03/08/2017 London News


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I'm Asad Ahmad. for the news where you are.

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An area of London has become the first place in the country

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where shopkeepers are signing up to a voluntary scheme

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restricting the sale of corrosive substances like acid

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It's aimed at addressing the current rise in acid attacks.

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But Londoners are also being told that their role

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if they see someone sprayed with a substance can be crucial.

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With details of what to do, here's Marc Ashdown.

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Video footage released by police today after an acid

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They want to trace these two men on the moped.

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They threw a corrosive substance in the face of a pedestrian.

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He suffered minor burns, mainly because a passer-by

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He just started squeezing it in our faces...

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In June, Jameel Mukhtar and his cousin suffered a random

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Specialist burns units like this one in Chelsea and Westminster have seen

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in recent months, reflecting police figures.

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Now surgeons are calling for more public awareness.

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Witnesses can play a crucial role in minimising long-term damage.

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The danger is relatively superficial.

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Usually, it can be treated just with dressings.

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But if the injury is of such a severity to damage

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surgery will be necessary and the use of skin grafts,

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and therefore, the need to inform the patient

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that there will be permanent marks or scarring

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But quick first aid reduces the chances of that?

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The first thing you should do is dial 999.

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Delivery driver Javed Hussain was attacked three weeks ago.

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I was really scared. I didn't know what to do.

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Drivers have become so scared that Deliveroo has

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improved security measures and is trialling helmet cameras.

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It's thought acid is being used in attacks

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because it's easy to get hold of, and legislation is much looser

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than rules surrounding possession of a knife.

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Shopkeepers in Hackney are signing up to a voluntary scheme to restrict

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the sale of products containing ammonia and acid.

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It's the first of its kind, and it is backed by the council.

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They'll be asking for identification and refusing to sell these kind

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of products to anyone under the age of 21.

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They'll also be reporting any suspicious sales.

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Police say there are far fewer acid attacks than knife crime and people

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But being properly prepared to help could

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The police watchdog has tonight been forced to reveal more details

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surrounding the death of a black man who died after being restrained

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Rashan Charles died last month leading to anger in the area.

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Our reporter Tolu Adeoye has the details.

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Rashan Charles died on the 22nd of July. He was followed by police

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officers into a shop. He put an object in his mouth and later lost

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his life. His death led the protests, one of which was quite

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violent. The police faced criticism over how they dealt with the

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incident. Yesterday, the IPCC said an item removed from his mouth was

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not a controlled substance. The BBC understood that to mean it was not

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an illegal drug or a so-called league high, but no other

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information was given. But today, the IPCC revealed that the package

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he swallowed consist of a mixture of paracetamol and caffeine wrapped in

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plastic. This was information they did not want to give us, but they

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said they had given the information because of pressure. The

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Commissioner overseeing the investigation explained why in this

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statement. At this stage, we still do know what

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led to Rashan Charles's death. The postmortem results are pending. But

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the IPCC will look to reassure the public by giving out more

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information and put to bed some of the speculation. Thank you for that

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update. The mother of Sally Anne Bowman -

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who was raped and murdered in Croydon over a decade ago -

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says her daughter's remains have been exhumed after her grave

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was repeatedly desecrated. Linda Bowman told a newspaper that

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"cruel people" had targeted the She said they'd covered the grave

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in dirt and dead flowers Fire safety work carried

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out at a block of flats in Camden has been described

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by an independent fire safety expert as being nothing more

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than "a tart up and a cover up". His concerns reflect those felt

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by many residents who feel "unsafe" after emergency work was carried out

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following the Grenfell Tower fire. Camden Council argue

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the work has been properly approved and signed off,

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as Frankie McCamley reports. This door, they've

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just put these on. Lulu lives on the 17th floor

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of Taplow Tower on the Chalcots estate with her two children

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and is staying in a hotel because she says she's too

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scared to come back here. I have two young children

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aged one and four. How am I going to be able

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to concentrate on their safety? I'm going to be a nervous

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wreck the whole time. After the building was evacuated,

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the council added a fire door closer to her front door

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to make it safe. That's meant to make

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my door slam shut. Fire wardens have been placed

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on every floor of the towers but despite this, another

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who lives on the ground but despite this, another who lives

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on the ground floor says she doesn't It's meant to be some

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sort of material, As you can see, the wires

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are just left stuck in. It makes me feel like

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like my landlord doesn't An independent fire safety

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expert has been carrying out his own assessment of some

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of the flats. But more work still needs to be

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done, Camden Council insisted but crucially, I didn't ask anyone

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to move back to those blocks until I'd heard from the fire

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brigade who are on site The removal of the cladding

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from the blocks will begin in the coming months,

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but restoring trust in the council One of London's oldest pie

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and mash shops, which has survived two world wars,

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looks to be staring defeat in the face -

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which comes in the form It's in Chapel Market in Islington -

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and there's no shortage of customers Nicola Ford has been

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to meet some of them before The green is the liquor

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and you've got the potato, and the puff pastry pie,

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and it's delicious. It's a lunchtime rush at Manze's

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on Chapel Market, but customers had better be quick,

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as the shop is due to close. I'm 88 now, so that's 80

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years of pie and mash, and I don't think they should

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close it down. The owners say a recent rise

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in business rates are to blame, where in Islington, rates on average

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have gone up by 45%, something that is causing local

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business groups concern. For me what's sad is that this

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is the bloodline of the community. Chapel market, the independent

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businesses here, they create It's a focal point, it's

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a place people know, it's a place where people

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come to visit. It's a community,

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families come down... It's part of Islington, it always

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has been, and once that goes, it's another small part of Islington

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that's broken up, I'm afraid. Anyone moving into the borough has

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got to have money now. And that's fine, it's lovely,

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but I mean, the kind of things... They're not pie and mash

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kind of people, not Manze's is opening another

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restaurant in Essex, where there is still a market

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for pie and mash, but what about We weren't originally going to come

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here, we were going to go down the road, but this one

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was recommended to me, The council say they are happy

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to discuss with the owner if they can help to keep the shop

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open, and say they'd be extremely As it stands, the last pie will be

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served at the end of the year. That's it for now from me, but let's

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find out what the weather's up to A better day than yesterday, but

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windy? Indeed, a real pie and mash day. These trees, I suspect, were

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rocking and rolling. For some, it did shower. Not a cold start, and

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the wind is less noticeable than was the case today. A dry enough start

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for the early morning commute, and I think we will get most of you

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through the morning dry. But there is a chance of one or two showers,

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rather like today. Top temperature feeling more like 23, given that

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there will not be as much wind as I was today. There will be fewer

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showers as the evening goes on. As we get into the weekend, the low

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pressure which has driven the weather so far today, moves away. We

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have hope that Saturday could be a dry affair for many. A bright start

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on Sunday. Then more clubs billing in from the west.

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