18/02/2018 London News


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Stay with us on BBC One - it's time

for the news where you are...

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Good evening, I'm Asad Ahmad.

for the news where you are...

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In a year which has seen four terror

attacks in London either

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upon Muslims or perpetrated

by people claiming to be Muslims,

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today mosques opened their doors

to the public, to let them see

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what it's like inside.

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The Prime Minister went

to one in Maidenhead,

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while a mosque in west London

had its own special visitor.

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Helen Drew was there.

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It's not every day you'd

see this in a mosque,

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but today is Visit My Mosque Day.

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The Al Manaar Mosque in west

London opened its doors.

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One of their many

visitors was the Mayor.

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Fantastic, outstanding.

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I think there is a lot

of questions non-Muslims have.

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I think there is a perception that

something quite unusual goes

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on behind the doors of a mosque.

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I think it's fantastic that mosques

open their doors to show

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they're an open community.

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One of the great things

about London is we don't simply

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tolerate difference,

we respect it, we celebrate

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it and we embrace it.

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Over 50 mosques in the London area

joined in today's open day.

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It's not just about opening

their doors on one particular day.

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This mosque played a key

role after Grenfell.

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They opened their doors to everyone,

they took food parcels in,

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piling them up in all the rooms,

and providing shelter.

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What we say, every day of the year

is an open day for us,

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because we are open seven days

a week and everyone can walk

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in and ask for any service

or information they want.

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But we also feel we should do even

more, in terms of raising awareness

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about Muslims and the faith itself

and the mosque.

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And this certainly appealed to other

faith leaders in the borough.

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I think for any of the faith

communities, to invite other people

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to come in and share and learn

is always going to be

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helpful and positive.

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It's a good thing for the whole

of our community, to learn

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about more each other

and I welcome it wholeheartedly.

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So much so, that he's now

planning an open day

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for his Notting Hill Church.

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The open day for mosques

is in its fourth year,

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and is now inspiring other faiths.

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Helen Drew, BBC London News.

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A teenager has been stabbed

to death in west London.

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The 19-year-old was found

in the early hours of the morning,

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on Logan Place in Kensington.

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He was the fifth teenager

to die from a knife wound

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in London, this year.

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Detectives have made an arrest.

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Children in the most deprived areas

of London are the most likely

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to be obese by the time

they leave primary school.

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The figures have led to a dedicated

task force being established

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to tackle the problem.

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Tolu Adayoye has been

to an area in east London,

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where some young children

told her what they like to eat.

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Ice cream and sausages.

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McDonald's and KFC.

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Pizza, lasagne and pancakes.

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It may taste good, but too much

of some of what our children love

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to eat is putting them

above recommended healthy weight

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ranges, and the problem of childhood

obesity is getting bigger in London.

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At this group promoting healthy

eating and exercise in Romford,

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children and parents told me

the challenges they can face

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when trying to be healthier.

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It is difficult, because it's

advertised and it's out

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there and it's quite easy

for children to get.

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The most food that we can get

access to is usually junk

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food, crisps and stuff.

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City Hall wants

to reverse the trend.

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The search is now on for someone

to lead a new panel of experts

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looking at ways to reduce the rates.

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Figures show nearly 40% of children

aged ten and 11 in the capital

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are classed as overweight or obese,

with weights the highest

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in the most deprived areas.

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In Barking and Dagenham,

44% of Year 6 pupils

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are overweight or obese,

compared to Richmond,

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which is the lowest at 25%.

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It's bigger than all of us,

but what we can do here,

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as an individual council,

is our bit for our local community.

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But I think there are going to need

to be lots more joined up thinking,

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like the reducing sugar,

the sugar tax.

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The Mayor says he's aiming

to significantly reduce

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the unacceptable level of childhood

obesity in London by 2028.

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Tolu Adeoye, BBC London News.

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Now the weather for the start

of the week, with Elizabeth.

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The lowest of tomorrow morning post

's temperatures two or three out to

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the east, a misty, murky Monday

morning, very grey, plenty of thick

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cloud, outbreaks of drizzle, little

in the way of brightness. Still

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temperatures in double figures, ten

or 11 Celsius. Further outbreaks of

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rain are likely on Tuesday, then

from Wednesday onwards, it is

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looking dry and will slowly become

colder as we had through the week

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with a chilly easterly wind.

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That's it.

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I hope you can join us

during the week, but for now,

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on behalf of the BBC London weekend

team, have a very good night.

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