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Calls for action on financial abuse after a pensioner was conned out

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More time to search for a missing man's body in a landfill site

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amid fears the waste there has shifted.

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And after a wet day today, what are the prospects for tomorrow? Join me

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later. There are calls for better

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financial protection for vulnerable older people -

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after a couple conned an elderly Marjorie Webster from Peterborough

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gave her neighbour Kim Riley power of attorney -

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meaning she could make decisions But Kim and her husband Neil stole

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?150,000 from her account. They were jailed for 18 months

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and 28 months respectively. Remembering her friend of 40 years

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almost a year on from her death. Marcia knew Marjorie had made

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a mistake giving her and describes Kim Riley as a very

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cunning and intelligent woman. She saw the vulnerability of

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Marjorie, and as Marjorie's health declined she became closer

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to her but was always borrowing money from Marjorie,

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and Marjorie was so kind to them because of their

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personal circumstances, We just knew that they were no good

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but without proof there The financial abuse began

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here in Peterborough. With no family of her own,

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Marjorie befriended her neighbours over

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a period of 12 years, to the point

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where she trusted Kim Riley enough to legally look after

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her financial affairs, she lived in this house in

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Peterborough, and she put all her faith in Kim,

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and believed that Kim Kim played the daughter

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Marjorie never had, she showered her with affection

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and love, but it was fake. Only when she died

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did the executor to her will discover that her neighbours

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had cleared out Marjorie's bank The care home that

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she'd been living in got in touch fairly

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quickly after she died to say that the care

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home fees hadn't been

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paid for six months. Now, we knew at that time

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there should have been enough funds in the estate to have paid

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those care home fees, The firm of lawyers then

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reported their suspicions Funds were being used

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for all sorts of things, family holidays, pubs, restaurants,

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concert tickets, supermarket transactions, anything and

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everything, holidays in Egypt, and over a period of three years it came

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to about ?150,000 which equates to Kim and husband Neil

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Riley were found guilty earlier this month,

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and are tonight behind bars, for living the high life

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at Marjorie's expense. However, Marcia believes

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the financial abuse could have been avoided had Marjorie

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instructed two people instead of one The charity Action On Elder Abuse

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campaign for better Stephen McCarthy joined me earlier

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to explain what he wants to happen. Firstly, we're were

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looking for additional criminal charges to make

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an aggravated crime of elder abuse,

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so that's regardless of whether it's financial in this situation, or

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physical, or psychological, We think that as a starting

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point we think there is a real lack of deterrent

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at the moment. What about the lawyers, or financial

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sector, could they do more to prevent that happening

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in the first place? Banks should be able to keep an eye

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on this sort of thing. You would have thought they know

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when someone has made an attorney, they know what that relationship

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is and you would expect banks to be able to pick up on large sums of

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money transferring from the actual rightful owner of that money

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through to that attorney, and to then raise those concerns

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with the police or social services, but most importantly

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it is about raising that concern. So what sort of thing should people

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be watching out for, then, whether they work

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in a bank or perhaps work and social services

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and have some contact People pick up often

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on the disparity between the living conditions that the person might be

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in and their supposed financial situation.

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That's one. As well, people are not

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often able to pay bills all of a sudden

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when that shouldn't really be the case,

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and I believe that was a factor

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in this case as well. With older people needing help

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with their finances, If you are going to set up

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a power of attorney for yourself, to maybe look at more

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than one person to be attorneys. That way, one person

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can keep an eye on It's all about setting that power

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of attorney up correctly, but even within that there

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are limitations to power of attorney, and how safe someone

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can keep themselves financially. A 74 year old grandfather

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who was attacked in his own home was unlawfully killed

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a coroner ruled today. David Brickwood had 35 wounds

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to his body when he was found still conscious at his Northampton

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home 20months ago. He died despite the

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efforts of paramedics. His killer or killers

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have never been found. Police are appealing for anyone

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with information to come forward. I can't stress the importance

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enough of people coming forward, but people that have got

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evidence, there's been a lot of rumour and a lot of

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speculation, but somebody out there must know

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what happened, and it's those people

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that we want to come forward. The search for the body of missing

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airman Corrie Mckeague at a landfill site near Cambridge will continue

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for another three weeks. Mr McKeague went missing

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after a night out in Police believe he may have climbed

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into a commercial waste bin that was then emptied

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at the Milton landfill site. Clackamas specialist officers have

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been searching here for the past 11 weeks and so far they have found not

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a single link to the disappeared. What I have found as items relating

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to the date he went missing, and also to the location where he was

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last seen in Bury St Edmunds. It has been announced today that the

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searches to be extended, and to night his mother has paid tribute to

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officers involved. On a day like this, it really

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will be so difficult for them, and myself and the boys,

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our whole family, we really do appreciate what they're

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doing, and how difficult We've always said that,

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from the very start. The individual officers are having

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to put in so many hours and so much hard work for us,

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we really, really do appreciate it. When the police started the search

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they identify did a quarter of an area sized -- quarter of an acre

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sized area. Rubbish has shifted to fill that void, and that is why the

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search has been extended and is expected to go on for another three

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or three and a half weeks. As you may have seen

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on the national news, the Liberal Democrats

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launched their manifesto today. Our political reporter

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Mousumi Bakshi has been assessing how their pledges might affect

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the technology community in one Lunchtime in the city known

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as the heart of Silicon Fen. More than 5000 people work

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in the Cambridge science park. The city's importance is writ

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large in the manifesto, with peldges to double innovation

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and research sepdning. A key pledge acording to this

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financial technology director. I am the father of two young

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children so the future is something that is important to me

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because I have to consider sort of their well-being and welfare and

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what they are actually really going to do when they grow up, and really

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the rate of change within technology is so great that we really don't

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know what sort of jobs and the world and Britain is going to look

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like in another 20 years' time. The Lib Dems are also

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promising to protect the science budget but is such a narrow

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focus on a specialist sector the right course

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of action for voters? They are right to

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focus on science and technology. If you look at where the income

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and all the value and the jobs come from, it is very uniquely

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around Cambridge, Science is both critical

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for Cambridge but essential for the broader UK economy,

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so I think they are very Cambridge voted overwhelmingly

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to remain in the EU, so the promise today of a second

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treferendum has been welcomed here. A measure of success

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for the Liberal Democrats win back tightly

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contested like Cambridge. As well as focusing on Brexit,

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the party revealed it would build up to half a million

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a affordable homes over the next five years, but

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will it be enough in places like Cambridge

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where the average cost As well as the affordable

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homes building programme, the party also announced

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it would create a new start-up allowance which could play well

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in parts of this county. Last year, over 2,500 new

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companies began trading. And while it may go

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against the rest of the country, reversing Brexit plays well

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for this start-up company. We have 80% of our employees

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are non-British citizens. It isn't so much that

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we are trying to hire foreigners, we have had a hard time finding

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the right talent. The party is trying

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to win back Cambridge by gambling on Brexit,

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but whether that gamble pays

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off remains to be seen. That is the latest news here. Here

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is the weather. Wet weather continues this evening

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and for the first part of the night it is associated with this

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low-pressure weather system. It has picked up speed and will continue to

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play eastwards as we go through the night, still some further heavy

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bursts of rain possible, and then for the second half of the night it

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looked largely dry with some clear spells across the west. A little

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cooler than last night, temperatures holding at nine or 10 degrees for

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most of us. A different day entirely tomorrow, looking like a bright

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start and actually some good spells of sunshine through the day. There

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may be one or two isolated showers but for most of us it will stay dry

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through the day, cooler and fresher, highs of 17 or 18 degrees. The

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national weather is coming up but here is the outlook, and it looks

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like a regime of sunshine and showers for Friday and into the

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weekend.

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