2012 5 29 BBC London news

2012 5 29 BBC London news


Tonight an BBC London News. Move away from
the door; stphrrks Met’s total war on crime as 900 officers target
money laundering and online fraud in the capital. Five months
– the woman who racially abused fellow passengers on the Tube.
I just hope she can learn from this and change her ways. Whether
it will change her views, I don’t know. Keeping the Jubilee safe ahead
of the four-day royal celebration in the capital. We see how the
police are preparing for their security and ceremonial roles alongside
the Queen. And performing for more than 40 years, we
are with Des O’Connor as he returns to the London Palladium. Good evening
and welcome to the programme. “A total war on crime” – that’s
what the Commissioner, Bernard Hogan-Howe, promised when he took
charge of the Met Police eight months ago. Today saw the latest in
a series of high-profile operations, with nearly 1,000 officers ordered to tackle online fraud and money laundering
across the capital. But some criminalologists claim that it is better
for public relations than fighting crime. Move away from the door! Keep
going. Well, that’s what the Met are doing. Not just
this morning against suspected fraudsters but on a regular basis.
Big operations targeting specific crimes. It is part of this
man’s strategy, Bernard Hogan-Howe, who has been Commissioner
since September. He’s brand it a “total war on crime”. Today more
than 900 officers across the capital were ordered to tackle financial
offences. By this afternoon, the Met had made more than 100
arrest, seized over ï¿?.5 million in cash, plus two cars, imitation
firearms and even this motor cruiser. “Total war on crime” is our
Commissioner’s strap line and that’s what we are doing today. We are
saying the Met means business about crimes against business. We
were really serious in Tackling this criminal In the long term that’s
what really matters for businesses and the public when shopping for
example online. Retailers are severely impacted by retail
crime. We estimated the cost last year was in the order of ï¿?.4 billion
that. Can have a real impact on the individual businesses, the people
that work in them, and the customers that use those services. But
does this kind of policing work? In nine months there’ve been
13 operations, with one using 4 hour officers. The main criminals
targeted have been uninsured drivers, thought to be involved
in other more serious offences. Ben, a criminalologist for more
than 20 years, wonders if it could be style over substance. Clearly
there’s a public relations element to this. The Police Service has taken
a battering in recent months, with allegation of corruption, racism
scandals, too close to the media. And so I think that part
of this is to make the police look good again. And, of course, part
of it is to respond to serious crime. The current Commissioner wants
to copy his previous success in Merseyside. Total crime
down there by a third in four years. Coming up: the small businesss
who are banking on a big supermarket chain to
save their high street. A woman who was filmed racially abusing fellow
passengers on the Tube has been sent to prison for 21 weeks.
Jacqueline Woodhouse from Romford had been drinking champagne at a retirement
party in January when she boarded a Central Line train. Sonja
Jessup reports. (BLEEP)… It was a foul mouthed racist rant
that’s been watched by thousands on YouTube. Jacqueline Woodhouse
said she was so drunk when she boarded this Central Line train she
couldn’t remember the journey. Those who shared the carriage certainly
remember. One traveller so shocked he said he felt he could
no longer interact with white people on the Tube. This businessman
who filmed the abuse thinks her jail sentence doesn’t go far enough.
I think Jacqueline Woodhouse got off pretty lightly, but I just
hope she can learn from this and hopefully change her ways. Whether
lit change her views, I don’t know. Sentencing Jacqueline Woodhouse
to 21 weeks in jail District Judge Michael Snow said anyone viewing
the video would feel a deep sense of shame. And they may secretly
believe it represents the views of white people and it wasn’t the first
time Jacqueline Woodhouse had been caught racially abusing passenger.
She was find four years ago for a similar offence on the DLR. Today
she was banned from using the service and from the London Underground.
British Look, he is even filming… Jacqueline Woodhouse
has since lost her Josh and is claiming benefits, but the
judge rejected suggestions she felt ashameded of her behaviour, saying
he found that hard to believe. — ashamed of her behaviour.
The chief executive of Great Ormond Street Hospital has announced she’s
to stand down. She’s leaving to head a health charity. She was at
the centre of the controversy surrounding the hospital’s failures
in the Baby Peter case. Last year she survived calls for her
resignation from a Government Minister after this programme
revealed she withheld information critical of the hospital from the
official inquiry into the tragedy. Our political editor, Tim Donovan,
reports. Gormstreed Hospital and its successful charity have been —
Great Ormond Street Hospital and its successful charity have been
led by Jane Collins for a decade. She is leaving to take charge of Last
year Ms Collins survived calls for her resignation
after BBC London revealed she withheld details critical
of the hospital’s involvement in the Baby Peter case from the
official inquiry the tragedy. I cannot believe that anyone, let
alone people in these trusted positions works hold back, – cover
up information to a serious case review. Great Ormond Street was responsible
for the NHS’s child protection services in Haringey when Peter
died. She appointed the underqualified lo come who examined the toddler
two days before. An expert report later found serious failings
at this clinic where he was seen. But a number of the criticisms weren’t
passed on to the official review into what happened. We did
share it… Ms Collins told the BBC she withheld material for legal reasons.
We believe in being open. Always telling the truth and sharing
everything we can. One of our problems we do have responsibilities to
our employees as well. Last month the BBC London documentary
reported concerns by former radiologists at the hospital that had
downgraded child protection services, putting children at risk.
That was followed by claims that the hospital failed to diagnose
rickets in a four- month-old child. His parents were accused
of abuse but later cleared of murder. Today the hospital insisted that
past problems had play nod part in Jane Collins’s decision was
lead and she was taking up a wonderful new opportunity.
London is gearing up for four days of celebrations to mark the Queen’s
Diamond Jubilee. For the Metropolitan Police it’s a huge
logistical exercise, as they have both a security and ceremonial role
in the whole event. It begins on Saturday, when the Queen will
attend the Epsom Derby. There’ll also be a huge family festival at
Hyde Park. The River Pageant of 1,000 boats takes place on Sunday.
Also the day of the big Jubilee lunch across the country. On Monday,
Buckingham Palace hosts a special BBC concert. It concludes on
Tuesday with a service at St Paul’s Cathedral and a Royal Procession.
Katharine Carpenter, clearly a big operation for the Met? This is
going to be a huge weekend for the police. On the busiest days they
are going to have around 6,000 officers involved in the operation.
They’ve thaet one of the biggest challenges is — they’ve admitted
that one of the biggest challenges is tailoring their officers to
what’s going on. There’ll be 21 marine police units in operation
and there’ll be two from Essex. On Monday and Tuesday it will will
have a huge presence on London’s streets for the concert and the
carriage procession. In order to meet the challenges of the actual
days themselves, the Met’s been doing a great deal of preparation.
I’ve been told they’ve been preparing for this for 18 months.
We’ve seen specialist search teams using sniffer dogs to search
passenger vessels on the River Thames. They are also going be
using rope-climbing teams to search bridges like this one, and
underwater diving teams to check the shoreline and the piers. Lots
going on ahead. But earlier I spoke to Steven Kavanagh. He told me the
river pageant was a new and unique challenge for the Met. A big event
over the weekend in terms of police willing be the pageant. That’s
pretty unique to us and it is an event in its own right. We’ve drawn
together all the lessons from VIP protection issues and the visiting
dignitaries and this will be a part of our learning. We need make sure
that the pageant organisers and Transport for London, that everyone
gets home safely. And the police have a ceremonial role? Yes, the
Met’s famous grey escort, its grey horses, will be leading the
carriage procession from the Palace of Westminster to Buckingham Palace
on Tuesday. Officers in ceremonial uniform will be lining the route. A
visible presence for the Met this weekend. They’ll have to combine
that with their undercover operations. It is all another
chance to hone the Met’s tactics ahead of the Olympic Games this
summer. Katharine, thank you. A deal has been agreed for London Underground
staff to receive extra pay for working during the Olympics, so avoiding
the threat of strikes during the Games. The RMT says the agreement
was worth up to �,000 for drivers and up to �the 850 for other
staff in recognition of the massive additional pressures that they will
face. During the Olympics Transport for London has
told businesses across the capital to be flexible and to allow homeworking
to ease congestion, but hate told some of its own
staff they’ll have to work as normal and turn up to the office. TfL says
it is only a small number of workers. This publicity stunt is to get
us to change our travel habits. Transport for
London wants us to work from home or avoid the rush hour, to
ease the pressure during the Games on the transport system. It could
be an Olympic legacy. the longer term, with both the population
in London increasing and the number of jobs increasing, that might
produce extra capacity on the transport network far more cheaply than building
new links. But that flexibility isn’t being given to all of its
office workers. This newsletter tells the information management
department that business will carry on as usual. It says it is considered
that there is sufficient flexibility within the working
day to enable all staff to travel to work throughout the period. In other
words, workers will have to get into the office. Some have
told BBC London they think that that is hypocrisy, especially as
ITC systems can be used from home. Politicians agreement It is
absolutely staggering at a time when everyone in London
is being told they need to encourage staff to work at home and to
free up public transport for all the visitors of the Games, to then say
your staff will have to be in the office, these are back room staff.
It stinks of hypocrisy. As this video shows the Department for Transport
is allowing most of its civil servants to work from home. A survey
today shows that half of all businesses are allowing Our research
has shown that offering flexible working practices can reap
dividends in terms of employee engagement and increased job satisfaction.
TfL says is as critical departments will be needed to work
from the office but they will be working shifts, as well most of its
workers. It also says it will be testing remote IT systems next
month. None the less, some of its employees still believe it is
not practising what it preaches. He is a 22 year-old Londoner from
Tottenham whose parents settled here years ago from Syria. Ahmed
al-Khalaf is only too aware of the escalating violence in the country.
He has even risked his own life by travelling to Syria to document
events there and he is one of a number of Syrians in the capital actively supporting the anti- Ahmed al-Khalaf
wanted to be a rapper. Now he is a revolutionary. 11 people
in pieces. As the violence spread in his parents’ homeland of
Syria, he left his life in north London to join the protest movement,
aiming to overthrow the government of Bashar al-Assad. He decided
to pick up a camera to show the world the human rights abuses being committed
in the country. The area of Serie it that he is in is very dangerous
but we managed to make contact with him and he sent This is the man Ahmed and his
protesters want to overthrow. Bashar al-Assad also has links to
London. He studied at a hospital here and his wife was born and
raised in Acton. You have been here for a long time? Molik is a
prominent activist and activist. He grew up in the same street as Asma
al-Assad, with their parents, Bashar al-Assad’s in-laws.
house is over there and there’s is over there. It is ironic that we
live on opposite sides of the road, especially so close. But that just
reflect the polarisation of Syrian Society and the Syrian community in
London in particular, between those who continue to support President
Bashar al-Assad and those opposed to him. Molik runs his TV channel
from central London, which has played a key role in garnering
opposition to the regime. This is where 350 innocent people were
killed in two days. But in Syria, the violence shows little sign of
abating. The government and even some Syrians in London who support
the regime blamed the rebels. But that is not what human rights
groups say. Ahmed knows that he is risking his life, but he hopes that
one day Syrians will enjoy the peace and political freedom that he
grew up with here. Still to come before 7 o’clock: We
are at the Palladium because I am appearing in the Wizard of Oz as
the Wizard. We will be talking about it in a few minutes. Shall we
sing meantime? We shall. We are off to see the Wizard, the wonderful You often see reports of protests when a supermarket
wants to open a store in a High Street. The fear of locals
is often that it will drive out small businesses, but in Sidcup in south-east
London, there is a twist to the tale. A petition is being gathered
against Waitrose refusing to build one of their stores. Across
Greater London it is one in nine. In Sidcup, south-east London,
it is one in six. So when Waitrose promised to build a new high street
store to break the gloom of empty shops, they were welcomed.
Not so much as a supermarket than a super hero. Until, that
is, they changed their minds. What is the big deal about Waitrose?
Well, it was Waitrose that wanted to come to Sidcup. they are just
a shop. Why would you get upset about Tesco, Sainsbury’s? I am sure
if it was Tesco or Sainsbury’s. Waitrose have a name for quality.
Residents appreciate quality. Barbara in the jeweller’s, Pauline
in the travel agents, even the traffic warden No. 365, they cannot give
out their names, want Waitrose to open here, bringing with them
40 new jobs. And a sense of status, picked up on by house- hunters.
We heard that Waitrose was on its way here and people were very enthusiastic
about it. It made a lot of difference. It really did? People
wanted a house near Waitrose? It really made a difference. Waitrose
say that their current convenience store model, the business
model, is simply not viable here, and it would not be fair to local
people and staff employed in this branch if it were to be built,
to open it only to close it long term. The problem is that they
have signed the lease. No other store has taken their place, so they
are funding Sidcup’s newest and to shop. High Street analyst Matthew Hopkins
and. Every dot is a Waitrose. He says that supermarkets are growing
twice as fast as demand, which is a bubble waiting to burst. People
see it as progress in an area so I can see them being disappointed.
But ultimately, in their own right, as well as the stores in
the surrounding area, I can totally understand the decision they have
taken. The petition has hit 3000 names in two weeks. Even Boris Johnson,
who gave Sidcup ï¿?.8 million from his outer London Fund, once Waitrose
to think again. People making champion cheese in their cellar
and cocktails in a bedroom. Some of the emerging talents nominated
for a series of new food awards being held in the capital
tonight. We have been speaking to some of the London hopefuls chosen
for their passion for food and quality of produce. Meet the
salmon smoker of take Newington. — Stoke Newington. He has brought
Norway to London, using his grandfather’s special technique in what
used to be an old boiler room. It is individual production, it is about
caring for every salmon, it is about washing them individually and
sorting by hand. It is about taking them to a customer in a
dignified way. It is about integrity. Integrity and taste. Londoners
have got a taste for this fish. He supplies everyone from local
customers to celebrity chefs and his attention to detail has earned
him a nomination for young British foodie award. It is great to
be recognised for something. I think it will really motivate
young people to get more into food production. Young people like this
trainee butcher. Her weblog and black pudding recipe caught the
attention of judges in what is traditionally a male dominated quarter.
We are passionate about the food industry, especially
meat, and the raw product, rather than just cooking necessarily.
I think it is important that we track our foot from farm
to table. We have to be aware of the surroundings that the animals
grow up in and we take an active interest in the farmers. founders of
the awards say it is time to celebrate the individuals who are
quietly pioneering new culinary techniques in innovative and exciting
ways. People have gained a new confidence, where they are actually
happy to give things a go, whether it is artisan, looking at old
fashioned British traditions like bakery and cheese-making, smoking fish,
and they are using those traditions and modernising them. This
is for you. Thank you. love to see people eating it. delicious, delicious!
There are some perks to this job! Indeed there are.
Not many people can say they have performed alongside Buddy
Holly, Frank Sinatra, the Beatles and of course Morecambe
and Wise. After half a century in show business, Des O’Connor is
back in the West End at the London Palladium, where he has performed
more than 1200 times. We went to meet him. A programme cover from 1969.
Des O’Connor has had more solo performances at the Palladium than
anyone else. Now he is back at this mecca of entertainment, starring
in the Since its opening, Michael Crawford and Russell
Grant have played the Wizard in this production. But the ever popular
Des O’Connor has just stepped into the role. I find it really hard
to believe it is just your second musical. It is wonderful. The
cast a wonderful and it is just such a production. When I came
to see it, I had seen the movie and I saw the opening night. If I am
honest, it was just being here, as part of an opening night. Suddenly
looking at the show in a constructive way. It is brilliant. Excuse
me, that is very pretty, but when do I get to sing my song? Singer, comedian,
talk show host. The veteran has worked with the great and
the good of the showbiz world. What would you say was the secret of
your success? Don’t think about it too much, other than being yourself.
You and I have just met, but I feel like we are friends. I like people.
There is nothing more thrilling than hearing that roar of laughter
and the applause for the songs. The stars are presented. Des O’Connor…
Pour in the East End, he is proud of his roots. 50 years in the
business has brought him legions of fans and a CBE for services to
entertainment. I am just happy to entertain the crowd, and if
it is in a wonderful production like this, even more so. Now Des
O’Connor is the wonderful Now it is time for the weather. Peter is by
the river. How is it looking? Rather threatening, behind the London
Eye. There will be some thunderstorms, but he will not be whisked
away by a tornado, given that we will be looking at the Wizard Of Oz
later! You could be wet this evening. Some isolated, slow moving
thunderstorms are possible. Not as many as we had yesterday
evening. Even so, the met Office does have a weather warning in force
for heavy rain. Until about 3 o’clock in the morning. If we do catch
any of these thunderstorms, they will rumble on into the
early hours. They will tend to fade away as we head towards dawn.
Eventually the cloud will clear away as well. Still quite muddy
in London, with temperatures overnight in the centre of town
at 15. Fresher in the countryside at 10 or 11. Auntie tomorrow
morning, it will be sunny. — on the two tomorrow morning. The cloud
will increase and there will be some showery rain. The rains are more widespread
tomorrow. They will be lighter, but this evening you are likely
to get local, intense downpours. It will feel similar today, with
the same temperatures. Cooler on Thursday. At the moment the Jubilee
weekend could be sunny to start off with, and then gradually getting
cloudier. We will keep you updated as that long weekend approaches.
As it gets closer we should have more detail. The outlook
short term, showery rain tomorrow, then cooler, cloudier weather
at the end of the week. Thank you. The headlines: The parents
of six children who died in a house fire have been arrested on suspicion
of murder. 55 year-old Mick Philpott and his wife were detained in
Derby this morning. Police believe the fire was started deliberately.
Three Syrian diplomats have been expelled from Britain amid mounting
international criticism of the violence in Syria. All 1100 people
were killed in Houla last week. — more than 100 people.

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