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Now on BBC One, it's time

for the news where you are.

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Good evening, I'm Asad Ahmad.

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It'll be 30 years tomorrow

since the worst fire in the history

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of the London Underground.

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31 people - all named

here - were killed.

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We'll be looking at the impact

the fire has had, but first,

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here's Karl Mercer, who's been

speaking to Sophie Tarassenko,

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whose brother Ivan died that night.

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He was a pretty laid-back,

happy-go-lucky chap, a drummer,

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very much interested in his art

and his music, his friends.

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When you go through

King's Cross now.

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Yeah.

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Which you do.

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You still go over, and...

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Yes, absolutely.

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I go over to the memorial, say "hi

Ivan", give him a little pat.

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It almost means more that memorial

than his grave, which is in Dorset,

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because that's the last place

he was alive.

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The whole situation

is still very confused.

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There certainly have

been several deaths.

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There are still people

trapped in the Underground.

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They identified Ivan

the following morning,

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but the search for answers

was to be along for.

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You cry a lot, for a long time.

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It's a shocking thing, and every

time something like that happens,

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whether it's Grenfell or a terrorist

incident, you just think

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of all the people who

are getting that news.

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Outside, the families of some

of the victims spoke

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bitterly about the result.

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It's been a complete travesty.

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Sophie Tarassenko went on to become

one of the lead figures

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in the King's Cross Family Action

Group.

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You want to find out

why it wasn't avoided,

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why those decisions were made,

for what reasons, and the drive

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is always to ensure it

never happens again.

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The sadness of it

grabs you suddenly.

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There's still moments in the year

when you just suddenly go...

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SHE GASPS.

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"God, he should have been here."

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My mother died last year on the 18th

of November, coincidentally,

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so we have two things to remember

from now on, on the

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18th of November.

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I mean, I think it's pretty weird to

us that she died on that very day.

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She never really got

over, of course, Ivan.

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So, yeah, it's...

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It's going to be a doubly sad day.

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Well, the fire started

after a single match was discarded

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on a wooden escalator.

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It led to monumental changes in fire

safety, on the Underground

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and the Fire Services generally.

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Our transport correspondent,

Tom Edwards, has been looking

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at the impact it had.

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Thousands use this escalator

everyday, and many don't know this

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is where the worst fire

in the history of the Tube started.

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Stuart Button is now retired,

but nearly 30 years ago he was one

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of the first firefighters to arrive.

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We were laying out the equipment,

and it was then that we heard,

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or started hearing all the screams.

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I thought there must be loads

of people down there.

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Just scream after scream.

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30 years on, and this

official report still makes

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terrifying reading.

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It describes how the station, full

of commuters, turned into a furnace.

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It also outlines how

the response from the emergency

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services was hampered due

to a breakdown in communication.

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There was a lack of knowledge

of the station layout.

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The following inquiry led to huge

changes to the Tube and the Fire

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Service's safety regimes.

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Among the many recommendations,

wooden escalators should be removed,

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smoking should be banned,

and heat detectors and sprinklers

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should be installed.

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And crucially, the emergency

services should be able

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to communicate with each other

underground.

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Most of the recommendations have

since been implemented.

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These type of exercises

are now part of training,

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and legislation ensures minimum

staffing levels

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on deep line stations.

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There isn't a month goes

by in my job that we don't reference

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the King's Cross fire.

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It had such a phenomenal

and beneficial effect

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on the organisation.

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So out of a desperate tragedy,

good things have actually come.

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With cuts due on the Tube,

the unions say they'll resist

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anything that they think

could compromise safety,

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and these changes only happened

after the deaths of 31 Londoners.

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Tom Edwards, BBC London News.

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A mountain of illegally stacked

rubbish is being cleared from a site

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in South East London.

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Nearly 30,000 tonnes of waste

was removed from land in Orpington,

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where it has been sitting next

to people's homes for years.

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Waste4Fuel were responsible

for the rubbish, but the Environment

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Agency has had to remove it -

much to the relief of locals.

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The smells were terrible,

you couldn't open doors, windows,

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you couldn't use your back garden.

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You had the constant

threat of the fires.

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Wonderful to see it disappear.

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As you've probably been finding,

it's been a wonderful night

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for Children in Need.

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In London money has been pouring in,

and speaking to fundraisers

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in a magical Harry Potter setting

at Warner Brothers Studios in

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Herfordshire, has been Riz Lateef.

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MUSIC

Welcome to a night of magic, and

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much money being raised four

Children in Need. Take a look at

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this place. It's a piece of movie

history.

We should all try and do

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our part for Children in Need. I've

always wanted to do something and

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now I've actually done something

it's amazing.

Why were you so keen

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to raise money?

When I was younger I

was very lucky and I want children

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to be as lucky as me.

You're going

to reveal how much you raised, which

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is?

£2800!

I think this is

definitely one of the most iconic

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props in the entire series.

The

sorting Hat itself is from way back

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when in the Philosophers Stone.

What

you love about horse riding?

It

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makes me feel amazing and free being

up on a horse and feeling like I can

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be myself and looking after the

horses as well.

It has been a

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magical night. Thank you everyone.

APPLAUSE

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Thank you to everyone who has raised

and donated money.

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And Children In Need will continue

in a few minutes' time.

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First the weather with Tomasz.

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Evening.

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a little mixed.

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Saturday starts off chilly

and bright, but by the time we get

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to the afternoon it looks

like we are in for at

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least a bit of rain.

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A lot of clear skies out

there at the moment.

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These are the morning

temperatures will be getting,

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quite a nippy start.

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As we head towards lunchtime those

clouds starts increase,

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and by the time we get around 2pm,

there will be some rain

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and drizzle pretty much right

across the south-east.

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Not an awful lot, but it is going

to be a damp end to Saturday.

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The temperatures will be

hovering around 7-9,

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so a chilly, grey afternoon

on the way for Saturday.

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Sunday is looking a lot better.

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From the word go there

will be some sunshine,

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and the sunny spells will come

and go through the

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course of the day.

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I think Sunday is looking a lot more

cheerful across the region.

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By the time we get to Monday,

it looks like it'll cloud over.

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There might be some rain around.

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Also a chance of some

rain on Tuesday.

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Now the national outlook

with Nick Miller.

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