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Good afternoon and welcome

to BBC London News.

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I'm Sonja Jessup.

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Almost 90,000 children are homeless

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and living in temporary

accommodation in the capital,

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according to a new report

by the housing charity Shelter.

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It says it's the highest

number in a decade,

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with many forced to live in what's

largely regarded as the worst form

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of temporary accommodation,

bed and breakfasts.

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Chris Rogers has this report.

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This is a bed and breakfast hotel.

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It's fully booked.

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It has been and will be for years.

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This is now shelter for around

30 homeless families.

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Suliman, his wife and two children

have lived in this hotel

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room for four years.

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This is the living room

and, well, living room,

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dining room, bedroom,

pretty much every room.

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Wardrobe.

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Oh, you've got no

wardrobes, have you?

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Like I said, when we came

here we were given two sets

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of drawers and the one bed.

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This is the kitchen.

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Yes.

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At least it's separate

from the rest of the area.

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But it is tiny, isn't it?

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Yeah.

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You can see like even with two

people, you have to do

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kind of a kitchen dance.

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Suliman is working.

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He is an IT engineer but the cost

of living has put him and thousands

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of families in danger

of life on the streets.

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This is the alternative for many.

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According to the charity Shelter,

rooms like this are home to one

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in 24 children across the capital.

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It's been a struggle all the time,

pretty much since we moved here.

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It was OK to start with for a few

months because obviously we had one

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child, less than one-year-old.

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But then, obviously she got older.

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There were meant to be reassessments

at different points,

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they didn't do them.

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We've basically been forgot

about since, really.

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We were placed in

a property and left.

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How are you holding it together,

how are you keeping it

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together in your head,

practically, keeping your marriage

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going, keeping your family strong?

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I mean, honestly, how have

you managed to survive four years?

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Um, just think to myself,

you know there are people

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in worse situations.

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There are people who are living

on the streets and, to be honest,

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regardless of what happens,

I can't have that with my family.

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I can't take that risk.

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So anything is better than nothing.

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The legal limit for temporary

accommodation is six weeks.

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But the housing shortage leaves

councils with few options.

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Generations of children only know

life in a bed and breakfast.

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The Mayor of London has made

a very personal journey

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from India to Pakistan,

on the fourth day

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of his trade visit.

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Sadiq Khan walked across the border,

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after starting the day with a visit

to the Golden Temple in Amritsar.

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Here's our Political

Correspondent Karl Mercer.

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Of course I'm the Mayor of London

but I'm somebody whose family come

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from this part of the world,

from India and Pakistan.

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When we were organising this trip,

we were told that it's not the done

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thing to go to India and Pakistan

on the same trip.

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Well, when I said I wanted to cross

from India to Pakistan directly,

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by foot, it was frowned upon,

not the sort of thing that is done.

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I think it is important, though.

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The symbolism, but also,

there are many people like me whose

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family come from India and Pakistan.

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The hospitality with which I have

been received in India is phenomenal

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and something that will stay

with me forever.

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I'm now going to Pakistan

and hopefully that's going to carry

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on in Pakistan as well.

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Obviously it's very

exciting to be here.

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Obviously quite emotional to go

from India to Pakistan

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as my grandparents, my parents

and many millions did 70 years

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ago and looking forward

to the next part of our trade

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delegation now in Pakistan.

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How important was it

for you to do it, Sadiq?

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I think it's important.

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It's important we are a city

where we have Londoners

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from all different backgrounds,

who came from Pakistan and India.

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Many people in London came

from India or Pakistan subcontinent

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and I think it is important

for to us show we are a city open

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to people from Pakistan and India.

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Does it feel like coming home?

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Home is south London, mate

but it is good to be in Pakistan,

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it is good to come from India,

the home of my parents

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and grandparents and obviously

there is an emotional connection

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for me, bearing in mind

my connections to this

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great part of the world.

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The Mayor,

ending that report by Karl Mercer.

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The police watchdog -

the IPCC - is investigating

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after an officer and an elderly

woman died in a crash involving

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a motorbike and a car in Berkshire.

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It happened yesterday

on the A4 Bath Road,

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at Hare Hatch, east of Reading.

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The on-duty officer,

PC James Dixon, was riding

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the bike and was killed along

with a 91-year-old woman

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who was a passenger in the car.

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Shopkeepers in east London

are being urged not to sell

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powerful drain cleaner to teenagers,

or to anyone they suspect might

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use it in an acid attack.

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The Mayor of Tower Hamlets

is asking businesses to join

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a voluntary scheme -

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which would see them carrying out ID

checks on customers.

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Tarah Welsh has this report.

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Here in Tower Hamlets there has been

over 1p 00 acid attacks since 2012

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and there was a spate over the

Sumner east London. The mayor here

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wants to do something about that.

He's introduced an opt-in scheme for

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shop keepers where they need

challenge anyone who looks underage

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or for people buying drain cleaner

and don't look like they are going

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to clean drains, for example. Paul

you have signed up. What do you

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think of it?

It is a good start.

There have been calls for people to

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make it a licensed product. This is

a good stepping stone n between,

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where maybe everybody can show

responsibility and use a bit of

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common sense for the sale of this

product.

How do you feel about

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challenging people that, you know,

who would ultimately be throwing

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acid in someone's face. How do you

feel?

Well, you don't know that's

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what it is going to be used for. But

we do like to check people under 18,

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maybe under the influence of drugs

or drink but it can be, we had it

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when the knife policy came n you get

knife confrontation. We have used we

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are out of stock. It is not a

product available off the shelf, so

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it is handed to them and that can

diffuse the situation.

This all

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comes into play today. Alongside

this the Government is trying to

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introduce policies to toughen up the

law on acid attacks. Tara Welsh

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reporting from Tower Hamlets there.

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The company that owns Brent Cross

and Croydon Centrale

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shopping centres is to take over

one of its main rivals,

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creating the UK's

largest property company

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worth £21 billion.

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Hammerson will pay

almost £3.5 billion

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for Intu, which owns Lakeside

in Essex as well as shopping malls

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in Uxbridge and Watford.

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It's time for the weather

now with Sara Thornton.

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It's time for the weather

now with Sara Thornton.

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Good afternoon. If you like

something a little lively in your

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weather I stay tuned, I have

something for you. At the moment, of

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course, a non-descript day out there

across London. Mostly dry but

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cloudy. And it is mild. Certainly

but the breeze is going to continue

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to pick up as we go through the next

24 or so hours. We might see some

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breaks in the cloud, equally you

might see a touch of drizzle and

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afternoon temperatures about where

we are at the moment. 12. Tonight

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the winds pick up. From the

south-west, mild squeezing together

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as this frontal system makes its way

towards us in the early hours of

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tomorrow. Watch what happens to the

temperatures, they don't fall away

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overnight A dry evening and the rain

spills in by first thing tomorrow.

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The wind could gust 40 miles per

hour in one or two places. It is

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rain for the morning, temperatures

lifting for a little bit and then

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the rain clears away. The sun comes

in but the winds change direction

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and it feels raw and chilly by the

end of the afternoon. For the end of

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the week into the weekend,

continuing with that northerly wind,

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cold air dragging across us, when

any rain stoorts push in, that will

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cause us some question marks in

terms of the risk of sleet or snow.

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We could have snow showers for

instance on the Chilterns on Friday.

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#340st of us, though, dry and

settled until at least Sunday

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afternoon. Watch this space.

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So that's it from us

on the lunchtime team.

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Riz Lateef will be here

at 6.30, though, with our

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evening programme.

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There is plenty more on the website.

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Have a great afternoon.

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Bye bye.

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