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Good evening and welcome
to the programme,
I'm Katharine Carpenter.
People who lost their water supply
following the recent cold weather
have criticised the amount
of compensation being
offered by Thames Water.
The company says the payments
are above the minimum required
by law but it comes as the industry
regulator, Ofwat, is set
to investigate why thousands
of homes and businesses went
without water for up to a week.
Alpa Patel reports.
It has been a frustrating week
for Thames water customers as vast
quantities of drinking water ran
down the drain or flooded roads,
schools, care homes,
businesses and tens of thousands
of people found themselves without.
Charlie Pollard, who lives
in Kennington, only got his water
back on yesterday after being
without for more than six days.
It has essentially made
the flat unliveable.
You can't do your washing,
you can't cook pasta,
and you have to go out and buy
bottles of water
to fill the kettle with.
Thames Water are offering
compensation and so you will get £50
if you have been without water
for between 12 and 24 hours.
100 hours for between 24
and 48 hours,
£100 for between 24 and 48 hours,
and £150 for more than two days.
So what does Charlie think of that?
If they are lumping in everybody 48
hours plus into the same bucket,
that's completely unreasonable.
But the second part is more
the procedure to get
the compensation, and having been
hung up on and tweeting my MP,
who has been great and acted
on my behalf, but the fact we have
had to be so proactive in getting
information out of Thames Water
meant that £150 felt unfair.
Thames Water say it is right that
customers are properly compensated
and that they have worked
around the clock to
get everything back to normal.
But serious questions by local MPs
and customers are being asked.
Now the regulator will investigate
why tens of thousands of people
were left without a vital public
service for several days.
A 31-year-old man has been arrested
on suspicion of murdering
a teenager in North London.
19-year-old Kelvin Odunuyi was
attacked inside a cinema
in Wood Green on Thursday.
A man has died after being
restrained by police in south-east
London. Offices say they were called
to the house on Friday afternoon
where they found the man in an
agitated state. The Independent
office for police conduct are
Parents whose children have to cross
a busy road to get to school
in South East London say they're
worried one of them will be killed
if improvements aren't made.
Bromley Council says it is
consulting on options to improve
safety as Paul Murphy-Kasp reports.
Village Way in Beckenham.
Families use the junction
to cross the road to get
to the nearest school,
and while they manage
to cross the road, it is not
always done safely.
They are taking their lives
into their own hands.
I have to get Sam to text me every
morning to let me know
he has got to school OK.
Bromley council is now consulting
residents on introducing
a traffic refuge
island like this one.
We found in many places
that the refuge is by far the best
for taking all the members
of the community, indeed the infirm
or anyone who will take
longer to cross the road,
maybe pushing a buggy,
it just gives them that
bit more confidence.
Previous attempts by the council
to install a crossing have been
rejected by residents and road users
found the average
speed is below 30 mph.
Harris Academy says it wants to work
with Bromley Council
on solving the problem.
But for parents and pedestrians,
a safe crossing couldn't
come soon enough.
Now the weather -
here's Georgina Burnett.
There was some
sunshine around today.
A little bit of blue
sky but also some rain.
We'll see some more tonight,
coming up from the south-west.
That will be cloudy with
temperatures down to four Celsius.
Some rain around tomorrow as well.
Showery rain for much of the day,
some dry spells as well,
and temperatures getting up to 11
Tuesday is a little drier
after the rain clears
the east in the morning.
And Wednesday, after a chilly start
should see some sunny spells, too.
That's all from the late team.