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Heavy know forces the closure of almost 5,000 schools. The icy

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weather makes conditions treacherous. It is affecting

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northern England and eastern Scotland. Much of Britain is

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blanketed, affecting travel on the roads, rail, and at the airports

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too. Much of the north has been hit by blizzards, these are the worse

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conditions since the winter of 2010. The Algerian siege. At least 80

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people are known to have died in the hostage crisis. A year after

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the smoking ban, there has been a big fall in the number of children

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with asthma. And I am live in Washington, on inauguration day,

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where amid tight security, Barack Obama will set out his priorities

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and vision for the next four years. Later on BBC London, another day

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off school as almost 600 are forced to close in London alone. And fire

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chiefs vote on proposals to close Good afternoon and welcome.

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Thousands of schools are closed across England, Wales and Scotland

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and transport is struggling to cope, as snow continues to cause

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disruption in many parts of the UK. There are delays on some rail

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services, between London, Birmingham and the north-west, and

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Heathrow Airport says more than 180 flights have been cancelled already.

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The snow is continuing to affect large parts of southern and eastern

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Scotland, and northern England too. Our correspondent join us from

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Carterway Heads in Northumberland. If you were down on the coast here

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in North East England, there is probably on a few sent metres of

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wet slushy know, you get up on -- snow. You getten up on the hills

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there has been snow since the early hour, it is roads like the one

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behind me tA6 going up over between Darlington and Hexham, where the

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ploughs are working very hard to keep the routes open. The wind are

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strong, it is causing that snow to drift. As ever, people are

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struggling to cope in these conditions. Once again, winter has

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swept across a large part of eastern Britain. With heavy show

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and strong winds blizzard conditions are widespread, with

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people in North East England saying this is as bad as the winter of

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2010. Many tried to get to work, but not even was successful. I'm on

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my way to work, I have spun up and waiting to be rescued from my boss.

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At least you tried to get to wok. am trying, yes. I am an hour and

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ten minutes late, but, I'm on my way. If you wanted to go anywhere

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in the hills of Durham or Northumberland today, you either

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walked or dug the car out first. This is not good for many

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businesses. If it doesn't clear, we are stuck. We can't get the van off

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the drive. In Consett, it was all hands on deck at the ambulance

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station. If call outs were going to be answered emergency vehicles had

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to be able to get moving. In parts of northern England nearly all the

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schools are closed. Their grounds given over to sledging and artistic

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endeavours.. It is good fun sledging and good fun being off

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school. I love the snow. It is just great. I love our weather in the

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North East. These are tough times for farmer, and livestock too.

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Sheep and cattle are having to be fed in the fields as they tough it

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out in freezing conditions. And this snow will hang round for some

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time yet. Even when it stops falling, the forecast is for

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continuing cold weather. There is no sign yet of a thaw. And those

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snow levels are mounting up. There is a lot of lying snow up on the

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hills in this part of the country. When we got here yesterday, that

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has been added to today. It is not surprising that police forces are

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urging people to be particularly careful if they do have to venture

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out. There are still high routes closed, wide-open stretchs on the

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moors where the ploughs are struggling, with the drifting snow

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to keep the road clear. That hasn't reopened. The problems are expected

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to last for the next 24-hours this this part of the country. We will

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turn our attention to travel in a moment, but as we have been hearing

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thousands of schools have been closed because of the weather. Many

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of those though, are in areas where no new snow has fallen today.

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Jeremy Cooke has been in the Midland finding out why so many are

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shutment A Monday morning, in term time. If you are a kid, the stuff

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that dreams are made of. Across Britain's white out landscape

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thousands of schools have shut their doors. The most important

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thing is we don't want children or teachers getting injured. It would

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be a double tragedy if be were to get sued, but it is bad enough if a

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child breaks their arm or a teacher breaks their leg or something, it

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is just unacceptable to put them to that risk. In some places the only

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chance for snowballs is at break time. This Birmingham academy is

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open, while other schools on the same site are closed. They have

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played in the snow all weekend. It's a school day. We are back at

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work. The roads are open. The transport is running, I want

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children here learning. Clearly keeping things open in this kind of

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weather takes a lot of hard work. For many parents, there is the

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question why are some schools open, while others are closed? The

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With much of the country under a blanket of snow, it is likely that

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some schools will remain closed for days to come. Fun, of course, to

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the kids, not so easy for mums and dads trying to balance work

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commitments with childcare. We were hearing about disruption on the

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roads. It has been another day of disruption to air travel. Flights

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at East Midland, Manchester and Leeds Bradford Airport have been

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suspended. There are delays at Heathrow because of poor visibility.

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Let us get the latest from there. What is the picture there Richard?

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Dare I say it, but the sun has come out and we are not vbl visibility

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issues at the moment, but they expect some later in the day. That

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is why, already we have had 180 cancellation of flights here, there

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were meant to be 130 but there is a knock-on effect. We are not the

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only ones suffering, in Paris and Frankfurt, Switzerland,? Schiphol,

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they are having problems with the snow, that is having a knock-on

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effect across Europe. I tell you what sums up what has been

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happening at Heathrow. It is going on in that building over there in

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the distance, Terminal 5. The BBC has been talking to a passenger

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called Ian, he is trying to get to Las Vegas for a business meeting.

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He has been trying to get there since Friday. He stayed a night in

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a hotel, at home, he spent 13 hour s on a plane not going anywhere and

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he hasn't seen his bags. This is his story. I arrived at the airport

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Friday, checked in, dropped off my luggage, boarded the plane, at

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about 3.15. The plane didn't move. We got off at about 9.00 at night.

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So about six to six-and-a-half hours when we got off. We had no

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luggage, they wouldn't return it and no accommodation. So Sunday,

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back to the flight. I got onboard, same time. 3.15 we boarded. Much

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less communication this time. We sat there and sat there at one

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point the captain apologised for the PA not working, we were de-

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iceed after four hour, it got very hot. Some unhappy passenger, and

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then, about five hours in, after the deviceing we thought we were

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going to go and they announced that the flight had been rescheduled for

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Monday. And here we are. Monday. Monday is my rescheduled flight, 11

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o'clock in the morning which has been shifted to 2.30 in the

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afternoon, and guess what, I don't have my luggage. As you heard there,

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he is still there he hopes to take off in an hour and 20 minutes. We

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will let you know how he gets on on the news channel. If you are

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travelling today, you contact your airline, you contact the train

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company, you go on the Twitter feeds, you go BBC local radio,

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because this is a quickly changing situation. It is hard to get

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information, so go directly to the companys on line. Thank you Richard.

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Well, parts of Scotland are badly hit by the weather. One of the

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major roads between Scotland and England the A6 has been closed. Let

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us get the latest from James Cook who joins us from Forfar. It

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stopped snowing, but is there much disruption James? There hasn't been

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a huge amount of disruption, but it is bitter, it is cold, and the snow

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is coming through in blizzards. You can see the picture here on the

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hills. This really is typical of the scene up and down the east of

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Scotland this morning. And into lunchtime. If I take you over here,

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I can show you it is not having too dramatic effect on the major routes

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in Scotland. This is the A90 which runs from Aberdeen to Edinburgh.

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Traffic moving along that freely at the moment. As you say, the A68 is

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closed, just south of the Scottish -English border. That is the only

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major route that has been shut in Scotland. Some schools are closed.

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Not a huge number. About 30 or so. Most are in the Borders but some up

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and down the east coast. The worry is this snow might continue,

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although at the moment it is not as bad as some feared. Thank you. Just

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a reminder, the BBC News channel will have all the latest

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information on the weather and travel throughout the day. There

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are more details on the website. Here is the address. Click on the

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live link and the BBC weather website will have comprehensive

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forecast for where you live. You can tune into your local radio

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station for the latest new, weather and travel in your area too. Other

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news now. Algerian forces have found at least 20 more bodies at

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the gas plant where they ended a four day siege by Islamist

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militantsers the bodies were recovered last night and haven't

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been officially identified but it is being reported they were all

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hostages. The arsenal of weaponry which the Algerian authority say

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the kidnappers had with hem. As estimated of the numbers who died

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continue to mount Britain and other countries are trying to piece

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together what happened. For the family of Kenny, there is grim

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confirmation of what they first learned on the internet. He was one

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of the casualties. The police came last night, and informed us that

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what was on Facebook was true, that Kenny had been, he was executed.

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For others, dramatically beter news. Alan Wright is Health and Safetyly

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home with his family and a story of 24 terrifying hours in hiding

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before local workers cut an escape route through a fence. I initially

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said no. I sat tight, thinking I am going to stay and not be uncovered,

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but as I said, the first, as soon as they cut the first wire, it

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changed my mind completely, and I thought, well, we are going, there

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is no option, we are going to go and make a run for it. Senior

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ministers gathered for another meeting of the COBRA emergencies

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committee, chaired by the Prime Minister, to to receive the latest

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update as they continue to assess the fall out from a crisis that Mr

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Cameron has described as part of a global challenge. The sudden new

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security focus on northern Africa is because the attack in Algeria

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has highlighted the challenge of taking on extremists who can

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exploit the vast remote difficult to defend spaces in the region. The

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French intervention in Mali, enough of which has fall on the extremists

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has underlined the fear that militant safe havens here and local

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terror threats in other countries could pose a threat to the west and

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its interests. For Britain its allies and the Governments of the

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region, the issue is how to work together to prevent a repetition of

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this deadly hostage stand off. The Prime Minister is to make a commons

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statement about the Algerian hostage crisis this afternoon. Let

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us get the latest from Westminster. Norman, David Cameron spoke of the

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difficulties in trying to tacking terrorism in north Africa, what is

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his message likely to be today? There is no disguising the

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seriousness with which the Prime Minister views the terrorist threat

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from north Africa. He warned how they posed an xis ten shall threat

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to the west and would require ion resolve from western capitals. Said,

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there is a determination in Downing Street, not to have an Afghanistan

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mark two, which is why Number Ten was stressing again and again there

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will be no combat role for British forces, instead we will provide

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diplomatic support for Government, we will provide humanitarian aid,

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intelligence, logistical support. We will fund, train African forces

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but we will not provide boots on the groan. Why? Because burned on

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the very soul of ministers is the Iraq, Afghanistan experience and a

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view we cannot impose solutions and there is to be peace, it will have

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to be provided by African troops and politicians. The danger of

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course is of mission creep, which is Prime Minister is bound to be

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pressed about when 4 answered questions this afternoon N the

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meantime he has to turn his attention to his big Europe speech,

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which was delayed on Friday because of the Algeria hostage crisis, we

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learn that will be this Wednesday morning, in Central London, ahead

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of Prime Minister's Questions, when the Prime Minister will set out

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exactly what sort of referendum he might offer us after the next lebg

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Snow has forced the closure of almost 5,000 schools. Much of

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Britain is blanketed, affecting travel on roads, rail and the

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airports too. Coming up: We are in a nether world.

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We are demons. Why the world of gaming is not just

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for the young. Later in the hour: I have the sport

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on the BBC News Channel. Including a look ahead to a new match against

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pot teenow. -- Juan Martin Del Potro.

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President Obama is to give his inaugural address today, to mark

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the start of a second term in the White House. He was sworn in at a

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private ceremony yesterday as the US constitution akier that the US

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President take oath of office on the 20th of January. More than half

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a million people are expected to be there for the swearing in. There

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will be a parade and a special evening of events. Including

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Beyonce singing the American National Anthem.

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Jon Sopel joins us there now. Thank you. Well, Barack Obama's

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position in history is guaranteed. That was assured four years ago

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when he became the first African American President, but he is

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legacy will be shaped by what he does over the next four years, at

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home and abroad. The great inaugural addresses, they tend to

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become a part of American history. So what can we expect from a

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serbgd-term Obama? -- second-term Obama? An early start for those

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planning to witness the key day in the life of a nation, when partisan

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politics are put aside and Americans come together to

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celebrate their democracy. 800,000 are expected to gather on the

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National Mall in the front of the Capitol.

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The souvenir stalls are hoping for a brisk trade.

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The excitement is fantastic, though. The atmosphere is fantastic. We are

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just having a ball. I think it is great to see the next President to

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be re-elected for the next four years. Some say that the

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celebration will not be as large, but I think we should still

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celebrate. Last time, almost 2 million turned

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out to see the nation's first black President sworn into office. This

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time there is not the same level of excitement but there is still a

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strong sense of history. Not least as this inauguration falls on

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Martin Luther King Day. But this inauguration sees idealism

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replaced by determination. President Obama, now 51, and vis

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ability more grey, had a tough first time, battling a hostile

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republican Congress and shoring up a struggling economy. Second terms

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about securing legacies. President Obama has laid out his priorities.

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They include continuing to heal the economy, reforming immigration, and

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tightening gun control. I,... He has already set a

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different tone. More challenging, the republicans than courting them

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and shown a robust approach to fiscal negotiations on the deficit.

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More battles lie ahead there, and there are foreign policy challenges

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in the Middle East and beyond that could de-rail his domestic agenda.

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Today, though, is about pageantry and parties. Politics begins again

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tomorrow. Well with me here overlooking the

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capital is the historian, Kenneth Mack. What should we expect from

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the speech, this, the second address by President Obama? Well, I

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think that we should expect the normal themes of a President

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inaugural address. The greatness of America. The founding traditions of

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liberty and equality, and to attempt to update the traditions.

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Also an attempt to rebut rhetoric mobilised by opponents, call --

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calling him a socialist for trying to introduce a national healthcare.

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I think that there will be an update for his own vision for

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America. When we say you expect it, you are

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well informed, you and Barack Obama are friends. You were at college

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together. You know him well. Do you have an inside track of what he may

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be saying? Eknow from people around him what expect, but I think what

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we should expect is a bold agenda but really updating the nation's

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founding principles of liberty. Four years ago, everything was hope.

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Since then, there has been the banking crisis, the terrible

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inheritance he had because of that. Do you think it will be more

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pessimistic, the tone? No. No. I think, the first inaugural

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addresses are always optimistic, no matter what the times. Even if the

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time are hard, even Abraham Lincoln, FDR, they try to show a hopeful

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address for the future. I said you were friends of

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President Obama, is it slightly odd being a friend of the President?

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little odd. He is the President of The United States but he is also

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Barak. It is a weird thing, both familiar and unfamiliar. My kids

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came to the White House a coup of years ago. They were shy it was

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daddy's friend but he is also the President of The United States. The

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oddest thing. Thank you very much.

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Back to you in the studio. The BBC News Channel is broadcasting the

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President's inaugural speech live this afternoon. A special programme

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with Jon Sopel live this afternoon at 4.00pm. The first alleged victim

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of a group of men charged with grooplg girls for sex in Oxford has

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begun to give evidence. Nine men face more than 50 charges,

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including rape and child trafficking, which they deny. Our

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correspondent is at the Old Bailey. Now, what happened in court, Mik,

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e? Well, before a packed court, the first prosecution witness gave her

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evidence. She was 14 at the time of the alleged incidents. She

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describes running away from a children's home.

:22:36.:22:46.
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She said that the men were K dog, identified at Kamar Jamil. Another

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man was Anjum Dogar, together with his brother, Akhtar Dogar. She

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described how she and friends would dress up in skirts and pretend they

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were going clubbing. She said that the men were nice at first but then

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became thing. The man she called Jammy, threatened her with a gun.

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She described an occasion when taken in a car to a field in the

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dark. The man known as K-Dog, told her to go in the field. She was

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asked if she had a problem going with him.

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The judge, Noel Lucas, said could you stop him? She said no. She did

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not have a choice. The number of children admitted to

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hospital with asthma has fallen sharply, fabling the -- following

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the introduction of a ban on smoking in public. The study shows

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that the figures were down 12% in the first year after the law was

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changed and they have continued to fall.

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Before the smoke-free law came into force, critics warned instead of

:23:59.:24:03.

lighting up in public places, smokers would have more cigarettes

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at home, harming the health of families. Second-hand smoke can

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trigger asthma attacks. This research adds to earlier evidence

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that the fears were ill-founded. Before the law change, hospital

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admission fos children with severe asthma were rising by two percent a

:24:23.:24:28.

year. The study found that the admissions fell by 12%. After three

:24:28.:24:33.

years, the impact was equivalent to nearly 7,000 hospital admissions.

:24:33.:24:38.

The authors say it has been an unexpected but welcome change in

:24:38.:24:42.

behaviour. We think that as people are

:24:42.:24:47.

adopting smoke-free homes, when the laws are introduced, it is because

:24:47.:24:51.

of the benefit that they see in public and want to adopt them in

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their home. This benefits the children. They

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are less like will to be introduced to second-hand smoke.

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There is a call for further action to stop children and young people

:25:02.:25:08.

taking up smoking. Five men accused of raping and

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measurering a young woman in Delhi have appeared in court. They are

:25:12.:25:17.

being trailled in a special fast- track court set up to deal with

:25:17.:25:21.

rape cases. A sixth suspect is expected to be tried in a youth

:25:21.:25:26.

court. The student was assaulted on a bus in an attack that caused

:25:26.:25:30.

outrage across India. A Taliban assault on Kabul's

:25:30.:25:34.

traffic police headquarters is over. Five attackers were killed. Three

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policemen died in the assault. It lasted about eight hours. The last

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two attackers killed after a fierce gun battle. The second major attack

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against a government building in the Afghan capital in the space of

:25:46.:25:50.

a week. It seems that the image of the

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teenager on the sofa, glued to the latest computer console game may

:25:55.:25:59.

not be the whole story. More older people are getting into the world

:25:59.:26:03.

of gaming. To the point that companies are coming up with

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products designed to attract a wider age rage.

:26:07.:26:14.

Why not get out this game? With age comes experience. In this case,

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video game experience! I played this one with my aunt that is now

:26:21.:26:28.

94. We had a hilarious time. Hilda Knott is set berating her

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86th birthday next month. She's been playing video games for 40

:26:32.:26:35.

years. What do you enjoy about it now?

:26:35.:26:39.

Finding something new in the day. Getting to the next stage.

:26:39.:26:44.

Do you think that it keeps you active, mentally? Definitely. Yes.

:26:44.:26:49.

A lot of them are puzzles, working out how to do something, when to do

:26:49.:26:58.

Today, she plays on the giant 65- inch screen, mainly to help with

:26:58.:27:04.

her eye-sight, a far cry from this... In the 1970s, Pong was the

:27:05.:27:10.

first mainstream video game. In the 90s, we saw the rise fr Super Mario,

:27:10.:27:16.

a game that transcended age with its design and format and in the

:27:16.:27:25.

naughties, Wii Sport, helping with fiscal agility.

:27:25.:27:30.

-- physical. Blitz Studios in Leamington, one of

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the world's largest independent games video developers. They are

:27:35.:27:40.

designing new games for tablets and smartphones s with mass market

:27:40.:27:44.

appeal. The market is huge. There is no

:27:44.:27:49.

reason why middle-aged women and older people may not want to play

:27:49.:27:55.

the video games. Hilda, who plays puzzles on her

:27:55.:28:02.

iPad now enjoys games that are less fast-paced but don't be fooled,

:28:02.:28:09.

after serious playing time, she has still got game! There you are, I'm

:28:09.:28:14.

drowning, that's it. Poor old Hilda! Sport and Andy

:28:14.:28:19.

Murray has cruised into the quarter-finals of the Australian

:28:19.:28:22.

Open. Andy Murray is yet to drop a set in

:28:22.:28:27.

four matches. He won 6-3, 6-1, 6-3 over an hour-

:28:27.:28:31.

and-a-half against Gilles Simon. He plays Jeremy Chardy on Wednesday.

:28:31.:28:37.

Now a look at the weather. Well, it is cold and will be cold

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for the rest of the week. There is a risk of disruption through the

:28:40.:28:45.

afternoon on into the evening across parts of northern England

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and Scotland. The Met Office has an amber warning in force. So be

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prepared for disruption. We are looking at fresh snowfall over

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parts of the north country in the parts of the north country in the

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evening. It will be a little quieter over

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the north-east of England later in the day but not before we have seen

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snow over the Pennines. Heavier snow in Kinross and the

:29:13.:29:23.
:29:23.:29:25.

Grampians. This evening turning wintry with a

:29:25.:29:29.

risk of disruption. Wintry flurries to the east of Northern Ireland.

:29:29.:29:34.

And to the north a strong wind driving the snow home so, blizzard

:29:34.:29:38.

conditions are possible. In comparison it is quieter across

:29:38.:29:41.

Wales and to the south-west of England, but there is cold air

:29:42.:29:46.

around. There is a lot of lying snow and ice is the biggest hazard

:29:46.:29:52.

this afternoon and into the evening. In the evening, a few breaks in the

:29:52.:29:55.

cloud but the temperatures falling quickly.

:29:55.:30:00.

The snow is out in the east of England and the winds piling into

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the north-east of Scotland. By the end of the night, we have to cast

:30:04.:30:08.

our eye to the south-west. There is a bit of uncertainty for Tuesday

:30:08.:30:13.

here, at the moment it could be a weather feature is approaching the

:30:13.:30:16.

south-east of England and Wales bringing in fresh snow, the amounts

:30:16.:30:22.

are difficult for us to be exact about. It could cause disruption

:30:22.:30:26.

here if you live in these areas, keep up to date with the forecast.

:30:26.:30:30.

There could be fresh snowfall getting into the southern counties

:30:30.:30:35.

of England on Tuesday as well. Quieter day in the north. A lot of

:30:35.:30:39.

cold lying snow around. A reminder that there could be problems with

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ice. So the advice remains, travelling

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anywhere, bear in mind that you may well encounter problems. Keep up to

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date with the BBC local radio stations and the website.

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For the rest of the week, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, staying cold but

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quieter. A lot of frost and ice around, but a mainly drier picture.

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When will it send in -- end? It could be the weekend.

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Raise ray now the toip: Heavy snow has forced the closure of almost

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5,000 schools. Much of Britain's blanketed, affecting travel on the

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