28/06/2017 London News


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Two weeks on from the Grenfell Tower fire, a survivor has told us

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how he thought he would die as he tried desperately

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to escape from the 14th floor of the burning building

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It's led to sleepless nights for Olu Talabi,

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who says he feels more traumatised now than he did when he

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least of all for the people he had to leave behind.

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He's been speaking to our reporter, Tarah Welsh.

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When I saw the other side of the building was kind of burning,

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I didn't want my girlfriend or my daughter to panic or anything.

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When Olu woke to find his building on fire, from his 14th floor flat,

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That's when I started tying all the bed sheets together.

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I already opened the door and I saw the smoke.

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There was no way I was going to through that smoke.

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I was dangling from the window and I tried...

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I told my missus to pass my daughter.

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She was thinking, what are you doing, like?

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And I didn't want to look down because I felt if I looked

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His neighbours pulled him back inside.

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The firefighters had brought five people into his flat that night,

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He'd inhaled a lot of smoke and lay down on Olu's bed.

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As I went through that smoke, I was thinking, what am

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There's no way I'm going to make it downstairs through the smoke.

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I don't know if I would have made it through the stairway.

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I'm not going to lie to you, I gave up already.

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Inside of me, I couldn't see what was there.

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I could feel myself taking my last breath.

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My missus was dropping on the floor, I was trying to pick her up.

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I don't know what she was tripping on.

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I didn't think I was going to make it.

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I don't what damage this has done to me.

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I don't know if, in a year's time, I'm going to fall sick from this.

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I don't know what this has done to me.

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Steve, who lived on the 15th floor, a very nice guy.

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Since that night, he's learnt that only one person and his family

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And as the days go on, he learns of more friends

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Of everyone that died, the one that has affected me

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Because I can still picture him on my bed.

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If you've ever received a phone call from someone telling you there's

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a problem with your computer and they can help you fix it

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for a fee, then the fraudster has got their eye on you

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to become one of tens of thousands of people who fall

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But now four people have been arrested on suspicion

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of committing the fraud, after a joint operation between City

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You're told your computer has a fault, but it often ends

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with the caller taking large sums from your bank account.

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And the scam is getting more sophisticated.

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I simply saw this on my computer screen when I was

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Simon Greaves' computer then froze, he was instructed to ring a call

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centre and after hours on the phone, he ended up being

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I felt embarrassed, actually, that it had happened to me.

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I felt a sense that I had been deeply cheated.

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It feels like there's somebody intruding in your life.

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Microsoft has been working with the City of London Police

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to investigate this global scam and this week in the UK,

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The police officer leading the inquiry says the focus

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This is a global issue, but focused very much with Indian

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I think we have what we need now to work with our partners in India

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to have a dramatic impact to take out this organised criminality.

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This has become one of the most common frauds.

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Over the last year, getting on for 35,000 cases were reported,

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and the police suspect there were far more.

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The average loss was ?600, and the typical

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If people receive a phone call from someone pretending

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to be from Microsoft, they are being scammed.

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If they think they've been scammed, they should get in touch

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Of course, if you keep them on the phone for long enough,

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The Royal Albert Dock in east London goes back to the 1800s,

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when it was a hub for ships sailing in from around the world

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But today, the start of a massive transformation for the dock began

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in which a new business district will take shape, thanks

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Counting cranes is an odd hobby, but if you do, you'll have a sense

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It's not 100% accurate, but then nor are the economists.

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This so-called crane count suggests that investment is still coming

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into London and new buildings are going up.

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Nowhere more so than here, beside City Airport

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and the Royal Albert Dock, where the good and the great

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There's a ?1.7 billion Chinese investment in London

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It's something which could easily become

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The plans are bold, the models shiny and the signs are encouraging.

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but I was here four years ago when this was first announced

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Then, it was all about an Asian gateway into the EU here

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in London, which is a bit awkward now that we're leaving the EU.

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I put that point to its Chinese backers today

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TRANSLATION: Compared to the situation four years ago,

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I think we are at a more advantageous stage.

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Although there is Brexit, Britain is now more independent and mature

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and it also shows more confidence in the British economy,

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so there will be more cooperation between China and the UK

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What of recent fears by the Bank of England, no less,

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that our commercial property is too pricey?

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Are we also in danger of building too many offices

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They're trying to attract companies from Asia,

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so what they're trying to do is create something additional.

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But given where we are, the price and anything else,

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this is a fantastic place to come, I'm not worried here.

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I think other people should be worried about the competition

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He also assured me that no golden handshakes were offered

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A gilt-edged investment, then, or a risky bet?

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The Victoria and Albert Museum has had a bit of a makeover.

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But it is impressive, very impressive - and you'll be able

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or just see it now, with Tolu Adeoye.

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There are some flashing images in this report.

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the Victoria and Albert Museum in over 100 years, allowing visitors

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to enter the grounds from a new entrance

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on Exhibition Road, which is home to some of the most important

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I think that when they walk in, we'll see a lot of jaws drop

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We get a much more informal entrance to the visitor.

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You have, over on Cromwell Road, quite a traditional,

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almost cathedral-like entrance to the museum, which can be quite

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In Victorian times when the museum was set up, this was where

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I remember this moment halfway through the project

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where we took the scaffolds down and it was like we were in

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The work we've done here is so diverse,

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the work detailing scheduling every single stone so it can be

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there's these beautiful manufactured porcelain tiles.

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All of those things are exactly what our mission here is.

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It's a museum of art and design and manufacturing,

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and that is exactly what this space is telling.

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And the changes don't stop above ground.

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A brand-new gallery has been constructed underneath the courtyard

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which will host some of the museum's biggest exhibitions.

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To have something that has been purpose-built and designed to house

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A free week-long festival will mark the opening of the new entrance

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bringing, its creators say, the city into the museum and taking the V

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And that is the only place in the world with porcelain floor tiles.

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Now the weather. The brightest thing in north London today was probably

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the flowers. We did quite well, actually. It was much wetter further

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north and west of us. But all this cloud over night is at least going

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to help keep temperatures up. Not a cold start on Thursday. But you will

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not need your sunglasses. I'm afraid it is going to stay cloudy. Like

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today, there will be enough clout for the odd bit of rain patting on

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the breeze. But if the sun does come out, there is a chance we could

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burst through 20 Celsius. Friday looks to be somewhat writer for many

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of us. But as is often the way, if you get too much brightness, the

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temperatures rise and that will pop off one or two sharp showers.

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Saturday starts on a damp note, but the weekend is not bad.

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Saturday starts on a damp note, but the weekend is not bad.

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It looks like summer has disappeared for the time being. Already, some

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parts of the country have had a month's worth of rain this week.

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Today, the wettest weather was further north across in the

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Yorkshire and Lincolnshire. About an inch of rain in some places. This

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picture was taken by a weather watcher at Headingley in

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