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Cumbria Police warn public to prepare for possible severe weather

Cumbria Police are warning of possible disruption tomorrow and into the weekend due to high winds and tidal surges across the West Coast. Communities are warned to be alert for possible tidal flooding. People are advised to avoid going near to harbours or promenades for their own safety.

“We’d encourage motorists to be aware of the conditions, give themselves extra time if they have to travel in coastal areas and check their route before setting off. People living in areas at risk of flooding are advised to keep a flood kit ready including a torch, batteries, fully charged mobile phone, warm clothing, water, food and any prescription medicines you may need and to make sure elderly and vulnerable friends, neighbours and family are aware of the situation."

– Cumbria County Council spokesman
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Environment Agency to issue severe flood warnings

The Environment Agency has said it is preparing to issue severe flood warnings - its highest category of warning.

Large parts of the UK coast are at risk of flooding, it said.

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We’re preparing to issue severe flood warnings. Severe flood warnings indicate a danger to life and property. #floodaware #UKStorm

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The flood risk extends along the UK coastline from NW England, through Wales and SE and southern England. #floodaware #UKStorm

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Rail fares: Where does the money go?

Train companies retain an average of just 3p from every pound paid for rail tickets, with the vast majority of revenue going on maintenance, staff costs and investment in the rail network, according to figures released by the industry association the Rail Delivery Group:

On average, train companies make a 3p profit in every pound on rail tickets sold. Credit: railfares2014.com/RDG

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Government 'understands concerns' over rail fares

The Government insisted that it understands passengers concerns over the cost of rail fares as annual season tickets rose by 3.1 per cent.

Campaign groups have complained about the increase, with the Campaign for Better Transport saying that fares are rising three times faster than wages.

A Department for Transport spokesman said: "The Government understands concerns rail passengers have about the costs of fares and the impact they have on household budgets.

Government has insisted that it understands concerns over the cost of rail travel. Credit: PA Wire

"That is why next year, for the first time in a decade, regulated fares will not rise on average by more than the rate of inflation, offering relief for families and the hard-working people.

"As a result of the economic policies that this government has put in place, the most recent forecasts from the Office for Budget Responsibility are that by around 2015, fares will be rising in line with wages and salaries."

The spokesman insisted that the fares passengers pay will drive the "biggest programme of rail modernisation ever" resulting in new state-of-the-art trains, better stations and shorter journey times.

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Turing's 'distress' letter sent to friends before conviction

A letter sent from Alan Turing to his mathematician friend Norman Routledge shows the codebreaker's worries and "distress" ahead of pleading guilty to gross indecency in 1952.

An excerpt from the communication is printed on the website Letters of Note, citing a Turing biography by Andrew Hodges.

I've now got myself into the kind of trouble that I have always considered to be quite a possibility for me, though I have usually rated it at about 10:1 against.

I shall shortly be pleading guilty to a charge of sexual offences with a young man.

The story of how it all came to be found out is a long and fascinating one, which I shall have to make into a short story one day, but haven't the time to tell you now.

No doubt I shall emerge from it all a different man, but quite who I've not found out.

Glad you enjoyed broadcast. Jefferson certainly was rather disappointing though.

I'm afraid that the following syllogism may be used by some in the future.

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Yours in distress,

Alan

– Letter from Alan Turing to Norman Routledge

Campaigner 'very happy' about Royal pardon

Campaigner William Jones, who began the petition to give Alan Turing a Royal pardon in 2011, has said he is "very happy" about today's news.

Talking about the Royal pardon, he said:

"This is fantastic for Alan Turing - but this is not the end of the story for the gay, lesbian and bi-sexual people who were convicted in similar cases.

For them, the campaign continues."

– William Jones, campaigner
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