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A police investigation into allegations of child abuse at care

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homes in North Wales has found the abuse to be more widespread - and

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to have lasted longer than previously thought.

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They say 140 people have contacted them to say they were abused. The

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Chief Constable of North Wales Police had this message for

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offenders whose activities hadn't yet come to light. Defenders quite

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rightly should have to look over their shoulders for the rest of

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their lives. We'll be talking to Mark Easton

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about the investigation in North Wales. Also this lunchtime:

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Three British men who say they were tortured by police in Dubai have

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been jailed for drug offences. Syria's Prime Minister survives an

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assassination attempt in a car bomb attack on his convoy in Damascus.

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Six days after the collapse of an eight-story building in Bangladesh,

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rescuers say there's no hope of finding more survivors.

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Tackling the collapsing bee population. EU states vote on a

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proposal to restrict the use of certain pesticides.

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And Sir Bradley Wiggins eyes up a new title. This time, his sights

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are on the Italian road race title. On BBC London, regular closures for

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they Jubilee Line. And a former monastery opens to the

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public after more than six and and Good afternoon and welcome to the

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BBC News at One. Police say they're investigating

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140 allegations of historical child abuse at 18 care home in North

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Wales. They say the allegations cover a period of four decades

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going back to 1963 and they had uncovered significant fresh

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evidence of "systematic and serious sexual and physical abuse". The

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number of alleged victims and care homes, and the duration of the

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period involved, is much wider than previously thought. The Chief

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Constable of North Wales warned the perpetrators that they would be

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caught and they would be looking over their shoulders for the rest

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of their lives. Before the children who once lived

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here, it was home, -- for the children. But some were subjected

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to systematic abuse by the very people paid to look after them. The

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former residential centres have now been put to other use, but their

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names will never be forgotten by the victims whose childhoods were

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destroyed. A police investigation more than 20 years ago led to seven

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convictions, but in a Newsnight report last November which led to a

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Tory peer being falsely accused of being involved in paedophilia, it

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was also claimed that child abuse in North Wales had been more

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widespread. De Home Secretary Theresa May set up an investigation

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into the abuse, and this morning, its preliminary findings were made

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public. 140 people have no contacted the Operation Pallial

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investigation team. The complainants were aged between

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seven and 19 at the time of the alleged abuse. The allegations date

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back as far as 1963, and most recently, 1992. They relate to 18

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care homes in North Wales. So far, the allegations involved 84 named

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individuals. People who commit serious sexual offences should live

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with the knowledge that we will always examining new information

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and evidence and seek to bring them to justice for their crimes.

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Offenders quite rightly should have to look over their shoulders for

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the rest of their lives. This inquiry was also set up to look at

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how North Wales Police handled the original investigation. This

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preliminary report finds no evidence of systemic or

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institutional misconduct by members of the force. Last week, police

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working on Operation Pallial made their first arrest, a man in

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Suffolk was questioned about allegations of serious sexual

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offences. It is expected that more arrests will follow.

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And Mark Easton is outside North Wales Police headquarters in Colwyn

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Bay. This investigation, as we were

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hearing, is much bigger than police previously thought.

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And that is quite a surprise, isn't it? We have had a huge police

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investigation in the 1990s, a public inquiry led by a former

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judge and other inquiries conducted as well and here we are all these

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years later, we look at this again and we discover that it is, as you

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say, far more widespread, other four decades, going back to the

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early 1960s. We thought it was from a period of the mid-70s, not just

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covering three all four children's homes, but 18. We are talking about

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systemic abuse, serious sexual and physical abuse, it would appear

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conducted by a large number of people. 84 names, most of those men,

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75, but including nine women. If the allegations are true, it is an

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appalling scandal and a scandal that, as some victims have been

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saying, was left unresolved for far too long.

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The Syrian Prime Minister is reported to have survived a bomb

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attack on his convoy in the capital Damascus. His bodyguard is

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understood to have been killed and his driver seriously injured. Our

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Middle East Correspondent Jim Muir reports.

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Another big bomb in a heavily secured part of Damascus, patrolled

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by government forces. It wasn't as massive as some of the recent bombs,

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but it was enough to Wrexham vehicles and set others on fire. --

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Rick. State television said there were casualties, including

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civilians passers-by. But it is that the main target of what it

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called a terrorist explosion, the convoy of Wael Al-Halki. He escaped

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unscathed. That version seem to be borne out by later footage on State

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TV showing the Prime Minister at an important economic meeting. He is

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reported to have told them that what he called such terrorist

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attacks only showed the desperation and bankruptcy of the rebels and

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their backers, after recent successes by government forces.

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This is far from the first time there has been a big explosion

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inside government controlled central Damascus. In December, a

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suicide attack caused heavy damage and casualties at the Interior

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Ministry. Officials said then that nobody senior was hurt, but it

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later turned out that the minister himself was seriously wounded. This

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time, it does seem that the reported target of the attack, the

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Prime Minister himself, has survived. But what it shows is that

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the violent and bloody confrontation between rebels and

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regime drags on, the rebels do seem, if indeed it was then, to be able

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to slip through the net and strike in the very heart of the Government

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controlled areas. Up to 40 people have been injured

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in a powerful explosion in a building in the Czech capital

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Prague. Police say that the blast, which blew the windows out of

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nearby buildings, was likely to have been caused by a gas leak. The

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popular tourist area has now been sealed off and people have been

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evacuated from nearby houses. Three British men have been found

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guilty of drug offences in Dubai and jailed for four years each.

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Suneet Jeerh, Grant Cameron and Karl Williams, who are all from

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London, claim to have been tortured by police after they were arrested.

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David Cameron says he will raise the issue with the president of the

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UAE, who starts a visit to Britain tomorrow. Richard Galpin reports.

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The more than nine months after arriving on holiday here in Dubai,

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Grant Cameron, along with Karl Williams and Suneet Jeerh, finally

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found out what their fate would be. Inside this court, they were found

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guilty of taking illegal drugs, and they were sentenced to four years

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in prison. Grand's mother Tracy Cameron have little hope they would

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be released, despite the allegations they had been tortured

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by the Dubai police. She told me how Karl Williams had allegedly

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been singled out for the worst treatment. He was laid out on the

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bed, his trousers were stripped down and electric shocks were

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administered to his testicles while he was blindfolded. I believe all

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of them had guns held to their head. They were told they were going to

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die. The dream holiday last July soon went wrong when the police

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arrested the three men, saying they had drugs on them. Human rights

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campaigners say there is evidence to back up the torture allegations

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and the men should be released immediately. Given the horrific

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allegations of torture, the President and the shake up to buy

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need to work together to pardon the men as soon as possible. They have

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been imprisoned for nine months, in prison for all of that time, they

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have not receive proper medical attention and it is time to send

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them home. -- received. Here at the Embassy of the United Arab Emirates,

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they are making final preparations for the visit of their President to

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Britain, which starts tomorrow. David Cameron has indicated that

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the torture allegations will be raised during the visit.

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So the issue threatens to overshadow the state visit. As the

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authorities in United Arabs have denied all the allegations. --

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United Arab Emirates. There is much at stake, the country is an

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important trading partner for Britain. Now these three men must

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be hoping the talks in London will convince the President to pardon

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them. A massive shake-up in the UK

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benefits system has begun, with the first claims made for the new

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universal credit, which merges several benefits and tax credits

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into one monthly payment. The scheme is being piloted with a

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small number of new claimants in Greater Manchester, but the

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Government says it could eventually affect nearly eight million

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households. Our Local Government Correspondent Mike Sergeant reports.

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If this is a welfare revolution, it is getting off to a slow start. One

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JobCentre in one town and a tiny number of new claimants will be

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losing -- using Universal Credit, but for the Government, this is the

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beginning of a radical overhaul of the benefits system which ministers

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say, people will always be better off in work. It is a big change, a

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big positive and it saves money through fraud and error and get

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people back to work making them taxpayers, and Britain will grow

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and be a strong nation. Government's plan is to combine six

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benefits, including Jobseeker's Allowance, tax credits and housing

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benefit, into one payment. The process begins today in Greater

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Manchester. In October, new claimants in other parts of the

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country will start using the system and by 2017, around 8 million

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households will be claiming Universal Credit. It Ashton under

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Lyne, there has been no press conference or fanfare for the

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launch of Universal Credit. Ministers and local officials want

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this to be a low-key beginning, so any problems with the new benefit

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can be sorted out as it is gradually introduced across England,

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Scotland and Wales. Labour says the Government plans are not as bold or

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ambitious as ministers claim. were promised a great big welfare

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shake-up, what we have is a small scheme starting in the north-west,

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three years into this Parliament. Meanwhile, the social security

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budget is up more than �20 billion than forecast. So what do residence

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in the first time to -- in the first town to try Universal Credit

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think? It is a bit confusing, but it will help get people into work.

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You need an incentive, you need to get encouraged to work. Some people

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do not have enough money, they need various things and they will spend

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it on those other things before they probably by what they actually

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need for the children to survive. Some concerns have been raised

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about whether a new on-line system for claiming the benefit is going

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to work, but the Government says there will be plenty of time to

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resolve any issues. Norman Smith is in Westminster. It

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may be a small scheme to start with, but the stakes are rather high.

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The stakes are huge, Simon, that is why Iain Duncan Smith is so

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cautiously proceeding, dipping his toe in the water with a limited

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trial, because he knows this is not some sort of one mind tweet, this

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is -- week, kisses responsible for 5 million claimants, real families

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and real claimants and if it goes wrong, there will be a real tales

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of hardship and woes and media backlash. The stakes are also high

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because Iain Duncan Smith has raised the bar so high, talking

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about reshaping the entire benefits system, and we know successive

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secretaries of state have talked B on welfare reform, but delivered

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little. -- talk to beat. Why? Because of the complexities of

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people's lives and the quagmire of reform. But the stakes are high

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overall because the success is predicated on the IT system working

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and we know, Whitehall is littered with the detritus of the failed

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schemes. Iain Duncan Smith says this will be different, saying

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there is a universal jobs scheme already on Lyne, receiving 6

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million hits a day. But the Universal Credit and the fate of

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Iain Duncan Smith may hinge not on politics, politicians will benefit

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groups or even us in the media, but on the IT department.

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Norman Smith, thank you very much. And you can find out more about the

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new Universal Credit and how the changes might affect you on the BBC

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raping a 14-year-old boy, who was attacked in the toilets of a

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Debenhams store in Manchester City Council. The court heard how the men

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approached the teenager when he was visiting the Arndale centre last

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year. This attack took place during a busy

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shopping day right in the city centre of Manchester. Once inside,

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the two men came and approached him. They stood either side of the

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teenager, threatened and grabbed his arm. They said to him, you are

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coming with us and you will do what we say. He was marched from the

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Arndale Centre over market Street, one of the busiest streets in

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Manchester, and into the Debenhams store, where he was sexually

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assaulted and raped. The men who carried out the attack work

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42-year-old Alex Wilson Fletcher and an Iraqi attack -- Iraqi asylum

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seeker. The judge said that both men would expect substantial sentences

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in June this year. Before then there will be a presentence report carried

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out to assess how dangerous these men are and what threat they pose to

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teenage boys. Before the end of proceedings, the judge turn to the

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jury and thanked a free single member for their consideration

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during this very difficult case -- and thanked every single member.

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Our top story: An investigation into allegations of child abuse at care

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homes in North Wales has found the abuse to be more widespread than

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previously thought. Will an EU vote to ban pesticides

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halt the decline of the European bee population?

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I will have the sport on the BBC News Channel, including former Black

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and Rovers manager Henning Berg has won over �2 million in compensation

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against the club. Rescue work on a collapsed building

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in Bangladesh has entered a sixth day. Officials say they no longer

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expect to find any survivors. At least 380 people are known to have

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died when the factory complex caned our money outskirts of the capital,

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Dhaka, and huge cranes have been used to remove the debris. Anbarasan

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Ethirajan is there for us. The heavy machinery was suppressed

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into service to remove the rubble from the building behind me after

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rescue workers lost hope of finding any survivors after midnight.

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Still, there are hundreds of people thought to be trapped inside and

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this has generated widespread anger in this country.

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The eight story building fell like a pack of cards last week, trapping

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hundreds inside. The country years yet to recover from the shock. For

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the first time, the Bangladeshi Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina wet --

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witnessed the disaster site in person. Her government has been

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under intense pressure. Five days after the disaster, the

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owner of the building was arrested on charges of negligence. Rescue

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teams have been frantically working to find survivors, but the price of

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those trapped became weaker through the night. -- the tri- -- the cries

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of those trapped. Fire broke out as the rescue workers were attempting

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to free a girl. It started from the sparks of cutting equipment, forcing

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rescuers to pull out. Heavy lifting gear has been brought in to aid the

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clear up, effectively signalling the end of rescue operation. Anguished

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relatives are waiting for news of those still trapped.

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TRANSLATION: I was on the third floor. After the accident I was

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inside the building for three days unconscious lying on the floor, then

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I was rescued and taken to hospital. When I got my senses back I saw my

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mother was missing. She was working alongside me in the factory.

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Officials say they don't expect to find more survivors. Bangladesh's

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worst ever industrial disaster has come as a wake-up call for the

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clothing exporters and the authorities.

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As the renovation work and clearing workers going on, hundreds are

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waiting to hear about friends and relatives in the building, like

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these people. They were working inside the building earlier and they

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still have no answer and they don't know how long they have to wait to

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hear about their loved ones who were working in this building.

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Anbarasan Ethirajan, thank you. The Greek parliament has approved a

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bill which will see 15,000 state employees lose their jobs by the end

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of next year. Greece had to introduce the new law to receive 9

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billion euros, the latest instalment of an international bailout, but it

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has prompted protests outside the parliament in Athens.

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Civil servant in the line of fire. They burned an effigy of the public

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sector worker, protesters angry at plans to lay off 15,000. The

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demonstrator was smaller and -- demonstration was smaller and more

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peaceful than before, but passions were still high. Inside parliament,

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the bill was passed with a clear majority. It is the first time that

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the sacred cow of the Greek constitution, civil service jobs for

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life, will end, a condition for more bailout money. The Prime Minister

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was visibly relieved. We are going through a very difficult patch. This

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will be a success story. Less so are those who think they will be laid

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off. This town Hall worker already has a salary of just 600 euros a

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month. With a family to support, she is worried she will be among those

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sacked. Of course I am fearful. My contract is not you for renewal for

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three years. My family will be starving. On a political level,

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Greece is, than last year. The talk of a Euro exit has faded and the

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country no longer feels like it is falling off a cliff, but the

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situation is dire, with unemployment over 27 %, one in three below the

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poverty line, and many say the new measures will make things worse. The

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public sector is already tearing up the seams, the cuts have hit

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hospitals hard, a vital resource. Conditions are very harsh at the

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moment, the impact of the austerity on public hospitals is a matter of

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life and death, meaning we have had a shortage in wound dressings and

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medical gloves and the doctors need to inform patients they need to buy

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them themselves from the pharmacies. The government says tackling an

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unwieldy public sector is long overdue. It now expects almost 9

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billion euros of bailout money within the next few weeks, but that

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won't calm the social unrest as Greece desperately seeks a way out

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of its pain. The Chief Inspector of Constabulary

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for England and Wales, Tom Winsor, is calling for police to focus more

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on preventing crime than catching criminals. He wants them to target

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would-be offenders and crime hotspot 's, saying such a strategy would

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save the criminal justice system money.

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A European commission spokesman has confirmed that the commission will

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go ahead with the temporary ban on neonicotinoids, the pesticides

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linked to a dramatic decline in the numbers. But a formal decision will

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only be made in a few weeks time. John Maguire is at an apiary in

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Chippenham. This apiary has eight living hives

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going into the winter, but only two survived intact. I would not be able

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to get so close to a hive were the bees inside still alive and flying.

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Bees are famously industrious, busy, hard-working but they are says that

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double to their environment, to changes in the weather, to

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infections and diseases like any other farm animals. The key is

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whether this group of pesticides is making the bees' life even tougher

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than it already is. In common with so many of the

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beekeepers, Pete Douglas has seen his colonies on this organic form in

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Wiltshire declined drastically -- organic farm. This is one of the

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colonies which has died over the winter. If we look on this frame,

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usually this would be absolutely covered in bees, there is a very old

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patch here of brood where some of the bees should have emerged, they

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are just dead. We know bad weather and disease have hit hard, and some

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believe the pesticides called neonicotinoids are making matters

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worse. Many of the scientists are showing that there is a huge problem

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in terms of the impact of neonicotinoids on particularly

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honeybees but also wild bees as well. At the food and environment

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research agency near York, they say the issues are more complex. Weather

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conditions play the most important role, the impact of pestilent

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diseases, colony management. The more stresses you add to colonies,

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the worse it will be. Despite concerns raised by the European Food

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Safety Authority, the belief is that far more research is needed. They

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have studied bumblebees and found no adverse effect. There is more work

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to be done. If we can't find the harmful effects in the real world,

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we know we will not be able to measure any benefits resulting from

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a ban on neonicotinoids. And these are a very useful group of

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pesticides for farmers and growers used to control a Hugh -- a whole

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range of pest. Honey production was devastated last year. The bees are

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vital pollinators. Look at the pollen caked on their legs as they

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return. It is a huge help to the very farms that those supporting a

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ban believe are worsening the plight of the honey bee.

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So this is a complex issue and there is little agreement, really. No real

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consensus. The EU ministers voting this morning did not manage to reach

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a qualified majority. Because the European commission is minded to

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bring forward this ban, it will take place. It will come in across Europe

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later this summer, proudly in July. The moratorium will take two years.

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The key thing will be to make sure there is more and more research, the

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ultimate objective being to better protect such a vital pollinators.

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Last year Sir Bradley Wiggins became the first Briton to win the Tour de

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France, catapulting him to global fame. Olympic Lawrie follows, a

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knighthood and the BBC Sports Personality of the Year. This year

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he is hoping to add another honour, by winning the Giro d'Italia. Andy

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Swiss is in Wigan. For Sir Bradley Wiggins, his journey

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starts in Wigan but it will finish on the streets of Naples. The tour

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of Italy, his first big race of the summer. Can the man who wrote to

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glory last year rise to his latest challenge? He is Britain's knight in

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shining like red, Sir Bradley Wiggins, for many the man who

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defined 2012, a world of speed and sideburns who captured the Tour de

:27:13.:27:18.

France, Olympic gold and the public imagination. How on earth do you

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follow that? You go for the next biggest prize, the tour of Italy, a

:27:24.:27:32.

relief to get back to Britain. My saving grace is I have not gone out

:27:32.:27:37.

and tried to cash in on the Olympics and got my face everywhere. Gone on

:27:37.:27:42.

game shows and all this stuff like most of them have done, dancing

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programmes. I went back to work on the 1st of January, that has been my

:27:48.:27:52.

fate -- my saving grace. Wiggins was expected to support Chris Froome --

:27:53.:27:56.

Chris Frew in the Tour de France. Today Bradley Wiggins said he is

:27:56.:28:02.

also still out to win it. The Giro d'Italia comes first, then it is not

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a case of getting fat, it is getting back them to it, where will we be?

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Then into the tour. The challenge is the Giro d'Italia. It will be a long

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and intriguing summer, last year's king of the road has no intention of

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giving up his crown. The two of Italy starts on Saturday,

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interesting to hear him say that he still wants to win the Tour de

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France, too. A remarkable double is still on the cards.

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If you think spring has been slow to get going, spare a thought for the

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people of Spain, who have been blanketed in snow for the last few

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days. 18 provinces have extreme weather warnings, with temperatures

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hovering around freezing. Some smaller roads have been blocked, and

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near Valencia, the coastal region is one of the many faces of spring that

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we will see. We will see sunshine at times in the South, but rain at

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times in the North. We will all season quite chilly nights. Here is

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the satellite from so far today, 20 of sunshine across southern areas,

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some fair-weather cried -- fair-weather cloud developing. The

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best of the sunshine is across areas of southern England and South Wales.

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Fair-weather cloud developing, but you will be unlucky if you catch a

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shower. Temperatures not feeling bad in the sunshine. Some showers in a

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fuel areas, across Scotland some of them will be heavy with hail and

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thunder and a little bit of snow over the highest ground. The showers

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have blown in on a pretty brisk north-westerly wind. Showers across

:30:06.:30:10.

Scotland continue. In some spots we could see some snow to quite low

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levels. It should not be too disruptive, just for the far north

:30:16.:30:21.

of Scotland. Elsewhere, Shell is fading away, largely clear night.

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Towns and cities are not so far away from freezing, out in the

:30:25.:30:31.

countryside, some countryside areas in England could get close to

:30:31.:30:35.

freezing, some sheltered glens of Scotland even a bit below. A

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widespread ground frost and some as frost tomorrow morning, but then

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better weather. There will be extra cloud through Northern Ireland,

:30:46.:30:50.

Scotland and northern and eastern areas of England, producing the odd

:30:50.:30:54.

isolated shower but Shell is nothing like as heavy as today. The highest

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temperatures are in the South. That sets us up for what looks like a

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north-south split for the middle of the week. High pressure keeping

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things largely settled. Cloud and patchy rain across Northern Ireland,

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Scotland and northern England across Wednesday. Temperatures at 15 or 16

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Celsius in the south, you will be lucky to get that in the north. The

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north-south contrast to continue. Just six degrees in Fort William on

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Friday, parts of the South could get up to 15 or 16 with more sunshine

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and more dry weather. Many different faces offspring as we head to the

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next few days. The driest, brightest weather will probably be in the

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South. Our main story: An investigation

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