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. Grief has no end. I think about Amina constantly. I still cry every


day. new research helping stroke


victims on the road to recovery Gold winning gymnast Max Whhtlock `


and his mum ` talk to us about And why was this butcher


hounded out of Peterborough? The court heard Harris struck her


in the stomach with the force It threw her six feet across the


room and split her liver in two Paramedics said she was as lifeless


as a ragdoll when they arrived. But Amina's mother had been warned


that Harris had a violent p`st. Amina Agboola's father, at the back,


arrived at court to see the man who murdered his daughter sentenced


She died after she was kickdd so hard her liver split in two.


The man responsible, her mother's boyfriend, Dean Harris


Wearing a rosary, he remained emotionless throughout


the sentencing. The judge told him he was


a dangerous young man. by this horrific act.


An expert witness said the force was similar to a road traffic accident.


It happened here at her homd. Harris said she had repeatedly


soiled herself and wet the sofa He Repeatedly lied that she had


fallen off the toilet and hht the floor,


until he confessed to anothdr prisoner at Peterborough Ro`d jail.


He was sentenced to life in prison today,


to serve a minimum of 17 ye`rs. A detective read a statement from


Amina's father outside the court. I'm pleased with the sentence


Dean Harris received today. However,


the grief feels like it has no end. I think about Amina constantly.


I still cry every single dax. I go through the motions of living,


but thinking about my daughter.


No one understands this pain except those people who are


experiencing it. My heart reaches out to every parent


only to suffering the loss of a child.


Detectives say they are shocked by the callous violence


against a defenceless two ydar old. Sentenced to 17 years.


Her father is happy with the sentence but we have to bear


in mind Amina would only be 19 when he will be eligible for parole.


Amina's mother Sarah Racquelan was found not guilty


of causing or allowing her death. She had been warned not to leave


Amina alone with Harris by social workers because he had a history


of domestic violence but shd said she believed in second chances.


Amina's father must now livd with the daily pain


of a daughter robbed of a ftture in the most horrific way.


Cambridgeshire social services is conducting a serious casd


review into what happened. But they did warn Amina's mother


about Harris's violent past. She said she believed


in second chances. It's something the NSPCC told


me they hear all too often. Once you get into these deep`rooted


violent relationships, it is difficult to get out of thel.


Violence begins to accumulate over time. Women have to underst`nd


priority of children in all circumstances. Let us look `t the


balance of responsibility. Doesn't lie with the parent or authorities?


I think there is a partnership. Firstly, parents shoot exercise


reasonable caution when thex introduce other adults into the


family. It is right and proper that the local authority, when you have


concerns about adults, should warn other or father. What is not


acceptable is when you recehve warnings, to take no action, which


is what happened in this case. Would you have preferred that sochal


injuries this two`year`old suffered where horrific, but there are signs


it was not the first time she was heart. Presumably this is group are


very vulnerable because thex cannot tell people what is going on?


Absolutely. Small children suffer from small injuries which tdnd to


increase. Then you get life threatening injuries. If people have


the smallest of concerns, they must speak out. The public must take


responsibility. We know that one child is killed by someone dlse


every week across England and Wales, do you think this sentence will be a


deterrent to people? He has been given the minimum 17 years. He may


serve longer, he will not sdrve a shorter sentence. I would lhke to


think that a clear message goes out that if you're planning to harm a


child, if your temper is out of control, you need to think `gain.


Because if you harm a child, you will be brought before the court and


receive a significant sentence. me they hear all too often.


Plans to review services at Bedford Hospital are being discussed this


evening at a public meeting. It was called by the union, Unison, which


says it's concerned that thd Accident and Emergency department


could be downgraded. Last wdek the hospital was told it could be left


without any maternity services or beds for in`patient care. The


proposals are being put forward as a way to save money.


One of the most distressing effects of a stroke for victims can be the


loss of speech. Now victims from our region are helping with a rdsearch


project to try and understand why some people recover more quhckly


than others. They will undergo special scans and monitoring to find


out more about the disease. In the East of England more than 10,00


people a year have a stroke and almost 120,000 are thought to be


This man is learning to livd with the effects of the stroke hd


suffered this summer. He is one of the lucky ones. It did not `ffect


his speech. He says the whole experience can be frightening. I


could not stand. My legs went from under me. In three hours, I crawled


to steer is. I have seen people and a worse state than I have bden in.


It is very frightening. `` two steers. Little research has been


done so far into why some rdcover language faster than others. For


patients not able to understand why they are taking longer, it can


affect their recovery. The difficulty is people are not able to


communicate, therefore they lose their self`confidence and they lose


their independence. They're not able to interact. That is a big problem


with our patients. The rese`rch is taking place at University College


London were patients will bd given a brain scan like this one. They will


also begin language assessmdnts and information from that will go


towards the overall research programme. It will help nurses to


take `` to tell patients how long it will take further speech to return.


Younger patients think about returning to work and it cotld help


them with their speech problems Their work is their livelihoods and


their day`to`day existence. It will have a knock`on effect on their


finances. It is hoped more patients will come forward so research can


predict how much language whll come back and just how long it whll take.


Drivers on the M1 in Northamptonshire are well used to


delays and queues. But work starts this week which could see the road


become a "smart" motorway to ease congestion. It's between Junctions


16 and 21 and is preparing for a scheme to open up the hard shoulders


in busy periods. The Highwaxs Agency says a similar plan in Hertfordshire


has worked well. When it opened in 1959, 13,000


vehicles a day pass through Northamptonshire on the M1. Today it


is more like 100,000. It is one of the biggest bottlenecks on the


motorway. This stretch from Northampton to this interch`nge


where the M1 meets the M6 and the A14. The highways agency saxs the


solution is a smart motorwax. This means converting the hard shoulder


into an extra lane of traffhc. Instead emergency Levi's ard built


every mile or so. Traffic flow is monitored from a control room and


lanes can be closed remotelx. It is cheaper and quicker than widening


the motorway. Waters are all for reducing congestion but not all


agree with using the hard shoulder. In times of congestion, it hs very


good. I agree with it. Forlh and saw better. Tomorrow work begins on a


new central reservation. `` four lanes are better. We cannot commit


to a new timescale. We have to get government approval. We are looking


to start the work in the early part of next year. In April and dight


mile stretch of the M25 in Hertfordshire became the cotntry's


first smart motorway. They have been using their hard shoulder for two


years but only in busy periods. Waters in the M1 could be w`iting


for several more years yet. `` mortar this.


has worked well. mortar this. `` motorists.


Rail travellers using the wdst coast mainline through Northamptonshire


and Milton Keynes are facing disruption to services throtghout,


August. Network Rail will bd closing the line into London Euston on three


separate weekends to carry out major engineering, work ` around Watford


Junction. It'll mean no service to Euston on the weekends of the 9th,


16th, and 23rd, of August ` including the Bank Holiday Londay.


London Midland, who run the stations on the line, advise people, to check


the route before travelling. The Rail Users Group says


pictures. And the film makers filming the history of horsds in the


fans. The gymnast Max Whitlock,


who trains in Essex, says success at the Commonwdalth


Games is a great stepping stone to He won five medals in Glasgow,


including three golds. I've been to meet Max and


his mother at home in Hertfordshire and I asked if he'd exceeded even


his own hopes and expectations. Before the competition I just


like to do it normal. I like to look at it all thd same,


whether it is world Olympics, I don't really set targets


of how many medals I want to bring back, I just go there and do


my job and what I'm trained for To come out with five,


I'm over the moon. And out of all of those, do you have


one which means the most to you They all mean a lot,


but winning a gold in the fhnal For a gymnast to go and do six


pieces on one day is an achhevement in itself, as I've been working


so hard towards it and I'm happy. It is beautiful to watch yot,


but also quite nerve wracking. I don't like to watch too mtch


of the gymnasts If you see gymnasts falling off


on the apparatus, It might be that it has gond well,


which it did here. If I go there with confidence,


that is all I need. One of the things I notice hs that


you're competing against other gymnasts from England, Scotland but


you're also generous to each other. Is that genuine that you


care how the others do? We have been mates


for over ten years. We train together all the thme,


we compete together as a te`m, and for this one it was verx


different competing against them, You have a lot of support there


from your family. What is it


like sitting there watching? If I am nervous,


you must be something else. I do get nervous but at the end


of the day you still want to watch It is nice to be so close to Max,


to be able to see him there and to see his reactions


as well when he does a piecd. Whether he is reallu pleased with


it, or it could have been bdtter. Proud must be a bit


of an understatement. We love the opportunity


of going to watch Max as well, and then to see him up


on the podium is just so spdcial. To have achieved this by thd age Max


is, it involves You have been supporting hil


for a long time, and what effect When he was younger I used to take


him to the gym, but it didn't interfere with our family bdcause


that is what we needed to do for Max What age was he when he beg`n to


realise he was something spdcial? It has been a great journey watching


him go from strength to strdngth. Probably since the year


before the Olympics that he started to really want to do it


for himself and really focus on it. So I think it is then that we


thought he is doing it for himself and he wants to get


the goals is that he wants. We have always thought


he was special. Max said that he started focusing on


Rio. It is incredible that focus he had. He is staying training all the


way. There was a time


when no farmer could survivd without them, but after mechanisation the


heavy horses were no longer needed. Thankfully that's not quite


the end of the story. On a farm in Suffolk, film lakers


have been turning back the clock This is Weylands Farm in Stoke


by Nayland. The actors are being made rdady


so too the forge. Anything contemporary must go or


shielded discreetly from vidw. The film is called


The Horseman's Word. It's been made by the Field Theatre


group based in Littleport. Funded by the Heritage Lottdry,


it is researching the history of heavy horses in the Fens over


200 years, on the so`called horse It was possible to produce something


called drawing oils which would draw the horse to you,


bond it to you, make sure it would Conversely, you could produce


something called a jading ohl which would jade the horse, liter`lly stop


it dead in its tracks. It would not move until you


gave it a command to move. Roger Clarke has worked with heavy


horses on this farm for 35 xears and it is only


in hindsight that he realisds how he watched their demise as a tdenager


at a wholesale in the 60s. There was an older man riding an old


horse into the yard with a foal about, and what I didn't re`lise was


that I was witnessing the end of an era, because the man had retired, no


one else would use the horsd, the foal had come along, so that was it.


We must tell the stories and try to pass them on, otherwise thex will be


lost and gone forever, so Ddborah is doing great work and trying to


record some of this history. Certainly amassed thousands and


thousands of horses working with them, there are very few of them


left now to remember those days 20 years ago we would have four


pairs of horses working on this farm, because I had people


who could use them. I'm getting older and I find it more


difficult to walk behind thdm like I used to, so in a way I'm seding


the end of an era here. The film should be finished


next spring and will be An exhibition documenting mtch


of the social history of thd time will be touring museums and there


will also be an archive onlhne. This week we have been markhng


the outbreak of the First World War Tonight, the story


of a German born butcher who owned a shop in Peterborough, who fled


the city in fear of his lifd. Frederick Frank opened his shop in


the city in 1881, but in August 1914 On this street a century ago as


war broke out, a city boiled over. Their target was a butcher,


German born Frederick Frank. The shop was surrounded, its windows


smashed, after rumours he h`d spoken The building is now long gone


but the family remain. Jeff Frank among three


generations of butchers. My aunt told me the army escorted


him back to the residence. On the way there,


they were jeered and spat on, and my grandfather had to flee the town


because of certain sections of the He fled Peterborough to


a relative's in Leicester. The story goes that the mayor then


got on his bike and cycled down here One of the few times the act was


read anywhere across the cotntry around that period of time, and it


is believed the only time it was In the city's library, tuckdd away


in the archives, the headlines Steven Perry is a Peterborotgh


historian. Since 1881,


he had served the people well and then on that night, on that Friday


night, they turned against him. Frederick was later arrested


and taken to After this, though,


he didn't return until 1928. There was a lot


of anti`German feeling and ht wasn't The Royal family changed


their name to Windsor. In retrospect, yes, we ought to be


ashamed, but I think it was just With the war in its fledgling


stages, this city became a flash Tomorrow night, Shaun Peel hs


looking at the plan to evactate Nearly 1.5 million people wdre


preparing to leave the county via Church bells would signal


the evacuation. The weather. Alex. We have ` mixed


bag of weather. We will havd a lot of cloud coming in, and somd parts


of the Western region have seen some showers. They will start to fade


through this evening, so much of the evening looks dry was clear spells


before this rain pushes through into the early hours of tomorrow. Not


reaching many of us until 4pm, but some could be on the heavy side


Some persistent rain expectdd tomorrow morning. This weather


system brings warm and humid air, so temperatures for many others are not


getting lower than 16 Celsits. So it looks a wet start tomorrow. This is


a weather friend in question. It will take its time to clear


eastwards, so the east side of the region could stay wet in thd


morning. Expect a wet start where ever you are. A brighter forecast


later on, particularly along the western part where we could sue the


sunshine, and it will be warmer Look at this rain. As it he`ds


eastwards, it gets heavier `nd lingers along the counties. Staying


quite cloudy elsewhere. Somd sunshine as well, so it could be


warm, of the 23 or 24 degreds. As the sunshine comes out, we light


develop some showers and anx of these could be on the short side sub


again, this is a computer prediction of where they might be. For most of


us, it looks like we end thd day on a brighter note with some stnshine,


because it is expected to bd bright in the afternoon. Tomorrow should be


quite breezy with a moderatd southerly wind. This is the pressure


pattern for the end of the week We have low pressure on Friday, a


succession of weather fronts, bringing us some unsettled


conditions for the end of the week and into the weekend, but bdfore


then be held Thursday which looks promising. It will be cooler and


fresher with a northerly direction of the wind, temperatures of the 22


Celsius. There might just bd an isolated shower in the west but for


many others it will be dry. Friday has the chance of some heavx rain, a


bit uncertain, but it is luck in this weather will last until the


Sunday weather could be somd rain around. Elizabeth cooler for the


weekend `` a little bit. We're finishing with a look at what


happened around the region last night as services were held


and lights were turned off to mark the 100th anniversary of Brhtain


entering the First World War. # Help of the helpless, O abide with


me. In all around icy, icy, abide with


me. # The lambs are going out all over


Europe. We shall not see thdm again `` lamps.


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