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Hello and welcome to BBC
London News, I'm Alpa Patel.
Five homeless charities are warning
that people will die if urgent
action isn't taken to help rough
sleepers during the winter weather
over the coming days.
Temperatures could get as low
as minus seven degrees tonight.
One homeless man has
already died in Essex.
Sarah Harris reports.
It's business as usual
on Chelmsford High Street,
with shoppers and buskers out
enjoying the winter sunshine.
But a stone's throw from the main
high street, a homeless man believed
to be living rough here was found
dead after a cold and frosty night.
Workers are asking for support ahead
of the freezing snap expected this
week for rough sleepers
in and around London.
Of course I'm very concerned.
People are going to
die on the streets.
There are far too many homeless
people tonight who'll be lying
on the street in this cold,
severe, minus, treacherous weather.
People will die on these streets.
People need to, if they can,
go out and help their fellow person.
Harry's been sleeping on the streets
of London near Waterloo
on and off for 15 years.
With mental health and addiction
issues, he knows he's relying
on the kindness of others to stay
alive when temperatures
drop below zero.
He's seen many friends
die during the winters.
Mostly, like, overdoses,
found in the cold.
I've woke up with snow on me before.
Luckily someone actually
woke me up and went, like,
you know, are you all right?
Cos I wouldn't have
woke up, to be honest.
I was that cold,
you know what I mean?
Around a quarter of the country's
rough sleepers are based in London.
Close to Waterloo the numbers
have gone up, according
to council figures.
But many, like Harry,
do have a place to go.
I actually have a homeless hostel
that I stay at that I pay
a certain amount every week,
but, like, most of the time I end up
staying on the street
because I can't hack it.
I'm too used to being
outside, you know?
Severe weather protocol is in place
in boroughs across the capital.
Tonight a meal and shelter is being
provided at Hackney Town Hall,
with volunteers ready to support
rough sleepers in what's expected
to be a challenging week
as temperatures fall.
Sarah Harris, BBC London News.
The sister of a man who died
in police custody has told the BBC
she cautiously welcomes
a recommendation from the police
watchdog that five officers should
face gross misconduct hearings.
Sean Rigg, who suffered
from schizophrenia, died
after being restrained at Brixton
police station ten years ago.
His sister Marcia says
she'll continue her fight
for justice and says
the recommendations are overdue.
Volunteers have been out along
the River Lea this morning,
to help clean up an oil spill,
which has spread for miles.
The volunteers spent much of the day
near the Olympic Park putting down
absorbent pads and looking
for wildlife coated in oil.
Several birds have
already been rescued.
The Environment Agency
is investigating who was behind
the the oil slick.
It's thought to have started more
than a week ago.
Let's get that all-important
weather forecast -
here's Kate Kinsella.
It's been a very cold Saturday
and temperatures set to drop even
further over the next few days.
For today at least, though,
we have had blue sky and sunshine
and it's been quite a beautiful
cold, crisp winter's day,
and conditions stay
similar into tomorrow.
Overnight tonight we still don't
have much cloud, and with this cold
air temperatures are going to drop
down into negative figures -
between zero, -3 or -4
out in the countryside,
so a bitterly cold night.
We've still got this easterly breeze
and that's going to stay with us
into Sunday as well.
So a very cold start to Sunday,
that easterly wind making things
feel particularly raw as we head
through the day.
Plenty of sunshine, it stays dry,
with temperatures reaching five
Celsius, but factor in that breeze
and it's going to feel much colder.
Some snow showers expected
towards the East overnight
from Sunday into Monday and then
for Monday itself, the Met Office
for Monday afternoon has issued
a yellow weather warning indicated
by this yellow area,
so mainly towards the East,
but then as we head through Tuesday,
further snow showers expected,
the area indicated here
by this yellow patch,
so it's growing.
And then through Wednesday as well,
further snow showers.
So not only is the temperature set
to drop over the next few days,
we're going to see some snowfall
as well, which could in turn
cause some disruption.
So by midweek, yes, we've got a bit
of snow around but also look
at that temperature -
that's during the day.
Unlikely to get much above zero.
With the wind as well,
it's going to feel bitterly cold.
That's it from me and the team.
Do have a lovely evening.