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Good evening from BBC London News,
I'm Victoria Hollins.
A warning from Scotland Yard today -
the Met Police will struggle to keep
London safe and fund crime
prevention, if further
funding isn't forthcoming.
The message - in a police report -
comes on the same day the Mayor
confirmed he's investing an extra
£110 million in the Met.
But he admits it's still not enough
to stop officer numbers falling.
Here's our political
correspondent, Karl Mercer.
The Met Police is being stretched.
It's dealing with another worrying
rise in knife crime and has been
challenged by a year
of terror attacks.
It's also dealing with a growing
population in London,
rising by 100,000 people a year,
while police numbers are falling.
A report seen by BBC London
underlines the growing pressure
the police are under.
This is the report that sets out
Scotland Yard's pretty stark
vision of the future.
Over 30-odd pages it sets out
a vision of what the coming years
will be like without
extra government funding.
It warns that unless it gets more
money cuts to workforce
numbers could be damaging.
It says that pressures on its budget
mean that it's struggling to invest
sufficiently in crime prevention.
It also outlines the effect that
cuts and rising crime
are having on officers,
saying that a lack of resources is
having a worrying impact on morale.
There is also a blunt
warning on police numbers.
The report says that without extra
money London could see just
27,000 officers by 2022.
That's a drop of 3000
on current levels.
They've made a prediction based
upon the cuts they are facing.
75% of the Met Police budget goes
on human beings, on police officers.
They've cut as much as they can,
all that is left is the bone.
They have sold off the buildings,
closed police stations, they've got
rid of many police staff.
This document is Scotland Yard's
submission to something called
the Police Remuneration Review Body.
Basically, the body that says how
much officers should get paid.
Scotland Yard wants a 3% pay rise
for staff and also £2000 extra
in London weighting -
measures it hopes will make the Met
an attractive place to work.
We are very clear about some
of those morale issues and we talk
in the document about the fact that
pay and rewards is part of that.
We hope that in the submission that
we're taking note of that and trying
to do something that strikes that
difficult balance between being fair
to our officers and making sure
it is something realistic,
but also accepting that that means
there are consequences
on what money we have to spend
on police in London.
Paying police more may
attract more recruits,
but the real sticking point will be
over who pays for that pay rise.
Will central government hand over
more, or will the Met and the mayor
have to hand over the cash?
Staying with policing for a moment -
because according to an independent
inspection 90 % of child protection
investigations in the capital have
In some cases children
have been left to live
with paedophiles in London.
The Met insists it
is making progress.
Chris Rogers explained some
of the findings to me earlier.
This is a quarterly report
ordered by the Home Office.
The HM Inspectorate
have to carry out.
This is in response to failures
within the Met Police in responding
to crimes like this that
were highlighted last year
and put down to budget cuts
and other pressures.
The inspectors do highlight
new measures have been put in place
but it's still too early to see
if there are any benefits.
It makes a staggering read.
Some of the cases I can
highlight for you now.
In one incident a 13-year-old girl
was calling the police,
saying she was being blackmailed
by a boy to send explicit
pictures of herself,
but the police didn't
respond for 11 days.
In another case teachers informed
police that a seven-year-old boy
was being abused by his parents
but he wasn't taken into care
and continued to be
abused for four months.
The inspectors looked at a total
of 214 child protection cases
ranging from blackmail, exploitation
to paedophilia and of those cases
they said almost 191 were judged
to be requiring improvement
or there was an inadequate response.
The backdrop to that is a rise
in the number of child protection
cases being reported.
A staggering 65,000 offences
between 2016 and 2017 and children's
charities say we have to bear that
record number of cases in mind
when we're scrutinising the police.
The police are under pressure.
They've had resources
cuts to the front line,
which is making it more difficult
for them to do their jobs,
but ultimately we want
them to be doing a lot
more multi-agency working.
That's really the key to most
of those child protection cases.
The Met Police does point out
that they are pleased
that the inspectors recognised that
significant changes have been made
to protect children across London
in the face of demands,
of policing in the capital in 2017.
You have to remember one child
is abused every eight minutes
across England and well.
-- England and Wales macro.
That's what the Met are up against.
A businessman was in court today,
after being accused of dangerous
driving. The driver said he hadn't
been showing off.
Described in court as formidably
powerful, the Ferrari F50 that
crashed was filmed on the day
of the tragedy for
a promotional video.
Later it was delivered
back to a storage unit
in North Warnborough in Hampshire
that was visited by the jury and
court officials earlier this week.
Matthew Cobden, seen
here with the red hair,
ran the storage business,
and he offered to give
13-year-old Alexander Worth
a quick spin in the car.
The Ferrari struck a wooden post,
was launched into the air,
and rolled over, throwing out
Mr Cobden and Alexander.
Today, in court a statement made
by Mr Cobden and quotes from police
interviews were read to the jury.
Mr Cobden said he had used a torch
to make sure he had put his feet
on the right pedals when he first
got into the Ferrari to move it
off a car transporter.
Neither of us had seat belts on,
he said, because I had no intention
that going more than a very low
speed and just along the track.
After negotiating a bridge, he said,
as soon as I touched the accelerator
the car took off uncontrollably.
I do not know if the accelerator
jammed or what had happened,
but I'm certain that nothing I did
caused the car to speed up
in the way that it did.
Mr Cobden suffered injuries
including a broken rib
and punctured lung.
Alexander, from Kings
Worthy near Winchester,
was pronounced dead at the scene.
Mr Cobden said it was impossible
to express in words how terrible
he felt at what had happened.
He said he'd sent a message
of sorrow and condolence
to Alexander's parents,
and was at a loss to explain how
the accident had occurred.
The defence have told the jury
they believe a pre-existing fault
with the Ferrari caused it
to accelerate uncontrollably.
But the prosecution says it was
running normally before the crash.
Mr Cobden denies causing
death by careless driving
and the case continues.
His paintings sell for millions -
and he is one of the most
of the 20th century.
Quite a surprise then that one
of Pablo Picasso's works,
along with unseen photographs
of the great painter,
have been stored at the bottom
of a sock drawer in Surrey
for half a century.
Sarah Harris has the story.
That's the camera my father used
then, and that I kind of grew up
having pointed at me
when I was a kid.
And it took the pictures that
recorded the week his father spent
with one of the most famous
artists of modern times.
The plate was given to Jonathan's
father by Picasso to celebrate
the week they spent together
in the south of France back in 1964,
after a chance meeting on the beach.
The Surrey amateur photographer,
pictured here with the man himself,
kept the gift and the photos
in an old sock drawer.
My father was not a fan
of Picasso's as an artist.
He thought he was a lovely man
but didn't like the art.
His taste was much more 19th-century
and Rubens and Constable and sort
of representational stuff,
and Picasso was a bit
out there for him.
So he just put it
in the sock drawer!
Absolutely, he knew it was valuable,
worth keeping, and put it
in the bottom off his
chest of drawers.
Picasso's work sell
for tens of million pounds.
The photographs Jonathan's dad took
show him enjoying the company
of friends he even sometimes used
as human canvases.
Stanley, he says, was not fazed
by the painter's fame one jot.
He just took it
completely in his stride.
He was very pleased to have
met Picasso, then move
on and do whatever is next.
But most people
would have said "hi".
There must have been something
magnetic about his personality
that he invited him back to his home
and he was taking pictures
of him the whole time.
He just had charm, you know?
Now a Picasso exhibition
is being curated at the local
gallery in Woking.
This discovery was actually
the beginning of the whole
Picasso Fiesta, which is happening
at the Lightbox, because Jonathan
is a great supporter of ours.
He lives just down the road
and happened to mention in a totally
chance conversation that he had
all these photographs.
The exhibition starts next month.
Jonathan says he'll not
sell his late father's
photographs at any price.
They are just part
of his family's history.
Sarah Harris, BBC London News.
What I find.
That's it for now from me, but let's
find out what the weather's
up to with Ben Rich.
Today was chilly, if you thought
that was cold, there's something
called on the way. Turning chilly
out there after a clear end to the
day in most places. The skies remain
clear through the rest of the night
and temperatures will dip away,
perhaps in the very centre of town
holding just above freezing. Most
places will fall below freezing, so
quite widespread frost to take us
tomorrow morning. But a bright start
formally tomorrow. We will see some
good spells of sunshine around. It
may be that we bring a bit more
clouding from East, initially Essex
Adkins, then spreading westwards to
other areas in the afternoon. Still,
decent spells of sunshine to be had.
Feeling chilly particularly when you
add on a brisk easterly breeze.
Things will turn colder still as we
had through the weekend,
particularly into next week. More