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Welcome to BBC London News.
I'm Victoria Hollins.
I'm Victoria Hollins.
As we've been hearing,
the Mayor of London Sadiq Khan has
welcomed Donald Trump's decision NOT
to come to London next month to open
the new US embassy here.
In a statement, he said,
it appeared the American President
"got the message" from Londoners
who "find his policies
and actions the polar opposite
of our city's values".
Meanwhile the former London mayor,
now Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson,
has himself criticised Sadiq Khan.
Let's get more on this
from our Political
Correspondent, Karl Mercer.
Lots of people have lots to say on
this, particularly Boris Johnson.
This is the top diplomat with some
undiplomatic language. He says we
will not allow US- UK relations to
be endangered by some puffed up,
pompous popinjay in City Hall. A
popinjay for the uninitiated are
some in vain and conceited. No
response to that. Worth remembering
that Boris Johnson does have four of
his own when dealing with Donald
Trump. In 2015, Donald Trump said
there were no go areas in London.
Boris Johnson said the only reason
he would not go to some parts of New
York was the real risk of meeting
Donald Trump. How times change.
also know that Sadiq Khan has his
own history with Donald Trump.
talks about the ban on some Muslims
going to the United States was he
called Donald Trump ignorant. He
said that Sadiq Khan was thrown rude
and he would remember those
statements that feel so went to war
over the attack on the London Bridge
attacks last year. Sadiq Khan
welcoming the fact that Donald Trump
is not coming, saying the
cancellation reinforced London's
values of inclusion and diversity.
A woman has been arrested
at Heathrow Airport on suspicion
of preparing terrorist acts.
Scotland Yard said the 27-year-old
British national had arrived
on a flight from Ethiopia.
She was taken to a south
London police station,
where she remains in police custody.
For almost a hundred years,
the old Marylebone Town Hall has
been chosen by some of the biggest
celebrities of the day as the place
to say their wedding vows.
But, for the last four years,
the doors have been closed for
a multi million pound renovation.
This weekend, Londoners can see
for themselves the transformation
of one of the most iconic buildings
in the capital.
It has been the place to get
married for decades.
But the old Marylebone town hall
is now dressed in its wedding best
after a £60 million renovation
by Westminster City Council.
For the head registrar,
it's a moving time for the historic
building to be back to its best.
The building was in a desperate
need of a refurbish.
We always knew that.
We did the best we could with it.
Now that I've come back and it's
been done, I came here just before
Christmas on my own early one
morning, and I just sat
in one of the rooms.
I was just so proud
of the transformation.
NEWSREEL: Trapeze artist
Tony Birelli is getting married
today to trapeze artist Mimi Eyles
at the town hall.
Even in the 1930s, the celebrities
of the day wanted their wedding
photos on the famous steps.
It ain't half a bit of all right.
Paul McCartney liked the venue
so much he got hitched here twice -
once to his first wife,
Linda, and then to his
present wife, Nancy.
The designers have kept
all the old features that have made
the place popular but added
some modern twists.
The idea is that all
the chandeliers, all the themes
to the rooms, are supposed
to reflect precious metals
used in wedding rings.
So, we have gold,
silver, and rose gold.
The idea is you can see
the circle shape of it,
again trying to pull
that theme through.
The building is full
of the moments that have
made its history so special.
Many of them are of
But the staff say a wedding day
is a great leveller.
They are no different
to anybody getting married.
They are just as nervous.
They have their family
there, etc, etc.
So, it is quite gratifying to see
them in that situation actually
because they aren't any different
than you are doing something really
special for them, just
as you are for any other couple.
The old Marylebone town Hall will
open its doors for the first time in
four years this weekend.
Addiction treatment centres
are seeing a sharp rise in demand,
as many drug addicts and alcoholics
try to get back on track
after the stresses and temptations
of the festive period.
After decades of drug addiction,
Alan Horton from Reading has been
clean for five months now.
But he says he stills needs
the help of support groups,
experts and mentors.
And he's taking one day at a time.
There are other addictions like
chocolate you can do on your own.
But really strong stuff like alcohol
and drugs, they do actually have to
A lack of football referees
in Surrey has seen some
Youth Leagues go without officials
in nearly 50% of their fixtures.
It's prompted the Surrey football
association to appeal for more
people to sign up and train
as referees before the season ends.
Sara Orchard has more.
Welcome to West Hamble Football
Club, where we're here to watch
Dorking Wanderers FC
Academy in training.
However, were also keeping
a very close eye on Chloe.
She is a brand-new referee,
is what we're here to talk
about because the Surrey FA want
more referees but they got a bit
of a lack of them at the moment,
particularly at grassroots
level for that lets speak
to Tim Lawrence from the Surrey FA.
Thank you for joining as.
We're here to watch a session.
You currently have around 1250
referees but you need more.
How many more?
Approximately 400 more every season
for simply because about 250 every
season just don't register for one
reason or another.
Now, how hard is it
to become a referee?
What do you have to do?
It's fairly easy.
You contact us, send
us your details.
We invite you to a free welcome
to referee and evening,
which is great, where everybody
meets each other.
We run four different
types of referee courses.
A lot of people are refereeing,
and think the date you get a lot
of abuse from the sidelines?
The FA are doing a lot about that
with respect and various other
initiatives they have got.
Refereeing is so enjoyable.
You can get more out
of it, learn life skills,
various aspects which
help you for life.
Thank you so much your time -
we'll be hearing a bit more
about what is going on with referee
recruitment in Surrey.
Interestingly, at the moment anyone
who applies to be referee,
they tend to be aged between 14
and 15 years old.
That's around 70% of
applicants right now.
Don't let that put you off.
All ages are very welcome.
Now it may be cold outside,
but more than 50 varieties
of tropical butterflies are to go
on display this weekend
at RHS Wisley in Surrey.
They'll be inside a glasshouse
of course, and the different species
are from places like Central
and South America
and Southeast Asia.
Organisers hope the event
will inspire visitors to encourage
butterflies into their gardens -
as the UK butterfly
population is in decline.
Now the weather with
A very misty, murky
start to the day.
Once more, a few spots of drizzle.
A damp feel to things.
We're looking at largely similar
conditions, I think,
as we head through the rest
of the afternoon, particularly
for central and western areas.
Still a few spots of rain possible.
Further east, it could
brighten up somewhat.
The cloud will tend to thin.
So, we may well get some
brighter spells here.
Top temperatures between
six and nine Celsius.
Through this evening and overnight,
the breeze will pick up.
It is a southerly wind
and will help to mix
the air at the touch.
I don't think we'll be looking
at any mist or fog into tomorrow
morning but there will be
lots of low cloud around.
A few spots of rain but many places
staying driver stuck overnight lows,
a fairly mild five or six Celsius.
This is tomorrow -
again it is looking pretty similar.
There will be a few subtle changes.
We'll probably see some bright
spells form anywhere as we head
through the afternoon
for is the cloud will tend to them.
It could even break up.
Highs between seven and eight
Celsius, temperatures just that
little bit cooler tomorrow,
as they will be on Sunday.
Again, some bright,
even sunny spells.
Always a lot of cloud,
and the wind will pick up again
as we head into Sunday evening.
That's because we've got
an approaching weather front
from the north-west.
That will be with us on Monday.
A very wet start to
the new working week.
It will leave in its wake
some blustery showers,
showers but also some sunny spells
and some cooler.
-- cooler air.
Highs of 7, 8 degrees.
That's about it from me.
Asad Ahmad will be here
with our 6:30pm evening programme.
But for now, from us all,
a very good afternoon.