21/02/2014 Look East - West


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starting over on BBC Two in a moment. They'll be live in Kiev

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assessing what chance today's deal assessing what chance today's deal

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this type of offence. Experts say more needs to be done. Louis I

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this type of offence. Experts say Good evening. First tonight the

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fight to protect vulnerable children from sexual predators. Last night we

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reported on the sentencing of five people aged between 33 and 14 who

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sexually abused five girls from Peterborough. It was the latest in a

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series of high`profile prosecutions of young men who groom and abuse

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young girls. It is the result of the authorities specifically targeting

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this type of offence. Experts say more needs to be done. Louise

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Hubball has this report. BBC radio Cambridgeshire. Five

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members of a Peterborough gang who raped and sexually abused young

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vulnerable girls have been gelled at the Old Bailey.

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It was said in court the girls were seen as easy meat, sexual

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playthings, and this all happened in Peterborough. What do shoppers

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think? Shocking, really shocking this is happening in Peterborough.

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It is disgusting, really. What can you say? I have got a little brother

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or sister and if that happened to them, it would break my heart. One

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of the social workers supporting the girls agreed to talk to me. We

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concealed her identity to protect the young people she works with. How

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concealed her identity to protect the young people she works with How

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important is the sentencing? It is the start of the girls being able to

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live with what has happened to them. They were pleased to know what the

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outcome was. You have spoken about the impact on the girls, but how do

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you cope with listening to what they are telling you? There are days when

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I drive home in tears thinking about what I heard, what the girls had

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said, but you have to stay strong for them. They need to know you can

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rely on them, and they can rely on you. Why are you talking to me? This

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video is shown to young people at risk of sexual exploitation.

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Prevention is now a key and so is the need for youngsters at risk to

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talk. One of the most basic tools this charity uses is jewellery

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making. If you are making something you can talk without having to make

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eye contact with your work and it increases confidence to talk about

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the things that have happened to you. Sometimes these young people

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are very angry and you can pour all this out and explain your feelings.

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Yesterday five abusers were jailed precisely because young girls had

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the strength to discuss their feelings.

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Earlier I spoke to Professor Jenny Pearce from the University of

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Bedfordshire and asked her how widespread this kind of crime is.

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The office of the children's commission last year produced a

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report that said we know for sure over 2000 young people are being

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sexually exploited by gangs and groups. That is an

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underrepresentation of the numbers because young people do not report.

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In our research only one in 12 young people in gang affected

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neighbourhoods said they would tell anybody. They have no confidence

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those that they'd tell will be able to do something about it. The

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partner of a man stabbed to death in his own home has told a court today

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how she pleaded with his assailants to leave him alone. Sharif Demirsay

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was attacked in the hallway of his home in Kempston last May. Neil

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Bradford spent the day at Luton Crown Court.

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The court has heard how 69`year`old was left traumatised by the attack

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on her partner. They had been together for more than 20 years.

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on her partner. They had been together for more than 20 years She

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together for more than 20 years. She said it was late at night on May the

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14th when there was a loud knock at the door. Three young men all

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wearing hooded tops burst in demanding cash and gold. They were

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all armed with knives and they began stabbing her partner. The

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prosecution say the attack on Sharif Demirsay was vicious and sustained,

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but it only lasted a matter of minutes. She was also injured in the

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attack and required surgery as she tried to fend off the attackers. She

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tried to fend off the attackers She described how she was stabbed

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through the arm. This she said she tried to fend them off by hitting

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one of them over the head with a metal attachment from her vacuum

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cleaner. She told the court, he pushed me, I felt to the floor, he

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said, where is your money? I said to take the money, take the gold, leave

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my partner alone. She told the court one of the attackers was even

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shouting kill him, kill him. The accused all deny murder. The trial

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at Luton Crown Court is expected to last six weeks.

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A six`hour stand off between Northamptonshire Police and a man

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thought to be armed has ended. It began at around 2pm in Cardigan

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close to the Dallington area after reports of a man brandishing a gun.

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Four police vehicles, fire and an ambulance were on stand`by. One

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resident arrived home just before the siege ended peacefully around

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8pm. This has been going on since half past one this afternoon and me

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and my daughter have been in town and we have just got back to this

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situation. I understand no one is allowed in at the moment. It could

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end in five minutes or hours from now. It has been confirmed the body

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recovered from the River Ouzel in Leighton Buzzard is that of the

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missing man Neal Devlin. It was discovered on Monday. The

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36`year`old was last seen on New Year's Day after leaving a friend's

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has. His route home would have been close to the river.

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Saturday looks like the most promising of the weather. It is

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looking windy and cloudy for Sunday. Tonight it is a largely dry night

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with long, clear spells developing. It will get chilly enough for a

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touch of ground frost. It is a bit of a cold start to the weekend, but

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it will quickly warm up because we will see long spells of sunshine

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through tomorrow morning. Increasing amounts of cloud, but not a bad day

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and it will feel very mild for this time of the year. The wins will come

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from a south`westerly direction, initially a light wind, but they

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will tend to pick up and fresh and through the afternoon and evening.

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This is the outlook. The wins will start to pick up for Sunday and it

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will be liked and cloudy. Outlook. Tom Shuffle knacker has the

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National forecast in a few seconds. Some rain around on Monday.

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