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Plenty of food from thought there
Good evening, welcome
to the programme.
BBC London has found there's been
a huge rise in the number of victims
of sexual assault coming forward
to the Met Police.
We've obtained figures that show
reports have gone up by more
than 7,000 in the last four years.
Scotland Yard says it suggests
victims are more confident that such
crimes will be taken seriously.
But support groups say many cases
are still not reaching the courts.
Our home affairs correspondent,
Nick Beake, reports.
Jenn Selby wants to speak out
about what happened to her.
She says she was raped
by a man she knew well.
It was a really difficult decision
for me to come forward about it,
because it involved a lot of people
that I knew and a lot of friends,
and it took me quite a few days
to decide to go to the police.
I was in a lot of shock.
I did that, and I ended up
being on this absolute emotional
roller coaster of a court system.
It took police a year to charge
the man, and the court
case was delayed twice,
before being dropped -
just three days before the trial.
The first time was absolutely
devastating because as a diligent
worker that I am, I'd organised
all my own time off and cover,
and I was determined to come back
and get on with my job and get
on with life, and this would be
done, and I was so mentally
transfixed on this date
being the time that it
would be over.
And then it just moved,
and I couldn't imagine
going through another six months
of waiting and waiting.
There's been a big rise
in the reporting of sexual assaults.
10,000, in all, back in 2012.
Last year, more than 17,000.
The number of reports
of women being raped went
from 3,000 to more than 5,400,
and reports of male rape has tripled
in the last four years.
Mary Mason's charity
is supporting more and more
victims of sexual crimes.
She says the increased reporting had
not been matched by a similar
rise in prosecutions.
So, they'll say the woman
won't make a credible witness
in court, which I find
deeply, deeply troubling.
So, because somebody is vulnerable,
do we allow them to be
raped, with impunity?
That is not acceptable.
Police officer Richard Unwin has
supported victims of sexual
offences for over a decade.
His force says it's now
better at investigating,
and attitudes have changed.
Some things have been in place
for such a long time.
The attack in a dark alley at 2am
because of what someone
was wearing, or by a stranger -
that can happen, but it's not
something that we deal
with all the time.
What we tend to deal
with are assaults, sexual violence
involving partners, or friends.
The Crown Prosecution Service says
more defendants have been
convicted for sexual offences
than ever before.
It insists it wasn't its fault
Jenn's case was delayed and then
dropped, but campaigners say more
offenders need to be
brought to justice.
Nick Beake, BBC London News.
The widow of a man killed
when a plane exploded over Libya -
killing 157 people, 25 years ago -
is demanding compensation.
At the time, experts believed
it was a mid-air collision.
But since the fall of Gaddafi,
there have been claims the plane
was deliberately destroyed.
That, and the deaths
of many other Londoners,
have all been linked back
to his regime.
But so far, no UK families have
despite Libyan assets
in London being seized.
Jim Wheble reports.
This piece I did, self-portrait,
it represents my lost life.
I'd lost my husband,
I felt I had been killed and I'd
lost my life as well.
Her husband was Victor Prazak,
a contractor working in Libya,
and one of those on board
Denied the right to bring
back her husband's body,
or even to visit the grave for years
after, painting was how she coped.
I can express myself more
in paintings than in words.
How I felt.
And then, after the fall of Gaddafi,
a different truth emerged.
His inner circle admitting the plane
was shot down on Gaddafi orders -
an act of terror the present Libyan
government has not
Yet, Felicity has never received
a penny of compensation.
It's just what I should have.
If other people have had big
pay-outs, why is my husband ignored?
As a family, we try to cope,
but we know our lives would have
been very different.
And yet in the UK, around £9
billion-worth of Gaddafi
frozen assets are held.
This house in North London was some
of it until, in this case,
the High Court gave it back
to the current Libyan authorities.
The question for UK victims
of Gaddafi-sponsored terrorism -
why can't some of these frozen
assets be used to pay compensation?
Yesterday, a memorial
was held for the victims
of the 1983 IRA Harrods bomb -
the explosives supplied by Gaddafi.
Susanne Dodds' police
officer father, hailed
a hero, lost his life.
Our government should be stronger
with the frozen assets.
We do have a bill going
through the House of Lords.
It's going to the Commons,
hopefully in January.
And the Government needs to stand up
for their victims, to actually give
us the compensation.
In a special debate here last week,
the Minister for the Middle East,
Alastair Burt, addressed these
questions of Gaddafi's
He said that the UN resolution used
to freeze the assets is clear -
they should be for the benefit
of the Libyan people, and to breach
that would break international law.
This is the aftermath of the IRA's
1996 Docklands bombing -
again, using Gaddafi explosives.
The local MP feels compensation
for the victims in his
constituency needs to be paid.
Families have not been compensated.
The frozen assets are
sitting in bank accounts.
Other countries have been able
to compensate their victims.
I don't understand why the UK
Government can't compensate ours.
You've lived with this for 25 years,
and I can see you've lived with it
every day of your life.
I think you never give up hope.
Once you give up hope,
all is lost, really.
At points, I have given up hope, but
something will happen, in new window
in new window will open.
A Foreign Office spokesman said
the Government is determined
to see a just resolution,
but due to the problems
facing Libya, progress
is likely to remain slow.
The hope is, another 25
years won't pass by.
Jim Wheble, BBC London News.
She has described it as a wonderful
A former nurse in the NHS
has been appointed as
the new Bishop of London.
The Right Reverend Sarah Mullally
is the first woman to ever be
appointed to the role,
which is one of the most
senior positions within
the Church of England.
Some of the first to meet her
following the announcement might not
be who you'd expect.
Here's our religious affairs
correspondent, Martin Bashir.
It wasn't the congregation
at St Paul's Cathedral,
but students at Urswick secondary
school, in Hackney, that had
the first opportunity to meet
with the new Bishop of London.
A nurse by training and profession,
her appointment as the 133rd Bishop
of London marks an historic move
toward gender equality and means
that a woman now holds one
of the three most senior positions
in the Church of England.
London is a diverse place and,
therefore, it is right
that we represent the diversity
of this city.
The Diocese of London is one
of the few areas where the Church
of England is growing.
But it also has a formidable
presence of conservatives -
both from the Anglo-Catholic
and Evangelical traditions -
who disapprove of women priests.
For those that can't
accept my ordination as either
a bishop or a priest because I'm
a woman, I say to them I fully
respect their theological position.
And my question to them always is,
how can I enable their
ministry to flourish?
Bishops of London are traditionally
made Dean of the Chapels Royal.
Churches like St George's
Chapel, in Windsor.
This raises the prospect of
Bishop Sarah at the Royal wedding.
Is there any possibility that
you might officiate at the wedding
of Prince Harry
and Miss Meghan Markle?
I haven't even officially become
the Bishop of London yet.
There are many parts of my roles
that I have yet to discover.
At the moment, I just
want to celebrate with Prince Harry
and Meghan, and my prayers go
with them in the time ahead.
Bishop Sarah will now prepare
for the installation
at St Paul's Cathedral,
which is likely to take
place in June next year.
Martin Bashir, BBC London News.
Let me wish you a very
goodnight now, and I'll
leave you with Elizabeth,
who's got the weather for us.
A lovely day today, starting with a
frost which was crisp, and lots of
sunshine around. This is more like
what we will be looking at tomorrow.
Or not looking at! A lot of fog
forming overnight. As we look at the
weather for the week ahead, Doctor
night, quite widespread. Some of it
is freezing fog patches. Very cold
out there. Mild for much of the rest
of the week at Melton are from
Tuesday onwards. And mostly dry.
Under the influence of high
pressure. Overnight tonight,
conditions ripe for widespread fog,
moist and colder, clear skies, light
winds. Temperatures below freezing
away from towns and fog very
stubborn to clear into tomorrow
morning. A Met Office weather
warning for the fog, very poor
visibility on the roads tomorrow. If
you are travelling in the rush-hour
or flying, check before you go to
the airport even. Very poor
conditions. Keep up-to-date by
watching BBC London in the morning.
Some clearance of the fog through
the afternoon. It should brighten up
at temperatures between 5-7. For
many, the fog lasts until the
afternoon and a bleak December day.
Wednesday, more brightness and help
fog around, temperatures up to ten,
11 degrees. That is where they will
stay on Thursday and possibly
Friday. A couple of degrees lower.
For the weekend, mild and a touch