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That's Newsnight with Emily.
Here on BBC One, it's time
for the news where you are.
Welcome to BBC London News,
I'm Claudia Liza Armah.
16 young people have been stabbed
to death on the streets
of London this year -
that's up by almost 30% -
with some saying it's an epidemic.
Today, City Hall outlined a new plan
it hopes will help save lives.
The Mayor, Sadiq Khan,
is using social media
to spread the message,
but with so many violent videos
available online glamorising knives,
will young people take any notice?
Our home affairs correspondent
Nick Beake reports.
I am this postcode, this city.
My friends would miss
me if I was gone.
I'm, like, the funniest
person in the school.
Young voices from different parts
of our city, but all
with the same message.
London needs me alive.
London needs me alive.
London needs me alive.
After a year of more stabbings,
this is the Mayor's attempt to get
teenagers to think twice before
reaching for a blade.
So I don't carry a knife.
The plea is that London desperately
needs their talents.
Remember, London needs you alive.
Your talent is needed,
your brain is needed,
your intelligence is needed.
HIP HOP MUSIC.
The musician Bossman Birdie
used to carry a knife
growing up in Tottenham.
He then spent time in prison
for making a threat to kill.
Now City Hall have signed him up
for their anti-knife campaign.
To me, it's a complete waste of life
and it's a waste of this beautiful
city that we are occupants of,
London, you know?
When you're going around,
carrying a knife, you know,
you're giving away your opportunity
to become something crazy.
Three, two, one.
London needs you alive!
This morning in Brixton,
Sadiq Khan met children who have
been posting online,
explaining why their
lives are valuable.
It's a campaign backed by London
rappers, bloggers and musicians.
It is hoped their status
on social media will help
the message get through.
Is this actually going
to make a difference?
Look, we've got to do
all that we can to address
the issue of knife crime,
which is rising across the country,
not just in London.
This is part of a package
of measures, along with schools
playing their part, the police
playing their part, parents,
civic leaders, youth leaders.
All of us have a role to play
in making sure we address
the issue of knife crime.
Yvonne Lawson's teenage
son Godwin was stabbed
to death seven years ago.
What does she make of the campaign?
It can make a slight
difference for the younger
generation, the under 16s.
Whether it can make a huge
difference to the young people that
are already engrossed
in criminality, that's
yet to be proven.
This positive message may well get
through to some kids in London
but there's no doubt it will also be
competing with many other
negative messages online.
We're talking about videos and music
which glorify violence,
intensify gang rivalry,
and lead to more knife crime.
For eight months this year,
YouTube refused the Met Police's
request to take down
these four videos.
Now they've relented,
apart from this one, still up today,
which Scotland Yard claims
is encouraging stabbings.
Bossman Birdie simply sees these
videos as a waste of time.
You're that talented,
to sit there and write these lyrics,
thinking of metaphors,
thinking of rhyming schemes.
To basically make something
that is not going to go
It doesn't make sense to me.
The noise you can't turn off.
Nothing moves forward without me.
So, social media videos,
a force for good and bad.
In this case, they hope
it will save lives.
Nick Beake, BBC London News.
So just how bad is knife crime
in London at the moment,
and what's behind the rise?
Tolu Adeoye has been investigating.
These are the faces of the 16
teenagers stabbed to death
in London this year.
Knife crime has risen by 31%
in the capital in the last year,
the biggest increase in the UK.
The latest teenager to be killed
was 17-year-old Michael Jonas.
His father said he'd hoped to one
day to become a mechanical engineer.
He's warned that anyone
could be a victim.
Presently, right now, in our own
London, here, you don't have to be a
rude boy, you don't have to be in a
gang, you don't have to be, you
know, among certain people because
things, people that tend to want to
stereotype, because you think it is
only bad boys that get stabbed but
no, it does not have to be. Our
innocent kids are dying.
So why is knife crime rising?
last year the Met revealed
the overwhelming majority of young
people who carry knives
are not gang members.
Just 20% of stabbings
are linked to them.
St Giles Trust, which works
with attackers and victims,
says there's been a shift in culture
among some young people,
and more resources must be invested
to help turn the tide.
Young people feel in fears that they
are turning to carrying knives and
weapons, there's a glamorisation of
that which is happening across
social media as well. Equally, there
are cutbacks in services, that were
really important, grassroots
services such as community centres,
youth organisations that would keep
young people safe.
So what about police tactics?
We know the use of stop and search
was curbed by the former
Sir Bernard Hogan Howe,
and subsequently knife crime rose.
One expert has told us stop
and search is an essential
tactic but it must be
used more strategically.
Rather than targeting a whole lot of
very scared kids, you need those
kids on board to tell you who you
ought to be targeting. Then it's not
nearly as resource intensive. The
police can't afford to throw lots of
police out on the streets endlessly
searching people, even if it was
going to do any good. They need an
intelligent approach to focusing
their search operations on the
hard-core of individuals who are
prepared to use offensive weapons to
terrorise and cause serious damage.
Well, the Met say they are now
using more stop and search,
and in a more sensitive
and intelligent way,
including carrying out
monthly weapon sweeps.
But they say they can't
and won't arrest their way
out of this problem.
Knife crime is proving to be a far
bigger societal challenge.
"If the intention was to intimidate
us, the effect has actually been
to bring us closer together."
That's been the response of MPs
BBC London has spoken
to who are among a group accused
of being "Brexit mutineers".
More than a dozen Tory MPs have
signalled they will vote
against government plans to put
the exact date of Brexit into law.
Our political editor
Tim Donovan has the details.
They woke up this morning
to find their pictures on the front
page of a newspaper,
below a headline
"The Brexit Mutineers".
Their leader, according
to the paper, is Dominic Grieve,
former Attorney General,
and MP for Beaconsfield.
Alongside him, Oliver Heald,
MP for North East Hertfordshire.
Then there's Vicky Ford
from Chelmsford, Bob Neale,
MP for Bromley, and finally
Stephen Hammond, whose
seat is Wimbledon.
I thought it was a bit odd, really.
I mean, I've never voted
against the government before
but there are a number of things
in this bill which need
to be corrected.
He and the others have been targeted
because they want to block
government plans to write the exact
Brexit leave date into law.
Actually, it's illogical to do this.
The government says it wants
a freer hand to negotiate.
By doing this, the government's
actually restricting its own ability
to negotiate with what will
be our ex-partners.
Do you feel you're singled out?
Well, I think it's silly.
Some people have
classed it as bullying.
It doesn't worry me
in the slightest.
My job as a Member of
Parliament is to represent my
constituents and the country.
She's pretty bloody furious.
But another of those
accused of mutineering
puts it more strongly.
What I don't like is this attempt
by some parts of the press to bully
and to muzzle dissent.
And that is a serious point,
because it's almost as bad
as the attack on the judges
after they did what was simply
their institutional job.
their constitutional job.
But some of their pro-Brexit
colleagues accuse them of wanting
to wriggle out of Brexit.
Well, absolutely not.
I accepted the result
of the referendum even though
I didn't like it and that's why
I voted to trigger Article 50.
36% of my constituents work in
financial and professional services.
It's important to them
to get it right.
Billions of pounds of tax revenue
come to our public services,
from the financial services sector.
The last thing they want is any
heightened risk of a cliff edge.
We've said time after time, this
is not about frustrating Brexit.
We understand the will
of what the people voted last year
but what this is about is ensuring
this country gets a good deal.
They won't be put off,
but with feelings running high,
the Speaker of the House of Commons
today warned that MPs should not be
subject to threats for expressing
a political opinion.
Tim Donovan, BBC London News.
Plans to build a new Westfield
shopping centre in Croydon
have been approved.
Work will begin on the £1.4
billion project in 2019,
with the promise of 7,000 new jobs
and 1,000 new homes.
The complex will be the third
Westfield in the capital.
That's it for now from me, but let's
find out what the weather's up
to with Chris Fawkes.
Hello, this weather front will be
sliding its way eastwards across the
British Isles. This front is coming
our way but it will arrive quite
late tomorrow afternoon and for much
of the day, it will be quite cloudy
once again. Cloudy skies overnight
as well but there could be one or
two mist and fog patches dotted
around and visibility quite poor for
a short time in one or two areas. A
dry night for most but one or two
spots of rain falling from the cloud
with temperatures between eight and
ten Celsius. Looking at the weather
picture on Thursday, a bit
changeable, cloudy, then sunny, then
clouding over again, one of those
days, we start off with rather murky
conditions, a bit of mist over the
hills and then a better chance of
sunshine towards the middle of the
day before then is cloud over. That
is the weak weather front I showed
you at the start of the bulletin,
could bring a few spots of rain to
London, about 4pm but it won't
amount to much and when that front
is through, by Friday we will see
much more in the way of sunshine but
things turned a bit cooler,
temperatures 8 degrees with a
north-westerly breeze. The weekend
not looking too bad, temperatures
back into double figures and it
should be largely dry with some
spells of sunshine. That is it from