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Shorts and t-shirts option for detainees

Rebecca Curley

Local Democracy Reporter

Prison
Surrey Police and Crime Commissioner

Shorts and t-shirts are now being given to people arrested and held in police cells to help provide more dignity to vulnerable detainees.

The two-piece sets replace smock-type clothing that was offered but considered to be undignified for those at risk of self harm.

The new clothing issued in 2018/19 to vulnerable detainees is one of the changes imposed after volunteers inspected custody suites in Surrey.

Other improvements to how people are treated in police cells include making sure embassies have been notified of the arrest of a foreign national and more female detainees being offered sanitary products.

Surrey is said to be “leading nationally” with its treatment of females in custody with more than 80% of those asked saying they were offered sanitary products by a female officer.

Independent Custody Visiting is carried out by volunteers to check on the welfare of detainees and the changes made were highlighted in the ICV annual report.

Surrey Police has three custody suites in Guildford, Staines and Salfords with 15 spare cells in Woking.

Severe disruption: London both ways

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London both ways severe disruption, in East London.

London - No ferry to run on Woolwich Ferry in Woolwich in the East London junction. Expect delays.

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Severe disruption: A1(M) Hertfordshire northbound

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A1(M) Hertfordshire northbound severe disruption, between J6 for A1000 Welwyn By Pass Road Welwyn and J7 for A602 Broadhall Way.

A1(M) Hertfordshire - One lane closed and queues on A1(M) northbound between J6, A1000 (Welwyn) and J7, A602 (Stevenage South).

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Severe accident: A1(M) Hertfordshire southbound

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A1(M) Hertfordshire southbound severe accident, between J7 for A602 Broadhall Way and A1000 Welwyn By Pass Road Welwyn.

A1(M) Hertfordshire - A1(M) partially blocked and queues southbound between J7, A602 (Stevenage South) and A1000, Welwyn, because of an accident.

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Severe accident: M1 Bedfordshire southbound

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M1 Bedfordshire southbound severe accident, after J11A for A5 Dunstable Northern Bypass Dunstable.

M1 Bedfordshire - One lane closed and queues on M1 southbound after J11a, A5 (Dunstable), because of an accident involving two vehicles.

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Severe disruption: M4 London westbound

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M4 London westbound severe disruption, before J2 for A4 Great West Road.

M4 London - Queues on M4 outbound before J2, A4 (Brentford), because of a break down earlier. Congestion to Earl's Court through the Hammersmith Bridge roadwork delays. All lanes have been re-opened.

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Severe disruption: M25 Surrey anti-clockwise

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M25 Surrey anti-clockwise severe disruption, from J9 for A243 to J8 for A217 Brighton Road.

M25 Surrey - One lane closed and queues on M25 anticlockwise from J9, A243 (Leatherhead) to J8, A217 (Reigate), because of a break down.

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Severe disruption: M25 London anti-clockwise

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M25 London anti-clockwise severe disruption, from J25 for A10 Great Cambridge Road to J24 for A111 Stagg Hill.

M25 London - One lane closed and it's slow on M25 anticlockwise from J25, A10 (Enfield) to J24, A111 (Potters Bar), because of an overturned vehicle.

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Severe disruption: M25 London anti-clockwise

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M25 London anti-clockwise severe disruption, from J25 for A10 Great Cambridge Road to J24 for A111 Stagg Hill.

M25 London - One lane closed and it's slow on M25 anticlockwise from J25, A10 (Enfield) to J24, A111 (Potters Bar), because of a break down.

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Severe accident: M25 Surrey anti-clockwise

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M25 Surrey anti-clockwise severe accident, from J8 for A217 Brighton Road to J7 for M23.

M25 Surrey - Three lanes closed and queues on M25 anticlockwise from J8, A217 (Reigate) to J7 M23, because of an accident involving a lorry and two cars one of which has overturned.

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Tafida: Family celebrate daughter leaving hospital

Tafida Raqeeb
PA

The family of a severely disabled five-year-old girl have marked her departure for an Italian hospital after winning an "emotional" life-support treatment battle.

Supporters of Tafida Raqeeb gathered outside the Royal London Hospital this morning for a balloon release as the youngster headed to the Gaslini children's hospital in Genoa.

Tafida's parents won a recent High Court fight with hospital bosses in London, when a judge ruled that the youngster could be moved to Italy.

Multi-coloured balloons, which read "flying to Italy" and featured a picture of Tafida, were released in unison.

Tafida's uncle, Abdul Malik, 36, from Whitechapel, said: "It's just amazing to see everyone here today - you know we've had a long fight from day one."

Severe accident: M3 Surrey southbound

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M3 Surrey southbound severe accident, at J3 for A322 Bagshot.

M3 Surrey - M3 lane closed on exit slip road and queues southbound at J3, A322 (Bagshot), because of an accident.

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Man dies in Battersea house fire

Tyneham Road in Battersea
Google

A man has been killed in a house fire in Battersera.

The unnamed man was pronounced dead at the scene as a fire broke out on the ground floor of a property in Tyneham Road in Battersea.

Four fire engines and around 25 firefighters were called to a fire at a house.

The Brigade was called at 11.40 and the fire under control within half an hour. Fire crews from Clapham, Battersea, Chelsea and West Norwood fire stations attended the scene.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

Severe disruption: M25 Surrey anti-clockwise

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M25 Surrey anti-clockwise severe disruption, between J10 for A3 and J9 for A243.

M25 Surrey - One lane closed and it's slow on M25 anticlockwise between J10, A3 (Wisley Interchange) and J9, A243 (Leatherhead), because of emergency repairs.

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Severe disruption: A1(M) Hertfordshire northbound

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A1(M) Hertfordshire northbound severe disruption, at J1 for M25 J23.

A1(M) Hertfordshire - A1(M) lane closed on entry slip road northbound at J1, M25 J23 (South Mimms), because of a lorry that's broken down.

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Severe accident: M4 Berkshire eastbound

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M4 Berkshire eastbound severe accident, between J5 for A4 London Road and J4B for M25 J15.

M4 Berkshire - One lane blocked on M4 eastbound between J5, A4 (Langley) and J4b M25 J15, because of an accident. Traffic is coping well.

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Kinks' guitarist backs campaign to save arcade

Local Democracy Reporting Service

Arcade
Ian Dunn

Rock legend Dave Davies has backed a campaign to save a high street shopping arcade from demolition.

The Kinks guitarist, who grew up in Fortis Green Road, Muswell Hill, called for the Grand Arcade in High Road, North Finchley to be preserved.

Built in the 1930s in the then-popular Art Deco style, the arcade is home to a range of small shops, including a jeweller’s and a photo studio.

But it could be torn down to make way for new flats and shops under regeneration proposals drawn up by Barnet Council.

Mr Davies tweeted his support for the arcade.

He said: “The Grand Arcade is definitely of historical value. We need to preserve places like this in England and in London. It’s only going to benefit the area in the long term.”

Mr Davies, who co-founded The Kinks in 1964 with brother Ray, used to buy guitar strings from a shop in the arcade as a youngster.

More than 1,100 people have signed a petition set up by North Finchley resident Ian Dunn to save the arcade and have it locally listed by the council.

Barnet Council has been approached for comment.

Severe disruption: M25 Surrey clockwise

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M25 Surrey clockwise severe disruption, from M25 to J6 for A22.

M25 Surrey - One lane closed on M25 clockwise from M25, Clacket Lane Services to J6, A22 (Godstone), because of a broken down flatbed truck. Traffic is coping well.

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Severe accident: A501 London westbound

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A501 London westbound severe accident, before A5200 Gray's Inn Road.

A501 London - A501 Pentonville Road in St Pancras blocked and stationary westbound before Kings Cross Station, because of an accident.

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Severe accident: M25 Hertfordshire anti-clockwise

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M25 Hertfordshire anti-clockwise severe accident, after J24 for A111 Stagg Hill.

M25 Hertfordshire - One lane closed and queues on M25 anticlockwise after J24, A111 (Potters Bar), because of an accident involving lorry and a car. Congestion to J25 (Enfield).

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Unemployment up in London

Data pic
BBC

Unemployment increased faster in London than in the rest of the UK, according to new figures.

The unemployment rate unexpectedly rose to an estimated 4.6% in the June-to-August period, compared to 3.9% nationally.

The Office for National Statistics said employment growth had "cooled noticeably".

But the unemployment rate is still close to its lowest level for 44 years.

Wages continued to outpace the rate of inflation, with earnings excluding bonuses growing at an annual pace of 3.8%.

Severe accident: M4 London eastbound

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M4 London eastbound severe accident, at J3 for A312 The Parkway Hayes.

M4 London - One lane closed and it's very slow on M4 inbound at J3, A312 (Hayes), because of an accident. Congestion to J4 (Heathrow Spur / Uxbridge).

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Severe disruption: M23 Surrey southbound

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M23 Surrey southbound severe disruption, from M25 to J9 for .

M23 Surrey - One lane blocked on M23 southbound from M25 to J9, Gatwick Airport, because of a break down. Traffic is coping well.

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Severe disruption: M3 Surrey northbound

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M3 Surrey northbound severe disruption, between J2 for M3 and J1 for A308 Staines Road East Sunbury.

M3 Surrey - One lane closed on M3 London-bound between J2 M3 and J1, A308 (Sunbury), because of a break down. Traffic is coping well.

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Johnson 'pressure' over failed Garden Bridge criticised

Garden Bridge
Heatherwick Studio

Boris Johnson applied "significant pressure” to push through the failed £53m project to build a Garden Bridge over the river Thames when he was mayor of London, according to a new report.

The Prime Minister continued to push his “pet project” in the face of financial problems, and ultimately contributed to its failure, according to the London Assembly's Garden Bridge Working Group.

Transport for London “downplayed” the projects risks to satisfy Mr Johnson, according to the cross-party report.

The Garden Bridge Trust, the charity created to drive the project, "recklessly" signed a construction contract before securing the necessary land - a decision that cost £21m - the report found.

The key bodies in the project all "passed the buck" on responsibility for the projects failure.

Tom Copley, chairman of the London Assembly’s Garden Bridge Working Group, said the bridge was “an appalling waste of public money”.

He said: “Across all key decision-making organisations, there were consistent failures to adequately, effectively and transparently deal with the escalating risks of the project."

Paul Scully, deputy Chairman of the Conservative Party, said: “Sadiq Khan’s flip flopping on this scheme led to its demise – leaving Londoners paying the price."

“Labour should stop playing politics and start focusing on making London’s streets safer.”

Severe disruption: A3212 London both ways

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A3212 London both ways severe disruption, from Lambeth Bridge to Atterbury Street.

A3212 London - A3212 Millbank in Westminster blocked and queues in both directions from the Lambeth Bridge junction to Tate Britain, because of Extinction Rebellion a demonstration. Diversion in operation - bus route 87 is being diverted.

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Severe accident: M1 Bedfordshire northbound

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M1 Bedfordshire northbound severe accident, from J10 for A1081 to J11 for A505 Dunstable Road Dunstable South.

M1 Bedfordshire - One lane blocked and it's slow on M1 northbound from J10, A1081 (Luton Airport Spur Road) to J11, A505 (Dunstable South), because of an accident.

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Severe disruption: M25 London clockwise

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M25 London clockwise severe disruption, between J14 for A3113 Airport Way and J15 for M4 J4B.

M25 London - One lane closed and queues on M25 clockwise between J14, A3113 (Heathrow) and J15 M4 J4b, because of a break down.

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Is film studio plan in crisis?

Local Democracy Reporting Service

Dagenham Studios CGI
Be First

A Los Angeles-based developer has put its plans to build London’s largest Hollywood-style film studios “on hold” over the “uncertainty surrounding Brexit”.

Barking and Dagenham was announced as “the next global destination for making blockbuster movies” when the council and City Hall unveiled proposals for a £110 million studio development in 2017.

It was hoped the 12 sound stages, training facilities, amusement attractions, shops and restaurants earmarked for the 22-acre site — a former factory opposite Dagenham East station — would be under construction this year.

Pacifica Ventures, which owns the studio behind Breaking Bad was chosen as the preferred bidder for the Made in Dagenham studios in early 2018.

But according to the council it has failed to “progress matters sufficiently” and has now lost its preferred bidder status.

In a statement Pacifica Ventures said: “I can assure you that Pacifica Ventures remains very much committed to the Dagenham Studios project, but unfortunately we and our investors have been forced to put the project on hold until the Brexit uncertainty has been resolved.

"We have definitely not dropped out but we understand that the council wants to move forward more quickly and they have our blessing if a third-party should offer an alternative proposal that is acceptable to them. We hope that won’t be the case and that we’ll be able to re-start the project very soon.”

The council said it would still be progressing with the studio plans and will look for other investors but could also complete the project without outside investment.

Tonight councillors are expected to agree to spend up to £3.4 million to cover any pre-development costs.

Hospital wards closed after subsidence

Local Democracy Reporting Service

Hillingdon Hospital
Google

Hillingdon Hospital has closed two children’s wards and a paediatric facility after advice from structural engineers over subsidence in the building.

Hillingdon Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust chief executive Sarah Tedford said the move was a precaution.

She said: “This is an unfortunate legacy of our ageing estate, which is why we have worked hard to try to secure the funding not only for a new hospital but for interim repairs and maintenance.”

The closures saw children on the in-patient Peter Pan ward, out-patient Tinkerbell ward, and those in the Wendy paediatric facilities at Hillingdon Hospital moved.

A trust statement stated: “The new Executive Team at the Trust has been working with experts to understand the various significant issues affecting its estate both at Hillingdon and Mount Vernon hospitals.

“This area of the hospital has been monitored closely for some time, and subsidence has been a recognised issue. “Now, the most recent expert advice has resulted in this action, for the safety of the youngest patients.”

The Trust said parents and carers have been informed of the measures and the reasons behind them.

“Trust staff will start to relocate in-patients to the main hospital soon, and outpatient clinics will be held elsewhere at Hillingdon Hospital, with other measures put in place as required.”

Severe disruption: B323 London both ways

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B323 London both ways severe disruption, from B326 Marsham Street to Regency Street.

B323 London - B323 Horseferry Road in Westminster closed and queues in both directions from the B326 Marsham Street junction to the Regency Street junction, because of Extinction Rebellion a demonstration.

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London's weather: Cloudy but mostly dry

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Cloudy to start, but gradually becoming bright with sunny spells.

Most places will stay dry.

Top temperature: 19C (64F).

Severe disruption: M25 Hertfordshire clockwise

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M25 Hertfordshire clockwise severe disruption, between J22 for A1081 St Albans and J23 for A1.

M25 Hertfordshire - Two lanes closed and queues on M25 clockwise between J22, A1081 (St Albans) and J23 A1(M) J1 South Mimms, because of a break down.

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Severe disruption: M3 Surrey northbound

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M3 Surrey northbound severe disruption, between J4 for A331 Blackwater Valley Route and J3 for A322 Bagshot.

M3 Surrey - One lane blocked and queues for seven miles on M3 northbound between J4, A331 (Camberley) in Hampshire and J3, A322 (Bagshot) in Surrey, because of a break down.

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