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Newsnight is coming up on BBC Two.

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Here on BBC One, it's time

for the news where you are.

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Good evening.

for the news where you are.

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I'm Alex Bushill.

for the news where you are.

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It's almost a year since

the Croydon tram crash.

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Seven people were killed when a tram

derailed and overturned.

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Some of the families of those

who died have told this

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programme they feel forgotten

by transport bosses.

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The widow of one the victims has

been speaking to our transport

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correspondent Tom Edwards ahead

of a memorial service tomorrow.

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He left here at...5:40

to get on the 5:50 tram

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at the top of the road,

which he'd done for three months.

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And at nine minutes past six,

he was gone, wiped out.

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Marilyn lost her husband

nearly a year ago.

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A builder, Philip Logan was 52.

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He left one morning

and never came home.

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His ashes are in the

corner of the room.

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His last words to me was, "Bye,

love, what's for dinner tonight?"

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I said, "This is breakfast time,

not dinner time, phone me later."

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And that was it, he was gone.

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In her own words, the last

year has been hell.

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Marilyn said she's had one

interim payment of £15,000.

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Have you had help, have you had

assistance from TfL?

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No, not at all.

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An initial interim payment,

which was...beginning of December,

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and nothing since then.

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I've not heard from them,

no letters, no nothing.

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Really?

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People will be surprised by that.

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I'm not!

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Not at all.

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So you feel like you've

been forgotten about?

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Yeah, absolutely.

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Her husband was one of the seven

passengers who died when this tram

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overturned, speeding on a sharp

corner nearly a year ago.

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51 people were injured.

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For Marilyn, Christmas

is not going to be easy.

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Not a sign of a Christmas present,

and I've no money to get any.

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I mean, my family is excellent,

they don't expect, but it's

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something I want to do.

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But without money, I can't.

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And it must make you feel angry.

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Very angry - very, very.

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Because I shouldn't have

to struggle like this.

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Who knows when the claim

might go through?

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Don't know.

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Is it going to be a year, two years?

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Have I got to live like this

for a year or two years?

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For Marilyn, this last year

has been a struggle.

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She says she's been lost

in a system and forgotten.

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In response, Transport for London

says it is very concerned and upset

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that Mrs Logan feels she has not

received the support she needs.

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It says it was in contact

with her and her solicitors offering

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financial assistance.

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This is what the Transport

Commissioner told BBC

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London earlier today.

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Although we paid out over £1 million

already to those affected and their

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dependents, if there's anyone who

feels we haven't dealt with their

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issues in the way we should have

done, please get directly in touch,

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we'll respond immediately with

urgency to ensure those issues are

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tackled, we want to ensure we look

after people properly, we think

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we've done so in all cases, but if

we've missed somebody or it hasn't

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worked for any individuals, I

promise we'll sort it out.

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And tomorrow that memorial

service will take place

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in New Addington to remember

the victims of the crash.

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A High Court judge has asked

for the public's help to find

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a 3-year-old girl who's gone missing

with her mother.

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Mr Justice Hayden says

he's very concerned

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for Elliana Shand's safety.

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Her mother has schizophrenia

and other mental health issues.

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The little girl was put into care

by Barking and Dagenham council.

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It's believed she was visiting her

grandmother when she disappeared.

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All this week we've been looking

at the issue of personal debt

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here in the capital.

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And it's not just those on low

incomes who are struggling,

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middle class households are also

running up unsustainable debts.

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It's an issue the government

recognises, and today it announced

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a new inquiry into the state

of household finances.

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Gareth Furby reports.

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He lives in a gated

mews in North London.

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David Campbell runs his

own IT consultancy.

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He should be living a comfortable

life, but instead he's struggling

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to pay off a huge debt.

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The total amount of that

is just under 30 3000.

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It was built upon credit cards.

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Virgin money credit cards.

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MBNA, Halifax, Barclaycard.

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It'll take at least

20 years to pay off.

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And he now owns little more

than a computer and a push bike.

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The flat is rented, and he admits

he is someone who could be

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seen as middle class.

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I

have, I guess, public

school education.

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I went to King's College London,

studied business management there.

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Now I have pretty much nothing

to my name other than debt.

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The danger is you get used

to having a lot of credit

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on a lot of different cards.

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Iona Bain is middle

class and she has chosen

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to never use a credit card.

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I have a debit card,

and that way I know exactly how much

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I've got to spend each month.

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She also writes about money,

and says a middle-class lifestyle

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can be expensive to carry off.

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That's £80.

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And some people may turn to credit

to keep up appearances.

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So many people have put on a very

good show of having a good income

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and having a desirable lifestyle,

but if you scratch beneath

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the surface, it's built

on this foundation of debt.

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Today, the Treasury

committee is launching

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a new inquiry into the state

of household finances.

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It estimated 15% of adults have some

kind of issue with debt.

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And the middle classes

are not exempt.

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We were doing this

transferring the balances,

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interest-free, so you think,

it's money for nothing.

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David Campbell has this advice

for middle-class Londoners

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who are happy to build up and juggle

debt, from credit card

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to credit card...

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If you're not going to keep on top

of it very, very closely,

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then it's a very dangerous game.

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He's in a dark place at the moment,

and it'll take many to recover.

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And if you'd like to tell us

about your experience of struggling

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to get by here in London then please

do get in touch.

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The contact details

are on your screen now.

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A leading charity says

the number of homeless people

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in the capital is now equivalent

to the population of Reading.

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Shelter estimates more than 160

thousand Londoners are sleeping

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rough or staying on people's sofas.

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The charity has blamed the crisis

on years of under investment

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in affordable homes.

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With a look at the numbers,

here's Chris Rogers.

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The housing charity, Shelter,

warns two London families are made

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homeless every hour.

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It's a nationwide crisis,

but the most startling figures

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are here in the capital.

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Where a report out today

reveals welfare reform,

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housing shortages and rising rents

are forcing the young, the elderly,

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and in some cases, entire families,

into emergency accommodation,

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or even out onto the streets.

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London boroughs dominate

the UK's top 50 hotspots

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for homelessness in the UK.

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13,607 in Newham, much

larger borough compared

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with those who follow closely,

including Haringey at 9717 homeless,

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Westminster at 8054,

and Enfield, at 10,057 people.

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Shelter's Chief Executive,

Polly Neate, says tens

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of thousands are stuck.

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Trying to escape the devastating

trap of homelessness.

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There are two main causes, really.

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One is just the sheer

lack of housing.

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So there just is not

enough housing available.

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And, even more, there is not enough

genuinely affordable.

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But we need to stop thinking

affordable housing means affordable

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to buy, it's affordable for people

on lower incomes to rent.

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So that the long-term cause of it.

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The other issue is that these are

the consequences of welfare reform.

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In particular, the freeze

on housing benefits.

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Look at this, these are the faces

behind the statistics.

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They are rough sleepers,

those in temporary accommodation,

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as we revealed yesterday,

many living in a slum like rooms

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because councils are overwhelmed.

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Then there was the hidden homeless.

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London is not recognised in official

figures sleeping on night buses,

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illegal squats, so-called sofa

surfers, like Gillian.

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I've got three

daughters with me now.

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And there is a huge impact on them.

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They become isolated

from their own friends

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because they are then different

from their friends, and, therefore,

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they just can't talk properly,

they can't express everything.

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The mayor, Sadiq Khan,

is injecting millions into projects

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to help rough sleepers,

and London councils will get a cash

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boost from the government.

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Sian Berry, chair of the London

assembly's housing committee,

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says it's not enough.

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We're not sure that councils have

enough funding to do even that,

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to keep people in those

temporary accommodation homes.

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So we need a new social rented homes

going up all over the city.

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While a spokesman for the mayor

admits the statistics are worrying,

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his office points out over the last

year we seen a decade-long

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rise in rough sleeping

effectively halted.

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Chris Rogers reporting there.

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That's it from me so I'll wish

you goodnight and hand you over

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to Darren Bett with a look

at the weather.

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The rain cleared but took awhile for

the clout to break up today. It's

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gone now and it is cold out there at

the moment. But by morning be dull

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and a bit damp. We should see some

slow improvements through the day.

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Right now, with clear skies, we've

got the temperature is not far away

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from freezing. Look to the

north-west, there is clout, it'll be

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thick enough to give rain and

drizzle which will lift the

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temperatures more towards the end of

the night. The morning will be

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getting off to a dull and damp

start, some patchy rain and drizzle,

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no great amount. That should move

through. More slowly we will see

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cloud breaking up. It's in the

afternoon we will start to see

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sunshine coming through. It's a very

slow process and by then we are

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looking at temperatures of ten or 11

degrees. Friday should start quite

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cloudy but we'll see sunshine coming

through. Over the weekend, it'll get

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windier, colder as well. Should be

generally drive. There will be a lot

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of sunshine around. It'll be cold in

the wind. If you want to know what

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is happening further afield the

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