25/01/2017 London News


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We start this lunchtime with news just in that the

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Mayor of Lewisham has said, in his opinion, there should be no

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compulsory purchase orders on land around Millwall's football stadium.

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It comes after BBC London learned that the council would hold

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an independent review into controversial plans

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which would see over 2,000 homes built, as well as a state

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Millwall have suggested it could force them to leave the area.

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Yes, this is Millwall's community trust. This is where the young

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players will train in their Academy and where schools will use the

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facility here. There are several pictures. With me is one of the

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Labour councillors who has opposed this development. Why have you felt

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so strongly about it? I think that the Kenya to trust and the Academy

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are really integral to our local community. -- the community trust.

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Millwall football club has been in Lewisham for over 100 years. It's

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part of the cultural heritage of our town. What is your understanding of

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what will happen to this community trust, and other businesses, if the

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plans go ahead as they stand at the moment? We have been told that the

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football club would have to look at the option of moving. There have

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been a football club on this site for some 12 years. Before that, it

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had been out for 100 years. It would be phenomenal and such a loss to the

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community to lose a successful football club. But the new

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development means new homes, new housing. Desperately needed in

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London. Desperately needed new housing, but new social housing,

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too. There is zero social housing proposed in this development and

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very little so-called affordable housing, which is even out of the

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reach of most Londoners. The BBC has seen a letter which says there will

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be a review of parts of this development, hence an anti-smoking

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promises -- hence an end to some of the promises made. I welcome an

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independent enquiry, but it must be independent and it must be

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investigated. It must have an investigation so we get clarity.

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Because what we don't have at the moment is clarity on the future of

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Millwall football club, Millwall community trust, and all the good

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work it does locally. The local residents and the public deserve to

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know this. Thank you very much. We have asked Lewisham Council and the

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developers for a statement. But so far they've not been available for

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comment. Several businesses in Wembley have

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been destroyed after a large fire gutted a building

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on an industrial estate. It began on Monday evening

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but wasn't brought under control Over 120 fire-fighters

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tackled the blaze. The cause is not yet known

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and an investigation has begun. Alpa Patel has been meeting

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some of those affected. Well, this is the complex at the

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heart of this fire here in Wembley. It broke out on Monday night. About

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120 firefighters tackled the flames. I spoke to the site manager who says

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there's about 50 businesses inside. He told me it's very likely that the

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whole building will now have to be torn down. I've been speaking to one

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business owner. He owns an IT consultancy company and he told me

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this has come as a shock and has been very disruptive to his

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business. As far as I know, it is 100% total loss. So we have lost all

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the equipment, servers, computers. Some of the back-ups. You can

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imagine just watching something, where you work, burning in front of

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your eyes, and not being able to do anything. It's... It's painful. It's

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difficult. I'm glad that it didn't happen while I or my staff were in

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the office. Hopefully the insurance will pay for the equipment. But we

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are safe, nobody is injured, that is the positive point. Sanjay is not

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the only business owner to be severely affected by this massive

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fire. We've been filming all morning and business owners have come up to

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us all morning telling us their stories, how they've lost Ark, how

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they've lost equipment. They're now dealing with their insurance

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companies. One thing is for sure - they will not be returning back to

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this complex here. -- how they've lost stock.

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Next this lunchtime, a North Korean diplomat who defected

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from the London embassy last year has given his first TV interview

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Thae Yong-ho told the BBC he believes the regime will collapse

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Now living in South Korea, he's been talking about how much

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The North Korean Embassy, just off the North Circular in Ealing.

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For about ten years, this was home to the former

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Then in August, he defected to South Korea.

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In his first interview since defecting, he says

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he believes his relatives in North Korea would have been

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sent to prison camps as punishment for his actions.

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I am sure that my relatives and my brothers' and sisters'

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families are now all sent to either remote, closed areas,

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I am very much now determined to do everything possible to pull down

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To save not only my family members, but the whole of the North Korean

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On the North Korean leader, Kim Jong-un, he says he believes

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the dictator is prepared to fire nuclear weapons at America

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Kim Jong-un will press the button on the dangerous weapons

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if he thinks that his rule, dynasty is threatened.

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Remembering his life in London, the former diplomat says

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I really miss, kind of, you know, the life.

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Even now I'm really sorry for not saying goodbye to my tennis club.

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I still miss the English spring and autumn.

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Now I really want to say goodbye and thank you

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Another cold and foggy morning and it's set to get even colder.

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Good afternoon. It has been another very cold and very foggy day.

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Visibility considerably reduced this morning, but it has led to some

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beautiful Weather Watcher pictures. You can see in Twickenham earlier,

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the freezing fog. Over towards Kingston as well. It has been across

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the board. It hasn't really gone anywhere this afternoon. If you

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don't have the fog, it will remain rather cloudy. The fog, if it does

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lift, it will lift into cloud and be a grey afternoon. We are seeing this

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cloud coming up from the consonant, importing cold air. The temperatures

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will struggle between 2-4 Celsius. Overnight the temperature will fall

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away. We are looking at temperatures of zero or maybe below. So a

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widespread frost. We could see fog, but the wind will pick up, helping

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to clear it out of the way. A cold, frosty start tomorrow morning. The

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cloud will thin and break. We should see glimmers of brightness and

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sunshine. The south-easterly wind will strengthen and it's a bitterly

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cold south-easterly wind. Feeling raw through much of Thursday.

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Temperatures between 1-5 Celsius. Feeling particularly chilly if you

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factor in the wind-chill. Cold despite being more sunshine in the

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afternoon tomorrow. Another cold night Thursday into Friday. Still

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breezy for Friday, but we're starting to see some slightly less

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cold air. A touch mild, if I can say that, as we head through Friday and

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Saturday. Riz will be here at 6:30pm

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with all the latest. Thanks for watching,

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have a lovely afternoon. Should've seen Hillary's face.

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She was stood there with Bill.

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