28/01/2017 London News


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Good evening, welcome to BBC London News, I'm Sonja Jessup.

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Drivers of diesel cars in central London will have to pay 50% extra

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to park from April, as part of plans to tackle air pollution.

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Westminster will become the first council in the UK to introduce

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the extra charges for visitors.

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Sarah Harris has this report.

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If you're parking a diesel vehicle in this part of London,

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it'll cost around ?2.50 an hour more from April 3rd.

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Westminster City Council is to trial the rise,

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to reduce diesel emissions.

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Liza Till parks her diesel van on Marylebone High Street for work,

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and feels she's being unfairly penalised.

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Well, the reason I bought a diesel was because the Government told us

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that they were better.

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Now, all of a you had is, they say they don't want them on the roads,

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they're going to charge us more.

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We've got to try and sell our cars.

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They're not going to sell, are they?

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They're worth nothing now.

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This part of the capital has some of the worst air

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pollution in Europe, causing heart and lung

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disease and thousands of premature deaths every year.

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Environmentalists welcomed this as a first step in banning

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diesel from the streets of London altogether.

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These sort of actions are long over due.

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The Government has lost two consecutive court cases demanding

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they take more and quicker action, that hes a true for local

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authorities as well.

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We know that air pollution is now at lethal and illegal levels.

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80% of that pollution comes from traffic, from motor vehicles,

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and the vast majority of that from diesel engines.

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So there's no excuse, we need to take action.

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If the trial is a success, Westminster Council will roll it out

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across the rest of the city, with other boroughs

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likely to follow.

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The aim is to reduce emissions by the polluter pays

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principle, making the capital a healthier place.

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Sarah Harris, BBC London News.

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Homelessness in the capital is on the rise

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and it's not just people sleeping rough on the streets.

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Charities are worried about the increasing numbers

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of so-called "hidden homeless", often vulnerable people moving

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between temporary accommodation.

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Now, one East London group is exploring new ways to support them,

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as Helen Mulroy reports.

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Monica Leon knows first-hand how easy it is to become homeless.

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I got evicted and I got kicked out for rent arrears.

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I've tried to get some help for support, but

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not getting nowhere.

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She's one of the thousands of so-called hidden homeless

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across the capital, without a permanent place to live,

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moving between friends and family just to keep a roof over her head.

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I'm here and there at the moment.

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I'm staying with my mum for the time being, so I can get myself sorted.

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It is hard.

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It's very hard.

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Monica sought help from the Whitechapel Mission,

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a London charity taking a more creative approach to tackling

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the issues behind homelessness.

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Today is Women's Day, welcome!

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Hair, nails and facials are on offer for the ladies

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here at the Whitechapel Mission.

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The idea being that by providing them with a little bit of pampering,

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it can boost their confidence and their self-esteem.

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Many of the women we're working with are isolated and alone.

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We want to actually try and give a very positive message,

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raise their self-esteem and understand they have true value

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and they need to recognise that as much as anybody else.

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If we're going to move forward with housing issues

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or any other issues, they need to be in a

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positive place first.

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Mission volunteer and former beauty salon owner Roxanna

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came up with the idea.

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When you wear a bit of make-up, a lipstick, have your hair

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done, you just feel, you feel more empowered.

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You feel like you can go and do what you want to do.

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It's about feeling good about yourself,

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and it is for every woman, really.

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That was nice today, yeah, that was lovely.

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I don't really get myself pampered very much.

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Do you feel a bit special?

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Today, yes.

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I've got my nails done, and my dinner and all that, yeah, lovely.

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A small gesture maybe, but a first step to making homeless

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women like Monica hidden no longer.

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A 76-year-old man has died after being hit by a moped

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in central London last night.

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The driver stopped at the scene on Mount Street.

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Police are appealing for witnesses.

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Celebrations marking the start of Chinese New Year have been taking

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place in London's Chinatown.

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These colourful lions have been dancing

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through the streets to welcome the Year of the Rooster.

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The main event of course is tomorrow with a huge parade,

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starting from Trafalgar Square.

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A quick look at tomorrow's weather.

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Starting off cloudy and damp, then brightening up,

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but with more showers around later.

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A top temperature of nine Celsius.

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That's all for now, I'll be back tomorrow

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night at 6.20pm.

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Hope you can join us then.

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Do enjoy your evening.

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Bye-bye.

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