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Will Gompertz, BBC News.

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Good evening and welcome

to BBC London News,

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with me, Louisa Preston.

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First tonight: Another report

warning of dire consequences

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of Britain leaving the EU.

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This time from experts commissioned

by the Mayor to look into the impact

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Brexit will have on London.

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It says the economy would suffer

for at least a decade.

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But Sadiq Khan's critics have

dismissed the findings,

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accusing him of scaremongering.

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Here's our political

editor, Tim Donovan.

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At Canary Wharf a self-styled

community of more than 200

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start-ups, new technological answers

to old financial questions.

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Today's report says a hard Brexit

could lead to 29,000 fewer

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financial jobs by 2030.

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Both of these two have

set up companies.

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She helps banks, offering

software to do audits

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and comply with regulations.

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He's challenging banks with an app

and card enabling you to send

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and spend money around the world.

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So far, no big worries here

of talent or investment drying up.

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We are become a global company

and a British company.

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We see everything as a bed

of roses, so we do not see

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a struggle because of Brexit.

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Evidence shows access to capital has

not dried up and if any thing

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capital is coming in and it always

follows good businesses.

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This analysis suggests if we stay

as we are London's economic output

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would be worth £510 billion by 2030,

but under a soft Brexit,

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where we stay in the single market,

but came out of the customs union,

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affecting trade, the cost

of the capital would be £4 billion

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and 30,000 jobs potentially lost.

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But in the worst-case scenario,

a hard Brexit with no deal next

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year, London would be £11 billion

poorer and with 87,000 fewer jobs

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created than if we stayed in.

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What is clear is the harder

the Brexit deal, the worse

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it is for jobs, the worse

it is for investment

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and economic output.

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The boss here says

fears are exaggerated

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and London wins from change.

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This report is based on a set

of static assumptions,

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but London is dynamic and very

good at change.

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It misses the opportunity

to consider the benefits

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and opportunities created

as a result of our changing

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relationship with Europe.

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At a chemistry lab at UCL,

EU funding pays for more

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than a tenth of research

and the report warns 11,000 new jobs

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are jeopardised in this

sector by hard Brexit.

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Here research programmes

are guaranteed for now.

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There is a lot of concern among EU

staff who we want to keep here doing

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brilliant work they are doing

and it is not clear yet

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what the longer term impact will be.

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My biggest fear is it

will start to undermine

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relationships and collaboration

that is so important.

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We do not know what

Brexit will look like.

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Negotiations are ongoing.

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This is scaremongering speculation.

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What is found is high-value sectors

like finance make London more

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resilient than the rest

of the country, but there

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is a warning that construction

and hospitality sectors are more

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vulnerable, because of

the important role played by EU

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workers, so far at least.

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Well, Tim joins us now

from Mansion House in the City,

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where the Mayor has just given

a speech at the annual

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London Government Dinner.

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So Tim, it was a fairly sombre

warning earlier today -

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any answers this evening

from the Mayor?

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Well, he's dedicated much of his

address tonight to this issue and

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this analysis. Quite a highly

politicised speech. Not always the

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way, at these annual mayoral

occasions. He described as

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astonishing the government's lack of

preparedness and said the inequality

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that could result from Brexit could

lead to social tension.

History will

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judge this government on how they

deal with Brexit, but it will judge

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all of us here as well, and whether

we managed to influence the debate,

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and what we did to stir the

government to take the right course

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and on how successful we were at

protecting the jobs, livelihoods and

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the quality of life of Londoners.

He's stressing, the mayor is

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stressing that this is important,

because it's providing comparisons,

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letting people know what could

happen depending on where the

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negotiations go. He's gone come

under fire from quite a few

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quarters, who argue why is he

dedicating research to insisting on

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staying in the single market and the

customs union and being in the EU,

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when we've already made that

decision, and should he not be

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dedicating research, investment,

into how London should adapt, be

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resilient in the future.

Tim, thanks

very much, Tim Donovan there.

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A teenage victim of London's growing

knife crime has been speaking

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about the attack which left him

fighting for his life.

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He suffered appalling injuries

and lost a limb when he was stabbed

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in Dagenham last summer.

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Today, Tyler Dawson and his mother

wanted to warn young

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people about the dangers

of carrying a weapon.

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Alpa Patel reports.

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Graphic photos of 18-year-old Tyler

Dawson as he fights for his life.

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His mother Kerry gave these pictures

to BBC London to show

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people what her son went

through after he was stabbed.

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When he first went in,

with all the tubes,

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that was the most harrowing.

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That was life and death.

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We really did not know

if he would come through.

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Tyler is lucky to have survived.

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He almost died four times,

but lost his leg after being

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stabbed in the groin.

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What has it been

like to lose your leg?

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You're restricted for everything.

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You can't walk, play

football, ride a bike.

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You just can't do anything, really.

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His mother says he also has a brain

injury and has lost all confidence.

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He has to have his mum do

this and that for him.

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Getting in and out of

the bath, for example.

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What 18-year-old wants their parents

helping him in and out of the bath?

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Tyler was stabbed at this spot

in June, a mile away from his home.

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A boy came up to him on a bike

and stabbed him in the groin.

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His attacker was sentenced to nine

years and ten months in prison.

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His attacker has just turned 18.

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At the end of the day,

whatever he would have got,

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he's still walking with two legs,

he still has his life ahead

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of him when he comes out

because he will still be

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a young man.

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Tyler is having physiotherapy

and desperately hopes

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for a prosthetic leg in the future.

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I would not like to see anyone

going through this, regardless.

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It's so horrendous, life changing.

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Not just life changing for him,

it is also life changing

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for his brothers and sisters.

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Overseas students contribute

billions of pounds to London's

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economy, according to new research.

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Around 55,000 students

come to study here every

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year from all over the world.

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It's estimated that

they generate around

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£4.6 billion per year

in the capital.

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That's through paying tuition

fees and living costs.

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Our education reporter Marc Ashdown

has been to East London

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where the benefits are said

to be greatest.

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It's Nigeria versus India, the

venue, the University of East London

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of course, where international

students are making a real impact.

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So why choose here to study?

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I feel the United Kingdom is the

best option for me to come and

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study.

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This is the first time the cost

and benefits of students who come

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from the EU and further afield

to study here have been assessed,

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but do students themselves

feel it's worth it?

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It is so substantially

cheaper than my country.

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I feel like I'm able to get more

bang for my buck, so to speak.

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Especially because of in the job

market, if you come

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back with a UK degree,

that is really highly regarded.

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The report estimates each overseas

students generates up

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to £100,000 every year.

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About £40,000 of that is course fees

and living costs like rent.

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£60,000 is through indirect

spending - buying goods

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and services in the local area.

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On average, every single

London resident benefits

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to the tune of £549 every year

from their spending.

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Which flies in the face

of some political rhetoric,

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questioning their worth and motives

for being here.

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I would love to go back home

and try to spread the knowledge I'm

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Post-study, my plan is to try

to take it back home and explain

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to people how interesting

it is to study here and also it

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gives you an opportunity to work

with a very good company in Nigeria.

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Many experts are baffled then,

why lucrative international students

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are still in the immigration

figures, which the government

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is desperate to reduce.

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They need to take them out

of the immigration figures,

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because I think that the perception

is wrong at this point in time.

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They contribute a lot

to the economy.

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What we really want to do is to grow

international numbers,

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so that in future trade deals,

because obviously following Brexit,

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we're going to need as much support

as possible from a number

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of our partners.

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The Home Office says it has no plans

to remove international students

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from immigration figures and insists

it doesn't hamper recruitment.

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Today's report shows how

valuable it is to encourage

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even more arrivals.

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That's it from me. I'll hand you

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That's it from me. I'll hand you

over to Chris Fawkes for

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That's it from me. I'll hand you

over to Chris Fawkes for the

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weather.

I confess this week hasn't been the

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most interesting, weather-wise. We

had a lot of cloud today, a lot of

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dull weather, Griesel. Our pictures

show this cloud on the top of the

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tallest buildings. The cloud was

pretty low today. Tomorrow, it's

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cloudy again but the cloud is

probably a bit higher up in the sky.

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Overnight tonight the cloud is the

king of foreign occasional spot of

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light drizzle from time to time. A

bit misty over the hills, the Downs

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and Chilterns, not too cold with the

cloud around, temperatures down to

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4-6. Tomorrow, for most of the day

it's going to stay pretty cloudy.

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The cloud could then at times but

for the majority of the day it will

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be different shades of grey, coming

and going. There could be an odd

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spot of drizzle but foremost, a dry

afternoon. Temperatures similar to

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today, a high of nine Celsius in

centre of town. At the weekend, more

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of a say. -- same.

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