19/10/2016 Reporting Scotland


19/10/2016

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The number of people seeking work in Scotland has fallen sharply,

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It's now at its lowest level since 2008.

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Here's our business and economy editor, Douglas Fraser.

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Scottish textiles were seen as dying, and nearly finished

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but in Schofield the weaker pound has brought a new pattern of sales

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for the trade customers opening up foreign markets.

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They are obviously seeing an increase in the raw material

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costs in terms of buying yarn, but they are taking advantage

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of favourable exchange rates because they are exporting a lot

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to the Far East, too, some to Europe, quite a lot to America.

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So they are seeing some down side but some up side as well.

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Recover from the the financial crash has brought in apprenticeship

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for some who had training programmes that collapsed back then.

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I done a apprenticeship in joinery beforehand,

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and did that for a few years it went really well until the recession hit

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Unemployment and things became an issue.

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But since coming here, I felt my job has been quite secure

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Today's figures suggest there hasn't been such a simple shift.

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Many people, mostly women appear to be leaving the workforce,

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they are saying they are not available for work.

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That goes for 34,000 more working aged Scots women in the year

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We have seen a small increase in employment

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which is welcome, another significant decrease

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in unemployment which is welcome, but unfortunately,

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both of these shifts are more than compensated

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for by a significant increase in economic inactivity.

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A labour market where unemployment is falling because people

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are withdrawing from the labour market rather than going into jobs

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isn't one we should be complacent about.

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After we learned yesterday inflation is on the rise, it is worth noting

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weekly pay increased by 2.3%, that is still well ahead of 1%

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inflation but it is not expected to stay that far

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The job position looked worse than the rest of the UK.

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Police have discovered a number of children thought to be at risk

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following a Scotland-wide crackdown on people trafficking.

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Six youngsters and five adults are being cared

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for after they were discovered working in nail bars.

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Hundreds of police officers took part in a series of operations.

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Our reporter Andrew Anderson joined one of them.

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In their sights those who traffic the vulnerable,

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These teams are about to carry out a series of swoops across Fife.

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This beach is the first stop today for police and immigration

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officials, there can sometimes be scores of people on this beach

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there may be people who have been trafficked or who are

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This beach is popular with people from the Chinese community.

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The two main species they will be after will be the razor clams

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and the cockles, of which the razor clams

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The police approach a Chinese family who a peer to be

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Criminal gangs use cheap labour to supply the catering trade.

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They tell police they are on a day out.

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This operation in Fife was repeated across Scotland yesterday.

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500 police officers looking for the signs of trafficking.

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Sometimes people who just display fear or anxiety,

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on some of the worst occasions people could perhaps display

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injuries which are the result of being assaulted.

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These workers are mainly Bulgarian, everything here was above board.

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The owner told me the traffickers are bad for business.

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They are undercutting out prices, we can't compete with people

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because it is hard for us to, you know, to pay the wages and pay

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the bills at the end of the month. It is quite hard.

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How big a problem is trafficking in Scotland?

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there being exploited because they could be

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exploited in a number of way, the key thing for that is that

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where it is identified it brought to the police attention.

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The police hope this latest operation will ultimately lead them

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to those criminal gangs, who deal in people, for profit.

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A petition calling for Abellio to be stripped of the ScotRail contract -

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signed by nearly 20,000 people - has been handed to the government.

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Here's our transport correspondent David Henderson.

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A symbol of discontent about the way Scotland's railways are run.

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In this box, a petition, backed by 19,000 people.

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Among them, this woman who is fed up with being late for college.

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It is standing there doing nothing, there was a day it started at nine,

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so we all got there late because it is my whole class

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The campaign's message to Government is simple.

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Get tough with ScotRail bosses or strip them of their contract.

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A delay sounds like a statistic but it has an impact

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We have had stories from members who have missed appointments,

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interviews and there has been real impact on then from delays.

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Waiting to meet them today, the Transport Minister,

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last month he asked ScotRail for a performance improvement plan.

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He told me that should mean fewer delay, a better deal for passengers.

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There is a plan in place over the franchise, to have more services

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running, to have high speed trains, longer trains so people don't

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Nothing is perfect. No.

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I hold ScotRail to account to make sure they deliver.

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It is 18 month since the Dutch firm Abellio won

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It promised to invest millions to improve service.

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But not all their plans have stayed on track.

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ScotRail say that just under 90% of their services run on time,

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That is just below their target but they say the huge increase

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in passengers travelling on the railways presents

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them with a challenge, and has caused some

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ScotRail wants to improve the rail network to boost passenger numbers

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and speed up trains but that has meant large-scale repair

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ScotRail has been given time to improve its service by ministers

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and passengers wants an assurance that there is light at the end

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for 78 jobs to drive new trains for Virgin along the main

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Some staff will be based in Edinburgh.

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The rolling stock should go into service in 2018.

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A German U-boat which sank almost a century ago has been discovered

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It was found by engineers laying underwater power cables.

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It's been claimed that the submarine's crew abandoned

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the boat after it was attacked by a monster John McManus reports.

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the boat after it was attacked by a monster.

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The waters of the Irish sea off the coast of Galloway.

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During World War I, German U-boats used this place

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Royal Navy ships were trying to find and destroy them.

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Now, engineers laying cable say they have found the wreckage

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which was sunk in 1918, a 45m long submarine

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one of about 12 German and British World War I submarines

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which met their end in the Irish sea.

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Sonar images from the sea bed show that it's virtually intact.

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We do really detailed surveys of the sea bed so that we can

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look out for obstacles which might be in the way,

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What we did not expect to find was a German U-boat.

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It's probably the most amazing thing I've ever come across

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in the whole of my construction experience.

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The submarine surfaced and was captured by

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The German crew said they had just survived a fight with a sea monster!

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Could it have been a relative of Nessie?

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Loch Ness itself is twice the depth of the North Sea.

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Who knows what is down there, in maritime and geological terms?

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What could have actually attacked the submarine?

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That explanation just muddies the waters, says this historian.

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This submarine was caught on the surface at night

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It saw the HM Drifter Coreopsis coming, it attempted to do

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a crash dive to get away, and the young officer whose job

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it was too shocked the hatch at the top did not show it properly.

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And so once the submarine was underwater, it rapidly started

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So they had no option but to blow all the compressed air out,

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bring the submarine to the surface and surrender.

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Seems that the idea of a watery creature

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defending Britain's shores may have been sunk.

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I like the idea of Nessie doing her bit for the war effort,

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but I think in reality, the real sea monster is the U-boat.

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Celtic's hopes of extending their European campaign

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beyond Christmas was dealt a severe blow this evening as they suffered

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a 2-0 Champions League defeat to Borussia Monchengladbach

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Here's our senior football reporter Chris McLaughlan:

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Yes, a disappointing defeat for Celtic this evening. Favourites in

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many realise, the Germans however dominated for long spells of the

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game. Most of the first half possession was German, and even

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their efforts were saved by the keeper. Some good chances for the

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home side, but then ten minutes into the second half, Germans took

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advantage of the lax defence. Celtic pushed for an equaliser, but again

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that were sliced open at the back, and brassieres made it to nil.

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Celtic slip to the bottom of the champion was likely. Next for them

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is Borussia Monchengladbach away in two weeks' time.

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Let's get the weather from Christopher.

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Weather-wise denied it is dry, but rather chilly. Towns and cities

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through the central belt three to five Celsius. Countryside, subzero.

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A chilly start today tomorrow, a touch of frost on windscreens and

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grass, and a few mist and fog touch of frost on windscreens and

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patches but they should quickly go as the sun comes up. One to light

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showers potentially through the Borders, slow to these clothes, and

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showers potentially through the though should go as well, but for

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most of us a dry start with some early brightness here and there.

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Some cloud, and savages there in the morning very mild, very cold in

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certain rural spots however. As we head through Thursday, plenty of

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dry, fine weather in the forecast. Smells of sunshine coming through,

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one or two showers down the east coast, but Gethin day across the

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north-east compared to this in the way of sunshine. We have low

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pressure towards the low countries, showers and East Anglia and the

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south-east, elsewhere dry, bright, high pressure influence keening

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conditions. For us in Scotland 11, 12 Scotland, maybe even some sun. So

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not too bad. The latest run in the muddled and I'd suggest this rain

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stays away. A dry day. Friday will be dry and bright but more in the

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way of cloud compared with today and be dry and bright but more in the

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tomorrow, but still fairly bright. A few spots of light wane in the

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north-west. Low pressure pushing into the Bay of Biscay drawing an

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easterly flow, meaning chilly down the east coast throughout because of

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the weekend, and weather-wise a bit the east coast throughout because of

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of an split, east meaning cloudy skies and one of two showers, the

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west is where the best of the sunshine will be a matter before the

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Northern Ireland, and indeed through England and Wales, and temperatures

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by the afternoon 12 or 13 degrees. Our next update is during Breakfast

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at 6:25am tomorrow morning. But, from everyone on the late

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team - goodnight. Louise will have more details on the

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weather for the

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