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Here on BBC One it's time

for the news where you are.

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Good evening.

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I'm Asad Ahmad.

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For the first time

in nearly 30 years,

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London's Air Ambulance says it's now

being called to more

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stabbings and shootings

than road traffic accidents.

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They say the nature

of the attacks is more 'brutal',

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while staff feel 'horror'

at treating younger victims.

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It comes as another teenager

in London was fatally stabbed,

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and a man was shot dead.

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Karl Mercer spent the day

with the Air Ambulance team.

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As we were filming, another

call-out. They do this 1800 times a

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year, nearly a third of their

missions are to victims of stabbings

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and shootings.

We are seeing

patients who was stabbed multiple

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times. Perhaps with much more brutal

weapons than we saw before. We are

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still seeing people stabbed once and

passing away at the roadside. We're

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also seeing schoolchildren, where we

have to of the school uniform to get

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to them to try to help and do

operations, which is just tragic.

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For the first time, stabbings and

shootings account for the biggest

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number of missions, bigger than road

accidents. 560 victims of knife and

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gun crime in the last year, many in

their teens.

The horror is not in

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the injuries. It is in the youth of

the victims. And it is the constant

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drip drip drip of life after life

after life being ruined.

And that

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has got to stop. At the end of last

year, BBC London filmed a week at

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the Royal London Hospital. This is

where the victims of the growing

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violence brought. On busy nights,

the Air Ambulance crews can bring in

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several victims. The ambulance is

paid for by charity donations, with

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the NHS paying for the staff.

Every

member of the team has a case most

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shifts where they come back

absolutely downtrodden because of

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what they have seen and because they

have had to break the news to

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relatives of those patients at the

scene, which is harrowing for

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people. More harrowing for the

people involved, but it does affect

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all the medical teams through the

system who trains to help.

One of

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those trying to do just that the

surgeon Martin Griffiths.

It is very

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concerning because we are living in

a society where youth is starting to

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degrade. And people are having near

fatal events in their childhoods. I

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mean, we talk about intervention for

children of that age and allowing

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them to get into adulthood. With a

child stabbed 13, where'd you start

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the prevention work?

That is it? As

for wider society. While it looks

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for an answer, the will continue to

come. -- the victims.

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More police will be

at West Ham United's next home game

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at the London Stadium -

after crowd trouble on Saturday,

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as the team lost to Burnley.

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At an emergency meeting tonight,

the club was also warned it

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could play behind closed doors,

if there's a repeat of the trouble.

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New powers for the Mayor

of London have been proposed,

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saying he should take charge

of Further Education

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and Apprenticeships.

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The report, by King's College

London, also recommends City Hall

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has a chance to do more.

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Here's our political

editor, Tim Donovan.

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Here in Tottenham, students

are learning to animate by code,

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as part of a module to design

their own computer games.

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The college is the first FE

establishment specialising

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in digital skills.

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Everyone must do, as a starting

point, a computer science BTEC.

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What steps do you advise to gain

a trademark protection?

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As well as design,

they are taught the law,

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ethics and basic business skills.

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And there is a clear demand.

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Across London, there are not

nearly enough students

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coming through to fill

the tech jobs available.

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There's quite a few other jobs

might be disappearing,

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so it's quite a good field

to be going into.

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Now I am even finding out a lot

of things that I never

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thought that I would learn,

so it's cool.

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There are 60 students

here on apprenticeships.

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A new report says the Mayor should

have greater control of how

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the money for that is spent

across the capital.

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I think London has a particular

challenge around the digital

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skills gap that it faces.

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And I think the Mayor having control

of that budget will really help work

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out where the funding could go most

effectively and efficiently.

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The Mayor himself

backed that idea today.

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Getting our schools policy right

in London will be absolutely vital

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to creating a fairer,

more inclusive, more prosperous

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city in 2030 and beyond.

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The report, by King's

College London, also

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recommends the Mayor head up

a new Health Authority

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for the capital.

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Have a seat.

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This GP in Mile End would be nervous

about another reorganisation,

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but she certainly believes more

money could better

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reflect her workload.

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If you're dealing with

somebody who's diabetic,

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who's got heart disease,

who's asthmatic -

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and lots of our patients have

all of those things.

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Plus, they're in chronic pain,

they've got poverty,

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they're homeless, they're struggling

with benefits, their housing's

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threatened, all those things.

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They come in, they see the GP.

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Health and education in the capital

in need of more local leadership.

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Tim Donovan, BBC London News.

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London's museums are some

of the best in the world -

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but they say they're

being overlooked

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when it comes to Brexit.

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So they met up today

to voice their fears

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and impact it could have -

and Katharine Carpenter was there.

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We'll place these as we planned...

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Putting the final touches to this

exhibition of work by Austrian

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artists is a precise business.

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But after being shown at this

North London gallery,

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some of these pieces might be loaned

elsewhere in the EU,

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a fairly simple process

while we're still members.

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It's really relatively smooth,

if it's a number of pieces of paper.

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It means we can import and export

duty free, if you like.

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But if administration,

bureaucracy then comes into it,

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we'll have to employ somebody

at some stage to deal

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with all that paperwork.

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He says he's prepared

to make the necessary

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changes, but needs to know

what they'll be - soon.

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Getting clarity on these issues

is just as important

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for large institutions.

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Here at the Natural History Museum,

it can take up to three or four

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years to plan an exhibition.

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So even if you factor

in a transition period,

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time is beginning to run out.

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The Museums Association warns that

London's cultural offering could be

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affected with access to funding

and staff major concerns.

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30% of museums in the UK

employ staff from other

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countries in the EU.

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There is a concern that some of them

will leave and the museums

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won't be able to attract

high-quality, specialist staff

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in very niche subject areas,

which typically, they rely on to put

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on the kind of amazing

exhibitions that you see today.

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But some see Brexit as a chance

to widen the opportunity.

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The Government says when it can set

its own immigration policy after

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Brexit, it will welcome those with

the skills and expertise needed. So

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do those words bring comfort to

members of the creative industries

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Federation here for a Brexit

conference today?

We are pleased

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government listening but will they

make sure that the absolutely

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important issue on which this sector

depends with regard to Brexit, are

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they going to be at the centre of

the negotiations in the final deal?

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Space...

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The final frontier -

and also the final stop

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of tonnes of rubbish,

after so many launches from Earth.

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So Airbus in Hertfordshire,

looking to pick up

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the litter out there,

has designed a cleaner - of sorts.

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Kate Bradbrook has been

taking a look at it.

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Litter and waste is a growing

problem here on Planet Earth.

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But it's also becoming

a serious issue in space.

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Old satellites and space

craft from years gone

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by discarded in low Earth orbit.

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As the spacecraft are orbiting

around up there, then there's

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the risk of them colliding

with each other.

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And when they do, they explode,

to create a huge amount more debris

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that then can collide with other

spacecraft, and you just get

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the snowballing effect.

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But there is a possible solution.

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A giant litter picker,

or space harpoon, is being tested

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here at Airbus in Stevenage.

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Designed to capture debris

and safely dispose of it.

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With 18,000 pieces of smaller

junk in orbit, there's

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a tool for that too.

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It's designed to harpoon small

spacecraft up to around the size

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of a washing machine,

and reel them in, so they can

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be safely deorbited.

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This one is a non-functioning

satellite that's around the size

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of a double-decker bus,

about eight tonnes, so it's

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much too large for our

small harpoon to handle.

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So we've developed this,

which is the Clean Space Harpoon.

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And in many ways, it's very similar.

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It has a lot of the same

technology behind it.

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We pierce the satellite,

with the barbs.

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We are now locked in,

so we can have a mechanical

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interface with our satellite

and we can use our tether here

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to turn it back to the atmosphere,

where it can be safely destroyed.

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Testing in space will

begin later this year.

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By the mid 2020s, this could provide

the answer to our cosmic clean-up.

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That's it for now from me,

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but let's find out what

the weather's up to with Nick.

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The weekend is much colder,

significant wind-chill and snow at

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at times. Rain overnight. This is

the latest radar picture, some

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showers spreading from the south.

Into the small hours, we get more

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cloud. Showers moving quite quickly

and behind that, clearing skies late

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at night and temperatures not going

down four. Starting tomorrow with

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sunny spells and we keep those

through the day. A bit of cloud

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builds and you may catch a shower,

it could be heavy and possibly

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thunder, Bob most of us stay dry

with temperatures nicely in double

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figures with a light wind. It is the

last day of that because we are

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watching over the weekend for much

colder air coming Galloway, a

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significant wind-chill and Met

Office warning for snow and ice.

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With much more about

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