04/08/2017 London News


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Welcome to BBC London News. I'm Claudia-Liza Armah.

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Thousands of Londoners face weeks of severe disruption, as major

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engineering work begins at one of the UK's busiest stations.

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From tonight, 10 platforms at Waterloo will close for nearly

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a month, causing a huge reduction in trains.

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South West Trains and Network Rail admit it will cause

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Paul Clifton explains what's about to happen, and why.

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You don't close half of Britain's busiest station

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These platforms, one to four, are shorter than Waterloo's other

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platforms across there. So these ones will be dug up, the tracks

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removed and the platforms extended. As ten of the 19 platforms close,

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five others will open. The former Eurostar platforms will

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briefly be brought back into use. So we are just advising passengers

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to plan ahead, consider travelling at quieter times of the day and to

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prepare FRIC use at stations. -- for Hughes.

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Out of sight of passengers, this is a monumental challenge

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for the train planners in the control centre at Basingstoke.

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What happens between tonight and the 28th of August has

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There is contingency in terms of what we can provide for passengers,

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whether that is extra staff at stations, water, ice creams, spare

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trains on the route which we can bring in at short notice. But it is

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a very challenging project. When it's finished,

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there will be longer platforms for new, longer trains,

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carrying 45,000 more But in the meantime,

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hardly anyone is seriously expecting Today is the deadline for people

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to have their say over the public The consultation on what should be

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looked into closes tonight, but there's already been anger

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and distrust about the inquiry The BBC's Michael Cowan has been

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hearing from one survivor about her own difficult journey

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over the past 7 weeks. We first met you the day after the

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fire. We then met you a week after the fire. How far do you think you

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have moved on from that? I'm still not in a good place. I wouldn't call

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it a good place. I'm on medication. I've gotten help through

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counselling. So that is good. One thing you have told me that has been

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worrying you is the abuse that Grenfell survivors are getting from

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certain members of the public. What sort of abuse are we talking about?

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It is Internet abuse, very nasty comments, some of them I wouldn't

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repeat. Very nasty comments. People thinking we are having a free ride.

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We are not having a free ride. We didn't want to be in the fire. We

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didn't burn the tower by ourselves. No. It is something that happened.

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We didn't ask for it. We are now living in hotels. Nobody wants to

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live in a hotel for a month or more than a month. It would happen to you

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tomorrow and I would be the one trying to hold you up. Lift you up

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out of your tragedy. So please, stop, whoever they are, stop. Just

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stop. That was Lillian, one of the

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survivors of the Grenfell Tower fire talking to our reporter.

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The family of a black man who died in East London

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after being restrained by police are calling for "openness

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It comes after it was confirmed that the object removed

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from Rashan Charles' throat was a mixture of paracetamol

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The 20-year-old's death sparked protests on the streets.

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A leading children's charity is calling on London councils to do

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more to support young people when they leave the care system,

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to stop them becoming unemployed or even homeless.

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Five London councils have now made care leavers exempt from paying

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But the Children's Society says more needs to be done.

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They are quite vulnerable, so there are facing things like teenage

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pregnancy. At just eight years old, the local council begin this man's

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parents. When he was old enough to leave care, the council moved into

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his own flat. After five years in my own place, I had to move. I have

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never been as trusting since. Just a few months later, bailiffs weren't

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knocking at his door. They said police when they knocked on the

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door. That was scary in itself. I wondered what I had done. When they

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said it was for council tax and the amount, I was dismayed. Many young

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people struggle leaving home to live in the wrong. But for young people

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leaving social care it is harder. For those living in London, one of

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the UK's most expensive cities, it is even worse. That is why Fife

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councils have scrap council tax for De Jong care leavers under the age

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of 25. Tower Hamlets houses around 300 young care leavers. They are one

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of the councils exempting them from council tax. It is not a massive

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amount out of the council budget and it will make a massive difference to

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those young people until the age of 25. We showed a leading charity some

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of the experiences of the young care leavers who spoke to us. 50% of

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cancers are providing financial education. -- councils. If you are

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managing a household budget at 18, responsible for council tax, you

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need more support to make that happen. He hopes care leavers across

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the capital will benefit in the same way that he has. Be little hope that

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you do for them, it will really benefit them and put a smile on

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those young faces. Women at risk of breast

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cancer returning could be identified in the future,

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following new tests The Institute of Cancer Research

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says women with large numbers of immune cells in and around

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tumours, are 25% more likely to relapse than women with more

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evenly dispersed cells. Charities hope that it could be

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added to existing prognosis tests. Now, after months of preparation,

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the World Athletics Championship kicks off right here

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in London tonight. Of course, most eyes

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are on Usain Bolt's But among those who could find

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themselves lining up against him is 21-year-old Reece Prescod

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from Waltham Forest, who qualified thanks

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to his surprise win at the British I'm not going in under pressure to

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win or might get to the final. I don't like to put that pressure on

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myself. As long as I can do the best I can do and I am happy, that is all

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I can do. Good luck. Well, we might be in

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August but the weather Good afternoon. It feels a lot more

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like August today. Lovely sunny start. We have seen more cloud

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developer. But still some brightness and sunny spells around. Through the

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rest of the afternoon, the chance of some showers. Most of us will stay

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dry Mac. The winds lighter. Top temperatures 23 or 24. There will be

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more sunny spells around this evening. Some late brightness. And

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overnight tonight, we will see clear spells. For the most part, staying

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dry. Early risers should start of the day with some sunshine. It will

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feel cooler over the course of the weekend. Through the late morning

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into the afternoon, the risk of heavy thundery downpours,

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particularly north of the M4 corridor towards the Home Counties.

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They could be anywhere. Expect heavy showers. Sunny spells in between. 21

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Celsius. A nice evening on Saturday. It will feel quite cool.

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Temperatures could dip back into single figures. A chilly start for

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this time of the year to Sunday morning. Sunday dry, spells of

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sunshine. Top temperatures of 23.

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That's about it from the lunch time team.

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Louisa Preston will be here with our evening

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But for now, from all of us, have a very good afternoon.

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Experience the power of the BBC Proms.

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