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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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Parents at a west London primary

school have said they're

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devastated after being

told it plans to close.

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Minerva Academy in Paddington,

is only half full,

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and is still on a temporary site,

with no playground.

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Westminster Council says it

will ensure every child can

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move to a good school.

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Here's our Education

Reporter, Marc Ashdown.

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Schools open, another

day of learning ahead,

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something most parents

simply take for granted,

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but school days at Minerva Academy

in Paddington could be numbered.

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Only half full, and based on this

woefully inadequate temporary site,

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the head has told parents she plans

to shut in the summer.

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It's so stressful, especially

for the children, my son has been

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two days he's not eating properly,

he is not sleeping good,

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he's telling me, I hate learning.

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How are you feeling?

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Mad, sad.

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I will never forget this school,

it's because I've got friends that

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I've known for seven

years, six years.

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Minerva only opened in 2012,

in a letter to parents,

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the head says falling pupil numbers

across Westminster has hit funding,

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she says the current

site has not helped,

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there is no playground,

promises of a brand-new building

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seem to have evaporated.

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It was supposed to be

here in Paddington basin,

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apparently, but apparently

now there is nothing,

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we were supposed to move how

many years ago.

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Two, three years ago.

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And everything was behind, behind,

behind, and promises.

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And now, no school.

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I wonder where is the new building,

what have they done with it.

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Critics will argue this is another

example of what they have long

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argued is a fundamental flaw

in the government's academies

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programme, new schools

are only supposed to open

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where there is a clear basic

need for more places

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and in suitable buildings.

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Here, it appears, there is neither.

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It follows news that

Floreat Brentford is set to close,

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another free school which could not

find a permanent home,

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or make the money add up.

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Minerva is run by a multi-Academy

trust, the Board of Trustees says

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staff are providing a good level

of education but for a range

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of factors, the school is no

longer financially viable.

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If it does close, the local

authority Westminster says

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it's ready to step in to make sure

all 89 pupils can go

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to a good school elsewhere.

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A 20-year-old man has been shot

to death in East London.

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Police were called to

Forest Road in Waltham Forest

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at around 9.30 last night

where the man was pronounced

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dead at the scene.

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There have been no arrests.

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A woman's been found guilty of fraud

after she posed as a grief-stricken

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survivor of the Grenfell fire

in order to obtain cash,

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donations and hotel accommodation

intended for real victims.

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The jury at Southwark Crown Court

heard that 47-year-old

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Joyce Msokeri was living miles away

in Sutton at the time.

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She's due to be

sentenced next month.

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Motorcycle deaths on the capital's

roads are still too high according

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to the London Assembly's Transport

Committee.

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Over a quarter of people

killed or seriously

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injured on our roads

ride a motorbike.

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There are calls for

motorcyclists to be able

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to ride in all bus lanes

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and for TfL to develop advanced

motorcycle safety training.

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Transport for London

says its carried out a series

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of measure to reduce the number

of serious collisions but recognises

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more needs to be done.

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Well, today is News Day

for the BBC's annual School Report.

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BBC London has been

working with a 6th Form

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student from Romford.

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She wanted to explore if better

education in schools around knife

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crime, could help to reduce

the number of young

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people getting involved.

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Eighteen-year-old Abbianca

has this report.

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Hello, I want to explore the reason

which the education system can help

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reduce life crime -- knife crime in

2016, I lost a dear friend of mine,

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was a victim of knife crime.

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I went to

was a victim of knife crime.

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I went to Scotland

was a victim of knife crime.

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I went to Scotland Yard

was a victim of knife crime.

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I went to Scotland Yard to

was a victim of knife crime.

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I went to Scotland Yard to speak

was a victim of knife crime.

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I went to Scotland Yard to speak to

was a victim of knife crime.

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I went to Scotland Yard to speak to

a senior police detective, who deals

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with knife crime on a daily basis. I

asked him if he thought school

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should have compulsory lessons on

this issue.

What do you think about

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this, do you think this can make a

difference?

I think it would make a

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difference, we need to change the

messaging, we have been saying for

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some time that police on their own

are not going to rest and we need to

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ask the right questions and get

answers. We need to get into

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communities and young people.

Here I

am, back at my school, where I will

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be interviewing the head of sick

form and some students on the issue

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of tackling knife crime.

Some people

may carry knives for protection,

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especially because there is other

teenagers carrying knives anyway.

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When community centres are shut down

and the youth clubs held in them get

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people getting bored, and therefore,

joining gangs, because they don't

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have the group where they could have

gone to.

If I'm being honest,

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schools don't really teach about

knife crime is that much, my first

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talk was in year 12, I was 16 when I

had my first talk about knife crime.

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Do you think these lessons will make

a difference and have an impact on

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the younger generation? I am not

convinced. I think people who are

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attracted to gangs, and attracted to

carrying knives, they have kind of

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fallen out of the education system.

There isn't one solution to tackling

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knife crime, but from my interviews,

it seems changes in the education

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system could possibly contribute to

reduce knife crime. Abbianca, BBC

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School report.

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It's being hailed as

AirBnB for your car.

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Car and Away is a new parking scheme

that's the first of it's

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kind in the country.

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Found at Gatwick Airport, customers

don't pay to leave their car there,

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instead it's cleaned and rented out

to a stranger.

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Helen Drew reports.

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How does this sound for a business

idea, park at Gatwick, fly away on

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holiday and your car is rented out

while you are gone, the money earned

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covers the cost of the parking and

maybe even earns you a profit.

I

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don't like it.

Why not?

I don't want

anyone else in my car.

Not too keen,

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you own property is your own

property.

I wouldn't want my car

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rented out while I was not there.

The scheme is called Car and Away

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and Nikki is one of the first people

to try it, she has flown in from Los

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Angeles to collect her Fiat, which

has been rented out for the last

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week.

I think, if I've got earning

potential, rather than leaving it

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there sitting for a week, for the

sake of a few extra miles on the

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clock, it makes sense.

This

businessman is one of the first to

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rent a car. Were you apprehensive

about trying a new idea?

I was, I

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was suspicious. At my age, you get

suspicious about lots of things. Car

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and Away insures the cars and

provides roadside assistance, they

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ask owners to carry out a future ex

in terms of safety.

We ask them to

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sign they have done the checks, not

mechanical, they are simple motoring

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checks.

A word of caution: a car is

an expensive thing. -- 80 few

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checks.

The potential for it to get

damaged, you are putting this into

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the hands of strangers.

If this

takes off, Car and Away hopes to

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expand to other airports later this

year.

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Lets get a check on the weather

forecast.

Rather soggy start of the

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day, band of rain pushing

north-east, and behind that band of

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rain, for the rest of the day, sunny

spells, and showers.

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Rumble of thunder, some

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could be heavy in nature but a lot

of dry weather around, as you can

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see, plenty of sunshine as well, and

sunshine will not feel too

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unpleasant. Highs between 11 and 13

Celsius. Heading through the

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evening, and the overnight period,

clear skies, showers rumbling on for

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a time through the evening

rush-hour. Cloud thickening, maybe

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showery outbreaks pushing in. As we

head into the start of the day

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tomorrow. Not too chilly overnight,

lows between six and 8 degrees.

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Tomorrow, any early rain will clear

away quickly and looking at another

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day of sunny spells and showers,

wasabi the odd heavy shower at

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times. Most will be quite light, a

lot of dry weather, sunshine too. 11

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to 14 degrees. Big drop in to bridge

over the course of the weekend, all

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that cold air coming in. Chilly is

Saili wind, and we are likely to see

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some snow as well. -- chilly

easterly wind. Met Office warnings

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for snow and ice and snow on Sunday,

likely to see a few centimetres,

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just about anywhere. Keep an eye on

the warnings, all the details on the

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website. Short lived called snap,

temperatures back up on Monday.

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That's about it from me.

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Asad Ahmad 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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