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


about education ` the battle to beat the men grooming young girls.


Mourning Father Joseph ` hundreds attend the funeral of the priest


found dead in a supermarket car park.


Why rising power bill means more work for the woodsmen.


The tributes honouring the man thought to be the world's first


black professional footballer. First tonight: Children must be


taught how to recognise and report abuse at an earlier age. That's the


call today from the children's charity NSPCC. It follows


yesterday's conviction of two men and three teenage boys for a series


of rapes and sexual assaults against underage girls in Peterborough. The


city council has launched a serious case review to find out what lessons


can be learned from the case, but agrees with the need for better


education. We'll be speaking to the Chief Executive in a few moments,


but first this report from Emma Baugh.


A class of teenagers at Peterborough's local school in a sex


education class. It became even more apparent that there have been young


people in Peterborough who have been abused, have been groomed,


approached, for reasons which are really wrong. Even though none of


these young people were affected, the way they teach sex education


here has changed. It is only in the last 18 months or so that we've been


overtly teaching about child sexual expectation because I think it's


really important that schools keep up`to`date with that. It's no good


teaching it in the old`fashioned way of just avoiding pregnancy. Sex


education is much more important than that, and keeping them safe in


terms of error and social health and relationship safety. It was in this


part and others around Peterborough that girls were abused by groups of


men. Yesterday Hassan Abdulla and Zdeno Mirga were found guilty of


multiple rapes and sexual offences. Police say they are now


investigating a number of other cases right across Peterborough


involving different nationalities from ten different communities. We


are invading with a large number of people and urging them to share


their experiences, what they've heard and what they believe to be


the case. We'll be doing this for some months come. I anticipate


further charges and further trials in due course. Child welfare


charities say it's never too early to start educating children about


the dangers of sexual abuse. In this case in Peterborough, we do have


some very young victims. That's particularly important. Parents


should think that they don't wait until teenage years to talk to their


children about sexual matters but talk to them in their early years.


The men in this case face sentencing next month but police say other


investigations are very much ongoing.


Gillian Beasley is the chief executive of Peterborough City


Council. She's also a former child protection officer. The NSPCC says


we can't wait until secondary school to educate children about sexual


predators ` do you agree? I've listened to your piece and I think


there is excellent work happening at the academy you featured and they


need to be proactive and work hard in schools to get the message across


to young girls. But it is larger than that. I'm a parent and I'd want


to know what to look for in my daughter. If her behaviour is


changing, things that aren't right. I'd also want to know how to report


that on one of the key messages in this case is that our social workers


and the police are trusted. There are people to really work with young


girls to tell their stories. That's what happened with these case and


why these men were convicted. You think parents shy away from sex


education is they're worried about taking their child's innocence? I


think there will be many parents listening to this today who want the


best for their children and if they know education of this kind is going


to help them against these predatory and despicable criminals, they'd


want to go with it. You were in court to hear these children relive


their experiences. They thought they were going to die. It's up to all of


us to try to stop this, isn't it? I heard the youngest victim's evidence


and it was shocking. I went cold. She was describing how she thought


she would be killed and how her family and the people she loved most


of the world would be killed. One of the things that has come out of this


case is how we must understand the way these men operate, and how they


absolutely target young girls. They groom them and use them for sex and


that is education as well. It's us understanding as a society how these


men work. The city's MP Stuart Jackson says this case should ring


people we think immigration ` is that what this is about? `` make the


bull rethink immigration. My experience shows that this is not


men defined by their ethnicity or background but by a despicable


attitude towards children. We've seen the scenario in the Philippines


with abuse by the internet in the Philippines. I did an investigation


20 years ago of a caretaker who was abusing over 100 children. We've got


to understand how these men operate. They're ruthless in their


determination to target young girls and we've got to be equally ruthless


in the way that we understand how they operate and we wipe out this


kind of thing in Peterborough and across the country. Thanks for your


time. Meanwhile, an investigation by


Northamptonshire Police has led to the breaking up of an international


child sex abuse ring. Officers paid a routine visit to a known sex


offender in Kettering. They found Timothy Ford was paying a family in


the Philippines to sexually abuse children live on webcams. He was


jailed last year but the investigation which followed has led


to 29 arrests around the world. His disappearance sparked concern


across the Catholic community of Luton. Three days later, that


concern became shock after Father Joseph Williams' body was found in


his car in a supermarket car park. Today hundreds of people ` including


the Bishop of Northampton and 5 Catholic priests ` attended his


funeral. Anna Todd reports. Every inch a parishioner, a friend,


a colleague, all paying tribute to Father Joseph Williams, who served


this community, this little church, for two years until his death just


after Christmas. So many priests that they had to sit in a side room.


The Bishop of Northampton paid tribute to Father Joseph,


remembering how worried they'd been when he went missing. The concern


and helplessness that we had been feeling was replaced by an


anguished, turmoil and grief. It was at the news that he had been found


dead while on a simple shopping trip. Father Joseph, just 42 years


old, has appeared on December 2 . His body was found three days later,


slumped at the wheel of his car in this supermarket car park. Today's


service was an outpouring of sadness and disbelief. A lovely man. I still


think he's walking among us but as we know, it's not going to be and,


as you see, people come in and they loved him. This is a very strong


community and lots of people live near the church so there's a great


sense of a bond between the Irish and its people in the church and, of


course, the priest is the focus for that in different ways. `` the


parish and its people. Today Father Joe is a should have been


celebrating a belated Christmas with his family in Devon. Instead, his


others were in Devon for his funeral. `` his brothers.


A jury's heard today that a man accused of helping a serial killer


dispose of her victim's bodies had warned she could kill. Joanna


Dennehy stabbed three men to death, leaving their bodies in ditches near


Peterborough. At Cambridge Crown Court, Gary Stretch and Leslie


Layton deny preventing lawful burial of the victims. Stretch is also


accused of attempting to murder two men. This report from home affairs


correspondent Sally Chidzoy. The jury heard more about the victim's


character at the trial today. `` about Joanna Dennehy's character.


These men died during the ten day killing spree. Their bodies, one in


a black sequinned dress, were found in two ditches near Peterborough at


nine months ago. The jury were told that Gary stretch, described as


Dennehy's trusted aide, had confided in one witness that she could kill.


Carla White lived in the same house as a seven tall Gary stretch, whom


she described as a gentle giant She said he told her that Dennehy would


kill the victim David Lee `` Kevin Lee because she was distressed he


hadn't paid her for decorating work. She said he was very rude and


arrogant and that the serial killer had, for no reason, grabbed her


throat so she pulled a hammer in self defence. She said Dennehy then


apologised. Dennehy had been having an affair with Kevin Lee, a married


father of two. She made him put on the dress shortly before he died. A


witness said Dennehy told her he was gay. `` she was gay. Another


witness, Kieron James, described seeing Gary Stretch leave the house


near Peterborough at one night carrying a large, black refuse sack


with something heavy inside. He placed it in the boot of his green


Astra. The prosecution say he used it to dispose of the bodies. The car


was registered in the name of a fictitious company called Undertaker


And Sons. The breakfast show presenter for BBC


Radio Northampton, Stuart Linnell, has been knocked over by a police


car. It happened in Abington Square early this morning as Stuart was on


his way to present his show. He s suffered severe bruising and will be


off air for a few days. Police have launched an investigation.


Fire officers have spent today investigating the cause of a fire


which destroyed a warehouse in Newport Pagnell. Crews have


continued to monitor the building today. The fire broke out just


before two o'clock yesterday afternoon at the Liebherr


Distribution Centre. football pitch, and our intention is


to make sure that we show enough on the football pitch that we start


getting the points. Still to come, how our countryside is being changed


as a result of rising fuel prices. And celebrating the life of Roger


Lloyd`Pack. We talked with the director who worked with him.


Last year, we revealed how Milton Keynes Council had the country's


worst record outside London for placing homeless families in Bed


Breakfasts and keeping them there too long. Now it's announced plans


to spend ?4 million buying homes to rent out instead. It's not just


buying ` it's also building. For the first time in 15 years, new council


homes are being built to deal with the housing shortage. In a moment,


we'll hear from our political correspondent Andrew Sinclair, but


first this from Jessica Cooper. Home sweet home for Trooper and 20


other people. Every night, this hostel is full. It is hard work. If


you have no friends or family, you were on the street. At this time of


the year, it is hard for anybody to be on the street. The council is


planning to buy homes on the open market to help people most in need.


I think something should have been done a long time ago. I don't think


the council relies the amount of people that are homeless. They


should do more. Won it would take a lot of homeless people off the


streets. There are many under underpasses asking for money and


food. Milton Keynes has had an ongoing problem with a shortage of


places for people to leave. Last month, there were 53 people living


in bed and breakfasts. Now the council wants to spend ?4 million


buying 40 properties to rent to the homeless. Della mac is a radical


step for us at a pragmatic step. It makes a lot of sense, because it


allows us to make a difference quickly within six months to our bed


and breakfast numbers. But some question whether 40 homes


will make any difference in the long run. I think it will solve the


emergency situation. The Milton Keynes Council finds it in in the


meantime, back and give it another two or three years, and those homes


will be occupied and I would imagine at least that number will be needed


again. This is the typical property the council will want to acquire. It


sounds like quite a lot if you are not used a boy `` buying 40


properties in one go, but with the population and grace of Milton


Keynes, it is not a huge amount. To acquire 40 properties is not a tall


ask. If the plans are approved, buying could start by the end of


next month. Next week, for the first time in over 15 years, the council


will start building new council houses. Our political correspondent


is he up. This is not unique to Milton Keynes Council is to elect


councils were not allowed to build any new homes. Add to that the


rising cost of the private property sector, and housing lists have


rocketed by 70% of the last decade. Milton Keynes had a particular


problem. They spent more than ?1 million last year on hotels and bed


and breakfast accommodation. The government said we will help you if


you come up with a radical solution. Here it is. I have to say


that Labour are sceptical. They say this is a desperate measure to avert


a disaster. They say the council may end up buying some of the homes it


once old `` owned but sod off. Could it be copied by other


authorities? Other authorities are watching. People I spoke to suspect


other authorities may follow suit. The number of people on council


waiting lists have started to come down in recent years, but that is as


a lot of people waiting for permanent homes. 13,000 homes in


Norfolk and Suffolk, 20,000 in Norfolk. That is partly because the


government is starting to allow councils to build again. But it


takes time to buy the land, corrupt the plans and build the houses.


Being able to buy a ready`made home and put someone in it straightaway


is a very risky and expensive way of doing it, but given the way the


market is going, they might be a bit of profit when they come to sell the


homes. Is the bottom line that the bottom line that there aren't enough


affordable homes? Yes. Many people believe that housing will be the


next election, not the economy. That is why the government is changing


the planning laws to make it easier to build. That is why Labour say we


will seize land of developers if they don't do quickly enough. The


parties have woken up to how big a problem this is. Thank you.


Rising fuel costs are having a significant impact on our


countryside because there's a growing demand for wood to burn. 7%


of the east of England is covered by woodland, but up until now, only


half of it has been managed to produce timber or firewood. But as


the cost of power keeps going up, more and more of us are heating our


homes with open fires or log burners. That means there is money


in it for landowners, who are now actively managing their woodland.


This report from our business correspondent, Richard Bond.


Any would? Learning how to copy it in a Suffolk wood. These college


students are cutting diesel for firewood. These studs can go back


for future harvest. These are skills back in demand. This really


regenerate quickly, so it will grow in a number of years so you can use


it again, is that would you cut down. It will keep on growing and


growing. Likes to writing energy prices, the firewood market is


booming. There is an increasing number of people with wood`burning


stoves. People are concerned about rising cost of electricity and gas.


A lot of people are looking outward as another means of heating their


homes. Whether by `` via different kinds of burners. We need several


new entrants to replace the people that are coming towards retirement


age. Over the last ten years, average gas bills have risen by


189%. Average electricity bills are now 136%. The cost of firewood has


risen too, but not by as much as. It has risen by about 50 or 75%. Most


of that is within the last few years. More than 7% of the East is


covered with wood land, but only half of it is properly managed like


this. That means 200,000 tonnes of timber is unused every year. But


rising prices are encouraging landowners to bring neglected words


account management. He has invested in this firewood processor. It is in


his estate that the students are working in. The value of firewood


was very well and was not an economically viable. However, in the


last few years, prices have increased significantly, which makes


it more viable to provide that service to customers. This is not


just good business, it is also great for wildlife.


I'm sure most have you have already heard the actor Roger Lloyd`Pack has


died. He was 69, and had pancreatic cancer. The actor, who lived in


Norfolk, was probably best known for his role as Trigger in Only Fools


Horses, and later as the farmer Owen Newitt in the Vicar of Dibley. His


more recent appearances included a lead role in the film In Love With


Alma Cogan, which was filmed in Cromer. Tony Britten is the film's


director, and he's here now. What was it like as a man? He wasn't


trigger in real life. Della mac know. He was gentle. Sometimes


grumpy. Endearing. In some ways, a private person, but had an enormous


breadth of achievement. He was mad about poetry. His wife was a


well`known poet, and I first saw him doing a poetry evening at a


theatre, and he did well. Was he aware that he was central to


some of the great comedy moments in British television? He can't have


been aware. Did he resented? I think, sometimes. Hello, Trigger..


His name is red. I think for any actor, I think it is a double`edged


sword. I have no doubt that the doors Trigger. Open for human were


very useful. People may not realise how diverse and after he was,


because when he was doing a film with you, it was doing to get a


Lasorda spy. He did a lot of stage work as well. It was funny, because


I wrote the film for human, which is a nice thing to do, actually writing


it film for an actor. He worked on with me. I figured became quite


truthful. He said, if you can raise the money, I mean. We've raised the


money and we shot it in 2010 in the worst winter in memory. He had been


looking forward to jot down the coast from his home. Instead of


which, he was clawing his way through the snow. When he wasn't


working, he had to go down to London. The interesting thing was he


was not an awful man, but he loved it. You moved here in 1970. He was


in a film shot around Milton came. They put him up in this little


college miles from anywhere. It was about ?2 a week. He loved it and


stayed on and kept renting. He had been there ever since. He is a real


Norfolk man. Never happier, I suspect. He liked stomping around


the wood lands around the college and being on his own. The tributes


have been pouring in. What do you think he would have made of all this


fuss? I think it would have been a wry smile. I think he would have


been chuffed, but he would have wondered what the fuss was about,


because he was a proper actor. Thank you so much for coming in.


Most of you won't know the name Arthur Wharton, but he was the


world's first black professional footballer. He died more than 80


years ago, but there is a growing campaign to get a statue in his


honour. In its rich, his supporters gathered to hear good news.


He is the pioneer and trailblazer. He is an icon and simple. The sun of


a minister, are the key to go before Preston and a host of other clubs in


the 1980s and 90s. He was a first`class cricketer and sprinter,


but his story is hardly known. How big is the statue? It is 16 feet


tall. It is beautiful. In Ipswich, some modern sporting heroes came to


remember the world's black professional player, and heard how


five years of campaigning has finally paid off. It is going to


Saint Georges Park. Other's story is fluent, so the statue had to be


fluent. Whichever way you walk around it, you have to imagine where


the shot came from. Hosting the event was Ipswich's four`time


Olympic bobsled. As a young soldier, he was the only black man in his


regiment. He understands the isolation. It must've been


incredible. At least they did know about some black people. I have a


whole empathy with that. Sadly, the story had no happy ending. Shunned


by his religious family for adultery, he lost his celebrity


status and ended his days down the mines. He died an alcoholic in 1930


and was buried in an unmarked grave. FIFA, the UEFA have helped


pay for the statue. The boy who conquered racial prejudice to become


a sporting hero is honoured at last. Time now for the weather. Low


pressure continues to be the theme of our weather. There has been a


large area of low pressure that has been moving into the British Isles.


There have been shown was rotating around it. Even though we started


dry and some of the summer sunshine, over the last few hours,


the shells have moved eastwards. Some have been on the heavy side.


We'll continue to see showers through this evening and overnight.


Still one or two could be heavily. It will be a gusty wind associated


with the showers. Lots of cloud around. We're not expecting to be


justifiable particularly well tonight. We can expect loads of


around five or six degrees. It is mild for this time of year.


Tomorrow, it will be showers to start, especially in the morning.


They are widespread, but in the afternoon, they will go away and we


will see something more dry. Perhaps more bright, but on the whole, it


will stay fairly cloudy. Temperatures similar to today, eight


or nine degrees, but a more noticeable breeze. It might feel a


bit more chilly. By the afternoon into the evening, much of the


showers look as though they will die away. Looking ahead to the weekend,


we're not far, so what will it have in store? A bit more of the low


pressure. That means unsettled, but the detail will be difficult to pin


down. Expect lots of cloud, rain at times, but perhaps an East and West


divide between Saturday and Sunday. Both are today, it looks as though


the West will see the best chance of seeing some rain, if you call to


best chance. But is looking dry. Windy for Saturday. Winds are more


for Sunday. There will be an Eastern front bringing outbreaks of rain at


times. Temperatures will stay steady at around about where they are now


by day and night. By the time we get to Monday, we have slightly lighter


winds. Clearer skies, cooler temperatures. By Monday, we could be


looking at ground frost in places. It is staying unsettled.


Temperatures are above average for this time of year. We will see a lot


of cloud, but by Monday, hopefully something brighter starting to break


through. If you have a barometer, you might want to do a check on your


barometer. We have a reading tonight. It is 989 millibars, and


that is 29.21 inches. Back to you. Thank you very much.


That's all for now.


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