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Newsnight's about to begin over
on BBC Two in a few moments.
Good evening and welcome
to BBC London News,
with me, Louisa Preston.
The families of the men
murdered by serial killer
Stephen Port have learnt
of "multiple failures"
and "missed opportunities"
by the Met.
Port drugged and raped four young
men and dumped their bodies
in a graveyard near his
home in Barking.
He was given a life
sentence for their murders.
The families of the victims say
they are frustrated about how slow
the report into the police
investigation has been.
Frankie McCamley has the details.
The graveyard in Barking
where Stephen Port dumped three
of his four victims' bodies.
He invited them to his home
using dating apps before killing
them with a lethal dose of
the date rape drug GHB.
Anthony Walgate, Gabriel Kovari,
Daniel Whitworth and Jack Taylor -
all young adults with their futures
ahead of them, all murdered
by Stephen Port within
the space of 15 months.
Police were asked multiple times
whether they thought the deaths had
been connected but officers missed
all signs that there was in fact
a serial killer at work.
Today the victims' families say
they've been told a report
into the Met's initial response
to the four murders will be damning.
Well, in general terms we've been
told the that report is highly
likely to be critical
of the Metropolitan Police
and a good number of officers
employed by the Met.
There were 17 officers been
interviewed and as I understand,
a fair number of them remain under
the microscope for some
quite damning failings.
The force has refused to comment
but the Independent Office
for Police Conduct launched
the inquiry after families
raised their concerns.
If they'd done what they were
supposed to, lives would have
definitely been saved and obviously
certain people wouldn't
have been raped and gone
through what they've gone through,
so to us, they need
to be held accountable.
It's as simple as that.
Anthony Walgate's mother accused
the force of ignoring the deaths
simply because the men were gay.
It was homophobic.
I really do think that.
And they just refused
to investigate anything.
Didn't matter what you said to them.
All we got all the time
it was "nothing to investigate".
The former chef was eventually
given a whole life sentence
in 2016 despite a catalogue
of errors by police.
But questions still remain.
Why did it take so long
for police to take notice,
and what can be done to stop
it happening again?
Frankie joins us now.
You spoke to the lawyer working
with the victims families today.
How are they feeling?
As you saw from my report, the
families have spoken to the BBC on a
number of occasions, saying how
frustrated they are continuously
with the police. Since their meeting
with the independent office for
police conduct, from what I have
been told, that is still very much
the case, especially as they are not
as far down the line as they thought
they would be. This is an extremely
complex enquiries, not only looking
at a dozen police officers, but
also, unfortunately, looking at the
deaths of four young men. The family
solicitor does say that they all do
understand this and appreciate how
complex this is and really their
focus now is to find out exactly
what happened in that police
investigation and they know they
need to be patient for that.
there any indication of when they
will find out more?
findings will be handed to the
Metropolitan Police by May. That
doesn't mean the media will find
out, the families will find out
then, and that might be further down
the line when the details are made
public. What we know is 17
Metropolitan Police officers are
being investigated, seven of whom
could be sacked if found guilty of
gross misconduct. Speaking to the
Metropolitan Police, they say it is
not suitable for them to comment at
Thank you for that
Some homeless people who have been
squatting in a Central London
building during the cold weather say
they don't know where they will
sleep tonight, after leaving ahead
of a court deadline.
More than 150 people were staying
in the Great Portland Street site
and left voluntarily.
But many were worried
about where they would end up,
as Helen Drew reports.
Midday today - the deadline
for around 150 homeless people
to leave this building.
They waited for the bailiffs,
who didn't show up.
But they left anyway.
Nearly all without a plan.
Brandon, where are
you going to go now?
Well, this is the thing,
we don't know.
We haven't got a clue at the moment.
We could be heading back
to the streets, to doorways,
to corners, with rubbish.
We could be eating out of bins.
We don't know.
We don't know what's
going to happen tonight.
They've had somewhere to sleep
since the beginning of the month,
when activists took over
this four-storey building
on Great Portland Street
because of the cold weather.
The primary object of this
building was to try and beat
the Beast from the East,
to try to raise awareness
of empty buildings,
to try to save people's lives.
I've been speaking to volunteers
here, who've told me stories
of the amazing generosity
they've experienced from strangers.
They tell me supermarket shops
delivered straight to the door here.
And one lady told me that
when she gave a man a pair of socks,
he cried and said it was the first
time he'd had a pair
of socks for years.
But there are local residents
who say they've seen people
urinating outside and are
worried about aggressive and
Last week, the building's landlord
went to court saying these people
had no right to be here,
and the judge backed
their eviction order.
Westminster Council tells us they're
aware of the situation and have been
offering support to those
with a genuine housing need.
They say they offer
over 400 bed spaces every night
through local partners.
And the Mayor of London
says his team have spoken
to Westminster Council
and made sure help is at hand.
But most of the people we met
didn't have a bed for tonight
and volunteers feel frustrated.
They will have food
in their bellies, they would have
had a hot cup of coffee.
That's the best we can do.
We'll keep in touch
with them as best as we can.
It is absolutely terrible.
People are going to go out
on the streets to die, basically.
With all the buildings
spare in this country,
I don't understand what's going on,
to be honest.
I think it's disgusting.
After we spoke to Andrew,
he headed out to Bexley
for a meeting with
a charity about a place to stay,
but they have nothing just yet
so tonight he's come back
to Central London.
He may well rejoin the group.
It's unconfirmed, but many told us
they had found another
building just down the road.
But they wouldn't say where.
In May, Londoners will be
heading to the polls
for the local council elections.
Today a campaign to crack down
on voter fraud was launched.
One of the measures being trialled
in some parts of the capital
will require people
to show ID to vote.
But as Marc Ashdown reports,
some are questioning whether it
will make a difference.
Your vote belongs to you...
"Your voice, your vote" -
that's the message behind this
new campaign to tackle voter fraud.
Three areas in London
will be running a pilot
at the local elections
and voters will have to present
photo ID in order
to cast their ballot.
But it's prompted a group of 40
charities, campaign groups
and academics to write
to the Government
outlining their concerns.
The letter effectively says
this is like using a sledgehammer
to crack a nut and notes according
to official figures there were 44
allegations of voter impersonation
in 2016 compared to 3.5 million
potential voters in the UK
who don't have access to photo ID.
There's concern, then,
that that 7.5% of the electorate
might be put off
even trying to vote.
I think this is an unfounded concern
and I think actually it rather risks
scaremongering amongst people.
People have said it, though -
the Electoral Reform Society,
Age UK - lots of organisations
saying there's a lot
of people out there who don't
have access to photo ID.
The key point is this -
the authorities who've taken part
in the pilots are making sure
that everybody can have an
If you're listening to this
programme and you're concerned
you might not have voter ID,
you don't need to worry.
Speak to your council
if they're part of this pilot,
and they'll help make sure
you have an alternative method.
In Tower Hamlets
they're focusing on postal ballots
after the 2014 fraud scandal.
Now, there'll be more
checks and home visits
where multiple people
are registered to vote.
The real challenge, though,
may be getting people engaged.
Will you vote in
the local elections?
Do you know when they are?
I don't know anything.
I'm not interested in
votings and politics.
Nah, probably not.
No? Why's that?
I don't know how to vote.
There's lots of fraud
going on still.
Would it put you off
if you had to show ID?
No, it wouldn't.
You'd still vote?
This is really a solution looking
for a problem and people should
focus on getting the turnout up
and not creating new barriers
to people when they get
to the polling station.
Turnout in local elections can be
as low as 40% or lower.
We should be focusing on people
exercising their democratic right.
Ministers say this is keeping
democracy safe and are urging anyone
with concerns to report them
to the police.
That's it for now from me, so I'll
say goodnight and hand you over
to Chris Fawkes for the weather.
Are we in for warmer weather?
Are we in for warmer weather? It
couldn't get much colder,
temperatures have been moving in the
right direction. Over the weekend,
temperatures of 1 degrees, so today
was the warmest day since the mini
beast arrived on our shores, 4
degrees, warm is the wrong word. We
had those bitter easterly winds, but
a beautiful end to the day with
barely a cloud in the sky over the
City of London School is to there
will be cloud in the sky tomorrow.
Looking at this area of cloud across
the north-east of England, just
moving southwards, knocking on our
doorstep towards the end of the
night. We will lose clear skies we
have. A frost is forming, a risk of
icy stretches for a time, but it
will cloud over at the end of the
night and the cloud will be thick
enough for one or two showers. They
will be there or thereabouts in the
morning, a few showers, a
bittersweet or snow, but nothing
significant. The cloud will clear
southwards quickly on Tuesday
morning, leaving us with sparkling
sunshine to look forward to.
Temperatures, four today, doubling
that and a bit more, nine in the
centre of London. The wind still
quite brisk, so feeling on the cool
side, but better news as we head
into the next few days, look at the
trend in temperatures. For Wednesday
and Thursday, cloud, but
temperatures will build, a few
brighter spells. Milder through the
weekend, and into next week,
temperatures as high as 15. That's