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Hello, welcome to Look East. Coming up in the programme tonight: A boost

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for business or bad for the environment. A month after their

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launch, flights are leaving Cambridge International Airport with

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as few as four passengers. That and the rest of the top stories now

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The crash that almost killed a 21`year`old man, today a lorry

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driver pleads not guilty to dangerous driving.

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Generation inspiration, how Dame Kelly wants sports to help young

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people back into work or education. And inappropriate for Armistice Day,

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why some veterans say they will not use this Milton Keynes Memorial

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Good evening. First tonight, they were meant to boost the region's

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economy but the BBC has learned that some flights are leaving Cambridge

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International Airport with fewer than five passengers on board. It

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has been a month since the high`profile sermons were launched.

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The planes will hold 50 people but on average, each flight to Amsterdam

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had around 12 passengers on board, flights to Geneva carried 11 people,

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to Milan it was ten and just four passengers used each plane to Paris.

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We'll be hearing from the airport in a moment that first this report

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And Kharkov water, the traditional way and airport welcomes its new

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airline. Four new destinations turned Cambridge Airport

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International. Darwin operate 5 flights out of Cambridge every

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month, the aircraft hold 50 passengers. The total number of

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flights for September, they were one fifth full. Are they disappointed?

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We are delighted the way we started the service. When you start a

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brand`new route and a new outbound destination like Cambridge, you hope

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to start from a 0`based so we had to start publicising them from the

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beginning, getting the message out there and we have seen the sale

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numbers go from a few hundred per week to around 600 per week now You

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can also fly to the same four destinations with the typical

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ticket, Cambridge 's is more expensive to three of them but to

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Geneva it is cheaper. Stansted and Luton but do people know that you

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can fly to the constant from Cambridge?

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Have you considered flying out of Cambridge? Not really. Heathrow is

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such a long way, but Stansted is great. Should more people use it?

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Yes, many more. I might use in the next couple of years but not at the

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moment. green campaigners say we need more passengers flying from

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local airports. If we are having trouble, I would prefer people to go

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from local airports in small planes to where they want to go rather than

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people clogging up Heathrow, Gatwick, Stansted and demanding new

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runways and more environmental damage. The aircraft are far from

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full but in time, the airport says more passengers will fly from here.

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Well, David Surley is in charge of business and new routes for the

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airport and joins us now. We hear that you are confident that

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passenger numbers will increase but it seems not enough people know that

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you offer these flights. Are you on price comparison websites yet? Yes,

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we are on a wide selection of online booking platforms. The airline,

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Darwin, distributes fares across a huge number of websites worldwide.

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It is taking a while for passenger numbers to pick up, Lodz and of

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course already offers these destinations and they are cheaper

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than yourselves apart from special offers, can you really compete? Yes,

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I think we absolutely can. The airline has seen a sharp take`up in

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sales looking forward. We are really pleased with forward sales and there

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are some fantastic bargains to be had out there. Just this week, the

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airline has been marketing in conjunction with Air France, new

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first of the United States and destinations around the world at

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extremely competitive prices. Sue you are pleased with these routes

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enough that you might introduce more? We absolutely hope so and we

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are focused on making sure that these flights work really well. We

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are working with the travel trade, with partners far and wide but we

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would love to see a destination or two more added in the future. The

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Green party likes the idea of people flying from local airports. Aside

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from that, what are the advantages? It is convenient and that is what

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Cambridge passengers are finding. Short check`in times so you can

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check in 45 minutes before your flight. We do not charge from drop

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off or pick up in our car park outside the terminal so it is

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thoroughly convenient through and through and it is a small, compact

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space. Passengers are loving it Positive feedback. David Surley

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thank you for joining us. A Dutch lorry driver has pleaded not

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guilty to dangerous driving after he crashed into the back of a broken

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down car. The 21`year`old driver was seriously injured in the accident

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near Milton Keynes back in June Milton Keynes magistrates heard that

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30`year`old Dutch driver has been driving lorries for around nine

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years in the UK. On the 10th of June this year, he was driving a 44 tonne

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Volvo lorry on the Stoke Hammond bypass near Milton Keynes. Just

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after 6pm, he crashed into the back of a Ford Fiesta which had broken

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down in one lane of the dual lane carriageway. The driver, a

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21`year`old from Dunstable was still inside and was seriously injured in

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the impact. He was flown to hospital with head injuries. The court heard

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that Mr Noble was driving at a constant speed of 56 mph. The speed

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limit for lorries on dual carriageways. But on seeing the

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broken down car, he did not take avoiding action. The Dutch lorry

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driver denies one charge of dangerous driving and was given

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unconditional bail and now will face trial at Aylesbury Crown Court at a

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date to be fixed. Two men from Northampton have

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appeared in court charged with the murder of Jamie McMahon. His body

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was found on the grounds of Saint Charles Church in the town centre

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earlier this month. Michael Francis and Mark Lewis were remanded in

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custody, they are also both accused of robbery. `` Saint Giles Church.

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Investigations are taking place into the death of a 63`year`old man who

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was found at an address in Luton this afternoon. Bedfordshire police

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were called by an ambulance crew who had been sent to an incident in

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Carnegie Gardens just after two o'clock. The man died shortly

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afterwards. Police are appealing for information.

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Cambridge is home to many high`tech businesses, some of them just

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starting out. But it seems some of the entrepreneurs behind them are no

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longer relying on big investors like banks. Instead, they are raising

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money through news sites like Crowdcube offering anybody the

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chance to own a share of the company by investing as little as ?10.

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I will offer you all the money for a 35% stake. Fantastic. Backing a new

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business, exciting stuff if you can afford it. But you don't need to be

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a millionaire to be a dragon. You can do it without even leaving your

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server through sites like this. You find a company and choose to invest

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as much or as little as you want. Some of Cambridge's newest medical

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and technology company as using it to attract the so`called armchair

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dragons. Investors like Thomastown, a researcher in Cambridge who

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invested in a company that makes tools for scientists with a stake of

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?250 he declared that he was in `` Thomas time. I would love to see a

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Cambridge company prosper. But it is guided by the chances of getting a

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decent return. Of course, he had never met the entrepreneur behind

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the business so we brought them together. Michael's company raised

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more than ?250,000 from 100 different investors. It allows them

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to access early`stage companies which only high net worth

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individuals like venture capitalists were able to do. The process has

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been relatively painless in terms of the whole process and how quickly we

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were able to raise funds so it has been a positive experience for us.

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Like all types of investment, armchair dragons like Thomas are

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risking their own money so in this case, does he feel he made a wise

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choice? I am confident that my investment is in good hands. And I

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look forward to seeing how to put the money into good use and see how

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they use it. The question now is what will his next investment there?

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`` his next investment be? An organisation that runs academies and

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free schools in Bedfordshire is under investigation by two

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government departments. The Barnfield Federation in Luton

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was visited by the education secretary Michael Gove in 2011. The

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Department for education and the skills funding agency say they have

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now received allegations which they are taking seriously. The Barnfield

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Federation says it is engaging with the investigation.

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Plans to build a new ?330 million campus for the University of

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Northampton have moved a step closer. It is one of just 15 major

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projects in the country to make it through the first round of bids for

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funding. Under the plans, the university's two campuses will close

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and reopen in a purpose`built facility within the new enterprise

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zone. Network rail says it hopes to

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complete repairs tonight to the overhead wires on the East Coast

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Main Line near Peterborough. Yesterday, 30,000 passengers were

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affected. Passengers were forced onto replacement buses as engineers

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try to repair the cables and reopen the line.

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Those to light's top stories, now we can join Stuart

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said that she cried because she felt that the Ambulance Service had not

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done enough. The court will make a decision later this week.

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Still to come, the Olympic champion helping young people to get into

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training or a job. And the British Legion boycott a

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brand`new warmer more real. `` wall memorial.

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Hundreds of people who live near a parish church in Norfolk have just

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received a nasty shock in the post because of law .dating back to the

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Middle Ages. Nearly 900 homes in Gorleston

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received letters from the Land Registry warning that they could be

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liable for paying for repairs at St Andrew's Church. The law is called

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the Chancel Repair Liability. It applies everywhere and it goes back

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to the days people had to pay tithes to their local church. Our Chief

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Reporter Kim Riley is at St Andrew's now.

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Yes, I am in the chancel in front of the main altar. I have to say,

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looking around me, it looks as if it is in good repair. This is an

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archaic law, most of people had not heard of it before. Before it was

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changed, historic interest had to be locked with the Land Registry. Now

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more local people know about it, they are not happy.

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This couple and their wedding day at St Andrews Church. They have owned

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their present home for more than 50 years. Furious at the letter from

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the Land Registry hearing that they could be liable for repairs at the

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church. I was shocked, then I was angry. I

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thought the church was putting the wind up people. I think it is

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cheeky. It is a form of blackmail, saying

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they want money off you. That is what made us angry.

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They're near neighbour was also shocked to receive a letter.

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I felt as if it was someone taking money from my wallet, someone you

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thought you could trust, the church, and you can't even trust them.

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The reverend and other members of the parochial council have been

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taken aback by the anger generated and the resentment at a charge of

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?50 visitor the Kurds relieving loners of `` relieving owners of

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liability. I feel that we should have brought a

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sack of rain. When this started 50 years ago, people were poor like

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today, they had to bring that. It is affecting people in a big way.

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Our message to local people is that nothing has changed, other than

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something that has existed on their properties for many years has now

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been made public. There has never been a way of getting out of Chancel

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Repair Liability than a certificate of exception. However, we are now

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coming across cases when people cannot afford that ?50 charge and we

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are considering how we could deal with that address, wearing our ``

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hats as a charity as well as a church.

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The church has apologised for distress, and further that they

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could not reply to complaints more quickly. They are receiving legal

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advice. The church is set to reopen. The

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money has been raised by the congregation. The council has not

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caught on the Chancel Repair Liability before and says it has no

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plans to do so now. And if you have a story to tell

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about the chancel tax we'd love to hear from you. You can get in touch

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by phone, by email, by going to our Facebook page, or on Twitter.

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Here's a question ` does the word NEET mean much to you? It applies to

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16 to 18`year`olds and it stands for "Not in education, employment, or

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training". Across the East, there are almost enough NEETS to fill

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Wembley Stadium ` 81,000, at the last count. But in Bedfordshire

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there's a project to help them, headed by a famous Olympian and

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using sport as its inspiration. Dame Kelly Holmes is inspiring people.

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Not every young person's life can be smooth, they can struggle if there

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is no one to look up to. But with sport, these young people's lives

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are being improved. We have been with them for seven

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weeks. They get more confidence. We are trying to encourage them not to

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be afraid to get out of their comfort zone. We have tried

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football, basketball, badminton. A lot of the time, the sport is new to

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the young people, but they are open to trying new things.

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Nearly one in five of young people are not involved in education,

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training or work. This scheme aims to help young people, saying that

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success in sport can help success in life.

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Five weeks ago, this young man was out of work, but today he got a call

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from a shop. It is improving my confidence. It

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comes with the teamwork. If you work in a team, nobody blames each

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other. Projects like this one won't solve a

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national problem, but Dame Kelly Holmes wanted to make a difference.

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She was inspired by her PET chill. Young `` PE teacher.

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How difficult is it to get the opportunities? It is tough, isn't

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it? It is difficult. No work is bad

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work. Even if it is part`time. This is the only project of its type

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in our region. 70% of young people taking part are now doing something

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positive with their lives. Tonight, it is their graduation, so every to

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celebrate. Dame Kelly Holmes is in Luton this

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evening and we spoke to her, asking how the people she helps our chosen.

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All the young people are potentially not in education, employment or

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training. The needs of these young people are quite clear, they need

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some guidance and direction in their own life and basically we ensure

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that ordinary young people who are selected are making that first

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commitment. That is a big one. This is not about creating great

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athletes of the future. But sport is still plays an important role?

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Yes, that is right. We try and enable and empower young people. We

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have different stages of the Get On Track programme. The young people

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and maybe in a situation where their background has not been great, that

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experience in life has not been great so far. So to trust people can

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be difficult for them. Do people like you spend a lot of

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time getting involved in this? Or do you just appear once at the

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beginning and help someone else takes it and further. Do you have a

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greater commitment than that? I started this trust five years ago

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because I wanted to help others like sports people had helped me.

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Realising the benefits that sportspeople have to become mentors.

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You were the King `` talking about raw mad `` role models. Who was your

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role model? Mine was my teacher. My teacher told

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me I could be good at something. At that time, that was important to me,

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because I was not academic. If it had not been for sport, I do not

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think I would be who I am today. Is there one person that you have

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seen who has come to you who has become something that you never

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thought they could achieve? There are so many young people that

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we've helped with that transformation. There is a young

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girl here in Luton who dream of being a skiing instructor and she

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was written off and told her `` told that she would never push that

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dream. She was working at a call centre and was unhappy and lost her

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self esteem. Through the programme, we managed to get her on a ski

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instructor score `` course. It was more than getting her on the

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course, it was about rebuilding who she wanted to be and all the people

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who knocked her down. It is great work. Thank you.

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In the run`up to Remembrance Day, a row has broken out in Milton Keynes

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which could sour the commemorations on November 11th.

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Some British Legion members are so unhappy with the new MK Rose

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memorial, which opens in a few weeks, that they're planning to

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boycott it. It will contain 100 pillars commemorating things as

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varied as World Maths Day and International Joke Day. But the

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Legion says it's not a proper war memorial.

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For commemoration and contemplation, at the MK rose

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memorial there will always be something to think about. The

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merging out of the memorial will be 106 pillars, each representing a

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different day or organisation. I have a list of them here, and they

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include things like skipping day, even tea bag day. Somewhere there,

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between all those, is a pillar representing armistice day.

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This has upset some war veterans. This man is on parade every day, but

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will not come here. I do not feel I can act in true and

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as a standard`bearer if I do not see the cross. For me, the cross is a

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sign of remembrance for the dead of all wars.

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Here, a more traditional war memorial is being built.

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You cannot compare. I have never seen anything like it. Right next to

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Armistice Day is National Joke Week. That's not right.

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Some people say that this is not right. It detracts from the enormity

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of the situation. I think there should be another area

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for the heroes of the country. But those behind the MK Rose say

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that veterans are missing the point. What we have created, for a modern

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city, is a new way of people being able to mark the remembrance, for

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what is essentially a very important day.

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But for some ex`servicemen and ex`servicewomen, this will never be

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a fitting memorial to those who served.

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In the run`up to Remembrance Day, a row has broken out in Milton Keynes

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which could sour the commemorations on November 11th. Some British

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Legion members are so unhappy with the new MK Rose memorial, which

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opens in a few weeks, that they're planning to boycott it.

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A primary school near Chelmsford has appealed for help in solving a

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rather embarrassing mystery. It all came to light ` or rather failed to

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come to light ` during celebrations to mark the school's Golden Jubilee.

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It is something to celebrate, the 50th anniversary of Writtle Junior

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School. People gathered to discuss the school. In 1988, the school put

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together a time Capshaw, to be an earnest in October 2013. `` time

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capsule. We put lots of different things in

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it. We put in stamps in it. We watched it being varied. There

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was a paving slab to say where it was buried.

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The paving slab was there, but the time capsule was not.

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We looked under the paving stone, but it was not there.

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We went round the garden with metal detectors. We could not find any

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evidence of it. We had to stop after digging three holes, because we were

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worried about the garden. It was time to appeal for help.

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If anybody knows where the time capsule is, please let us know. We

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will not dig up any more of the school until we know where it is.

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In the meantime, they are burying another time capsule to be dug up in

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2038, presuming that they can find it.

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Oh dear. We will look at the weather.

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There has been a lot of rain today. Some of the showers were on the

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heavy side. Some of those have cleared away, but overnight they

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will be developed. In the early morning, it the showers could turn

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quite heavy. Some drier interludes now, but on the whole, the showers

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redeveloping into the evening and the night. That it will be a mild

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night. The showers will go through to the early hours of the morning.

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Tebbutt is around 14 Celsius at their lowest. `` temperatures. For

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some of us, the showers should get away quite quickly. Then it will

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improve tomorrow. Quite blustery first thing, but the sunshine should

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come out throughout the region. Temperatures around 16 or 17

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degrees. Our wind speed is coming from the South West. It will ease

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through the afternoon and overnight. Overnight, with clear skies and

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writer wins, `` lighter winds. It will be chilly tomorrow night. This

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is our pressure pattern for Thursday. You can see the pressure

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moving in from the Atlantic. There will be some low pressure giving us

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a wet and windy conditions by Friday. Make the most of the

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afternoon. On Thursday, it should be a decent day. Wet and windy weather

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appears overnight on Thursday into Friday. It will be quite blustery.

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At the moment, it looks like the weekend will have a dry start. It

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will be cold tomorrow night, after that it will be warmer.

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We will see you tomorrow. Goodbye.

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