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Gunfire detectors could reduce London casualties in Paris-style terror attack

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Dec
16

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‘Soft targets’ like museums, shopping centres and stadiums should be equipped

Gunfire detectors should be installed in London’s museums, shopping centres and stadiums to shorten police response times in the event of a Paris-style attack, Kemi Badenoch will tell the Mayor of London today.

The inexpensive, smoke alarm-sized devices detect gunfire through sound and heat, and can cut emergency response times by alerting the appropriate authorities to a live incident in real time.

The US-trialled equipment costs between £13k and £65k, depending on the size of the building, and enables armed officers to track and follow gunmen during a terror attack .

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Use breathalysers to keep problem drinkers out of London’s clubs

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Dec
16

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Testing patrons before entering London’s clubs could prevent needless A&E visits

Breathalysers should be given to bouncers to keep problem drinkers out of London’s pubs and clubs, Steve O’Connell will tell the Mayor of London today.

Local police in Havering and Croydon have been trialling the use of breathalysers on their high streets since early this year and sharing the devices with local pubs and clubs to help curb alcohol-related crime.

With a small amount of training, staff can use them to better evaluate how intoxicated someone is and decide whether to admit them.

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Cut the Knowledge to level playing field for London’s black cabs

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Dec
11

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New eight point plan could save the capital’s struggling transport icon

The Knowledge should be scrapped in its current form as part of an eight-point plan to save London’s black cab industry, according to a new report by Conservative London Assembly member Richard Tracey.

Research found the notoriously difficult navigation test, which can take up to three years to pass, is acting as a major barrier-to-entry for potential new drivers.

Just five per cent of London’s cabbies are aged under-35, compared to four times as many over 70, and young drivers are increasingly put off by the length and cost of the complex exam.

The report says that, if the black cab industry is to compete with increasingly popular app-based private hire firms such as Uber, it must make eight major changes.

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11

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