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the programme tonight: Guilty of murder — the shop worker convicted


another teenage victim tells his story as police continue their


campaign against the culprits. Keeping the water supply running —


what climate change might mean for And it gold—medallist on the highs


given a job and a home but repaid his boss's kindness with robbery


and murder. Thilak Mohan—Raj had only been working at the shop in


Bedford for a matter of days when he was caught stealing from the


till. He then beat the 56—year—old owner to death. Today, a jury found


him guilty. Anna Todd was in court. She joins us this evening from


A behind me is the shop owned by it Vairamuthu Thiyagarajah before he


was killed in April. It is now run by one of his five children. This


was a man to whom family meant everything and never was this more


apparent than in the courtroom this afternoon as at least 20 members of


his family sat waiting patiently, A beloved father and grandfather.


Vairamuthu Thiyagarajah described as a towering figure who guided


Vairamuthu Thiyagarajah described family every step of the way. Today,


his former employee, 25—year—old Thilak Mohan—Raj was found guilty


of his murder. I had butterflies before the verdict was read out


of his murder. I had butterflies when it was given I couldn't hear


anything. It went blank. Then it was just happiness. Found strength


from somewhere. The court heard was just happiness. Found strength


Thilak Mohan—Raj worked at the shop for just a few days when he stole


When his employer found out, he launched his attack, hitting the


repeatedly with a heavy object. This footage shows the moment a


shop worker went to investigate after hearing the noise upstairs


and made the traumatic discovery. And the defendant runs out after


Thilak Mohan—Raj pleaded self— believe him. The family have acted


with the utmost dignity but it has been hard hearing how the details


of how their father died, which included expect medical evidence as


well which is disturbing to listen to. As the guilty verdict was read


out, the family cheered momentarily for many —— before many broke down


in tears. They described the last 10 days in court as been like in a


torture chamber. The fact he had given the defendant a job out of


the goodness of his heart and to be repaid like this was too much to


bear. As Thilak Mohan—Raj awaits sentence, tonight his victim's


family will quietly celebrate their The judge said very little after


the guilty verdict was read out except to say that he would face no


met —— no less than a life sentence. As Vairamuthu Thiyagarajah's for


family sat hugging each other and consoling each other, Thilak Mohan—


Raj cut a very lonely figure in consoling each other, Thilak Mohan—


dock. He will be sentenced tomorrow. There are calls tonight for more


CCTV to protect young people in Luton. A mother contacted Look East


after we reported on the number Luton. A mother contacted Look East


attacks on youths in the town. Her 14—year—old son was left terrified


after he was robbed twice in less than a month. The family have asked


not to be identified, but today than a month. The family have asked


spoke out and called for more to be This 14—year—old would rather be


with his friends, but he is now frightened to leave his home. He


was rocked not once, but twice in the space of three weeks. It is


really difficult going out and not being nervous, seeing strangers


really difficult going out and not other people. I have to keep having


this cancelling for post—traumatic stress disorder. Both crimes took


place here in this part in Luton. Last month he was with a group of


friends who had their phones stolen. Because there was no violence or


threat of it, the first crime is being treated as theft. But what


happened to the boy three weeks later it is being treated as the


more serious crime. We were sitting in the park again and these people


came up to us and started talking to us, asking if we were in any


came up to us and started talking the Ganz. We said, no. That is when


they started to hit me. —— any of the gangs. I ran but they put me on


the floor and started kicking me. Police have warned people to take


extra care in this park after a number of similar assaults. The


youngest victim was just 10. The teenager's mother once more CCTV in


happening in that particular part, I think they need to be more CCTV


around the edge of the park. For instances like this it would help


the police. If being a victim twice traumatised. The worst thing is


definitely the violence and being reminded all the time about it.


When people get too close I feel really nervous and scared. I want


to sort of colour in a ball and really nervous and scared. I want


away. What do you think of the people who did this to you? I hate


them. He says he won't be going people who did this to you? I hate


A Bedfordshire pensioner who died following a sexual assault in her


own home could have died at any point an inquest has heard today.


81—year—old Winifred Smith was attacked in Houghton Regis in March


this year, but was suffering from family was in court to hear the


coroner say she died of natural causes. Darren Emmerson has been


Police say they are considering what action to take after talking


to a woman who was filmed dodging a Cambridgeshire. The woman missed a


speeding train by seconds. It was described by Network Rail as one of


the worst near—misses they'd ever seen. The 26—year—old spoke to


British Transport Police officers last night. They'll now decide what


Researchers have just announced last night. They'll now decide what


significant step forward in the degenerative brain diseases such as


Alzheimer's and Parkinson's. That research is being done in Leicester,


but here in Cambridge the charity announced half a million pounds


but here in Cambridge the charity new funding for projects designed


charity's Head of Research, Dr Simon Ridley joins me now. A lot of


funding goes into understanding Simon Ridley joins me now. A lot of


but more than half of this funding is going to screen potential new


drugs. That suggests we're a lot closer to helping people. That is


right. It is important that we have a spectrum of funding and we need


disease and have better diagnosis. We are also thinking about ways


disease and have better diagnosis. have new treatment. And this is


Researchers in Cambridge have built this high resolution microscope


which enables them to visualise this high resolution microscope


proteins that may cause Alzheimer's and dementia diseases ultimately.


prevent their toxicity. If we look at research done in Leicester, they


feel they have found a way to stop Wayne sales dying. Has significant


is that? —— brain cells. We need more research before we can be more


People think of dementia as one disease but is it —— it is like


Some of the funding will go towards diagnosing a rare form of dementia,


important to distinguish them. Early in the disease it can be


from a rare form and hopefully they will be successful with that. This


takes time. How difficult is it will be successful with that. This


decades sometimes? We are grateful to all the support we get from


asked donors and supporters and to all the support we get from


make it clear they are in it for the long—term although we all want


treatments today and tomorrow. It is important to explain it takes


people in Cambridgeshire have some form of dementia already. And that


is 800,000 people in the UK. A lot of people depend on new treatments


Young people with serious mental health problems in Northamptonshire


treatment locally. On World Mental Health day it was announced that a


new unit will be opened which will mean sufferers from the county and


Milton Keynes can stay closer to home while receiving intensive care.


It will also mean families can visit more easily, which experts


say is a key part of recovery. anxiety a unit like this away from


home can provide a safe haven. If psychosis or a compulsive disorder


they are often at risk of self harming or they could pose a danger


to others. Cancelling is important if they are to make a full recovery.


Until now, there has been no high Northamptonshire but next month


Until now, there has been no high facility opens. It means troubled


teenagers can be treated closer facility opens. It means troubled


their school and family —— this facility will open. They will have


less contact with the family but important aspects. Because of this


conflict —— hopefully the length of stay will be shorter. If this is a


success, specialist mental health services in the county could be


There were delays and cancellations Stansted airports today. A strike


by air traffic controllers meant flights to and over France were


badly affected. And a power cut also caused delays for passengers


at Stansted. Flights were held up Northampton's Grosvenor Centre is


to get a £3 million facelift, but whether it will be extended. The


plan was to redevelop the Grosvenor would follow demolition of the


Greyfriars bus station. That's due to start next March when the new


open to the public as an education centre.


Also coming up: Sir Henry Cecil's widow bids to win


the big race at Newmarket this weekend.


Olympic champion Greg Rutherford on injury, inspiration and his ambition


to make long jumping history. This region is the driest in the


whole country, which is why farmers have been meeting today to talk


about water. With pressure coming from industry and climate change,


there's a real worry that agriculture could get squeezed out.


Our region is home to 60% of the country's irrigated farmland. More


than 1,000 businesses make their living from the land. 30% of the


potatoes and 25% of the fruit and vegetables supplied to the


supermarkets are grown here in the East. And water is critical to that


whole industry. It's a lovely green colour, it's a


perfect height. And so hopefully it will find favour with customers. A


Mediterranean—style crop in the Norfolk countryside. But to grow, it


relies on these to irrigate it. The water here is pumped from deep


underground. But for other farmers, they have chosen to dig their own


reservoirs to store what falls from the sky. We've used it quite a bit


this year. We've sold quite a bit of water to neighbouring farmers and


use around six or seven million gallons. It's a huge benefit. It


gives us peace of mind knowing that we can grow whatever we want on the


farm and we've got water if we need it. At 180 million gallons, this is


small. But getting permission to build any reservoir can take years.


What we'd really like to see is a situation where almost every farm


has a reservoir, an on—farm reservoir, to capture water. A high


proportion of irrigated crops come from this region. We feed into the


supermarkets here significant amounts and therefore, it's


important for all of us that we have the water to be able to continue to


do this and that we are not forced to import food. Globally, weather


can seem more extreme. While it's difficult to predict it, local


patterns are emerging. The summers in general will become drier and


harder to manage but you will get your rainfall in short, sharp


bursts. The winters will have to offset that lack of rainfall in the


summer by becoming a bit wetter. I think it is all going to hinge on


how we manage the water when it falls. Here, 75 tonnes of onions are


on their way to the supermarket, having enough water insured the best


crop. During that hot, dry spell in July when the onions were trying to


grow really well, they needed adequate irrigation and water to


help them do that. To achieve this size! Any shortage of water has


potential to cause a shortage of the crop that you're trying to irrigate


and shortages normally mean higher prices. With rainfall becoming more


unpredictable, farmers will need to come up with new ways to guarantee


crops like these. Lovely stack of onions. Enough to


make a grown man cry! Sir Henry Cecil's widow has been


talking about her bid to win the big race at Newmarket this weekend — the


Cesarewitch. After the death of Sir Henry in


June, Lady Cecil decided to continue training at the famous Warren Place


stables. And on Saturday, her hopes are resting on a horse called Tiger


Cliff. If you think it training racehorses


is a glamorous business then you should have been an Newmarket Heath


at 7am this morning. It was cold and wet and Jane Cecil was well wrapped


up. Her big hope for Saturday at BetFred Cesarewitch is Tiger Cliff.


Ridden by Tom Queally, he won a race in August and starts as a favourite


this weekend. What would it mean to win at Newmarket? Well, what can I


say... Henry has won it once. So it will be great if... I can imagine we


will settle for winning it once, too. Henry actually won the


Cesarewitch ay back in 1971, an early success in a glittering


career, shared latterly with his third wife, Jane. Now, she has taken


over the license and although she is very shy, racing fans want to hear


what she has to say. How are you enjoying your new role? Oh, it's


lovely, isn't it?! Well, I hate... This is the bit I really don't like.


It's hard work but when you've got good people around you, you know,


it's enjoyable. Sir Mark Prescott knows just how hard the racing game


can be. He saddles Pallasator in the Cesarewitch, a race he has never won


in more than 40 years of trying. He has this advice for Jane Cecil. She


needs lots of luck. She's got a tremendous team of staff there, her


husband's legacy is there. Racing is unforgiving, of course. Results are


needed but she's made a fantastic start. Jane Cecil has already had


some important wins and there is no doubt Henry would be incredibly


proud. Victory on Saturday, at the home of flat racing, would be


another very significant moment. Olympic Champion Greg Rutherford has


been passing on his skills to school children in Milton Keynes, today. He


even tried his hand at basketball. Greg Rutherford has struggled with


injuries and form since winning gold at the London Olympics. In a moment,


we'll hear from him but first, this report from James Burridge.


If your dream is to be an Olympic champion then it helps to learn from


one. Greg Rutherford's gold medal moment is the tale he is happy


telling. His achievement has inspired hundreds at his local club,


as well as these children from a local primary school. He has


inspired me and taught me that anyone can do anything they like, if


they tried. He just stands me rough and helps us. He was off. Well, he


was OK but I think he should stick to long jump! 2013 has been a rude


contrast to the glory of 2012. He lost his sponsor, split with his


coach, suffered a serious injury, endured a public spat over his


selection, before crashing out in the heats. I think five weeks on,


you should not be running, let alone jumping. I know how to compete at


big competitions. When I am fit and well I stand a good chance and sadly


I think I felt better than I was. I was not good enough and those are


the hard facts. Unlike others in the athletics world, Greg's golden


moment has not provided the financial legacy he was hoping for.


His training has taken a back—seat so that he can earn money through


various media commitments. He has not lost his love of the long jump


yet. The Commonwealth Games are less than one year away.


Well, I spoke to Greg while he was at that event in Milton Keynes, this


afternoon, and he told me how important he thought it was to


inspire young people to take up sport.


I think we have been having a bit of issue with this country are kids are


not as active and engaged in sport. Just activity in general. I grew up


about one mile from here. I go past the same places where I grew up and


I was out there every single day playing around, climbing trees and


now it is barren. There is nobody out there engaging in it and


something like this is really helping, I feel, to get these kids


engaged with them, outside and enjoying it. After winning gold, you


have been doing lots of things like this. On a personal, sporting level,


it has been quite an up and down your four years. It has not gone


anywhere near to plan, as last did. It was the greatest year of my


sporting career and life to date. This year, due to a massive injury,


things just have not gone well for me. That has been a real problem. I


think most of the year I was searching for the right training and


environment in order to succeed again and I did not find it. Then


again, in Paris, picking up the hamstring rupture completely ruined


this year for me. I was desperately trying to get right for the World


Championships. I gave it everything to go there and had fantastic


support to make sure I could make it there but sadly, it just was not


enough time. With Tyneside, would you have done things differently?


Maybe not gone to the World Championships. —— with Tyneside.


Speaker McNaught regrets. Ultimately, I was never going to


find out unless I put myself in there. —— with hindsight. No


regrets. I was able to jump beforehand, in training. To be


perfectly honest. As much as I did not perform well, I think now I look


back and I probably performed better than most other people would have


done in the same circumstance. That is not good enough. I went in to win


but ultimately, my body was in the position to not let me do that. Now,


it is the focus on getting my body right again and getting everything


focused incorrectly in the right scenario so that I can excel again


and do well. It is an odd thing to ask but in a way, was the gold—medal


a hindrance? It is such a pinnacle in your career, where'd you go


there? Obviously, we go out there all the time to try and win


competitions. The way I view the Olympics was another competition and


possibly a chance for me to finally win something that really means a


lot to everybody in the sport. Now, what that gave me was the passion


and drive to go on and try and win major medals. I will be 29 when the


next one comes along but before that we have World Championships,


Commonwealth, other major competitions I want to win. I


focused when from not just —— my focus went from not just winning one


that multiple. I am getting up in the morning to train hard and


putting all the work to do that again. The way things are going,


that will happen and I can be more successful and solidify myself as


one of the best long jumpers in history. How are you right now?


I am feeling good. The hamstring is definitely in the latter stages of


healing. All being well and good, within a month or six weeks, that


will be completely gone. I will be back to my normal self and will be


getting myself ready for the indoors before the Commonwealth Games. That


will be a good test for me. Ultimately, I won a medal at the


last Commonwealth. I will be looking to win the title next.


It is great to talk to, as always. Thanks for coming on the programme.


Three thank for having me. He is a very likeable young man and


the kids love him also. A real inspiration.


We are elated to a listener to the radio. They are sending in ties for


you! Via. I quite like it. Very nice.


It has been very wet and windy across the region. We have a couple


of photos to show you. Some pretty strong winds across the region also.


Not just the winds, running through eastern areas but they have tracked


further westwards throughout the afternoon. The winds are still


fairly strong. Rainfall total, we have had quite a bit already across


some parts of Norfolk. Some places north of Norwich have had close to


20 monitors. The further south and west, not Azma rain. Of course, not


just the rain. —— not as much rain. 45 mph gusts in some places and 50


miles in some places. The winds will continue in some places and further


spells of rain will spread and as those winds turn north—easterly.


Maybe the odd rumble of thunder were the rain is thick. Not quite as cold


as last night thanks to that cloud. Still feeling colder in that wind.


This rain is coming courtesy of this weather front, sitting quite close


to us over the North Sea for much of tomorrow. I think quite a lot of


cloud around tomorrow. Little did a room in the morning but as we had


to, mid—morning onwards, that will turn heavier and more persistent


across parts of Essex and Suffolk particularly. The winds tomorrow


will still be quite strong and coming in from the north—east and


still close to 40 mph around the coast. Temperatures at best will be


15 degrees. This, feeling colder in the wind. That rain will continue on


and off throughout the evening. Most other places will end the day dry.


That we never clears but continues to most of Saturday, Asian backing


against the region. Some heavy bursts on Saturday afternoon and


evening. Finally clearing the north—west. —— actually backing back


in against the region. There is the potential for some further rain into


the early part of next week. Some further rain on Saturday, some


heavy. Hopefully a bit brighter on Sunday. The picture is improving and


the winds are easing so if you get some sunshine on Sunday, it will


start to feel a little warmer. It does turn breezy with more showers


into Monday. Also, through the weekend, some quite chilly nights,


particularly late in the weekend. Perhaps a touch of frost for some of


us also. Thank you very much.


That is, . Had a good evening. Good night.


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