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That is all from the BBC's news at six, so it is goodbye from

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Good evening. First tonight, filthy, dangerous homes, eviction and

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threats. Just some of the conditions facing people renting in the most

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deprived areas of Peterborough. The growing problem of long`term

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youth unemployment. And a unique light aircraft takes to

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the stylus for the first time. `` skies. To crack down on it, the

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council is proposing a new licence which all private landlords will

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need to pay. It will affect homes in the Gladstone, Millfield, New

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England and Eastfield areas of the City, where there are just over

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4,000 private rentals. The cost of a licence for each property will range

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from ?600 to ?900 and last five years. But if landlords fail to get

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a licence they could face a fine of up to ?20,000. Our reporter Emma

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Baugh is in Peterborough. I am right in the heart of the area

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where they want to bring in the changes and it is a very high rental

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area. The council says there are a lot of good landlords but there are

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some that are far from it that are charging high rents and putting

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people in cramped and dangerous conditions.

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The enforcement officer arrives at a two bed terrace. One family living

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downstairs, upstairs a family of five with a month`old baby living in

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just two rooms. The family has been told to tell a different story. A

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landlord got wind that the council were carrying out investigations and

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told the tenants they were going to have to move the kitchen to make it

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look like a single family dwelling and he gave them a story to tell the

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council that it is a single family household. How that would have

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worked, I don't quite know. He promised he would put the kitchen

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back once the council had finished. Mum is obviously devastated because

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she can't do the motherly thing The council has had a call about another

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property but arrived too late. We have got some idea that the landlord

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has been around over the weekend but we have not got a full story on that

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as yet. We believe the landlord has had some part to play in illegally

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evicting the people. At another house, it is not about overcrowding

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but living conditions and whether people here are safe. We haven't got

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a fire, that is empty, and there is another empty one there. The council

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is looking to charge landlords to ?600 for every property they let

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out. Some say it is too much. Everything is tight now so the

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council is looking around trying to raise cash. I think we are an easy

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target. There are rogue landlords out there and we do need to clamp

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down on them. If this legislation came through, I would pay it but I

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would feel aggrieved. The council denies it is a moneymaking scheme

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and said it would just cover costs to help them target problem homes.

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There is a meeting taking place in the hall behind me tonight and I

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have been in there and there are around 300 people. There are quite

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angry scenes. I have spoken to the council asking if we can film and

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they said no but they do want people to get in touch by December. It

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certainly seems that people are having their say.

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The Residential Landlords Association represents private

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landlords. Earlier I spoke to Alan Ward, who told me that all a license

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fee would do is push up the cost of renting for tenants and that it

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wouldn't do anything at all to tackle rogue landlords. How will

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licensing good landlords and their properties improve the situation for

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the tenants in the bad properties? I don't see the logic of it. The

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council seems to be saying that the money will be ploughed back into

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enforcement. Does that make it any better? Not really. It is the good

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guys paying for the bad guys. A port landlord is not going to put their

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head over the parapet and say, come and inspect me. They will disguise

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their identity, use different addresses, they will say it is not

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their property. They can also hide behind limited companies. I don t

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want to give them all the tricks of the trade but these are what some of

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the battlements will do. `` bad ones. Peterborough have only

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prosecuted 55 landlords in the last five or six years. But they have

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really got to get out on the streets and investigate the properties. If

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they want to identify the properties and the landlords in the poor

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properties, they can go into the land registry and examine who owns

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them and trace them from there. But the council is saying that this many

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raised by the licence fee would give them the availability to do that.

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Put more officers on the street to investigate these properties. But I

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say again, who is paying for it That is the good landlords. They are

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already paying taxes anyway. ?6 0 per property, which is quite a sum

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of money to find, so in the end what they will do is, the rent will go up

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for the properties that are being taxed. Peterborough Council is not

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the first to do this. What would your message be? Look at Manchester,

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look at Bournemouth. Manchester with room suggestive licensing when they

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realised it would not work and Bournemouth today consultation and

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went through all of this and decided it was not appropriate for their

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needs. I welcome the consultation and we will be putting forward our

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views on this and suggesting that it is not the simplest solution that

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they think it is. Next, to the thousands of young

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people in this region struggling to find a job. Lastest figures for the

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East show youth unemployment now stands at 80,000. That's down by 2%

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from last year. But amongst them are a growing number of young people who

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have been claiming jobseeker's allowance for more than two years.

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That now stands at 1,700 ` up by 175%.

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Young people hoping for a brighter future. These 16`24 `year`olds are

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renovating part of a primary school. They are all volunteers without jobs

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but hoping to improve their chances of getting work, training or into

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further education. I have had knock`back and knock`back. I am

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trying to get a full`time job. I have found I have so many hidden

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talents giving me that boosting confidence. I have got leadership

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qualities. I am getting more confidence, better job skills,

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communication. This project is a partnership between the Princes

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trust and the YMCA will bed which. But these young people taking part

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have done all the budgeting and planning themselves. They are

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valuable skills to have when applying for jobs. We work on lots

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of different aspects that are preventing them from going into

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education employment or training, whether it be confidence, motivation

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or even the belief that they can actually do it. Youth unemployment

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in our region is among the lowest in the country and falling but today a

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senior minister was in Suffolk launching a scheme with the aim of

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halving it within two years. Every young person who is offered an

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opportunity to work, to train, through apprenticeship or training

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course with an employer, or to continue and education will have the

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ability to work and improve their skills. They have got to take it.

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Back in Luton they are still hard at work and with a new found skills,

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they are already looking for the next community project to work on.

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Next, she was killed in a car crash just months after passing her

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driving test. 18`year`old Becky Taylor had just dropped her younger

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sister off at school when she lost control of the car. That was in

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2008, and now her parents are calling on the government to make

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sure new drivers are safer on the road. The idea is for new drivers to

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be issued with an intermediate licence that would restrict their

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driving for a year after passing their test. They would only be able

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to carry one passenger and wouldn't be able to drive at night and they'd

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have a lower drink drive alcohol limit. It's something already used

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in other countries and Becky's mother Nicole Taylor met the

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Transport Minister this week to push for the changes here. She told me it

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was a positive meeting. He knows it makes sense. The

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evidence, you can't argue against it. There is no argument to say it

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is not going to make sense. It is like the seat belt rules we

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introduced in the 1980s. My point was that you have got to look at

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this evidence and statistics because underneath it all, it is parents,

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siblings, grandparents who know the actual true value of losing a child.

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He needs to be braver. I urge people watching today, if they support

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this, let him know you support it. He needs to have the confidence the

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public will accept this. Do you believe there needs to be a change

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in the law or is this something parents could bring into place

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themselves, to say to their children at 17, you are not going to take the

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car out at night. Have you got children of that age? I have been

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that age though. There is your answer. You can know your children

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well, Rebecca, I had no concern about her driving at all. She was

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well trained, she was competent she was safe. She is not here today

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Five years on, the pain, the loss of losing a child never goes away. If

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we can just save just one family and one young adult from not having a

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life any more, it is worth put `` pushing the issue and it is worth

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setting a few people. It is about protecting our young adults.

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And staying with road safety, a number of villages in

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Northamptonshire have been at the centre of a crack down on speeding

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drivers. The two`day operation last week targeted these villages, with

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more than 60 people now being prosecuted. Police officers from

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Daventry worked in partnership with the Safer Roads Team.

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After days of train delays and power cuts, our part of the region was

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back on track today after Monday's stormy weather. Power has been

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restored to Hertfordshire and areas around Stansted, although there are

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still a few houses waiting to be reconnected. All trains to London

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were also back in service following a huge clear up operation to remove

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trees from the line and mend overhead cables.

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Those are the main and says it would cover costs to

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help them target problem homes. Still to come tonight.

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Britain's newest aeroplane takes to the skies over the east for the

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first time. And it's an anxious moment for Delia

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and Canaries fans, as a Norwich City star lies unconscious on the pitch

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at Old Trafford. Over the last few days we have been

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telling you about the political upheaval at Norfolk County Council,

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over the plans to build a new waste burner in King's Lynn. It was

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finally given the go ahead this week, after months of turmoil inside

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and outside the council chamber. In tonight's special report we ask

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this: what's the future of waste incineration in our region if it's

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so controversial? Our environment reporter Richard Daniel has been

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investigating. It is on time and on budget. This

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incinerator well`born 270,000 tonnes of rubbish a year. Most of it from

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homes. You have either got landfill. We do more than

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incinerator. We actually use the seat from the waist to use

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electricity and make sure that the emissions are fully cleaned up. The

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many people who are fiercely opposed to this. They either do not feel it

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is safe or they do not want the hundreds of lorries here dumping the

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ground. The fact is that this project, compare to others, has gone

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ahead with barely a hatch. In the East of England, five incinerators

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are planned. But so far only two are being built. It is down to Eric

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Pickles to decide whether this should go ahead. If it doesn't, the

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council could face a ?25 million compensation bill. In Bedfordshire,

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the American company behind the project is trying to sell it.

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Planning permission has been granted but there is a legal challenge.

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Opponents argue that cutting waste is the answer. Communities are

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rising up in opposition to this offensive alternative to waste. It

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is time for local politicians to get the message. We are not going to be

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dog with this. So why are incinerators proving so

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controversial? That is now one size fits all approach. We have got a

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very diverse region. In Suffolk, for better or worse, they have decided

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to go ahead. By December, next December it will be up and running.

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The Norwich City footballer Robert Snodgrass has been released from

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hospital after an injury which silenced the crowd at Old Trafford

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last night. The Canaries winger was knocked out after a clash of heads.

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He was lying on the pitch for ten minutes, getting attention from the

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medical team before he was taken off on a stretcher. The players were

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clearly shaken. Norwich eventually lost 4`0 and are out of the Capital

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One Cup. It was a traumatic night all round.

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Norwich left Old Trafford battered and bruised, but the result was

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overshadowed by a nasty head injury to Robert Snodgrass. Big clash with

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Rafael. He went down and he's stayed down. Manchester United's

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goalkeeper, Anders Lindegaard, reacted first. He quickly helped the

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winger into the recovery position. Then paramedics rushed to the scene.

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Play was delayed for ten minutes while Snodgrass received treatment.

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He lay motionless, knocked out, before he was carried off on a

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stretcher. After a very, very lengthy stoppage, Robert Snodgrass

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is carried off, wearing an oxygen mask. Harrowing scenes for everyone.

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Snodgrass regained consciousness before being taken to hospital. The

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club have confirmed that he was released late last night, suffering

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from concussion. It's not known how long he'll be out. All in all, a

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shocking night. Norwich fell behind to a penalty. Javier Hernandez

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scored from the spot. He scored a second ten minutes into the second

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half, and in the closing stages Man Utd ran riot. Phil Jones and Fabio

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with the goals. The scoreline was perhaps a little harsh on Norwich,

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but the champions were in no mood to let them off lightly. I thought we

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were decent in the first half. It was never a penalty. That can be

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demoralising. It's hard to take. I didn't think it was a penalty. I

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thought it was harsh. But in the end it didn't really matter because the

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other three goals made it comprehensive. Norwich's thoughts,

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whilst with Snodgrass, now return to the Premier League. They make

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another trip to Manchester on Saturday. This time to play City.

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Without a win in four, they'll be desperate for a change in fortune.

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A company based near Cambridge is claiming to have built the first new

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aircraft in the country for years. It's called an E`go, and is designed

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to fill a gap in the market between a microlight and a light aircraft.

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Of course, there's only one way to find out if a new plane actually

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works ` and that's to take it for a test flight. Which is exactly what

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happened earlier today at an airfield in Norfolk.

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If test pilot Keith Dennison was nervous, he didn't look it. This was

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only the fourth time the E`go had taken to the air, and the first time

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with anyone watching. Friends and relatives held their breath for a

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moment as Keith took off at Tippenham Airfield. No one should

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have worried. The first public flight went like a dream. Back on

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the ground, there was a warm handshake from Tony Bishop, one of

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the founders of the company. Excellent. I'm over the moon. It is

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a mixture of delight and relief. It's lighter and faster and more fun

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to fly than anything that is out there at the moment. We wanted to

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design something fun. The E`go is a single seater, powered by a rotary

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engine, and has a top speed of about 110mph. It came about as a result of

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deregulation by the Civil Aviation Authority. The amount of red tape we

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have had to go through is minimal. That's why it has been a rapid

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process. We can use technologies that have typically been used in

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cars. Not in aviation. I think this aeroplane could attract people to

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flying. People that aren't interested at the moment. You might

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have people who are considering a motorcycle or something like that.

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If they see this, because it looks so different, they might think I

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want some of that. If you do want some of that, it is going to cost

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?50,000. E`go aeroplanes are hoping to go into production soon. With a

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view to delivering their first E`go single seater in 2015. Designed,

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developed and manufactured in our region, the aim is to sell the E`go

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around the world. Beautiful Norfolk skies there. But

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despite today's sunshine, summer has gone and it's the end of another

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season for a Suffolk business that's been in the same family for five

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generations. We're going to take you on a pleasant crossing of the River

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Blyth in Suffolk. The service has been provided by the same family for

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five generations. These days it's down to Dani Church to row the boat

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between Southwold and Walberswick. Dani looks back now on another busy

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season, in her own words. There has been a ferry running from

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Walberswick to Southwold since 1236. My family became involved in the

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late 1800s. About 1890. That makes me the fifth generation of my family

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to work here. My dad was a ferry man and I used to love sitting on the

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boat with him when I was younger. I used to sit in the rings at the back

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and watch him. When I was about six, he would sit me on his lap, and I

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would take the oars. He was so patient. I would watch how he did

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it. Rowing is quite an art. You either take to it or you don't. It's

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a lot to do with coordination. It is quite tricky here. The tides are

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strong. I can do it in about ten strokes on easy water, with no wind.

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It takes less than a minute. But sometimes I can be rowing for up to

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four minutes. People like to come on the ferry because it's like a step

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back in time. Escapism. We take lots of things on. Buggies and prams. My

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dad retired and I thought we would row together. We did for a while.

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This is definitely in my blood. I love it.

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It looks beautiful. Her story is part of a new online series. Details

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on the website. Time for the weather. Overnight, the

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rugby showers. It is a bit of a wet night in prospect. This rain looks

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like an a patchy but it need produce heavier busts in places. Tonight we

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are looking at nine to 10 Celsius. If you live in Suffolk and Essex, it

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might be wet first thing. On the whole, across the region, it stays

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cloudy. In the afternoon, it may be brighter, but the risks of showers.

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We are at about 14 or 15 Celsius for tomorrow. A little above average.

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Into the afternoon, we have those showers. If you are out for

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Halloween it is not good news. It would be raining all the time but it

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could be quite damp at times. We have got a developing law and this

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could produce some very heavy rain. It is not intense, not as intense as

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Monday, but there is another one behind it. That is good to be very

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windy on Sunday. It is good to be changeable and unsettled. Tomorrow

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should be largely dry but there could be showers in the afternoon.

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In the evening they become more widespread. In Friday, we start dry

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and the rain starts to develop. It could turn heavy. It could cause

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some problems with localised flooding is . Showers possible later

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on Saturday. Also on Sunday. Back to you.

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Everyday normal things that everybody does is where I use my energy.

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I haven't got an extravagant lifestyle,

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I've not got a hot tub outside or something like that.

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In essence, it is a choice between heating or eating.

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We will still eat and we will still have heating

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It's just maybe the quality of the food that we eat

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may not be as good as what we're eating at the moment.

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