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Good afternoon.

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The leader of the Liberal Democrats,

Sir Vince Cable, has warned

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the government not to agree

to bailout the construction

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company Carillion

with taxpayers' money.

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There are fears the firm,

which has debts of £1.5 billion,

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could collapse after creditors

rejected a possible rescue plan.

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Carillion employs about 20,000

people in the UK and is one of

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the government's main contractors.

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Our Business Correspondent

Joe Lynam reports.

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This is Liverpool's list Hospital

and construction, it will be the

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biggest single hospital in the UK

and is being built by Carillion. Now

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there are fears that projects like

this could be affected if the

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company collapses. Carillion is

responsible for some of the UK's

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largest infrastructure projects.

Should the government bail out the

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debt-laden company?

I think what

needs to happen in this case, the

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contracts have to be kept going, and

supporting the supply chain and the

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tens of thousands of workers. That

can be done by the government taking

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much of this in-house or

re-tendering. The government can't

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adjust to a financial bailout. The

shareholders and creditors, the big

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banks, have to take a hit, they

can't just off-load all the losses

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onto the taxpayer.

Carillion is a

major British company with hundreds

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of contracts running prisons,

maintaining hospitals and MoD

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facilities. At almost 20,000

employees here and tens of thousands

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more dependent on the company. Yet

it has run up debts of £1.5

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it has run up debts of £1.5 billion

including almost £1 billion to its

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banks whose patience has run out.

Britain's biggest ever rail

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infrastructure projects are just two

begins construction here and here at

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Euston station, Carillion is

supposed to build and but are given

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its mountain of debt is a real

chance the government might step in

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and have to give this contracts to

other companies simply bail the

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company out. With all the moral

hazard that comes with that. So what

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would happen to other companies that

Carillion had passed on work too?

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Companies like Carillion outsource

most of their works are pretty much

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all the supply chains are dependent

on them for payment. And you have so

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many tiers of contracting, people

lower down the chain equally

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concerned. But that's the kind of

model we have in the construction

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industry were large firms outsource

everything.

If Carillion cannot be

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saved or restructured the

consultants EY have been put on

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notice to take over as

administrators. A precautionary

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measure which the government and

thousands of staff hope will not be

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needed.

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And Joe joins me in the studio. A

worrying time for those employed by

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Carillion and for the government a

huge headache. What is happening

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behind the scenes.

There has been a

meeting on Thursday and there will

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be further meetings this weekend,

such as the concern in Whitehall.

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Major government departments at

involved in this from transport,

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Treasury, justice, business, it's

all controlled by the Cabinet Office

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which has a new minister, David

Lidington, this week. The government

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stressed they have contingency plans

and they are robust, should anything

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happen to Carillion major projects

like Liverpool and HS2 will continue

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as normal. Sources tell me the

Carillion issue needs to be sorted

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in the next few days, not weeks.

Joe

Lynam, our business correspondent,

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thank you very much.

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Consumers can no longer be charged

extra for paying by credit or debit

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card under new laws from today.

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From today it will be unlawful to

charge credit or debit customers

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more than other customers.

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It is hoped the ban will benefit

shoppers and holidaymakers who buy

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goods online or in small stores -

but some retailers have already said

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they will raise overall prices

in response to the change.

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Adina Campbell reports.

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They are the small fees

added at the very end

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of the buying process.

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In percentage terms it

may not be that much,

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but these card surcharges add up.

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Not any more.

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Under new EU rules, retailers

on or offline can no longer charge

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customers for paying with a credit

or debit card.

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The Treasury says these

surcharges cost consumers

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£166 million every year,

but some companies such as concert

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venues can still charge

a booking or service fee.

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No longer will they be

penalised just for paying

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by credit or debit card.

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Now with the end of surcharges

you are comparing like for like.

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The price you see

is the price you pay.

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You don't get a nasty

sting at the end.

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But some small businesses

are concerned the new ban

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could hit profits.

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Nearly 63% of our sales

are by credit card and debit card

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so it will affect us

in the long-term if rates

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and increased rates do go up.

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For retailers like this

hardware store, today's ban

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throws up several options.

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They may decide to suck up the cost

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of processing a debit

or credit card.

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Alternatively, they could simply

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put up their prices

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or they may decide to re-brand these

fees as a service charge.

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One business that's already been

criticised is the delivery company,

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Just Eat, which has said it

will impose new charges

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on customers who pay by card

and others may go on to do the same.

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There are now calls

for the new changes to be closely

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monitored to ensure consumers

are not punished for

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paying by plastic.

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Adina Campbell, BBC News.

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A 25 year-old model has

died after being stabbed

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in a street in west London.

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Harry Uzoka had recently done

a photo shoot with GQ Magazine.

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Friends and family have

described him as an "inspiration

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to young black men".

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A 27 and 28 year-old-man have been

arrested on suspicion of murder.

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Dentists have accused the government

of not doing enough to tackle

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tooth decay in England.

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New figures indicate

there were nearly 43,000

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operations to remove children's

teeth last year - a 17%

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increase on four years ago.

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The British Dental Association says

England now provides

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a second-class service when compared

to Scotland and Wales.

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Our health correspondent

Dominic Hughes has the story.

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Tooth decay in children is

distressing, painful and avoidable.

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Dentists say sugary snacks

and drinks are the biggest cause.

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British children drink

more soft drinks than

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anywhere else in Europe.

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And the number of

multiple extractions

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which have to take place in hospital

under a general anaesthetic

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is continuing to grow.

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Figures compiled

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by the Local Government Association

show there were nearly 43,000

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multiple tooth extractions among

under-18s in England last year.

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That's around 170 every day of the

working week. Overall, there's been

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an increase of 17% in just four

years. Dentists say children in

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England are suffering,

and are being offered

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a second-rate service

when

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compared to Scotland and Wales.

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We have seen in

Scotland and in Wales

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that they have got national

programmes to try and prevent this.

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And they have actually got some

reasonably good results

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out of it.

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The government has not put any

money into a national

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prevention programme

for England, and that's

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the reason why we are seeing

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so many children being put under

general anaesthetic.

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The Department of

Health in England says

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the introduction of a tax on sugary

drinks was part of its plan

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to reduce the number

of extractions, and that

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more than half of all children have

seen a dentist in the last year.

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And, with proper oral hygiene, good

brushing and avoiding high sugar

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snacks and drinks, thousands of

children could be saved from

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experiencing the pain of a rotten

tooth.

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Dominic Hughes, BBC News.

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With all the sport,

here's Mike Bushell

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at the BBC Sport Centre.

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Good afternoon, Mike. Good

afternoon, thank you. Let's start

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with tennis.

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Johanna Konta says she has recovered

from the hip injury that

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disrupted her preparations

for the Australian Open which starts

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on Monday in Melbourne.

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The British number one,

who is seeded ninth,

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steered clear of the debate sparked

by Billie-Jean King calling

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for the Margaret Court

show court to be renamed

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because of controversial comments

from the Aussie tennis great

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about gender and sexuality.

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I do not agree with what Margaret

Court said. However she is entitled

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to her own opinion. But again in

terms of playing, if I'm scheduled

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to play on Margaret Court I will go

out there and compete. It is a

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tournament decision where they put

me.

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In the golf, defending champions

Europe trail Asia by one

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point after the second

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day of the EurAsia Cup in Malaysia.

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The Europeans had been

going really well initially -

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led by Henrik Stenson

and Tommy Fleetwood -

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and were two points ahead

after winning the first three

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foursomes this morning.

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But the Asian team

came back strongly

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and when Bernd Wiesberger

and Ross Fisher missed this

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putt at the seventeenth,

they went ahead six and half points

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to five and a half,

going into tomorrow's singles.

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With nine athletes already named

as part of the Paralympics GB team

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for the upcoming Winter Games,

the race is on for others to join

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them on the plane to South Korea.

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And for the first time in 20

years there could be

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a British Nordic Ski team competing

in Cross Country and Biathlon.

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Kate Grey has been to Norway to meet

those chasing a place.

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For these three there is no time to

take in the beautiful scenery.

It

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has been 20 years since Britain has

been represented in Nordic skiing at

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the Paralympics. Back then this man

was flying the flag, now at 47 he is

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hoping to give it another go.

It's

like a new lease on life. I had not

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realised how much I had missed it.

It gets a hold of you, I am really,

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really glad I'm back here again.

For

his team-mates Scott and Steve

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Pyeongchang would be their

Paralympic debut but they have had

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international experience competing

at the Invictus Games.

To get my

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body and my mind ready for going to

the big events like the Invictus

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Games, that has helped massively.

It's definitely been a big stepping

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stone to move on to, hopefully, to

go to the Paralympics in March.

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These guys have been two very

different journeys to reach this

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point but they have one thing in

common, the military background.

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It's thanks to support from the help

that he was programmed that they

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have been able to recover, train and

find success through sport.

Every

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newspaper article is about being a

soldier, losing your legs. And

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suddenly you find yourself in the

world of sport where people don't

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care how you got injured, they can

about how fast you can ski and

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clearly you can shoot and they want

to know if we are going to the

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Paralympics or how we did in the

World Cup. They don't care about

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your injury and I really enjoy that.

It helps me feel I have truly moved

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on with my life, and I don't like my

injury define me.

And with two more

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qualification events before the team

is announced in one month's time

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it's the final push to make it to

Pyeongchang. Kate Grey, BBC News,

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Norway. Let's hope they can make

that plane.

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That's all the sport for now.

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Plenty more on our website -

bbc.co.uk/sport.

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Plenty on the build-up to today's

football in the Premier League, its

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goal is between Cardiff and

Sunderland, that's the latest. Thank

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you Mike.

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You can see more on all of today's

stories on the BBC News Channel.

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The next news on BBC

One is at 5.40pm.

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Bye for now.

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