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Merkel's government runs aground

both Mac and why paper chase was

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forced to apologise to

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Good evening from BBC London News.

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For the first time, the extent

of modern-day slavery

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here in the capital

has been revealed.

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The charity which compiled

the report says it's

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rising year on year,

and highlights the boroughs

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where the problem is at its worst.

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We hear the plight of one woman

who was beaten daily.

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Our political correspondent

Karl Mercer has the story.

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It's a very real issue

for the Government, and it's a very

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real issue for all of us.

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It's a very real issue for Mama,

too - brought to London

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for what she thought

was a cook's job working

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for an overseas ambassador.

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She ended up a modern-day slave.

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Good afternoon, everybody.

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My name is Mama.

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I come from Morocco...

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Now being helped by a specialist

charity, she endured months

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of beatings and bad

treatment, made to work

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extremely long hours.

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She is far from an isolated case.

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Last year, the charity Hestia helped

more than 600 victims

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across the capital -

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that's a 30% increase

on the previous year.

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And already this year,

they've seen 822 people.

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The worst three boroughs

were Croydon, with 61 cases,

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Southwark with 54

and Newham with 46.

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It was very moving, especially

the account from Mama,

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the victim of human trafficking.

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And it's so important that we always

remember that behind

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the statistics are people.

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This is a very important report

and it has shone a light on what's

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happening in London,

to men and women in London

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who have been trafficked.

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Stand clear!

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Raids like these ones launched

last month in London

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and across the country do help,

but dealing with the

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victims can be tough.

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One young Albanian woman who had

been trafficked to the capital

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and used as a sex worker was taken

in by the charity at one

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of their safe houses.

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When she first arrived here,

she actually thought

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that she had come into a brothel.

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And when I thought about it,

I thought, oh, my goodness,

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it was five other women in that

house and there was a madam.

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I was the madam.

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And when there was a knock

on the door, her thought was,

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that's it, now that I've been her3e

a little while, the men

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that's it, now that I've been

here a little while, the men

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are going to start conming in.

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Because that's how it started.

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City Hall has now set up

a team to look at modern

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slavery with charities,

councils and the police.

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It wants to stop the trade

in the first place, but also to help

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rescue those being used

as modern-day slaves in the capital.

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Victoria Hollins has

got more on this.

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How much is this particularly a

London problem?

What the charity has

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done is to break the idea of

modern-day slavery into three areas.

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The first is domestic, the second is

those put into forced labour and the

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third is those put into the sex

industry. It seems that London and

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the rest of the country has two

different stories. In the rest of

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the country it is predominantly men

put into forced labour in very bad

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working conditions. In London 80% of

those who are trafficked are women

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and most of them are going into the

sex industry. They've also looked at

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where these people tend to becoming

from. Two countries make up more

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than 50% of those trafficked,

Albania and Nigeria. It is also

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interesting to look at why the

numbers seem to be going up so

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significantly. Is it because it will

feel more comfortable saying that

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they are victims? There has been a

lot of discussion about this. Or is

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it that actually there are more

people affected and this is becoming

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a bigger problem? We do not yet know

the answer to that question.

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It's the first tangible sign

of Brexit - employees at two

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European agencies who currently

have their headquarters

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in Canary Wharf today found

out they'll be moving

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to Amsterdam and Paris.

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Some small businesses have told

BBC London they'll ALSO

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consider moving as a result.

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EU ministers have been voting

on which two cities will host

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the European Medicines Agency

and the European Banking Authority

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when the UK leaves the EU.

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Our Brexit reporter

Katharine Carpenter has the details.

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This is the European

Medicines Agency.

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Around 900 people work here.

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And over in the upper

floors of that skyscraper

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is the European Banking Authority,

which employs around 200 more.

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Ever since we voted to leave

the European Union, we've known

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they have to leave London.

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And today, the workers

here and their families will find

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out where they might be living next.

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EU cities have been competing

to offer them a new home.

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And now, we know Amsterdam has won

the prize of the EMA's

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well-paid workforce,

its 36,000 visitors each

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year and the 30,000

or so hotel rooms it books.

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Having a regulator creates this

sort of "halo effect",

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because lots of American

and Japanese businesses set

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shop in London precisely

because they want their staff to be

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close to the regulator

so that they can help shape

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its decisions and get their products

under their noses.

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And so, lots of companies have said,

once the regulator moves,

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they're going to have to think

about maybe sending some

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staff to follow it.

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The idea is that any health and care

worker in the world can

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use this technology...

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It's a dilemma facing this small

business in Waterloo.

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It's developed a secure messaging

service for health workers.

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Having the EMA close by has been

important for growth.

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There's a lot of complex regulation,

a lot of hoops you've

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got to jump through.

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If we're losing all the people

who know about these regulations,

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that's a disaster for us.

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Is it enough of a disaster that

you would consider moving

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to wherever the EMA moves?

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Yeah.

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We'll probably still

have a London-base office

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but I could easily see us creating

a European office to be moving

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with them and stay close

to the regulators and the key people

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that we need to work with.

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There are hopes that the UK might be

able to come up with a more

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streamlined approach to regulation.

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Others say London's pulling

power is a place to work

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Others say London's pulling

power as a place to work

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is still stronger than its rivals.

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London remains a global city

with a fantastic opportunity,

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money that can invest

in life sciences.

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So, I think we can still continue

to attract talent to work

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with our fantastic science,

our great scientists,

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our great institutes.

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It's just made it a little bit

harder, losing the agency today.

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Of course, Canary Wharf is made up

of so much more than these

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two European agencies.

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But losing them will

have an impact here.

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And that loss may be felt more

widely across the capital, too.

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This is phase one of the HS2 high

speed rail line linking

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Euston to Birmingham.

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And it was here in Harefield

that the Green Party co-leader

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visited protestors who have set up

a makeshift camp in the path

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of the proposed route.

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Jonathan Bartley said he was fully

supportive of their campaign.

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Here's our political

editor, Tim Donovan.

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On a muddy verge directly on the

route of the proposed new train

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line, a small camp has been set up.

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It could be here some time.

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Sarah has been here longest,

and has already made her mark.

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One night, she slept

beneath a digger.

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Last week, she climbed

up this crane.

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More fencing and more security have

now been put in place.

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The high-speed rail route

has the legal backing

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of an act of Parliament,

but Sarah says the works have

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already breached EU law on habitats.

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About 500 trees have been cut,

all different ages, including

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some very, very old trees,

and no attempt has been

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made to protect any of the wildlife.

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Well, that's clearly

against the habitats directive.

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It's clearly illegal.

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Our wonderful view of

what we're trying to save!

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Kitchenaria...!

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Today, she had a visit

from the Green Party's leader,

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and gave him a tour.

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This is our office.

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This tent donated by

the fishing tackle shop...

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And he offered his strong support.

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The only means of stopping

this massive destruction

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is for local people

to take direct action.

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And absolutely it's right

they should do it, and absolutely

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right that we should support it.

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It may only take an hour

and a quarter to get from London

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to Birmingham on the existing track

now, but those who back a high speed

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rail route through this landscape

say it will greatly increase

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connectivity to Leeds,

Manchester and beyond,

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and bring huge economic benefits

to the whole country.

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Realistically, you won't claim

you can stop this route, will you?

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Is it about slowing it, delaying it?

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I think we should be

optimistic about what we can

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achieve, and I would

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like to see this project stopped,

absolutely, and scrapped.

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Today, a spokesman for HS2 said

he understood the strong

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feelings in the area,

but everything was being done

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to limit the impact on woodland,

wildlife and local communities.

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Tim Donovan, BBC London News.

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I'll wish you a very good night,

and leave you with Alina Jenkins,

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who can tell us what the weather's

up to this week.

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who can tell us what the weather's

up to this week.

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A bit of a seesaw going on with the

weather at the moment. One minute it

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is cold and then it is mild and

barely the end of the week, it will

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be colder again. Through the rest of

the night there will be the odd spot

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of patchy light rain but it will not

amount to much. It will be a mild

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night, temperature is not much lower

than ten or 11. May the odd spot of

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rain but for most will be a dry and

rather cloudy day tomorrow. Quite

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breezy at times, particularly over

higher ground. As we go into

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Wednesday, again we're greeted with

a lot of cloud but it looks like it

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should break up a little bit more

readily to give some spells of

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sunshine. For much of Wednesday it

will be dry and mild. But the winds

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will be strengthening. You can see

the squeeze in the isobars, and we

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have a frontal system pushing

south-eastwards on Wednesday night

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into Thursday. Behind it, on

Thursday morning, some spells of

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sunshine, but again quite a strong

wind, especially over higher ground.

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Still just about in the milder air

but as we get into Friday it looks

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like some colder air starts to dig

in. As the rain starts to clear over

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the weekend, it will turn colder

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