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Welcome to BBC London News.
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I'm Victoria Hollins.
so it's goodbye from me.
The majority of hundreds
of squatters living in a central
London building have moved out
after a judge ruled they had
no right to be there.
The four-storey building
in Great Portland Street
was taken over by the group
during the cold weather.
But last week a judge
ruled that they should
leave by 12pm today.
Helen Drew reports.
Midday was the deadline given for
the homeless people who have been
sleeping here to leave. It came and
no bailiffs arrived to evict them.
They have been here since the
beginning of the month, about 150
people sleeping here. Activists took
over the four-storey building on
Great Portland Street in order to
provide shelter. Last week the
landlords of the building went to
court to get evicted and the judge
gave them that eviction notice. But
nobody came evict them. First thing
this morning there were about 150
people here. At the time of the
deadline noticed there was still
about 100 people here but since that
time has passed, despite the fact no
bailiffs have arrived, they have
volunteered to go, almost everybody
has left and most of the people you
can see over my shoulder our
volunteers. We don't know why the
bailiffs have not arrived. We have
spoken to the Mayor of London, his
office said that outreach workers
have attended this location at least
twice last week, the people here say
they don't feel they have had
support from the Mayor's office.
They also said at the bears of is
that there was an issue with workers
trying to access those staying here
but perhaps Westminster council can
give us more information. We spoke
to them and they said that this was
a matter for the property owner.
They also say they are aware of the
situation and have been offering
support to those with a genuine
housing need. They say their teams
are on stand-by to provide
additional help if an eviction takes
place but we have not seen any
evidence of that. The bailiffs are
not here, almost everybody has gone,
most people you can see our
volunteers. A couple of people are
left but I expect through the
afternoon they will be gone. What we
don't know is where everybody is
going. I have been speaking to
people all Monica but most don't
have a plan, some are hoping
charities can help them, others say
they expect to be out on the street
Police are looking for a man
who burgled an elderly
woman as she lay in bed.
The 90-year-old was in her home
in Blackbrook Lane in Bromley
when a man forced
open the window, climbed
inside and took her jewellery.
Her family had installed
CCTV in her home as she
suffers from Alzheimer's.
Anyone who recognises the man
is asked to contact the police.
Residents in Croydon were evacuated
from their homes overnight
after a car drove into an energy
plant and caused a gas leak.
Police were called to Whitestone Way
just before 8:30pm last night.
Cordons were put in place and much
of the disruption continued
throughout this morning.
The A23 has now reopened,
but many residents are not
being allowed to return home.
Box trees are a common feature
in the capital's gardens and they're
regularly cut into shapes.
Well, they're under threat
from the box tree caterpillar.
Now the RHS Wisley in Surrey says
it is trying to find the best
way to tackle the pest.
Here's our Environment
Correspondent, Tom Edwards.
The box tree caterpillar arrived
from China around 2011 and,
since then, it has been destroying
the capital's box trees,
leaving them looking like this.
Last summer this was eaten
completely by caterpillars
of the box tree moth.
And in particular it seems to be
a problem in gardens
in south-west London.
They can completely strip the plant
of leaves and they don't
look very attractive.
They cover them in webbing
and insect frass, that's insect poo.
It doesn't look or smell
very nice at all.
At the Royal Horticultural Society
in Wisley in Surrey they are now
breeding the caterpillars
as they want to test
the best way to tackle them.
That will include when and how
to apply insecticides or natural
control methods such as nematodes.
We'll probably start off quite
simple and basic with how well do
these nematode biological controls
work on the box trees caterpillar,
perhaps how well do some
pesticides work on them,
are there different ways
we can apply them to make
them more effective,
and eventually we would piece
together all of those separate
research projects into the advice
we can give to gardeners.
The other alternative, though,
for gardeners is to use
other types of hedges
that the caterpillars don't eat.
What with the disease
and the caterpillar,
they do make a mess,
they do eat the leaves and leave
bare sticks behind so lots of people
are beginning to make decisions
to other plants, to grow other
plants because they can
actually do that job,
they can have that low hedge
outside their front door.
Experts, though, believe these pests
will be difficult to get rid
of and we will see changes
to the capital's
Tom Edwards, BBC London News.
Whenever there's a new film out,
its stars hit the red carpet
or give interviews in posh
London hotel rooms.
That's what John Boyega is doing
at the moment for his new film.
As part of the BBC's School Report,
we sent two students
from Prendergast Ladywell School
in Lewisham to do the job.
And Wendy Hurrell went
along to help them out.
Welcome to the weird world of the
movie junket, into which we have
brought our intrepid School
I am Azra, I'm missing
I am Azra and I'm missing
We are here to interview
John Boyega about his new film.
which he plays Jake, fighting off
sea monsters in Pacific Rim
We are in a small room at a posh
hotel filled with production staff
and a startling array of light,
sound and camera equipment.
It's an intimidating
situation even for a seasoned
journalist so in a holding room a
pep talk from me. They will be
people hiding in the corner and you
can ignore them. In they go, the
movie stars have sat there all day
answering pretty much the same
questions over and over, it is not
the done thing to go to off script
but taking presents always goes down
We heard it was your birthday.
Yes! Other people keep on reminding
me and I have totally forgotten!
Thank you! Thank you so much.
are known as a Peckham Lloyd, is the
way you were put a help or graduate
down to help people build your
acting dreams -- Peckham boys.
very blessed, I had a good time at
Theatre School and friends aiming
for the same thing I was, and I was
surrounded by a lot of motivation
and I was still in Peckham when I
got the biggest role of my life.
are Azra and Hari.
BBC London News.
Now the weather with Sara Thornton.
It has been dragging us down through
the weekend! This shows how confused
we all are, spring on one side,
winter at the bottom and all of us
have a bit of snow around and some
ice was a concern, especially
because we have the sunshine at the
moment and we have that for the rest
of the afternoon which means there
is a bit of a thaw and then a
refreeze and that can equal eyes.
The clearing skies in the south, but
pulling away nicely, the cloud. The
temperatures have not been
brilliant, still below par for the
time of year, but not quite as raw
at the weekend. When the sun sets we
will have a refreeze after the day
so watch out. The cloud comes in
overnight, maybe a couple of showers
and that will combine with the
temperatures below freezing to give
us a risk of ice first thing in the
morning and there is a weather
warning for the morning commute.
Watch out for ice first thing and
there will be some cloud around,
maybe a stray shower but the
emphasis tomorrow is feeling vastly
different to the past few days, even
with the cloud coming in at the end
of the afternoon, the temperatures
do look an awful lot better. Not
quite where we should beat still but
7-9dC. This is the air mass, yellow
is milder and that is pushing
towards us for the middle of the
week. Temperatures on the way up,
spring starts tomorrow!
That's about it from me.
Louisa Preston will be here
with our 6:30pm evening programme.
But for now, from us all,
a very good afternoon.