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high, 15-20. It's not all bad. Thank you very much. That's all from
Cambridge and Northampton are named amongst the top places in Britain
The pub's the hub, the campaign to keep the local
And training the tourmakers ` the volunteers whose job is to
ensure the Tour de France gdts a smooth ride through the rdgion.
First tonight the student visa scandal.
And the fall out for four of our further education colleges
For the time being, the government has banned all
of them from admitting new students from overseas.
It follows an investigation which estimates nearly 50,000
immigrants may have been able to cheat their way through language
Across the country 57 private colldges
and two universities are accused of failing to make the proper checks.
Have some students obtained visas through fraudulent me`ns?
The question for one of our fastest growing univershties.
Concerns raised by the Immigration Minister in the Commons.
We have told a further two universities, the Universitx of
Bedfordshire and the University of West London, that they are no longer
allowed to sponsor new studdnts pending further investigations,
which will decide whether they should also be
The University say they do not know why they have been namdd
We are confident, from internal reviews, that procedures ard
robust and our licence was not suspended this week.
We are confident that when we have an audit we will get a clean bill
of health and will be free to recruit new international students.
The Government claims come after this.
Secret filming that appears to show foreign students being helped
to cheat to pass their Englhsh tests.
It is highly unlikely, the Government say,
that some universities and colleges were fulfilling their duty.
Passing an English test is a requirement for a student visa
but so is proof of academic qualifications and attendance.
57 private colleges are now banned from taking new foreign students,
Mohammed, from Pakistan, is a student.
His visa is legitimate, he says but now he is confused and concdrned.
All of my friends are calling me about my university being stspended.
Colleges are being told thex should have checked students' certhficates
before offering places but colleges in our region say they
Gavin Shuker is the Labour LP for Luton South.
The University of Bedfordshhre and these four colleges inshst
Iron convinced that this is a government approved test from a
government approved provider. The University of Bedfordshire has
looked what has been coming through the door and has been proven to be
legitimate and have been audited in light of these concerns and have not
found an issue. I would hopd that the Government, instead of loving
from one place to another vdry quickly, would get some perspective.
What we have potentially got... What we have potentially got herd and
50,000 immigrants that have got their visa by cheating the system.
If there was abuse of the sxstem like that going on, it is strely
right that it is investigatdd. That is the main point. If there is abuse
involving 50,000 students that would be remarkable failure on thd hands
of the Government. What I c`n say is that institutions like the
University of Bedfordshire where they have audited the 200 students
affected, they have found clear and compelling evidence that I think
will mean they will be returned back to good order. Accurately robustly
defending that university btt do you think there is potentially ` risk
from some institutions that when we are talking about so much money that
foreign students bring in there is a temptation, perhaps, to turn a blind
eye? `` ICU are robustly defending. I am sure that some institutions
will have that but any reputable institution will not go down this
path. What they will want to do is take the assurances from thd
Government approved agencies. If there is a failure here, it is with
the Home Office. We needed to get to the bottom of what has gone on
whilst not penalising good institutions adding to UK exports
and seeing great young men `nd women educated in our times. Have had
contact with any other colldges Bedford have told us this could put
them out of business. Absolttely. These smaller institutions rely on
planning to have students in the country. We are in June. September
is not far away for your long or multi`year courses. That is why we
need some robust action takdn quickly to get to the bottol of what
is going on and to get the good institutions cleared while tackling
abuses from others that turned a blind eye.
Within the past couple of hours the Northampton couple extraditdd to the
United States to face fraud charges have been released from prison.
Paul and Sandra Dunham, who deny the charges, fought
extradition, fearing they'd be held in a detention centre for months.
Our reporter Neil Bradford has got the latest and joins us
It was around 4:30pm UK timd, 11:30am in the US, that the couple
were formally released from custody in Maryland. They are now m`king a
seven hour car journey to North Carolina, where they must rdside
with their friends, who put up the $250,000 bail. A few moments ago, I
spoke to Mr Donovan, who gave his reaction. Very pleased to bd where
we are. . We did not know until now meant that we would be rele`sed The
jail told us that we would be going back to court so we were not 10 %
sure. It has happened and that is good. What happens now? When they
arrive in North Carolina thdy will effectively be under house `rrest.
They both have electronic t`gs fitted and I am told that they will
be confined to the first floor of the house and the garden. They will
have to have regular contact with US marshals and officials in the US
state of Maryland, where thdy face 13 charges of fraud and
money`laundering, totalling $1. million. The prosecutors sax that
they used company credit cards to find a lavish lifestyle, paxing for
everything from groceries to expensive artwork, even a dog house.
They deny the charges. The trial is not expected for another few months.
New research today suggests small and medium size businesses `re
driving the economic recovery and that our region is at the forefront.
Businesses in 64 of the UK's biggest cities werd given
a bit of health check, assessing productivity and profitabilhty
Whether they're pursuing innovation and how well they're compethng
Milton Keynes comes fifth for the highest concentration of
Milton keynes is also up thdre, in fourth place, for the highest
Overall, perhaps unsurprisingly Cambridge scores the best
But Northampton also secures a place in the national top ten
Stuart Ratcliffe has been to visit a business there which is
Oyster cards ` a familiar shght if you use the tube in London.
But the software behind them is controlled
Novacroft has doubled its workforce over the last two years.
I think it will not be long before we are known
What we are seeing now is that whilst London is growing,
in terms of economic abilitx, actually a lot of people ard moving
And Northampton hope that this building could attract even more
small businesses to the town, because when complete this
could be home to 55 new small businesses.
The local enterprise partnership here is also providing support
Companies in the new enterprise zone also benefit from tax breaks,
which means Northampton is now competing and on occasions beating
We are not to be modest about our achievements.
I think now and we certainlx should not be in the future.
We are not Cambridge or Milton Keynes, we are
This is undoubtedly an excellent place
to come and start and grow a business and is a lot mord
But today's report says there's no room for complacency.
Saying the government needs to do more to work with towns
and cities to improve infrastructure and training.
A man is being questioned after the body of an 82`year`old woman
Police officers found the body at the house in Latimer, Stony
A 48`year`old man was arrested later in the afternoon.
Thames Valley Police officers have been carrying out house to house
inquiries and have put a guard outside the propertx.
But they say they believe this is an isolated incident.
A post mortem is due to be carried out.
It's become known as the jewel in Newmarket's crown.
But now the multi`million pound racing industry fears
its future could be compromhsed by a housing development.
There are concerns it will put off new investors
and jeopardise the safety of horses, riders and the public.
urging the landowner, Lord Derby, to rethink his plans.
Today, the racing industry saddled up against plans
for a housing development on the edge of Newmarket,
People coming into Newmarket, it comes across as a large village
And that is critical to the perception of investors
A huge number of which come from overseas.
This is the atmosphere they want to invest in.
Everyday, thousands of horsds cross here alongside the cars, lorries,
And the protesters say that things are already at the lhmit
Throw into the mix a new housing development up there
and they say it is a potenthally catastrophic combination.
It is Lord Derby who owns the land, a fact that grates
His brother recently bred the horse that won the Derby ` Australia.
Australia was foaled in a farm right next to Hatchfield
farm and it is an ultimate hrony to us that this man with a famhly that
has such a fantastic historx in racing does seem to be prepared
House numbers slashed from 1200 to 400.
Newmarket needs new homes, jobs and investment into the high street
This is really about addressing the future of Newmarket.
The horse industry itself is growing rapidly and all those peopld will
The racing industry will always think about themselvds.
Newmarket is dependent so mtch on the racing industry and we don't
With 300 people on the housing waiting list,
Campaigners say if we approve this then where does it end?
Now over to the rest of the programme with David and Susie.
Still to come, the army of volunteers getting the tour to
France on the road. The county council promising thousands of
pounds to help your local boozer stay part of the community. A couple
of weeks ago, A couple of weeks ago on Look East
we talked about the relationship between dolestic
violence and the World Cup. Frighteningly
the police can accurately predict that numbers of incidents whll rise
sharply after each England game We were speaking to Essex Police who
are running a campaign And now they've got real figures
from the first two England games. In a moment,
the police officer in chargd. But first, a reminder of
the background from Debbie Tubby. `` the England squad returnhng home
this afternoon after being knocked out of the World Cup. They `re pure
performance resulted in a dramatic increase in domestic violence. ``
their poor performance. Thex have identified 110 men and seven women
most likely to be involved hn football related domestic abuse and
targeted them throughout thd tournament. Some will be arrested
before the World Cup becausd we know of outstanding offences and others
will be spoken to and we will do our best to make sure they face justice.
Why is it such a trigger? This woman's partner was jailed for
Harrah attempted murder. It is all about control, if you do not do what
they say or we are what thex want. It is the same with any sport. The
police also launched this c`mpaign video at the start of the World Cup
to stop domestic abusers kicking off.
Nick Burston is the detective inspector in charge
And I started by putting it to her that it was sad Essex Policd could
It is, it is a sad indictment of society, particularly in thd current
World Cup where England havd lost, and that can lead to a backlash
People with no responsibility for that situation at all, and ht is
precipitated by all sorts of factors but in the main it is being used as
an excuse to abuse another individual. They are alreadx abusers
and this is just another wax to get themselves the excuse to crdate
havoc in people's lives. Recently you told us they were certahn people
you work keeping an eye on during this period. Do you think you could
have been looking at even more cases like that that? `` with out that? We
have some people identified as the most prolific that `` selects, and
those people were communicated with to remind them of responsibhlities
to their partners, and it is their fault and they are the ones who make
the decision to abuse. Is it just when the football is all? Is that
the only sport that triggers this? It is the one that creates the most
noticeable spike, and it is not just about to elements and it can be
quite localised, depending on an early, if a particular location
supports one team and they have bad result, there could be a local
spike. It is incredibly brave of somebody to report something that is
happening and after you havd intervened, is the early support
network in place? Absolutelx. The important thing to say is if you do
not want to leave the relathonship, you do not have two, and it is
important to know that oursdlves and the people we work with than the
statutory and voluntary agencies will support you in your hole if you
do not want to leave. For example, somebody might have mental health
issues. The mental health practitioner can help them develop
coping strategies. What kind of coping strategies would you
recommend putting in place hf they cannot leave? The coping strategy
might just be somebody to phck up the phone to if things are not going
right and could be as simpld as recognising the danger of you are in
and preparing for leaving, so at a friend or family member's house you
have a bag and a copy of a passport and bank account. Some spard cash,
so if you had to flee an emdrgency you can actually leave without
having to go back to the hotse instantly. A change of clothes for
the children and some favourite toys. Thank you.
Many see the pub as the heart of a local community, but everx year,
So it's getting even more ilportant to make sure
Today, Norfolk County Counchl put thousands of pounds
into a scheme called "The Ptb's the Hub" encouraging pubs to take more
That could mean becoming a community centre,
The Kings Arms opened for btsiness in the 17th century. They are used
to be six pulps in this are` but it was the last and closed in 2012 It
is about to reopen, helped by a ?4000 grant from The Pub's The Hub.
We needed this to be more than just a pub, so we will have a colmunity
cafe and hopefully a school meals service for the primary school
opposite. We will get an offering that can cook 180 school me`ls a day
and also things like a coffde machine for the community c`fe.
Although there are signs th`t the rate of closure is may be slowing,
many are losing services sthll, and pubs can fill the gap. Todax at the
Royal Norfolk sure, the council leader announced a ?30,000
contribution to the project. They are the first county council to do
so and pubs in Norfolk can `pply for grants from the Council for the
community scheme. What we h`ve been trying to do is put new accdss in
for elderly customers, disabled customers, so that it makes it a
more friendly place, so thex are not as isolated as before and they can
feel they can come into a w`rm welcome. The ?4000 grant max not
seem much but for a Norfolk county council it is something at the time
of big financial cutbacks, to help pulps and communities flourhsh.
`` pubs. Perhaps one of the surprising
success stories from the London Thousands of volunteers
in distinctive purple and orange uniform who helpdd made
everything tick. Now the Tour de France in Britain is
following in those same footsteps. 10,000 volunteers have been chosen
to help make race day run sloothly. Stage three starts in Cambrhdge
on Monday July 7th, winding its way Tom Williams has been talking to
the Tourmakers. From flag to put marshalling or just
being on hand with a friendly smile. Toolmakers will be the faces of the
race. `` Tourmakers. It has been fantastic, you have that calaraderie
and people coming together for a common goal, something really
positive. Over 25,000 applidd and just 10,000 made the final cut but
with the final stage just 10 days away, they today to con fin`l
instructions and collected tniforms. It is building on the momentum of
London 2012 and we have manx more volunteers here today who
volunteered during the Olympic Games. Two years on, they are still
volunteering for big sporting events. It is the biggest volunteer
workforce since the Olympics and the first time the event has posted
Tourmakers. I want you to gdt yourself into height order.
Volunteers are not all over 18, meet the young Tourmaker clinic. Pupils
have been taught how to run workshops, to deliver these sessions
to younger children at prim`ry schools. Fast forward one wdek and
the chance to put new skills to the test by teaching Tour de Fr`nce
themed activities. This is focusing on the skills you would need to be a
good cyclist, speed and bal`nce and coordination. Inside the artwork is
coming along nicely. We havd been designing flags to wave while people
go past. Do you think it is effective at getting people
excited? They all seem really excited and I are going to go and
watch it. A final few touchds and a flag to wave with pride.
I wish I had done that now! It has been raining a bet in places but
reasonable. Every time it is Glastonburx the
weather changes. We have ond more day of fine weather before things go
downhill with low pressure `re moving in. It was cloudy thhs
afternoon and there is still some clouds around Seoul this cloud will
continue to melt and we will have some clear spells through the night.
It was chilly last night, gdtting down to five Celsius and parts, but
do not take these figures at face value. It could be lower in the
countryside and there could be mist patches around as well. Starting
chilly tomorrow but what sunshine through the morning. More cloud in
the afternoon and the risk of some isolated showers but for most of us,
it will be dry throughout. Slightly warmer as well and staying cool on
the coast. Further inland, getting up to 20 Celsius. The afternoon sees
more clouds but it will then out into the evening and overnight. Low
pressure are moving and will bring us unsettled conditions for the end
of the week and it looks like that unsettled weather will conthnue into
the weekend so make the most of tomorrow. Looking pretty good but
with outbreaks of rain and heavy showers are owned by the end of the
week. This may clear quicklx, but lingering across northern p`rts and
these heavy showers are expdcted to continue on Saturday, with some
thunder, and it looks like the showers will still be around on
Sunday but not as many. A couple of unsettled days before it improves
slightly. That's all from us, have very good evening.