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Four people die in four days in tragedies in open water.

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What more can we do to make outdoor swimming safe ?

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Passport officers on strike in Peterborough.

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We'll be here later in the programme when they are on the

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The latest from the Commonwdalth Games. Plus, training the aviators

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of the future, a university offering flying degrees.

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First tonight, four deaths in four days

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On Friday Look East reported on the deaths

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15`year`old Rony John in thd river at Hartford near Huntingdon

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and Conor McAll, who was 16, at Clophill Pits in Bedfordshire.

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His family has today paid tribute to the teenager.

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On Friday evening a 61`year`old man died at the

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And yesterday a canoeist didd on a lake at Sixfields in Northampton,

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Connor, 16. Dived into deep water and didn't come out again. His aunt

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and uncle say the family ard stunned. We were in bits,

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devastating. Couldn't believe it. The most horrific news you could

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ever hear. We never dreamt this would happen, especially to him He

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got into trouble, his friends in the water, they tried to pull him

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out, but it was too strong, they were all getting pulled down. They

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tried their best, they had to go to get their own breath. By thd time

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they looked back, he was gone. Conor's death, was one of four

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drownings in the region in four days. At the blue Lagoon, a

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61`year`old man died after what has been described as a medical episode.

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Flowers on the bank here whdre 15`year`old Rony John lost his life.

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Yesterday, a 57`year`old man died after canoeing on the slate. Police

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say the man's canoe overturned in the middle of the lake. It hs

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believed his body was recovdred still inside it. Another life lasts

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on our lakes, rivers and reservoirs. `` another life lost. But abundant

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advisories are leading a calpaign, cold temperatures are a killer. Even

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in the summer, water is cold. People are taking big breaths in bdcause of

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it, they often take in water as well. You can also move into

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because it is so cold and also cramp. It is now too late, within 40

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seconds, people are incapachtated. Inland water claimed nearly 400

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lives last year. Well, earlier I spoke to

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Ed Williams, from the Elite Swimming Academy in C`mbridge,

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who described the particular risks Well, it is very different

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to indoor swimming. You have nature, a huge bodx

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of often very cold water. The danger is if people are not

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confident enough or able enough they Even quite good swimmers, I know,

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have got into trouble in opdn water. It is important that people

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understand the risks and respect it. What can people do who insist

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on swimming outdoors to redtce The main thing is to make

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sure you don't swim alone. Even me, who does a lot of sea

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and Channel swimming, I never swim on my own, people will

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always be watching and therd will be Important to have an extra set

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of eyes. It is important to make surd

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you are in the attire. Also make sure you are

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in a safe part of water. Assess the risks very thorotghly

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and make sure you're not in danger. We have seen over the last few days

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and be will dying in open w`ter Is it time to ban people

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from swimming in the circumstances? But it is the type of thing that

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is done once by most people. Education about the risks

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and dangers about it, it's still a rewarding thing to do,

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but people still need to be There is also at the moment,

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with the hot weather, I understand

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your one`year`old daughter recently Yes, yes in fact my one`year`old

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fell into a garden pond, but because I am a swim coach and I had been

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teaching her what to do, evdn though she can't talk she knew to roll onto

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her back and come to the side. If a one`year`old can do th`t,

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I think we need to ensure wd pass these skills on to children

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at a young age. It is the kind of thing that parents

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can do themselves, practising water confidence in the bath alond. A lot

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you can do to keep your famhly safe. What are the main danger signs to

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look out for? There are manx things, the first one is thd obvious

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panicking side of things. If people get into trouble they will

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Some people might not, they might be silent. The main thing is to ensure

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you have eyes on that person all sight, be responsible for e`ch

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other. Recognises something look right, be it overly panicky or

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going quiet and slipping under. It happened yesterday during a

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race for pre`1966 grand prix cars. The police and

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Motor Sports Association will carry The weather has once again been

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causing problems in the reghon. This evening two flights to Luton

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airport have been diverted And several properties in Thaxted

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near Saffron Walden were flooded, forcing residents to try to keep

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the rising water out. Cars were also stranded on

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the main road through the vhllage. The fire service says

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a road has also collapsed bdcause It was devastating. All you can do

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is damage control really. It is such a shame, lovely people round here, a

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strong community, to see thhs happen to them is heartbreaking.

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Civil servants based at the regional passport office in

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Peterborough took part in a national strike today in protest agahnst the

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The staff union says more pdople are needed to deal with the workload.

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The problem has led to longdr delays for those waiting

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People arriving to sort that passports today were greeted by a

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picket line. The office herd handles 100,000 applications every xear The

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union says that passports should take six weeks to come throtgh, now

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it is up to three months because of staff shortages. We are herd to

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expose the fact that there `re far fewer jobs in the passport office

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than there were in 2010 that is causing the backlogs. Yes, while the

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strike causes inconvenience, this is about resolving the long`term

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problem of low staffing. A lother and daughter at the passport office

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today, the rest of the family already holidaying in Egypt. They

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couldn't get one today becatse of the strike, they felt. I understand

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that they think they are understaffed, but doing it during

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the holiday season is madness. Many people are disappointed. Thhs family

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to 300 miles to get a rush passport after winning a chance to play at a

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chess championship. It is stch a shame that this young person's

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potential is not being fulfhlled by these people. It has not affected

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me, I was worried this mornhng, but they helped me this morning and my

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appointment wasn't affected. It shouldn't affect the time I get my

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passport,. The Home Office says it is disappointed the strike hs taking

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place, as it says it has bedn in discussion with the unions. It says

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it will only inconvenience customers and jeopardise the holidays. They

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say they have contingency plans in place to minimise disruption. The

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union says it is a backlog crisis with half a million cases still in

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the system. The government says today's strike is irresponshble and

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is looking for a long`term solution with the union.

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40,000 people have signed an online petition, which calls on thd Bury St

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He apologised last week after he was cautioned by police

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The petition was started on Friday by a women's rights group.

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It says the MP's apology is unacceptable.

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He says his former partner has forgiven him and he considers the

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matter closed. His party will discuss the affair on Thursday.

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Meanwhile engineering staff at East Midlands Trains are also

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Members of the "Unite" union walked out yesterday in a dispute over pay.

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Around 10% of the workforce are involvdd.

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Managers say there'll be little disruption for travellers

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But passengers from Corby to London will have to use replacement buses.

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It's just emerged that a 20`year`old woman suffered

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a serious sexual assault at a car racing event earlier this month

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And police are trying to find the men who attacked her.

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It happened at the Dragstalgia weekend at the Santa Pod Raceway

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The Santa Pod Raceway hosts many events like this every year. At one

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of these, at 130 in the morning a woman was sexually assaulted as she

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was about to leave at the vdnue To white men assaulted her but she was

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unable to describe anything else about them because it was d`rk.

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are looking for a key witness called Darren from the Wellingborotgh area.

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Police really want to find him because he was the last person with

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the victim before this occurred The race away is on the border of

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Bedfordshire and Northamptonshire, but visitors come from all over the

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country. That makes it diffhcult for police. The woman who was attacked

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isn't off luggage area and hs 2 years old. She is a victim of one of

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the most horrendous crimes that anyone can suffer. It was an

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horrendous sexual assault. The woman is from the Northamptonshird area.

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It was somewhere near where the woman who is attacked. Thousands of

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people were camping here ovdr the weekend, police are hoping some of

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them may have heard or seen something that will help thdm solve

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this crime. They are asking anyone with any relevant information to

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contact them by calling 101. Cricket,

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and Northants' long`serving batsman, David Sales, has announced he's

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retiring at the end of the season. The 36`year`old made his debut

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for Northants in 1996. He's played 249 First Class games,

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scoring 14,000 runs. Sales was forced to make

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the decision after suffering Later, Dan is here with

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the weather forecast First back to Stewart and Stsie

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for the rest of the news. who won what at the

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Commonwealth Games. As you have probably seen,

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the government has been givhng details about the latest rotnd

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of incentives to exploit the reserves of shale oil and gas,

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buried deep under the ground. Companies are being invited to bid

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for new licences Vast swathes of the eastern region

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are believed to hold reservds But the fracking technique hs

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controversial, which is why the government says, it will protect

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areas of outstanding natural beauty, Our chief reporter, Kim Rildy,

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has the details. Hydraulic fracturing, or fr`cking,

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is certainly controversial. It takes place thousands

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of meters underground. Water, sand and chemicals are

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injected under high pressurd into shale rock, unlocking gas

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trapped for millions of years. It?s revolutionised

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the energy market in the US. This map shows areas in red, where

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licences have already been granted. But the grey areas are now open

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for new applications. Going closer, you can see they

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include much of North Norfolk, going into Lincolnshire

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and towards Peterborough. North`West Essex,

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South Cambridgeshire, And in the West,

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parts of Buckinghamshire The government believes shale gas

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can improve energy security, boost Today,

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it?s promised areas of outstanding beauty would only be exploited

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in "exceptional circumstancds". We have increased protection on

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national parks and areas of outstanding natural beauty. We need

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to explore this opportunity, because domestic secure energy supplies are

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important. We need to do it in a sensitive way. Fracking `` fracking

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is reckless and unproven. Do we want to let our green land be fr`ctured.

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Will it be turned into a nightmare of drilling rigs and cesspools of

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toxic waste. We think there is a better alternative. We want a green,

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renewable revolution. A flavour of the arguments to come. An expiration

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licence is only the start of what to come. It needs permits and lust pass

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an inspection by the Health and Safety Executive. Some fracking

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could start early next year, somewhere the country. It is

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unlikely to be here in the Dast It's Day Five of the

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Commonwealth Games and therd were plenty of medals up for grabs

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for the region's athletes. And the action is still going

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on this evening. Let's go to the National Badminton

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Centre, in Milton Keynes, where they have been watching the

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progress of our badminton stars Hello. We are watching the best

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young players in the county go through their paces, on a d`y where

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England are still waiting to find out weather it will be a silver or

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gold in the mixed team event. We might be able to show you some

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pictures. There is a crucial match that Essex's star is hoping to win.

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It will be difficult. She won the first set and it is now the second

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match. We are touch and go whether England will win the gold. Ht

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stemmed on the second match,. All the players live in Milton Keynes.

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Most people expected the st`r to win. Sadly, it did not go hhs way.

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It an exhausting past time watching England play sport. Everyond was

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hoping he could win. The Commonwealth Games is a hugd thing.

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We turned up to watch. After losing the first game, he needed to win the

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second to take it to a decider, which she did. In the third game,

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the sinking feeling that Malaysians would win. Malaysia are now well and

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truly back in the game. It hs one all. We need to regroup going into

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the next game. It has never been so close. People are feeling a little

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bit flat, now. England had to win, with weaker players to come. It was

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Malaysia's match and the omdns were not good. So England are tr`iling by

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two games to one, ugly best`of` . Sarah Walker is now playing. Let's

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talk to George from Badminton England. It is touch and go. We have

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done fantastically to get to the final, beating India, avenghng the

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last four years ago in Delhh. We are really happy. Sarah has plaxed

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really well. It has been a great team performance, whatever. This is

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the first badminton medal to be one. Yes, and we have more tomorrow. Some

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fantastic sport coming up. To be superb. Is Badminton in good health?

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Yes, we are the six biggest participation sport in the country.

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We have over half a million people playing every week. Not a lot of

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people know that. We are in really rude health at the moment.

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into the next Olympic progr`mme in Rio, some other players now, do they

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have possibilities of winning? Yes, the eldest player is 27 years old.

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Others are 24 and 22 years old. They have a real opportunity to peak in

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Rio. Thank you. Lots of othdr action. Milton team has been a focal

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point, because Andrew Baggaley was involved in a team event. S`dly he

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won silver not gold. We did also win a medal in the squash. Peter Barker

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from Essex helps in self to a bronze medal. He is England's most

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accessible table tennis plaxer at the Commonwealth Games. Andrew

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Baggaley was banking on his years of experience to beat the Sing`pore

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champion. But, Singapore race to a 2`1 lead `` 2`0 lead. Singapore were

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in no mood to relent to Andrew Baggaley a second time. A 3`1

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victory mean silver for him to add to be five Commonwealth med`ls he

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already cherishes. Peter Barker was determined to secure another podium

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finish. He beat the Indian player to secure a second successive bronze

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medal, but needed the help of the TM oh at match point. It was a huge

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honour to play first bronze. I felt the pressure the expectation, too. I

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am absolutely delighted. Thd history boys of this year's game secured his

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18th podium place in his six successive games, but he finished

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inset `` 13th place today. He misses out on claiming the outright medal

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haul, but has no regrets. Hd insists, there will be no more

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comebacks. I came here to gdt one medal and I did that. That hs great.

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It's a disappointing series, but there wasn't much one. I just

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couldn't hit the ten. On thd track, Bedford 400 runner struggled to make

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an impression. Stuck in land eight, he finished fourth and qualhfied for

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the semifinals as the fastest loser. The gymnastic boys lead the

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standings after free apparatus. These two gymnasts looked assured

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throughout. Dan Keating was a standout performer for Scotland

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helping them to second placd after the first day of the compethtion.

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Since we have been on air, the medal has become the silver. Engl`nd has

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won a silver. The competition runs until the end of the

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Tomorrow, we hope some of the gymnasts,

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An ambitious plan has been `nnounced to train the airline staff

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At the moment, the training system is long and expensivd.

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A new college, attached to the airport,

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would offer a vocational degree course to everyone involved in

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flying, including pilots, engineers and air traffic control staff.

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Its backers say, it would be the first facilhty

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You have the flight displays here. 19`year`old Stephen Hadley has

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always wanted to be a commercial pilot. It is expensive. 18 lonths of

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intense training costs around ? 000. The first time, flying and other

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aviation apprenticeships ard becoming degree courses. Other

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people who dream of becoming a commercial pilot haven't bedn able

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to, because of the funding. With a new degree programme, a

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people will have the option key to chase their dream. There is more

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good news. `` opportunity to chase their dream. A new academy hs being

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built at Norwich International Airport. There is a diminishing

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number of people entering the profession, against demand. We need

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to match this demand. Robbid has seen many changes in the nulber of

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years he word as an engineer. He is convinced the

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the industry needs. There w`s a downturn of

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the main ways in Wasilla military `` was through the military.

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they have lessened their nulbers, we need

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encourage young boys and girls to come in. The Academy has industry

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backing. There are very few training establishments for aviation and they

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are usually around the London area or Morimoto. This will provhde `` or

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more remote. This will provhde otherwise unavailable trainhng. The

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feasibility study is taking place in the next eight weeks. If it gets the

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go`ahead, it will begin near the south of the airport next ydar. Up

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to 300 students should be starting in September 2016. Time for the

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it was a dramatic night in some parts of the region, which `re Matic

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downpours. One month's worth of rain fell in an hour. What happened? It

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started off dry in the evenhng, but in the early hours of the morning

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this narrow line of thunderstorms caused localised studying and hail.

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`` flooding. It has cleared away and she's a quiet day. Easterly winds

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are coming in and over all, it is pretty cloudy. Many places `re dry,

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but there are some showers. To Essex offered to Suffolk. That continues,

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tonight. There will be burst of rain in Essex that could be heavx.

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Temperatures around 14`16 ddgrees tonight. The strong winds e`se

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overnight. Tomorrow, the rahn clears and there is an Atlantic whhch

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coming in. `` Ridge. A cloudy start, rain falls to the south, thhngs

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brighten up from the North West Some sunshine comes through. A

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decent afternoon with a sunny spells and a sunny spells and daylhght

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north`westerly wind. In the sunshine, 25`26?. To limit the coast

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with those sea breezes. Eventually, clouding over. Wednesday through

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Thursday, the rich builds b`ck in and there is dry, fine weather

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expected. A small risk of an isolated shower, but many places

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they drive. Into Friday, `` stay dry. Into the weekend, and Friday,

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it becomes more unsettled. The rain pushes in later in the day. Looking

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fine and dry to the next few days, mid 20s and cool nights. Colfortable

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for sleeping. At the end of the week, some rain arriving. It looks

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quite unsettled for the weekend at this stage. Thank you very luch See

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tomorrow. I leave the ashram, travel halfway

:27:43.:27:57.

across the world to find my father, Oh, well. As Vashrati says,

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gotta keep smiling! We don't tend to use the bathroom

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together here. All right, well,

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I'll catch you later. This ashram of yours,

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it might be a cult. I take it back,

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he's definitely Cuckoo's son. I just feel like my whole body's

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been taken over by an alien. She's my age. She's four years

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younger than you, Mum, Nine of 'em made redundant.

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What? How long were you going to leave it

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before you told me?

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