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You can see more on all of today's

stories on the BBC News Channel.

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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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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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under way in the summer.

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Marc Ashdown, BBC London News.

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A teenager has been stabbed

to death in south London.

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Police were called to Hopton Road

in Streatham shortly before 4

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o'clock this afternoon

where they found the

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19-year-old with a stab wound.

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One person has been arrested.

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More than 7000 people have signed

a petition against Surrey council's

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decision to turn off street lights

across the county after 1am.

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The council says it's

saving £210,000,

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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 touring the day but after

1am they're all turned off.

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Your television isn't broken,

this is how dark it gets.

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It was filmed by a local resident.

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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,

even walking from the car park

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to the store you feel quite

vulnerable, so walking

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the nearby streets in pitch

black is disconcerting.

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Her husband John has

started a petition to turn

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the lights back on.

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7,000 people have signed.

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We feel like there's a curfew.

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If you go for a night out,

they feel they have to be

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back before one o'clock.

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John says the figures he's been

given by the police show there's

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been a spike in crime

since the lights went off.

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It goes up to a huge peak,

22% more crime than has

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ever been committed.

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The council didn't want to be

interviewed, they said

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in a statement that crime going up

is not 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's 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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The family lost £2000

worth of new baby stuff.

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I was up most of the night.

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I should have been able

to hear things but looking

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out of the window,

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 say they've

saved £200,000 a year but residents

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say even though lights will be

off tonight after 1am,

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their fight is still on.

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One of London's best known

attractions had a Hollywood

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visitor this morning.

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Tom Cruise took to the top

of the Tate Modern tower,

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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

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the latest Mission

Impossible film.

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Time for a quick

look at the weather.

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After a frosty start,

tomorrow will be a fine and dry day

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with plenty of wintry sunshine

and nothing more than

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a little patchy cloud.

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It'll still feel cold with a top

temperature of just 8 degrees.

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That's it.

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We're back tomorrow morning with our

Breakfast bulletins from 6.25.

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From all of us here, goodnight.

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