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That's all from the BBC News at One,

so it's goodbye from me -

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Welcome to BBC London News.

I'm Victoria Hollins.

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A teenager who carried

out six acid attacks

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across east London, has been

sentenced to 10 years in detention.

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Derryck John from Croydon

was 16 at the time of the attacks.

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His accomplice has

never been caught.

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Chris Rogers has been

at Wood Green Crown Court.

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This is a particularly horrific

example of a crime that is on the

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rise in London, particularly in the

East End. In the space of 90

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minutes, Derryck John, who was 16

and three quarters at the time,

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attack six careers on their mopeds

with the intent of stealing their

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vehicle, spraying a highly corrosive

acid towards their helmets in an

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attempt to injure their face. Many

of them did sustain injuries. One

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victim told the court, he has been

left partially blind. They have

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recovered from their scars,

emotionally all victims told the

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court they may never recover. Some

are receiving counselling. All have

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been unable to return to work. The

judge said he wanted to send out a

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strong message to other people

intent on causing harm with acid, by

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giving Derryck John a very long

sentence behind bars. They had to

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take into account his troubled

childhood, he was in care at the

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time and his age. He warned Derryck

John that if you what an adult he

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could have been put behind bars

today for 22 years. He received a

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ten and a half year sentence with

the possibility of being released

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early on licence. Earlier I asked

the police officer in charge of the

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investigation what his reaction was

to a sentence that many victims have

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told me was too short.

I think we have to look at the

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judge' remarks in sentencing.

Obviously Derryck John was an adult

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offenders it would've been a

different sentence. Overall we are

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pleased with the sentence. We think

it does send a strong message that

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even as youth offender, a ten year

plus sentence struck -- sends a

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strong message this will not be

tolerated.

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So far Derryck John has refused to

tell the police who his accomplice

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was and help them in their ongoing

investigation in finding him. The

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police have said today they hope

that Derryck John will be reflecting

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on his custodial sentence and may

now cooperate with the

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investigation. Chris Rogers.

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A group of homeless people

who have taken over

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a building in central London,

are preparing to go to court

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to fight a possession order

from the landlord in a bid to stay.

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The group, which calls the

four-storey building in the West End

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the Sofia Solidarity Centre,

says anyone without

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a home is welcome.

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The Victoria Derbyshire programme

spoke to a volunteer there.

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OK, so when we have

somebody new come in,

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they come in the front door.

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They will be greeted here.

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We will ask them what they need,

how they are, the priority...

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Whether they need to go

straight to sleep, or eat.

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We have a kitchen

down the end there.

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We can provide, and we

are providing, hot,

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nutritious food all the time.

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There's tea and coffee.

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We have some medical supplies,

and we have people who know how

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to look after people,

so if somebody needs some

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attention to wounds

or infections, we can do that.

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We've got sleeping areas

on the ground floor here,

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and on the first floor.

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We have qualified

electricians helping us.

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I'm a plumber-builder as well, so...

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We do safety checks every day,

make sure there's nothing dangerous,

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no cables to trip over,

everything's lit properly,

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so that people don't...

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Yeah, we're keeping people safe.

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If any person comes

in with a particular issue,

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there is someone here who already

been through that issue.

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We can actually guide people

through our own experiences,

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empathy, and listening,

so were actually better qualified

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than most people who are qualified.

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We've 100 people here, eating,

sleeping comfortably.

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We're saving lives here,

and the building's been empty

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15 years, and we can

save lives with it.

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It's our moral duty

to save those lives.

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Westminster Council told us

they have "well-established routes

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to help people who may be sleeping

rough or homeless via Streetlink.

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Over 400 bed spaces are available

each night to help people."

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An advertising campaign urging

London's businesses to escape

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Brexit by moving to France has been

banned from underground stations.

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Transport for London says

the ads don't comply

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with its guidelines

because they relate

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to matters of public

controversy or sensitivity.

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The Normandy Development Agency,

which commissioned the images, says

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the campaign was meant to be

a humorous way of offering

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a "plan B" to entrepreneurs.

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Thousands of students

across the capital could be affected

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by strike action during their exams.

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The universities union has warned

of another 14 days of action

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between April and June.

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It's over discussions around

a change to lecturers' pensions.

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With most London property

developers adopting

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a "pile 'em high" policy,

the humble bungalow has rather

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fallen out of fashion.

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But with the UK's elderly population

predicted to double over

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the next three decades,

a recent House of Commons report

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concluded that bungalows

could be just what's needed.

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Sean Fletcher reports.

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This peaceful street,

tucked away from the hustle

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and bustle of Acton,

comes as a great surprise to anyone

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who stumbles across it,

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because it consists

only of bungalows.

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It's very unusual to find

a whole street of them this

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close to the city centre,

but since the early 1950s,

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they've been the dream home for many

people in retirement.

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Building bungalows en masse

in suburbia became very

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popular for many years.

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In 1987 alone, there

were over 28,000 built.

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Last year, though, there

were just over 2000,

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so there's been a steep decline.

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It is a lot harder

for you to get planning

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permission to build a bungalow

than it is to build

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a terraced house.

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London itself hasn't tried to get

more people to build bungalows.

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It hasn't tried to

stimulate that market.

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But with more and more

over 65s living longer,

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their housing needs

will need to be met.

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The answer - start

building bungalows again.

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This award-winning estate is one

of several being built

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or planned in Barking.

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These bungalows provide

social housing for elderly

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and disabled residents,

and were built on land

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that was just lying dormant.

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One of the residents

here lost his leg in an industrial

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accident, so climbing

stairs became impossible.

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Moving here was ideal.

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Sometimes you can't get your leg

on, your leg swells up

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and you can't wear your leg.

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So you have to sort of go

around on your bum,

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or on your hands and knees,

or in a wheelchair or crutches.

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Going upstairs, if you haven't got

a stairlift, it's awkward.

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So a bungalow is ideal.

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It's ideal, yeah.

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Tom, like most of the residents

here, moved from a much bigger

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house, freeing up other properties

that could house larger families,

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so building these new bungalows

actually made economic sense.

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This actual site, one of eight now,

we have managed to get 76

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of these types properties,

which has freed up 66

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homes for families.

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And that's really important.

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There's a waiting list,

and that's why we're still building.

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We will have over 100 units

by the end of the summer,

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which is fantastic.

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Bungalows have faced economic

cutbacks and lack of space,

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but they are still places that many

elderly see as a dream home.

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So, with support from the Commons,

bungalows could be a thing

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of the future as well as the past.

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And you can see the full

story on Inside Out

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tonight 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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It's been rather grey

and dull Monday so far.

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We've had outbreaks of rain

in the form of showers.

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Skies have looked a little bit

like that across the board.

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We've had one or two

brighter spells out there,

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but on the whole it's rather grey,

and rather wet as well.

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These showers are going to continue

through the afternoon,

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and we could hear a rumble or two

of thunder mixed

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in to those as well.

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Fairly breezy out there.

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Nothing too strong,

but you will notice it

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if you are caught underneath

one of those showers.

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Not going to be too pleasant.

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The temperature is not bad,

around 11 Celsius as a maximum.

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Overnight tonight, those showers

continue to blow through,

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gradually becoming a little bit

fewer and further between.

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Drier as we head towards dawn,

and we may even get clearance

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of the cloud the further

west you are.

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Minimum temperature above 0,

between 3 and 7 Celsius.

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Tomorrow morning, some of us could

get a bright start in the West.

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Some brighter spells, at least.

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It's a dry day, less showers around.

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Still, though, some patchy cloud.

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Temperatures getting

up to around 11 again,

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but by the end of the afternoon,

that cloud moving away

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eastwards, and we may get

a little bit of sunshine.

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As we head through midweek,

things start to change a little bit.

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We pick up a south-easterly wind.

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Low pressure again

heading towards the UK.

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Outbreaks of rain.

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That wind is going to end up quite

cold, especially as we head

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towards the end of the week

and into the weekend.

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Quite an unsettled week.

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Temperatures particularly mild

as we head through Wednesday.

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After that, they start to get

a little bit lower, and could turn

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a little bit wintry again as we head

towards Saturday and Sunday.

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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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