05/03/2018 London News


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were left critically ill in hospital

with suspected poisoning.

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That's it.

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Now on BBC One, it's time

for the news where you are.

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Welcome to BBC London News,

with me, Victoria Hollins.

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Ministers have been urged to launch

a public inquiry after thousands

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of homes across the capital

were left without water.

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Homes, hospitals and schools

across London were affected.

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Tonight two Labour MPs from south

London called for action.

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This is a national crisis

in our water industry,

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and it is clear that the industry

is not fit for purpose.

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At the very least one would have

thought there would be some

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kind of public inquiry.

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People will be interested to know

whether they will get compensation

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for what has happened.

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Well one company serving a large

swathe of London is Thames Water.

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They've been working today

to try to restore supplies.

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Marc Ashdown sent this report

from Balham in south London.

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First in line for water this

morning, mum of three Sara.

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She's had to walk a mile

here to collect bottles.

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At the moment, everyday life

is virtually impossible.

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The simple washing-up,

the sewage and literally cooking,

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as well, because I can't

cook without water.

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The boiling and washing.

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And three kids.

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And three kids as well,

is definitely quite hard.

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As you can see,

nothing's coming out.

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Dozens of schools and nurseries have

been forced to close,

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leaving parents with a childcare

headache, but without water

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it's simply not safe

to have 70 children here.

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All the children's

meals are done on site.

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We have babies ranging from nine

months and children up to five

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years, so you can imagine

the children going to

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the toilet, they're learning

how to toilet train.

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We need water for food,

for washing the plates,

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for the dishwasher, in every aspect

of the nursery, we need water.

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This care home has transported

water from 40 miles away.

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Two days without it and growing

anger at the lack of information

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or support from Thames.

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Very frustrating.

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I was disappointed,

very disappointed.

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Certain services, like care homes,

hospitals, should have some form of,

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they should have some form of plan

for people in those areas,

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because we cannot afford

to function without water.

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Thames has apologised and in this

video blames last week's extreme

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cold which thawed so quickly,

it led to cracks in older pipes.

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It is estimated around 12,000

people have been affected,

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from Streatham and Herne Hill

to Cricklewood and Hampstead.

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A car park in Balham -

one of four impromptu water

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distribution centres set up around

London.

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Thames say they've already given out

200,000 litres of bottled water.

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By the end of today,

they are expecting that

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to be more like 600,000.

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They have just started rationing it

here, so they are giving out one

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pack of six 1.5 litre bottles

per household, because at the moment

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they're struggling to

keep up with demand.

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How are mums with prams,

elderly, disabled expected

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to carry bottles of water?

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You could be better

at that and you could be

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better at communication,

which is what a lot of customers

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are also angry about.

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That's true.

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What you see on some of the video

there, our bottled water stations,

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that's not all that's happening.

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Clearly for those vulnerable

customers who can't come to us,

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we are running water out to them

and we are constantly replenishing

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stocks throughout the day.

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Communicating, we could be better.

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It's been very difficult to try

and get the right messages to such

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a broad coverage of area,

but we are trying very hard

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to get better at that.

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Marc Ashdown, BBC London News.

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Well with me now is Tolu Adeoye.

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Tolu, so what is the latest -

are water supplies back?

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And what has the government

said about this?

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Not quite. Some have water, some do

not. It has been a tough time for

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thousands of Londoners, not only in

south London but also in north

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London. We heard from Thames Water

and the latest is that they have

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advised that the number of customers

without water or experiencing low

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pressure is steadily reducing and is

now below 5000. The best place for

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updates is on Twitter. Affinity

water is another company, they deal

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largely in north London, Barnett is

one of their areas and

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they say have water but they may

experience no pressure. Greenford is

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also having problems. The advice for

people with what is to use it

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sparingly. Take a shower instead of

a bath. As the government said

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anything? We heard for some Labour

MPs calling for an enquiry. The

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government said they have nothing

for us. A lot of people will be

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worrying about this rolling into the

third day and they will be hoping to

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wake up tomorrow and be able to have

a hot shower.

I bet they will. Thank

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you very much. The rail company

responsible for the service that

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left hundreds of commuters stranded

has apologised and offered

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compensation. South East and says

passengers could have been killed

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when they forced open doors and

climbed from the carriages on two

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live tracks. Here is our transport

correspondent, Tom Edwards.

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Stranded and frustrated,

commuters on Friday night forcing

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open the doors on nine trains

and walking down the tracks.

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Some had been stranded for hours.

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Stuck on a train, just outside

Lewisham station. Obviously it is a

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little bits no way. Looking forward

to getting home and having a nice

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cup of tea. You can see everyone

waiting on the train for

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instruction. We have had the

go-ahead from the police. It looks

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like there is a train right in front

of us. We have been here for a long

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period of time.

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Today, South Eastern said it had

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to cut the power or passengers

could have been electrocuted.

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Do you understand their frustration

in getting out, taking things

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into their own hands?

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I absolutely do understand

peoples' frustrations.

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Really difficult conditions,

stuck on trains, you know, however,

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the safest place for people to be

is on the train.

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We wanted to try and get trains

moving as quickly as we could.

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The safest way to do that was to get

everyone on board the trains,

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re-energise the network

and to get moving.

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Unfortunately, we were not able

to do that, because for a period

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of three hours, we had people

on the tracks.

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Some passengers say a lack

of information just

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confused the situation.

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In these conditions,

I would ask passengers

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to stay on the train.

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That is our safest option of getting

you moving, getting you home,

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is to stay on the train and bear

with us while we get it

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back up and running.

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Today, the rail company apologised,

offering compensation.

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Do you regret running trains?

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We were very conscious that we had

tens, if not hundreds of thousands

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of people in London who we have

brought in and we needed to try

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and find the best way

we could to get them home.

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There will now be investigations

into what happened.

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This was an extremely serious

incident that could have

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been much, much worse.

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Tom Edwards, BBC London News.

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Scotland Yard has defended

the intelligence database it uses

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to map criminal gangs -

describing it as "a vital tool

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in the fight against violent crime".

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A Freedom of Information request

by this programme has revealed that

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80% of those on the Gangs Matrix

are black - prompting allegations

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from some of racism.

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A charge the Met denies

saying it includes victims

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as well as perpetrators.

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Alex Bushill has this

exclusive report.

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To understand knife crime,

just ask the children who have

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to live with the threat

of it every day.

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This is the Brookfield

Club in Peckham.

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One of the kids here

was stabbed to death last year.

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Diego and Rashida knew him well.

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It just feels that our friends can

be arrested or can kill somebody,

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and our friends can be killed.

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It makes me feel sad,

because they are just

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losing their life over stupidness.

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Sometimes it makes me feel scared,

but such is life, really.

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"Such is life".

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Well, it is certainly

true that there's been

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a recent spike in stabbings.

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The Met says its gangs

matrix is a crucial tool.

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It's an intelligence led

database that identifies 200

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active gangs in London.

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What's controversial, though,

is that the matrix also lists 80%

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of all gang members as black,

which has triggered

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accusations of racism.

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How did they get on the matrix

in the first place?

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It could be that their cousin

is on the matrix, they go

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to football with someone on the

matrix, or they just live next

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door to someone on the matrix.

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If you are black and you are in

a group of more than two or three,

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then you are automatically

in a gang, because the definition

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is so loose and so problematic,

so it's also like racial profiling

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around a problem that they are

going to be in a gang

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because they happen to be black.

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In response, the Met says two

separate pieces of intelligence

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are needed to put you on the matrix,

and that it can't be racist

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as it identifies gang members

who are also victims.

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If you are a young black man

in London, you can be the subject

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of violence as a victim,

and be in a gang, and you will be

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on the matrix, and we will look

to divert individuals away

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from a life of crime,

that are on the matrix.

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Looking at your custody record,

you're 21 years of age,

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and you're unemployed at the moment.

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Is that right?

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And that's where programmes

like Divert come in.

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Informed by the matrix,

the Met can and do seek to divert

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young criminals at the point

of arrest while in custody,

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away from a life of gang violence.

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We've had people that have been

brought in for the possession

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of firearms, we've had people that

are very high harm offenders,

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and we've got them

at the right moment.

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We've got them at that

moment where they've

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gone, enough is enough.

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For some, that still doesn't answer,

though, why the matrix suggests

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so many more black men are in gangs.

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That's why the Mayor of London

is now working with the Met

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to review how the matrix works

and whether it needs changes.

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Alex Bushell, BBC London News.

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That's it for now from me,

but lets find out what the weathers

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up to with Darren Bett.

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Thank you very much.

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Good evening.

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We have some sunshine today,

it felt much more like spring.

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We have seen milder conditions

arriving over the past few days.

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And tomorrow, whilst

it will be mainly dry,

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I suspect there will be a good deal

of cloud around.

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Now, there has been some rain not

far away, earlier on in the evening.

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That wetter weather is moving

northwards, and we are essentially

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going to be left with a good deal

of cloud overnight.

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Very light southerly breeze

and with enough cloud,

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temperatures should hold at around

three or 4 degrees, if it

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breaks, those temperatures

will be a little lower.

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But a fair bit of cloud,

I think, for Tuesday.

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Whilst it will be dry,

I think it will brighten up

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more towards the south

and east of London.

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We could trigger one

or two showers here,

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but for the most part,

it will be dry.

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For the most part,

it will be cloudy.

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Those temperatures around 11

or 12 degrees, similar

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to what we had today.

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Let us take a look at the outlook.

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What we are going to find is,

there will be some further showers

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over the coming few days,

quite a wet start to the weekend.

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Reasonable temperatures getting back

into double figures.

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