22/08/2017 London News


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Welcome to BBC London News with me Victoria Hollins.

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More than 30 people have been arrested in a series of dawn raids

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It's part of a crackdown against knife crime,

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drugs and child exploitation ahead of Notting Hill Carnival.

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It's the Met Police's biggest operation every year -

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but there's been criticism - with some asking if the raids

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are racist by targeting a so-called "black event" -

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and more for the benefit of the cameras than Carnival.

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A very different type of wake-up call.

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The Met Police's targeted raids at 21 different addresses

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in just under an hour, all within the boroughs

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of Kensington and Chelsea, Hammersmith and Fulham, and Brent.

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It's 5:30am and about ten specialist police officers as just raided this

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What we know is seven people inside, five of those have been arrested

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and one of those has swallowed something so they have called

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The aim of this is to make sure that those arrested here do not turn

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What has happened here has taken two months to plan.

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We start off with dynamic entry when you heard the shouting

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Then when we have done that, and secured those people inside,

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then we slow things down and make sure we do a methodical search

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of the premises, looking for the evidence included

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in the warrant, so on this occasion it will be Class A drugs and items

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Those arrested will be built under strict conditions which police say

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will prevent them from turning up at the Carnival this weekend.

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In a control centre five miles away, Mark Bird and his team of 75

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officers will keep a watchful eye over the event.

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This BBC documentary shows how complex and difficult it can be

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to police an event that attracts millions of people.

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Were today's raids more of an exercise of public reassurance

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Our endeavours are about keeping the Carnival safe and free from

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How on earth are you going to monitor the people

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We have a range of tactics which will include obviously the use

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of CCTV, automatic number plate recognition, and there will be

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plainclothed officers and other tactics that we will use to keep

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I don't understand why they need to be showing off and saying

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we are on top of this, this is a big issue and we will

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There are criminals operating, they should be doing this throughout

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the year and it should not just be on the eve of Carnival

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And today the South London rapper Stormzy waded into the debate,

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suggesting they Met's tweets on the raids were offensive

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He said: how many drugs did you lot sieze in the run-up to Glastonbury

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or are we only doing tweets like this for black events?

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This has already been re-tweeted and liked

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Tonight, the Met have initially reiterated the raids

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were intelligence-led and it is their duty

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Only three London boroughs are meeting their recycling targets,

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according to figures obtained by this programme.

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London's councils are all meant to be recycling 45% of their waste,

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but the overwhelming majority are failing to do so.

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Here's our environment correspondent, Tom Edwards.

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Do Londoners recycle enough of their household waste?

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No says Paul, a self-confessed recycling anorak.

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He's even set up a charity to encourage it.

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He lives in Newham but he's a rarity in this part of London.

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This area has the worst recycling rate in the capital.

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Newham has 40% of its housing is flats.

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You can't easily recycle in flats, without having some

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Your building in London, we're building on every square foot.

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You have to do it now whilst you're building new to make sure you have

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Next door to Paul these flats have no recycling facilities at all.

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This block of flats, where's the recycling?

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It's one bin that takes the recycling and the rubbish.

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This is the whole problem with Newham.

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Across London there's a mixed picture.

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The amount of household rubbish the boroughs recycle.

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The best is Bexley, recycling 52%, followed by Bromley and Kingston.

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The worst are Lewisham, Westminster and Newham, where just 14.7% of

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There are lots of different reasons why different areas have

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Some of them are practical and about space, for example,

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flats have less room for all the bins.

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Some communities are less aware of recycling.

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And different boroughs also have different schemes for recycling.

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Bexley say they are now seeing a commercial value in recycling

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In Bexley it's cheaper for us to recycle than to throw away.

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If anything, we've been trying to put more effort into getting more

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stuff recycled because it costs us over ?100 a time to send things

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to the waste to energy plant, when we recycling paper,

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Increasing recycling rates is a key ambition of the mayor.

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He wants 65% of London's waste recycled by 2030.

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Helping the boroughs to get there will be a huge challenge.

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Another victim killed in the Grenfell Tower fire in west

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65-year-old Sakina Afrasehabi was a mother of five.

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Her family have paid tribute to her, saying she was "completely

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selfless in all she did and always put other people first".

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An estate agents in East London has been destroyed in a fire,

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after a car ploughed into the shop front.

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The car smashed through the glass windows of Portico estate

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It burst into flames and the blaze quickly ripped through the shop,

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Next, these two masterpieces by the Italian painter Titian made

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the headlines when they were saved for the nation.

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They were bought, in part, by the National Gallery for ?95 million.

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Now the gallery has once again found millions to save a renaissance

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Day one for this 18th century masterpiece in its new home.

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Bernardo Bellotto's The Fortress Of Konigstein From The North

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deemed a national treasure, will now not

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be sold abroad, yet it so nearly wasn't the case.

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After being sold to a foreign, private collector last year,

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the Government blocked its export temporarily in the hope

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the gallery could find ?11.7 million and buy it instead.

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He's the nephew of better known Canaletto.

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He's an artist that is not as well known as he might be

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because there's no major work, until today, by the artist in any

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This picture being here at the National Gallery can now be

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appreciated by the millions of people who come here every year.

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What makes this Bellotto a national treasure worth saving?

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Every time a piece of high-end art is being bought and taken out

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of the country, a panel of experts must consider three criteria -

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first, its historic significance to the UK,

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second, whether it has a unique aesthetic and third, whether it's

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The experts decided it was a national treasure

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Does its first public audience for centuries agree?

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Allowing people to come here and see the image,

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is better than selling it off to a collector and letting

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them keep it in a room, which is never going to be seen.

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I think we should all do what we could to preserve art.

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I don't know if it's worth ?11.5 million, I'm not sure.

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I think it would have been a shame if it had gone into a private

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collection and people here today and people who come

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into the National Gallery wouldn't be able to see it.

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The painting is now being displayed just feet away from some

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Undoubtedly it helps if your uncle is Canaletto and the most

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We know Bellotto was training with Canaletto from the age of about 13.

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Walk round the corner, you can see how Bellotto uses

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It you look at the building here, the texture of crumbling stones,

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that's absolutely out of Canaletto's workshop.

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There's some soldiers up on the ramparts created really out

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That's something that Canaletto has as well,

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Every year, a handful of national treasures can't

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be saved and disappear to private collections.

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All the more reason to enjoy the one that's stay.

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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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It's been a little bit more summery today, hasn't it?

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It has. But still disappointing temperatures. We got a glimpse of

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blue here by our now silent Big Ben. It really was a cloudy day, misty

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conditions around to start the day as well. This is what most of us saw

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for much of the day. Through the course of the day tomorrow, a humid

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start but it turns fresher. Cooler feel by the time we get to the end

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of the afternoon on Wednesday. Sunny spells for the rest of the week.

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Always the chance of one or two showers. A lot of dry weather around

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as well. Over the next hour, I may still catch a shower. It will be

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mostly dry overnight. A mild night to come. Start off the day tomorrow

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on 16 or 17 degrees Celsius. Still feeling quite humid tomorrow

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morning. We will see things brighten up nicely through the morning, some

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spells of sunshine. This is when we'll probably see the highest

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temperatures. Then the cloud thick beings through the middle of the

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day. By the time we get to the end of the day, it will be sunny again

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and we'll have a westerly wind. For the rest of the week: Sunny spells

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at times, a lot of dry weather around. A lot of uncertainty for the

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bank holiday weekend. around. A lot of uncertainty for the

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bank holiday weekend. Good evening. I think it's fair to

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say it's been a disappointment August so far. We want blue sky,

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sunshine. We want what we had today in Newquay and Cornwall, 25 Celsius,

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77 Fahrenheit. Beautiful on the beach. As opposed to what we had in

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Fermanagh. You can see by this picture. The rain so heavy,ing off

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the roof of the car. In fact, that heavy rain was accompanied by some

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pretty significant thunder and lightning as well, which is

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continuing to drift its way steadily north as we speak. It's moving into

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the Western Isles and we'll see some heavy rain overnight tonight across

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the Western Isles

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