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Hello and welcome to Look East in tonight's programme. A year on from

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a fire in Essex which killed a mother and her five young children,

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their father says he wants answers. I hope someone will come forward and

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help me and my family and the whole closure. We don't want anything

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help me and my family and the whole enforcement — police in Bedfordshire

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and their attempts to cut down street robberies on teenagers The

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scheme, but is it really affordable? And, the Duke of Edinburgh back

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scheme, but is it really affordable? public duties and enjoying some

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Good evening. A father whose family was killed in a suspected arson

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attack on their home has today said he still wants answers. It's almost

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a year since the fire ripped through the downstairs of the terrace in

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Harlow. Dr Sabah Usmani and her the downstairs of the terrace in

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young children were killed. Their father, Dr Abdul Shakoor, was the

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only survivor. The police launched a murder investigation — their biggest

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to date. But still, no—one has been charged. In a moment we'll hear

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to date. But still, no—one has been Dr Shakoor, after this report from

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Shakoor spoke to Susie Fowler—Watt. It is the stuff of nightmares. To

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watch your house burn and to find more tragedy was to follow. His

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remaining son died soon after, and his remaining daughter days later.

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In the last few minutes, we found out that the little boy didn't make

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it. There is no easy way to break extreme for her three—year—old body

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to cope with. The site of the burnt out house and six hearses carrying

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six coffins brought the community together to grieve. Friday prayers

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minute's son is at all its games the next day, and at a public meeting,

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people showed how they felt. How is that father going to cope with

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losing his whole family? Police believe the fire was started after

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burglars targeted the house. Despite three arrests and a £10,000 reward,

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no one has been charged with the murders. For now, their friends

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remember them on benches at a local school, inscribed with the names of

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the children. They are sheltered by the canopy of their mother. Earlier

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today, Dr Shakoor spoke to our correspondent. The last year was

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very tough. Even though one year has almost passed, the memories of that

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tragic night is still in my mind very fresh, that separated my family

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enormous, but the strong belief very fresh, that separated my family

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faith in Allah has given me great solace. The memories of my children

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are in my heart. Also, I am getting flashbacks of the night. It is hard

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for me. You mention the memories of your children. Can you mention more

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about the children. Your daughter wasn't she? She was beautiful, our

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beloved daughter. She was very members. Everyone loved her. She

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also used to bring a smile. When we saw her, we were always thankful

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that he has blessed us. The other children were such a blessing on us

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too. How helpful has the support of memorial at the local school, been

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for you? Absolutely, the support is amazing. Especially in my hospital,

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Princess Alexandra. They really started from the beginning. I came

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to the hospital and my family were brought there. I am having ongoing

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memorial that has been installed in the school. There are five beautiful

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children engraved. And also the whole community stood with me at a

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difficult time. Me and my family. They helped me to stand, basically.

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They have played an important role in my recovery. How difficult is it

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for you that nobody has been charged with any crime in relation to what

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happened? Me, my family, everyone in the community, they have suffered a

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lot from what has happened. And still they will suffer. My mother,

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everyone, they are anxiously waiting to see the killers of this innocent

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family brought to justice as soon as possible. If there is anyone out

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there who is watching this, who knows something about what happened

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that night, what would you say to them today? I hope and I leave that

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forward, and help me and my family and all the community so we can

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forward, and help me and my family to closure, come to terms, you know.

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The other important thing is that we don't want anything to happen again.

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We want other families to be safe. That is really important. It is

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We want other families to be safe. great nation, we have to make sure

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regardless of our bindings and associations. So mother and children

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feel safe on the streets and in their homes. Thank you very much for

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talking to us. Thank you very much. robberies against teenagers. Almost

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a third of all victims are under the age of 18. Offenders are also likely

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to be in their teens. Recent crime figures show the number of robberies

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Bedfordshire Police say there are reports on how officers are using a

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enforcement to tackle the problem. Bedfordshire Police robbery squad.

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They are calling on a teenager 13—year—olds. The boy, aged 17,

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They are calling on a teenager reluctant to answer the door. Hello.

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Do you want to come down so we can have a chat? The officers are not

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going anywhere will stop he has little choice but to let them in. As

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it stands, I need to speak to you about eight robbery. You are under

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arrest rest at the moment. A few days away, the robbery squad also

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search the teenager's home. They recover various items of interest,

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including cash and a mobile phone. Almost two thirds of victims of

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street robbery in Beds are aged under 26. Offenders tend to be of a

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similar age. Police say it is a worrying trend. Young people today

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have so much more technology in their pocket than 20 years ago.

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have so much more technology in did not have mobile phones or iPods.

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They are seen as easy targets. The most likely person to be a victim of

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a robbery is a male between 16 and 24. Education is just as important

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as enforcement. The force's Street safe campaign has now been rolled

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out to dozens of schools across safe campaign has now been rolled

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county. These teenagers told me safe campaign has now been rolled

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has made them think about their personal safety. I am going to go

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out in groups more. I am going to stay in groups and not have my

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headphones in. I know I have to stay in groups and not have my

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out in groups, and that I must make sure I am in well lit areas. For

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those who become involved in street robberies, the consequences can

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those who become involved in street severe. A lot of young people don't

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realise that a street robbery is a criminal offence that has a maximum

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sentence in the UK. If they are criminal offence that has a maximum

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of a group and one person in that group commits an offence, they can

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be found guilty of street robbery. Luton street robbery squad say they

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will continue their operation to Next tonight, what the Government's

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Help To Buy scheme means for people trying to get onto the housing

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ladder here. The Prime Minister chose Northampton today to launch

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offering mortgages to people who have just a 5% deposit. Two banks

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have already offered lending rates of 4.99%. So what does that mean? In

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Northampton, this is the average price of a house — £165,000. If

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Northampton, this is the average bought that with a 95% loan over 25

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years you'd be paying £915 a month where the average house price is

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Northampton for David Cameron's You took a tour around the estate

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behind you estimate he did. There is a mixture of homes have. Behind

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behind you estimate he did. There is is a three bed house. With a normal

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But with this scheme, the deposit is just £10,000. The Prime Minister in

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Northampton. Here to launch his scheme to get more people a leg

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Northampton. Here to launch his the property ladder. The answer

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Northampton. Here to launch his to make sure that hard—working

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people can get on the housing ladder and own a home of their own. House

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prices across the country are not accelerating at an unsustainable

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rate. No .8% increase in house prices if you exclude London and the

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hard—working people who can afford mortgage payments you can't get

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hard—working people who can afford mortgage because they have to raise

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a huge deposit. Couples like Kaylee and Chris from Kettering. They have

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rented for five years. Now, with the 95% loan, they can get a mortgage.

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It is affordable. We have seen a mortgage adviser and looked over

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their goods. It is more than we mortgage adviser and looked over

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paying in rent, but at the end of the day it will be our home. There

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costing from £200,000 upwards. The developer since the Help to Buy

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Scheme came in, sales have doubled. Help to buy was only for new homes.

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Today, it was extended to older properties to. Housing experts say

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the housing market could once again overheat. Help To Buy could push up

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prices. The main problem is the overheat. Help To Buy could push up

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of housing supply. We are building about half as many homes as we need

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in this country. Unless we address this problem, prices will carry

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in this country. Unless we address going up. This housing development,

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where we are, the person who runs it says they will bring forward more

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housing, or building more quickly because of the Help To Buy scheme.

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That is the simple fact. Builders won't build if the buyers can't

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That is the simple fact. Builders Today, the Prime Minister visited

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one of the fastest—growing regions in the country. A region where many

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have struggled to afford a home in the country. A region where many

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So far, the deals under the scheme have a fixed rate of interest for a

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interest rates to go up dramatically in the future, there are questions

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as to whether people will be able to afford their repayments. People

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as to whether people will be able to asking the question, why not just

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Police in Northampton will tonight retrace the steps of a man who was

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murdered in the town centre a week a ago. Jamie Macmahon's body was found

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in the churchyard of St Giles last Wednesday morning. He'd suffered

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head injuries. Tonight, officers factory is now being overlooked and

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the future of its workers ignored. Still to come on Look East tonight:

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Chris Bell will be here with your weather and news of a cold snap on

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the way. And who was the Duke so pleased to

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see on a visit to this region? One in ten of us get on a bike at

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least once a week and in some parts of the region it's almost half of

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us. So, of course, there are more bikes on the road and more

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opportunities for them to be stolen. The latest figures show that more

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than 26,000 bikes were stolen in this region over the last year. The

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biggest number were taken from Cambridgeshire, which is why the

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police have decided to try something a bit different.

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Cambridge city centre and a bike thief appears to be busy at work

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using a bolt cutter he breaks the lock. This is actually a lock—up

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stage by Cambridge police. The officer is wearing plain clothes and

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with a cutter in his hand he rides away through a busy street and not

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one person reported it. I think Google raleigh on others to do it

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for them. They watch the theft occurring and we think someone else

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will contact the police. We would contact —— we would urge people to

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contact the police and we will assist you. As part of a push to

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stop the thefts, they were at the student fair trying to help students

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to keep their bikes said. The campaign has been timed to coincide

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with Freshers' Week when hundreds of new students arrive in Cambridge and

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will be buying new bikes like these, in some cases spending more

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than £2500 on the bike itself but not buying a decent enough lock to

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keep it safe. Across East angler, Cambridgeshire was the worst area

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for bike theft. Here are this this this text... ——

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statistics... Some locks are said to be no better

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than using a piece of ribbon to secure your bike, but with no

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industry standard to gauge people, how do cyclists choose a lot? I

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suppose if it looked newer and stronger, I would take that one.

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Cambridgeshire Police said more bikes are stolen in October than any

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other month and we hope this campaign will make life more

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difficult for the thieves. There was a time when you had to go

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to a dusty museum or an art gallery if you wanted to see great

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paintings. Do they not have good cleaners? ! But now a BBC project is

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trying to change all that for children at schools across the

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country. It's called Your Paintings and means that instead of going to

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see art, the art goes to see the pupils. Today, one of them was at

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the Benjamin Britten High in Lowestoft. Kevin Burch was there

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too. There was a real buzz of Benjamin

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Britten High to the, so what could create such clamour? Grand Theft

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Auto IV? No, they all wanted to see this painting called That Conjurer.

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It is worth £14 million and is one of several that is being taken into

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schools. The students can get closer to it and see the detail rather than

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going to an old dusty gallery. Slowly a story builds and in this

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case it is about how people can be naive and be deceived. It is one of

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the early works by one of the founders of the Pre—Raphaelite

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brotherhood. In terms of security we have two members of staff here and

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we brought it over using a van driven by proper art transporters

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and the van is secure. It has environmental controls and all sorts

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of things. You know, it is pretty safe where it is for the day.

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Normally the painting is kept at the museum but this is every opportunity

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for the children and after studying at the start to sketch their own

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images on the theme of the Conjurer. I am not sure what I should be

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drawing. It is a good idea to inspire younger people to get into

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art. I will let you carry on. I have to say, it has been fantastic. I

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think a lot of people worry about going to art galleries and the fuel

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that art is not for them. By bringing a piece of really important

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art to a school where children are in their own environments, they are

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used to it, it will stimulate the curiosity without making them feel

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like they should be quiet, or they should not ask questions, or they

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are in a beard or unusual environment. This is one of a string

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of schools that will play host to great pieces of work. The idea seems

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to be clever and captivating. The headteacher is to blame, he

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thinks they are dusty! And you can find out more about the

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project online at bbc.co.uk/your paintings.

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It is just two months since the Duke of Edinburgh resumed his public

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engagements following his operation and spell in hospital in June. Today

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he was in Norfolk, touring a new care complex in the market town of

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Aylsham. The £14 million development has been described as a model for

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the future care of the elderly. He was clearly in good form at the

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age of 92. During his visit to the one with one of the people that the

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Duke met was older than him. He was escorted by a retired pharmacist who

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was the founder of the Aylsham care trust 22 years ago. The volunteers

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at its new centre are like a big society in action. The Duke liked

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what he saw. The Broadlands School Of Dance added to the festivities.

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They said Michael 's care complex also includes a care home and

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pharmacy. He visited Giving Lane View which has 30 apartments. It is

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promoting independent living backed up by 24 hour in his care. I told

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him that we were living in flats but we had our own sense of

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independence. It is the best of both worlds, really. Do you think he was

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impressed by what he saw? Yes, he was genuinely interested. Ted and

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Barbara presented the Duke with a patchwork wall hanging adorned with

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words of us from all the tenants. They are present to his new

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great—grandson Prince George. We have put the initials of Kate and

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William and George on to patchwork. Always tell them that you love them.

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The royal visit to mark the bringing together of so many different

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amenities made it an emotional day for rice. It was the highlight of my

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life. I have tried to make a few lives better. Quite a few lives,

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hopefully. He is now 87 and this centre has

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been his vision for almost 30 years. Today the visit of the Duke marked a

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dream fulfilled. The cold weather is set to return. A

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series of cold fronts are working their way towards us. The first came

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through to the —— today slowly, and some cloud with that cold front.

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Throughout this evening it will continue to make its journey

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southwards and eastwards. There could be some light patches of

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rain. Most of the night will be dry but there are cloudy skies.

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Temperatures were the cloud breaks will dip to nine or 10 Celsius.

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Mostly it will be 11 or 12 Celsius with a light breeze. A pretty mild

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night coming up and that will be the last mild night for a while. This

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cold front will move in and bring some of the colder here tomorrow.

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You can see the blue the chart indicating that colder here. It will

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start to feel colder as we get into the afternoon. Mainly dry but some

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sunny intervals to. Some scattered showers will move on from the North

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and West towards the late afternoon. Temperatures are still quite high at

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around 14 or 15 Celsius. Slightly lower than today. For the rest of

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the afternoon on Wednesday into the evening, some of those blustery

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showers will move through, there could be some heavy showers and

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places. On Wednesday night and two Thursday morning, a few showers

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coming down the North Sea for Norfolk and Suffolk. Some rumbles of

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thunder of of the North Norfolk coast. Quite unsettled weather.

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Gusts of 30 mph. That will continue to bring unsettled weather for

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Friday night into Saturday morning. Henry Rayment possible across Easter

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and Anglia. —— Easter and parts of Anglia. Temperatures made it up to

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21 Celsius today and in those same sports it will be 11 or 12 Celsius

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on Thursday, so quite a big difference. For Thursday there is a

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high temperature of around 12 Celsius. It will stay unsettled on

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Friday into Saturday. Drier in the West. Quite windy conditions for the

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East. Overnight lows of five or eight Celsius. Feeling chilly at

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night. Thank you, Chris.

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And just before we go, a reminder that we're looking for this year's

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Sporting Unsung Hero. It's for people who give up their own time to

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help others play sport. If you know someone who fits the bill then you

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can nominate them for the award. For all the details go to

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bbc.co.uk/unsunghero. Join us at 10:30pm. Goodbye.

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