25/02/2018 London News


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That's all from us.

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Now for the news where you are.

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Welcome to BBC London,

I'm Chris Rogers.

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Families have taken to the streets

of south London to protest

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about the lack of school places.

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Later this week pupils

will find out which secondary

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school they'll attend.

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And in Bromley there's anger

a new school might not even be

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ready for September.

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Ayshea Buksh reports.

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CHANTING.

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Taking their fight for a school

place to the streets.

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Hundreds of families marched

through Bromley town centre,

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angry at the council's decision

to not build a new free

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school in the area.

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The march was organised by parents

and teachers who want a boys school

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to be built on this playing field

in nearby Bickley.

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It's owned by Bullers Wood School

for Girls, who say an all-boys

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school is needed locally.

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We have 490 applications for

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180 school places, so we know

that there is a need and demand

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for this school in this area,

and we are deeply disappointed

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about this decision and deeply

worried about the prospect

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of opening this September.

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The local council gave the school

planning permission but last month

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that decision was overturned,

as a different department

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at the council found

there were still concerns over

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traffic and road safety.

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The head of the borough's education

department told BBC London

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they were disappointed

by the decision, but reassured

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parents that all applicants will be

given a place at a borough school.

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This family told me

they just want to know

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if their first choice

for an all boys school

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will be a viable option.

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Most of the schools within Bromley

are very good schools.

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The problem is that we'd very much

like him to go to an all boys school

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like his sister goes to an all girls

school, within the area

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that he can walk to.

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I want to make sure I'm

at a school, at least.

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And I want to know where I'm

going before September so we can

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get everything ready.

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With just days to go

before offers to secondary

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schools are confirmed,

these parents are still hopeful

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their children will get

the school they want.

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Changes to the Metropolitan Police

to meet a huge budget

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shortfalls have been described

as a "disaster for London".

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The Met is merging each borough,

with the loss of 1500 jobs, to form

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12 new command units.

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But those opposed to the changes

say they leave police

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without "the manpower"

to investigate low level crime,

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as Helen Mulroy reports.

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Officers searching

for hidden knives.

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They are part of policing operations

in Camden and Islington,

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brought together to test the idea

of merging borough commands,

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but the results of the pilot

are worrying for some.

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The impact of the merger

has been quite stark.

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Anti-social crime, low-level crime,

those are areas where the Met

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are not bothering to investigate,

they are not bothering

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to mount investigations.

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They simply don't have the manpower

because of the underfunding

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by government and by the mayor.

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The force needs to save £325 million

in 2022, and it's already cut

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600 million from budgets in recent

years, resulting in the loss

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of police officers and stations.

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Officer numbers are expected to drop

below 30,000 by April,

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the first time that's

happened since 2003.

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This is highly challenging.

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The reduction in numbers,

the current risk around terror

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is undoubtedly a huge challenge

for the Met at the moment, coupled

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with the financial challenge.

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It means we have to think

about doing some things differently.

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This week, Sadiq Khan committed

an extra £110 million for the Met

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in the next financial year.

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He claims this means

City Hall is paying a greater

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percentage of the Met's budget

than ever before.

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In a statement,

the Home Office said...

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The mergers will be rolled out

across London over the next year.

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So where is that snow?

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Here's Lucy Martin.

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Hello there.

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A very cold night on the way

tonight, with temperatures falling

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away to an overnight low

of minus four Celsius,

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the risk of one or two snow showers.

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Tomorrow, a mixture of sunny

spells and snow showers.

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The Met Office have issued a yellow

weather warning for snow.

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A brisk north-easterly breeze

will take the edge off temperatures.

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A maximum around three Celsius,

but add in the wind and it

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will feel a touch colder.

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We have an amber weather warning

in place for Tuesday.

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We could see a substantial amount

of snow through the morning.

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Feeling cold again with

highs of two Celsius.

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That's all from the weekend team.

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We're back

tomorrow morning from 6.30.

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Until then, goodbye.

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