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The father of a 20 year old who died after being restrained by police
officers in Hackney called for justice and for peace tonight.
Traffic was disrupted and some people are still out in the streets
after a vigil was held outside a police station.
Earlier Rashan Charles' father spoke to the crowd.
We are seeking justice today and basically I want everybody
This is obviously a peaceful protest.
This is not anything that we are obviously
We ask for justice, and I thank everyone for coming.
Scotland Yard say Rashan Charles tried to swallow an object -
and that officers had tried to prevent him from harming himself.
The case has been referred to the police watchdog.
Katharine Carpenter has more details.
In the early hours of Saturday, a police officer followed
Rashan Charles into a shop on Kingsland Road.
The police say he was seen trying to swallow something.
But, despite getting first aid at the scene, Mr Charles died.
It's led to questions over the police's handling
Within an hour and a half of the incident, the Independent
Police Complaints Commission announced it was investigating.
But in Hackney, some say they have little faith in that.
Three young men have died following contact with the police
Edir da Costa died six days after the car he was travelling
On the 16th of July, a 16-year-old boy died
Then, at the weekend, Rashan Charles also died.
We do not want this brushed under the carpet.
If this continues, we'll be standing in another few weeks,
outside another police station and asking what's happened
to our sons, what's happened to our daughters, and demanding
This has been going on far too long, and it's time for justice.
Tonight, the local MP urged the IPCC to reveal its findings
We have to know what happened in this case.
We don't know the full facts until the IPCC has investigated.
That means, actually, other investigations can't happen
I urge everybody to be calm while we find out what the full
facts of the situation is, and I'll be watching very closely,
Earlier, the borough commander addressed the crowd here.
He said he understood that local people needed an explanation
for what had happened, and that could not
He also said his officers knew they could be held
Safety experts looking at other London tower blocks
following the Grenfell disaster - are claiming four blocks in Peckham
could be at risk of catastrophic collapse if there's a gas explosion.
Southwark council says the experts are wrong but has asked structural
engineers for a strength test of buildings to re-assure residents.
After the events at Grenfell, it hardly bears thinking about.
But that disaster has led some independent safety experts to look
And now they are worried about this estate in Peckham.
Tyrone Thomas lives on the ninth floor and he's worried, too.
It's a bit like being in prison, but you lock yourself in.
The dangers in prison are probably less than what they are living
In many flats there is cracking between walls, which could mean fire
There are now fire wardens on constant watch and Southwark
But independent safety experts are now warning
If it's leaking, we can end up with an explosion
and a major collapse, affecting and killing
What the experts claim is that the blocks at Ledbury
are of similar construction to the block which collapsed in 1968
at Ronan Point in Newham, killing four people.
That disaster was caused by a gas explosion and, afterwards,
gas was seen as a real danger in all similar blocks,
A Government inquiry set up after the disaster recommended that
gas should be removed from all system-built blocks.
The inquiry called for buildings to be strengthened
But an independent expert who recently visited
the Ledbury blocks wasn't happy with what he found.
The council should immediately cut off the gas supply until they know
that the building can withstand the blast of a gas explosion.
Another safety expert with concerns is Sam Webb.
After Ronan Point, he investigated the weaknesses of this type of tower
block and now he wants the walls at Ledbury checked to make sure
they can survive a gas explosion, saying there could be consequences
It could blow out the load-bearing end plank walls
If there are people in the living rooms,
in the kitchens of those flats, they will collapse and kill people.
Today, we put the two experts' points to Southwark Council
and they said they were wrong - the buildings' problems
are being sorted out, and they are also safe for gas.
The four tower blocks on the Ledbury estate were actually
built after Ronan Point, and are of a different design.
They are the Type-B property, Ronan Point was a Type-A structure.
Therefore, we feel they are safe to have gas in them.
However, we have asked Arup, who are our structural
engineers looking into it, to do that safety check.
Why are you keeping people in the buildings before
We said to people, if they don't feel safe, we will remove them.
But I think it must evacuation isn't the right thing at the moment.
We've put measures in place to make sure there is safety there,
Southwark Council insists the blocks are safe,
and says it's working with London Fire Brigade
on a permanent solution to all of the issues,
and says the results of the strength tests will be known shortly
Now, if you don't like rodents, you may want to look away
Harrow, in north west London has been nicknamed Ratland,
with locals saying the situation is out of control.
A video's emerged online of the problem,
showing a large number of rats swarming around bin bags.
The council says it's taking the problem extremely seriously.
It's a video provoking horror online.
Rats brazenly running around this car park in Harrow.
Not too far down the road, Bryony filmed this
Dear Harrow Council, council tax has gone up
substantially in the last few years, yet the bins are
overflowing and we're plagued with rats.
It's one of dozens of complaints on social media.
She's set up a Facebook group highlighting
And rats are one of the biggest concerns.
The thing that's causing the problem is the
amount of rubbish and litter we have in the borough on a regular basis.
Every day and getting people posting in my group massive fly-tips,
We've been here for the past few hours, we haven't
actually seen any rats but people tell us they have been spotted near
As you can see, they are overflowing and people say it is
What we have done straightaway is put rat traps and poison to deal
And where we do get complaints, and we do know there is
an issue, we issue fines because people that fly-tip
and make Harrow disgusting, it's something we want
You've got rat droppings all the way along.
You've also got burrows at the back you that you can
You can also is not the UN, that's when you know
there's a real infestation on the surface.
David Piggott has worked in pest control for 12 years.
He says Harrow is one of the areas in London
The council says it's putting traps and
poison down, is it going to get rid of the rats?
It might reduce the numbers but it won't control the
entire problem because as you can see if there was a food source here,
the bait isn't going to have much effect on that
free food source, the poison is a bit more of a risk, leaving poison
That's it for now from me, but lets find out what the weather's
The weather of the week ahead, a bit of everything. Really it's a typical
summer week. Don't forget how spoiled we've been so far with all
the sunshine and heat. Some rain in the forecast. Also going to be
breezy but bright spells. Not going to be a complete wash-out. Today we
were shrouded under this cloud. If we wiggled into the sunshine we
would have got to temperatures of 24 degrees but instead we were under
the cloud at 17 degrees. Still producing bits and pieces of rain,
but it's been breaking up through the day and one or two weather
watchers did send pictures of a bit of sunshine right to the end of the
day. This is the picture as we go through the night, temperatures
between ten and 14 degrees as the cloud continues to break up. Still
drifting around as we go through the day. Still a breeze coming in from
the north but more in the way of sunshine through the afternoon and
the temperature responding nicely to that. That northerly breeze is
bringing in some quite warm air. 23 degrees into the afternoon in
central London. On Wednesday this is what happens, plenty of cloud. Not a
huge amount of rain but there will be bits and pieces of light patchy
stuff going through the middle part of the day, then a bright end to it.
Some sunshine by the evening. The end of the week isn't looking too
bad, lots of dry weather. There might also be some sunshine breaking
through on those Thursday and Friday days. Temperatures average for the
time of year. The outlook for the weekend is that it's going to be
remaining unsettled. But there will still be dry and bright spells, on
the still be dry and bright spells, on
the cool side perhaps. Darren Bett has the National forecast.
All our weather this week will come in from the Atlantic. We started the
week with some major differences, sunshine here in western Scotland in
the Highlands, temperatures of 25 degrees around Glasgow. Contrast
that with grey skies, cool breeze in Southwold in Suffolk. Temperatures
are struggling to around 15. Still cloud spilling into the eastern side
of England overnight, still rain or drizzle here and there. Away from
here many places will be dry and there will be some spells of clearer
skies following the sunshine. Temperatures in towns and cities no
lower than 12 or 13. A cloudy start, we'll see the nagging breeze easing
away from East Anglia. Drizzly showers pushing through by late
morning and the power breaking up, sunshine coming through. Nice day
with light winds