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Pre-fabricated homes are making a return to London
They don't look anything like the pre-fabs of the 1950s.
These have come a long way and there are demands for the Mayor
of London to start making much more use of them.
Our Political Editor, Tim Donovan has been taking a look.
Floor by floor, layer by layer, a housing block taking shape in east
London, not built so much as screwed together on site.
Well, this is one of the flats, actually the first
flat I've seen finished and furnished which is really exciting
The entire structure is made from prefabricated timber panels.
The internal walls, ceilings and floors,
all pine, made to measure in a factory in Autria and
It's about twice as fast as with concrete.
So we're saving massive amounts from the overall programme of
So it could mean more housing sooner, but what about the
So much more cost efficient than concrete or steel
structures because you have fewer people actually on site.
You have a more efficient way of building buildings.
Among the first to benefit, Shadelle and her two sons.
They have a just moved in after a long wait in a one bedroomed flat.
It's a dream come true with me and my boys.
The boys have their own room I have my
But the London Assembly argues the mayor could be doing more
He needs to dedicate land, particularly
He needs to use resources and funding and he
also needs to use his policies and his planning and strategists to
And he can get a win and win for the country
because this is a new and emerging sector and industrial sector for
Do you think people feel prejudiced against prefab?
I think people are worried about prefabs.
People are worried about the faults, quality of the buildings and the
quality of the homes it makes but this is an incredibly robust
and firm architecture which I think is a fabulous result for our sector.
City Hall says it's already making money
available for innovative schemes to provide off-site manufactured homes
but it's signalled there will be further measures in the mayor's
long-awaited housing strategy next month.
A cricket match at the Oval in south London
has been abandoned after a crossbow bolt was fired onto the pitch.
It's thought it came from outside the ground
and our reporter Tolu Adayoyay has the latest for us.
W it was around 4.30 when this County Championship game between
Surrey and Middlesex was so dramatically interrupted. Umpires
and players were ushered off the pitch when that arrow landed. Then
spectators were told to take cover while officials tried to work out
what on Earth was going on. Armed police arrived. The ground was
evacuated. Luckily no-one was injured. Daniel Number of orcroft is
a BBC sports commentator and told us of the confusion when it landed. We
were wondering was it rain v they gone off to juggle lates or any of
the things that happens in cricket then it became clear we were seeing
a red arrow, with a really sharp point. I have seen it subsequently.
If it hit someone it could've proved catastrophic. It land between
England's Jason Roy who opens the batting for England and Nick
Thompson who was also batting at the same time. It was unlike anything I
have ever seen before in my life. . Police are now investigating how
that arrow came to be fired into the ground. They say no arrests have
been made and they are open to a motive T isn't clear whether this
was an act of malice or mischief, or was it just an accident. Police just
don't know as yet. Meanwhile Surrey's Chief Executive described
it as a bizarre incident. He has thanked the players and public for
their reaction. Thank you very much for that. The moments immediately
after an acid attack are crucial. Which is why the NHS has issued
guidance on what to do if you come across someone who has been
attacked. Three tloor simple steps to follow. Helen Drew can tell us,
before her report contains distressing images from the start.
Scarred for life, this man and his cousin were victims of an acid
My face started melting, my clothes started to burn, my shorts started
sticking to me, there was smoke coming from the seats.
Corrosive substances were used in over 450
crimes in the capital last year, a big increase on previous years.
The growing number of attacks means the
NHS and burns specialists are giving advice to victims and witnesses.
The witness can call 999 while the victim
Remove contaminated clothes carefully and rinse areas affected
under running water until specialist help arrives.
Specialist burns units like this one Chelsea and Westminster
Doctors say that the moments immediately after an attack are
Providing appropriate first aid in a timely fashion can
have a dramatic affect on
the outcome of these injuries because it can reduce the trauma of
the acid but also reduce the possibility of unwanted life
Earlier this month shopkeepers in Hackney started
signing up to a voluntary scheme to restrict the sale of products
containing ammonia and acid, the first of its kind.
They're refusing to sell to anyone under the age of 21.
Currently in the UK there is no age restriction on buying these items.
Home Secretary Amber Rudd has ordered a review to ensure that
everything possible is being done to prevent acid attacks.
They are still rare, but scenes like this, the
aftermath of an attack in Knightsbridge, are becoming more
The advice today, report, remove and rinse.
As part of our series, looking into what life might be like here
just over 30 years in the future, we thought we'd look at food
and how sustainable - or not - things might become.
Picked, packed and ready for delivery, and barely one hour out of
This might look like a step back in time, but it is in fact
We have got patchwork farmers who have
delivered freshly picked salad leaves from their
small urban sites, we
are going to pack it together, divided up into smaller bags and
Growing communities in Hackney grows locally and sell locally to 1000
It is this kind of small-scale farming that experts say
will become more reliant on by more people in the future.
One of the things about growing locally is that
there is less carbon footprint but we also
start to eat seasonally, and
that makes a really big difference in terms of cost because it is going
to be so abundant, so anyone growing courgettes at the moment, they
There was a time when it was predicted that we would get our
food from these hot meal vending machines.
These can take any coins, provide a wide choice of food
Surprisingly, they did not take off, but perhaps what
was not predicted was how much we now rely on imported food to
Currently, we get 48% of what we eat from outside the UK and,
when it comes to fruit and vegetables, that figure
Everyone agrees here it is just part of the solution but there's also
concern where the available patches of land where these leaves were
grown could disappear, putting concept on the process of growing
locally for local consumption. And that's why these disused tums under
London could come in handy. Some are already being used to grow micro-her
bes in Clapham. And there's miles of them. We could also be eating these
in the future, crickets and other insects which are super high in
protein. All of this technology we are still cavemen living in modern
area. The reality is all of the technology doesn't make us any
different as human beings. Whatever the future, when it comes to what we
eat, technology can only go so far and for these urban farmers, the
rest of the answer lies at the bottom of the garden. I like the
idea of local produce but insects. Anyway, it is 30 years since the
Docklands Light Railway first started running passenger services.
The network was opened by the Queen in 1987, built to serve the
redeveloped Docklands area in east London. It now serves over 40
stations. That's it for me from now but after a really nice day
weather-wise following the rain of yesterday. Let's see what the
forecast has in store. Let's go to Chris.
Yes, rain and cool yesterday. Temperatures of 15. The weather has
been working in the right direction. 21 this afternoon with sunshine and
one or two passing showers. Most have cleared out of the way. I will
be left with largely clear nights. A few patches of cloud coming and
going but largely clear skies and a chilly one of temperatures down to 7
overnight in the coldest spots out in the countryside. A chill in the
air Friday but a glorious start to the morning tomorrow morning, plenty
of sunshine. Now, late morning onwards we'll see cloud bubbling up
and through the afternoon that will bring one or two showers. The
showers could be heavy with thunder. Most likely across eastern areas but
there will be big gaps between the showers, so a decent chance of a dry
day. Temperatures into the low 20s, so feeling pleasant in the sunshine.
The weekend looks like this, high pressure initially but fronts moving
in during the second half of the weekend. Sunshine on Saturday but
rain arriving late on Sunday. weekend. Sunshine on Saturday but
rain arriving late on Sunday. With the national weather picture here's
Sarah Keith Lucas. As the summer has set on the final
day of summer meet troe lodgically speaking let's Bakke. Summer 2017
started -- let's look back. Things started off well but it has turned
wetter. Now for the 1st September things
looking clearer. Light wnd and a few showers lingering around the coasts
and there could be the odd misty patch around. Temperatures in the
towns or cities, 10 or 11. A fresh start to Friday. But for many
sunshine from the word G it remains largely dry, particularly for many
northern and western parts of