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gold medal for Adam Gemili. And the latest from the Oval where England

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got the final test against India off to a fine start. All that in 20

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minutes. Welcome to the look ahead at what

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the papers are bringing us tomorrow. With me are Kevin Schofield and the

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broadcaster and author. First let's have a look at the sneak preview of

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some of the front pages. The Financial Times says Ukraine

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destroyed a Russian column that passed on to its country. The

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Independent has a picture of a woman and her sick husband, succumbed to

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the bowler crisis. Police defend televised raid on Sir Cliff is the

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front of the Telegraph. The Mirror has more on the decision to search

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the house belonging to Sir Cliff, and allegations is Islamic state

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minister and are hacking into celebrity bank accounts. The

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Guardian says a report into the causes of the horse meat scandal has

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been shelved until at least the autumn. The Times reports America is

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considering air strikes around Baghdad to protect the leadership

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from the threat of Islamic militants. Good evening to you both.

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Let's start with the sun, which pretty much represents most of the

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front pages tomorrow. More on Sir Cliff Richard, police revealing they

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have been contacted by people with information after Sir Cliff was

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accused of sexually assaulting a young boy, and allegation he

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strenuously denies. He says he will fully cooperate with the

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investigation. If we go to the times, another story that continues

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to dominate the papers. The situation in Iraq and revelations

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that the US are considering raids around Baghdad. You get the feeling

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the West has been sucked further into Iraq. Is this part of the

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humanitarian issue to protect civilians? That is the main

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objective at the moment, but I do not think it is solely focused on

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that clearly. ISIS are on the march. If they were to get Baghdad, at the

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moment it is still a slim possibility, but if they were to get

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Baghdad we are into a whole new phase of the crisis. It says here

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that President Obama has authorised military personnel to do all they

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can to protect Baghdad. Primarily to protect American personnel, but as I

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say, to keep ISIS that they. If they got Baghdad it would be a huge

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prizes and it would be a new scenario. The leadership in Baghdad

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is important, as the Times says, they have to do all they can to

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protect it? It is a significant move. The current prime ministers

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stepping down, everyone hoping the new guy in the post would be much

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more progressive. For me, when I hear about the US thinking about

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bombing around Baghdad, I shudder. I think the West, particularly Britain

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and the US, we have two step back and think about this country is

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partly in the state it is because we were in that country. What they

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should be doing is not this thinking of protecting US. What about the

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Kurds? That is what they should be doing. They shouldn't be talking

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about Baghdad, they should be talking primarily about how they are

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going to save the Kurdish population. Because they are not. It

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worries me when they are talking about Baghdad. I really wonder what

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is actually going on on the ground. A humanitarian disaster, that is

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where the focus has to be. This is a worry for me when I read a story

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like this. It is worth pointing out there was a meeting of EU Foreign

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Minister is today. They agreed the EU nations should be able to arm the

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Kurds. That is problematic, Kurdish leaders have wanted to have a

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separate Kurdish state. It might draw Europe into that. It is

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different to Syria. It is universal. Pretty much everybody is

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agreeing that as much needs to be done as possible, as long as it does

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not involve ground troops at the moment. That is the thing, that is

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completely toxic. We remember ground troops in Iraq. That is a last thing

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that Obama and Cameron want to do. Let's move on to the Guardian. The

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headline is horse meat findings blocked. The story is basically that

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the publication of the official report into the horse meat scandal

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has been delayed. Wide EU think this has been delayed? It always seems a

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bit fishy when official investigations, which have been

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authorised and organised by the government, then do not see the

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light of day. `` why do you think? It makes you think it cannot be good

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as far as the government is concerned. That is what the Guardian

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seems to suggest. That the government is going to come in for

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quite a lot of criticism, spending cuts for leaving the food system

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open to the abuse by criminal elements, who got horse meat and

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other types of unsavoury types of meat into the food chain under the

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cover of it was beef. It looks a little suspicious that the

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government, who called this about 16 months ago and was due to report in

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the spring, they are now talking about the autumn. You wonder what it

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will reveal. The other thing coming out here from Chris Elliott, a

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professor at Queen 's University in Belfast, is this whole thing about

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one of the things that will come out in this report is about the

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government cutting front line inspections. All the things that are

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there to actually keep food safe. I think it is another mirror about

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what is actually happening with public funding, with things that

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directly affect the public, like education, the National Health

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Service. Here we have the food industry, as well. I am sure the

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government are really embarrassed about it, but they need to think

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about what they are going to do about front line staff like

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inspectors. We need them if this is not to happen again. In the blame

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game it is not just the government. There are a lot of people involved

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in the food chain. There have been criminal elements exposed as well.

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Absolutely. But if you have front line staff who are meant to be

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safeguarding food, if they are not able to get on and do their job, and

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with the frequency to do their job, these issues will not come up and

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therefore criminal elements are going to flourish. That seems to be

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what has happened. One of the few things they have cut through, you

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cannot trust the food that you are buying in the supermarkets

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off`the`shelf if you cannot believe what it says on the label. It is a

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shocker for me, I am a real foodie. It makes us realise we do not look

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enough that what we put in our mouths. Ultimately you have to take

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it on trust. You can go to your local butcher, or farm shops, but

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ultimately you have to be able to trust the person selling you that

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food. The Guardian says Elliott was understood to have delivered his

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final report to the government a few weeks ago. Hopefully they're coming

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up with some recommendations. In the Independent on the front page, a

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shocking photo of an Ebola victim. It just brings it home, doesn't it?

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Before when we were discussing it, you called this picture haunting. I

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think it is a haunting, horrific picture. I think what happened with

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Ebola, because it has been around a long time, it is not the disease

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there is a cure for. I do not think people have been taking it very

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seriously. In the public, like with the bird flu incident, nothing came

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of it. I think we become a bit blas? when we hear about this. Reports

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coming out now are really horrific. I believe in Liberia it is up to 1

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million people who are in quarantine. That is because they

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think there has been a lot of under reporting. I saw an earlier report

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where they were in Liberia. They were actually moving slumber

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dwellers out of their homes because they thought it might be a breeding

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ground. These people 's homes were destroyed. There is confusion, fear

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and the countries in West Africa and need significant outside help. You

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mentioned medicine, the medical charity say it will be at least six

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months and it is brought under control. Six months during which

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there is every possibility that it could spread out of Africa. At the

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moment it is terrible what is happening in Africa, but if it was

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to move out of Africa... We heard today there is someone from Sierra

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Leone who is being tested in Scotland. We hope that is clear. All

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it takes is for one case to get out of Africa. That is another thing,

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after a while how will climb trees respond in terms of their borders?

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Will they be saying people from particular nations... `` how will

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other countries respond Grissom and there are big ramifications about

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how we respond to this. I hope we respond swiftly and sharply. We do

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not want this to get out of control. I have just been told the person in

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Scotland tested negative. But it shows the paranoia, and how there is

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a fear it could cross borders beyond West Africa. Absolutely, the world

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is a smaller place, people can travel very easily. Then it becomes

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a question of if the National Health Service is ready? I don't think it

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will be, definitely not. Let's move onto another story, still in the

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Independent. The headline is to tear justice, the private prosecution

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revolution. I thought this was hugely expensive, it surprises me

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that has been a revolution. It is expensive. It means the only people

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that can pursue private prosecutions are the wealthy. Everyone should be

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equal under the law and everybody should have the same access to

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justice, regardless of their means. But getting back to spending cuts,

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that has been blamed by the independent for a huge rise in

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private prosecutions. People do not feel they are getting the justice

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they expect from the CPS or from the police. It is a worry. Obviously

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these cases, private prosecution cases are subject to legal aid. It

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is only open to the wealthy. `` are not subject to legal aid. The better

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off have better access to justice, that would be a sorry state. A look

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at the Financial Times, which reports on reports that Ukraine

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attacked that Russian column that reportedly crossed over into

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Ukrainian territory. As you would expect, the Financial Times reports

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on the effect it has had on the markets. It is, the impact it will

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have on the markets. I have to say, that is not what I am thinking

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about. If you think about it, in the world at the moment there are all

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these conflicts. Every time you look there are women, children and people

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being displaced their homes. Ukraine is one of those places. It goes on

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and on. On the one hand the Ukrainians are saying in Kiev they

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have destroyed two dozen Russian military vehicles. The Russians

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counter about their humanitarian convoy they want to send in. At some

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stage, because this group of people, Russians, pro`Russians, the

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Ukrainians, are in this area, there has to be some kind of political

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solution. The reason the markets are reacting the way they are is because

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it has an effect on everyone. It's worth pointing out. It was

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supposed to be a humanitarian accident. Some of the vehicles were

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actually empty so it suggests that... Almost empty, yes.

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Also in the Financial Times, plans for HMRC to seize unpaid tax could

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flout human rights. There is a lot of concern about this. This won't

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necessarily be targeting people who are hiding money, just people who

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are behind on repayments. Yes, it says that HMRC insist that

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it will only be to seize debts of more than ?1000. That's not very

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much. It's people who might have forgotten or didn't get a letter and

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then check their bank balance and realise that HMRC have swiped it!

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Leaving aside all the civil rights issues about whether the state

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should have this kind of power, I wouldn't be surprised if HMRC had a

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spotless record in terms of billing people incorrectly, but they don't.

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He will get letters saying that they have overcharged. The right for them

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to swiped money from your account is concerning.

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For now, many thanks retaking through the papers. Stay with us on

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