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Welcome to BBC London News
with me Alpa Patel.
Six pupils at a secondary school
in Wandsworth were taken to hospital
after taking what's believed
to be prescription drugs.
None of the school girls is said
to be in a serious condition
but counselling is being offered.
It comes amid growing concerns that
teenagers are buying
and using highly addictive
anti-anxiety drugs purchased
from the internet.
Our Education reporter,
Marc Ashdown, has the story.
A popular, oversubscribed school,
rated as good by inspectors,
but Burntwood Girls School
is at the centre of
a possible drugs scare.
1,700 pupils study here.
The alarm was raised
after six girls were taken ill,
seemingly unable to even stand up.
The head teacher
did not want to do an
interview with us today but has said
in a statement that as soon as she
became aware the girls
were unwell, she called
paramedics and alerted
The six girls were taken
to a local hospital to be
by family members.
The head said they have now been
discharged and as far as she is
aware, thankfully, they've suffered
no long-term ill effects.
The Metropolitan Police told us
they were called to the school
by the Ambulance Service.
Some parents and pupils told us
today that the drug Xanax had been
taken by some students.
It is used to cope with anxiety.
Not available on the NHS,
it can only be obtained
with a private prescription
and if abused, it can be
Although Burntwood is an Academy
outside of local authority control,
Wandsworth Council has stepped
in on safeguarding grounds to offer
counselling to those involved.
The school says it
is cooporating with
the council and police
as they investigate how such highly
addictive drugs could have
found their way into the hands of
Well Marc joins me now.
While talking to parents and expert
it is clear that some feel that
there is an emerging crisis with
young people. The drug Xanax is
highly addictive and that is why the
NHS do not prescribe it for anxiety.
It is ten times stronger than other
anxiety drugs. Late last year one
person in America died from an
overdose last year. So there can be
nasty side-effects, blurred vision
and seizures but taken with other
drugs and alcohol they could be
fatal. And that is the warning for
parents, that they are being
purchased year. Research from Oxford
University yesterday showed that
there are many sales on the dark web
right here in the UK and kids are
feeling stressed, mental health is a
growing and problem these pills can
be bought for £1 from the street
dealer. MPs and doctors are calling
for more action and already feel
that we have a serious problem.
Thank you for that analysis.
The founder of Wikileaks Julian
Assange will continue to live
in the Ecuadorian Embassy
in London after a UK
arrest warrant was upheld.
The 46 year old has claimed
political asylum since 2012
and confined himself to the embassy
for five years, to avoid
extradition to Sweden.
If you drive in London -
you will waste on average three days
of your life every year -
stuck in rush hour traffic.
Today we found out just how much
it's costing London motorists.
New research says the average
cost of delays is almost
£2,500 per driver a year.
That amounts to an
estimated £9.5 billion
to London's economy.
It also found that the most
congested road in the country is
a stretch of the A406 near Hangar
From there Alice Hutton
sent this report.
This is the busiest road in Britain.
Drivers on the North Circular
between Hanger Lane and Chiswick
spend more time sitting in traffic
than anywhere in the country.
Going at speeds of just 13 mph.
And it's not just
wasting their time.
It costs drivers in the capital
thousands in wasted fuel
and work, including those
at this motoring cafe.
You can do ten miles
here and it can take an hour.
If you go ten miles where I live,
in Welwyn Garden, it will take
you ten minutes, 15 minutes.
So it's like four times,
just to sit and listen to the radio.
Nick Barton has been
on the road as a heavy goods
driver for over 25 years.
The profits could be X amount
in the end of nothing
due to the extra fuel.
You know, you don't sleep as much
and you're extremely tired
when you're driving.
And it's just not good
at all for somebody's health.
The top three most congested roads
in the UK are all in London.
From Hangar Lane to the Chiswick
roundabout, drivers lose
about 56 hours every year.
It is 50 hours from Kennington Park
to Norbury station.
And 47 hours from Russell Square
to New Fetter Lane.
The study was carried
out by the traffic
monitoring company InRex.
They say that the gridlocked roads
are costing the London economy
£9.5 billion a year.
It is a global city,
truly an economic metropolis.
The population is rising,
I think it is 1.7% last year.
The economy grew by 2.3%.
Much higher than the rest of the UK.
There are more people
just wanting to get out
in the car, doing business,
and travelling for leisure.
We are an old city with
an ageing infrastructure.
The Department for Transport said
today it was investing £23 billion
in road schemes to ease congestion
in the UK.
They call it the biggest
investment in a generation.
They also said the ultimate
responsibility for clearing London's
traffic filled streets lies
with the mayor and
Transport for London.
Turning now to how the capital has
been marking a hundred years
since the first women got the vote.
East London women played a key role
in the campaign. But working-class
women mobilising to add their voice
to the cause.
The popular image of
the suffragette, educated,
middle-class women campaigning
for the vote.
But for working-class women
in the East End slams
-- slums the idea was unimaginable.
Except to Sylvia Pankhurst,
a leading suffrage campaign
who thought they needed it the most.
Sylvia was a lifelong socialist.
And she was concerned
that the voices of working women
were being left out of the struggle
for the vote.
And when the day came
that they were going to be awarded
the vote, that they would not
be served by the law
whenever that came in.
And so she very deliberately
looked for the largest
near London, near Westminster.
In 1912 she moved to Bow
and set up her headquarters
next to a local pub.
Which became a focal point
to mobilise local women.
Many of whom campaigned
against the harsh conditions.
That is where we met two
of the descendants of Jane Savoy,
one of the activists at the time.
The only thing my grandmother
told us was she was
a suffragette and used
to chain herself to the railings.
She was one of six women chosen
to see the Prime Minister,
Herbert Asquith, to make their case
for the vote.
Jane was a brush maker
and she explained what her work
involved, how hard she had to work.
43 years she had been
working as a brush maker.
And it was from that deputation
that Herbert Asquith had
some sympathy with them.
He was not a supporter of women's
rights and when they went to meet
with him he closed the meeting
by saying well, if the change must
come, we must be bold and face it.
And that was interpreted at the time
in the press as a sign that votes
for women was on the way.
And they kept the pressure
on with their militant tactics.
She is supposed to have flung a shoe
at a policeman at the May Day fair,
trying to arrest Sylvia!
She was a militant as well!
All our family, the women
in the family, have always been very
strong, forthright woman.
And I can only assume that she stood
up for what she believed in.
And she actually took part
in history to bring this all about.
Jane Savoy died in 1928,
the same year that all women
were given the vote.
Her leader and friend, Sylvia
Pankhurst, wrote this tribute.
"Mrs Savoy's eyes have closed now
in their last sleep.
The grey streets of Oldfield Road
are greyer and colder for her loss."
Which I think is a lovely tribute
to what they thought
of her in the area.
Some amazing women in that report.
And if you want to see another
go to our Facebook page
where you can see a piece
this young woman.
Selina Begum is 17 and she has
just become the first
state school student -
to win the individual prize at Eton
for a debating competition.
Find her story on the BBC
London Facebook page.
That's it for now from me,
but lets find out what the weather's
up to with Elizabeth Rizzini.
up to with Elizabeth Rizzini.
And you have some new graphics for
Welcome to our window on the world,
this is a Weather Watchers picture
from earlier showing some sunshine.
Certainly it felt cold today and
will be very cold night tonight with
the widespread frost and a warning
out for snow and ice is valid for
eastern areas of the country. So you
can see these white areas which is
the snow. Heading into tomorrow
morning. Starting off on a very cold
note at around minus three degrees.
But tomorrow quite a decent day,
Cloud clearing south-east and we
have sunny skies behind that. So a
lot of sunshine and temperatures
slightly higher than earlier today.
Heading through the rest of the week