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Welcome to BBC London News

with me, Chris Rogers.

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After a 90-year-old

woman was stabbed

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by a carer, who had a previous

conviction for assault,

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there are calls for an urgent review

of how criminal record checks

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are carried out.

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Pamela Batten was attacked

at her home in Hillingdon

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and nearly bled to death.

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The company who employed her

assailant says it did carry out

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checks but they didn't flag up

all her convictions.

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It's prompted serious questions

as to how this could have happened.

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The Home Office, which is in charge

of criminal records checks,

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is refusing to comment.

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Yvonne Hall has this

exclusive report.

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Guilty of assault, burglary,

stealing from an employer and fraud,

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but Abosede Adeyinka was given a job

as a carer, sent into the homes

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of vulnerable elderly

people to look after them.

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This was the result - 90-year-old

Pamela Batten nearly died

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when Adeyinka tried

to kill her for cash

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at Pamela's home near West Drayton.

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This is where the attack happened.

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Amazingly, the frail

grandmother managed to pull

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the knife out of her neck

and scare her attacker off.

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Adeyinka has been jailed for 21

years for attempted murder.

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My mum had two injuries

on the head from the hammer -

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one to the front

and one to the back.

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And she had a knife wound

on the right-hand side,

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and the knife went

in five centimetres,

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just missing her spinal cord.

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I cannot believe...

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I really can't believe that

someone with that amount of

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convictions can be still working

with vulnerable people.

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Without a doubt, the law,

it's not just what I

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want, the law should be changed.

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It's got to be changed.

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This is Pamela now, left disabled

and very frightened of strangers.

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Her son has filmed her for us.

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Adeyinka, also a Sunday-school

teacher, had been employed

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by Avant Healthcare to help look

after Pamela's sick husband.

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Avant Healthcare Services are based

in this office block in Hounslow.

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Nobody wants to be interviewed,

but in a statement, the company said

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it had thoroughly vetted Adeyinka,

including criminal records checks

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through the Government's

Disclosure and Barring Service,

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and it said her convictions

for assault and burglary

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were not revealed.

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It added, if Avant Healthcare

had been aware of the assault

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conviction, Abosede Adeyinka

would not have been employed.

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So how did the safety

checks fail Pamela?

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The Home Office is in

charge of the system

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to check criminal records.

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It's called the Disclosure

and Barring Service, or DBS.

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We've repeatedly asked officials

here how Adeyinka's convictions

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appear not to have been included

in a DBS check.

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But nobody here will tell us how it

happened, or what is being done

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to stop it happening again.

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A charity campaigning for new laws

to protect older people is now

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demanding to know how many other

carers have convictions

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for violence too.

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It's a huge concern,

because where else is it happening?

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There is blame somewhere, we need

to establish where the blame is.

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Thinking about your own parents,

would you be happy with the idea

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that somebody with those sorts

of serious convictions

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are coming into somebody's home?

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Pamela wants answers too.

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Well, I'm shocked as well,

it surprised me,

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because it makes you wonder now

just what is going on.

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Yvonne Hall, BBC London News.

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Detectives are trying

to piece together the last known

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movements of a father and daughter

found dead at a home in Deptford.

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The bodies of Noel Brown,

who was 69, and his 41-year-old

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daughter Marie, were discovered

in the early hours

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of yesterday morning.

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Detectives say someone had forced

entry into the house.

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Police said they're investigating

multiple lines of inquiry

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The Mayor of London has announced

City Hall will spearhead a global

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partnership to tackle air pollution.

The capital is set to get a new air

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monitoring system.

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Sadiq Khan made the announcement

in Delhi - on the third day

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of his trade visit to India.

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From where, our political

correspondent, Karl Mercer,

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sent this report.

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Take a look at Delhi if you thought

London traffic was banned.

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-- bad.

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And take a look at Delhi

if you thought London had

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a bad pollution problem.

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Here the state of the atmosphere

is front-page news and in the next

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ten days all 6000 traffic police

here will be tested for lung disease

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and a couple of months ago the Test

match between India and Sri Lanka

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-- a couple of days ago, the Test

Match between India and Sri Lanka

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saw these scenes. Play held up.

Players wearing masks, some being

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sick.

As he's done in London, the mayor

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has made air pollution one of the

key issues on his tour of India. The

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scale of the problem here in Delhi

is like nothing London has ever

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seen. Experts say not only is this

one of the most polluted global

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sittied, but also -- cities, but

also spending a day here is like

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smoking 50 cigarettes. The mayor

thinks the two cities can learn from

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each other. You can make new friends

if you like. Today, he announced

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£750,000 would be spent on new air

monitoring stations in London.

We

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have monitors outside schools, care

centres and other places then take

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local action. It's not a one size

fits all approach. We can monitor

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particulate matter. We will use this

as a way of cleaning up the air in

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London sooner rather than later.

The school that welcomed the mayor

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to Delhi is doing a lot of work on

air pollution.

Is this a high level

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or low level?

High.

It's a growing

problem according to the head

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teacher here.

Initially it was not

that bad a condition, which has

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started in three years or so. Since

three years, it has really gone bad

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and we are worried about it. Before

that, it was not that bad. Now we

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are taking it up at a very high

level so it stops and within a year

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or two, we're able to manage it.

The

business of the trip is done in

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grand rooms not classrooms. The

mayor meeting India's Finance

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Minister and then, its commerce

minister. Once, of course, he'd

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finished his last minute paperwork.

The Chancellor, the second most

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powerful politician in India,

according to the experts I speak to,

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was keen to reassure me he

recognises that London is open. He's

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heard the phrase. He believes it's

meaningful. He's pleased to hear

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that notwithstanding Brexit, London

is open and will continue to be

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open.

Business aside, this is also a

trip about sybolism, London's Muslim

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mayor at the giant Hindu temple

today. Among the greeting party, a

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swami who started life in London.

Yes, I studied at Woolwich college.

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I lived in Elton. You don't lose it,

that quickly.

Whatever the mayor

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says about shared city problems,

this, at least, is one London

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doesn't have.

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More now on the findings

of a major terror review

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ordered by the Government.

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The report highlights how the leader

of the London Bridge attack,

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and the man who targeted Westminster

bridge, had both been

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on MI5's radar previously.

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Marc Ashdown has more

details on the findings -

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Unlike Manchester, as we've heard

tonight, there aren't questions

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about whether these attacks could

have actually been prevented, but

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more details are emerging.

Yes, much

anticipated really. What we learned

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from the review was firstly that the

Security Service was actively

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investigating the ring leader of the

London Bridge attack, when it

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happened in June this year. Now from

mid-2015 Khuram Butt was under

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scrutiny by MI5. It was called

operation hawthorne. It was set up

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because they had information he

wanted to carry out an attack on the

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UK. Let's look at the time line of

what happened: In 2015, an

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assessment concluded he represented

a medium risk. It says he had strong

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intent but weak capability. Early

the following year, the operation

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was suspended, mainly because of

resourcing problems after the Paris

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attacks. Then it was downgraded all

together. But two weeks before the

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London Bridge attack, hawthorne was

re-opened. New material had come to

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light, been received, but it didn't

indicate atrocities that Khuram Butt

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would go on to commit when he and

two others killed eight people on

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London Bridge.

What else did we

learn about the man responsible on

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the attack -- for the attack on

Westminster bridge.

Khalid Masood

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was also known to MI5. He was under

surveillance for associating with

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extremists. He wasn't being

investigated at the time of the

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attack in March. Indeed the report

does say it could not have been

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anticipated. But it does reveal in

the days prior to the attack, he

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carried out reconnaissance missions

to Westminster. He'd been browsing

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YouTube videos on terrorism. Now

important to point out really today

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that this report says there's no

suggestion either of these attacks

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could have actually been prevented

by the Security Services. The the

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Met Police Commissioner said today

she feels she needs new technology,

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more resources to tackle, to fight

this growing problem. She says there

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are significant challenges and the

environment is more intense than

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ever for those fighting terror from

within the Security Service.

Mark,

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thanks for talking us through that.

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

find out what the weather's

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Thank you. It was cloudy and mild

today. We saw highs of around 10

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Celsius. It will feel a touch milder

tomorrow. But a mixed bag for the

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rest of the week. Milder tomorrow,

then feeling much colder for the end

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of the working week. It's going to

be very windy indeed on Thursday

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morning with the risk of some wintry

showers a bit later on through the

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week as well as some sunshine.

Overnight tonight, it's really quite

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cloudy out there. The south-westerly

breeze will start to pick up. We

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start off the day tomorrow on a

reasonably mild note at this time of

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year, six or seven Celsius. Then

this is tomorrow morning, perhaps a

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few spots of drizzle, otherwise dry.

We'll see brightness through the

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afternoon, but the wind will start

to really pick up, becoming quite

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brisk I think. Some brightness

around and temperatures even higher,

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12 degrees Celsius. But then it's

going to turn very windy indeed on

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Wednesday night into Thursday, a

mild, wet, windy start to the day on

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Thursday. This is the outlook then:

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