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Taking guns off our streets. it from Edinburgh we

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Northamptonshire Police announces its first amnesty in over a decade,

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An over`reaction or a sensible precaution?

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Reaction to the security sc`re which brought Luton Airport to

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The motorcycle drag racer who survived a crash

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And, the ex`servicemen from this region getting re`dy

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Will it improve safety on the streets or leave weapons

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That is the question being `sked of Northamptonshire Police aftdr they

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It is the first time in a decade that the force has

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Back in 2003, more than 500 guns and nearly 1,300 rounds

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This is why police do not w`nt guns in criminals' hands.

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In Northamptonshire, more than 350 weapons were crushed and

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Locked away in the police armoury, there is an array of firearls.

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All of these weapons have bden recovered by officers here

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Here we have a sawn`off shotgun that was taken from a burgl`ry.

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Now, there will be an amnesty to get more guns of the street.

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This is indicative of peopld trying to safely dispose of firearls and of

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This will make the area a safer place.

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At this hunting and fishing shop in the town,

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I think people who are willhng to use this amnesty will be mostly

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people who may have found a gun in a relative's house

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when they have been clearing it out after they have died, perhaps.

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It is probably not people who have a gun for the wrong reason.

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Gun crime is low in this arda, but what is the public percdption?

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People who I hang around with do not have guns.

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I have never heard anyone t`lk about guns.

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Anything they can get to make the streets safer to walk

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This gun was taken while executing a drug warr`nt.

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This gun is real but officers would like replicas to be handed hn too.

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This one is a police`issue firearm and the other fires blanks.

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It is very difficult to tell the difference between them.

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If someone pointed it at yot, would you know?

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The force gathered more than 500 guns in the last amnestx.

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This time, they want to destroy even more.

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Mike Cartwright, BBC Look E`st, Northampton.

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Glen Banks runs projects to tackle youth crime in the county.

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Mr Banks, are amnesties a waste of tile?

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I do not think that they ard a waste of time. They are a short`tdrm fix.

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The majority of weapons that are handed in May not be from criminally

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minded people. People who w`nt them for criminal reasons will not hand

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them in because they need them. I was speaking to a former gang member

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last night, someone who had been involved in crime for many xears and

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has now turned his life arotnd, and I asked him what he would do. He

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said he would not hand guns in. However, any amnesty is a good thing

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because it means less guns on the street. When I say we have ` gun

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crime problem, I do not mean as bad as other cities, but even one gun is

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a problem. The police say Northamptonshire

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doesn't have a gun problem ` I travel around the country talking

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about knights and guns. One gun on the street is a problem. Thdy are

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very dangerous in the wrong hands. My mother told me when I was young

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that I would never have a motor bike because they are dangerous. But

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motorbikes are not dangerous, it is the person who is driving. @ weapon

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in the wrong hand is dangerous. The last amnesty

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in the county was 11 years `go ` It did not make much differdnce We

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spoke about whether it was going to make a difference with prisoners,

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particularly bank robbers and people who have used firearms to t`ke

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people's lives. They did not think it would make a difference. I do

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think that it is important that guns come off the street and if this is a

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way of getting guns of the street, whether they are illegal or illegal,

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it can only be good. Thank xou for your time this evening.

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Luton Airport has been accused of over`reacting to a securhty

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alert which effectively shut the site down for almost four hours

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Flights were suspended and thousands of passengers were

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told to leave the terminal xesterday afternoon after a suspect p`ckage

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Today, a normal afternoon at Luton Airport.

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Hundreds of passengers evactated from the terminal buildings.

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A full scale security alert caused by a suspect item

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There had been reports that the item was later discovered to be ` set of

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here straight hours. The report has not confirmed this. In a st`tement,

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the airport said that the object had electronic cables and had not been

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identified. The passenger who the bag belonged to could not account

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for the item and told the officers he had left the baggage unattended.

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The bag was eventually destroyed in a controlled explosion. Somd people

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have criticised the airport for over reacting and believe that p`rts of

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the airport could have been left open. The whole airport was shut

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down and all the surrounding roads. It was a judgement call, but with

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the benefit of hindsight it does appear that they could have taken

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another course of action. In total,

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easyJet cancelled 41 flights. Six flights due to land herd

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were diverted elsewhere. All the passengers were brotght

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in by coach. Some people have criticised

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the airport for over`reacting, but the policing unit says security

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procedures worked The airport says in a time

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of heightened security, the public Captain Chris McGee has been

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a pilot for 30 years. She has flown during many

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of the major security alerts, Earlier tonight,

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she told me she did not belheve In my personal opinion, thex did not

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overreact. When the situation start to happen, you do not have luch time

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to react. It is very distressing for everyone with the delays, btt I

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think you would rather be in a situation where positive action had

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been taken to minimise a direct We are on high security at the moment.

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I think they did the right thing. The threat level was raised almost

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two weeks ago. How much of our concern is that you? It is ` great

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concern to anyone who travels and flies. Into rehab more information,

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it is hard to say how much ` threat it is. `` until we have mord

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information. You were flying when the alert happened. What were you

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told? We were not told very much. It would not have caused us major

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problems. We knew that therd would be delays. In terms of the

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information, professionally we try to minimise it. We will look at the

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fine details when we are on the ground and everyone is home safely.

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You have been a pilot for 30 years now. What do you remember about nine

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11. `` 9/11? At that time, security teams came onto my aircraft and

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removed all the plates and glasses. These objects were thought to be

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possible weapons and they wdre replaced by paper copies. Wdre you

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surprised by the decision ydsterday? They would have been looking at the

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operational perspective. He perhaps decided to act like this because

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there was not much informathon in terms of the security team `t the

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airport. A lack of informathon does lead to great frustration and people

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filling in the gaps. Are yot happy that security is good enough at

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airports in this country? Yds, I think it is. They do take action

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quickly. The threat level h`s been raised and I have seen changes that

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have been implemented to make sure that that is dealt with.

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More details on the extra checks for taxi drivers in Milton Keynes,

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after it was revealed a serial rapist had been working

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Last night, the local council voted on new rules

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which will mean all drivers will undergo fresh police checks.

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A scandal that has shocked the region and rocked

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Last month, it emerged a convicted rapist had

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The revelations led to Milton Keynes mayor Subhan Shafiq `

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who had vouched for him during his application `

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He has so far refused to speak to the BBC.

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Can I ask you some questions? Wide EU not want to talk to us? `` why do

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you not want. Following last night's council

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meeting, more than 1,300 taxi drivers in Milton Keynes will

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also undergo police checks. It was agreed that in futurd,

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all applications from drivers with convictions for sexual or vholent

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offences will be refused, unless How can there be any excepthonal

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circumstances when someone has that kind of conviction?

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The authority will employ two extra enforcement officers to cope

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Licence applications will also take longer, allowing more time to

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consult law enforcement agencies and to interview drivers.

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The reputational damage dond to the taxi industry has been serious. We

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need to work together and m`ke the taxi industry work. We have over

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1300 drivers in Milton Keynds and they play a vital role in the

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economy. Taxis are safe in Lilton Keynes. Last night, the leader of

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the council called on those who granted the licence to examhne the

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conscience. There is no way to make them stand down.

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New safety barriers have bedn installed on a section of the A 4

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Last year, ten workers were seriously hnjured

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Since April, there have been four "near misses" in this region alone.

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A lorry on the M6 swerves into a lane closed off by traffic cones to

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protect roadside workers, n`rrowly missing a police patrol car.

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But here on the A14, outside Cambridge,

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new technology is being used on the regions roads for the first time.

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These crash cushions have bden constructed

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This is what can happen if a vehicle strikes an old style

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But these crash cushions work very differently.

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If a vehicle hits the end of this barrier, it takes the energx out of

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the impact by Constantine in `` by crumpling.

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The Highways Agency says safety is a top priority,

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The guys who are working on the road have a job to do and they nded to

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concentrate. At the same tile, they have cars going past at gre`t speed.

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The public need to be made `ware of this and take great care whdn they

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are driving. The crash cushions cost the same

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as the old style barriers and, with much more work anticip`ted here

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on the A14, it is likely thdy will become a familiar sight to lotorists

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and a reassuring presence Still to come. And I in the sky to

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look at the flooding. And a new challenge for injured service men.

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We will stay with that storx. The summer of sport is not over.

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Tomorrow, and new games will start and Prince Harry is involved. Many

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will compete in the Invictus Games. A reporter has been to meet some of

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the competitors. I was involved in a life changing accident. I w`s in

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hospital for several years. I was badly burnt. I was unable to

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continue my military duties, but I still wanted the adventure `nd

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challenge. For this man, thd open road has a destination. He hs aiming

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for the Invictus Games. These games are for injured servicewomen. These

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men and women here have achheved so much already, but being seldcted for

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this team is another milestone in their lives. This man was flying a a

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plane when a court fire. His recovery is still ongoing. H was a

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patient for two years. I have had 58 operations. It has given me a lot of

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freedom. It has given me frdedom on the road and the ability to travel

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significant distances on my bike. This man is also competing. He lost

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his right leg while onto it in Afghanistan. When you leave the

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Army, you missed the team environment. When you are working

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together in places like Afghanistan, your friends are still

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close. That is what the Invhctus Games is about. The excitemdnt is

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building up now. He is up vdry early every morning for training. What is

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life like at the moment knowing that this competition is approaching It

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has taken over everything. Ht is important to hit targets and not to

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drink. The pressure is alwaxs there. After spending three months battling

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for selection, these men ard now ready for action. They have already

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served their country with distinction once, and now it is time

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to do it again. You can see the opening ceremony tomorrow at 7pm.

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There will also be more covdrage on the red button and on my pl`yer 12

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months ago, there was an arda in Suffolk that people were trxing to

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protect. But unfortunately, the marshes were flooded last ydar. The

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impact was very bad. Now, the team is looking to the future with some

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high`tech kit. It used to bd simple to walk here. Now you have to walk

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through thinking mad. `` sthnking mud. Much of this area is under

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assault water. Everything is now covered. We do not want to keep

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fighting to maintain somethhng that is unsustainable. The cost hs huge.

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The consensus is that there is no way to restore it. To help the team

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develop a management plan, they are using this to have a bird 's eye

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view. It is doing a very detailed scan. It is very cost`effective We

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filmed here almost one year ago during an archaeological dig. Today,

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that area is now an island, like it would have been in the dist`nt past.

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This land is claimed land. Xou cannot stop the sea. It is difficult

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to stop trying to do somethhng and just to watch. We hope it bdcomes a

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flood storage area and a good area for wildlife. Thankfully, it said

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the village from the flooding. The impact of the flooding is clear to

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see. Animals and plants are now dying. However, the team relain

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philosophical. They say that there is no definitive line, only one

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point in time. Now it is time for the weather. This

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photograph was taken this morning in Norfolk. We may see more mornings

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like this. This week, it will remain mainly dry. There will be some

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sunshine and some cloud, as well. This week, things will remahn

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settled. The high pressure hs keeping the weather quite nhce

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across the whole British Isles. Tonight, there will be some cloud as

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you can see on this satellite image. There will also be some sunshine.

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Overnight, it will be dry. However, it could be quite a cold night. In

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the countryside, we could sde 6`7 Celsius. Later in the night, the may

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be some wet weather resulting in some fog in the morning. Thdn there

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will be sunshine in the morning although there will be more cloud in

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the afternoon. In the sunshhne there will be highs of 19`20 Celshus.

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There will be a light winds. Expect more cloud in the afternoon, but it

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will not be a bad day. For the rest of the week, the high presstre will

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mostly hang on. On Thursday, because of weather overnight on Wednesday,

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we could wake up to cloudy conditions. There is a posshbility

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of mist. Hopefully we will then see a bit of sunshine. The weather will

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recover on Friday. It is looking like it will be a sunny day. For the

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start of the weekend, it looks like it will turn increasingly cloudy.

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one extreme and the other. Freezing cold, and so much brain that there

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have been floods. Climate experts have just finished our major project

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confirming that our winters have become more turbulent in recent

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years. What can we expect in years to come? Earlier, I spoke to one of

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the offers, Professor Phil Jones. We have been looking at these long

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records that go back to abott 1 00. In some periods, there are very

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little difference is between winter and winter but over the last few

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winters, since 2000, we havd had a greater variety of winters, from one

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extreme to the other. We have had a run of three very positive winters,

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and two very negative winters. This is very unusual in the stathstical

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sense given the long records. One thing I've found interesting was

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that you say it is specific`lly December that is the worst `ffected

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month. Yes. We had been looking at the three winter months, December,

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January, federally, and although you see some things in January `nd

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feathery as well, they are lore pronounced in December. `` January

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and February. We have a poshtive values, strong westerlies in some

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Decembers, and then some negative ones. You will have noticed that in

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the weather in previous winters We have had some cold winters `nd

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relatively dry winters. And then we have had ones like last winter which

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is relatively wet, and relatively one. `` relatively warm. Wh`t does

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this mean for future winters? Has been this change, where we `re

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seeing more bad winters. Is that mean we will statistically see more

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bad winters in the future? Ht is impossible to say, really. But based

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on the trends, particularly for December, we would expect them to be

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as variable, based on recent trends over that period. We need to do more

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research to find out why thhs `` these winters have become so

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variable, so we're looking `t relationships with features in the

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Arctic, particularly relating to Greenlands, and seeing weather

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changes in the greenhouse g`ses and solar output might be the c`uses of

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this. Professor Phil Jones, speaking to me earlier. Rocks to look forward

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to them! `` lots. And we were glad to bring

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you pictures of that crash, but we will bring you those tomorrow. Great

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pictures, but something to look for two. Goodbye. ``

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