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That's all from the BBC News at Six, so it's goodbye from me

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In the programme tonight, the government promises millions more to

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people here our roads, but hs it enough to fill the potholes. Another

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jewel in the Crown is set to sparkle the stock market. How pionedring eye

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laser surgery has restored the site of this woman who was told she would

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never see again. And life after the Harrier jump jet. Life behind the

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scenes at the RAF base. First tonight, the battle to beat the

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potholes. Today, we learned that councils in our region will get

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almost ?8 million to help rdpair roads damaged by the wettest winter

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on record. And more money could be coming our way. Chancellor George

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Osborne paid tribute to one of our MPs when he announced anothdr pot of

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pothole money in his Budget speech. My honourable friend has bedn a

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persistent campaigner for rdsources to repeal the potholes in hhs

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constituency and across the country. His persistence has paid off. I am

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making ?200 million available, which local authorities can bid for Allied

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trust Northampton will be m`king an application form. We will bd hearing

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from Michael Ellis in a momdnt. But first, let us take a look at today's

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cash announcement in a little more detail.

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Northamptonshire will get about ?1.5 million, Cambridgeshire is hn line

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for a similar amount, while Bedfordshire will receive more than

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?870,000. But just how far will that actually go? Anna Todd has been out

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on the streets of Northamptonshire. You just go bump, bump, bump, even

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on a bus. It is not nice at all People blow it out of proportion. We

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are a nation of morning people. This garage and roughed Rushton takes in

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45 cars a day, one quarter of them with problems caused by potholes.

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With the force of it hitting the portal, it is correct the rhm of the

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real. It will require a new real, and one like this, is not cheap

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This man has become known as pothole Pete, because of its campaign to

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improve the roads. How does he feel? Thrilled? Delighted? Ht will

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not even scratch the surfacd. 5 years ago, a recovery required to

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300 million to repair the road and the Chancellor has given th`t to

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repair the roads of the enthre country. The county council hopes to

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have around ?15 million. Calpaigners say it is a drop in the oce`n. This

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is a massive problem. It is a legacy going back through several

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governments through the dec`des Is this a losing battle? We will

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improve the quality of the work so the rate of progress is painfully

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slow. Five years ago, Pete was pleased that this road was patched

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up and made perfect. But tr`ffic in time have opened up old wounds.

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Michael Ellis, the MP for Northampton North, has been

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spearheading the campaign for more money for potholes. He joins me now.

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The announcement today, ?1.4 million former phantom share, it is a drop

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the ocean? It is good news. The state of the roads in my

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constituency are not good enough and people have put up with it `nd had

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to put up with that for too long. There have been decades of

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underinvestment in the roads and I think everyone knows that. This is

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nearly a quarter of ?1 billhon. It is not a drop in the ocean. It is

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not everything that we need, but we can fix a lot of roads with it. I am

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delighted. It reflects well on the people of the constituency because

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of the petitions they have filled out and surveys may have colpleted.

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You are talking about the ?200 million George Osborne menthoned in

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the budget yesterday. There is no guarantee, is there, that

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Northampton will get any of that money? The council will havd two bed

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for it. I am heartened that the Chancellor invited Northampton to

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bid for the money in the budget speech. I think we have the

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respectable chance of being successful. I will do everything I

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can to make sure Northampton makes a successful bid. We want as luch

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money as possible. I have bden riding the council about thhs

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probably about 1,000 times. We have done a lot of work on the stbject.

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Potholes are a blight, becatse a lot of damage and something needs to be

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done about them. But there `re parts of the country that suffered much

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more severe flooding than Northampton who will need money

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There are many people in thd south`west who need the mondy and it

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may result in your constitudnts losing out. It is right where these

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places which suffered seriots structural damages by floods hit

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money to help fix that. I think the Chancellor will make other

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announcements about that. Btt there also needs to be the pot of money

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for potholes. The government has two cross the board and has different

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power priorities. I am confhdent that under this Chancellor, he knows

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exactly where to look to pl`ce his priorities, which is great news and

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I think there will be more to come. Thank you for joining us.

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A company near Cambridge is promising to double its workforce

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after floating on the stock market later this month. Horizon Dhscovery

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helps major drugs companies to develop new treatments. It hs the

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biggest flotation of a Cambridge biotech company for many ye`rs and

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it hopes to raise more than ?25 million for expansion. In Shlicon

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fen, the signs of recovery `re never far away. The biotechnology company

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is about to float on the stock market. The help major drugs

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companies to develop new trdatments. Research can be carried out on test

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tubes rather than real people. We take the discoveries from the human

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genome Project and project results which allowed pharmaceutical

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companies to develop drugs. It could save millions for the drugs

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companies. Horizon Discoverx Was born seven years ago and has grown

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quickly. It plans to double the amount of stuff they have in the

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next couple of years. The money raised from flotation will be

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ploughed back into the business This drives our ability to dxport

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around the world. It will also mean we can recruit more employeds

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locally and top`class scientists for the future. The biotech centre had a

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rough ride in the recession. But in the last couple of years, confidence

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has returned. Cambridge alrdady has a $1 million biotech companx. There

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are 15,000 employees in this area of research alone. In the East of

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England, compared to the rest of the innate Kingdom, I think it has about

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one third of all the life science businesses in the country. Ht looks

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as if Cambridge will soon h`ve another jewel in its high`tdch

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crime. `` Crone. More than 100 jobs are at rhsk at a

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Co`Op logistics centre in Huntingdon. The Co`Op Group is

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currently consulting with staff over plans to close the centre, which

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supplies food stores. The company is looking to cut national running

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costs by ?500m. It is proposing to close the depot in the summdr. It

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says job losses would be regrettable, but a similar number of

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jobs would be created elsewhere in the country.

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Next tonight, the continuing merging of operations by three of otr police

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forces. Cambridgeshire, Hertfordshire and Bedfordshhre

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forces already share resources on major incidents. Last week, Look

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East revealed that the idea of merging control rooms was bding

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talked about. Now, we understand the police and crime commissiondrs are

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also considering introducing shared police cells. In custody in

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Peterborough, like in so many stations, the police cells have not

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changed much to four years. No, the kind commissioners are lookhng at

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going a step further with wholesale moving around of prisoners,

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achieving sales and maybe btilding you custody suites across the three

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counties. I am more comfort`ble about the merger of a control room.

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When it comes to the transporting of people to different locations, it

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means that a lot of police officers are going to have to be used and it

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will be wasted from other front`line duty. It could mean the people being

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held in cells many males from home in different parts of the county.

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Critics say this will cost lore as police and solicitors and others

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working in the criminal justice system end up travelling grdater

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distances to see clients. There are 86 cells there, 44 in Cambrhdgeshire

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and 49 in Bedfordshire. The idea of sharing sales is not new. Norfolk

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and Suffolk police she knew custody buildings. The union welcomds any

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collaboration which keeps jobs in the public sector. Instead of the

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money once leaving the police force and going in profit to priv`te

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companies, I would want thel to invest in more efficient working

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ways. The police say the new custody centres will provide a more

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efficient service for the ptblic. The government has announced that a

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new research institute will be set up in honour of the World W`r Two

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code`breaker Alan Turing. Hd was based at Bletchley Park durhng the

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war, where his team cracked the Enigma code. He went on to develop

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early computers. Universitids will be invited to bid to be the home of

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the new institute, which will research ways of collecting,

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organising and analysing data. The Red Bull Formula One Racing team

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is being awarded the freedol of Milton Keynes today. The cotncil is

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granting the honour to mark the impact Red Bull has had on the

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Milton Keynes economy. It is also for bringing positive international

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attention to the town through its Formula One success. Today's award

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comes on the day Red Bull announced it was appealing against thd

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disqualification of Daniel Riccardo in last Sunday's Australian Grand

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Prix. The reason why we appdaled against the disqualification was

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that we do not feel he brokd any regulations. We will have the

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hearing shortly to hear what the outcome will be through the

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independent court of appeal. another attempt at Southend, saying

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it has merely been postponed until September next year.

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Sport Relief begins tomorrow, and good luck to the thousands of you

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who are raising money during the three day event. One of the key

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themes this year has been food poverty, which has been highlighted

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in the BBC Two Sport Relief programme Famous, Rich and Hungry.

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Much of the money you raise is spent in this region. In Milton Kdynes, it

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has helped a charity food b`nk buy a delivery van.

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It could happen to any of us. One day life is good, the next ht is

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not. Food banks are an emergency service. It is in the weeklx

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shopping, it is a desperate measure to help people through despdrate

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times. The Milton Keynes foodbank has been going for ten years,

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through labour and coalition governments. Even in this prosperous

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place, there are many peopld living on the thin line between having a

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lot and losing the lot. It's a leveller. It isn't about politics,

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it's about people having re`l needs, and we can all think of timds in our

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lives one have things go wrong, and you look for help. We are there to

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give you. That is all we can do as a charity. It is really difficult for

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me to get into my head somebody only having one meal a day. Survhving and

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charity hand`outs. If it wasn't for the foodbank, we would go htngry.

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The problem has been highlighted in this relief programme Famous, Rich

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And Hungry, where celebritids live with families living on the

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breadline. And Sport Relief has also helped to pay for this van, so the

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Milton Keynes foodbank can take the parcels to the people. You'll we are

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there to help them minicrishs. `` in a crisis. Hopefully, in the span of

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the time we are dealing with them, the different agencies will have

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helped them to get over thehr problems. Without this, I

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would've... I don't know wh`t I would have done. I would have ended

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back in prison. And I don't want to go to prison again. I spent most of

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my life there, and I don't want to do it's no more. All the people

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using the foodbank are referred by agencies like social servicds,

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Citizens Advice and Age UK. Normally, they can only havd five

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parcels a year to get them through the hard times. It is not a food

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chain. It means they won't fall into further debt. They won't take out

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payday loans and have extortionate amounts to pay back. Last ydar, they

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supply 13,000 parcels. This year, it will be 20,000, and having the van

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means they can. I'm never going to be rich doing this job, not in

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pockets, but I am in the he`rt. That's the thing. These people touch

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your heart everyday, and it's a real great thing. It blesses us `s much

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as it blesses them. Great thoughts. Now, tomorrow night we'll bd finding

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out how you are raising mondy for Sport Relief. You can find out

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what's happening near you bx going to sportrelief.com. And you are

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running a mile, aunty? U Amhn! I am starting of the Norwich race,

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setting off from outside City Hall here. That starts at nine, ten, and

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1030. I am making my eight`xear`old daughter run for me!

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Many people share their thotghts and keep us updated by blogging about

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the latest fashion trends, politics, but also wildlife. Tonight, we meet

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a science teacher from Reepham High School in Norfolk has been doing.

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Sarah Holmes is one of 20 whldlife bloggers from across UK to be

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featured in the BBC Wildlifd magazine. She will write about what

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she sees and hoping to insphre her students to get involved.

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Nesting blue tits, moth cocoons and soon a new bee club. These `re some

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of the ways Sarah Holmes is inspiring her pupils to find out

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more about nature. So if yotrs is wiggling, it means it's alive. It

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will turn into a moth at sole point soon, hopefully. We've been

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participating in looking at the moths, which we've rescued from the

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greenhouse to have a look at. Seeing the birds in the bird box, `nd

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seeing the stages they go through to actually nesting, I find th`t really

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enjoyable. Really nice learning about nature, because when H was in

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primary, we had a wildlife garden, but we didn't really learn too much.

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Their teacher Sarah is a kedn nature blogger, and has just been picked to

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write about her local area for the BBC's Wildlife magazine. Shd's one

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of only 20 people who'll be local patch reporters. We had hundreds of

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applicants for this I was really excited, because

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apparently they were inundated by lots of people, and I wasn't really

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expecting to be picked. I w`s really happy when I got the e`mail to say

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yeah, we'd like you to do this. We had hundreds of applicants for this

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project up and down the country and Jews

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project up and down the country and Sarah

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project up and down the country and Jews and

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project up and down the country and Sarah really stood out from the

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crowd because of her energy and enthusiasm, but in particul`r, she

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was really, really interestdd in getting the next generation into

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wildlife and the natural world. It's places like this, Foxley Wood, just

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down the road from where Sarah teaches, that inspires her to write

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about nature. It's the largdst remaining ancient woodland hn

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Norfolk, so it's full of historical flowers. Butterflies thrive here,

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and it's great for bird spotting. Over the pass a few years, there has

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been a lot of research done into nature deficit disorder, whhch is

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basically talking about children not having as much connection whth the

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outdoors, and I thought it would be quite nice to try and address that

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and have a few more things to get kids more connected with nature But

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Sarah wants us all to venture out a bit more. Her blog is about what she

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has seen, and what we should look out for, meaning we don't h`ve to

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travel abroad to see somethhng special. It's all just around the

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corner. That's great, isn't it? We ought to

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say that you were doing the and That's great, isn't it? We ought to

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say that you were doing the race on Sunday. Yes, but there are dvents

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all over the region. Check out the website.

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Good evening. It might be whndy but we have seen some fine weather

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across the region. This photograph was sent into us, shoving a

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beautiful scene in Bury St Ddmunds, with some spring flowers in the

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foreground. The cathedral in the background. We did record some gusts

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of up to 40 mph today, so cdrtainly a windy forecast, but also, the

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warmest spot wasn't in Suffolk, but in Norfolk. 16.4 Celsius in Norwich,

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but look at the temperatures tomorrow. Quite a drop in

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temperatures. We will reallx notice the difference. It is coming in on

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this front, bringing quite ` lot of cold air behind, which will really

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stick around into the weekend and the beginning of next week. There

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might be the return of some frost, and cooler temperatures by day. If

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we look in and cooler temperatures by day. If

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we look at and cooler temperatures by day. If

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we look in the and cooler temperatures by day. If

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we look at the progress of the rain in the last few hours, it is getting

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into the north`west of the region, and as you can see, it rattles

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through by midnight. For most of us, it should have cleared away, and no

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great rainfall totals, but the significant thing is the cooler air

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that starts to make its mood significant thing is the cooler air

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that starts to make its way right across the region, and later

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tonight, with light winds and clear skies, temperatures could f`ll away.

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Close to freezing, two or three Celsius, cold enough for a touch of

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ground frost and icy patches where there has been earlier rainfall

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Tomorrow, and entirely for the there has been earlier rainfall

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Tomorrow, and entirely diffdrent feeling day. Another weather front

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is on its way, but it shouldn't spoil the day. It will be qtite

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windy. Here is the weather front first thing tomorrow morning. It

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will bring some showers, but probably not until the evenhng rush

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hour. The bulk of the day whll feel cooler and fresher, but quite a bit

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of sunshine through the morning into the afternoon. Some patchy cloud

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rings one or two isolated b`ll the afternoon. Some patchy cloud

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rings one or two isolated showers, but into the afternoon, there could

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just be more widespread showers Temperatures between ten and 12

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still a brisk and Temperatures between ten and 12

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still a brisk breeze as well, so quite a blustery feel. The showers

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become more widespread into the evening. They could be on the heavy

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side, possibly with hail mixed in and accompanied by a blustery wind.

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Into the weekend, this is how it shapes up: Much cooler, highs of

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just nine Celsius sunshine `round, and also some showers, which could

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be on the heavier side. The return of some overnight frost, so

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gardeners beware. had a of some overnight frost, so

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gardeners beware. Any bloomhng flowers may be quite vulner`ble A

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quick barometer check should help. Thank you very much. Do you remember

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spring? That is all from us. Have a good evening. See you tomorrow.

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