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Tonight at six...

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A desperate search for survivors

after mudslides in California leave

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at least 15 people dead.

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Rivers of mud and huge boulders

crashing into homes -

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leaving dozens trapped.

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We dug down and found a little baby.

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I don't know where it came from.

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We got it out, got

the mud out of its mouth.

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I hope it's OK.

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They took it right to the hospital.

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Another survivor pulled

to safety but officials fear

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the number of dead could rise.

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The firefighters won't let us go

up there any further.

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They say the situation can change

in the blink of an eye.

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As you can see, this

is how dangerous it is.

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Some of those affected now

are the very ones who faced

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wildfires last month.

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Also tonight...

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British factories are booming -

the longest run in manufacturing

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growth for 20 years.

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The former football coach accused

of dozens of child sex offences.

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The court hears from

an alleged victim.

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And lost and stranded

on a Cornish beach.

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Rescuers struggle to cope

with the number of seal

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pups they're finding.

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Coming up in Sportsday

on BBC News...

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Arsene Wenger must watch

from the stands again as Arsenal

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play Chelsea in the EFL Cup

semifinal first leg at

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Stamford Bridge.

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Good evening and welcome

to the BBC News at Six.

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At least 15 people have been killed

by mudslides and flash floods

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in Southern California.

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Rescue workers are now mounting

a desperate search for survivors,

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fearing that hundreds of people

might still be trapped.

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Many of those affected now

are the very same people who last

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month fled from wild fires.

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The extreme weather

has hit Carpinteria,

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Santa Barbara and Montecito,

from where our correspondent,

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James Cook, reports.

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On California's Pacific coast,

ordeal by the elements continues.

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First, they enjoyed the largest

buyer in the state's history. Next

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came torrential rain, more intense

than anyone here could remember.

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Then, within minutes, destruction,

caused by an unstoppable wall of mud

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and debris. This 14-year-old

survived. Even she does not know

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how. Firefighters using rescue dogs

heard her screams and worked for

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hours to pull her from the wreckage

of her home. Her family's fate is

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unknown. Everyone here, it seems,

has their own incredible story of a

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struggle to survive.

Once the

boulders and trees came through our

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house we climbed up onto the roof

and waited till the creek went down

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a bit and then we climbed off the

roof and got to our neighbour's. We

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just got pulled out of there by the

firefighters. Police are now

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rescuing neighbours.

We heard a

little baby crying. We dug down and

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found a little baby.

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We got it out, got

the mud out of its mouth.

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I'm hoping it's OK.

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They took it right to the hospital.

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But it was just a baby, four feet

down in the mud, under the rocks.

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I'm glad we got him.

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A mother and her newborn baby are

winched to safety. The little girl

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makes it onto the roof of her

seven-year-old brother is saved as

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well. Terrifying moments but they

are the lucky ones.

How do you

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describe it? It is devastating.

The

fire created a situation where the

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dirt was able to wash down. Had we

still had all the vegetation on the

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hills it would not have been as much

of an issue.

Montecito.

Why did it

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happen? The area soaked had been

affected with wildfires. The earth

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was baked, leaving it slick and

hard. The water had nowhere to go

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but down, fast, into the town of

Montecito with devastating effect.

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This is one of the most exclusive

communities in the United States,

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home to stars including actor Rob

Lowe and TV presenter Alan

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DeGeneres. Oprah Winfrey posted a

video from her garden. See how deep

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the mud is. The destruction was not

confined to the coast. Further

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inland, in Burbank, a suburb of Los

Angeles, the cameras captured

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another mudslide in action. The mud

roared down here with terrifying

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speed, sweeping everything in its

path. Firefighters will not let us

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go up that any further. They say the

situation could change in the blink

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of an eye. As you can see, this is

how dangerous it is. The Pacific

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coast was hardest hit. The financial

cost will be immense. The human

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toll, even higher. James Cook, BBC

News, Montecito.

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We can go live to James now. What is

the latest you have on the rescue

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operation?

Well, the scene around me

here is one, as you can see, of

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complete devastation. The power of

the mud as it charged down from the

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mountains was quite immense. It has

left parts of houses smashed to

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pieces and strewn across the road.

The rescue operation does continue.

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We have seen helicopters overhead in

the last three minutes ferrying

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people backwards and forwards,

presumably trying to get people out.

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We have had no more formal details

on how that is going. The last we

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heard there were some 300 people

trapped in one area alone. This is a

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very difficult, very intense

situation still. There are also

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questions about why people were not

evacuated. Some evacuation warnings

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were given but were they given for

the right areas and where they

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strong enough? Perhaps, should

people have listened to them more

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intently?

Thank you very much.

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There's a boom in goods

made in Britain.

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Manufacturing output in the UK

has reached its highest

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level in nearly a decade,

after showing growth

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for seven months in a row -

that's according to the Office

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for National Statistics.

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The sector has been boosted

by a strong global economy

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and the devaluation of the pound

since the Brexit vote,

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which makes exports

relatively cheaper.

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Our economics editor,

Kamal Ahmed, reports.

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The sound of better economic news,

and the manufacturers making

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the goods a faster growing

world is demanding.

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The weakness in the value

of the pound makes everything

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Britain sells abroad more

competitive, and firms that export

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are taking advantage.

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So this machine actually

is a high-end machine...

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Like Brandauer in Birmingham.

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Among other high-tech materials,

it makes the switches for 90%

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of all the kettles in the world,

billions of them.

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Its order books for household

goods, the car sector

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and aerospace are bulging.

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We've always exported a huge

percentage of what we make.

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Currently, that's around 70-75%.

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Global growth of our customers

and the manufacturing supply chain

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means growth for us.

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Our customers are doing well,

and technology demands

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are ever-increasing,

which means Brandauer as a net

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result will do well.

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It's been a ten year roller-coaster

for Britain's makers.

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Manufacturing suffered badly

in the financial crisis and has only

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slowly recovered since.

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But, in the last year,

things have taken a turn

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for the better and output is now

at its highest since April 2008.

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Behind these better figures is a big

economic trend, global growth.

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For the first time since

the financial crisis ten years ago,

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all the economic centres,

the USA, China, Japan

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and the rest of Europe,

are seeing stronger growth,

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and that rising tide

is lifting Britain and

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confidence is flowing back.

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It's not all good news.

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Construction figures

are poor and there are still

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the problems of falling wages

and the increase in prices.

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Many economists warn that Britain

is not out of the economic woods,

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including a former adviser

to the Chancellor.

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What we've seen in the UK

relative to elsewhere

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is growth relatively stable.

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That is still better than most

predicted at the start of 2017,

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because the Brexit negotiation

was expected to have a more

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dampening impact on growth,

but the global environment has

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actually ended up being much

stronger, and I think that has

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supported UK activity.

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The UK is still the laggard, though.

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Businesses have been more

hesitant about expanding,

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whereas elsewhere in the world

confidence is much stronger and we

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have seen more business spending.

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Manufacturing is a bright point,

but at just 10% of the UK economy

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it's not everything.

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The strength of Britain overall

will only become clear when the full

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set of figures are published

at the end of the month.

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Many economists believe

they will now be more

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positive than expected.

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The Chancellor Philip Hammond has

said the European Union should stop

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talking about "punishing"

the UK over Brexit.

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He'll make the warning

in a speech in Berlin tonight

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and Kamal joins me now.

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Do you detect a more robust tone

from the Chancellor?

I certainly do.

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2018 will be very tight timetable

for those European Union

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negotiations. Philip Hammond, in

this speech is certainly a change of

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tone. He supported remaining in the

European Union. He talks about it

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taking two to tango. The use should

stop talking about punishing the UK

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over Brexit. He is really saying,

you need to help us find some

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solutions. Other countries, Canada,

America and Australia are offering

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free trade deals Europe, what you

going to put on the table? In

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Brussels it may raise a few

eyebrows. They say, Britain decided

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to leave the European Union. You

broke it, you fix it. They are

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saying it is for Britain to come to

the table with solutions. As we have

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heard time and again, it does not

want Britain to be better off

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outside the user and it was inside

the EU. We cannot have, Brussels

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says, our cake and eat it.

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Police in Stockport have found human

remains in a suburban back garden.

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Their search comes after a woman

went to the police at the weekend

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and told detectives she had

killed a man.

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Our North of England

correspondent, Judith Moritz,

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is in Stockport for us.

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Judith, what more can you tell us?

Well, George, the police say on

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Sunday afternoon a 63-year-old woman

walked into a police station not far

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from here and confessed to having

killed a man several years ago and

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buried him in the garden. That's

part a forensic search and last

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night detectives confirmed that they

have found human remains at the

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property. The BBC understands that

the body that has been found is that

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of a man called Kenneth Combs and

the woman, who is now talking to

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detectives on suspicion of murder is

his daughter. Neighbours have been

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asked if they remember the family.

The police say a postmortem

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examination should give more

information into course about how

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and when he died.

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The trial of the former football

coach Barry Bennell on charges

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of child sexual offences has -

for the first time -

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heard from an alleged victim.

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A man who claims he was sexually

abused as a child has told the court

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that Bennell had what he called

a "power hold" over young

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boys who dreamt of being

professional players.

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Barry Bennell, who's now known

as Richard Jones, denies 48 charges

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of child sexual abuse.

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Our Sports Editor,

Dan Roan, reports.

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Back in the 1980s, Barry Bennell

worked with some of the most

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promising young footballers in the

north-west of England. Youth team

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coach at Crewe Alexandra. He also

had links with Manchester City.

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Liverpool Crown Court has told the

64-year-old, who now causes of

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Richard Jones, exploited young boys

dreams of becoming footballers in

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order to sexually abuse them. With

Bennell watching on via video link,

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the jury was shown footage of the

complainants interview. He first met

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him when he came as a scout for

Manchester City. The alleged victim

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said he was abused up to 100 times

along with other boys by Bennell at

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his home and in a shop he owned in

Derbyshire village. He had up to

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three boys share a bed with him. The

said none dare speak out for fear of

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jeopardising their football

prospects. It was almost like an

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untold rule, he said. He had a big

power hold over us. The court was

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shown a recording of this BBC

programme from November 2016

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featuring other alleged victims

which the complainant said left him

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in complete meltdown, prompting him

to contact police for the first

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time. Appearing behind a screen in

court he was cross examined by the

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defence, and asked if his complaint

was financially motivated. I am not

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in it for the money, he said. The

court was read transcripts from

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Bennell's interview with the police.

He said he has had no sexual contact

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with him and remembered thinking he

was the one that got away with it he

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was not one of my victims. It is

impossible. The trial continues.

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Our top story this evening:

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A desperate search for survivors

after mudslides in California

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leave 15 people dead,

and officials warn

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the death toll could rise.

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And still to come:

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The man behind Wallace

and Grommit on how he's

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created his latest characters.

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Coming up on Sportsday on BBC News:

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Double amputee Billy Monger is back

behind the wheel and training

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to be a stunt driver.

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The teenager lost both his lower

legs in an accident last year.

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In the last few years, dozens

of British citizens have travelled

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to Syria to volunteer in the fight

against so-called Islamic State.

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Today the bodies of two men

killed in battle have been

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brought back to the UK.

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Jac Holmes and Oliver Hall fought

with Kurdish forces.

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The parents of Jac Holmes say

they are proud of him,

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and were unable to prevent

him from going.

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They've been speaking

to Emma Vardy.

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The road outside the cargo

area of Heathrow became

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the scene of tributes,

as the bodies of two men,

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carried from Syria by Iraq

and Jordan, arrived home.

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Both 24 and both with no

previous military training,

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Jac Holmes and Oliver Hall had

a desire to join

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the battle against IS.

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Well, for me, it was

a personal choice.

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I wanted to fight against Isis

and I wanted to help the situation

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over here in Iraq and Syria.

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Jac Holmes, a former IT

worker from Bournemouth,

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was just 21 when he first travelled

to Syria and his parents

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discovered his plans.

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As we went to move a bit

of furniture, opened a drawer

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to make sure it was empty

and found his flight confirmation.

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I had to leave the house

pretty quickly because I

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was so angry with him.

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I had all these messages

and missed calls and stuff.

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When I picked up the messages,

it was Jac and he said,

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"Mum, I'm up a mountain.

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"I've crossed the border

and I'm in Syria."

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He spent two years fighting

with the Kurdish armed group

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the YPG, which has allowed many

western volunteers

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to join its ranks.

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But fighting abroad with any

militia, say British authorities,

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is against the law.

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Morally, what was your stance

on what Jac was doing?

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I think Jac had always has

had a sense of helping

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the underdog, helping people.

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Morally, I don't have an issue

if he has killed any Daesh

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fighters, not at all.

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I think, if you speak to most

people on the street,

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they would say the same.

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Just days after the battle

for the de facto IS capital Raqqa

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was over, Jac was killed

by a suicide belt left behind.

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My name is Oliver Hall and I came

here of my own free will,

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knowing all of the risks

and consequences that can follow.

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Oliver Hall from Gosport had

travelled to Syria in August.

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His mother was told he was checking

to make sure an area was safe

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for civilians when he was killed

by an IED.

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A ceremony for Jac Holmes

and Oliver Hall was held in Syria

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as they began the journey home.

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People from the Kurdish community

in the UK have gathered

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here at Heathrow today to pay

tribute to two men who took

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up their cause to fight

against so-called Islamic State.

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What Jac Holmes and Oliver Hall did

is something the British authorities

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have tried to deter people from but,

for those here today,

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they will be remembered as heroes.

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I'm immensely proud

of my son, really.

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You know, your average

22-year-old is more concerned

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about who is winning X Factor.

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I'll never forget him.

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Of course I won't.

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Seven British men in total have died

with the YPG in Syria in the war

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which has seen so many British men

and women drawn to it,

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with many lives lost.

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Emma Vardy, BBC News.

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Cancer patients at a specialist NHS

hospital could face delays

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to their treatment due

to a major shortage of staff.

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That's the warning from a senior

doctor in a leaked memo to staff

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at Churchill Hospital in Oxford.

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He says the number

of specialist nurses

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at the hospital is down by 40% -

nearly a half.

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Our Health Editor Hugh Pym

is outside the hospital in Oxford.

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I wonder just how worried patients

in the Oxford area, cancer patients,

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should be about this?

The trust

which runs this hospital says

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patients should be completely

reassured there has been no change

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in policy whatsoever and they should

continue to expect high standards of

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care but in a timely fashion, but

this leaked e-mail shows that

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doctors there are seriously

concerned about workforce shortages,

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difficulties recruiting trained

cancer nurses, and they think

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chemotherapy will be affected. They

are considering reducing the doses

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for patients who are terminally ill.

It has been said that, for some

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patients who don't need chemotherapy

urgently, there are delays of one to

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two weeks, but the trust says that

is still within the target. The

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trust has acknowledged there are

serious problems with workforce in

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the area and difficulties

recruiting, and Cancer Research UK

0:20:420:20:44

says this issue must be urgently

addressed.

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Conservation charities say they've

been "overwhelmed" by the number

0:20:460:20:48

of stranded seals found along

the Cornish coast over

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the last few weeks.

0:20:500:20:51

Record numbers of sick and abandoned

pups have been discovered -

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after a series of winter storms

and high tides.

0:20:540:20:56

Rescue centres say they

are struggling to cope,

0:20:560:20:58

as Jon Kay reports.

0:20:580:20:59

On a suburban estate...

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OK, shall we get them out?

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A pop-up seal sanctuary.

0:21:030:21:06

With the local rescue centres full,

these orphaned pups are having to be

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housed in a garage near St Ives.

0:21:090:21:13

Father and son David

and Dan are fully trained

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and caring for the seals 24/7.

0:21:180:21:22

Are you struggling to cope?

0:21:230:21:25

We're at the point

where we really are.

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This sort of speaks for itself,

having all of these guys here.

0:21:270:21:31

The rehab centres just don't

have the space to handle this many

0:21:310:21:33

pups in such a short amount of time.

0:21:330:21:39

Every day, volunteers from the group

are racing to the Cornish coast

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to rescue unprecedented numbers

of sick and starving pups, orphaned

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and injured in winter storms.

0:21:460:21:54

Here's the tube in the

corner of its mouth...

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Providing emergency

food is the easy bit.

0:21:560:21:58

Finding them somewhere to recuperate

is much more difficult.

0:21:580:22:00

They've had nearly 300 call-outs

already this winter.

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We've been out 55 times

this year so far.

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What, since the 1st of January?

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Since the 1st of January, we've had

55 calls and we've rescued 25.

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The situation we find

ourselves in is completely

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shocking beyond belief.

0:22:150:22:16

So why are things

so bad this winter?

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Because we've had a succession

of storms over really high tides,

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flooded all the beaches,

washed all those seal pups

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out without enough food

inside them to survive.

0:22:260:22:30

At Cornwall's seal sanctuary,

there is no room left.

0:22:320:22:35

Some pups have had to be

taken to rescue centres

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hundreds of miles away.

0:22:380:22:40

In the hospital wing,

this one has an eye infection.

0:22:410:22:45

He has to be covered while he's

treated to stop him biting.

0:22:450:22:48

Staff don't expect it to get

quiet any time soon.

0:22:480:22:52

We are only just in the middle part

of the pup season at the moment,

0:22:520:22:56

and that season doesn't generally

finish until about March,

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April time.

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So, as you can imagine,

we're going to have quite

0:22:590:23:02

a considerable number coming

in at that point.

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It's not just south-west England.

0:23:050:23:06

Rescue teams all around the UK

are reporting record numbers

0:23:060:23:09

of seals needing help.

0:23:090:23:11

Once these pups have recovered,

they'll be sent back into the sea,

0:23:110:23:16

but conservationists say,

if we're going to avoid

0:23:160:23:18

an accommodation crisis next winter,

we need to start planning now.

0:23:180:23:22

Jon Kay, BBC News, Cornwall.

0:23:220:23:26

It's the Bristol-based animation

company that gave us Wallace

0:23:290:23:32

and Grommit and Shaun the Sheep.

0:23:320:23:33

Now, Aardman and its Oscar-winning

director, Nick Park

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are about to unveil a new film,

a prehistoric comedy

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called Early Man.

0:23:380:23:40

It's been five years in the making

and Nick Park has been showing our

0:23:400:23:43

Arts Editor, Will Gompertz, exactly

how he's made his creations come

0:23:430:23:46

to life on the big screen.

0:23:460:23:49

The initial idea was, you know,

what if cavemen invented football?

0:23:550:24:00

And I hadn't seen a prehistoric

underdog sports movie before.

0:24:000:24:05

Come on, everyone.

0:24:050:24:08

Let's show them what we've got.

0:24:080:24:12

This is one of my first sketches.

0:24:120:24:14

I loved sketching all the time.

0:24:140:24:15

That's where the characters

tend to come from.

0:24:150:24:17

And are you thinking as you sketch

in terms of plasticine?

0:24:170:24:21

Yes, I do.

0:24:210:24:22

I think 3-D all the time,

and I'm always drawing

0:24:220:24:25

as if they have dimensions.

0:24:250:24:31

I'm thinking about how

they will interpret,

0:24:310:24:33

how they will translate into models.

0:24:330:24:35

What strange magic is this?

0:24:350:24:41

We try and prepare for every shot

before the animator starts.

0:24:410:24:44

We do quite often live-action

videos, so Nick will act out almost

0:24:440:24:49

the entire film in front of camera,

and we go through that with him,

0:24:490:24:53

and that's our starting point.

0:24:530:24:56

We wanted, following Nick's

initial brief, to keep it

0:25:000:25:02

all looking very handmade,

so all of these sections

0:25:020:25:05

are made of plasticine,

but the mechanics inside are made

0:25:050:25:07

of lots of different materials.

0:25:070:25:10

Underneath, we have armatures,

which we make all in-house.

0:25:100:25:13

They look something

a little bit like this.

0:25:130:25:15

So we have sort of ball

and socket joint in here,

0:25:150:25:18

and hinged joints and rotates,

and fundamentally that's what sort

0:25:180:25:20

of sits inside our main characters.

0:25:200:25:24

Just a little bit more!

0:25:240:25:28

There are aspects of it,

are there not, which hark back

0:25:280:25:30

to your earliest days,

back to Wallace and Gromit.

0:25:300:25:33

Yeah, I know.

0:25:330:25:37

At the heart of it,

it is these two characters.

0:25:370:25:39

Dug is a cavemen and

his pet hog Hognob.

0:25:390:25:43

I set out to try and be a bit

different to Wallace

0:25:430:25:48

and Gromit, but I guess

there is a sort of default.

0:25:480:25:50

I can't help it.

0:25:500:25:52

The eyes are close together

and there is a sort of man and dog

0:25:520:25:55

sort of relationship, I guess.

0:25:550:25:59

I mean, as man and hog in this case.

0:25:590:26:02

It's one thing trying to make it

a film you want to make and to stay

0:26:030:26:07

true to your vision.

0:26:070:26:09

But you are hoping that it also does

work for people out in the audience.

0:26:090:26:14

Time for a look at the weather.

0:26:210:26:22

Here's Helen Willetts.

0:26:220:26:24

Rather quiet across the UK at the

moment, which is good compared to

0:26:280:26:33

around the world. Some sunshine

today, but this band of cloud and

0:26:330:26:37

rain is still making for gloomy

conditions across the eastern side

0:26:370:26:41

of the country. Further west, we had

problems with fog, with a spate of

0:26:410:26:45

accidents with poor visibility. It

is taken up again not just for

0:26:450:26:50

Northern Ireland but across many

parts of England and Wales, where we

0:26:500:26:54

have had that sunshine today, in

south-western Scotland as well. That

0:26:540:26:58

will be coupled with temperatures

close to frigging, especially in the

0:26:580:27:01

countryside, so it could be icy and

could be freezing frog. --

0:27:010:27:10

temperatures close to freezing.

Parts of south Scotland, across

0:27:100:27:13

north-west England, the Midlands,

eastern parts of Wales, perhaps

0:27:130:27:20

Devon and the West Country, central

southern England, more widespread

0:27:200:27:23

than this morning, and there is also

the complication of the weather

0:27:230:27:26

front further east, with some

low-level fog over the hills, but

0:27:260:27:29

possibly at lower levels with holes

in the cloud. It would take a while

0:27:290:27:35

for the fog to play tomorrow

morning, and then there will be some

0:27:350:27:38

sunshine, but not as widespread as

today. -- for the fog to clear. Some

0:27:380:27:44

of the cloud coming back into Kent.

Not as persistently wet as today,

0:27:440:27:48

but still drizzly and cold. Why

Friday, a bit more of a breeze to

0:27:480:27:53

lift the fog from the west, but

there could be a lot of morning fog

0:27:530:27:57

and frost, a lot of cloud, and not

much change over the weekend. In

0:27:570:28:04

Northern Ireland, the weather front

gets stuck, and just to reiterate

0:28:040:28:07

its going to get quite foggy out

there from now until tomorrow

0:28:070:28:12

morning, and it might not clear in

some parts tomorrow morning.

0:28:120:28:15

That's all from the BBC News at six.

0:28:150:28:17

It's goodbye from me and,

on BBC One, we now join the BBC's

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