17/04/2017 London News


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Good evening and welcome to BBC London News.

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There's growing pressure for older drivers to have to take a test

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to make sure they're fit to stay on the roads.

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More than 250,000 people have signed a petition

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The campaign was started by a man from south London

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whose wife was killed by an elderly driver in Hampstead.

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Frank has been driving for most of his life.

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Know where you are relative to as much traffic as you possibly can.

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But despite 56 years of experience behind the wheel,

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he feels he benefits from an appraisal from time to time.

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None of us gets sharper as we age, and I can see I'm not as sharp

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There's no legal age to stop driving in the UK,

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but under the current DVLA system, drivers have to renew

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their licence every three years from the age of 70.

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For most drivers, this isn't a problem,

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but not disclosing a medical issue can have devastating consequences.

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while walking with their two-year-old son Jackson.

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When the pressure was on, when the driver had to choose

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between an accelerator and a brake, he wasn't able to make that

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He was driving in an automatic vehicle.

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Ben's campaigning for drivers to be retested every three years

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Last year, leading road-safety experts delivered a report setting

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out a national strategy for safe driving into old age.

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It made a number of recommendations, including increasing the age

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of licence renewal to 75 if proof of an eye test is made compulsory.

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Older drivers, at the age of 70, you're no more likely to be

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But, obviously, as we do get older and start to suffer from frailty,

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eyesight and hearing, then yes, problems can

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arise if we don't address them at an early stage.

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Meanwhile, Ben is hoping his campaign will highlight the issue

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Meanwhile, Ben is hoping his campaign will highlight the issue

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say they fear their loved ones could lose their independence

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because two day-care centres in Southwark are set to close.

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The council, which owns the buildings in Peckham,

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has been allowing a charity to use them rent-free for many years

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but says it can no longer afford to do so.

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One woman whose son uses the services

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says they'd be left with nowhere to turn.

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because I would literally be his 24-hour, round-the-clock carer.

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It's not only his independence, but it's ours as well.

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Next, the story of the north London plumber

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Ian Puddick from Enfield was renovating an old bakery

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when he discovered it once used to make and sell illegal gin.

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Inspired, he got his hands on the original recipe.

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As a plumber, Ian Puddick is no stranger to tinkering with pipes,

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but when he bought a converted Victorian bakery as his new office,

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he never imagined he'd be swapping ballcocks for botanicals,

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thanks to a discovery about the building's past.

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We learned that the bakers, back in the day, made

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and sold illegal gin, so I tracked down

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the family descendants, got the original recipe.

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When I say that, they never gave me the exact recipe -

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that's certainly been lost in time, didn't have the configurations

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of the ingredients, but we knew the ingredients,

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so from that, bought a little still, played around with it

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just for a bit of fun, and now I make gin.

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His simple recipe gin is now sold in Fortnum's and Harrods,

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as well as his local farmers' market.

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That doesn't mean he isn't happy to serve customers

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Can you do us two bottles of gin, please?

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London has seen an explosion of small-batch artisan

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and gin lovers can't get enough of it.

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You get all sorts of people that are making gins -

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from small husband-and-wife teams who, you know, have decided

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it's something they want to explore and enjoy,

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and most small-batch gins will have a story.

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So these are people who are passionate about what they do.

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But how plausible is the story of illicit gin being sold out

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of a Palmers Green bakery in the late 1800s?

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The perfect cover, if you're going to be distilling,

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and distilling your own alcohol from a malted mash,

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there's going to be a lot of smells of boiling, fermenting wheat,

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and there's probably going to be a lot of steam around.

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Now, a bakery, lots of wheat around, you've got your ovens running

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I think it's a highly plausible story.

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Meanwhile, Ian is hoping one day soon he can give up the day job

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fixing dirty pipes and fix dirty martinis instead.

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Chelsea Football Club have announced that their captain, John Terry,

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is to leave when his contract expires at the end of the season.

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The 36-year-old has made more than 700 first-team appearances

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In a statement, he thanked fans and the club

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and said he'll decide on his future in due course.

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Let's take a quick look at tomorrow's weather.

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but it will be a fine and sunny day across London,

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feeling warm in the sunshine, with a top temperature of 14 Celsius.

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We'll be back tomorrow morning with updates during BBC Breakfast.

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A fresh morning on the way tomorrow, even some frost around, not

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necessarily two in city centres, but in rural air is quite sharp,

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especially across Scotland, and temperatures in some rural spots

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