24/07/2014 Look East - West


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Police are searching for two teenage boys who have gone missing

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Emergency services are at a lakein Clophill Pitts Quarry in

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Bedfordshire and at the Gre`t River Ouse in Harford in Cambridgdshire.

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They were called to Jacques Lane in Clophill at 6pm this evening

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And in Huntingdon an area of the river has been cordoned

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Our reporter has just sent this from the scene.

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The river where this accident happened is here in Church Lane

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The stretch of water where the search h`s taken

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It is a deep and fast flowing stretch

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Police and ambulance crews have been on the scene and this evening,

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with specialist search and rescue teams scouring the water

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We learned this afternoon hd was with a group of friends,

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swimming in the water, when he got into difficulty.

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Apparently he couldn?t swim and he went in with a group

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of boys and they all held on to him so that he wouldn?t go under.

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So it isn't safe at all, especially for young kids.

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We have been told the boy who has gone missing is a year nine pupil,

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Tonight, dozens of his friends have come down to the water to w`tch

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They have all said to me it is a tragedy that this has happened

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on the first day of the school holidays.

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The search for the missing boy will continue tomorrow.

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And you can hear the latest on your BBC local radio station

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Police have been searching of a stretch of road near Wisbech tonight

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as part of their investigathon into into the deaths of two people

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26`year`old Tadas Zulyeskus and Nonita Karuveati both from

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Lithuania were killed in thd A4 at Terrington St John on Sunday

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Police believe Nonita was pushed into the path of a c`r.

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A federation set up to lead the way in education has bedn broken

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up following a series of damning government reports.

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The Barnfield Federation runs a college and number

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of academies in Luton 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 today it's emerged that the governor who tried to steer

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Barnfield throughout its troubled period has reshgned.

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The Department for Education wouldn't comment except to say they

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are waiting for Barnfield's proposals and will consider them.

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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

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has helped raise standards at the academies, in partictlar

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among pupils from disadvantaged backgrounds.

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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 sugar is the Luton Sotth MP. I asked him whether he thought this

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was the right idea. I think it is the right dechsion,

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to be frank. The academy should be allowdd

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to get a new sponsor. They might be worrying

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about the academic standard. Today,

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we had praise by the Sutton Trust. It has been praised today

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for its academic standards, the Sutton Trust has said it is

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doing very well academicallx. If you look

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at the performance particul`rly of the two most challenging school

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it took over, it is clear they made What happened after 2010

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and this coalition education policy, What happened after 2010

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under this coalition educathon it was allowed to spend far

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beyond what it should have been Has the Barnfield Federation bitten

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off more than it can chew in terms The clear emphasis in the Government

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report into what went wrong at Bonfield raised serious questions

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around financial responsibility in the organisation, two different

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teams of trustees, neither of which And really complex

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management structures. What assurances can you givd to

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hundreds of pupils and parents in We need a new middle tier to take

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responsibility and accountability, In the short term, we need to

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answer some basic questions. What will the uniform be,

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the school name be? Who will be providing this

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education ultimately? As a result of these reforms,

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the only person who cannot that is the Secretary Of State For Dducation

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and I hope she will come forward 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 helped broker A new agreement will see ch`nges to

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staff contracts It is day one of the

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Commonwealth Games and a nulber of And will be taking part

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in events over the next 11 days Our reporter has been

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following the action. It all started this morning,

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with our badminton players. Northern Ireland could not get close

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to England's leading couple. This husband`and`wife from

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Milton Keynes. England's best singles playdr

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slotted his way to victory. England's best singles playdr

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swatted his way to victory. Andrew Bagley competed in the

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qualifying rounds for table tennis. He has ruled the Commonwealth

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himself before. England's record medal winndr

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at the games helped England to victory over Jamaica into

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his opening game in the teal event. Tomorrow, more of our medal

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hopefuls take to the compethtion. More on the programme,

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as well as online and Time to get

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the weather now with Alex Dolan We'll be back with our Breakfast

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bulletins first thing Tonight will be dry with long, clear

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spells. Some best possible over Northern Cambridgeshire. Another

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warm day in prospect tomorrow. Some cloud around first thing. More cloud

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in the afternoon might prodtce an isolated shower. More likelx to

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affect Southern counties. 27 degrees could be possible. Here is our

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outlook. is getting too much for many people.

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By Sunday, the temp will be cooler than today. Tonight, another warm

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and comfortable night for sleeping. Ireland will have the last of the

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hot days. 26 to grazing Glasgow for the Commonwealth Games. Very

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different on the east coast in Carnoustie, where we have the

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shooting. Medals in the morning but it could be grey and misty.

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