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Good evening and welcome to BBC
London News, with me, Alex Bushill.
The Mayor says he's been left
with no choice but to raise council
tax in order to keep
the capital safe.
Sadiq Khan has outlined plans
to raise bills by around £14 a year
to fund the Metropolitan Police
and London Fire Brigade.
He's hit out at the Government,
saying ministers should
"hang their heads in shame"
for failing to adequately
But his political opponents
at City Hall have accused
him of grandstanding.
Marc Ashdown reports.
At times it's felt like
London has been under
constant attack this year -
four terrorist incidents,
14 innocent people killed.
No wonder the Mayor
wants more money.
His priority, he says,
is to keep Londoners safe.
The Home Office says the Met
will get about an extra
£50 million next year.
Now, police forces are funded
partly by the Government
but partly by local councils.
Ministers are allowing councillors
to put up your council tax
by as much as £12 next year.
In London, the Mayor
is going even further,
putting it up by £14.20.
That's an increase of about 5%,
and he says it will pay for police
and also the Fire Brigade.
He says he has no choice and today
reignited his war of words
with the Government.
They resorted to smoke and mirrors,
pretending to give the police more
money, but in fact just pushing
the responsibility to
taxpayers in London.
This is regressive and unfair, and
frankly no-one is falling for it.
On Tuesday the Policing Minister
made his views on the Mayor clear.
And instead of sitting in his bunker
writing out letters for more money,
he needs to get out there and tell
us what he's doing to
implement his crime plan.
Sadiq Khan has another
problem brewing, too.
There's widespread scepticism
about pumping some of this money
into the Fire Brigade after three
reviews he commissioned concluded it
doesn't need more funding.
Because of Grenfell,
the Mayor feels that he needs to be
seen to do something.
And what he is proposing to do
here is to put more money
into the Fire Brigade.
He knows they don't need it.
And if they do need it he can find
it from other resources.
He doesn't need to be taking
the money specifically set aside
to fund the Metropolitan Police
in order to put funds
into the London Fire Brigade,
and we won't be supporting that part
of his proposals.
For months the Mayor Commissioner
has been calling for more money.
Now it's coming out of Londoners'
pockets, they'll want to see
results on the streets.
Marc Ashdown, BBC London News.
Lawyers for Nazanin
Zaghari-Ratcliffe say she's been
told by the Iranian authorities
she's now eligible
for early release.
The 38-year-old Hampstead mother has
been held for more than 20 months
in Tehran on charges of working
against the Iranian regime.
Frankie McCamley has the details.
The British-Iranian mother jailed
in Iran more than 18 months ago.
left her home in North West London
to go on holiday with her then
to visit her parents.
But during her time
in the country she was arrested,
accused of being a spy.
a breakthrough in her case.
She's been listed for early release.
But her husband, Richard, who has
fought every step of the way,
is not getting his hopes up.
It's hard to know exactly
how significant but
definitely a positive step.
Her court system has moved
from being a closed case
to being eligible for early release,
which means, formally,
on the system, she is eligible to be
released at any point.
But despite the news,
Richard says Nazanin
is still finding things tough.
I think it's very up and down
for her and obviously I try to be
level-headed and sometimes I am
not so much.
Equally, though probably more so,
because she's waiting
to see what happens.
She was pretty low
early in the week.
The lawyer said she was very happy
The change follows the Foreign
Secretary Boris Johnson's visit
to Iran earlier this month,
during which her case was discussed.
Whether this made a difference
is not yet clear.
Under Iranian law, it does say
if a prisoner has served a third
of their time and has good
behaviour, they might be
considered for early release.
So it's possible that
is what's happened.
Whilst this might provide some
relief to this family's long
and turbulent journey,
there is still no certainty
they will be reunited for Christmas.
Frankie McCamley, BBC London News.
A former abbot of a school in Ealing
is likely to die in prison
after being jailed for 18 years
for molesting former pupils.
74-year-old Andrew Soper
was convicted of a string of sex
attacks on boys at the prestigious
St Benedict's School
in the '70s and '80s.
As he passed down his sentence,
the judge described Soper's conduct
as "vile", and "the most appalling
breach of trust".
The school has apologised
for "serious wrongs of the past".
Detectives say they are growing
for the mother of a baby found
abandoned in a park
in Plaistow three months ago.
New footage has been
released of baby Harry
as police renew their appeal
to trace his mother.
He was named by the medical staff
who treated him and is said to be
The man accused of the Finsbury Park
attack in North London last June has
pleaded not guilty to murder
and attempted murder.
48-year-old Darren Osborne
is accused of deliberately driving
a hired van into worshippers close
to the Muslim Welfare
House in North London.
One man was killed
and 11 were injured.
Hospitals in Essex say they are
facing significant winter pressures.
Many of them have no available beds.
They say the health system is under
strain throughout the year
but winter brings added challenges.
Simon Dedman has spent the day
at Broomfield Hospital
in Chelmsford to find out more.
Kenneth Cockrell, full
Patients are assessed by a triage
nurse if they walk or get
wheeled into Broomfield's A&E.
I slipped on a wet
paving stone last night.
Ken gets referred for an X-ray
but nurse Gemma does
send people back to GP
surgeries and the pharmacist
rather than into A&E.
She has to -
Broomfield is stretched.
We've had an increase in patients
with sepsis, especially
chest infections and pneumonia.
We've had people coming
with fractured hips and fractured
wrists, which has obviously meant
we had to
move it onto our trauma wards.
We've had generally really unwell
patients that have come in that
we've had to care for
and meet that demand.
In the past fortnight
Broomfield Hospital has been so busy
that up to a dozen ambulances have
been treating patients outside
because there aren't
any free beds inside.
Broomfield had two spare beds
first thing this morning.
In Harlow, Princess
Hospitals say they have been
inundated with patients like
John Harrison from Chelmsford,
who are genuine emergencies.
I've got to ask,
what happened to you?
I had a contest with
the floor and the floor
John hopes to be home for Christmas
and his 90th birthday.
I've been a consultant here for four
years and it's been busier every
single winter that we've
had since I started.
It's a world of difference
from when I started in medicine 13,
14 years ago in terms of the numbers
we're seeing through A&E,
through the acute medical services.
A health boss told me the service
is in a perilous state
on the eve of the NHS
turning 70 next year.
Simon Deadman, BBC London News,
Ben Field Hospital, Chelmsford.
England footballer Sol Campbell
grew up in the East End
and went on to play
for Tottenham and Arsenal.
He believes his life could have been
very different had he taken
the troubled path some
of his childhood friends took.
That's why he's now involved
in a scheme to try and help divert
vulnerable youngsters from criminal
gangs here in London.
Chris Slegg report.
When they were kids,
Sol Campbell and Robert Bragg used
to play football together
on the streets after school.
Both had talent.
Sol went on to be a professional.
He was an exceptional player.
Years ago I grew up in the same
area, obviously, you know,
the temptations that was there.
Went out, done the wrong things,
wrong attitude, wrong attitude.
Sol has been mentoring these
youngsters about what he calls
their crossroads moment,
choosing to work hard at school
and sport instead of a path
that leads to trouble.
When does that, you know,
that light turns on,
when that lightning bolt hits you.
Who wants to be a footballer?
Do you think it's easy
to be a footballer?
No, you have to work hard.
You have to work hard.
That's how life works.
You think if you work
hard it always comes?
Sometimes you get let down,
sometimes it comes.
My family will look into kind of
where is the next pound coming from?
The food on the table,
things like that.
People haven't got time
to be worried about,
"how are you feeling?"
It's all about, "get some money
together because we've
got to pay the bills".
Many people who probably didn't
have the talent I had went on,
had the right attitude,
worked hard at their game and became
a professional footballer.
I done the first trial at QPR,
scored two goals, done well,
went all the way through,
then Bobby Robson was in the office
at the last trial when we had to go.
Then he asked me the question,
why have you been thrown out
of three schools in three years?
Three weeks later I get the letter,
you haven't been successful.
I just grew up in that
type of environment,
it just became the norm.
It's only when you step out
of the norm you were under
severe pressure at a very,
very early age in your life.
Now Sol hopes others make the right
choice at their crossroads moment.
Chris Slegg, BBC News.
That's it from me.
I'll wish you goodnight
and hand you over to
I'll wish you goodnight
and hand you over to
Chris Fawkes with the weather.
Thanks a lot. If the over the past
you buy a look something like this.
Thanks to our weather watcher for
sending this big job the grey cloudy
sky from Walton on Thames in Surrey.
These scenes were widespread,
extensive cloud and right the way to
Christmas and including the big day
it is going to stay cloudy and mild.
The reason the weather isn't
changing a great deal is we have
this high pressure to the south of
the UK. These weather fronts wafting
off the Atlantic bringing pulses of
thicker cloud, which in turn brings
the threat of rain. The rain arrives
towards the end of the night, we'll
get outbreaks of rain and drizzle.
At the same time, we'll start to get
mist fog patches on the high hills,
the Chilterns and the downs. The
early-morning patches of drizzle
will move out of the way and the
rest of the day much like it was
today, cloudy. What a great deal of
sunshine anywhere, temperatures are
11 or 12 degrees, so it'll be on the
mild side. Ahead of the weekend, a
case of spot the difference.
Saturday and Sunday the extensive
cloud cover. Continues to be mild,
temperatures 11 or 12 degrees. That
theme continues on to Christmas Day
as well, temperatures in double
figures. It's going to