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we are back with the late news at ten o'clock.


Now on BBC one, it's time for the news where you are.


Good evening, I'm Claudia-Liza Armah.


One of the capital's top Universities is reviewing


its procedures for tackling anti-semitism, after a spike


in reported incidents involving students across


SOAS - The School of Oriental and African Studies -


is currently investigating claims two of ITS students were targeted


When does a healthy campus debate turn into something more serious?


At University College London they are wrestling with this issue


as the contentious Israel apartheid week draws to a close,


here and at dozens of academic institutions.


We expect them to have robust policy and procedures in place


to comply with the law, to investigate and swiftly address


hate crime, including any anti-Semitic incidents


Back in October, things got really out of hand here.


The university's Friends of Israel group organised a talk


from a former Israeli soldier, but didn't follow


The university rejected their application, but changed their mind


at the last moment on appeal, causing Palestinian supporters


to accuse the University of double standards,


Things got very heated, the police were called,


but there were no arrests and no reports of serious violence.


However, UCL's official report into the event found that:


Anti-Semitism has been in the spotlight amid a reported 30%


year on year increase in incidents nationally,


and a doubling of incidents involving students or academics.


This woman said she and her friend were targeted


Two guys came to us and they tried to do something to my friend's


phone, so I like stepped in the middle, between them,


and the same guy, he went round me, he took my flag, my Israeli flag


I wasn't provoking, it was inside my bag,


and he just like, took it out, and my friend was "How dare you take


They started to, like, there was almost violence,


they started to walk into each other.


One of the things I have agreed with the Union of Jewish Students


but also with our SOAS society, is that we will review our


procedures, but also do a lot more signposting,


so that people who feel that there is a concern


Five men have been arrested on suspicion of murder


after the death of a man from stab wounds near Chelmsford.


Officers were called to a property at


Rettendon Common just before midnight last night and found


a 19-year-old man suffering from stab wounds.


This is one-year-old Sophia Elia-Schenka.


To look at she's like any other toddler, but she has a rare


And where life expectancy in most cases is just two years.


Her parents, from Loughton, are now desperately trying to raise


money for her treatment and boost public awareness


of the condition, so other families won't have to face


Like most 18 month olds, Sofia loves to play with her toys


and read her books, but for her these things aren't


easy, because she has spinal muscular atrophy type one,


So her muscles don't get messages from the motor neurons,


so they don't know to work and therefore they waste away.


Though few people will have heard of the condition,


it is the most common inherited cause of death in infants.


And in 95% of case, life expectancy is under two years old.


Yet despite its severity, Sofia's parents Victoria and Gee


have struggled to access the treatment and


We went and we started talking to the NHS about getting it


At that time she was already close to one-and-a-half.


Victoria and Gee told us that the NHS said they weren't


eligible for a wheelchair because they live up a very


narrow flight of stairs, and there is nowhere


here on the ground floor for an electric wheelchair


It's the most difficult thing to have to watch


your child struggling with the simplest of tasks.


She can't turn a page of a book, she can't pick up


We contacted their local NHS, who said they do offer a range


of services for children with life limiting conditions,


and Epping Forest Council claimed they are trying to help,


in spite of a shortage of social housing.


Now a look at the weather with Lucy Martin.


A fairly cloudy and damp end to the weekend, but as we move


into the working week, we are going to return


to something that bit brighter, some sunshine on the way.


So if we put the detail on to the map then, that band


of rain finally clearing as we move through this evening and overnight.


Some clearer spells into the early hours, overnight lows


of between three and seven degrees Celsius.


So a chilly start to the day tomorrow, some cloud round first


thing, but brightening up as we move through the morning.


Mmaximum temperature 16 degrees Celsius, so feeling


We are staying mild as we move through the first part of the week,


but it will turn increasingly cloudy.


Hello, the weather was hit-and-miss today across the UK, bit of


sunshine, a few spots of rain, the skies are clearing now, particularly


in western area, and unlike the last few nights, this coming night, it is


going to turn chilly, there is a touch of frost on the way, these are


clouds from today. Some of it rain bearing, this gap in the weather,


that is going to be over the UK, during the course of the night so


hence the temperatures will dip away.