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The Education Secretary sets out his vision for the future of state

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schools, as the row continues about his decision to replace the chair of

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Ofsted. Michael Goves says he wants standards to be raised in state

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schools so that they match independent schools. More great

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schools, more great teachers, more pupils achieving great results, add

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up to one inescapable conclusion. The English state education system

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is getting better and better. We will be getting the latest from

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Westminster. More criticism of the Environment

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Agency as a severe flood warnings remain in place in several areas,

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with the Met Office warning of worse to come.

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Lloyds Banking Group says its increasing its provision for the

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mis-selling of PPI by another ?1.8 billion, but says it is on course to

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full advertise a share tributes to the Oscar-winning actor Philip

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Seymour Hoffman, who died of a suspected drug overdose in New York.

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And the 30 foot deep sinkhole that swallowed a car in High Wycombe.

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Later on BBC London. Police search for Robert Richard

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Fraser in connection with the death of a sex worker in Earl's Court.

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And should curbs be placed on overseas buyers snapping up property

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in the capital? Good afternoon. The Education

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Secretary has said state schools in England should be more like private

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schools, with longer school days, more discipline, and with all

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students taking the equivalent of the Common entrance exam. Michael

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Gove was speaking as the row at the top of Ofsted intensifies, with one

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Chief Inspector warning him not to believe his own hype.

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A swell of controversy has surrounded Michael Gove this weekend

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over how he makes public appointments and over his style.

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This morning, he sought to wrest back the agenda, with a speech laden

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with his main priorities, rigorous standards with no excuses for poor

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performance. He said he wanted a state system that matched the

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private sector. My ambition for our education system is simple. When you

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visit a school in England, standards are so high all round, you simply

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cannot tell whether it is a state school or an independent fee-paying

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school. Mr Gove urged state secondaries to try out common

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entrance test papers, sat in private schools aged 13, to give pupils a

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chance to see how they are performing. He said a future

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Conservative government would help state schools offer a nine or ten

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hour day, with homework, music and sport. I have nothing against an

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extended school day, as long it isn't teachers who have to work from

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6am to 8pm. Teachers do the largest amount of unpaid overtime of all

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professions. A row has raged over the airwaves over the position of

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the Labour peer Sally Morgan. She accused Mr Gove is being politically

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motivated in the placing her as the chair of the schools watchdog

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Ofsted, which he denies. The furore of Lady Morgan prompted a former top

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mandarin, Sir David Bell, to issue these words of advice to the

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Secretary of State. Supporters of Michael Gove say he's

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acted entirely properly. The minister is responsible for the

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policies he delivers, the others are not. He is held to account by the

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electorate, and wants the best people in the job to push his

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policies through. He's right to make changes. Michael Gove has never been

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frightened of ruffling feathers in the education establishment, but his

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pursuit of radical change in school has ruffled political feathers too.

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Let's speak to our chief let call correspondent in Westminster. Trying

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to gain the initiative on education, Michael Gove. Has he

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managed? The radical reforms outlined by him today are part of

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the same story, which is that Michael Gove is a bit like the Billy

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whizz of British politics. He wants to get from a as quickly as

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possible, and doesn't care about the mayhem that might follow behind him.

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He is not a conservative, he is a Tory radical. He doesn't want to

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protect the establishment, he wants to change it. That's why he got rid

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of Sally Morgan, not because she was not any good, but because he felt

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she didn't have the zeal to press a head with the changes he wants. If

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the former chief inspector of schools is upset, so be it. He

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almost regards offending the educational establishment and the

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Lib Dems as badges of honour. Paradoxically, within the

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Conservative Party, that does his standing a lot of good, because they

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like to see politicians of conviction. But if you demotivate or

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alienate the people who are meant to be implementing the change you seek,

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you could jeopardise that change. You might know that Billy whizz

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frequently ends up battered and bruised, and not quite where he

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intended to be. Thank you. Downing Street has called on the

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Environment Agency to scrap premium rate charges on a helpline for flood

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victims. People were being charged 41p per minute. There are two severe

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flood warnings in place in the Midlands, and nearly 300 other

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warnings and alerts in place across the UK. Our correspondent is at

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Thorney in Somerset. You can probably see the rain is

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holding off this lunchtime, but behind me, there's no sign of that

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flood going away. All over the weekend, people in this area were

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watching the weather forecast with trepidation, waiting to see what

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might happen to them again. Not just them, those living on the coast as

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well. Another day, another storm. There

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was little let out, as gale force winds and high tides battered parts

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of the South West. Again. More damage, more costly repairs, and

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fears arguments about how to protect areas like this in the future. The

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chair of the Environment Agency, Lord Smith, today said there are no

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quick fixes in the face of this kind of extreme rainfall, and the

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solutions are not just for the Environment Agency to find. He said

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there is no bottomless purse, and we need to make difficult but sensible

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choices about what we try to protect. Cold comfort to those

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already living with the floods, or worried they might be next.

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Terrible. These people are suffering all the time. Last year, they said

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it wouldn't happen again, but it is worse. We don't need new flood

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defences, we just need to keep in order what was built 50 years ago.

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Anger this morning too that and Environment Agency flood helpline

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charge -- charged worried callers a premium rate. The Environment Agency

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says it doesn't make money out of it, but David Cameron is calling for

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it to be scrapped. People can look at our website and see flood

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warnings free of charge. We are willing to move towards a free

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service for the flood line number. This event is going to run for a few

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days or weeks to come. In the middle of this event, it isn't the best

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time to move to a different number, when people already know the number

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we are using. Tomorrow, the Levels by Royal appointment. Rinse Charles

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is coming here to see the extent of the damage and how people are

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coping. You can hear they're the

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frustration, the sheer frustration, of people living here in Thorney and

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right across the Somerset Levels, that there are these arguments being

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put forward about whether to dredge or not to dredge, and what to do.

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What they really want is action on the ground, and they would like it

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now. The Lloyds Banking Group has taken

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another step towards full privatisation after saying it hopes

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to start paying dividends to existing shareholders for the first

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time in six years. That's despite having to set aside an extra ?1.8

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billion for PPI compensation. Our business correspondent reports.

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Lloyds is the biggest force in high Street ranking, and it sold more

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payment protection policies than anyone else. It's billed just keeps

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on rising. Lloyds is having to set aside another ?1.8 billion for

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mis-selling PPI, bringing its total bill to merely ?10 billion, half the

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total for all UK banks. These figures are mind blowing, but there

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is good news in this for Lloyds. Despite having to pay out vast sums

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for PPI claims last year, it is expected to make a small profit when

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it announces its results in the next few weeks. It is now in good enough

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position to start paying dividends later this year. This big bank that

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we own a large chunk of is cleaning itself up, getting ready for the

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next step in its privatisation. The Lloyds management is trying to put

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everything up front, so when it comes to having the share sale later

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this year, there are no more embarrassing announcements. This is

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throwing everything, including the kitchen sink, out. The government

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has already sold a 6% stake in Lloyds. The question is how soon the

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next sell-off will be, and when individual investors will be able to

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take part. When ever it is, the process will be closely scrutinised.

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Robert Peston is with me now. The good news is good news, but looking

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at that figure for PPI that they have had to set aside, that is a

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huge figure. Almost ?10 billion in total. It just tells you how bad

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this product was, this credit insurance sold by all the banks, and

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how Lloyds was up to its neck in it in the bad old days. But even the

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bad news about its past sins is, in a way, good news for the rest of us.

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In total, the banks are handing out not far off 20 alien pounds -- 20

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alien pounds to millions of British people. And the British people are

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spending that money. There was a little bit of a mystery a few months

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ago about why the economy was recovering as fast as it is. We can

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now be confident that one of the reasons the recovery was as fast as

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it has been is because of all of these PPI payments. They are

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economic least significant, more than 1% of GDP, a bigger stimulus to

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this economy than anything the government has done. Perhaps we

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should all count our blessings that the banks did pay soap -- did behave

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so badly in the past. There's also the issue of privatisation. There

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are going to be two phases to the share sale this year. There will be

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a lump of shares, maybe 5 billion flogged to investment institutions,

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and some to ordinary people, in April. There will be an even bigger

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sale in the autumn, aimed at the mass market.

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A 24-year-old woman has appeared before magistrates in Oldham charged

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with murdering her son. Katarzyna Gacek is accused of killing Thomas

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Gacek at a house in the town. She was remanded in custody to appear at

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Manchester Crown Court tomorrow. The judge has begun summing up in

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the trial of the Coronation Street actor Bill Roache. The 81-year-old

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is charged with the rape and indecent assault of five girls in

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the 60s and 70s. Mr Roache denies all the charges.

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This is a trial which is now into its fourth week. The jury of eight

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women and four men have heard both sides. They are now listening to the

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judge summing up the case. He reminded them that this is a case in

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which five women alleged they were sexually abused by the Coronation

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Street actor William Roache, and he flatly denies this. He told the jury

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there is a head on conflict of evidence here which you will have to

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regard -- to resolve. He told members of the jury they'd should

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not feel daunted or overawed by the task ahead of them. He spent the

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morning going through various points of law to direct them, talking to

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them about the fact that some passage of time has gone by since

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the offences were alleged to have taken place. He said that that in

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itself did not provide Mr Roache with a defence, although his defence

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lawyer has pointed to this in her case. He also talked about Bill

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Roache's good character, and told the jury they must decide the level

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of importance they will attach to that. Overall, he has said they must

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be certain of the actor's guilt before conviction. If they are not

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certain, they must acquit him. The judge will then send the jury out to

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consider their verdict. A pupil at a Russian high school is

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reported to have shot dead a police officer and a teacher. He also held

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more than 20 students hostage at the school on the outskirts of Moscow

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before being arrested. Last year there were 45,000 cosmetic surgery

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operations. There was a big jump in the number of people, women and men,

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having liposuction. It is a multibillion pound industry. Last

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year was the busiest ever for Britain's cosmetic surgeons. Amy

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works at this private clinic in Newcastle. Three months ago she

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became a patient and had liposuction on her hips. I had stubborn areas on

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the back of my hips. Most women know what I'm talking about. I couldn't

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get rid of it through dieting and exercise. It was getting rid of it

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to make me more comfortable in my clothes. The surgeon's organisation

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said its members carrying out a record 50,000 operations last year.

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T 0% were on -- 90% were on women. Breast implants were the most

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popular. The biggest increase was on liposuction. . We have seen a

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double-dig get rise. We have not seen this standard of rise since

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before the recession. So, clearly this is an indicator of economic

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recovery because the people having these procedures are from all walks

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of life and from all parts of the country. Two years ago, it was

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revealed more than 40,000 British women were given implants made from

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industrial silicon. Controls have since been tightened and the

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negative publicity seems to have been overshadowed by people's desire

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to change their appearance. If you are unhappy or dissatisfied with

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their life for whatever reason it is easy to buy into this myth that

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cosmetic surgery is the answer. In fact the problem is in your mind, it

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is not with your body. A lot of the time it does not work that. Kus

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mettic surgery has -- kus mettic surgery has not been so popular.

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Surgeons warn despite its popularity plastic surgery has risks as well as

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possible rewards and should not be taken lightly.

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Our top story this lunch time: The Education Secretary, Michael Gove,

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says he wants standards to be raised in state schools so they match

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independent schools. Still to come - that sinking feel - the hole that

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swallowed a car in Buckinghamshire. Later on BBC London - the Met's

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campaign getting tough on those who abuse and exploit children. Showing

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off the capital - how London is trying to lure the growing number of

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tourists from India. The family of Philip Seymour Hoffman

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have been paying their own tribute to the 46-year-old actor who was

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found dead in his New York home yesterday. They have issued a

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statement in which they speak about their tragic and sudden loss, but

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also their appreciation of the outpouring of love and support they

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have received since the news of his death. It is thought he died of a

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heroin overdose. Our arts correspondent's report contains some

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flash photography. It could have been the scene from

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one of his films, but this was tragically real. Philip Seymour

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Hoffman's body being removed from his New York home after a suspected

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drug overdose. Tributes were paid to him at last night's Super Bowl. It

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is a shame. Who knows what he would have been able to do. We are left

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with a legacy of the work he's done. It all speaks for itself. I am kind

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of in shock right now. We lost one of the greats, one of the greats. It

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is very, very sad. Often describes as an actor's actor,

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he was utterly authentic in roles, whether playing a baddie in such as

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Mission: Impossible III or in more art house fare, like Magnolia. Those

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who worked with him have expressed their sorrow. Robert De Niro saying:

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At the start of his career, Philip Seymour Hoffman had drug addiction

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problems. He went on to win the Best Actor Oscar for Capote.

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Clean for more than 20 years, he checked into rehab last May after

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taking heroin. He appeared to be getting his career back on track. He

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almost finished the next two hunger games movies. On Friday, the cast

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was announced for his second film as a director. Something on which he

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wanted to focus. Acting is my day job. It really is. I think it will

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never not be. I don't think I could just act. I think that would wear me

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down. Philip Seymour Hoffman described

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acting as torturous, but both on-screen and on-stage gave some of

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the most memorable performances of the last two decades.

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An inquest has opened into the death of a royal military police officer

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who hanged herself after claiming she was raped by two male

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colleagues. Prosecutors decided not to press charges after Corporal

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Anne-Marie Ellement made the complaint. Her family said

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afterwards she was subjected to rape-related bullying.

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The Army was Anne-Marie Ellement's life. In November, 2009, while

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serving in Germany, she claims she was raped by two colleagues.

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Not long after, she transferred to this base in Wiltshire, saying she

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was angry that no-one had been charged with the assault.

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She worked here at the Royal Military Police office and told her

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family people were shouting - there's the girl that cried rape.

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Anne-Marie Ellement was 30 years old and a corporal in the Royal Military

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Police. It was after she was posted here, to Bulford camp, in Wiltshire,

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that her body was found in October 2011. The inquest has to decide what

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were the exact circumstances that led up to that death. Her family

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have fought for this second inquest, saying the first didn't get to the

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truth. We want some justice. We want some answers. We want to know the

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real reason of what happened between my little sister and why she wasn't

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protected. Thank you. Her mother told the inquest:

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The Ministry of Defence will argue that Anne-Marie Ellement did receive

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support and that there wasn't enough evidence to charge the two soldiers

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involved. The inquest is due to last three weeks.

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Older women are being targeted by a breast cancer campaign. At the

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moment screening stops automatically for women when they are 70 and they

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have to request it themselves. Recent figures show one in three

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women who are diagnosed with breast cancer in England each year are aged

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70 or over. That is around 13, 500 women, over 70, diagnosed with the

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disease every year in England. This accounts for half of all breast

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cancer deaths annually. We will speak now to Yvonne Doyle, the

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regional director from public health England. What will surprise a lot of

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people is the risk of breast cancer increases with age. A lot of older

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women don't think that either. Actually their risk does go up. One

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in three of all cases are in the over 70s. You ra not past it if you

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are -- you are not past it if you are 70. If you turn up early for

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treatment you do very well. We are worried that older women are not

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turning up early enough for treatment. This campaign is to try

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and make them aware of the signs of breast cancer that they may not be

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aware of. So, increased awareness is crucial. Treatment, presumably, the

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same as for younger women? If they get in early their survival is very

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good. Older women respond well to early treatment. They need to look

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for signs. Everyone thinks it is about a lump, actually it is about

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changes in the nipple, the skin, the shape of the breast or pain in the

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breast. A lot of older women are not aware of those signs. Dr Yvonne

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Doyle, thank you for coming in. Thank you. There are just 170 days

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to go before the Commonwealth Games begin in Glasgow. Organisers are

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concerned about the future of the event because so far no-one has said

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they want to host the Games in 2022. An Extraordinary General Meeting of

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the federation is being held on Friday and bids have to be in at the

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beginning of March. Where will you be when the world

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comes to Scotland? Glasgow 2014 selling itself to the world, in

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order to attract big crowds and athletes to the city for the 20th

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Commonwealth Games. It is so far proving popular with most of these

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venues ready and the majority of the tickets sold. How popular are the

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Games in General. In 2018, Australia ya's Gold Coast will be the hosts,

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after that, in 2022, the destinations of the Games so far

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remains a mystery. So far, no serious expressions of interest have

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been received T man in charge of attracting them remains upbeat.

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Obviously there's no bids, the Games will finish in 2018. It is logical.

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I think we will go on. The movement will continue to grow. The Games

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have been held every four years since the first empire games in

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1930. As they have grown, so has the price tag, so as the Queen's baton

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makes its way around her 70 nations and territories, the message is

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smaller games could be smaller. Meaning less athletes. The

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Commonwealth games is important, not jus because of thes at -- just

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because of the atmosphere, but the competition. It is very competitive.

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So Glasgow builds to r the summer t question is - have the games -- so

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Glasgow builds for the summer, the question is - have they lost their

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shine? One moment your car is on the drive way, the next it is vanished,

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thanks to a sinkhole. At the weekend one opened up in High Wycombe, 30

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feet deep and 15 feet wide. It swallowed a car, but thankfully

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injured no-one. Imagine waking up to find this outside your house! A

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gaping hole in the drive way, with your car at the bottom of it.

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Phil and Liz were first alerted to the sinkhole yesterday morning when

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they heard their daughter scream. 15 feet across and 30 feet deep, the

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hole had simply swallowed up her car. We heard this piercing scream

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at about 7am. We came rushing out and she was looking out the window,

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"My car has gone." We saw this huge hole. The car is buried, barely

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visible, under the mud. How did it happen? One theory is the heavy rain

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we've had over the past few weeks washed away the earth under the

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tarmac. There are old chalk mines in this area and they may have played a

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role. Happily, no-one here was hurt. Sinkholes in other parts of the

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world have been much bigger and sometimes catastrophic.

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This collapse looked like a scene from a disaster movie.

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The local council are now investigating what happened here in

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High Wycombe. The family are keeping a close eye on the sinkhole in their

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drive way, hoping it doesn't get bigger!

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That is an understatement! Let's have a look at the weather.

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I have been looking back at the weather. I think it was the 5th

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December we last had decent high pressure over the British Isles.

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Since 9th December we've had south-westerly winds, which have

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been bringing huge rainfall totals, particularly in Wales and south-west

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England as well. We have seen some really, really wet weather over

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these areas. January, across parts of the south had some of the highest

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rainfall totals we have ever seen for a January. On the satellite we

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have an area of cloud working into the western side of the British

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Isles. This front is slow-moving today. The chances are if it is

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raining where you live at the moment, it probably will be as we

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head towards the evening time as well. It is windy across the Irish

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Sea coasts. Some wet weather clinging on to the

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coastline of Antrim and Down this afternoon. The wettest will be

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further south, across southern Wales and south-west England, again. With

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around 30 mms of rain before the rain eases up. Across eastern

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England, bright and breezy. Ass the winter has been so far -- as the

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winter has been so far, it will be mild, running a degree or so above

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average. The rain band will weaken as it

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pushes eastwards. More snow for the Scottish mountains

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and across the north-west of the country, particularly over rural

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areas, we could get a nip of frost. Tuesday morning, well expect showers

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from the word go. Focussed in on Wales and south-west England.

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Overnight rains clears from Aberdeen. Fine weather for eastern

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Scotland into the afternoon. For most, bright and breezy. During the

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afternoon, the winds will crank up across south-west England, with

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severe gales here by the end of the day. This next weather system, well

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we are monitoring at the moment - this lump of cloud racing across at

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the moment will be picked up by a powerful jet stream, blasting at

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around 180 miles per hour. That dwrops this low press -- develops

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this low pressure. Expect a very, very windy spell of weather through

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Tuesday night into Wednesday. How strong will the winds get? We are

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looking at winds of 80 miles per hour. 60-70 miles per hour through

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the Irish Sea coasts and similar through the English Channel coast.

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It could bring down some trees and more rain to come. 30 mms across

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south-west England. More over hills. Yes, I reckon it has been the best

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part of two months that we have seen this incredible rainfall. Any sign

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of it stopping? Well, not really. In the next couple of weeks it seems

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like we'll see further bouts of wet weather. Towards the end of February

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there are hints we could get something less wet, if you like.

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That is a long, long way off. Don't forget the BBC News Channel this

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afternoon will have the latest on those flood alerts in the Midlands

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and the south-west and live reports from Somerset. A reminder of our top

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story this lunch time: The Education Secretary has said he wants

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standards to be raised in state schools so they match independent

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schools. That's all from us. Now on BBC One,

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it

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