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for the news where you are.
Good evening and welcome
to BBC London News.
Freezing overnight temperatures have
seen a surge in demand for beds
at homeless shelters in the capital.
One charity in central
London says last night
was its busiest this year.
It's estimated there are 1,000
people sleeping rough
but it can also be a struggle
to reach those in need,
as Chris Rogers report.
I'm going to come
and sit in with you.
Is that all right?
Meet Paulina and Martin from Poland.
And Ian from Scotland.
This doorway in Charing Cross
is their home tonight.
It is quite rough, depends how
you are going to prepare yourself
for that, you know what I mean,
that's the most important thing.
The most important thing that
you need to protect your body,
that's the first thing
and your mind.
You can't let yourself to run
to drugs or alcohol.
Despite the freezing temperatures,
many choose the streets rather
than a room with strangers
in a shelter.
It's warm, that's the first thing.
Anybody's better than this?
I don't know, because
like we stick together.
So we sleep side by side.
Like a brother of
the blood, you know.
You look after each other.
I can sleep in doors
but I choose to sleep outside.
Just 200 yards away,
there is a shelter with 45 beds.
But freezing temperatures do force
most to seek shelter.
Rough sleeping, like this,
is the most visual form
of homelessness but actually
collecting data to know how many
people are sleeping on our pavements
tonight is really difficult
because they come
and go from shelters.
But as the cold weather sets
in like it is tonight and has done
over the course of the week,
charities are able to get a clearer
idea of just how many people
are in need of a bed
because they come flooding into them
because of the cold weather.
The Connection Shelter is expecting
to be full to capacity tonight.
But there'll still be heading
out onto the streets.
They have various reasons for not
wanting to come indoors to night
centres or the general hostel routes
but we still maintain our attempts
to convince them otherwise,
understand their reasons for not
wanting to come inside and generally
doing checks to make sure
that they are physically capable
of staying out for the night
in these temperatures and also
mentally capable as well
in some cases.
On Christmas Day, Euston Station
will be transformed into a huge
shelter for 200 homeless.
While the number of rough
sleepers is down slightly,
it's because of more shelters,
not fewer people in need of them.
Chris Rogers, BBC London News.
Bereaved families have delivered
a petition to Downing Street calling
for an overhaul of the public
inquiry into the Grenfell Fire.
It comes as Kensington and Chelsea
says it's leading the biggest
house-purchasing programme by any
local authority in recent history -
promising to make 300 new properties
available by Christmas.
So far, less than a quarter
of the families affected
by the tragedy have moved
into permanent homes.
Frankie McCamley reports.
Bereaved families and a survivor
the fire at Grenfell tower
delivering a petition
to the Prime Minister
asking her to consider
changing the way Sir Martin
Moore-Bick runs the inquiry.
Their message is clear.
We're saying he needs
a diverse panel to help him.
We are for Sir Martin and he has
a lot of experience as a judge
and also about fire,
especially with commercial fires
and containers and things,
but we just feel that he just needs
a bit more information and support
to help him come
to a truthful conclusion.
Again, a lack of trust
between the Government,
the council and those affected
by the tragedy.
From the inquiry, to housing.
This is a two-bedroom flat
we have acquired this week.
It's going on the website.
Of the 208 households,
45 have so far moved into permanent
homes like this one but the council
is trying to change that.
Typically, you would either
have a couple who would have had
a two bedroom flat at Grenfell tower
or you will have a couple
with a child, single child
for a second bedroom.
Just over three miles
from Grenfell Tower this is one
of 70 two bedroom properties
the council are buying,
it hopes to acquire 300
by Christmas, spending £235 million.
The pace has been very slow.
But equally, we have been
gathering information as far
as people, what people want.
But we stress we have always run
at the pace of the individual,
not run at our pace or set
a dictation saying people must be
out by a certain time.
But many don't think they'll
be in these permanent
homes any time soon.
Hi, Tiago how are you doing.
So this is your room,
this is your home.
After escaping from the 13th
floor of Grenfell Tower,
Tiago Alves has lived in this hotel
for nearly six months.
I don't really feel at home here.
This is basically
a place for me to sleep.
I've applied for 15 properties
permanently, and I've not had
the opportunity to go and see any
of these properties.
Now, the reason for that is,
there is a priority listing,
which I completely understand.
There are people who need
this house more than me,
but the way the council is trying
to say that, you know,
we are allowing people
to go at their own pace,
that's not the case.
I haven't been offered
a permanent property at all,
haven't even gone to see
any permanent properties.
What does that feel like,
when you're applying and applying
and you get no response?
It feels like they care more...
..about me as a number
than me as an individual.
It's all formal
like them being cold.
They really, really don't care.
The council has now given
Tiago a temporary home.
It says it's working round-the-clock
but rehousing bereaved and those
with children is its priority.
Tiago is looking forward to getting
out of here before Christmas.
Frankie McCamley, BBC London News.
The latest attempt to clean up
London's toxic air has seen
the launch of the capital's second
Low Emission Bus Zone.
It's been set up in one of the worst
polluted areas in London -
Brixton Road which runs
from Streatham to Brixton.
The road regularly breaches
EU pollution limits
on nitrogen dioxide levels.
He says his life's work has been
to protect cinema history.
A film fanatic whose love
of the big screen began
when he was just 15 years-old -
has created a treasure
trove of memorabilia,
including some dating back
to the 1920s.
But now, his cinema museum faces
an uncertain future,
as Alpa Patel explains.
It is a look into a forgotten past.
At the helm, 81-year-old
Admission for one.
A fanatic collector
of cinema memorabilia.
It all began when he took a job as
a projectionist, at the age of 15.
I was in a warm place,
being paid to watch cowboy films.
It was paradise.
Almost 70 years on, Ronald has made
it his mission to acquire everything
and anything related to cinema.
His collection is vast
and includes this slide lantern,
dating back to the 1920s.
I can't focus it.
Oh, it's the...
This is the thing that's wrong.
It may have been lost if Ronald
hadn't given it a home.
You see the light?
Ronald set up the cinema room where
we meet Ronald's partner, Martin.
I went there and met Martin. You
found someone who shared your
passion for the past...
I found someone entirely
different from myself.
I'm surprised we had
anything in common at all.
But it was a successful partnership.
They set about protecting
Because the cinema appeared to be
in decline, we were rescuing these
objects in order to keep a sense
of social history, so that we could
remember what it was like.
This piece of equipment
is for showing messages
on the screen, it's for showing
still slides which say -
is there a doctor in the house?
Will the person with car
number AV 254 move it?
Like any love story,
they are facing a huge obstacle.
The building's owners have
decided to sell so they
may no longer be able
to lease this space.
that's my life's work in the gutter.
Would you set up anywhere else?
If it's the end, it's
the end, I'm afraid.
Alpa Patel, BBC London News.
Alpa Patel, BBC London News.
A real labour of love there. Time to
say good night and I will leave you
with the latest on the weather.
How is it looking? Thank you very
much. A different story to last
night. Last night bitterly cold, the
lowest temperatures of the season so
far. Tonight a different story. We
have a band of rain across our
region, going to bring some wet
weather for a while. Much milder as
well than last night. As it clears
skies end up clearing and looks like
temperatures will drop by the end of
the night, we could see ice in
places. Tomorrow it's going to be a
grey cold start with that early ice
risk. Then more rain later on with
sunshine to end the day. A mixture.
We start off on that cold night, a
lot of cloud around. Outbreaks of
rain pushing in. Some of it quite
heavy, maybe thunder as it pushes
through. Then sunshine will move in.
A milder day, nine to ten. We will
see a rash of showers pushing in
during Wednesday. It will remain
breezy. Again relatively mild
compared to recent nights. Thursday,
a dryer day. Some good sunny spells
around, a breezy one, one or two
showers but a touch cooler than
Wednesday. Things turn much colder
into Friday. We start to open the
gates to the Arctic. Northerly winds
move down. Five or six at best on
Friday. Then it's looking cold
towards the weekend with a return