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Hello and good afternoon from BBC London News.
Our top story this lunchtime: Ten people have been injured
after a double decker bus crashed into a kitchen showroom
near Clapham Junction station this morning.
Three of them were taken to hospital, including
told a nurse he blacked out before the crash.
Ayshea, there were two people trapped on the top deck
Yes, that is right. If you look over my shoulder you can probably see the
bus is still lodged inside the shop on Lavender Hill, not far from
Clapham Junction station and it is still cordoned off to the traffic
and the public. Just before seven o'clock this morning the bus veered
off the street and into the shop front of the kitchen design showroom
and two women were trapped on board the bus on the top deck. There were
ten passengers also on the bus and one of them said what he saw.
There was an overhang and it started coming into the bus and entered a
window and crushing the bus on the top floor. It went maybe four or
five seats deep before the bus came to a stop. There was a lot of
screaming from passengers on the bus. There was a lady in the front
right seed and you could only see the upper half of her body. She was
screaming for help and there was blood.
Ten passengers were treated at the scene and those two women were
rescued by London Fire Brigade. One of them spoke to us about how they
did it. I carried on all of our front line fire appliances and our
special rescue units have a variety of tools and we used a number of
those instruments to make safe space to get the passengers out. Have you
been able to find out any more about how this happen? An eyewitness has
claimed the bus driver lost consciousness and had some sort of
fit and that is why he lost control of the bus, but that has not been
verified. Transport for London are investigating and London Fire
Brigade have been on board all morning doing their own
investigation. The shop owners, a German company, said no one was in
the shop at the time because it had not opened, but their thoughts are
with the driver and all the passengers who were injured.
The government has said it won't be providing the London Fire Brigade
with more money after it asked for help in buying extra equipment.
The request was made in the wake of the Grenfell Tower fire
and included new breathing apparatus and longer ladders.
Our Political Correspondent Karl Mercer reports.
The Grenfell fire led to calls for London's fire
It had to borrow an aerial ladder from Surrey and a drone from Kent
London's fire commissioner then drew up a list of new equipment
The Mayor has said he'll raid savings to find the six million
pounds needed but wants the government to cover the cost.
I have had an initial response from the Home Secretary which I regret to
say is not encouraging and stresses it is a matter for the GLA to manage
with its existing funding. The message is the Fire Brigade one spot
kick, City Hall will have to pay for it.
How can we afford all this without the government's help? There will be
problems in the future for the London Fire Brigade. Let's fund our
Fire Brigade properly and I ask the Home Secretary, think again. Sadiq
Khan has been elected the Mayor of London and understands the situation
in London and he has made that call and he is doing it for a reason.
The Mayor says paying for the new kit could mean scenes
like this in the coming years with the potential for fire station
closures and the loss of jobs as was seen three years ago
The Home Secretary's letter says City Hall is getting enough money
People living on the canals near Tottenham say more needs to be
done to protect them after a spate of violent attacks.
There've been at least eight thefts in just over a week -
some of which saw people threatened with knives or assaulted.
All the victims were punched and kicked whilst
they were on the floor, even after relinquishing
That shows and demonstrates the people we're dealing with here.
Next, she went from soap star to pop star, but then Martine McCutcheon
The former EastEnders actress has opened up
about her years of ill health, sometimes struggling
Now, at the age of 41, she's attempting a career comeback.
It was the last in a long line of things.
From finding fame as barmaid Tiffany in Eastenders
# This is my moment, this is my perfect moment with you...
Martine McCutcheon shot to stardom on stage and screen,
it seemed she had it all, but then she lost everything.
Things were bad, there were things I couldn't get up and move at all,
The one thing I could do that cost nothing was just
She had been diagnosed with ME and Lyme disease,
but as she wrote about the difficult times an idea for a new album
# The stars around the constellation...
Aptly titled Lost And Found the songs tell the story
Do you feel quite vulnerable putting it out there because it is all you,
it is very personal, it is very raw?
At first it is very exciting and then I went oh.
All this stuff that was so personal to me is going to be out there.
But I also think that is probably why it has connected so well
because there are a lot of people who go out as well,
pretending to have this brave, perfect face and they can sometimes
be crumbling inside and hopefully they can own the songs and make
them their own and relate to some of the stuff.
So hopefully some good has come out of the dark times, you know.
She credits her husband, songwriter Jack McManus,
Home is now in South Mawsley and she says she couldn't be happier.
I do love driving up the A3 starting to feel the softness of Surrey
It has taken a long time, but how lucky am I?
How lucky am I that I have got a lovely family and a lovely
That takes us to the weather then with Lucy Martin.
Yesterday we were receiving photos like these, some very wet scenes,
but fast forward to today and it was a much drier,
brighter picture, with even some blue skies coming in.
Here's what's going on in the charts.
High pressure pushing in from the south-west.
We're seeing the back of the weather front that brought the rain
yesterday clearing out to the south-east.
It won't be long before the next weather front
brings outbreaks of rain, but for this afternoon it looks
like it will be largely dry with good spells of sunshine.
If we put the detail onto the map, the best of the brightness always
Most people staying dry but there's the chance
where the cloud becomes thick enough.
Temperatures reaching a maximum of 21-22 Celsius.
As we move through this evening the cloud will
Overnight the cloud melting away which will allow temperatures
to fall away to an overnight low of 10-12 Celsius.
There's the chance of seeing the odd patch of mist forming first thing.
A fairly fresh but bright start to the day tomorrow,
The cloud will tend to increase as the weather front moves
in from the North West, bringing some showery outbreaks
Just one or two showers to look out for on Saturday.
Riz will be here with all the latest on our 6:30 evening programme.
For now though have a lovely afternoon.
Being on stage or screen doesn't faze these celebrities.
But how will they manage on MasterChef?
You need a bigger toaster. Do you think?
It will be tasty. Are you telling me?
Are you letting me loose with a blowtorch? Argh!