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I'll be back with the late news

at Ten, but now on BBC1,

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Bye for now.

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Good evening from BBC London News,

I'm Victoria Hollins.

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The safety review of

a multi-million pound tower block

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renovation in Luton has been

unveiled to residents.

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Plans for the Marsh Farm estate

were overhauled following

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the Grenfell Tower disaster.

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Cladding has undergone

extensive fire testing,

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and a new sprinkler system will be

installed in every flat.

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As Marc Ashdown explains.

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The fire at Grenfell Tower has led

to a rethink across London in terms

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of high-rise safety.

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That focus this weekend came

to Luton as plans for a major

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redevelopment of the Marsh Farm

estate were put on display.

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It will be a new look with fire

safety at its heart.

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I am glad today especially that

I came, because if I had not come

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today, I would still have my doubts

over whether they are going to be

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safe or not, but being able to ask

questions and get answers to every

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single question, my mind is at ease.

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This flame burned against the new

fireproof installation for hours.

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Residents could also ask

about the new sprinkler system

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in every flat and the exterior

cladding, which has

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undergone rigorous testing

by the Fire Service.

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We simulated the fire breaking out

of a window and then rising up

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the outside of the building

with the cladding.

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This test was actually

run for 24 minutes.

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Now the normal British standard

would be 15 minutes,

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but we ran it for 24 minutes,

we extinguished the fire

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and the result was that the cladding

was very slightly scorched,

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but it was still intact.

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And it did not contribute

to the fire at all.

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After Grenfell, everyone got

a little bit worried,

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but we are going for the top

of the range fittings,

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top of the range with everything,

so hopefully people have gone away

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from here today nice and happy.

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The plans have been

updated since Grenfell.

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A concierge will be employed

to help with the upkeep.

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There will be a new heating system,

solar panels and LED lighting.

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Work on the £23 million

project is due to get

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underway in the summer.

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Marc Ashdown, BBC London News.

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Two people have been arrested

in connection with the murder

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of a 55-year old woman

at a flat in Camden.

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Officers were called

to Bray Tower, part of north

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London's Chalcot Estate,

on Friday morning to reports

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that a woman had been

discovered with stab wounds.

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The victim, who has not been

formally identified,

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was pronounced dead at the scene.

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Next of kin are aware.

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More than seven thousand people have

signed a petition against Surrey

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council's decision to turn off

street lights across

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the county after 1am.

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The council says it's saving two

hundred and ten thousand pounds,

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but some residents are concerned

at the spike in night-time crime.

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Here's Sarah Morris.

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Streetlights in Surrey.

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This is during the day,

but after one am,

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they are all turned off.

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Your television is not broken,

this is how dark it gets.

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This was filmed by a local resident.

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If I was to try and walk up

and down the streets,

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I would not be able to see

where I was going.

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Amanda works the overnight shift

in the local supermarket.

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This is how dark it is

when she leaves her home.

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You feel very vulnerable.

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Even walking from the car

park to the store,

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you feel very vulnerable.

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So, walking from nearby streets that

are in the pitch black

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is really very disconcerting.

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Her husband, John, has started

a petition to turn the lights back

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on and 7000 people have signed.

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They feel that there is a curfew.

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If they going to go out

somewhere for a night out,

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they feel they have to be back

before one o'clock,

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because they are frightened to walk

the streets without streetlights.

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The level of crime during

the years prior to 2017...

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John says the figures he has been

given by the police show there has

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been a spike in crime

since the lights went off.

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It goes up at a huge pace, 22%.

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More crime than has

ever been committed.

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The council did not

want to be interviewed.

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They said in a statement that

crime going up is not

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related to the switch off.

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They said they did it to help

save money and worked

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with the police before

making a decision.

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Looking out of the window,

it was completely pitch black.

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But Jo is in no doubt

that her car was only broken

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into outside her home

because the streetlights were off

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and the family lost £2000

worth of new baby stuff.

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I was up most of the night,

and I should have been

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able to hear things,

but looking out of the window,

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it was completely pitch black.

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It was the emotional shock of having

lost all of her new baby things.

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Surrey County Council says they have

saved £200,000 a year,

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but residents say even though lights

will be off tonight after one am,

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their fight is still on.

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Sarah Morris, BBC London News.

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One of London's best known

attractions had a Hollywood

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visitor this morning.

Tom Cruise took to the top

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of the Tate Modern tower,

filming part of his newest film.

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Helicopters waited to catch

the moment he leapt off the top

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of the 325 foot chimney

for the latest Mission

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Impossible film.

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That takes us to a check on the

weather.

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Good evening.

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Well, certainly a lot of blue skies

around today but a chilly end

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to the weekend as there are cold

days to come.

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Over the next couple of hours,

we will see the back of any showers

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and very clear skies for much

of the night.

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Widespread frost expected to develop

with temperatures getting down

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to minus three Celsius in more rural

spots and The Met Office has

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a yellow warning in place for ice.

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For the West and Home Counties,

that is until ten tomorrow morning.

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A lot of sunshine around tomorrow,

actually, temperatures getting up

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to about seven or eight Celsius,

a bit of a westerly breeze

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and over the next few days,

you can expect a frost just

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about any of the nights.

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Some rather changeable weather

on the way, really quite chilly

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for the first half of the week,

becoming milder as we head

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into Thursday and Friday

when we will start to

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see double figures.

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That is it, we are back after the

Ten O'Clock News. Goodbye.

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