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Good evening. In the programme tonight. Eight people go on trial
for sexually abusing girls in Peterborough. That and the rest of
today's top stories. Anti`social behaviour in
Peterborough. Police hope new powers will keep it under control. Waiting
for the phone. The villagers cut off a week after the storms. And had
47, watched as a football team did after its worst in 75 years? `` at
its worst defeat in 75 years? Police in Peterborough want new
powers to crack down on anti`social behaviour such as street`drinking
and begging. If they succeed, it would cover the whole of the city
centre. It would mean that they could take offenders through the
civil courts which could lead to tougher sentencing. Emma Baugh
reports. A couple on an evening out in
Peterborough confronted by a group of ten youths. They made threatening
comments about women. The couple cannot be traced and it is no
charges. But it is evidence like this police hope will bring in extra
powers to cut down on anti`social behaviour across the city. We will
patrol the city centre, see if any of our undesirables are about. See
what the plan of action is today. You have just got out of jail? What
was that for? Join us a street drinker who could be affected by the
new order. Police say he has been rehoused three or four times
already. How can we help someone who doesn't want help? It is very
difficult. If police kept a section 222 order, people breaking it could
be brought before the civil court for content. It might mean police
need less evidence and get more robust sentencing. Police hope
others will give them more power, but it is not always so simple. In
Birmingham, they have been used to cut down on street thinking and
knife crime. A judge said he would not give an order because there was
not enough evidence and there were enough laws in place already. Eddie
is a street musician and fears he may be caught out if people mistake
his busking for begging. Is the order going too far? Whilst it is
quite a strong power we will have, we will use our discretion and talk
to people. There will be about range of problems and they will give
people the opportunity to stop what they are doing. People in
Peterborough said is a problem that needs tackling. I live on a road
where people fell through my Hedge End throw bottles into it. I do not
like people being aware of other people's feelings. The kids are on
the street, whereas the parents We had two children on our street at
two o'clock in the morning. You should be more of a police presence
on the street. Drunks walking around with families walking around. It
always worries me. If police get the extra powers, they could start in
the New Year. A court has been hearing about an
accident at a go`karting centre in Cambridgeshire in which an
18`year`old woman died. It happened four years ago. Today the manager of
the company based in Caxton appeared before a judge having previously
admitted health and safety offences. Mike Cartwright's been at
Peterborough Crown Court. In court today, it was described as
a tragic accident. This is a picture of the victim. She was described as
vibrant and fun loving. The 18`year`old was killed when her
scarf became entangled in the back axle of a go`kart. It happened at
the racetrack near Huntington into thousand and nine. She was with
friends. Only one staff member for a so`called after`hours race session.
This man arriving at court this morning, the was the manager at the
time. He along with the company that employed him, Peter Black Racing
Limited, have pleaded guilty to a number of health and see the
failings including a lack of training, inadequate safety
briefings and the equipment. The defence say that at the time, there
were so`called play sessions. These were after sessions where staff
could bring guests. They said senior members like the manager involved
would have to be told and would have to be there. He wasn't told, they
said, and that is why he was not there. They also said his feelings
were only found in investigations after Suzanne's death and they have
not been directly linked to her death. We should have a sentencing
for this tomorrow as this Court For men and four teenagers have gone
on trial charged with more than 50 counts of sexual effect since ``
sexual offences against five girls in Peterborough. Two of the
defendants are just 14. It was in the spark that a girl with
severe learning disability `` that a giggle with severe learning
disabilities alleged she was raped. It was only when she was taken into
care last year that she told her story. At the Old Bailey, four men
and for teenage boys are per chart with a total of 67 sexual offences
against five victims. Most of them are from a Czech and Slovak
background. The man left in the picture, also known as Skinny, was
described as the boss and the charismatic and controlling figure.
For the prosecution, the described the 13`year`old's ordeal.
The members of the jury have been warned they will be a classic
descriptions in this trial of what allegedly happened to the girls
They will have to put emotions and sympathies to one side. The
defendants denied the charges, the case continues.
A businessman from Coventry charged with the murder of a family of four
has entered a not guilty plea. Anxiang Du appeared at Northampton
Crown Court. He's accused of murdering Jeff Ding, his wife Helen
and their daughters 18`year`old Xing and 12`year`old Alice. His trial is
due to start on November the 12th. The family of a teenager has warned
of the dangers of swimming in rivers at the inquest of their son. William
Stringer drowned in the River Ivel in Biggleswade in August. Though not
a strong swimmer he'd gone in with friends. The coroner Tom Osborne
said people shouldn't swim where there were not proper facilities.
This time last week, we were dealing with the aftermath of the biggest
storm to hit the region in decades. Thousands were without power and
there had been major disruption on both road and rail. A week later,
all the lights are back on. But that's not the case with telephone
lines. At Elmdon in Essex 80 people are off line. BT won't say how many
other villages are affected. Around 250 people live here. It is
tucked away, but for the last week, locals have felt even more isolated
than usual after losing their landlines and as spot where mobile
phone coverage is virtually nonexistent. Because we do not have
mobile phone signals, we thought someone would have come in from BT
to explain what has happened. There has been no communication. How would
you rate the performance? `1. We have a lot of people here, some who
are not too well, and BT have left them completely lost. This was the
cause on the outskirts of the village. Two trees tumbled, taking
phone lines with them. It cut connections to around 80 homes. BT
told us today that putting this right will take a significant amount
of work. They need to put in a new poll and 600 jars of cable. They do
say that if the do not see unforeseen problems, everyone will
be back on for Wednesday. FrontPage and consternation to possible
compensation. In the immediate aftermath of the storm, 700,000
homes and businesses were left without power. Many were back on
quickly. But just over 20,000 customers in the East were blacked
out for more than two days and will receive compensation. Anything from
?54 to ?270 to those that run without power the longest. That is
over 96 hours. The total, more than ?1.1 million. If an starting to send
out letters to homes effective `` effective this week. It says it is
committed to handling the impact of the storm. If we do not care enough
to let people know what is going on, they are going to have people
speaking to the cameras, as I am. They feel BT could have done better,
saying they should have had a similar process. A High Court case
against Kettering Town has officially been dismissed after the
club settled a debt owed to their former landlords. The Poppies paid
around ?70,000 to the owners of Nene Park in Rushden for unpaid rent It
means the club, which is 141 years old, can continue to play in the
Southern League. Director Ken Samuel has told Look East he's delighted
the club can move forward. Full time firefighters in this
region went on strike again this morning. It follows a strike on
Friday night in their row with the Government over retirement ages and
pensions. Today's stoppage by members of the Fire Brigades Union
lasted from six o'clock to eight o'clock. The Government wants to
raise the retirement age from 5 to 60.
I will be back at ten o'clock. Goodbye.
morning in their row with the Government over retirement ages and
pensions. The two hour stoppage by members of the Fire Brigades Union
started at 6am. The
still to come tonight, how safe are our level crossings? Within the last
hour, Network Rail has been talking to MPs. We are live at Westminster.
Plus, Norwich's for `` worst defeat since the war. How good as this
season been for canary 's funds? There has been strong criticism
today of a revolving door policy at the NHS, where managers are paid
redundancy and then re`employed a few weeks later. Millions of pounds
have been paid out in compensation as part of a re`organisation of the
health service. The Health Minister and local MP Dan Poulter described
the pay`outs as a waste of taxpayers' money that should have
been spent on patients. More from him in a moment, but first here's
Alex Dunlop. Until April this year, there were 16
Primary Care Trusts in our region. But the government says they were
too bureaucratic and replaced them with the same number of GP`led
Clinical Commissioning Groups. It meant that 29 managers were made
redundant at a cost to the NHS of almost ?3 million. Nine received a
payoff of more than ?100,000. Four were paid more than ?150,000, and
one manager's exit package was worth more than ?200,000. Now some of
those made redundant have gone on to get other management jobs within the
NHS. Those Primary Care Trusts were doing
a good job and didn't need to be disbanded only for those same
managers to then be redeployed elsewhere in the new National knelt
`` National Health Service. That is a scandalous abuse of public money.
Among those who rejoined the NHS is this man, Andrew Morgan. Currently
interim head of the East of England Ambulance Trust, he was the chief
executive of a cluster of local PCTs. NHS Norfolk set aside ?492,000
to compensate him for losing that job. It is not known if he has taken
it. All these payments are perfectly legal, but health unions say the
payoffs are a scandalous waste of money.
Unison members working in health in the East of England recognise the
significance for cuts they are facing, the financial pressures, and
they are outraged that taxpayers' money is going on this rather than
on front line patient services. The Government is now under pressure
to claw back those compensation payments if those who get them
simply walk back into an NHS job a few weeks later.
Earlier today I spoke to the Suffolk MP and Health Minister Dr Dan
Poulter, and started by asking if it would be possible to claw back some
of the money. We are certainly going to do our
best to do so. The problem has arisen because in 2006 the previous
Labour government awarded very senior managers of these sorts of
profligate and unacceptable redundancy terms. We are now coming
to terms with what that means, which is that you have front line staff
feeling pressure on the front line, feeling as if they are being kicked
in the teeth by these arrangements, and also patients that are sought
changed. It is completely unacceptable and we are putting in
measures that will mean in the future these sorts of redundancy
payments to senior managers will not happen again.
`` short changed. When the reorganisation was being discussed,
did anyone say, it will cost us ?500 million in compensation, are we sure
we want to do this two the reorganisation costs 1.5 `` is
saving ?1.5 billion every year by reducing bureaucracy, the number of
blunders and recording costs taking money out of the front line.
`` reducing the number of managers. In the meantime, we inherited this
significant set of redundancy terms that were unacceptable. I don't know
what the previously the government were thinking when they allowed
senior managers to be paid ?400,000 in redundancy. That is unacceptable
and it's short`changing patients. That is why we are looking at how we
can make sure this does not happen again. When we look at this what we
see is that we have a lot of hard`working front line staff in the
NHS. The union is right in condemning this, as well, because
front line staff need more interesting `` more investment. We
need more investment in front line staff, not wasting money on these
profligate payments a consequence of the previous government.
Do we pay people who are accountants and managers more than we pay
doctors, and is that right two you are absolutely right to say that
under the arrangement of the previous government we have a ring
`` we have a situation where senior managers in the NHS are paid...
I am sorry to interrupt you, you keep blaming the previous
government, you have been in power for quite a few years. Shouldn't you
have sorted this out sooner? That is why we put in place reforms
to the NHS, which is saving ?1.5 billion, reducing the number of
managers and administrators, around 20,000 in the NHS, to make sure we
can invest more in front line staff. Part of that is also about reforming
some of the excessive salaries we have inherited from the previous
government. We are putting those measures in place and getting to
grips with those unacceptable redundancy pillage `` payments that
we inherited. We will make sure that we will do better as a government
than Labour did. We will not put money into eye watering redundancy
payments that are eye watering and compromise patient care.
Doctor Dan Poulter, thank you very much.
The head of Network Rail has told MPs this evening that the deaths of
two girls on a level crossing in Essex was a fundamental watershed in
the railway industry. It is almost eight years since Olivia Bazlington
and Charlotte Thompson were hit by a train at Elsenham. Network Rail was
fined ?1 million for breaching health and safety laws, and ever
since the girls' parents have been fighting to make the industry take
the issue of level crossing safety more seriously. Two weeks ago they
gave evidence to MPs at westminster. Tonight it has been the turn of the
industry to respond. Let's join Andrew Sinclair at Westminster.
Network Rail was fined nearly ?1 million for health and safety
breaches after the deaths of Olivia Bazlington and Charlotte Thompson.
At the time the company said they had not been taking this issue very
seriously but that things have changed.
I would say that we are now in a different place. I have to pay
tribute to the actions of the families at the time. Elsenham was a
fundamental watershed for this business. We were in a much worse
place several years ago about managing level crossings and we are
better now, though there are still a way to go.
He went on to save negligent management was responsible for the
deaths at Houghton and he said that Network Rail has risk assessed every
level crossing and you can see that assessment on the company's website.
Apart from being more aware of dangers, what else are they doing to
micro we have also heard from Her Majesty 's Inspectorate of Railways
who said that Network Rail has set aside ?109 million to close 500
level crossings across the country over the next five years.
In the last five years, the company has closed 750 level crossings. Her
Majesty 's Inspectorate of Railways said he would not be unpleasant
about this, but after deaths like the ones we saw at Elsenham, the
industry has woken up. Level crossings in Great Britain are
ranked in terms of the European community as the safest in Europe.
However, the key is all about continuous improvement.
We also learned this evening that Network Rail are looking at the
signage around level crossings, but the company did warn that crossing a
railway will always be a dangerous business, indeed someone died today
in the north`east of England after being hit by a train on a level
crossing. In football, the Norwich City
manager, Chris Hughton, says he is hurting after his team were hammered
at the weekend. But he says he is the right man to turn the season
around. Saturday's defeat at Manchester City
was the worst since the team lost 7`0 at Sheffield Wednesday back in
1938. This result leaves them in the Premier League relegation zone and
without a win in four. Both teams are now just wanting the
whistle to go. Norwich's worst league defeat in 75 years.
Time is ticking, sadly, for Chris Hughton.
He put on a brave face, but this was a miserable day.
At the moment it is hurting, we have let them down today.
Sergio Aguero scores! As manager, I take full responsible
at it. David Silva are arriving!
2`0! We have the choice but to be far better next week.
3`0! When it rains, it pours. And for five days at Bellevue job
goals. Four at United, seven at city, hapless Norwich humour lead
and humbled by successive trips to Manchester. Fans gave the club shop
a wide berth. A lot of fans are very angry. Yes.
No fight, no guts, it was disgusting. I think it is time for
Chris Hughton to go. The danger would be to have a knee
jerk reaction. There are other clubs for Chris Hughton to go to, and if
we're stinted leave the danger is we have nothing to fill the space. ``
and if we asked him to leave, the danger is.
We have to stay positive, but it is not happening.
Norwich are not much worse off than 12 months ago, the same number of
wins, but, crucially, more defeats ` six compared with four after ten
games last season. Fewer points, eight compared with ten, leaving
them 18th in the relegation zone. I have confidence in my own ability
and I have confidence in the changing room. We have been in this
position before, last season, where the start was not as good, but where
we have not been as on the back of a defeat like today.
Not a record Premier League defeats ` that came nearly 20 years ago.
Ipswich thrashed, 9`0 at Man Utd. Both Ipswich and Norwich ended up
going down that year. If Norwich are to avoid a similar fate, results
must improve. Chris Hughton spent millions reinforcing his team.
Performances have not lived up to raised expectations.
A horrible day for Chris Hughton. I think most of us recycle our
household rubbish, but it's not so long ago that things were very
different. Not in your house? We recycle it and
get more back then! He goes to the recycling centre and brings back
loads of stuff that we really do not need!
20 years ago recycling rates were just 4% ` now they are 54% and
rising. 20 years ago we hadn't heard of
recycling centres, either. But, in fact, the first one had just
been opened in Milton Keynes, from where Fae Southwell reports.
It is called a factory for a reason. Recyclable waste is resorted here
with absolute precision. It starts out as a mound of rubbish that is
loaded onto conveyor belts. Paddles shuffle the items forcing
heavy`metal food tins and drinks cans to fall through the gaps.
Cardboard and newspapers are pushed to the front, while jets of air
separate different coloured plastics.
I think there is scepticism that we do not recycle what we take in, but
we truly do. Some people think that by putting a few things in the
recycling it doesn't make a difference but it makes a massive
difference. Recycling was popular in wartime `
the model make do and mend. But it fell out of failure `` favour in the
consumer years of the early 90s. Bill Oddie launched a pilot scheme
covering just 5000 homes. At the time only 4% of all household waste
was recycled. Now in Milton Keynes it is more than 50%.
Extremely forward`thinking, it took a lot of courage for the Council is
to agree to set up a scheme, it was risky and costly but it has paid
dividends. Everyone supports recycling.
At this factory, they sought 16 tonnes of waste per hour, up to
150,000 tonnes per year. Recycling has huge benefits. It protects
finite resources, like oil, used to make plastic. The authorities also
are saving by not paying landfill tax. The council now wants to boost
recycling to 70% of all household waste. It is building a new ?140
million facility to processed rubbish which may have inadvertently
gone into the Blackburn instead. Many people do not realise how
psychical waste management is. In the summer there will be more garden
waste but at Christmas this pile of paper, plastic and bottles will be
up to the ceiling. This month, the factory celebrates
20 years in operation. It is holding an open day for the public on
November the 16th. Looking at that conveyor belt, I am
not sure what he would bring home! Luckily, not that kind of stuff! We
get an off a lot of wood and things brought back.
I am good to be in trouble! `` I am going to be.
Today we had some rain arrived first thing but then it was a nice,
November day. Quite blustery at times but from the satellite picture
you can see this afternoon was largely clear skies and a lot of
sunshine. The clear skies at the moment mean the temperatures are
tumbling. We are already down to around two Celsius. We're looking at
a ground frost in rural areas and perhaps a local air frost for some
of us. Then it will change because this area of cloud and rain pushes
in. By five or six o'clock in the morning it will probably be ringing
across much of the region. Tomorrow, as we head into the early hours,
temperatures rising a little bit. At that point it looks like we will
have light winds, but they are picking up as this system rattles
towards us. This brings cloud and rain but moves east very quickly. We
will sort of cloudy with outbreaks of rain, but as the morning goes on
we will start to see all of that edging into the North Sea with that
weather front and brighter skies following behind with sunshine.
Temperatures tomorrow, similar to today, actually, around 10 Celsius
at best, but it will feel chillier because of the cloud and rain first
thing and also because of the winds, which will be up lustily `` blustery
Westerly. In the east, eventually the rain and cloud should clear,
probably clearing the East Coast by 4pm. Then it is a dry, clear end to
the day. What lies ahead for the rest of the week? Tuesday night, a
dry, clear start, but then the next system arriving during Tuesday
night, bringing more rain. That looks as if it could stay with us
through Wednesday. There is a bit of doubt as to how far north the rain
will spread and how long it will stick around, but as it stands it
looks like the bulk of Wednesday will be cloudy with outbreaks of
rain. Once that has gone, Thursday and Friday are looking better, quite
blustery. Thursday, any showers should be few and far between and
many of us should enjoy decent spells of sunshine. On Friday,
probably a few more showers around and some of them on the heavy side.
Again, not for everybody. That is it from all of us here,
thank you for your company. Good night.
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