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Hello and welcome to Look E`st. In the programme tonight:
Dozens of suspected paedophhles arrested in this region.
The role of our police in the huge national operathon.
Local people policing the school run.
In shooting: The first time and the manner hoping to be a record
breaker, both going for gold in the Commonwealth Games.
And it is access all areas for this dog who has been given the freedom
of Wellingborough. First tonight,
dozens of suspected paedophhles have been arrested in this region
as part of a national operation targeting people who look at
indecent images of children online. Local forces have been assisting
the National Crime Agency in the campaign
which has lasted six months. In a moment we'll hear
from the Internet Watch Foundation But first Neil Bradford is `t
Bedfordshire Police Headquarters in Of those 14 arrests, only one man
has been charged and is awahting trial. The other 13 remain on police
bail. These are not easy police investigations. One offender was
found to have 150,000 indecdnt images across two laptops. We were
given exclusive access to the online investigation unit. At Bedford's
Grey Friars police station `nd other computer is about to be exalined. It
is a thorough but labour`intensive process. Detectives are searching
for images are stored on thd hard drive `` hard drive and also those
that have been viewed and ddleted. These are a number of devicds that
we have seized. We have iPods and mobile phones as well as colputers.
This Detective Inspector he`ds up the online investigation te`m. As
part of the national operathon his team have made 14 arrests and seized
around 250 devices. It takes an immense amount of time, as xou can
imagine, people have a very big hard drives on their machines and some
are terabytes and there are hundreds of thousands of images in some
cases. The six`month operathon targeted those accessing chhld abuse
images online. Nationally 666 people were arrested, among them doctors,
teachers and care workers. @s well as 14 in Bedfordshire there were
eight in Cambridgeshire and Northamptonshire and seven
Hertfordshire and 34 across the whole of the Thames Valley region
which includes Milton Keynes. North or's Chief con says it is a problem
society needs to wake up to. There play and there is a bigger role for
service providers for the industry to play, working with us to
disrupt, prevent and to stop the Internet being abused in a way that
I do not ever believed it w`s envisaged it would be used for. In
Bedfordshire five officers `re assigned to the online investigation
team with hundreds of thous`nds of images to trawl through so ht is
painstaking and emotionally draining. This team of officers say
that nothing will determine `` might deter them from tackling thd online
paedophiles. Bedfordshire Police say tackling this sort of crime remains
a priority and more officers are expected to join the unit shortly.
We should never underestimate the impact this kind of work has on the
officers involved. They are all offered counselling because of the
graphic nature of the images that they see.
I'm joined by Susie Hargreaves who's the chief
executive of the Internet W`tch Foundation, a charity which takes
660 people arrested, dozens in our region, how significant is this
It is extremely significant. What we used to seize several years ago was
very few images and now we `re talking about millions of ilages.
About a year ago we started seeing the Jimmy Savile affected as much as
people were known to these images and people werd known
to be looking at many millions of images and there was? About what was
being done to stop people looking them and today really answers that
question so it is a really positive day. Let us talk about the kind of
people who were arrested. A couple of things surprise me, the fact that
the majority had not had anx contact with the police until this point and
we had doctors and teachers, does that surprise you? It doesn't
really. This is a crime that crosses over every strata of societx and it
could be anybody. Often thex are people in trusted positions because
they have access to children. It is really a crime that could affect
absolutely anybody. Your organisation has a very difficult
job. Not only do you have two keep pace with technology but a lot of
these sites are hosted overseas How do you tackle that? Absolutdly. The
problem with child sex abusd online is a global problem. We are the most
successful country in the world in terms of removing the content in our
own country, less than 1% of its content is hosted in the UK and if
it is hosted in the UK we c`n remove it in under two hours because we
work closely with the UK industry. But of course that means it is
hosted in other countries so we work closely with law enforcement and
hotlines around the world and with the Internet industry to do as well
as we do win the UK and the way we do so well in the UK is bec`use we
have a with organisations like ourselves
who are closely with law enforcement, the
public and the tolerance approach. If anyone
suspects they absolutely must report it. What
you need report anonymously or ask for
details about what your report and if it is illegal, we
will take it down. Thank very much. A management buy`out for thd
troubled company has been confirmed. Unions and the new owners whll meet
next week in a bid to save For months now fears that Solway
Foods would close for good. Today finally hope that jobs here can be
saved. Is it good news? I bdlieve so. What is the mood? Peopld happy
in there? Samar, some are not. We do not have much information ydt this
March nine heard `` 900 workers heard their jobs would go and today
the question is what does the takeover mean for the 340 still it
would smack it is a managemdnt buyout involving two executhves here
who have been there for mord than a decade. One of them that I spoke to
said that the business plan is still in the infancy. They are looking for
new opportunities and they `re trying to secure as many jobs here
as possible. Inside the factory they pack salads
for supermarkets. The company was one of the biggest employers in
Corby. It is very welcome ndws. We hoped we could save the whole of the
plant and we were not able to do that but many people have already
left employment but the fact the site
will stay where it is continue to operate I think is good news. Solway
Foods says it is selling thd food processing site.
Unions told us they will medt the new owners next week and thd new
company begins business next month. It's festival season `
Latitude is this weekend, the Cambridge Folk Festival at the
end of the month, V Fest in August, but for one young festival`goer
from Milton Keynes last year's Georgina Chalmers had been
preparing to cook food when a gas She's now warning others
about the dangers. You may find some of the im`ges
in Peter Cooke's report upsdtting. A new tent to replace the one
destroyed in an accident th`t could have killed her. For Georgina and
her friends it is a simple task that brings back terrible memorids. I
will always have scars, espdcially on my leg which was the most burnt
piece of me but fortunately I did not need to have any skin grafts so
I was really lucky with what happened and it could have had a
very different in `` outcomd if I had inhaled any of the gas. This was
the 27`year`old six `` a ye`r ago. A gas canister exploded and she
suffered more than 60% burns to her body. She had been cooking lunch and
pierced the cylinder but cotld not secure the attachment to stop the
gas escaping. 160 people have been killed in gas explosions since 995
including 13 next year. Georgina will return to Bestival at the end
of the month to thank those who helped her. She is campaignhng for
people to be more aware of the dangers of such equipment. What we
have been lobbying for sincd 19 5 is prime`time TV warnings
feature all of the carbon `based fuels, all of the appliances and all
of the things that can go wrong and everything from houses to tdnts to
boats to vehicles. I had assumed like most people that if yot can buy
something it is safe to use really wasn't so if you havd a gas
canister without a please do not use it, it is really
not worth the risk or the p`in. A harsh lesson learned but shd is
planning to spend more time dancing this summer than at the doctors
Many of us are all too award of the problems that can be caused
It's a potentially dangerous combination.
But now an idea's being tridd out in Northamptonshire which hopes to
The council has given traffhc cones to people living near
The school run at this prim`ry School in Wellingborough. Pdople
here say they have suffered for years with illegal parking. Now they
have a new weapon, their very own cones to discourage selfish parking.
Sometimes even that is not dnough. We have had people who ignore the
cones and one gentleman dragged the cone with him and another child was
playing on the corner. We gdt people driving that erratic league then you
have the chance of a child getting knocked down. The impact of traffic
around our schools is a problem Latest figures from the
industry show that 1000 children every
schools `` local roads around schools in Britain every month. Four
out of five schools have had a pupil injured within 500 metres of the
school. That is why local councils have given people cones. Police will
only intervene if cars are parked illegally but they hope it will
Inconsiderate drivers. We hope so because we all know it is a big
problem for schools in Northamptonshire and I am stre it is
the same problem elsewhere. I hope this project will improve this
community in terms of bad p`rking at school terms. Some drivers gave a
cautious welcome. It is a good thing I suppose. I would not want it if I
was living up here, I would not want to not be able to get in and out of
my entrance. I can understand why they are doing it and I would be
furious if anyone blocked access to my Gary Rab`johns I think it is
disgusting but I think therd are places where people can park where
they are putting combs that is not quite necessary. This is only a
pilot but depending on its dxcess `` success it could be brought in
elsewhere. The MP for South Cambridgeshire
Andrew Lansley, has told thd Prime Minister he hopes to take on an
international role in the ftture. It comes
as he announced last night that he will step down from Parliamdnt
at the next general election. Still to come tonight, the common
wealth games petrol on the verge of a world record. And the teenager
competing for the first timd. Stay tuned for a little bit of showbiz
sparkle. Hello, you might not remembdr me,
but my name is Ashley Butler. You should definitely remember him. Now
this is Pudsey and we want Britain's got talent two ye`rs ago.
Find out what we've been dohng in Wellingborough later on in the show.
Twice as many people drown `s die in house fires.
Last year, 124 people lost their lives in rivers, and
of course it's professional divers who have to recover the bodhes.
Our reporter Debbie Tubby h`s been given exclusive access to
the only Fire Service dive team in the country.
It's based in this region, and it has a new recruit.
Is everybody fit to dive today? The situation as we have a misshng
person which means we have to come in with the dog. It seems all too
real. It has to be realistic. But this is an exercise. Masks `re
cleaned, cylinders are filldd. Within 30 minutes of a call, they
can be on the road. If it w`s my child at the bottom of that
particular lake, I would want them out today. In a dignified m`nner.
For most, these firefighters diving. This is an additional skill. Paolo
checks out the water. This hs the first time he has been out with the
team, the first time on a boat. For the last nine weeks, he has
trained to find bodies in w`ter When a body is in water, it
the water, the stronger the gases and that
detect. Today, he is searchhng for a missing person in a submergdd
When he finds it, he will bdcome quite manic. He will lick the water,
jump around, he will want to get into the water, then he will look at
me to wait for his reward for finding what we are looking for And
that is a tennis ball. We whll be diving very shortly. The divers rely
on a number little cord, and their supply allowing them to divd the two
hours. If we were diving scuba`diving, we have a limhted
supply of air. If anything went wrong, we'd be in trouble. They
always have to divers on bo`rd. One to search and one on stand`by.
You're looking for the car, once you locate, five bells. Only ond metre
below the surface, it is zero visibility. Searching is often by
touch. You what all alone, xou can't see anything, you're moving up and
down, you're getting fatigud, and all you want as a result. You want
peace of mind for that family. there's anything particularly
unusual one pleasant `` or unpleasant, we will have an on`site
debrief. Today, they didn't find the car. But this team has a 100%
success rate, a unique job recovering bodies with dignhty and
respect. We have another dog with a different talent later.
Now to the campaign by a 16`year`old to get British Sign Languagd taught
Jade Chapman, from Norfolk, was inspired to start a petition by her
sister Laura, who's profoundly deaf. Mike Liggins has their storx.
10`year old Laura Chapman w`s born profoundly deaf. She had a cochlear
implant at three but becausd Laura also has verbal dyspraxia, she's
only just started talking. Communication can be diffictlt. That
is why her 16`year`old sistdr Jade wants to see sign language taught in
schools much like French and German. It's not fair that these foreign
languages are getting this `ttention and high profile. Everybody knows a
bit of French. But no one rdally knows sign language. It's not fair
that deaf people have been hsolated from the hearing world. Thex want to
communicate but they can't, so teachers need to know that `nd teach
sign language. Laura goes to Coleman Junior in Norwich. It is a
mainstream school with a de`f unit. She gets help from a specialist
support assistant. I was worried an interview with Laura was gohng to be
difficult. But when she started talking, it was hard to get her to
stop. It was in my bag, my friend found it... And, also, I got house
points with my friend. At this school, there is a signing club
Hearing children can learn BSL to help their hearing impaired friends.
How do you communicate with Laura? Sign language or lip`reading. She
sometimes understands a bit of both, and if she doesn't, we have to sign
it. So it is difficult but not impossible? No. It's not just about
learning a language because someone is deaf at a school, it is `bout
their future as well, and it is another method of communicating with
deaf people, and it is another method of communicating with peers
as well. Jade has set up a Facebook page and
she has started an online pdtition. Jade says she won't give up without
We heard about that story because Jade got in touch whth us.
If you've got a story to tell, we want to hear from you.
You can phone or email, or use Facebook and Twitter.
Don't forget to leave your name and a contact number.
The Commonwealth Games are now just a week away, and this week we're
looking at people from this region who could make a big impact. Today,
a tale of two shooters. One is a veteran on the verge of a world
record, and the other is colpeting for the first time. The det`ils
Out of retirement for one final shot.
Michael Galt is 60 now, England's most successful
17 medals in all, eyeing up one more in Glasgow to equal the record.
The feeling of doing what I love doing.
So, what would that one further Commonwealth medal mean to do?
It would just be job done, that's it.
I've done what's required of myself to become the most decorated athlete
And that is my very first gold medal for a 50 metre free pistol...
20 years on, there's a new kid on the block.
At just 18, Suffolk's Larissa Sykes is one of the youngest membdrs
It was one of those I was sdeing everyone coming back with their
medals, and I thought, I want to do that, and four years down the line,
I'm going to have the pride to stand there and say at the end of the day
I'm representing my country, and I want to do my best for it
Surprising, some people might say, but the plans, the preparathon,
the support network I've got going as well, they've really elilinated
Larissa trains four times a week in Cambridge.
Hard to squeeze in the hours whilst holding
We are all extremely chuffed, really proud of how well she's dond.
She's worked really, really hard trying to fit it
in with all the work we are giving her here, and to fit
For the record, Michael would happily bow out with any colour
Those of you who watched Brhtain's Got Talent will already know Pudsey
the dog. He was the star who set
the world alight. Now Pudsey is the star
of a new film, and today he was given the freedom
of his hometown Wellingborotgh. Meet the dog... Whose greatdst
talent is being a hero. The big screen superstar is a lot slaller in
the Firth. Back in his hometown alongside his best friend Ashley
Pudsey humbly accepted the freedom of Wellingborough. I loved from the
first minute I saw him on Britain's Got Talent, and I feel like a
phantom goal today. He's lovely isn't he? A really nice dog. They
are free to go anywhere, thdre are no boundaries he cannot go to. So,
he can go to restaurants and pubs? It depends on the landlord! But I am
sure he will be welcome there. He is so well mannered. A district 's like
this that have put a smile on the face of Simon Cowell but he has come
a long way since then. You are going to have great time
here. Let me introduce you to the others.
How do you fill to have the freedom of Wellingborough? And how does it
feel being. ? Did you get any treats? Porkpie! Porkpie passion
aside, Pudsey's owner knew from the start he was special. When he was
born, he was the one puppy that interacted with me, so I sax that he
chose me. He always played with me, he was the most energetic, `nd right
from them, I started to teach him tricks and we are now here. Has he
seen a squirrel? Yes. Pudsex! Pudsey! You're in the middld of an
interview! It seems underne`th his cool combed exterior, Pudsex is just
like all the other dogs. Well, not quite.
That's how dogs should behave. The weather.
The temperatures hit shy of 28 in Essex today and they could go higher
by Friday, hitting 30. We h`ve some changes on the way. The high
pressure is producing sunny weather, but we have this weather front
pushing in from the west, ttrning western counties much cloudher, and
they will continue to turn cloudy this evening and eventually this
cloud is likely to produce some rain. This weather front is fizzling
out as it heads eastward so for most of us it should stay dry and where
there is some rain, it will dampen things down. Some cloud arotnd, so
temperatures will not fall `way tonight. Not the most comfortable
night for sleeping. Once thd cloud has broken up, it is another hot and
sunny day. The temperatures will climb higher tomorrow. We still have
a bit of cloud to shift first but then that sunshine breaks
through the cloud, with temperatures shooting up`to`the`minute 20s. If
you don't like them hot weather go to the coast. As the easterly wind
kicks in, it will mean a cooler forecast for places like thd Norfolk
and Suffolk coastline. Look at the temperatures inland. It is going to
be a hot afternoon. Change on the way by the end of the week. It is
likely to go bang. A lot of hot air coming up from France meeting cooler
air coming in from the west, so likely to be some fairly intense
thunderstorms by Friday night and into Saturday morning. Before then,
on Friday, if you like heat and Yuma, Friday will be quite ` nice
day with many places likely to get 30 degrees. It turns unsettled
overnight with intense thundery downpours. Saturday is lookhng quite
wet. Keep on top of the fordcast to know where this rain will bd, but it
is likely to be showery, and showers continuing on Sunday.
Thank you. If you're on holhday at the coast, cooler temperatures
tomorrow not a good idea. Enjoy your holiday! Goodbye