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The man accused of murdering this tabla tells a court he felt nothing


as he kicked her six feet across a room. The Tour de France will head


to our region but there is growing concern tonight that our ro`ds are


not ready for the world's bhggest bike race. I will be here on the


date this union demands an dxtra ?1 an hour for public sector workers.


We ask if workers are being short`changed. A new collection of


exotic creatures cutting`edge ash in the Norfolk countryside.


The man who killed a 2`year old girl by kicking her across a rool has


said in court he felt nothing at the time that he kicked her.


Amina Agboola died from a ruptured liver.


19`year `ld Dean Harris from Peterborough denies murder


Our home affairs corresponddnt Sally Chidzoy is outside


So Sally, what exactly did Dean Harris actually say today?


He was asked, when you kickdd her, what was going through your mind?


Mr Harris said he panicked `nd acted impulsively. He came back s`ying he


couldn't own up to her. Remind us of the background to this


case. Amina Agboola died agdd two years old. She was kicked in the


abdomen on November 21 last year. He changed his story saying th`t she


fell from the toilets but l`ter confessed to a prisoner that he


kicked her and the prisoner was at Peterborough Jail. He said he kicked


her because he said he had become frustrated by having to keep


cleaning the little girl and changing her after she repe`tedly


soiled herself. He told jurors that she had moaned and the judgd said he


delayed calling the paramedhcs in order to come up with a story.


Amina Agboola's mother is also in the dark.


She denies causing her daughter s death and that she was repe`tedly


warned by social workers not to leave her daughter alone with Dean


Harris. A paramedic had described Amina Agboola as being a rag doll


when he tried to save her lhfe. The judge in the Jamie McMahon


murder trial has today dismhssed the jury on the second day


of the hearing. Jamie McMahon's body was fotnd in


St Giles graveyard in North`mpton 19`year `ld Mark Lewis of Clickers


Drive in Upton and 33`year`old Michael Francis of St James Road in


Northampton are charged with murder. A new hearing has been set


for 20th June. The police are looking


for five men after a hit and run on the M11 in which a policd


motorcyclist was seriously hurt He was hit by a black BMW jtst north


of junction 10 near Cambridge The stolen car was later fotnd


in nearby Harston. The men were filmed


by cctv cameras at a petrol station Our children's education will suffer


` the message from parents hn East Northamptonshire


after a decision was made this Northamptonshire County Council has


voted to go from a three tidr system with lower middle and upper schools


into a two tier system with just The changes will affect 13 schools


in total as Mike Cartwright reports. The last of the Middle schools now


too close. King John in Frankston is one of them. These parents called on


councillors to keep it open. We will not stop. We have a large body of


parents in the surrounding `rea of these schools in this part of the


county that will not go awax because there is no evidence to put our


children under the sort of educational challenges that they


will be faced with. Julie s`ys the threat of change has caused problems


in their school. The disruption and uncertainty is meaning pupils are


leaving and parents are drawing their children out of the schools in


the cluster. Two middle schools could close. Ten primary schools and


one secondary will need building work. Education reforms costing an


extra ?20 million. Today's decision to move from a three tier sxstem to


a two tier system will find a couple of schools in parts of Hertfordshire


and pots of Bedfordshire. It is about standards and we need to raise


them in that area of the cotnty The different key stages whether pupils


are measured, the middle school system doesn't set that verx well.


The school doesn't have the children for long enough when they are about


to take their GCSEs and this is about lining things up with a higher


view of raising standards. Parents say they will fight on to protect


their children's future but next sector under, they are to bdcome


part of history. `` Septembdr. It's now less than


a month to go until the Tour de The riders will start in Calbridge


and cycle through Essex and then But fears are being expressdd


about the state of the roads Some riders have told Look Dast they


are worried that the potholds and broken tarmac in Saffron Walden


could cause a crash. Is this a road fit


for the world's best cyclists? Callum Riley lives in Saffron Walden


and rides competitively. We asked his opinion


on how these potholes could affect the Tour de France.


They will be coming in quick. It might be the beginning


of the tour. It is early on coming here


but they would be hitting 64 km an hour so that is round


about 40 miles an hour. The potholes are big enough


that you have to slow down. It will cause disruption and you


don't want to be remembered for that race that had the big acciddnt.


Essex County Council said it will be repaired before the race.


We have had the organisers of the Tour de France who have already


come twice and ridden the route and highlighted to us issues of concern


and they will be back in June. We will make sure potholes


on the route are filled. Cambridge County Council saxs


the race organisers are sathsfied its stretch of the route is safe


and up to standard. Well Ben joins me now.


We've heard the concerns thdre, so are our roads likely to be ready?


I have spoken to the council and they have reaffirmed that they are


aware of those defects and hnsist those repairs will be done before


the end of June. In fairness, part of the route has been relaydd and


the repair has been done th`t. How much is this costing our local


councils? They are not spending anything extra. They say thdse


repairs have been planned and the only thing that is changing is the


schedule of repairs to make sure those key roads are ready in time.


This is the world's most watched sporting event and the last thing


they want is the lasting melbers of being what dreadful roads wd have


got. This week is National Carers Week


and a charity in Milton Keynes is urging people


who look after a family member to come forward to receive emotional


and financial support. There are thousands


of hidden carers in the East. They save local authorities and the


health service millions of pounds. In Milton Keynes,


it?s estimated there are 21,000 carers who save the local economy


?320 million every year. In Bedfordshire carers


save ?944 million. In Northamptonshire it?s 1.2 billion


a year and in Hertfordshire Dave Hunt, a former policem`n,


had a stroke three years ago as he walked his dog.


His wife took early retirement to care for him.


Overnight, their lives were turned upside down.


I was a teacher and if I had gone into a classroom and wasn't trained,


I would have panicked. That is how I feel


in my caring role. At first, it is dreadful because I


have not had any training but I am my husband's nurse, his


counsellor, his physiotherapist and there is an awful lot of prdssure.


Then Sue found Carers MK, an independent charity to stpport


unpaid carers in the area. The meetings are


an opportunity to have a ch`t and sometimes a cry and Davd has


found his own support network. We learned by talking to other


people and learning by their experiences so we didn t


have to keep inventing the wheel. We are learning


by other people's experiencds. It is estimated there are 20,00


carers in Milton Keynes alone. Many are looking


after a child or parent and don t think of themselves as carers.


Being a carer can often be an isolating role.


You find your life shrinks down to the size


of the person you care for `nd all the things you did previously.


Your social life and work life can fall away.


They need emotional support so they can stay emotionallx well.


Sue believes getting support transformed her life.


A giant statue of British long jump champion


Greg Rutherford has been put up on a roundabout in Milton Kdynes.


The Leaping Man statue has been built in honour of Rutherford's


In part two of Look East tonight, we are looking at pay packets hn the


region. And semi`retirement for pelhcans.


Just over six months ago, the Port of Felixstowe in Suffolk appeared to


be facing a serious threat from a newcomer just down the road in


Essex. The London Gateway is huge and promised to shake up thd


industry. But so far, Felixstowe has managed to hold on to its ctstomers.


This report from our business correspondent Richard Bond.


London Gateway boasts the l`rgest quay cranes in the UK. Todax, they


were busy unloading marble `nd granite from a ship newly arrived


from Antwerp. One of six vessels due in this week. Britain's newdst port


is already attracting services from all over the world. We are growing


as planned. We started in November last year with one service. We are


now up to six services. And the shipping lines are very keen and


interested in the product ddlivered here at London Gateway. London


Gateway opened late last ye`r, offering shippers direct access to


the south`east. It poses a threat to nearby Felixstowe. It has the


potential to be a world`class port. But so far, no main customers have


been tempted to leave Felixstowe. In particular, the key Asian shipping


lines. Lombard Shipping is ` logistics company based in Hpswich.


It's experienced teething problems receiving goods through London


Gateway. The shipping lines cannot, particularly those with the very


largest vessels, cannot afford the risk of signing up to go up to


London Gateway. And changing their schedules and so on to accolmodate


that. If London Gateway cannot actually do the business, as it


were. So it's a big risk for any big shipping line to commit to London


Gateway. One or two things have happened to help Felixstowe's cause.


The dropping of plans to ch`rge tolls on the A14. And improvements


to the local rail network. But shipping experts say London


Gateway's in a long game. It's still early days, really. The port has


only been open for six months. You know, they were almost inevhtably


going to start with smaller customers. So it is a case of


building up slowly and getthng ready to handle the big Asian customer. As


any business in the containdr industry, we are keen to get more


ships. But at the moment, wd are very happy with a sixfold increase


in services in May. And the terminal is running very well. And also, we


had a significant uplift in the Park interest. None of the big Asian


shipping services using Felhxstowe wanted to be interviewed about


London Gateway. But I understand all are being courted by the new port.


Until one of them signs up, London Gateway will not be seen as serious


competition to its southern rival. `` Suffolk rival.


There's been some other important business news today. A settlement


worth millions of pounds has been agreed for former workers at Visteon


which made car parts. The v`lue of their pensions was slashed when the


company went into administr`tion. This is what Richard had to say


about that a short time ago. Well, this is a long`running saga.


One of a number involving occupational pensions which have


been in the news in recent xears for all the wrong reasons. It involves


former Ford workers from Basildon in Essex. Their car parts division was


sold by Ford to a company c`lled Visteon. It subsequently went into


administration in 2009. And the members lost their jobs, but


subsequently, they also found that the value of their occupational


pensions had been slashed bx up to 40%. So a real double blow. But a


settlement has now apparently been reached. The union Unite has been


campaigning on this for four or five years. MPs have been involvdd. There


have been a number of legal hearings. And according to Tnite, it


has reached a settlement worth several million pounds with Ford to


benefit 1200 members at four locations in the UK, includhng


Basildon. And members have overwhelmingly supported thd


settlement, no doubt delighted to put the whole business behind them.


The union Unison has been holding a protest today over a pay offer to


thousands of local government workers which is below infl`tion. It


wants a pay rise of at least ?1 an hour to make up for what it says has


been years of pay`cuts. Our chief reporter Kim Riley is here. So is


this just a local protest? Well today's action was at the Chvic


Centre in Southend. Very much part of a national campaign by ptblic


sector unions to get a bettdr deal for hundreds of thousands of local


government workers. Once yot are a relatively low paid. `` ones who


are. The employers have offdred a 1% pay rise, slightly more to the very


lowest paid. The unions say this follows a three`year pay`frdeze A


1% increase last year. In effect, another pay cut. They are p`ying for


this crisis. A crisis they didn t actually cause in the first place.


Very clearly, our members are angry about the way they have been


treated. They are being askdd to work longer, harder and acttally for


less pay. And I think that's not fair. We just want a fair p`y rise.


The employers say they're f`cing the biggest cuts in living memory. And


this is a fair deal. But unhon members are now balloting on


possible strike action. We've had politicians talk about pay `nd the


cost of living. What are thd facts? Let's take one measure of p`y `


gross weekly earnings. Latest figures from the Office of National


Statistics, to April last ydar, put London at the top of the table.


Surprise, surprise. ?658. Northern Ireland at the bottom. ?460. This


region comes fourth in the table. ?505 a week. That's up 2% on the


previous year. But here, as elsewhere, there is a gender divide.


Men averaging ?550. Women in the East, 440. A difference of `bout


?6,000 a year. Now we know wages have been squeezed during the


recession. This graph shows annual increases in gross weekly e`rnings


over 15 years. Note the sudden drop from the start of the econolic


downturn. Now let's put on the Consumer Prices Index. The CPI. The


cost of living. For ten years, wage rises stayed well ahead. But see how


the two indexes crossed as the recession took hold. Inflathon


continuing to rise, far outstripping wage settlements. Those werd firmly


going down. Only now are thd two measures coming back into b`lance.


That shows why so many families have struggled to make ends meet during


the recession. And by trade unions think the time is right to seek a


better deal on wages and thdy said, if people are paid more, thdy can


spend more, which is better for the economy. Thank you.


They reckon that one nurse hn every four working for the NHS in this


region comes from overseas. They are plugging a vital gap in the


workforce. Most of them are already trained when they arrive and most of


them know what to expect at work. But what about their free thme? For


some, it's a very big changd. Dawn Gerber has been to King's Lxnn to


find out. Paula Santos and Caroline Dhago have


been staff nurses at the Quden Elizabeth Hospital in Kings Lynn for


nearly one year. Like many hospitals in the region, it has been


recruiting from abroad for lany years, places like South Africa the


Philippines and Europe. The standing of `` the standard of nursing,


particularly in Portugal, h`s been very high. A lot of the English


nurses say that they have found that they have had to almost compete and


it has raised their game, so I think it has raised tandems all round And


in the news, there has been the issue of people from overse`s taking


British jobs. They are not, we have advertised them to the Brithsh and


have not got the response, some of that is the location that wd have,


and more younger people are looking for perhaps city life. They have


uprooted from Portugal after struggling to find work. I looked


for a job in Portugal for one year, for her it was two years. Wd did a


lot of applications, and thd answer was nothing. After all that time, we


want to work. So I applied for this one, once I applied for a job in


England. And we got this ond and we came. But once their duties are


over, what is life like outside It was hard in the beginning. We stayed


more together. All of us in the flat and the hospital. But after a


certain time, you see the hospital in front of you and need to change.


Normally, we go shopping, whth friends, and we go for walks, like


today is a sunny day, go for a coffee, dinner, we like to go for


dinner. They want to build ` life year and they will not be the last


overseas nurses to join the hospital, the more experienced staff


retiring and people living longer, meaning the need to recruit more


nurses and some of those will be from abroad.


Alex is here. Before she dods the weather, she's been to a new


zoological park which has jtst opened in Norfolk. Yes, it's called


the Shorelands Wildlife Gardens A garden with wildlife roaming free.


Lots of birds and really untsual ones, all kinds, many of thdm rare


and endangered. And you can get up close? Yellow but absolutelx, quite


a unique place. Tucked away in a secluded p`rt of


the Norfolk countryside, a new zoological Park has recentlx opened


to the public. Shorelands Whldlife Gardens were set with conservation


in mind. It was the brainchhld of Ben Potterton. It started off as a


hobby. We used to be birds for zoo and look after older birds. Then we


decided to open to the publhc in May and let people into have a look


round. We think it is quite nice and a pleasing attraction for pdople to


visit. Many of the animals roam free in the gardens. And this relaxed


atmosphere has encouraged breading. So this is a baby white stork. He is


looking a little scruffy today after the torrential rain of Saturday And


this is a European white stork. And he will grow up to be a nicd strong


chick. He is about three and a half weeks now. So he's getting there


slowly. His feathers are st`rting to appear. There are also older birds


in the collection, like these retired pelicans. They came from a


zoo in Austria. `` in the Netherlands. I love the ide` this


has become a retirement homd for pelicans. Well, we have a fdw, we do


take on a few animals that `re older. We have 44`year`old cranes


here as well. And some with extraordinary plumage. This is a


female grey crowned crane. @nd she is a particularly steady felale


She's got a mate here, and nest to my right. But being bred in


captivity and born in captivity she does bond to certain people. Here


she is, she has come to see what I'm doing. Quite relaxed bird and


normally out on the lawns. We give them space here where they can come


and nest in a corner part. @nd again, a bird that is probably quite


endangered in the wild. But they are beautiful birds. One of the most


attractive birds we have here. Shorelands was created alongside


Blacksmiths Cottage, one of the region's top plant nurseries. And


visitors can enjoy the garddns which are teeming with insect lifd. And


it's also home to a variety of other animals. Running breeding programmes


with institutions across Europe Shorelands aims to conserve rare and


endangered theses and ensurd their future survival. `` species.


Why don't the birds fly awax? They are so happy and well fed, they stay


there, and I was worried about the pelicans, but he said they were more


interested in the fish buckdt. A lovely place to visit and it is


open between Wednesday and Sunday. And a perfect place to go in this


kind of weather. Today was very warm, temperatures getting to 2


Celsius, and here are the hotspots. For the rest of the week, wd can


expect more worn their visu`ls `` warm temperatures, maybe cooler


tomorrow but plenty of sunshine The risk of some showers in places, but


mainly dry. Increasing amounts of cloud across the West. Not spoiling


things for us, but low`pressure out to the west meaning some showers up


across the Midlands, but if you live somewhere like Northamptonshire


Peterborough, you might catch one of those showers before the end of the


day, but a fine end to the day for the rest of us and dry night with


long clear spells, temperattres a degree or so lower than night, to


around 10`11dC and a light south`westerly wind. We start


tomorrow with high`pressure bringing lots of dry, fine and sunny


weather, a beautiful sunny lorning, some patchy cloud through the day,


the small risk that somewhere might catch an isolated shower, btt


largely dry for most of us. Cooler tomorrow, temperatures around 2 or


21 Celsius, like westerly breeze, and some onshore breezes cotld


develop, so cooler on the coast But largely fine and dry for thd rest of


the day. Looking ahead, this weather is picking around, temperattres


creeping up slightly for Thtrsday, maybe 23 Celsius, possibly higher,


long spells of sunshine. On Friday, this could be the warmest d`y of the


week, possibly of the year hf temperatures go higher than 24


degrees, it looks fine and sunny, with long spells of sunshind, more


cloud developing, showers from the north which may get into thhs part


of the world, and as for thd weekend, looking reasonable, but the


risk of showers returning. Thank you. Hopefully the we`ther


will be good tomorrow, as Khm Riley will be live in a suspect n`ture


reserve for Springwatch 2014 ending on Thursday, and he will john the


team who, among other things, will be looking at adders. And I am sure


he does not like snakes! We will see you tomorrow night. Goodbye.


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