25/09/2012 Look East - West


25/09/2012

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On Look East tonight: At first it appeared to be a tragic accident

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but now detectives are treating the death of this driver as

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manslaughter. This is a very serious crime that has caused the

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loss of life of this woman. She started her journey up unaware she

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had damaged a tired. Because her her life.

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Also tonight: Taking the law into their own hands.

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The householders mounting their own security patrols to protect their

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property. You are looking out for your area and your wives and

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children and your family and friends. We are here to protect our

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town and area. Powering up. Buses go electric in a

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country-first in Milton Keynes. Raising the curtain on a year of

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Apology for the loss of subtitles for 434 seconds

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celebrations for the region's Hello, good evening. Services for

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the elderly and vulnerable in Northampton are putting increasing

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pressure on budgets at a time when extra savings are needed. An

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independent audit report commissioned by the council has

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concluded that the savings are unsustainable. So far the council

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has already taken �150 million out of its budget by finding savings

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and expects to have to find another �27 million of savings from next

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year's budget. In total, another �120 million needs to be found over

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the next four years. However, the chief executive of the council

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insists services for the vulnerable remain a top priority.

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What you have to do is look for initiative solutions. We have been

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making sure we have people who need help. We are asking for people who

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can help themselves, how can they play a greater role in society? How

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can they help the council provide services in a different way?

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One of the agencies used by the council to provide services is Age

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UK Northamptonshire. Last year, their funding from the council was

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nearly �700,000, but this year that funding was cut to just under

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�440,000. That compares to more than �1 million five years ago.

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They say they are having to help more people with less funding.

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If we remove the services that we provide to older people, we will

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find those people landing up in hospital beds and in nursing homes,

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which will be financial madness. The details of the auditors' report

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will be discussed by county councillors tomorrow, but it is not

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until the Autumn Spending Review that the council will know just how

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much of a saving it needs to make. A planning inspector has today

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heard the arguments for and against a free school which opened without

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planning approval. 200 pupils began at Bedford Free School two weeks

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ago, despite the site being rejected on traffic grounds. The

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inspector will decide what happens next.

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A school at under scrutiny. The children do not put a step wrong

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but, at least not when they come into school. I walk or cycle.

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it difficult to get to the school? No. We all know that parents will

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be parking beside it soon. Do you think it will cause trouble? More

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than likely, yes. What school doesn't? A in June, the council

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first rejected their plans, saying it would cause too much disruption.

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In August, are a fresh application was made but that was rejected. The

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school said it would appeal. Two weeks ago, Bedford Free School

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opened with nearly 200 pupils. Taking the wider community, the

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borough, this will only cause great congestion and further the time and

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the delays to get through town and in to town in the mornings and at

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the end of the afternoon. Now it is out of the hands of politicians and

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with inspectors, we are confident when they announced the decision,

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it will go minor quake. Accounts will have threatened to take

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enforcement action next week which will close -- forced the school at

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into temporary accommodation on the other side of the road. They have

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worked hard to get us in the school. Now there is a big argument.

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planning inspector says the decision will be made of one issue

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of how one issue alone, the impact on traffic. He watched the road

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outside this morning and will make an official visit later today. His

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decision is not expected for a few weeks.

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Police divers have been searching a river in Cambridge in connection

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with the death of 76-year-old Llwelyn Thomas. Divers have been in

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the river at Grassy Corner in Fen Ditton today. Mr Thomas was found

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dead at his home in Chittering in December. Two men who were arrested

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are on bail. Bedfordshire Police say they

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believe a medieval jug stolen from a Luton museum in May has been

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recovered. Two people have been arrested. The Wenlok jug was taken

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from a high-security cabinet at the Stockwood Discovery Centre in Luton.

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A bus route in Milton Keynes will be the first in the country to use

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a state-of-the-art self-charging electric bus. It's a five year

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trial which aims to reduce emissions and noise.$$NEWLINE

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It looks like a regular bus but the technology is cutting edge. It is

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possible to charge this bus on its route. Milton Keynes has been

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chosen as the place to trial it. Eight of these buses will be

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driving on the street and today many factors, designers, the bus

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company and the council met to seal the five year deal. We were one of

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the first places in the country to start installing electric charging

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posts for ordinary cars, electric cars. This particular project moves

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that forward. The standard customer who uses the route will not know,

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apart from a quite a journey to work. They will see a new work bus

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and a quieter bars. Each bus will save around 500 tons of Co2 being

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pumped into the atmosphere each year. It will also save on fuel. In

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just one year, the buses will be on the road so keep your eyes peeled

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because you will not be able to hear them. Football, it is a big

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night for MK Dons in the capital one cup. Karl Robinson's side

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entertain Premier League side Sunderland in the third-round tie.

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Dons, who will be looking to reach the last 16 of the competition,

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knocked out Championship side Blackpool in the last round. Full

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commentary on BBC Three Counties Radio.

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A giant statue of Olympic medal winner Louis Smith beside the East

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Coast railway line could soon become a reality. A farmer has

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offered a piece of land beside the line in Cambridgeshireto allow an

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artist to put up the larger-than- life sculpture of the gymnast. He

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wants it to be the region's answer to the Angel of the North.

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Three years ago, Look East saw this artist set out plans for a giant

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legacy to two Olympic medallist Louis Smith. He needed to win a

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major competition to secure half a million pounds to realise his

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ambition. But he lost. He almost gave up hope. Until now. It was an

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Olympian task to get it done. I was beginning to think we will never

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see this. Now, through Stephen's intervention, I am now in a

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position to say it is a possibility we can make this. If he has been

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busy redesigning the images of the sculpture, taking inspiration from

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Louis Smith's silver medal winner at the Olympics. Instead of using

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steel for part of the construction, it will all be made from timber.

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Were it is a natural -- Wood is a natural thing from around here.

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