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That's all from the BBC News at,

so it's goodbye from me -

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and on BBC One we now join the BBC's

news teams where you are.

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Welcome to BBC London News.

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I'm Sarah Campbell.

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Waltham Forest Council is believed

to be the first employer

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in the country to give extended

leave to the parents

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of premature babies.

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New parents normally

start their leave the day

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after their baby's born,

but now the council will grant extra

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leave to cover the period

of time their babies

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are in hospital.

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Tolu Adeoye reports.

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I came across the campaign last

autumn. I was very moved. I wanted

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to know why parents were not getting

extra maternity or paternity leave

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and pay when they were already going

through such emotionally challenging

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times would quite often very sick

babies. I came back to Waltham

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forest, I asked my HR department if

there was something we could do,

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they actually said there was no

reason why we couldn't do something.

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What are the practical changes you

have made?

The practical changes we

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are making art that for every week

before the due date, the parents

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will be entitled to full pay and

leave the maternity and paternity,

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so if a child is a week early, they

will get the extra week. Four weeks

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early, the extra four weeks.

What

has the response been like from

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members of staff?

The response has

been really good. Locally through

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social media and a huge outpouring

of support for Waltham forest

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council for doing this. The case

does not stop here. We want to start

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working with some of our contractors

and partners to get them to put

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voluntary steps in place to support

their staff who may have premature

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babies going forward. We want more

councils and employers across the

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country to follow this lead.

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An investigation's begun

into the cause of a fire that's

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destroyed a paint factory in North

London.

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The flames could be seen

across large parts of the city

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and local people were advised

to keep their doors

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and windows closed.

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It took three hours for almost

100 firefighters to get

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the fire under control.

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Victoria Cook reports.

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The Fire Service are still hear this

lunchtime using aerial ladders as

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you can see behind me to damp down

hotspots in the factory. I am joined

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by the station manned danger. 100

firefighters last night, quite a big

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fire?

-- I'm joined by the station

manager. Yes, it was. It was a 15

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bonfire by 20 past ten, with 100

firefighters. -- 15 pump fire. They

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worked very hard to stop it

spreading.

Quite a concern because

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chemicals, they were inside the

factory, also very explosive and

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flammable.

Yes, that probably

accounts for the massive intensity

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of the fire initially. The cruise

worked to remove additional storage

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away from the building and also to

protect the surrounding areas.

The

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Environment Agency are here now. We

have seen surrounding the site blue

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paint flowing from the factory, the

water from the Fire Service has

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leaked through and it is running

down the road. Is this a concern?

It

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is. We have been working with the

Environment Agency, blocked off the

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surface water drains because

unfortunately the surface water

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around here runs down into the

reservoir so there is some pollution

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to the reservoir but also we have

stopped the flow and they will

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tanker away the affluent.

At the

moment, does anyone know the cause

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of the fire?

Still under

investigation at this point.

For

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now, thank you. At the moment, they

do not know how long they will be

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here for, the Fire Service, but

certainly for the rest of today.

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Victoria Cook there.

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Cycling campaigners in Stevenage say

it's disappointing that their town

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has far fewer people using bikes

than a Dutch town which it

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helped to inspire.

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Almere, just outside Amsterdam,

based key parts of its cycling

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network on how Stevenage looked back

in the 1970s.

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But now, the Dutch city has over

ten times more journeys

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by bike than in Stevenage.

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Tom Barton reports.

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Rush-hour in the Dutch town of

Almere. Barely a car in sight.

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Hundreds of people on bicycles.

Going to work and to school. Built

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in the late 1970s, this new term is

a cycling success, the third of all

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journeys here taken and a pedal

power on a 300 mile network where

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bikes and cars are kept almost

entirely separate.

It is good for

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the environment and in this city, it

is also much faster than by car.

The

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success of the cycle path is down in

no small part to the bicycle network

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in Stevenage. 200 miles away.

Britain's first Newtown, Stevenage,

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built in the 1950s and at its heart

was the cycle network allowing quick

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travel between home and work. It was

on a visit Democrat in the light

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1970s Almere's founding fathers were

inspired -- it was on a visit there

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in the late 1970s.

The slope is

often fairly steep, so Stevenage has

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helped us to take the same system in

Almere.

But while he cycling has

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flourished, in Stevenage, it has

floundered. Despite the historic

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cycle network, fewer than 3% of

journeys to work are made by bike.

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Jim Brown is from the local cycling

club.

It is a disappointment. There

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is a lot everybody could do. The two

councils, schools, so on, employers

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as well, and there is a shift.

Back

in Almere, they are hoping the

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advent of electric bikes will see

more people choosing two wheels

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instead of four. Certainly the

authorities in Stevenage could learn

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from the lessons of the town they

helped inspire. Tom Barton, BBC

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London news, Almere.

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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have

chosen Brixton as the location

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of their second official

royal engagement together.

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The couple will visit

Reprezent Radio Station

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which was set up in 2008 in response

to an increase in knife crime.

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As well as tackling issues on-air,

such as cyber-bullying and mental

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health, the station is also

being seen as a hotbed of new talent

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for the music industry.

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The royal couple will meet some

of its staff and presenters.

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I think they are going to be really

cool and down-to-earth

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which is the thing I'm

most excited about.

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I keep saying though, like,

with Harry, I feel like I will be

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able to speak slang to him

and he would understand what I'm

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saying because he seems

like a very cool guy.

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Even if they don't ask,

I'll volunteer for no fee

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at all to DJ at their wedding.

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I will learn just for them anything

Harry wants to hear,

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I am down to play it.

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I would also like to do a special

rap dedicated to them as well.

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If they are up for it,

I am here to do it.

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Applications to Kensington Palace!

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Now let's check on the weather

with Kate Kinsella.

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Yet another cold and cloudy day and

that theme will continue this

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afternoon. Not much in the way of

brightness. It stays like this this

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afternoon as well, a blanket of

rather grave, doll cloud. The called

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air is trapped underneath. Compared

to yesterday, the wind a little bit

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lighter, coming from the south-east.

As I said, it is still going to feel

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cold. Heading into this evening,

conditions do not really change. A

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lot of cloud around, gradually the

breeze will strengthen a little bit

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and it brings through rain, at

first, Apache, then more persistent

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in the second part of the night. --

patchy at first. Rather damp start

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for many of us tomorrow morning but

it will clear quite quickly. Showers

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to follow. Then at last we should

see some brightness, sunny spells,

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dry weather tomorrow afternoon.

Feeling a little milder as well. As

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we head over night, Wednesday into

Thursday, I'm afraid all things

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resume, mist and fog developing and

the cloud moving back in, quite

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murky start into Thursday. If you

get the and fog, fairly slow to lift

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-- to mist and fog. Still feeling

quite cold. Night-time temperatures

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staying above zero.

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That's about it from me.

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Riz Lateef will be here

with our 6.30pm evening programme.

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Plenty more news, travel and weather

on the website at the usual address.

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But for now, from us all,

a very good afternoon.

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