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firepower in military exercises That is all from the BBC
Cambridge to announce a ?200 million investment. The Northamptonshire
prison in the United States while prison in the United States while
they await trial on fraud charges. Later in the programme, can seems
beat Harlequins to reach thd challenge cup final? `` Saints.
And the Magic Flute crafted from the carnage of the First World War.
First tonight the multi million pound investment in polar rdsearch .
Today the Chancellor was in Cambridge to announce 200
million pounds for a new re`search vessel, to be
managed by the British Antartic Survey, based here in Cambrhdge
The investment has been welcomed by scientists who say the monex is a
A polar flagship, the most `dvanced on the planet. A floating l`b for 60
scientists. Many of those from here, the British Antarctic survex in
Cambridge. To understand how the regions are changing, what ht means
for the club as a whole, we need to go there and get data. This new
investment, this ship that will be built for the survey, it will be a
major advantage. The ?200 mhllion to pay for it is provided by the
government. George Osborne came to Cambridge to announce ?7 billion for
British science. First, we're backing Britain's scientific
clusters, like Cambridge, bdcause you are showing how much Brhtain can
achieve when we turn scienthfic ingenuity to commercial success You
have built a cluster of innovation that has been phenomenally
productive. Your work has rdsulted in some of our most important
scientific and commercial stccesses. The venue, the world`famous
laboratory of molecular biology In the 50s, the scientists discovered
the structure of DNA. Since then, campus discoveries in its l`bs. More
money, vital for uncovering more. The first thing we have to do is
make sure that the facilitids in this country are the best in the
world, that we attract the best people. Scientists are attr`cted by
the quality of the equipment they can get their hands on. The
Chancellor said today that lore British science should be converted
into British business. The science and technology cluster in this city
employs around 57,000 peopld, and generates around ?30 billion a year.
Some people say that the government should be spending more on science.
Under Labour, the spending on science doubled but under the
Conservatives, by the end of this Parliament it will have fallen by
15%. Labour had a 10`year ftnding plan for science, but what has
happened with this government is that funding has been initi`lly
slashed and now the Chancellor has turned up with some cash just before
an election. That is no way to do it. Science and research from this
region already reaches the far corners of the Globe and now a
promise to keep British scidnce on the cutting edge.
After a long battle a coupld from Northamptonshire are about to be
extradited to prison in America Paul and Sandra Dunham are `ccused
of fraud while running a manufacturing company in Maryland.
They moved to the US in 2000, but in 2009 Paul Dunham resigned from the
firm and moved back to Brit`in. But the following year a civil judgement
was placed against the couple, leading to criminal proceedhngs in
2012. Now after several failed appeals, this week the European
Court of Human Rights has ddcided not to intervene in their c`se.
Louise Hubball has just sent this report from Northampton.
The couple only found out that the final bid to avoid extradithon had
failed this evening. Sandra is too upset to talk to us but Paul is with
me. What was your reaction when you heard the news? Complete shock.
Frustration, anger, discussdd at the British government allowing this to
happen. You have always denhed the charges against you and you have
always said you would be happy to go back to America to face tri`l but
what horrifies you is the f`ct that you will be in prison, separated
from your wife. This is the part that we are concerned about. We
being sent back and held in prison before trial? The prison we will be
sent back and placed in is ` prison designed for murderers, raphsts and
drug dealers. That is their majority of the people. We will not have our
own cells so we will be expdcted to share a cell with up to six other
people. The thought of the separation from my wife, and heard
in particular having to spend her time with people who have bden
convicted of those crimes, ht is just horrifying for me. Could the
government have done more to help? Certainly. They have made special
arrangements in the past for high`profile characters. But I am in
just Mr average and it is e`sier for the government is to slip this under
the radar. `` I am just. We hope that people will speak out `nd
insist that they take action. And you now know that you will be
extradited but do you know when you might we know was the exhibhtion
will take place at some point during the next 28 days. Thank you for
talking to me. A father from Luton has been
charged with killing his nine`week`old daughter. 32`xear`old
Adam Stokes, from the Runfold area has been charged with the
manslaughter of Scarlett Stokes`Craig, who died of hdad
injuries in January last ye`r. Scarlett was admitted to thd Luton
and Dunstable Hospital but was transferred to Great Ormond Street
in London, where she died. He'll appear before Luton magistr`tes next
month. Currently in Britain around two
million people have cancer and every month the Lister hospital
in Stevenage treats more th`n thirteen hundred patients, often in
cramped and overcrowded conditions. But soon a new multi million pound
centre will open, which has been partly funded
by the Macmillan Cancer charity Emma Baugh has been given an
exclusive tour of the new cdntre. It's here that up to 500 people a
month, for their chemotherapy. Nurses have to prepare and
administer the treatments in the same space. And is not enough room
for everyone to have family here to support them. This is the m`in
treatment room that they have now. There are ten units where pdople can
have chemotherapy but it is all in one room. As you can see, it is
quite cramped. Tracey comes here every three weeks to be tre`ted for
breast cancer. But the unit is small. And it struggles to cope with
the ever`increasing numbers using it. Tracey will be glad to see the
back of the cramped conditions. When you sit down, a few minutes later
you are asked to move and then someone else sits in the se`t and
they do not realise. It is puite frustrating. It can be quitd
upsetting because you are w`iting to have treatment. It is quite
stressful, worrying about that. Also struggling to cope, MacMill`n
workers in the on`site support centre. The new unit will mdan that
they can recruit more volunteers with more space to do their vital
work. At the moment, we livd in such a constrained environment that we
have one people in `` if we have one person in, we are busy. In the new
centre, we will have more pdople and volunteers. The volunteers `re a big
issue because they do all the filtering that we can then take on
to support people psychologhcally. The new centre will mean th`t they
will more than double the alount of room and treat almost twice as many
patients. Having all of the space and all of the modern facilhties
will make a huge difference, as well as all of the additional crdature
comforts, having a garden, having patient Wi`Fi, having lots of quiet
rooms where you can go to sht and have time on your own. The number of
people diagnosed with cancer is set to double by 2030. This centre will
start taking patients in thd next six weeks.
Part of the new A11 Elveden bypass in Suffolk should open on Monday
Only one lane will be open in each direction and there will be
The new road should be fullx open between Thetford and Mildenhall
The Spanish owners of London Luton airport say they expect to get
the go`ahead for multi`million pound exp`nsion
Currently just under ten million passengers use the airport,
but the new plans would increase that number to 18 million.
The scheme involves a larger terminal
If the government gives the go ahead.
The Spanish company behind the plans says work could
The applications came from 120 people in Waveney and 27 in Suffolk
Coastal. It Still, wonderful story behind this
fleet. 100 years after it w`s created in the most unlikelx of
places. UKIP launched their campaign before Easter week, the othdr
parties had been queueing up to criticise them. Of course, the
European elections are on the 2 nd of May and most of this reghon is in
the eastern constituency whhch has seven seats up for grabs. L`st time
UKIP 12 but then one of thehr MEPs defected to the Tories. We will hear
from the other one in a momdnt but first, this from our political
editor. It has been a week of campaign launches for the Etropean
elections and there is one party that is on everyone's lips. UKIP.
A vote for UKIP is a vote for the status quo. It is a vote for a
grumpy reaction to the EU whthout actually being serious about it
There will be very few people debating putting green or UKIP. UKIP
is a problem for the right wing UKIP has been holding meetings
across the region and is confident on improving on last time. Hn 2 04,
they got 20%. In 2009, the vote share was virtually unchangdd.
Labour is suffered them... Or UKIP want is headlines. They do know
constituency work. Most of them in the European Parliament are not
affecting the decisions that are taken. Lib Dem politicians `re after
the 30% of voters who want to stay in the EU. For too long, thd
isolationists have got away with peddling myths and fears and
falsehoods. Although UKIP one two seats last time around, one of their
MEPs defected. This year's candidates hope to remedy that.
Richard Howitt says they do no work in the constituency or the
Parliament? Is talking nonsdnse My voting record is 91% and his is less
than 80%. I am on three comlittees, and some of them overlap will stop I
always give our T2 agriculttre. I am in added tender. Only 22 of the MEPs
turn up regularly and only dight of them know anything about farming. As
far as the constituency goes, and if my business to visit a small
business that writes to me `bout problems with EU legislation. I ll
go and see them on an industrial estate and really try to find out
what is going on and, if I can, make a speech. Some claim that if we pull
out of Europe, it will be a barrier to trade. That is nonsense. Those
people said that they would go under if we did not join the euro. But we
did not and we did not. We `re progressing very well. You do not
have to be on political union with anybody to trade with them. If we
left of the European Union... If those companies decided that they
could not do business with Durope from here, it would be a lot of
jobs. I'd heartily disagree with what they say. We would havd a more
flexible labour market here will stop ``. We would not have the
problems. There is no reason why these countries should not thrive in
Britain outside of the European Union. No reason at all. In the
past, we have not had the bdst candidate. What do you say to people
who say that your party is perhaps not ready? It is a difficult balance
to strike, because people... We were keen to get candidates for the
council elections and our mdmbership swelled so we did not know who was
joining us but we wanted people to stand stop you rightly say that yes,
one or two turned out to be unsatisfactory. The result will have
done is made other more competent individuals feel that they want to
be a counsellor and they fedl that they have a good chance it stand for
UKIP. That is the way the world goes round. I accept that there were some
disappointments but we have had some pleasant surprises. We have to leave
it there, Mr Agnew. In sports, and on for a number of
our football teams battling for promotion or to avoid releg`tion.
And in rugby, Northampton S`ints could get into their second final of
the season if they can beat harlequins tonight. James Btrridge
has just sent this. There are notable landmarks in a
sporting season, particularly at this time of year. Northampton
Saints could be one of them. But it is a massive sporting weekend. We
have the World Championships at the Crucible, but if you are a football
fan, his next two weekends `re key. Particularly if you are one of the
two teams facing a relegation battle. We have been catching up
with this big fan, finding out what it takes to win big.
Barry not only knows how to read the table, he knows every trick shot in
the book. He has been in thd game for 20 years. But for the C`naries
to escape relegation, something special will have two happen in the
next three games. They are sixth or seventh in the league, so I think
that gives them a really good chance to pick up some points. Thex should
be very encouraged by their performance. For Norwich, the Reds
stand in their path. But Unhted have not been subclinical this sdason and
now headed Moyes has lost hhs job. The Canaries hope they can break
their unbeaten run at Old Trafford. We're playing a good team whth good
players who have probably not done as well as they would have liked to
have done. But again, we have to focus on what we are doing. If we go
there with a game plan, I fdel that we can cause a problem. As for the
championship, Ipswich Town `t the chance of a play`off. If we play as
well as we have done in the last two games, we could go to Burnldy and
win. If we drop our standards, no matter what they have been doing, we
will have a tough afternoon. A win for Peterborough would secure a
play`off spot in league one. MK Dons take the trip to Rotherham. But at
the foot, Colchester have work to do at Brentford. Win, and they could
save themselves from relegation dreaded drop. There are still highs
and lows to play for. A win at Fleetwood would secure their spot.
Perfect conditions tonight. One of the coaches has popped out. The form
has been pretty patchy. How is formed. I'm considering on the
positives. In terms of lookhng forward, that is what we want to do.
We want to build momentum. Coaches talk about detail, but it sdems like
a foreign sign. We look at the videos. We are encouraging the
players to do that. When pl`yers get onto the training pitch,
players to do that. When pl`yers get them to take it into the gale. How
difficult is it to compete on so many fronts? I think as a coaching
staff, every game we play wd want to win. Everything. Every game. We want
to win. Good luck tonight. We're going to finish by congratulating
Greg Rutherford, the long jtmper from Milton Keynes. Not onlx is he
the Olympic Champion, he's now the British record holder, jumphng .51
metres in San Diego last night. Perfect preparation for the
Commonwealth Games later thhs year. Finally tonight, how a thing of
beauty was crafted amid the carnage of the First World War. It's a
flute, thought to have been made by a soldier in the trenches using
materials he found around hhm. The flute belongs to Andrew Fairley who
lives in Felixstowe. He bought it from an antiques shop in 1963. On
Sunday it will be centre st`ge at a special concert in Woodbridge.
So I'm intrigued to find out, what's in the box? Well it's quite a unique
musical instrument... Andrew Fairley is a gifted musician but evdn he
struggled to master this agd`old relic. If you look carefullx you can
see the tone hole. There's part of the bullet casing. This herd is made
of cardboard. And Wool's Tobacco Paper, you can see there. It's
obviously been glued togethdr. Who knows, maybe even horse glud. Then
it's been sealed with boot polish. Andrew can't remember how mtch he
paid for it. He has no idea what it's worth now. But the Impdrial War
Museum says it's unlike anything it's ever seen. It's quirky to look
at, and also to play! Considering what it's made of, it's incredible
you can play anything at all. I ll play a tune if you like! Maxbe a
little bit suspect here and there but I'll do my best!
Brilliant! On Sunday, in Woodbridge, Andrew and a 28 strong commtnity
string orchestra are giving a concert. In the programme is this
piece, composed in the trenches in 1914.
also get to savour the sound of that quirky trench flute. Here wd go
Sometimes it is very emotional. You wonder under what circumstances it
was played. Would you ever part with it? No. Too precious? Absolttely.
Fascinating story. And therd are many more like that one frol this
region on our website. Time now for the weather. It has not
really been the biggest day of weather. Some longer showers
tomorrow. But also some sunny spells. Today has been 37. `` been
pretty grim. We have had misty and foggy conditions. It is still quite
misty out the other. `` out there. The potential is there for some more
freedom through this evening. `` more rain. It will be misty but as
the wind picks up. To move `way Not a particularly cold night. Seven or
six Celsius. The rain as title with the scale of more pressure. `` is
tied up with tihis area of low pressure. By the middle of the date
is looking later. There will be a model, south easterly wind. ``
mdoerate. These channels look like they could be even more widdspread.
`` moderate. Double pleasurd thanks to move away and we start to see an
improvement. Shovels will bd allowed but they will be lighter. `` Showers
will be around. Thank you. That visit. `` That is it. Goodbxe.
at the European elections on May the 22nd.
even though that would wreck the recovery and destroy jobs.
The Conservatives are now openly flirting with exit.
they just don't have the courage of their convictions on this.
They wouldn't lift a finger to help keep Britain in the EU
So, I'm asking you to vote for the Liberal Democrats, the party of in.
In for the sake of British prosperity and jobs
I'm in because we set the global standards
95% of everything we use, we eat, we heat ourselves in,