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so far. This might be the day they
get off the mark.
I'm Asad Ahmad.
Ride-by moped thefts
and robberies on Oxford Street
are happening at more
than 20 times the rate
they occurred just a couple
of years ago.
Figures from the Metropolitan Police
show there's also a sharp rise
on other well known streets,
with moped thefts being described
as the "crime of the moment".
Charlotte Franks has the details.
Mopeds goings on London streets,
brazenly stealing from pedestrians.
Some going to any length to take
from their victims. Indiscriminately
they assault and threatening
innocent people. But the capital's
busiest streets offering them rich
I noticed someone moving
out of the corner of my eye. I
realised it was a mopeds. It hadn't
Don Dahler me what was happening.
They stashed my phone and rode off.
It was not helplessness for me.
was definitely anger. He was just
one of many mopeds crime victims
last year. Now new figures obtained
by BBC London show that mopeds
assisted thefts and robberies in
shopping hotspots have increased
sixfold over the last two years. The
data from the Met police shows it is
here on Oxford Street were most
offences took place last year, with
291 compared to 34 the year before,
and 13 in 2014 - 15. Regent Street
and Bond Street have also seen that
increased dramatically since 2016.
The situation is a huge concern to
It is certainly the
crime at the moment it appears in
London. And young gang affiliated
boys, for example, will actively
want these mobile phones because
they can sell them for high value.
They can be decoded, they can be
reused. There is a profit margin to
Earlier this month, a
22-year-old man was stabbed after he
chased down a morbid passenger who
snatched his mobile phone out of his
hand on Oxford Street. But police
and said hall saying intensive
operations and new tactics in the
West End have led to an overall
decrease in motorbike enabled crime
since October 20 17.
We have been
working with the Metropolitan police
very hard over the past year to deal
with mopeds crime and the snatches
and thefts that happened. The money
the mayor has put into extra
policing and officers on the street
will have an impact on all crime,
including mopeds crime. We will also
be working in partnership calling on
mopeds manufacturers to do their bit
that -- to ensure it is harder to
steal a morbid.
assurances, this man says it is no
surprise he still feels unsafe and
is always wary when walking alone.
do look over my shoulder more than I
used to. There is a slight feeling
of being on edge because of what
happened back then.
But that is to be expected.
Charlotte Franks, BBC London News.
A protest has taken place
outside Wormwood Scrubs Prison,
calling upon the authorities
to make it a safe place for inmates.
Fears have been raised
after the recent murder of
25-year-old Khader Saleh -
who was on remand -
and other attacks which have
taken place inside.
Nick Beake was at the protest.
We are demanding justice!
Among those calling for justice
outside Wormwood Scrubs this
morning, a grieving mother. When her
son was sent to prison after
pleading guilty to supplying drugs,
she thought he would be safe. But
while awaiting sentence, he was
attacked and killed.
describe how very hard it is.
Saleh's family fear more prisoners
could be killed unless safety is
We don't want this to
happen to anybody else. We lost our
loved one and we believe if this
carries on in the same way, a lot of
people will be sitting in the same
position as us, losing their beloved
one inside the prisons.
inmates have been charged with the
murder of fortnight ago. Today we
met one mother whose teenage son is
in sight. She is deeply concerned.
was here on the day the fatality
happened. Wardens were running
around asking for help, quick
response. It is very sad for this
family today. Obviously macro I have
grave concerns for my son.
inspections have found high levels
of violence and staff shortages. In
a place which is overcrowded and rat
infested. The anger you see here is
not just directed against what is
happening here in Wormwood Scrubs.
Protestors are concerned about the
safety of prisons across London.
21-year-old Jamal also from a Somali
background, was stabbed to death in
Pentonville prison in 2016. Three
men were later cleared of murder.
The Ministry of Justice say they
have taken decisive action to reduce
violence in prisons and more staff
are being recruited.
No more prison deaths!
acknowledge many people would
prioritise funding for schools and
hospitals ahead of prisons. But the
demand is for basic safety for a
place where inmates can serve their
Nick Beek, BBC London News.
Three large billboards
demanding justice for the victims
of the Grenfell Tower fire,
have been driven through London,
taking their inspiration
from a multi-Oscar nominated film.
The billboards were donated
by an advertising agency,
and they ask, why there haven't
been any arrests eight
months after the fire?
Here's Victoria Cook.
Three red billboards travelling
outside of St Paul's, London. They
made their way around the capital
with a powerful message from those
affected by the Grenfell disaster.
The community say it's time to
remind the public that the victims
haven't had justice.
It's about making
their voices heard.
There's 71 voices
that can't be heard.
They are not with us today. So it is
making sure that we are fighting
their cause as well and we are not
letting it go. They are seeking the
The billboards may seem familiar -
they're been isnpired by the award
winning film Three Billboards
Outside Ebbing, Missouri.
I know, cheese, but I think we've
got kind of a problem.
-- chief. I'd
do anything to catch your daughter's
killer. I don't think those bills
boards is very fair.
Campaigners say these
billboards will put pressure
on the authorities.
Not just their calls
for justice, but their plea
for better support.
More than 80 families
are still living in hotels,
waiting for permanent new homes.
Eight months on here we are, no
redress, no answers. Theresa May
busy with Brexit. It is like this
whole thing has been forgotten.
is not going to stop. This will
carry on for years. Like me, I just
want to, I'm not giving up. I just
want to get on with my life for a
To Hareide advertising bans like
this normally would cost a lot of
money. But the justice for Grenfell
campaign group have not had to pay
anything. They have been donated by
an advertising agency.
An inquiry into the
disaster is under way.
Its aim is to establish
the facts and stop the same
thing happening again.
It cannot find anyone
Voters in some areas
are going to have to produce
personal ID at the polling booth
this May, before they're
allowed to mark their cross
on the ballot paper.
It's all about
preventing voter fraud.
can tell us more.
What areas are affected?
This will be in four areas. Bromley,
Watford, walking and Slough. There
are flyers being handed out in
Bromley. Voters will have to go to
the polling station with a form of
photo ID, a passport, driving
licence, are two forms of non-photo
ID. That can be a bill. It is to
stop voter impersonation, which is
essentially people turning up
pretending to be someone they are
not. That has doubled between 2014
This is because of what
happened in another part of London?
Yes, the mayor of Tower Hamlets in
2014, it was found there was a
electoral fraud involved in the
election. Even though Tower Hamlets
is not part of this pilot, they are
doing lots to crack down on
problems. Tighter postal voting,
compulsory training for police
officers. They will be a police
officer at each polling station.
Police squads checking on the
election. There will also be checks
on any home which has more than five
people registered to vote, to make
sure it is legal. Lots going on in
Tower Hamlets. With this pilot we
could see a way that might change to
the way we vote.
City firms, which include
Goldman Sachs and JP Morgan,
have been called on to sign a gender
diversity pledge first
published in 2016.
Treasury committee chair
Nicky Morgan has written to 33
financial services firms
who haven't signed it.
She's asked the companies to join
or explain why they have decided not
to do so by tomorrow.
That's it for now from me,
But let's find out what
the weather's up to with Tomas.
But let's find out what
the weather's up to with Tomas.
Much warmer than of late? Yeah, it
did today. A little bit mild. A
beautiful way -- Bay away tomorrow.
With the clear skies we have out
there know it would be a clear
night. A couple of pictures to
start. A lovely one from Chiswick. I
think that is the evening. I think
there is a moon. Also, another one
from earlier today from Barbara from
Bromley. Some crocuses poking
through. Maybe spring is around the
corner. A chilly morning on the way.
Outside of London it would be minus
three. You can see where the frost
is in the middle of the city. It
will be around zero. Friday
basically starts on a beautiful
sunny note. We keep the sunshine all
the way through. Hardly a cloud in
the sky. Other than that, clear blue
skies. A beautiful day. 10 degrees
will be the top temperature on
Friday. Saturday is not looking bad.
But come Sunday, looks like things
will cloud over and there is some
rain on the way. Before that, let's
have a look at