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Hello and welcome to Tuesday's Look East.

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Rail fares are on track to rise again in the

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New Year but are commuters darning enough to afford the hike?

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What the British taxpayer and commuter faces is a botched rail

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privatisation that has left us pay more for a worse service th`n

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anywhere else in Europe. The postcode lottery

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for dementia care. How some families are having to find

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the money themselves to covdr We'll be here later

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in the programme. As the curtain falls on MotoGP at

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Silverstone, the Northamptonshire circuit says it's hopeful this

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year's meeting won't be its last. And making hay while the sun shines

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and it's all in a good causd. Price rises won't

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put passengers off. How the rail industry has rdsponded

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to fare increases announced today. From January,

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season ticket holders in thhs region will have to pay hundreds

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of pounds more for their regular journeys as costs are expected to go

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up by an average of 3.5%. In fact,

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fares have risen by 24% since 2 10. In a moment,

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we'll hear from the Rail Delivery Group, which represents

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the train companies, but first this These are the train companids the

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crisscross our region. Come January, the cost for travelling on

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all of them will be a lot more. The region's newest train station and

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commuter said prices were too high. It cost me ?50 to go one wax to

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London this morning. They are expensive enough already. If I

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bought an open`ended return from here in Corby to the capital, it

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would cost me ?105 50. With a 3 5% rise, that there will go up to just

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over ?109. The town's MP saxs rail travellers are being ripped off

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What the British taxpayer and commuter faces is a botched rail

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privatisation that has left is paying more for a worse service than

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anywhere else in Europe. We need to look at the example of the Dast

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Coast in our region where wd have had a not`for`profit operator doing

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well to improve services. There is a different way of providing rail

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travel in this country. A 3.5% rise would see a season ticket from

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Huntingdon to King's Cross climb to more than ?5,000, an increase of

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?169. From Corby into the c`pital, 12 months travel would cost nearly

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?7,700. Commuters have to p`y these prices. But if you are paying that

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sort of money, and you have worked hard on the Friday, what yot want is

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to get home on time and get a seat. If you are paying that monex, you

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want to ensure you're getting a good journey. Passengers once ag`in face

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an annual train fair race: Higher ticket prices fast approachhng while

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wages are standing still. So when you buy a rail tickdt,

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where does your money actually go? Well, the largest part, 26%,

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goes to investment in the ndtwork. Staff costs and track maintdnance

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are next snd the smallest portion But the Rail Delivery Group,

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which represents the industry, says it does understand why

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passengers are angry. I know that nobody likes to pay more

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for their train travel but the money that we get from fares

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is helping to pay for the f`ster journeys, the better stations,

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the nicer carriages that passengers And those improvements

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are happening. We're transforming our railway

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into the best railway in Europe But there are a lot

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of people who say rail fares are increasing across England

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and the investment only seels to be happening in very small are`s

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and small pockets and they don't Well, I can tell you that

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in your region, there's going to be ?20 million spent by Greater Anglia

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on improving its InterCity fleet. In other parts of the country,

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we're electrifying lines, Across the country, we're ilproving

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the railway and passengers `re telling us, independent surveys are

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telling us that we've got Have we got one of the most

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expensive railways in Europd? I don't think that's entirely fair.

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The issue with fares is one of two sides. There are regulated fares and

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governments have decided to increase those above inflation. We also have

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unregulated fares were train companies control prices. What they

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are keen to do is want to gdt more people to travel by train. We don't

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think it will price people of the railway. If it is all about

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passenger satisfaction, let's take these statistics. A transport

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charity says that since 2010, rail fares have risen by 24%. Has

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passenger satisfaction risen by as much? I don't know how much

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passenger satisfaction has risen since 2010. The passenger w`tchdog

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survey said satisfaction in 199 was 76% now it is 82%. We have 600

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million more journeys a year now. The Chancellor intervened in the

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Autumn statement and said, we will not allow fares to rise above a

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certain level. A lot of people are calling for him to intervend yet

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again. Forward that do to your plans for investment? We would be able to

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continue investing. Investmdnt is committed for the next five years.

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Network Rail will spend ?30 billion over the next five years on building

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better railways and I don't think... And I think that investment

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will continue. It's recognised

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as the biggest health issue Dementia already affects millions

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of people but a new report shows they're still struggling to get

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the help they need. It's been compiled

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by the former Northampton MP Sally Keeble, who says families f`ce

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a postcode lottery when it comes to care and many are forced to find

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the funding themselves. Alma is 89 and a dementia stfferer.

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Last year, she was living at home but then she had a fall on the

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stairs and was taken to hospital. She is modelled with the delentia

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and within a week, everything had gone. She couldn't do anythhng for

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herself. We started the journey looking for care homes in ftnding.

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That was when the problems began. Funding is based on a medic`l

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assessment and the family h`d been told she doesn't qualify. They are

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appealing. She needs turning every two hours, she needs feeding and

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changing. She can't do anything for herself. Everybody has got to think

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for her. Alma is being lookdd after at this care home. If the f`mily can

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prove she had medical needs, the NHS would pay back because she doesn't

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meet the criteria, the cost will have to be borne by the famhly and

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their assets and that is st`nding at ?700 a week. Across Britain, 80 ,000

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people have been diagnosed with dementia but the number getting

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funding stands at 59,000. Symptoms... Needs around washing and

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dressing was originally unddr social care. Research shows that w`y you

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live in the country can affdct whether you get funding. It's really

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important that the decision`making processes transparent and that

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families don't have this awful feeling that they have got lost in

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the process. The commissionhng group that assessed Alma said thex

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followed all national guidelines laid down by the government. The

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family said they will continue to appeal.

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The Health and Safety Executive is investigating an incident

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in rural Cambridgeshire tod`y in which a man was critically hnjured.

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The emergency services, including a hazardous area response

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team, were called to an app`rent gas explosion at the Produce Connection

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on the A10 Ely Road in Chittering just before 9am.The

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company at Chear Fen is a national potato supplier.

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Over the next few months, ?50 million worth

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of grants are to be handed out to companies in Cambridge.

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The money will be used to encourage small businesses in the hi`tech

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cluster so they can invest in growth and hopefully gendrate

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The hi`tech industry is already thriving in Cambridge.

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In fact, the city has the l`rgest collection of science`based

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businesses in the whole of Durope with more than 1,500 companhes

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Stuart Ratcliffe has been to one firm set to benefit from a grant.

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This company is bursting at the seams. It now employs 30 st`ff from

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nothing. We have got boxes `nd files, paper. People are sitting in

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cupboards. We are growing f`ster than we can build. But the building

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work has started now. The company has developed software allowing

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video and film to be archivdd. There are museums. There are sports

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federations, broadcasters, BBC, ITN. In total, CAIS will get ?1.4

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million. The money is coming from here. All new job creation xou see

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in the economy comes from early`stage businesses as they grow

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rapidly. We are here to try to keep these promising businesses. We want

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to help them grow but stay hn a cluster and create employment and

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upscale people for the next generation of jobs. Where ever you

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look, it's clear this clustdr is booming. We have even thought about

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opening facilities in San Francisco but fundamentally, the software is

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as good as the people who ddvelop it and this is where we are finding the

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right people so this is where we have decided to be.

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A decision on whether a controversial development ndar Corby

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The Brookfield Recovery Park is earmarked for woodland near Gretton.

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The developer claims it could create 3,000 jobs over 10 years

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but the plans for the waste recovery plant have received more th`n 3 0

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Time now to join Stewart and Susie for the rest of the programle.

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Lovell, are drowned out by the two litters. I have a constant sound of

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aircraft roaring through my head every day. It is not quiet. It is so

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loud that the Cochlear impl`nt hardly works because the two litters

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`` tonight 's is masking it. Peter can now lip read his wife btt the

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The scale of violence in prhsons in this region has been revdaled

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in a confidential document leaked to BBC East.

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Today, the Justice Secretary Chris Grayling

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denied the service was in crisis. But prison officers are reporting

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a surge in attacks and suicides behind bars.

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Recent examples include Chelmsford Jail, where staff had to withdraw to

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safety after losing control of a wing.

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A squad of specially trained officers were called in.

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While at Peterborough Prison, officers and inmates were injured

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in six outbreaks of violencd in recent weeks.

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In a moment, a campaigner for prison reform.

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That's after this from our home affairs correspondent Sally Chidzoy.

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Overcrowded and understaffed, presents have been under motnting

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pressure for years. In Chellsford error this month, former prhsoners

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climbed onto netting to encourage other inmates to join in. Sdrious

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assaults on prisoners and staff have shot up by over one third in a year,

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with self harm and suicide cases also rising. It can be hard to get a

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detailed picture of what is going on behind the walls but these detailed

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reports shall just that. `` show. In Peterborough, and offer was scolded

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and earlier this month a prhsoner was slashed from ear to most. ``

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mouth. The Justice Secretarx admits the service is under pressure but

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says it is not as bad as it was Violence today is that a lower level

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than it was five years ago. We have challenges from an increased

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population and we are meeting those challenges and recruiting more stuff

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but I am clear that there is no crisis. The errors pressure but no

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crisis. Experts on prisons say the government cannot ignore wh`t is

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happening, the high level of assaults and the number of prisoners

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self harming. Let's hear from Juliet Lyon,

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director of the Prison Reform Trust. The report highlighted worrxing

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levels of violence. What do you think the reason is? We are seeing

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not only a rise in violence, which is very worrying, but a redtction in

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staffing levels. It is no coincidence that prisons ard under

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such a high degree of presstre. You have to have enough high qu`lified

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staff to run them. The Justhce Secretary has admitted that they are

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under pressure but he says ht is not a crisis, do you agree? It depends

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upon how you define a crisis. We have a public service that hs there

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to hold people securely and safely and in many places it seems not to

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be doing so. Around half thd people that leave are convicted ag`in, and

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you have this rise in violence and suicide, and massive budget cuts,

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and the Justice Secretary who is driving a reform programme that I

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would suggest is befitting tndue pressure on public services. `` is

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putting. We should expect them to try to reduce reoffending, `nd

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simply hanging onto the reshdent population and trying to reduce

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deaths. We really need to look ahead much further and ask serious

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questions about what prisons are for and who should be behind bars? Why

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do we not make sure they'd hs not adequate staff in prisons across the

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country? In the short`term hs at all about money funding? `` mondy and

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funding. It is not all about money but it plays an important p`rt. The

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benchmarking process the costs down to the lowest private prison costs,

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and that has meant losing staff and changing conditions of servhce and

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making equipment for diffictlt. It is also about morale. A decdnt

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person runs not only on this plan `` on discipline but enabling people to

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learn skills and do jobs within the present, and about prisoners and

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staff working together to m`ke sure it is a decent place. That hs hard

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being cut back and people are being cut back and people are

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feeling anxious. Silverstone, the home of thd

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British Grand Prix, is getthng ready for the biggest motorcycling event

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in this country, the Moto GP. But there is now a big question

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mark over the future of the event. The race promoters have signed

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a contract to switch the GP to a new circuit in Wales.

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But the venue isn't ready ydt and Silverstone is confident this

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month's racing won't be the last at the Northamptonshire circuit

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Our sports editor Jonathan Park has spent the day therd.

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Britain's fastest on two whdels promoting the world's biggest bike

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race. It is claimed this ye`r's might be the last for some time and

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it is heading to a field in Wales. Britain's top riders are not

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convinced. It is not easy to build the racetrack and all the associated

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things so until we see something concrete it will be hard to say It

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could be anything. The layott looks pretty good but we have to see how

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it is in real life. I will be sad to miss Silverstone itself. Thhs is

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still only a computer`gener`ted image with no financial backers yet

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found, but the developers are looking for government financial

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support. Representatives today visited Silverstone. We are the only

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ones qualified to run the r`ce. Donington came up with investment

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and the circuit in Wales dods not yet exist and they need to raise the

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money to build that circuit. If the race cannot be run in 2016 hn Wales

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then it could be up for grabs again. Silverstone want to keep thd race

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but were not prepared to agree to the financial terms offered in the

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new contract. The margins are tight and despite well over 100,000 fans

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paying to watch the race, it is not a big moneymaker for Silverstone.

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Silverstone said that when they tried to get government support to

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keep the British Grand Prix, the government rejected their attempts.

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We see a great project going on inside of Wales but we have to be

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patient and see what goes ahead Right now we have a great f`cility

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and I have some great memorhes from the last format years and I am

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looking forward to making others. Conservationists launched a project

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today to restore precious whldflower meadows in the Norfolk countryside.

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It's being done by cutting green hay and using the seeds to

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supply farmland locations, which have seen their meadows decline

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Prince Charles has been involved and it's being backed by a number

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of local conservation groups. It's already been tried oncd, last

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year, and it appears to be working. Wild flowers lining the roads,

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unnoticed by drivers but abundant in South Norfolk.

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Here we have knapweed, this purple one.

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We have birdsfoot trefoil, the yellow one, and this ond, which

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has gone to seed, is sulphur clover, and that's nationally endangered.

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And it is seeds from this plant they need to create

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new wildflower meadows becatse there has been a dramatic decline.

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Once upon a time, most of the meadows in lowland England

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would be very much like this. In the last 70`odd years,

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we have seen massive changes in agriculture and most hay today

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is produced from fields of just one or two different species of grass.

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They are very productive and they produce fantastic hay

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but they do not have the mix of wild flowers you get with this.

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Today they are cutting down and collecting what they call green hay.

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All across the country, teams of conservationists are doing

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exactly that. It is part of the Coronation Meadows

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project, to commemorate the Queen's Diamond Jubilee.

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From this roadside, it takes a short journey.

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We have a handful of farmers who have prepared the ground

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and then we bring in the grden hay, and it is essential for the seed

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soil contact to have bare ground. Once the hay is covered,

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the seed settles and hopefully we will get germination.

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Restoring and recreating meadows will provide

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rare habitats which insects, small birds and mammals depdnd on.

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By next summer, this area of ground will hopefully

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be knee`high full of wild flowers, the basis of a new meadow, `nd we

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hope for more funding to expand this project right across Norfolk.

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Fans of MK Dons queued around the block this morning

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for tickets for the Cup gamd against Manchester United.

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It's being described as the biggest match in the club's history.

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Some fans camped out overnight as 29,000 tickets for the

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Capital Cup match at Stadiul MK went on sale this morning.

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It's 19 years since United were involved

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at this stage of the compethtion. The fixture was sold out

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by this afternoon. Big,

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big game and we're going to win it. Nothing to do with me but

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for my sons, I have been in the queue since :30

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for them. I've been up since 6:30.

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It means a lot because I both support both teams

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and it's for my birthday. I've been here

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since half past seven. Why?

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Buying tickets for friends. For friends!

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Aren't I good? Very lucky friends.

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They are. I hope they are watching it too

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I deserve a reward. You should not give up on some are

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just yet but we had in for ` cooler week. Temperatures remaining below

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normal and also showers arotnd and a chilly night West tonight probably

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the coldest since the start of the summer. This week whether front has

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brought showers across the region and we currently have some of those

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showers lingering, but quitd a lot of gaps and sunshine to end the day.

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A lot of these showers have been liked but the odd headache one and

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currently quite a few around Peterborough. They are clearing so

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you can expect them to feed overnight, so any showers whll be

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heading out towards the North Sea and a largely dry night but

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temperatures may plummet tonight. These are the sort of values we can

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expect tonight, but some pl`ces it in the countryside, five Celsius is

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possible. `` out in the countryside. Bright with sunshine through the

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morning and in the afternoon we will develop more cloud and that could

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produce more showers. They will be mostly isolated but the odd heavy

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downpour could be possible. Temperatures remaining cool at

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around 18 Celsius and a light to moderate north`westerly wind and the

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risk of more showers. This hs the pressure pattern for Thursd`y, with

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more clouds being introduced and perhaps the odd shower but xou can

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see high pressure building from the south`west. This promises some

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slightly more settled weathdr for the past part of the weekend, but it

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also may mean that temperattres return to normal by the start of

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next week. Quite a cloudy d`y expected for Thursday and the chance

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of sunshine and showers on Friday, but we start the weekend looking guy

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with sunny spells but not bdfore some chilly nights.

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That's all from us, have good evening. Good night.

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