26/06/2017 London News


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safe from fire. But to a former housing minister. Join me now

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There are claims tonight that Rydon, the company responsible

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for carrying out refurbishments to Grenfell Tower, ignored

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fire safety warnings during the refurbishment of another

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Hundreds of residents were evacuated from their homes

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on the Chalcots Estate on Friday, after London Fire Brigade said

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they couldn't guarantee the safety of those living there.

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But this programme has heard from a contractor who claims

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he warned Rydon about his fears over one of the blocks -

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But he says those concerns fell on deaf ears.

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Tonight hundreds of residents are still out of their homes,

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They were evacuated with little warning on Friday night from four

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tower blocks here on the Chalcots Estate.

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Now BBC London can reveal how we were the first to highlight

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safety concerns to the council and Rydon which led

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There are one of two gas risers on this floor landing,

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this was one of the risers and my concerns are that

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if there is a fire in this communal area and the fire breaches this pipe

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which is basically a PVC gas pipe behind this small bit of what feels

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like a bit of timber cladding, this resident would not

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Meet Sebastien Stevenson of Diligent Developments.

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I met him a week ago when we filmed here inside Taplow House.

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If there's a fire in that floor it will breach that fire door

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We filmed as he listed all his concerns inside the tower block,

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A fire door should actually look like this, compositely set up

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with a solid core panel door with an inch emission strip,

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maybe there's a door closer on the internal side of this door.

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And in the fire this strip heats up and seals it.

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And in the fire this strip heats up and seals the door and prevents

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smoke inhalation into the actual space whereas this glass is just

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simple safety glass and would crack under the slightest application

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He first saw this building when his company came

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in to refurbish the 17th floor after a fire inside

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So clearly you can see here the images of the fire

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He says he raised these concerns with Rydon, the company

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It's five years later, there is no excuse for these safety

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violations to still be intrinsic into these buildings.

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We raised his concerns on Tuesday of last week with the council.

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On Friday, three days later, a dramatic development.

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Taplow House and three other towers nearby were evacuated precisely

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because of fears over the cladding and the interior fire safeguards.

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What is more, Taplow House has had a fire inspection, which it passed,

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as recently as the spring of last year so what went wrong

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In a statement the company, Rydon, have said they have no record

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whatsoever of any concerns or warnings being raised

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by Diligent Developments and that the particular areas

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of concern, whether that is the fire alarms or gas risers,

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the responsibility for them lies instead with Camden Council.

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The statement goes on to say that Rydon prides itself on the quality

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of all works that they carry out, they have been working with local

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authorities for more than 40 years, and that safety is integral

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As for Camden Council, they said tonight they have

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been on the front foot, as they put it, to ensure

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their tower blocks meet the required safety standards,

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and they will be asking serious questions about the management

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Well, we know that Camden is a very specific case,

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But let's get the wider picture in London.

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Jim Wheble is here with more details.

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Across the capital eight London boroughs sent cladding away for

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testing and it came back with failures. Hackney is the latest to

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be added to that list. A block on the Woodbury downed estate, part of

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Genesis Housing Association. The others include Camden, Hounslow,

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Islington, Brent, Barnett, Lambeth and Wandsworth. And should resident

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in these Boers be worried they could be evacuated? -- in these boroughs.

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It seems like the concerns on the Chalcots estate have not been

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replicated elsewhere. Almost all that failed the cladding test have

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subsequently had the London Fire Brigade reassess their safety

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procedures and apart from a few alterations, notably 24-hour

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patrols, they have said that while the cladding is removed resident art

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says -- are safe. I spoke to Genesis Housing Association earlier, one of

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their blocs failed the test today, and they said that only a small

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amount of cladding covers their building and that they have

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reassessed their fire safety assessment and reassured residents

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that they are safe while the cladding is removed. Many thanks for

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now. 14 police officers have been injured

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and five people arrested during a protest over the death

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of a young father in east London. Edson Frederico Da Costa died a week

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after being stopped in a car His family said they'd arranged

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a peaceful march last night, but others threw bricks and lit

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fires, as our Home Affairs This was the stand-off outside

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Forest Gate police station. Demonstrators said the Met had

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questions to answer. A local man had died

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after being stopped by officers. How did you start fighting for his

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life? That's what we need to know

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from the police, simple. 25-year-old Edson Frederico Da Costa

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died last Wednesday. The police watchdog said it believed

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the Met used CS gas and force. Campaigners claimed he received

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significant injuries and anger spilled into disorder

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at this latest protest. You imagine in a war zone

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or something, you don't imagine The trouble last night happened

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on Ahmed's doorstep. Bins burning in the street

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where many families were celebrating I haven't see nothing

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like this in 50 years. Luckily they did not smash

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the cars and didn't throw So what is the background

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to the story? On Thursday, June 15th, Met Police

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officers stopped a car in Newham. Mr Da Costa becomes unwell,

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according to the police He is taken to hospital

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in a critical condition. The following Wednesday,

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he dies in hospital. The next day, as campaigners claim

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he has been brutally beaten, the IPCC says a postmortem

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examination found he had no broken neck, no spinal injuries,

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or bleeding to the brain. Despite the flames and the obvious

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fury, the protest at this police station last night was contained

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and did not spread particularly far. The level of anger over the death

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of a young black man after contact with the Metropolitan Police has

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worrying echoes of another The shooting of Mark Duggan by armed

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police started the 2011 riots. This summer, feelings

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are also running high. The authorities will want

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to try and ease tensions A minute's has been held to remember

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those affected by the terrorist One man died and 11

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others were injured. A 47-year-old has been charged

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with terrorism-related The floral tribute in Finsbury Park,

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a reminder of events just a week ago, the fourth terrorist attack

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in just three months. The nation invited to pause

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and remember those impacted And then, gathered outside

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Islington town Hall, civic leaders, the local Mayor,

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and members of staff, many working and living locally,

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all gathered to show solidarity with the Muslim community in this

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multiethnic part of north London. A gesture greatly appreciated by

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the chair of Finsbury Park mosque. We know that we are here

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in Islington a diverse community, Those people who try

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to divide us, they failed. We have proved it

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in the last few days. This is why I am really glad that

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Islington and the country have come together to make sure

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that these people are failing. With the end of Ramadan

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at the weekend, there is normally a sense of joyous celebration

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amongst Muslims, but following the attack last Monday,

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joy has been replaced I'll say goodnight and

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leave you with Wendy Quite so, this week ahead will be

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cooler from tomorrow onwards and there will be quite cloudy

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conditions with spells of rain. This is the grand picture, it is a mess

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of low pressure systems, isobars and France and the rain coming with it

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which gives you an idea of how unsettled it will be -- and fronts.

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At the moment we have some cloud come in with some isolated tiny

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showers and there might be a few more through the night. It is fairly

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warm with temperatures of 15 degrees and we start with a fair amount of

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cloud and I can't guarantee you won't see some rain first thing but

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it will become more prevalent as the day goes on. If we get any dry and

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bright spot in between it looks likely temperatures might get a bit

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higher than the 21 degrees you concede that in the afternoon and

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evening and overnight to Wednesday there will be more heavy rain and

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that will have a knock-on effect to the temperature, from 35 degrees

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last week to 19 degrees this Wednesday will stop we do have

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unsettled conditions through the week with further spells of rain.

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The weekend will week with further spells of rain.

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The weekend will be called with breezy conditions and

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