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That's all from the BBC News at One,

so it's goodbye from me.

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Welcome to BBC London News.

so it's goodbye from me.

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I'm Victoria Hollins.

so it's goodbye from me.

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The majority of hundreds

of squatters living in a central

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London building have moved out

after a judge ruled they had

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no right to be there.

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The four-storey building

in Great Portland Street

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was taken over by the group

during the cold weather.

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But last week a judge

ruled that they should

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leave by 12pm today.

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Helen Drew reports.

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Midday was the deadline given for

the homeless people who have been

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sleeping here to leave. It came and

no bailiffs arrived to evict them.

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They have been here since the

beginning of the month, about 150

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people sleeping here. Activists took

over the four-storey building on

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Great Portland Street in order to

provide shelter. Last week the

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landlords of the building went to

court to get evicted and the judge

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gave them that eviction notice. But

nobody came evict them. First thing

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this morning there were about 150

people here. At the time of the

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deadline noticed there was still

about 100 people here but since that

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time has passed, despite the fact no

bailiffs have arrived, they have

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volunteered to go, almost everybody

has left and most of the people you

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can see over my shoulder our

volunteers. We don't know why the

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bailiffs have not arrived. We have

spoken to the Mayor of London, his

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office said that outreach workers

have attended this location at least

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twice last week, the people here say

they don't feel they have had

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support from the Mayor's office.

They also said at the bears of is

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that there was an issue with workers

trying to access those staying here

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but perhaps Westminster council can

give us more information. We spoke

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to them and they said that this was

a matter for the property owner.

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They also say they are aware of the

situation and have been offering

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support to those with a genuine

housing need. They say their teams

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are on stand-by to provide

additional help if an eviction takes

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place but we have not seen any

evidence of that. The bailiffs are

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not here, almost everybody has gone,

most people you can see our

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volunteers. A couple of people are

left but I expect through the

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afternoon they will be gone. What we

don't know is where everybody is

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going. I have been speaking to

people all Monica but most don't

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have a plan, some are hoping

charities can help them, others say

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they expect to be out on the street

again tonight.

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Police are looking for a man

who burgled an elderly

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woman as she lay in bed.

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The 90-year-old was in her home

in Blackbrook Lane in Bromley

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when a man forced

open the window, climbed

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inside and took her jewellery.

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Her family had installed

CCTV in her home as she

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suffers from Alzheimer's.

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Anyone who recognises the man

is asked to contact the police.

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Residents in Croydon were evacuated

from their homes overnight

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after a car drove into an energy

plant and caused a gas leak.

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Police were called to Whitestone Way

just before 8:30pm last night.

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Cordons were put in place and much

of the disruption continued

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throughout this morning.

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The A23 has now reopened,

but many residents are not

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being allowed to return home.

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Box trees are a common feature

in the capital's gardens and they're

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regularly cut into shapes.

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Well, they're under threat

from the box tree caterpillar.

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Now the RHS Wisley in Surrey says

it is trying to find the best

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way to tackle the pest.

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Here's our Environment

Correspondent, Tom Edwards.

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The box tree caterpillar arrived

from China around 2011 and,

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since then, it has been destroying

the capital's box trees,

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leaving them looking like this.

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Last summer this was eaten

completely by caterpillars

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of the box tree moth.

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And in particular it seems to be

a problem in gardens

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in south-west London.

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They can completely strip the plant

of leaves and they don't

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look very attractive.

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They cover them in webbing

and insect frass, that's insect poo.

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It doesn't look or smell

very nice at all.

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At the Royal Horticultural Society

in Wisley in Surrey they are now

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breeding the caterpillars

as they want to test

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the best way to tackle them.

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That will include when and how

to apply insecticides or natural

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control methods such as nematodes.

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We'll probably start off quite

simple and basic with how well do

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these nematode biological controls

work on the box trees caterpillar,

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perhaps how well do some

pesticides work on them,

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are there different ways

we can apply them to make

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them more effective,

and eventually we would piece

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together all of those separate

research projects into the advice

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we can give to gardeners.

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The other alternative, though,

for gardeners is to use

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other types of hedges

that the caterpillars don't eat.

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What with the disease

and the caterpillar,

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they do make a mess,

they do eat the leaves and leave

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bare sticks behind so lots of people

are beginning to make decisions

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to other plants, to grow other

plants because they can

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actually do that job,

they can have that low hedge

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outside their front door.

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Experts, though, believe these pests

will be difficult to get rid

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of and we will see changes

to the capital's

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gardens permanently.

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Tom Edwards, BBC London News.

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Whenever there's a new film out,

its stars hit the red carpet

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or give interviews in posh

London hotel rooms.

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That's what John Boyega is doing

at the moment for his new film.

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As part of the BBC's School Report,

we sent two students

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from Prendergast Ladywell School

in Lewisham to do the job.

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And Wendy Hurrell went

along to help them out.

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Welcome to the weird world of the

movie junket, into which we have

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brought our intrepid School

reporters.

I am Azra, I'm missing

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arts.

I am Azra and I'm missing

English.

We are here to interview

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John Boyega about his new film.

In

which he plays Jake, fighting off

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sea monsters in Pacific Rim

uprising.

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We are in a small room at a posh

hotel filled with production staff

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and a startling array of light,

sound and camera equipment.

I'm

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really nervous!

It's an intimidating

situation even for a seasoned

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journalist so in a holding room a

pep talk from me. They will be

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people hiding in the corner and you

can ignore them. In they go, the

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movie stars have sat there all day

answering pretty much the same

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questions over and over, it is not

the done thing to go to off script

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but taking presents always goes down

well.

We heard it was your birthday.

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Yes! Other people keep on reminding

me and I have totally forgotten!

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Thank you! Thank you so much.

You

are known as a Peckham Lloyd, is the

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way you were put a help or graduate

down to help people build your

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acting dreams -- Peckham boys.

I was

very blessed, I had a good time at

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Theatre School and friends aiming

for the same thing I was, and I was

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surrounded by a lot of motivation

and I was still in Peckham when I

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got the biggest role of my life.

We

are Azra and Hari.

School report,

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BBC London News.

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Now the weather with Sara Thornton.

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It has been dragging us down through

the weekend! This shows how confused

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we all are, spring on one side,

winter at the bottom and all of us

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have a bit of snow around and some

ice was a concern, especially

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because we have the sunshine at the

moment and we have that for the rest

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of the afternoon which means there

is a bit of a thaw and then a

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refreeze and that can equal eyes.

The clearing skies in the south, but

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pulling away nicely, the cloud. The

temperatures have not been

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brilliant, still below par for the

time of year, but not quite as raw

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at the weekend. When the sun sets we

will have a refreeze after the day

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so watch out. The cloud comes in

overnight, maybe a couple of showers

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and that will combine with the

temperatures below freezing to give

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us a risk of ice first thing in the

morning and there is a weather

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warning for the morning commute.

Watch out for ice first thing and

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there will be some cloud around,

maybe a stray shower but the

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emphasis tomorrow is feeling vastly

different to the past few days, even

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with the cloud coming in at the end

of the afternoon, the temperatures

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do look an awful lot better. Not

quite where we should beat still but

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7-9dC. This is the air mass, yellow

is milder and that is pushing

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towards us for the middle of the

week. Temperatures on the way up,

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spring starts tomorrow!

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Finally!

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That's about it from me.

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Louisa Preston will be here

with our 6:30pm evening programme.

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But for now, from us all,

a very good afternoon.

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