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We start this lunchtime with news just in that the
Mayor of Lewisham has said, in his opinion, there should be no
compulsory purchase orders on land around Millwall's football stadium.
It comes after BBC London learned that the council would hold
an independent review into controversial plans
which would see over 2,000 homes built, as well as a state
Millwall have suggested it could force them to leave the area.
Yes, this is Millwall's community trust. This is where the young
players will train in their Academy and where schools will use the
facility here. There are several pictures. With me is one of the
Labour councillors who has opposed this development. Why have you felt
so strongly about it? I think that the Kenya to trust and the Academy
are really integral to our local community. -- the community trust.
Millwall football club has been in Lewisham for over 100 years. It's
part of the cultural heritage of our town. What is your understanding of
what will happen to this community trust, and other businesses, if the
plans go ahead as they stand at the moment? We have been told that the
football club would have to look at the option of moving. There have
been a football club on this site for some 12 years. Before that, it
had been out for 100 years. It would be phenomenal and such a loss to the
community to lose a successful football club. But the new
development means new homes, new housing. Desperately needed in
London. Desperately needed new housing, but new social housing,
too. There is zero social housing proposed in this development and
very little so-called affordable housing, which is even out of the
reach of most Londoners. The BBC has seen a letter which says there will
be a review of parts of this development, hence an anti-smoking
promises -- hence an end to some of the promises made. I welcome an
independent enquiry, but it must be independent and it must be
investigated. It must have an investigation so we get clarity.
Because what we don't have at the moment is clarity on the future of
Millwall football club, Millwall community trust, and all the good
work it does locally. The local residents and the public deserve to
know this. Thank you very much. We have asked Lewisham Council and the
developers for a statement. But so far they've not been available for
comment. Several businesses in Wembley have
been destroyed after a large fire gutted a building
on an industrial estate. It began on Monday evening
but wasn't brought under control Over 120 fire-fighters
tackled the blaze. The cause is not yet known
and an investigation has begun. Alpa Patel has been meeting
some of those affected. Well, this is the complex at the
heart of this fire here in Wembley. It broke out on Monday night. About
120 firefighters tackled the flames. I spoke to the site manager who says
there's about 50 businesses inside. He told me it's very likely that the
whole building will now have to be torn down. I've been speaking to one
business owner. He owns an IT consultancy company and he told me
this has come as a shock and has been very disruptive to his
business. As far as I know, it is 100% total loss. So we have lost all
the equipment, servers, computers. Some of the back-ups. You can
imagine just watching something, where you work, burning in front of
your eyes, and not being able to do anything. It's... It's painful. It's
difficult. I'm glad that it didn't happen while I or my staff were in
the office. Hopefully the insurance will pay for the equipment. But we
are safe, nobody is injured, that is the positive point. Sanjay is not
the only business owner to be severely affected by this massive
fire. We've been filming all morning and business owners have come up to
us all morning telling us their stories, how they've lost Ark, how
they've lost equipment. They're now dealing with their insurance
companies. One thing is for sure - they will not be returning back to
this complex here. -- how they've lost stock.
Next this lunchtime, a North Korean diplomat who defected
from the London embassy last year has given his first TV interview
Thae Yong-ho told the BBC he believes the regime will collapse
Now living in South Korea, he's been talking about how much
The North Korean Embassy, just off the North Circular in Ealing.
For about ten years, this was home to the former
Then in August, he defected to South Korea.
In his first interview since defecting, he says
he believes his relatives in North Korea would have been
sent to prison camps as punishment for his actions.
I am sure that my relatives and my brothers' and sisters'
families are now all sent to either remote, closed areas,
I am very much now determined to do everything possible to pull down
To save not only my family members, but the whole of the North Korean
On the North Korean leader, Kim Jong-un, he says he believes
the dictator is prepared to fire nuclear weapons at America
Kim Jong-un will press the button on the dangerous weapons
if he thinks that his rule, dynasty is threatened.
Remembering his life in London, the former diplomat says
I really miss, kind of, you know, the life.
Even now I'm really sorry for not saying goodbye to my tennis club.
I still miss the English spring and autumn.
Now I really want to say goodbye and thank you
Another cold and foggy morning and it's set to get even colder.
Good afternoon. It has been another very cold and very foggy day.
Visibility considerably reduced this morning, but it has led to some
beautiful Weather Watcher pictures. You can see in Twickenham earlier,
the freezing fog. Over towards Kingston as well. It has been across
the board. It hasn't really gone anywhere this afternoon. If you
don't have the fog, it will remain rather cloudy. The fog, if it does
lift, it will lift into cloud and be a grey afternoon. We are seeing this
cloud coming up from the consonant, importing cold air. The temperatures
will struggle between 2-4 Celsius. Overnight the temperature will fall
away. We are looking at temperatures of zero or maybe below. So a
widespread frost. We could see fog, but the wind will pick up, helping
to clear it out of the way. A cold, frosty start tomorrow morning. The
cloud will thin and break. We should see glimmers of brightness and
sunshine. The south-easterly wind will strengthen and it's a bitterly
cold south-easterly wind. Feeling raw through much of Thursday.
Temperatures between 1-5 Celsius. Feeling particularly chilly if you
factor in the wind-chill. Cold despite being more sunshine in the
afternoon tomorrow. Another cold night Thursday into Friday. Still
breezy for Friday, but we're starting to see some slightly less
cold air. A touch mild, if I can say that, as we head through Friday and
Saturday. Riz will be here at 6:30pm
with all the latest. Thanks for watching,
have a lovely afternoon. Should've seen Hillary's face.
She was stood there with Bill.