23/03/2017 London News


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Good evening and welcome to BBC London News.

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So after the events of yesterday, it's been a day or reflection.

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As Londoners travelled in to work reading the headlines about another

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terrorist attack in the capital, there was also a sense

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This morning, Tolu Adeoye joined some of the millions

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Londoners, and others from around the world who have come here to

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visit this great city, will get up and go about their day as normal.

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They will leave their hotels, they will

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walk these streets. They will live their lives.

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This morning, as the Prime Minister had said, life carried on.

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There were of course signs of yesterday's attack, but those we

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spoke to on the morning commute were resilient.

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You mustn't let fear govern your life.

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I'm sure everyone today will feel more up to it than ever.

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Journalism students from the University of Sheffield were

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visiting Parliament yesterday as the attack unfolded.

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Today, they carried on with their London visit

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I think it's kind of changed how I feel about terrorism.

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It has not changed that you could be anywhere in the world, it could

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It's not changed me wanting to come to London.

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It's just sad, isn't it? I'm not scared.

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This is a city that's been attacked before.

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Adam remembers the aftermath of 7/7 well.

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The city came together then, and he says the latest attack

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You don't want to become accustomed to that happening

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regularly. But I'm a Londoner.

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I've always been brought up here. So no, it doesn't worry me.

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I can imagine it would worry some people.

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You just get on? Yeah, I do.

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Certain areas were quieter than usual.

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The London Eye, one of a handful of attractions which shut

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But thousands of tourists still enjoyed the landmarks

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that had attracted them to the capital.

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They arrived on holiday from Israel yesterday.

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The only way to fight terrorism of any kind is not to be afraid,

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is not to stay home, is not to be frightened of anything.

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It's to go out and live your life, and give a

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message that nothing will stop London.

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Nothing will stop Britain. Nothing will stop England.

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The terror attack at Westminster was the biggest since

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The Met believe it was the work of one man,

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but are investigating whether he was part

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So how do the police respond to this - and how

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Here's our Home Affairs Correspondent, Nick Beake.

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We were told to expect more police on the streets.

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Others were armed only with the knowledge of London geography.

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So how should this attack change security in our city?

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Bob Broadhurst had the awesome responsibility of keeping

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Do we need to make huge changes? I don't think so.

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I think what yesterday showed is just how easy it is now

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for a terrorist just to jump into an ordinary car

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We don't want to become a police state.

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We don't want, you know, to be locked away from our city.

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We want to be able to move around it.

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Bob, so many of the flags today flying at half-mast,

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but in the days ahead, there will be questions

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about the fact that the police and the security service

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Do you think that criticism will be justified?

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I mean, flags fly at half-mast shows the nation's respect,

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and I think the nation now needs to respect what the police do.

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There will be dozens, probably hundreds of people,

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that the police are looking at, potential suspects, many of them

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The attack here has raised questions over just how well Parliament

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and the rest of London is protected from a terror attack,

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and it's likely to reignite that debate over whether there should be

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was cleared of murder after shooting dead a suspect 12 years ago.

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We live in a society where all police officers

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It might be five years down the road or ten years down the road.

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But if you want people with guns to be able to stop

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an attack of this nature, or simply to stop

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any form of armed criminality, I don't think it's fair to ask

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unarmed police officers to continue to do that for much longer.

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Yesterday's attacker was eventually shot dead by a plainclothes

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close protection officer who carried a gun.

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Keeping London safe is a complicated business,

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and the Metropolitan Police are playing many roles tonight.

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Protectors, investigators, but also mourners.

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Nick Beake, BBC London News, Westminster.

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Social media was used to share photos of the Seanad details of what

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happened. Today it has been used to show London's solidarity.

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Messages on social media have been clear. As have messages of support

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from famous Londoners. If this ACPO -- of terrorism was supposed to

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divide the people of London, I know for a fact that all something like

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this does is bring them closer together as one. Tonight we send our

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heartfelt thoughts to everybody in Britain. And from Adel during her

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concert in New Zealand... It's very strange not being at home. I want to

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do is be at home with my friends and family. Let's dedicate this to my

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hometown. From all around the world,

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shows of solidarity. From the union flag projected

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on to Berlin's Brandenburg Gate tonight, to lights out

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at the Eiffel Tower, Back in the capital,

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messages from Underground staff Announcement boards at Tube stations

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are being used to give uplifting messages to commuters today,

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like this one here at Tower Hill. It's one of the most

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popular on social media, having been liked and shared

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thousands of times. Others include these

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in Tooting Beck and Richmond. The images and slogans used today

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to share thoughts online capture A sentiment shared this morning

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by the Prime Minister. to remember those who lost

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their lives or have been injured. Alice Bhandhukravi is in

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Trafalgar Square for us now. that is right.

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Here in Trafalgar square and there are several little memorial sites

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like this one where people have gathered. Even at this late hour

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there have been small groups of people coming, lighting candles,

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laying flowers, in memory of those who lost their lives. In another

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part of London there was a tribute to PC Keith Palmer in particular,

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the football club that he so loved Tom Charlton Athletic. He was a

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long-standing season-ticket holder. When PC Palmer was not on duty, he

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was a regular here. He had a season ticket for at least the last 12

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years. There was an outpouring of emotion among Charlton Athletic

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fans. The club decided they would like to pay tribute. They have done

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so by leaving a scarf over his seat in the East stand. That scarf will

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stay there until the next Tom match against MK Dons on April before.

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Earlier, I spoke to the club journalist, who summed up the mood.

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People say they recognised him. Obviously the news was horrendous,

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no matter what. It strikes England as a nation. But when you know it is

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one of your own, it makes it closer to home. It's devastating really.

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The club are looking at how to pay tribute to PC Palmer on the night of

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the MK dons match. A statement from his family earlier read that Keith

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would be remembered as a wonderful dad and husband, a loving son,

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brother and uncle. A long-time supporter of Charlton Athletic, a

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friend to everyone who knew him. That certainly comes across here.

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One message I read said, rest in peace, Keith. Thanks for protecting

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horse. Chris slake, Charlton.

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In a moment, the weather. First, we leave you with some images of today

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and London's defiant mood. Good night.

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He was a strong, professional public servant.

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We come together as Londoners tonight. Londoners will never be

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cowed by terrorism. Good evening. A slow start to the

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day-to-day. It did begin to brighten a up as confirmed by one of our

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pictures in King's Cross this afternoon. Tomorrow will be quite

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similar. We start on a cloudy note. It will be a dry start. It will

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brighten not in the afternoon. We should see sunshine. The clouds will

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be developing overnight. It will stay dry pretty much across the

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board. A bit of a breeze. Temperatures dipping down to five or

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6 degrees. It will be chilly in the morning, particularly in the breeze.

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A lot of cloud first thing. We will begin to see much brighter skies

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coming in from the west. Temperatures getting up to even 13

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degrees. With the breeze, it will temper things a little bit. The

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breeze continues to blow for the first part of the weekend. Saturday

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will be a lovely day with plenty of sunshine. 11 or 12 degrees in the

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east of London, 15 degrees in the West. The outlook sees the fine

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weather continue into the second part of the weekend. 1415 degrees.

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Still quite breezy. Here's Thomas with the national picture.

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Good evening. Some good news on the weather front of this evening. The

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weekend is looking sunny for most of the UK. We have got clear skies

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across the country and it promises to be a sunny day tomorrow. We had

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some rain today. It rained quite heavy across parts of the South

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West. These are remnants of weather fronts

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