24/07/2017 London News


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The father of a 20 year old who died after being restrained by police

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officers in Hackney called for justice and for peace tonight.

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Traffic was disrupted and some people are still out in the streets

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after a vigil was held outside a police station.

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Earlier Rashan Charles' father spoke to the crowd.

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We are seeking justice today and basically I want everybody

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This is obviously a peaceful protest.

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This is not anything that we are obviously

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We ask for justice, and I thank everyone for coming.

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Scotland Yard say Rashan Charles tried to swallow an object -

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and that officers had tried to prevent him from harming himself.

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The case has been referred to the police watchdog.

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Katharine Carpenter has more details.

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In the early hours of Saturday, a police officer followed

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Rashan Charles into a shop on Kingsland Road.

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The police say he was seen trying to swallow something.

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But, despite getting first aid at the scene, Mr Charles died.

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It's led to questions over the police's handling

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Within an hour and a half of the incident, the Independent

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Police Complaints Commission announced it was investigating.

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But in Hackney, some say they have little faith in that.

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Three young men have died following contact with the police

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Edir da Costa died six days after the car he was travelling

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On the 16th of July, a 16-year-old boy died

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Then, at the weekend, Rashan Charles also died.

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We do not want this brushed under the carpet.

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If this continues, we'll be standing in another few weeks,

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outside another police station and asking what's happened

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to our sons, what's happened to our daughters, and demanding

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This has been going on far too long, and it's time for justice.

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Tonight, the local MP urged the IPCC to reveal its findings

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We have to know what happened in this case.

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We don't know the full facts until the IPCC has investigated.

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That means, actually, other investigations can't happen

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I urge everybody to be calm while we find out what the full

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facts of the situation is, and I'll be watching very closely,

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Earlier, the borough commander addressed the crowd here.

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He said he understood that local people needed an explanation

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for what had happened, and that could not

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He also said his officers knew they could be held

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Safety experts looking at other London tower blocks

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following the Grenfell disaster - are claiming four blocks in Peckham

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could be at risk of catastrophic collapse if there's a gas explosion.

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Southwark council says the experts are wrong but has asked structural

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engineers for a strength test of buildings to re-assure residents.

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After the events at Grenfell, it hardly bears thinking about.

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But that disaster has led some independent safety experts to look

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And now they are worried about this estate in Peckham.

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Tyrone Thomas lives on the ninth floor and he's worried, too.

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It's a bit like being in prison, but you lock yourself in.

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The dangers in prison are probably less than what they are living

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In many flats there is cracking between walls, which could mean fire

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There are now fire wardens on constant watch and Southwark

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But independent safety experts are now warning

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If it's leaking, we can end up with an explosion

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and a major collapse, affecting and killing

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What the experts claim is that the blocks at Ledbury

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are of similar construction to the block which collapsed in 1968

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at Ronan Point in Newham, killing four people.

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That disaster was caused by a gas explosion and, afterwards,

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gas was seen as a real danger in all similar blocks,

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A Government inquiry set up after the disaster recommended that

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gas should be removed from all system-built blocks.

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The inquiry called for buildings to be strengthened

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But an independent expert who recently visited

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the Ledbury blocks wasn't happy with what he found.

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The council should immediately cut off the gas supply until they know

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that the building can withstand the blast of a gas explosion.

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Another safety expert with concerns is Sam Webb.

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After Ronan Point, he investigated the weaknesses of this type of tower

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block and now he wants the walls at Ledbury checked to make sure

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they can survive a gas explosion, saying there could be consequences

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It could blow out the load-bearing end plank walls

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If there are people in the living rooms,

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in the kitchens of those flats, they will collapse and kill people.

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Today, we put the two experts' points to Southwark Council

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and they said they were wrong - the buildings' problems

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are being sorted out, and they are also safe for gas.

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The four tower blocks on the Ledbury estate were actually

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built after Ronan Point, and are of a different design.

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They are the Type-B property, Ronan Point was a Type-A structure.

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Therefore, we feel they are safe to have gas in them.

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However, we have asked Arup, who are our structural

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engineers looking into it, to do that safety check.

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Why are you keeping people in the buildings before

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We said to people, if they don't feel safe, we will remove them.

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But I think it must evacuation isn't the right thing at the moment.

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We've put measures in place to make sure there is safety there,

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Southwark Council insists the blocks are safe,

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and says it's working with London Fire Brigade

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on a permanent solution to all of the issues,

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and says the results of the strength tests will be known shortly

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Now, if you don't like rodents, you may want to look away

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Harrow, in north west London has been nicknamed Ratland,

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with locals saying the situation is out of control.

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A video's emerged online of the problem,

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showing a large number of rats swarming around bin bags.

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The council says it's taking the problem extremely seriously.

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It's a video provoking horror online.

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Rats brazenly running around this car park in Harrow.

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Not too far down the road, Bryony filmed this

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Dear Harrow Council, council tax has gone up

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substantially in the last few years, yet the bins are

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overflowing and we're plagued with rats.

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It's one of dozens of complaints on social media.

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She's set up a Facebook group highlighting

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And rats are one of the biggest concerns.

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The thing that's causing the problem is the

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amount of rubbish and litter we have in the borough on a regular basis.

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Every day and getting people posting in my group massive fly-tips,

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We've been here for the past few hours, we haven't

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actually seen any rats but people tell us they have been spotted near

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As you can see, they are overflowing and people say it is

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What we have done straightaway is put rat traps and poison to deal

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And where we do get complaints, and we do know there is

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an issue, we issue fines because people that fly-tip

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and make Harrow disgusting, it's something we want

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You've got rat droppings all the way along.

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You've also got burrows at the back you that you can

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You can also is not the UN, that's when you know

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there's a real infestation on the surface.

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David Piggott has worked in pest control for 12 years.

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He says Harrow is one of the areas in London

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The council says it's putting traps and

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poison down, is it going to get rid of the rats?

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It might reduce the numbers but it won't control the

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entire problem because as you can see if there was a food source here,

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the bait isn't going to have much effect on that

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free food source, the poison is a bit more of a risk, leaving poison

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

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The weather of the week ahead, a bit of everything. Really it's a typical

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summer week. Don't forget how spoiled we've been so far with all

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the sunshine and heat. Some rain in the forecast. Also going to be

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breezy but bright spells. Not going to be a complete wash-out. Today we

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were shrouded under this cloud. If we wiggled into the sunshine we

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would have got to temperatures of 24 degrees but instead we were under

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the cloud at 17 degrees. Still producing bits and pieces of rain,

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but it's been breaking up through the day and one or two weather

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watchers did send pictures of a bit of sunshine right to the end of the

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day. This is the picture as we go through the night, temperatures

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between ten and 14 degrees as the cloud continues to break up. Still

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drifting around as we go through the day. Still a breeze coming in from

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the north but more in the way of sunshine through the afternoon and

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the temperature responding nicely to that. That northerly breeze is

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bringing in some quite warm air. 23 degrees into the afternoon in

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central London. On Wednesday this is what happens, plenty of cloud. Not a

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huge amount of rain but there will be bits and pieces of light patchy

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stuff going through the middle part of the day, then a bright end to it.

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Some sunshine by the evening. The end of the week isn't looking too

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bad, lots of dry weather. There might also be some sunshine breaking

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through on those Thursday and Friday days. Temperatures average for the

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time of year. The outlook for the weekend is that it's going to be

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remaining unsettled. But there will still be dry and bright spells, on

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the still be dry and bright spells, on

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the cool side perhaps. Darren Bett has the National forecast.

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All our weather this week will come in from the Atlantic. We started the

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week with some major differences, sunshine here in western Scotland in

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the Highlands, temperatures of 25 degrees around Glasgow. Contrast

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that with grey skies, cool breeze in Southwold in Suffolk. Temperatures

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are struggling to around 15. Still cloud spilling into the eastern side

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of England overnight, still rain or drizzle here and there. Away from

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here many places will be dry and there will be some spells of clearer

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skies following the sunshine. Temperatures in towns and cities no

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lower than 12 or 13. A cloudy start, we'll see the nagging breeze easing

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away from East Anglia. Drizzly showers pushing through by late

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morning and the power breaking up, sunshine coming through. Nice day

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with light winds

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