09/08/2017 London News


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Welcome to BBC London News. - so it's goodbye from me -

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A 15-year-old boy has been killed in a stabbing in Croydon.

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He's the second teenager to be stabbed to death

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Detectives have launched a murder investigation today.

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Sonja Jessup has the latest from Thornton Heath.

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Yet another police cordon in London, yet another young life lost to knife

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crime, this one a schoolboy, just 15 years old. This latest stabbing

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happened here in Thornton Heath late last night. Police and paramedics

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rushed down here but could not say the teenager, he was pronounced dead

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just before midnight. Local residents told me they are sick of

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the violence and fear for their families. These are young men and

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they have to go out and enjoy themselves, work, go to football,

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whatever they want to do with their friends. They are supposed to be

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able to do that and come home safely, but it is not happening. It

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is like we are living in the wild west around here now. I was speaking

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to a guy in the cafe and he said there have been about 12 stabbings

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in the last three weeks. It is madness, it is silly what they are

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doing to one another. Now I can see lots of changes and it is hurtful

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really because a lot of it seems like black gangs and they are

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fighting against each other. Why? I don't know. The murder of the

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15-year-old comes just 24 hours after another stabbing, a

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19-year-old man killed on Old Kent Road in south-east London. Police

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have not named the 15-year-old victim here and so far no arrests

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victim here and so far no arrests have been made.

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The Home Secretary has backed the use of stop and search to tackle

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Writing in The Times, Amber Rudd said she supports police

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using stop and search to also deal with other offences,

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Yesterday the Met Commissioner Cressida Dick told the BBC she's

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The London Fire Brigade has drafted in 60 counsellors to help treat

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traumatised firefighters who tackled the blaze at Grenfell Tower.

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The figure is more than ten times the number of counsellors

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Crew involved in the rescue operation have described seeing

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The husband of a woman who's been imprisoned in Iran says

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he won't bring their daughter back to London without

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Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe from Hampstead was arrested

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in Tehran last April after visiting family.

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Their two-year-old daughter is able to return to the UK.

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But her father Richard says he had promised his wife

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Now, when a British Paralympian was forced to wet herself on a train

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journey, she was given a government promise that that would never happen

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Nearly a year on and Anne Wafula-Strike from Harlow says that

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I am a Paralympian, I have an MBE, but last year I was forced

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to wet myself on a train because the accessible

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It was one of the most humiliating experiences of my life.

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Recent research suggests as many as 40% of restaurants and 30%

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of shopping centres don't have disabled loos.

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The Equality Act states, businesses have a legal duty to make

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reasonable adjustments to accommodate them.

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And despite promises from the Rail Minister that no one

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will go through what I went through, it is still happening.

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Virgin Trains has since had to apologise to passenger Chris.

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I booked a journey to Birmingham six weeks in advance

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and they knew I was coming, but I found the toilet was out

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of order when I got on the train and I ended up wetting myself

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So I have decided to go to the Rail Minister

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He tells me they are working on an action plan to

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I am hoping when people see the accessibility action plan

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they will see in it a range of ideas that not just makes sure that

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passengers get a better service on the day, but that we can work

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more tactically and more strategically to make sure that more

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toilets are in service on trains in the first place.

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The action plan is due to be rolled out later this summer,

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but it is not clear yet exactly what it will contain.

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Earlier this year a government committee recommended changing

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places toilets should be made compulsory in all buildings

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So far, no legislation has been put in place to make that happen.

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So it seems for the time being some disabled people

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Now, what do Ed Sheeran, Bob Geldof and Jessie J have in common?

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Well, they started out busking on the Tube!

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Now London Underground is giving other budding musicians

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They'll have to impress a panel of expert judges

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Pass that and they'll get the chance to play to thousands of commuters.

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Nearly five million journeys are made on London's Underground

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every day, so it is no surprise the musicians want to get

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a license to busk to be heard by as many people as possible.

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Transport for London don't just give out those licenses,

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they hold a proper audition, so I'm with one of the people

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who were successful last time round, Nicola Hogg.

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The audition process was very much like any

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audition that I have been to before, scary.

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You really want that thing and you put your heart on the table

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and you are kind of like hoping that you want to get it.

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Yeah, scary but exciting at the same time.

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Definitely because I love music and this was an amazing opportunity

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to play on the Underground and busk and go out every day

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Busking is amazing and to me it means opportunity,

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it gives you that opportunity to go out and share your music.

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Do you manage to make a lot of money doing it as well?

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I make enough to live and, yeah, just keep progressing.

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Thank you, Nicola, enjoy your experience.

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The auditions are only held once every two years.

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Applications are open, they close this Sunday,

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and then the auditions will take place later this month.

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The Thames Clipper boat service will be extended to Gravesend next

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from the town's pontoon before being taken to central London

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during a total journey time of one hour and ten minutes.

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Passengers will be asked to fill in a survey about the service becoming

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permanent. Highbury and Islington Station

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was forced to close earlier today after heavy rain

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flooded its ticket hall. Passengers were told trains weren't

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stopping at the north London Station while work was done

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to clear the water. The station eventually

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reopened at around midday. Well, it has not been an especially

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pleasant day so far. We have had grey skies

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and scenes like this. There has been a lot

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of rain around on all our Weather Watchers' pictures today,

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showing puddles, raindrops. And heavy enough to cause

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a few problems as well. We've had a little bit of localised

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flooding here and there. This afternoon it is going to stay

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rather wet and rather cool. The Met Office has a yellow weather

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warning in place until tonight You can see it moving

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through, you may get And a northerly breeze as well,

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so with the cloud and the rain, So really not good for

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the middle of August. Overnight tonight rest

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assured that the rain Behind that some clearer

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spells so by dawn, Temperatures between 11

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and 13 degrees Celsius. So for tomorrow morning a much

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better start to the day, some breaks in the cloud,

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so brighter spells and some A bit more cloud perhaps

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in the afternoon, the risk of a shower, but most places

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managing to stay dry. It is going to feel pleasantly warm

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in the sunshine as well. The temperatures making

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a bit of a recovery It stays in the same vein really,

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not so much in the way of rain around and still the risk

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of a shower, but some brighter spells and temperatures

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staying in the low 20s. Riz will be here with our

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

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a very good afternoon. The second half, Jermaine,

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very much... ..this season,

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the whole game in full It's been a knockout day

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in the Premier League. The second half, Jermaine,

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very much...

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