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18/10/2016

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Good evening. for the news where you are.

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The building industry says thousands of new construction workers

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are needed in the South West if the region's to meet

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A building summit says carpdnters, bricklayers and architects `re some

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It's predicted that construction work in the wider South West

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will increase by 4.4% - the highest in England.

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26,000 new jobs will be cre`ted over the next four years to reach

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a total of 257,000 - the highest it's ever been.

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Our business correspondent Carys Edwards reports.

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Lewis Mayes is 16 and working as an apprentice carpenter

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at Sherford, the new town near Plymouth, where 5000

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I thought I would just be sweeping up, getting materials for the people

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I'm working with, but I'm actually doing carpentry,

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But there are not enough workers like Lewis in

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Decorator Clifford Hill, now in his 50s, says younger

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We're going to retire, so the younger generation

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need to keep coming in, and it is really important,

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because if we all retire and there is nobody following us,

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well, it would be no go, wouldn't it?

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There's increasing pressure to build more and more homes

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like here at Sherford, to help solve the housing crisis,

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but as housing demand grows, so too does the skills shortage

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in the construction industrx here in the South West.

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Today, a building summit has been held in Plymouth to address

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the challenges facing the industry, and how best

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Along with major house-building at Sherford and Cranbrook,

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there are road infrastructure projects in Cornwall

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and the upcoming Hinkley nuclear power station.

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It's estimated there will bd around a quarter of a million jobs

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in the industry by 2020, 26,000 of them new,

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A few years ago, we had the austerity period,

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and people left the area, they have left the construction

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industry, and now we are trxing to get people back into it,

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and that is becoming more and more difficult.

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We have a delivery target that we need to meet

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for the government and local housing targets to provide,

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and if there are not enough people to build those homes,

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we are delayed in giving those homes to the community.

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We have lots of apprenticeships on our books, not

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just apprenticeships, but jobs in the city.

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Among the solutions is this job shop, to encourage recruits

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of all ages as well as more apprenticeship schemes and higher

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But with demand far outstripping supply,

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Leif Tarry is from the Construction Industry Training Board.

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He says there are huge opportunities for people wanting a career

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We have around 6000 jobs that we expect to need everx year

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in the next five years across the south-west.

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Key areas would be around 500 new bricklayers.

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We're expecting to build around 30-35,000 houses in Cornwall.

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I think the really interesthng area is of those 6000 about 2500 will be

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back office technical jobs, IT jobs, really interesting

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jobs that perhaps aren't always associated with

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Not just the things people imagine, hands-on jobs.

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Absolutely and one of the mdssages we want to get out to peopld

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who want to join the industry, or returners, or parents,

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teachers, is to say this is a dynamic, forward-looking

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industry with huge variety, huge potential.

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You mentioned looking for the next five years.

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Of course for lots of peopld there's a degree of uncertainty

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Can you understand how that may put some people off?

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Absolutely, we've had some tough economic times over

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What we know in the south-wdst is we've got a really

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The plans for housing in Cornwall stretch over 20 years,

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Obviously we have Hinkley on our doorstep and that's

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a long-term project, and thdre are other infrastructure projects.

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We expect some news about railways fairly soon.

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So there's a lot of long-term work to be done down here.

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I think as an industry we have a good, robust

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forward-looking balance, if you like, of work coming forward.

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We heard from some very young people at the beginning of their

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Should they feel optimistic for the next few decades?

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Absolutely, I think if you come into construction and you'vd got

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the right attitude, the sky is genuinely unlimited.

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I met a man today, a similar age to me admittedly, but he had

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come in as a bricklayer and he was managing a ?200 lillion

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project and that's what construction can bring to people.

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It's not all muddy boots - there's a lot more to it.

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And we want to see a lot more women into the industry as well.

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That's another area for growth, I guess.

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It sounds like there's lots to talk about.

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Health care services in Devon have been described

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as being at crisis point, as MPs attacked proposals

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It's part of a strategy to tackle a ?100 million annual

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overspend at Devon's largest Clinical Commissioning Group.

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Concerns were raised in a parliamentary debate.

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The government acknowledged Devon faces difficulties, but said

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services aren't keeping pacd with the changing needs

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Here's our political editor, Martyn Oates.

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It was Anne Marie Morris, the Newton Abbot MP,

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who described health care in Devon as being at breaking point today.

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She and others of her colle`gues also said one of the fundamdntal

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problems is that the governlent simply doesn't provide enough

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funding for somewhere like Devon to recognise the particular

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challenges of providing health care in a highly rural area.

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Her colleagues Torridge and West Devon MP Geoffrey Cox said

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that very rural hospitals like North Devon District won't be

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sustainable going forward unless the government changds

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the funding formula and givds them special treatment.

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He described the present levels of funding as wholly inadeqtate

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As you'd expect, many MPs today were particularly keen to stave off

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cuts in their own constituencies, but there was a warning

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from the Tiverton and Honiton MP Neil Parish, who said that rather

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than a falling out amongst themselves as to where the cuts

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should fall, and possibly rhsking each of them being picked off

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in turn, they should all stand together and oppose

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Mobile phones mean fewer people are using call boxes and BT has

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decided to pull the plug on hundreds of them across the region.

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The problem is there are sthll many areas with a poor

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Jenny Kumah has been to one community on Dartmoor.

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For these walkers, payphones on Dartmoor are a necessary

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You may well end up with a flat battery and not be able to get

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a signal or something like that so I think having them is vdry good,

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if only to make emergency calls, if nothing else.

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There are lots dotted around, some are overgrown, not maintained,

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and obviously, I see the other side when the telephone company

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want to cut costs, but I thhnk if there is any way of fundhng them,

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According to BT, payphone usage has dropped 90% over the last ddcade.

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But it's easy to miss this payphone here at Badger's Holt on Dartmoor.

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Through here is another of the boxes that's threatened with clostre.

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Making our way through the foliage here.

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So the figures show that thhs has been used a couple of dozen times

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Why do you think phone boxes like this one across the moor

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This is situated in a vallex, and we have very high

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sides to the valley, so there's no mobile signal.

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This might be someone's onlx chance of getting emergency servicds

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BT says it will not take aw`y a service in a remote locathon

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The company is also giving communities the chance to adopt

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a kiosk as an alternative to removal.

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Here in Belstone, that idea has received a ringing endorsemdnt.

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A local group has raised funds to put life-saving

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We pre-empted the fact that BT may want to finish with it,

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as it wasn't used at all, so we wanted to hang onto otr phone

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box, and make it look a bit more attractive, and used for very good,

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Some good news today for thhs Dartmoor community in Postbridge.

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They were threatened with the loss of this phone, but BT has

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The firm has even been perstaded to give it a lick of paint too.

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Some football news now - and Taunton Town have made history

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tonight by qualifying for the first time in 35 years for the first

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The Peacocks beat Hemel Hempstead 1-0 to secure their place.

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But it wasn't to be for Torpuay - the Gulls went down

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Both games were replays after draws at the weekend.

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Time for a look at the weather. Good evening. We've had lovdly

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pictures of sunsets, more to come for the next few nights bec`use we

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have high pressure coming otr way, settling things down and thdre is a

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great deal of rain in the forecast. Winds easing for tomorrow. @nother

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cold start. The chance of p`ssing showers but most of the day for most

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of us is dry. This is the area of high pressure. It settles across

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western Britain by lunchtimd tomorrow. It moves closer bx the

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middle of the day on Thursd`y. Still there really by the middle of the

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day on Friday. Whilst most of the weather action is across western

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Scotland and Ireland, for others, we will have cold nights and

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potentially some frosty mornings from Thursday morning onwards.

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There's a few showers possible overnight tonight, but they are

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fairly isolated. Most of thd night is dry. There's a fair amount of

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clear sky. There will be a breeze, just enough to stare the air so

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temperatures should not fall below 5-6dC. Chilly, bright start

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tomorrow. The showers will turn up, they'll be light and fleeting. The

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winds won't be as strong as they have been, mainly from the 04

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Northwest and 12-13 will be the top temperature. Those are the

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temperatures we can expect for the rest of this week. Cold at night

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with the risk of frost and ` keen easterly wind developing by the

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weekend. Good night. That's all from us

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here in the south west. From everybody on the late team -

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have a good night. Good evening. As you've just seen

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from your local outlook, not a huge amount changes over the next few

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days. The weather patterns will be blocked again. What is driving that?

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It's a deep area of low pressure, the remnants of hurricane Nicole in

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the Atlantic. That's heading towards Greenland. Set to pile up the snow

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here, metres of it in the next few days. It's dragging a lot of warm

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air into the North Atlantic on the Eastern flank. What that does is

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build this, high pressure. That s not going to move a great deal over

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the next few days. To the east, low pressure in place. That means

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Eastern England always prone for further showers through the rest of

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this week. For the rest of the UK, largely dry, some sunny days, but

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also rather cool nights

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