02/03/2018 London News


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Welcome to BBC London News.

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I'm Victoria Hollins.

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Southeastern Trains have warned

passengers not to travel

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on its network until further notice

due to the bad weather.

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It says it will try and get services

running again but other operators

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are also warning commuters

to leave work early.

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Southwestern says it will close

services by 8pm tonight.

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Here's our transport

correspondent Tom Edwards.

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These Waterloo commuters

had a terrible night

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and spent it stranded.

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They left London as normal but

trains broke down or couldn't move.

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The line was blocked until 6am.

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After nine o'clock

we don't have nothing.

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No heating, we're going to use

the toilet because its lights.

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-- we cannot use the toilet because

the light is off.

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It's really horrible.

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We started moving around six

o'clock on the train.

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We've been stuck maybe for 12 hours.

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We didn't move at all.

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This morning empty platforms

at Highbury with no trains.

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Although today for many in London

some normality so far,

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this closure did mean a much longer

journey for Errol D'Lima.

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So what are you going to do now?

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The Underground, I suppose.

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It's going to take me an hour

and a half to half to get to work,

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and then an hour and a half

to get home, so...

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I don't think we're catered

for things like this, really.

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There are no services here running

between Highbury and Stratford,

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and that's because ice has got

into the power supply

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and it means the trains

at the moment simply can't run.

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And all through this week engineers

have been out battling the elements

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in atrocious conditions,

trying to make the system work.

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This was the main line

to Brighton where icicles have

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formed in the tunnels.

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Engineers had to knock them off

the roof of the old Victorian

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infrastructure to stop them

damaging the trains.

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This is what it's like if you're

working on the tracks

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when a train passes.

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And this footage from inside a cab

on the East Coast Main Line shows

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you why trains have to go slower

as they push through snowdrifts.

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I'm standing at King's Cross,

where many of the trains are now

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running, but there are parts

of the East Coast Main

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Line still not open.

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Obviously everyone at Network Rail

is working very hard to get

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those routes open as soon

as we possibly can.

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Southeastern are now

warning commuters not

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to travel on its network.

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Others that operate to the south

of the capital are also warning

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commuters to leave work

early this afternoon.

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The Mayor has pledged to take more

action against pay inequality

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after a report shows London's public

service workers face an ethnicity

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pay gap of up to 37%.

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Sadiq Khan says the ethnicity audit

found the pay gap was "particularly

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stark" at the Met Police

and the reason is due

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to an under-representation of black,

Asian and minority ethnic employees

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in senior roles.

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A flagship programme to divert young

offenders from a life of crime

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and gangs originally piloted

at police stations in Brixton

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and Lambeth is to be

rolled out across London.

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The scheme offered those detained

in stations a package of support

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to turn their lives around.

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The re-offending rate is 7% -

far lower than the London average

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for adult offenders.

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We are coming into contact

with people, right in custody

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at that teachable moment,

when people are thinking

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about changing their lives.

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And Divert is able to speak to them

in consultation and look at getting

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them into that employment,

training and development and getting

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them away from their lifestyle.

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And it's imperative.

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This Sunday, weather permitting,

thousands of people will be taking

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to the streets of London to run

in a brand new half marathon.

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And among them will be Sir Mo Farah.

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The four-time Olympic gold medallist

has now swapped the track for road

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racing in the hope of even more

success, as Emma Jones reports.

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Wins the gold!

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He's already one of the most

successful athletes of all time

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on the track, and so having won

in London before, today Sir Mo

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was at City Hall to meet some

of the other runners who will be

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joining him this Sunday

for a brand-new half

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marathon in the capital.

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A little different to the training

camp he has just left in Ethiopia.

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It was a big shock, coming

to the UK, seeing the heavy snow.

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Sunday hopefully should

be good, I'm excited.

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Part of the London Marathon,

this is just a good opportunity

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to see where I am and if anything

needs checking, you know,

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then we can work on that.

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As you say, is this very

much seen as a warm up

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for the London Marathon?

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It is a warm up, it is.

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Most runners who are taking part

in the big major marathon like to be

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able to test themselves,

and this is another test for me.

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This is my hometown, it comes

with a little bit of pressure.

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For Farah the aim to take

what he learns this weekend

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into next month's London Marathon.

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For the organisers, to see

if the new event can

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become a regular part

of the London sporting calendar.

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Although there may be an obvious

challenge.

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Of course the current windy, wintry

conditions in London are hardly

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ideal either for the 15,000 runners

who will be starting on the other

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side of Tower Bridge on Sunday

morning, or the thousands of

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spectators hoping to mind the route

from Canary Wharf to the finish line

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at Greenwich. The race directors say

they are constantly assessing the

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situation and remain confident the

race will go ahead.

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There is a huge amount of work going

on to try to ensure that the route

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is clear, lots of parts of it are

clear, just some parts are not. We

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are really looking after the health

and safety of both the runners, the

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spectators, the staff and

volunteers.

So we will hopefully be

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seeing the Mobot, not the

snowboards, this Sunday! -- not the

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snow bot.

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For many people the snow and cold

weather poses a big challenge.

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But for others it's

a huge opportunity.

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Like Londoner Jessica Rose,

who braved sub-zero

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temperatures for her art.

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My first thought was I really

hope my boiler doesn't break down.

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My second thought was how

can I make a painting

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or drawing out of this?

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In fact, I did fall

off my bike on the way

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here because it was quite slippy.

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My name is Jessica Rose and I am

an Ealing-based painter

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and printmaker and today I am trying

to paint a snowy tree.

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So, in a former life

I was a journalist.

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In 2011 I stopped doing

that and I set myself up

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as an artist and an art teacher.

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I am really inspired by natural

forms and as you can see I have

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got my bike here today.

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I cycle all around Ealing and other

parts of London with my easel

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strapped to my bike.

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I stop where I find inspiration.

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Today I found a really oddly shaped

tree which is inspiring me,

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particularly as it is covered

in snow as well, it has got

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a lovely, fairy dusting

of white powder on it.

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I think it is quite true that

if you are an artist you see

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the world in a grain of sand

and you don't have to travel very

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far from where you live to find

really amazing scenery

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to paint and draw.

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I would just like people to be

inspired by what I do

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because I want to get more people

out sketching, painting and drawing

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in London's parks and looking

at its amazing buildings

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and interpreting it into art.

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Now let's check on the weather

with Elizabeth Rizzini.

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Now let's check on the weather

with Elizabeth Rizzini.

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Any good news in store?

Yes, I think they will stop the big

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for this weekend, but we have today

to get through and more snow and

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fortunately in the forecast.

We have had some lovely Weather

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Watcher pictures, it is bitterly

cold with an easterly wind, snow

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spreading in from the south into the

afternoon as well.

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Staying pretty windy, lots of art

snow will blow around. There is a

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Met Office warning for snow and ice

which has been turning to freezing

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rain in Kent and parts of Surrey.

This is

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treacherous

This is

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treacherous for

This is

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treacherous for driving

This is

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treacherous for driving in

This is

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treacherous for driving in

particular because the super cold

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water droplets freeze on impact,

take care if you see the snow

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turning back into rain. We could see

as much as five centimetres of snow.

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It will feel pretty cold again, as

you would expect. Overnight tonight,

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it should gradually clear, we will

see some rather misty and murky

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conditions into tomorrow morning.

Slightly milder air coming through

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but temperatures generally below

freezing to start the day.

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There will be another ice risk for

tomorrow morning, so take care on

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the roads and pavements.

It will feel a bit milder, we might

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even see brightness around. After

the early mist and fog clears. It

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will cloud over through the

afternoon, most of it will fall as

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rain, temperatures to end the

afternoon for the first time in

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quite some time will be between

three and 6 degrees. Looking a bit

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milder still on Sunday. Thank you.

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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