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The mother of a missing five-year- old break downs in tears as she

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appeals to the public to help find her daughter. April Jones was

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playing with friends on Monday evening when she was seen climbing

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into a car. A man has been arrested We are desperate for any news.

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April is only five years' old. Please, please, help find her.

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Police are continuing to question 46-year-old Mark Bridger and have

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appealed for witnesses who saw him or his car earlier this week.

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The West Coast Main Line rail fiasco. The Government scraps

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FirstGroup's contract to take over the line after the Transport

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secretary says significant flaws from found in the bidding process.

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I think what has happened is unacceptable, regrettable. I

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apologise. We have made a big mistake and the companies that have

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put bids in have done nothing wrong. Hundreds of police officers line

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the streets of Manchester for the funeral of Constable Nicola Hughes

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who was killed in a gun and grenade attack.

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Tesco reports its first fall in profits for nearly 20 years.

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On BBC London, paying tribute to the bomber, command but the

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ceremony could cost victims their Good afternoon. Welcome to the BBC

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News at one. The mother of the missing five-year-old, April Jones,

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broke down in tears as she made ang emotional plea for the return of

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her little girl. April was last soon by friends climbing into a car

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on Monday evening in Machynlleth. Police searching for her say there

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is still no news of her whereabouts. They are still questioning a 46-

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year-old, Mark Bridgerers who was arrested yesterday. The report

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contains flash photography. Despite the efforts of hundreds of people,

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there is no sign of April Jones. This lunch time her Des straut

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family appeared before the cameras for the first time, to plead for

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her safe return much -- distraught. Ch There must be someone out there

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who knows where she is and can help the police find her.

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We are desperate for any news. April is only five years old.

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Please, please help find her. This morning, the police confirmed

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that this man is being questioned on suspicion of April's abduction.

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Mark Bridger is 46, and from the local area. Detectives have also

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released a photograph of his vehicle, an land rover Discovery. -

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- Land Rover. Did you see that vehicle between Monday evening and

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Tuesday afternoon? Please don't assume that someone else has

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already contacted us. Please, even if you have the smallest of

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information, it could be crucial to this investigation.

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Once again, search teams have been scouring the town and surrounding

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area. So far without success. This time it's been without the help of

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the hundreds of volunteers. The emergency services preferring to

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rely now on specialist teams. Disappointment for some, who

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travelled more than 50 miles to be here. We heard about April going

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missing yesterday and we have come to see if we could help today, on

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our day off. We got here and they have stood down the volunteers.

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Frustrating? Veryous straighting, yeah.

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-- very frustrating. The town is trying to get back to business as

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usual, but it is proving difficult. Alison Jones is used to serving

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April and her friends in her sweet shop. The thought that something

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awful could happen to any one of these children and in particular

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April, is devastating. You know, they are so innocent and at that

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age, they are just full of wonder and it's just deep anguish, just

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worrying where she is. And until April is found, that anguish is

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unlikely to go away. Jon is in Machynlleth now.

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Heartbreaking seeing April's mother talking a short time ago. What is

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the latest, though, on the police investigation? Well, in terms of

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the search, Sophie, there is still no good news to report. There are

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specialists teams now in the town itself, in the surrounding

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countryside and on the river but so far still no sign at all of the

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missing girl. And of course, with every passing hour, the chances of

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a happy outcome to this are Dee diminishing just a little bit more.

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So a real sense of frustration here at the lack of progress, but they

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are still just holding out some hope that she is somewhere, safe

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and well and can be returned. Thank you very much.

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The Government has apologised after suddenly cancelling the multi-

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billion pound West Coast Main Line rail franchise that had been

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awarded to FirstGroup. Three civil servants have been suspended after

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significant technical flaws were found in the way the bidding

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process was handle. The fiasco will cost the taxpayer around �40

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million. The existing operator, Virgin Trains lcontinue to run the

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service for the moment. -- will continue. In a moment we will speak

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to the Virgin chairman, Branson ban but furst the Transport

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Correspondent is at Euston train station.

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-- but first. It is a seemingly incredible mistake that stopped the

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contest to run one of our busiest raillines in its tracks.

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Government experts got their sums wrong, failing to take inflation

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into account when they judged each company's bid. A mistake that will

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cost the taxpayer �40 million. An angry Transport Secretary, who has

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only tpwhn his job a few weeks, has been forced into a humiliating

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apology. -- only been in his job a few weeks. What has happened is

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unacceptable, regrettable. I apologise. We have made a big

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mistake as far as this department is concerned and the companies that

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have put bids in have done nothing wrong. All a far cry from the

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assurances of the last Transport Secretary, after losing boss Sir

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Richard Branson accused the Government of not running a fair

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contest. It is a fair and established process. It is a very

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probust process. The whole point of it actually being so probust is to

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Mick shur it is not politicised -- so robust. And that it is handled

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fairly for the bidders. It is an unbelievable shambles. I think it

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is almost difficult to comprehend how they could have wasted so much

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money with such gross mistakes and ministers not noticed. There is

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absolutely no chance that this mess is going to be cleaned up by the

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time Virgin's contract runs out in December. So, the big question for

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customers then - who is going to keep these trains running over the

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busy Christmas period and n beyond until they sort this whole thing

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out? Ministers have two choices: takeover the line themselves, or

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make an Mbeki bars aing phonecall to Sir Richard Branson, asking him

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to help Virgin must be delighted. If they had been preparing to

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rundown, they have now got to run up again -- make an embarrassing

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phone call. I would be happy for Virgin to keep the franchise.

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is not broke, don't fix it. It is a good service. Now the whole process

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for handing out train contracts is in doubt with more than a dozen

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multi-billion pound deals due to be awarded in the next couple of years

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There is no doubt that this will raise big questions, not only about

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the process itself and how bids are assessed but about the very nature

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of franchises. You know, why do we have this railway operated with

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this franchising system that no other country in the world actually

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uses in this particular way? Three officials have been suspended,

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while a review tries to find out how the Government got things so

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badly wrong. Richard Westcott with that report.

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Let's speak to Sir Richard Branson who is in our New York office. Good

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afternoon. Thank you for joining us. First of all your reaction to this

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rather sudden news? Well, obviously we're pleased that we don't have to

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go to court to try to settle it in court. We are grateful that the

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minister has taken it on the chin and been so forth right in

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acknowledging the major flaws to the process and we're obviously

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hopeful that Virgin Trains can now be back in the process and

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hopefully be running the West Coast Main Line and maybe other lines in

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the UK for many years to come. said at the time when this was

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first given to FirstGroup that it was flawed and insane. What, from

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your point of view, went wrong? think the process has been flawed

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and insane for some time. As we mentioned at the time, you know we

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were runners-up on three different occasions on the East Coast

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mainline. The bidders all went bust and the East Coast mainline could

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have been running high-speed fast trains today if the process had

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been correct. So, obviously the process is flawed. It needs to be

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sorted. I'm sure the Government will sort it. And if it is sorted

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and we feel - as I'm sure we will - it is going to be a fair process,

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we will be in there bidding and hopefully being able to do what we

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have done to the West Coast Main Line over the last ten years, for

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the next ten years, and this is invest in fantastic new trains,

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invest in our staff and increase the number of people who want it

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use the train. So you are pretty confident that you will now retain

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this line? Well, obviously what we were hopeful for, was when

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FirstGroup's bid was found to be flawed, that as runners-up we would

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have been given the keys. I don't think that is going to happen. I

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think we are going to have to go through yet another bid process but

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we are hopeful that in a fair bid process we can win it. We believed

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that we won this it this time and we believe we can win it next time

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around. There is still uncertainty, so for the meantime you keep

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running the West Coast Main Line, just to be clear? I think it is

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likely we will continue to run it. It would be madness for Government

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to try to, you know, put a team in to run it. We have a great team of

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people. You know, we should be able to run it until the bid process

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takes place, and then hopefully on a new, you know, seven-year or 15-

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year contract, whatever they decide going forward. Thank you very much

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for joining us. Hundreds of police officers and

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members of the public have lined the streets of central Manchester

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for the funeral of PC Nicola Hughes, the 23-year-old officer was

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murdered alongside her colleague, PC Fiona Bone in a gun and grenade

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attack last mob. Our correspondent, Judith more sits in Manchester.

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-- last month. The impact of the double police

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shooting always meant this was going to be a high-profile occasion

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and the grand setting of Manchester cathedral has provided a focal

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point for it, although I understhand PC Hughes's family also

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wanted to retain an ipbt feel to proceedings. But there has also

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been the marked involvement of officers of Greater Manchester

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Police. Right now inside the cathedral behind me, the service is

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under way and the Chief Constable of Manchester, Sir Peter Fahy has

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been talking, giving his recollections and some memories of

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PC Nicola Hughes' life and time as a police officer. There are 1,000

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members of her family, friends and colleagues inside the cathedral and

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many, many hundreds more watching this service on screens outside,

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because although many of these officers didn't know PC Hughes

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personally, they wanted to be a part of today, too.

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Nicola Hughes loved policing Greater Manchester. Today the

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city's police came out to return that affection. Thousands lining

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the road to the cathedral, as the funeral cortege passed by.

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They were joined by officers from each of the 43 police forces of

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England and Wales, some there to provide cover to allow their

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Manchester colleagues to attend. Police officers are very special

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people and they feel it all over the world when their colleagues are

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killed in this way. They are showing it by the support they are

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giving us today. I work in the Gwent yfrplt I personally wanted to

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come. In the Gwent area. I never met the officers but it has touched

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me. You expect to come to work and go home at the end of the day. It

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is a reminder of the dangerous job we do. From the City of London

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police. Obviously it is important to show our respect and solidarity

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do our colleagues in another force. Nicola Hughes was just 23 when she

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was shot. She died, her familiar polysay, doing the job she loved.

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She'd only joined the police three years ago. -- her family say. Last

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month she was on shift with PC Fiona Bone when the two officers

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were sent out to respond to a reported burglary. When they got to

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the house in Mottram they walked into a gun and grenade attack. PC

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Hughes' coffin was carried into the cathedral by her close colleagues.

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The occasion designed to include them alongside the officer's

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friends and family. PC bones' funeral is tomorrow. There are also

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plans for a further memorial. will be, later on, probably

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sometime in the new year, a sort of civic ceremony, a celebration of

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their lives a service of thanksgiving, which will be more a

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celebration of what they stand for, Nicola and Fiona and of the whole

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work of the Greater Manchester Police. After the cathedral service,

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PC Hughes' body will be taken away for a private sermony. Her family

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have said that she'd always be wanted to make a difference and

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that in doing so, she made a big difference to everyone she knew.

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Well as well as the involvement of the Chief Constable, some of the

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readings today have been given by the closest colleagues of PC Hughes

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who worked with her in the Tameside division here in Greater Manchester

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and with Fiona Bonne's funeral tomorrow these scenes will be

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repeated again as for a second time all of these police officers come

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out to pay tribute to a fallen A British boy was among those who

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died when a ferry crash in Hong Kong. 38 people were killed,

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including five children, when the boat sank in the busy waters south

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of Hong Kong island. Seven crew members have been arrested.

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The Hamas government in Gaza is being accused of using torture,

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police brutality and arbitrary arrests. The allegations come in a

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new report from the grim Human Rights Watch. Hamas have denied

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widespread abuse. Britain's biggest retailer, Tesco,

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has reported its first fall in profits for nearly 20 years. One of

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its rivals, Sainsbury's, saw its like-for-like sales rise slightly

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in the first half of the financial year. Tesco's chief executive,

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Philip Clarke, said it was proof of difficult trading conditions for

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all supermarkets. Emma Simpson has the details.

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20 million of us may shop in one of the stores every week, but for the

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mighty Tesco the going is tough. Recession has taken its toll, and

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sales have slowed over says. Today's saw the first fall in

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profits for nearly 20 years, down at 11.6%, but they still made close

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to �2 billion. The boss says they took a hit to turn a UK business

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around. Back in April, we set out a plan to put that right. We are

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investing �1 billion in the first six months, 8,000 new colleagues

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into our existing stores, relaunched 2000 products, you know,

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we are busy making improvements that our customers will notice.

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There are signs that the plan may be working with UK sales growing

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ever so slightly for the first time in almost two years. Tesco is still

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a hugely successful world-class company. It continues to be the

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biggest player by far up here in the UK. But if they have already

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got so much of the market, winning more of it becomes increasingly

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difficult. Tesco took its eye off the ball and now a smaller

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retailers like Sainsbury's are Campaigns like this have helped

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Sainsbury's pylon sales, outperforming its bigger rival.

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performance is relative. We are growing more than any of our

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competitors, and that must mean we are helping our customers better

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than they are. It is a fast- changing business, partly because

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these days many of us are no longer doing the big trolley shop. Instead,

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they are shopping little and often in local stores, buying the big

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shop online, mostly to avoid fuel prices, to avoid paying VAT on

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prices to go to the out-of-town locations. The battle has never

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been rated to win our wallets. For Tesco, the fightback has begun, but

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the turnaround is not going to be Our top story this lunchtime: The

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mother of missing five-year-old April Jones broke down in tears as

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she appealed for the safe return of her daughter. Police are

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questioning 46-year-old Mark Bridger.

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Coming up, he is back, Kevin Pietersen is reinstated to the

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England cricket team after apologising for sending provocative

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text matches. -- text messages. Later on BBC London, a story of

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love, mistaken identity and revolution, choreographer Katie

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Prince talks about Some Like it Hip Hop and the company's Olivier

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It is called the Bloodhound, it is powered by a rocket, and British

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engineers are hoping the car will break the land speed record and the

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sound barrier by travelling at more than 1,000 mph. The engine has been

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fired up for the first time today. Robert Hall is in Newquay.

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Sophie, tense times for the Bloodhound team, inside a concrete

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hangar, about 100 metres from where the rocket test will take place.

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They are completing the fuelling process. It is a tense time because

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this is the moment that will test whether the drafting and design

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stage will bear fruit. Over my shoulder, is the control centre,

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and expect to push the button On a windswept Cornish hill top,

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shrouded by a relic of the Cold War, the sounds which herald a milestone

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moment, Europe's largest hybrid rocket burning a fuel which needs a

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Formula One engine just to supply it fast enough. From the outset,

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the team set out to confront the seemingly impossible, the kit of

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parts laid out in this Heine might just be the key. The rocket will

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combine with the power from this, the engine from an RAF Typhoon.

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They will fit one above the other in the body of the car that is now

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being built. The object is to get a seven-ton vehicle down a measured

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mile in just under 3 1/2 seconds. Building a thousand mph car is an

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extraordinary technical and engineering challenge, and to make

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it work is going to be huge amount of pressure from five years ago

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when we started with a blank sheet of paper, all the way through to

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This is a project which aims to draw us all in, to inspire

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engineers of the future, whether they are from the UK or from the

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communities that surround the chosen track near the Namibian

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border. That they carry out their dry runs, Blood and's engineers

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know they will have a worldwide audience. This is the first time we

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have put all the elements of the rocket system together. We have

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tested the Allen and separately, but we will be bringing the whole

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system together for a complete test. -- the elements. Bloodhound should

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go across the 1,000 mph barrier in 2014. The countdown to that moment

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is well under way. Well, it is not just the

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engineering team who are monitoring what is going on. I talked about

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accessibility, there is an application so anyone can watch the

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performance of the rocket engine on their mobile devices are any sort,

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computers at home. There are already 100,000 people who are

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watching what is going on. The latest I have on the timing, Sophie,

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is that they expect to fire the Rock shortly after 2 o'clock if you

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want to join those viewers. -- the rocket.

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Lawyers for Abu Hamza have told the High Court he has diabetes,

:22:28.:22:33.

depression and high blood pressure. He is fighting extradition to the

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United States on terrorism charges, but one of the judges hearing the

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case said the sooner he stands trial, the better and that he did

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not see how a delay was in the interests of justice.

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The new women's minister, Maria Miller, has said the leap in

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abortion limit -- the legal abortion and it should be lowered

:22:50.:22:53.

by four weeks because of advances in medical science. She said it was

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common sense because care for extremely premature babies has

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improved. Nearly half of all state schools in

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England have no girls taking A- level physics, according to a new

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report. The Institute of Physics says the situation is shocking and

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unacceptable. Science correspondent Pallab Ghosh reports.

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Today we are talking about velocity... The pupils of Lampton

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School in west London love their physics lessons, especially the

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girls. I like learning about different things, especially as I

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am into Formula One, and that has quite a lot to do with it. I enjoy

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science in general, but in physics you see how things used every day

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have a lot of science included. Many of the girls here are likely

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to go on to do A-level physics, but that is not the case in most state

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schools. In England, half of them do not send a single Goole to Delhi

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A level physics. -- girl. Campaigners say they are interested

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in A-level physics but have their curiosity driven out by the

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attitude in many schools that it is not for girls, and so the thought

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too many highly paid jobs is slammed shut simply by their choice

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of secondary school. The disparity is much greater for physics than

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any other science subjects. Slightly more A-level entries for

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biology from girls, in chemistry the numbers are equal. But for

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physics, it is much less, just 20% are girls. While at NASA, this

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astrophysicists discover atmospheres around the world's

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orbiting distant stars. She hopes girls will be inspired by her

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example. I wanted to be a physicist, and I am very happy at 42 have done

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those choices, so I would like to see female students like me who

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take the same path. At Lampton School, it helps that the physics

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teacher is a woman. She organises girls-only workshops and brings in

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female scientists as well models. It is an approach that the

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Institute of Physics would like more schools to follow.

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Kevin Pietersen has signed a new England contract but must undergo a

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reintegration period before he returns to international action.

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The 32-year-old batsman was dropped for sending provocative text

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messages to opposing players during the Test series against Africa.

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Speaking at a press conference in Colombo, he expressed regret for

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the controversy. I would just like to take this opportunity to

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apologise to my team-mates, all the England supporters and the EC

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before the situation that has arisen over the last couple of

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months, but thankfully we have drawn a line under it and it is

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time to move forward. Although it has already been covered in my

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statement, at no time did I ever share tactical information with any

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of the South Africans or management. Playing for England is the pinnacle

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of any cricketer's career, and I want the opportunity to do it again

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as soon as possible. Some of the proudest and best moments of my

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life have been in an England shirt, and I want that to continue for as

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long as possible. I am entirely completed to completing the

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reintegration process that we have agreed and resuming my England

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career in all forms, hopefully until the World Cup in 20 will stop

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-- in 2014, as long as my body allows.

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We can speak to cricket correspondent Jonathan Agnew, who

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was at that press conference in Colombo. What does this

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reintegration process mean? Well, I will try on a rather difficult line,

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but I have never heard of one in 35 years of cricket! It means he is

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going to have to show commitment and loyalty to his team-mates. The

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text messages are very central to this. Basically, his colleagues

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felt he had become treacherous in sending text messages to the South

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Africans. It is clear that the board take his fear that he did not

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send the first one, it was not instigated by him, but he will have

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meetings with his team-mates and the management, a process overseen

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by Andy Flower, and will he then go on tour to India and the Test squad

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next month? That is the big question. England have been beaten

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badly without him, and I think that the first sign of loyalty and

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commitment, he will be back in that Test side again.

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A look at the weather now with Nick Quieter weather for a time this

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weekend, but I have also got more heavy rain in a forecast. All those

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details coming up, but today it is a mixture of sunshine and showers,

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not evenly spread across the UK, some of us getting more than our

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fair share, others largely dry with sunshine. The showers are mostly

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focused on the south coast, the Bristol Channel, north-west England,

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northern and western Scotland. Away from these areas, you may well stay

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dry and get the sunshine. Frequent showers in the North West,

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particularly in Lancashire, some drifting into West Yorkshire, and

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where the ground is saturated there will be some local flooding. It is

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wet in Shetland, showers in northern and western Scotland, very

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few to the East Stand in Northern Ireland. Drier weather in Wales,

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but showers will gather this evening, some brushing the south

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coast, running through the Bristol Channel and into south-west England.

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With any showers today, you could get a rumble of thunder and see

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some hail, further heavy downpours. Few are inland across England and

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we have seen today, plenty of sunshine across East Anglia, the

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winds easing. The showers in the north-west and Wales continue this

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evening, starting to break up. An area of potentially heavy rain

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running along the south coast from the Isle of Wight. Away from these

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areas, lots of dry weather overnight, clear spells, cold in

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the countryside, particularly from the north of the UK we could see

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ground frost. A chilly start to Thursday, a bright start, and fewer

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showers on the way. There will be one or two that drift further east,

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but many of us will avoid them, staying dry with sunny spells and

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lighter winds. Temperatures not a great deal higher, but feeling

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warmer. If you think that is the start of quieter weather for the

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weekend, think again! Thursday night, more heavy rain coming into

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England and Wales, heavy showers to the north-west of the UK. When the

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ground is saturated, we do not need his reign and it could cause

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problems. One area of heavy rain clears eastwards on Friday, another

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potentially coming into the southwest later in the day. A lot

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of uncertainty about timing and positioning, we will keep you

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updated. Into the weekend, quieter weather on Saturday, a cold night

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on Saturday night, some of us holding on to the fine weather on

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Sunday, but more wet and windy weather coming in to the west later

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in the day. There are weather Our top story: The mother of the

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missing five-year-old April Jones has made an emotional appeal for

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the safe return of her daughter. Police are still questioning 46-

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