20/02/2018 London News


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Huw, we will find out next month at

the Camp Nou.

Natalie Perks with the

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latest

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Good evening from BBC London News.

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Residents in a London borough

are patrolling the streets

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after a series of

violent burglaries.

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They say they've been forced to take

action because there aren't enough

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local police officers.

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Hundreds of people have signed up

to the group but the police have

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warned them against taking matters

into their own hands.

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Anna O'Neill reports.

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He will be the driver and I will be

the patrol.

This is Rakesh and

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Dhawan and by day, they work in

finance but by night, they work as

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vigilantes. They say they have been

forced to take action because of an

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increase in burglaries in Redbridge

and a lack of officers.

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All we have is a group

of 250 members.

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If we see anything suspicious...

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Sorry to interrupt.

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I spoke to those lads.

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There are three of them.

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There are a few of them walking

really strange in the avenue.

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A few moments later

the people walking strangely

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are nowhere to be found.

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They were seen on the road

looking at people's houses.

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And taking photos.

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Taking photos?

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So that what is meant

by walking suspiciously?

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Yeah.

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They are gone now.

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This is why they are worried, home

CCTV footage of a violent attack on

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a family at 6:30pm. A gang left with

jewellery, money and a car and left

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a 17-year-old with a knife wound to

the head. Burglaries have doubled.

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As soon as they walked in,

I had that sinking feeling.

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I opened the bedroom

door, it was wide open,

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and everything from my cupboard,

everything was on the floor,

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on the bed.

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This woman was also

burgled last month,

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and most of her friends.

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I have been sleeping with the phone

under my pillow and every now and

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again I check that somebody is on

patrol and I feel OK.

The patrols

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have the support of the local

council.

I think it is totally

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justified because the police numbers

have gone down. The last statistic

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was they are down to 1985 level and

Redbridge being the second fastest

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borough, we are not, per capita, we

do not have enough policeman and the

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residents have enough reason to be

unhappy.

I can't see us taking the

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law into our own hands but again, we

don't want to do this, we are all

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working people. If there were enough

police officers on the road, I

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wouldn't want to patrol, I would

want to be at home.

Police are

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launching a street watch scheme

later this month where local patrols

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can be trained to operate under

their guidance. Police say they

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admire the community spirit in the

area but want to make sure the

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patrols remain within the law.

They

shouldn't have this worry, they

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shouldn't have to feel like this.

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Jeremy Corbyn has been

speaking about his plans

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for the City of London,

promising a Labour government

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would take decisive steps to make it

a "servant of industry".

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Alpa Patel listened

to the speech earlier today.

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Alpa, what did he say?

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This was a hard-hitting speech in

front of a conference of

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manufacturers in which Jeremy Corbyn

called for a fundamental rethink on

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the way the city is regulated. He

said if he was Prime Minister, he

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would end the out-of-control

financial wizardry and gambling of

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bankers, as he put it. Here is a

little more of what he had to say.

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We need a fundamental rethink

of who finance should serve and how

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it should be regulated.

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There can be no rebalancing

of our distorted, sluggish

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and unequal economy without taking

on the unfettered power of finance.

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Well, as you can imagine, his

comments has certainly raised

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eyebrows. One leading industry

analyst said Jeremy Corbyn had

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failed to understand the value of

the city and the contribution it

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makes towards jobs and tax revenue,

but his speech of course plays into

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a core message by Labour over social

inequality and that widening gap

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between rich and poor. And let's not

forget that we are merely two months

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away from local elections, this is

why this speech matters.

Thanks very

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much.

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Tickets, dinners and trips abroad -

are some of the hundreds of perks

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a Westminster councillor has been

criticised for receiving.

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The gifts and hospitality

were all fully declared -

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but he's now referred himself

to the borough's monitoring board.

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As our Political editor

Tim Donovan reports.

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The application is

granted as advised.

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Shame on you.

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That was Robert Davis telling

an angry audience that his council

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was backing the Garden Bridge.

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For many years, he was

the councillor in charge

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of planning in Westminster,

overseeing the look and feel

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of the heart of the capital.

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He is now deputy leader.

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An analysis of council records shows

just how much entertainment,

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hospitality and gifts he's received.

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More than 500 occasions declared

on his register of interests

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in the last three years.

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It certainly proved to be a role

with the capacity for fine dining.

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Councillor Davis has declared 296

meals over the three-year period,

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including two here at the Ritz.

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And four occasions at one

of London's most exclusive

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restaurants, La Caprice.

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While this has been his

most regular haunt.

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He's been entertained 20 times

at this upmarket steak

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restaurant just up the road

from the council offices.

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Very clearly he has

an approach we disagree with.

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We think it needs to change.

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And we want there to be higher

standards of transparency for anyone

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that has responsibility

for making planning decisions.

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Look, he's not broken the rules,

but the rules need to change.

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Rarely a week goes

by without some perk.

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Like 12 bottles of wine

received in December 2015.

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Or tickets to Wimbledon

in July 2016.

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A few weeks later, lunch

with the theatre impresario

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Andrew Lloyd Webber at his

home in Mallorca.

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While more recently, last December,

he gets his hands on a much

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sought-after ticket to the musical

Hamilton.

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One industry body has entertained

Councillor Davis 15 times.

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But says it's open and transparent,

just a forum for discussing

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complex planning issues.

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There is no exchange of money.

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These are, every single event

that the Westminster Property

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Association has hosted,

has been for a politician

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or an officer both to actually speak

and engage and have a discussion

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on emerging policy,

which impacts central London,

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one of the most economically

productive parts of the UK.

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Robert Davis hasn't been speaking

publicly about this today.

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But this afternoon, he said he had

referred himself to the town hall

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official who monitors

the conduct of councillors.

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He said in a statement,

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"I'm absolutely clear I have

not broken any rules.

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"But given recent attention,

I believe this is the right step

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"to take so that can be

shown to be the case,

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"and to reassure residents."

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In the meantime, the council

is saying that as the chair

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of the country's biggest planning

authority, it's not surprising

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Councillor Davis had

so many meetings.

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Tim Donovan, BBC London news.

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Next, the families living in a block

in Enfield who say they've endured

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months of living living with mould,

damp and leaky pipes -

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which is now affecting their health.

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They feel the council landlord has

turned its back on them.

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It has apologised and rehoused some

of the worst affected residents.

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Gareth Furby reports.

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Sian is a mother of two

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who has had to move out

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of her council flat because of this.

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It is a water leak pouring

onto the electric fuse box.

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It is going over the plug

sockets, the fuse box...

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No one was electrocuted but she says

the council only two complaints

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No one was electrocuted but she says

the council only took her complaints

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about damp and mauled seriously

when she showed them this recording.

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I think it is absolutely awful.

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I was told that it was sewage water.

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But I don't know where it is coming

from.

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Upstairs, there is mould

in the bedrooms, and with conditions

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like this, it is not surprisingly

has been few visitors.

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Yes, there has been

rats in this property.

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And she is not in the -- the only

one with problems that this block in

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Edmonton. Husna has also moved out.

This was her ten-year-old's

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daughter's bedroom.

I have been

living like this three-year, it

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comes from the water, the leaks.

Horrible feeling, depression, sad.

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45 flats in this block, we were

shown for conditions in three,

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some residents claim that almost

every flat is affected by damp.

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They believe there may

be something wrong

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with the block's structure,

pointing to this crack.

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I'm concerned there's subsidence,

if the property suffers subsidence,

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there is an issue, they need

to decant all the residents

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and have a thorough

investigation carried out.

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Enfield Council says

it is working hard to find out

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where the water is coming

from and if it is a problem

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with the whole block

or just a few properties.

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But it is proving difficult because

the pipes all run internally.

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The council says...

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For now, the two

mothers have been moved

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to separate rooms in the same hotel

and it may be dry with no mould,

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but, with their children,

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it is very cramped and they

want a solution soon.

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I will say good night out and leave

you with Phil Avery for a check on

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the weather. What have you got for

us? Quite a lot of cloud, if the

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truth be known. That is the

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us? Quite a lot of cloud, if the

truth be known. That is the way we

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started across many central and

eastern parts, bits and pieces of

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rain as well. Blue sky bab assured

me that things were cheering up when

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he took this picture at Orpington

and it is not too bad at the moment.

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The last of the day's rain fizzling

away overnight and so to sum up the

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cloud, which will make for a chilly

night than last night and if your

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skies remain clear for any length of

time, you may be scraping the car

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first up on the new day. This is the

way things shape up, a lot of dry

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weather around, just enough in a way

of cloud to drag a shower down

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towards the Kent area if you are

heading that way or if you're going

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further north towards the Midlands

but if you are staying close to

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home, it is not too bad. Looking at

a high of around eight or 9 degrees.

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I have to tell you that things are

going to get much cooler over the

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next few

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