23/06/2017 London News


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Good evening from BBC London News, I'm Victoria Hollins.

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As we've been hearing, thousands of people are being evacuated

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from five tower blocks on a council estate in Camden, over safety fears.

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Residents from 800 households will have to leave their homes

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for between two to four weeks, because of concerns over

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Our reporter Sonja Jessup is there for us now.

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Let me just talk you through what we are seeing behind me. You may be

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able to see yellow jacketed security staff. There are fire wardens

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reassuring residents as they come out of the building. We have seen

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young children carrying pillows and we've seen elderly people carrying

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belongings. One lady cradling a baby. Many people say they are

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frustrated by what has happened and some don't want to leave. I was

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getting messages on my phone saying what's going on and I saw we were

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being evacuated. People are going through the building, knocking on

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doors, telling people to leave the building. I've been told by one of

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the officials that everyone is meant to be out of the building and they

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are sending people to the local leisure centre, where more

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information will be given. Whether they are going to provide

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accommodation or suggest people go to friends, I don't know yet. People

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are being directed to the Swiss Cottage leisure centre just around

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the corner. They are being given a sticker with a number on it. They

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are being directed to mattresses on the floor. We are talking about 800

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households being evacuated. Camden Council says it understands this is

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very distressing for people, but it insists safety must come first.

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Sonia, thank you. Could lives have been

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saved at Grenfell Tower if the Fire Service had had access

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to specialist ladders? And tonight, BBC London can

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exclusively reveal that the service is now looking to buy vehicles

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designed especially to access They can reach more than 100

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metres into the sky. Far above, the 67 metre

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height of Grenfell Tower. So are these the firefighting

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platforms that could have saved lives if they'd been available

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to London's firefighters last week. To have that there, it would have

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been a game changer. That would have made such

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a difference to our firefighters When they were trying

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to fight the Grenfell Tower, the capital's firefighter groups

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did not have access London's aerial platforms can only

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reach 32 metres and BBC London has discovered this was flagged up four

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years ago, after a fire at another block of flats,

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Lakanal House, in Camberwell. We wanted to see recommendation

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for platforms and ladders that could save people

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in high-rise tower blocks. A specific manufacturer of high

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platforms was even named in a fire safety experts report to lawyers

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at that inquest. But no recommendation was made

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and none of the highest So, could it have made a difference

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at Grenfell Tower if they had been? BBC London invited the managing

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director of that company to visit the remains of the tower

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and his conclusion was immediate. With an aerial platform,

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it could have been reached. Would it have reached

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to the top floor? And this is one of those machines

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at the company's base in Finland. They have been selling them

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for more than 20 years. They're not cheap -

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more than ?1 million for the 90 meter platform,

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but by going up in one, This platform is about the same

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height as London's tallest. We're pointing at it now and then

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to a 64 meter water pump and then Of course, we don't know how much

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use such a platform would have been at Grenfell given the intensity

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of the fire and the layout of the streets, but the company's

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promo video has one next We showed these pictures

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to the London rep of The machine you've just

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shown me is 90 meters plus. That would have made such

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a difference to our firefighters Tonight, London's Fire Commissioner

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revealed they are now looking We are fortunately just

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about to replace our aerial fleet so as part of that we will look

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at the new technology that allow us Although this disaster has already

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provoked strong opinion about the causes of such a high

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death toll, it will be up to the inquiry to decide

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whether taller, firefighting platforms could have

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made any difference. A school just a short distance

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from Grenfell Tower has been paying tribute to some of its pupils

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and teachers, who lost Avondale Park Primary's playground

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is in the shadow of the tower. Emilia Papadopoulos

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was invited to join them. # When I find myself

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in times of trouble. Singing for the loved ones

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they lost nine days ago. The Grenfell Tower fire

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happened just 500 metres from Avondale Park Primary

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and the pupils here are The emotion is still very raw,

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but they're determined to focus on the good memories they have

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of their classmates. I remember when I was

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younger and some boys took She saw that I was upset

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and went and asked the boys I remember in football

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when she scored our first goal. I was happy for her and

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we hugged each other. It's OK to cry, but it's also OK

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to laugh and to keep We felt it's important

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that they keep hold of the memories. Each classroom has created

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a memory wall so that they and write them down,

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lovely pictures, photos. The pupils also honoured

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their friends memories by saying their name and releasing

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a balloon for every person they knew Everyone here is still coming

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to terms with this tragedy and like the adults, the children have

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so many questions about how and why this happened yards

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from their playground. # There will be an

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answer Tomorrow will be rather cloudy

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through the morning, Into the afternoon some scattered

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showers are possible, but many places will remain dry

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with some brighter spells. We'll see a maximum

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temperature of 23 Celsius. Now for a look at the national

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forecast with Tomasz Schafernaker. Good evening. Our weather has

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reverted to something more like normal, as we head into the weekend.

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By normal I mean cooler and I mean quite mixed. Today, we had sunshine,

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particularly across southern and northern parts of the country. Those

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Weather Watch pictures from Cornwall and from western scholars. In

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between we had a band of cloud. Some outbreaks of patchy rain brought

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about by this weather front. Notice the wave on the weather front. It

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won't be clearing through quickly, it will be dawdling across England

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and where is throughout the night, bringing loud and patchy rain. Some

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patchy rain in Northern Ireland. Largely

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