04/07/2017 London News


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The Government made a pledge to those who lost their homes

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in the Grenfell fire that they would be rehoused

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Some families have told this programme that what they've been

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Tonight, Downing Street says it's trying to get the right balance

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between sticking to that commitment and giving people what they need.

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This is the hotel that we were accommodated

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Sajad has been living in this hotel room since Grenfell fire.

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He, his mother and sister escaped from the third floor.

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Same hotel that my neighbours and my mum and my sister have been.

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In the aftermath of the fire, the Prime Minister promised that

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every affected family would be offered a good quality,

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Sajad's family are one of more than 100 households

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He says they will stay in the hotel until permanent

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Why wouldn't you accept temporary accommodation?

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To accept a temporary accommodation, knowing that you are already in one,

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And people, they just don't want to be moved

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So, how many people would you say are still living in this block?

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In this particular area, I know he's there, there,

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Those living in neighbouring blocks to the tower,

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some of which are still without hot water and gas, have also been

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Councillor Beinazir Lasharie has chosen to remain at her home.

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They have tried to offer me other accommodation,

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but it's very difficult with children, and you know,

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I've got to try to look out for them before anything else.

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She says many people simply don't feel the accommodation that's been

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put forward is suitable for their needs.

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I've spoken to people who've said they've been offered stuff

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which is completely out of the borough, or it's

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After everything that everyone's been through,

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to still be moved around and shifted around and fobbed off,

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So, for many like Sajad, the wait for a home will go

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Well, tonight, families affected by the tragedy had a meeting

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with the police officer leading the Met's criminal

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Here's our home affairs correspondent, Nick Beake.

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This was the first opportunity that families affected by the fire have

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had to put some of the many questions they have

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to the senior police officers leading the investigation.

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The meeting lasted more than three and a half hours.

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Many were accompanied by specialist family liaison officers

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Many people did not want to talk about some of the distressing detail

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they'd heard inside, but a short time ago,

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we spoke to one man who lost six members of his family

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He gave us a sense of what happened inside that meeting.

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We personally asked, where is our family?

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We want to know, is our family's bodies still there?

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Whatever it is, we want to know exactly what it is.

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And the answers that were coming back was,

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we don't know, we don't know, we don't know.

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Talking to some other people who were inside that meeting,

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it's clear there is a real sense of anger among the families that

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although Grenfell Tower is a crime scene - the Met have now launched

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there are, it would seem, no suspects, only witnesses, at this

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And there is a level of concern that documents may be being destroyed,

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and families wanted answers from the Metropolitan Police.

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Of course, Scotland Yard say that this is one of the most

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complicated investigations they've ever carried out, and they've warned

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that some of the answers to the questions the families have

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been demanding may take weeks, or even months, to be able

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Meanwhile, there's still concern that some of the money raised

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through donations isn't getting through to those who need it most.

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So how much HAS been raised for victims and survivors?

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And what's being done to make sure those working on the ground get it

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Claudia-Liza Armah has been going through all the figures.

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So, we already know the Government pledged ?5 million -

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that works out to around ?5,500 per household.

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Communities Secretary Sajid Javid has already said that half of people

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entitled to that pot of money have got that.

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But what about the charitable donations?

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Well, there has been a massive amount of fundraising and donations

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made, and we've been going through all the figures

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and have estimated that more than ?17 million has been

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Well, it's come from a number of different charities,

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crowd funding websites and that Simon Cowell charity single.

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The largest amount has been raised by The Evening

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Standard's Dispossessed Fund - that's raised ?5 million.

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While The Red Cross appeal has raised more than ?4 million.

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As has the Kensington and Chelsea Foundation.

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So now we have an idea how much has been raised,

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how can victims and survivors get access to that money?

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Well, someone who shed some light on that was Gerald Oppenheim

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from the London Emergency Trust, one of the charities overseeing

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If they're next of kin, if they were injured,

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they need to get in touch either with one of the humanitarian

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teams on the ground, at the Westway Centre,

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or, if they have a police family liiaison officer,

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They'll get a little form to fill in just to tell us

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who they are and how to pay the money to them.

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Well, the London Emergency Trust is focusing on people

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For those who have been displaced because of the fire,

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they're being advised to get into touch with the Rugby Portobello

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Trust, among others, which is working closely

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Police are hunting a dangerous prisoner who was released by mistake

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just a few months into a nine-year sentence due to a clerical error.

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25-year-old Ralston Dodd stabbed a man after

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25-year-old Ralston Dodd stabbed a man three times after

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The court incorrectly recorded his sentence.

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The Ministry of Justice says it's urgently

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The RSPCA says they are a "huge and growing problem".

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Now, the charity is urging the public to help find those

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In one case, a dog which had been left to die after being used

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Yvonne Hall's report does contain some images

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Found dumped and bleeding to death on a street

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This shar pei bitch was emaciated, couldn't walk and was suffering

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from life-threatening eye and womb infections.

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Her claws had curled round three times -

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some had grown right through her paws.

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Vets say she was in excruciating pain.

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She was literally dripping pus, because she had pyometra,

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and that is a fatal condition, and that's why the second vet said

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The dog warden asked us, and we said, yes, let's

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Glenys, as she's now being called, is recovering

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at the Rescue Remedies kennels in Surrey.

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The RSPCA believe she'd been kept for about nine years cramped

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in a tiny cage and repeatedly used as a breeding machine

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They estimate she'd had about 60 puppies.

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Each would have sold for at least ?1,500.

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These pictures from a raid on a puppy farm show

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Dead animals are also found in plastic buckets.

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It's feared these puppies were dumped by a roadside

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in Hertfordshire when they couldn't be sold.

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The RSPCA in 2016, we received around about 3,500 calls

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about puppies coming from places where maybe the conditions

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aren't good enough, and perhaps from bitches

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It's a huge problem, it's a growing problem.

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Glenys is one of the very few lucky ones to survive.

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Even her tail is starting to curl again.

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It's now five weeks since Glenys was found dumped bleeding to death

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As you can see, she's now recovering well.

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But everyone involved with her care says it's amazing that she survived,

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the degree of cruelty she was subjected to.

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And the RSPCA is now urging anyone with any information about Glenys,

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or any illegal puppy farms, to contact them immediately.

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I'll say good night now - and leave you with Chris Fawkes

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Today, we got up to 25 degrees, despite the clouds in the sky.

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Tomorrow, it's going to be even hotter. For the next few days,

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temperature is will be about 30. It will be feeling increasingly humid

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as well. For the moment, outside, the cloud is continuing to break up.

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Temperatures will only be getting down to about 16 by the end of the

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night. Tomorrow, a beautiful start to the day. Sunshine to take us

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through the first part of the morning, a bit of cloud bubbling up

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in the afternoon but not spoiling the sunshine. And it's going to be a

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hot one. Temperatures could hit 30 degrees in some places. On Thursday,

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it looks likely that we will see some thunderstorms moving up from

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the near continent. In between, some humid sunshine coming through, and

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similar kind of temperatures. Will the hot spell last? It looks like it

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will do for another few days yet. We're going to see similar

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temperatures on Friday, when it should be a similar day.

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Hot weather is coming back to some parts of the UK over the next few

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days. The warmth and humidity will be coming back up across the UK. It

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is England and Wales which will see the higher temperatures. Even the

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Lake District is going to improve. Today, it was no better than 15,

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with

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