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Welcome to BBC Channel Islands on Thursday 12th January.

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Millions of pounds wasted - damning criticism of the now

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suspended Jersey Innovation Fund, which used public money

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There has been a complete incompetence in administration here.

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It has simply not been followed. There are no key set performance

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indicators to it even measure the company.

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Booming bus use - how incentives have helped turn around public

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Flying high - the soaring numbers of birds no longer under threat.

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And not only is it blowing a gale across the islands right now, but

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colder air is following this area of rain and some of the showers

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overnight are likely to turn increasingly wintry. More details

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from me later in the programme. Good evening.

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I'm Alison Moss. A damning report's been published

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into a States of Jersey fund that's potentially lost millions of pounds

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of taxpayers' money. According to the report,

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the Jersey Innovation Fund, which has now been suspended,

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may have been linked The Chief Minister says he's shocked

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and angry at the way We'll be hearing from him live

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in a moment, but first This is one of the companies

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that got a loan from But the start-up software firm

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'logfiller' never paid back It's emerged six of the seven

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companies given loans totalling ?2 million of taxpayers'

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money are in arrears. Now the idea of the

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Jersey Innovation Fund, when it was set up under

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the Economic Development Department four years ago, was to support

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new business ideas. But a report has highlighted serious

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failings in how it was run. One of those running

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it was chief executive You may remember him

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from the scandal around business Well, last week, he resigned,

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with six months' pay - that's ?70,000 - and hasn't

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responded to our calls Elsewhere in the document,

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the author also hints at criminal links to the fund,

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saying: The fund will be investigated

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by the Public Accounts Committee, In my time as chairman of public

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accounts and in my time as a politician, this is the worst

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I've seen. There's been a complete absence

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of competent administration here, the terms of reference agreed

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by the States have There are no set key performance

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indicators to even measure the companies that were lent these

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sums, so that really really is very disappointing

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and quite distressing. Joining me in the studio now

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is the Chief Minister, Chairman of the Public Accounts

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Committee was calling it disappointing. This report isn't

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easy reading. The criticism says is not fit for purpose, more should

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have been done to protect public money. This was ?5 million worth of

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taxpayers money, the innovation fund. Has it been a disaster? The

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report is damning. It shows a shocking failure in management, in

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governance, in administration. So perhaps that is a word that could be

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used. Only 2 million of the 5 million has been spent, there has

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been no new loans during 2015. I was angered and shot and find it

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completely unacceptable when I read the report. Who do you blame? The

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report is clear. It deals with feelings of administration, but I am

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not sufficiently happy with that. As the chief executive should also look

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to see whether their discipline measures taken. He also reviewing

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the other grant funded organisations to make sure these feelings are not

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replicated there. On top of that, this is the report of that

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administration, but I want to make sure the politicians involved have

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not added to or been involved in the conclusions that the report says and

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I'm instigating an investigation that will be without fear or favour

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and if it says action should be taken, action will be taken. Can the

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public trust this Government with their money? Is said this evening,

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there are questions that need to be asked and until we have the answers

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to those questions, I can't be satisfied that the Government and

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management is in place when it comes to money being given to third

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parties and it is only this extra piece of work that will tell us

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whether these feelings are more widespread and will rebuild trust.

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The idea of an innovation fund is very good for local entrepreneurs.

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Do you imagine in the future a different type of innovation fund

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could exist? The report was clear. The innovation fund is a good idea,

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it's just the management of it that failed. There are ?3 million roughly

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left in the innovation fund, we will need to think about how we could

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apply that, perhaps in smaller amounts to different modes of

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companies, that will be a decision for the States to make in due

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course. Innovation is important. It's important our economy innovates

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and diversifies and this fund was supposed to be helping that happen.

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Chief Minister, thank you for joining us tonight. Thank you.

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An internal investigation has been launched by Guernsey's bus operator

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after footage shared on social media appears to show one

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of its fleet driving in a potentially dangerous way.

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The bus is seen drifting into the centre of the road

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and forcing oncoming vehicles to mount the pavement.

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It comes on the same day that government figures reveal

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the number of passengers using the service has

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Love them or loathe them - Guernsey's buses are proving

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increasingly popular with the travelling public.

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More than 1.65 million people made use of the bus service last year,

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the highest recorded figure since records began.

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Well, it's ?1 to anywhere in the island, which certainly

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helps, but how have they managed to get so many passengers

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Well, we're being told that it's because students now

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have free transport, there's been the introduction

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of a new bus app, and also a greater use of smart cards which has made it

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But not everything is running smoothly on the buses.

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This footage shared on social media has resulted in an internal

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investigation being launched by CT Plus.

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We have a contract with CT Plus, and the contract does not deal

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with terms and conditions or how the drivers happen to drive,

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but we clearly would show our disapproval or communicate with CT

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Plus, if we felt that an incident was inappropriate.

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But the buses are wide, we know that and I think sometimes

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for the newer drivers to the island who drive in cities,

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rather than in small, what were once cart tracks,

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then it takes them some time to acclimatise.

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CT Plus has declined to comment further while

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the investigation is ongoing, but elsewhere it's

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And, these buses, which have caused so much controversy are set

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to be replaced by these, shorter and narrower ones,

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with phase one of that plan due to happen by May.

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Sark Vineyards has announced the closure of its business in Sark.

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Sark Estate Management, owned by the Barclay Brothers,

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say they have "invested millions of pounds in the project,

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but they now fail to see any future in Sark or its economy."

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The company says in a statement the authorities in Sark "have

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obstructed the vineyards' progress throughout".

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Guernsey's newest politician has been elected unopposed as a member

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of the Committee for Education, Sport and Culture.

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Deputy Neil Inder was nominated and seconded

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by the President and Vice President of the Committee.

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He replaces Marc Leadbeater, who resigned from the committee last

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month, when Emilie Yerby wrote to members announcing her intention

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Unemployment in Jersey fell to its lowest for

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1,280 people were registered as looking for work -

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more than 100 fewer than the same time the previous year.

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The drop is being put down to the success of the States Back

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to Work scheme and support from local businesses.

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It's a sight many of us take for granted -

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watching wild birds like chaffinches and skylarks soar through our skies.

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But for the past few years, several of these species

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Now, thanks to a scheme run by researchers,

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there's been a huge increase in the number of wild farmland

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birds in the island, as Jessica Banham reports.

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Ready to take flight. These wild birds have spent the winter growing

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stronger on seeds. Around 50 fields across the island have been planted

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with crops to make sure it endangered species have another food

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to survive the coldest months of the year. The species are declining

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across Europe and the reason is for changes in farming practices,

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climate change and destruction of their habitats. What do we had in

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the field here? In this field, these plans have seeds that the birds will

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eat straightaway from, like mustard, millet and sunflowers, which you can

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see they have been perched on top and feeding from here from this

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position because all the little empty shells are still here. As well

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as using this field to feed the birds, researchers sometimes catch

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them. They picked one of these small rings on their legs which has a

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unique number, then they can track their movements. Last winter, there

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were almost 14,000 more birds than the year before, an increase of 54%.

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Since the winter of 2013, there's been an even bigger increase of more

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than 500%. It costs around ?100 to cover an area the size of a football

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pitch in seeds. That cost is met by private donations, often from

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farmers taking part in the scheme. Sign that it's giving something back

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to the environment and the island because we are not just all about

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growing potatoes and making money. Therefore, we want to be seen as

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doing what is right. Researchers haven't finished painting the birds

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spotted this winter but believe numbers are still growing.

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Ultimately, they hope to take species like these of the endangered

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list forever. The weather's getting pretty wild

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in the Channel Islands. Here's the scene in Jersey

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a little earlier today. Several roads

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in Jersey were closed or blocked, including access

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to Fort Regent Leisure Centre. Condor's cancelled its fast ferries

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to France and England for the next two days

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and Jersey Met Department has issued the highest level of storm warning,

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while honorary police are urging David Braine can tell us

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exactly what's in store. It's going to be a tricky night for

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people tonight. It is, yes. Not only have we got these really strong

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gusts of wind which I is damaging, we've also got some very cold air

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that is flooding dying from the Arctic. It is a bitter winter for us

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tomorrow. There will be more sunshine than we've seen today, that

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is good news. There is also likely to be wintry showers around and some

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of the showers will be with his overnight tonight. Why is it so

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windy and cold? The air is coming from the Arctic. There are several

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areas of low pressure coming down to the UK across the Channel and moving

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into northern France. This one in particular is giving us these really

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strong gusts of wind. It will eventually move away. Once we lose

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that area of low pressure, we've still got a gusty and strong

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north-westerly breeze. We will also find trapped within the flow several

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lines of showers which will come tonight, some tomorrow. Those

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showers are increasingly likely to turn to sleet or hail at times, snow

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possible across the islands, mainly in the showers. That is the setup.

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Very windy conditions overnight tonight and there is a warning

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issued by the Jersey Met Office because of the concern about the

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strength of the wind. It's going to be pretty cold as well. Temperatures

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to start the day tomorrow between zero and plus two. If you throw in

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the strength of wind with those kind of temperatures, with the wind

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chill, it will feel more like -2 minus three. A bitterly cold day,

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one line of wintry showers leases first thing in the morning then

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there is a chance of a shower it through the rest of the day and

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temperatures really struggling. It's going to feel colder than that

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because it's still very blustery. The winds will ease a little bit in

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the second half of the day. Here are our times of high water. Big tides

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as well because we are a full moon and for those heading out to sea,

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some very, very difficult conditions agency. Big waves. Stormy conditions

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for the servers. The winds north westerly, wintry showers, the good

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news is it's less windy and warmer by the weekend.

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We will try and keep you updated with all the latest travel details

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on social media. I'll be back with your

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headlines at eight. Plymouth City Council has suspended

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work on its road improvement scheme in Plymouth after more white

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phosphorous grenades were found on the site in Tavistock road. Ten

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World War II grenade grenades were found and detonated on Tuesday by a

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bomb disposal team. An extra 14 grenades were found and removed

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today. A court has ordered a psychiatric

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assessment on a Devon man charged with possessing an explosive

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substance for an unlawful purpose. Timothy Holman, who's 41

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and from Osborne Road in Ilfracombe, was arrested after a major police

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operation in the town last month. A 31-year-old woman has died

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after a crash involving a tractor and trailer near Redruth.

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A one-year-old baby in the car survived,

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suffering only minor injuries. It happened on the A30 near

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the Avers roundabout last night. The road was closed

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for around eight hours. Three men had been charged with

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murder after a man's body was found in St Austell. 31-year-old Stephen

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bowl was found with knife wounds in a part in Truro road yesterday

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morning. Three local men all aged in their 20s will appear at Bodmin

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Magistrates' Court tomorrow. A couple from North Devon say

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they've been struggling to keep warm after a new eco-heating system broke

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down 39 times in the last 21 months. Robert Smith's oil-fired system

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was removed by social landlords Westward housing group and replaced

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by one that uses wood pellets. Filling up the wood pellet

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boiler is something He has also got used to it breaking

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down time and time and time again. Right from the start,

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it's just been a disaster and we are now on the 39th breakdown

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in 21 months. As a tenant, I am

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relying on the landlord to give me reliable,

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adequate heating, which is their job.

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Which they have not done. Robert and his partner,

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Brian Ridgway, rent their house through social landlord,

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Westward Housing Group. Brian is disabled and

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has had five strokes. I have to keep warm in whatever room

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I am in and it is no good me getting cold because I know I am

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going to end up straight This room already had

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an electric fire. The couple were also given extra

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electric radiators and money I'm very disappointed the way this

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has had to drag on for so long. I contacted Westward initially well

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before Christmas about this These are two elderly

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gentlemen, one is disabled It is highly unsatisfactory the way

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they have been treated. Westward Housing Group has

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apologised and has promised to reinstall oil fired heating

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as soon as possible. It says of 75 similar

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systems that were put in, in other properties,

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only three have had Manufacturers Warmflow say -

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we have established that there have been issues with the whole heating

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system in this house, When our wood pellet boiler

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is correctly installed, commissioned, properly maintained

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and operated by the householder, using the correct fuel,

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these issues do not occur. Installers Anesco

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declined to comment. But Robert Smith says he has been

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using the boiler as instructed, so is he confident things

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will finally be sorted out? Until I see engineers here,

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putting the new system in, I still have got no confidence

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it is going to happen. A new lifeboat's been

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launched in Devon today - we'll meet the woman

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who paid for it. And after the rain,

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sleet and some snow, the main problem for us tonight

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is the risk of ice, especially first thing

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tomorrow morning. More details from me

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later in the programme. A book created and funded by parents

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in Cornwall to prepare children for primary school has been

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so successful, it's gone global. are being sent to every three-

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and four-year-old in the county. You may remember we featured

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the picture book on Spotlight last year - it includes children

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with Down's Syndrome and it's been so powerful the creators have had

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enquiries from as far away Emma Thomasson has been to meet Noah

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- one of the stars of the book. And you need to do some windows.

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Can you do some windows? Noah sat on Miss Elliott's chair

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because no one wanted to pretend to be the teacher.

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It felt a bit giggly. He likes running around

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and he falls over a lot. And we play on the whiteboard

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with him and we take turns. Not one of Noah's classmates

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I spoke to talked about him And that is exactly the point

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the parents who created the book that he is featured

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in want to get across. Instantly, I pick out similarities

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rather than differences. Children will say, oh, I read that

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book, or we have that at home. Several comments into

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the conversation, then it might appear, oh,

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that child, why does he look like that?

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Why has he got those in his ears? And that is really refreshing for us

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and encouraging because we know that children of that age,

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they haven't really formed any hard Today, she is working

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with Vicky who is another of the volunteers who have produced

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and financed the book. It is being sent every

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to childminder, nursery and preschool in Cornwall over

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the next four years. And news about the book

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is spreading around the world, thanks to celebrities turning

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to social media. They include the Poldark cast,

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Miranda Hart and a whole host And that kind of support

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is something they could only have dreamt of when they started

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producing the second in the series of books

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from their kitchen table office. They are now being distributed

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around the world with one of the biggest orders

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in North Carolina in the US, where they are being included

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in welcome bags to parents They are like any other child

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and they should be given the same thing that you when I had

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when we were little babies. So, how do you feel about Noah

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being in the book and it being seen potentially all around the world?

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It's amazing. It speaks a thousand words,

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the pictures, just details, children going about everyday school life.

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And it's very, very... Noah, can you show me

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where you are again, in the book? Where you are in the book?

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There! I'm not sure if Noah feels quite

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the same awe as Mum... He has the more pressing issue

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of getting back to play No has got far better things to do!

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-- Noah. Lifeboats are a familiar sight

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around our coast and today Exmouth took delivery

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of a new inshore lifeboat. The current D-class vessel has

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reached the end of its busy It's been called out more

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than 600 times and rescued Spoligtht's Rebecca Wills

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was there to see the end of one era It was out with the old at

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Exmouth Lifeboat Station today... The inshore lifeboat,

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the George Bearman, taking to the water for the final time

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as it was retired after ten years' It's been a decade in which the

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D-class vessel has been called out 614 times,

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rescued 466 people, 28 Also a D-class vessel

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and also bearing George And getting a prime seat

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to watch the new inshore lifeboat enter service was George's

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granddaughter, Pauline. It was her donation

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which provided by the old As they both came in towards

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the shore, I was so proud, Sad also, seeing the first

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one on its last trip. But hopefully, this one

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will give just as good George Bearman was a

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coastguard in Norfolk. He was just 38 when he

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lost his life at sea in It is that family tragedy

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which prompted Pauline to support My father never knew his father

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because he was only I just wish that he had

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lived to see what I've done with the money

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that A fantastic legacy.

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Yes, absolutely. The D-class boat is considered

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the workhorse of the RNLI, so the The old boat has given ten years

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of really good service, hard service here.

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It is quite a busy station. So the new boat should

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seamlessly take over as it has this morning

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and give equally as good service

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over the next ten years. It will be officially

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named in May when hopefully, champagne, rather

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than rain, will cover the bow. Plenty of rain in Exmouth earlier

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today, as we have seen on the programme tonight, some of the rain

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has turned to snow in places so let's get the latest from David.

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Some snow falling, mainly above 300 metres, about 1000 feet. But even at

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lower levels, some of the showers and it could feel quite wintry. A

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bit of a problem with a risk of ice developing, the temperatures have

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fallen and they will continue to fall overnight. You will really need

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to wrap up warmly. Probably the coldest feeling day we have had so

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far this winter. Some wintry showers dotted around as well. Some quite

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heavy. Overnight tonight, all of the rain we have seen on some of the

:24:32.:24:35.

sleet and snow on higher ground, we have a risk of ice which continues

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through the night and for a good part of tomorrow morning. Stay tuned

:24:40.:24:45.

across BBC local radio for updates. It isn't just the cold. The snow on

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the ice and the wintry showers. It is also very windy at the moment and

:24:51.:24:54.

the strength of wind is also of some concern because we have some pretty

:24:55.:24:59.

high tides tonight. Some coastal flood alerts in force across the

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North Cornwall and Devon coast. Winds straight from the Arctic and

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trapped within it, several lines showers which could affect this

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during the day tomorrow. Saturday, a little bit less windy. A little

:25:13.:25:17.

quieter. Still a bit fraught because a weather front is trapped in

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amongst all that which could produce some sleet or even some snow over

:25:21.:25:26.

higher ground. A definite change on Sunday to less cold air. Even the

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possibility of some light rain or drizzle. Temperatures will start to

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come back up. The wings are bitterly cold. Particularly lively at the

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moment, across the more western parts and some really strong gusts.

:25:41.:25:44.

They stick with us through the day tomorrow and in that flow from the

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north-west, leaving Ireland this evening and overnight tonight, some

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more wintry showers. Don't expect everything to be clear and cold and

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windy overnight, there is a risk of some wintry showers turning up

:25:57.:26:02.

during the night. Dartmoor, Princetown, there is some snow that

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fell earlier today. Not a huge amount but it has left a covering of

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snow on the houses and grass and on the mauls and the vehicles. Traffic

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moving quite nicely still at the moment but of course it will freeze

:26:17.:26:20.

overnight tonight so a risk of some ice on untreated roads and

:26:21.:26:24.

pavements. The main area of rain now moving into south east England is

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now giving snow. Even right down to quite low levels. If you are

:26:31.:26:34.

travelling out of the region, be prepared to run into some snow later

:26:35.:26:39.

on tonight. A scattering of showers possible through the night. Sleet or

:26:40.:26:45.

snow mainly over high ground. A bitterly cold north-westerly wind.

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The risk of ice existing first thing tomorrow morning. Plenty of winter

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sunshine so not all bad news but the risk of a few passing showers

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through the day and of us, not very warm. With the wind chill, it will

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feel a lot colder. A particularly windy day on the Isles of Scilly.

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The times of high water. For our surfers, some pretty lively

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condition out at sea. Dangerous along the north coast.

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Bulletins at 10:30pm and on your radio station from 6:30am in the

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morning when it could be quite tricky. Goodnight.

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..and keep telling yourself over and over, "This will end."

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Ladies and gentlemen, the bride and groom.

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So what if I forgot our poxy anniversary?

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Er, I think this year was copper. 14th is poxy.

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