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Fighting back - the paralysed Newmarket jockey determined

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to get back in the saddle gives his first TV interview.

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You get the days and you get bad days.

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A lot of downs at the moment but you have to fight

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Tackling mental health - why football is being prescribed

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Weighing up her chances - Britain's strongest woman getting

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And more than 1 million building bricks.

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Cambridge's Great Fen recreated in miniature.

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First tonight - it was a fall that left him paralysed from the waist

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down and with 18 broken ribs - but Newmarket jockey Freddy Tylicki

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says he's determined to get back on a horse.

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The 30-year-old came off in a four-horse pile up

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In his first television interview, Freddy has been speaking

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to our sports reporter Tom Williams, as he begins the slow journey

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You know that as the individual rider, but you don't think about it.

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You are going to get falls, that is for sure.

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And when you do fall, it is how bad it is afterwards.

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I got away with it a few times and unfortunately,

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So, how are you coping with learning to adapt to a new way of living?

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You get good days and you get bad days, obviously.

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A lot of downs at the moment, but you have got to fight

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There are only two ways you can go in this situation and I have

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Freddy had been an emerging force in the saddle.

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A former champion apprentice - last year, his best season yet.

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At 30 years old, he was tipped for the top before tragedy struck.

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Falling in a four-horse pile-up in Kempton in October.

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Meaning he has no movement in the lower half of his body.

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Being here, when you get to see people that have had all sorts

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of accidents and all sorts of injuries and to be honest,

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a couple of lads watched the race again and they said

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to me that I was very lucky to actually be

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here because it was apparently a horrible fall.

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I can't... I have not seen it...

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I was there, there is no point in looking at it again.

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So I'm going to say in some ways, I'm lucky to be here.

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You do seem incredibly positive, in the time I've spent

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I got a lot of friends and the racing community

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has been tremendous, tremendously helpful to me.

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And a lot of lads drop in on their way back

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from Kempton or Lingfield, and put me in the car and we go

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And stuff like that really cheers me up.

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After weeks in intensive care, Freddy's rehabilitation

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Circulation and stretch on this one...

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Experts at the London spinal cord unit keep him busy.

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Specialist equipment keeps his muscles moving.

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I love my job and I live for the industry, I lived for my job.

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And I started riding a racehorse when I was 11 or 12 years of age

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Once you start with it, you just can't stop.

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Do you think there is a chance you could ride again?

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For sure. Most definitely.

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I am going to have a riding lesson next Wednesday...

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So you really are getting straight back on the horse?

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Obviously, it's not going to be a racehorse,

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But, look, as I said, life goes on and you have got

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to make the most of it and roll on next Wednesday.

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In other news, police say that five people have now been arrested

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on suspicion of the murder of a 17-year-old boy

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Liam Hunt was stabbed in St George's Street.

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All those arrested are teenagers between 16 and 19 years old.

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A liar and an actor who preyed on his wealthy fiance

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That's how prosecutors described Ian Stewart today

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in their closing speeches to the Helen Bailey murder trial.

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The body of 51-year-old children's author Helen Bailey was found

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After nearly six weeks of evidence, the trial is coming to an end,

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the prosecution told the jury the killing of Helen Bailey, the

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planning that went into it, and the disposal of her body were wicked

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actions. They claim Ian Stewart, who met her online, have been preying on

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the Hertfordshire author to win his way into her favour and later into

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her well. Helen Bailey's body was found in a cesspit under her home in

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Royston three months after she vanished in April. Ian Stewart told

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police she left a note saying she needed time and space and have gone

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to the Broadstairs. He then changed his story, saying his partner had

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been kidnapped by two mystery men. The prosecution counsel called the

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story absurd. Why would they choose to bring the uninjured, drug body of

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Helen Bailey to that spot? The Crown say that the defendant's evident on

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its own, any rational consideration of it say that he's guilty. The

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defendant's counsel asked what cause a mild mannered loving family man to

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suddenly decide to kill Helen Bailey. It made no sense, it is

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rubbish. Responding to the prosecution case that Ian Stewart

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killed his fiancee for her fortune, he replied he was in poor, he wasn't

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short of funds, he didn't need any more money. The prosecution -- he

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told Helen and Ian Stewart were in love and they were happy and

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contented. Ian Stewart denies all charges. The case is nearly at its

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end. Closing speeches are tomorrow. More than 100 people are expected

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to gather in the centre of Cambridge tonight to show their support

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for the city's rough sleepers. It's in response to a video

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that was posted online reportedly showing a student burning a ?20 note

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in front of a homeless man. The incident attracted

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widespread condemnation. Mousumi Bakshi is in

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the city centre now. The name of the student was splashed

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across several newspapers. He was ousted from his Conservative Party

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Association and around 23,000 people have called on Cambridge University

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to expel him. In the wake of the incident, there were concerns that

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students may face a backlash. Tonight, around 100 students will be

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handing out free hot meals and drinks to the city's roughly those.

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One of the beneficiaries will be Jimmy's Night Shelter. Barry, in a

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perverse way, your charity has benefited from the incident? One

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thing that positive action is showing is that we are a benefactor

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and we are very proud to be associated with this and very

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generous of the individuals. Individual -- donations come to

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about ?10,000 and we have to look at use it for people the street. Some

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people would be surprised to learn that homelessness is a problem here.

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How bad is it? The visible end has gone up across all cities in the

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country, not just Cambridge. But one of the positive things to come out

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of an unfortunate incident is that positive thought is now having an

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affirmative action to it. The student bodies should be praised.

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Thank you very much for joining us. Students will be out from around 70

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M until 9pm, any extra money raised will go to the city's homeless. --

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around 7pm. Next - how sport can keep your mind

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healthy as well as your body. For the last few months,

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patients at a mental health unit in Milton Keynes have been playing

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football - sometimes And organisers say it's

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working - the activity has James Burridge joined the team

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from the Campbell Centre Strangers who are suffering

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in silence, now a team 53-year-old Robin has been

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suffering for too long. Battling depression

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for over 40 years. Not wanting to get out of bed,

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overeating, just being very, very... Basically wanting to

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jump off Beachy Head. Around 11,000 people suffer

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with some sort of mental health illness here in Milton Keynes

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and yet it is widely accepted there is a lack of provision

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for those who suffer. This three-year programme,

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which started in September, costs just ?50,000 and is having

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a profound impact. Taking in-patients from

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the ward to the pitch. I have noticed that there

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is a massive gap for So I took it upon myself to really

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bring these people along to try something in the community

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because there is a lot of help whilst they are in crisis

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and while they are in hospital and they are protected there,

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but as soon as they have got to try and do things by themselves,

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they don't really know where to go. So it is creating

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something for them. When our players play football,

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they play for MK Dons in the kit and colours as you have seen today

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and they go out of represent us Mat macro they go out and represent

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us. If I was just a regular grass-roots

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player, if I had my time again, I would love to put that kit

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on and play for the Dons. But we can make that

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happen for these guys. Robin, have you ever

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thought what life would be like if you didn't have football

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as an outlet? It would not be a good place

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to be at all, really, It's a whole team sport,

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the whole team environment and also as I said before,

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it improves your health A complicated illness

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but a simple game. No pills, no counselling,

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just a ball, some mates Well, mental health researchers have

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long recommended exercise I spoke to Marguerite Reegan

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from the Mental Health Foundation and asked why getting moving

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helps our mood. It has been proven to reduce

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stress and anxiety. It reduces the number of days people

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have to take off work sick. It helps with sleep and it is has

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also been proven to be a great treatment either alongside

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pharmaceutical methods or as a replacement and it doesn't

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have any of the negative So it is really, really useful both

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for prevention and promotion of mental health but also

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for treatment of mental problems. And does it matter what kind

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of sport you are doing? A team sport like football

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or individual things like yoga No, all physical

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activity is beneficial. If it is in groups, in team sports,

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it has the added benefit of helping with loneliness for the general

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population and social isolation for people who live

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with mental health problems, which is often a key

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factor for them. And what about doing

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something like football, where you are learning

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a skill as well? Does that kind of thing train

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the brain and help in other ways? Well, there is the part

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about being part of the community and part of a team, so the social

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aspects, but also the skills It improves memory and it is

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a protective factor for memory loss and it makes people achieve better

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in school and in jobs. In Milton Keynes, they have invested

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quite heavily in this in partnership Why should they make the effort

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to invest in this kind of thing? It is effective as treatment

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and effective for prevention. It's cost-effective,

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it is very accessible and sport has the added bonus that there is no

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stigma attached to taking part, whether you are doing it

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for your mental health It also is a great way to target

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groups who will not necessarily talk Men are a key demographic

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that it is very, very It's a great way to move things out

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of just the health system and get communities involved and remove

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the stigma and continue A new UK base for the airline

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Wizzair will create 36 The budget airline will open three

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new routes from the airport in June, flying to Israel,

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Kosovo and Georgia. In total, the airline will operate

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42 routes out of Luton. Last year, the airline carried more

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than five million passengers. This year it will have over

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six million seats on sale across its Luton routes,

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marking a 13% growth year on year. Here's Stewart and Susie

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with the rest of Look East. If you've got a lego fan

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in your house, stay tuned - And we'll be finding out just how

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powerful you have to be to be A team of injured soldiers

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is in training to compete against able-bodied drivers

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in the Le Mans 24-hour race. The legendary endurance race

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attracts fans from across the world. Warren McKinlay

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is part of Team Brit. He was a mechanic based at RAF

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Honington in Suffolk when he was badly injured

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in a motorbike accident. Now he's in training with four

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other former servicemen and they've even put

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together their own My name is Warren McKinlay, I am 35

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years old. I was in the Royal Electrical engineers and I suffered

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a brain injury. The team Brit car down the inside. Nicely done. Team

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Brit stands for British racing injured troops.

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We spoke to Warren McKinlay and his wife Sarah, and asked

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what it meant to Warren to be part of this team

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First of all, it's a fantastic opportunity I have been offered to

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be part of this journey. It is a mammoth task. But the distance we

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have travelled six months ago, I now can see is a fully achievable goal.

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Sarah, how nervous are you that he is going to be going round a track

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at high speeds? I am nervous about it especially after his accident,

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but I am fully behind him and looking forward to going to the

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races and watching him. Warren, it is an extraordinary journey you have

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been on since your accident 11 years ago, because for a time you felt

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like you were not alive. Yes. As strange as it sounds for either need

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to say it now, at my time in Headley Court and for about 18 months, I did

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believe that I had died in the accident and everything that

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happened to me was some kind of afterlife. We know about his

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problems, but you have had to live with those, how has that been for

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you? It has been really hard. The children have gone through the

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journey with us as well, but we have all stuck together and worked at it.

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This is the next step in his recovery with his racing. Sarah,

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have you noticed the change in Warren since he has got involved in

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motorsport? Has it been obvious to you the impact it has had? It has,

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it has given him his strive back again and given him his motivation,

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going out and having a day on a track. He is buzzing from it. One of

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the problems you have had is you have had trouble concentrating and

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focusing and yet the one thing you have to do in a car is concentrate

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and focus, so how do you adapt? Since my accident, one way I dumped

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with these is to take myself away from the situation, one of the

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things that helped me was driving. I would drive and be on my own, it was

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one skill I never lost. When I put the race helmet on and get into the

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racing car, I really do wish I could work out how I can focus so much on

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one single task and feed it into other aspects of my life. We wish

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you all the very best of luck in the run-up to Le Mans and good luck to

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you, Sarah, watching. She's 34, married

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and a mother of two. She's also Britain's

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strongest woman. That's remarkable enough,

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but it gets better. She has only been training for two

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years and now she's about to go to America to take part

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in the competition to become Breakfast time in the Thompson

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household. Close to competition time, Andrea needs about 3500

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calories a day so while the children are having cereal, Andrea Downes a

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fruit and vegetable smoothly plus a mushroom and spinach omelette.

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Without it you would not lift anything? No, I get tired, I cannot

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perform in the gym, I get frustrated and end up having a bad day. I was

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hoping the spinach might give me muscles like Popeye but it is hard

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to compete with biceps like this. Andrea has only been in the sport

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for two years, she wanted to get fit for her sister's wedding, went to

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the gym and soon got the bug for weightlifting. Andrea trains four or

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five times a week. How good is she? Very good. The day she came in it

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was obvious she had great potential and over the years we have developed

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that and she is starting to realise that now. Andrea builds up her

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sessions smoothly. Here squat lifting 180 kilos or just over 28

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stone. It is tough and as Britain's strongest woman, Andrea is up to the

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task. Come on! Andrea is competing at the Arnold sports festival in

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America next month where she will compete against the world's's best.

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I am hoping to do better than I did last. I came last year. I would love

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to win but my next step is just to do better than I did. Frankly I was

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get it -- script getting a sweat on just watching. 250 kilos, 39 stone

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and it looked like my idea of hell. I do care at times how hard she gets

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pushed. She needs to push if she needs to reach the top. You have to

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admire Andrea's strength and determination. She has, a long way

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in a short time and who is to say Britain's strongest woman cannot one

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day be the world's's strongest woman. The trainer has the easier

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job! She is amazing! That looks painful! If you have tried to build

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a model out of Lego you know how fiddly it can be. I spent a whole

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Christmas doing a dolphin cruiser once for my daughter. Imagine trying

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to do it with more than a million pieces. That is the challenge the

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Great Fen project has taken on. It is a model of the Cambridgeshire

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wetland and this half term they need your help.

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They came to see and help make a miniature, magical world. A mini

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Great Fen. It is wetland and wildlife. More than a million

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building bricks. It is half term so plenty of helping hands. I made a

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duck and it came from a video that I watch. I made a barn owl on a bench,

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because I find owls are interesting because they are awake at night and

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sleep in the day. It's amazing to see how many things you can make and

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some things are so small and others are very big and lifelike. The bird

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hide and its watchers you can find that on the Fens. Its historic

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buildings you can find that also. The great fen Project restoring the

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Cambridge farmland to wetland. How it was before being drained more

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than 400 years ago. This is their swallowtail butterfly. You can still

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find them on the Norfolk Broads but they have been extinct on the Fens

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for 100 years. They are hoping the real thing will return. This is a

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fun way to teach you about the great fan. We have spent years and years

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building the great fen which is a new nature reserve. It often takes a

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long time to do things in reality on the ground, but with Lego we can

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build it in a day. They will build it until Saturday. Sunday it all

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comes down. Hundreds of thousands of bricks taken apart. Not just broken

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up but sorted into colours, piece by piece.

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Now the weather. Lovely day today. It has turned a bit cloudy with some

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rain around but look at the earlier photographs from weather watchers.

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This is a cloud spotter's dream in Essex. Another coastline shot in

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Norfolk and in Suffolk, lots of fine weather. We will see more over the

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next few days and it will stay mild. This is the pressure setup at the

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moment. High pressure to the South building in. This weather front here

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throws in a lot of cloud. We have seen patchy outbreaks of rain so

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that will continue this evening. But it should Clint Eastwood 's, so for

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the rest of the night, it looks lovely dry. -- clears eastward. Once

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more it is a mild night with loads of six or 7 degrees. We start the

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day tomorrow with this weather system on the scene. A little cloudy

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to start with but high pressure building in. More fine weather and

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it is likely to stay mild. We start with a bit of cloud first thing and

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the chance of some patchy rain, and then it is looking largely dry. More

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cloud around but we should see some brightness and sunny intervals.

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Temperatures of ten or 11 degrees and there will be a light and

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variable wind. The afternoon could turn cloudy at times, but hopeful we

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should see some brightness and sunshine. Not a lot changing on the

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pressure pattern. We have this weather coming through Saturday

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night into Sunday but the weekend looks as though it will stay mild.

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Mainly dry, cloudy at times, sunny intervals and a much milder start to

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next week if a little cloudy. Some great pictures today. See you

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tomorrow. Good night.

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