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Tonight on BBC London News: Thames Water admits being too slow


to react to floods caused by burst pipes.


Those affected say the company isn't doing enough to help them.


Its the third time. For me it's just empty words, empty promises for the


third time. We'll ask Thames Water how it plans


to better respond to floods. Also on the programme: Let down


by serious failings in the mental How neglect contributed


to the death of this Essex man. Tunnelling to extend the Northern


Line will begin in March - we check out the machines digging


deep to construct the new tube. I always said to myself, if I should


have a daughter, I would want her to have a doll that looks like her,


especially for her own self-esteem. The mother who's created the world's


first Jamaican patois-speaking doll after struggling to find a toy that


represented Caribbean culture. Making America great again from the


time it was great again, we are going to be great again.


Impressionist John Culshaw gives his take of Donald Trump's


Good evening and welcome to the programme.


Whilst the US nine there president, protests have been taking part in


London. While the United States swear


in their 45th President, parties and protests


are being held across London. Anti-Trump banners have been


unveiled along bridges on the Thames, whilst American


expats are celebrating Our political correspondent,


Karl Mercer, has been looking at the reaction


here to the new appointment They were drumming above the Thames.


They were drumming in Washington. Building Bridges, not walls. Singing


in London. And singing in the States. But to


very different tunes. January 20, 2017, will be remembered as the day


the people became the rulers of this nation again. There's a lot of


people that are going to be much worse off than they are already. We


want to stand in solidarity with them. A protest group called Bridge


is not walls took to London this morning to mark the inauguration.


Does a few people on a bridge in London make a difference? It does.


You have to try somewhere. There's a feeling right now that with the


current political climate, maybe you don't have power, you don't have


agency. There is and a togetherness. I think yes, coming together, waving


flags, putting up a banner, it sends a positive message. As the ceremony


to mark Donald Trump's presidency got underway, American students in


the capital gathered in a suitably decorated bar. I think Donald Trump


is outside of the mainstream and for that reason it makes me


uncomfortable. A little bit apprehensive. I'm interested to see


what everybody has to say, but all in all, it's not really a great day


for me personally. This moment is your moment, it belongs to you.


There's never been anyone who's never been involved in government


that's been elected president. I feel like we should be celebrating


it because it's such a different thing. Indeed it is very different.


Something both sides can agree on. Marc Ashdown is at the London


Republican Party in Mayfair. Marc, what is the reaction there


to Donald Trump's inauguration? Things starting to thin out a little


bit here, the balloons are deflating. But people are staying,


they have just seen Donald Trump Cynon Valley dotted line and he's


now the 45th president of the United States. Some are happier than


others. Two people better place to talk about this or here. You've


organised this event. You have different views. You weren't always


a big fan of Trump. I tend to be a moderate Republican so I didn't


support him initially. Alex is very much a trump supporter. I worked in


the George W Bush administration. I tend to be more open-minded in terms


of our relationship with the world. Are you more optimistic now? I am.


He's an agent of change. What I try to tell other Republicans and


Democrats is we are all Trump supporters now. You were a steadfast


supporter from the start. Is it going to be good for England and


London? Can we have a good relationship with them? It it will


be excellent in the UK. His mother is from Scotland and he's always


been a supporter of the UK, particularly post-Brexit. What's


captured my analogy nation is the populist view. A world that's very


good for the London elite is not so good for the rank and file in the


USA. Lots of people in America and further afield are worried, they


think he's dangerous. You know something he -- we don't. That


character is -- characterisation of him is dangerous is the elite


feeling threatened. He's a pacifist. Hillary Clinton would have driven us


toward in Syria. Trump is trying to focus on economic issues. Lots of


here tonight. Yes. Republican overseas UK, I'm the chairman. This


is the only event in London supporting Trump. Is everybody


behind him or is it split? Everyone here is behind him. It's great to


see. Thanks very much. The party will go on. It is the start of


Donald Trump's presidency. He talks about uniting the United States and


it stretches as far as here in London. Thanks.


A jury has found that neglect contributed


Dean Saunders, who had mental health problems,


committed suicide by electrocution while in prison.


A two-week inquest heard he'd been let down by serious failings in the


care and prison system. Dean Saunders family leaving court


at the end of this harrowing hearing. His partner, the mother of


his son, said Dean should have been in hospital not caged in a Victorian


prison. I know what it feels like. I don't want another Dean or another


family to go through this again. Do you fear they will if nothing is


changed? Yes, it will happen again. There were aghast as of relief from


the family when the foreman of the jury ruled that his death was


contributed to by neglect. There were multiple failings at Chelmsford


prison, said the jury, including complacency about Dean's state of


mind and circumstances. Dean Saunders and his family, said the


jury, were let down by serious failings in both mental health care


and the prison system. I'm just so grateful that someone has finally


listen to us. Much too late in the day, but they finally listened.


Words can't describe how much we miss him, how much of a hole there


is. We've got a little bit of him in his son. He will grow up knowing


that his dad was a proud dad. In turn, he will know the injustice


against him. The family is now urging the coroner to prepare a


report highlighting the failings to try to prevent another needless


death. Lots more to come, including:


Tottenham unveil a flash new stadium design with glitzy restaurant,


wine bar and glass-fronted view to react to flooding and say


they have no clear idea which of their pipes


are at risk of bursting. It comes after a number


of major floods around Hundreds of people had to be


evacuated from their homes and businesses because of


burst water mains. We'll be hearing from the company


in a moment, but first Chris Rogers went to speak to some of the people


who say they're Yet another burst water main in


Brixton. Many residents were unable to shower this morning. They got off


relatively lightly, compared to other areas hit over the last two


months. During that time, we have filmed the lives and businesses


devastated by London's 150-year-old water pipes. In December Jackie


tells us she is waiting for repairs to her flooded home in Islington.


She still is. In Streatham, 92-year-old Sydney. Today he remains


upstairs escaping the damp rooms below. In Blackheath, Islington and


angel, we filmed the businesses forced to close. Water flowed like a


river into John's hairdressers. Almost a month later, many


businesses remain closed here in Islington. Condensation in this


property. They are struggling to get back on their feet because they are


still waiting for their help promised by Thames Water and their


injuries companies. Questions are being raised about a company that


has made huge profits over the last couple of years and why they are not


investing some of that money in kit that could pre-empt what is


happening beneath our feet. Last year Thames water made three


quarters of ?1 billion profit. I think it's not beyond the wit of man


or woman to spend some of that money on getting kicked into the pipes so


we can detect the leaks as early as possible. 2010, the owner of the


Japanese gallery in Camden passage films the damage from a burst pipe.


It happens again in March 2016 and for a third time the gallery is hit


by a different type in December. Ancient art and hundreds of


thousands of pounds of income has been lost. The reaction hasn't been


sufficient. The community, collectively, we are appalled by the


lack of response. That needs to step up. If there can be a pre-emptive


measure, definitely. That would have saved you. Absolutely. We are


financially, psychologically... I've got a smile on my face, but


crippled. It's exhausting. Thames Water have promised further


investment and a review on how best to respond to flood hit properties.


Too late for the many people still waiting to get their homes and


businesses back. I'm joined now by the director


of Thames Water, Richard Aylard. Thanks for coming in. A pretty bleak


picture, I think you'll agree. We were told by people in Islington and


Blackheath that they had reported the leaks before they burst in a


major way and nothing was done. We get a lot of leaks reported, a lot


of them are on very small pipes and they need fixing. The leaks on the


big pipes happen very rarely, but when they do they can be


devastating. In each of those cases of course we wish we'd reacted more


quickly. Before we close a road, we need to plan the repair


work carefully and we have to find out which type is causing the


league. That takes time. We can't go in and dig up the street unless


we're sure there's a problem. Are you saying people were investigating


the reports and the leak happened sooner than you would have wanted?


They were investigating to see whether it was a small leak from a


small pipe or a small leak from a big pipe was about to book come


catastrophic. It caught you unawares and you have admitted that this can


happen again because you don't know where the next major league will be.


Our pipes are buried deep underground. We know something about


the condition of them. We try to work out whether that would cause


the most damage. Would it flood our High Street or a hospital, or a


football pitch or a part? We prioritise investments on monitoring


those pipes and getting equipment to see what condition they are in. When


there's a burst, you can find there's hundreds of hundreds of


metres of pipe in great condition, but one small floor and suddenly


there's a catastrophic problem. We are getting more money spent on


monitoring the pipes. But you did make a profit of between 200 and


?300 million last year. You have the monopoly in this area. You are the


only water company we have. It's your job to make sure it goes right.


It is our job. 80% of that profit has been reinvested and we've been


spending ?20 million, over and above what it costs to run the company,


over the last 11 years improving our services and that will go on. We try


very hard to stop these things happening. When they do happen we


tried to get them fixed as soon as possible and we are very sorry for


the people. What do you have to say to the people featured in our report


this evening and people still stranded? We have a 90-year-old


viewer, who is disabled, stuck in his room and he can't leave his


bedroom because his flat is unusable. My house was flooded in


2007 and I know how devastating it is. We are working with those people


to get their lives back to normal as soon as we can. Thank you for


joining us. It's the first major tube line


extension since the 1990s. London Underground has


revealed the start of works By September 2020, the line


will run from Kennington Today, the large machines used


to dig the tunnels were unveiled and were given names -


as is the tradition. It's one of the most important


building sites in the capital. Creating the first major addition to


the tube map since the late-night. In just a few years' time, where I'm


standing now will be a brand-new London Underground station and it


will form part of the Northern line. The aim is to create two new tube


stations, Battersea and nine elms, and they will be linked to


Kennington. The construction has already started but the major


tunnelling begins in March. Meet Amy and Helen. From March this year


these two boring machines will begin tunnelling up to 30 metres a day.


Over the next six months they'll excavate more than 300,000 tonnes of


earth at a depth of up to 26 metres. This is a fantastic project for


London. It's opening up and regenerating this whole area. It


will be a beautiful, state-of-the-art tube extension with


platform doors and all the best facilities. We desperately need


people to use public transport in London. We are so short of road


space. Here we are being able to extend public transport. It's


accessible for more of the community. When it's finished at the


end of 2020, the extension will bring the area to within 15 minutes


of the west end. It will also reduce pressure on nearby stations like


Vauxhall. It is the beginning of the transformation of this area. That is


what is unlocking 20,000 homes and will provide 5000 jobs in an area


that's otherwise been derelict for years. It will cost ?1.2 billion and


most of it has been funded through the private sector. While there is


still three years until it's done, there's already talk of another


underground at ground, this time an extension of the Bakerloo line.


Still to come. It's a very good question, I might answer it later on


BBC One. You'll have to see. Tottenham Football Club have


released the latest images Spurs remain on course to move


into their home in 2018, after they've spent a season


playing at Wembley. Our sports reporter, Chris Slegg,


was among those given a virtual The recent progress on Tottenham's


new stadium has been as rapid If the actual reality


of being second in the table isn't impressive enough,


then how about this? A virtual reality tour


of the new ground. It will host the largest single-tier


stand in the UK, with 17,000 seats. There will be an in-house bakery,


and microbrewery capable And these are among the best


pre-match seats in the house. If it's the first time


you've worn a VR headset, as it is for me, it's a little bit


disorientating at first. But I've found my way


to the Tunnel Club. In the Tunnel Club, you can watch


the players getting ready But you'll need a Premier League


salary to sit there. There's a ?30,000 membership fee


and a ?9,500 season ticket. With such an emphasis on corporate


hospitality, will the fans It's a modern world and they've got


to deal with the corporate As a business, they're looking


forward and also trying to look It's a good thing that they're doing


here in Tottenham now. But I'm not so happy


about the unaffordable housing. Apart from that,


the area needs a push. That is quite a way


to experience the new stadium. With 61,000 seats, Tottenham


are delivering the biggest club stadium in London and they're


confident they now have a manager to Mauricio Pochettino is the man


who has led the Spurs revolution. Before his team move


in to their new home in 2018, they're set to spend next


season at Wembley. That didn't work well


when they played European Given what happened


in the Champions League, do you have any concerns


about spending a whole It's true that it's completely


different to White Hart Lane, but we need to make


Wembley our home. Then when we move to here again,


it will be a similar Right now, it looks


like a club with a proud past A mother from south-east London says


she couldn't find anything that reflected her Jamaican heritage that


looked - or sounded - So she's created her own doll


and thinks she's spotted a gap in the market,


as Ayshea Buksh explains. She's a doll created


in London who speaks She was created by an English


teacher from Greenwich I was thinking to myself,


if I should have a daughter, I want her to have a doll that looks


like her, especially When the BBC children's series


Rastamouse was first aired, it sparked debate over its use


of Jamaican Creole. Does Saffron fear her doll


might also be criticised? I know for a fact that there


are some parents who are against it because they think that Jamaican


patois is actually broken English. So they fear that their


children's English will be But the reality is it is a language


in its own right and knowing another language definitely does not


interfere with your We love jerk chicken


and rice and peas. But most of all, we love to talk


and have a good time. Her dream was funded by her family,


but she struggled to find a doll Some of the manufacturers


are saying it is too expensive to produce black dolls


because they are not in demand. So white dolls are


in demand worldwide. And I put that issue to the head


of the association which represents Many large manufacturers are very


much aware so you will find dolls and toys of all types which appeal,


or try to reflect society. Maybe not as well as they might have


done or they could have done, And to feed that trend,


Saffron has created a wider range of Jamaican inspired dolls,


but so far it's Toya Now back to the event of the day -


the inauguration of the 45th President of the United States,


Donald Trump. Well, simultaneously here in London,


Mr Trump also made an appearance His waxwork was unveiled


for the first time, and Wendy Hurrell joined one


of our best-loved impressionists, Jon Culshaw, for a little


light-hearted lampooning. So, President Trump


is in the Oval Office - our London version on the Marylebone


Road. AS TRUMP: I think this


is disgusting, OK. This is disrespectful, this is very


sad, this is nothing like me. They've made me into a giant


terracotta novelty candle. Wendy Hurrell, no more questions


from your organisation, The jokes you get with Donald,


the tone of humour is quite evocative in some ways of the days


of George W Bush. AS BUSH: Well, all I've got to say,


how do you like me now? AS OBAMA: Mr Obama was in touch


and he said that there was a certain way that you were able to tap


into the grievances And for the sake of America


and for the world, I hope that you'll succeed


in your administration. AS TRUMP: Thank you so much,


that's so beautiful. By the way, your wife's


a seven, mine's a ten. I'd quite like to


have been president. Not sure I wanted to do


the bit in the middle, but it's going to happen,


so let's just run with it So it's good night from me and it's


good night from him. That was my favourite bit of the


programme! Thank you. What a cold and frosty


start to the day across the region. A really sharp frost, but we've had


some glorious sunshine, virtually unbroken, across the region


throughout the morning and into the afternoon. It made up for those very


low temperatures to start off with. The temperatures will drop


overnight. Widespread blue across our patch. Light winds, clear skies,


perfect recipe for a very cold night. Temperatures in the centre of


London down to minus one. Minus 7.2 Celsius to the south of London last


night. It could get down to -5 or minus six. The reason is high


pressure. Cold and dry air from the near continent. High pressure


dominates this weekend and we'll enjoy more fine and dry weather.


Some good spells of sunshine, especially on Saturday, and it will


remain cold with morning frosts. Saturday starting very cold and


frosty. It gradually fades away with plenty of sunshine. Slowly lifting


is a temperatures. Maybe some cloud moving into the north of the region,


and potentially of the South, with large parts of London remaining


Sunday. A cold start on Sunday but I think we're looking at more patchy


cloud. Sunny spells, some cloud, and temperatures up a notch. Five or six


Celsius in the capital and the wind will remain white. If we look into


next week, it looks like high-pressure dominates. It remains


cold with variable amounts of cloud and some sunshine. The theme as we


head into Tuesday is for high pressure to continue to dominate.


Dense fog could become a problem on Tuesday morning. Wednesday onwards,


things turn more unsettled. Now the main headlines: Donald Trump


has been sworn in as the 45th Large crowds gathered in Washington


to watch the ceremony, but there have been some protests


and in parts of the city shop Thames Water have admitted


they are too slow to react to flooding and say they have no


clear idea which of their pipes It comes after a number


of major floods around That's it ? we ll be back later


during the Ten O'Clock News, but for now, from everyone


on the team, have a lovely evening.


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