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Hundreds of homes are evacuated, schools are closed and part of the

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East Coast main line is a shot as torrential rain brings flooding.

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The north-east of England has been particularly hard hit, as rivers

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burst their banks. And the problems are particularly bad here in the

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Northumberland town of Morpeth, which has been flooded for the

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second time in four years. It has emerged that the Queen raised

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concerns about the radical Muslim cleric Abu Hamza with the previous

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government. The teenager missing with her maths teacher. Their

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school confirms concerns about a relationship have been raised

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before. And the waiting is almost over. Europe's golfers arrive in

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the US for one of sport's most fiercely fought contests, the Ryder

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Cup. On BBC London. Smiling once again. We meet seven-year-old

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Thusha, who was left paralysed after being shot in Stockwell. And

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the young people priced out of rural areas as property prices soar

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Good afternoon. There's been widespread flooding across many

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parts of the UK after yet more heavy rain. The north-east of

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England has been particularly hard hit and nearly 300 homes had been

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evacuated. The floodwaters have also cut of train services on the

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East Coast main line between York and Darlington. In total, 65 a

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flood warnings had been issued in England, Wales and Scotland. Let's

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This is Grange Road, not Grange river. It started raining here at

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11pm last night and it just didn't stop. Problems in East Lothian in

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Scotland, too, homes and schools flooded. In North Wales, rail

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services disrupted. In the north- east, hundreds of homes evacuated.

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It may not be raining here now. The problem is that more rain is

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expected. The village of Hambleton, once landlocked but now parts have

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become Islands. It has meant roads closed, homes flooded and people

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left worried. You are fighting for your possessions here, aren't you?

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Yes. We are trying to keep water away from the house, which we are

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winning at the moment. But if any more rain comes down we will have a

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severe problem. At the moment, everybody is trying to help but

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nothing is happening. For some it feels like it hasn't stopped

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raining since April. This has happened six times like this, not

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quite as bad but more or less as bad as this, since June. A fed up.

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Fed up. Six times. We pay council tax, United Utilities a fortune and

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this happens. And in the north-east, this was Morpeth after a month's

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rain in just 24 hours. Hundreds of homes had to be evacuated. We've

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been through the World War, we've done a lot. We have fought our way

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into by inch. Do you think that a drop of water is going to put us

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off? You are sadly mistaken! On the trains, the East Coast main line is

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advising passengers not to travel because parts of the track are

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flooded. In St Helens, people were rescued in life rafts after the

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Sankey Canal flooded. It left people counting the cost. It is

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devastating. It has destroyed everything that was in its path.

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Luckily, I wasn't here while it was being flooded. That would have...

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That is the hard part, if you are actually physically here.

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Hamilton, many are now waiting and hoping more rain doesn't come. How

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has it left you feeling? A bit vulnerable. There's only me and my

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son here. We've had the wettest of summers. The start of autumn is

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looking no different. Yes, and that start of autumn starts with a clean

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up or at least three houses along this road. The sandbags on the

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other side are protecting their homes. But the problem is more rain

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is expected. We've got over 60 flood warnings right now across

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England and Wales. Gales expected in Scotland and Northern Ireland.

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It doesn't look like this will end any time soon. Let's go to Morpeth

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now. The river once Beck has breached the local flood defences.

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For a short time, late morning and early lunchtime here today, the

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rain to ease off but it's now lashing down again. People here are

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growing increasingly concerned. The Environment Agency say the river in

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Morpeth has peaked, that happens this morning. It should hopefully

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drop off but there are still concerns. Quite a few houses have

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been evacuated. Let's talk to one of the senior fire officers here.

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What are conditions like this morning? We had about 100

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properties in the flood risk area. We've had to carry out 37 rescues

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using our water rescue teams. We've had to close the bridge because of

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the impact of the debris on the bridge. It has been quite a

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torturous time for the residents. This place was flooded four years

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ago. Perhaps not as bad today, would you say? The wasn't as bad.

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Added is still quite severe for the residents who have suffered.

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it's pretty dangerous if you get too close. A yes, very dangerous.

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There's been a good community spirit, all of the neighbours are

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very community orientated. other thing to note, Cleveland

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police have just declared a major incident in their area. That is

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around Middlesbrough and Stockton, because of rising water levels. It

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really is the north-east of England this lunchtime where the worst of

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the weather is. That really is reflected by his high water level

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in Morpeth. And in every other river across the North-East this

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lunchtime. The flooding means that many main roads and some rail lines

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have been badly disrupted. The East Coast main line, that has literally

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been cut off in two places. It's been dropped twice today. Trains

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are literally under water. There's a limit to what we can do.

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Effectively, if you have got to Gibbs on that line the advice is

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don't travel. It is bad in Yorkshire and the north-east but

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there will be problems all across the line. You can use those to

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Gibbs tomorrow and you can use them on Virgin Trains, which go up the

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west coast main line, so you can still get to Scotland. But the

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advice is don't bother travelling. Similarly with the roads, we had

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the A 1 shot in Catterick, but problems all over Yorkshire and the

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north-east. There's a limit to what they can do. There are hundreds of

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engineers out there trying to sort out the problems. But that the

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railways, the easiest thing to do is wait for the water to go down.

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With the roads, we've now got the Highways Agency's digging ditches

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alongside the road to try to get rid of some of this water. But the

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real limit to what we can do. The websites are brilliant, the BBC,

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but were to feed and travel alerts, BBC local radio as well, or just

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don't bother travelling. The Queen raised concerns with the previous

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government about the case of the radical Muslim preacher Abu Hamza

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or, it has emerged after the European Court of Human Rights

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yesterday rejected his right to make a final appeal against being

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extradited to the US on charges of plotting to set up a terrorist

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training camp and assisting hostage taking. But in the last few minutes

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the BBC has said it deeply regrets that the private conversation with

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the Queen has been made public. Just do it! If it is killing, do

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it! Abu Hamza. For years, for the government, unfinished business. He

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is not yet on a plane to the United States but ministers sincerely hope

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he will be soon, along with four other terror suspects. Now that the

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rights of appeal under the extradition Act have been exhausted,

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we think it is right and proper that these individuals are

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transferred to the US authorities to stand trial in respect of the

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very serious allegations that have been made against them. A decade

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ago, Abu Hamza banished from his mosque, preached from the streets.

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It infuriated the British authorities. So much so that the

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Queen once privately told the BBC she had raised their concerns with

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a Labour Home Secretary. But a final decision - extradite or not -

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rested with the European Court of Human Rights. It has despite --

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decided that despite his disability, he would be humanely treated in an

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American prison. The wife of Laurence Whitehouse was killed

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during an attempt to rescue her from kidnappers allegedly connected

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to Abu Hamza or in Yemen. He believes in America, evidence will

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breed produced about the preacher's true role. That he wasn't just a

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very able orator, but that he actually was an organiser of

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kidnapping British citizens, his own countrymen, and bringing that

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out in the public. But some of the extraditions could yet be delayed.

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Babar Ahmad and his co-defendant are accused of running a pro-jihad

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website from Britain. Anti extradition campaigner plans to

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attempt a rare private prosecution here to prevent them being sent to

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the States. Because any crimes he is supposed to have committed,

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allegations against him are in this country, the UK, so Babar Ahmad

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should be tried in a British court here, he should get a chance to

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prove his innocence in front of our courts. But after years of

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arguments in the courts, this and other legal moves have a slim hope

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of succeeding in even delaying extradition, let alone stopping it.

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The BBC has issued a statement about the conversation with the

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Queen. Yes, this information that the Queen had an interest in the

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Abu Hamza case was revealed on the Today programme this morning by

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Frank Gardner. He revealed details of a private conversation which

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took place some years ago with the Queen. The conversation should have

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remained private, according to a statement at the BBC has put out.

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The BBC Anne Frank have said they are deeply sorry for what amounts

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to a breach of confidence. They say it was wholly inappropriate, Frank

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is sorry for the embarrassment caused and Batty has apologised to

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the palace. It has emerged that East Sussex County Council was

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already invested concerns about the relationship between the missing

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15-year-old schoolgirl, Megan Stammers, and her 30-year-old maths

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teacher, before they ran away together. The couple having been

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seen since last Friday and it's thought they may have travelled to

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France. Detectives say her friends may know where she had planned to

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go. The last time Megan Stammers was seen. A CCTV image of the car

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owned by her maths teacher, Jeremy Forrest, taken last Thursday

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evening as the pair travelled to Dover ferry terminal. The last time

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it Megan made contact was buy text, which she sent to a friend saying

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she'd arrived in France. The police say it wasn't from the teenager's

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foam but are confident it was from her. And this is the man she is

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with, Jeremy Forrest, an amateur musician who performs under the

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stage name Jeremy Ayre us. Detectives believe Megan's friends

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might know where she is. They may be children and pupils and friends

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who are aware of any aspect with regard to Whitby in plant, may be

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aware of where they were likely to go to. I would also ask them to

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come forward. Don't be scared and feel that you were are in trouble

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if you've not disclosed any of that information so far. At Megan's

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school there was already unease about the teenager and Jeremy

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Forrest's clusters. The local authority has told us that the

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school and the county council had been addressing and investigating

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concerns that had been raised in line with procedure when this

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happened. That investigation will continue and we will decide what

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action to take. Her parents are hoping more than ever that their

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actions and appeals on the vicar day since Megan disappeared will

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make their affectionate, loving and intelligent daughter return home.

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David Shaw has been held in Greater Manchester to remember two police

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officers who were shot dead last week. Colleagues of PCs Nicola

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Hughes and Fiona Bone walk from Hyde police station, where they

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were based, to the scene of the shooting in Mottram. Around 400

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people, including dozens of officers, attend the service before

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a Minute silence was held. The former England football captain

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John Terry has returned to Wembley for the second day of his FA

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disciplinary hearing. He is accused of using racist language in a match

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against Queens Park Rangers last October. A criminal court cleared

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him of the charge two months ago. What has been happening this

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morning? John Terry arriving here shortly before 9am this morning for

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that second day of this FA hearing. He joined his QC, George Carter

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Stevenson, who represented him during that trial at Westminster

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magistrates in July when Terry was cleared, but now he faces this FA

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panel, this independent oar macro man panel who will continue this

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afternoon to hear this case. Yesterday they heard from the QPR

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defender Anton Ferdinand. He is not expected to return today. With

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Terry making it clear he no longer wishes to be considered for

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international duty, it is clear that his anger against the FA for

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proceeding with these charges is evident. Yesterday we heard from

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Roy Hodgson, who praised him for his time with the England team. But

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that charge is going ahead at the hearing will continue this

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afternoon. Do you know how long this will take? There's a high

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degree of secrecy around these FA disciplinary procedures. Yesterday

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morning we saw the various parties or been to Wembley Stadium, or that

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was when we knew this was the exact location. We are expecting around

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two to three days for the hearing to complete. If we use the Suarez

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case, the Liverpool striker who was accused of racially abusing Patrice

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Evra last year as some sort of yardstick, that took several days

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upon completion of the hearing before the panel issued their

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decision. That level of legal Rego will also be applied here in John

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Dozens of warnings across the UK as torrential rain brings widespread

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flooding. Coming up - how did the driver in this accident manage to

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walk away from it completely unharmed?

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Health exploitable Ginty to investigate how a man critically

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ill in hospital contracted a potentially fatal virus.

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And we will have a full forecast for the rest of this week or's

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weather. A collection of tiny island in the

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East China Sea have become the centre of a diplomatic row between

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China, Taiwan and Japan. In the latest incident, Japanese

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coastguard ships fired water cannon at Taiwanese fishing vessels. The

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boat had approached the island, which are controlled by Japan, but

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claimed by China and Taiwan. Tension over the area has increased

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recently because of a dispute over oil and gas fields in the region.

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Sailing off to disputed waters more than 50 Taiwanese fishing boat to

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leave their ports. The deal with Japanese patrol ships using water

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cannons. It is just the latest confrontation in the East China Sea.

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The US has warned that it is scenes like this which could lead to

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conflict. The completed -- competing territory of claims over

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these islands is making the region nervous. In China's main news

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bulletin, yet another symbol of its rising power. Its first aircraft

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power -- career doesn't have operational planes. But it is a

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sign of the country's growing military ambitions. As Steiner

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become -- China becomes more powerful, it nationalism is

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alarming it neighbours. When Tokyo bought the disputed islands earlier

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this month, a triggered a wave of violent anti-Japanese protests.

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Japanese shops and businesses were attacked. Now China and Japan

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appear to want to cool the tensions. They do pity foreign ministers held

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talks in Beijing for the first time since this dispute flared up. But

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neither side wants to back down. TRANSLATION: China would never

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tolerate any unilateral actions by Japan which harm Chinese

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territorial sovereignty. But China gearing up for a once in a decade

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leadership change, its leaders cannot afford to look weak. Taking

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a tough line with Japan it is popular with the Chinese public.

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But that means there is little room for compromise.

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David Cameron is travelling at the United Nations in New York to

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appeal to the world's richest countries to honour their pledges

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of aid to the developing world. World leaders are gathering there

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for the Annual General Assembly debate, which this year will be

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overshadowed by events in the Middle East.

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New York prepares for the annual influx of world leaders. They are

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focused this year on crisis in the Middle East but Britain no new

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ideas on how to solve them. First, the anti-American protests caused

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by the video denigrating the Prophet Muhammad. Then there is the

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war the UN cannot stop. I believe Syria will be top of every leader's

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mind. Syria is a failure for the UN. The Security Council could not

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reach a common position let alone take action. So the United Nations

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has become an audience, watching a tragedy. With the reported deaths

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in the civil war now averaging at least a 100 a day. For America's

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president, Syria may not be an election issue, but Iran is,

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because it involves a Israel. Israel's Prime Minister has taken

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to American air waves to press for a tougher line on Iraq. He will

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take the same message to the General Assembly. Iran will

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continue to insist its intentions are peaceful, but few others think

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so. Israel is pushing for at least the threat of armed action. The

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Middle East remains an uncomfortable reminder of the UN's

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shortcomings. Syria is a monument to diplomatic failure, and Iran's

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nuclear programme may trigger the region's next war.

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The Liberal Democrats say that further spending cuts will have to

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be introduced in this Parliament, but according to the chief

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secretary to the Treasury, Danny Alexander, they wouldn't be

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entirely at the expense of the poor. He has been speaking at their party

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conference in Brighton. What is he proposing? He is proposing quite a

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tough message. He is saying that new cut have to be taken to get the

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coalition parties through to the next election. Up to �16 billion

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worth of cuts, and welfare cuts cannot be exempt from that process.

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He also pledged that the rich would pay a fairer share. Are welfare is

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a third of all public spending, and despite our painful reforms, it is

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still rising. We will have to look at it. But that cannot, must not,

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and will not be the only place we look. We insist that the difficult

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choices must be fairly shared. That does you can afford more must

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contribute more. -- those who can afford more. There has been a lot

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of talk about new taxes on the 12 the, but little detail. There is a

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suspicion that Nick Clegg isn't pressing hard enough for the much

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cherished mansion tax on expensive properties in return for making

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some of these future welfare cuts. So much so that a former Treasury

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spokesman got the party to we can be to -- recommit itself to the

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mansion tax policy. Nick Clegg has been hinting at looking at other

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ways of hitting of the wealthy, questioning whether richer

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pensioners should still receive the winter fuel allowance in the future.

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The official record of the Aardman between the government chief whip

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Andrew Mitchell and police officers in Downing Street has been

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published in full for the first time. It appears to confirm that Mr

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Mitchell called the officers plebs and said they should know their

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place. The crucial thing is that is what he denies saying. Yes, it

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doesn't really change much in that sense. He has denied using that

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word, and has denied previously swearing at the officers, although

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that seems to have been acknowledged. The early reports

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suggested he used the word more runs, and that doesn't appear in

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this account of what police reported on. One thing that does

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come out is how close he came to being arrested by the officers.

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They warned him that if he didn't stop swearing at them, they would

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use their powers, and that is the thing that stopped him shouting at

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them. Downing Street will be reasonably content that this story

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is not really going anywhere any more. There are no fresh

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revelations here. We still have the stand-off over the fact, what one

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man said verses what the account of another officer says. Unless

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members of the public come forward, who were apparently present, and

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give their account, it seems that Mr Mitchell is likely to survive.

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Europe's golfers have been told to expect if by a reception from the

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crowds on the Ryder Cup begins this week. Practice rounds start today,

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even though the USA has home advantage, Europe's captain Jose

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Maria Olazabal, says the odds are still even.

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Fresh from Chicago airport, Jose Maria Olazabal plus hand luggage.

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The European captain and the Ryder Cup arrived to blue skies and warm

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welcome from the American counterpart. It is the resumption

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of one of sport's greatest battles. Two years ago at Celtic Manor, it

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was Europe, under Colin Montgomerie, that celebrated. His replacement

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believes this time it is too close to call. The crowds are going to be

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rooting for the home team, so we have to be prepared for that. I

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have said it all along, I think both teams are pretty much even. It

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is going to be a close match. the deluge at Celtic Manor, this

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year, conditions almost perfect. With their home advantage, the USA

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team are marginal favourites. They know that the peace and quiet will

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soon be replaced by deafening support. Chicago is an incredible

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sports down. They are going to be fired up. It is an incredible, big

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golf course, and a big stage. years ago that support helped the

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USA win in Kentucky, although it is their only victory in the last five

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Ryder Cups. They came pretty close last time. The very last match,

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before Graham McDowell's heroics. A yet more proof of the Ryder Cup's

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capacity for spellbinding drama. Once again, the stage is set.

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And so the waiting is almost over. The players now have three days of

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practice before the latest chapter of one of sport's most enthralling

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sagas. How about this for a remarkably

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lucky escape? This lorry took a sharp left, hitting another lorry

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coming in the other direction. But look at what happens to the driver.

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Amazingly, he somehow went straight through the windscreen, landing on

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his feet, and manages to walk away from the accident completely and

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injured. Let's have a look at the Unfortunately the warnings of rain

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have been realised in much of the country. We have seen well over 100

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mm in Antrim it. Not far behind in Wales. Some of the wetter spots

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have been across northern England. That is just in the site where we

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measure rainfall. Even more is falling on the hills. This is the

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radar chart for the last few hours. This bulk of rain isn't moving

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anywhere particularly fast. The rain falling on the hills is set to

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make its way down through the river system as well. So we still have an

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ample warning in place for northern England and Wales. Anticipate some

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more flooding as well. Either side of that, to the south we have some

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heavy showers. To the north, turning wetter, accompanied by gale

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force of winds. Particularly cold in that wind as well. Some good

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news in Northern Ireland, the heavy rain will continue to ease away.

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But in northern England and parts of North and Wales, the rain may

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return, even if it is dry at the moment. By contrast, a lovely

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bright day across part of the Midlands, but East Anglia and the

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south-east, some heavy and thundery showers. They could cause some

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problems for the evening rush-hour. The low-pressure system, centred

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around the swirling wind two, will be on the move tonight. In north-

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east England, the rain will gradually ease, but it will turn

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water across the Midlands and the south-west. If you're early, across

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parts of north-west England, around Cheshire, Merseyside, some wet

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weather to come, but the rain is pushing its way southwards. The

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focus for the rain will be across Wales, the Midlands and southern

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England. Though showers could be pretty intent and thundery in

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places. -- intends. But many places will turn drier a mortal help the

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situation. It improves again for some of your on Thursday, some

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showers around to the south and the East, some of these will heavy.

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Some brightness as well, and a quick look at Tuesday, going back

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Our top story - a torrential rain has brought widespread flooding

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across the UK. Police in Cleveland have declared a major incident

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