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the return of Martin Adams, back to his best, in the darts. That is all

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to come, after the papers macro. Hello and welcome to our look ahead

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to what the papers will be bringing us tomorrow. With me Jennie Bond and

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David Davies. We are going to start with the Independent, and it is

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leading with a leaked report from 2002, suggesting organised criminals

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were able to infiltrate Scotland Yard at will by bribing corrupt

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officers. The Telegraph says there are concerns for the elderly, over a

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proposed NHS policy which could see drugs being licensed only if they

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are deemed to be of a wider benefit to society. On the front of the

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Express is a man who has avoided prison after telling the judge he

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needed to be at home to look after his youngest baby. He has 22

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children by 11 different women. The Guardian says thousands could get

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refunds from the Department for Work and Pensions following errors in

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calculating the spare room levy. The Mirror also features the story of

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that adult 22, whom it claims has avoided jail because of his

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childcare duties. The Mail says the new on benefits has revealed more

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than 30,000 families who were previously claiming sums amounting

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to a salary of more than ?60,000. So, let's begin with the Guardian,

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Jennie Bond, and the fallout continuing after the verdict into

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Mark Duggan's death, that he was unlawfully killed by police. The

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headline, stop-and-search could be curtailed. -- that he was lawfully

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killed. I am old enough to remember, you guys are barely old

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enough to remember, the 1981 Brixton riots, and the 1985 Broadwater Farm

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riots. We had exactly the same comments after those, with regards

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to stop-and-search. It is deja vu, isn't it? Yes, it did not happen

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then, I would hope it might happen now. Maybe this is one good thing

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which might come out of this very sensitive and delicate situation,

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following the inquest verdict. The Guardian says Theresa May is

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considering curtailing stop-and-search. It also has some

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quite interesting, you will not find it shocking, research, which says

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that over a 10-year period recently, ethnic minority Britons

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were subjected to 1.5 million times more stop and searches than if they

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had been treated as white Britons. They are shocking. It seems to me a

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misused power. My mind goes back to the 1980s, in my case covering riots

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in Moss Side and in Liverpool. As you rightly say, this

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stop-and-search issue has dogged successive home secretaries. The

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interesting thing is, right in the middle of this Guardian story, one

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official report found that in over a quarter of cases, officers did not

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have reasonable suspicion, as required by legislation, and may not

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understand their powers. This whole thing about reasonable suspicion, a

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similar thing actually on the motorways, when the police stop you,

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you are either meant to have visibly been breaking the law, or they have

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reasonable suspicion that you are breaking the law, or that you have

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been drinking or whatever it is. This reasonable suspicion thing, it

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is so easy to interpret it as you see fit. And it is quite shocking

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that they do not apparently understand their powers in the first

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place, so basic education of our police officers. And some people

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might be thinking, well, you know, back people or ethnic minorities are

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stopped more because they are more likely to commit crime - that is not

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the case. The crime figures clearly show that we are going to stay with

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the Guardian, and we are going to go to another story. Thousands due

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refunds on bedroom tax after blunder by DWP. Well, this so-called bedroom

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tax continues to dog the Government and Iain Duncan Smith's welfare

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reforms. We are told that thousands of people have been wrongly

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identified as liable for this tax, including some who now face

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eviction. Now, how many people have been wrongly categorised? Well,

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housing experts, we are told, saying it could be 40,000 people. The DWP,

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surprise, surprise, says it leaves only a small number of tenants are

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affected, which could be 5000. That is a rather startling difference.

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But his bedroom tax, we were saying before we came on air that actually,

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are we surprised that it has survived? Absolutely, it has been a

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cook up from beginning to end, it seems. But this is a huge

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bureaucratic thing, and the Department has been going through a

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massive shake-up as a result of the fallout of the national debt and the

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problems with the country's finances, and as a result, there are

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going to be problems and teething troubles, should we be more

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understanding? Understanding of the DWP, I don't think so! I am playing

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devil's advocate. I am not a natural fan, necessarily, of Iain Duncan

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Smith, but I happen to believe, without patronising him, as

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virtually everybody believes, that his heart is very much in the right

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place. And the work that he did after he was dumped out as

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Conservative Party leader, and he has dedicated his life to this sort

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of work. But talking about the policies themselves, and whether

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they are right or wrong, but also, the scale of what he was trying to

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do, it was so huge. And you say, isn't it inevitable that there

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should be teething problems, and of course you are right. But this is

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the price you pay when you are in government. They say they are going

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to close the loophole, but they an interesting story on the front of

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the Daily Telegraph, fears for the elderly under the new NHS drugs

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policy. Apparently, drugs may only be licensed in the future if they

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are of a wider benefit to society? This is a really scary story, I

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think. It is the national Institute for health and care excellence, the

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guys who decide how funding is going to be allocated. And apparently,

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they have put forward a draft proposal that basically, if you are

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not deemed to be worthy of a place in society, if you are not good

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enough... By whom? They are not going to fund the medicines which

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will keep you alive. Cancer is one example, where it afflicts many,

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many older people, and maybe they will not fund the cancer drugs. I

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would have thought the majority of the people who were on the board of

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NICE all of a certain age, surely? I am not sure this is going to fly at

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all. Firstly, to be fair, we are told that this is a possible new

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development. It is a consultation. Yes, and it is the sort of story

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which, if you are sitting in the press office of the Department of

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Health tonight, you are thinking, oh, my God, what is this case we are

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told, sources close to Jeremy Hunt insist the proposal is at an early

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stage, and he will intervene if the elderly are being discriminated

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against. You bet he will. I think it is a nonsense story. Sorry, Daily

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Telegraph. Maybe, but you see, it says in here that in the past 12

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months, NICE has given the go-ahead to just one cancer drug, even though

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more than a dozen were put forward. I think that is a shocking

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statistic. But isn't that potentially to do with the efficacy

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of the cancer drug itself? I do not know. If they are now going to look

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at the efficacy of the person who might be receiving it?! But it is a

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thankless task, judging between this potential cure and that potential

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cure, and how many more people you are going to cure, if you go down

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that road, than the other road. And it will not get any easier. Who

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would want to be on the board of NICE? Moving on to the Independent,

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an interesting story, Scotland Yard's rotten core exposed, it says.

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The Met isn't the only public institution whose persona has taken

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a pasting in modern times. But nothing is more damaging than

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allegations of corruption within the police force. Now, this story

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relates to a decade ago, and yet, here it is, that Britain's biggest

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force, the Metropolitan Police, suffered endemic corruption at the

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time. And in the middle of the story, we find figures such as, 18

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corrupt individuals with links to the police, including 42 then

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serving officers, and 19 former detectives. -- 80 corrupt

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individuals. But the significant question now is, is this still

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there? And the story would certainly imply that it is, albeit to a lesser

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extent, we hope. The Independent says they have spoken to one former

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senior officer, who says, that is just the way it was 14 years ago, of

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course! There were extraordinary examples in the middle of the story,

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that senior police officers co-owned properties, and indeed racehorses,

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with a. Who was suspected of being one of Britain's most hardened

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criminals. I don't know if we should be surprised by that. -- with a. Who

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was suspected... -- with a chap. The wider thing is, were these

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allegations of corruption pursued with enough vigour which Mike and

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clearly, they weren't. According to the Independent, they shifted a few

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officers around, hardly any of those named were convicted of anything,

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they shifted them around and even put all the bad apples in one

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barrel, in one office, and had a strong management team behind them,

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apparently. If you talk to younger police officers today, they are

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hugely resentful about what they see as the sins of the past, and how

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damaging those sins are to them today.

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One wonders what the reaction will be from Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe, one

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assumed he knew about this report. He was not in the force in 2002, but

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very interesting. And a crestfallen and forlorn looking governor of New

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Jersey, Chris Christie. This is turning into quite a huge story. And

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the suggestion that this is a man, one of the front runners,

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potentially, for the red presidential nomination for the

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republicans. You can argue, the front runner. A man who would have

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been a very different candidate for the republican Party than anything

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we have seen recently. And he very clearly in those days leading up to

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the most recent American election day for the tea party, absolutely

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was treacherous in siding with Obama, as they saw it, in saying how

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he had reacted to the problems and the awful storms in New Jersey. And

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was offering a much more bipartisan approach to his candidature, and was

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thought to be not just a front runner, many pundits think that he

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was the front runner. I think it is hilariously could be scuppered by

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one of his aides. The specifics of the story... It seems that one of

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his aides decided that she would cause massive traffic jams in a

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rival's district. In fact she closed two of the three traffic lanes to

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the George Washington Bridge, absolute chaos ensued, so everyone

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would think this guy was a hopeless mayor. And Christie would then have

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it. It has gone rather the other way. It is so petty and silly, yet

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is only happen in America, couldn't it? I was in traffic the other day,

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what was the bridge? Boris? We didn't say that!

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This perhaps makes the way even clearer... There are a few other

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would-be Republican candidates. The thing about Christie was he was seen

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as Mr bipartisan. Someone who could struggle the island. The suggestion

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is that the Republicans have got a bit fed up of the tea party and

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their particular brand of ideology. But anyway, it is still not a done

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deal in terms of him deciding not to run. But some of the mud is

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potentially beginning to stick to him. Let's go back to the Telegraph.

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What is this about? Apparently, deciding who is going to get what in

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any divorce is difficult. Apparently, fighting for your dog is

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quite as bad. Liam Gallagher and Nicole Appleton went to court over

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who would keep the dog. It says that Charles Saatchi and Nigella Lawson

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were fighting over custody of their stuffed dog. It is probably a work

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of art worth millions of pounds. There is a serious side. The dogs

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trust says they have kept 400 abandoned pets because of break-ups.

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Seriously asking a prenuptial agreement? Hey! You will be back in

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our. Stay with us because at 11:00pm, we will have more reaction

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on the finding that Mark Duggan was lawfully killed by an on lease

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office. His family said they will campaign peacefully to get a

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judicial review -- lawfully killed by an armed police officer.

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Spaniard Pepe Mel as their new head coach.

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George Ford is preferred instead. And back to his best

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