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Good evening. I'm Victoria Hollins.

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It was four weeks ago today that one man died and ten people were injured

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in a terrorist attack near Finsbury Park Mosque,

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in what the Head of the Metropolitan Police said "was quite clearly

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Today, the Mosque's Chairman has called for stronger

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He says that since the attack they've received a surge

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Recall behind me is going out for evening prayers right now. Four

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weeks ago it was extremely busy here. It was Ramadan with many

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people coming out of the Finsbury Park mosque after evening prayer.

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Many were heading up to the high Street. That was where, just after

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midnight, a van was driven into a crowd of people.

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Everyone was emotional, and it was tough for people,

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Sadiq Yusuf witnessed the attack and did his best

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There was a guy still underneath the van who we needed to move.

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Luckily a lot of people came out of restaurants and houses nearby

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and lifted the van so we could get one of the victims underneath.

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Some people were conscious, some unconscious.

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Yassin was hit by the van, suffering a broken leg.

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There is a lot of chaos, a lot of worry and a lot

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Everybody was so scared of what happened.

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While Islington Council has been praised for its support

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of the community, racist crime targeting Muslims has risen.

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According to Met police figures, in the weeks before the Manchester

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bombing there were on average 17 Islamophobic hate crimes

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There was a clear spike following the London Bridge attack

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And in the weeks following the Finsbury Park attack there have

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still been 81 hate crimes reported every week.

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The chairman of the mosque showed us a file of letters full

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of poisonous vitriol, all delivered here.

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You will have a river of blood, for example.

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And we will make sure you get hurt and your community gets hurt.

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Expect bombs and other things in your centres,

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He discussed the need for stronger deterrents with the Prime Minister

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when she visited the mosque after the attack.

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Tougher penalties for those found guilty of hate crimes and more

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We're not asking to catch every perpetrator who has

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sent a letter like that, because we know it's impossible.

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But we expect something to be done about some

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to the bottom of it and find out who's behind it.

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We take Islamophobic hate crime and all kinds of hate

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We allocate cases to experienced detectives, and they do

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whatever they can in terms of their investigative abilities

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to support the victim, to chase the suspect,

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and again to bring the suspects to justice.

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The Home Office say they've given ?1 million to help mosques

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improve their security and are working with relevant

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agencies to make sure tougher sentences are handed down

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But as these small handprints from local schoolchildren show,

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there is hope this community can slowly heal.

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I have spent quite a bit of time round here in the last month and

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generally the atmosphere is pretty positive. But work continues behind

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the scenes to heal the emotional and physical scars. To that end, I

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understand victim support workers will be going into the mosque for

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the first time next week. Meanwhile, 47-year-old Darren Osborne has been

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charged with terrorism related murder and attempted murder. He is

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due to appear on Thursday at the Old Bailey for a second preliminary

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hearing. There are fears that stress

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and exhaustion among London's bus drivers

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is contributing to a rise 25 people were killed

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either on or by Just to warn you, you

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might find the pictures at the beginning of this

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next report shocking. Here's our Transport

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Correspondent Tom Edwards. This man is just moments

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away from the impact. He survived but was badly injured

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in the incident in Beckton. And in Ladbroke Grove,

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a bus mounted a pavement. Today's report says the capital's

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buses could be Major safer. Ten years ago Sarah Hope's mother

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died after being hit by a bus. Her daughter lost her leg

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in the same incident. She wants operators to reduce

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the stress on drivers. We had a terrible incident

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in our family and it was caused by a bus driver having road rage,

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which is unforgivable, and it must But since that happened,

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and since I have been working on my campaign to help bus drivers,

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I have learned quite a lot about the stresses and strains

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that they are under. And I think we need to really think

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about them and what they actually physically do every day,

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which is more than driving a bus. 25 people have been killed

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on or by buses in the last two Today's report found an emphasis

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on punctuality over safety, with drivers facing long hours,

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which compromises their ability. The one thing is making sure

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the contracts incentivise safety as well as punctuality,

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but we also need to make sure Transport for London's

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own management having their bonus regime safety

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at the heart of it. We need to make sure the life

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of drivers is better, and that means making sure they can

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have their meal breaks, making sure they don't drive

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for 16 hours at a time, because if they are tired,

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they may make mistakes. In extreme cases, this incident

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shows the behaviour from passengers drivers also sometimes have

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to deal with. Bus driving is one of the most

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stressful transport Joanne Harris has been

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a driver for ten years. Most drivers are doing 12 hour days

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and then getting forced overtime 13 and a half hours of all-out

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stress, with all those people on board, is not a good combination

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for road safety. TfL welcomes the recommendations

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and says it's taking It's aiming for no deaths

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involving a bus by 2030. But campaigners are calling

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for much quicker action. A debate is taking place

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in parliament on the growing It follows a big rise

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in the number of such assaults. Earlier the Mayor,

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Sadiq Khan, called for One victim, who had acid

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squirted in face and eyes, has been speaking to BBC London

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about his ordeal. And a warning there are

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some flashing images They started pushing me about,

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calling me racial abuse. Imran, a father of five,

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was attacked with acid in November Minutes after he thought he had

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avoided a fight here with a large Minutes later he ran

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into two of them again. I tried putting my window up

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but they have got to my car here and I have realised one of them

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had a bottle of Lucozade on him. As I have looked, he has literally

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thrown it onto my face. I couldn't see

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anything straightaway. I was in pain, and it was

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burning and everything. This is how he looked at the time,

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but he says his excellent physical It's not physical that's

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the problem, it's mental. I can't get it out

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of my head, even now. Following five acid attacks

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in less than an hour and a half last week,

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Sadiq Khan today called I think we should be talking

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about life sentences We should be looking at the most

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severe sentences when people have used acid like a life changing

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and life-threatening weapon. But that hasn't happened

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in Imran's case. He says his attacker

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is still on the streets. Staring at me, laughing

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at me, smiling at me. It's simply that he

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is laughing at me. But I could have done something

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myself, but I've got kids. That's the only

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reason that stops me. It should be classed as attempted

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murder or something, Sadly, an agonising increase

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in cases like Imran's means that That's it for now from me, but let's

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find out what the weather's It looks like it'll be a pretty

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interesting week ahead in the weather. It'll start hot and humid

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and then we'll see thunderstorms developing before it cooler and more

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settled before the end of the week. A warm night tonight, only 16 or 17

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degrees by the end, and tomorrow morning some medium and upper level

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cloud, but a dry start to a dry and warm day. Windy, wind from the

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south-east with humid air, bringing it up to the upper 20s in one or two

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spots. Tomorrow evening, we will see showers and thunderstorms spreading

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north through the region. There could be heavy downpours but by the

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end of the night most will clear away and it's another warm one, 18

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degrees for many on Wednesday morning. A southerly breeze on

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Wednesday, some showers around but I think we will avoid most of them.

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You might catch one or two, but 25 degrees once again. We will not see

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those temperatures at the end of the week with a cold front moving

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through on Thursday. It will introduce fresh air. Some rain on

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Thursday, mostly early in the day. Drying up in the afternoon with

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temperatures coming down, 21 and 22 at best. On settled on Friday. Cloud

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and outbreaks of rain. Also windy and it will not feel like 20

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degrees. At the weekend, it will be quite unsettled with showers around.

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It's not all doom and gloom with drier interludes. Here's

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It's not all doom and gloom with drier interludes. Here's Ben with

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the national picture. Good evening. What goes up must come down. So the

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saying goes. That certainly applies to the temperatures. Sunspots cut up

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to 27 degrees and tomorrow we could get even warmer with some spots up

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to 29. The middle of the week will bring a change. Thunderstorms will

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be sparked off and as they clear away, that's when the temperatures

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take a tumble all the way down to around 20 degrees at best for most

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places by

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