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Now on BBC One, it's time
for the news where you are.
Good evening, I'm Asad Ahmad.
The argument that a planned increase
in police stop-and-search in London
will disproportionately target
young black has been addressed
head-on by the Mayor of London.
Sadiq Khan, who supports
says it shouldn't be overlooked
that black, Asian and minority
Londoners are also the main
victims of knife crime.
He spoke to our
correspondent Karl Mercer.
Expect to see plenty more of this,
high visibility policing
with a highly visible mayor,
both with a knife-crime
problem on their hands.
It has risen more
than 20% in London.
In the last year alone,
more than 20 teenagers were killed.
I accept that knife crime is too
high and has been going up too
much across the country
for the last three years.
I accept we have to do much more.
We've already had a couple
of residents come down
and ask what we're doing...
People don't want to be found
with knives on them,
so they're finding other ways
of storing weapons,
and then we would try
to find where that is,
and this is part of that
with a weapons sweep.
Therefore to remove weapons
and we have found a number of knives
in the past few months
in Wandsworth, and one firearm,
so yes, they do work.
He's handed the Met £15 million more
to tackle the issue.
You will see more police
operations across London,
more weapons sweeps like this,
more disruption of people
who may be carrying knives,
targeting known offenders,
an increase of intelligence-led
targeted stop and search.
You know that will be controversial,
and it has been already.
You've had criticism saying
members of the black community,
young black men, will say,
"Here we go again,
we have seen this before,
we are going to be targeted,
and it will increase
None of us should pretend that
the increased use of targeted
stop and search will by itself
reduce knife crime.
What I do know is that we have
a comprehensive package.
When I speak to the victims
of knife crime, bereaved families,
communities, they remind me
that the largest number of victims
of knife crime are black, Asian,
The mayor has blamed government cuts
for falling police numbers but says
in the coming few weeks he expects
to announce City Hall money to boost
youth services across the capital.
I want to invest that
in services for young people,
in the context of the massive cuts
over the last eight years
around youth services.
Are we talking about
£20, £30 million?
I don't want to speculate
on what the figure could be,
but I'm hoping to find in the budget
in the next few weeks
about £20 million which I'd like
to use for young people in London.
A promise of more money
and of more of this sort of thing,
and a sign of the real concern
at City Hall and Scotland Yard
about one of their highest
Karl Mercer, BBC London News.
There were many concerns voiced
weeks after the
Grenfell Tower fire in June
that the money being donated
wasn't finding it's way
to the people who needed it.
Well, now new figures show
that charities have distributed
nearly 80% of the millions
of pounds raised.
With the figures,
here's Ayshea Buksh.
Well, the latest figures focus
on the money raised
and come from the Charity Commission
for England and Wales.
So back in July,
just a few weeks after the fire,
£20 million had been raised.
But less than £800,000 of that
had been distributed.
Since then, more cash has been
raised but also given out.
So the overall figure
now is £26.5 million,
and 20.9 million of that
has been given to survivors
and their relatives.
So where did the money come from?
Well, many different charities
but the big three appear
to be the British Red Cross,
the Kensington and Chelsea
and the London Community
18 other fundraisers also
were involved, including Muslim Aid,
and the Art for Grenfell auction.
But that's not all
that's been donated.
We've reported before
on the hundreds of items -
clothes, toys and household goods
that were collected by volunteers.
The Red Cross says over 200 tonnes
of things were handed in.
That's a whopping 40,000 boxes,
enough to fill three
full-sized football pitches.
We distributed back
to the Grenfell Tower community,
but what we also did is sell
the second-hand clothes in our shops
and then recycle the funding
from that back
into the London Fire Relief Fund,
raising over £200,000 from that.
And not taking any penny
in terms of administrative charges.
Every single penny was then recycled
back to the community.
In response to some of that
criticism as to why things
were not distributed quicker,
a spokesperson for
the London Emergencies Trust
says it was a complex financial
I also spoke to the Kensington
and Chelsea Foundation,
who told me that they are
in this for the long haul
and future generations will still be
affected by this tragedy.
Charlotte Franks, we heard money
is being earmarked for the future.
What's meant by that?
Well, the focus now is on how best
those victims of the Grenfell fire
can be supported going forward, and
today 25 charities met with the
Charity Commission, really to
discuss what they have learned since
Grenfell, and also what they have
learned since other tragedies last
year, including the Manchester
bombing and the London Bridge
attack. They also asked in the
meeting at something like Grenfell
were to happen again, how would they
work together, would they do
anything differently, would they
work in exactly the same way? Once
they have come to the conclusion,
the report will be published.
Charlotte, thank you very
Finally, police in Essex
had a bit of a surprise
when they searched
a house in Westcliff-on-Sea.
They stumbled across a four foot
crocodile and lots of snakes.
A man was arrested
for keeping a dangerous animal
without a licence
and animal cruelty offences,
as well as suspicion
of cannabis production.
OK, let's get the weekend weather
forecast from Tomasz.
The weather not looking great, don't
get too snappy! A bright morning,
lots of rain on the way on Saturday,
and I think as far as this evening
is concerned, it is quiet, not an
awful lot happening, just a little
bit of a chill in the air, a touch
of frost early on, but by the end of
the night air four degrees in zone
one, outside just a degree or so
above freezing. So the morning is
looking bright, make the most of it
if you can, and then a bit of rain
comes through, it is just going to
be damp and cloudy. South-westerly
winds continue into Sunday, they
keep bringing mild weather
conditions, so temperatures could
get up to around 13 degrees in one
or two areas, so a bright day on the
way, but overall pretty cloudy. So
let's have a look at the outlook
now, you can see a lot of cloud