09/02/2018 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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There's been a surge in the number

of young people buying

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tranquillisers and other drugs

online to deal with

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anxiety and stress.

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The rise has led to the NHS opening

it's first dedicated clinic in west

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London to deal with the problem.

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One of the drugs being bought

on the web is called 'Xanax'.

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Caroline Davies has been hearing

from a mother who witnessed

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a radical change in her teenage

daughter after she

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ordered it online.

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She was really intelligent,

good grades, never got

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into trouble - EVER.

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She went from being a normally

behaved teenager to just

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being a completely different person.

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I didn't recognise the person

I was living with.

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This woman, who we're called

Michaela, found out last year

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that her daughter was taking Xanax.

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It's a medicine

prescribed for anxiety.

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But like a worrying number

of teenagers and young people,

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her daughter took it

without a prescription.

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She was 14.

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It was like she was

really drunk, zombified.

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When the effects were wearing

off she'd get angry,

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aggressive, violent.

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She said it was fun and then

she said she was doing it because it

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made her feel better.

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Highly addictive, Xanax

is also known as Alprazolam

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and is a tranquilizer.

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It's up to 20 times

stronger than Valium.

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In America it's well-known,

sung with about in rap songs.

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# Mixed with the Xanax...#.

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But its dawning dangers

are also well documented.

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It's illegal in the UK

unless you have a prescription,

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but there are worries that more

Londoners are buying it and other

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prescription medicines online,

which is why the NHS have funded

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a clinic in Earl's Court

to tackle the problem.

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These medicines are prescription

medicines for a reason,

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because they do have harms

if they're taken inappropriately.

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The Government told us that law

enforcement agencies continue

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to work to shut down UK based

websites found to be selling these

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drugs illegally and that they're

taking strong action to prevent

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the harm caused by drugs.

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Michaela's daughter was eventually

excluded from her school,

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now she's stopped taking Xanax.

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That drug completely changes your

personality and how you behave.

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Because she's not doing that

now, things are better.

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They're looking brighter.

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If you asked her what she would do

now, she'd say no, don't do it.

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Don't take it.

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It ruins your life.

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Caroline Davies, BBC London News.

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The men who carried out last year's

terror attack on London Bridge,

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which claimed eight lives,

were all found to have

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steroids in their blood.

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Khurum Butt, Rachid Redouane

and Youssef Zaghba carried out

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the killings in June.

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Frankie McCamley can tell us more.

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Frankie.

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Yes. Now, many will remember, even

those these three suspects were shot

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dead within nine minutes of officers

arriving on the scene The Met police

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are carrying out an investigation.

They look at the CCTV footage,

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witness evidence, analysing the arms

used in the attack and

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reconstructing it as well. When that

van drove into a group of people on

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London Bridge. Today we heard more

about the attackers themselves.

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Toxicology results were released

from the three bodies. A substance

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which is a steroid hormone was found

in each of those. What the coroner

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will look at this closely to find

out why and what exactly that could

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mean. He also said he will look at

Intelligence Services and finding

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out exactly what they knew about

these three men. Especially Khurum

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Butt who had been under

investigation in 2015 for two years.

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That is going to be a key focus.

When does the inquest take place?

As

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always is the case, the police

investigation needs to conclude

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first, then the first inquest is

going to begin at the start of 2019.

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That will focus on the victims.

Alsecond one will follow soon after

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that, looking at the attackers

themselves.

Thank you very much for

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that.

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For decades it was the home

of some of the nations best

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loved TV programmes.

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But now, BBC Television

Centre, in west London,

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is set to become home

for thousands of Londoners.

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The site was sold a few years ago

to make way for a housing

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and leisure development.

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But as Tolu Adeoye has been finding

out, some of the old magic is set

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to return to the studios too.

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For 50 years, Television Centre in

White City was the home of the BBC.

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From Blue Peter, to

The Record Breakers.

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Hello again, welcome

back to Whistle Test,

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back at TV Centre this week.

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And Old Grey Whistle Test, many

classic shows were recorded here.

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It closed five years ago

and after years of redevelopment

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it's reopening, now housing nearly

1,000 flats, a gym, shops,

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restaurants and an exclusive

members' club, but it is still

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a Television Centre.

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Three refurbished TV studios will be

used to record shows,

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including Graham Norton

and daytime ITV programmes.

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We've done a lot of upgrade

in terms of the wiring

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and all of the technology,

the floor, the seating.

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It's been amazing.

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For the architects behind

the project, working with such

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an iconic existing building

presented challenges,

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but also opportunities.

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We've recreated the original windows

using the original design intent

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of these white operable panels

within the black frames

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of the static ones.

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We've repositioned and resupported

the original Helios statue

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in the middle of the fountain there.

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One of my favourite parts

I think is the stage door,

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which is going to be

the new entrance for

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all the apartments.

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Actually how we've managed

to restore all the original assets.

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But there is quite the price

tag if you want to live

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in the TVC building,

£650,000 for the cheapest

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one bedroom flat.

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Around 6,000 people will eventually

be living and working

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among these corridors.

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Many who've bought, the developers

say, want to be close

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to broadcasting history.

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Tolu Adeoye, BBC London News.

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Great memories.

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Finally, pedestrians in west London

had a lucky escape this week

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when a large block of ice fell

from the sky onto a street.

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A security camera caught the moment

the block landed in Kew

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on Wednesday morning.

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It narrowly missed a street cleaner.

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The road is under the Heathrow

flight path and it's thought

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the ice fell from a plane.

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That's it for now from me,

but I'll leave you with

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Chris and the weather.

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Was that block of ice a sign of

things to

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Was that block of ice a sign of

things to come? They call it blue

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ice. I wouldn't want one of those on

my head, that is for sure. Cold

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weather tonight of we finish the day

like this. In Hackney clear blue

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skies. It's the clear skies allowing

temperatures

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Out to the west we have a lot of

cloud. That is is key to what is

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coming our way as we look at the

forecast in the next 24-hours.

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Temperatures are dropping away at

the moment. We will see a widespread

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frost. In the countryside

temperatures my yus four -- minus

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four or five. The cloud will move

quickly during the morning.

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Temperatures slow to rise. We will

see outbreaks of rain moving in. Not

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too heavy. Most will see rain.

Temperatures finishing eight degrees

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or so. The second-half of the

weekend colder with some sunshine.

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Temperatures about eight degrees for

the high.

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