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On BBC One we now join the BBC's news teams where you are.

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Good afternoon and welcome to BBC London News.

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The gas supply to hundreds of homes in four tower blocks in South

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London has been cut due to safety fears.

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Residents are being evacuated to temporary accommodation

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The issue with the gas supply was discovered during

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an investigation into safety prompted by the Grenfell Fire.

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Simon Jones is there - Simon, what have residents been told?

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Yes, after they were told this by Southwark council they discovered

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potentially another big problem. Gas was supplied to these buildings when

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they were constructed from about 1968 until 1970 but in new and there

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had been a nearby tower block where there had been a gas explosion and

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that cause part of the building to collapse on top of each other and

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that led to four deaths. In the week that -- wake of that gas was fitted

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in buildings like these ones and there are needed to be improvements

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to the structure of the building. Southwark council believed that had

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actually happened. But now they have done further checks and they are not

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convinced this building was actually strengthened as it was supposed to

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be, so potentially if there were a gas explosion it could be very

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serious. So that is why they have decided to turn off the gas supplies

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for these four buildings straightaway. Residents have been

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sent a letter saying in the coming weeks they will need to be evacuated

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as the work is due to be carried out. The council says it recognises

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this will cause a big problem for a lot of people but they say the

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safety for the public has to be the number one priority.

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I totally understand residents are worried,

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and I really understand why they are worried.

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What I would like to see to reassure residents is that as soon as we knew

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about the issue with the gas, we have turned that gas supply off

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to make sure residents are safe as they possibly can be.

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There will be an inconvenience unfortunately as a consequence

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of that, but we are working round the clock to get

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a more permanent fix in around this as well.

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I've been speaking to some of the residents and some of them are very

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upset that potentially they have been living in these buildings for

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years when they have not been safe. In the meantime the council is

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giving people a electrical hot plates so they can carry on cooking,

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but they save people need a hot shower they will need to go to

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nearby leisure centres, so it will be a big inconvenience for people.

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Some are very concerned about it but the council is stressing it has to

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put safety first. That was Simon with that report.

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Four people have been treated for breathing in smoke

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following a fire on a Bakerloo line train this morning.

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Oxford Circus station was evacuated.

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The fire was caused by an electrical fault under one of the carriages.

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Transport for London says it's investigating,

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A 16-year-old boy and an 18-year-old woman have been arrested

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over the murder of a schoolboy in Croydon, who was attacked

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Jermaine Goupall, who was 15, was with his friends

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in Thornton Heath on Tuesday night, when they were confronted by three

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A post mortem's revealed he died of a stab wound to his leg.

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It's been billed as the ultimate experience for Abba superfans -

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a new restaurant in Waterloo - where else?

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Where diners will be entertained with songs

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But some local residents aren't happy, saying it's being built

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on land that's supposed to be set aside for social housing.

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Well, I'm at the edge of the Coin Street residential development just

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between the IMAX and Oxo Tower near the South Bank.

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The plans are for this car park to be turned into a

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restaurant and nightclub, based on the Abba Mamma Mia musical.

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The resident as you can see I'm not a

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I'm joined by one of them here this morning.

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This land has been empty for almost 20 years and in that 20 is not one

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single flat or house has been built for social housing which is the

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remit of the developers group, so they have decided to build a

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nightclub, which is wholly unacceptable, bearing in mind that

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could be 4000 or 5000 people per week pouring out onto our local

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street and causing noise pollution. They say they will be mindful of

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local residents. There is no longer line that can tell people how to get

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home so when they leave here it will be uncontrollable, to control 500

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people per night seven nights a week, drinking for up to five hours.

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If you look around you we are completely surrounded by residents,

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up to 2000 students at at Kings College, flats down luggage rack, so

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the main entrance to this place could be 50 yards from my bedroom

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window, my daughter's bedroom window and start secondary school in

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August. Thank you. The developers say they believe it is an exciting

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development and it will have some impact on locals, but in a positive

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way, and the developers believe this will also be positive for the local

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community and they will be mindful of local residents.

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Now, think of National Parks in this country

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and you might be picturing somewhere like the Lake District...

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Rather than here in our busy, congested capital.

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But today plans have been unveiled aimed at making London the world's

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first National Park City - that is, greener,

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Our environment correspondent Tom Edwards explains.

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This Woodbury weapons in Hackney, hidden gem. London is one of the

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greenest cities on the planet, but for how long? -- this is Woodbury

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wetlands in Hackney. Today the mayor is promoting more green spaces and

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will do that by making London and national Park city. Part of it is

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bringing it all together but part of it is making sure we give this area

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of policy the gravitas it deserves, and I want developers, counsellors,

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Londoners, tourists, to recognise London pays a huge attention to

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green spaces, and us being a National Park city will be

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important. I send the message today that the direction of travel is that

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way. London's green spaces support 14,000 species and the city has 3.8

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million gardens. 47% of the area of the capital is made up of green

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space and waterways. The mayor wants that to rise to 50%. Making cities

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greener is not new. This is well and garden city, built in 1920. A

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National Park city would mean tightening planning and making green

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space polity priority. Has been described as a turbo economy,

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jostling for position amongst other world cities. For those of us who

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work and live in the city, perhaps you want a city which is greener,

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slower, and the National Park city I think gives an idea that London

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could be very different for those who live, work and play here. These

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are very early days. The criteria to become a National Park city haven't

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even been decided yet. The big challenge will be protecting green

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space and also meeting increasing the man's for more housing. Tom

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Edwards, BBC London News. Film footage of the so-called

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"Battle of Lewisham" - that was lost for decades -

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has been rediscovered. It shows the National Front march

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that took place in South London Up to 5000 local people

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and activists stopped the march The footage features

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in an exhibition at Let's get the weather with Lucy.

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Good afternoon. A dry and bright start with plenty of sunshine around

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and our weather watchers have been capturing the scene is local to

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them. This one from Rebecca. Into the afternoon it will become

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increasingly cloudy. And next front pushing and from the north-west,

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which will introduce some cloud but also some drizzle. You can see the

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best of the brightness has certainly been in the south-east this morning.

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And there is this front you can see in the charts making its way that

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will introduce the cloud and sherry outbreaks of rain overnight. We will

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then start to see that cloud edging in and I think the further east you

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are is holding on to the best of staying at a maximum of about 22

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Celsius. Through this evening and overnight, we will see the rest of

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that cloud pushing, some sherry outbreaks of rain and a breeze

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starting to pick slightly as well. -- some sherry outbreaks. It will be

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a fairly cloudy start tomorrow. Some bits of rain and Russell first

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thing. Then becoming drier into the afternoon. Some good spells of

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sunshine developing and it will feel pleasant in any sunshine with highs

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of 22 Celsius. Sunday looks decent again, staying dry with plenty of

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brightness and sunny spells. That is it for now.

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Being on stage or screen doesn't faze these celebrities.

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But how will they manage on MasterChef?

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You need a bigger toaster. Do you think?

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It will be tasty. Are you telling me?

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Are you letting me loose with a blowtorch? Argh!

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You guys can throw anything you want at me and I'm ready for it.

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