09/02/2017 BBC Wales Today


09/02/2017

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They're being blamed for an increase in violence and more ambulance call

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Concern over the easy access to so-called

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A dog breeder who left puppies "close to death"

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is banned from keeping the animals for four years.

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And Wales and England name their sides, but despite

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Rob Howley's request for the roof to be shut,

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An influx of new drugs is creating a serious problem in Welsh prisons.

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That's according to the Prison Officers Association.

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It says violent behaviour in prisons is increasing

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and blames new psycho-active substances, which used to be

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classed as "legal highs", until the law changed last year.

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It comes as new figures show the number of ambulance

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call-outs to prisons, has doubled over a four year period.

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Gareth Bryer has this special report.

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Riots last year in Birmingham prison, ?2 million of damage

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caused in just 12 hours with inmates even posing in helmets stolen from

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It's just one of a string of serious incidents in our prisons

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One of the things fuelling the problems is the

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influx of psychoactive substances, or so-called

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influx of psychoactive substances, or so-called legal highs, into the

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Now though they were outlawed last year they are still

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It's kind of like a sledgehammer blow, if you

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It's just knocked the prison system sideways.

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Steve Masterman served several prison sentences

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He now helps people with drug problems.

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It's quite common for people to be in prison

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addiction and if you like, a dependency upon these new and

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emerging psychoactive substances, whereas before they may not have

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even heard of it in prison it is easy, readily available, and it's

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the drug of choice at the moment in prisons.

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People across the prison service have said access to these

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drugs, combined with a shortage of staff,

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has led to a violent and

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And it's not just the prison service that is

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Because security measures means it takes longer to

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reach patients in prison, ambulance staff are often tied up for longer

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And paramedics have told me that can have a significant

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impact on the service's ability to deal with other emergencies.

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calls from Welsh prisons which required ambulances doubled, from

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around 220 in 2012 to 420 in 2015-16.

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Now the figures don't show the reason for

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each call but most people with experience

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of the prison system say

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it is due in part to more prisoners taking these substances.

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Now there are calls for more to be done before

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the largest prison in the UK opens in Wrexham later this month.

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I think we've got real problems within the

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Welsh prison system in relation to the staffing

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levels, we are going to

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have a new prison that will be open shortly,

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it's going to have a major problem, 2000 prisoners, all

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of those are huge, all of that requires a major investment,

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within society, whether prisons are based we feel we

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are not getting the resources required and we call upon the

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The Ministry of Justice says it has taken immediate action to deal with

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problems like drugs and it says it is also going to spend an extra

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?100 million a year on 2500 extra front-line staff but it points out

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that the issue the prison service faces are long-standing ones which

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won't be resolved in weeks or months.

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South Wales Police have warned people to consider the impact

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of social media messages following the death

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Although her death is not being treated as suspicious

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officers have asked anyone with information to contact them.

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The force says action will be taken against anyone who posts

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abusive, threatening or insulting messages online.

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Five drug dealers have been jailed for a total of 12 years

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after they were arrested in separate raids in Llanelli.

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Samuel Thorne, Phillip Williams, Debbie Wood, David Williams

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and Darren Polverino all admitted drugs supply offences

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They were caught as part of Dyfed Powys Police's Operation

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Panther last summer, which was prompted by a rise

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It's been confirmed tonight that the Neath Labour MP

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Christina Rees has been appointed Shadow Welsh Secretary

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in a reshuffle by the Labour leader, Jeremy Corbyn.

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She replaces Jo Stevens, who resigned in protest

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at an instruction that Labour MPs should back the bill

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Christina Rees is the fifth appointment to the role

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Parents who oppose Welsh medium education for their children should

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That's the suggestion of a co-ordinator of the campaign

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group, RhAG, or Parents for Welsh Education.

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Michael Jones, was responding to the recent decision

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by Carmarthenshire Council, to remove the English

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language stream at Ysgol Llangennech, near Llanelli.

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He told the Newyddion Naw programme, his message to parents

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who opposed the plan, was that people who "cannot

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stand" the language should "move somewhere else".

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An illegal dog breeder from Ceredigion who left

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puppies "close to death" has been banned from keeping

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31-year-old Richard Jones from Llanwnnen near Lampeter

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was convicted of two counts of illegal dog breeding

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and 21 counts of causing unnecessary suffering to dogs,

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Left to go blind and close to death, these dogs were suffering with

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chronic skin conditions and were described in court as mentally

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stressed as they were left in the dark without exercise.

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Today Richard Jones was banned from keeping dogs

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for four years and given a nine-week suspended prison sentence after

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being convicted of two counts of illegal dog

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breeding and 21 counts of causing unnecessary suffering.

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Jones had been running a licensed premises near Lampeter with over 70

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dogs breeding 40 litters a year up until 2015,

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when the local authorities decided not to renew his licence.

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But he carried on breeding until it was raided by the police

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and council officers in June last year.

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They found 113 dogs suffering in two different locations and the bodies

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of dead dogs discovered an old fertiliser bags.

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Jones's barn is extremely remote, in this

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field in the middle of nowhere, there isn't anything around for

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miles, but it is here that officers from Ceredigion Council found

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dogs in complete darkness and some close to death.

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But now months after that operation, and Jones being

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convicted of causing unnecessary suffering, you can still hear

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animals being kept inside this barn today.

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It was ruled today that the 23 dogs remaining here will be

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Linda Goodman is the founder of the animal welfare

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She described it is heartbreaking that the animals were

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still at the premises and expressed disappointment with the sentence

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That's no justice for the dogs that are still there and it is

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no justice for all the dogs that have suffered and died in the whole

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time that Ceredigion Council have known we had concerns about this

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As I say that up to 70 dogs being bred from, he was selling them

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through puppy dealers, licensed pet shops so no one

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ever really came here, nobody knew this place

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But as West Wales has been labelled the puppy farm capital of

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the UK campaigners feel more still needs to be done to stop this

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Wales' finance secretary says, a new bank should be created to fund

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big building projects if the UK loses access to EU loans.

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Mark Drakeford met representatives of the European Investment Bank

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earlier, which has lent billions of pounds to schemes in Wales.

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If it is not possible, then there is a substantial investment that the UK

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makes in the bank that would return to the United Kingdom and we would

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have to look to see whether we could create a different institution that

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would do something of the work that the EIB Daz but does it simply on a

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UK basis. Rugby, and Rob Howley has made just

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two changes from the side Although Dan Biggar and George North

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are named in the starting XV, there's still a question mark

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over their fitness. It's no secret that Wales

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wanted the roof shut, So it'll be open to the elements

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on Saturday afternoon. Both took knocks in Rome, and Dan

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Biggar and George North are named but not guaranteed to start

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on Saturday, Rob Howley says he will Go to the day of the game, I think

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it's pretty important, it is a big game, both players

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want to be part of it as you would expect,

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so we're giving them every

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opportunity to be fit. So this is how Wales line-up, Rob

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Evans and Thomas Francis both props coming into the side after

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impressing from the bench in Rome. They join Ken Owens and the front

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row, Jake Ball and captain Alun Wyn Jones in the second row, Sam

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Warburton, Justin Tipuric and Ross Moriarty in the back row. An

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unchanged back line with Dan Biggar partnering Rhys Webb at hardback and

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the Scarlets players Scott Williams and Jonathan Davies in midfield with

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Lee Williams, George North and Leigh Halfpenny making up the back three.

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And the bench sees a welcome return to

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Taulupe Faletau, back in the 23 and Rob Howley knows he will need

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experience, we also need to be at their best. England have gone 15

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games without being beaten, they are playing with confidence, huge amount

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of self belief, and I have no doubt that they will be ready for this

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game. Wales have made no secret of their desire to play under the shed

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roof, in the past it has served them well and made for an intimidating

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atmosphere yet England have struck the first blow insisting that the

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roof remain open. Protocol says there has to be an agreement between

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the sides and Eddie Jones has won the first battle. His mate two

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changes to the side that narrowly beat France and is out to unsubtle

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Wales anywhere he can. He was in a playful mood today. We are prepared

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to win, prepared for any shenanigans that might go on, and we are looking

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forward to it. Bloody excited about playing, to be honest, they are a

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cunning lot, the Welsh, they always have been! They've got daffodils,

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they've got everything! Who knows! The defending champions arrive in

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Cardiff aiming to extend their unbeaten record to 16 matches, Wales

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will be out to stop them in their tracks and pull the wheels of their

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chariot. Not long to wait now. Absolutely, Lucy, and East West

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split, across Wales today, cold and grey in the east and more of the

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same tomorrow. Overnight remaining cold variable cloud, blustery with

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wintry showers in the hills, dry for most, clear skies and widespread

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frost with temperatures falling below freezing for many. High

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pressure over Scandinavia tomorrow, called Continental air pushed in by

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easterly winds picking up moisture as it crosses the North Sea, thicker

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cloud to the east of the UK, the air turning drier as it moves across the

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land, brighter that the West. Tomorrow early frost, and the

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bitterly cold day, often cloudy especially in the east, across the

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UK that feed of cold air bringing thicker cloud across eastern

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England, some showers across North Sea coasts, some wintry high ground,

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brightest and crossed South West England, Northern Ireland and most

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of Scotland, coldest year, top temperatures just six for the South

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of England. For Wales the odd snow flurry, nothing significant,

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brighter spells more likely to the west of high ground, top

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temperatures four in the West, called tonight, subtle changes in to

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Saturday, more of a trough coming from the North Sea bringing thicker

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cloud and snow to the east of the UK. Widespread frost on Saturday,

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largely dry, thicker cloud for most, strong North easterly winds making

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it feel very cold, the cloud could be thick enough for the occasional

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wintry flurry further east, sunny spells more likely in the West, top

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temperatures in three and five Celsius, less cold on Sunday and

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Monday, signs of something springlike for the middle of next

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week, Lucy. That sounds welcome, thank you.

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We're back in Breakfast with updates from 6.25.

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