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Join me now on BBC Two.

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Good evening from BBC London News -

I'm Victoria Hollins.

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A BBC London investigation has

revealed how real animal fur

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is wrongly being sold as fake.

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This programme secretly

filmed at shops and market

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stalls across London -

we were told the garments had

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synthetic fur on them.

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But in fact tests show mink,

rabbit and fox were being sold.

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Animal rights charities say imported

animal fur is being farmed on such

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a scale abroad that it's cheaper

to buy than faux fur.

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Alex Bushill investigates.

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Our investigation starts here -

Camden Market, one of the most

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famous markets in the world.

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Armed with a secret camera,

we joined the crowds

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looking for a purchase.

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A coat with a fur trim.

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This is the coat that

we have just bought.

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It even has a label on it

saying 100% polyester.

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So, no animal fur here, then.

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Only one way to be sure.

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Dr Phil Greaves is the country's

leading microfibre expert,

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so we asked him to run all the tests

needed to find out for sure if this

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was real fur, or faux fur.

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What is it?

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It's animal fibre, because it's got

the structural features that

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only animal fibres have.

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It has got an external margin

of scales,

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internal medullary structure,

pigment within the fibres.

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It's of two coats and the fibres

taper towards their tips.

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So that's 100% certain?

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100%.

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In all, we bought garments

from 17 stalls and shops

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from across London, from Stratford

to Shepherd's Bush market.

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From bobble hats, to key rings

and shoes with pom-poms.

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Again and again, we were sold fake

fur that turned out,

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actually, to be real fur.

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And again, in

Shepherd's Bush market.

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It's interesting how many of those

stallholders say that at that price

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it has to be fake fur.

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Real fur, they say, is expensive.

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Well, not any more.

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I think a lot of people think that

fur is expensive and would look

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at a £10 bobble hat and not think

for a second that it

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could be real fur.

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And we just encourage people to be

really be careful not to sleepwalk

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into buying real fur.

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So, what of those who

had mis-sold to us?

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We asked everyone who sold us

real fur as faux fur

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to explain themselves.

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Some simply didn't comment,

like these two, so we don't know

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if they themselves were victims,

duped by their suppliers.

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Others like this lady said

she was shocked and that she relied

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on the label and was assured

by her supplier it wasn't real fur.

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She has now removed

the items from sale.

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Which all leads to one

inescapable thought.

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If so many of the shops and stalls

that sell fur don't really know

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what they're selling,

how on Earth are we the consumer

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to know what the fur trim

on our coat, or the bobble

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on our hat is really made of?

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Alex Bushell, BBC London News.

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That report will now be submitted

as evidence to a Parliamentary

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inquiry looking at the issue.

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Up to 16,000 passengers have

had their travel plans disrupted

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after City Airport was closed

for the day because of an unexploded

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Second World War bomb.

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The 500 kilogramme device

was discovered in the Thames,

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close to the runway.

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It has now been removed,

and flights are expected

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to resume in the morning.

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Tolu Adeoye has spent

the day nearby.

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Grounded - every single

flight out of London

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City Airport following

the

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discovery of a World War II

bomb in water nearby.

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The 500 kilograms German device

was found by divers at

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King George V Dock during work

to expand the airport at around 5am

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yesterday morning.

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By 10pm the airport was shut.

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Efforts were made to advise

passengers they could not

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travel today but still we met some

arriving at the airport who haven't

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heard the news.

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Now we tried to go to the airport

but we were informed

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now that there's no way.

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The unusual sight there

of a completely empty

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runway, flights normally would be

taking off and landing around every

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half an hour.

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But 261 have been cancelled,

some flights have been

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moved to neighbouring airports,

Southend and Stansted, but still

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widespread disruption

for passengers.

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Today the airport CEO apologised

to the thousands affected

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by the problems.

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Yes, there has been a lot

of disruption and that's very, very

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unfortunate, and obviously

we apologise for that.

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However, we, working very

closely with the Met

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and the Navy, felt

that it was the

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right thing to do,

the responsible

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thing to do, to

effectively close

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the airport and have

this device,

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the unexploded bomb,

removed from the dock.

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The disruption caused wasn't

limited to air travel.

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A 214-metre cordon

was put in place by the

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authorities affecting

the DLR, with

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some roads also cordoned off.

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The exclusion zone meant

residents were

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advised to leave their

home and move

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to emergency accommodation,

should they wish to.

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I don't think it's that major

because they've obviously

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got it under control,

otherwise they would move

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us all out, and being

in

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London, World War II bombs,

you're going to find them

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wherever they're going

to be digging up stuff.

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So, there is a lot of

ordnance unfortunately

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that still remains

from previous wars.

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Complacency certainly

doesn't exist within the

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military and the Royal Navy ensures

that every device, every bomb and

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every munition is treated

in the same way.

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That report from Tolu Adeoye.

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With the latest from City Airport,

Chris Rogers joins me now.

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In the last few minutes the Royal

Navy bomb disposal unit have entered

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the airport through these gates,

shot across the runway, and that is

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because we have just been told the

World War II bomb is on the move,

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they managed to get it onto a

flotation device and it's just

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behind me on the other side of the

runway. They had to wait for high

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tide to get it through the lock

system and into the River Thames and

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over the course of the next seven

hours it will slowly make its way

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towards the estuary where it will be

dropped to the sea bed tomorrow

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morning and they will be a

controlled explosion. If all goes

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well this airport will be open and

resuming flights from

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6:30am in the morning but despite

Stansted and Southend Airport

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stepping in today to me on some

extra flights for stranded

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passengers, they could still be a

knock-on effect, so the advices,

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check with your own line before

coming here tomorrow. As it stands,

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the bomb is on the move to a place

of safety and there is a long night

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ahead for the Royal Navy. For now,

Chris, thank you very much, at City

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Airport.

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A major shake-up of the way

the capital is policed was announced

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today as the Met warned

of significant financial challenges.

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Officer numbers are expected to drop

to as low as 27,000.

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The main reform will see 12 large

police units replacing

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the old system where each

borough had its own team.

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Our political correspondent

Karl Mercer reports.

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She's been at the head of the Met

for less than a year but Cressida

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Dick is having to make

some very tough calls.

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Passing out parades like this

one last April may be

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one of the pleasures of the job.

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Making cuts certainly isn't.

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And that's what the Met

has announced

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today, cutting 1500 jobs

and cutting its current structure

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from 32 to just 12 borough commands.

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We are making sure that

with the number of

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officers we can afford

over the coming years,

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we are able to address

the priorities that Londoners want

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us, we believe, to address,

particularly around violence and we

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are able to do that

within the budget that we have.

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The new setup was trialled

in Barking and Dagenham.

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But here, as across London,

the local police station is

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set to close, although it's

open at the moment.

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The council leader here says

the changes need careful handling.

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The Met are trying to do the best

they can do with the money

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they've got.

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The fact is they are now taking it

out of front line services

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and they are now taking it out

of the buildings where victims

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of crime used to go and feel secure.

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The Met's facing tough

financial times.

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It needs to save 325 million

in the coming years.

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This move will save just over

£70 million of that target.

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It says a big drop in police

numbers can't be ruled out.

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The difficult decisions

the Met have taken today

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enable them to plan

for the future with less resources.

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We know there's going to be 30,000

police officers by April and we know

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by 2021 it could be

significantly less.

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Scotland Yard has already closed,

or has plans to close more

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than 100 police stations, leading

to fears the only place left to save

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money is by cutting police numbers.

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We are down to the bone.

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There's nothing else we can sell,

and I don't think there's any other

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way we can raise any money.

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And when you talk about

the Metropolitan Police,

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I think about 76% is salary,

so therefore you are going

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to have to reduce numbers to fit

within the budgetary requirements.

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The money challenges

for the commission, as the capital's

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facing big challenges over

youth and sex crimes.

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She'll be judged on delivering

better with less.

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Karl Mercer, BBC London News.

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That's it for now from me, but let's

find out what the weather's up

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to with Susan Powell.

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We saw sunshine today but there was

still a chill in the air, not so

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much sunshine to come tomorrow or

Wednesday, Oort cloud, wind and rain

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and for the end of the week it

should look dry and brighter and

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feel milder. At the moment the sky

is largely clear but this is what is

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waiting in the wings for tomorrow. A

few showers around into the small

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hours of Tuesday but generally

talking about clearing skies, that

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will mean a patchy frost forming

first thing on Tuesday, temperatures

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in towns and cities just above

freezing but in rural areas they

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will sit just below. Through the

morning the cloud piles in quickly

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followed by the rain, wet by the end

of the rush-hour, the rain tending

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to taper off by mid-afternoon with

some white mixed in, yes, there

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could be sleet and snow for a time,

feeling chilly, temperatures five or

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6 degrees. The skies clear overnight

Tuesday into Wednesday, chilly

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evening if you head out and about.

First thing on Wednesday, maybe

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early brightness, but very quickly

the next weather front comes in with

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Oort cloud, rain and white skipping

across, a risk of some snow

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particularly across the highest

ground, chilly as well, temperatures

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of seven or eight. The weather front

again on the move quickly pushing

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into the weather continent on

Thursday, we are left with clear

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skies and this is the outlook

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