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I'm Alex Bushill.
so it's goodbye from me
Islington Council is
demanding that at least half
of the homes built on the site
of Holloway Prison will
have to be affordable.
It says it won't give the green
light for any plans to go ahead
unless there are guarantees that
local people will get homes.
Our political correspondent
Karl Mercer reports.
The lights are on but no 1's home.
In fact, no 1's been here at
Holloway prison since it shut 18
months ago. A prime site near
central London looking less than its
best. The Ministry of Justice owns
this plot and is currently looking
for developers to buy it.
Now the local council in Islington
has laid down the law
on what it wants here.
It says it won't back any plan
that doesn't have 50%
housing on it.
It's very clear you can get 50%
genuinely affordable housing onto
this site. There is a housing
crisis. We've got 18,000 people on
our housing register and the reality
is that working people, who work in
this borough, simply can't afford to
rent or buy in the borough at market
Behind the green wall
Holloway was London's only all-women
from 1903 until it closed.
It had housed the suffragettes
when they were jailed.
Today, local campaigners say
they want that history reflected too
in what comes next for the site.
But they also say any new homes must
be available to local people.
look behind you. That's modern
Nobody in this area can
afford to move into these modern
housing development is behind you.
Young people can't afford to live
here, to rent or to buy, and they
are desperate for change.
The Ministry of Justice said bidding
had now closed and it hoped
to announce the new owner
of the Holloway site in the spring.
It said the amount of affordable
housing would then be worked
out by the new owner
and the council.
A 20-year-old who was stabbed
to death on New Year's Day has been
named as Steve Frank Narvaez-Arias.
He was killed in Old Street
and was one of four young men to die
in separate stabbings
across the capital amid
New Year's celebrations.
Two teenagers were
on suspicion of his murder.
A second victim who was stabbed
in the same incident remains
in hospital in a critical
but stable condition.
For those with dementia,
getting out and enjoying a social
life can seem pretty impossible -
not just for those
with the condition,
but also for their carers.
Now a theatre in Havering,
north west of London,
is trying to break down social
barriers - putting on a range
of special productions,
including dementia-friendly panto.
Helen Mulroy reports.
A day out at the theatre -
a rare treat for husband
and wife of 52 years,
Margaret and Ken.
Since Ken's dementia
diagnosis two years ago,
getting out and about has become
much more challenging.
We did a lot of things, but we did
a lot of things on our own -
which now we don't do.
Now our lives are very
much more together,
because he needs the back-up.
That's what I'm there for.
But it's possible because here
at the Queens Theatre in Havering
they put on a range of accessible
performances for audiences
with a number of different needs.
Today's is their dementia friendly
pantomime, Beauty and the Beast.
As you can see our house lights
are on and the house lights
will remain on during the course
of the performance so people are
free to move around if they require.
You will see the band are on stage
for the duration and sound
levels will be reduced,
just to avoid any shock or higher
levels that might be uncomfortable,
and elements such as pyrotechnics
and smoke are removed
from the production,
to cause any confusion or distress.
More than just changes
to the performance on stage
the theatre actually put
up extra signage.
They also have more highly
visible and trained staff
on hand to help patrons.
Further to that, the Havering
Dementia Action Alliance set up
an information table for those
wanting further support.
For those running a local
dementia community group,
events like this are invaluable.
You have a lot of isolation
because initially you don't know
where you can go and they haven't
got a label on their forehead saying
"I've got dementia".
It's very important that people
socialise if you've got dementia
and also for the carers to be able
to take someone to places
where they don't feel embarrassed
if they do something silly
or something embarrassing.
Bringing a group or people
to a thing that's set up
for dementia is great.
It's not just the audience that
recognise the benefits.
It's one of the reasons why
we going to this sort of business,
because it should be for everybody,
it's about bringing stories
and music and it's not
about bringing it to one
type of audience.
How's it going?
It's good fun.
It's nice to have some
The Queens Theatre is planning more
accessible shows this year.
They hope to inspire other
theatres to follow suit.
This week nearly 1.5
million of us watched
a relative unknown, Rob Cross,
sweep to victory in the World
This weekend it's the turn
of the women and rival dart
organisation the BDO
at the Lakeside.
Sara Orchard has
been speaking to Tricia Wright,
from Mitcham, who's qualified
for the first time.
She asked her about women's
darts' growing popularity.
And parity on earnings with men. The
British darts Organisation has
helped their championships at the
Lakeside Country Club at Frimley
Green in siree since 1986. They've
had a women's tournament since 2001
and after 16 years of trying, Tricia
Wright has qualified to compete.
It's just where that tournament has
always been, you know, from what I
can remember, and the atmosphere is
good. It's run well and as you can
see from the crowds of people that
go, the tickets are booked up well
in advance. People stay the whole
week and they thoroughly enjoyed.
Whoever is crowned the 2018 women's
world champion will take home a
cheque for £12,000. The men's world
champion gets eight times more,
£100,000, and at the recent PDC
championship, the rival
organisation, champion Rob Cross
took home £400,000.
arguing this for years, you know,
and I can't see where it's going to
And when it comes to Michael
van Gerwen, who competed in the PDC,
he says women will never be as good
as men at the darts. Do you see that
Possibly, if women didn't
have to go to work and everything
else, you know will stop for the
professional men, they've got more
time, if they are full professional,
to just stand that board and hammer
it all day long.
Tricia has competed
against men, with some success. She
once pushed three-time world
champion semifinalist Darryl Fitton
to near defeat and words were
whispered at the oche.
allowed to repeat it! He did say a
few words but all in good fun, all
in good fun.
The BDO World
Championship starts tomorrow.
Now the calm after the storm.
Let's find out what the
weekend weather is doing
after the recent storms.
Here's Elizabeth Rizzini.
Hello, good afternoon. The weather
is a lot quieter today than it was
yesterday. The winds are a lot
lighter. We've had some showers
earlier on this morning, but also
some brighter spells. It should be
mostly dry for the rest of the
afternoon, although I wouldn't rule
out the possibility of one or two
showers, maybe towards the
north-west. Mainly dry. Some
brightness. The winds easing down.
Top temperatures 6-8, cooler than it
was yesterday. Overnight tonight we
will stay dry for a time. There may
be some showers working their way in
from the south as we had through the
small hours of tomorrow morning.
Mostly dry towards Northern Home
Counties and here we see the lowest
temperatures, down as low as 1-3,
maybe a touch of rule frost but it's
unlikely. Further south some cloud,
possibly some showers around
tomorrow morning. There will be
quite a cloudy day tomorrow. We
start a draw in a north-easterly
wind. Quite a lot of wind chill to
factor in. Mostly cloudy morning
with some showers during the
afternoon and possibly a wet end to
the day, particularly for southern
areas. This is the cold air coming
down from the north. Temperatures
6-7. By the time we get on Sunday
the cold air should be with us but
expect it to be quite a cold start
of the day, possibly a frosty one,
but there should be lots of sunshine
around on Sunday. The best of that
towards Northern areas. Tom
temperatures around seven, but it
will feel colder than that with the
wind-chill and chilly start to the
new working week. Cloudier on
That's about it from me.
That's about it from me.
Louisa Preston will be here
with our 6:30pm evening programme.
There is much more news, travel and
weather and all of our stories on
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But for now, from us all,
a very good afternoon.
Have a fabulous weekend, bye-bye.