20/12/2017 London News


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Good evening - I'm Alex Bushill.

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Welcome to BBC London News.

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Police are hunting a man

with a backpack they believe may

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know something about the double

murder of a father and

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daughter in Deptford.

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Noel Brown's body was found next

to his daughter Marie,

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at his home in Deptford.

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Police believe Mr Brown's daughter,

who worked at a nearby primary

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school, was also killed

when she went to check on her father

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and may have inadvertently

disturbed the killer.

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Tolu Adeoye has been speaking

exclusively to the head teacher

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at the school where Marie worked.

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Who killed Marie and Noel Brown?

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More than two weeks since

the father and daughter

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were found strangled

to

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death at his flat in Deptford police

have made no arrests.

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Today the headteacher

at the primary school

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where Marie was a children's centre

creche worker spoke of how her death

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has affected the school community.

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The school, I think, is still

in shock over what's happened.

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It was horrendous news to receive,

completely, completely devastated.

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Marie was an incredibly kind

and loving person, very patient.

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Obviously she was a very

valued colleague,

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a much loved friend,

but we mustn't forget that actually

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first and foremost she was a much

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loved mum and we have two girls

who have lost their mum

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and also their grandfather.

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Marie's father was last seen

alive on Thursday 30th

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November at a betting shop

he regularly visited.

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Police say he had likely been

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killed by the following morning.

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Marie Brown was believed to have

arrived here at her father's

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flat around midday on 2nd December.

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She'd been worried

because she'd been unable

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to get in touch with him.

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She was never seen alive again.

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Detectives believe she may have

disturbed the attacker as they

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tried to dismember

her father's body.

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Today police revealed some

of his body parts still haven't

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been found.

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They've released CCTV footage

of a man they would like to speak to

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who was seen behaving

suspiciously in the area.

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The main suspect is seen

on CCTV around about five

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o'clock in the morning

on Saturday 2nd December.

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He is seen in another

area to here and finally

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here where he enters the estate.

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Having managed to avoid

members of the public,

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waiting near some bushes and then

entering to go towards

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Noel's flat.

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The CCTV isn't fantastic

at the moment but what you

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can see is a clear big rucksack

on his back, distinctive by its

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fluorescent stripes it has got

on it over his shoulder.

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I want people to really focus

in to the detail, even

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though it's the back of him,

that they may know that person to be

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their neighbour, somebody they know,

it could be anybody.

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And there are still no clear

motives for the murders.

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Noel Brown is a convicted sex

offender and a gambler but

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Scotland Yard says nothing suggests

those were reasons for the killings.

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So, for those who knew the father

and daughter, the questions as to

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who and why remain.

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And children inevitably have

questions that we've

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been answering very

honestly and as best

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we can, and indeed one

of the

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questions has been, no,

we don't know who yet has done this.

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And that's a very tough

question to answer.

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Tolu Adeoye, BBC London News.

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Crowds of supporters have come out

tonight in a protest

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outside Downing Street,

calling on the Prime Minister

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to give free sanitary

products to all schoolgirls

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who receive free school meals.

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The government already

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spends more than £2 billion a year

on the Pupil Premium for the most

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disadvantaged Juden scum which it

says can be spent on sanitary items

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if schools want.

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Alpa Patel was there

and has sent this report.

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They came from all over the country.

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Hundreds of women of all ages,

and men too, calling

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on the Government to help

schoolgirls who cannot

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afford sanitary products.

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Amika George is the 18-year-old

who organised the protest from

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her bedroom.

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I think is really vital

that the government intervenes so

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they can provide some kind

of long-term provision.

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And why should

the government listen?

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They've got lots

of other priorities.

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We are in austere times.

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Why should the government pay

attention to this one issue?

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I think it's really key,

I think it's a key issue.

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A lot of people don't really think

of periods as something

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that is holding a lot of girls back.

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It's an incentive.

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I think if girls are missing out

on school that means

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they are less likely to get

into a good university

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because they are not

fulfilling their education.

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On average tampons

and towels cost 13p each.

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According to one organisation,

one in ten girls aged between 14 and

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21 cannot afford sanitary products.

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Politicians, actresses and models

turned up to show their support.

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It's an absolute shame and disgrace

that there are girls in the United

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Kingdom that regularly don't go

to school because they cannot afford

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sanitary products.

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It is an absolute disgrace

that we still have sales

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tax on sanitary products.

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We didn't have very much

money and I remember

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me and my younger sister used

to steal sanitary products

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when we were in other adults' houses

as a way of

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getting around it.

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Rather than not going to school

and all this kind of thing.

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It's a real thing people

don't want to talk about.

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We have a female Prime

Minister of this country,

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could that not be

good for something?

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We don't want more rights,

we want equal rights and we

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need slightly different things

to men in our school system.

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This protest was held

near Downing Street.

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The demonstrators hope the Prime

Minister is listening, but if

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she isn't they say they will come

back as many times as they need

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to in order to be heard.

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Alpa Patel, BBC London News.

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Christmas comes but once a year -

and sure enough, it's guaranteed

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to bring with it engineering works

on the railways.

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This year is no different

and Network Rail is drafting

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in thousands of engineers to carry

out the work.

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It's of little consolation for those

who will be caught up in one

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of the most disrupted

Christmas getaways ever.

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Our transport correspondent,

Tom Edwards can tell us more.

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If you're going to try and get

around the capital over

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the Christmas period,

it might not be

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as easy as you think.

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Beware Christmas disruption

and the annual engineering works

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are just around the corner.

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London Bridge station much quieter

than normal this morning.

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And next week, along with some major

rail stations in the capital,

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it will be shut completely for ten

days, while new

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signalling is fitted.

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Traditionally, the railway has

always carried out this sort of work

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during the bank holidays

for these blockades.

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We have to shut down

during these periods

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because it is the quietest periods.

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They are the times that

are traditionally less

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busy on the railway,

so it is the most appropriate time.

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There is no public transport

at all on Christmas Day,

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and over the break, most train

timetables will be amended.

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There's also engineering work

on the tube and industrial

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action on Greater Anglia,

South-Western Railways and the DLR.

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South-Eastern services

at London Bridge will be

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closed for ten days,

as will Cannon Street Station

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and Charing Cross.

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Paddington will also

be shut for four days.

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In the Thames Valley tracks

are being replaced and new power

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lines will mean these electric

trains will be able to run

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on the Great Western.

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It's taking out the 1970s track

and installing it with faster,

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more reliable equipment.

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Network Rail says it is confident

it will finish on time

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and the work is essential.

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So as ever, check before you travel.

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There is a lot of detail.

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If you want to find out more,

you can go to our website

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or our Twitter page.

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Fans of George Michael say

they should be allowed to continue

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to leave messages and mementos

at the shrine outside the late

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singer's house in North London.

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Many have looked after the flowers

and other items since they appeared

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after his death last Christmas.

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There had been some

reports which suggested

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it should be removed.

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Tarah Welsh explains.

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A year ago on Christmas Day,

George Michael passed away

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at just 53 years old.

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His music is famous around the world

and is still topping charts.

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But his fans say they need

somewhere to visit

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to celebrate his life,

this

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has become it, a garden

outside the star's home.

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What's important for fans

is we have somewhere where we

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can go and sort of

like pay our respects.

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Because without anything official

being done by any body else this is

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all we have.

They have been media

reports that some neighbours aren't

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happy.

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Well, I think the row's

been very talked up.

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I haven't had any complaints.

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Of course, there

are conservationists

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who say they don't want this

to happen, but actually most people

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I've spoken to think

it is absolutely fine.

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But what of locals in the pub

opposite?

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It's just part of the Highgate

furniture now and it's a real

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destination spot.

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A lot of tourists who come

into the public house may

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be families who have

travelled from Australia,

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South Africa, but this

is

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a destination more so

than Highgate Cemetery.

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Both fans and family agree a more

permanent tribute will be

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needed eventually.

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But for now this seems

to bring some comfort to so

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many affected by the loss

of George Michael.

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Tarah Welsh, BBC London News.

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That's it from me so I'll wish

you goodnight and hand you over

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to Chris Fawkes with a look at

the weather leading up to Christmas.

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For those of you who have had a

flutter on a white Christmas

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potentially bad news because it will

stay miles between now and Christmas

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day with temperatures into double

figures. As we go on through the

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next 24 hours this is what is going

on at the moment, a lot of cloud

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upstream from us and that's coming

our way, these weather fronts will

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stay to the north of the capital but

nevertheless there will be a lot of

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cloud around, especially through the

night tonight, some mist and for

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patches forming over the Chilterns

and the downs but in the centre of

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town, low cloud, outbreaks of

drizzle through the night, that's

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how we start the day tomorrow

morning, damp, drizzly and dull. The

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cloud will get a little bit then,

the drizzle moving around but for

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most of us it will stay cloudy day,

11 or 12 Celsius, barely falling

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overnight and barely rising during

the day tomorrow. What about the

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outlook for the next few days? As I

have hinted it will stay pretty

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cloudy up to Christmas day, maybe a

bit brighter but temperatures in

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double figures so it will stay on

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