19/06/2017 London News


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terrorist incident. It is both moving and uplifting.

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Welcome to BBC London news outside Finsbury Park, where worshippers

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have been arriving for prayers. Security has been stepped up at the

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mosque and at mosques across the capital. You can probably see an

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increased police presencing presence to reassure a community feeling

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anxious. But we know London's police force is already stretched and the

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mayor is urging the Government to reverse planned cuts to the Met.

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Here is our home affairs correspondent.

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An east London mosque evacuated this afternoon.

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They had found a mobile phone ringing, the caller

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There wasn't, but it's left people worried.

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It has been an immensely difficult day.

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On top of everything, everyone here is fasting it's

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still Ramadan and yeah it is a very sensitive time at the moment

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and the community is feeling vulnerable and scared.

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In North London, the Prime Minister was visiting Finsbury Park Mosque.

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Just yards from where the attack took place last night.

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Through coming here the Prime Minister is looking

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to offer reassurance, but many people have told us that

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although they're shocked and saddened by what happened,

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they're not necessarily surprised that Muslims have been

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Some people here told us they had feared a backlash after the recent

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We met 28-year-old hospital worker Selma.

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I used to think London was a safe place to live,

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I was slowly convinced in London Bridge, because the people

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keep upsetting people, they're going to fight back.

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So that's not going to do us a favour.

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Even though we had nothing to do with it.

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Scotland Yard said it took the threat of right-wing extremism

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seriously and there would be patrols across the capital in

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The people of this community have a I think very good working

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relationship with the local police they will be seeing more police

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in the area, particularly around religious establishments.

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They will more officers on the streets.

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They may see more armed officers on the streets as well.

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And we will be communicating with them and listening

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to them as we have today about their concerns about about any

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But one former head of counter terrorism at the city of London

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police was sceptical that all places of worship could be protected.

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There are more than 500 mosques in London alone and hundreds

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and hundreds of Muslim centres, it is simply not realistic to have

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officers outside all of them and in this type of attack,

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people patrolling on the street are completely ineffective.

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The only way to stop somebody in a vehicle

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with barriers and extremists, being shoot them immediately.

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This was the third terror attack in four months.

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The mayor said he was worried that the Met didn't have enough

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resources and appealed to the Government to reverse planned

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I am concerned about the resources the Met Office and others have.

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I have been lobbying for more resources.

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My message for the Government is the plans for further

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cuts of ?400 million, don't do it, my message

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to the government is the plans you have to change the police

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funding formula so London loses more money, don't do it.

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The Home Office told us the Met could would have the resource too

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keep us safe and secure and thrill will be a public consultation

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Tensions are running high in some places.

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This has been a traumatic week for London.

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First fire and now terrorism once again.

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For many, weariness as well as worry hangs in the summer air.

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Our reporter joins me, and the worry that Nick mentioned, you have been

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speaking to people, what is their feeling? Many people have come to

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prayer and it is very full here. But of course a sense of anxiety, but

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what I have got from people is that they feel the need to carry on with

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their lives. Obviously, everybody's anxious and we are worried about, we

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don't know, I mean, is this going to happen again or is this the last

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time? We just hope that everybody gets united and you know. You felt

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the need to come back tonight? Yes. Why? We do not want to be stopped by

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such activities. I mean, it shouldn't deter people from going

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about their own business. It is not just Muslim people here? No you will

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see love will win, terror will lose. People from all faiths are here,

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there is table with people giving out tea and food and all faiths

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coming together. Thank you. There is no doubt that these are challenging

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times for the capital it comes days after the Grenfell Tower fire.

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Today, the commander leading the investigation gave his account of

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what he and the emergency services saw and what they were faced with

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that day. I have investigated major crime for most of my service and I

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have seen some terrible things, but I don't think anything prepared me

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more what I was going to see. It is hard to describe my feelings, I can

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not imagine and I would not want to put myself in the position of those

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families, but being can colleagues from the London Fire Brigade and

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from the London ambulance service and other police officers, I think

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it is fair to say it is a very emotional working in there. But we

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will do it with professionalism and do everything we can as quickly as

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we can, to locate and recover everybody who is in there. Stuart

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Cundy there. We have learned that fire adits in London have -- audits

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in London have changed. The Fire Brigades Union have called for

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checks to be tightened and the Government's asked councils to check

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which blocks have the same cladding material used in the Grenfell Tower.

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What happened here has again focussed attention on the

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safety of the capital's tower blocks.

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Sonia has lived here in Tower Hamlets for four years, her block

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doesn't have sprinklers and while it has been

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They do checks and everything else, I'm not going to

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But it still don't make you feel better

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I'm sure they said they done fire checks.

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The Fire Brigades Union also has concerns about checks.

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It says job cuts have reduced its role,

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private companies can now carry out assessments and these minutes show

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that cuts even led to a delay of a fire audit on a tower close to

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It was put down to internal staffing issues at the fire service.

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In fact, fire audits over a five year period in London have

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And the unions want regulations tightened.

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You will find a lot of premises are being inspected by

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third party companies, I don't believe they're as skilled as the

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We used to inspect a range of businesses,

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private residences, highrises.

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We no longer carry out that same regime and I think what we are

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witnessing is the regulations being avoided in some areas. Today the

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Government wrote to councils asking them to check if their tower blocks

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had been cladded using same materials to those at Grenfell

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Tower. A fire assessment was carried out at the tower in 2016. In tower

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hamments the council -- tower hamments the council says the blocks

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have been given up-to-date fire risk assessment. At this block tomorrow

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there will be an emergency meeting to try and reassure rest debts. The

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Government said it invests heavily in prior prevention. -- fire

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prevention. A review by the mayor said the fire service had coped well

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with the cuts. But the questions are not fading and answers could be

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months away. That is all from us in Finsbury Park tonight. I will wish

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you a peaceful good night and hand you to Wendy for a check on the

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weather. Well we had the hottest day of the year, 32.4 degree and the

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heat wave continues. We have another warm evening. And that leads into

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another one of those uncomfortable nights. We had clear sky and light

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winds and very muggy. Temperatures fall nothing lower than 20 degrees.

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Another warm start tomorrow. A sweaty commute and fierce sunshine

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with just a smattering of cloud from the north. More of a breeze

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tomorrow, but still high temperatures, up to 31 degrees in

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central land and up to 32 on Wednesday as the wind swings to the

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west. It freshens up later in west. It freshens up later in the

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week. Now thele national forecast. The heat we are experiencing in some

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parts is now the most prolonged spell of heat in June, that is the

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key, in June, for around 20 years. We have had five days of

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temperatures of 30 degrees or more in a row and today up to 33 degrees

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just west of London. So a little too hot for some. We are on a par with

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many exotic locations, including Athens. Let me show you the

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temperatures around now, so still around the mid 20s. At 11 o'clock.

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The reason I'm showing you is these vams that you can see -- values you

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can see are higher than what we would normally get during the day

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time this time in

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