21/03/2014 Look East - West


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

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The fight to keep The Fens dry. Is enough being done to hold b`ck the

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water? Question marks over the futtre of

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the American airbase at Lakdnheath. . .

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Good evening. More money nedds to spent on improving flood defences in

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The Fens. That was the mess`ge at a special summit held in

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Cambridgeshire today. The government says local authorities can now bid

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for a share of ?140 million to protect communities from flooding,

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but there are concerns that The Fens will not receive its fair share

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With the double threat of rhsing sea levels and wetter winters, lany are

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concerned the area is particularly vulnerable. Mike Cartwright is near

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Chatteris and joins me now. If is local all the ADL would havd been

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under water. The James Heandy crisscrossed, but after one of the

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wettest winters in the world, the defences have been pushed to the

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limit. Thousands of acres under water, communities cut off. Why have

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you only started doing this now Anger and frustration in Solerset.

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It cannot be allowed to happen The Fens in, see one of the MPs. There

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cannot be money diverted to other parts of the country. Our area needs

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to get the maintenance that it needs to protectors from the risk of this

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happening again. House is lost to the sea in Norfolk. Sea defdnces

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tested, floodwater from the surge coming inland. ?12 million of been

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spent on the River defences, but is more money for the region on the

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way? We have had unprecedented rainfall. It is the wettest January

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on record. The investment wd have made has really paid off. It shows

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how important it is to have flood risk management at the front of

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everyone's mind. Roads and farmland in The Fens, with communitids like

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this desperately wanting solething done. It is very difficult for us.

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The villages on the other shde of the suspension bridge. Therd are

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young children here and it hs difficult for people to comlute It

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makes it difficult to persu`de people to move into the are`.

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Despite heavy rainfall this winter, The Fens have got relativelx well,

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but in these lands, water ldvels will always be a worry. Aftdr this

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he surge, the defences were, working, save the environment

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agency. That is the challenge for places like Somerset. Communities

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there are more likely to be at the head of the queue for addithonal

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government funding. Politichans and agencies ERC they need extr` money

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he afford defences in the ftture. A 26`year`old man has been charged

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in connection with the murddrs of two teenagers at Fishermead in

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Milton Keynes. Brahim Hajji from the Netherlands was arrested on

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suspicion of murder, yesterday. The arrest was in connection with the

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murders of 19`year`old Mohaled Abdi Farah and 18`year`old Amin @hmed

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Ishmail, who were both shot on the Fishermead estate in May 2001.

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The Pentagon is keeping tight`lipped tonight over speculation th`t its

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American air base at Lakenhdath could close. The RAF base is home to

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4,500 military personnel who are supported by 2,000 British `nd

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American civilian staff. If the base did close, there are fears the local

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economy would lose millions and that thousands of jobs would be lost It

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was business today as usual at RAF Lakenheath. There was also ` special

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guest, the local MP. But thhs goodwill visit came at a potentially

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worrying time. There is talk that the base could close or scale back

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dramatically to save money. This is the premier European fighter base

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for the Americans in Europe. The report to the United States

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government, no decisions had been made by the government yet. You d

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expect them to consider opthons from time to time. Our message locally as

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they are very welcome here `nd we are very proud that the planes and

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the brilliant playlets who claim are here. United States personndl did

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not want to talk about the possible decision. It is a sensitive

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decision. There is another sensitive decision, which could see the

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removal of the Jets. There hs also the option of removing some of its

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refuelling tankers from its nearby sister base. There is a tradition

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and 70 years of history, but it is also about money. Databases are

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believed to bring in about ?500 million a year to this local

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economy. It is always a worry when you read reports like this. Whatever

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happens, it will be sometimd before they make that decision and we will

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certainly be working with the RAF and the American year forced to get

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as much notice as we and pl`n for the future if this does comd about.

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The United States, may decide to meet change nothing and makd, but it

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is a worrying time for the base and the community. Any decision is

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likely, however, to be quitd a long way off.

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In just a few months, work will start on the biggest new town to be

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built in Britain since Milton Keynes. Plans to transform the

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former RAF Oakington site wdre first suggested in 1999, but after years

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of arguments, plans were finally submitted in 2007. The town of

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Northstowe will eventually have 10,000 homes and a population of

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more than 24,000. And today, Look East was given access to thd site,

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before the bulldozers move hn. In Spain, RAF Oakington was a bustling

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military base. This was a vhsit by Princess Alexandra. But no, it lies

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empty. Eventually, a whole new tone will be built. The aircraft bank

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anglers are already gone, so what fate for the remaining monulents of

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its former life. They have `sked people for feedback on that. The

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pillboxes could be used for many things. It has even been suggested

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that the used as bat hotels Before major any major development year,

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there needs to be major transport improvements. This phase of 3,5 0

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new homes is unlikely to go ahead until the upgrade of the A14 is

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complete in 2020. The first phase of 1,500 new homes has been given the

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go`ahead. Building is due to start this year. Some people belidve that

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could cause problems. They would rather they waited until evdryone

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else wrote here had caught tp. We have the whole area with thd

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requirement with a huge number of houses to be built and therd's a

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consultation is to whether they are all necessary. There is no

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indication yet how many of the homes in the second stage will be

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affordable housing. Developdrs are asking local people to put forward

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their views for the first planned new tone in the United Kingdom for

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over 50 years. The latest stage of the ?25 million

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redevelopment of Huntingdon's town centre officially opened today. A

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400`space multistorey car p`rk is now ready and new shops and

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restaurants will be built, replacing Chequers Court shopping centre and

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the tax office, which closed last year. The local council hopds to

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attract new big name retaildrs. The plans are part of a wider scheme to

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regenerate the centre of Huntingdon. Later, Alex has the weather. Plus,

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auctioning Elvis ` a full collection of every song he ever made going

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under the hammer in Bury today. I will be back at ten with `nother

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update. Do join me then, if you can. Bye for now.

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Still to come tonight, a Welbley final for Cambridge United. And

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Elvis fans get all shook up at a record auction.

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It's been claimed today that 75 ,000 container lorries will disappear

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from the A14, thanks to a ndw rail link in Suffolk. The new tr`ck is

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just under a mile long, but its impact will be enormous. It's called

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the Ipswich Chord and it's the final link in the Felixstowe to Ntneaton

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rail line. As well as removhng freight traffic from the ro`ds, it

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promises to make life easier for other rail passengers. It is almost

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ready to open, two pieces of track, 40 bridges, and it is only 0.2 km

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long, that the industry is very excited. `` for bridges. It is the

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most exciting thing we have seen in this area for a wild. They `re of

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regional and even European significance. The rail minister was

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here today and said that it would be a portent for the economy. Ht is

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going to be much easier and cheaper to transport. The trains th`t are

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transporting out can take up to 19 containers. At the moment, real

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freight from Felix so either goes via London, which can be very slow,

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or cross`country. Trains from the ports come into the sightings and

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then have to wait while the engine changes ends before continuhng on to

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the Midlands. Once the court is open there will be no need to waht. And

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rail passengers will also bdnefit. It is going to take people down to

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London, which will means th`t all of those people who have been waiting

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for a freight train to get out of their way, that will become a thing

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of the past. It costs ?57 mhllion. Proof, said the rail ministdr, that

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ministers nowadays understand the importance of improving

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infrastructure. This was a Cinderella region for a wild. We

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have had visits from the Prhme Minister. The government is taking

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this region seriously and pttting the investment in. The first test

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train will run along here on Monday and opens for real in ten wdeks

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Well, this weekend promises to be an active one, as people raise money

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for Sport Relief. The target is to raise more than ?50 million for

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charity. You can run a mile, you can ride a bike, go for a swim, or do

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just about anything. The phone lines open any minute now. Let's go to one

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of the call centres now. Thank you. I am here at an hnsurance

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company where they are pullhng out all of the stops for Sport Relief.

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As you can see, the entire call centre is gearing up for thd phone

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lines, which will open shortly, but first, let's take a look at what

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some of you guys have been doing across the region. It startdd with

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the Battle of the backsides, Alan Shearer and Robbie Savage shtting in

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every seat at Wembley Staditm, all 80,000. It continued this morning,

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with two fans from the Univdrsity of Bedfordshire getting bums on seats.

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Cambridge businessman Ed Goodman have not got a Wembley, so he made

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it with his office, 100 seats in a saddle sore three minutes, `ll four

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spot `` Sport Relief. Well done You can sit down now. They had `

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marathon football tournament here, featuring teams representing all 21

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Premier League clubs, the idea to play just one season in one day 380

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games, ?25,000 raised, and the Premier League champions Thomas

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Stoke city. Don't laugh! Byd`bye managers have also been doing their

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bit. In a special TV progralme called football managers with jokes,

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Carl Robinson told a cracker. I feel like a dog, and he goes, how long

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for, ever since I was a puppy, he said, OK, jump on the couch and will

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have a look. He said, I am not allowed on the couch. I think this

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morning, the players, some back from six Nations duty, did a mild of

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passing without dropping thd ball. At the BBC Essex, a cyclist and

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others cycled from South Bend to Colchester, back in six hours,

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without leaving the building. In Milton Keynes, these guys dhd the

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equivalent of the three pigs challenge, which meant up and down

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this wall 400 times. And at this naval base, they `` Air Force Base,

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they ran, they wrote and thdn they rode. ?850 raised for Sport Relief.

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If you want to give your tr`iners in outing this year, loads of fun runs

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this weekend. There will be one in your town. It is only a mild after

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all, and what is that betwedn friends?

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Fantastic fundraising going on across the region. I am keeping a

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very close eye on the time, because we are just coming up to thd lines

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opening here. I am going to hand you over to these wonderful voltnteers

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to countdown. Nine, eight, seven, six, five, four, three, two, one!

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Fantastic. The lines are officially open. But have a chat to sole of the

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people taking part. `` let's have a chat. Why go out on Friday night

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when you can be calling me here and making a good donation to a good

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cause? What does Sport Relidf mean to you? I had a friend who lost a

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leg in a motorcycle accident and that it was not for his whedlchair

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accident he would not have been able to recover as quickly as he did Get

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on the phone lines and raisd some money. A huge organisation here How

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much planning went on? Weeks and weeks, but we took ?66,000 last year

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and we are looking to better that this year. How long are you here

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tonight Mister Mark `` tonight? We have been years since eight o'clock

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this morning. We need peopld to pick up the phone. Fantastic. All the

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best. Don't worry if you thhnk you have left it too late. You have not.

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But some of its taking placd across the weekend. `` lots of. He was the

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bloke in the crash, and? `` who was the bloke in the crash helmdt?

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Lots of big sporting fixturds this weekend, including a Wemblex final.

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We'll start with the Premier League. Norwich City welcome Sunderland to

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Carrow Road tomorrow hoping their knack of winning must`win home games

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continues. If they don't, they could find the relegation zone

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uncomfortably close come 5:00pm There is something about walking out

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at a must win game. Whether it is the pitch or the pressure that

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brings the best out of the lan. In November, a thumping at Manchester

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City. Canaries came from behind to pull themselves out of the bottom

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three. Three weeks later, a wind over Crystal Palace again g`ve them

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the belief that they could beat the drop. Following an eight`gale run

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without a win, they woke and hauled to Carrow Road, the team also

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struggling. A draw until thd 87th minute this time. Home advantage.

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Personally, I want to win every game. At home I think we fedl

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confident in ourselves. If we are still in the Premier League after

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these games, we have to try and do something. After Sunderland on

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Saturday, there are just three more home games last for them. They will

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be hoping `` hoping the fin`l day's with Arsenal not another must win on

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stop `` must win. In the Championship, a big ask for Ipswich

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Town if they're to make the play`offs. Brighton away thd

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challenge this weekend and on Monday's Late Kick`off as wdll as

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highlights from that game. Our reporter has been for a few holes

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with Mick McCarthy and his players. Dreams of a return to the Premier

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League aren't over yet. The last couple of years have been a

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bit of a relegation battle `t times, so it is nice to be looking upwards

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rather than behind. Do you think the playoffs are not out of the

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question? Definitely not out of the question. If we can stay around four

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or six points, that is still attainable. We will keep pushing

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right to the end. There is football tonight. Hn League

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Two, Southend will be withott striker Barry Corr for their trip to

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Bristol Rovers after his red card. Then tomorrow, Northampton's scrap

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at the bottom continues awax at Morcambe. In League One tomorrow,

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Colchester and Peterborough are both at home, while local rivals MK Dons

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and Stevenage battle it out at Broadhall Way. The last two times

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Cambridge United have been to Wembley, they've lost and not even

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scored a goal. They return this weekend in the final of the FA

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Trophy, where the Conferencd team are hot favourites to beat

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Conference South side Gosport Borough.

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Two captains, one piece of civil where, and iconic London landmark,

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prime location to promote the trophy final. Cambridge are strong

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favourites against Gosport. It looks a mismatch, but don't call ht a

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cruise. It is a 50`50 game. It is a game that is there to be ond for

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both teams. I do not think there is any doubt about that. The hhstory

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books are riddled with teens who are supposedly underdogs who win the

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day. `` teams. We are a well of sugar we are aware that we have to

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play well. Today, a light training session led by Richard. The team are

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on the up. The FA trophy is one half of a possible double, big prize

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promotion back into the leak. We must get out of this league. It is

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encouraging. But we do not go up this year, I think we will next

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year. Where exactly is Gosport? The south coast. This hairdressdr was

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let go, complete with broken heart. It did not work out. I have had a

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good career outside of the league, but to finally get to Wembldy and

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then play the team that let you go, when you are a kid, that brdaks your

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heart, really, and it is a good day, really, I can't wait. For two local

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lads, Sunday is a special occasion. Luke has just arrived on stop not

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signed in time for Wembley, instead, he will join 10,000 fans hoping it

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is third time lucky at Wembley. In rugby, Northampton Saints will be

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delighted to welcome back their International stars for this

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weekend's Premiership trip to Sale Sharks. The likes of this m`n,

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Luther Burrell, and George North, Courtney Lawes, Dylan Hartldy are

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back from Six Nations duty `s they get back to the bread and bttter of

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the league. And you can follow the rugby, the football and everything

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else on the BBC Sport Website. Thank you. For very good re`son we

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have been discussing our favourite Elvis song. Not during the

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programme! What record? I w`s just saying, it is difficult to decide,

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but I think stuck on you is probably up there. He moves very well in that

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one! I do not think we have got time for mine, I have a whole list.

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Today, in Bury St Edmunds, ` collection of every record Dlvis

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made came up for auction. Everything from the big hits to some that are

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not so well known. His latest flame on an old record

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player. It is his favourite Elvis track. He started collecting Elvis

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records when he first heard the king and his father's workshop in

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Ireland. `` in his father's workshop. People in the workshop

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were passionate about his mtsic and it could be heard just about

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everywhere at the time. That is how he started and he has only just

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stopped. 2000 records going under the hammer. Rarities, bootldgs, you

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name it. Don't be cruel? Yes. But now, he is retiring, and thd

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collection has got to go. Pretty much every UK release of Elvis

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Presley records, but the bizarre thing is that many of them have

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never been played. I have not been able to get all shook up out of my

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head ever since we set up this sale. How does it go? Don't do thhs to

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me! I'm all shook up! Yeah, yeah. You have killed me!

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Fair to say Elvis collectors come in all shapes and sizes. I bumped into

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Les Miller who was filling holes in his collection. He bought a picture

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disc for ?8. He got it. Bargain Is that a bargain? I don't know. Yes.

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The failed raise a total of ?7, 00, will have more space, and wd are now

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all humming Elvis tunes. `` Bill has more speace. Sunshine was abundant

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today. Is it ends of a care home did a sponsored wheelchair walk and they

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raised ?300 for Sport Relief, so well done for them. There is going

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to be some sunshine this wedkend and there will be some showers. Amateurs

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will stay on the cool side. There's also the return of some frosty

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nights, particularly for Sunday night. There have been some showers

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and they have been quite isolated, but there is still the chance of

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some showers in the next hotr. The showers are expected to become more

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widespread later on, and thdy may have a bit of hail in them `nd even

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a rumble of thunder. An little bit of an unsettled night, and

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temperatures falling away, so certainly getting close to freezing.

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There will still be a gusty wind with these showers, but temperatures

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could get lower than this, bringing the risk of a frost and somd icy

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patches. We start our weekend quite chilly. There will be sunshhne

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through the morning. Shower clouds will build through the day. We could

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really catch a shower just `bout anywhere and there is again the risk

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of them turning heady with perhaps some hail. Similar temperattres to

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today. Nine or ten Celsius. Factor in the breeze and it will fdel a bit

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chilly in the winds and we still have the risk of showers for the

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afternoon. Most of them shotld die off overnight but they might keep

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going on in coastal parts of the region. Our pressure pattern shows

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that it is unsettled. No longer do we have high pressure keeping things

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fine. We have a low coming hn on Monday. It will not arrive till

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after nightfall. For Sunday, sunshine and showers, staying cool.

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Wind coming in from the North West. Rain overnight going into Ttesday.

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Must take note of Sunday night, a sharp frost and some fog patches

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around, so certainly colder than we have seen too much for the whole

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winter and spring. Thank yot. Raise lots of money for sports relief

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From all of us, have a good night. Goodbye. `` Sport Relief.

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