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for the news where you are.
Good evening, I'm Asad Ahmad.
A special undercover investigation
into the illegal sale of steroids
has found dealers in London selling
muscle building substances
without any warning
of their dangerous side effects.
And a drugs counsellor has told us
that children as young as 14
are taking the substances.
He also warns that the true extent
of the problem, could be tantamount
to a hidden epidemic.
Colin Campbell has
this exclusive report.
He's an amateur body-builder
who illegally sells steroids
from his living room in Greenford,
Using his partner to translate,
he says they'll transform my body.
These are the £200 worth
of pills that he said
would make me big and powerful.
This is the handwritten note I took,
a dictated prescription if you like,
detailing instructions on how
to use the steroids.
We showed our footage
to this drugs expert.
There are many risks
with taking the drugs,
but a simple way of putting it,
kidney, liver, heart.
You can have liver problems,
liver cysts, problems
with your kidneys and can lead
to heart attacks and strokes.
So you're playing with your life.
What age are the children
that you're speaking
to who have taken steroids?
As young as 14.
This drugs counsellor fears the true
picture of steroid abuse is much
worse than realised.
We could be looking at a hidden
epidemic, to be honest.
It's really, really hard
to gauge how big this is.
that we are getting
is that it could be huge.
Whilst it's legal to take steroids,
it's against the law
to sell and import them.
But we found scores of websites
offering them online
and sending them by post.
The border force is battling to stop
them entering the UK.
These drugs aren't benign.
They aren't a soft option.
They can cause real,
profound, long lasting
harm to people's health.
Selling them can be lucrative,
but it's a trade dealers
don't want exposed.
You are a steroid
dealer, aren't you?
How many people are you
supplying steroids to?
Speaking through an interpreter,
he claims he had only ever
supplied me and no one else.
How many other people have
you supplied steroids too,
because you advertise widely.
The truth is, they are gambling
with people's health,
cashing in on Britain's
body image obsession.
Colin Campbell, BBC London News.
A serial killer from North London
has admitted killing a third victim.
Theodore Johnson attacked his
ex-girlfriend Angela Best
in Islington with a hammer
after she started a relationship
with someone else.
Frankie McCamley has the details
of what was a vicious attack.
Absolutely. Proceedings at the Old
Bailey this morning is only lasted a
few minutes. We were expecting a
much longer trial, to last for
weeks. Within minutes of the jury
taking their seats, Teodor Johnson,
in a wheelchair, pleaded guilty to
the murder of his former partner,
Angela Best. Today, it also emerged
that the 64-year-old had previous
convictions for killing two other
partners over a series of three
decades. Taking a look back to
November 1981, the garage worker was
convicted of killing his wife,
Yvonne Johnson, by pushing her over
the edge of the ninth floor flat. In
March 1993, he was convicted of the
manslaughter of his partner Yvonne
Bennett, by diminished
responsibility. He spent time in a
secure hospital. 23 years later, he
killed his most recent partner,
Angela best, using a hammer, before
strangling her. Just after that, he
appeared to kill himself by throwing
himself in front of a train. He
received severe injuries, and it was
only then, when police went round to
his house, that they found the body
of Angela Best. Now there are big
questions as to whether this murder
could have been prevented.
Over 100 women were killed last year
by partners or ex-partners.
That is a huge number of lives
lost and a huge number
of bereaved families.
In this specific case,
I think there's got to be
lots of questions asked
about what happened,
about how this was possible,
after two such serious convictions
in the past, which looked
so similar to this.
How was it possible that this
was allowed to happen again?
As you heard, big questions. Because
of the change in plea, the trial was
halted and Johnson is expected to be
sentenced on Friday.
An area of land in Surrey may be
stripped of its green belt status
as the council looks to build on it.
It's sparked anger among local
people in Guildford,
who feel the land should be
protected against any development.
Here's Katharine Carpenter.
Guildford - historic, growing,
and at the centre of a row
over the green belt,
after the council submitted
plans to the Government
to develop some of it.
To house its growing population,
the council estimates it needs
to build around 12,500 new homes
over the next 16 years.
Its preference is to
do that on previously
developed brown field sites.
But 89% of this borough
is green belt land,
so perhaps inevitably that,
too, is now being eyed
up for development.
2,000 houses are proposed for this
area, which will go down
to the railway down there.
Gosden Hill Farm is one of the sites
the council wants to strip of green
belt status to allow building.
But opposition is strong.
It's driven by the incentive
to provide land for development.
There's no interest in maximising
the number of affordable homes,
there's no interest
in urban regeneration.
It doesn't need to be an extension
of suburbia, but obviously
that's very profitable.
But the council claims
only 1.5% of its green
belt has been earmarked,
and the development
is vital to protecting jobs
and safeguarding the character
of existing communities.
We have to balance
the need of housing.
There are many young
people who can't get
onto the housing ladder at all.
We have put 40% as our affordability
in the local plan in terms
of percentage that needs to be built
that are affordable.
So for people to be able to live
and manage to live in Guildford,
we do need to have more development.
Challenged on the issue
by a Guildford MP last
month, Theresa May made
the Government's position clear.
A local authority may only alter
a green belt boundary
in exceptional circumstances.
In our housing white paper,
we were very clear that this means
when they've examined fully
all other reasonable options.
An independent planning inspector
will examine Guildford's case,
watched closely by other councils
in Surrey preparing to submit
similar plans to deal with housing
challenges of their own.
BBC London News.
If your New Year's resolution
is to have more money in your pocket
and breath cleaner air by moving out
of London, then you're not alone.
Recent figures show the number
of Londoners moving away has
hit a ten-year high.
Nearly 300,000 people left in 2016,
which is a significant
rise from a decade ago.
So this week we're looking at why
so many of us are deciding to go.
And in the first of our series,
Caroline Davies speaks to a young
family doing just that.
Born and bred in London,
and an ex-Met Police officer.
You might have thought that Gemma
has London in her bones,
but now she wants out
of the capital.
I've had enough of the traffic,
the cars, the busyness of the area,
and then not being able
to have the childhood that I had.
The amount of people coming
here into this area for the schools,
it's an outstanding area
for schools, but there's
only so many places.
She plans to move her and her
family to the New Forest.
I remember me and my husband
standing there on the beach,
the kids were playing,
running in and out of the sea
and we were looking
across to the Needles,
the Isle of Wight.
I remember looking at him
and saying, "I could live here."
And that was literally it,
and ever since I can't
stop thinking about it!
She's not the only one with eyes
wandering beyond London.
This is the M25 -
the boundary line of London,
if not entirely accurate.
Now according to the ONS,
more people are leaving this behind
in London and going to the rest
of the UK than vice versa.
One of the biggest demographic
groups making the move is people
in their 30s and 40s,
often with young children.
Belinda runs a service advising
people who want to make the move,
but why do they leave?
For a lot of people it's schools.
For others, it's financial.
Property prices in London
are putting people off staying.
There are some fantastic areas
outside of London that offer
And not just from a property-buying
point of view, but to move and to be
part of the community and to create
a whole life, which I think is what
people are generally looking to do.
What's the biggest misconception
people have that are planning
to move out of London?
I think that it will solve all ills.
You know, I joke with people,
it doesn't mend broken marriages
and doesn't make children
automatically behave better.
Gemma can't wait
to try somewhere new.
I suppose you can't forget
where you've been brought up,
but I'm ready for the next chapter
of my life now, I think.
As the New Year starts, other
Londoners will have similar ideas.
Caroline Davies, BBC London News.
That's it for now from me,
but let's find out what the weather
has in store, with Elizabeth.
The Met Office have upgraded their
weather warning about Storm Eleanor.
Anything for us to worry about?
We are under that weather warning,
and we could be looking at gusts in
excess of 50 or 55 mph through the
small hours of tomorrow and into the
rush hour. There's quite a lot of
rain around as well. You can see
these are the mean wind speeds in
the white circles, but the gusts
will be much higher. Here they come,
in black circles. We could be
looking at gusts of up to 50 or 50
plus mph, squally showers around for
a time through the small hours. Not
many people up them, but there will
be lots of people up and about
through the morning rush hour
tomorrow. There may be some
transport disruption. Some strong
gusts of wind around, already plans
to close the Dartford Crossing.
Showers, but it will start to ease
down in the afternoon. A very windy
day tomorrow. There is more rain on
the way tomorrow. Then it will