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Thousands of people, including hundreds of Britons, are ordered to

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leave their homes as forest fires rage in southern Spain. Hundreds of

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firefighters are battling the flames to stop them reaching the

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tourist centre of Marbella. could literally hear the crackling.

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That's how close it was. And the heat picked up. And the wind and

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the ash was everywhere. Battle of the billionaires. The

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Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich wins his court fight against a former

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business partner who had accused him of blackmail.

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On day two of the Paralympics, it's a silver for cyclists Aileen

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McGlynn and Helen Scott in the visually impaired tandem time trial.

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And as the athletics gets under way, Aled Davies wins Paralympics GB's

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first medal in the Olympic stadium. It's bronze in the shotput.

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Questions over the grading of some English GSCE papers. The exams

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regulator will provide some answers In the sport on the BBC News

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Channel, is the transfer deadline day with Liverpool agreeing to sell

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Good afternoon and welcome to the BBC News at One. Wildfires in

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southern Spain have forced thousands of people to flee their

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homes and hotels on the Costa del Sol. Hundreds of Britons, ex-

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patriots and tourists, have also been moved as firefighters battle

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the flames which are being driven by strong winds towards the town of

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Marbella. The Foreign Office is warning holidaymakers to check with

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their airlines and travel companies for the latest advice. Parts of

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Spain have had an especially dry summer, with Catalonia and the

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Canary Islands also suffering wildfires this year. Our world

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affairs correspondent Mike The wild fire burned out of control

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throughout the night. Across a seven mile front. Roaring through a

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large swathe of Forest pushed on by a hot, dry wind. Spain is

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experiencing its worst wild fires in a decade after an unusually dry

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winter. This one, though, just inland from of the country's most

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popular holiday regions, and in an area where many experts have homes.

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As firefighters battled to bring it under control, people rushed to get

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themselves, and in this case, a threatened donkey, too, out of

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harm's way. For these people, refuge in a restaurant, but the

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shock and uncertainty about the fate of their homes. I know nothing,

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I don't know if my house is still there or not, this woman says. I

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knew there was a fire but we were not aware of the magnitude, says

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this woman. If we did not expect it. At least 300 British people were

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among those moved to public facilities. British consular staff

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are helping those who have been affected. Kimberley has a holiday

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home in Marbella. It was terrifying at the time it because you could

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hear the crackling. That's how close it was. The wind and the ash

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was everywhere. The exit we were taking, as well, when we went down

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the mountain, there was massive Amber's coming across the road. It

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was something I have never seen before. Today, helicopters had been

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dropping water on the wild by to support the firefighters on the

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ground. At least now, they have improved weather conditions on the

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side. Sara Hesketh from Wigan is on the

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last day of her holiday in a resort near Marbella. She is among those

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who have had to leave their hotels. She joins me on the line now. The

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footage looks very dramatic indeed. What sort of the night did you

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have? We were evacuated and put up in a church. We didn't know what

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was happening. We didn't know whether the apartment was still

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standing. There were flames everywhere, people sleeping on the

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floor in the church, with children under blankets. The sky was just

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read and everywhere you looked there were flames everywhere. The

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smell and the stench, smouldering, everywhere is just black and grey.

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It was quite a frightening thought, last night, but we didn't know

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whether what was happening. We were stood in our own clothes and do

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know what was going to happen today. What help and support are you

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getting in terms of travel? But the moment, because we have done a

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privately, we just need to try to get in touch with our airline and

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find out whether these flights are still booked for today. Apparently,

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my friend spoke to somebody who said the traffic is bad getting

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into the city, but we don't know whether the flights are cancelled.

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The helicopters have stopped going over now with water and the sky

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seems to be clearing up now, and we have got coughs with the smoke. And

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we are exhausted because none of us have had any sleep. We're just

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waiting now to go home, really. wish you all the best and thank you

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very much for joining us. The billionaire owner of Chelsea

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football club, Roman Abramovich, has won his long running legal

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battle with his fellow Russian, the business tycoon Boris Berezovsky. A

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judge ruled this morning that Mr Abramovich is not liable to pay

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billions of dollars in compensation in a dispute over the sale of

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shares in a Russian oil company. Our diplomatic correspondent

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Bridget Kendall reports. Arriving for the ruling today, the

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claimant, Boris Berezovsky,. Do you think you will win this case?

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believe in the system. political power-broker is now in

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London, an outspoken Kremlin critic. His claim is he'd been cheated out

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billions of pounds in a deal with another Russian oligarch, the

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Chelsea football club owner, Roman Abramovich. Who gave evidence

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during the trial which ended in January, but he was not there this

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morning for his victory. The judge was scathing in her criticism of

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Boris Berezovsky and said it was up to him to prove his claims and yet,

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she found his evidence inconsistent, exaggerated and, at times,

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incredible. In court, Boris Berezovsky listened stony-faced,

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his chin on his hands, but when she dismissed his claim, he looked

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around and laughed, as though, incredulous, she did not believe

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him. They used to be friends but when that repeating came to power,

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they parted company. Roman Abramovich, worth �7.6 billion, now

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owns Chelsea, and is close to Vladimir Putin. Boris Berezovsky,

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worth rather less, it's thought, at �500 million, fell out with

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Vladimir Putin and one political so asylum in it Britain. Boris

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Berezovsky's accusation is that Roman Abramovich forced him to sell

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of oil shares cheap. Roman Abramovich said was a fabrication.

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Boris Berezovsky, he said, had been his political godfather for a time

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but that arrangement had ended. Outside the court this morning,

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Boris Berezovsky, once so confident in the British courts system,

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admitted he was flabbergasted. I'm absolutely amazed what happened

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today. Particularly because Lady Gloucester took up responsibility

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to be right Russian history. But despite the ruling against him,

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Boris Berezovsky said he did not regret bringing the case. Whether

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he will try to appeal, he said, was a matter for his lawyers.

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Paralympics GB have continued their success on day two of the Games,

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with a silver for the cyclist, Aileen McGlynn. She and her pilot

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rider Helen Scott were just beaten by Australia in the women's blind

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and visually impaired one kilometre time-trial at the velodrome. James

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Pearce reports. Aileen McGlynn has been partially

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sighted since birth. For this event, cyclists ride tandem, with a pilot

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at the front. This was a one, to tiled trial, a race against the

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clock. Aileen McGlynn won this event in Athens and Beijing and the

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time it was close to the world record. No celebrations yet. They

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have taken the lead but the Australian world champions were

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still to go. There is a D Johnson timed his run perfectly. Here were

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the new power would be champion. -- Felicity Johnson. Over at the

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Aquatics Centre, has a good rivalry growing. We have the Hind brothers.

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Samuel has a degenerative condition in his legs but the world champion.

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The 400 metres freestyle and he won his heat in this evening's final. A

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race, we will see a familiar face, his younger brother, has also

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qualified. The athletics are under way with

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high hopes for Paralympics GB. Aled Davies has won the team's first

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medal in the Olympic stadium with bronze in the shotput, going one

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better than his fourth place in Beijing. Our sports correspondent

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Andy Swiss reports. Blue skies and bumper crowds at the

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Olympic Stadium. 80,000 fans basking in the sunshine. Perfect

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conditions for the first morning of the athletics. So, will the home

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supporters have plenty to cheer? One of the first in action was

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Shelly Woods, bronze medallist four years ago, a need to qualify for

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the final of the 5,000 metres. By finishing third, she did precisely

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that. Job done. There were other impressive performances. Eighteen-

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year-old Rees-Jones said a personal best in the heats of his 200 metres

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event. But there were disappointments, too. Stephen

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Miller, with cerebral palsy, was aiming for a 4th Paralympic gold in

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the club throwing but finished out of the medals. There was better

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news, though, for Hanna Cockroft, who became the first athlete to set

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a world record inside the Olympic Stadium and she charged into

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tonight's final of the 100 metres in stunning style. And, best of all,

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a British medal, 21-year-old Aled Davies taking bronze in the shot

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put. Britain's athletes already flying the flag.

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Well, let's have a look at the medals table so far. China are top.

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Their team collected six golds on the opening day. -- seven gold.

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Australia are in second place having added gold this morning in

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the velodrome. Ukraine have replaced Great Britain in third.

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Russia, with three golds, now go fourth, leaving Great Britain in

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fifth with two more medals so far today. Silver from Aileen McGlynn

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and Helen Scott in the cycling and bronze from Aled Davies in the

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shotput. Well, we can speak to our correspondent James Pearce now.

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What's your assessment of day two? Well, the weather, of course, is

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bringing out bumper crowds. There are some exciting action still to

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come and plenty more British medals balls that we should mention in

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particular, Mark cauldron. Three years ago, he broke his back in a

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paragliding accident and before that he used to play volleyball for

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Wales. Yesterday, he became the first medallist of his games with a

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silver. He has qualified for this afternoon's final of the individual

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pursuit, over three quarters, and his seven seconds inside his own

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world record so, by doing that, having such a commanding

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performance in qualifying, he looks set for a gold medal this afternoon.

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What we can look forward to later today? The Velodrome is a place to

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be. Jody Cundy has won five Paralympic gold medals in the past.

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Three as a slimmer, two as a cyclist, and is going for his third

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cycling gold medal in the one that, to time-trial. He is the defending

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champion and will be the favourite for that. Also look out for

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Stefanie Milbourne. She has beaten the Paralympic swimming legend. She

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has been beaten in the qualifying for this evening's 100 metres

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backstroke final. James, thank you. England's exams watchdog, Ofqual,

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is due to publish the results of an initial investigation into this

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year's GCSE results this afternoon. Thousands of students didn't get

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the grades they had expected. Head teachers urged the exams regulator

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to investigate when it was revealed that grade boundaries for the exams

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were changed part way through the year. Our correspondent Chris

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Buckler reports. One week ago there were scenes of

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celebration but it was a day of despair for others. With claims

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that the results of GCSE English simply were not fair. The

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suggestion was the grade boundaries had been moved halfway through the

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school year. Meaning pupils who would have got a C grade in January

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ended up with a D grade. Head teachers have been leading the

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campaign to get the grades changed. We need is resolving as quickly as

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possible because we have students have lost out on vocational

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programmes, A-level programmes and, of course, apprenticeships as well.

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The exams regulator in England warned exam board is against grade

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inflation and this year for the first time in history of GCSEs, the

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percentage of top grades fell. But Ofqual is having to investigate if

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how that was achieved was fair. Sheridan is a student affected. He

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was expected to get a grade C but a great deal means he's in danger of

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losing his apprenticeship he fought hard to get. I was hoping to start

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on Monday, but that's not going to happen now. This week is one of the

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worst in my life, honestly. I feel sick. And there's no answers to it.

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How can they impact on somebody's life this majorly? For more than

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two decades, year on year GCSE results had been improving. Help,

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in part, by the introduction of the modular system which allows pupils

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to resit different parts of their examination at different times.

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That system is being phased out in England although modules will

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remain in Northern Ireland while, in Wales, the whole GCSE

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examination it is currently under review. After a row which has

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overshadowed this year's results, the regulator knows its performance,

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not just the pupils, will be under Our top story this lunch time:

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Thousands of people including hundreds of Britons have been

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ordered to believe their homes as forest fires rage in southern Spain.

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Firefighters are battling the flames to stop them reaching the

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tourist centre of Marbella. Coming up: Mitt Romney promises

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Americans he'll revive the economy and create millions of jobs. But,

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is it enough to put him in the White House?

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Later on BBC London: How Surrey's feeling the aftereffects of Olympic

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cycling success. And turning over a new leaf. Gavin Henson talks about

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leaving reality TV behind him and focusing on new team, London Welsh.

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Squatting in residential properties will become a criminal offence in

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England and Wales from tomorrow. Those convicted could face six

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months in prison, a fine of up to �5,000 or both.

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Campaigners for the homeless fear the new law could be abused by

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unscrupulous landlords. The Government says the change will

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give more protection to homeowners. John Maguire reports.

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I came home from hospital where I'd been treated and was put up by my

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partner. Hugh Whittle regularly checked his house in London was

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secure but one day returned to find it occupied by squatters.

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It was horrifying. Just going through three or four months it

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took to get them out was costing me in stress and cost in money as well,

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of course, lost rent and the property did actually become worse

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in its condition which meant that we had to pay builders more.

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The police were called but officers said it was a civil matter. But no

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longer. The law is now changing. We want to make it absolutely clear

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that squatting is illegal, you are criminally liable and response

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wribl for anything that happens in someone's home whilst you take it

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over -- responsible. It shouldn't be a grave area of a civil or

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criminal offence, it will now be a clear criminal offence.

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An offence which some charities believe may criminalise certain

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homeless people and will do nothing to tackle the underlying shortage

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of housing. At this property in Birmingham,

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squatters say they're making good use of an otherwise empty council-

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opened house and campaign groups argue it will mean more people

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sleeping rough on the streets -- council-owned. It's a waste of

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council tax payers' money. We should tackle the housing crisis

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and not criminalise vulnerable people in the society. The law will

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apply in England and Wales and so far concerns just residential

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property. The Government's aim, an tend to the squatting problem. But

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those opposed argue it will just make matters worse.

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An inquest has opened into the deaths of Roger and tilly Lamb who

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died in spralt incidents whale on holiday in Morocco last year. --

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separate incidents. Remind us of the background to this, Louise

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Hubball? Tilly and Roger died within days of

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each other while own holiday in Morocco with their children. The

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inquest heard from Tilly's sister who described the marriage as

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turbulent. Mr Lamb had been offered a job at New Zealand. He had been

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prescribed antidepressants and aired concerns about his marriage

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and finances. On holiday, the family seemed relaxed and happy.

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One night at their apartment, there was banging on the front door. It

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was Ramadan. Tilly Lamb described as adventurous by the court put one

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foot on the sofa and one on the bannister to tell the people to

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keep quiet. She lost her balance and fell 60 feet on to the street

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below. Within 24 hours the or nor was told, her husband jumped into

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the sea with a rucksack full of rocks but was rescueded and then

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after the family moved to a nearby hotel, Roger Lamb fell down a

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staircase and litter died in hospital. We are expecting a

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verdict here this afternoon. Thank you. Ulster Bank which is

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part of the RBS Group has announced compensation for customers who

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couldn't access their money because of computer problems earlier

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thisier. Many customers received �20 this morning while others will

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receive more in out-of-pocket expenses. It's thought the maximum

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compensation will be around �100. Our correspondent, Andy Martin,

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sent this report. It was supposed to be a simple

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software update but caused weeks of frustration. Every day, customers

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like these turned up at the bank to try to find out where their money

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was. I feel disgusted for the fact they have not got a clue what's

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gone on. The money's going left, right and centre, God knows where.

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Banks within the RBS Group quickly cleared the problem in Scotland,

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England and Wales, but many of its Ulster Bank customers in Northern

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Ireland and the Irish Republic couldn't get at their own money,

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pay bills or honour direct debits. Today, ten weeks after the

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breakdown, Ulster Bank tried to put it right. We are waives fees for up

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to three months for customers. We are also paying an extra quarter of

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a% on deposits. We are making a payment of �20 to customer who is

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had to come to the branch more often than normal during the

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incident. On top of that, for customers who've had out-of-pocket

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expenses we are paying an additional 20%, up to �100. It's

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nowhere near enough for many. Donagh McGovern's convenience store

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has been particularly invoonsed. He's raised issues with the bank

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consistently over the past two months and is no happier today --

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inconvenienced. Shambles - one word. No customer service approach from

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the bank at all. It's very, very, very poor. If I treated my

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customers that way, I would be out of business tomorrow. There are

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people who say accounts are still not back to normal. This

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compensation scheme will cost Ulster Bank tens of millions of

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pounds, but countless more in terms of the customer who is say they are

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now determined to take their business elsewhere.

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Mitt Romney's pledged to restore the promise of America and to unite

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the country if he's elected President.

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He's told the Republican National Convention it's time to put the

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disappointments of the past four years aside, accepting his

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nomination at the party's convention in Florida he vowed to

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resue the country's economy and create 12 million jobs -- rescue.

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Our correspondent Steve Kingston is in Tampa with more for us.

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Mitt Romney was seen by a TV audience last night that ran into

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the tens of millions, including people tuning in for the first time

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to the election campaign. His challenge was to define himself, to

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tell America who he is. Show time. For a businessman turned

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politician promising to turn this country around. With millions

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watching Mitt Romney at home, he called ford the sales pitch of his

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life. Mr Americans have given up on this President, but they have never

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thought about giving up. Not in themselves, not on each other and

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not on America. What is needed in our country today is not

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complicated or profound. It doesn't take a special Government

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commission to tell us what America needs.

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What America needs is jobs. Lots of jobs.

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As ever, he looked the part. This was really about a challenger

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finding his voice. Articulating why he believes America needs a change

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of direction. I wish President Obama succeeded because I want

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America to succeed. But his promises gave way to kiss

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appointment and division -- disappointment. Now is the moment

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when we can stand up and say, I'm an American, I make my destiny, we

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deserve better, my children and family and country deserves better.

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At times it got deeply personal as this normally reserved man opened

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up about faith and family. Every day dad gave mom a rose which he

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put on her bedside table that.'s how she found out what happened on

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the day my father died. She went looking for him because that

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morning there was no rose. My mom and dad were true partners.

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Then the closing arguments, that Barack Obama's bowed to America's

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foes, added trillions to the debt and failed the middle class.

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promise is to help you and your family.

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CHEERING AND APPLAUSE That future is our destiny, that

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future is out there, it is waiting for us, our children deserve it.

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Our nation depends on it. The peace and freedom of the world require it

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and with your help we will deliver it. Let us begin that future for

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America tonight. Mitt Romney there. The consensus

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this morning peoples to be good speech, perhaps not a great speech,

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he was a little nervous at the beginning and was heckled. As you

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saw there, he certainly found his stride. In the the hall they loved

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it. What matters is Americans back home thought. Mitt Romney came here

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looking for what they call the convention bounce in the polls and

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there is some evidence that he's getting that. One opinion poll

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published in the last 24 hours gives him a 4% percentage lead over

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Barack Obama. That's to be expected and it could change next week when

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we have the democratic convention. The President will have his moment

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in the spotlight then. No doubt we'll speak to you then.

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Thank you very much. It's not necessarily a subject we

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might like to spend too much time thinking about. The place where we

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or our loved ones will be buried. But, new research shows that

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instead of crematoriums or grave yards, more people are opting for

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woodland burials. For some it's because of environmental concerns

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and also to reduce costs. There are 300 natural burial sites in Britain

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and our correspondent Danny Savage has been to visit one which is

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about to open in Durham. A small woodland on the outskirts

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of Durham. The latest location to be changed into a natural burial

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site. Research suggests being buried in a natural site in a

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biodegradable coffin is more popular than ever in Britain. In

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years to come, Helen Rutland wants to be laid to rest here. A decision

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made already after considering other options.

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It's such a lovely place to be to end your days really. My family can

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come and visit me. They live away, so they wouldn't be able to come

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and tend a grave, so I would be in this beautiful place and they would

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be able to visit me whef they could really.

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Unlike more formal grave yards or cemeteries, there'll be no

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headstones or markings to indicate where people are buried.

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Individuals will simply be laid to rest in a glade and relatives will

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be able to visit to watch the seasons change.

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The British like nature, they like gardens and garden ser ters and

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they think of themselves when they are dead as wanting to be in a

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beautiful place -- centres. They don't want to be in a dry dusty

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cemetery with rows of reg stones, it's the noise, the plants, the

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wind, the animals and the trees in the background. It's that dynamic

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place to go, not a static negative place to go.

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So a modern trend of rejecting this type of grave and memorial is

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growing. There are now more than 260 natural

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burial sites across UK with studies showing that this option appeals to

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both religious and non-religious people.

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Certainly gives pause for thought. We'll take you to a pause though

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with the weather now. Laura is here. with the weather now. Laura is here.

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That looks very positive. Yes. We should all see some of it

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this weekend fingers crossed. Many of us saw it this morning. We

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had clear skies. Boy or boy was it chilly. Temperatures fell so low

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that we broke some records. As we head into the weekend, things look

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set to warm up. The satellite picture shows this stream of cloud

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stretching across the Atlantic. It will bring weather to some of us

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throughout the weekend. At the moment it's confine to the north-

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west of Scotland and Northern Ireland. Elsewhere, a good deal of

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sunshine through the rest of the day. The far north-west of England

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could see some patchy rain later, but for much of Yorkshire, through

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Lincolnshire, into the Midlands and south-east England, dry and bright

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and temperatures responding after that chilly start up to 17 or 18

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degrees. The winds light as we head towards the south-west of England.

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Again, largely fine, sunny conditions here as we head through

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the afternoon. For the south-east of Wales, sticking with the

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sunshine for longest. For the north-west, clouding over, some

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patchy rain and drizzle arising through the coming hours. Things

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improving in Northern Ireland, particularly from the west.

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Glimmers of brightness and damp in the east. Scotland, cloudy,

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outbreaks of rain and drizzle. Cool where we have no sunshine and

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heavier rain potentially across the Northern Isles. Tonight, we'll see

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the weather front sinking south- eastwards. It tends to ease so it's

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damp and drizzly with a fair bit of hill fog. Temperatures 12-13, much

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milder than last night. It will be a cloudy start tomorrow for the

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Paralympic events. Soon warming up with the sunshine for the sailing,

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a gentle breeze. It's worth pointing out that the UV levels

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will be moderate for many when the sun comes out into the weekend. For

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Saturday, we start with the cloud, damp drizzly conditions through the

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east but then things improve, particularly through England and

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Wales. Yet again looking largely dry and bright and with more

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sunshine tomorrow temperatures up to 22, feeling very nice. For the

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north-west, cloudy again with patchy outbreaks of rain. That's

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the weather front we saw across the satellite picture sinking its way

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south-eastwards. It's a reversal of fortunes as we head through the

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weekend. England and Wales likely to be cloudier by Sunday with some

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outbreaks of rain and drizzle. Further north, more sunshine around

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and temperatures again into the low 20s. If you have plans this weekend,

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you can find the latest online. We have the latest on the forecast for

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the F 1 and more information about how wet it's been so far this

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summer. Thank you very much indeed.

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A reminder of our top story: Thousands of people including

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