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A Northampton soldier blinded in one eye in Afghanistan pleads guilty to

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causing the death of his baby daughter. Poppy sales up, but

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membership of the British Legion is crashing. What happens when the old

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guard are gone? Most of our members are pension age. About the 70s by

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the 80s. All eyes on the FA Cup as aid of our non`league sides battle

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it out in the first round. I will have news of a chilly weekend

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weather forecast. Good evening. He was a soldier who lost an eye in

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Afghanistan who survived an attack only by playing dead, but today

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Lance Corporal Liam Culverhouse admitted causing the death of his

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own daughter. Khloe Adams died last year after being assaulted and

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suffering a severe drama. Her father has been warned he faces a

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significant jail sentence. Mark Francois left `` Liam Culverhouse

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left court today on bail after pleading guilty to causing the death

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of his child. His daughter was treated by doctors but never covered

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gas recovered. She died as a result of severe trauma, caused by an

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assault that happened in May, 2 11 when she was only seven weeks old.

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She was taken to Northampton General Hospital and treated by doctors for

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a year and a half. In November, last year, she died at children's Hospice

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aged 19 months. The injury to the former Lance Corporal's I was one of

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16 soldiers ambushed at a checkpoint in Helmand province. Six of his

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comrades were injured and five were killed. He said he had to pretend to

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be dead to stay alive. A gunman was standing over him while he lay

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injured on the ground. He was medically discharged from the Army

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in April. He was told by the judge he is facing a substantial jail

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sentence. We will learn more about the circumstances around Khloe

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Adams's death next year. Until then her father is under curfew and

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cannot spend time with children unaccompanied. A mother has told how

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she fell asleep while her partner was feeding their seven`week`old son

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and when she woke up the baby was dead. In a statement read to

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Nottingham Crown Court Jackqueline Parker told police that if she did

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not do it, it must have been her partner Adam Kightley, but she did

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not blame him. Baby Jamie died in hospital last year after having

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suffered 40 injuries. The couple both deny his murder. Police have

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dropped their investigation into alleged physical and sexual abuse at

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an orphanage in Bedfordshire. The former residents of Saint Francis

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boys' home in Shefford have been told there is no one alive left to

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prosecute. The abuse happened in the 50s and 60s. It is more than 40

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years since these men were children at the Catholic run Saint Francis

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boys' home. They say there are painful memories of physical abuse,

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but now they have learnt a police investigation into the allegations

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will be closed. Former residents have been told, a decision was made

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that as those suspects traced have died, the investigation cannot be

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taken any further as there are no living people to prosecute. The case

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will now be closed and only reopened if living suspects are traced. The

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home has now closed. A group of former residents went back at the

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weekend before they knew the investigation was closing. Tony

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Walsh claims he was sexually and physically abused by one of the

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priests. He hit me so hard the back of my head hit a door frame and

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split open. He punched me in the stomach and I fell to the floor and

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he kicked me whilst I was on the floor. He says his abuser was Father

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John Ryan he was arrested but never charged ten years ago. He has since

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died. The suspects had included four nuns who have also died and two

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other suspects who cannot be located. Former residents say they

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are saddened and disgusted by the decision to close the investigation

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and they are now taking a civil case against the Catholic Church. A

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spokesman for the Northamptonshire diocese says it's deeply regrets any

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hurt caused but stressed the claims are not proven. Earlier I spoke to a

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former resident, David Cox, who was at the home from the age of 9`1 . It

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is over a period of time, it is the sheer physical force and violence

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that was meted out in the form of punishment. I was caned up to the

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point of bleeding. I was punched at various times and lifted off my feet

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by a father, a priest in charge of us at the time. How do you feel

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about the fact the police have now decided to close their

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investigation? I am disappointed, I am very disappointed. This is the

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fourth enquiries since 1995 that the piece have conducted. Once I

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realised it was impossible to prosecute the dead people, it always

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seems as if they have got away with it. We do not know for sure that all

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the suspects are dead now because we believe the police investigation has

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not been as far as it should have been. There are names that have been

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given to the police and statements on various boys naming names of

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staff members who we believe I still alive and the police have never

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traced them and have never confirmed whether they are dead or alive. The

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Catholic Church says all the allegations are unproven, although

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they say they are sorry for any distress or harm that has been

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caused. What would you like to hear them say to you tonight? I think a

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very important step for the Catholic Church would be for the Bishop of

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Northampton, whose jurisdiction this came under, to meet a delegation of

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the old boys. At this moment in time we have just had the one statement

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from the church saying we are sorry about any that may have happened,

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but it is not proven, so that is it. It has been damning in its silence.

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What had been the effects of what you went through on the rest of your

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life from being at the home? One of the things is trusting people. As a

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child you trust the adults around you. Once that trust has been

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breached it becomes even difficult even in later life to trust people

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to that extent. I think also as well with some of the older people, or

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some of the other boys I have met at reunions, some have been affected

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psychologically in really bad ways. Everybody handles it differently.

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That is for sure. Either you come out of it very strong or a very

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weak. David Cox. The Independent police complaints commission have

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announced they are conducting a criminal investigation into the

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death of a man in police custody in Luton. 39`year`old Leon Briggs was

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held at Luton police station on Monday when he became ill. He was

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taken to hospital where he was pronounced dead. Family and friends

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have been protesting outside the police station this afternoon.

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Remembrance Sunday and the Poppy appeal, the biggest event of the

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year of the Royal British Legion. But in some parts of this region the

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organisation is in decline. Ranchers have closed and membership is down.

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I am at the Suffolk Regiment Museum in Bury Saint Edmunds in all that

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remains of the old barracks. They were amalgamated with the Royal

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Anglian Regiment in 1964, but it is a great place to reflect on past

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sacrifices. Let's look at the Royal British Legion. As Kettering

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prepares to remember it's fallen there are also cause not to forget

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the British Legion. Andy Smith is the chairman. At 58 he is the

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youngest member of his branch. In fact, there are just four of them.

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Most of them are pension age, late 70s or early 80s. We want to get

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somebody younger to organise things and get more actively involved. With

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so few members, the Royal British Legion struggled to find a

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standard`bearer for services. With the British Legion short of numbers

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and everything else, Andy has contacted me to help him out. In

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neighbouring Corby things are different. Here they have close to

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50 members, the youngest is just 19. It is important the younger

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generation are involved with poppies due to the fact that my family

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members, my dad, my uncle and my partner have all been in the Army

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and the forces. My grandad is a veteran and fit and healthy at the

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age of 92. The Royal British Legion was founded in 1921. Branches and

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clubs were set up across the country. In recent years many have

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vanished and recruiting members has become a challenge. In Corby the

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annual Poppy shop has become a focal point. In that respect we are

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fortunate because we moved into the ex`servicemen 's club. But the more

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we get out there, the more we can bring people in. In Kettering the

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local army cadets have stepped in to help with Sandy's remembrance

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service. It is hoped they can breathe new life into this

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historical Association. There are lots of ceremonies taking place

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across the region on Sunday, including a service of remembrance

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at the conversation `` conservation Hall at the Imperial War Museum and

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in Peterborough as well at the war memorial. Then the Mayor will lead a

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procession to Peterborough Cathedral.

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There is criticism tonight of Vodafone for failing to provide 3G

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coverage to customers in sparsely populated areas like the fans. The

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regulatory body off, has ordered the company to upgrade services or face

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a penalty. North Norfolk and areas like the fans of Cambridgeshire are

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pretty badly served by mobile coverage and people rely on mobile

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telephones for all sorts of matters, such as business or just socially.

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Why should they suffer? The NHS in Corby is asking people to go to a

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indeed genuinely in only life`threatening cases. It wants

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people to use an urgent care centre which has been given

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years. The figures reflect the impact of the Government's attempt

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to slim down the armed forces. Colchester still remains the largest

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military base in the region. Still to come: A clear out of the

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loft in Suffolk which uncovered precious wartime memories.

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News is coming in tonight of a climb`down by one of our new police

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commissioners over his expenses. BBC Online News revealed this morning

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that the Norfolk Commissioner Stephen Bett had been claiming

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expenses for his journey to work. That drew a response from the

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Justice Minister, who said he wanted the matter settled quickly. Mr Bett

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said his expenses were above board, but admitted some people might think

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it was wrong. Today's revelations come a year after the commissioners

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were elected to run our police forces. Our political correspondent,

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Andrew Sinclair, reports. Stephen bet is the region's only independent

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Police and Crime Commissioner, something he has always been very

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proud of. He cares about the reputation of the force. This is why

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he has moved so fast to end this controversy. An investigation for

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the Sunday Politics programme reveals he claimed more than ?3000

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in the last nine months for mileage between his home and his

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headquarters. No other Police Commissioner in the region claims

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for such mileage. He says he regards his main base at his home so he is

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therefore doing nothing wrong. I am very happy that what I do is my job

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wherever that is in the county. Critics have questioned whether this

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is OK. They pointed out that the Inland Revenue does not recognise,

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to work mileage. If they are not tax allowable I cannot see why they

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should be reimbursed by the Police Commissioner either. The justice

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minister said this controversy must be resolved quickly so as not to

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damage public confidence. At the same time, Mr Bennett says he will

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be paying back the money and no longer claiming mileage. All of this

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comes on the anniversary of PCC 's. Many people are still unsure about

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this role and the controversy on expenses will do nothing to improve

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confidence in the public. He said that I am very aware that

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headline such as these could easily tarnish the reputation of police in

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Norfolk and that is the last thing I would want. So, he is not happy

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about having to pay back this money. But he is putting the job first

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because it is a job he really likes and he thinks that he is making a

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difference and wants this to go away quickly.

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The subject of police commissioners is one of the topics being covered

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on this weekend's edition of Sunday Politics. It's on Sunday, on BBC One

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at the later time of 12:25. In the sport a lot of small teams are

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hoping for a bit of luck. It is a nail`biting time for Kenny

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's fans. He's the man under the microscope.

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Chris Hughton's future is in sharp focus, with Norwich in the Premier

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League relegation zone. He made the point at yesterday's press

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conference that they've had a tricky run of games, making the rest of

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November crucial. This is what's in store: West Ham tomorrow, followed

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by Newcastle away, then Crystal Palace at home. But the manager's

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keeping calm. I speak with the Chief Executive and

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the Board on a regular basis and they're very supportive because

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we're all pushing in the right direction and what we musn't do is

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set the alarm bells ringing. The value of winning a couple of games

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can see a League position change quite dramatically and when that

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happens it's a completely different picture. So we're very much looking

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at the positives here. Fair point. Victory at Carrow Road

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could see Norwich move as high as 15th, above tomorrow's opponents,

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West Ham, and Fulham and Stoke. Norwich are far from cut adrift. The

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players say they're right behind the manager.

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Every game we go out and want to do well and pick up wins. It's been

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unfortunate with the result last week and there's been a bit of

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backlash on the manager and on the players, but at the end of the day

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we are the players that go over the white line and it's down to us to

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put in a performance and do right by him.

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The region's non league clubs have the chance to make the headlines

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this weekend in the first round of the FA Cup. Eight sides are still in

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it. Northamptonshire's Daventry Town are one of the lowest ranked teams

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left. They're at Chesterfield ` playing a league side for the first

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time. MUSIC PLAYS

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This is a timely reminder that football is not just about

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millionaires in the Premier League. All of these plays have done a day

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's shift before coming here tonight. Daventry are a club on a roll. The

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going into uncharted territory in the FA Cup. It is the first time we

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have been with properly opposition. It is a first since 1886. Daventry

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are indebted to local businessmen who saved the club after a fire.

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Underdogs always do it in the FA Cup! Nothing can faze them. This is

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the skipper, who leaves tarmac by Dave. We have made money for the

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club so if we can win this week could earn some serious money. The

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chairman has invested a lot of money in the club. I don't think we will

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get to Wembley but I am looking forward to it. They are ready to

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stand up and be counted. It is not a time for the week. It is a time for

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strong characters because this will be tough. Anything can happen. The

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players have a lot of confidence. A cheque for ?18,000 is at stake for

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the winner. It is a chance to play a giant which makes this so special.

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The rest of our league sides are in Cup action except Ipswich Town,

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who've today signed former Reading midfielder Stephen Hunt until

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January. The move sees him re`united with his former Wolves boss Mick

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McCarthy. Hunt is available for tomorrow's trip to Blackpool in the

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Championship. Now a third of the England squad

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facing Argentina in the rugby tomorrow are from this region, the

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majority from Northampton Saints. Ben Foden's called up on the wing,

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Lee Dickson at scrum`half plus hooker Dylan Hartley. Lawes and Wood

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keep their places with fit`again Alex Corbisiero on the bench.

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Cambridge's Alex Goode and Tom Youngs from Norfolk make it eight

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players in all. They are a very good team, a very

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passionate and strong team. Yet seen in the Rugby Championship they have

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pushed through all those teams very close. So you can't look past any of

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these games, we know it's going to be a real tough game. That's it.

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Full previews to all this weekend's games on the BBC Sport website and

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much more too. When Steve Skinner from Suffolk had

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a sort out in his loft recently, he came across an old suitcase which

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belonged to his late father. When he opened it up, he was astonished to

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find it contained a treasure trove of old letters and poems. It also

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included his father's war`time diary. In a carefully written hand,

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he detailed the futility of the war and his hope that his own son would

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never have to fight. On the weekend when Britain pauses to remember,

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Kevin Burch reports on one man's innermost thoughts when the country

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was at war. One day he just walked into the

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house and said I have joined up. That was 1944. And of course, war

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broke out. He decided to do his bit. Steve Skinner remembers sales that

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his father told about North Africa in 1844 will stop but it was only

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when the suitcase was found that all those stories became very real.

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Moments of humour like the time his patrol sought cover overnight in a

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bar in. `` in a barn. 30 million Germans couldn't find him but one

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spider gave him a hard time in the garden! He jotted down his thoughts

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in this book. They are brilliant and beautiful, especially those

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dedicated to his wife. On that glorious Armistice Day we will be

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together and enjoy yourselves. It makes me sad, happy and proud. How

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deadly the sound of a reeking done. And B Spitfire two.

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I wonder if the millions of people who have died, do their families

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have memories like I do here? These are priceless. Let's get the weather

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now. Good evening. You may well get

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caught in the rain if you are heading out tonight. For the eastern

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parts of Norfolk, Suffolk and Essex there is no rain to come this

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evening. It will look dry after midnight. Temperatures will drop

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fairly low. It will be quite a chilly night. We might see some

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grass frost. It should be bright and dried to start with two morrow. Some

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heavy pulses of rain will move into the afternoon. It will be cold

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tomorrow. A light to moderate south`westerly wind. It is looking

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dry overnight. A cold night for tomorrow night with widespread frost

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for the region. It will be a glorious autumn start to Remembrance

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Sunday. Beyond that, we will see more rain overnight, Sunday into

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Monday. A wet start to next week. Julie for the weekend but dry and

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sunny for Sunday. Temperatures may start to bounce back. The night

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might not be quite so chilly on Monday. More information on our

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website. I am going to Shanghai on Monday for

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a special programme. For now, have a good weekend. Goodbye.

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