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Here on BBC One, it's time

for the news where you are.

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Good evening, I'm Asad Ahmad.

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A special undercover investigation

into the illegal sale of steroids

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has found dealers in London selling

muscle building substances

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without any warning

of their dangerous side effects.

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And a drugs counsellor has told us

that children as young as 14

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are taking the substances.

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He also warns that the true extent

of the problem, could be tantamount

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to a hidden epidemic.

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Colin Campbell has

this exclusive report.

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Hey, Derek.

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He's an amateur body-builder

who illegally sells steroids

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from his living room in Greenford,

West London.

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Using his partner to translate,

he says they'll transform my body.

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These are the £200 worth

of pills that he said

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would make me big and powerful.

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This is the handwritten note I took,

a dictated prescription if you like,

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detailing instructions on how

to use the steroids.

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We showed our footage

to this drugs expert.

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There are many risks

with taking the drugs,

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but a simple way of putting it,

kidney, liver, heart.

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You can have liver problems,

liver cysts, problems

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with your kidneys and can lead

to heart attacks and strokes.

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So you're playing with your life.

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What age are the children

that you're speaking

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to who have taken steroids?

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As young as 14.

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This drugs counsellor fears the true

picture of steroid abuse is much

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worse than realised.

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We could be looking at a hidden

epidemic, to be honest.

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It's really, really hard

to gauge how big this is.

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Everything anecdotally

that we are getting

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is that it could be huge.

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Whilst it's legal to take steroids,

it's against the law

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to sell and import them.

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But we found scores of websites

offering them online

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and sending them by post.

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The border force is battling to stop

them entering the UK.

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These drugs aren't benign.

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They aren't a soft option.

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They can cause real,

profound, long lasting

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harm to people's health.

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Selling them can be lucrative,

but it's a trade dealers

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don't want exposed.

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You are a steroid

dealer, aren't you?

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No.

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How many people are you

supplying steroids to?

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No.

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Speaking through an interpreter,

he claims he had only ever

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supplied me and no one else.

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How many other people have

you supplied steroids too,

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because you advertise widely.

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The truth is, they are gambling

with people's health,

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cashing in on Britain's

body image obsession.

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Colin Campbell, BBC London News.

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A serial killer from North London

has admitted killing a third victim.

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Theodore Johnson attacked his

ex-girlfriend Angela Best

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in Islington with a hammer

after she started a relationship

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with someone else.

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Frankie McCamley has the details

of what was a vicious attack.

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Absolutely. Proceedings at the Old

Bailey this morning is only lasted a

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few minutes. We were expecting a

much longer trial, to last for

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weeks. Within minutes of the jury

taking their seats, Teodor Johnson,

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in a wheelchair, pleaded guilty to

the murder of his former partner,

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Angela Best. Today, it also emerged

that the 64-year-old had previous

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convictions for killing two other

partners over a series of three

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decades. Taking a look back to

November 1981, the garage worker was

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convicted of killing his wife,

Yvonne Johnson, by pushing her over

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the edge of the ninth floor flat. In

March 1993, he was convicted of the

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manslaughter of his partner Yvonne

Bennett, by diminished

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responsibility. He spent time in a

secure hospital. 23 years later, he

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killed his most recent partner,

Angela best, using a hammer, before

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strangling her. Just after that, he

appeared to kill himself by throwing

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himself in front of a train. He

received severe injuries, and it was

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only then, when police went round to

his house, that they found the body

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of Angela Best. Now there are big

questions as to whether this murder

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could have been prevented.

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Over 100 women were killed last year

by partners or ex-partners.

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That is a huge number of lives

lost and a huge number

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of bereaved families.

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In this specific case,

I think there's got to be

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lots of questions asked

about what happened,

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about how this was possible,

after two such serious convictions

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in the past, which looked

so similar to this.

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How was it possible that this

was allowed to happen again?

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As you heard, big questions. Because

of the change in plea, the trial was

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halted and Johnson is expected to be

sentenced on Friday.

Thank you.

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An area of land in Surrey may be

stripped of its green belt status

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as the council looks to build on it.

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It's sparked anger among local

people in Guildford,

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who feel the land should be

protected against any development.

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Here's Katharine Carpenter.

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Guildford - historic, growing,

and at the centre of a row

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over the green belt,

after the council submitted

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plans to the Government

to develop some of it.

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To house its growing population,

the council estimates it needs

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to build around 12,500 new homes

over the next 16 years.

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Its preference is to

do that on previously

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developed brown field sites.

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But 89% of this borough

is green belt land,

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so perhaps inevitably that,

too, is now being eyed

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up for development.

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2,000 houses are proposed for this

area, which will go down

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to the railway down there.

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Gosden Hill Farm is one of the sites

the council wants to strip of green

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belt status to allow building.

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But opposition is strong.

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It's driven by the incentive

to provide land for development.

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There's no interest in maximising

the number of affordable homes,

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there's no interest

in urban regeneration.

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It doesn't need to be an extension

of suburbia, but obviously

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that's very profitable.

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But the council claims

only 1.5% of its green

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belt has been earmarked,

and the development

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is vital to protecting jobs

and safeguarding the character

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of existing communities.

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We have to balance

the need of housing.

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There are many young

people who can't get

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onto the housing ladder at all.

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We have put 40% as our affordability

in the local plan in terms

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of percentage that needs to be built

that are affordable.

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So for people to be able to live

and manage to live in Guildford,

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we do need to have more development.

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Challenged on the issue

by a Guildford MP last

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month, Theresa May made

the Government's position clear.

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A local authority may only alter

a green belt boundary

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in exceptional circumstances.

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In our housing white paper,

we were very clear that this means

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when they've examined fully

all other reasonable options.

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An independent planning inspector

will examine Guildford's case,

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watched closely by other councils

in Surrey preparing to submit

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similar plans to deal with housing

challenges of their own.

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Katharine Carpenter,

BBC London News.

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If your New Year's resolution

is to have more money in your pocket

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and breath cleaner air by moving out

of London, then you're not alone.

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Recent figures show the number

of Londoners moving away has

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hit a ten-year high.

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Nearly 300,000 people left in 2016,

which is a significant

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rise from a decade ago.

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So this week we're looking at why

so many of us are deciding to go.

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And in the first of our series,

Caroline Davies speaks to a young

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family doing just that.

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Born and bred in London,

and an ex-Met Police officer.

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You might have thought that Gemma

has London in her bones,

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but now she wants out

of the capital.

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I've had enough of the traffic,

the cars, the busyness of the area,

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and then not being able

to have the childhood that I had.

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The amount of people coming

here into this area for the schools,

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it's an outstanding area

for schools, but there's

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only so many places.

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She plans to move her and her

family to the New Forest.

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I remember me and my husband

standing there on the beach,

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the kids were playing,

running in and out of the sea

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and we were looking

across to the Needles,

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the Isle of Wight.

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I remember looking at him

and saying, "I could live here."

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And that was literally it,

and ever since I can't

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stop thinking about it!

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She's not the only one with eyes

wandering beyond London.

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This is the M25 -

traditionally considered

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the boundary line of London,

if not entirely accurate.

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Now according to the ONS,

more people are leaving this behind

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in London and going to the rest

of the UK than vice versa.

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One of the biggest demographic

groups making the move is people

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in their 30s and 40s,

often with young children.

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Belinda runs a service advising

people who want to make the move,

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but why do they leave?

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For a lot of people it's schools.

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For others, it's financial.

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Property prices in London

are putting people off staying.

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There are some fantastic areas

outside of London that offer

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amazing opportunities.

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And not just from a property-buying

point of view, but to move and to be

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part of the community and to create

a whole life, which I think is what

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people are generally looking to do.

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What's the biggest misconception

people have that are planning

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to move out of London?

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I think that it will solve all ills.

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You know, I joke with people,

it doesn't mend broken marriages

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and doesn't make children

automatically behave better.

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Gemma can't wait

to try somewhere new.

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I suppose you can't forget

where you've been brought up,

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but I'm ready for the next chapter

of my life now, I think.

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As the New Year starts, other

Londoners will have similar ideas.

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Caroline Davies, BBC London News.

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That's it for now from me,

but let's find out what the weather

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has in store, with Elizabeth.

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The Met Office have upgraded their

weather warning about Storm Eleanor.

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Anything for us to worry about?

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We are under that weather warning,

and we could be looking at gusts in

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excess of 50 or 55 mph through the

small hours of tomorrow and into the

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rush hour. There's quite a lot of

rain around as well. You can see

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these are the mean wind speeds in

the white circles, but the gusts

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will be much higher. Here they come,

in black circles. We could be

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looking at gusts of up to 50 or 50

plus mph, squally showers around for

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a time through the small hours. Not

many people up them, but there will

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be lots of people up and about

through the morning rush hour

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tomorrow. There may be some

transport disruption. Some strong

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gusts of wind around, already plans

to close the Dartford Crossing.

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Showers, but it will start to ease

down in the afternoon. A very windy

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day tomorrow. There is more rain on

the way tomorrow. Then it will

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