17/03/2017 London News


17/03/2017

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Good evening - I'm Alice Bhandhukravi.

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Dramatic CCTV footage has been released of a high speed chase

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Mobile phone thieves evading police on the wrong side

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of the M11 motorway at speeds of up to 90 miles an hour.

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They'd been on a robbing spree, snatching phones from pedestrians

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Detectives say it was pure luck that nobody was killed.

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A prolific phone thief attempts a desperate getaway.

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Heading the wrong way towards the M11...

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He is up on his feet, trying to get back on the bike.

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The chase eventually came to an end after police closed

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the motorway and deliberately punctured his tyres.

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The driver was 21-year-old Zuriel Hutson.

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He and Sharuk Sheraji stole 18 mobiles in less than an hour

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It was here on the M11 that this chase started

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Drivers doing 70 mph plus heading the right way were suddenly

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confronted with a high-powered moped heading straight

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Extremely dangerous, weaving in and out of traffic,

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other road users having to avoid him.

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Incredibly dangerous, very fortunate he did not cause

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himself any serious harm or serious harm to other members of the public.

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They had stolen 18 phones in Westminster, Camden, Islington,

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Hackney and Tower Hamlets, including from Michaela.

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I was coming out of Debenham's in Oxford Street, walking down

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the road and someone shouted out of nowhere, look out!

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Next thing I knew, a moped sped up onto the pavement

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and grabbed my phone that was in my hand, I was using it,

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Recent figures show the number of thefts by people on mopeds

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in London has gone up by more than 600% in the last two years.

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This was a very long pursuit, 30-40 minutes, very often pursuits

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may be initiated and we cannot catch the offenders.

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Because they have been able to make off from us with the tactical

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advantage of a two-wheeled vehicle against a lot of our four-wheeled

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They didn't get away this time, despite a few close calls.

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A mother who hid the body of her baby son for more

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than a decade has been sentenced to 21 months in prison.

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Victoria Gayle admitted preventing the decent

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How he died has not been established.

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Now police are trying to find out whether she had given birth

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Victoria has always denied any involvement in Kyzer's death.

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And the postmortem determined that it was inconclusive and that's

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due to the passage of time - over ten years.

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This is a deeply disturbing and deeply troubling case that

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raises a number of questions that are going to need to be answered

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Thames Water faces paying a record fine after polluting the River

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Thames with more than a billion litres of raw sewage.

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The pollution killed hundreds of fish and left farm animals sick.

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A judge, who has delayed sentencing until next week, described

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Yvonne Hall has been following the case.

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Enjoying the River Thames at Bourne End in Buckinghamshire today.

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The area is popular with rowers and walkers, but four years ago,

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parts of the river looked like this, covered in raw sewage

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It smelt exactly as you would expect it to smell, and there was no

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Birds and fish died, people reported children

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A fisherman was forced out of business.

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Thames Water, whose officials are seen here arriving

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at Aylesbury Crown Court today, has admitted polluting the Thames

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with sewage spilling out of four treatment plants

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They were poorly equipped and badly managed.

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This is the outflow from the sewage treatment works at Little Marlow.

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Today the water round here looks clear, but back in 2012 and 2013,

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millions of litres of untreated sewage were spewing out from this

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outflow and for half a mile downriver, people could see see

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human waste, sanitary towels and condoms.

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It is not the first time Thames Water has been guilty

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In 2015, the company was fined for pollution

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In January 2016, it had to pay ?1 million for incidents

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in Hertfordshire, and two months later it was fined for pollution

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Judge Sheridan here at Aylesbury Crown Court has warned

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Thames Water it faces a record fine for the pollution, likely to be

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He told the court today that the company's negligence had

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He said he is determined to get a message to shareholders

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that the environment must be protected and treasured.

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Thames Water's new boss says ?30 million has been spent improving

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We have recruited more people, there are more resources,

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and we have fundamentally changed the processes by which we

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Including using some really smart technology to make

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sure that we are aware of what is going on and we are in

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a position take action, or wherever possible pre-emptive

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action, because the last thing we want is a repetition

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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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I'm giving you a rather cloudy forecast for the weekend. This is

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how we ended the day in Plumstead. Cloudy skies for much of the

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weekend. At least it will be milder by night and day, but breezy. The

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wind has been blowing today, quite gusty, and it will continue through

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the night and might bring some rain. It's milder than last night, meaning

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a cloudy start to the day tomorrow. There is a chance we will see a bit

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of brightness developer, perhaps the odd glimmer of sunshine. 15 will be

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the high-temperature tomorrow but there will still be some spots of

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rain. Overall looking dry tomorrow and Sunday, but a weather front is

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creeping in towards the north. A mild start to Sunday but the wind

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picking up again, getting pretty strong and it could bring rain at

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times. It should be largely mild if it is rather breezy. Now for the

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national outlook. it is rather breezy. Now for the

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national outlook. It was quite a wet day across many

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northern and western parts of the UK. This was the view in Lancashire

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not so long ago. For the weekend we are looking to see further rain, all

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coming from the west, so the further east you are, it should be drier. It

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will be quite a windy weekend for all parts. The radar from earlier

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today showing quite a bit of rain across the North and west. The only

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rain across the East has been light and patchy, but heavy bursts further

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west. The satellite sequence shows cloud over the UK at

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