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the News of the World. That's all from the News at Six.


Hello and welcome to Thursday's Look East. In the programme tonight:


Students' lectures are disrupted as university and college staff walk


out in a row over pay. People are leaving academia and


going into Private distributors they cannot raise their families on this


income. The nightly soup kitchen getting


back on its feet despite a devastating break`in.


Who let the water out? The mystery of the Grand Union Canal saboteur.


And will Rachel's American Smooth be enough to keep her in Strictly?


Good evening. It's been a day of strike action for


universities and colleges across the region. Staff, from cleaners to


tutors, have walked out in a bitter row over pay. It's affected


students' tuition and it's been condemned by the employers. The


three unions involved say it's just the start of a campaign for better


wages. In a few moments, we'll hear from the University and College


Union, but first this report from Mike Cartwright. It is one of the


most famous universities. Here, too, they walked out. From three


different unions, workers who earn their living in higher education.


Professors on the higher pay scale, cleanest `` clean of the lowest


side`by`side today. Three unions say they have thousands of members in


the city. This man is a cleaner in the chemistry lab. Some sad stories


you hear about people when it comes to lighting and heating their


houses, paying mortgages, even going on strike, not getting paid. A lot


of people have to worry about their pay packet the end of the month and


how they will make ends meet. Among them, students supporting the


strike. They have taken a pay cut over the next three years and we


believe that we'll have a negative effect. It is truly important we


have staff who are paid decently. They are being overworked and


underpaid. A 1% pay increase far from high enough. They're in ploy is


say different. We have made it clear that 1% is the maximum of


affordability for institutions that they are to remain sustainable in a


competitive environment. We have the unions will return to the table and


recognise they have got a good offer. Across the region, people


walked out. In Northampton, lecturers said they had no choice


but to strike. We have had a 13 effective pay cut over the last few


years. That means that people are leaving academia and going into


Private industry because they cannot let their families on the income. In


Cambridge, both universities that stays strike caused minimal


destruction but workers laid if there pay does not improve, other


strikes could follow. With me is David Goode, secretary of


the Cambridge branch of the University and College Union. You


represent the teaching staff on strike today. Lecturers are on


salaries of ?33,000 a year upwards. Is it right you should be striking


alongside cleaners who earn considerably less? Absolutely. It is


fair that we have solid ashtray with the lower paid workers on for


ourselves. `` solidarity. We have been consistently underpaid for the


last four years, losing approximately 13%. A lot of people


in the country and all kinds of professions are in a similar boat.


Students we heard from said that lecturers are overworked and


underpaid. Many members of the public feel about you only teach the


few I was a week and you were already well paid. Who is right The


students. They are at the sharp end of what we deliver. They are also


playing tuition fees and many of them could not go to lectures today.


The students passed a motion on Monday night supporting us and one


of the points they trust said it was worth from their point of view the


temporary and short lived destruction not a strike rings in


order to secure a better paid and better motivated staff in the long


term. The government cannot just create money out of nowhere, so if


you and your members will be paid more, where'd you suggest the


government cuts back's the government does not need to cut


back. There is already a surplus in the institution in the UK. The


higher education authority reported a 1.1 billion operating surplus in


higher education. That is not money that needs to be obtained from


cutting from some of. They have the money, they just do not want to give


it to us. Tomorrow, you will be working to rule. What does that


mean? We will be sticking to tasks and duties which are contractual


obligations. We will not be doing things like additional meetings


Thank you for joining us to night. Thieves won't stop us feeding the


homeless. The message from a soup kitchen in Peterborough after


thousands of pounds' worth of their supplies and cookers were stolen.


The charity provides food for around 60 people every night. Louise


Hubball is with the team now. Louise, how are they coping? They


feed around 60 homeless people every night from this unit and what


thieves did is they broke in on Tuesday night and stole two


handbags, managed to get a set of keys and then came back and help


themselves. You can see these shells full of donated food. They were even


from. The thieves struck a number of teams, mainly Tina and corned beef.


`` tuner. This room is where they prepare the food and heat up the


soup. Thieves took three cookers from here which had only been


installed three weeks ago. They got away with goods with a value of


around three thousand pounds. 1 0 volunteers work for this charity


they are absolutely devastated. I am joined by Ian. Tammy what the


reaction of the volunteers has been. Speechless. My own feeling when ..


Your heart sinks when you first cheered this. Some people have said,


you must be joking. I was going to say, throughout the day, you have


had a lot of support the generosity of the public in the last 24 was has


been overwhelming. We have been inundated on the telephone with


offers of support, financial, support with cooking, we have one of


which came very early on from the Hindu temple next door. That is so


heartening. Very quickly, just come over here with me. The charity is


not giving up. It will be out on the streets tonight delivering food


A marina on the Grand Union Canal in Bedfordshire has been drained of


water after the gates to a nearby lock were left open. Around 30 boats


at Grove Lock in Leighton Buzzard were grounded in the early hours of


this morning. It's thought it may have been done deliberately. Neil


Bradford reports. What a level that Grove Lock marina are now almost


back to normal. `` water levels In the early hours of this morning


those living here had a rude awakening. Just after 4am, they


found they were sitting at the bottom of the canal. These people


were among those working by emergency services who have been


alerted like a concerned resident. I had to step up from the boat onto


the jetty. There was no water in the canal. It was a good scary at the


time. You are worried about what will happen to your boat, whether it


will get damage. It was Gary. If they go into the jetty and be water


comes back in, we will damage our boats. `` it was scary. We have two


look after a lot of boats to make sure this did not happen. The marina


sits between two blocks only a short distance apart and it appears the


water levels dropped after Gates to one of them were opened in the


night. It is half term and there are many more inexperienced voters on


the canal, but the owners say this is no accident. It is impossible to


navigate the lock with both `` with both kids open and it is the second


time it has happened. It happened on Saturday during the day. I was able


to shut the gates before we got into difficulties. You think it is


someone having a prank? Yes. Whatever the reason, the boat owners


hope whoever is responsible has now had their fun.


Drivers have been faced with a 30`mile diversion and severe delays


for most of the day on two separate sections of the A14 in


Cambridgeshire. A lorry fire in the early hours forced the westbound


carriageway to shut between junctions 20 and 21, where it joins


the A1M at Brampton. And a crash involving a jack`knifed lorry and


several cars during rush hour shut the eastbound side between junctions


32 and 33. One person was treated for neck injuries.


The labour MP for Corby says the town's large Scottish population


should be given a voice in the debate on Scottish Independence


There are more than 7,500 Scottish`born people living in the


Northamptonshire town, enough to sustain their own social club. But


they won't get a vote in the referendum next September on whether


Scotland should remain part of the UK. Sometimes you get the result you


want. But on the future of Scotland's relationship with the UK,


these people living in Corby will have no more influence than they do


one which numbers can up at the bingo. Any of the people who can


sure we either born in Scotland or their parents were. They won't get a


vote in next year 's referendum on Scottish independence. One


conservative borough council `` comes that think they should. They


think they should have a say on Scotland's future. I would like to


think it would stop them from the stink. They are entitled to vote. Do


you identify more as a member of Corby? That's Nutley not. Still


proud of the Heritage? Definitely. `` definitely not. If begins to us,


I will take it. I am not bothered. For someone who was born in


Scotland, would you like to have a say in the referendum? Yes. Scottish


family started coming to Corby in the 1930s with the development of


the iron and steel works. They found jobs and after the factories closed,


the remainder in the town. If they do not live in Scotland and in all,


why would they care if it stays part of the UK? It will be more


complicated to maintain the business links and family connections big ``


because travel will become more difficult. There are genuine


concerns about the relationship between people here and in Scotland


if they go independent. Whether Scotland decides to go it alone or


not, these expats remain proud of their heritage. They may not affect


the numbers called out for yes or no in the referendum, but many still


want their views and voices heard. And you can see Ben's full report on


Sunday Politics East. Etoille and the team will also be looking at the


aftermath of this week's storms and whether plans to increase the size


of the EU will mean an influx of more foreign workers. That's on


Sunday morning from 11:00am. Northampton Saints have submitted


plans for a new ?5.5 million stand at Franklin's Gardens. The new North


Stand would increase capacity by nearly 2,000 to 15,500. The stand


would include a bar, hospitality suites and ten boxes.


after this horrible incident, people have vowed to pulled together. They


will be out again feeding the homeless tonight, and here are some


of the produce they will take with them.


still to come in the programme tonight, we are on the Trail of the


wail of the coast of Norfolk. And Rachel and Pasha hoping to rise to


the occasion in strictly this weekend.


Now to some real small fry. But they will grow to be about this big,


unless, of course, you are an angler, in which case it is probably


out there. They were bred in Nottinghamshire, and today they were


released into the Corby boating lake, where numbers have been


falling. More than 5,000 carp and roach were brought on the 1.5`hour


journey. And it's hoped more people will be encouraged to try fishing.


The end of a long journey, the start of a new life. Transported at a


steady 10 degrees, so their new home is not a shock to the system. The


fish are transported on pure oxygen, so they are quite happy in the


tanks. You got to be really careful when netting them out of the tank.


Obviously, we don't want to damage them. It has taken 18 months to get


to this point, so the last few minutes are important. Here is where


they are from. And Environment Agency farm in Nottinghamshire,


where they are counted out electronically after being reared in


greenhouses in the vital first few months. Della macro we feed them on


the little tiny shrimp we have, and then we stuck them into ponds. From


there on, we are trying to rear these fish in as natural a way as


possible. A big difference for our faces, we are trying to produce fish


that are fit for purpose and can cope with life in the wild, and that


is not easy. Among the fish being released today is the 10 million


fish that has been bred to restock the nation's lakes and rivers. It


could be to replace those lost by pollution, but today, they are being


released to encourage more people to take up wishing. `` fishing. The


people they really want to take up fishing is the next generation,


hoping to attract young anglers this afternoon. I am teaching my son the


basics of fishing, and how to go about it, what baits to use, how to


put it, what hope to use. The basics of fishing, really. It keeps them


off the streets, keeps them out of Misti, and it is learning them


something. I think it is good, because you get to see the fish when


you catch them, and I find this fascinating. Just catching them, and


how you put them back in, and how they flap about. While today they


are stuffing of the fish, others are stealing them. That has become a big


problem throughout the country. We do have a lot of illegal fishermen


come down here at night will stop and think once we have gone off


site, that we don't return, but we do. We sneaked back in the dark and


we. It is part of a nationwide restocking programme. The future's


bright for the fish here, even if their new home looks murky.


The tens of millions of people who watch Strictly Come Dancing will


know that Rachel Riley from Essex is struggling to please the judges. Of


course, she's a presenter on the programme Countdown, and has been


told she needs to fight to stay on the show.


You can't fault the effort. The couple are training 30 hours a week,


and on Saturday they'll be hoping to impress with an American Smooth. In


a moment we'll hear from her mum, but first Gareth George has been to


meet Rachel and Pasha in training. At a secret location in London,


Rachel Riley and her partner Pasha rehearse for this Saturday's live


show. How nerve racking is it when you go out on that live show? I


would be thinking, I going to get my steps? It is pretty terrifying. I


can keep myself calm until the music Homs on, and then it is just, where


are my? You have got so much adrenaline. Even more nerve wracking


when you activate the judges. They were not too kind about Rachel's


modern take on a glass of Dublin. You have come out with a lot of


aggression and a lot of clean lines and clean for work, and it just did


not quite work. That is a great pity. You must have a thick`skinned,


have a new, because some of the judges... Do you think they have


been a bit rude? The judges, I mean you have to be critiqued, obviously,


but the person I want to do well for is Pasha, because he sees me in


training, he sees where I have started, where I am at the start of


the week, how much effort I put in and how much improvement I hopefully


make. Is she a natural density macro Rachel... Sorry, Rachel. Oh, she not


here. Rachel is not a natural dancer, so you see on Saturday


night, it is actually... It requires hours and hours of hard work for


her. But they are still rooting for that her old school, and across the


rest of Essex. I am getting things through my letterbox, my old school


are supporting me, there posters up in the Indian takeaway and


everywhere around! It is really sweet, and having all the support is


like having a talking animal. His staunchest supporter is her mum. She


is put posters up. She is doing all sorts. It is brilliant. It is her


favourite programme. She wants a dance with Pasha, that is a request


! Late this afternoon, we spoke to


Rachel's mother Celia, and started by asking is she was confident for


the weekend. I am 75% confidence. I think she has


had a good week of practice, she is really looking forward to it, and


she is absolutely loving the dance. And do you love watching here when


you see her do that live, or have you got your head in your hands? No,


I haven't got my head in my hands, but my heart starts thumping, and


When She Was Mine a dance off, I was grabbing hold of the seat in front


of me for dear life. And when the judges say unkind things about it,


what is your reaction? Well, as a mother, I am obviously feeling for


Rachel. The slug in salt was not too kind, but I'm very proud of the way


she keeps a smile on their face and she takes it. I don't think I could


take the criticism that well. And does she take it OK, order she


phoned you up and come and see you afterwards, upset by it all? No, she


doesn't mention it at all. She just carries on. It makes it more


determined and come back the next week and rectify anything they have


mentioned that needs rectifying. It just makes you stronger. Tell me a


little bit about how hard she is working at this. She is dancing all


the hours she can. She thinks she is wasting time I actually being asleep


or eating, and she has lost a lot of weight. And she has got blisters all


over her feet, and I Inc you know that she has got a back problem, so


she is in pain, but she is going to dance through that pain, and she is


very determined to do her very best. And she has an incredible amount of


local support. Out important is that? Extremely important. I have


been canvassing all my friends and acquaintances. She has her own fan


club, Pasha has his own fan club, I have been going round the town with


posters. I give a lot of talks to groups. I have asked them to vote


for Rachel. Some lovely comments online. She has had lovely Twitter


comments from people like Liz Hurley and Sarah Milligan and other sorts


of people. Everybody says it is one of the best things they do in their


life will stop at leaving it has changed a? Well, for one, she


absolutely loves dancing now. She has never dance in her life will


stop I only saw the dance at their wedding, and that was the first time


I have seen it on the dance floor. I think she wants to carry on dancing.


Everybody seems to get the bug from dance thing. I have always had the


bug. I used to dance very many years ago. Rachel is now loving it, and


she wants to continue. Give her our best wishes. But look at the


weekend, and thank you for being with us. Thank you very much indeed.


Keep voting ! A humpback whale has been sighted


you entered one of these competitions once. Second, not


first. You are going to get yourself into trouble ! We are going to talk


about Wales now. A humpback whale has been sighted of


the Norfolk coast in recent days. It was first spotted at Hemsby early on


Tuesday morning, and since then, hundreds of people have flocked to


the coast to try to catch a glimpse. It's the first time a humpback whale


has been spotted in the waters off Norfolk. Mike Liggins was up bright


and early this morning, to see what he could see. Sadly things didn't go


exactly to plan. Hemsby, just north of great


Yarmouth. This is where Ryan Irvin and his girlfriend Tabatha spotted


the humpback whale early on Tuesday morning. They were the first to see


it. I just looked out the patio doors, and there was a big blow, and


I shouted to Tabatha, Wale ! She came running through, and we get the


telescope out, and managed to see it surfacing. We were pretty certain it


was a humpback whale. Both Ryan and Tabatha are marine scientists, so


could they help this fine the way? Apparently, we had to look for


gannets. Bewail associates with a group of gannets. They follow the


Wale, looking for an easy lunch. North of the air is Winston, whether


Wale was spotted on Tuesday and Wednesday. You could see a long way


out, but no Wale insight. So, here's one we made earlier. The humpback


whale, to 19 metres long, and 36 tonnes. It is a big Wale, but it is


an even bigger C. We have not spotted it yet. Just one or two very


curious seals. I've got it. I have filmed it. Andy Lawson filmed it.


Here's an action replay. This is what we wanted, but the humpback


didn't seem to be around. I now, we had been joined by this man, who


came from Nottingham to see the whale. He sensed my frustration. You


need to have patience and optimism, but also, you shouldn't forget about


where you are and seeing what is around you. Good advice !


There was a rumour the Wale had been spotted further north. We're now


going to sea. Why has the humpback been a? Experts say, why not? A ban


on commercial whaling means that numbers are growing, and it was


probably only a matter of time. Sadly, we never did see the whale,


but he is out there somewhere, and who knows. One day, he may even let


us film him. Patients and optimism. Kind of sums


up Mike, doesn't it? Well, he is optimistic, anyhow. The weather now.


Good evening. We will see some rain in the next few days, and strong


winds. At the moment, quite calm, although you may catch a shower. We


have had lots of cloud around today, and it was they cloudy through this


evening. This rant gets time to clear first thing, but if you are


unlucky, you might catch a shower. For most people heading out for


Halloween, it should just about stay dry. A good deal of cloud will mean


a mild night. Just the chance of a shower in the first out of the


night, and later, perhaps the use what's of light rain or drizzle, but


mostly by the end of the night, a dry end. Temperatures for most of us


are hanging around ten or 11 degrees, but we might find one or


two spots dropped to eight or nine Celsius. Into tomorrow, this is our


pressure pattern. An area of low pressure moves in from the


south`west. There is a little bit of uncertainty as to how far north it


will go, and that will determine how much rain we get, so for many of us,


it will be a cloudy start, and gradually, we will see some rain


developing into the afternoon. We could see quite a lot of dry weather


in the morning. Temperatures around 12 Celsius, perhaps up to 13 in one


or two spots, and the wind generally is light and south to


south`westerly. Into the afternoon and evening, this is where it could


get interesting, because the rain could really turn quite heavy if the


low`pressure gas fire, that the moment, it looks like the heaviest


rain will affect parts of Essex and Hertfordshire, and that could


produce some heavy bursts of rain, some problems or a shower, no doubt.


Looking ahead, the next low`pressure system is moving in on Saturday. The


significance of this will be the strength of wind, particularly for


the evening and overnight, with gusts possible between 40 and 50


mph. That could be a problem if you are heading out on Saturday night,


the day itself does knowledge bad. It should stay mostly dry, sunny


spells in the morning, increasing cloud, and then the wind speed


rationing into the evening and overnight. Some rain on that front,


some perhaps a bit more persistent into the overnight period. Gradually


clearing away, but still windy for Sunday. There is just about a chance


of a shower for Sunday, but some sunny spells as well. It looks like


a settled darter next week, cooler by day, and overnight, a quick


barometer check, 1014 millibars, 29 inches will stop thank you. Not


great for fireworks. We will see you tomorrow. Goodbye.


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