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Good evening from BBC London News,
I'm Victoria Hollins.
Tower Hamlets has become
the latest London council
to pay the Met Police directly
for more police officers
in the borough.
It's paid the force £3 million
to have more officers on its estates
over the next 3 years.
And the authority says it's already
reaping the benefits -
one estate has seen a fall
in the number of crimes,
with a raid on alleged drug dealers
carried out this morning.
Here's our Political
Correspondent Karl Mercer.
It can be a tight squeeze
in the lift on the way
to a drugs bust.
Police, open the door!
And sometimes things don't quite
go according to plan.
Police, open the door!
But within minutes
early this morning,
this team in Tower Hamlets were in,
on the search for drugs.
He has indicated on this drawer,
which contains cannabis grinders.
There is foil.
Traces of Class A drugs, maybe Class
B and also a large weapon.
As police burst in, bags
of what they believe are heroin
and crack were thrown from the flat.
The two men inside were arrested
on suspicion of drugs offences.
This operation is part
of an intitiative being run
by the police with
the local council,
which has paid £3 million
for extra officers on its estates
over the next three years.
The problem is really bad.
We have schoolchildren coming home.
They are finding people
on the stairwells
residents too scared because of drug
dealers occupying the area who
It has been very successful.
We using not just criminal justice
powers, but also working with our
partners, the local authority.
We are trying to look
at the bigger picture
and get to the heart of the problem.
And also, it may
jeopardise their tenancy.
The money for the 30 extra estate
police will come out
of Tower Hamlets Council's savings.
And the local mayor, who launched
the scheme back in October,
says it is money well spent.
We survey our local
residents every year.
They tell us that crime and
anti-social behaviour are a concern.
We have also seen big cuts in police
officer numbers because of central
government spending cuts,
which means people don't get
anything like the response
they used to get.
We have introduced
funding for police
officers funded by the borough.
We have greater
control over what they
Across the capital, other councils
pay for around 350 police
in their own areas.
But today the mayor warned once
again that police numbers
in London could drop below 30,000
for the first time in a decade.
During the course of 18-19,
we will have an average
of 30,000 officers
Don't be surprised
if it goes below 30.
And above 30.
The average will be
30,000 across London.
And by the way, we have
not had so few officers
for a long period of time.
The government insists
London does get its fare
-- fair share of police funding.
But as the row over
So will the raids.
Louisa Preston has more on this.
We heard about Tower Hamlets but 20
other councils across the capital
are paying for extra officers,
literally giving the Met police
money, something like 350 officers
being paid by local authorities and
we know the Met police are under
financial pressure and they have
already saved £600 million and half
to save an extra 400 million and
they have been selling off police
stations, we know the old Scotland
Yard has disappeared. The number of
community support officers has been
slashed and the number of police
officers and the bearer of London
said there is a concern the critical
level of 30,000 could drop, we could
see the number of officers dropping
below 30,000 but on a positive note
we heard the extra money the Met
police asked for from the government
to fund the Grenfell Tower fire
investigation, the mayor told the
London Assembly he is hearing
encouraging signs that they may get
more money to follow that
The Mayor Sadiq Khan has lodged
an application for a judicial
review into the decision to release
rapist John Worboys.
The former black-cab driver
is believed to have carried out more
than 100 rapes and sexual assaults
on women in London
between 2002 and 2008.
Two of his victims have also started
proceedings against the decision.
The chief executive
of the investment bank JP
Morgan has told the BBC it
could cut its workforce by more
than a quarter if financial services
aren't included in a future trade
deal with the EU.
He's warned of long-term damage
to London as a financial centre
if we don't get a Brexit deal based
on regulatory alignment,
but what does that mean and how
likely are we to get it?
Here's our Brexit correspondent
They might have escaped to a pocket
of Europe outside the EU,
but the conversation about Brexit
never really goes away
for politicians and business
leaders in Davos.
Today, the Chief Executive of JP
Morgan renewed his warning about job
losses in the City if the UK's
financial services get left out
of a post-Brexit trade deal.
They determine that you can't have
reciprocal trade practices,
It will be bad for jobs.
I don't know, it
would be a lot, yeah.
It would be more than 4000.
The numbers are important
because that figure is much higher
than JP Morgan's previous estimate
that only 500-1000 of its staff
would have to move elsewhere.
And, if he sees reciprocal
regulation as the key to preventing
jobs leaving London,
what does that actually mean?
It's what many here in the City
see as the way forward
for financial services.
Also known as regulatory alignment,
it essentially means that the EU
and UK's laws and rules are a mirror
image of one another, with the same
standards and regulations.
If either side wants
to change something,
they have to agree on that and,
crucially, there's an independent
body to deal with any disputes.
That might sound simple but it's got
to get agreed by this man,
the EU's chief negotiator,
Michel Barnier, who has
previously ruled out a bespoke
trade deal with the UK
which includes financial services.
The politics of the situation
are going to be the really
tricky parts to get right.
You will have heard Emmanuel Macron
at the weekend actually talk
about a continuation
of an arrangement specifically
for financial services.
But he was very clear, of course,
that with any continued access,
we will need to consider issues
like contribution to the budget
and free movement of people.
So those are the tricky issues
I think that will need to be
resolved before this agreement can
be put in place.
But as one of the architects
of the City's plan, she's confident
a deal can be reached,
and today the Government said
it was still determined to build
a deep and special partnership
with the EU.
Of course, there are those who say
all this talk of possible job losses
is scaremongering and 4000 jobs
are only a small proportion of all
of those in the City of London.
And, of course, the timing of this
too is politically nuanced,
as we're about to head into the next
phase of negotiations,
the details of which David Davis
is expected to outline tomorrow.
BBC London News.
He describes it "as one
of the best jobs in the city".
Aerial photographer Jason Hawkes has
been recording London's changing
skyline for the last twenty years.
Marc Ashdown took to
the skies to meet him.
It's the most beautiful city.
It's definitely one
of my favourite cities.
I have shot all around the world
but when the weather is nice
and particularly when the Thames
glows, the sun on the water,
it looks amazing.
For 20 years, Jason Hawkes has
been an eye in the sky,
documenting our changing capital.
Which means, like most
Londoners, he has a mini
obsession with the weather.
A lot of the time
the weather is rubbish.
We get that one day every two weeks
that is going to be perfect
for this kind of flying.
And how the skyline has
changed from before
and after the London Eye,
to the Square Mile.
Once fairly low-rise,
who'd have thought now
dominated by a Gherkin,
a Cheesegrater and a Walkie-talkie.
Then there is happening
on the extraordinary,
like Justin Bieber performing
in Hyde Park.
All these people, rather
than looking at Justin Bieber,
they have all got their phones out.
Would you say it is
the best job in London?
It is one of the best
jobs, it is good fun.
On a day like this,
obviously it is very cold,
it is a little bit choppy today,
so you can feel a little bit sick,
but yes, it is great fun.
but yes, it is great fun.
That's it for now from me,
but lets find out what the weather's
up to with Nick Miller.
Thankfully tomorrow's weather will
not be rubbish but after sunshine
today there will be cloudy skies,
and a small chance of a shower.
Otherwise it is dry. We have had the
odd shower this evening but for the
rest of the night, holes in the
cloud. The temperature could drop to
2-3d. There may be a touch of frost.
A lot of morning cloud and a chance
of a shower and by no means
everybody will get one and into the
afternoon it will brighten up with
sunny spells coming through. The
coldest day of the week. Light
winds. If you have sunshine it will
not be too bad but chilly on Friday
evening. Early sunshine on Saturday.
Cloud and outbreaks of rain on
Saturday afternoon. Not amounting to
too much. The wind is starting to
pick up and it will be a windy
weekend. But a mild weekend.
Temperature is higher by Sunday but
Sunday looking dry.