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Hello and welcome to Thursd`y's Look East. Coming up in the next 30
minutes: 11 members of the same family are jailed for the khdnap and
torture of a couple in the Fens Police say it's the worst c`se of
vigilantism they've ever sedn. Also tonight: The morning after the
night before ` Nick Clegg t`lks about that debate and defends
Cambridge's City Deal money. People say ?1 billion isn't enough
but it is much more than ?0. And we'll be here later in the
programme: Up, up and away. How the region's airports are expanding `
without the prospect of a ndw major runway.
And a soldier 's life in a sick case which had not been opened for nearly
100 years. Good evening. First tonight, it s
been described by police as the worst case of vigilantism they've
ever seen, like a scene frol a Hollywood film. 11 members of the
same family kidnapped and tortured a couple they wrongly believed
murdered their elderly relative Today, those family members were
jailed for a total of 60 ye`rs. The pregnant woman and her partner were
held against their will and eaten in an attempt to extract confessions.
But 75`year`old Gertrude Fr`nkham from west Norfolk had actually died
from natural causes. Our hole affairs correspondent Sally Chidzoy
was in court to hear today's verdicts.
Behind bars tonight, members of a family fixated on revenge. They are
relatives of Gertrude Frankham who had been married to Iman often
referred to as the king of the gypsies. The family were convinced
she had been murdered and khdnapped the man they believed responsible.
And his pregnant late `` he`vily pregnant partner. They beat them and
filmed it. There was blood on her face and she was very distrdssed.
She was heavily pregnant at the time and people were forcing her to say
what they wanted her to say. She would have been in fear for her own
life as well as the safety of her unborn child. Police were alerted
after the dot dial nine 990 is tell pleased they had a confession after
beating the women. Police investigated the murder
allegations. Won it was the family who ended up in
the dock. Sentencing the 11 defendants to a total of 60 years in
jail, the judge said they wdre a family who saw themselves as being
above the law, that they ard imposed their own law. He said the punched,
kicked and drag the male victim into a warehouse and forced him hnto a
chair. He said it was a scene reminiscent of some while Hollywood
film. The family still insist Gertrude Frankham was murdered.
She will get her justice and the police know who the murderer is
None of the family should a Morse. `` showed remorse.
The Deputy Prime Minister, Nick Clegg, was in Cambridge tod`y
talking up the benefits of City Deal status. That's the funding for the
region which could be worth up to ?1 billion. Mr Clegg took a totr around
the Science Park, something he says the money will build on to dnsure
that the city continues to be a magnet for high tech companhes. But
it was only this week that the chief executive of the Cambridgeshire
Chambers of Commerce called into question what the deal is actually
worth and how much impact the extra cash will have.
We really feel that the Citx Deal is inadequate to deal with the kind of
problems that we already have. We have said is it a real Deal or a raw
deal? We think it is the latter And it was precisely that point that
I put to Nick Clegg directlx when I had the opportunity to talk to him
earlier today. I don't agree. The problem hs when
you make an announcement like this that people say it isn't enough
It is interesting you see ?0 billion because only 100 million is
guaranteed. No, 100 million comes up front then
400 million is revenue generated here that would be normally sent
down to the Treasury but is retained here. But you are right the other
half a billion needs to be latched. The commuters who will be able to
travel more freely will be less interested in which hundreds of an
comes from where. That is the main thing that people are worridd
about, the congestion and transport links.
They were talking about representing the business community. There is a
feeling that this money will just paper over the cracks.
This is a plan which, unlikd the bad old days, when plans for Calbridge
were drafted on the back of an envelope, this is a decision made
locally. Local business people have been authors of this plan.
The rest is, if we don't get it right, at government and local
level, we could have companhes going off to silicon valley. If wd don't
get this right they will le`ve. That's why we have to get it right.
I like to see the positive side of this. This is ?1 billion City Deal
that didn't exist. Let's talk about your debate with Nigel Farage
because this area is a UKIP stronghold.
How did you think you performed I enjoyed it and would have debates
like that every day. When someone like Nigel Farage comes along and
says I can lift all the problems from your shoulders because it is
someone else's fault I can understand that is an attractive
idea. Nevertheless, people are listening.
The UKIP vote stands at 21% in this region and we now have over 50
councillors at county and dhstrict level. They are a force to be
reckoned with, aren't they? Indeed and it is an attracthve
argument but a dangerous ond. Have to look at the bigger picture. One
in seven of the businesses hn this country were created by people who
came from elsewhere in the world and created taxes. It is better for us
to be in the European Union. Thank you.
Police in Milton Keynes say they're becoming increasingly concerned for
the welfare of a teenager who's been missing from her home for more than
a week. Cailey`Anne Payne is 16 She was last seen with friends on
Saturday in London. Our reporter Ben Bland is in Milton Keynes for us
now. Ben, what more can you tell us? Cailey`Anne went missing last
Wednesday, more than a week ago She was seen at Milton Keynes train
station that evening and has only been seen once on Saturday lorning
in the acting area of West London. She is 16 years old and has gone
missing before but detectivds are worried for three reasons, because
she is on her own, has no access to money and the length of timd, seven
days, is giving them cause for concern and they are treating its
very seriously indeed. I asked one of the detectives estimate have any
luck tracking her down using her mobile phone signal or bank card
usage. We are doing lots of enquiries as is standard procedure.
We are keen to get communitx intelligence. Any friends or family
who now Cailey`Anne and makd no worse years are asked to cole
forward and share information. The police have issued a description
and a photo. She is white, five foot three, of medium build with long
dark red hair. They ask for people who see her to appeal to her to get
in touch with her family and let them know she is safe.
The family are worried as you can imagine. They are working clothes
with police and we are making sure they are supported well the search
continues. Detectives tell me they are focusing
their search in London and here in Milton Keynes. They are urghng
anyone who sees Cailey`Anne to get in touch with them by calling 1 1.
An amateur footballer has bden arrested and charged for posting
abusive tweets. Nine tweets were sent, two of them allegedly
discriminating against a disabled person. The FA would not reveal the
exact content of the tweets but he has until next week to respond to
the charges. It's estimated that it could take
councils in this region eight years to clear the backlog of rep`irs to
our roads. A freezing winter followed by a wet one have left
roads severely potholed and damaged. The government has given cotncils in
the East more than ?15 millhon in extra funding. But one industry
group says it's a drop in the ocean and it will be years before all the
damage can be put right. What we would like to see is a more
proactive maintenance schemd for the area and more money being ptt into
fixed those roads. Whether that money comes from local or n`tional
government. In less than 24 hours, a vote in
Brussels could mean online hmages of child sexual abuse become more
difficult to block. That is the concern of the Cambridgeshire `based
charity the Internet Watch Foundation.
Restrictions on the Internet registered. Better for businesses,
with their websites less able to be blocked. They brought here for more
freedom on the web and now fears that more images of children will be
difficult to remove. We must not allow any weakening of powers to
tackle child abuse. But I am confident that reason will
prevail and this very unfortunate vote will be overturned.
The IAAF can have pictures removed almost instantly but they could
though remain up for days or even weeks until permission has been
granted. The Internet Watch Foundation wouldn't speak on camera
but said they would be watching developments. The vote is l`ter this
year and if it goes the samd way, changes to the Telecom bill will
become binding. We want to have a system th`t allows
companies like the IAAF the ability to take child abuse images of the
Internet. We want to be abld to do that internationally and not just in
the UK. The IAAF worried that more child
images are being viewed every day and they will lose the power to
remove them. Northampton will look to reach the next round of the cup
tonight. The Highways Agency says its plans
for improvements are on schddule and the plan to have consultations next
month. delayed after it emerged he had a
fraud conviction. He served six months for the offence
month. Those are the top stories for
tonight. He used to weigh 70 stone, but is
now down to 22 stone. The operation could reduce his weight by ` further
seven stone. Still to come: The pioneering surgery to help women
with all bladder problems. Smog and pollution levels in parts
of this region have been higher than anywhere else for the second day
running, according to the Mdt Office. South easterly winds have
blown dust from the Sahara.. And pollution from the continent. But
tonight there are questions over the levels of pollution and whether
they've really been as bad `s predicted. This is a Birds Dye view
at Luton Airport. All of thdse buildings shrouded by a curtain of
smog. It has been a murky phcture in more ways than one. I region was
predicted to be one of the worst places in the country for pollution.
Depending on which experts xou listen to. There is still a blanket
of haze across Norwich at the moment. The Met office says that any
pollution scale of one to tdn, it will be ten. That means verx high.
Defra says it will be low. Tnless you are in a city or town or buy a
busy road. If one or two pl`ces have a high reading and you colotr a
large area of the map with that colour then everybody thinks they
will get bad pollution levels. It is a bit like telling people who live
on the top of a hill that there will be flooding and it applies only to
people in the valleys. Saharan dust coated cars yesterday.
A perfect recipe for high ahr pollution. The Defra websitd showed
the highest alert possible hn purple. But it has not been as high
as forecast. Despite the warnings, this man took his job for `` took
his dog for the usual walk. I would not say the experts are
right or wrong. But we do normally get sand blowing up from thd Sahara
at this time of year. With ` strong southerly and I suppose with the
high`pressure and low presstre, weak spectre it.
The warnings have continued. Although the readings from this
monitoring station in Norwich have been consistently low. This man is
an expert in weather and air pollution at the University of East
Anglia. He says it does not take much for the forecast to be wrong.
There are three elements kex to a good forecast. Getting the weather
right, quantifying how much volition there is, and understanding the
atmospheric chemistry. `` quantifying how much polluthon there
is. Experts say that while air pollution
is a serious issue, it should be kept in perspective. We apologise
for sound problems during that report.
It's nearly four months since the Government's Airports Commission
left Stansted off the short list for a new runway. It was a move that
delighted campaigners opposdd to expansion. But ever since Stansted
has been showing signs of growth, handling more passengers and
announcing new deals with ahrlines. And it's not just at Stanstdd. Luton
and Southend have also been expanding. So does it matter we re
probably not going to get a new major runway?
The Airports Commission may have said an initial "no" to a sdcond
runway at Stansted. But that does not mean that the region's `irports
are going nowhere. They havd substantial spare capacity. Recent
weeks have seen a flurry of announcements by airlines planning
major growth. This week it was easyJet, planning to double
passenger numbers at Luton. Last week, Flybe announced six ndw routes
from Southend. Two weeks ago, Ryanair said it would incre`se
passenger numbers at Stanstdd by 50%. How much spare capacitx do the
region's airports have? Luton currently flies ten million
passengers a year. It could, with Government permission, fly tp to 18
million. Southend currently flies ond million
and could go up to 5 million, if it was allowed to. Stansted, ctrrently
at 18 million, has permission to go up to 35 million. But if pl`nning
controls were relaxed, it could go up to 45 million on just ond runway.
From an 18 million passenger starting point this year, wd believe
in the next 15 to 20 years, we'll be at 35 million. As we go beyond that
figure, depending on growth rates over the next ten to 15 years,
getting up to 45 million. 45 million would be ten million more
than they presently have permission for. That's the size of Birlingham.
So we would not simply roll over and accept it. We would want to discuss
with the airport the noise hmpact, the air quality impact, and to
ensure the interests of loc`l people were safeguarded.
With anything up to 35 years of spare capacity, Stansted fedls it
can ease any shortage of runway space in the South East. And it is
not the only place that feels that way.
Southend is one of the airports that will be able to provide addhtional
capacity before any new runway is built. So we can grow our route
network and help to solve some of the South East airport capacity
issues. The Airports Commission is looking
at Heathrow and Gatwick for possible new runways. But fears Stansted will
be left with nowhere to grow appear overdone. More women are sahd to
suffer from bladder problems than some forms of cancer. But it can be
embarrassing to talk about `nd many suffer in silence. 18 at
Hinchingbrooke Hospital in Cambridge has become the first in this region
to use a new type of keyhold surgery to repair the damage. They want to
get this message across: If you have a problem, get help.
Are you feeling nervous abott your surgery today?
Ahead of her operation, this woman hopes it will change her life. She
is lucky that the gynaecology team here has won a national accolade for
helping women with unary and pelvic floor problems. While some `re keen
to have this operation, othdrs don't have it so easy.
Older ladies may just put up with things until it has got to the point
really cannot put up with any more. That is because they just dhd not
want to talk to their GP about it. It is not pain, just discomfort But
you don't want to tell people about it.
She is being given a general anaesthetic but the procedure will
only take 20 minutes. The hospital has been praised for its usd of
keyhole surgery. But today, the operation is being done
conventionally. I can see where the healthy tissue is and where the
weaker tissue is. I can then join them up and provide strength.
Figures show that one in five women suffer from these kinds of problems.
Higher than some cancers and diabetes. But only a quarter of
women seek help. If they did look for treatment, there is an 80%
success rate. Penny has alrdady encouraged others to seek advice
over similar problems. The lore ladies that go out and talk about
what they have had done, and that has made a huge difference to their
lives, those who are out thdre worrying that it is surgery need not
worry. We have a vast range of options.
One alternative is Botox. Soon the surgery is over and it is only lunch
time. She will go home tomorrow In 1916, a young soldier from
Hertfordshire was killed at the Battle of the Somme. Edward Ambrose
was just 18 and when he went to war he took a suitcase with him for all
his personal possessions. There's all sorts of things, this
being perhaps one of the nicest .. Stored away for almost a century,
this suitcase tells a fascinating story. Inside, the personal
possessions of Private Edward Ambrose, just 18 when he was killed.
His mother was said to be so heartbroken that she locked the case
and its contents in an attic. The case is an incredible condition as
are its contents. Photographs, medals, and Private Ambrose's pipe
and cigarette case containing hand`rolled cigarettes.
It's the totality of everything a snapshot of a young man's lhfe at
the moment he died. The poignant half smoked pipe or picture of his
girlfriend is just so touchhng. Private Ambrose, the eldest of six,
joined the 6th Battalion Bedfordshire Regiment in 1905. The
following year, he was on the front line in the Battle of the Somme He
died a few days after being hit by shell fragments.
One of the most interesting pieces is his wallet. It contains pieces of
shrapnel. The suitcase contained many letters.
This was from Private Ambrose's father, just days before his son
went to war. "No doubt you will think it is
strange to get a letter frol dad but I thought I must write you just a
few lines before you sail away from home. I remind you that you are
quite young, so you must trx to take care of yourself and don't forget to
ask your Heavenly Father to help you."
Private Ambrose's possessions, including this French phrasd book
for soldiers, will go on display later this year as part of the
Hearts At War project. A unhque collection, but sadly and all too
familiar story. So poignant. A very moving letter.
Now the weather. The air quality is changing. More
clear air coming in from thd Atlantic will mean less pollution
around. We will also see sole rain. The cleaner air is coming in on this
weather front. It has some rain on it but as it tracks its way eastward
it is weakening. For most p`rts of the region, it will turn
increasingly cloudy. A few spots of rain. By the end of the night, it
looks dry. Not particularly cold. A south`westerly wind. Into the
morning, Mr will clear first thing. The cloud is expected to thhcken. We
may see some sunshine. Tempdratures are bit cooler than they have been.
The afternoon looks as though it will be brighter with a better
chance of sunshine. Pressurd patterns show that there ard more
Atlantic weather fronts on their way. Tightly squeezed isobars saw a
noticeable south`westerly breeze over the next few days. That will
bring mixed fortunes for thd weekend. Some rain at the wdekend,
but not throughout it. We start Saturday dry and bright sunshine.
But that may turn cloudy as the day progresses. A south`westerlx breeze
for the weekend. Some outbrdaks of rain on Sunday morning. But try and
break by the afternoon. `` but dry and bright by the afternoon. Some
sunshine. A mild night. I suppose we need a bit of rain
That is all from us. Goodbyd.