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Stay with us on BBC One - it's time

for the news where you are.

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Michael

for the news where you are.

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Michael sappers

for the news where you are.

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Michael sappers easing

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Michael sappers easing but

for the news where you are.

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Michael sappers easing but we

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Michael sappers easing but we will

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Michael sappers easing but we will

see travel on Monday. This was

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Michael sappers easing but we will

see travel on Monday. This was a

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scene in Devon early on Sunday. We

still have an amber warning from the

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Met Office which expires at 3am.

Even after that we could continue to

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see disruption, 20 centimetres of

snow in some places. We have this

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cold easterly wind heading into

Monday and we keep those chilly

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winds but high pressure in charge. A

lot of dry weather on the cards and

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the winds will not come from quite

such a cold direction.

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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.

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This was Blake's nightclub

in Gravesend, moments

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after a 4x4 car drove into it.

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My God, I nearly died!

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I'm in this club and this

car comes through.

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BBC radio presenter

Rhys 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 of the car.

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I'm thinking the worst.

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And this is like a terror

attack, essentially.

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We heard a massive bang.

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Everyone was screaming

and shouting and pushing.

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Chloe was also inside, scared that

something else would happen.

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I sent my family

a text and everything.

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Letting them know where

I was and that I loved them

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and stuff like that.

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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 the club

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earlier in the night.

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They have arrested a 21-year-old man

on suspicion of 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 roof of the car,

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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

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tent and the crowd.

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So far, 13 people are known to be

injured but there may be more

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who left the club during the panic.

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None of the injuries are thought

to be life-threatening.

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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 closure

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after the sudden drop

in customers and difficulties

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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

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on for sale signs 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, the Portobello Business

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Centre says many businesses are now

on the brink of closure,

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with some reporting sales down

by 70% and difficulties

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in recruiting staff.

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We lost in the takings

£57,000 in the fire in 12

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weeks, the 15 weeks.

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So to help businesses,

City Hall has earmarked £100,000

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and it is separate to the grants

and rate relief already

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offered by the council.

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We have put together a package

of over half a million pounds

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in order to support them.

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Because clearly, the local

area has been affected

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by a large decant of people.

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It has been slow and it

has been grudging.

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Yes, they did give rare

relief for businesses.

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-- rate relief.

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But in the immediate area,

and I'm talking about the impact

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on a wider area, I see vacancies

and empty offices, empty shops,

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empty business premises.

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So the area faces economic

as well as 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 by taking part

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in a parade between Hyde Park Corner

and Trafalgar Square,

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where the celebrations

continued well into the day.

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A mini Irish film

festival took place, too.

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And a happy St Patrick's

Day for yesterday.

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Now the weather.

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Hello, good evening.

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Still possibly a few late snow

showers around but it should be

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mostly dry for the second half

of the night.

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And we've got a Met Office weather

warning out for ice that is valid

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until 10am on Monday morning.

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This is how we're going to start

off the day tomorrow.

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Widespread frost, some slippery

surfaces, possibly some tricky

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driving conditions around, too.

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So, cloudy and cold to start the day

but it will feel more cheerful,

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particularly by the afternoon,

with a light northerly wind.

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Staying dry and there will be

some sunshine and highs

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of four or five Celsius.

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Those temperatures will improve

further through the week.

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That's it.

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I just want to add our

congratulations to Andria Zafirakou,

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who, as you may have

heard a few minutes ago -

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has officially become

the World's Best Teacher.

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She teaches at Alperton

Community School in Brent.

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A terrific achievement

and very well deserved, too.

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Good night.

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