22/02/2018 London News


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It's goodbye from me.

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On BBC One we now join the BBC's

news teams where you are.

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Welcome to BBC London News.

I'm Sara Orchard.

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The Mayor of London has announced

today he will commit £110 million

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pounds into the Met Police over

the next year.

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It was presented to the London

Assembly this morning but it came

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under scrutiny for not

being new money.

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Tolu Adeoye is here.

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What happened?

Had confirmation of

the detail of the additional police

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budget this year, money not coming

from central government, it is being

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raised through Londoners from things

like business rate and council tax

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and Londoners will be paying more

than ever before. Up from 18% in

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2010 to 23% today. The mayor has

said he had no choice but to tax

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Londoners directly to pay for

policing. Here is some of the

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detail...

I can confirm today that I

will invest an extra £59 million a

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year to support an additional 1000

police officers that otherwise have

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been affordable in 2019/20 and I

have allocated an extra £5 million

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to spend on recruiting additional

police officers. And also providing

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an additional £5 million to reduce

their borrowing to Mopac.

The

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has-been criticism of this today.

Gareth making, Conservative, said...

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And all of this has come on a day

when the Metropolitan Police itself

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has been criticised for its dealing

with children again.

Yes, it was

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found in the latest inspection that

191 cases of 214 were rated as

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either inadequate or required

improvement. It took 11 days to come

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to one case when it was reported a

12-year-old boy was trying to

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distribute half naked pictures of a

girl and was threatening to send out

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more images if no action was taken.

In a previous report the Met was

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also criticised in this area. It

said it is aware of the urgency of

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improving its services further.

Inspectors will be revisiting this

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issue over the next 12 months.

Thank

you.

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Number Ten has defended itself after

during a freestyle rap, Stormzy

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asked whether money had gone from

Grenfell.

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Police in Sutton have issued

CCTV pictures appealing

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for help to identify a man wanted

in connection with a fraud committed

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against a 96-year-old man.

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In January the pensioner received

a call from a person pretending

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to be from his bank.

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The victim gave his personal details

and PIN then collected the bank

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cards from his home.

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The suspect withdrew thousands

from a bank in Wallington.

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Anyone with information should

contact Crimestoppers.

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Low pay is having a "corrosive"

impact on family life and the health

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of workers earning below

the voluntary living wage,

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according to a new study.

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The survey for the Living Wage

Foundation found that a quarter

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of respondents believed low pay

negatively affected

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their relationships.

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More than three out of five said

they worried so much it

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affected their day-to-day life.

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Arsenal midfielders Aaron Ramsey

and Mesut Ozil will miss

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the Europa-League last-32 second-leg

against Ostersunds at

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the Emirates tonight.

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The Gunners won the first

leg in Sweden 3-0.

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Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger

will use some of his younger

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players as a result.

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Wenger said Germany international

Ozil has been ill while Ramsey

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is recovering from a groin injury.

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We play at home

in front of our fans.

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There's still a lot at stake for us

because this competition

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is important for us,

and what is absolutely vital

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is that we go into the game

with a good focus to win it.

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Two new teachers have been hailed

a success for helping autistic

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youngsters at a school in Berkshire,

to improve their

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communication skills.

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But the pair are no ordinary tutors.

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Steve and Alex are robots.

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They're being used by real life

teachers, but as Joe Campbell

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reports, young people who struggle

to deal with the world outside

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the classroom are finding

the world of the future,

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a bit easier to get to grips with.

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Hello, my name is Steve.

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He needs no introduction,

or if he does it's

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perhaps better coming

from those he's helping

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to learn new skills here

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at Prior's Court school.

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This is our favourite robot,

called Steve and Alex.

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Many of the pupils here struggle

with the world around them,

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but not with the robots.

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Any person with autism might

struggle to read our

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faces really.

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The robot doesn't give off all those

signs - their eyebrows

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aren't moving, their

hair is not moving.

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The voice and their mouth

isn't making shapes.

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So actually the focus

is on what is actually being

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said by the robot.

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Can you find an object

which is my eye colour?

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They've certainly been a hit

with students like Jamie here.

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Who do you like? Steve or Alex?

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Two of those.

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You like both of them.

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Why do you like them?

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# Head, shoulders, knees

and toes, knees and toes... #

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And staff responsible

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for their introduction say

they have made a difference.

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Since the start of the year now, we

can see the difference.

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They sit down, they take turns.

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They wait when something goes wrong.

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Sometimes they just work

or something, and they accept that.

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Normally that is a great

skill for them to wait.

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Of course finding these robots

they use here shouldn't

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come as any surprise.

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After all, Dame Stephanie

Shirley, who was

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responsible for setting up the

school, was a pioneer

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in information technology.

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And set up Prior's Court

because of her own experiences with

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her son, who was himself autistic.

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The school is hoping

to add another robot,

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and is working on programming

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them to the specific needs

of pupils here in future.

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On the BBC London Facebook page

today, you can find out more

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about last night's Brit Awards,

IF our journeys in London

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are getting slower and you can

meet Jingdong Liu.

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With the start

of the Chinese New Year,

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the foreign student explains how

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he is now celebrating the festival

to mark coming of

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spring with friends.

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Now the weather with

Elizabeth Rizinni.

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Good afternoon, feeling cold today

but that's nothing compared to how

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it will be feeling by the end of the

week, some very cold air coming.

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Some sunshine around this morning.

This should tend to brighten up

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further as we go through the

afternoon with more sunshine coming

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as the wind switches to a

south-easterly, dragging up dry air.

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There is a wind chill with top

temperatures up to six Celsius only.

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More sunshine as we head towards the

end of the day, then overnight

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tonight we will see some cloud but

lots of clear skies. The wind will

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pick up the torch and it will be a

chilly start of the day tomorrow. A

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frosty start with widespread frost,

temperatures

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... This cloud will melt away as we

had through the afternoon so there

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will be sunny skies around and with

the wind slightly more brisk

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tomorrow, it will feel even colder

with highs up to six Celsius but

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once again you have to factor in

wind chill. The wind is coming in

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from the east as we had through the

rest of the week and we have very

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cold air coming our way is write

from Russia, Siberia. It will be

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freezing as we had through the

weekend. Literally so, in fact

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temperatures will struggle to get

anywhere above freezing as we head

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through Sunday but it is looking

dry, there will be sunshine around

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at times as we head into the start

of next week. We run the risk of

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seeing snow showers. Mostly for

eastern areas on Monday but they may

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become more widespread by the time

we get to

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become more widespread by the time

we get to choose day.

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That's about it from me.

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Riz will be here with our

6:30 evening programme.

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But for now, from us all,

a very good afternoon.

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