08/12/2017 London News


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Now on BBC One, it's time

for the news where you are.

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Good evening.

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I'm Asad Ahmad.

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The Mayor of London has welcomed

the Brexit agreement

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reached in Brussels,

saying he's glad that EU

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citizens will continue

to live and work in London.

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Sadiq Khan was speaking at the end

of his visit to the sub-continuent

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where his message to India

and Pakistan is that London

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is very much "open for business".

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Our Political Correspondent,

Karl Mercer has been

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travelling with the Mayor.

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For most of Karachi, it was business

as usual this morning.

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This is a city of 15 million people,

the commercial capital of Pakistan,

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and a city that continues to grow.

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It's also home to Mazar-e-Quaid,

the mausoleum for the country's

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founding father, Muhammad Ali

Jinnah.

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In a solemn ceremony,

the mayor laid a wreath.

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As everywhere else in Pakistan,

it's a visit that has

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attracted huge attention.

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And a huge security presence.

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This was at his next visit

to a local university,

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where the mayor explained how

he became a lawyer.

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There was this TV programme called

LA Law, and, in this programme

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the lawyers wore great suits

and drove fast cars.

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And I thought, yeah, I can do that!

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A joke for a crowd keen to hear

from London's mayor.

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So, it's a big deal because we find

a lot of parallels between London

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and Karachi, and we never knew

that was actually possible.

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And he really opened

new lines for us to share

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between the two cities.

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The reception at a cricket charity

was just as enthusiastic.

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But while the mayor is ending

his South Asian tour,

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we learnt today the UK would be

starting detailed

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trade talks on Brexit.

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I'm really pleased that finally,

16 months on, EU citizens,

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Londoners who contribute so hugely

to us in our country,

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appear to have been given

the guarantee I wanted,

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which is them having rights

after we leave the EU,

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that they have now.

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But here's where it gets really

tough with the European Union.

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My worry is, that all the evidence

we have so far is the government

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is not prepared to do a good

negotiation with the EU.

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They have no idea what

the destination is, let

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alone how we get best.

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alone how we get there.

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Like Boris Johnson when he toured

India, the mayor couldn't resist

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picking up the bat here in Pakistan.

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A light-hearted end

to his six-day trip.

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What are the three words that stick

in your memory from this?

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LAUGHTER.

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The key thing I have been

saying to people in London

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for the last 16 months is,

London is open,

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and around the world.

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We have brought this message now

to Pakistan and India.

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Finally, his innings was over.

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Stumped by the current

Pakistan cricket captain.

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But the trip is over, too.

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The mayor, and the poster

behind him, are hoping

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to leave the simple message.

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For the third time in as many years,

there's a damning report

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into Wormwood Scrubs prison in west

London.

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This time, an inspection has found

it to have "Persistent failings"

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with "high levels of violence"

against staff and inmates.

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Inspectors said there were "filthy

conditions" inside and they raised

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serious concerns about how

Wormwood Scrubs is performing.

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Here's our Home Affairs

correspondent, Nick Beake.

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More than 1200 men are held

within the Victorian

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walls of Wormwood Scrubs,

and the huge problems inside have

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been well documented.

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Filthy and unsafe -

that is how Wormwood Scrubs prison

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has been described by inspectors...

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Figures show an increase

in assaults, with

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Wormwood Scrubs named...

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A jail in west London has been found

to be rat-infested and overcrowded,

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with some prisoners too frightened

to leave their cells...

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Now, once again, inspectors have

delivered a damning assessment.

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For the third time in a little over

three years we've inspected

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Wormwood Scrubs and found

the conditions there

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are completely unacceptable.

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What needs to happen

is that the prison service needs

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to do something to support

the governor and his team,

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who are working incredibly hard

in really difficult circumstances.

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Inspectors described a dramatic

increase in violence against staff -

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90 assaults in six months.

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They found two thirds of inmates had

themselves felt unsafe and some

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prisoners were locked in cells

for up to 23 hours a day.

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The organisation representing prison

staff say that government funding

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cuts have made things worse.

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I highlight the same issues -

lack of staff, lack of regime,

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unsafe prison, drugs,

lack of resettlement.

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The government have

got to get a grip.

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No minister would do an interview

today, but the Ministry of Justice

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said Wormwood Scrubs had taken

decisive action to reduce violence

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and improve conditions.

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120 extra officers are

also being recruited.

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But one charity which campaigns

for better prisons says the current

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approach simply isn't working.

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We cannot keep doing this to people,

to staff, prisoners,

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victims, taxpayers.

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Action has to be taken.

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The Secretary of State must act

and there has to be a reduction

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in the number of people

in Wormwood Scrubs

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and in other prisons.

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Some problems here could take years

to fix, but inspectors say

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there is no excuse for more basic

failings, like not providing

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enough clothes and bedding

for the men who live here.

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A compensation payout

which could total £100 million

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is being offered by Lambeth Council

to victims of child sex abuse

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going back 60 years.

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It follows an investigation

into child abuse which led

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to victims coming forward

from the council-run

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Shirley Oaks Children's Home.

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That's it for now from me,

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but let's find out what the

weather's up to with Darren Bett.

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People wondering if there will be

snow this weekend.

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It is unlikely to happen. Other

parts of the country had some snow

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today. We had blue skies and

sunshine. We start the weekend with

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more sunshine. The wind will be

lighter but the weather will change

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for the second half of the weekend.

Right now it's pretty cold out there

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and we will have clear skies

throughout the night. A dry night.

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The north-westerly wind already

beginning to ease down so

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temperatures will be lower than last

night. A widespread frost out there.

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A bright and sunny start. Looks like

quite a nice day on Saturday. Will

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not be as windy as today and

probably won't feel as cold as

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today. Although temperatures will be

the same. It'll be a dry day with

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lots of sunshine. But by the early

hours of Sunday morning we could

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find a bit of sleet and snow that

will turn back to

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