20/06/2017 London News


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problems which affected the start of the programme. Now on BBC One,

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First tonight, the urgent work taking place to ensure London's

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As firefighters continue to search through the wreckage

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of Grenfell Tower, local authorities are conducting fresh inspections

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Croydon Council has become the first to announce

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that it will fit sprinklers into many of its high rise blocks.

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Not far from Grenfell Tower, many residents are worried.

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Reassurances from Westminster Council about the

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cladding and the safety of the high-rise haven't worked.

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Since it happened, I hardly sleep because

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I am worried that it could happen here

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They've got to take it down, because they've

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Councils are now trying to reassure residents

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across London, and Croydon was the first in the capital to say it'll be

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installing sprinklers up to 25 blocks.

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Our blocks in Croydon, pre-Grenfell Tower, if you like,

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We are examining the cladding further,

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as we speak, but it isn't right to not offer

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residents in our blocks the reassurance that

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After six died in the Lackenall fire in 2009, the

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government said that councils should consider

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fitting sprinters to old buildings, but very few did.

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In this block in Croydon, there are smoke

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this is the only way out, this stairwell.

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Croydon Council now say they are going to pay ?10 million to

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retrofit sprinklers in all of their blocks

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There are now calls for other councils to follow suit.

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To pay for them, the council wants the government to

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relax borrowing rules, or it says other improvements may have to

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John has lived in this block for 25 years.

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They are improving things, making people happy, so it

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This is a test of the effectiveness of sprinkler systems.

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Campaigners have been trying to get the government to make

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them compulsory in all buildings for many years.

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In the States they fit 40 million sprinkler heads a year.

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We used to be the great leader in all these things but

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now we can't do this, too much bureaucracy, not enough money.

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I was going to say it's tragic but it is self evidently

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The Grenfell Tower fire is changing how authorities regard

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The question now is how many landlords will improve

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Let's get more on this story with Marc Ashdown.

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And Marc, what more do we know now about how many other tower blocks

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could have safety issues across the capital?

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We approached all 33 London boroughs, asking them what safety

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checks they have carried out. We have heard back from 40.

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Non-planning sprinkler systems, as we heard in Croydon. There are 900

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tower blocks. In nine boroughs they have cladding. 140 buildings in

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total. None have the same cladding used in Grenfell Tower. What is the

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government said? We asked them for a picture of her many inspections are

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being carried out in recent days. They haven't got back to us. They

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have written to every council telling them to look for a certain

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type of cladding cold ACM, and this if they find it, get it urgently

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inspected. Nothing has been found by any council tip. Although the

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cladding is a key part of the investigation, no blame has been

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attributed yet. On this question of the original response by the local

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council, what is the protocol? Kensington and Chelsea was

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overwhelmed by the enormity of what happened. But there are questions as

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to what the council did and when it did it. This is not an informal

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process. There is a formal plan in place. There is a pan London

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resilience plan which can be triggered. That requires the host

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borough to affect -- effectively ask for help. There is frustration among

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some borrowers involved because some were standing by, prepared to offer

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assistance very early on. That has caused friction. We have had

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criticism of the secondary response. The provision of shelter, food,

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clothing, basic support to those most badly affected. Some councils

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feeling they have been drawn in on fairly by that criticism. Thank you.

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The Metropolitan Police Commissioner has told BBC London her

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force is "stretched" and is asking the Government for help.

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Cressida Dick says her officers are carrying out "very extensive"

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terror investigations on top of dealing with

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Our Home Affairs Correspondent, Nick Beake, reports.

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Three terrorist attacks, five more foiled.

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All this on top of rising violent crime in

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The pace feels relentless for the Metropolitan Police.

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We are not having any fewer calls for help

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The commissioner reveal to us she was now

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talking to ministers about the

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?400 million of savings Scotland Yard says it

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We do undoubtedly need a very capable

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police service in the future for all the reasons people can see.

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I'm sure we can become more efficient however

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we need the resources to do the job and I'm talking to the government

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Sources say they are confident the government will listen

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The Home Office insisted it would ensure the Met has

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the resources needed to cut crime and keep communities safe.

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But the mayor rejected a department's claim

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that the police budget had been protected.

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Scotland Yard also announced today it was paying to

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train an extra 1800 officers to carry Taser stun guns.

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The commissioner ordered the move after a rise in

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knife crime and attacks on officers but explained they could also help

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I felt our emergency response teams should have

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Clearly, the horrible attacks in the last few weeks...

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I think will be high in people's minds.

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And there are instances when Taser will be and, indeed, has been

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used in some arrests recently but it would

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be a very useful tool for the officers to use.

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Critics say Tasers are dangerous and is used far too

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often, partically against black people but Scotland Yard feels it is

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an increasingly important weapon in policing the capital today.

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People gathered for a vigil in Finsbury Park this evening,

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in support of those affected by yesterday's attack.

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Among the speakers, local MP and Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn,

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who called for all communities to remain strong.

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This is who we want to be. This is who we are. This was the message

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they wanted to come from Finsbury Park. Less than 48 hours after the

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attack, a community together, not apart. For those directly affected,

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they are deeply shocked by the -- touched by the response. We have

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overwhelmed by the huge support that we have from the local community. It

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is so nice to see. The number of flowers, phone calls, e-mails, the

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number of people who came last night to show their support, they love and

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respect. One of the messages that keeps coming out time and time again

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is that people here say the attack yesterday will not divide them, it

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will not create resentment between different parts of the committee. In

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fact, it is bringing people together. The other thing of course

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it hasn't shown is that any community can be a victim of a

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terrorist attack. It was in the very early hours of Monday morning when

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worshippers who had just left mosque awestruck. A van ploughed into

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crowds leaving many casualties. But today people heard positive

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messages, including from local MP and Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn. If

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this mosque is attacked, if a synagogue is attacked, if a church

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is attacked, if any person is attacked, we are under all attack

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because of that. Let's have that sense of solidarity. That is why so

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many people wanted to turn up. It was important to me that this was

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seen as an act of terror on London just like all the other acts of

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terror. It is important for society to show that terrorism has no

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colour, no religion. We are united as one. Extra police patrols will be

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deployed to protect people here while the community comes to terms

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with what has happened. But let's find out

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what the weather's up Not so great for sleeping? No. Very

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uncomfortable again tonight. Warm and sticky. Today is the fourth day

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in a row that we have at temperatures over 40 degrees. Just a

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bit lower than yesterday. Another very one night ahead. Uncomfortable

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for sleeping. Just a touch cooler than it was last night. But still

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lows of around 17 Celsius. It will feel very warm into tomorrow

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morning. It is the summer solstice. The heat will peak. It could --

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could turn out to be the hottest June day for 40 years, since 1976.

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The sun will rise at Cuadrilla flight -- Cuadrilla five. Lots of

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sunshine. Fairweather Cloud. Some warm air. High pollen levels. Top

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temperatures peeking out at 34 Celsius. The good news is if you

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suffer from the heat there will be some respite from Thursday. The

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outlook for the rest of the week is it is going to look cooler and

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breezy, and we should see more cloud as well.

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breezy, and we should see more cloud as well. Here is more with Thomas

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Savernake. Good evening. We are on course for

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the hottest June day in the UK since 1976. Temperatures will be soaring

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