21/12/2017 London News


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That's it.

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Now on BBC One it's time

for the news where you are.

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Good evening and welcome to BBC

London News, with me, Alex Bushill.

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The Mayor says he's been left

with no choice but to raise council

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tax in order to keep

the capital safe.

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Sadiq Khan has outlined plans

to raise bills by around £14 a year

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to fund the Metropolitan Police

and London Fire Brigade.

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He's hit out at the Government,

saying ministers should

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"hang their heads in shame"

for failing to adequately

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protect Londoners.

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But his political opponents

at City Hall have accused

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him of grandstanding.

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Marc Ashdown reports.

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At times it's felt like

London has been under

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constant attack this year -

four terrorist incidents,

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14 innocent people killed.

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No wonder the Mayor

wants more money.

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His priority, he says,

is to keep Londoners safe.

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The Home Office says the Met

will get about an extra

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£50 million next year.

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Now, police forces are funded

partly by the Government

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but partly by local councils.

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Ministers are allowing councillors

to put up your council tax

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by as much as £12 next year.

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In London, the Mayor

is going even further,

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putting it up by £14.20.

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That's an increase of about 5%,

and he says it will pay for police

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and also the Fire Brigade.

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He says he has no choice and today

reignited his war of words

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with the Government.

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They resorted to smoke and mirrors,

pretending to give the police more

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money, but in fact just pushing

the responsibility to

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taxpayers in London.

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This is regressive and unfair, and

frankly no-one is falling for it.

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On Tuesday the Policing Minister

made his views on the Mayor clear.

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And instead of sitting in his bunker

writing out letters for more money,

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he needs to get out there and tell

us what he's doing to

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implement his crime plan.

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Sadiq Khan has another

problem brewing, too.

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There's widespread scepticism

about pumping some of this money

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into the Fire Brigade after three

reviews he commissioned concluded it

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doesn't need more funding.

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Because of Grenfell,

the Mayor feels that he needs to be

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seen to do something.

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And what he is proposing to do

here is to put more money

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into the Fire Brigade.

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He knows they don't need it.

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And if they do need it he can find

it from other resources.

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He doesn't need to be taking

the money specifically set aside

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to fund the Metropolitan Police

in order to put funds

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into the London Fire Brigade,

and we won't be supporting that part

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of his proposals.

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For months the Mayor Commissioner

has been calling for more money.

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Now it's coming out of Londoners'

pockets, they'll want to see

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results on the streets.

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Marc Ashdown, BBC London News.

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Lawyers for Nazanin

Zaghari-Ratcliffe say she's been

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told by the Iranian authorities

she's now eligible

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for early release.

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The 38-year-old Hampstead mother has

been held for more than 20 months

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in Tehran on charges of working

against the Iranian regime.

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Frankie McCamley has the details.

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The British-Iranian mother jailed

in Iran more than 18 months ago.

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Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe

left her home in North West London

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to go on holiday with her then

18-month-old daughter

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to visit her parents.

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But during her time

in the country she was arrested,

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accused of being a spy.

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Today, though,

a breakthrough in her case.

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She's been listed for early release.

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But her husband, Richard, who has

fought every step of the way,

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is not getting his hopes up.

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It's hard to know exactly

how significant but

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definitely a positive step.

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Her court system has moved

from being a closed case

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to being eligible for early release,

which means, formally,

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on the system, she is eligible to be

released at any point.

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But despite the news,

Richard says Nazanin

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is still finding things tough.

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I think it's very up and down

for her and obviously I try to be

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level-headed and sometimes I am

not so much.

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Equally, though probably more so,

because she's waiting

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to see what happens.

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She was pretty low

early in the week.

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The lawyer said she was very happy

yesterday, unsurprisingly.

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The change follows the Foreign

Secretary Boris Johnson's visit

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to Iran earlier this month,

during which her case was discussed.

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Whether this made a difference

is not yet clear.

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Under Iranian law, it does say

if a prisoner has served a third

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of their time and has good

behaviour, they might be

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considered for early release.

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So it's possible that

is what's happened.

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Whilst this might provide some

relief to this family's long

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and turbulent journey,

there is still no certainty

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they will be reunited for Christmas.

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Frankie McCamley, BBC London News.

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A former abbot of a school in Ealing

is likely to die in prison

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after being jailed for 18 years

for molesting former pupils.

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74-year-old Andrew Soper

was convicted of a string of sex

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attacks on boys at the prestigious

St Benedict's School

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in the '70s and '80s.

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As he passed down his sentence,

the judge described Soper's conduct

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as "vile", and "the most appalling

breach of trust".

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The school has apologised

for "serious wrongs of the past".

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Detectives say they are growing

increasingly concerned

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for the mother of a baby found

abandoned in a park

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in Plaistow three months ago.

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New footage has been

released of baby Harry

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as police renew their appeal

to trace his mother.

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He was named by the medical staff

who treated him and is said to be

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The man accused of the Finsbury Park

attack in North London last June has

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pleaded not guilty to murder

and attempted murder.

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48-year-old Darren Osborne

is accused of deliberately driving

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a hired van into worshippers close

to the Muslim Welfare

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House in North London.

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One man was killed

and 11 were injured.

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Hospitals in Essex say they are

facing significant winter pressures.

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Many of them have no available beds.

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They say the health system is under

strain throughout the year

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but winter brings added challenges.

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Simon Dedman has spent the day

at Broomfield Hospital

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in Chelmsford to find out more.

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Kenneth Cockrell, full

assessment, please.

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Patients are assessed by a triage

nurse if they walk or get

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wheeled into Broomfield's A&E.

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What happened?

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I slipped on a wet

paving stone last night.

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Ken gets referred for an X-ray

but nurse Gemma does

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send people back to GP

surgeries and the pharmacist

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rather than into A&E.

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She has to -

Broomfield is stretched.

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We've had an increase in patients

with sepsis, especially

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chest infections and pneumonia.

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We've had people coming

with fractured hips and fractured

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wrists, which has obviously meant

we had to

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move it onto our trauma wards.

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We've had generally really unwell

patients that have come in that

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we've had to care for

and meet that demand.

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In the past fortnight

Broomfield Hospital has been so busy

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that up to a dozen ambulances have

been treating patients outside

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because there aren't

any free beds inside.

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Broomfield had two spare beds

first thing this morning.

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In Harlow, Princess

Alexandra Hospital

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had none.

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Hospitals say they have been

inundated with patients like

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John Harrison from Chelmsford,

who are genuine emergencies.

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I've got to ask,

what happened to you?

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I had a contest with

the floor and the floor

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won.

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Oh, dear.

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John hopes to be home for Christmas

and his 90th birthday.

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I've been a consultant here for four

years and it's been busier every

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single winter that we've

had since I started.

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It's a world of difference

from when I started in medicine 13,

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14 years ago in terms of the numbers

we're seeing through A&E,

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through the acute medical services.

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A health boss told me the service

is in a perilous state

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on the eve of the NHS

turning 70 next year.

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Simon Deadman, BBC London News,

Ben Field Hospital, Chelmsford.

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England footballer Sol Campbell

grew up in the East End

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and went on to play

for Tottenham and Arsenal.

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He believes his life could have been

very different had he taken

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the troubled path some

of his childhood friends took.

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That's why he's now involved

in a scheme to try and help divert

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vulnerable youngsters from criminal

gangs here in London.

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Chris Slegg report.

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When they were kids,

Sol Campbell and Robert Bragg used

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to play football together

on the streets after school.

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Both had talent.

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Sol went on to be a professional.

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Robert didn't.

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He was an exceptional player.

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Years ago I grew up in the same

area, obviously, you know,

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the temptations that was there.

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Went out, done the wrong things,

wrong attitude, wrong attitude.

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Sol has been mentoring these

youngsters about what he calls

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their crossroads moment,

choosing to work hard at school

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and sport instead of a path

that leads to trouble.

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When does that, you know,

that light turns on,

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when that lightning bolt hits you.

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Who wants to be a footballer?

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Me!

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Do you think it's easy

to be a footballer?

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No, you have to work hard.

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You have to work hard.

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That's how life works.

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You think if you work

hard it always comes?

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No.

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Sometimes you get let down,

sometimes it comes.

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My family will look into kind of

where is the next pound coming from?

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The food on the table,

things like that.

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People haven't got time

to be worried about,

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"how are you feeling?"

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and whatever.

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It's all about, "get some money

together because we've

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got to pay the bills".

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Many people who probably didn't

have the talent I had went on,

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had the right attitude,

worked hard at their game and became

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a professional footballer.

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I done the first trial at QPR,

scored two goals, done well,

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went all the way through,

then Bobby Robson was in the office

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at the last trial when we had to go.

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Then he asked me the question,

why have you been thrown out

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of three schools in three years?

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Three weeks later I get the letter,

you haven't been successful.

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I just grew up in that

type of environment,

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it just became the norm.

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It's only when you step out

of the norm you were under

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severe pressure at a very,

very early age in your life.

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Now Sol hopes others make the right

choice at their crossroads moment.

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Chris Slegg, BBC News.

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That's it from me.

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I'll wish you goodnight

and hand you over to

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I'll wish you goodnight

and hand you over to

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Chris Fawkes with the weather.

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Thanks a lot. If the over the past

you buy a look something like this.

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Thanks to our weather watcher for

sending this big job the grey cloudy

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sky from Walton on Thames in Surrey.

These scenes were widespread,

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extensive cloud and right the way to

Christmas and including the big day

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it is going to stay cloudy and mild.

The reason the weather isn't

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changing a great deal is we have

this high pressure to the south of

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the UK. These weather fronts wafting

off the Atlantic bringing pulses of

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thicker cloud, which in turn brings

the threat of rain. The rain arrives

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towards the end of the night, we'll

get outbreaks of rain and drizzle.

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At the same time, we'll start to get

mist fog patches on the high hills,

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the Chilterns and the downs. The

early-morning patches of drizzle

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will move out of the way and the

rest of the day much like it was

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today, cloudy. What a great deal of

sunshine anywhere, temperatures are

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11 or 12 degrees, so it'll be on the

mild side. Ahead of the weekend, a

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case of spot the difference.

Saturday and Sunday the extensive

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cloud cover. Continues to be mild,

temperatures 11 or 12 degrees. That

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theme continues on to Christmas Day

as well, temperatures in double

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figures. It's going to

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