29/05/2017 London News


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Good evening from BBC London News, I'm Victoria Hollins.

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There was extra security in place today as thousands of runners took

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to the Capital's streets for a 10K race.

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Organisers say last-minute changes were made to arrangements

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in collaboration with the Metropolitan Police

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and City Hall, following the Manchester bombing,

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United they run. A week ago today Londoners woke up to the news of the

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Manchester attack. Today, undeterred, they turned out in their

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thousands to pound the capital's streets, but the shadow of last

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week's horrendous events loomed large. You have to come out in

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support. You have to go on. That's it. I'm here for Manchester. I felt

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safe, didn't you? Yeah, it was very well organised, definitely. It made

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us even more determined I think, come out, show our solidarity. The

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atmosphere round the course has been wonderful. Everyone's really pulled

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together. Good for us. Despite the recent tragic events in

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Manchester, over 12,000 runners turned out today for London's

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vitality 10 K snaking their way through some of London's historic

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sites before crossing the finish line here in front of Buckingham

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Palace. But behind-the-scenes, it was the safety of the athletes and

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the spectators that was uppermost in the minds of the organisers. We had

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a full security review with the mayor's office, the Metropolitan

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Police, the City of Westminster, all the agencies, the royal park,

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everyone working together. A lot of security has been beefed up. We

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don't give any details because that actually reduces the security, if

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you give details. But a lot has happened. And the planning paid off.

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Today's race went off without a hitch. Londoners determined to carry

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on. With just over a week to go before

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the general election, BBC London has visited one

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of our key battle grounds. Carshalton and Wallington

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was the only seat in London that the Liberal Democrats

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won in 2015. So will their message on Brexit

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bring victory again? Or will local issues

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be more important? Welcome to the constituency of

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Carshalton and Wallington, on the Surrey border where most people

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voted Leave. It's one of the tightest marginals in London. But

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will it be bins or Brexit that decide it here? This is an

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incinerator, which will be burning waste at 850 degrees. It's rubbish

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that concerns the Green candidate, as this incinerator nears completion

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in the north of the constituency. He's been fighting it for years.

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It's a really big issue. Imagine if you live around here. I was chatting

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to a resident earlier, she was telling me that she owns her house.

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What are the chances of her selling her house with that here now? The

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value of the property's come down. I feel so sorry for people living

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around here. Will those who live nearby be tempted to vote Green? As

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we were filming Karen and her daughter passed by. It was not at

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all what we were led to believe. I feel we've been betrayed in a lot of

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ways. Will that change how you vote, would you consider voting Green? The

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thing is with the Green Party as muches you might have our best

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interests at heart, no-one listens. What do you say to that? Locally, if

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enough people actually realise that the Green candidate that actually

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took on the council's standing we could actually get enough votes to

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be able to challenge those two parties as well. Thank you very

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much, I'll bear you many n mind. New bin collections from the local

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Liberal Democrat council have caused real problems here. There are

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concerns that services at the local hospital could be cut. The MP for

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the last 20 years has been the Liberal Democrat Tom Brake. He voted

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Remain. At the last election, he got just 1,510 votes more than the

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Conservatives. Clearly the bins issue has not been helpful. We're

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seeing a decline that the level of complaints associated with the new

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contract. But there are other issues that I think play much more

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significantly in people's hearts. That is the future of our local

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hospital, where I've got a track record of over 25 years of

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campaigning for that hospital. Ukip aren't putting up a candidate here.

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Last time, they got 7,000 votes. The Tory candidate, who also voted

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Remain, says he'll be tougher with the local council. One of my

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campaign issues has been to give the council a kick when it doesn't

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provide people the services they're expecting. We have had the same

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council in control here for more than 30 years. The Liberal Democrat

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MP I'm up against is from the same party. He finds it perhaps difficult

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to give them the kick they need when they underperformed. I think it's

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going to be about Brexit and other national issues. I think it will be

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about the NHS as well. There's big local issue in terms of St Helier

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hospital. They feel that they need somebody to speak up for them. This

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constituency isn't unusual, Brexit could dominate. But other local

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issues might play their part in what happens on June 8.

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of candidates standing in Carshalton and Wallington on your screen now.

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There's plenty more information about the election and your local

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Londoners are being asked not to feed the birds in Regent's Park,

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following fears it could be linked to cases of inbreeding

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The park has one of the largest grey heron colonies in the capital.

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There is a mystery bird feeder who is dishing up unconventional

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food for these herons in Regent's Park.

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This is one of the areas where you will see a lot of people

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putting food out for the geese and the ducks and the herons.

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They are putting out bread, they are putting out all sorts

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of scraps and notoriously lots of curried rice.

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That has been a big problem here because it is just

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It has been appearing regularly beside the water's edge and eaten

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There are now concerns about possible genetic

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Because they are so laden, they are not flying off

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and exploring other areas, so they are becoming quite isolated

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here in their little island and the problem is if they do become

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isolated, they do not meet other herons from other

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You end up with a very small gene pool and generation after generation

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This island in Regent's Park is a home to around 20

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It is one of the largest grey heron colonies in the whole of London.

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But it is not just here where bird feeding is causing a problem.

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Over in Richmond Park it is also a concern.

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You get interested in the wildlife and after a while they

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Royal Parks benefit from 77 million visitors to the park each year

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and you can imagine if each of us just brings a little handful of food

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for the birds that is far too much food for them.

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Back in Regent's Park the mystery of the curried rice

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Let's turn now to a check on the weather with Wendy.

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It's been a strange old weekend. It has, yes. The weather for the week

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ahead is settling down. We'll have decent spells of sunshine and

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towards the end of the week, it's going to become very warm once

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again. We did have a fairly unstable atmosphere over the last 48 hours or

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so. That situation is clearing away now. We have a cold front going

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through tomorrow. It's not going to come to much. Building in behind it,

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high pressure. That's going to settle things down. Fewer showers,

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more in the way of sunshine. And a bit of heat once again. You may

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still see one or two showers this evening. They're tending to ease

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away. There's not much pep left in them any way. Most of the night is

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dry. Plenty of cloud around. Temperatures falling to 14 or 15

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degrees. Another warm night. Then off to work again tomorrow. Not

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school, though perhaps. Maybe one or two showers first thing. But most of

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the day is going to be dry once again. There'll be a fair amount of

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breaks in the cloud. Decent spells of sunshine, a little breezy.

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Temperatures around about where they should be at this time of year. Then

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Wednesday looking like a decent day as well. Plenty of sunshine, high of

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22 degrees, lighter winds than Tuesday. Towards the end of the week

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temperatures could be picking up to the mid-20s again.

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A band of rain through Friday. If it does what it should and clears

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through, next weekend will be with showers, a little fresher and

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breezy. That's a long way off though. Much less complicated

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weather to enjoy in the meantime. That's it for now. We're back in

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breakfast tomorrow morning from 6. 25am. From all of us here, whatever

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you're doing, enjoy the rest of your night. Bye for now.

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Hello. There I think we've seen the back of the thunder storms now. Over

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the next few days, our weather will start to come in from the Atlantic.

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We'll draw down fresher air from the North West. Recently, we've been

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drawing up humid air from the south, from the near continent. Of course,

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it all went bang in the early hours of

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