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Good evening, I'm Asad Ahmad.
Two men have been stabbed to death
in separate attacks,
in the space of just two hours
in north London.
There were other knife
attacks in the area too,
but of the fatalities,
was 17-year-old Abdikarim Hassan.
The other was Sadiq Adan Mohammed,
20 years old, who's brother was also
stabbed to death last year.
Their mother, Fowsiya Abdi,
spoke to Chris Rogers about her loss
and her feelings over knife crime.
The last photo of
Fowsiya's son, Sadiq.
When she received the news
he was one of two Somali men who had
been stabbed to death in one night,
she was already grieving.
She lost her other son
Mohammed five months
ago, brutally stabbed.
And her nephew was
also stabbed to death
four years before.
You have lost two sons...
My sister's son.
And I know you said they were both
good lads, educated.
Is there any chance that they could
have had enemies, could have
been involved in gang
culture of any kind?
Do you think enough is being
done to tackle knife
There's a lot of knives here?
She is a mother with
She blames a knife culture
in her community, that
the police, she says,
have done little to tackle.
What is your message to the people
who carry knives, who are
intent on using them and used them
on both of your sons, what is your
message as a mother who's lost two
sons to knife crime.
A tragic story Chris -
and there's real anger
in the community tonight?
There is also fear and to try to
catch that, there are more police on
the streets of Camden tonight and
four people were found in a car and
have been arrested this evening.
There was a meeting at a local
community in the last couple of
hours where they spoke to local
police and officials, not just
demanding more police, but more
resorts is to stop young people in
the area from falling into gang
crime or falling victim to it. I
spoke to an outreach worker who was
at the meeting and he said much more
needs to be done before more lives
The communities are in real
difficult tension at the moment.
They are worried, they are
scared, they don't know
whether their son will be next.
Everyone I speak to is
devastated and thinking,
what about my children,
what's going to happen
to my children?
And I think the community needs
to be reassured of that.
We need to do more, we need to do
more and we need to give real
solutions to make sure this
doesn't happen again.
What are the police and government
saying about this?
I have lost count
of the bereaved parents I have
interviewed over the last 20 years.
It is on the up and this has forced
the government into a rethink. They
are launching a new strategy in the
summer, not just about more police,
but stopping young people to become
part of gang crime. It is about
education, local resources and it
will have to have a big impact.
Thank you very much.
Congestion and speed limits
in London could be about to get
worse, as all nonessential repairs
to roads are stopped until 2020.
It's because of a shortage of money,
and as our transport correspondent
Tom Edwards reports,
it's led to a war of words between
the Mayor's Office and Government,
about who's to blame.
Meanwhile drivers should
prepare to lose out.
Last night, teams were out repairing
the Euston underpass. While this
kind of safety critical work will
continue, for the next two years,
all nonessential the birds --
repairs are on hold due to a lack of
money. It could mean more speed and
weight restrictions the vehicles and
more traffic jams. Those who use the
road so they are already in a bad
I have been driving for 36
years and the lost two years, I have
never known it, you could not
imagine it would be 100 times worse.
It has always been stressful.
Hall blames the government for
cutting the day-to-day operating
grant and says the capital should
get the share of vehicle excise duty
that Londoners pay.
We have lost 700
million annually from the government
grants. Much of which used to go
onto the roads. We think it is
completely unreasonable and unfair.
The government needs to understand
there is a terrible consequence.
is facing challenges to balance its
budget. It says it is delivering
efficiencies and investing record
amounts. But the mayor's opponents
blame his fare freeze which cost
£640 million over four years.
made some really rash decisions,
employed people when he didn't need
to because of the unions. He has cut
fares when he didn't need to and
starved investment in transport.
When it comes down to it, it is also
the mayor who is at fault. When it
comes down to it commonly has got to
start putting as much money as he
can end to make sure transport keeps
moving in London.
It is extremely
unlikely there will be any more
funding from the government. Stock
in the middle using deteriorating
roads, the capital's drivers.
London's prisons come under
fire for many reasons,
which include overcrowding
Factors which are said
to contribute to the high levels
of re-offending among inmates.
So tonight, we look at Norway,
which has some of the lowest
re-offending rates in the world,
to see if lessons can be learnt.
Marc Ashdown has
this special report.
Tore is a truck driver,
just finishing his daily shift
delivering goods around Trondheim,
he's also serving
five years in prison.
Towards the end of their sentence,
some prisoners can stay in this open
unit and get a job to help them
readjust when released.
It's easier for you when you come
out and you can be a better
neighbour and then if you come
from inside and start
to work the day after.
Inmates have to earn this.
They all start their sentences
at one of 43 prisons across Norway,
the worst criminals,
like mass murder Ankers Breivik,
are kept in high-security wings
and may never be released.
But for most, the road
to rehabilitation starts early.
Drug offenders, like this young man,
are offered treatment
programmes and trips out.
Three times a week we're outside
the prison, actually,
playing football and land hockey,
instead of just sitting
inside and doing nothing.
We work with like the progression
of getting back to the community.
To that end, there are courses run
by the local school or training
in mechanics and woodwork.
Hopefully, it will help them to get
a proper job when they are out
of their time in prison.
Everything about life
in this prison is geared
towards working with the inmates,
giving them all the support
and tools they need to fully
rehabilitate, so that
when they do get out of here,
there's far less chance
of them coming back.
It has a smaller population,
but comparatively Norway locks up
half as many people as Britain.
Crime rates and re-offending
rates are lower too.
The governor here says
we could learn from their ethos.
Everybody in Norwegian prisons
have a right to spend time together,
to be in a community
with other inmates.
That's a basic rule
we have to follow.
Stage two for some prisoners
is the Leira Unit, on the outskirts.
It's open and it's no walls.
It's invisible walls around here.
Right now it's cheaper
to run an open prison
than the maximum security prison.
And we have all categories
of inmates here.
We have all categories.
If you want to do something
with your life, they work
for you and try to find a way
so you can come back to society
like a better person
than you was before.
They have a saying in prisons here -
the only thing we take away
is someone's freedom,
but everything possible
is done to help them get
it back and keep it.
Marc Ashdown, BBC London News,
Trondheim, in Norway.