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Peter, thank you. That's all from the BBC News

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Good evening, welcome. On the programme tonight. Pressure on the

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front line, and a push for more volunteers. Is Northamptonshire

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trying to police on the cheap? Also tonight. Drama at London Road as a

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fan visit `` collapses pitch side with a heart attack.

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He's eating and wants to go home. The first thing he said to me was,

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what with the score? And looking ahead to the National Badminton

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Championships, with the husband and wife team hoping for success in the

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mixed doubles. And the Hollywood a list recreating

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history at Huxford. `` Duxford. First tonight. The pressure on our

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front line police forces. The policing minister was in the area

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today to look at a new initiative involved in cutting crime. The force

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is also pushing to triple the number of special constables. But is it

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policing on the cheap? In a moment we'll hear from the Police and

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Jodie, to Reza and Joyce, all part of a police experiment, working with

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officers, these women from a nursery, homeless hostel and church

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have helped tackle street jinking in their pot of Northampton. ``

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drinking. We got volunteer to do the physical work and learn on what goes

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on in the church. We have got a group to pull the cheese down to see

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`` so you can see directly into the churchyard. Before, the police did

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not involve you, they tried to sort the situation out but we are now all

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involved in the situation and we wanted to work just as much as they

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do. This scheme, using the community to solve problems, is thought to be

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the first of the kind in the country. Enough to attract a

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minister from the policing minister who has told `` was told it has

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reduced street drinking. We have seen a reduction in street drinking

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and so it has definitely been a success for us. Mean one of the

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danger police is also trying to promote more officers, they are

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underpaid volunteers. Is this policing on the cheap? I think

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special have always played a significant role in policing, they

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can do something on top of the full`time officers and PCS (already

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there. Other forces may be watching to see how well these schemes work.

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In the last hour I spoke to the Police and Crime Commissioner for

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Northamptonshire Adam Simmonds and asked him if the county's police

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force is under pressure. My ambition for Northamptonshire is to make it

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the safest place in England so that requires a new way of thinking and

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working. It requires community to look at themselves and say, they

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cannot just expect the police to do everything. I expect communities to

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work out how they can police their own street and look after their own

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homes and schools. We are setting an ambitious target to raise the amount

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of special constables to 900. We have 1200 full`time officers, we

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want 900 volunteers. They will be properly trained as front line

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officers are, it is not policing in the cheap in any way. You are saying

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that but you do not have do hate this starting salary `` you are not

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having to pay these specials ?2 ,000 per year. They are not getting paid

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that they are played to be police officers. Is it just a coincidence

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that it is when you are facing 20 million of cuts in the next four

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years? I am not cutting police officers, I want to put more on the

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streets but it is no like to say I do not have enough money to put on

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new full time officers, we have to think creatively. Let's move on to

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this number, this ambitious target, 900. If you do not manage to do

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that, is Northamptonshire police force going to have a gap in its

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policing? No, we have 300 specials right now so I am looking to

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increase that to 900. My ambition is to raise it by October this year.

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The whole point is to increase the number of volunteers rather than

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meeting it by a particular month. If you do not manage to increase them,

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what is your plan B? We are going to increase them by 2016, we will have

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hopefully over 1000 more special constables by the time I am elected

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and I can say to the public that we have put more warranted police

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officers on the streets. It is not about a particular month. We need to

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raise the number, I have said do it by October this year, and I think

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that is entirely doable. The whole point is to raise the number of

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specials, not particularly when we do it by.

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A Peterborough United football fan is recovering in hospital after

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collapsing during last night's game against Swindon. 67`year`old Ray

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Stratton from St Ives had a heart attack during the final minutes of

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the match. His son Adrian says the swift response from paramedics saved

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his life. It was supposed to be a typical trip

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to London Road for the Stratton family. Lifelong fans of

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Peterborough United, hoping for a cup victory. As the game entered its

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final few minutes, it became something far more serious. You can

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hear the harsh. Ray Stratton were sitting in these seats with his son.

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The game nearly finished when he encountered serious breathing

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difficulties. His situation got worse quickly and soon paramedics

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from picked side and a doctor in the crowd were rushing to his age. This

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morning, Adrian described the moment his father suffered a heart attack.

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He was troubling to press, one of duty paramedic `` one of duty

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paramedic came and put into the floor. After a while he was

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breathing, I had one of them say he had a pulse. You was taken away on a

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stretcher as the crowd waited in near silence. The game is being

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televised live. Adrian was concerned his mother would be watching at

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home. We do not know the numbers, that our

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community is said to support families. How has that impact on

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morale? The air. Raise hundreds of jobs and

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millions of pounds for the local economy. We need to take a longer

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view, we need to look at it as a game of chess and sometimes

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personnel are moving in and out The first personnel could be flying out

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early as April, but they could lose more than the headline figure. The

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bigger the base, the bigger the cuts and this is a big place.

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A father who deliberately drove his Jeep into a house in Peterborough

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has been been given a two`year suspended jail sentence. The court

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heard Paul Kingsman snapped after being told his daughter was being

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pestered by noisy neighbours. He's been disqualified from driving and

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ordered to do 200 hours unpaid community work. He'll also pay costs

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and compensation of ?15,000. Cut back, have more zero hour contracts,

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do not have increases in pay. It reduces what is available to the

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students. And we care. Sorry, that was not the same story.

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Staff working in higher education have staged a third one`day strike

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in an ongoing dispute over pay. This was Cambridge city centre earlier

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today. Members of Unite, Unison and the University Colleges Union walked

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out over what they call a paltry 1% pay rise. Unions say the Vice

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Chancellors at the Russell Group of universities are pocketing big pay

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rises. They haven't ruled out further industrial action.

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A group of mothers say they want to make their fight to save their local

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children's centres a national campaign. Some centres are facing

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closure in Peterborough and across Cambridgeshire as councils say

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budget cuts mean they need to target the most needy. It comes as the

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education minister visited the region talking about how they're

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helping families. Angela Brennan in Peterborough with

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his son James. She says families are turning campaigners over threatened

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closures. We are trying to take this nationally. In the UK, there is a

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massive baby`boom and they need more children's centres not lengths ``

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less. The money needs to be ring fenced. We are hoping to get

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nationally children's centres and a threat to join us and try to get the

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money ring fenced. Originally, children's centres were in areas

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that were seen as most deprived Gradually they have expanded and all

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families have been encouraged to use them. Now councils are saying that

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the pressures on budgets, they are having to target the most

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honourable. In Cambridgeshire, they plan to change from 40 centres down

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to 12 clusters. In Peterborough it is planned to go from 15 to four

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super hubs and three outreach centres, not open to everyone. Today

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when the education minister visited she said decisions should be taken

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locally. It is the ultimate decision of the local council to make sure

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the children get a good start in life. We have been clear in

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government guidance that there should be a strong network of sure

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start centres that provide that support. In Peterborough, the plan

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is to earmark ?100,000 to help families is centres close. I do not

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think it is a drop in the ocean in Peterborough that is a large amount

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of money and as long as we use it well, as long as we continue to

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listen to the parents who will be most affected, we will provide the

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services that they hope to see in their area. In Peterborough, parents

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will find out next month if their centres are finally to close. That's

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all from She desperately wants to have her

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baby at home but it is a choice she and other mothers will now have to

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pay for. Still to come, the couple from

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Milton Keynes, favourites to win the English badminton champ ships in

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their home town this weekend. And the Imperial War Museum at Duxford

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with a starring role alongside George Clooney and Matt Damon.

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One in three women, and one in five men, will experience domestic

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violence in their lifetime. And, on average, two women are killed by a

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violent partner every week in the UK. Over the last few years, there

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have been four high`profile deaths in Essex where the police have been

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criticised for not doing enough. Now, there will be special advisers

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in local hospitals to spot the signs of abuse in people who may be too

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scared to ask for help. For nine years, this woman we are

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calling Lucy was in a relationship that became progressively more

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abusive. Was the abuse physically violent? Not until I became pregnant

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which is when it became physical. I used to snore really badly, and I

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would wake up to a sharp blow to the stomach. It was like I was too

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scared to sleep, too scared to fall asleep. Lucy was lucky, she

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escaped. Maria stabbings, Jeanette Goodwin and Chrissie Chambers, along

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with her daughter, were all killed by abusive partners in Essex. All

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three cases lead to critical reports from the Independent Police

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Complaints Commission and to a rethink into how police and councils

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and others can help victims and catch perpetrators. Independent

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domestic abuse advisers are now on maternity wards and in accident and

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emergency departments in Essex hospitals, hoping to make contact

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with victims who would not otherwise seek help. It is really important we

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do it here. We have access to clients who are in hidden groups,

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who wouldn't normally go to a domestic abuse agency. They would

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always go to the hospital or GP and disclose it. The idea would be we

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would wear these and record what we see and experience when we go to an

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incident. Since last month, Essex police officers have been using body

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worn video cameras when they attend domestic instances. It is capturing

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the evidence that might have been missed otherwise, the exact comments

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made at the scene. Often we will arrive at an instant

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that may still be occurring, still being committed when we arrive.

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Hopefully, it will lead to more convictions. Lucy says if she hadn't

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escaped her abusive partner, she wouldn't be here today. The question

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is whether the work happening now in Essex is enough to save others in

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her situation. Stacey Richards works with victims

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of domestic violence in Suffolk. She joins us now.

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First of all, what you think of these measures being in Essex?

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Hello. Much as the previous two guests have said, fantastic really

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because the more evidence that can be gathered, the better we can

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process the prosecution. People coming forward to ask for help off

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and have been abused many times, statistics show they have been

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abused many times before they get to us.

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Why is that? Fear, embarrassment. It is sometimes

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quite hard to approach an agency and ask for help. People get very

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frightened when they are in that kind of relationship.

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You are dealing with people who have been through domestic violence, what

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do you say to them when they finally come? They must be brave to get to

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that stage. Extremely, I take my hat off to

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anybody that picks up the phone and reports, and asks for help. It is an

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extremely courageous move, and a very difficult one to take. I am

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really proud of anybody who does. By doing this, we can raise `` can

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raise more awareness of the agencies. The police and agencies

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are finding it hard to improve their treatment of victims.

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Why do think so many people are falling the net?

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Definitely there are far too many tragedies. And police, statutory,

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voluntary agencies, are doing extremely well with their awareness

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training, offering more and more support. Unfortunately, people still

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do not report it. Our neighbours, are they aware, do they feel

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comfortable to pick up the phone and say this is not right and I want to

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do something about it? There may be people watching tonight who are

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either victims, or know someone who they think is a victim of domestic

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violence. What would you say to them that they

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should do? Please, please, have the strength

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and courage to pick up the phone and ask somebody for help. If you don't

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wish to report to the police, perhaps you would feel comfortable

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walking into a children's centre or seeing a nurse at your GP. Whoever

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you feel comfortable speaking to, please pick up the phone, and let us

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stop this happening now. You can see more on that subject in

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the Sunday Politics, Sunday at 11am, on BBC One.

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It's not uncommon for sports stars to get married to each other.

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There's Andre Agassi and Steffi Graff, and Zara Philips and Mike

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Tindall. But there are very few couples who play the same sport, in

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the same team. Chris and Gabby Adcock play mixed doubles in

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Badminton, and are favourites to win the national title in Milton Keynes

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this weekend. It is not uncommon in badminton for

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relationships on court to blossom of court. Chris and Gabby Adcock of the

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latest 24/7 couple. Teenage sweethearts, they tied the knot last

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summer and are still getting used to their own `` their new status.

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Gabrielle White... Gabrielle Adcock! They are the British leading mixed

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doubles team, they are now ranked number five.

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They beat the Olympic champions on the way to winning the Hong Kong

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open. Becoming only the second British pair ever to win on the

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global stage. We both want to succeed and we are driven. It means

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we can be honest and completely truthful with each other where we

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need to work on. I think it is an advantage. We are on a brave lead

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which is better than some people. We get to travel together everywhere.

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Some people who travel away miss their partners. A big advantage.

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Their second big win is expected to come at the National Championships

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this weekend staged in their home town of Milton Keynes. It is great

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they have brought the champ ships to the home of badminton. It should get

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really good crowds. It is an exciting time. The nationals are

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closely followed by the European champion ships in Switzerland. Their

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main focus is on the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow. In between, there

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is the small matter of a house move. It is all good for Mr and Mrs

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Adcock. There must be sometimes where you could do with not seeing

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other! We are so used to it from such a

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young age, from the age of 15, we have spent our whole time together.

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We got our own house together and travelled together. We wouldn't know

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any other way. We love what we do and being able to share it together.

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Business or pleasure, badminton's number one couple have a connection

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no others can match. This region is rich in very famous

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people. Everything from film stars to rock stars, and from Prime

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Ministers to Archbishops. Now, we can add George Clooney and Matt

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Damon to the list. Last year, the Hollywood A`listers were at the

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Imperial War Museum at Duxford near Cambridge, to shoot some scenes for

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the film, The Monuments Men. Next week, the film is released, as Mike

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Liggins reports. As film sets go, the Imperial War

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Museum is up there with the best. Now, it features in a new Hollywood

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movie. They have been stealing our art. We need to put a team together

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to protect what is left. The Monuments Men. The scenes were

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filmed in May last year. Here is a relaxed George Clooney on set, he

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directs and stars in The Monuments Men alongside Matt Damon. You see

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George Clooney, Matt Damon, landing in the air foils `` airfield, and

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walking towards the airfield. The film is a true story, allied art

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historians and curators rescued countless works of art stolen by the

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Germans. I never heard the expression, The Monuments Men, which

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captures the essence of this band of people. It wasn't a team of people I

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was familiar with, it is wonderful to learn about them. How long did it

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take to build? 28 years! Really? A big part of my life. Terry has a

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replica Spitfire he built himself. He was involved in the filming at

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Duxford. It took all day to prepare. It was lined up with three flying

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Spitfires. Hugh Bonneville came along and walked part `` past. The

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stars apparently stayed in Cambridge, going to the gym, and

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turning up to play basketball. You can burn their homes and somehow

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they will find their way back. But if you destroy their history, you

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destroy their achievements. As if they never existed. The film opens

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in the UK next week. Why didn't we know about that at the

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time? I could have done basketball if necessary!

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Time now for the weather. We start with the radar picture, a

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huge swathe of rain which pushed up from the south in the afternoon.

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Some of this has produced heavy downpours. Plenty more following in

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behind. A cloudy night, further outbreaks of rain, some of this on

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the heavy side. Depending on the low`pressure weather front, which is

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associated with this rain, that will determine the strength of the wind.

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They could be near gale force for a time on the coast, turning

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temporarily to the north`west before returning to a southerly direction.

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Tomorrow, this is the low`pressure weather system bringing the rain,

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pulling away very quickly tomorrow. Much faster than expected. A better

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day for most of us. Starting cloudy, overnight rain lingering. Much

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brighter weather spreading in quickly. By the early afternoon,

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everywhere should be largely drive. A good deal of sunshine.

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Temperatures at best, nine Celsius. Above average for the time of year.

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A keen and blustery south`westerly wind for much of the day. Make the

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most of the afternoon sunshine. As we head into Friday evening, we

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start to see further showers. This is ahead of another area of rain.

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Friday night into Saturday morning, gale`force winds macro. It rattles

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through quickly. Saturday morning, most of the rain should have gone.

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Still blustery but gale forced wins should ease a touch. Saturday

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morning should be drive. Saturday afternoon, up to 60 mph. Bringing in

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heavy showers which could merge together to give a longer spell of

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rain. Sunday, a scattering of showers. Lighter winds by Monday.

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More wet and windy weather is expected next week. Colder nights to

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come. Perhaps a frost and some ice.

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