30/11/2017 London News


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Join me now on BBC Two.

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Here on BBC One it's time

for the news where you are.

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Good evening.

for the news where you are.

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Police are hunting a man

who they believe has carried out 25

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sexual assaults on women

and children in south-east London.

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One was just eight years old.

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Detectives have released CCTV

footage of the suspect,

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who attacked his victims

in broad daylight.

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Ayshea Buksh reports.

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He appears to target young women

on their way to work or school.

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In the last year it's thought

the same man has carried out 25

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attacks in south-east London,

sometimes within

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hours of each other.

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And this is where the latest

incident happened, at 8:30am

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on the 22nd of November

here on Sandbourne Road,

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a residential street in Brockley.

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Just the week before,

the same man, it's thought,

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carried out another assault,

that time on an

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eight-year-old child.

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The majority of attacks have

happened in the Borough of Lewisham

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but there have been similar assaults

in Greenwich, Bromley,

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Southwark and Bexley.

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Police say they are looking

for a white man in his 40s,

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with fair hair and blue eyes.

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The suspect attacks victims

by grabbing their intimate parts.

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And this is a very, very serious

offence and we are treating it

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with the utmost seriousness.

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A number of victims have been

traumatised as a result of this

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offence, which is why it's very

important for us for the public

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to try to help us by looking

at the CCTV and perhaps providing us

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with some names of the people

they think is on that CCTV.

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The police say there could be other

victims who've yet to come forward

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and they are working with local

schools and community

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groups to raise awareness.

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The victims are all traumatised

as a result of the offences that

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have been committed against them,

and what I would say, the reason

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we have linked the offences

is because the description

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of the suspect is often very similar

and the actual nature

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of the offence is very similar.

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But our age ranges differ.

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Around a third of our victims

are adults, our oldest

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victim is 35 years of age.

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Our youngest victim is eight

and we do see a number

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of offences committed

against early teenage

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schoolchildren.

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Anyone with any information should

call Lewisham police

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station on 0208 284 8346.

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These assaults have increased

since the summer and police hope

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this man will be caught before

he commits any more.

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Ayshea Buksh, BBC London News.

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Is London facing a rat epidemic?

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Councils are receiving more than 100

rodent related complaints a day,

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according to a report

by the Conservatives

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on the London Assembly.

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And they claim the problem

is getting worse.

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Our political editor Tim Donovan

joined one pest controller in north

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London this morning.

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Nice to meet you.

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Pest control, not exactly a welcome

visitor to a house-warming.

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But when Jess bought this place last

month she found it wasn't

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quite vacant possession.

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They were coming in

through a hole in here.

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We blocked it off.

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They got in through the sewer,

so Jess stuffed the pipe with wire.

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We shoved steel wall down both the

holes.

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We are not living

here at the moment.

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That shifted the problem

upstairs to the bathroom.

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This is what tends to happen.

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It is made of plastic.

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They come up and chew

through it and before

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you know it you have rats.

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There is a fresh dropping here.

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Sorry!

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That is very fresh,

within three days easily.

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Helping to highlight

the problem was this street

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in Harrow over the summer.

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Since when the woman who filmed it

says things have improved.

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The Tories say it has become

a big political issue.

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Rats bother a lot

of people in London.

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They want the streets to be cleaner.

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We need to look at bin

collections again.

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There's more rubbish on the streets.

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None of us like that.

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Sadiq Khan is in charge of London.

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He needs to do an awareness campaign

and he needs maybe to have a word

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with some of the places

where rats are worst.

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In Jess's kitchen the

poison is being laid.

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I'll just put down

some tracking dust.

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That identifies the

movement of the rats.

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That is the dust that

reveals important stuff

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under ultraviolet lights.

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It shines up nice and bright.

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You will see any footprints.

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You don't think you will be coming

into a house and dealing

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with a rat problem.

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It's not very nice to deal with.

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How would you describe

London's rat problem?

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Chaotic.

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It is, yes.

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For me, it's fantastic

for my business.

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I feel for my clients.

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Jess is hoping to move

in before Christmas.

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Next - the temporary accommodation

for struggling families in south

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London where conditions were so bad

it was raised in Parliament

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a few weeks ago.

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But councils insisted it met

all the regulations.

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Now BBC London has learnt

there are plans to move families out

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into better housing.

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Chris Rogers has the story.

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Welcome to Connect House, emergency

housing for homeless families.

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This small room is home for Victoria

and her ten-year-old daughter.

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When I got here, I said to them,

I'm disabled, I have pain condition,

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I really can't share a bed

with my daughter.

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It's going to cause me a lot of pain

and a lot of trouble.

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And they said, that's it,

take it or leave it.

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They were evicted when their

landlord decided to sell up.

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So you're on housing benefits.

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I'm on housing benefits.

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So you need to find a landlord

that is willing to take

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on someone who is relying

on the state, basically.

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And none of them will.

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So she ended up here.

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Take it hour by hour.

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It's very hard.

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How they can charge £210

a week for this room,

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I think it's disgusting.

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Connect House is on an industrial

estate in converted

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offices in Mitcham.

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It's used by four councils.

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Although temporary, many

struggling families have been

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here for more than a year.

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Victoria's daughter is one

of 200 children here.

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Honestly, I feel

depressed, I feel sad.

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This place isn't a place to live in.

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There's no playground round here.

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Some people, they will come out

and shout if we're too loud.

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This isn't the first

time we've been here.

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When we first exposed these poor,

cramped conditions,

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councils insisted everything

was within regulations.

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Now they are offering

residents like Samantha,

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her partner and two children

a deposit to secure private rent.

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They came round to visit

everyone in the building.

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They offered people private rent

either in the borough

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or out of the borough.

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But there's a problem.

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Those who have been offered

privately rented accommodation fear

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that eventually money may run out

or that the landlord

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will kick them out.

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And then they end up back

somewhere like this.

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For now there are few alternatives

for people like Victoria who have

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fallen on hard times.

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It's a very hard thing

to ask someone to take

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you in and I can't do it.

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And I don't have anyone to ask.

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Tonight, all four councils have

confirmed, if they haven't already,

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they are now determined

to move all families out

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and end their use of Connect House.

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Chris Rogers, BBC London News.

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It's a first for a principal dancer

- exploring depression

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through underwater ballet.

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The film, aimed at younger

audiences on social media,

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is a collaboration between a mental

health charity and the Royal Ballet.

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And the idea is to raise awareness

in a compelling new way,

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as Tarah Welsh explains.

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She might make it look effortless,

but this wasn't the easiest role

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for this rising star.

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I'm actually not a very

good swimmer at all.

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I'm also allergic to chlorine.

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I don't like watching

myself dance on camera.

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I find it really hard.

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The clips in the underwater

are the only times I've enjoyed

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actually watching me.

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Francesca Haywood has been dancing

since she was three.

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From next week, she'll be starring

as the Sugar Plum Fairy

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and Clara in the Nutcracker,

but it's this short film to raise

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awareness of mental health that

she's proud to watch.

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The dancers met with

people who've experienced

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depression before filming.

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They were able to inform how

to portray the performance,

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so the fact it is an underwater

piece brought to life how

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it can feel when you have

depression and it can feel

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like you are fighting

against the tide, or trying

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to struggle to get your

head above water.

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It's hoped social media will help

get it through to an audience that

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might not normally engage

with the ballet.

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We wanted to target people

in secondary schools.

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We feel like this is a time

that is a vulnerable age

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and has a lot of pressures.

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As audiences arrive to see this

festive favourite next week,

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this production will also be

released, aiming to touch

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viewers in a different way.

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That's it for now from me,

but let's find out what

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the weather's up to with Nick

Miller.

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After the excitement of the flurries

we saw today, there will be more

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around overnight, more substantial

wintry showers to the north of

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London are tending to die out as

they get closer to the capital, but

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some winter refueller is around, not

amounting to much. Risk of icy

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patches. Temperature is not going

down as far as last night, because

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we have more cloud around. Many of

us will be above freezing as we

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start off on Friday. Milder air

starts to move in. A lot of the

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showers early on will turn to rain

as we go through the morning, before

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fading away and leaving us with a

fair amount of sunshine into the

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afternoon. Temperatures will be a

bit higher tomorrow compared to

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today, not as cold or wintry. We get

the sunshine coming through after

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the early showers. There is a change

to less cold, milder air, coming in

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over the weekend. It's a slow

process, more so we

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