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Here on BBC One, it's time

for the news where you are.

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Good evening.

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I'm Asad Ahmad.

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Over 20 million pounds has been

spent on hotel bills, for survivors

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of the Grenfell Tower fire.

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In June, the fire claimed

the lives of 71 people -

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with dozens of families

still in emergency accommodation.

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Kensington and Chelsea Council has

been criticised for the time it's

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taking to re-home them -

but it says - it's

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'doing all it can'.

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Here's Marc Ashdown.

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I managed to stop the

smoke from coming in.

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Antonio was one of the last people

rescued from Grenfell Tower.

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As these pictures show

he lost everything.

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He has finally been moved

into a temporary flat after spending

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seven months in a hotel.

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Life is still on hold.

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He thinks the council could have

worked better with residents.

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Never mind the amount of money

you throw in there, but you know,

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the advice is that we could have

given to them, from day one,

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from day two, listen

to what our needs were,

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that would have saved time,

a lot of money and a lot

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of criticism as well and a lot

of unhappiness on our behalf.

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Since the tragedy the council

has spent 21 million

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on hotels for those affected.

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210 households needed rehousing,

so far 188 have accepted a new home,

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some are temporary which means 22

households have yet to accept

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a home so are still in

emergency accommodation.

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According to Labour Grenfell Tower

would in today's money have cost

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about £7 million to build

so for the £21 million the council

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spent on hotel rooms it

could in theory have rebuilt

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the tower three times over.

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I condemn the Council

for its conduct before,

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during and after, they shouldn't

have made these promises and give

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people unrealistic expectations

if they weren't capable

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of delivering them.

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It is a disgraceful waste of public

money and more importantly

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a terrible letting down of people

who were still living in a hotel,

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because I can assure you no-one

wants to carry on living in hotels.

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Council said they have an army

of staff working round-the-clock

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to try and rehouse families

and they have spent 235 million

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securing more than 300 homes to give

people the maximum choice.

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So we are all individual,

we are all human beings,

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of a certain age as well

and therefore, we have to have

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something that is really

fitting and suiting us.

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Antonio counts himself

lucky, one day he hopes

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to get on with his life.

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Others were not so fortunate.

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Frankie McCamley is here -

a lot of money has been

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spent after this tragedy,

but are we closer to any answers?

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Yes, exactly and I think we will see

a shift from focusing on housing. A

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lot of people have been rehoused,

but who is responsible and how did

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this happen? That, it is hoped, will

come from the enquiry and I will be

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at the first procedural hearing

tomorrow and we will start hearing a

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little bit more about exactly how it

will be structured, who will be

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giving evidence, then they will give

evidence and we will find out how

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the enquiry is getting along. We

were told that we were going to get

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a preliminary hearing by Easter, but

the evidence is going to start being

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heard by May.

We will see what

happens, thank you very much.

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Detectives investigating the death

of murdered Russian businessman,

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Nikolai Glushkov in New Malden -

are appealing to drivers

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and cyclists with dashcam or 'helmet

footage' to contact them.

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The 68 year old was found strangled

at his terraced house last week.

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Scotland Yard wants anyone

with footage near his home

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on the 11th or 12th of March -

to send it in.

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Actress Liz Hurley has urged

the public to share CCTV footage

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of a car police want to trace -

after her nephew was stabbed two

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weeks ago in Wandsworth.

These images of a black hatchback

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have been released by detectives.

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Miles Hurley and a friend

were chased and attacked

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following a minor collision

with the vehicle.

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The family of a man who died

after routine knee surgery

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at a private hospital in Harrow -

is calling for answers

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to what happened -

8 years after James Hughes death.

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His surgeon Dr David Sellu -

who served time for manslaughter -

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has had his conviction quashed -

and has been cleared

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at a medical tribunal too.

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Now Mr Hughes' family

want a NEW inquest -

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to establish exactly what happened.

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Tim Donovan has been

speaking to them.

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He was always the life

and soul of every party.

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He was very sociable.

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He knew people from every

different walk of life.

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For Jim Hughes' eldest

daughter it's still hard

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to understand, let alone accept.

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Absolutely devastating impact on all

of us for the rest of our lives.

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It was February 2010 and her father

was apparently recovering well

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from his knee op which had been done

here, at the Clementine Churchill

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Hospital, in Harrow.

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But then he got severe stomach

pains, two days past before he had

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surgery for a perforated bowel.

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He died a day later

of multiple organ failure.

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Why was nothing done sooner?

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Dad had to call his own GP

from his hospital bed,

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on his mobile phone,

to get help.

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We know he was in agony

because he spoke to people.

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He told people he was in agony,

on the phone, "I can't

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talk, I'm in agony.

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I'm in too much pain, I can't talk."

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For a while she thought she had

at least a partial explanation

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when surgeon David Sellu was jailed

for manslaughter ffter being accused

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of unacceptable delays

in his treatment of Jim Hughes.

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But last year, that conviction

was quashed on appeal.

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He had been practicing safe

and cautious medicine.

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Yeah.

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And this month he was cleared of all

11 counts by a medical tribunal.

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It wasn't held he should

have operated earlier.

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A detailed written judgment Maggie

finds hard read and accept.

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But she says it was never

just about one doctor,

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the family is concerned

at the general level of care he got

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at the private hospital.

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It was absolutely appalling.

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If he had been anywhere else,

absolutely anywhere else.

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If my dad had been in Tesco,

when his bowel ruptured,

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he would probably be alive today.

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A much missed brother,

father and grandfather, Jim Hughes

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has just begun his retirement here,

near Portadown, in Northern Ireland,

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after running a successful building

firm in west London.

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I just don't trust the legal system.

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I don't want any controversy,

I just want to live a life.

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I just want answers.

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To know, why did he die?

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Which is why Maggie now wants

the inquest re-opened.

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The only person I can see that

could be interested in the big

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picture or have the power to look

at big picture would be the coroner.

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I think there's lots of failings

and I think they all

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need to be accountable.

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It's not retribution,

we want the truth.

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We don't want it brushed

under the carpet.

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I can tell you, my dad - no way -

would have accepted that.

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Whether Maggie gets her

wish will now be up

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to the north Londond coroner.

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Dr David Sellu said he would

welcome a new hearing.

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The hospital said it

would work with the coroner

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if the process was reopened.

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The hospital added it appreciated

the families loss was felt

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as acutely now as when he died

and any number of inquiries

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will never outweigh that loss.

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His daughter says she won't

let the matter rest.

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You may not recognise it -

but this is one of London's

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most famous landmarks.

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It's Tower Bridge -

from below water level -

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As the chamber is being converted

into a performance space.

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Emma North went to take a look.

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Below the grace and the grandeur,

these are the guts

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beneath Tower Bridge.

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Normally out of bounds to you or me,

but this week this is the giant

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bascule chamber, transformed

into a huge cinema screen.

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Blackout tells the story

of the work of two London

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policemen during the Blitz.

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Their job was to wait until the all

clear sounded after an air-raid,

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and then to head out

to document the destruction.

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I wanted to feel a real sense

of what it was like to live

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during the Blitz, to be in that

space, to be among the falling bombs

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and the shock and awe of it all,

and the community spirit

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that was born out of that.

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Astonishingly, this

is a student project.

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The challenge set was a double one -

create something of a professional

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standard, but do it

in an impossible place.

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It's underground, it's dark,

it's damp, there's a lot of stairs

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involved, we've to bring

in all the equipment.

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So there's lots of physical

challenges, but also creatively,

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when you're in a building like,

this that is so awe-inspiring

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in its own right, you have to make

sure that the work you put

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in there does justice

to the environment.

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Mixed in with the show

are the sounds of the traffic

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above and the boats chugging

by on the other side of the walls.

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It's impossible to

forget where you are.

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It's not the most conventional

of theatre spaces.

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For starters, the audience

sits below water level.

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So it's so cold in here,

you can see your breath.

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And above us is the bascule, that's

the counter weight to the bridge.

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So that when Tower Bridge opens,

that great ceiling,

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which is actually part of a road,

sweeps down through this chamber.

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Give the little ones a kiss

on the way out the door.

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But they do get 24-hours

notice before it moves,

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and the performance only lasts 20

minutes to stop everyone

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from getting too cold.

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There are 16 performances

of Blackout scheduled,

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subject to river traffic.

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Emma North, BBC London News.

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That's it for now from me,

but lets find out what the weather's

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up to with Chris.

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If bit of sunshine coming through.

The wind was still a little on the

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chilly side but that wind will be

using all the while and with the

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sunshine coming out, and very fine

picture. We have more in the way of

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cloud to deny them that this

filtering then, keeping temperatures

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in London up. Around about four

degrees. Cloud will break up through

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the night and what we will be left

with is cold and clear conditions

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and temperatures taking a dive and a

widespread fast developing and

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getting pretty close

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even in the centre of town. It means

we should have a fine start to the

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day and plenty of sunshine during

the morning. My high cloud in the

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afternoon making the sunshine on the

hazy side. It will cloud over by the

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evening. Warmer than it has been for

a good few days and that trend

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