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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 Alpa Patel.

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Hammersmith and Fulham

council have denied

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it was warned decades ago

that two of its tower

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blocks were unsafe.

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The concerns were raised

by the borough's former chief

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structural engineer.

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He says he made the claims

back in the '80s

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but they weren't acted upon.

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Gareth Furby has been

speaking to him.

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David Adler was chair

of a structural engineers group

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for the London Boroughs

in the 1980s.

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Everybody thought they

were absolutely safe.

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He worked for Hammersmith Council.

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Here he is meeting residents

and back then there were concerns

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about the safety of tower blocks.

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We found these problems

which we never expected.

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"Great danger from collapse of wall

or part of these buildings."

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He's reading from a memo he wrote

back in 1984 which warns clearly

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about a remote chance of collapse

and that smoke could spread

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from flat to flat if there's a fire.

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We were concerned, yes.

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So what difference

did this memo make?

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Well, for the first time in 30

years, David Adler has returned

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to inspect the two tower blocks

in Fulham he warned about.

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He quickly spotted some evidence

of strengthening to the structure.

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But all is not right

with these buildings.

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Since November, fire wardens have

been patrolling 24 hours a day

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because there are gaps between wall

and flooring which could allow

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fire and smoke to spread

if a fire breaks out.

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To confirm these false,

engineers have dug away some

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concrete in an empty flat.

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And David Adler was

able to take a look.

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And the gaps and cracking that's now

been exposed seems to be just

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the same issue that he warned

about 33 years ago.

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If the walls are not

tied into the floors,

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then there's gaps which enable smoke

to get through.

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Unfortunately.

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What do you think about that

happening now despite your warnings?

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It's bad.

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What is your advice?

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Was your memo heeded?

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I can't recall any action was taken

as a result of the memo I sent.

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Meeting Mr Adler on this estate,

another expert said not much of his

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advice was listened to either.

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Sam Webb was an architect

who investigated this,

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the collapse of a tower block

after a gas explosion in Newham.

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This is the external flank wall.

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The floor slab.

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The point is that these problems

were known about 30 odd years ago.

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We put the men's claims

to Hammersmith and Fulham Council

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which issued a statement saying...

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The council says the safety

of residents is its top priority

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and it is working with structural

engineers, safety experts

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and the fire brigade to ensure that.

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Gareth Furby, BBC London News.

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Campaigners are celebrating today

after Southwark Council voted not

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to accept controversial plans

to demolish the famous Elephant

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and Castle Shopping Centre.

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The developers Delancey

want to build more than 1,000

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new homes and a new university

campus on the site.

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But the Council decided not enough

social rented housing was allocated.

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Campaigners say, despite last

night's victory there's more to do.

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I don't want to celebrate just now

because words from one

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of the councillors from now

until the 30th, stuff can change,

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and it's the biggest scheme

in the history of Southwark.

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There is a lot at stake

and I wouldn't want to

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celebrate just now.

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Arthur Collins, the man

jailed for an acid attack

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at a nighclub in East London,

has been given another

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eight months in prison

for using a smuggled mobile phone.

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Collins used the device

to call his ex-girlfriend,

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reality TV star, Ferne McCann,

from his prison cell.

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She had their baby in December.

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Collins is serving a 20-year

sentence for throwing acid

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across a crowded dance

floor injuring 22 people.

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London is the most expensive city

in Europe to rent a flat

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according to new research.

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Tenants pay nearly four times more

to rent in the capital

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than in any other major UK city.

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The research found that the average

rent for an unfurnished

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three-bedroom flat in a prime

location is over £5,500.

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The introduction of what is

believe to be the UK's

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first ever buffer zone to stop

protestors from gathering outside

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an abortion clinic came

a step closer last night.

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Campaigners have welcomed

a vote by Ealing council.

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They propose to start a public

consultation into the plans to stop

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such demonstrations outside

a Marie Stopes clinic

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Londoners are being asked

what they think expansion

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at Heathrow airport

should look like.

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The airport has launched

a public consultation

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asking locals about the initial

proposals for a third runway.

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It includes options

for a shorter runway

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and putting the M25 in a tunnel.

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Now it's being called a landmark

deal which could make a difference

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to the salaries of tens of thousands

of bus drivers in London.

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Our transport correspondent

Tom Edward explains.

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There are over 6 million bus

journeys a day in London, more than

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the Tube and the trains. The

capital's 's have been fighting for

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better conditions for you is. They

have already seen a minimum wage of

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£23,000, now this.

This is the

greatest capital city in the world

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and one of the iconic images is the

red bus and what we have got here is

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the Mayor of London saying he will

treat people with respect and we are

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going to get a quality service, at a

good price, and everybody will

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benefit, so it is a win-win

situation.

CFL says the new scheme

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will not cost any more and bus

companies will save on training. For

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these bus drivers, it is welcomed.

We have been working on the buses

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for 17 months, 17 years, and it is

important you carry your spirits

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with you when you transfer to

another garage. It is the best

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garage, but it is important you do

not start at the bottom.

I think it

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is important, I do believe it is

challenging out there. So having

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that same equal level for drivers is

going to be very important and very

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appealing.

Not all bus driver

concerns have been addressed, but

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for these can -- key transport

workers today, some good news that

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could now be copied elsewhere.

It

was

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Now the weather with Lucy Martin.

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hello, good afternoon. A cold and

bright day-to-day. This photo was

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taken earlier in Haringey. This

afternoon, plenty of wintry

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sunshine, staying dry, fairly breezy

and it does mean it won't feel

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particularly warm. Temperatures

around eight Celsius. Once you add

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in the breeze, it will feel a bit

colder and as we go through this

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evening and overnight, the wind is

picking up further. The Met office

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of sugar yellow weather warning for

wind. 50-60 mph wind. Largely dried

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receiving before heavy rain moving

in from the West for a time. The

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winter picking up as well into the

early hours but not quite as cold as

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it was last night was overnight lows

of a 4-5. It will be a windy start

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to the day tomorrow as we move

through rush hour, but the wind will

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tend to ease as we move through the

day, a day of sunny spells and

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showers. The showers fleeting as

they pass through on a breezy

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westerly wind. Temperatures

tomorrow, nine Celsius. As we move

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into Friday, another day of sunny

spells and showers. Saturday

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currently looking like the better of

the two days this weekend with some

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sunny spells but not feeling

particular you warm, before rain

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moves in again on Sunday.

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That's about it from me.

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But for now, from us all,

a very good afternoon.

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