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Paralympics opening ceremony takes place tomorrow, and we will be

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introducing you to a young athletes picked to carry the British flag.

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That is all on Sportsday in 15 minutes after the Favours.

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Welcome to our look ahead to what the papers will bring us tomorrow,

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and with as a Michael Booker of the Express, and Louise Court, editor in

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chief of Cosmopolitan magazine. The moral's front pages, and we start

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with many of them reporting on the same story. -- tomorrow. 21 years of

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struggle and there is still more to come on the Daily Telegraph, leading

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with that comment from Doreen Lawrence as she was told about

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police corruption during the investigation into the murder of her

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son Stephen. The Guardian leads with the same story, the report

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confirming that Scotland Yard spied on the family. On the same story,

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you can't trust the police, that is the headline on the front page of

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the Times. Lies, spies and cover-ups, the Daily Mail also

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leading with the Stephen Lawrence case. The Express as the new fight

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to boost savings with a call from savers to protect their pensions

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from the effects of record low interest rates. The Metro leas with

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a different story about a teenager whose heart stopped three times

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after binge drinking Jagerbombs. And the Mirror also has that story,

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claiming it was the caffeine in the shots that caused the teenager to

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have a heart attack. We will begin with the coverage of

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the Stephen Lawrence case, those developments in the last 24 hours,

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you cannot trust the police, the headline on the front of the Times.

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Take us through their take on this. The angle the Times are taken is

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that hundreds of political activists could have their convictions quashed

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after the publication of this report, and so it is due to the fact

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that the records of the special demonstration squad, you know, they

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seem to have proven to be unsafe, and these are the people who have

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infiltrated these investigations. And you know, that is a very

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powerful angle, but for me the main story on this is how much does one

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family have to go through? Next month it will be 21 years since

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Doreen Lawrence saw, you know, had her son killed in the vilest way,

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and the people who are meant to be there giving her strength and

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support, she is now discovering they were the people who were spying on

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her family and trying to find stuff out about the family, rather than

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trying to get the killers. When you meet the Lawrence family, they are

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such an incredibly strong, dignified, amazing family, and they

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have set up this Stephen Lawrence Trust to do amazing good work, and

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then it just seems that something else comes and knocks them sideways.

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And I don't know what else they can be expected to cope with. Every

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couple of years, they get their hopes raised and crushed once again,

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and you just hope this public inquiry will actually get somewhere,

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but then you read what Neville Lawrence has to say, he has gone

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back to Jamaica, and he says he has not got the energy to do it any

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more. They have been struggling for so long. They have got the will of

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the British people behind them, but it seems the establishment has been

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against them all along. Theresa May says the time has come, you know, we

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need to look now at this properly. Well, it is 21 years now! It is that

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feeling... And a lot of records have been destroyed so... It is that

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feeling of having made progress, eventually convictions, but now you

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feel as if from the point of view of the family it has all gone

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backwards. Neville Lawrence says he does not want to go back to square

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one, and that is what it appears to be. We had the MacPherson inquiry,

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which was supposed to sort everything out, but in the end of

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the Cannes has been kicked down the road again. It all sounds good, but

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what is actually going to get achieved? Again, it has moved to

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police spies, rather than the Lawrences. And while this has been

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going on he says his family has been destroyed. You mention the dignity

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of the family, and the Daily Telegraph has Doreen Lawrence

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pictured when she spoke in the House of Lords, and again a quote from

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her, 21 years of struggle and still more to come. And, you know, she has

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been incredibly composed throughout this whole terrible time, and she

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was close to tears. And her dignity and everything as she took the floor

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apparently had the Home Office minister in the Lords in tears. So I

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just feel as though, as a country, you know, it's... Something has to

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be done to draw a line on this family's suffering and to make it

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clear that justice can be done and has been done. But when you look at

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investigations into this SDS, a lot of people in it are guaranteed

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lifetime anonymity, so I am not sure how it can be brought to closure.

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The report by Mark Ellison QC does not quite bring closure. There are

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some mealy-mouthed words, reasonable grounds to suspect one of the

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detectives may have been involved in corruption. It still has not got

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quite to the nub of it, and you get the impression they won't, because

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people don't want them to, and they will put everything in their way to

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stop them. The Home Secretary as Astin to look further, so maybe some

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of those points will come back. -- as asked him. He must have been

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hitting brick walls with this, so we might be able to get around some of

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them, but there will be more. Doreen Lawrence said, we were not asking

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for anything special, just what we should have had like any other

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citizen of the country. That is it, your son has been murdered, one of

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the most horrific things that could ever happen, and you are in the care

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of the police, the justice system, you are treated like everyone else.

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They have not been treated like everyone else should have been. In

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other matters, Michael, the front of the Guardian, reference to events

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involving Theresa May, but the West imposing sanctions on Russia as

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Crimea cuts loose from Ukraine, an update on the diplomatic moves of

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the last 24 hours which does not necessarily take as much further

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forward. The Crimean parliament appeared to be wanting to get away

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from Ukraine. What is interesting is they are talking tough, they are

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going to punish Russia, according to be United States and the European

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Union, and then we really it is imposing visa restrictions and

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sharpening rhetoric. That is not go to send a chill down food and's

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spine particularly. Visa restrictions, scary! It is not clear

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who that would be on, certain Russian and Ukrainian individuals.

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There is not a lot they can do, and you get the impression that they are

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going around, having all these meetings, the EU and the right of

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states. It sounds as though Russia is still leading them a merry

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dance. -- the United States. You are doubtful, Louise, that the West is

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making much of an impression here. Well, they are trying to talk tough,

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but as you say, the EU says Moscow had days to open negotiations with

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an international contact group, so lots of words, but what can they do

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without escalating it into something that none of us wants to me that

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doubt perhaps more so in European governments that there are things

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that could be done that would hurt those who do it as much as the

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people you are targeting. Exactly, it is on a knife edge at the moment.

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We don't know what's going to happen, but you get the impression

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that those in charge have no idea what's happening, and they are

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enjoying having a good chat about it, but still we get no further. And

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in the meantime the Russians are thinking, we are enjoying this very

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much! The front of the Daily Express, I'm interested to you your

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thoughts on this, the new fight to boost savings, time we got bigger

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pay-outs, say pensioners. This is your paper, your take on it in terms

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of your readership would be interesting. Week at the express

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have an older reader, and we get a lot of letters, that shows you the

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age of the readers! -- we as the Express. They talk about cheaper

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home loans for people, all well and good, interest rates being low, but

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the people who have saved all that lives, they are on a fixed income,

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and nothing is being done to help them. We have a very low interest

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rates, the return on what we have been saving is pathetic this last

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five or six years, it is about time that interest rates should be

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raised, about time to give us a break. We have been following this

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group called Save Our Savers, , outside the Bank of England, saying

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savers have lost a total of 326 billion over the past few years as a

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result of low interest rates, and they want some money back for all

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the hard work, the scrubbing and saving they have done. Why should

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they be punished? Personally, I am enjoy the low interest rates for my

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mortgage! I think it is about time that the other side was put,

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millions of people are in that position. I had large, your readers

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are going to be younger and might not have a mortgage yet, but would

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like one? The bulk of our readers are in our 20s. The sad fact is that

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the average age of getting a mortgage now is 37. While I have

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great sympathy for people that have done the right thing, they have

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saved or whatever, a lot of those pensioners do have equity in

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property. They were fortunate enough to be able to start their families

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in their 20s, and to get a mortgage, to get their foot on the housing

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ladder. A lot of young people now can't do that. The only chance is to

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have low interest rates, and therefore affordable mortgages. The

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price of property, they just can't get started, especially if you live

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in the south-east. I think you have both delved inside this piece and

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dugouts and figures? There are some figures from the Bank of England,

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where they say that borrowers with ?100,000 standard variable mortgages

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would have saved around ?19,000 because their repayments are now

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?3300 per year lower than in early 2008. Savers with ?100,000 on a cash

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Isa have lost 18 point -- ?8,500. There are two camps, you want to be

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good to both of them, but you can't and the Bank of England are

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struggling to please everyone. Neither side is winning, young

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people can't get on the housing ladder and older people are losing

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interest. The Mirror, ten Jagerbombs, three heart attacks. An

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average night out! Jagerbombs have been a drink of choice. We should

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point out what it is. It is an alcoholic beverage, the spirit, and

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you combine it with something like a high caffeine drink. The point of it

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means that you can carry on drinking for longer, because alcohol is a

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depressive, caffeine is a stimulant, so you are capable of

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having ten Jagerbombs in one go. In America, they actually have and

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premixed caffeine and alcohol drinks because of the dangers, because it

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has been acknowledged that people have a higher chance of blacking

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out, of alcoholic poisoning. It is just a much riskier way of drinking

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because you do drink more. This girl has had ten Jagerbombs and had three

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heart attacks, which she blames not on the alcohol, but on the caffeine.

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She and the rest of the family seemed to be blaming the caffeine?

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Was the alcohol has worn off, the caffeine kicks in, the heart rate

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soars and she has three heart attacks. She was kept in a coma, she

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spent three weeks recovering, this girl. And she is blaming the

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caffeine, rather than the booze. I think that leads you to the

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caffeine, to be fair. It is not a great accommodation, but if you had

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ten incredibly strong coffee is, you would not feel that great. A quick

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final word, back to the Telegraph. In the Maldives, but no sign of

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George? They have been spotted, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge

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getting on a British Airways plane, flying to the Maldives. I think it's

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a holiday before they go to Australia and New Zealand. Which is

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something that some people might think is a holiday, less charitable

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royal watchers. Fellow passengers even gave up their seats for the

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royal pair, which leads you to believe they hadn't actually booked

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and were hanging around waiting for a seat! There was no apparent sign

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of Prince George, prompting speculation that he may have been

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left at home? Surely somebody knows? Aren't heirs to the throne not

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allowed to be on a plane at the same time? On that note, time has beaten

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us. We will speak to you again in an hour. Thank you very much indeed for

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the time being. That's it for the papers this hour. Michael and Louise

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are both back at 11:30, four more looks at the stories making the

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front pages tomorrow. We'll have more on the public inquiry into

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undercover policing after it was confirmed that an officer did spy on

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the family of Stephen Lawrence. Coming up next, time for Sportsday.

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