06/09/2017 London News


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Good evening. I'm Alice Salfield.

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"An act of pure evil" - that's how the mother of 15-year-old

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Quamari Serunkuma Barnes has described the death of her son.

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Today, the teenager who chased and stabbed him with a large kitchen

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knife outside his school in Willesden has been

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locked up for at least 14 years for his murder.

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Quamari's parents said he loved school and his life

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Alex Bushill has been speaking to them.

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Quamari Barnes was just 15 and on his way home

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when he was stabbed to death outside his school.

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He was clearly adored by his many friends,

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some of whom he had just shared a class with.

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His killer, another schoolboy of the same age.

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I've got more disbelief that someone so young could do something so bad.

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Her son was a pupil at the Capital City Academy in Willesden,

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and it was outside these school gates his many friends

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came to remember him, and through these school gates

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Back in January, as he left school, Quamari walked up Doyle Gardens.

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Waiting here on the corner was his assailant.

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Quamari recognised him, turned on his heels and ran

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Moments later, he was stabbed in broad daylight and in

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CCTV caught the moment his attacker fled, dressed in black and armed

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Later in hospital, as Quamari lay dying, he was able to whisper

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And to this day, I cannot reveal his name because of

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The judge at the Old Bailey today sentenced the defendant to a minimum

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of 14 years detention at Her Majesty's pleasure.

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He said the restrictions on revealing his identity

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would not be lifted, because there is the chance

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What no one in court expected was for the defendant

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to suddenly confess, but he did just minutes before

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The judge removed two years of his jail term as a result.

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Outside court, Quamari's family were not impressed.

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Personally, I think he was grabbing at straws,

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It was last ditch, trying to save his own bacon.

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As for motive, nobody really knows why Quamari was stabbed.

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His attacker has only said he was acting out of anger.

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He had been looking for another boy who he had quarrelled

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with the night before, which is why Quamari's mother has

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You should be aware of what your child is doing.

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I know a lot of people work, but maybe the community,

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we all need to take an active role in how kids are being looked

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after and not just left to get on with whatever

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That's why for her this was an act of violence

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that was as casual as it was fatal, and it cost her her son.

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The story of one family's ordeal at the hands of knife crime.

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But this isn't the only type of violence affecting

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Another family in the capital is dealing with a huge loss today

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More on this from Dan Freedman, and this was a 14-year-old

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That's right, as we reported yesterday, Corey Junior Davis, known

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as CJ, was shot in forest gate, east London on Monday and died in

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hospital at about ten the last night. Today, his grandfather has

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described him, we can see him here, a few years ago, in his school

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uniform, as "A lovely little lad", and says he's got no idea why anyone

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would want to kill them. A 17-year-old boy was shot in the same

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incident and he received what have been described as life changing

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injuries and he is still in hospital in a stable condition. Scotland Yard

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that they are concerned about possible retaliation attacks and

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they have put extra patrols in this part of Newham as a precaution. They

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are asking for information about a light-coloured 4x seen driving off

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after the shooting. We know that here in London. -- a light-coloured

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4x4. We know knife crime has gone up 22% in the last year and now gun

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crime is up 42% so what we see with these cases culminating today, a

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knife death and a gun death is that these are both still big problems

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affecting young people in the capital. Thank you for joining us.

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As we've been hearing, a document detailing

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the government's thinking on immigration after

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The proposals include an end to unlimited freedom of movement

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for EU citizens coming here, new arrivals after 2019 having

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to register to stay long-term and tighter rules for lower-skilled

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workers in order to prioritise British employees.

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But what impact could these plans have on the capital's businesses?

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Here's our political editor Tim Donovan.

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Brands don't respect borders and here's the latest proof.

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Kate Moss, the face of a Polish clothing chain, with 1700

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Opening in Oxford Street today, its first attempt to conquer London.

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Brexit came too late for second thoughts, here.

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The company's been planning this for three years.

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Of course it is a little bit worrying because in our case,

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we have about 10-15% of people working for us coming

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from Eastern Europe but well, we will see.

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It is a little bit worrying that the UK will leave the European Union

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because we believe that in a global environment, it is better

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to be in a bigger family, like the European family.

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In retail in London, a fifth of workers are from the EU

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but more controls on who comes in was not worrying

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There will be someone that wants to start their own business.

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Train local people? Yes.

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They will have sensible controls of immigration coming in,

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People like these guys here, you want them.

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They are innovation, they are young and bright

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and they can bring that into the country.

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But we don't want all the other people, to a certain extent,

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who are coming here just to scrounge off the country.

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Others are not so sure about the suggestion unskilled EU

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workers could only come here for two years.

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We need to think about, when people have been here for two years,

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have they made their lives, have they settled down and what do

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we need to go through to enable them to perhaps stay?

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We need to think about our own people wanting to go

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It is not just retail watching anxiously.

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At this restaurant in Ealing, half the 30 staff are British

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As hard as we try, and as much as we try to work with local

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universities or colleges, educational bodies, we are just not

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So to be honest, short of the government having a complete

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rethink about how we position hospitality to young

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people as a career option, I can't see how we're

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But many people aren't convinced by that and want assurances that

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free movement is curtailed as soon as possible.

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The Mayor is to spend ?250 million buying up land

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City Hall says it's a key part of its strategy to tackle

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Opponents say it lacks detail and doesn't set targets.

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Our political correspondent Karl Mercer reports.

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The mayor was in Tower Hamlets to launch his housing strategy,

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his plan for building the homes london needs over the coming years.

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his plan for building the homes London needs over the coming years.

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This is the sort of development he wants to see more of.

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This family moved in just three weeks ago.

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All 147 homes on this site are at affordable or council rents.

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To be affordable, it means we can stay within the borough and not move

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out of London because we were given that thought a few years ago.

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But we are lucky enough to stay in Tower Hamlets and have such

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a lovely home in a very safe place as well.

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This nearby estate is also set to be rebuilt.

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Half of its 1500 homes will be affordable.

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And the mayor today announced a new ?250 million fund that

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City Hall will use to buy land and then sell on to house builders.

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We've got to make sure we recognise that actually,

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we've got to build more homes but they've got to be the right

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But like many politicians, the mayor is fond of a catchphrase.

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And when it comes to housing, and the speed at which he can

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That's why I always say, it is a marathon, not a sprint.

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I've said, it is going to be a marathon and a sprint.

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When it comes to homes to rent cheaply, though,

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In the last year, your administration have built no

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That is because we used the money given by the previous

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So for the next year as well, there will be very few council homes

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being built because the last mayor didn't give any money.

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But you can understand, can't you, why people will be

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frustrated when they say, look, someone is coming in, saying,

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"This is affordable housing, I am a mayor for all people".

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And actually for those at the bottom, they can see nothing

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delivered in the first couple of years?

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Oh, look, that is why I always say, it is a marathon, not a sprint.

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I'm afraid it is going to take some time for Londoners to see some

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How many are you going to build, do you think, by the end of your term?

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I've been quite clear, I've not set a target

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in my manifesto or elsewhere about the number of homes

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I will build, for the simple reason, there are too many ifs and buts.

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Londoners want him to start taking action on the severe housing crisis.

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And it was only since the election that he started to parrot this idea,

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"Oh, it's a marathon, not a sprint".

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No, Mr Mayor, it's a sprint, because Londoners are homeless now

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The mayor's housing strategy is now out for consultation.

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It means all Londoners can have their say.

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That's it from me so I'll say goodnight and leave

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you with the weather with Nick Miller.

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-- with Ben Rich. Good evening. The weather is going to take a turn for

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the autumnal over the next few days, not really tomorrow, not a bad day

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in prospect, some bright spells around and a few showers later,

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should stay largely dried through the rest of the night with some

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clear spells but I think we will see more cloud streaming in from the

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West as the night goes on with temperatures no lower than 12 or 13.

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Tomorrow morning, some spells of sunshine. As we go through the day,

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more cloud starting to work its way from the West. The chance of one or

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two showers into the afternoon. Some of those could be fairly heavy but

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many places will stay just about right and temperatures where they

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were today at 19 or 20. But Friday is a different prospect, we will see

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outbreaks of rain, most likely to be heavily to the south of town with

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temperatures at 17 or 18. Into the weekend, showers or longer spells of

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rain at times, cool and windy weather. I

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rain at times, cool and windy weather. I will leave you with the

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National forecast and Nick Miller. Away from Hurricane Irma in the

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Caribbean, our weather has probably been the quietest of the week but

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things are about to turn more active towards the weekend relatively

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speaking. A little bump in the isobars, a ridge of high pressure

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keeping most places dry today but low-pressure waiting in the wings

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and more to come across the weekend as I will show you. Overnight, more

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cloud pushing into western areas and a few outbreaks of rain and showers.

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The East will stay mainly dry with clear spells. This is where we will

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find the lowest amateurs, into north-east Scotland, into single

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figures, most of us around 10-14. Tomorrow, the story turns cloudier

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and wetter from the

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