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and it's going to bring some
disruption. Darren, thank you.
Welcome to BBC London News.
I'm Victoria Hollins.
Preparations are well under way
in Windsor for the wedding
of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle.
It's being seen a a big
business boost to the town -
not just because of tourist
revenues, but the endorsement
of the Royal brand.
Sarah Harris reports.
The castle is the symbol
of the Windsor brand.
Weekend home to The Queen
and soon-to-be venue
for the international
wedding of the year.
According to one economist,
the event is a much-needed financial
boost in uncertain times,
worth tens of millions of pounds.
If you look at the boost
of the wedding in Windsor
and in London, it's
going to be huge.
But the real boost is to Britain
plc and all the brands,
in terms of the intangibles.
It's very difficult
to quantify that.
But clearly, a lot of jobs,
a lot of economic activity is going
to come from this celebration.
Even the infrastructure of the Royal
town is having to be updated
to accommodate being the centre
of attention in the coming months.
Engineers are working to make sure
communications cables running
underneath the cobbled
streets are state-of-the-art.
It's just higher broadband speeds
for all the broadcasting as well,
so where beforehand it was copper,
fibre optics is a lot faster.
So it's putting in all the cable.
Basically for faster broadcasting,
faster photos, faster everything.
For businesses based
to the west of London,
the wedding is the Monopoly
equivalent of passing
Go and collecting 200.
It's becoming a hub for firms
moving out the city.
Windsor sits to the west of London.
It has got Heathrow Airport
and it has got fantastic
It has the M4 and that is
the gateway to other cities
like Reading and to the south-west.
So it is increasingly a hub and it
will benefit from this wedding.
It is easy to assume revenues from
Royal events are just about tourism.
But some argue it is the brand that
is the most economically beneficial,
with a wedding a great way to
advertise it. Sarah Harris, BBC
Over the past two years,
there have been hundreds
of horrific cat deaths -
particularly around South London -
and police think it could be
the work of one person.
A £10,000 reward is being offered
to help catch the cat killer.
Graham Satchell reports.
This road is basically
where the first murder
that we were aware of happened.
We're driving with
Tony Jenkins, founder
of an animal rescue charity.
He's taking us to
where it all started.
The body was left on a
And how many cases would you say
you have now encountered?
We're over 450 now.
He needs to be caught
because he's bringing
horror to people's lives.
You know, most people consider
their cat as a part of their family,
it's like losing a child,
and it is devastating people.
You couldn't help but love him.
He had these big,
massive green eyes.
Jane's cat, Taz, was found mutilated
in her neighbour's garden.
It was devastating, horrific.
And I think everybody who saw him,
they've been scarred.
And I don't think...
I think you can never erase
that out of your memory.
I just can't get that round my head,
why somebody would want to be
so vindictive to any animal
and to hurt loving
families with their pets.
I don't understand it.
People that start with extreme
violence towards animals do
progress, and there is a progression
hypothesis in our world that
suggests that it's like a start,
and that they will move
on and they will often progress
to doing sadistic violence
towards human beings.
The Metropolitan Police don't know
who the cat killer is.
There have been no arrests
and there are no specific suspects.
Jane's hope - that there
is a breakthrough soon,
before more cats are killed.
Graham Satchell, BBC News.
The old-fashioned Irish dancehall
is enjoying a revival
in North West London.
Once a regular part of the life
for thousands of Irish Londoners,
promoters are recreating
the atmosphere of the dancehalls
at a social club in Kilburn.
The evening is called
the Ballroom of Romance,
and it's proving a huge hit.
Thomas Magill has more.
# Last night, I had
a pleasant dream #.
In Ireland, they call this a ceilidh
- hundreds of men and women dancing
the night away to traditional
But these people aren't in Ireland.
This is the Galtymore
ballroom, in Cricklewood -
a popular dancehall in North London,
specialising in Irish music.
The old doors are still here,
but the dance hall's gone now.
It first opened in 1952 and,
along with other venues such
as the National in Kilburn,
the Gresham in Archway,
and the Hibernian
in Fulham Broadway, it featured
Irish show bands and country
singers, often playing to huge
crowds of revellers.
For many, the halls were a place
to find work, a flatmate,
or even the love of your life.
It took a long time to arrive,
but it arrived in 2003.
When I met my husband,
Declan, who's sitting here.
It was actually 2002.
Whenever it was, times changed
and the dancehalls closed.
This is the Galtymore
being demolished in 2008.
It all seemed like
the end of an era.
But something rather wonderful
is happening just behind the Church
of the Sacred Heart,
here in Kilburn.
Every Monday night,
one of the performance
from back in the day -
a man known as McGinty -
is single-handedly attempting to
revive the old dancehall tradition.
He's turning its social club
into the Ballroom of Romance.
I know some people who come
in here and they've got a stick,
and they're walking in.
And as soon as the music starts,
they're up dancing on the floor.
You know, they reckon I'm
a faith healer as well.
So how does it actually compare
to the original dancehalls?
Well, Declan and Patricia have come
back to trip the light
fantastic once again.
It reminds me of 40 years ago,
the music, you know what I mean?
It hasn't changed.
The atmosphere is much the same.
And you see something
like this that's a throwback
to the old Galtymore old days.
There's no doubt McGinty's created
the atmosphere these revellers
remember from the old days.
He just hopes that maybe, one day,
a new generation will also
discover his Ballroom of Romance.
And you can see more on that story
on 'Inside Out London'
tonight at 7:30 on BBC One.
Now the weather, with Kate Kinsella.
A cold start and the temperature
will drop even further over the next
few days. Good afternoon. This
morning, we saw a little snow, a
scene of what is to come. Some light
dusting is and heavy snow through
the rush hour this morning. It left
a bit on cars on some roads and it
has been coming and the showers have
been feeding in. We have seen breaks
in the cloud as well and brilliant
sunshine, but yes, we will see snow
for the rest of the afternoon and
showers and for much of this week as
well, but the consistent thing is
the temperature. It feels bitterly
cold over the next few days. Into
the afternoon, we still see one or
two showers and the Met Office has a
yellow weather warning for snow
showers today and into the evening
and overnight. They may become more
frequent. Cloud feeding in from the
North East on a brisk north-easterly
wind which is making things feel
very cold. A maximum of two, three
Celsius. With the wind chill, much
colder. Showers continue into this
evening and overnight, perhaps
becoming heavier and more prolonged
in Essex, South East London, Surrey
and Kent. In those places, the Met
Office has upgraded the weather
warning to amber for the night-time
period and into Tuesday morning.
Elsewhere, a yellow. -3, -4, maybe
even further. A bitterly cold start
with further showers feeding in
parts of the East and across all
areas, this yellow weather warning
is extended. Tweet cold Winter game,
the temperature similar. One or two
much colder. Showers feeding in from
the East, it gets colder and further
snow showers towards Thursday and
That's about it from me.
Riz Lateef will be here
with our 6:30 evening programme.
But for now, from us all,
a very good afternoon.