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Good evening. I'm Asad Ahmad.
A new crossing for the Thames has got the go-ahead.
It'll be a tunnel helping to link the M25 north
of the River, with the A2 - south of it.
Hauliers say they're delighted with the government's decision,
but opponents are calling it a disaster for homeowners
Our political editor Tim Donovan has been speaking to both sides.
One of the busiest stretches of road in the country and often no one's
going anywhere fast which is why the Government felt the decision it
Many people who use this crossing who live in Kent,
work in Essex or live in Essex, work in Kent, this will provide
It will ease the pressure on Dartford in a way that only
Now they've just got to build it and a new approach road
This is a landscape east of London which will soon be
Over there is East Tilbury village and in between, well,
this is Tilbury marshes and it's over the other side of that
ridge where those hedges are where the mouth,
the opening of this tunnel on the north side
The whole route, well, this is due to start at north Oxendon,
The whole route, well, this is due to start at north Ockendon,
where a road comes off the M25, down through Orsett at the junction
with the A13, then down to here on the north side
of the Thames, underneath the Thames coming out east of Gravesend
and then there'll be a link road to join the A2 and the idea will be
to siphon off a lot of that cross Channel traffic,
particularly haulage which needs to get to the rest of the country,
which is why local hauliers here really welcome it because it's
going to relieve pressure on the existing Dartford crossing.
It's the only option that will seriously avoid the congestion
and disruption that we have on a daily basis trying
But in the village of Orsett, not least in one quiet cul de sac,
The estate is less than two years old, there is 24 homes here.
Actually it's here, it's exactly here, so you will find that the road
is intending to go all the way across here, arc all the way
He is leading a campaign and he doesn't believe the option
chosen will relieve the Dartford crossing like officials claim.
495,000 square metres of green belt land which you can't get back again,
over 200 residential properties, multiple commercial properties
and it won't fix the problem that Highways England were tasked to fix
which is the congestion of the Dartford crossing.
No final decision's yet been taken on what will be
demolished and where, claims the Government.
There'll be more consultation, although here
While many others behind the wheel this evening may feel another
The M1 motorway was closed in both directions this
afternoon and evening, after a fire at a builders
Trains were also seriously disrupted causing major problems
The motorway has tonight reopened, but there are still delays.
There's been a massive rise in gun and knife crime
in London over the past year, with the Metropolitan Police
admitting it can't solve the problem by itself.
So it's asking for the help of Londoners.
But the force says it's not a reason to panic because overall crime
is significantly down, to what it was a decade ago.
You don't need annual crime figures to know that knife crime's
In Northolt this morning following the fatal stabbing of a teenager in
west London. And in Mile End too following another deadly knife
attack in London. Two more signs of a growing problem for the Met.
That's up 24% with over 12,000 offences last year, or 33 every day.
Worryingly, knife crime with injury is up 21%, with 44 offences, that's
12 people injured by a knife every day in London.
Any of us can pick a knife up and there are too many young people who
are being injured, seriously injured and in a number of cases killed
because of what is a fight where people are using knives.
It concerns me that what we're seeing undoubtedly in those numbers
is an increased number of young people who are routinely carrying
a knife around of whatever sort with them.
The Met has gone on the front foot over a set of figures
Gun crime has gone up 42% in the last year with some 2,500
offences across the year, that's seven every day.
I think that with gun crime discharges rising as they have done
and that we have taken more guns off the streets, I think
you can say that one of the reasons is there are more
We have taken more guns off the street in the last two
1,400 guns have been taken off the streets of London.
While crime is rising, detection rates are falling.
The Met recently criticised for being 700 detectives short.
Some crimes like burglary have a clear uprate of less than 5%.
City Hall today called the figures deeply disturbing and called
for the Met's funding to be protected from further cuts.
There's no question over the last four years we have taken over
?600 million out of our budget and we have other savings
So that is going to have an impact on an organisation's
The Met, like other forces around the country, is facing
a squeeze on its budgets, at a time when crime
In recent years, a number of consultants say there's been
a sharp increase in the number of women in London choosing
to have a double mastectomy, as a precaution
It's attributed - largely, some say -
to actress Angelina Jolie, who had a much publicised
double mastectomy herself, to reduce the risk of cancer.
In this situation these are women who are choosing to have mastectomy
before they've been diagnosed. Their rigsing may be high, an 80% risk in
their lifetime, that they seek out and have a mastectomy without having
had a cancer diagnosis. It's a fact that many of us use
statistics in order to prove a point one way or the other,
but here's a genuinely One in five - that's 20%
of all children in London - And that figure increases
during the school holidays. So a local project in Brixton
is leading the way in tackling the problem,
as Tara Welsh has been finding out. Many mums will know
that after a game of football their boys
just want to be fed. They've each got sons playing
here but they're helping The aim is to make sure children
from lower income families are kept Here, they get a proper meal,
it's freshly cooked on the day So, they get that along
with free football. I think it's really important
for them to come out of the house It's worked so well
here that the idea's # Fried chicken, make
burgers finger licking... And bringing a bit of song
and sauce to the launch But there's a serious
reason behind the scheme. It's estimated half a million
children in London are facing hunger Back in my day we never had that
kind of problem because it was more of a community spirit and we looked
after each other. But now I think it's
about individual lives and that becomes harder,
especially for parents because it's so individualistic
the way that we live now. So it's brilliant when we get
out and come together The programme aims
to help 7,500 children When you think about it,
it makes sense that if kids are getting free school meals
they're not getting free school meals during the holidays,
that makes sense, so The question is how are families
able to deal with that gap? Most of the funding is public,
much of the food donated. But of course it's the football that
keeps the kids coming back. Didn't really go so well for me
and my team, but we played And I enjoyed eating food because it
helps me to get strong. But it makes you wonder why
in the capital in 2017 It does make you wonder, I wish the
project the very best. Finally, just to prove you can
never predict what's going to happen in London,
there's this video which was It's of two Metropolitan Police
officers chasing a pig down a road A passing jogger also tries to catch
the animal which was finally I want to know where is home and
what was the pig doing in Redbridge? There are some obvious gags. Over to
you No, I want to be back tomorrow! Moving on quickly. Some sunshine at
times tomorrow. It should be dry as we head into the Easter weekend.
There will be a lot of cloud around, it will produce some rain. It's not
a washout and probably not very much rain at all.
Generally it's going to be dry overnight. The cloud tends to thin
and break. We will have clearer skies developing, it will be
chillier than it was last night. Temperatures about six or seven.
Tomorrow starts fine, some early sunshine. As we head through the
morning it will cloud over more from the west. The cloud should break up
during the afternoon. Essentially some sunshine at timings.
Temperatures probably peaking around 14.
The outlook sees cloudy skies on Good Friday and rather damp as well.
Brighter on Saturday but cloud again on Sunday.
Brighter on Saturday but cloud again on Sunday. Here is Tomasz.
Good evening. The weather in the run-up to
Christmas... Easter! I got ahead of myself there! It isn't looking
especially great, nor is it looking all that sunny. It will be
changeable, it's been changeable today. You can see cloud streaming
out of the north-west of the country. You can see some showers
getting into north western parts of the UK, but eastern areas will
remain pretty clear tonight, so here we have some frost on the way first