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I repair windscreens, and can confirm what others have said - this type of damage cannot be repaired.
It can be 'made safe' as a temporary repair, by using a very small drill to place a hole through the damaged layer just ahead of each end of the crack, then glass filler applied, but that's really just a 'get you home' type of repair. It will prevent further splitting, but the crack will still be visible.
A secondhand windscreen is your best budget alternative - I wouldn't limit my search to the internet, many are low-budget businesses, so advertise in the back of those free motoring papers sometimes found in filling stations.
It sounds obvious, but get it fitted in the morning, so you can check it over to ensure the replacement isn't damaged.
This job should never be complete - the day I think I've done it all, is the day I resign.
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2005 FIAT Ducato 2.8JTD LWB Gran Volume, 2000 Kawasaki ZZR 1100 D7 'fullpower' in black + full GIVI & KAPPA luggage, 2007 MB R-Class 320 CDi Sport LWB uprated by Brabus to 300Bhp don't know if there's a 155mph limiter - will be fun finding out! 2004 Mercedes Vaneo 1.7 CDi Ambiente 7-seater