20/02/2018 London News


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Welcome to BBC London News.

I'm Sarah Campbell.

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Mould, damp and water

running down walls.

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Residents of a seven storey block

in North London say the landlord,

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Enfield council, turned its back

on them leaving them to live

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in conditions which have

affected their health.

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The council has apologised for any

delays and the distress caused

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and has rehoused some

of the worst affected residents.

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Gareth Furby has this report.

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We spoke with a mother of two who

has had to move out of her council

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flat because of this. It is a water

leak boring onto the electric fuse

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box.

It is going over the plug

sockets, the fuse box...

No one was

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electrocuted but she says the

council only two complaints about

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damp and mauled seriously when she

showed them this recording.

I think

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it is absolutely awful. I was told

that it was sewage water.

-- mould.

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I don't know where it is coming

from. Upstairs, there is mauled in

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the bedrooms, and with conditions

like this, it is not surprisingly

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has been few visitors. -- mould.

Yes, there has been rats in this

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property.

-- it is not surprisingly

that there has been a few visitors.

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This lady has also moved out.

Strong

and horrible smell.

This was her

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tenure or daughter's bedroom.

One

year, exactly one year. The water,

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the leaks. Horrible feeling.

Depression, sad. 45 flats in this

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blog, we were shown for conditions

in free, some residents claim that

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almost every flat is affected by

damp. They believe they mean out be

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something wrong with the block's

structure, pointing to this crack.

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-- they believe there may be

something wrong with the block.

I'm

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concerned about subsidence, if the

property suffers subsidence, there

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is an issue, they need to decant all

the residents and have a thorough

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investigation carried out.

Enfield

Council says it is working hard to

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find out where the water is coming

from and if it is a problem with the

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whole block or just a few

properties. It is proving difficult

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because the pipes all run

internally. The council says:

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for now, the two mothers who have

been moved to separate rooms in the

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same hotel, maybe drive with no

mould but with their children it is

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cramped and they want a solution

soon.

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Labour has criticised a senior

councillor in Westminster over

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the extent of the gifts and

hospitality he has been receiving.

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Robert Davis is the Conservative

deputy leader of the borough

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and chaired its planning committee.

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On his declaration of interests

there were more than 500 perks

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listed over a period of three years,

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substantially more than his

fellow cabinet members.

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A Westminster City Council

spokesperson has said

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all of Mr Davis' meetings

were declared and in line

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with the councils standards.

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Residents in the borough

of Redbridge have taken

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to patrolling the streets

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after a series of

violent burglaries.

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Hundreds of locals have signed up

to take part in the patrols,

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but police have warned them

against taking matters

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into their own hands.

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Anna O'Neill has the story.

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And then as soon as they walked

in I had that sinking feeling.

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The bedroom door was wide open.

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Everything from my

cupboard, everything

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was on the floor, on the bed.

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She was at the hospital

with her sick toddler last month

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when she was burgled.

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Like eight of her friends.

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They've all been robbed.

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This is nonsense, we should

do something about it.

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We said OK, and the next thing,

the very next day we were robbed.

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And some residents are doing

something about it.

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These men have organised

250 people into patrols

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because they say there aren't enough

police in Redbridge.

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All we have is a group

of 250 members.

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Sorry to interrupt you there.

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There's about four people in this

avenue walking very strange.

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A few moment, the four

people walking strangely

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are nowhere to be found.

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They were seen on Wensleydale Road

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looking into people's

houses and taking photos.

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Walking suspiciously?

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Yeah, but they are gone now though.

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But this is a serious matter.

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Last month a family with attack

with a machete and a burglary

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nearby full no

arrests.

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I can't personally see is taking

the law into our own hands

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but we wouldn't have to do it

if there was enough police

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officers on the road.

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I wouldn't want to patrol.

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I want to be at home with my family.

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I think it is totally

justified because police

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numbers have gone down.

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for surviving the last statistics

are down to 1985 level

and certainly

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Redbridge being the second

fastest-growing borough,

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we are not per capita,

we haven't gotten a policeman

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and I think the residents have every

right to be unhappy.

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I've been sleeping with a phone

under my pillow and every so often

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I get up and I'm really scared

and I check, OK,

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someone is on patrol.

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And I feel OK.

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Police are launching a Streetwatch

scheme later this month where local

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patrols could be trained to operate

under their guidance.

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Police say they admire

the community spirit in the area

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but they want to make sure that

patrols remain within the law.

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They shouldn't have

to feel like this.

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The first ever female senior

officer starts her role

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in the House of Lords today.

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Sarah Clarke is the first woman

to be appointed as Black Rod

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in Parliament's 650-year history.

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She's the former Championships

Director at the Wimbledon Tennis

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Club and has replaced David Leakey

who has retired.

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As Lady Usher, she's responsible

for controlling access

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to and maintaining order

within the Lords.

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A petition calling for

the East Coast Mainline to be

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brought back into public ownership

will be handed in today

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to the Department for Transport.

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The London-to-Edinburgh line

was in public ownership for several

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years until it was re-privatised

in 2015, and a decision on its

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future is expected imminently.

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The government has said Stagecoach,

which runs the mainline,

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has paid 20% more to the taxpayer

than when the line was

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in public ownership.

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Dozens of cases of so-called

"upskirting" were reported

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in the capital last year.

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A Freedom of Information request has

revealed 21 cases were reported

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to the Metropolitan Police.

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It's done when someone takes

a photo up the skirt

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of an unsuspecting person,

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usually on a tube, train

or even on the street.

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Campaigners are calling for urgent

changes to make it a criminal act

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alongside other sexual offences.

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I was on the Tube.

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I'd just sat down.

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A man across from me

started shouting at the man

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sitting next to him saying,

"I've seen what you've done.

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"It's disgusting.

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"You've just been taking a picture

up that girl's skirt."

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He then turned to me and said,

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"He's just been taking

pictures up your skirt.

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"Look."

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Turned to my parents and said

the exact same thing.

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And I think I was so humiliated

and I just froze and fortunately

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at that moment we pulled up

at the next stop and I just got off

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the Tube and burst into tears.

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Time for a look at the weather

forecast.

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Good afternoon.

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It's been another rather grey

and dull day so far.

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Started off with a bit of mist.

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This blanket of grey cloud and it's

quite stubborn, not going anywhere

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through the afternoon.

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through the afternoon.

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Further outbreaks of

rain and, yes, it's

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going to remain mostly cloudy.

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I say mostly cloudy.

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We've had a little bit

of brightness out towards the

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West, some glimmers of something bit

brighter, the cloud moving across

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all parts are going

through the afternoon.

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Northerly breeze.

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A little bit stronger than yesterday

but just managing to get up to 10.

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Overnight, starting

a predominantly cloudy but

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we are likely to see the cloud

breaking up a little.

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The wind falls light.

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Temperatures is a bit colder

than last night, 2-4dC.

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So, for tomorrow,

cooler start of the day

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and looking like a dry day,

still a bit of guidance and

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brighter spells expected

into the afternoon.

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The temperature

a little bit fresher.

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Nothing too significant just yet.

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Looking at a maximum between 6-9.

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The colder air however,

it is on its way.

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It looks like it heading

into the weekend, the cold

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air feeding in from the East.

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Temperatures gradually dropping off

day by day

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through much of this week.

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As the weekend hits,

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we start to see those

temperatures drop further.

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As we head into the early part

of next week, temperatures are

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going to start to struggle.

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Yes, lots of dry

weather in the forecast

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and sunshine as well, but those

temperatures dropping away,

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especially as we head

into Monday and Tuesday.

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Get out the winter will ease -- get

out the winter woolies once again!

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That's about it

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