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emotion as he was cleared of rape and indecent assault but his family

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broke down in tears. This is what he had to say as left court. In these

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situations, there are no winners and I think we should all be much kinder

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to ourselves. We'll have the latest from Preston Crown Court. Also this

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lunchtime. Another big storm on its way - severe weather warnings issued

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for parts of southern Britain with more than 1.5 inches rain expected

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in some places. There are serious concerns for communities,

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particularly in Somerset and the South West, already dealing with

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heavily flooded and saturated land. A big boost for British

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manufacturing as Bombardier wins a billion pound contract to provide

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trains for the London Crossrail project. They're off. Britain's

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Billy Morgan is first up at the Sochi Winter Olympics. And why the

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Government's plans for a 5p charge on plastic carrier bags in England

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are being branded a complete mess. More services are running on the

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Tube on day two of the strike. And teachers walk out at a North London

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secondary in the first-ever industrial action at a free school.

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Good afternoon and welcome to the BBC News at One. The Coronation

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Street star William Roache has been cleared of all sexual abuse charges

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by a jury at Preston Crown Court. After a month-long trial, the jury

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dismissed claims that the 81-year-old had assaulted five

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teenagers in the 1960s and 70s - claims the actor had always denied.

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As he left court he made a brief statement and finished by saying

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he'd like to get back to work. ITV say they'll be talking to the actor

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about his return. Danny Savage has been following the trial. He's there

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now. Just before the jury returned its verdict, Bill Roache was told to

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stand and he did so with hands find his back and faced the jury. The six

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charges were read out and after each one, not guilty was heard. Bill

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Roache showed no emotion as those verdicts were returned but his

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family did. They are tears and sobs could be heard across the courtroom

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as their father's name was cleared. Cleared of all charges, Bill Roache

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left court today with the words not guilty ringing in his ears. A

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statement of calm relief followed. In these situations, there are no

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winners. I think we should all be much kinder to ourselves. But now,

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if you will excuse me, I would like to get back to work. The world 's

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longest serving soap star was cleared of a string of sexual

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offence allegations against girls aged 16 or under the twin the

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mid-1960s and early 1970s. The image of respectability painted by his

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defence team was upheld. If someone has done something wrong, the law

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will take its course. Some of the claims came to light because of this

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television interview. He suggested victims of sex crimes were paying

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for actions in past lives. Everything that happens to us is the

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result of what we have been in previous lives or whatever. But this

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was a reflection on anything he had done and he later apologised for his

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remarks. I would ever say that victims of sexual offences are

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responsible for the abuse they suffered and I apologise profusely

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if I have been misunderstood. If you will join me... Too many people,

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Bill Roache is Ken Barlow, one of the stars of Coronation Street but

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he has been written out since the allegations were made. But

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Coronation Street came to court to defend one of its own. Members of

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his on-screen family and other colleagues described him as lovely,

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kind and a perfect gentleman. The jury dismissed claims that he

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assaulted teenage girls at Granada's Studios in Manchester,

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houses in Lancashire and in his Rolls-Royce. A handwritten police

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statement by the actor last year summed up his feelings about the

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claims. It ends... I would like to reiterate that I have not, nor would

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I ever, was any person to engage in a sexual act against their will. In

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particular, I would not seek to force a young girl to do so. Claims

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nearly 50 years old saw a pensioner dragged through the courts and to

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the brink of disgrace. They could have ruined a brilliant career in

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show business but the man who plays Ken Barlow was today declared

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innocent. There has been a statement from ITV about his future at

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Coronation Street and they say they look forward to talking to him about

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his return to work. What about the bigger picture? About high profile

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cases like this? In the words of the defence barrister, she said in the

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post-Jimmy Savile crisis of conscience, when someone makes an

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allegation, it has to go to court. It made and Bill Roache was cleared.

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Thank you very much. Another big storm is predicted to hit much of

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Britain this afternoon. The Met Office has issued severe weather

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warnings for southern and South West England and south Wales from this

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afternoon. In some places, more than an inch-and-a-half of rain is

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expected to fall on already saturated ground. This morning the

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Government announced another ?30 million for flood repairs on top of

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the ?100 million announced by the Prime Minister yesterday. In a

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moment we'll be hearing from Duncan Kennedy, who's by the Thames in

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Berkshire. But first to our correspondent at Moorland in

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Somerset, Simon Clemison. Good afternoon. There has been a break in

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the weather overnight and into today, a chance for the Environment

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Agency to get this flood area up to hold the waters back but this is

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only a brief break. More rain is expected later on. That has led to

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some difficult decisions. How long can one community go on fighting the

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weather? Today, the people of moral and have to decide. Do they stay or

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go? We have been working all morning with sandbags, so we do not want the

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water in our house. We will stay as long as we can but if we are forced,

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we will go. The official advice is to leave now. The floodwater has not

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done its worst yet but the early warning signs were enough to

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persuade this family to load their car. We had to leave that. It is in

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the house. As you can see. We got the kids out. People are offering

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each other places to stay, cattle are being taken to auction and you

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get the sense that the time is up. The water is encroaching that bit

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further all the time. Some people will sit beside but it is getting

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that little bit quieter all the time. -- said this out. Quiet on one

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of the main railways. The line at Dawlish has been destroyed and local

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businesses believe it could cost millions of pounds. Homeowners have

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been left in a perilous state. The wall was filled by sand so we are

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looking at an innovative technique using a tunnel between Tiverton and

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Taunton, Bray -- spraying concrete and we want to bring that machine

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here today to see if we can add some protection. The days are turning

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into weeks and months in this nonstop flooding. And there is no

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end in sight. Not yet, anyway. There are plenty of people still here and

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the levels have fallen this morning but this is only a brief respite.

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More rain is expected later and then it will be worse on Saturday. A

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destructive pattering that people here would like to see an end to.

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Whether that is saying is another matter. Thank you. -- that is soon.

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There are more than 300 flood warnings across the UK, many along

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the River Thames. Duncan Kennedy is at Pangbourne in Berkshire. It is

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raining here yet again, just like everywhere around here. It could

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mean the flood story heads east, back to the Thames Valley. It has

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also been raining upstream in Oxfordshire and that what has only

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got one place to go. The River Thames, to the lower reaches in

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places like Berkshire, which is why the people here are bracing

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themselves for more flooding. The waters are rising here and the

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gardens are filling up. Home owners steeling themselves for more

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flooding. It is coming up. They have made some preparations with the

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pumps but who knows? The last time it was up to our waste. We will see.

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Tomorrow, I'm sure the flood level will go up. In places, the Thames is

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creeping up to the levels it reached two weeks ago, when hundreds of

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homes were inundated. The Environment Agency say it takes

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between two and seven days for rainwater to translate into swollen

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rivers like here in Berkshire. It has not stopped raining over the

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past few weeks, which is why these levels are so high and why the

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residents here are pretty evenly worried about what will happen over

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the next 48 hours. -- pretty worried. Another weather system has

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its sights on Britain this weekend and forecasters say this might need

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another rewriting of the record books. We are only starting February

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but statistics have brought us the wettest December and January since

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records began so we could possibly be shaping up for the wettest winter

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on record. Eric Pickles. The government updated MPs today on the

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extent of the damage done by the winter storms. It said it did not

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yet have all of the information. The full picture of the damage caused

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has not yet emerged and the weather conditions have proven to be so

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savage. The government will therefore carry out a rapid review

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of the additional work needed to restore our flood defences and

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return them in target condition. Environment Agency staff are making

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sure pumps and people are being primed for the forthcoming weather.

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Coast or inland community, summer seems a long way off. Those

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Environment Agency people are all over this area, they have seen the

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warnings and they must put preparations in place. It would not

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take much for this what to come over the edge and flood these houses,

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some of which are still flooded from last time. Which is why the next 48

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hours, as we always say, are absolutely crucial for the people of

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this area. Thank you very much. Let's speak to our Chief Political

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Correspondent, Norman Smith. More money promised by the government and

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the Prime Minister will check the Cobra committee for the second time

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in two days. And still be political right about how this is being

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handled rumbles on. And that tells us that although we are a long way

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from the flooding at Westminster, it dominate the agenda with the Prime

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Minister defending his government's handling of the agenda, saying it

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was proactive and having to defend Owen Paterson. And again, deciding

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to chair another meeting. We have had more money, that extra ?30

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million, we will get a review of the overall flood strategy and there

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will be greater use of the monetary and more meetings with council

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leaders to discuss what they want and more of everything. And this

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frenzy of activity is designed obviously in part to get on top of

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this crisis but also to be seen to be doing something. It is almost

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like the hurricane Katrina factor, when you remember President Bush,

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his reputation was profoundly damaged by the perception that he

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was not on top of this issue and he was slow to respond. Ministers want

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to make sure they do not fall into the same trap. Norman Smith in

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Westminster. Thank you very much. For all the latest on the weather,

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you can visit our website: It has updates on the situation across the

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UK and you can find out information for your local area. The Derby-based

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company Bombardier has won ?1 billion contract to build the trains

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to be used on the new crossrail route. The Canadian owned company

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will build 65 trains, helping create and secure hundreds of jobs at its

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plant in Derby. London's Mayor said the new trains would revolutionise

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rail travel in the capital. Here's our Business Correspondent, John

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Moylen. A happy and building rolling stock for railways here in Derby

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since the 1840s. Now, this historic site has a secure future. -- they

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have been building. Workers have faced uncertainty over jobs in

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recent years but not any more. Absolutely ecstatic, I was in the

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office when the announcement came and it was a joyous moment. All of

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the guys who work here have been waiting to hear this news and it is

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great. Brilliant, I have been here since an apprentice, five years. It

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has secured my future. It saves me looking for a job. The new trains

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will be needed for crossrail, Europe's largest construction

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project. 12018, it will carry millions of passengers across London

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and the South East and Bombardier will build the trains as part of a

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?1 billion contract. There will be 65, a total of 600 carriages, and it

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will safeguard up to 840 jobs, of which 340 or new jobs. Its future

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was thrown into doubt when it lost out on a major contract that went to

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Siemens in Germany. Unions launched a campaign to save the firm and that

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led to the government to review the procurement of major projects but

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today the government insisted that Bombardier offered the right price.

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There is a competitive process, there has to be. Legally required.

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It was one on its merits and I am delighted they are buying British

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and supporting a very good company. And they will support 800 jobs. That

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is vital for the recovery of the economy. This is one of several

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crossrail station 's currently under construction in London. This project

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has been criticised by some as evidence that too much public money

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is spent on transport infrastructure in the South East. Today's news

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means will be a lasting legacy for Derby and British Korean

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manufacturing also. They write over Bombardier raised fundamental

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questions about how the government supports the manufacturing base and

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the first trains will leave as planned in three years. Hospitals in

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England are still under severe financial pressure making it more

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difficult for them to put patients first. That's according to the

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health think-tank the Nuffield Trust. Their findings come a year

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after a scathing report into the scandal at Stafford hospital, which

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declared that public and patients had been "betrayed" by the NHS. Our

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health correspondent, Jane Dreaper, reports.

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Shocking failings in the care of frail, older patients. The problems

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at Stafford Hospital show England's NHS is needed to make the changes.

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What has happened in the past year? This is new research suggests

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hospitals are listening to patients and their complaints, but also says

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managers are under pressure to keep costs under control. It feels very

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difficult for the people running the hospitals at the moment. Some of

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them think there is still some savings, but bad quality care needs

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to be eradicated and we will save money. But others say we need more

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nurse nurses and the money needs to come from somewhere. We need to

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speak up and say we cannot do this within the financial limit.

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Hospitals are doing more work to manage basic care on wards. But the

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man who report cause shock waves says it will take time to turn

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around NHS culture. It is disturbing and there is still this feeling of

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pressure, feeling that if I don't meet a target or balance the books,

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then my job is at stake. I feel that needs to be looked at. There are now

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3500 extra nurses on hospital wards in England. More NHS whistle-blowers

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are ringing a special hotline, over 700 this year. Seven reviews have

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reported back to ministers who insist the health service is turning

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a corner. I think the public will draw comfort from the fact that a

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year on from the reports, far from gathering dust, it says hospitals

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are taking on the lessons. 80% say those actions have already started.

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The government points out the best hospital deliver fantastic care

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within budget. More are predict ting deficit this year, but the lessons

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of Stafford is that patients come first.

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Our top story this lunchtime: The Coronation Street actor, Bill Roache

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has been found not guilty of two rapes and four indecent assaults

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against women in the 1960s and 70s. And still to come: One of the new

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men in charge of English cricket speaks to the BBC about the future

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for the team and the decision to drop Kevin Pieterson.

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Later on BBC London: Unregulated and bad for your health - why the

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authorities are cracking down on the use of Shisha in the capital.

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And bracing ourselves for more heavy rain - we'll have the forecast for

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the next 24 hours. There's still a day to go before the

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Winter Olympics officially begin in Sochi but the sporting events are

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already underway. And a Briton, the snowboarder Billy Morgan, was the

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first competitor out there. Nearly 3,000 athletes are competing for 98

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gold medals over the next two weeks. And Team GB are hoping for a record

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medal haul. But The Games in southern Russia are still being

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overshadowed by security concerns. Our sports correspondent, Andy

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Swiss, is in Sochi. Welcome to the Olympic Park in

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Sochi. Behind me you can see the stadium where the opening ceremony

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will take place tomorrow night. There has been a difficult build-up

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to these games with more concerns about security this morning. Up in

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the mountains, about 30 miles away, the action is already underway.

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Getting The Games off to a flying start, Britain's Billy Morgan, the

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first competitor in the first event, qualifying for the snowboarding.

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Blue skies, snow, almost picture perfect. Away from the sport there

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are still concerns. With thousands arriving, the US are warning

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explosives could be hidden in toothpaste tubes and smuggled on

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aeroplanes to Russia. Security is tight, but the British team say they

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are satisfied. Our threat level has not changed since we came out. We

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are not aware of any of the threat you have just mentioned and we are

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in constant dialogue and monitoring the situation. Britain has 56

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athletes, among them skaters, Nick Upland and Penny Combs and they say

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it is only sport that is on their minds. I feel very safe. The village

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is very quiet at the moment. Obviously a lot of teams coming. We

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have our accreditations and cannot go anywhere without them. We have to

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go through airport security to get into the village. I feel very safe,

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and it is great so I can concentrate on my skating. Nine closed doors,

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rehearsals have been taking place for the opening serried where

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Britain's flag bearer will be this man, now at his third games. To be a

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leader of a team and lead the team in performance would be great. To

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see Chris Hoy, at the last Olympics in London was fantastic. To see his

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emotion and what it meant to him. I can see how much it means to carry

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the flag and it is fantastic. These Olympics are already testing the

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best. That is a big hit. This Norwegian

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lady lucky to walk away from this. But Britain's Jamie Nicholls was

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among the first star performance, safety through to Saturday's final.

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The organisers say they hope it is the athlete that sees the headlines.

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This afternoon we have the first action in the Olympic Park which is

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hosting the indoor events. The figure skating is just underway.

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Candidates are into the final week of campaigning for a by-election in

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Wythenshawe and Sale in Greater Manchester. It was triggered by the

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death of the Labour MP Paul Goggins. It is a safe Labour seat but the UK

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Independence Party is determined to give them a run for their money, as

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Chris Mason reports. It is time for a pint in the

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Fairbank pub in Wythenshawe. Had a good day, mate? Time to meet the man

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who will be our guide to this spot politicians are scrapping over.

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Lived in the area all my life, had as Mrs in the area all my life.

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Passionate about Wythenshawe. It is improving and over the last three

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years it has got better and better. There is a feel-good feeling about

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my business at the moment. The area is getting better and people are

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spending. Not everyone here is so optimistic. How are the party is

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likely to fare? It is a micro-chrism of what we are seeing in national

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politics. Two, two party politics. Labour will be looking to recruit

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Liberal Democrat support. Over on the right you have the battle

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between the Conservatives and UKIP. This is the 17th by-election race in

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the last three and a half years and in five of those, the UK

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Independence party has finished second. And the overall winner is

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pretty predict the ball, but they still set hearts racing at

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Westminster because they are real votes in real ballot boxes and

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giving the party is a real sense of whether they are popular or not.

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This time next week, voters will decide which party's candidate is

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smiling most and heading to Westminster.

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If you want more information on the candidates running the Wythenshawe

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and Sale by-election, details of all seven of them can be found on the

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BBC website. Life goes on for England's

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beleaguered cricket team with the latest squad announced in the past

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hour. Kevin Pietersen's name is of course absent and the fall out after

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his sacking continues to dominate English cricket. Our sports

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correspondent, Joe Wilson is with me. Are we any nearer to finding out

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why he was dropped? The national selector, James Whittaker was almost

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forced to come and speak to the media. In the past few minutes he

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has done an interview. Asked directly why he got rid of Kevin

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Pietersen, his ancestor was because of a legal position he was not at

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liberty to say. What James Whittaker talked about in more general terms

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was needing new players to re-evaluate the culture and values

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of the team. I suppose we can infer that in some way Kevin Pietersen

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infringed culture and values. It is an intense period of cricket for

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England. Go to the West Indies, then they play in the Twenty20 World Cup.

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Amongst the players, we have a young man, potentially very exciting but

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it is Kevin Pietersen's absence which still dominated. David Cameron

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said he was an enormous fan and said there was a powerful argument for

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Kiki him -- keeping him in the side. Then he added that he should stay

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out of it. But it is Kevin Pietersen and nobody wants to stay out of it.

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Plans to introduce a 5p charge for carrier bags in England next year

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are a "complete mess", that's according to a committee of MPs.

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They say there are so many exemptions, for example there'll be

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no charge for paper or biodegradable bags and that people are likely to

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get confused. Here's our Business Correspondent, Emma Simpson.

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We may not use them for long, but we do use an awful lot of them, over

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eight billion disposable plastic bags in England each year. This is

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where too many of them end up, the government hopes that by getting us

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to pay 5p a bag will help reduce waste. But a group of MPs says the

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government's plans are a mess. There will be exemptions for biodegradable

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bags, there is going to be an exemption for paper bags. It is also

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going to bring in an exemption for small businesses. It sends out mixed

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messages. MPs said the scheme should be simple, like the one introduced

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in Wales. There is a flat at 5p levy on all carrier bags. That has led to

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a 75% reduction in their use. They started charging for all plastic

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bags in Northern Ireland last April, Scotland will follow suit

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this year. There are still plenty of bags on the streets of Belfast, but

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the scheme is working so well they are planning to double the charge to

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10p. I work in a clothes shop and a lot of people do use their own bags.

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It is only 5p. It does not make a difference to me. There is less

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plastic bags litter, so there is. How best to bin the bags? England

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will soon catch up with the rest of the UK. MPs are worried the

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exemptions will be too confusing for consumers, but the government

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insists its plans will reduce their use that they should not come at the

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cost of burdening small businesses. The Met office is saying we could be

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headed for the wettest winter on record. Now the weather.

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Whoever came up with the phrase, it never rains but it pours, has a lot

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to answer for. It is stormy as we move towards the weekend. If we look

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at this cloud in the satellite picture, that is Saturday's storm. A

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brief lull before it is, but another area of low pressure moving in

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bringing more rain. Light and patchy at the moment but we will see the

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rain intensified for the rest of the afternoon and through the evening.

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Further north across Northern Ireland, northern England, eastern

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Scotland, not a bad afternoon with sunny spells coming through. A few

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spells into the North West. It is this rain down to the South that is

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the next cause for concern. Amber weather warnings, be prepared for

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further disruption. We could potentially see another 40

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millimetres falling to higher ground. Those amber warnings will

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remain in force into the weekend. If you are travelling away from London

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at 6pm there will be a lot of rain around, surface water and spray.

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Same across the Midlands and into North Wales. At 7pm, it intensifies.

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Despite the lull in Somerset we saw earlier, we will see the rain

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pepping up in the latter stages of the evening. Pulses of wet weather

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pushing in across England and Wales throughout the night. Breezy, but

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not the strong winds we saw from the last storm. Towards the end of the

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night across the North Cornish coast, the winds will pick up. Under

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clearer skies we could see a touch of frost as temperatures for just

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below freezing. We start off with wet weather to clear away from the

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East. Snow across the Pennines for a time, but a brief lull in

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proceedings on Friday. Sunny spells coming through. Highs around five to

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10 degrees. I hope you can make the most of Friday's weather because

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Friday night, towards Saturday, almost a repeat the four months of

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the store we saw on Tuesday into Wednesday. Heavy rain and severe

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winds. It will focus its attention into the North on Saturday with

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showers across England and Wales. You can always look on our website.

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A reminder of our top story this lunchtime: the Coronation Street

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actor, William Roache has been found not guilty of all rape

:31:36.:31:36.