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That's all from the BBC News at One

- so it's goodbye from me -

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Welcome to BBC London News.

I'm Charlotte Franks.

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Ten years after the murder

of a Norwegian student in central

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London, detectives are urging

the man wanted for her death

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to return to the UK.

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Martine Vik Magnussen, who was 23,

was attacked after a night out

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with friends in 2008.

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The only suspect in the case,

Farouk Abdulhak, fled

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to the Yemen within hours

of Martine's disappearance.

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Carrie Davis reports.

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Laughing and smiling, recording a

message for her friend. This is

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Martine Vik Magnussen, a Norwegian

business student. She was studying

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in London when she was murdered ten

years ago. She had been partying at

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a nightclub. She left with a

classmate, Farouk Abdulhak. This

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CCTV footage shows them leaving

together. Her body was discovered

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the day after in the basement of a

block of flats. She had been raped

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and strangled. Her body had been

partially bubbled -- covered by

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rubble. Mr Rabbo had left the

country the same day. He is believed

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to be in Yemen. Although he protests

his innocence, he has refused to

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return to the UK. Today Mairtin

O'Muilleoir's father spoke directly

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to him.

Once my family -- once my

family has continued to suffer the

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greatest loss in family can suffer,

I want you to know that we continue

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to pursue justice for Mairtin

O'Muilleoir. We want you to know

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that this case will never go away

until justice has prevailed.

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Police have urged Farouk Abdulhak to

come forward. Ten years on, the

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family of Martine Vik Magnussen

continue to fight for justice.

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A vet with two practices

in West London has been accused

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of helping a gang sell

thousands of illegally bred

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sick and dying puppies,

to buyers who thought the animals

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were home-reared and healthy.

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Vet Daniel Doherty denies conspiring

with the gang by providing

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vaccination certificates,

even though he knew

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buyers were being duped.

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Yvonne Hall reports

from Isleworth Crown Court.

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The RSPCA has brought the case

against Daniel Doherty at Isleworth

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Crown Court. Barrister Hazel Stevens

said this morning the background to

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the case involved a gang of eight

men and women importing puppies into

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the UK, which had been illegally

bred mainly in Ireland and Eastern

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Europe, and were often very sick.

The puppies were then advertised on

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sites like commentary, pretending to

the public the animals were healthy

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and had been homebred in the UK.

These puppies were often so sick

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they died soon afterwards, and

complains to the RSPCA began to

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mount. That Daniel Doherty, who runs

practices in Oxbridge and --

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Oxbridge and Hillingdon, is accused

of helping the gang deceive the

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public by providing vaccination

certificates for more than 4000

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puppies. It is said he was paid

nearly £80,000. He denies conspiracy

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to commit fraud. The trial is

expected to last three weeks.

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Yvonne Hall reporting there.

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A 14-year-old boy's

in hospital, after he was shot

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near Seven Sisters station.

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No-one's been arrested

following the incident just

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after 11 o'clock last night.

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Scotland Yard says the boy's

in a stable condition.

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A group of squatters

who've taken over a building

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in Xentral London are preparing

to go to court later,

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to fight a possession order

from the landlord in a bid to stay.

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The group, who have

named the office block

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the Sofia Solidarity Centre,

claim the building has been empty

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for several years, and they're

meeting a social need.

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The Government says

it's investing £1 billion

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to tackle rough sleeping.

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Counter-terror police

are leading an investigation

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into the "unexplained" death

of a Russian man in Kingston.

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He is believed to be

businessman Nikolai Glushkov,

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who claimed political asylum

in the UK after being

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convicted of fraud.

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The Metropolitan Police

said its specialist unit was looking

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at his cause of death

"as a precaution".

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A new research unit exploring why

some babies are born

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prematurely, is being set up

at Imperial College London.

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The scientists will be

in partnership with three

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London hospitals -

Chelsea and Westminster,

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St Mary's and Queen Charlotte -

where 5000 babies are born

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prematurely every year.

Sarah Harris reports.

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Sincerely appreciate every second

she can spend with her six-year-old

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daughter. Before she was born, she

had gone through 16 miscarriages,

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including a 20 week pregnancy. So

when her precious daughter came at

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24 weeks, she feared she would die

as well.

Yes, that was my first

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thought. It was a difficult

situation. I keep praying to God.

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When the baby came out at 24 weeks,

there was torment in my head. I was

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thinking, oh my God, is the baby

going to make it? It was really a

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tough time for me.

Thousands of

babies are born nearly every year

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across the capital. Many experienced

health problems and learning

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difficulties. But now scientists

have secured funding to help find

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out why and do something about it.

I

would say there are two reasons. One

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is the leading expertise we have in

London. Secondly, there may be an

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interplay between where a person

comes from, genetic factors, the

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microbes that live in her body.

London is a perfect place to study

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that.

The work we are going to do

has come from finding is that there

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is a link between the bacteria that

live in the reproductive tract, and

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a risk of preterm birth. Not

everybody who has these normal --

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abnormal bacteria goes into preterm

labour. The question is, why do some

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people respond and others do not?

Piniella is thriving and happy

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despite her early start. Researchers

want to make sure that becomes the

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expected outcome for the majority of

premature babies across the capital.

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The South Bank's famous

Under Croft skate park

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is to be extended, after being

awarded hundreds of thousands

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of pounds from City Hall.

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Money will also be spent

on a new creative space

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in the Southbank Centre,

which owns the area where skaters

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have gathered for decades.

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But the cash will only be

released - if campaigners

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can match the £700,000

offered by the mayor.

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South bank is one of the most iconic

spots in London. It is definitely

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one of the most iconic skateboarding

spot in the world. It is one of the

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oldest and most used in the world.

Built in 1967, and first used by

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skaters in 1973. We have been

offered a match funding grant of

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£700,000, which means we have to

raise £700,000 to be given the

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ground. It is a real incentive to

get on board with the project, but

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it does mean we have a lot more to

do.

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Now the weather with Kate Kinsella.

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Now the weather with Kate Kinsella.

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Good afternoon. It has been feeling

more like spring today. Quite a

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chilly start this morning. A

beautiful Sunrise down on the River

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Thames. A sunny day in all. Quite

hazy sunshine. I tired restricting

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sunshine. A lovely afternoon. A

brisk south-easterly wind is

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developing. A perfect afternoon

forgetting the washing on the line.

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Temperatures remain unaffected. 15

Celsius. Overnight, clear at first

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before cloud bruising from the

south-west. Heavy and persistent

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rain. Wet and windy by dawn tomorrow

morning. Temperatures overnight

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between six and eight Celsius. A wet

start to Thursday. The rain moving

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north during the day. Showers in the

afternoon. A bit brighter later.

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Temperatures not too bad for

Thursday at 13 Celsius. The next

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couple of days remain reasonably

mild. As we head towards Friday, we

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start to lose this milder air. But

gradually that this appears to be

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replaced by colder air coming in on

quite a strong easterly wind. You

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will notice perhaps some snow

showers are affecting some of us,

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particularly towards the south of

London, maybe towards the North as

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well. Not too many around but a

dramatic change in temperature as we

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head into Saturday and Sunday. Two

Celsius by the time we get to

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Sunday. The wind will make feel

colder.

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That's about it from me.

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Asad Ahmad.

will be here with our

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6:30 evening programme.

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But for now, from us all,

a very good afternoon.

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