16/07/2017 London News


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

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Good evening, welcome to BBC London News.

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The London School of Economics is facing the prospect of legal

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A group of postgraduates are crowdfunding to raise money

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to pay for legal fees in what they allege is a breach

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They claim Sidney Webb House, a block of halls near

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Borough Market, became over-run by rats, contaminated

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with mould and have suffered issues with maintenance.

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Mice, damp and mould. Student at the London School of economics took

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these photos of their university rooms at Sidney Webb house in

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borough. They said that the students became ill. I had headaches and

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problems and I went to the doctor. The doctor said you have to change

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or room immediately. Base at least 15 students have gone to hospital

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because of the problems created from the conditions but more were

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affected. There have been skin infections which I never had. I

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could not walk basically. I had to go to the emergency section of Guy

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's Hospital and I had surgery. Headaches, problems getting to

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sleep, waking up with a very dry throat. These are all symptoms

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related to mould exposure in the air. Students were initially offered

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?100 as a goodwill gesture but many rejected it. Now they are looking to

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take legal action against the university. Accommodation is

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difficult but universities have a responsibility to their students as

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anyone does. They must be able to live in reasonable conditions. This

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is Sidney Webb House. It is under refurbishment. LSE said they were

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aware of the complaints and they are investigating. They also say pest

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control was sent in. Students say this is not how they planned to

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spend their time in London. The LSE is academically and socially

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challenging and engaging. To spend our time talking about mice, rodents

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and mould in our house, is something we did not sacrifice so much to come

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here to do, but circumstances have forced us to take it upon ourselves.

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They are now fund-raising for their campaign and waiting to hear back

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from the university. A 16-year-old boy is in a critical

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condition after a collision between a police car and a moped

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being ridden by three teenagers. It crashed into the marked police

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car in South Park Road in Wimbledon. The moped was being monitored

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by a police helicopter at the time, as it was believed to have been

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involved in an earlier All three were arrested at the scene

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and two large knives were recovered. It's destroying native

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species on river banks, Introduced in the 1800s as a garden

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plant, the Himalayan Balsam smothers almost all other plant life

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growing around it. Now conservationists have found

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a novel way of dealing with it and raising funds at the same time

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as Yvonne Hall explains. The Himalayan Balsam brought

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to the UK by Victorian explorers. Now it is spreading across river

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banks, gardens and allotments, It really overshadows everything

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and that has a knock-on effect The only way to get rid

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of it is pulling it up by hand. Here, next to the River Stort

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in Hertfordshire, conservationists and volunteers are trying to destroy

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hundreds of plants And each plant can shoot 800

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seeds up to 22 feet away. Normally once the Himalayan Balsam

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is clear from the river banks A while ago, conservationists

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were talking to the owners Between them, they came up

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with a plan to do something much Then, add them to alcohol,

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juniper, orange and lime, a few more ingredients and turn

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the invasive species into gin. The whole idea for us

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was to develop a gin, that rather than be using botanicals

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which were farmed or forested, we would use something that

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would basically be thrown away. The trust indicated they have

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these clearing projects. The Himalayan Balsam was one

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of the effectively rogue plants and we were looking for a way to use

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it in a gin, and then have a gin we could use to raise

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money for the trust. And purely in the interests

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of investigative journalism, Definitely getting notes

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of invasive species there. It is a tough life. It has been a

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mixed bag this weekend, let's see how the rest of the weather is

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looking. There were bright skies first thing

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this morning as this Weather Watcher's picture proved

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before everyone arrived at Wimbledon, and there will be more

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of that during the week. Very warm and sunny

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starting tomorrow. It may be that the sunshine turns

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more hazy through the afternoon, but it will feel very warm

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in central London, up to 26 degrees. There might be lightning

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in the clouds Tuesday night into Wednesday and the risk

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of an isolated heavy shower but it will freshen up

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as we go through the week We'll be back just after

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the national News at 10 tonight. Good evening. Most of us got to see

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at least some Sunday sunshine and we will be taking some of that with us

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into the start of the new week. That was the scene across Northern

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Ireland

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