28/08/2014 Look East - West


28/08/2014

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Good evening. up to the hype.

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We begin tonight with the lorry load of men and women discovered

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It's the second time in less than two weeks that illegal

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immigrants have been found on vehicles in this region.

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This morning, police were called to Frank Perkins Parkway

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This was the moment when police swooped on a lorry

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in Peterborough, after reports that 16 people were hidden inside.

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It has now been confirmed that all 16 were from the North African

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and it is thought they were trying to enter the UK illegally.

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The lorry had just arrived here in Peterborough to deliver parts

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The people inside were discovered at around 9:30am

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The security team at the site called police after the driver said he

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Cambridge police arrested the ten men and six women

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and alerted the Home Office immigration enforcement team.

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The suspected illegal immigrants were to be interviewed

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by enforcement officers before going into police custody.

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A Home Office spokesperson said, we work closely with the police to

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Where someone is found to have no legal right to remain in the UK,

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Thousands of lorries make their way through our region every single day.

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Many of them begin their journeys on the continent, arriving at

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They then make their way along the A14 across Northamptonshire,

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It is the responsibility of the lorry drivers and

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their companies to make sure no`one is hidden inside the vehicle.

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If that happens and they haven't taken adequate

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steps to prevent it, they can be fined ?2000 for each person entering

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Yet less than two weeks ago in the south of our region, 35 people,

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including some children, were rescued from a container in Essex.

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They were Sikhs from Afghanistan and one man died during the crossing.

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The others were found after being heard shouting for help and banging

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A reminder of how dangerous such journeys can be and equally how

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The concern over stowaways could be one of the issues contributing to a

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Haulage firms across the East say they're struggling to

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recruit and they'll soon lose some of the drivers they currently have.

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99% of drivers are over the age of 25 and many reaching retirement

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age are refusing to study for a new qualification,

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meaning after September 10th they'll be unable to drive.

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But it's not an attractive profession for many younger people.

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They'd have to pay thousands of pounds to train and they don't

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I asked the Road Haulage Association whether companies could cover

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But the problem you have with companies, they say,

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I'll train you up, how long are you going to stay with me for?

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Are you going to move down the road for an extra 5p an hour?

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If lifestyle is a factor, surely better pay might make them

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Wouldn't it be better if, like on the continent,

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they have better roadside facilities, supplied by government?

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We have better roadside facilities, truck parts,

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They are secure and it keeps everybody in one place.

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That will cut down on what people call the lifestyle,

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but in fact some people like living in a truck from Monday to

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If it is an ageing industry and all the drivers are not going to

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take this qualification, what kind of situation will we be

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A lot of the drivers, who drive your farmers, are temporary drivers.

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They may be retired and the farmers were calling them during harvest

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If they haven't done the driving licence,

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When the Christmas rush starts in October,

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the drivers aren't going to be there to be called in for holiday relief.

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Eventually, when we haven't got enough drivers, goods in the

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When you go to do your weekly shopping at the major

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97% of everything we use in this country goes by road.

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Obviously the country needs to keep on functioning and we need

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We have got to be able to recruit younger people in the industry.

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It is not just the fact that you start

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in the industry at 18 as a driver and that is that until you are 65.

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There is a career path, a progression if they want to do it.

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They go from driving to office staff, to management,

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I want to ask you about our main story tonight,

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the fact that 16 people have been found in a lorry in Peterborough.

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How much of an issue is that for lorry drivers?

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They don't have monitors to check for CO2 emissions.

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All they have is their eyes and their ears.

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If the vehicle is secure, all the flaps down and secured, if it is a

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box van, if the rear door is locked and secured, as far as they are

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If they carry out these checks that is the best they can do.

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It could be but security at the ports

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Police are searching for an attacker who sexually

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It happened in the early hours of Tuesday morning in this alleyway

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The 20`year`old described his attacker as Mediterranean

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Police in Northamptonshire are failing to record every

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Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Constabularies found that out

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of 82 crimes they reviewed only 65 were properly recorded.

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It's led to concern that some victims aren't getting

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But the inspectors also noted that while some data recording had

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improved, staff were struggling because of a lack of resources.

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Football, and with the transfer window closing on Monday,

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the MK Dons manager says he may struggle to hold onto his players.

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Karl Robinson says he doesn't want to sell but interest

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in his team has grown since the club beat Man United.

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The Dons have drawn League One side Bradford in the next round

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I'll leave you with Claire and the weather forecast.

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The next few days looking cloudy but some good news for Sunday.

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In the time being we are seeing a lot of cloud travelling

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across the country as well as the odd spot or two of rain,

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A rather cloudy and breezy night, but it will mean temperatures

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holding around 12 or 13 degrees so a mild night.

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Tomorrow morning starts on a breezy note.

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It will be bright in places, that cloud rattling across East Anglia.

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The odd spot of rain can't be ruled out and temperatures holding

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This is the picture for the next few days, low`pressure

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moving on with high`pressure moving in from the south.

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In a moment your national forecast, but right now let me leave you with

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Hello! We had a touch of autumn in August, now we are hoping for a bit

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of summer in September, both as a result of former Hurricanes. It was

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Hurricane Bertha that brought cold air a week or two ago, now we have

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another later in the week

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