22/02/2017 London News


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Good evening. I'm Asad Ahmad.

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So the top job in policing, and the person responsible

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for keeping you and me safe, has gone to Cressida Dick.

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She's made it to the top in less than 35 years

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and during that time, she's been Head of

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Counter-Terrorism, and in charge of the operation which led

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to the fatal shooting of an innocent man on the London Underground.

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Well, Ms Dick now faces the challenge of having her policing

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budget slashed while trying to get crime levels down.

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Here's our home affairs correspondent Nick Beake.

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Cressida Dick takes the top job at a time when crime

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So what do Londoners want the police to prioritise?

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We had a break-in a little while ago and I think sometimes,

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you just feel it's not really worth contacting the police.

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Cybercrime, including online fraud and online bullying,

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For me, there's a lack of investment in local policing.

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We recently lost our local police station.

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It's been sold and is being turned into flats.

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I'd quite like the rise in race hate crime and that kind

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of thing to be addressed, because we are a multicultural city

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My son, at the age of 17, his life was suddenly taken

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In north London today, a mum tells schoolchildren

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Yvonne Lawson's son, Godwin, was stabbed to death in 2010.

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She's campaigned tirelessly to reduce knife crime

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I would like the commissioner to ensure that police officers work

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very closely with the local communities to ensure

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I would also like the police officers to find out the reasons why

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young people are carrying knives in the first place.

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But less money for the Met could mean a drop in the number

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The rank-and-file worry it could fall to below 30,000.

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I can't see how we can protect the streets in the same way we do

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That's a huge number and that will have a massive effect

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on all the departments within the metropolitan area.

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Another concern is how to stop young Londoners being radicalised.

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Here in Southall, football is used as a way of fighting extremism.

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I think it's incredibly important that we have a commissioner that has

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compassion and has that approach where you can speak

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to the youth of London, all of this country,

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So, many challenges, rising crime and less money.

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The new boss may soon discover it's tough at the top.

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One of those who had a say in today's appointment

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He welcomed the incoming Commissioner, but warned that a lack

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of money could lead to a cut in front line policing.

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He spoke to our political correspondent Karl Mercer.

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There are challenges facing the Met police service as a consequence

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of the government's cuts over the last six years and decisions

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made by the government leading to further cuts over

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To give you an idea of the scale of the challenge we face,

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over the last six years, we've lost more than ?600 million

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Over the next four years, we are losing another ?400 million.

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On top of that, there's a danger, as a consequence of the police

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funding formula being changed, we may lose further money.

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Do you share Bernard Hogan-Howe's concerns and those of

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the Met Federation that London could lose thousands of officers?

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If it is the case that the government changes the funding

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formula which means we could lose up to ?700 million, the experts

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last year predicted between ?170-700 million,

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the consequence of that cut will mean front line officers

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And day one for Cressida Dick, what will be on her desk from you?

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She knows the challenges we face as a target for terrorists.

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She knows the challenges we face in relation

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She recognises that hate crime has gone up in the recent past but also,

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I suspect and I know this from the interviews we had with her,

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she's already started her homework in relation to making sure

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It's really important we do our bit as Londoners to help

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So, fewer police officers in London - that won't be popular.

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But I think it could well be the reality the new boss faces because

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remember, the Met has already sold buildings, reduced the number of

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civilian staff, and so not replacing as many officers when they leave the

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force could be the next step. Today is a significant one, though,

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because the beat -- in the 188 year history of the Metropolitan place,

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they have had captains, Kyle Mills and generals running the show but

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today for the first time it will be a woman in the top position at

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Scotland Yard. -- captains, colonels and generals. Cressida Dick is very

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popular amongst the rank-and-file and is acknowledged to be very

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intelligent and a good operational tactician but the fact remains for

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many people, she is synonymous with Jean Charles de Menezes and we heard

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the family said today that her appointment sends the message that

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police officers can act with impunity. In contrast, the Prime

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Minister Theresa May has praised her public service and says she has

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exceptional qualities. And she will need them because the ongoing threat

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from terrorism remains. We have seen that crime has been creeping up in

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the last year or so. She will have to tackle that with less money. She

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used to be an accountant, for two years before she joined the police

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in the 80s. She might find that all these years on, that skill is

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important. Could be useful. Thank you.

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Millions of owners of potentially dangerous tumble dryers have been

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warned not to use them, while they await repair.

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Hotpoint, Creda and Indesit brands have been involved

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in a series of fires, including one at a block

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of flats in Shepherd's Bush, from where Tolu Adeoye sent this

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It took 120 firefighters to bring this tower block blaze

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A London Fire Brigade investigation found it was caused by a faulty

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tumble dryer owned by the company Whirlpool.

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It was one of millions of dryers subject to safety notices,

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meaning they needed repairs and posed a fire risk.

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The Fire Brigade repeatedly advised people not to use them.

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We feel that it is a fire risk. You should unplug it.

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You shouldn't use it and you should wait until it has been seen

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by the manufacturers or a qualified electrician.

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But Whirlpool maintained they were safe as long

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Today, it changed that guidance on affected brands, following advice

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There was relief from residents affected by the Shepherd's Bush

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fire that the advice has finally been changed.

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I'm over the moon. You know, we've been through hell.

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Three and a half months, we were all homeless and it's been

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hell trying to deal with Whirlpool and not knowing where we stand.

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I'm over the moon that they have finally done that.

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Nobody else will have to go through what we have

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Whirlpool has written to 3.8 million owners of affected brands but more

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It is urging them to come forward and get their dryers fixed.

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It says its number one priority is safety.

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Some of the residents affected by the Shepherd's Bush fire

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But the hope is that the new guidance will reduce the risk

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Thousands of plastic drinking bottles are thrown away

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in London every day, with many ending up on our streets

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So now there's a call to "tax" them like plastic bags,

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Thousands of years ago, one of the reasons people settled

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here was because of the plentiful supply of drinking water.

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How ironic, then, that all these years later,

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one of the reasons the ecosystem is being damaged is because of

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2500 plastic bottles have been found by the Thames in just one day.

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Volunteers working for the environmental charity,

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Thames 21, collected the mountains of waste at the dozen

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They say the containers are changing the shape of the shore.

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I don't think people realise how, how detrimental it is.

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Yeah, just through drinking water every day when you can also just

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Most of the damage could be prevented, according

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to environmentalists, by making less packaging and making

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Scientists have looked at fish and crabs and other animals living

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in the river and they have found that their stomachs and their whole

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Bottle deposit systems are working in other countries.

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It is something members of the London Assembly

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In Malmo and Berlin, for example, they have very high

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rates of collection, up to 98% across

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We are nowhere near that in London or the UK.

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So if we had a small tax on bottles, a bit like the plastic bags,

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It's estimated each week, millions of plastic bottles

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are dumped after being used just once in London alone.

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Campaigners say our behaviour has to change if the River Thames

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and its wildlife is to thrive, to be enjoyed by

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That's it for now from me, but let's find out what the weather's up

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Much cooler today than Monday and I understand storms on the way?

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Yes, quite blustery today but a bit of sunshine. Some of that tomorrow

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but the wind will become a feature. Still quite gusty tonight but

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nothing too strong, bringing in the odd spot of rain or drizzle. Not

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desperately wet by any means but a south-westerly wind and quite mild,

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temperatures not dropping below double figures for some but

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tomorrow, the wind starts to whip up, a gradual process but the Met

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office have issued an amber, be prepared warning for parts of the

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reasons, particularly part of Essex, Bedfordshire, partridge and North

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Buckinghamshire. Gusts of 60-70 mph north of London but 50 or 60 is

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where, a spell of morning rain rushing eastwards with gusts but

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while we will see some sunshine, one or two showers for the rest of the

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day but the wind will remain strong even in the centre of town, in

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excess of 50 mph which could cause damage and transport disruption,

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especially to the north of London. Into Friday, things get quieter with

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some sunshine around and light winds. For more

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some sunshine around and light winds. For more on Doris and its

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impact, here is the national weather.

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Good evening, a rough patch weather on the way. Time to fasten your seat

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belt. A high wind warning from the Met office, an amber one, so pretty

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severe. Let's see where Storm Doris is right now, only just developing

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to the west of the UK, in its early stages which is not good because it

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will be at its peak when it crosses the UK. You can see this hook of

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cloud which is where the twisting is starting to happen, which is where

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the big mid-latitude cyclone is starting to develop and it will slam

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into the centre of the UK during the morning and move across the country

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through the morning and into the afternoon. Two rounds from this

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storm, we will see some snow across southern and central parts of

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Scotland first tonight and into the early hours of Thursday morning.

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Let's look at the snow, also an amber warning from the Met office,

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the Southern uplands, the borders, including Edinburgh, there could be

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a fair bit of

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