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Anyone using London airports this morning may have found

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themselves in travel chaos - as thick fog caused

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dozens of flights to be cancelled or delayed.

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The Met Office issued a severe weather warning for the capital.

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Our Transport Correspondent Tom Edwards has the latest.

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This was City Airport this morning as thick fog disrupted many flights.

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At the terminal, delays and cancellations, as passengers

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like John Pye were bussed to other airports to get flights.

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I'm flying to Luxembourg today, my flight was at 8am.

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I'm being told we are being transported to Stansted by bus

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I suppose everybody is in the same boat with this fog outside.

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I'm a bit aggravated, but I suppose everybody is.

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City airport, like many others, said it had to cancel flights

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as air-traffic controllers need to leave more space between planes.

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Behind me is the runway here at City Airport.

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You might just be able to make out a few of the runway

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It's now just after 11am and the fog here is still bad.

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Thames Clippers couldn't run at all first thing.

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This was the view from the DLR in east London.

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This was Heathrow, which also suffered thick fog.

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It had to cancel 100 flights, about 8% in total.

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City Airport had to cancel 65, about 25%.

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At Gatwick, flights were also disrupted.

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One BBC reporter was stuck on a plane for over two hours.

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As passengers changed their minds about going to Belfast.

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Well this flight is now two and a half hours late,

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and still nowhere near taking off as far as I can tell.

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The problem started with the fog which delayed the flight by two

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hours but then as passengers decided they wanted to get off,

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presumably because it wasn't worth making the journey,

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Gatwick seems to have found they don't have the staff to escort

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So there are further delays, which means more passengers seem

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to want to get off the plane, which means there

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And at the moment no sign of departing whatsoever.

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Passengers are being advised to check before travelling.

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The airports say the weather is now improving.

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But more fog is forecast for tomorrow morning.

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Now how would you feel about The Houses

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Well according to a new poll, 1 in 4 of people asked thought

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the cost of restoring the building was so high,

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it would be better off being sold or bulldozed!

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Well Sonja Jessup is there with more on how people feel

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Well, even on a foggy day, the Houses of Parliament,

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this Grade One listed historic building, still looks fairly

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That is, of course, if you ignore the rather unsightly

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And the problem of course is, is that the Palace of Westminster

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They've got problems with asbestos, ageing electrics, fragile stonework,

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and of course this all comes with a huge bill, up to ?4 billion,

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And it could take up to eight years to complete.

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Now, in research carried out by YouGov and published

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in The Times newspaper today, they discovered that one in four

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people questioned thought that was all too expensive.

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They thought the whole thing should either be sold off

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So, what do Londoners down here and tourists,

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It's an institution, it's an icon of Britain.

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I think it's absolutely money well spent.

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You don't get a lot of these historical buildings.

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I just don't think they could build anything for that money that

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So what are the options for this refurbishment?

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Last year a committee of MPs and peers recommended that both

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Houses of Parliament should be vacated completely for six years

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A makeshift Commons chamber could be built in the courtyard of Richmond

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house and peers would sit in the QE2 conference centre.

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Another plan would see the Houses of Parliament partly vacated,

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MPs moving into the Lords for example while repairs are

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That is thought to be a lot more expensive.

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A Commons vote on whether to go ahead with a full move out,

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or just for Parliament to partly move out, is expected soon.

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Detectives are investigating a number of alleged hate crime

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incidents targeting the Jewish community

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In one case a brick covered in swastikas was thrown

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through the window of a home on Hillside Gardens in Edgware.

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Police are also examining three other incidents in the area.

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At this stage it's not known whether they're all linked.

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Police are stepping up their appeal for help in connection to a sex

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They're hoping releasing this image of a man they would like to speak

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It happened when the schoolgirl was out jogging on Carshalton High

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Now, it's a game where players on opposing sides take turns

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at trying to hurl a ball down a court and score a goal

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It's designed to be played by blind and visually impaired athletes.

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Goalball is a Paralympic sport which many might have seen

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for the first time during the London Games.

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But at the moment, the capital only has one club that plays the sport.

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But as Emma Jones reports, there are now plans to change that.

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This is the London Elephants Goalball Club.

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It's currently the only club of its kind in London.

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But with more funds now being invested by Sport England,

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The numbers that have turned up here are so exciting,

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and people are travelling quite a long way to come

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So our plan is over the next hopefully couple of years is to have

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five clubs in Greater London, you know, simply south, north,

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Many people got their first taste of the sport at the London Paralympics,

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and the belief is those games have left a lasting legacy.

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The main thing just being awareness and also just the number

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of opportunities opened up, in terms of funding

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2012 kind of activated a lot of that money,

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and goalball has definitely benefitted from that.

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Graham Drew's new guide dog has given him more

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independence and confidence, and he says when he started

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to lose his sight, goalball offered him that too.

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It's a massive problem with visually impaired people,

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that there's a huge reduction in the amount of

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For example, I used to be a pretty avid runner,

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and then the day I ran straight into somebody and knocked them off

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the path, it beame something I wasn't really able to do any more.

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When I found this, this was fantastic.

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Now the club is looking for new members, and Goalball UK

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is confident there'll be plenty of interest in new

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It's one of best places to live, in terms of accessiblity for people

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So I'm sure people are crying out for it.

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So once we manage to get some more teams going,

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If everything goes to plan, the London Elephants will have

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London rivals in just a few years' time.

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Now as I said it was a very foggy start to the day.

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Let's take a look at the rest of today's weather,

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It was another very cold start the week. Temperatures at 8am, Gravesend

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at -5, most places at minus two. Widespread frost and a lot of talk.

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With those temperatures where they were, freezing fog. Really tricky

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conditions throughout the morning. Through the afternoon, one or two

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fog patches and because of those temperatures will struggle. It will

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feel cold even if the fog lifts. Temperatures barely moving. You make

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it a little bit of clearance on fog, it will lift but mostly into a great

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picture. Maximum temperatures three or four Celsius in London. Chilly

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overnight, a lot of clout with breaks in it but you will see all

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this white signifies the mist and fog reforming fairly quickly. Dense

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mist and fog and with the potential to freeze with the temperatures

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dropping below zero. Another cold and frosty start tomorrow and foggy.

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And the fog is likely to freeze throughout tomorrow morning. Very

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slow to clear. You may get bright spells in the afternoon the further

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east you are but many places hanging onto fog for much of the day.

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Maximum temperatures getting up to five Celsius. Through the rest of

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the week, cloud and foggy conditions around for Wednesday morning and

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overnight Wednesday and Thursday. Things clearing a little through

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Thursday and we should see a little more sunshine. Thanks.

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Riz will be here with our 6:30 evening programme.

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But for now, from us all, a very good afternoon.

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a free five-a-side tournament that's for everyone.

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For more information, go to the Get Inspired website.

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If they have a fear of water, God help them.

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