08/01/2018 London News


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Newsnight is coming up on BBC two.

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Here on BBC One, it's time

for the news where you are.

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Good evening from BBC London News.

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The mother of an 11-year-old girl

who has a life-limiting illness

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has been warned her daughter may be

taken into foster care if she fails

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to co-operate with doctors

at King's College Hospital.

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Croydon Council says it's

taking the legal action

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on the advice of the hospital,

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which claims Melody Driscoll's

parents are "obstructing her care".

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But they claim they're acting

in her best interests.

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Here's Marc Ashdown.

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It's fair to say she's up there

among his biggest fans so when

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Melody Driscoll received a surprise

visit from Ed Sheeran last year, it

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was a dream come true. But Mel owe

Di's day-to-day life is very

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different. Her mother says these

bouts of intense pain happen daily

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and can last up to two hours at a

time. In the past, Melody's been

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administered strong painkillers but

King's College Hospital is trying to

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wean her off them against her

parents' wishes.

She starts

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attacking herself. She can't keep

her body still on the bed. She tries

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to throw herself off, rip out every

single line possible. She looks at

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you, sorry, she looks at you with

these eyes that say, help me.

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There's nothing I can do because

they won't let me help her.

We

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filmed in happier times last year

when Melody was living at home with

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her family. She suffers from a range

the complex medical conditions and

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could die at any point.

It was

decided four years ago at Great

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Ormond Street, about her quality of

life rather than quantity of life.

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If we didn't control her pain and

symptoms she was stuck in hospital,

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she had no life. She was always in

pain. By giving her medications, it

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got her home. She was happy. She was

going to school.

In July, she fell

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ill and has been in hospital ever

since. Croydon Council's intervened

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over her care. Over Christmas, it

wrote to Mrs Driscoll saying we are

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concerned about your ability to look

after your child citing her medical

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professionals. Consultants advised

of the harmful risks that continued

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use of morphine could cause to

Melody's liver which could lead to

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her death. They say they are

concerned if she was sent home Mrs

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Driscoll wouldn't adhere toed at

vice of medical professionals and

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she could suffer harm in her care.

The letter states the plan is to

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place Melody in foster care. Croydon

told us these case ares difficult

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where there are complex care needs

and differing medical opinions. They

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say they always seek to work with

the family. The trust which runs

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King's College Hospital says all the

decisions taken by their expert

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medical team are done so in the

patient's best interests. Melody's

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patients will battle on. These are

Med cal experts, do they not know

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best?

If you've something working,

why take that away from her. They

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say they're doing her to give her a

quantity of life. Is it fair to have

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a quantity of life full of pain?

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quantity of life. Is it fair to have

a quantity of life full of pain?

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A 17-year-old from Croydon has

admitted carrying out a series

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of acid attacks against moped riders

in the capital.

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He targeted six in one night to try

and steal their vehicles.

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A 17-year-old from Croydon has

admitted carrying out a series

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of acid attacks against moped riders

in the capital.

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He targeted six in one night to try

and steal their vehicles.

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Raise

Acid's been thrown on the

man's face. His moped has been

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stolen. A week before the attack,

the Hackney gazette reported

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couriers in the area told police

they feared for their lives saying

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an acid attack was going to happen

at any moment. Over the course of

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the next 90 minutes that night,

another five couriers were attacked

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in an attempt to steal their bikes.

The attacker, 17-year-old Derryck

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John. Despite his age, a reporting

ban was lifted by the judge who felt

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the public needed to know who was

responsible for leaving one of his

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victims with life changinger Jess

and others with long-term mental and

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physical scars. Many local couriers

still fear for their safety. Some

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are only just returning to work.

Horrible, and really scary. I've

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been off for three months. I didn't

work the whole time.

You were too

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scared to go out to work?

I just

come back in new year now.

A number

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of big name retailers have band the

sale of products containing

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corrosive substances to

under-18-year-olds. But the move is

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voluntary. Maniout lets are yet to

follow.

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The government's announced

new powers to tackle the sale

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of unsafe laser pens,

which can cause blindness.

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It comes after an increase

in incidents targeting pilots

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particularly at Heathrow.

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Here's our transport

correspondent Tom Edwards.

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The dangerous misuse of lasers has

been increasing. They're cheap and

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easily available. Many are unaware

of the dangers. Angela is from

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Hertfordshire. She wants to raise

awareness after her son damaged his

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eye after looking into a laser he

bought at his school fair.

I shone

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it in my eye to see what it looked

like. Suddenly, I saw this blur. It

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was quite weird. I thought it would

go away. I left it. Eventually it

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started blocking up my reading. It

was just this spot.

Lasers are an

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issue. They are a weapon. People

don't realise how dangerous lasers

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are. It is down to a lot of people

not understanding the full impact of

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laser and its technology.

Transport's often been a target for

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lasers. Two years ago, this plane

was forced to return to Heathrow

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after one of the pilots was hit by a

laser shortly after take-off.

One of

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the pilots after a laser incident.

We're going to return to Heathrow.

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Since 2013, there have been 150

incidents of eye injuries from

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lasers, most of them children. There

were nearly 1300 incidents at

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airports in 2016. Heathrow is the

worst affected. On rail network,

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there have been 578 incidents over

recent years. The Government's now

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bringing in new measures to stop

high-powered lasers getting into the

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UK.

A lot of these products are

imports from afraud. We're stepping

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up cheques in our ports. More

training for officials there so they

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can spot these items coming in. The

other thing we're doing is to make

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sure they're properly labelled, if

it is a high-powered laser it has to

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have proper labelling and safety

notices on it.

Johnny's eye has

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improved. He was lucky. His mum

wants the Government to licence all

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lasers.

They need to look at

lower-powered lasers as well. Our

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view is all lasers should be

licensed.

New laws already mean

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tougher sentences for those who

misuse lasers. Furthers changes,

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it's hoped, will make it much harder

to get hold of the high-powered

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lasers Thamesselves.

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Next: the campaign to save the

historic India Club on the Strand.

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It was set up in the '50s

historic India Club on the Strand.

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and became a popular place

for south Asian ex-pats.

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Now it's under threat

from developers.

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They have

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Lunch service at the India club.

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They have been dishing up authentic

south Asian food here since 1951.

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The bar and canteen has

barely changed since.

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It has its loyal customers.

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Will self has a table in the corner.

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It is more like a genuine Indian

restaurant in India.

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But as what it reminded

me off in the 1980s.

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As the years have gone by,

and the world has grown faster

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and shinier, the India Club

restaurant has remained exactly the

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same.

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Does not only the decor and cuisine

which has made this place of

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It was set up by the first

High Commissioner to

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England.

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And it was a place to discuss

politics and India's new

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independence.

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I don't think there is another

place in the whole United

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Kingdom which has this

particular platform

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for both the community

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to not only eat wonderful food,

but also to discuss

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and debate issues of the day.

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Next year, the lease runs out,

and there is a planning

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application to turn

the building into a hotel.

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Some people have told us why

can't you just move it to

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another building, but it is really

the memories and events which are

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soaked up in the walls of this place

which you cannot replicate.

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What we have tried

to do is get in touch

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with Historic England to get the

place listed and get heritage

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status.

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The owner of the buildings says no

decision has been made to

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redevelop it, exploring planning

permissions is one option and it

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is working with Historic England

to establish the heritage of this

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place.

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That's it from me.

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Time to see how the weather's

shaping up with Stav Danaos.

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How's it looking? Pretty typical

winter January weather to this

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How's it looking? Pretty typical

winter January weather to this week.

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There will be a lot of cloud around.

Maybe mist and fog too. It will feel

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on the chilly side. We could see

sunshine around the middle part of

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the week. Other than that, cloudy.

Tonight, low cloud which will give

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rise to hill fog too. Temperatureses

around 3 Celsius. No lower. Into

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tomorrow, a grey day. A lot of mist

and murk. Top temperatures around 6

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or 7 degrees. Add on the

south-east/south-east breeze not

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feeling pleasant out there. On

Tuesday night, a change. Weather

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front moving from the south-west. It

will clear the air picking up

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south-westerly winds. The rain will

clear during Wednesday morning. We

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should see sunshine into Wednesday

afternoon. Pleasant, a little

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milder, 9, maybe 10 degrees. Back to

the cloud on Thursday. Could see a

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few glimmers of brightness here and

there. The odd spot of rain in

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Northern areas. On Friday, in

between weather systems. This will

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become a player into our weather

during the middle part of the week.

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Friday, a chilly start, maybe frost.

Cloud around. Top temperatures 7

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Celsius.

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