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Here on BBC One it's time
for the news where you are.
Welcome to BBC London News
with me Chris Rogers.
First tonight: A former shop owner
who illegally sold dangerous
skin lightening products -
has been fined thousands of pounds,
following an investigation
by this programme.
Banaras Hussain pleaded guilty
to ten offences and was given
a suspended sentence.
Officers at a London council went
undercover to gather evidence
of his under-the-counter business,
and seized thousands of products.
Tarah Welsh reports.
When an undercover researcher tried
to buy band skin whitening products
from this store in Peckham in 2015,
this is what happened.
They offered us the
biggest pot they have.
But look, former director,
Banaris Hussain, gets it
from under the counter.
When we asked for a receipt,
he ripped the name of
the company from the receipt.
He knew what he was doing was
Earlier that year and the year
before that he had been convicted
for a similar offence but that
would not stop him,
when the council raided the shop,
this is what they found.
A semi-hidden storage area,
no ceiling to it, you have to get
in there on your hands and knees,
and there was lots of
steroid -based products.
One of those was that
which we bought before.
Products containing this chemical
can damage the liver, nervous system
and have a number of negative
effects on the skin. From this shop
alone two and a half thousand
potentially dangerous products were
seized by the Southwark trading
standards department. People selling
face going to prison for up to two
years. This man was handed a 15 week
suspended sentence and ordered to
pay costs and fines of almost
£26,000. The footage from our
investigation was used as part of
the prosecution case. We filmed you
selling these products in your shop
two years ago, we wondered if you
will stop now, you've been convicted
What would you say to the
people who may have been harmed
using your products.
Who got harmed?
They cause liver damage, skin
problems, organ failure.
The sentence sends a message to
those people who want to sell
illegal products to members of the
community that our team, trading
standards, will prosecute them and
bring them to justice.
This isn't a
problem just here in Southwark.
According to London trading
standards in 2000 1615 businesses
across the capital were fined more
than £168,000 for dealing in unsafe
cosmetic products. While there is
still demand for such cosmetics,
we're likely to see more convictions
from those profiteering from selling
Campaigners have failed to block
a controversial £2 billion
housing scheme planned for north
But despite the High Court ruling -
the development may not go ahead
anyway because of a political row.
Marc Ashdown has been
following the legal battle
with Haringey Council.
Lots of twists and turns in this.
The heart of it is straightforward,
how do you solve a housing crisis?
Hangai has thousands of people on
the waiting list. The current
council had a plan to build 6000
more homes but with a public-private
partnership. It's called the
Haringey development vehicle, it
would have been building homes with
a private developer. It angered
left-wing members of the party,
Jeremy Corbyn supporters, the all
powerful momentum group who are dead
against it. Campaign is to get to
the High Court. The High Court judge
backed the council is aborted their
plan and blew out of the water all
the arguments against it. Certainly
not for now. Infighting has led to
Claire Cockburn resigning, claiming
bullying, sexism and intimidation at
the hands of Corbyn supporters. Last
night the council passed an
amendment kicking it all into the
long grass. These clips sum up where
I have no pleasure in
proposing this amendment because I
still believe I believe it's only
today and it may be popular, the HDV
is the best solution available
because politics means engaging in
the world as it is rather than the
world as we may want it to be.
hoping now there is a real listening
to the local community and I think
that's what the Labour Party is
doing. The feeling I was getting
when I was up there is people
weren't confident this scheme would
deliver them the secure homes they
need. That is why there needs to be
a real reconsideration.
Bit of a
mess isn't it?
It is, it's gone
beyond, some say, one council in
London symptomatic of the deep
divisions in the Labour Party. Could
we see more centrist versus
left-wing clashes in the run-up to
the local elections in May.
Possibly. It leaves Haringey with a
major housing problem. We saw a
judge backing this plan saying it
was perfectly fair and legal. The
Shadow Chancellor saying people in
the area don't really want it. A
more Corbyn supporting council were
coming in May. The people will want
to see housing built. It's a tricky
Thanks for that.
It's not your usual Museum exhibit -
but part of a giant fatberg found
under the streets of Whitechapel has
gone on display at
the Museum of London.
The toxic lump was one
of the largest ever found,
and is going on show
because of it 'historical
Wendy Hurrell has more.
September last year.
One of the biggest fatbergs
in the world was found
in the Victorian sewers below
It was 250 metres long.
The Museum of London
wanted a piece of it.
Here it is, the last remaining part
of the Whitechapel fatberg,
safely encased in not one,
but two very thick glass boxes.
The oils have been aired ride,
so it's almost like a rock now.
In its greasy grip things like
sweetie wrappers are sticking out.
It also hatched its own flies.
And no one knows what's
going to happen to it next.
Because nobody has ever tried
to preserve a fatberg before.
It's very experimental,
low-temperature storage, freezing,
storage in formaldehide.
And we slowly worked the options
and ruled all of those out.
It stops letting off toxic gases
now, the smell in case
you were wondering...
Dry fatberg has a bit more
of a smelly toilet sort of smell.
These fatbergs have been
found all over London
and all over the world.
And I think it's a really good way
of putting it on display
and starting a difficult
conversation about what
are we doing, what are
we doing to our city?
Do we need to look at our own
actions and think about how we might
have to do things differently?
It'll be on display
at least until July.
A stark reminder of our issues
with waste in the metropolis.
And starting a difficult
conversation about what are
we doing, what are we doing
to our city?
16 The firefighters
at Paddington Red Watch were some
of the first on the scene
at the Grenfell Tower
fire last June.
Now 9 of them have decided to run
the London marathon to raise money
for the victims and their families ,
in full firefighters kit
and breathing apparatus sets.
Regular marathon runner
Sophie Raworth has been talking them
about the night of the fire.
71 people died that night.
The fire crews who repeatedly queued
up to go into the burning tower
managed to save the lives
of 65 others.
It was quite chaotic.
We were there 13 hours.
Even on a big job you get relief
for five hours later,
another crew will come and relieve
you from another station.
But we didn't want to go anyway,
we wouldn't have left anyway.
The enormity of it only hit us,
hit me personally, after,
a few days later when I'd seen
what had happened.
You wouldn't be human if it didn't
affect you in anyway.
What kind of response did you get
from the community afterwards?
It was quite overwhelming.
The thanks and applause we got.
Was quite something else, really.
So the fact they did appreciate us
was sort of difficult to deal with,
because we don't really
get that day-to-day.
What happened that night affected
them also deeply that nine
of the Grenfell Tower firefighters
are now training to run
the London Marathon to raise money
for the victims and their families.
And they're not making it
easy for themselves.
You're going to run 26.2
miles with this on?
Oh my God.
How much does this way?
That's like carrying
a sort of small kid.
Not even a small kid,
but a nine-year-old
child on your back.
It all means extra training,
running around the fire
station in between shifts.
The money raised will be split
between three charities,
want help firefighters,
two others at the heart
of the Grenfell community.
We're not doing it for our own
personal gain, we want
the story to be about them.
Trying to raise as much money
for them as possible.
Firefighter Martin Gillam
finishing that report there.
Firefighter Martin Gillam
finishing that report there.
That's it for now from me,
but lets find out what the weathers
up to with Chris Fawkes.
Thanks a lot. The day started off on
a promising note with a fair bit of
sunshine, the cloud over a little
bit but not before this weather
watchers snap was caught. Thanks for
sending it in. Whether on the
change, a weather front moving in
overnight and tomorrow morning as
well, bringing rain and cold air
following. We're looking at rain
arriving before long. It would be
quite heavy, the wind picking up for
a time. The cloud and rain keeping
temperatures up. Those between three
and six Celsius. Tomorrow morning
it's rain should move away fairly
quickly, the sky brightened up for
time. That cold air moving in, we'll
see some sunshine but also some
wintry showers blowing in on a brisk
and chilly north-west wind.
Temperatures struggling through the
afternoon, while in central London 5
degrees. It'll feel cold but
forecast to get a little bit milder
as we look at the outlook for the
next few days. Rain on