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forces and protestors. That is all from BBC News. It is goodbye from


A Peterborough Garage sentence for a total of 54 years for sexually


abusing, grooming and pimping young girls. Their victims were just 3


and 14 years old. What is really important is that these girls have


been believed. That is important to the road to recovery.


Beating prostate cancer, the medical trials in Bedford that are making a


difference and attracting international attention.


Later in the programme we will talk to join her about the power of


cinema and how it can help people with dementia.


Bigger and better than ever, the all`new Huntington Jim after a 1


million face`lift. Good evening.


Hello and welcome to Thursday's Look East.


Good evening. Two men and three teenage boys have been sentenced for


what prosecutors describe as one the "worst cases" of child abuse they've


seen. Five girls from Peterborough, aged just 13 and 14, underwent


horrific sexual abuse. These are the faces of the gang responsible for


grooming, abusing and pimping them. The ringleader, Zdeno Mirga was


sentenced to 16 and a half years in a young offender's institute. Hassan


Abdulla was jailed for 20. Renato Balog will serve 12, Jan Kandrac


five and a half. We can't show you the face of the youngest gang member


because he's just 14. Today he was given a six month rehabilitation


order. Louise Hubball has been following the case, and joins us now


live from the Old Bailey. The judge told the men he has ``


they had viewed the girls as easy meat. They showed little emotion as


they were sentence, two of them were rosaries and around their necks The


judge described the oldest as a depraved predatory paedophile and


one of the 18`year`olds as a bullying with an ungovernable sexual


appetite. The Crown Prosecution Service


described it as one of the worst cases of child sex abuse it had ever


seen. It happened here in Peterborough were five vulnerable


young girls were groomed and abused. This is one of the rapists,


18`year`old Mr Abdullah. He claimed here that he was still a virgin But


in the Atlantic, murder was the boss of the gang. `` Zdeno Mirga was the


leader of the gang. He sold a girl with learning difficulties for 20.


In this part she was tied to a bench and abused by groups of men and


boys. 32`year`old Hassan Abdulla was the oldest member of the gang.


During police questioning and speaking through a translator he


denied everything. And there were other members. For


the first time we can name 18`year`old Renato Balog and


17`year`old Jan Kandrac, the fat boy is only 14 years old. The police


praised the bravery of the jungles that came forward. To protect her


identity, this 13`year`old was mac are spoken by an actor. After I left


court I thought that the boys would come out and get me. I am scared


that they will kill me when they get out. And the future if I ever have a


boyfriend or a child it would be hard to live with someone because


this will always be in my heart and head. The things that happens to me,


I will not be able to forget when I am older. Another of the victims


also describes what happened to her. Again it is displayed by an actor. I


am trying to move on but I cannot forget what happened. I wanted them


to pay for what they did. My prime concern is to support these girls


and make sure they get all the best report for the future. They will ``


we will be with them on their journey to recovery step`by`step and


we will ensure that we do all that we can to help them. We are with


them and they deserve the best. The Judge Bevan told four of the men


that they had brought discredit to their fellow roommates and to Hassan


Abdulla, an Iraqi Kurd who sought asylum here and has a UK passport,


he said he had betrayed his debts to this country. Louise Hubball, BBC


Look East, at the Old Bailey. All along the police have described


the investigation as being "victim led". Earlier I spoke to Detective


Superintendent Gary Ridgway and asked him how it started.


Back at the beginning of 2013, we worked with our police officers and


social workers and we ask them to give us a list of young people that


they thought might be vulnerable to exploitation and Atlas group and we


then talk to young people and said to them you may want to speak to us


today or in a few weeks time, but what we want to do is for you to


share your experiences, but you have heard and let us take that.


As this process ongoing and are still looking and asking for people


to come forward? There is an inquiry being conducted by ourselves and the


local children's protection services. We have unrelated


investigation is ongoing as well at the moment where we have engaged


with a large number of people and we are seeking to start other


investigations and get them through to a successful conclusion. It is


not just about the criminal Justice act, it is about doing the best for


the young people concerned. It is difficult for young girls to


talk about what they went through but it face multiple questioning in


court, do you think that process could be improved? I believe the


Criminal Justice System does all it can in terms of allowing young


people to give evidence through videolink and they have been struck


in terms of the nature of questions the girls can be asked. But at the


end of the day there is one said trying to prove one has done


something and the other proving that they did not. It is a challenge for


young people and I do not underestimate the difficulties they


have in giving evidence. This case has been centred around


Peterborough, is there a particular problem with this kind of abuse and


this location? I believe this affects all of our communities and


cities, the only difference with Peterborough is that we have chosen


to be proactive and start to look into this to say what we can find.


Heathrow is no difference to any other city in the UK. Today must


mark something of conclusion for you in this case and in the words of two


of those victims, " I cannot forget, I won't be able to forget. " For


them it still goes on. Absolutely, however people feel about the


outcome of this investigation and the convictions and the sentencing,


we must never forget that the real victims in this are the young people


who have had such a polite on their lives and I hope that they can draw


some strength from this and use it Detective Superintendent Gary


Ridgway talking to me earlier. As part of the healing process. And


on BBC Radio Cambridgeshire's Breakfast Show they'll be asking


should we regard sex offenders themselves as victims? That's


tomorrow morning from 6am. In other news, medical trials to


treat prostate cancer at Bedford Hospital are attracting


international recognition. The trials focus on diet and food


supplements. Prostate cancer is the most common form of cancer for men


with more than 40,000 diagnosed every year in the UK. Just over 80%


survive for five years or more, but more than 10,000 men die of the


disease every year. Stuart Ratcliffe reports.


We all know that healthy eating is important and that a good diet can


reduce and even prevent some diseases.


The research carried out at Bedford Hospital suggest that concentrated


solutions of things such as broccoli or even green tea could help in the


fight against prostate cancer. This is an MRI image of the prostate


gland. You can see the tumour within it.


In particular, doctors have been looking at the effect these foods


have on a patient's PSA ` the prostate`specific antigen. The


higher this reading, the more likely it is that a man has prostate


cancer. Laboratory studies have already shown that they have


anti`cancer properties either by reducing the `` growth rate of


cancer cells or stopping them spreading on making them die when


they ought to. The basic science is already there but what hadn't been


proven is that if you could combine them with their be a clinical effect


on humans and that is what we are trying to achieve in this study To


be clear, this is not a cure? No, but prostate cancer is a very


unusual disease. For some men it is a disease that grows slowly so if we


could slow the rate down even further, it would mean that they


could live with this disease for many years without needing surgical


intervention or radiotherapy. Ray Cheesbrough was diagnosed with


prostate cancer over three years ago and is one of the patients who's


taken part in this trial. He's seen his PSA reading drop by 40%.


Initially I was having unique tract problems and bladder problems. Now I


do not have any of those problems. I do not have to get up during the


night and those with large prostate will know what I'm talking about. I


can go out and have a few pints of beer and not worry that I will be up


during the next two or three times. It's early days for this research,


but its findings are attracting worldwide attention. And for Ray, he


says the treatment is now allowing him to get on with his life.


Four teenagers have gone on trial today accused of murdering a


pensioner. Luton Crown Court heard how 65`year`old Sharif Demirsay was


held down and stabbed 11 times while his home in Kempston was burgled


last May. Neil Bradford was in court. The prosecution say the


attack lasted three minutes. Enough time to stab grandfathered Sharif


Demirsay 11 times. He died shortly afterwards. A jury at Luton Crown


Court today heard how his partner was also stabbed during the


Bergoglio last May. The prosecution allege that Travis Dixon and his


accomplice and two other teenagers aged 16 and 17 went to the home of


the couple in Kinston to steal cash and gold. The safety of them entered


the house and the fourth estate outside. The jury heard how inside


the house Sharif Demirsay was held to the ground and stabbed in the


front and back of his body. He was kicked and jurors were told that all


three teenagers shouted, " kill him!" And jumping around like an


animal. CCTV captured three teenagers walking towards the house.


Only two of them are visible here and minutes later the same group are


seeing `` seen running away. No DNA or fingerprints have been


recovered, neither have any murder weapons. The prosecution told the


jury they will present enough evidence to prove that the teenagers


were responsible. Opening for the prosecution, Jane Bickerstaffe told


the jury that it did not matter what individual role each of them took,


they were all in it together. By law that makes them all equally


responsible, she said. The four teenagers denied murder and the


trial is expected to last for six weeks.


Police are to exam CCTV footage after a bus crashed on the Luton to


Dunstable busway and hit the perimeter fence. It happened near


the Sainsbury's store in Dunstable yesterday afternoon. Two people were


treated in hospital for minor injuries. Police are now


investigating the cause of the accident. The incident closed the


busway, but it later reopened. A former pigsty in Wisbech, which


local people say has been used as living accommodation. Is to be


demolished. Residents living near the site in Newbridge Lane say it's


been used by Eastern European migrants sleeping rough.When our


cameraman visited yesterday, there was clear evidence that the sty has


been lived in. It's built on land owned by Fenland District Council.


They are now preparing to remove it. to set up an action group to put in


place a proper plan for the future. Still to come: Elite facilities for


the gymnasts. Plus find out if Stuart was lost for


words when he won another award! The actor John Hurt launched a


?50,000 appeal today to help create a screen heritage centre in Norwich.


Mr Hurt is patron of the film education charity behind the


?660,000 project. It is hoped that people with a disability and others


living with dementia will particularly benefit. Cinema City in


the centre of Norwich was founded in the late 1970s ` the first regional


film theatre in the country. Seven years ago, after a major rebuild, it


re`opened as a state of the art, three screen cinema. Alongside its


commercial operations, there's the film education charity Cinema Plus.


Currently, these rickety stairs are the only way to get to the top of


the building, where they have big plans! We want to turn this floor


into what we'll call the Screen Heritage Centre. They have planning


permission, listed buildings consent ` now they must raise ?50,000 to


unlock support from the Heritage Lottery Fund. The first thing we


want to do is make sure this space is accessible to every member of the


public. At the moment the disabled can't come to this first floor. The


plan is to make sure it's completely accessible, and attract more


audiences to this floor, and the activity of Cinema City. A new


entrance, via the courtyard, and a lift to the first floor will open up


the space to all. Pictures of old cinemas and theatres ` like the


Norwich Hippodrome, demolished in the 60s to make way for a


multistorey car park ` can trigger memories in those who live with


dementia. People have all sorts of memories of going to the pictures.


It's powerful. Being able to work with people with dementia, and using


film, is great. 22`year`old Ruth loves cinema. I don't have a


disability but I need support with other things. What excites you about


cinema and the images you see? I get really excited. I've got an


interactive brain so I can dream of anything I want. It takes me to a


different world. Early next month they'll hear whether they're to


receive a ?500,000 grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund. If all goes


well, the new centre could open its doors this time next year. I spoke


to John Hurt, who is supporting the campaign. It's opening up an


understanding of the language of film. It's a very specific language


and it's still quite young ` only 100 years old. It's inextricably


part of our lives now. I don't think we could survive without cinema of


some sort. It's such an evocative art form. I know they want to help


people with dementia because it can evoke such memories? This is true.


It's hugely helpful. Do you look back at your childhood and remember


getting interested in film? Did it inspire you to become an actor? It


did! I go back to comedies... Alec Guinness. I said that to somebody


the other day and they asked who he was! Help, I thought! It's those


things that are so evocative. You never lose them. You see film from a


different perspective. When you watch, do you watch differently? I


have a more critical eye. Sometimes I wish I didn't know this or that,


and could just sit and enjoy. On the other hand, it's also what I'm


arguing. One should have a critical faculty. The same way you do with


literature. You can read a book and nobody finds it difficult to


describe why they like a certain writer. We should talk about film


that way. Everyone can be a film`maker now. We all have our own


gadgets. People look at things in different ways ` through their


phone... All the more reason for education. You don't want to have a


flood of not very good films. It worries me. We had a very strong


voice before the First World War. That's when film was young. We


became kind of second to America. Their voice is different from ours.


It's taken us a long time to get back to an appreciation of our own


society. I'm supporting this because any support you can give that helps


that voice to be heard properly again is essential. John Hurt


talking to me earlier. Huntingdon Gymnastic Club is


celebrating the opening of its new extension today. It's cost almost


?1.5 million. The Gymnastics Club launched the careers of Olympic


medallists Louis Smith and Daniel Keatings and it's hoped this new


extension will increase our chances of producing more elite athletes.


Our reporter Ben Bland is there now. We often hear about the Olympic


legacy. This is what it looks like. It is a brand`new hall at Huntingdon


Gymnastic Club. They are training young gymnasts. We may well see them


performing sometime in the future. An impressive display. They were


performing under pressure. In the audience were two world`class


gymnast. `` gymnasts. I remember coming into the building one day. It


was finally happening. It is great to see this. Louis Smith performed


his Olympic routine. He still trains here. He has been since he was six


years old. Sir John Major was also there and he did the official


honours. I remember opening the official gymnasium 23 years ago. All


that has happened in between, with Louis Smith and so one... It is a


fantastic sport. `` so on... The refurbishment has cost almost ?1.5


million. This young boy slept in a tent in his garden for almost a year


to respond just shut. It is worth it. `` raise sponsorship. It is fun


to use it. He hopes that one day he will perform at the level of people


like Dan Keatings. We had the gym and it showed what level we could


get it. With this one then you don't know what level anybody could get


to. The more talent that comes through, they could reach even


better levels. The club now has 900 members. Up from 500 before the


London Olympics. They know that space for even more to join. We can


be more easily. We have more space. Louis Smith was having to do his


routines with toddlers running around. We can now have a good


programme will not shrink elite talent. `` while nurturing our elite


talent. We even spotted a possible future champion taking her first


steps! They are back at work now. The classes have started. Let's


speak to one of the cultures. `` the coaches. These guys have now got


more space to push themselves. We are now able to push them on. We are


able to see their potential. In times gone by, we have been clamped


into one whole but no longer. `` cramped. `` hall. Some people have


asked me to take a go myself but I have the excuse... I don't have my


gym kit! Harry looks like a star of the future.


Now for the weather. It has been the wettest winter on record. Over the


next week, we will be seeing more rain. There was a lot of cloud and


drizzle this morning. The satellite picture shows this huge bank of


cloud. Here is a photograph. This was sent in by Pete. We don't have


your surname! It shows the cloud. We are seeing some showers tonight.


There are some around Norfolk. They are likely to be on the light side


and over the second half of the night they should clear away. There


is cooler air coming and as well. `` coming in. Temperatures may get down


to close to freezing. Two to three Celsius in some parts. Restart


tomorrow quite chilly. It is not a bad day. It will feel a bit cooler


and fresher. We will see plenty of sunshine. A mortal bright and sunny


weather to come. But for many the temperatures will be in single


figures. You will notice the difference. Eight or nine degrees. A


moderate wind. There is a risk of showers for the afternoon and that


continues to the evening. We may well see some showers developing


through the evening. This is the price chart for the weekend. There


are a few fronts out there. For the most part it looks like there will


be very dry weather. Saturday looks a better day of the two. It will be


windy on both days. Increasing amounts of cloud by the end of the


day on Saturday. Some drizzle around. On Sunday, it will be cloudy


with some drizzle. Temperatures will go motor again. Some showers are


arriving on Monday. Here is the barometer check. Thank you.


Finally, before we go, huge congratulations to Stewart who


scooped the Royal Television Society's Regional Presenter of the


Year award at a ceremony in London last night. It's the second year in


a row he's won the accolade! Thank you very much indeed. I'm astonished


nobody's mentioned my appearance in the Alan Partridge film. I'm very


lucky that I work with people who are very talented and put a lot of


trust in me. Three of them are here tonight ` Shaun, Tony and Matt. They


are director, technical manager and cameraman. Nicky O'Donnell is always


the most supportive you could wish for. Most of all, my wife Jane is


here. Thank you to the judges and thanks to the Royal Society. It


means a lot. Well done! Hail need a bigger cabinet! Goodbye.


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