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Here on BBC One, it's time

for the news where you are.

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Welcome to BBC London News

with me, Chris Rogers.

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The former boyfriend of the reality

TV star Ferne McCann has been found

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guilty of carrying out an acid

attack in a nightclub

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in East London.

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Arthur Collins was convicted of five

counts of grievous bodily harm

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and nine of actual bodily harm

against 14 people.

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And a warning - some

of you may find details

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in Alpa Patel's report distressing.

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It was the moment that left

people having a good night

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out burned and scarred.

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Here, Arthur Collins,

can be seen throwing acid.

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He had gone to the Mangle E8

nightclub last April to celebrate

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his girlfriend's pregnancy.

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At the time, he was dating reality

TV star Ferne McCann.

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She gave birth to their daughter

a few weeks ago, but the couple

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are no longer together.

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In court, Arthur Collins

admitted throwing liquid,

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but he says he thought

it was a date-rape drug.

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But the court saw a text

to his sister a week before

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the attack warning his mum

that he had had acid in his car.

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These are some of the injuries.

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22 people were hurt.

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16 of them suffered serious burns.

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Including Lauren Trent,

who was celebrating her birthday.

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I remember just hearing

the sound, you know

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when you open a Coke bottle?

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Just like the hissing sound.

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And I can just remember steam

coming off the floor,

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and then my friend just grabbing me.

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And I just remember looking up

as quick as I could.

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Because the sound just

shocked me and I was like,

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what the hell is that?

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It was like someone had let off

like a gas bomb or something

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because of the steam.

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I touched my neck and skin was just

coming off in my hands.

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It blistered straightaway.

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And this all happened in the space

of about 40 seconds.

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The injuries caused by the acid have

had lifelong effects

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on some of the victims.

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Phoebe Georgiou's injuries

were so bad, she didn't

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want to appear on camera.

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Every time they had to change

the bandages, they had to scrape off

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all the skin that had been damaged

and that was just so painful.

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And every time that happened,

I had to be on morphine

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and more drugs for the pain.

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It was just the hardest thing I've

ever had to deal with.

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And when I had to get my bandage

changed all the time,

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I thought I didn't even

want to live,

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I couldn't deal with it.

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The victims say they live

with the actions of

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Arthur Collins every day.

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Mentally, it's just,

I've been suffering from sleep

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paralysis constantly,

anxiety, panic attacks.

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I can't go into busy spaces.

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It's completely put a stop

on my life for seven months.

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I don't think there's

a word to describe him.

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I wouldn't describe

him as a normal...

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You know, no normal human

being doessomething like that.

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Arthur Collins will be sentenced.

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In December.

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Well, Alpa is with me now.

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Alpa, the backdrop to this case,

of course, is the rise

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in acid attacks recently.

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That is absolutely right, acid

attacks in London have doubled in

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the past four years and that is

causing serious alarm. The victims

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we have spoken to in that report say

that they want to see tougher

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sentencing for perpetrators. They

also want top restrictions on the

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sale of these substances because at

the moment, anyone can walk onto the

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High Street and they can buy these

acids. The Government is looking at

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this, the Home Secretary has said

she wants to see repeat offenders

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automatically jailed if they are

caught in possession of acid. She

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also wants to see the banning of

these substances for sale to under

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18 is. Some say this is not good

enough. As far as Arthur Collins is

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concerned, the judge has told him he

can expect a substantial sentence.

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Thank you.

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Homeowners in tower blocks

in Wandsworth are facing a bill

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of up to £4,000 to pay

for sprinklers being fitted

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to prevent a repeat

of the Grenfell tragedy.

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The leaseholders say there is no

need for the additional

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safety measures and,

if the authorities want

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them, they should pay.

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Victoria Hollins reports.

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Joe Cairns has lived in his flat

on the Alton Estate in Roehampton

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for nearly 30 years.

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He's been told he'll have to pay out

up to £4,000 to cover the cost

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of fitting sprinklers to his tower

block, to make it safer

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following the Grenfell tragedy.

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Yeah, I don't think there's enough

evidence to justify it.

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They don't share some

of the features of Grenfell,

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such as the external cladding.

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These are all solid

concrete on the outside.

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It needs further consideration.

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Wandsworth Council wants to fit

sprinklers in all its blocks

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of at least ten stories.

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of at least ten storeys.

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Residents who rent from the council

won't be liable to pay,

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but those who own their own

homes will have to.

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It's around 2,000 leaseholders.

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We have taken legal advice,

which confirms leaseholders

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have a duty to pay towards it.

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You think this will

save lives, then?

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Of course.

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I mean, there's absolutely every

evidence to say that

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houses with sprinklers

do not result in fatalities.

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Leaseholders will have up to four

years to pay their share

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of the £30 million cost

of fitting the sprinklers.

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Wandsworth Council is still

discussing with the Government

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whether it will help pay.

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Victoria Hollins, BBC London News.

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Around 600,000 EU citizens work

in London, and many feel uncertain

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about what will happen

to them after Brexit.

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So what is the situation now?

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Well, the Government is offering

migrants who've been living

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here for at least five years settled

status after Brexit.

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They'd have to apply for it,

but it would essentially give them

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indefinite leave to remain,

and they'd be entitled to public

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services and benefits.

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They would also have the right

to appeal to the UK courts

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if their application was rejected.

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But campaigners say it leaves them

without any protection if there's no

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deal on Brexit with the EU -

and, today, a group of them set off

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to Brussels to appeal for help.

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Our reporter, Katharine

Carpenter, joined them.

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An early Eurostar to Brussels.

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A journey becoming all too

familiar for members

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of the 3 million campaign group.

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Between them, they have lived

in London for nearly 60 years.

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They don't want the settled status

the Government is offering

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and presenting their alternative

to the EU's negotiators today.

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We are hoping this is a solution

that can actually be

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accepted by both parties.

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Arriving in Brussels,

there's a sense of urgency

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to changing the UK's position.

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It's a move away from rights that

people have established,

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rights that people have

enjoyed for many years,

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and converting those

into a form of immigration status.

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Academically, that sounds abstract

and odd, but the consequences

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are seismic for people.

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They will go, in some instances,

from living a normal life, enjoying

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the rights they have,

to being illegal in the UK.

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Just last week, the Government tried

to offer reassurance, saying

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applications for set of status would

not be turned down on minor

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technicalities and there will be an

appeals process and safeguarding the

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rights of citizens is its top

priority. But no negotiators will

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return here in the next few weeks

and the fear amongst these

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campaigners is there is so much

pressure to make progress that the

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details, the nitty-gritty about

their future will either be glossed

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over and dealt with at some point in

the future, or rushed through.

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Back-up has arrived from Germany,

France and Spain. London is now

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living in mainland Europe who are

equally worried about their futures.

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My name is Jane Goldings, I am a

lawyer and I live in Germany but I

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am originally from Kingston.

What

are your main concerns?

As a working

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person, keeping my rights of free

movement to work across the EU, I

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have worked in four different

countries as a lawyer and I want to

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be able to keep those rights.

We

have been here many times before and

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we are hoping they will listen now

because it is crunch time in the

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negotiations.

We really need to be heard. Finally,

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it is time for the meeting. It is

with the Deputy of Michel Barnier.

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We film a hello but she does not

give interviews.

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They had been inside well over an

hour and this is the list of things

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they have to discuss. They will be

asking for consideration of a

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special EU UK treaty giving them the

same rights they have now with

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access to a much simpler

registration process.

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Meeting over, did she listen?

It is

good to keep going at it and I think

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we agreed, they agree with us that

we are not within touching distance

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of an agreement on citizens' rights.

The UK Government has just told us

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again today when we rang for a

statement they think they are.

That

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is not the view here and it is not

our view either.

Mixed messages from

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the two sides, but there is hope

here that they have at least been

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listened to.

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That's it for now from me,

but let's find out what the weathers

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up to with Chris Fawkes.

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We had a chilly day today, but we

saw some sunshine. Over the next few

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days, the weather is going to turn

cloudy. There could be foreground,

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particularly Wednesday morning, and

it gets milder because the women's,

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in a south-westerly direction.

Temperatures down at 2 degrees in

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the countryside so it is a chilly

night. Beginning cloud should lift

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the temperatures towards the end of

the night. Tomorrow, quite a grey

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and cloudy day. The cloud is big

enough for occasional light rain or

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drizzle. It will not be raining all

day but some dampness around from

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time to time. Temperatures a little

higher than those of today, up to 10

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Celsius, but in the Wednesday

morning, there is the potential of

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seeing some fog. If we do get fog,

it might be dense and it could

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linger for most of the morning so

there is the potential for

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disruption to transport. Into

afternoon, most areas written up. It

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will brighten, temperatures 11-13 so

things getting milder. Thursday,

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also my old. Another great and drop

cloudy day. 11-13d and occasional

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brighter spells. We should see

better breaks on the cloud on Friday

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as the winds sweep round two in

northerly direction, at temperatures

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as the sunshine comes out, 9-10d the

top temperature. Some sunshine

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around on Saturday and Sunday

turning cloudy with the threat of

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some rain.

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