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Good evening. night

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Almost a year and a half after the floods of Storm Desmond,

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nearly 300 householders in Cumbria are still waiting to move back home.

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Other people have been forced to return

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to bare and unfurnished property

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because insurance companies will no longer pay

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for temporary accommodation elsewhere.

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Some say it's left them feeling stressed and ill.

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From Carlisle, Mark McAlindon reports.

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Cold, bare houses with the comforts of home stripped out were a common

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sight in the weeks after Storm Desmond.

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Except this is Debbie Kirsopp's Carlisle terrace

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I needed to get on because no friend that the insurance was pain hasn't

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stopped and I could not afford to pay a mortgage and rent as well, so

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I have had to come home and make the best of a bad job.

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with constant headaches, high blood pressure,

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when she'll stop living rough in her own home.

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I sometimes go to the swimming baths so I can get a shower in the

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morning, and I will maybe go to somebody's house for my tea, my

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brother, my mother's my partner's. Anybody that will have me that has a

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shower. Sometimes get a better as well so it is a more comfortable. --

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I get a bed as well. Cases like Debbie's leave some

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to fear the real numbers of those still out of their homes

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after Storm Desmond are higher

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than the official 283. We are seeing unbelievable problems

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of people trying to manage that sort of experience on top of being

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flooded originally, so at the moment they are not coping well at all. On

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experience, we are looking at a minimum of two years before they are

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going to be one. -- going to be home.

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Another is Ann Hume, whose riverside cottage

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her insurance leapt to ?1,000 a month, a sum she couldn't afford.

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At which point it is going to be on the goodwill of friends.

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At which point it is going to be well over a year and a half? I

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thought I would be back in within maybe six months, seven months

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maybe. But it has been over a year, so I have just got to fight on and

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see what I can do myself. returned home after the latest

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floods is better than in the past, but that's little consolation

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to those still waiting. Hopes that Northumberland's Coty

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factory site might be given a new lease of life have been raised

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in Parliament this evening. 400 jobs are set to be lost

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with the closure of the cosmetics The Labour MP for Blyth Valley,

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Ronnie Campbell, called a special

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debate in the Commons. If the government was to give

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somebody a bit of incentive in this case, and I would like to hear the

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Minister, here what he has to say and what incentives are available if

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any to get somebody involved in this factory and get it started up again

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and give them employment rates back again to those people who were

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working there. A soldier accused of the murder

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of his ex-girlfriend has told a court her throat was cut

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as he tried to defend himself. Lance Corporal Trimaan Dhillon

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told Newcastle Crown Court he'd gone to Alice Ruggles'

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flat in Gateshead in October last year

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to collect his belongings. She'd ended their relationship after

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discovering he was cheating on her. Lance Corporal Timaan

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Dhillon told the court he had gone to see

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Alice Ruggles the day she died, because he wanted to get

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his belongings back. But he told the court

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after searching for his things, he went to leave her flat

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in Rawling Road in Gateshead, Lance Corporal Dhillon described

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a struggle in which Alice lost After coming round, the defendant

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claimed he told Alice he was planning to meet another

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woman that night. who took the knife again

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and came towards him. He said that as he tried to defend

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himself by deflecting her arm, and the defendant said he had

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to remove the knife from her neck. He said, "This is the point

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when I held the knife on my chest, "and the initial thought

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was to stab myself." Lance Corporal Dhillon said panic

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stopped him ringing for help. Throughout the trial,

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the prosecution claimed Dhillon but he told the court that Alice had

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been violent to him and accused him of

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looking at other women and ended the relationship when

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she found out he'd been unfaithful. The proseuction alleged that LCD had

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been stalking Alice he'd gone to her house

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unannounced just weeks before

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her death because he thought

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she might have been testing him and he wanted to prove

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that he was bothered about her. The defendant admitted hacking

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Alice's Facebook account to try to work out if she was seeing

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other people, because that, he said, would be the 'last straw'

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for their relationship. Tomorrow he will be

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cross-examined by the prosection. A group of traders in

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a Northumberland town have been fined by magistrates after refusing

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to pay a business charge. The Hexham Business Improvement

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District is designed to boost it's paid for by charging traders

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on top of their business rates. But more than 100 firms

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have refused to pay it, saying the new scheme

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won't help them. And today, Northumberland Council

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took them to court. Our News Correspondent,

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Mark Denten, reports. Mechanics, beauticians, hoteliers,

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all small business owners from Hexham. But not in Hexham today,

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they were heading for a courtroom instead. They have all refused to

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pay a new business charge in the town. They say it simply will not

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help them, so today they were summoned to Newcastle Magistrate's

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Court. It feels like a bullying tactic, actually. I don't really

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want to be here and away from my business, but I have to. At the

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heart of this row, Hexham's business heart of this row, Hexham's business

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improvement district. It is a scheme to boost the economy of the town,

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but it is also an extra charge for businesses on top of their business

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rates. Northumberland councils says 89% of it is being paid by other

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traders in Hexham, but not these ones. So today, they face

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magistrates. There was then an extraordinary stand-off for

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and a half. They are sure of the and a half. They are sure of the

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court wanted the traders to come in individually into the courtroom.

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They refused unless they could come in individually into the courtroom.

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They refused unless they could, and altogether. Eventually, the traders

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were allowed into the courtroom together. They were each given

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liability orders of ?185, for the original levy and court costs. They

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are still defiant. Basically what it means is the council insist that we

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all them the money and they send a liability order of, which gives us a

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certain amount of time to pay that and if that is not the case, they

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will send debt collectors in. So you are prepared to see debt collectors

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come round? If that aside for the council wants to take it then I am

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afraid so. Northumberland councils as it has taken the traders to court

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with regret, but the business improvement district in Hexham has

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already generated ?102,000 to boost the area's economy.

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The former Middlesbrough and England footballer Ugo Ehiogu is in hospital

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after collapsing at Tottenham's training centre,

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where he coaches their under-23s side.

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The 44-year-old spent seven years at the Boro

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and was part of their 2004 Carling Cup-winning side.

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So far, there's no update on his condition.

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ahead of the Tees Valley Mayoral elections on May the 4th.

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An audience at the Macmillan Academy in Middlesbrough

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questioned the main parties on issues including jobs,

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Among the topics discussed was the question

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does the Tees Valley even need a mayor?

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Now, the Tory Government has imposed it on us with the help and support

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of five Labour councils, to something in an area that doesn't

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exist called BT is valid. They have brought Durham into our area. We

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don't have Cleveland, we don't have Teesside, this is a complete

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nonsense. Give us a referendum, let the people have our say and I think

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you would find it would be overwhelmingly that we do not want a

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mayor and this devolution. And you can watch the candidates

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respond to that question and many others in our

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special programme It's coming up immediately

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after the news here on BBC One. Before that, we need to find out

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what the weather has in store Thanks very much. Well, some

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unexpectedly prolonged sunny spells today. Northumberland coast was the

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warmest place in the country at 18.6 degrees. There are still some gaps

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in the cloud in the east this evening, and through the night.

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Elsewhere, it stays cloudy with some patchy rain at times and there is

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enough cloud and breeze to stop the temperatures anywhere dropping much

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below about eight Celsius. That is the way we start tomorrow. A lot of

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cloud in the hall. Any brightness in the east will tend to feed through

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the day as the cloud filled in. Early patchy rain in the West

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becomes more located to the east of the Pennines later in the day and we

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will see temperatures a shade cooler than today, with more cloud

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generally, and the brisk west to north-westerly breeze. House

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tomorrow afternoon, 14 Celsius, 57 Fahrenheit. High pressure stays in

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charge of the weather on the hall. That is the weather front that

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brings tomorrow's patchy rain. As that clears away, mostly dry for

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Saturday. Old nights to come Friday and Saturday night, and then through

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Sunday this next frontal system eventually brings some rain from the

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north-west and freshens up the wind as well. As we head into the

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weekend, Saturday, most places dry, from bright spells. Not a huge

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amount of sunshine. A bit cooler after that cold start, just about

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making double figures to the afternoon, even with those light

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winds. Another cold night on Saturday night. A dry, bright start.

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Eventually some figurine coming in for the north-west later in the day

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as those westerly winds started to freshen up again. Top temperature,

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tell Celsius. That is the way it is looking as they headed towards the

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weekend. Here is the summary for tomorrow. Helen has the national

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forecast. week for much of the UK and for more

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about that and the UK outlook, Helen Willetts.

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The sunshine make such a difference this time of year, only 12 or so

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degrees under the cloud today but 19 in eastern Scotland not far away

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from St Andrews. Also in north-east England, where we had the majority

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of the decent sunshine. Even under cloud it was dry for the most part.

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We have this week whether forgiving showers in the south. This weather

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front starting to pep up in the North, it'll change the feel of the

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weather for all of us in the coming 36 hours. Through the night very

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little changes, cloud comes and goes, there will be missed a shallow

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fog south of the M4. Possibly the odd pocket of ground frost here and

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there. You can see the rain gathering further north and already

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by the time we get to morning we have colder air in across Orkney and

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Shetland with a

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