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I'll be back with the late news

a little earlier tonight at 2110.

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Good afternoon from BBC London News,

I'm Victoria Hollins.

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Members of London's Indian community

are fighting to save a trading area

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in the centre of the capital

they say is under threat

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from the construction of HS2.

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Known locally as little India,

many of the spice and sweet shops

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on Drummond Street serve families

from miles across the city.

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But as Sarah Harris reports,

rising rents and building disruption

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could end a tradition stretching

back more than 50 years.

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These are the kind of ingredients

that are hard to come

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by in central London.

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Trader Hareesh has been selling

Indian spices on Drummond Street,

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near Euston station,

for more than 30 years,

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but says since the HS2 construction

work begun on his doorstep,

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he's struggling to make ends meet.

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It's getting worse

because all these hotels

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and everything has closed down.

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People can't park their car here.

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We have a lot of customers

from the hotels and everything,

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that completely stopped.

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There are a lot of offices around

that have already been closed.

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And basically my lunchtime business

is completely ruined.

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Some of the businesses

here with Indian connections

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were established more

than 50 years ago.

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It's become known as Little India,

locally, as more shops

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and restaurants set up

in the 50s and 60s.

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The campaign's leader says

if the downturn continues, the job

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losses will run into hundreds.

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It's going to be terrible

because this street has built up

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a reputation for years and something

like this in central London

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is very difficult to get.

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Local people will be out

of jobs, people will suffer

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for our bread and butter.

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And I don't think we can build

another street like this because it

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takes years to build.

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HS2 has said in a statement that

they're working with traders

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and with the local council to try

and minimise the disruption this

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construction is making.

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They've said they put up signs

saying it's business as usual

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and they also point out that

when the improvements to the station

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are finished it should attract more

people to this part of London.

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But traders say that is at least ten

years away and without more support,

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the tradition that has taken decades

to establish will be lost for ever.

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A convicted killer from Hackney

who ran over a woman after she tried

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to stop him stealing her handbag has

gone on the run after being released

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from prison on licence.

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Mark Woolley was jailed for life

in 2001 for the killing

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of Elizabeth Sherlock

by running her over

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near Euston station.

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The 52-year-old has not been seen

since a probation meeting

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in Hackney on January 31.

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The public have been warned

not to approach him.

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A memorial service has taken place

to mark 75 years since 41 people

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were killed in a wartime

bombing in Reading.

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The People's Pantry Bombing

during World War 2 saw four German

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bombs dropped near the town hall.

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150 people were injured,

the youngest victims

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were just 10 years old.

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A wreath laying ceremony to mark

the tragedy was held this afternoon.

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Early closing day.

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The only people in town

were people watching Bambi

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at the cinema just down the road.

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People working in offices.

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Or the unfortunate people who come

into town for a cup of tea

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in the People's Pantry.

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One of the ambulance

workers that day knew,

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by the time she finished her shift,

that her father had been

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killed just behind us.

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Let's see what he weather has

I store for the rest of the weekend

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with Elizabeth Rizzini.

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Hello, good evening.

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A bit of everything today,

frosty start, early sunshine

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and then a wet afternoon.

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Tomorrow will be different,

a lot of dry weather,

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sunny spells and the chance

of wintry showers.

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This is the system that gave us

the showery rain this afternoon.

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Continuing to push from the West,

wet weather overnight

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and quite blustery.

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A windy night.

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Skies clearing into the first part

of tomorrow morning,

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starting the day on a milder note,

between two and four

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degrees Celsius.

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Plenty of sunshine around tomorrow

morning as we can see on the map.

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Maybe one or two wintry flurries

going into the afternoon.

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Feeling cool with quite a chilly

north-westerly wind,

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temperatures between five and seven

Celsius.

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Sunday night into Monday morning

there could be a widespread hard

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frost so expect a cold feeling day

on Monday with a lot of sunshine,

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staying dry but turning wet

and windy once more on Tuesday.

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That's it for now.

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We're back tomorrow evening.

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From all of us here,

have a really lovely weekend.

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Bye bye.

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