15/02/2018 London News


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total of 43 counts of child sex

abuse against 11 victims.

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Welcome to BBC London News.

abuse against 11 victims.

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I'm Sara Orchard.

abuse against 11 victims.

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Thefts and robberies on mopeds

in London's main shopping

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hotspots have increased six-fold

over the last two years.

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Met Police data shows Oxford Street

is the worst hit with one

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criminology expert saying

it is the "crime of the moment"

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as it is "ridiculously easy" to do.

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Charlotte Franks has more.

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Moped gangs on London's streets

brazenly stealing from pedestrian,

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some going to any length to take

from their victims.

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They assault and threaten innocent

people. With the capital's busiest

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streets offering them rich pickings

now, new figures obtained by BBC

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London show that moped assisted

threats and robberies have increased

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six fold over the last two years.

The data from the Metropolitan

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Police show it is here on Oxford

Street where most offences took

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place last year, with 291 compared

to 27 2 year before, busy street

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lines this offer thieves lots of

crowds to hide in and plenty of

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people to choose from. The gangs

travel on mopeds, often in pairs so

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they can easily steal bags and

mobile phones as they ride past.

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Experts say the cities is now hugely

concerning. Concerning. Earlier this

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months a the the 2-year-old man was

stabbed after he chased down a

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passenger who snatched his phone on

Oxford Street. Police say operations

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in the West End have led to a

decrease in mopedened crime since

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October 2017. They are developing

tactics to tackle the crime surge in

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an attempt to take back the streets.

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A murder investigation is underway

after a 17-year-old boy

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was stabbed to death in east London

last night in a "sustained

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and possibly targeted attack" -

as he becomes the third teenager

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to be fatally knifed

in the capital this year.

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Police and the London

Ambulance Service were called

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to reports of a male suffering stab

injuries on Goldwing

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Close after 8pm.

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The victim was pronounced

dead at the scene.

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Police are in the process

of informing the next of kin

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and are appealing for information.

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Library closures across London

are a contentious issue -

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But Lambeth Council claim,

they are winning the battle

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against government funding cuts.

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They've managed to keep

open all the library's

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within the borough -

by diversifying the space.

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Carnegie Library reopens today -

as a library, gym and cafe...

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But many residents,

who protested when it

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closed two years ago

- remain unhappy.

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Here's Chris Rogers.

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Carnegie library in

Herne Hill is re-opening.

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Well - some of it.

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It's the latest in a long line

of libraries that were under threat

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because of budget cuts.

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Waiting inside, a local councillor,

hoping to end local opposition

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to a smaller facilities to make way

for a gym and cafe -

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still under construction.

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We're investing from capital

about 1.5 million to change

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the building, and over the next 10,

15 years that will slowly pay back,

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and into the future we will be

running a library at a much reduced

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cost, but still providing

a great fully staffed

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service for local people.

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We're investing from capital

about 1.5 million to change

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the building, and over the next 10,

15 years that will slowly pay back,

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and into the future we will be

running a library at a much reduced

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cost, but still providing

a great fully staffed

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service for local people.

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But locals are not convinced

and plan a protest later

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when the library officially opens.

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They're not earning money

from the gym, they are paying

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the gym people to put the gym

in there, it's costing them

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huge amounts of money.

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They're not saving anything.

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This was all meant to be

saving money and it isn't.

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And we lose our library.

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For nearly two years

now we've had nothing.

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In April 2016, locals staged

an occupation in protest

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at the focus on those wanting

to keep fit, rather than read.

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Chris Rogers BBC London News.

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City firms including giants

Goldman Sachs and JP Morgan have

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been called on to sign a gender

diversity pledge which was

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first published in 2016.

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Treasury committee chair

Nicky Morgan has written to 33

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financial services firms who have

yet to sign up.

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She's asked the companies to confirm

by Friday if they plan

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to join the initiative,

or explain why they have

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decided not to do so.

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Many of the firms said they support

the initiative to promote women.

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More than 50 of the Queens swans

from a flock in Windsor have died

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following an outbreak of bird flu.

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There's now concern the disease

could spread to other flocks based

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at Reading and Staines.

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The Queen's Swan Marker,

David Barber, says The Queen,

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Last night Brent Council's planning

committee approved a new pop-up Mall

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in Wembley that will open

later this year.

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Boxpark - which already has sites

in Shoreditch and Croydon -

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will open on a former car park site

at the corner of Fulton

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Road and Olympic Way.

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The site will include food outlets

and community spaces made up

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of shipping containers,

but it will have a roof.

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Last year teenage racing driver

Billy Monger had an accident

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at Donnington Race Track that

resulted in him having

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both legs amputated.

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Even while he was still

in hospital he insisted

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he would return to driving.

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Thanks to a Surrey based racing

team his determination to get back

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behind the wheel has paid off-

Chris Slegg has the story.

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Billy Mongerback behind the wheel

already, in a car especially

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modified for him by his team,

Carlin.

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It has been completely changed,

I guess, from how I normally drive,

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so I've got the throttle pedal,

which is now a paddle

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for me and I use that

to accelerate the car,

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then I brake with my right leg,

I have a shorter prosthetic on,

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and on this side I have two paddles,

the top one being up gears

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and the bottom one down,

and then hand clutch on the side

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to pull away with.

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In a Formula Four race at Donington

last April Billy crashed

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into a stationary car at 120mph.

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He had to have both legs amputated.

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A crowdfunding page set up

to aid his recovery attracted

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donations from the likes

of Lewis Hamilton and Jenson Button.

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Ten months on, Billy

is hoping to show he is good

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enough for Formula Three.

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Some people might think this is too

soon to be racing again,

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that you've not probably had

a chance to process what you've been

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through, what would you say to them?

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To be honest, it has been the most

calm place since my accident,

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has been back behind the wheel

of a racing car.

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That is where I've wanted

to be since my accident,

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and to get back behind wheel,

I just feel completely in control,

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and just relaxed when I'm out there.

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For mum Amanda there is mixed

emotions about seeing her son

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back on a race track.

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I tell him every day

that I'd like him -

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it's not too late to change his

mind, joking about.

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I know in his heart he's

set his heart on it.

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He's happy.

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He's happy doing that,

and I have to be strong for him.

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Billy lobbied the FIA to allow

disabled drivers to compete

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in able-bodied raced.

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His team were impressed

by his times so far.

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He obviously had a goal that 2018

was going to be the year

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that he did British F3,

and his accident isn't

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going to get in the way of that.

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His mental attitude is strong,

he is ready for this mentally

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and his pace has been

competitive as well.

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The more laps I do in the car

and the more testing I do,

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the quicker I'll get hopefully,

so just learning every lap I do.

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If all goes well, Billy Monger

will be on the starting grid

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when the Formula Three season

begins in April.

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Now let's check on the weather

with Lucy Martin.

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Hello, good afternoon.

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Some fairly settled weather as we

move through the next few days.

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Today started off with

some beautiful skies.

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This photo of this gorgeous sunrise

sent in by a weather

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watcher in Plumstead.

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There have been plenty of blue skies

here in Kew Gardens as well.

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Barely a cloud in the sky.

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As we move through this afternoon,

we'll stay largely dry,

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just the risk of seeing the odd

isolated shower, and we'll hold

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on to much of that wintry sunshine.

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Just the chance of the odd

isolated shower, but those

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showers fairly scattered.

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Most people staying dry this

afternoon, but it will breezy and,

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despite highs of 11 Celsius,

it will start to feel a little

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bit cooler as we move

through this afternoon.

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That's a sign of things to come

through this evening and overnight.

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A chilly night to come,

with temperatures falling

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to an overnight low

between minus two degrees

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Celsius and freezing.

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Clear skies will allow

the temperatures to fall away,

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and I think we could see

a touch of frost.

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We start the day tomorrow

on a chilly note, but it

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will be largely fine,

with plenty of wintry sunshine.

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A little bit of fair

weather cloud bubbling up

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as we move into the afternoon,

but we'll see lighter winds

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than today and highs of 10 Celsius.

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I'll leave you with the outlook.

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As we move into the weekend,

still a lot of dry, bright weather,

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some good sunny spells,

and we'll hold onto temperatures

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in double figures.

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That's about it from me.

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Riz Lateef will be here

with our 6:30 evening programme.

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But for now, from us all,

a very good afternoon.

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