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A hero's welcome. The rising cost of

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some parking spaces in this one are too small.

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For one night only, Southampton's Craig David

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announces a homecoming concert at The Ageas Bowl.

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It always feels amazing when I come home. Like, I am from Southampton

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and even though people stayed where I sound moment I can't be

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Southampton boy, it's true. And a century on,

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a fitting tribute to the hundreds of South African troops who died

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in the sinking of the SS Mendi. It is very emotional to be here but

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it's also pride in the sense that they did not die in vain.

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Mourners from the Kurdish community in Britain paid a remarkable

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spontaneous tribute this weekend to Ryan Lock from Chichester

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who died in Syria fighting the so-called Islamic State.

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As his body was returned to Heathrow, they were out in force

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to pay their respects to a man they regard as a hero.

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Our home affairs correspondent Emma Vardy has this exclusive report.

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You could be forgiven for thinking this was Kurdistan,

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but actually, it was Heathrow Airport on Saturday.

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Ryan Lock, a former chef from Chichester, for these people a

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Ryan's sacrifice will be written in our history

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and humanity's history, I believe personally.

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A young man, you know, going 1000 miles

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Ryan Lock had told friends and family he was going on

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holiday to Turkey last year before revealing on Facebook he was joining

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In December, he and four others came under attack from

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so-called Islamic State fighters near the Syrian city of Raqqa.

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It's believed that to avoid being taken hostage,

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Ryan Lock turned his gun on himself.

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What Isis is doing in Kurdistan is fascist things.

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Many Kurds here today, they all lost some member of

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their family within the last few years.

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Ryan Lock is the third British man to die fighting alongside the Kurds.

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His body was recovered from IS held territory.

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In Syria, he was given full military honours by the Kurds

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before his coffin began its long journey home.

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It's taken some eight weeks to bring Ryan Lock's body back home via Iraq.

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The people who have turned out today to pay their respects,

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they did not know Ryan before he went to fight,

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but they see him as a British man who decided to fight their cars.

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Dozens of western volunteers are known to have joined

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For these young men and women to feel such responsibility to go

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out there and try to do something and unfortunately to sacrifice their

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The British Government is against British people

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going to join this war.

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Do you think they should be discouraged from doing this?

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I mean, there are enough people fighting,

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but of course we don't want to encourage anyone to go out there.

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They don't know what kind of battle is happening.

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I think probably if the British Government were doing

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what they can and what they should, maybe these people didn't have to go

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After this colourful sendoff, Ryan Lock's family are now

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planning a private funeral for him at home.

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So, just who are the YPG, and who's joining them?

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There are many different groups fighting in Syria.

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The YPG are the Kurdish people's home grown defence forces

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in Northern Syria, in a region known as Rojava.

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They have become one of the key groups fighting the ground war

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And they've been battling to liberate Syrian towns

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and villages that have been under the control of the IS jihadists.

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The YPG allows foreign volunteers to come and fight with them.

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People not only from Britain, but also from other countries

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in Europe, as well as America and Canada have joined up.

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For the British authorities, legally though, this is a grey area.

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The government warns people not to fight with the YPG in Syria,

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but no one from the UK has yet been prosecuted on their return.

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These three British men have now died in Syria with the YPG.

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And others are still out there fighting.

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Well, a little earlier I spoke to Dr Jack Holland,

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an international security expert from Leeds University,

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and I asked him to spell out the risks to those thinking

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So there's the very obvious risk to British

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nationals who go out and fight

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in one of the most dangerous battlefields in the world.

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There's the risk of what happens when those people

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come home having been battle hardened and pick up certain skills

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and the risk of the complexities of different groups merging together

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because not everyone draws the same lines between groups that the Brits

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And so, is it that the British Government do not want

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to get drawn into this in the sense that there are these

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sensitivities with the YPG and Turkey?

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Yes, they are certainly worried about the relationship

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The YPG are one of the most important groups on

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the ground for the Brits and the Americans

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but for the Turks, that group

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on the ground has actually been

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a long-standing problem for the Turkish state,

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so even though Turkey is a Nato ally, there is a very

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different relationship with the YPG for the Turks whereas the Brits

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and the Americans see these guys is absolutely crucial ground forces.

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Could you see a new policy being put in place by the British Government

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in the sense of taking a harder line with those going out to fight?

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Belgium and Australia for example have

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legislated against this, so in the same way as in Britain

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you can't go abroad and support terrorism, where

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as the relationship for going to support someone

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for the Australians, they've just said, you cannot go

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Hard to prosecute, but still, that's one option that's open

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I guess the critique of that is, is it really in the public

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interest to try and prosecute anyone?

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Are they really a danger if they are fighting

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Are they anything of a threat back home in the UK?

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And how much, if you like, propaganda value

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when a British person goes out and gets either kidnapped or indeed

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Isis has been a pretty phenomenal fighting machine,

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but it social media and propaganda presence has been

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unparalleled amongst terrorist networks and any Western victim

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There are calls for Wiltshire's Chief Constable to explain how

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details of his force's investigation into Sir Edward Heath ended up

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Officers have been investigating the former Prime Minister,

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who died ten years ago, as part of a wider

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It all started here at the gates of Sir Edward Heath's Salisbury home.

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I'm really appealing for anybody who's been a victim of crime

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or who is a victim of anything that may have taken place involving

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At a cost of more than ?800,000, Wiltshire Police's investigation

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Operation Conifer, has been trawling through every aspect of the former

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Wiltshire Police say they have a duty to properly

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investigate all allegations of historical sexual abuse.

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With such a high-profile investigation,

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there is no surprise it has come under intense scrutiny.

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None more so than from friends like his former agent.

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It should have stopped months and months and months ago.

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It's our money that's being spent and it's destroying the idea

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And today, she and others, including Wiltshire MPs,

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are concerned about apparent leaks or briefings to the

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Mail on Sunday about operational details in this case.

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Yesterday, the paper claims that more than 30 alleged

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victims had come forward and that the Chief Constable was certain

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The Chief Constable made a promise that

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there would be no leaks confirming numbers or any details of the

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alleged victims and that he is responsible for this investigation.

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But the force have refused to answer my question

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as to where this leak or briefing came from and whether

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was involved in the Mail on Sunday's story.

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from the investigation but they have no links to Sir Edward Heath.

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For now, his life remains under investigation.

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In the last few hours, it's been revealed that

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the Hampshire mother who's been imprisoned in an Iranian jail -

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has been taken to a Tehran hospital to see a specialist neurologist.

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For the past month, Nazanin has been complaining

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of neck and back pains and there are concerns

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about the nerves within her right arm and hand.

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The young mum, from Fleet in Hampshire, is facing

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a five-year prison sentence on what are described

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And also later for a special announcement...

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I've got some amazing news for all the Southamptoners out there.

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Well, right here on Saturday, I'll be telling you

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Frustration is growing in Berkshire over repeated delays to the opening

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The Shinfield Eastern Relief Road has been dogged by setbacks

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and should have been finished last summer.

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Local businesses say it's killing their trade and residents

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The Swan Inn at Arborfield Cross reopened for business last summer,

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about the same time the new relief road should have opened.

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Expected profits are down by at least 15%.

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We've got quite a good reputation so far,

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but to try and get here, it's impossible.

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We lost a lot of trade when they actually stopped work for

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a week because some of the signs never got

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moved and basically, it closed down,

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which no one knew it was supposed to be opened and it

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wasn't open and it did cost is major problems.

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When they've got that road closed, the detour is miles, so I tend

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if I've got to go that way, I don't bother.

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I'll go to Aldershot or somewhere instead.

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It's a nightmare here for traffic in the mornings,

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Melina Harrison says patients at her clinic are often late

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We're in our 14th year here and I've never known

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Even getting the business off the ground was easier

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They're getting so frustrated with the traffic that

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they actually missed their appointment and, you know, when

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you're trying to get somebody better and maybe are rehabbing them after

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they've had disc surgery or something like that, the timing of

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appointments is really important to their well-being.

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The road will serve Reading University's

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huge new Science Park currently under construction.

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But with so much house building also underway here,

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it's vital to the local authorities future development plans.

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In a statement, Wokingham Borough Council told us it

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shares people's frustration with the delays.

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It says it doesn't have any control over the contract but it's

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working with Hochtief and the University

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of Reading to get the project finished and open.

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It says though, with complex projects like this,

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there are always unforeseen problems.

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Currently issues include water seeping up through the road

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The contractor Hochtief UK has apologised for the delays and says

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it's brought in significant extra resources to address

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the unforeseen challenges it's facing.

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The road should be open within the next couple of months.

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Parking and issue but this story is very different.

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South West Trains is having to repaint part of its car park

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at Southampton Central station after a driver proved some

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Jago Lawless got a penalty notice because his car overlapped one

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And that's when he turned to his tape measure,

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he proved that the car park doesn't actually meet

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Keeping between the lines isn't always easy.

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And it's even harder these days because cars are bigger, but

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I've been to meet one man who has proved in his case it wasn't

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It was just over a week ago, 46-year-old Jago Lawless was issued

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a penalty notice because his car just overlapped one

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of the spaces at Southampton Central Station.

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My front wheel, where I had pitched the front of the car over so

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I could actually get out of the door, the front of the car

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had moved over an inch, two inches over the line.

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But he felt something wasn't right and as a naval architect by

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day, who reviews detailed measurements, he took out his own

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measuring tape to find out what was going wrong.

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When I first measured the entrance into the car park bay,

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But because they have angled parking bay

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over, the parallel with between the lines is actually only 1.978

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metres wide which is too small for the

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After he highlighted the issue to South West

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South West trains says the car park was painted out before the

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Government advisers came in and the fee was withdrawn.

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But it appears small parking spaces isn't

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In general, all parking spaces are way too small for today's cars.

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My personal opinion is that I have two

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children with disabilities and that's even worse because if you

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don't qualify for a blue badge, you're forced to park

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I find that parking spaces are a bit too small because whenever

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I go out with my fiancee, he invariably has to let me out

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beforehand otherwise I can't open the door properly and squeeze out.

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Jago tells me he's happy that the company is taking positive

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steps to widen the spaces and I'm sure that

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will be thankful that one man really had it taped.

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Southampton's Craig David has announced he's to play a one-off gig

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The singer shot to fame as a teenager at the end

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of the '90s after growing up on a Southampton council estate.

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He's currently enjoying a spectacular career comeback,

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with a number one album, and a nomination as best solo male

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# I feel nothing like this, like this

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# I have felt nothing like this, like this... This is what is taking

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Craig David back to the top. 16 years since his first album went to

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number one, he would did it again stopped on the 1st of September, he

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will play for founds new and old at the Ageas Bowl. The generation think

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of people who are now discovering my music who would have only followed

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my last album. The were kids who only just found out about my music.

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Calling me a new kid! I loved the new kid thing, I will run with that.

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And then there was a generation who grew up with my stuff from back in

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1999. Last year, things really took off again for Craig David. He had a

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residency and I be there with his DJ sets TS five which she also

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performed at Southampton's Common people Festival. But the date at the

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Ageas Bowl will be his first headline show in his home city. You

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can take the boy out of Southampton but you can't take Southampton at

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the boy and it's true. Wherever I go, as soon as I come back down the

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avenue, I feel like I'm home and the crowd responds in that way and any

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shows that I've done here, either at the Guildhall or at Common People, I

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could feel that there was an ownership of coming from here and

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we've got your back. A source on his ties with home that this afternoon,

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Craig took the time along with his manager to talk to and perform for

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students at the city's Solent University. When you meet your

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favourite artist, you kind of get disappointed but I don't feel like

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that. I was like, yeah, man! That was exciting. To see an idle but is

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performing five metres from you, it's amazing. Craig David's story is

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about talent and staying power. Through it all, he has never

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forgotten his roots. Tickets for his Southampton concert go on general

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sale this Friday. I like that line, talent and staying

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power. We know all about that, don't we?

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I met Craig before the FA Cup final in 2003 and I'm still here! I could

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be on stage with him. Big Southampton fan and we will hear his

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spots about that EFL Cup final which is going to dominate the week,

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really. Later in the week though, so as was his concert, he was keen to

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talk about saints. Football to start with as well tonight.

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The two horse race at the top of the Championship saw Brighton

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leap above Newcastle and back into top spot, although

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could return to the top if they beat Aston Villa tonight.

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A double from Sam Baldock in the second half at Oakwell

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was enough to hand Albion their 20th win of the campaign,

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Reading on Saturday, then Newcastle a week tomorrow.

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Meanwhile with no Premier League action this weekend,

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Good luck to Sutton United and their former Eastleigh boss

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Paul Doswell, the Surrey club take on Arsenal tonight live on BBC One.

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Oxford United's cup dreams ended on Saturday and we start

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Three and a half thousand Oxford fans were in the north-east aiming

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for a giant-killing at the home of Premier League opposition. For the

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first hour, that seemed highly unlikely after Stewart Downing was

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bundled over in the box, Grant Leadbeater scored from the box.

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United had been unable to weather the early storm and it got worse.

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Acrobatics put Middlesbrough two up before the break. But it was far

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from over. Chris Maguire placed this free kick perfectly to pull a goal

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back just after the hour mark. The momentum of that goal was ensemble.

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Within 60 seconds, they swept forward again and although Maguire's

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effort was boiled, Toni Martinez followed up to level the scores. A

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replay would have been the right reward for Oxford's endeavours, but

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four minutes from time, their hearts were broken. We've got one big

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semifinal coming up that we're all looking forward to and then to be

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fair, we have about 16 cup finals is well on the way, so we've still got

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two great opportunities to have a little bit of success this year and

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we're not going to let go of that. In the two, Portsmouth remain on

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course for the play-offs but ahead of a huge travelling contingent,

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they fell behind at Barnet through this free kick. Inspiration was in

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short supply until Conor Chaplin stepped up late in the game with a

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brilliant long-range effort, probably his best. In week one, MK

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dons were beaten at home by this goal at the Stadium MK. A big game

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for Reading the championship tomorrow night.

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It was a successful weekend for some of the country's top

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university sports stars in the British Universities

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Rhys Gray from Southampton University took the honours

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with this performance in the elite men's trampoline.

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The 22-year-old is a former Great britain trampolinist who left

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the national programme to pursue his academic studies.

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And a reminder this week is all about the EFL Cup final.

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Southampton take on Manchester United on Sunday in their first

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major cup final at Wembley for 38 years.

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We'll be building up to Wembley where Claude Puel's men

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go for glory and we want to hear from you, wherever you might

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How will you be watching the game, how far have you come to be here.

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Give us a shout via our Facebook page.

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We would love your video messages to the team.

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We will play them out on Friday night. It's each week for

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Southampton. We will look forward to that.

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It was a terrible maritime disaster but the sinking of the SS Mendi

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is a story that remains largely unknown in the UK.

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More than 600 people lost their lives when the troopship

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went down off the Isle of Wight exactly a hundred

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Most of those onboard were black South Africans,

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travelling to France to assist the allies.

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Today their loss was commemorated at a service attended

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by Her Royal Highness Princess Anne in Southampton.

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I'm driving to honour lost countrymen, members of the South

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African Navy have sailed 6000 miles to Southampton to commemorate a

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tragedy their nation has never forgotten. In February 1917, the

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trip ship the S S Mendi was on the last leg of her journey from Africa

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to France. She carried members of the South African native labour

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corps, forbidden to bear arms, they were recruited to build trenches,

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railways and roads for the Allied forces. In thick fog, south of the

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Isle of Wight, the Mendi collided with the much larger ship. There was

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effectively cut into by the impact, take relatively quickly in only a

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matter of minutes so many of those who lost their never even made it

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out into the water. Many of those who did drowned and many of these

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men had never even seen the sea, let alone been to see before. It must've

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an incredibly harrowing experience. More than 600 men died. A few bodies

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washed ashore and were buried but most were lost at sea, their names

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recorded here in Hollybrook Cemetery. Natalia is here on a

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pilgrimage to remember her relatives, the Reverend Isaac Job.

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Survivors said he calmed the men as the ship went down saying to them,

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we are the sons of Africa, let us die like brothers. It is very

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emotional to be here, but it is also pride in the sense that they did not

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die in vain. 100 years later, they are brought to life with this

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commemoration. Though long honoured in South Africa, in the UK, the

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recognition for trips lost on the Mendi have taken time, the story

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only becoming more known after the wreck was discovered by an Isle of

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Wight diver in 1974. It is just a horrendous story of loss of life.

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Almost half the loss of the number of the Titanic and here it is of the

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Isle of Wight. There are two ways of looking at it. Either it was covered

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up by the Admiralty for propaganda reasons and row or we have to look

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the other aspect of was it because they were black people and they were

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considered, you know, not as important as white people and

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unfortunately we had to consider that aspect. Now the story of the SS

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Mendi is being taught to a new generation and in the centenary

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year, two nations stand together to remember the contribution and

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sacrifice of men who died far from home in very different things. --

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very different times. Remembering the SS Mendi and those

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who lost their lives. Moving ahead to the weather now. Very mild today

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with a high of 17 Celsius. That is around 8 degrees above the seasonal

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average. So, we sat some sunshine today and

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through the course of this week, we will have some brighter spells here

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and there. But there will be a great deal of Plaid as well and the chance

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we could have some outbreaks of rain. Mild start to the week but

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turning cooler with a brisk, called Westerly winds from Thursday

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onwards. Through the course of two nights, there will be a good deal of

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cloud, outbreaks of rain here and there. Could be on the heavy side as

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well with one or two heavy bursts and president for a time before

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temperatures fall away by Don to around nine or 11 Celsius so a mild

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night. It cloudy start to the date tomorrow. Slow, improving picture

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has to ring for the morning, we will start to see one or two brighter

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spells more likely the further north and west you are. Generally, cloud

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tomorrow and another mild day but today's temperatures, culturally

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different from tomorrow. High today of 17, high tomorrow of 12. Through

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tomorrow night and the early hours of Wednesday morning, the winds will

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increase from the south-west. Quite a cloudy night tomorrow night with

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outbreaks of light and patchy rain. Drier interludes as well with

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temperatures falling away to around nine or 10 Celsius. A cloudy day on

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Wednesday. Outbreaks of rain at times and winds will strengthen to

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touch the force. Even stronger winds inland with one or two brighter

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spells. Highs of ten to 11 Celsius. On Thursday we start to drop in

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Calder, Westerly air. That will bring us an area of low pressures of

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the chance of deals and again. A real squeeze on the isobars. Very

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cold winds coming directly down from the north and there will be spells

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of rain during the course of Thursday daytime with a great deal

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of cloud so a fresh feeling take and it will also feel very cold on

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Friday with it the chance of the wintry showers. A bit of sweet and

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even the stall shower here and there with height of 8-7 Celsius. Frost on

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early Saturday, wet for a time and showers on Sunday.

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That's always got time for this evening. There is more at 10:30pm

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tonight and will be back tomorrow at 6:30pm tomorrow. Join us then if you

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can, but have a lovely evening. Good night.

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I don't get it, what does she wear? No, no...

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Like, she wears someone else's. Cool, yeah. No, she's...

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So, like, you get sponsored to let people lick stuff off you for a day.

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You take a selfie and post it on social media or whatever,

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and then people have to pay to guess who it is?

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That's a no-brainer, we love the secret selfie.

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