04/04/2017 London News


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Eight further people, including a 15 year-old boy,

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have appeared in court in connection with an alleged attack on a teenage

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The 17-year-old Kurdish-Iranian boy is still in intensive care.

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As Ayshea Buksh reports, the incident has left

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He came to the UK in search of a better life, but is now

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in hospital recovering from an alleged violent

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17-year-old Reker Ahmed is an asylum seeker who fled

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He travelled across Europe and arrived on his own in Croydon

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He made friends with Dilshad Mohammed, a fellow Kurd from Iraq.

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He was with him at the time of the alleged attack on Friday.

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TRANSLATION: We was all wishing to come here,

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freedom, college, get visa, working...

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But now, after what happened to us, we are not happy

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Many asylum seekers have passed through Croydon.

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Lunar House is the Home Office centre for processing asylum claims.

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Earlier this year, the local Citizens UK group organised

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a welcome for unaccompanied children arriving from Europe,

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after the so-called Calais jungle was disbanded.

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We had children, refugee children from Europe coming to Lunar House

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here and just behind me almost every day there were sort of 200 people

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out here from local schools, from local churches,

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local mosques, just ordinary people from the local community,

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out here to say that refugees are welcome.

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So I think that is the true spirit of Croydon, that people

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On the night of the alleged attack, Reker and Dilshad were on their way

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to hang out with fellow Kurds in west Croydon.

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Other young Kurdish men I spoke to off-camera told me they have had

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some problems with locals before, but never anything this extreme.

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Dilshad says he's still shaken up by what happened and wants to go

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TRANSLATION: When we was kids, we were hoping

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Reker Ahmed is still in hospital with a fractured spine and eye

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Fundraising websites have been set up to help in his recovery.

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Tonight, a football ground fell silent to honour the police

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officer who was killed in the Westminster attack.

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PC Keith Palmer was a life-long fan of Charlton Athletic,

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and this evening the club and fans paid tribute to him.

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Tonight they came to pay their respects, and to say a proper

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One of the reasons I'm down here tonight, you know,

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to show my respects, and obviously get behind

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the team, but do my bit, tip my hat so to speak.

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A scarf was left on the seat from where he watched the last

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home game against Bradford on March 14th, and so many

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Today the scarf was removed and the seat was replaced by a white

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one, embossed with PC Keith Palmer's warrant number.

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That will stay in place until the end of the season,

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at which point a permanent memorial stone will be built

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Before kick off, PC Palmer's stepbrother led the teams out.

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The players were then joined by 22 of his former police colleagues,

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as the entire stadium fell silent in his memory.

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These players tonight have played in front of Keith this season.

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They are also husbands and fathers themselves, and when they heard

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about it, they were moved, because they wanted to send

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a message and give something towards a grieving family.

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In this corner of south-east London, and indeed throughout the capital,

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and the country, PC Keith Palmer will never be forgotten.

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Charleton SC paying tribute to PC Keith Palmer. -- Charlton paying

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tribute. Drivers could be hit by a new daily

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charge under the Mayor's plan He's previously announced plans to

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create an ultra-low emissions zone. Today, we learned when its coming

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in and how much motorists will pay. You can't see it,

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but the air in London, A stark warning from the mayor

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to these schoolchildren He compared today's air

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to the great smog in 1952, which led to the government passing

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the Clean Air Act. If you opened your front door,

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you would step out and you couldn't see in front of you,

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so it was incredibly visible. This was a smog that lasted not one

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day, not two days, but four days, But the really, I suppose

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the critical element was that The mayor has put cleaning up

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London's air at the heart of his mayoralty and today he set

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out a timetable for his plan. On top of the current

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congestion charge of ?11.50, from October this year a further

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T-Charge of ?10 will hit those But from April 2019 that will become

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the ULEZ, and that charge And by 2021, that's to be extended

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out as far as the North and South circulars for the most polluting

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cars, and it will be charged across the whole of Greater London

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for lorries and buses, Nowhere else in the

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world has done this. What we're doing is the ultralow

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emissions zone for central London by 2019, subject to consultation,

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that's the quickest we can go. We're going to go London wide

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for lorries, coaches and buses by 2020, subject to consultation,

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and the earliest we can do up to the South circular

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and North circular is 2021. We've got to give people a chance

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to move away from diesel. That's an adjustment

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that will be difficult for some business owners,

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like Jeremy, who runs this It's going to make a huge

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impact to the business, because it means virtually changing

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the entire fleet. The five we've changed her body cost

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just under ?750,000 and to upgrade the rest of the fleet will cost

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about ?2 million. Not the sort of money you keep

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in your back pocket. But for green campaigners it falls

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short of what the Mayor I was absolutely

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expecting much more. We were hoping that heavy

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goods vehicles, lorries, buses and coaches would all have

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to be ULEZ compliant by 2019. That's been pushed back to 2020,

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and that means more people being exposed to more dirty

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air for longer. The mayor hopes that introducing

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the ULEZ will lead to a 50% cut There will now be a public

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consultation on the plans. So as we've heard former

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Mayor Ken Livingstone has been suspended from the Labour Party

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following a disciplinary hearing It's not the first time

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the outspoken politician has fallen It was 31 years ago that

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Ken Livingstone waved goodbye He'd been its leader for five years,

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building a reputation on keeping fares down and courting controversy

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with some of the company he kept But he wasn't out of power

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for long, becoming MP Never far from the headlines,

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London's former lead politician decided he'd have a tilt at the top

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job again, when Tony Blair's government decided

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that capital needed a mayor. Folk hero to some, dangerous

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extremist to others, Ken Livingstone's always been

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a colourful character. Only Tony Blair didn't

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want Ken Livingstone. I think that would be disastrous

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for the Labour Party, Frank Dobson was selected

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as Labour's candidate, You can say now, are you going

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to support me or are you going Ken Livingstone leaving

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the Labour Party, to I have been forced to choose

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between the party I love and who I've given 31

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years of my life to, and upholding the democratic

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rights of Londoners. He won easily, back

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running London once more. As I was saying before I was so

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rudely interrupted 14 years ago... And before long, the Labour

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Party let him back in. It looks very much as if red Ken

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is having the last laugh. He went on to win the mayoral race

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as Labour's candidate the following year, but in 2005

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became involved in a high profile anti-Semitism row,

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after these comments to a newspaper reporter one

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night outside City Hall. It led him to being temporarily

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suspended from office a year later, and at the next election he lost

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to Boris Johnson. Ken Livingstone was proudly rolled

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out as one of Sadiq Khan's early backers when he decided to run

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for mayor, but after the outburst that got him into trouble,

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Labour's candidate for City Hall I'm disgusted and appalled

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by what Ken has been saying. Of course there has to be

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due process, but he's Tonight Ken Livingstone's been

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suspended from the party for two years, one of

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which he's already served. But let's get a check

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on the weather with Wendy. Thank you, Mrs T in Brentford

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spotted a fleeting glimpse of blue sky today. I think we will see a few

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more sunny spells through this week and in those it will feel quite

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warm, but not tonight. We are going to have clear skies. Almost clear

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completely out there at a moment and the temperature will fall back, 6-7,

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a little bit lower for some. There could be a touch of frost in

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sheltered spots. A sunny start tomorrow and a common theme in the

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next few days, rather more cloudy afternoon. Average temperatures up

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to about 14 degrees. This Thursday we'll be chasing some cloud around,

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some sunny from time to time and it will take one of those to get

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temperatures up to about 15 degrees. Light winds and dry again. On the

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outlook, more of the same for Friday and into the weekend it warms up a

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bit from the south, so we could

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