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The Mayor has issued the capital's first "very high" pollution alert,

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under a new system for warning people about poor air quality.

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It comes on the same day that London was shrouded in fog,

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forcing the cancellation of hundreds of flights - and there could be more

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Our Environment Correspondent Tom Edwards reports on the dual problem

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London is suffering from a period of bad air quality.

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Today the mayor issued his latest alert, warning of very high

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He warned that everyone from the most vulnerable

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to the physically fit may need to reduce physical exertion.

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He also said people should use public transport.

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City Hall said the reasons behind the high levels of pollution are no

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of pollution are no -- low winds not blowing away vehicle

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London does suffer from episodes of very high pollution once or twice

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a year but this is the first time the mayor has issued an alert.

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He says he is trying to tackle the problem through policies

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like the ultralow emission zone where the polluter pays.

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Campaigners say it is not going far enough.

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City Airport this morning as thick fog disrupted many flights.

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In a terminal, delays and cancellations as passengers

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like John Pye were bussed to other airports to get flights.

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I've been told that we're being transported to Stansted by bus.

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City Airport, like many others, said it had to cancel flights as air

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traffic controllers need to leave more space between planes.

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Thames Clippers could not run at all first thing.

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This was the view from the DLR in East London.

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This was Heathrow, which also suffered thick fog.

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It had to cancel 100 flights - about 8% - in total.

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City Airport had to cancel 65, about 25%.

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At Gatwick, flights were also disrupted.

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One BBC reporter was stuck on a plane for over two hours.

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The problem started with the fog, which delayed

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As passengers decided they want to get off,

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presumably because it wasn't worth making the journey, Gatwick seems

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to have found they do not have the staff to escort passengers

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More fog is forecast for tomorrow morning which could again cause

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Several people have been taken to hospital after a huge explosion

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It happened in Hornchurch earlier this evening.

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Residents were evacuated from their homes and local closed.

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Andy Moore is here with more on this.

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residents were watching the residents were watching the

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operation. Others were sheltering in a local McDonald's. The explosion

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happened around 5pm. The seat of it was a ground floor corner flat. All

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three stories above it were blown out. A lot of damage and a big

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response by emergency services. Ten fire engines there are at one stage.

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Debris blown across the road. The main arterial road was closed for

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several hours. 41 flats have been evacuated and a lot of people have

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found places to stay with friends or relatives. Do we know anything about

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those who were injured? Born -- four people were taken to hospital. One

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was a priority case. One person made their own way to a local hospital,

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suggesting they were not very seriously injured. Thank you very

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much. A survivor of the Holocaust was attending especial ceremony head

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of Holocaust memorial day. More from our Home Affairs

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correspondent Nick Beake. Although seven decades may have

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passed since the horror of the Holocaust, for some,

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the memories are still vivid. At City Hall, they

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remembered the victims. But the Mayor is among

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those worried that today in 2017, in this city, people

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are being targeted just because they This brick with a swastika emblem

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was hurled through the window of a family in North West London

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this weekend, one of four We have zero tolerance

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towards hate crime. The police are looking

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at CCTV footage, they are speaking to Jewish

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communities to reassure them, we are taking this very seriously

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and we will get to the bottom of it. On Friday afternoon the police

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discovered anti-Semitic graffiti One group which tries to tackle

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Jewish hate crime thinks abuse online is going

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unpunished and leading Today, social media is a cauldron

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of which the current wave of anti-Semitic hatred

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is being brewed. Social media has been wonderful

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in many respects, but it has also given voice

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to many people who want to promote all manner

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of anti-Semitic conspiracy theories. The Met say they have not seen

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the evidence yet to prove these latest incidents are linked,

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but say it is of huge concern the Jewish community

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is being targeted in this way. But anti-Semitic

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as well as Islamophobic Back at City Hall, Mala Tribich

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lit a memorial candle. As someone who escaped

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the Nazis in the 1940s, she is deeply saddened

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by this we can's events. Because I have seen a lot

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of anti-Semitism and I have seen the result of it,

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people have witnessed the Holocaust. Also this weekend,

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an advert on the tube for a film about Holocaust

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denial was defaced. So far no one has been

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arrested over any of these Turning now to the restoration

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of the Houses of Parliament, Well, the cost of some

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of the proposals would be so high that it seems some people

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would rather see it demolished or sold off,

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as Sonja Jessup tells us. Shrouded in a London fog today,

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the Houses of Parliament providing Slightly spoiled, perhaps,

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by scaffolding, and inside, crumbling stonework,

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ageing electrics - parts of the Palace of Westminster

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are in desperate need of repair. It will cost almost ?4 billion -

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a price worth paying? A quarter of people asked said

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they would rather it was I'm sure there are some people

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who would quite like to put a match But it is interesting that the vast

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majority of the public, more than 56%, in the same poll,

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said we've got to do the work, we should do the simplest,

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the swiftest and the most cost-effective way of doing that,

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and I believe that is, we've all got to move out for six

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years, get the work done as quickly And that is the recommendation

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from the committee he serves on. MPs would move to a temporary

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building at Richmond house, Actually demolishing the historic

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Palace of Westminster is not an option being considered,

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though the poll's findings may hint at those disillusioned

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and angry with politics. There are others who believe

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Parliament is worth preserving, The idea of pulling that down,

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such a symbol of world democracy and world liberty,

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is just unthinkable. Politicians are being told

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parliament faces crisis if the repairs are not carried out.

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I'll wish you a very goodnight now and hand you over to Wendy

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Still some fog in the forecast. The weather for the week ahead is not

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much changing that nothing to sweep the Fog away. It is remaining cold.

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There will be some frosty mornings again. Yes, it will be foggy. The

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Met Office has asked other by a weather warning overnight up until

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around 11 o'clock tomorrow morning with dense and freezing fog patches

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here and there which may impact on our transport and make for difficult

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driving conditions. The most widespread will be under clearer

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skies south west of London. We are under cloud at the moment and it

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will take a break in that cloud for fog patches to form. It will be

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another cold start to the day tomorrow. Probably quite dank,

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especially where the Fog has formed. It should lift and break away and we

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will have sunshine into the afternoon temperatures on the cool

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side. You can see of blue tinge on the map. Another cold front follows

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on. This is Wednesday. A bit more cloud which will eradicate some of

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the fog issues. Still feeling quite chilly, especially so on Thursday,

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despite there being sunshine around and despite the numbers in the box

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is not looking very different. It would be a cold and dry wind blowing

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in. That will make it feel really quite bitter on Thursday. The

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temperature will pick up on Friday. A hint of something rather to come.

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For the weekend we will have dry weather with sunny spells and it

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will be a little bit milder. Good evening. We are continuing to

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see huge righty in the weather. Getting the detail right is proving

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to be a challenge. This was in Pembrokeshire and other parts of the

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UK were gloomy throughout the day. The fog is thickening up right now.

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Particularly pool on the M5 in south-west England. Very foggy

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across parts of the West Country. This fog is tending to spread its

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way further eastwards. Some fog as well across parts of Yorkshire.

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Northern Ireland and Scotland are mild but damn. This is how we will

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start the day. At eight o'clock in the morning, quite a lot of fog

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around which could affect the major

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