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I'm Sarah Campbell.
Mould, damp and water
running down walls.
Residents of a seven storey block
in North London say the landlord,
Enfield council, turned its back
on them leaving them to live
in conditions which have
affected their health.
The council has apologised for any
delays and the distress caused
and has rehoused some
of the worst affected residents.
Gareth Furby has this report.
We spoke with a mother of two who
has had to move out of her council
flat because of this. It is a water
leak boring onto the electric fuse
It is going over the plug
sockets, the fuse box...
No one was
electrocuted but she says the
council only two complaints about
damp and mauled seriously when she
showed them this recording.
it is absolutely awful. I was told
that it was sewage water.
I don't know where it is coming
from. Upstairs, there is mauled in
the bedrooms, and with conditions
like this, it is not surprisingly
has been few visitors. -- mould.
Yes, there has been rats in this
-- it is not surprisingly
that there has been a few visitors.
This lady has also moved out.
and horrible smell.
This was her
tenure or daughter's bedroom.
year, exactly one year. The water,
the leaks. Horrible feeling.
Depression, sad. 45 flats in this
blog, we were shown for conditions
in free, some residents claim that
almost every flat is affected by
damp. They believe they mean out be
something wrong with the block's
structure, pointing to this crack.
-- they believe there may be
something wrong with the block.
concerned about subsidence, if the
property suffers subsidence, there
is an issue, they need to decant all
the residents and have a thorough
investigation carried out.
Council says it is working hard to
find out where the water is coming
from and if it is a problem with the
whole block or just a few
properties. It is proving difficult
because the pipes all run
internally. The council says:
for now, the two mothers who have
been moved to separate rooms in the
same hotel, maybe drive with no
mould but with their children it is
cramped and they want a solution
Labour has criticised a senior
councillor in Westminster over
the extent of the gifts and
hospitality he has been receiving.
Robert Davis is the Conservative
deputy leader of the borough
and chaired its planning committee.
On his declaration of interests
there were more than 500 perks
listed over a period of three years,
substantially more than his
fellow cabinet members.
A Westminster City Council
spokesperson has said
all of Mr Davis' meetings
were declared and in line
with the councils standards.
Residents in the borough
of Redbridge have taken
to patrolling the streets
after a series of
Hundreds of locals have signed up
to take part in the patrols,
but police have warned them
against taking matters
into their own hands.
Anna O'Neill has the story.
And then as soon as they walked
in I had that sinking feeling.
The bedroom door was wide open.
Everything from my
was on the floor, on the bed.
She was at the hospital
with her sick toddler last month
when she was burgled.
Like eight of her friends.
They've all been robbed.
This is nonsense, we should
do something about it.
We said OK, and the next thing,
the very next day we were robbed.
And some residents are doing
something about it.
These men have organised
250 people into patrols
because they say there aren't enough
police in Redbridge.
All we have is a group
of 250 members.
Sorry to interrupt you there.
There's about four people in this
avenue walking very strange.
A few moment, the four
people walking strangely
are nowhere to be found.
They were seen on Wensleydale Road
looking into people's
houses and taking photos.
Yeah, but they are gone now though.
But this is a serious matter.
Last month a family with attack
with a machete and a burglary
nearby full no
I can't personally see is taking
the law into our own hands
but we wouldn't have to do it
if there was enough police
officers on the road.
I wouldn't want to patrol.
I want to be at home with my family.
I think it is totally
justified because police
numbers have gone down.
for surviving the last statistics
are down to 1985 level
Redbridge being the second
we are not per capita,
we haven't gotten a policeman
and I think the residents have every
right to be unhappy.
I've been sleeping with a phone
under my pillow and every so often
I get up and I'm really scared
and I check, OK,
someone is on patrol.
And I feel OK.
Police are launching a Streetwatch
scheme later this month where local
patrols could be trained to operate
under their guidance.
Police say they admire
the community spirit in the area
but they want to make sure that
patrols remain within the law.
They shouldn't have
to feel like this.
The first ever female senior
officer starts her role
in the House of Lords today.
Sarah Clarke is the first woman
to be appointed as Black Rod
in Parliament's 650-year history.
She's the former Championships
Director at the Wimbledon Tennis
Club and has replaced David Leakey
who has retired.
As Lady Usher, she's responsible
for controlling access
to and maintaining order
within the Lords.
A petition calling for
the East Coast Mainline to be
brought back into public ownership
will be handed in today
to the Department for Transport.
The London-to-Edinburgh line
was in public ownership for several
years until it was re-privatised
in 2015, and a decision on its
future is expected imminently.
The government has said Stagecoach,
which runs the mainline,
has paid 20% more to the taxpayer
than when the line was
in public ownership.
Dozens of cases of so-called
"upskirting" were reported
in the capital last year.
A Freedom of Information request has
revealed 21 cases were reported
to the Metropolitan Police.
It's done when someone takes
a photo up the skirt
of an unsuspecting person,
usually on a tube, train
or even on the street.
Campaigners are calling for urgent
changes to make it a criminal act
alongside other sexual offences.
I was on the Tube.
I'd just sat down.
A man across from me
started shouting at the man
sitting next to him saying,
"I've seen what you've done.
"You've just been taking a picture
up that girl's skirt."
He then turned to me and said,
"He's just been taking
pictures up your skirt.
Turned to my parents and said
the exact same thing.
And I think I was so humiliated
and I just froze and fortunately
at that moment we pulled up
at the next stop and I just got off
the Tube and burst into tears.
Time for a look at the weather
It's been another rather grey
and dull day so far.
Started off with a bit of mist.
This blanket of grey cloud and it's
quite stubborn, not going anywhere
through the afternoon.
through the afternoon.
Further outbreaks of
rain and, yes, it's
going to remain mostly cloudy.
I say mostly cloudy.
We've had a little bit
of brightness out towards the
West, some glimmers of something bit
brighter, the cloud moving across
all parts are going
through the afternoon.
A little bit stronger than yesterday
but just managing to get up to 10.
a predominantly cloudy but
we are likely to see the cloud
breaking up a little.
The wind falls light.
Temperatures is a bit colder
than last night, 2-4dC.
So, for tomorrow,
cooler start of the day
and looking like a dry day,
still a bit of guidance and
brighter spells expected
into the afternoon.
a little bit fresher.
Nothing too significant just yet.
Looking at a maximum between 6-9.
The colder air however,
it is on its way.
It looks like it heading
into the weekend, the cold
air feeding in from the East.
Temperatures gradually dropping off
day by day
through much of this week.
As the weekend hits,
we start to see those
temperatures drop further.
As we head into the early part
of next week, temperatures are
going to start to struggle.
Yes, lots of dry
weather in the forecast
and sunshine as well, but those
temperatures dropping away,
especially as we head
into Monday and Tuesday.
Get out the winter will ease -- get
out the winter woolies once again!
That's about it