26/05/2017 London News


26/05/2017

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A 20-year-old student who planted a home-made bomb on a busy tube

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Damon Smith - who has Asperger's - was caught on CCTV leaving

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a rucksack filled with ball bearings in a carriage last October.

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The judge said that although he hadn't been motivated

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by terrorism the seriousness of what he did couldn't

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His mother insists he's a vulnerable young man.

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Damon Smith moved from Devon to study computer science

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Last October, he left his accommodation in Rotherhithe

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in South London and waited for the Jubilee line

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This CCTV shows him checking the rucksack,

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which had a bomb inside, made from ball bearings

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He later gets off at London Bridge, leaving the bag behind.

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His device was timed to go off a few minutes later, but it didn't.

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The train carried on to North Greenwich, where the alarm

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Counterterrorism police said his bomb was a viable device

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Damon Smith had previously posted images of himself with various

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He learned how to make a bomb from an extremist Islamist website.

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He also suffers from Asperger's syndrome, a form of autism.

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This is what he told the police after his arrest.

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I was on the Tube, I realised it was going to Stratford.

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I thought, it would be a good time to leave my bag, for my prank.

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Following a trial at the Old Bailey, Damon Smith was found guilty

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of possession of an explosive substance with intent

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and today he was sentenced to 15 years in prison.

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Damon Smith sat smiling in the dock during sentencing.

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Judge Richard Marks addressed he and the court and said,

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although he had an interest in Islam he did not believe the defendant

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But, he said, I am driven to treat you as a dangerous offender

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and the seriousness of what you did cannot be overstated.

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The judge also spoke of the fear in which we all live

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in and the recent terrorist attack in Manchester.

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At his family home in Devon, his mother told the BBC

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she believes his Asperger's influenced his actions.

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I'd just say, could you try to be a bit more lenient

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He's never been in trouble with the police before,

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He's just a vulnerable little boy who needs a bit of help, not prison.

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Damon Smith will serve his sentence at a youth offenders institution.

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Turning to the election and education has become a key

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All the main political parties are promising more

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A series of eye-catching policies have also been announced to try

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and improve the life-chances of the most disadvantaged pupils.

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Our education reporter Marc Ashdown has been looking at what

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For the first time ever an equal number of pupils from

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disadvantaged backgrounds are starting at University at the same

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time as their better off classmates...

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Now that is an education policy maker's dream.

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But back to today's reality and for too many pupils the idea

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of studying in a place like this, Oxford, is just that -

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So how can the next Government change things?

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Sarah, Dhanya and Josh are pioneers of sorts.

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Pupils from their areas of London that have historically never really

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I was one of the first people in my school to ever even get

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through to the interview and then get the offer.

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Me being here symbolises rising up from any disadvantages I may

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have faced in my school, in that area.

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I was one of two people who have for the first time been admitted

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to Oxford from my school, Kingsadale.

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When the e-mail came through it was more of a whole

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The manifestos are full of big education policies.

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The Conservatives believe Grammar schools will help

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They will also scrap universal free school meals,

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Labour wants to keep free school meals and would

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The Lib Dems would also keep free meals and want to triple

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I wouldn't have necessarily gone to a grammar school.

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And if the talent at my school had been sucked up by a grammar school,

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I don't know whether I would have had people that I could

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You get the criticism that grammar schools are meant

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for working-class kids to get better opportunities, better resources.

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It now that goes to people that can afford so much tuition from the ages

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I think if they overhaul that testing system.

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I think tuition fees are problematic.

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You're just saddling young people with more and more

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So I think that even if the tuition fee system is not revised,

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the maintenance grant and loan system has to be because it's

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The big issue at the moment is funding.

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Parent protests like this one in East London have been

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They are well attended and have the same message.

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The cuts have already affected us all.

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The resources, the teachers are already finding it difficult

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The less funding that we have actually stops the children

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from being able to achieve what they need.

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Now in primary school it is not getting from that.

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What if I get to my secondary school and it's even worse?

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The Conservatives will invest an extra ?4 billion over

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Labour and the Lib Dems say that should be more like 6 or 7 billion.

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These three are working hard towards their degrees.

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It's up to the next government to make sure more students

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

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It has been another warm, sunny day. Things are looking a little little

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mix through the bank holiday weekend. Here is the sunset,

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captured by one of the weather watchers across the Thames. Clear

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skies through this evening and overnight. Creeping into the early

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hours of Saturday, one two showers heading in behind me through the

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course of Saturday morning. Temperatures are round about 16 or

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17 degrees. Many of us will see some of the showers, perhaps even a

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rumble of thunder for a tiny early on Saturday. Then they clear away,

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not a bad day. It will feel warm, with temperatures again into the

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middle high 20s. Sunday, a decent day. Fresher than it has been, not

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quite as hot and muggy. The chance of one or two thunderstorms late on

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Sunday and overnight into bank holiday Monday. We are not all going

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to see them but The Met Office has warned of some potential heavy rain

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down to the isolated thunderstorms. I will leave you with an outlook of

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the weather in the capital and pass you to my colleague for the National

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forecast. Good evening. It is as if the

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weather knows there is a bank holiday weekend

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