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That's all from the BBC News at Six,

so it's goodbye from me

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Tonight on BBC London News.

so it's goodbye from me

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Thousands are without water

for a fourth day despite being given

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assurances that the problem

would be fixed.

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Where all the hospital people live,

there is no water at all, not a

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drop. Nothing coming out, nothing to

do, for them to shower with.

My

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neighbour is an elderly woman, 90

years old, so she can't collect

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water herself.

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The Government wants greater

compensation for residents.

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I'll be speaking

to Thames Water live.

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Also tonight...

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A murder inquiry is launched

after a mother of two

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is found dead at her

Twickenham home.

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The woman was

Twickenham home.

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The woman was found

Twickenham home.

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The woman was found dead

Twickenham home.

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The woman was found dead with

Twickenham home.

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The woman was found dead with stab

Twickenham home.

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The woman was found dead with stab

wounds yesterday evening. Her

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husband and two sons were discovered

dead on a Sussex beach.

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Solidarity for ever!

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Strike action

at London's universities,

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leaving some students demanding

refunds on their fees.

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And visiting London

for the first time -

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the Picasso paintings

on display at Tate Modern.

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Good evening and welcome

to the programme

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with me, Louisa Preston.

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First tonight, Thames Water

gave assurances on its

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First tonight, Thames Water

gave assurances on this

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programme that running water

would be restored to thousands

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of homes in south London.

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But despite that promise,

around 5000 homes

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are having to cope for a fourth day

without the most

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crucial of amenities.

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Now the Government wants the water

company to pay residents

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a greater compensation fee.

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Here's Ayesha Bakhsh.

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One of several emergency

collection points for London

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One of several emergency collection

points for Londoners

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still without water.

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Last night, Thames Water

told BBC London that

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supplies would be back on,

but that hasn't happened.

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Just before I came in,

there were really encouraging signs.

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As we go through the evening tonight

I believe all customers will be back

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on the supply by the end

of this evening.

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And locals here in Streatham say

they are still frustrated.

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How many days have

you been without water?

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It went on Saturday night.

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So, yeah, we've not had any water

since Saturday night.

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We came down on Sunday morning,

Sunday afternoon, and waited

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here for an hour for water

to be delivered.

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And there wasn't any.

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St George's Grove, where all

the hospital people live,

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there's no water at all.

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Not a drop, nothing coming out,

nothing to do, for them

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to shower with, drink,

put the kettle on.

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There's no toilets

being able to be used.

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Who are you collecting for?

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Myself, my family and my neighbours.

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My neighbour is an elderly woman.

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She is 90 years old so can't come

to collect water herself.

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Local schools in the area

were forced to close.

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And while the water supply has

returned to some streets,

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others are still forced to rely

on bottled water.

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The manager of this restaurant

on Streatham High Road has been

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delivering to those unable to get

to collection points

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and supporting his neighbours.

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We are basically here for everyone

who wants to use it.

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We're not picking anyone out

in particular, but those who can't

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actually come down to the site,

the elderly and infirm,

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those with small children,

we are there to bring the water

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up to them.

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The business comes secondary now.

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We had no staff come

in because we are not open.

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We have basically thought,

let's turn this into a shelter

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for the people of Streatham.

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Hence why we have got bottles

of water everywhere,

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we have toilets opened up

for the community.

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And we will be open throughout

the night for people

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to use our facilities if the supply

doesn't come back.

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And the issue was also raised

in Parliament today by local MPs.

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Under the Water Industry

Guaranteed Services Scheme,

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most of my constituents will only

get compensation of £20 if they have

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been without water for 48 hours.

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And they can get a further £10

per 24 hours after that point.

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Frankly, Mr Speaker,

I think that is an insult.

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Mr Speaker, he will recognise those

are the minimum requirements,

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and that's why I made it clear

on my phone call today

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with the chief executives,

particularly thinking of the areas

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where people are being

severely affected, and that

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includes his constituents,

so I believe the incident is now

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isolated to SW 16 and 17,

the areas he represents.

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Absolutely, I do expect Thames Water

to go far beyond that in making sure

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they redress the balance.

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The government has already

said water companies

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could face tough regulations.

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And the water regulator Ofwat says

they have been warned time and time

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again to plan ahead better.

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Ayesha Bakhsh, BBC London News.

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We can talk to Jerry White, Senior

operations manager at Thames Water.

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Thank you for joining us on the

programme this evening. On the

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programme yesterday, you said all

customers would have their water

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back on by last night. We know that

hasn't happened. Why not?

The steps

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we took yesterday afternoon and into

the evening were looking really

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encouraging. Just before I went on

air last night, it looks like the

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situation was improving. About

midway through the evening, things

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didn't go as we were expecting and

things didn't really improve much

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beyond where we got to buy about

8pm. More problems were found last

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night. It's been a very complex

issue, compounding issues have led

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to such a longer duration. Is not

normally the case like this.

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Normally there is a simple burst, we

fix it and everything comes back

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into the supply. This has been a

very complex issue, taking much

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longer than we thought and we

apologise for customers who have

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been impacted for a long period.

It's a complex issue and it's taking

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longer than you thought. The

government says you should pay more

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compensation, so will you do that

for customers?

This has been such a

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difficult situation here for such a

long period, we'll take this

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incident, review it afterwards and

look to how we might improve the

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level of compensation to those

customers impacted after we have got

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everyone back in safely.

At the end

of the day, people are losing money

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because of your fault. Children

can't go to nursery is because there

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is no water there, parents are

having to take time off work. As we

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saw on the report, businesses are

shutting. This isn't good enough, is

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it?

We are going to look at this

incident after everything is

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concluded and make sure we can learn

from any mistakes that have been

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made or areas where we can get

better. That includes how we deal

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with some of those vulnerable

customers and how we will compensate

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people who have been impacted in any

way.

We have also heard today from

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the industry watchdog saying that

you were not prepared for this. You

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have had many problems in the past

and you would have known this was

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coming, you knew the bad weather was

coming, so why will you not

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prepared?

We were prepared, I think.

We had spent all the preceding weeks

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to the cold weather last week

ramping up resources and getting

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four by fours to travel at getting

people around the region and many

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other resources have been ramped up.

But the unprecedented change over

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Saturday night from the freeze to

the thaw impacted us hard. And only

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in a couple of locations.

Unfortunately Streatham was hit

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really hard with a really complex

problem which has led to the

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protracted nature of the outage of

water here. The rest of the region

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and the other 9 million customers we

have served have largely been kept

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in supply and we have been doing

lots of repairs around the region to

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ensure that remains that way.

Cold-weather happens every year, as

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we know. This just isn't good enough

for customers who are on their

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fourth day without water, they can't

wash children. Vulnerable customers

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without the basic amenity of water.

Yes, we would agree with that. This

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has not been good enough. Our

response is not where we wanted it

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to beat this very difficult

situation. That's why we want to

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take what happened here and build it

into learning from this event so we

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can do better next time.

Thank you

for joining tonight.

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A murder investigation is underway

after a woman has been

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found dead at her home in Twickenham

and the bodies of her

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husband and two boys

discovered in East Sussex.

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Let's get more on this

with our reporter Tolu Adeoye.

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What more can you tell us?

Police

are still here this evening. We have

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seen forensic teams working away

throughout the day. Police were

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first called here yesterday at

around 6pm. Someone had raised

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concerns about the welfare of the

family who live at the property set

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back behind the police van. Police

forced their way into the property

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and discovered a woman in her 40s

dead, she had been stabbed. They

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started making enquiries as to the

whereabouts of her family. Meanwhile

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in Sussex, police discovered the

body of three people. Two boys and a

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man aged 57. They made contact with

the Met police, which is how these

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incidents are linked. It appears the

family are not well known in the

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area but this is what a neighbour

told me earlier.

I didn't know

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anyone had actually moved in. I saw

some Christmas lights go up at

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Christmas, but I didn't see anyone

coming in or out or anything. It's a

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huge shock, you don't expect it to

happen on your doorstep.

There has

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been no formal identification as

yet, but police say the three bodies

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found are likely to be the immediate

family of the woman discovered here.

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Postmortem examinations will take

place on or four bodies. The Met

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will lead the investigation working

with Sussex Police, and Sussex

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Police are carrying on their own

separate enquiries. No arrests have

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yet been made and at this early

stage police are not looking for

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anyone else in connection with this

murder. But they say they want to

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speak to anyone with any

information. Next of kin has been

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informed, but we'd still don't know

who this family were.

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Still to come this evening...

A

sticky problem on our streets. Could

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this bubble gum bin be the start of

a chewing gum litter revolution?

And

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if you managed to dodge the showers

today and keep the sunshine, it

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felt, dare I say it, almost like

spring. But how long will it last?

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More details coming up.

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Now, should students be refunded

if their lecturers go on strike?

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A number of London's universities

have been hit by industrial action

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and walk-outs are expected over

the coming weeks.

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Students though are divided,

some are backing the strikes

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but others want some

of their tuition fees back.

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Here's our Education

Reporter, Marc Ashdown.

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Support on the picket

Reporter, Marc Ashdown.

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Support on the picket lines

Reporter, Marc Ashdown.

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Support on the picket lines this

Reporter, Marc Ashdown.

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Support on the picket lines this

morning. Hundreds of lecturers

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across London were on strike. They

say plans by universities to change

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their pensions are unfair.

It's hard

to remember a group of employers who

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have played their hand in a worse

way than the vice chancellors. There

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is a big gap opening up between what

I think are a group of fairly out of

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touch people, who are trying to

impose something that is going to

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really damage universities.

The

union claims changes would cost the

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average academic £10,000 per year.

But universities say there is a £6

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billion black hole in the pension

scheme. So far, 115,000 students

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have signed a petition in support of

lecturers. Here are just a few. This

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protest performance, reading the

work of their lecturers all day

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long, is to raise money to support

them.

The mood is definitely one of

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solidarity. Our lecturers are what

make this university happen.

These

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lecturers here today will not get

paid because they are on strike. But

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Kings has broken ranks with other

universities to say it will not gain

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any financial benefit from these

salary savings. Instead, it is

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setting up a fund with a view to

compensate students are cancelled

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classes. It's not yet clear how that

would work and kings did not want to

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comment further. Of the road at the

School of Oriental and African

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studies, these students think a plan

like that is unworkable.

It's really

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difficult for me to say, I want £300

back for each lecture I miss. How do

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you measure the knowledge that you

consume within a lecture or

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tutorial?

There is money that will

be saved as a result of the strike,

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so we are pushing for that to be

taken into the hardship fund.

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Universities UK said they are ready

and willing for more talks and said

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they are committed to exploring

affordable and viable options to

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resolve the dispute.

Solidarity for

ever!

Is this damaging the

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reputation abroad? The Chinese

government wrote to ministers urging

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them to intervene on behalf of their

170,000 students here.

It's not

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fair, we have put a lot of money,

especially people in our country, to

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come here to study. They just want

to study and communicate.

More talks

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are plans to untangle this mess but

more strikes as well.

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A review into the death

of a five-year-old, who died

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after a tree trunk holding a swing

fell on her, has concluded

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the council won't be prosecuted.

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Alexia Walenkaki's mother claimed

Tower Hamlets' annual inspection

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of Mile End Park hadn't taken place

for almost two years.

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Today, the CPS upheld

an earlier decision,

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saying there was a lack

of evidence to prosecute.

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South-eastern has announced any

passengers stranded on trains for

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more than two hours will get

compensation. Hundreds of passengers

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were stranded in Lewisham on Friday

night and power had to be turned off

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when passengers forced open the

doors and walked on the tracks. An

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investigation is taking place to

find out what happened.

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A new multi-million pound science

park at the University of Reading

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has opened its doors to businesses.

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Around 400 people are employed

by the first companies

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that are moving in.

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But as development continues

over the next 20 years,

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it's expected to support 5,000 jobs.

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Six months after controversially

being introduced into several London

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boroughsm nearly 75% of council

tenants who claim universal credit

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are now behind with their rent.

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It was supposed to simplify

the benefits system,

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but critics say the credit has

delayed payments, which

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pushes some of London's

poorest people into debt.

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Here's our political

editor, Tim Donovan.

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You're suffering, you're

getting into debt.

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You're health's declining

because you're not eating right.

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You've got no money,

you're borrowing money from family.

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So you're going into a personal zone

where you start to feel

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a little bit embarrassed.

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Shirley was put on universal

credit when she moved

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into her new council

flat in Peckham.

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12 weeks it took to sort

out her money, but that time

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So that was 12 weeks without money.

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12 weeks without paying

my rent every week.

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12 weeks without paying

my television licence.

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All I could borrow money

for was for food and gas.

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I couldn't say to my friends

and that - oh, well,

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pay for my bank loan and pay

for my TV Licence.

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So it just mounted.

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These six boroughs are

the first in London to roll

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out universal credit -

Croydon, Hammersmith,

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Hounslow, Southwark,

Sutton and Tower Hamlets.

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9,379 of their council

tenants are in arrears.

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That's 73%, nearly three quarters

of those on universal credit.

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Yeah, I've just received a letter

from the council saying

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I owe them, £1,600.78.

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Desmond sought help here from his

local advice centre in Peckham.

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Problems with his claim mean he owes

£1,600 in back rent,

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and a letter's arrived warning

of the risk of eviction.

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What's it like when you get

a letter like that?

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It's very, how can I put it,

stressful because Aa

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roof over your head,

that's the most important thing.

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So it's really stressful.

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One safety net is the

borough's food bank.

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They say here the vast majority

of people coming for food

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are on universal credit.

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People are going on to universal

credit and suddenly they go

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into this different place of fear,

where they can't work out what's

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happening with their money,

what's happening, what's coming

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in with their money,

and trying to help them into work

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becomes a much harder situation

at the moment.

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There are more than 110,000

people in London currently

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claiming universal credit.

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These figures we have

for council tenants,

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who've fallen behind

with their rent, are only part

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of the picture because they don't

take into account tenants

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in the private rented

sector who are in arrears.

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We're seeing more and more

in Southwark that people

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are struggling with their rent.

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What we want to be able to do

is work with people earlier.

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Help them to get

through that process.

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Help them to avoid being evicted

by their landlords.

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So if they would work more

constructively with us

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and share more information,

we would be able to do that and do

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more homelessness prevention work.

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The government's recently taken

seven days off the wait time

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and offered a fortnight's

extra housing benefit.

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The aim is to ease the situation

for new claimants, though it's

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pressing ahead with universal

credit, saying it will help people

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like Shirley back into work,

help them pay their rent

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and improve their lives.

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Tim Donovan, BBC London News.

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Next: you see it everywhere

when you walk around

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the streets of the capital.

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Chewing gum costs UK councils

around £50 million pounds

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each year to clean up.

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Now, a London designer has come up

with an idea to collect what we chew

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and turn it into useful objects.

0:17:320:17:33

Wendy Hurrell has been

finding out more.

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What's to do with

chewed chewing gum?

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It's blasted off our streets

at great expense by councils.

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Or there are attempts to stop it

getting there in the first place.

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Can I give you the papers

to wrap it up into so that,

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I don't know, do you swallow or...

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It's even turned into art.

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Ben Wilson has been painting

miniatures on the unsightly

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splodges for years.

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He's becone quite a celeb

since we filmed him in 2005.

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And then there's this, it's called

gumdrop.

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They're popping up

around the capital.

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This one at the British Library.

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It's a special bin which itself

is made from recycled chewing

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gum because this stuff

is synthetic rubber.

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It's basically a plastic,

which means once it's chewed it

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should be possible to make it

into something else.

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One woman, at the Design Museum,

in West London, has been

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trying to find out how.

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I could find pretty much programmes

for recycling for a lot

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of the litters apart from a piece

of chewing gum that I picked up.

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Now she has a process where the gum

from her bins is taken

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to a recycling plant,

mixed with other recycled plastics

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and then squirted into moulds.

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So, discarded gum is transformed

into more bins and also

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reusable coffee cups.

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Gum boots and shoes

with snazzy soles.

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I do believe that through right

design we can actually change

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the way people behave.

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We'll be seeing more pink bins

on London's streets,

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surely a better place to drop gum.

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Wendy Hurrell, BBC London News.

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You can see more of that

on the BBC News website.

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The address is on the screen now.

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Yesterday we brought

you the story of the man

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who uses his inflatable

bike to pick out plastic

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from London's rivers.

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Today, we're meeting

another plastic warrior.

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Bettina Maidment is on a drive

to completely rid her

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home of plastic waste.

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Alpa Patel has met her to see

how she's doing it.

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Bettina is a mum of two

and this is Dexter,

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her two-year-old son.

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Since last year, the family have

been trying to kick their plastic

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habit, replacing bottles of shampoos

and gels for more

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friendlier products.

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I'd hate to think that my boys grow

up in a world where they know

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nothing but a polluted planet.

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Bettina has even shaken

up her handsoap.

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She now makes it at home and then

stores it in an old bottle.

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I guess I'm quite strict.

0:20:060:20:07

We just had toys at birthday and...

0:20:070:20:09

KNOCKING AT THE DOOR.

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An interruption.

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Hey!

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How's it going?

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Good, how are you?

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It's her home delivery

of vegetables, almost

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entirely plastic-free.

0:20:160:20:19

And none of it is

wrapped in plastic?

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Yeah, so it's brilliant.

0:20:210:20:23

They're slso really committed

to cutting down on their plastic

0:20:230:20:26

waste, so it doesn't all have

to be hard work.

0:20:260:20:28

You know, I get veggies

delivered to me.

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Grape?

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Yes, please!

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But does all of this

come at a higher cost?

0:20:320:20:35

There are certain things

which are going to be more

0:20:350:20:38

expensive, but other things

are cheaper, so it

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kind of balances out.

0:20:400:20:42

I've worked out that,

over the course of the year,

0:20:420:20:45

my spending, food-wise,

hasn't actually increased.

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And the family have

made real progress.

0:20:470:20:51

Take the fridge, for instance,

now almost 90% plastic free.

0:20:510:20:54

So, as you can see, a lot of glass.

0:20:550:21:01

So plastic milk bottles went out

for glass, delivered by the milkman.

0:21:010:21:04

This was bought from the deli

as well, just took the jar

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and they filled it up.

0:21:070:21:08

In the food cupboard,

items like rice are bought

0:21:080:21:10

loose in the shop and put

in a reusable bag.

0:21:100:21:14

It means plastic packaging

is at a bare minimum here.

0:21:140:21:19

This, the family's total plastic

waste since Christmas.

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In the next room, we have

a look at Dexter's toys.

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Almost all wooden.

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Although today, and despite his

mother's appeals, he'd rather play

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on his plastic tractor.

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The rug!

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Reverse!

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What about your children?

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Because what if they want that

chocolate bar wrapped in plastic?

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What do you say to them?

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No.

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LAUGHTER.

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It's really simple.

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You know, I'm their parent,

and they're my kids.

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I think kids need

boundaries, you know?

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I'm not...

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You know, I'm not a total grinch.

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I don't say no all the time.

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My kids are healthy, happy,

well-adjusted normal children,

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but they can have an alternative.

0:21:590:22:04

For me personally, I could never go

back to living the way I did before.

0:22:040:22:07

It just doesn't sit right any more

and it's just onwards

0:22:070:22:11

and upwards from here.

0:22:110:22:19

Alpa Patel, BBC London News.

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It's being billed as a once

in a lifetime exhibition

0:22:220:22:25

of his work and one of Tate Modern's

most significant shows ever.

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Picasso 1932 will see some

of the artist's greatest

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work brought to the UK

for the first time.

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It will also include a painting

of his mistress, which recently sold

0:22:320:22:35

for £50 million.

0:22:350:22:36

David Sillito has

been to take a look.

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It's almost showing off,

most artists would only ever

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have the honour of a Tate show

with a retrospective

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of their entire life's work,

this Picasso exhibition is just

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what he made in one year - 1932.

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Of course, we've had major Picasso

shows before in London.

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ARCHIVE:

London's Tate

gallery honours Picasso,

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the man who painted this,

in 1895, and has gone

0:23:030:23:05

on painting ever since.

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Without doubt the century's

greatest artist, though

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perhaps the most puzzling,

to some people anyway.

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60 years on, we may not question

the style in quite the same way,

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but the more we know of his life

provokes other questions.

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In 1932 Picasso was married

to Olga Khokhlova, but the face

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in the paintings isn't Olga,

it's Marie-Therese Walter,

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she was 17 and Picasso was in his

late 40s when their affair began.

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There's no question about Picasso's

genius, but do you ever find

0:23:360:23:39

yourself uncomfortable with the man?

0:23:390:23:40

Most artists are complex

and complicated human

0:23:400:23:43

beings and I would say,

what this means in particular,

0:23:430:23:50

is that they show their

complication very openingly.

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And part of what artists do,

and what Picasso certainly did,

0:23:530:23:55

is to put all the contradictions out

there.

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But one thing remains unchanged,

Picasso's place in the art world.

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The London art market has

in recent weeks been

0:24:040:24:06

fizzing with Picasso sales,

records have tumble

0:24:060:24:12

and this exhibition is just

a snapshot of one year.

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When you add it altogether,

we're moving from a world

0:24:150:24:17

of millions into billions.

0:24:170:24:18

David Sillito, BBC London News.

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Now let's check on the weather

with Louise Lear.

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It is more spring-like,en?

It was a

brief respite I suspect today there.

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Are showery outbreaks of rain to

come.

It was lovely for many of us

0:24:330:24:37

today. We started off cloudy. The

cloud broke up, the sunshine came

0:24:370:24:40

through. If you managed to dodge the

showers, it felt almost spring like

0:24:400:24:44

out there. As you can see from

Twickenham earlier on this

0:24:440:24:48

afternoon. All the weather action

was further north. We have not got

0:24:480:24:50

rid of the snow quite just yet.

There was is significant snow across

0:24:500:24:54

central and northern Scotland. Look

at the London area, the cloud broke

0:24:540:24:58

up and it was quite pleasant. We

keep some well broken cloud through

0:24:580:25:02

the evening tonight. So that means

that temperatures are likely to fall

0:25:020:25:06

away. Still the risk of an isolated

shower.

0:25:060:25:09

They should fade away up to the

north. With clearer skies, to the

0:25:090:25:12

north and west, we could get those

temperatures falling close to

0:25:120:25:15

freezing. But by the end of the

night, this could be a little bit

0:25:150:25:20

tricky, central and eastern areas

really, really to the east of the

0:25:200:25:25

Greenwich Meridian there could be

more cloud. It could break outbreaks

0:25:250:25:29

of rain through the day. It could be

further west. It looks likely at the

0:25:290:25:34

minute to stay in hes sex is and

Kent. The further west, breaks in

0:25:340:25:37

cloud and sunshine coming through.

Temperatures now starting to

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respond. We could see double digits.

So that will be very nice indeed.

0:25:400:25:44

With a light westerly wind it will

certainly feel much better than we

0:25:440:25:48

had this time last week. A little

bit of cloud, a risk of a shower

0:25:480:25:52

perhaps into Thursday. Relatively

quiet story in comparison to what we

0:25:520:25:55

have seen. Then things are likely to

change as we move out of Thursday.

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Enjoy the double digits if you can.

We could see rain arriving into

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Friday. It's this area of low

pressure. It will take its time. It

0:26:030:26:07

will bring a spell of wet weather

and it may linger for a time and it

0:26:070:26:12

will though introduce something a

little bit milder still. For the

0:26:120:26:16

next few days looking somewhat like

this. Some rain around Friday into

0:26:160:26:19

Saturday, but as you can see,

temperatures will peak at around 12

0:26:190:26:24

or 13 degrees all due to the wind

direction. So it does look as though

0:26:240:26:28

it will be largely quiet for the

next few days, but some rain to come

0:26:280:26:32

for the start of the weekend.

Louise. Oh, dear. Thank you

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for the start of the weekend.

Louise. Oh, dear. Thank you very

0:26:370:26:37

much, Louise.

0:26:370:26:39

Now the main headlines:

0:26:390:26:40

Counter terrorist police are now

leading the investigation

0:26:400:26:42

into the suspected poisoning

of a former Russian

0:26:420:26:44

spy and his daughter.

0:26:440:26:48

Both are critically ill.

0:26:480:26:50

Thousands of people are still

without water for a third

0:26:500:26:57

-- fourth

0:26:570:26:58

-- fourth

0:26:580:26:59

day in parts of the UK

after frozen pipes burst.

0:26:590:27:02

Water companies have continued work

to restore supplies to homes

0:27:020:27:04

and businesses in London,

Kent, Sussex and Wales.

0:27:040:27:05

A woman has been found

stabbed to death

0:27:050:27:07

at her home in Twickenham,

an hour after the bodies

0:27:070:27:10

of her husband and two sons

were discovered at the foot

0:27:100:27:12

of cliffs in Eastbourne.

0:27:120:27:13

Police say they're not

looking for anyone else

0:27:130:27:18

in connection with the case.

0:27:180:27:21

Food companies are being

told they must cut

0:27:210:27:22

the calories in their products

by a fifth within six years.

0:27:220:27:26

The Government says legislation

is an option if they don't comply.

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That's it, I'll be back later

during the Ten O'Clock News,

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but for now, from everyone

on the team, have a lovely evening.

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Goodbye.

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