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Welcome to BBC London News.
I'm Sarah Campbell.
Waltham Forest Council is believed
to be the first employer
in the country to give extended
leave to the parents
of premature babies.
New parents normally
start their leave the day
after their baby's born,
but now the council will grant extra
leave to cover the period
of time their babies
are in hospital.
Tolu Adeoye reports.
I came across the campaign last
autumn. I was very moved. I wanted
to know why parents were not getting
extra maternity or paternity leave
and pay when they were already going
through such emotionally challenging
times would quite often very sick
babies. I came back to Waltham
forest, I asked my HR department if
there was something we could do,
they actually said there was no
reason why we couldn't do something.
What are the practical changes you
The practical changes we
are making art that for every week
before the due date, the parents
will be entitled to full pay and
leave the maternity and paternity,
so if a child is a week early, they
will get the extra week. Four weeks
early, the extra four weeks.
has the response been like from
members of staff?
The response has
been really good. Locally through
social media and a huge outpouring
of support for Waltham forest
council for doing this. The case
does not stop here. We want to start
working with some of our contractors
and partners to get them to put
voluntary steps in place to support
their staff who may have premature
babies going forward. We want more
councils and employers across the
country to follow this lead.
An investigation's begun
into the cause of a fire that's
destroyed a paint factory in North
The flames could be seen
across large parts of the city
and local people were advised
to keep their doors
and windows closed.
It took three hours for almost
100 firefighters to get
the fire under control.
Victoria Cook reports.
The Fire Service are still hear this
lunchtime using aerial ladders as
you can see behind me to damp down
hotspots in the factory. I am joined
by the station manned danger. 100
firefighters last night, quite a big
-- I'm joined by the station
manager. Yes, it was. It was a 15
bonfire by 20 past ten, with 100
firefighters. -- 15 pump fire. They
worked very hard to stop it
Quite a concern because
chemicals, they were inside the
factory, also very explosive and
Yes, that probably
accounts for the massive intensity
of the fire initially. The cruise
worked to remove additional storage
away from the building and also to
protect the surrounding areas.
Environment Agency are here now. We
have seen surrounding the site blue
paint flowing from the factory, the
water from the Fire Service has
leaked through and it is running
down the road. Is this a concern?
is. We have been working with the
Environment Agency, blocked off the
surface water drains because
unfortunately the surface water
around here runs down into the
reservoir so there is some pollution
to the reservoir but also we have
stopped the flow and they will
tanker away the affluent.
moment, does anyone know the cause
of the fire?
investigation at this point.
now, thank you. At the moment, they
do not know how long they will be
here for, the Fire Service, but
certainly for the rest of today.
Victoria Cook there.
Cycling campaigners in Stevenage say
it's disappointing that their town
has far fewer people using bikes
than a Dutch town which it
helped to inspire.
Almere, just outside Amsterdam,
based key parts of its cycling
network on how Stevenage looked back
in the 1970s.
But now, the Dutch city has over
ten times more journeys
by bike than in Stevenage.
Tom Barton reports.
Rush-hour in the Dutch town of
Almere. Barely a car in sight.
Hundreds of people on bicycles.
Going to work and to school. Built
in the late 1970s, this new term is
a cycling success, the third of all
journeys here taken and a pedal
power on a 300 mile network where
bikes and cars are kept almost
It is good for
the environment and in this city, it
is also much faster than by car.
success of the cycle path is down in
no small part to the bicycle network
in Stevenage. 200 miles away.
Britain's first Newtown, Stevenage,
built in the 1950s and at its heart
was the cycle network allowing quick
travel between home and work. It was
on a visit Democrat in the light
1970s Almere's founding fathers were
inspired -- it was on a visit there
in the late 1970s.
The slope is
often fairly steep, so Stevenage has
helped us to take the same system in
But while he cycling has
flourished, in Stevenage, it has
floundered. Despite the historic
cycle network, fewer than 3% of
journeys to work are made by bike.
Jim Brown is from the local cycling
It is a disappointment. There
is a lot everybody could do. The two
councils, schools, so on, employers
as well, and there is a shift.
in Almere, they are hoping the
advent of electric bikes will see
more people choosing two wheels
instead of four. Certainly the
authorities in Stevenage could learn
from the lessons of the town they
helped inspire. Tom Barton, BBC
London news, Almere.
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have
chosen Brixton as the location
of their second official
royal engagement together.
The couple will visit
Reprezent Radio Station
which was set up in 2008 in response
to an increase in knife crime.
As well as tackling issues on-air,
such as cyber-bullying and mental
health, the station is also
being seen as a hotbed of new talent
for the music industry.
The royal couple will meet some
of its staff and presenters.
I think they are going to be really
cool and down-to-earth
which is the thing I'm
most excited about.
I keep saying though, like,
with Harry, I feel like I will be
able to speak slang to him
and he would understand what I'm
saying because he seems
like a very cool guy.
Even if they don't ask,
I'll volunteer for no fee
at all to DJ at their wedding.
I will learn just for them anything
Harry wants to hear,
I am down to play it.
I would also like to do a special
rap dedicated to them as well.
If they are up for it,
I am here to do it.
Applications to Kensington Palace!
Now let's check on the weather
with Kate Kinsella.
Yet another cold and cloudy day and
that theme will continue this
afternoon. Not much in the way of
brightness. It stays like this this
afternoon as well, a blanket of
rather grave, doll cloud. The called
air is trapped underneath. Compared
to yesterday, the wind a little bit
lighter, coming from the south-east.
As I said, it is still going to feel
cold. Heading into this evening,
conditions do not really change. A
lot of cloud around, gradually the
breeze will strengthen a little bit
and it brings through rain, at
first, Apache, then more persistent
in the second part of the night. --
patchy at first. Rather damp start
for many of us tomorrow morning but
it will clear quite quickly. Showers
to follow. Then at last we should
see some brightness, sunny spells,
dry weather tomorrow afternoon.
Feeling a little milder as well. As
we head over night, Wednesday into
Thursday, I'm afraid all things
resume, mist and fog developing and
the cloud moving back in, quite
murky start into Thursday. If you
get the and fog, fairly slow to lift
-- to mist and fog. Still feeling
quite cold. Night-time temperatures
staying above zero.
That's about it from me.
Riz Lateef will be here
with our 6.30pm evening programme.
Plenty more news, travel and weather
on the website at the usual address.
But for now, from us all,
a very good afternoon.