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Hello and welcome to Look East. On the programme tonight: He killed a


man in a row over a parking space. Tonight, Alan Watts is starting a


five`year prison sentence. Hundreds gather for the funeral of a


26`year`old man found murdered in a Northampton churchyard.


An extra ?6 million for a new city railway station.


We go behind`the`scenes at Sizewell's new centre designed to


deal with an emergency. And he's just a few hours away from


being the first double amputee to reach the South Pole.


Good evening. A pensioner who killed a man in a


row over a parking space has been jailed for five years. Alan Watts


was caught on CCTV punching Brian Holmes in the car park of Asda in


Biggleswade. The punch knocked Mr Holmes to the floor and he later


died in hospital. Today, a jury found the 65`year`old guilty of


manslaughter. Neil Bradford has been following the case and joins us from


Luton Crown Court. Neil, it didn't take them long to reach a verdict.


No, after a trial lasting three days it took them just three hours to


reject Alan Watts' version of events, that he was acting in self


defence. There was grasping and cries of, yes, in the public


galleries. The four`man gave the jury's verdict to the court. They


accepted the prosecution's version of events, that this was an


unprovoked attack with unnecessary violence, a moment of madness that


changed people's lives forever. It lasted a few seconds but was a


confrontation with fatal consequences. 64`year`old Brian


Holmes had just been given the all clear from cancer. On the 3rd of


August, he went shopping with his wife, Christine, at their local


supermarket in Biggleswade. Also shopping at Asda on that day,


65`year`old Alan Watts, on the right. He parked alongside Brian,


who was using a disabled space and he lost his temper because he


wrongly believed he was not entitled to park there. CCTV recorded what


happened next. After making a sarcastic comment, Alan Watts


stepped out of the car and punched Brian Holmes, first with his right


arm, then with his left. As Mr Holmes fell to the floor, Alan Watts


got back in his car and drove away. The following day, Brian Holmes died


from serious head injuries. Today, outside court, his family explained


the impact of his death. Brian was deprived of his life and our family


have been deprived of a loving husband, father, stepfather and


grandad. Many more people have been deprived of a good and loyal friend.


Brian was, in every sense of the word, a gentleman, a caring, loving


man with no enemies and many friends. He was a man for whom


caring was second nature. Alan Watts claimed he was acting in self


defence but the prosecution say it was an unprovoked attack and an


extraordinary show of violence, a moment of madness that changed


people's lives forever. Today, the jury agreed. This shows that you


have to think before you act and speak. A family have lost their


beloveds gentleman. And that is shown today. Just as he tried to


hide from the cameras, Alan Watts tried to hide the truth. But he must


now pay the price with a five`year jail term.


Giving evidence yesterday, Alan Watts said he was sorry for what had


happened. Sentencing him, the judge said this was a case of manslaughter


akin to a road rage. He told him he had the opportunity to leave but


instead he did not, and there were serious consequences. After the


verdict, I heard applause from the family room, as the prosecutor


entered, such is their relief that the case is over. But it is not just


their lives that have been ruined. Alan Watts' family face their first


Christmas without him. A 16`year`old cyclist has died


following an accident in Cambridge city centre last night. Beth


McDermot was involved in a crash with two cars on Milton Road just


before 7pm. She was taken to Addenbrooke's hospital but later


died. Long Road Sixth Form College says the student was popular with


everyone and was committed to her studies. Police are appealing for


witnesses. A Luton man has appeared in court


after heroin with an estimated street value of ?40 million was


found crammed into the bodywork of a Jaguar car. The National Crime


Agency says the car was discovered in Essex on Friday evening.


34`year`old Israr Khan from Luton, and a man from Bradford, have been


charged with conspiracy to supply heroin.


Dirty, poorly maintained and a potential risk to patients. Just


some of the findings of inspectors who assessed a GP surgery in


Peterborough. The Lincoln Road practice was one of ten across the


country which was found to have "very serious failings.


This is one of the worst GP surgeries in the country, saying


inspectors, with failings that put patients at risk. Those seeing their


doctors today were surprised and stunned. Shocking, surprised, very


surprised. Does it put you off coming here? Definitely. I need to


have a think about it again. I did not think it was like that. The


doctors I see here are really good. That inspectors criticised the


surgery for being visibly dusty, poorly maintained, with inadequate


infection control. Staff were not familiar with fire alarms and risk


assessments were not in place. We work closely with NHS England and


their Clinical Commissioning Group to try to improve the quality of


care. But if we do not find any improvement, we do have enforcement


action. We will not tolerate very poor and dangerous practice, and we


have had to take action already Across the street, planning


permission has been granted for a brand`new surgery. But for the


drawings to become a building, GPs here say they need the go`ahead from


the NHS. In a statement, the practice say they're building is


more than 100 years old, and they do not think it is appropriate for


Ponty first century health care. Ponty first century health care


They say since the inspection they have had two deep cleans and brought


their infection control up to date. Those in charge decided not to go on


camera today. What does in charge of a surgery now under scrutiny. ``


doctors in charge of the surgery now under scrutiny.


" The East Anglian Air Ambulance grounded its helicopters today for


engineers to carry out an emergency inspection.


The aircraft, based in Cambridge and Norwich, are the same type as the


one involved in a crash in Glasgow earlier this month. They were out of


action from 9.30pm last night but cleared for use again at 3pm today.


The charity says ground crews responded to all call`outs whilst


the helicopters were unavailable. Detectives investigating the


exploitation of migrant workers in the Fens have arrested four more


people. Two women from King's Lynn and two men from Wisbech have all


been questioned on suspicion of fraud. They've since been released


on police bail. It's the latest development in the operation which


saw nine people arrested in October. The Deputy Prime Minister was in


Cambridge today to sign a deal which will lead to the city having more


control over its economic development. Nick Clegg said the so


called city deal would create thousands of new jobs and speed up


the building of homes and transport projects.


This is a relatively new idea which the government believes will speed


up growth and bring major economic edifice to Cambridge. This morning,


the Deputy Prime Minister was at a local company that develops remote


access software for computers. City Deal status, he said, would


encourage or firms like this. Cambridge will be able to grow


faster in future, build more affordable homes for people in


Cambridge, invest in infrastructure, railway


infrastructure, road infrastructure, which needs to keep pace with


growth. Cambridge can do that in the future without waiting for the green


light from Whitehall. City Deal status gives an area more of a say


over development. It will be able to apply for extra grants and borrowing


for infrastructure projects at preferential rates of interest.


Historically, we have been waiting for government to recognise this and


do the job for us. It has not happened. This gives us the


opportunity to be given the resources to get on with the job.


The full details are being worked on but they are expected to create


45,000 jobs and help to build 33,000 new homes. There was another boost


for the city today. Government announced ?6 million to go towards


the new rail station for Cambridge. It is an important project. It helps


to do everything we are here to do today, in terms of making the


economy of Cambridge work, but it actually does something that gives


better access to this great economy. The mood was one of optimism. There


is talk that these announcements could bring more than ?1 billion of


investment to the city. Talking about investment is one thing, but


it will only be when jobs are created and things start to be built


that we will see if city Deal status has really worked.


Around 300 people have gathered today for the funeral of Jamie


McMahon, whose body was found in a Northampton churchyard in October.


The 26`year`old snooker club worker had suffered head injuries. There


were so many well`wishers at the service, some had to listen from


outside, as Louise Hubball reports. It was a funeral for a young man


that friends and family say was taken to soon. It was a funeral full


of personal touches. Jane in Marne, making his final journey in a camper


van. `` Jamie McMahon. Friends and family wrote tributes in marker pen


on his casket. The congregation was 300 strong and full of young faces,


lining the driveway. Described by friends as a ray of sunshine, Jamie


McMahon was just 26. His ordeal was found in Saint Giles Churchyard in


October. `` his body. Police think he may have been attacked after a


night out while taking a short cut. There were so many here today, each


reflecting on their own memories. More tributes were visible when the


casket was lifted into the chapel. There was not enough room for


everyone inside, so some spilled out and listened through an open


doorway. At one point, spontaneous applause could be heard rippling


through the congregation. And there were more personal touches. The


messages again and again read that Jamie McMahon will never be


forgotten. Two men aged 33 and 19 forgotten. Two men aged 33 and 19


have been charged with his murder. With links to royalty and historic


connections to Luton, the Wenlock Jug was one of the town's most


treasured possessions, until it was stolen last summer. But after a


lengthy police investigation the jug was recovered. And today, as Anna


Todd reports, it returned to its rightful place, back on display in


the Stockswood Museum. The Wenlock Jug, back where it


should be and hopefully where it will stay. Prized by Luton, pinched


by a burglar, picked up by the police, and is now home at last It


is good that it came back because we were worried about it. It is


precious and it represents us for a long time. The people that stole it


should not have done that because it could have been gone forever. There


was always a doubt in my mind that maybe someone would realise it was


not made of solid bronze and would melt it, throw it in a river or


something. But I always felt in my heart that we would get it act one


day. This was the moment when a man used a drain cover to smash and grab


the medieval relic. A Crimewatch appeal led the police to a man in


Surrey. We executed warrants and found the Wenlock Jug in the Garrard


`ish, along with a small drugs factory, some stun guns and


bullet`proof vests. At over 500 years old, it has been on quite a


journey. Do you know, I feel I have seen this somewhere before. 480 000.


journey. Do you know, I feel I have seen this somewhere before. 480,000.


seen this somewhere before. 480 000. They are trying to decide whether


half a million is too much. ?500,000. Last chance. Any more? It


?500,000. Last chance. Any more It was bound for New York, but an


export and stopped it in its tracks, allowing Luton Museum a chance.


?750,000, and worth every penny. ?750,000, and worth every penny


This is one of three in the UK of a similar period and royal


connotation. One in the British Museum, one in the Victoria and


Albert, and we have got one. We are so lucky. While its attacker is


behind bars, the jug is back behind glass, very tough glass.


In the varsity rugby match at Twickenham this afternoon, Cambridge


University were soundly beaten by Oxford. Although it was tight up to


half time, in the second half, despite having their scrum half sent


off for foul play, Oxford pulled away to win the match 33`15. It s


away to win the match 33`15. It's Oxford's fourth win in succession.


BBC Radio Cambridgeshire is holding a special debate tonight looking


into the controversial plans for a solar farm on land at Newborough


near Peterborough. The City Council's leader, Marco Cereste, and


MP Stewart Jackson will be taking part in the discussion which will be


broadcast on BBC Radio Cambridgeshire tomorrow night at


7pm. You can also hear highlights tomorrow morning on the Breakfast


Show with Paul Stainton from 6am. And we'll bring have a report on


that debate tonight at 10.25pm. Those


Clacton while trying to stop a man who'd fired at two people in the


street. PC Dibell is the first police officer in more than 20 years


to receive the award. Still to come tonight: The


shotputter training for the Olympic Games in 2020.


And Duncan Slater from Norfolk is just a few hours away from being the


first double amputee to reach the South Pole.


After the Fukushima disaster two years ago, the owner of eight


nuclear power stations in the UK agreed to spend ?180 million on


extra safety measures. The first result of EDF's investment was


opened today near the Sizewell B plant in Suffolk. It's cost ?12


million and as you'd expect for that money it can withstand earthquakes.


The first emergency response centre to be built in the UK since the


Fukushima disaster. Today it was opened, a mile from Sizewell B, by


the global head of EDF. This centre is intended as an additional line of


defence. It will enhance our capability to recover during and


after an extreme natural event. There was a review of UK nuclear


safety after the Fukushima incident in Japan two years ago. A tsunami


caused nuclear meltdowns and the release of radioactive materials.


The Office for UK Regulation found UK stations had no fundamental


weaknesses but recommended robust off`site back`up. `` Nuclear


Regulation. There's already an emergency control centre at Sizewell


B itself. This place is in addition to that. The company says it has the


ability to take control of the station in a dire emergency. There's


a control centre and lots of serious kit. Vehicles carrying diesel


generators ` capable of driving through floods. Cutting equipment,


firefighting gear... Why build this place? We're not in an earthquake


zone and don't intend to get tsunamis... The point is to make


sure we can respond to whatever may happen. Some events you can't


predict. We've worked on the principle of what the worst thing is


that could happen and how we'd be best placed to respond. We want to


protect the public, our environment and our personnel. Not everybody's


convinced. If there was an emergency around here there would be absolute


chaos. No fancy emergency centre will hide that. It won't do a great


deal to mitigate the impact of an accident. Sizewell B continued to


generate during last week's exceptional storm surge. EDF says


the new centre will only add to its resilience.


It's been a fairy tale year for the 19`year`old Norfolk shot putter


Sophie McKinna. She's broken a British junior record which stood


for 30 years, won a Silver medal at the European Under 20 Championships


and made her British senior debut. Sophie has also been included on a


list of athletes who have the potential to win a medal at the 2020


Olympics. She's coached by the former world strongest man Geoff


Capes. She may be Britain's number one shotputter, but Sophie McKinna


doesn't escape the basic chores. Today it's a short, sharp training


session for the 19`year`old. Normally a session's a little but


longer, but because of the weather I don't think we'll be doing too much


more! ?? WHITE There are few girls as strong as Sophie ` and her coach


knows a thing or two about strength. Former World's Strongest Man Geoff


Capes was also a shot put champion. He's been working with her since she


was 12. I saw a bit of me in her. This aggressive, nasty little piece


of work! She wanted to throw the shot out the park but didn't know


how. It's just about channelling aggression and everything else, then


developing her over a period of time. Sophie's made big strides this


year ` making her senior British debut, winning a Silver medal at the


European Under 20 Championships and breaking a 30 year British junior


record. To cap it all, she's just received funding for the next four


years ` deemed as having potential to win a medal at the 2020 Olympics.


I just really, really enjoy the sport. As soon as I picked up the


shot, I knew it was something I'd really enjoy to do. Basically, I


just love athletics ` the atmosphere at all of the different events, not


just my own. I've always been a competitive person in whatever I do.


30 centimetres... Come on! Fire it up! Sophie's strength is phenomenal.


She can lift more than current British weightlifters of her age. If


there's a downside, it's people's image of shotputters ` particularly


in a world dominated by looks and appearance. If you're a little bit


physical... Bigger than most girls... They can look at you


sideways... Blinkered. They haven't got a clue about sport, in the


realistic sense. They don't realise the effort and time that people will


place on training and commitment. Obviously, I'm slightly bigger than


the average human being. Slightly stronger, too. But once you have a


conversation with somebody, there's always really supportive of what you


do. They're interested and even come back to you to ask how you're doing.


It's things like that... To me, it's not a massive problem. You have to


make sacrifices to get places in your sport. One of them, I suppose,


is what you look like. The 19`year`old's target next year is


the Commonwealth Games. Her coach won it twice in his heyday. Sophie


is keen to lay down her own marker. Very confident! Those weights would


crush me! Congratulations to golfer Charley


Hull from Northamptonshire who is on the short list for the BBC's Young


Sports Personality of the Year award. Charley's been selected as


one of three from an original short list of ten. The 17`year`old turned


professional this year and made her debut in the Solheim Cup. The winner


will be announced at a ceremony in Leeds on Sunday night. Good luck to


her! A former RAF gunner who hopes to be


the first double amputee to walk to the South Pole is just hours away


from making history. Duncan Slater, from Norfolk, lost both his legs in


an explosion in Afghanistan. Duncan and 11 other injured servicemen and


women set off for Cape Town three weeks ago ` and then on to Novo


Airbase in Antarctica. From there, they were flown to the start line


200 miles from the South Pole. The start line of the South Pole allied


challenge 12 days ago. Three teams racing to be the first to the bottom


of the world. Many of these disabled veterans have lost limbs in war. One


is completely blind. After this roadside explosion in Afghanistan,


Duncan Slater lost both his legs. After months of training, tonight


he's in a tent, in a gale, just 16 miles from the South Pole. It's 70%


mental. 20% physical. 10% luck. You can see that when you get here. I


can't wait. To be able to say we made it. We've worked really hard.


The teams are skiing up to ten hours a day, pulling these behind them.


Temperatures are dipping to `45 Celsius. Seven days in, those


extreme conditions took their toll on some and a decision was made to


suspend the race. With advice from my medical team, we felt it was


sensible to stop here. It doesn't mean it's over. We proceed to the


last checkpoint. We're still skiing. That decision lifted morale. As one


united team, they pushed on. This Norfolk`based charity helps injured


service personnel back into work. That's where they started. This is


the track. They dreamt up this adventure. We're showcasing these


individuals coming back from injury and adversity. Duncan is the first


double amputee to get to the South Pole. Amazing. Prince Harry has also


joined us. Outstanding. Fantastic. He's strong as an ox and helping to


pull it all. Great to have him in the tent! He skips around like a


ballerina! Tent`mates and team`mates together, Duncan and his fellow


veterans should reach the Pole tomorrow afternoon ` Friday the


13th... Lucky for them! It looks like hard work!


Now for the weather. Chance of some rain on the way. High pressure being


pushed eastwards. Milder Atlantic air coming our way. Thicker cloud in


the west producing patchy rain. High level cloud ahead of it.


Temperatures ` lows of four or five Celsius. Isolated pockets of frost.


The breeze starts to freshen. Tomorrow will be governed by two


weather fronts. Some rain but not too heavy. Expect


a cloudy day with rain at times. Light and patchy. It should start to


clear away. Drier and possibly brighter interlude. It will feel


slightly less cold. You might feel a little chilly. Rain late afternoon.


Much of this out of the way on Saturday.


Rain overnight on Saturday. Breezy through the night. Fairly bright but


some cloud around. It will stay largely dry. Overnight rain Friday.


By Saturday night, another spell of rain. Out of the way on Sunday.


Here's the barometer. Thank you. Goodbye.


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