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Coming up on tonight's BBC London.
The self styled teacher who groomed
children as young as 11
for terror attacks.
He wanted to create, in his mind,
an army of children that
were going to be involved
in the attack.
And they were very much going to,
in essence, martyr themselves
alongside him as part
of the attacks.
Also tonight, severe weather
conditions have again hit
the journey to and from work.
Go home early or don't
travel at all, a message
to commuters after another day
of snow disruption.
We have to wait until the signs tell
us we can go home.
We got moved from
one platform to another, nonstop. We
got here half an hour late for our
Plus we're with paramedics
in Essex dealing with a surge
in calls because of the snow.
And see you at the start line.
Sir Mo Farah helps promote
London's newest race.
I'm Asad Ahmad.
A part-time, religious
teacher who tried to groom
children in east London to become
future suicide attackers -
faces jail tonight after being
convicted of preparing
acts of terrorism.
Umar Haque got boys
aged as young as 11 -
to act out roles involving weapons
and a car bomb - while HE planned
attacks on places including Big Ben
and the Westfield Shopping Centre.
Here's Karl Mercer.
Now facing jail for plotting terror
attacks, Umar Haque is accused of
plotting to train hundreds of
children in these London.
They were to be his 'so called
'army of children' -
trained and prepared to kill.
Inspired by the attack
on westminster bridge,
Haque is said to have plotted
attacks of his own on high profile
London targets including Big Ben,
Westfield shopping centre,
Transport for London
and the houses of parliament.
When he was arrested police found
this knife in his ford focus car.
He had researched various iconic
sites across London. He had
researched terrorist propaganda and
attacks elsewhere in the world.
Although not a trained teacher,
the court heard Haque had taken
classes at a private Islamic school
in Waltham Forest and at
a mosque in Barking.
Where he showed terrorist material
to young boys in this marquee.
He would teach young boys in secret,
having them physically training, but
also role-playing for a terrorist
attack, or how to kill police
officers, warning them that if they
revealed what he had told them they
would die or go to hell.
he radicalised 110 children, 35 of
which are retrieving long-term
commission has revealed it is
investigating the mosque, saying it
was one of the worst cases they had
seen. It also opened an
investigation into a school where he
taught, where was alleged he tried
to radicalise boys. For a year, Umar
Haque worked here, employed as an
administrator, but actually ended up
teaching so-called Islamic State it
is. During those lessons to young
boys between 11 and 16, he was
showing them videos. The jury were
unable to reach a verdict on this
charge but did find him guilty of a
number of other terror related
He wanted to create an army
of children that would be involved
in the attacks. He started at an
early age, so he started
radicalising children between the
ages of 11 to 14. As I have said,
that was a longer term plan for when
they were getting older. So he was
intent on getting some of them,
teaching some of them to learn to
drive, and they were very much going
to in essence, martyr themselves
alongside him as part of the
The trust said today it
treated the safety and welfare of
its pupils with the utmost
importance. Also found guilty of
preparing acts of terrorism, in
other man, described in court as the
fundraiser for the plot. A
27-year-old from East Ham was
described as Umar Haque's confidant,
phone calls revealing they had
justified terrorism. The alleged
armourer pleaded guilty to
possessing a handgun, but was
cleared of pol opting -- plotting
Umar Haque a terror attack. Will be
sentenced at the end of the month.
You're watching BBC London News this
Friday the 2nd March.
It's cold outside and there's snow.
The floor may be on the way but we
are being told that tonight driving
conditions could be the trickiest we
have seen all week.
Don't travel unless
is the advice tonight from one
of the main train
companies serving London.
It comes after another day
of disruption on the network,
with commuters facing long
delays and cancellations.
Some even spent the night
sleeping on a train,
after it left Waterloo Station
but got stuck on the tracks.
Here's our Transport
Correspondent, Tom Edwards.
The dash to get home from commuters
this afternoon at St Pancras at 3pm.
South Eastern warned of the major
disruption on all of its services,
asking people not to travel.
At Eurostar, these were the queues.
This was Waterloo.
South Western warned
its services will shut by 8pm.
Two -month-old Sophia was being
taken home by her mum and dad
after a hospital appointment.
We've got to wait until the signs
tell us we can go home.
We've just been to the hospital
with the baby, so we are pretty much
stuck here until further notice.
She's wrapped up warm enough
but it's not nice obviously.
Last night, these Waterloo commuters
had a terrible night
and spent it stranded.
They left London as normal but
trains broke down or couldn't move.
The line was blocked until 6am.
After nine o'clock
we don't have nothing.
We couldn't use the toilets
because it was lights off.
We stopped moving around six
o'clock on the trains.
So we've been stuck
mainly for 12 hours.
We didn't move at all.
This morning, empty platforms
at Highbury with no trains.
This closure did mean a much
longer journey for Errol.
So, what are you going to do now?
I'll use the Underground.
I suppose it's going to take me
an hour and a half to get to work,
then an hour and a half
to get home, so...
I don't think they've catered
for things like this, really.
There are no services here running
between Highbury and Stratford,
and that's because ice has got
into the power supply,
and it means the trains
at the moment simply cannot run.
And all through this week engineers
have been out battling the elements
in atrocious conditions,
trying to make the system work.
This was the main line
to Brighton where icicles have
formed in the tunnels.
And engineers have to knock them off
the roof of the old Victorian
infrastructure to stop them
damaging the trains.
And this is what it is like
if you are working on the tracks
when a train passes.
And this footage from inside a cab
on the East Coast Main Line shows
you why trains have to go slower
as they push through snow drifts.
Here, workers are manually
clearing snow from points.
Trains draw power from rails
on the ground along
the side of the tracks.
We've seen icing on the conductor
rails, in some cases
six inches thick.
That has meant trains
have been unable to draw
power and unable to move,
so we are working across the network
to de-ice conductor rails and run
as many trains as we can.
This was a week when disruption
and delay became part of daily life.
Most commuters will be glad to see
the back of the beast on the east.
Tom Edwards, BBC London News.
Our reporters are out
and about tonight -
to bring us the latest situation
for the commute home.
In a moment we can find
out how things look
on the roads, with Emma North -
but first, let's hear
from Ayshea Bhuksh, who's
at Waterloo Station.
Well, Waterloo Station and Waterloo
East station very busy tonight, as
people try to work out how and when
they are going to get home. You
might be able to hear one busker
trying to soothe the high anxiety
levels. There is disruption on all
train lines coming out of London,
some more severe than others. The
situation keeps changing. But here
is what we know. On Southern trains,
there is a limited service. On South
Eastern trains there is an severe
disruption. And on South West
trains, the operator is saying there
will be no trains after 8pm. I
chatted to a lady this evening who
told me she has been told the
station will also close tonight
after 8pm. South Eastern operator,
who you heard in that report, has
said they will try to keep trains
running as much as possible but they
have given a severe warning to say
stay where you are, stay put. If you
do not need to travel, stay where
you are. If you can't get home and
you do have to travel, they have
also told me not to forget the
outlook for the weekend when they
will be engineering work across many
lines and it is unlikely they will
be running some replacement bus
services goes the roads are also
They are indeed. And that
leads us to Ehmer to get the latest
on the roads by the M25. I cannot
imagine it is a good night to be
It is certainly quiet on
the roads. And that is probably a
good thing because we are told
tonight could be the worst night for
driving conditions that we have had
all week. There are two things
making that happen. One of them is
poor visibility because of the snow,
and secondly the freezing rain we
have been hearing about.
Micro-droplets of rain which when
they hit the ground turned to ice
instantly. You cannot protect the
roads by grit against those, so you
get black ice which becomes very
slippery. It is leading to difficult
conditions on the motorways, with
snow moving north into this area,
Buckinghamshire, M40, M25 area, and
on high ground that causes problems.
And freezing rain moving in from the
east on the A12, or the A13, watch
out. Check the BBC website and BBC
Radio London will give regular
travel updates. Over the weekend, we
will get rain and cold nights as
well. On Monday morning when we are
trying to get back to work, we will
face a whole new set of problems.
Thanks very much for that important
Well, the cold weather -
not surprisingly maybe -
has seen a huge demand
on the Ambulance Service.
One of the busiest teams -
is in Essex, and so we sent
Chris Rogers to join Debbie Wade
and Barrie Williams -
just one of the many
crews out on the road -
to see how they're coping
with the spike in demand.
It looks like an 83-year-old who has
had a fall.
It is 6:30am, minutes
into Debbie and Barry's 12 hour
shift, and their first call. But
getting there can be treacherous and
The roads are not gritted.
we are normally the first vehicle
when it has been snowing.
for vulnerable people is that they
are not getting checked on because
of bad weather.
One, two, three.
Luckily, Ron was discovered by care
workers, by getting him back on his
feet is the least of their worries.
He is only just out of hospital with
complications, and the district
nurse has not been able to reach him
for a follow-up. He is
If we leave him at
home, there is the potential that he
could die. It may be as simple as a
fall but there is a history behind
the patient so we have to cover all
areas and make sure that he is safe
at home, as we leave him, and then
we go from there.
The district nurse
and a GP is put on an emergency
call-out to monitor him.
on blue lights now.
Over the last
week, the freezing weather has led
to a surge in falls, breathing
problems and illness.
We will get
you to a hospital and get the doctor
to look at your head and get an
x-ray of your knee and shoulder.
Left or straight? Left or straight?
Debbie, what have you got now?
69-year-old who has become dizzy and
nauseous. It is a category two. The
ultimate is that we have to get
there safely to treat the patient.
As long as we can get there safely,
we can do the job we are there to
With many schools still closed,
grandparents are stepping in for
childcare. Christine is looking
after her grandson but she suddenly
felt unwell. Inside the ambulance
for more checks. But shoppers are
complaining their cars are blocked.
The crew need to take care of
Christine's grandson until his
mother can get to him. And a piece
of monitoring equipment suddenly
stops working. Barry Henley to radio
in another crew. So now there are
two ambulances and two crews
attending to one patient. Unexpected
problems like this just adds to the
strain on the service. By lunchtime,
east of England Ambulance Service
had received 1500 call-outs. Barry
and Debbie's day is not over yet,
and neither is the bad weather they
are up against. Chris Rogers, BBC
London News. What an amazing job the
If you've just got in from the snow,
welcome and well done.
This is what's still
to come on the programme.
Sur Mo Farah meets young people who
will be running London's newest half
A flagship programme,
piloted in police stations
in Brixton and Lambeth,
aimed at drawing young offenders
away from a life of crime is to be
rolled out across London.
The Divert scheme works
by offering support
from the moment an arrest is made.
And for those who've
accepted the help offered,
reoffending rates have been slashed.
Alex Bushill reports.
From this, City Hall's latest
attempt to educate youngsters
not to carry a knife,
to the Met's renewed focus
on stabbings, there is now,
as never before, a debate raging
over how best to prevent
young Londoners from
being stabbed to death.
Looking at your custody record,
you are 21 years of age
and you are unemployed
at the moment.
Is that right?
The Met says that this
is part of the answer.
Nick is a trained Divert adviser,
engaging with young offenders
here at Brixton police station.
He meets them the moment
they are arrested and brought
to the custody suite.
It could be for anything from minor
drug offences to serious
For those who are then up for it,
they are given access
to everything from drug rehab,
rehousing and mentoring,
all hopefully leading to employment.
I think it's important for us
to get to know them.
And that takes time.
And that's one of
the key things for me.
This isn't a short-term
Of the 118 suspects who have got
involved, 57, nearly half,
are now in training or jobs.
The reoffending rate is just 7%,
22% lower than the average for adult
offenders in Lambeth.
That's why Divert is expanding, from
Brixton and Bethnal Green to four
other police stations from April.
But is this project just focusing
on low-level criminals
who are easier to reach?
We've had people that have been
brought in for possession
of firearms, people that are very
high harm offenders.
And we've got them
at the right moment.
We've got them at that
moment where they've gone,
"Enough is enough".
Each criminal case
will run its course.
That's regardless of any
work done with Divert.
Nonetheless, reoffending rates
are low, which is why with this
expansion and the recent spike
in knife crime there will be added
pressure on projects
like this to deliver.
Alex Bushill, BBC London News.
It is one of London's largest
sporting events, attracting tens of
thousands of runners and men raising
millions of pounds for charity, but
this week and organisers of the
London Marathon will put on the
first-ever London half marathon. --
and many raising millions of pounds
Assuming it goes ahead
because of the weather -
thousands will run the route -
including one very famous face.
Here's Emma Jones.
We are used to seeing him racing
and winning on the track in London,
now he aiming to emulate that
success on the roads.
And today Sir Mo was at City Hall
to meet some of the other runners
who will be joining him this Sunday
for a brand new half
marathon in the capital.
A little different to the training
camp he's just left in Ethiopia.
It was a big shock coming to the UK.
To see the heavy snow.
Sunday hopefully should be good.
This is a great opportunity to see
where I am and if anything needs
checking, because then we can
work on that.
As you say, is this very
much seen as a warm up
for the London Marathon?
It is a warm up.
Most runners who are taking part
in a big major marathon like to be
able to test themselves.
This is just another test for me.
But it's my home town, so it comes
with a little bit of pressure.
For Mo Farah, the aim is to take
what he learns this weekend and next
month's London Marathon.
For the organisers, to see
if the new event can
become a regular part
of London sporting calendar.
Although there may be
an obvious challenge.
Of course, the current windy
and wintry conditions
here in London are hardly ideal.
Either for the 15,000 runners
who will be starting on the other
side of Tower Bridge on Sunday
morning or the thousands
of spectators hoping to line
the route from there,
out to Canary Wharf, and back
to the finish line at Greenwich.
The race directors, though,
say they are assessing
the situation constantly,
and remain confident
that the race will go ahead.
There is a huge amount of work
going on at the moment to try
and ensure that the route is clear.
Lots of parts of it are clear, there
are just some parts that aren't.
And we really are looking
after the health and safety
of both the runners,
the spectators, staff,
and the volunteers.
So we'll hopefully be
seeing the Mobot, not
the snowbot this Sunday.
Anna Jones, BBC London News.
Good luck to everyone taking part.
Well, at the moment the half
marathon is scheduled
to go ahead on Sunday -
but the weather has already
lead to the postponement
of several sports fixtures.
I will run through them...
It includes tomorrow's
between Brentford and Cardiff City.
And the League One derby between AFC
Wimbledon and Charlton Athletic
In League Two the home
ties for Barnet, Crawley
and Stevenage are all off.
And in rugby union -
Harlequins match tonight against
Bath has been moved to Sunday.
Do be aware that a number of other
fixtures are subject
to ground inspections tomorrow
morning - including the racing
at Chelmsford and Lingfield.
You can keep an eye on the BBC Sport
website for the latest information.
Well, the snow hasn't been
enough to stop some people
from keeping calm and carrying on.
Showing a true stiff upper lip have
been plumbers and school teachers -
and watch out for the farmer
in Sarah Harris's report -
who's taken it upon himself to help
Londoners get to hospital.
They were prepared for more snow, it
may have come later than expected,
but when it fell thick and fast
mid-afternoon in Berkhamsted it
brought traffic to a standstill.
Local plumbers are using all
the tricks in the book to unblock
peoples frozen pipes.
Colin has been on jobs
until the small hours
of the morning, trying
to prioritise his most
There are a lot of people
who are struggling.
The elderly are the most important.
They are the ones that
need the heating on 24/7
this time of year.
But we like to get to
as many people as we can.
Guys, what's the weather
like outside today?
Little Raccoons in Apsley is one
of the few nurseries in this neck
of the woods that have decided
to open their doors today
despite the weather.
Most schools closed,
worried about getting
children home safely.
But here they were determined
to support parents in
getting to their work.
For us to stay open it's making sure
parents are still able to go to work
and their kids have somewhere fun
and enjoyable to go
while they are working, really.
And a snow hero award
is due to farmer Jamie
Burrows and his tractor.
He's been working round the clock
on three hours sleep to keep
hospital access roads clear
in and around London.
You look a bit strange in the middle
of London with one of these.
The amount of small children that
go, when you go past,
it's quite entertaining.
But, yes, it's always
worth it, they look very
confused as you come by.
Despite the challenges
of the weather, there are plenty
of people in and around London
who are working hard
to keep the system going.
Their message is snow, what snow?
Sarah Harris, BBC London
Is that man brave or mad? You
Well, the snow may
present difficulties -
but it can also make the most normal
London scene - beautiful.
That's why a painter from west
London has been getting on her bike
in search of inspiration.
Meet Jessica Rose.
My first thought was, I really hope
my boiler doesn't break down. Second
I thought how can I make a painting
or drawing out of this. I fell off
my bike on the way here because it
was quite sleepy. My name is Jessica
Rose. I am annealing based paint and
printmaker and today I'm trying to
paint a snowy tree. In a former life
I was a journalist. In 2011 I
stopped doing that and I set myself
up as an artist and art teacher. I
am inspired by natural forms. As you
can see, I've got my bike here, I
cycle all about Ealing and parts of
London with my easel strapped to the
bike and I stopped wherever I find
inspiration. Today I found an oddly
shaped tree, which is inspiring me,
particularly as it is lovely and
covered in snow, a lovely fairy
dusting of white powder on it. If
you are an artist you see the world,
and you don't have to travel very
far from where you live to find
amazing scenery to paint and draw. I
like people to be inspired by what I
do. I want to get more people out
sketching, painting, drawing in
London's parks and looking at its
amazing buildings and interpreting
them into art.
This is absolutely
true. I recognise exactly where in
London that was.
I don't believe you.
I guessed it.
We were party to a conversation
before this, though.
Where is it? Brom stood.
The snow is probably just about
finished. The main concern will be
ice over the coming few days. That
was one picture from Plumstead. A
good covering of snow here. Look at
the satellite picture, this band of
thick cloud brought snow in earlier
on today. That has been moving its
way north over the past few hours.
You can see it there. It is heading
north. A couple of centimetres of
snow here and there. It's continuing
to work north. It has pretty much
moved out of the way now. We still
have a yellow warning in place from
the Met office. The main concern
will be ice. That snow was pushing
north. We are changing to a more
southerly winds. It'll break up the
cloud. If we get light winds, they
will be light overnight, there might
be patches of mist and fog. It will
be a cold night, temptress just
below freezing. Tomorrow, a dry day.
Believe it or not it may actually
feel a little less cold. There may
be some sunshine breaking out. Later
in the day, this cloud thickening up
from the south. And we will see some
wet weather. This is more likely to
be rain when it arrives in the
evening because temperatures before
then could be as high as 6 degrees.
That is Saturday, as we had
overnight into Sunday, we could see
some showers heading our way on
Sunday, some sunshine, but showers,
and some could be heavy. But it is a
southerly wind. And the
temperatures, 9 degrees possibly on
Sunday. Those temperatures will be
rising even higher. Forget about the
beast from the east, we will see the
snow falling. Cold by night, Doctor
ridges in the day around ten or 11
degrees. -- we will see the snow
Snow ice and strong winds continuing
to cause disruption across large
parts of the UK.
In the capital and home counties,
ambulances saw a spike in callouts
whilst workers escaped earlier
than usual to catch trains home.
Keep your photos and videos of the
snow coming into us at BBC London on
our Twitter feed and Facebook page.
We look at and watch every single
one, I can assure you, I will be
back at 10:30pm. Goodbye for now.