26/02/2018 London News


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and it's going to bring some

disruption. Darren, thank you.

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Welcome to BBC London News.

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I'm Victoria Hollins.

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Preparations are well under way

in Windsor for the wedding

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of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle.

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It's being seen a a big

business boost to the town -

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not just because of tourist

revenues, but the endorsement

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of the Royal brand.

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Sarah Harris reports.

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The castle is the symbol

of the Windsor brand.

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Weekend home to The Queen

and soon-to-be venue

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for the international

wedding of the year.

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According to one economist,

the event is a much-needed financial

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boost in uncertain times,

worth tens of millions of pounds.

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If you look at the boost

of the wedding in Windsor

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and in London, it's

going to be huge.

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But the real boost is to Britain

plc and all the brands,

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in terms of the intangibles.

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It's very difficult

to quantify that.

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But clearly, a lot of jobs,

a lot of economic activity is going

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to come from this celebration.

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Even the infrastructure of the Royal

town is having to be updated

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to accommodate being the centre

of attention in the coming months.

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Engineers are working to make sure

communications cables running

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underneath the cobbled

streets are state-of-the-art.

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It's just higher broadband speeds

for all the broadcasting as well,

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so where beforehand it was copper,

fibre optics is a lot faster.

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So it's putting in all the cable.

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Basically for faster broadcasting,

faster photos, faster everything.

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For businesses based

to the west of London,

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the wedding is the Monopoly

equivalent of passing

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Go and collecting 200.

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It's becoming a hub for firms

moving out the city.

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Windsor sits to the west of London.

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It has got Heathrow Airport

and it has got fantastic

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road communications.

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It has the M4 and that is

the gateway to other cities

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like Reading and to the south-west.

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So it is increasingly a hub and it

will benefit from this wedding.

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It is easy to assume revenues from

Royal events are just about tourism.

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But some argue it is the brand that

is the most economically beneficial,

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with a wedding a great way to

advertise it. Sarah Harris, BBC

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London News.

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Over the past two years,

there have been hundreds

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of horrific cat deaths -

particularly around South London -

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and police think it could be

the work of one person.

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A £10,000 reward is being offered

to help catch the cat killer.

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Graham Satchell reports.

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This road is basically

where the first murder

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that we were aware of happened.

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We're driving with

Tony Jenkins, founder

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of an animal rescue charity.

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He's taking us to

where it all started.

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The body was left on a

neighbour's doorstep.

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And how many cases would you say

you have now encountered?

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We're over 450 now.

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450?

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450, yeah.

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He needs to be caught

because he's bringing

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horror to people's lives.

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You know, most people consider

their cat as a part of their family,

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it's like losing a child,

and it is devastating people.

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You couldn't help but love him.

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He had these big,

massive green eyes.

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Jane's cat, Taz, was found mutilated

in her neighbour's garden.

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It was devastating, horrific.

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And I think everybody who saw him,

they've been scarred.

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And I don't think...

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I think you can never erase

that out of your memory.

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I just can't get that round my head,

why somebody would want to be

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so vindictive to any animal

and to hurt loving

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families with their pets.

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I don't understand it.

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People that start with extreme

violence towards animals do

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progress, and there is a progression

hypothesis in our world that

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suggests that it's like a start,

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and that they will move

on and they will often progress

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to doing sadistic violence

towards human beings.

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The Metropolitan Police don't know

who the cat killer is.

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There have been no arrests

and there are no specific suspects.

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Jane's hope - that there

is a breakthrough soon,

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before more cats are killed.

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Graham Satchell, BBC News.

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The old-fashioned Irish dancehall

is enjoying a revival

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in North West London.

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Once a regular part of the life

for thousands of Irish Londoners,

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promoters are recreating

the atmosphere of the dancehalls

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at a social club in Kilburn.

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The evening is called

the Ballroom of Romance,

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and it's proving a huge hit.

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Thomas Magill has more.

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# Last night, I had

a pleasant dream #.

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In Ireland, they call this a ceilidh

- hundreds of men and women dancing

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the night away to traditional

Irish music.

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But these people aren't in Ireland.

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This is the Galtymore

ballroom, in Cricklewood -

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a popular dancehall in North London,

specialising in Irish music.

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The old doors are still here,

but the dance hall's gone now.

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It first opened in 1952 and,

along with other venues such

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as the National in Kilburn,

the Gresham in Archway,

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and the Hibernian

in Fulham Broadway, it featured

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Irish show bands and country

singers, often playing to huge

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crowds of revellers.

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For many, the halls were a place

to find work, a flatmate,

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or even the love of your life.

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It took a long time to arrive,

but it arrived in 2003.

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When I met my husband,

Declan, who's sitting here.

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It was actually 2002.

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Oh!

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Whenever it was, times changed

and the dancehalls closed.

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This is the Galtymore

being demolished in 2008.

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It all seemed like

the end of an era.

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But something rather wonderful

is happening just behind the Church

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of the Sacred Heart,

here in Kilburn.

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Every Monday night,

one of the performance

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from back in the day -

a man known as McGinty -

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is single-handedly attempting to

revive the old dancehall tradition.

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He's turning its social club

into the Ballroom of Romance.

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I know some people who come

in here and they've got a stick,

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and they're walking in.

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And as soon as the music starts,

they're up dancing on the floor.

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You know, they reckon I'm

a faith healer as well.

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So how does it actually compare

to the original dancehalls?

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Well, Declan and Patricia have come

back to trip the light

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fantastic once again.

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It reminds me of 40 years ago,

the music, you know what I mean?

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It hasn't changed.

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The atmosphere is much the same.

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And you see something

like this that's a throwback

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to the old Galtymore old days.

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There's no doubt McGinty's created

the atmosphere these revellers

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remember from the old days.

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He just hopes that maybe, one day,

a new generation will also

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discover his Ballroom of Romance.

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And you can see more on that story

on 'Inside Out London'

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tonight at 7:30 on BBC One.

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Now the weather, with Kate Kinsella.

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A cold start and the temperature

will drop even further over the next

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few days. Good afternoon. This

morning, we saw a little snow, a

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scene of what is to come. Some light

dusting is and heavy snow through

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the rush hour this morning. It left

a bit on cars on some roads and it

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has been coming and the showers have

been feeding in. We have seen breaks

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in the cloud as well and brilliant

sunshine, but yes, we will see snow

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for the rest of the afternoon and

showers and for much of this week as

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well, but the consistent thing is

the temperature. It feels bitterly

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cold over the next few days. Into

the afternoon, we still see one or

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two showers and the Met Office has a

yellow weather warning for snow

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showers today and into the evening

and overnight. They may become more

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frequent. Cloud feeding in from the

North East on a brisk north-easterly

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wind which is making things feel

very cold. A maximum of two, three

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Celsius. With the wind chill, much

colder. Showers continue into this

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evening and overnight, perhaps

becoming heavier and more prolonged

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in Essex, South East London, Surrey

and Kent. In those places, the Met

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Office has upgraded the weather

warning to amber for the night-time

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period and into Tuesday morning.

Elsewhere, a yellow. -3, -4, maybe

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even further. A bitterly cold start

with further showers feeding in

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parts of the East and across all

areas, this yellow weather warning

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is extended. Tweet cold Winter game,

the temperature similar. One or two

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much colder. Showers feeding in from

the East, it gets colder and further

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snow showers towards Thursday and

Friday.

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Thank you.

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That's about it from me.

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Riz Lateef 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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