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Now on BBC One, it's time

for the news where you are.

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Welcome to BBC London News

with me, Victoria Hollins.

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We start tonight with more

on the attack on a rushhour tube

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in London last September,

which could so easily have led

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to a devastating loss of life.

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As you've been hearing,

Iraqi teenager Ahmed Hassan

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was convicted for planting a device

on a packed train,

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which injured 50 people.

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The partial explosion forced

passengers to run for cover

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from a fireball that rolled

through the carriage.

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Our reporter Marc Ashdown

has been to meet one

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of the commuters who was there.

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As the train stopped

at Parsons Green, suddenly

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pandemonium broke out

on the platform.

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I don't think it was a loud bang

or anything, just thst big

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flash and the flame ball,

and a huge crowd of people

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charged towards the exit.

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I had really no idea

what was going on.

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What was your feeling,

what did you think?

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We had had a few terror

attacks, obviously.

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Yeah.

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The London Bridge attack had not

been far before this.

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My first thought was,

is anyone running around

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with a machete or a gun,

as there was at London Bridge?

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Where should I go?

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What should I do?

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It became clear fairly quickly

that there was no threat

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of anything like that.

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Pretty scary, though?

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Yes, for that few minutes before

we knew what was going on,

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whilst everyone was running around

panicking.

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You know, lots of

shouting and screaming.

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People are getting

crushed on the stairway.

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Lots of people were helping each

other, particularly those who got

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injured on the stairs trying to get

out of the platform.

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I saw people were helping each other

down and comforting people that had

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been hurt and crushed.

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A neighbour of mine was on the same

train, a scout leader,

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and his first reaction

was to try to help the people who

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had been burned and were panicking.

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He got a little group of people

on the platform to look after them.

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Fairly soon after the incident,

everyone was determined

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to carry on as normal.

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I have been watching

the trial going on.

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When you get to Parsons Green

and the announcement comes up,

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Parsons Green next stop,

you become very aware

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of what happened.

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What if it had gone off?

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All those nuts, and bolts,

and nails and the amount

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of explosive material

that was there, the thought that

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went into packing all of that

metal stuff around it,

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a lot of people could have

been very badly injured.

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Has it changed you,

or are you determined to carry on?

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If we let ourselves get terrified

by what might happen,

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you'd never get on with normal life.

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You have to carry on and hope that

good triumphs over evil.

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Richard Aylmer-Hall ending that

report from Marc Ashdown.

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Hundreds of nursing students have

been told not to expect any more

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payments from the Students Loan

Company for the rest of the year,

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after it claimed it overpaid them.

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Some students say they might not be

able to continue their studies,

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and will be left struggling to pay

bills and rent.

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The Royal College of Nursing has

called on the company

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to write off the loans.

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Here's Charlotte Franks.

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They're on the frontline

of our hospitals, caring

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for the sick and injured.

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It's a profession that can be both

rewarding and pressured,

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and in London the low salary can be

a struggle, with the

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high cost of living.

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Despite this, students

like Emma have still chosen

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to train as a nurse.

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I knew from the get-go I would get

the NHS bursary and receive payments

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from Student Finance England,

so that was what I have

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been relying on.

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But new Emma and as many as 800

other nursing students in London

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will stop receiving their student

loan following an overpayment error

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by the organisation.

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There was a moment of panic

where I wasn't sure if I would be

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able to continue the course.

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I didn't know how...

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If I can't afford my rent,

I can't stay in London.

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It was really scary to even be

thinking that this far

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into my degree I might have

to defer, or even quit.

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Many students say they questioned

the overpayments at the time

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but were given false assurances

the sums were correct.

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The Royal College of Nursing

say they have spoken

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to the Student Loans Company

who have confirmed they have known

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about this mistake since January.

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We are calling for these

overpayments to be written off

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with immediate effect.

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It is through no fault of their own.

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They were told they had

nothing to worry about.

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Some students have said

they will have to quit the course

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if this is not resolved.

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This is not the first time

the Student Loans Company has been

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the focus of media scrutiny.

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In the past, it has had to deal

with failed payments,

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bailing students out and claims

the firm was near meltdown.

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This body is responsible

for handing literally billions

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of pounds of public money.

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The fact that the people being hit

by this are a key part of our NHS.

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The Student Loans Company told us

they are investigating how the error

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occurred but they have refused

to write off the payments.

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The concern is that,

at a time when London is facing

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a severe nursing shortage,

there could be hundreds of students

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who might never qualify

because they can't afford to.

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Tonight the Department for Education

told us it is investigating

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the situation and described it

as "completely unacceptable".

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It said "none of the affected

student nurses should suffer

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hardship as a result of this error."

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The long-standing Mayor of Newham

has been defeated in a leadership

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battle for the Labour Party

in the East London borough.

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Sir Robin Wales had been in the role

for more than 20 years

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but faced opposition

from within his own party.

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He'll be replaced as Labour's

candidate for elected mayor

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by councillor Rokhsana Fiaz.

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She believes she's widely supported.

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I am someone, candidate,

who has received full support

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from across all sections

of the party, be that Momentum,

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be that the right of the party.

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I have clearly demonstrated

a vision and a plan that has

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appealed to all spectrums

of the party, locally.

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That's it for now from me -

I hope you have a lovely weekend.

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Now let's find out what the weathers

up to with Ben Rich.

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It felt like spring in the sunshine

today. In fact, Northolt,

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temperatures got up to 14.6 degrees.

I think tomorrow will be a big shock

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to the system, because the weekend

brings some very, very cold weather

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indeed. Windy as well. There will be

some snow showers. We could see some

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snow through the early hours of

Saturday. A bit of rain initially,

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but then, by the end of the night,

it is likely we will start to see

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mostly light snow pushing its way in

from the north-east. As we go

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through the day tomorrow, could well

see a spell of snow through the

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morning, perhaps giving a few

centimetres here and there. That'll

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tearaway and what we will be left

with through the rest of the day is

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generally a lot of cloud and further

snow showers feeding in from the

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east. Showers will be quite hit and

miss. Some places will get a

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covering of snow. Other places

missing out completely and your

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temperatures to the afternoon only

one or three degrees at best. As we

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go to tomorrow evening, it looks

like the snow showers will become

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more widespread and more frequent.

The Met Office has issued an amber

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be prepared warning, for the

potential that snow and ice could

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cause disruption into Sunday

morning. Sunday itself should be

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drier. Into next

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