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Here, on BBC One, it's time for the news where you are.

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A former head of the Metropolitan Police has today told the BBC

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about his "disappointment" at the decision to release

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without charge a key suspect who may have been connected with the death

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of PC Yvonne Fletcher over 30 years ago.

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She was shot during a protest outside the Libyan Embassy,

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in Knightsbridge, yet nobody's ever been convicted for the killing

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Here's our home affairs correspondent, Nick Beake.

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A scramble for cover as shots ring out in central London.

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A 25-year-old police officer, Yvonne Fletcher, is

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Scotland Yard now believes it could prove who was behind the killing at

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the Libyan Embassy, but that evidence won't be presented in

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court, because of concerns over national security.

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It's a decision criticised by a former boss of the Met.

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I know the immense amount of hard work that's gone into actually

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trying to get a prosecution and some of that was regenerated in my time

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as Commissioner, so I am disappointed and I know other

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I don't know what the reasons are, but I have to say I think the

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public will be disappointed if we weren't given reasons

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as to why this particular individual wasn't prosecuted.

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A man in his 50s was arrested in the UK two years ago over

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the murder, but will now not be prosecuted.

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The Fletcher family say they're deeply disappointed and

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frustrated and that's exactly how retired police officer John

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He cradled Yvonne Fletcher in his arms as she lay dying.

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It's terrible, it's so disappointing and

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This is something that should have been sorted out a long,

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long time ago and we really don't understand why they have come to

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The bullets were fired from within the Libyan

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Embassy, which was surrounded by the police for eleven

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Eventually diplomats and others were allowed to leave and

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deported back to Libya - including, it was thought, the killer.

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But it was only after Colonel Gaddafi's

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regime was toppled in 2011 that Met detectives said they have discovered

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evidence of a Libyan plot to kill anti-Gaddafi demonstrators and

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But with this suspect now released without charge, one former senior

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Met officer says there is little more the police can do.

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You have to remember the rule of law must

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prevail and of course in these difficult cases, if for whatever

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reason - and that explanation needs to be given - we cannot

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prosecute, then the great dignity of the police service

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Today, the Government refused to comment on this decision

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to block a prosecution on the grounds of national security.

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Well, 33 years after Yvonne Fletcher was murdered

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at this spot, the chances of anyone being brought to justice seem as

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The Liberal Democrats have put London's housing problem

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at the heart of their manifesto with a series of promises

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At the last election, the party lost all but one seat in London.

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This time around, they're hoping to win seats back.

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Karl Mercer tell us more about the manifesto.

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Right at the heart of it is that promise to have a second referendum

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when the terms of Brexit deal are known and it may play better in

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London. London was the only region at the referendum to vote to remain

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by 60 to 40. It is a policy that might play well in the key target

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seats in the South West of London that the Liberal Democrat lost last

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time around. Places like Kingston, Richmond Park, which they won back

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in a by-election when they beat Zac Goldsmith. What else have they got.

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Opposition to Heathrow, the only major party to oppose that. The

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third runway. And any expansion of the airport in the south-east. And

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60 odd million for the police to go to community policing. Restoring

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housing benefit for 18 to 20 one-year-olds and this new rent to

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buy scheme that they're talking about for getting young people on

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the housing ladder. If they were renting their home

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from a housing association, but the rent would go into a pot

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and build up over 30 years so they

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would own that house. If they wanted to move,

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they could take that money to another plot, so they bought another

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home from another housing So it would really help young people

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wanting to get on the Do you think that will appeal to

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young people? It will appeal to some people. They're like any other part

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of the society, they vote different ways for different reasons. They

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will say we want a hand on the housing ladder, but they may think

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other issues are more important to them. So we went out to ask people

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of all ages what they thought. No, I'm a Labour girl. Why not Liberal

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Democrat? No. Why not? To be honest I have always voted Labour for the

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younger generation, I think they're more considerate. I wouldn't. I

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don't find their party interesting. Liberal Democrats this time? Yes.

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Why? They're more moderate, but they're the only party saying

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anything on behalf of the 48% who voted to remain. Do you think the

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Liberal Democrats can come back? I think it is unlikely at the moment.

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I'm not certain that I'm that keen on the the present leader. So

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So the Liberal Democrats put Brexit high up on their agenda.

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No the mayor has been looking at the idea of region and visas. A

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think-tank came up with what it thinks should be happening and we

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went to test what they were saying in a peculiar part of South London.

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Something strange going on there. Look what we found in

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Southwark Park this morning. This is a city that attracts people

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from across the world. And today Norwegians

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in the capital were celebrating Norway of course isn't

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in the European Union. But is part of the

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European Economic Area. It means it's citizens can travel

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and work here visa free. Whatever happens after Brexit I hope

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and I think most Norwegians hope we will continue to have a close

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relationship with our two nations. The main concern is that we will

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struggle to stay. And struggle to work. That is of course the main

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concern. We know that much about the consequences yet. London is part of

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the the country and I don't think you could have a London visa. What

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would that mean nor border controls elsewhere?

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But that is along the lines of what one London think

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to keep the flow of people coming to the capital.

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The Centre for London suggests three types of visa.

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Aimed at attracting skilled and tech workers.

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A young European Visa - a two-year one aimed at attracting lower

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skilled staff for things like the hospitality industry.

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And a new post study visa that would allow higher skilled students

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We think there needs to be a way for Europeans, particularly younger ones

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to come here to look for work to create new jobs, to build businesses

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and contribute to the economy. That should be done as unbureaucratically

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as possible. A 27-year-old producer at a media

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company in south London. Austrian, but who moved

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to london a year ago. Well I'm definitely anxious that I

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will have to leave or it will be a nightmare applying for a visa.

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Because I would like to stay and I built my home in London so I don't

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want to leave. It definitely keeps me up at night sometimes.

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They have been much discussed but some believe putting it

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London's mayor now having to compete with many more

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Discussions on visas though are some way off -

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there's the small matter of an election first.

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Finally, staying with the general election, let me tell you that BBC

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London is hosting a debate programme, hearing from

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all the main parties on what they'll do for Londoners.

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It's at the end of this month, on 30th May.

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If you want to join in and be part of our student audience,

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in a central London location, just send us an e-mail.

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We look forward to hearing from you and hopefully seeing

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That's it for now from me, but let's find out what the weather's up

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This was the picture outside our front door earlier on. We wait

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months for the rain and it comes all at once. We have had a band of rain

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that has been slow moving today. It is continuing to move eastwards and

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by the time it clears, there could be as much as 40 millimetres of rain

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having fallen. But it will dry up over night. It shouldn't be too

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chilly. Temperatures down to about ten degrees. But a different feel to

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the weather tomorrow. A different look to the skies. There will be

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some blue instead of grey and the rain. The early cloud clears from

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the east, brightens up and we get some sunshine. We have a gentle

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westerly breeze. Some showers wandering in from the west. But

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temperatures as high as 19. The rain is clearing away now. It is

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returning from this area of low pressure and comes back at us to

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give us another wet day on Friday. Quite a wet start on Friday. The

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rain continuing to push northwards. But struggling to clear away. And

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attempts will be on the -- temperatures will be low. The

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weekend turns drier and brighter with some sunshine and a few

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showers. But it will be a bit warmer.

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Before today, many gardeners were crying out for rain. Some of the

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those garden may now be water logged. And Lincolnshire was one of

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wettest places with 40 millimetres. That is nearly a month's worth of

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rain in 24 hours. Some difficult travelling conditions. Some parts of

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north-west England stayed dry. This was the main rain-maker. It is

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pulling away. Tomorrow a day sunshine and showers and that

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freshing feeling air will filter into those parts that were muggy

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today. It was 25 Celsius in Kent. A different feel,

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