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Fighting back - the paralysed Newmarket jockey determined
to get back in the saddle gives his first TV interview.
You get the days and you get bad days.
A lot of downs at the moment but you have to fight
Tackling mental health - why football is being prescribed
Weighing up her chances - Britain's strongest woman getting
And more than 1 million building bricks.
Cambridge's Great Fen recreated in miniature.
First tonight - it was a fall that left him paralysed from the waist
down and with 18 broken ribs - but Newmarket jockey Freddy Tylicki
says he's determined to get back on a horse.
The 30-year-old came off in a four-horse pile up
In his first television interview, Freddy has been speaking
to our sports reporter Tom Williams, as he begins the slow journey
You know that as the individual rider, but you don't think about it.
You are going to get falls, that is for sure.
And when you do fall, it is how bad it is afterwards.
I got away with it a few times and unfortunately,
So, how are you coping with learning to adapt to a new way of living?
You get good days and you get bad days, obviously.
A lot of downs at the moment, but you have got to fight
There are only two ways you can go in this situation and I have
Freddy had been an emerging force in the saddle.
A former champion apprentice - last year, his best season yet.
At 30 years old, he was tipped for the top before tragedy struck.
Falling in a four-horse pile-up in Kempton in October.
Meaning he has no movement in the lower half of his body.
Being here, when you get to see people that have had all sorts
of accidents and all sorts of injuries and to be honest,
a couple of lads watched the race again and they said
to me that I was very lucky to actually be
here because it was apparently a horrible fall.
I can't... I have not seen it...
I was there, there is no point in looking at it again.
So I'm going to say in some ways, I'm lucky to be here.
You do seem incredibly positive, in the time I've spent
I got a lot of friends and the racing community
has been tremendous, tremendously helpful to me.
And a lot of lads drop in on their way back
from Kempton or Lingfield, and put me in the car and we go
And stuff like that really cheers me up.
After weeks in intensive care, Freddy's rehabilitation
Circulation and stretch on this one...
Experts at the London spinal cord unit keep him busy.
Specialist equipment keeps his muscles moving.
I love my job and I live for the industry, I lived for my job.
And I started riding a racehorse when I was 11 or 12 years of age
Once you start with it, you just can't stop.
Do you think there is a chance you could ride again?
For sure. Most definitely.
I am going to have a riding lesson next Wednesday...
So you really are getting straight back on the horse?
Obviously, it's not going to be a racehorse,
But, look, as I said, life goes on and you have got
to make the most of it and roll on next Wednesday.
In other news, police say that five people have now been arrested
on suspicion of the murder of a 17-year-old boy
Liam Hunt was stabbed in St George's Street.
All those arrested are teenagers between 16 and 19 years old.
A liar and an actor who preyed on his wealthy fiance
That's how prosecutors described Ian Stewart today
in their closing speeches to the Helen Bailey murder trial.
The body of 51-year-old children's author Helen Bailey was found
After nearly six weeks of evidence, the trial is coming to an end,
the prosecution told the jury the killing of Helen Bailey, the
planning that went into it, and the disposal of her body were wicked
actions. They claim Ian Stewart, who met her online, have been preying on
the Hertfordshire author to win his way into her favour and later into
her well. Helen Bailey's body was found in a cesspit under her home in
Royston three months after she vanished in April. Ian Stewart told
police she left a note saying she needed time and space and have gone
to the Broadstairs. He then changed his story, saying his partner had
been kidnapped by two mystery men. The prosecution counsel called the
story absurd. Why would they choose to bring the uninjured, drug body of
Helen Bailey to that spot? The Crown say that the defendant's evident on
its own, any rational consideration of it say that he's guilty. The
defendant's counsel asked what cause a mild mannered loving family man to
suddenly decide to kill Helen Bailey. It made no sense, it is
rubbish. Responding to the prosecution case that Ian Stewart
killed his fiancee for her fortune, he replied he was in poor, he wasn't
short of funds, he didn't need any more money. The prosecution -- he
told Helen and Ian Stewart were in love and they were happy and
contented. Ian Stewart denies all charges. The case is nearly at its
end. Closing speeches are tomorrow. More than 100 people are expected
to gather in the centre of Cambridge tonight to show their support
for the city's rough sleepers. It's in response to a video
that was posted online reportedly showing a student burning a ?20 note
in front of a homeless man. The incident attracted
widespread condemnation. Mousumi Bakshi is in
the city centre now. The name of the student was splashed
across several newspapers. He was ousted from his Conservative Party
Association and around 23,000 people have called on Cambridge University
to expel him. In the wake of the incident, there were concerns that
students may face a backlash. Tonight, around 100 students will be
handing out free hot meals and drinks to the city's roughly those.
One of the beneficiaries will be Jimmy's Night Shelter. Barry, in a
perverse way, your charity has benefited from the incident? One
thing that positive action is showing is that we are a benefactor
and we are very proud to be associated with this and very
generous of the individuals. Individual -- donations come to
about ?10,000 and we have to look at use it for people the street. Some
people would be surprised to learn that homelessness is a problem here.
How bad is it? The visible end has gone up across all cities in the
country, not just Cambridge. But one of the positive things to come out
of an unfortunate incident is that positive thought is now having an
affirmative action to it. The student bodies should be praised.
Thank you very much for joining us. Students will be out from around 70
M until 9pm, any extra money raised will go to the city's homeless. --
around 7pm. Next - how sport can keep your mind
healthy as well as your body. For the last few months,
patients at a mental health unit in Milton Keynes have been playing
football - sometimes And organisers say it's
working - the activity has James Burridge joined the team
from the Campbell Centre Strangers who are suffering
in silence, now a team 53-year-old Robin has been
suffering for too long. Battling depression
for over 40 years. Not wanting to get out of bed,
overeating, just being very, very... Basically wanting to
jump off Beachy Head. Around 11,000 people suffer
with some sort of mental health illness here in Milton Keynes
and yet it is widely accepted there is a lack of provision
for those who suffer. This three-year programme,
which started in September, costs just ?50,000 and is having
a profound impact. Taking in-patients from
the ward to the pitch. I have noticed that there
is a massive gap for So I took it upon myself to really
bring these people along to try something in the community
because there is a lot of help whilst they are in crisis
and while they are in hospital and they are protected there,
but as soon as they have got to try and do things by themselves,
they don't really know where to go. So it is creating
something for them. When our players play football,
they play for MK Dons in the kit and colours as you have seen today
and they go out of represent us Mat macro they go out and represent
us. If I was just a regular grass-roots
player, if I had my time again, I would love to put that kit
on and play for the Dons. But we can make that
happen for these guys. Robin, have you ever
thought what life would be like if you didn't have football
as an outlet? It would not be a good place
to be at all, really, It's a whole team sport,
the whole team environment and also as I said before,
it improves your health A complicated illness
but a simple game. No pills, no counselling,
just a ball, some mates Well, mental health researchers have
long recommended exercise I spoke to Marguerite Reegan
from the Mental Health Foundation and asked why getting moving
helps our mood. It has been proven to reduce
stress and anxiety. It reduces the number of days people
have to take off work sick. It helps with sleep and it is has
also been proven to be a great treatment either alongside
pharmaceutical methods or as a replacement and it doesn't
have any of the negative So it is really, really useful both
for prevention and promotion of mental health but also
for treatment of mental problems. And does it matter what kind
of sport you are doing? A team sport like football
or individual things like yoga No, all physical
activity is beneficial. If it is in groups, in team sports,
it has the added benefit of helping with loneliness for the general
population and social isolation for people who live
with mental health problems, which is often a key
factor for them. And what about doing
something like football, where you are learning
a skill as well? Does that kind of thing train
the brain and help in other ways? Well, there is the part
about being part of the community and part of a team, so the social
aspects, but also the skills It improves memory and it is
a protective factor for memory loss and it makes people achieve better
in school and in jobs. In Milton Keynes, they have invested
quite heavily in this in partnership Why should they make the effort
to invest in this kind of thing? It is effective as treatment
and effective for prevention. It's cost-effective,
it is very accessible and sport has the added bonus that there is no
stigma attached to taking part, whether you are doing it
for your mental health It also is a great way to target
groups who will not necessarily talk Men are a key demographic
that it is very, very It's a great way to move things out
of just the health system and get communities involved and remove
the stigma and continue A new UK base for the airline
Wizzair will create 36 The budget airline will open three
new routes from the airport in June, flying to Israel,
Kosovo and Georgia. In total, the airline will operate
42 routes out of Luton. Last year, the airline carried more
than five million passengers. This year it will have over
six million seats on sale across its Luton routes,
marking a 13% growth year on year. Here's Stewart and Susie
with the rest of Look East. If you've got a lego fan
in your house, stay tuned - And we'll be finding out just how
powerful you have to be to be A team of injured soldiers
is in training to compete against able-bodied drivers
in the Le Mans 24-hour race. The legendary endurance race
attracts fans from across the world. Warren McKinlay
is part of Team Brit. He was a mechanic based at RAF
Honington in Suffolk when he was badly injured
in a motorbike accident. Now he's in training with four
other former servicemen and they've even put
together their own My name is Warren McKinlay, I am 35
years old. I was in the Royal Electrical engineers and I suffered
a brain injury. The team Brit car down the inside. Nicely done. Team
Brit stands for British racing injured troops.
We spoke to Warren McKinlay and his wife Sarah, and asked
what it meant to Warren to be part of this team
First of all, it's a fantastic opportunity I have been offered to
be part of this journey. It is a mammoth task. But the distance we
have travelled six months ago, I now can see is a fully achievable goal.
Sarah, how nervous are you that he is going to be going round a track
at high speeds? I am nervous about it especially after his accident,
but I am fully behind him and looking forward to going to the
races and watching him. Warren, it is an extraordinary journey you have
been on since your accident 11 years ago, because for a time you felt
like you were not alive. Yes. As strange as it sounds for either need
to say it now, at my time in Headley Court and for about 18 months, I did
believe that I had died in the accident and everything that
happened to me was some kind of afterlife. We know about his
problems, but you have had to live with those, how has that been for
you? It has been really hard. The children have gone through the
journey with us as well, but we have all stuck together and worked at it.
This is the next step in his recovery with his racing. Sarah,
have you noticed the change in Warren since he has got involved in
motorsport? Has it been obvious to you the impact it has had? It has,
it has given him his strive back again and given him his motivation,
going out and having a day on a track. He is buzzing from it. One of
the problems you have had is you have had trouble concentrating and
focusing and yet the one thing you have to do in a car is concentrate
and focus, so how do you adapt? Since my accident, one way I dumped
with these is to take myself away from the situation, one of the
things that helped me was driving. I would drive and be on my own, it was
one skill I never lost. When I put the race helmet on and get into the
racing car, I really do wish I could work out how I can focus so much on
one single task and feed it into other aspects of my life. We wish
you all the very best of luck in the run-up to Le Mans and good luck to
you, Sarah, watching. She's 34, married
and a mother of two. She's also Britain's
strongest woman. That's remarkable enough,
but it gets better. She has only been training for two
years and now she's about to go to America to take part
in the competition to become Breakfast time in the Thompson
household. Close to competition time, Andrea needs about 3500
calories a day so while the children are having cereal, Andrea Downes a
fruit and vegetable smoothly plus a mushroom and spinach omelette.
Without it you would not lift anything? No, I get tired, I cannot
perform in the gym, I get frustrated and end up having a bad day. I was
hoping the spinach might give me muscles like Popeye but it is hard
to compete with biceps like this. Andrea has only been in the sport
for two years, she wanted to get fit for her sister's wedding, went to
the gym and soon got the bug for weightlifting. Andrea trains four or
five times a week. How good is she? Very good. The day she came in it
was obvious she had great potential and over the years we have developed
that and she is starting to realise that now. Andrea builds up her
sessions smoothly. Here squat lifting 180 kilos or just over 28
stone. It is tough and as Britain's strongest woman, Andrea is up to the
task. Come on! Andrea is competing at the Arnold sports festival in
America next month where she will compete against the world's's best.
I am hoping to do better than I did last. I came last year. I would love
to win but my next step is just to do better than I did. Frankly I was
get it -- script getting a sweat on just watching. 250 kilos, 39 stone
and it looked like my idea of hell. I do care at times how hard she gets
pushed. She needs to push if she needs to reach the top. You have to
admire Andrea's strength and determination. She has, a long way
in a short time and who is to say Britain's strongest woman cannot one
day be the world's's strongest woman. The trainer has the easier
job! She is amazing! That looks painful! If you have tried to build
a model out of Lego you know how fiddly it can be. I spent a whole
Christmas doing a dolphin cruiser once for my daughter. Imagine trying
to do it with more than a million pieces. That is the challenge the
Great Fen project has taken on. It is a model of the Cambridgeshire
wetland and this half term they need your help.
They came to see and help make a miniature, magical world. A mini
Great Fen. It is wetland and wildlife. More than a million
building bricks. It is half term so plenty of helping hands. I made a
duck and it came from a video that I watch. I made a barn owl on a bench,
because I find owls are interesting because they are awake at night and
sleep in the day. It's amazing to see how many things you can make and
some things are so small and others are very big and lifelike. The bird
hide and its watchers you can find that on the Fens. Its historic
buildings you can find that also. The great fen Project restoring the
Cambridge farmland to wetland. How it was before being drained more
than 400 years ago. This is their swallowtail butterfly. You can still
find them on the Norfolk Broads but they have been extinct on the Fens
for 100 years. They are hoping the real thing will return. This is a
fun way to teach you about the great fan. We have spent years and years
building the great fen which is a new nature reserve. It often takes a
long time to do things in reality on the ground, but with Lego we can
build it in a day. They will build it until Saturday. Sunday it all
comes down. Hundreds of thousands of bricks taken apart. Not just broken
up but sorted into colours, piece by piece.
Now the weather. Lovely day today. It has turned a bit cloudy with some
rain around but look at the earlier photographs from weather watchers.
This is a cloud spotter's dream in Essex. Another coastline shot in
Norfolk and in Suffolk, lots of fine weather. We will see more over the
next few days and it will stay mild. This is the pressure setup at the
moment. High pressure to the South building in. This weather front here
throws in a lot of cloud. We have seen patchy outbreaks of rain so
that will continue this evening. But it should Clint Eastwood 's, so for
the rest of the night, it looks lovely dry. -- clears eastward. Once
more it is a mild night with loads of six or 7 degrees. We start the
day tomorrow with this weather system on the scene. A little cloudy
to start with but high pressure building in. More fine weather and
it is likely to stay mild. We start with a bit of cloud first thing and
the chance of some patchy rain, and then it is looking largely dry. More
cloud around but we should see some brightness and sunny intervals.
Temperatures of ten or 11 degrees and there will be a light and
variable wind. The afternoon could turn cloudy at times, but hopeful we
should see some brightness and sunshine. Not a lot changing on the
pressure pattern. We have this weather coming through Saturday
night into Sunday but the weekend looks as though it will stay mild.
Mainly dry, cloudy at times, sunny intervals and a much milder start to
next week if a little cloudy. Some great pictures today. See you
tomorrow. Good night.