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Here on BBC One, it's time
for the news where you are.
Welcome to BBC London News,
with me, Victoria Hollins.
The Metropolitan Police has asked
the Government to pay almost
£40 million for its investigation
into the fire at Grenfell
Tower in West London.
Scotland Yard says it's one
of the biggest and most complex
inquiries in the history
of the force.
Around 200 officers are working
on the inquiry into the blaze,
which claimed the lives
of 71 people.
Our political correspondent
Karl Mercer reports.
They're starting to cover
the remains of Grenfell tower,
sheeting now up around half
of the first eight
floors of the building.
The rest stands as a stark reminder
of what happened here nearly seven
months ago and the political fall
out from the fire continues.
Grenfell led to one of the biggest
police investigations ever
mounted by Scotland Yard,
with around 250 officers involved.
Now Scotland yard has said
it needs help to pay.
It's put in a big bill
to the Home Office, asking
for £11.1 million to cover the cost
of the investigation
this year, and a further
£27 million for next year.
It says it expects to have more
than 200 officers still on the case
over the coming 12 months.
We don't that think it's
reasonable for us to pick up
those sort of full costs.
As we know, that sort
of investigation will
go on for some time.
There are worries, too,
that the Met simply can't
afford extra spending,
as it's already having to make cuts.
We are still absolutely
facing savings and cuts
for London that we are very,
very worried about.
We are really worried that police
officer numbers are going to dip
significantly below 30,000
if this continues.
The police, though, aren't the only
emergency service facing
a big bill in the wake
of the Grenfell disaster.
London's Fire Brigade has
also seen costs rise.
It's in the process
of buying new equipment.
And in the wake of the fire,
its inspectors last summer made 520
visits to check the safety
of other buildings.
What we also learned today
at the London Assembly meeting
was that 188 cases in the capital,
those buildings failed the
Government's cladding safety test.
That's more than the rest
of the country put together.
No wonder, then, that
London Assembly Members
were asking for government help
for the Fire Brigade, too.
Can you just update us?
Have you exhausted all your
conversations with government around
any monies that they wish
to allocate to you?
of what you heard this
morning from the police,
it feels as if the police are having
some success then there's no reason
why fire should also not have that
same criteria relaxed.
The Home Office told us today that
given the unique and tragic
circumstances of the Grenfell fire,
it would consider any application it
received for funding
from the Metropolitan Police
as a matter of priority.
A 95-year-old woman who knocked down
and killed a man after mistaking
the accelerator in her car
for the brake has been given
a suspended prison sentence.
Gertrude Lister, who had been
tending her husband's
grave in Maidenhead,
careered into 47-year-old Paul Mills
on Valentine's Day last year.
Joe Campbell reports.
Gertrude Lister was
driven to court today.
She's not got behind
the wheel since she killed cemetery
worker Paul Mills and returned her
licence to the DVLA.
A man escorting the 95-year-old
carried a suitcase.
She'd been warned there was a very
real possibility she would be
going straight from court to prison.
Mrs Lister's barrister said
it was hard to think of more tragic
circumstances than what happened
in this cemetery on Saint
Valentine's Day last year.
One moment, his client had been
tending her husband's grave.
Just a few seconds later,
she was responsible for the death
of somebody else's loved one.
It was as she left the cemetery
that she hit the accelerator,
rather than the brake.
The car, rather than slowing down,
sped up, hit a verge
and became airborne.
It crashed through a hedge.
Mr Mills was working
on the opposite side.
He died in hospital less
than an hour later.
The court heard so-called unintended
acceleration was a recognised factor
in accidents like this,
especially involving automatic cars
driven by elderly motorists.
In actual fact, the over-70s
are statistically the safest group
of drivers on our road, done by age,
in terms of how many collisions
they have that cause injury.
They're frail, so if they do have
one, they tend to be
Events like this one, that
are tragic, as all these things are,
are actually really unusual.
Judge Paul Dugdale said these were
wholly exceptional circumstances.
Gertrude Lister's mistake
in pressing the accelerator harder
and harder, thinking
it was the brake, had had
a devastating effect, he said,
on Paul Mills's family.
As his widow, Tracey,
realised Mrs Lister wouldn't be
going to prison today,
but her 16-month sentence
was going to be suspended,
she stormed out of court.
Mrs Lister herself left
Joe Campbell, BBC London News.
Wreckage from a seaplane
which crashed near Sydney,
killing five members of a London
family and the pilot,
has been recovered.
The aircraft had been submerged
in more than 40 feet of water
after coming down on New Year's Eve.
It's emerged that the plane
was rebuilt after it was destroyed
in a fatal incident more
than 20 years ago.
The wreckage of the seaplane
should help to explain why
a routine flight over Sydney,
its waterways and rugged
bushlands ended in disaster
for a London family.
The salvage operation
at Jerusalem Bay began
shortly after dawn.
Police divers used inflatable bags
to lift parts of the aircraft
from the river.
One of the first pieces of the plane
to be recovered was a damaged wing,
followed by the engine,
and the tail.
By the time that the wreckage
was boarded on the barge,
we saw that there was severe damage
to the plane.
And it appeared that there had
been quite an impact
on hitting the water.
Tributes have been paid to the
family from Tooting who were killed
in the crash.
Tycoon Richard Cousins,
his two grown-up sons, his fiancee
and her 11-year-old daughter died.
Crucial to the investigation
will be the aircraft's
We now know that the seaplane came
down in these waters
20 years ago.
It was rebuilt and it was bought
by Sydney Seaplanes in 2006.
We've got a range of factors
that we look at to fully
reconstruct the sequence of events
that led up to the accident,
and hopefully find factors that
contributed to the accident,
with the ultimate goal of trying
to prevent something
like this happening again.
Air-crash investigators plan
to release their initial
findings within a month,
but a full report could
take up to a year.
Now strikes affecting three
different train operators serving
London are set to go ahead next week
after talks stalled.
The RMT union has a long-running
dispute over the role of train
guards, which has led to a fresh
wave of strikes
starting from Monday.
Louisa Preston joins me now.
Only a week into the New Year and
already more train strikes. The RMT
union has called these 24 hour
strike starting next week. It is
about the role of guards on trains.
Services run by Southwest and
wilfully RMT members walking out on
Monday, Wednesday and Friday next
week. South-western says it will be
able to run 70% of its trains. That
means 450 trains a day will be
cancelled. So, as you can imagine,
commuters are not impressed.
I see the point for
modernisation, I kind of see
the union's point as well.
I am annoyed at strikes because that
says to me someone hasn't
done their job properly.
I'm absolutely livid about it.
I mean, come into the New Year,
3% rise and we're confronted
with the same thing all over again,
so I just think it's appalling.
I'm not overjoyed about it,
if I'm honest, but I'll try to work
from home to get around it
because I've got the
flexibility to do that.
So, some unhappy people there. There
will be other routes affected, went
there? Greater Anglia guards will
strike also on Monday, Wednesday and
Friday next week which will affect
trains in an out of Liverpool Street
at the company does hope to run a
full service on those lines RMT
members at Southern will walk out,
just for one day, next Monday. That
will affect London Bridge, Victoria,
Chang Cross and Cannon Street.
Sutton thinks it will run 90% of its
services. With increases in fares
going up, it is not a great start to
the New Year for commuters.
not sound like it.
Pregnant women are struggling
with their mental health in higher
numbers than previously thought
according to researchers.
The team at Kings College London
found that as many as one in four
pregnant women could have mental
health issues including anxiety
and eating disorders.
Doctors say early diagnosis is key
to help support families.
It is not yet known what caused the
bricks to fall.
That is it for now.
Time for a look at the weather now,
with Tomaz Schaffernaker.
A very blowy afternoon again
in London with winds in excess
of 50 miles an hour.
the winds will be lighter.
Through the night, a bit of rain,
the winds easing out there as well
by the early hours of the morning.
I think for most of us it's a case
of clearing skies and temperatures
down to 6 in the city,
3 degrees outside of town -
a little on the nippy side.
Friday itself is looking mixed.
A fair bit of brightness around,
still a bit of a breeze out there,
but also the chance of catching
a spot or two of rain,
and temperatures are starting
to drop now, down to 9
degrees, single figures.
Here's what Saturday looks like -
a complete change.
Watch the wind.
It starts coming in from the North.
So we've been having winds out
of the South or the West
for the last few days and now
they're coming in from the North
and north-east, so it's
going to feel chilly.
A really significant
wind-chill on the way.
Here's the outlook.
Saturday, Sunday, Monday,
a fair bit of dry weather.
Here's the national outlook now.