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to BBC London News.
I'm Sonja Jessup.
Almost 90,000 children are homeless
and living in temporary
accommodation in the capital,
according to a new report
by the housing charity Shelter.
It says it's the highest
number in a decade,
with many forced to live in what's
largely regarded as the worst form
of temporary accommodation,
bed and breakfasts.
Chris Rogers has this report.
This is a bed and breakfast hotel.
It's fully booked.
It has been and will be for years.
This is now shelter for around
30 homeless families.
Suliman, his wife and two children
have lived in this hotel
room for four years.
This is the living room
and, well, living room,
dining room, bedroom,
pretty much every room.
Oh, you've got no
wardrobes, have you?
Like I said, when we came
here we were given two sets
of drawers and the one bed.
This is the kitchen.
At least it's separate
from the rest of the area.
But it is tiny, isn't it?
You can see like even with two
people, you have to do
kind of a kitchen dance.
Suliman is working.
He is an IT engineer but the cost
of living has put him and thousands
of families in danger
of life on the streets.
This is the alternative for many.
According to the charity Shelter,
rooms like this are home to one
in 24 children across the capital.
It's been a struggle all the time,
pretty much since we moved here.
It was OK to start with for a few
months because obviously we had one
child, less than one-year-old.
But then, obviously she got older.
There were meant to be reassessments
at different points,
they didn't do them.
We've basically been forgot
about since, really.
We were placed in
a property and left.
How are you holding it together,
how are you keeping it
together in your head,
practically, keeping your marriage
going, keeping your family strong?
I mean, honestly, how have
you managed to survive four years?
Um, just think to myself,
you know there are people
in worse situations.
There are people who are living
on the streets and, to be honest,
regardless of what happens,
I can't have that with my family.
I can't take that risk.
So anything is better than nothing.
The legal limit for temporary
accommodation is six weeks.
But the housing shortage leaves
councils with few options.
Generations of children only know
life in a bed and breakfast.
The Mayor of London has made
a very personal journey
from India to Pakistan,
on the fourth day
of his trade visit.
Sadiq Khan walked across the border,
after starting the day with a visit
to the Golden Temple in Amritsar.
Here's our Political
Correspondent Karl Mercer.
Of course I'm the Mayor of London
but I'm somebody whose family come
from this part of the world,
from India and Pakistan.
When we were organising this trip,
we were told that it's not the done
thing to go to India and Pakistan
on the same trip.
Well, when I said I wanted to cross
from India to Pakistan directly,
by foot, it was frowned upon,
not the sort of thing that is done.
I think it is important, though.
The symbolism, but also,
there are many people like me whose
family come from India and Pakistan.
The hospitality with which I have
been received in India is phenomenal
and something that will stay
with me forever.
I'm now going to Pakistan
and hopefully that's going to carry
on in Pakistan as well.
Obviously it's very
exciting to be here.
Obviously quite emotional to go
from India to Pakistan
as my grandparents, my parents
and many millions did 70 years
ago and looking forward
to the next part of our trade
delegation now in Pakistan.
How important was it
for you to do it, Sadiq?
I think it's important.
It's important we are a city
where we have Londoners
from all different backgrounds,
who came from Pakistan and India.
Many people in London came
from India or Pakistan subcontinent
and I think it is important
for to us show we are a city open
to people from Pakistan and India.
Does it feel like coming home?
Home is south London, mate
but it is good to be in Pakistan,
it is good to come from India,
the home of my parents
and grandparents and obviously
there is an emotional connection
for me, bearing in mind
my connections to this
great part of the world.
ending that report by Karl Mercer.
The police watchdog -
the IPCC - is investigating
after an officer and an elderly
woman died in a crash involving
a motorbike and a car in Berkshire.
It happened yesterday
on the A4 Bath Road,
at Hare Hatch, east of Reading.
The on-duty officer,
PC James Dixon, was riding
the bike and was killed along
with a 91-year-old woman
who was a passenger in the car.
Shopkeepers in east London
are being urged not to sell
powerful drain cleaner to teenagers,
or to anyone they suspect might
use it in an acid attack.
The Mayor of Tower Hamlets
is asking businesses to join
a voluntary scheme -
which would see them carrying out ID
checks on customers.
Tarah Welsh has this report.
Here in Tower Hamlets there has been
over 1p 00 acid attacks since 2012
and there was a spate over the
Sumner east London. The mayor here
wants to do something about that.
He's introduced an opt-in scheme for
shop keepers where they need
challenge anyone who looks underage
or for people buying drain cleaner
and don't look like they are going
to clean drains, for example. Paul
you have signed up. What do you
think of it?
It is a good start.
There have been calls for people to
make it a licensed product. This is
a good stepping stone n between,
where maybe everybody can show
responsibility and use a bit of
common sense for the sale of this
How do you feel about
challenging people that, you know,
who would ultimately be throwing
acid in someone's face. How do you
Well, you don't know that's
what it is going to be used for. But
we do like to check people under 18,
maybe under the influence of drugs
or drink but it can be, we had it
when the knife policy came n you get
knife confrontation. We have used we
are out of stock. It is not a
product available off the shelf, so
it is handed to them and that can
diffuse the situation.
comes into play today. Alongside
this the Government is trying to
introduce policies to toughen up the
law on acid attacks. Tara Welsh
reporting from Tower Hamlets there.
The company that owns Brent Cross
and Croydon Centrale
shopping centres is to take over
one of its main rivals,
creating the UK's
largest property company
worth £21 billion.
Hammerson will pay
almost £3.5 billion
for Intu, which owns Lakeside
in Essex as well as shopping malls
in Uxbridge and Watford.
It's time for the weather
now with Sara Thornton.
It's time for the weather
now with Sara Thornton.
Good afternoon. If you like
something a little lively in your
weather I stay tuned, I have
something for you. At the moment, of
course, a non-descript day out there
across London. Mostly dry but
cloudy. And it is mild. Certainly
but the breeze is going to continue
to pick up as we go through the next
24 or so hours. We might see some
breaks in the cloud, equally you
might see a touch of drizzle and
afternoon temperatures about where
we are at the moment. 12. Tonight
the winds pick up. From the
south-west, mild squeezing together
as this frontal system makes its way
towards us in the early hours of
tomorrow. Watch what happens to the
temperatures, they don't fall away
overnight A dry evening and the rain
spills in by first thing tomorrow.
The wind could gust 40 miles per
hour in one or two places. It is
rain for the morning, temperatures
lifting for a little bit and then
the rain clears away. The sun comes
in but the winds change direction
and it feels raw and chilly by the
end of the afternoon. For the end of
the week into the weekend,
continuing with that northerly wind,
cold air dragging across us, when
any rain stoorts push in, that will
cause us some question marks in
terms of the risk of sleet or snow.
We could have snow showers for
instance on the Chilterns on Friday.
#340st of us, though, dry and
settled until at least Sunday
afternoon. Watch this space.
So that's it from us
on the lunchtime team.
Riz Lateef will be here
at 6.30, though, with our
There is plenty more on the website.
Have a great afternoon.