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Hello. Our top story: One of Europe's leading chemical companies

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is fined up to one of the worst cases of river pollution in our

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region. This was one of the biggest incidents we have had in this

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region. It had quite a big impact on the ecology and the aquatic life

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in the river. That story and the A judge hits out as an interpreter

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of players to turn up for this man's court hearing. And the

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Canaries face up to their day of destiny, knowing the cost of

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A leading chemical company was ordered to pay �92,000 in fines and

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costs today following a major pollution incident in our region.

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It happened when vandals broke into the Safapac site outside

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Peterborough last summer and opened the taps. 5,000 litres of chemicals

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were released on to the floor, down a storm drain and out into the

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River Nene. Two days later, the chemicals had reached Wisbech and

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The Wash. In King's Lynn, it meant a 24-hour ban for Shellfish

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fishermen, while the water was checked for contamination. Dead and

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distressed fish. Plant and animal life bleached white after a

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devastating release of chemicals from here. An insecticide,

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pesticide, detergent. Around 5000 litres poured from taps by vandals.

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The company MD's still pleaded guilty. Outside court, no comment.

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The judge said there is a heavy burden on firms not to cause

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pollution. It is their responsibility to ensure premises

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are not vulnerable to vandals, especially when there have been

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previous incidents. On 18th June last year, workers saw that hangs

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have been empty. The next year the chemicals had plain as far as the

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speech. -- flown. Fishing stopped for the next two days. It cost the

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industry �200,000. Recreational fishing in came the chair and

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commercial fishing in Norfolk where bears badly affected. -- in

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Cambridgeshire. It was devastating news. Particularly bad for the life

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of the River Neva. I cannot see it coming back. It needs restocking

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heavily to restore the confidence of the local fishermen and the

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confidence of people coming back to Peter Barrar. It has affected the

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fishing industry drastically. -- Peter Barrett. -- Peterborough.

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was the worst case of contaminated waterways this region has ever seen.

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A fine for this man's company and a warning to others. Mansir Tang is

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from the Environment Agency. Hundreds of fish were seen on the

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day dead. Thousands of fish were seen struggling and in distress. It

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affected 50 kilometres of the river. It had a sick and begin to impact

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on the ecology and life of a river. How should these chemicals have

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been stored? they should be safe, secure of and in a locked area.

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They should not have any access to outside bodies. In this case,

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vandalism. The company has said in all of this there was no risk to

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human health and a pub there was no need to stop fishing in the Wash. -

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- and they felt. The decision was taken by another partner

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organisation as a precautionary measure. The Environment Agency

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provided information to the palm of organisation and they acted

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accordingly. -- ate part that organisation. The incident was

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reported. They co-operated fully. The company itself was a victim of

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crime. Vandals attacked their premises. We do not like to see

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companies in this position. They need to make sure promises are safe

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and secure and not accessible to any acts of vandalism. Although the

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company has come forward and Dermot it can, they could have done much

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more before this incident occurred. -- done all it can. What are the

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long-term effects? There was a fungus side, an insecticide and the

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disinfectant. This has killed a lot of the insect life, which the fish

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feed upon. They are affected by a drop in insect population. We do

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not know how long these chemicals may persist within the environment.

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The need to take a precaution reproach in this matter. -- we need.

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A High Court judge hit out today after an interpreter failed to turn

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up for a plea hearing in the case of a man accused of a quadruple

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murder. Mr Justice Flaux said it was a complete disgrace that the

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interpreter failed to turn up for the hearing of Chinese businessman

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Anxiang Du. Jo Black was in court. To use a little bit of legal jargon,

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today was a plea and case management hearing. He walked into

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the court and was asked his name. He nodded. The case can go no

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further. The judge said a Mandarin speaking interpreter was not coming

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because the people who provided the service and it was not worth their

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while. The judge was really unhappy about at and ordered one to turn up

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at 2pm. The company said they could get one there for to 30 pm but the

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judge said that was not good enough and it was an absolute disgrace. --

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2:30pm. Has there been a response from capita? They said the original

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interpreter was not able to attend so they booked a replacement. They

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communicated this to be caught up in good time. They could not get

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back until 2:30pm. At no time did they refuse to attend court on the

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grounds of cost. The judge now wants a written explanation about

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this and the plea and case management hearing has been

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adjourned until July. Peterborough City Council is having to borrow

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�86 million to keep up with an unprecedented demand for new school

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places. Over the next five years, it will have to cope with 8,000 new

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pupils. The news comes just a day after we revealed that the city

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hospital's maternity services have It is clear Kneen Park academy has

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seen better days. The school is showing its age. It should have

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been rebuilt under the building schools for the future programme,

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which the coalition axed at a stroke in 2010. We have one of the

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two that got cancelled at the end of the chain. The school and the

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community - I understand how long we have been waiting. It was a

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massive frustration. Here, a new building is due to open in

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September and existing buildings had been refurbished since the

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school became an academy. They said they have got a lot of new

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utilities for science, especially. I am really looking forward to that.

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The arts department will be a big studio with massive windows.

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new technology can help it you learn and achieve better grades.

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The council has had to pick up the tab for the developments. We have

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just been offered 22 million over the next couple of years. That is

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very helpful. I need 108 million over the next five years.

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Peterborough City Council is having to borrow it. It is as simple as

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that. There is a cost to that. If you borrow 1 million, you need to

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find money out of the rates to do it. It is very much focused on

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those areas that need the most resources. What we have done in

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Peterborough in particular is, the new figures coming through a much

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more accurate about the growth in population. Peterborough will get

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the funding it deserves. It's boring to build schools looks set

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to continue. -- its borrowing. In the next five years, another 8000

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are needed. A task force has been set up in Luton to investigate why

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the number of babies who die there is so high. These the latest

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figures. Across the whole of England, out of every 1,000

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children born alive, 4.4 will die before they reach their first

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birthday. In Luton, that figure is higher. Five children in every

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1,000 die under the age of one. The difference may seem small at just

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0.6%. But it has worried the council and the NHS. What they want

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to do is to look at what are the issues around infant mortality in

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Luton, what can we be doing to try and tackle areas? Are we doing the

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right things in the council - working with partners in the Luton

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and Dunstable Hospital and the Luton clinical commissioning group

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in order to try to tackle those things? What the council wants to

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do is to identify all the issues and do we have the right actions

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and services in place? Is there more we can be done to tackle this

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issue. -- be doing. So, what could be causing this infant mortality?

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Research has shown that there are a number of contributing factors,

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including smoking, poverty, obesity and genetics. And it is this last

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point that Dr Nasreen Ali from the University of Bedfordshire says is

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particularly relevant to areas with a large Asian population, where

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marriages between cousins are traditional. It is something the

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task force wants to address. We are hoping to do this more formally

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with Luton Borough Council. This is to find or what our local community

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in Luton feels about cousin marriage - how much they understand

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about the link between cousin marriage and genetic risk and what

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sort of interventions they would like putting into place to support

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them. Is it a case of the existing interventions being improved or is

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there something else that we can do to support the community to make

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informed decisions? A Peterborough woman has appeared in court charged

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with the murders of three men, whose bodies were found in ditches

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in the city. The body of Kevin Lee was discovered on 30th March. Four

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days later, the bodies Lukas Slaboeski and John Chapman were

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found at Thorney Dyke. 30-year-old Joanna Dennehey appeared at

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Cambridge Crown court via video- link. She has been remanded in

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custody. The loss of hundreds of jobs at a Tesco distribution centre

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in Harlow has been raised in the House of Commons today. The town's

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MP, Robert Halfon, secured a debate over the rights of workers. Many

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