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Good evening from BBC London News.
The man behind the Westminster
terror attacks in March last year
had taken steroids days
or hours beforehand.
The details were released
during a pre-inquest hearing
into the death of Khalid Masood
and his victims.
Families have called
for their inquest to examine
the continuing failure to get
to grips with radicalisation
on the internet.
Here's Marc Ashdown.
It was an attack on the heart of
government in the heart of London.
March the 22nd 2017,
the first of five terror attacks
on the UK last year -
four of them here in the capital.
We now know Khalid Masood had
anabolic steroids in his system,
further tests have been ordered
to establish how that may have
affected his actions.
The families of his victims hope
these inquests may lead to changes
in the way terrorism is tackled.
Masood drove his hired
4x4 into pedestrians
on Westminster Bridge at 2:40pm,
repeatedly mounted the pavement.
30 seconds later, he crashed
into the Palace of Westminster.
The first 999 call is then received.
Half a minute later,
Masood is shot dead by armed police.
It lasted all of 90 seconds,
but his rampage took
five innocent lives.
American tourist Kurt Cochran,
teacher Aysha Frade
and Leslie Rhodes were all hit
by the car.
Romanian tourist Andreea Cristea
fell into the Thames and later died,
and PC Keith Palmer,
who was stabbed inside
the entrance to Parliament.
The inquests of all five
will be heard by the Chief
Coroner in September.
A separate inquest with a jury will
then follow into Masood's death.
At today's pre-inquest hearing,
lawyers representing the families
called for the coroner to examine
the availability of extremist
material on the internet and why
messaging services like Whatsapp
need to have end-to-end
encryption on messages
which can't then be read.
They have long been calls for the
security services to be able to
access these private messages,
although companies like Facebook,
which owns WhatsApp, argues it has a
duty to protect users. Regarding
online extremist videos, the
families today said why is it that
radical material continues to be
freely available on the internet
bastion that we do not understand.
We also learned that the two
officers that challenged him will
give evidence anonymously. PC Keith
Palmer's family wants to know how he
got into the Palace of Westminster
behind me, and why was the officer
stationed alone, unarmed and come in
their view, wearing inadequate body
protection? Lots of questions for
these inquests, which get under way
on September ten.
More now on the impact
of the collapse of construction
and services giant Carillion,
and implications for the capital.
Jim Wheble is here with more on this
which could significantly affect
both the public and private sector?
Absolutely. This is a huge company
with contracts in many different
sectors in London especially. Let's
look at one of those. Prisons.
Carillion had maintenance contracts
with several prisons in the capital.
Let's just look at one of those
prisons, Pentonville. It also
received a lot of criticism for the
way that it maintained prisons. At
Pentonville, it was criticised for a
six-month backlog on maintenance
jobs, leaking sewage and only a
quarter of broken windows replaced.
And apart from prisons, give us a
sense of what else it could have an
If we take transport, the
East London line, part of the London
Overground, Carillion had a contract
with TfL to look after track and
signals. About 100 staff employed
there. The Mayor has said he has
been assured that plans are in place
to make sure what has happened today
does not affect services. If we look
at councils, Carillion had several
contracts with several councils,
looking at libraries, for instance,
in Croydon. In that borough, they
are going to take control of that
back in-house. The private sector as
well, in papers today, we heard
reports of a big development where
contractors were being told when
they turned for work you might as
well go home because the chances are
you will not get paid. There is one
blessing. It appears that NHS trusts
in London have not been affected by
what has happened today. One
blessing in this story, which
obviously has consequences which
will run on.
Indeed. Thanks very
much for that update.
Next, the borough which is getting
rid of bailiffs to collect
unpaid council tax.
Hammersmith and Fulham says it's
taking a more ethical
approach to unpaid bills.
However, some warn it
could lead to higher debts.
Mark Jordan reports.
Four years ago, Peter Williams
brought trains to a halt
after killing himself
on the railway.
His home had been taken away
for failing to pay £1350
over council tax debt.
The problem was, Peter
was mentally ill.
Nobody realised this at the time
and as a result he was literally
hounded to death over
what was a relatively
small amount of money.
97% of us pay our council tax bill,
but debt campaigners claim over
200,000 bailiff visits were made
in London to those who don't.
We've not received any
It's the councils who decide if Dave
that bailiff comes a-knocking.
Is there any difference
in the way you work
between can't pay or won't pay?
That's not my business.
Mike Thompson was a book-seller
until a devastating illness meant
he could barely work.
His council tax debt
would take his home and lead
to recovery costs 30 times
the original arrears of 2900.
The council forced
the sale of the house.
I got just over £6,000
as my share of the proceeds.
The other £85-86,000 was swallowed
up in the debt itself,
plus all the costs that accumulated
along the way.
The lawyers who do this business
for local authorities prosper
mightily, but the local authorities
in the great scheme of things,
actually lose out big time.
At Hammersmith and Fulham Council
they've begun to wonder
if bankrupting, seizure of homes
and use of bailiffs is working.
They claim bailiffs only recover 30%
of council tax debt and are getting
rid of them from April.
If a family's trying to keep
the bailiffs away and then
prioritises the bill for council
tax, they then might
miss their rental payment and then
you're left with a homeless family
being traumatised but then
presenting the public
sector with a huge bill,
in terms of free housing
and all the other impacts
homelessness can have.
But the bailiff industry
experiment will backfire.
To dispense with the enforcement
service will come at a price.
I think that in two or three years'
time the coffers will be looked
at and the question will be asked,
where's the money?
Now, ethical debt collection
in Hammersmith is about to show
whether or not the bailiffs' knock
might become part of debt
Mark Jordan, BBC London News.
Now, it's estimated there are more
than three times as many vegans now
than there were a decade ago.
It's a lifestyle growing
in popularity - so perhaps not
surprising then that a new vegan
only pub is opening in Hackney -
where even the alcohol
is strictly vegan.
Alpa Patel has more.
In many ways, the Brook looks
and feels like a London pub.
But you won't find pie
and mash on the menu -
or in fact any meat or dairy at all.
I became vegan for
animal welfare reasons.
I have been a vegan for six months
now and I feel much healthier.
I am a vegan because I love animals.
Customers are here for
a special sample night.
The pub doesn't actually open
for another four days.
To many here, veganism
is more than just a diet,
it's a way of life.
I think people are becoming far more
educated about the meat industry,
the dairy industry, the impact
on the environment,
the impact on their health.
Oh, vegan hot chocolate?
Another devout follower is Radio 1
Xtra DJ Sara Jane Crawford.
She's been a vegan for three years.
The timing was right for me,
I had a few health scares,
I had a breast lump removed,
a couple of operations
in the space of one year,
and I was just, like,
you know what, I don't want to be
eating so many hormones,
consuming so much rubbish
in my diet.
She is an ambassador
for Veganuary, a month calling
on us to become vegans.
Now I get why people
become so passionate
about whatever it is they believe
in when it is actually about life
and it is about having
a better quality-of-life,
and it is about love,
You know, health is well.
The owners say the numbers of vegans
are growing and they are hoping some
of them will find their way
through the door on Friday.
I'll say goodnight now
and it's over to Stav Danaos
for a check on the weather.
Is the rest of the week looking any
Yes. It depends on what you
like. If you don't mind the cold,
this week will be better. We had
great, leaden skies and drizzle
around last week. This week will be
much windier, certainly for the
first half of the week. They will a
chill factor and sunshine and
Tonight, if you passing showers.
Three or four degrees. A chilly
start tomorrow morning. 20 of
sunshine around, a few showers as
the air turns colder from the
north-west. Some of the showers will
be wintry, mainly over the
Chilterns. About 7 degrees, in the
wind it will feel colder. The
sunshine will compensate. Through
Tuesday night, plenty showers
rattling through. Simply spells --
clear spells as well. The map is
looking golden, plenty of sunshine
around if you don't mind the cold
air. 7 degrees, not bad if you are
wrapping up. The middle part of the
week is where we see a significant
area of strong wind. This deep low
will hurtle in off the Atlantic
during Wednesday night. It could
bring a spell of severe gales. It
will rattle through quickly. By
Thursday morning, the wind will be
light already from the word go.
Sunshine and warm two showers
around. The same on Friday, with
some sunshine and light wind,
temperature is 7 degrees. It stays
cold as we head into the new
weekend. Plenty of sunshine around,