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An illegal rave wrecks a former s grain harvest causing tens of

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thousands of pounds of damage. Lock in Northampton Town centre ` 24

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hours after the new bus station opens. This is the First World War

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from the point of view of those who refused to fight.

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Good evening. A Bedfordshire farmer's counting the

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cost of an illegal rave in one of his barns this weekend. It's thought

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up to two thousand people went to the farm in Meppershall, where the

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grain harvest was being stored. The rave lasted for hours. It took a

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major police operation with officers from three different forces to close

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it down. Six people have been arrested.

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William Parrish surveying the damage caused by up to 2000 revellers. Only

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now can he begin to count the cost. We keep the buildings as secure as

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possible. Obviously, being a food store it has to be kept as clean as

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possible. To come in here and see all this ` not only is it stressful,

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it's pretty soul destroying. Police from Bedfordshire,

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Hertfordshire and Cambridgeshire were called to Manor Farm after 2am,

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after revellers forced their way into a green barn and started a

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generator ` with it, the music. It wasn't until yesterday afternoon

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that they began to leave, after a major police operation.

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We have recovered a number of vehicles. We have recovered over

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?100,000 worth of cash. We have also recovered a quantity of drugs, both

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Class A and cannabis. Damage has been caused to crops within the

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barn, up to ?100,000 worth. Some revellers seemed unaware of the

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damage that had been done. We're all having a good time, mate.

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We all come here, we all party it up, mate. We all have a good time.

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And that is it, mate. At the height of the rave, there

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were said to be around 200 cars here, some of which had travelled

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from as far as Scotland. Now, the farmer is increasing security to try

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to stop it happening again. It will take specialist contractors to clean

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up the contaminated grain to make it safe to eat.

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We spend ten months of the year growing the crop, and then you put

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it in store, you keep it in good condition, and then for the wants of

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revellers enjoying themselves you see all your hard work being

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destroyed. Now, farmers and the Farmers' Union

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are to meet with police to talk about fears over the crime, and the

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party that damaged a livelihood There's been chaos in the centre of

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Northampton today following the opening of the ?7 million bus

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station. Police were called in to help clear the traffic, and they

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blocked off roads to prevent traffic getting into the town centre. Louise

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Hubball is in Northampton now. This is as close as we can get

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because those police restrictions remain in place. Behind me is the

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old bus station, but today was supposed to be all about the new

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station. It was a ?7 million product... Project. This morning, it

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was complete chaos. There were lines of bosses not going anywhere. By

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lunchtime, most of the town centre was locked. `` lines of buses. A lot

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of frustrated passengers venting their anger on social media. One

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eyewitness said she saw a police helicopters circling overhead. It

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has been an extraordinary day. Many of the passengers we have spoken to

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have vented their anger very much towards the council.

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They just carry on, they don't listen to the people, and they just

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don't fit. And look at it ` it's absolute chaos.

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Traffic is just horrendous. This bus station isn't going to work

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whatsoever. It's a disgrace. It's a disgrace to

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Northamptonshire and to the County Council.

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The old bus station was once voted Britain's's ugliest building. The

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new one isn't proving very popular, at the minute. It was launched with

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huge fanfare. For this to have happened just hours after it was

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launched is a huge embarrassment. We put that to the leader of

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Northampton Borough Council. At peak time, this morning, it was

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fine. It actually started happening through an off`peak time.

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That's what we've got to address and get to terms with ` make sure it

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doesn't happen in future. Tomorrow morning is the future.

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Well, we are working hard tonight to make sure it doesn't happen

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tomorrow. The police have issued a statement.

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They're still enforcing those road closures. The main problems are

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around College Street. What everyone is beginning to think ` what will

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happen tomorrow morning? Were you particularly affected by

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today's delays? We'd love to hear from you, and if you see problems

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tomorrow please let us know by phone or email ` the details are on your

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screen. Next, a father's fight to reunite

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his family. Dave Chappell is from Peterborough. His wife is living

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4,000 miles way in America. Her attempt to get a visa has failed for

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a second time. And tonight the couple say they're running out of

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options. These are the rules currently governing immigration from

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outside the EU. You have to earn more than ?18,500 a year, or have

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?62,500 in savings before a visa can be issued for your spouse. If you've

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got children, your salary needs to be even higher. But Dave Chappell's

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military pension falls way short of that. Neil Bradford reports. Dave

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Chappell says he's as patriotic as they come,

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Dave Chappell says he's as patriotic as they come, but the country he

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loves has let his family down. Last year, his wife Brandi was refused a

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visa to live here. Now, they've been told their appeal has also failed.

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At some stage, I'm going to have to break it to Emma that I don't know

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when Mummy will come home. She asks every day, can we go to the airport

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to pick up Mummy? And I have to say no. But there is going to come a day

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when I have to say I don't know when Mummy will be coming home.

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The retired Navy police officer met his wife, who served with the U S.

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Navy, whilst stationed abroad. Her visa has been rejected because Dave

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does not earn enough money. His military pension falls short of the

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minimum income required by the UK border agency. A parliamentary

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committee recently found it an amount unattainable for many.

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They found that this income level of ?18,600 is one that 47% of the UK

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population couldn't comply with That means that a large number of

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people currently in the UK wouldn't be able to sponsor an overseas

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spouse, if they were to happen to fall in love with what the Home

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Office may see as the wrong person. Dave is unable to visit his wife in

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America because he broke US visa laws. He accepts that he made a

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mistake but both had hoped the UK would support their wish to be

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together as a family. I think it's despicable. All these

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people come into the UK from European countries, and they are

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able to use their article eight human rights. But my daughter's

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human rights, and my husband's human rights don't count, so we are being

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separated because my husband doesn't make enough money.

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Having served my country for 27 years, I asked for one thing which

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was for my family to be back together, and I can't have that

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That's the only thing I asked for. I've never asked for anything from

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this country. I've given my all and I feel that we've been treated

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really badly. The Chappells say they are now

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running out of options. They are awaiting the outcome of an

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appeal with the US authorities, but believe the chances of them living

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together as a family are getting smaller by the day.

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And there'll be more on immigration and the families being kept apart on

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tonight's Inside Out. That's BBC One at 7:30pm.

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The MP for Peterborough has won his legal battle with the parliamentary

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expenses watchdog. Stewart Jackson was threatened with court action

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after he refused to re`pay more than ?50,000, but he's now been told it

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was all a mistake and he actually owes nothing. A short while ago I

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asked our political correspondent Andrew Sinclair about the

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significance of the case. This has been a bitter row between

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Stewart Jackson and observe. He says it has been quite damaging to his

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reputation. It all goes back to the last election, when rules were

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tightened up on second homes. MPs were told they could have a bit

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longer to keep claiming for their second home, but they would have to

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pay back any difference. Originally, 70 MPs were sent bills. All of them

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paid except Stewart Jackson, who said that there is no way that my

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home has gone up by ?75,000 in two years. It's wanted ?50,000 for

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that. He refused and they took into court.

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But he was right all along? It seems that the surveyor got his

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figures wrong. It's have told Stewart Jackson that he owes

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nothing. He is still very angry that he has run up legal bills of

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?25,000. He says that this was illegal overkill. It was unnecessary

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and totally unjustified. This won't help relations between

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MPs and IPSA will it? No. In number of MPs have fallen out

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with IPSA, thinking it a very heavy`handed indeed. IPSA are

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unrepentant ` they say it's our job to keep a close eye on MPs's

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expenses. IQ. There is worry and confusion

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tonight at one of Corby's largest employers. Today, a special task

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force of unions and politicians matched to find ways of keeping it

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open. The future is far from certain ` at

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Corby's second largest employer we found a workforce very worried.

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The town has plenty of industry but we are 900 people. We are going to

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be looking at slim pickings. I'm worried because I'm 52, now

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It's going to be hard to get a job at my age, again. I've worked here

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for nearly 30 years. Everybody is worried. What is going

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on? We don't know exactly. We wait for the answer.

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The site which packages salad is not fit for purpose and is losing money,

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says its owners, who, today, met with unions and politicians

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desperate for ways to try and save it. What came out of the meeting,

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today? Talks are continuing. The positive

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vibes I get are that all the agencies are together to make sure

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that they keep jobs in Corby. Investing millions to fix this site

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doesn't make sense, its owners say. The options are: if another company

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doesn't come along and buy it, either they close the factory `

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fully, or partially ` or move to another site in Corby. Clearly,

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that's what the council wants. The Borough Council can look at

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support around things like rates, discounts and rate` free periods.

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We're going to work really hard with the company to say: look, stay in

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Corby, these jobs are important to Corby. Corby values Solway very

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much. The town is growing, but could it

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absorb more than 800 redundancies? That's going to be a challenge, it's

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a big number. But Corby is fortunate ` the staff and the job centre here

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have been working really hard with our partners. The employment figure

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has gone up ` employment has gone up by 30% in the last 12 months.

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It's been a big employer here for more than three decades ` its

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departure disastrous for the town, say councillors. Its fate will be

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decided in the coming days. Those are your top stories, tonight.

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Now, it's over to Stewart and Susie, and Julie will have the weather

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raising the age would make the roads more dangerous. A spokesman said no

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decisions have been made. Still to come. Another heavy defeat

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for Norwich City. A different take on the First World War. We speak to

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the relatives of one man who refused to fight.

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Cycling now, and 11 of the world's top 14 women's teams have signed up

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to the first Women's Tour of Britain later this year. The details of the

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tour were announced today. It's going to start at Oundle in

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Northamptonshire on May seventh and finish in Bury St Edmunds four days

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later. Simon Newton is an bike shop in Bury now, Simon.

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This is one of the biggest bike shops. They sell about 500 bikes

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every single year, and about a quarter of those now go to women.

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Those women on the binaries leisure buys, they are turning to these more

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sportier machines. It is grown in stature. There are big races across

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the continent. There is a big race in Britain. The two Britain was

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launched today. It will finish in Bury Saint Edmunds.

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It's billed as a clash of cycling titans. The world's elite versus

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Britain's Olympic heroines. The first ever Women's Tour begins on

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May seventh. Five gruelling stages. 100 riders. 11 pro teams. And nearly

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all of it in our region. Big`name British riders include double

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Olympic champion Laura Trott. Silver medalist Lizzie Armistead is also

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competing, as is the woman who beat her to road race gold, Marianne Vos.

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Today, organisers were in Northamptonshire unveiling the route

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of Stage One from Oundle to Northampton. It'll be a huge

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experience. Every get nothing out of it, at least we can say we

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completed. We wanted to go to the east Midlands because of the good

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roads. It is easy to get to. We organised the men's tour and wanted

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to create the same thing for women. Stage two of the race on May the 8th

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will take the peloton from Hinkley to Bedford. The next day the women

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ride from Felixstowe to Clacton on the Essex coast. Stage Four goes

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from Cheshunt in Hertfordshire to Welwyn Garden City. The final stage,

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on Sunday May 11th, starts in Harwich and ends in Bury St Edmunds.

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The Giro d'Italia and the Tour de France now have women's events. The

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launch of the Women's Tour here ` say organisers ` proof that the

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sport's appeal not only continues to grow, but also spans the sexes. With

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me is Sarah who runs this bike shop. How big a deal is it for women's

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cycling to have those big names? It is a big deal. It will help the

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image of the sport. It is great it is coming to our region. For

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women's cycling have more popular has gained in terms of women buying

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bikes? The Olympics helped. Women are out there cycling. Several years

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ago it was mainly seen as a sport for the older gentleman, but now

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there is more female specific kit which looks better. Women are there

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in China is. `` enjoining it. We will know where these routes will

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take us later on. The Norwich City manager Chris

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Hughton is under more pressure tonight, after yesterday's four`one

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defeat at Aston Villa. After the game he admitted there had been a

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'mad 15 minutes'. Norwich are now 15th in the Premier League and just

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four points above the relegation zone.

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It started well enough for Norwich when Wes Hoolahan put them in front

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after just three minutes. Hoolahan wanted to sign for Villa in

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the transfer window, but Norwich wouldn't let him and the City fans

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were not best pleased to see his lack of celebration at the goal. And

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then came the mad 15 minutes. Christian Benteke scored a contender

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for goal of the season. Two minutes later he scored again to make it

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2`1. Chris Hughton must have been hoping for a fight back, but it went

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from bad to worse as Leandro Bacuna finished off a brilliant counter

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attack. Sebastian Bassong scored an own goal and the Canaries were

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beaten before half time. It feels like a major setback, because of the

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manner of defeat. We came here with intentions of continuing the form we

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have been showing, and the first 25 minutes showed that. We had a mad 15

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minutes. The Norwich City chief executive David McNally has said if

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Chris Hughton keeps the club out of the bottom three ` he keeps his job.

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The Canaries play Stoke at home on Saturday.

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Staying with football, and Late Kick Off is back tonight on BBC One. And

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the new series has a new line up too. Our own James Burridge is

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playing up front with Paul McVeigh a former striker with both Norwich and

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Luton of course. Just tell us how it will work. We are taking it day by

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day. We could be in the divorce court later. We will see what

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happens. James, it is a great time for the programme. A lot of our

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teams have a lot to play Every team in the region is playing for

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something. Every team we are covering for the next nine weeks has

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something to play for. In lot to talk about including safe standing?

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It is something Peterborough have been championing. You have to look

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at the Hillsborough tragedy. Is it saved the first or the fans? I was

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at a game on Saturday and 50% of the Colchester fans were standing up.

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Because I was at the back that meant I had to stand up. It depends on

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whether you go for the safety aspect or the enjoyment. I think the has to

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be a happy medium. James, you are the presenter and Paul will be

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reviewed and other guests? We will have all the managers from the

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region. We have called Robinson coming in. `` Carl Robinson. It is

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on at 11:20pm tonight. Bank you `` thank you.

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Last week we heard a lot about the men who served in the First World

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War. But what about those who refused to fight ` the conscientious

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objectors? They were often shunned by society and sent white feathers

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in the post, a symbol of cowardice. Have a look at these. They are

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campaign medals. Percy Boddy got them for his work with the Friends

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Ambulance Unit. But they were never worn, and Percy was actually sent to

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prison for refusing to serve later in the war. His family say his

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objection to the horrors of war was a different kind of bravery.

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A call to arms in 19 14,000 of men and listened in a wave of patriotic

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fervour. This man was a pacifist. He joined the friends Amber Liz unit

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serving in France in 1916 `` Friends Ambulance Unit. He was given medals

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at the end of the war. His family have been researching the story and

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discovered from letters to their grandmother that he was worried

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about the military nature of the unit. It seems to grow more military

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than otherwise. I almost think that I should not have joined. Percy was

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one of 16,000 men who refuse to fight when conscription was

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introduced. He had already left the unit, feeling it was part of the

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British Army. He was tried by a local tribunal and jailed three

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times as a conscientious objector. He spent around two and a half years

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in prison. My grandmother said the years in prison probably aided his

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early death. I know she was sent a white feather, as a lot of people

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were, who were conscientious objectors. Some prison sentences

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were harsh, and useless. They were given work to do which was

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pointless. I think at that time the idea you weren't a real man was a

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hard one to stand against. Percy's stands when him support. He was

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elected a Labour councillor after the war, and in 1946 he became

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sheriff of knowledge. I'm sure they'll will be many who will say

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people like him and the others who were objectors, were in fact powers,

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but I don't believe that is the case and I believe what they did took

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courage. Percy Boddy died in 1949 following a stroke, aged just 16. ``

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60. Time for the weather. The best of the sunshine was in the north of

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the region today. We have got if you to move into tonight. `` a few. A

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loss of the showers will clear away and much of the night will be dry.

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We get the lowest temperatures under the clear skies, down to freezing.

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That means a bit of surface water will be out, and you can't rule out

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icy patches. With light winds we are looking at some patchy mist and fog.

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Tomorrow, this low and rain stays to the south`west, so for us it is not

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a bad day. I think the mist and fog should clear and, apart from a few

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showers, we're looking at fine and dry conditions with sunshine coming

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through at times. Temperatures will be around eight or nine Celsius. The

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best of the sunshine will see double figures. In the sunshine, it

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shouldn't feel too bad at all. Through the afternoon, there will be

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some showers but they will be few and far between. For most of us dry

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enter the day. As we head into the rest of the week, Wednesday, after a

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cold start, it looks fine and, high`pressure building and some

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decent spells of sunshine. Then a lot of uncertainty from Thursday

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onwards. It depends on where the weather friend goes to. It looks

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like the rain should stay to the north of us on Thursday, so after a

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bright start it will cloud over, but it will stay dry. Depending on

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Thursday, Friday is looking a cloud free day. It will be breezy towards

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the end of the week but much milder too. After some pretty cold and

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frosty wind, we should have a mild night.

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Just a reminder, Inside Out is on at 7.30pm on BBC One tonight. Among the

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stories David Whiteley is back at Hemsby, three months after the tidal

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surge caused so much damage. Have a very good evening.

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