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for the news where you are.
It's been a day of disruption
for a large part of central London -
after a gas leak led to the closure
of The Strand and two of the
capital's busiest train stations.
Around 1500 people had
to be evacuated from
a hotel and nightclub.
And thousands of commuters
struggled to get to work -
with crowd control measures
at some stations.
Charlotte Franks' report contains
some flashing images.
A night spent
on a conference room floor.
People evacuated and sent
here to the Royal Horseguards Hotel
near Embankment in the early hours
of the morning, following a major
gas leak at Charing Cross station.
Megan and her colleagues,
in London for a conference,
were staying at another hotel
down the road
when they were told to leave.
We all walked down the stairs
and that's when we realised
that there was something more
serious happening, more than just
maybe a fire drill or a fire alarm.
All of the streets were cordoned off
and we didn't know at that
time it was a gas leak.
I think a lot of others were worried
it was something more
serious, like an attack.
It was pretty disconcerting
because I looked out the window
and they already had all the police
lines up and everything was cleared
at the hotel and was just
evacuating the hotel.
So, you know, nobody really
knew what was happening.
Emergency services were called
to the Strand at around two o'clock
this morning to tend to the leak
from a side road behind
Charing Cross station.
The station itself was closed,
which meant by rush-hour,
commuters had no option
but to use alternative routes
leading to overcrowding.
Roads in the areas around
Charing Cross were sealed off
to traffic and pedestrians.
An 150 metre cordon
was put in place.
Called at 2.00am to a gas leak.
It was coming from a side street.
We had to evacuate from
the nearby Heaven nightclub.
Over 1000 people
evacuated from there.
And, also, we evacuated over 100
people from the Charing Cross hotel.
For some, there was no time
to collect personal belongings.
I don't have any money on me.
And I didn't grab my contacts.
So, my colleague, I ran into,
luckily had extra classes
that she gave me so I've been able
to see and sit here and read
by phone where, if I didn't have
these glasses I'd be
pretty blind right now.
The gas company responsible Cadent
repaired the leak towards the end
of the morning and the cordon
was lifted some hours later.
Charing Cross and Waterloo East
reopened after being
closed all morning.
At this stage, it's not known
what caused the leak but Cadent Gass
says that's going to be the focus
of an investigation.
We though those people Ed evacuated
in the early hours of the morning
were allowed to return to their
homes businesses and hotels at about
12.00 this afternoon. There were
concerns tonight there could beery
sidual delays at Charing Cross but
during rush-hour, everything ran
smoothly. This isn't the first time
London has seen a gags leak and it
won't be the last, our gas pipes are
incredibly old but there is a
programme in place to replace them
but it is hoped if that takes place,
incidents like this will happen less
The surgeon in charge
of the London's four major trauma
units has warned that gun crime
in the capital is rising
and victims are getting younger.
It comes on the day a City Hall
report also highlights the level
of gun violence in our city.
Our Home Affairs Correspondent
Nick Beake reports.
We'll do everything for you.
The trauma team at London hospitals
know all about the rise in gun
crime and deal with
the consequences daily.
Armed police stand guard.
We filmed at the Royal
London last year.
This was one of 100
patients they treated
for gunshot wounds in 2017.
This professor was born at
the hospital and now the surgeon who
came into the world here faces
a relentless battle to stop others
leaving it prematurely.
It used to be that guns
were rare and in the
arms of professionals so people
would never make it as battle.
Recently, we've seen wider use of
guns across the general population
and have had to deal
with more gunshot injuries.
Do you find it concerning?
The level of violence in London
is deeply concerning.
The fact that young
people are feeling
at risk and scared about violence
is a big problem for society.
Today's report identified
a significant rise
in gun crime over
the last few years.
310 shootings in 2016,
jumping to 350 in 2017.
A rise of 13%.
A big concern was that younger
people are getting involved.
Two-thirds of offenders were
under-19 25. Victims often just 19
The youngest Londoner shot dead last
year was 14.
The study also found
there been an increase in
were not gang-related.
London doesn't seem to know enough
about guns in the town.
We don't seem to know
how they are getting
into London and how
many are out there.
Until we can grasp the detail,
we won't be in a position to
Police investigating a gun attack
in Stratford on Saturday
night, a teenager shot in the head
and in a critical condition.
The officer that runs the anti-gun
programme Trident said this.
Whilst spearheaded by Trident it
incorporates a whole range of
resources across the organisations,
so operations like VIPPer with our
colleagues in the armed police
command where we have covert
techniques utilised in areas of gun
crime, to make sure the public are
Detectives trying to identify a man
who remains unconscious
in hospital, have released
a new photograph in the hope that
someone will recognise him.
He collapsed in Central London
on Boxing Day and police say he
wasn't carrying any identification.
Tolu Adayoye is here now.
This is turning into a real mystery?
Ye, it is a big mystery. It's been
three weeks now. We have no idea who
this man is. Just to recap - he was
found collapsed just meeters from
University College Hospital. We know
he suffered a heart attack. He was
put in an induced coma. We can see
an image now of when he was first
round. At that point he was in a
life-threatening condition. We know
he is in a stable condition and
police are keen to trace his family.
We know that police are really
hoping this updated photograph will
prompt someone to come forward.
in this photo he is clean-shaven,
police are hoping it'll jog
someone's memory. He didn't have any
ID on him, no bank cards. No-one has
come forward to say they know who he
is. Police are keen for anyone who
knows him to come forward. They say
he may possibly be homeless. It is
one possible lead but we do not know
who this man isle. He is currently
in university College Hospital if
anyone knows anything, get in touch
with the police.
OK, thank you.
It's one of the UK's
biggest health challenges -
providing adequate care
for our growing elderly population.
However, one woman who founded
a care service company after seeing
how her terminally ill parents
were treated, has been recognised
for her outstanding work
by the industry regulator.
Emma North has the story.
It's called doing the mum test.
Looking after older people
in the same way you'd
care for your own parent.
Today it comes in the shape
of a coffee and culture morning.
For £4, you get a history
lesson, some intelligent
conversation and a break.
This woman's husband has dementia.
It normally stops them from going
out, but here, it doesn't matter.
All of a sudden, life is
sort of worth living again,
because there are places we can go,
people we can meet and friendships
can be formed, we can do interesting
things without worrying
about the behaviour
of the person you are with.
And that makes a huge difference.
It's all the idea
of Clare Jefferies.
She was horrified by the care
her parents were given
in their final months.
So, she started her own company.
The aim is to keep people's quality
of life as high as possible.
Looks completely wiggly!
Let's do the wiggle woggle.
And it's through little touches.
Penny has dementia,
but art makes her happy.
So, her carer is also
He also understands the problems
faced by many older people.
They do need some help.
I know certainly people
suffering from loneliness,
they might be on their own,
in their homes for long periods
of time, which obviously is not fine
and it's not OK at all.
And increasingly, private firms
like hers are being called
to fill in when the NHS and social
services can't cope.
We are getting increasing phone
calls from discharge planners,
social workers, the local
authority, saying -
can you cover this care?
And we've always shied away from it,
because they've only been
interested in 15-minute,
half-hour calls from us.
Now, not only are they willing
to take the hour's care,
they are also willing
to pay our rates as well.
Because they are desperate.
Clare's advice is for people to save
early for their care in old age.
Give us your best shot!
Because when it comes
to health and happiness,
it's all about the service.
Emma North, BBC London News.
Ok, it's goodnight from me and over
to Ben Rich for a check
on the weather.
to Ben Rich for a check
on the weather.
Thank you. Some of us saw rain
today. It was verymild. More rain
tomorrow. Heavy at times actually
and with that some very, very strong
and gusty winds. The wind already
starting to pick up there at the
moment. The winds will increase as
we head through the early hours of
Wednesday. A bit of patchy rain and
generally rather cloudy conditions
but mild still, 10 or 11 your
starting temperatures for Wednesday.
It might not feel that way because
of the strength of the wind. The
winds could easily touch galeforce
at times. A lot of dry weather and
patchy rain through the morning then
around lunch time we will see a band
of very heavy rain with squally
winds pushing in from the
north-west. Behind that things will
start to turn cooler. 7-9 by the end
of the afternoon. That will lead us
into a chillier night on Wednesday
night, into the first part of
Thursday but through the next few
days, yes we will keep that chillier
feel but there should be