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missing three year-old boy from Edinburgh. A police helicopter,

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sniffer dogs and coastguard teams are also involved in the search.

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Mikaeel Kular hasn't been seen since his mother put him to bed on

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Wednesday evening. I remain optimistic, of course I do, but as

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time passes, I become deeply concerned. We'll be live there in a

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moment. Also this lunchtime: Ed Miliband outlines his plans to

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break up the big high street banks if Labour wins the next election. An

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alleged rape victim of Coronation Street star William Roache tells the

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court she was so humiliated by the attack that she kept it a secret

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time. A woman has told the court how the DJ Dave Lee Travis put his hand

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up her skirt while he was presenting an episode of Top of the Pops. Not

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only a bumper Christmas, but also a bumper year on our High Streets

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according to new figures released today. The Japanese soldier who

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wouldn't believe the Second World War had ended and spent nearly 30

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years hiding in the jungle has died at the age of 91.

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Later on BBC London: The police watchdog promises to interview

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officers in the Duggan case that haven't spoken before. And the

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Government will fight a ruling stopping a London school becoming an

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academy. Hello, and welcome to the BBC news

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one. -- the BBC News at one o'clock. It has become a massive ground, sea

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and air search, as hundreds of local people join the emergency services

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in the hunt for three year-old Mikaeel Kular. He was last seen when

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his mother put him to bed at their Edinburgh flat on Wednesday night.

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But despite a systematic search of the area, there is still no trace of

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the little boy, and police say they are deeply concerned. Our

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correspondent Kevin Keane is in Edinburgh. Yes, this is the centre

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of the search for this missing boy, the flat behind me, which has been

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entered by more police officers this morning. They have also been taping

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off areas of dustbins, looking for clues as to where he is. Most of the

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attention is now focusing away from the street and into the vicinity

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where he could be. There are huge numbers of people in small and large

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groups. You can see the scene from our helicopter. People are combing

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the area, looking for clues, and more importantly, seeing if they can

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find this missing boy. It is a community which is coming

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together. Residents from all across Edinburgh gathered to help police in

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the search. Despite the passing hours, there is determination,

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energy and fear. The community spirit here has been fantastic. That

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is absolutely recognised by ourselves, and our sincere thanks to

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everyone who's come out and help so far. It's great to see that

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continuing today. Hundreds of people have come to join the search for

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varying reasons. Someone here yesterday, some I hate the first

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time, like Magnus. Why are you here? -- some are here for first time. I

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am a parent so I'm naturally concerned. My children have grown

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up, but you have to do, because it is a child. I am a father and

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grandfather. If my grandson had gone I like to think people would come

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out and search for the lad. Mikaeel Kular was last seen at 9pm on

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Thursday when his mother put him to bed. He was reported missing the

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next morning when his bed was found empty at 7:15am. By 5pm, the UK had

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opened a hotline. At 10am this morning the police responded to a

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police request for help. Every possible method is being applied to

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search for Mikaeel, from the air, water, even on horseback. Police are

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looking everywhere and asking residents to do the same. We are

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very open-minded and follow all lines of enquiry open to us, but

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please help us with the search. Check your local premises, your

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garden, your sheds, your cars, anywhere a small three-year-old who

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might have been out and about would find some shelter. After some cold

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nights and a day and a half of searching, concern is growing, but

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so is this community's determination to bring the boy home. These

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volunteers have been out throughout the night, in all weathers. It has

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been cold, and are quite a few hours it was raining heavily as well. The

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weather is now favouring them, but it is still quite close to zero, and

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that will be of concern to the police and the family in terms of

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the little boy's safety. They will continue searching through the

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course of the afternoon, and as far as the volunteers are concerned, as

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long as possible, until the boy is returned. The Labour leader Ed

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Miliband has outlined his plans to break-up Britain's high street banks

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if he wins the next election. He says it's time for a "reckoning"

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with the industry, and that a Labour government would create at least two

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so-called challenger banks, by forcing some of the Big Five to sell

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off branches. Our political correspondent Carole Walker reports.

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Ed Miliband says the banking market, dominated by five big players, is

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broken and it is the root cause of many of the problems in our economy.

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Last year he took on the energy giants. This year, it is the banks.

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Mr Miliband set out his plans to break up a system in which four

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banks control 85% of small business lending. That is one of the most

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concentrated patterns of ownership in the world and it means there is

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just not a spur to competition that we need. So we end up with small

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firms not getting the lending, with poor customer service and high

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charges. Under Labour's banking reforms, the competition and market

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authority would tell the big banks to sell branches, oversee the

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creation of at least two new Challenger banks, and at least set a

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maximum size for banks. The Prime Minister, at a road improvement

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project in Norfolk, dismissed Labour's proposals. What we need is

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an entire economic plan that builds roads and railways, helps small

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businesses, creates jobs, cuts taxes. That is what this government

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is delivering and it is what the country needs. All the parties agree

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on the need for more competition in the banking system and more lending

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to small businesses, but bankers warn of big problems in the Labour

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Party plan. They point out if a bank is told to cut the size of its

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business to make way for a new rival, it could simply shared its

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least profitable customers. If the bank is near the cap on customers

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allowed by the government, you go into the bank and they will have to

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say we cannot serve you, we have reached the number of customers and

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you have to go somewhere else. It's not good for customers, competition

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or the country. There are warnings that the plan will create

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uncertainty over the future of Lloyds and RBS, making it harder for

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the government to sell off its shares and return the bank to

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private ownership. Taking on the banks could be a popular move, but

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voters only believe it will work as part of a wider plan to rebuild the

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economy. Let's speak to our chief political

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correspondent Norman Smith. Norman, on the face of it, it sounds like a

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major policy announcement. How significant is this? I think this

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was a big moment for Ed Miliband and labour as he seeks to reignite the

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argument on the economy and their offensive over the cost of living,

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to regain some of the momentum after his party conference pledge to

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freeze energy prices. Over recent months, the offensive over the cost

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of living has floundered in the face of better economic news on jobs,

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inflation and growth. Today Ed Miliband's pitch was to say a few

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months at a news will not solve the cost of living crisis, this is a

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long-term, generational problem -- months of good news. He wants to

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give space to smaller banks so they can lend to small and medium-size

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businesses to create new, decent, long-term jobs. That is how you

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tackle the cost of living crisis. He also tried to refrain some of the

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language and the mood music. Less emphasis on the cuts and hardships,

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but talking about the families who are doing OK but felt they and the

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country should be doing better. It is a move that comes with huge

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risks. The first is breaking up the banks simply doesn't work. Already

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the governor of the Bank of England, Mark Carney, has expressed

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scepticism. Labour have hit back suggesting he does not get involved

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in politics. But they have had to concede that their move would damage

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shares in Lloyds and RBS, making it harder to solve. But above all it is

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a risk, because Ed Miliband is taking a gamble on the mood and

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tempo of the British public. He is gambling that they are in the mood

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for radicalism, for reckoning. Rather than for the slow, patient

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grind of plan A. An alleged rape victim of Coronation

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Street star William Roache has told a court she was so "humiliated" at

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the attack that she kept it a secret at the time. Preston Crown Court has

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been told she was a "gullible kid" who was raped twice in 1967 at the

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actor's then home in Lancashire, the first time when she was 15. Roache,

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who has played Ken Barlow since the launch of the ITV soap, denies the

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charges against him. Our correspondent Daniel Boettcher

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reports. William Roache arrived at court for

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the fourth day of his trial accompanied by members of his

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family. The 81-year-old actor faces seven charges, including two

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allegations of rape. The court heard evidence from a woman, now aged 62,

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who said she was raped when she was a teenager at this bungalow in

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Lancashire which, at the time, belongs to William Roache but is now

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owned by somebody else. She also alleges he raped her again at a

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different property that he owned. Today the woman was cross-examined

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by the defence barrister representing William Roache. The

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witness, whose identity is protected, appeared by video link on

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and was asked why she did not tell her family or friends at school what

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had happened. She said she was so shocked she would never have

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mentioned it because I had been so gullible to have been caught in the

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situation, and added, I was humiliated, disgusted and ashamed.

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Asked about the second alleged rape, the witness said she agreed to

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go into the cottage because she thought somebody else was inside,

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but she said she knew straightaway that something wasn't right. She was

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asked by the defensive she tried to stop William Roache.

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William Roache denies two counts of rape and five indecent assault. The

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trial is expected to last for four weeks.

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A woman has told a court how the DJ Dave Lee Travis put his hand up her

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skirt while he was presenting an episode of Top of the Pops. The

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woman, who can't be named for legal reasons, said she was 17 when Travis

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indecently assaulted her at the BBC studios in Shepherd's Bush in 1978.

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He denies 13 counts of indecent assault and one of sexual assault.

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Our correspondent June Kelly reports.

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Under scrutiny in this trial is Dave Lee Travis's behaviour in his long

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career both inside and out of the BBC. He is pleading not guilty to 13

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charges of indecent assault and one of sexual assault over a period of

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more than 30 years. Today in court, the focus was on one of the earlier

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counts against him, dating back to the late 1970s. Good evening, it's

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Thursday, and time for some of the best music around on another edition

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of Top of the Pops. At the time he was a regular presenter of one of

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the BBC's biggest shows. It's claimed that on this edition, Dave

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Lee Travis assaulted the teenager on the right of the screen as he

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introduced the next record. Today she became the latest of his alleged

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victims to testify or stop like the others, she gave her evidence from

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behind a screen -- to testify. She told the court how he put his hand

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up her skirt. The woman said she and her friend

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were told by one of the Top of the Pops crew that the DJ had asked for

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them to stand next to him. She said she could not watch the show when it

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was broadcast. Dave Lee Travis was also a regular on the radio one Road

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show. Today a woman said she assaulted her when the road show was

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in the West Country and she was working at a local hotel. Throughout

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the evidence from both women, the former presenter shook his head when

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he listened to the accounts. The court has now adjourned for the

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week. Dave Lee Travis is due back in the dock on Monday.

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The French president, Francoise Hollande has made his first visit to

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hospital to see his partner. She was admitted a week ago after reports

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emerged that the President's affair with the actress Julie Gayet. An

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inquest has heard that a man lay dying at home waiting for paramedics

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while an ambulance was outside a hospital for nearly five hours

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dropping off a patient. Fred Pring, aged 74 and from Flintshire, died 42

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minutes after his wife had first called 999. She had rung four times

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but there was not an ambulance available. Our correspondent Cemlyn

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Davies reports. Pictured by his wife on his

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birthday, Fred Ping was 74 when he died at his home near mould, he

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suffered with heart trouble but, in the early hours last March one

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morning, his condition deteriorated. Fred died at quite severe chest

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pains. I asked him if it was bad enough to call the ambulance. He

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said yes. I dialled 999, and explained what his condition was.

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They said help would be coming. Joyce called for an ambulance for

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times, but 40 minutes after first dialling 909, the paramedics still

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hadn't arrived. Eventually, he couldn't take any more, and he just

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passed away. The inquest heard recordings of the calls. The first

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made at 1:09pm. Ten minutes later, she rang again and said: After

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dialling 99 93rd time, the operator told her, this service has been very

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busy in the area but an ambulance would be down as soon as possible.

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The final call made at 152, began with, this is my fourth call, I

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think my husband has died. Today a member of the Welsh ambulance

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service said and added should have arrived within eight minutes but

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there wasn't one available. That was because several ambulances were

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being held up outside accident and emergency departments waiting for

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patients to be admitted. Once spent nearly five hours waiting at Wrexham

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Maelor Hospital. The ambulance service chief executive is due to

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give evidence this afternoon. Our top story this lunchtime.

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Hundreds of people have joined the search for the missing

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three-year-old Mikaeel Kular from Edinburgh. A police helicopter,

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sniffer dogs and coastguard teams are also involved in the hunt.

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And, still to come: Counting the cost of the winter storms.

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The bill could run into the hundreds of millions.

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Later on BBC London: A charity criticises staff shortages on the

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Tube, saying disabled people are being shut out.

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And we visit Saracens in training, as they bid to become the only

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London rugby club to make the Heineken Cup quarterfinals.

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Shops on the High Street not only had a bumper Christmas, but new

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figures this morning say it was a bumper year too, with the fastest

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annual sales growth for more than nine years. Retail sales in December

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were up 5.3% on a year ago, much higher than many analysts had

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predicted. Online shopping is still expanding, and demand for the latest

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technology and clothing drove sales. Our correspondent Tim Muffett looks

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at our changing shopping habits. Yet another convenience store, but

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one that illustrates the changing face of food shopping. This is

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Sainsbury 's 594 smaller shop which has just opened in Balsall Common

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near Coventry. Like Tesco, this supermarket giant now has more

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convenient stores than supermarkets. There has been a lifestyle change in

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the way people shop. People want to make sure they can shop more

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regularly and frequently which is what we have seen, in the

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convenience area. It allows customers to control how much they

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spend. Figures released today showed retail sales were up 5.3% compared

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to one year ago, better than many predicted. In the grocery sector,

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growth was smaller. The challenges and opportunities facing food

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retailers seem to be ever-changing. The convenience store sector is

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predicted to grow by a third over four years according to some

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analysts. It is worth ?35 billion annually. The other big area of

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growth is online grocery shopping. That has led some supermarkets to

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open stores with a difference. No checkouts, no customers, this

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so-called dark store is run by Waitrose. The only people in it are

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staff picking products for customers who have ordered online. We don't

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have sufficient capacity to meet the demand from customers. So we create

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a dedicated operation like this one here which is purely for our

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customers to order online. Waitrose plans to open another dark store

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soon. Tesco already has six. Changes to the way we live mean supermarkets

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are having to transform the way they do business.

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Tim off, BBC News. A former soldier has been sentenced

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after he had admitted causing or allowing the death of his daughter.

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Liam Culverhouse's 19-month-old daughter Khloe Abrams died in a

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hospice in November 2012, 18 months after he assaulted her. The

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25-year-old had previously survived being shot by a rogue policeman in

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Afghanistan in 2009 during an attack which left five of his colleagues

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dead. Let's speak to our defence correspondent Jonathan Beale.

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Take us through what has happened in court this morning?

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As you say, this is all about Liam Culverhouse who was a soldier

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serving, he did three tours, Barack, and Afghanistan. Severely injured in

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November 2009. This case is all about what happened in May 2011 when

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his seven-week-old daughter Khloe was taken to hospital. We have been

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hearing about some of the injuries to Khloe who died 18 months later in

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care. She had injuries to her brain, including haemorrhage, to her body

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including fractures, internal bleeding, consistent we hear from

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medical experts with shaking. When he was arrested, Liam told -- said

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he had been heavy-handed but said he had never hurt her. He admitted he

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had a tempter -- temper. When he was asked if he had changed because of

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his experience in Afghanistan, he said, no, I have changed a bit but I

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am still the same person. We will hear his mitigating circumstances

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about PTSD later, before he is sentenced.

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The recent storms and floods have caused hundreds of millions of

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pounds-worth of damage to the road network, according to estimates

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released by the Local Government Association. It says the bill's

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likely to be at least ?400 million in England and Wales alone. The

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Environment Agency has issued a flood warning for Gatwick our

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correspondent Mike Sergeant is in Ashford in Surrey. Airport.

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Over to you. Here, they are replacing the entire surface of the

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road, part of the long term work to make these roads stronger and more

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resilient. Councils affected by the floods are also engaged in thousands

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of repair jobs, reinforcing bridges, mending flood defences, fixing

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potholes. All of that is proving very expensive.

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As the deluge continues in some parts of the UK, they are counting

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the cost. All that water seeping into roads, eroding and cracking

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surfaces. Mary has a giant pothole right opposite her Surrey home.

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My yard is filled with water, no drivers could see it. One car has

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had its wheels damaged. Anyone on a bicycle would be in serious trouble.

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Council repair teams came out to fix this section of road today. But an

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overnight downpour made the job impossible for now. Until we get rid

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of the water problem and it subsides, then we will come back and

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repair the pothole. If it keeps raining, you can't fix it. All we

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can do is make it safe. Today there were flood warnings again in parts

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of Surrey and Sussex. Estimates for the damage of recent weeks are

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expected to rise. Surrey says it will probably spend ?5 million

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repairing roads this year. North Norfolk is facing costs of ?3

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million. Call zero says it has ?2 million of millions, insurance

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problems, that lies alongside it. It is a bad situation.

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Some of the biggest expense is in coastal towns battered by giant

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waves, where seaside roads were ripped up and turned to rubble. Most

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of the money local authorities spend will be automatically reimbursed by

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central government under an existing scheme. But councils say they need

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an extra emergency fund to meet the rising cost of the winter storms.

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Within the last half an hour, the local government Minister Brandon

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Lewis has confirmed an additional ?7 million will be made available to

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councils with the repair efforts. A Japanese soldier who refused to

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surrender after World War Two ended, and spent 29 years continuing the

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fight, has died aged 91. Lieutenant Hiroo Onoda finally accepted the war

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was over in 1974, but only after he was persuaded to come out of the

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Philippine jungle in by his former commanding officer. Our

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correspondent Rupert Wingfield Hayes sent this report from Tokyo.

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NEWSREEL: Japan's surrender delegates are received in Manila

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with cold formality. 20 August 1945. In Manila, Japanese

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generals have arrived at the end of the war.

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These envoys from Emperor Hirohito are here to get their surrender

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orders. In the dense jungles of the

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Philippines, small groups fight on. Gradually, they are killed or die,

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or give themselves up. All except one.

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It is not until 1974 that Lieutenant Hiroo Onodo finally walks out of the

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jungle. Still in his battered uniform, still with his Samurai

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sword at his side. At Tokyo Airport, huge crowds welcome him home. At the

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bottom of the steps, his elderly father and mother await him. Thank

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God you have come back alive, she says. The last time she saw her

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son, he was 22. Now, he is 52. His return made headlines around the

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world, and he was welcomed in Japan as a hero. The Japan he came back to

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had completely changed. The Emperor no longer a god, Tokyo a booming

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metropolis of 20 million. He did not like it at all. A year later, he

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headed to Brazil where he bought a ranch and raised cattle. But he came

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back to Japan often and, even at the age of 90, was still giving speeches

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about loyalty and survival. Lieutenant Onodo was the last relic

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of another age. Part hero, part fanatic.

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A 16-year-old schoolboy from Bristol is close to becoming the youngest

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person ever to get to the South Pole. Lewis Clarke has spent the

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last few weeks trekking through the Antarctic. He's expected to finish

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his journey this weekend. Jon Kay reports.

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After years of dreaming and months of training, Lewis Clarke is nearly

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there. He has checked for 700 miles through the toughest terrain, and is

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almost at the South Pole. Hello, Lewis. Fantastic to hear from you!

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Before the final slog, the 16-year-old called his classmates

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back in Bristol to answer their questions. George from the junior

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school says, is it an experience he will never forget? This last week,

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my body is just telling me to stop. Lewis has spent more than 40 days,

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sometimes at -40 Celsius, heading to the South Pole with just one adult

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guide accompanying him. I think when I get there, there will be relief,

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not having to slog it out nine hours a day, skiing, I will be happy being

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there. His taste for adventure began when he was just 12. He was part of

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the youngest team ever to swim the English Channel. To prepare for his

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South Pole adventure, Lewis had to put on three stone to protect his

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body in the extreme cold. After all the waiting, I just want to go now.

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Well, do it, he nearly has. His family back home can't quite believe

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his determination. Obviously there was Captain Scott, Shackleton, in

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more recent times, brand of fines. There is a British session with the

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polar wastes, Everest as well. You feel like Lewis is now in that

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group. Really proud he is my brother, and that he has done all

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this stuff. And he is raising money for charity too. So, as he comes to

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the end of this challenge, what is your next task after this one?

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Probably getting my GCSEs. Well, at least, geography and PE won't be a

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problem. Time for a look at the weather.

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Here's Louise Lear. Some nuisance showers today,

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particularly across south-east Wales and South East England, they caused

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disruption this morning to the south of London. Weather warnings have

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been issued, still in force for the next hour, but they will ease away.

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In fact, sunny spells and scattered showers remained the headline for

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the afternoon. Hopefully the showers should ease in intensity. Where we

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saw the worst, we should get sunshine coming through for Northern

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Ireland, north-west England and Wales. Miserable for the far north

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of Scotland across Shetland, gales, rain, some sleet at lower levels.

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Generally, for most of us, up to 10 degrees. This evening and overnight,

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those showers should continue to ease for a time across England and

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Wales. Clearer skies further north. It stays wet and windy to the

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extreme north. In the South West, we seek wet weather, accompanied by a

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southerly breeze. Seven degrees first thing. Three degrees in

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Scotland. It is the intensity of the rain which causes concern in the

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south-west, particularly Devon, Somerset, Dorset and south-east

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Wales. Another inch of rain, already falling on saturated ground. River

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levels are high, the potential for localised flooding. That rain will

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continue to move further north through the morning into north-west

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England and Northern Ireland for a time. Some of it again quite

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intense. Elsewhere on Saturday, starting rather cloudy and grey.

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Quieter, particularly through eastern England. The rain will shift

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north and east, patchy and light. Highs on Saturday similar to today,

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up to 10 degrees. The weather front continues north and east overnight

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into Sunday morning. Allowing things to quieten down on Sunday. We pick

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up a southeasterly breeze which will make it feel cooler. The winds are

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still a feature in the far north-east of Scotland. Elsewhere,

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patchy frost and Fog, some dents in places. Some sunshine, a few sharp

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showers to the north and west. If you want to know more about the rain

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we see today and we have got to come, more details on our website.

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Now a reminder of our top story this lunchtime. In the last few moments,

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Police Scotland have asked the public for help after a potential

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sighting of a child matching the description of the

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