22/07/2014 Look East - West


22/07/2014

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First tonight, one of our Police Forces is among three

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in the country to be told it's taken too many officers off the front line

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Bedfordshire Police has been told it's to improve

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in the latest report by the Inspectorate of Constabularies.

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It looked at how each force is coping with financial constraints.

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Northamptonshire Cambridgeshire Thames Valley and Hertfordshire were

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But in Bedfordshire, the force has had to make savings of ?20 million.

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These new police recruits are the first from Bedfordshire

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There will be many weeks before they are patrolling the streets.

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That can't come soon enough for them or the force.

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I have joined up because I want to make a difference.

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I've come into this in a positive light.

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Training is intense, they want to get us on

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Bedfordshire Police is required to make more than ?20 million

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Recruitment numbers in the county have fallen to

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Today's report by Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Constabulary

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says the force is at risk of not providing effective policing.

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It raised concerns about the force's responsibility to

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It does not do justice to the work we're doing,

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and the work people are doing working hard to protect the public.

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The report suggests that the force has not been doing the best job

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What it reflects is we are in a very difficult set of circumstances.

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A rurally funded force that faces metropolitain challenges.

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Bedfordshire is one of three forces in the country needing improvement.

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The Police Federation says a lack of resources has had an impact.

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Morale is an issue but it is getting better.

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It is hard for police officers to maintain their get`go all the

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The report says the force is now moving in the right direction.

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It has never made a secret of the challenges it faces

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but today it became clear just how tough those challenges have been.

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Earlier, I spoke to our home affairs correspondent, Sally Chidzoy.

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She told me that this is just another setback

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for a force that over the years has faced many challenges.

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Well, Bedfordshire is a small rural police force with metropolitan

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challenges, with counterterrorism issues, serious crime.

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They planned to balance savings against recruitment and, basically,

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What this report highlights is that they've lost too many police

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officers, they haven't anticipated that, and that creates potentially

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The force says it was difficult to predict how many they'd lose.

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And they lost more than they expected.

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They have to move fast to put things right.

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58 new recruits by December, they say, and another 30 they plan

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But it's not just about police on the streets, it's

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about investing, it's about being efficient, getting IT processes

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in place so that more police are out there dealing with the public.

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A couple who died after being hit by a car on the A47 near Wisbech

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26`year`old Tadas Zaleskas and Nonita Karajevaite were both

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from Lithuania were engaged and lived in Wisbech.

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Police believe the Nonita was forcibly pushed into the path of a

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It appeared to police at first that this was a tragic accident.

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But then witnesses started to come forward revealing that what they saw

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was the woman being shoved onto the eastbound carriageway

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in the split second before both she and the man were struck and died.

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And to add to the bizarre nature of this tragedy, both were walking

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It's a case which was left police puzzled.

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I'm quite satisfied that I know how physically they met their deaths,

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but what I really don't understand is what has led to that, what's been

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the catalyst for them apparently walking with very little clothing

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And it's one I'm very, very keen to unravel.

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It wasn't just walking barefoot which made the couple distinctive.

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She was wearing a pink top which was virtually fluorescent in the sun.

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The earliest sighting of them was at 12:30pm

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on Sunday lunch time by the A47 at Wisbech.

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they stopped at this farm shop in Walpole Highway.

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Police say once they were inside the shop, the couple both separately

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They didn't appear agitated or under duress.

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Before officers arrived they had already gone.

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Less than an hour later, they were both dead on the A47.

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I think in a small community like this, we're not used to things like

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I think we feel very much for the Eastern European community

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And we should spare a thought for the driver who was involved

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in the collision because he would have had no time to react?

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And, clearly, he is highly distressed, as you can

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imagine, from being involved in something of this magnitude.

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He says it would appear that their stopped at the farm shop

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suggested they were in need of help but he needs to find out what,

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in his words, was the catastrophic event that proved the catalyst

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An investigation is under way after a coach carrying children

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on a school trip from Cambridgeshire overturned.

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42 pupils from William Westley Primary

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in Whittlesford were on board the coach on a trip to the Norfolk

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coast when the accident happened on the A10 at Hilgay this morning.

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Children and staff sustained minor injuries.

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The Coach driver is being treated for back injuries.

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I think it's expected they'll make a full recovery.

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Clearly, not a pleasant experience on a school trip, but by the time

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I'd got here, they were sitting on the bank, having their picnic,

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talking about their experiences with officers and firemen, and

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Time to get the weather now with Alex Dolan.

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The weather is going to be settled over the next few days

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Some cloud out there but there will be some clear spells

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overnight tonight and just the chance of an isolated

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shower as we get to the early hours, but most places dry and bright

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through the night, and temperatures probably not lower than 15.

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We start tomorrow with a little bit of cloud first thing, the chance

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of an isolated shower, but for most it looks dry through the day, and

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it will quickly brighten up with some long spells of warm sunshine.

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So, for many viewers, temperatures will climb to the high 20s.

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There will be a moderate easterly breeze that will

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freshen through the day so that will help cool things down a bit.

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But it certainly looks like a warm and sunny afternoon.

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In a moment, John Hammond with the national

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It's staying settled for Thursday and Friday.

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Warm and sunny, just the chance of an isolated shower.

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Good evening. I know some of us could do with a drop of rain for the

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gardens, and the hot weather doesn't suit us all, but it's within a warm

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one today. 20 degrees in many parts of Scotland and Northern Ireland,

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the warmest day of the year so far. It's been a hot one further south

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too. 30 degrees along the south coast of England. There's plenty

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more warmth to come through the rest of this week. A balmy night. Most of

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us dry. Low cloud and mist off the North Sea into central and eastern

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parts of the UK. The odd shower possible across

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