09/07/2017 London News


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There's more throughout the evening on the BBC News Channel,

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

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Over 50 years after the area of Havering joined Greater London,

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there are people living there calling for it to break away.

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This week, the council will vote on the issue,

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with the local Conservative MP agreeing to support

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Dan Freedman has been looking at what's causing some people to NOT

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Since the year 2000, City Hall has been in charge

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of London's planning, the police, transport,

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the Fire Service, and environmental issues in the capital.

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This year, the mayor's budget for all of that is ?16 billion.

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It's likely you spend about ?23 a month, contributing towards that

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as part of your council tax, but just as some of London's Brexit

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heartlands wanted to take power and influence away from the EU,

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now one London borough wants to be free of this administration.

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We raise tax through the GLA precept, which is given over

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to the mayor, then we have to beg for that money back.

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So you think Havering would be better off out?

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Here in the London borough of Havering it's market day.

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We are just 12 miles from the centre of London,

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but do people here feel like they are part of the capital?

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Do you think Sadiq Khan, City Hall should have

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On Wednesday the council will vote on a motion introduced

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by Ukip to make Havering a unitary authority.

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A move being described here, jokingly as Hexit.

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It does tap into a sense of people frustrated with the people who make

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A year ago, it was the people in Brussels, now it seems to be

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Sadiq Khan says he doesn't think councillors will give this

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They can see a problem and they can say that's a problem that these

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people are causing us, or you can say, goodness me,

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we have a problem, and let's get in there and try and deal with that.

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While most here admit a Hexit seems unlikely,

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it was only last year that similar frustrations led to

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Visitors and traders have paused to reflect on last month's

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London Bridge terror attack at this year's annual Bastille Day

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Three Frenchmen were among the eight people killed,

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and organisers today said they wanted to celebrate

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France's national day in an atmosphere of love,

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The air in the Underground has come under scrutiny today

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following reports that it could lead to lung disease and

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Transport for London has said that the air quality

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is within safety guidelines following a freedom of information

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It found that passengers could inhale up to 12 million

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toxic particles a minute, largely produced by wheels

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One of two new Woolwich Ferries being built, is to be

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named after a teenage, who drowned while working

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Ben Woollacot was dragged overboard while mooring

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For six generations, the Woollacott family have worked

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Steve, from Swanley in Kent, was trained up by his dad,

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who was a boat man, and he in turn taught both his sons,

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He just loved the way of life, the friendship, the camaraderie,

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just working on the river, you know, you're in the heart

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But back in August 2011, his 19-year-old son Ben

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died in an accident, while working as a deck hand

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It's hard to put into words, you lost your son.

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He'll always be with us, I believe we'll meet up again.

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You know, being out on the river, it's like he's here,

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like his spirit's still here, as far as I'm concerned.

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Following a local campaign, Transport for London has decided

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to name one of the new Woolwich ferries, currently

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We had lots of approaches from people about the naming

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Of course we talked to the crews, the staff on the ferry,

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we talked to local people and everyone was unanimous that

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naming one of the boats after Ben Woollacott was a really

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good thing to do, a nice thing to do.

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For us it is very special to remember Ben, bearing in mind

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we are river families, and you often here the Woolwich

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ferry calling out, so we will always hear Ben's name when they make

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The new ferries should be ready by next year.

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Steve hopes his family's special bond with the river will continue.

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It is all change weather-wise tomorrow, but for today, it was dry,

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we had some good spells of sunshine around and once more it felt warm.

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It will still be warm overnight tonight, lows of round 16

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or 17 degrees Celsius, and it will be a dry and bright

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early start to the day tomorrow, with some sunshine around.

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But then the cloud amounts will increase through the mid-morning

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and eventually we will get thundery showers spreading in from the south,

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always worse the further east you are, but there could still be

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some interruptions to play at Wimbledon tomorrow afternoon.

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Top temperature, cooler than today, 24, 25 degrees Celsius,

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so we will keep that cooler theme as we head through

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Some longer spells of rain possible on Tuesday.

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Our next news on BBC One is at 10.20.

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Good evening. It has been a mixed day out there today, we have I had

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rain in the north-west, but for many us there has been more warm

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sunshine, here is the view in Southend this afternoon, a bit of

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cloud round there, but as we head through the coming week, things will

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turn more changeable.

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