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New figures released by City Hall show that hundreds of people
sleeping rough on the streets are former servicemen.
The Mayor has pledged to help them, saying he'll spend an additional
It's just a week since this former serviceman walked into this hostel.
After a year of sleeping rough in London.
He asked us to hide his identity to protect his family.
He says there are many more like him.
Without the structure of the military, life
I could take you to Westminster now and show you ten or 12 that I know
He thought because he was a former serviceman,
he would get more help in London but what he found instead
was that he was sent to the back of the queue.
I went into Westminster county council
offices and basically I was told, you can get
but if you're a single man with no addictions, you're looking
at a 20 year wait on the
In the last eight years, the number of people sleeping
rough in London has doubled and the proportion
This hostel alone has 155 people currently staying here.
The mayor has said ?4.2 million is to be spent directly
2 million will go to help 350 regular rough sleepers, 1.9
million will help recent rough sleepers, and ?340,000 will go
towards a so-called pan-London clearing house.
We are bringing together all the different players,
whether that is councils, voluntary sector, homeless charities and
central government and other agencies, to work out how best to
help the different kinds of people who end up rough sleeping.
Neil is a former soldier who has also slept rough.
Now he works bringing ex-military off the streets.
It is not going anywhere near far enough to
help eradicate the problem that there is in London.
First, to give people security of homes, there
Just yesterday, a man sleeping rough behind
Trafalgar Square was the
The mayor said in one of the wealthiest cities on
earth, homelessness is a source of shame.
Two 17-year-old boys have died after a crash in Leigh
on Sea after being pursued by a police patrol car.
The Independent Police Complaints Commission is now
Two other teenagers in the car who were injured have been arrested.
Talks aimed at averting a 24-hour strike on London Underground broke
Members of the RMT and TSSA unions are set to walk out on January 8th,
next Sunday, in a long-running dispute over job losses
Further talks are now planned for next Wednesday after tube
managers said they needed more time before putting a new deal forward.
Families left homeless after a fire ripped through their west London
The blaze, in August, was caused by a faulty
It was back in August when the DeFreitas family's
A London Fire Brigade investigation concluded it was sparked
The company behind the tumble dryer, Whirlpool, say they are still
Meanwhile, the family are still living in temporary accommodation,
It's been months and it's been very frustrating, you know.
Your world has been turned upside down, in a sense,
Of the 27 households who had to move out, 17 are now back in.
Chantelle was home in time for Christmas, but still
We had to sort of pay to purchase clothes and stuff.
We weren't allowed home for six weeks to get anything.
But nobody wants to take responsibility for that.
Whirlpool says its thoughts are with all those affected.
It has identified tumble-dryer models which need repairs
and may pose a fire risk, but it has told its customers
they can continue to use them, as long as they are not left
But the solicitors representing the tenants affected by
The concept that people have to stay with their tumble dryers in order
for them to be safe whilst in use is pretty ludicrous.
I don't think anyone would consider that that's acceptable.
You know, the obligation is on manufacturers to get
Consumers are buying products and they expect them to be safe.
That is an obligation that manufacturers have in law.
This is one of the machines that has been on the affected list.
The London Fire Brigade has also warned people against using models
They say this could have been much worse than people
Let's have a look at the weather now with Tomasz Schafernaker.
Watch out for the fog tonight, or tomorrow morning for most of us
It could be very dense, particularly outside of London,
but even in central areas, it could be dense.
You might have to scrape that windscreen first thing.
This time of year when the fog forms, sometimes it doesn't
want to shift and if it sticks around all day,
Temperatures will be two or three degrees above freezing
By the Thames, it should be around 6 degrees.
I don't think the fog is going to stick around.
Friday, there could be fog in the morning.
Later in the afternoon, that fog should disperse and then
we are left with cloud and if we are lucky,
We'll be back tomorrow morning in Breakfast.
As we have seen today, the weather can be a thing of real beauty, but
also a real menace. Lovely shot taken this afternoon in Berkshire,
the sun lighting up the hillsides, with dense fog. And that fog is
dangerous. It is becoming up right now, with warnings out from the Met
Office. -- it is thickening right now. Not a pretty sight across
England, East Wales tomorrow morning. Dense patches of freezing
fog. Nor for all. Slippery surfaces. Take it easy on the roads. In the
far north of England, and Scotland and Northern Ireland, not so chilly.
And some drizzly rain across the Western Highlands and the islands.
These continued through the day on a brisk wind. Elsewhere, the winds
will be liked and that is the problem, because there was no wind
to shift that fog. Where do you have got fog, it could stick around for
much of that of. In