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thank you. That's it from us. They will be

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continuing coverage throughout the continuing coverage throughout the

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Labour's Shadow Chancellor hits the road in Luton, as the election

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100 extra police officers in Northamptonshire

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are to be trained and equipped with tasers.

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And cloudy conditions continue, but slightly warmer conditions tomorrow.

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Join me later for all the details. Labour began their election campaign

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in Luton today with a visit from Shadow Chancellor,

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John McDonnell. He was supporting Luton North MP

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Kelvin Hopkins ahead But with both Luton seats,

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Labour strongholds. Marching to battle at the very start

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of this 49-day election campaign. Shadow Chancellor John McDonald

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here in Luton North with MP Kelvin This is one of only three Labour

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seats in our region. Labour won this seat

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by a comfortable majority in 2015. The aim today and for the next

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seven weeks to make sure those who voted

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Labour stick with Labour. In 2015, the constituency

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of Luton North had a Neighbouring Luton South,

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a slimmer majority of 5,700. You should never take

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people for granted. She has called this election

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I think for party political purposes, not for the interests

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of the country and she has seen the polls and I think she is taking

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people for granted. That is why, when I campaign,

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I go to every seat - whether it is Labour, Liberal or Tory,

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because people need to know what our I have never been part

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of the establishment myself. I have always campaigned

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on that basis. I have spoken my mind,

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or I have voted according to Sometimes not with

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the whips in my party. But do those who voted Labour last

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time believe the party can deliver? I vote Labour, I have

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always voted Labour. I think I am going to carry

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on dealing with them a lot. I have been doing it

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for years, and I think Labour's own supporters

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here may be confident The bigger battle is

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convincing the rest Earlier, I spoke with our

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political correspondent Andrew Sinclair about why Luton

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was so significant to Labour. I think there are two reasons. The

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first is that Labour knows that has a fight on its hands in the

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selection and needs to round up support in its existing seat. They

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want to start the campaign on a positive note indices that have been

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Labour for a long time. The second reason is campaign tactics. Labour

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and the Conservatives always grappled with the M1 corridor. In

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these seats, you have a whole pile of marginal swing seats like Luton,

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Milton Keynes, Northampton. It is said that if you can win over voters

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in these seats, you stand a very good chance of winning the election.

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That is why Labour is going to focus a lot of firepower in this area. The

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Tories this time around don't seem concerned. They said that the last

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time these seats were up for grabs, our majorities went up. They think

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they are going to be OK this time around. Labour believe they have a

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distinctive message and the going to be taking it there as much as they

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can. Debenhams has announced it is going to close a major distribution

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centre. That pits 200 jobs at risk. It is part of the plan to reduce

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stocks and closing some of its stores.

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Police in Northamptonshire say that 100 extra officers are to be trained

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Until now, only officers in the regional unit

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covering four counties were able to use the device.

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But now, local officers will be trained to use them and it's hoped

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they'll offer a faster response to incidents.

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In 2015, we filmed with Northamptonshire Police Constable

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He had been called to a domestic disturbance, only to be confronted

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PC Prentice was hit in the stab vest.

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If the knife had been any longer, it would have caught his neck.

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Afterwards, he told BBC look east, a Taser could

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It doesn't make it just safer for myself, and

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my colleague dealing with the incident,

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it makes it safer for the

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If you have to strike with batons, it can often

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lead to broken bones and long lasting injuries.

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If we were able to have the flexibility or option to

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have a taser present, it would mean that it could all be

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It's normally limited to specialist and firearms units,

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but now 100 front-line officers are being trained to use taser.

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figures from our region, for taser being deployed but not necessarily

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Hertfordshire has seen the highest jump, from 60 incident in 2015 to

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Bedfordshire rose from 70 to nearly 110 and Cambridgeshire

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In Northamptonshire, Taser was deployed

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over 100 times, only fired on eight occasions.

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But the force says more taser capability will increase

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It allows the officers to use greater distance,

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not have to get so close to an individual who has a weapon for

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It serves as one of the number of tackle options available

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to the officers and they will have to use a good decision-making and a

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proportionate use depending on the threat that is proposed.

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Nationally, 64 police officers are assaulted

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Northamptonshire Police hope more tasers will afford them

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Next tonight, the latest in our series looking

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at the candidates vying to become Cambridgeshire's

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The winning candidate will control a multi-million pound budget,

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with direct powers over housing and growth.

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Tonight is the turn of the English Democrats.

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Their candidate is a former Peterborough city councillor,

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who's "pro-car" and if elected, will invite the US President Donald

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Our political reporter Mousumi Bakshi put Stephen

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I am Stephen Goldspink, running for the English Democrats

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and the first thing I would do if elected their is

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collect information from residents about traffic problems and issues,

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transport issues, around their area and try and get in and solve them.

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How much money has been set aside for affordable housing?

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?170 million, of which 70 million are to

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Tell us one thing that people might not know

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People might not know that I am a fan of the 1970s pop

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group The Sweet and that I invited them to Peterborough

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in 2004 and set up my own concert.

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Because I understand what people want in Cambridgeshire.

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I will do my best to make sure that any houses that we build are

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accessible to the majority of the population.

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Where is your favourite place to go in Cambridge?

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My favourite place to go in Cambridgeshire...

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I guess that would have to be out on the Fens where I live.

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I just love driving across the Fens, the big open spaces.

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And we'll hear from the other candidates next week.

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But before that, there is a special programme called

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A Mayor for Cambridgeshire and Peterborough tonight straight

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after this bulletin on BBC One at 10:45pm.

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A new bike share scheme in Cambridge is proving controversial,

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The O-FO project allows cycles to be hired out via an app.

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Users can then leave them anywhere in the city once they've

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But there are concerns it could lead to bikes being dumped.

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With congestion on four wheels a problem in Cambridge, there is a

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Many of us use our bikes to get around here, but now

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there is something new in this old university city.

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Fresh from China, where the company claims to have 30

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million active users, with Ofo, you simply tap

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the bike number in the app, unlock, and off you go.

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We chose Cambridge because it is the cycling capital of the UK.

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Once you finish your journey, you literally kick the

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stand out, put the bike to one side, lock the back wheel and end

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But it is precisely because there is no

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docking system like so-called Boris bikes in London that it is causing

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At City Cycle Hire, they already rent out more than 500

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bikes and they are worried about safety.

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We rigorously check our bikes after every use from a customer.

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I can't see how this is possible with the Ofo scheme.

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Cambridge has already had a cycle share scheme go wrong.

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More than 20 years ago, many of the green bikes

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Although Ofo say they know where bikes have been left

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because of GPS on the smartphone app, some still have real concerns.

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It could be a dump-anywhere scheme if

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people aren't careful and what we don't want is for all of the

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responsibility effectively to fall on the council,

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because there aren't even phone numbers on these bikes

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The local council says Ofo haven't answered

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all their questions, so I put one to the firm.

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How are you going to ensure these bikes aren't

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left in irresponsible places or even just dumped?

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We have actually paid positions, we will be an employer

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within Cambridge, employing an on the ground team

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to round the bikes up and make sure that they are

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evenly distributed around the city where they are needed most.

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The project is being trialled for three

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weeks in the city, but more yellow bikes

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With the local council watching how the scheme will work in practice.

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A lot of cloud across the region, temperatures not as low as last

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night. The thickest of the cloud could produce some spots of light

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rain or drizzle. Some clear intervals, so it is possible that we

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will have lows of five or 6 degrees. Temperatures rising by the end of

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the night. The picture for tomorrow is relatively cloudy with this

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weather system coming from the north. That will introduce cooler

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here, but the day itself is relatively mild. Despite cloud cover

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and the lack of sunshine, there may just be some brighter spells at

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times, but it does look generally cloudy. We still may record

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about that and the UK outlook, Helen Willetts.

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The sunshine make such a difference this time of year, only 12 or so

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degrees under the cloud today but 19 in eastern Scotland not far away

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from St Andrews. Also in north-east

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