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That's all from the BBC News at Six
- so it's goodbye from me -
Tonight on BBC London News.
- so it's goodbye from me -
Frustration as taps run dry in parts
of the capital leaving some people
without water for more than 24
I have got five kids and literally
we have been without water since six
o'clock yesterday morning. It is
We'll question Thames Water.
Challenging the Met over its gangs
database which says 80%
of gang members are black.
Plus we meet the former
city worker on a mission
to clean up our waterways.
And that Oscar win.
And the South East Londoners
celebrating Gary Oldman's Oscar win
like it were their own...
It made me feel delighted -
cause it's so close -
he's not family but it
feels like that!
Welcome to the programme
this Monday evening.
First tonight - schools closed, care
homes and nurseries without water,
residents struggling to go
about their daily lives,
all because large parts of London
have been without water
for nearly two days.
Thames Water says the pipes burst
as a result of the bad weather last
week but said this afternoon
the problem had been fixed.
Despite that, many people have
told us they still don't
have water this evening.
We'll speak to the water
company in a moment -
first here's Marc Ashdown.
First in line for water this
morning, mum of three, Zara, she has
had to walk a mile to collect
bottles. At the moment everyday life
is virtually impossible.
up, the sewage, and literally
cooking as well, I cannot cope
without water. I have three kids, it
is quite hard.
As you can see.
Nothing is coming out. Dozens of
schools and nurseries have been
forced to close, leaving parents
with the childcare headache, but
without water, it is not faced --
safe to have 70 children here.
the meals are done on site, we have
babies ranging from nine months and
children up to five years old, you
can imagine the children going to
the toilet, learning how to toilet
train, we need water for food,
washing plates, the dishwasher, in
every aspect of the nursery, we need
This care home has
transported water from 40 miles
away, two days without it and
growing anger at the lack of
information or support from Thames
Very frustrating. I was. Very
disappointed. Care homes, hospitals,
they should have some form of plan
for those areas. We cannot afford to
function without water.
allowed for some movement.
Water has apologised and blamed the
extreme cold which God so quickly
lead to cracks in older pipes. It is
estimated around 12,000 people have
been affected, from Streatham and
Ahern held to Cricklewood and
Hampstead. A car park in Balham,
water distribution centres set up
around London. Thames Water say they
have given out 200,000 litres of
bottled water and by the end of
today, it is expected to be more
like 600,000. They have started
rationing it here, giving one pack
of six bottles per household. At the
moment, they are struggling to keep
up with demand. Some are muddling
through, this bakery serving up a
cake, tea and said that they two
We feel like we
cannot wash up anything, are kitchen
is close the copy machine is dead,
we cannot do coffee. That is
devastating for people.
We are still
open. They are hoping that the taps
are back on soon.
We can talk now to Jerry White,
manager at Thames Water.
Thank you for coming in. If you were
a resident or business without
water, would you be satisfied with
how your company is handling it?
I cannot say I would be. Clearly
what we have done so far in some
areas is not good enough and we have
been trying very hard in quite
difficult circumstances, but we are
now getting on top of things and
this applies in those areas are
You can control
convenient access to water, because
how our arms with prams, elderly,
the disabled expected to carry
bottles of water? You could be
better at that and at
That is true. What
you see on some of the video around
those stations, that is not all that
is happening. For vulnerable
customers who cannot come to us, we
are running water out to them and we
are blemish in stocks throughout the
day. Communicating, we could be
better, it has been difficult to get
the right message to a broad
coverage of area but we are trying
hard to get better.
We have been
here before. It could happen again,
because temperatures can fall
below zero again.
Is this a case of
a cumulative lack of investment in
the pipe network. You're basically
putting short term profits before
long-term resilience. That is the
accusation. That is not really the
case. We have been investing £1
billion a year in infrastructure. We
have an old infrastructure. It dates
from the Victorian legacy. We are
working hard, every day to try and
find and fix leaks and keep the
water flowing and we will continue
to invest record sums for the next
period as well to try and get on top
You have no problem
rewarding shareholders millions or
paying chief executives hundreds of
thousands, you cannot really blame
customers were being so angry and
having little confidence in new?
course. Given some of the
shareholder dividends that have been
put on hold recently and the extra
investment by shareholders, that is
proved that we are trying to go
above and beyond to turn the
In the year that
you were fined just over 8 million
for leakages, you paid investors 100
million in dividends. Does that
sound like a cast that I go a
company putting customers first?
have now invested more than that
number to trying get back on top of
the situation and we will continue
to do so until we get back contract
with our targets.
Does that sound a
little bit feeble to people in North
and South Londoner who have not had
water for nearly two days?
understand how customers feel. We
sincerely apologise for the impact
and we will continue to work to get
those customers back in as soon as
we can. The situation is improving
and hopefully keep all other
customers back in supply.
respect, we hear these apologies
every time there is a leak, but have
been warned that you need to be
better at planning, to deal with
these situations, you have had
record fines last year and you have
been criticised by the regulator.
Are you just not learning or do you
just not care?
No, we are learning
and we are an organisation that
continues to learn all the time and
continues to try and give better. We
were planning for this and we
planned several weeks ahead, but the
severe situation over the weekend
but we got a sudden thaw, we were
not prepared for that level of
impact and whilst many customers
across our region are still in
supply, a couple of isolated
incidents has caused us problems on
For those people watching
tonight, who still do not have water
this evening, when can you guarantee
that they will do?
What I know today
is that tonight the pressure is
returning to those areas, just
before I came in, there were
encouraging signs and as we go
through the evening, I believe that
all customers will be back in supply
by the end of this evening.
hope we do not have to have this
conversation again the next time we
have this bad weather. Thank you for
You re watching BBC London News.
Coming up later in the programme...
It is in your blood. It is in your
The businesswoman pledging to
protect the tradition of pie and
Scotland Yard has defended
the intelligence database it uses
to map criminal gangs -
describing it as "a vital tool
in the fight against violent crime".
A Freedom of Information request has
revealed that 80% of those
on the Gangs Matrix are black
but the Met says that includes
victims as well as perpetrators.
Alex Bushill reports.
To understand knife crime, just as
the children who have to live with
the threat of it every day. This is
the Brookfield club in Peckham, what
of the kids here was stabbed to
death last year. These teenagers
knew him well.
Our friends can be
arrested and our friends can be
This makes me feel sad,
because they are...
makes me feel scared. Such is life,
Such is life. It is
certainly true that there has been a
recent spike in stabbings which is
where the Gangs Matrix comes in, it
was set up after the London riots of
2011 to better understand London's
gangs. The Gangs Matrix is based on
police intelligence and maps violent
gangs. It says there are just over
3500 gang members in London and The
Met believes there are 194 different
active gangs here as well. What is
controversial is who appears in this
Gangs Matrix by ethnicity.
The smallest groups, Middle Eastern,
whites and Europeans. Asian gangs
account for 5%, white northern
European, 9%. Far outstripping any
other community according to the
matrix is the black community with
80% of gang members listed as
Afro-Caribbean. Which is why these
figures have now sparked allegations
How do they get onto it
in the first place? It could be that
the cousin is there and they go to
the football with them. Do they live
next door to someone on the Gangs
Matrix. You're automatically in a
gang, because the definition is so
loose and problematic. It is like
racial profiling around a problem.
They will be in a gang because they
happen to be black.
The Met says two
separate pieces of intelligence are
needed to put you on the Gangs
Matrix and it cannot be racist as it
identifies gang members who are also
If you are a young black
man in London, you can be the
subject of violence, as a victim,
and be in a gang and you
will be on the Gangs Matrix and we
will look to divert individuals away
from a life of crime, that are on
the Gangs Matrix.
Looking at your
custody record, you're 21 and you
are unemployed, is that right?
Others were programmes like this
coming, informed by the Gangs
Matrix, The Met seek to divert young
criminals at the point of arrest
while in custody away from a life of
We have people
brought in for possession of
firearms, we have people who are
high harm offenders and we got them
at the right moment. We got them
where they have said, enough is
enough. It does not answer why it
features so many young black men.
David Lambie worries what other
implications there are.
become a real stamp of shame. It is
not just use by The Met, it is used
by a whole raft of professionals.
You can be turfed out of your house,
you can be excluded from a school.
You can find yourself not been able
to access certain benefits and other
things if you are on the Gangs
This is significant. The Met
says robust systems are in place as
to what information is shared and
that they need to share information
to keep the public safe. Either way
the Mayor of London is carrying out
a review which should address these
issues of race and racism, that
still surround the Gangs Matrix.
"We understand why passengers
were frustrated but they should've
stayed on the train" That's
what Southeastern has
told this programme.
Hundreds of commuters
who were stranded on Friday night
forced open doors and left
the carriages - but the rail company
says they could have been
killed on live tracks.
It's apologised and says it
will offer compensation.
Here's our Transport
Correspondent Tom Edwards.
Stranded and frustrated, commuters
on Friday night forcing open the
doors on nine trains and walking
down the tracks. Some had been
stranded for hours.
near Lewisham station. It is
obviously a little bit snowy,
looking forward to getting home and
having a nice cup of tea. You can
see everyone is waiting on the train
for a bit of instruction, we have
had the go-ahead from the police, it
looks like there is a train in front
of us. We have been there for a very
long period of time.
East and said it had to cut the
power or passengers could have been
electrocuted. You can understand
I absolutely do
understand the frustrations. They
were stuck on trains in difficult
conditions, however the safest place
for people to be is on the train. We
wanted to try and get trains moving
as quickly as we could and the
safest way to do that was to get
everyone on board and reenergise the
network and get moving. We are not
able to do that because for a period
of three hours we had people on the
Some passengers say a lack
of information just confuse the
In these conditions, I
would ask passengers to stay on the
train, that is the safest option of
getting you moving, get a new home,
is to stay on the train and there
are with us.
Calling them at
trespassers as soon as they got out?
They were not happy about that.
understand again that some of the
communications, we need to take a
look at, but it is important for us,
particularly in the middle of those
emergency situations, that we put
out a strong message to keep people
on the train.
Today the rail company
apologised, offering compensation.
Do you regret running trains? We
were conscious that we had hundreds
of thousands of people in London who
we brought in and we needed to try
and find the best way we could to
get them home.
There will now be
investigations into what happened.
This was an extremely serious
incident that could have been much
The recent BBC Blue Planet series
seems to have got everyone talking,
including the Queen -
about how we can reduce
our plastic waste.
Tonight we meet one man on a mission
to keep our Thames clean.
Because According to the Port
of London Authority around 300
tonnes of plastic is cleared
from the river every year.
Sean Fletcher has the story.
In 2015, I raced a 70-foot yacht
from London to Rio de Janeiro
and in the middle of nowhere
we found these two turtles caught
in a maze of fishing
nets and water bottles.
It has got yellow and orange
around its front right fin.
In the middle of nowhere in this
amazing ocean like it is blue water
everywhere and then you have
all this plastic.
In London 66,000 tonnes of plastic
were sent for recycling last year
alone but nobody knows how much
was simply discarded elsewhere
and while the government has pledged
to ban all avoidable plastic waste
by 2042, some Londoners
are taking action now.
After cycling 150 miles
on the Thames, ex-city worker
Dhruv Boruah is collecting plastic
from canals on board his
floating bamboo bicycle.
In just one hour in the canal
I collected this full load
of plastic rubbish from balls
to Styrofoam packets,
to water bottles, to energy drinks,
to single use packaging.
I can't collect everything
because if I collect
everything I will sink.
The plastic that is being dumped
in our waterways is having a huge
impact on marine life.
A recent study by the Royal Holloway
University found up to 75% of fish
living at the bottom of the Thames
have plastic in their guts.
It is really disgraceful.
We are harming the life
even right here.
Obviously we are harming us
in the end because we are going
to eat the fish as well.
Cleaning up the river, for me
personally, I do not believe it is
the solution and my whole goal, to
go and learn about it and talk about
Ultimately we have to go and educate
the young people and make them more
aware of how damaging this
is and how we are destroying
their world, their planet.
We are making it worse for them.
And you can see more on that story
later this evening on Inside Out -
that's at 7.30pm here on BBC One.
Still to come....
Born and bred in south east
London, but honoured
in Hollywood last night.
We're with the community
in Deptford, who still think of him
as one of their own.
Before that - pie and mash
is the quintessential East End meal.
Though there may be fewer
of them around, families
often pass the business
from generation to generation.
June Robins tells us her story,
and about her determination to keep
the tradition alive.
And when I was a little girl, my
sister and myself used to sit in the
window while my mum served the pie
and mash in green Street, so I would
get some pie and mash.
So I never had any money. I said,
have you got £500? It seemed a lot
of money in those days, 60 odd years
ago, he said just about, saving it
up. I said can I borrow it, please?
ago, he said just about, saving it
up. I said can I borrow it, please?
Years ago it would have been in East
Hampton are there would be two
takeaway businesses, one was fish
and chips and one was pie and mash.
Then gradually they became pizza,
and tachycardia fried chicken,
Chinese, Indian. People in the area
did not know what green liquor was.
I want to do this tribute to Tom,
because he was always, it can be sad
sometimes, but he used to say to me,
go on, June, have a go. And I did.
And he had faith in me. You know,
you want to be on and you want to
have pride in your life and you want
to do something for your children
and grandchildren to do, then you
start, don't you? Because if you are
providing something that is
necessary, it will never go out, it
is like shoes. People will always
need shoes, won't they? Pie and mash
is in your blood, it is in your
bones, you see.
June Robins speaking there.
And you can find that story
on our Facebook page,
where your views are very welcome.
He's been in charge at Arsenal
for more than two decades.
But despite the success
he's seen in the past,
are the calls for Arsene Wenger
to step down as manager
After another defeat yesterday,
more fans appear to be
calling for him to go,
as Emma Jones reports.
Given away horribly by
This is Arsenal heading
towards yet another defeat.
is in the middle, he will reach that
come it is 2-0! That is an absolute
gift from Arsenal expect
it is a
league loss that leaves them 14
points behind Tottenham. With Arsene
Wenger and his captain conceding
confidence is worryingly low.
going through a tough, tough time.
Of course it is difficult at the
As tough as you can
remember, do you think, this week?
Three defeats back-to-back.
happened to me in my life, but we
were hit deeply maybe on the
continent side, and you could see
that the team struggles in the
It is a bad period for the
club at all the players, staff and
fans we are all together. We won and
we lose together. So it is important
to have everyone behind us.
only signed a new contract at the
Emirates last summer, but how do the
fans feel about him now?
Arsene Wenger out, because it has
been 22 years, we are not do
anything you as a club and we need
I wanted him to go out
on a good legacy and not finish on a
He has had his time and he
is no good any more, he needs to go.
All hopes will now hang on winning
the Europa League, but with a match
against AC Milan away on Thursday,
the tough test for this stuttering
side keep coming.
Turning now to the Oscars,
and Gary Oldman, who crowned his
successful career with a Best Actor
award at last night's
He may now be based in Hollywood,
but his story started
in South East London,
where he was born and bred.
And, as Sarah Harris reports,
the Deptford community is determined
to celebrate with him.
It was for his
portrayal of blue blooded Winston
Churchill that Gary Oldman finally
won his Oscar, but his background in
south-east London could not have
been more different. Jamie Byrne
went to the same primary school in
Deptford, and is celebrating while
doing the day job.
I saw it and I
thought, wow, it made me feel
delighted because it is so close. He
is not a family member but it is so
close it makes you feel like that.
No blue plaque as yet outside the
house where Gary Oldman was born
here in south London, although that
might change now he has won the
Oscar. This was about as working
class and upbringing as you could
get. These houses were typical two
up, two down in the 1950s and 60s.
Gary's dad was a welder, and after
he failed to get into rather, his
first job was at a sports shop in
Peckham. Nil by mouth was written
and erected by Gary Oldman, inspired
by his early London life. Part of
the film was shot in the pub where
his dad was a regular.
Dickens had a
room here as well, which was
inhabited while one of his
mistresses, so I've heard. So the
pub has a long kind of artistic,
Many of the young team members at
Millwall Football Club in the 50s
lived in the Oldman's small Cottage.
His mum took them in as Borders in
one of the most successful periods
of the club's history, but it did
not turn a young Gary's head away
People are still doing
that job for us, looking after the
young scholars. After the war,
taking the kids in and giving them
the chance to become a footballer.
Obviously didn't work for Gary come
he has become an actor instead.
that seems to have gone quite well.
Sarah Harris, BBC London news.
Congratulations to him. Let's
checked on the weather with Chris
Is not as cold as it has been for
sure compared with the weather last
week but today we have seen a lot of
cloud in the sky. Let's take a look
at the forecast. This was how things
looked in Twickenham. A pew breaks
in the cloud and a massive fly as
well probably on the lens. The next
24 hours, this weather system moves
up from the south-west. Most should
stay aware from us but just a few
showers skirting in across the likes
of Surrey, Hampshire, and they will
probably just flirt in the western
parts of London for a time. However,
this rain will be clearing
northwards. If you are unlucky
enough to catch a shower over the
next hour or two, it will clear
through, and then essentially the
rest of the night sees the cloud
breaking up and we will see clearer
skies coming in. Underneath the
clear skies later in the night it
will turn out to be quite a chilly
night, temperatures in High Wycombe
getting down to about three degrees.
I wouldn't mind betting there would
be a few colder places perhaps
towards Surrey and Hampshire where
we could see Temer just getting
close to freezing. A fine start to
the day for most of us have a fair
amount of sunshine. The cloud will
tend to bubble up as we go through
the day. For most of us it stays
dry, just an outside chance of a
passing shower but foremost a dry
day, temperatures reaching a high of
12. The cold weather firmly behind
at the weather front will skirt in
towards our area. We might find
Wednesday morning starts off on a
wet note with the rain rather more
extensive across eastern parts of
the region in particular. But it
should clear through and then we
will see those clouds brightening
up. Temperature-wise, highs of 9
degrees, so turning just a little
bit cooler or so, but for most of
the rest of this week, even into the
weekend, it will stay on the mild
weekend, it will stay on the mild
An update on the main story, Thames
Water has a follower jazzed after
thousands of Londoners still do not
have water following burst water
pipes following the bad weather last
week. A company spokesman told us
that supplies should return by the
end of this evening. You can get
more on the day's stories on London
on our website, Facebook page and
Twitter. Victoria Hollins will be
back with the late news, so from me
and all the team, thank you for
watching and have a lovely evening,