02/08/2017 London News


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Volunteers in east London have teamed up with police in a way never

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seen before in the UK as part of their fight-back

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Together, they search for weapons hidden by gangs and their haul

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includes some shocking blades found yards from a busy high

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And this evening, the Metropolitan Police Commissioner told BBC London

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she wants the idea rolled out across London.

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They may not look tough but this is the latest front in London's

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These volunteers are helping police search the local area for knives,

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bats, machetes and other weaponry stashed here for easy access

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by gangs who don't want to get caught carrying them.

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And the searches are yielding extraordinary if terrifying results.

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If you're in a group and you're having a gang fight, for example,

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and you're wielding this around, it's going to be

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But also, if you're wielding this around there is some

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You're going to easily cause injury to someone stepping into the path

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It is everybody's problem, if they work together, they will find more

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knives, the search will be more thorough.

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Violent gangs in Tower Hamlets are known to stash some

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of their weapons in green spaces around the borough.

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This 15-inch machete was found by a member of the public who has

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been enlisted by the police to help them cover these huge areas

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and take some of these weapons off the streets.

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The very first bush we attempted and tackled, we came across the main

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foundation wall and lifted the bush up and there it was,

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To my surprise it was actually a knife.

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This pilot scheme has been organised in Tower Hamlets by local

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Well, it is quite well known that there is a problem with knives

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Other ways of hurting and damaging people and threatening people,

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frightening people, which is just as bad really.

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The last year has seen knife crime in the capital surge by a quarter,

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injuries up by a fifth, with more than 2000 young people

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Tonight a sign from the Met Police Commissioner that we could see

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You'd like to see this rolled out across the whole of London?

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This is people who are saying, we know that some people

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are stashing knives and we believe they may be near to my home,

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I don't want that and I don't want them to be able to go and pick one

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up and just attack somebody I love, so I'm going to go out there

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Normally police ask us for our eyes and ears

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Now they are asking for that little bit more.

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So the Commissioner welcoming what's been happening in Tower Hamlets.

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But she also had more to say about knife crime.

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Louisa Preston has been following what been said.

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She definitely did and knife crime is a priority to her, especially

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within the black community. She pointed out she believes some people

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in ethnic communities do not have the confidence in the police. There

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is an issue there and only highlighted recently by the deaths

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of two black men within five weeks of each other who had contact with

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the police. Both of those are being investigated by an independent

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enquiry but in the BBC London radio interview she said it was extremely

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worrying that young black men are disproportionately the victims of

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knife crime. We have a problem in this

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city with violent crime That hugely disproportionately

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affects people from minority They are utterly disproportionately

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the victims of that. That makes me angry and it

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makes my officers angry Every week probably I hear a story

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of one of my officers saving the life of a young black man

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who has been stabbed. You heard their and after the

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tensions in East London we have seen after the death of those two black

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men she was asked about the Notting Hill Carnival and if she was

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concerned about it and she said no, the Carnival is always a challenge

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to police, there is too much violence that goes on but she has no

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particular worries about it this year and she also mentioned the

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budget and budget cuts and she said clearly that if there are more

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budget cuts it will lead to a small Met police which makes her job a lot

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more difficult. Very direct words. Thank you very much.

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A doctor from Romford has been charged with over

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Manish Shah, who's 47, will appear at Barkingside Magistrates Court

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at the end of the month to face allegations including one

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The NHS has set up a dedicated phone line for anyone "who may have

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concerns or questions" about the case to call.

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Mobile phone footage taken inside The Mount Prison

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in Hertfordshire shows riot officers using flash grenades to try

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and regain control after two days of disturbances.

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Order has now been restored but today there's been criticism

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Inside The Mount Prison in Hertfordshire this week prison

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officers are drafted in to restore order as prisoners take control.

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According to the leader of the organisation which represents

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prison governors, a crisis is now building in prisons caused

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by a toxic mix of population pressures and staff shortages.

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The situation is bad, and until we get sufficient

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staff in our prisons, the situation we are

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So we will continue to try and control the situation

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in our prisons but we will not be delivering in a significant number

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of our prisons good quality rehabilitative regimes.

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In an open letter that is sharply critical of the government's

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handling of prisons, Andrea Albutt said her members had

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seen nothing tangible from ministers to ease the burden on staff.

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She said a government decision to separate the running of prisons

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are only speaking out now. and not cost-effective.

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Well, we would like to think they are our allies but where have

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We have all been effected by it, it is not there members

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getting used as punch bags, it's ours.

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The Ministry of Justice said it is aware of these ongoing

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problems in prisons, that is why it is taking immediate

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action to increase prison officer numbers as well as create the Prison

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and Probation Service which will ensure that both policy

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and operation work closely together to deliver these

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And following a report earlier this year that found Pentonville Prison

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was overcrowded and violent, it is clear these reforms

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Over 300 years after opening its doors, Britain's oldest wine

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merchant has decided it's time to modernise its shop

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Berry Brothers Rudd was founded in 1698 and for much of that time

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it's supplied wine to the King or Queen of the day.

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But, as Sarah Harris has been finding out,

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the shop is having to adapt to cope with a changing world and customers.

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For hundreds of years this was the place in London to come

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Berry Brothers Rudd is the oldest wine merchants in the country.

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Kings, admirals and artists have passed through its timber doors

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Centuries ago some believed it to be the place to come to get in shape.

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One of the quirks of coming to buy your wine from your London

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merchant back in the 19th century was that customers would weigh

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One of the famous clients was Lord Byron, the poet,

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and he was concerned about his weight.

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And he went on that not so famous diet of white wine

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and dried biscuits but, you will be surprised to learn,

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He started out at 13 stone, nearly 14 stone, and five years

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Good wine in moderation is still known for its health benefits even

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if weight loss is not one of them. Geordie's family have kept the best

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vintages here for generations. He says most customers now

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are looking to know where their wine comes from and would rather have

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quality not quantity. When people come in,

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if they're buying a bottle invariably they are buying better,

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possibly less but better, and that wine is something

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that's important to them and they want to be involved

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in the story as well. Online sales put many retail outlets

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out of business but a new shop here is making tasting and buying

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wine a leisure activity. They don't really come just

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for buying a bottle of wine, they are looking for an experience,

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to explore new regions, So for many Londoners it seems

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coming to sample your own wine in person is not so much of a chore

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but a retail experience though if you are expecting to lose weight

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like Lord Byron you According to the record it did work,

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very odd! That get the weather forecast and some heavy showers. Yes

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but that the word is underway, still a few showers tomorrow and quite

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windy for the time of year. Still some rain clearing through as the

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night goes on and then it is clever by the end of the night but staying

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breezy with temperatures not going down too far. Quite a bit of cloud

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in the morning and there will be a few passing showers, going through

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quickly because the strength of the wind with some gusts in excess of 30

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mph but in the afternoon it will be mainly dry with more Sunnis both and

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quite pleasant out of the breed in the sunshine. Especially on Friday

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with the lighter wind and sun is both -- out of the breeze. The

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temperatures will be a bit higher. At the weekend is looking mainly

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dry, variable Sunny spells with the wind easing and it will be

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pleasantly warm. Don't look too surprised! What about

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pleasantly warm. Don't look too surprised! What about the national

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picture? Good evening. At this time of year

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the climate tells us to expect the wettest weather in the north and the

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driest in the south but that is not what we have seen today and southern

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areas had quite a deluge, a dismal scene from a weather watcher in

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London compare to this beautiful sunset in Shetland and it was the

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far north of Scotland that had the lion's share of the sunshine.

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Further south a lot of cloud and particularly of southern England a

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lot of rain with some heavy bursts and we will see some wet weather

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through the night in the south-east and East Anglia. That will clear to

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the east and after that beautiful day in northern

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