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Good evening - I'm Alex Bushill.
Welcome to BBC London News.
Police are hunting a man
with a backpack they believe may
know something about the double
murder of a father and
daughter in Deptford.
Noel Brown's body was found next
to his daughter Marie,
at his home in Deptford.
Police believe Mr Brown's daughter,
who worked at a nearby primary
school, was also killed
when she went to check on her father
and may have inadvertently
disturbed the killer.
Tolu Adeoye has been speaking
exclusively to the head teacher
at the school where Marie worked.
Who killed Marie and Noel Brown?
More than two weeks since
the father and daughter
were found strangled
death at his flat in Deptford police
have made no arrests.
Today the headteacher
at the primary school
where Marie was a children's centre
creche worker spoke of how her death
has affected the school community.
The school, I think, is still
in shock over what's happened.
It was horrendous news to receive,
completely, completely devastated.
Marie was an incredibly kind
and loving person, very patient.
Obviously she was a very
a much loved friend,
but we mustn't forget that actually
first and foremost she was a much
loved mum and we have two girls
who have lost their mum
and also their grandfather.
Marie's father was last seen
alive on Thursday 30th
November at a betting shop
he regularly visited.
Police say he had likely been
killed by the following morning.
Marie Brown was believed to have
arrived here at her father's
flat around midday on 2nd December.
She'd been worried
because she'd been unable
to get in touch with him.
She was never seen alive again.
Detectives believe she may have
disturbed the attacker as they
tried to dismember
her father's body.
Today police revealed some
of his body parts still haven't
They've released CCTV footage
of a man they would like to speak to
who was seen behaving
suspiciously in the area.
The main suspect is seen
on CCTV around about five
o'clock in the morning
on Saturday 2nd December.
He is seen in another
area to here and finally
here where he enters the estate.
Having managed to avoid
members of the public,
waiting near some bushes and then
entering to go towards
The CCTV isn't fantastic
at the moment but what you
can see is a clear big rucksack
on his back, distinctive by its
fluorescent stripes it has got
on it over his shoulder.
I want people to really focus
in to the detail, even
though it's the back of him,
that they may know that person to be
their neighbour, somebody they know,
it could be anybody.
And there are still no clear
motives for the murders.
Noel Brown is a convicted sex
offender and a gambler but
Scotland Yard says nothing suggests
those were reasons for the killings.
So, for those who knew the father
and daughter, the questions as to
who and why remain.
And children inevitably have
questions that we've
been answering very
honestly and as best
we can, and indeed one
questions has been, no,
we don't know who yet has done this.
And that's a very tough
question to answer.
Tolu Adeoye, BBC London News.
Crowds of supporters have come out
tonight in a protest
outside Downing Street,
calling on the Prime Minister
to give free sanitary
products to all schoolgirls
who receive free school meals.
The government already
spends more than £2 billion a year
on the Pupil Premium for the most
disadvantaged Juden scum which it
says can be spent on sanitary items
if schools want.
Alpa Patel was there
and has sent this report.
They came from all over the country.
Hundreds of women of all ages,
and men too, calling
on the Government to help
schoolgirls who cannot
afford sanitary products.
Amika George is the 18-year-old
who organised the protest from
I think is really vital
that the government intervenes so
they can provide some kind
of long-term provision.
And why should
the government listen?
They've got lots
of other priorities.
We are in austere times.
Why should the government pay
attention to this one issue?
I think it's really key,
I think it's a key issue.
A lot of people don't really think
of periods as something
that is holding a lot of girls back.
It's an incentive.
I think if girls are missing out
on school that means
they are less likely to get
into a good university
because they are not
fulfilling their education.
On average tampons
and towels cost 13p each.
According to one organisation,
one in ten girls aged between 14 and
21 cannot afford sanitary products.
Politicians, actresses and models
turned up to show their support.
It's an absolute shame and disgrace
that there are girls in the United
Kingdom that regularly don't go
to school because they cannot afford
It is an absolute disgrace
that we still have sales
tax on sanitary products.
We didn't have very much
money and I remember
me and my younger sister used
to steal sanitary products
when we were in other adults' houses
as a way of
getting around it.
Rather than not going to school
and all this kind of thing.
It's a real thing people
don't want to talk about.
We have a female Prime
Minister of this country,
could that not be
good for something?
We don't want more rights,
we want equal rights and we
need slightly different things
to men in our school system.
This protest was held
near Downing Street.
The demonstrators hope the Prime
Minister is listening, but if
she isn't they say they will come
back as many times as they need
to in order to be heard.
Alpa Patel, BBC London News.
Christmas comes but once a year -
and sure enough, it's guaranteed
to bring with it engineering works
on the railways.
This year is no different
and Network Rail is drafting
in thousands of engineers to carry
out the work.
It's of little consolation for those
who will be caught up in one
of the most disrupted
Christmas getaways ever.
Our transport correspondent,
Tom Edwards can tell us more.
If you're going to try and get
around the capital over
the Christmas period,
it might not be
as easy as you think.
Beware Christmas disruption
and the annual engineering works
are just around the corner.
London Bridge station much quieter
than normal this morning.
And next week, along with some major
rail stations in the capital,
it will be shut completely for ten
days, while new
signalling is fitted.
Traditionally, the railway has
always carried out this sort of work
during the bank holidays
for these blockades.
We have to shut down
during these periods
because it is the quietest periods.
They are the times that
are traditionally less
busy on the railway,
so it is the most appropriate time.
There is no public transport
at all on Christmas Day,
and over the break, most train
timetables will be amended.
There's also engineering work
on the tube and industrial
action on Greater Anglia,
South-Western Railways and the DLR.
at London Bridge will be
closed for ten days,
as will Cannon Street Station
and Charing Cross.
Paddington will also
be shut for four days.
In the Thames Valley tracks
are being replaced and new power
lines will mean these electric
trains will be able to run
on the Great Western.
It's taking out the 1970s track
and installing it with faster,
more reliable equipment.
Network Rail says it is confident
it will finish on time
and the work is essential.
So as ever, check before you travel.
There is a lot of detail.
If you want to find out more,
you can go to our website
or our Twitter page.
Fans of George Michael say
they should be allowed to continue
to leave messages and mementos
at the shrine outside the late
singer's house in North London.
Many have looked after the flowers
and other items since they appeared
after his death last Christmas.
There had been some
reports which suggested
it should be removed.
Tarah Welsh explains.
A year ago on Christmas Day,
George Michael passed away
at just 53 years old.
His music is famous around the world
and is still topping charts.
But his fans say they need
somewhere to visit
to celebrate his life,
has become it, a garden
outside the star's home.
What's important for fans
is we have somewhere where we
can go and sort of
like pay our respects.
Because without anything official
being done by any body else this is
all we have.
They have been media
reports that some neighbours aren't
Well, I think the row's
been very talked up.
I haven't had any complaints.
Of course, there
who say they don't want this
to happen, but actually most people
I've spoken to think
it is absolutely fine.
But what of locals in the pub
It's just part of the Highgate
furniture now and it's a real
A lot of tourists who come
into the public house may
be families who have
travelled from Australia,
South Africa, but this
a destination more so
than Highgate Cemetery.
Both fans and family agree a more
permanent tribute will be
But for now this seems
to bring some comfort to so
many affected by the loss
of George Michael.
Tarah Welsh, BBC London News.
That's it from me so I'll wish
you goodnight and hand you over
to Chris Fawkes with a look at
the weather leading up to Christmas.
For those of you who have had a
flutter on a white Christmas
potentially bad news because it will
stay miles between now and Christmas
day with temperatures into double
figures. As we go on through the
next 24 hours this is what is going
on at the moment, a lot of cloud
upstream from us and that's coming
our way, these weather fronts will
stay to the north of the capital but
nevertheless there will be a lot of
cloud around, especially through the
night tonight, some mist and for
patches forming over the Chilterns
and the downs but in the centre of
town, low cloud, outbreaks of
drizzle through the night, that's
how we start the day tomorrow
morning, damp, drizzly and dull. The
cloud will get a little bit then,
the drizzle moving around but for
most of us it will stay cloudy day,
11 or 12 Celsius, barely falling
overnight and barely rising during
the day tomorrow. What about the
outlook for the next few days? As I
have hinted it will stay pretty
cloudy up to Christmas day, maybe a
bit brighter but temperatures in
double figures so it will stay on