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Join me now on BBC Two.

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Good evening and welcome to BBC

London News with me, Louisa Preston.

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The Labour Leader has refused

to reprimand one of his MPs

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after she found herself embroiled

in a race row.

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Kensington MP Emma Dent Coad wrote

an article that refers

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to London Assembly member

Sean Bailey as a "token Ghetto boy".

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She's apologised, but

the Conservative politician has

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branded it "cowardly".

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Our political editor,

Tim Donovan, has the story.

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It's now a very public

row between a Labour MP

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and a Conservative Assembly

member over what she said

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about him seven years ago.

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These people are on the list

because it's so cheap...

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At the time, Shaun Bailey

was on the campaign trail,

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filmed by us, in fact,

as he fought for the parliamentary

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seat of Hammersmith.

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He had been one of David Cameron's

great hopes for winning in London.

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This was Emma Dent Coad

this June, after winning

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the seat of Kensington.

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In the article she wrote back

in 2010, she accused Bailey

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of allowing himself to be exploited

to bolster the Tories' image.

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Who can say where this

man will ever fit in,

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however hard he tries, she wrote.

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One day, he is the token

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ghetto boy standing behind

David Cameron, the next looking

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interested behind George Osborne.

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Ever felt used?

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She asked.

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I notice you are not apologising,

do you want to apologise?

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What, for quoting what

somebody else had said?

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Yes.

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Today, under fire, she claimed

she had just been repeating

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words used by others.

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And it wasn't racist.

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If he feels offended by it, of

course I apologise, of course I do.

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If somebody actually read the blog,

they would see I was quoting other

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people's sources of what people

were saying at the time.

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But he was unimpressed by what he

viewed as a half-hearted apology.

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Well, she didn't really apologise.

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All she did was reiterate the point

and try to blame other

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people, fictitious people.

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Am I offended?

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Of course I am.

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But it isn't about me.

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It's about young black children up

and down the country.

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Many ethnic communities struggle

to feel part of Britain,

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to be involved, and attacks

like this - at the core

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of people's beliefs,

and in the political arena -

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prevent people from being involved.

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The Conservatives don't appear

at this stage to be wanting to let

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this lie and they've written

to the Labour leader, Jeremy Corbyn,

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urging him to discipline

Emma Dent Coad as soon as possible.

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I'm not going to withdraw

the whip from Emma.

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I'll obviously ensure that

people discuss the use

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of language with people.

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But I will make sure that everyone

treats others with respect.

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Her view - it was legitimate

political criticism.

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His - it crossed the line.

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Tim Donovan, BBC London News.

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Police are hoping a potentially

life-saving film will be shown

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to schoolchildren so they know

what do in the event

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of a terror attack.

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The animated film urges young people

not to "waste time" taking pictures,

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but to run away from danger.

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Chris Rogers explains.

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Where did you guys go when we ran?

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We hid.

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We must have got separated.

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The film begins with three teenagers

catching up after escaping

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a terror attack by gunmen.

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I was trying to make you laugh.

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But then there were

those three pops.

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It was like fireworks.

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As they talk through their

horrifying experience,

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they realise they did

everything right to survive.

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Run!

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The message is the same

for schoolchildren

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as it is for adults -

run, hide, tell.

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Another key message -

don't stop to film

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scenes on your mobile.

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But is it a message

that will unnerve these

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16 year olds, or reassure them?

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It made me feel as though,

that you would know what to do

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in that situation, that it's much

clearer, even if you do panic.

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And you can sort of think clearly

now about the points

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that were raised.

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Stay quiet, not a sound.

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Shh!

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It's smart having everyone

turned their phones on silent

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and vibrate off two.

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I think it was really helpful.

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Good advice to know what can happen

and how we can survive.

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Has it changed how

you would have reacted?

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Yeah.

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Because I would have

went on Snapchat and

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posted everything, so...

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Rather than run?

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Yeah!

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The question is, could the money be

better spent on other dangers?

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The children. Terrorism is by no

means the biggest killer. It is the

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road. Nearly 5,000 children under 16

are killed every year on foot by a

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car.

There are always difficult

choices about where to spend money

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and for me, it is important we spend

it in this area. It is unlikely a

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young person will be involved in a

terror attack, book for me, young

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people are telling us through the

survey that we have completed with

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them that they want to have a

discussion around terrorism.

The

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attacks this year in London and

Manchester took some of the youngest

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victims of terror this country has

ever seen. The Met hopes this video

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will not just save lives, but also

encourage young people to face up to

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the threat of terror, no matter how

rare and attackers.

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Turning now to what is the largest

transport project in Western Europe.

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Crossrail costs nearly £15 billion

and will carry an estimated two

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hundred million passengers a year.

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The East-West rail service

will connect Reading, in Berkshire,

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to and from Shenfield,

in Essex, through Central London.

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A key part of the link will be

the new tunnel coming

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into Tottenham Court Road.

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Our transport correspondent,

Tom Edwards, got special access

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ahead of some services

beginning next year.

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Right, we're at Bond Street Station

and we're just about to go into

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the running tunnels.

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This is a rare look at what will one

day be an everyday commute.

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Then you'll see how all the railway

systems fit and the works

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that we're undertaking

at the moment.

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Our guide is Greg Purcell.

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When Bond Street is finished,

137,000 passengers a day will use

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this station and these platforms.

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This is where the passengers

will be, eventually.

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Oh, right.

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Yeah, that's the platform screen

doors all the way down and they go

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the full length of the tunnel.

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Each platform is over

250 metres long.

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You've got the platform screen door

and behind that is the track.

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And so you'll stand here,

get on the train and off.

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Yep, the doors will open,

train turns up...

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Off you go, on your merry way.

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It'll take one minute to travel

by train to the next station.

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For us, it takes a little

longer, as we're passed

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between different contractors.

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Above us, Oxford Street.

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Yeah, Oxford Street above us,

Central Line above us,

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which you can just hear.

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The tunnels are finished, but there

are still 1,400 workers on site.

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Soon, the power lines will go in.

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The Metro section means you've got

quite a lot of stations that

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are quite close together.

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So between Bond Street

and Tottenham Court Road

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is between 800 and 1,000 metres.

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Before we're allowed

onto the tracks, there are checks

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to make sure engineering

trains aren't running.

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We've got about 500 metres

to go before we get

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into Tottenham Court Road,

so it's a matter of seconds.

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Yeah.

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These are the platforms

at Tottenham Court Road.

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What's striking here is just how

long these platforms

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are - and when it's finished,

24 trains an hour will

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come through here.

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The walk took about an hour,

it'll take one minute by train.

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Services are due to start running

through Central London

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at the end of next year.

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Tom Edwards, BBC London News.

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Sir Mo Farah has described

receiving his knighthood

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as "a dream come true".

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Britain's most decorated track

athlete says meeting

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the Queen is right up

there with winning

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his Olympic medals.

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He's just moved back home

to the capital to focus

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on his road-running.

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More from our sports

reporter, Sara Orchard.

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COMMENTATOR:

The double double!

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Four Olympic titles!

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He's Great Britain's most

successful track athlete.

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With four Olympic Golds and six

World Championship medals,

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today was the time to add yet

another title, with the Queen

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on hand to confer his knighthood.

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Sir Mohamed Farah,

for Services to Athletics.

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It's in recognition for a career

that has scaled the heights.

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Sir Mohamed Farah is the only

athlete in modern Olympic history

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to win both the 5,000 and 10,000

metres at successive Olympic Games.

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It's definitely way up there, close

to my Olympic medals, for sure.

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You know, to come here, to Britain,

at the age of eight,

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not speaking a word

of English, and to achieve

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what I have achieved over

the years and to be knighted,

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there's no words really to describe.

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Mohamed Farah arrived in this

country as a boy with nothing.

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Mo's story remains

an inspiration to many.

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When he arrived from Somalia,

having been split from his twin

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brother, he attended Feltham

Community College, where Mo's

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athletics talent was spotted.

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It's been an incredible

journey and I've enjoyed

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every part of it but,

at the same time, you know,

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anything is possible in life.

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If you work hard at it.

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I remember going to school

with my wife when we were younger,

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we never dreamed of coming

to Buckingham Palace.

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Back in 1999, aged just 16,

he won the Mini London Marathon

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and having now retired from track

running, he's back living in London

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to focus on road racing.

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He could even compete

for Great Britain in the marathon

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at the Tokyo Olympics in 2020.

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Sara Orchard, BBC London News.

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That's it for now from me,

so I'll say goodnight and hand

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you over to Chris Fawkes

for the weather.

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A quick look at the satellite

picture, with extensive cloud across

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the UK. The exception to the North

West of Scotland where it is more

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broken and more sunshine. Why am I

talking about the Scottish weather?

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Sunny skies are coming our way but

not until Friday. Before then,

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cloudy and that will thicken further

overnight to bring outbreaks of

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light rain by the end of the night,

so turning damp. 8-9d so a mild

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night. Wednesday, rain first thing

in the morning. It should move out

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of the way reasonably quickly.

Leaving a lot of cloud. That will be

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quite low. A chance of some mist

over the tops of the Chilterns and

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it could be murky for a time but the

cloud with us for much of the day

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with not much sunshine. It could be

big enough for rain and even into

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the afternoon. Highs of 12 degrees.

More cloud on the way on Thursday.

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Rain on Thursday evening. And the

Scot is sunshine on Friday.

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