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Good afternoon and welcome to BBC London News.
I'm Sonja Jessup.
The BBC has learned the number of sexual offences reported
on the Tube has more than trebled in the last five years.
More than 700 cases were recorded last year.
Transport for London says it's because many victims are now more
confident to come forward for help.
Tolu Adeoye has this report.
I was stood behind loads of people and this guy was behind me
and he sort of started rubbing himself up against me,
and I thought, maybe I've got the wrong impression here,
but then I realised as it became more pronounced
that he was actually, you know, feeling me up, groping me.
Imogen Groome was assaulted while travelling on the Central line
on her way to work back in April.
She says the experience has changed the way she now
gets around the capital.
I will usually try and plan around and take the bus where I can,
just because there's more space and you're not going
to get crammed in.
It shouldn't happen, that's the bottom line.
People shouldn't just take advantage because they can.
It's not acceptable.
The number of reported incidents is rising.
Statistics show, in the year to March this year, there were more
than 700 reported offences on the Tube.
That's gone up threefold from 225 five years ago.
They account for around half the attacks reported
on the train network.
He definitely had blue eyes.
You know, he shouldn't get away with it.
Police say campaigns like this one mean more victims have
been coming forward.
Can we catch them after one report?
Sometimes, sometimes not.
But certainly it will help us build that picture and we can establish
when people come on the system, when people come off the system,
what trains they are on.
That can open up lines of enquiry to help catch these people.
Research on the London Underground shows that most offences
were reported during rush-hour, dispelling the myth that this has
anything to do with late-night drinking culture.
It's often sober men travelling to and from work
on packed Tube carriages.
And campaigners say everyone using public transport
has to take responsibility for keeping women safe.
There's lots of bystanders lots of the time just turn the other
eye, because they don't want to intervene, but I think it's
really important that we all say, this is not on, it's not
what we want for ourselves, it's not what we want for our children.
We want to create a society where children are free to walk
around and be in public safe without fear of attack.
Imogen didn't report the assault, something she now regrets.
I'd like to report being sexually harassed on the Tube.
She's urging other women to speak up.
A new crackdown's been launched to tackle the sale of illegal
tobacco across the capital.
Trading Standards are using specially trained sniffer dogs
to target businesses suspecting of selling it.
Drivers have been warned they face long delays after a lorry believed
to be laden with chocolate bars went up in flames on a major
road in Kent.
Three out of the four lanes on the London-bound A2,
near Bluewater shopping centre, were closed to allow
the blaze to be tackled.
Highways England said the lorry's load had melted
onto the carriageway.
Ten years ago, a woman from Hertfordshire made medical
history by becoming the first person in the UK to donate a kidney
to a complete stranger.
Grandmother Kay Mason from Welwyn Garden City had to fight
for the right to do so.
She says was considered "mad" by some at the time.
She's been speaking to our reporter, Yvonne Hall.
We are in the home in Welwyn Garden City of Kay Mason,
who fought for years to get the law changed to allow people to donate
kidneys to people they didn't know.
Ten years ago, Kay was successful and became the first person
in the UK to donate one of her kidneys to a stranger.
Kay, why did you want to do this?
I wanted to do it once I realised it was possible to do it
because I felt I had led a very privileged life.
I'd been well and had successful grown-up children,
so I had no dependents.
And I felt I was able to do it.
How has your recipient fared since the donation?
My understanding is that she is well.
Has this had any impact on your health at all?
No, I'm hale and hearty.
And what would your advice be to someone who's thinking
of donating a kidney?
They've taken the first step in thinking about it,
and it's worth consulting family, because having support
is very useful.
And then they can get information from the Give A Kidney website,
and then approach their local transplant unit.
Thank you very much, Kay.
It's hoped the tenth anniversary of Kay's donation will inspire
others to follow suit.
There are currently about 5000 people in the UK waiting
for a kidney donation.
The incidence of kidney disease is rising and, every year,
about 250 people die whilst waiting for a suitable donor.
Next, we've heard how some areas in the capital have
introduced their own currency - like the Brixton pound,
for example - to help support local businesses.
Well, east London has taken it a step further -
it's now got its own digital currency, via an app.
So, a gimmick?
Or a savvy way of helping the local economy?
Ayshea Buksh has been finding out.
It's a Hackney cafe where using money is sometimes discouraged.
This customer has paid for her superfood smoothie
with a mobile phone, topped up with East London pounds.
You're using the app and the local currency and you're using local
businesses and whatnot, and it's staying within
the community and recirculating.
Customers upload money using an app on their mobile phone,
and they are given small financial incentive for spending
their digital currency locally.
It's a start-up company that began in Israel and is now being used
in Liverpool and 70 businesses in Hackney and Shoreditch.
We're really educating customers to shop locally,
live locally and support independent businesses, rather than going
to shop at a big chain.
They might take their money somewhere else
other than east London.
Do you think maybe it's just a gimmick?
I wouldn't think it's a gimmick because I can see how customers
are happy to use it.
It's not the first time we've seen local currencies.
Back in 2009, the Brixton pound was launched and, more recently,
there have been similar schemes in Bristol and Lewes in East Sussex.
But, elsewhere in Hackney, not everyone was so positive.
I'm kind of old-fashioned.
I like to see hard money.
I know what I'm spending, rather than using an app,
so I don't think I'd be using something like that.
What about the poor people that can't do things like that?
Everything's gone all digital and then there's poor people that
can't understand it.
I'm not really on my phone, to be honest.
And all that technology, I don't really understand.
Just keep it to the minimum.
Digital currencies might not be everybody's cup of tea,
but tech-savvy east Londoners can now boost the local
economy even further.
Now, do you have a head for heights?
Then this could be the restaurant for you.
London in the Sky is serving food 100 foot in the air
by Chelsea Embankment.
The table's suspended from a crane, with chefs and guests strapped in.
But you do have to hold on to your plate.
You can see more on that story on our Facebook page.
Now the weather with Georgina Burnett.
We are going to see quite a change in the weather over the next
few hours in contrast with this morning.
This was the scene captured by one of our weather
watchers a few hours ago.
Thank you very much for that.
Quite a lot of cloud around.
But we are seeing that push off into the north-east,
and the rain with it as well.
So we are left with a drier, brighter end to the day,
with some decent sunshine.
Temperature-wise, getting up to about 21, 20 two Celsius today,
but those temperatures actually dropping off over the next few
hours with that cooler air coming in behind.
Overnight, mainly clear skies.
We'll see a bit of cloud building in the early hours of the morning.
Temperatures getting down to about 13 or 14 degrees Celsius.
There was a bit of cloud around tomorrow morning,
but still quite a bright start with some sunshine.
We'll see cloud building as we head through the day, mainly dry,
but there may be one or two outbreaks of rain ahead
of this band that's pushing through in the evening.
Quite a blustery band of rain, it is.
Tomorrow, temperatures getting up to 22 Celsius,
that wind bringing in some warmer air again.
So that band clears through the night, but Saturday,
we are still seeing a fair few showers, some of which will be
quite heavy, with longer spells of rain as well.
Quite a cloudy day on Saturday, not much brightness around.
But Sunday there will still be some showers around,
but they should be mainly light.
Just one or two heavy ones.
Also some sunny intervals in between.
Temperature-wise, with that warmer air coming in,
we could get up to 23 Celsius tomorrow, but otherwise
we are sticking in the low 20s for the next few days.
That's it from us - do join us again at 6:30pm.
Riz Lateef will be here with our evening programme.
Have a great afternoon.