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speak out for the first time in court. One tells a jury that the

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Coronation Street star William Roache pushed her into a men's

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toilet at Granada Studios when she was 14.

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At a separate trial, a court hears that the former Radio DJ Dave Lee

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Travis sexually assaulted a trainee newsreader in a radio studio. We'll

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get the latest from our correspondents in court.

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Also this lunchtime. The Prime Minister says he will veto

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any proposal by the Royal Bank of Scotland to increase the overall

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level of pay and bonuses. The Alps murders - police say

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they're taking no further action against the brother of a man shot

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dead with family members in France. And lightning strikes spark

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wildfires in Australia, already scorched by more than 40 degree

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heat. Later on BBC London.

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Throwing out big bins - why Lambeth is the latest council to introduce

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smaller wheelie bins. And find out when you can swim in

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the Olympic Aquatics Centre - and how much it will cost.

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Good afternoon and welcome to the BBC News at One.

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A woman who claims she was sexually assaulted when she was 14 by the

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Coronation Street actor William Roache has begun giving evidence at

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his trial. The woman, who's now 63, says she went to Granada Studios for

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an audition for a talent show and bumped into the actor in a corridor

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afterwards. He denies charges of indecent assault and rate between

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1965 and 1971. Our correspondent, Judith Morritz, is at Preston Crown

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Court. Inside the dock of courtroom number one, William Roache sat and

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listened intently as the court heard from his first alleged victim. The

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woman, who is now in her 60s, described being indecently assaulted

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by the actor Billy 50 years ago. -- nearly 50 years ago. William Roache

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arrived at court for the second day of his trial, accompanied again by

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three of his children. Yesterday, the prosecution made the case that

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the actor had taken advantage of his stardom to abuse teenage girls.

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William Roache has played Ken Barlow in Coronation Street form or than 50

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years, having appeared in the soap since its first episode in 1960.

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Today, the court heard evidence from the first alleged victim, who said

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she went to the Granada Studios in Manchester am aware the programme

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was filmed, in 1965, when she was 14. The jury heard she had gone to

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the studios to take part in a children's talent show and that

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William Roache had pulled her from his dressing room into the men's

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toilets. Now 63, she described being indecently assaulted.

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In the dock, the 81-year-old actor listened as the jury was told that

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soon after the assault, he had sent a letter to the girl which included

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the lines: The actor is charged with seven

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sexual offences against five girls, and denies them all. The case

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continues. The woman has also been

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cross-examined by the defence this morning. She has explained that some

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of the details of what happened 50 years ago are difficult to recall.

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But that she does remember that experience with William Roache at

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the Granada Studios. We are also expecting later on in the trial to

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hear evidence from the other women who have made allegations about the

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actor, who denies all the charges against him.

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At a separate trial, a woman has been telling a jury that she was

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indecently assaulted by the former BBC DJ Dave Lee Travis in a BBC

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studio in the 1980s - when she was a trainee newsreader. He denies 13

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counts of indecent assault and one of sexual assault. Our

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correspondent, June Kelly, is at Southwark Crown Court.

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The allegations against Dave Lee Travis span from 1976 to 2008.

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Yesterday, the prosecution here began outlining their case against

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him. Today they began calling witnesses.

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Dave Lee Travis has been described as an opportunist who targeted the

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honourable young women. He denies all 14 charges against him --

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vulnerable young women. He told police that his 11 accusers were

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after money or media attention. Today, the court heard from the

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first of them. Like all of his alleged victims, she cannot be

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identified. In the early 80s, she was based at the headquarters of BBC

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Radio, Broadcasting House. She was a trainee in her mid-20s. She

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described how Radio 1 was close to the radio for studio where she was

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working, when Dave Lee Travis walked in. Today, he listened as the woman

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testified against him from behind a screen. She described how he

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indecently assaulted her while she was introducing a programme. She

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said, I was aware that Dave Lee Travis was right up behind me.

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She said she couldn't report him because he was one of the big stars

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of Radio 1. She believed the management response would have been,

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you are a big girl, deal with it, and there would have been a black

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mark against her. The jury has been told that some of the other

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complaint against the former DJ also relate to his BBC career. Others are

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said to have happened after he left the corporation. This first witness

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was cross-examined by the barrister representing Dave Lee Travis, and he

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said his client's contention was that this incident simply did not

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happen. And if it had happened, somebody else would have seen it.

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This witness replied, Dave Lee Travis in to regard it as a prank

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rather than a sexual assault. As seemed to regard it. This first

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witness has completed her evidence just before the lunch break, the

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second of the alleged victims went into the witness box who worked with

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the former DJ at children's radio, and she is due to continue her

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evidence this afternoon. David Cameron has said he will veto

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any proposal by the mainly state-owned Royal Bank of Scotland

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to increase the overall level of pay and bonuses. But speaking at Prime

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Minister's Questions, he refused to agree to a call by the Labour

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leader, Ed Miliband, for a limit on share-based pay-outs that could be

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worth more than 100% of an employee's salary. Our political

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correspondent, Chris Mason, reports. Just as it is a fair bet that

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January will bring foul weather, you can also bet there will be a bust up

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about bankers bonuses. Plenty working in banking and modest wages

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but for those at the top, it is bonus season, and some are set to be

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whopping. It poses a tricky question, what should it say about

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bonuses at the Royal Bank of Scotland which is predominantly

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owned by taxpayers. RBS are talking to parts of the government about the

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proposal to pay over 100% bonuses. He is the Prime Minister, the

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taxpayer will foot the bill. Will he put a stop to it right now by

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telling RBS to drop this idea? I will tell him exactly what we are

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saying to RBS. If there are any proposals to increase the overall

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pay, that is pay and bonus bill at RBS, at the investment bank, any

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proposals for that, we will veto it. What a pity the past government

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never took an approach like that. There is, as ever, a complicate in

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quest. A cap being imposed by the European union to the bonuses that

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can be paid by the top earners in banks. It doesn't affect bonuses

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this year but will next. The government is irritated by the whole

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idea and it is challenging it in court. The Treasury says it is not

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only pointless but counter-productive. After a speech

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about the EU this morning, the Chancellor made his view very clear.

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These European rules will not lead to bankers being paid less. It will

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lead to a Fred Goodwin style situation, where you will not be

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able to get the money back off the bankers when things go wrong. We

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aren't bonuses and battles with the EU, there is another challenge with

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the banks, making them work better for us as customers. The BBC has

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learned that Labour wants to shrink the size of the dominant high street

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names by making so-called -- helping so-called Challenger banks to emerge

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by taking them on. The idea is we would get a better deal, better

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service and access to loans. The Conservatives are saying they are

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merely trying to solve a problem that was caused when they were in

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government. Bankers bonuses, always a hot

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topic, particularly in Parliament. Explain the significance of the

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arguments going on. Indeed, particularly this time of year.

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January is the time of year when the big banks decide on what bonuses

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they are going to hand out, based on the previous year's performance, in

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this case 2013. David Cameron was referring to RBS, the taxpayer as

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the majority stake so the government's involvement is keenly

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watched. Cash bonuses will be capped at ?2000. That was the case in

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previous years. He says as prime minister and as a government they

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won't agree to any increase on the amount being paid out in salaries

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and bonuses foot up in previous years, the bonus pool has been

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reduced anyway for bankers. He was responding to Ed Miliband talking

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about an EU cap on bank bonuses. That won't technically start until

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the next January pay round, in a year's time. That is saying if you

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want to pay bank bonuses at twice Alaric, you have to get approval of

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shareholders. The government has a share in RBS. George Osborne and

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David Cameron won't have to decide on that relating to next year until

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RBS's general meeting in May of this year. I think Labour will keep the

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pressure on, but as always in Prime Minister 's questions, a lot of

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smoke and thunder but different lines being discussed.

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The Chancellor, George Osborne, has raised the prospect of Britain

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leaving the European Union if it fails to improve competitiveness,

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cut welfare spending and protect the rights of member countries not in

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the eurozone. In a speech in London this morning, he said that the

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treaties underpinning the EU were no longer "fit for purpose". And a

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failure to renegotiate and reform would condemn the continent to

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further economic crisis and decline. We need two things. First, we need

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economic reform that enables the EU to create jobs and economic security

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and compete in the global race, something it is not doing well at

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the moment. Second, as the eurozone undertakes the integration required

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to make the Euro work, we need constitutional reforms to make sure

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that those countries who are not in the euro-macro can remain in the U,

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confident that their interests and rights will be protected. Let's

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speak to our political correspondent, Vicki Young. What's

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the reaction been to his speech? It was interesting, many of those

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sceptical Tories were sitting in the audience, they would have been

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heartened by some of the things that George Osborne had to say, by saying

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that you needed to think big, it needed major reforms -- the EU

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needed to think big. Making the point that the EU had to be more

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competitive and to do that, it needed changes. It wasn't just about

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Britain demanding all these things that it wants, this is good for the

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EU, too. The wider message is that Britain is not isolated on this. He

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said the cut in the EU budget showed that Britain could work with

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like-minded countries, Germany for example, and get results. It doesn't

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take away the fact that dozens of Conservatives want to go far

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further, demanding that the UK Parliament has a veto over all

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existing and future EU law. George Osborne said there is not civil war

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in the Tory Party, he said they are simply having a sensible, grown-up

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debate. The brother of a British man shot

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dead with his family in the French Alps in 2012 has been released from

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bail after police said there wasn't enough evidence to charge him. Zaid

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al-Hilli was accused of orchestrating the murders of his

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brother Saad and his wife who were from Surrey and his mother-in-law.

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The couple's two young daughters survived. Our correspondent,

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Christian Fraser, is in Paris. What has the reaction been from the

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French authorities to this news? On a number of occasions that I have

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interviewed the chief prosecutor in this case, he has consistently told

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me that he believes the answers to this crime lie in Britain. His

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suspect has aways been Zaid al-Hilli, it continues to be and

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they have said today they will continue to issue him. Although he

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left his house talking about his release, that the British police had

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cancelled his bail, I am sure he is being advised not to travel to

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France because if he did come he would certainly be arrested. The

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trouble for the French police is that although they have come up with

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this motive, the idea that there was a dispute between the two brothers

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over their father 's will, the search for meaningful evidence has

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always come up short. Last year they raised a Photofit of a motorcyclist

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who was spotted near the murder scene on the day. And that has

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brought pretty much a blank response. In mind of that, they are

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scaling back the investigation. There is no official statement on

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that but it is happening, no great surprise given the number of police

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officers that have been involved. Over the past 16 months. There will

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be some relief for Seidel Hurley. For the al-Hilli family at large,

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will be disappointment -- relief for Zaid al-Hilli.

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Our top story this lunchtime: The trial of the Coronation Street

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actor, William Roache, he is from his first alleged victim, a teenager

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at the time, she says she was assaulted by the star at the Granada

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Studios. Still to come, back with a bang, the

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British tennis player who has overcome cancer and is through to

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the second round of the Australian open.

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Later on BBC London, scenes from London Underground, the capital

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caught on camera more than 20 years ago on the tube. We will be showing

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you morgan says of a lost London from the last century.

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Scorching temperatures are set to continue in parts of Australia this

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week. The south-east of the country has seen temperatures soar into the

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40s. In Victoria, lightning strikes have sparked more than 250 fires,

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and now a fire ban has been issued across the state. Our correspondent,

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Jon Donnison, sent this report. This week, Australia has once again

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been burning. These were the hills around Perth on Monday. People doing

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their best to defend their homes, but more than 50 houses were

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destroyed and one man died. The heatwave has now moved eastwards,

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bringing more bushfires elsewhere. Dozens of lasers are burning in the

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states of Victoria and South Australia -- blazes. This historic

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guesthouse was among the buildings lost. When I got here, the fire and

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the heat and the smoke, it was clear that no one was going to bring it

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under control. The city of Melbourne in Victoria has been baking, with

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temperatures now over 40 degrees for several days. This is a serious

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public health issue. We know that there are serious consequences from

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extreme heat, and that can mean increased hospitalisation is and

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unfortunately, increased deaths. And spare a thought for those engaged in

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sport. Fans of the Australian Open tennis have been doing their best to

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keep cool. But there are fears for the health of the players, after the

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Canadian collapsed on court this week. A ball boy also passed out.

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Meanwhile, the country's firefighters are facing a difficult

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few days. The forecast shows no letup in the temperatures until the

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weekend. 2013 was just declared Australia's hottest year on record,

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raising questions about the impact of climate change here. If this year

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continues as it has darted, the record may not last long.

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The UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon is as half the population of Syria,

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more than 9 million people, urgently need humanitarian aid. He was

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speaking at a conference of donors in Kuwait, where the United Nations

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is asking for ?4 billion to deal with the crisis. This report from

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Lee Buchanan does contain flash photography.

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Syria's growing desperation has brought these Foreign Minister is to

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Kuwait. They came to pledge aid a year ago, but now the humanitarian

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crisis has escalated and much more money is needed. We are bit

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frustrated, because the needs on the ground are much higher than the

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response from the international community, and we do hope that

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during this conference, there will be some response and more money will

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pour in in order to meet the needs of the Syrian refugees.

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Vast tent cities have sprung up outside Syria. The US and 28 big

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donors and the UK has promise to another ?100 million. Justine

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Greening recently visited this refugee camp in Jordan. Today, she

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said: and that's because some areas are

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under siege and delivering aid is impossible, so cease-fires as well

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as a new died. One UN official described how hard it was foreign

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aid convoy to reach a refugee near Damascus. Bursts of gunfire,

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including machine-gun fire, erupted close to the trucks and under

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vehicles, suggesting that there was a firefight. Also, one mortar

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exploded very close to the convoy. Western governments have long

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condemned the Syrian regime, but in a new development, it's now appears

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that Western intelligence agencies have visited Damascus for talks on

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combating radical Islamist groups. When these countries ask us for

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security cooperation, then it seems to me that there is a schism between

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the political and security leaderships. Many of these countries

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have contacted us to coordinate security measures. If true, these

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contacts will undermine trust with Syria's rebels at a crucial time.

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The main opposition group still has to decide if it will attend peace

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talks in Geneva next week. Emily Buchanan, BBC News. A man and two

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boys aged 17 have been convicted of a series of rapes and sexual

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assaults against three young girls in Peter borough after a trial

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lasting two months, the jury at the Old Bailey found the three guilty of

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a total of 14 rapes and three sexual assaults.

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Three other defendants including a 14-year-old boy workload of any

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involvement in the attacks. The jury is still considering other verdicts.

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Birmingham city council is having to decide whether to sell off some of

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its most famous assets in order to pay off mounting legal bills. Like

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many local authorities, it's having to make big pay-outs in order to

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settle bills for equal pay cases, mainly women, who for years were

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paid less than their counterparts on the same grade. Our correspondent,

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Phil Mackie, reports. When a court ruled in favour of

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these council workers who had been paid significantly less than

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colleagues in the same grade, it allowed tens of thousands of fresh

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claims for back pay. The latest figures from Birmingham City Council

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show that it's now owes ?1.1 billion . It has been allowed to borrow

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about half, but there is estimated shortfall of around 550 million.

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There are some things that are another going to be sold off, like

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Birmingham's ran new Central library, but the City Council owes

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so much money that it is going to have to make some tough decisions

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soon about what is to be put on the market, including potentially some

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big-ticket items, like the international convention centre. The

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ICC is part of the council owned NEC group, which also includes the

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National exhibition Centre, the LG Arena and the National Indoor Arena.

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The whole lot could be worth up to ?300 million. Speaking to BBC radio

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W, coming's leader, Sir Robert Bork, confirmed that selling the NEC

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group is under consideration. We need to invest in the NEC in order

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to ensure the future over the next 20 years or so, and it may be that

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to do that, Birmingham City Council has to diversify. SOUND PROBLEMS.

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The reason it has taken so long is that council administrations have

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been fighting every single case and refusing to enter into a reasonable

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negotiation with ourselves to try and settle this own behalf of our

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members. And the sell-off has already started.

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From council offices to these public toilets, which were recently sold

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for ?35,000. But in increasingly difficult times, one thing

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Birmingham wants to avoid is a wholesale clear out. Phil Mackie,

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BBC News, Birmingham. More than 70% of clinical contracts

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that the NHS has awarded since April last year have gone to private

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companies. The figure comes from the NHS Support Federation, which is

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opposing the introduction of a competitive market into the health

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service. The Department of Health said that when all NHS work is

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considered, only around 6% is currently carried out by the private

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sector. Our health correspondent, Dominic Hughes, reports.

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Are you finding that establishing the feeding is easier? ?? WHITE Just

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a few days old, baby Georgia Reid has already received the best care

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the NHS can offer. She was very poorly when she was born at

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Hinchingbrooke Hospital in Cambridge, so mum Lauren and father

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James are relieved to see her getting stronger. We have had a bit

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of a tough time for the last couple of days with her, but we have had

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lots of experts coming to help us. Everyone has been really

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accommodating, wanting to do everything they can to get the best

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outcomes for all of us. But Hinchingbrooke Hospital is unlike

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any other in England, a unique collaboration between the NHS and a

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private company. It looks and sounds like any other NHS hospital, only

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this one is run by a private company called Circle, who took it over when

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the previous trust was on the verge of going bust. Reforms to the health

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service in England mean any qualified provider is now able to

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bid for NHS contracts. Since April last year, more than ?5 billion

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worth of contracts have been advertised. Of those that have been

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awarded, more than 70% have been won by private companies. They include

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diagnostic services like scans and blood tests, mental health and GP

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services. Campaigners believe the process of having to bid for

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contracts is undermining the health service. ?? YELLOW The government is

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wasting tens of millions of pounds on these contracts, money that

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should be spent on front line patient care. NHS care has already

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moved from the hospital to the high street, almost becoming a brand that

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reassures patients. Having a hearing aid fitted in the local optician's

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is now fairly common, and the private sector sees plenty of other

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opportunities. I'm sure if there are other services that could be easily

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provided on the high street, they will benefit. Patients like it. They

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don't want necessarily to have to go to a hospital environment. Are you

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using a tube? Hopefully not any more. By the time baby Georgia is

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ten years old, some fear competition will have led to a privatised NHS.

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Others believe equally strongly that this is the only way the NHS can

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hope to survive. Dominic Hughes, BBC News.

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West Country beef and lamb have joined the ranks of Cornish pasties

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and Stilton cheese by gaining protected EU status. The European

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Commission has awarded animals born and reared in parts of the South

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West "Protected Geographical Indication" status. Anglesey Sea

:25:46.:25:50.

Salt was given similar recognition, which prevents other products from

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using its name. Just over a year ago, British tennis

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player Ross Hutchins was diagnosed with cancer. He missed the whole of

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the 2013 tour while he underwent treatment. But now the doubles

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player has marked his return to Grand Slam tennis with a first-round

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win at the Australian Open. Alex South sent this report from

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Melbourne. After a year away from tennis

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beating cancer, you would think Ross Hutchins would just be happy with

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being out on the court again, but that couldn't be further from the

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truth. He appreciates the sympathy he's received, but now he just wants

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to win tennis matches. Before the disruption and the chemotherapy and

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the thousands of letters of support, Hutchins and his double partner

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Colin coming had advanced to the quarterfinals at Wimbledon and US

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open. The aim is to get back to that level as quickly as possible. And

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judging by this display, he and Fleming are heading in the right

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direction but coming from a set down to join Hutchins' best friend Andy

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Murray into round two. I don't want people to feel sorry for me. I want

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to be treated as another player who has just as much chance to win or

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lose and to be ruthless out there with these other guys and to become

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a better competitor and to win matches in our own right, not to

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people taking pity on us, which hopefully they don't, and we can

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beat them on their own merits. My best friend over there, Ross

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Hutchins, he was diagnosed with cancer. About... It is a far cry

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from last January, when Hutchins was fighting Hodgkins lymphoma. Murray

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helped bring the attention of the world on his friend's disease,

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playing a charity match after winning at Queens. It has been a

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difficult time for all those close to Hutchins. I have never literally

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once thought that we wouldn't team up again. I saw was play in December

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at the Davis cup, and he was playing well then. So there has never been a

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stage when I thought we would not get back to a good level. This time

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last year, Ross Hutchins walked into the hospital to start his first

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round of chemotherapy. Now he is walking into the second round of a

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grand slam as a tennis player, just how he likes it.

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Time for a look at the weather. It is super hot there in Melbourne.

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For anyone watching, the heat may not have picked yet. That may be on

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Thursday. Not a problem we have here at the moment, but we do still

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continue with our mild weather. 20 of cloud across the British Isles

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for this afternoon. Sunshine in short supply. Patchy rain for the

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next few hours with this swathe of cloud. This line towards the west

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promises to bring in some punchier showers this evening. Bear in mind

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that the rain will get worse before it finally clears awake eastwards

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tonight. Squally winds accompanying those showers on their weight used.

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Showers tend to gather around the coast. Generally a mild night, with

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clearer skies across Scotland which mean that could be a frost here

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first thing tomorrow. There could also be patches of fog. There could

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be a risk of some ice on untreated surfaces first thing. Still some

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showers clinging on across Aberdeenshire. Early showers the

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Dumfries and Galloway. Some are likely to get carried further

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eastwards, but as a rough rule of thumb for the day as a whole, the

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further west you are, the more likely you are to encounter the

:29:32.:29:33.

showers. Some of them will be quite punchy as well. We could get quite a

:29:34.:29:38.

bit of rain from some of them over a short space of time. And we are

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still vulnerable to localised flooding. Some decent sunny spells,

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though, between the showers tomorrow. But fog may linger over

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the north-east of Scotland. But generally, a mild story. Not much to

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pick between Thursday and Friday. Very similar day again. Showers

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crowding into the south and west. Elsewhere, some sunny spells, and we

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are still talking about a mild day. This weekend, the threat of heavy

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rain is spreading across the British Isles again. Saturday, we are

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talking about that . Sunday looks like the driest and brightest day of

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the weekend. Bit of a question over where the heaviest rain to Saturday

:30:20.:30:23.

will be. Currently, it looks like it will sit to the west of the British

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Isles, but that could be subject to change, so it is worth keeping

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up-to-date with the forecast. Sunday, it looks like we will see

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that clearing through more and we will see more sunshine after any

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early mist and fog lifts. It is definitely the driest and artist of

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the two days this weekend. You can get the outlook from where you are

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online. Now a reminder of our top story this

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lunchtime. The trial of the Coronation Street

:30:52.:30:53.

actor William Roache hears from his first alleged victim 14 years old at

:30:54.:30:58.

the time. She says she was indecently assaulted at the star at

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That's all from us. The Now on

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