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It was as controversial as it was spectacular.
Today the Garden Bridge Project was officially scrapped -
leaving taxpayers with a bill of up to ?46 million.
Both the former Mayor, Boris Johnson, and the ex-Chancellor,
George Osborne, committed large amounts of public money to it.
But the project lost the current Mayor's support after a scathing
Our transport correspondent Tom Edwards has the story.
The Garden Bridge is dead, leaving behind questions
about the amount of taxpayers' money that's been wasted and
The Garden Bridge trusts are to blame for the money being spent.
They were responsible for that money.
They spent it without letting us know what it was for.
There have also been costs which still haven't
They've kept everything behind closed doors.
They haven't been transparent as they promised, and it's their own
One of the issues with the Garden Bridge was that it was never really
a transport project, it was more a tourist attraction,
and campaigners said it was in completely
So far, ?37.4 million of taxpayers' money has been
That could increase to ?46.4 million.
There are bound to be further questions and further scrutiny
Those funds were signed off by the previous mayor,
Boris Johnson, and the then Chancellor, George Osborne.
But even early on, it never had political consensus.
This whole thing is a load of cobblers.
You just cannot bear the idea that a great project is going ahead.
The former mayor has said Sadiq Khan should have made the project work,
and today the Garden Bridge Trust also blamed the current mayor
He changed his mind after a scathing review.
His opponents accuse him of dithering.
He had all the information he needed to take a decision in May last year.
But he didn't have the courage or the conviction
And in that time, we've spent ?9 million worth
So my question is, how do we get him to make
He said he was always clear that no more money should be
spent on the project, and he could not leave Londoners
Others say the Garden Bridge was always a vanity project.
There are still a lot of questions that need to be answered.
?50 million of taxpayers' money has been spent,
with nothing to show for it apart from some glossy press releases
and a furious local community in the Waterloo area.
We also have to look at where the blame lies for this project.
The lion's share of the blame has to go to Boris Johnson.
But now, of course, he has departed City Hall.
The Garden Bridge has been abandoned, but the fallout from this
embarrassing infrastructure failure is far from over.
Armed officers in The Met are to be issued with head-mounted cameras
in an attempt to address concerns about the transparency
They'll be attached to the caps and protective helmets of members
Glock pistol, MP5 automatic rifle and now the Axon Flex camera.
The message - with power comes responsibility.
At the unveiling today, officers overwhelmingly welcomed it.
I think it's a superb development to have an independent
It's something I wish I have had in many situations
There's the evidential benefits, so in court
or during an investigation, there can be no doubt
on where you were standing or what an individual said.
Already, 17,500 bodyworn cameras have been issued to police across
Now it's the turn of uniformed or overt firearms officers.
They'll be issued with cameras in the next few weeks.
This has not been without its problems, though.
There were concerns that the view from a camera worn on the body
The solution is to mount the camera on the head.
The Met's footage shows it works when
But now you decide how clear the view is when a two-handed rifle
It's not just the actual shooting, that's just the end, really.
We are keen to capture the build-up to that point.
Conversations that take place, threats that people face.
That is what we're keen to capture, to demonstrate why an officer
ultimately took a decision to pull the trigger.
It's also hoped that if lots of officers wear cameras,
it it won't matter if an individual fails to turn theirs on.
Now look at this - the moment Azelle Rodney was shot dead
by a plainclothes officer who was later exonerated.
Covert officers will not have to wear these cameras yet.
The Met says that's simply because to do
Whether an operation is overt or covert, we want to show
the public what officers were faced with and the action they took.
At the moment, we're not there with the covert solution,
but we're working hard in the background.
That's why the Met are investing so heavily in body-worn cameras,
describing this as the largest roll-out of its kind by any
Around 20,000 vulnerable children in London have potentially
dangerous home lives, but are not receiving the help
they need because they're not deemed to be at "crisis point".
That's the warning from a charity which says the youngsters are stuck
in what it calls a "revolving door" of children's services.
Here's our Education Reporter Marc Ashdown.
It was the case which prompted the largest review of child
Victoria Climbie, an eight-year-old murdered by those
Early warnings of the abuse she suffered were repeatedly
17 years on, it's feared thousands of vulnerable children
are still being left in potentially dangerous situations.
Debbie started working in children's services just after this case.
She helps families with everything from behavioural problems
But she says it's becoming harder to provide the support needed.
Across the sites I run, I've got just under 2,500 under fives.
So as much as we do, there is a lot that we can't possibly
do because we can't be everywhere at once.
So, you know, we are already aware of families we're not picking up.
The charity Action for Children asked local authorities
about the number of children referred to them after concerns
It found about 180,000 in England were not deemed
to be at crisis point, so didn't meet
In London, about 23,000 children were referred,
but after an assessment it was deemed no further
There are still soft services available, like children's centres
Across the capital, nearly 20,000 children
So, just one in five of those originally referred
We know from too many cases that if we're not able
to help children early, there are strong likelihoods
For example, in Serious Case Reviews, 70% of the time,
we know there have been early warning signs.
But we also know if we give children and families the tools to help
themselves much earlier, they are much more likely to not
Differing thresholds from council to council were highlighted.
Depending on a situation, help might be provided in one area,
but in a neighbouring borough might be deemed unnecessary.
We have been hit by a double whammy of major government cuts
and massive funding pressures facing local government
The Department for Education says they are taking action by reforming
social care services and better protecting victims of domestic
It says councils spent almost ?8 billion last year
on children's social care, but it wants to help them do more.
I'll say good night now and leave you with Wendy,
who'll hopefully tell us it'll feel like summer tomorrow?
If you liked it today, it was nice and warm. But we might have peaked,
because while it is warm this week, it will start cooling off and then
turn a bit windy later this week. At the moment, we have a bit of cloud
around. We finished the day with a few showers in some spots, mostly
north of London. Tonight, the showers will be in the south-east.
Kent and Essex might even hear a rumble of thunder. North-west of
there, you should get away with a mild night. Tomorrow starts with dry
and sunny weather, breaking the Bali because of the few showers that
could bubble up in the afternoon. -- bring your brolly. The skies stay
clear overnight into Wednesday, so it will be quite chilly first thing
on Wednesday morning, with some sunshine to begin with, but we will
see that turning more Haiti as the day goes on. -- it will be turning
more hazy. London will get a 23 degrees, which is where it should be
for this time of year. It will be windy on Friday. We will not get the
worst of the rain that will be coming in from those low pressure
systems. There could be a few showers about. You might dodge those
on Thursday amongst the sunny spells. Still fairly warm, but then
it will cool off at the end of the week and become very breezy. The
outlook for the weekend is cool, but it will become less breezy and there
will be sunny