16/03/2017 London News


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I'm Asad Ahmad. for the news where you are.

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A man has died in an explosion at a construction site in north London.

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It happened in Highgate this afternoon - at a former petrol

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station which was having its underground tanks removed.

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Dan Freedman is there to tell us more.

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You can see the police are still on the scene this evening, we expect

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the Health and Safety Executive to begin their investigation here first

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thing tomorrow morning. This is a very expensive part of north London,

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locals say they love living here because of its proximity to Hamstead

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Heath and the tranquillity it affords them. Not today.

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At just after two o'clock this afternoon in this quiet part of

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north London, residents felt an earthshaking boom.

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I was in the garden and I just heard a massive

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explosion and I could feel it almost in my fingers.

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Yeah, I didn't see anything but I ran out here to the

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balcony where I could have a look and I couldn't see anything

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particularly that happened, but I must

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say my first thought was that

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Emergency services, including air ambulance,

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rushed to the scene and took a man in his 50s to hospital with

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After what has been described as an industrial incident.

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The site itself was a former petrol station being

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Local Green party councillor Sian Berry told the BBC its previous use

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could give some clue as to the cause of the explosion.

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We know that this is a big shock to everyone in

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The site itself is being redeveloped, and we've known about

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It's an old site where there are fuel tanks

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There is no conclusion coming out yet from the

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fire brigade or Health and Safety Executive.

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It seems like the work that was going on was the removal of

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the fuel tanks but it could have been some other operation that

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There have been no arrests but police say their investigation

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is ongoing and that the Health and Safety Executive has been informed.

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Police have confirmed the man in his 50s as sadly died in hospital on the

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BBC has the minutes of a meeting held ago between consent residents

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and the development company where safety concerns were raised about

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the site and the residents were told by the development company there was

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no indication of any hazardous material on the site behind us and

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that they had a safety plan in place to deal with those underground

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tanks. Police are warning people to look

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out for tiny cameras which are being used by fraudsters

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to capture pin numbers. The cameras are no bigger

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than a pinhead and are often positioned either above the screen

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or facing the pinpad. They've been spotted at four cash

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machines in central London - It's nearly 7 months to the day

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since the first night tube started. Great news for many

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travelling late at weekends - but it's also effected the health

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and well-being of some people living near the tracks,

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who don't get a break Emma North has been

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listening to the problem. A service every 15 minutes at

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weekends and a promise to transform Some say the night tube

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has ruined theirs. In Ian Kitson's house

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above the Jubilee line we are using an app

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to get a rough idea of how

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loud the tube is under We've moved out because

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I'm not prepared... There you go, that

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spiked at 51 decibel. Above the Victoria line,

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Luce can't afford to move out. I feel exhausted, I faint, I've

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developed twitches, I can't hear It's very difficult

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to function in normal The world health organisation says

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at night the sound around us shouldn't measure more

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than 35 decibels. Londoners who came to City Hall

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today told of levels Now we've got the world

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health organisation. We treat each complaint

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individually and we will look for an engineering solution

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to address that complaint. The underground rumblings

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annoy us because they are of such a low frequency they can

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travel through our bones. It's one of these sorts

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of noises that is quite difficult to mask out by

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playing the radio or indeed defend The issue is that it

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isn't constant, either, so we don't really have

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the ability, or an individual living

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in this area wouldn't have the ability to

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adapt to it readily. As we get used to listening

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out for the noise, it makes us more sensitive

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to sound in general. What has frustrated some Londoners

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is that their complaints I think TfL must start to respond

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to people quickly and effectively. They need to identify

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what the problems And put in place arrangements to fix

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those problems, and tell people what they are going to do,

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and stick to their promises. TfL says it's committed

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to being a neighbour. Our team of engineers dedicated

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to decreasing tube noise carried out a huge programme of

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preparatory work ahead of the launch of the night tube, replacing

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and grinding over 500 kilometres of track and introducing new resilient

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track fastenings and shock absorbent fixings, which help reduce sound

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when trains run over them. Grinding fastenings and fixings may

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well one day do the job but for now there are warnings that the problem

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of pollution may not just refer to the air we breathe but to the sounds

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that surround us, too. Funding for a multimillion-pound

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refurbishment of Buckingham Palace costing almost ?370 million

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and set to take ten years - is needed to avoid the risk

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of "catastrophic building failure". Now, MP's are used to asking

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questions in the House of Commons. But not in the way Brent MP,

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Dawn Butler did it today. She made history by

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asking her question using British Sign Language,

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urging the government to give the - Will the Minister agree... Sorry...

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The 18th of March marks the 14th anniversary since the UK Government

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recognised British sign language. Will the Minister agree, time to

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bring and give British sign language legal status, like other recognised

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languages? Just when you think London can't

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surprise you any more, something pops up which leaves

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you confused and bewildered. A production - where actors

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improvise their performance - Because it's made up of live

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sheep, pigs and goats - some of which have travelled

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hundreds of miles for These goats have come all the way

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from Wales for this... Unscripted, unplanned,

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the performers improvise,

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depending on how they think We're really interested in seeing

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whether we can show people that there are different ways

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of looking at them and having different relationships with them

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and a different understanding

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of what they are rather than merely as products,

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maybe, in our homes, usually to eat, not for me, but lots of people

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just eat and to buy and to herd and to put into cages of

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that kind of thing. Animals aren't expected to perform,

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organisers stress this is All funded by the Wellcome

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Collection, this is a We very quickly found

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ourselves in an unknown territory where everything we

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thought we knew about being artists, being thinkers, everything

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we thought we knew about human-animal relationships

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was called into question by the presence of these

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other animals in a really profound and moving and strange

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and fascinating way. Well, the organisers

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say they picked this particular warehouse because it had

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the right light and the right temperature and it is close

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to a farm in there as they could People are asked to watch and then

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give their reactions. I'm not sure what I

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gained except, like, the idea of turning the dynamic

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relationship of human and animal I felt very nervous,

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I felt their nervousness which was Literally in their responses

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to art makes them more human, even though

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they are animals, it There is no specific aim here,

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organisers want to leave If they want to leave people with

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questions they certainly succeeded in the studio tonight, haven't they,

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John. Extraordinary. Unbelievable, as has the weather been.

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Out east where I live it was nice, West it wasn't so lovely. For many

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it was beautiful again. This shot over Old Street this evening. For

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most of us, a fine evening out there. Over the weekend dry weather

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around, relatively mild, quite blustery wind. Hopefully most of the

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rain will occur overnight, a splash of rain through the early hours. No

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great amount. Behind that the sky is clear and around dawn it'll be quite

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chilly, temperatures well down so you'll need a couple of layers as

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you step out first thing. Tomorrow morning rather nice, some sunshine,

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quite cool. It'll warm up in the sunshine. Late in the day it will

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tend to cloud over from the West but I think the rain will hold off until

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evening. Temperatures doing OK, not as high as it has been, but in

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double figures. Through the weekend there will be rain around, most

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occurring overnight. there will be rain around, most

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occurring overnight. Good evening, quite a range of

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whether an offer earlier today in the north and north-west of the UK

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quite a lot of showers around, lively ones, little bit of sunshine

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in between. The best of the sunshine to be found at the other end of the

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country towards the south-east in Kent, lovely picture

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