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That's all from the BBC News at One

so it's goodbye from me -

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and on BBC One we now join the BBC's

news teams where you are.

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Welcome to BBC London News.

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I'm Victoria Hollins.

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The family of a 12-month-old baby

boy who was the subject of a legal

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battle to keep him alive have

confirmed he died last night.

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Isaiah Haastrup from

Peckham was brain damaged.

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Specialists at King's College

hospital had said giving him

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further treatment was not

in his best interests.

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But his parents wanted it

to continue in the hope

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they could eventually care

for their son at home.

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Caroline Davies has more on this.

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When Isaiah was born he suffered a

catastrophic injury that left him

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profoundly brain-damaged. Since then

the question has been how best to

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care for Isaiah. According to the

doctors, they believe there was no

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prospect of him recovering, they

thought it was in his best interests

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to remove life support and give him

palliative care only. That is

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something his parents have always

disputed, they took that argument to

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the courts where the judge decided

in favour of doctors that life

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support could be removed. His

parents appealed but lost the

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appeal, then took it to the European

Court of Human Rights but that was

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rejected two days ago. Yesterday his

life support was turned off and

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Isaiah died yesterday evening. We've

also heard from his parents today

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who were incredibly distressed and

said how much they will miss their

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little boy.

He had a little

cheekiness about him, especially

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when you come beside him and call

his name or he opens his eyes and

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turns his head to you. That I'm

going to miss but right now all I

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can feel is just pure anger. All I

know is justice was not served at

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all.

We've also heard from Isaiah's

father who said how proud he was of

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his son. Hospital have given a

statement but the main thought that

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the thoughts of the trust are with

the family at this difficult time.

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Thank you.

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The Government says a potential

source of an oil spill along

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the River Lea in north east London

has been traced.

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The Environment Agency

is investigating the spillage,

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which started last month

and polluted a large

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stretch of the river

between Enfield and Newham.

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Responding to a question raised

in the House of Commons

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by the Labour MP for Tottenham,

David Lammy - the Environment

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Minster - had this to say.

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Mr Speaker, I've already replied to

the right honourable gentleman

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through written questions but in

particular the Environment Agency

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has traced the potential polluter

but I cannot give further details

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due to the ongoing investigation. I

can reassure the Environment Agency

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visits along the area and we are

still working to clear that up.

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To mark International Women's Day

today, all this week BBC London has

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been speaking to some of the senior

women running London.

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Today we hear from Cressida Dick,

the country's most senior police

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officer and the Met's

first female commissioner.

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She told Riz Lateef about some

of the helpful advice she received

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early on in her career.

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What was your first thought

when you were appointed

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as the Met commissioner?

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I was thrilled, I was humbled.

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I was astonished, and I

thought about my mum -

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no longer with us, sadly.

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What would your mum have said?

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I think she would have laughed.

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I think she would be

amazed at how her little

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girl had, you know,

gone on to do this.

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How did you cope in those early days

with the canteen culture

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and sexism in the force?

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It was a different age.

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I loved policing and I was

prepared to challenge.

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I stood up for what I believed in.

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But I remember one of my bosses

taking me into an office

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very early on and saying, you know,

Cressida if you fight

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every battle at the parapet

you will get shot down and that

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will be the end of you.

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So I think I learned that, you know,

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you can't take on absolutely every

battle head on but you should

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stand up for yourself.

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In terms of the shooting

of Jean Charles de Menezes,

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you were cleared of any wrongdoing.

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You were in charge

of that operation.

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Did you ever question your

judgment after that?

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I don't think you can be

an effective operational leader

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if you don't ask yourself hard

questions, so absolutely.

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Did I think that I had made,

you know, a fundamental error

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of judgment in the decisions I made

based on the information I had?

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No, I didn't, but a terrible,

terrible thing happened.

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An innocent man was killed.

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You can hear the full interview in

our programme at 6:30pm.

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We've heard a lot about

the difficulties disabled

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people face in getting around

on public transport.

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Improvements have been made

in recent years to accessibility

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at tube stations, and there are now

more than 70 stations

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which are either fully

accessible or offer some form

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of step-free access.

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But people with mobility issues

continue to have problems

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using the transport system,

as Ellis Palmer has been

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finding out.

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TfL has spent £600 million

on upgrading Tottenham

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Court Road tube station.

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They are claiming Tottenham Court

Road and other stations are now

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fully accessible and step-free,

but I found this isn't

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always the case.

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This is me on my way to work.

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I can easily get on at Stratford

station, but the only

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way I can get on or off

here at Tottenham Court Road

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is by asking random

passengers to help me.

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There's a 22 centimetre step

between the train and the platform,

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and the ramps that I'm entitled

to use have had "do not

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use" stickers on them

for at least about six months.

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Other parts of the station

though are really good.

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The end of this platform has been

raised and signposted,

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making it really easy.

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There are 270 tube stations

in London, 72 of those are step free

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but only 50 are fully accessible

from street to train.

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Now the weather with

Elizabeth Rizzini.

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Good afternoon. It's been a mixed

picture so far today, we started off

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with early rain and that pushed

eastwards, and the sun came out. We

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saw blustery conditions but also

plenty of cloud through the late

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morning. There is still reign to

clear from parts of Hertfordshire

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and six but that should continue to

push eastwards and after that the

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winds will ease down. We should see

sunshine develops just about

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everywhere. Watch out for some

showers that may pop-out in western

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areas but most can count on a dry

afternoon. Temperatures may be as

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high as ten or 11 Celsius. Lighter

winds through this evening and

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overnight, and clear skies with

temperatures dropping low enough to

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get a touch of frost, particularly

in rural spots. Maybe some early

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mist patches around too but for most

of us are bright start of the day.

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We have more cloud spreading from

the south, that will tend to thicken

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as we had through the afternoon.

Eventually we will start to see rain

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as well but drive the most of the

daylight hours I suspect with the

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rain only arriving for the vast

majority of the capital in the

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afternoon. Then we have some more

rain on Saturday morning, that will

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clear away. If we get any brightness

through the day on Saturday we could

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get as high as 14 or 15 Celsius. A

grey, damp start of the day on

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Saturday but hopefully some

brightness too.

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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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