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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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13 people have been injured

after a man drove a 4x4 into a busy

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nightclub in Gravesend.

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There were immediate fears of it

being a terrorist attack -

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with one witness describing it

as "a complete mess

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of panic and chaos".

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The vehicle ploughed into Blake's

nightclub on Queen Street -

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from where Caroline Davis reports.

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Panic, shouting and screaming,

this was Blake's nightclub in

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Gravesend moments after

a 4x4 car drove into it.

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My God, I nearly died.

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So, I'm in this club and this

car comes through the

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front, look.

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BBC radio presenter

Reece Parkinson was in the club.

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He couldn't believe

what he was seeing.

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What is going on?

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My first thought was people

are going to jump out the

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car, I'm thinking the worst,

and this is like a terror

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attack essentially.

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We heard like a massive bang,

everyone was screaming and then

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shouting and pushing.

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Chloe Germaney was also

inside, scared that

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something else would happen.

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I sent my family like

a text and everything

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saying where I was and that I love

them and stuff like that because

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automatically I just didn't know

what was going to happen.

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This is the car after the crash.

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Police have said that the incident

isn't terror related.

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Instead, they think that the driver

had been asked to leave

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the club earlier in the night

after an altercation.

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They've arrested a 21-year-old

man on suspicion of

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attempted murder.

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This is the tented smoking

area the car drove into.

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You might even be

able to make out the

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roof of the car,

which is still in there.

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Police are continuing

with their investigations, but it's

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believed the car drove down this

alleyway into that tent and a crowd.

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So far, 13 people are known to be

injured but there may be more who

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left the club during the panic.

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None of the injuries

are thought to be

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life-threatening.

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The owners of the club have

released a statement

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online calling the action

unpredictable and selfish.

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They praised their door

team for helping

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to apprehend the driver,

calling them heroic.

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Police are continuing to investigate

exactly what happened

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here, bringing fear and confusion

to a Saturday night out.

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Caroline Davis, BBC London News.

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Nine months on from

the Grenfell Tower -

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Nine months on from

the Grenfell Tower fire -

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there are warnings that dozens

of local businesses face

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closure after the sudden

drop in customers -

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and difficulties

in recruiting staff.

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It's why money's been

pledged to help the economy

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of North Kensington,

but there is concern that it

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might not be enough.

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A short walk from Grenfell Tower and

shutters on shops and for sale signs

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on businesses are

clearly noticeable.

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While most of the focus over

the past nine months has been

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on finding homes for those

affected by the fire,

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the Portobello Business Centre says

many businesses are now

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on the brink of closure with some

reporting sales down by 70% and

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difficulties in recruiting staff.

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We lost in the takings

£57,000 in the

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fire in 12 weeks to 15 weeks.

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You've got to look

at it at a different

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angle, you've got to look at it

in how you're going to go forward.

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So, to help businesses,

City Hall has earmarked

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£100,000, and it is separate to

the grants and rate relief already

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offered by the council.

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We've put together

a package of over £500,000

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in order to give them support

and to get them back on their feet.

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But importantly,

we are trying to give

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them support in their local area,

because clearly the local area has

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been affected by a large

decant of people.

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It's been slow and

it's been grudging.

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Yes, they did give rate relief

for businesses but in the

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immediate area, and I'm talking

about the impact on a wider area.

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I see vacancies and empty offices,

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empty shops, empty

business premises.

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For Shaun Bailey from the London

Assembly who grew up around

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here, local businesses provide vital

opportunities to young people.

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I've worked up and down

the Portobello Road.

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I used to work in the Fantastic

Store comic shop there for years.

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It was great fun.

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But the real thing about local

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business is how much work it brings

here, how much vibrancy

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it brings to the area.

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So, the area faces

economic as well as

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social challenges.

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But as many have observed

since the fire last June,

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the resilience of local people

is likely to win through.

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Thousands of Londoners -

and not just Irish ones -

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have been celebrating

St Patrick's Day -

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by taking part in a parade

which started at Hyde Park Corner

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and went to Trafalgar Square -

where the celebrations continued.

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A mini-Irish Film Festival

took place too.

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If you thought we

took place too.

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If you thought we would

took place too.

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If you thought we would have

took place too.

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If you thought we would have plenty

took place too.

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If you thought we would have plenty

of snow today, so did I.

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If you thought we would have plenty

of snow today, so did I.

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Hello, good evening.

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Still possibly a few late

snow showers around.

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We've still got a Met Office

weather warning valid

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until midnight for snow and ice,

and that warning is just

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for ice into tomorrow morning.

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Some slippery surfaces

around the start

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of the day, difficult driving

conditions maybe, and of course,

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their widespread frost, so it's

cloudy and cold tomorrow morning.

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a widespread frost, so it's cloudy

and cold tomorrow morning.

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But tomorrow it's going to feel

a bit more cheerful and a bit less

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cold.

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The wind is lighter coming

in from the north, the cloud will

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thin and break particularly

into the afternoon.

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And we'll get some decent sunshine

around and temperatures

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will be higher, four or five

Celsius, those temperatures will

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continue to improve

through the week.

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That's it.

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We are back at the slightly later

time of 10:40pm denied because of

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the football overrunning

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Enjoy your evening.

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Bye for now.

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