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

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day. new research helping stroke

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

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

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hounded out of Peterborough? The court heard Harris struck her

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Wearing a rosary, he remained emotionless throughout

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the sentencing. The judge told him he was

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a dangerous young man. by this horrific act.

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

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

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

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fallen off the toilet and hht the floor,

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

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He was sentenced to life in prison today,

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

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

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Dean Harris received today. However,

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

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

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but thinking about my daughter.

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No one understands this pain except those people who are

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experiencing it. My heart reaches out to every parent

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only to suffering the loss of a child.

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Detectives say they are shocked by the callous violence

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

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

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

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Amina's mother Sarah Racquelan was found not guilty

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

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

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

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Amina's father must now livd with the daily pain

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

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Cambridgeshire social services is conducting a serious casd

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

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about Harris's violent past. She said she believed

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in second chances. It's something the NSPCC told

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

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

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

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

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

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

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reasonable caution when thex introduce other adults into the

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Absolutely. Small children suffer from small injuries which tdnd to

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Plans to review services at Bedford Hospital are being discussed this

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

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says it's concerned that thd Accident and Emergency department

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

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

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

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

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

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project to try and understand why some people recover more quhckly

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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also begin language assessmdnts and information from that will go

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towards the overall research programme. It will help nurses to

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

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Younger patients think about returning to work and it cotld help

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them with their speech problems Their work is their livelihoods and

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

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

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

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Drivers on the M1 in Northamptonshire are well used to

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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motorway. This stretch from Northampton to this interch`nge

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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for several more years yet. `` mortar this.

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has worked well. mortar this. `` motorists.

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Rail travellers using the wdst coast mainline through Northamptonshire

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and Milton Keynes are facing disruption to services throtghout,

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

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

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

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

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

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the route before travelling. The Rail Users Group says

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

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fans. The gymnast Max Whitlock,

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who trains in Essex, says success at the Commonwdalth

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

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

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

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his own hopes and expectations. Before the competition I just

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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of the gymnasts If you see gymnasts falling off

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

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

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

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

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

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care how the others do? We have been mates

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

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

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

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from your family. What is it

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like sitting there watching? If I am nervous,

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

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

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

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

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

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of an understatement. We love the opportunity

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

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

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is, it involves You have been supporting hil

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

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

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

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

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him go from strength to strdngth. Probably since the year

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

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

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

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the goals is that he wants. We have always thought

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he was special. Max said that he started focusing on

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

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way. There was a time

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

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

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

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

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by Nayland. The actors are being made rdady

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so too the forge. Anything contemporary must go or

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shielded discreetly from vidw. The film is called

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

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group based in Littleport. Funded by the Heritage Lottdry,

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

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

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called drawing oils which would draw the horse to you,

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

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

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

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

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horses on this farm for 35 xears and it is only

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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record some of this history. Certainly amassed thousands and

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

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

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

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

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

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

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next spring and will be An exhibition documenting mtch

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

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

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the outbreak of the First World War Tonight, the story

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

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

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

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

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

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

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but the family remain. Jeff Frank among three

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generations of butchers. My aunt told me the army escorted

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him back to the residence. On the way there,

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

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because of certain sections of the He fled Peterborough to

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

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

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

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

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in the archives, the headlines Steven Perry is a Peterborotgh

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historian. Since 1881,

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

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night, they turned against him. Frederick was later arrested

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and taken to After this, though,

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

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

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

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

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

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looking at the plan to evactate Nearly 1.5 million people wdre

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preparing to leave the county via Church bells would signal

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Some persistent rain expectdd tomorrow morning. This weather

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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succession of weather fronts, bringing us some unsettled

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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happened around the region last night as services were held

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

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

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me. In all around icy, icy, abide with

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me. # The lambs are going out all over

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

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