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Have a good afternoon.
Welcome to BBC London News.
I'm Victoria Hollins.
It was a fire that
and safety on the Underground.
Tomorrow marks 30 years
since the Kings Cross fire.
31 people, including
a firefighter, died when a smoker
dropped a match into the steps
of a wooden escalator that led from
the Piccadilly Line to the ticket
hall of the Underground Station.
Here's our Transport
Correspondent Tom Edwards.
Thousands use this escalator every
day, and many don't know this
is where the worst fire
in the history of the Tube started.
This is escalator
four at King's Cross.
A lit match ignited grease,
eventually creating a huge fireball.
Stuart Button is now retired,
but nearly 30 years ago he was one
of the first firefighters to arrive.
It was travelling faster
than they could walk.
So what we did was,
we were hurrying up ourselves
to get out of the station,
we were hoovering up people, really,
really, saying to people,
Just two minutes after they arrived,
the fire had flashed over
and engulfed the ticket hall.
It was then that we heard,
or started hearing all the screams.
I thought, there must be loads
and loads of people down there,
just scream after scream.
30 years on and this official report
still makes terrifying reading.
It describes how this station full
of commuters turned into a furnace.
It also outlines how the response
from the emergency services
was hampered due to a breakdown
in communication, and there
was a lack of knowledge
of the station layout.
The following inquiry led to huge
changes to the Tube and the Fire
Service's safety regimes.
Among the many recommendations,
wooden escalators should be removed,
smoking should be banned,
and heat detectors and sprinklers
should be installed.
And, crucially, the emergency
services should be able
to communicate with each other
Most of the recommendations have
since been implemented.
These type of exercises
are now part of training.
And legislation ensures
minimum staffing levels
on deep-line stations.
Although a new radio
system was only introduced
after the 7/7 bombings in 2005.
There isn't a month goes
by in my job that we don't reference
the King's Cross fire.
It had such a phenomenal
and beneficial effect
on the organisation,
so out of a desperate tragedy,
good things have actually come.
With cuts due on the Tube,
the unions say they'll resist
anything that they think
could compromise safety,
and these changes only happened
after the deaths of 31 Londoners.
It's emerged that universities
in London are raking in millions
of pounds in student library fines.
Figures obtained by the BBC show
that 21 universities
in the capital made more
than £3 million over the past
three academic years.
King's College London tops the list.
It's finally here - tonight,
Children In Need takes place.
Every year thousands of young
people here in London
are helped by the money raised
through your generosity
and by fundraisers.
One of those charities is Rewind,
at the Lyric Theatre, Hammersmith.
It's helped dozens of young people
at risk of exclusion from school
through theatre and drama skills.
Here's how the money
has helped them.
Yeah, and then we've got a first
contestant, and then a run-in.
Rewind is a 10-week project working
specifically with young
people between 11 and 16,
mainly focused on those
who are having difficulty in school,
who might be at risk of exclusion
or having difficulties with
attendance and things like that.
They would work with a director
or a practitioner on a script,
or they might devise a piece
of theatre on their own,
then over the next two
or three weeks shape that
into what would then
become a performance.
We're going to smash it.
Going to smash it.
My name is Ahmed, I'm 13,
I've been coming to the Rewind
project for seven weeks.
I enjoy this a lot.
To be fair, it feels better
when I have a school week
and then go here on Friday,
it's the best day of the week,
then on Monday come back
to school refreshed.
OK, this is our theatre,
come and take a seat.
The money from Children In Need
allows us to create interventions
into their lives that help them
get back into school,
help them with attendance,
and really change a path that they
might have been going down.
So today we are going
to talk about power...
It's an amazing experience to look
at a particular young person
that starts with us, is scared
of coming into the theatre,
or just doesn't know what's
going to happen, and watch them
change and grow over ten weeks
to become these confident,
brave, incredibly artistic young
people, and for them to be
so proud of the work
that they make, too.
That work, for me,
is the little bit of gold dust.
We know, fundamentally,
that we're changing lives,
and it's an incredible thing to be
a part of.
Well, we've just found out Pudsey
has arrived at our special
location for tonight's broadcasts -
we'll be live from Warner Brother's
Tours in Hertfordshire,
where Pudsey will be joined
by some special guests.
Arsenal and Tottenham
meet in the North London
derby tomorrow lunch-time.
One man who knows what life
is like on either side of the divide
is George Graham, who was
manager at both clubs.
It is 100 years since English
football produced an occasion like
Such was the drama of
Arsenal's 1989 win over Liverpool it
has been turned into a documentary.
They picked their opponents in the
last seconds of the season.
Graham was their manager. What it
has, to beat Liverpool at Anfield by
two clear goals. Liverpool dominated
English football at that time, and
rightly so, they were the best team
with the best players. But I had to
do my job and sell the idea of going
up there to beat them 2-0, I had to
sell it to the players.
no longer quite the force they were
under Graham or in the early Arsene
Wenger years, so what is missing?
would say they have just dipped from
the standards they set themselves. I
would say they have just edged
slowly away. With the ball, they are
Without the ball, not so
great. Tottenham finally finished
above Arsenal for the first time
last season since 1995, do you think
the power in north London has
I don't think so,
not yet, but I think it is on its
way unless Arsenal up their game
plan, and I think there is every
chance now that Tottenham could do
it, could do it. They've got an
outstanding manager, one of the
best, but the next hurdle really for
them is to win some silverware.
Tomorrow's north London derby is
eagerly awaited, even though it
can't quite top 89 for attention.
It felt pretty cold this morning,
let's check on the weather.
It felt pretty cold this morning,
let's check on the weather.
Yesterday we saw 15 degrees but
today we are in too much colder air.
Rulli below freezing, lots of
sunshine around, we will continue to
see that sunshine and blue skies for
the rest of the day, possibly more
hike out coming and going at times.
The wind is light, it will be dry
and temperatures will be between
seven and as high as maybe 10
Celsius in central London. Through
this evening and overnight
temperatures will drop readily at
first and then we will see more in
the way of
cloud spread in from the west at
times, so temperatures possibly not
quite as low, looking at starting
the day tomorrow with Apache frost,
three or four Celsius for many of
the towns. Tomorrow, a cloudy day
but still feeling quite chilly. We
will see plenty more cloud spreading
from the West, still feeling cold,
outbreaks of light, patchy rain and
drizzle through the afternoon,
possibly the odd heavy burst at
times but mostly very light, many
places staying dry. Temperatures not
quite making it a double figures. A
nice day on Sunday, more in the way
of sunshine, some rain on Sunday
night introduces milder air in time
for next week, when there will be
outbreaks operate at times.
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.