25/01/2018 London News


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Good evening from BBC London News,

I'm Victoria Hollins.

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Tower Hamlets has become

the latest London council

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to pay the Met Police directly

for more police officers

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in the borough.

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It's paid the force £3 million

to have more officers on its estates

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over the next 3 years.

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And the authority says it's already

reaping the benefits -

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one estate has seen a fall

in the number of crimes,

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with a raid on alleged drug dealers

carried out this morning.

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Here's our Political

Correspondent Karl Mercer.

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It can be a tight squeeze

in the lift on the way

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to a drugs bust.

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Police, open the door!

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And sometimes things don't quite

go according to plan.

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Police, open the door!

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But within minutes

early this morning,

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this team in Tower Hamlets were in,

on the search for drugs.

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He has indicated on this drawer,

which contains cannabis grinders.

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There is foil.

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Traces of Class A drugs, maybe Class

B and also a large weapon.

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As police burst in, bags

of what they believe are heroin

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and crack were thrown from the flat.

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The two men inside were arrested

on suspicion of drugs offences.

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This operation is part

of an intitiative being run

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by the police with

the local council,

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which has paid £3 million

for extra officers on its estates

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over the next three years.

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The problem is really bad.

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We have schoolchildren coming home.

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They are finding people

on the stairwells

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injecting themselves.

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We have

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residents too scared because of drug

dealers occupying the area who

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intimidate residents.

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It has been very successful.

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We using not just criminal justice

powers, but also working with our

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partners, the local authority.

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We are trying to look

at the bigger picture

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and get to the heart of the problem.

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And also, it may

jeopardise their tenancy.

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The money for the 30 extra estate

police will come out

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of Tower Hamlets Council's savings.

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And the local mayor, who launched

the scheme back in October,

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says it is money well spent.

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We survey our local

residents every year.

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They tell us that crime and

anti-social behaviour are a concern.

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We have also seen big cuts in police

officer numbers because of central

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government spending cuts,

which means people don't get

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anything like the response

they used to get.

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We have introduced

funding for police

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officers funded by the borough.

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We have greater

control over what they

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do.

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Across the capital, other councils

pay for around 350 police

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in their own areas.

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But today the mayor warned once

again that police numbers

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in London could drop below 30,000

for the first time in a decade.

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During the course of 18-19,

we will have an average

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of 30,000 officers

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across London.

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Don't be surprised

if it goes below 30.

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And above 30.

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The average will be

30,000 across London.

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And by the way, we have

not had so few officers

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for a long period of time.

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The government insists

London does get its fare

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-- fair share of police funding.

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But as the row over

funding continues.

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So will the raids.

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Louisa Preston has more on this.

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We heard about Tower Hamlets but 20

other councils across the capital

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are paying for extra officers,

literally giving the Met police

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money, something like 350 officers

being paid by local authorities and

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we know the Met police are under

financial pressure and they have

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already saved £600 million and half

to save an extra 400 million and

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they have been selling off police

stations, we know the old Scotland

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Yard has disappeared. The number of

community support officers has been

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slashed and the number of police

officers and the bearer of London

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said there is a concern the critical

level of 30,000 could drop, we could

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see the number of officers dropping

below 30,000 but on a positive note

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we heard the extra money the Met

police asked for from the government

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to fund the Grenfell Tower fire

investigation, the mayor told the

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London Assembly he is hearing

encouraging signs that they may get

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more money to follow that

investigation.

Thanks.

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The Mayor Sadiq Khan has lodged

an application for a judicial

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review into the decision to release

rapist John Worboys.

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The former black-cab driver

is believed to have carried out more

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than 100 rapes and sexual assaults

on women in London

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between 2002 and 2008.

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Two of his victims have also started

proceedings against the decision.

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The chief executive

of the investment bank JP

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Morgan has told the BBC it

could cut its workforce by more

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than a quarter if financial services

aren't included in a future trade

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deal with the EU.

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He's warned of long-term damage

to London as a financial centre

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if we don't get a Brexit deal based

on regulatory alignment,

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but what does that mean and how

likely are we to get it?

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Here's our Brexit correspondent

Katharine Carpenter.

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They might have escaped to a pocket

of Europe outside the EU,

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but the conversation about Brexit

never really goes away

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for politicians and business

leaders in Davos.

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Today, the Chief Executive of JP

Morgan renewed his warning about job

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losses in the City if the UK's

financial services get left out

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of a post-Brexit trade deal.

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They determine that you can't have

reciprocal trade practices,

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reciprocal regulations.

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It will be bad for jobs.

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How many?

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I don't know, it

would be a lot, yeah.

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4000?

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It would be more than 4000.

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The numbers are important

because that figure is much higher

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than JP Morgan's previous estimate

that only 500-1000 of its staff

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would have to move elsewhere.

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And, if he sees reciprocal

regulation as the key to preventing

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jobs leaving London,

what does that actually mean?

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It's what many here in the City

see as the way forward

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for financial services.

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Also known as regulatory alignment,

it essentially means that the EU

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and UK's laws and rules are a mirror

image of one another, with the same

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standards and regulations.

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If either side wants

to change something,

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they have to agree on that and,

crucially, there's an independent

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body to deal with any disputes.

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That might sound simple but it's got

to get agreed by this man,

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the EU's chief negotiator,

Michel Barnier, who has

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previously ruled out a bespoke

trade deal with the UK

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which includes financial services.

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The politics of the situation

are going to be the really

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tricky parts to get right.

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You will have heard Emmanuel Macron

at the weekend actually talk

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about a continuation

of an arrangement specifically

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for financial services.

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But he was very clear, of course,

that with any continued access,

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we will need to consider issues

like contribution to the budget

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and free movement of people.

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So those are the tricky issues

I think that will need to be

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resolved before this agreement can

be put in place.

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But as one of the architects

of the City's plan, she's confident

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a deal can be reached,

and today the Government said

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it was still determined to build

a deep and special partnership

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with the EU.

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Of course, there are those who say

all this talk of possible job losses

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is scaremongering and 4000 jobs

are only a small proportion of all

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of those in the City of London.

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And, of course, the timing of this

too is politically nuanced,

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as we're about to head into the next

phase of negotiations,

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the details of which David Davis

is expected to outline tomorrow.

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Katharine Carpenter,

BBC London News.

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He describes it "as one

of the best jobs in the city".

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Aerial photographer Jason Hawkes has

been recording London's changing

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skyline for the last twenty years.

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Marc Ashdown took to

the skies to meet him.

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It's the most beautiful city.

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It's definitely one

of my favourite cities.

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I have shot all around the world

but when the weather is nice

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and particularly when the Thames

glows, the sun on the water,

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it looks amazing.

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For 20 years, Jason Hawkes has

been an eye in the sky,

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documenting our changing capital.

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Which means, like most

Londoners, he has a mini

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obsession with the weather.

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A lot of the time

the weather is rubbish.

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We get that one day every two weeks

that is going to be perfect

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for this kind of flying.

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And how the skyline has

changed from before

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and after the London Eye,

to the Square Mile.

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Once fairly low-rise,

who'd have thought now

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dominated by a Gherkin,

a Cheesegrater and a Walkie-talkie.

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Then there is happening

on the extraordinary,

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like Justin Bieber performing

in Hyde Park.

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All these people, rather

than looking at Justin Bieber,

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they have all got their phones out.

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Would you say it is

the best job in London?

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It is one of the best

jobs, it is good fun.

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On a day like this,

obviously it is very cold,

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it is a little bit choppy today,

so you can feel a little bit sick,

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but yes, it is great fun.

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but yes, it is great fun.

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That's it for now from me,

but lets find out what the weather's

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up to with Nick Miller.

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Thankfully tomorrow's weather will

not be rubbish but after sunshine

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today there will be cloudy skies,

and a small chance of a shower.

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Otherwise it is dry. We have had the

odd shower this evening but for the

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rest of the night, holes in the

cloud. The temperature could drop to

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2-3d. There may be a touch of frost.

A lot of morning cloud and a chance

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of a shower and by no means

everybody will get one and into the

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afternoon it will brighten up with

sunny spells coming through. The

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coldest day of the week. Light

winds. If you have sunshine it will

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not be too bad but chilly on Friday

evening. Early sunshine on Saturday.

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Cloud and outbreaks of rain on

Saturday afternoon. Not amounting to

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too much. The wind is starting to

pick up and it will be a windy

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weekend. But a mild weekend.

Temperature is higher by Sunday but

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Sunday looking dry.

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