21/08/2017 London News


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First tonight, nine Londoners dead in seven years,

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all killed in fires caused by white goods.

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The deaths have prompted the Mayor and London's Fire Commissioner

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to demand the Government introduce new safety measures,

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The Grenfell Tower fire is believed to have started

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And a year ago, a fire at a tower block in Shepherd's Bush

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Our Political Correspondent Karl Mercer reports.

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Shepherd's Bush a year ago, and a fire on the eighth

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floor of a tower block, caused by a faulty tumble drier.

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No-one died in the fire, but this was what was left

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Chantal Froelich lives two doors along, and like neighbours,

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spent three months out of her flat after the fire, which she'd seen

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I could see it was kind of around my floor area but didn't

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I was just a horrible, horrible feeling.

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It was chaos out there, police and fire, and people just

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going crazy because the shopping centre was being evacuated.

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This was the tumble drier blamed for the fire,

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which led to calls from London's fire brigade for more to be done

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to highlight the potential dangers of faulty white goods.

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It's thought the Grenfell Tower fire was started after problems

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The brigade wants the Government to set up a simple website

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where people can get information about their white goods.

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I don't think it is an unreasonable ask to have a central point

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where a member of the public can check to see if their product

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is safe and it means they are going to be safe

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Grenfell Tower aside, the brigade says nine people have

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died from fires blamed on faulty white goods in the last seven years.

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On average, it goes to one fire a day blamed on them.

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Nine people have lost their lives where there have

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There are people in London who have got some of those now.

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Lawyers representing Chantal and others affected

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by the Shepherd's Bush fire have backed the fire brigade's call.

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We need a complete shake-up of the product recall system in the UK.

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We are talking about the risk of fire equalling

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This is an important issue for consumers

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We are living with ticking time bombs and it is not fair.

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You are playing with people's lives and you guys need

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to pull your fingers out and do something ASAP, really.

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The Government said it did have a website up and running

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that people could use to find out if their white goods

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It also said it would respond to the fire brigade's letter.

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As we heard in Karl's report, a series of recommendations

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Our reporter Jim Wheble is here with more on this.

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And, Jim, it was consumer champion and former Watchdog

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presenter Lynn Faulds Woods who headed up a review

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That's right, Lynn Faulds Woods was invited by the Government to do this

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report and she made nine recommendations but frankly she

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feels a bit ignored by the Government. Two of the

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recommendations she felt particularly important, one hasn't

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happened and the other she is not very impressed with, as she

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explains. I did a very simple review because the Government said to me

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there's no money and we don't want new laws so the first thing I wanted

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was somebody to be in charge officially, and I quietly said to

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them, why don't you appoint a tsar that you can get rid of if you don't

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like but at least they can start the job. I wanted them to look at doing

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something along those lines but obviously cheaper. Then we wanted a

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website, where people can find things, an official government

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backed website, and what they have come up with so far makes it clear

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to the public it's just a portal, appointing portal to various

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websites. People that speak to me haven't been able to find it. What's

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the Government saying? We have a statement from Margot James saying

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it's the Government's top priority to keep people safe, there is a new

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website which makes it clear what is safe, and they are looking at a

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national body to support consumers. And what about those consumers? What

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advice for them? Unplug your faulty machine, don't use it, but frankly

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something with a fridge freezer it is not practical to switch it off if

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you are not home. There is a website, as Lynn mentioned, which

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you can see at the bottom of your screens now. You.

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Transport for London is investigating footage of a bus

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appearing to move onto a busy road without a driver, after BBC London

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It was all filmed by a camera on a cabbie's dashboard.

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Our Transport Correspondent Tom Edwards has been

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Marylebone Road early on Sunday morning.

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This is the footage from a black cab's dashboard camera.

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You can hear him talking to his passenger when this happens.

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A bus mounts the curb and pulls out into the road,

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Then, from the side, the driver jumps behind the steering

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He then reverses it off the road and waves at the cab.

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The whole incident in total lasts five seconds.

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It looks like there is just one other passenger on board

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and the driver stops the bus just before it hits the

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Buses and bus driving have been under the spotlight recently

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This was a crash on Lavender Hill in Battersea.

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And a London Assembly report found high levels of stress and long

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shifts amongst drivers, and London's bus safety record

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does not compare well to other world cities.

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It's not clear yet why this incident involving the 453 bus happened.

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Transport for London have asked the bus operator Go-Ahead

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No-one was hurt in the incident, but this will again focus attention

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There was a time when there was a thriving local newspaper

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but with the advent of online news many are struggling or have

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But as Sarah Harris reports, London Assembly research suggests it

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may not be all bad news for local print journalism.

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Some see it as an endangered art when it

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comes to a local press in London in decline,

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but here in the city, is

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A local newsroom covering stories 7500 residents over a square mile.

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And growing from week to week since launching, last year.

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London is one big community, but within that, you have many other

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It is going back to people wanting to know what is

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going on in their area, Fleet Street obviously

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being in our patch has given us a great platform from which to jump

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A London assembly report showed that circulation across London over

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One North London paper's readership was cut by 90% even though

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the number of publications and online local news has gone up.

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The author of the reporters calling for more investment,

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like the scheme run by the BBC funding dozens of local journalists.

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To make sure those important meetings that can be quite dry

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at local council level still get journalists going along to,

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so the BBC puts resources into funding media read a newspaper

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level that people would not be aware.

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Those at the sharp end keeping local papers going with much less funding

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think it needs an image overhaul, making what may appear rather dull

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as serving an important role in holding local

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Pre-Grenfell, all the discussions about fire safety

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and the way buildings were built and material checks,

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people thought it may be boring and irrelevant,

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the fact that no-one was covering that

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so there is still a good argument to keep the printer is going

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And this success story shows there is still an appetite

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for an imprinted version of what is happening

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

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And another disappointing summer 's day.

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Yes, but at least across America for the total eclipse there was a

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beautiful blue skies, lucky them. We had a lot of low cloud and it didn't

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really cheer up through the afternoon, but there is hope for

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tomorrow. As usual on Monday night we are going to look at the weather

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for the week ahead. It will be among key start, fresher later, a lot of

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dry weather around with sunshine at times. But overnight it will be

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cloudy again, there could be drizzle as the temperature

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drops. We have a change in wind direction coming in from the

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south-east, so we are more likely to see the cloud in and break tomorrow.

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In the sunshine we could be looking at temperatures up to 26 degrees so

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lovely afternoon. By the end of the day it will start to feel cooler so

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the highest temperatures will probably be through the morning.

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There will be sunshine around as well, likewise on Thursday. The

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possibility of some showers. For the weekend at the moment the forecast

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looks uncertain so stay tuned for the details but it

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looks uncertain so stay tuned for the details but it looks like a

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promising start. Misty weather conditions will be the

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story as we go through the night. A murky night through England and

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Wales with low cloud and missed. The rain band continuing to trundle

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north-east across Scotland for much of the night. It will be a mild

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