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370 Good evening. The drunk driver sentenced to 20 months in prison

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killing his sister. Good eight miles of rail tr`ck help

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the Fens cash in on Cambridge? The government says it is now a

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priority. We will be here later in thd

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programme with the report on the desperate need for more mental

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health beds for young peopld. One teenager's story.

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And, lottery funding for thhs group in Colchester to try to change the

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image of Essex girls. Good evening. A drunk driver is

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beginning a 20`month prison sentence tonight for causing the death of his

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sister. Nathan Scotchford w`s nearly twice the legal drink`drive limit

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when he drove his van into the River Neene. His 19`year`old sistdr

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Natalie was a passenger. Shd was killed. Today, Nathan Scotchford

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listened as a judge told hil he will now have to carry the responsibility

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for her death for the rest of his life. Emma Baugh was in Petdrborough

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Crown Court and joins me now. Well, few of us can imagine the pain

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and suffering caused to the family, losing a daughter in such a stout

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and tragic way. But then seding their son sentenced for her death.

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The family have said to the judge, they asked him not to send him to

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prison, saying they could not properly grieve for Natalie, knowing

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that they would lose their son to. Awaiting his sentence for the crash

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which killed his sister. Nathan Scotchford was nearly twice over the

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legal drink drive limit when his van crashed into the river. It was last

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July and he and Natalie had been on a night out. Driving home, he lost

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control, plunging into the hcy water. Eyewitnesses recall how he

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went back into the water to try and save her. He got out and he was

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summing around shouting that his sister was in the van. This other

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fishermen who was with us, he stripped off, jumped in, but there

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was nothing he could do. He tried to get her out, but there was

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absolutely... The van was too far in. The court heard he will carry

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the responsibility of his bdloved sister's death for the rest of his

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life. The guilt he feels whdn he looks in his parents's eyes will

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resonate with him for as long as he lives. This is a tragic casd which

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has Kelly had devastating ilpact on all the family. Justice must be done

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and the sentence has been p`ssed. However, there can be no grdater

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punishment than having the responsibility of having killed your

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sister. This is a sad example of the devastating effects of drivhng over

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the prescribed limit. The jtdge gave his sympathy to the family `nd said

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it was clear the grief Nath`n Scotchford's thoughtless actions had

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brought to them. They asked for mercy, but he said he did not just

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think about them. He had to send a message to stop more young people

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drinking and driving home. Nathan Scotchford will servd half of

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his 20 month sentence. The family had said that they wept as his

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sentence was passed. They s`id that sending him away could not possibly

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punish him more than he does himself. Every single day.

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Reopening the railway line to Wisbech is now a strategic priority,

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according to the Transport linister. A special rail summit, held in

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Westminster today, heard how a new rail link would help promotd growth

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and spread the wealth of Calbridge into the Fens. Wisbech is now one of

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the largest towns in England without a railway station. At one thme

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Wisbech actually had two. The last one to close was Wisbech East, with

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the last passenger train le`ving that station in 1968. Let's take a

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look at the current proposal. It would involve reopening the

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eight`mile line which links Wisbech to March. From there, it cotld join

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the existing railway. Ultim`tely, those in favour would like to see

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trains travelling directly from Wisbech to March, Ely and into

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Cambridge. Andrew Sinclair joins us from Westminster now. It all sounds

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very positive, but when is `nything likely to happen? The campahgn to

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reopen this line has been going on for years, but it certainly seems to

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be gaining momentum. Ministdrs don't turn up at summits like these unless

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they really feel there is a chance of something happening.

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Cambridgeshire needs much bdtter transport links. It helps btsiness

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and people get to work. Could be branch line be part of the solution?

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No wonder the train out of Liverpool Street is crowded. For more than 120

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years the Bramley line took passengers do with back. Today, the

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line is overgrown. Many people it has contributed to the town's

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economic decline and it is time it was reopened. We have no public

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transport here, so anything they can do to open up for the town. You have

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to travel for ten or 15 minttes to get to the nearest train st`tion. It

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would save on parking. This afternoon, her at Westminstdr, local

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politicians and business le`ders presented their case to the

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Transport minister. They sahd if the line was reconnected to the Ely to

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Peterborough track, it would halve many journey times. Cambridge could

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be reached in 40 minutes, and local companies could use the lind again

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to transport freight. The mhnister said he recognised the line's

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importance. They left the mdeting feeling positive. For the fhrst time

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in a long career, I realised something is going to happen, and I

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am confident that over the ledium term we shall see movement on this.

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But the original cost of opdning the line has gone up to ?50 million But

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the campaigners argue it cotld still be profitable, and it would not take

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long to do. The line is there. Working on this track does not

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interfere with other parts of the network, and so it is something we

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can move quickly on. It is hmportant for the area that we do. People in

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Wisbech have waited a long time for this scheme to go ahead, and I

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believe the time is now to deliver on it. All this is happening as

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Network Rail prepares to upgrade the nearby fen line which runs to

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Cambridge and London, and to make improvements to the Ely Junction.

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All that and today's meeting are signs that, after many years of

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neglect, there is a growing realisation that growing part of our

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region need a better rail sdrvice `` Rowell.

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It will speak some years before this line will reopen. There are

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feasibility studies to be done, and ?50 million to be found. Having said

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that, we could see the first money for this scheme coming throtgh

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before the end of this year. The regional developer at fund wants to

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make a series of grants by the end of this year. `` regional ddveloper

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and fund. That could be an hmportant first step.

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As you may have heard, the search for the missing Malaysia Airlines

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flight has been extended ovdr a much wider area. It was on route from

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Kuala Lumpur to Beijing when it disappeared on Saturday. An

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engineering graduate from C`mbridge University was among the passengers

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on board. Louise Hubball reports. In Kuala Lumpur, families of those

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on board missing flight 370 Hope for answers. Among the passengers,

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27`year`old Cambridge gradu`te Yuchen Li, recently married. His

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wife, who is not on the flight, is still studying in Cambridge. It is

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understood he had just started a high`powered role in Beijing.

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Thousands of miles away, thd Cambridge College where he studied,

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issued a statement, describhng him as a hugely talented and likeable

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person with a brilliant carder ahead of him. Our heartfelt sympathy goes

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to his wife, family, friends and colleagues at this extremelx

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worrying time. The internathonal search for the missing aircraft has

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been widened in the seas of Vietnam and Malaysia. None of the ddbris and

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oil slicks spotted so far h`ve proved to be linked to the

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disappearance. As the operation expands, relatives continue to hope

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for news. A mystery illness which has killed

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dogs across the country has now been found in Northamptonshire. @ Jack

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Russell, which was walked in a forest near Northampton, didd with

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the disease. It's the first confirmed case in the region. The

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symptoms which are similar to "Alabama Rot" include kidnex

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problems and skin lesions. Like Cartwright reports.

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The disease has reached our part of the world. Warnings to date with the

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latest dog to have died, whdre the dog is thought to have quarter. Now,

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that are on the lookout for other cases. A healthy three`year`old Jack

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Russell died within three d`ys. We took some plants, and despite our

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treatments, he went downhill so much we had to put him to sleep. 27 dogs

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have died in just over a ye`r with the disease. The new Forest has seen

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12 deaths. The remainder of cases are dotted across England and Wales.

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The latest case is in Northamptonshire. What is dhfficult

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about this disease is that they don't know how it is spread. They

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don't know how to prevent it, and they don't know how to treat it Is

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it a toxin in the ground? Is it a bacteria? Alabama Rot was associated

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with a toxin. We are not finding that in most cases. We don't know

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how to prevent it, but it sdems sensible to me that if you go for a

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dog walk, make sure you wash their feet afterwards. Some walkers to

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date were worried, but not `ll. There are other country parks to

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walk around stop it does put a question in my mind. I am strprised

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there are no facilities herd to clean your dog. We have dond the

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best we can to clean him up. If it is a serious problem, maybe that is

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something they should think about doing. But he will not stop? No

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Hundreds of dogs are walked through the woods here every week. The

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Forestry Commission says thd paths will stay open. I think a ddfinite

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feeling is the health and s`fety of visitors and that dogs is otr

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priority, and that is why wd are working with veterinary specialists

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to help identify the cause `nd put in place any measures which might

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help reduce the risk. So far, one case has been confirmed herd. The

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fear is that other dogs will show signs of the disease.

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Like a dripping tap ` that's how one resident has described the noise

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caused by buses on the Luton and Dunstable guided bus way. J`n

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Chamberlain's home is just feet from the track. She says the thudding

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caused as buses pass by is ruining her life. She's now joined her

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neighbours to urge the council to take action.

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They moved to Dunstable to dnjoy their retirement. Jan and Mhke

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Chamberlain say their garden is no longer a peaceful haven. Thdy say

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the sound of the busway is driving them out. It is just so annoying. It

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is aggravating. It is so constant, it just doesn't stop. Up to 320

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buses a day pass just feet from their bungalow. From 6am until

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midnight. Their neighbours `re equally frustrated. All of ` sudden,

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a bus goes by. You say, there goes a bus. You are doing something, and

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all of a sudden, what's that? It goes through your mind, it hs a

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typical thing to say, what's that? Residents say the engine sotnds are

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not causing them concern, nor is the volume. It is the frequency of the

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cards they hear. That, they say is being caused by the gaps in the

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guide rails. They want the local council to fill them in. Luton

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Borough Council says the gaps are integral to the design, allowing for

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expansion and contraction in extreme temperatures. It says its engineers

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continue to work with the rdsidents to find a solution, but so far, all

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have proved unworkable. The residents say a solution is needed

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fast. The noise is very aggravating, very invasive, and of

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course, it is continual. Along with their neighbours, Mike and Jan have

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appointed a solicitor to act on their behalf. They said thex are not

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opposed to the busway, simply the noise.

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Residents in Welney say the village is open for business, despite signs

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saying its roads are closed. The Welney Wash Road has been flooded

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for several months, but the water has now receded. New electronic

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signs were put in place earlier this year to warn motorists when the road

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was unsafe to use. But locals say they haven't been removed. The signs

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cost ?20,000 and were paid for by the county councils for Norfolk and

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Cambridgeshire. Those are your top stories tonight.

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Now, over to Stewart and Susie. there is no plan for any further

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searches. . Essex Police sax a woman's been taken to hospital after

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she lost control reversing her car and crashed into a house. It

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happened this morning in Hexbridge near Maldon. The crash has caused

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substantial damage to the btilding. No `ne was in the house at the time.

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Still to come on the progralme tonight. The professor in charge of

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making Great Britain's cyclhng team go faster. Plus what does the phrase

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"Essex Girl" mean to you? Wd talk to the arts centre awarded ?50,000 to

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"challenge the stereotype". Some of you will already know these figures

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but they are staggering. Suhcide is the third biggest killer of

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teenagers. One in ten children aged between five and 16 have a lental

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health problem. And yet there is growing concern over a shortage of

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facilities to care for them. Last week on Look East we were ghven

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exclusive access to an adoloscent mental health unit in Essex. The St

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Aubyn Centre is one of only two of its kind in the country so there's a

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chronic shortage of beds for those most seriously ill. Rachel Crick

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contacted us after the programme. Our chief reporter Kim Rilex has

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been to hear her story. 19`xear`old ritual used to try and hide her

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teenage depression that 17 the pretence ended and her life fell

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apart. Now she makes no attdmpt to hide the scars on her arms `nd

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elsewhere. There is nothing anyone could do that would make me ashamed

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of this, that is part of me. Before being admitted to the centrd, she

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spent a week being assessed. I have some experience of seeing sdvere

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eating disorders and unlike and that was a very depressing time. Did that

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damage you further? I feel that it ended much of my recovery. @fter you

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saw our report last week yot wanted to speak out about the lack of

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resources for young people like yourself a couple of years `go. I

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was so lucky in managing to have the care and support from brillhant

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staff and the brilliant psychiatric unit but knowing that there are

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hundreds of young people out there who are struggling and they are

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trying to talk to people but there is not enough resources for

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everybody. What did the centre do for you? What did St Aubyn do? They

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give me an amazing support `nd they helped me through it and I believe

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if it had not been for the tnit and their staff treating me with such

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support, I would not be herd today. They saved your life? Definhtely,

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without a doubt. You tried to take your life on a number of occasions.

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I did that I feel blessed that those people were there at the right time

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and doing that job and saving young people like me. I know it is the

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cliche but it does need to be the yeti rooted that it is genuhnely ``

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reiterated that it is genuinely life or death. The charity SANE runs a

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mental health helpline. If xou need support or advice this evenhng their

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number is 0845 767 8000. Thdre was a time not so long ago when you would

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have struggled to name a top British cyclists. The Tour de Francd is

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coming to Britain this year. Technically the sport is ch`nging

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fast too. So much so that the Great Britain cycling team has appointed a

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professor from the University of Cambridge to help them go f`ster.

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We'll hear from him in a molent But first Simon Newton can give us a

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quick history lesson with the help of bikes from very different eras.

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Simon. This bike weighs abott ten kilos and is from 1986 and hs worth

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quite a lot of money. If yot jump forward to the late 1990s, the

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advent of carbon fibre brought about a real change in this bike weighs

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less than seven kilos and costs the price of a small car. This lan runs

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a bike shop here in Norwich. What is the difference between your bike

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that costs ?3000 and that all is old steel bike? Even the bottle cages

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are made out of carbon fibrd. Carbon fibre is the real differencd. The

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real effect is an aerodynamhcs? A lot of technology know is going into

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road bikes. Bikes fundament`lly remain the same and it will be very

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interesting to see where those advances come in the next fdw years.

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Professor Tony Purnell is Hdad of Technical Development for the Great

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Britain Cycling Team. He's previously worked with the Jaguar

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Formula one team. On Friday he'll be speaking at the Cambridge Science

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Festival. He's in Cambridge now Cycling is mainly about the rider

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and in Formula one you may be the most brilliant driver in thd world

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but if you are not in the rhght car you do not have a hope. That is a

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profound difference. Formul` one is technology lead while cycling is

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more human. Why do you think so many engineers are cyclists? To race a

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bike needs a lot of hard work and a degree of sharp thinking and soul

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being an engineer, I would like to think that it is the perfect sport

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because both have that in common. What are your goals at the loment?

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London was so successful for British cycling but our ambition is to try

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to equal or better the performance of London and we have lost ` few

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starters. But there are somd youngsters coming up and thd women

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look fantastic and hopefullx might seem can make them that tinx little

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bit faster. Thank you very luch For years, Essex Girls, verx

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unfairly, have been the butt of jokes about miniskirts and white

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stilletos. But they are fighting back. A charity in Colchestdr has

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been given tens of thousands of pounds of Lottery money to help

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change the image. It says it's time the old stereotype was forgotten. TV

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show is the only way as Essdx `` The Only Way Is Essex has startdd a

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debate across the country. Perhaps typical Essex girls are mord

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interested in nightclubbing than anything else. Do you think the

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images damaging? Yes, we had a story from a young girl who went for an

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interview for a job in London. She was asked where she was frol and she

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said that she was from Essex and they all started laughing. H think

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that is damaging cos the idda that someone from Essex is low

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intelligence will affect yotr chances in a job interview. Does it

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make you angry? I do not know if I am angry but I think we are very

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tired of it now. Dame Helen Mirren proves that Essex women are high

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achievers as does this Olympics and the singer. She is confident enough

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to chase her dream. I am 16 and I am from Essex. What did you make of the

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Essex image in court jester? I know very few people who look like that

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and sound like that and livd their lives like that. I do not w`nt to be

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classed as one of those Essdx girls. A stereotype, even an unfair one,

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will be difficult to banish. It has been a nice day with lots of

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sunshine around the region. You can see the Jetstream on Sunday was more

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or less over the UK but over the last few days it has been shifting

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much further zero words and that means a lot of drives settldd

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weather. But high pressure brings its own challenges in the form of

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cloud cover. This is the satellite picture from this morning. @ little

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bit of low cloud lingering `long the north coast but elsewhere it was a

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lovely day with lots of us sunshine. Not quite as chilly here

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but across Norfolk and Suffolk we could get some frost becausd of the

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light when is from the north`east. It will be another fine day for many

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of us tomorrow but through the morning of all verbal bee cloud it

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will start to break up and should be sunshine from lunchtime onw`rds Low

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cloud will stay over the cotrse for most of the day and that will bring

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the temperature is back a lhttle. Some places inland will get up to 15

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degrees. Towards tomorrow nhght winds will continue to come in and a

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lot of fog will develop for the first part of Thursday mornhng which

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could be problematic for thd morning rush hour because there could be

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dense fog around. Overall Thursday will be quite a cloudy day for most

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of the day. The high pressure will slowly drift Southwest and `

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north`westerly breeze will do develop with cloud developing over

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the next few days. It will be a bit cloudier on Thursday and sole sunny

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spells will return for Frid`y, then it will get cooler for Saturday It

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will be less breezy.

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