06/03/2018 London News


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That's Newsnight with Kirsty.

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Welcome to BBC London News

with me Louisa Preston.

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Despite assurances given

to this programme last

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night by Thames Water,

around 5,000 homes in London

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are still having to cope

without running water -

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for many it's the

fourth day in a row.

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Today the government urged

the company to pay more

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than the minimum compensation

to residents who've been

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struggling to cope.

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Ayshea Buksh reports.

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One of several emergency collection

points for Londoners

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still without water.

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Last night, Thames Water told BBC

London, supplies would be back on,

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but that hasn't happened and locals

here in Streatham say

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they are still frustrated.

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How many days have

you been without water?

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It went...

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Saturday night.

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So we've not had any water

since Saturday night.

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We came down Sunday afternoon

and waited for an hour

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for water to be delivered

and there wasn't any.

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St George's grove were all

the hospital people live,

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there's no water at all.

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Not a drop, nothing coming out,

nothing to do, nothing

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to shower with, to drink,

put the kettle on.

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No toilets being able to be used.

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Who are you collecting for?

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My family and my neighbour.

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My neighbour is an elderly woman,

she is 90 years old, so she can't

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come and collect water herself.

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Local schools in the area

were forced to close and well

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the water supply has returned

to some streets, others are still

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forced to rely on bottled water.

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The manager of this restaurant

on Streatham High Road,

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has been delivering to those unable

to get to collection points

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and supporting his neighbours.

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We are basically here for everyone

who wants to use it.

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Those who can't come down

to the site, the elderly, infirm,

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those with small children,

we are there to bring

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the water up for them.

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The business comes secondary now.

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We've no staff coming

in because we are not open,

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so we basically thought,

let's turn this into a shelter

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for the people of Streatham.

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Hence why we've got bottles

of water everywhere,

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our toilets are opened

for the community and we are opened

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throughout the night for people

to come and use of facilities.

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And the issue was also raised

in Parliament today by local MPs.

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Under the water industry

guaranteed services scheme,

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most of my constituents will only

get compensation of £20 if they have

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been without water for 48 hours

and then they get a further £10

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per 24 hours after that point.

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Frankly, Mr Speaker,

I think that is an insult.

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Mr Speaker, you will recognise those

are the minimum requirements

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and that's why I made it clear

on my phone call today

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with the chief executives,

particularly thinking of the areas

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where people are being severely

affected, and that includes

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his constituantents.

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So I believe the issue is now

isolated to SW16 and 17,

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the areas he represents.

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Absolutely, I do expect Thames Water

to go far beyond that in making sure

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they redress the balance.

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This has been such a difficult

situation for such a long period.

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We are going to take this incident

and review it afterwards and look

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to how we might improve the level

of compensation to those customers

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to those customers impacted,

after we've got everyone

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back on supply safely.

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The government has already said

water companies could face tougher

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regulations and water regulator

Ofwat, says they've been warned time

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and time again to plan ahead better.

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A murder investigation is under way

after a woman has been found

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dead at her home in Twickenham -

the bodies of her husband and two

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boys were discovered earlier

on a beach in Eastbourne.

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Our Reporter Tolu Aday-o-yay

has the latest.

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This evening, forensic investigators

were still working at the property

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in Twickenham where a woman

in her 40s was discovered with fatal

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stab wounds yesterday evening.

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Police were first called to South

Road just before 6pm after concerns

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were raised about the welfare

of a family living there.

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It is always very quiet at the

house, but yesterday I saw loads of

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flashing lights. I looked out the

front and sort of fire engine and

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police cars. I thought there must be

a fire. I looked at the back and I

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heard them smashing the front door

down. Obviously, they were in the

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garden running around, like

something was not right. You don't

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expect it to happen on your

doorstep. You hear it on the news

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and TV, but very shocking.

After

discovering the woman's body,

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detective set out to discover the

whereabouts of her two sons aged ten

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and seven. This is where they were

found, in Eastbourne 90 miles away.

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Sussex Police were called to the

area about an hour before police

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found the woman. There has been no

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formal identification and

postmortems are due on all four

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bodies. The Met are leading this

investigation with support from

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Sussex Police. At this stage they

said they are not looking for anyone

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else in connection with this

investigation but they do want to

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speak to anyone who may have

information. Very little is known

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about the family in the area, and

the next of kin have been informed

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but police have not named them

publicly.

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A Spanish tourist

has died and another

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is in a critical condition,

following a suspected

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carbon monoxide leak

in a hotel near Earl's Court.

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29 people had to be evacuated from

the Mayflower Hotel in Kensington.

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The death is currently

being treated as "unexplained".

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A postmortem is yet to take place.

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The parents of a severely disabled

baby boy from Peckham,

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who's on life support have

lost their appeal at the European

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court for doctors to

continue treating him.

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A High Court judge previously gave

doctors at King's College Hospital

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permission to provide only

palliative care to Isaiah Haastrup

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against his parent's wishes.

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Doctors at the hospital say

providing further intensive

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care treatment is not

in the child's best interests.

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A review into the death

of a five-year-old who died

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after a tree trunk holding a swing

fell on her, has concluded

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the council won't be prosecuted.

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Alexia Walenkaki's mother claimed

Tower Hamlet's annual

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inspection of Mile End Park hadn't

taken place for almost two years.

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Today the CPS upheld

an earlier decision,

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saying there was a lack

of evidence to prosecute.

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Hundreds of lecturers

across the capital were on strike

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today over a change

to their pensions,

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walk outs are expected

over the coming weeks.

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Students it seems are divided,

some are backing the strikes

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but others want some

of their tuition fees back.

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Here's our Education

Reporter, Marc Ashdown.

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Support on the picket

lines this morning.

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Hundreds of lecturers

across London were on strike.

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They say plans by universities

to change their pensions are unfair.

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I think it's hard to remember

a group of employers who have

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played their hand in a worse way

than vice chancellors.

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There is a big gap opening u,p

between what I think are a group

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of fairly out of touch people,

who are trying to impose something

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that is going to really

damage universities.

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The union claims the changes

would cost the average

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academic £10,000 a year.

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But universities say there's

a £6 billion black hole

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in the pension scheme.

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So far, 115,000 students have signed

a petition in support of lecturers.

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Here are just a few.

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Wake up, wake up...

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This protest performance,

reading the work of their lecturers

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all day long, is to raise money

to support them.

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The mood is definitely

one of solidarity.

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Lecturers are what make

this university happen.

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Of course, these lecturers

here today won't get paid

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because they're on strike,

but King's has broken ranks

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with other universities and says it

won't gain any financial benefit

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from these salary savings.

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Instead, it is setting up a fund

with a view to compensating students

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for cancelled classes.

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It's not clear yet how that

would work and King's didn't

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want to comment further.

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Up the road at the School

of Oriental and African Studies,

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these students think such

a plan is unworkable.

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I think it's really difficult for me

to say, I want £300 back for each

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lecture that I've missed.

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How do you measure

the knowledge you consume

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within a lecture or a tutorial?

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There is money that will be saved

as a result of the strike,

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so I am pushing for that to be taken

into the hardship fund.

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Universities UK say they are willing

and ready for more talks

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and are committed to exploring

affordable and viable options

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to resolve the dispute.

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Is all this damaging

their reputation abroad?

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The Chinese government has written

to ministers urging them

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to intervene on behalf

of of their 170,000 students here.

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It is unfair, we put in a lot

of money, especially our country,

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for the students to come

here to study.

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All they want is just to study,

just to communicate.

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More talks are planned

to untangle this mess,

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but so are more strikes too.

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Marc Ashdown, BBC London News.

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Finally some good news

for passengers who were stranded

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on nine trains in Lewisham

on Friday night.

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South Eastern say they'll pay

compensation of £100 to anyone

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who was delayed because of bad

weather for more than two hours.

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Power had to be turned off

after passengers forced the doors

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open and walked on the tracks.

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Investigations are taking place

to find out what happened.

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That's it for now from me so I'll

say goodnight and hand

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you over to Chris Fawkes

for a full weather forecast.

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It looks a lot more springlike than

last week?

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It does. Temperatures are rising

over the next few days and into the

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weekend as well. Not a bad day

today, sunshine through the clouds.

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This is one of the pictures showing

the sunshine in Kew Gardens. In the

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south we have an area of low

pressure and rain developing. The

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area of rain is looking like it is

going to come our way. With the low

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pressure developing it will put the

brakes on this little weather fronts

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and it means we will probably see

extensive rain as we go through

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Wednesday morning and it could be

pretty slow. Cloud around through

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the morning. The afternoon,

brightening up and sunshine coming

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too late in the day. The

temperatures, where we see the

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sunshine coming through we should

see how I is climbing to 10 Celsius

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or so. Not feeling bad in the

sunshine but the temperatures slow

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to rise in the morning. Rain to come

to Wednesday night and a few showers

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left over for Thursday. Friday is

dry and then it turns milder towards

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the weekend

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