05/07/2017 London News


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Here on BBC One, it's time for the news where you are.

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Good evening, I'm Asad Ahmad.

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A specialist team is to take over the housing department

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at Kensington and Chelsea council following criticism of its response

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The Government says the task-force will include experts

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But opponents say its not enough - and they want to see Commissioners

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Here's our Political Editor, Tim Donovan.

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There are so many things to do, so much help needed,

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and not just for those in Grenfell Tower itself,

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This man owns a flat in the block overlooking the tower.

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He hasn't stayed there since the fire, where, he says,

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When you feel safe when you see people, high vis officials informing

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you, updating you what's going to happen, then

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And at the moment, who are you seeing?

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No detail yet about the new task force; how many people,

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who and where from, but we do now know this.

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The special focus of this recovery task force is going to be

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on housing, regeneration and community engagement.

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This seemed to one Conservative councillor in Kensington to be

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The focus is on helping people in North Kensington,

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not on issuing parking permits to people in Chelsea or whatever.

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It's about helping the people of North Kensington,

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that's where the resources should be concentrated.

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So I think this is absolutely the right thing to do.

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But Labour, including London's Mayor, argue it is not

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enough, wanting a full-blown team of commissioners to take

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over the whole council, well survivors say better

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If that's improved in the proper way, we shouldn't have many

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Because we're going to be linked, we're going to be one unit,

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the communication is going to be more clear.

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The councils face protest and criticism and with its own staff

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stretched to the limit, this looks like vital relief.

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You can't exist in an emergency situation for a very long time.

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If Kensington and Chelsea need assistance, in respect of being able

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to run business as usual and dealing with this disaster that

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has landed slap bang in the heart of their community

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in North Kensington, then that's absolutely

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the right thing to do they would need that support.

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There's no indication yet how long that support will be needed,

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but nothing after this looks like being easy.

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Well, earlier today, a building housing some offices -

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which neighbours Grenfell Tower - was evacuated.

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London Fire Brigade said there were concerns

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about Fire Exits being blocked - because they backed

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Some people working in the offices raised concerns about the length

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of time it's taken the authorities to come to today's decision.

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We were going about our normal daily business, saw some firemen doing

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We were then advised to immediately evacuate, urgently.

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Whilst outside, we spoke, a police officer spoke to me

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and explained that the fire brigade had made a recommendation three

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weeks ago, so the day after the fire, to the council

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that the building was not safe for commercial use,

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The rear fire escape is the crime scene.

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My concern is, not only have we been in there for three weeks,

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we've had clients, some from the tower, coming

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And another major development regarding Grenfell, which BBC London

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has discovered, is that more equipment

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could be on the way to help tackle future fires.

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Louisa Preston has more details.

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This could be a major addition for the London Fire Brigade. It could.

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You will remember during the night of that fire, we saw the shots of

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the fireman on those aerial platforms but they couldn't get high

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enough. That platform they were using on that night was actually

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borrowed from Surrey, which could reach 42 metres. Now questions have

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been asked since the fire, saying why doesn't London have the aerial

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platforms that can reach the heights the New York Fire Department can

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reach, 70 metres? BBC London has been to Finland where they have

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ladders of 100 metres, and our reporters were talking to

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manufacturers there, he said if they had ladders of 100 metres, it would

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have made a big difference. We know London Fire Brigade is considering

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higher aerial platforms as they are about to renew their fleet. It is

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something the Fire Commissioner spoke to us about a few days ago. We

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are fortunately just about to replace our aerial fleet, so as part

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of that we will look at the new technology that will allow us to

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have taller aerial platforms. The problem until now and London has

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been the streets are quite narrow, there is weight loading and machines

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are too big but now it will be one of our priorities. There seems to be

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some movement on that as well? Yes, the Fire Commissioner and the Mayor

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of London met last on Wednesday, and he has more or less said to her,

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tell me what you need. Basically draw up a list. So an incident by

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Grenfell can never happen again and she has done that, we are being

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told. On that list consists three aerial platforms. They are not

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cheap, it is a hefty price tag between 2.5- ?3 million and that no

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one have to go to the government for that money. I've asked the London

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Fire Brigade Commissioner to do an urgent review of what else she

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thinks we need is a Fire Service in London to make sure we can deal with

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fires and tower blocks. That will mean additional resources from

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central government to pay for the additional equipment the London Fire

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Brigade needs. What are the chances of getting that money? Many would

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say this is a time to make that argument. I think many would be

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extremely astonished if London Fire Brigade to get the money to provide

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the equipment that they so desperately need. A lot of people

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will have their eyes on what happens there. Thank you for that, Louisa.

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This programme has seen figures which show reported

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acid attacks in London have more than doubled - since 2014.

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One of the latest was in Beckton, as two cousins sat in

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a car at traffic lights, with the window down.

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Police are treating it as a hate crime,

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and it's heightened fears in the Asian and Muslim

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And a warning, that some viewers may find images

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Two cousins out celebrating a birthday.

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She was sitting in a car with her cousin, Jameel,

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when acid was sprayed into their faces.

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This shocking attack two weeks ago is being treated as a hate crime.

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I can't sleep, I keep thinking this guy's going to come for me.

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There's no reason why this wouldn't be racially motivated.

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And ever since, has some in the Muslim and Asian

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So many acid attacks occurring in London recently,

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People can get hold of acid and attack people so, so easily.

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Police are investigating a suspected acid attack

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here in Mile End, where two people were taken to hospital.

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The motivation of that attack is unknown, but it appears to be

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It does make me worried, because I heard this on Facebook,

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Whatsapp, Muslim people are getting attacked, they are being acid

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I do feel scared sometimes, to go outside, because

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People can go around me and they can throw acid on me.

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Young people like us don't feel safe to go

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out in London any more, because of things,

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Overall, acid attacks have risen year-on-year.

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In 2014-2015, 188 people were injured as a result

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The following financial year it increased to 317.

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And up until April this year, it jumped again to 398.

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There seems to be a right and it's prevalent to East London,

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The perception that it's being used more and more in hate crime,

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I have no evidence to suggest that it's used

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I've not seen that as an increase, and I would say if anybody

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believes that's the case, then they need to tell us.

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Sarmad Ismail set up a petition, calling for more restrictions

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on household products which can be used in such attacks.

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Just like family members being attacked, so hopefully try

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and get some letters sent to some MPs, they will debate it

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in Parliament, try and get a law put in place or some sort of deterrent

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and then see a crackdown on the purchase of corrosive substances.

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The hard evidence doesn't show a rise in acid being used in hate

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crimes, but the perception after this attack is

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Finally tonight, transport for London has launched a new map to

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help people with claustrophobia and anxiety. The map will help them to

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navigate the network more comfortably by showing brutes with

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fewer tunnels and also highlight which services are in tunnels.

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That's it for now from me, but lets find out what the weathers

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It has been a lovely day to day weather-wise.

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Yes, it was gorgeous. Temperatures got up to 30 degrees at both

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Heathrow and Surrey. More of the same coming up over the next few

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days. But, for some of us we might see some of these in the next 24

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hours, so it won't be entirely dry. Overnight tonight, 23 degrees at the

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moment outside. Those temperatures low to fall so another warm nights

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sleeping. Later in the night we could start to see a few

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thunderstorms move up from the north of France, moving across the forced

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if the storms arrive in the morning it might be they don't have a huge

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amount of rain. Not everyone will see a storm and there will be some

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warm weather, it will feel hot and humid once again through the

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afternoon, temperatures up to 30 degrees. I would say, if we see some

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storms breaking out late in the day towards evening, they could be

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torrential, but we think they will develop to the north-east of our

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area. Looking at Friday, either way it looks like the weather will

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become dry for everyone with plenty of sunshine. A familiar picture with

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temperatures and the high 20s or low 30s. It looks like this hot weather

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will last at least into the first part of the weekend as well.

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will last at least into the first part of the weekend as well.

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Temperatures should get up to about 28 on Saturday. That is the weather.

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Good evening, I expect the Dave met or exceeded your July expectations

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because it looked for the most part a bit like that in the southern

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isles. One of the great parts would be it was 30 degrees in the London

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area, or just about. Further north, 13 under quite a banner of cloud. We

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don't care how arty you get with your weather

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