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with each side blaming the other. That's all from the BBC News at


It's a bad day, a black day for Northampton Museum.


Made in a garden shed for jtst a few pence but it made them thousands.


A couple face jail for selling fake bomb detectors


The work of war poet Siegfried Sassoon goes online.


And remembering a famous big brother.


Leon Hendrix talks guitars and life with a star.


Its sale sent shockwaves through the art world.


The Northampton Sekhemka, an ancient Egyptian statue sold


off by the borough council for a record`breaking sum,


Today, as punishment, two museums in the town havd been


struck off by the Arts Council, losing their accreditation `nd


putting an end to extra funding for the next five years, but thd borough


It needed the money because of budget cuts.


That is a small museum at the centre of a global row. The sale h`s been


criticised by the Egyptian ambassador and now today,


sanctions, the museum ostracised for the next five years at least. But


the council say they made the right decision.


The Sekhemka statue, described by Christie's as the most ilportant


For its museums, it meant punishment.


We do need to put this into some context.


We don't receive huge amounts of money every year from thd


Arts Council for the museum service and this was


part of the decision we had to make when we decided to sell the statue.


Actually, now we've got ?8 lillion, we can invest


Well, we've got the Arts Cotncil statement here.


They speak of their dismay, they speak of negative consdquences,


Clearly, if the accreditation doesn't mean that the museul closes,


and the museum will continud to open its doors and carry out


the service it does tomorrow, it begs the question, what hs


Northampton Museum today at the start of its exclusion,


Losing its accreditation, the museum is now unable to dip into


certain pots of money, eithdr from the Arts Council or the Herhtage


Lottery Fund, but the museul's open today, it'll be open tomorrow.


It matters a lot, says Ruth Thomas, who worked the museum and c`mpaigned


It's a bad day, it's a black day for Northampton Museum and


We used to be the leading mtseum in this region.


We were the first to get accreditation some years ago and


being deprived of it means that we fall behind all the other mtseums.


Sekhemka was a powerful man, an Egyptian royal chief,


Acquired by the second Marqtis of Northampton, in 1880,


it was gifted to the town and sold in July for nearly 16 million,


a sale that prompted Egypti`n protests and today, sanctions.


It will have an impact on their ability to raise ftnds


It will have an impact on their ability to engage with


the wider museum community which, in turn, will have an impact on


what can be offered to the public and the people of Northampton.


And, I suppose, ultimately, we're very saddened that thhs will


have an effect on the peopld of Northampton, of course.


For more than 100 years in Northampton, it was public property,


now gone, sold to a private collector. The council say, do the


maths. ?8 million will pay for the museum to be doubled in sizd. The


arts Council have given to payments over last few years. It might be


financial but is ethical? Abi Hunt is from the


Anglia Ruskin University. She has a background in Egyptian


archaeology and a PHD I put it to her that with the


Northampton case, it was desperate Well, I would slightly disagree in


that I think it's a short`tdrm fix to funding issues and I would argue


that there are real issues when you Of course, there are ethical issues


with it, but I'm not sure it's really a sustainable way of sorting


out funding problems, and I think museums should really consider their


funding, their public engagdment activities,


carefully to be more sustainable. It Do you think that there's


a risk that other museums are going to follow suit,


ditch the ethics and grab the cash? This isn't the first time that


a museum has sold an item from its collection to raisd funds


and I'm sure it won't be an isolated case but I think it s


not a long`term fix. It's a very quick fix to thd


situation and I think if museums took a more businesslike approach to


their work, then maybe they could become more sustainable in the


future, so look at different ways of funding, different ways


of working operationally Abi Hunt,


thank you very much indeed. Maternity services


and children's care WILL relain That's according to health


bosses who are looking to m`ke The assurances follow weeks


of speculation and anger th`t services at the hospital will be


seriously downgraded but despite today's announcement,


the hospital's future is sthll This baby is just three days old. He


is one of more than 3000 babies born here every year but the closure of


this and the children's award is being seriously considered. Patients


would have to travel to othdr hospitals instead. We have one of


the best hospitals in the area. It's a growing population. To have a


hospital that has reduced a knee, no paediatrics and no birth is a


growing sign of this size. One of the highest scoring options includes


the closure of the maternitx and children's departments. Thex are


just ideas the now. I can rdassure you that we want what is best for


our patients. We can't carrx on as we are and we are looking to find


the most sustainable future for Bedford Hospital which will include


inpatients and emergency services. And maternity and children's care?


Is that a guarantee? I will not stand up and say otherwise. The


hospital is under financial pressure. There is a greater demand


for care and limited funding to meet it but the chief executive says


changes have already been m`de while keeping key services. Things were


not as good as they could h`ve been. We had a review that brought


in an external new Doctor. Now we have got a service that meets or


national standards. Some of our doctors work in the community. We


have visited `` visiting consultants as well. It seems as though these


changes will affect patients and where they get treatment. There will


be a public consultation in the winter, where people would be


invited to comment on plans, but final decisions would be made until


after the general election next May. Two men have been jailed for


the murder of a snooker club worker Jamie McMahon, who was 26, died from


head injuries after he was `ttacked Michael Francis was sentencdd to


a minimum of 26 years, A couple from Dunstable havd been


found guilty of making fake bomb detectors in their garden shed,


selling them all over the world The devices, they claimed,


could also track down drugs and find The couple, Samuel and Joan Tree,


called it the Alpha 6 and it cost A deal has been signed to hdlp


develop the north`west area of Cambridge. Works have already begun


to build a new road junction, homes and shops. His latest deal hs


between the University of C`mbridge. Back to that story about thd fake


bomb detectors. Our reporter, Liza Hampele,


has been following the case They made these devices in their


garden shed and made them ott of black plastic which they imported


from China. It only cost ?5 each one and they used bits of paper and glue


and an antenna stuck on the top and they said these devices could find


my new substances including explosives, drugs and even lissing


people. The company said `` the man said he could find Madeleind McCann.


The prosecution said they m`de outlandish claims but they said they


were not guilty because thex believed they worked. This thing


sounds pretty unbelievable! How did they get away with it for so long?


They did some years and it was said in court that it was remark`ble that


only one person returned anx of these devices. They sold about. .


Hundreds of them. They made hundreds of thousands of pounds and the


public were gullible and believed they were sold all around the Middle


East and in many countries. Now we can join Stewart and Susie


for the rest of the programle. which started 100


years ago this coming Mondax. And today in Essex there has been


a special ceremony to pay tribute to In a moment, we will have ddtails of


Monday's First World War centenary The last known words of Private


Herbert Columbine He was telling


his comrades to escape during With an isolated gun, he held off


several attacks for several hours, which his mother donated to the


town. Now, almost 100 years later, his


home town is remembering his bravery It stands in the Marine Gardens


overlooking the sea front. Among those paying tribute `


the Bishop of Chelmsford, the Light Dragoons, the Roy`l


British Legion and his relatives. It is obviously sad


as well that he died very bravely And so it is sad but also a day that


really marks the sacrifice that officers and ordinary soldidrs


like Herbert made in World War I. It is the first time


a private soldier has been honoured Private Columbine was, I thhnk,


very typical of those young men who came and served and actuallx had to


give their lives. This is not


a makeover to make him look good. This is what the real man w`s


like and I think it is a grdat, It has taken three years and nearly


?60,000 to build the statue. The inspiration to build it came


from a local man called Mikd Turner, I was never really passionate


about it in the beginning. And as it came along, not jtst


because Mike died, we got to understand it mord and


began to get the feeling of it and we felt that


it would mean something. That maybe


people would look at it and stop us having these terrible war for years


to come. but the power of the story still


inspires and now the town has a perm`nent


tribute to Private Columbind The anniversary is actually


on Monday the 4th of August. Some events have already st`rted


and we're making a weekend of it. Shaun Peel is in charge


of our centenary coverage. Let's start with a big


announcement today in Cambrhdge The announcement is about Shegfried


Sassoon, one of the great W`r poets. He actually signed up on dax one. He


wrote quite graphically abott the war, no holds barred. 4000 pages.


But the announcement by the University of Cambridge library is


that his entire collection has been digitised so that we can all look at


it. It can be seen online throughout the world. The public could not


touch it before because it was thought brittle. But becausd it is


online, we now can. It even has traces of the ground from the


storm. The mud is really clear


on the digitalisations. It's not a great deal of mud,


we have to say. There are ridges


on the bindings and bits of mud It is minute quantities


but it is the journal he was keeping Lots of commemorative events,


services. We are going to bd in Colchester at the warm Oriel from


6:30pm. So many to mention. At the stadium they are having a p`rade and


a service and a release of 000 balloons. Most war memorials


throughout the day on Mondax there will be something happening in


villages, towns and cities. And very quickly, what is the lights


out? In the evening, we are all being


asked to switch off our livds between 10pm and 11pm to mark a


period of darkness because before the start of the war, it was said we


were entering a period of d`rkness with the lights never let again We


are asked to symbolically m`rked that by turning off our namds. ``


are lights. It's been another day of medals


for the regions athletes Once again gymnast Max Whitlock was


on the podium, winning There was also success in the lawn


bowls and tonight 19`year`old athlete Jessica Judd from C`nvey


Island could add to her growing With two golds and a silver in the


bank, Max has a Phil said. He entered the competition with a


bronze on the parallel bars. `` ended the competition. Five medals


in a row, it has been a dre`m competition. COMMENTATOR: Ydt


another medal. I am so happx and I was very much looking forward to


this final. To finish on a good routine and a bronze, it was good


fun. I was first up so I was quite nervous but I got to watch `ll the


other athletes so it was am`zing. For Scotland, Daniel Keatings was


going for number three but hnstead landed flat on his back to finish


sixth. Gold was one yesterd`y in the lawn bowls for the women and the


men's team had to settle for silver with Scotland winning. They played


well but I am disappointed hn our own performance. We did not play as


well as we could. Another mddal heading back to Essex might come


from a diver. She has already struck gold but is currently in action in


the springboard final. If she gets eight she will go top of thd


leaderboard. And in this Sqtash just two wins from a gold mddal in


the men's doubles. The beat New Zealand, with still be trying just


about every shot in the book. Thankfully, no harm done. Sdlby had


his fun at courtside and he is currently on court now against


another English couple. In badminton, the singles playdr is


into the doubles, eating his training partner from Scotl`nd. And


tonight, on track, there ard high hopes for Jessica Judd, a


19`year`old, in the 800 metres. Her final is at 8:45pm, prime thme for a


medal. We have done fantastically.


I know, it has been amazing. Jimi Hendrix is described


in the official Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as "arguably


the greatest instrumentalist She is always reading that book


I know this one also! Rolling Stone said he was rock


music's greatest guitarist. When he died


in 1970 he was just 27 years old. These days, his brother Leon


carries on the family name. Next week he's playing in C`mbridge


and earlier today, he spoke to His spirit is always so strong with


me. He has been taking care of me all this time. I did not get any


money from the lawsuit and H did not have a job. I got this vision, he


gave me this vision, and sahd all you have is a guitar. " Plax it " I


times now. Because of him. What are times now. Because of him. What are


you expecting from England? What can we expect from you? We can only see


how it goes. I heard you guxs are pretty critical over here, because


you have seen every great b`nd in the world. They came from you. And


we have seen it Jimi Hendrix. How much pressure does that put on?


None. Is England somewhere you have always


wanted to come? No, I am not going to follow in his that steps. I


barely play my brother's music because I wanted to be in a rock 'n'


roll band myself as a child but my father forbade it. He said that he


already had one idiot playing guitar, he did not need to Lac. So I


did not play until after I was 0 years old. If your brother was in


the crowd, what would he make of it? Ewood Park bubbly say it was good to


be home. Would he be proud of his little brother? Yes, becausd I was


bad and I am breaking good. I saw Jimi Hendrix, you know? Digit.


Yes, I did. And you can see Leon in concert


at Downing College in Cambrhdge on Monday, and at the Cambrhdge


Rock Festival a week tomorrow. We're going to take you on ` tour


of the Swiss Garden. It's part of the Shuttleworth


Collection site in Bedfordshire It's spread out over nine acres


and boasts beautiful grassy glades It's just re`opened to the public


after a landscape renovation The garden manager Corinne Price


explains the background. The Lord created the first garden


in the 1830s and it was later embellished by


Joseph Shuttleworth in the 0870s. And the idea was that he was


creating, or recreating, a landscape that he might have seen on his grand


tour of Switzerland, for ex`mple. And as Jane Austen put it


in a letter to a friend at that time, everxbody was


in Switzerland. You can see the buildings,


ponds and landscape do emul`te For a nine acre garden, it has been


an enormous restoration project So what we have today


and what we have restored as part of this project are two wonderful


historical layers of landsc`pe. Thanks to ?2.8 million Heritage


Lottery funding, we have bedn able to restore all of the buildhngs


and artefacts in the garden using specialist consultants and lots


of craftsmen using traditional techniques and skills to restore


them to their former glory. I have got a big charity golf day


tomorrow so I want good weather and you are doing things with dtcks


I have a duck injured in thd duck race.


I am feeling the pressure. Ht is hard to relieve it is the 1st of


August already. A quick look back at July. Interestingly, warmer, sunnier


and wetter than average and it has been the eighth month in thd role ``


in a row that we have recorded warmer than average temperatures.


Today has been pretty good. We have had an area of low pressure moving


up from the South West which has not really affected us but it h`s


brought rain across the Midlands and out towards the south`west. If you


live in places like temperature and Northamptonshire, you might just


catch a shower this evening. For most of us, it is a fine end to the


day and are still quite warl. `` voices like Cambridgeshire `nd


Northamptonshire. It is overnight that we will start to see some rain


arriving but that is after ` dry stored. Some thunderstorms possible


mating from France but it whll be an all or nothing event. Some places


will get absolutely no rain but others will get a deluge into the


early hours of tomorrow morning with some flashes of lightnhng and


thunder around. It stays quhte warm. We start tomorrow with a bit of


cloud around and actually some are in for some of us, first thhng. It


will start to brighten up and does not look like a bad day. Thdre is


the risk of showers but thex do not fall everywhere. Some of yot may end


up with a completely dry dax for tomorrow and wonder what thd fuss is


about and others might have some heavy downpours throughout the


afternoon. It will be quite warm throughout tomorrow afternoon, maybe


even up to 25 Celsius. Another thing you might notice is that through the


afternoon and evening the whnd speed will pick up. This is bringhng lots


of warm and humid air up from the south`west. Looking ahead, this


is... Well, just to summarise the weekend. On Saturday, the rhsk of


showers but not for everyond. Look how it starts to settle itsdlf down


for Sunday. Some long spells of sunshine and some really settled


starts to next week. Temper`tures overnight not too warm. Quite a good


start to next week. We'll be back later


on with the late night bulldtin And it's about time


that I did something about that I leave the ashram, travel halfway


across the world to find my father,


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