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were left critically ill in hospital
with suspected poisoning.
Now on BBC One, it's time
for the news where you are.
Welcome to BBC London News,
with me, Victoria Hollins.
Ministers have been urged to launch
a public inquiry after thousands
of homes across the capital
were left without water.
Homes, hospitals and schools
across London were affected.
Tonight two Labour MPs from south
London called for action.
This is a national crisis
in our water industry,
and it is clear that the industry
is not fit for purpose.
At the very least one would have
thought there would be some
kind of public inquiry.
People will be interested to know
whether they will get compensation
for what has happened.
Well one company serving a large
swathe of London is Thames Water.
They've been working today
to try to restore supplies.
Marc Ashdown sent this report
from Balham in south London.
First in line for water this
morning, mum of three Sara.
She's had to walk a mile
here to collect bottles.
At the moment, everyday life
is virtually impossible.
The simple washing-up,
the sewage and literally cooking,
as well, because I can't
cook without water.
The boiling and washing.
And three kids.
And three kids as well,
is definitely quite hard.
As you can see,
nothing's coming out.
Dozens of schools and nurseries have
been forced to close,
leaving parents with a childcare
headache, but without water
it's simply not safe
to have 70 children here.
All the children's
meals are done on site.
We have babies ranging from nine
months and children up to five
years, so you can imagine
the children going to
the toilet, they're learning
how to toilet train.
We need water for food,
for washing the plates,
for the dishwasher, in every aspect
of the nursery, we need water.
This care home has transported
water from 40 miles away.
Two days without it and growing
anger at the lack of information
or support from Thames.
I was disappointed,
Certain services, like care homes,
hospitals, should have some form of,
they should have some form of plan
for people in those areas,
because we cannot afford
to function without water.
Thames has apologised and in this
video blames last week's extreme
cold which thawed so quickly,
it led to cracks in older pipes.
It is estimated around 12,000
people have been affected,
from Streatham and Herne Hill
to Cricklewood and Hampstead.
A car park in Balham -
one of four impromptu water
distribution centres set up around
Thames say they've already given out
200,000 litres of bottled water.
By the end of today,
they are expecting that
to be more like 600,000.
They have just started rationing it
here, so they are giving out one
pack of six 1.5 litre bottles
per household, because at the moment
they're struggling to
keep up with demand.
How are mums with prams,
elderly, disabled expected
to carry bottles of water?
You could be better
at that and you could be
better at communication,
which is what a lot of customers
are also angry about.
What you see on some of the video
there, our bottled water stations,
that's not all that's happening.
Clearly for those vulnerable
customers who can't come to us,
we are running water out to them
and we are constantly replenishing
stocks throughout the day.
Communicating, we could be better.
It's been very difficult to try
and get the right messages to such
a broad coverage of area,
but we are trying very hard
to get better at that.
Marc Ashdown, BBC London News.
Well with me now is Tolu Adeoye.
Tolu, so what is the latest -
are water supplies back?
And what has the government
said about this?
Not quite. Some have water, some do
not. It has been a tough time for
thousands of Londoners, not only in
south London but also in north
London. We heard from Thames Water
and the latest is that they have
advised that the number of customers
without water or experiencing low
pressure is steadily reducing and is
now below 5000. The best place for
updates is on Twitter. Affinity
water is another company, they deal
largely in north London, Barnett is
one of their areas and
they say have water but they may
experience no pressure. Greenford is
also having problems. The advice for
people with what is to use it
sparingly. Take a shower instead of
a bath. As the government said
anything? We heard for some Labour
MPs calling for an enquiry. The
government said they have nothing
for us. A lot of people will be
worrying about this rolling into the
third day and they will be hoping to
wake up tomorrow and be able to have
a hot shower.
I bet they will. Thank
you very much. The rail company
responsible for the service that
left hundreds of commuters stranded
has apologised and offered
compensation. South East and says
passengers could have been killed
when they forced open doors and
climbed from the carriages on two
live tracks. Here is our transport
correspondent, Tom Edwards.
Stranded and frustrated,
commuters on Friday night forcing
open the doors on nine trains
and walking down the tracks.
Some had been stranded for hours.
Stuck on a train, just outside
Lewisham station. Obviously it is a
little bits no way. Looking forward
to getting home and having a nice
cup of tea. You can see everyone
waiting on the train for
instruction. We have had the
go-ahead from the police. It looks
like there is a train right in front
of us. We have been here for a long
period of time.
Today, South Eastern said it had
to cut the power or passengers
could have been electrocuted.
Do you understand their frustration
in getting out, taking things
into their own hands?
I absolutely do understand
Really difficult conditions,
stuck on trains, you know, however,
the safest place for people to be
is on the train.
We wanted to try and get trains
moving as quickly as we could.
The safest way to do that was to get
everyone on board the trains,
re-energise the network
and to get moving.
Unfortunately, we were not able
to do that, because for a period
of three hours, we had people
on the tracks.
Some passengers say a lack
of information just
confused the situation.
In these conditions,
I would ask passengers
to stay on the train.
That is our safest option of getting
you moving, getting you home,
is to stay on the train and bear
with us while we get it
back up and running.
Today, the rail company apologised,
Do you regret running trains?
We were very conscious that we had
tens, if not hundreds of thousands
of people in London who we have
brought in and we needed to try
and find the best way
we could to get them home.
There will now be investigations
into what happened.
This was an extremely serious
incident that could have
been much, much worse.
Tom Edwards, BBC London News.
Scotland Yard has defended
the intelligence database it uses
to map criminal gangs -
describing it as "a vital tool
in the fight against violent crime".
A Freedom of Information request
by this programme has revealed that
80% of those on the Gangs Matrix
are black - prompting allegations
from some of racism.
A charge the Met denies
saying it includes victims
as well as perpetrators.
Alex Bushill has this
To understand knife crime,
just ask the children who have
to live with the threat
of it every day.
This is the Brookfield
Club in Peckham.
One of the kids here
was stabbed to death last year.
Diego and Rashida knew him well.
It just feels that our friends can
be arrested or can kill somebody,
and our friends can be killed.
It makes me feel sad,
because they are just
losing their life over stupidness.
Sometimes it makes me feel scared,
but such is life, really.
"Such is life".
Well, it is certainly
true that there's been
a recent spike in stabbings.
The Met says its gangs
matrix is a crucial tool.
It's an intelligence led
database that identifies 200
active gangs in London.
What's controversial, though,
is that the matrix also lists 80%
of all gang members as black,
which has triggered
accusations of racism.
How did they get on the matrix
in the first place?
It could be that their cousin
is on the matrix, they go
to football with someone on the
matrix, or they just live next
door to someone on the matrix.
If you are black and you are in
a group of more than two or three,
then you are automatically
in a gang, because the definition
is so loose and so problematic,
so it's also like racial profiling
around a problem that they are
going to be in a gang
because they happen to be black.
In response, the Met says two
separate pieces of intelligence
are needed to put you on the matrix,
and that it can't be racist
as it identifies gang members
who are also victims.
If you are a young black man
in London, you can be the subject
of violence as a victim,
and be in a gang, and you will be
on the matrix, and we will look
to divert individuals away
from a life of crime,
that are on the matrix.
Looking at your custody record,
you're 21 years of age,
and you're unemployed at the moment.
Is that right?
And that's where programmes
like Divert come in.
Informed by the matrix,
the Met can and do seek to divert
young criminals at the point
of arrest while in custody,
away from a life of gang violence.
We've had people that have been
brought in for the possession
of firearms, we've had people that
are very high harm offenders,
and we've got them
at the right moment.
We've got them at that
moment where they've
gone, enough is enough.
For some, that still doesn't answer,
though, why the matrix suggests
so many more black men are in gangs.
That's why the Mayor of London
is now working with the Met
to review how the matrix works
and whether it needs changes.
Alex Bushell, BBC London News.
That's it for now from me,
but lets find out what the weathers
up to with Darren Bett.
Thank you very much.
We have some sunshine today,
it felt much more like spring.
We have seen milder conditions
arriving over the past few days.
And tomorrow, whilst
it will be mainly dry,
I suspect there will be a good deal
of cloud around.
Now, there has been some rain not
far away, earlier on in the evening.
That wetter weather is moving
northwards, and we are essentially
going to be left with a good deal
of cloud overnight.
Very light southerly breeze
and with enough cloud,
temperatures should hold at around
three or 4 degrees, if it
breaks, those temperatures
will be a little lower.
But a fair bit of cloud,
I think, for Tuesday.
Whilst it will be dry,
I think it will brighten up
more towards the south
and east of London.
We could trigger one
or two showers here,
but for the most part,
it will be dry.
For the most part,
it will be cloudy.
Those temperatures around 11
or 12 degrees, similar
to what we had today.
Let us take a look at the outlook.
What we are going to find is,
there will be some further showers
over the coming few days,
quite a wet start to the weekend.
Reasonable temperatures getting back
into double figures.