27/03/2017 London News


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The man tasked by the mayor last year to review London's security

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measures has warned the Westminster attack is a wake-up call

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Lord Harris also renewed his call for greater street

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It comes as it emerged that Khalid Masood was driving more

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than 70 miles per hour on Westminster Bridge.

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Our Home Affairs Correspondent, Nick Beake reports.

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The carnage began when Khalid Masood drove onto Westminster bridge.

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BBC London has now learned the police believe he was driving

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at up to 76 mph as he crossed the River Thames, killing three

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people and injuring 50, including a Romanian tourist

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Last autumn, Toby Harris carried out a review of how prepared London

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He said last Wednesday was a wake-up call.

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The reality is that it's all too easy, in any major city,

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for a deranged individual to arm themselves with a knife easily

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purchased, to hire a vehicle, as this individual appears

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The Harris report made more than 100 recommendations

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to better prevent an attack, but even more armed police

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was not one of them and he still stands by that.

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He did, though, call for urgent action in other areas.

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One key recommendation made by Lord Harris

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was for more of these, bollards, to be installed,

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to protect pedestrians, a bit like they've got

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He also said the authorities should consider using more temporary

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They're not ugly, they fit in with the architecture,

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yet they do provide very substantial, additional protection

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for those public buildings and for those people walking up

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That's a demonstration of what can be done,

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it's something that I think we need to look at more widely.

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Behind us we can see the route taken by the attacker...

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As a superintendent in the Met, Bernie Gravett was responsible

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for security in central Westminster, including outside Parliament,

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and is disappointed more bollards and barriers haven't been

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It's been remarkably silent, I suppose, because in

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the recommendations Lord Harris says "urgently review".

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It also says that the Home Office looked at this many years ago,

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Now's the time, perhaps, to rethink that.

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Post-Paris, post-Nice, and the attacks in other parts

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of Europe, I haven't seen much visible change.

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City Hall insists it's delivered a quarter of Lord Harris'

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recommendations, and has been looking at locations where more

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It's widely accepted that you can't put physical barriers

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everywhere across the capital, but the Westminster attack has

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Well, new barriers are being put in place around Windsor Castle

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for enhanced security during Changing the Guard.

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Police say there is no specific threat to the Royal Residence,

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but the measures are proportionate and necessary in crowded areas

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The Mayor arrived in Brussels this afternoon, ahead of a key

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The planned trip was amended to enable him to hold talks

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Our Political Editor Tim Donovan joins us from Brussels

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This is going to be a week-long tour, anticipating and then marking

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the triggering of Article 50 on Wednesday. It was going to take into

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account, to include Warsaw, Madrid, Berlin and there was going to be a

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decidedly promotional tone. London didn't want Brexit, their ever would

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say, but we will be resilient and come through it but there has been,

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since the events in Westminster last week on a change of direction. City

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Hall have had to readjust and the focus today has been very much on

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security. The trip has now been shortened to Brussels today and

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tomorrow and Paris on Wednesday, with the emphasis on

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counterterrorism. The mayor today met the EU commissioner with

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responsibility for security agreements, that this was one of the

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key areas that needed to be resolved during the Brexit negotiation

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process. The key thing for me,

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that I know more now than I did even before the meeting,

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was the fact that we have to make sure those relationships strengthen

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and carry on post us leaving the EU. It's in nobody's interest for us

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to have less good links with our European partners after

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Brexit, in relation to security It is a fact that the better our

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contacts are with our European partners, the closer we work

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together with our European partners, the less chance the terrorists have

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of being successful. At the speech he plans tomorrow

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morning to a think tank has now been slightly adjusted and will have a

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more sombre tone, but there will also be a central message about

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London's economic position and how the deal needs to be good for

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London, because it won't be Frankfurt on Luxembourg or Brussels,

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even, that games if London's financial centre suffers, it will be

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the competition from New York and Singapore. STUDIO: Thank you.

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Well, while the Mayor holds talks in Brussels -

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here, tributes to those who lost their lives

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in Westminster continue to grow, as Victoria Hollins reports.

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In the shadow of Big Ben, on a warm spring day,

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a reminder of the tragedy that took place here just five days ago.

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Amongst those who have come to see the tributes

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were Joshua and Camilla, Americans both studying in London.

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You know, it kind of shows a strength in community,

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that British culture is strong and that no matter what happens,

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people will still come together and show their support.

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I think it's very, very humbling to see all these people coming out

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and supporting one another and the comradery that it ignites.

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But at the same time it's just so overwhelmingly unfortunate

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The messages left on the railings around Parliament reflect

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the range of victims, young and old.

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Thoughts too from fellow police officers and the

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And as the tourists take pictures and the buskers play,

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on Westminster Bridge Londoners too reflect on the aftermath.

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It's scary because it's brought it to home, but it still makes you feel

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safe that actually there's people around that will help you.

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Many visitors today watched what happened

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Life goes on and there's a real resilient attitude here,

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that these things happen, but it's going to be OK.

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London seems a city shaken but largely defined.

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-- defiant. Victoria Hollins, BBC London News.

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The franchise for one of the busiest rail services is to be taken over

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by a joint-venture which includes a Hong-Kong based company.

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It'll oversee a one billion pound investment in South West Trains.

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Our Transport Correspondent, Tom Edwards, assesses

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They are some of their busiest commuter lines in the country,

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serving the Bilic busiest station Waterloo, and other south-west

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franchise will be taken over in a joint venture between first group

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and the Hong Kong Metro operator. Commuters know what they want. If

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there is a delay they are at least tell the passengers. Deliver

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services with more carriages. It's not a bad service, South West Trains

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have done quite well, I think, compared to some other services.

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London's commuter railway has made its way into the private sector. The

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change comes at a crucial time, with Waterloo Station in the middle of a

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redevelopment. The government says the new operator will oversee ?1

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billion investment. There will be 19 new trains and refunds will also be

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given for delays over 15 minutes. More capacity, more reliable

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services, more frequent services and indeed faster services, so an

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upgrade all-round. Is it risky doing it with Waterloo? We've thought

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carefully about how to do that smoothly, we will be talking to both

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sides. The union say the takeover is a scandal. Passenger groups, though,

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are hopeful. It won't be an overnight revolution, it will be

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steady change. I think what want to seize the day-to-day red bit

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reliability getting better. -- day-to-day reliability getting

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better. It also mean the Mayor's ambitions to take over rail services

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are at the moment dead. Passengers will see a new operator in August.

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And I'll leave you with Georgina Burnett for a look at this

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Yes and it will continue in that way. Some lovely sunsets. Thank you

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to all of you for posting your pictures. So, the weather for the

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week ahead. It's certainly looking warm and we may see the warmest day

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of the year so far on Thursday. A lot of dry weather around until we

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get to Friday and Saturday, when we see a bit more wet weather. Through

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tonight, lots of blue sky today, a bit more in the way of cloud tonight

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but still some clear spells. In more rural spots temperatures down to 4-5

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but in central London looking at lows 7-8. Perhaps a little mist and

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fog towards North London. That should clear fairly early on

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tomorrow morning. A lot of sunshine first thing. By the afternoon a bit

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more in the way of cloud and maybe a few showers sneaking through. I

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think for most of us it should be a dry day. Temperatures getting up to

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16 or possibly 17 Celsius. On Wednesday a bit more in the way of

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cloud but bright and even sunny spells poking through. It should

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stay dry. Thursday largely dry dates but the sunshine likely to be a bit

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more hazy on Thursday. That is the day we are expecting those

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temperatures to really sore. We might see 21 Celsius on Thursday.

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For the weekend, looking a bit showery on Saturday, dry and

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brighter on Sunday and if we showery on Saturday, dry and

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brighter on Sunday and if we go back to the temperatures in the next

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couple days, you see those highs on Thursday. He is John Hammond with

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the national this cyclone Debbie crashes onto the

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Queensland coast with violent winds and flooding rains, that will head

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southwards in the next few days in the direction of Brisbane. We will

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keep an eye on Debbie. Meanwhile back home, much more tranquil. This

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beautiful sunset taken from Stevenage and Hertfordshire earlier

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this evening. Clear skies for some though not for all of us. Quite a

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lot of low cloud across eastern areas drifting a little farther west

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as we go through the night. Areas of fog around, so watch out for those.

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Where the skies remain clear, it will be cold. It already is, and in

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some areas temperatures could dip as

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