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Hello and welcome to Look East. Heading for an American court, the


businessman who has lost his fight against extradition. Mistakes were


made but baby Jamie's death could not have been prevented.


We will be talking curling, why a shortage of ice means you have to


travel long distances if you want to be a curler.


And making a comeback, the old and illustrious Northampton Brewery name


of Phipps. Hello. First tonight, a couple from


Northampton face extradition to the United States after failing in a


High Court appeal. Paul and Sandra Dunham are facing fraud and money


laundering charges in Maryland, allegations they reject. And their


case is being highlighted by lawyers who believe the extradition process


is unfair. So these are all the legal files?


Yes, they are. At home in North Hampton, Paul Dunham is


contemplating his next move. Along with his wife, Sandra, he is accused


of a million`dollar fraud. They now face a lengthy spell in a US jail,


awaiting trial. We are completely shocked that neither the British


government, nor British courts, are willing to intervene and prevent


innocent British citizens being sent thousands of miles from home and


held in jail, pre`trial, without anyone even examining one scrap of


evidence. The 58`year`old businesswoman was Chief Executive of


US manufacturer. He's accused of fiddling his expenses while working


in America. His wife's accused of aiding and abetting. The couple now


have 14 days to lodge an appeal against their extradition with the


Supreme Court. If that fails, they could be jailed in Maryland within


weeks. It's hard to find the words to explain how we feel. And it is


extraordinary that the British government quietly and secretively


gave up their rights to intervene in extradition last year. What kind of


government would do that to their people? The Dunhams said our lives


have been shattered by the allegations. What awaits them in the


US has left them terrified. Earlier, I spoke to Michael Kaplan,


a lawyer who deals with extradition cases. He told me the Dunhams' case


highlights serious concerns with the extradition process to the United


States. I think this is another example of


how relatively straightforward it is for the United States when they


apply for extradition for that to take place. There is no


consideration of the evidence, for example. I think there are not


sufficient safeguards in existence. And I think people and the general


public should appreciate that that is the position we are now in and


we've reached with extradition between this country and the US.


we've reached with extradition between this country and the US Not


sufficient safeguards, so should the government be doing more? Well, I


think there's got to be a consideration of the present


position, as far as citizens of this country are concerned. As I say,


country are concerned. As I say there is no consideration of the


evidence, and if someone challenges the extradition, the likelihood is


they will not get bail on their return. They are under enormous


pressure when they go to the US to enter into what we call


plea`bargaining, otherwise they are likely to go to prison if they are


found guilty for many, many years. The whole system they are then


facing, if they go abroad. And we've got to realise that situation. I'm


not saying there should necessarily be consideration of the evidence, or


it is completely unbalanced, but it is now relatively straightforward.


Do you feel extradition is disproportionate under these


circumstances? After all, the Dunhams do have a case to answer. I


think the position is that it's become so easy now for the US to


apply for someone's extradition. become so easy now for the US to


apply for someone's extradition That's why we find ourselves in this


situation. And the appeal process has been watered down, so if, for


example, there are appeals available, they are very difficult


to mount. They will become even more so in the years to come when we have


brought into force the Forum Bar, which is supposed to be a


protection. I'm afraid that's not going to be the position. The bottom


line is it so easy for the US to apply for extradition. So, in a


nutshell, with the extradition process, what needs changing? What


can be done? I think there should be consideration of their bail


position, if they were to return, consideration of what the


plea`bargaining position is. And consideration of the process they


will face. For example, if someone is going to be returned, why can't


they return immediately before a trial in the US and not months


before when they have to wait around and they won't get bail? And, so,


these are considerations which, perhaps, need to be looked into As


I've often said, it's all very well, quite rightly, there are people who


should be extradited to the US, but I'm afraid it'll only really be


tested when there's a high profile case when the British feel, well,


perhaps that person shouldn't be extradited without challenges. Then


people will turn around and say why is it so easy? Now is the time to


make those considerations and not when we have that situation.


An investigation has criticised Northamptonshire Police for failing


to investigate and arrest a man in Kettering, who then carried out a


murder days later. Two officers have been given written warnings. Ben


Bland has more on this and is in our newsroom.


This is about a murder in Kettering in September 2011. This was the


killer, he attacked his victim, John Kiernan, who was 62, in his own


home. Just days before, John Kiernan reported a burglary at his home, he


said he had been assaulted, he even named his killer. Northamptonshire


Police failed to arrest him, who then went on to kill. For that, the


force has been heavily criticised by the IPCC. The police did not protect


the public. When the police receive a complaint, they are obligated to


investigate that complaint, to find out whether there is validity there


or not. They failed to do that. So, what did the investigation find?


The watchdog found that there was poor handling of intelligence by


Northamptonshire Police. It also said there were a number of


investigative failings by officers. Two detectives had a case to answer


for gross misconduct, and they were given written warnings. Northants


police says it acknowledges this investigation and says it has


reviewed the way it investigates crimes and has taken steps to


improve. He was just seven weeks old when he


died, but today a report into Jamie Kightley's death said it could not


have been predicted or prevented. Jamie died in March 2012. His


parents were convicted of causing or allowing his death. The review made


recommendations, but no serious failures were identified. Louise


Hubball reports. Jamie Kightley, just seven weeks old


when he died. He had suffered more than 40 fractures. This, his


mother's 999 call. But it was his mother and father who


were to blame, convicted of causing or allowing his death. Today, a


serious case review found that no one could have prevented or


predicted it. The purpose of SCRs is for us to learn. Recommendations


include closer checks on both the parents' backgrounds and Jamie's


death being identified as non`accidental Faster. Why I'm


concerned with that is had there been other children in the house, in


my view, they would have been at risk until such point is that


criminal investigation started, whereupon social services would have


intervened. The police claimed there was a four`day delay. The police


claim is a four`day delay, the hospital cites reasons such as the


need to do a skeletal survey. I'm not going to referee. I've told both


sides that in future we want to do it differently and we want to do it


promptly. And they've accepted that recommendation. All this when the


county ?? NOSPACE 's child protection services are currently in


special measures. `` the county s special measures. `` the county's


top protection services. You're dealing with six serious case


reviews into the deaths of children in this county. That seems six too


many, it seems a lot. It is a lot but you have to look at a time


scale. So although there are six I'm bringing to publication this year,


the cases like this one go back over two or three years. So you're


talking about one or two a year. Sadly, I don't think this is out of


the ordinary for a county of this size. I say sadly because these are


tragic cases. And you think children services in this county, just to be


clear, are fit for purpose? We are on an improvement journey. The


services are improving but there's still some big issues for the county


to deal with and the partners to deal with here. Big issues there may


be, but today's review was about the tragedy of a little boy.


A pensioner assaulted in her own home by three masked men has told


Look East they are evil and she d Look East they are evil and she d


have them whipped. Connie Hallford was alone in her bungalow in


Lakenheath on Monday evening when the men burst in knocked her down


and demanded money. This afternoon, she spoke to our reporter, Kevin


Burch. A bang on the door. A really good


bang. That's the first sign. I thought it was somebody banging at


the door. Then they banged again. They really went for it, or one of


them, I suppose it was. And the door came in. So, they were trying to


bang their way in? Yeah, they knocked the door in. And the bloke


smashed the windows in the top part. They shattered. That's when I went


to the hallway. I asked them what they were doing. I told them to


clear off. I said, get out of here, what are you doing? He didn't say


anything, just he hit me and knocked me down on the floor. With


something. He knocked me on the floor. And then he said, money.


Where's your money? Have you got any money? I said, no, I'm a poor widow.


He said, you've got some down the side of your settee or something?


And I hadn't, of course. So he went to look down the settee the arm


chairs, threw them all about. And the second one, too, but the third


once stayed with me. He looked down and said, are you all right there? I


said, no, I'm bleeding from my head. What was going through your mind


when three men were in the bungalow? Were you scared or angry? No, well,


I was angry they came in, I was telling them to go out. But I


couldn't make out what they were doing, really. Except they were


looking for money. Not much anger. I want to see the law do the right


thing. And if you had to find the words to describe people who would


do this to someone like you, what would those words be? Evil. That's


what I'd say it was. Evil. I think they should bring back whipping


actually. Thank you for taking the time to talk to us. I know so many


people's thoughts will be with you, so you just make sure you rest and


get better. Yeah, I've already got a teddy bear... A bunch of flowers,


and a box of chocolates sent by somebody to me. I've no idea who


they are. A controlled explosion has been


carried out at an engine manufacturing site in Peterborough.


Staff at Perkins Engines were told to evacuate the building in the


early hours of this morning after an unstable chemical was found. Local


residents were told to stay in their houses. An explosive ordnance team


from RAF Wittering carried out the explosion shortly before eight


o'clock. Perkins makes diesel and gas engines for industrial,


construction and agricultural machines.


agency says that drivers can get through, but the area around Denmark


Road will open only when it is safe to do so.


Still to come on the programme dash the big name in brewing that has


come back to its historic home after 40 years. And if you have caught the


Olympic curling bark, what you can do if you want to have a go


yourself. The region's Ambulance Service


nsists poor response times are not to blame for the fact that fewer


people are being resuscitated. The BBC has obtained figures which show


the East of England Ambulance Trust is in the bottom three in the


country for the number of resuscitations attempted. And it's


led one former ambulance executive to claim there's a postcode lottery


when it comes to life saving treatment.


Amy Carter and her partner Scott lost their three`month`old daughter


last year. She had a congenital heart condition. It took the East of


England Ambulance Service 26 minutes to get to her, a delay described why


the local coroner as indefensible. It is bad enough that you lose your


daughter, but when there is someone to blame, you feel more angry. You


have grief and anger together. It is too much. Staff in this control room


in Bedford received 1000 emergency calls every day. Their dedication is


not in doubt and they know the urgency of a cardiac arrest. Failure


to reach a sufferer in eight minutes usually results in death. The East


is in the bottom three when it comes to attempts to refer to take


patients. Some experts believe this is due to


a difference in the response times and medical procedures. This


ambulance executive says the figures expose a frightening state of


affairs. We have an HF that should be as good anywhere in the country.


`` we have an NHS. They should not be a postcode lottery. The gamblers


service admits there are shortcomings, but discrepancies can


be explained by factors such as age and income. We are recruiting more


paramedics so to make sure we have enough, we are on a campaign to


recruit 400 more. The Ambulance Service has a good survival rate for


those who they do this after take, but that will be little consolation


for the parents of this baby for whom the help arrived too late.


Every four years at the Winter Olympics we become a nation of


curling fans. Today, of course, Britain's men and women have both


been in action in Sochi and it's had us on the edge of our seats. But


what happens once the Olympics are over? If you've been bitten by the


bug, how easy is it to take up curling?


Curling ` a bit like holes on ice. The sport and is back to 16th


century Scotland. `` the sport dates back. It is a community sport and


anyone complain from the age of eight up until 80. The major problem


is where to do it. It is played in 40 countries, but Steve has to


travel four hours a day to practice in Tunbridge Wells in Kent. It is


the only dedicated ice curling rink in England. In Scotland it is a


mainstream sport. Here and in Wales we need more ice rinks. The more ice


rinks you get, the more accessible it is and a lot of people if they


are just getting into something new, they want it closer. I started in


Chelmsford, but they stopped it there because they `` because it did


not pay. They stopped curling and I had to go further. For the highly


skilled and dedicated few, the English championship swept into


action today. A world away from Sochi Web written's with men and


women are battling for medals. `` where Britain's best men and women.


No need to work up a sweat here though, there is no ice. The sport


at this community Centre in Norwich is played at a more sedate pace. It


is similar to curling on ice without the ice. As you throw the stone, the


ball bearing does all the work for you. The British team were granted


?5 million of funding to repair for Sochi. The curlers are all from


Scotland. Unless facilities improved, it is likely that the best


players will remain on the other side of the border.


John Brown from Bedfordshire is part of the English Curling Association


and he's in Tunbridge Wells for the national championships. I spoke to


him earlier and asked him why he thinks we've become so transfixed


with curling. I think it is because it is an unusual sport and we are


good at it. Unfortunately though, it is on every four years. Do you think


it is down to the Olympic effect? The interest waned after that? I


think so because there is nowhere really for people to practice in


most of written. `` most of Britain. Said there is one place where people


can do curling seriously. Can it not be done on an ice rink? It can, but


you need to play its on a proper rink. So how do people practice if


they want to get to the level we are seeing in Sochi? In England there is


only one ice rink in Kent, but in Scotland there are 25 curling rinks


where people can practice. That is why the majority of the team of


Scottish because they have had the time and experience to play a lot.


In England you have two travel to Kent to get that experience. It


seems a real shame. We are a nation of winter, but not necessarily


winter sports. This is something we are good at and you would have


thought there would be more facilities. Absolutely. There are


two ways to start playing curling. One is to find someone with few


hundred thousand pounds to build an ice rink or you can ask a time on


the ice. If there is someone out there who wants to put money into


building eight curling ice rink, that would be great for sport. Thank


you for talking to us all. If you live in Northampton you will


know that until the 1970s there was one big name brewery in the town. It


was called Phipps, but after more than 200 years it closed down. The


name was revived by a new company five years ago and now they have


become so successful that they're moving Phipps back into Northampton


to the original Victorian brewery. The cover has come off of one of


Northampton's newest, but oldest businesses. ?1 million plan to


create a new brewery 40 years on from when Phipps closed in the town.


Bringing company back row back wall at `` bringing Phipps back well


bring something back to the town. The new team hope to trade on the


brewery's previous heritage. Providence is expensive ``


important. We are using water from our own well. It is crucial that in


this day and age where so many things come and go so quickly,


Phipps is steeped in history in this area. The brewery is hoping to


strengthen its position by selling its products all over the region.


The interest in real ale has been growing every year. It has been good


news to hear that they are coming back. It is hoped that brewing will


start here within the month. When we hear the word blitz, we


normally think of the wartime bombing of London or Coventry. But


there was another smaller blitz in Norwich. In 1942, hundreds of German


bombers raided the city on two consecutive nights and nearly 250


people were killed. At the time the authorities made a map showing the


exact position of every bomb blast in the war, but over the years its


condition deteriorated. Now it's been painstakingly restored, as Kim


Riley reports. Secrets revealed this afternoon of


five months of work bringing this bomb map back to life. Each of these


tags represent a bomb that rained down on the city. The exact


position, date and size of the bomb are detailed. Just over 250 people


died during the Blitz. It happened over a couple of nights. In July


1940, 27 people were killed. Five girls were walking up Karen Hill and


were killed. Many people remember that. It's difficult to think that


happens when you walk around Norwich now. Here in the city centre this is


the site of the John Lewis store. There is nothing to show for it now,


but during the war the building then on this site was alone apart. By


marrying together the streetscape of the present day with the aftermath


of the bombing raids, graphic designer Nick Stone has created


ghost images. It is a case of standing in the footsteps of the


original photographer. It is on every residential street in the


city. A phenomenal amount of damage was caused. The restored map will be


preserved under controlled conditions, but detailed images from


it are available on CD. Street high`street telling the story of a


city under attack. Those pictures are amazing. Now, let us have a look


at the weather. New line `` temperatures up to 12 degrees today.


Quite a range of temperatures through the day. It will be quite


mild tomorrow, but it will be windy up with a brain in the morning. It


is this Atlantic weather system that will bring rain later tonight. A lot


of clouds moving in off the Atlantic and already our skies are turning


cloudy. There will be patchy rain, but not until around midnight. It


will track eastwards. It will not read all the time `` rain all the


time. And while night with temperatures no lower than six


Celsius. We have this weather front that will swiftly cleared through.


It will be windy with rain in the morning. It will clear and improved


in the afternoon. The skies will turn brighter and we should see some


sunshine. It will be drier and temperatures will be on the mild


side with ten or 11 Celsius our high. If you factor in the wind


though it will feel slightly colder. There could use and showers around,


which will be isolated. Let us look ahead to the end of the week that it


will stay windy right into the weekend, but the forecast is not


bad. This is the weather front arriving later on Sunday. Some


uncertainty about the timing, but there should be quite a lot of dry


weather before that. It will feel cooler and fresher. By Sunday,


starting to turn cloudy with a chance of rain arriving later.


Not looking too bad. That is all from ask. Have a good evening.


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