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That's all from me,

here on BBC One it's time

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Good evening.

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I'm Asad Ahmad.

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Over 40 years after

being wrongly convicted

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for a crime he didn't commit,

a businessman from Dorking

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has been cleared.

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Stephen Simmons has always

protested his innocence of stealing

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mail bags from Clapham in the 1970s,

but it wasn't until he got

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onto Google that he started

to uncover the truth

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about the arresting police officer.

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Mr Simmons feelings

towards him today?

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Hatred.

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Here's Charlotte Franks.

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The face of a man who's

just had his conviction

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quashed after 40 years.

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Stephen Simmons has spent decades

wondering how and why he was found

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guilty of stealing mail bags

from a train at Clapham Junction.

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It was a crime he never committed,

but it led to eight

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months in a borstal.

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Hard to describe.

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Best feelings I've

ever had in my life.

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I'm not a criminal any more.

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I'll try to cry, I've got

the biggest smile ever.

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So, yeah, what could go wrong?

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Stephen was arrested in 1976

by an officers from the BTP

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named DS Derek Ridgewell.

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Years later Stephen searched

the officers name on the internet

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and discovered DS Ridgewell himself

had also been jailed for mail bag

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theft and eventually died in prison.

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After contacting the Criminal

Cases Review Commission,

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Stephen's case was referred

to the Appeal Court citing

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unreliable police evidence.

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Research also revealed

there were fabricated confessions

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in other cases where DC Ridgewell

was the lead officer.

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I just feel hatred for that police

officer for what he done.

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You know, he's ruined three lives.

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Ones dead, one's ill and I've

survived, but you can't go

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round ruining people's lives.

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Winston Trew was one

of those forced to confess.

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He was part of a group of young men

who became known as the Oval Four.

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They were arrested for a string

of robberies on the Underground

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in the 1970s, but have always

maintained their innocence.

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It's now thought that today's

overturned conviction

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could help others like Winston

to have their cases quashed too.

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I'm absolutely elated,

over the moon.

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It's a great day.

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Stephen's won his case.

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I'm very pleased for him.

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It now opens the gate for me

to bring my case back to the Court

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of Appeal because we lost the first

appeal in 1973.

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In summing up Lord Chief

Justice Burnett said,

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"we quash the convictions.

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We would wish only to note our

regret that it's taken so long

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for this injustice to be remedied."

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Now Stephen Simmons has promised

to do all he can to help

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Winston Trew with his case.

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After all, both men are now friends

despite it being a friendship formed

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out of unfortunate circumstances.

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Charlotte Franks, BBC London News.

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Bus drivers in London

who move from one company

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to another are to remain on the same

pay rather than having it lowered.

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That's how it's worked until today,

when the Mayor of London

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announced the change,

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a change that's been described

by unions as a win-win.

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Our Transport Correspondent Tom

Edwards has the details.

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The son of a bus driver today

meeting workers at Merton bus depot.

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The Mayor hailed this deal a win-

win. Now, bus drivers in the capital

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moving to another company will

remain on the same pay grade.

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Previously, their pay would have

dropped.

This deal means if you are

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an experienced driver and you leave

one company and moved to another,

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they will recognise the experience

you have, which will lead to more

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professional drivers and a better

quality service for commuters.

There

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are over 6 million bus journeys a

day, more than the tube and the

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trains. At the Capitol's bus drivers

have been fighting for better

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conditions for years. They have

already seen a minimum wage of

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£23,000, now this.

What we have got

here is a Mayor of London saying he

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will treat people with respect, and

we will get a quality service at a

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good price, and everybody will

benefit, so it is a win- win

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situation.

TEFL says the new scheme

won't cost any more and bus

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companies will save on training. For

these bus drivers, it is welcome. --

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TfL.

It is important to carry your

experience with you when you

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transfer.

It is important, and I

believe it is challenging out there,

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so having that same, equal level for

all drivers is going to be very

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important and appealing.

Not all

driver concerns have been addressed,

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but for these key transport workers

today, some good news. It could now

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be copied elsewhere. Tom Edwards,

BBC London News.

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Two victims of the serial sex

attacker, John Worboys,

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have launched a legal challenge

against the Parole Board's

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decision to release him.

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They're demanding to know

the reasons behind it.

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A crowdfunding appeal has also been

launched to support them.

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Louisa Preston has more on this.

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Louisa.

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The campaign is being spearheaded by

a woman who was attacked by Worboys

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back in 2007. She was sexually

assaulted by the black cab driver.

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There is also another woman who says

she was sexually assaulted by John

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Worboys back in 2003, but the case

never came to court. Together, they

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are launching this legal challenge

and they are trying to raise £10,000

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through a crowdfunding website. They

are trying to force the parole board

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to make it public into why they

believe John Worboys is safe to be

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back, released into the community.

We know Worboys was convicted of

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assaulting 12 women, but the police

believe he assaulted more than 100

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women.

The case was discussed in the

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Commons today, wasn't it?

Yes, we know that the public is

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outrage, but also politicians, and

among those calling for a review is

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Zac Goldsmith, the former

Conservative candidate for Mayor of

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London.

John Worboys is likely to be

one of the worst sex attackers our

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country has ever known. He was

continuing to deny his guilt until

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two right years ago, dismissing his

crimes as banter, and only last year

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he was deemed too dangerous to be an

open release conditions. This is an

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insult to his victims and shows a

contempt for justice.

The Prime

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Minister has said she does

appreciate the sensitivity of this

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case, and she said that the new

Justice Secretary definitely made

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the right decision in getting his

own legal advice on whether he could

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challenge the parole board.

Obviously, that would be unusual if

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it happened. The Prime Minister said

the parole board is totally

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independent, so no minister should

mean on it. The news that we know

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tonight is that John Worboys will be

released by the end of this month.

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There's been a surprise

vote to block plans

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to redevelop the Elephant and Castle

shopping centre and other

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landmarks nearby,

including the tube station.

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After more than seven

hours discussing the

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multi-million pound plan,

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councillors decided they weren't

happy with the proposals

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because it wasn't in the best

interest of local people.

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Tolu Adayoye has been to the area.

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It was an unexpected decision.

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Even those who were opposed

to plans, which included

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redeveloping Elephant

and Castle Shopping Centre,

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were surprised when Southwark

Council didn't approve them.

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Many, like Sharon, who live

and work in the area,

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felt the changes would be bad

for local people.

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It's not going to be inclusive,

as far as I'm concerned.

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Dare I say it's for the haves

rather than the have-nots.

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So I guess that things do have

to move on and things

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do have the change.

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But, I don't know, I just don't feel

that it's including the people

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who've been born and bred

in the area.

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The developers had promised

a brand-new shopping centre,

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a new building for the London

College of Communication,

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as well as 1,000 new homes,

a third of which

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would be affordable.

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And from the roof of the Elephant

and Castle shopping centre,

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all you have to do is look up to see

the changes already in this area.

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But it appears this

is a development too far.

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In a statement, the council said:

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This development plan

would essentially mean the social

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cleansing of the area.

UAL are currently

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complacent in that.

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Despite so much talk

of a commitment to social justice

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and widening participation,

its involvement proves the utter

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hypocrisy of their statements.

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A bingo hall sits

at the top floor of

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the shopping centre.

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Its owner was another objector.

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He says it wasn't factored

into the plans at all, and

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shows the developers

are out of touch.

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This is vitally important

of the social life of

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thousands of people

in the area every week.

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Everybody wants the Elephant

and Castle to develop, right?

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But they didn't want

this particular one, it

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just didn't make any sense.

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The developers have said that 90%

of people who they spoke

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to were in favour of the plans.

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They want their supporters

to make their voices

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heard ahead of a meeting at the end

of January, when the next

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steps for this part

of London will become

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clearer.

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That's it for now from me,

but let's find out

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what the weather's

up to, with Chris.

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Windy weather could cause problems

for the commute tomorrow morning.

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Look at how the isobars are squeezed

together across eastern England as

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the low works out into the North

Sea. There is where the strongest

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winds will be. The Met office have

issued this yellow weather warning

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for strong winds which will pick up

through the course of the night. 70

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mph in coastal parts of East Anglia.

Strongest of the north of central

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London, where we are most likely to

see disruptive weather tomorrow

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morning. There will be sunshine, but

in the afternoon, the wind comes

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down a bit, still blustery. And

showers moving. Some wintering --

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wintry showers over higher ground.

It has milder but

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