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That's all from the BBC News at Six
-- so it's goodbye from me -
Coming up on the programme tonight:
The severe weather affects millions
- in and around London -
as trains and planes are disrupted
by snow and ice.
by snow and ice.
Since Sunday, we
by snow and ice.
Since Sunday, we have
by snow and ice.
Since Sunday, we have put
by snow and ice.
Since Sunday, we have put down
by snow and ice.
Since Sunday, we have put down about
by snow and ice.
Since Sunday, we have put down about
60 tonnes of grit in the Square mile
and have average and a daily 24-hour
shift about 150 workers working to
And as it could be about to get even
worse, we'll have the latest travel
information to help you over
the next 24 hours.
And I am in Essex, were freezing
cold temperatures brought buses and
trains to a standstill this morning
and forced many schoolchildren,
their parents and commuters stay
The campaigners battling
a terminal disease -
as well as the Government -
over whether sufferers should be
forced back to work.
And from snowball fights
to sledging - Londoners make
the most of the weather,
with some schools
cancelling PE - for less
traditional school activities.
I'm Asad Ahmed.
Snow all around us from first
light this morning -
and a short time ago,
in Central London,
it started to fall again.
Many schools were shut,
while commuters battled
just to get into and around London.
didn't help matters,
with a biting wind chill
being felt everywhere.
There wasn't an area of London
or the Home Counties
which escaped the freeze,
and it could all be
about to get worse tonight.
Our correspondent, Tom Edwards, has
been seeing how London has coped.
This was the day the Beast from
the East repeatedly hit the capital
with thick snow flurries.
There one minute, only
to quickly disappear.
First thing, Londoners
woke up to a thick layer
of snow, which meant
tricky journeys and icy roads.
In East Dulwich, this driver slid
down Dog Kennel Hill.
Buses didn't run on some routes,
this one came off the road.
And those that did run were packed.
For Tom, from Twickenham,
that meant a much longer journey.
I think snow is going to cause
I understand it being a difficulty.
But I think, by this point,
you'd hope we can prepare
a little bit better for it.
I mean, you know, it was known ahead
of time that it was going to snow,
there could have been a bit more
prep work, I think.
There were again delays
and cancellations on many Tube
lines and on the trains.
Normally, you can clearly
see the Shard here.
Dozens of South-Eastern
services were unable to run.
Cancellations into London Fenchurch
and Charing Cross, for example.
And this is usually a view
of the Thames at Blackfriars.
The main roads have been gritted
and salted and are flowing,
as you can see, pretty well.
That's not, though,
the case on the side roads.
They haven't been gritted at all.
Much more treacherous.
That's also the case
on the pavements.
Road surfaces, though,
changed quickly throughout the day,
and some tried their best
to grip the pavements.
and some tried their best
to grit the pavements.
Stephen looks after his street.
We all work together and keep
the area as best we can.
As snow showers came
and went, conditions
changed from hour to hour,
and vehicles inched around.
Or, in this case, gave up.
Airports also cancelled flights.
This was Stansted.
were pretty resilient.
I'm used to this.
I've been in the country
for a while, so I'm not too...
I'm not too bothered.
I just take my time.
It's not been too bad,
about 20 minutes late also.
But I know my colleagues have
struggled to get in, so...
In the Square Mile, it
hasn't snowed since 2014.
There, they've been working
through the day to grip the roads.
There, they've been working
through the day to grit the roads.
What we do is the main roads first,
and we move to our main pavements.
We keep police stations accessible,
hospitals, public service buildings,
and then we move to
the other backstreets to do
the pavements there.
This timelapse footage
shows London being hit
by the snowstorms again and again.
The bad news for commuters is,
more snow is forecast.
Well, Tom Edwards is at
Victoria Station tonight,
and he'll have the latest travel
information for you.
But before we hear from him,
let's head to Essex,
where thick snow fell overnight.
Chris Rogers has
spent the day there.
Chris, tell us what it's been like.
I don't care what it looked like on
television. About five layers and
thermals and it is -4 here and I can
still feel the cold. This epitomises
what happened in many parts of Essex
this morning. If you lived here, you
could not give -- get buses, they
were not running. And even if you
did get to those train stations, the
trains were not running. Not so much
the snow as the freezing
temperatures that practically shut
many parts of Essex town.
Chelmsford was a ghost town this
No one was going anywhere,
with bus routes suspended and trains
delayed or cancelled. No wonder many
decided to stay at home.
For those determined to get to work,
it was not just icy tracks causing
delays and cancellations. Dave
usually mans the ticket machines.
Today, it was all hands on deck, or
should I say platforms? What is the
problem with the doors?
They can be
frozen and shut because of the
Fred was trying to get the
We will do whatever
it takes, we have drafted in extra
staff and there have been people at
the platform since 5am clearing
snow. People in the depot have been
de-icing the trains. We are used to
adverse conditions. Not quite as bad
as this, but we used are trying to
get the service.
On the roads, and
thus gritting paid off with main
routes remaining driveable.
where was everyone? We are a bit
busy today. We are just advising
people to keep as warm as they can.
We have got vehicles on the way to
But imparts B roads, --
impossible B roads were making life
difficult for the East of England
with the weather so we are
unfortunately stacking holes and
responses to patients at the moment
due to the number of calls and
resources we have on the road and
the driving conditions are proving
difficult to deal with. It is not
typical to have this level of snow,
it has come down very liquid which
has been challenging to get the
roads clear and we are having
difficulties getting the ambulances
through in difficult areas like
coastal areas in Essex and is toward
the South bend, it is difficult
driving circumstances so difficult
at this level of delays going
through the patients for the Road
traffic conditions we have got.
need the 200 schools close across
Essex, many parents had to stay and
work from home -- with nearly.
daughter was off school so we have
come out lunch break.
Is that what a
lot of people have done, Essex teams
have been abandoned?
lot of our systems are really slow
because the amount of people trying
taxes them from home. Will you be
back at school tomorrow?
I hope not,
As temperatures stayed
well below freezing, there was
little appetite for anyone else as
-- for anything else but sledging
and snowball fights. I think we
should hear from Nick Miller about
tonight and tomorrow. I understand
storm Emma is on the way.
will think it is not happening
because there has been no snow but
it has turned cold and snowy and the
impacts have grown. We'll certainly
not out this. It is the beast from
East and now Stom Emma and people
are wondering what we can expect
from that. This is an area of low
pressure in Iberia now moving North
and the head of that, it is passing
the moisture into the bitterly cold
across the UK and our part of the
world. And that does mean more snow
on the way. The good news is that it
does not look like we're in the real
dangerous targets this system. That
is more towards south-west England
and Wales. But tomorrow, it instead
of sunshine and snow showers, it
will be a cloudy day with outbreaks
of snow on and off on Thursday and
lasting Thursday night and perhaps
until Friday. We may not see
significant accumulations, but we
will see further accumulations. Any
snow is an issue and it will be
measured in further centimetres on
what we have got. Yes, there is more
snow on the way. The West from
London, you will more significant
snow there are than here. That does
not mean to say we're not out of the
woods, very challenging conditions
We will hear from you later in the
OK, so now we know
how things might be -
let's hear from Tom Edwards
at Victoria Station.
Tom many people struggled today -
what's the advice for
tonight and tomorrow?
I am afraid it is Groundhog Day at
Victoria and even worse than it was
last night. Big crowds here, look at
the boards, Orpington cancelled,
Ramsgate. London bridged also
delayed. And the trains leaving
Victoria as you can see from this
pottage are absolutely packed, it is
going to be a big struggle for
people to get home from here
tonight. And I am afraid it will be
the same tomorrow morning. This is
the advice so far at the moment.
Revised timetables for Southern and
south-eastern and some stations may
be closed in Kent and some branch
lines, south-western as well. And
also see QT may be running an
amended timetable. There is some
good news, a full-service, we hope,
and Greater Anglia, Stansted
express, Thames Link and great
Northern. As 40th all services, this
is what they had to say. -- as for
Transport for London services.
So there were some issues this
morning on the London Underground
system, and those were sorted out
fairly quickly as we
went through the day.
We had a smaller disruption to bus
routes, at the worst,
we had 30 routes affected out
of over 500 routes
operating across London.
And we've had our gritters out
of traffic has been flowing
pretty well on the major
route across London.
We're going to have our
gritters out on the roads,
we've got overnight making sure
that your rails are de-iced
and trains can keep running
and so on, but I would advise people
to check before you travel,
because you never know,
there may be localised disruption
to you when you want to go
travelling in the morning.
This is what the Evening Standard as
saying. Because these snow showers
are extremely localised in some
cases, the best advice is to check
those websites. Back to you.
Victoria Station, thanks very much.
Breaking news now just in as I speak
about a man aged in his 60s who has
died at Stanson on SPARC in South
East London, very popular among dog
walkers. He was found dead in the
water and it is understood he went
into the water to rescue his dog. If
we have more information on that, we
will bring it to you later. Snow is
talking point of the day and we will
But there's also this to come too.
They're already battling a terminal
disease, now these campaigners
are fighting the Government over
whether they should be
forced back into work.
Hundreds of teenagers gathered
at a church in West London today
for the funerals of two friends
killed by a drunk driver.
Harry Rice and Josh McGuiness died
alongside another boy,
George Wilkinson as they walked
to a birthday party in Hayes.
Tonight, their parents said their
grief is like a 'life sentence' -
and they want the driver to be
given one too.
Here's Katharine Carpenter.
A final journey along
On this, the bleakest of days,
friends and strangers in Harefield
paused to pay their respects.
These were local boys, and their
deaths have been devastating.
An absolute treasure.
And that's the only way
I can describe him,
he was just a treasure,
because he was so kind.
We have our own life
sentence now of just pure,
it's like torture every day.
I can only describe how I feel,
it's like Groundhog Day every day.
And I just don't know,
I don't know what we'll do.
The teenagers, described as 'cheeky
and fun-loving', were mown down
by a speeding drunk driver
a month ago.
They were with others on the way
to a birthday party.
Today, hundreds of their friends
gathered for their funeral.
Young shoulders carrying
a heavy burden.
A church so packed,
some stood outside in the snow.
Teenagers do get a bad press,
but all their friends,
what they've done from the minute
of this crash, they've arranged
and organised events.
They got the whole community
within a day, they wrote
to the council, got the council
to reduce the speed limit,
and they've promised
to maybe put the cameras in.
They also described the boys
who stopped the fleeing
car driver as heroes,
and say, from now on,
their focus will be campaigning
for tougher sentences for those who
kill behind the wheel.
BBC London News.
And our condolences to the three
Motor Neuron Disease.
In every single case, it's terminal.
Sufferers often die within two
years of being diagnosed,
which is why campaigners today
protested outside Parliament
against a Government
policy which routinely
to see if they're
well enough to work.
Marc Ashdown was also there.
Liam Dwyer is something of a miracle
man, MND patients rarely survive
more than a few years,
but he's been battling
the disease for 12 years.
He and his wife Anna are under no
illusions how tough things will get.
Pretty horrendous, and it will take
away the use of all the muscles.
And it will leave people,
the majority of people,
unable to speak, unable to walk,
and eventually, they can not eat
and swallow, and eventually,
their breathing muscles as well.
Carrying on working, then,
is out of the question.
The government's employment support
allowance provides finance
when someone can't work
due to a disability.
But some 600 MND patients,
including Liam, face
being reassessed to see
if they're now able to work.
They don't know what causes it.
There is the treatment for it,
there is no cure for it.
So people are not
going to get better.
So it's a waste of the government's
time, and it's very frustrating
and hard for people
to have to deal with.
They don't want to know.
You do get frustrated
with it, don't you.
Liam joined other MND patients
and families outside
Parliament today to send
a message to ministers.
Once assessed as unable to work,
people like Dave here should be
allowed to get on with living.
There's no way I will improve.
MND 100% never improves,
you only get worse with it.
So to do reassessments ridiculous,
which is stress on us as families.
But also, it's a waste
of public money.
They want a quality of life,
they want to actually live,
instead of having all the stress.
And that's why we're here today.
I lost my husband to
motor neurone disease.
I lost four family members
to motor neurone disease.
I had no physical reserves.
The disease is probably
best known because of
Professor Stephen Hawking,
who's been battling
it for decades.
But he is very much
as unique as his mind.
A third of patients die
in the first year of diagnosis.
More than half within two years.
The Department for Work and Pensions
told us they know how difficult
it can be for people
with debilitating conditions,
and they're constantly ensuring
assessments are kept
as easy as possible.
MND patients registering
are no longer reassessed.
That still leaves people like Liam
facing stress and frustration
when time is sadly against them.
Mark Ashdown, BBC London News.
A woman who was rescued
from the 19th floor
of Grenfell Tower in June
- has died.
Those who knew her have
described her as a 'flamboyant
and colourful character',
although she was already suffering
from long-term health conditions.
Alex Bushill is here
and can tell us more.
Very sad, this, Alex.
She was known
as Pilly. Her husband said she died
at the end of last month. For the
previous seven months up until then,
she had been in hospital. From
previous interviews, they lived on
the 19th floor and she had advanced
outsiders because she couldn't walk.
That's why he felt he was unable to
carry her down 38 flights of steps
at Grenfell when the fire broke out
to effect an escape. He followed
advice given and waited three hours
before they were eventually rescued,
around 3:30 in the morning. Her
husband put in a statement that she
was "A colourful, flamboyant and
loving person that we were together
the 34 years, and she was simply the
love of his life."
London has some of the highest rates
of child poverty in the country,
and over the last decade things have
got even worse.
It's why a mother from Wandsworth,
who became concerned
about the situation set up a charity
for babies and young
children in need.
It's called 'Little Village'
and takes donations of baby
clothes and accessories,
giving them to those in need.
And the charity says
the number of families
using its service is on the rise.
Over the last month, we've seen
babies sleeping on towels and sofa
cushions, toddlers walking
round in shoes two sizes too small.
This is the face of
poverty in London today
and it's on our doorsteps.
Now to our look at how London has
been influenced by cultures
from around the world.
Today, we look at how
the community from Down-Under
has added to our appreciation
of art and food.
And before we go to
the National Gallery,
Wendy Hurrell takes us to meet some
very active Australian women
enjoying the taste
of home right here.
and shared humour over brunch
on the Grand Union Canal
We call this mashed avocado.
But here, they call
it smashed avocado.
That's a bit of a cultural
exchange, isn't it!
This community's contribution
to the capital is, amongst
other things, fresh food
and a coffee culture.
These are members of the Australian
women's club, who more than 10,000
miles from home get together at
art galleries, theatres and cinemas.
They just absolutely love
everything about London.
Its dynamism, its interest,
its history, its culture.
And they really embrace
all their different interests.
You'll never see everything you can
in London, but we're certainly
making a good shot at it!
The lure of London's culture
is nothing new to the Antipodeans.
There's another Australian
that spent time in London,
a painter called Arthur Streeton.
He came here eventually in 1897,
and though he didn't really get
the recognition he deserved
and sent most of his work back home,
he lived in the capital
for 30 years.
Now, though, one of his paintings
sits very comfortable in the same
room as those by van Gogh, Cezanne,
Gauguin at the National Gallery
in Trafalgar Square.
He had never been to Europe.
He knew about the new modern
European painting being done
by the impressionists in France.
He said, I'm going to
try my hand at this.
I don't think any
French impressionist painter
would have chosen this
very strongly vertical format.
The cliff, the sea, this very vivid
line that zigzags across the picture
is like Chinese calligraphy.
So here, you have a young man,
isolated, if you will,
off in Australia, but absorbing
with a kind of extraordinary freedom
the various influences he could find
and producing a highly original
art from it.
Arthur Streeton at the turn
of the 20th century kept Australia
in touch with art in Europe.
And it's a cultural conversation
that continues today.
Wendy Hurrell, BBC London News.
And you can see more on how cultures
have been creative -
on 'Civilisations' - starting
tomorrow on BBC Two at 9 o'clock.
Back to the snow now.
And yes, it brings difficulties
with travelling around
and keeping yourself warm.
But admit it.
It is good fun, too,
and this all comes days
after the Winter Olympics ended.
So has it given people
a taste to try their hand
at something knew, or does
a good old fashioned
snowball fight still win the day?
Chris Slegg as been finding out.
Are you ready? Staff, are you ready?
If snowball fighting was a sport at
the Winter Olympics, the children in
South end would win the gold. They
don't believe in snowball bands
here, in fact, the pupils take on
the teachers. London's very own
Winter Olympics is not just about
snowball fighting, we have the first
snowman World Cup going on in
Regents Park. Over there, T Mexico,
they admit they do not have an awful
lot of experience and are taking on
to my right our very own team GB.
Look at that, a huge amount of snow,
this could be big.
It depends on how
much free time we have, it could
become a snowman.
How are the opposition getting on?
To be honest, we from Mexico, so it
is our first snowman ever in the
world. We are not experts in
constructing a snowman.
over on Primrose hill, competition
in the louche was intense. The
champions, though, had to be Daisy
and misty, who had their school
closed for the afternoon.
been doing this together since we
We have done years of going into
trees and things, but now we've
You certainly have!
Others, though, certainly haven't.
No medal there. Back at the snowman
making competition, there are
The final whistle goes, this is the
end product, T Mexico's first ever
snowman. I'm impressed.
definitely teamwork, and you know,
why not do something fun on a
Fun has not been in short
I loved the way teachers were taking
on the pupils in the snowball fight,
don't you love the way the reporters
are wrapped up in their woolly
jumpers tonight. Will they be
wearing them tomorrow?
They need to be. The snow is not
going anywhere, it is so cold. The
snow showers come down and nothing
melts, and we got more snow showers
in the short term before a longer
spell of snow is on its way. It is a
strange day when I came to work and
found more snow in central London
from my direction in
Buckinghamshire, this is a picture
from today, looks beautiful, but we
know it has been bitter out there.
And the snow has been causing
problems. There are snow showers out
there at the moment and will
continue to fall here and there
overnight. A fume or centimetres in
places, but most will get a further
dusting here and there. It will fade
further in the night, but there is
more cloud showing up here, so it's
not going to be as cold tonight as
it was last night, but it will feel
just as cold because of that win. To
weather warnings, Met Office yellow,
a warning for snow on Thursday and
Friday as storm MR approaches, and
not just snowing but windier than it
has been, so wind chill is a
significant factor again. --
temporary work. It looks like things
will be worst from this across
England and Wales because of the Met
office amber warning covering
Hampshire and Berkshire as well, so
you don't need to go too far west of
London to find conditions like in
London as well. Tomorrow will show
its hand, and it is a different day
because we have had sunshine and
showers, a cloudy day, solid white
here, and outbreaks of snow at times
during the day. It will still be
bitterly cold, not quite as cold in
some spots, but the wind is still a
factor and makes it feel much colder
than the temperature might suggest,
particularly with the strength of
wind, approaching 20 mph with
stronger gusts as well. It looks
like outbreaks of snow will continue
on Thursday night, and for much of
Friday as well, giving further into
metres in places. Look at next week,
temperatures are heading up. Maybe a
hint of spring at last.
Thanks the now.
Before we go, a look at the day's
main news headlines.
And no surprise about
what everyone's talking about.
Snow and ice warnings are in place
across large parts of northern
and eastern Britain,
with roads closed, trains
cancelled and planes delayed.
Thousands of schools closed
across the UK as sub zero
temperatures took grip.
Readers are urged to check before
they cavil tomorrow as temperatures
continue to plummet tonight.
Do keep your pictures
coming in of the snow.
Send them on Facebook or Twitter
and feel free to film yourself
describing what it's like and how
much you're enjoying or hating it.
We may just get you on TV.
I'll be back at 10:30
with our next news on BBC One.
I'll see you then.