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I'm Victoria Hollins.
The Mayor says it could take years
for an appeal by Uber
over its license to be resolved.
Transport for London wants
to strip the taxi app
of its operating permit in London.
The company has since met with TfL,
but Sadiq Khan said this morning
the process won't be swift.
Let's get more from Ayshea Buksh.
Remind us of the background to this.
Well, back in September, Transport
for London said the company
was unfit to run a taxi service
here in the capital.
It was a shock decision
for the many customers who use
the app and the thousands
of drivers it employs.
TfL's concerns were over
the company's approach to carrying
out background checks on drivers
and reporting serious
Uber, the company, made an appeal,
not surprisingly, and said it is in
discussions with transport for
London, it says it is determined to
make things right.
And at City Hall earlier this
morning, Ukip Assembly
Member David Kurten asked the mayor,
Sadiq Khan, how long
the appeal process could take.
Here's what he said in response.
The four tiers going up to the
Supreme Court potentially, so before
the appeals are exhausted, there is
a delay to get a case heard, so the
best estimate I have been given is
it could take a number of years. I
would be surprised if we did not
have the first hearing in the early
part of next year.
Driver still very
much operate in London. It is
interesting to look at what has been
happening in Brighton. A few weeks
ago, its council decided to renew
the licence for Uber the six months,
it said it would monitor Tfl's
decision. If it drags on, it might
not even be under the mayoralty of
Sadiq Khan. Mayoral elections are in
Still quite a long way to go.
The number of incidents of restraint
used in London's mental health
trusts has gone up by nearly 20%
in the last five years.
Five of nine trusts in the capital
to the Liberal Democrats
following a Freedom
of Information request.
Restraints rose from nearly
6,700 in 2013 to nearly
8,000 in 2017.
The Department of Health
says it is working with
the Care Quality Commission
to ensure the use of
restraint is minimised.
Families, firefighters and those
affected by the fire
at Grenfell Tower are being offered
free holidays thanks to a unique
project in Cornwall.
One woman, Esme Page, was so moved
by reports of the disaster,
that she started a campaign to fund
holidays for those affected.
So far, nearly 200 people have
benefited from a break.
Frankie McAmley reports.
A birthday boy without
a care in the world.
But the reality is his life
was uprooted by the fire
at Grenfell Tower.
Now, thanks to a unique project, his
family are on holiday in Cornwall.
How has your day been?
He lost his best friend
Zainab in the fire.
So young, he struggled
The first week, he started
every day looking out
the window saying, "Hello,
Zainab, did you see me?
I miss you."
It's hard for me...
The family lived in a block
next to Grenfell Tower
and cannot go back.
They've now been staying in a hotel
for more than five months.
This was their only chance
of a break, thanks to Cornish
businesses offering free holidays
to those struggling to cope.
What can we do?
We can do this.
We've got the beautiful
We haven't got a whole
lot of money down here,
but we give what we've got
and that's what everybody's
done, come together.
The group have now helped nearly
200 people get away.
As well as sightseeing
and beach trips, they've had
grief counselling too.
It's just amazing.
People that don't even
know us, they just come,
just from the heart,
tell us, come here and surf.
The holiday ends with a celebration.
But like many here, his sister does
not want to go back.
It's, like, scary because you just
feel like Grenfell's
going to fall on you.
If someone talks about it again,
I will just start remembering stuff,
like what happened.
Make a wish!
Make a wish!
He just wishes he had
his friend back.
All this week, we're showing films
about where your hard-earned cash
goes once you've donated
to Children in Need.
One of those charities
is the Horse Rangers' Association,
a children's charity teaching
horsemanship and stable
management to youngsters
from the age of eight onwards.
Groups are arranged into Squadrons -
Number 7 is the RDA, or Riding
for the Disabled group.
OK, as it is a bit rainy tonight,
do you think we can reach up
to the stars and get some
of the clouds out?
My name is Jo and I am
one of the instructors
here and I piloted the programme
about seven years ago.
There are children with additional
needs that don't get to be involved.
I just knew that there has to be
a room for this Squadron 7 RDA
to take place and that is why we do
it in the evening,
so that the children can come
from school and they are older.
Once they start senior school
with additional needs,
some schools find the curriculum...
They find that horse riding
is not part of education,
when it is everything.
They have learnt skills
that they can take home
to their parents and their friends
and say, "Guess what,
I learnt to tack up a horse today."
Or, "I picked a horse's foot out."
And some of these children don't
have the strength to do that.
As they come riding regularly,
the core strength builds
and the confidence builds.
I am, basically,
mucking out the horses.
You always have to pick up...
I am Anna and I am here because I am
helping look after the horses.
She has had some quite tough times,
haven't you, sweetheart?
And actually, this is the bit
of the week that, no matter
what else has been happening,
she has always come home
from smiling and happy.
I like doing everything.
I like riding, mucking out,
just making sure the horses
are happy and healthy.
Horse riding is a really
It's all done by voluntary work.
All my volunteers, they come every
single week, unpaid.
It is all one big family.
I get a massive kind of escape
from my week in that I am
taking four A-levels,
there is a lot of stress,
but when I come here,
it's all about the kids
and the horses.
I buzz every week.
I look forward to this.
This is my therapy too.
That is just one example of where
your money goes. You can join us
tomorrow when we will be live from
Warner Brothers tours in
Hertfordshire. That takes us to the
Certainly feeling quite mild
for this time of year.
But that is about to change.
It will get colder.
We have a cold front pushing its way
down from the north and that
will start to show its hand later
on this afternoon.
Until then, good spells
of brightness, always
quite a bit of cloud,
but many places seen
some sunshine at least
for the rest of the afternoon.
The best of that will tend to be
towards southern areas
because here is a cold front.
Just a very short spell of rain,
most of it quite light and patchy,
not lasting for very long.
Top temperatures before it comes
through of 14 degrees.
This evening, the skies are going
to clear behind the cold front.
Some very cold air behind it.
A widespread frost
into tomorrow morning.
You may have to scrape your car
windscreen if you are up
and about early tomorrow morning.
Temperatures away from the towns
will dip below freezing.
A very cold start
to the day tomorrow.
But lots of sunshine around.
A lovely day all in all.
A lovely day all in all.
Certainly feeling very cold, the
winds are light, fair weather cloud
in the afternoon, highs tomorrow of
only between eight and 10 degrees.
More of a patchy frost Friday night
into Saturday. More in the way of
cloud. Cloudier on Saturday, a few
spots of rain, but mostly dry, still
feeling cool on the weekend.
That's about it from me.
Asad Ahmad will be here
with our 6.30pm evening programme.
But for now, from us all,
a very good afternoon.