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Here on BBC One it's time

for the news where you are.

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Good evening.

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I'm Riz Lateef.

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Some of the most

vulnerable Londoners

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are being trapped in a "cycle

of homelessness",

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due to a change in the law -

according to the charity Crisis.

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It says new, tougher criteria

are being used to remove people

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from social housing waiting lists.

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BBC London has learnt

that across the capital,

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the number has been cut by a third.

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Raising questions as to who has

been removed and why.

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Our political correspondent

Karl Mercer has been investigating.

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Clavia used to be on the

housing waiting list.

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Since August she hasn't been.

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She couldn't pay her rent

and fell into arrears.

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She's now homeless and unable to get

back on the waiting list for a home

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for herself and her two children.

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You're just stuck in a place

where you have no control.

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That's the worst, I think one of the

worst feelings.

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You have a problem that is your

problem but you can't solve it.

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Nothing you can do about it.

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For six months this has

been their home, living with friends

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of her daughter.

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But they are about to

be on the move again.

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Since August, they've been

permanently just in bags and boxes.

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This is how I've lived.

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If I'm here today, I might be

there tomorrow, I might go

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to my mum's for a couple

of nights, just to...

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Clavia's not alone.

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Across London thousands of people

have been taken off the list

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for council homes,

since the introduction

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of something called

the Localism Act six years ago.

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It gave local councils more power

to decide who should

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and shouldn't be on the list.

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If they can't register for social

housing then their options are very

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limited. People can end up in some

kind of spiral of homelessness and

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poverty, where, if the reason they

could not register previously was

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they had went arrears, then they are

forced into more expensive solution,

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then things are going to get worse

them.

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There is a mixed picture across

London and illustrated pretty

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clearly where I'm standing

here in north London.

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On my right is the London

Borough of Camden.

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Here, waiting lists have gone down

by 16,000 since 2012 and a drop

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of something like 85%.

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But if we switch across

the road just a few feet away,

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this is the London Borough of

Islington, where the waiting lists

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have actually gone up by more than

4300, a rise of 36%.

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Some councils have excluded people

like Clavia in rent arrears. Others

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have introduced rules saying only

people who've

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lived locally can get on the list.

But the rules across London are

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We have urged the mayor to do

something to bring Burris

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We have urged the mayor to do

something to bring boroughs

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together to make things more

consistent, particularly the local

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connections problem.

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It needs sorting out at a London

level, because if you've lived in a

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borough for a few years, and a

different Borough for a few years,

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you might not qualify for housing

anywhere in London, but living in

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London ought to be a qualification

for being eligible for housing

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in London.

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Any change like that would come too

late for Clavia.

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A British Airways engineer has died

after a crash between two

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vehicles on the tarmac at Heathrow

early this morning.

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Another man was injured.

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Hundreds of passengers had to be

evacuated from a plane

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and flights were delayed.

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Chris Rogers has more.

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It's just after 6am.

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The tragic pictures of the aftermath

of the runway crash emerge.

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An airport worker is killed

as he does his rounds.

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The other driver suffers

a broken shoulder.

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Police are investigating why

the white BA van and yellow

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pick-up truck collided.

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Often used by Heathrow's

staff to direct aircraft

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and inspect the runways.

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Hundreds of horrified passengers,

their planes delayed

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for around two hours,

can only look on.

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25 flights were cancelled.

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Hundreds of passengers were

stranded. They were told to leave

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their planes and head back to the

terminal building.

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London Ambulance later tweeted,

confirming one of the drivers

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suffered a cardiac arrest.

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"Despite our extensive efforts

to resuscitate him at the scene,

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and on the way to hospital,

he was later pronounced dead".

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Heathrow Airport and British

Airways are cooperating

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fully with the investigation and

expressed deepest sympathies for the

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family of the engineer

who died here today.

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Chris Rogers reporting there.

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It's a first for a FTSE 100 company.

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Lloyds Banking Group has set

an ethnic diversity target for staff

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among its senior management

- by 2020.

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It says it wants to better reflect

the customer base it serves.

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Alice Hutton has the story.

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Bankers in bowler

hats and sharp suits.

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The City of London in the 1970s

was a very different place to today.

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Or is it?

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In the corridors of power in 2018,

black, Asian and minority ethnic

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faces are conspicuous

by their absence.

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Lloyds Banking Group

are hoping to change that.

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So at senior management

our figure is 6%.

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And, actually, that reflects

the external labour market at senior

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management positions

across the FTSE 100.

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But I think our view

is that we need to do more

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and we need to go further.

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That's the other reason

for introducing the goal,

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to accelerate the pace of change

and to make sure that our most

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senior levels in the organisation

are more representative

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of the external labour market.

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Lloyds say they are confident

they can meet their diversity

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targets within the tight

two-year time frame.

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But in a place like the City,

how realistic is it?

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And is it ambitious enough?

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I think it's a good idea.

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I think it's a good initiative.

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Whether it's going to be successful

or whether it's going to have

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any kind of traction,

you know, remains to be seen.

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I suppose there's a perception

of an old boys network,

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maybe, in the City.

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Maybe that's because traditionally,

you've had a lot of middle-class

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white males who've been running

operations.

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You look at it historically,

there are more whites

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here than there are blacks,

but it's not a true

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representation of the ratios.

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So if you look in society,

there are more ethnic minorities

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than there are represented

here in the City.

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Lloyds might be the first FTSE 100

company to set these public targets,

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but they aren't the only

organisation working to improve

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diversity at senior levels.

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Joanna is the managing

director of a consultancy,

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which helps businesses recruit

ethnic minority talent.

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There are issues around

development and opportunity,

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so if you do not have a visible role

model in a position

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in which you aspire to get into,

it can be quite discouraging.

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And it can make you believe that

that's not something

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that is actually achievable

within that organisation.

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Which is why what Lloyds

is doing is so good.

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It will actually encourage people

within their organisation to believe

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that the company are taking

it very seriously.

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In one of the largest financial

centres in the world, Lloyds' move

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won't have go unnoticed.

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This might be a welcome step

towards greater transparency.

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Next: 30 tonnes of wet wipes a day.

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That's what Thames Water says

it's having to clear

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from London's sewers,

and it's costing millions.

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It was only last year a giant

fatberg - longer than Tower Bridge

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caused problems in East London.

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Brace yourself for some of

the pictures in Tom Edwards' report.

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Welcome to Europe's largest sewerage

plant in Beckton, East London,

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serving four million Londoners.

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It deals with 17,000

litres of sewage a second.

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Here though, they have a growing

problem of nonperishable

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items, mainly wet wipes.

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It is a massive problem,

not just for us, but for London.

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We remove 30 tonnes

of what we call rag, a day.

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That is a combination of wet wipes,

sanitary products etc.

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This causes a lot of damage

to the infrastructure, to the

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environment, in terms of pollution

because of blockages, and also to

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people's homes when there

is a blockage and there is flooding.

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Wet wipes help fat

and grease congeal in

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sewers, to form huge fatbergs

like this one in Whitechapel.

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It is costing Thames Water

£1 million a month

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to unblock the sewers.

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This demonstration

shows what happens to

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tissue paper in water

compared to wet wipes.

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Paper disintegrates quickly.

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But the plastic in the wet wipes

means it is not affected.

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I'd like Londoners to bin it,

not block it, which is the

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message from Thames Water.

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Stick it in your dustbin, don't

throw it down the toilet.

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I'd also like the manufacturers

to stop marking things

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as flushable when they clearly

are not flushable items.

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That is what we need to be doing.

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This would save an awful lot of

money that Thames Water could then

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be spending on other things.

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Other things like Thames Water's

poor record at fixing leaks.

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So the message for Londoners -

sewers can only deal with waste

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from people and paper.

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Tom Edwards, BBC

London News, Becton.

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The World War Two bomb

which forced the closure

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of City Airport earlier this week -

has been detonated in the sea

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off the Essex coast.

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The Royal Navy diffused

the half tonne device

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in a controlled explosion.

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It was found in the Thames

during building work

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in the Docklands area.

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Bad weather prevented the operation

taking place yesterday.

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I'll say goodnight now,

and it's over to Phil Avery

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for a check on the weather.

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Hello. Thank you. Yes, the weather

did getting the way of the

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particular operation yesterday. But

that was not the this morning.

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Our Weather Watchers were not

cowering behind the glass because it

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was a glorious start but then the

cloud filling in from the west. The

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afternoon really did look as grim as

that. Some of the cloud lingering

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into the first part of Thursday,

helping to keep temperatures up. You

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may not be scraping the cars first

thing. It does not look as if there

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is a lot of weather but there is a

breeze to be considered. There are

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islands of cloud coming through.

Some of them may give one or two

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showers in one or two spots but many

of you will get away with a dry day.

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If you can tuck yourself out of the

breeze I suspect it will feel

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springlike. The

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