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Here on BBC One, it's time
for the news where you are.
Good evening, I'm Asad Ahmad.
There's going to be a significant
increase in Police stop and search
activity this year aimed at reducing
knife crime on London's streets.
The controversial method, often
criticised for disproportionately
targeting ethnic minority groups,
today got the backing
of Mayor Sadeeq Khan.
But among those who think its a bad
idea are some of those directly
effected by the violence.
Karl Mercer has been
finding out why.
Patrick Boyce is only too aware
of the damage knives can do
in the hands of the wrong person.
So is Angeleen Hill.
Both Londoners whose families have
been badly damaged by a crime
that is on the increase again.
Today, Patrick is in the cafe
he runs in Brixton.
Are you OK?
This is where he spends
much of his time.
We've filmed him last year with his
son who was stabbed in the heart.
This woman is planning
a website for families
affected by knife crime.
What do they make
of the London Mayor?
The measures you are
making are counteracted
to what you are trying to do.
Stop and search will take it
away from the police.
They will not go to the police
when they have problems.
It will take us back
to youth against police.
I can understand the initiative.
It is good to make the public feel
safe but the reality is it
will not change the problem.
The reality is, why are these kids
walking about with knives?
Luther was 32.
There are a lot of victims
who are not young people.
City Hall refused requests
for interviews today,
we could not ask what the mayor
meant by a significant increase
tackling knife crime
is seen as a priority.
This video and a call for schools
to produce knife ones last week.
There are some who
welcomed the news.
Five years ago, one in ten stop
and searches resulted
in finding something.
Now the figure is about one
in three, which is loads better.
It is a tool we can use,
and an important tool.
The police will be wearing cameras,
so we can see what happens.
Cressida Dick has previously said
you were back an increase in stop
and search if it led
to lower knife crime.
The opponents of the mayor said it
will need to be done sensitively.
Young people feel victimised.
This will crush community policing,
which affects all crime in London.
Scotland Yard and the men know this
will have to be matched
by a drop in knife crime.
Scotland Yard and the mayor know it
will have to be matched by a drop in
If you're one of the thousands
of passengers hit by delays
on Southern or Thameslink trains,
you got an apology today from the
Transport Secretary, Chris Grayling.
But it might not be
the sorry you'd hoped for.
This was a sorry that blamed
unions for the problems,
while giving a pat on the back
to the government for
the work they're doing.
Here's our Transport
Correspondent Tom Edwards.
Unreliable, not value for money,
the worst service in the country.
It won't surprise many passengers
that today there's more damning
evidence on Govia Thameslink.
Blighted by industrial action
and a lack of understanding
from Government, at its worst,
only two thirds of
trains arrived on time.
A shabby train service?
The franchise covers Thameslink,
Southern and Great Northern services
and today's report outlines how 60%
of delays have been due
to the operator, mainly
because of industrial action
and a lack of crew.
Nearly 40% of delays
are down to Network Rail's
I think from a passenger's point
of view, what they don't
want to hear is people passing
the buck and saying
it is someone else's fault.
What they want to know is that
action is being taken to sort this
out, and to make sure that they see
improvements in service.
The report also criticises
the Government for trying
to increase services
as well as introducing new trains
and getting rid of the guards,
leading to strikes.
The report says the Government
didn't know about a lack of drivers,
or the state of the infrastructure.
I think this report shows
the incompetence and the dogma
of the DfT and the Government
and seeking to put the blame
on the trade unions when they knew
they were going to cause this issue
is a false premise, and seeking
to blame the companies
who are forced to bid
for what they put out
there is a false premise.
If this is dogma,
the dogma has to change.
The Government says unions
are the main cause of the problems.
I make no apology for that huge
investment in the network.
The introduction of brand-new 12
coach trains all across the network.
What I do apologise
or is we were not able to avoid
the extraordinarily ill judged
actions by the trade
unions, who caused massive
trouble for passengers.
The report does say reliability
on the services is improving and it
wants the Government to learn
lessons when it sets
up other franchises.
Police have released CCTV images
of two teenagers they want to speak
to in connection with the death
of a shopkeeper in North London.
The boys are believed to have been
at the shop at the time
Mr Vijay Patel was attacked
in Mill Hill on Saturday night.
Detectives believe the teenagers
will have information that
could help in their investigation.
Another 16 year-old has been
charged with murder.
It claimed the lives
of six million Jews and hundreds
of thousands of others.
Today, one of the survivors
from Auchwitz, sat on a sofa
at a train station in London
to allow anyone who wanted to speak
to her to do just that.
Chris Rogers, spoke to her too.
In one of London's
busiest railway stations,
an 87-year-old woman is hoping
to have a chat with passers-by.
She's set up a sofa
in Liverpool Street and has only
a sign to encourage people to stop
and listen to her story.
They put us in ghettos
and from there they took us
to the camp, to Auschwitz.
Lily Ebert is a Holocaust survivor.
How much do you know
about the Holocaust?
We were not taught at school
but I educated myself.
In times where there is rising
racism and anti-Semitism,
her message is that we must live
That is a powerful message.
It was heart-warming
that she was saying we are the same.
In the world at the moment,
it does not seem we are together,
united, and are the same.
The final photo of Lily
and her siblings in Hungary.
The family were sent to Auschwitz.
She and her two sisters were forced
into Labour but the rest
of her family were sent
to the gas chambers.
Does it upset you when people say
they face discrimination,
stigma and racism, that it
still goes on today?
They should know.
The truth is, we look different
but it does not mean someone
is better or worse than you are.
They are only different.
This statue is a reminder
of the 10,000 unaccompanied children
who arrived at this train station
when they fled persecution
in their home towns in Germany,
Czechoslovakia and Austria.
After World War II very few
were able to be reunited
with their families.
Supported by the Holocaust
educational Trust, Lily tours
schools, sharing her story
with today's children in the hope
that the murder of six million Jews
is never forgotten or misunderstood.
Chris Rogers, BBC London News.
Triple Oscar winning actor,
Meryl Streep says that sexual
equality is going through a long
overdue period of change both
in America and on this side
of the Atlantic too.
Speaking to me tonight at the UK
premiere of 'The Post'
in Leicester Square where she plays
a newspaper publisher
in 1970's America,
Streep said men and women
won't be silenced anymore.
I think this change is seismic
because there's been an imbalance of
power in the human family for ever
and it's just reached the sort of
tipping point and I think it's
changing everywhere. We feel it
here, in Parliament, you know, in
our congress, there is a slush fund
paid for by the taxpayers to pay off
sexual harassment suits and to
silence people. It won't happen any
more. People won't be silent.
Meryl Streep speaking to me earlier.
Now the weather
forecast with Susan.
Now the weather
forecast with Susan.
Not a bad day today?
Not too bad in the end. A bit of
cloud, a gloomy start then the skies
brightened. The cloud didn't go
away. It mostly shifted north. If
you watch the satellite picture you
can see what happened in the
afternoon. The cloud is pushing back
in from the north. Actually outside
at the moment, the skies are pretty
overcast and there's going to be a
lot of low cloud about. Misty and
murky conditions and drizzly rain
coming in by the end of the night. A
cool feel, rural lows, two, three
degrees and, if we get a few breaks,
we may see temperatures dipping down
closer to freezing. A chilly start
to Thursday. Drizzly rain around
during the morning. It will be a
grey start. Hopefully we may see
something a little brighter come the
afternoon but we'll never really
shake off the cloud. Our top
temperatures, seven or eight. Friday
and Saturday, pretty similar as
well. Thick cloud on Friday and some
patches of mist and murk. If you are
travelling further afield in the