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the BBC's news teams where you are.
Welcome to BBC London News.
the BBC's news teams where you are.
I'm Victoria Hollins.
the BBC's news teams where you are.
A recruitment drive to employ
more Prison Officers has
seen just 22 extra staff in London
in the last 18 months.
The government announced at the end
of 2016 that it intended to increase
numbers across the country.
The Prison Officer's Association
says the the issue isn't just
with recruitment but keeping staff
in the job.
Caroline Davies reports.
Wandsworth prison in 2016, at the
end of the year the government
announced it would recruit an extra
2500 new prison officers across the
country. So how many new officers
have been recruited? There has been
a net gain of only 22. Why? This
woman is an officer a London prison,
we have concealed her identity and
dubbed her voice.
I really enjoyed
it when I first started, then it
just rapidly changed. There are no
staff any more, they come in but
just as quickly people are leaving.
People have been there for 15 years
and remember when they're used to be
four officers on the landing and now
there is only one.
What's it like
when you're just the one?
worried because what if you get
attacked and can get a whistle to
your mouth? You better hope the
prisoners like you because they will
be the ones saving your life.
will be shocked to hear you rely on
the prisoners to keep you safe.
it's the truth, if there is no one
with you in the staff you have to
rely on the prisoners.
to be a prison officer in London but
quit after 18 months and she is not
the only one.
On training we had 30
people for six weeks and died of
them I think there are five left in
the prison service which is insane.
Nobody from the Ministry of Justice
would talk to us today but a
the BBC also understands the
government is launching a retention
strategy. So what would make a
difference to this prison officer?
Staff, to begin with anyway. I would
feel more secure with more staff.
Both sides are clear on what is
needed but whilst staff are leaving
because of staff shortages in the
prison system in London seems stuck
in a vicious cycle.
Get rid of the No Ball Game signs,
give young people a say
in housing developments,
and offer them all 100
hours of work experience.
Just a few of the suggestions from
a new report for Islington Council
launched this morning in their bid
to put children at the heart
of decision making in the borough.
Here's Karl Mercer.
At 14 and this girl can hold a
tuned, performing for political
leaders today but should she also be
telling them what she wants her
local area to look like? Her local
council thinks people like her
should be more involved. A reported
commission that recommended all
under 18 's should get 100 hours of
work experience for things like no
ball games signs being taken down
and that young people should be
consulted on big building project in
How can you get 100 hours,
will we be given it in school or do
we have to go out and find it?
you put pressure on schools to teach
during lessons and during school
time how to manage money and
understanding the political system?
What actions do you expect for local
organisations to take so the
Islington guarantee for young people
is put into place?
How do you plan
to make use of the spaces around the
author a former pupil here says he
hopes there will be action and not
It's happening time and
again where people come to the
community and want to do something
and then leave. I said this is not a
PR ploy, we are not going to use
this to try to win votes, we want to
make change in our community, we
want to involve children and young
people in the process and everyone
knows how difficult I am. I told the
council, I made a promise to people
I am serious about this.
there will be around when we suggest
taking them the no ball signs but we
need that, the city belongs to young
people and it's about their future
and we need to put ourselves on
The words are done, the
song has been sung, the hardest part
is delivering on those promises,
that is yet to come.
It may still be three months away
but it seems Windsor
has stared to gear up
for the royal wedding.
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle
will be getting married on the 19th
May and already American TV
companies are moving in,
asking some locals to move out
to make way for them.
It's hoped the celebrations
will help increase visitor numbers,
reversing a recent decline.
Sarah Harris reports.
They have been coming here since
they started dating, this dramatic
little getaway outside of London.
The countdown is on in the USA to
the royal wedding featuring their
girl Meghan Markle. With the modern
couple already living and carrying
out engagements together, interest
in the nuptials is already at fever
pitch across the Atlantic. Kate
lives on the road in Windsor were
the carriage will process after the
ceremony with unparalleled views and
some neighbours being offered
6-figure sums for the properties to
move out during the week of the
wedding she is negotiating big bucks
It's a bit strange, we got
back from a few days away and there
was a letter from NBC wedding from
us saying we would be interested in
renting your house, particularly the
garden outside. So I called them
straightaway and they were here
within half an hour.
The small rooms
above the horse and Groom pub
overlook the castle gates. American
TV giants have already signed them
up for the wedding week. It is
understood the asking price was
This is really
popular with the Americans because
of the vantage point and a history
there is this old pub and it's a
great vantage point because you can
see the Royal wedding coming down.
For the town of Windsor it's self
the interest from across the pond is
welcome. It is hoped it will
encourage American tourists to keep
The Americans have not
been coming and there are numbers
for a number of years and of course
that will reverse that trend. I
expect there will be a lot of
Americans coming into town. I
understand that all of the hotel
rooms are booked now.
are far from complete with three
months to go but vantage points for
the Royal wave are selling out fast
with the Americans prepared to pay
the most for the best views in time.
And still three months to go!
By the end of the week things will
be turning much colder but we start
the week with a different flavour,
cloud, outbreaks of rain, but milder
least. Mist and fog this morning,
further outbreaks of rain and that's
what we keep through the rest of the
afternoon. Little change, grey
skies, misty and Markey and still
quite damp with further outbreaks of
rain. You can see on the map through
the afternoon we keep that layer of
cloud, some patchy rain around, not
amounting to much. It is my old at
least, not much wind. This afternoon
is what we keep this evening and
overnight so cloud, patchy rain at
times, never really amounting to
much, damp rather lay overly wet.
This keeps temperatures up to 7-9.
Misty and Markey start, patchy fog
and quite damp, further outbreaks, a
stalling front across the region not
going anywhere fast, rain on and off
to the day. Driest and potentially
brightest further west you are. The
winds pick up a little bit more
tomorrow and that becomes a feature
as we go to the week, coming round
to the east we are back in the blue
colours, they called air towards the
end of the week. Slowly things turn
more dry and bright but the
temperature is to tumble and by the
weekend and into next week it will
be colder still. Goodbye.
That's about it from me.
Riz Lateef will be here
with our 6:30pm evening programme.
But for now, from us all,
a very good afternoon.