04/05/2017 London News


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Serbs who say the genocide never happened. Join me now on BBC Two.

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Good evening and welcome to BBC London News,

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First tonight - are eye-catching incentives a sign that London's

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property market is running out of steam?

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At some developments, potential buyers are now

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being lured with luxury gifts, cars and some could even

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As Gareth Furby's been finding out, the recent trends in property prices

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suggest there's a difference between what's happening in outer

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The finishing touches for a new development in Muswell Hill.

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The developer is showing one off today with an asking

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Over here you can see it flows really nicely

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through into the dining and the entertaining area.

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But now there's another incentive for buyers.

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Not only is the stamp duty of ?150,000 being paid,

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And for house-buyers what's on the screen.

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The incentive is a free electric car for everyone who buys

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The car is a Renault Zoe, worth ?18,000.

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Any saving in the market is a saving, whether it be stamp duty,

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a free iPad or electric car, right now we're finding excuses not

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Does this offer tell us anything about the state

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Are things starting to get a little stagnant?

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In the mid-1990s, house prices in London slumped.

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Some latest figures suggest the market is hitting a few bumps.

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In inner London, prices are down year on year 4.2%.

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We have seen a slowdown, much more in inner London.

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Inner London has seen more house price growth and is more exposed

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to higher stamp duty introduced in 2014 and additional tax

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Back in Muswell Hill Anne Henderson and her family are viewing

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a two-bedroomed flat, asking price ?700,000.

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Will the offer of a free iPad really sway her decision?

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Is it the thing that makes the difference

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There is also the paid stamp duty worth ?25,000.

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For this family it is still not a snap decision.

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They will think about it overnight but may yet be back in time

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Train operator Greater Anglia has rejected claims from a trade union

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that it's planning to close more than 50 ticket offices.

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The RMT says it's seen proposals that will see offices,

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run by nearly 400 staff, replaced with ticket machines.

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Ayshea Buksh is here to tell us more.

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What's going on? The Greater Anglia network covers Essex, Hertfordshire,

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lies such as the one out to Romford and Southend and Hartford and

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Stansted Airport. The RMT say they've been told by the operator

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that potentially 74 ticket offices could close, with only seven

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remaining. That's because more passengers are using online

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ticketing, or ticket machines. This has caused concern amongst

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passengers who use the lines. Occasionally I use

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the ticket office. Not everybody uses

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online and things. Yeah, it's just cutbacks again

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I suppose, isn't it? For a start there's

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going to be unemployment. People have jobs -

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they're causing unemployment. What's the train company saying? The

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operator has said there will be no job losses. They say they are

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consulting on seven what they say are little used stations around the

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network but the unions say we've been here before with the train

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operators and they are sceptical. Disabled passengers won't be

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able to access stations. Stations will be unstaffed,

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except at peak times. Obviously there's going to be no

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guard on the train either That's the fears for

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the passenger side. Obviously for the staff side,

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we fear over 300 jobs I asked the union leader if these

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plans go ahead, would they ballot for strike action and he said, yes,

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most definitely. It will be interesting to see what happens.

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Thank you for the update. Schools are used to giving lessons

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about bullying and stranger danger. But should pupils now receive

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advice on how to respond A senior Metropolitan Police

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officer thinks so. Speaking at a World Counter Terror

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Conference here in London, she said children need to be taught

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to 'Run, Hide and Tell'. If you hear gunshots,

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the best option is to evacuate. This video, around for a couple

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of years now, has been seen by thousands of businesses

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across the UK. Part of the police and Government

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efforts to prepare people Insist others come with you,

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but don't let their Its message is clear,

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advice on what should happen if terrorists come

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into your building. Now a senior Met officer has

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said this message should Similar to the way warnings

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about strangers or crossing The Deputy Assistant

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Commissioner said this. At least 84 people have been killed

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and dozens more injured in a terrorist attack in the French

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city of Nice. It has happened before following

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last year's attacks in Nice. The French government ordered

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schools there should carry out three drills every year,

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including one in which an attacker Even youngsters between two and six

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have to be taught how Definitely I believe it's too early

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in a primary school. If parents and other

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guardians, teachers, The last attack that happened

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was shocking and I was thinking how the kids must have felt,

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being kept in a building I do think it's important

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to have procedures in place And be more vigilant

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for the very young. We need to train them very young

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and let them know what's happening. Some schools have done

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similar exercises. "It's going to be a sad

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time for athletics." That's what Dartford sprinter

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Adam Gemili has said about the retirement of the fastest

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man on the planet, Usian Bolt. The 23-year-old says it's up

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to his generation to fill the void left by the Olympic champion,

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who retires this summer. COMMENTATOR: Usain Bolt,

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running away from everybody. Among those trailing in the wake

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of the great Usain Bolt at last summer's 200 metres Olympic final,

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Adam Gemili. He finished fourth,

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three-thousandths of a second behind My heart goes out to this

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young man, Adam Gemili. Nine months on, he looks back

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with disappointment rather than pride at having come so close

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to a place on the podium. Yeah, I was close

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but not close enough. And that's why you realise how much

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those Olympic medals mean. Because they are the best guys,

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performing at the right time, It was over so quickly -

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20 seconds and it was done. Disappointing for me,

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I put so much hard work into it The next task for the lad

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from Dartford is to try to make sure he qualifies

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for the World Championships An amazing experience,

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some really fast athletes there. Usain Bolt's last championship,

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one not to miss. If I get to compete there,

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it's going to be brilliant. Bolt's retirement is a subject

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of a documentary to be screened One of the biggest and hardest

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things for me to do. I go into a stadium

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for a competition, feel the energy and you feel that you just

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want to go out there and run. Athletics doesn't look to be

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in the healthiest place, probably not the best time

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for Usain Bolt to be retiring. How do you think the sport will cope

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with the loss of a global icon? He's such a big character

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and he's taken athletics I feel lucky to be in his era,

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able to compete and get It will be a sad time for athletics,

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but hopefully there are plenty And it is our responsibility to do

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that - we will do our best. It may be a while until

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athletics finds another But his passion and enthusiasm

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for the sport will certainly Let's find out what the weather's up

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to, with Matt Taylor. I have some good news for you,

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there's some glimpses of sunshine over the next few days. There have

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been desperately great scenes, like this one, captured earlier today.

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Richie Gray out there. We've had an absence of sunshine. There will be

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more coming our way. Cloudy skies overhead tonight, a few spots of

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light rain and drizzle, mainly towards parts of Kent, East Sussex

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and parts of Essex. Most others will be dry. The cloud and the breeze

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will keep temperatures up. Quite cool for the key route tomorrow,

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starting with grey skies. By and large a dry day a better chance of

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the cloud breaking at times. A bit of sunshine here and there. That

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will add to a slightly warmer feel and it will be tempered by the

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strength of the wind, particularly across parts of Essex and Kent. Into

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the start of the weekend, low pressure starts to get close by. It

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looks like the rain will stay in the Channel Islands, parts of Devon and

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Cornwall. We will get away with a dry weekend and with the breeze

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going more easterly on Saturday, a greater chance of a few more cloud

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breaks. I'm optimistic there will be more sunshine around. By this stage,

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temperature starting to creep up to around 17 Celsius. Still fairly

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breezy, but the breeze does is down this weekend. Let's look at the

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outlook. It stays dry right into the weekend and there will be more

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sunshine around on Sunday. The winds is much lighter summit will at last

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feel warmer. Good evening. It was a lovely day

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across large swathes of sunshine and it will be a lovely sunset, here in

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North Yorkshire and on the other side of the Pennines, equally

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pleasant for the

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