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Good afternoon, I'm Asad Ahmad.
The police and the RSPCA are urging
people not to buy puppies
as Christmas presents after a rise
in the number of dead dogs found
dumped by roadsides.
They're believed to be treated
as waste by illegal breeders
cashing in on seasonal sales.
Officers say animals are being bred
in appallingly cruel conditions
by organised criminal gangs.
Just to warn you,
Yvonne Hall's report does
contain upsetting images.
They look adorable and healthy. But
these puppies have been bred
illegally for sale in North London
and are underfed, riddled with
parasites and very sick. This is
what happens to the weakest puppies
who die in illegal conditions, they
get dumped by the roadside.
latest batch found in ambition. This
is going on every day, waste from
puppy traders is being discarded
like household rubbish.
run-up to Christmas, it is
We do see an
increase in puppy buying, selling,
at this time of year. I think the
local find in permission has
reopened the fact that we are seeing
a spike -- in ambition.
illegal farm, some found dead.
are emaciated, awful conditions,
extremely skinny, used time after
time for litter after litter. The
puppies themselves are kept in very
small, dark enclosures, in absolute
The RSPCA and the police are
warning organised criminal gangs are
involved making up to £1000 per
puppy. Some force vulnerable people
to sell them.
They have had threats
made against themselves, against
their family, they have been
intimidated, harassed, bullied.
charity is urging prospective buyers
to follow its contract guidelines
for puppies to help stamp out the
illegal trade. At least for one of
the Sikh puppies rescued in north
London, a happy ending. This is him
now, adopted by the Met Police
officer who helped to save him.
definitely -- you definitely need to
be able to see both sets of parents,
their history, where they have come
Yvonne Hall, BBC London news.
Heathrow Airport has
cut its estimated expansion costs
by over £2 billion as it
makes a new proposal
for a third runway.
It comes from reducing the space
needed and changes to building work.
The proposal will be put
to the public next year,
but there's already criticism
from campaign groups
who say the lower cost does
nothing to address fears
over environmental damage.
A court has heard how a homeless
man, who damaged a £24 million
Thomas Gainsborough painting
in the National Gallery
this year, did it because
a voice in his head
told him to.
Keith Gregory is accused
of slashing the painting
called The Morning Walk
using a drill bit.
He's pleaded not guilty
to the charge of causing criminal
damage by reason of insanity.
The case continues.
The much-awaited Crossrail
is in its final stages
and will open to the public
in 12 months' time.
So, the countdown has
begun,and to mark it,
Transport for London
has released a tube map to show us
how we'll be able to get around
when the Elizabeth line
is up and running.
There are positive noises about
London's next big infrastructure
project, Crossrail 2.
Our transport correspondent,
Tom Edwards, has been
taking a look at it.
These huge platforms
are at Farringdon Crossrail station
and in a year's time,
trains will be running through here.
Today news that in central London,
fares on the Elizabeth line will be
the same as the tube.
In terms of where it
covers normal TFL zones,
it will be exactly the same fare
structure because we recognise this
is going to take some
business from other lines,
of course it will, but we also know
people who perhaps have not used
the Central line or Jubilee line
in the last few years,
they perceive them to be very busy,
and they will, of course,
come back to using the underground
and that, of course,
is about supporting
London's continued growth.
The Elizabeth line will initially
start in three sections and already
there are plans for the next big
infrastructure project, Crossrail 2.
And the Government wants TFL
to raise half of that up front,
through business rates,
councils and developers.
City Hall admits the funding
is a big challenge.
We are absolutely confident
from the figures we have already
submitted that London can fund half
of the capital programme
that we would need for Crossrail 2.
It is not easy but we can do it.
The pay back, both in terms
of what comes to TFL
and the Treasury, but to London's
businesses and Londoners,
Crossrail 2 will run
from south-west London and Surrey
through the capital to
Today the Government
So, do you think it will happen?
Yes, I believe it will.
There are some quite
specific capacity challenges
across the network in London
that still remain.
Crossrail 2 has the ability
to solve a number of them.
We need to make sure, therefore,
that we ensure Crossrail 2 tackles
the challenges we most need to be
tackled here in London.
As this huge engineering project
enters its final stages
to match London's growth,
the capital's already looking
at new infrastructure.
The challenge, as it was initially
on Crossrail, is funding.
Tom Edwards, BBC London news.
As many people wind down
from work as we approach Christmas,
there are still many jobs
which will be staffed,
like our servicemen and women.
We've been behind the scenes
with the Household Cavalry
as the Defence Secretary came
to thank them and all our Armed
Forces for their service.
Tolu Adeyoye reports.
They are the public face of the
British Army and the mounted escort
Her Majesty the Queen. The Household
Cavalry is the only's oldest and
most senior regiment.
Out on parade,
looking smart, clean, very good
tempered, the soldiers come down at
11am... They are here for 24 hours.
The horses do one hour on, one hour
off until 4pm in the evening. The
soldiers, the foot reliefs, they
will be on their feet for two hours,
staggered, until later.
I put my
tunic on, the jacket on underneath,
then I put on my cloak, and my
boots, my sword and scabbard. I do
up my cloak, helmet on, ready to go.
Household Cavalry soldiers are
trained for battle as one is
ceremonial duties. Today the Defence
Secretary came to thank them and all
the Armed Forces for their service
to the country. All of those present
today will be working over the
Day, not amazing, but being with the
lads, everyone brings spirits up.
chose to work Christmas so I could
have new years.
Tactical. What do
you love most about being part of
It is unique.
be part of it.
Now, let's check on
the weather with Kate.
Good afternoon. We saw this morning,
dense freezing fog, but it was not
widespread, lots of people saw blue
skies first thing. We have held onto
sunny spells, the best day to enjoy
the sunshine, later, it will turning
cloudy. Coming in from the north,
still feeling quite chilly at least
for now. The cloud creeping in this
afternoon, first the north-west,
then covering all parts, for this
evening. Sunshine this afternoon in
south-west London. Not especially
warm. Temperatures struggling.
Overnight, the crowd spills down,
they for the odd spot of rain, but
most places dry. Prepare for missed
and murk. The temperature could rise
a little for some places as we head
through to dawn. Frost free as the
temperature is above Sarah. I'll do
start to tomorrow morning. -- above
zero. Mist and murk will lift into
low cloud, staying grey and gloomy
tomorrow. The temperature, however,
markedly different, 11, back up in
double figures. It stays mild for
the next few days. Temperatures into
the weekend staying in double
figures and mild at night as well.
Not cold at all.
Victoria will be here with our next
news at 6.30pm on BBC One.
Until then, have a very