18/01/2018 London News


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Martin Bashir, BBC News.

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Good evening.

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Good evening.

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I'm Asad Ahmad.

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Residents in a building

in Croydon say they're

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having sleepless night -

over a bill they've received

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for 2 million pounds, to replace

cladding on their building.

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It failed safety tests

after the Grenfell Tower fire,

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and so those living

in the privately owned tower block

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have been told they have to foot

the huge bill between them.

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Our Political Editor,

Tim Donovan has been down there.

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The view outside the penthouse

may be great, the view

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inside just now not so good.

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The cost of either replacement

option is considerably higher

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than the previous estimate.

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The owner has just received

an unwelcome letter.

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The total cost to renew and replace

the cladding are now estimated to be

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between 1.8 million and 2 million.

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Which has come as a shock,

to say the least, to him and 90

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other leaseholders in this block

in Croydon, because they're

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being asked to foot

the bill for new cladding.

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That will mean between

£15,000 and £31,000 each.

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There's anger clubbed

with frustration and we don't know

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what to do, and there is this huge

amount of bill that

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is being put forth.

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After Grenfell Tower, the cladding

here was tested and it failed.

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Residents have been told it's not

complying with building regulations.

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They think the freeholder should

pay, with government help.

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I think it should be the freeholder.

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It should be the freeholder.

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And if the freeholder does not have

access to the funds,

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it should be the Government,

who has now changed the goalposts.

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The managing agents for the block

now want the matter settled

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at what's called a property

tribunal next month.

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And while the Government is saying

that it should be landlords who foot

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the bill for such refurbishment,

it's not at all clear yet

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what the legal position is.

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All of which makes this a time

of considerable anxiety here.

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Everyone here having sleepless

nights, people are worried.

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I've got messages saying I felt

like I'm going to get a heart

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attack or something.

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We were not expecting this increase,

like this £2 million bill suddenly.

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Everyone is under shock, they are

completely shocked with that.

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The agents managing

the block, First Port,

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told us in a statement...

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I'm gobsmacked, I don't know

what to say about it.

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Because it's suddenly

like you're asking six months,

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five months, eight months, or even

a yearly average annual salary

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for people to churn out.

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We don't know how

we will have to pay.

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And the sting in the tale is that

for every week that goes

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by with this unresolved,

it's costing £4,000 for fire

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wardens to patrol here.

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A bill that is being met

by the leaseholders.

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Tim Donovan, BBC News.

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Well we asked for a Government

Minister to address

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the concerns of residents -

but we were told

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no-one was available.

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But we got a statement which says -

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"We are clear we want to see private

sector landlords follow the lead

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of the social sector and not pass

on the costs of essential cladding

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replacement to leaseholders.

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We are keeping the

situation under review."

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This time yesterday,

you might have been

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preparing to go to bed -

not realising the strength of winds

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which were about to hit London.

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By this morning, police and fire

crews were attending to the damage

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and disruption it caused -

as Charlotte Franks

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has been finding out.

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Last night's storm caused trees

to blow over, blocking the roads

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and frightening some residents.

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On the railways, the morning

commute wasn't much better.

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Many routes were affected

when overhead power lines

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were damaged and trees were blown

onto the tracks.

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The 5.58 train from New Beckenham

to Cannon Street hit a tree as it

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pulled out of the station.

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The driver came on the radio

and said we'd hit a tree.

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He went to have a look at it

and when he came back,

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he said he would need to wait

for Network Rail to arrive and

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remove it from under the carriage.

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At London Bridge, trains

were disrupted on the Southeastern

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and Southern routes until around 11

o'clock this morning.

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And on routes into Liverpool Street,

an object caught in the overhead

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electric wires caused

cancellations and delays.

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Services on South Western Railway

into Waterloo saw delays all morning

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following a tree on the track.

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The delays cleared on most lines

by the early afternoon,

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as engineers were dispatched

to remove all the obstacles

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as quickly as possible,

including some that had been

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wedged under trains.

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For us at Network Rail, we have

response teams available 24/7.

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This morning, they

were kept very busy.

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We have chainsaw teams who've been

chopping up trees and other large

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branches that have fallen

onto the railway.

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We've had fence panels, trampolines,

all sorts of things on the railway.

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So we're moving them as quickly

and safely as possible to try

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and keep passengers moving,

but there has been some disruption.

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The Dartford Crossing was closed due

to the strong winds,

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which led to heavy traffic

on the A13 as drivers diverted

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towards the Dartford Tunnel.

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The fire brigade took 16 calls

in the early hours of the morning

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about collapsed roofs,

structures which had become unsafe

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and trees which had fallen down

onto cars and property.

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But there were no reports

of serious injury.

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Proposals for a statue

of Margaret Thatcher

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in Parliament Square,

look set to be rejected.

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Her supporters had hoped

she'd be the first woman

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to have a statue in the Square.

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But our Reporter, Ayshea Buksh

can tell us why that

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might not be the case.

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Ayshea.

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This is, if it gets the go-ahead,

what the statue may look like.

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£300,000 has already been raised but

Westminster Council officials have

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apparently issued guidance to say it

shouldn't be permitted. They point

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to a 10-year wait after somebody's

death, the exception made for Nelson

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Mandela. There are concerns about

potential vandalism. There was an

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occasion at the Guildhall when a

statue of Lady Thatcher put on

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public display was attacked. On

this, there have been official

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objections from quarters such as

Royal Parks and her family are said

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not to be in favour. This comes

ahead of a planning meeting next

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week. The Council officially say

we'll have to wait for them. Let's

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not forget there will be the first

female statue this year in front of

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thousands of Parliament, the

suffragist listed for set, to

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celebrate the centenary of women

getting the vote.

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Politicians know they're often

likened to young students

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or children bickering when it comes

to debates in Parliament.

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But down the road, in City Hall -

the Mayor of London's Question Time

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got the same accusation thrown at it

today - by -- young students.

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They'd been invited to witness

democracy in action.

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The impression they went away with -

was - well, Nick Beake can tell you.

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Can I welcome to the public

gallery students and staff

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from St Dominic's Sixth

Form College, Harrow!

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It started so well,

the A-level politics students

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taking their places to watch

the mayor in the hot seat,

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taking questions on tackling knife

crime, including his plans

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for the police to stop

and search more suspects.

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Are you going to guarantee young

black Londoners

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that they will not be targeted?

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But the pupils who'd swapped

the classroom for City Hall soon

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found it got rather personal.

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Do your homework before

you ask the questions.

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I am doing my homework.

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You're not answering the question.

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Abusing me doesn't save Londoners.

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This is actually

about life and death.

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And now we get the sanctimoniousness

from this politician.

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At one point, they could be forgiven

for thinking pantomime season

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was still in full flow.

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He says you're not

answering his question.

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As things currently stand,

I'm the mayor, not you.

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It's for me to answer the questions

how I want to answer them.

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So what exactly did the pupils

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from St Dominic's Sixth Form

College in Harrow make of it?

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It felt like being in

a playground for a minute.

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They got really childish,

throwing insults.

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So you were the ones

saying "Come on, grow up"?

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Yeah, we were all looking

a bit embarrassed.

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Like, we didn't come to see

something we could have stayed

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in primary school to go watch.

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Others were not impressed

with Sadiq Khan's performance.

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All that he's willing to do

is to throw political insults

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at Conservatives and even some

of his own Labour colleagues,

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so I think he needs to step up

to his responsibility or stand down.

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I don't think you can guarantee a

black people will be targeted less.

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All that he's willing to do

is to throw political insults

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at Conservatives and even some

of his own Labour colleagues,

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so I think he needs to step up

to his responsibility or stand down.

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Looking at the politicians

in action, did your respect

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for them go up or down?

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Down.

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Significantly decreased.

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Is anyone going to come back to city

water watch this again?

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It was a nice day off

school, wasn't it?

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So we might, yeah.

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Sometimes young people just say it

as it is.

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Finally, Lumiere London is back.

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The light festival is even bigger

than it was a couple of years

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ago when over a million people went

to visit the free artworks

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around London's landmarks.

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Over 50 spectacular designs

are in place - until Sunday.

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But if you want to pop into town

to see them, right now.

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Don't.

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The lights switch off at 10.30.

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But they are back

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on tomorrow evening.

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Now after the winds of last night,

let's get the weather

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forecast from Chris.

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People wondering what it'll

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People wondering what it'll be like

tonight. You might run the last week

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I was talking about strong winds

that could blow trees down, boy were

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they strong. Top costs 72 mph and

London City Airport. The area of low

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pressure right now is gone all the

way across the Poland, moving very

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quickly. It leaves us with a quiet

night. A dry night with clear skies,

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temperatures close to freezing, but

quite a breeze blowing, meaning

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temperatures would dip too far

below, if indeed they do get down to

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freezing. Tamara Sunny spells keep

the cold wind blowing all day. The

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afternoon will see more clout

arriving from the West, which could

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bring one to showers with an odd bit

of hail mixed in. Many having a dry

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but chilly day. Temperatures

reaching a high between four and

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seven Celsius. Make the most of that

dry weather with sunshine because

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the weather will turn more

unsettled. Saturday threatening

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rain, maybe snow on the northern

edge and over hills. By Sunday turn

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smiled with heavy outbreaks of rain

on the way.

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