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In Look East tonight: So it's goodbye from me,

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Flights suspended and the terminal evacuated.

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The bomb squad is called to a major security alert at Luton airport.

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Also tonight: our reporters at Luton and Stansted

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Police open another investigation into alleged abuse at a former

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It wasn't punishment. Children were punched in the face. And the

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remarkable story of Harrison, whose parents were advised to switch off

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his life`support machine when he was just four weeks old.

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First tonight a full scale security alert has just

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been called off at Luton Airport, after a suspect package was blown

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Armed police were called to the scene this afternoon.

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The airport was evacuated and flights diverted to other

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We'll be talking to our reporter Louise Hubball

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at Stansted in a moment, first let's go live to Luton and get

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Within the last 15 to 20 minutes, the airport has begun to reopen. The

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police cordons have disappeared and the emergency service vehicles have

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finally drifted away. Flights have started taking off although they

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appeared to be private aviation jets. Earlier today, there were no

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incoming flights, nothing landing here because after 1:30pm, a

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suspicious package was found in a security search area. The bomb

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disposal team were called in and they carried out a controlled

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explosion, just after 5pm. It does appear that on this occasion, it was

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a false alarm. It looks as though the police are

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not taking any chances, are they? Certainly not. Remember, the UK's

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threat level has recently been increased. The days away from the

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anniversary of the September the 11th bombings. These are well

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rehearsed plans for airports around the country and Luton is no

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exception. Luton is slightly different in that there is a one

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runway, one terminal airport. Flights have to be diverted and

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passengers have to be taken away from the terminal.

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It's slightly different now as people are making their way to the

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terminals. Earlier, people were sitting on these banks, waiting for

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news. We arrived at the roundabout and we were not let out. We were

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diverted back to the town centre of Luton. There was a situation here.

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We don't know anything. We were queueing up for food and we saw

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everyone being evacuated. We didn't know what was going on and they told

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us to get out. Although the airport is reopening, it's going to be an

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exceptionally difficult evening for passengers. Tomorrow will be pretty

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awful as well. EasyJet say they have cancelled 12 flights tonight. A

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difficult day for passengers at Luton.

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Louise flights have been diverted to the airport this

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The message here is that there is no impact. All flights are rowing to

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reschedule, I'm told. Also, although, as you mention, six planes

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were diverted to Stansted, there doesn't appear to have been any

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knock`on impact to the timetable from that. The airport tells me they

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deal with 60,000 passengers a day. That's around 600 flights. Those

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extra six planes have not made much of a difference. What is

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interesting, having spent the afternoon here, as people have

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landed, they got off the plane, check their phone for the latest

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news and they've heard about what has happened. They have been worried

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and so from that point of view, this has had a knock`on impact for all

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air passengers. A fourth investigation has been

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launched into allegations of abuse at an old children's home

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in Bedfordshire. Police now believe there could

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hundreds The police themselves first looked

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into claims of abuse at St Francis boys' home more than 20 years ago

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but no one has ever been charged. Our home affairs correspondent

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Sally Chidzoy reports. Surrounded by boys, priest Father

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John Ryan, now dead comedy is at the of abuse allegations, along with

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other clergy and staff at the home in Beds. It was inside this old

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building that the victims say they were sexually, emotionally and

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physically abused in the 1940s, 1950s and 1960s. All three previous

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investigations came to nothing. But now police have revealed to

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surviving suspects have been identified. Our main focus now is to

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concentrate on suspects that are still alive. I've got a small team

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working with me and my aim is to gain sufficient evidence to charge

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those individuals and for them to be brought to justice. Detectives say

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they believe what went on in this place was horrendous. This fresh

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investigation will focus not only on new alleged victims that have made

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contact with police but ex`residents and witnesses, including those who

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first cave statements two decades ago. We have 34 victims that have

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come forward, to date. We have in excess of 70 potential witnesses to

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speak to. In recent days, we have had more victims come forward. We

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could be looking at several hundred victims coming forward. There will

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be quite a percentage of those will be giving evidence against suspects

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who are deceased but is only when we speak to these people at length that

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we can then identify the suspect is still alive. Police have so far

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traced some alleged victims across Europe, the United States and

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Australia. Detectives believe many more victims have yet to come

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forward to help unlock the dark and damaging secrets at Saint Francis

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boys home. When the investigation was closed

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last November, former residents said Earlier tonight I asked one of them,

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David Cox, how he felt about today's news that

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the police were reopening the case. I think the best way to describe

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today's muses frustratingly happy. Frustrating, because it is the third

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investigation, or now before. We've had three investigations since the

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early 1990s and all of them have come to nothing. I am happy because

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it is now being led by a senior investigator with a dedicated team

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and it seems as though they will go back to square one and investigate

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fully, right from the very first investigation. Hopefully, no stone

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will be unturned. In going back to the beginning, it is very likely

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that you and other residents will have to face going through your

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statements yet again. How do you feel about that? And necessary evil,

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I think the best way to describe it. I have to keep revisiting the same

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subject and it is slightly traumatic. Under the circumstances,

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if we can get closure out of it, one way or another, I think it is a

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necessary evil. It has to be done. You have said before that you were

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very seriously physically abused. You were beaten. Yeah. What happened

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at the home, at the hands of the priests and nuns, was brutality. It

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wasn't corporal punishment. It was absolutely brutal. Children were

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punched in the face. They were caned until they bled on their backsides

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and the tops of their legs. They were kicked. They were thrown

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through doors. You know, it is very, very hard when I meet up with the

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other old boys to listen to some of the stories and my own abuse. Do you

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think that the likes of operation you tree and the fact the spotlight

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is very much of... `` Operation Yewtree. I think the fact that this

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operation, which involved Jimmy Savile, which I might have had

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connections with my home, the fact that became a such a high`profile

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case and that so many celebrities have been into this operation, it

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has had more prominence on the news and the social media. Yes, it has

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reached out to a lot more people. People who may well have not

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bothered to do anything about it are now looking into it themselves and

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saying, yes, in actual fact, I was at that place and I was abused. Yes,

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I think I will come forward. The police want anybody with a think

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can help to contact them in confidence or

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lorries queueing at the level crossing near Ely station. Cars can

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use the underpass but high vehicles have to wait for the barriers to go

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up. At the busiest times, that causes congestion. Councillors have

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new dash now approved a new bypass. We get so much heavy traffic come

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this way and it is the only sensible solution. It is needed but it is a

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shame in a way. I'm thinking of the view and the wildlife. I have been

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here for 50 years and that would be the best thing that has ever

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happened. This is the view of Ely Cathedral that you see as you

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approach the city from the south. Some people fear building the bypass

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would ruin that view for ever. Others say it would help to reduce

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congestion, shorten journey times and bring economic benefits. It is

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violent dash vital for the wider community. We have had people here

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who talk about being held up by the railway. The rail industry went more

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trains to go from Ely. Something has to happen and this is the something.

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The new bypass would be one long, crossing the river. Some people

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remain strongly opposed to the idea. Naturally, English Heritage is

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disappointed about the outcome of today's meeting and the decision of

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the County Council's planning committee, who have been minded to

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approve the application, as we believe there is not a

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justification. Opponents say there are alternatives, such as making the

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existing underpass bigger so all vehicles could use it. Arguments

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like this have prompted Eric pickles to step in, meaning the final

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decision could be out of the County Council 's hands. `` Eric Pickles.

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They're a new type of school which the government says will

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Two more University Technical Colleges are

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There are now sites in Harlow, Silverstone, Daventry and

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a brand new one on the Cambridge Biomedical campus near Addenbrookes

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The new term has begun but these classrooms still are not ready. For

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the time being, the students are being taught off site but they are

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among the first batch to join the new technical college. These are the

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super labs. It's a bridge between school and the world of work. It is

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so big and I think it is totally amazing. When I saw the offer of a

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school that specialises in biomedical science, I thought this

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is the opportunity for me. It's a major stepping stone between school

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and industry. It will give me experience with employers. There are

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brilliant links here with Adam Brooks and other external companies

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and businesses so I can definitely get into the science industry that

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way, to the opportunities that I will have. For years, employers have

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complained that schools were not turning out work ready students but

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today the government continued to roll out its cancers. Students

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joined them at age 16 and do normal GCSEs but in addition, they are

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taught technical subjects. In this case, biomedical and environmental

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science and technology. We have state`of`the`art laboratories, way

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beyond even a first year university student would see. Our model is that

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we learn that the academics and apply them in real life challenge

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projects so that students are thinking and having to delve into

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the depths of the subject. Students here will work from 8:30am to 5pm,

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another nod towards the world of work. Another one is due in

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Peterborough next year. Work is continuing here and across three

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floors of this new technical College, which is almost the size of

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Old Trafford. Those patterns on the front represent viruses, one of the

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many topics to be taught here in just two weeks time.

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Cambridge University has decided that all HGVs used

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by its contractors must be adapted with pedestrian

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The university is planning a billion pounds of development

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in the city over the next five years and says it wants the trucks

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of two`year`olds here as more than doubled on September last year.

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There's 17 families on the waiting list. The nursery may have to

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expand. It's a great opportunity for the

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families to be able to access the two`year`old funding. However,

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there's a slight worry that the nurseries, you know, we may expand

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too big and then won't be able to provide the quality for what the

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two`year`olds need to be able to develop. Under new law, over 250,000

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two`year`olds from middle income families can have 15 hours a week

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free childcare. In some areas, increased demand could be met with a

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blank. In Northamptonshire, there are 3380 children eligible for

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funding but less than 900 active registered child minders, a drop

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from 1200. The main reason people report to us they've left is all the

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recording of the development meaning they can't spend precious time with

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the children and you have to get that balance right.

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At this country park, a fun day to raise awareness of child minding.

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Nicky has been in the job for three years. She loves every moment, but

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she says many new recruits lose their way, bogged down by

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bureaucracy and legislation. It's only changed in 2012 and they have

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already brought in new regulations for September of this year. As a new

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childminder registering, they have qualified under one bit of

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regulation, then it's changed again. It's the constant rolling of paper

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work. Nikki has been inundated with inquiries. Luke has been one of the

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lucky one. Jive been lucky to find Nikki. Friends have had problems

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finding places. I don't have to travel too far to get him to the

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ideal place. Quality, affordable childcare should be the building

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blocks of a strong economy, but if those working parents can't find it,

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those two`year`olds may just have to stay at home.

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A mother from Luton is campaigning for tighter regular laces on beauty

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salons after her daughter suffered serious burns `` regulations.

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Harleigh Kay wasn't given the recommended allergy test by the

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salon and suffer add serious reaction. Her mother's campaign

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features on Inside Out and has attracted 2,000 followers on

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Facebook. I kept thinking every day it would get better and better but

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it got worse and worse. Her face, eyes and nose, just swollen. I could

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hear her struggling to swallow. I thought at one point that I was not

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going to be here for much longer, trying to breathe and knowing how

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that feels is absolutely petrifying. I was crying, I was scared, I didn't

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know what the final outcome was doing to be. When the consultant

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said she would need an extensive eye test, I was really scared.

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The British Association of Beauty Therapy and Cosmetology also

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wants the industry regulated to protect customers.

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Earlier Carolyn Cross from BABTAC told me Harleigh's injuries were

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Preventible. You are told that clients coming for any sort of

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tinting should have a patch test done at least 24 hours before they

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have the treatments. That doesn't matter whether a Klein's been having

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this treatment done for years, if they go to a new salon, that still

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should test them. So without any regulation, does it mean anyone

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without any proper training could set up a beauty salon? Very sad to

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say but that is the case at the moment. I trained over 35 years ago.

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It's a different industry now as it was then. The beauty industry is

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stepping into more advanced cosmetic treatments and therefore some sort

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of regulation does need to be looked at. The consumer needs that

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protection so I'm hoping things will change in the future and the

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Government will become more aware of this.

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Why do you think up until now the Government's been reluctant to do

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anything? I think because of the way beauty treatments have been viewed

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perhaps, you know, often people think that a beauty salon will offer

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a manicure, med cure, now we are seeing them offering more advanced

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treatments and the training behind them is critical. They need to have

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the correct qualifications and standards behind them so they can

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get the correct insurance to protect themselves and the consumers. People

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watching, what should they look for when they go to a salon for the

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first time? I'm really glad you have asked this question, I'll often say

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when you go into a salon, don't be frightened to ask, do they have

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qualified staff, have a look out for the qualifications. Quite a few may

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put their qualifications on the wall behind reception, so don't be

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apprehensive to ask the questions. The salon should be proud to say

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yes, my staff are qualified, they have recognised qualifications. That

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then should be reassuring the client that they are in safe hands. If by

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any chance they have a bad reaction to something like Harleigh did, what

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should they do? They certain shrill should contact the salon

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straightaway and they should offer you good support. If they are

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qualified, verified and insured, they will be able to give customers

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correct advice and guidance needed. Now a story about a child taken

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seriously ill soon after he was born when she was four weeks old. The

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parents of Harrison Greater Manchester were adviced by doctors

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that it was time to switch off his life support machine `` Harrison

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Grahame. He had meningitis and there were fears he could be severely

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brain damaged. Now this week, he's starting school. Like any

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four`year`old, Harrison's full of energy and, like any parents, his

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mother's anxious about him starting school. Kelly's trepidation is mixed

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with pride because things could have been so different.

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When he was a baby, Harrison developed group B meningitis. Within

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weeks, they faced a terrible decision. When you hear that word

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you go into complete panic. It's the end of the world, it's devastating.

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He had hundreds of wires coming out of his head with a knitted hat. The

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doctors spoke to us and told us that, in their experience, a child

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having that amount of medication would only be able to breathe for

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himself, he wouldn't hear, see, walk or talk, he'd be trapped in his own

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body. Great Ormond Street Hospital advised they switch off the life

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support machine. They cried a lot, talked a lot, saw a psychologist and

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told their family. But the day they went to say goodbye, Harrison

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started breathing for himself. It was Harrison, our little boy, who

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is a complete fighter, an amazing child and a little miracle and he

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done it all by himself. Four years on, Harrison's like any other child,

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looking up to his big brother and copies everything he does. His

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family can't believe how lucky they are to see him go to school. It's a

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huge transition for me, but an amazing moment. We are so proud of

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him. He's recovered more than what I thought. Someone to play with and

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argue with. Harrison's favourite thing at the moment is his new toy

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tractor and spending time with his brother. They may argue

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occasionally, but even that is something the family is grateful

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for! Isn't that just a great story. A

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lovely story. Quite emotional.

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Let's get on with the weather. I'm going to start off by saying

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thank you to Steve for sending in this amazing picture of the morning

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mist and sunshine. Many of us will be waking up to

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scenes like this tomorrow morning. Let's take a look at today's highs.

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It was cooler on the coast with the on shore wind. Loads of sunshine

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around today with hardly a cloud in the sky for much of the day. We are

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starting to see thicker cloud move down from the north though. We'll

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have areas of cloud around tonight but a lot of clear skies too. Some

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mist and perhaps dense fog patches for some of us. A range of

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temperatures, a lot of the values will be where we have built up

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areas, so anything between nine and 12. In some rural spots, we could

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drop down to a chilly five. We have the very light winds too. It may

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take a while for the mist and fog to clear. We have high pressure in

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charge so it means a dry start to the day even though it will be

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chilly. Another try day with decent sunny

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spells. Temperatures at best around 19,

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perhaps 20. Inland, we could see again around 22. A light

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east`to`north`east wind. On shore around the coast, temperatures will

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be a degree or so lower here and we finish the day dry and fine with

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some seeing more sunshine than others. That sets the scene for the

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rest of the week. The amount of sunshine will affect

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the temperatures. We may see something higher than 18 on

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Wednesday and Thursday. We keep light winds and these are

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your overnight lows. Rural spots will probably stay on the chilly

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side. I've got a charity golf tomorrow.

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Looks all right! It does. Lucky you. Goodbye.

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