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I'm Katharine Carpenter.
The mayor has said it's
"unacceptable" that thousands
of Londoners still don't have water
following last week's bad weather.
Parts of north and south London
are affected and some schools
have shut for the day.
Thames Water has been handing out
bottled water and says it's working
flat out to fix the problem.
Our reporter Marc Ashdown sent
this report from Balham.
Now, this is one of four impromptu
water distribution centres that's
been set up this morning
by Thames Water here in Balham.
Now, all these people
here we have been talking to,
many of them have been without water
since Saturday morning.
Some people with children, some
quite elderly, quite vulnerable.
Lots of frustration here.
Now, these problems have
affected many Londoners,
not just here in Balham,
but also up the road
in Streatham, Herne Hill,
There are bottle distribution
centres set up there as well,
and they are struggling
to cope with demand.
People we've been talking
to here are very frustrated
and quite desperate.
Thames say they have already dished
out 200,000 litres of bottled water.
They are hoping to have handed out
about 600,000 by the end of today.
They do say they are working
on fixing these problems,
and have apologised,
of course, to customers
for the frustration
and a lack of supply.
It's not clear what
has caused all this.
It appears they are blaming
the cold conditions -
the snow, the storm from last week,
and the very old pipes,
when they've thawed,
have potentially cracked
and caused these burst mains,
which has caused these problems.
At the moment, though,
Thames are saying they are hoping
to get supply back on by the end
of today, but people
here certainly, from quite far
afield, are at the moment still
without water from the weekend.
In the last few minutes Thames water
have said that due to high demand
they have now run out of water at
their bottled water site at
Streatham and Balham, but they say
more supplies are on their way. With
regards to North London they say
there is a boost to the Hampstead
reservoir and they are filling it
right now, but it could take some
right now, but it
could take some hours.
The Metropolitan Police has defended
the intelligence database it uses
to map criminal gangs,
describing it as a vital tool
in the fight against violent crime.
A Freedom of Information request has
revealed that 80% of those
on the Gangs Matrix are black
but the Met says that includes
victims as well as perpetrators.
Alex Bushill reports.
To understand knife crime,
just ask the children who have
to live with the threat
of it every day.
This is the Brookfield
Club in Peckham.
one of one of the kids
who was stabbed to death last year.
The others who knew him well.
It just feels that our friends can
be arrested or can kill somebody,
and our friends can be killed.
It makes me feel sad,
because they are just
losing their life over stupidness.
A lot of the time it makes me feel
scared, but such is life,
Such is life.
Well, it is certainly
true that there's been a
recent spike in stabbings.
The Met says its gangs
matrix is a crucial tool.
It's an intelligence led database
that identifies 200 active
gangs in London.
What is controversial
though is that the
matrix also lists 80% of all gang
members as black, which has
triggered accusations of racism.
How did they get on the matrix
in the first place?
It could be that their cousin
is on the matrix, they go to
football with someone
on the matrix, or just live
next door to someone on the matrix.
If you are black and you are in
a group of more than two or
three, then you are
automatically in a gang,
because the definition is so loose
and so problematic, so it's
also like racial profiling around a
problem that they are going to be
in a gang because they are black.
In response, the Met
says two separate
pieces of intelligence are needed to
put you on the matrix, and that it
can't be racist because it
identifies gang members who are also
If you are a young black man
in London, you can be the
subject of violence
as a victim, and be
in a gang, and you will be
matrix, and we will look to divert
individuals away from a life of
crime, but are on the matrix.
It's looking at your custody record.
You're 21 years of age,
and you're unemployed at the moment.
Is that right?
And that's where programmes
like Divert come in.
Informed by the matrix,
the Met can and do seek to
from a life of gang violence.
New figures suggest London
is the hardest place for young
people to find an apprenticeship.
The index which looked at government
figures found that 16-24 year olds
in the capital face more than double
the competition of those living
in north-west or south-west England.
The recent broadcast of the BBC's
Blue Planet series seems to have got
everyone from the Queen
to the Prime Minister
talking about how we can
reduce our plastic waste.
And all this week we'll be meeting
the Londoners trying
to do their bit to cut down.
Today we speak to a former
city worker on a mission
to clean up our waterways.
Sean Fletcher has the story.
In 2015, I raced a 70-foot yacht
from London to Rio de Janeiro
and in the middle of nowhere
we found these two turtles caught
in a maze of fishing
nets and water bottles.
It has got yellow and orange
around its front right fin.
In the middle of nowhere in this
amazing ocean like it is blue water
everywhere and then you have
all this plastic.
In London 66,000 tonnes of plastic
were sent for recycling last year
alone but nobody knows how much
was simply discarded elsewhere
and while the government has pledged
to ban all avoidable plastic waste
by 2042, some Londoners
are taking action now.
After cycling 150 miles
on the Thames, ex-city worker
Dhruv Boruah is collecting plastic
from canals on board his
floating bamboo bicycle.
In just one hour in the canal
I collected this full load
of plastic rubbish from balls
to Styrofoam packets,
to water bottles, to energy drinks,
to single use packaging.
I can't collect everything
because if I collect
everything I will sink.
The plastic that is being dumped
in our waterways is having a huge
impact on marine life.
A recent study by the Royal Holloway
University found up to 75% of fish
living at the bottom of the Thames
have plastic in their guts.
It is really disgraceful.
We are harming the life
even right here.
Obviously we are harming us
in the end because we are going
to eat the fish as well.
Ultimately we have to go and educate
the young people and make them more
aware of how damaging this
is and how we are destroying
their world, their planet.
We are making it worse for them.
And you can see the full story
on Inside Out tonight
on BBC 1 at 7.30pm.
Now the Weather with Kate Kinsella.
Well, it's certainly feeling
a lot milder than it did
this time last week.
We woke up to temperatures
in positive figures.
So we've had a bit of blue
sky, some sunshine.
It's feeling just a little
bit more like spring.
Certainly more acceptable.
Now this sunshine becoming
a bit of a memory this
afternoon as we head through,
as the cloud will start to increase.
We will see some showers and some
outbreaks of rain arriving
coming up from the south.
Some heavy bursts mixed
in there as well, so we are going
to lose that sunshine,
Temperatures, though, back up
in double figures at 10 Celsius.
It continues overnight,
these outbreaks of rain,
becoming a little bit drier,
especially towards the south
and the East, but we are then likely
to see some mist and fog developing,
so a murky start to Tuesday.
Minimum temperature again
above zero, between three and five
Celsius, so this mist and fog
will take a while to lift.
When it does, it will be into low
cloud, so it looks like it's
going to stay rather grey,
and a small chance of a shower
the further south and east
you are tomorrow afternoon,
but many places staying dry.
The temperature again
still quite mild.
We are looking at a
maximum of 12 Celsius.
Now, as we had further
through the week, into Wednesday,
various fronts heading towards us,
so it stays rather unsettled.
Some showers around, but also plenty
of dry weather as well.
Thursday, there's that band of rain,
which could just move a little bit
further inland from the south coast,
so it's looking fairly wet
for a time, at least,
as we had through Thursday,
but it is fairly changeable.
Showers, some dry spells,
but gradually you will notice,
as we head to the end of the week
and the end of the weekend,
we are looking at temperatures back
up at around 12 or 13 Celsius.
That's it from me.
Riz Lateef will be here
with our 6:30 evening programme.
But for now, from us all,
a very good afternoon.