05/09/2017 London News


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Families are left devastated by false claims.

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The brother of a man who was shot dead with his wife and mother-in-law

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while on holiday in the Alps, exactly five years ago,

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has told this programme the French investigation has failed them.

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No one's ever been charged for the triple murder.

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Now the woman leading the inquiry admits mistakes have been made.

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Here's our home affairs correspondent, Nick Beake.

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The family holiday ended in murder. Five years on it remains a mystery.

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The bodies were found in a forest -- near Lake Annecy in the French Alps.

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The brother of one was treated as a suspect. He is highly critical of

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the French police investigation. From the beginning they handled the

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whole case very badly, very poorly. The investigation was based on

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conjecture rather than proper evidence. That is why the whole

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thing has failed. When a passer-by found the bullet ridden family car,

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a four-year-old was hiding under her mother's body. Her elder sister had

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been shot and beaten that she too survived. The French cyclist was

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also killed in attack. Detectives explore the theory he had been the

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real target. Like all avenues pursued over the past five years it

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came to nothing. The murder of the family in September 2012 near Lake

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Annecy prompted a huge investigation. A year later the

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brother is arrested, amid rumours of a family feud, but later released

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because of insufficient evidence. Late 2013 the police issue this

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sketch of a motorcyclist seen nearby. He too is later ruled out.

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In 2014 and inquest in Surrey officially finds the three family

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members were unlawfully killed. Three years on in 2017 still no one

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has been charged over the murders. The French lead prosecutor now

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thinks the family could have been simply on the wrong place at the

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wrong time, victims of a random attack. She admits the police have

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so far failed the surviving family. TRANSLATION: Unfortunately there are

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no new leads. There has been no progress since last year. We are

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still looking for the murder weapon. We have got no further with the

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motive or the suspects. Case which has baffled investigators that home

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and abroad. Whoever the killer may be, for now they have got away with

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it. Nearly three months

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on from the Grenfell fire there are calls for more mental

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health for those It comes as Princes William

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and Harry met survivors at a new centre in North Kensington

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providing advice and counselling The Princes have always

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championed mental-health work. Today they saw first-hand the impact

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the Grenfell disaster has had Do you mind me asking,

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were you in Grenfell at the time, They spoke at length

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with residents - young and old - Some have lost friends

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or loved ones. There will be some people,

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I am sure you know a few, some people who either don't

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want to talk about their experiences or maybe think

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they're absolutely fine. This new mental health hub

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in Kensington will provide counselling, supervised sessions

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and general support for survivors. You can sit down and talk

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about almost anything. I know a lot of people don't think

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talking is always the best thing but, when you actually talk

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about it, you express it a lot more and it does become a lot

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easier to deal with. The physical scars of Grenfell

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will take a long time to heal but the mental scars

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perhaps even longer. One charity says,

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through conversations with survivors and witnesses,

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they believe as many as 20 people might have attempted suicide

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in the past few months. The right models are in place

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to help these people and hopefully encourage them moving away from that

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train of thought. If we just stand still and do

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nothing, it is like a ticking time This mosque and community centres

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where part of the initial relief The princes heard stories

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of the generosity of locals and strangers in the

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hours after the fire. Then, as they were leaving,

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they broke away to speak A moment for residents to cherish

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after three months of turmoil. And Marc joins me because there's

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an update this evening on what's Yes. The Communities Secretary made

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a statement to the House of Commons. He confirmed some details which we

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have known already do not officially. He praised the

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exceptionally difficult job in most trying circumstances of those still

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working at the side. He explained this to seven people have been

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formally identified. 151 homes were lost to the fire. In terms of free

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housing those people he said everyone who had engaged with your

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30s had been made an offer of the new home within a few weeks. He did

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acknowledge lotsa people were still in emergency accommodation. He said

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there was a need for accuracy, dignity as well as speed. We're

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talking about people's homes and lives.

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What matters to us isn't ticking boxes, but working at the pace

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that suits the needs and the circumstances

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That's why, at the request of residents, the council extended

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the expressions of interest period for permanent homes.

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What is the latest on testing for tower block safety? Across England

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173 social housing buildings are over 80 metres tall and have the

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same kind of cladding that had. Large-scale testing has been carried

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out. We have had some results today. He said four out of the seven types

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of cladding fell short of safety standards. Only eight of the towel

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blocks pass this test. He said advice has been given to local

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authorities to make them safe and some are removing the cladding.

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He'll so said there are many more buildings in the private sector. So

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far 89 have done testing on the cladding. They are encouraging all

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the land to come forward with samples and get them tested. Thank

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you. They may have survived Nazi Germany

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and the D-Day landings, but now London's Duck Tours

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and their unmistakable amphibious It's all because of

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a new super-sewer. These bright yellow Duck Tours

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have been turning heads in London for 15 years,

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but not for much longer. We do regard ourselves as being

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an iconic product to London, and one of the great benefits

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we bring to London is that other So they don't have it in Paris

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or in other European countries. The tours will stop

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because they won't be able to use this ramp,

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Thames Water is taking it over It says it's vital to he remove tens

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of millions of tonnes I'm afraid we've looked

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at lots of alternatives with Duck Tours, we've worked

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collaboratively with them. We've also tried to push back

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the time as long as possible until such time that they had

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to stop their operations. But, no, there is really no

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practical safe alternative Now these amphibious trucks

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were first made in the US in the 1940s and many of them

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actually served on D-Day Can you tell a bit of its American

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history because, look, the driver is actually sitting

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on the wrong side. More than 1.8 million passengers

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have travelled on London Duck Tours Though services were suspended

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for a time in 2013 when one There's a Duck Tour

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bus on fire, look. For many of today's passengers,

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this was as special trip, especially for Emma and her son

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Oliver, who has cancer. There's been a big fundraising

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effort to raise money So this is the first thing we've

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been able to do from his bucket list and when we found out

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it was closing, it was stopping running, we jigged his treatment

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around and the doctors have sort of made it possible

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for us to come to London John hopes the Duck Tours may return

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one day, but in the meantime We are considering

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working in Portugal. We've also been asked

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to look at Loch Ness. But they set sail on the Thames

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for the final time later this month. Time for me to wish you goodnight,

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and I'll leave you with Wendy Hello. We had sunflowers in this

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particular garden in Hornchurch even if we didn't have the sun. Tomorrow

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will be brighter. Fresh as well. You might have felt the crispness in the

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air. We have one or to macro showers trailing through in parts of Essex.

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The night will be clear that there is a bit of a breeze blowing. It

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will be between nine and 12 degrees. Yesterday we were at 17th of the

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quite a drop. The chilly start to the day. A bit of a breeze blowing

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through the day. Dappled cloud into the afternoon of the pleasant enough

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in the sunny spells. Still dry into Thursday as well. It will be fairly

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cloudy. Similar temperatures and more of a breeze blowing. On the

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outlook you can see you will need your brolly towards the end of the

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week. Heavy showers around on Saturday 12 in among the a wet and

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windy end as well. Now the National forecast. Good evening. The

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strongest hurricane ever is expected to make landfall in the next few

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hours.

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