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Join me now on BBC Two.
Good evening from BBC London News -
I'm Victoria Hollins.
A BBC London investigation has
revealed how real animal fur
is wrongly being sold as fake.
This programme secretly
filmed at shops and market
stalls across London -
we were told the garments had
synthetic fur on them.
But in fact tests show mink,
rabbit and fox were being sold.
Animal rights charities say imported
animal fur is being farmed on such
a scale abroad that it's cheaper
to buy than faux fur.
Alex Bushill investigates.
Our investigation starts here -
Camden Market, one of the most
famous markets in the world.
Armed with a secret camera,
we joined the crowds
looking for a purchase.
A coat with a fur trim.
This is the coat that
we have just bought.
It even has a label on it
saying 100% polyester.
So, no animal fur here, then.
Only one way to be sure.
Dr Phil Greaves is the country's
leading microfibre expert,
so we asked him to run all the tests
needed to find out for sure if this
was real fur, or faux fur.
What is it?
It's animal fibre, because it's got
the structural features that
only animal fibres have.
It has got an external margin
internal medullary structure,
pigment within the fibres.
It's of two coats and the fibres
taper towards their tips.
So that's 100% certain?
In all, we bought garments
from 17 stalls and shops
from across London, from Stratford
to Shepherd's Bush market.
From bobble hats, to key rings
and shoes with pom-poms.
Again and again, we were sold fake
fur that turned out,
actually, to be real fur.
And again, in
Shepherd's Bush market.
It's interesting how many of those
stallholders say that at that price
it has to be fake fur.
Real fur, they say, is expensive.
Well, not any more.
I think a lot of people think that
fur is expensive and would look
at a £10 bobble hat and not think
for a second that it
could be real fur.
And we just encourage people to be
really be careful not to sleepwalk
into buying real fur.
So, what of those who
had mis-sold to us?
We asked everyone who sold us
real fur as faux fur
to explain themselves.
Some simply didn't comment,
like these two, so we don't know
if they themselves were victims,
duped by their suppliers.
Others like this lady said
she was shocked and that she relied
on the label and was assured
by her supplier it wasn't real fur.
She has now removed
the items from sale.
Which all leads to one
If so many of the shops and stalls
that sell fur don't really know
what they're selling,
how on Earth are we the consumer
to know what the fur trim
on our coat, or the bobble
on our hat is really made of?
Alex Bushell, BBC London News.
That report will now be submitted
as evidence to a Parliamentary
inquiry looking at the issue.
Up to 16,000 passengers have
had their travel plans disrupted
after City Airport was closed
for the day because of an unexploded
Second World War bomb.
The 500 kilogramme device
was discovered in the Thames,
close to the runway.
It has now been removed,
and flights are expected
to resume in the morning.
Tolu Adeoye has spent
the day nearby.
Grounded - every single
flight out of London
City Airport following
discovery of a World War II
bomb in water nearby.
The 500 kilograms German device
was found by divers at
King George V Dock during work
to expand the airport at around 5am
By 10pm the airport was shut.
Efforts were made to advise
passengers they could not
travel today but still we met some
arriving at the airport who haven't
heard the news.
Now we tried to go to the airport
but we were informed
now that there's no way.
The unusual sight there
of a completely empty
runway, flights normally would be
taking off and landing around every
half an hour.
But 261 have been cancelled,
some flights have been
moved to neighbouring airports,
Southend and Stansted, but still
Today the airport CEO apologised
to the thousands affected
by the problems.
Yes, there has been a lot
of disruption and that's very, very
unfortunate, and obviously
we apologise for that.
However, we, working very
closely with the Met
and the Navy, felt
that it was the
right thing to do,
thing to do, to
the airport and have
the unexploded bomb,
removed from the dock.
The disruption caused wasn't
limited to air travel.
A 214-metre cordon
was put in place by the
the DLR, with
some roads also cordoned off.
The exclusion zone meant
advised to leave their
home and move
to emergency accommodation,
should they wish to.
I don't think it's that major
because they've obviously
got it under control,
otherwise they would move
us all out, and being
London, World War II bombs,
you're going to find them
wherever they're going
to be digging up stuff.
So, there is a lot of
that still remains
from previous wars.
doesn't exist within the
military and the Royal Navy ensures
that every device, every bomb and
every munition is treated
in the same way.
That report from Tolu Adeoye.
With the latest from City Airport,
Chris Rogers joins me now.
In the last few minutes the Royal
Navy bomb disposal unit have entered
the airport through these gates,
shot across the runway, and that is
because we have just been told the
World War II bomb is on the move,
they managed to get it onto a
flotation device and it's just
behind me on the other side of the
runway. They had to wait for high
tide to get it through the lock
system and into the River Thames and
over the course of the next seven
hours it will slowly make its way
towards the estuary where it will be
dropped to the sea bed tomorrow
morning and they will be a
controlled explosion. If all goes
well this airport will be open and
resuming flights from
6:30am in the morning but despite
Stansted and Southend Airport
stepping in today to me on some
extra flights for stranded
passengers, they could still be a
knock-on effect, so the advices,
check with your own line before
coming here tomorrow. As it stands,
the bomb is on the move to a place
of safety and there is a long night
ahead for the Royal Navy. For now,
Chris, thank you very much, at City
A major shake-up of the way
the capital is policed was announced
today as the Met warned
of significant financial challenges.
Officer numbers are expected to drop
to as low as 27,000.
The main reform will see 12 large
police units replacing
the old system where each
borough had its own team.
Our political correspondent
Karl Mercer reports.
She's been at the head of the Met
for less than a year but Cressida
Dick is having to make
some very tough calls.
Passing out parades like this
one last April may be
one of the pleasures of the job.
Making cuts certainly isn't.
And that's what the Met
today, cutting 1500 jobs
and cutting its current structure
from 32 to just 12 borough commands.
We are making sure that
with the number of
officers we can afford
over the coming years,
we are able to address
the priorities that Londoners want
us, we believe, to address,
particularly around violence and we
are able to do that
within the budget that we have.
The new setup was trialled
in Barking and Dagenham.
But here, as across London,
the local police station is
set to close, although it's
open at the moment.
The council leader here says
the changes need careful handling.
The Met are trying to do the best
they can do with the money
The fact is they are now taking it
out of front line services
and they are now taking it out
of the buildings where victims
of crime used to go and feel secure.
The Met's facing tough
It needs to save 325 million
in the coming years.
This move will save just over
£70 million of that target.
It says a big drop in police
numbers can't be ruled out.
The difficult decisions
the Met have taken today
enable them to plan
for the future with less resources.
We know there's going to be 30,000
police officers by April and we know
by 2021 it could be
Scotland Yard has already closed,
or has plans to close more
than 100 police stations, leading
to fears the only place left to save
money is by cutting police numbers.
We are down to the bone.
There's nothing else we can sell,
and I don't think there's any other
way we can raise any money.
And when you talk about
the Metropolitan Police,
I think about 76% is salary,
so therefore you are going
to have to reduce numbers to fit
within the budgetary requirements.
The money challenges
for the commission, as the capital's
facing big challenges over
youth and sex crimes.
She'll be judged on delivering
better with less.
Karl Mercer, BBC London News.
That's it for now from me, but let's
find out what the weather's up
to with Susan Powell.
We saw sunshine today but there was
still a chill in the air, not so
much sunshine to come tomorrow or
Wednesday, Oort cloud, wind and rain
and for the end of the week it
should look dry and brighter and
feel milder. At the moment the sky
is largely clear but this is what is
waiting in the wings for tomorrow. A
few showers around into the small
hours of Tuesday but generally
talking about clearing skies, that
will mean a patchy frost forming
first thing on Tuesday, temperatures
in towns and cities just above
freezing but in rural areas they
will sit just below. Through the
morning the cloud piles in quickly
followed by the rain, wet by the end
of the rush-hour, the rain tending
to taper off by mid-afternoon with
some white mixed in, yes, there
could be sleet and snow for a time,
feeling chilly, temperatures five or
6 degrees. The skies clear overnight
Tuesday into Wednesday, chilly
evening if you head out and about.
First thing on Wednesday, maybe
early brightness, but very quickly
the next weather front comes in with
Oort cloud, rain and white skipping
across, a risk of some snow
particularly across the highest
ground, chilly as well, temperatures
of seven or eight. The weather front
again on the move quickly pushing
into the weather continent on
Thursday, we are left with clear
skies and this is the outlook