30/05/2017 London News


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The Mayor of London claims up to half of the Met's police stations

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Sadiq Khan says conservative cuts of ?400 million over the next three

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years will make it 'extremely difficult' to keep them open.

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But the Conservatives say they'll protect police funding.

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Here's our political editor Tim Donovan.

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Bobbies or buildings, what if that is the choice now,

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Can't we have the police stations and the bobbies?

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What would happen if you had to choose?

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I would rather have the bobbies on the street.

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Just working out of fewer police stations maybe?

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Well, it doesn't really work, does it?

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People need face-to-face interaction and customer service,

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I do not want to see a lot of buildings close.

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If they do decide to cut buildings, we require a lot of police officers,

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More than 60 front office counters have closed in recent years,

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the shutters come down on stations like this one in Rotherhithe.

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More than 70 are left, like West End Central here but half

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now appear under threat, according to the Mayor.

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We have been working closely with the Met Police service

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The choice is cutting front-line police officers -

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nobody wants to do that - or having to close half of

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I have been witness to the devastating effects of police

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cuts during your time as Home Secretary.

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Theresa May was challenged last night over policing,

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but the Tories have said the Mayor is just scaremongering

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and that there is enough money to go around.

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What actually has happened here in the Metropolitan Police

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is that there has been a rethink about how best you can deploy

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the policing resources you have got to make theM most effective,

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get them on the front line, get the back office stuff done

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by people who are not actually going on to the front line,

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and what I would say to you is that I think with falling crime,

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and there has been falling crime in all those years,

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the Met Police is probably now more efficient and effective than it

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And as well as lobbying the government for more, has

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When it came to the Budget this year, the Mayor took ?30 million out

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of policing that would have funded and got us up to 32,000 police

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officers on our streets in London, and he also put 20 million

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into reserve, so if he is serious about keeping London safe,

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he should put as much money as he could into policing,

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as well as then made the case to government.

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Limited money, what is best for the public?

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Difficult decisions to be made in the coming years.

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Well, policing is just one of the major election issues

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which features in a BBC London debate to be aired tonight.

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Our political correspondent Karl Mercer was there

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Good evening, here we are with a panel of leading

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100 Londoners, five top politicians and a presenter and a heated debate.

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London was the only region in the country to vote Remain

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One questioner is worried about what will happen now.

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What will your party do to assure London's interests

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are being considered in the upcoming Brexit negotiations?

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There are different ways of leaving the European Union.

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You can do it in the hard extreme way this government has chosen.

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We didn't have to leave the single market, we don't have

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to leave the customs union, we do not have to break up

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the collaborative relationships around research which will happen

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If you stay in the single market and you stay in the customs union,

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You still have freedom of movement, you still have EU laws

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and you cannot do trade deals with other countries.

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It is no good for the country if we spend the whole of next year

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We have to bring the country together and get

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There are over a million EU nationals living in this

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country, living in London, and the Labour Party does not

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believe we should use them as bargaining chips

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We say that we will secure their position.

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I don't think people are stupid, they were told very clearly it

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would mean leaving the single market, it means an end to free

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movement, that is the reason people mostly voted for the country.

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I admit in London it was 60% that there were 40% of Londoners

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The negotiations are going to be really, really intricate,

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and yet every time you raise what are we going to do about EU

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nationals, what are we going to do about science funding,

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you say that to somebody who is Leave and all they do

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We need to be talking much more the details.

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Their details which will be much chewed over in the coming days.

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We've heard about policing and housing, what other

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We only have nine days left in the debate. There were really engaged

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Londoners in the audience. They want to know a lot of details, things

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like terror and policing, particularly in the wake of the

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Manchester attack, Londoners asking how will you keep us safe? Lots of

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talk over police numbers. And another key issue, housing for

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London. One young Londoner is saying how on earth will I get a house. I'm

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25 years old, I have a decent job, I do not think I will ever get one.

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And then the key issue of social care that has been talked about. One

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mother and son say how will we survive, how will we keep our house

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and our inheritance? Big questions for

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a lot of Londoners. We saw a lot of feisty debate, quite punchy. A story

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of U-turns, broken promises and some frustration. That is what we call

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politics. And you can watch the debate

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here on BBC One at 10.45pm, Detectives are hunting

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for two boys on bikes, who fired into a crowd of people,

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killing 20-year-old Mohanna Abdhou -

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known as Montana - was with a group of friends

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near a playground Police say a number of shots

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were aimed at the group We are looking at all options

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in terms of what is the reason There is nothing we have

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identified in terms of Mohanna and her background to suggest

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she would be a target for such an attack, so we we have an open

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mind in terms of what the reason behind it is and our enquiries

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are progressing in relation Prince Harry said they were created

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to 'inspire and to heal'. The Invictus Games sees

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service men and women, who've suffered life-changing

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injuries compete Today he was at the launch

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of the 2017 UK Team who'll be Emma Jones reports from

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the Tower of London. Smiles and jokes with Prince Harry

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as the United Kingdom team for this year's Invictus Games is unveiled

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at the Tower of London. It's a cause close to Harry's heart

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- he created the Games for injured and sick servicemen and women,

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saying he wanted to demonstrate the power of sport to inspire

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recovery and show there This is just part of what he had to

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say at last year's Games in Orlando. You are now ambassadors

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for the spirit of these Games. Spread the word, never stop fighting

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and do all you can to lift up Since the first Invictus Games

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were put on in London in 2014, The UK will be taking 90 competitors

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to Toronto in September When I was first in the chair,

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I was in a very, very bad place. I found basketball to start

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with and after that I found wheelchair racing and it has

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helped me immensely, concentrating on something and keeping me

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on the straight and narrow. The athletes I've spoken to today

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talked about the self-confidence and self-worth they have gained

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from being part of this They also talked about the real

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pride of being part of a team To see so many of the guys

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I went to rehabilitation with here at the top of their game,

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loud and confident, that is what the Games are about,

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bringing people out of their shells. Some horrendous injuries

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but now they can compete. For these competitors,

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it is as much about taking part as much as it is bringing home

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a medal from Toronto. This is a positive time in what has

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been a challenging journey. I'll say goodnight now

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and leave you with Wendy for a check on the weather,

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which is warming up again? Yes, you have heard right. Mid 20s

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by the end of the week. It is feeling a bit warmer tomorrow.

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The cloud will be fairly well broken tomorrow. That will make it feel

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warmer. This evening we have quite a lot of clear skies. There will be

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patchy cloud and clear skies. The winds falling like. The temperature

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settling around 14 degrees around dawn. Tomorrow, no trouble with the

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commute to work. There may be one or two light showers through the

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afternoon. They will be really well scattered. The temperature in London

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reaching 23 degrees. Even warmer than that on Thursday and here is

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why. There is a big area of low pressure out in the Atlantic. It

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will be drawing in lots of warm air from the south. This weather front

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will be tricky. It will introduce some heavy, thundery showers on

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Friday. It might hang around into the weekend as well. For Thursday

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you can see the sort of temperatures we are talking about. Mid 20s again.

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We do have to watch out for some heavy thundery downpours. We will

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keep you posted on that. There should be slightly fresher weekend

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but still with some dry and sunny where

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but still with some dry and sunny where that from time to time. Next

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up, Darren Bett with National forecast.

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Hello, it was a better day today. Clearer skies have pushed their way

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across the receipt into Blackpool

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