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In the programme tonight: BBC News

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Once held up as a beacon of education, now in bits.

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The Barnfield Federation in Luton splits.

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Parents and pupils are warndd of disruption.

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400 posts across the region are vacant.

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A successful start for the first couple of badlinton

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How a computer game is helping to save the rhino.

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It was set up as a flagship, showing the way forward in education.

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Today, it was announced the Barnfield Federation in Luton would

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be broken up, following a sdries of damning government reports.

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The federation includes a college and a number of academies.

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Educating one in five young people in the town.

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The decision to split means a summer of uncertainty

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And tonight, the fallout begins as the governor who tried to steer

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Barnfield throughout the chain's troubled period has

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As an organisation, it was once top of the class.

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The Barnfield Federation runs a college and six academies,

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teaching thousands of pupils across Luton and Bedfordshire.

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But, since October, there have been three investigations

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into the manipulation of gr`des and financial mismanagement.

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Last year, Judy Oliver becale chair of governors,

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aiming to sort out the problems and keep the federation going.

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Judy has quit, and is speakhng publicly for the first time.

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Do you think the Barnfield problem was it simply got too big?

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Yes, Barnfield has become overstretched.

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It did a great job locally and some of the aspirations of the

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previous chief executive went beyond the capabilities of the strtcture.

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The governors themselves were criticised for poor oversight

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of finances, including a large payoff for Sir Peter

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Birkett, the former princip`l of the college, who left last @ugust.

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The board accepted changes were needed, but felt the Governlent

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Two ministries, the Departmdnt for Education and the Business Linistry,

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they had to funding agencies, the EFA funding to schools,

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It was very confusing, very frustrating.

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Probably made it more difficult than it needn't have been.

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So, what effect will the split actually have?

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They can continue wearing the same uniform,

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be the same name for several years because it is an amicable solution.

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The benefit to Barnfield College is we can concentrate

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on further education for those students, we can give them

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the skills and everything they need to become employable in Luton.

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It has been acknowledged in partnership with this college has

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standards at the academies, in particular, among pupils

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After the split, there will be a separate bo`rd

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of governors and in college and another one in the acaddmy.

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In a joint statement, they said the priority would be to

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ensure students continue to receive an excellent education.

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Gavin Shuker is one of the town's MP.

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I asked him whether the dechsion to split was the right one.

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I think it is the right decision, to be frank

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Most worrying is who will bd the new sponsor. They might be worrxing

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about the academic standard. Today, we had praise by the Sutton Trust.

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Are you convinced, with all the shake up, we will still see good

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education in these academies? My concern would be we need more

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change. The many schools, they have gone through three or four

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iterations as a result. It would be harder to deliver good standards of

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people care. My hope would be that, actually, the problems will be put

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behind them, and we can push through a good students for our students.

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Do you think a fundamental problem is it got too big, too quickly? We

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know from the Government report a big issue was the structure which

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facilitated its growth. Prior to 2010, we welcomed them as a

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provider of decent education. That changed after 2010 with the

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coalition policy. It allowed them to massively expand. There was no local

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accountability. The lack of accountability, a

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criticism often levelled at academies, Labour brought in the

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academy system in the first place. We welcomed this local educ`tion

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provider, working with two of the most challenging secondary schools.

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The evidence was clear it w`s working. What has not worked is a

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massive expansion, shedding costs, a business model focused on profit.

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When I spoke to you in Febrtary you told me your commitment to parents

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and pupils was that the truth comes out. We are

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that. I think that is right. The puestion

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tonight many parents will bd asking is who is accountable? At the

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moment, the only answer Education Secretary. There `re

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serious questions to be answered. A strike over pathology staff pay

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at Northampton General Hosphtal has Biomedical staff agreed to go back

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to work, after ACAS, government mediators, helped broker

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a deal with hospital managers. A new agreement will see ch`nges to

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staff contracts It's thought the 55 employeds

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who'd gone on strike will Figures gathered by BBC Look East

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show that there are more th`n 4 0 nursing posts vacant

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at hospitals around our reghon. In some cases,

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managers are trying to actively recruit, but there still relains

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a national shortage of nursds. Well, we've been to Addenbrookes,

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a hospital that admitted to us only last week, it was struggling to cope

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with Louise Hubball is

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at the hospital for us now. I have spent the afternoon on one

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board here, nurses working 02 hour shifts.

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Throughout Addenbrookes' history, nurses have been

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Although A may have changdd a bit, the challenging hours,

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and the physical nature of the job has remained the same.

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But now, more nurses are needed than ever before.

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Here, on the trauma and orthopaedics ward, the numbers on shift lust meet

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It's a constant struggle to reach them.

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A combination of our ageing population and the increased needs

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of our patients coming through our doors mean we nded more

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nurses, and it seems like an increasing number wd need.

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Often, there is a shortage of more experienced, specialist staff

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And one of Addenbrookes? 2,700 registered nurses identifies

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Like London, house prices can be quite expensive.

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For me, if you want to work in a le`ding

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hospital, with the developmdntal opportunities, you pay the loney.

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I contacted all the region?s hospitals to ask for the current

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Some are being actively filled, but Addenbrookes had 31.

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And the Luton and Dunstable, over 100.

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Six of the region's hospitals, including Addbenbrookes, currently

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recruit nurses from Spain bdcause of their high level of training

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Seven paediatric nurses will soon be starting here from Scotl`nd.

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One Lithuanian nurse can understand the attraction of working

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It offers me a professional development

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as a staff nurse, with courses at university and in hospit`l.

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More nurses are needed, and more hospitals are lookhng

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Apologies for the technical problems there. Increasingly, hospit`ls are

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conducting formal recruitment programmes overseas to attr`ct the

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brightest stars. That looks a trend set to continue.

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It's one of the fastest growing cities in Britain.

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And now its home to one of the largest city centre

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The old Peterborough District Hospital land

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will soon make way for more than 300 homes and a new primary school.

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But developing it isn't without its challenges.

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The size of more than 20 football pitches.

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Buildings covering 600,000 square feet.

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Now, the developers can push ahead with demolishing them to

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Turning a scheme of this nature a former hospital,

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different buildings, cleaning it up, making the area feel better.

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The building has eight stordys, that would be a massive change.

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And hopefully the residents will have a better environmdnt.

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Not all the buildings on site will be demolished, but

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Developers say it would be an integral part of the sitd.

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It became empty more than three years ago when staff moved to

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The land was sold for more than ?7 million, but the trust might get

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extra money when it?s developed to help offset its ?40 million debt.

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But there are concerns over hundreds of homes being built here.

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And schools, will one extra here be enough to cope?

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Absolutely, our aspiration as an authority is education.

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We want local places for local children in this development.

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But, before building works starts, it's demolition time.

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The kit is pretty advanced compared to 20 years ago.

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We should be able to contain it manage and use some

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Wherever possible we will use the existing bricks etc

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Work's expected to start in weeks, with families planned to move

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It's emerged that more than 50 jobs have been lost in the region,

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as the car parts business Uniparts Automotive went into administration.

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The HQ of the company is in the Midlands,

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but the company had branches in many of our towns, including

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Peterborough, Luton, Cambridge, Northampton, Bletchley and Bedford.

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Northampton Museum will havd to wait until next week to discover

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whether it's the majority of its funding will be lost.

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The Arts Council England saxs it?s very disappointed with the sale

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of the 4,000`year`old Egypthan statue to a private collector.

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The statue fetched ?15.7 million, and there are concerns it whll now

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Now, we can join Stewart and Susie for the rest of the programle.

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can from the wreck of the most powerful ship in Cromwell's navy.

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It's the first day of the school holidays for lany

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and with temperatures reachhng the mid twenties, people will be

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According to the RNLI, five people died as a result of

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accidents along the coast of Essex, Suffolk and Norfolk last ye`r.

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69 more were rescued, the highest number in four xears.

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Our Chief reporter Kim Rilex is in Gorleston now.

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That's right, there is a big crowd on the pier hey, watching a

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demonstration put on by the lifeboat. Take a look if yot can,

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that is a seeking hovering over there. `` see King. We had ` fishing

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boat there, a man overboard. Around our coasts, it is increasingly

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involved, the RNLI in saving lives. It is the first year that RNLI

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lifeguards have patrolled A beautiful beach, but like others,

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a potentially dangerous one when the If you get tired at any point,

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the best thing to do is swil In just two weeks,

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Sophie and her colleagues h`ve saved a 17`year`old Portuguese yotth, and

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a 10`year`old girl, who got caught She had a very sore chest

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from inhaling the water, shd had a very high breathing rate, we

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placed on oxygen and called for an The scenario

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of a young child getting catght in the flood, is what accounts

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for about 95% of our rescues. While the 10`year`old girl was being

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treated by Sophie, Joe Middleton was dealing whth

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another potential emergency. There were two young swimmers,

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one of them got out of depth, I put the youngest on the board

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the other was capable of swhmming. The younger was holding onto him

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pulling him under. The Roberts family from Newcastle

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were enjoying their holiday today, but keeping a close eye

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on the children, The lifeguards keep an eye

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on them very closely, it is We notice, we were further

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along the other day, it comds in very quickly, the water was right up

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against us, if you don't kedp an eye 28 people lost their lives on this

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coast in the last four years. The RNLI aims to halve accidental

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coastal deaths by 2024. Would you say this is

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a dangerous beach? I wouldn't say it is

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a dangerous beach, I would say that This beach has its dangers

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as does every one. If you're here during 1000 `nd 800,

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when the lifeguards are herd, Today saw the launch

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of a major awareness campaign, Enjoy our coastline and beaches

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but never underestimate the power Back here, you can see a man being

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dropped from the helicopter to carry out a rescue there. I'm with Alan,

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an official commentator, just grab you quickly. This is all? It is

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this evening is twofold, we are promoting the RNLI understood get a

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safety message across. We would rather be proactive than re`ctive.

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But if we are reactive, this is what you will get. You also want to raise

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money to lie? Yes, it takes thankfully because of volunteers and

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everything else, but we alw`ys need more. You are a crewman, wh`t

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satisfaction do you get frol it Well, it depends on the weather you

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have to do what you can to save a life out at sea. Doing that is

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phenomenal, especially as a volunteer. Alan, thank you. There we

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go, it's all happening behind me, all unfolding here. We have had a

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fire, a man in the water, someone is being pulled from the water now

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This is what goes on, also work looking after children and

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other people and our beaches. After the opening ceremony last

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night the athletes have been getting down to business today

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at the Commonwealth Games. We in this region are very close to

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winning our first medal with Norfolk Judo player Colin O`tes

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guaranteed at least a silver. Jonathan Park has been

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watching today's action. There is only one colour of metal

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that Colin wants from Glasgow. It is not a silver or bronze. Fending off

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a Scottish opponent, the 31`year`old had too much power and technique. In

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a few minutes's time, he has the gold medal match against a Cypriot

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eight years his junior. It would be a great upset at the Norfolk man

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didn't bring gold back. A long way to go for our badminton pair, the

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Northern Ireland pair of Chris and Gabby, playing in the team dvent for

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England. It's all over, quicker horribly done the Northern Hrish and

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wanted. Britain's best singles player also found a way tow`rds

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victory. Essex's Sarah Walkdr completed the victory five now. ``

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5`0. Lyndon's record medal winner at the games, helped England to victory

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against Jamaica. `` England. It is a good job England's boulders packed

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their shorts. The triples got the competition underway. `` bowlers. It

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was a nail`biting game which they eventually won. Later tonight,

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England's hockey team with three suffered players, start thehr bid

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for glory with the opening latch against Trinidad and Tobago ``

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Suffolk. Across the world conservationists

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are working to protect endangered species, but getting the message

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across is not always easy. Now a computer game company

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in Cambridge has joined the fight by adapting one of

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its most popular games to hhghlight This animal is in grave danger,

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every day, every night, it hs pray for poachers. Now, this ongoing

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threat has been highlighted in a computer game. They were brought to

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life at an online game studho in Cambridge as part of the Unhted for

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wildlife campaign. Their pl`yers, of which there are more than 200

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million, have to answer questions to win a rider. Everybody is chatting

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about the game, they are all meeting up and enjoying it, they have all

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embraced it. It is exactly what we wanted, a new way to reach ` younger

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audience about conservation. We are conservationists, and we ard here to

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dash out that this conservation student is now immortalised on

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screen. In two weeks, over ` quarter of a million rhinos were adopted in

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the game, ten times the wild number. There are people who want rhinos as

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a commodity, they don't know it s consequences of killing thel in

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Africa. Something needs to be done. One way of doing so and to plant a

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seed it is the young people to get more aware of the problem. Baby they

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can influence the parents, who want to choose medicines of rider in

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them. 100 black rhinos are detected in this conservation area in Kenya.

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It is not always protection enough. People often coming to shoot

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rioters, they see these anilals but they have been monitoring, that they

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know intimately. It's prettx devastating. The rhinos sorry story

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has reached a tipping point. If a computer game can raise awareness

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quickly, so be it. Back in 1664 the battleship London

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was the biggest, newest, most Then one day there was a massive,

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unexplained explosion. The London went down and 300

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people on board were killed. The wreck lies just

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off Southend`on`Sea and is now Divers are working against the clock

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to salvage what relics they can This treasure Trail is taking us

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down the tracks, along the railway on Southend Pier. Almost to the very

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end. There, waiting already is a crowd keen to see the latest chapter

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in the story of the London tnfold. As anglers fish for mullet hn the

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distance, divers are fishing for much more. These divers havd their

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work cut out, there's a strong tidal flow here, they only have

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window in which to operate, visibility is poor. They cotld just

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about see the end of their `rm on a good day, it is like working in a

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washing machine. A work by the Dutch artist captured the magnificence of

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the ship. She had 64 guns, but at the time of the tragedy, thd mood on

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board would have been regatta like. We know from diaries, that the

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captain and crew had females on board, they were not ready for war.

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A bit of a party atmosphere, which is why there was such a loss of

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life. After painstaking work, the dive team returns to the pidr. It

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has been in the past, and is now at risk because of climate change and a

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sifting sea bed. Volunteers logged and wrapped the latest finds,

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including musket balls, a c`ndle, and bits of wood. It is gre`t, when

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you go to museums or archivds, it has already been sorted and

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preserved. It was great seehng something that has come out of the

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water and that you can handle. a big ship, not a lot is known about

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it, don't think, it is a major find, it is really cool to be part of it.

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The work is an evaluation for a bigger operation next year, could we

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see another Mary Rose, with the structure lifted up the watdr? That

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is very unlikely, it is of lajor significance, of course, but that

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isn't enough Museum capacitx. They described Iraq as a time capsule of

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the 17th century `` they described the rack. Its treasures are destined

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for the local museum. Isn't that a fascinating story? So interdsting.

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Another hot and sunny day, virtually unbroken sunshine. It allowdd the

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Mercury declined to the high 20s. I will hot spots they were in Bedford.

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`` it allowed at the Mercurx to climb. Overnight, we started clear

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spells, but an increasing alount of cloud and mist moving in from the

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North Sea. Particularly in North Norfolk, this could move inland

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perhaps affecting Cambridge. Temperatures in teams for m`ny

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places, anywhere between 15 and 18 Celsius, a light North eastdrly

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wind. Our pressure pattern for tomorrow, a settled day tomorrow,

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high`pressure dominating. A risk of showers developing later, btt

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actually, the predominant theme for the day is a dry day. Some darly

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mist and clouds to thing, then into long spells of

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sunshine in Sunshine could be followed by

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showers, Essex is at risk, not quite as warm tomorrow, temperatures in

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are getting up to 26 Celsius. Still a north`easterly breeze, a cooler

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coastal forecast, temperatures at 21 or 23 Celsius, it is mainly dry a

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lot of sunny weather across the region. The only have a bit of a

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shift, this is the pressure pattern for the weekend, a cold front

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heading southwards, introducing cooler conditions, at the rhsk of

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showers as well. Saturday looks OK, cloud then sunshine, later hn the

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day, increasing cloud could bring one or two showers, drive S`turday.

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Sunday is a bit cooler, sunshine, but the odd shower possible. The

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Monday, it is still cool, btt after Monday, high`pressure coming in A

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quick barometer reading. We have 1017 millibars. That's for ts, have

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Well, when did we start funding projects in Gaza?

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How do you know people are telling the truth?

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Well, when did we start funding projects in Gaza?

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I should never have done this. I should never have agreed to this.

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ECHOING HEARTBEATS LOW, THROBBING BUZZ

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