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Welcome to BBC London News. I'm Claudia-Liza Armah.
Thousands of Londoners face weeks of severe disruption, as major
engineering work begins at one of the UK's busiest stations.
From tonight, 10 platforms at Waterloo will close for nearly
a month, causing a huge reduction in trains.
South West Trains and Network Rail admit it will cause
Paul Clifton explains what's about to happen, and why.
You don't close half of Britain's busiest station
These platforms, one to four, are shorter than Waterloo's other
platforms across there. So these ones will be dug up, the tracks
removed and the platforms extended. As ten of the 19 platforms close,
five others will open. The former Eurostar platforms will
briefly be brought back into use. So we are just advising passengers
to plan ahead, consider travelling at quieter times of the day and to
prepare FRIC use at stations. -- for Hughes.
Out of sight of passengers, this is a monumental challenge
for the train planners in the control centre at Basingstoke.
What happens between tonight and the 28th of August has
There is contingency in terms of what we can provide for passengers,
whether that is extra staff at stations, water, ice creams, spare
trains on the route which we can bring in at short notice. But it is
a very challenging project. When it's finished,
there will be longer platforms for new, longer trains,
carrying 45,000 more But in the meantime,
hardly anyone is seriously expecting Today is the deadline for people
to have their say over the public The consultation on what should be
looked into closes tonight, but there's already been anger
and distrust about the inquiry The BBC's Michael Cowan has been
hearing from one survivor about her own difficult journey
over the past 7 weeks. We first met you the day after the
fire. We then met you a week after the fire. How far do you think you
have moved on from that? I'm still not in a good place. I wouldn't call
it a good place. I'm on medication. I've gotten help through
counselling. So that is good. One thing you have told me that has been
worrying you is the abuse that Grenfell survivors are getting from
certain members of the public. What sort of abuse are we talking about?
It is Internet abuse, very nasty comments, some of them I wouldn't
repeat. Very nasty comments. People thinking we are having a free ride.
We are not having a free ride. We didn't want to be in the fire. We
didn't burn the tower by ourselves. No. It is something that happened.
We didn't ask for it. We are now living in hotels. Nobody wants to
live in a hotel for a month or more than a month. It would happen to you
tomorrow and I would be the one trying to hold you up. Lift you up
out of your tragedy. So please, stop, whoever they are, stop. Just
stop. That was Lillian, one of the
survivors of the Grenfell Tower fire talking to our reporter.
The family of a black man who died in East London
after being restrained by police are calling for "openness
It comes after it was confirmed that the object removed
from Rashan Charles' throat was a mixture of paracetamol
The 20-year-old's death sparked protests on the streets.
A leading children's charity is calling on London councils to do
more to support young people when they leave the care system,
to stop them becoming unemployed or even homeless.
Five London councils have now made care leavers exempt from paying
But the Children's Society says more needs to be done.
They are quite vulnerable, so there are facing things like teenage
pregnancy. At just eight years old, the local council begin this man's
parents. When he was old enough to leave care, the council moved into
his own flat. After five years in my own place, I had to move. I have
never been as trusting since. Just a few months later, bailiffs weren't
knocking at his door. They said police when they knocked on the
door. That was scary in itself. I wondered what I had done. When they
said it was for council tax and the amount, I was dismayed. Many young
people struggle leaving home to live in the wrong. But for young people
leaving social care it is harder. For those living in London, one of
the UK's most expensive cities, it is even worse. That is why Fife
councils have scrap council tax for De Jong care leavers under the age
of 25. Tower Hamlets houses around 300 young care leavers. They are one
of the councils exempting them from council tax. It is not a massive
amount out of the council budget and it will make a massive difference to
those young people until the age of 25. We showed a leading charity some
of the experiences of the young care leavers who spoke to us. 50% of
cancers are providing financial education. -- councils. If you are
managing a household budget at 18, responsible for council tax, you
need more support to make that happen. He hopes care leavers across
the capital will benefit in the same way that he has. Be little hope that
you do for them, it will really benefit them and put a smile on
those young faces. Women at risk of breast
cancer returning could be identified in the future,
following new tests The Institute of Cancer Research
says women with large numbers of immune cells in and around
tumours, are 25% more likely to relapse than women with more
evenly dispersed cells. Charities hope that it could be
added to existing prognosis tests. Now, after months of preparation,
the World Athletics Championship kicks off right here
in London tonight. Of course, most eyes
are on Usain Bolt's But among those who could find
themselves lining up against him is 21-year-old Reece Prescod
from Waltham Forest, who qualified thanks
to his surprise win at the British I'm not going in under pressure to
win or might get to the final. I don't like to put that pressure on
myself. As long as I can do the best I can do and I am happy, that is all
I can do. Good luck. Well, we might be in
August but the weather Good afternoon. It feels a lot more
like August today. Lovely sunny start. We have seen more cloud
developer. But still some brightness and sunny spells around. Through the
rest of the afternoon, the chance of some showers. Most of us will stay
dry Mac. The winds lighter. Top temperatures 23 or 24. There will be
more sunny spells around this evening. Some late brightness. And
overnight tonight, we will see clear spells. For the most part, staying
dry. Early risers should start of the day with some sunshine. It will
feel cooler over the course of the weekend. Through the late morning
into the afternoon, the risk of heavy thundery downpours,
particularly north of the M4 corridor towards the Home Counties.
They could be anywhere. Expect heavy showers. Sunny spells in between. 21
Celsius. A nice evening on Saturday. It will feel quite cool.
Temperatures could dip back into single figures. A chilly start for
this time of the year to Sunday morning. Sunday dry, spells of
sunshine. Top temperatures of 23.
That's about it from the lunch time team.
Louisa Preston will be here with our evening
But for now, from all of us, have a very good afternoon.
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