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direction continuing until Friday.
Mowed down on their way
to a 16th birthday party.
A drunk driver pleads guilty
to killing these teenagers.
Today the parents
give their verdict.
He's hoping to get a reduced
sentence for pleading guilty, what?
For the lives of three boys? There
is no justice if that happens.
Also tonight - preparing
for a bitterly cold snap
as London and the home counties get
a taste of the beast from the east.
Emergency shelter like this in
Hackney have opened to help people
who otherwise would be sleeping in
below freezing conditions.
Plus how much extra would
you pay for a coffee cup?
the trial encouraging Londoners
to ditch the disposable.
Definitely a pound for 50P would
It is good, because it
worked with the plastic bags. #
Think of the good times we knew...
And enjoying a comeback....
the revival of the Irish Dance Halls
which disappeared from
the capital a decade ago.
A very warm welcome
to BBC London News
with me Riz Lateef.
Three young lives tragically cut
short - after a drunk diver ploughed
into them on their way to a 16th
birthday party in Hayes.
Today 28-year-old Jaynesh Chudasama
admitted causing the deaths
of these three teenagers
by dangerous driving.
He'd been travelling at more than 70
miles per hour in a 60 zone.
It's also emerged that five
other teenagers came
close to being killed.
Helen Drew reports.
Three great friends -
Josh McGuinness and George Wilkinson
were both 16 and Harry Rice was 17.
They were walking to
a friend's birthday party
in Hayes when they were hit by a car
that mounted the pavement.
All three died at the scene.
I couldn't put it
into words how we feel.
There is no words.
Ripped us apart.
It's affected everyone,
not just us, hundreds
of friends, because that
how nice the boys were.
The driver was 28-year-old
who today pleaded guilty to three
counts of causing death by
The Old Bailey heard he was two
and a half times the drink
driving limit, as well as having
traces of cannabis in his system.
He was doing 71mph
in a 60 when it is
thought he tried to overtake another
car and lost control of this Audi.
The maximum sentence for causing
during the last by dangerous driving
is 14 years in prison.
We are not very happy,
we would have preferred
it going to a trial,
because at this rate,
having pled guilty, he can get
third of off his sentence.
We don't feel that is
sufficient enough time
served for the lives of two
16-year-old and one 17-year-old boy.
The local community is devastated
and today the judge said even more
lives could have been lost.
When the three boys
were hit they were
walking with two friends and towards
another three friends, they
were all standing close together.
The judge said this could have
easily have been something that
killed eight people instead
of three, and she may well consider
that when sentencing.
There was a passenger
in the car with Jaynesh
Chudasama and both men
ran from the scene.
Two of the friends who were there
but not hit ran after the men
and managed to drag the driver back
to the scene where he was taken to
hospital and later arrested.
The judge will sentence him
for the deaths of Josh,
George and Harry on the 9th March.
Lots more to come including:
Will it be win, win for Windsor...
The businesses hoping for a boost
in the run-up to Harry
and Meghan's big day.
The weather warnings
have been in place
for the past couple of days
and today the so called
'beast from the east' hit,
bringing with it some snow
and bitterly cold conditions.
And what's more -
there's worse to come.
In a moment we'll hear
from the charities helping
the capital's rough sleepers,
but first to Chris Rogers,
who's in Essex - one of the counties
in our area expected
to be hardest hit.
Yes, I'm in the salt depot. This is
the big weapon against that ice that
is expected to form. In the latest
round, 100 tonnes of salt it heading
out to keep things moving. They have
some great names the trucks. This is
Britney Speirs and there is
Alexander The Grit. They are up
against the snow that has been
falling all day. We have some images
of white stuff falling in the
capital. It started this morning. As
temperatures drop, which they really
are, that will turn to ice and that
is going to cause problems. Has
Essex got what it takes to keep
commuters moving tomorrow. I asked
councillor Ray Gooding.
We can never
say there will never be a problem,
but we are doing our best to make
sure the conditions on the road are
as good as they can be. If it is as
bad as forecast, it will be quite a
difficult process. We have got to
make a number of runs over several
days and we have got the stocks of
salt and materials to make sure we
can do that. So yes we will be doing
everything we can.
While salt can
battle the ice on the road, there is
expected problems with the rail.
National rail has put contingency
plans in place for tomorrow morning.
But the branch routes will be
affected. Here are some of the
routes affected from tonight. There
will be a reduced service on C2C
after 9pm tonight.
So expect problems on the trains
tomorrow. While we may bear the
brunt of the pain of the commute
tomorrow, think about those with
nowhere to go who are living rough.
They will feel the cold and Mark
Ashdown is at a shelter in Hackney.
Thank you. Spare a thought for
anybody facing the prospect of
having to face a night outside. It
is freezing. Some fantastic work
from the volunteers here at the
Hackney winter night shelter. This
runs from November to March each
year and people can come here and
there is 25 beds each night. There
is a shower and toilet and food.
They're preparing a meal for people.
What is on the menu.
We are doing a
Moroccan night. We have vegetable
tagine and couscous.
Thank you. This
is all part of the the mayor's
strategy for emergency shelters so
no one should spend a single night
outside rough sleeping. Let's talk
with the chair of the trustees. Take
us through some of the work people
are doing. They're all volunteers?
Everyone is a volunteer. We have a
couple of members of staff, somebody
will be along later. But we are
volunteer-run and between November
and March we provide, dinner, bed
and breakfast. During the day our
staff help them find more suitable
People at home might
be thinking what can I do if I see
somebody sleeping rough to help?
well as calling up, I would
encourage people if they can give
some money obviously. This, although
we are volunteer run, it costs a lot
to run the sherment. The other thing
to think about it can you spare some
time and help us to volunteer or
could you help us with fund-raising,
transport, we need people's time.
Thank you. There is a central way of
reporting this. If you see somebody
sleeping rough tonight, the mayor'
street link system mean you can. The
cold is inconvenient for most, but
it can be life-threatening. Thank
A man with more knowledge
than most about the weather -
than most about the weather -
Nick Miller joins us.
How unprecedented is this?
We will probably have to wait
until the end of the week to put it
in context in the recent years. But
going back to a similar sort of
weather set up in the atmosphere to
2013 and March which saw
considerable snow in the south-east
and the London area. We are just at
the start of this process. It is
good to see people getting prepared.
There are Met Office warnings saying
be prepared. Particularly in the
east and south-east of London, where
we will see some significant snow
and different days, different people
will be affected. Not everybody
tomorrow will be wake up to a
blanket of snow. That doesn't mean
to say we won't get problems. There
will be problems tomorrow coming
into London from the east and
south-east of London, but on later
this week there could be more
widespread snow affecting all
Londoners and everyone around London
as low pressure comes from the
south. We are at the start of what
could be a very eventful and serious
week of weather.
Thank you. A
general sense, you will give us the
detailed forecast later. Thank you
The parents of a severely disabled
little boy on life support
at a London hospital say
they want to take their case to
the European Court of Human Rights.
A High Court judge previously gave
doctors at Kings College
Hospital permission to provide only
palliative care to Isaiah Haastrup
against his parent's wishes.
They intend to make an application
to the ECHR and want
intensive care to continue.
Preparations are well underway
in Windsor for the wedding
of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle.
It's being seen as a big
business boost to the town -
not just because of tourist
revenues, but the endorsement
of the royal brand.
Sarah Harris reports.
The castle is the symbol
of the Windsor brand -
weekend home to the Queen and soon
to be venue for the
international wedding of the year.
According to one economist,
the event is a much-needed financial
boost in uncertain times -
worth tens of millions of pounds.
If you look at the boost
of the wedding in
Windsor and in London,
it's going to be huge.
But the real boost is to Britain PLC
and all the brands in
terms of intangibles, it is very
difficult to quantify that,
but clearly a lot of jobs and a lot
economic activity is going to come
from this celebration.
And it's that celebration,
plus the eyes of world
being on Windsor that's leading
to the production of the town's very
own Monopoly board.
Brand experts see it
as a golden opportunity to be
associated with the Royal milestone.
It was always a case of when not
if for Royal Windsor to gets its
own official Monopoly board.
We were going to do
it in a year or two.
A certain event taking place in two
months made it irresistible for us
and our mission is to make this
board a love letter for Royal
Windsor and showcase
it to the world.
Sending that message round the world
requires an infrastructure update.
Engineers are working to ensure that
running underneath the cobbled
streets here are state of the art to
cope with demand.
Just higher broadband
speeds for all the
broadcasting as well.
So beforehand it was copper.
Fibre optics is a lot faster.
For many businesses based
in the historic town west of London,
the ceremony is the Monopoly
equivalent of passing go and
collecting 200 - not
just down to tourism,
but because of what a modern royal
couple's wedding brings
to the Windsor brand.
It made a huge difference
to the number of plastic
bags going to landfill -
so could a 5-pence charge
on for customers on top
of their coffee be enough to change
drinking habits too?
Well one coffee chain is doing just
that as part of a trial at 35
of its stores here in the capital -
with the money raised
going to an environmental charity.
Ena Miller has more.
. For some a takeaway coffee is the
perfect start to the day, for others
it is the trigger.
I'm a megaphone
and I'm not afraid to use it.
wage war on waste.
None of these
cups get recycled.
big is the problem? Two and a half
billion cups are thrown away each
year. Less than 1% is recycled. MPs
have been calling for a 25 pence on
levies bought in takeaway cups.
Starbucks said it is listening. For
the next three months 36 stores in
London will charge an extra 5 pence.
It is about changing people's
behaviour. Our customers want us to
do something about reuse and
recycling. There is no excuse, if
you come in you're going to get
charged for a cup or get rewarded
The idea is to change
people's behaviour, it worked for
supermarket with the 5 pence charge
on carrier bags but will it work for
coffee. What would you pay in order
to change your behaviour in buying a
coffee if 5 pence was addeds or 50
pence or a pound.
A pound would.
Coffee is expensive enough. 5 pence
wouldn't. You wouldn't realise.
probably I would think it was too
little to change my mind. 50p maybe.
But definitely a pound.
will go to charity.
It will go
towards a recycled boat to enable
young people go out on and collect
plastic Ute out of the Thames.
three months we will see if 5 pence
can persuade people to drink and
think about the waste their coffee
Before that though -
50 years ago it was a ground
breaking BBC series about western
art and human identity.
Now it's been remade and all this
week we're looking at some
of the civilisations that
have influenced London.
Wendy Hurrell can tell us more.
Yes in the 60s, David Attenborough
was controller of BBC Two and had to
sell the nation colour TVs and they
showed western art. So Civilisation
aired in 1969 presented by Kenneth
Clarke and it defined TV documentary
making for many years. The BBC has
remade it, looking at art from
around the world. That got me
thinking about the civilisations in
London. I had to hone it down and I
have been looking today at the
Though it's changed over the years,
Brixton, since the 50s,
has traditionally been associated
with people of the Caribbean.
# London is the place for me #.
70 years ago the Empire Windrush
docked at Tilbury.
Those 492 West Indians
were some of the pioneers
of multicultural London.
# London is the place for me #.
The early settlers often faced
prejudice, but they were followed
by many more who still contend
with an entirely different climate.
clung to the traditions
and comforts of home.
We have managed to embrace
our cultural history
and we've taken it with us.
We have lived it.
And we are sharing it with others.
Our treats are so filled
with love and authentic
flavours that our queue
was extremely lengthy.
We rocked down to Electric Avenue,
as Eddie Grant said, you know?
The Caribbean islands have always
been remarkably diverse,
populated by colonial Europeans,
Africans brought by the slave trade,
and indigenous tribes such
as the Caribs and Arawaks.
We found two intriguing
artefacts that tell the story
of those civilisations.
So, over to the West India
committee in Westminster
and its chief executive,
In my hands I have one of my
favourite items from the West India
This is a Zemi, it's a very small
stone artefact depicting
the principal god of the Arawaks.
What we have here is a sample
of the fabric known as toile digire.
It was first designed in the 1700.
-- It was first
designed in the 1700s.
It's very popular even today.
What many of us don't realise,
even though we have it in our homes,
is that it was invented
as a form of currency.
With which Europeans traded
with African slaves.
Filling our galleries and museums,
humble objects that tell a human
history of the people that make
up our city.
In London and museums, galleries,
and culture centres are taking part
in a festival that surrounds the
programme that is inspired by the
programme. There will be lots of
special events. To find out what is
happening near you, you can go to
the website. Tomorrow I will be
looking at the treasures of India.
Thanks very much.
The Winter Olympics
may have just ended.
But we're already looking
ahead to this summer
when the London Stadium will once
again host the Anniversary Games.
Two of our top athletes,
who were meeting schoolchildren
in Westminster today,
say they're looking forward
to being back on the track.
As Emma Jones reports.
A special games lesson with some
extra tuition from two
of Britain's best sprinters.
Paralympic world record-holder
Richard Whitehead, and Britain's
fastest woman over 100 and 200
metres, Dina Asher-Smith.
The way she moves her arms just
really, like, inspires me,
and I just watch her technique
and hopefully it'll
improve my sprint.
It's really good because
they are so inspiring.
You just want to be
like them when you're older.
Dina is fresh from just finishing
second in the 60 metres
at the indoor Grand Prix
in Glasgow yesterday.
Next up for her, preparations
to be part of the England
team at her first ever
Commonwealth Games in April.
Yeah, I'd like to go
down there and do well,
we don't know who entirely
we are competing against next
because different countries have
taken different approaches
to their selection policies.
So, we don't quite know
who is going to be in the race yet,
but I'm looking to go out
there and put together a good
performance that will set me up
in a good place in the Europeans
later on in the season.
Something else for both her
and Richard to look forward
to are the anniversary games,
which will see them both back racing
at the London Stadium in July.
And as it is an inclusive event,
both Olympic and Paralympic
champions will be in action.
London is such a warming
environment for para sport.
It's got an appetite for para sport.
The athletes want to be
back in that stadium.
The spectators really get
behind their performances,
and that's what we enjoy
as athletes, we want to be treated
as athletes, not para athletes.
It's going to be tight!
Thousands of athletics fans have
celebrated British success
at the London Stadium already.
There will hopefully be plenty more
opportunities this summer.
Emma Jones, BBC London News.
Turning now -
to something that's enjoying
a revival in one part of London.
Once a regular part of life
for thousands of Irish Londoners -
promoters are recreating
the atmosphere of the traditional
Irish dancehall at a
social club in Kilburn.
And it's proving a huge hit.
Here's Thomas Magill.
# Last night I had a pleasant dream
In Ireland they call
this a -- in Ireland they call this
a ceilidh. It first opened in 1952.
Along with other venues such as the
National Intel Burn, it featured
Irish show bands and country singers
often playing to huge crowds of
In comparison to the
dances I was used to in Ireland
which is basic hall it was awesome.
You stood looking around because it
was so beautiful.
Once he got in the door that was it,
you had an absolutely fantastic
For many they were a place to
find work, a flatmate, or even a
love of your life.
Took a long time
to arrive but it arrived in 2003
when I met my husband, Declan, who
is sitting here.
It was actually
Whenever it was,
Times changed and the dance halls
closed. This is one being demolished
in 2008. It all seems like the end
of an era. But something rather
wonderful is happening just behind
the church of the Sacred Heart in
Kilburn. Every Monday night one of
the performance from back in the
day, a man known as McGinty, is
single-handedly attempting to revive
the old dance hall tradition. He is
turning this social club into the
ballroom of romance.
I know some
people who come in here and have got
a stick. They are walking in. As
soon as the music starts they are up
dancing on the floor. They reckon I
am a faith healer, as well.
it compare to the original dance
halls? Declan and Patricia have come
back to trip the light fantastic
It reminds me of 40
years ago. The music, do you know
what I mean? The atmosphere is much
You see something like
this and it takes you back.
no doubt McGinty has created the
atmosphere these revellers remember
from the old days, he just hopes
that maybe one day a new generation
will also discover his ballroom of
romance. We heard from the earlier.
But now you have the full forecast.
romance. We heard from the earlier.
But now you have the full forecast.
It is finally here, the beast from
the east, the bitterly cold wind has
been moving in. We really felt it
today. We have seen snow showers.
There will be more of that as we go
through this week. Further snow
showers, some will get a covering at
times, giving some disruption. And
it is a bitter cold week to come.
Immediate concern from the Met
office, there is an amber warning
for snow. That means be prepared.
Some of us will wake up to some snow
tomorrow morning. We have had some
snow showers around today. Over the
next few hours some of those will
continue. But we are most concerned
with this line of snow showers just
getting going here. It will be the
same areas again and again, to the
east of London, Essex, and some
parts of Medway getting it, as well.
Anywhere is at risk of seeing a few
centimetres on the ground, but
particularly deep to the East, South
East, and the rail routes coming in
from these areas into London. The
highest chance of disruption will be
ten centimetres of snow where we
have the amber warning. To the north
and west, you might not see as much
snow, perhaps some, hardly anything,
not as much disruption. But it is
absolutely worth getting up a little
bit early in the morning, just
checking your local travel
situation, making sure that what has
happened overnight and into the
morning won't affect you too much.
Bitterly cold as we start the day,
temperatures way below freezing. As
it continues tomorrow morning, snow
showers coming in. It is far too
cold for anything to melt. It will
accumulate and blow around in
places. Things will improve later in
the afternoon, more in the way of
sunshine. We are watching the end of
the week for potentially disruptive
widespread snow, maybe blizzards, we
will keep across that as the week
Thanks very much.
Thanks very much. Thanks for joining
us. Wrap up warm. Feel free to post
your wintry pictures on our Facebook
page. I will