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this is bbc news with shaun ley — the headlines at 7pm. tributes are paid to the tory mp sir david amess who was killed yesterday at his constituency surgery. police say they're treating the killing as a terrorist incident. as the investigation continues, officials say the 25—year—old man in custody was not on a database of terror suspects. the united nations has withdrawn its invitation to matt hancock to take up an unpaid role helping africa s economies recover from covid—19. the supermarket morrisons say they've been forced to delay opening new stores due to shortages of staff and stock. uncovering the secrets of the solar system, a new nasa mission aims to learn more about how the planets were created.
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good evening and welcome to bbc news. the prime minister and the leader of the opposition, sir keir starmer, have laid flowers together at the site of the fatal stabbing of the mp sir david amess in essex. sir david was stabbed repeatedly during a constituency surgery in leigh—on—sea yesterday. the police say they are treating the attack as a terrorist incident which is potentially "linked to islamist extremism". a 25—year—old man who was arrested at the scene remains in custody and searches have been carried out at two addresses in london. tonight a candlelit vigil is taking place in leigh—on—sea.
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our home affairs correspondent daniel sandford reports. a united front in the face of a suspected terrorist attack. the prime minister, the leader of the opposition, the speaker of the house of commons and the home secretary. four of the most senior politicians in the land at the church today where sir david amess mp was murdered. he was killed doing a job that he loved, serving his own constituents as an elected democratic member. and, of course, acts of this are absolutely wrong and we cannot let that get in the way of our functioning democracy. it was formally declared a terrorist incident late last night, with forensic specialists poring over the crime scene, counter terrorism detectives are leading the investigation. the early enquiries suggesting the motive was islamist extremism. through friends, eyewitnesses have suggested that the attacker waited in the queue at sir david's constituency surgery yesterday, before stabbing the mp several times with a knife and then waiting for police to arrive. sir david was known and loved
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for his hands—on approach with voters and those who have campaigned with him had warned him of the risks. i used to go out on the doorsteps on the cold, dark nights in the rain and i used to be a bodyguard, many years ago. i said, "david, you should have somebody with you on these things, it's not safe". southend has two representatives in parliament and the other mp, james duddridge, paid this emotional tribute to his friend. the community hasjust been hit sideways by this. it's notjust a member of parliament, notjust the local member of parliament but he really did touch people's lives in a way that most mps don't manage to do. at southend civic centre this afternoon, a simple ceremony to remember an mp that not everyone agreed with but who everyone respected and loved. # amazing grace...#. daniel sandford, bbc news, leigh—on—sea.
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a review has begun into the security of mps when meeting their constituents — something seen by many as central to their role. one senior mp — tobias ellwood — has suggested that face—to—face meetings should no longer take place. our political correspondent damian grammaticas reports. around the country today, mps continuing to hold their surgeries. robert largan in the peak district saying he'll "keep doing this all year round." craig williams in montgomeryshire thanking welsh police for being there to give reassurance, and kieran mullan in cheshire saying, "we must not let people force us to do things differently." but already there are changes. here in south wales, a police guard for an mp�*s coffee morning. we now have cctv at the front and rear of the building. we had to have new security fitted onto the front and rear doors. we have panic alarms in the constituency office that staff often wear around their necks.
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we have installed panic alarms at my front door, at the side of my bed. you know, this has become too much of the new normal. mps' security was reviewed afterjo cox was murdered five years ago, shot and stabbed by a violent white supremacist as she left a constituency meeting. in 2010, stephen timms was attacked by women who had watched radical islamic sermons online. she was bundled away. and in 2017, four passers—by and pc keith palmer were all killed outside parliament in what the police called an act of islamist—related terror. the mp who was here that day and tried to save pc palmer's life has said that meeting constituents is vital but they should be paused. the home secretary has announced a review of mps' security and he said that should be completed first. i would recommend that no mp has a direct surgery until... you know, you can move to zoom. there's other ways... you can actually achieve an awful lot over the telephone,
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you can get things moving far faster than having to wait for the surgery date, as well. but for david amess, meeting constituents was a vital part of his job. so the question now is — how much further should security be tightened 7 many believe things have to be reappraised but mps themselves must decide. it's not a question of carrying on with business as usual and just regarding this as an occupational hazard of being an mp. nor of having close security such as the home secretary has, or the prime minister or the foreign secretary needs to have. we need to have a discussion about how we strike the balance. but it will be hard to find. two years ago in the royal albert hall, a fundraiser for people with learning disabilities, championed by sir david amess, a public role he loved, but guaranteeing mps' security is a huge challenge. damian grammaticas, bbc news.
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we will talk more in a moment about that but first a leigh—on—sea with daniel sandford. that but first a leigh-on-sea with daniel sandford.— that but first a leigh-on-sea with daniel sandford. yes, the vigil was spontaneously _ daniel sandford. yes, the vigil was spontaneously organised _ daniel sandford. yes, the vigil was spontaneously organised this - spontaneously organised this evening, it was due to start at seven o'clock, and at seven o'clock there were possibly 300 people, people here have just marked a minute's silent. they are here with candles and dogs, reminiscing about sir david and almost everybody here had a personal story to tell about him because he was a man that attended so many events in the constituency that helped so many people with problems they had. almost everyone was laying flowers at the cordon around where the incident happened. they had some story about how david had helped them or had attended some significant event in their life and
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the decision was made to spend some time remembering a man who was so much a part of their lives since 1997, and was really, in a way that many mps are not, was a significant figure in this community.— figure in this community. daniel, thank ou figure in this community. daniel, thank you very — figure in this community. daniel, thank you very much. _ figure in this community. daniel, thank you very much. daniel- figure in this community. daniel, - thank you very much. daniel sandford in leigh—on—sea. the former labour mpjohn woodcock — now lord walney — is an independent adviser to the government on political violence and disruption. he's been conducting an review due to be submitted by the end of year. hejoins me now. i know that when you originally appointed, you are focusing on far right violence but the whole area of political violence is a big one and obviously you were still an mp when jo cox was killed. i wonder if you think there are lessons we thought we'd learned that perhaps we haven't learned in the light of what
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happened to sir david amess yesterday. happened to sir david amess yesterday-— happened to sir david amess esterda . , , ., , yesterday. yes, well put. two big areas spring _ yesterday. yes, well put. two big areas spring to — yesterday. yes, well put. two big areas spring to mind _ yesterday. yes, well put. two big areas spring to mind from, - yesterday. yes, well put. two big areas spring to mind from, and i areas spring to mind from, and obviously this has transported us right back to the time whenjo cox died and the shock of that and this fresh shock with sir david losing his life. ithink fresh shock with sir david losing his life. i think on policing and security, i think harriet harman had a very strong point, where there is surely a medium. a very strong point, where there is surelya medium. no a very strong point, where there is surely a medium. no one i think is realistically talking about the kind of close protection for members of parliament that the home secretary and the prime minister has, but in those days and weeks afterjo died, we reviewed our security, we increased it in our offices in general but many mps wanted to keep the open surgeries in an open environment and being visible to members of the public. i was one of
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those, i completely understand that. but i think while there was an increased level of communication with the police as to where we were having surgeries, there has not been to my knowledge a discrete police presence at most of those events, and i realise that that is an issue that will increase levels of resource for the police, but surely it is something which ought to be on the table now and could be done in a discreet way where conversations between constituents and mps are still remaining in private but there is, you know, just as there will be a routine police presence at a whole range of things across any constituency in a given week, we are talking about an hour a week, may be less, may be a bit more for some, but you are not talking about a
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round—the—clock police presence for an mp because it's not realistic, nor would anyone welcome that. so you are not talking about having a police officer looming over the constituent as they talk about their private matters, you are talking more about a visible presence, may be somebody at the door, maybe somebody across the road, something that reminds people that this is being watched, it is not an isolated event. , ,., being watched, it is not an isolated event. , ., ., , event. yes, so for example, in the weeks after _ event. yes, so for example, in the weeks afterjo _ event. yes, so for example, in the weeks afterjo cox _ event. yes, so for example, in the weeks afterjo cox died _ event. yes, so for example, in the weeks afterjo cox died and - event. yes, so for example, in the weeks afterjo cox died and i - event. yes, so for example, in the weeks afterjo cox died and i was i weeks afterjo cox died and i was still an mp then, and we would give an increased level of information. the police wanted to know where the surgery was happening, and then they would check it out, it might be the local supermarket, the local morrisons, and they would pop there at the beginning and the end. there is surely something that can be done in an increased way in that regard. there are no counties in this, and
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the terror attacks over recent years have shown that if people are determined to commit a level of violence against individuals, including of course against a police officer with pc palmer outside the parliament gates, there can be no guarantees but that might be a level of stepping up which isn't happening at present, which may give an increased level of reassurance. but the second thing, i was going to say there were two main things that came to mind, and if you don't mind, i think the second main area is that afterjo died, many people really pushed on what was one of her big ideas which is that we have more in common in the main as parliamentarians, as politicians, as political activists from across different parties, and we all in general want to do the best for people, we have different ways of doing it and we should look on
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people from other parties as opponents but not to be denigrated or dehumanised in some respects. i was reflecting on the fifth anniversary of her death that we felt a long way away from that, in lots of the ways that people spoke. i mean, yes, there is a real problem of course on social media and many of course on social media and many of my colleagues, particularly female leagues in the commons experienced that, but there is also a greater need for leadership across those of us in positions of responsibility to think about how we talk about each other. i’m talk about each other. i'm interested _ talk about each other. i'm interested you _ talk about each other. i'm interested you raised that and it is a difficult area because people express themselves in different ways and with different degrees of passion, but i am therefore reminded of the situation only three or so weeks ago when angela rayner was rebuked by some of her colleagues but stood her ground in the use of her word some to describe
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conservatives. it would be daft to suggest it causes any event but poisoned the atmosphere and kind of dehumanises the people who do politics. dehumanises the people who do olitics. ., , ., , politics. you will understand why i don't think— politics. you will understand why i don't think this _ politics. you will understand why i don't think this is _ politics. you will understand why i don't think this is a _ politics. you will understand why i don't think this is a weekend - politics. you will understand why i don't think this is a weekend for i don't think this is a weekend for particular links to be made, and as many of us who are not going to want to be the ones to cast the first stone in this, there are many of us who have spoken, i can remember times i have spoken about my opponents both outside of the labour party and inside in ways that i think was probably unwise. i really hope this is a moment... we thought this would have happened afterjo died, and to an extent it did, and we achieved some great things, but
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there was still demonstrate ugly a problem over in recent weeks and months —— demonstrably a problem, and we have to look at this again now because there are a myriad of different factors that can drive people towards political violence, but what i think often people have in common, despite completely different ideological viewpoints, is they have a sense of righteousness in their cause that they think it is overwhelmingly the right thing to do, and often it legitimises in their mind behaviour and sometimes acts of supreme tragic violence but also a range of unacceptable behaviour below that which they think the righteousness of the cause enables, and that is something that i'm looking at as part of my review and i think we do need to be much
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more rigorously challenging then perhaps we have done in recent years. perhaps we have done in recent ears. �* . perhaps we have done in recent ears. ~ ., , years. and that review will be presented _ years. and that review will be presented to _ years. and that review will be presented to the _ years. and that review will be presented to the prime - years. and that review will be i presented to the prime minister before christmas you hope? that is the lan before christmas you hope? that is the plan and _ before christmas you hope? that is the plan and we — before christmas you hope? that is the plan and we wait _ before christmas you hope? that is the plan and we wait to _ before christmas you hope? that is the plan and we wait to see - before christmas you hope? that is the plan and we wait to see what i the plan and we wait to see what happens to it after that but my plan is to get it into the prime minister and the home secretary before christmas. and the home secretary before christmas-— and the home secretary before christmas. ., , ., christmas. one last thought. the death of sir— christmas. one last thought. the death of sir david _ christmas. one last thought. the death of sir david amess, - christmas. one last thought. the death of sir david amess, the - christmas. one last thought. the i death of sir david amess, the death ofjo cox, the very serious injury experienced by stephen timms, the death of andrew pennington and the serious injuries nigeljones then mp experienced in 2000, these are at the extreme end of the targeting of people in politics whether they are local councillors, mayors, police and crime commissioners, whatever they may be. are you worried about a kind of not so much a coarsening of language but a level of intimidation
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towards people who do politics that might inhibit them doing thejob towards people who do politics that might inhibit them doing the job and perhaps on occasions speaking out and challenging things? undoubtedly. i was and challenging things? undoubtedly. i was listening — and challenging things? undoubtedly. i was listening to _ and challenging things? undoubtedly. i was listening to joanna _ and challenging things? undoubtedly. i was listening to joanna cherry - and challenging things? undoubtedly. i was listening to joanna cherry and i i was listening tojoanna cherry and diane abbott on radio four earlier on. people with whom, i know they will both know more than most with whom i have had profound disagreements with over the years, but they were both talking in really moving and alarming terms about the levels of abuse they suffer, and joanna in particular were saying she wouldn't have got into politics had she known that this was going to happen. and that is at the extreme there is the violence that does seem to have, well, that has taken sir david's life and may well have been driven by a cause. but there is a spectrum of people being put off
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politics or been intimidated from speaking, intimidated from getting involved, which is damaging, and really damage us, britain, as a liberal democracy and we have to understand that as a spectrum, just as with violence against women and girls, sexual violence, where people have rightly spoken about a spectrum of behaviour and red flags and things that ought to have been tackled further down the track. i think we need to reconsider that within the framework of political discourse and how we relate to each other. john woodcock. thank you for your time, good to talk to you. britain's fourth biggest
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supermarket, morrisons, has warned that labour shortages are delaying new store openings and products reaching shelves. its chief executive david potts told the times newspaper that more visas are needed for foreign workers. it follows measures announced by the government to reduce the pressure on supply chains. our business correspondent katy austin reports. the global supply chain is under huge strain as economies reawaken. 0nce imported products reach the uk, a shortage of lorry drivers means containers are often getting delayed at ports. when you have a shortage of labour in terms of hgv drivers, those domestic drivers, it means the goods are sitting around slightly longer at the ports waiting to be collected. there are labour shortages in other sectors too, including construction, hospitality and food production. now the boss of morrisons has said that while there are plenty of products on the shelves, underlying strain in the supply chain is affecting availability, while a lack of materials such as cement and bricks is delaying investment in new shops and refurbishment. he called for more visas forforeign workers. the government has already offered temporary visas for some meat workers.
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there are 5,000 visas available for drivers too. other european countries also have shortages but this driver in romania told the bbc rising wages in the uk were attractive. translation: a really good friend of mine left for the uk _ last week. he went for three months. everyone who went there tells me the wages are really good. i'm tempted too. but only 20 of those visas have so far been approved. in the latest effort to ease the pressure, particularly before christmas, ministers now plan to let overseas drivers do more deliveries when they are on uk soil. i don't think the change yesterday will make much difference. so what do you think would make a difference? we need to encourage young drivers into the industry. we need to make facilities better for drivers. the general public need to treat drivers better.
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the government says immigration isn't the long—term answer to filling britain's record number of vacancies. it wants to develop a high—skilled, high—wage economy. some businesses say they still need a better short—term fix. katie austin, bbc news. the united nations has withdrawn its invitation to matt hancock to take up an unpaid role, helping africa's economies recover from the pandemic. it's understood a decision was taken at senior levels within the un to rescind the offer after questions were raised about the former health secretary's suitability for the role. 0ur correspondent mark lobel has been giving us more details. this came just three days after an exciting moment for him when he announced on tuesday that he was going to be doing this role, helping africa's
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economies recover from covid, and he was greeted with support from former cabinet colleagues including the foreign secretary, including the housing secretary and the culture secretary. and this was not an appointment that came through the uk government, though they were supportive of it, it was very much an internal un appointment. there were many in the international community who questioned matt hancock's expertise for doing this role, his knowledge of africa and his past mistakes and how that would lead to a good ambassador for this particular role. matt hancock's friends say the un must have been aware of his history and all these other things beforehand, but they didn't appear to be aware of something that comes across in matt hancock's statement. let me bring it to you now. he starts by saying — and this is after the role was withdrawn from him...
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that kind of begs two questions really. why did it take the un so long? a month really since they sent that initial letter to him inviting to this role, to realise that technical rule existed ? and second, what about gordon brown? he was an mp when he was given a similar role. well, my understanding was he had announced he was standing down from parliament, whereas matt hancock has stated clearly here he is not intending to do that. mark lobel reporting. the government's latest coronavirus figures show there were 43,423 new infections recorded in the latest 24—hour period.
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that means on average there were 41,359 cases per day, in the past week. another 148 deaths have been recorded, that's of people who died within 28 days of a positive test for covid. on average there were 119 deaths per day in the past week. 0n vaccinations, 85.9% of the population aged 12 and over have had their first dose, and 78.8 percent have been double jabbed. the british—iranian aid—worker nazanin zaghari—ratcliffe has lost an appeal against her second jail sentence in iran. foreign secretary liz truss has described the decision through". mrs zaghari—ratcliffe was convicted in april of involvement in propaganda activity which she denies. her family say that there was no court hearing and now they are concerned she may be sent back to prison. nazanin was first jailed for five years in 2016 after she was accused of plotting
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against the iranian government. nasa has successfully launched its first mission to study jupiter's trojan asteroids — two vast clusters of space rocks that surround the planet. scientists believe they are made up of matter that formed the solar system's outer planets. duncan kennedy reports. three, two, one, zero. the start of a 4 billion—milejourney. lift off, atlas v takes flight. the atlas v rocket is carrying a craft called lucy, that aims to go into orbit around jupiter and study a group of asteroids called trojans, some of which are the size of a city. so what are the trojan asteroids? they're asteroids that orbit withjupiter around the sun that ultimately hold the clues to the formation of our solar system. lucy's giant solar panels would only generate enough electricity to power a few light bulbs on earth. but around jupiter, it's enough to reach the trojan asteroids and ask questions like, what they made of and where do come from?
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by going to visit a large number, eight asteroids in total, over the mission lifetime, we'll really better understand all about the asteroids. so if you only see one, maybe you got a bit of a funny one but by seeing eight, you get to really understand what's going on in this population. scientists want lucy to test their theory that the early solar system was juggled around by gravity, with some objects being thrown in and others out — just like billiard balls. but they'll need patience. lucy's expected to be operating around asteroids for the next 12 years. duncan kennedy, bbc news. after an influx of visitors and overnight campers to the lake district this summer, a major clean—up operation's taken place on the islands of derwentwater. volunteers canoed over to them for a final litter—pick before winter, and found serious damage like live trees burned for bonfires. phil chapman reports.
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you would be forgiven for thinking islands in the middle of the lake not fall victim to damage, but this year there has been more than usual, even here. , ., , even here. they are burning live trees, even here. they are burning live trees. setting — even here. they are burning live trees, setting fire _ even here. they are burning live trees, setting fire to _ even here. they are burning live trees, setting fire to things - even here. they are burning live trees, setting fire to things on l even here. they are burning live l trees, setting fire to things on the floor, leaving tents and rubbish on the islands, and even human waste. it won't sustain all this rubbish which is why we are doing this, just to try and get back to a more natural setting. aha, to try and get back to a more natural setting.— natural setting. a team of volunteers _ natural setting. a team of volunteers who _ natural setting. a team of volunteers who love - natural setting. a team of i volunteers who love visiting derwentwater took it upon themselves to do something about the mess left ljy to do something about the mess left by others. to do something about the mess left b others. . ., , to do something about the mess left b others. _, , ., by others. over the course of the last ear by others. over the course of the last year we _ by others. over the course of the last year we have _ by others. over the course of the last year we have seen _ by others. over the course of the last year we have seen a - last year we have seen a deterioration with the environment so we thought we would do our bit and clean up some rubbish. i think --eole and clean up some rubbish. i think people should _ and clean up some rubbish. i think people should be _ and clean up some rubbish. i think people should be more _ and clean up some rubbish. i think| people should be more responsible when _ people should be more responsible when they drop litter. we people should be more responsible when they drop litter.— people should be more responsible when they drop litter. we have come from carlisle — when they drop litter. we have come from carlisle and _ when they drop litter. we have come from carlisle and we _ when they drop litter. we have come from carlisle and we come _ when they drop litter. we have come from carlisle and we come to - when they drop litter. we have come from carlisle and we come to the - from carlisle and we come to the lakes _ from carlisle and we come to the lakes quite — from carlisle and we come to the lakes quite regularly, _ from carlisle and we come to the lakes quite regularly, so - from carlisle and we come to the lakes quite regularly, so weeks l lakes quite regularly, so weeks thaught— lakes quite regularly, so weeks thought it — lakes quite regularly, so weeks thought it would _ lakes quite regularly, so weeks thought it would be _ lakes quite regularly, so weeks thought it would be nice - lakes quite regularly, so weeks thought it would be nice to - lakes quite regularly, so weeks| thought it would be nice to give something _ thought it would be nice to give something back. _ thought it would be nice to give something back. infe— thought it would be nice to give something back.— thought it would be nice to give something back. thought it would be nice to give somethin: back. ~ ., ., ,, something back. we have found baked beans cans, something back. we have found baked beans cans. a — something back. we have found baked
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beans cans, a lot _ something back. we have found baked beans cans, a lot of— something back. we have found baked beans cans, a lot of wet _ something back. we have found baked beans cans, a lot of wet wipes - beans cans, a lot of wet wipes unfortunately which don't biodegrade, lots of plastic wrappers from food and lots of bottle tops. what did you get? aha, from food and lots of bottle tops. what did you get?— from food and lots of bottle tops. i what did you get?_ so what did you get? a googly eye. so erha -s what did you get? a googly eye. so perhaps someone _ what did you get? a googly eye. so perhaps someone has _ what did you get? a googly eye. so perhaps someone has had - what did you get? a googly eye. so perhaps someone has had a - what did you get? a googly eye. so perhaps someone has had a toy - what did you get? a googly eye. so perhaps someone has had a toy onl what did you get? a googly eye. so i perhaps someone has had a toy on the island and it has fallen off. we have found _ island and it has fallen off. we have found someone trying to set fire to _ have found someone trying to set fire to a _ have found someone trying to set fire to a tree _ have found someone trying to set fire to a tree that _ have found someone trying to set fire to a tree that is _ have found someone trying to set fire to a tree that is still- have found someone trying to set fire to a tree that is still living. i fire to a tree that is still living. f0riunaiely— fire to a tree that is still living. fortunately this _ fire to a tree that is still living. fortunately this is _ fire to a tree that is still living. fortunately this is a _ fire to a tree that is still living. fortunately this is a yew- fire to a tree that is still living. fortunately this is a yew tree l fire to a tree that is still living. . fortunately this is a yew tree and you shouldn't _ fortunately this is a yew tree and you shouldn't burn— fortunately this is a yew tree and you shouldn't burn it _ fortunately this is a yew tree and you shouldn't burn it because - fortunately this is a yew tree and you shouldn't burn it because it l you shouldn't burn it because it gives— you shouldn't burn it because it gives off— you shouldn't burn it because it gives off toxic _ you shouldn't burn it because it gives off toxic fumes. - you shouldn't burn it because it gives off toxic fumes. the - you shouldn't burn it because it gives off toxic fumes. the islands should aet gives off toxic fumes. the islands should get quieter _ gives off toxic fumes. the islands should get quieter during - gives off toxic fumes. the islands should get quieter during the - gives off toxic fumes. the islands i should get quieter during the winter months but the team is here hope their services are not needed quite as much next year. such a beautiful environment, so sad that people can't be bothered to take what they bring back home or to the nearest car park rubbish bin. now it's time for a look at the weather with ben rich. it's been decidedly mixed weather day across the uk, some of us stayed with cloud and rain, others saw some
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sunshine, but as we go into this evening i think it is cloud that will win out and it is producing some outbreaks of heavy rain, especially across the southern half of scotland, parts of northern england and some of it getting further south—eastwards. it will be a mild night for most, but chile in northern scotland where we hold on to clear skies. —— chilly. the rain should turn lighter and patchy is the day wears on. there will be some sunny spots into the afternoon, northern ireland is doing well the sunshine and the south and the midlands brightening up later as well. sunshine in the south could lift temperatures to 19 degrees which is a sign of things to come in this at the start of the new week. things looked unsettled with strong winds but it will be mild, even warm with highs of 20 degrees.
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