15/07/2017 London News


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Good evening, I'm Katharine Carpenter.

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A devastating fire at a hospital in Surrey has left residents having

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to travel for up to 25 minutes to access GP services.

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The blaze, which destroyed Weybridge Community Hospital,

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has also raised questions about Surrey Fire Brigade's ability

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to cope with a large scale fire in the future,

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Church Street, Weybridge and a steady queue of residents trying to

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find out where their new GP surgery will be. This is what is left of the

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old Community Hospital after fire swept through it last Tuesday night.

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90-year-old Josephine Alleys of the flames from her window and is

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relieved no one was hurt in the blaze. She believes she heard gas

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cylinders exploding in the building from her nearby care home. I heard

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one bang and when I heard the next bank all I could see was police and

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man at the door to take us to the common room. So we sat in the common

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room for seven hours. It is very bad, makes you feel sick, really.

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Other than GP's surgeries the Community Hospital housed a walk in

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centre and NHS managers are trying to set up alternative services as

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quickly as possible. The thing to know is that the GP practices on

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site have been relocated so they are now operating at Walton Community

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Hospital, the telephone numbers for those practices still work so

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patients should contact the surgery as per normal and all urgent

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bookings are being prioritised. Surrey Fire and rescue needed to

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rely on three other Fire Services to rob overnight. The Fire Brigade

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postbag union says if cuts go ahead in September they could not safely

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cope with another fire like this one. In response Surrey County

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Council said safety is a priority despite huge financial constraints.

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They say they are dealing with half the number of fires but they were

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ten years ago and even with the cuts they could offer an efficient and

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effective Fire Service. Josephine is worried about the miles she will

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have to travel to see her doctor. It's going to be a long time before

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this service is back running again. Sarah Harris BBC London News,

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Weybridge, Surrey. Laws on buying and carrying acid

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are to be reviewed by the government following a spate of attacks in East

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London. Two teenage boys, aged 15

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and 16, remain in custody on suspicion of robbery and grievous

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bodily harm with intent after 5 people were attacked

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on Thursday night. Meanwhile, police are

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investigating ANOTHER suspected acid attack

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in Dagenham yesterday evening. A group of top musicians from Syria

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who were forced to flee during the war have been invited

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to play at a community event Some members of the orchestra

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arrived in the UK as refugees and say music is helping them

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to rebuild their lives. CHANTING

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Separated by war, united by music. This is the Orchestra of Syrian

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musicians, performing at the Royal festival hall. Hamza is just one

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member of the orchestra but in Syria she is a star after coming second in

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a TV talent show. But Hamsa's dreams were cut short by the conflict in

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her country. Six years of war, it is not easy for anyone to continue his

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life normally, the first thing damaged is music or art, generally.

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Because when was start, people just want to be safe. Like thousands of

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others, Erdogan fled Syria and that meant saying goodbye to her family,

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career and colleagues. Until she came across the Orchestra of Syrian

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musicians, many of whom she had worked with before. We had a lot of

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performers in Syria, in the upper house, sometimes with a big August,

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sometimes with a small band, sometimes, I can cry, really I can

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cry but it is a big chance for me to perform with my teacher. And as some

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of the Orchestra rehearsal for tomorrow's gig at Walthamstow Garden

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party Hamsa remains optimistic that one day she will be able to pick up

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where she left off as a singer. The weather now and tomorrow

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we should have a bright start but clouding over later

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with the chance of a shower. That's all from the team here,

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enjoy the rest of your evening. Good evening. The weekend has not

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got off to the brightest of starts, many of us had clout today, that was

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the scene in Leicestershire, one of our weather Watch is earlier, as you

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can see the cloud has brought some outbreaks of rain as well. But

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between this warm front and this cold front we have some very warm

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air and we're a bit of sunshine broke through this afternoon when it

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lifted temperatures up to 24-25d, this evening and tonight to the

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south of this band of rain we will

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