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a deal at the Brexit

talks in Brussels.

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Good afternoon, I'm Asad Ahmad.

talks in Brussels.

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There's a call for an urgent review

talks in Brussels.

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of how criminal record checks

are carried out after

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a 90-year-old woman in west London

was stabbed in the neck by a carer.

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Pamela Batten was attacked

at her home in Hillingdon

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by Abosede Adeyinka,

who already had convictions

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for assault and burglary.

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Yvonne Hall has

this exclusive report.

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Guilty of assault, burglary,

stealing from an employer and fraud,

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but Abosede Adeyinka was given a job

as a carer, sent into the homes

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of vulnerable elderly

people to look after them.

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This was the result - 90-year-old

Pamela Batten nearly died

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when Abosede Adeyinka tried

to kill her for cash

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at her home near West Drayton.

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This is where the attack happened.

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Amazingly, the frail

grandmother managed to pull

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the knife out of her neck

and scare her attacker off.

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My mum had two injuries

on the head from the hammer,

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one to the front and one

to the back.

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And she had a knife wound

on the right-hand side,

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and the knife went in

five centimetres,

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just missing the spinal cord.

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This is Pamela now, left disabled

and very frightened of strangers.

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Her son has filmed her for us.

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Adeyinka, also a Sunday-school

teacher, had been employed

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by Avant Healthcare to help look

after Pamela's sick husband.

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Last month, the mother of three

was jailed for 21 years

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for trying to murder Pam.

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Avant Healthcare Services are based

in this office block in Hounslow.

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Nobody wants to be interviewed,

but in a statement the company said

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it had thoroughly vetted Adeyinka,

including criminal records checks

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through the Government's

Disclosure and Barring Service,

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and it said her convictions

for assault and burglary

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were not revealed.

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It added, if Avant Healthcare

had been aware of the assault

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conviction, Abosede Adeyinka

would not have been employed.

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So how did the safety

checks fail Pamela?

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The Home Office is in charge of the

system to check criminal records,

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it's called the Disclosure

and Barring Service, or DBS.

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We've repeatedly asked officials

here how Adeyinka's convictions

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appear not to have been included

in a DBS check.

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But nobody here will tell us how it

happened or what is being done

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to stop it happening again.

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A charity campaigning for new laws

to protect older people is now

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demanding to know how many other

carers have convictions

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for violence too.

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It's a huge concern,

because where else is it happening?

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There is blame somewhere, we need

to establish where the blame is.

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Think about your own parents,

would you be happy with the idea

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that somebody with those sorts

of serious convictions

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are coming into somebody's home?

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Pamela wants answers too.

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Well, I'm shocked as well,

it surprised me,

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because it makes you wonder now

just what is going on.

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Yvonne Hall, BBC London News.

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Police are searching for two men

after a teenager travelling

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on the Underground was attacked

and forced to apologise

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for being gay.

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They want to speak to these two men

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after the 19-year-old was verbally

abused and put in a headlock.

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The attackers then threatened

to stab the teenager

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unless he said sorry for being gay.

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It happened on the Jubilee

line in October.

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A hospital trust in Essex

is providing a new service

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for sufferers of dementia

and their families.

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It provides an environment

where patients can be safe and meet

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others with similar symptoms,

while their carers,

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who are often family members,

can do the same.

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Richard Daniel has been

to see it at work.

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Every fortnight,

people who have dementia meet

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at the community cafe

at St Peter's Hospital in Maldon.

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Frances Watson was a hairdresser,

Alex Warren an engineer at Ford -

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they love meeting up here.

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We can chat and, you know,

just think about different things,

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and I think it's just nice.

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But getting help when Alex was first

diagnosed with vascular dementia

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wasn't straightforward.

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I was so upset, and I just felt

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there wasn't anything there

for the support for me.

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Now a new dementia intensive

support service could help.

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Instead of dealing with a myriad

of services from GPs to social

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workers, dementia charities

and dietary advice, just one phone

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number will put families in touch

with specialist help and support.

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It should reduce the number

of unnecessary hospital admissions,

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helping people to continue living

at home for longer.

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The outcomes for these people

are far better

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than people who end up in hospitals.

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It's a lot of comfort for the family

to see the care for people

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being provided in their own homes

and their normal surroundings.

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There's another reason

why this is so important.

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At the moment, in the UK,

it is estimated around 850,000

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people have dementia,

but by 2050, that number is forecast

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to more than double to 2 million.

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The new service has already

helped the Warrens -

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Alex has had home visits and

is now on medication,

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while Linda is reassured

that when she needs more help,

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she will get it.

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Richard Daniel reporting.

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Now, take a look at this, it looks

like a black cab.

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But a new fully electric London

black cab has started picking up

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passengers from this morning.

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It's being hailed as the world's

most advanced electric taxi,

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and taking a closer look at what'll

become a normal sight on our roads

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very soon is our transport

correspondent Tom Edwards.

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This is the TX eCity -

London's electric cab,

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out today picking up fares

for the first time.

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John Dowd has been

a cabbie for nine years.

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He's been trialling this one

for seven weeks, and he loves it.

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Everything about it, really -

the space, the luxury,

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the suspension, everything.

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You know, and the quietness.

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It's a whole new experience, for

both the passengers and the drivers.

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What striking when you get

in this cab is the roof -

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completely see-through, and you can

see absolutely everything.

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It's got a range of its battery

of 70 miles, but that can be

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extended with a petrol generator

to about 370.

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The cab is being built in Coventry

and has been tested in the Arctic.

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It isn't cheap - £55,000.

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But the manufacturer

says there are savings.

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There are, though, concerns

about the lack of

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rapid charging points in London.

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There's only two 550

kilowatt chargers

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within six miles of Charing Cross.

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This vehicle is now on sale,

coming on the streets,

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and we've got nowhere to charge it,

it's a disgrace.

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TfL says there will be 150 rapid

chargers across London

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by the end of next year,

and the on-board generator means

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cabs won't end up stranded.

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You can't have a city full

of rapid chargers

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and no vehicles to use them,

you can't have a city

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full of zero emission vehicles

and nowhere to charge them,

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so this is a progressive thing.

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All new cabs have to be zero

emissions from the New Year,

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so you can expect to see more

of these on the streets of London.

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Tom Edwards, BBC London News.

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Now the weather with Kate.

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Good afternoon.

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It has been a predominantly

cloudy days so far,

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and we are going to hang onto scenes

like this through the afternoon,

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that blanket of cloud

hardly budging at all.

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But it's not, however,

despite the cloud,

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feeling especially cold.

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As we head to the afternoon,

the wind, you may get

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one or two brighter spells,

but no sunshine

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to get excited about.

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The temperature, however,

despite the cloud, still managing

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to reach nine, maybe 10 Celsius.

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We are going to hang onto these

conditions as we head

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into this evening as well.

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Now, it stays rather cloudy

overnight, one or two

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breaks in the cloud,

but not enough to cause any

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problems with mist or fog,

and it also it keeps

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us reasonably mild.

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The minimum temperatures,

six or seven Celsius,

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so frost free tomorrow morning.

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Quite a grey start, however,

and what we will notice through

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the course of Wednesday is the wind.

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That southwesterly wind will start

to strengthen through the day,

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becoming quite strong as

we head towards the evening.

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The maximum temperature, again,

milder than today, at 12 Celsius.

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Overnight Wednesday,

we see outbreaks of rain,

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but also the wind really strengthen,

quite a windy night

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as we head into Thursday.

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Still hanging onto the rain

first thing, but through

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the afternoon it will clear,

and that is when our cold

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Arctic air starts to dig in,

so getting much colder by Thursday

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afternoon, colder still for Friday.

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Finally, if you thought

tacky Christmas lights

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were only seen in your area,

then you haven't seen

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the ones on Tate Britain.

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This is what's gone up,

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and we're going to be there tonight

at 6:30 for a closer look.

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But what I'd like you to do is this.

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Try and top what you see here,

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by sending us the best of the worst

Christmas lights in your area.

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You can send them

via Facebook or Twitter.

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We look forward to seeing them

and sharing your snaps too.

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Join us later.

For now, have a very good afternoon.

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