08/08/2017 London News


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Welcome to BBC London News. is all from us for now.

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We start this lunchtime with police saying they're committed

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to tackling all forms of hate crime, after figures revealed

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a year-on-year rise since records began five years ago,

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with a real spike following terror attacks.

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Well, the BBC's Rickin Majithia has been out on patrol with a unit

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dedicated to tackling the problem finding out what they're doing

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Following a rise in reported hate crimes in the capital,

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these officers are trying to reassure the local community

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For me coming out, I really do get scared.

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So how do officers patrolling these neighbourhoods decide

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which incidents should be treated as hate crimes?

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Racially aggravated public order, where people get called names

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just purely on the basis of their colour, religion.

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It can be a racially aggravated attack where somebody has come

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along and purely attacks you because of your colour,

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just because of your race or your religion.

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The Mustapha family live in East Ham.

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Last year during the debates around EU referendum,

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they were subjected to abuse from youths living nearby.

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One day I left my window open by mistake and when I came back,

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about three kilos of tomatoes were here on the window,

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kitchen shelf, floor, on the wall, everywhere.

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Three kilograms of tomatoes thrown through your kitchen window?

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Yes, yes, yes, and then they started called my husband names,

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by his beard, calling him Osama bin Laden.

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It's the kind of case that Superintendant Waheed Khan

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He's the Met's Deputy Lead on combating hate crimes.

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Hate crime can take many forms and all of them

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I think you can be online and increasingly we are seeing

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online activity for hate crime, because of the fact that nowadays

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you have social media, you have a lot more people that have

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activity online, a presence and a digital footprint online.

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The war against hate crimes on the Internet is fought

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It was launched in April by Mayor Sadiq Khan and works

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closely with social media sites to identify and prosecute offenders.

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The police hope that this combined approach of police and cyber patrols

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will help to reassure London's diverse communities that they can

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And the Met Commissioner has this morning spoken

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to the BBC's Asian Network, saying the clampdown on hate crime

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One of the ways that we can tackle extremism together is to ensure that

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Muslims for example feel protected and feel properly protected

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and we are taking hate crime very, very seriously.

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Now, as she prepares to end her three years

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Sylvie Bermann has been speaking to BBC London

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Although she believes that the relationship between Paris

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she says uncertainty is still a major concern

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She spoke to our Brexit reporter Katharine Carpenter.

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When Sylvie Bermann was posted to the embassy here in London three

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years ago, colleagues warned her it would be boring after

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But, she says, it's been anything but.

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I think it has been a historic period because I arrived just before

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the referendum in Scotland and then I had two general elections

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The ambassador says Brexit negotiations so far have done little

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to allay the concerns of the 300,000 or so French citizens the embassy

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Not a huge number of people but some decided to leave because they feel

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Again, the main problem is uncertainty.

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You've talked about the Brexit negotiations as being a bit

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Do you still think that's a good analogy?

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I hope in the future there will be no losers.

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I'm not sure it's going to be the case.

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So does she think the city will be one of those losers?

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I think that London will remain a very important financial centre

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but, at the same time, some people and some

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activities will be relocated as a consequence of Brexit.

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But she says the bond between Paris and London is still strong

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and she will miss the city when she leaves

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I like the culture and the sense of humour, as well, so I've really

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It's a bit too short but that's the diplomatic life.

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The French Ambassador Sylvie Bermann ending that report

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Now, how would you fancy having the choice of 900 ales,

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Well, that's exactly what anyone going to this year's Great British

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Well, Egon Cossou is there in Olympia for us this lunchtime.

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Is very difficult job for you this afternoon, isn't it? I get all the

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difficult jobs but things are picking up here. This is the 40th

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annual celebration of beer. It's not all about the big breweries, though.

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Microbreweries are also getting in on the act. Let's check on one of

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them from Walthamstow. Wildcard Brewery, we are

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six-barrelled brewery plant. We started the brewery

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because we really, really like beer, so we thought let's do this

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for a living. My colleagues, Andrew and Will,

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old friends from uni. They were kind of home-brewing

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and I was home-brewing as well and they were like,

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it's session time, you know what, It was very, very difficult

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for us to kind of start up and that was mainly

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because of the lack We don't come from rich families,

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so what we did was we started out as kookaburras, so we were brewing

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using other breweries' equipment and then getting the beer

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back and selling that. And we did that a few times

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until we eventually got investment from the Brightside Trust,

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which was a scheme investing in young people at the time and we

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were able to afford this place. It's been quite challenging getting

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the business kind of started and a lot of that is to do

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with lack of capital. We're just about to do our first

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beer order to Russia which we are so, so excited

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about so next on the horizon for Wildcard, we are in

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the middle of moving sites. We've got another 12,000

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litres of capacity, It's pretty easy making

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beer when you love it, so you basically get to do

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what you love as a job, We are expecting 50,000 people

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through the doors here this week. Not all of them leaving as steadily

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Babs as they came in. That's it from me. Back to you. I believe you'd get

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back to all about hard work. So are we ever going

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to get a summer? Or will there just be rain,

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rain and more rain? Here's Kate Kinsella

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with the weather. Well, it stays rather unsettled

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for the next 24 hours or so. We started the day with a bit

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of mist and fog, as you can see here We've also seen a fair

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amount of cloud around, but by the same measure,

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some breaks in the cloud as well, We are likely to see,

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this afternoon, some The Met Office has issued a yellow

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weather warning for heavy rain. These showers, you may hear a rumble

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or two of thunder in them Quite slow-moving, so we could get

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quite a lot of rain in them before they start to disappear,

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as the wind is very light. The temperature is

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feeling a touch cooler. The maximum today around

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17 or 18 Celsius. The shower risk continues

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into the evening, but we will gradually get one

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or two drier spells. The wind stays very light overnight,

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but we hang on to the cloud. Could still see a bit

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of rain around as well. Minimum temperature

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between 13 and 14 Celsius. You see this rain -

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that's tomorrow's, and the Met Office has another

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yellow weather warning in place as that starts

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to make its way south again. Again, rumbles of thunder,

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and some heavy, more persistent rain It will feel that bit cooler,

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as we have a northerly breeze developing, so that's going to make

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it feel quite chilly, That rain's going to continue

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for a time overnight on Wednesday. Thursday morning it should

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start to clear away. Becoming a bit drier and brighter

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through the course of Thursday. Still the chance, of

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course, of a shower. Similar conditions for Friday, and

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staying unsettled into the weekend. Riz will be here tonight

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with the 6:30 evening programme. But for now, from us all,

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a very good afternoon.

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