12/04/2017 London News


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Good evening. I'm Asad Ahmad.

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A new crossing for the Thames has got the go-ahead.

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It'll be a tunnel helping to link the M25 north

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of the River, with the A2 - south of it.

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Hauliers say they're delighted with the government's decision,

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but opponents are calling it a disaster for homeowners

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Our political editor Tim Donovan has been speaking to both sides.

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One of the busiest stretches of road in the country and often no one's

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going anywhere fast which is why the Government felt the decision it

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Many people who use this crossing who live in Kent,

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work in Essex or live in Essex, work in Kent, this will provide

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It will ease the pressure on Dartford in a way that only

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Now they've just got to build it and a new approach road

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This is a landscape east of London which will soon be

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Over there is East Tilbury village and in between, well,

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this is Tilbury marshes and it's over the other side of that

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ridge where those hedges are where the mouth,

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the opening of this tunnel on the north side

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The whole route, well, this is due to start at north Oxendon,

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The whole route, well, this is due to start at north Ockendon,

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where a road comes off the M25, down through Orsett at the junction

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with the A13, then down to here on the north side

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of the Thames, underneath the Thames coming out east of Gravesend

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and then there'll be a link road to join the A2 and the idea will be

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to siphon off a lot of that cross Channel traffic,

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particularly haulage which needs to get to the rest of the country,

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which is why local hauliers here really welcome it because it's

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going to relieve pressure on the existing Dartford crossing.

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It's the only option that will seriously avoid the congestion

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and disruption that we have on a daily basis trying

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But in the village of Orsett, not least in one quiet cul de sac,

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The estate is less than two years old, there is 24 homes here.

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Actually it's here, it's exactly here, so you will find that the road

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is intending to go all the way across here, arc all the way

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He is leading a campaign and he doesn't believe the option

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chosen will relieve the Dartford crossing like officials claim.

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495,000 square metres of green belt land which you can't get back again,

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over 200 residential properties, multiple commercial properties

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and it won't fix the problem that Highways England were tasked to fix

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which is the congestion of the Dartford crossing.

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No final decision's yet been taken on what will be

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demolished and where, claims the Government.

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There'll be more consultation, although here

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While many others behind the wheel this evening may feel another

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The M1 motorway was closed in both directions this

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afternoon and evening, after a fire at a builders

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Trains were also seriously disrupted causing major problems

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The motorway has tonight reopened, but there are still delays.

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There's been a massive rise in gun and knife crime

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in London over the past year, with the Metropolitan Police

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admitting it can't solve the problem by itself.

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So it's asking for the help of Londoners.

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But the force says it's not a reason to panic because overall crime

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is significantly down, to what it was a decade ago.

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You don't need annual crime figures to know that knife crime's

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In Northolt this morning following the fatal stabbing of a teenager in

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west London. And in Mile End too following another deadly knife

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attack in London. Two more signs of a growing problem for the Met.

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That's up 24% with over 12,000 offences last year, or 33 every day.

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Worryingly, knife crime with injury is up 21%, with 44 offences, that's

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12 people injured by a knife every day in London.

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Any of us can pick a knife up and there are too many young people who

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are being injured, seriously injured and in a number of cases killed

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because of what is a fight where people are using knives.

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It concerns me that what we're seeing undoubtedly in those numbers

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is an increased number of young people who are routinely carrying

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a knife around of whatever sort with them.

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The Met has gone on the front foot over a set of figures

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Gun crime has gone up 42% in the last year with some 2,500

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offences across the year, that's seven every day.

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I think that with gun crime discharges rising as they have done

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and that we have taken more guns off the streets, I think

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you can say that one of the reasons is there are more

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We have taken more guns off the street in the last two

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1,400 guns have been taken off the streets of London.

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While crime is rising, detection rates are falling.

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The Met recently criticised for being 700 detectives short.

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Some crimes like burglary have a clear uprate of less than 5%.

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City Hall today called the figures deeply disturbing and called

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for the Met's funding to be protected from further cuts.

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There's no question over the last four years we have taken over

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?600 million out of our budget and we have other savings

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So that is going to have an impact on an organisation's

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The Met, like other forces around the country, is facing

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a squeeze on its budgets, at a time when crime

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In recent years, a number of consultants say there's been

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a sharp increase in the number of women in London choosing

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to have a double mastectomy, as a precaution

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It's attributed - largely, some say -

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to actress Angelina Jolie, who had a much publicised

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double mastectomy herself, to reduce the risk of cancer.

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In this situation these are women who are choosing to have mastectomy

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before they've been diagnosed. Their rigsing may be high, an 80% risk in

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their lifetime, that they seek out and have a mastectomy without having

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had a cancer diagnosis. It's a fact that many of us use

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statistics in order to prove a point one way or the other,

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but here's a genuinely One in five - that's 20%

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of all children in London - And that figure increases

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during the school holidays. So a local project in Brixton

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is leading the way in tackling the problem,

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as Tara Welsh has been finding out. Many mums will know

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that after a game of football their boys

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just want to be fed. They've each got sons playing

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here but they're helping The aim is to make sure children

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from lower income families are kept Here, they get a proper meal,

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it's freshly cooked on the day So, they get that along

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with free football. I think it's really important

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for them to come out of the house It's worked so well

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here that the idea's # Fried chicken, make

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burgers finger licking... And bringing a bit of song

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and sauce to the launch But there's a serious

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reason behind the scheme. It's estimated half a million

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children in London are facing hunger Back in my day we never had that

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kind of problem because it was more of a community spirit and we looked

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after each other. But now I think it's

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about individual lives and that becomes harder,

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especially for parents because it's so individualistic

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the way that we live now. So it's brilliant when we get

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out and come together The programme aims

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to help 7,500 children When you think about it,

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it makes sense that if kids are getting free school meals

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they're not getting free school meals during the holidays,

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that makes sense, so The question is how are families

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able to deal with that gap? Most of the funding is public,

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much of the food donated. But of course it's the football that

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keeps the kids coming back. Didn't really go so well for me

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and my team, but we played And I enjoyed eating food because it

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helps me to get strong. But it makes you wonder why

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in the capital in 2017 It does make you wonder, I wish the

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project the very best. Finally, just to prove you can

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never predict what's going to happen in London,

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there's this video which was It's of two Metropolitan Police

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officers chasing a pig down a road A passing jogger also tries to catch

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the animal which was finally I want to know where is home and

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what was the pig doing in Redbridge? There are some obvious gags. Over to

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you No, I want to be back tomorrow! Moving on quickly. Some sunshine at

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times tomorrow. It should be dry as we head into the Easter weekend.

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There will be a lot of cloud around, it will produce some rain. It's not

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a washout and probably not very much rain at all.

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Generally it's going to be dry overnight. The cloud tends to thin

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and break. We will have clearer skies developing, it will be

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chillier than it was last night. Temperatures about six or seven.

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Tomorrow starts fine, some early sunshine. As we head through the

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morning it will cloud over more from the west. The cloud should break up

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during the afternoon. Essentially some sunshine at timings.

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Temperatures probably peaking around 14.

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The outlook sees cloudy skies on Good Friday and rather damp as well.

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Brighter on Saturday but cloud again on Sunday.

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Brighter on Saturday but cloud again on Sunday. Here is Tomasz.

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Good evening. The weather in the run-up to

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Christmas... Easter! I got ahead of myself there! It isn't looking

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especially great, nor is it looking all that sunny. It will be

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changeable, it's been changeable today. You can see cloud streaming

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out of the north-west of the country. You can see some showers

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getting into north western parts of the UK, but eastern areas will

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remain pretty clear tonight, so here we have some frost on the way first

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