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The new route for HS2 is announced - the second part of the high speed

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The route links Birmingham, Manchester, Liverpool, Leeds,

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It'll be easier for us to do business on a national scale,

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it'll be easier for us to attract clients to our offices here,

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and for us to recruit talent from around the country.

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But it's not universally welcomed - the line will run right

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Why build a new housing estate and then potentially knock it down? We

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are short of houses already. Where will we move to? We are in limbo.

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HS2 has been a project dogged by delays and controversy -

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we'll be assessing the winners and losers of the new route.

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A terminally-ill man battles in the courts for the right

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With slightly different approaches to paperwork -

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the second round of formal Brexit talks gets underway.

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An extra ?1.3 billion for schools in England -

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but the money has to come from education savings.

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City of Culture Hull gets listed status for the famous Humber Bridge,

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And coming up in Sportsday on BBC News.

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Olivia Breen makes it nine golds for Britain

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at the World Para-athletic championships in London,

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with more medal prospects later today too.

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Good evening and welcome to the BBC News At Six.

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The routes for the second stage of the new HS2 high speed rail

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Trains will run from Birmingham on two lines -

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one serving the north west and major cities like Manchester

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and Liverpool - the other serving the East Midlands

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The first trains are not expected to run until 2026.

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For years there have been disagreements about exactly

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Now some properties on a new housing estate in Mexborough

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in South Yorkshire will have to be bulldozed to make way for it.

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Here's our transport correspondent, Richard Westcott.

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It's the Trainline that splits people write down the middle. For

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supporters, it will boost the economy and bridge the North-South

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divide. Critics say costs will spiral and benefits are overblown.

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And there's the ?56 billion price tag. We don't have the investment we

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need in the future to increase the capacity of our transport system to

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increase economic development. Contracts have just been awarded for

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the first phase of HS2 between London and Birmingham, worth nearly

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?7 billion and creating 16,000 jobs. That first section will not open for

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another nine years. There's been another big HS2 announcement today,

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several years late. They have finally put out the route that goes

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from Birmingham up to Manchester on one side and Sheffield and Leeds on

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the other. It goes right through this brand-new housing estate. In

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fact, right through Ben's house. We have been told that the route will

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cut through from the show houses, through my property and through my

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neighbour's property. We were not told this when we bought the house.

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Why build a housing estate and then knock it down? We are short of

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houses anyway. Where do we then moved to? Just over the road, the

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line could also cut through Karen's farm. We spoke to her last year, and

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she was livid. I am not moving anywhere. I will fight this until

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death. Today, I'm gutted, to think that we have put all this, over 40

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odd years into what we've got... You were fuming last time we were here.

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What has happened since then? Have they been to see you? No, nothing.

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Too much gone into this over years. You know, I could never imagine

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living anywhere else. HS2 creates losers, but it makes winners as

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well, like this small digital marketing company in Nottingham. It

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will be easier for us to do business on a national scale, easier for us

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to attract clients to our offices here, and to attract talent from

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around the country, who will be willing to relocate here or even

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commute from other cities. The first Leeds HS2 train will not depart for

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another 16 years. Plenty of time for opponents to fight the plans.

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We can talk to Richard in Mexborough now. So the new line is going to run

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right through the middle of that housing estate. But as you said in

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your piece, some winners as well. Always winners and losers. Everyone

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is coming home tonight to this letter. We can confirm your property

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will remain within the area, which has been safeguarded for the future

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of the railway. The words they didn't want to hear. You can see

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some trees there. The line will come straight through there. They have

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stopped building some houses here, because they knew it was the

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potential route. We think these two houses on the end will go, but the

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houses next to them, would they stay? They are potentially going to

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be near a 20 metre high railway viaduct, so they are coming home to

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that dreadful news. No one is really sure what to do. HS2 does have its

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supporters as well. It is very politically popular. All the main

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political parties support it, the unions and council leaders as well.

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They are convinced that this is one of the key answers to boost the

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economy and to bridge that North-South divide. There is going

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to be very close scrutiny of the costs concerned, but when you talk

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to people who are directly affected by the line, then number one

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complaint is the lack of information, the waiting four years

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in limbo not knowing what's happening to their house. And that

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is what is happening too many hundreds of people on this estate

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tonight. Richard, thank you. Schools in England are to get a ?1.3

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billion bailout over two years - but the money will have to come

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from savings elsewhere The announcement by

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the Education Secretary, Justine Greening, follows

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protests by headteachers and MPs that schools have been

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facing unsustainable cuts. Labour has criticised

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the move as nothing more Our education correspondent,

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Gillian Hargreaves, reports. Only yesterday, another protest from

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teachers and parents who say their schools need more money. For months,

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heads have written letters and parents protested, from the

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south-east of England to the north-west. Today, Justine Greening

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acted on an election pledge to double it more money from civil

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service in London to schools across England. The additional funding I am

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setting out today, together with the National funding formula, will

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provide schools with the funding they need to offer a world-class

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education to every single child. There will be an additional ?1.3

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billion for schools and high need across 2018-19. School spending will

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rise from ?41 billion in 2017 to ?43.5 billion by 2020. No secondary

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school pupil will have less than ?4800 spent on their schooling.

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Plans to reallocate spending, which would have seen losses for some

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schools, especially in inner cities, will now seek cash to games. The

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devil will be in the detail. It is not universal. We will have to see

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what the impact is elsewhere. Although the money will be welcomed,

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schools are facing rising bills for teachers pay and pensions, and

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running costs. This extra investment will come from money already set

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aside for education. I welcome the ?1.3 billion announced today, but

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can the Secretary of State confirm if it will affect per-pupil budgets

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in real terms, just the overall budget? This is all being funded

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without a penny of new money from the Treasury. The government has

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been galvanised to dig in its pockets because of frustration in

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classrooms across England, and anger at the school gate. Whether it will

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be enough to help relieve the pressure on class sizes and teachers

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jobs still unclear. The second round of formal talks

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on Britain's departure from the EU The Brexit Secretary,

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David Davis, says it's time to get down to business,

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focussing on EU citizens' rights, the so-called divorce bill

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from the EU, and the Irish border. Meanwhile, Theresa May

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is to try to reimpose discipline on her senior ministers

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after a series of leaks over the weekend suggesting cabinet

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splits and infighting. Here's our political

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editor, Laura Kuenssberg. They don't really have much time to

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hang around. The two men who will haggle over how we leave. Especially

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with the UK's political situation rather fluid, at best. It's

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incredibly important we now make good progress and we negotiate

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through this and identify the differences, so we can deal with

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them, and identify the similarities, so we can reinforce them. It's time

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to get to work. Now we have to work. There is a lot to do. Working out

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the Irish border, the Brexit bill, writes for Brits abroad... That

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government ministers don't agree completely about what should be on

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the table. Perhaps that is why the Brexit secretary seemed to arrive

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without his notes. Perhaps chatter around the Cabinet at home suggests

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the big beasts are split. Is the cabinet split on the Brexit? We have

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seen in another part of town today, I'm very pleased that negotiations

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are beginning, and as you know, is very fair, serious offer has been

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put on the table by the UK Government. It's not just that

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government has to wrangle Brexit through Brussels and Parliament, but

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deal with disagreements on public sector pay and on spending. Above

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all, the disagreements have emerged into daylight because the discipline

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Theresa May had imposed on the Tories has all but disappeared since

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the general election. Tomorrow, she will warn the cabinet to behave, to

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keep their views to themselves, but those for desire for the top job

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believe the game is on. It's got to stop. Whoever is doing it, everybody

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needs to get into a rather cold shower, and then get together and

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have a warm pint afterwards. This is damaging. It's damaging to the

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party, to the Parliamentary MPs, and to the country. Remember him, urging

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the Tories today to inspire, not to look to the past? The risk to the

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Tories the current generation hurt each other fighting old battles

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anew. A teenage boy has appeared in court

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in Stratford charged in connection with a series of acid attacks in

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London. He faces charges of serious bodily harm with intent and

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possession of a dangerous weapon in the form of a liquid.

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A terminally ill man has begun a legal challenge

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to the ban on assisted dying in England and Wales.

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67-year-old Noel Conway has motor neurone disease.

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He says he fears becoming entombed in his body and wants to be able

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to choose when and where he dies, without those who help

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Currently it is illegal to help someone to die.

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Our medical correspondent, Fergus Walsh, reports.

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It's an issue which polarises opinion, and keeps coming

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The latest challenge is from Noel Conway from Shropshire,

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who was too weak to attend today's hearing.

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Motor neurone disease means he increasingly

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Once fit and active, his muscles are progressively wasting.

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He fears how he will die, and wants a doctor to be allowed

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I want to be able to say goodbye to the people that I love

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at the right time, not to be in a zombie-like condition,

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suffering both physically and psychologically.

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It is only three years since the Supreme Court rejected

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a similar plea for a right to die from Tony Nicklinson,

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though he was not considered to be terminally ill.

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The blanket ban on assisted dying has been challenged many times,

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and in every case, the courts have rejected the central argument

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that the current law breaches human rights by preventing people

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Mr Conway's lawyers argue that his challenge is different,

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as it applies to a narrow group of people - those who are terminally

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ill, with less than six months to live, and to have a settled

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But those safeguards have already failed to persuade parliament.

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It's only two years since MPs overwhelmingly rejected proposals

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Baroness Jane Campbell, a disability rights campaigner,

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says changing the law would send all the wrong signals,

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This case must not become law because it will burden disabled

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people across the country, who will not feel safe

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without the protection of a law that says it is wrong

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Noel Conway's health is faltering, and he knows he may die

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The High Court will reserve its judgment until October,

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and it may then go all the way to the Supreme Court.

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The routes for the second stage of the new HS2 high speed rail

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A family affair - the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge take

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the children on an official visit to Poland.

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Coming up in Sportsday on BBC News...

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The morning after the historic day before.

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Why eight Wimbledon titles are not enough for Roger Federer,

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as he eyes the top of the world rankings again

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All this year Hull is celebrating being the UK City of Culture,

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and to mark the event, nine places in the city are getting

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Among them, the Humber Bridge, built in 1981 and one of the largest

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and most spectacular bridges in the UK.

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Other locations include the flat where the poet Philip Larkin wrote

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many of his best-known works, and some art nouveau public loos.

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Our Arts Correspondent Colin Paterson has more.

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The Humber Bridge - for years the longest single span

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bridge in the world - now joining Westminster Abbey,

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Buckingham Palace and 10 Downing St as a grade one listed building.

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A place of exceptional architectural and historic interest.

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It gives me great pleasure to unveil this plaque and declare

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The new honour comes exactly 36 years to the day

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The bridge cost more than ?100 million.

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At the other end of the scale, something from the very

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This art nouveau public convenience from 1926.

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These toilets on the Hull waterfront have been chosen

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because they were designed to cater for both men and women.

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And most of the original fittings survived.

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When I flushed the chain it felt like they were grade

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Impressive? Yeah!

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I mean...They could do with a bit of a clean, I reckon!

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Hull has always been known by most people as the place,

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as Philip Larkin put it, where only salesmen and relations

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go, and perhaps they are the kind of people you meet in toilets.

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And speaking of Philip Larkin, also protected from change,

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the house where he lived for more than 18 years and wrote some

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Walking around in the park. Should feel better than work.

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The lake, the sunshine. The grass to lie on.

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And the hope here is that Hull's history will have an important role

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Hull did lose, sadly, a lot of good buildings

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in the Second World War during the heavy

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And so, things are now on the up and up and people

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And so this status we are getting from the listed buildings

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The Humber Bridge was only designed to have a life span of 120

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years, but now its place in history is secured.

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A former soldier has been sentenced to 12 years in prison for raping

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and killing a schoolgirl more than 40 years after allowing another

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Stephen Hough was found guilty of the manslaughter of 15 year

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old Janet Commins in Flint in North Wales in 1976.

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Hough's DNA, which was taken for an unrelated matter last year,

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matched that retained from the crime scene.

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It's taken more than 40 years for Janet's family to learn

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The 15-year-old had choked during an horrific

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Today former soldier Stephen Hough was brought

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He'd lied to police when originally questioned back in 1976,

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and continued to deny his guilt when he was arrested last year.

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Stephen, are you responsible for those injuries?

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Do you understand what I'm saying today with respect

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to those injuries? I do.

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Are you responsible for those injuries?

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Stephen Hough had watched while another man,

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18-year-old Noel Jones - an illiterate scrap metal dealer -

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He told the jury in this trial he had been innocent,

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and had confessed to Janet's manslaughter following police

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If he's to clear his name, he'll have to appeal that conviction.

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Janet's family say they believe justice has been done.

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It has brought it all back after 41 years.

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And of course, you never get over it, but you learn to live it.

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To me, he can't have a conscious, this Hough, he can't

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Janet's disappearance on her way home from the swimming pool had led

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to a huge investigation by North Wales Police.

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How it handled the case back then is now being examined

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by the Independent Police Complaints Commission.

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Janet's family still live just a few streets away

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The area hasn't changed much over the last 40 years.

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But forensic science has developed at a rapid pace,

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and that's what led police to her real killer.

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During a cold case review of the evidence in 2006, police

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When a sample of Hough's DNA was entered on the database ten

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The court heard the odds of it being anyone other than Hough's

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Members of Janet's family were in court today.

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They've described Hough as an animal.

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Tonight he begins a 12 year sentence for a brutal attack he thought he'd

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Sian Lloyd, BBC News, Mold Crown Court.

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The Dutch royal family has attended a memorial ceremony in memory of

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Dutch passengers who died on MH 17 after it was shot down over Ukraine

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three years ago. A missile hit the fight as it travelled from Amsterdam

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to Kuala Lumpur. The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge

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have arrived in Warsaw for the first part of an official visit to both

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Poland and Germany. They brought their children,

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three-year-old George and From Warsaw, our royal

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correspondent Peter Hunt reports. At three, he's far too young to know

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if he's a reluctant royal, but Prince George definitely wasn't

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keen to embrace Warsaw One future king did persuade another

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one to follow in his footsteps. On the tarmac, George struck a

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nonchalant pose and practised the art ballet move. A fidgeting toddler

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with a lifetime under an intense spotlight ahead of him. Princess

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Charlotte's freedom of movement was constrained by being in her mother

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's's arms. Does anyone speak English? The language divide isn't

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the only challenge and stop here, a country that relatively recently

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embraced the EU is welcoming royals from one on its way out of the

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institution. The union Jack. The nitty-gritty of Brexit will not

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feature here. Rather, William and Kate are in Warsaw to remind people

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of the depth of parcelling sand the potential for future ones between

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the UK and Poland. During the Second World War, the polls tried and

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failed to an German occupation. He wore this all the time during the

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uprising? Yes. This woman, aged 20, joined the Warsaw uprising. Now aged

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92, she says they had to fight for independence. You couldn't stand it

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any longer those from Germany. Five years, it was impossible. Be spoken

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for royal with an admirer in the crowd. A crowd like this elsewhere,

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curious to see the future of the British monarchy. Peter Hunt, BBC

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News, Warsaw. Cricket, and England have been

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thrashed by South Africa Set a massive 474 to win,

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England collapsed to lose by 340 At the start of a day's

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Test cricket, you must England's task was to stay

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out there, hang around. Keaton Jennings didn't last ten

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minutes this morning. With South Africa so far

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in front, wickets take Joe Root, England's

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captain, out for eight. Alastair Cook is a throwback

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to a more patient age. He waits till it's

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safe and then scores. While he's out there,

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that's half full. Just before lunch, that

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concentration cracked. Cook tricked, flicked,

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momentum tipped. Many of his team-mates

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thrive at shorter forms of cricket, which offer big

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rewards for risk-taking. It can be difficult

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to rediscover restraint. Ben Stokes earned ?1.7 million in

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the Indian Premier League this year. For England's new

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captain, an awakening. We need to make sure we learn

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from experiences like this. If that means playing in a slightly

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different manner then so be it. But I think it's important

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the individuals out in the middle This test has squared the series

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and also posed a question. Can England's cricketers no

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longer handle the wait? Time for a look at the weather

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with Chris Fawkes... Top marks, yes. It was pretty

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widespread, the sunshine today. Temperatures peaking at 27, into the

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80s in terms of Fahrenheit. The satellite picture tells the story of

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the day's weather with sunshine pretty much up and down the whole

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country, except for the far north of Scotland where we had a weather

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front sliding in across the Northern isles that has brought cloudy

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weather across Shetland and even some showers passing in from time to

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time. Overnight we will keep the clear skies but after a warm day the

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temperatures will be slow to come down. They warm night for southern

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England and Wales with temperatures around 16 as a low in London, 17 in

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Cardiff, and fresher conditions across the northern UK. Tomorrow,

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the sustained high pressure is with us again. It has moved position

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slightly, changing the wind direction. Across eastern Scotland

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and in two parts of north-east England, the wind will come from the

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North Sea and that means it will be cooler and fresher. Temperatures

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around 5 degrees lower for some. There are winners and losers, for

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West Wales, north-west England and western Scotland, a warm day, 6

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degrees warmer for some. These are the temperatures you might expect in

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the afternoon. 26 in London, but just to the west, the South Midlands

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and Hampshire, we could see temperatures up to 2728. Going

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through Tuesday evening, thunderstorms will start to break

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out. Initially they will swing up across the English Channel into

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southern England, then driving north across Wales, the Midlands and East

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Anglia. The amount of rain we get from these downpours will be

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variable from place to place however, the some areas could see

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half a month of rainfall in a couple of hours. We could see localised

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surface water flooding. It will feel humid with temperatures potentially

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reaching 30 across the east of England. Getting to the end of the

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week, the humidity will ease off, as will temperatures, and we will see

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some more on settled conditions pushing in across the Northwest.

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A reminder of the main story this evening. The route for the second

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stage of the HS2 high-speed rail network have been confirmed, linking

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Birmingham, Manchester, Liverpool, Leeds, Sheffield and East Midlands.

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That's all from the BBC News at Six - so it's goodbye from me -

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and on BBC One, we now join the BBC's news teams where you are.

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