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That's Newsnight with Kirsty.
Welcome to BBC London News
with me Louisa Preston.
Despite assurances given
to this programme last
night by Thames Water,
around 5,000 homes in London
are still having to cope
without running water -
for many it's the
fourth day in a row.
Today the government urged
the company to pay more
than the minimum compensation
to residents who've been
struggling to cope.
Ayshea Buksh reports.
One of several emergency collection
points for Londoners
still without water.
Last night, Thames Water told BBC
London, supplies would be back on,
but that hasn't happened and locals
here in Streatham say
they are still frustrated.
How many days have
you been without water?
So we've not had any water
since Saturday night.
We came down Sunday afternoon
and waited for an hour
for water to be delivered
and there wasn't any.
St George's grove were all
the hospital people live,
there's no water at all.
Not a drop, nothing coming out,
nothing to do, nothing
to shower with, to drink,
put the kettle on.
No toilets being able to be used.
Who are you collecting for?
My family and my neighbour.
My neighbour is an elderly woman,
she is 90 years old, so she can't
come and collect water herself.
Local schools in the area
were forced to close and well
the water supply has returned
to some streets, others are still
forced to rely on bottled water.
The manager of this restaurant
on Streatham High Road,
has been delivering to those unable
to get to collection points
and supporting his neighbours.
We are basically here for everyone
who wants to use it.
Those who can't come down
to the site, the elderly, infirm,
those with small children,
we are there to bring
the water up for them.
The business comes secondary now.
We've no staff coming
in because we are not open,
so we basically thought,
let's turn this into a shelter
for the people of Streatham.
Hence why we've got bottles
of water everywhere,
our toilets are opened
for the community and we are opened
throughout the night for people
to come and use of facilities.
And the issue was also raised
in Parliament today by local MPs.
Under the water industry
guaranteed services scheme,
most of my constituents will only
get compensation of £20 if they have
been without water for 48 hours
and then they get a further £10
per 24 hours after that point.
Frankly, Mr Speaker,
I think that is an insult.
Mr Speaker, you will recognise those
are the minimum requirements
and that's why I made it clear
on my phone call today
with the chief executives,
particularly thinking of the areas
where people are being severely
affected, and that includes
So I believe the issue is now
isolated to SW16 and 17,
the areas he represents.
Absolutely, I do expect Thames Water
to go far beyond that in making sure
they redress the balance.
This has been such a difficult
situation for such a long period.
We are going to take this incident
and review it afterwards and look
to how we might improve the level
of compensation to those customers
to those customers impacted,
after we've got everyone
back on supply safely.
The government has already said
water companies could face tougher
regulations and water regulator
Ofwat, says they've been warned time
and time again to plan ahead better.
A murder investigation is under way
after a woman has been found
dead at her home in Twickenham -
the bodies of her husband and two
boys were discovered earlier
on a beach in Eastbourne.
Our Reporter Tolu Aday-o-yay
has the latest.
This evening, forensic investigators
were still working at the property
in Twickenham where a woman
in her 40s was discovered with fatal
stab wounds yesterday evening.
Police were first called to South
Road just before 6pm after concerns
were raised about the welfare
of a family living there.
It is always very quiet at the
house, but yesterday I saw loads of
flashing lights. I looked out the
front and sort of fire engine and
police cars. I thought there must be
a fire. I looked at the back and I
heard them smashing the front door
down. Obviously, they were in the
garden running around, like
something was not right. You don't
expect it to happen on your
doorstep. You hear it on the news
and TV, but very shocking.
discovering the woman's body,
detective set out to discover the
whereabouts of her two sons aged ten
and seven. This is where they were
found, in Eastbourne 90 miles away.
Sussex Police were called to the
area about an hour before police
found the woman. There has been no
formal identification and
postmortems are due on all four
bodies. The Met are leading this
investigation with support from
Sussex Police. At this stage they
said they are not looking for anyone
else in connection with this
investigation but they do want to
speak to anyone who may have
information. Very little is known
about the family in the area, and
the next of kin have been informed
but police have not named them
A Spanish tourist
has died and another
is in a critical condition,
following a suspected
carbon monoxide leak
in a hotel near Earl's Court.
29 people had to be evacuated from
the Mayflower Hotel in Kensington.
The death is currently
being treated as "unexplained".
A postmortem is yet to take place.
The parents of a severely disabled
baby boy from Peckham,
who's on life support have
lost their appeal at the European
court for doctors to
continue treating him.
A High Court judge previously gave
doctors at King's College Hospital
permission to provide only
palliative care to Isaiah Haastrup
against his parent's wishes.
Doctors at the hospital say
providing further intensive
care treatment is not
in the child's best interests.
A review into the death
of a five-year-old who died
after a tree trunk holding a swing
fell on her, has concluded
the council won't be prosecuted.
Alexia Walenkaki's mother claimed
Tower Hamlet's annual
inspection of Mile End Park hadn't
taken place for almost two years.
Today the CPS upheld
an earlier decision,
saying there was a lack
of evidence to prosecute.
Hundreds of lecturers
across the capital were on strike
today over a change
to their pensions,
walk outs are expected
over the coming weeks.
Students it seems are divided,
some are backing the strikes
but others want some
of their tuition fees back.
Here's our Education
Reporter, Marc Ashdown.
Support on the picket
lines this morning.
Hundreds of lecturers
across London were on strike.
They say plans by universities
to change their pensions are unfair.
I think it's hard to remember
a group of employers who have
played their hand in a worse way
than vice chancellors.
There is a big gap opening u,p
between what I think are a group
of fairly out of touch people,
who are trying to impose something
that is going to really
The union claims the changes
would cost the average
academic £10,000 a year.
But universities say there's
a £6 billion black hole
in the pension scheme.
So far, 115,000 students have signed
a petition in support of lecturers.
Here are just a few.
Wake up, wake up...
This protest performance,
reading the work of their lecturers
all day long, is to raise money
to support them.
The mood is definitely
one of solidarity.
Lecturers are what make
this university happen.
Of course, these lecturers
here today won't get paid
because they're on strike,
but King's has broken ranks
with other universities and says it
won't gain any financial benefit
from these salary savings.
Instead, it is setting up a fund
with a view to compensating students
for cancelled classes.
It's not clear yet how that
would work and King's didn't
want to comment further.
Up the road at the School
of Oriental and African Studies,
these students think such
a plan is unworkable.
I think it's really difficult for me
to say, I want £300 back for each
lecture that I've missed.
How do you measure
the knowledge you consume
within a lecture or a tutorial?
There is money that will be saved
as a result of the strike,
so I am pushing for that to be taken
into the hardship fund.
Universities UK say they are willing
and ready for more talks
and are committed to exploring
affordable and viable options
to resolve the dispute.
Is all this damaging
their reputation abroad?
The Chinese government has written
to ministers urging them
to intervene on behalf
of of their 170,000 students here.
It is unfair, we put in a lot
of money, especially our country,
for the students to come
here to study.
All they want is just to study,
just to communicate.
More talks are planned
to untangle this mess,
but so are more strikes too.
Marc Ashdown, BBC London News.
Finally some good news
for passengers who were stranded
on nine trains in Lewisham
on Friday night.
South Eastern say they'll pay
compensation of £100 to anyone
who was delayed because of bad
weather for more than two hours.
Power had to be turned off
after passengers forced the doors
open and walked on the tracks.
Investigations are taking place
to find out what happened.
That's it for now from me so I'll
say goodnight and hand
you over to Chris Fawkes
for a full weather forecast.
It looks a lot more springlike than
It does. Temperatures are rising
over the next few days and into the
weekend as well. Not a bad day
today, sunshine through the clouds.
This is one of the pictures showing
the sunshine in Kew Gardens. In the
south we have an area of low
pressure and rain developing. The
area of rain is looking like it is
going to come our way. With the low
pressure developing it will put the
brakes on this little weather fronts
and it means we will probably see
extensive rain as we go through
Wednesday morning and it could be
pretty slow. Cloud around through
the morning. The afternoon,
brightening up and sunshine coming
too late in the day. The
temperatures, where we see the
sunshine coming through we should
see how I is climbing to 10 Celsius
or so. Not feeling bad in the
sunshine but the temperatures slow
to rise in the morning. Rain to come
to Wednesday night and a few showers
left over for Thursday. Friday is
dry and then it turns milder towards