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Examining the success of the community-run Glamis Hall in Wellingborough and whether it is an inspiration or a threat to other council-run centres in the region.

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Cracking down on people who take drugs and then take to the road.


I'm on patrol with Essex Police, who are catching 40 drivers a month


This gentleman does have cocaine in his system.


You are under arrest on suspicion of driving with a drug level over


Stepping in to take over running a daycare centre.


From Thursday, the weekend seems endless until I can come


And its 80 years since the invention of ground-breaking technology that


helped change the course of the Second World War.


People talk a lot about Bletchley Park, which is great,


big secret place where computers were born.


This place is as important and was a secret and probably has


Revealing the stories that matter closer to home.


And we'll have that story in about 20 minutes' time.


But first the RAC reckons that one in 20 people have


Well, I've been on patrol with the police in Essex


as they crack down on these motorists who are breaking the law.


It's 9:30am on a Thursday morning and I'm out


Six separate police forces are taking part in a joint exercise


They're going to keep a special lookout for people driving


I've only been in the police car for a few minutes


Yeah, they look like they've got two detained and it's


The police also suspect the driver has used drugs.


Officers are now able to do instant roadside tests to check.


As a result they're catching and prosecuting more


The RAC reckons more than one in 20 drivers have


Even though the traffic is at a halt here because of the road works,


PC Sharpe has negotiated through with his siren and lights.


Colleagues have stopped a stolen car.


In the past to prosecute the police had to show that your driving


was impaired by drugs, but now it's an offence to drive


if you've taken certain drugs whether or not it has any effect


Over the past year on average we would suggest 40 drivers


a month are being arrested for positive samples.


A lot of people would be horrified to hear that.


It doesn't matter how much advertising there is. People will


always choose to take illicit substances would not think before


taking other substances that may affect their ability to control a


vehicle. Driving while under the influence


of drugs can sometimes have very Just over two years ago a drug


driver killed two young friends on this road


near Braintree in Essex. Jill and Mike Simmons' son James


was one of the young men who died. He loved his home, he loved


family get together, he was so funny, he was like his dad


he was very funny. He was planning a career


in the music industry. This car came towards the, switched


carriageways without warning, James injuries were


catastrophic to say the least. And he would have been


rendered unconscious It is unbelievable. You can't


believe what they are telling you. I just stared at the policewoman and I


didn't know what to say. I just went numb. It just killed everything. It


has killed everything ever since. Because although we are very close,


our lives have changed completely. The joy has gone.


Mike Simmons doesn't want other people to have to experience


While the penalties for drug driving have increased,


Mike thinks the police could do more.


The police have the tools and the authority.


But I don't feel I have resources to actually enforce the law.


It's all very well having strong laws, but if you can't enforce them


Essex Police say they're very pro-active.


If they suspect anyone of drug driving they carry out a roadside


salvia test which shows the presence of illegal substances.


This particular motorist was clear, there were no drugs in his system.


But Essex Police say they are currently arresting around


500 drivers a year who have been using drugs.


But it's not just illegal drugs that can affect your


ability behind the wheel - some prescription medicines can also


As we saw earlier in the film, the patrol car I was in was called


to help with the arrest of a driver in a stolen car.


Officers believe he's also taken illegal drugs.


As PC Sharpe's colleagues have made the stop and the arrest,


they are going to be the ones that carry out the drugs test to see


if there is any drugs in the system of the driver.


I'm making a formal requirement now at 11 minutes past


ten for a drug wipe, just to see if there is any


drugs in your system while you are driving.


The saliva test will show whether the driver has taken any


This very faint pink mark is coming up just to the left of the control


line on the bottom row next to the cocaine line,


which shows that this gentleman does have cocaine in his system.


So at the moment, I am going to tell you now,


you are under arrest further under the suspicion of driving with a drug


Under section 5A of the Road Traffic Act,


you are committing an offence if you have cocaine in your


I just spoke to the man who has been arrested who is in


I asked him if he had been taking drugs.


But as you saw on the indicator it quite clearly shows


So the next stage is to take him to the police station


The police are still waiting the results of that blood test.


Now, if are you are caught driving with drugs in your system,


above a certain limit, there's an automatic


one year driving ban, there's also an unlimited fine


and the possibility of up to six months in prison.


At moment the roadside test only covers two illegal drugs.


But you can still be prosecuted for taking other banned substances.


The kits that we have got at the moment are testing


That's quite limiting, though, isn't it, the cos I suppose


they could have any other Class A drug in their system,


However, should you suspect somebody is impaired,


and they provide a negative sample, you have still got your suspicions


that they are unfit through drink or drugs and you can still arrest


and then go through the normal doctor procedure.


The drug driver who killed James Simmons and his friend


Corran Powell also died in the crash.


Tests on his body revealed he'd had taken a cocktail


His system contained cocaine, diazepam, amphetamines and cannabis


He was absolutely aware of what he was doing.


You can't be under the influence of anything like that and then deem


You get behind the wheel of a car, you have a weapon and it's your


I don't care what people do in the comfort of their own home.


But the minute they get behind the wheel of a car


If there is something you think we should be looking


into here on the programme you can get in touch with me on Twitter.


All the e-mails get passed on to the team.


You are watching Inside Out in the east of England here on BBC One.


Trying to save a secret installation here in Bawdsey in Suffolk that


Are you proud of what your mother and father did?


I actually know very little about what they did.


After the war they never ever spoke about their actual work.


Now, some daycare centres are under threat of closure


One in Northamptonshire was going to be shut down.


That is until the people that use that thought, hey, hang on,


we can step in here ourselves and run it.


Well, Jo Taylor has been to see how they have been getting on.


Years ago he was diagnosed with Parkinson's disease,


but in the last six months it's got considerably worse.


Since then life at home has been a challenge for him


She's on demand 24-7 and I can understand she hasn't got


There's very little Frank can do at the moment.


I'm being exhausted and although I love him dearly


We have these big rows and it ain't that we don't love each other,


it's because how frustrated, how - suffocating


But two days a week, Frank gives Anita a much needed break.


He goes to a place where he's safe ? and entertained.


This is Glamis Hall, a daycare centre for


Frank is one of 130 people who visit the centre regularly.


Volunteers are on hand to pass around the teas and coffees -


and ready to make up a hand for cards or play Scrabble.


Oh dear, I haven't got any vowels are told.


But Glamis Hall had to fight for its survival.


Previously run by the Borough Council of Wellingborough,


when the councillors threatened to withdraw funding,


The Centre is no longer funded out of the public purse, but,


to the relief of centre users, the service it provides continues.


Instead of looking for a wooden box, I've got somewhere to go.


Betty can be found at Glamis Hall every Tuesday and Thursday.


It's a lifesaver. And I hate it, from Thursday,


the weekend seems endless until I can come back here on a Tuesday.


I think it stimulates your brain, because you chat together instead


of sitting at home either talking to yourself or no-one at all.


Glamis Hall dishes up lunch for more than 40 people every weekday.


Afterwards, it's time to sit back and enjoy the entertainment.


This afternoon there's a bit of a party atmosphere.


Glamis provides a vital service ? but what happened


In June 2014, the borough council decided it could not afford


A campaign to keep the Centre open was mounted by users and relatives.


A petition attracted 10,000 signatures.


What was your message to the Council?


To stop - because we've got friends here and all I've got at home


Whereas we've got something here to do ? and they was only


When money got really tight something had to give.


We had to concentrate on the things that we were directly responsible


for statutory duties that we had to carry out.


The decision came as a terrible blow ? but the campaigners remained


They formed a trust, and persuaded the council to give


The group was given the keys in January 2015 on condition


they paid for it and organise the running of the hall.


It was a big responsibility, particularly for Heather Saunders,


How did you persuade the council to let you run the hall?


We presented a business plan to them which was costed


going forward for five years ? with our staff and volunteering.


We employ staff ? we have seven members of staff and the people


who come pay to come ? and with the volunteer and staffing


model that we've got we keep our costs low


Services on offer include a therapeutic massage ? or more


Some people haven't had a bath for years.


And the sheer pleasure they have, the enjoyment of having a bath,


Not everybody, even with family members,


you'd be surprised how many people, they see us more than they see


the centre raises additional money by renting out space for other


From youth clubs to Zumba classes - and more.


But two years on, the daytime remains reserved for people


Across the UK, daycare centres are under threat.


But when it comes to public funding, like many district and borough


councils, Wellingborough argues the buck stops elsewhere.


Of course we can't look beyond the truth ? that daycare


facilities for the elderly should be the responsibility


But Northamptonshire County Council says it's struggling


because of the Government's nationwide cuts to social care


It argues more funding should be provided by central government ?


basis, as variable council tax receipts means social care


Meanwhile it claims squeezed budgets leave it with no option


Only recently it withdrew funding from two daycare centres to make


If cuts to council funding continue, what would Heather Saunders advice


be to others who attend daycare centres faced with closure?


Elderly people are the same as everybody.


We need to be with people, with friends ? we need


to have a laugh and that's why it works, because it's fun.


Back at home, Frank and Anita reflect on the day.


Glamis is the top row of things I want to do every week.


If I don't have it once a week, I don't know how


It's given Frank a new lease of life.


Not only is this place, Bawdsey on the Suffolk coast,


a beautiful village it also has a really significant place


In fact the science that was going on here 80 years ago has given us


all kinds of things today that we take for granted.


All of that technology that we take for granted.


But we wouldn't have any of it, if it wasn't for the scientific


work that was done here, 80 years ago.


These ghostly buildings are the remnants of once


on the Suffolk coast, their walls hold secrets


What they were working on was to prove invaluable


in the fight against the Nazis in the Second World War.


The grey outbuildings and that stunning place behind me,


Bawdsey Manor, were home to the world's first ever radar


station, 80 years ago. After the First World War,


protecting the UK from attack was a big priority.


The Air Ministry looked into creating radio death


rays which would blow up or disable enemy aircraft.


A Scottish scientist, Robert Watson-Watt,


He dismissed the idea of death rays, but said that radio beams could be


bounced off enemy aircraft to detect them.


And what he and his team developed was vital in the Battle of Britain.


Tests were carried out which would lead to the development of radar.


David Heath and Tony Meacock are scientists and they're


going to show me how it all came about.


Radar works by sending out a pulse of energy and picking up


You can see the outgoing pulse that goes from the transmitter. It is


reflected back and how far as the pulses is a distance of the range of


the prospect. That looks like fun. I want to do that.


This is a model of the system but in reality the first operational radar


of the system can detect enemy aircraft long before they could be


seen or heard over Britain. Just as when you clap with an echo,


you get the echo back, with Watson-Watt's case


it was giving a pulse of electro-magnetic radiation


and picking that up, measuring how long it took to come


back and that gave the distance, The radar tests were very successful


and huge amounts of money were thrown at the scientists


to develop radar further. The Bawdsey Manor estate


was bought for ?24,000, And massive towers were built


here to send and receive In 1937 it became the world's


first radar station. It was vital in defending Britain


during the Second World War. But now, this once hugely


significant building Mary Wain's mother and father met


here while working as radar My parents met at Bawdsey


and I always put my origins, If it wasn't for radar


I wouldn't be here. So they met while working


as radar operators? Yes, here at Bawdsey,


but I actually know very little about what they did,


because, though they talked about Bawdsey and I was born


in Bawdsey, after the war, they never never spoke about their


actual work, what they did. Are you proud of what your


mother and father did? Oh, yes, I am also not just proud


of my mother but I'm actually I think it was a really really


important part of her life. But the bleak crumbling concrete


blocks of the old radar station are in stark contrast to the opulent


Bawdsey Manor itself. To think this is where some


of the most important scientific work of the early 20th century


was done, is mind blowing. The manor is just a short distance


from the old radar block. And the whole site was used


by scientists developing radar, who were originally based a few


miles down the coast at Orfordness. Ann Toettcher and her husband have


owned Bawdsey Manor for 20 years and are always discovering


new things about what happened of course all the other scientific


developments that took place Starting with the beginning


of the story of the development of radar in the 20th


century at Orfordness. And the poor boffins were living


and working on that desolate spit and having to row across to the pub


every night, so they were looking for somewhere comfortable


and useful to live in, but also somewhere where they could


continue their scientific developments and this place was just


the perfect place, because it's one of the highest places in Suffolk,


you know, this great big towered These two huge towers,


the tower over there and the red tower were the perfect place


for practicing transmissions. This turret here was where they did


one of the first land to radar transmissions,


the planes could fly very easily across the sea


in front of the manor. This was Robert


Watson-Watt's office. The room he would've


burned the midnight oil, working on his calculations.


Just imagine the conversations Up until recently, Bawdsey Manor


was run as a private school. But it's in a far better condition


than the old radar block. Well, as you can see, David,


this wall is in a very bad The metal work's exposed,


the concrete's coming off the wall and something needs to be done now


if we're going to save it. Miriam Stead is hoping


to save the historic buildings. Although it's not the most beautiful


building on the planet, It's a development that helped us


win the Battle of Britain, helped us, probably to win the war


and the technology that evolved out of that has given us


so much that is important Obviously air traffic control,


weather mapping, satellites, GPS, People talk about Bletchley Park


which is a great big secret place, This place is as important


and was as secret and probably has Now is its day to come into the sun


so that people in Suffolk, in the region, in the country


and even worldwide, because the story is that important,


can learn about Bawdsey And the original radar


block will be saved, The science that was developed


here led to microwaves, speed guns, anything that uses


reflected radio waves. But back then their only concern


was to use the technology to win And they are really getting


on with the job as well. In fact, when I mentioned this


at the end of last week's programme, the firm is doing the refurbishment


got in touch and sent So it shouldn't be long


before it is all done. Well, they got in touch


with me by e-mail. Next week on the programme,


as 70 families are evicted in Peterborough, we ask


who is to blame. We reveal how one leading


supermarket's special offers aren't And how this little tractor


transformed farming for good. That's Inside Out next


Monday, 7:30pm on BBC One. Hello, I'm Riz Lateef


with your 90-second update. Overcrowded - the number of patients


on wards in England have been


Across the region day care centres are under threat of closure due to cuts in council funding. Vital to the elderly and vulnerable people who rely on the service they provide, one group of users and their families took the bold step to take over the running and financing of their day care centre. Two years on, Glamis Hall in Wellingborough is a thriving enterprise offering companionship and care for all who use and attend the centre. Is this an inspiration or threat to other council-run centres in the region? It's the 80th anniversary of the world's first operational radar station. In 1937 Robert Watson-Watt and his team of scientists worked at Bawdsey Manor on the Suffolk coast to develop radar, which helped win the Battle of Britain and eventually the war. The old radar block is in danger of crumbling away but a grant could save this piece of history.