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

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businessman who has lost his fight against extradition. Mistakes were

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

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

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travel long distances if you want to be a curler.

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

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of Phipps. Hello. First tonight, a couple from

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Northampton face extradition to the United States after failing in a

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

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laundering charges in Maryland, allegations they reject. And their

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case is being highlighted by lawyers who believe the extradition process

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is unfair. So these are all the legal files?

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

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

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

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awaiting trial. We are completely shocked that neither the British

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

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innocent British citizens being sent thousands of miles from home and

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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extraordinary that the British government quietly and secretively

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

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

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

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

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

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highlights serious concerns with the extradition process to the United

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States. I think this is another example of

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how relatively straightforward it is for the United States when they

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Do you feel extradition is disproportionate under these

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

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

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

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

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

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example, there are appeals available, they are very difficult

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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make those considerations and not when we have that situation.

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An investigation has criticised Northamptonshire Police for failing

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

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

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Bland has more on this and is in our newsroom.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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The watchdog found that there was poor handling of intelligence by

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Northamptonshire Police. It also said there were a number of

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

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

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police says it acknowledges this investigation and says it has

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reviewed the way it investigates crimes and has taken steps to

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improve. He was just seven weeks old when he

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

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

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

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recommendations, but no serious failures were identified. Louise

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Hubball reports. Jamie Kightley, just seven weeks old

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

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

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

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serious case review found that no one could have prevented or

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

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

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

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

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

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criminal investigation started, whereupon social services would have

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Burch. A bang on the door. A really good

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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they are. A controlled explosion has been

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carried out at an engine manufacturing site in Peterborough.

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

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

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

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from RAF Wittering carried out the explosion shortly before eight

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

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construction and agricultural machines.

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

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

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

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

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

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yourself. The region's Ambulance Service

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

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

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

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

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

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when it comes to life saving treatment.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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patients. Some experts believe this is due to

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a difference in the response times and medical procedures. This

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ambulance executive says the figures expose a frightening state of

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

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

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service admits there are shortcomings, but discrepancies can

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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bug, how easy is it to take up curling?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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skilled and dedicated few, the English championship swept into

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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players will remain on the other side of the border.

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John Brown from Bedfordshire is part of the English Curling Association

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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thought there would be more facilities. Absolutely. There are

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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brewery's previous heritage. Providence is expensive ``

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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bombers raided the city on two consecutive nights and nearly 250

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

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

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

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Riley reports. Secrets revealed this afternoon of

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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marrying together the streetscape of the present day with the aftermath

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of the bombing raids, graphic designer Nick Stone has created

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

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original photographer. It is on every residential street in the

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

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preserved under controlled conditions, but detailed images from

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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time. And while night with temperatures no lower than six

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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