10/08/2017 London News


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Hundreds of residents in Southwark will be evacuated from their homes

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It follows investigations carried out after the Grenfell Tower fire.

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BBC London took a safety expert to inspect tower blocks

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on the Ledbury Estate in July and their report said

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the buildings could be at risk of a catastrophic collapse

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Southwark Council said the experts were wrong -

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but has now told residents their gas and water supplies will be turned

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off, leaving them unable to cook and with no hot water or heating.

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This was Ronan Point, a block of flats in Newham.

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Because of the structure of the building, one

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Homes were destroyed, four people died, and the law

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was changed so that blocks with a similar design

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But the fear nearly 50 years later is that this could happen again.

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Tonight, at a different block of flats, the gas is about to be

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turned off and all the residents will have to leave while they

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A lot of the residents I've seen are very upset.

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They want to know why has this happened.

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They want to know why these problems weren't picked up sooner.

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Do you think you've been safe during that time?

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The Ledbury tower blocks are a similar construction to Ronan Point.

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The council thought they were reinforced too,

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After the Grenfell Tower fire they were being examined

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by structural engineers to check they met fire safety measures,

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but our independent expert was concerned by the gas supply.

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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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At the time the council told us the blocks were safe.

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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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So therefore we feel that they are safe to have gas in them.

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However, we have asked the structural engineers looking

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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 move them,

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but a mass evacuation isn't the right thing at the moment.

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We've put measures in place to ensure there is safety.

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But today, residents heard that the council would turn off

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the gas imminently and all of them would be asked to leave while repair

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At every stage of this investigation we've put residents' safety first.

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We've acted on the best information available.

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Residents have been given hot plates and told they can shower

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There's no word yet on when the gas will come back on.

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What exactly does this mean for residents? If you are resident in

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those tower blocks you will be temporarily moved out, you are

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evacuated, only bit by bit. Not everyone will go in one moment. That

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will be while they make the repair work. What about more widely, other

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people in tower blocks tonight might be concerned about their own safety.

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Well, at the moment we don't know. It was 50 years, nearly 50 years,

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that this tower block was potentially dangerous and we didn't

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hear about it. The council have alluded to that in their statement.

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They said they didn't own the tower block when it was constructed, so

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they are reliant on records that are about 50 years old. They also said

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in a statement that they have referred this matter to the

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government, whether or not this will affect other buildings around the

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rest of UK and potentially London, that doesn't mean people should

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panic about it. It just means that we might see further investigations

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into the strength of some of these buildings structurally in the

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future. Very much. Meanwhile, London Fire Brigade

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won't receive any more money from the government to fund

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lifesaving equipment - following the Grenfell tragedy -

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despite a request from the Mayor. He'd written to the Home Secretary

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asking for help to buy, among other things, new breathing

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apparatus for firefighters, But Amber Rudd says

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they have the resources they need and it's up to City Hall to decide

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how it's spent. Jeremy Corbyn has told

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this programme he wants Here's our political

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correspondent, Karl Mercer. The Grenfell fire led

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to calls for London's They had to borrow an aerial

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ladder from Surrey and a drone from Kent to

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help tackle the blaze. London's Fire Commissioner then drew

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up a list of new equipment Top of the list, three

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new aerial platforms, 1200 new breathing

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apparatus sets and two new drones,

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along with more masks, The mayor has said he will raid

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savings to pay for now, but wants the Government

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to cover the cost. I've had, this week, an initial

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response from the Home Secretary which I regret to say is not

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encouraging and stresses that it is a matter

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for the GLA to manage within its existing

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funding arrangements. This is the letter the Home

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Secretary sent to the mayor. "Funding of the Fire Brigade is a

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matter for you," and says City Hall already gets

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enough money from Government. She signs off with,

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"Best wishes, Amber." The message from the Home Secretary

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to the mayor is a blunt one. She said, in the wake

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of the Grenfell fire, if London's Fire Brigade wants

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more kit, City Hall will The worry here at City Hall is that

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paying for it now will leave a black hole in the finances

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in years to come. How can we afford all this

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if the Government doesn't help? I think this will be a serious

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problem in the future, about balancing the books

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for the London Fire Brigade. Let's fund our Fire Service properly

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and recognise how vital I ask the Home Secretary,

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think again. Sadiq Khan has been

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elected Mayor of London. He understands the

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situation in London. He's making that call,

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he's doing it for a reason The mayor says paying

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for the new kit could mean scenes with the potential for fire station

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closures and the loss of jobs as was seen three years ago,

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when similar savings had to be made. The Home Secretary's letter says

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City Hall is getting enough money Police believe a van driver may have

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been killed on the M11 in Essex after a lump of concrete was thrown

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from the bridge. Detectives say the object hit his windscreen as he was

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driving close to Stansted Airport yesterday afternoon. The man, in his

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60s, lost control of the van, feared off the road and hit a tree. He

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Three people have been treated for minor injuries

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after an "unidentified substance" was delivered in an envelope to a

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The Metropolitan Police said the incident is not

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An investigation's under way after a double-decker crashed

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into a shop in south-west London during this morning's rush hour.

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Two passengers trapped on board had to be cut free.

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A nurse who was on the bus, claims the driver told her he had blacked

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At the start of rush hour in south London,

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A passenger travelling on this number 77 bus along Lavender Hill

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in Clapham described how it veered off the road and into a shop.

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There was a lot of screaming from passengers on the bus.

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There was a lady wedged in the front right seat, you could only see

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She was screaming for help, there was a lot of blood.

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Went to try and help her, the first reaction was to try to

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pull her out but it was physically impossible to pull her out

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It was then up to the London Fire Brigade to save her.

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She and another woman also on the top deck were rescued

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That's an aerial ladder platform which is a height vehicle

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which we use to reach either tall buildings or in this case,

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when we have casualties trapped on the upper deck of the bus,

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as in this situation, we can use it to provide

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to bring the casualties down, which is what we've done.

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Other passengers on board were treated by paramedics at the scene.

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And the driver was also taken to hospital.

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It has been claimed he had some sort of seizure

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I didn't see the bus driver but I heard from other passengers

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Another lady on the bus said she saw him slack-jawed,

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No one was inside the shop as it hasn't yet opened.

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The upmarket kitchen showroom said in a statement that its thoughts

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As the bus is meticulously and slowly taken away, you can see

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the full extent of the damage and how the front top end of the bus

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Transport for London along with the Met police are now

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A cinema that's been shut for more than 30 years is to be restored.

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The Savoy Cinema in Hackney was built in the '30s, but shut in 1984.

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The new owners are going to turn it into a cultural hub for film,

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theatre and music, to be called the Hackney Arts Centre.

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

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Good evening. After yesterday's deluge, today came as something of a

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relief, because there was a lot of dry weather and gradually things

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brightened up. We saw some sunshine. That's how tomorrow starts off. It

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will be dry, there will be spelt of some sunshine around. Staying dry

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through the rest of the night. There could be the odd mist patch under

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clear skies. It will turn a bit chilly, 13 in the centre of London,

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but out in the countryside some spots could get down towards single

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digits. Tomorrow, a cracking start. Blue skies and sunshine for the most

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part. We'll see some high cloud streaming in from the West. It will

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turn the sunshine hazy around lunchtime, I suspect, and the cloud

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macro will thicken up in the afternoon, maybe some rain in the

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west later. 22 top temperature. We will see some patchy rain moves

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through during Friday night. We'll keep a lot of cloud on spots of

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drizzle on Saturday. Temperatures around 20. Sunday should be a

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brighter day. We'll see some spells of sunshine. If you are heading

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further afield, let's check the National forecast with Helen

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Willetts. Good evening. A much nicer day after

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yesterday's deluge across southern and eastern areas. As you can see,

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it has already been a wet month. A very wet month across southern and

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eastern

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