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Police investigating the abduction of a five-year old girl in Mid-

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Wales say there were no signs of a struggle.

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Friends who were playing with April Jones yesterday evening say they

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saw her climb into the driver's side of a van.

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Clearly, it would be every family's nightmare to suffer a child going

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missing in the circumstances. The teacher who ran away with his

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pupil Megan Stammers tells a court in France that he's willing to

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return to the UK. Six people are arrested after 37

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people are killed in a boat collision in Hong Kong.

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The Ryder cup is back on European soil as it arrives at Heathrow with

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The British inventor who is able to run a car on liquid air - his ideas

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could transform the power industry. Later on BBC London:

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The Surrey head teacher of the two children thought to have been

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killed by their father speaks of the shock of their deaths.

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And Hammersmith and Fulham's radical plans to remove tenants

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from council houses after five Good a friend and welcome to the

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BBC News At One. Police investigating the abduction

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of a five-year-old girl in Mid- Wales have been given more

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information about the moment that she disappeared last night. They

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say that April Jones was last seen getting into the driver's side of a

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grave than at about 7pm. She had been playing with friends near her

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home in Machynlleth. Hundreds of volunteers have spent the night

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searching the area for her. April Jones, seen here in the

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purple coat she was wearing when she went out to play yesterday

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evening. But the five-year-old never came home. Where she is now

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remains a mystery. The children she was with say they

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saw her get into a vehicle on the road outside her home.

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They describe it as a small van, small in the front and large at the

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back. That could be interpreted as something similar to a Ford Connect

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van, something like a Land Rover. Also, April got into the driver's

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side. It may be that she got in with the driver. Of course, that

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could mean it is a left-hand-drive vehicle. Clearly, it would be every

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family's nightmare to suffer a child going missing in these

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circumstances. We have got dedicated, trained officers

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providing support to April. We have staff with the family from the

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outset. This morning, the police resumed

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the search of the town in the countryside. Once again, the local

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community has rallied to their support.

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Have you got a car? Hundreds have volunteered to take

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part in the searches. They are being co-ordinated at the local

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leisure centre. Many were also here last night.

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Others heard the news this morning and have travelled from up to 60

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miles away to help. Nothing has ever happened like this

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before here. We are a bit complacent. We think nothing here

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will happen. Tragically, it has. We were on Twitter and Facebook,

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and I particularly sore and a lead from a gentleman who lives in

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Machynlleth. -- are particularly sore and alert.

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With no sign of -- April, panic is growing. The next few hours could

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prove critical. We will come back to that story

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later. Lawyers for the radical Muslim

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cleric Abu Hamza are in court arguing he needs to have his

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medical condition examined before he can be extradited to the US to

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face charges of terrorism. Last week, the European Court of Human

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Rights rejected an appeal from his lawyers. Our home affairs

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correspondent is at the High Court. Firstly, this argument about his

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health. Yes, Abu Hamza has a number of his abilities. He has lost both

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his arms and is blind in one eye. What is lawyers arguing is that

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because, they say, his medal -- medical condition has deteriorated,

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he should have a scan. They say it clear that the medical opinion is

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that a scan is necessary, and if it were to show he was unfit to plead,

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it would be a wrong thing to extradite him. They say his health

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has worsened. They claim sleep deprivation, and what they say is

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the unrelenting, harsh environment in which he is being held.

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This legal action has been going on for years. Is this the last ditch

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attempt? Yes. In fact, this hearing involves

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Abu Hamza and four other terrorist suspects wanted by Americans. It

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had both hands up's case, ministers have been desperate to get him out

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of the UK. -- in Abu Hamza's case. This is the last lap of that

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marathon. This hearing may go on into tomorrow, and we are not sure

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when we will get a decision. The maths teacher who ran away to

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France with a 15-year-old schoolgirl has told a court in

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France that he is willing to return to the UK to explain himself to the

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authorities. He appeared in court in Bordeaux this morning for the

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extradition proceedings. He was arrested on suspicion of child

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abduction on Friday. Matt Price was in court.

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It was only last Friday that Jeremy Forrest and Megan Stammers were

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walking hand-in-hand through this beautiful French city, apparently

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planning their future here together. As you said, he was arrested. She

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was put into child-protection. Today, the latest twist in the

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story unfolded in the court house behind me. As Jeremy Forrest faces

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extradition hearing, here comes this report. It contains some

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fluffed a degree. -- some flash photography.

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The maths teacher was brought to court in Bordeaux, not to decide

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his guilt or otherwise, but to work out whether the French authorities

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would agree to extradite him. They hid him from view as best they

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could. In court, he looked fairly relaxed. He said he would not try

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to stop his extradition. He has agreed to be extradited back

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to the UK. We look forward to the story emerging from England. He is

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very appreciative of the support and assistance given to him by his

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family, and in the Tickler, his parents. Naturally, Jeremy is most

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concern about the impact of this episode on all those affected.

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That, presumably, means Megan Stammers in particular. Jeremy

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Forrest and the schoolgirl had been missing for over a week. They had

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last been spotted on a cross- Channel ferry. She flew home from

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Bordeaux on Saturday, leaving Jeremy Forrest behind in a French

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prison. The judges will return to court on Thursday to deliver their

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ruling. They are expected to allow the extradition. Jeremy Forrest

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could be back by Thursday evening to face questioning and possible

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charges. The expectation really is that

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those judges will rule in favour of this expedition. There are a number

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of flights from Bordeaux to Gatwick, to the south of London, which the

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airport at Megan Stammers flew into on Saturday. Again, the expectation

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is that he would certainly be won on -- on one of those flights. It

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would be up to Sussex Police to decide where this case now then

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goes. The Labour leader Ed Miliband will

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make what is billed as a highly personal speech to the Labour Party

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conference in Manchester today. He will describe how he has been

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shaped by his family background and comprehensive school education. Is

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expected to set out how he would shake up vocational qualifications

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for those who don't go to university. Our political

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correspondent reports. To come up with new policies,

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Labour's leader has learned some lessons from his old school.

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Haverstock Comprehensive has close links with local companies.

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We work in partnership with the school to provide fair access to

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business. We provide work experience opportunities, mentoring

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programmes. Ed Miliband will say he would stand

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up for the forgotten 50% of people who don't go to university. He

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would ensure that children stay in school until the age of 18, but

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would introduce a new qualification to give less academic pupils

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experience of the world of work. That is what we are concentrating

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on, is how we have a new deal for the forgotten 50%, with better

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technical education, a strong emphasis on literacy and numeracy,

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with work experience in bedded in this curriculum between the ages of

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16 and 18. But the Conservatives say the reforms would devalue the

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exam system and that the government has already improved young people's

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skills. Ed Miliband pledges to go further and would compel private

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companies that want government contracts to provide proper

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training for staff. When it Miliband takes to the state,

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he has to do more than simply set out policy ideas. After two years

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leading his party, he is still an unknown quantity to many voters. He

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will have to do more to protect his own personality and convince us he

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really is a potential Prime Minister.

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He will tell us more about his family life today, and imply that

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his upbringing was less privileged than David Cameron's. Although he

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was visible on the streets of Manchester, how easy was he to

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recognise? Ed Miliband? No. Delegates are

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queuing up to hear him speak this afternoon, but his challenge is to

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be heard by less committed voters. In a few hours, the Welsh

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government will publish its spending plans for the next year.

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Its draft budget will reveal how ministers propose to divide up

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almost �15 billion between departments. Labour only holds half

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of the seats in the Assembly so it will have to do a deal with another

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party to secure a majority. An inquest into the death of a 25-

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year-old man who died in police custody has heard that he pleaded

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with officers not to hit him. Jacob Michael was arrested after a

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struggle at his home in August last year in which police used pepper

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spray to subdue him. Ed Thomas reports.

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The final moments of Jacob Michael's life were captured on

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CCTV. The inquest into his death were shown these pictures. The

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court was told police used pepper spray and battens to arrest him.

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He says, I'm sorry, at least four times before he is taken away.

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The jury was told that the 25-year- old had been drinking and taking

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cocaine. He became agitated and rang police after telling his

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father he had been threatened with a gun.

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This CCTV from outside his house shows police arriving. Inside,

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there was a struggle. Next, you see him run out. The

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officers chased him, and again, there's a scuffle. What happens

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next is not covered by the cameras. Today, his mother Christine told

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the inquest what she sought after more officers arrived. She said he

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put his hands up and said, please, don't, I haven't done anything, and

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that they were constantly hitting him with their buttons.

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It then takes four officers to carry him into the holding cell.

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Inside, look at the two officers at the top of the picture. Both stand

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on his leg. 45 minutes after Jacob Michael rang for the police, he was

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pronounced dead in hospital. Christine Michael, his mother, told

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the court she knew he was taking cocaine, and that he had been taken

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to hospital on a couple of occasions after he started to panic.

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The coroner asked people to question whether anything could be

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done to prevent the death. The time is coming up to a quarter

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past one. Our top story: Police investigating the abduction of a

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five-year-old girl in Mid-Wales says she was last seen climbing

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into the driver's side of a van. And coming up: Downloading films in

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just minutes - super-fast mobile services could be widely available

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in the UK by next summer. Later on BBC London: An interview

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with a woman involved with the undercover police officer, Mark

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Kennedy. And soldiering on - the West End

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play inspired by time recovering in Woolwich Barracks hospital.

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One of the world's natural wonders is disappearing. More than half of

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Australia's Great barrier Reef has been lost in the past 25 years

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after being hit by cyclones, affected by a coral bleaching and

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destroyed by some of its own native species.

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It is the world's large coral reef system, an unrivalled marine dual

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funding 2.5000 Covenantors of Australia. -- 2,500 kilometres.

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Cyclones account for nearly 50% of the destruction. A further 40% has

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been damaged by a crown of thorns starfish, a species that eats the

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Coral. Around 10% of the damage has been

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done by bleaching, which is caused by rising water temperatures and

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increased acidity. The result is a global climate change.

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If nothing else changes, the outlook is bad. People will -- the

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paper we have published suggests that with the same conditions over

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the next 10 years, we would see another 50% reduction. These

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changes are happening before the major impacts of climate change.

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The Australian government says it is spending millions to protect the

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reef. But the UN says that unless more is done, the reef risks losing

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its World Heritage status. That would turn this not only into an

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ecological disaster but a financial The reef has been scanned by Google,

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but are these pictures about to go from being an up to date window on

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an aquatic masterpiece to a collective for an archive of a

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Now, Europe's triumphant Ryder Cup team flew into Heathrow this

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morning, their captain paid tribute to his team for their extraordinary

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victory after one of the greatest comebacks ever in sporting history.

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I am very pleased to say he joins me now from Heathrow, good

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afternoon, you must have spent the last few days celebrating, how are

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you feeling? I am feeling a little tired, but OK, so the! It was the

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most extraordinary comeback, what you put it down to? Well, I put it

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down to extraordinary men that they achieved something unbelievable. I

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think it will go down into the history books of the Ryder Cup. We

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came back from four points down, but they believed, they believed it

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was possible. We knew it was done before, even though it was done by

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the home team, but and we knew it was going to be more difficult this

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time, but the die is believed -- the dye is believed when Ian

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Poulter won that point on the 18th, I think that was a change of

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momentum, and they believed on that. What is it, do you think, about the

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Ryder Cup that produces these extraordinary nail-biting finishes?

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Well, actually, the format is great, I think, matchplay, it is different

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to what the play pretty much a week in and week out, but at the same

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time you have 24 of the best players in the world playing

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against each other, and the difference is there, and that is

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why the matches are so close. have had messages of

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congratulations from all around the world, I am sure, and one very

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special one for you today. Yes, actually, the King of Spain gave me

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a phone call to congratulate me and tell me that he was really happy

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that our lot of his friends from all around the world have been

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calling him to congratulate him on this wonderful victory, so it was a

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nice touch, yeah. Would you say this is your proudest moment in

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golf? Well, I would say it is the best moment of my life as a golf

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professional. I know I have won a couple of major events, but you

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know how special this event is, how close it is to my heart, and, you

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know, that is why it is ranked number one now. Wonderful to talk

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to you, very many congratulations At least 37 people, including five

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children, are now known to have died when two boats collided in

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Hong Kong last night. One of the boats, which had been hired for a

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party, was carrying more than 120 people when it sank. Richard Galpin

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reports. Throughout the night, the search

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continued for survivors from the stricken boat. Within minutes of

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the collision, it had started singing, with more than 120 people

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on board. They had been going to watch a firework display in a

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harbour. Survivors brought onshore described how they had been trapped

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inside the boat, breaking windows so they could swim to the surface.

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Many thought they would die. This is the other boat involved in the

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collision, a ferry which suffered much less damage. Today the

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authorities announced the arrest of the crews of both boats.

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TRANSLATION: When they are operating the vessels, they have to

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make sure they are safe. In the course of the operation, we suspect

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that somebody did not fulfil their responsibility, and that is why we

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made the arrest. In daylight, the rescue operation has been easier,

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but it is still not clear if everyone has been recovered. No-one

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knows how many passengers were on board. Already, relatives have been

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coming to the city's more to identify those killed in what has

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been Hong Kong's worst tragedy since the 1990s. Amongst the dead,

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at least five children. The relatives will want answers about

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how the boats managed to collide with such catastrophic consequences.

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Super-fast mobile services which will allow you to download films in

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just minutes and access fast internet services on the move could

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be widely available to millions of people in the UK by next summer if

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talks later today are successful. The telecoms regulator, Ofcom, is

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promising to speed up the arrival of O G phone networks to end the

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threat of legal action by some mobile operators. -- 4G. Rory

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Cellan-Jones is here. The issue is that one operator is being allowed

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to introduce this a while before the others. That is right,

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Everything Everywhere was given permission to go ahead using its

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existing network to turn it into 4G. It will be launching probably in

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the next few weeks. Its rivals were furious about that. They have

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threatened to derail the process by going to court, and they have

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demanded that the regulator act to speed up the 4G auction and allow

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them to get ahead with their services, and it looks like a deal

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has been done and that will happen. That is what we are expecting today.

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So 4G would be widely available by next summer probably. What

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difference will it make to people? There is a tremendous difference in

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speed. I have done a test recently, and it was 10 times as fast on a 4G

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network as it is on an existing 3G network. That will enable all the

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operators to roll out new services, and it will provide a lot more

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capacity, and the hope will be that in some parts of the country which

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do not get much of a fixed broadband connection, they might

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even be able to use their mobile phones as their primary way of

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connecting to the internet, but it is supposed to provide a great

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contribution to the economy overall. Now, he started out as a typical

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garden shed inventor, but it seems that Peter Dearman may have found

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an answer to one of the planet's biggest problems, our energy

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supplies in the future. He has developed a system that uses liquid

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air to power engines, and now some of the UK's top engineers are

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trying to see if it could be used to store energy from wind farms on

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a large scale. Environment analyst Take a bucket of liquid air,

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chilled to minus 190 Celsius. Allow it to warm and turn back into a gas.

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If you fix a tune, the liquidator will expand and rush up the tuned

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to turn a motor. It has been developed by a lone inventor, Peter

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Dearman. This is the smallest one, I just use this for demonstrating

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to people, to show then the technology, and then I went up to a

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bench prototype, and then I thought, well, I had better do a car,

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because that is more impressive. That is when I did the car. And he

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hears, fuelling the car with liquid air again. -- here he is. It runs

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around the streets of Bishop's Stortford in Hertfordshire. He has

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been working on the idea of liquid air motors for more than 40 years.

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His laboratory is his garage. It is strewn with liquid air motors.

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is the first one, which was a modified lawnmower engine. Now this

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backyard gadget man is being taken increasingly seriously by the

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Especially since a power station in Slough came up with another use for

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cold liquid air. Storing energy from electricity produced by wind

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farms in the middle of the night. In the coming decades, we have

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plans in the UK to bring large amounts of wind generated

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electricity on to our system, and the challenge there is that the

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wind only blows at certain times of day, and we need to be able to

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store that electricity four times when the wind is not blowing.

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liquid air system may offer one option for that power storage.

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There is another innovation here, the liquid at process is kick-

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started by waste heat from the industrial plants next door, heat

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that would otherwise sail up the chimney. In a power-hungry world,

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we need all the inventiveness we Now, more on our top story, police

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investigating the abduction of a five-year-old girl in mid-Wales

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have been giving more information about the moment that he

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disappeared last night. Jon Brain is in Machynlleth, where she lives.

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Jon, police have been talking about their last known movements, she was

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seen at about 7 o'clock last night playing with friends. Tell us more

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about what police are saying. is right, Sophie, she was blamed on

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her bicycle around the back of her home when she went missing. Some of

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the children she was what reported that she got into a vehicle, a

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light-coloured vehicle, possibly a small van, a 4x4, but what is

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curious is that she seems to have gone in at the driver's side,

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suggesting that possibly she may even have known the man or woman,

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trusted them, or of course it could have been a left-handed vehicle,

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but there does not appear to have been any struggle. The police are

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very anxious to trace that vehicle and its driver. That does seem to

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be the main line of inquiry at the moment, but they are stressing that

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it is not the only line of inquiry. They have been releasing

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photographs of April to encourage the public to look out further, and

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there has been a huge search operation, many people just coming

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out to help overnight. Well, we hear that phrase so often, a close-

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knit community, it can be something of a cliche, but I think in this

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case it is entirely appropriate. As you say, literally hundreds of

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people from this area have turned night and this morning, just to

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turn up and see what they can do to help. No-one put out an appeal to

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ask them, they just came and are now taking part in searches of the

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streets and countryside. This is an area with a great deal of woodland,

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quite a difficult search area, so obviously the efforts of these

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people are being appreciated. But with each passing hour, the

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situation gets more critical. cannot imagine what the police are

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going through, as the police said, the worst nightmare for any parent.

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Well, yes, and that is why many people say they have turned out,

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that they put themselves in that situation. We have not heard

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directly from the parents yet themselves. Often, of course, you

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get an appeal from the parents in this situation, but at the moment

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they are still very concerned, hoping that something can be done,

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people are hoping for the best, but obviously fearing the worst as well.

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Thank you very much. There will be plenty more on that story on the

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BBC News Channel, but right now let's look at the latest weather

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Typical autumn weather continues, wild swings between heavy downpours

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and sunshine, producing images like this, a double rainbow from

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Hereford, and there will be more images like this across parts of

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the United Kingdom this afternoon with showers continuing, some

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sunshine if you are lucky, fairly dusty winds as well. This is the

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rainfall picture so far, showers lining up through western Scotland,

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north-west England and Wales. As the afternoon goes on, some of them

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will track further east, accompanied by gusty winds. It is a

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dry and bright today in the south- east, but even here the cloud and

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outbreaks of rain move in later this afternoon and into this

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evening. Showers pull back across south-west England this afternoon,

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heavier downpours across Wales, merging to give longer spells of

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rain through north-west England, and you could see Hale and rumbles

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of thunder, all the while with gusty winds. More heavy rain across

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Northern Ireland to end the day, and across Scotland a fair few

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showers, as we saw on the rain for picture. The winds here are

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relatively light compared with elsewhere. In north-east England,

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quieter weather to come, but we will still see some rain for a time.

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Showery start to tonight, longer spells of rain, Northern Ireland

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and southern Scotland well into the night. The north-west Highlands

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cold, close to freezing for some of us. To the south, gusty winds

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continue, running along the south coast, but later in the night

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something drier and clearer for central and eastern England,

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temperatures generally around seven-12 degrees. Tomorrow may look

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the same, but there are subtle differences, more sunshine between

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the showers, the potential for a longer spell of rain in the south-

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east. Those showers merge into one area of rain feeding through north-

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west England and into North Wales. The winds ease into the afternoon,

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but still low teens for the temperatures. A bit of a break on

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Thursday, this bumper and the isobars quietening things down

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before more showers come from the West later. A lot of uncertainty

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but there is the potential from Friday and Saturday for England and

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Wales to see further outbreaks of rain that could at times be quite

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heavy. After that lunch on Thursday, rain on Friday, but do not take

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that too literally yet, because there is a lot of uncertainty about

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the Northern extent of that rainfall, and we will keep you

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updated. At the moment, into the weekend, it looks like things will

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A reminder of our top story, police investigating the abduction of a

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five-year-old girl in mid-Wales say she was last seen climbing into the

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driver's side of a ban last night. On the BBC News Channel, Ed

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