents, did you see Lea on Monday?

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She's very distinctive, platinum hair, as family describe

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it, distinctive boots, black with white spots, pink piping,

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Did you see her at the allotments or at her home address?

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And neighbours, did you see anyone calling at her address on Monday?

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We need to have as much information as possible so we can get

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Nick Beake, BBC London News, Colindale.

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The BBC has discovered that pollution levels around one

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of the busiest sections of road in the country have been excluded

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from official government data - despite regularly exceeding

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All this week in our series Toxic London -

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we'll be looking at the issue of air quality.

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Tonight Sarah Smith reports from the Dartford Crossing on why up

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until two years ago levels of pollutions there

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50 million journeys are made on this stretch of road every year.

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The towns closest, Dartford to the south

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and Thurrock to the north have some of the highest percentages of death

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due to air pollution in the south-east.

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In Dartford the council's recorded nitrogen dioxide

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levels above safe limits for years and when the town didn't appear in

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the national air quality plan they were puzzled.

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We discovered that the tunnel approach road was classed as a rural

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road, and therefore the air monitoring figures that they had and

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that they were using for their modelling purposes was incorrect.

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It's meant that for years, national data

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this incredibly busy stretch of road.

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Whoever decided that there's no pollution around here, we doesn't

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Whoever decided that there's no pollution around here, doesn't

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I've got two small children and regularly

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if you live here you will notice several times a day, or several

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times a week, there is just bumper-to-bumper traffic.

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The crossing and its approach roads aren't

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classed as part of the motorway but as the A282 and A roads can

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count as rural if they're outside urban areas.

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But that's clearly not the case here.

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Jim Sutton, who lives near the crossing,

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believes it exacerbated the respiratory problems which afflicted

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The air pollution round here certainly didn't help her.

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She used to say, "I wish we could move, Jim."

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Scientists from King's College have carried out their own monitoring.

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The European legal limit was broken on three days.

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That was primarily because the pollution

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which the road is producing every day with the traffic

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with pollution that was coming over from the continent.

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The Department for the Environment says the

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Department for Transport made the classification.

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The Department for Transport says it was the Department

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Either way it's finally been reclassified as urban.

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This news comes on the day that the head of the World Health

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Organisation described air pollution as one of the most pernicious

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It's linked to the death of hundreds of thousands of children every year.

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Sarah Smith, BBC London News, the Dartford Crossing.

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And continuing our series - tomorrow we'll have rare access

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inside the capital's specialist children's asthma clinic.

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If you're interested in what changes you can make -

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An unexploded World War Two bomb which was discovered on a building

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site in north-west London last week has been detonated in Essex.

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Experts from the Royal Navy and British Army safely disposed

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of the 500lb device at a military base in Southend.

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As part of the Government's drive to train up more

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apprentices by 2020 - from next month companies

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with a payroll of ?3 million or more will be forced

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to invest thousands in training school leavers or lose the money.

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But are businesses aware of the new levy?

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Marc Ashdown reports from the National

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Negotiating a route into work is a tricky business.

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The Army is one of 70 exhibitors here trying

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Apprenticeships are increasingly seen as a way into all

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While many of her friends are off to university, Zena is training

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Sometimes when people go to university they're still trying

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But, not only that, they're in a huge amount of debt.

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15,000 students are expected to attend this event.

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It's a shop window to show how varied and important

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Historically, people thought that an apprenticeship was for people

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who aren't academically bright or do not have a choice

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An apprenticeship really is open to anybody.

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It is crucial, it is absolutely crucial that we have a workforce

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that is better educated, better trained, better

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To that end, new legislation from April means any firm

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with a payroll of ?3 million or more will have to commit 0.5%

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of its budget to training apprentices, or lose the money.

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But a recent survey by City and Guilds found more than a third

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of London businesses aren't even aware of the new levy.

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Nine years ago I joined as an apprentice and I started my

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career and since then I've stayed with the company.

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And someone tells me you are employee of the year?

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Yes, I won an award, employee of the year

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Even those who have struggled academically,

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He's now thinking of signing up as a tank engineer.

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It's actually very nice to come up and have a surprise, like, "Oh,

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your three GCSEs can get you quite far in life even if everyone else

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That is probably a very reassuring thing to me.

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For many students and parents it's a first conversation

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Rather than his brothers who have both done degrees,

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he is more interested to go and not have the debt.

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You just jump straight through to a career and you get

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to learn skills needed for the apprenticeship you're doing.

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More and more young people then are realising the benefits

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That's it from me, but I'll leave you now with Wendy Hurrell

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The Weather for the Week Ahead is very mild, that's the first thing

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you will notice, particularly midweek onwards. We will encounter a

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few spells of rain and it will be windy at times so not like the day

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we had today which was practically perfect, bits of blue sky,

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blossoming underneath them, that's because we got lucky, there were

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showers around down the eastern side of the country and a few traipsing

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in from the west as well, we were in the nice sunny slot, the puffy

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cumulus clouds to enjoy throughout the day. It's conceivable one or two

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showers will creep across London and the Home Counties in the early hours

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of the morning but mostly it is dry with clear sky, particularly parts

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of Surrey and Buckinghamshire, temperatures may be low enough for a

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touch of frost locally and it may be a chilly start under clear skies

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first thing tomorrow morning but we will get brightness and sunshine and

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it will turn more hazy as the day goes on and cloud over completely

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eventually. Before that happens temperatures should get into double

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figures and behind me here is the rain that comes through on Tuesday

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night. It eventually clears through the leaves behind a lot of cloud.

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From Wednesday onwards rather grey skies but rather mild conditions, 13

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or 14 degrees, often breezy but the winds are south-westerly so the mild

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weather comes from that direction and it gets a bit upset at the

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weekend. A low pressure system moves in and that turns the wind to a more

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northerly quarter so the outlook for the weekend is something rather

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cool, it will be windy at times as well and still rather unsettled with

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some blustery showers around. That's the London forecast and now for the

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National forecast, over to Nick Miller.

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North-west France and Plymouth were miles apart weather-wise. This

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southern flank in north-west France there was a wind gusts of 120 mph

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which we just dodged. That area of low pressure continues to move

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quickly south-eastwards so that by tomorrow it is in Italy on its

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southern flank, stormy in Sardinia and around it strong winds blowing

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through south-east France. We've got a little bump in the ice bars with

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lighter winds, a brief

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