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Hello and welcome to Look East. rain.

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Hello and welcome to Look East. In the programme tonight. The

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international mega`deal that might hit plans for the Cambridge

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biomedical campus. A coroner hears how a firefighter

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from Bedfordshire died in a robbery in Venezuela. We will be here with

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the protests against plans for hundreds of new houses in Essex. Yet

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thousands are needed. So where should they go? A special report.

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And on the tail of the tailgate drivers. The police have got new

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powers but are they using them? Hello. It's a multi`national,

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multi`billion pound deal. But it could have big implications for our

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region's economy. Earlier this week the American pharmaceutical giant

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Pfizer announced it was interested in taking over its rival

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AstraZeneca. And AstraZeneca is in the process of building a ?200

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million research centre at the Cambridge Biomedical Campus. Would a

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takeover put pay to that? Well, today, the city's MP has asked the

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government to ensure the development goes ahead whatever happens. Ben

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Bland is at the biomedical campus now.

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There are big ambitions for this pic site near Cambridge's Addenbrooke's

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Hospital. The plan is to turn this into the world's leading centre for

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medical research and the development of new drugs. Part of that plan

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includes AstraZeneca, they will be investing ?300 million in taking

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over this plot behind me. Tonight there are concerns that plan could

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be at risk if the American pharmaceutical giant Pfizer takes

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the company over. It's at its site on AstraZeneca because of its

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expertise in research into future valuable new drugs. Amy Bates at

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home in Peterborough. At 21, she was diagnosed with breast cancer. Part

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of her treatment included a relatively new drug called Zoladex.

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They said to me one of the biggest things it would help me with because

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of my age and I don't have children, it would protect my ovaries so that

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I would be able to hopefully have children in the future. That drug is

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one of many developed by the British pharmaceutical firm AstraZeneca.

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Last year, it revealed plans to move 2000 jobs to Cambridge. Its global

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headquarters and research teams would be based on the new biomedical

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campus being built here. But with the American drugs giant Pfizer

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looking determined to take over the company, could that plan be looking

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a little shaky? Some people are worried. What Pfizer are doing is

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putting that at risk. I would want to hear very clearly from Pfizer

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that their intention would be about our site. And I'd like to know that

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is definitely going to go ahead. The attractions Cambridge has as a

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centre for R, world leading hospitals, world leading researchers

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and companies is a firm attraction. For now, AstraZeneca has rejected

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the approach by Pfizer. In a statement, it said:

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that assurance has been welcomed by local business leaders. We can't

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comment on the detail of the commercial things. But we are very

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keen to make sure that Cambridgeshire retains its place as

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the place to go and the place to be for the biotech industry. And,

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certainly, we have seen a lot of interest around that, and we are

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looking forward to AstraZeneca moving on to the biomedical campus.

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So, as two giants of the pharmaceutical world square up to

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each other, at stake could be millions of pounds of investment.

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And thousands of jobs right here in Cambridgeshire. Developers of the

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Cambridge biomedical campus have told us in a statement that they are

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proceeding with the project as planned. Indeed, just today, plans

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to build a brand`new private hospital in a 4`star Hotel have been

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given the go`ahead. Although AstraZeneca doesn't want to be taken

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over, Pfizer could still do it in a hostile way leaving lots of

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questions for us. Well, someone who can perhaps answer

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some of those questions is Martyn Postle the director of Cambridge

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health care and biotech. Your job is to advise pharmaceutical and biotech

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companies across Europe and the States. What would your advice be to

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AstraZeneca at the moment? Well, my advice to AstraZeneca employees is

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don't take your eye off the ball because it is business as usual. I

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would've thought that Cambridge as a centre for RND would be as

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attractive to Pfizer as it is to AstraZeneca. Perhaps they wouldn't

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want as many jobs here but, certainly, Cambridge is, after all,

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the centre of gravity for biotechnology in Europe. So you

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don't think that Pfizer and if they take over, that spells the end of

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the investment in the biomedical campus? It might make some people

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nervous, especially the developers, and it would make the employees of

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AstraZeneca nervous, but it wouldn't be the end of the development, and

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it wouldn't be the end of Pfizer having a significant research

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presence in Cambridge than they already have. Julian Huppert in that

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report talked about everything that Cambridge has to offer. And the city

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has a lot to offer when it comes to companies like that. Absolutely, the

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hospital, the University... If you talk about the axis between

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Cambridge and London, there is very little outside that. The main

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implication is jobs. Everyone is getting nervous about that. But

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ramifications could go further than that, couldn't they? I am governor

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and Salton Village College. We have been talking about opening our doors

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to the families of AstraZeneca, people moving down to the area.

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to the families of AstraZeneca, people moving down to the So, you're

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already planning for this? Absolutely. Let's put it this way,

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when might we know either way? Quite soon. The magic date is to raise six

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of me when Pfizer have to either up their offer or pull`out. And how

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significant is this investment here in Cambridge to the bigger picture

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that Pfizer is looking at? To be honest, it's probably not one of the

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main reasons they're looking at it. The main reason is tax reasons. They

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have a lot of offshore cash which they will have to pay tax on if they

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move it back to the US. So an idea of establishing a UK holding

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company, where we have a lot of recent changes in the UK tax

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legislation, such as R tax credits, that would mean they would

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pay a lot less pack on that money. So, things should be clearer by the

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end of the month. Thank you very much indeed.

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Three men arrested last week after the death of a man in a flat in

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Peterborough have been released without charge. The police were

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called to the flat in Lincoln Road early last Thursday morning where

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the body was found. But today it was announced that the death is not

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being treated as suspicious and a file has been passed to the coroner.

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Hundreds of travellers arriving into Stansted Airport were held up at

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border control this afternoon. One passenger told Look East he waited

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an hour and a half, with other passengers reportedly kept on planes

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to minimise disruption inside. The Home Office apologised saying IT

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problems were causing the hold ups. Three men accused of murdering a man

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from Bedfordshire in Venezuela are still awaiting trial almost three

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years after his death. Firefighter Thomas Ossel was shot dead as a gang

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robbed his hotel. Today at an inquest into his death the coroner

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concluded he was unlawfully killed. Neil Bradford reports.

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Thomas Ossel love travelling. In 2011, he went to South America with

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his younger brother. But he never came home. The London firefighter,

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who was 28, was shot dead during a robbery at this guesthouse on the

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Venezuelan island of Magritte. They were due to check out the following

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day. Thomas grew out `` grew up here in this village near Bedford. It

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didn't seem to limit his spirit of adventure. He'd already visited

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dozens of countries but was unable to realise his ambition of visiting

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100 in his lifetime. Today, at an inquest into his death, it was

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revealed that he had fought back after an armed gang raided the

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hotel, taking guests hostage. In the struggle, he was shot with a nine

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millimetre pistol. And died within minutes. The inquest heard that

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local prostitutes using the hotel had tipped off the gang about

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potential victims. Three men are awaiting trial for his murder while

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a woman is under house arrest. Prosecutors in Venezuela say it is

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likely to be several months before the trial is heard because a big

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club of cases. Thomas Ossel's family chose not to attend today's hearing.

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The coroner said he had been an innocent victim in the robbery and

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formally recorded his conclusion that this was an unlawful killing.

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A dental nurse who was accused of trying to poison her boss with

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mercury has spoken to Look East for the first time since the case

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against her was dropped. Ravinder Kaur worked at the Shams Moopen

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Practice near Bedford. She stood trial twice and on each occasion

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juries failed to reach a verdict. She says the allegations resulted in

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months of "absolute hell." And a diagnosis of post traumatic stress.

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Anna Todd has been to meet her. Standing two trials, two sets of

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trials, was just... It was just so horrifying. Not knowing what's going

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to happen. I felt my life wasn't in my hands. I had criminal and civil

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proceedings going on at the same time. Two types of legal battles...

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To defend my position. And it was just horrible. It must have been...

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A great strain on you, knowing that was a serious allegation. I was

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scared. Anyone facing criminal charges would be scared. And the

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painful thing about it was I haven't done anything. Like I said, I

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wouldn't even... I don't have the mentality to even do... To even

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commit such a crime. The entire experience... Left me ill. Did you

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change as a person? I can't... I find it difficult to trust people,

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I'm afraid. I won't be making teas or coffees for anyone. I won't put

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myself in that position. What were you like before all this happened?

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What are you like now? Has your personality changed? It has, to a

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degree. I was a lively, bubbly, enthusiastic, energetic type of

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person. What is Ravi Kaur like now? How have you changed? I am a bit

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quiet. Really sensitive. And it has left me a bit paranoid. So, when the

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judge acquitted you and you walked free from court, tell me what went

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through your mind. I felt my freedom. I felt relieved. A huge

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weight has come off my shoulders. And I was really happy... That I had

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won the battle of my life. The Shams Moopen Dental Practice

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sent us a statement in which they said that they had no control over

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the issues once the Crown Prosecution Service had taken over

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the case. The principal Dr Huma Khan added:

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A Northamptonshire family is asking for information after a caravan

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containing a boy's go`karting equipment was stolen.

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It happened at lunchtime on Monday and was taken from the front of

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their house in Irthlingborough. Nine`year`old Finley won't be able

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to compete in events until it's found. It is quite a tight fit to

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get the caravan out of the drive. You can see some of the marks here.

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It is quite close to the house and hedges, so it has taken them a bit

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of time to come out. Someone might have to have stopped to let it out.

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When we got home, the caravan was gone. I was devastated. I couldn't

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believe it. The Sue Ryder Thorpe Hall hospice in

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Peterborough has announced it's raised a third of the total amount

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it needs to build a new state of the art facility for Cambridgeshire. The

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Raise the Roof campaign, which is supported by BBC Radio

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Cambridgeshire, has raised more than ?2 million of the ?6 million target.

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Those are your top stories tonight. Now it's over to Stewart and Susie

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for the rest Lowestoft. It is up to businesses to

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apply for aid. Still to come: Thousands of people are coming to

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the East every year, but where should they live? Plus, look at

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these pictures. The van is travelling at 50 mph behind the one

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in front. Police get tough with tailgaters.

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The population of the East is set to rise dramatically in the years

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ahead. Across the region, it's expected to go up by 22% in just two

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decades. But that regional figure is, of course, just an average. Some

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places, like the area covered by Uttlesford District Council, are

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under even greater pressure. Here it is. Saffron Walden in the North,

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Great Dunmow in the South, and the M11 right through the middle. The

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big employer: Stansted Airport. The population here is expected to grow

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by 31% in 20 years. That's an increase of 24,000 people. So where

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will they go? Kim Riley is in Saffron Walden now.

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I'm in the market square of the town that has been judged one of the best

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places to live in the whole country. It is hardly surprising that people

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want to move here. Today, local planners were planning new homes in

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the town. I have been trying to find out more about Saffron Walden. It

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originally got its name from the saffron trade. The big question now

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is can its ancient charms be reconciled with the demands of a

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growing population? Towering over the town, the Touch Of Saint Mary

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The Virgin. Desirable properties underneath. There aren't many towns

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with the two wrist information centre that has over 100,000 people

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per year passed through its door `` tourist information. We have so much

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to offer in terms of tourist attractions: Green, open areas, a

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concert arena, history... So much to bring people to the town. It is very

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special. At the offices of the local newspaper, they know there is

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nothing like planned housing development to agitate readers. John

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has been editor for 20 years. He says that more than 1300 families

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would be the ones to benefit. Coal I think people in the town who have

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young families are annoyed and have been on waiting lists for years,

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well hundreds are going to be brought in from outside. I really

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don't understand that. Surely if we have a waiting list, why aren't we

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dealing with it? It is not a sensible answer.

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Bridget originally came to love you more than 50 years ago and has

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fought to protect the town. She fears for its future. We would have

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been distressed to see it spoiled, and that could easily happen with

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the pressure of population, traffic, fumes, aircraft, the

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attraction of the area could be destroyed. I'm quite elderly so I

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shan't see it, but I wouldn't like it for the next generation. Bridget

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Eliot talking to VMware. She says it is up to young people to rise to the

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challenge of the fears she has for the town in future.

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So what was happening at the council office? There are specific plans

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were being put forward for housing developments. As ever, they proved

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controversial. Gareth George reports on the protesters and decisions.

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This protest was a polite one but there was no mistaking the strength

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of feeling. The worry was that more homes means more traffic and more

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pollution. It is just going to multiply the amount of cars that

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passed through. There is no mitigating that. Pollution kills so

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many people already. They are still proceeding with original plans

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despite the wishes of the vast majority of local residents. Inside,

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one of the most important meetings in Saffron Walden four years. The

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consideration is three separate applications for hundreds of homes.

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Developers wanted to build hundreds here, in these areas. Opposed in the

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meeting by Speaker after speaker, but not all were against the idea.

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They included representatives of local sports clubs because one has

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offered land for a sports ground efforts planning application goes

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through. But Shannon says her daughter's help is already affected

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by pollution. She believes morbid make it worse and put pressure on

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schools and health services. These new developments will bring in

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excess of 700 homes and in excess of 1100 vehicles. It will just be the

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straw that breaks the camel's back. Weak after hours of debate,

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permission for 230 homes was given, but the 300 one was denied. It seems

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that protesters have a partial victory.

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Tailgating. Hogging the middle lane, and showing a lack of respect for

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other drivers at junctions ` some of the things that can infuriate even

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the calmest of drivers. And, as of last year, the police can do

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something about it. They now have the power to hand out on`the`spot

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fines for careless driving. So is it working? Jenny Hill has been out

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with traffic police in Cambridgeshire.

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It's going to be a busy shift. We are out with Cambridgeshire police.

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The award it was simply too close to the one in front. `` lorry. Today

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the tailgaters are out in force. But last year, officers like John were

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given the power to issue on the spot fines or penalty points for

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inconsiderate driving. The new powers were designed to tackle the

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middle lane hog is and tailgaters on the road. One motoring organisation

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estimated that a sort of all drivers could be fined. I don't think there

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has been a campaign by the police to target drivers. That's why the

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figures have been so low. We need more cops out there and more

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education about the driving zone. The Government will assess it in one

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year. I hate it when people are in the middle lane. VCE women driving

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and they think they will push as they see. Backing Cambridgeshire,

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John spot another tailgater. The force does fine inconsiderate

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drivers, but issue warnings to many more. I would rather point out your

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error than stop you at the moment. Anything we can do to reduce

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collisions and make drivers aware of the responsibility is important.

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Police powers will assist others. The balance is that we don't want to

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just use powers, we want to educate. Well the lorry driver

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escaped with a leg injury, the consequences of careless driving can

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be so much worse. We are and consensus that we all

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hate tailgating! Let's get the weather.

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Thank you to those who sent in this picture of bluebells. The flowers

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are all out with the warm sunshine we have been having. We predicted 17

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Celsius today but many got up to 19 Celsius the north Norfolk coast,

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with most, stage cooler `` with mist, stayed cooler. Rain is on the

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way to model with this thicker cloud over the West Country. We might get

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an isolated showers this evening, although it looks like it will stay

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dry during the first batch. The rain is trying to make its presence felt

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at the end of the night. Temperatures won't drop down to

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eight Celsius. Here is the pressure pattern for tomorrow. Low`pressure

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moods across the entire country so it does mean rain for the entire

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country. For others in the East, it will be cloudy and rainy throughout

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the day. A lot of the rain will be like in the morning, so there will

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be dry interludes. It's going to be cooler, because we have more cloud,

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so don't expect to feel as warm as you did today. In the afternoon,

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showers develop. These look like they could be heavy, with some

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merging together is a longer spell of rain. Still some drier interludes

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in between. The bank holiday weekend will have high pressure. Good news

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in some ways, but bad news in that it is bringing cold air. It would be

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significantly colder but it will be cooler and fresher. Lots of dry and

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bright weather, but some chilly nights with temperatures low enough

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to bring the ground frost. Freddie will start cloudy, but will brighten

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up. Temperatures of 11 or 12 Celsius through the weekend, so cooler, but

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brighter, sunnier weather coming. A reminder that the BBC is offering

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apprenticeships in its local radio stations. Successful candidates will

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start a 15`month apprenticeship in September. If you are 18 or over by

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September, a non`graduate and you want to find out more, go to the BBC

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website at bbc.co.uk/las. The deadline for applications is May

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12th. That's all from Oz. Have a good evening!

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