23/02/2017 London News


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Welcome to BBC London News with me, Alice Bhandhukravi.

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As we've been hearing, Storm Doris caused mayhem up

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and down the country, and the capital was no exception.

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There was major travel disruption, with trains cancelled and severe

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Roads and flights were also disrupted.

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In a moment, we'll get the latest on the travel situation, but first

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We were warned to expect high winds, and today Storm Doris has

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made her presence felt, sweeping across the capital

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bringing lashings of rain and punishing winds.

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At one stage, all trains were suspended at London Euston due

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High winds meant cancellations and reduced speeds on many

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These were the queues of buses in Luton.

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Had to cancel my meetings at work, which isn't great.

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I'm in limbo and hoping to find a solution to get home soon.

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We're off to uni to hand in a report that's due at 3.

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Due to the delays, I'm worried about missing the deadline.

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I came from Kettering and I'm going to St Pancras,

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but now we're going to King's Cross in a taxi.

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The waves on the Thames meant for a time the Woolwich

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This footage was captured by the Met's Marine Policing Unit.

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In the air, fewer flights leaving and arriving into Heathrow.

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The airport made the decision to reduce its schedule by 10%.

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With winds of up to 60 mph, several trees have been blown

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over across the capital, causing disruption on the roads.

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This tree in Chiswick flattened a car.

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But a woman in Purley wasn't so lucky.

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She was injured when a tree crushed her car.

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The London Fire Brigade has been responding to calls linked

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with the storm throughout the day, including to Regent Street,

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over fears a window was about to be blown off its hinges.

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Storm Doris has meant that it's been the busiest day

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for London Fire Brigade so far this year.

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We've had over 100 calls and firefighters are working

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What we do ask the public to do is ensure they are looking

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round houses and gardens and bringing in things

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like garden furniture and anything that's not secure,

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or make sure it's tied down so the wind can't blow it away.

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The worst of the wind and rain has now passed,

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but not before Doris left her mark, causing destruction and disruption

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Let's get more on the travel situation now with Louisa Preston,

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Louisa, news of an incident at Victoria Station earlier?

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Yes, that's right. A man was injured outside Victoria station. London

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Ambulance Service was called at around 3pm with a man with head

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injuries. It's been reported that roof tiles fell off a roof and hit

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him on the head and he went to hospital. The London Fire Brigade

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was called to repair the roof and break the area safer, but part of it

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was sealed off. Transport for London are investigating what happened.

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What's the situation with the trains now? As we've heard, trains have

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been extremely affected right across London throughout the day, and

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tonight they are still being affected. The scenes we have seen at

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Liverpool Street tonight, hundreds of people trying to on trains. Those

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pictures were taken at about 7pm. I've just been on the platform at

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Euston and it's still busy there tonight. Network Rail said the lines

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are open but there is still a lot of disruption on the line and backlog,

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and King's Cross station was extremely busy earlier this evening.

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On the underground, the Bakerloo and northern lines were disrupted

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earlier this evening because debris. They have now been cleared and

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things seem be OK. We are being told that hopefully services will be back

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to normal by tomorrow morning. The Government has being accused

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of "magical thinking" over the impact of a third

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runway at Heathrow. A group of cross-party MPs

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say ministers are just "wishing away problems",

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when they should be looking at ways to mitigate pollution,

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noise and the effects Heathrow insists the environment

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will be protected. Our Political Editor

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Tim Donovan reports. And some are resorting

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to direct action. But Heathrow are gathering

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vocal support, too. Pro-expansion campaigners

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like Barry, who spent years working in hotels around

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Heathrow, and whose wife works now And the UK, not just UK,

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but the local economy. Without it, I think it

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would just go downhill. But what about all the issues around

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noise, air pollution and so on? There is going to be air

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pollution, no matter where It's going to be built,

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and now, with the way the aeroplanes are going, as they get

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more fuel-efficient, it's much And buses and trains and cars

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are all getting more He may be sold on that,

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but MPs are not. A group of them find no

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convincing signals coming from Government yet on air pollution

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and carbon emissions. My committee is not

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yet satisfied that the Government has managed to square

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the circle of expanding Heathrow And meeting both our air

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pollution targets and our It is going to have

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to set out how each of And I'm afraid the

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window for just using smoke and mirrors

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is rapidly closing. It's not just about the aircraft,

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it's about the vehicles. Heathrow has promised no extra

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traffic, and more public transport. And the Government pledges not

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to allow an extra runway and less If you go to an airport,

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it is like a shopping mall. Those shops have to be stocked up,

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there is food there. They don't bring it

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in in cars, it's lorries. I have said before,

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they are not going to fire the passengers in by

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a large catapult. The Government has said

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that it won't go ahead. It can't go ahead unless

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these environment and standards are met, and that

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must be reassuring? It's certainly reassuring,

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but it is common sense. But common sense also says that,

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why are we wasting time and money on proceeding with it now

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until they can come up Because, says the Government,

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it is confident that its national air quality plan, due in a few

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weeks' time, we'll show how expansion can be reconciled

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with the environment. Hundreds of motorists

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in London are still driving, despite having too many penalty

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points on their licence. A BBC investigation has found that

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drivers are usually banned when they exceed 12 points,

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but magistrates can waive the rule The judiciary argue it's giving

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people a second chance. Marc Ashdown's report does contain

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some flashing images. From speeding to drink-driving,

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failing to have insurance or Penalty points are given to drivers

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when they break the law. They are seen as a vital

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tool in helping to After accumulating 12

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active points on a license, a driver is usually

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banned for six months. But figures obtained by the BBC

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showed nearly 10,000 drivers are still on the road

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on the UK despite having With the most drivers unsurprisingly

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Greater London has the majority, On the outskirts, in

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Hertfordshire, there are 165 drivers with

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12 points or more. Across the capital, some 39 drivers

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have 20 points or more. While one driver is still

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on the road despite having accumulated

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a whopping 39 points. The law doesn't seem to be

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working at the moment. We have got people

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obviously being caught and going through the justice

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system but actually this seems to be making

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a mockery of that. Drivers are getting

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away with repeatedly They can appeal to a

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Magistrates' Court that a driving ban would cause them

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exceptional hardship. Construction site manager

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Alex McFarlane did just that. He triggered six roadside cameras

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in three months around Essex, and was caught

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driving at 109 mph. He pleaded with a judge that

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a ban would cost him his job and leave him

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unable to pay debts. Despite being given

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42 penalty points, he I wouldn't consider losing

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a licence in London, maybe, There are plenty of ways

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to get around London. You look at a rural community,

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and that may be more But one has the discretion

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of the bench on the day. The Government says the vast

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majority of drivers with 12 points are automatically

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disqualified. And that only in exceptional

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circumstances should But there are hundreds

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of drivers across London who repeatedly have broken the law

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but are still behind the wheel. And to sport, where in the last half

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an hour Tottenham Hotspur have been knocked out of the Europa League,

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after losing 3-2 on aggregate It's time for me to

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wish you goodnight. I'll leave you now with

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the weather with Stav Danaos. Quite a day for you, I expect.

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It was, although I wasn't here for the day shift. It was pretty wild

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with gusts of 50-60 mph. It caused some damage, bringing trees down,

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but thankfully it's turning quieter overnight. One or two showers

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around, but much cooler than it has been on the last few nights.

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Tomorrow, a much calmer day. Lighter windss, a chilly start, but plenty

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of sunshine in the morning. Early showers clearing away, 8-12 mph, but

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lighter than today. Temperatures, nine or 10 degrees, so cooler, but

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the sunshine will compensate. A ridge of high pressure moving away

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and then we see the next area of low pressure bringing in another bout of

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wet and windy weather, mainly to the north and west of the UK, but a

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blustery day into the start of the weekend with a bit of rain here and

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there. Temperatures rising a bit. Towards the latter part of the

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weekend and into next week, it will be much milder. I will leave you

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with Thomas Shelter. be much milder. I will leave you

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with Thomas Shelter.

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