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Louise, thank you. That's all from the BBC


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


Jailed for life. Anxiang Du will serve a minimum of


40 years for murdering a family of four. Today, justice has been


served. The murder, Anxiang Du, will spend the rest of his life in


prison. Idiots, not terrorists. The two men


at the centre of an emergency landing at Stansted Airport are


cleared of any wrongdoing. We will be here later, hearing about the


plan to create 65,000 new jobs and targeting training to prepare young


people for the world of work. And we meet Laura Banks, four months after


the transplant changed her life Good evening.


First tonight, a man who murdered an entire family has been told it is


almost inevitable he will die in prison. Anxiang Du has been jailed


for a minimum of 40 years for killing Jeff and Helen Ding and


their two daughters at their home in Northampton. In sentencing the


54`year`old businessman today, the judge said he was clearly carrying


out pre`meditated acts of revenge. Neil Bradford was in court today and


joins us now. Neil, it was always going to be a long sentence.


That's right, in case this CD is the judge has no option but to impose a


life sentence, and I think many people were hoping this would be one


of the red occasions where life really does mean life, but Judge


says that despite the gravity of this case he said he did not think


that would be appropriate. But by imposing a minimum tariff of 40


years he is saying that Anxiang Du will spend the rest of his life in


prison. He would be eligible for parole until his 94th birthday.


Anxiang Du showed no emotion as the judge sentenced them.


Alice Ding was just 12 years old, her sister was 18. Anxiang Du


moderate them both, just minutes after killing parents. On the day of


the royal wedding two years ago he travelled to Northampton seeking


revenge. After losing a long`running legal dispute, he was facing


financial ruin. The judge said he was calm and methodical, a man on a


mission. Today he was jailed for life. The family have asked me to


see the following on their behalf. Today, justice has been served, the


matter Anxiang Du will spend the rest of his life in prison. No


sentence, however long, can ever replace our loved ones. Nothing the


judge could have done today would remove the pain we feel. Near where


the family lived, there is relief among their friends and neighbours.


It is closure. My daughter had months of sleepless nights,


psychologists getting involved, and then when we went through the trial


process, reading on the Internet what happened at court, it affected


her. Now that justice has been served she hopefully has drawn a


line under it and can move on with her life. Sentencing of a minimum


term of 40 years, the judge said that these were cold blooded


murderers which in my judgement were premeditated and were considered act


of revenge in which you wiped out the entire family of the couple


would you consider how rude you financially. He told Anxiang Du that


it was not his mental health, as he had claimed, but he could and anger


and a desire for revenge that motivated him to kill.


Helen Ding's mother and father had followed the trial, but Julie


translation was not necessary as they give their reaction. The


emotions they are suffering are the same in any language, I met with the


family earlier this week and it is clear what the devastating impact


this few weeks has had on them. They have had some harrowing and


distressing evidence. It is clear that they have taken straight from


the neighbours in the area and other members of the community. Tomorrow,


it will be two years and seven months exactly since the family were


murdered, their relatives travel back to China knowing that justice


has been done at last. Campaigners against plans for a toll


road on the A14 say they believe they're winning the argument. MPs


and business leaders lobbied the Transport Secretary this afternoon,


telling him the proposed new road to the north of Cambridge would stunt


the region's economy. A decision on whether or not to go ahead with the


scheme could be taken as early as next week. Our political


correspondent Andrew Sinclair is at Westminster ` and the opposition to


this scheme just seems to keep growing. Yes, motoring


organisations, local councils, hauliers, business organisations,


today we had MPs and business leaders from Suffolk in at the


Department of Transport, lobbying the Transport Secretary, telling him


that they believe a tall in such a vital road to the region's economy


was wrong. If the coal is imposed it will be damaging on the Suffolk


economy and of the economy of the country as a call. Some businesses


are talking about leading software for other counties. Well this thread


hangs over us. We are making headway, we are putting together a


very articulate ration Alan Whitehead is wrong for the Suffolk


economy and to remind ministers that we should not be restricting our


growth areas with arbitrary halls. Is the government really going to


change their mind? Officially we're being told nothing,


but the feeling among campaigners is that things are moving the way. This


has become a big issue, there have been meetings with the Prime


Minister, the Chancellor, transport managers. The issue gets raised in


Parliament. My experience from things like this is that if the


government was not going to do anything he is campaigning MPs would


have been taken to one side by Miller that all very quietly, please


pipe down. Nothing will happen. On top of that, the language from


ministers has changed, we are listing, we understand, we share


your concerns. That is what is making people think that we might


just be about to see some sort of change of heart, perhaps in the


Autumn statement, which is next week. What will that be? Erode like


this is such a key plank of government policy, it would be a


larger U`turn if they change their mind altogether but we are told the


economy is improving. Perhaps the Chancellor can complete the road


without having to impose the tall. Watch this space.


Two men have been cleared of threatening to blow up a plane


forced to land at Stansted Airport. A judge at Chelmsford Crown Court


has ruled there's no case to answer. Tayyab Subhani and Mohammed Safdar


were arrested in May after a Boeing 777 heading from Pakistan to


Manchester was forced to make an emergency landing. Our chief


reporter Kim Riley was in court It was an emergency in which no one was


injured, amidst a big security operation, all passengers and crew


were safety `` safely taken off the plane. A detailed search of the


aircraft revealed nothing significant. One of the suspects was


held in custody for 73 days. The airline did not disclose the


findings of their internal investigation into the incident to


the British authorities until ordered by the court. The


prosecution originally claimed that the court accused had made threats


to kill passengers and crew and blow up the plane. During the trial a


different picture emerged. One passenger, the trivial incident The


prosecutor said that together with the police and Crown Prosecution


Service would have considered whether it was appropriate to seek


to resist a defence application of no case to answer. In the light of


some of the evidence he said, and issues of disclosure, the decision


was made not to seek convictions in this case. The judge said that some


of the evidence before the Julie against the two men have been


tenuous and peppered with inconsistency. He instructed them to


return a verdict of not guilty on both men. Outside court, solicitors


for the parent redshirt statements. On behalf of my client, he is


relieved his ordeal is over. Due to the misinformation is applied to UK


authorities by members of the crew of the flight, the UK was put to


considerable expense. My client was wrongly vilified as a terrorist


based on this information. This is a victory for us, his loved ones and


those who knew he was innocent of the allegations he was facing. This


case has collapsed after it became clear that witnesses against them


had not told the truth. It is also clear that have the documents held


by the airline 's been disclosed to the prosecution at the outset then


these two men would never have had to face this protracted ordeal of a


crown Court trial. The defence said they were gaping holes in the


evidence against the two men who had endured months of stress well being


falsely branded as terror suspects. A specialist in airport planning has


been appointed to carry out an independent review of plans to


expand Luton airport. The move comes as a new company takes over the site


in a ?300 million deal. The airport's managing director says the


new owners Ardian, have an impressive track record in the


industry. The country might have emerged from


recession, but councils across our region are still having to cut


millions of pounds from their budgets. In Cambridgeshire alone,


the county council is trying to save ?149 million over the next five


years. It is on target to save 7 million in the next financial year.


However that means one famous attraction is in the firing line,


the Cromwell Museum in Huntingdon. It costs the council just ?20,0 0 a


year to run. Campaigners say it s a huge sacrifice for very little


savings. Stuart Ratcliffe reports. Cromwell's government papers, his


boots and even his death mask, everything from oil is here in the


building where he went to school, in the town where he was born. He left


over half his life year, his family were rooted here, Cromwell was MP


for Huntingdon in the late 16 2 s. But it is truly his role as a


national figure where he becomes most significant. The museum


attracts 11,000 visitors per year, and with annual running costs of


just ?20,000, campaigners say the museum does provide value for money.


Such as from abroad will spend here and may even stay here and they will


contribute to the local economy and none of that seems to be factored in


to the county council's decision about the potential closure. The


council says the size of the museum's grant is irrelevant,


savings must be found. We are clearly looking at the very small


figure with regard to the museum. All services are looking at small


sums of money and those are small sums of money at up to much larger


sums. It is a non`statutory service we are talking about. The statutory


services together with her priorities must come first. No


decision has been made in the council says it is now urging the


museum to find new finance and new ways to operate. If it does not


this priceless collection could be sold off at Cromwell's heritage lost


forever. Staff at Addenbrooke's Hospital have


written a letter of complaint to the University of Cambridge after it's


A department was inundated with a group of drunken students. It is


understood the group in fancy dress arrived at the hospital at around


6pm on Tuesday night in a drunken state and some with injuries. The


hospital says doctors continued to treat students until around 4am and


their behaviour was rude and disruptive for other patients. A


spokesman for the university said an investigation is underway.


A major route into and through the centre of Peterborough could be


transformed over the next year. If plans by the city council are


approved, Bourges Boulevard is set to become a pedestrian`friendly


tree`lined avenue. The work will cost ?4.5 million and could be


complete by next October. It will include creating two pedestrian


crossings and planting 30 London Plane trees. Those


escaped from their enclosure escaped themselves. Management say they are


struggling to understand how they got through the fence.


Still to come: The UK Snooker Championship. We speak to the world


number one. The extraordinary bond between a mother and daughter. Four


months after a transplant changed both their lives.


Here's the problem ` our workforce is getting older, we lose lots of


skilled people to jobs outside our region and training courses for


young people don't prepare them fully for the world of work. But


what is the solution? According to the New Anglia local Enterprise


Partnership, one solution is to get businesses, schools and colleges


talking to each other to make sure courses are tailored to provide the


right training. It wants to create 65,000 more jobs across Norfolk and


Suffolk by 2025, where more than 60% of the population is of working age


and more than a quarter of those have a degree of some kind. They


have been welding, bricklaying, even operating a bigger. Organised by


Norfolk county council, this event was designed to give students some


ideas and to get the firms involved with people they need for the


future. It is good to see the opportunities around this area. Lots


of stuff to look at. What advice have people been giving you? It is a


good thing to choose when you leave school. It can get your lot of


money. 1200 schoolchildren, 70 exhibitors. Among them is this man


who started his company 24 years ago. They made a robot for the take


that tour. He says it needs to be much easier for small businesses to


employ young people. They need to support and engage with them more.


The colleges and providers are not delivering what the businesses


need. That is the problem and today in Ipswich the start of the


solution. The new partnership launched what it calls a skills


manifesto. We need to do more to get business and educators working


together. That way, the educators understand that business is


required, businesses understand the challenges that educators face.


Talking to companies here, it is clear that more needs to be done


with youth unemployment. More help from government, more coordination,


less red tape. Get all that right and the future is good. This


afternoon, I spoke to the skills Minister Matthew Hancock. He


believes in better education and giving young people what he calls


get up and go. Is that something you can teach? You can teach those sort


of character traits. It is about making sure they know what it takes,


lots of it comes from doing work experience, making sure people know


what it is like in the workplace. The big complaint we are hearing is


there is too much red tape. I understand that concern. I was in


small business before I came into politics. That point was raised. We


have made it easier. You cannot be taken to a tribunal for two years


rather than one year, which helps, and we are simplifying those rules


by making the insurance clearer and the guidance simpler and removing


some of the regulations. I completely accept that there is more


to do, and it is my job to do it. I listen to business because I want to


make sure life is easier for them. Ultimately, it is small businesses


who create prosperity. You have been in power for three years. Why have


you not done it? This is a never`ending process. We have done a


lot. We have also made sure it is easier to comply with health and


safety regulations, so as long as you are not negligent you cannot be


done for health and safety. It is an important change that only came into


force six months ago. Communicating to small businesses that as long as


you behave reasonably you will get through, they will not hold you


back. You accept that business and education do not work together as


well as they should. How do you solve that? There is a number of


things you can do. The first is making sure colleges and schools


interact with the local business community so there is more work


experience, but one very direct way is through the growth of


apprenticeships. They are training and job. There is a series of ways


we can do it, and I am very keen to make sure that we do. It has


benefits on both sides of the fence, motivating kids in schools, making


sure when they leave they are ready to take on the jobs that are


available. Thank you. The UK Snooker Championship is underway. The


sport's undergone a period of radical change and it's also had to


deal with a match fixing scandal which led to one of the top players


being banned. Two players who have not let all of that spoil their form


are Neil Robertson and Joe Perry. They're good friends and practice


together in Cambridge. Tom Williams has been to meet them. A final few


frames. They are friends in practice and rivals in games. There are more


tournament, more travelling, and more opportunities, but both have


claimed titles, demonstrating change has not snookered them. We did at


the start of the season... It is probably the first time in a few


seasons that we have started off the season really well together. I think


it is great for the snooker clubs to have both of us doing really well.


Fully can continue. You help each other? We picked little bones out of


each other's stuff. I have all was been critical of his preparation but


this season I am learning from him. Snooker has gone a long way to


enhancing its appeal. Its reputation has been tarnished in the worst case


of corruption in the sport's history. Stephen Lee was found


guilty of match fixing, and given a 12 year ban. Devastated. Absolutely


devastated. I have done nothing wrong. They said, if you want to fix


matches, go against the rules of the game, you will be suspended and it


will cost you a career. Do you think integrity has been restored?


Definitely. It is showing the public that they are not going to stand for


it. Both players want to win. Jonathan Trott's decision to quit


the Ashes tour once again highlighted the strain on our top


sports stars. Other snooker players have battled depression. We can be


away for six weeks. It is tough to spend time away from your family.


There is no middle ground in sport. You are either really happy when you


win really sad when you lose. If you are missing your family, who knows


what is happening? Only one will pop the winning ball this week. Revamps


snooker hopes it will be the major winner. `` the revamped snooker.


Under five months ago I went to meet a mother and daughter in the centre


of the next story. Laura Banks badly needed a kidney transplant and her


mum Felicity was going to be her donor. We're pleased to report the


operation was a success ` now they are both looking to the future. We


sent Mike Cartwright back to see them. Wishing you all the best. Four


months after her transplant, Laura Banks is healthy, happy and here.


That is thanks to her mum, who brought her into this world and


prevented her from leaving it. To have done what she has done is


really amazing. Hopefully life can carry on as normal because she


accompanied me to the hospital with all my appointments. Hopefully


things can change for her as well. She will be less worried about me.


Laura was five when Doctors discovered kidney problems. 22 years


after her first transplant, she needed another. Her mother was the


perfect match. I remember it being a beautiful summer as I woke up, it


was very hot, and I was worried about getting across to the main


building. I was on time, and I got there, but I felt very calm, which


is amazing for me. And I knew that everything that I was doing was


right. I tried not to be too nervous. There was a lot of waiting


around, moments before going to theatre. I remember being quite


worried about those who were waiting for the news of me. Laura is looking


to build a life with her partner and continue to build her career back in


HR. I love being back in work because I enjoy my job but it also


means a sense of normality for me. It is lovely to see her full of


energy and laughing and joking. Normality, really. That is the thing


you forget. You lose track. You go to hospital appointments, you seem


to be at the hospital so much. We are free of that now. We have


normality in our lives. The bond between most mothers and their


daughters is strong. The bond is unbreakable. It is lovely to see


them looking well. Now the weather. unbreakable. It is lovely to see


them looking well. Now the If you got fed up with the cloud today the


good news is the weather is changing tomorrow and it will be much


brighter but will also feel quite a bit colder. The current situation is


we have quite a lot of widespread mist and fog patches forming, and if


anything, visibility is not great. With this blanket across us, it will


not get too cold tonight. Temperatures overnight anything


between four and seven Celsius. The wind will be south`westerly. They


will be coming from the north. By the end of the night, these light


south`westerly winds will see us with the current conditions. This


will bring a brisk north`westerly wind which will make it feel a lot


colder. At the day progresses it will be brighter. We should see some


sunny spells. Quite a different feel. The mist and fog will clear


first thing, showers will be isolated. They will affect coastal


parts of Norfolk, Suffolk and Essex. Sunny spells will develop into the


day and afternoon and it will be quite bright. Factoring in the


north`westerly wind, it will feel quite cold. This wind will be


particularly gusty around the coast. Into the afternoon, it is


looking largely dry. Perhaps the odd coastal shower but plenty of


sunshine. It will be so windy overnight that it should be free of


frost. This is the pressure pattern by the end of the weekend. I


pressure moves back in. This is what we have had for the last week. ``


high`pressure. By the end of the weekend it will be cloudy. We will


be back to the conditions we have been experiencing when wind is


light. Before then we have some brighter weather. For Friday and


Saturday expect some sunny spells, expected to the bit colder. It will


get lighter in the afternoon and there is a risk of frost. Cloud will


return on Sunday and Monday. Quick barometer check.


Just before we go, time to tell you about a chance to see a special


programme made by the BBC. The flying archaeologist who's a former


policeman from Cambridgeshire has helped reveal that people lived


around Stonehenge 5,000 years earlier than first thought. You can


see the full story tonight in Stonehenge: The Missing Link at 8:30


on BBC Four.


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