07/03/2017 London News


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very much again at the Emirates Stadium. Natalie Perks.

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More now on the secret recording of the leader

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of Surrey County Council describing his negotiations

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with the government before scrapping plans for a huge rise in council tax

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The Prime Minister has repeatedly denied that Surrey had been given

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a special deal to drop the proposed 15% hike.

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But in a meeting with his own councillors, David Hodge said

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the government "will sort the funding out for

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BBC South East's Political Editor, Helen Catt, has this

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It was the row that threatened to leave the government

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A major Conservative council saying it had been forced into an massive

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tax hike because it didn't have enough money to look

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I think it is important that politicians stand up and tell

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the truth and be honest with the residents and tell them

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But at the 11th hour, the 15% rise was dramatically abandoned,

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sparking claims of a secret deal with the government.

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Can the Prime Minister tell the house whether or not a special

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The decision as to whether or not to hold a referendum in Surrey

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is entirely a matter for the local authority in Surrey.

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Number Ten denied any sweetheart deal had been struck.

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David Hodge said the decision had been Surrey's alone

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Tonight, though, we can reveal secret recordings of a meeting

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between David Hodge and Conservative councillors which show conversations

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had been taking place between the Surrey leader

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and the Communities Secretary, Sajid Javid, just hours before

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David Hodge also revealed that the threat of a referendum

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Why shouldn't every council get this sort of deal?

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Why is it a deal that's been done by Conservative leaders in Surrey

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Why can't all local councils have access to this sort of deal,

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given that social care is in crisis, not just in Surrey,

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Approached by the BBC today, David Hodge said every leader,

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if they are any good at their job, will always have these conversations

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He said he was still hoping the Chancellor would announce

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extra money for Surrey in tomorrow's Budget.

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BBC London has obtained figures revealing how much it's costing

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the taxpayer to police West Ham's games at their new home,

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It's for matches for the first three months of this season.

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As Chris Slegg reports, it's once again raised questions

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about whether the original Olympic Stadium deal was value

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All calm at London Stadium last night as West Ham hosted Chelsea

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No repeat of the violent scenes which marred some

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It's a lot safer, a lot friendlier for families and everything, yeah.

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The early games here, there were problems,

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but I think that's all been sorted out now.

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It was West Ham's last home match with Chelsea, in October,

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At that point, a radio system which the police rely on,

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It's long been a bone of contention that football clubs don't pay

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West Ham are only tenants here so they don't pay for policing

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The LLDC - again, ultimately the taxpayer - picks up the tab.

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Today, in figures obtained by BBC London from the Met Police under

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the Freedom of Information Act, we can reveal for the first

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time how much policing at this venue has cost us.

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In the first three months of last season, when West Ham

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played at Upton Park, it cost just over ?108,000

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In the same period this season, at London Stadium, that had soared

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Concentrating on October last season, West Ham's only at home

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This season they played three home matches in October -

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The month's policing cost was a whopping ?238,000.

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London Assembly member Andrew Dismore believes all football

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clubs have a moral obligation to pay more, particularly West Ham.

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It is a ridiculous sweetheart deal they've got already,

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where no matter how many police officers are called to deal

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with a West Ham game, they simply pay the same.

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If you think about the last West Ham-Chelsea game, they had 520

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That is the equivalent in the police force of an entire London Borough,

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When she was pushed on the issue at City Hall in December,

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West Ham vice-chair Karren Brady disagreed, saying the club

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abides by the law and pays what is due to be paid.

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Many, though, will ask why safeguards were not built

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into the deal to protect the taxpayer against

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the added burden of police costs at London Stadium.

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More than 40 protestors have occupied an event held in Maidenhead

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by the Department of Transport to show residents plans

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The consultation evening was being held in the Prime

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Those demonstrating came from various areas in London

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including Hammersmith and Chiswick, and villages around the airport.

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Doctors specialising in treating youngsters with asthma say

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children's lungs are not growing the way they should

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because of London's dirty air and are calling for much braver

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action in tackling pollution in the capital.

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Continuing our series, Toxic London, our Environment Correspondent,

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Tom Edwards, got rare access to a hospital treating

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hundreds of children with respiratory problems.

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At this specialist asthma clinic, you can see the impact London's

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I have been admitted to hospital about 11 times.

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And that was last week when there was a lot of pollution.

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She is one of 200 children being treated at the Royal Brompton

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Her attacks can be triggered by pollution.

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The chest area, I get really tight really quickly.

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If I am walking up a road, I have to use my inhaler quite

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The mayor estimates 9000 Londoners a year have their lives shortened

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Experts say dirty air stops children's lungs

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The sad truth is, our lung function declines from early 20s and human

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life span is really limited by what your lungs can do.

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If your lungs don't grow to their peak, you will start

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from a low baseline and find yourself in late middle age

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What's going on with the air in London is like a giant experiment

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in how it can effect children's lung growth and we will see

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the impact of that through to the middle of this century.

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This is Kenneth, who is 12 and from Croydon.

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He has been coming here since he was a baby.

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Now, he cannot go anywhere without his inhaler.

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Because sometimes you have to wake up in the night

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and take your asthma pump, or sometimes rush to hospital

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It is very worrying seeing your child breathless

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Waking up several times in the night to have his puffer.

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Doctors say the capital's poor air quality will affect more and more

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people and the impacts could take decades to play out.

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I think it is going to make a definite impact on people who,

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let's say, would have been a little bit unwell anyhow.

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So people who smoke or people who've been unlucky and had

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You will find lots of adults with emphysema and bronchitis,

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what we call COPD, we are going to find lots more of that.

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The predictions are, as the population lives longer,

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we are storing up a huge, almost economic problem in terms

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of how we are going to treat all these people in the future.

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Doctors here want the government and the mayor to intervene quickly

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And continuing our series, tomorrow we'll be

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looking at the dangerous levels of pollution that comes

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

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It was a nice day again today but things are changing. The picture

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behind me tells the tale, a lot of cloud around tomorrow, it will be

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mild but rain from time to time. The weather is changing right now, we

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are looking to the West to see the weather front responsible for this

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balloon is on the map which is rain and we will all get wet overnight

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with heavy rain at times. It will keep the temperatures falling any

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lower than five or 6 degrees. Tomorrow looks to be cloudy, rain

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from time to time, occasionally it might brighten up but don't be

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fooled because the rain will not be far behind. Maybe a bit dry towards

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the end of the day with temperatures as high as 14 degrees so pretty

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mild. The rain sitting out in the channel heading into Thursday so the

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skies look bright again and we will get some sunshine, particularly to

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the north of London and this is the warm and mild air we were talking

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about, 15 degrees quite likely. The outlook for Friday finds a lot of

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cloud but probably dry, a chance of rain on Saturday. The national

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picture now from Nick Miller. It looks like next week high

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pressure will become a player again in our weather, settling things down

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for some of us for a time but until then it is low-pressure, rain moving

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across the UK overnight but not wet all the time. Many of us at a fine

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day today, this was at you from West Yorkshire and Yorkshire and northern

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England and Northern Ireland will farewell tomorrow, after this

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frontal system has pushed on through the UK with rain. But as it does, it

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introduces milder air so for the rest of the week we will have

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temperatures widely into double figures. Back to the here and now

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and that rain which has been like an patchy across

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