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the man standing trial for a second time, accused of murdering a
teenager from Milton Keynes. Rachel Manning disappeared 13 years ago.
The discovery of her body at Woburn Golf Course began a pursuit of
justice that has already lasted more than a decade and seen an innocent
man jailed. 41-year-old Shahidul Ahmed now stands charged with her
death. Who Today he was back in court to face a retrial. Killed
Rachel Manning Tesco under fire. Claims that local workers in Harlow
have lost their jobs and been replaced by cheaper, migrant labour.
Tesco need to stop being a company is the man who killed Rachel that
night and they say there is new scientific evidence to prove it.
matched DNA on the car steering lock, alleged to have been used to
smack Rachel in the face. The prosecution allege that a hair found
on her clothing also belongs to the defendant. Mr Ahmed denies murder
but the case is expected to go on for six weeks. Joe Black was in
court today. She joins us now. What more can you
tell us? This was an horrific case with a 13
year history. This will now be the fourth trial that Rachel Manning 's
family have had to sit through. As you heard in my report, her
boyfriend at the time, Barry White, was convicted of her murder. That
took place in 2002. Then, that was overturned at the court of appeal.
At a retrial, he was acquitted. Earlier on this year, the man who
stands in the dock today faced a trial. The jury was unable to reach
a verdict. The prosecution continues tomorrow. Mr Ahmed denies murder.
Bedfordshire police have charged a man in connection with the death of
a grandfather after a fight over a disabled parking space. 65-year-old
Alan Watts is accused of killing Brian Holmes, during the row in the
car park at Asda in Biggleswade ten days ago. Mr Holmes died from a head
injury, just days after he had been given the all clear from cancer.
Workers in Harlow may have lost their jobs, only to be replaced by
cheaper migrant labour. The claim from Labour's Shadow Immigration
minister today. It follows the closure of the Tesco distribution
depot in the town which employed 800 people. The workers were offered
jobs at a new centre in Dagenham. But on lower wages and most refused
the offer. In a moment we'll hear from the Harlow MP Robert Halfon.
First this report from Deborah McGurran.
The row over the closure of Tesco's distribution plant in Harlow
reignited by Labour 's shadow immigration minister. Today, he
claimed Tesco may have hired staff who have come from Eastern Europe,
rather than using British workers. When a distribution centre was moved
to a new location, existing staff said they would have lost out by
transferring and the result was a higher proportion of staff at the
new site from other countries taking the jobs. Two weeks ago, the
distribution centre in Harlow finally closed with the loss of
hundreds of jobs. Tesco says it needed to close the depot as part of
a restructuring plan. Of the 800 people who worked here, 500 were
from Harlow. Only around 100 have taken a job at the new distribution
centre in Dagenham, on lower pay. should tackle the problem of
corporate juggernauts. He is calling for Tesco to reveal how many of the
Dagenham workers have been hired from agencies.
So what does the MP Robert Halfon mean when he says the government
needs to tackle corporate juggernauts? I asked him late this
afternoon. I think that Tesco have behaved ruthlessly in Harlow. They
closed a productive distribution centre. They damaged our community,
they damaged the lives of hundreds of Harlow workers. What I am saying
to the government is that we should ensure that these kind of companies
who behave in this way should get no grants from the centre at all in
terms of subsidies, help with relocation. The government should
also look at rules regarding agency workers and ensure that agency
workers are not employed on lower wages because it is the -- unfair on
local people. The criticism seems to be that these workers have lost out
to migrant workers. Do you feel that is the case? I don't know of that
for sure but what I do know is that Harlow Tesco workers were told that
they would get jobs in the Dagenham plant but with significantly reduced
pay. This was an affordable to those individuals who have families to
feed and mortgages to pay. What is wrong is companies like Tesco are
using agency workers, who are often doing the same work but for cheaper
money, and that is what the government needs to look at. That is
what I am urging today. Tesco need to stop being a company that is just
about piling the money high and selling the work is cheap. What
Tesco is doing in cutting costs isn't illegal. Is it time that the
government pushed for a living wage, rather than a element wage? --
minimum wage. I believe in a living wage but there are arguments about
the best way to achieve that. One of the best ways is to cut taxes for
low earners. I am glad the government have done that. They've
raised the tax threshold. I would like to go further and introduce a
10p income tax rate. Keeping in close contact with a lot of the
workers. Do you know how many of them have found jobs elsewhere? I
think it is very hard. I've met a few who have found jobs but many
hundreds have had to take redundancy and it is very difficult for them,
especially in the current climate. It is going to take them some time
to get back on their feet. I know local councillors are doing all they
can and other agencies. It will take a long time to heal our community.
Millions of pounds of Government money is coming to Cambridge to
boost cycling in the city. Cambridge will get �4.1 million with another
�4 million coming from local funding. 40,000 people already cycle
in the city, which means about 22% of journeys are made by bike. It's
hoped however this will increase to 40% in the next ten years.
It is a city planning on going Dutch. Special cycle lanes, away
from the cars and pedestrians. Safer, quicker. For Zoe Chambers, it
is a far cry from Cambridge. That is the UK's cycling capital. She cycles
six miles every day. It is busy. It's an incredibly busy city.
have to be vigilant and try and be safe, be alert all the time as a
road user if you are a cyclist. There are plans for separate
cycleways on three major routes. Better bike connections to the
research parks. Around 5000 bikes cross this bridge every day. It's
one of the busiest stretches for cyclists in the country, say
campaigners, but in a city with so many bikes, is �4.1 million going to
be enough? When you look at how much it is going to cause to upgrade a
local road for instance, it wouldn't get you much of road, but it's a
start. It might get matched by Cambridge county council. They have
been spending millions over the years. Congestion, the downside of
Cambridge expansion. One solution, more cycleways, they say. I think it
is rightly put that investment into Cambridge. We went to see more
people cycling because it is it -- it is good for them, it's a healthy
way of getting around and doesn't cause pollution. It also makes life
easier for those who use their cars, if fewer people are on the
roads in cars. That means those that do need to use them can get around
more easily as well. In less than a year, the biggest bike race in the
world is coming to the county. Tour de France will be another boost
for spiking here. Facilities are getting better but there are still
some way to go to catch our European neighbours.
A ground-breaking new treatment for skin cancer is going to be available
across the country, following medical trials here in the East. The
drug is taken as a daily pill and was developed and tested at
Addenbrooke's Hospital. It means mean patients can avoid surgery
which could have scarred them for life.
Ian has had carcinoma since the 70s. Before, he had radiotherapy and
had left his skin damaged. He has been taking a daily pill which has
made the tumours disappear. Even though it had side-effects for him
joining the trial wasn't difficult. The options I had were too
horrendous to anticipate. There were possibly going to be operate on my
nose but it would have meant just about removing the whole of it and
reconstructing it. The option to go on the trial was a far better option
than that. During the trial, his skin cancer started to shrink and
tests showed more than half of those using the drug noticed a difference.
It is described as a landmark treatment. Its gene therapy,
targeting molecules inside cells. Thousands of hours are spent
researching drugs at Addenbrooke's but not many treatments make the
grade. At the cancer centre alone, 160 open studies are taking place
for which 3000 patients have signed up for. It's not all about testing
new drugs that of those that are tested, only a handful will come to
market. There are lots of hurdles before you can bring a drug to a
patient. They include having a really well-designed clinical trial
programme. Then it has to get approved by the European medicines
authority. It has to be approved within the country. Then it has to
be approved for funding and then it has to be approved for use within a
hospital. There are lots of hurdles and it takes a long time. Those
taking part in trials had more treatments will come online. Many in
my family have died through cancer of various thoughts -- sorts.
law research they can do and the more drugs they can bring onto the
market, the better for everybody. For now, she continues to take the
drug but hopefully he will be lucky enough to be cleared of cancer.
The Accident and Emergency department at the general hospital
in Northampton has had it's busiest month ever. It dealt with nearly
10,000 people during July. That's one person every five minutes and