31/05/2017 London News


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Welcome to BBC London News with me Alex Bushill.

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Tonight, a first for a British police force and a radical

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Aspiring officers will be able to join the Metropolitan Police

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as trainee detectives WITHOUT having to work in uniform as

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Scotland Yard says it will help with a shortage of detectives.

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Critics say it demeans the job that those without any

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Here's our home affairs correspondent Nick Beake.

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High priority in the detectives' training goes to the

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The art of the Scotland Yard detective has been

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Successful candidates have always been selected after gaining years

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of experience in uniform on the beat.

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But times have changed and now for the first time

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detectives will be recruited into the Metropolitan Police

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At the moment, Scotland Yard is short of around 600 detectives.

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Under this new scheme 18 new recruits will be taken

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on initially and their starting salary will be around ?30,000.

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This is about offering people a direct pathway

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into a different kind of career, we know from research did

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last year in London, this is really appealing

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because the uniform attraction is attractive to some

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and a barrier to others, particularly with the male and BME.

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and a barrier to others, particularly with

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Direct entry detectives will need to have a degree,

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they will undergo 18 weeks of training, some of it

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in the classroom, some of it out in the boroughs,

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with a focus on investigative skills.

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But some former police officers believe it's simply not enough

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time to learn the tools of the sect of trade.

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I don't know how you can condense two to three years of training,

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from being a probationary constable through to training detective

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I think that'll be difficult in that time because you develop

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so many life skills, to ensure that you are not

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going to make errors that somebody will get off at court.

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This is what today's Met detectives face.

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Here, suspected drug dealers in Holton.

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It can be tough work and many serving officers

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of put off joining CID because of the high workload

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and pressure to get results, creating this shortage.

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Coffee table on the left-hand side...

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London's most famous detective was never actually a policeman.

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Will talented civilians step forward once again

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and solve the case of Scotland Yard's missing detectives?

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Onto the election now - and the main parties deployed some

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of their big hitters on the campaign trail in London today.

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The Conservatives focused again on Brexit and Labour

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Here's our political correspondent Karl Mercer.

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There is one more week of this to go.

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One more week of handshakes, speeches, backing up key policies,

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Boris Johnson in Eltham today may do plenty of this but has clearly

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Not always on message but he was today.

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Expect to hear plenty more of this from the Conservatives

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If you go with Jeremy Corbyn, you will be sending

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into negotiations in Brussels a guy who doesn't really

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It's perfectly obvious that Labour don't have a clue what they mean

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by coming out of the EU, taking back control

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of our immigration policy, and control of our cash.

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It would be catastrophic, they would eat him for breakfast.

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Labour was also on unfamiliar territory in Hammersmith

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with its health spokesperson dropping in on an area where changes

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to local hospital services are proving controversial.

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Labour, promising more money for the NHS.

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At the moment the NHS is going through a big financial

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squeeze and many proposed changes are simply because NHS bosses have

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to balance the books and the NHS hasn't been given

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We will invest substantially within the NHS and once we have,

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we can look at how services are designed, look at

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But we have got to involve the public.

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I hope we're going to turn it on now, the poster

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Former Lib Dem leader Nick Clegg was in Southwark,

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attacking Conservative plans to do away with universal free lunches

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Not only do I think her decision to snatch free lunches

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it hits the poorest, kids won't get a decent meal

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day, it's also so dishonest to claim that somehow free breakfast

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will be readily available when the Conservatives own figures

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show that they are only calculating for 7p per breakfast.

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Is that for me, thank you? Seven more days.

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Well, let's get the thoughts of our political editor, Tim Donovan.

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And there's no doubt, is there, as to the key messages

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That campaigning today in London is a pretty good snapshot, Brexit,

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trying to create the impression, Theresa May, continuity, solidity,

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although that image has taken a little bit of a knocking over the

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manifesto, conversely, Labour, they're the party that cherish

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public services, going to put lots of money into them, big questions

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about how much that will impact on us all in terms of taxation. But

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very clear where the core key lines are. Trying to go with what is

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strongest, and dumping what is weakest. Just a week to go, which do

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you think is the message getting through the most? In London, it's

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interesting, you will have seen how volatile polling has been nationally

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but it seems to have suggested that Jeremy Corbyn and Labour are

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catching up, closing the gap on the Conservatives. In London, it's

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different anyway because Labour have consistently been ahead of the

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Conservatives, the last poll about two weeks ago had them pulling away.

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What will be interesting to see what the next poll does after recent

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moves, what is perceived as a recovery by Jeremy Corbyn. The other

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fascinating thing is Brexit. Are voters going to punish the

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Conservatives for being in charge when we made that decision to leave

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in a Remain city or decide we are moving on now? We will find out

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soon, thank you very much. We've already got Wi-fi on the Tube

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and now the capital's commuters are a step closer to being able

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to make phonecalls The Mayor and Transport for London

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are in talks with telecoms companies about providing the infrastructure

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as Gareth Furby explains. Use a mobile phone on the street

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there's rarely a problem but on the Underground it's

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a different story. On the platforms there is Wi-Fi

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but by the time you have And on board there is no signal

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at all which leaves people browsing Or putting their phones

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away altogether. But pretty soon this

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is all going to change. The Mayor of London's

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office issued a statement. This man is a self-confessed tech

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geek who is pretty excited What it'll involve is putting little

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repeater boxers all the way down the tunnels so the signal can get

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to you even inside the tunnel, I would say it's about the deal

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that TfL wants to cut If the deal is done,

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text messages and data soon may not be a problem

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but what about conversations? To explain the issue we're

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going to have to use subtitles. Peter Foot is from the campaign

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for courtesy and he thinks there is a risk people may just end

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up shouting into their phones. It's going to be too

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much noise, it'll become And back underground today,

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there were some mixed opinions. It's a good idea, we pay so much

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money every month to do line rental and we can't use the phone

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on the train. I think it's a really bad idea,

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I find it intrusive listening to people's conversations with no

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regard for other people, loud, Transport for London says it is keen

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to offer full mobile phone coverage, the introduction of this would need

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to be commercially viable and would follow engagement

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with staff and customers. I'll wish you goodnight and hand

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you over to Louise Lear Thanks, good evening everybody.

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London may not have been the sunniest place today but it was the

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warmest with 23. Tomorrow will be warmer still and more in the way of

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sunshine. Maybe a little bit misty first thing in the morning but the

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cloud breaking up and really quite sharply. Lovely spells of sunshine

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coming through and temperatures will respond. We could see highs of 25,

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77 Fahrenheit in central London. Slightly fresher on the outskirts.

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We do it all again pretty much on Friday. A good slice of sunshine

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coming through, just a slim chance in the afternoon of an isolated

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shower, potential for more thundery showers to develop later in the day.

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But highs on Friday of 27. That's into the 80s in terms of Fahrenheit.

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Sharp showers could be an issue Friday night, I will leave you with

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a summary. It looks as though we could see heavy showers easing on

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Saturday. Fresher conditions for Sunday. Here is the forecast

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nationally. Sunday. Here is the forecast

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nationally. Good evening. It was a lfl day for

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large swathes of the United Kingdom. It turned into a lovely evening.

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This stunning photo was taken by one of our weather watchers in Suffolk

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not long ago. Here is confirmation of a lovely day for many, a lot of

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sunshine across the north. Even this cloud tended to break up but there

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were one or two showers in Wales. Now we are looking at west for the

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next weather system heading our way. Ahead of that we have this southerly

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breeze that will keep things mild overnight tonight. Also a bit of

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patchy mist and maybe some low cloud developing as well. The worst of the

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visibility overnight will be coming in from the English channel, low

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clouds and mist and drifting a little bit further inland. The odd

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shower for northern England, generally clouding over from the

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west. This rain just about gets into the west side of Northern Ireland by

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the end of the night. 14 in Glasgow, in Cardiff and in

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