26/02/2018 London News


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Here on BBC One, it's time

for the news where you are.

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Good evening from BBC London News.

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The parents of three teenagers

killed by a drunk driver are angry

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that he could get a lesser sentence

- after he pleaded guilty

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to causing their deaths

by dangerous driving.

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The boys were on their way to a 16th

birthday party in Hayes when the car

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ploughed into them last month.

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Helen Drew reports.

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Three great friends -

Josh McGuinness and George Wilkinson

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were both 16 and Harry Rice was 17.

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They were walking to

a friend's birthday party

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in Hayes when they were hit by a car

that mounted the pavement.

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All three died at the scene.

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Devastated.

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We just...

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Devastation.

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I couldn't put it

into words how we feel.

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There is no words.

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Ripped us apart.

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It's affected everyone,

not just us, hundreds

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of friends, because that

is

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how nice the boys were.

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The driver was 28-year-old

Jaynesh Chudasama,

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who today pleaded guilty to three

counts of causing death by

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dangerous driving.

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The Old Bailey heard he was two

and a half times the drink

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driving limit, as well as having

traces of cannabis in his system.

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He was doing 71mph

in a 60 when it is

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thought he tried to overtake another

car and lost control of this Audi.

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The maximum sentence for causing

during the last by dangerous driving

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is 14 years in prison.

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We are not very happy,

we would have preferred

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it going to a trial,

because at this rate,

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having pled guilty, he can get

a

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third of off his sentence.

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We don't feel that is

sufficient enough time

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served for the lives of two

16-year-old and one 17-year-old boy.

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The local community is devastated

and today the judge said even more

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lives could have been lost.

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When the three boys

were hit they were

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walking with two friends and towards

another three friends, they

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were all standing close together.

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The judge said this could have

easily have been something that

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killed eight people instead

of three, and she may well consider

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that when sentencing.

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There was a passenger

in the car with Jaynesh

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Chudasama and both men

ran from the scene.

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Two of the friends who were there

but not hit ran after the men

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and managed to drag the driver back

to the scene where he was taken to

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hospital and later arrested.

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The judge will sentence him

for the deaths of Josh,

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George and Harry on the 9th March.

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More now on the freezing conditions

in and around the capital -

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or the so-called 'beast

from the east'.

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Weather warnings have been

in place today but the snow

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and ice is forecast to get

worse into tomorrow.

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Chris Rogers reports from Essex

which is expected to be one

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of the worst hit areas.

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Nearly every commuter heading

into London from Essex

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tomorrow is relying on this.

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100 tonnes of salt to be spread

onto the roads of Essex

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every time they go out.

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That is going to be

three times tonight.

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They have already done a run

of seven, the next one is at one

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o'clock in the morning.

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Then at four o'clock in the morning.

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Then they start all over again

when the snow falls.

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And it will keep falling.

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Creating an endless

battle to beat the ice.

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65 gritters, all with names

such as Gritney Spears

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and Alexander The Grit,

aim to keep 2000 miles

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of road ice free and get

London's workforce moving.

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We can never say that there

will never be a problem,

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but certainly, we are doing our best

to make sure that the conditions

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on the road are as good

as they can possibly be.

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It is the white stuff that fell

on London and the Home Counties

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throughout the day that poses

the biggest threat tonight,

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as Arctic temperatures

endanger not only the roads,

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but the rail tracks, too.

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We have got guys out on the track

making sure that sets of points

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do not get clogged with snow,

which means they can move

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backwards and forwards.

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We have the conductor rail heating

on which stops ice falling

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on the conductor road

and we have our anti-ice trains.

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Network Rail closing mainline routes

early tonight and a reduced

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timetable tomorrow to get the trains

out and de-ice the tracks.

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While commuter chaos is expected,

nothing can be worse than having

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nowhere to go and nowhere to live.

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When the weather is this cold,

our work is even more

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important than ever,

because sleeping rough is pretty

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awful at any time of the year,

something that should not happen,

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but at this time of year, it can be

a matter of life and death.

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Emergency shelters like this one

in Hackney are offering beds

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throughout the winter,

part of the Mayor's

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strategy to save lives

during London's harsh winters.

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Chris Rogers, BBC London News.

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And you can of course get the very

latest weather and travel updates

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during our breakfast tv bulletins,

on BBC Radio London and on Twitter

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by following @BBCTRavelAlert.

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It's not just wedding preparations

that are underway in Windsor

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as the town gets ready for the royal

event of the year.

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As Sarah Harris reports -

as well as a business and tourist

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boost, it's expected to add

to the town's regal brand.

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The castle is the symbol

of the Windsor brand -

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weekend home to the Queen and soon

to be venue for the

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international wedding of the year.

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According to one economist,

the event is a much-needed financial

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boost in uncertain times -

worth tens of millions of pounds.

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If you look at the boost

of the wedding in

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Windsor and in London,

it's going to be huge.

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But the real boost is to Britain PLC

and all the brands in

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terms of intangibles, it is very

difficult to quantify that,

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but clearly a lot of jobs and a lot

of

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economic activity is going to come

from this celebration.

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And it's that celebration,

plus the eyes of world

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being on Windsor that's leading

to the production of the town's very

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own Monopoly board.

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Brand experts see it

as a golden opportunity to be

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associated with the Royal milestone.

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It was always a case of when not

if for Royal Windsor to gets its

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own official Monopoly board.

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We were going to do

it in a year or two.

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A certain event taking place in two

months made it irresistible for us

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and our mission is to make this

board a love letter for Royal

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Windsor and showcase

it to the world.

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Sending that message round the world

requires an infrastructure update.

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Engineers are working to ensure that

communication cables

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running underneath the cobbled

streets here are state of the art to

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cope with demand.

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Just higher broadband

speeds for all the

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broadcasting as well.

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So beforehand it was copper.

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Fibre optics is a lot faster.

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For many businesses based

in the historic town west of London,

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the ceremony is the Monopoly

equivalent of passing go and

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collecting 200 - not

just down to tourism,

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but because of what a modern royal

couple's wedding brings

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to the Windsor brand.

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It worked for plastic bags -

but would a 5-pence charge

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for a takeaway coffee cups encourage

Londoners to ditch the disposable?

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One coffee chain is trialling

the idea tin the capital to reduce

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the number of cups that end

up in landfill.

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Ena Miller has more.

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For some, a takeaway coffee

is the perfect start to the day.

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For others, it has been the trigger.

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I have got a megaphone and I am

not afraid to use it!

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To wage war on waste.

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So how big is the problem?

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Two and a half billion coffee cups

were thrown away every

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year, but less than 1%

of that is recycled.

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MPs have been calling for a 25p levy

on bought in takeaway cups

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and Starbucks says it is listening.

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Thank you.

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So for the next three months,

36 stores in London will charge

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customers an extra 5p.

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This is more about making a change

in people's behaviour

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than it is about charging

people too much.

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What our customers have been telling

us now for quite some time,

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they want us to do something,

both about reuse and recycling,

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so there is no excuse really.

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If you come in, you're

going to get charged for a cup

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or you will get rewarded for reuse.

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So the idea of the campaign

is to change people's behaviour.

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It worked for supermarkets

when they introduced the 5p

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charge on carrier bags,

but will it work for coffee cups?

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Would you pay in order to change

behaviour in buying takeaway coffee?

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If five pence was added,

50p was added or £1?

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Definitely £1 or 50p would stop me.

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5p, probably.

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I would just think it was too little

to really change my mind, 50p maybe,

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but definitely a pound.

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The money raised will go to charity.

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It will go towards the building

of a second recycled boat,

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that would be moored in west London

and it would enable local young

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people to go out on the boat

and collect plastic out

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of the River Thames and recycle that

plastic towards more bills.

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In three months' time,

we will see if 5p can really

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persuade people to drink and think

about the waste their

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coffee produces.

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Emma Miller, BBC London News.

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Time for that all-important

weather forecast now,

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so I'll say goodnight and leave

you with Louise Lear.

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Hello. We have got snow showers to

the east of London.

The amber

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warning means be prepared for

disruption and that is down through

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Kent. Essex, Kent and Sussex is

where we could see up to ten

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centimetres may be accumulating

toward stop and that will cause

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issues if you are competing to

London. Keep abreast of the forecast

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first thing in the morning and be

prepared for some disruption.

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Further north and west, the clear

skies were a sunshine will be, but

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it will be bitterly cold, -5 or -6

and it will stay bitterly cold

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throughout the day. The risk of snow

showers here and there, driving in

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on the north-easterly wind. Some

further west but it looks as though

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most of the disruption is likely to

say to the extreme south and east. A

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cold afternoon, wrap up warm. Now,

as we move out of Tuesday into

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Wednesday, still the risk of snow

showers to come but I want to draw

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your attention to the circulation,

low pressure moving through Thursday

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and Friday and could bring more

significant spill across central and

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Southern England. Keep watching the

forecast for updates. Looking ahead,

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there is light at the end of the

tunnel as we move towards the

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weekend,

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