28/02/2018 London News


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from the BBC News at one o'clock

team. Goodbye from everyone

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Welcome to BBC London News.

I'm Alpa Patel.

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Snow and ice is causing

severe problems

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for people across London, Essex,

Hertfordshire and Kent.

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There have been significant delays

on parts of the tube network,

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as temperatures plummeted

to below freezing.

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Trains and planes have

also been disrupted.

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We'll have a full update

for you in a moment

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but first here's our Transport

correspondent Tom Edwards

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on the day so far.

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This was the day London woke up

to a thick layer of snow.

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It meant many tricky

journeys and icy roads.

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In East Dulwich, this driver slid

down Dog Kennel Hill.

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Buses didn't run on some routes,

and this one came off the road.

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And those that did run were packed.

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For Tom from Twickenham that meant

a much longer journey.

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I think snow is going to cause

a problem anywhere.

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I understand the difficulty.

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But I was hoping that we could

prepare a little bit better for it.

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If they had known ahead of time

that it was going to snow,

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they could have done a little bit

more prep for it, I think.

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There were, again, delays

and cancellations on many Tube

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lines and on the trains.

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Normally, you can clearly see

The Shard from here.

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Dozens of South Eastern

services were unable

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to run with cancellations

into London Fenchurch Street.

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This is usually

a view of the Thames.

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The main roads have been gritted

and salted and, as you can see

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are flowing pretty well.

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That's not the case

on the side roads.

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They haven't been gritted at all.

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They are much more treacherous.

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That's also the case

on the pavements.

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Road surfaces changed

quickly throughout the day.

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And some tried their best

to grit the pavements.

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Stephen looks after his street.

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In this together, and you grit

it as best you can.

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As snow showers came

and went through the day,

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conditions change from hour to hour.

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And vehicles inched around, or,

in this case, gave up.

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Commuters, though,

were pretty resilient.

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Horrendous.

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I'm used to this.

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I've been in the

country for a while.

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So I'm not too bothered.

Just take my time.

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It's not been too bad.

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About 20 minutes late or so.

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I know my colleagues have

struggled to get in, so...

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This time-lapse footage shows London

being hit by the snowstorms.

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The bad news for commuters is that

more snow is forecast.

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There have been significant travel

problems this morning.

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Alex Bushill is here.

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Alex, what's the latest?

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How bad is it? Starting on the

roads, this is Westminster Bridge,

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traffic is moving well, but there's

a fair amount of snow on the ground.

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Let's go to the worst affected

roads, the M25 between the M1 and

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the M11 is particularly bad with the

M1 closed at junction eight.

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That's having a knock-on effect

for all routes around

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there into London in Hertfordshire.

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Central London is coping much better

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but still lots of buses are also

on divert, terminating early.

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It's a better picture on the Tube.

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This is the travel board and shows

some minor delays on some lines.

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Severe delays on the Jubilee,

Central and Piccadilly lines.

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London overground has a broken down

train at Kentish Town,

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hence delays.

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On the trains,

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the worst affected are

the Heathrow Express

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and Connect services,

which are currently suspended.

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And at Charing Cross

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South Eastern services

are experiencing major disruption.

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It's not just public transport,

because flights have been disrupted

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as well.

Some airports doing OK,

Heathrow is not.

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This picture was taken

at Heathrow this morning.

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Dozens of flights have

been cancelled

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on mostly short haul routes.

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An additional five inbound

flights were diverted,

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including one which was forced

to land at Gatwick instead.

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This photo was taken of a grounded

jet at City Airport,

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which has been closed.

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52 flights to or from London City

Airport were cancelled as a result.

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Think of the day as the warm up act

for what is to come. Particular

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concerns for the commuter tomorrow

evening. And even more concern, yet

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again, perhaps blizzard conditions

for the commute on Friday morning.

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And don't forget you can get more

travel updates via

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our live page on our website.

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The address is on your screen now.

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London has some of the

worst rates of

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child poverty in the country,

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and over the last ten years

things have got worse.

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Well, one mother became so concerned

about the situation,

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Neo is one of the many children

in London born into poverty.

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He came into the world prematurely

at 25 weeks, and as a result,

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his mother wasn't fully prepared

for his arrival.

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Chelsea has come back to visit

Little Village, the charity that

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helped her in her hour of need.

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We got a cot and a lot

of stuff to start us off,

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which has been just amazing.

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It is something that has just been a

massive blessing.

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I honestly don't know how

I would have been able to manage.

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Sophia Parker setup Little Village

in 2015 to help desperate families

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who could not afford the equipment

that comes with

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looking after a baby.

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Since it started, the charity has

helped over 1,000 families.

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Just this week we've helped

a homeless mum who gave birth

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on the street yesterday,

we sent an emergency bundle to her.

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Over the last month,

we've seen babies sleeping on towels

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and on sofa cushions,

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toddlers walking around in shoes

two sizes too small.

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This is the face of

poverty in London today

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and it's on our doorsteps.

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Over the last ten years child

poverty in London has got worse

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with now the highest rates

in the country.

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Ten years ago 32% of the capital's

children were living in poverty.

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By last year it was at 37%.

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That equates to 700,000 children

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living under the poverty line

in our city

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and those figures

are never far from Sophia's mind.

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We want to keep doing

what we are here to do

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which is to help as many families

as we possibly can.

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With dignity and kindness.

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And yeah, we're just going to keep

doing what we're doing,

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helping as many people as we can.

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Paul Murphy-Kasp, BBC London News.

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Let's return to the

snow for a moment

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because despite the the

misery for some of us,

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one school in Southend has been

making the most of it.

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Are you ready?

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Yes!

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Staff - are you ready?

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Yes!

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Go!

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SCREAMING AND LAUGHTER

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Alleyn Court Prep School

cancelled their PE lessons today -

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and instead the children got

to take on their teachers

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in a big snowball fight.

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It's not quite clear who won -

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but both sides look like they took

full advantage of the situation.

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Now the weather with Kate Kinsella.

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How bad is it looking?

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How bad is it looking? We are still

expecting some snow. This was the

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scene in Central London, most woke

up the blanket of snow

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across-the-board. Temperatures

Whiley down at -6 overnight. These

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scenes this morning were stunning,

perfectly blue skies, this was

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Enfield Lock. These temperatures are

not going to shift. There is been

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further snow showers, moving in from

the North Sea to the north of London

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and the Met Office has a yellow

weather warning in place. They are

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clearing to the west. Some brighter

spells but the wind is

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strengthening. It is a bitterly cold

easterly wind. The maximum

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temperature, -1, and with that

easterly wind it is going to feel

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much colder. Overnight, one or two

showers, but less so, with cloud

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feeding in from the south and the

wind continuing to strengthen

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overnight. Again bitterly cold, -5,

-6 potentially by the end of the

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night. For tomorrow, we have Storm

Emma coming up from the south.

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Further snowfall is expected to the

west of London this time, the East,

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perhaps, the North East, getting

away with it a little better but

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still some snowfall expected.

Temperatures widely around freezing

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and in that bitterly cold wind it is

going to be much worse. For Friday,

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a repeat performance, potentially

heavy and persistent snow through

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the middle part of the day and into

the evening. Heading through to the

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end of the week, more snow is

expected.

A difficult week ahead.

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Kate, thank you very much.

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That's about it from me.

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Asad Ahmad 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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