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Thanks very much.

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Coming up on tonight's BBC London.

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The self styled teacher who groomed

children as young as 11

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for terror attacks.

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He wanted to create, in his mind,

an army of children that

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were going to be involved

in the attack.

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And they were very much going to,

in essence, martyr themselves

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alongside him as part

of the attacks.

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Also tonight, severe weather

conditions have again hit

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the journey to and from work.

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Go home early or don't

travel at all, a message

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to commuters after another day

of snow disruption.

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We have to wait until the signs tell

us we can go home.

We got moved from

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one platform to another, nonstop. We

got here half an hour late for our

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appointment.

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Plus we're with paramedics

in Essex dealing with a surge

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in calls because of the snow.

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And see you at the start line.

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Sir Mo Farah helps promote

London's newest race.

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Good evening.

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I'm Asad Ahmad.

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A part-time, religious

teacher who tried to groom

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children in east London to become

future suicide attackers -

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faces jail tonight after being

convicted of preparing

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acts of terrorism.

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Umar Haque got boys

aged as young as 11 -

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to act out roles involving weapons

and a car bomb - while HE planned

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attacks on places including Big Ben

and the Westfield Shopping Centre.

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Here's Karl Mercer.

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Now facing jail for plotting terror

attacks, Umar Haque is accused of

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plotting to train hundreds of

children in these London.

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They were to be his 'so called

'army of children' -

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trained and prepared to kill.

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Inspired by the attack

on westminster bridge,

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Haque is said to have plotted

attacks of his own on high profile

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London targets including Big Ben,

Westfield shopping centre,

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Transport for London

and the houses of parliament.

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When he was arrested police found

this knife in his ford focus car.

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He had researched various iconic

sites across London. He had

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researched terrorist propaganda and

attacks elsewhere in the world.

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Although not a trained teacher,

the court heard Haque had taken

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classes at a private Islamic school

in Waltham Forest and at

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a mosque in Barking.

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Where he showed terrorist material

to young boys in this marquee.

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He would teach young boys in secret,

having them physically training, but

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also role-playing for a terrorist

attack, or how to kill police

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officers, warning them that if they

revealed what he had told them they

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would die or go to hell.

We believe

he radicalised 110 children, 35 of

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which are retrieving long-term

safeguarding report.

The Charity

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commission has revealed it is

investigating the mosque, saying it

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was one of the worst cases they had

seen. It also opened an

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investigation into a school where he

taught, where was alleged he tried

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to radicalise boys. For a year, Umar

Haque worked here, employed as an

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administrator, but actually ended up

teaching so-called Islamic State it

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is. During those lessons to young

boys between 11 and 16, he was

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showing them videos. The jury were

unable to reach a verdict on this

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charge but did find him guilty of a

number of other terror related

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charges.

He wanted to create an army

of children that would be involved

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in the attacks. He started at an

early age, so he started

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radicalising children between the

ages of 11 to 14. As I have said,

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that was a longer term plan for when

they were getting older. So he was

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intent on getting some of them,

teaching some of them to learn to

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drive, and they were very much going

to in essence, martyr themselves

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alongside him as part of the

attacks.

The trust said today it

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treated the safety and welfare of

its pupils with the utmost

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importance. Also found guilty of

preparing acts of terrorism, in

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other man, described in court as the

fundraiser for the plot. A

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27-year-old from East Ham was

described as Umar Haque's confidant,

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phone calls revealing they had

justified terrorism. The alleged

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armourer pleaded guilty to

possessing a handgun, but was

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cleared of pol opting -- plotting

Umar Haque a terror attack. Will be

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sentenced at the end of the month.

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You're watching BBC London News this

Friday the 2nd March.

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It's cold outside and there's snow.

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The floor may be on the way but we

are being told that tonight driving

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conditions could be the trickiest we

have seen all week.

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Don't travel unless

absolutely necessary

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is the advice tonight from one

of the main train

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companies serving London.

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It comes after another day

of disruption on the network,

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with commuters facing long

delays and cancellations.

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Some even spent the night

sleeping on a train,

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after it left Waterloo Station

but got stuck on the tracks.

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Here's our Transport

Correspondent, Tom Edwards.

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The dash to get home from commuters

this afternoon at St Pancras at 3pm.

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South Eastern warned of the major

disruption on all of its services,

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asking people not to travel.

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At Eurostar, these were the queues.

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This was Waterloo.

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South Western warned

its services will shut by 8pm.

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Two -month-old Sophia was being

taken home by her mum and dad

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after a hospital appointment.

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We've got to wait until the signs

tell us we can go home.

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We've just been to the hospital

with the baby, so we are pretty much

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stuck here until further notice.

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She's wrapped up warm enough

but it's not nice obviously.

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Last night, these Waterloo commuters

had a terrible night

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and spent it stranded.

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They left London as normal but

trains broke down or couldn't move.

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The line was blocked until 6am.

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After nine o'clock

we don't have nothing.

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No heating.

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We couldn't use the toilets

because it was lights off.

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Really horrible.

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We stopped moving around six

o'clock on the trains.

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So we've been stuck

mainly for 12 hours.

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We didn't move at all.

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This morning, empty platforms

at Highbury with no trains.

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This closure did mean a much

longer journey for Errol.

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So, what are you going to do now?

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I'll use the Underground.

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I suppose it's going to take me

an hour and a half to get to work,

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then an hour and a half

to get home, so...

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I don't think they've catered

for things like this, really.

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There are no services here running

between Highbury and Stratford,

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and that's because ice has got

into the power supply,

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and it means the trains

at the moment simply cannot run.

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And all through this week engineers

have been out battling the elements

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in atrocious conditions,

trying to make the system work.

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This was the main line

to Brighton where icicles have

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formed in the tunnels.

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And engineers have to knock them off

the roof of the old Victorian

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infrastructure to stop them

damaging the trains.

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And this is what it is like

if you are working on the tracks

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when a train passes.

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And this footage from inside a cab

on the East Coast Main Line shows

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you why trains have to go slower

as they push through snow drifts.

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Here, workers are manually

clearing snow from points.

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Trains draw power from rails

on the ground along

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the side of the tracks.

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We've seen icing on the conductor

rails, in some cases

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six inches thick.

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That has meant trains

have been unable to draw

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power and unable to move,

so we are working across the network

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to de-ice conductor rails and run

as many trains as we can.

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This was a week when disruption

and delay became part of daily life.

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Most commuters will be glad to see

the back of the beast on the east.

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Tom Edwards, BBC London News.

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Our reporters are out

and about tonight -

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to bring us the latest situation

for the commute home.

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In a moment we can find

out how things look

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on the roads, with Emma North -

but first, let's hear

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from Ayshea Bhuksh, who's

at Waterloo Station.

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Well, Waterloo Station and Waterloo

East station very busy tonight, as

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people try to work out how and when

they are going to get home. You

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might be able to hear one busker

trying to soothe the high anxiety

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levels. There is disruption on all

train lines coming out of London,

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some more severe than others. The

situation keeps changing. But here

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is what we know. On Southern trains,

there is a limited service. On South

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Eastern trains there is an severe

disruption. And on South West

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trains, the operator is saying there

will be no trains after 8pm. I

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chatted to a lady this evening who

told me she has been told the

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station will also close tonight

after 8pm. South Eastern operator,

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who you heard in that report, has

said they will try to keep trains

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running as much as possible but they

have given a severe warning to say

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stay where you are, stay put. If you

do not need to travel, stay where

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you are. If you can't get home and

you do have to travel, they have

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also told me not to forget the

outlook for the weekend when they

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will be engineering work across many

lines and it is unlikely they will

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be running some replacement bus

services goes the roads are also

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dangerous.

They are indeed. And that

leads us to Ehmer to get the latest

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on the roads by the M25. I cannot

imagine it is a good night to be

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driving.

It is certainly quiet on

the roads. And that is probably a

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good thing because we are told

tonight could be the worst night for

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driving conditions that we have had

all week. There are two things

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making that happen. One of them is

poor visibility because of the snow,

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and secondly the freezing rain we

have been hearing about.

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Micro-droplets of rain which when

they hit the ground turned to ice

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instantly. You cannot protect the

roads by grit against those, so you

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get black ice which becomes very

slippery. It is leading to difficult

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conditions on the motorways, with

snow moving north into this area,

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Buckinghamshire, M40, M25 area, and

on high ground that causes problems.

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And freezing rain moving in from the

east on the A12, or the A13, watch

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out. Check the BBC website and BBC

Radio London will give regular

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travel updates. Over the weekend, we

will get rain and cold nights as

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well. On Monday morning when we are

trying to get back to work, we will

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face a whole new set of problems.

Thanks very much for that important

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summary.

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Well, the cold weather -

not surprisingly maybe -

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has seen a huge demand

on the Ambulance Service.

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One of the busiest teams -

is in Essex, and so we sent

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Chris Rogers to join Debbie Wade

and Barrie Williams -

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just one of the many

crews out on the road -

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to see how they're coping

with the spike in demand.

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It looks like an 83-year-old who has

had a fall.

It is 6:30am, minutes

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into Debbie and Barry's 12 hour

shift, and their first call. But

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getting there can be treacherous and

slow.

The roads are not gritted.

And

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we are normally the first vehicle

when it has been snowing.

The fear

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for vulnerable people is that they

are not getting checked on because

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of bad weather.

One, two, three.

Luckily, Ron was discovered by care

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workers, by getting him back on his

feet is the least of their worries.

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He is only just out of hospital with

complications, and the district

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nurse has not been able to reach him

for a follow-up. He is

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deteriorating.

If we leave him at

home, there is the potential that he

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could die. It may be as simple as a

fall but there is a history behind

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the patient so we have to cover all

areas and make sure that he is safe

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at home, as we leave him, and then

we go from there.

The district nurse

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and a GP is put on an emergency

call-out to monitor him.

Responding

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on blue lights now.

Over the last

week, the freezing weather has led

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to a surge in falls, breathing

problems and illness.

We will get

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you to a hospital and get the doctor

to look at your head and get an

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x-ray of your knee and shoulder.

Left or straight? Left or straight?

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Debbie, what have you got now?

A

69-year-old who has become dizzy and

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nauseous. It is a category two. The

ultimate is that we have to get

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there safely to treat the patient.

As long as we can get there safely,

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we can do the job we are there to

do.

With many schools still closed,

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grandparents are stepping in for

childcare. Christine is looking

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after her grandson but she suddenly

felt unwell. Inside the ambulance

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for more checks. But shoppers are

complaining their cars are blocked.

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The crew need to take care of

Christine's grandson until his

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mother can get to him. And a piece

of monitoring equipment suddenly

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stops working. Barry Henley to radio

in another crew. So now there are

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two ambulances and two crews

attending to one patient. Unexpected

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problems like this just adds to the

strain on the service. By lunchtime,

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east of England Ambulance Service

had received 1500 call-outs. Barry

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and Debbie's day is not over yet,

and neither is the bad weather they

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are up against. Chris Rogers, BBC

London News. What an amazing job the

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paramedics do.

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If you've just got in from the snow,

welcome and well done.

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This is what's still

to come on the programme.

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Sur Mo Farah meets young people who

will be running London's newest half

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marathon.

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A flagship programme,

piloted in police stations

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in Brixton and Lambeth,

aimed at drawing young offenders

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away from a life of crime is to be

rolled out across London.

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The Divert scheme works

by offering support

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from the moment an arrest is made.

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And for those who've

accepted the help offered,

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reoffending rates have been slashed.

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Alex Bushill reports.

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From this, City Hall's latest

attempt to educate youngsters

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not to carry a knife,

to the Met's renewed focus

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on stabbings, there is now,

as never before, a debate raging

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over how best to prevent

young Londoners from

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being stabbed to death.

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Looking at your custody record,

you are 21 years of age

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and you are unemployed

at the moment.

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Is that right?

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The Met says that this

is part of the answer.

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Nick is a trained Divert adviser,

engaging with young offenders

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here at Brixton police station.

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He meets them the moment

they are arrested and brought

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to the custody suite.

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It could be for anything from minor

drug offences to serious

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gang-related violence.

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For those who are then up for it,

they are given access

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to everything from drug rehab,

rehousing and mentoring,

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all hopefully leading to employment.

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I think it's important for us

to get to know them.

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And that takes time.

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And that's one of

the key things for me.

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This isn't a short-term

intervention programme.

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Of the 118 suspects who have got

involved, 57, nearly half,

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are now in training or jobs.

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The reoffending rate is just 7%,

22% lower than the average for adult

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offenders in Lambeth.

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That's why Divert is expanding, from

Brixton and Bethnal Green to four

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other police stations from April.

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But is this project just focusing

on low-level criminals

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who are easier to reach?

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It's realistic.

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We've had people that have been

brought in for possession

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of firearms, people that are very

high harm offenders.

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And we've got them

at the right moment.

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We've got them at that

moment where they've gone,

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"Enough is enough".

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Each criminal case

will run its course.

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That's regardless of any

work done with Divert.

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Nonetheless, reoffending rates

are low, which is why with this

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expansion and the recent spike

in knife crime there will be added

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pressure on projects

like this to deliver.

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Alex Bushill, BBC London News.

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It is one of London's largest

sporting events, attracting tens of

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thousands of runners and men raising

millions of pounds for charity, but

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this week and organisers of the

London Marathon will put on the

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first-ever London half marathon. --

and many raising millions of pounds

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for charity.

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Assuming it goes ahead

because of the weather -

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thousands will run the route -

including one very famous face.

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Here's Emma Jones.

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We are used to seeing him racing

and winning on the track in London,

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now he aiming to emulate that

success on the roads.

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And today Sir Mo was at City Hall

to meet some of the other runners

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who will be joining him this Sunday

for a brand new half

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marathon in the capital.

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A little different to the training

camp he's just left in Ethiopia.

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It was a big shock coming to the UK.

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To see the heavy snow.

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Sunday hopefully should be good.

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I'm excited.

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This is a great opportunity to see

where I am and if anything needs

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checking, because then we can

work on that.

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As you say, is this very

much seen as a warm up

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for the London Marathon?

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It is a warm up.

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Most runners who are taking part

in a big major marathon like to be

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able to test themselves.

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This is just another test for me.

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But it's my home town, so it comes

with a little bit of pressure.

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For Mo Farah, the aim is to take

what he learns this weekend and next

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month's London Marathon.

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For the organisers, to see

if the new event can

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become a regular part

of London sporting calendar.

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Although there may be

an obvious challenge.

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Of course, the current windy

and wintry conditions

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here in London are hardly ideal.

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Either for the 15,000 runners

who will be starting on the other

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side of Tower Bridge on Sunday

morning or the thousands

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of spectators hoping to line

the route from there,

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out to Canary Wharf, and back

to the finish line at Greenwich.

0:19:430:19:47

The race directors, though,

say they are assessing

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the situation constantly,

and remain confident

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that the race will go ahead.

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There is a huge amount of work

going on at the moment to try

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and ensure that the route is clear.

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Lots of parts of it are clear, there

are just some parts that aren't.

0:20:020:20:06

And we really are looking

after the health and safety

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of both the runners,

the spectators, staff,

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and the volunteers.

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So we'll hopefully be

seeing the Mobot, not

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the snowbot this Sunday.

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Anna Jones, BBC London News.

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Good luck to everyone taking part.

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Well, at the moment the half

marathon is scheduled

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to go ahead on Sunday -

but the weather has already

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lead to the postponement

of several sports fixtures.

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I will run through them...

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It includes tomorrow's

Championship fixture

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between Brentford and Cardiff City.

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And the League One derby between AFC

Wimbledon and Charlton Athletic

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In League Two the home

ties for Barnet, Crawley

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and Stevenage are all off.

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And in rugby union -

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Harlequins match tonight against

Bath has been moved to Sunday.

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Do be aware that a number of other

fixtures are subject

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to ground inspections tomorrow

morning - including the racing

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at Chelmsford and Lingfield.

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You can keep an eye on the BBC Sport

website for the latest information.

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Well, the snow hasn't been

enough to stop some people

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from keeping calm and carrying on.

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Showing a true stiff upper lip have

been plumbers and school teachers -

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and watch out for the farmer

in Sarah Harris's report -

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who's taken it upon himself to help

Londoners get to hospital.

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They were prepared for more snow, it

may have come later than expected,

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but when it fell thick and fast

mid-afternoon in Berkhamsted it

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brought traffic to a standstill.

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Local plumbers are using all

the tricks in the book to unblock

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peoples frozen pipes.

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Colin has been on jobs

until the small hours

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of the morning, trying

to prioritise his most

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vulnerable customers.

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There are a lot of people

who are struggling.

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The elderly are the most important.

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They are the ones that

need the heating on 24/7

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this time of year.

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But we like to get to

as many people as we can.

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Guys, what's the weather

like outside today?

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Snowy!

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Snowy!

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Little Raccoons in Apsley is one

of the few nurseries in this neck

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of the woods that have decided

to open their doors today

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despite the weather.

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Most schools closed,

worried about getting

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children home safely.

0:22:160:22:17

But here they were determined

to support parents in

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getting to their work.

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Cold!

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For us to stay open it's making sure

parents are still able to go to work

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and their kids have somewhere fun

and enjoyable to go

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while they are working, really.

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And a snow hero award

is due to farmer Jamie

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Burrows and his tractor.

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He's been working round the clock

on three hours sleep to keep

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hospital access roads clear

in and around London.

0:22:460:22:52

You look a bit strange in the middle

of London with one of these.

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You do.

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The amount of small children that

go, when you go past,

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it's quite entertaining.

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But, yes, it's always

worth it, they look very

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confused as you come by.

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Despite the challenges

of the weather, there are plenty

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of people in and around London

who are working hard

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to keep the system going.

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Their message is snow, what snow?

0:23:130:23:18

Sarah Harris, BBC London

News, Hertfordshire.

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Is that man brave or mad? You

decide.

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Well, the snow may

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present difficulties -

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but it can also make the most normal

London scene - beautiful.

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That's why a painter from west

London has been getting on her bike

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in search of inspiration.

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Meet Jessica Rose.

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My first thought was, I really hope

my boiler doesn't break down. Second

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I thought how can I make a painting

or drawing out of this. I fell off

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my bike on the way here because it

was quite sleepy. My name is Jessica

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Rose. I am annealing based paint and

printmaker and today I'm trying to

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paint a snowy tree. In a former life

I was a journalist. In 2011 I

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stopped doing that and I set myself

up as an artist and art teacher. I

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am inspired by natural forms. As you

can see, I've got my bike here, I

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cycle all about Ealing and parts of

London with my easel strapped to the

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bike and I stopped wherever I find

inspiration. Today I found an oddly

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shaped tree, which is inspiring me,

particularly as it is lovely and

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covered in snow, a lovely fairy

dusting of white powder on it. If

0:24:330:24:36

you are an artist you see the world,

and you don't have to travel very

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far from where you live to find

amazing scenery to paint and draw. I

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like people to be inspired by what I

do. I want to get more people out

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sketching, painting, drawing in

London's parks and looking at its

0:24:510:24:54

amazing buildings and interpreting

them into art.

This is absolutely

0:24:540:24:59

true. I recognise exactly where in

London that was.

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I don't believe you.

I guessed it.

0:25:040:25:09

We were party to a conversation

before this, though.

0:25:090:25:12

Where is it? Brom stood.

0:25:120:25:15

Well done!

0:25:160:25:19

The snow is probably just about

finished. The main concern will be

0:25:220:25:26

ice over the coming few days. That

was one picture from Plumstead. A

0:25:260:25:32

good covering of snow here. Look at

the satellite picture, this band of

0:25:320:25:37

thick cloud brought snow in earlier

on today. That has been moving its

0:25:370:25:41

way north over the past few hours.

You can see it there. It is heading

0:25:410:25:47

north. A couple of centimetres of

snow here and there. It's continuing

0:25:470:25:53

to work north. It has pretty much

moved out of the way now. We still

0:25:530:25:59

have a yellow warning in place from

the Met office. The main concern

0:25:590:26:03

will be ice. That snow was pushing

north. We are changing to a more

0:26:030:26:08

southerly winds. It'll break up the

cloud. If we get light winds, they

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will be light overnight, there might

be patches of mist and fog. It will

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be a cold night, temptress just

below freezing. Tomorrow, a dry day.

0:26:170:26:24

Believe it or not it may actually

feel a little less cold. There may

0:26:240:26:28

be some sunshine breaking out. Later

in the day, this cloud thickening up

0:26:280:26:32

from the south. And we will see some

wet weather. This is more likely to

0:26:320:26:36

be rain when it arrives in the

evening because temperatures before

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then could be as high as 6 degrees.

That is Saturday, as we had

0:26:390:26:44

overnight into Sunday, we could see

some showers heading our way on

0:26:440:26:48

Sunday, some sunshine, but showers,

and some could be heavy. But it is a

0:26:480:26:56

southerly wind. And the

temperatures, 9 degrees possibly on

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Sunday. Those temperatures will be

rising even higher. Forget about the

0:26:570:27:03

beast from the east, we will see the

snow falling. Cold by night, Doctor

0:27:030:27:07

ridges in the day around ten or 11

degrees. -- we will see the snow

0:27:070:27:14

thawing.

0:27:140:27:15

Snow ice and strong winds continuing

0:27:180:27:21

to cause disruption across large

parts of the UK.

0:27:210:27:23

In the capital and home counties,

ambulances saw a spike in callouts

0:27:230:27:26

whilst workers escaped earlier

than usual to catch trains home.

0:27:260:27:33

Keep your photos and videos of the

snow coming into us at BBC London on

0:27:330:27:38

our Twitter feed and Facebook page.

We look at and watch every single

0:27:380:27:42

one, I can assure you, I will be

back at 10:30pm. Goodbye for now.

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