03/03/2018 London News


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Richard Westcott, BBC News.

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Now on BBC One, it's time

for the news where you are.

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Goodbye.

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Good evening, I'm Asad Ahmad.

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This week's snow has had

an unexpected impact on a major

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London-based charity,

which says it's lost more

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than half a million

pounds' worth of donations

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because of the cold snap.

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Some businesses are now ready

for trade to pick up.

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Here's Sarah Harris.

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Thick snow still blocking narrow

country roads in parts of

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Buckinghamshire and Hertfordshire.

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Cars abandoned last night,

still to be collected.

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It has been these conditions that

have stopped hundreds of volunteers

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from shaking their buckets to raise

money to support patients

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with terminal illnesses.

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These weather conditions are making

it near-on impossible.

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So we are really worried

about raising enough money

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for the people living

with a terminal illness.

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And this soft start thing, then...

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How does that work?

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But not everyone has been

a loser in the cold snap.

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This off-road business

is doing a roaring trade,

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with contractors working

round-the-clock in their

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specialist vehicles.

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This is all done now.

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It has rained tonight.

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I'm going home to wash

all my machines and that's

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it for another year.

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Hopefully.

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Definitely.

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And at Frithsden Vineyard,

the crops have survived and it's

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hoped the snow will lead to a good

vintage earlier than expected.

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It's actually quite difficult

to work in because it is so cold

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but not bad for the vines

because this cold weather actually

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delays what we call bud burst.

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With temperatures rising again,

many are out and about again this

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weekend enjoying the beauty

of the snow while it's still here.

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And charity volunteers are once

again making their way out

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onto the streets to raise money

for those most in need.

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Thames Water has apologised

after more than 100

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households in Crystal Palace

lost their water supply.

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The firm says engineers

are repairing two leaks

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after the company was criticised

for not providing bottled water

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to residents who've had no

supply since yesterday.

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If you're looking to

take up a new sport,

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here's one with its roots

in the playground

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from years gone by.

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It's been given the name

Wallball - and it's now

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taken quite seriously.

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You might recognise it,

and Mike Bushell went

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to try it in west London.

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It's the sport that started in

the playground, when we were kids.

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As now they're trying to take

it back there again,

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now that it's officially

known as Wallball.

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Because the beauty of

it is its simplicity.

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All you need is a ball.

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And a wall.

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It's similar to squash

but even easier.

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So all you have to do is hit

the wall and land in the court

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and then the rally just carries

on until someone misses the ball.

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It is derived from the game

of Fives, which was first played

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in the chapels of public

schools centuries ago.

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But for Fives you need four walls

whereas modern Wallball has no such

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confines and can be played anywhere.

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So making it popular

with the schoolchildren being given

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taster sessions and people

of all abilities and ages.

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I'm like this.

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I go "wang"!

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And does that feel good?

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Yes, really good.

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It's just got me running

around, you know?

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And hopefully I will get

rid of this paunch.

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The ball is bouncy if

you hit it really hard.

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And you don't want to hit it

with too much power.

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The British team will compete

in the World Cup in the USA

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later this year, with the men's team

now in the top five.

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But whether you are being blocked

or not, you can always be deceived

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by the bounce of the ball.

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Now time for the weather forecast.

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Hello, there.

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The big thaw has begun and the snow

will continue to melt away

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as we head through the rest

of the weekend.

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Now, of course, we have got

the milder air coming

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in over the colder ground.

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Lots of moisture from the snow melts

so a bit of a misty,

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foggy start to the day and more mist

patches around tomorrow,

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along with some showers.

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And there are showers,

too, overnight tonight.

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This is falling as rain for the most

part but possibly a bit wintry over

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the higher ground then we will start

to see those mist patches form.

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Temperatures will generally

hold above freezing,

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1-3 degrees Celsius,

but there could possibly be some

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places that drop a little bit below,

with the lying snow.

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And there could be some icy

stretches into tomorrow morning,

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so watch out for that.

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The mist will slowly life.

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Perhaps time for a bit of brightness

before we get some heavy showers

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that will help to wash the rest

of the snow away for many places.

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Top temperatures, all the way up

to 6-8 degrees Celsius,

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so turning milder and milder

still as we head into next week.

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In fact, we could be looking

at double figures by the time we get

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to Monday and Tuesday.

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to Monday and Tuesday.

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Lots of dry weather

in the sunshine, I dare say it

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will feel quite springlike.

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That's it.

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Our next news on BBC One

is at the same time tomorrow.

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Bye for now.

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