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Hello, and welcome to Look East Our top stories tonight: In Luton, a

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warning that tension could turn to violence, following the death of a

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man in police custody. That and the rest of today's top stories.

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"I didn't harm my son." The words of a Northampton father on trial for

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killing his newborn baby. Lest we forget ` thousands stand

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silent for Armistice Day. In the last half hour, five police

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officers have been suspended in connection with the death of a man

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in police custody in Luton. Leon Briggs died a week ago today, and

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there's a warning tonight that his death is leading to mounting tension

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in the town. In a moment, we'll be hearing from a community leader in

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Luton ` first, this report from Ben Bland.

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Leon Briggs, aged 38, described as kind, loyal, intelligent, and

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caring. In the weeks since he died, tributes have been left outside the

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police station. Last Monday, he was brought here, detained under the

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Mental Health Act, but while in custody, he died. Officers had

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restrained him at this junction Some nearby saw the events unfold. I

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just thought it was a normal arrest. I thought the way they drove off

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with him in a van was a bit erratic. He kept shouting that the

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cuffs were too tight. Other than that, there was constant screaming,

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which was strange. I had to instruct my windows. The IPCC is now asking

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any witnesses to come forward. They are treating this as a criminal

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investigation, looking at whether the police acted unlawfully.

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Tonight, police will meet community groups here to respond to questions

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and concerns about what happened. Meanwhile, a charity supporting

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Leon's family also wants answers. I'm deeply shocked by this death. He

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was a vulnerable young man in need of protection, and I think it raises

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some very worrying questions about mental health and policing, that

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need to be very seriously scrutinised. The police watchdog is

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now investigating what happened here on the 4th of November. They are

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looking at the events that led up to the death of Leon Briggs. Crucially,

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they are looking at whether or not there was any wrongdoing by

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Bedfordshire Police. But the community in Luton has more

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questions than those, and tonight, there'll be a meeting to address

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them. It's been organised by Non`Violence Alliance, who exist to

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stop conflict turning into violence. I asked Yvonne Sinclair why she

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thought Leon's death might lead to that.

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There is then lots of incidents all over the country where things like

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this have happened and we have seen violins, and we don't want that

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here. There are rumblings within the community, and we don't want any

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other issues taking away the emphasis off of this case. We would

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rather keep it peaceful and give the community an option to speak their

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views, their concerns, now, rather than taking it into their own hands

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and doing something that would not be palatable to the community. So

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what are the questions that the community want answered? There are

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many, and I know that safety is one of those. Another question would be

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about what denotes unusual behaviour with somebody being arrested, and

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what policies and procedures are there in place when for noble

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people, who do show signs of mental illness `` vulnerable people, what

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other policies and procedures that go with that? How are you going to

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make sure that this meeting eases tension is and does not inflame

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them? Well, this is about explaining, and even if we don't

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have answers, it is better to tell people we don't have the answers at

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the moment, but we are working on them than to just be silent. I think

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silence makes it worse, because it looks like no one cares. I think by

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having this meeting, it will help Luton, rather than hinder it.

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Tonight, Bedfordshire's Chief Constable has issued a statement

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saying the suspension of the five officers in no way jumps to any

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conclusion about the outcome of the IPCC investigation, but ensures

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neutrality and transparency. "I didn't harm my son." The words of

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a Northampton father on trial for killing his newborn baby. Jamie

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Kightley was 7`weeks`old when he died from multiple injuries. Both

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his father and his mother are accused of his murder. Louise

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Hubball was in court. 24`year`old Adam Kightley told the

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jury that baby Jamie had been on planned, but he had been ecstatic to

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become a father. He told them he never did anything to harm him. He

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said he had drunk to harm him. He said he had drunk two beers and had

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two smokes of cannabis that day At the hows the couple shared, Adam

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Kightley said he bathed and to call for feeding Jamie that night. When

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he woke up, he said the baby looked very quite, and he got his partner

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Jacqueline. The QC defending Jacqueline Parker asked, why didn't

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you cuddle him? He replied: he was then cross it `` cross

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examined by the prosecution, who asked: Louise joins me now.

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Adam Kightley became visibly upset at times, when he saw photographs of

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Jamie's injuries. The baby's mother stared straight ahead in the dog.

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Both deny murder. Louise, the court also heard from the mother. What did

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she say? Jacqueline Parker sobbed as she looked at pictures of the body.

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She said she was heartbroken by his death, and had never harmed her son.

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She said he was how little way of sunshine, and she was proud to be

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his mother. She said the night before he died, she had had a

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cigarette, which could have been cannabis, but she could not

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remember. She also said she had a can of beer. This is a case of two

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parents accused of murder, who both deny it, and trial continues.

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Plans for an East`West rail link have moved a step closer. The final

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lot of funding to reopen the stretch to Bletchley and Bedford has been

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confirmed. Meanwhile, the MP for Cambridge says work to complete the

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so`called Varsity line could be underway within the next ten years.

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It's a small but important step This evening in London,

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representatives of seven councils promised to pay a total of ?45

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million towards reopening the line between Bester and Bletchley. The

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government has already stumped up its share, so the work will start in

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the next few years. I think it's absolutely vital for all sorts of

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reasons. It will reduce congestion on board, improve connections

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between places like Milton Keynes, Oxford, Bedford, Aylesbury, and then

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hopefully further afield. It is hoped the project will generate in

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the region of 12,000 jobs. I think it will be a vital addition to the

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infrastructure. For the last 30 years, there has been talk about a

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direct line over to Oxford. Today this means that the best to

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Bletchley Lane will be open early as 2017. Then, just the stretch between

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Bedford and Cambridge will remain. Once that is completed, it will be

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possible to travel to places like Stansted, Ipswich, and Norwich. The

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last leg to Cambridge will cost around ?250 million. The local MP

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told a conference today that the plans are so advanced, it's only a

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matter of time. Once we can find a detailed route, there will be that

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money to make sure it happens. Everyone can see the advantages of

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having that East`West connection which means you can get to Cambridge

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and Oxford very very easily. Any East`West rail line is still a good

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15 years ago, but with so much political support both locally and

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nationally, there is a real sense of momentum now I hate this project.

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What seemed a few years ago to be an impossible dream is very slowly

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becoming the other two. `` reality. Peterborough Council has promised to

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meet safety campaigners following the latest river death in the Fens.

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18`year`old Hannah Yates from Whittlesey died when her car plunged

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into the Nene a week ago. Campaigners had already been raising

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money for new safety barriers following an earlier death at the

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same spot on North Bank. Now they say the council should act.

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The Conservative MP for Mid Bedfordshire Nadine Dorries has

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apologised to the House of Commons after failing to register how much

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money she made from going on the reality TV show I'm A

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Celebrity...Get Me Out Of Here! The Commons Standards watchdog said she

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must declare all payments from media work. On Monday, November the 1 th,

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the Committee on Standards and Privileges published a report into

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my declaration on the Register of Members' Interests, which concluded

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I had breached the rules relating to how I registered information. Mr

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Speaker, I wish to apologise to the House fully and unreservedly, for

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what was a genuinely inadvertent breach of the rules which I have at

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all times sought to comply with Work on a ?42 million project around

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Kettering to upgrade the A14 begins tonight. A third lane is being added

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between the A43 Corby junction and the A509 for Kettering and

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Wellingborough. The Highways Agency says some disruption including

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night`time road closures are inevitable.

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on the road training he really hopes the safety message can get through.

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Still to come, the weather for the week ahead and Goldie Sayers on

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winning back her funding. This week, we are exploring the links

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between the East and the far east. China is one of the Legion's biggest

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export market is worth over ?700 million. `` one of the region's.

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This is Shanghai, a truly remarkable city. It is the place where modern

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communism and consumerism live side`by`side. A place of big ideas

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and big buildings. Here they do not will out, the build up. If you do

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not like people, you probably will not like Shanghai. Officially 23

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million people live here, and officially it is probably 30

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million. We are looking at the close ties between the East of England and

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the far east. Everything from business to education. Tonight it is

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to do them. Many come to our region, to college and hunting. They also

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come to visit something most of us have never heard of. Another tour

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taking in the sights. For Chinese visitors kings and punting is a

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must. This student here showed me what is at the very top of their

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list. Just over this bridge, a piece of Chinese cultural history. It

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means gently I am living just like gently I came. It is a poorly to

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every child in China written by this modernist poet from the 1920s who

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went on to become a Chinese icon. Harbour or Princeton would be just a

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good university but coming here to Cambridge is like a dream come true

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because of the podium. The numbers of Chinese visitors have swelled. ``

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one. They know the importance of the poet. I had to be able to say his

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name properly. They learn to say it and the excitement they have when

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they the bridge. It is the most boring one on the River but the

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excitement they have at seeing it is beautiful. And on the rainy day in

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November, people from China filled every punt. We know the history. We

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want to see and experience it. The Chinese market is growing. Around

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350,000 Chinese visitors Carmen to getting each year currently. That is

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expected to go up to 1 million x 2015. Cambridge is a big stop of on

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the grand Chinese tour. This poem is about how hard it is to leave year.

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That is all from Shanghai for this evening but tomorrow we will be at

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the busiest container port in the world and looking at the close links

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between that and Felixstowe. That is tomorrow night in Look East. The

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Royal British Legion says awareness of Armistice Day is increasing among

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young people. Children across the region observed a two`minute

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silence. There was a special school assembly in a six. Bringing together

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those who have grown old and those who are still young. Every pupil at

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this academy in Braintree today welcomed local veterans. From

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conflicts as distant as Singapore to the current campaign in Afghanistan.

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I thought our love would last forever, I was wrong. This is my way

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of remembering my grandad. I never knew him personally. The veterans

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sheared lunch and history with the pupils. They find them attentive.

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They appreciate what we do. Boys and girls of tenure is old put money

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in, that is very nice. `` of Ken years old. The observed the silence.

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Any are too young to take on the enormity of the sacrifice paid by

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those in war. It is quite the poignant service. For them to

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appreciate people who have lost their lives in the world wars and

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conflicts thereafter, I think it is very important that we understand

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the sacrifice made on their behalf. Today they remembered and

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Northamptonshire lad awarded the highest honour for valour, the VC.

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He gave his life for his country, we have got to be respect back. They

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are still dying. Different creeds, and nations marked Armistice Day. In

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Norfolk today the children look to the future as hundreds of schools

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were given poppy seeds to plant in the spring. I feel like I am part of

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the people who did because I am doing this for then, I am returning

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the favour for them. Saying it kind of shows that we are not forgetting

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them. In 12 months we will mark the centenary of the outbreak of the

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great war from which Armistice Day was born. This Friday it is BBC

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children in need. `` Children in Need. People give up their time to

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fundraiser. It helps projects such as Pulse in Luton. It brings young

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people together and for some is a lifeline. We meet one young man who

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says he would have gone off the rails without it. Saying putting my

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trust into a stranger was probably the most difficult bit. He went into

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here at 15, his relationship with his father had broken down and his

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grandmother was not able to look after him. They are macro I came

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here to take my mind off what had happened. It is part of the project

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from Saint Mary's church. It is a group under the church with pool and

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ping`pong, a safe place for young people to meet, talk and get

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guidance. I would take it out on a lot of objects and people, I did not

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hit people but I would shout. They would pool me aside and make media

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lies that what I was doing was wrong. The thing that unites

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everyone here is football. Now, at 18, he is giving something back to

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the group as a leader. They are macro I am excited now that I am the

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one they are listening to. I could have mist up to be doing drugs and

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smoking and having children at the age will stop that is for adults.

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They need to get their heads down, go to school, get good careers. We

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are here to make sure they are on the right path. Over the past five

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years this project has received ?27,000 in Children in Need funding.

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Organisers say they could not have done without it. This boy is in no

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doubt that it saved him. He wants to the teacher, work at a college or in

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football. If someone had told me I would be a success I would have

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laughed in their face. I have come a very, very, very long way.

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Tomorrow, I will be reporting on the charity that helps victims of the

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mystic violence. The big Children in Need event for this region is in

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Kettering. `` domestic violence. Goldie Sayers from Cambridgeshire

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injured her elbow three weeks before the last Games and came away without

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a medal. For the last 15 months she has been through major operations

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only to find her funding cut. But she appealed that decision and one.

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Olympic Games should be about performing at the peak of your power

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but for Goldie Sayers it was not to be. I would like to thank everyone

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and hopefully I can do the country proud. The recovery has been

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googling. Two operations on her elbow was hard enough but then she

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lost her funding from UK athletics. The wind is biting, no`one is here

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in Cambridge today but ironically this is what it has been about for

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Goldie Sayers. Despite her setbacks she is back throwing the javelin. I

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really mist it when I was watching friends and team`mates last summer.

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Not that you take competing for your country for granted but if I get

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back to grade I was I will take nothing for granted at all. She took

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on the funding cuts and won. It is not like you get paid and of lot of

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money, probably the minimum wage but more the medical support. If you

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have to have a scan to see how ligaments are progressing, you will

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not have to shell out ?350 to do that. In terms of representation, if

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she can get through this year to re`establish herself then hopefully

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by the Commonwealth, may be a top place in the European Championships

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as well. It would be a great year to re`establish our on the world stage.

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Is life a lot sweeter? I just feel like I have bought a normal elbow

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past. I have some cracking scar is but it is amazing what you can do

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when you look after it. Now let us get the weather. It has been a

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grisly day. It was a beautiful sunrise this morning. I am sure

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there were very few of us up at that time. We have some pictures to prove

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it. This was the sun coming up at seven o'clock this morning. Next,

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this was captured this morning at Ocean leak. And a beautiful double

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rainbow at one of the highest points in Norfolk. Thank you so much for

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these photographs. Sadly, we have not got time to show all of them. It

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did all go downhill. Men will like rain and drizzle. There were a few

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heavier bursts. `` mainly light rain. This evening and overnight

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some of the rain could turn quite heavy at times. There will be some

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fog patches forming for some of us. The temperatures will not do much,

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staying where they are now in built up areas, dropping to eight Celsius

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in more rural spots. The wind will become the light north`westerly

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later in the night. That dream will move erratically to the east. Most

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places starting tomorrow cloudy but the rain will push away south`east.

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The further north and west you are the more likely you are to see the

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best of tomorrow's sunshine. And we finish the day fine and dry with

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some further sunshine before it gets dark. Skies will continue to clear

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so overnight it will be quite chilly with a frost for some of us by

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Wednesday morning. Wednesday will not be too bad at all. The bulk of

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the day generally fine and dry. There will be some sunny spells. You

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could be a little rain as wet and windy conditions spread down from

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the north`west late in the day. That will rattle through leaving a

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blustery but bright day on Thursday. Some decent spells of sunshine and a

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few showers. That is similar to Friday, for many of us it will be a

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dry day but perhaps a few showers around. That is all from us. Good

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evening. Goodbye.

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