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Welcome to BBC London News.
I'm Alpa Patel.
The mother of a five-year-old girl
who was killed by play equipment
in Tower Hamlets has accused the CPS
of racism after it decided not
to bring corporate manslaughter
charges against the council.
Alexia Walenkaki was crushed
to death after a rotten piece
of timber supporting a zip wire
she was swinging from fell on her.
Her mother says the decision not
to prosecute means no-one
will learn from her loss.
She's been speaking
exclusively to Alex Bushill.
Flowers of light.
Sleep and see brighter
dreams than we.
This is a poem chosen by Vida that
always reminds her of her little
She was crushed to death
here before her mum's eyes.
The playground has since
been closed, remodelled
and re-opened, but everywhere,
there are reminders of Alexia.
Alexia was a charmer.
Whoever she came into contact with
instantly fell in love with her.
This photo even shows the equipment
that was to crush her,
the wooden timbers in the background
clear to see.
It was a moment Vida watched unfold.
I noticed the log on which they
were playing, as a swing
started to collapse.
I ran as fast as I could to where
the children were playing.
But when I got there,
Alexia was already on the floor
and there was not much I could do.
Well, today, we learned that the CPS
are not going to bring corporal
Well, today, we learned that the CPS
are not going to bring corporate
against Tower Hamlets Council,
which runs this playground.
And that, despite the fact
that we now know that in 2014
and 2015, in the years leading up
to Alexia's death, there were not
annual safety inspections.
Alexia's family say had there been,
she would be alive today.
In a letter seen by the BBC,
the CPS explained its decision,
pointing to how regular,
operational and daily
checks were being carried
out by the council.
Even if there hadn't been an annual
inspection since 2013.
It's a decision that's prompted
this reaction from Vida.
There are different laws
for people of this country
and there are different laws
for people of colour.
You think you are a victim of
Because I am a nobody and I am poor.
That is the way I see it.
Because, like, I'm alone,
there is nobody to back this,
so they do what they want.
The CPS has declined
to comment on Vida's
concerns of discrimination.
It is, though, going
to review its decision.
As for Tower Hamlets,
they won't comment either,
with an inquest into Alexia's death
now set for early spring.
Alex Bushill, BBC London News.
Labour's governing body
has told the leader
of Haringey Council to halt plans
for a controversial
The row has caused divisions
within the local Labour Party,
and many councillors supportive
of the plans have been deselected.
Well, our political editor,
Tim Donovan, is with us now.
And, Tim, how
significant is this row?
Certainly really unusual for the
National Executive Committee of the
Labour Party to focus all this
energy, a 90 minute meeting, on an
issue involving one council. And the
Pasoa resolution saying, we think, a
Labour council should stop this
development on this you can get more
agreement and end the divisions and
it is proving divisive because it is
a major development. The
public-private partnership, the
council going in with a private
developer, hundreds of millions of
pounds over 20 years. And the idea
it will lead to 6,500 new homes.
Locally, some people are concerned
because they worry what will happen
to the replacement homes. Will they
lose their social housing? Some MPs
have expressed concern, members of
Momentum, the activist group which
backs Jeremy Corbyn they hate these
plans. But the Labour council is
saying, how else are we are going to
provide housing for local people
long-term in the end? And they are
giving guarantees they will protect
the element of social housing, but
there is no sign at the moment of
the divisions ending. So what
happens next? It looks as though the
leader of the Council, Claire Kober,
will at some stage have to talk to
the Labour Party officials, the NEC.
We are told a senior Labour MP may
act as a mediator to bring the
councils for and against together.
And then there is a judicial review
we are waiting to hear, been brought
by a local resident, against these
proposals. Which, at the moment, is
preventing the council from going
Thank you very much.
More than half of all children
living in certain parts of London
are living in poverty -
that's according to
the Child Poverty Map,
published by a group of charities,
faith groups and unions.
Bethnal Green and Bow has
the highest rate of child
poverty in the country,
with 54% of children
living in poverty.
Poplar and Limehouse
are third in the country.
A woman from Essex says she will not
rest until she finds
the fly-tippers, who have repeatedly
dumped rubbish on her dead
The rubbish was left on top
of Adam Hiskey's plaque
and wooden cross on the A414,
near Ongar, on Friday night.
Adam died in a road
crash 16 years ago.
Now, it's been a pioneering space
for contemporary art
for almost 50 years.
But in 2015, the Hayward Gallery
was forced to close -
in part, due to a leaking roof.
Now, after a £35 million
makeover, it's due
to re-open tomorrow.
Wendy Hurrell has been
having an exclusive look
around behind the scenes.
A rare view of a gallery,
installation in progress.
This is the work of German
photographer Andreas Gursky,
and the first exhibition to be put
on these walls for over two years.
In the meantime,
restoration has been happening
to update the electrics,
to replace the painted-over
decaying pyramid roof lights
that let in the water.
The false ceilings below
them have been removed.
Now the ceiling has windows
onto the sky, we'll see the works
beneath quite differently.
The light makes a huge
difference in a gallery,
because it's the best spectrum
of light to look at colour,
and also, because it changes.
Of course, normally we get daylight
coming in, but right now you see
the wonderful purple changing lights
of David Batchelor's sculpture
that's on the rooftop right now.
And this is what it looks
like from the roof.
66 brand-new pyramids, specially lit
up until the end of March,
to mark the reopening
of the Hayward Gallery
and celebrate its 50th year.
It was an era of brutalist
with the baroque over the Thames.
Inside, using a process normally
used on classic statues,
the ubiquitous concrete has had
some beauty treatment.
So, once again, the best
in contemporary art adorns
the newly painted walls.
We are continuing to try to find
artists from across the world
who we think are really articulating
something new, and saying something
about the world we live in,
and showing it to us in a way that
makes you think.
For the Hayward Gallery,
at the heart of London's Southbank,
a new dawn is breaking.
Wendy Hurrell, BBC London News.
Some beautiful weather.
Now the weather, with Kate Kinsella.
50 mph gusts in some locations and
heavy rain as well. The whingers
point was before the rain hit, but
when it did, the temperature
dropped. Through the afternoon,
still very windy, but perhaps
lighter through. So all the winds
and wet for a
It was a very mild morning with
temperatures around 14 Celsius, but
once the rain hit, dramatic fall. So
quite chilly this afternoon and head
this morning, seven and nine
Celsius. Showers through the
evening, the wind still breezy, but
not as strong as it has been today.
And the temperature back to where it
should be at this time of year, or
nearer to it. Down to six Celsius in
Central London. Tomorrow, a quieter
day, more sunshine at first. Still
breezy, but not as windy as today as
the potential for one or two Micro
showers. The temperature tomorrow
against eels a bit fresher, a
maximum of 10 Celsius. Further
through the week, Friday is not a
bad day. Some bright spells and
sunny spells and temperatures around
eight Celsius. Into the weekend,
Saturday is not bad and things turn
unsettled and milder by Sunday.
That's about it from me.
Asad will be here with our
6:30 evening programme.
But for now, from us all,
a very good afternoon.