05/03/2018 London News


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news teams where you are.

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Have a good afternoon.

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Welcome to BBC London News,

I'm Katharine Carpenter.

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The mayor has said it's

"unacceptable" that thousands

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of Londoners still don't have water

following last week's bad weather.

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Parts of north and south London

are affected and some schools

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have shut for the day.

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Thames Water has been handing out

bottled water and says it's working

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flat out to fix the problem.

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Our reporter Marc Ashdown sent

this report from Balham.

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Now, this is one of four impromptu

water distribution centres that's

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been set up this morning

by Thames Water here in Balham.

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Now, all these people

here we have been talking to,

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many of them have been without water

since Saturday morning.

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Some people with children, some

quite elderly, quite vulnerable.

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Lots of frustration here.

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Now, these problems have

affected many Londoners,

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not just here in Balham,

but also up the road

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in Streatham, Herne Hill,

Cricklewood, Hampstead...

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There are bottle distribution

centres set up there as well,

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and they are struggling

to cope with demand.

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People we've been talking

to here are very frustrated

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and quite desperate.

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Thames say they have already dished

out 200,000 litres of bottled water.

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They are hoping to have handed out

about 600,000 by the end of today.

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They do say they are working

on fixing these problems,

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and have apologised,

of course, to customers

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for the frustration

and a lack of supply.

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It's not clear what

has caused all this.

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It appears they are blaming

the cold conditions -

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the snow, the storm from last week,

and the very old pipes,

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when they've thawed,

have potentially cracked

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and caused these burst mains,

which has caused these problems.

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At the moment, though,

Thames are saying they are hoping

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to get supply back on by the end

of today, but people

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here certainly, from quite far

afield, are at the moment still

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without water from the weekend.

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In the last few minutes Thames water

have said that due to high demand

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they have now run out of water at

their bottled water site at

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Streatham and Balham, but they say

more supplies are on their way. With

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regards to North London they say

there is a boost to the Hampstead

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reservoir and they are filling it

right now, but it could take some

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hours.

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right now, but it

could take some hours.

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The Metropolitan Police has defended

the intelligence database it uses

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to map criminal gangs,

describing it as a vital tool

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in the fight against violent crime.

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A Freedom of Information request has

revealed that 80% of those

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on the Gangs Matrix are black

but the Met says that includes

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victims as well as perpetrators.

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Alex Bushill reports.

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To understand knife crime,

just ask the children who have

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to live with the threat

of it every day.

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This is the Brookfield

Club in Peckham.

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one of one of the kids

who was stabbed to death last year.

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The others who knew him well.

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It just feels that our friends can

be arrested or can kill somebody,

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and our friends can be killed.

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It makes me feel sad,

because they are just

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losing their life over stupidness.

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A lot of the time it makes me feel

scared, but such is life,

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really.

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Such is life.

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Well, it is certainly

true that there's been a

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recent spike in stabbings.

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The Met says its gangs

matrix is a crucial tool.

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It's an intelligence led database

that identifies 200 active

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gangs in London.

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What is controversial

though is that the

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matrix also lists 80% of all gang

members as black, which has

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triggered accusations of racism.

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How did they get on the matrix

in the first place?

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It could be that their cousin

is on the matrix, they go to

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football with someone

on the matrix, or just live

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next door to someone on the matrix.

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If you are black and you are in

a group of more than two or

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three, then you are

automatically in a gang,

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because the definition is so loose

and so problematic, so it's

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also like racial profiling around a

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problem that they are going to be

in a gang because they are black.

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In response, the Met

says two separate

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pieces of intelligence are needed to

put you on the matrix, and that it

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can't be racist because it

identifies gang members who are also

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victims.

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If you are a young black man

in London, you can be the

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subject of violence

as a victim, and be

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in a gang, and you will be

on the

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matrix, and we will look to divert

individuals away from a life of

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crime, but are on the matrix.

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It's looking at your custody record.

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You're 21 years of age,

and you're unemployed at the moment.

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Is that right?

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And that's where programmes

like Divert come in.

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Informed by the matrix,

the Met can and do seek to

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from a life of gang violence.

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New figures suggest London

is the hardest place for young

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people to find an apprenticeship.

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The index which looked at government

figures found that 16-24 year olds

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in the capital face more than double

the competition of those living

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in north-west or south-west England.

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The recent broadcast of the BBC's

Blue Planet series seems to have got

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everyone from the Queen

to the Prime Minister

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talking about how we can

reduce our plastic waste.

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And all this week we'll be meeting

the Londoners trying

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to do their bit to cut down.

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Today we speak to a former

city worker on a mission

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to clean up our waterways.

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Sean Fletcher has the story.

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In 2015, I raced a 70-foot yacht

from London to Rio de Janeiro

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and in the middle of nowhere

we found these two turtles caught

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in a maze of fishing

nets and water bottles.

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It has got yellow and orange

around its front right fin.

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Well done.

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In the middle of nowhere in this

amazing ocean like it is blue water

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everywhere and then you have

all this plastic.

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In London 66,000 tonnes of plastic

were sent for recycling last year

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alone but nobody knows how much

was simply discarded elsewhere

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and while the government has pledged

to ban all avoidable plastic waste

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by 2042, some Londoners

are taking action now.

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After cycling 150 miles

on the Thames, ex-city worker

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Dhruv Boruah is collecting plastic

from canals on board his

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floating bamboo bicycle.

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In just one hour in the canal

I collected this full load

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of plastic rubbish from balls

to Styrofoam packets,

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to water bottles, to energy drinks,

to single use packaging.

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I can't collect everything

because if I collect

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everything I will sink.

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The plastic that is being dumped

in our waterways is having a huge

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impact on marine life.

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A recent study by the Royal Holloway

University found up to 75% of fish

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living at the bottom of the Thames

have plastic in their guts.

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It is really disgraceful.

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We are harming the life

even right here.

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Obviously we are harming us

in the end because we are going

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to eat the fish as well.

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Cheers.

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Ultimately we have to go and educate

the young people and make them more

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aware of how damaging this

is and how we are destroying

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their world, their planet.

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We are making it worse for them.

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And you can see the full story

on Inside Out tonight

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on BBC 1 at 7.30pm.

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Now the Weather with Kate Kinsella.

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Good afternoon.

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Well, it's certainly feeling

a lot milder than it did

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this time last week.

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We woke up to temperatures

in positive figures.

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So we've had a bit of blue

sky, some sunshine.

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It's feeling just a little

bit more like spring.

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Certainly more acceptable.

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Now this sunshine becoming

a bit of a memory this

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afternoon as we head through,

as the cloud will start to increase.

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We will see some showers and some

outbreaks of rain arriving

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coming up from the south.

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Some heavy bursts mixed

in there as well, so we are going

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to lose that sunshine,

I'm afraid.

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Temperatures, though, back up

in double figures at 10 Celsius.

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It continues overnight,

these outbreaks of rain,

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becoming a little bit drier,

especially towards the south

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and the East, but we are then likely

to see some mist and fog developing,

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so a murky start to Tuesday.

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Minimum temperature again

above zero, between three and five

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Celsius, so this mist and fog

will take a while to lift.

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When it does, it will be into low

cloud, so it looks like it's

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going to stay rather grey,

and a small chance of a shower

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the further south and east

you are tomorrow afternoon,

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but many places staying dry.

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The temperature again

still quite mild.

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We are looking at a

maximum of 12 Celsius.

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Now, as we had further

through the week, into Wednesday,

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various fronts heading towards us,

so it stays rather unsettled.

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Some showers around, but also plenty

of dry weather as well.

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Thursday, there's that band of rain,

which could just move a little bit

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further inland from the south coast,

so it's looking fairly wet

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for a time, at least,

as we had through Thursday,

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but it is fairly changeable.

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Showers, some dry spells,

but gradually you will notice,

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as we head to the end of the week

and the end of the weekend,

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we are looking at temperatures back

up at around 12 or 13 Celsius.

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That's 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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