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Good evening. A triple murddrer from Stevenage has been awarded lore than
?800 after some of his personal items were lost or broken dtring a
prison transfer. Kevan Thakrar was convicted of gunning down three
people in Bishop's Stortford in 2007. The Prison Officers
Association say the award is an insult.
He is serving three life sentences. He has a history of violencd in
prison. Kevan Thakrar has spent time in several jails. He was tr`nsferred
to Milton Keynes. During thhs transfer, a number of his
possessions were damaged or lost. He was awarded compensation totalling
?815. One of his victims saxs it is an insult. It is quite shocking It
is quite hurtful. I haven't received an apology. I haven't received
compensation. I have had to move back into with my parents to get
support. The fact that my lhfe is in tatters and he is sitting there with
a smile on his face, getting this publicity and he has ?800 of
taxpayers' money in his bank. Kevan Thakrar was initially offerdd the
compensation when he moved to prison in Milton Keynes. He refused and
took the case to the Small Claims Court. After winning his case, the
Prison Service were ordered to pay him ?814. Kevan Thakrar was jailed
for the murder of three people in Bishop's Stortford in 2007. The
reaction of most people in the town was one of amazement. It is very
wrong, isn't it? He shouldn't be given that compensation. He
committed those murders. Much better things money could go on th`n
compensating somebody like that No, he shouldn't get the money. No way.
Well, I don't think he should get all of it. He should get about 20.
Kevan Thakrar is still protdsting his innocence. He claims he is the
victim of a miscarriage of justice. For the prison officers who suffered
at his hands, the only injustice is this ruling. Demand for emergency
food parcels has almost tripled in this region in the last year. The
figures come from the Trussdll Trust which now runs 40 food banks across
the East. It says it's helpdd more than 90,000 adults and children in
the last 12 months. The previous year, the figure was nearer 30, 00.
This is the first time Jim has resorted to a food bank. After he
became ill, he has struggled to pay for everything after his government
benefits stopped. You have to be given a voucher to use a food bank.
Jim was sent by his doctor. You struggle paying your household bills
and buying food. I would rather have electric and water in the house I
spend most of my money on that. It leaves me nothing with which to buy
food. Sometimes, I borrow money to get milk and bread. You said you
have always worked. Did you expect to be in this position? Nevdr ever.
I have been trying to get worse for nearly two years. `` work for nearly
two years. It is very hard. Very, very hard. Clients get an elergency
supply of donated food to l`st three days. People come here for lany
reasons. Redundancy or an unexpected bill. Demand has almost tripled in
the region in the last year. The various factors are fuelling demand,
but increasingly, the welfare reforms the effect of those, and
particularly people not been sanctioned. `` not being sanctioned.
That is when payments are stopped, if you don't attend intervidws or
training. The government saxs there was no evidence of a link bdtween
welfare reforms and the use of food banks. Becky Bosman family have
spent ?1 a day each on this food to last five days. We love being
hospitable. We love inviting people to have food with others or shirty
with as. `` we love inviting people to have food with those all share
tea with others. When you h`ve so little, you stop doing that. You
have got to think about getting through the week. We didn't have
that choice. It is a tempor`ry hardship for this family for a good
cause. But donated food support thousands of people in need in our
region. Cambridge Airport h`s won a big new contract to fly daily
services to Dublin and Amstdrdam. It's part of a plan to build on its
international status. But only last month, flights to other European
cities were halted because of a lack of demand. That will not be an
issue, says the new airline. It is a different schedule,
different type of aircraft. Passengers can fly to many different
destinations. Meanwhile, road connections in the
East were given a boost this morning with the A11 Elvedon bypass in
Suffolk finally opened. It's only one way in each direction, `nd there
is a speed limit of 40 miles an hour. It's a major milestond in the
A11 dualling project. Before we go there's just thme to
tell you that Late Kick Off is on at 11.30 tonight, here on BBC One, with
James Burridge. It will not be particularly cold.
Lows of around eight Celsius. We have got hardly any wind at all
These light winds mean mist and fog tomorrow may take a while to clear.
Once it has gone, we are looking at a largely dry day with hopefully
some sunshine coming through. Temperatures up to around 14
Celsius, which is 59 Fahrenheit Largely dry through the aftdrnoon
and into the evening. A few isolated showers. I will leave you whth the
Outlook. Wednesday looks sililar. If we catch a shower, it could be on
the heavy side. On Thursday, showers will be heavier and
Thursday and then it will turn much cooler as we go into the bank
holiday weekend. Hello, I am going to throw some
numbers at you first of all. 22 Celsius was the temperature recorded
at Aviemore making it the warmest day of the year so far. At the other
end of the country, this cloud has produced a lot of heavy and thundery
downpours. A lot of rain falling in one hour at Hurn airport. There are
some showers around the Bristol Channel. There will be so increasing
amounts of mist, fog and low cloud. Tomorrow starts grade, Misty and
murky in most places. We will see the Sun breaking through in Cumbria
and the North. You might get the odd shower in western Northern Ireland
in the afternoon but with more sunshine across the country
tomorrow, it should