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high, 15-20. It's not all bad. Thank you very much. That's all from

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Cambridge and Northampton are named amongst the top places in Britain

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The pub's the hub, the campaign to keep the local

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And training the tourmakers ` the volunteers whose job is to

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ensure the Tour de France gdts a smooth ride through the rdgion.

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First tonight the student visa scandal.

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And the fall out for four of our further education colleges

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For the time being, the government has banned all

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of them from admitting new students from overseas.

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It follows an investigation which estimates nearly 50,000

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immigrants may have been able to cheat their way through language

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Across the country 57 private colldges

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and two universities are accused of failing to make the proper checks.

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Have some students obtained visas through fraudulent me`ns?

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The question for one of our fastest growing univershties.

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Concerns raised by the Immigration Minister in the Commons.

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We have told a further two universities, the Universitx of

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Bedfordshire and the University of West London, that they are no longer

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allowed to sponsor new studdnts pending further investigations,

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which will decide whether they should also be

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The University say they do not know why they have been namdd

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We are confident, from internal reviews, that procedures ard

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robust and our licence was not suspended this week.

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We are confident that when we have an audit we will get a clean bill

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of health and will be free to recruit new international students.

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The Government claims come after this.

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Secret filming that appears to show foreign students being helped

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to cheat to pass their Englhsh tests.

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It is highly unlikely, the Government say,

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that some universities and colleges were fulfilling their duty.

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Passing an English test is a requirement for a student visa

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but so is proof of academic qualifications and attendance.

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57 private colleges are now banned from taking new foreign students,

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Mohammed, from Pakistan, is a student.

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His visa is legitimate, he says but now he is confused and concdrned.

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All of my friends are calling me about my university being stspended.

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Colleges are being told thex should have checked students' certhficates

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before offering places but colleges in our region say they

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Gavin Shuker is the Labour LP for Luton South.

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The University of Bedfordshhre and these four colleges inshst

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Iron convinced that this is a government approved test from a

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government approved provider. The University of Bedfordshire has

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looked what has been coming through the door and has been proven to be

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legitimate and have been audited in light of these concerns and have not

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found an issue. I would hopd that the Government, instead of loving

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from one place to another vdry quickly, would get some perspective.

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What we have potentially got... What we have potentially got herd and

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50,000 immigrants that have got their visa by cheating the system.

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If there was abuse of the sxstem like that going on, it is strely

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right that it is investigatdd. That is the main point. If there is abuse

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involving 50,000 students that would be remarkable failure on thd hands

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of the Government. What I c`n say is that institutions like the

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University of Bedfordshire where they have audited the 200 students

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affected, they have found clear and compelling evidence that I think

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will mean they will be returned back to good order. Accurately robustly

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defending that university btt do you think there is potentially ` risk

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from some institutions that when we are talking about so much money that

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foreign students bring in there is a temptation, perhaps, to turn a blind

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eye? `` ICU are robustly defending. I am sure that some institutions

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will have that but any reputable institution will not go down this

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path. What they will want to do is take the assurances from thd

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Government approved agencies. If there is a failure here, it is with

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the Home Office. We needed to get to the bottom of what has gone on

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whilst not penalising good institutions adding to UK exports

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and seeing great young men `nd women educated in our times. Have had

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contact with any other colldges Bedford have told us this could put

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them out of business. Absolttely. These smaller institutions rely on

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planning to have students in the country. We are in June. September

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is not far away for your long or multi`year courses. That is why we

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need some robust action takdn quickly to get to the bottol of what

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is going on and to get the good institutions cleared while tackling

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abuses from others that turned a blind eye.

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Within the past couple of hours the Northampton couple extraditdd to the

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United States to face fraud charges have been released from prison.

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Paul and Sandra Dunham, who deny the charges, fought

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extradition, fearing they'd be held in a detention centre for months.

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Our reporter Neil Bradford has got the latest and joins us

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It was around 4:30pm UK timd, 11:30am in the US, that the couple

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were formally released from custody in Maryland. They are now m`king a

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seven hour car journey to North Carolina, where they must rdside

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with their friends, who put up the $250,000 bail. A few moments ago, I

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spoke to Mr Donovan, who gave his reaction. Very pleased to bd where

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we are. . We did not know until now meant that we would be rele`sed The

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jail told us that we would be going back to court so we were not 10 %

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sure. It has happened and that is good. What happens now? When they

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arrive in North Carolina thdy will effectively be under house `rrest.

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They both have electronic t`gs fitted and I am told that they will

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be confined to the first floor of the house and the garden. They will

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have to have regular contact with US marshals and officials in the US

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state of Maryland, where thdy face 13 charges of fraud and

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money`laundering, totalling $1. million. The prosecutors sax that

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they used company credit cards to find a lavish lifestyle, paxing for

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everything from groceries to expensive artwork, even a dog house.

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They deny the charges. The trial is not expected for another few months.

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New research today suggests small and medium size businesses `re

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driving the economic recovery and that our region is at the forefront.

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Businesses in 64 of the UK's biggest cities werd given

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a bit of health check, assessing productivity and profitabilhty

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Whether they're pursuing innovation and how well they're compethng

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Milton Keynes comes fifth for the highest concentration of

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Milton keynes is also up thdre, in fourth place, for the highest

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Overall, perhaps unsurprisingly Cambridge scores the best

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But Northampton also secures a place in the national top ten

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Stuart Ratcliffe has been to visit a business there which is

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Oyster cards ` a familiar shght if you use the tube in London.

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But the software behind them is controlled

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Novacroft has doubled its workforce over the last two years.

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I think it will not be long before we are known

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What we are seeing now is that whilst London is growing,

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in terms of economic abilitx, actually a lot of people ard moving

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And Northampton hope that this building could attract even more

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small businesses to the town, because when complete this

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could be home to 55 new small businesses.

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The local enterprise partnership here is also providing support

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Companies in the new enterprise zone also benefit from tax breaks,

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which means Northampton is now competing and on occasions beating

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We are not to be modest about our achievements.

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I think now and we certainlx should not be in the future.

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We are not Cambridge or Milton Keynes, we are

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This is undoubtedly an excellent place

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to come and start and grow a business and is a lot mord

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But today's report says there's no room for complacency.

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Saying the government needs to do more to work with towns

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and cities to improve infrastructure and training.

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A man is being questioned after the body of an 82`year`old woman

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Police officers found the body at the house in Latimer, Stony

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A 48`year`old man was arrested later in the afternoon.

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Thames Valley Police officers have been carrying out house to house

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inquiries and have put a guard outside the propertx.

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But they say they believe this is an isolated incident.

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A post mortem is due to be carried out.

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It's become known as the jewel in Newmarket's crown.

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But now the multi`million pound racing industry fears

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its future could be compromhsed by a housing development.

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There are concerns it will put off new investors

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and jeopardise the safety of horses, riders and the public.

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urging the landowner, Lord Derby, to rethink his plans.

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Today, the racing industry saddled up against plans

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for a housing development on the edge of Newmarket,

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People coming into Newmarket, it comes across as a large village

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And that is critical to the perception of investors

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A huge number of which come from overseas.

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This is the atmosphere they want to invest in.

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Everyday, thousands of horsds cross here alongside the cars, lorries,

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And the protesters say that things are already at the lhmit

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Throw into the mix a new housing development up there

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and they say it is a potenthally catastrophic combination.

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It is Lord Derby who owns the land, a fact that grates

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His brother recently bred the horse that won the Derby ` Australia.

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Australia was foaled in a farm right next to Hatchfield

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farm and it is an ultimate hrony to us that this man with a famhly that

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has such a fantastic historx in racing does seem to be prepared

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House numbers slashed from 1200 to 400.

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Newmarket needs new homes, jobs and investment into the high street

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This is really about addressing the future of Newmarket.

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The horse industry itself is growing rapidly and all those peopld will

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The racing industry will always think about themselvds.

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Newmarket is dependent so mtch on the racing industry and we don't

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With 300 people on the housing waiting list,

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Campaigners say if we approve this then where does it end?

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Now over to the rest of the programme with David and Susie.

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Still to come, the army of volunteers getting the tour to

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France on the road. The county council promising thousands of

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pounds to help your local boozer stay part of the community. A couple

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of weeks ago, A couple of weeks ago on Look East

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we talked about the relationship between dolestic

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violence and the World Cup. Frighteningly

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the police can accurately predict that numbers of incidents whll rise

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sharply after each England game We were speaking to Essex Police who

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are running a campaign And now they've got real figures

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from the first two England games. In a moment,

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the police officer in chargd. But first, a reminder of

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the background from Debbie Tubby. `` the England squad returnhng home

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this afternoon after being knocked out of the World Cup. They `re pure

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performance resulted in a dramatic increase in domestic violence. ``

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their poor performance. Thex have identified 110 men and seven women

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most likely to be involved hn football related domestic abuse and

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targeted them throughout thd tournament. Some will be arrested

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before the World Cup becausd we know of outstanding offences and others

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will be spoken to and we will do our best to make sure they face justice.

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Why is it such a trigger? This woman's partner was jailed for

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Harrah attempted murder. It is all about control, if you do not do what

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they say or we are what thex want. It is the same with any sport. The

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police also launched this c`mpaign video at the start of the World Cup

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to stop domestic abusers kicking off.

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Nick Burston is the detective inspector in charge

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And I started by putting it to her that it was sad Essex Policd could

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It is, it is a sad indictment of society, particularly in thd current

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World Cup where England havd lost, and that can lead to a backlash

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People with no responsibility for that situation at all, and ht is

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precipitated by all sorts of factors but in the main it is being used as

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an excuse to abuse another individual. They are alreadx abusers

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and this is just another wax to get themselves the excuse to crdate

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havoc in people's lives. Recently you told us they were certahn people

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you work keeping an eye on during this period. Do you think you could

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have been looking at even more cases like that that? `` with out that? We

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have some people identified as the most prolific that `` selects, and

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those people were communicated with to remind them of responsibhlities

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to their partners, and it is their fault and they are the ones who make

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the decision to abuse. Is it just when the football is all? Is that

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the only sport that triggers this? It is the one that creates the most

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noticeable spike, and it is not just about to elements and it can be

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quite localised, depending on an early, if a particular location

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supports one team and they have bad result, there could be a local

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spike. It is incredibly brave of somebody to report something that is

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happening and after you havd intervened, is the early support

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network in place? Absolutelx. The important thing to say is if you do

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not want to leave the relathonship, you do not have two, and it is

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important to know that oursdlves and the people we work with than the

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statutory and voluntary agencies will support you in your hole if you

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do not want to leave. For example, somebody might have mental health

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issues. The mental health practitioner can help them develop

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coping strategies. What kind of coping strategies would you

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recommend putting in place hf they cannot leave? The coping strategy

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might just be somebody to phck up the phone to if things are not going

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right and could be as simpld as recognising the danger of you are in

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and preparing for leaving, so at a friend or family member's house you

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have a bag and a copy of a passport and bank account. Some spard cash,

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so if you had to flee an emdrgency you can actually leave without

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having to go back to the hotse instantly. A change of clothes for

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the children and some favourite toys. Thank you.

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Many see the pub as the heart of a local community, but everx year,

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So it's getting even more ilportant to make sure

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Today, Norfolk County Counchl put thousands of pounds

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into a scheme called "The Ptb's the Hub" encouraging pubs to take more

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That could mean becoming a community centre,

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The Kings Arms opened for btsiness in the 17th century. They are used

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to be six pulps in this are` but it was the last and closed in 2012 It

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is about to reopen, helped by a ?4000 grant from The Pub's The Hub.

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We needed this to be more than just a pub, so we will have a colmunity

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cafe and hopefully a school meals service for the primary school

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opposite. We will get an offering that can cook 180 school me`ls a day

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and also things like a coffde machine for the community c`fe.

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Although there are signs th`t the rate of closure is may be slowing,

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many are losing services sthll, and pubs can fill the gap. Todax at the

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Royal Norfolk sure, the council leader announced a ?30,000

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contribution to the project. They are the first county council to do

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so and pubs in Norfolk can `pply for grants from the Council for the

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community scheme. What we h`ve been trying to do is put new accdss in

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for elderly customers, disabled customers, so that it makes it a

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more friendly place, so thex are not as isolated as before and they can

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feel they can come into a w`rm welcome. The ?4000 grant max not

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seem much but for a Norfolk county council it is something at the time

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of big financial cutbacks, to help pulps and communities flourhsh.

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`` pubs. Perhaps one of the surprising

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success stories from the London Thousands of volunteers

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in distinctive purple and orange uniform who helpdd made

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everything tick. Now the Tour de France in Britain is

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following in those same footsteps. 10,000 volunteers have been chosen

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to help make race day run sloothly. Stage three starts in Cambrhdge

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on Monday July 7th, winding its way Tom Williams has been talking to

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the Tourmakers. From flag to put marshalling or just

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being on hand with a friendly smile. Toolmakers will be the faces of the

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race. `` Tourmakers. It has been fantastic, you have that calaraderie

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and people coming together for a common goal, something really

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positive. Over 25,000 applidd and just 10,000 made the final cut but

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with the final stage just 10 days away, they today to con fin`l

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instructions and collected tniforms. It is building on the momentum of

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London 2012 and we have manx more volunteers here today who

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volunteered during the Olympic Games. Two years on, they are still

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volunteering for big sporting events. It is the biggest volunteer

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workforce since the Olympics and the first time the event has posted

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Tourmakers. I want you to gdt yourself into height order.

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Volunteers are not all over 18, meet the young Tourmaker clinic. Pupils

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have been taught how to run workshops, to deliver these sessions

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to younger children at prim`ry schools. Fast forward one wdek and

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the chance to put new skills to the test by teaching Tour de Fr`nce

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themed activities. This is focusing on the skills you would need to be a

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good cyclist, speed and bal`nce and coordination. Inside the artwork is

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coming along nicely. We havd been designing flags to wave while people

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go past. Do you think it is effective at getting people

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excited? They all seem really excited and I are going to go and

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watch it. A final few touchds and a flag to wave with pride.

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I wish I had done that now! It has been raining a bet in places but

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reasonable. Every time it is Glastonburx the

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weather changes. We have ond more day of fine weather before things go

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downhill with low pressure `re moving in. It was cloudy thhs

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afternoon and there is still some clouds around Seoul this cloud will

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continue to melt and we will have some clear spells through the night.

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It was chilly last night, gdtting down to five Celsius and parts, but

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do not take these figures at face value. It could be lower in the

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countryside and there could be mist patches around as well. Starting

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chilly tomorrow but what sunshine through the morning. More cloud in

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the afternoon and the risk of some isolated showers but for most of us,

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it will be dry throughout. Slightly warmer as well and staying cool on

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the coast. Further inland, getting up to 20 Celsius. The afternoon sees

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more clouds but it will then out into the evening and overnight. Low

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pressure are moving and will bring us unsettled conditions for the end

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of the week and it looks like that unsettled weather will conthnue into

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the weekend so make the most of tomorrow. Looking pretty good but

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with outbreaks of rain and heavy showers are owned by the end of the

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week. This may clear quicklx, but lingering across northern p`rts and

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these heavy showers are expdcted to continue on Saturday, with some

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thunder, and it looks like the showers will still be around on

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Sunday but not as many. A couple of unsettled days before it improves

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slightly. That's all from us, have very good evening.

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