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That's all from the BBC News at One,
so it's goodbye from me -
Welcome to BBC London News.
I'm Victoria Hollins.
A teenager who carried
out six acid attacks
across east London, has been
sentenced to 10 years in detention.
Derryck John from Croydon
was 16 at the time of the attacks.
His accomplice has
never been caught.
Chris Rogers has been
at Wood Green Crown Court.
This is a particularly horrific
example of a crime that is on the
rise in London, particularly in the
East End. In the space of 90
minutes, Derryck John, who was 16
and three quarters at the time,
attack six careers on their mopeds
with the intent of stealing their
vehicle, spraying a highly corrosive
acid towards their helmets in an
attempt to injure their face. Many
of them did sustain injuries. One
victim told the court, he has been
left partially blind. They have
recovered from their scars,
emotionally all victims told the
court they may never recover. Some
are receiving counselling. All have
been unable to return to work. The
judge said he wanted to send out a
strong message to other people
intent on causing harm with acid, by
giving Derryck John a very long
sentence behind bars. They had to
take into account his troubled
childhood, he was in care at the
time and his age. He warned Derryck
John that if you what an adult he
could have been put behind bars
today for 22 years. He received a
ten and a half year sentence with
the possibility of being released
early on licence. Earlier I asked
the police officer in charge of the
investigation what his reaction was
to a sentence that many victims have
told me was too short.
I think we have to look at the
judge' remarks in sentencing.
Obviously Derryck John was an adult
offenders it would've been a
different sentence. Overall we are
pleased with the sentence. We think
it does send a strong message that
even as youth offender, a ten year
plus sentence struck -- sends a
strong message this will not be
So far Derryck John has refused to
tell the police who his accomplice
was and help them in their ongoing
investigation in finding him. The
police have said today they hope
that Derryck John will be reflecting
on his custodial sentence and may
now cooperate with the
investigation. Chris Rogers.
A group of homeless people
who have taken over
a building in central London,
are preparing to go to court
to fight a possession order
from the landlord in a bid to stay.
The group, which calls the
four-storey building in the West End
the Sofia Solidarity Centre,
says anyone without
a home is welcome.
The Victoria Derbyshire programme
spoke to a volunteer there.
OK, so when we have
somebody new come in,
they come in the front door.
They will be greeted here.
We will ask them what they need,
how they are, the priority...
Whether they need to go
straight to sleep, or eat.
We have a kitchen
down the end there.
We can provide, and we
are providing, hot,
nutritious food all the time.
There's tea and coffee.
We have some medical supplies,
and we have people who know how
to look after people,
so if somebody needs some
attention to wounds
or infections, we can do that.
We've got sleeping areas
on the ground floor here,
and on the first floor.
We have qualified
electricians helping us.
I'm a plumber-builder as well, so...
We do safety checks every day,
make sure there's nothing dangerous,
no cables to trip over,
everything's lit properly,
so that people don't...
Yeah, we're keeping people safe.
If any person comes
in with a particular issue,
there is someone here who already
been through that issue.
We can actually guide people
through our own experiences,
empathy, and listening,
so were actually better qualified
than most people who are qualified.
We've 100 people here, eating,
We're saving lives here,
and the building's been empty
15 years, and we can
save lives with it.
It's our moral duty
to save those lives.
Westminster Council told us
they have "well-established routes
to help people who may be sleeping
rough or homeless via Streetlink.
Over 400 bed spaces are available
each night to help people."
An advertising campaign urging
London's businesses to escape
Brexit by moving to France has been
banned from underground stations.
Transport for London says
the ads don't comply
with its guidelines
because they relate
to matters of public
controversy or sensitivity.
The Normandy Development Agency,
which commissioned the images, says
the campaign was meant to be
a humorous way of offering
a "plan B" to entrepreneurs.
Thousands of students
across the capital could be affected
by strike action during their exams.
The universities union has warned
of another 14 days of action
between April and June.
It's over discussions around
a change to lecturers' pensions.
With most London property
a "pile 'em high" policy,
the humble bungalow has rather
fallen out of fashion.
But with the UK's elderly population
predicted to double over
the next three decades,
a recent House of Commons report
concluded that bungalows
could be just what's needed.
Sean Fletcher reports.
This peaceful street,
tucked away from the hustle
and bustle of Acton,
comes as a great surprise to anyone
who stumbles across it,
because it consists
only of bungalows.
It's very unusual to find
a whole street of them this
close to the city centre,
but since the early 1950s,
they've been the dream home for many
people in retirement.
Building bungalows en masse
in suburbia became very
popular for many years.
In 1987 alone, there
were over 28,000 built.
Last year, though, there
were just over 2000,
so there's been a steep decline.
It is a lot harder
for you to get planning
permission to build a bungalow
than it is to build
a terraced house.
London itself hasn't tried to get
more people to build bungalows.
It hasn't tried to
stimulate that market.
But with more and more
over 65s living longer,
their housing needs
will need to be met.
The answer - start
building bungalows again.
This award-winning estate is one
of several being built
or planned in Barking.
These bungalows provide
social housing for elderly
and disabled residents,
and were built on land
that was just lying dormant.
One of the residents
here lost his leg in an industrial
accident, so climbing
stairs became impossible.
Moving here was ideal.
Sometimes you can't get your leg
on, your leg swells up
and you can't wear your leg.
So you have to sort of go
around on your bum,
or on your hands and knees,
or in a wheelchair or crutches.
Going upstairs, if you haven't got
a stairlift, it's awkward.
So a bungalow is ideal.
It's ideal, yeah.
Tom, like most of the residents
here, moved from a much bigger
house, freeing up other properties
that could house larger families,
so building these new bungalows
actually made economic sense.
This actual site, one of eight now,
we have managed to get 76
of these types properties,
which has freed up 66
homes for families.
And that's really important.
There's a waiting list,
and that's why we're still building.
We will have over 100 units
by the end of the summer,
which is fantastic.
Bungalows have faced economic
cutbacks and lack of space,
but they are still places that many
elderly see as a dream home.
So, with support from the Commons,
bungalows could be a thing
of the future as well as the past.
And you can see the full
story on Inside Out
tonight on BBC 1 at 7.30pm.
Now the weather with Kate Kinsella.
It's been rather grey
and dull Monday so far.
We've had outbreaks of rain
in the form of showers.
Skies have looked a little bit
like that across the board.
We've had one or two
brighter spells out there,
but on the whole it's rather grey,
and rather wet as well.
These showers are going to continue
through the afternoon,
and we could hear a rumble or two
of thunder mixed
in to those as well.
Fairly breezy out there.
Nothing too strong,
but you will notice it
if you are caught underneath
one of those showers.
Not going to be too pleasant.
The temperature is not bad,
around 11 Celsius as a maximum.
Overnight tonight, those showers
continue to blow through,
gradually becoming a little bit
fewer and further between.
Drier as we head towards dawn,
and we may even get clearance
of the cloud the further
west you are.
Minimum temperature above 0,
between 3 and 7 Celsius.
Tomorrow morning, some of us could
get a bright start in the West.
Some brighter spells, at least.
It's a dry day, less showers around.
Still, though, some patchy cloud.
up to around 11 again,
but by the end of the afternoon,
that cloud moving away
eastwards, and we may get
a little bit of sunshine.
As we head through midweek,
things start to change a little bit.
We pick up a south-easterly wind.
Low pressure again
heading towards the UK.
Outbreaks of rain.
That wind is going to end up quite
cold, especially as we head
towards the end of the week
and into the weekend.
Quite an unsettled week.
Temperatures particularly mild
as we head through Wednesday.
After that, they start to get
a little bit lower, and could turn
a little bit wintry again as we head
towards Saturday and Sunday.
That's about it from me.
Riz Lateef will be here
with our 6:30 evening programme.
But for now, from us all,
a very good afternoon.