23/11/2017 London News


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Good evening,

I'm Asad Ahmad.

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A day after the Budget,

when a multi-million pound fund

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was announced to improve air

quality, there's been

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consternation that London,

isn't going to get a penny of it.

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That's despite us having nearly

half of the country's

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most polluting roads.

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So today, the Mayor

of London expressed his view

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about the new Clean Air Fund -

and children reinforced it.

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Here's Louisa Preston.

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A message from primary school

children about the poor quality

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of the air they breathe

in the capital.

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These young people from

Chestnuts Primary School in Haringey

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were petitioning Downing Street

because they go to school where

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pollution levels break the law.

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It's quite bad for the children

at our school, because our front

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playground is right next

to a busy road.

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And that's really not

good for our health.

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Air pollution is causing a lot

of deaths and diseases.

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Maybe if it can't be stopped it

should be reduced somehow.

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Diesel vehicles are the main cause

of pollution in London.

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Yesterday, in the Budget,

the Chancellor announced

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new taxes on new diesel cars,

and also a £220 million

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clean air fund.

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The capital won't get any of it.

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40% of the most polluted roads

in the country are in London.

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The Government's saying

there's £220 million.

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Londoners contribute towards it

by the increase in road tax,

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but can't receive any

of that £220 million.

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So it's not sustainable

to expect a London mayor

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to do this investment,

to help local authorities, without

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help from central government.

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And it isn't just Sadiq Khan

saying the Government

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isn't going far enough.

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We want to see bigger taxation,

which could have led to a bigger

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fund that could have been used

to get people out of their diesel

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car and make a switch

to alternative forms of transport.

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Clean air is a complex problem.

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Pollution comes from construction

vehicles, from gas boilers,

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from farming, from wood fires

and even our car tyres

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as they wear down.

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The Government insists

it is cleaning up the air

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as fast as it can.

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And with children starting to make

a stand and every person

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in the capital breathing in air that

exceeds global guidelines,

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it's a big issue that's

not likely to go away.

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Louisa, strong words from the Mayor.

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What's the government saying?

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He's not happy and took to Twitter

to make it clear. He says it's a

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scandal in London will be eligible

for the clean air fund. The

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government has abandoned Londoners.

We heard yesterday the Chancellor is

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creating or increasing the tax on

new diesel cars to create this £220

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million clean air fund. Local

councils across the country will be

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able to apply for some of that money

but London is not eligible.

Many

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people will wonder why.

We asked the

government ourselves and had a

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statement from Defra to say the

Mayor of London already had a

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funding settlement with £5 billion

from the government which includes

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measures to deliver compliance with

air quality limits. Other areas of

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the country haven't had that which

is why they are entitled to apply

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for part of this money. We know the

mayor is making air pollution a top

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priority. The T charge introduced

last month. The ultralow emission

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zone will come into force next year

meaning the oldest and most

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polluting vehicles will be charged

extra to come into London. The mayor

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feels because London has some of the

most toxic air he should be able to

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get his hands on some of this cash.

He wants the government to do more.

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Londoners are being told they may be

at real risk from the same robbers

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who repeatedly stabbed 31-year-old

Danny Pearce to death

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for his watch in July.

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The attack happened as he was

leaving a bar in Greenwich -

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and police have now renewed

their appeal for information

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as they fear other members

of the public might be at risk too.

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Here's Helen Mulroy.

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Enjoying a night out with friends.

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This was Danny Pearce in Greenwich

on the 14th of July this year.

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Just hours after this video

was taken, Danny was dead -

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stabbed as he made his way home,

all for his Rolex watch.

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He was my son, he was my baby.

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All our lives have changed.

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All of them.

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How you see me, now I have sort

of changed into two people.

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I am one person at work

because I can't be like this at

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work.

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Then...

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When I come home...

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This is how I am.

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Two men have been arrested but no

charges have been brought.

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Now the Metropolitan Police

are renewing their appeal

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for information.

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Newly released CCTV shows

Danny making his way

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down King William Walk

with friends just after midnight.

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This was the moment he was singled

out by his killers on their moped.

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They make a U-turn to return

and launch their attack.

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One produces a hunting knife

and the other a gun.

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They make a demand

for Danny's watch.

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A struggle ensues and ultimately

Danny ends up here, unfortunately

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fatally stabbed, and here

on these very steps sadly

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Danny lost his life.

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The group had been shot at,

and Danny repeatedly stabbed.

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It's most likely the longest, most

sustained stabbing I have ever come

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across in my 26 years of service.

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Danny's family hope that

in revealing mfurther details

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about the violent and

sustained attack that

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killed their son and brother,

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in here, what is a popular London

nightspot, it may jog the memory

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of anybody who knows

anything further about

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the identity of his killers.

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I just can't get it out of my head.

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Such a senseless, senseless thing

to do and he's not here with us.

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He's just not here.

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Crimestoppers is offering a £10,000

reward for any information that

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will secure a conviction.

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City of London police

are warning Christmas shoppers

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looking for a bargain

to be aware of fraudsters

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who are making millions of pounds

selling everything from fake

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trainers to fake lipstick.

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Last year alone, victims lost

£16 million to the scammers,

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who are all too aware

of how lucrative this

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time of year can be -

especially in London.

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Helen Drew has the details.

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32 days until Christmas

and some people are ramping

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up their present buying.

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The Action Fraud Team from the City

of London Police is warning

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of online shopping dangers.

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They say the most likely

thing people try to buy

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from fraudsters are mobile phones,

aollowed by clothing

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and accessories and then footwear.

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Specific items victims report

losing out to fraudsters

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on are Kanye West's Yeezy trainers,

Fitbit watches and

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Kylie Jenner make-up.

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Take Kylie Jenner's

make-up as an example.

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If I go on her official website

I can buy one of her popular

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lipstick kits for $29,

plus shipping from America.

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But a quick search online

and apparently I can buy the same

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thing for £1.99, free shipping.

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Now, the fraud team today

is warning if something looks

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too good to be true,

it probably is.

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Those items often end up

being fake, or never turn up.

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And it's not just that,

but also things like stealing

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credit card details.

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This afternoon on Oxford Street,

it didn't take long

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to find victims of fraud.

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Someone had booked

flights on my card.

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So I checked the bank statement

and it was seven or eight flights,

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about £2500, something like that.

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Yeah, it's frightening.

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I don't really do much

online shopping at all.

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Possibly because I'm a little

bit too nervous of that

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very thing happening.

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The only online fraud I've had

is buying concert tickets.

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That was enough to burn me.

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I'm reasonably cautious.

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Probably not enough.

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Probably passwords and things

need to be taught about.

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The fraud team says it's

crucial to think twice.

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Quite often our victims say to us,

I didn think there was something

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wrong, but I clicked anyway.

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If you can take that time,

a little bit of time to think,

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count to five, it is probably

going to save you some

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money in the long run.

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The fraud team's campaign is urging

people to do just that.

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Slow down and think before clicking

that "buy now" button.

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A story provoking strong feelings

among a number of people today,

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is one of a family in Hertfordshire

who are keeping a fox as a pet.

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Jasper has been hand-reared

from when he was just a few days

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old, and his owner feels his place

is firmly in the home.

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Sonja Jessup has more.

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Careful!

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No, it is not a scene from last

year's John Lewis Christmas advert.

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Jasper the fox is a family pet.

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He has lived with Natalie

and her children here in Sarratt

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since he was two days old.

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She took a call from a vet

who said he'd been abandoned

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and would need hand rearing.

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She brought him round to me.

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For the first week or two

it was through the night,

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every couple of hours,

I would have to get up and feed him.

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The family already had three

dogs, a cat and a horse.

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Natalie said Jasper fits

in well but she treats him

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differently to her other pets.

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You can only domesticate them

to a certain level so it's

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respecting his natural behaviours.

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An animal charity says

foxes belong in the wild,

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but Natalie says she is worried

he wouldn't survive.

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He's got he's got freedom,

as in he runs around

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free in the garden.

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He's not caged.

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He's only in there for night time,

and for his own safety.

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It's not like I'm keeping

him captive in a cage.

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She's hoping Jasper

decides to settle here

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and make himself at home.

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Starting to feel cold. Straight to

the weather with Stav.

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Starting to feel cold. Straight to

the weather with Stav. It's going to

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be cold to the north of our patch,

cloud and rain moving through from

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the south-west.

Through the night.

This cloud cover will keep

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temperatures falling below five or 6

degrees. A fairly chilly note

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tomorrow, cloud around. We should

see some good sunny spells as we

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head into the afternoon. Brightening

through the day, staying dry for

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most, light winds but on the chilly

side. At least drive for the Black

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Friday shoppers. Heading into the

weekend, that run of north-west

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winds means it's going to be cold,

frosty nights to come, Saturday

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night and into Sunday night. Gold

starts today BetBright, plenty of

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sunshine. You'll have to wrap up

because the wind will be cold, 7

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degrees at best. Looking good

heading into Sunday and Monday.

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Those temperatures remaining in

single figures.

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