15/08/2017 London News


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Here on BBC One, it's time for the news where you are.

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Rail commuters have been warned to avoid Waterloo station tomorrow,

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following a derailment during this morning's rush hour.

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It was just one of three separate incidents on the transport network.

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A train at King's Cross crashed into platform buffers,

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And Holborn station was evacuated after a fire on a tube train.

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Here's our transport correspondent, Tom Edwards.

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At 5:40am this morning, just outside the UK's

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busiest station, Waterloo, a passenger service collided with

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an engineering train and derailed, causing huge disruption.

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All day, commuters have been warned not to use the station.

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I was trying to get out of London, so I arrived

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One thing on top of another, signal failures, derailments,

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train breakdowns, half of the platforms are closed anyway.

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I don't know if they have told us anything, really.

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Just that it was slow and taking an hour and a bit

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No-one was hurt but investigators are trying to find out why

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the passenger train went onto the wrong track.

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At 6:20am this morning, this train failed to stop in time

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at platform nine at King's Cross, and hit the buffers at speed.

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They said they were sent flying due to the impact.

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And at 9am this morning at Holborn tube station,

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it was evacuated after a train motor caught fire.

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It later reopened, but there was panic as many passengers wrongly

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It's the second tube train fire in four days.

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There was a lot of people being really aggressive.

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There was a kid with her mum and a scooter.

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And she was trying to get to the platform, but she couldn't

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turn around because there were so many people running out.

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A lot of people sort of rushing toward escalators.

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It was completely packed, there was nowhere to move.

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At one point, the doors were closing and some people

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Before the train had even stopped, there was a massive bang.

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Then immediately, the carriage I was in, at the end,

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People rose from their seats and tried to funnel out of the doors.

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People were just manic in trying to get out.

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Very few trains have used Waterloo station today.

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It's expected the disruption will last into tomorrow.

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Marc Ashdown joins me - this couldn't come at

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That's right, it's already at the centre of a huge redevelopment to

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try to expand some platforms and create more capacity. Ten out of 24

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platforms were already out of action. Because of this, a further

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three cannot be used. Engineers were on the scene all day, they will try

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to get the train back on the rails, see if there is long-term damage and

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try to get services back up and running. The redevelopment work is

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supposed to be done by August the 28th. The question now is if they

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are still on track. Work has continued, including today,

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since this incident this morning. We are continuing to

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monitor the progress. The project has actually been

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progressing very well and we will clearly continue

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to monitor it very closely. Does that sound convincing? It

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didn't to me, it is a change of June. No firm commitment. Last week

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they were very bullish, saying they would get the work done on time. To

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be fair, they went expecting to deal with a derailed train. Transport

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campaigners and some politicians are saying if things do slip, passengers

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should be reimbursed. We do not want the Waterloo

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upgrade to overrun. And if it does, we will be calling

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on Network Rail and the Government to actually

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compensate passengers. There could be more problems ahead.

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They are due to change the franchise, a different operator is

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taking over who will run the trains out of Waterloo. That is due to

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happen on August 20. Will that run smoothly? The advice for tomorrow,

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at least, is to avoid travelling through Waterloo at all costs.

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A mother whose 32-year-old daughter took her own life

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inside Holloway Prison says she needed care, not custody,

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and is calling for better protection of vulnerable prisoners.

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Sarah Reed, who had mental health issues, died last year.

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An inquest found a series of failings by staff

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contributed to her death, as Thomas Magill reports.

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This report starts with a distressing images.

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This is Sarah Reed in 2012 being assaulted

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by a Metropolitan Police officer, after being accused of shoplifting.

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He was later charged with assault and dismissed.

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Sarah struggled with mental health issues for years after the death

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She would have seasons where she would go into dark moods.

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You know, whenever she thought about the child that she lost.

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Because she never recovered from that.

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In 2015, she was admitted to the Maudsley Hospital in south London.

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Her family claim she was sexually assaulted by another

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Afterwords, she was transferred to Holloway

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Marilyn says her daughter needed care, not custody

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It needs to stop, it needs to be investigated,

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we need to have things put in place, that mental health is dealt

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It's something that if people had done their proper jobs,

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At her inquest last month, Peter Thornton QC raised concerns

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about the care Sarah received and highlighted

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The jury found amongst the shortcomings there'd been

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a failure by staff here to treat Sarah in a timely manner,

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a failure in the management of her medication and monitoring

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and an unacceptable number of cancelled visits by staff.

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It found that all of these failings significantly contributed

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Now campaigners say Sarah is just one example of how the system

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is failing prisoners with mental illness.

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What we need to do is invest in quality specialist

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services for women in the community, especially mental health services,

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given we know the majority of women who are sent to prison have

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The Government say they take mental health of prisoners extremely

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seriously and have launched a suicide and self-harm reduction

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Marilyn remembers her daughter with fondness, and hopes her death

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Next, how does the capital balance the need for more affordable homes

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It's an issue which is causing a row at London's oldest allotments -

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I've really struggled, but these are supposed to be parsnips.

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Nolan is new to Northfield allotments.

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It's really about bringing my kids down here and actually letting them

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understand how fruit and veg and flowers grow.

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Just a short time that I have been here, I have been able to feel that

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The allotments were much bigger than they were founded in 1830s.

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Now the charity that owns the land, Pathways, want to develop more.

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Every bit of land from here back to the road is the area

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that the charity want permission to develop.

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It's only 4% of the overall allotment - which might not sound

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like a lot, but the people here are worried that

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So if I said you, just eat one little cube of that bar

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of chocolate, you will realise how good it is and eventually

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you will come back for more until there is nothing left.

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The homes the charity want to build would be for older

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He lives across the road in another Pathways flat.

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and I was basically homeless, jobless and if I hadn't come

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to Pathways, I believe I would still now be homeless.

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For the sake of a few allotments, you know, something can be achieved

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for people that are in the position that I was in eight years ago.

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Some of the properties might be sold privately,

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but the charity says that will only happen if they need the funding.

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They say they can't promise they will never build on more

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of the allotments because they don't want to bind future boards,

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What do you say to people that say this is nimbyism?

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We realise we are in politically difficult situation because we most

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definitely need social housing, but everything I read says

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The allotment owners want the charity to look at other options

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to build on because once this Greenland has gone, they don't

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I'll wish you a very goodnight and I'll leave you with Lucy Martin

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Yes, tomorrow is not looking back, and today was not bad. We finished

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with a lovely sunset in Greenwich. Tomorrow, we are looking at another

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decent day. Dry and bright with plenty of sunshine around. First,

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through tonight, some clear skies mean that the temperatures will fall

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away. Feeling fairly fresh in the countryside, slipping into single

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figures. In the city, overnight lows between 12 and 14 Celsius. Tomorrow,

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we start off with sunshine first thing. It will be dry and bright.

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There will be some patchy cloud through the day. The sunshine could

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turn hazy banks to high-level cloud. Temperatures not doing too badly, a

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maximum of 23 Celsius. Tomorrow night, we will see the next band of

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rain pushing across to the West. Some heavy bursts into the early

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hours. Rain clearing eastwards through Thursday. Brightening up

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from the West, a few sunny spells developing. Temperatures reaching 22

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or 23 Celsius. Breezy as we move into Friday. A mixture of sunny

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spells and showers. Temperatures reaching a maximum of 22 Celsius.

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That's spells and showers. Temperatures

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reaching a maximum of 22 Celsius. That's it from us.

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