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Now on BBC One, it's time
for the news where you are.
Welcome to BBC London News
with me, Victoria Hollins.
We start tonight with more
on the attack on a rushhour tube
in London last September,
which could so easily have led
to a devastating loss of life.
As you've been hearing,
Iraqi teenager Ahmed Hassan
was convicted for planting a device
on a packed train,
which injured 50 people.
The partial explosion forced
passengers to run for cover
from a fireball that rolled
through the carriage.
Our reporter Marc Ashdown
has been to meet one
of the commuters who was there.
As the train stopped
at Parsons Green, suddenly
pandemonium broke out
on the platform.
I don't think it was a loud bang
or anything, just thst big
flash and the flame ball,
and a huge crowd of people
charged towards the exit.
I had really no idea
what was going on.
What was your feeling,
what did you think?
We had had a few terror
The London Bridge attack had not
been far before this.
My first thought was,
is anyone running around
with a machete or a gun,
as there was at London Bridge?
Where should I go?
What should I do?
It became clear fairly quickly
that there was no threat
of anything like that.
Pretty scary, though?
Yes, for that few minutes before
we knew what was going on,
whilst everyone was running around
You know, lots of
shouting and screaming.
People are getting
crushed on the stairway.
Lots of people were helping each
other, particularly those who got
injured on the stairs trying to get
out of the platform.
I saw people were helping each other
down and comforting people that had
been hurt and crushed.
A neighbour of mine was on the same
train, a scout leader,
and his first reaction
was to try to help the people who
had been burned and were panicking.
He got a little group of people
on the platform to look after them.
Fairly soon after the incident,
everyone was determined
to carry on as normal.
I have been watching
the trial going on.
When you get to Parsons Green
and the announcement comes up,
Parsons Green next stop,
you become very aware
of what happened.
What if it had gone off?
All those nuts, and bolts,
and nails and the amount
of explosive material
that was there, the thought that
went into packing all of that
metal stuff around it,
a lot of people could have
been very badly injured.
Has it changed you,
or are you determined to carry on?
If we let ourselves get terrified
by what might happen,
you'd never get on with normal life.
You have to carry on and hope that
good triumphs over evil.
Richard Aylmer-Hall ending that
report from Marc Ashdown.
Hundreds of nursing students have
been told not to expect any more
payments from the Students Loan
Company for the rest of the year,
after it claimed it overpaid them.
Some students say they might not be
able to continue their studies,
and will be left struggling to pay
bills and rent.
The Royal College of Nursing has
called on the company
to write off the loans.
Here's Charlotte Franks.
They're on the frontline
of our hospitals, caring
for the sick and injured.
It's a profession that can be both
rewarding and pressured,
and in London the low salary can be
a struggle, with the
high cost of living.
Despite this, students
like Emma have still chosen
to train as a nurse.
I knew from the get-go I would get
the NHS bursary and receive payments
from Student Finance England,
so that was what I have
been relying on.
But new Emma and as many as 800
other nursing students in London
will stop receiving their student
loan following an overpayment error
by the organisation.
There was a moment of panic
where I wasn't sure if I would be
able to continue the course.
I didn't know how...
If I can't afford my rent,
I can't stay in London.
It was really scary to even be
thinking that this far
into my degree I might have
to defer, or even quit.
Many students say they questioned
the overpayments at the time
but were given false assurances
the sums were correct.
The Royal College of Nursing
say they have spoken
to the Student Loans Company
who have confirmed they have known
about this mistake since January.
We are calling for these
overpayments to be written off
with immediate effect.
It is through no fault of their own.
They were told they had
nothing to worry about.
Some students have said
they will have to quit the course
if this is not resolved.
This is not the first time
the Student Loans Company has been
the focus of media scrutiny.
In the past, it has had to deal
with failed payments,
bailing students out and claims
the firm was near meltdown.
This body is responsible
for handing literally billions
of pounds of public money.
The fact that the people being hit
by this are a key part of our NHS.
The Student Loans Company told us
they are investigating how the error
occurred but they have refused
to write off the payments.
The concern is that,
at a time when London is facing
a severe nursing shortage,
there could be hundreds of students
who might never qualify
because they can't afford to.
Tonight the Department for Education
told us it is investigating
the situation and described it
as "completely unacceptable".
It said "none of the affected
student nurses should suffer
hardship as a result of this error."
The long-standing Mayor of Newham
has been defeated in a leadership
battle for the Labour Party
in the East London borough.
Sir Robin Wales had been in the role
for more than 20 years
but faced opposition
from within his own party.
He'll be replaced as Labour's
candidate for elected mayor
by councillor Rokhsana Fiaz.
She believes she's widely supported.
I am someone, candidate,
who has received full support
from across all sections
of the party, be that Momentum,
be that the right of the party.
I have clearly demonstrated
a vision and a plan that has
appealed to all spectrums
of the party, locally.
That's it for now from me -
I hope you have a lovely weekend.
Now let's find out what the weathers
up to with Ben Rich.
It felt like spring in the sunshine
today. In fact, Northolt,
temperatures got up to 14.6 degrees.
I think tomorrow will be a big shock
to the system, because the weekend
brings some very, very cold weather
indeed. Windy as well. There will be
some snow showers. We could see some
snow through the early hours of
Saturday. A bit of rain initially,
but then, by the end of the night,
it is likely we will start to see
mostly light snow pushing its way in
from the north-east. As we go
through the day tomorrow, could well
see a spell of snow through the
morning, perhaps giving a few
centimetres here and there. That'll
tearaway and what we will be left
with through the rest of the day is
generally a lot of cloud and further
snow showers feeding in from the
east. Showers will be quite hit and
miss. Some places will get a
covering of snow. Other places
missing out completely and your
temperatures to the afternoon only
one or three degrees at best. As we
go to tomorrow evening, it looks
like the snow showers will become
more widespread and more frequent.
The Met Office has issued an amber
be prepared warning, for the
potential that snow and ice could
cause disruption into Sunday
morning. Sunday itself should be
drier. Into next