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The Mayor of London claims up to half of the Met's police stations
Sadiq Khan says conservative cuts of ?400 million over the next three
years will make it 'extremely difficult' to keep them open.
But the Conservatives say they'll protect police funding.
Here's our political editor Tim Donovan.
Bobbies or buildings, what if that is the choice now,
Can't we have the police stations and the bobbies?
What would happen if you had to choose?
I would rather have the bobbies on the street.
Just working out of fewer police stations maybe?
Well, it doesn't really work, does it?
People need face-to-face interaction and customer service,
I do not want to see a lot of buildings close.
If they do decide to cut buildings, we require a lot of police officers,
More than 60 front office counters have closed in recent years,
the shutters come down on stations like this one in Rotherhithe.
More than 70 are left, like West End Central here but half
now appear under threat, according to the Mayor.
We have been working closely with the Met Police service
The choice is cutting front-line police officers -
nobody wants to do that - or having to close half of
I have been witness to the devastating effects of police
cuts during your time as Home Secretary.
Theresa May was challenged last night over policing,
but the Tories have said the Mayor is just scaremongering
and that there is enough money to go around.
What actually has happened here in the Metropolitan Police
is that there has been a rethink about how best you can deploy
the policing resources you have got to make theM most effective,
get them on the front line, get the back office stuff done
by people who are not actually going on to the front line,
and what I would say to you is that I think with falling crime,
and there has been falling crime in all those years,
the Met Police is probably now more efficient and effective than it
And as well as lobbying the government for more, has
When it came to the Budget this year, the Mayor took ?30 million out
of policing that would have funded and got us up to 32,000 police
officers on our streets in London, and he also put 20 million
into reserve, so if he is serious about keeping London safe,
he should put as much money as he could into policing,
as well as then made the case to government.
Limited money, what is best for the public?
Difficult decisions to be made in the coming years.
Well, policing is just one of the major election issues
which features in a BBC London debate to be aired tonight.
Our political correspondent Karl Mercer was there
Good evening, here we are with a panel of leading
100 Londoners, five top politicians and a presenter and a heated debate.
London was the only region in the country to vote Remain
One questioner is worried about what will happen now.
What will your party do to assure London's interests
are being considered in the upcoming Brexit negotiations?
There are different ways of leaving the European Union.
You can do it in the hard extreme way this government has chosen.
We didn't have to leave the single market, we don't have
to leave the customs union, we do not have to break up
the collaborative relationships around research which will happen
If you stay in the single market and you stay in the customs union,
You still have freedom of movement, you still have EU laws
and you cannot do trade deals with other countries.
It is no good for the country if we spend the whole of next year
We have to bring the country together and get
There are over a million EU nationals living in this
country, living in London, and the Labour Party does not
believe we should use them as bargaining chips
We say that we will secure their position.
I don't think people are stupid, they were told very clearly it
would mean leaving the single market, it means an end to free
movement, that is the reason people mostly voted for the country.
I admit in London it was 60% that there were 40% of Londoners
The negotiations are going to be really, really intricate,
and yet every time you raise what are we going to do about EU
nationals, what are we going to do about science funding,
you say that to somebody who is Leave and all they do
We need to be talking much more the details.
Their details which will be much chewed over in the coming days.
We've heard about policing and housing, what other
We only have nine days left in the debate. There were really engaged
Londoners in the audience. They want to know a lot of details, things
like terror and policing, particularly in the wake of the
Manchester attack, Londoners asking how will you keep us safe? Lots of
talk over police numbers. And another key issue, housing for
London. One young Londoner is saying how on earth will I get a house. I'm
25 years old, I have a decent job, I do not think I will ever get one.
And then the key issue of social care that has been talked about. One
mother and son say how will we survive, how will we keep our house
and our inheritance? Big questions for
a lot of Londoners. We saw a lot of feisty debate, quite punchy. A story
of U-turns, broken promises and some frustration. That is what we call
politics. And you can watch the debate
here on BBC One at 10.45pm, Detectives are hunting
for two boys on bikes, who fired into a crowd of people,
killing 20-year-old Mohanna Abdhou -
known as Montana - was with a group of friends
near a playground Police say a number of shots
were aimed at the group We are looking at all options
in terms of what is the reason There is nothing we have
identified in terms of Mohanna and her background to suggest
she would be a target for such an attack, so we we have an open
mind in terms of what the reason behind it is and our enquiries
are progressing in relation Prince Harry said they were created
to 'inspire and to heal'. The Invictus Games sees
service men and women, who've suffered life-changing
injuries compete Today he was at the launch
of the 2017 UK Team who'll be Emma Jones reports from
the Tower of London. Smiles and jokes with Prince Harry
as the United Kingdom team for this year's Invictus Games is unveiled
at the Tower of London. It's a cause close to Harry's heart
- he created the Games for injured and sick servicemen and women,
saying he wanted to demonstrate the power of sport to inspire
recovery and show there This is just part of what he had to
say at last year's Games in Orlando. You are now ambassadors
for the spirit of these Games. Spread the word, never stop fighting
and do all you can to lift up Since the first Invictus Games
were put on in London in 2014, The UK will be taking 90 competitors
to Toronto in September When I was first in the chair,
I was in a very, very bad place. I found basketball to start
with and after that I found wheelchair racing and it has
helped me immensely, concentrating on something and keeping me
on the straight and narrow. The athletes I've spoken to today
talked about the self-confidence and self-worth they have gained
from being part of this They also talked about the real
pride of being part of a team To see so many of the guys
I went to rehabilitation with here at the top of their game,
loud and confident, that is what the Games are about,
bringing people out of their shells. Some horrendous injuries
but now they can compete. For these competitors,
it is as much about taking part as much as it is bringing home
a medal from Toronto. This is a positive time in what has
been a challenging journey. I'll say goodnight now
and leave you with Wendy for a check on the weather,
which is warming up again? Yes, you have heard right. Mid 20s
by the end of the week. It is feeling a bit warmer tomorrow.
The cloud will be fairly well broken tomorrow. That will make it feel
warmer. This evening we have quite a lot of clear skies. There will be
patchy cloud and clear skies. The winds falling like. The temperature
settling around 14 degrees around dawn. Tomorrow, no trouble with the
commute to work. There may be one or two light showers through the
afternoon. They will be really well scattered. The temperature in London
reaching 23 degrees. Even warmer than that on Thursday and here is
why. There is a big area of low pressure out in the Atlantic. It
will be drawing in lots of warm air from the south. This weather front
will be tricky. It will introduce some heavy, thundery showers on
Friday. It might hang around into the weekend as well. For Thursday
you can see the sort of temperatures we are talking about. Mid 20s again.
We do have to watch out for some heavy thundery downpours. We will
keep you posted on that. There should be slightly fresher weekend
but still with some dry and sunny where
but still with some dry and sunny where that from time to time. Next
up, Darren Bett with National forecast.
Hello, it was a better day today. Clearer skies have pushed their way
across the receipt into Blackpool