21/08/2014 Look East - West


21/08/2014

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Good evening. time for the news where you are.

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First tonight, hundreds of police officers from

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four of our forces came together today to stop and search vehicles

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The major routes used by metal thieves,

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burglars and rogue traders to cross county borders and avoid capture.

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Cambridgeshire suffers more from rural crime than anywhere else

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in England, losing ?2.7 million pounds last year.

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In a lay`by on the A1, officers on the hunt

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for those using the region's roads to carry out a rural crime.

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Number plate recognition scanning for illegal vehicles.

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Motorbike police pulling over vans, wanting to take a closer look.

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We have only been here 20 minutes and already a dozen vehicles have

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The officers are checking everything, the driver's details,

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any passengers' details and checking what the vehicles are carrying.

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Theft of metal, we used to have a lot.

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You'll see us pulling in vehicles that are carrying

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tractors and checking and making sure...

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One tractor is as much as ?70,000, probably more.

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Further up the road, a van is seized, full of stolen metal.

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Both of the occupants have been stopped.

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They have been transferred to the local station.

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Mainly it is scrap metal from some containers

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Police out in numbers today, but is it enough to tackle rising

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As much as it is today, this is one tactic.

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There will be covert tactics that will be used and we will really take

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it to communities to give them the service they deserve.

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Today, forces combine to track criminals

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across county boundaries, a costly exercise, but they hope it will

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The wait is over for the region's teenagers earning

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Across the board, the proportion gaining A to C has

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risen, although the number achieving the top A star has fallen slightly.

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Grades in maths have risen sharply, but in English they've fallen,

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something many feel is down to a change

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For the first time in years, emphasis solidly on exams

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and attempts to improve academic standards.

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The pressure evident, not least at this school in Wellingborough.

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It has been good at the same time, as I am working towards something.

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I have had to put in a lot more work, revising more, and I think

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I am concerned about the focus on examinations.

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I don't think life chances should be based on the exam at the end.

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There should be flexibility, so it is fairer to a wider range

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At this school in Luton, some parents also had concerns.

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We had modules previously, it was stress`free as you had time to build

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up to the end result, but this was just the exam and we did struggle.

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Two years ago, this academy was the eighth worst performer in England.

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These are the first school exams that really matter.

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For Vicky and thousands like her it was a nerve`wracking morning.

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More than a third of girls will leave school without

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five GCSEs and according to a leading women's charity many will

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Twice as many women work in low`paid jobs compared to men,

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and they're more likely to need treatment for depression.

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Dr Carole Easton is from the Young Women's Trust.

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She says headlines about girls traditionally out`performing

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Once they get to 18, they are offered a narrow range of jobs,

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there are not as many jobs for them to do and they are being encouraged

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to study and work in traditional roles like nursing or childcare.

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The boys are being given a much broader range of options,

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more apprenticeships, and they are seen to have broader choices

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Young women are told they don't get second chances.

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If they take the wrong subject, they are stuck or, even worse,

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Does this come down to pure gender discrimination?

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I think gender discrimination on some occasions and narrowness

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I think people need help to understand that young women and

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Do we need to rewind a little here and say that careers

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I think careers advice has a mixed reputation among

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the young women we have spoken to and what they say is that they need

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So many young women don't know, many of us didn't either,

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what they want to do at 16, but by the time they get to 21 they may

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know more clearly what they want and they may not be given the second

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So, briefly, what advice would you give young women who have had

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If you have done well, congratulations.

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If you haven't, hang out there for a second chance,

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exam results aren't the be all and end all and you can...

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People do succeed and people do do well and we need to help them

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get the second chances that they might need a little bit later on.

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A man who's suspected of trying to get a gun

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into Northampton Magistrates Court this morning is in police custody.

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The 54 year old was arrested after he triggered the alarm

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It's not yet known whether the gun is real or an imitation.

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There's been speculation today that the American drug giant Pfizer may

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make a fresh bid to buy the UK pharmaceutical firm, AstraZeneca.

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The company is due to begin building a new global headquarters

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Under takeover rules, Pfizer could launch a new bid

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A risk of some showers developing overnight, not for everyone,

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some places stay dry, but there will be some cloud around.

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We start tomorrow with some cloud around, showers should clear,

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then it should brighten up with sunshine coming out.

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Still stays a little on the cool side and a risk

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Highest tomorrow of 18 Celsius with a moderate north`westerly wind.

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In a moment, the national weather, but here is our outlook.

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On Saturday, there will be some sunshine and

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showers around, it is looking like a dry day on Sunday, some chilly

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nights on the way with temperatures down into single figures.

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into a nice, fine day on Sunday with lots of sunshine. Then more rain

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pushes in from the west for the Bank Holiday Monday.

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Good evening. There's a feel of autumn about the weather at the

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moment. It's thanks to the fact we are pulling our off off the British

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Isles from the north making for a cold feel by day and chilly nights.

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Still some showers to contend with across England and Wales. Some heavy

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through the small hours of Friday, particularly around the Bristol

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channel and into the south-east towards the end of the night.

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Further north, the breeze eases. The showers fade away and with clear

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skies, temperatures will fall down into single figures in northern

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England, Northern Ireland and southern and central Scotland. For

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Friday, he wassier showers hanging back across the far south-east of

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England for the morning rush

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