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I'm Sara Orchard.
The Mayor of London has announced
today he will commit £110 million
pounds into the Met Police over
the next year.
It was presented to the London
Assembly this morning but it came
under scrutiny for not
being new money.
Tolu Adeoye is here.
Had confirmation of
the detail of the additional police
budget this year, money not coming
from central government, it is being
raised through Londoners from things
like business rate and council tax
and Londoners will be paying more
than ever before. Up from 18% in
2010 to 23% today. The mayor has
said he had no choice but to tax
Londoners directly to pay for
policing. Here is some of the
I can confirm today that I
will invest an extra £59 million a
year to support an additional 1000
police officers that otherwise have
been affordable in 2019/20 and I
have allocated an extra £5 million
to spend on recruiting additional
police officers. And also providing
an additional £5 million to reduce
their borrowing to Mopac.
has-been criticism of this today.
Gareth making, Conservative, said...
And all of this has come on a day
when the Metropolitan Police itself
has been criticised for its dealing
with children again.
Yes, it was
found in the latest inspection that
191 cases of 214 were rated as
either inadequate or required
improvement. It took 11 days to come
to one case when it was reported a
12-year-old boy was trying to
distribute half naked pictures of a
girl and was threatening to send out
more images if no action was taken.
In a previous report the Met was
also criticised in this area. It
said it is aware of the urgency of
improving its services further.
Inspectors will be revisiting this
issue over the next 12 months.
Number Ten has defended itself after
during a freestyle rap, Stormzy
asked whether money had gone from
Police in Sutton have issued
CCTV pictures appealing
for help to identify a man wanted
in connection with a fraud committed
against a 96-year-old man.
In January the pensioner received
a call from a person pretending
to be from his bank.
The victim gave his personal details
and PIN then collected the bank
cards from his home.
The suspect withdrew thousands
from a bank in Wallington.
Anyone with information should
Low pay is having a "corrosive"
impact on family life and the health
of workers earning below
the voluntary living wage,
according to a new study.
The survey for the Living Wage
Foundation found that a quarter
of respondents believed low pay
More than three out of five said
they worried so much it
affected their day-to-day life.
Arsenal midfielders Aaron Ramsey
and Mesut Ozil will miss
the Europa-League last-32 second-leg
against Ostersunds at
the Emirates tonight.
The Gunners won the first
leg in Sweden 3-0.
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger
will use some of his younger
players as a result.
Wenger said Germany international
Ozil has been ill while Ramsey
is recovering from a groin injury.
We play at home
in front of our fans.
There's still a lot at stake for us
because this competition
is important for us,
and what is absolutely vital
is that we go into the game
with a good focus to win it.
Two new teachers have been hailed
a success for helping autistic
youngsters at a school in Berkshire,
to improve their
But the pair are no ordinary tutors.
Steve and Alex are robots.
They're being used by real life
teachers, but as Joe Campbell
reports, young people who struggle
to deal with the world outside
the classroom are finding
the world of the future,
a bit easier to get to grips with.
Hello, my name is Steve.
He needs no introduction,
or if he does it's
perhaps better coming
from those he's helping
to learn new skills here
at Prior's Court school.
This is our favourite robot,
called Steve and Alex.
Many of the pupils here struggle
with the world around them,
but not with the robots.
Any person with autism might
struggle to read our
The robot doesn't give off all those
signs - their eyebrows
aren't moving, their
hair is not moving.
The voice and their mouth
isn't making shapes.
So actually the focus
is on what is actually being
said by the robot.
Can you find an object
which is my eye colour?
They've certainly been a hit
with students like Jamie here.
Who do you like? Steve or Alex?
Two of those.
You like both of them.
Why do you like them?
# Head, shoulders, knees
and toes, knees and toes... #
And staff responsible
for their introduction say
they have made a difference.
Since the start of the year now, we
can see the difference.
They sit down, they take turns.
They wait when something goes wrong.
Sometimes they just work
or something, and they accept that.
Normally that is a great
skill for them to wait.
Of course finding these robots
they use here shouldn't
come as any surprise.
After all, Dame Stephanie
Shirley, who was
responsible for setting up the
school, was a pioneer
in information technology.
And set up Prior's Court
because of her own experiences with
her son, who was himself autistic.
The school is hoping
to add another robot,
and is working on programming
them to the specific needs
of pupils here in future.
On the BBC London Facebook page
today, you can find out more
about last night's Brit Awards,
IF our journeys in London
are getting slower and you can
meet Jingdong Liu.
With the start
of the Chinese New Year,
the foreign student explains how
he is now celebrating the festival
to mark coming of
spring with friends.
Now the weather with
Good afternoon, feeling cold today
but that's nothing compared to how
it will be feeling by the end of the
week, some very cold air coming.
Some sunshine around this morning.
This should tend to brighten up
further as we go through the
afternoon with more sunshine coming
as the wind switches to a
south-easterly, dragging up dry air.
There is a wind chill with top
temperatures up to six Celsius only.
More sunshine as we head towards the
end of the day, then overnight
tonight we will see some cloud but
lots of clear skies. The wind will
pick up the torch and it will be a
chilly start of the day tomorrow. A
frosty start with widespread frost,
... This cloud will melt away as we
had through the afternoon so there
will be sunny skies around and with
the wind slightly more brisk
tomorrow, it will feel even colder
with highs up to six Celsius but
once again you have to factor in
wind chill. The wind is coming in
from the east as we had through the
rest of the week and we have very
cold air coming our way is write
from Russia, Siberia. It will be
freezing as we had through the
weekend. Literally so, in fact
temperatures will struggle to get
anywhere above freezing as we head
through Sunday but it is looking
dry, there will be sunshine around
at times as we head into the start
of next week. We run the risk of
seeing snow showers. Mostly for
eastern areas on Monday but they may
become more widespread by the time
we get to
become more widespread by the time
we get to choose day.
That's about it from me.
Riz will be here with our
6:30 evening programme.
But for now, from us all,
a very good afternoon.