20/07/2017 London News


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security services are already testing it as a tool for hunting

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testing it as a tool for hunting terrorists.

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Figures obtained by the BBC show the number of reported sexual

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assaults on the London Underground have more than trebled

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So campaigners are now calling for everyone who uses public

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transport to take responsibility for keeping others safe.

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Tolu Adeoye has been speaking to a victim -

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I was stood behind loads of people and this guy was behind me

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and he sort of started rubbing himself up against me,

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and I thought, maybe I've got the wrong impression here,

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but then I realised, as it became more pronounced

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that he was actually, you know, feeling me up, groping me.

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Imogen Groome was assaulted while travelling on the Central line

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She says the experience has changed the way she now

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I will usually try and plan around and take the bus where I can,

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just because there's more space and you're not going

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It shouldn't happen, that's the bottom line.

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People shouldn't just take advantage because they can.

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The number of reported incidents is rising.

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Statistics show, in the year to March this year, there were more

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than 700 reported offences on the Tube.

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That's gone up threefold from 225 five years ago.

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You know, he shouldn't get away with it.

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Police say campaigns like this one mean more victims have

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But certainly it will help us build that picture and we can establish

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when people come on the system, when people come off the system,

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That can open up lines of enquiry to help catch these people.

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Research on the London Underground shows that most offences

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are reported during rush-hour, dispelling the myth

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that this has anything to do with late-night drinking culture.

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It's often sober men travelling to and from work

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And campaigners say everyone using public transport has

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to take responsibility for keeping women safe.

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There's lots of bystanders lots of the time just turn the other

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eye because they don't want to intervene, but I think it's

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really important that we all say, this is not on, it's not

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what we want for ourselves, it's not what we want for our children.

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We want to create a society where women are free to walk

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around and be in public safe without fear of attack.

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Imogen didn't report the assault, something she now regrets.

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In hindsight, I wish that I had reported it

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because it is every little detail that makes the difference.

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If I'd just said the time and that this guy was tall and had

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a rucksack, which was all I knew of him, that could have

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helped to paint a picture of who had done it.

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She's urging other women to speak up.

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500 people have been evacuated from their homes and businesses

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in north London after fears of a possible explosion -

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at a fire on an industrial estate in Edgware.

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With the latest, here's Jennifer Conway.

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Eight fire engines and dozens of firefighters were called

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to the blaze on Watling Avenue in Edgware this afternoon.

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A workshop on the Edgware industrial estate had caught fire,

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behind a row of shops with flats above.

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Residents and businesses were evacuated when the London Fire

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Brigade became concerned that gas cylinders on the site

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Big smoke, like black smoke filling the streets.

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People were being evacuated from their shops.

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I tried to get some personal belongings as long as it's obviously

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safe, which we needed confirmation from the structural engineer.

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I'm supposed to be going on holiday on Tuesday so I need

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Burnt Oak Tube station was closed as smoke filled the sky.

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Tonight the fire was brought under control, shortly before 9pm.

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Experts from the 9/11 terror attack in New York,

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have been brought in - to help provide specialist knowledge

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to police investigating the Grenfell Tower fire in North

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Metropolitan Police Deputy Commissioner Craig Mackey said

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the "extraordinary size of crime scene" meant the "only comparable

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advice" that could be found was from investigators who worked

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on the collapse of the World Trade Centre in 2001.

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This is one of the most complex recovery operations certainly many

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of us in the UK have seen in time, and the people we're taking advice

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from, which gives you an idea of the skill and complexity of it,

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are some of the people who worked on 9/11 and the fall

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of the towers on 9/11, because it's an extraordinary

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size of crime scene, and extraordinarily complex.

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Criminals in London make millions of pounds a year

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The money often goes to gangs - which helps fund their other crimes.

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So a crackdown by Trading Standards has begun -

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and on the front line, are specially trained harmless

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Unregulated, untaxed and under the counter,

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illegal tobacco in London is big business.

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It is an increasing problem in London.

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The issue is that the cost of cigarettes have

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become much higher and counterfeits are cheaper, so people tend to go

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This is one tool on the front line, working

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with trading standards officers to identify

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what is fake and what is

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not, and her handler says she is an important part of the team.

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She has been doing this for five years.

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The last five years, she has found over

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?7 million worth of illegal tobacco products.

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But officials estimate this is just the tip of the iceberg.

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It's thought criminals are making ?100 million a year

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third of London smokers admitted they had been offered illegal

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Now campaigners say bargain basement tobacco is finding

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its way onto the playground and are tempting

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Brian bought his first illegal packet from a friend.

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When I was in high school, it was me and five

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other people smoking in my school, in my

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year, but altogether in the

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school, there were so many people smoking.

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And there is another problem campaigners are concerned

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Illicit tobacco is linked to gangs and criminality and we also

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know that there are extra substances added to cigarettes, for example

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London trading standards say foreign language on packets, unusual brands

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and knock-down prices are all tell-tale signs that what you are

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There is no doubt that trading standards is

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having an impact and they say that, even with the help

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to be done to stamp out this growing illegal market.

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A woman from Hertfordshire has been quietly remembering the day,

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ten years ago, when she became the first person in Britain

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to donate her kidney - to a complete stranger.

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Her unselfish act led to a change in the law allowing

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others to do the same - and its helped save

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Yvonne Hall has been speaking to her.

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Quiet and unassuming, but this 73-year-old grandmother has

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Kay Mason battled with the NHS for years to try to

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change the law to allow helping people to donate kidneys to

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-- healthy people to donate kidneys to strangers.

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They could not understand one's motivation to do something for

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somebody who they did not know and they reckoned

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doctors would not want to

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I realised what a privileged life I had lead, I had

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not had any serious illness and I had four

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healthy children and even a

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In 2007, what Kay describes as her stubbornness paid off, the law was

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Kay and others hope the tenth anniversary of her

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donation will inspire more people to do the same.

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There are currently 5000 patients in the UK waiting for

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Incidence of kidney disease is rising and, every

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year, 250 people die whilst waiting for a suitable donor.

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It is a big step to offer your kidney to somebody you

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The NHS are very thorough in making sure that every

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potential donor is aware of the risks.

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John says having a kidney transplant has transformed his life.

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I am at the gym three times a week, I can run, cycle, tennis, football,

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play with my family, which they all notice,

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You have helped save the lives of 600 people.

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That is a very flattering way to put it, but it is good.

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I do not think about every day but, when I

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I think she deserves to feel more than good.

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Now over to Phillip for the weather.

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The good news story. We got there eventually today, quite cloudy to

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start with. Here's the good news, tomorrow, mostly dry. A bit breezy,

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coming in from the south. It won't be a cold start to the day. You are

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stepping into dry conditions. A decent commute, some sunshine

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around. The cloud fills in a bit during the day. I wouldn't be

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surprised if you saw a shower mainly to the west of the area, rather than

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the east, which could stay dry all year. Temperature is 22-23. If you

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are out tomorrow evening the cloud will thicken up and I think there's

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a greater chance the longer you spend out of seeing some rain. It's

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tied in with that front, which eventually pulls away first thing on

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Saturday. Then we fall into a bit of a gap. Make the most of that because

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it will be a decent day. The chance of a shower, perhaps.

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