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now the news where you are.
Good evening and welcome
to BBC London News,
with me, Louisa Preston.
Following the death of a man
who fell through ice
in a park yesterday,
the London Fire Brigade's chief fire
officer is warning people not
to venture onto frozen water.
The emergency services
in the capital have been
responding to an increase
in weather-related call-outs.
One London hospital was forced
to cancel some routine operations
as the freezing conditions continue
for a third day.
Victoria Hollins reports.
You can hear the ice cracking.
It's not thick, but enough to leave
a small dog stranded.
Firefighters wearing dry suits
rescued her in Greenhill Gardens
in Barnet and returned her safely
to her owners.
But elsewhere, the ice and cold had
more tragic consequences.
In Danson Park in Bexleyheath,
a man in his 60s died after falling
through ice on a pond yesterday.
The emergency services
were called just before 4pm.
The man, it's believed,
just fell into the pond here.
He was rescued by another park user,
by a member of the public, before
the emergency services arrived.
He was taken to hospital
but died a short time later.
The circumstances are
still being investigated,
but it's the sort of tragedy that
London Fire Brigade
is really worried about.
Please do not go near frozen water.
Even if it looks like it's safe
to walk on, you've got no idea
how thick the ice is.
People are falling in and the shock
factor can kill people very quickly.
So, we're absolutely urging people
to stay away from any water.
Cold weather brings other
challenges for those keeping
the emergency services going.
All ready to go.
Bob is doing everything he can
to keep things going outside
at St George's Hospital in Tooting.
He's got through the entire winter
supply of salt in just four days.
It's my 29th year now and I've never
seen it like this before.
I've looked after the grounds
and gardens in all that time
and we've always looked
after the de-icing and
clearing up of the roads.
But it's never been as bad as this.
It's just been constant,
When I came in on Tuesday,
it was minus 12.
How's it going?
It looks OK at the moment.
Dr Phil Ross helps keep things
going inside the hospital.
He's in charge of the emergency
department at St George's.
There's an increase in heart attacks
and strokes during cold weather,
but it brings other problems, too.
We find that we get
an increase in injuries,
because people slip over
on the snow, the ice.
People on bicycles come off them.
Cycling in snow is never a good
idea, from our perspective.
And coupled with that,
it is extremely cold,
so we are seeing patients who come
in hypothermic who need rewarming
and become incredibly
ill because of this.
At other hospitals including Barts,
some routine operations have
had to be cancelled.
But from the staff on the children's
ward at Queen Elizabeth Hospital
staying overnight, to the paramedics
still on their bikes,
the emergency services
are overcoming the challenges
the weather brings.
Surrey was one of the worst
hit places in our area.
180 schools were closed
in the county because of
the freezing weather.
But despite the difficult
conditions, carers were out in force
bringing much needed help
and support to the elderly
From Surrey, Gareth Furby
sent this report.
We're on the back roads in Surrey.
The places gritters
don't often visit.
And the task for Charlotte
is to get through safely.
There are people, vulnerable people,
sometimes very poorly, elderly,
that are depending on us
to get to them.
It's care provided 365 days
a year and no weather,
no matter how extreme,
will stop it.
They're very small
There's no grit, so we're
getting a bit icy, now.
To be honest, I haven't experienced
these weather conditions before.
I've actually borrowed
my son's wellies.
Hopefully they will do the job.
Hello, my love, we're here.
And delighted that Charlotte's made
the effort is Cynthia,
who's 88 years old.
We will make you all lovely.
And you will be
the delight of Cobham.
I couldn't manage without somebody
coming in, a carer.
I couldn't manage...
Undressing and dressing,
I do need that help.
With Charlotte continuing
on her rounds, we headed off
through Surrey and the roads seemed
a lot emptier than usual as people
stayed in and schools were closed.
One of them, Reigate Grammar,
had early warning of this weather
because of a forecast made
using the school's weather station.
It was over a week ago that
I e-mailed all the staff
and on the basis of what we had
learned from our weather club
we started to think this
is a good possibility
that we would get some snow.
I must admit, I have a soft
spot for a snow day,
to give the students a chance
to have some fun in the snow,
to make some memories,
to create some lifetime
moments of fun.
But for care workers like Charlotte,
the job must go on.
For the sake of those
who can't manage without her.
A woman who bludgeoned her husband
to death has won a bid
to challenge her conviction
at the Court of Appeal.
Sally Challen is serving
an 18-year prison sentence
after killing her husband
with a hammer.
Her lawyers say she was the victim
of a form of domestic violence known
as coercive control.
Former mayor Boris Johnson was back
at City Hall today, for a grilling
by the London Assembly over his role
in the failed Garden Bridge project.
The Foreign Secretary denied wasting
taxpayers' money on the project,
which would have seen hundreds
of trees and plants on a crossing
over the River Thames
in central London.
Some £37 million was spent
on the the project, before the plans
were rejected by the current
London Mayor, Sadiq Khan.
That's not true.
Not a single penny of tax payers'
money has been wasted.
Not a single penny.
You listen to me.
Not a signal penny of tax payers'
money has been wasted by me.
It's been wasted by
the current Mayor of London,
who cancelled the project.
Now, as we've seen, the snow
and cold weather has been causing
disruption in the capital,
but many have been enjoying it.
Today, the Team GB snowboarder
Aimee Fuller, who crashed out
of the Winter Olympics only a few
weeks ago, today was back
on the snow - but this
time closer to home,
on Primrose Hill.
We caught up with her there.
Two, three, keep going, keep going,
keep going, and release.
I'm positively surprised
at the gradient and speed that
you can pick up on Primrose Hill.
I love it.
Imagination at its finest.
The best thing about the snow
in London is the inspiration
and creativity we have seen
from just about everybody
that is on this hill today.
Lots of fun being had
in Primrose Hill, but let's find out
how much longer this cold weather
is going to be around for.
Darren Bett is here.
In weather terms it's the first
day of Spring today.
It definitely doesn't feel like it.
The first day of spring, would you
believe it. It's incredible, isn't
it? It could actually be the coldest
March day on record today and it's
got colder and colder as the week
goes on and that's due to the Beast
from the East and that's really an
easterly wind that comes all away
from Siberia. Over the past few days
we've seen that wind picking up,
which brings with significant
wind-chill and now it's combining of
course with Storm and that's coming
up from Portugal and brought wet and
windy weather there. The, nation of
those two things which is the reason
we've recently seen snow up the
Arsenal game earlier this evening.
It's extremely cold, we've had a bit
of snow, but not as much as other
parts of the country. Why is that?
We are further away from the storm
and the moister air, which gives the
car snow flakes which are more
likely to settle, has been further
north across the UK, so it's been
what I'd call snizzle, accommodation
of snow and drizzle, that finds no,
but the amber warning has been
extended towards parts of Surrey and
We'd like to show you
some pictures of the cold weather
which is difficult to cope with for
some, but take a look at these.
Extremely brave swimmers didn't let
temperatures of -3 put them off a
bit of a dip! This lido saw an
increase in visitors as the snow
Very brave people indeed. I'll say
good night and hand you over to
Darren for a full forecast.
You wouldn't catch me doing that!
Lets look at the amber warning from
the Met Office. It's extended
towards Surrey and Berkshire, we
have some snow around through the
latter part of this evening and for
a while overnight. It tends to move
away as the night goes on, but we're
left with a lot of cloud actually.
There won't be too much snow for
many of us and temperatures
shouldn't get too low because we
have the easterly wind as well. But
there's more snow to come tomorrow
and after a dry start, perhaps not
too bad for the morning rush hour,
we are looking at this spell of
snow, mostly light snow, pushing up
from the south through the day. It
will be around for the evening rush
hour and it will be cold again,
temperatures struggling to get above
freezing. Add on the strength of the
wind and temperatures will be much
lower or feel more like -9 for
example a in Luton. Some snow to
come and some uncertainty about how
much snow there will be and what
impact it will have. It's moving up
from the south, which means it will
head northwards tomorrow evening and
tomorrow night and it should tend to
clear away. We may get some breaks
in the cloud coming in from the
south. Once that happens this is
actually less cold air. That takes
us nicely onto the outlook, where
there are some significant changes
on the way. What you will notice
first of all is that temperatures
will be rising over the coming few
days, even through the weekend,
because we're losing the easterly