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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.

news teams where you are.

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I'm Alex Bushill.

news teams where you are.

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Every year 250 tonnes of mostly

plastic is pulled out

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of the River Thames.

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The Port of London Authority says

the issue of plastic bottles

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in particular is getting worse.

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And it' having an impact

on marine life.

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Here's our environment

correspondent Tom Edwards.

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Benefit more from a cochlear

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Scooped out of the Thames. This is

the type of rubbish they regularly

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pull out of the river. The majority

of the debris is now disposable

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plastic bottles.

They still call this the drift wood

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service, they used to mainly pull

floating wood out. Now the main

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problem causing their collectors is

plastic.

You can see from the actual

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surface of the water, mainly the

plastic bottles of various type,

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bits of straw, plastic cups, and

also bits of plastic bag.

Tania

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works for the port of London

authority. She says the amount of

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plastic is increasing and it will

have an impact on marine life in the

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Thames, the estuary and the North

Sea.

There is a lot of concern round

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it being in the sediment and what

animals are feeding on. We are

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starting to see through studies that

some of the crabs and fish are

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starting to eat it and it is filling

their stomachs so they are not

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starting to eat it and it is filling

their stomachs so they are not able

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to feed. We are working with

academics along the Thames as to how

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that transfers into the fish, birds

and mammals so we have more seals

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and porpoises using the Thames, how

that might affect then.

Most of the

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plastic that finds its away in has

been used only once. Some is dumped.

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Other smaller bits come through the

sewage system.

Theers perts have

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measured how many plastic bottles

are going in to collections and it

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is about 15 every hour. They pull

out about 250 tonnes of waste every

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year. And that is just a fraction

what goes into the river.

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These tiny white spots are

polystyrene that has broken down in

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the river.

This is a snail that more

typically would live in the upper

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ends of the tidal Thames so

Teddington way, and that is

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obviously been disturbed and brought

down this far, scooped up and caught

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up in the debris but also on the

pieces of plastic.

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Now the authorities want people to

think much more about using plastic.

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And crucially, how they get rid of

it.

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The cost of clearing up rubbish left

by flytippers in London is rising,

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with reported cases more

than doubling in

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the last five years.

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Government figures show

that there were more than 1,000

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incidents reported each day

in the last year, creating a cost

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of more than £18 million.

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The family of a toddler

from Carshalton say they need

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to find £80,000 to fund

treatment - before he loses

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his hearing altogether.

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Their son needs cochlear implants,

but they can't be funded by the NHS

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under current guidelines.

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Paul Murphy Kasp has the story.

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Benji runs around like any other

three-year-old, but since six weeks

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old he has worn hearing aids

because of a genetic condition.

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He is completely deaf

in his right ear and the hearing

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in his left oar is failing.

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His doctors decided

he needed cochlear implants

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in able to hear properly.

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But while he still has limited

haring, the NHS won't pay for them.

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We're so incredibly frustrated.

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Some families don't decide

to implant their child,

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and that's fine, but we feel

because of the expert advice we've

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got from a brilliant implant centre,

that that would give him the best

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chance of acquiring language,

which he feel he deserves.

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With Benji unable to talk properly,

his family have been learning

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sign language to try

and communicate with him.

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The NHS told his mother

that he won't be eligible

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for cochlear implants until he's

completely deaf, and now his parents

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fear by the time he gets him

the ongoing support would end up

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costing the taxpayer more.

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NHS England told us they fund

cochlear implans for patients

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who benefit the most based

on Government guidelines.

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They said doctors can apply

for individual funding for those

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who they feel have a strong case,

but that they have to

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treat everyone fairly.

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And Benji's doctors have

told his mum he fits that criteria.

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They sent off a really strong

application which showed

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why he deserved it.

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We don't understand why there isn't

a priority to have that one off

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spending of this operation in order

to avoid lots of future

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spending for Ben.

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Now experts want the rules to be

relaxed to allow more people

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to reap the benefits.

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The guidelines were written

nearly ten years ago,

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and it is very clear

from the research evidence both

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from the UK and overseas,

that there are children with less

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severe hearing losses

who would benefit more

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from a cochlear implant than they do

from their hearing aids.

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The Government is in the process

of reviewing the guidelines

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round cochlear implants,

but Benji's parents wore worry any

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change will come too late for him.

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One of the most famous

sights on the Thames is be

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celebrating its 80th

anniversary this weekend.

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HMS Belfast is one of Britain's most

significant surviving

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World War II warships -

and from tomorrow visitors will be

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able to take part in special

activities to mark it's anniversary.

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Matt Taylor has been

on board this morning.

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It has been a prominent London

landmark since 1971 but HMS Belfast

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has a very important celebration

this weekend. It is 80 years since

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she was launched by the then Prime

Minister Neville Chamberlain's wife.

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In charge of keeping the ship such

ship shape is Kevin price who joins

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us. What goes into keeping it in

such good working order?

Lots of

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people. And volunteer, we have a

good crew onboard, we have got a

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good team that work day in, day out,

but the volunteers they are the

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icing on cake if you like.

Let us

take back to its operational day,

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how many people would have been

onboard here?

If you look at say

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1942, 43 there was 861, conditions

were really cramped and during the

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Arctic Convoys the weather was very

rough, so 60 foot wave, a lot of

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seasickness and very wet.

Hard to

imagine even in these day, big

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celebrations this weekend, what have

you got planned?

Got lots. The

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children are going to love it. There

is family tacktivety, we have

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signals at sea. Morris code, face

painting, nautical tattooing and

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lots of cake if they are quick

enough!

Sign me up. We like the cake

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bit. 15 years since you have been in

charge so a big celebration for you

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at the end of the month. Yfrnts

Yes,

my department, I wouldn't say in

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charge.

Good luck with this weekend,

you can get yourself down here, you

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know where it is, it has been round

since 1971 but a big weekend as HMS

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Belfast celebrates 80 yore years.

Noo

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as HMS Belfast celebrates

80 yore years.

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Noo

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Now the weather with

Elizabeth Rizzini.

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it will turn cold, we will see a

chilly easterly wind and many areas

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of capital will see some snow fall.

You wouldn't expect it from the

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conditions at the moment. Lots more

blue sky and sunshine for the rest

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of the afternoon. Temperatures not

too unpleasant at 13 or 14 degrees

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Celsius. There will be be some heavy

thundery slow-moving showers, across

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the capital too, but plenty of dry

weather and certainly in the

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sunshine it is not feeling too bad,

the winds are fairly light. Thursday

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this evening and overnight it is set

to change, we are starting to get

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cold air feeding in the from the

east. Wind will feel bitter, and

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there could be snow showers into the

start of the day in Essex, Kent and

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parts of Hertfordshire as well,

maybe a couple of centimetres here.

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The further south and west you are,

the more likely you are to stay

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above freezing into tomorrow morning

but temperatures will drop further

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over the weekend. We have weather

warning out for snow, and ice, so do

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take care and those warnings have

been escalated on Saturday evening.

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Saturday we are likely to see

further snow shower, even further

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west. A bitterly cold breeze,

temperatures only between one and

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three degrees Celsius. Some won't

get above freezing, and on Saturday

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evening, if you are within this

amber warning area you could expect

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to see disruption caused by the snow

and ice into Sunday morning, Sunday,

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however is looking drier but there

could be lying snow round of

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coursing and as we head into Monday,

the temperatures will slowly start

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to recover.

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That is about it from me. Me. Have a

very good afternoon and a fabulous

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weekend. Bye.

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