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Welcome to BBC London News. I'm Alice Salfield.

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Four weeks on from the Grenfell Tower disaster, a fire safety expert

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claims four other blocks in London are in serious danger of fire

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spreading throughout the building in "a matter of seconds".

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Southwark Council says it already knows about the problems

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on the Ledbury Estate in Peckham, and action is being

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Gareth Furby has this exclusive report.

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If there's a fire, will they have time to evacuate us?

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People sleep in one room because they are scared.

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See, I'm not going to burst out crying but I just don't feel safe.

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The reason people who live in these four blocks are so concerned can be

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A total of 28 fire wardens, brought in by Southwark council just

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over a week ago on the advice of the Fire Brigade.

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Such is the apparent risk of any fire spreading,

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they are now on duty 24/7, to ensure the blocks can be

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evacuated immediately should any fire start.

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We filmed inside as a fire safety expert invited in by some residents

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His conclusion is that the cracking visible on some walls and ceilings

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This would mean that fire can spread rapidly from flat to flat

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He also found a gap in the ceiling and holes in a floor by a gas pipe

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and believes fire could spread rapidly by this route.

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You have zero minutes between a fire starting in one flat

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Southwark Council says there are no surprises in any of the points made

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They are matters the council has been dealing with for years

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and the Fire Brigade is happy with its measures

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But following the events at Grenfell Tower, many

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If there is a fire, it will basically spread

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We asked Southwark Council for an interview but instead

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a spokesperson provided us with a statement, saying:.

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The head of one of the City's biggest employers has told the BBC

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that Brexit could easily mean thousands of his staff

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Jamie Dimon from the bank JP Morgan said there was no question that

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Europe had more cards at the negotiating table and could

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It's understood the majority could be relocated in Dublin,

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You have to be responsible and be prepared for hard Brexit.

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We'd like to keep all of our people in London but a hard Brexit means

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You have seen countries argue for example, "We want our data

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centres in the country", you know, "We want this".

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And that will become part of the trade negotiation.

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We hope it is great for the people of Britain

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A para-athlete has died after being "struck by a metal pole"

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during a training incident in Newham yesterday.

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Abdullah Hayayei was due to represent the United Arab

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Emirates in the javelin, discus and shot put

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in the upcoming London World Para Athletics Championships.

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Our sports reporter Chris Slegg is at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park

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where a press conference about the death has

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Yes, Alice, a really sombre atmosphere at the press conference

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where we have learned a few more details. It has been confirmed by

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the UAE official that Abdulla Hayayei was killed when the throwing

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KG was training in at the new leisure centre collapsed on him. He

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was struck by a metal pole and pronounced dead at the scene 20

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minutes after the incident took place at 5pm yesterday. How the cage

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came to collapse, if you have watched any athletics, the throwing

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cages netting held by metal poles and how on earth it collapsed on an

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athlete to compete in a wheelchair, so there was little he could have

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done to take evasive action, is the subject of a police investigation

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and the spokesman for the UAE team was clearly still in shock this

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morning when he spoke to us. Abdullah is a father of five kids

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and he had a lot of dreams in terms of his sports activities

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within the parasports movement. Newham leisure Centre is one of two

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official training venues for the world para athletics Championships

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and it remained closed at the moment. They are finding alternative

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training facilities for those competing. I'm sure training is not

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much on the minds of the Paralympic movement, a very close family

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movement and they will all have Abdulla Hayayei in their thoughts

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and there will be a moment's silence at the opening ceremony on Friday

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night. Absolutely, a difficult time for everyone. Thank you.

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Next, selling homeless people as art.

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A controversial artist who installed tracking devices on London's rough

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sleepers has defended his work, saying it challenges

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Ten homeless men were paid to take part in the project.

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I'm doing the Hornsleth Homeless Tracker Project here in London.

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We are following homeless people and we are selling

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Danish artist Kristian Hornsleth was so shocked at the homelessness

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he saw in London he wanted to address it through art.

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My approach was to kind of, you know, stir the problem up

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and turn it upside down and say, "Hey, who is exploiting

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He went into business with ten rough sleepers,

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paying them to be models and fitting them with tracking devices.

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Customers have access to a mobile phone app

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Kristian and a London-based team are also documenting the men's back

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In Britain, they think privatisation is the solution for everything.

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And then I thought, why not privatise them?

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They are free capital, floating in the streets.

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Maybe turning them into some kind of business.

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We are constantly followed by Google.

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At least these guys, you know, they will get

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Some homeless charities have been sceptical but he maintains his

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And two of the men involved say they don't feel exploited.

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Let's not feel sorry for the homeless at all.

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If we thought we were being exploited, I don't think...

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I think we'd realise what we were getting into,

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So it's more making people aware of things, you know what I mean?

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I used to say, "They exploit me and I exploit them",

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but it's not about exploiting in that sense.

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This is not charity. This is business.

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This approach may be unconventional but Kristian hopes it will shake up

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how London's homeless are viewed by a wider society.

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It looks like a fantastic and Kate's at Wimbledon for us.

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It looks like a fantastic atmosphere.

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It certainly is. As you can see behind me, lots of people enjoying

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the Andy Murray match and the flowers in front of me as well look

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a bit more lively today thanks to all the rain we had overnight.

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Thankfully it has cleared out of the way and it is a dry afternoon at

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Wimbledon with lots of sunny spells around. Some welcome clouds here and

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there but on the whole, nice, pleasantly warm with temperatures

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around 22 by the end of the day. Overnight, we hang onto patchy

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cloud, the minimum temperature again a lot less humid than it was a few

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nights ago, 13 Celsius in central London. And within the M25. Thursday

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is an similar day, bright start with sunny spells, less rain, in fact, we

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will get a whole day's play at Wimbledon on a sunny spells in the

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afternoon, with temperatures reaching around 24. Again for

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Friday, things are looking very similar. Quite a bit of cloud around

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but the sun will come out here and there so pleasantly warm in the

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sunny spells with temperatures again around 24 or 25. The temperature is

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steadily rising and as we head into the weekend, it will still feel warm

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but a bit more changeable, the chance of a potential shower for

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Saturday but still lots of dry weather around. Back to you.

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Enjoy the rest of your afternoon. Riz will be here later for a special

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programme, four weeks For now though, from all of us

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on the lunchtime team, MAN: What makes you two make

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different from each other? but I don't, like,

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love it as much as Lucy. Oh, Arthur lives down the hill

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and I live down the hill. Good at counting

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and I'm good at hiding. Join us live, and follow

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the world's wildest animals... ..across the most

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challenging of terrains... ..as they gather for nature's

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biggest summer feast.

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