22/11/2017 London News


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Good evening -

I'm Claudia-Liza Armah.

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Less than 24 hours after we revealed

the huge bill facing London councils

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to improve fire safety for tenants -

today the Chancellor announced

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£28 million for the authority hit

by the Grenfell tragedy.

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He also promised money

for others to carry out

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essential safety work.

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But some Councils have told us

tonight - they don't believe

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the Government as they've been

turned down for help before.

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Our political correspondent

Karl Mercer reports.

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They're fitting sprinklers

in all their flats in Croydon.

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That's 534.

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And they're starting to put

new fire doors in some

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of the estates in Tower Hamlets.

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Since the Grenfell Fire,

London's councils have started

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spending more on safety

in their tower blocks,

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hoping the Government

would fund some of the work.

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Today, the council most

affected by the Fire,

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was told it would get more money.

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Today I can announce we will provide

Kensington and Chelsea

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council with a further £28 million

for mental health counselling

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services, regeneration support

for the surrounding areas

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and to provide a new community space

for local residents.

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I spent weeks speaking

to ministers and I'm absolutely

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delighted that they've agreed

to give us £28 million today.

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Yeah, it will help people

to come up together

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and, you know, to meet each other

and deal with the problem

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that is around, and stay together.

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28 million they should have spent,

what they should have

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done, not 28 million,

they should have spent money for the

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sprinklers.

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Today, the Chancellor did promise

help for councils if they couldn't

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afford essential fire safety work.

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If any local authority cannot

access funding to pay for

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essential fire safety work

they should contact us immediately.

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The London Fire Brigade

says it thinks things

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like sprinklers are essential.

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I support retrofitting, clearly.

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You know, for me,

where you can save one

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life then it's worth doing.

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This can't be optional.

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But as BBC London revealed

yesterday, 15 councils

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in the capital have asked for money

to the tune of nearly £400 million.

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None have so far received any.

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So what do those in Croydon

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and Tower Hamlets make

of the Chancellor's words today?

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Well, unfortunately,

Philip Hammond's not saying anything

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new today than what his government's

previously said and we've already

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approached the government on a

number of occasions, asked for the

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money that we desperately need

here in Croydon to fit sprinklers

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and been turned down.

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It's promises of jam tomorrow.

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We have over 130 blocks

over seven floors high.

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If we wanted to put

sprinklers in them,

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for example, we would need many

millions of pounds from the

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Government and there's no

sign whatsoever of that.

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The Government says it will not

allow what it called financial

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constraints to get in the way of any

essential fire safety works.

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Karl Mercer, BBC London News.

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Let's get more from our political

editor Tim Donovan.

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You have been speaking to ministers,

what has been the government's

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reaction to this?

If any councils

got the impression that the

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Chancellor was indicating there was

going to be more money available to

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refurbish, help retrofit tower

blocks, that is not the case. The

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Government's position has clearly

not changed, look very carefully,

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the expectation is councils will

have to look to their own budgets to

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put in this remedial safety work and

it will only be in the most

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exceptional circumstances the

government will step in.

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Where any council has approached us,

including London councils, and said

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they can't afford it

themselves, we've said,

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well, talk to us about

what

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flexibilities you need,

the kind of support that we can

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provide to make sure

the funding is there.

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And that's vital,

because we will make sure

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there won't be a single local

authority in the country that is

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unable to do its work

because we will support it in making

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sure that those fire safety measures

are all met in full.

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There were quite a few key

announcements today's budget. In

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your opinion Howard did they fare on

that?

There wasn't much more money

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available today for affordable

housing in week knew already, £2

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billion announced at Tory party

conference, London will get a

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significant share of that. Councils

Scott Moore borrowing powers, they

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will be able to build more

affordable homes, they say not

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enough. There was no mention of

policing, so nothing for the mayor,

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who says he will not be able to keep

police numbers at 32,000, and he

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wanted to see a scheme in terms of

air quality to compensate drivers,

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persuade them to get rid of their

diesel vehicles. The Chancellor

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didn't come up with that but he came

up with a national fund, £220

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million, London will have to bid for

that money. The mayor wasn't that

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impressed.

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I think this is probably the most

anti-London budget in a generation.

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Housing opportunity missed.

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Police not even mentioned

by the government.

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Air quality getting worse

across the country, getting

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worse in London without

the government's help.

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Infrastructure, we're doing

what we can in London

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but we need the government's

help as well.

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Infrastructure, not really much of a

mention, no green light for

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Crossrail command listen to the

Chancellor, his talk of

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infrastructure today was about

putting stuff into the West Midlands

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and Tyne & Wear, this new generation

of Metro mayors, the talk of

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infrastructure today wasn't London

with its

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Labour mayor.

Thank you, Tim.

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The police watchdog is investigating

after a 15-year-old boy was injured

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while being stopped by Met officers.

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Scotland Yard say they spotted

the boy after a woman said

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she'd been robbed nearby.

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But the teenager's mother has told

BBC London her son was not involved

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in any theft and claims

he was the victim of both mistaken

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identity and excessive force.

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Well our Home Affairs correspondent

Nick Beake is here now -

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What can you tell us about the

circumstances around this

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15-year-old being stopped?

It

happened around 9pm last night in

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Bermondsey and the Met police

confirmed they had stopped the

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teenager cycling after a woman said

she had been stopped, robbed of her

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phone by a boy on the bike. The

police watchdog the IPCC said a

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15-year-old boy came off his bike,

to use their phrase, and suffered

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facial injuries and was taken to

hospital. Today the mother of the

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boy posted a photograph online, and

she says it shows he's got a broken

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tooth and needed stitches after his

lip was split open. She told us to

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not he wasn't involved in any

robbery, he was merely cycling home

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to involve them avoid a curfew she

had set for him. This is what she

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told us.

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As he's pedalling fast,

obviously maybe to the police it

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looks like he's running

away from something.

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I don't know.

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You know, he's told me the police

have basically come out of

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nowhere, a police car

behind him and a police

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car in front of him,

and as

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he's got to basically,

I think it's Morley's chicken shop,

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the police guy has jumped out

of the car,

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shoved him into the shop shutters,

and basically the rest is history.

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His face was just

completely smashed up.

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We put the allegations to Scotland

Yard tonight. They say they are

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unable to comment because the IPCC

is now investigating. Clearly the

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police watchdog want to look into

this as soon as possible. One thing

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that might help them is the fact

that across London more than 20,000

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front line police officers now where

body warned video cameras and

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clearly any footage in a contentious

incident like this would be

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extremely helpful in an

investigation.

We will await details

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on that but for now, thank you.

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Transport for London is trying

to find out if drivers and customers

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here have been impacted by a huge

data breach on Uber -

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affecting millions.

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The minicab-hailing firm

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is currently appealing

a decision to suspend

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its licence in the capital.

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Our Technology Correspondent Rory

Cellan-Jones reports.

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For any company, a data breach

exposing the personal information

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57 million users and drivers

would be bad enough.

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It was what Uber did

next that really shocked

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regulators and customers -

paying off the hackers and keeping

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it all quiet for more than a year.

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It happened when Uber was run

by its founder, Travis Kalanick,

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who stepped down earlier this year

amid other controversies

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about the company's behaviour.

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The new boss Dara Khosrowshahi

apologised in a blog post, saying:

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Customers are clearly

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very concerned that their data

is not being protected sufficiently.

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But there's only so much

you can do as a consumer.

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We need to hold the

companies accountable.

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We know that this very serious

security failure affected

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people around the world.

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What we don't know is how many

British Uber users saw their data

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put at risk by this breach.

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Already, our data protection

regulator, the Information

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Commissioner, has issued an angry

statement warning that

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concealing a data breach can

lead to bigger fines.

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Now this troubled company has

to try to regain the trust

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of regulators and customers.

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You start with a mea culpa -

OK, our culture doesn't work -

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and a genuine and sincere

effort to reset.

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Can they do it?

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Highly unlikely,

actually, if I'm honest.

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But it is possible.

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In London, as in many cities,

Uber has always been controversial

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and is currently fighting a ban.

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This new evidence of behaviour

its own boss admits was inexcusable

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won't make that battle any easier.

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That's it for now from me, but let's

find out what the weather's up

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to with Susan Powell.

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to with Susan Powell.

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Good evening. It's going to be

turning much colder in the next few

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days and most of tomorrow when it

should be relatively mild, they will

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be lots of sunshine. Another windy

day, perhaps not as warm as today.

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Outside at the moment some rain is

moving in from the west, nothing too

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much at the moment but give it a

couple of hours or so and we will

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see heavier downpours and into the

small hours of Thursday we could

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hear the odd rumble of thunder. But

it looks like the rain will whisk

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eastwards quickly leaving us with

relatively dry start to Thursday and

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mild in towns and cities,

temperatures in double figures. A

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few more showers chasing across

during the rush hour but lots of

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sunshine through much of the day, a

few showers late in the afternoon,

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but overall a lot of better weather

to come and stilts and decent

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temperatures, highs of 13 or 14

degrees. -- stilts and decent

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temperatures. Now over to Darren

Bett for the outlook over the coming

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days.

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