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the man standing trial for a second time, accused of murdering a

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teenager from Milton Keynes. Rachel Manning disappeared 13 years ago.

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The discovery of her body at Woburn Golf Course began a pursuit of

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justice that has already lasted more than a decade and seen an innocent

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man jailed. 41-year-old Shahidul Ahmed now stands charged with her

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death. Who Today he was back in court to face a retrial. Killed

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Rachel Manning Tesco under fire. Claims that local workers in Harlow

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have lost their jobs and been replaced by cheaper, migrant labour.

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Tesco need to stop being a company is the man who killed Rachel that

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night and they say there is new scientific evidence to prove it.

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matched DNA on the car steering lock, alleged to have been used to

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smack Rachel in the face. The prosecution allege that a hair found

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on her clothing also belongs to the defendant. Mr Ahmed denies murder

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but the case is expected to go on for six weeks. Joe Black was in

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court today. She joins us now. What more can you

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tell us? This was an horrific case with a 13

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year history. This will now be the fourth trial that Rachel Manning 's

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family have had to sit through. As you heard in my report, her

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boyfriend at the time, Barry White, was convicted of her murder. That

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took place in 2002. Then, that was overturned at the court of appeal.

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At a retrial, he was acquitted. Earlier on this year, the man who

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stands in the dock today faced a trial. The jury was unable to reach

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a verdict. The prosecution continues tomorrow. Mr Ahmed denies murder.

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Bedfordshire police have charged a man in connection with the death of

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a grandfather after a fight over a disabled parking space. 65-year-old

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Alan Watts is accused of killing Brian Holmes, during the row in the

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car park at Asda in Biggleswade ten days ago. Mr Holmes died from a head

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injury, just days after he had been given the all clear from cancer.

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Workers in Harlow may have lost their jobs, only to be replaced by

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cheaper migrant labour. The claim from Labour's Shadow Immigration

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minister today. It follows the closure of the Tesco distribution

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depot in the town which employed 800 people. The workers were offered

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jobs at a new centre in Dagenham. But on lower wages and most refused

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the offer. In a moment we'll hear from the Harlow MP Robert Halfon.

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First this report from Deborah McGurran.

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The row over the closure of Tesco's distribution plant in Harlow

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reignited by Labour 's shadow immigration minister. Today, he

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claimed Tesco may have hired staff who have come from Eastern Europe,

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rather than using British workers. When a distribution centre was moved

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to a new location, existing staff said they would have lost out by

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transferring and the result was a higher proportion of staff at the

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new site from other countries taking the jobs. Two weeks ago, the

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distribution centre in Harlow finally closed with the loss of

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hundreds of jobs. Tesco says it needed to close the depot as part of

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a restructuring plan. Of the 800 people who worked here, 500 were

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from Harlow. Only around 100 have taken a job at the new distribution

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centre in Dagenham, on lower pay. should tackle the problem of

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corporate juggernauts. He is calling for Tesco to reveal how many of the

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Dagenham workers have been hired from agencies.

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So what does the MP Robert Halfon mean when he says the government

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needs to tackle corporate juggernauts? I asked him late this

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afternoon. I think that Tesco have behaved ruthlessly in Harlow. They

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closed a productive distribution centre. They damaged our community,

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they damaged the lives of hundreds of Harlow workers. What I am saying

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to the government is that we should ensure that these kind of companies

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who behave in this way should get no grants from the centre at all in

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terms of subsidies, help with relocation. The government should

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also look at rules regarding agency workers and ensure that agency

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workers are not employed on lower wages because it is the -- unfair on

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local people. The criticism seems to be that these workers have lost out

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to migrant workers. Do you feel that is the case? I don't know of that

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for sure but what I do know is that Harlow Tesco workers were told that

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they would get jobs in the Dagenham plant but with significantly reduced

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pay. This was an affordable to those individuals who have families to

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feed and mortgages to pay. What is wrong is companies like Tesco are

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using agency workers, who are often doing the same work but for cheaper

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money, and that is what the government needs to look at. That is

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what I am urging today. Tesco need to stop being a company that is just

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about piling the money high and selling the work is cheap. What

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Tesco is doing in cutting costs isn't illegal. Is it time that the

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government pushed for a living wage, rather than a element wage? --

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minimum wage. I believe in a living wage but there are arguments about

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the best way to achieve that. One of the best ways is to cut taxes for

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low earners. I am glad the government have done that. They've

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raised the tax threshold. I would like to go further and introduce a

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10p income tax rate. Keeping in close contact with a lot of the

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workers. Do you know how many of them have found jobs elsewhere? I

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think it is very hard. I've met a few who have found jobs but many

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hundreds have had to take redundancy and it is very difficult for them,

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especially in the current climate. It is going to take them some time

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to get back on their feet. I know local councillors are doing all they

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can and other agencies. It will take a long time to heal our community.

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Millions of pounds of Government money is coming to Cambridge to

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boost cycling in the city. Cambridge will get �4.1 million with another

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�4 million coming from local funding. 40,000 people already cycle

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in the city, which means about 22% of journeys are made by bike. It's

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hoped however this will increase to 40% in the next ten years.

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It is a city planning on going Dutch. Special cycle lanes, away

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from the cars and pedestrians. Safer, quicker. For Zoe Chambers, it

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is a far cry from Cambridge. That is the UK's cycling capital. She cycles

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six miles every day. It is busy. It's an incredibly busy city.

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have to be vigilant and try and be safe, be alert all the time as a

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road user if you are a cyclist. There are plans for separate

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cycleways on three major routes. Better bike connections to the

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research parks. Around 5000 bikes cross this bridge every day. It's

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one of the busiest stretches for cyclists in the country, say

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campaigners, but in a city with so many bikes, is �4.1 million going to

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be enough? When you look at how much it is going to cause to upgrade a

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local road for instance, it wouldn't get you much of road, but it's a

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start. It might get matched by Cambridge county council. They have

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been spending millions over the years. Congestion, the downside of

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Cambridge expansion. One solution, more cycleways, they say. I think it

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is rightly put that investment into Cambridge. We went to see more

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people cycling because it is it -- it is good for them, it's a healthy

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way of getting around and doesn't cause pollution. It also makes life

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easier for those who use their cars, if fewer people are on the

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roads in cars. That means those that do need to use them can get around

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more easily as well. In less than a year, the biggest bike race in the

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world is coming to the county. Tour de France will be another boost

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for spiking here. Facilities are getting better but there are still

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some way to go to catch our European neighbours.

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A ground-breaking new treatment for skin cancer is going to be available

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across the country, following medical trials here in the East. The

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drug is taken as a daily pill and was developed and tested at

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Addenbrooke's Hospital. It means mean patients can avoid surgery

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which could have scarred them for life.

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Ian has had carcinoma since the 70s. Before, he had radiotherapy and

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had left his skin damaged. He has been taking a daily pill which has

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made the tumours disappear. Even though it had side-effects for him

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joining the trial wasn't difficult. The options I had were too

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horrendous to anticipate. There were possibly going to be operate on my

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nose but it would have meant just about removing the whole of it and

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reconstructing it. The option to go on the trial was a far better option

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than that. During the trial, his skin cancer started to shrink and

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tests showed more than half of those using the drug noticed a difference.

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It is described as a landmark treatment. Its gene therapy,

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targeting molecules inside cells. Thousands of hours are spent

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researching drugs at Addenbrooke's but not many treatments make the

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grade. At the cancer centre alone, 160 open studies are taking place

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for which 3000 patients have signed up for. It's not all about testing

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new drugs that of those that are tested, only a handful will come to

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market. There are lots of hurdles before you can bring a drug to a

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patient. They include having a really well-designed clinical trial

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programme. Then it has to get approved by the European medicines

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authority. It has to be approved within the country. Then it has to

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be approved for funding and then it has to be approved for use within a

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hospital. There are lots of hurdles and it takes a long time. Those

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taking part in trials had more treatments will come online. Many in

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my family have died through cancer of various thoughts -- sorts.

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law research they can do and the more drugs they can bring onto the

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market, the better for everybody. For now, she continues to take the

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drug but hopefully he will be lucky enough to be cleared of cancer.

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The Accident and Emergency department at the general hospital

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in Northampton has had it's busiest month ever. It dealt with nearly

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10,000 people during July. That's one person every five minutes and

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