28/02/2014 Look East - West


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military activity in the area tonight. That is all from

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Repeated failings and missed opportunities. The verdict on

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Northamptonshire Police over the death of this grandmother.

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Shape up or shut down! The final warning to an organisation running

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schools and colleges in Bedfordshire.

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The longest aircraft in the world in the biggest hanger in Britain.

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And he's the ultimate in ultimate fighting and he comes from

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Cambridge! Hello. First tonight, how systematic

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failures in policing ended in the brutal killing of a grandmother

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Mavis Clift died in a fire at her Northamptonshire home in 2008. It

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had been started by her son`in`law who poured petrol through the

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letterbox. But his target was actually his wife who had contacted

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the police on several occasions saying she was terrified of what he

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might do. When pulled from her home, Mavis was

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already dead, badly burned and suffocated by smoke. The fire,

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started by her fiery `` son`in`law. A final, fatal act in his campaign

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of harassment. Mavis's daughter was the target. She wept when she heard

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the verdict. Northamptonshire police criticised for failing to protect

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her. Sitting through the evidence over the last month, it has shocked

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us to be reminded of how many times Susan and her family and friends

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asked for help from police and received no response. How many times

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he escaped justice? It has been painful to hear that a lot more

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could have been done to remove the threat Paul post. The inquest heard

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of an escalating pattern of abuse. But despite the family polling the

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police on 23 occasions, Paul was free and able to start the fire The

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police didn't listen to them, say the family. That complaint was

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upheld. There were systematic failings in our computer systems,

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the training and awareness of our staff, elements incompetence and, in

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addition to that, the lack of investigation around the incidents

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reported to us. Paul Barber died here. His campaign of abuse linked

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to Parkinson's disease. His family say he is medication was wrong and

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he needed help. He was a proud man and didn't like to show the effects

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of Parkinson's. To the outside world, you looked normal but he

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wasn't. Psychologically, the ova medicating her drastic effect on his

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mental health. The effects of the drugs were making him irrational.

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This wouldn't have happened if he was kept in custody, say the family.

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Less and have been learned and systems changed, say the police

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A federation of academy schools in Luton has been told to get its act

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together or face closure. A damning government report has highlighted

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significant "financial irregularity" at the Barnfield Federation which

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runs a college and half a dozen academies and schools across

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Bedfordshire. It has been given a month to improve.

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Just three years ago, the federation was held up by the government as a

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beacon of the Academy movement. Now it is being used by opponents as a

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glaring example of what could go wrong. Investigations began last

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October and today, a report has identified significant financial

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irregularity. The police advise the government not

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to publish its report until they had concluded their own enquiry. This

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week, officers reviewed all the material and say it doesn't warrant

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any criminal investigation and that is why this document has been

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released today. And it is damning. Other criticisms include: All this

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was news to people picking up students today. I am shocked. My

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son's education seemed to be going well. I am surprised. I've bought

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Banfield was doing great because they have taken over the most of the

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schools in Luton. They are my constituents. Thousands of

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students, they are the ones who will suffer if the college doesn't

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function well and we have got to seed up and running as well as was

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years ago. We want the government to take strong action and we want to

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see a new governance and management at the federation.

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The federation has been given a month to set out how it will

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improve. I'm joined by Paul Scoins, BBC Three

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Counties Radio's political reporter who's been following this story from

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the start. So what next, Paul? They have got to take tough decision The

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government has been telling the federation it has got to make pretty

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significant improvements quickly or else it will take further action.

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That could involve the splitting of the academies. That's a direct

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request by the two ministers involved. There are several schools

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waiting to become academies. Tonight, those conversions had been

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placed on hold. This has been a disastrous report. It is. It's worse

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than we expected. It's hugely embarrassing. This was an

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organisation which was the first of its kind to take over academies It

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was celebrated by the Labour and coalition governments, and now, it

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maintains its academic standards are not in question, but whether the

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federation we see opening its doors to new pupils in September looks the

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same as it does to Knight looks unclear.

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As you may have heard, Peterborough serial killer Joanne Dennehy will

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spend the rest of her life in prison with no chance of parole. Dennehy is

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only the third woman ever to have been given a whole life tariff.

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Before her, Myra Hindley and Rose West. Our home affairs

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correspondent, Sally Chidzoy, was at the Old Bailey as Dennehy and her

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accomplices were sentenced and Sally joins us now. It has been a day of

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justice finally for the friends and family, who have cost the two men

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she attempted to murder stabbed to death. Here, she and her accomplices

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are now isolated from each other in jail. Joanna would cackle and smile

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and the dog. The woman who killed men sat with many men behind glass.

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Her three accomplices were surrounded by nine officers. The

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judge told her she was a crawl, calculating, selfish and

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manipulative serial killer who killed to gratify her own sadistic

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lust for blood. Today, she was in handcuffs throughout and showed no

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remorse. She will spend the rest of her life in prison for her life will

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mean life. We saw what can a person she is today, constantly spiralling

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in front of Billy Reeve to families at times when she showed disrespect

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for everyone. The fact she will never see daylight again in the

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outside world is a huge comfort to the family. Relatives and friends of

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the victims sat yards away from her. We feel she brainwashed Kevin. He

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has paid for that with his life We feel that justice has been served.

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But each day, we live would the pain created by this monster and her

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accomplices. But unfortunately, no amount of Justice will bring Kevin

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back. The woman who was said to have a spell over men said nothing as she

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was led out. She was a psychopath and had written a letter to the

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judge, explaining her murderous actions. She told him she had no

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remorse for the murders but did regret the attempted murders. The

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judge said, you told the psychiatrist that you killed to see

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how it would feel, that it got moreish for you and you got a taste

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for it. Punishment and retribution required the imposition of a whole

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live or die. Her accomplice got life. That will be a minimum of 19

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years. Leslie got 14 years and Robert three years for helping to

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cover up. It's been announced there's to be a

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major review of health care services in Bedfordshire and Milton Keynes.

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Managers say it's not sustainable to continue to provide a whole range of

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services across all sites. They re asking for feedback from patients.

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The proposed professional. Ogogo will start as

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favourite. Still to come, the man becoming a

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big name in the world of ultimate fighting.

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And our world War I week comes to a close and night it is the story of

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creche and's School in Norfolk where 100 boys were killed. Now I wonder

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if you know what this is? It's more than 90 metres long and

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one of the owners is the rock star Bruce Dickinson of Iron Maiden and

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it can fly for three weeks without refuelling.

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It's called the Long Endurance Multi`Intelligence Vehicle and today

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it was unveiled at Cardington in Bedfordshire. It's the longest

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aircraft in the world and it's due to fly later this year. The BBC's

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transport correspondent Richard Wescott reports.

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Inside Britain's biggest aircraft hangar, something is growing.

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Beating into life, the world's longest flying machine. Looks like

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an airship but it isn't because it doesn't float.

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What you can see from here is that unique shape. It is designed more

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like a wing than a traditional airship so it can generate lift.

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Airships float away and you need 50 people to stand there holding ropes

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when they land. With this, you can land it with no one around. How else

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would a rock star arrive? Bruce Dickinson is helping to fund the

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project. He is an airline pilot, businessman and this also.

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I want to get in this thing and fly it Pole to Pole in stock we will fly

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it over the world's greatest cities and show the whole world live on the

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Internet exactly how beautiful this planet is. We don't need to go into

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outer space to do that. The US Army bought it a few years ago but budget

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cuts mean the developers have now bought it back. It will be able to

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carry 50 tonnes using a third of the fuel of a cargo plane and can stay

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in the air for three weeks at a time. You can get hundreds of people

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on board. The view is brilliant, you can get plenty of people on board.

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This hangar oozes history and the ghosts of airship past. The

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ill`fated model was consumed by fire after it was built many years ago.

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It might not be pretty. You decide what this looks like. The first UK

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flight is planned for later this year.

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The UK Independence Party has changed the political landscape on

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many of our local councils. Last year they won 48 seats and they're

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talking about doing even better in the elections coming up in May.

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So spirits are high at their Spring Conference in Torquay. Because

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despite predictions that success would be short lived there is no

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sign support is waning. Torquay is a long way from Essex but that hasn't

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stopped many UKIP councillors to celebrate a year of success. Why is

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it happening now? They say it is because the public has had enough of

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the main political parties. There has never been a time before when

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the public and the ruling elite so far apart. What are the main parties

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operate `` offering their people? Absolutely nothing. The membership

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of the party has more than doubled, we aim to deliver what Nigel Farage

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has caused `` has called on earthquake in British politics. UKIP

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is gaining many supporters. They had a significant presence on many

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county councils and now a new analysis of local by`election

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results in this region over the last five months has found that while the

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number of votes cast for the main parties is down, subvert `` are

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bought for UKIP is down. `` is up 17%. The main parties still won most

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of the season when you consider that UKIP polls more than 20% in opinion

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polls in this region, higher than anywhere else in the country, it is

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clear this is now a party to be taken seriously. The other parties

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to believe UKIP's success will be short lived and they say none of its

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policies are achievable. It is a successful pressure group but not a

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credible political party. The way to leave the EU is to get a referendum

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from the Conservative Party. This is a party with very few policies but

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it seems at the moment most voters don't seem to mind. And on the

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Sunday Politics this weekend, does UKIP have any policies? We'll hear

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both sides of the argument. And World War One and the controversial

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issue of conscientious objectors. That's 11 o'clock, BBC One on

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Sunday. In football that are some important

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games. Marriage are away to Aston Villa.

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Think of some martial arts, karate, tae kwon do.

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But there is only one which combines them all. It's called Ultimate

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Fighting and we have one a rising star in this region.

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Luke Barnatt comes from Essex but lives and trains in Cambridge. He's

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unbeaten and preparing for a big fight at the O2 Arena. Our Sports

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Editor Jonathan Park reports. This is Luke's last training session

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before the biggest fight of his career. I will be fighting next week

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and when I walk out, I have many fans cheering. He is building up

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quite a reputation in the ultimate fighting championship. Fists, feet,

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knees, anything goes. So far so good. Seven fights and no defeats.

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It is one of the most demanding sports out there and contains a

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relevance of many Olympic sorts `` sports. Some say it is the ultimate

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test of stamina, power and mental strength. He has become an amazing

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athlete. Lots of skills that you have to learn and he has fast

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tracked through them all. Not everyone can do that. To its fans,

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it is mixed martial arts but it has its fair share of detractors. I have

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to train four hours a day six times a week. I am dedicated with my

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diet. My life is 100% dedication. It is not two folks getting into a cage

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and fighting, it is two athletes in their best shape competing to win.

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We are doing jujitsu. I am looking to get my opponent by trapping his

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arm, his head and isolating him in a part of his body to make him tapped

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out. His opponent is from Sweden and will have his hands full. He is in a

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hurry to make a real name for himself.

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All this week on Look East, we've been looking at how the First World

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War affected people in this region. Tonight the story of one school.

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Gresham's in Norfolk. More than 100 former students lost their lives in

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the war. The scale of the losses had a

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profound effect on the school and its headmaster. Mike Liggins is

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there now. I am in the chapel at the school.

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Building work on this chapel started in 1912 and when war broke out and

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the pupils at Gresham began to die, it became clear this building would

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be a memorial to them. Here are the 20 names of the young man who went

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to war and never came back. Three quarters of them were under the age

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of 24. Gresham's lost 103 boys in the First

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World War. It was shattering to the people who had known them well. ``

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23 boys. Central to that story is the headmaster of the time, George

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Howson. He was the charismatic leader, the one that everybody

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wanted to be with. For him particularly, the war was utterly

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shattering. George had a favourite. His name was Alec Heron. This

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photograph was taken in 1911 when he was head of house and school. He

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went on to Oxford and then into the Kings Royal rifle Corps. In March

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1915, he was killed in action. He was 21. His commanding officer wrote

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to his father. He was leading his men most gallantly and were shot

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quite close to the German trenches. Nobody knew what this war was going

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to be like. I think the day that he received the news that he had died

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was a very black day. A year nine history lesson at

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Gresham's. Charlie Shepherd is in the lesson. Every year, the school

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visits the World War I battlefield. His namesake, Charlie Shepherd was

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killed in action at the age of 20. These boys were in the same

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situation as we now. They went to war and never came back. If you

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would like to look the photograph albums. Today they maintain a world

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`` they maintain a World War I archive. He had a special service of

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intercessions and at that service, the list of the forum was read. I

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think to hear that week after week and to see that list getting

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longer, it was that renewed sense of disaster and grief. George Howson

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died weeks after the Armistice. After losing 103 of his brightest

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and best, it has been said he died of a broken heart. In 1921 the names

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of the fallen were carved into the chapel stalls here. Someone thought

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it appropriate that the names of George Harrison and his protege,

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Alec Heron, should sit side`by`side. Now for the weather.

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After a miserable day, there was quite a pleasant weekend. It is

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still raining across many of the southern counties. There was a

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glimmer of sunshine this afternoon. It wasn't bad everywhere. For many

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of us, it will rain on and off through this evening and overnight.

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That front is lingering for Sussex and six. Elsewhere, it is largely

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dry. If you go further west, there could be a few fog patches.

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Temperatures close to freezing. Further east, hovering at five

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Celsius. We start tomorrow quite chilly and the temperatures won't

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really recover much through the day. It does look mainly dry across a lot

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of the region. There's quite a bit of cloud around although a better

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chance of something bright across the rest `` West. Temperatures are

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around six Celsius. For the rest of the day, it does look as if it dries

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out. The showers will clear out into the North Sea and we are left with a

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dry afternoon. The prospect of more rain coming in on Saturday although

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it should clear on Sunday. This is our pressure pattern as we get into

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Sunday. Here is our next weather system which will bring us some

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rain. The wind will freshen as it moves through. Expect a largely

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cloudy day on Sunday and temperatures slightly higher. Rabies

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moving through by the end of Sunday. `` rain is moving through. That is

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it from us but before we go, let us return to Gresham School in Norfolk.

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Today is the end of our week of special reports on Look East about

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the first world war and how it affected this region. We end the

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programme tonight with the choir from Gresham's singing For the

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