04/03/2018 London News


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There's more throughout the evening

on the BBC News Channel,

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we are back with the late news

at xxxx - now on BBC1 its time

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for the news where you are.

at xxxx - now on BBC1 its time

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Goodbye.

at xxxx - now on BBC1 its time

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Good evening, I'm Asad Ahmad.

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A new offence of 'Causing Death

by Dangerous Cycling' -

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could be recommended by Ministers

as early as next week.

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A review into current

road safety legislation,

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followed the death of a mother -

killed by a cyclist

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with no front brakes -

in east London two years ago.

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Emma North can tell us more.

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Kim Briggs was on her lunch break in

East London when she was knocked

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over by a cyclist. She died one week

later. The man who hit her was

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Charlie Alastair and whose bicycle

had fixed wheels and no front brake,

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which is illegal on Britain's roads.

He was found guilty of an offence

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from the 18 hundredths and was

jailed for 18 months. Today her

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widower said he had no official word

of what the government plans work,

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but in the past he said his wife's

death has exposed a gap in the law.

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What I want is for the police and

the CPS, because this probably will

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happen again, to have a coherent law

to be able to reach for in the

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future.

Later this week, the

government is expected to announce

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that cyclists who kill pedestrians

could be charged under a new law

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similar to causing death by

dangerous driving and that carries a

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life sentence. The government says

this review will deal with all

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aspects of cycle safety including a

possible law to deal with cyclist

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who kill pedestrians. Some campaign

group say this is simply not enough.

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They are tinkering around the

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edges.

We were promised a review in

2014 of all road traffic offences

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and we are still waiting for it and

now we have a limited review just of

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cycling offences. The review is due

at the end of this week.

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Thames Water is appealing

to people not to use

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excessive amounts of water -

because of a huge rise in the number

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of burst water pipes

and leaks since Friday.

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Rising temperatures are being blamed

as demand for water increases.

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We have seen a really big increase

in leakage and bursts

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being reported by our customers.

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London demand has jumped up

by about 20% in the last few days.

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We suspect quite a lot of this might

be due to the bursts on the network

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behind us that we are repairing

here, but also maybe

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in customers' properties.

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Up to 100 people were evacuated

following an explosion near Romford.

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Emergency services were called to

Harold hill, no one was injured and

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police have confirmed it was gas

related.

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Westminster Council -

has long been seen by Tory big wigs

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as upholding the values

of the Conservative Party -

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at a local level.

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But polling in London,

suggests there could be a big enough

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swing to Labour in the forthcoming

local elections -

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which could see council go red.

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Not with embarrassment -

but by the number of

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Labour Councillors.

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Westminster is one of the richest

areas in the country, for starters

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the Queen lives there and so does

the Prime Minister. Like all errors

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in London, it is also home to the

poor. It has the highest number of

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Ross slippers in the country and

recently won died just yards from

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Parliament. -- rough sleepers.

Westminster Council, the duel in the

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Conservative local government crown

could be toppled.

Both the election

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results last year but the polling

done since then shows a really

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dramatic slipped -- shift to Labour

particularly in inner London, the

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last bit of polling done showed A13

point swing to Labour in inner

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London. If they manage to crack

Westminster, something seismic is

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happening in British politics.

It

will not be easy, currently Labour

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has just 15 councillors, the Tories

have three times as many, but that

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would mean losing the council is

more painful so to battle the storm,

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the Tory leader has a plan.

Over the

last couple of years, wealthy

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residents have our stars, wide you

not put up your council tax? This

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new voluntary contribution, as those

to pay more, consider paying more,

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the council tax bill for an extra

will be £833 and we are suggesting

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another £833.

This is a voluntary

measure and people can choose

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whether to pay it.

You cannot run

government on the charity of

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individuals. Street homelessness has

gone up since the Tories got back

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into government. There are 2500

families in temporary accommodation,

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it is a shambles.

Up in council tax

for wealthy residents is likely to

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be confirmed this week but with just

weeks to go before the election in

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May, Labour is hoping it will be too

little too late.

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Now the weather forecast

with Elizabeth.

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Good evening.

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No sign of that very cold weather

making a return in the short-term,

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in fact it is looking a touch

milder again tomorrow.

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Temperatures back up again

into double figures.

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Mostly dry, some spells

of brightness and sunshine,

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but quite a bit of cloud around

as well and there will be some

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cloud overnight tonight,

but lots of clear skies,

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a nice break to start the day

tomorrow for the most part,

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mist not too much of an issue,

lows between two and four degrees

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Celsius, so there will be some

sunshine around tomorrow morning,

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but the cloud never

too far away tomorrow.

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Maybe one or two showers

in central and western areas,

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but otherwise dry for much

of the day, top temperatures of 11

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Celsius and it is looking similar

on Tuesday, with showers becoming

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more widespread as we head

towards the end of the working week.

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That's it.

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Our next news is at 10.20

tonight on BBC One.

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I hope you can join me then.

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Bye for now and have a good evening.

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