12/02/2017 Look East


12/02/2017

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Hello, I'm Amanda Goodman. stories on the BBC News Channel.

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Organisers say more than 400 people attended an open day

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at a mosque in Essex today, to extend the hand of

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Representatives of the Chelmsford Central Mosque said it was important

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particularly since US President Donald Trump's travel ban.

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But today, a call to the community to come to Chelmsford Mosque

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Caroline came with her friend and colleague, Fatima.

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Both are worried about the rise of Islamophobia.

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There is an outright hate of Islam, knowing full well what Islam is,

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Because often, the fear of the unknown, as I said.

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Events like this bring out the unknown into the known.

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I felt it was really important to come here today,

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we have been friends for a long time, and just to spread the love.

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I do not believe in what Trump is doing.

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Within an hour of opening, over 100 people were here,

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hearing first-hand what Muslims are doing in Essex.

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It is about dispelling myths and cutting a link with what some

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media has been doing with creating a link between Islam and terrorism.

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So things like this will help basically show we condemn all forms

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of terrorism and it does not matter what religion or faith they are.

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We are just showing we are part of the society, like anyone else.

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With Donald Trump planning to rejuvenate his travel ban,

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and an opinion poll out last week saying more Europeans and Brits

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than not actually support his move, it is hoped events like this

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will improve the people of Essex's perception of Muslims.

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Chelmsford Muslims have extended a hand of friendship,

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and they hope it will change some hearts and minds

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Three men are in hospital after being hit by a car

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Police say the vehicle was driven at the group

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at the Festival Leisure Park at about 5am yesterday.

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There had been an argument a short time earlier.

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A man and a 16-year-old boy have been arrested on suspicion

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Driverless cars are seen as the future of transport

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Now, one heritage society has published a report saying

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they could make roads safer and less congested, as well as transforming

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It's the car of the future, but not the distant future.

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In three years' time, we could see driverless cars on our roads.

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And the Norwich Society says this means the shape of our towns

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The two main differences are going to be that congestion

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will be be eased considerably, because driverless cars are much

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more efficient at driving than human controlled cars,

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so road capacity will increase by about 50%.

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The other impact is that it will affect car parking

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in a big way, in that people are unlikely to own their own cars,

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they will call up the sort of car they want for a particular journey,

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it will arrive at their front door, dump them where they want to go

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and then drive off, so you won't need any

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We've already seen driverless cars being tested in Milton Keynes.

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A two-seater with a top speed of just 15 mph and with cameras

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and sensors to avoid pedestrians could be the future

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I can see, like, transport in the future progressing

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and all that, but there just needs to be enough guidelines

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I think you've got to rely on human rather than technical...

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There is going to come a time when obviously,

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you're tired, you're, you know, you just want to sit

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Places like Norwich have evolved with the development

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The Norwich Society believes the introduction

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of driverless cars could start the next urban transformation.

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Well, having seen snow over the weekend, things are going to be

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feeling very different by the end of the week.

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But tonight, well, we seem to have seen the back of any outbreaks,

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so a mainly dry night tonight, still very breezy, though,

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A fair amount of cloud first thing, but some clear spells appearing

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later on, with lows of two or three Celsius.

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And tomorrow, still gusty winds, gusting up to 40 mph along

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the coast, that easterly wind biting and taking the edge

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There will be some bright and even sunny spells

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on offer for many of us, although some areas will be plagued

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But getting up to six or seven Celsius, but not feeling that way,

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Now, it continues to be quite breezy through Tuesday and Wednesday,

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but you can see there, we are up in the double figures,

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and by the end of the week, feeling a lot milder.

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That's it, we're back at 6:25 in Breakfast,

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I'm sure most of us are glad to see the back of this weekend. It's been

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cold, bleak and at times wintry. It provided some beautiful weather

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Watchers photos, like Sheffield

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