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limited but growing evidence that chemical weapons have been used by

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government forces in Syria. As violence escalates in the country,

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David Cameron says reports that sarin gas has been used on a small

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scale would amount to a war crime, but he says he does not want to see

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British troops involved. Also this lunchtime, three members of a

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terrorist cell which planned bombing campaign in the UK have received

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lengthy prison terms. The death toll rises in Bangladesh. Hundreds are

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still missing. Police opened on protesters angry at conditions in

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the country's clothing factories. MPs warn the Treasury and the big

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four accountancy firms have an unhealthily cosy relationship.

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Trying to save Britain's bee populations. Could banning a

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pesticide be the answer? The ballroom dancer who lost her leg in

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the Boston Marathon bomb, who says she is determined not to give in or

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give up. I absolutely want to dance again and will dance again. I also

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want to run the marathon next year. Later on BBC London, the

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Metropolitan Police is to reorganise the way it investigates rates, after

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a series of bungled investigations. Shock explosions on a Pimlico

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the BBC News that one. David Cameron has said there is limited but

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growing evidence that Syrian troops have used chemical weapons against

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their own people. Mr Cameron called any use of such weapons of war crime

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and said they represented a red line for the international community to

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do more. But he said it was unlikely British troops would enter Syria.

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Yesterday, the US government said it believed that with varying degrees

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of confidence, the Syrian government had used chemical weapons. You may

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find some images in this report distressing.

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More shelling today in a district of the Syrian capital. We can't

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independently verify these images but this grim conflict is already

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more than two years old and the United Nations estimates has cost

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more than 70,000 lives. Now, a potentially significant new

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development. Are these distressed victims being treated in hospital

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for the effects of the chemical weapons attack? Something the Obama

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Administration has previously said would constitute a red line. For the

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first time, the Americans are saying this -- they have some evidence the

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Syrian government may have used sarin gas. A journalist said he was

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at a recent hospital where victims were treated. And Oracle -- American

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medical team turned up. There were hair samples sent off to an American

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laboratory. The results, I don't know. This is also a conflict into

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which Washington remains deeply reluctant to intervene. So the

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administration is being cautious, talking of only a limited use of

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chemical weapons and saying more information and a UN investigation

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are needed, that this is not yet the crossing of the red line. The Obama

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administration has talked about a possible breakdown of command,

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perhaps a rogue commander has used them. Another explanation is perhaps

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they were used inadvertently, the explosive shells and chemical shells

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were mixed up, hence the usage was that way. The Obama administration

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is under pressure at home and from its allies to take a tougher stand.

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It is very disturbing what we are seeing. It is limited evidence but

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we there is growing evidence that we have seen of the use of chemical

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weapons, probably by the regime. It is extremely serious. This is a war

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crime and we should take very seriously. These are set to be more

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images of chemical attack. But perhaps with the Iraq experience in

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the background, there is caution in London and as David Cameron again

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underlined, no appetite for western boots on the ground.

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Let's speak to our correspondent, Wyre Davies, in Beirut. Distressing

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scenes but as we heard in the report, caution being exercised in

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the language because people will ask how sure we can be of the evidence?

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The West has been wrong before, most notably ten years ago with weapons

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of mass destruction and that invasion of Iraq. The difference

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back then, there was a political appetite in Western capitals to go

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into Iraq, despite the evidence. It is the opposite now. We are hearing

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quite strong evidence apparently but there is a reluctance to go into

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Syria. The Americans talk about the need for greater clarification

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uncertainty because it is difficult to prove that sarin has been used.

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Even then, I do not think we will see Americans, British or French

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troops on the ground, an attempt to enforce a no-fly zone or bottom --

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buffer zone. I do not think we will see military info to mention from

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Western powers even if chemical weapons have been used. Three

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members of a terrorist cell, who planned a bombing campaign in the

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UK, have received lengthy prison terms.

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The ringleader, Irfan Naseer, 31 and from Birmingham, was given a life

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sentence and told he would spend at least 18 years in jail. Police said

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the plot could have been more devastating than the July the 7th

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attacks in London. Matt Prodger is that worried -- Woolwich Crown

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Court. This marks the culmination of the biggest counterterrorism

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operation in Britain for several years.

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11 men sentenced, the longest life sentence, the shortest, 14 months.

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The judge in his sentencing remarks said of the plot, many deaths were

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planned by determined team of individuals who were fully

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radicalised and at the heart of that plan to bomb targets in the UK was a

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trio of ringleaders. Three men from Birmingham who planned mass murder

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in their own country. All jailed today. They were arrested in 2011.

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Police pulled over a car containing the three would-be suicide bombers.

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First out of the vehicle was Ashik Ali, then if unhallowed and -- in

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Irfan Khalid and the ringleader, Irfan Naseer. The judge said Irfan

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Naseer had planned multiple acts of suicide bombing with serious loss of

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life. He received a life sentence. He spoke of staging another 9/11. He

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was jailed for 18 years. Ashik Ali was in charge of full --

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fundraising, sentenced to 15 years. This case was immensely serious

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because they aspired to commit mass murder by suicide bombs, by placing

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bombs in crowded places. They were very critical of the 7/7 bombers in

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terms of not killing enough people will stop they had nails and their

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bombs. They wanted to kill a lot of people and they aspired to their

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9/11. They wanted to go down in history doing it. Their trial had

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heard how they had been watched by MI5 and the police. Bugs were

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planted in their car. They were heard planning to detonate up to

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eight bombs. The targets were not clear but they talked about turning

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parts of Birmingham into a war zone. They pretended to be

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collecting money for charity, taking in thousands of pounds from their

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own community. But they cheated the charity, Muslim aid, out of the

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cash. Ahmed, jailed for four years, gambled away most of the money on

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the currency markets. Inside the home of one of the men they had

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started experimenting with bomb-making equipment. Irfan Naseer

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had scratched out a blueprint for it is I -- device. Ahmed and seven

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other men played a small role. Four of them went to Pakistan for

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terrorist training but they left as soon as they're furious families

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discovered what they were up to. The judge said they had made a chilling

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mistake. This morning, a statement was released on behalf of

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Birmingham's 230,000 strong Muslim community.

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It reads, these acts are not carried out in our name, and calls for

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peace. In defiance, it says, of extremists that try to take root on

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the fringes of all our communities. A huge demonstration has taken place

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in Bangladesh, with thousands of protesters calling for better

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conditions for workers in the clothing industry. At least 280

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people are known to have died in the building collapse in Dhaka on

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Wednesday. More than 2000 people have been rescued. The search for

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more survivors continues. Our correspondent Anbarasan Ethirajan

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reports. Thousands of angry and frustrated

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garment workers took to the streets in Dhaka and its industrial suburbs.

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Their demand, answers from the owner of the building which collapsed. The

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eight story building contained clothing factories and a number of

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shops. It came down earlier this week, trapping hundreds of people.

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Nearly 300 people are now known to have died and -- in the incident and

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more than 1000 are injured. TRANSLATION:

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Of machine fell on my hand and I was collapsed. My hand had to be cut

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off. Security forces used batons and tear gas to disperse the protesters.

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Meanwhile, more bodies have been recovered from the building collapse

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site. Hundreds of people still thought to be trapped inside. Rescue

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workers are aware that they are racing against time. There is

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growing anger on how the factory's continued work despite warnings on

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the safety of the building. These pictures, from a local television

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channel, show cracks on the building on Tuesday, which triggered an

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evacuation of workers. But they had been ordered back into the

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production lines. A day later, the building collapsed. The Government

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has promised tough action against those responsible for this tragic

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incident. In recent years of the country has become a major producer

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of low-cost clothing for Western retailers. However, the latest

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incident has come as a jolt to the thriving industry. Trade union

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leaders say if safety standards in factories are not improved, it could

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lead to more protests in the future. We can speak to our reporter now.

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On that question, could this terrible tragedy prove perhaps be a

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turning point in the clothing industry there? That is what many

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people here hope because there have been a number of incidents like this

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in the last few years. The notable one was a big fire in a clothing

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factory last November outside the capital Dhaka killing more than 110

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people. Within six months we have this second tragic incident in which

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nearly 300 people have been killed in the building collapse and this

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building contained a few clothing factories. Western retailers have

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been urging the factory owners here to improve safety standards, because

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Bangladesh is becoming the world's tailoring shop. It is the world's

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second largest exporter of ready-made clothes and people here

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hope the latest incident will also put pressure on the factory owners

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to improve safety standards in Bangladesh.

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The four biggest accountancy firms are accused of using an unhealthily

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cosy relationship with the government to help their wealthy

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clients avoid paying tax. A group of MPs from the Commons Public Accounts

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Committee say stuff from the accountancy firms who have been on

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secondment to the Treasury have used information to help clients reduce

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their tax. First MPs targeted Starbucks, Google

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and Amazon over tax. Now they are going for the big four accountancy

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firms, who advised major companies. The Public Accounts Committee is

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says evidence they saw showed the firms exploit inside knowledge to

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cut tax. The worst thing we uncovered was this practice that I

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call poacher turned gamekeeper turned poacher. What that means is

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the big four accountancy can -- firms put that experts into Treasury

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and HMRC, helped write the technical rules that become new laws and armed

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with that insider knowledge, they go back to their companies and use that

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knowledge to devise new schemes for tax avoidance. The committee wants

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to stop accountants using inside knowledge to operate as tax

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vouchers, to ban them from public sector work if they sell tax

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avoidance schemes and to force them along with businesses to be more

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open about declaring profits in countries which charge less tax.

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Accountants complain the criticism is unfair. You'll we give tax advice

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responsibly in accordance with the law in the intentions of parliament

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generally and we advise companies when they are considering what they

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are doing to take account of the wide impacts. The Treasury says

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revenue and Customs has raised billions more pounds in tax by

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clamping down on avoidance and it defends the practice of employing

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staff from accountancy firms. we not engaged with taxpayers and

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their advisers, I think that would be an absurd suggestion. We want to

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make sure we get tax law right. That means talking to those who have an

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interest in the area. There are particular areas where we are making

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our tax system more competitive. We want to make sure we get that right,

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it is effective and workable. Pressure from the Public Accounts

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Committee bash at Starbucks to volunteer to contribute �20 million

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extra in tax. Now the pressure is on accountants to stop exploiting what

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today's report calls, our hopelessly complex tax system, to enable

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countries to pay less. -- police to pay less. Our top story, the Prime

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Minister says there is limited but growing evidence that chemical

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weapons have been used by government forces in Syria. Coming up, move

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over Batman. The young royals get a taste for movie magic. Later on BBC

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London, a choreographer behind hit musicals like Cats is rewarded for a

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lifetime's work on a West End stage. Chelsea are on course to book

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themselves a place at this year's Europa League Final. And a look at

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these are in danger of dying out, and campaigners think a commonly

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used pesticide which creates havoc with their sense of direction is to

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blame, and they are marching on Parliament Ed of a key vote to ban

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the chemical. Jeremy Cooke joins us with more from Hanbury Hall to tell

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us more. Jeremy. Yes, it has been an absolutely

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gorgeous morning here at Hanbury Hall and gardens, plenty of

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sunshine, a little bit of cloud as well, and it is quite cool. The bees

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that populate these hives have decided, quite understandably, that

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will stay inside and stay cosy, and who can blame them? Over recent

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years, they have been facing an increasingly hostile environment.

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In the heart of the British countryside, something is killing

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the bus. For years, our bee populations have been in decline, a

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toxic mix of deadly parasite and horrible weather have taken their

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total. But there is another suspect in the search for the bee killer, a

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pesticide used in crop production is under investigation. Many are

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already convinced that the chemicals are the culprit, and today

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beekeepers and environmentalists let the countryside to march on London,

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joining celebrities taking their protests directly to Westminster.

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Their message, that some pesticides should be banned while scientists

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study how damaging to bees they can be. If there is any chance that they

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can be affecting the health of pollinators, which are responsible

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for pollinating two thirds of our food, I think it would be more than

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precautionary, it would be extremely sensible to support this ban.

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pesticides in question are neonicotinoids, the active

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ingredient is civil to nicotine in cigarettes. They offer cross

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protection against bugs including aphids, and it was thought they were

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safe for bees, but with population struggling, the population -- the

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European Union wants a moratorium while tests continue. Manufacturers

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deny that their products are to blame, and here the Government is

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cautious. We have to base whatever we do on the evidence, on the

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scientific research that is available. That is far from

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conclusive. We have got to get this right, because doing the wrong thing

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may evolve worse effects on the bee and pollinator population than

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simply acting in a knee-jerk way. committee of MPs has accused the

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Government of being complacent over the issue, and government scientists

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accept that neonicotinoids do kill bees, but as issue is how many.

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Ministers must now balance the need to protect colonies with the need to

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protect crops. Both are, of course, essential for the production of food

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for a hungry population. Now, there will be a vote on this in

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Europe on Monday. The British position remains that before there

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can be a moratorium or a ban, there must be more scientific evidence.

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A fire at a psychiatric hospital in Russia is thought to have killed 38

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people, all but two of them patients. The fire started in the

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early hours of the morning in Ramensky, north of Moscow. We can

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speak to Daniel Sandford, who is at the scene. Daniel.

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Yes, this has been the scene of a terrible tragedy. You can still

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smell in the air the remains of the smell of burning wood. At two

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o'clock this morning, a fire burst out just towards the front of that

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red bus there, you can probably see the gap in the fence. That was the

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psychiatric ward of a hospital, a wooden building with bars on the

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window, because the patients might have escaped. Many of them were

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sedated, so when the fire broke out, it tore through the building very

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fast, and many of the patients did not wake up. Those who did struggled

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to get out of the building. Of the 41 people in the building, only

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three escaped, one nurse and two patients, and that left 36 patients

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and two members of staff dead. The primary star and the president have

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ordered urgent enquiries into what happened, and it has cast a

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spotlight on big problems in Russia with fire safety and the poor

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standards in medical those other days.

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Next Thursday says local elections across England and a by-election in

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South Shields, called following the resignation last month of David

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Miliband, who has moved to New York to work for a charity. South Shields

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has been a Labour seat since 1935 and currently has a majority of

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11,000, but as north-east political editor Richard Moss reports,

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challengers are hoping to pull off a shock result.

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South Shields, coastal, historic and, up to now, rocksolid Labour.

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Over the last 78 years and 19 general elections, South Shields has

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always returned a Labour MP, and opponents have sunk without trace. A

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Labour says it is not taking a 20th successive victory for granted. It

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has been careful to choose a locally born and bred candidate this time,

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but is that every action to David Miliband's lack of local roots?

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at all, MPs bring different things into the role, and David was a

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different kind of MP to what I will be. I have spent my whole life here,

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and people know I will fight for them in Westminster if I am

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successful. The Conservatives have also chosen someone born in South

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Shields, and a born optimist, too. You would have to be to hope for

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victory in a seat which has not returned a single Tory MP in its 180

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year history. I have got 15 years of business experience in the City of

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London. I want to come back to my hometown because I think I can those

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skills here, and I want to be an advocate for enterprise, investment,

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to really get things going. Liberals were once the party to beat

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here. Mind you, that was 80 years ago. But the Liberal Democrats

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believe that change is possible once again. I am here to give people a

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real choice. A lot of people are telling me they are fed up with

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Labour running the place as a 1-party state. If I believed in a

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1-party state, I would move to North Korea. There is a new name on the

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high Street - UKIP has chalked up some good by-election results, but

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can they win one? While we are here basically to beat the coalition,

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that is our number one target, we are also in it to win it, and

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anything could possibly happen in a by-election. At the moment it is

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hard to send Labour blood, and history suggests the party will

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continue to rule the waves here next Thursday.

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You can find much more information about the upcoming elections on our

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website. So Winston Churchill is to be judged

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on the new �5 note. The Bank of England has announced that Britain's

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leader during World War II will appear on the back of the fibre

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together with some of his most famous words, I have nothing to

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offer but blood, toil, tears and sweat. Luisa Baldini is at his

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former home and can show us, as you can see, what the note will like.

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Yes, here it is, unveiled by the Governor of the Bank of England this

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morning, and the most prominent feature of course is that portrait

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of Sir Winston, and then a view of Westminster, which is acknowledging

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that for almost 60 years Westminster was his life. And the image of the

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clock, the hands at three o'clock, which represents the time on the

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13th of May, 1940, when he delivered his first speech as Prime Minister,

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saying those words - I have nothing to offer but blood, toil, tears and

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sweat. In the background, the image of the Nobel Prize he was awarded in

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1953 for literature. This is expected to come in to circulate and

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in 2016. It is hoped that it will be nicknamed a Winston.

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There is magic with a sprinkling of royal stardust going on in Watford

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at this lunchtime, the juke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince

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Harry are visiting the home of another Harry, Harry Potter. They

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are there to meet children and representatives of the various

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charities they are connected with, and to have a go at some wizardry.

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Nicholas Witchell has been with them.

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Yes, a day at the movies or at least at the studios, these �100 million

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studios are the first built by a Hollywood studio in the UK for some

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70 years. Home, as you say, to Harry Potter and the Caped Crusader,

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Batman, as to their delight, William and Harry discovered.

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It is every small boy's dream to be Batman for the day, and for two not

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so small boys, this was the day they could pretend it was true. One of

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the big film studios, here was the Caped Crusader's motorbike, just too

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much for William, a keen biker himself, to resist. So much for

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royal dignity, then! Kate seemed to think he looked chewed, Harry

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suggested he needed a pair of Batman years. And here was something called

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the Tumbler, once again it was William at the controls, and this

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time there was a throttle to play for whom the studios are best known,

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the boy wizard himself, Harry Potter. He was off on his broomstick

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somewhere, but his creator, JK rolling, was there. William made a

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speech to inaugurate the new studios, but his mind was clearly

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still on the capital at the back mobiles. I am over the moon to have

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seen the real machines. Do you do baby seats for those cars? Finally,

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they were shown the sets and props from the Harry Potter films,

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familiar characters and scenes from counters childhoods. -- countless.

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They are still inside, and they have been chairing a meeting of the

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leaders of their charities on the It is 11 days since the Boston

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Marathon bombing in which three people lost their lives and dozens

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more were injured. One of the victims, Adrianne Haslett, a

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ballroom dancer, lost her left foot and part of the lake after one of

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the bombs exploded behind her. Despite injury, she has vowed she

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will dance again and she wants to run in the next bar of the marathon

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next year. All of a sudden, we heard a loud

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blast, and the first bomb had gone off, and we knew just by the sheer

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sound of it and the smoke that it was not something that was, you

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know, a phone explosion of confetti or anything like that. We were

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terrified, and I knew at that moment that there would be another

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explosion, I just knew, I knew that there was no way there could just be

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one. We were about four Pete from where the bomb was. And we were

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knocked off our feet, and I remember that the S sort of... The impact of

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the explosion hitting my chest, and being knocked off, knocked off of

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our feet, and we landed in a sort of pretzel. I said, I think there is

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something wrong with my foot. And he looked down, and I looked down,

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there was blood everywhere, his legs were completely covered in blood,

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and my foot, my left foot, my ankle, I won't take off my shoe, I

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have dancer's Pete! My foot was missing from year to year. A couple

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of the firemen said, she has got to go, and I was screaming, I am a

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ballroom dancer, please save my foot. When I dance, I do not care

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about anything else at all. I could be having a horrible day, a horrible

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morning, and if I could just dance for five minutes, I would feel much

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better, and that is why this is hard, because I cannot just get up

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and dance right now. I absolutely want to dance again and will dance

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again, and I also want to run the marathon next year, and I have a lot

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of people that are backing me up and supporting me, even though they know

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I am not a runner, at all! There is so much that I have left. I do not

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want this to be at, so I am going to fight everything I can to make sure

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that it is not. Adrianne Haslett there with his

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story following the Boston Marathon bombing. While we have been on air,

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we have been getting reports of a major crash on the M6 G2 near

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Pontefract in west Yorkshire, near junction 32. Early reports from

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emergency services say that two people may have died and ten others

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are seriously injured. The accident involved a lorry and a minibus. Six

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air ambulances are in attendance. OK, it is time now to take you to

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the weather, Darren Bett has joined cold weather today, and with that

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comes some sunshine but also showers, heavy possibly with a loud

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thunder as well. The colder air has swept down from the north, behind

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this belt of cloud, and that brought the rain overnight and this morning

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in the south-east, just about clearing away now, seeing some

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sunshine for a while, but you can see the speckled cloud that is

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bringing showers, which will be frequent and heavy across Northern

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Ireland. The wind is blowing those showers over the Irish Sea with

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heavier showers arriving in North Wales later in the afternoon, and by

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then it may be dry across South Wales. Fewer showers in the

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south-west of England, some sunshine, but the showers are not

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far away, and in the south-east there will be a lot of showers this

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afternoon. Here, temperatures are 10 degrees lower than they were at this

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time yesterday, so a real chill in the air across the south-east,

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colder weather pushing across the Midlands as well, still a few sharp

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showers, heavy in northern England, hail and thunder, and over the hills

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of northern England and Scotland there will be sleet and snow as

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well. Through this evening and overnight, the showers gradually

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become fewer, but there will be bands of showers, and later a

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heavier band across East Anglia and the south-east. Clearing skies,

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though, the winds dropping in northern Scotland, a risk of a touch

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of frost, but elsewhere three degrees with sufficient cloud and

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showers. The weekend is going to be quite cold, especially for the time

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of year. Not completely dry, there will be showers and patchy rain on

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Sunday, and as if that was not enough, there is a risk of a touch

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of frost on Saturday night. Saturday day sees showers across England and

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Wales, being blown southwards, heavy showers across East Anglia and the

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south-east, improving in northern England, showers fading in eastern

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Scotland. Not a bad day for Scotland and Northern Ireland, bright,

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clouding over by the evening, but temperatures are disappointing, nine

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or 11 degrees. Overnight, frost in rural areas, shown by the blue. That

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risk is greater further south across the UK, because here we will have

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clearer skies for longer. A ridge of high pressure, albeit briefly, will

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keep its chilly overnight. Change is coming from the north-west, winds

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strengthening, blowing in cloud, patchy light rain or drizzle, a

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bright start in the south-east but clouding over, feeling chilly across

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the south-east and the Midlands. After the rain, some sunshine and

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showers for Scotland and Northern our main story: The Prime Minister

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