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Athletes at the World Championships hit by Norovirus - officials

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30 athletes and support staff are affected -

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Botswana's track star is a casualty - he's out of the 400 metres final.

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I was top of my game coming here. I was ready to make everything

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possible. I came here for a medal. Several athletes have

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ended up in hospital. Guilty - the man who tried to board

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a flight to Italy with a pipe-bomb The seven-year-old boy denied

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a potentially life changing drug - a judge tells NHS England

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to think again. A narrow escape - police look

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for the jogger who seemed to push And coming up in World Athletics

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Sportsday on BBC News. We look ahead to all the action

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on the fifth day of these championships with five more gold

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medals to be won. Hello and welcome to

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the BBC News at Six. Organisers of the World Athletics

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Championships at the London Stadium are trying to limit the spread

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of the norovirus which has already affected dozens

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of competitors and staff. One of the highest

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profile casualties is Botswana's Isaac Makwala -

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a favourite in the two hundred Athletes from Germany,

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Canada and Ireland who've been staying at the same hotel have also

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been affected - but officials from Public Health England say

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it is not the source This is the time when the world's

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best athletes should be Instead these competitors

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and coaches today found themselves at the centre of a suspected

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outbreak of the highly contagious vomiting bug

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Norovirus at this team hotel. Yesterday the world's best 200 metre

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runner, Issac Makwala, was forced to withdraw

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from the event. The Botswanan medal prospect one

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of 30 athletes and support I worked hard for this and it is sad

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for me because I was top I was ready to make

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everything possible. Despite saying he was fit

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to compete, Issac Makwala was ruled out of the 400 metre final

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by the athletics governing Meanwhile Irishman Thomas Barr's

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World Championship is over, This usually lasts

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between 28 and 48 hours. The important thing is if people

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have it, to stay away from other people so they are not at risk

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of passing it on. And to be very scrupulous

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about washing their hands when they have been to the toilet

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or they have vomited. In a statement today the hotel said

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the following a joint investigation with public health authorities it

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had been discovered that the And that strict hygiene protocols

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have now been put in place. World Championship organisers

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meanwhile said they're doing I guess in any event when you have

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20,000 people minimum that we have accredited coming in from every

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corner of the world, there is a possibility that someone

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might come in with a bug. And we think that is probably

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what has happened here. There has been all sorts of food

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poisoning and all the medical experts, public health,

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safety, have said it This evening the majority

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of athletes here continue But they have been

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warned to be vigilant. You eat foods that are low risk,

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you only drink bottled water, Make sure the food is

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fully cooked through. Don't eat spicy food,

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eat plain food, food that It is a bit of a concern

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for the organising committee for London, it is not

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what we would have wanted. Some German and Canadian athletes

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staying at the Tower hotel are being And with six days of competition

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left, organisers must now hope As you said I guess there is a limit

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to what organisers can do about something like this. That is right.

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It will not be the last time a major global sports event is hit by an

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outbreak of illness like this. It is certainly not the first time, it

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happened in the Commonwealth Games three years ago in Glasgow when the

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athletes village was affected and that last year at the Rio Olympic

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Games as well when British athletes were affected also. But it is

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regrettable and unfortunate and it means that one of the most eagerly

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anticipated jewels of the World Championship, 400 metres world

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record holder going up against as Michael McGuire, will now not

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happen. It comes off the back of other high-profile withdrawals

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through injury. So I think organisers will be feeling hard done

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by. Five days into these championships, practically halfway

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through now and a mixed picture. It has been fantastic with record

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ticket sales and great atmosphere, some dramatic races and big

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audiences on TV. The logistics have all gone to plan but in the negative

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column, there has been controversy, Usain Bolt farewell party somewhat

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crashed by Justin Gatlin. And perhaps not so many medals as we

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would have liked for British athletes. So a mixed picture.

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In the last few minutes the South African President Jacob Zuma has

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survived a vote of no confidence in his leadership.

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The secret ballot in parliament saw the majority of MPs from the ruling

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African National Congress - the party once led by anti-apartheid

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icon Nelson Mandela - back their leader.

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Mr Zuma, who has been in office for eight years, is accused

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Our South Africa correspondent Nomsa Maseko is in Cape Town now.

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The President Jacob Zuma has survived his motion of no

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confidence, the eighth motion and many people say he's on his ninth

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life. Disappointment of course from the opposition party benches and of

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course with the MC saying they've always known that their members

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would be loyal to present Jacob Zuma. Let's take a look at how the

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day unfolded. They spent the day protesting outside Parliament.

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Demanding the resignation of President Jacob Zuma. Organised by

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opposition parties and activists, their march had one clear message to

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Members of Parliament. But the country first. Not your personal

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interest. Jacob Zuma has already faced and survived seven motions of

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no confidence. The eight vote came after he sacked the respected

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finance minister in spite of opposition from within his own party

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the ANC. The scandal prone president faces multiple corruption

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allegations including refurbishing his personal residence at the

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expense of the taxpayer. I know what Nelson Mandela would've done in this

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house today. The no-confidence motion today was brought by the

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opposition who say controversy surrounding the president is

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bringing the country's economy to its knees. Vote with your

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conscience. And remove this corrupt and broken president from office. I

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plead you. Let us put the people of South Africa first and vote to

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remove Jacob Zuma today. I thank you. For the first time the vote of

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no-confidence will be held in secret. But the ANC has expressed

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confidence in the loyalty of its members. At this stage we are

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throwing a serious, data leading a serious bomb in South Africa to our

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government and also to a very important party. -- detonating a

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serious bomb. But the party is beset with internal squabbles and has

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never been so divided in its 105 year history. 198... Despite the

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internal divisions, Jacob Zuma survived and has hung on to his

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political life. 177 votes to 198. What is set now is that he will step

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down as leader of the governing ANC in December. But what is not clear

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is whether he can remain president of the country until the elections

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in 2019. Disappointed Andy Jacob Zuma protesters gathered here

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outside Parliament and there are now starting to disperse saying they

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have always known, they hope the ANC would change its mind and put the

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country first and not their interests but at the same time the

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hundreds of pro-Jacob Zuma supporters are still singing as they

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wait for the president Jacob Zuma to address them.

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The Justice Secretary has approved the transfer of murderer

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Kenneth Noye to an open prison. Noye, who's 70, was given

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a life sentence in 2000, for murdering Stephen Cameron

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The move follows a recommendation by the Parole Board.

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The parents of a seven year old boy - with a rare genetic disorder -

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have won the latest stage in their fight to get the NHS to pay

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for treatment they believe would be life changing.

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The child, known as S, has a rare condition

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which inhibits his ability to digest protein.

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The NHS has refused to fund a drug which could help

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control his condition on the grounds that it was ineffective.

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But today, a high court judge rejected that conclusion,

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as our Legal Affairs Correspondent Clive Coleman reports.

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Seven-year-old S, we cannot give his name for legal reasons,

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If he has more than 12 grams of protein a day,

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which you would find in three slices of bread, he could suffer

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He also has severe autism and can't talk and so managing his diet

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S's NHS consultant applied for him to have a drug called Kuvan

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which allows him to have more protein, but it costs ?100 a day

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and NHS England has refused to fund it on the basis its clinical

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We are pleased that we have won the case.

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It has been a difficult two years trying to get this done,

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but we know we are not out of the woods yet.

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Mrs Justice Andrews ruled that NHS England's refusal to fund Kuvan

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was irrational because evidence that it was clinically

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That does not mean S will get the drug, but it does mean that

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NHS England will have to reconsider his

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In a statement NHS England said: The case is limited

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to the particular circumstances of this funding request and does not

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have any wider implications for how NHS England makes decisions

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If a child with PKU is given Kuvan, it can transform their life.

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Nine-year-old Alex was struggling at school.

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His concentration has soared and he can eat the same

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Today's ruling only affects one child, but parents of children

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with PKU will be encouraged a High Court judge has

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found the clinical case for Kuvan is a powerful one.

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New research, led by the University of Manchester, shows that people

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in the North of England are more than 20% more likely

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to die before they reach 75 than people living

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Our health editor Hugh Pym is in Salford.

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Hugh, they're calling it a tale of two Englands?

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That is correct. They're saying differences in life expectancy have

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been well documented but what has not been uncovered before is

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differences in the number of deaths amongst a broad swathe of the

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population. One of their main findings is that there were 1.2

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million more deaths in the North of England than the south since 1965.

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Amongst the under 75. But if you go to younger age groups there are even

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starker differences. First of all they look at the 35 -- 44 age group

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and 49% more deaths in the north of England than in the South in 2015.

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As for the 25 - 34 age group, 29% more deaths in the north in 2015 and

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in both cases the gap has widened considerably. The authors say they

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think they're a deep-set economic factors at work, and lack of

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investment going back many decades, a lack of opportunity, a cycle of

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despair in some communities causing mental health problems and

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alcoholism leading to real health challenges. The government point of

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view is that there are complex factors at work. Health

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inequalities. And they're being addressed. Economic growth,

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ministers say is actually higher in areas in the north of England than

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in the UK as a whole. But the study today certainly uncovered a new

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aspect of a long-running debate on the North South divide.

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Thousands of pupils in Scotland have received their exam results today.

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There's been a slight dip in the Highers pass rate,

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but the Scottish Qualifications Authority said the results were

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As our Scotland correspondent Lorna Gordon reports,

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the results come at a time when critics say educational

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standards have suffered under the SNP Government.

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Her report contains some flashing images.

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After all their hard work, the wait is over for these students

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at Eastbank Academy, in the East End of Glasgow.

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I got the results I needed, so that's really good.

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I lost my maths, but that what I was expecting,

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and I come back and take maths next year if I want.

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I failed maths, but I was kind of expecting that, so, I'm OK.

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Across Scotland, pass rates remained at a high-level and results

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in the Higher exams, sat by 16 and 17-year-old,

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were broadly in line with last year, but more widely the Scottish

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education system is facing challenges.

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Exam results don't themselves tell us anything very much

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about the standards of Scottish education as a whole,

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yet international comparisons suggest that Scotland's

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standards are declining, that Scotland is not

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It's about average, it's not disastrous,

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but it used to be well above average and that's clearly not

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A major international survey of standards in reading,

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maths and science recently gave Scotland its worst-ever ranking.

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Scottish Government statistics suggest standards in reading

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There are also concerns about the gap between the performance

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of students from relatively well off and poorer backgrounds.

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The Scottish Government has made closing the attainment gap

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a priority and there is targeted extra funding.

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This school has spent the money they've received on trying

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to increase the proportion of pupils who pass their Highers and then go

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The minister in charge of Scotland's schools,

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meeting other students getting their results,

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said the Government had a relentless focus on improving education.

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Today's results give us enormous confidence about the strength that

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exists within Scottish education, but we're determined to build

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on that and the investments that we're making in pupil equity

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funding, which is supporting the measures that

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the attainment gap in Scottish education, will bear fruit

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So you didn't do as well as you hoped.

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Help is on hand for those left disappointed.

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The advice - there are still plenty of options to consider

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A man from Bury in Greater Manchester has been found guilty

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of trying to board a flight to Italy with an explosive device

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Security officers at Manchester airport found the bomb -

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concealed inside a sealed marker pen - in February this year.

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Nadeem Muhammed denied any knowledge of the explosive.

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Our correspondent Dave Guest was in court.

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Was it a viable bomb? It was indeed. They didn't realise it at first. He

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arrived at Terminal 3 to board a flight to Italy. It was during the

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routine security checks that they found this strange device, three or

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four inches long. It consisted of a tube, wrapped with tape, batteries

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and wires protruding from either end. At the was questioned by

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police. When it was swabbed they were told no evidence of a bomb was

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defect texted. It could have caused real problems if detonated on the

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plane. He was arrested in early February and convicted at Manchester

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Crown Court of possessing explosives with intent to endanger life. The

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weres cueings couldn't find any terrorist link and don't know why he

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had that thing in his case in the first place. Thank you very much.

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Athletes at the World Championships have been hit by the norovirus.

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Botswana's track star is out of the 400 metre final

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The Special Olympics National Games gets under way in Sheffield,

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Jose Mourinho reveals he could be in the market for buying

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Gareth Bale as we look ahead to the Uefa Super Cup

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where Manchester United take on Real Madrid.

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Almost 40% of maternity wards in England closed their doors

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to expectant mothers last year, that's according to a Freedom

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of Information request made by the Labour Party.

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In England, 136 NHS Trusts offer maternity services.

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Last year, 42 of them closed their doors to

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There were 382 separate occasions when units

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The most common reason given were shortages of staff or beds.

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Our health correspondent, Dominic Hughes, reports.

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Midwives provide specialist care to some of the health service's most

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vulnerable patients, but a shortage of staff,

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combined with a rising birth rate, means some maternity

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Two years ago, Rachel Hall went into labour, but her local unit

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was temporarily closed and she faced a 30 mile road trip

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Fortunately, all was well in the end and daughter Isabelle is thriving,

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but for Rachel the memories are still vivid.

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When I was told that the hospital was closed,

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I think I actually went into shock to start off

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with because I just went really, really quiet and then I just burst

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into tears and was, like, uncontrollably crying because I just

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didn't know what was going to happen.

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So it was quite scary not knowing that my hospital wouldn't take me.

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This is one of the hospitals that had to close the doors

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of its maternity unit at least once during 2016.

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Now everyone agrees that at times managers may have to do that

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if the safety of mothers and babies is being compromised

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It happens, births are extremely difficult to plan for,

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but experts warn that if it happens too frequently, well, that's

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The Royal College of Midwives believes there's a shortfall

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of 3,500 expert maternity staff and that's what's behind

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It's very rare for maternity units to be closed and the fact that we've

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seen a 70% increase in how often that's happening, I think should

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Peaks and troughs in the birth rate always have an impact on maternity

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services and more midwives are being trained.

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The Department of Health says hospitals need to use temporary

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closures to manage those peaks in admissions and it argues it's

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misleading to use these figures to indicate a shortage of staff

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because of the difficulties around planning for births.

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The Metropolitan Police has appealed for information after a jogger

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appeared to push a woman into the path of a bus.

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CCTV footage shows the man running on Putney Bridge,

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Police say quick reactions by the bus driver prevented

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7.41am in the morning, the man Jagging on Put any Bridge, and then

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this. Is the quick thinking of the bus driver saved the woman's life.

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The police believe the jogger deliberately pushed her. When you

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look closely, you see him raise his hands and make contact. The woman's

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head and shoulders are then on the road in the path of the bus. 15

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minutes later the jogger came back across the bridge here, running

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straight past the woman he'd previously knocked over. She tried

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to talk to him. He just Iing in order her. Passers-by, as well as

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those who got off the bus, helped the injured woman. The police say

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she was shocked and upset, but was not seriously hurt. It's very small

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margins if it hadn't been for good reflexes on the part of the bus

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driver or the level of force was such to push her even further into

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the road, almost certainly this could have ended in a fatality. The

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investigation is focused on finding this man. The mysterious jogger.

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Detectives say they have received a number of useful calls, including

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other people reporting similar incidents elsewhere in London. Those

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leading the investigation stress they believe this was an isolated

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incident. But are struggling to understand why anyone would

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deliberately push someone into the road during the morning rush-hour.

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Daniella Relph, BBC News, Putney. As the Athletics World Championships

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continue in London a different sporting event starts in Sheffield

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today, bringing together All the participants at

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The Special Olympics National Games Joe Wilson has been hearing how

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competitors have come through despite personal

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and financial challenges. In Sheffield this week

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there is sport everywhere. The National Games of

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the Special Olympics - 20 different disciplines,

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2,500 competitors and what links What links them all is that they

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have a learning disability, and that can make life

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a daily challenge. Everybody being nasty to me,

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bullying me and stuff like that. And does that happen when you're

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here doing this sport? No, it doesn't because

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everybody is the same. A lot of people with intellectual

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disabilities, coming to these games, actually it gives them the chance

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to express themselves and to really show,

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not what they can't do, Well to stage all this sport takes

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money and for the first time this National Games as a Special Olympics

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has received direct Treasury funding, ?2 million

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from the Government. But when the event stops

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at the weekend, so does that cash. We're hoping that this event

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will just show what the benefit of supporting Special Olympics

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by the Government is. The Olympic movement

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was about friendship, was about camaraderie,

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was about, you know, achieving to one's best

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and so perhaps that has That's what you get

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here in Sheffield? Participation is everything -

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all ages, all abilities, but each competitor to their local

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club must raise hundreds James Thorpe and his dad Simon

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exploring the Athletes' Village, father tries to find

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the opportunities for his How many different

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disciplines do you do? Floor, high bar, pommel

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horse and the rings. There's one place that I know that

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James is accepted at and that's where he's gone since he was six,

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five or six. Even that is now

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struggling for funding. While Sheffield United's football

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ground hosts the opening ceremony this evening,

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rehearsals through the day here, But as this national games begins,

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there is no certainty Time for a look at the weather,

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here's Ben Rich. Awful out least? It's been dramatic.

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Yes. We had funnel clouds sent in by a Weather Watcher off the Essex

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coast and thunder and lightning as well. An impressive shot there again

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from Essex. It hasn't been that dramatic everywhere. The rain

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further west across England and Wales hasn't been as heavy. For

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Northern Ireland and Scotland it's been a scattering of showers and

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plenty of fine and dry weather. This evening things will turn completely

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dry across Scotland and Northern Ireland, clear spells here. Areas of

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wet weather with further thunder and lightning around England and Wales.

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Temperatures around 10-14 degrees. Tomorrow, one day on the calendar,

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two very different days of weather. Northern Ireland and Scotland a

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cracking start to the day, blue skies and sunshine, 13 or 14 degrees

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for Glasgow and Belfast. Cloud for northern England and Wales. Here

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things will brighten up through the day. A different story further south

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and east. A wet start in the south-west of England and through

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the Midlands, Lincoln shire, East Anglia we have a band of rain heavy

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bursts of rain. For the rush-hour and deeper into the day this could

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cause travel problems particularly across East Anglia and the

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south-east of England. With the heavy bursts of rain it will move

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slowly. The rain doesn't move very fast. It could give issues with

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flash-flooding, perhaps travel disruption as well. Look at the

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scene up to the north-west, completely different weather. Plenty

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of sunshine, especially for Scotland and Northern Ireland. Temperatures

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no great shakes for the time of year, 20 in the sunshine, that won't

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feel too bad. All of us should have a dry day on Thursday, but you

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guessed it, more rain and strong winds too for the end of the week.

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Very much. That's all from the BBC News at Six,

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so it's goodbye from me and on BBC One we now join the BBC's

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news teams where you are.

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