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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
Thousands are without water
for a fourth day despite being given
assurances that the problem
would be fixed.
Where all the hospital people live,
there is no water at all, not a
drop. Nothing coming out, nothing to
do, for them to shower with.
neighbour is an elderly woman, 90
years old, so she can't collect
The Government wants greater
compensation for residents.
I'll be speaking
to Thames Water live.
A murder inquiry is launched
after a mother of two
is found dead at her
The woman was
The woman was found
The woman was found dead
The woman was found dead with
The woman was found dead with stab
The woman was found dead with stab
wounds yesterday evening. Her
husband and two sons were discovered
dead on a Sussex beach.
Solidarity for ever!
at London's universities,
leaving some students demanding
refunds on their fees.
And visiting London
for the first time -
the Picasso paintings
on display at Tate Modern.
Good evening and welcome
to the programme
with me, Louisa Preston.
First tonight, Thames Water
gave assurances on its
First tonight, Thames Water
gave assurances on this
programme that running water
would be restored to thousands
of homes in south London.
But despite that promise,
around 5000 homes
are having to cope for a fourth day
without the most
crucial of amenities.
Now the Government wants the water
company to pay residents
a greater compensation fee.
Here's Ayesha Bakhsh.
One of several emergency
collection points for London
One of several emergency collection
points for Londoners
still without water.
Last night, Thames Water
told BBC London that
supplies would be back on,
but that hasn't happened.
Just before I came in,
there were really encouraging signs.
As we go through the evening tonight
I believe all customers will be back
on the supply by the end
of this evening.
And locals here in Streatham say
they are still frustrated.
How many days have
you been without water?
It went on Saturday night.
So, yeah, we've not had any water
since Saturday night.
We came down on Sunday morning,
Sunday afternoon, and waited
here for an hour for water
to be delivered.
And there wasn't any.
St George's Grove, where all
the hospital people live,
there's no water at all.
Not a drop, nothing coming out,
nothing to do, for them
to shower with, drink,
put the kettle on.
There's no toilets
being able to be used.
Who are you collecting for?
Myself, my family and my neighbours.
My neighbour is an elderly woman.
She is 90 years old so can't come
to collect water herself.
Local schools in the area
were forced to close.
And while the water supply has
returned to some streets,
others are still forced to rely
on bottled water.
The manager of this restaurant
on Streatham High Road has been
delivering to those unable to get
to collection points
and supporting his neighbours.
We are basically here for everyone
who wants to use it.
We're not picking anyone out
in particular, but those who can't
actually come down to the site,
the elderly and infirm,
those with small children,
we are there to bring the water
up to them.
The business comes secondary now.
We had no staff come
in because we are not open.
We have basically thought,
let's turn this into a shelter
for the people of Streatham.
Hence why we have got bottles
of water everywhere,
we have toilets opened up
for the community.
And we will be open throughout
the night for people
to use our facilities if the supply
doesn't come back.
And the issue was also raised
in Parliament today by local MPs.
Under the Water Industry
Guaranteed Services Scheme,
most of my constituents will only
get compensation of £20 if they have
been without water for 48 hours.
And they can get a further £10
per 24 hours after that point.
Frankly, Mr Speaker,
I think that is an insult.
Mr Speaker, he will recognise those
are the minimum requirements,
and that's why I made it clear
on my phone call today
with the chief executives,
particularly thinking of the areas
where people are being
severely affected, and that
includes his constituents,
so I believe the incident is now
isolated to SW 16 and 17,
the areas he represents.
Absolutely, I do expect Thames Water
to go far beyond that in making sure
they redress the balance.
The government has already
said water companies
could face tough regulations.
And the water regulator Ofwat says
they have been warned time and time
again to plan ahead better.
Ayesha Bakhsh, BBC London News.
We can talk to Jerry White, Senior
operations manager at Thames Water.
Thank you for joining us on the
programme this evening. On the
programme yesterday, you said all
customers would have their water
back on by last night. We know that
hasn't happened. Why not?
we took yesterday afternoon and into
the evening were looking really
encouraging. Just before I went on
air last night, it looks like the
situation was improving. About
midway through the evening, things
didn't go as we were expecting and
things didn't really improve much
beyond where we got to buy about
8pm. More problems were found last
night. It's been a very complex
issue, compounding issues have led
to such a longer duration. Is not
normally the case like this.
Normally there is a simple burst, we
fix it and everything comes back
into the supply. This has been a
very complex issue, taking much
longer than we thought and we
apologise for customers who have
been impacted for a long period.
It's a complex issue and it's taking
longer than you thought. The
government says you should pay more
compensation, so will you do that
This has been such a
difficult situation here for such a
long period, we'll take this
incident, review it afterwards and
look to how we might improve the
level of compensation to those
customers impacted after we have got
everyone back in safely.
At the end
of the day, people are losing money
because of your fault. Children
can't go to nursery is because there
is no water there, parents are
having to take time off work. As we
saw on the report, businesses are
shutting. This isn't good enough, is
We are going to look at this
incident after everything is
concluded and make sure we can learn
from any mistakes that have been
made or areas where we can get
better. That includes how we deal
with some of those vulnerable
customers and how we will compensate
people who have been impacted in any
We have also heard today from
the industry watchdog saying that
you were not prepared for this. You
have had many problems in the past
and you would have known this was
coming, you knew the bad weather was
coming, so why will you not
We were prepared, I think.
We had spent all the preceding weeks
to the cold weather last week
ramping up resources and getting
four by fours to travel at getting
people around the region and many
other resources have been ramped up.
But the unprecedented change over
Saturday night from the freeze to
the thaw impacted us hard. And only
in a couple of locations.
Unfortunately Streatham was hit
really hard with a really complex
problem which has led to the
protracted nature of the outage of
water here. The rest of the region
and the other 9 million customers we
have served have largely been kept
in supply and we have been doing
lots of repairs around the region to
ensure that remains that way.
Cold-weather happens every year, as
we know. This just isn't good enough
for customers who are on their
fourth day without water, they can't
wash children. Vulnerable customers
without the basic amenity of water.
Yes, we would agree with that. This
has not been good enough. Our
response is not where we wanted it
to beat this very difficult
situation. That's why we want to
take what happened here and build it
into learning from this event so we
can do better next time.
for joining tonight.
A murder investigation is underway
after a woman has been
found dead at her home in Twickenham
and the bodies of her
husband and two boys
discovered in East Sussex.
Let's get more on this
with our reporter Tolu Adeoye.
What more can you tell us?
are still here this evening. We have
seen forensic teams working away
throughout the day. Police were
first called here yesterday at
around 6pm. Someone had raised
concerns about the welfare of the
family who live at the property set
back behind the police van. Police
forced their way into the property
and discovered a woman in her 40s
dead, she had been stabbed. They
started making enquiries as to the
whereabouts of her family. Meanwhile
in Sussex, police discovered the
body of three people. Two boys and a
man aged 57. They made contact with
the Met police, which is how these
incidents are linked. It appears the
family are not well known in the
area but this is what a neighbour
told me earlier.
I didn't know
anyone had actually moved in. I saw
some Christmas lights go up at
Christmas, but I didn't see anyone
coming in or out or anything. It's a
huge shock, you don't expect it to
happen on your doorstep.
been no formal identification as
yet, but police say the three bodies
found are likely to be the immediate
family of the woman discovered here.
Postmortem examinations will take
place on or four bodies. The Met
will lead the investigation working
with Sussex Police, and Sussex
Police are carrying on their own
separate enquiries. No arrests have
yet been made and at this early
stage police are not looking for
anyone else in connection with this
murder. But they say they want to
speak to anyone with any
information. Next of kin has been
informed, but we'd still don't know
who this family were.
Still to come this evening...
sticky problem on our streets. Could
this bubble gum bin be the start of
a chewing gum litter revolution?
if you managed to dodge the showers
today and keep the sunshine, it
felt, dare I say it, almost like
spring. But how long will it last?
More details coming up.
Now, should students be refunded
if their lecturers go on strike?
A number of London's universities
have been hit by industrial action
and walk-outs are expected over
the coming weeks.
Students though are divided,
some are backing the strikes
but others want some
of their tuition fees back.
Here's our Education
Reporter, Marc Ashdown.
Support on the picket
Reporter, Marc Ashdown.
Support on the picket lines
Reporter, Marc Ashdown.
Support on the picket lines this
Reporter, Marc Ashdown.
Support on the picket lines this
morning. Hundreds of lecturers
across London were on strike. They
say plans by universities to change
their pensions are unfair.
to remember a group of employers who
have played their hand in a worse
way than the vice chancellors. There
is a big gap opening up between what
I think are a group of fairly out of
touch people, who are trying to
impose something that is going to
really damage universities.
union claims changes would cost the
average academic £10,000 per year.
But universities say there is a £6
billion black hole in the pension
scheme. So far, 115,000 students
have signed a petition in support of
lecturers. Here are just a few. This
protest performance, reading the
work of their lecturers all day
long, is to raise money to support
The mood is definitely one of
solidarity. Our lecturers are what
make this university happen.
lecturers here today will not get
paid because they are on strike. But
Kings has broken ranks with other
universities to say it will not gain
any financial benefit from these
salary savings. Instead, it is
setting up a fund with a view to
compensate students are cancelled
classes. It's not yet clear how that
would work and kings did not want to
comment further. Of the road at the
School of Oriental and African
studies, these students think a plan
like that is unworkable.
difficult for me to say, I want £300
back for each lecture I miss. How do
you measure the knowledge that you
consume within a lecture or
There is money that will
be saved as a result of the strike,
so we are pushing for that to be
taken into the hardship fund.
Universities UK said they are ready
and willing for more talks and said
they are committed to exploring
affordable and viable options to
resolve the dispute.
Is this damaging the
reputation abroad? The Chinese
government wrote to ministers urging
them to intervene on behalf of their
170,000 students here.
fair, we have put a lot of money,
especially people in our country, to
come here to study. They just want
to study and communicate.
are plans to untangle this mess but
more strikes as well.
A review into the death
of a five-year-old, who died
after a tree trunk holding a swing
fell on her, has concluded
the council won't be prosecuted.
Alexia Walenkaki's mother claimed
Tower Hamlets' annual inspection
of Mile End Park hadn't taken place
for almost two years.
Today, the CPS upheld
an earlier decision,
saying there was a lack
of evidence to prosecute.
South-eastern has announced any
passengers stranded on trains for
more than two hours will get
compensation. Hundreds of passengers
were stranded in Lewisham on Friday
night and power had to be turned off
when passengers forced open the
doors and walked on the tracks. An
investigation is taking place to
find out what happened.
A new multi-million pound science
park at the University of Reading
has opened its doors to businesses.
Around 400 people are employed
by the first companies
that are moving in.
But as development continues
over the next 20 years,
it's expected to support 5,000 jobs.
Six months after controversially
being introduced into several London
boroughsm nearly 75% of council
tenants who claim universal credit
are now behind with their rent.
It was supposed to simplify
the benefits system,
but critics say the credit has
delayed payments, which
pushes some of London's
poorest people into debt.
Here's our political
editor, Tim Donovan.
You're suffering, you're
getting into debt.
You're health's declining
because you're not eating right.
You've got no money,
you're borrowing money from family.
So you're going into a personal zone
where you start to feel
a little bit embarrassed.
Shirley was put on universal
credit when she moved
into her new council
flat in Peckham.
12 weeks it took to sort
out her money, but that time
So that was 12 weeks without money.
12 weeks without paying
my rent every week.
12 weeks without paying
my television licence.
All I could borrow money
for was for food and gas.
I couldn't say to my friends
and that - oh, well,
pay for my bank loan and pay
for my TV Licence.
So it just mounted.
These six boroughs are
the first in London to roll
out universal credit -
Sutton and Tower Hamlets.
9,379 of their council
tenants are in arrears.
That's 73%, nearly three quarters
of those on universal credit.
Yeah, I've just received a letter
from the council saying
I owe them, £1,600.78.
Desmond sought help here from his
local advice centre in Peckham.
Problems with his claim mean he owes
£1,600 in back rent,
and a letter's arrived warning
of the risk of eviction.
What's it like when you get
a letter like that?
It's very, how can I put it,
stressful because Aa
roof over your head,
that's the most important thing.
So it's really stressful.
One safety net is the
borough's food bank.
They say here the vast majority
of people coming for food
are on universal credit.
People are going on to universal
credit and suddenly they go
into this different place of fear,
where they can't work out what's
happening with their money,
what's happening, what's coming
in with their money,
and trying to help them into work
becomes a much harder situation
at the moment.
There are more than 110,000
people in London currently
claiming universal credit.
These figures we have
for council tenants,
who've fallen behind
with their rent, are only part
of the picture because they don't
take into account tenants
in the private rented
sector who are in arrears.
We're seeing more and more
in Southwark that people
are struggling with their rent.
What we want to be able to do
is work with people earlier.
Help them to get
through that process.
Help them to avoid being evicted
by their landlords.
So if they would work more
constructively with us
and share more information,
we would be able to do that and do
more homelessness prevention work.
The government's recently taken
seven days off the wait time
and offered a fortnight's
extra housing benefit.
The aim is to ease the situation
for new claimants, though it's
pressing ahead with universal
credit, saying it will help people
like Shirley back into work,
help them pay their rent
and improve their lives.
Tim Donovan, BBC London News.
Next: you see it everywhere
when you walk around
the streets of the capital.
Chewing gum costs UK councils
around £50 million pounds
each year to clean up.
Now, a London designer has come up
with an idea to collect what we chew
and turn it into useful objects.
Wendy Hurrell has been
finding out more.
What's to do with
chewed chewing gum?
It's blasted off our streets
at great expense by councils.
Or there are attempts to stop it
getting there in the first place.
Can I give you the papers
to wrap it up into so that,
I don't know, do you swallow or...
It's even turned into art.
Ben Wilson has been painting
miniatures on the unsightly
splodges for years.
He's becone quite a celeb
since we filmed him in 2005.
And then there's this, it's called
They're popping up
around the capital.
This one at the British Library.
It's a special bin which itself
is made from recycled chewing
gum because this stuff
is synthetic rubber.
It's basically a plastic,
which means once it's chewed it
should be possible to make it
into something else.
One woman, at the Design Museum,
in West London, has been
trying to find out how.
I could find pretty much programmes
for recycling for a lot
of the litters apart from a piece
of chewing gum that I picked up.
Now she has a process where the gum
from her bins is taken
to a recycling plant,
mixed with other recycled plastics
and then squirted into moulds.
So, discarded gum is transformed
into more bins and also
reusable coffee cups.
Gum boots and shoes
with snazzy soles.
I do believe that through right
design we can actually change
the way people behave.
We'll be seeing more pink bins
on London's streets,
surely a better place to drop gum.
Wendy Hurrell, BBC London News.
You can see more of that
on the BBC News website.
The address is on the screen now.
Yesterday we brought
you the story of the man
who uses his inflatable
bike to pick out plastic
from London's rivers.
Today, we're meeting
another plastic warrior.
Bettina Maidment is on a drive
to completely rid her
home of plastic waste.
Alpa Patel has met her to see
how she's doing it.
Bettina is a mum of two
and this is Dexter,
her two-year-old son.
Since last year, the family have
been trying to kick their plastic
habit, replacing bottles of shampoos
and gels for more
I'd hate to think that my boys grow
up in a world where they know
nothing but a polluted planet.
Bettina has even shaken
up her handsoap.
She now makes it at home and then
stores it in an old bottle.
I guess I'm quite strict.
We just had toys at birthday and...
KNOCKING AT THE DOOR.
How's it going?
Good, how are you?
It's her home delivery
of vegetables, almost
And none of it is
wrapped in plastic?
Yeah, so it's brilliant.
They're slso really committed
to cutting down on their plastic
waste, so it doesn't all have
to be hard work.
You know, I get veggies
delivered to me.
But does all of this
come at a higher cost?
There are certain things
which are going to be more
expensive, but other things
are cheaper, so it
kind of balances out.
I've worked out that,
over the course of the year,
my spending, food-wise,
hasn't actually increased.
And the family have
made real progress.
Take the fridge, for instance,
now almost 90% plastic free.
So, as you can see, a lot of glass.
So plastic milk bottles went out
for glass, delivered by the milkman.
This was bought from the deli
as well, just took the jar
and they filled it up.
In the food cupboard,
items like rice are bought
loose in the shop and put
in a reusable bag.
It means plastic packaging
is at a bare minimum here.
This, the family's total plastic
waste since Christmas.
In the next room, we have
a look at Dexter's toys.
Almost all wooden.
Although today, and despite his
mother's appeals, he'd rather play
on his plastic tractor.
What about your children?
Because what if they want that
chocolate bar wrapped in plastic?
What do you say to them?
It's really simple.
You know, I'm their parent,
and they're my kids.
I think kids need
boundaries, you know?
You know, I'm not a total grinch.
I don't say no all the time.
My kids are healthy, happy,
well-adjusted normal children,
but they can have an alternative.
For me personally, I could never go
back to living the way I did before.
It just doesn't sit right any more
and it's just onwards
and upwards from here.
Alpa Patel, BBC London News.
It's being billed as a once
in a lifetime exhibition
of his work and one of Tate Modern's
most significant shows ever.
Picasso 1932 will see some
of the artist's greatest
work brought to the UK
for the first time.
It will also include a painting
of his mistress, which recently sold
for £50 million.
David Sillito has
been to take a look.
It's almost showing off,
most artists would only ever
have the honour of a Tate show
with a retrospective
of their entire life's work,
this Picasso exhibition is just
what he made in one year - 1932.
Of course, we've had major Picasso
shows before in London.
gallery honours Picasso,
the man who painted this,
in 1895, and has gone
on painting ever since.
Without doubt the century's
greatest artist, though
perhaps the most puzzling,
to some people anyway.
60 years on, we may not question
the style in quite the same way,
but the more we know of his life
provokes other questions.
In 1932 Picasso was married
to Olga Khokhlova, but the face
in the paintings isn't Olga,
it's Marie-Therese Walter,
she was 17 and Picasso was in his
late 40s when their affair began.
There's no question about Picasso's
genius, but do you ever find
yourself uncomfortable with the man?
Most artists are complex
and complicated human
beings and I would say,
what this means in particular,
is that they show their
complication very openingly.
And part of what artists do,
and what Picasso certainly did,
is to put all the contradictions out
But one thing remains unchanged,
Picasso's place in the art world.
The London art market has
in recent weeks been
fizzing with Picasso sales,
records have tumble
and this exhibition is just
a snapshot of one year.
When you add it altogether,
we're moving from a world
of millions into billions.
David Sillito, BBC London News.
Now let's check on the weather
with Louise Lear.
It is more spring-like,en?
It was a
brief respite I suspect today there.
Are showery outbreaks of rain to
It was lovely for many of us
today. We started off cloudy. The
cloud broke up, the sunshine came
through. If you managed to dodge the
showers, it felt almost spring like
out there. As you can see from
Twickenham earlier on this
afternoon. All the weather action
was further north. We have not got
rid of the snow quite just yet.
There was is significant snow across
central and northern Scotland. Look
at the London area, the cloud broke
up and it was quite pleasant. We
keep some well broken cloud through
the evening tonight. So that means
that temperatures are likely to fall
away. Still the risk of an isolated
They should fade away up to the
north. With clearer skies, to the
north and west, we could get those
temperatures falling close to
freezing. But by the end of the
night, this could be a little bit
tricky, central and eastern areas
really, really to the east of the
Greenwich Meridian there could be
more cloud. It could break outbreaks
of rain through the day. It could be
further west. It looks likely at the
minute to stay in hes sex is and
Kent. The further west, breaks in
cloud and sunshine coming through.
Temperatures now starting to
respond. We could see double digits.
So that will be very nice indeed.
With a light westerly wind it will
certainly feel much better than we
had this time last week. A little
bit of cloud, a risk of a shower
perhaps into Thursday. Relatively
quiet story in comparison to what we
have seen. Then things are likely to
change as we move out of Thursday.
Enjoy the double digits if you can.
We could see rain arriving into
Friday. It's this area of low
pressure. It will take its time. It
will bring a spell of wet weather
and it may linger for a time and it
will though introduce something a
little bit milder still. For the
next few days looking somewhat like
this. Some rain around Friday into
Saturday, but as you can see,
temperatures will peak at around 12
or 13 degrees all due to the wind
direction. So it does look as though
it will be largely quiet for the
next few days, but some rain to come
for the start of the weekend.
Louise. Oh, dear. Thank you
for the start of the weekend.
Louise. Oh, dear. Thank you very
Now the main headlines:
Counter terrorist police are now
leading the investigation
into the suspected poisoning
of a former Russian
spy and his daughter.
Both are critically ill.
Thousands of people are still
without water for a third
day in parts of the UK
after frozen pipes burst.
Water companies have continued work
to restore supplies to homes
and businesses in London,
Kent, Sussex and Wales.
A woman has been found
stabbed to death
at her home in Twickenham,
an hour after the bodies
of her husband and two sons
were discovered at the foot
of cliffs in Eastbourne.
Police say they're not
looking for anyone else
in connection with the case.
Food companies are being
told they must cut
the calories in their products
by a fifth within six years.
The Government says legislation
is an option if they don't comply.
That's it, I'll be back later
during the Ten O'Clock News,
but for now, from everyone
on the team, have a lovely evening.