31/08/2017 London News


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Pre-fabricated homes are making a return to London

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They don't look anything like the pre-fabs of the 1950s.

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These have come a long way and there are demands for the Mayor

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of London to start making much more use of them.

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Our Political Editor, Tim Donovan has been taking a look.

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Floor by floor, layer by layer, a housing block taking shape in east

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London, not built so much as screwed together on site.

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Well, this is one of the flats, actually the first

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flat I've seen finished and furnished which is really exciting

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The entire structure is made from prefabricated timber panels.

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The internal walls, ceilings and floors,

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all pine, made to measure in a factory in Autria and

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It's about twice as fast as with concrete.

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So we're saving massive amounts from the overall programme of

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So it could mean more housing sooner, but what about the

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So much more cost efficient than concrete or steel

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structures because you have fewer people actually on site.

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You have a more efficient way of building buildings.

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Among the first to benefit, Shadelle and her two sons.

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They have a just moved in after a long wait in a one bedroomed flat.

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It's a dream come true with me and my boys.

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The boys have their own room I have my

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But the London Assembly argues the mayor could be doing more

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He needs to dedicate land, particularly

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He needs to use resources and funding and he

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also needs to use his policies and his planning and strategists to

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And he can get a win and win for the country

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because this is a new and emerging sector and industrial sector for

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Do you think people feel prejudiced against prefab?

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I think people are worried about prefabs.

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People are worried about the faults, quality of the buildings and the

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quality of the homes it makes but this is an incredibly robust

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and firm architecture which I think is a fabulous result for our sector.

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City Hall says it's already making money

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available for innovative schemes to provide off-site manufactured homes

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but it's signalled there will be further measures in the mayor's

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long-awaited housing strategy next month.

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A cricket match at the Oval in south London

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has been abandoned after a crossbow bolt was fired onto the pitch.

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It's thought it came from outside the ground

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and our reporter Tolu Adayoyay has the latest for us.

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W it was around 4.30 when this County Championship game between

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Surrey and Middlesex was so dramatically interrupted. Umpires

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and players were ushered off the pitch when that arrow landed. Then

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spectators were told to take cover while officials tried to work out

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what on Earth was going on. Armed police arrived. The ground was

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evacuated. Luckily no-one was injured. Daniel Number of orcroft is

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a BBC sports commentator and told us of the confusion when it landed. We

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were wondering was it rain v they gone off to juggle lates or any of

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the things that happens in cricket then it became clear we were seeing

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a red arrow, with a really sharp point. I have seen it subsequently.

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If it hit someone it could've proved catastrophic. It land between

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England's Jason Roy who opens the batting for England and Nick

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Thompson who was also batting at the same time. It was unlike anything I

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have ever seen before in my life. . Police are now investigating how

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that arrow came to be fired into the ground. They say no arrests have

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been made and they are open to a motive T isn't clear whether this

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was an act of malice or mischief, or was it just an accident. Police just

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don't know as yet. Meanwhile Surrey's Chief Executive described

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it as a bizarre incident. He has thanked the players and public for

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their reaction. Thank you very much for that. The moments immediately

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after an acid attack are crucial. Which is why the NHS has issued

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guidance on what to do if you come across someone who has been

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attacked. Three tloor simple steps to follow. Helen Drew can tell us,

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before her report contains distressing images from the start.

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Scarred for life, this man and his cousin were victims of an acid

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My face started melting, my clothes started to burn, my shorts started

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sticking to me, there was smoke coming from the seats.

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Corrosive substances were used in over 450

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crimes in the capital last year, a big increase on previous years.

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The growing number of attacks means the

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NHS and burns specialists are giving advice to victims and witnesses.

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The witness can call 999 while the victim

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Remove contaminated clothes carefully and rinse areas affected

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under running water until specialist help arrives.

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Specialist burns units like this one Chelsea and Westminster

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Doctors say that the moments immediately after an attack are

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Providing appropriate first aid in a timely fashion can

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have a dramatic affect on

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the outcome of these injuries because it can reduce the trauma of

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the acid but also reduce the possibility of unwanted life

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Earlier this month shopkeepers in Hackney started

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signing up to a voluntary scheme to restrict the sale of products

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containing ammonia and acid, the first of its kind.

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They're refusing to sell to anyone under the age of 21.

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Currently in the UK there is no age restriction on buying these items.

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Home Secretary Amber Rudd has ordered a review to ensure that

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everything possible is being done to prevent acid attacks.

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They are still rare, but scenes like this, the

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aftermath of an attack in Knightsbridge, are becoming more

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The advice today, report, remove and rinse.

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As part of our series, looking into what life might be like here

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just over 30 years in the future, we thought we'd look at food

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and how sustainable - or not - things might become.

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Picked, packed and ready for delivery, and barely one hour out of

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This might look like a step back in time, but it is in fact

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We have got patchwork farmers who have

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delivered freshly picked salad leaves from their

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small urban sites, we

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are going to pack it together, divided up into smaller bags and

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Growing communities in Hackney grows locally and sell locally to 1000

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It is this kind of small-scale farming that experts say

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will become more reliant on by more people in the future.

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One of the things about growing locally is that

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there is less carbon footprint but we also

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start to eat seasonally, and

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that makes a really big difference in terms of cost because it is going

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to be so abundant, so anyone growing courgettes at the moment, they

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There was a time when it was predicted that we would get our

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food from these hot meal vending machines.

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These can take any coins, provide a wide choice of food

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Surprisingly, they did not take off, but perhaps what

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was not predicted was how much we now rely on imported food to

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Currently, we get 48% of what we eat from outside the UK and,

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when it comes to fruit and vegetables, that figure

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Everyone agrees here it is just part of the solution but there's also

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concern where the available patches of land where these leaves were

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grown could disappear, putting concept on the process of growing

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locally for local consumption. And that's why these disused tums under

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London could come in handy. Some are already being used to grow micro-her

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bes in Clapham. And there's miles of them. We could also be eating these

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in the future, crickets and other insects which are super high in

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protein. All of this technology we are still cavemen living in modern

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area. The reality is all of the technology doesn't make us any

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different as human beings. Whatever the future, when it comes to what we

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eat, technology can only go so far and for these urban farmers, the

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rest of the answer lies at the bottom of the garden. I like the

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idea of local produce but insects. Anyway, it is 30 years since the

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Docklands Light Railway first started running passenger services.

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The network was opened by the Queen in 1987, built to serve the

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redeveloped Docklands area in east London. It now serves over 40

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stations. That's it for me from now but after a really nice day

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weather-wise following the rain of yesterday. Let's see what the

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forecast has in store. Let's go to Chris.

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Yes, rain and cool yesterday. Temperatures of 15. The weather has

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been working in the right direction. 21 this afternoon with sunshine and

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one or two passing showers. Most have cleared out of the way. I will

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be left with largely clear nights. A few patches of cloud coming and

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going but largely clear skies and a chilly one of temperatures down to 7

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overnight in the coldest spots out in the countryside. A chill in the

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air Friday but a glorious start to the morning tomorrow morning, plenty

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of sunshine. Now, late morning onwards we'll see cloud bubbling up

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and through the afternoon that will bring one or two showers. The

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showers could be heavy with thunder. Most likely across eastern areas but

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there will be big gaps between the showers, so a decent chance of a dry

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day. Temperatures into the low 20s, so feeling pleasant in the sunshine.

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The weekend looks like this, high pressure initially but fronts moving

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in during the second half of the weekend. Sunshine on Saturday but

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rain arriving late on Sunday. weekend. Sunshine on Saturday but

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rain arriving late on Sunday. With the national weather picture here's

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Sarah Keith Lucas. As the summer has set on the final

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day of summer meet troe lodgically speaking let's Bakke. Summer 2017

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started -- let's look back. Things started off well but it has turned

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wetter. Now for the 1st September things

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looking clearer. Light wnd and a few showers lingering around the coasts

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and there could be the odd misty patch around. Temperatures in the

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towns or cities, 10 or 11. A fresh start to Friday. But for many

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sunshine from the word G it remains largely dry, particularly for many

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northern and western parts of

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