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That's all from the BBC News at One
so it's goodbye from me
Good afternoon and welcome to BBC
London News, I'm Sonja Jessup.
There's a warning the capital
could face a crime wave
if the police don't take motor
crime more seriously.
That's the stark view of the AA,
after BBC London has learned how few
reported crimes of theft from motor
vehicles result in prosecutions.
Alex Bushilll joins me.
What do the figures tell us?
be clear, this is not figures of
theft of motor vehicles but theft
from vehicles, said things like
airbags all laptops, things from the
passenger seat getting stolen. These
figures showed the level of
prosecutions is pretty low. They
confirm last year 53,000 reported
offences were lodged, but of those
only 796 cases resulted in persons
being proceeded against. As a
percentage, that means only 1.5% of
the total resulted in effectively
charges being brought. This plays
into the current debate where the
Met are being very upfront about how
they are not going to police,
investigate low-level crimes, citing
motor crime as one of the examples.
I have spoken to a builder in
Croydon who, like so many others,
have experienced this crime
first-hand, thousands of pounds
worth of tools taken from his van
outside of his house which
interestingly had CCTV of the
suspect stealing from him, and he
said the police did not do anything,
no investigation whatsoever. We have
spoken to the mat, as for a comment,
we are waiting to hear from them,
but this was the builder's response.
It is a free for all, the thieves
know at the moment they will not be
prosecuted, it is advertised on the
radio, TV that the police will not
prosecute these thieves, so it is a
free for all, they know they can go
out, even if evidence is provided to
the fact that you can see that these
are the people that are the
assailants, the police absolutely
will do nothing about it.
the Met's response more generally
about policing motor crime?
said they will do something about it
but only where there is the DDB or
evidence they can pursue. In a
statement they said there can be
limited opportunities to identify
the perpetrators of theft, so it is
not worth their time, basically, to
investigate every report of crime,
so they go on to say that the
introduction of CCTV can help them
to identify offenders. That is very
little reassurance to motoring
groups I have been speaking to, like
the AA. The president of the AA told
me today it is not good enough and
more needs to be done.
They are not
investigating enough crimes, so
there could be a spate of crimes,
catalytic converters being stolen
from one area, and we have knowledge
that it is maybe just one gang doing
it. If you took that gang off the
street, you would clean up crime in
one large area.
The Mets say they
are doing everything they can to
keep our streets safe but these
figures tie into the wider debate
about what we could expect the
police to police.
Alex, thank you.
As I'm sure you are away, it is
Black Friday, the West End expected
to be keeping with shoppers spending
But has it taken off,
or are Londoners more interested
in searching online for a good deal
rather than hitting the high street?
Frankie McCamley is
on Oxford Street for us.
How busy is it?
Things have picked
up compared to what we saw this
morning. We were on Oxford Street at
7am, two hours early, when one of
the stores opened its doors, and, as
you can see, it wasn't a very big
rush, there were not the big queue
is expected from years gone by. One
man was queueing to come in and
collect a pre-ordered laptop but
things are picking up. I am joined
by Carl Monk from the new West End
Company. Has it been a flop? No,
this morning was quiet but we still
expect 156 million to be spent over
Black Friday this weekend, up 8%, as
domestic shoppers come to make the
most of their pounds ahead of the
Christmas shopping period will stop
how important is it for London to
get the shoppers out on the street?
Incredibly important, it is our core
market in the West End and we do
everything we can to work with
retailers to drive Londoners to shop
and spend here.
Thank you. We have
had some figures in that say that
most deals in London grabbed a this
morning but research says this might
not be the best day to pick up those
deals so the advice is to stick to
your shopping list and do research.
The rise in online shopping
is being blamed as one
of the reasons traffic jams
in the capital are getting worse.
Figures from the Department
for Transport suggest the average
speed of traffic in the City
of London fell below 7mph last year.
Ford has applied to Transport
for London to run six
commuter bus routes.
The US carmaker already runs
a service in four American cities,
where passengers can book a place
on its 15-seater minibuses
via a smartphone app.
We all know there are beautiful
walks to take in and around
the capital by day.
But one Londoner has written a book
that argues we can best
understand our city,
and ourselves, if we walk
in the middle of the night.
Wendy Hurrell has more.
# London by night is a wonderful
When the sun goes down over our
city, another world wakes up. One of
night buses, night workers, and like
I started walking at night
because I did not like taking taxis
and wasn't keen on night buses so I
would walk through the city and
began to realise it was a completely
different environment, there was a
different ecology to the city, and I
became more and more fascinated by
the people who walk about in the
night. You do see figures whose
presence is very furtive and the
night, the darkness, the shadows do
bestir one people, even if they are
up to something quite innocent, a
certain kind of a new and Mrs Tariq
and suspiciousness. The greatest
night walk of all was Charles
Dickens, a truly Olympian night
walk. Wonderful glimpses of London
at night in much of his fiction. It
certainly looked pretty different,
the presence of all the car traffic
and buses makes a huge difference,
but there is this wonderful light,
albeit not Gaslight, coming from the
lamps along the river, this
beautiful yellow light shimmering on
the surface of the Thames, so in
some ways I think that some of the
magic of the 19th-century city and
night down on the river is still
# Lovers love London by night.
It does look lovely but you may need
to wrap up warm if you are going for
a night-time walk.
Let's get the weather now -
here's Lucy Martin.
Feeling cooler than yesterday but it
will feel colder still as we move
into the weekend. Plenty of dry,
bright weather and some sunshine on
the way as we move through the next
few days, despite the cold
temperatures. Through this
afternoon, largely dry and bright,
there will be sunny spells
developing with light winds,
temperatures reaching a maximum of
around 10 Celsius. As we go through
tonight it will stay largely dry,
clear skies as we move through the
night, just the chance of one or two
isolated showers, particularly for
south-west London, but most people
staying dry and with temperatures
falling away we are looking at a
fairly widespread frost. Rarely the
temperatures will be colder than
this. A cold and frosty start
tomorrow, plenty of sunshine, patchy
cloud bubbling up at times, and
again mostly dry but north-west
London could see the odd isolated
shower. Highs of around seven
Celsius per day brisk north-westerly
wind means it won't feel
particularly warm. A chilly start of
the day on Sunday, touch of frost
bursting, good spells of sunshine
and a brisk north-westerly breeze,
temperatures in the single figures.
A spell of rain as we move into
Monday allows temperatures to
briefly increase but will turn
cooler again as we move into
Tuesday. Have a good day.
So that's it for now, but I hope
you can join Asad Ahmad later -
he'll be here with our
6.30pm evening programme.
Enjoy your afternoon.