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Welcome to the programme this Wednesday evening

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Survivors of the Croydon Tram Crash have told BBC London they're

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relieved that Transport for London and the operator have admitted

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It means that it won't take as long for victims' families and those

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injured to get financial help and compensation.

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But getting answers as to why the tram was travelling

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as fast as it was will take much longer,

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and is still the subject of an investigation.

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Our transport Correspondent Tom Edwards has been speaking to a man

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who's struggling to rebuild his life after what was supposed to be

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On board the tram when it derailed, Matthew Parnell's life since that

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day, in his words, has been destroyed.

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He suffered a serious head injury in the crash, and

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because of that he has had his driving licence suspended

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and now he has lost his job as a lorry driver.

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In a way, I have had my life taken away.

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I was just going to work, a normal day like I would do,

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and this happened, and as a result of it, it has pretty much destroyed

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And he is one of many who want and need

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Seven passengers died and 51 were injured last November

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when the tram derailed on a sharp corner travelling at three times

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Now the operator and Transport For London have

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This is the first step in a long legal process,

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but it is still nonetheless significant that Transport For

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London and the operator have admitted liability

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for the Croydon tram crash.

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What it means is the families of those who died and the survivors

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will now not have to endure a civil trial.

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It is a good thing because at least they are not fighting it.

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They have admitted that they are in the

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wrong, so I think it is a good thing for all the families involved.

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They are not going to have to go to court.

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Lawyers say there will still be a long journey ahead for those

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What it means is they will no longer have the

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burden of having to prove negligence, and that is the

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requirement if they hope to secure compensation for their injuries and

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for reimbursement in respect of any losses

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they have incurred, so it is

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But of course what it doesn't mean is that they are not still

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interested in what caused this accident, why it occurred, and for

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them, they will still want to know what the cause of the accident was.

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Matthew Parnell says he doesn't know what the future

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holds how long the process will take.

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Answers as to why the tram was travelling so fast could be

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Is London a city out of touch with the rest of the country?

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Does it get an unfair advantage when it comes to big

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Unfair perception, or legitimate grievance that contributed

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Well our political editor Tim Donovan has been investigating.

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Continuing his tour across the middle of England tonight

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he reports from Derby, home to the factory building

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The first half dozen teams have already been delivered, they will be

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making 60 in all. That means jobs and apprenticeships and

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opportunities. Without contract like this, I wouldn't be going to

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university. There probably wouldn't be as many jobs available, but they

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had been made available site has given me the opportunity to develop

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myself. Mirallas bid wondered it to be enough work are well I end up

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needing a job. This secures my job for quite a while. Jolt washer on

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then put your ten millilitres on top. This is why London's

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politicians and transport bosses like to stress that infrastructure

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in the capital has wider benefits. We had got much until this order,

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finishing orders, so to win this year 's eyes that bit of stability.

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My wife is happier, and statues may employ. 'S but the benefits plan out

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further, this firm builds the fibreglass exterior of the Crossrail

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driver 's cab employing 65 people. A company down the road does the

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painting, for the staff here. And this major supplier with 80 workers

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builds peace Steelers safety frame for the cab and much more. This is

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the train was for... We have designed and manufactured and we

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will be installing this train washed at the Crossrail depot. But after

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this what next? It is hard to plan ahead. I can't employ more people or

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invest in new equipment or invest in apprentices and the skills we need

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to go forward without a good order book. 10,000 different components go

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into a train and there is a worry about except Paris and restrictions

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of the Brexit. We can't tolerate things being held at ports while

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there is more checks, that just bills in delayed to the process.

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What you make of the situation from where you are sitting? Is it all

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going to be much more expensive? To the extent of Paris, we would have

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to try and pass them onto the. Union contracts will be more expensive. I

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guess so. These carriages and what links London and Derby in wanting a

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good Brexit deal. Primary pupils with a message. Why

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we love signing. It's certainly popular with them,

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but should it be included Now to a sign that has

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unwittingly caused a bit It's provoked complaints,

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been reported to police, caused confusion and even seemed

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harmless to others. Turns out it was done

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all in the name of ART. Warning, in children crossing.

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Giveaway. What do you make of this? Is it an anti-Semitic image or work

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of art? Amongst some dues in Stamford Hill, it is an outrage. It

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is certainly offensive. It is a sign which shouldn't be there. It is a

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sign which, ties is a large and important segment of the community

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in this neighbourhood. The rate of fatal road signs were a work of art

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by the French artist in north London. He didn't mean for you one

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of the Arno orthodox due to be thought of as a hate crime. It was

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about identity, we are so full of identity in London, I don't want to

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hurt them. I don't want to offend anyone, for me it is more about how

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amazing it is to have all this character, it was nothing attacking

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one person one community. London is made up of so many committees. It

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certainly got the community talking, even though it was just the one sign

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with a dude, no others had been created. As far as others are

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concerned, is it anti-Semitic? Not at all because this is one of the

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most populated areas here in the hell, Sarah... It doesn't offend

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anybody. By the formal complaint was made to please. What would you say

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to someone who is offended by this sign? IPods as befitting their

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feelings, but it wasn't an attack. I want to stop this. The police asked

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the speaker Frank. They enquiries continue. The reader have your say

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on this story on our Facebook page. We're just hearing tonight that

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a fresh deal has been agreed in the long-running row

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between Southern Railway and the biggest train

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drivers' union, Aslef. It comes after weeks of more

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recent talks in a row Louisa, what do we know

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about this deal? We are hearing that a deal has been

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reached between Aslef and Southern rail, but we were in this position

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only last month and the beginning of February and Aslef whether a

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confident that their members would vote for the agreement they had

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made, but they didn't and fell down. They had been backgrounded table and

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it seems that their concerns have been addressed will stop this has

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been causing utter misery, as we know, for commuters. It is paralysed

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in the clean lines for 12 months after days of strike action in a row

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over the role of staff. Southern was drivers and not conduct is to close

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the doors, the union says that is not safe. It really has affected

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people's lives in London, we have been doing a long time on the

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programme. Some people have given up their job because they just can't

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take the stress of knowing whether they are going to get to work. On

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that note, commuters will want to know, where does this leave them and

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ends up putting an end to these strikes? This is where it gets

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confusing because they RNC is any dispute with Southern. Even if Aslef

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balls agreement goes through, that doesn't mean that this whole problem

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is good to go away. Aslef members are to be balloted before the 3rd of

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April, but there is still a long way to go. The members before there was

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Aslef were very confident in February that they would go for the

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agreement, but they didn't. I would be saying to commuters today to

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treat this with cosh 's optimism. -- cosh 's optimism.

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Next: Should British sign language be included

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That's what teachers at a primary school in Highgate

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They say they've had years of success in teaching pupils sign

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language so they can communicate with their classmates who are deaf.

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Ready, remember, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday. At this primary

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school, it is not as French or Spanish the children learn, by the

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time they leave at 11, many gated community using British sign

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language and it is something they and their classmates enjoyed. I like

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learning to sign because it is fine and it is like a secret language,

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and you can make make more friends and play more with different types

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of people. Playtime, I'm happy for them to sign with me. It shares its

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site with this other school for deaf children, while DSL was recognised

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in its own right 14 years ago, it is not included in the national

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curriculum. Teachers here are campaigning for that to change. To

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express themselves, to show facial expressions with their hands, with

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their body, they are proud of their language. There are more than 1

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million people who are deaf or hard of hearing living in London, many

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become isolated with so few big able to communicate with them.

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Mental-health needs higher deaf population than they are elsewhere,

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anti-medication is one of the reasons why people feel so socially

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isolated, so having children start early and learning to sign might

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prevent mental health difficulties in the future. The Department for

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Education says although BSL is not a mandatory part of the curriculum,

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schools are free to teach it if they choose do. Teachers here say the

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children's smiles and the best advertise meant for signing.

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Football, and the future of one of London's oldest club's

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hangs in the balance, ahead of a High Court

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Leyton Orient has been served with a winding-up order

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However the fans who are battling to keep the club alive have received

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Let's find out more from Chris Slegg who's at the club's

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Welcome you to the few privies errors, but given that Leyton Orient

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fans have not had good news for a while, it is welcome. Barry Hearn

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who still owns this stadium said that if the fans find away to take

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control of the club then he will allow them to play rent-free, the

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team play rent-free for a year. I have spoken to him directly today,

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he is in Miami at the moment. He confirms this to be the case,

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subject to the fans are Dee showing him a viable business plan. That

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rent is not to be around one and ?180,000 a year. They are battling

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to find every penny they can. Some might say that this is the least

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Barry Hearn could do, he served the club to Francesco Becchetti in July

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2014 for ?4 million. It has been a disaster, the club has been

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relegated. They look set to be relegated again and he hasn't paid

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his tax bill. He owes ?250,000. That is why the club is due in High Court

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in Monday, facing a winding up order. The fans are trying to raise

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?250,000 to keep the club alive. Francesco Becchetti once his ?4

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million back, so they are world's apart, but in the fans a way, then

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the team could play rent-free here for a year.

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And Jane Asher, of acting and baking fame, talks us about returning

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How visitors can get a close up view of the intricacies of a ?20 million

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restoration of an historic mansion in Kent.

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It was first opened by Queen Victoria back in 1882

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but Epping Forest has been visited by another member of

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Prince Harry spent the day learning about England's ancient woodland

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and the ways future generations can help keep it alive.

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In 1882, Queen Victoria food paid to centuries of arguments about who

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controlled Epping Forest and dedicated it to the nation. Today

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her great great great rate grandson was here to make his own dedication

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as part of a Commonwealth project to encourage natural forests. A century

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ago, Epping Forest was a place for London parred workers to escape for

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games, donkey rides and fortune telling. Today it is all about

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conservation. This is lucky the Longhorn, she and her calf

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ragamuffin greatly open pastures. Laws make it a legal defence of the

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land so technology stops them from straying too far. With a ?250

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tracker that sounds a buzz of any cross the boundary. Among the

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Rangers looking after the canopies where Sam Hobbs, a former soldier

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who lost part of the lead in the Falklands. He is rebuilding his

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career among the trees. And under the same tree, Queen Victoria gave a

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speech, this time it was Harry and the local schoolchildren, reminding

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them that when space in this city is fought over, it is more important

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than ever to keep open space. Sam Alderson from Kent has severe

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physical disabilities, but it doesn't stop him playing

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the game he loves. You'll usually see him playing

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cricket for England or Kent, but this afternoon wicket keeper

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Sam Billings was behind the stumps for a very different reason -

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launching an ambassador programme to get young people with

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disabilities involved in the game. Two inspirational players with one

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aim, to spend their love of cricket. England player Sam Billings spent

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the afternoon here in Bromley College as an ambassador for Lord's

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Tavern a charity to bring the sporty disadvantaged and disabled young

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people. Joining him, Sam Alderson, he got the cricketing bug through

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the charity and when he found his powered wheelchair was hinting more

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than helping, abandoned it to bowl on his knees. I love playing the

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game, getting out there and try new things. I don't see... Make excuses

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for my disability, I want to do something I will go and do it, and I

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will be determined to do it no matter what. You would encourage

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others to do the same? Absolutely. Training with his England

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team-mates, Sam Billings may have plenty to teach the youngsters he

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met today. But he admits being an ambassador also reminds him why he

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plays in the first place. Sometimes as a pro sportsman you can take it

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too seriously, so it puts it in perspective and it is fantastic to

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see the smiles on their faces and enjoy cricket again and really see

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them experience the effects of cricket. That is as good as

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anything. Many of these young people went had a chance to try cricket

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before and hope is that they will be inspired by league players and the

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determination of those with disabilities and will grow to love

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the sport. Maybe this will be the first of many team photos.

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Now, we know she can make cakes - but she claims

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So what attracted Jane Asher back to the west end?

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The answer is the musical production of 'An American in Paris' -

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which after its success on Broadway has transferred to London.

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Gene Kelly, arguably at his best in the 1951 movie an American in Paris,

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and the musical of the same name has already wooed audiences in the city

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it is set in. It has bagged for Tony's Forest Broadway production

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and toured the States. Now it is in London and stars are very own Jane

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Asher. And played a part that didn't exist in the film, a woman who we

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are not quite sure and beginning of the evening what she has been doing

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during the war. Before excepting the part she said she was under no

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illusion it would be a piece of cake. I was sitting at home and my

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agent said, are you interested in the idea of being an An American In

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Paris, and apart for an actor who can't sing or dance? So to be

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offered a wonderful part in a show like this was unique. The

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choreographer, director and recipient of one of those awards

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says it is important to bring the music, glamour and energy of the

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movie to life. One of the big challenges that designer and myself

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had was finding a way to retain some of the cinematic qualities of the

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movie and create a set that is very fluid, that jumps from location to

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location very quickly, but that also dances. These days home is the

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Dominion, and for some of the show parred veterans there is something

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special about being any West End. Reed Tanabe home and family members

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that couldn't make it to Paris or New York can finally get in the West

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End. It feels like the measure of a ballet house and Broadway house

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which is what our show is. It feels like you can fly. If you'd fancy

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flying down to the Demeaning to catch the show, it is currently

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booking and the of September. It's a grand historic

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mansion that was, quite Yet crumbling walls and falling

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ceilings meant Knole House in Kent was in desperate need

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of some serious TLC. So it became the focus

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of the biggest restoration project the National Trust

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has ever undertaken. With almost six centuries

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of history, Knole House is one of the oldest,

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grandest and most important It is the most amazing

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staircase, this is the great staircase at Knole, created

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by Thomas Sackville at the beginning of the 17th century and decorated

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by craftsmen from the King's Works. We've got I think probably

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overwhelmed by the scale We've got seven acres of roof

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and just keeping on top of the maintenance of a building

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like that is an enormous task. And because the building is so old,

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we got to a point where actually we needed to do something really

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to secure the house's future. This is the biggest restoration

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in the National Trust's history, all conducted under the watchful

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gaze of the Sackville family. Powerful and influential in the 17th

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century royal court, their descendants live here to this

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day, a living link the past. So, a state-of-the-art

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conservation studio will, with painstaking patience,

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work to protect the building You overlap the previous bit

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to make sure you haven't And then just keep

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the system going, really. The conservators employ the same

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skills and techniques that have embellished Knole

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for hundreds of years. Through the ages dust,

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rain and wood smoke have all taken their toll and this x-ray

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shows damage caused by woodworm. The team has to preserve the ornate

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and the elaborate of Knole's past while ensuring the health

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and the safety requirements of the present, to protect not only

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the house itself but also those John Maguire, BBC

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London News, Sevenoaks. Lovely start to the week,

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let's get a check on the weather Spring sunshine, it turned out to be

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the warmest day of the year so far. 18 Whiteley, got up to 19 Celsius

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this afternoon. This picture was taken at Hampton Wick post because

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my spring colours, lovely blue sky as well. What about the next few

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days? It is going to turn a little bit cooler thanks to more in the

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wake of cloud and some rain around as we head into the weekend. I hope

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you made the most of today's fine weather. Turning a bit chilly out

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there, high play any breeze at all, but we will find it turning the

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state later in the night, low cloud arriving which would prevent

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temperatures falling much lower than six or seven Celsius. Tomorrow could

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start a mistake, a bit grey, but it will brighten up at times. You may

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see the sunshine. Not as funny as today, and would be quite as warm.

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These are the temperatures, but we could get up around 15 or 16 Celsius

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at the best. Still good for this time of year. No rain yet as you've

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noticed. This weather front is heading our way, on Thursday

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evening, not much rain on that. Slightly cooler air comes in behind

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it, so we could be down to about the Celsius in the Chilterns early

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Friday. Sunshine to begin with but look what is coming down the

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north-west, first bottom rain arriving at we head towards the end

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of the afternoon. Temperatures not bad, 13, possibly as high as 14

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Celsius, not as good as today. Dry through Friday, indeed we cared it

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will be stronger wins, he'll cooler, rain at times.

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The government's dropped plans to increase National Insurance

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contributions for some self employed people.

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It follows a backlash both inside and outside parliament

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Thank you for joining us. We will be back with our late news at 10:30pm.

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Do have a lovely evening. Goodbye.

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