20/03/2017 London News


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Good evening, welcome to the programme.

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Neighbourhood policing is set to return to London.

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The Mayor's promised a three-person team for every

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But that's smaller than the teams more than a decade ago.

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And, as our political correspondent Karl Mercer reports,

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Sadiq Khan's plan also comes with a warning.

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He has said that keeping Londoners safe is his key priority.

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Today, the Mayor laid out the policing plan

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We have got to help the police do their job and that is why

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we are announcing a police and crime plan today.

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Speaking at a South London school this morning he promised a return

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But it's a plan that comes with a warning

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I have kept the strategic target of the 2000 officers

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but the realities of the police, if the government makes any further

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cuts to the police service as a consequence of the funding

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formula being changed, keeping police numbers

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where they are is going to be a real, real stretch.

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We have of course heard the neighbourhood policing mantra

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before, under a different Prime Minister, a different Mayor,

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The prize is a fantastic one and an inspiring one,

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which is that the law-abiding majority in the community take back

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control of that community and so people feel whatever

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background they come from, whatever place they have,

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that they both show respect to other people and get

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respect back and that is, in the end,

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Fast forward a year, a new commissioner,

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And this concept of safer neighbourhoods that we've got

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here is very much the pattern of policing in London

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The broad pattern of change and the rise in confidence in local

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Back then, this was how London's neighbourhood police teams looked,

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each with a dedicated Sergeant, two PCs and three PCSOs.

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That number was later cut and today's promise from the Mayor

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Each ward promised two PCs and one PCSO.

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A reflection of tougher times, perhaps.

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Do you think you can continue to police London effectively given

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What sum of money we get given is a matter for politicians,

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What we do is we point out the challenges of

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policing a great city like this

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A there will be plenty of those challenges ahead

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While the Prime Minister was announcing the date

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when the formal process of leaving the EU would be triggered,

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a group of delegates from Paris were here in the capital.

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To lure companies in the Financial Technology sector -

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known as Fintech - back to the European Union.

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Let's cross to Marc Ashdown who's got more on this.

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This could best be described as a charm offensive by the Paris

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business sector, this is the second time in six weeks the top delegates

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have visited London to try to whirl Fintech firms. It is the fastest

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growing sector in the UK economy, contributing ?2.2 billion in 2015

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and those figures haven't escaped key business minds across the

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Channel. They will try to point out the potentially difficult trading

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conditions post-Brexit, no access to the single market, so suddenly Paris

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starts to look quite attractive. It is not that simple, London has a

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fine tradition of nurturing, cultivating Fintech talent, that

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won't suddenly be forgotten, and it depends on the Brexit negotiations,

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the idea of our sporting for example has been spoken about. Could these

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firms keep UK roots here in London? And of course there are big European

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cities did fancy a slice of this juicy pie, Madrid, Luxembourg and

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Frankfurt. Expect more of these schmooze a visit in the months ahead

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and they will no doubt ruffle some feathers in what has become a

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successful and thriving sector. Figures obtained by BBC London

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reveal there were more than 450 That's almost double

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the number the year before. And what's more, the majority

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of victims are male. Charlotte Franks has

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been investigating. I thought I was going to go

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blind first of all. It was just burning,

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that was all I could feel. Last year, he was a victim

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of an acid attack by a gang The shopkeeper threw

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water on my face straight This type of crime was once

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considered by police as a relatively rare but over the last six years

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there has been an upward trend. Figures obtained by BBC

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London have revealed acid attacks are now

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at their highest levels since 2011

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with 452 victims in London last year alone, almost 100% more

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than the year before and almost Here in Newham there

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were more attacks that More than 150 people were targeted

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last year. Some blame it on the fact

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that acid is cheap and I was able to buy a bottle

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with no questions asked. It is because of this that acidic

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substances are being used by some It is more humiliating than a knife

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wound, you could get stabbed and that knife wound

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can be concealed under in a place that's not visible

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whereas an acid attack is Furthermore, there

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are huge concerns that secondary schoolchildren

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are getting their hands on it. We are urging parents to make sure

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that they do know what Figures show that acid is well used

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during assaults and rapes. The commonly held belief

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is that the majority of the victims are women but surprisingly in London

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they are mostly men. Something like that,

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I think it is worse than a Emergency services say that over

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nine hundred vehicles will breach the ultra low emission zone

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when it's introduced in 2019 and it could cost them thousands

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of pounds in charges. Some politicians are

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calling for all emergency Here's our Transport

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Correspondent Tom Edwards. In two years' time, more polluting

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vehicles will have to pay ?12.50 But that could also include over 900

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emergency vehicles and now there are calls for them

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to be exempt. You are talking about free

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services that literally The Mayor should not be charging

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them to carry out that process. We feel that all three of those

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services should be exempt. We're not saying they shouldn't

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be brought into line with the better emission standards,

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but it should be over All of them have plans

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to renew their vehicle fleet and they should be allowed to do

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that without the extra burden According to a freedom

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of information request by the Assembly Tories,

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the emergency services are concerned about how much the ultralow

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emission zone will cost. It's claimed the Met will have

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to replace 82% of its fleet. The London Fire Service will have 52

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noncompliant vehicles and the London Ambulance Service,

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86 vehicles would have to pay. There are children in parts

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of London whose lungs The Tories have done

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nothing for the last eight years and they should

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rightfully be ashamed. I consulted widely on my

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new ultralow emissions zone and you know what,

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the police, the Fire Service, and ambulance service,

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they don't object. They welcomed me addressing

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the issue around air quality and what they are going to do

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is make sure that their ULES compliant vehicles are

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used in the ULES area. Tackling pollution is

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a priority for the Mayor. How it should be done and who should

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pay, not everyone agrees. And as bird's eye views

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of the capital go, this one is pretty hard to beat

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because it was taken An astronaut took it

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from the International Space Station and it's been a big hit

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on social media. That's it from me so I'll wish

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you a very goodnight and I'll leave you with Wendy for a check

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on the weather. The weather for the week ahead will

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be turning colder I'm afraid, that process starting at the moment. It

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will also be breezy and there will be rain at times too. This is the

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cloud that brought the rain today, quite a defined edge on the back of

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it, marking the difference between the warm and cold air. Today we got

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to 14 degrees, but the colder air oddly enough is coming in from the

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south-west but the origins of this air are from the Canadian Arctic so

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it is cold. It gave beautiful skies this evening and they continue to

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clear as we go through the night. It will be breezy so it will take a

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sheltered spot to get a touch of frost but it's not out of the

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question because temperatures will be almost if not at freezing and I

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think you will feel that first thing tomorrow morning. There is some

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strength in the sunshine, we could catch a shower in the afternoon and

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it will be feeling cooler today especially in the breeze. Midweek

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onwards not looking very nice with heavy rain on and off through

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Wednesday. It is still lingering around on Thursday and Friday as

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well and this breeze will be making it feel a good deal chillier than

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those double figures suggest. Good news for the high pressure system

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building in for the weekend, things are looking much better so the

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outlook for Saturday and Sunday is for something

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outlook for Saturday and Sunday is for something dry and settled, sunny

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spells but a bit on the cool side. This week we are starting off with a

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taste of winter. This is Paul and maritime air, it has come from a

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long way north and will push in lots of showers. The last of any mild air

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gets swept away with the cloud. Tonight we have showers mostly

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across the northern half of the UK, which will turn wintry and that

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means more snow, particularly across Scotland and Northern Ireland,

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perhaps northern England. With those temperatures it is not just snow

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that is a concern, it is icy roads. Quite a few wintry showers still

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packing in across the north and west of Northern Ireland, west of

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Scotland by this stage. Eastern Scotland much more sheltered so it

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should be drier and we may have early sunshine here as well. For

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England and Wales,

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