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Good evening from BBC London News.

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The man behind the Westminster

terror attacks in March last year

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had taken steroids days

or hours beforehand.

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The details were released

during a pre-inquest hearing

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into the death of Khalid Masood

and his victims.

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Families have called

for their inquest to examine

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the continuing failure to get

to grips with radicalisation

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on the internet.

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Here's Marc Ashdown.

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GUNFIRE

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It was an attack on the heart of

government in the heart of London.

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March the 22nd 2017,

the first of five terror attacks

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on the UK last year -

four of them here in the capital.

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We now know Khalid Masood had

anabolic steroids in his system,

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further tests have been ordered

to establish how that may have

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affected his actions.

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The families of his victims hope

these inquests may lead to changes

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in the way terrorism is tackled.

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Masood drove his hired

4x4 into pedestrians

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on Westminster Bridge at 2:40pm,

repeatedly mounted the pavement.

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30 seconds later, he crashed

into the Palace of Westminster.

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The first 999 call is then received.

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Half a minute later,

Masood is shot dead by armed police.

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It lasted all of 90 seconds,

but his rampage took

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five innocent lives.

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American tourist Kurt Cochran,

teacher Aysha Frade

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and Leslie Rhodes were all hit

by the car.

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Romanian tourist Andreea Cristea

fell into the Thames and later died,

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and PC Keith Palmer,

who was stabbed inside

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the entrance to Parliament.

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The inquests of all five

will be heard by the Chief

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Coroner in September.

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A separate inquest with a jury will

then follow into Masood's death.

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At today's pre-inquest hearing,

lawyers representing the families

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called for the coroner to examine

the availability of extremist

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material on the internet and why

messaging services like Whatsapp

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need to have end-to-end

encryption on messages

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which can't then be read.

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They have long been calls for the

security services to be able to

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access these private messages,

although companies like Facebook,

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which owns WhatsApp, argues it has a

duty to protect users. Regarding

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online extremist videos, the

families today said why is it that

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radical material continues to be

freely available on the internet

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bastion that we do not understand.

We also learned that the two

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officers that challenged him will

give evidence anonymously. PC Keith

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Palmer's family wants to know how he

got into the Palace of Westminster

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behind me, and why was the officer

stationed alone, unarmed and come in

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their view, wearing inadequate body

protection? Lots of questions for

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these inquests, which get under way

on September ten.

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More now on the impact

of the collapse of construction

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and services giant Carillion,

and implications for the capital.

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Jim Wheble is here with more on this

which could significantly affect

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both the public and private sector?

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Absolutely. This is a huge company

with contracts in many different

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sectors in London especially. Let's

look at one of those. Prisons.

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Carillion had maintenance contracts

with several prisons in the capital.

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Let's just look at one of those

prisons, Pentonville. It also

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received a lot of criticism for the

way that it maintained prisons. At

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Pentonville, it was criticised for a

six-month backlog on maintenance

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jobs, leaking sewage and only a

quarter of broken windows replaced.

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And apart from prisons, give us a

sense of what else it could have an

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impact on?

If we take transport, the

East London line, part of the London

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Overground, Carillion had a contract

with TfL to look after track and

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signals. About 100 staff employed

there. The Mayor has said he has

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been assured that plans are in place

to make sure what has happened today

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does not affect services. If we look

at councils, Carillion had several

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contracts with several councils,

looking at libraries, for instance,

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in Croydon. In that borough, they

are going to take control of that

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back in-house. The private sector as

well, in papers today, we heard

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reports of a big development where

contractors were being told when

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they turned for work you might as

well go home because the chances are

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you will not get paid. There is one

blessing. It appears that NHS trusts

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in London have not been affected by

what has happened today. One

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blessing in this story, which

obviously has consequences which

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will run on.

Indeed. Thanks very

much for that update.

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Next, the borough which is getting

rid of bailiffs to collect

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unpaid council tax.

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Hammersmith and Fulham says it's

taking a more ethical

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approach to unpaid bills.

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However, some warn it

could lead to higher debts.

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Mark Jordan reports.

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Four years ago, Peter Williams

brought trains to a halt

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after killing himself

on the railway.

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His home had been taken away

for failing to pay £1350

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over council tax debt.

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The problem was, Peter

was mentally ill.

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Nobody realised this at the time

and as a result he was literally

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hounded to death over

what was a relatively

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small amount of money.

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97% of us pay our council tax bill,

but debt campaigners claim over

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200,000 bailiff visits were made

in London to those who don't.

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We've not received any

payments whatsoever.

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It's the councils who decide if Dave

that bailiff comes a-knocking.

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Is there any difference

in the way you work

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between can't pay or won't pay?

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That's not my business.

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Mike Thompson was a book-seller

until a devastating illness meant

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he could barely work.

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His council tax debt

would take his home and lead

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to recovery costs 30 times

the original arrears of 2900.

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The council forced

the sale of the house.

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I got just over £6,000

as my share of the proceeds.

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The other £85-86,000 was swallowed

up in the debt itself,

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plus all the costs that accumulated

along the way.

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The lawyers who do this business

for local authorities prosper

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mightily, but the local authorities

themselves actually,

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in the great scheme of things,

actually lose out big time.

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At Hammersmith and Fulham Council

they've begun to wonder

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if bankrupting, seizure of homes

and use of bailiffs is working.

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They claim bailiffs only recover 30%

of council tax debt and are getting

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rid of them from April.

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If a family's trying to keep

the bailiffs away and then

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prioritises the bill for council

tax, they then might

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miss their rental payment and then

you're left with a homeless family

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being traumatised but then

presenting the public

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sector with a huge bill,

in terms of free housing

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and all the other impacts

homelessness can have.

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But the bailiff industry

warn Hammersmith's

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experiment will backfire.

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To dispense with the enforcement

service will come at a price.

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I think that in two or three years'

time the coffers will be looked

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at and the question will be asked,

where's the money?

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Now, ethical debt collection

in Hammersmith is about to show

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whether or not the bailiffs' knock

might become part of debt

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collecting history.

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Mark Jordan, BBC London News.

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Now, it's estimated there are more

than three times as many vegans now

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than there were a decade ago.

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It's a lifestyle growing

in popularity - so perhaps not

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surprising then that a new vegan

only pub is opening in Hackney -

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where even the alcohol

is strictly vegan.

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Alpa Patel has more.

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In many ways, the Brook looks

and feels like a London pub.

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But you won't find pie

and mash on the menu -

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or in fact any meat or dairy at all.

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I became vegan for

animal welfare reasons.

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I have been a vegan for six months

now and I feel much healthier.

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I am a vegan because I love animals.

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Customers are here for

a special sample night.

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The pub doesn't actually open

for another four days.

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To many here, veganism

is more than just a diet,

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it's a way of life.

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I think people are becoming far more

educated about the meat industry,

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the dairy industry, the impact

on the environment,

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the impact on their health.

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Oh, vegan hot chocolate?

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Yes!

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Another devout follower is Radio 1

Xtra DJ Sara Jane Crawford.

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She's been a vegan for three years.

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The timing was right for me,

I had a few health scares,

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I had a breast lump removed,

a couple of operations

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in the space of one year,

and I was just, like,

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you know what, I don't want to be

eating so many hormones,

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consuming so much rubbish

in my diet.

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She is an ambassador

for Veganuary, a month calling

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on us to become vegans.

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Now I get why people

become so passionate

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about whatever it is they believe

in when it is actually about life

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and it is about having

a better quality-of-life,

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and it is about love,

empathy, health.

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You know, health is well.

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The owners say the numbers of vegans

are growing and they are hoping some

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of them will find their way

through the door on Friday.

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I'll say goodnight now

and it's over to Stav Danaos

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for a check on the weather.

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Is the rest of the week looking any

better?

Yes. It depends on what you

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like. If you don't mind the cold,

this week will be better. We had

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great, leaden skies and drizzle

around last week. This week will be

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much windier, certainly for the

first half of the week. They will a

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chill factor and sunshine and

showers.

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Tonight, if you passing showers.

Three or four degrees. A chilly

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start tomorrow morning. 20 of

sunshine around, a few showers as

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the air turns colder from the

north-west. Some of the showers will

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be wintry, mainly over the

Chilterns. About 7 degrees, in the

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wind it will feel colder. The

sunshine will compensate. Through

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Tuesday night, plenty showers

rattling through. Simply spells --

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clear spells as well. The map is

looking golden, plenty of sunshine

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around if you don't mind the cold

air. 7 degrees, not bad if you are

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wrapping up. The middle part of the

week is where we see a significant

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area of strong wind. This deep low

will hurtle in off the Atlantic

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during Wednesday night. It could

bring a spell of severe gales. It

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will rattle through quickly. By

Thursday morning, the wind will be

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light already from the word go.

Sunshine and warm two showers

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around. The same on Friday, with

some sunshine and light wind,

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temperature is 7 degrees. It stays

cold as we head into the new

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weekend. Plenty of sunshine around,

light

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