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Here on BBC One, it's time
for the news where you are.
Good evening from BBC London News.
The parents of three teenagers
killed by a drunk driver are angry
that he could get a lesser sentence
- after he pleaded guilty
to causing their deaths
by dangerous driving.
The boys were on their way to a 16th
birthday party in Hayes when the car
ploughed into them last month.
Helen Drew reports.
Three great friends -
Josh McGuinness and George Wilkinson
were both 16 and Harry Rice was 17.
They were walking to
a friend's birthday party
in Hayes when they were hit by a car
that mounted the pavement.
All three died at the scene.
I couldn't put it
into words how we feel.
There is no words.
Ripped us apart.
It's affected everyone,
not just us, hundreds
of friends, because that
how nice the boys were.
The driver was 28-year-old
who today pleaded guilty to three
counts of causing death by
The Old Bailey heard he was two
and a half times the drink
driving limit, as well as having
traces of cannabis in his system.
He was doing 71mph
in a 60 when it is
thought he tried to overtake another
car and lost control of this Audi.
The maximum sentence for causing
during the last by dangerous driving
is 14 years in prison.
We are not very happy,
we would have preferred
it going to a trial,
because at this rate,
having pled guilty, he can get
third of off his sentence.
We don't feel that is
sufficient enough time
served for the lives of two
16-year-old and one 17-year-old boy.
The local community is devastated
and today the judge said even more
lives could have been lost.
When the three boys
were hit they were
walking with two friends and towards
another three friends, they
were all standing close together.
The judge said this could have
easily have been something that
killed eight people instead
of three, and she may well consider
that when sentencing.
There was a passenger
in the car with Jaynesh
Chudasama and both men
ran from the scene.
Two of the friends who were there
but not hit ran after the men
and managed to drag the driver back
to the scene where he was taken to
hospital and later arrested.
The judge will sentence him
for the deaths of Josh,
George and Harry on the 9th March.
More now on the freezing conditions
in and around the capital -
or the so-called 'beast
from the east'.
Weather warnings have been
in place today but the snow
and ice is forecast to get
worse into tomorrow.
Chris Rogers reports from Essex
which is expected to be one
of the worst hit areas.
Nearly every commuter heading
into London from Essex
tomorrow is relying on this.
100 tonnes of salt to be spread
onto the roads of Essex
every time they go out.
That is going to be
three times tonight.
They have already done a run
of seven, the next one is at one
o'clock in the morning.
Then at four o'clock in the morning.
Then they start all over again
when the snow falls.
And it will keep falling.
Creating an endless
battle to beat the ice.
65 gritters, all with names
such as Gritney Spears
and Alexander The Grit,
aim to keep 2000 miles
of road ice free and get
London's workforce moving.
We can never say that there
will never be a problem,
but certainly, we are doing our best
to make sure that the conditions
on the road are as good
as they can possibly be.
It is the white stuff that fell
on London and the Home Counties
throughout the day that poses
the biggest threat tonight,
as Arctic temperatures
endanger not only the roads,
but the rail tracks, too.
We have got guys out on the track
making sure that sets of points
do not get clogged with snow,
which means they can move
backwards and forwards.
We have the conductor rail heating
on which stops ice falling
on the conductor road
and we have our anti-ice trains.
Network Rail closing mainline routes
early tonight and a reduced
timetable tomorrow to get the trains
out and de-ice the tracks.
While commuter chaos is expected,
nothing can be worse than having
nowhere to go and nowhere to live.
When the weather is this cold,
our work is even more
important than ever,
because sleeping rough is pretty
awful at any time of the year,
something that should not happen,
but at this time of year, it can be
a matter of life and death.
Emergency shelters like this one
in Hackney are offering beds
throughout the winter,
part of the Mayor's
strategy to save lives
during London's harsh winters.
Chris Rogers, BBC London News.
And you can of course get the very
latest weather and travel updates
during our breakfast tv bulletins,
on BBC Radio London and on Twitter
by following @BBCTRavelAlert.
It's not just wedding preparations
that are underway in Windsor
as the town gets ready for the royal
event of the year.
As Sarah Harris reports -
as well as a business and tourist
boost, it's expected to add
to the town's regal brand.
The castle is the symbol
of the Windsor brand -
weekend home to the Queen and soon
to be venue for the
international wedding of the year.
According to one economist,
the event is a much-needed financial
boost in uncertain times -
worth tens of millions of pounds.
If you look at the boost
of the wedding in
Windsor and in London,
it's going to be huge.
But the real boost is to Britain PLC
and all the brands in
terms of intangibles, it is very
difficult to quantify that,
but clearly a lot of jobs and a lot
economic activity is going to come
from this celebration.
And it's that celebration,
plus the eyes of world
being on Windsor that's leading
to the production of the town's very
own Monopoly board.
Brand experts see it
as a golden opportunity to be
associated with the Royal milestone.
It was always a case of when not
if for Royal Windsor to gets its
own official Monopoly board.
We were going to do
it in a year or two.
A certain event taking place in two
months made it irresistible for us
and our mission is to make this
board a love letter for Royal
Windsor and showcase
it to the world.
Sending that message round the world
requires an infrastructure update.
Engineers are working to ensure that
running underneath the cobbled
streets here are state of the art to
cope with demand.
Just higher broadband
speeds for all the
broadcasting as well.
So beforehand it was copper.
Fibre optics is a lot faster.
For many businesses based
in the historic town west of London,
the ceremony is the Monopoly
equivalent of passing go and
collecting 200 - not
just down to tourism,
but because of what a modern royal
couple's wedding brings
to the Windsor brand.
It worked for plastic bags -
but would a 5-pence charge
for a takeaway coffee cups encourage
Londoners to ditch the disposable?
One coffee chain is trialling
the idea tin the capital to reduce
the number of cups that end
up in landfill.
Ena Miller has more.
For some, a takeaway coffee
is the perfect start to the day.
For others, it has been the trigger.
I have got a megaphone and I am
not afraid to use it!
To wage war on waste.
So how big is the problem?
Two and a half billion coffee cups
were thrown away every
year, but less than 1%
of that is recycled.
MPs have been calling for a 25p levy
on bought in takeaway cups
and Starbucks says it is listening.
So for the next three months,
36 stores in London will charge
customers an extra 5p.
This is more about making a change
in people's behaviour
than it is about charging
people too much.
What our customers have been telling
us now for quite some time,
they want us to do something,
both about reuse and recycling,
so there is no excuse really.
If you come in, you're
going to get charged for a cup
or you will get rewarded for reuse.
So the idea of the campaign
is to change people's behaviour.
It worked for supermarkets
when they introduced the 5p
charge on carrier bags,
but will it work for coffee cups?
Would you pay in order to change
behaviour in buying takeaway coffee?
If five pence was added,
50p was added or £1?
Definitely £1 or 50p would stop me.
I would just think it was too little
to really change my mind, 50p maybe,
but definitely a pound.
The money raised will go to charity.
It will go towards the building
of a second recycled boat,
that would be moored in west London
and it would enable local young
people to go out on the boat
and collect plastic out
of the River Thames and recycle that
plastic towards more bills.
In three months' time,
we will see if 5p can really
persuade people to drink and think
about the waste their
Emma Miller, BBC London News.
Time for that all-important
weather forecast now,
so I'll say goodnight and leave
you with Louise Lear.
Hello. We have got snow showers to
the east of London.
warning means be prepared for
disruption and that is down through
Kent. Essex, Kent and Sussex is
where we could see up to ten
centimetres may be accumulating
toward stop and that will cause
issues if you are competing to
London. Keep abreast of the forecast
first thing in the morning and be
prepared for some disruption.
Further north and west, the clear
skies were a sunshine will be, but
it will be bitterly cold, -5 or -6
and it will stay bitterly cold
throughout the day. The risk of snow
showers here and there, driving in
on the north-easterly wind. Some
further west but it looks as though
most of the disruption is likely to
say to the extreme south and east. A
cold afternoon, wrap up warm. Now,
as we move out of Tuesday into
Wednesday, still the risk of snow
showers to come but I want to draw
your attention to the circulation,
low pressure moving through Thursday
and Friday and could bring more
significant spill across central and
Southern England. Keep watching the
forecast for updates. Looking ahead,
there is light at the end of the
tunnel as we move towards the