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weather. Not a wash-out but stay tuned for the details.

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Guilty ` Michael Francis and his friend Mark Lewis robbed

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and then murdered 26`year`old Jamie McMahon, leaving his body

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The biotech boom ` could we attract even more companies to the Dast

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And the international row about the sale of this 4,000`year`old statue.

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First tonight ` more on the dispute that's brought thousands

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of public sector workers across the East out on strike todax.

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Members of six unions are t`king part in the day of action.

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The Fire Brigades Union, the civil service union, PCS, Unite,

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Unison, the GMB and the National Union of Teachers.

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Across the region the strikd action led to over 160 schools

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being closed or partially closed with Cambridgeshire being hht the

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The government has condemned the action

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and claimed most public sector employees were working norm`lly

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The flags and banners were out and so too were the umbrell`s.

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Around 500 or 600 public sector workers joined

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Gary from Wellingborough has been a firefighter for 16 years.

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He is angry about proposed changes to pensions and the retiremdnt age.

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Not any more than what I signed up for when I joined the Fire Service.

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I transferred a pension and three private pensions

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Sue Thompson from Cambridge has been a primary

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She's protesting about an increasing workload.

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Over the past two years, my workload has gone up by 20%.

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It is admin and bureaucracy which is to keep me under control,

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Chris worked on building mahntenance for Cambridge City Council but

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if they have fallen in real terms and he now wants an increasd.

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We have taken our share of the burden of the economx

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Times are getting a little bit better

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and I feel we are entitled to have a reasonable living wage increase.

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This is the protest march that has been

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In places, it has brought the city centre to a standstill

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This is after all the members of six public sector unions all out

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A similar march through Luton, then a rally attended

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Staff at Northampton General Hospital were

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Their long`running dispute hs with hospital bosses over pay

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Teachers were also on strikd, like those here in Bedford.

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Across the region, 160 schools were either partially or

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An MP seemed to suggest truancy`style fines for teachers

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Parents are subject to fines if they take their children out

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Such legislation does not apply to teachers who might deny lo`ds of

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Will my honourable friend bdar in mind this point when drawing up

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the legislation to prevent such industrial action in schools?

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The government insist there is no money and savings must be m`de.

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The unions threatening further strikes.

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Stewart Jackson is the MP for Peterborough.

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Earlier I asked him for his reaction to today's strhkes

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Well, obviously I am very disappointed particularly as

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in some cases the trade unions were allegedly in discussions with the

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government over things like pay and pensions and working condithons

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I think, in terms of teachers, they don't have a mandate

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I think, generally, most public service workers are dedicatdd and

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But within those two years, surely not enough has been done

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by the government or they wouldn't feel the need to strike tod`y?

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You either increase public sector pay or you lose jobs.

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In the case of teachers, thdy still have relatively good pensions,

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Obviously, some change is always going to happen in a profession

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But they are not the only ones that have been out on strikd.

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This is the third struggle teachers, 14th for firefighters,

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they clearly feel the government is not doing enough.

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Both teachers and firefightdrs and the police have some

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of the most generous public sector pensions in Europe.

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I think that hasn't changed under either government.

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We have got to reduce the ddficit, protect jobs and public services.

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And just going out constantly on strike, inconveniencing

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taxpayers and assuming that what goes for the private sector

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shouldn't go for them and they are immune to these changes,

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Today, the Kettering MP Philip Hollobone

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has come forward to say that teachers should face truancx`style

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I think the government needs to look at all the legislation

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Because of course the right to strike,

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withdraw your labour, is sacrosanct, part of our British tradition.

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But I think it needs to be based on popular mandate, a recent

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popular mandate, not a ballot two years ago for rolling strikds.

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I think ministers will have to look at whether these rolling strikes are

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appropriate and whether we can use legislathon to

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We cannot describe the agonx and the worry we endured `

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the words of Jamie McMahon's family after Michael Francis is fotnd

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Today a jury at Northampton Crown Court found 33`year`old

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Michael Francis guilty of mtrdering and robbing the 26`year`old in a

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A 19`year`old man, Mark Lewhs, has already admitted murder.

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Jamie McMahon died from head injuries

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after being kicked to the ground and attacked by both Lewis and Francis.

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Mike Cartwright is outside Northampton Crown Court for us now.

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before hearing the verdict today, the family and friends of J`mie

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McMahon all held hands. Hearing the guilty verdict for

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robbery, there were aghast. Hearing the guilty verdict for murddr,

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tears. A sense of relief th`t is ten months into this case, they got

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justice. `` ten months after the event, they got justice. Two shadowy

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figures on a mission to rob and steal. Looking for easy pickings. On

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the left, Mark Lewis, aged 09. And Michael Francis, 33. They found

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Jamie McMahon. He was robbed, pick `` kicks and left for dead. Today,

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his friends and family spokd of the anguish they had been through. Nine

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months of sleepless nights. Might get a couple tonight. That pretty

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much sums it up. Can't stop your heart beating, but with everything

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the way it has been, it has been a nightmare from the word go. Jamie

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was my best friend for many years. He was the most decent man H have

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ever met. He was fun, outgohng, just generally decent, decent man. These

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images the last of Jamie alhve. In a takeaway, after his last th`t after

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a night out. Jamie McMahon sat on the bench and Mark Lewis and Michael

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Francis approached him. He tried to escape and tripped and fell. Mark

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Lewis repeatedly stamped on him so hard that an impression of ` trainer

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was left on his face. Meanwhile Michael Francis took his wallet

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Leaving him lying face down on the ground, they walked away. This was a

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callous, violent attack and one of the most shocking things was how

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they walked away down the the main shopping street in

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Northampton as if happened, nothing untoward had

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happened. In the blue, is M`rk Lewis, Michael Francis is ftrther

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away. After carrying out a brutal murder, they spend their spoils on

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cigarettes, sandwiches and crisps. Then they strolled home. Today,

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outside court, Jamie's family emerged. Their words were spoken by

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a policeman. People say timd is a great healer. In this case, it will

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never be. We are broken, a large piece of us is missing. He was in

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the wrong place at the wrong time, the court was told. A 26`ye`r`old

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who lost his life all ?20 in his wallet and an iPhone sold for just

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?10 more. In court, there wdre strong word said by the famhly

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involved. But there was applause and high praise for the prosecution and

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the police. Jamie's family thought it was a job well done. But in their

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statement, they said there were no winners in the case, only losers.

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Sentencing will happen in dte course.

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One person has died in a serious accident on the M11 in Essex.

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The motorway is closed southbound and is not expected

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on the southbound carriagew`y between Junction 7 and 6.

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There are long delays in the area and drivers are being

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advised to avoid the area for the next few hours.

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Fifteen years ago Anglian W`ter had one of the worst leakage rates

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Nearly a fifth of the region's water supply is lost every single

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Today the company has been installing giant valves to pipes

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across Peterborough as part of its so`called "war on le`ks"

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It years ago, this burst tr`ffic main brought this road in

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Peterborough to a standstill. Link like this cost Anglian Water

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millions of pounds a year to repair. They are hoping a new schemd will

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cut leaks are radically. Outside Peterborough, they are inst`lling

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four giant files to control the speed flow through the pipes. The

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more pressure than goes to weak points on the mains, the system is

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put into reduced pressure on the mains to stop the bus. It ghves us a

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60% less berths on the systdm. The problem is historic, the system was

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built using iron pipes which unlike plastic ones, often break. Hn 1 99,

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when the industry was privatised, leakage for angry litres th`t angry

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water was 300 litres. Now it is around 70% of the region's water

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supply. The company is hoping to cut that further 272 million litres

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which is still a huge amount, but angry water say that zero lhtres is

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unaffordable, it would take decades to afford and take taking up every

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road in the region. This is a totally different way of managing

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the network. We are moving from responding to makes and while we

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will still do that, we are going to preventing them happening. Ht is a

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sea change. The company says households will not see any region

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`` see any difference to water pressure. It is planning to roll the

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scheme out across the region. Stansted Airport has seen

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its biggest monthly increasd in The airport is considering proposals

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to expand and will soon beghn Around 18 million people usd

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the airport annually, but it has planning permisshon to

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grow to 35 million travellers An appeal has been launched to

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identify a young man with Robert as he has been called was

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discovered in Peterborough hn May. He can't recall any details

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of his life including He had nothing with him

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to give any clues as to who he is. He speaks English but his accent

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is possibly eastern European. Those caring

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for him say there has been no improvement in his condition and are

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calling on the public to help. We know that people who end up

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getting amnesia of this kind, something is associated with

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depression. It is also established that people get this after lajor

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trauma. But in Robert's casd, we don't know anything.

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Two of the region's cathedr`ls are to receive thousands of pounds

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Peterborough and Northampton Cathedrals are in line for the money

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which is part of the First World War Centenary Cathedral Repairs fund.

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Northampton Cathedral will get ?35,000 to pay for the removal

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and restoration of historic stained glass whndows.

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Peterborough Cathedral will receive ?15,000 to help waterproof

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Still to come, unlocking thd potential of the M M 11 corridor.

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And bringing the magic of computer technology to the developing world.

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There has been a new development this evenhng in a

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row over a plan to sell an Dgyptian statue which is 4,000 years old

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It belongs to Northampton Council, and will go under the hammer

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at Christie's in London in just a few minutes.

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It's expected to sell for about ?6 million.

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But, now, the Egyptian government has told

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Look East it wants the statte back, and it shouldn't be sold.

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Once on view to the people of Northampton,

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this ancient Egyptian statud is now on view to potential buyers.

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Valued at ?6 million, the 4,000`year`old limestond carving

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This evening's sale of the statue has sparked

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The country's ambassador to the UK told me why.

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It would have to be for public viewing, the students, for

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researchers, for any single Egyptian who wants to come as a part of his

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country. But, sending it and making money out of it, selling itdms, if

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they don't want it, give it back to its country.

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For the past four years, this statue has been kept

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The borough council argues ht is not in keeping with the rest

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It says the sale will fund a redevelopment

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It says the sale will fund a redevelopment of the town's

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Local campaigners are trying to stop accreditation which, in turn,

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The leader of the council says the sald is

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You're convinced this is sthll the right thing to do?

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It has not been on display for four years, no`one has asked for it to be

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on display to see it, we've had it for over 100 years in North`mpton,

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We want to expand, and we need to raise money, which is

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Campaigners in Northampton say they are devastated tonight's

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But they said they have not finished yet.

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We will still carry on, with the legal bits and pieces.

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We will try and stop the export should ht be

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And we are talking to the Egyptians, because they are

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With the auction minutes aw`y, it seems no matter the pressurd can

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stop this sale. Today, Arts Council in and said it would review the

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accreditation of Northampton. Northampton Borough Council may well

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raise much`needed funds but it could pay the price in the troubld this

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sale provokes. Business leaders gathered in London

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today to discuss ways of boosting The east is currently home to more

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than a thousand such companhes, many of them between Cambridge

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and London. What they do is turn scienthfic

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research into medicines. Our business correspondent, Richard

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Bond, was at today's conferdnce Richard,

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where are these companies exactly? The conference was held by ` body

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called the London Stansted Cambridge Consortium which gives you `n idea.

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It is part of Cambridge, Essex and Hertfordshire. The consortitm says,

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in that cluster, there 1400 life sciences businesses employing 4 ,000

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people. The main centres it includes the Cambridge biomedical calpus

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Stevenage, and the Harlow enterprise zone.

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What do we need to do to help these businesses to flourish?

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The Government can see the potential of life sciences and is protecting

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the science budget despite austerity. There are a numbdr of

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concerns, particularly in transport. A feeling life sciences

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is a global industry, peopld need to globe trot and we need bettdr

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connectivity. Stansted is great for short`haul, it

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flies to over 150 destinations in Europe. The problem is the long haul

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destinations to America, Boston Singapore, which are high knowledge

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economies that Cambridge is crying out for. At the conference, we have

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heard some people are taking four hours to get from Cambridge to

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Heathrow which is not doing us any good. Another big concern is skills.

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Are taking four hours to get from Cambridge to Heathrow which is not

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doing us any good. Another big concern is skills. I'll be

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One of the problems is studdnts not studying the subject in need,

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specifically around growth sectors like science, engineering and maths.

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We go into schools and excite them about the careers so that they can

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see what possible exciting technologies they can be involved in

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and the career paths open to them, get them hooked at a young `ge.

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training but we're not going to get new roads?

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The region has great potenthal but an indifferent infrastructure which

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needs huge investment. Transport and skills are not the only are`s, we

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need house`building for people who want to work in this industry and to

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be able to afford to live hdre. we don't get some of these

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improvements, then these new jobs, the growth with it, will go

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elsewhere. These days,

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most of us have access to a computer, everything from a PC or

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lap to, to a tablet or smartphone. But in the developing world

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they are still quite rare. That's why a charity run by

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Luke Doyle from Bedfordshird is Behind these shanty walls,

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magic is happening. A little boy shows

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his father how to use a tablet. In another house,

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a crowd has gathered, mesmerised It frustrated me that polithcians

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and people working for the aid agencies in Bangladesh

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on big salaries, their kids were going to private schools,

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they were getting a good edtcation. But for the poorer kids, it was OK

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to make do and keep it basic. So, I guess our goal is to have that

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high standard of paid education Three years ago, Luke Doyle,

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a teacher from Bedfordshire, left his home comforts,

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his steady income, to teach the poorest children in Bangladdsh's

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capital Dhaka about computers. His charity,

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Computers Are Free For Everxone We started just with one colputer

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which we put in a shop So we got four computers, one

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teacher. We had a line outside the door

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of students wanting to join. His parents gave up retiremdnt to

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run the Charity Shop in Bedford That helps,

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but with Luke planning an app to teach preschool children and their

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parents to read, that needs the money. Big companies, they `re not

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prepared to take the risk on it If they could see what is achieved,

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saw the app he's developing, The mums and dads don't know how to

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read and write, so the kids don t. Then they go to school and `re

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at a disadvantage straight `way This way, what Luke is doing,

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they are on top. Here in Dhaka, a quality edtcation

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was the preserve of the rich. Thousands

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of public sector workers in this region have been on strike today,

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in a protest over pay and pdnsions. Dozens of schools,

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libraries and other governmdnt Our political correspondent,

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Andrew Sinclair, is outside Norfolk The region did not grind to a halt

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today. If you didn't have to visit a Government office today and if your

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children were taught by non`NDT teachers, you may not have noticed

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there was a strike taking place Partly because of changes to

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legislation, partly because many people are not members of a trade

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union these days. It is impossible for trade unions to have a big

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impact on action that they tsed to have 20 years ago. Having s`id that,

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the rallies were well attended. I have seen better attended r`llies

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but when you consider the wdather, a lot of people came out todax which

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suggests a lot of people suffering under austerity and still

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want to protest. We have had a there any sign that things will get

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better for No, I think they will get worse

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Austerity has a This Government wants the ptblic

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sector pay capped until 2018. Even if we have a change

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of Government next year, said they are committed to this

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Government's spending plans and have warned unions not to expect any

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LIVE. next few years will be

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Some counties, it has been puite treacherous, with heavy rain. To the

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west of it, parts of Northamptonshire didn't get away

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with too bad a day. The beh`viour of this weather fronts will govern the

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evening. Heavy downpours ard possible pretty much anywhere this

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evening and overnight. Therd is a Met Office yellow weather w`rning

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out for this heavy rain, it poses quite a problem. Already

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roads, not great driving conditions, the risk of local flooding.

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The weather front will move further east over the next few hours, moving

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west again overnight. The colours show heavy downpours among

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that band of rain. Graduallx making its way south

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of some sea fog developing. For many of us, temperatures staying in

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double figures tonight, up to 1 degrees.

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We start tomorrow, hopefullx, this rain will move away swiftly. It is

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likely to click in the south. This eve of lingering in some parts of

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the region. The chance of any cloud left behind will break in the

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afternoon. Then we could sed some sunshine. It will feel warm and

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humid in places. Some parts getting up to the mid`20s. This posds the

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threat of heavy showers. Anx of these showers could develop into

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thunderstorms in the afternoon. It looks largely dry across the

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region but be aware of thosd showers. There is a risk.

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The warm air stays in place for the weekend. A good thing in sole ways,

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it will feel quite pleasant. It might feel humid at times. The best

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of the weather is on Saturd`y morning with sunshine. In the

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afternoon, there could be possibly thundery showers. A similar pattern

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on Sunday. Not so much humility There could be a settled st`rt to

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next week. `` humidity. Join us again after the

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Ten O'Clock News. with some new adventures to share

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with YOUR little ones. Please, double please.

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We're going to Dad's office today. These look really yummy.

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I'm so excited about going to school.

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