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Tonight at Six: The Newcastle network who groomed,

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drugged and raped young girls and women over a four-year period.

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Seventeen men and one woman, mostly of Asian descent,

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Despite the abuses they've suffered, the victims have demonstrated great

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bravery in recounting their experiences in court.

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Operation Sanctuary relied on evidence from an informant,

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a convicted child rapist who was paid ?10,000 -

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There are dangerous men behind bars and vulnerable people protected,

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that would not have been the case if we had not used that informant.

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This isn't the first abuse network that's been exposed.

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Threats and counter-threats from President Trump

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First time in court for five men charged over

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The financial crash that changed our lives.

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Ten years on, the couple who are still rebuilding their lives.

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We have cash and cash only and that's that.

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if we can't afford it, we don't have it.

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And the women's Rugby World Cup is underweight in Dublin with a win for

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the defending champions, England, a defeat for Wales and the host nation

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And coming up in athletics on Sportsday, we look at all the action

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on the fourth day of these championships with five more gold

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medals to be one. Good evening and welcome

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to the BBC News at Six. 17 men and one woman have been

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convicted of sexual exploitation Most of the men were from Pakistani,

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Indian and Bangladeshi backgrounds. The convictions are the result

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of Operation Sanctuary. Controversially, Northumbria Police

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paid ?10,000 to a convicted child rapist for information that helped

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to expose this network of abuse. Our correspondent Fiona Trott has

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been following this case. Guilty of causing girls and women

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serious harm, court as part of Operation Sanctuary, one of the

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biggest sexual exploitation investigations in the north of

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England. Almost 100 perpetrators have already been convicted.

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117-year-old was raped at a party session organised by local men. It

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is a familiar story. I woke up in the morning, the wardrobe was pushed

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up against the door. Her police interview was played to the court.

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To protect her identity we have asked actors to read what she said.

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He had had sex with us while I was asleep. I am still a bit confused

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about it. How did you feel when he told you he had done that to you?

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Dirty, confused. How many sessions have you been to? About 60. It is in

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houses like these were the sessions took place. Victims were given drink

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and drugs and were unable to defend themselves against sexual abuse. But

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in 2013 two of them came forward. One had been trafficked from a

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children's home, the other had learning difficulties. It started a

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long and complex investigation. Controversially officers recruited a

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convicted child rapist as an informant. He was paid around

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?10,000. It is not an easy decision, it is a decision we have had to

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wrestle with ourselves. What I can categorically state sitting here

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today, there are dangerous men behind bars now and vulnerable

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people protected that would not have been the case had we not used that

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informant. What beggars belief is the decision to cross this child

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protection line about employing a child rapist. Most of the

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perpetrators were from Pakistani, Indian or Bangladeshi backgrounds.

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This city councillor says leaders from all faiths should re-educate

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local men to stop similar exploitation in the future. People

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should not be telling the Asian community had to live their lives or

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what to do. It is like saying to the white community we should be talking

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about what Jimmy Savile bid. We should not do that. However, there

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is an opportunity to talk about issues on a regular basis about the

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rights of women and it is important to use religion, like Islam, to

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educate some of these people. The chief executive of Newcastle City

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Council says a serious case review is being carried out but it is

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not the only authority with problems of this kind. We do not believe that

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what we have uncovered in Newcastle is unique. There has been evidence

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of similar offending in many other towns and cities. We believe that

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any area that says it does not have a problem is simply not looking for

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it. It has been a long and traumatic journey for the victims, but their

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evidence has helped jail four perpetrators. The rest are due to be

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sentenced next month. People will be thinking shock at

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paying a criminal for information. The police paying informants for

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information is controversial. There is nothing new and out of the

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ordinary of it, police in England and Wales have paid about ?20

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million to convicted felons in return for information that might

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prevent crime. That in this case there was another question. This was

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a convicted rapist who was put in proximity with young women who were

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being groomed for sex. Many people might feel more uneasy about that.

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It is also indicative of a determination by the police and

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authorities to show they will do what it takes to get results in

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these really very difficult cases. There have been dozens of grooming

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gang cases and the authorities have been under pressure to do more

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because of suggestions they had not done enough because they were

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worried about a backlash of racism. Police officers are routinely

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briefed on how to spot this kind of abuse, who the victims are, where it

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will take place, types of grooming behaviour. Prosecutors are advised

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that victims might not believe they are victims because they are so

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controlled by their abusers. These are hard cases to prosecute and what

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we are seeing today is a sign that authorities are getting convictions

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because they are better at identifying these victims.

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The US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has visited the Pacific

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island of Guam after North Korea threatened to strike the US

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territory which is home to a major American military base.

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It follows remarks from President Trump in which he said

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North Korea would face what he called fire and fury

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Here's our North America correspondent Nick Bryant.

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A far of American air post in the tropical waters of the western

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Pacific now finds itself at the centre of a dangerous stand-off.

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This is Guam, the site this summer of US military exercises, American

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territory, that North Korea says now could be in the firing line. The

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warning was delivered on North Korean state TV. The chilling

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headline, Guam could be targeted by its medium to long range rockets. It

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came hours after President Trump had threatened Pyongyang with some of

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the most incendiary rhetoric used by an American president in decades.

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North Korea best not make any more threats to the United States. They

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will be met with fire and fury like the world has never seen. And more

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tough talk on Twitter this morning. My first order was to renovate our

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nuclear arms strength and it is now stronger and more powerful than ever

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before. Hopefully we will never have to use it, but they will never be a

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time that we are not the most powerful nation in the world. The US

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Secretary of State Rex Tillerson used more soothing language. He said

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the island faced no imminent threat and Americans should sleep well at

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night. The president in sending a message to North Korea in language

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they will understand because they do not understand diplomatic language.

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Why would they target Guam? It is over 2000 miles away from Pyongyang,

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but is a strategic hub for the US military in the Pacific. Home to

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6000 troops on two military bases with a population of 160,000. This

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American paradise is being disturbed. The first thing that

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comes to mind immediately first word is my family. I am not nervous, I am

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confident in our military capability. With the rhetoric at

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such a perilous pitch, there is a danger most sides become captive to

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their own tough words, that they'd talk themselves into a more serious

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confrontation. Five men, including former

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senior police officers, have appeared in court for the first

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time to face charges in connection The men were charged in June,

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28 years after 96 people died as a result of the crush

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at the FA Cup semi-final between Our correspondent Judith

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Moritz was in court. Many of the families who lost loved

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ones at Hillsborough have become close over the last 28 years. Today

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they were together again in court to see those charged in connection with

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the disaster and its aftermath. This is the chief constable of two police

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forces and the families stood outside the Magistrates' Court

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building as the former officer walked inside. This was the company

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secretary and safety officer at Sheffield Wednesday football club in

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1989. 96 Liverpool fans died as a result of the crash at the ground

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when the terraces became overcrowded at an FA Cup semifinal. Nearly three

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decades later prosecutions are under way. Mr Mackrell is charged with

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breaching health and safety and safety as was ground legislation.

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Two senior police officers and a solicitor are accused of perverting

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the course of justice by amending witness statements in the wake of

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the disaster. Sir Norman Bettis and is charged with misconduct in a

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public office, accused of telling lies about his involvement in the

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aftermath of Hillsborough and the culpability of fans. The five men

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sat in a row inside the glass walled dork of the court. They all

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indicated they denied the charges they are accused of. A former

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commander faces the most serious charges, 95 counts of gross

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negligence and manslaughter. He did not appear in court today because

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prosecutors must apply to lift an existing court order. The men were

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always on bail and they will appear at Preston Crown Court next month.

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Six French soldiers have been injured, two of them seriously,

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after a car was driven into them whilst they were on patrol in Paris.

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Counter terror police shot, wounded and arrested a man

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Our correspondent Jonny Dymond is in Paris.

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Paramedics swarm around injured soldiers.

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Just moments after a car ploughed into a military patrol.

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Six soldiers were injured, three seriously, after the car,

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waiting for the men, accelerated sharply and knocked them down.

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Residents looked on as the emergency services went to work.

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TRANSLATION: I heard a loud noise and I looked out my window,

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I saw the ambulance and the fire engine arriving and I didn't go out.

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It was a truly odious attack, said the neighbourhood mayor.

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To target soldiers who were here to protect the French people.

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After a morning of intense investigation, the operation

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This is a quiet suburb, some distance from the bright lights

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This morning's attack a reminder, if one were needed, that France

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TRANSLATION: It's a problem for us French people

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Even foreigners do not feel safe in France.

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It ended with a hail of gunfire, the suspect's car brought

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The country's long struggle with terror continues.

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Two months on from the fire, the BBC has learnt that hundreds

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of people affected by the Grenfell disaster have been referred

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Officials say it is the UK's largest effort to deal with mental health

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trauma. An estimated 80 people were killed in the fire in June and the

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Met police believe there were 255 survivors.

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Assemar Kedir lost her brother, sister-in-law, a niece and two

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She's been speaking to our special correspondent Lucy Manning.

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You've got the words to change a nation... You spent a lifetime in

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silence in case you say something wrong. She could certainly sing.

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This 12-year-old with a shy smile as the audience join in. Her voice

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would be silenced by the Grenfell Tower. Her and watches with tears

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the home videos she has shared -- her anti-watches with tears. Little

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Yacob full of life in the flat where he would die with his sister, his

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brother, mum and dad. His small body yet to be identified. The

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six-year-old, his sister and their 13-year-old sibling loved to dance.

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Their aunt gave these tributes. He was the most intelligent, wise,

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elegant person I ever knew. So talented, so kind and humble. Might

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most pure hearted, handsome sweet nephew. He was a very energetic,

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lively boy. He loved to dance and joke around. Assema wants to bury

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the family together but eight weeks and there can be no funeral. Waiting

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this long for them to be identified, to bury them and have some type of

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closure. Two months on and those connected to ground fell still bear

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a terrible toll. The BBC has learned more than 500 people have been

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referred for mental health assessments, nearly 100 of them

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children. And having panic attacks and having trouble sleeping. When

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you usually have a support network that will help you get through these

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times but a lot of these people that you would normally rely on are in

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the same trouble as you are. And with only 14 Grenfell Tower it

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rehoused the council leaders still can't offer all the relief of

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long-term housing. How long will it be until all these families are

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permanently rehoused. I would say, it is difficult to answer that

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question. Let me explain why. One month, two months? It is not from

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lack of resources. It is not from lack of willingness. We are doing it

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absolutely as quickly as we can. The judge leading the inquiry will write

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to the Prime Minister this week to explain what it will cover. The

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family of these children want the inquiry to look at not just how they

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died and why the fire burned for so long, making identification so hard.

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Lucy Manning, BBC News, West London. 18 minutes past six.

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17 men and one woman have been found guilty of grooming,

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drugging and raping vulnerable young girls and women in Newcastle.

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Could there be a way back for the Botswana sprinter

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banned from competing at the world championships?

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And coming up in Sportsday on BBC News England's women open their

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Rugby World Cup defence with a big win over Spain in Dublin. Wales are

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thrashed by New Zealand. It's ten years since the start

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of the global financial crash, the biggest banking crisis

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since the great Depression. The meltdown, which came

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about because banks had racked up massive mortgage-related

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debts that customers eventually led to the collapse

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of the American investment the nationalisation

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of Northern Rock, the wider bank Our business correspondent

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Emma Simpson's been speaking to those affected

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by the crash about how they've had Two very different tales of jobs

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lost and lives gradually remade. London's Canary Wharf, workers

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leaving with whatever they could carry. Mass lay-offs after Lehman

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Brothers collapsed. You think you've made it, think you've got a great

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job and then your whole life is pulled from under you. Jennifer

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Duthie had been there only six days as a graduate trainee. She still has

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the e-mails. But now she is her own boss swapping finance for footwear.

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My entire life up until then had been focused on getting myself set

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up for the best possible career. That got completely taken away and

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it was going to be starting again from scratch. The ripple effects

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were felt far and wide as the recession quickly followed. This

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time last year did you ever imagine you would be in this situation?

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Definitely not. I thought I would be here for the rest of my life.

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Unbelievable. Nine years ago I met Winfields in Stoke, their home was

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repossessed. Steve lost his job as a kitchen fitter and debts were piling

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up. Today things are looking different. Dianne is now a chef and

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Steve is working as well. It's not easy, nine years have not been easy

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at all, there have been ups and downs but I think finally now we can

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see the light at the end of the tunnel. What lessons have you

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learned? We use cash only and if we don't have the cash we don't have

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it. If we can afford and we don't have it. We don't even talk about

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it, we know what we can afford and we can't and if we can't that's the

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end of the question. Older, stronger... Why definitely. Food for

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thought perhaps for many households today. Emma Simpson, BBC News,

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Stoke. On the World Athletics Championships

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now, and the controversy around the decision to bar the Botswana

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sprinter Isaac Makwala from competing in the 200 metres

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heats because he was supposed to be quarantined for

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a norovirus infection. Officials have now decided

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to allow him to take part in a time trial to see if he can

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compete after all. Natalie Pirks is at

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the London Stadium. Natalie, this is an extraordinary

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turnaround. What is the latest? George, this tale keeps getting

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stranger. This morning I interviewed him at his hotel. He set his heart

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was broken, he was on the verge of tears. Then this afternoon a

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reprieve. His official incubation period ended out 2pm and following

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an appeal by the Botswana Federation and a medical, the IAAF said he

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could run in a time trial in the next 20 minutes. If he gets through

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you make the semifinals and he'll be running in lane seven. He must go

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and 20.53 seconds, something he is perfectly capable of but where will

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his mindset be. And does this set a precedent for other athletes in a

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similar situation? The IAAF said this morning, there's nothing we

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want more than extraordinary competition in these championships

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and this situation certainly is extraordinary. A site of a man about

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to run on his own in front of thousands of people in the lane.

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Natalie, thank you. The new football Premier League

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season gets under way this weekend. Spending by British clubs

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is expected to exceed ?1 billion for the first time ever this summer,

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but the league's chief Executive says the rate of

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commercial growth has peaked. It is back with the help of some

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famous faces the Premier League launched the countdown to the start

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of the new season today and amid the hype talk of the lengths clubs are

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going to do in the pursuit of glory. Chelsea, the champions, have spent

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?125 million on players this summer, even their manager is surprised by

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the amount spent. The money is amazing but it is important to

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improve our sport and quality because we need to win the com

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petition. The club knows very well what my opinion is on this issue.

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These are just some of the big-money signings Premier League clubs has

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splashed out on this summer with a total of more than ?1 billion set to

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be spent. For the first time the Premier League season will kick off

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on a Friday night, at the Emirates Stadium when Arsenal take on

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Leicester City. With the transfer window open until the end of the

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month the spending spree is set to continue in a way never seen before.

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Gary and Allen like the rest of us looking forward to a new season with

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a new league. 25 years ago was the first Match Of The Day of the

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Premier League era and since then ever more lucrative broadcast rights

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have transformed spending power but will it continue. When the Premier

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League began in 1992 with our turnover and where it is now, ?40

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million then, ?3 billion then, if you compound that growth you can't

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see the next 25 years having that same level of growth. What I can see

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is reasonably sustainable growth which will allow the teams to

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continue to grow and invest. With newly promoted clubs alongside some

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familiar faces the Premier League is set for its latest chapter, the

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challenge to maintain the drama and the interest that has made its first

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quarter of a century so lucrative. Dan Raonic BBC News.

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England's women began the defence of their Rugby World Cup title today

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They weren't the only sides in action though -

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all 12 teams in the competition play today, with home nations Wales

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Beats and brass welcome the World Cup to Ireland.

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For fans flying in, a chance to soak up the early

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And England, defending champions, the world's best side,

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soon had Spain dancing to their tune.

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In less than a minute, Megan Jones marked her

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England for now are the tournament's only fully professional side.

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Ten tries under their belts, England found themselves on the right side

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A successful defence of their title would see England cap a summer

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of sport that has seen Johanna Konta become the first British woman

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in 39 years to reach the semi-finals of Wimbledon,

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England's women win the Cricket World Cup,

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and the women's football team only stopped in the semis

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of the European Championship by the eventual winners.

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We have obviously been following how fantastic women's sport has

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So we're inspired by that and all the messages of support

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we have been having from home, it really helps us and really

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For Wales, no dream start against a formidable opening prospect.

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The Black Ferns on the battlefield and in rampaging, ruthless form.

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44-12 the score, two Welsh tries not enough.

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For home supporters watching on, Welsh disappointment was simply

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the warm-up act as Ireland prepares to enter its own World Cup and rally

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Just over half an hour before Ireland face Australia in Dublin. It

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should be an entertaining match, Ireland semifinalists from the last

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World Cup, Australia the Olympic Rugby Sevens champions. England go

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away to prepare to face familiar foes Italy, but for Wales am afraid

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their tournament doesn't get easier, for them next it's Canada,

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runners-up in the next World Cup. Thank you.

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For many of us the weather looked like this today, in Orkney and

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Cornwall, look at the scene in Saint I've is. You are probably looking on

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with envy if you spend your day in East Anglia of the South East

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because the radar reveals it has been drenched, torrential downpours

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drifting very slowly through with the odd flash of lightning. The odd

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rumble of thunder, could be some travel disruption or further

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localised flooding before the rain clears overnight. Then we will be

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left with clear spells and it will be quite a chilly might particularly

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in the countryside, Northern and western areas, maybe all the way

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down to between four and seven Celsius. The cool start but a bright

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one tomorrow and with this bulge of high pressure building it means we

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are going to have brighter prospects, particularly in the

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south-east, compared with today, early rain across parts of Kent,

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that should clear smartly and then we should see sunshine, a bit of

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cloud bubbling up into the afternoon, maybe patchy rain into

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the far north-west of Scotland, generally a fine day. Temperature is

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nothing to write home about four August, but with sunshine and light

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winds they won't feel bad and tomorrow decent for getting out and

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about all the notice of rain up towards the north-west, that's

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Friday, band of rain working in from the West, heavy rain in the west,

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east Anglia and the South East dry for most of the day, gusty winds

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into the far north-west, 16-21d, but might not bode well for the weekend

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but it should be mainly dry then with spells of sunshine.

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