01/03/2018 London News


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Welcome to BBC London News.

I'm Sara Orchard.

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It's been another difficult day

for commuters due to the weather.

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Transport for London has

said passenger numbers

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are down 20% on usual,

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due to the weather

as many stayed at home.

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Paddington Station

was also shut this morning.

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Here's our transport

correspondent Tom Edwards.

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Day three and at Paddington, the

station had to be shut this morning

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for two hours. Snow came through a

gap in the roof causing icy

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platforms. Frustration for

passengers like Kelly and Stacey, in

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London for morning meeting that got

cancelled.

A little bit shocked that

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the country has fallen apart at a

bit of snow.

A bit of a nightmare. A

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waste of a day to be honest. I can't

believe there isn't better things in

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place.

When trains were announced, a

mad dash from commuters. Stephanie

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from Southend was trying to be

philosophical.

There's no point

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stressing about it. It's happened.

Can you move down, please?

Reduced

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services meant packed trains. Others

found less passengers. The tube

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suffered with delays and while many

stayed at home, at King's Cross, for

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example, they shut access due to

overcrowding. Commuters seem to be

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adapting. What are you going to do?

We'll try and go on the Thames Link.

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That will be working, we hope.

There

are technical reasons why some

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operators are more susceptible to

snow and ice. Here at King's Cross,

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they use overhead power lines to

power the trains. About a third of

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the network still use a third rail.

How are coming through a rail on the

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track. That means it's much more

susceptible to snow and ice. 60

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miles of canals in London are frozen

over. Some pavements are being

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gritted. This was Downing Street.

Many are not. The authorities fight

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to keep them moving.

We've done OK.

We are never complacent. Looking at

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the figures this morning, the taps

in and out on the Tube network are

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20% down on a normal weekday.

The

roads are moving but it has been

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slowed going. As the snow turns to

fix lunch, more disruption is

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expected.

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A man in his 60s died yesterday

after being pulled from a freezing

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lake in a park in south east London.

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Emergency services

were unable to save him.

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Victoria Hollins sent this

report from Danson Park.

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Conditions in Danson

Park Bexleyheath today,

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very much as they were yesterday.

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Very cold, very icy.

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Now, this pond is used

in the summer for boating

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and at this time of year,

I'm told, is often

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used by bird-watchers.

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Now, London Ambulance Service

and the fire brigade were called

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here just before 4pm yesterday

afternoon after reports that

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a man had fallen into the water.

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Now, initially it was believed he'd

been chasing after a dog but it

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seems now that wasn't the case.

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He simply fell in.

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He was actually rescued

by a member of the public,

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another park user before

the emergency services had arrived.

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London air ambulance came also.

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The man was taken to hospital.

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He is believed to be in his 60s.

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But he died a short time later.

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Police say they are treating

this as an unexplained death.

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They do know who this man is,

his next of kin have been informed

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but his identity hasn't

yet been released.

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Let's have a look

at the current travel situation...

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On the tubes there are severe

delays on the Metropolitan

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and Piccadilly lines,

there are minor delays

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on the Distrtict line

while London Overground

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is part suspended.

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On the trains, a majority

of services in and out of London

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are impacted due to the weather

with delays and cancellations,

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the advice is to check

before you travel.

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A similar situtaion at airports

in the south-east with warnings

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of cancellations to flights

between the UK and Europe

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to free up congestion.

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Meanwhile, on the roads,

most major routes are moving well.

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Two lanes are currently out

in the Dartford Tunnel

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on the M25 anticlockwise in Kent

because of ceiling icicles.

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This is the current picture

approaching the area

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which is so far unaffected.

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A woman who bludgeoned her husband

to death has won a bid

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to challenge her conviction

at the Court of Appeal.

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Sally Challen is serving

an 18-year prison sentence

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after killing her husband

with a hammer.

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Her lawyers say she was the victim

of "coercive control".

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She came to me and my brother

separately and said, "You know what,

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he was making me question the facts

I had on paper, my sanity."

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"I thought I was losing it."

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Which is the first part,

I thought this was not right.

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He's starting to really

wage a war on her.

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A man died this morning

in a house fire in Coulsden.

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Six fire engines and 35 firefighters

were called to the fire

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in Downland Close.

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The man was confirmed

dead at the scene.

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Most of the first floor

and around half the ground floor

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plus the roof were damaged.

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The cause of the fire

is under investigation.

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Kensington and Chelsea

Council have axed

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public meetings about the aftermath

of the Grenfell Tower disaster

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in favour of drop-in

sessions for residents.

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The decision was taken

following repeated disruption.

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There were concerns

that the meetings at

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Notting Hill Methodist Church

were not giving residents

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what they needed and too often

ended in shouting matches.

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The former Mayor of London,

Boris Johnson, will appear before

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the London Assembly this afternoon

to answer questions

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about the Garden Bridge project.

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The proposal was abandoned

by Sadiq Khan, in August last year,

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but not before tens of millions

of pounds of public money

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had already been spent.

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Mr Johnson will be asked who is

accountable for the expenditure.

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A missing Nigerian masterpiece

found in a north London

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flat has been sold at auction

for a staggering

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£1.2 million pounds.

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The painting -

called Tutu by Ben Enwonwu

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was expected to sell

for around £300,000.

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But it smashed the guide price

making it the most expensive piece

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of modern Nigerian art

sold at auction.

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Before we check in on the weather,

there are many who are

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enjoying the snowy weather.

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It includes this West London family

who have improvised how

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they normally do the school-run.

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Do keep your pictures coming

in to us at [email protected]

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or on our Facebook page.

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So let's see how long

the cold will continue-

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Elizabeth Rizzini has

the weather for us.

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Up until the weekend and then it

will start

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Up until the weekend and then it

will start to get less cold. Lots of

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snowy pictures coming into our

weather Watchers page. The big

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difference between yesterday and

today is that there is very little

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sunshine today. It's been very

windy. Italy cold. More snowfall

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this morning. This afternoon,

lighter snow flurries, particularly

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towards the east. There will be more

snow towards the West. Generally, a

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dry picture this afternoon. Very

windy as well. We have a warning for

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the snow and wind with gusts up to

30 mph. That is making it feel extra

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chilli. This snowfall is really out

towards the West. Perhaps edging

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into central areas. Dry further east

but not too much sunshine. These

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have been the highest temperatures.

It will feel a lot colder. -8 or

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nine with the wind chill. As you can

see, the snow to the West has

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cleared and it's looking mostly dry.

Generally a dry picture. These will

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be the lows but where we have got

lying snow, we are looking at -5

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tomorrow morning. Still windy, as

well. A Met Office weather warning

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for snow and ice tomorrow. Slippery

surfaces. Expect disruption. Later

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on in the day, we'll see more heavy

snowfall. If you liked flurries in

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the morning. Very little sunshine.

Then the second system as we head

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through the afternoon into the

evening rush hour. 5-8 centimetres

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of snowfall expected. Possibly

disruption through the rush hour.

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Over the course of the weekend, it

could be mostly dry. There will be

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lots of ice. That's what we are most

concerned about.

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lots of ice. That's what we are most

concerned about.

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That's about it from me.

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Louisa Preston 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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Stay warm.

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