21/02/2018 London News


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Good evening, I'm Asad Ahmad.

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Two men have been stabbed to death

in separate attacks,

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in the space of just two hours

in north London.

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There were other knife

attacks in the area too,

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but of the fatalities,

was 17-year-old Abdikarim Hassan.

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The other was Sadiq Adan Mohammed,

20 years old, who's brother was also

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stabbed to death last year.

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Their mother, Fowsiya Abdi,

spoke to Chris Rogers about her loss

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and her feelings over knife crime.

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The last photo of

Fowsiya's son, Sadiq.

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When she received the news

he was one of two Somali men who had

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been stabbed to death in one night,

she was already grieving.

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She lost her other son

Mohammed five months

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ago, brutally stabbed.

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And her nephew was

also stabbed to death

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four years before.

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Why?

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You have lost two sons...

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Two sons.

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To stabbings?

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Yes.

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My sister's son.

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And I know you said they were both

good lads, educated.

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Yes.

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Is there any chance that they could

have had enemies, could have

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been involved in gang

culture of any kind?

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Do you think enough is being

done to tackle knife

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crime?

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There's a lot of knives here?

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She is a mother with

unimaginable loss.

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She blames a knife culture

in her community, that

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the police, she says,

have done little to tackle.

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What is your message to the people

who carry knives, who are

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intent on using them and used them

on both of your sons, what is your

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message as a mother who's lost two

sons to knife crime.

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A tragic story Chris -

and there's real anger

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in the community tonight?

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There is also fear and to try to

catch that, there are more police on

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the streets of Camden tonight and

four people were found in a car and

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have been arrested this evening.

There was a meeting at a local

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community in the last couple of

hours where they spoke to local

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police and officials, not just

demanding more police, but more

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resorts is to stop young people in

the area from falling into gang

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crime or falling victim to it. I

spoke to an outreach worker who was

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at the meeting and he said much more

needs to be done before more lives

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are lost.

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The communities are in real

difficult tension at the moment.

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They are worried, they are

scared, they don't know

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whether their son will be next.

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Everyone I speak to is

devastated and thinking,

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what about my children,

what's going to happen

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to my children?

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And I think the community needs

to be reassured of that.

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We need to do more, we need to do

more and we need to give real

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solutions to make sure this

doesn't happen again.

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What are the police and government

saying about this?

I have lost count

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of the bereaved parents I have

interviewed over the last 20 years.

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It is on the up and this has forced

the government into a rethink. They

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are launching a new strategy in the

summer, not just about more police,

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but stopping young people to become

part of gang crime. It is about

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education, local resources and it

will have to have a big impact.

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Thank you very much.

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Congestion and speed limits

in London could be about to get

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worse, as all nonessential repairs

to roads are stopped until 2020.

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It's because of a shortage of money,

and as our transport correspondent

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Tom Edwards reports,

it's led to a war of words between

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the Mayor's Office and Government,

about who's to blame.

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Meanwhile drivers should

prepare to lose out.

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Last night, teams were out repairing

the Euston underpass. While this

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kind of safety critical work will

continue, for the next two years,

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all nonessential the birds --

repairs are on hold due to a lack of

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money. It could mean more speed and

weight restrictions the vehicles and

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more traffic jams. Those who use the

road so they are already in a bad

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way.

I have been driving for 36

years and the lost two years, I have

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never known it, you could not

imagine it would be 100 times worse.

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It has always been stressful.

City

Hall blames the government for

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cutting the day-to-day operating

grant and says the capital should

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get the share of vehicle excise duty

that Londoners pay.

We have lost 700

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million annually from the government

grants. Much of which used to go

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onto the roads. We think it is

completely unreasonable and unfair.

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The government needs to understand

there is a terrible consequence.

TfL

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is facing challenges to balance its

budget. It says it is delivering

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efficiencies and investing record

amounts. But the mayor's opponents

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blame his fare freeze which cost

£640 million over four years.

He has

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made some really rash decisions,

employed people when he didn't need

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to because of the unions. He has cut

fares when he didn't need to and

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starved investment in transport.

When it comes down to it, it is also

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the mayor who is at fault. When it

comes down to it commonly has got to

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start putting as much money as he

can end to make sure transport keeps

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moving in London.

It is extremely

unlikely there will be any more

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funding from the government. Stock

in the middle using deteriorating

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roads, the capital's drivers.

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London's prisons come under

fire for many reasons,

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which include overcrowding

and violence.

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Factors which are said

to contribute to the high levels

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of re-offending among inmates.

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So tonight, we look at Norway,

which has some of the lowest

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re-offending rates in the world,

to see if lessons can be learnt.

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Marc Ashdown has

this special report.

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Tore is a truck driver,

just finishing his daily shift

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delivering goods around Trondheim,

he's also serving

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five years in prison.

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Towards the end of their sentence,

some prisoners can stay in this open

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unit and get a job to help them

readjust when released.

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It's easier for you when you come

out and you can be a better

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neighbour and then if you come

from inside and start

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to work the day after.

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Inmates have to earn this.

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They all start their sentences

at one of 43 prisons across Norway,

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the worst criminals,

like mass murder Ankers Breivik,

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are kept in high-security wings

and may never be released.

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But for most, the road

to rehabilitation starts early.

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Drug offenders, like this young man,

are offered treatment

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programmes and trips out.

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Three times a week we're outside

the prison, actually,

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playing football and land hockey,

instead of just sitting

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inside and doing nothing.

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We work with like the progression

of getting back to the community.

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To that end, there are courses run

by the local school or training

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in mechanics and woodwork.

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Hopefully, it will help them to get

a proper job when they are out

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of their time in prison.

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Everything about life

in this prison is geared

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towards working with the inmates,

giving them all the support

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and tools they need to fully

rehabilitate, so that

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when they do get out of here,

there's far less chance

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of them coming back.

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It has a smaller population,

but comparatively Norway locks up

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half as many people as Britain.

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Crime rates and re-offending

rates are lower too.

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The governor here says

we could learn from their ethos.

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Everybody in Norwegian prisons

have a right to spend time together,

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to be in a community

with other inmates.

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Right.

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That's a basic rule

we have to follow.

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Stage two for some prisoners

is the Leira Unit, on the outskirts.

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It's open and it's no walls.

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Yeah.

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It's invisible walls around here.

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Right now it's cheaper

to run an open prison

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than the maximum security prison.

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And we have all categories

of inmates here.

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We have all categories.

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If you want to do something

with your life, they work

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for you and try to find a way

so you can come back to society

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like a better person

than you was before.

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They have a saying in prisons here -

the only thing we take away

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is someone's freedom,

but everything possible

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is done to help them get

it back and keep it.

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Marc Ashdown, BBC London News,

Trondheim, in Norway.

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