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A 16-year-old girl is stabbed to death on a bus in Birmingham on her

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way to school. The police say that the attack was sporadic and quick.

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A manhunt is underway, the public are told not to approach the

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suspect, who may be armed. The family are distressed and

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distraught by the news of the events.

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There is no magic money tree, says the Prime Minister. He insists that

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the Government will stuck stick to the plan for cutting the deficit.

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The perils of too much processed meat it increases the risk of early

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death. Calls for up to half of the UK's

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deer population to be culled as the numbers soar.

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And we are telling you how society has moved on in the last 40 years.

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On BBC London: A cycle Crossrail for the capital and more segregated

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lanes, as the Mayor unveils plans for the next ten years.

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And tens of thousands of pounds worth of bags are stolen in a smash

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Good afternoon. Welcome to the BBC News at one. The

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police have launched a manhunt after a 16-year-old schoolgirl was

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stabbed to death on her way to school in Birmingham this morning.

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The attack happened after 7.30am on a bus in the Edgbaston areas of the

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city. The detectives are looking for a black man in his late teens

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or early '20s. They have warned the public to be vigilant.

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Sophie, this is where the bus- stoped this morning. On board the

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police found the body of a 16-year- old who had been stabbed to death.

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In the last hour or so, the police cordon has been lifted, the road

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has reopened. The focus has moved from the bus-stop, really to this

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entire city. The police are searching for a man that they

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describe as very dangerous. Rush hour, just after 7.30am. The

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bus driver called 999, reporting a stabbing on board his double-decker.

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Ambulance crews tried to resis Tate the 16-year-old, she had been

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travelling to school on the bus but they were unable to save her.

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It appears to have been a sporadic and a very quick attack on the girl

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in question. As you can appreciate the family

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are extremely distressed and distraught by the news of today's

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events. Clearly there will be a lot of friends at the school, a lot of

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teachers equally distressed by the news of this morning's events.

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It is understood that the schoolgirl boarded the bus a few

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minutes before the attack. Forensic officers searched the vehicle, the

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West Midlands Police launched a major man mustn't.

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-- manhunt. Don't a-- don't approach this male.

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He is believed to be dangerous. Contact the police immediately so

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we can make the relevant information in relation to that

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individual. The police say that the suspect was

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black. In his late teens or early 20s.

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He is wearing a dark-coloured trousers with a dark hooded top

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with a tiger or a leopard motif on the back of his hooded top it is

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possible that he has either a band agenda around his right hand or he

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may be carying a small white bag in his right hand that is what we know

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from the witnesses who we have spoken to at the scene.

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This lunch time, the bus was taken away under police escort for more

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forensic tests. Officers stress that this investigation is still in

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its very early stages. So, Birmingham is on high alert,

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really, this lunch time. Anybody who has seen anything who they

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think may have seen the suspect, anyone on that bus what may have

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information is urged to phone a special incident room hot line. The

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Any updates that we get during the day, we will give you.

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Thank you. David Cameron says that there are

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signs that the Government's economic policies are beginning to

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work N a speech in West Yorkshire, he acknowledged there is a long way

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to go, but says he is determined to stick to the plan for cutting the

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UK's deficit. Since day one, the coalition has

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stuck to its plan to get the deficit down. Cut spending,

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increase some taxes, but plan A has not stopped the UK economy from

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bumbling along. This is an area smack in the middle of the country.

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Critics say it is one of hundreds of change, where there is proof of

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a need for change, a plan B, but David Cameron has gone to West

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Yorkshire to say "no". There are some who think we don't

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have to take the tough difficult decisions to deal with the debts.

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They say that the focus on deaf sit reduction is damaging growth. That

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what we need to do is to spend more and borrow more. It is as if they

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think that there is some magic money tree. Let me tell you a plain

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truth, there isn't. But just as the Tory Prime Minister

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was refusing to budge, his land Business Secretary was saying think

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about it. What is wrong with plan A? Nothing,

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we could pursue what I have often called plan A plus. Vince Cable

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explained that. He said that it is time to go further, to ask if the

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Government should borrow more to pay for new houses, road and rail

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it is a break from Government policy and music to the ears of the

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Labour Party. The cracks are beginning to show if

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Vince Cable is beginning to realise that we need to kick-start the

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economy, that would be a good thing, but we need the rest of the Cabinet

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to realise that David Cameron and George Osborne's economic strategy

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has failed. There is no doubt that firing up

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factories across the country is taking longer than he thought, but

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the speech was about sticking to the plan, not changing.

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The debate about getting the UK economy on its feet has been raging

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since day one. It is no secret there are some on both sides who

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want to see the Chancellor going further. Especially on borrowing,

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but we are unlikely to see a significant change in policy when

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the Budget comes. Hugh Pym is here now. So, the Prime

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Minister is saying that there are signs that the plan is working. Jou

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outline the science, what is happening? There are lots of

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economic indicators about the health of the economy. Let's have a

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look at a few. The shares, the FTSE 100 index in London. That recently

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reached a five-year high. That is partly to do the national factors

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and the world economy. Jobs are going up. Total employments with up

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by nearly 600,000 over last year. So that is another positive

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indicator, but looking at the overall economy, the GDP, that was

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down in the last three months of last year. The economy is

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contracting in the current first quarter it is touch and go if it

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goes down again. One thing that the Government has said a lot, that the

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deficit is down 25%, that could change soon, couldn't it? Yes, that

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25% figure is taking the last year of Labour's term in office and the

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last full financial year. The current year we are not at the end

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of and borrowing is up. If that is confirmed as being up, that will

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knock the 25% figure out of the way. We will own know in the Budget,

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though. Now, let's get more from our

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Political Correspondent Norman Smith in Keith league in West

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Yorkshire where the Prime Minister was giving the speech. The message

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from him is clear, there is no turning back? Yes, I have to say,

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although I did not spy a handbag anywhere near the Prime Minister,

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handbagging is what he intended to give critics on both wings of the

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coalition, deliberately and twice. Echoing the refrain of

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PROBLEM WITH SOUND. Saying that the Tory right-wingers

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demanding tax cuts, that they cannot be funded. Then the question

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of Vince Cable and capital spending, saying there is no magic money tree.

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Insisting to stick with plan A, but in this month's budget there is

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precious little room for manoeuvre so. David Cameron may be signed up

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to plan A but politically, he has few alternatives.

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Apologies for the break up on the line there.

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There is evidence that eating too much processed meat can lead to an

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early death. Researchers say that the salts and the chemicals used to

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preserve meat like bacon, ham ansd salami may heighten the risk of

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heart disease and cancer. Saying a daily limit of a rasher of bacon

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could prevent thousands of death as year.

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People who eat a lot of processed meat like bacon, ham ansd salami,

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tend to have unhealthy lifestyles. More likely to smoke and to eat

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fewer fruit and vegetables. A study takes the factors into account, but

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it finds that the more than processed meat someone eats, the

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greater the chance of early death. It is likely to do that this is

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because of the sat rated fat and salt content. This is linked to the

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bad cholesterol and too much salt linked to high blood pressure.

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Those who eat more than two sausages and a piece of bacon

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increase of risk of dying by heart disease by 70% and diing from

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cancer I -- cancer by 11%. The Government recommends eating no

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more than 07 grams of red and processed meat a day, but some

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cancer experts to avoid eating processed meat all together.

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The research shows that eating any amount of processed meat increasing

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the risk of bowl cancer and as there is no nutritional need for us

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to eat this meat, the advice is to cut it out whenever possible. No

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include it as part of the diet. The study is further evidence that

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eating too much processed meat like ham, sausages or bacon can be bad

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for your health, but many here today shopping, seem to think it is

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a case of everything in moderation. Eating it in proportion it is not a

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big thing. So you have a kipper in your bag?

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believe that oily fish is good for you, and bacon bad. Although not as

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bad as all that We have young kids in the house it

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is obviously, it is not like we have a cooked breakfast, but

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everyone could cut down. authors of the study argue that 3%

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of premature deaths could be prevented if people ate20 grams of

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processed meat a day. One small slice of bacon.

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Labour has called for a crackdown on benefit payments to migrants

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from the EU. Yvette Cooper says that action is needed to make the

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system fairer. Admitting that Labour should have been tougher on

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immigration while in power with tighter controls on Eastern

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Europeans coming to the UK. Iain Watson joins me now.

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Immigration now is far more of an issue of concern to people. The

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economy is not booming as it was, perhaps for many years of the last

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Labour government. After the strong showing by UKIP in the recently

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Eastleigh by-election would have been an issue. Parties are falling

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over themselves to say that they are taking the concerns seriously.

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Labour have apologised for past mistakes, saying that they did not

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do enough to get eastern immigration under control. Having

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the options of posing work restrictions, which they did not do,

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but also saying that they should have introduced a points-based

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system more quickly. Then the apologies are out of the way, and

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so they move on to the policy. Yvette Cooper said that Labour

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wanted to tackle illegal immigration more. Cutting down on

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the abuse of short-term student visas but said that Labour would

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begin to, if you like, tighten the e giblity for new markets coming

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here, whether looking to claim benefits. A concern is that with

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the influx of the Romanian and the Bulgarian migrants in the New Year,

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there are worries that there could be benefit tourism here. She is

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saying if you tighten the system, that you ensure people are here for

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some time before claiming benefits. We are not going to enter an arms

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race on immigration rhetoric with the Government. We need measures

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that recognise most people come here want to work and contribute,

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but there are changes that the Government could make to make it

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clear and to clarify that jobseeker's allowance will not be

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available when people first arrive. What the Government are saying is

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that they are tightening up the system but getting into trouble by

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the European Commission, and saying Labour are giving them credit for

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doing something like reducing net migration.

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The top story: A 16-year-old has been stabbed to death on a bus in

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Birmingham on her way to school -- a 16-year-old girl. The public have

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been told not to approach the suspect, what may be armed.

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A culling of deer. Does it really mean that hundreds of thousands of

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them should be shot? On BBC London: Haringay council are investigating

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a toddler left with a foster carer on a bus in north London. How a

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company is helping the homeless through theatre.

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The number of single-parent families in Britain has nearly

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tripled over the last 40 years and the number of adults living alone

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has doubled. They are some of the latest statistics from the Office

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of National Statistics. Big changes to family life? Yes, this report is

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very interesting. It shows in 40 years, there have been some marked

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changes. Families - they have shrunk in size and that is due to

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the rise of one-parent families. Have a look at these statistics. 8%

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of families had one parent in 1971. That's risen to 22% today. So it's

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almost three times as many in that situation. There are also more one-

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person households. If you have a look at the statistics, 2% of

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adults lived alone 40 years ago. Now, that's risen to 10%. So a

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really quite significant increase there. Also big changes in terms of

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health, drinking, smoking? Absolutely. There have been some

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life-saving improvements to our lives over the past 40 years. The

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statistics show us - 45% of adults smoked in the early 1970s. That's

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dropped now to 20% today. It seems that the health warnings around

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drinking may be beginning to work. The statistics - 18% of adults

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drank on five days a week in 1989. That's dropped to 12%. So a fall of

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a third in just 15 years. surprisingly, big changes on the

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technology front - phones, televisions, computers? Absolutely.

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It comes up strongly in this study. In 1971, 42% of homes had

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telephones. That shot up, almost 100% have mobiles or landlines now.

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On top of that, 80% of households now have computers. So you can see

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in four decades there have been some dramatic changes. Thank you.

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Now, scientists say around three- quarters of a million deer in the

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UK should be culled, that is roughly half the deer population.

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It is thought there are now more deer in Britain than at any time

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since the Ice Age. Researchers say the deer are causing serious damage

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to the habitat which is relied on by many other animals. Jeremy Cooke

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is in Norfolk. Welcome to the beautiful Thetford

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Forest. It is a very quiet day here today. Not much movement out there

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in the woods. Last night, we were out with special thermal imaging

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cameras and we saw the woods are teeming with deer. We are told it

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is a similar picture across the country. That in turn has led for

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this call for hundreds of thousands of deer to be culled.

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They are beautiful wild creatures of our woodlands, but in recent

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years the number of deer has been soaring. That means problems on the

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roads. Some 14,000 accidents a year. And problems in the environment

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with deer destroying habitat which supports other wildlife. Put simply,

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today's report says there are way too many deer. If we let that

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continue, we will have a lot of cute, nice deer running around, but

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our woodlands will be eaten and we will lose some of our woodland

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birds and bluebells and I don't think we should compromise them.

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the Thetford Forest, they are using the latest thermal imaging

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technology to give an accurate picture of deer populations on the

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ground. The secrets of the night- time forest are revealed. The

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bright images of deer emerge from the darkness making the task of

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assessing their true numbers easier. Across the UK, it is now estimated

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there are 1.5 million deer and researchers say that would mean a

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cull of 750,000 a year just to keep the population stable. A cull on

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that scale would mean a lot more of this - venison. The argument goes

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that it is a valuable, healthy byproduct of killing deer which

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helps protect the environment. deerstalker worth his salt will

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have had adequate training to dispatch the animal in a human

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manner. It's had a good life in the wild. Do you eat it yourself?

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Lovely. Beautiful. You can't beat it! Researchers insist more of this

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will help keep deer populations healthy. The RSPCA says it is

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crucial that any cull is conducted in a controlled, humane manner.

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Of course, calling for a cull on this level is bound to be

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controversial. One group says it is dangerous to base policy on the

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findings - it was scientific findings - but in this one-wood

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land. Another group says any cull would have to be based on strong

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scientific evidence. Silvio Berlusconi has been

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sentenced to a year in prison over the publication of a wire-tapped

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conversation. Mr Berlusconi was alleged to have pressed to have it

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published to damage a political rival. He is expected to appeal

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against the sentence. Campaigners fighting to keep child

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heart operations at Leeds General Infirmary have won a legal

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challenge. The consultation over changes to children's heart surgery

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in England and Wales where Primary Care Trusts decided that surgery

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should be concentrated at fewer larger sites was flawed.

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Lord Sugar has condemned "a claim culture" as he accused a winner of

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The Apprentice taking him to a tribunal to extract money. Stella

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English is suing him for constructive dismissal. Let's get

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more from Luisa Baldini. What else has been said? Well, Lord Sugar has

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been cross-examined throughout the morning and several times the

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atmosphere became quite heated as he became frustrated with questions

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put to him by his former apprentice's barrister. He said,

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"This is scraping the barrel and nit-picking." He called Stella

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English a serial liar and deluded. He told the tribunal that she had

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never raised a grievance when she was working at his company. He said,

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"My organisation and employees did nothing but treat her well and

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honour our obligations. No-one hates anyone in my companies." He

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said he believes that she thought that he would pay her off in order

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to avoid adverse publicity. He said, "I believe this claim is simply an

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attempt to extract money from me. I have no intention to pay her any

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money unless told to do so by the law." He told the court that she

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had been desperate for money and that she had pestered his PR

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company to get her some paid public speaking work. Miss English claims

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that when she turned up on the first day of her proper job after

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winning The Apprentice, she was told by one of Lord Sugar's

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associates, "There is no job." She claims she was an overpaid lackey.

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Lord Sugar's cross-examination will continue this afternoon.

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Thank you very much. Now, the British jazz musician Kenny Ball

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has died. He was 82 and had been suffering from pneumonia. He was

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best-known as the lead trumpet player in Kenny Ball and his

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Jazzmen. The hits included I Love You Samantha and Midnight In Moscow.

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Now, we are receiving unconfirmed reports that two British tourists

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have been kidnapped in Egypt. Security sources say they were on

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their way to a beach resort. They are reported to have been in a

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private car going from Cairo to the Red Sea resort of Sharm el-Sheikh.

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We will of course bring you more news on that when we get it.

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Last summer's Olympics may seem a long time ago, but today many of

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the big names are at Buckingham Palace to receive their honours and

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Joe Wilson is there for us now. It's a rather cold day here, but

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some of those rays of London 2012 sunshine have been with us. In

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terms of Lord Sebastian Coe, the honour system has a problem, he has

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won so much, what is left? Well, today he's joined the Order of the

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Companions of Honour. Not a lot of people get that! My report does

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contain some flash photography. Most of the London 2012 generation

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weren't born when Seb Coe was redefining running. In 1979, he

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broke three world records in 41 days. In 1980, he won Olympic gold

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over 1500m. A title he retained in 1984. That alone made him unique.

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He found his next calling in a job that mixed sport and politics.

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ecstatic. He was the ambassador who guided London's bid and he was the

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architect who ensured the Games were delivered. When our time came,

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Britain, we did it right. Thank you. The Order of the Companions of

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Honour is restricted to 65 ordinary members, plus the sovereign. Recent

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recipients include Stephen Hawking and Sir David Attenborough.

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very honoured. In fairness, delighted to be sharing it with so

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many people. And sharing it with so many people that helped us across

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the line in the London journey. Recognition for other outstanding

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Olympians continues. Ben Ainslie is the most successful sailor in the

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history of the Olympics. Today, he collected his knighthood. If 2012

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was the year when the Paralympics became the parallel games, David

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Weir was at the forefront with four golds. Now he has a CBE as well,

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although some suggested a knighthood would have been in order.

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Catherine granger got her gold last summer after three successive

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Olympic silvers. Britain's most successful female rower, she has

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had a bit of time off since - well if you call completing a PhD in

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criminal law time off! A CBE for her.

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The problem is in terms of London 2012, there is still too much

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success to mention. Thank you very much. We are going

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back to our top story. There's been a development in Birmingham where a

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schoolgirl was stabbed to death on a bus this morning on her way to

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school. Jon Kay is at the scene. Tell us what's happened, Jon.

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Midlands Police have just named the 16-year-old girl who was stabbed on

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a bus right here in the centre of Birmingham this morning. Her name -

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Christina Edkins. We are told that she was a pupil at the high school

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in Halesowen, just south of Birmingham. The school have

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described her as a much-loved pupil and highly-rated and much-loved by

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friends and by staff members as well. At the same time, I can tell

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you that in the last few minutes a 22-year-old man has been arrested

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very close to this bus stop, just at a Morrisons supermarket, 100

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yards away. We are told that he was seen acting suspiciously, that he

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matched the description that police had given out earlier and that he

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has now been detained on suspicion of murder. Thank you very much.

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The UK is shrouded in cloud today and some outbreaks of rain will

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continue on and off through the afternoon. In some areas, they will

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be persistent enough to make for a damp story as we look through the

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remainder of today. Some hope of some brightness across the North

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East of England. To the north of the UK, it does feel particularly

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chilly. Also, we are still struggling with some patchy hill

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fog across the North East. Hopefully, some of that will thin

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and break. More rain set to shift up from the south into Scotland.

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Plenty of cloud around here. Northern Ireland's been a little

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drier in the last couple of hours. We will see more rain spreading

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from the east. It is a similar story for the South West of England.

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Those murkier conditions will start to transfer their way eastwards as

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well along the south coast towards the South East of England,

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particularly as we head through this evening and overnight. It

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could get very murky around Essex and Kent and we will see some fog

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forming inland as well. Generally, though, a lot of cloud

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around across the UK tonight. Further outbreaks of rain. Together,

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those factors add up to a relatively mild night, largely

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frost-free. Cold enough across the Grampians for the rain to turn to

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snow. Western Scotland may get a few

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glimmers of brightness. We may see some brightness elsewhere. It is

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another day for many, rather like today, dominated by cloud and

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outbreaks of rain. Still relatively mild in the south. To the north,

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temperatures struggling all the while. It is that colder air to the

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north of the UK that really comes into play for this weekend. It will

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dig its way down further south across the UK, so much so that by

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the end of the weekend, the entire country is submerged in it. It will

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feel increasingly raw. Grey, wet prospects for many on Saturday.

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Sunday things become drier, but as it becomes colder there will be the

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risk of some snow. Next week, a good deal colder. Temperatures

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around freezing. Any showers that we do see could turn wintry. So a

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