28/04/2014 Look East - West


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Good evening. A triple murddrer from Stevenage has been awarded lore than

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?800 after some of his personal items were lost or broken dtring a

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prison transfer. Kevan Thakrar was convicted of gunning down three

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people in Bishop's Stortford in 2007. The Prison Officers

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Association say the award is an insult.

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He is serving three life sentences. He has a history of violencd in

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prison. Kevan Thakrar has spent time in several jails. He was tr`nsferred

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to Milton Keynes. During thhs transfer, a number of his

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possessions were damaged or lost. He was awarded compensation totalling

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?815. One of his victims saxs it is an insult. It is quite shocking It

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is quite hurtful. I haven't received an apology. I haven't received

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compensation. I have had to move back into with my parents to get

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support. The fact that my lhfe is in tatters and he is sitting there with

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a smile on his face, getting this publicity and he has ?800 of

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taxpayers' money in his bank. Kevan Thakrar was initially offerdd the

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compensation when he moved to prison in Milton Keynes. He refused and

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took the case to the Small Claims Court. After winning his case, the

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Prison Service were ordered to pay him ?814. Kevan Thakrar was jailed

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for the murder of three people in Bishop's Stortford in 2007. The

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reaction of most people in the town was one of amazement. It is very

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wrong, isn't it? He shouldn't be given that compensation. He

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committed those murders. Much better things money could go on th`n

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compensating somebody like that No, he shouldn't get the money. No way.

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Well, I don't think he should get all of it. He should get about 20.

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Kevan Thakrar is still protdsting his innocence. He claims he is the

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victim of a miscarriage of justice. For the prison officers who suffered

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at his hands, the only injustice is this ruling. Demand for emergency

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food parcels has almost tripled in this region in the last year. The

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figures come from the Trussdll Trust which now runs 40 food banks across

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the East. It says it's helpdd more than 90,000 adults and children in

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the last 12 months. The previous year, the figure was nearer 30, 00.

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This is the first time Jim has resorted to a food bank. After he

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became ill, he has struggled to pay for everything after his government

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benefits stopped. You have to be given a voucher to use a food bank.

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Jim was sent by his doctor. You struggle paying your household bills

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and buying food. I would rather have electric and water in the house I

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spend most of my money on that. It leaves me nothing with which to buy

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food. Sometimes, I borrow money to get milk and bread. You said you

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have always worked. Did you expect to be in this position? Nevdr ever.

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I have been trying to get worse for nearly two years. `` work for nearly

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two years. It is very hard. Very, very hard. Clients get an elergency

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supply of donated food to l`st three days. People come here for lany

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reasons. Redundancy or an unexpected bill. Demand has almost tripled in

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the region in the last year. The various factors are fuelling demand,

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but increasingly, the welfare reforms the effect of those, and

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particularly people not been sanctioned. `` not being sanctioned.

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That is when payments are stopped, if you don't attend intervidws or

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training. The government saxs there was no evidence of a link bdtween

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welfare reforms and the use of food banks. Becky Bosman family have

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spent ?1 a day each on this food to last five days. We love being

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hospitable. We love inviting people to have food with others or shirty

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with as. `` we love inviting people to have food with those all share

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tea with others. When you h`ve so little, you stop doing that. You

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have got to think about getting through the week. We didn't have

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that choice. It is a tempor`ry hardship for this family for a good

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cause. But donated food support thousands of people in need in our

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region. Cambridge Airport h`s won a big new contract to fly daily

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services to Dublin and Amstdrdam. It's part of a plan to build on its

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international status. But only last month, flights to other European

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cities were halted because of a lack of demand. That will not be an

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issue, says the new airline. It is a different schedule,

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different type of aircraft. Passengers can fly to many different

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destinations. Meanwhile, road connections in the

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East were given a boost this morning with the A11 Elvedon bypass in

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Suffolk finally opened. It's only one way in each direction, `nd there

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is a speed limit of 40 miles an hour. It's a major milestond in the

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A11 dualling project. Before we go there's just thme to

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tell you that Late Kick Off is on at 11.30 tonight, here on BBC One, with

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James Burridge. It will not be particularly cold.

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Lows of around eight Celsius. We have got hardly any wind at all

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These light winds mean mist and fog tomorrow may take a while to clear.

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Once it has gone, we are looking at a largely dry day with hopefully

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some sunshine coming through. Temperatures up to around 14

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Celsius, which is 59 Fahrenheit Largely dry through the aftdrnoon

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and into the evening. A few isolated showers. I will leave you whth the

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Outlook. Wednesday looks sililar. If we catch a shower, it could be on

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the heavy side. On Thursday, showers will be heavier and

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Thursday and then it will turn much cooler as we go into the bank

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holiday weekend. Hello, I am going to throw some

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numbers at you first of all. 22 Celsius was the temperature recorded

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at Aviemore making it the warmest day of the year so far. At the other

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end of the country, this cloud has produced a lot of heavy and thundery

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downpours. A lot of rain falling in one hour at Hurn airport. There are

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some showers around the Bristol Channel. There will be so increasing

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amounts of mist, fog and low cloud. Tomorrow starts grade, Misty and

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murky in most places. We will see the Sun breaking through in Cumbria

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and the North. You might get the odd shower in western Northern Ireland

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in the afternoon but with more sunshine across the country

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tomorrow, it should

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