06/02/2018 London News


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ahead to make sure that we get

equality for our daughters and

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granddaughters.

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Welcome to BBC London News

with me Alpa Patel.

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Six pupils at a secondary school

in Wandsworth were taken to hospital

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after taking what's believed

to be prescription drugs.

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None of the school girls is said

to be in a serious condition

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but counselling is being offered.

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It comes amid growing concerns that

teenagers are buying

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and using highly addictive

anti-anxiety drugs purchased

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from the internet.

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Our Education reporter,

Marc Ashdown, has the story.

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A popular, oversubscribed school,

rated as good by inspectors,

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but Burntwood Girls School

is at the centre of

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a possible drugs scare.

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1,700 pupils study here.

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The alarm was raised

yesterday lunchtime

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after six girls were taken ill,

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seemingly unable to even stand up.

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The head teacher

did not want to do an

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interview with us today but has said

in a statement that as soon as she

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became aware the girls

were unwell, she called

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paramedics and alerted

their parents.

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The six girls were taken

to a local hospital to be

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treated, accompanied

by family members.

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The head said they have now been

discharged and as far as she is

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aware, thankfully, they've suffered

no long-term ill effects.

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The Metropolitan Police told us

they were called to the school

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by the Ambulance Service.

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They explained:

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Some parents and pupils told us

today that the drug Xanax had been

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taken by some students.

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It is used to cope with anxiety.

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Not available on the NHS,

it can only be obtained

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with a private prescription

and if abused, it can be

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dangerous.

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Although Burntwood is an Academy

outside of local authority control,

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Wandsworth Council has stepped

in on safeguarding grounds to offer

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counselling to those involved.

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The school says it

is cooporating with

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the council and police

as they investigate how such highly

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addictive drugs could have

found their way into the hands of

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children.

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Well Marc joins me now.

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While talking to parents and expert

it is clear that some feel that

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there is an emerging crisis with

young people. The drug Xanax is

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highly addictive and that is why the

NHS do not prescribe it for anxiety.

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It is ten times stronger than other

anxiety drugs. Late last year one

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person in America died from an

overdose last year. So there can be

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nasty side-effects, blurred vision

and seizures but taken with other

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drugs and alcohol they could be

fatal. And that is the warning for

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parents, that they are being

purchased year. Research from Oxford

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University yesterday showed that

there are many sales on the dark web

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right here in the UK and kids are

feeling stressed, mental health is a

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growing and problem these pills can

be bought for £1 from the street

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dealer. MPs and doctors are calling

for more action and already feel

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that we have a serious problem.

Thank you for that analysis.

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The founder of Wikileaks Julian

Assange will continue to live

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in the Ecuadorian Embassy

in London after a UK

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arrest warrant was upheld.

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The 46 year old has claimed

political asylum since 2012

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and confined himself to the embassy

for five years, to avoid

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extradition to Sweden.

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If you drive in London -

you will waste on average three days

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of your life every year -

stuck in rush hour traffic.

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Today we found out just how much

it's costing London motorists.

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New research says the average

cost of delays is almost

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£2,500 per driver a year.

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That amounts to an

estimated £9.5 billion

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to London's economy.

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It also found that the most

congested road in the country is

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a stretch of the A406 near Hangar

Lane.

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From there Alice Hutton

sent this report.

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This is the busiest road in Britain.

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Drivers on the North Circular

between Hanger Lane and Chiswick

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spend more time sitting in traffic

than anywhere in the country.

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Going at speeds of just 13 mph.

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And it's not just

wasting their time.

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It costs drivers in the capital

thousands in wasted fuel

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and work, including those

at this motoring cafe.

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You can do ten miles

here and it can take an hour.

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If you go ten miles where I live,

in Welwyn Garden, it will take

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you ten minutes, 15 minutes.

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So it's like four times,

just to sit and listen to the radio.

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Nick Barton has been

on the road as a heavy goods

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driver for over 25 years.

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The profits could be X amount

in the end of nothing

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due to the extra fuel.

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The health.

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You know, you don't sleep as much

and you're extremely tired

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when you're driving.

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And it's just not good

at all for somebody's health.

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The top three most congested roads

in the UK are all in London.

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From Hangar Lane to the Chiswick

roundabout, drivers lose

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about 56 hours every year.

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It is 50 hours from Kennington Park

to Norbury station.

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And 47 hours from Russell Square

to New Fetter Lane.

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The study was carried

out by the traffic

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monitoring company InRex.

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They say that the gridlocked roads

are costing the London economy

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£9.5 billion a year.

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It is a global city,

truly an economic metropolis.

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The population is rising,

I think it is 1.7% last year.

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The economy grew by 2.3%.

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Much higher than the rest of the UK.

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There are more people

just wanting to get out

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in the car, doing business,

and travelling for leisure.

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We are an old city with

an ageing infrastructure.

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The Department for Transport said

today it was investing £23 billion

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in road schemes to ease congestion

in the UK.

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They call it the biggest

investment in a generation.

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They also said the ultimate

responsibility for clearing London's

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traffic filled streets lies

with the mayor and

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Transport for London.

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Turning now to how the capital has

been marking a hundred years

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since the first women got the vote.

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East London women played a key role

in the campaign. But working-class

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women mobilising to add their voice

to the cause.

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The popular image of

the suffragette, educated,

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middle-class women campaigning

for the vote.

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But for working-class women

in the East End slams

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-- slums the idea was unimaginable.

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Except to Sylvia Pankhurst,

a leading suffrage campaign

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who thought they needed it the most.

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Sylvia was a lifelong socialist.

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And she was concerned

that the voices of working women

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were being left out of the struggle

for the vote.

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And when the day came

that they were going to be awarded

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the vote, that they would not

be served by the law

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whenever that came in.

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And so she very deliberately

looked for the largest

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working-class community

near London, near Westminster.

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In 1912 she moved to Bow

and set up her headquarters

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next to a local pub.

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Which became a focal point

to mobilise local women.

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Many of whom campaigned

against the harsh conditions.

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That is where we met two

of the descendants of Jane Savoy,

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one of the activists at the time.

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The only thing my grandmother

told us was she was

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a suffragette and used

to chain herself to the railings.

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She was one of six women chosen

to see the Prime Minister,

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Herbert Asquith, to make their case

for the vote.

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Jane was a brush maker

and she explained what her work

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involved, how hard she had to work.

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43 years she had been

working as a brush maker.

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And it was from that deputation

that Herbert Asquith had

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some sympathy with them.

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He was not a supporter of women's

rights and when they went to meet

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with him he closed the meeting

by saying well, if the change must

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come, we must be bold and face it.

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And that was interpreted at the time

in the press as a sign that votes

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for women was on the way.

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And they kept the pressure

on with their militant tactics.

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She is supposed to have flung a shoe

at a policeman at the May Day fair,

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trying to arrest Sylvia!

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She was a militant as well!

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All our family, the women

in the family, have always been very

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strong, forthright woman.

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And I can only assume that she stood

up for what she believed in.

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And she actually took part

in history to bring this all about.

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Jane Savoy died in 1928,

the same year that all women

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were given the vote.

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Her leader and friend, Sylvia

Pankhurst, wrote this tribute.

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"Mrs Savoy's eyes have closed now

in their last sleep.

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The grey streets of Oldfield Road

are greyer and colder for her loss."

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Which I think is a lovely tribute

to what they thought

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of her in the area.

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Some amazing women in that report.

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And if you want to see another

inspirational woman,

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go to our Facebook page

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where you can see a piece

this young woman.

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Selina Begum is 17 and she has

just become the first

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state school student -

to win the individual prize at Eton

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for a debating competition.

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Find her story on the BBC

London Facebook page.

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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 Elizabeth Rizzini.

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up to with Elizabeth Rizzini.

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And you have some new graphics for

us.

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Welcome to our window on the world,

this is a Weather Watchers picture

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from earlier showing some sunshine.

Certainly it felt cold today and

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will be very cold night tonight with

the widespread frost and a warning

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out for snow and ice is valid for

eastern areas of the country. So you

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can see these white areas which is

the snow. Heading into tomorrow

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morning. Starting off on a very cold

note at around minus three degrees.

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But tomorrow quite a decent day,

Cloud clearing south-east and we

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have sunny skies behind that. So a

lot of sunshine and temperatures

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slightly higher than earlier today.

Heading through the rest of the week

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temperatures set

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