16/02/2018 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 from BBC London News

with me Louisa Preston.

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10 years on from the death

of a mentally ill man

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in police custody, an officer

has been suspended.

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Sean Rigg died in Brixton

police station in 2008.

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Today his relatives have spoken out

about the length of time it's taking

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to find out exactly how their loved

one died while in the care

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of police officers.

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Chris Rogers has the story.

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Sean Rigg overcame his mental health

issues through music.

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In August 2008 he was

arrested for threatening

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behaviour.

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He was restrained and later died

in police custody at

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Brixton station.

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This week would have been

Sean's 50th on the 11th,

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so...

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Reminiscing, basically.

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And it's sad that

ten years later I'm

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still having to fight on behalf

of my family to get some sort of

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accountability.

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The only hope is disciplinary

hearings for the

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officers involved.

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But the family accused the Met

police of sitting on

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their hands as two officers

tried to retire or resign

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which would prevent them facing

any further scrutiny.

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I will challenge

and try anything for

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some form of accountability.

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Do you think you're going to get it?

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I have no faith in

the judicial system

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because I've had to challenge every

step of it and I shouldn't have had

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to do that.

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And not only me, but

other families, too.

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Three officers involved

remain on duty but today

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the family were forced for a second

time to threaten legal action to

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stop an officer from

leaving the force.

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The family of Sean Rigg only learned

of Sergeant Paul White's

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plans to retire

in the last few days,

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forcing them to appeal

to the

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Met police to step in.

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Next week the family

are at the High Court as PC

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Mark Harriet appeals

against his suspension

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to stop him retiring.

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And we've also learned

both officers now

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face allegations of

lying to the inquest

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into Sean Rigg's death

and

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Independent police

watchdog investigators.

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It's not the first time

Sergeant White has faced such

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allegations.

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In a long legal battle

for the Rigg family.

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In 2012 and inquest finds

police used unsuitable

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force on Sean Rigg.

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But in September 2016,

the Crown Prosecution Service

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decides there is insufficient

evidence for criminal charges.

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In November 2016

Sergeant Paul White is

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found not guilty of lying

at the original inquest.

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A charity which represents

families who've lost

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loved ones in police custody

says its familiar territory for most

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cases.

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We have to have a system

that is a lot fairer and we need

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a police complaints process

that is fit for

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purpose.

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Initially, the Met police refused

to comment on Sergeant

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White's retirement.

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Only tonight after calls

from the Rigg family and

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the BBC was his

suspension announced.

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It means the family now

still have hope of finding out

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exactly how and why Sean died.

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Chris Rogers, BBC London News.

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The number of young londoners

who own their own home has

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significantly dropped over

the past two decades.

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A study has revealed that 20 years

ago around 47% of 20-

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to 30-year-olds on middle incomes

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had bought a property.

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That dropped to just 20% in 2016.

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Uber is to introduce

new measures to protect

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its passengers and drivers.

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They include a 24 hour telephone

help line and giving customers

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the driver's licence number.

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The company is currently appealing

against Transport for London's

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decision to remove its licence,

partly on safety grounds.

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Emma North has this report.

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Uber's future is at stake.

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For both customers

and drivers this means

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seeing more of a personal touch.

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Gareth's a typical Uber driver

who prices flexibility in his life.

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He combines being

a stand-up comedian,

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home-schooling his sun,

with an average eight

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hours a day behind

the

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wheel.

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In the time that we've been working

for Uber, how has their

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attitude towards their

drivers changed?

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Well I did have an issue

with something and I had to send an

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e-mail.

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And there was no number

to call, so this...

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It's really nice, it's always

nice to speak to a human

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and not go through a series

of FAQs on a screen.

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Serious worries about Uber's

safety and security led to

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TfL taking away its

licence last year.

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Uber says its new measures such

as a telephone hotline and more

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of the drivers details being

available to customers are a sign it

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has learned its lesson.

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What is your relationship

like with TfL at the

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moment?

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We're in constructive

conversations with TfL.

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Today, some of the announcements

that we've made

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are responding to the

criticism we've had.

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We've got a new approach

to reporting incidents to the police

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and we hope this demonstrates we've

listened to the feedback and we're

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making a positive change.

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Uber's battle to stay

on our streets is

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very much a public one.

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When it lost its licence

more than half a million

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people signed a petition

to get TfL to its mind.

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But transport for London holds

all the cards here and

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it's making sure its rules

will reflect the way

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public transport

in

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London has changed.

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For example, it's looking

at capping the number

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of hours drivers can work and

forcing companies to hand their data

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to the government.

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One suggestion from TfL

was a service for women

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only.

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Why?

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Can you imagine if somebody said

Uber was going to be

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men only, there would be outrage.

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It's a good idea, I think.

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I think people can

make use of the other

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things they have, you can send your

tracking information to a friend.

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It's a good idea especially if it

makes people feel more safe.

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It's assuming that the men are,

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like, have bad intentions, I guess,

but you never know who you are going

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to be in a car with.

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And this is all about intentions.

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Uber wants to keep its 40,000

drivers and 3 million

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customers here in London.

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To do so it has to be

seen to be turning a

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corner.

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Emma North, BBC London News.

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That's it for now from me, and I'll

leave you with Tomasz Schafernaker

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for a look at the weekend weather.

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Good evening to you. Good news on

the weather front this evening. Lots

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of sunshine on the way. At least for

tomorrow, Saturday is going to dawn

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on a crisp and frosty note. There is

some on the weight just like in the

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last day or so. Blue skies today

with fluffy cumulus clouds. This

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picture fills me with joy. We've got

some not crocuses... I've forgotten

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what these are. Remind me. First

thing in the morning, little on the

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frosty side, then a nice sunny day.

Lots of other around. Clouds coming

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in from the West during the course

of the day. 11 Celsius. That's how

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it's going to stay through the rest

of the day. Come Sunday the weather

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is going to change a little bit,

we'll start to see cloud increasing

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from the West. It looks as if things

might cloud over. Even rain on the

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way, too, but it probably won't

reach us Sunday night into Monday,

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so Monday looks pretty grey.

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