23/01/2018 London News


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But here on BBC One, it's time

for the news where you are.

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Good evening.

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It's been a day of disruption

for a large part of central London -

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after a gas leak led to the closure

of The Strand and two of the

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capital's busiest train stations.

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Around 1500 people had

to be evacuated from

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a hotel and nightclub.

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And thousands of commuters

struggled to get to work -

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with crowd control measures

at some stations.

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Charlotte Franks' report contains

some flashing images.

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(PKG NEXT)

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A night spent

on a conference room floor.

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People evacuated and sent

here to the Royal Horseguards Hotel

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near Embankment in the early hours

of the morning, following a major

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gas leak at Charing Cross station.

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Megan and her colleagues,

in London for a conference,

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were staying at another hotel

down the road

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when they were told to leave.

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We all walked down the stairs

and that's when we realised

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that there was something more

serious happening, more than just

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maybe a fire drill or a fire alarm.

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All of the streets were cordoned off

and we didn't know at that

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time it was a gas leak.

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I think a lot of others were worried

it was something more

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serious, like an attack.

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It was pretty disconcerting

because I looked out the window

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and they already had all the police

lines up and everything was cleared

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at the hotel and was just

evacuating the hotel.

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So, you know, nobody really

knew what was happening.

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Emergency services were called

to the Strand at around two o'clock

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this morning to tend to the leak

from a side road behind

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Charing Cross station.

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The station itself was closed,

which meant by rush-hour,

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commuters had no option

but to use alternative routes

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leading to overcrowding.

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Roads in the areas around

Charing Cross were sealed off

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to traffic and pedestrians.

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An 150 metre cordon

was put in place.

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Called at 2.00am to a gas leak.

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It was coming from a side street.

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We had to evacuate from

the nearby Heaven nightclub.

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Over 1000 people

evacuated from there.

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And, also, we evacuated over 100

people from the Charing Cross hotel.

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For some, there was no time

to collect personal belongings.

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I don't have any money on me.

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And I didn't grab my contacts.

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So, my colleague, I ran into,

luckily had extra classes

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that she gave me so I've been able

to see and sit here and read

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by phone where, if I didn't have

these glasses I'd be

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pretty blind right now.

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The gas company responsible Cadent

repaired the leak towards the end

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of the morning and the cordon

was lifted some hours later.

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Charing Cross and Waterloo East

reopened after being

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closed all morning.

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At this stage, it's not known

what caused the leak but Cadent Gass

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says that's going to be the focus

of an investigation.

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We though those people Ed evacuated

in the early hours of the morning

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were allowed to return to their

homes businesses and hotels at about

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12.00 this afternoon. There were

concerns tonight there could beery

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sidual delays at Charing Cross but

during rush-hour, everything ran

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smoothly. This isn't the first time

London has seen a gags leak and it

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won't be the last, our gas pipes are

incredibly old but there is a

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programme in place to replace them

but it is hoped if that takes place,

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incidents like this will happen less

and less.

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The surgeon in charge

of the London's four major trauma

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units has warned that gun crime

in the capital is rising

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and victims are getting younger.

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It comes on the day a City Hall

report also highlights the level

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of gun violence in our city.

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Our Home Affairs Correspondent

Nick Beake reports.

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We'll do everything for you.

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The trauma team at London hospitals

know all about the rise in gun

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crime and deal with

the consequences daily.

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Armed police stand guard.

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We filmed at the Royal

London last year.

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This was one of 100

patients they treated

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for gunshot wounds in 2017.

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This professor was born at

the hospital and now the surgeon who

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came into the world here faces

a relentless battle to stop others

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leaving it prematurely.

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It used to be that guns

were rare and in the

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arms of professionals so people

would never make it as battle.

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Recently, we've seen wider use of

guns across the general population

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and have had to deal

with more gunshot injuries.

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Do you find it concerning?

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The level of violence in London

is deeply concerning.

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The fact that young

people are feeling

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at risk and scared about violence

is a big problem for society.

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Today's report identified

a significant rise

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in gun crime over

the last few years.

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310 shootings in 2016,

jumping to 350 in 2017.

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A rise of 13%.

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A big concern was that younger

people are getting involved.

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Two-thirds of offenders were

under-19 25. Victims often just 19

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or 20.

The youngest Londoner shot dead last

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year was 14.

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The study also found

there been an increase in

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shootings that

were not gang-related.

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London doesn't seem to know enough

about guns in the town.

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We don't seem to know

how they are getting

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into London and how

many are out there.

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Until we can grasp the detail,

we won't be in a position to

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fight this.

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Police investigating a gun attack

in Stratford on Saturday

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night, a teenager shot in the head

and in a critical condition.

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The officer that runs the anti-gun

programme Trident said this.

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Whilst spearheaded by Trident it

incorporates a whole range of

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resources across the organisations,

so operations like VIPPer with our

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colleagues in the armed police

command where we have covert

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techniques utilised in areas of gun

crime, to make sure the public are

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safe.

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Detectives trying to identify a man

who remains unconscious

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in hospital, have released

a new photograph in the hope that

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someone will recognise him.

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He collapsed in Central London

on Boxing Day and police say he

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wasn't carrying any identification.

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Tolu Adayoye is here now.

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This is turning into a real mystery?

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Ye, it is a big mystery. It's been

three weeks now. We have no idea who

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this man is. Just to recap - he was

found collapsed just meeters from

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University College Hospital. We know

he suffered a heart attack. He was

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put in an induced coma. We can see

an image now of when he was first

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round. At that point he was in a

life-threatening condition. We know

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he is in a stable condition and

police are keen to trace his family.

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We know that police are really

hoping this updated photograph will

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prompt someone to come forward.

Yes,

in this photo he is clean-shaven,

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police are hoping it'll jog

someone's memory. He didn't have any

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ID on him, no bank cards. No-one has

come forward to say they know who he

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is. Police are keen for anyone who

knows him to come forward. They say

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he may possibly be homeless. It is

one possible lead but we do not know

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who this man isle. He is currently

in university College Hospital if

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anyone knows anything, get in touch

with the police.

OK, thank you.

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It's one of the UK's

biggest health challenges -

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providing adequate care

for our growing elderly population.

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However, one woman who founded

a care service company after seeing

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how her terminally ill parents

were treated, has been recognised

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for her outstanding work

by the industry regulator.

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Emma North has the story.

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It's called doing the mum test.

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Looking after older people

in the same way you'd

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care for your own parent.

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Today it comes in the shape

of a coffee and culture morning.

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For £4, you get a history

lesson, some intelligent

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conversation and a break.

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This woman's husband has dementia.

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It normally stops them from going

out, but here, it doesn't matter.

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All of a sudden, life is

sort of worth living again,

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because there are places we can go,

people we can meet and friendships

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can be formed, we can do interesting

things without worrying

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about the behaviour

of the person you are with.

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And that makes a huge difference.

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It's all the idea

of Clare Jefferies.

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She was horrified by the care

her parents were given

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in their final months.

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So, she started her own company.

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The aim is to keep people's quality

of life as high as possible.

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Looks completely wiggly!

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Let's do the wiggle woggle.

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And it's through little touches.

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Penny has dementia,

but art makes her happy.

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So, her carer is also

an illustrator.

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He also understands the problems

faced by many older people.

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They do need some help.

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I know certainly people

suffering from loneliness,

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they might be on their own,

in their homes for long periods

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of time, which obviously is not fine

and it's not OK at all.

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And increasingly, private firms

like hers are being called

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to fill in when the NHS and social

services can't cope.

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We are getting increasing phone

calls from discharge planners,

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social workers, the local

authority, saying -

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can you cover this care?

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And we've always shied away from it,

because they've only been

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interested in 15-minute,

half-hour calls from us.

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Now, not only are they willing

to take the hour's care,

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they are also willing

to pay our rates as well.

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Because they are desperate.

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Clare's advice is for people to save

early for their care in old age.

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Give us your best shot!

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Because when it comes

to health and happiness,

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it's all about the service.

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Emma North, BBC London News.

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Ok, it's goodnight from me and over

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to Ben Rich for a check

on the weather.

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to Ben Rich for a check

on the weather.

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Thank you. Some of us saw rain

today. It was verymild. More rain

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tomorrow. Heavy at times actually

and with that some very, very strong

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and gusty winds. The wind already

starting to pick up there at the

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moment. The winds will increase as

we head through the early hours of

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Wednesday. A bit of patchy rain and

generally rather cloudy conditions

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but mild still, 10 or 11 your

starting temperatures for Wednesday.

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It might not feel that way because

of the strength of the wind. The

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winds could easily touch galeforce

at times. A lot of dry weather and

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patchy rain through the morning then

around lunch time we will see a band

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of very heavy rain with squally

winds pushing in from the

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north-west. Behind that things will

start to turn cooler. 7-9 by the end

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of the afternoon. That will lead us

into a chillier night on Wednesday

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night, into the first part of

Thursday but through the next few

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days, yes we will keep that chillier

feel but there should be

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