11/01/2017 Midlands Today


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Hundreds of jobs have been saved at an engineering firm in Coventry.

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Covpress, which makes body panels for Jaguar Land Rover and Renault,

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had been in administration since September.

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But today they were taken over by the industrial

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A bright day for 740 workers in Coventry who have faced

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It is a relief, really, to realise that we have been taken over,

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and we can only go one way, that's forward.

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Covpress, major supplier for the likes of jaguar Land Rover, went

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into administration four months ago, despite doubling its turnover to

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?100 million in the space of three years.

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Now, industrial group Liberty House has saved it.

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There were lots of smiling faces today.

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Maybe today we allowed employees today to spend a lot of time on

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their iPhones tweeting their friends, because generally, there is

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This woman was particularly relieved.

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She and her partner both work here and have a three-year-old son.

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The past six months have been really worrying.

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everyone is worried about their job security.

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Today, there is more of a positive atmosphere about the factory.

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The workforce is very committed to the business,

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and it's good to see that all that success will be realised.

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To give you an idea of the impact this company has, just about every

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Jaguar Land Rover car made in the Midlands

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has a part on it made here at this company.

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Not only that, they make gas meters, panels for

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recycling companies, all sorts of things.

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The Chief Executive of the Global Liberty Industries Group has

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travelled to the company's bases in Dubai and Poland this week alone.

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Why then did they decide to buy Covpress?

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Acquiring this has given us a real high-quality window

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It is a key supplier, and I'm reliably told this business is

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part of a core platform for Jaguar Land Rover, meaning we are a

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but also the UK automotive supply chain.

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A year ago, they saved 1,000 jobs, snapping up 17

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engineering businesses in the Midlands,

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among them this one, 920 Engineering in Leamington spa.

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You know you have your mortgage and your family, you can't plan

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You are just hanging on in there hoping

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someone will buy you out, and thankfully Liberty did.

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I have been here 40 years, and I think

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they will invest money, so

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hopefully, we are on the right track.

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Back in Coventry, there are now plans to expand.

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Welcome news for workers at the newly-named

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An ambulance technician is recovering after being viciously

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assaulted by a patient he was trying to help.

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Bob Burness was treating an unconscious man who'd been found

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in a stairwell in West Bromwich, when he was set upon.

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He spoke to our reporter Nicola Beckford to raise awareness

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of the rising number of attacks on ambulance staff.

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Ambulance technician Bob Burness thought he was on a routine call

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out, but it ended up with him being the one taken to hospital.

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He just went straight into a physical assault

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and head-butted me straight in the face.

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I was too close to move out of the way, so he

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This caused a significant nosebleed and watering of the eyes,

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and a bit of disorientation.

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Bob joined the Ambulance Service in 2008.

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It's not the first time he's been attacked.

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I've been scratched, bitten, pushed downstairs.

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It's happened to most of my colleagues at some point.

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Psychologically, it's by far nowhere near the worst.

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When you get somebody with an infectious disease

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spitting in your face and you have three or four months of blood

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tests to see if you have got something, that tends to play with

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This is where the attack took place last Tuesday.

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It's an area that Bob Burness says is low-risk, which goes

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to show that attacks like like these,

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ambulance staff have been increasing.

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Between April and September 2014, there were 325 verbal and

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Last year, during the same period, there

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The man who assaulted Bob Burness was sentenced

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to 12 weeks in prison and a ?250 fine, a sentence the Ambulance

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I don't think it is actually a deterrent.

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I think overall, the stance on this is that we want tougher sentencing

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for people that assault our emergency service staff, because

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overall, they're there to help you, not to hinder you.

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Bob's now recovered from the attack and is back at work.

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He says it's an outrage that staff are at

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risk of being assaulted by the very public they're trying to help.

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A 54-year old woman's been arrested on suspicion of murder,

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after a man's body was found in the Henley Green

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Paramedics were called to Henley Road in the early

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hours of the morning, following reports that a 50-year-old

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Police are appealing for anyone with information to contact them.

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A couple who stole clothes valued at more than ?100,000 have been

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Ionut and Mirela Vasile were arrested after stealing

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high-end clothes from Harvey Nichols in Birmingham in December 2015.

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CCTV footage then showed them shoplifting goods

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from stores in Manchester, Edinburgh, London,

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The Metropolitan Police in London have apologised to a Birmingham DJ

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who was pulled over in his Bentley and told it was a fact that

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black men in gangster clothes commit crimes.

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27-year-old Deejay was stopped by officers near Leicester Square.

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The whole incident was captured on a camera set up in the DJ's car.

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To just judge on the way someone looks, the way I think he was

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judging me as if, you're black, anything you wear is going to be

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Can you explain to me what a gangster is?

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I don't know what a gangster looks like.

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They could come in suits, could come in anything.

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I don't know what kind of image he has

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got in his head to portray me as a gangster without even speaking

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The Allied Rapid Reaction Corps, or ARRC, is based at Imjin Barracks

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It's the largest headquarters on land which NATO can put

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And today its role became even more significant -

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it took on the responsibility of commanding NATO troops

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Symbolising the transfer of responsibility...

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It was a simple ceremony, but of major significance for the soldiers

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The NATO Response Force pennant flag was handed

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from Spain to the commander of Allied Rapid Reaction Corps.

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Should NATO now deploy anywhere in the world,

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the ARRC will command and control those operations on the ground.

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There was general acknowledgement today that we still live

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in uncertain times with a fast and ever-changing global threat.

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The task for the ARRC in 2017 will be tackling that

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threat and to identify where it comes from.

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It's well-publicised Russia and Nato have different views

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There is clearly an element of a threat there.

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We will continue to act as a deterrent for that.

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You know, in terms of humanitarian crises and the unknown.

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That is the beauty of having response force, you

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can sit here and be prepared to command and control

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There is huge experience in counterinsurgency operations in

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places like Iraq, Afghanistan and Northern Ireland.

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Cyber attacks are a growing threat, but at the extreme

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there is war and in the current climate it is an area the ARCC says

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Like anything you need to practice these things.

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What we are doing this year and did a little bit last year is

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train in that style, so we do that training we do not practice

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The ARCC is made of 21 different nations, many from the EU, but its

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role and that of the UK within Nato is not affected by the Brexit vote.

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We are decidedly not stepping back from our responsibilities to

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The occasion today demonstrates we're taking the

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lead in a high-readiness joint task force.

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The control room is quiet but on stand-by and

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preparation and training continues to evolve to tackle an

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Some football news and Birmingham City have re-signed

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midfielder Craig Gardner from West Bromwich Albion on loan.

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The 30-year-old previously spent 18 months with the club he followed

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as a boy when he first signed for Blues from Aston Villa in 2010.

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A permanent move on a three-year contract is expected

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Finally, high winds have been causing havoc for motorists in parts

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In the Staffordshire Moorlands, this driver nearly lost his van

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after gusts lifted the vehicle off the road.

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The wind pinned the van to a bank near Leek,

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I'll leave you with the forecast from Rebecca.

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Good evening. It was certainly a blustery day with wind getting to

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about 54 mph across the Staffordshire Moorlands. Those were

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the strongest but we had damaged just about anywhere. Things steadily

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calmed down a little bit. At the moment plenty of clear spells but

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all change tomorrow. It is turning into something a little wintry.

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Weather warnings are in place for snow. Covering Warwickshire,

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Herefordshire and Worcestershire where we could get snow to low

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levels causing travel disruption. Tonight with a clear spells,

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temperatures falling away. Across the Staffordshire Moorlands we could

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see some snow and elsewhere largely clear, but a cold night with

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temperatures between two and four, the wind-macro keeping it up a

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little bit. This weather system is coming from the West. -- the wind

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keeping it up a little bit. As it bumps into cold air it starts to

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fall as snow. Plenty of rain tomorrow. A blustery day. Across the

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North Midlands we might escape it but Winter flurries further north.

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In the south, that is turning to snow, temperatures not doing well at

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all. On Friday we could get more snow in the rush hour. More

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information on start to the weekend. Time for the

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national weather prospects if you are on the move.

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Good evening, a lot going on with the weather in the next few days,

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numerous weather warnings in for so buried in mind if you have travel

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plans. Lots of isobars on the chart overnight which means it will be

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windy for all. The strongest winds in Scotland, lots of wintry showers

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with snow getting down to increasingly low levels and some

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wintry showers in Northern Ireland and northern England. A cold night

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for Northern England, particularly in more rural spots, frosty and I

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see for some and some of the snow really blowing around over higher

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ground in Scotland. Strong wind and further snow to take us into

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tomorrow. It may well make for some tricky travelling conditions. The

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forecast for tomorrow in the southern half of the UK's quite

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tricky. We have got mild air bumping into colder air. The boundary

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between the two, it will be an ugly mix of rain, sleet and snow

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developing. Mild air comes in behind the weather front but the rain ahead

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of that will be mixing with the cold

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