27/02/2018 London News


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Now on BBC One, it's time

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Good evening from BBC London News.

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There are concerns over

the diagnosis and treatment

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of breast cancer in the capital.

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Women in Greater London

are the least likely to be screened

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and early detection rates lag

behind other regions.

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The findings have been revealed

in a major new report by MPs

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and a leading cancer charity.

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Tolu Adeoye reports.

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So, my mum's had breast cancer,

my aunt's had breast cancer,

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I've had breast cancer.

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And in my family in total,

12 members of the family

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have had breast cancer.

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Toral's family know more than most

how important detecting

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cancer early can be.

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She found a lump while checking her

own breasts, but said her mother

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She had three tumours.

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was saved by screening.

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She had three tumours.

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They were the size of peas,

and they wouldn't have been able

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to be felt through self-examination,

so it's so important

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she went for screening.

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Because if she had waited,

if she thought she was too busy now,

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which she nearly did,

it might have been too late.

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The figures are stark.

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Every year around 11,500 women

die from breast cancer.

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That's nearly 1000

deaths each month.

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And this is concerning in London

because here the attendance rate

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at screenings was the lowest

in England's last year.

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Just 64% of women who were invited

to a screening attended within six

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months, and that falls well short

of the national target of 70%.

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Screening is offered to women aged

between 50 and 70 years old.

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The vast majority of women survive

for at least five years

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if it is caught at the earliest

stages, but statistics show women

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are less likely to go for breast

screening appointments in London.

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Why?

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We know women in London are very

busy, and that it can be

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very difficult to attend

a screening appointment.

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We've also seen that women tend

to be more transient in London.

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So, they move house more regularly,

and if they are registering

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with a GP, that can mean

their screening

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invitation is delayed.

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But we also know London has

higher rates of BME women,

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and there are some cultural

sensitivities around talking

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about breast screening,

talking about breast cancer,

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and that can make it much more

difficult for women to attend.

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There is some good news.

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Although still below

the national average overall,

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more women are taking up screening

in London than ever before.

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Tower Hamlets had one of the lowest

uptake rates across the country,

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but following a number

of interventions, there's been

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significant improvement.

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They include offering people

a second appointment if they don't

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respond to the first invite,

calling people up before

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an appointment, and also going out

into the community to remind people

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how important it is

to go for screenings.

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NHS England says it's helping local

areas to improve the consistency

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of service for patients

across the country.

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Toral says awareness is vital.

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It's so important to talk about it,

so other people are conscious of it

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and know to check themselves and go

for screenings so they can

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be diagnosed earlier.

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Tolu Adeoye, BBC London News.

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Two men have died in a fire

in a flat above a shop

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in South West London.

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Flames ripped through the property

in Tolworth in the early hours.

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Five other people were taken

to hospital for smoke inhalation.

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An investigation's begun

into how the blaze started.

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Let down by prison management -

that's the claim by the family

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of an inmate who recently

took his own life

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at Wormwood Scrubs.

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It comes months after a damning

report found numerous

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failings at the prison.

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Marc Ashdown has more.

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Just four weeks ago,

an inmate at Wormwood Scrubs

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was stabbed to death.

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Outside, we spoke to

worried relatives of other

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prisoners at visiting time.

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I'm terrified what's

going to happen next.

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Whoever's been visiting today,

they are all really shocked.

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This is Sarah today.

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Tragically, her partner died

at the prison on Friday.

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He took his own life.

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She believes the authorities

let him down.

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They could have done more, yes,

cos I was concerned and they said

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to me that they would monitor him

every day, and I don't

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think that was true.

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So, he was on hunger strike?

Yes.

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And I don't think that was true,

that he was getting monitored.

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Her partner was jailed

after he became abusive

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in a betting shop last year.

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After a short sentence,

he was due to be deported

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to his native Sri Lanka.

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He had been refusing to eat.

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The Prison Service has

offered its sincere condolences

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and says a full independent

investigation will be carried out.

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CHANTING:

No more prison deaths!

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Protesters outside Wormwood Scrubs

earlier this month again raised

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concerns about conditions inside.

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Repeated inspections have

flagged staff shortages

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and high levels of violence.

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Families just want to know

prisoners are safe.

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London prisons take

people from local courts,

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and there is a churn of people

coming in and out,

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so people will come in on remand

or for short periods of time,

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or until they are transferred

to a longer term prison.

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So there are people coming

and going every day in huge numbers.

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That puts a great strain

on the prison because the staff

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don't know the prisoners.

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They are awash with drugs, vermin,

they are overcrowded, filthy,

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under-resourced, understaffed.

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They are not safe.

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My partner was a loving

person, and...

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I loved him too much,

and he shouldn't have...

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He shouldn't have died.

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He shouldn't, he shouldn't.

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I just...

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I just wish he was

with me, that's all.

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Mark Ashdown, BBC London News.

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More now on the disruption

to the travel network

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today due to the weather.

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While it wasn't as widespread

as expected - commuters

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in Essex and Kent did face

delays and cancellation.

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As our Transport Correspondent

Tom Edwards reports.

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This time-lapsed footage

from a tower block shows a snowstorm

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engulf the Greenwich peninsula.

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Blizzards and snow showers came

and went throughout the day

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in London and the Home Counties.

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Sometimes it was localised,

sometimes thick.

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It meant Central London looked more

like Moscow at times.

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And out in Essex, commuters this

morning faced cancellations

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and delays on the trains.

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It is annoying that it got

cancelled at the last

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minute, when you have got

here, especially when...

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I have planned this,

for, like, a month.

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They are doing OK, aren't they?

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The main trains are going through,

they are working, it is just

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the little stations that

are struggling at the moment.

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An amended timetable

was brought in by Network Rail

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and the train companies.

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They thinned out services, it meant

that they could use more of these.

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I think we were right to make

contingency plans and also to warn

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customers what they were going to be

and what the levels

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of service were going to be.

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I also think we are quite right,

now, when the weather has not proved

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as bad as it was predicted,

to start reinstating services.

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At some stations like Chelmsford,

it took over an hour to get

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on a train as they were full and TfL

rail also suffered.

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On the roads, ice did mean some

tricky driving conditions in places

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and longer journeys.

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The M20 was just gridlocked.

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We tried to go some

backstreets and basically

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it was just even worse.

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Most transport in the capital has

not been badly affected.

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Yet.

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Although there will still be

apprehension from commuters

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about what lies ahead

later this week.

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Tom Edwards, BBC London News.

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You might remember these

toys from the late 90s.

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But for one east Londoner Furbies

have proved to be somewhat

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of a musical inspiration

and online hit.

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Our own Furby, well Gareth Furby,

has been to meet the inventor.

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And his report does contains

some flashing images.

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We're inside a disused building off

the Mile End Road in East London

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to meet a 27-year-old called Sam

Battle.

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He's rapidly filling this

room with electronic

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inventions he's built himself.

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They are musical instruments, often

made out of other people's junk.

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When I'm very lucky,

I find it on the streets.

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I've never been shy of diving

into a skip when I see one.

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He's starting to make a bit

of a name for himself,

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taking his inventions on tour,

so here are his top three.

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In third place, the musical bike.

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With a synthesiser and

a drum machine on it.

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In second place, the megadrone.

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I call it a megadrone

because one pitch would be

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a drone going "uuuhhhh",

but this is 100 of them.

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But even that can't compare to his

newest and most ambitious creation.

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At number one...

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This is a Furby Organ.

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It takes 45 Furbies.

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I've found them in charity

shops, car-boot sales.

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Each of the Furbies

are assigned a note,

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and they are assigned a key to sing,

so they are singing in tune.

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Of course, for someone

who shares the name Furby,

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which has been traced back

to medieval Yorkshire but was then

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adopted by a toy company,

this is all quite fascinating.

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But even Sam admits he may

have created something

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a little unpleasant.

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I've made a monstrosity.

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What have I done?!

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But it's already a viral hit

on the internet, and soon they'll be

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joining him on tour.

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Gareth Furby, BBC London News.

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I'll say goodnight now,

and let's get that all important

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weather check from Stav Danaos.

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What's the latest?

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What's the latest?

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All the snow showers have been

piling in from the east.

They are

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showers, which is why some areas

have seen lots of snow and others

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haven't seen so much. Tomorrow is

looking bitterly cold, probably the

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coldest day of the week with further

snow showers. Tonight 's concerns a

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pretty frequent prolonged snow

showers across the east of the

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region, particularly of Kent, East

Anglia and the Thames estuary. An

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amber warning has been issued.

Further inland shouldn't be so bad

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but snow showers working in land and

it will be a very cold night.

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Tomorrow, we have yellow warnings in

force for further snow showers but

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fewer than the last few days. The

odd passing one with good spells of

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sunshine and the wind will be

strong, bitterly cold. The maximum

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temperatures, but add in the wind

and it will feel much colder. It is

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set to stay bitterly cold to the end

of the week as wind picks up to gale

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force as we

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