24/11/2017 London News


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Now on BBC One, it's time

for the news where you are.

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Have a very good night.

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Good evening.

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I'm Asad Ahmad.

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There was panic on the streets

of the West End this afternoon,

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as shoppers reported hearing

gunfire.

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Many who were taking advantage

of one of the busiest

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shopping days of the

year ran for cover.

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The police response was swift,

but officers said there was no

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evidence of a weapon being fired.

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Tonight, shops along

Oxford Street, including

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the department store John Lewis,

shut their doors early.

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Our reporter Chris Rogers

was in the area

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in the immediate aftermath.

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It's one of the busiest shopping

days in one of the country's

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busiest shopping districts.

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Everything the emergency services

rehearse and plan for put

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into action just moments

after reports of gunfire.

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Keep on moving!

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Keep on moving!

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Lockdown in Oxford Street.

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We were having dinner

at a restaurant, so we sat

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at a window, and then we looked

and everybody started

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panicking and running,

so we were like, what's going on?

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The police came, and everybody

started panicking,

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and then everybody had to lay down

on the ground and they had

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to make sure we were safe.

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As we move towards the scene

to investigate, thousands

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of shoppers are being pushed back.

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It's unnerving.

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As the cordon gets wider,

shop by shop, department store

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by department store,

people are evacuated and moved on.

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People are scared, emotional,

furious, but orderly.

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-- Kia Reus -- curious.

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Then, panic.

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What happened?

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All of a sudden, people

that were on the street

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are being moved up Regent Street,

and they suddenly turned

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around and ran back.

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There was a lot of panic,

women falling on the pavement,

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people pushing and shoving.

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We think it was startled

by barriers being moved,

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which perhaps people

mistook for gunshots.

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We are told to be vigilant,

and the emergency services

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clearly take no chances.

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The cordon has just got even bigger.

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We are being pushed further

down Regent Street, away

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from Oxford Circus station.

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For a while, press were allowed

to film the evacuation.

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Now we are being pushed right back,

we are told, for our own safety.

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At the moment, there seems

to be a lot of panic,

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a lot of people scared,

and a lot of people not quite

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knowing what's going on.

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We are told to keep calm and carry

on, and we famously do so.

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But what I witnessed today

was the tension and panic among many

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that lies close beneath the surface.

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Do we know anything more about what

sparked the alarm?

Nope, still

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confusion, but we just heard from

the British Transport Police, who

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say their officers and the

Metropolitan Police were called at

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4:37pm over reports of shots being

fired and officers were quickly on

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the scene. They say officers believe

there was an altercation between two

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men on the platform and they'd now

like to speak to these people and

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they have released CCTV images. They

believe they have information about

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the incident and circumstances

around it. They also want to speak

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to anybody at the station at the

time. We have spoken to a lot of

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people, and many are adamant that

they heard gunfire. Police still

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insist there was no evidence of a

gun being shot at the scene. They

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haven't found a suspect. There was

one casualty, and we clearly saw

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more in the panic that followed.

Sadiq Khan has praised the emergency

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services for their rapid, and well

rehearsed response.

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A leading motoring

organisation is warning that,

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if police don't start treating

thefts from cars more seriously,

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London could be on the

brink of a crimewave.

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It comes as BBC London

found that almost 99%

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of thefts from vehicles don't

result in convictions,

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and often aren't even investigated.

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Here's Alex Bushill.

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How seriously should

we expect the police

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to take this sort of crime?

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How much should the

police, well, police?

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The Met have now said that,

because of budget cuts,

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cutting car crime isn't as much

of a priority and they

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will only investigate

if there is video evidence.

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According to Seb Stevenson,

they won't then either.

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The last thief, he took

this tool box twice.

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The same tool box, he took it twice.

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He has had his van outside his

Croydon home broken into many times.

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That's why he has CCTV on his house.

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But, when he caught

a thief on camera, he says

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the police still did nothing.

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It's an absolute free-for-all.

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The thieves know at the moment

they will not be prosecuted.

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It's advertised on the radio and TV

that the police will not

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prosecute these thieves.

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It's a free-for-all.

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That's why he has put up this poster

to try to find his thief.

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He no longer bothers reporting

anything to the police.

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BBC London can reveal that

in the capital there were just over

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53,000 reported offences of thefts

from motor vehicles,

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of which 796 were proceeded against.

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That means only 1.5%

of these crimes actually led

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to charges being brought.

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So what was the Met's response

to the criticism that this is now

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a free-for-all for criminals?

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In a statement they said:

For the AA, it is deeply worrying

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so few are being convicted.

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They want a dedicated car

crime unit, that the Met

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Once the criminals know these crimes

will not be investigated,

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it can then lead to a crime

because people basically know

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they will get away with it.

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What's more, it's not just phones

and laptops being nicked.

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As this photos shows,

airbags and steering wheels are too,

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with worrying implications.

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If airbags are being stolen,

a proportion of those

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are going into cars that will crash,

and the airbags have gone off.

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The airbags have been put in,

but they won't work.

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He says potentially

putting lives at risk.

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These latest crime figures

are controversial, as is any

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decision to no longer investigate

fully all car crime.

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But then who said budget

cuts would be easy?

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That's it for now from me,

but let's find out what

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the weather's up to with Stav.

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the weather's up to with Stav.

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Good evening. A cold and frosty

night leading into a cold weekend,

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but for many of us it should be dry

with some trying. Tomorrow is

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looking good across the board but

cold, five or six at best, and with

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a strong north-westerly wind to make

it feel even colder. Similar on

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Sunday, after a cold and frosty

start a bit of cloud building up

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across western areas later. Next

week is going to remain cold.

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