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In tonight's programme: From threats to kill,

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The extent of the verbal abuse ambulance call

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handlers are subjected to, and claims the law should be

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I don't give a bleep about those other people, the only people I care

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about is my daughter. Please stop swearing at me, I understand it is

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upsetting but I am only trying to help you.

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Also: trying to tackle the shortage of spaces.

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Plans are announced to build five new multi-storey car parks

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And later on, the small space showing new art

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There are claims the law needs to be tightened to protect 999 call

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handlers after a BBC investigation revealed the extent of abuse

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Call handlers working for South Central ambulance service

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have received threats to kill, as well as racist and sexist abuse.

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They say abuse from members of the public is part

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David Lumb's been to the service's main control room, and has

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There's nothing allocated yet because we are very busy.

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What do you mean there's nothing allocated yet?

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Just tell me and I'll take her to hospital myself

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Just a normal shift for 999 call-taker Josie Wass.

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The 22-year-old's been doing the job about a year and says she's

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Yes, I've been called the B-word and told to eff off

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and a few of the S-words thrown in there as well.

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Sometimes sexist, "Oh, you're just a woman.

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You're just sat there listening to them giving

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feel like you are the smallest person in the world,

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It just makes you feel very small and very useless

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The staff in this control room take more than 1,000 999 calls a day

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from across Oxfordshire, Hampshire, Berkshire

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At the minute I don't give a BLEEP about them other people,

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the only person I care about is my daughter.

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Sir, sir, sir, please stop swearing at me.

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I understand it's upsetting but I am only trying to

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Figures obtained by the BBC show call-takers in England,

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Wales and Scotland logged hundreds of abusive calls in three years.

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They include sexist and racist abuse, and even threats to kill.

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At the end of the day, workplace should be a safe

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You come to work to help people here, we should

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not have too put up with anybody talking to you like that.

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At the moment this kind of abuse is covered under

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2003 and the Protection from Harassment Act 1997.

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Both carry a maximum sentence of six months.

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But the union Unison says it's not enough.

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It wants harsher penalties and a greater requirement

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The government do need to look at the law surrounding prosecuting

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people that have threatened and threats of violence.

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I don't think the law in itself is enough.

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It will send out a strong message to people that we take ambulance

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and NHS staff health and safety seriously and we will prosecute.

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A Government spokesman said sufficient laws were already

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For now it seems abusive calls will remain something

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David, just how widespread is this problem?

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Well, Geraldine, it's certainly not soemething that's

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I spoke to Ambulance Trusts across the UK and many of them

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reported this as a concern. Interestingly not all of them

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could give specific or significant statistics, I should say,

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but I think that may be reflective of the fact that a lot of workers

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The union Unite, as you heard in my report there, wants

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a specific law to tackle this, or at the very least

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harsher sentences to try and deter offenders.

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It also wants employers to have a greater requirement

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Self Central Ambulance says is takes these incidents very seriously.

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South Central Ambulance says is takes these

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It gave me a number of interesting examples,

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including one call handler who, would you believe, was accused

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It does encourage staff to report incidents.

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Police have launched a murder inquiry following the death

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of a woman in Ludgershall near Aylesbury.

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Samantha Blake-Mizen's body was found in a house

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A post mortem examination has revealed she died

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A 43-year-old from Thame has been arrested and is being questioned

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The singer George Michael died of natural causes,

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The star was found dead at his home in Goring

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in South Oxfordshire on Christmas Day.

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An initial investigation had failed to determine what led to his death.

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The coroner has now concluded George Michael died from heart

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disease and a fatty liver, and that any further

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A gay couple who were beaten up by a gang of men on a train

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from Reading say they're now afraid to travel by rail.

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It happened on Valentine's Day, with horrified passengers

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Images have now been released of the men that

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They knocked these two teeth down here out and I had a lot of bruising

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and cuts all around my face and Zbynek, you had

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a lot of bruising around the eyes and the head.

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Phil and his boyfriend Zbynek had fallen asleep on a train home

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after celebrating Valentine's Day in Reading, when they were set

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One guy just wake me up and say something nasty to us.

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I just said leave us alone and all the attack started.

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I think they didn't like me laying on Zbynek.

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I was laid over him I think that's what caused the issue.

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But I've never gotten a fight in my life so to suddenly be

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punched in the face, oh, I just want to think about it.

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Police have now released these images of four men

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they want to speak to in connection with the incident.

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They got off the train at Ealing Broadway moments

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Police say this was a prolonged, very nasty attack,

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which the victims believe would be motivated by homophobia.

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They say hate crime of this kind will absolutely not be tolerated

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and they are appealing for anyone with information to come forward.

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At the moment I'm just a bit scared to go on the evening train.

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You know, I try to have a look where I am sitting and who is coming.

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So many things in the world, bad things happening and why

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are picking on people because of their sexuality?

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I don't know, but I'm glad the police have got those images now

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because it makes people aware of what they look like,

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in case they see them, contact the police.

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Plans to build five multi-storey car-parks at hospitals in Oxford

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Patients and visitors currently face lengthy delays at peak times

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The car park plans have been revealed amidst discussions

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about radical changes to the NHS in Oxfordshire.

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Our political reporter Bethan Phillips has this report.

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Today was a chance for councillors and campaigners to put

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their concerns to health bosses about plans to save ?200 million

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One of the main worries to come up was parking.

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The plans include centralising some services in Oxford,

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including making a so-called downgrade of the maternity unit

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at Banbury's Horton hospital permanent, meaning women with higher

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risk pregnancies will have to go to the John Radcliffe.

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And that's with huge pressure on parking there already,

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with some patients missing appointments because they simply

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Today Chief Executive of Oxford University Hospitals,

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Dr Bruno Holthof, addressed these concerns, saying they want to treat

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more patients at home, and offer more outpatient

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appointments at the Horton hospital, which would help ease

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But he said the Trust was also set to put planning applications

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in for five multi-storey car parks in Oxford - two at the John

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Radcliffe, two at the Churchill and one at the Nuffield Orthopaedic

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That will be a relief to many patients who have struggled

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But it's unlikely to set the minds of campaigners here at ease,

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who have much wider concerns about the health plan,

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saying overall it will mean cuts and closures.

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A Labour councillor said today there simply wasn't a safe way

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to make ?200 million worth of savings to health

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And that was a sentiment echoed by protesters.

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in Oxfordshire is based on taking out ?200 million a year over the

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next few years, that is 20% of the budget, we all know that things are

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very pressured right now and people are on trolleys we have lost people

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who don't have enough hospital beds or GPs or nurses but what will

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happen when 20% of that is taken out? People will die.

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The Clinical Commissioning Group, which is the organisation behind

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this plan, insist it will mean better, joined -up services

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Today councillors decided they needed another meeting,

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and another chance to question health bosses about the plan.

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If their concerns aren't addressed, the plan could be referred

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An activity centre in Buckinghamshire which has helped

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thousands of disabled children has expanded.

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Thomley, in Worminghall, also supports parents and carers.

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A new pavilion will mean more performances to

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Watching them being drawn is a real treat.

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There's always some thing that you can find a way to what someone

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If you draw a dinosaur you've got somebody.

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Thomley was set up 15 years ago by a group of parents whose

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Children and teenagers from all over the country now come here.

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We get some children who have no disabilities and some that have

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clearly got a huge range of disabilities, for example

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they might be in a wheelchair full-time, they might be peg fed,

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and it's actually really beneficial for all the children that come

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here to learn about different types of abilities.

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Thomley is firmly established at a nine acre site in Worminghall.

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Visitors can get a bite to eat and enjoy all

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What we plan to use it for is putting on film shows,

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little theatre events, training events.

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So it is just providing all different opportunities

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for families to try something new, something different.

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Keeping Thomley going is a challenge.

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There's no government funding, and it costs more

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The good news is visitor numbers have shot up 80%

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The Olympic rower and chancellor of Oxford Brookes University,

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Katherine Grainger has become a Dame.

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She's been honoured at Buckingham Palace for her services

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Dame Grainger was the first British woman to win medals

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She has one gold and four silver medals, winning the last one in Rio.

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She's now retired from international rowing.

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The annual boat race is under a month away,

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and for Oxford preparations are underway in earnest.

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The team's taken to the water this morning

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We will have more from them tomorrow night.

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I'll have the headlines at 8.00pm and a full bulletin at 10.30pm.

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Now more of today's stories with Sally Taylor.

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And there are 80 art works on display in this very small space. In

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fact, it is so small, they call it the Tight Modern!

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There're fears the reopening of Reading's Edwardian swimming

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baths as an outside pool could be delayed, because the local

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sewer network might not be upgraded in time.

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Thames Water insists the sewers will be ready for the opening.

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But the man behind the ?3 million project says they've been

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Originally built for the ladies of Reading, King's Meadow baths

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But after a successful campaign to save them,

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Arne Ringmer and his team have been breathing new life into

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But the local sewerage system running through the park outside has

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a history of flooding and needs to a history of flooding and needs to

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be upgraded, just as the Thames Lido team wants to transform this into a

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landscaped park. Pathways, lighting, benches and that opportunities for

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the people of red and enjoy this section of the park. Hopefully it

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will open up the rest of the park. And the last thing I want is to have

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all of that team dug up again by Nu sewerage installation. So I am

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begging Thames water to come and activate this process now. They will

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have two years to do this process and they are dragging their feet and

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dragging their feet, saying next dragging their feet, saying next

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week, but nothing ever happens. Thames water declined our request

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for an interview but said that they would be walking a good distance

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away from the Lido. The sewerage network will be prepared in good

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time to the planned opening, but can be prepared at short notice, should

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be Lido open earlier than land. The park and lido must

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be finished and open by September at the very least,

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if this historic riverside gem is to star in the very first

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Thames Festival to celebrate Onto sport and it's a big

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Tuesday night of football Tony is at the Madejski stadium for

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Reading's game against Newcastle. But first tonight, Tony,

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tributes to a legendary athletics coach and a figure many of us

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here at the BBC knew very well, too. A lovely man. Yes, Mike Smith, at

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the age of 88, has passed away. He was a broadcaster with BBC local

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radio for more than 30 years. I have my own personal memories, I joined

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the BBC has a raw 21-year-old and the port me how to be calm in the

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fraught world of monthly broadcasting. He presented the

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non-league show and commentated on football on local radio for many

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years. He will be best remembered as an athletics coach guiding the

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careers of some of the greatest sprint athletes Great Britain has

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ever seen on track and field, leaving a lasting legacy. Here is

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Steve Humphrey. When you are sprinter, 21, 22 is not passed. He

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was the athletics coach with the Midas touch. Mike Smith turned

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talented runners into Olympic, world and Commonwealth champions. Amongst

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them, Roger Black, Chris Akabusi and Iwan Thomas. Everything I have in my

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life is because of Mike. All of the good memories I have from athletics,

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Mike was by my side. Today, he left flowers in Mike's memory at least

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without an athletics track where the master coach prepared is at to

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an old teacher. And he was very an old teacher. And he was very

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strict with his training. And that is exactly what I needed.

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First-time... He cheered on Iwan in the 1988 Commonwealth Games from the

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BBC studio in Southampton. Come on, you've done it, you've done it! He

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said success was based on simple ingredients. They can do repeat runs

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and repeat runs and get iron hard bit. It is iron hard fitness, hard

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work in the gymnasium and so on. He created an environment where many

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talented athletes, not just Olympic athletes but club athletes came

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together in the power of the group, and under his guidance, worked

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incredibly hard and then ran fast. If I hadn't met Mike Smith I would

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not have been a world-class quarter-mile runner. He said, if you

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want to run fast, you have got to run fast! And he made me run fast.

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For many years, Mike was an important part of the BBC radio

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Solent sports team. One of those people who had a real genuine love

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of sport. Like all of the freelance staff who are so important to the

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programme, he did it for what it meant, not for the money, and he did

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it very well. In a statement, Mike Smith's family said that the

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88-year-old had "Crossed the finishing line" last Sunday. He

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Talent plus hard work is a recipe Talent plus hard work is a recipe

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for success. A fine man, Mike Smith. Condolences to his family. I know

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that Mike is watching now and he's saying, come on, Husband, get on

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with the sport. Tonight, Reading take on the leaders, Newcastle. It

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has been a good week for their opponents. 11 games to go now and

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in the hunt for promotion to the in the hunt for promotion to the

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Premier League? Let's bring in our BBC radio Berkshire presenter. This

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is a massive one. I am nervous. The players will be nervous. We have the

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best on show, championship leaders Newcastle, they have won seven and

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drawn three. Reading have won nine of their last 11 matches here on the

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me. Lots of Reading families expect me. Lots of Reading families expect

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Newcastle to win, W but I don't think like that at all. Jaap Stam is

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tempering expectations. This is better than everyone expected

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Reading Doody. Everyone knows that he has done a brilliant job.

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Overachieving. Leeds, Reading and Huddersfield are overachieving being

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continue. You have a statistic about continue. You have a statistic about

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refereed Newcastle twice this season refereed Newcastle twice this season

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and they won those games 6-0, 4-0. A week ago we mentioned that Brighton

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were top of the table and things were looking good. Tonight they are

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facing rock bottom Rotherham and they know that they have fallen off

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the pace of Newcastle as they try to stay in that second automatic

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promotion spot. Chris Hughton is without Shane Duffy who's had foot

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surgery. He will miss six weeks. A big game for brighten up in

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Yorkshire. The Kassam Stadium hosts a big game

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in League One tonight. Oxford United host

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the leaders Sheffield United. There's full commentary

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on BBC Radio Oxford. Meanwhile Portsmouth are in action

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tonight in League Two. Last night the club's

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community work was recognised in parliament, with the award

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of the Football League's Checkatrade Community Club of the Year

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for the south-west region. On the field, matters

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are pretty serious now. A trip to Crawley

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tonight, and fifth-placed

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Pompey need to bounce back after two home games

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which produced only a point. We want to do our best and get

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promoted. But you bring that type of stuff on yourself. We backed

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ourselves and we know that we can keep going. We believe in one other

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and you want to show people, but we needed a performance and we are

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it. These final Tuesdays of the it. These final Tuesdays of the

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season as we get into the running are super Tuesdays. Lots of

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ramifications for the league tables tonight. We will wrap it all up in

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our update at 10:30pm. Reading against Newcastle beer, Brighton on

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the road at Rotherham and other important matches in League 1 and

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two. If no-one sees your artwork,

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are you still an artist? Many people with disabilities

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struggle to get recognition Now a pop-up exhibition

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the Aspex Gallery in Portsmouth is challenging that with a display

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by artists whose work You have heard of the Tate Modern,

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this is the Tight Modern. 86 pieces of art is squeezed into the world's

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smallest pop-up gallery, or by artists who often go unseen. They

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have social issues, disabilities, and perhaps have not had an

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opportunity to show their artwork in this way. Lots of people beaver away

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and nobody but their family and closest friends get to see the work.

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But many artists, in order to flourish, need to put their work out

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there in the wider world. It symbolises the way that it had gone

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through the city and out onto the motorway and then arriving. This

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piece, the 700, chart is a journey from Portsmouth to the arts centre

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in Emsworth, a simple trip for some, a huge undertaking for him, as is

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having his work on display. I use the art as my therapy to get over my

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ME, and it pushes me to produce the work, and being at this exhibition

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and into the previews, it just pushes me that little step, it gives

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me that carrot to get it. And there's a precedent for work shown

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at the Aspex Gallery to reach a wider audience. The Aspex Gallery

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has supported local artists for 35 years, some of whom have gone on to

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display at the Tate Modern and other galleries. Let's hope at the artists

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on display here today can go on to do the same. The pop-up is in place

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until next month, opening the door for little-known artists. A lot of

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talent there. It is definitely worth a look.

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Onto the weather now and Sarah Farmer will be

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here with the forecast in just a moment.

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The sun was shining earlier today - but it seems a cold front

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has descended on Portsmouth this evening.

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It has been a glorious day across the south of the day. There's a bit

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of a chill in the air at Southsea. There is a special performance

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running at the King 's Theatre all week. They are going to have a

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specially destructed ice Rink on the stage. An extreme setup for an

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extraordinary performance and the producer joins me now, Julian. What

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agreement set up. We're excited to be here in Southsea. And it has been

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pretty to get the logistics setup. Yes, it has not been the easiest.

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One of the biggest headaches is this stage, which is raked, so we had to

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get a specialist team to produce a scaffolding platform. It has been an

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interesting few days. But we are ready for the opening night tonight.

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As well as the practical challenges you are going all out with planes,

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with acrobatics. Yes, we will be going to set fire to the ice rink at

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some point. We don't want to give too much away. You will have to pop

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down to the King 's Theatre to see us, hopefully enjoy the show. It

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promises to be a terrific performance. As you raise your

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garden tomorrow morning, the curtain will be going up here at half past

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seven so you need to be clear. Wow! Is she good or a see good? And

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she is here. Not too far to go. Not so much of a frosty forecast for

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today. We have some above average temperatures to look forward to in

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the coming days. It's going to be a beautiful -- it has been a beautiful

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day today with lovely, sunny spells. The cloud beginning to picking

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through the afternoon. Then we have rain arriving later on this evening

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and tonight. About ten o'clock we will see that band of rain working

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its way in from the West. Outbreaks of drizzle, then some heavier pulses

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will tend to come and go. Not with will tend to come and go. Not with

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us consistently but there will be some downpours through the overnight

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period. Temperatures around six Celsius but climbing through the

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overnight period, so by dawn, temperatures up towards around 10

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Celsius. So are mild, I'll damn, dreary start tomorrow. Looks like we

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will have that rain coming and going through the course of the day. And

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easing away through the afternoon. The northern part of the region seen

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the best of any dry weather. Limited brightness on offer. You might just

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catch a glamour to the north of our patch. Temperatures around 12, 13,

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so above where they would normally be for this time of year. Tomorrow

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night we will see further rainfall for southern parts once more.

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Probably not quite as heavy as through the course of the night. But

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there will be the odd burst here and there. Overnight we will see

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temperatures down to around eight Celsius. Through the course of the

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day on Thursday, a quieter day with things settling down. The best of

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any brightness to the north of the M4 corridor. A largely dry day but

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we could see one or two bits and pieces of drizzle. Here is your

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summary for the next few days. Outbreaks of rain through much of

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tomorrow. Some good brightness further north, but cloudy for

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Thursday. Some drizzle for Friday and showers at the weekend. Thank

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you very much, Sarah. Tomorrow, of course, the Budget, and we explore

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ancient Rome through a model created by Reading University. Good

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