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the BBC News at One -
Welcome to BBC London News.
I'm Alpa Patel.
A busy high street in south London
is still closed this
afternoon after a burst water main
caused severe flooding this morning.
Police have warned
drivers and pedestrians
to avoid Tooting Broadway.
It's the latest burst water
main for Thames Water.
Marc Ashdown sent this
report from Tooting.
Well, the irony is not lost
on people round here -
after four days when great swathes
of Balham and Tooting
and Streatham in south London
have been without water,
a burst water pipe here
overnight in Tooting has
caused more disruption.
This pipe flooded the
streets behind me here.
Water was gushing out overnight
and has caused major
chaos for the rush hour.
This is a main route into London,
straight up through south
London into the city.
It is also Tooting Broadway Tube
station behind me, on the Northern
line, so this caused a lot
of problems for traffic,
buses and commuters this morning.
Of course, it comes after various
burst water pipes across south
London caused disruption
from residents, many
of whom have been without water
since about Sunday.
I have been speaking to the local
MP, who says people are exasperated
and frustrated and she says
it is time for real change.
How can we stop this happening?
They are ageing pipes, after all.
They are going to split.
How can we make sure we minimise
disruption when this happens?
We do that politically, we do it
locally by applying pressure,
but I think this should be a great
big wake up call for Thames Water
and they should act on it now.
Thames Water has
sent us a statement.
They say they arrived on site
here within 15 minutes
to reduce the flooding and,
as you can see, the water has now
receded away almost completely.
They say they have a team on site
here assisting people but,
of course, some customers,
businesses and residents will have
lost some of their water
or the pressure at least for a time.
Thames has apologised
for what happened here today which,
as people round here know,
is something they've got
used to doing recently.
Meanwhile, Thames Water say a large
number of their customers
in south-east London now have
running water again.
It's after thousands spent days
without water after pipes burst
due to the severe weather last week.
Some people are still
without running water five days on.
continuing after a Spanish
tourist died following a suspected
carbon monoxide leak
at a hotel in Earl's Court.
Another Spanish man remains
in hospital in a critical condition.
is following this -
what more do we know?
The emergency services were called
to the Mayflower Hotel
The emergency services were called
to the Mayflower Hotel on Monday in
broad daylight, just before 2pm.
Firefighters wearing breathing
apparatus did a sweep of the
building and their initial readings
showed very high levels of carbon
monoxide, so they evacuated the
building, about 29 people were moved
out, and it was then that these two
men, Spanish tourists we understand,
were discovered in their room on the
basement. The first of them was
34-year-old who died the hotel. His
friend, a 37-year-old, is in a
critical condition in hospital. We
also understand that two police
officers who attended to the
building were also taken to hospital
because they reported feeling sick
What happens now?
This death is still being treated as
unexplained but we know that the
Chelsea and Kensington environmental
health department is going to
investigate what happened. Will
provide a report but we don't yet
know what conclusions it is going to
reach. Meanwhile, the Spanish
ministry of foreign affairs, its
London Consulate, says it will be
helping the victims' families.
Thank you very much.
A Parliamentary inquiry has started
today after a BBC London
investigation revealed how market
stalls and shops across London
were selling fake fur
that was actually real.
The inquiry is looking at how
labelling can be improved to prevent
customers being misled
in the future.
Residents in Windsor have
complained about a cluster
of cardboard bedsits
in the town centre.
It's where rough sleepers are living
in the shadow of the castle.
They blame the increase
in homelessness on the
coming royal wedding.
One charity worker says cash
donations are above £200 a day.
Sarah Harris reports.
Sometimes you have nowhere to stay,
this is what you have to do.
Homelessness - hard to explain,
especially in one of the wealthiest
towns in the country.
But after the recent cold
snap and the publicity
around the royal wedding,
some residents are concerned
cardboard bedsits are beginning
to take over Windsor high street.
If you give a man four walls
and a roof, he will survive.
Kenny Morris used to work
for the homeless charity Shelter
and believes they should be moved
on for their own good.
What they used to turn up with,
with a sleeping bag and maybe a dog,
and then they would move on,
they're sitting there now...
Now they've got, like...
Well, as you can see, little houses.
Whether they're taking advantage
of it or not is not for me to say
but there is definitely
a difference, certainly now
the bedding's come in.
Last month in Edinburgh, the royal
couple showed their support
for a charity getting rough sleepers
back to work.
Sonny's been living rough in Windsor
for months and doesn't understand
why he has to beg to survive.
They're going to spend millions
on this wedding and all that,
and I suppose it's tax payers'
money, isn't it?
So why can't they use some of that
money to house us all?
Because it is not just Windsor.
All around the country,
people are homeless.
It's only highlighted
here because of the wedding.
But it's just a normal
problem in this country.
It shouldn't be.
We're one of the richest
countries in the world.
Those working to support rough
sleepers say they can make more
than £200 a day begging but Murphy,
a former rough sleeper himself,
denies the publicity around
the wedding is attracting more
people to the town.
The only difference is where they've
bedded down and because people use
to bed down in parks,
now people are bedding
down on the high street,
the perception is that homelessness
is on the increase.
It is understood that
for security reasons,
the police will move on rough
sleepers on the day itself but that
won't solve the long-term issue -
the most basic of cardboard homes
next to a royal fortress.
In football, Tottenham
take on Juventus
at Wembley tonight -
in what is arguably the club's
biggest game in seven years.
The north London side are looking
to secure an unexpected place
in the quarterfinals
of the Champions League.
Of course in Europe, the people
start to respect more Tottenham.
But, of course, we respect our
football, our philosophy.
We try to develop
good football and the
football that we love and we feel.
And, of course, yes, we feel
that we have to respect them.
Sir Michael Caine will be
celebrating his 85th Birthday next
week, and to mark the occasion
the London actor will
release a new documentary.
The film, called My
Generation, is his take
on the swinging '60s.
There will also be a pop exhibition,
which opens tomorrow.
Now let's check on the weather
with Kate Kinsella.
It was a rather grey
and drab start this morning.
A little bit of mistiness,
quite a bit of cloud and also
some outbreaks of rain.
So it has remained rather grey
but we're just about,
as we head into the afternoon
and beyond, starting to see a little
bit more of some blue sky
as the cloud starts to break up.
Some sunny spells expected
as we head further through the day
and, yes, it continues to feel,
especially compared to last
week, really quite mild.
There is a slim chance of a shower
in parts of Surrey, Kent, perhaps,
but in most places north
of there staying dry
and in the sunshine, feeling quite
pleasant at 11 Celsius.
Some clear spells at first will mean
the temperature is a bit colder
for the start of the night but that
cloud will pile in from
the south-west through
the second part and,
with it, some outbreaks
of quite heavy rain.
between two and five Celsius.
So, a wet start tomorrow
morning but you will see,
it drifts away eastwards
through the course of the morning.
Very similar to today, really.
So, a drier, brighter
afternoon in prospect.
The wind starts to strengthen,
though, as we head through tomorrow.
Temperatures perhaps feeling just
a little bit cooler,
despite them getting up to a maximum
of around 10 Celsius.
Through Friday, it looks
like another wet day,
the rain pushing up as we head
through the morning, perhaps
clearing through the afternoon,
then Saturday we have this band
of rain heading towards us.
It looks quite wet to start
with, drying out towards
the end of the afternoon.
I think staying rather unsettled.
We've got low-pressure flinging
weather fronts towards us,
so some rain, some dry weather,
but the temperatures not too bad,
especially through Saturday, when we
reach an impressive 13 Celsius.
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.