26/01/2018 London News


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Now on BBC One, it's time

for the news where you are.

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Good evening, I'm Asad Ahmad.

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The argument that a planned increase

in police stop-and-search in London

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will disproportionately target

young black has been addressed

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head-on by the Mayor of London.

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Sadiq Khan, who supports

more stop-and-search,

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says it shouldn't be overlooked

that black, Asian and minority

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Londoners are also the main

victims of knife crime.

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He spoke to our

correspondent Karl Mercer.

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Expect to see plenty more of this,

high visibility policing

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with a highly visible mayor,

both with a knife-crime

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problem on their hands.

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It has risen more

than 20% in London.

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In the last year alone,

more than 20 teenagers were killed.

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I accept that knife crime is too

high and has been going up too

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much across the country

for the last three years.

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I accept we have to do much more.

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We've already had a couple

of residents come down

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and ask what we're doing...

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People don't want to be found

with knives on them,

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so they're finding other ways

of storing weapons,

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and then we would try

to find where that is,

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and this is part of that

with a weapons sweep.

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Therefore to remove weapons

from circulation,

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and we have found a number of knives

in the past few months

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in Wandsworth, and one firearm,

so yes, they do work.

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He's handed the Met £15 million more

to tackle the issue.

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You will see more police

operations across London,

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more weapons sweeps like this,

more disruption of people

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who may be carrying knives,

targeting known offenders,

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an increase of intelligence-led

targeted stop and search.

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You know that will be controversial,

and it has been already.

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You've had criticism saying

members of the black community,

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young black men, will say,

"Here we go again,

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we have seen this before,

we are going to be targeted,

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and it will increase

community tensions."

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None of us should pretend that

the increased use of targeted

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stop and search will by itself

reduce knife crime.

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What I do know is that we have

a comprehensive package.

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When I speak to the victims

of knife crime, bereaved families,

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communities, they remind me

that the largest number of victims

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of knife crime are black, Asian,

minority-ethnic Londoners.

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The mayor has blamed government cuts

for falling police numbers but says

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in the coming few weeks he expects

to announce City Hall money to boost

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youth services across the capital.

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I want to invest that

in services for young people,

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in the context of the massive cuts

over the last eight years

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around youth services.

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Are we talking about

£20, £30 million?

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I don't want to speculate

on what the figure could be,

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but I'm hoping to find in the budget

in the next few weeks

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about £20 million which I'd like

to use for young people in London.

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A promise of more money

and of more of this sort of thing,

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and a sign of the real concern

at City Hall and Scotland Yard

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about one of their highest

profile problems.

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Karl Mercer, BBC London News.

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There were many concerns voiced

weeks after the

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Grenfell Tower fire in June

that the money being donated

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wasn't finding it's way

to the people who needed it.

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Well, now new figures show

that charities have distributed

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nearly 80% of the millions

of pounds raised.

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With the figures,

here's Ayshea Buksh.

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Well, the latest figures focus

on the money raised

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and come from the Charity Commission

for England and Wales.

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So back in July,

just a few weeks after the fire,

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£20 million had been raised.

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But less than £800,000 of that

had been distributed.

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Since then, more cash has been

raised but also given out.

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So the overall figure

now is £26.5 million,

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and 20.9 million of that

has been given to survivors

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and their relatives.

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So where did the money come from?

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Well, many different charities

were involved,

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but the big three appear

to be the British Red Cross,

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the Kensington and Chelsea

Foundation,

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and the London Community

Foundation.

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18 other fundraisers also

were involved, including Muslim Aid,

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Family Action,

and the Art for Grenfell auction.

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But that's not all

that's been donated.

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We've reported before

on the hundreds of items -

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clothes, toys and household goods

that were collected by volunteers.

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The Red Cross says over 200 tonnes

of things were handed in.

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That's a whopping 40,000 boxes,

enough to fill three

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full-sized football pitches.

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We distributed back

to the Grenfell Tower community,

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but what we also did is sell

the second-hand clothes in our shops

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and then recycle the funding

from that back

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into the London Fire Relief Fund,

raising over £200,000 from that.

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And not taking any penny

in terms of administrative charges.

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Every single penny was then recycled

back to the community.

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In response to some of that

criticism as to why things

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were not distributed quicker,

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a spokesperson for

the London Emergencies Trust

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says it was a complex financial

management challenge.

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I also spoke to the Kensington

and Chelsea Foundation,

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who told me that they are

in this for the long haul

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and future generations will still be

affected by this tragedy.

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Ayshea Buksh.

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Charlotte Franks, we heard money

is being earmarked for the future.

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What's meant by that?

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Well, the focus now is on how best

those victims of the Grenfell fire

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can be supported going forward, and

today 25 charities met with the

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Charity Commission, really to

discuss what they have learned since

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Grenfell, and also what they have

learned since other tragedies last

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year, including the Manchester

bombing and the London Bridge

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attack. They also asked in the

meeting at something like Grenfell

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were to happen again, how would they

work together, would they do

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anything differently, would they

work in exactly the same way? Once

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they have come to the conclusion,

the report will be published.

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Charlotte, thank you very

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Finally, police in Essex

had a bit of a surprise

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when they searched

a house in Westcliff-on-Sea.

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They stumbled across a four foot

crocodile and lots of snakes.

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A man was arrested

for keeping a dangerous animal

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without a licence

and animal cruelty offences,

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as well as suspicion

of cannabis production.

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OK, let's get the weekend weather

forecast from Tomasz.

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The weather not looking great, don't

get too snappy! A bright morning,

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lots of rain on the way on Saturday,

and I think as far as this evening

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is concerned, it is quiet, not an

awful lot happening, just a little

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bit of a chill in the air, a touch

of frost early on, but by the end of

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the night air four degrees in zone

one, outside just a degree or so

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above freezing. So the morning is

looking bright, make the most of it

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if you can, and then a bit of rain

comes through, it is just going to

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be damp and cloudy. South-westerly

winds continue into Sunday, they

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keep bringing mild weather

conditions, so temperatures could

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get up to around 13 degrees in one

or two areas, so a bright day on the

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way, but overall pretty cloudy. So

let's have a look at the outlook

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now, you can see a lot of cloud

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