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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.