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tonight fighting extradition to Britain after they took their
Up in court ` the Bedfordshire police offhcers
charged with assault, misconduct and perverting the course of justice.
Kettering Hospital faces its toughest test yet.
Three days with more than 30 inspectors checking standards.
Coming up later in the programme, it's transfer deadline day
The BBC radio host who waged a battle this summer with
First tonight, the two police officers from Bedfordshire `ccused
They have been charged with racially aggravated assault,
perverting the course of justice, and misconduct in public office
It follows an incident in Ltton earlier this year where
an autistic man, Faruk Ali, claims he was attacked.
The case has exposed tensions between police and the commtnity
in Luton with court hearings being held today in Aylesbury and Amersham
Let's go live to Neil Bradford who has been in court.
Very serious charges for thdse police officers? Extremely serious
because as police officers, they are used to putting others throtgh the
court system but today it w`s themselves in the dock, not once but
twice, in two separate courts. This morning, they were formally charged
at Aylesbury magistrates before pleading not guilty to the charges
in front of a judge here at Amersham Crown Court.
Leaving court this afternoon, two Police Constables who themselves
PC Christopher Thomas is ch`rged with racially aggravated assault
and along with his colleagud, Christopher Pitts,
perverting the course of justice and misconduct in public office
There are both accused of lying to senior officers
and falsifying notes followhng the alleged assault on Luton man,
It is alleged the 33`year`old, who has severe autism, was beaten
The alleged incident straindd community relations with police
Following an angry public mdeting, both officers were suspended
and Leicestershire Police wdre asked to investigate under
the supervision of the Independent Police Complaints Commission.
Faruk Ali's family say the proceedings have caused
It has been difficult for us, it has upset our daily routhne.
Faruk is very unpredictable at the moment.
He is not his normal self, his behaviour has changed.
It has put on additional stress and anxiety onto the family.
This morning, after a six`month investigation
the two officers were formally charged at Aylesbury Magistrates
before appearing in front of a judge at Amersham Crown Court where they
The Ali family lawyer says he is pleased the case is
Justice is being sought by both the courts and the
Therefore we are very pleasdd with the way things are movhng
very swiftly and we hope justice will be done swiftly also.
PC Christopher Thomas and Christopher Pitts were both
They remain suspended from the Bedfordshire force and will
Both of today's hearings were equally as short. The chargds are so
serious they cannot be dealt with via Magistrates' Court and that is
why they came here to the Crown Court but it is unusual for a case
to be held both in magistrates and Crown Court in the same day, perhaps
an indication of how seriously this case is being treated. Both officers
return here in October. This week Kettering Hospital is
undergoing one The Care Quality Commission,
which oversees standards in all hospitals, recently rated it
as one of five hospitals in England Its last inspection
in January said Kettering f`iled to meet standards in staffing
and the management of medichnes In a moment, we will be talking to
the head of inspections for the CQC. It has been a hospital in crisis,
concerns over care, staffing and Built to cope with half
the number of people it now treats, it has struggled to keep pace with
growing demand. An inspection took place in January
and the Care Quality Commission noted there had been improvdments
in patient care, but the hospital still faildd to
meet standards in how medichne is I think there have been
improvements but we are constantly We know that we get it right
for most of our patients but we know we still have some areas
for improvement and that is what we Accident and Emergency has been
an area of major concern but the hospital now seems to have
turned waiting times around. The government says 95%
of people should be seen at A within four hours but back hn April
2013, that figure A year later, figures had
improved so 99% of patients were Now people who use
the hospital are being asked to have their say on what they think
of treatment here as inspectors The CQC also uses data such
as mortality rates and waiting times to monitor
hospitals in between inspections. In July that led to Kettering
General being rated one of the most The hospital disputes the d`ta
so earlier I asked the CQC's head of inspections how
robust the information is. You have to take data at a certain
point in time and it depends on how long it takes the trust to lonitor
systems so they can be a delay and we have always been open and honest
so you can see that the dat` reuse is old data by going onto the site
and asking the trust to supply us with the most recent data, we can
see just where the trust is at. Let's take a look at the inspection
because you have overhauled the way the CQC dolls inspections, they are
meant to be tougher, how so? We take a team of about 30 for people into
the hospital. We separate into subroutines which cover the eight
core services so they will be one team going into the Accident and
Emergency department, medichne wards, surgical wards, paternity,
children's, outpatients and a team looking at end of life care.
Critical care as well. It mdans we take in specialists so we t`ke in
doctors, nurses, experts by experience so that we can t`lk to
patients, we can talk to st`ff, we can top to medical staff and have
those people on board who h`ve an understanding of what it is like a
king in an NHS Trust. One of the things you want to do is he`r from
the public, that will be tolorrow night, is there not a danger that
only people who have had a bad experience with the hospital will
come forward and tell you? Ht is interesting, when they first started
this programme, that is what I thought, only the people who believe
that would turn up but varidty do turn up. People who have had a good
experience come and say, I have had a good experience of the hospital.
Also people who are just interested in the process and want to hear from
other people and can maybe `dd something to the inspection. It is
tomorrow night at 6:30 at the corn market Hall.
A man who supplied a sawn off shotgun used to shoot a Luton
accountant has been jailed for 15 years.
23`year`old Matthew McCafferty was involved with the shooting of
Mr Ali was shot in the leg after a dispute over a girlfriend.
Both the hitman and Shahzah Mahroof, who ordered the attack,
The number of people reporthng cases of rape is on the increase
but the number of investigations and convictions is going down.
It is something Cambridgeshire Police wants to
change by encouraging more rape victims to come forward.
In August a similar scheme was launchdd
by Hertfordshire police but how effective is an awareness c`mpaign
Just come forward and tell somebody. Eight Ripa victim urges
others to come forward. The message is aimed at those who keep silent
about what has happened to them They speak directly to a tr`ined
officer so they are not going to have two speak to a number of
strange people because this is an upsetting time for them and they
need to feel safe and confident that they have the trust in the police to
deal with it and staying with one officer help that process. Hn
Peterborough, victims of rates and indecent assault can come to this
centre for help. Police forces are under government pressure to be
proactive to encourage more victims of six crimes to come forward. It is
a very difficult subject to talk about. We try and support them, we
believe them and we try and support them to make sure their needs are
met. In Cambridge between April and December 20 12, cases were reported,
119 of them historic offencds inspired by the Jimmy Savild case.
In 2013, there were 4032 cases and so far this year, 381. The trend is
significantly up. It is good that people are coming forward and the
number of reports are going up but the case is getting to court are
actually going down and that gap is really concerning. The reasons why
that is happening are not clear but victims who respond to camp`igns
like this will only come forward if they have confidence of the Criminal
Justice System. 50 years ago today the
Royal Anglian Regiment was formed. It was born out of the mergdr
of nine old county regiments. Yesterday all three battalions came
together in Cambridge to celebrate the Golden Jubilee
and receive the regimental colours Still to come, the comings `nd
goings in the football transfer market, plus Beryl Wilson's home for
75 years. According to the NHS, most people in
the UK are eating too much sugar. It seems that, despite all
the warnings about obesity and diabetes, we find it hard not
to satisfy our sweet tooth. So how would you feel
about giving up sugar altogdther? Well that's what our colleague
James Whale did this summer. James presents the Breakfast show
on BBC Essex and you can sed him We will hear from James
in a moment after this clip from the programme, where J`mes goes
shopping with a dietician. I might come in
and think that getting one Well, until you look at the
packaging, it's difficult to say. If you had three of those,
that would give you 34.6 gr`ms of If I was to actual go through
my shopping in the way that Nicole and I have done today,
I would probably have to add This problem of finding out what is
in your shopping goes to thd heart of it. Unless you take a large
magnifying glass, you're gohng to find it very difficult becatse the
writing is so small. What wd need on packaging is how much each portion,
whether it is a single bisctit or package, should report how luch it
is going to get you should. How difficult did you find it to cut out
sugar? Seriously? Yes! The BBC is full of people who like to bake
cakes. So it is a little bit difficult. If you put your lind to
it and are doing it as a test, it's not that difficult. I don't take
sugar and coffee or tea, I don't put it on cereal and after thred weeks
I'm beginning to lose my swdet tooth. The longer you do it, the
easier it gets. We live in ` society of fizzy drinks and processdd foods.
That is the heart of it. Ye`h. If you want to get fat and unwdll, keep
drinking fizzy drinks and ghve them to your kids. Give your children
processed food. Go to the t`keaway every night. That's what to do. Not
only is there sugar in drinks, it's also unsavoury food as well. Were
you surprised to find that? To find what actually contained sug`r? I
don't think I was surprised but I was surprised how much sugar is
indifferent things. You talk about a can of fizzy juice, you can have 15
teaspoonfuls of sugar. One banana has sugar that is good for xou, but
has around 70 spoonfuls of sugar. I think I was surprised just how much
sugar is in stuff. You went to unhealthy when you started, but did
you feel better? Well as yot can see I am a fine figure of a man What
are you laughing at? I do fdel better but I had to tell yot that as
soon as I had had the test afterwards, they went out and bought
a slab of chocolate and sat in my car feeling very naughty!
And Inside Out returns for a new season this evening.
The football transfer deadlhne is at 11:00pm
Colchester have also replacdd their manager.
Yes, transfers ironically bottom of the
The club says by mutual consent after two years in charge.
They've replaced him with their academy manager.
Tony Humes had some time to come to terms with his new role as lanager.
It's about retaining the phhlosophy of the club and making sure it new
players continue to come through. They were defeated by Peterborough.
It is their worst start for nearly 40 years. August has producdd only
one point. In that run, we have played some very tough teams. We
showed a lot of courage tod`y and had to take that forward. Btt he
hasn't been given the chancd. Tough call, a club legend, made almost 200
appearances. He took over from John Ward two years ago. But latd in
management has been a struggle. The club is any big transition where we
are trying to invest in youth. We can only invest so much in the
player budget. Joe Dunne has managed that. It was just decided that the
best thing was to give someone else a chance. The average life of a
football manager is two years, that's how long he has been in
charge for. He would have h`d much longer. `` wouldn't. They whll
continue to invest in youth. Tony Humes made his name at Ipswhch in
the 80s. We'll see how it p`ns out on Saturday. I'm sure I'll dnjoy it.
That may depend on the results at Walsall.
Now, the big money transfer we're keeping an eye on could takd
Ipswich Town's star striker David McGoldrick possibly
on the verge of a multi`million pound move to the Premier Ldague.
It's understood Leicester's initial ?6.5 million bid was rejectdd.
Let's get the very latest from Jonathan Park who's in Ipswhch.
This was expected to be a btzzy place today. The possible transfer
of David McGoldrick, star striker and top scorer last season. It
hasn't happened sold for thd looks as though he is staying herd,
certainly until the next tr`nsfer in January. It hasn't been met and
Crystal Palace's interest h`s been cooled. The transfer window is open
for a couple of hours, so some nervy moments. You happy the news? Very
happy. It shows the ambition of the club which will be good for
supporters. Moral would havd been low F David McGoldrick had gone
Replacing him would be diffhcult. You worried that they haven't got
into the transfer window brhnging players in? I would like to see a
new right back, but keeping David McGoldrick is like signing `
player. There are two on trhal here today. Both good players in the
past. Whether to go back, I'm not sure. We need goals from midfield,
so maybe one of them. There has been a little bit of business elsewhere
today. The main bit of news is Andrew leaving Norwich city for
Bournemouth, where he was on loan last season. Ryan Watson has joined
from Leicester City, and Aldx Nicholls has joined Exeter. There
are 12 hours left of the tr`nsfer window but so far it seems pretty
quiet `` two hours. Now Neil Adams
at Norwich admits he's under no pressure to sell, and he's still
aiming to bring in a defenddr. Arsenal's Ignasi Miquel is
reportedly close to agreeing a deal. Supporters, though, might bd more
concerned about possible departures. I think Norwich fans would be keen
to see Redmond and Hooper staying beyond today. It remains to be seen
if any other club can take them There are any good financial state.
They don't have two cell but they don't have two cell but thex're not
going to tone down a silly offer as we see money sold Robert St`rdust.
Organisers at Silverstone are hopeful the circuit will be able
The Circuit of Wales has agreed a deal to hold
the British Grand Prix for five years, but the track hasn't been
built yet, meaning MotoGP is looking for a British home for next year.
Colin Montgomerie completed a dominant defence of his thtle
in the Travis Perkins Masters, winning at Woburn by ten shots.
He finished 12 under par, c`pping a brilliant summer after also
After hitting a century to guide England's women to victory over
India, Cambridgeshire's Charlotte Edwards leads the side in the first
of three T20 matches against South Africa at Chelmsford tonight.
The transfer deadline, remelber is at 11:00pm
The football page on the BBC Sport website the best way to follow
Your BBC local radio breakfast bulletins will also
75 years ago today, Beryl Whllson moved into a new house in Ipswich.
It was 1939, the day the Second World War started.
But here's the incredible thing ` Beryl has lived
Beryl Wilson in front of the house in Bradford Lane which
Her mum and dad Mason and M`ude bought the house in 1939 for ?3 5.
When Beryl married John in 0861 they bought the house for ?2000
Yes, well, the back has changed the most, really.
There have been three extensions and the garden has changed a bit since
The children never wanted to move when the younger because thdy
Beryl's daughter Roz visits on a regular basis,
as do the grandchildren and the great`grandchild.
Roz doesn't remember it, but she used to have a bath
in the sink because the house didn't have centr`l
I left full`time work and I drew out my payments, and I had ?183
For that price, we could have had central heating or a new pi`no.
Beryl's husband John, who also played, sadly died recently.
It's been a house where we always had fun
where there has been lots of music, lots of laughter and happindss.
Just a place we always came back to because it was always hole.
So congratulations to the house and to Beryl and the family.
Together, they've had 75 happy years and no doubt there are more to come.
Just like they do in statelx homes! I love the photo of the babx in the
sink. The 1st of September means the
summer is over but it wasn't a bad one. 2014? June, July and the start
of August gave us warm and tnsettled weather. Unfortunately it ttrned
more unsettled for the beginner of the summer holidays. The hottest
temperature recorded across the country was on the 18th of July in
Essex, reaching 32.2 Celsius. Rainfall figures varied, a lot of
that following localised downpours. On the 20th July, Canvey Island saw
90 millimetres of rain. Augtst itself, the Norfolk border solubles
temperature. On the same night, they went down to two Celsius above
freezing. Cambridge had the highest rainfall, a lot of that falling in
heavy downpours between eighth th of August. As for today, we got a
bit more rain as this systel pushed in from the West, introducing
thicker cloud. The rain was shown very, not for everyone, but we don't
have heavy downpours `` showery It will time claggy tonight `` it will
turn cloudy tonight but temperatures staying in double figures. Tomorrow,
the system stays over the top of us, so mist and fog worst thing but we
are expecting a lot of cloud in the few showers, but hopefully
sunshine. Where that happens, temperatures could get up to 20 or
21 Celsius. We finished the day largely dry. It looks like high
pressure stays with us for the risk of the week but the headachd is when
to be how much cloud we get and therefore how much sunshine. We
can't rule out something higher We're back with a summary at 8: 0pm
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Most schools exclude disruptive pupils.
I ain't putting up with this any more.
But one school takes them in and promises five GCSEs.