04/09/2017 London News


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A man who served almost three years in prison for a rape

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that never happened has given his first

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Mahad Kassim was one of 15 men who were falsely accused

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by a 25-year-old of raping or assaulting her.

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She's now serving a prison sentence for perjury.

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He told the BBC she was evil and a monster who has damaged

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the chances of justice for women who really have been raped.

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This exclusive report is from Daniel Sandford.

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Gemma Peel, jailed for ten years last month for falsely accusing 15

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men by the raping her or sexually assaulting her over a period of just

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three years. The court heard she did it to make her partner jealous and

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for the ?14,000 compensation that she received. But it had a

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devastating effect on the men she accused. One of them asked us not to

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show his face. He has now given his first television interview. He spent

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almost three years in prison convicted of rain, before being

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completely cleared. I am angry. I am very angry. This alleyway was where

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Gemma Peel had accused him of raping her but in fact she had asked him to

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have sex. What do you think of her? Evil. I mean, she can't be a normal

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person. If you are going around trying to destroy an innocent

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person, that person is not normal. The day he was sentenced to seven

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years in prison after being wrongly found guilty by a jury is etched on

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his memory. I felt let down by the justice system. Not being believed.

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The way I was treated by police. He wonders whether women who really

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have been raped will be less likely to be believed in future. Let's take

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for instance, a real human being is going through the same situation.

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Who will believe them now? She is making it hard for the other

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females, women out there. It is a peer supported by the judge at her

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trial saying the files allegations of rain are likely to have the

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perverse impact of increasing the likely could -- likelihood of guilty

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men going free. People like her are rare. There are 160 times more

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prosecutions for rate than for false allegations of rain.

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Next: A poll for the BBC suggests a third of us feel less

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safe in public places - compared to 12 months ago.

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However, London has seen three terrorist attacks already this year.

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It also found that the majority of us believe further attacks

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are likely, but many say they're carrying on as normal.

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Our Home Affairs Correspondent Nick Beake has been

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The terror attacks this year in Westminster, London Bridge and

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But what wider impact have the attacks had?

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33% of Londoners said they feel less safe.

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Everyone will have their own perspective, but

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here are some views on the streets we found today.

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Personally, I am not that scared or worried.

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But at the same time, I'm just more aware.

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I commute every morning so still using

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the train and public transport and the bosses and the Tube with no

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I am wary, but I think I have always been.

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I do feel that the atmosphere now, a lot

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of people are nervy and that makes you more nervous, but I still want

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to go out and have a good time personally.

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Experts say all of this is a big headache for the Government. The

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attacks earlier this year caused the biggest loss of life since the 77

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bombings in 2005. What we think that the likelihood of further terror

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attacks on British cities? Our poll found 88% of Londoners thought that

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the attacks are likely although very few people actually believe one of

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their relatives will be evicted for the bid is clear the authorities

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face a huge task of keeping us safe. We may have seen a surge in attacks

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this year. I have total confidence in the British intelligence agency

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and police in thwarting and disrupting attacks in the future.

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Quiet confidence from a former Scotland Yard commander. This poll

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suggests Londoners to feel less safe in light of the London attacks and

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left-sided go to big events. Majority of us have not changed our

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travel routine. Although we are mindful of the threat we are

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carrying on as before. And you can see more

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on Inside Out London's terror special which is available

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on the BBC iPlayer. For the time in the UK McDonald's

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workers have walked out on strike. Staff from a branch in south east

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London protested outside the Palace of Westminster over pay

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and zero hours contracts. The company said the people involved

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represent one hundredth of one The first worker walking out on the

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morning of the first ever strike by McDonald's staff in the UK. Staff at

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this restaurant and one in Cambridge are striking for more pay and better

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conditions. They also took part in a rally at Westminster. Many staff say

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wages are too low and impossible to live on. Some of the 16-year-old

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workers are on ?5 something an hour. I am on ?7 something and our

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especially in London. We need a higher living wage. We need at least

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?10 an hour to live on. After bills and rent we have nothing left at the

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end of the month. We have people who are homeless and cannot afford to

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eat properly because they are not earning enough. I can never move out

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of my parents house or afford Uni. I can barely live off my wages. Jeremy

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Corbyn to beat support and the Shadow Chancellor was there. I am

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supporting the McDonald's strikers. A few years ago we launched a fast

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food campaign and ending zero hours contracts. Making sure that the

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company recognises a trade union. Unions are not recognised by

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McDonald's. If they value their people as much as they say they did

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they would not have a strike going on today. They would not have these

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people making a brave and historic decision to walk out on strike.

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McDonald's say strikers represented a tiny amount of its workforce. Out

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of its 1270 restaurants strike action was only taken at two. Even

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so these fast food workers have suddenly made their voices heard.

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So what have McDonald's, a big employer, had to say about this?

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McDonald's employs about 85,000 people in the UK. It told us that in

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April it announced that workers would be offered a choice of

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flexible or fixed contracts. 86% chose to stay on the flexible

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contracts. It also says there have been three pay rises since April 20

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16. It increased the average hourly rate by 15%. It also says that only

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14 workers took part today in the action was related to internal

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grievance procedures and not pay. So, as we have said, McDonald's, a

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big employer, a major brand, doing over this has damaged their

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reputation in anyway? McDonald's has put a lot into its advertising to

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attract staff lately. Some glossy adverts that our viewers might have

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seen. The website is full of testimonials say what a great pace

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it is to work. Although this may have only affected two restaurants,

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probably its image as a good employer will have taken the biggest

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blow. Thank you for now. And it's over to Wendy now

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for a look at this week's weather. Something a little fresher than we

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got today. 23 degrees. We might just get there tomorrow. It is a warm and

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humid start the week. Then it will become fresher midweek and turns

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later on rather more autumnal. A low pressure system be felt on Thursday

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night onwards into the end of the week for that you can see the wiggly

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lines and how many of them that are. It'll be quite woozy towards the end

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the week and into the weekend. -- quite breezy. One or two showers

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trailing away north of London. Elsewhere there would be a bit of

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cloud around and it will feel rather warm for the time of year. It will

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be warm when we commute off to work in the morning as well. Through the

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day we will seek a fair amount of cloud and bits and pieces of rain.

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Temperatures at least 20, 21 in the best of the sunny spells. Perhaps a

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tiny bit higher than that. It will feel fresher towards the end of the

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day. Certainly so on Wednesday. A bit of a breeze blowing but there

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will be decent spells of sunshine. Dry on Thursday as well. Overnight

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will start to see some blustery showers showing up. Into the weekend

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it will be a mixture of sunshine, blustery showers. Ill be windy and a

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bit on the = as well. Good evening. We are in the heart of

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the hurricane season in the US. Following hot off the heels of

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Harvey is another significant

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