21/07/2017 London News


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

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Welcome to BBC London News with me Victoria Hollins.

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The London Fire Brigade is to buy six million pounds

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It's to meet to the demands in case of another large scale incident,

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They'll use reserve savings to pay for the new ladders

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and breathing equipment - but say they need the cash back

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Our political correspondent Karl Mercer reports.

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It reached just halfway up Grenfell Tower.

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The aerial platform being used by firefighters had to be

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Firefighters heading into the blaze had breathing

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apparatus that lasted just 30 minutes.

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And drones used to help in the aftermath of the fire had to be

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The mayor asked the Fire Commissioner to draw up a

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The Fire Brigade list is a long and costly one.

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It asks for three high aerial appliances at the

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It wants 1200 new breathing apparatus sets.

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It has asked the two new drones, new masks and shirts and

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The total bill for new kit, ?6.2 million.

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Michael has spent 30 years with the brigade writing up

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many such lists in his final role there.

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He says the items on it are long overdue.

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Very happy to see proposals for an increase in aerial

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appliances, especially pleased to see proposed increase in extended

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A lot of people don't realise our firefighters only have around 30

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There is also the question of who will pay.

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The brigade is raiding its reserves to fund the new kit, but it wants

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the government to pay in the long term.

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There are worries extra running costs of around ?6 million a

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year will leave the brigade facing a huge black

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hole in its budget in

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It could be as much as ?30 million we need to find.

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It's around the scale of the cuts we saw under

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Boris Johnson, where we

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saw ten fire stations close and the loss of around

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We are determined and the mayor is determined for that not happen.

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We did ask the Home Office for an interview.

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London's Fire Brigade will hope it doesn't

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get the same response when it asks for money.

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Passengers who use Waterloo station are being warned of major disruption

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for almost all of next month, as upgrade work is carried out.

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Around half of the country's busiest station will be closed.

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And commuters even been advised to work from home.

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Our Transport Correspondent Tom Edwards has more.

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Waterloo deals with 99 million journeys a year, but this August,

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nearly half of its platforms will be shut.

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Commuters are being told to, if possible, change their journeys

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I can work from home, so we can stay at home

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I'd rather not, but it will be a nightmare.

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And the impact will be felt down the line.

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Stations like Queenstown Road will be shut.

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Clapham Junction will be much busier, and upgrades to stations

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Network Rail was heavily criticised after commuters suffered months

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The mayor says the same thing can't happen here.

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My message to the government is two things.

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I'm afraid there are examples where Network Rail has not provided

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And two, if it is the case that they overrun, the Government

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has to provide speedy compensation to commuters.

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Waterloo is getting longer platforms so that it will be able

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to deal with thousands of more passengers every rush hour.

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To ease the congestion, the old Eurostar platforms will be

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There's never a good time to carry out such a large-scale project,

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but we chose August because more people are away on holiday anyway.

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The mayor has concerns that it won't be.

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This is one of the most well-planned projects you'll come across,

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so we're confident that it will be delivered on time.

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Waterloo is due to be finished By the end of 2018.

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The State Rooms at Buckingham Palace open to the public over

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As well as a special display dedicated to Princess Diana,

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20 years after her death - there's the chance to see

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what people across the globe have given the Queen

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Millions come from all over the world, and most

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The chances are that our Queen has visited their country.

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She's made 250 overseas trips in her reign, and it's custom

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So there are thousands of them, whittled down to 200

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Golden sparkling personalised trinkets show off the financial

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wealth of the countries they come from, quite at home under

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the glittering chandeliers of the state rooms.

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This is from Tibet, a prayer shawl blessed by the Dalai Lama.

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Gift-giving, as we all know at Christmas or on birthdays,

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There was a famous occasion when President Zuma of South Africa

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presented her with a chess set which had been duplicated,

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which he didn't know, by his predecessor,

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Really, so she got the same gift twice?

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And that's not the only problem she might have

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One of the disappointments of the exhibition is that there

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She has been given some 20 horses, apparently kangaroos,

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Of course, we'll never know what she thinks of any of them.

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She's had 65 years to practise that polite smile one has when receiving

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

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-- Nick Miller. The rain will clear in a couple of hours, don't be

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fooled by the fine start tomorrow morning because big cloud will

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develop and showers will break out once again. Through the rest of the

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Knights of this rain in the short term will be quite heavy before

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clearing away East. Clear skies coming back later in the night.

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Temperatures holding up into double figures. The clearing weather system

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means tomorrow morning a lot of early sunshine. The cloud will

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build, showers break-out, and some of those could be heavy into the

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afternoon. A lot of cloud, not much in the way of sunshine in between

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these showers. Temperatures high teens to low 20s, not as windy as it

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was today. Sunny start on Sunday. Cloud will build. Later in the

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afternoon into the evening we start to bring back the of showers on

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Sunday, perhaps a little bit warmer. This is the weekend in summary, a

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showery one. The start of next week high pressure building in, it turns

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dry and warm for a time. That's how it's looking. What about the rest

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the UK? it's looking. What about the rest

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the UK? Here is Sarah Keith-Lucas.

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