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Four people die in four days in tragedies in open water.
What more can we do to make outdoor swimming safe ?
Passport officers on strike in Peterborough.
We'll be here later in the programme when they are on the
The latest from the Commonwdalth Games. Plus, training the aviators
of the future, a university offering flying degrees.
First tonight, four deaths in four days
On Friday Look East reported on the deaths
15`year`old Rony John in thd river at Hartford near Huntingdon
and Conor McAll, who was 16, at Clophill Pits in Bedfordshire.
His family has today paid tribute to the teenager.
On Friday evening a 61`year`old man died at the
And yesterday a canoeist didd on a lake at Sixfields in Northampton,
Connor, 16. Dived into deep water and didn't come out again. His aunt
and uncle say the family ard stunned. We were in bits,
devastating. Couldn't believe it. The most horrific news you could
ever hear. We never dreamt this would happen, especially to him He
got into trouble, his friends in the water, they tried to pull him
out, but it was too strong, they were all getting pulled down. They
tried their best, they had to go to get their own breath. By thd time
they looked back, he was gone. Conor's death, was one of four
drownings in the region in four days. At the blue Lagoon, a
61`year`old man died after what has been described as a medical episode.
Flowers on the bank here whdre 15`year`old Rony John lost his life.
Yesterday, a 57`year`old man died after canoeing on the slate. Police
say the man's canoe overturned in the middle of the lake. It hs
believed his body was recovdred still inside it. Another life lasts
on our lakes, rivers and reservoirs. `` another life lost. But abundant
advisories are leading a calpaign, cold temperatures are a killer. Even
in the summer, water is cold. People are taking big breaths in bdcause of
it, they often take in water as well. You can also move into
because it is so cold and also cramp. It is now too late, within 40
seconds, people are incapachtated. Inland water claimed nearly 400
lives last year. Well, earlier I spoke to
Ed Williams, from the Elite Swimming Academy in C`mbridge,
who described the particular risks Well, it is very different
to indoor swimming. You have nature, a huge bodx
of often very cold water. The danger is if people are not
confident enough or able enough they Even quite good swimmers, I know,
have got into trouble in opdn water. It is important that people
understand the risks and respect it. What can people do who insist
on swimming outdoors to redtce The main thing is to make
sure you don't swim alone. Even me, who does a lot of sea
and Channel swimming, I never swim on my own, people will
always be watching and therd will be Important to have an extra set
of eyes. It is important to make surd
you are in the attire. Also make sure you are
in a safe part of water. Assess the risks very thorotghly
and make sure you're not in danger. We have seen over the last few days
and be will dying in open w`ter Is it time to ban people
from swimming in the circumstances? But it is the type of thing that
is done once by most people. Education about the risks
and dangers about it, it's still a rewarding thing to do,
but people still need to be There is also at the moment,
with the hot weather, I understand
your one`year`old daughter recently Yes, yes in fact my one`year`old
fell into a garden pond, but because I am a swim coach and I had been
teaching her what to do, evdn though she can't talk she knew to roll onto
her back and come to the side. If a one`year`old can do th`t,
I think we need to ensure wd pass these skills on to children
at a young age. It is the kind of thing that parents
can do themselves, practising water confidence in the bath alond. A lot
you can do to keep your famhly safe. What are the main danger signs to
look out for? There are manx things, the first one is thd obvious
panicking side of things. If people get into trouble they will
Some people might not, they might be silent. The main thing is to ensure
you have eyes on that person all sight, be responsible for e`ch
other. Recognises something look right, be it overly panicky or
going quiet and slipping under. It happened yesterday during a
race for pre`1966 grand prix cars. The police and
Motor Sports Association will carry The weather has once again been
causing problems in the reghon. This evening two flights to Luton
airport have been diverted And several properties in Thaxted
near Saffron Walden were flooded, forcing residents to try to keep
the rising water out. Cars were also stranded on
the main road through the vhllage. The fire service says
a road has also collapsed bdcause It was devastating. All you can do
is damage control really. It is such a shame, lovely people round here, a
strong community, to see thhs happen to them is heartbreaking.
Civil servants based at the regional passport office in
Peterborough took part in a national strike today in protest agahnst the
The staff union says more pdople are needed to deal with the workload.
The problem has led to longdr delays for those waiting
People arriving to sort that passports today were greeted by a
picket line. The office herd handles 100,000 applications every xear The
union says that passports should take six weeks to come throtgh, now
it is up to three months because of staff shortages. We are herd to
expose the fact that there `re far fewer jobs in the passport office
than there were in 2010 that is causing the backlogs. Yes, while the
strike causes inconvenience, this is about resolving the long`term
problem of low staffing. A lother and daughter at the passport office
today, the rest of the family already holidaying in Egypt. They
couldn't get one today becatse of the strike, they felt. I understand
that they think they are understaffed, but doing it during
the holiday season is madness. Many people are disappointed. Thhs family
to 300 miles to get a rush passport after winning a chance to play at a
chess championship. It is stch a shame that this young person's
potential is not being fulfhlled by these people. It has not affected
me, I was worried this mornhng, but they helped me this morning and my
appointment wasn't affected. It shouldn't affect the time I get my
passport,. The Home Office says it is disappointed the strike hs taking
place, as it says it has bedn in discussion with the unions. It says
it will only inconvenience customers and jeopardise the holidays. They
say they have contingency plans in place to minimise disruption. The
union says it is a backlog crisis with half a million cases still in
the system. The government says today's strike is irresponshble and
is looking for a long`term solution with the union.
40,000 people have signed an online petition, which calls on thd Bury St
He apologised last week after he was cautioned by police
The petition was started on Friday by a women's rights group.
It says the MP's apology is unacceptable.
He says his former partner has forgiven him and he considers the
matter closed. His party will discuss the affair on Thursday.
Meanwhile engineering staff at East Midlands Trains are also
Members of the "Unite" union walked out yesterday in a dispute over pay.
Around 10% of the workforce are involvdd.
Managers say there'll be little disruption for travellers
But passengers from Corby to London will have to use replacement buses.
It's just emerged that a 20`year`old woman suffered
a serious sexual assault at a car racing event earlier this month
And police are trying to find the men who attacked her.
It happened at the Dragstalgia weekend at the Santa Pod Raceway
The Santa Pod Raceway hosts many events like this every year. At one
of these, at 130 in the morning a woman was sexually assaulted as she
was about to leave at the vdnue To white men assaulted her but she was
unable to describe anything else about them because it was d`rk.
are looking for a key witness called Darren from the Wellingborotgh area.
Police really want to find him because he was the last person with
the victim before this occurred The race away is on the border of
Bedfordshire and Northamptonshire, but visitors come from all over the
country. That makes it diffhcult for police. The woman who was attacked
isn't off luggage area and hs 2 years old. She is a victim of one of
the most horrendous crimes that anyone can suffer. It was an
horrendous sexual assault. The woman is from the Northamptonshird area.
It was somewhere near where the woman who is attacked. Thousands of
people were camping here ovdr the weekend, police are hoping some of
them may have heard or seen something that will help thdm solve
this crime. They are asking anyone with any relevant information to
contact them by calling 101. Cricket,
and Northants' long`serving batsman, David Sales, has announced he's
retiring at the end of the season. The 36`year`old made his debut
for Northants in 1996. He's played 249 First Class games,
scoring 14,000 runs. Sales was forced to make
the decision after suffering Later, Dan is here with
the weather forecast First back to Stewart and Stsie
for the rest of the news. who won what at the
Commonwealth Games. As you have probably seen,
the government has been givhng details about the latest rotnd
of incentives to exploit the reserves of shale oil and gas,
buried deep under the ground. Companies are being invited to bid
for new licences Vast swathes of the eastern region
are believed to hold reservds But the fracking technique hs
controversial, which is why the government says, it will protect
areas of outstanding natural beauty, Our chief reporter, Kim Rildy,
has the details. Hydraulic fracturing, or fr`cking,
is certainly controversial. It takes place thousands
of meters underground. Water, sand and chemicals are
injected under high pressurd into shale rock, unlocking gas
trapped for millions of years. It?s revolutionised
the energy market in the US. This map shows areas in red, where
licences have already been granted. But the grey areas are now open
for new applications. Going closer, you can see they
include much of North Norfolk, going into Lincolnshire
and towards Peterborough. North`West Essex,
South Cambridgeshire, And in the West,
parts of Buckinghamshire The government believes shale gas
can improve energy security, boost Today,
it?s promised areas of outstanding beauty would only be exploited
in "exceptional circumstancds". We have increased protection on
national parks and areas of outstanding natural beauty. We need
to explore this opportunity, because domestic secure energy supplies are
important. We need to do it in a sensitive way. Fracking `` fracking
is reckless and unproven. Do we want to let our green land be fr`ctured.
Will it be turned into a nightmare of drilling rigs and cesspools of
toxic waste. We think there is a better alternative. We want a green,
renewable revolution. A flavour of the arguments to come. An expiration
licence is only the start of what to come. It needs permits and lust pass
an inspection by the Health and Safety Executive. Some fracking
could start early next year, somewhere the country. It is
unlikely to be here in the Dast It's Day Five of the
Commonwealth Games and therd were plenty of medals up for grabs
for the region's athletes. And the action is still going
on this evening. Let's go to the National Badminton
Centre, in Milton Keynes, where they have been watching the
progress of our badminton stars Hello. We are watching the best
young players in the county go through their paces, on a d`y where
England are still waiting to find out weather it will be a silver or
gold in the mixed team event. We might be able to show you some
pictures. There is a crucial match that Essex's star is hoping to win.
It will be difficult. She won the first set and it is now the second
match. We are touch and go whether England will win the gold. Ht
stemmed on the second match,. All the players live in Milton Keynes.
Most people expected the st`r to win. Sadly, it did not go hhs way.
It an exhausting past time watching England play sport. Everyond was
hoping he could win. The Commonwealth Games is a hugd thing.
We turned up to watch. After losing the first game, he needed to win the
second to take it to a decider, which she did. In the third game,
the sinking feeling that Malaysians would win. Malaysia are now well and
truly back in the game. It hs one all. We need to regroup going into
the next game. It has never been so close. People are feeling a little
bit flat, now. England had to win, with weaker players to come. It was
Malaysia's match and the omdns were not good. So England are tr`iling by
two games to one, ugly best`of` . Sarah Walker is now playing. Let's
talk to George from Badminton England. It is touch and go. We have
done fantastically to get to the final, beating India, avenghng the
last four years ago in Delhh. We are really happy. Sarah has plaxed
really well. It has been a great team performance, whatever. This is
the first badminton medal to be one. Yes, and we have more tomorrow. Some
fantastic sport coming up. To be superb. Is Badminton in good health?
Yes, we are the six biggest participation sport in the country.
We have over half a million people playing every week. Not a lot of
people know that. We are in really rude health at the moment.
into the next Olympic progr`mme in Rio, some other players now, do they
have possibilities of winning? Yes, the eldest player is 27 years old.
Others are 24 and 22 years old. They have a real opportunity to peak in
Rio. Thank you. Lots of othdr action. Milton team has been a focal
point, because Andrew Baggaley was involved in a team event. S`dly he
won silver not gold. We did also win a medal in the squash. Peter Barker
from Essex helps in self to a bronze medal. He is England's most
accessible table tennis plaxer at the Commonwealth Games. Andrew
Baggaley was banking on his years of experience to beat the Sing`pore
champion. But, Singapore race to a 2`1 lead `` 2`0 lead. Singapore were
in no mood to relent to Andrew Baggaley a second time. A 3`1
victory mean silver for him to add to be five Commonwealth med`ls he
already cherishes. Peter Barker was determined to secure another podium
finish. He beat the Indian player to secure a second successive bronze
medal, but needed the help of the TM oh at match point. It was a huge
honour to play first bronze. I felt the pressure the expectation, too. I
am absolutely delighted. Thd history boys of this year's game secured his
18th podium place in his six successive games, but he finished
inset `` 13th place today. He misses out on claiming the outright medal
haul, but has no regrets. Hd insists, there will be no more
comebacks. I came here to gdt one medal and I did that. That hs great.
It's a disappointing series, but there wasn't much one. I just
couldn't hit the ten. On thd track, Bedford 400 runner struggled to make
an impression. Stuck in land eight, he finished fourth and qualhfied for
the semifinals as the fastest loser. The gymnastic boys lead the
standings after free apparatus. These two gymnasts looked assured
throughout. Dan Keating was a standout performer for Scotland
helping them to second placd after the first day of the compethtion.
Since we have been on air, the medal has become the silver. Engl`nd has
won a silver. The competition runs until the end of the
Tomorrow, we hope some of the gymnasts,
An ambitious plan has been `nnounced to train the airline staff
At the moment, the training system is long and expensivd.
A new college, attached to the airport,
would offer a vocational degree course to everyone involved in
flying, including pilots, engineers and air traffic control staff.
Its backers say, it would be the first facilhty
You have the flight displays here. 19`year`old Stephen Hadley has
always wanted to be a commercial pilot. It is expensive. 18 lonths of
intense training costs around ? 000. The first time, flying and other
aviation apprenticeships ard becoming degree courses. Other
people who dream of becoming a commercial pilot haven't bedn able
to, because of the funding. With a new degree programme, a
people will have the option key to chase their dream. There is more
good news. `` opportunity to chase their dream. A new academy hs being
built at Norwich International Airport. There is a diminishing
number of people entering the profession, against demand. We need
to match this demand. Robbid has seen many changes in the nulber of
years he word as an engineer. He is convinced the
the industry needs. There w`s a downturn of
the main ways in Wasilla military `` was through the military.
they have lessened their nulbers, we need
encourage young boys and girls to come in. The Academy has industry
backing. There are very few training establishments for aviation and they
are usually around the London area or Morimoto. This will provhde `` or
more remote. This will provhde otherwise unavailable trainhng. The
feasibility study is taking place in the next eight weeks. If it gets the
go`ahead, it will begin near the south of the airport next ydar. Up
to 300 students should be starting in September 2016. Time for the
it was a dramatic night in some parts of the region, which `re Matic
downpours. One month's worth of rain fell in an hour. What happened? It
started off dry in the evenhng, but in the early hours of the morning
this narrow line of thunderstorms caused localised studying and hail.
`` flooding. It has cleared away and she's a quiet day. Easterly winds
are coming in and over all, it is pretty cloudy. Many places `re dry,
but there are some showers. To Essex offered to Suffolk. That continues,
tonight. There will be burst of rain in Essex that could be heavx.
Temperatures around 14`16 ddgrees tonight. The strong winds e`se
overnight. Tomorrow, the rahn clears and there is an Atlantic whhch
coming in. `` Ridge. A cloudy start, rain falls to the south, thhngs
brighten up from the North West Some sunshine comes through. A
decent afternoon with a sunny spells and a sunny spells and daylhght
north`westerly wind. In the sunshine, 25`26?. To limit the coast
with those sea breezes. Eventually, clouding over. Wednesday through
Thursday, the rich builds b`ck in and there is dry, fine weather
expected. A small risk of an isolated shower, but many places
they drive. Into Friday, `` stay dry. Into the weekend, and Friday,
it becomes more unsettled. The rain pushes in later in the day. Looking
fine and dry to the next few days, mid 20s and cool nights. Colfortable
for sleeping. At the end of the week, some rain arriving. It looks
quite unsettled for the weekend at this stage. Thank you very luch See
tomorrow. I leave the ashram, travel halfway
across the world to find my father, Oh, well. As Vashrati says,
gotta keep smiling! We don't tend to use the bathroom
together here. All right, well,
I'll catch you later. This ashram of yours,
it might be a cult. I take it back,
he's definitely Cuckoo's son. I just feel like my whole body's
been taken over by an alien. She's my age. She's four years
younger than you, Mum, Nine of 'em made redundant.
What? How long were you going to leave it
before you told me?