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I'll be back with the late news
a little earlier tonight at 2110.
Good afternoon from BBC London News,
I'm Victoria Hollins.
Members of London's Indian community
are fighting to save a trading area
in the centre of the capital
they say is under threat
from the construction of HS2.
Known locally as little India,
many of the spice and sweet shops
on Drummond Street serve families
from miles across the city.
But as Sarah Harris reports,
rising rents and building disruption
could end a tradition stretching
back more than 50 years.
These are the kind of ingredients
that are hard to come
by in central London.
Trader Hareesh has been selling
Indian spices on Drummond Street,
near Euston station,
for more than 30 years,
but says since the HS2 construction
work begun on his doorstep,
he's struggling to make ends meet.
It's getting worse
because all these hotels
and everything has closed down.
People can't park their car here.
We have a lot of customers
from the hotels and everything,
that completely stopped.
There are a lot of offices around
that have already been closed.
And basically my lunchtime business
is completely ruined.
Some of the businesses
here with Indian connections
were established more
than 50 years ago.
It's become known as Little India,
locally, as more shops
and restaurants set up
in the 50s and 60s.
The campaign's leader says
if the downturn continues, the job
losses will run into hundreds.
It's going to be terrible
because this street has built up
a reputation for years and something
like this in central London
is very difficult to get.
Local people will be out
of jobs, people will suffer
for our bread and butter.
And I don't think we can build
another street like this because it
takes years to build.
HS2 has said in a statement that
they're working with traders
and with the local council to try
and minimise the disruption this
construction is making.
They've said they put up signs
saying it's business as usual
and they also point out that
when the improvements to the station
are finished it should attract more
people to this part of London.
But traders say that is at least ten
years away and without more support,
the tradition that has taken decades
to establish will be lost for ever.
A convicted killer from Hackney
who ran over a woman after she tried
to stop him stealing her handbag has
gone on the run after being released
from prison on licence.
Mark Woolley was jailed for life
in 2001 for the killing
of Elizabeth Sherlock
by running her over
near Euston station.
The 52-year-old has not been seen
since a probation meeting
in Hackney on January 31.
The public have been warned
not to approach him.
A memorial service has taken place
to mark 75 years since 41 people
were killed in a wartime
bombing in Reading.
The People's Pantry Bombing
during World War 2 saw four German
bombs dropped near the town hall.
150 people were injured,
the youngest victims
were just 10 years old.
A wreath laying ceremony to mark
the tragedy was held this afternoon.
Early closing day.
The only people in town
were people watching Bambi
at the cinema just down the road.
People working in offices.
Or the unfortunate people who come
into town for a cup of tea
in the People's Pantry.
One of the ambulance
workers that day knew,
by the time she finished her shift,
that her father had been
killed just behind us.
Let's see what he weather has
I store for the rest of the weekend
with Elizabeth Rizzini.
Hello, good evening.
A bit of everything today,
frosty start, early sunshine
and then a wet afternoon.
Tomorrow will be different,
a lot of dry weather,
sunny spells and the chance
of wintry showers.
This is the system that gave us
the showery rain this afternoon.
Continuing to push from the West,
wet weather overnight
and quite blustery.
A windy night.
Skies clearing into the first part
of tomorrow morning,
starting the day on a milder note,
between two and four
Plenty of sunshine around tomorrow
morning as we can see on the map.
Maybe one or two wintry flurries
going into the afternoon.
Feeling cool with quite a chilly
temperatures between five and seven
Sunday night into Monday morning
there could be a widespread hard
frost so expect a cold feeling day
on Monday with a lot of sunshine,
staying dry but turning wet
and windy once more on Tuesday.
That's it for now.
We're back tomorrow evening.
From all of us here,
have a really lovely weekend.