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Anger among the Somali commtnity, as a new law banning the drtg khat

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A half`a`billion pound defence deal for Stevenage.

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We'll have a special report on what the defence industry is worth to

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this region. We take a look at these, thd latest

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in 3D glasses, bringing hopd to people with poor sight.

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And on line, on time, free Wi`Fi comes to Cambridge, just ahdad of

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the Tour de France. Anger and defiance amongst

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the Somali community in Milton Keynes and Northampton,

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as a drug called khat will become The plant is grown in Afric`,

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and its leaves act Up until now,

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it's been considered a legal high. But, in less than six hours,

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it will become a class C drug carrying a m`ximum

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sentence of 14 years in jail for In a moment,

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we'll be hearing from the Milton Keynes MP who's camp`igned

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for the ban for eight years. But, first,

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this report from Neil Bradford. Ahmed Hassan has been chewing khat

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ever since he was a teenager. Now living in Milton Keynes,

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he is still a regular user. He bought this crop

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perfectly legally yesterday. From tomorrow,

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the natural plant becomes a class C I think if it is bad,

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my father would not let me. The natural stimulant is often

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compared to amphetamine. Users say it is no more harlful than

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caffeine, raising energy levels But those who campaigned

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for a ban said the drug can have a That will have an impact

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for the families, and health. Khat has been banned years hn Canada

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and America. It is also illegal in the whole

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of northern Europe Last year,

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it was banned the Netherlands. Until now, seven tonnes a wdek have

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been imported and sold at m`rkets Northamptonshire,

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home to one of the biggest @frican populations, police are takhng a

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pragmatic view on the legislation. Initially, we will take

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a low`key approach and depending on the intelligence on the problem,

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we will take appropriate action Users say that the new law has

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left them with nowhere to ttrn. They are forgetting

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the people. The new legislation has

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certainly divided opinion. Tomorrow, markets like this will

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become a thing of the past. No`one knows the consequencds of the

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illegal trade of this natur`l drug. Mark Lancaster,

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the MP for Milton Keynes, You've spent eight years

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campaigning for this law. So you're obviously convincdd

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it's the right thing. But plenty

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of people have their doubts. Some people do. But the reason I

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have campaigned to get this drug and is because I have been asked to do

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so by my Somali constituents. When you have women coming to yotr

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surgery sobbing because this drug is pulling their family apart, it does

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have an influence on you. I am convinced it is the right thing to

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do. What is making it illegal going to

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achieve other than forcing ht on to the black market?

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I do not think it will go on to the black market. It is being ilported

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in relatively small numbers. Because we are ahead of the game

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before it becomes mainstreal, we can nip that in the bud. It means

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families will have men going to work. They will not ignore their

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families. Families will hold together. I am on balance convinced.

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I am wondering whether the `mount of police time and money that will be

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used to enforce this wouldn't be better spent on tackling cl`ss A

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drug 's? That is an issue but I am ilpressed

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with the approach the policd and community are taking. We ard there

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to educate in the first instance. No one wants to alienate the Somali

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community. People will be w`rned. Potentially, they will have a

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penalty notice. This is one of many things we are doing in Milton

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Keynes. But people will continue to take

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it. We heard in the report the user saying it has been a tradithon

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around for centuries. People probably will take to `` take

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it in the short term, which is why we want to offer support and

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education. We have a meeting in Milton Keynes on Friday night to

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introduce this and so peopld are fully aware. On balance, I remain

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convinced, given the harm it has done to my constituents, thhs is the

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right thing to do. How do you see it changing the

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community that you represent in Milton Keynes? I think we whll see

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more community cohesion, falily is not ripped apart because of this

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drug. Over eight years, constituents have come to me telling me of the

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damage this drug has done, ripping their families apart.

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A group of disabled adults `re fighting to save their

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Some of them have lived in Hampton House for nearly 20 years,

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Tomorrow, they will travel to Westminster to lobby Parlialent The

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home belongs to the charity Scope, and is one of eight across the UK

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These residents can't imagine living anywhere else.

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Nicky Thompson has lived here for nearly 40 years.

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She and her friend, Louise, have cerebral palsy.

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They say they are devastated Hampton House could close.

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It is our home. I don't want to leave it.

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There will be nobody to look after her.

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If my mum had a stroke, what would happen to me?

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The home is owned by Scope, and Nicky's sister says the charity

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This is all they have known for many years.

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It would be quite traumatic for anyone, let alone these people, to

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Emotions are running high, and tomorrow,

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The mother of one resident who has been here two decades

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is stark on what could happdn if closure goes ahead.

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If they want to close the place they have got to move

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the residents with their frhends, not on their own.

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Hampton House is one of eight residential homes around thd country

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The charity says it is part of ongoing modernisation, r`ther

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We do understand why people are anxious about the proposals Scope

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has made. But Scope doesn't just believe we should be running very

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old`fashioned services of this nature. Care homes that might have

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been appropriate in the 1960s. Increasingly, disabled people are

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choosing to live in very different kind of places.

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Scope added every individual would be supported, including if they

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No`one could be forced to lhve by themselves.

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The charity says it isn't about saving money.

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But, it says, it is the right thing to do.

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Meanwhile, residents here are focused

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on meeting their MPs tomorrow, and making their voices heard.

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The Fire Brigades' Union has defended its strike over

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the weekend, after a man didd in a house fire in Hertfordshire.

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The Fire Service said it took longer for an engine to reach the scene

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in Welwyn Garden City because full`time crews at the

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The man was rescued from an upstairs room, but later died in hospital.

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A union spokesman said membdrs were shocked and saddened by the death.

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A man has been arrested on suspicion of attempted murder, after

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a woman was shot in the village of Teeton, in Northamptonshhre.

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The incident happened just before six o'clock last night.

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The woman was seriously wounded and taken to hospital by air ambulance.

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A 51`year`old man was arrested shortly after midnight,

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following an extensive police search involving officers from

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across Northamptonshire and the police helicopter.

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It has an annual turnover worth hundreds of millions to the region,

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and provides up to 6,000 jobs. The defence industry is a major part of

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our local economy and, desphte government cuts to the armed forces,

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in big contracts. The latest is a missile system won by

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the Stevenage company MBDA, formerly known as

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The latest is a major new missile system won by

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the Stevenage company MBDA, formerly known as

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This report is from our defdnce correspondent, Alex Dunlop.

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A state`of`the`art Wildcat helicopter drops in on Stevdnage.

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For the engineers of MBDA, a chance to see the aircraft

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which will carry the missilds they are designing and developing.

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We have had them visit the squadron in the past.

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It is nice to be back up here to talk to the people who work

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on the missile, for them to see the end product, and the helicopter

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This is the new future anti`surface guided weapon,

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What looks like a computer game gives xou some

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Five years to develop and deliver that.

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It is a long journey, but this is a high`tech product

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This will defeat very sophisticated threats and sophisticated ships

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The contract to develop and deliver this missile so that it

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works in conjunction with this helicopter will mean employdes will

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It is a testing time for the region's defence colpanies

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because our Government and others are cutting back

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In our region, defence brings in the bucks.

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MBDA have 1,800 workers at their site in Stevenage.

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This Harlow company makes mtnitions, and employs 600 people.

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In Ampthill, this company is upgrading the Warrior.

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Marshall ADG in Cambridge now has more than 2,000 employeds.

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The drive for diversification and innovation is now cruci`l.

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We've found that innovation, particularly with large contracts,

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enables you to plan more effectively.

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to think of better ways to supply capability, to make sure yot do it

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in the most competitive way possible.

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This 60 years on this site. This war is designed to project confhdence

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that they can be here for m`ny decades more.

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Major roadworks are taking place at the Black Cat Roundabout

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More than ?5.5 million is bding spent improving the often congested

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It will take six months to complete the work, which includes making

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the roundabout bigger, and improving drainage and lighting

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Now, it's over to David and Susie for the rest of the programle.

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Still to come, news of a stormy night ahead. Plus the gener`tion of

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smart glasses which could transform the lives of people with poor sight.

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Two weeks today, hundreds of thousands of people are expdcted to

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line the streets to see the Tour de France as it passes through

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Cambridge and Essex. Many of them will want to share the photos on

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their smartphones. Will the network cope? Many will know you can't

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guarantee it. Cambridge University have been working to launch a new,

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free, public Wi`Fi network `cross the city. The Tour de Francd will be

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its first big test. When the Tour de France comds to

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Cambridge, there will be thousands here. Many wanting to share their

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photos with family and friends. We know how jammed the mobile networks

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get at crowded events. Therd is a new, free, Wi`Fi network cldverly

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hidden away at the top of l`mp posts. Now officially launched, it

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is promising fast speeds for everyone.

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Part of the role that has bden to deploy the latest wireless standards

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giving up to 300 megabits a second for each user. 100 times dolestic

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broadband. Who is paying for it This has been funded exclushvely by

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the University of Cambridge, ?3 ,000 to bring wireless to parts of the

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city centre. The transmitters had been positioned along the route of

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the Tour de France in Cambrhdge Take a look at the casing. This is

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what is on top of the lamp posts, designed here in Cambridgeshire and

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it proved a challenge. We had to make sure the signal

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strength was satisfactory through this unit, which meant the plastics

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we used had to be carefully considered. To make sure it didn't

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have any chance of insects getting into the unit. It is ventil`ted very

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well. Being black and mountdd on top of a poll, it will stand all weather

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conditions. We took the original and enlarged it and designed thd

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fittings for the aerial inshde. It uses a Wi`Fi network called the

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cloud which is free but you have to register. If this 12 month trial

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goes well, it could be extended but they are not promising free public

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Wi`Fi for the whole county. It is about getting the right

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connectivity across the county. In some cases it will be mobild, in

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some cases it will be Wi`Fi. Those behind the scheme say around

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50,000 people have already tsed it. The real test will be if it can cope

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during the Tour de France when a similar number may be trying to log

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on all at once. It might be the height of stmmer but

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already NHS planners are worrying about demand on our accident and

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emergency departments next winter. Last year, hospitals were

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experimenting with new ways of dealing with the growing prdssures.

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Now there is another possible solution, elderly and frail patients

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can go straight to a specialist geriatric ward.

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Hospital for elderly patients can be frightening, especially if their

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first experience is in accident and emergency. This new hospital ward

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aims to assess patients by ` specialist geriatric team.

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Accident and emergency can be chaotic. That can be somewhdre where

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elderly patients feel overwhelmed. Coming up to a hospital ward where

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there is more space, more staff it is better for them.

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Dennis was admitted with brdathing problems. He is being treatdd but is

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also having physiotherapy. The hospital ward has its own specialist

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team. The idea is to cut thd number of moves and get patients home or

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quickly. Basically, to get more mobile. They

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want to get you on your feet and able to walk and have some form of

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mobility before you go home. There is another advantage to having

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a specialist team on the hospital ward, they not only treat the

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immediate symptoms but assess their other physical, psychologic`l and

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social needs. It is impossible to prevent any

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health problems recurring. But in this competitive assessment, we want

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to put a safety net around the patient so if another medic`l

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problem arises they have a better chance of being managed in their own

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environment and closer to home. There are 26 beds on the water. Not

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a huge number but a start to ease the pressure currently being put on

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accident and it is the. A new generation of smart glasses is

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being worked on in Cambridgd which could transform the lives of people

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with poor sight. They enhance the images nearby and project them onto

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the lens. Researchers are working on a prototype and soon they are likely

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to need volunteers. From a distance, Ronan looks like

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any other baby but, close up, you can see the scars from oper`tions he

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has had since being born, whth a condition that impacts his dveryday

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life. Ronan was born with an Andover

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development of the eyes `` underdevelopment. Being abld to get

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around is the primary thing. With nearly 2 million peopld in the

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UK thought to have a sight problem, researchers have been able to create

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smart glasses to help those with only a small amount of vision, using

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a 3D camera. We have been able to take a

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real`time depth image of thd environment immediately in front of

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the person and use that to highlight nearby objects. Once we havd

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detected the objects, we dr`w a bright outline.

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Warren has virtually no sitd because of a rare genetic condition.

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I was a fairly regular 18`ydar`old guy. The first time I noticdd it was

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playing video games, I would fiddle around with the contrast on my telly

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but my friends didn't understand. Despite that, he has plenty of

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optimism for the future. He enrolled on a trial of these smart glasses

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developed by scientists in Cambridge and Oxford.

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I can see immediately and ilage superimposed over my normal vision.

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You can appreciate how important this can be for people with sight

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problems. The second version of the tdchnology

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promises more detailed imagds and a slimmer frame. More people will be

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needed to test it in Cambridgeshire. As we all know, England rout of the

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World Cup and the football pundits have spent the weekend disctssing

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where it all went wrong. In case you need reminding, the World Ctp is

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still on, and fans, voluntedrs and TV professionals are still out

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there. We have been finding out how they have been getting on.

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COMMENTATOR: A strong finish by Belgium. 1`0!

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The late winner by Belgium `gainst Russia in Rio, and there to see it,

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a King's Lynn volunteer at the stadium.

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It was a really good game, the fans were great, it is nice to h`ve some

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Europeans bear. The really late goal was amazing, the fans went crazy. A

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really nice atmosphere. Here is some crazy Belgian fans

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doing the conga after the g`me. For England fans, this is what light

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have been. Also at the game last night was a

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cameraman from Suffolk. Southend fan Dave sent us this from the Truguay

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game. While John, a plumber from Northampton, is loving it in Brazil.

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He was at the Holland game today. He has been impressed by the

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friendliness of the South Alerican fans.

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They are really passionate fans I tried to chat with them, with sign

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language, they really friendly people.

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John is trying to get his flag on the TV. It hasn't been easy to spot

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on the cameras in Brazil. Btt it has been flown at the beach in Rio.

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We had a few drinks. Then the bar staff wanted to put the flag on a

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pole. It was a little bit of a giggle.

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John is travelling with Graham and then. If the defeat for England

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wasn't bad enough, they havd had a dose of Brazilian belly. Th`t

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aside, our fans from here are clearly having a fantastic time over

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there. We didn't need to know that bit

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Fantastic weather at the wedkend. Despite England. Perfect we`ther for

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the throne yourself out of `n aeroplane!

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`` throwing. Temperatures up to 24 Celsits. In

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fact, generally across the region today, many other places clhmbed

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into the mid`70s Fahrenheit. The difference is that today thdre have

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been a few showers. This is the radar sequence. Those showers moving

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in, in bands and lines, somd have been heavy and thundery. Sole

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impressive lightning. All of this will continue over the next few

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hours. Still the potential for torrential downpours and thtnder and

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lightning. But everywhere should become dry, clear spells, some

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patchy mist and fog. Temper`tures, most classes no lower than 01

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Celsius. Light winds. The pressure chart for tomorrow shows thhs

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weakening and decaying cold front steadily pushing down over ts from

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the north. That means we will have a dry start. Mist and fog shotld clear

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pretty quickly. As the mornhng goes on, some thicker cloud will push

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down from the north and somd showers which are likely to be well

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scattered. Nothing like the showers we have out there at the molent We

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are expecting some spells of sunshine which should have

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temperatures up to 22 Celsits. And the winds tomorrow, light to

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moderate. They may become v`riable for a time. We finished the day

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again with some showers arotnd. For many of us, tomorrow could be a

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completely dry day. That is tomorrow. The best of the stnshine

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taking temperatures into thd low 20s. Wednesday, a cold day. Further

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north, the chillier the start will be. Eventually, we should sde some

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spells of sunshine developing. Not looking bad. Then, a great deal of

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uncertainty about Thursday `nd Friday. As it stands, Thursday is

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looking fine and dry, if anxthing, a little warmer. Temperatures up to 20

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Celsius. At the moment, it looks like any rain will eventually arrive

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on Friday. Showers banding together to give a longer spell of r`in. As

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ever, we will keep you postdd. Overnight, Tuesday, we could see

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temperatures lower than this. Then they start to recover later in the

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week.

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