17/07/2017 London News


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Good afternoon and welcome to BBC London News.

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A new report's found bus drivers in the capital are struggling

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with stress and exhaustion - and there are fears it's

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contributing to a rise in the number of crashes on the roads.

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Over the last two years, 25 people were killed

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You may fine the firstel imagines make uncomfortable viewing. A bus

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severely injures a pedestrian. In Ladbroke Grove a bus mounts a

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pavement again people are hurt. And today reports said the capital o's

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buses could be made safer. Ten years ago Sarah's mother died after being

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hit by a bus. Her daughter lost her leg. She wants operator to reduce

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the stress on drivers. We had a terrible incident in our family, and

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it was caused by a bus driver having road rage, which is unforgivable and

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it must never happen again. But, since that happened, since I have

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been working on my campaign to help bus drivers, I have learned quite a

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lot about the stresses and strains they are under, and I think we need

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to really think about them and what they physically do, which is more

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than driving a bus. 25 people have been killed on or by buses in the

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last two years with 12,000 people injured. Today, a report found an

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emphasis on punctuality over safety with drivers facing long hours that

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compromises their ability. One thing is making sure that the contracts

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centre by safety but we need to make sure Transport for London's own

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management have in their bonus regime safety at the heart of it. We

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need to make sure the life of drivers is better and making sure

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they can have meal break, that they don't drive for 16 hours at a time.

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If they are tired they may make mistakes. Compared to the Croydon

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train crash the report found that incident investigation is not as

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thorough. Joanne Harris has been a bus driver for ten years. Most

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drivers are doing 12 hour days, and then getting forced overtime, on top

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of that. So 13-and-a-half hours of all out stress with those people

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onboard is not a good combination for road safety. TFL says it is

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taking action to improve safety. It is aiming for no deaths by 2030.

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Campaigners are calling for quirk action.

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The Finsbury Park mosque, where worshippers were targeted

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in a terror attack last month, says it's seen a rise in hate crime

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One man died, and nine others were taken to hospital,

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after a van was driven into a group leaving evening prayers.

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The Mosque's chairman believes the incident has fuelled

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Here at Finsbury Park Mosque the community says it is taking comfort

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in these messages of support, which have arrived from local

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school-children here are a book full of their hand print, messages

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showing solidarity, but the Chairman of the mosque says this isn't the

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only communication they have received here, in the months since

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the attack. They have seen more and more threatening messages arrive.

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When people send us a letter saying that this is the beginning of what's

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happening, you will have a river of blood for example, and we will make

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sure that you will get hurt and your community get hurt, expect a bomb

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and other thing in in your centres and these sort of things which is

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very nasty and worrying and we immediate to make sure our all are

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protected and safe, this is what we are trying to do. Do you feel they

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haven't been doing enough up to this point? I am not saying they haven't

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done enough, they can do more, we can do more as well, we all need to

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work together, this is a big responsibility on us, and I am sure

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the police are trying their best to catch these perpetrator, it is not

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easy. We are not asking to catch every perpetrator who send alert,

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something like that, we know it is impossible. We expect that something

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to be done about some of these letters and to get to the bottom of

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letters and to get to the bottom of it and find out who is behind it.

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Mohammed Kozbar ending that report speaking to Katharine Carpenter.

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And we will be hearing from the Met Police about how

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they are tackling hate crime in London on our 6:30pm programme.

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The Home Secretary, Amber Rudd, says people who carry out acid

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attacks could be jailed for life, as part of a government review.

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Last week, there were five acid attacks in just one

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night across Islington, Stoke Newington and Hackney.

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This afternoon, MPs will debate restricting the sales of corrosive

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acids, and whether a licence should be required to buy them.

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People living near the Grenfell Tower in Kensington are to receive

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stability of the fire damaged building.

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Michael Lockwood - the chief executive

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of Harrow Council and a member of the Grenfell Task Force - said

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letters would be sent out today- after a range of experts had

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He said scaffolding may go up around the tower in the future, but only

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Now you'll probably remember Levi Roots as the Dragons Den

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entrepreneur who shot to fame and fortune with his spicy

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But although he's been busy in the kitchen, he's not

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He's been telling Alice Bhandhukravi about his latest venture.

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Obviously I am the sauce guy. ? You're the sauce guy. That's all I'm

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good for ebbing making the sauce this is where I would normally be,

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creating the sauces. He is a reggae singer by trade but this is his

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other passion, here we are in the kitchen of his Caribbean restaurant.

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It was me doing it in my kitchen in Brixton with my children. That is

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where it started. I would be there, like, singing songs and... Listening

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to reggae. And getting involved and making the sauces and at the end of

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it, here we are ten years later and I am doing the same thing but it is

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great fun. His man a has been put music in the food so he has put

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together a compilation of reggae hits as a soundtrack for summer

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cooking. # Sun is shining

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# The weather is sweet. # When I hear Sun Is Shining it

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reminds me of the man who helped me change my life. And he has in turn

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set about inspiring young people to achieve in business, through his

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motivational courses. Giving that message if I can do it anyone can do

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it. I do believe that young people, some time, especially kids that are

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kind of suffering in their backgrounds like I did, you tend to

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think that you are not going to make it and things are against you and

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there is doors closed you can break down, so I go in and I say there is

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no doors you can't get through, apart from the ones you put in place

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yourselves. Wise words there.

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Now let's check on the weather with Georgina.

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Good afternoon, some of us enjoying some glorious blue sky out there

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today and this was the scene captured by our weather watcher

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Anthony. So lots of sunshine round, thank you for that picture and all

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the picture, as we head through the afternoon it is looks like it is

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staying dry and sunny. Not much of a breeze. Temperatures getting up to

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26 or 27. As we head through this evening we will see more cloud

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round. It has been feeling fresher than over the weekend. The same goes

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for tomorrow, but it may be a bit sticky overnight. Temperatures

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getting down 15 or 16 degrees Celsius. And then for tomorrow,

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well, we will probably have pockets of cloud, not quite the wall-to-wall

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sunshine some of us are having today. But still a fine bright day

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with sunny spells. An easterly breeze and temperatures getting up

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to the high 20, mainly for north-west London, so that is where

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we will see the highest temperatures. Elsewhere getting to

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the mid 20s. In the eve thing we start to see thupedry showers from

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our friend on the Continent and the Met off fits has a yellow warning in

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place, from 5pm until 8pm on Wednesday. Most of us clear

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overnight but on Wednesday we we start to have our own home-grown

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showers sparked off by the heat. So a bit of cloud round on Wednesday,

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temperatures again, up in the high 20s, but becoming fresher again on

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Well, that's it from us on the lunchtime team -

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There is more on the website. Whatever you are up to, enjoy your

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afternoon. Bye.

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