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Welcome to BBC London News -
I'm Victoria Hollins.
An undercover investigation by BBC
London has exposed rogue beauticians
undertaking illegal teeth whitening
treatments which can leave patients
in crippling pain if they go wrong.
Only dentists and professionals
like hygienists can legally perform
the cosmetic procedure on customers.
Guy Lynn has this exclusive report.
Teeth whitening is one of the UK's
most popular cosmetic procedures.
After a series of treatments
patients can have
dramatically whiter teeth.
But as it's a medical procedure,
only a dentist or a regulated dental
professional can legally do
it on customers.
BBC London went undercover
to find rogue beauticians
Such as Ashleigh Smith
near Paddington, who charges £100,
implies she's qualified...
Yeah, I am trained -
I am qualified, yeah.
Her only qualification is a one-day
course with a tooth whitening
firm, yet she illegally
performs dental procedures.
If you're seeing somebody
on the high street that's
attended a one-day course -
and putting that into perspective
dentists attend a five-year training
programme in order to qualify -
you're placing yourself
in harm's way.
The whitening kits and toothpaste
you can buy on the high street can
only contain a maximum of 0.01%
of the bleaching agent
Anything stronger, up to 6%,
must be prescribed by a dentist.
And these pictures show why.
Used incorrectly, it can cause
burns, blisters and gum damage.
Fran Lowe from West
Ham is no dentist.
But this untrained beautician
carries out dental
procedures in her bedroom.
So what are you doing them,
why do you need to do this?
Don't touch that, because if it
gets on your hands it
will burn your hands.
Oh, is that the hydrogen peroxide?
And tells us what strength
hydrogen peroxide she'll
used to whiten teeth.
It does have hydrogen
peroxide in it?
It does, yeah, 25%.
By using whitener more
than four times the strength
allowed for a dentist,
she's breaking the law -
and knows it.
Obviously, you know,
in all honesty, you know,
you're not supposed to use
what I use.
It's for the dentist, isn't it?
That's why you pay £300
to go and have you teeth
done at the dentist.
So will she go ahead?
First she gives us a gumshield.
Bite down now - that's it...
Then she applies hydrogen peroxide.
It's just a peroxide.
Usually she'd leave it
on for well over an hour,
but we've taken dental advice,
and abort straightaway.
You want to take it off?
After filming our researcher has
a full dental checkup,
and gets the all clear.
So in this situation you can season
quite bad burns from...
Ben Atkins treats people
after they've had botched hydrogen
We showed him our undercover
footage, and he says
it's the worst he's seen.
It's putting a patient's life
at risk doing dental procedure
is not in the dental surgery.
I see the other side when things
have gone wrong and patients
come into my surgery,
and I've got to deal with it,
and seeing this, it's astounding.
It shouldn't happen.
Ashleigh Smith said she used a safe
but ignored all our requests
for a response.
Fran Lowe denied buying,
storing or using peroxide
gels on customers.
She claims she said she did
in order to get a sale.
She then said that she wasn't aware
that what she was doing was illegal,
and now says that she's stopped
doing teeth whitening altogether.
She also sold us a syringe with 700
times the strength peroxide that can
be purchased on the high streets.
We'll be handing back
to the authorities.
And during our investigation,
we heard of many other
beauticians ignoring warnings,
with patients' safety.
Guy Lynn, BBC London News.
You can see more on that on Inside
Out London, tonight at 7:30pm on BBC
Work is due to get under
way today on a major
redevelopment of Brixton Arches.
Network Rail insists the scheme
will benefit the entire community.
But some local campaigners
fear local businesses
are being forced out,
and held their latest protest
yesterday to try to block the work.
The community will no longer be here
if this development goes ahead. This
is the backbone of the Brixton
community, that has served this
community for almost a century.
Workers on South Western railway
are to take industrial action
later this month in the long running
dispute over the role
of guards on trains.
Union members will refuse
to work any rest days
from February 16th to the 19th.
The company, which runs services
to and from London Waterloo -
the UK's busiest station -
is one of five operators involved
in rows over staffing which have led
to a series of strikes stretching
back almost two years.
It's 100 years tomorrow
since the bill was passed
giving some women the vote
for the first time.
Many women living in London
were still in service
and they were relying
on suffragettes and men
in Parliament to fight their cause.
Sarah Harris has been talking
to some of those whose lives
were beginning to change.
Now living in a Surrey care home,
Rose was born in 1914 and was told
by her parents that being a servant
was the only career open to her.
But she had other ideas.
I didn't want to go
into service, no way.
So I gathered my things and I got
on a bus and I left home.
I wasn't going to be
I was worth more than that.
Rose trained to be a midwife,
encouraged by the bill making it
possible for some women to vote.
But there were still many rules that
didn't apply to the men.
How were women treated
if they got married in the job?
Oh, you couldn't.
So many were married
and they had their wedding rings
round their neck, hidden.
Marches demanding equality
were regularly held on the streets
of London but in Parliament,
protesters were relying
on the men to change the law.
Baroness Jenkin campaigns
for more women MPs.
She is the great granddaughter
of Willoughby Dickinson,
who introduced the first women's
suffrage bill in 1907 and every year
until he lost his own
St Pancras seat in 1918.
He had two very clever sisters,
and one was a very eminent
doctor who was born,
I think, in 1958.
And she was a radiologist
and her husband was a very eminent
doctor and, in fact,
they set up I think six hospitals
in Serbia during the First World War
and he looked at his two sisters
in awe and he thought,
how is it that I as a man
have the vote and these two sisters
of mine don't?
So I think that was what was
behind his campaigning.
The bill turned out to be
only the beginning.
All women over 21 had
to wait another decade
until they got the vote.
Sarah Harris, BBC London news.
It is very cold outside, and was
this morning. Let's get a check on
the weather with Kate.
Well, it's a very cold day
We woke up to a widespread frost
and some flurries of snow as well.
One or two showers creeping
in from the east but also sunny
spells, so there is a bit more
ploughed through the afternoon.
It should stay mostly dry
and we still should see one or two
glimmers of sunshine as well.
The one thing that stays
constant is the temperature.
It is going to remain cold.
A north-easterly breeze blowing
through, maybe one or two showers,
which could fall of the wintry
but in the most part,
it is dry, some brighter
spells mixed in as well.
though, is struggling.
Two to four Celsius as a maximum.
Factor in that breeze -
it's not very strong
but it is going to remain cold.
it is predominantly dry.
One or two showers potentially
out towards the east.
Clear spells and the
The wind veers round from the North,
again still very like.
The wind veers round from the North,
again still very light.
The minimum temperature
between minus two and zero,
so another widespread,
sharp frost for tomorrow morning.
Some bright spells around,
some patchy cloud.
It looks like it is going to stay
reasonably dry all day
with the showers staying
away in the east, so dry
sunshine until the afternoon,
then we will start to see more cloud
whittling down from the North.
Again, cold, three to four Celsius
the maximum in the northerly winds.
It is not until tomorrow evening
towards the rush hour that we could
see a bit of snowfall making its way
on that cloud through the first part
of the evening.
Steadily it will move south,
so there is potential
for a bit of snow.
Temperatures down to zero,
so a cold start again on
Right, that's about it from me. Your
6:30pm evening programme will be
later with Riz. There is more on the
website and a Facebook page, but for
now from all of us, have a lovely