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There are renewed hopes tonhght that Plymouth Airport,

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is one step closer to re-opdning following today's announcemdnt that

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Heathrow says it's set asidd ?10 million within a region`l route

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development plan that would only go ahead on the condition that

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Plymouth Airport closed at the end of 2011 amid public protests,

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having lost its flight slots to London.

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It was down to less than 100 passengers a day.

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Those fighting to reopen it are pinning their hopes tonhght

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on Heathrow's commitment to supporting new routes

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across the regions if it got a third runway.

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Heathrow would benefit from billions of public funds to support

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the expansion of the airport and that's great.

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But it can't be done at the expense of the regions and their colmitments

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to offer airports like Plymouth future access must be honoured.

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Newquay airport says it will benefit from the third runway.

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I think the most important part of this decision is the accdss

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which Cornwall will be given back into Heathrow in future.

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Being able to connect Cornw`ll both for import and for export

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at a global level, being able to reach far East Asia,

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being able to access the Americas in the most

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Plymouth offers synergies for Newquay.

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I see a future of Plymouth and Newquay working together very

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much more positively and collaboratively.

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They offer very different m`rkets and they are doing a very,

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very different thing at Newpuay than we intend to do at Plylouth.

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Flybe, who operate out of Exeter, have told us that any final decision

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on expanding Heathrow must hnclude assurances that it becomes ` hub

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It has called on the Governlent to make sure Exeter routes `re made

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available to operators of rdgional aircraft at affordable pricds.

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So, what the people living in the new homes at the airfield may

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be wondering tonight is what happens next?

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What we do know is that in the Plymouth plan

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which is being finalised by Plymouth City Council,

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the airfield itself is earmarked for aviation use

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Devon and Cornwall's Chief Constable Shaun Sawyer is under

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It's because of comments he made in a BBC interview last month

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about the election expenses inquiry into his Police and Crime

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Commissioner Alison Hernanddz, a former election agent.

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They both deny any wrongdoing as our Home Affairs Correspondent

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The two most senior figures in policing in the Devon and Cornwall,

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Chief Constable Shaun Sawyer and his boss the Police and Crime

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Commissioner Alison Hernanddz are now both under investig`tion

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The complaint concerns commdnts made by Mr Sawyer in a BBC interview

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He was asked about the ongohng enquiry into Ms Hernandez over

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allegations she failed to properly declare General Election expenses.

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There is going to have to bd some recommendations about electhons

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I think MPs are talking abott that, because this is taking

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Democracy is important, so if it requires time

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If democracy goes, we are all in a difficult place.

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But it's costing the taxpaydr money that ideally would have been

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The complaint was made by Adrian Sanders, the formdr

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He was defeated at last year's General Election

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by the Conservative Kevin Foster, who Alison Hernandez

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Mr Sanders says the Chief Constable was wrong to comment

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Well, you can't make a statdment like that unless you have

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some background detail, and that background detail

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would be the evidence that has been gathered in.

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Now, he is not in a position to be looking at that evidence

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being gathered in for reasons that are obvious.

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His boss is one of the people being investigated for

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In a statement, the office of the Police and Crime

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In the interests of transparency a decision was taken for an

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investigation by a different police force. This is being undert`ken by

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Gloucestershire Constabularx. The office of the Commissioner will then

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determine whether the compl`int is upheld and what, if any, action is

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required. The Chief Constable

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would not be interviewed. But in a statement,

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Mr Sawyer said... "I am aware about a complaint

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about comments I made "I welcome an independent

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investigation and look forw`rd "to hearing the outcome

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in due course." Both Shaun Sawyer and

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Alison Hernandez strongly The Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital

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says it is trying to get more details on allegations of fhnancial

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problems at the hospital whdre its Julie Hartley-Jones is due to start

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as Chief Executive in January. From Exeter, Hamish

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Marshall reports. Well, this is a story from the other

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side of the world which has The Cairns and Hinterland Hospital

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and Health Service in Queensland has Now, its board resigned last month,

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and an independent report h`s found it is on course to overspend

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by 80.5 million Australian dollars this financial year,

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with the debt being blamed on rising costs of new and expanded sdrvices

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and budgeting issues. Now, the link to here

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is that the boss in Cairns was Julie Hartley-Jones,

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who will take over here at the Royal Devon and Exetdr

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Hospital in the New Year. Now, the RD which itself has

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a deficit of ?20.1 million in the last financial year,

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says it is aware of the reports from Australia and it is in the

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process of establishing the facts. It wouldn't say whether the issue

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was addressed at the job We have so far been unable

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to contact Miss Hartley-Jonds. Police officers searching for a body

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after a severed foot was fotnd in a Cornish wood say they've

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discovered further remains. The police dive team has also been

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called in to search a streal in Nansvallen Woods

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on the edge of Truro. The police have linked the finds

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to a missing man, 39-year-old Lee Gilbert,

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who was last seen in June. Health managers in Cornwall have

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issued another appeal for pdople who have suffered sickness to stay

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away from hospitals, after the Norovirus has closed

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an entire hospital ward at Treliske. NHS Kernow says once

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the bug reaches wards, it can lead to cancelled opdrations,

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delay recovery and prevent other There's anger in Torquay tonight

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after the announcement that the seaside town won't be

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getting any Christmas The Chamber of Commerce has taken

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over the running of the lights from the council, but despite

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a fundraising campaign it s`ys it Our South Devon reporter John Ayres

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has been following the storx. This is what Torquay normally

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looks like at Christmas. Torquay is one of our

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region's bigger towns. The shoppers here expect

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there to be Christmas lights. Sadly this year there

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will not be any. Facing huge cuts in times

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of austerity, Torbay Council handed the responsibility of the lhghts

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over to the Chamber of Commdrce Torbay Display has provided

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the lights for 30 years but the contract was put out

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to tender and given While this row has run on the money

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to pay for it hasn't been r`ised. I am saddened for the town,

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because it means that the income for all these traders behind me

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is going to fall drasticallx. That might mean job losses,

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shops might close. Developers might take one look

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at Torquay and decide they don't After losing the contract

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Torbay Display removed its wires But the Chamber was not expdcting

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that and is now faced If you have another company come

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in and put their equipment on our structures and our epuipment,

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obviously it comes under our insurance, so the best way

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is to have a clean sweep. We haven't damaged any buildings,

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just unscrewed the eyebolts, which can be screwed in agahn

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if you should so wish. All of this is seen as bad news

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for local businesses. We have to go without lights

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and I think that will be an awakening for our traders in this

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town to pull together for 2017. If you look at the number of shops

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there are in Torquay, and they all put 30 quid in the pot,

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there's your lights. They have made a lot of mistakes,

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somebody made a mistake somdwhere. The result is there is no

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Christmas lights. For a lot of people it

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means something. The Christmas spirit

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won't be so great. The fear is all of this will damage

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the reputation of the town. Although the Chamber insists

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there will be lights next ydar. Time for the weather. David is here

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with the forecast. Quite mild at the moment. Also quite misty. That mist

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and fog has already formed. This was this morning. A cracking picture.

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Thank you. The fog is already starting to reform and becole quite

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thick in places. If you havd a journey to make the bursting of the

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morning and allow extra timd. Poor visibility. It could be rather

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reluctant to clear. Not much wind over the next 24 hours. It picks up

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a bit in the afternoon. Oncd we get a bit more of a breeze hopefully it

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will allow some sunshine. At the moment we have one weather front

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crossing the Northern half of Britain. To the south and area of

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high pressure which will be with us for a few days. Here tomorrow,

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Thursday, Friday, into the weekend. Keeping things relatively sdttled

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but quite a high risk of more mist and fog. That has already started to

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form over a good part of his first of England. Temperatures of aid for

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nine Celsius overnight. Tomorrow a very slow but gradual clear`nce

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Great start, misty. It will brighten up. And the afternoon a better

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chance of sunshine with 14 or 1 the top temperature. Although wd have

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high pressure a lot of cloud could be trapped in it so it could be

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rather grave of the rest of the week. Have a good night. Th`nk you.

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The next news and weather is at 6:25am but from everyone on delayed

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team, have a good night. settled and on the mild side. Nick

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now has all the national weather. Hello. Autumn is the season of

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change, most noticeably with those autumn colours on display today in

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Buckinghamshire, as photographed by one of our weather watchers. Always

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helps when there is blue sky above. Our weather is always changing

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regardless of the season. One of those changes is taking place, we

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are losing last week's Easterly winds and now a westerly wind. That

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means it's turning milder by day and night but it does mean the return of

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Atlantic weather fronts, especially to north-western parts of the UK.

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The reason, high pressure in Germany and low pressure Iceland. Here is

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the first of those weather fronts for Scotland and Northern Ireland

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through the night, the first part of tomorrow. There isn't a huge amount

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of rain associated with this. Could see rain over the hills of northern

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England and Wales as the night goes on. The odd shower clipping Sussex

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and Kent. A lot of dry weather for England and Wales. It's mild here,

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it's milder across the northern half of Britain compared with last night.

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But the further south you are the closer to that

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