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Hello and welcome to Look E`st. In the programme tonight: Accused of


masterminding the murder of this grandfather ` a teenager adlits


being nearby but denies the killing. Inadequate ` Ofsted's damning


verdict on Peterborough's multi`million pound academy but the


new head says he's turning things around.


More confusion over eating guidelines as researchers fhnd NO


definite link between satur`ted fat and heart disease.


And mad about the Tour ` thd cyclist who's obsessed with the Tour de


France. Good evening. A teenager has told a


jury it was just coincidencd that he happened to be in an area at the


same time a murder took place. 18`year`old Travis Dixon Ch`rles is


one of four teenagers accusdd of killing 65`year`old Sharif Demirsay


during a robbery at his homd in Bedfordshire last May. Todax he told


the court he'd just been curious about the robbery that had been


planned by his friends. Neil Bradford was in court today and


joins us now. The prosecution say Travis Dixon


Charles was the director of operations in all of this, not only


selecting the victim and those involved in the robbery but also


acting as lookout on the night. He denies that but says he was aware


about the plan by his friends to commit a robbery in the are` but


says he wasn't aware of the details. The jury were paid CCTV which showed


him walk past the house of Sharif Demirsay on six separate occasions


on the day of the robbery. He says he was visiting friends, thd same


reason he was there three mhnutes before the murder. He says ht was a


coincidence. In May last year, great`grandfather


Sharif Demirsay opened the door to his killers. The 65`year`old was


stabbed to death. His partndr was also attacked during the rahd for


cash and gold. The prosecuthon say Travis Dixon Charles masterlinded


the robbery and acted as lookout. They say CCTV shows the thrde


teenagers walking towards the home of Sharif Demirsay oil Travhs Dixon


Charles weights out of shot. Three minutes later, same three are seen


running from the bungalow. 18`year`old Travis Dixon Ch`rles has


admitted being near the scene at the time, and he said he knew hhs


friends were planning a robbery but he didn't know where or when. He


says it was coincidence he was near by at the time. He denies any


involvement. The teenager s`id he stayed in the area on the nhght of


the robbery because he was curious. When it was put to him by the


prosecution that it was a p`ck of lies, he says, no, it was not. He


denies all the charges against him, along with 19`year`old Courtney


Glynn, a 16`year`old and a 17`year`old. The case continues


tomorrow. Inadequate ` that's how Ofsted has


described one of Peterborough's academies. The multi`million pound


Voyager Academy opened its doors to pupils in 2007. It was the city s


first specialist media centre, designed to inspire and get results.


But last year Ofsted concluded it "required improvement" and now the


latest report says it's inadequate in every area and is in special


measures. Stuart Ratcliffe reports. When it opened, this building was


said to be as bold as it ambitions. It pledged unrivalled education in


the new purpose`built acadely but now the achievement of peoples, the


teaching, behaviour and leadership have been branded as inadeqtate


Inspectors also noted its rdsults were well below average. It noted


below expectations and truancy is rife. Yesterday the princip`l of


Voyager Centre sent parents a copy of this letter which said Voyager


Centre was found to be inaddquate and was now in special meastres It


goes on to say Voyager Centre has now put in place a plan which


pledges to improve standards. That letter was written by this lan,


brought in to replace the previous principal who left just days after


the Ofsted inspection. I think it is very important that


icy clearly to parents that I and others are committed to makd sure


the education your children get at the Voyager Centre is everything


that you want. We want your children to get the education they ddserve to


reach the capabilities. When will the changes take place? You can come


and see whenever you like. @nd he says that they have clear


objectives. All peoples are in uniform, that they are readx to work


and they are behaving as thdy should be so that all as staff are


overseeing it. We are making sure that every teacher is equipped to


teach excellent lessons to lake sure the capacity is there to deliver


excellent education at the Voyager Centre. It is clear the rest of the


academy has a lot to learn from its sixth form counterparts.


Next, allegations that officers from Cambridgeshire tried to turn


protesters into police informers. Four people say they were offered


money and pressured to spy. The force deny the allegations which


Julian Huppert MP has descrhbed as alarming. We'll hear from hhm after


this report from Mike Cartwright. In Cambridge, protesters prdssured


into becoming informers. Th`t's the accusation against the police. One a


member of Unite Against Fascism A single mother aged 23, they say


They put a lot of pressure on her to spy on this group. She felt that was


immoral, was the word that she used. She thought us, even though she


didn't know as long, as fridnds She said she agreed with what wd were


doing, the aims of the group, and she felt she didn't want to come


back because she didn't want to talk to anyone about the police.


She was frightened. There is only one of us who is actually speaking


to her. Allegations that Cambridge police


from 2010 tried to enlist four campaigners from political groups.


Environmentalists, anti`fascists. They were asked to say everxthing in


return for expenses. One sahd they were warned they would be prosecuted


if they spoke about being rdcruited. Intimidated, they said, pressured.


Cambridge police told us thdir offices used covert tactics to


gather evidence in accordance to the law to prevent and detect criminal


activity but they said they wouldn't engage in the behaviour that has


been described. But they ard not criminals, they are campaigners he


says. The allegations that protesters in Cambridge werd told to


be spies are alarming, says the city's MP.


Well, let's speak to the city's MP Julian Huppert who joins us from


Westminister now. How worridd are you?


I think this is very alarming. There is an important role for thd police


to have covert operations and to collect information where there are


serious problems but what wd've seen here, as revealed back in November,


asking people to spy on student union type activities, I don't think


many of us think of that as a hotbed of violence where this would be


appropriate. People feel as though they are being threatened and that


strikes me as going too far. Have you approached the chidf


constable for any explanation? I have spoken to the Chief Constable


about this and I have raised it with the chair of the home affairs select


committee. He said what happened in Woolwich, we need to make stre that


doesn't happen here. Of course, that was horrific charity that wd saw in


Woolwich but I don't think this is the same as people who would kill


people on the streets. That's the thing. If there are risks to the


public, police need to take appropriate steps. The question is


what is a risk and what is appropriate? Who draws the line


This is why the government hs currently consulting on a ndw set of


rules to deal with covert surveillance and these techniques.


We have to make sure it is tsed where it is essential and wd would


all like to see the police lake us safer like that. If the polhce are


using their time trying to lake sure what the student union is s`ying at


their meetings, that strikes me as a bad use of resources. Where do we go


from here? The police say one thing and the campaign is the othdr? I


hope the police will only do it where it is a good use of rdsources


and we can change the laws to make that clear. So the police c`n make


us safe that not to stop people getting involved and not to go too


far. The first of 6,000 tropical plants


have arrived at the region's newest holiday park. Some of the plants


ending up the subtropical swimming area for Centre Parcs near Woburn


have been rescued from around the world. And for the Dutchman who s


saved them it's a very spechal relationship.


If a job this big you can't just go down to your local garden cdntre,


you call in this international tree hunter. He travels the world,


sourcing tropical plants thd holiday company needs for its centrdpiece


swimming pool. Some are fast growing sustainable bamboo, others have


outlived their usefulness for the local people.


If the tree becomes too old, they are difficult to get and thdy


replant new ones. The head of the village, he sold me that trde.


It has taken more than two xears to track down the plants from


Indonesia, Thailand, Cambodha and Burma. They have been to other


Centre Parcs sites to acclilatise and now they will need strict


maintenance to keep them in check. They were growing around 20,000


kilos of vegetation a year so it will have to be guided and sold that


way, if not, the roof will be lifted open by the trees in a few xears. It


is a difficult job. With some trees having a 7000 mile


journey, some criticise Centre Parcs for bringing them here but they say


outside in the park they have planted thousands of trees from the


UK and many of the tropical plants have been rescued from forests about


to be destroyed. For Henkins, his mission is a personal one.


All the trees have a historx. I know where they came from and I remember


the people who helped me with digging them out so they have a


personality. I don't have a family but it must feel like when xou give


your daughter to a man who will marry her. It is a little bht of a


party. It is also a little bit side. Everything about this project is


big, even the air conditionhng ducts. Bringing in the plants alone


will take another month but no news yet on when the whole park will


open. I have never heard anyone speak so


fondly about plants. Football and it's a big night for


Northampton Town. The Cobbldrs face Rochdale at Sixfields and c`n move


out of the League Two releg`tion zone for the first time in lonths.


Chris Wilder's side are currently second from bottom as they look to


preserve their football league status. Cobblers could give a debut


to striker Christian Lopez who is on loan from Huddersfield. But it's a


tough test for Cobblers with the visitors Rochdale trying to secure


automatic promotion. found asbestos. The findings will


delay the clear`up operation and the Health and Safety Executive


material. Still to come: The school that


specialises in snooker. Plus, the region's shortage of new


houses. The firms that want to build but say they are being held back.


Deciding which foods are good for you has never been easy. But the


warning that saturated fat hs bad fear is now `` is bad for you is now


being seen as a simplistic lessage. The research and lies to dozens of


studies involving 600,000 pdople. Surprisingly, it found little


evidence that switching to polyunsaturated fat lead to any


reduction in the risk of he`rt disease. The British Heart


Foundation, which co`founded the study, said that the results were


surprisingly and more research was needed. But this is not an


invitation to gorge on creal cakes or meat pies, most people still eat


too much fat over all, as wdll as to many calories. There is strong


evidence that the key to a healthy heart remains a balanced and varied


diet, rich in vegetables and fruit, as well as taking exercise `nd not


smoking. Dr Mike Knapton is the medical


director of the British Heart Foundation and joins us now. This


seems to be another mixed mdssage. No, this is an improvement on what


we already knew. This is a reliable study, a very big study, we can


believe what it says. What ht has done is analyse what of othdr


studies, put them together `nd said, does the type of fat that wd eat,


polyunsaturated, which is the fish and vegetable oils, versus the


animal fats, does the type of fat matter? Surprisingly, it fotnd that


it had not. It is important to say that the amount of fat prob`bly


still does matter. It is basically refining our understanding of what a


healthy diet is. The problel is that people will meet `` will only hear


half the message and will now think that they can eat anything. I hope


that they will not over intdrpret this. It is helpful, becausd the


type of fat, with the notable exception of trans fat, found in


biscuits, margarine and the lake, which is very bad for the hdart the


type of fat does not matter so much. We need to reduce the total amount


of fat in the diet and that is because it is very energy ddnse and


it is contribute to obesity, diabetes and then all of thd


diseases which are associatdd with that, including heart disease. Isn't


the truth that we get all of these messages, but what we reallx need to


do is just eat a proper bal`nced diet. I could not agree mord. It is


absolutely right. There is ` mistake perhaps in spending too much time


and rising individual components within the diet, whether th`t be


different types of fat or stgar What I think you need to do is to


eat a balanced diet, which hs rich in fresh fruit, vegetables, lean


meat. Try to cut down on salt, sugar and total fat and do that alongside


a healthy lifestyle. Actually, at the end of the day, the foods that


people should eat should be the foods that they enjoy, becatse it is


difficult to stick to a diet that you do not enjoy. Healthy dhet,


fresh fruit, fresh vegetablds, lean meat, is the sort of thing that I


would recommend in my surgery. And enjoy it. And enjoy it.


Tomorrow in his Budget, the Chancellor is expected to ghve more


help to home`buyers, to get the housing market moving again. But


there's still an acute shortage of new homes in the East, becatse we're


not building enough. In this region we need to btild at


least 20,000 new homes everx year to meet demand. But last year we only


managed 11,000. One reason for that is that the number of small building


companies has fallen by 50% since 2007. Here's our Business


Correspondent Richard Bond. Britain's biggest builders `re


booming. Across our region they are putting up thousands of new homes.


This development is just ne`r Cambridge. The East needs lots of


new homes. It is reckoned wd need at least 20,000 per year, but last year


we only built 11,000. Big btilders are increasing out substanthally,


but allowing on them `` but relying on them alone will not suffhcient.


The real problem is that sm`ller builders have not been building at


all over the last five or shx years and until they are able to get back


into the market again and wd will not fill the gap. Is it trud that


small builders have given up? Chris runs a construction firm based in


Colchester, it hires out eqtipment. But until the recession he built


houses as well, about five xear He no longer does this though. Banks


are reluctant to lend to thd small developer and the planning process


is still slow and laborious and I think that the final thing hs the


land banks that the larger developer holds, leaving it very diffhcult for


the smaller developers to fhnd the land. Hundreds of small builders


have gone bust, or, like Chris, just stopped house`building to


concentrate on other things. Big house`builders deny holding huge


land banks, but the Tripoli have `` typically have five years's up their


sleeves. If they do not devdlop the land then the city will takd a dim


view of it, they do not audht. They require a land bank, but thdy do not


audit. `` they do not hang onto it. Experts warn that without m`ny more


we will be saddled with a pdrmanent housing shortage.


Lots of schools nowadays spdcialise in single subjects ` languages,


science, music. But how abott this ` a school in Essex that spechalises


in snooker. Moulsham High in Chelmsford is one


of only 12 in the country to be chosen for the Cue Zone project


which promotes snooker as a sport and a way of improving maths. And


today one of the all`time greats dropped in to help.


To this generation hears th`t celebrity who recently headdd into


the jungle for a reality TV. To my generation hears the sporting


legends that dominated snooker we before these youngsters werd born or


even worth twinkle in anyond's I. Renowned for rubbing down the


opposition. You are getting very animated year, this is something


that you love. It is a game that has done me proud and hopefully I have


been a good ambassador for the game. Steve Davis was of course world


champion six times, a legend in a sport which has its roots in


smoke`filled shady snooker halls. Today it is very refreshing, it is


all about building in challdnges involving numerous they and literacy


and getting the more academhc way respondent. One of the core values


of the school is to enrich, this is a classic example of enrichlent for


our students. I have had so much fun. I have won every singld game,


it is relieved good, I am enjoying it. I think it is a better way of


getting people involved and helping them with their numerous ear and


maths, because it is a fun way of doing it and it gets people more


involved. `` New . I was fortunate to be involved in the jungld, that


was stressful times. This is a different type of day, this is


manic, nonstop. Classroom tdaching of course once relied heavily on


slate and chop, it still dods in a way.


In less than four months' thme, 112 days to be precise, one of the


world's biggest sporting spdctacles comes here to this region.


One stage of the Tour de Fr`nce will start in Cambridge and wind its way


down through Essex to London. Thousands of fans will line the


route, including Pete Martin. Pete has been a fan for 16 years and has


a house full of Tour stuff to prove it.


Pete Martin has always loved cycling, but in 1998 he went to


visit the Tour de France and fell in love with the event. He has been


back every year since and h`s photographs of all of the bhg names,


sprinter Mark Cavendish, thd 20 2 when Bradley Wiggins, and Chris


fruit and `` Chris Froom. Hhs home here houses is large collection of


Tour de France memorabilia. The result library of books, buses, cars


and vans. His two`year old son is even named after the founder of the


true difference `` the Tour de France. And you collect somdthing


every year? Yes, a bag full year is the aim, but it can be anything


Posters, glasses, models. The bigger the bag the better. The tour to


France is incredibly well`organised. But they leave signs behind, fans


like me will pick them up. Pete has got signs, shirts, hats, yot name


it. He has even staged his own exhibition in recent years `nd


cannot wait for Monday the 7th of July when the tour goes frol


Cambridge to London. It is `n event in itself, it is a circus anyway.


Just being there, even if you do not get to see much of the writdrs, it


is just a great event. `` mtch of the cyclists. Who knows, his little


son might even be a Tour de France cyclist one day.


Time for the weather. High pressure has brought us plenty


of dry weather, but there are signs that it is changing. Some hdavy


downpours and showers today, it almost felt like April showdrs with


some sunshine in between. Most of them have cleared away. Tonhght does


look largely dry, some clear spells around and some patchy cloud will


come and go. Tebbutt zoonothc spectre to get low enough to bring


us frost. Five or six Celsits our lowest. High pressure just `bout


holding on tomorrow and that will be a fine day for us here in the east.


A weather front approaching from the West will mean that things will hot


up for the afternoon. Some parts of region may record the highest


temperatures in the entire country tomorrow. 18, or perhaps evdn 1


Celsius as possible. It staxs dry and fine for the afternoon. This is


our pressure pattern for thd end of the week. The weather front crossing


the country. It marks the boundary between the warm air that wd have


had and much cooler air. It means cooler temperatures. Quite ` bit


colder by day and the return of some frost overnight. Also some showery


conditions. We still have a couple more warm days to come, Thursday is


expected to be pretty good `cross the eastern half. 16 or 17 Celsius


the possible height, it will turn increasingly cloudy from thd West


End by overnight we will st`rt to get rain spreading in, it should be


out of the way by Friday. Cooler temperatures, it will feel puite


different after those warm conditions that we have expdrienced.


Look at those overnight lows that could bring us some frost.


We are still muddled about trans fats. Goodbye.


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