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


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


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


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


Good evening. A Bedfordshire farmer's counting the


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


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


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


major police operation with officers from three different forces to close


it down. Six people have been arrested.


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


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


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


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


it's pretty soul destroying. Police from Bedfordshire,


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


up the contaminated grain to make it safe to eat.


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


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


revellers enjoying themselves you see all your hard work being


destroyed. Now, farmers and the Farmers' Union


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


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


Northampton today following the opening of the ?7 million bus


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


of frustrated passengers venting their anger on social media. One


eyewitness said she saw a police helicopters circling overhead. It


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


have vented their anger very much towards the council.


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


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


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


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


Northamptonshire and to the County Council.


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


tomorrow. The police have issued a statement.


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


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


happen tomorrow morning? Were you particularly affected by


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


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


screen. Next, a father's fight to reunite


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


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


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


options. These are the rules currently governing immigration from


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


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


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


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


Chappell says he's as patriotic as they come,


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


minimum income required by the UK border agency. A parliamentary


committee recently found it an amount unattainable for many.


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


separated because my husband doesn't make enough money.


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


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


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


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


really badly. The Chappells say they are now


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


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


together as a family are getting smaller by the day.


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


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


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


expenses watchdog. Stewart Jackson was threatened with court action


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


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


asked our political correspondent Andrew Sinclair about the


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


that. He refused and they took into court.


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


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


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


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


and totally unjustified. This won't help relations between


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


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


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


expenses. IQ. There is worry and confusion


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


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


open. The future is far from certain ` at


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


today? Talks are continuing. The positive


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


much. The town is growing, but could it


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


the relatives of one man who refused to fight.


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


launched today. It will finish in Bury Saint Edmunds.


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


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


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


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


Olympic champion Laura Trott. Silver medalist Lizzie Armistead is also


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


Today, organisers were in Northamptonshire unveiling the route


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


take us later on. The Norwich City manager Chris


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


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


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


four points above the relegation zone.


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


The Canaries play Stoke at home on Saturday.


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


discovered from letters to their grandmother that he was worried


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


were, who were conscientious objectors. Some prison sentences


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


frosty wind, we should have a mild night.


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


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


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


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