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Taking guns off our streets. it from Edinburgh we
Northamptonshire Police announces its first amnesty in over a decade,
An over`reaction or a sensible precaution?
Reaction to the security sc`re which brought Luton Airport to
The motorcycle drag racer who survived a crash
And, the ex`servicemen from this region getting re`dy
Will it improve safety on the streets or leave weapons
That is the question being `sked of Northamptonshire Police aftdr they
It is the first time in a decade that the force has
Back in 2003, more than 500 guns and nearly 1,300 rounds
This is why police do not w`nt guns in criminals' hands.
In Northamptonshire, more than 350 weapons were crushed and
Locked away in the police armoury, there is an array of firearls.
All of these weapons have bden recovered by officers here
Here we have a sawn`off shotgun that was taken from a burgl`ry.
Now, there will be an amnesty to get more guns of the street.
This is indicative of peopld trying to safely dispose of firearls and of
This will make the area a safer place.
At this hunting and fishing shop in the town,
I think people who are willhng to use this amnesty will be mostly
people who may have found a gun in a relative's house
when they have been clearing it out after they have died, perhaps.
It is probably not people who have a gun for the wrong reason.
Gun crime is low in this arda, but what is the public percdption?
People who I hang around with do not have guns.
I have never heard anyone t`lk about guns.
Anything they can get to make the streets safer to walk
This gun was taken while executing a drug warr`nt.
This gun is real but officers would like replicas to be handed hn too.
This one is a police`issue firearm and the other fires blanks.
It is very difficult to tell the difference between them.
If someone pointed it at yot, would you know?
The force gathered more than 500 guns in the last amnestx.
This time, they want to destroy even more.
Mike Cartwright, BBC Look E`st, Northampton.
Glen Banks runs projects to tackle youth crime in the county.
Mr Banks, are amnesties a waste of tile?
I do not think that they ard a waste of time. They are a short`tdrm fix.
The majority of weapons that are handed in May not be from criminally
minded people. People who w`nt them for criminal reasons will not hand
them in because they need them. I was speaking to a former gang member
last night, someone who had been involved in crime for many xears and
has now turned his life arotnd, and I asked him what he would do. He
said he would not hand guns in. However, any amnesty is a good thing
because it means less guns on the street. When I say we have ` gun
crime problem, I do not mean as bad as other cities, but even one gun is
a problem. The police say Northamptonshire
doesn't have a gun problem ` I travel around the country talking
about knights and guns. One gun on the street is a problem. Thdy are
very dangerous in the wrong hands. My mother told me when I was young
that I would never have a motor bike because they are dangerous. But
motorbikes are not dangerous, it is the person who is driving. @ weapon
in the wrong hand is dangerous. The last amnesty
in the county was 11 years `go ` It did not make much differdnce We
spoke about whether it was going to make a difference with prisoners,
particularly bank robbers and people who have used firearms to t`ke
people's lives. They did not think it would make a difference. I do
think that it is important that guns come off the street and if this is a
way of getting guns of the street, whether they are illegal or illegal,
it can only be good. Thank xou for your time this evening.
Luton Airport has been accused of over`reacting to a securhty
alert which effectively shut the site down for almost four hours
Flights were suspended and thousands of passengers were
told to leave the terminal xesterday afternoon after a suspect p`ckage
Today, a normal afternoon at Luton Airport.
Hundreds of passengers evactated from the terminal buildings.
A full scale security alert caused by a suspect item
There had been reports that the item was later discovered to be ` set of
here straight hours. The report has not confirmed this. In a st`tement,
the airport said that the object had electronic cables and had not been
identified. The passenger who the bag belonged to could not account
for the item and told the officers he had left the baggage unattended.
The bag was eventually destroyed in a controlled explosion. Somd people
have criticised the airport for over reacting and believe that p`rts of
the airport could have been left open. The whole airport was shut
down and all the surrounding roads. It was a judgement call, but with
the benefit of hindsight it does appear that they could have taken
another course of action. In total,
easyJet cancelled 41 flights. Six flights due to land herd
were diverted elsewhere. All the passengers were brotght
in by coach. Some people have criticised
the airport for over`reacting, but the policing unit says security
procedures worked The airport says in a time
of heightened security, the public Captain Chris McGee has been
a pilot for 30 years. She has flown during many
of the major security alerts, Earlier tonight,
she told me she did not belheve In my personal opinion, thex did not
overreact. When the situation start to happen, you do not have luch time
to react. It is very distressing for everyone with the delays, btt I
think you would rather be in a situation where positive action had
been taken to minimise a direct We are on high security at the moment.
I think they did the right thing. The threat level was raised almost
two weeks ago. How much of our concern is that you? It is ` great
concern to anyone who travels and flies. Into rehab more information,
it is hard to say how much ` threat it is. `` until we have mord
information. You were flying when the alert happened. What were you
told? We were not told very much. It would not have caused us major
problems. We knew that therd would be delays. In terms of the
information, professionally we try to minimise it. We will look at the
fine details when we are on the ground and everyone is home safely.
You have been a pilot for 30 years now. What do you remember about nine
11. `` 9/11? At that time, security teams came onto my aircraft and
removed all the plates and glasses. These objects were thought to be
possible weapons and they wdre replaced by paper copies. Wdre you
surprised by the decision ydsterday? They would have been looking at the
operational perspective. He perhaps decided to act like this because
there was not much informathon in terms of the security team `t the
airport. A lack of informathon does lead to great frustration and people
filling in the gaps. Are yot happy that security is good enough at
airports in this country? Yds, I think it is. They do take action
quickly. The threat level h`s been raised and I have seen changes that
have been implemented to make sure that that is dealt with.
More details on the extra checks for taxi drivers in Milton Keynes,
after it was revealed a serial rapist had been working
Last night, the local council voted on new rules
which will mean all drivers will undergo fresh police checks.
A scandal that has shocked the region and rocked
Last month, it emerged a convicted rapist had
The revelations led to Milton Keynes mayor Subhan Shafiq `
who had vouched for him during his application `
He has so far refused to speak to the BBC.
Can I ask you some questions? Wide EU not want to talk to us? `` why do
you not want. Following last night's council
meeting, more than 1,300 taxi drivers in Milton Keynes will
also undergo police checks. It was agreed that in futurd,
all applications from drivers with convictions for sexual or vholent
offences will be refused, unless How can there be any excepthonal
circumstances when someone has that kind of conviction?
The authority will employ two extra enforcement officers to cope
Licence applications will also take longer, allowing more time to
consult law enforcement agencies and to interview drivers.
The reputational damage dond to the taxi industry has been serious. We
need to work together and m`ke the taxi industry work. We have over
1300 drivers in Milton Keynds and they play a vital role in the
economy. Taxis are safe in Lilton Keynes. Last night, the leader of
the council called on those who granted the licence to examhne the
conscience. There is no way to make them stand down.
New safety barriers have bedn installed on a section of the A 4
Last year, ten workers were seriously hnjured
Since April, there have been four "near misses" in this region alone.
A lorry on the M6 swerves into a lane closed off by traffic cones to
protect roadside workers, n`rrowly missing a police patrol car.
But here on the A14, outside Cambridge,
new technology is being used on the regions roads for the first time.
These crash cushions have bden constructed
This is what can happen if a vehicle strikes an old style
But these crash cushions work very differently.
If a vehicle hits the end of this barrier, it takes the energx out of
the impact by Constantine in `` by crumpling.
The Highways Agency says safety is a top priority,
The guys who are working on the road have a job to do and they nded to
concentrate. At the same tile, they have cars going past at gre`t speed.
The public need to be made `ware of this and take great care whdn they
are driving. The crash cushions cost the same
as the old style barriers and, with much more work anticip`ted here
on the A14, it is likely thdy will become a familiar sight to lotorists
and a reassuring presence Still to come. And I in the sky to
look at the flooding. And a new challenge for injured service men.
We will stay with that storx. The summer of sport is not over.
Tomorrow, and new games will start and Prince Harry is involved. Many
will compete in the Invictus Games. A reporter has been to meet some of
the competitors. I was involved in a life changing accident. I w`s in
hospital for several years. I was badly burnt. I was unable to
continue my military duties, but I still wanted the adventure `nd
challenge. For this man, thd open road has a destination. He hs aiming
for the Invictus Games. These games are for injured servicewomen. These
men and women here have achheved so much already, but being seldcted for
this team is another milestone in their lives. This man was flying a a
plane when a court fire. His recovery is still ongoing. H was a
patient for two years. I have had 58 operations. It has given me a lot of
freedom. It has given me frdedom on the road and the ability to travel
significant distances on my bike. This man is also competing. He lost
his right leg while onto it in Afghanistan. When you leave the
Army, you missed the team environment. When you are working
together in places like Afghanistan, your friends are still
close. That is what the Invhctus Games is about. The excitemdnt is
building up now. He is up vdry early every morning for training. What is
life like at the moment knowing that this competition is approaching It
has taken over everything. Ht is important to hit targets and not to
drink. The pressure is alwaxs there. After spending three months battling
for selection, these men ard now ready for action. They have already
served their country with distinction once, and now it is time
to do it again. You can see the opening ceremony tomorrow at 7pm.
There will also be more covdrage on the red button and on my pl`yer 12
months ago, there was an arda in Suffolk that people were trxing to
protect. But unfortunately, the marshes were flooded last ydar. The
impact was very bad. Now, the team is looking to the future with some
high`tech kit. It used to bd simple to walk here. Now you have to walk
through thinking mad. `` sthnking mud. Much of this area is under
assault water. Everything is now covered. We do not want to keep
fighting to maintain somethhng that is unsustainable. The cost hs huge.
The consensus is that there is no way to restore it. To help the team
develop a management plan, they are using this to have a bird 's eye
view. It is doing a very detailed scan. It is very cost`effective We
filmed here almost one year ago during an archaeological dig. Today,
that area is now an island, like it would have been in the dist`nt past.
This land is claimed land. Xou cannot stop the sea. It is difficult
to stop trying to do somethhng and just to watch. We hope it bdcomes a
flood storage area and a good area for wildlife. Thankfully, it said
the village from the flooding. The impact of the flooding is clear to
see. Animals and plants are now dying. However, the team relain
philosophical. They say that there is no definitive line, only one
point in time. Now it is time for the weather. This
photograph was taken this morning in Norfolk. We may see more mornings
like this. This week, it will remain mainly dry. There will be some
sunshine and some cloud, as well. This week, things will remahn
settled. The high pressure hs keeping the weather quite nhce
across the whole British Isles. Tonight, there will be some cloud as
you can see on this satellite image. There will also be some sunshine.
Overnight, it will be dry. However, it could be quite a cold night. In
the countryside, we could sde 6`7 Celsius. Later in the night, the may
be some wet weather resulting in some fog in the morning. Thdn there
will be sunshine in the morning although there will be more cloud in
the afternoon. In the sunshhne there will be highs of 19`20 Celshus.
There will be a light winds. Expect more cloud in the afternoon, but it
will not be a bad day. For the rest of the week, the high presstre will
mostly hang on. On Thursday, because of weather overnight on Wednesday,
we could wake up to cloudy conditions. There is a posshbility
of mist. Hopefully we will then see a bit of sunshine. The weather will
recover on Friday. It is looking like it will be a sunny day. For the
start of the weekend, it looks like it will turn increasingly cloudy.
one extreme and the other. Freezing cold, and so much brain that there
have been floods. Climate experts have just finished our major project
confirming that our winters have become more turbulent in recent
years. What can we expect in years to come? Earlier, I spoke to one of
the offers, Professor Phil Jones. We have been looking at these long
records that go back to abott 1 00. In some periods, there are very
little difference is between winter and winter but over the last few
winters, since 2000, we havd had a greater variety of winters, from one
extreme to the other. We have had a run of three very positive winters,
and two very negative winters. This is very unusual in the stathstical
sense given the long records. One thing I've found interesting was
that you say it is specific`lly December that is the worst `ffected
month. Yes. We had been looking at the three winter months, December,
January, federally, and although you see some things in January `nd
feathery as well, they are lore pronounced in December. `` January
and February. We have a poshtive values, strong westerlies in some
Decembers, and then some negative ones. You will have noticed that in
the weather in previous winters We have had some cold winters `nd
relatively dry winters. And then we have had ones like last winter which
is relatively wet, and relatively one. `` relatively warm. Wh`t does
this mean for future winters? Has been this change, where we `re
seeing more bad winters. Is that mean we will statistically see more
bad winters in the future? Ht is impossible to say, really. But based
on the trends, particularly for December, we would expect them to be
as variable, based on recent trends over that period. We need to do more
research to find out why thhs `` these winters have become so
variable, so we're looking `t relationships with features in the
Arctic, particularly relating to Greenlands, and seeing weather
changes in the greenhouse g`ses and solar output might be the c`uses of
this. Professor Phil Jones, speaking to me earlier. Rocks to look forward
to them! `` lots. And we were glad to bring
you pictures of that crash, but we will bring you those tomorrow. Great
pictures, but something to look for two. Goodbye. ``