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the other direction at the police, and then eventually, when they moved in fast enough, the raptor units, as they are called, moved in to try and grab as many protesters as they could, and at that stage the activists fled from the scene, and now it has kind of, as i say, returned to normal here, except that you can see still much of the debris of a political crisis now in its fourth month strewn all over the area. today is ‘world car free day‘ — with hundreds of cities around the world banning vehicles from their streets for a few hours. in central london, more than 16 miles of roads have been closed — with activities taking place across the capital, including a mass yoga session on tower bridge.
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other cities across the uk have also been taking part — with the aim of tackling air pollution. now it's time for a look at the weather with phil avery. our weather is on the change, and some of you will have already noticed that we don't have a big area of high pressure with warm weather, we have atlantic fronts bringing belts of cloud and rain or showers ever further towards the north and east through the rest of the afternoon, on into the evening and indeed overnight. following on behind, yes, a scattering of showers, many dying out, but despite clearer skies, not a cold night, and that will be a feature of the forthcoming week. make the most of the dry starter in northern ireland, wales and the south—west, because it will not stay that way, already the next set of atlantic fronts bringing cloud, wind and rain. the old weather front looking across the far north of scotland, but in between, northern and eastern
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parts, a really decent sort of day, temperatures in the teens, if not the low 20s, but the forthcoming week marked by further spells of wet and windy weather. take care. hello, this is bbc news with lu kwesa burak. the headlines... labour insists it can win a general election — as arguments rumble beneath the surface over the party's brexit stance. we are the only party offering the people a say and i think around that come whole labour party can unite. ido i do not think it is sustainable for us i do not think it is sustainable for us to maintain a neutral position. meanwhile, the party is promising free prescriptions for all — as it tries to put policy back in the spotlight — at a party conference overshadowed by internal rows. thomas cook is holding emergency talks as it tries to agree a rescue deal to prevent it from going bust.
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now a closer look at stories from the eastern counties with inside out east. the motoring offences committed by 999 staff while they are on duty. if members of the public think they should be judged as they are, officers spell drive exactly as they do. they will not be to get to jobs like westminster bridge terrorist attacks. how one man because so much damage to rare birds. and the story of the teenagers who love cricket, journey to lord's cricket ground in that started in afghanistan. first, when the police, fire service or embolus get the call, they will speed and jump the lights. police or ambulance. it is expected and we trust them to only break the rules when it is absolutely necessary. we have discovered there has been
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a 50% rise in the number of motoring offences caused by on duty drivers in the past three years. catching criminals can be dangerous and difficult. these officers are learning techniques to keep the risks to the minimum. tim rogers is from the police federation. on a normal blue light, you will see officers increasing speed limit, contravening various traffic signs. the number of vehicles used to box this process, the stinger is used to deflate the vehicle's tires, hopefully bringing the speed down to an appropriate level that would make it a safer option to engage in. despite the training, things can go wrong. we found there has been at least 7a,000 crashes involving emergency services vehicles in the uk
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over three years. with a rise of a third in the east, which is well above the national average. emergency services drivers know they are taking a risk. they can be prosecuted at any time for dangerous driving. one accident currently being investigated is whenjesse whitehead was hit by a police car when she was riding her mobility scooter earlier this year. her daughter kerry smith could not believe it when she got the call. over the road is where she was crossing, she crossed to the side of the accident happened on their side. it was just horrendous, ijust broke down. sorry.
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and then i had to wait for the rest of the family to arrive. it is very difficult, very difficult. where the collision happened is really awkward for us, because this is the main road that we have to use everyday. everyday i get in my car and pass the spot. ijust feel so sad, it is awful. yes, it is a very busy road, but the whole family know there's road. i was actually brought up just down the bottom of the road. that is where we live in our family home. if you stand here for an hour you will see at least five police cars at that speed, some with sirens, some without, some with lights.
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flying up here. warwickshire police said they could not comment because of the ongoing investigation. we have discovered a 50% increase in fines and points given to on duty emergency drivers in the uk over the last three years. but everyday all emergency service drivers have to balance trying to get the job done while trying to remain safe. milton keynes paramedics have invited me to experience their training. it is a lot harder than it looks. drift over to the left. slow down. quite tight. that's it.
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iam all i am all right when i concentrate. what you have to do this time is go through and not cross your arms and hands over the wheel. keep your hands at ten and two. and you are not going to let the wheel slide through your hands. finally i do it. even if it is a bit on the slow side. well done. perfect. although by law they can break speed limits, this man says they too can still be prosecuted if things go wrong. normally our rules are one and a half times past a speed limit, that is kind of the guideline. the general rule of thumb is 1.5 times the speed limit, up to 105 mph. we are allowed to treat a red light is a give way sign, we can go through a red light, but not at full speed. 15 mph provided people have given away.
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most importantly we are not exempt from dangerous driving. if we are considered to be dangerous, we will be prosecuted the same as anyone else. every time we drive it has to be in the best interests of others, the patient, the public. we cannot go the wrong way down a one—way street. it is just too dangerous. they are the fundamental ones, lots of little ones depending on where you are, but we are not exempt from dangerous driving. you are not just driving at that speed. if you are working on an ambulance, you can focus more on driving, but if you're a solo responder you will be expected to make radio contact with control, so you will be talking on a radio, reading the updates they send, it is like an ipad at the front, updating everything about the patient. you will be expected to read all of that and take it in whilst you are driving.
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the biggest, for us is not knowing what other drivers will do. we assume that everyone can see or hear us when we have our blue lights on, we can hear it and we know we are driving, but a lot of the time if you have music turned up you will not be aware of what is coming up behind you. most people do not look in their mirrors as often they should. whilst they are permitted to break the rules you and i obey, it is about balancing the risk. if you go to a child hit by a bus, you will drive a lot faster than anyone else on the road, and as sooner you start travelling at speed there is an increased risk of actual have a collision. we do our best to mitigate that but it cannot be helped sometimes. sometimes police officers use extreme tactics. i'm now a change in the law is being introduced, giving them more protection from prosecution. they will bejudged against the driving of a careful competent and suitably trained police driver, rather than the standard applied to you and i which not everyone thinks is right.
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that is giving police free rein to not be accountable for any injuries that may cause to the public, and i don't think that's right. they are given the training and expertise to be able to deal with these situations safely. they should be able to be held accountable for what happens. the question is, where do you draw the line when things go wrong? will this change in the law be a too far? isn't there a danger that it is just going to be a get out ofjail free card? no. if they drive recklessly, you would expect them to be dealt with. what would you say to members of the public to say you should be judged by the same standards as them 7 if members of the public think they should be just as they are, officers will drive exactly as they do, they will not be able to get quickly to job such as the westminster bridge terrorist attack.
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they won't get to moped crime epidemic we have seen in london. they are asking for is that you are trained to do it, do not allow me to break my law, break the law by using my training. we're still waiting for the new rule to be introduced. collecting eggs from birds nests is illegal. even though very few people are still stealing eggs, the crime is still a big threat to some species. but this is the story ofjust how one man caused so but this is the story ofjust how one man caused so much damage to rare birds. eggs are wondrous things, strong enough to contain a check, then enough to enable it needs to hatch. this egg comes from a nightjar, a reference collection, 100 years old. if i were to take an egg from wild nightjar nest, i would be breaking the law. interest can become obsession. egg collectors can put species at risk by stealing
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all their eggs of some rare birds. it is an illness, compulsive behaviour, collecting eggs. i got one hell of a bar is at finding rare species. 2007, inside out filmed an interview with a convicted egg collector. he has illegally taken thousands of birds nest in the wild. many of which were indigenous. —— many of them were endangered species. —— many of them were endangered species. at the time we granted him anonymity because he said he was a reformed character and was assisting the police in theirfight against egg collectors. it was in their blood, sorry to say. i knew one day i was going to get caught and it was a relief. but it was also a sad thing to see them all go. but there you are. to see your collection go?
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i used to look at them for hours. especially the eggs that had marks on them, used to think, i know where they come from. but it turns out he wasn't reformed. so now we can reveal his identity. he was in fact one of britain's biggest egg thieves. daniel ling. after that interview he simply carried on and amassed a further collection of 5000 eggs, all of which were hidden in his home in norfolk and discovered last year. these are the drawers as we found them, custom boxes all over his house, various bits of furniture. a lot of them are double—layered. a lot of them were nailed down. inside all of them you have just got all these clutches of eggs from all of eggs from oliver the county. nightingales. police constables tom and leah were counting the eggs until the early hours
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of the morning. nightjar. we were thinking we have found all the eggs. then we found this blue chest which was screwed down, when we opened it up. we started to realise every piece of furniture, stuff that shouldn't contain anything had been manipulated. tojust be crammed full of clutches of eggs from top to bottom. every possible space, every concealed area, started to realise we would have to not just open the cabinets, but every square inch, a really thorough search. it just didn't stop. no, no. it didn't. 5266 of the top of my head. he was sentenced to 18 weeks in jail but has now released. jenny shelton is investigation officerfor the rspb. at their headquarters
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in bedfordshire. daniel lingham's actions will have caused a lot of damage to birds that we are trying our utmost to protect. this is things like nightjar, nightingale, turtledove. birds of real conservation concern. the turtledove is an interesting example, how much damage they feed do? we have lost 93% of total doves since 1994, which is a huge number of these lovely birds. it is something the rspb is spending £a00,000 a year to protect and reverse this trend. to think that on the other end of this people like him are taking the eggs and preventing it is devastating. after daniel was convicted for the second time, his eggs were taken to the natural history museum's a collection in hertfordshire. this is just a small proportion of daniel's egg collection. i can see some linnet eggs, chaffinch eggs, utterly exquisite. the really great news is the entire collection has come
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here to the natural history museum where hopefully it will be put to good use. there were hundreds of thousands of eggs in the museum, gathered over the past 200 years when egg collecting was legal. how did you first hear about this second case? i was in new zealand, at a conference, and the police contacted us and said that the case was going ahead. would there be any potential scientific utility to that collection? i was very clear, yes, there properly was. what this gives us is modern comparative samples which we can look at alongside eggs were taken a century ago. are these eggs been used in any current research work? yes, we are about to use these three clutches of lapwing eggs in a major
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study which we are working with the beijing university at the university of bath on the evolution of egg shape and size in waders. one of the things that the team is most interested in looking at is changes over time. all of the major concerns that we have in terms of climate change, changes in the environment, changes in agricultural practice, these can begin to feed into the story that we can extract out of two centuries of a collections. even though very few people are still stealing eggs, the crime is a significant threat to some bird species. egg collecting is dying out, thankfully, we think there are about 20 or so egg collectors still left in the uk. this has declined rapidly in the last 10—20 years and it was largely as a result of the introduction of custodial
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sentences in 2001, so the threat ofjail has acted as a huge deterrent for a lot of would—be egg collectors. hopefully, we are appealing to people, if you see anyone acting suspiciously, it is worth giving us a call. it is astonishing that one man who knew so much about birds at their nesting habits could have done so much damage, and any benefit to the scientific community as a result of studying those eggs is easily outweighed by the harm done to some of our rarest breeding birds. they arrived in luton as refugees from afghanistan. struggling to adapt to a new country. now they have a passion, togetherness and a real sense of identity. all thanks to cricket. james has the story. an evening cricket match in the shadow of the m1 near luton. there is everything you would expect. bat, ball, bravado.
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but there is something unusual about these teenagers. they and their families have fled the taliban in afghanistan and cricket here has changed alliance. —— cricket has changed their lives. one of the players in the team as their captain, 18—year—old. his family arrived here ten years ago, adapting to a different culture and community wasn't easy. it was hard because what i used to go to school, no english, nothing, try to look one person at then another one, because they were speaking, how am i going to learn this language? and school, the boys was getting bullied sometimes. he can't speak english, you cannot do this, that. in the beginning it will be hard for you for about six months, how will i find friends? how will i learn the language? who will i play with?
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who will i work with or what type of people will they be? are they good people, bad people? cricket has given him those friends and much more. this man has been working with them for a year. come and meet my team, the most passionate cricketers you will come across. i will introduce you to him. he is a tremendous batsmen. in 20 overs, he has hit over 160 runs in a 20 over match, remarkable, that shows his hand eye coordination, passion, unbelievable. again, and other tremendous talent. an excellent role model for the community, he helps in making the team come together.
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because i have known them on a personal level, they have showed their respect and i am older than them, they look up to me in some way, i don't know why, but they do. they show me respect and have given me the role of the leader. he is a key member of our team. we didn't have nothing, but now he is making teams as matches for us to play cricket. cricket changed my life. come on in there! beautiful! he with 150 boys and girls from 25 different ethnicities across luton. he knows what it is like to feel like an outsider. his family originally came from pakistan. when i look into their eyes and i see, not only them being isolated and vulnerable, but i also see a lot of fear.
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and when i saw these young boys, it almost brought my own background... being born and raised in luton, there is a lot of racism, and i know how it feels to be isolated, and made vulnerable, because i had stone thrown through the window every other night, being chased by dogs. when i saw they met all came back to me. these young kids are on the same position i was once upon a time. if i can help them overcome and face these challenges and give them a pathway, i will have done a good job. training over, now it gets real. they are off to play their first match against a local village side stop have called themselves luton blue tigers. having been together less than a year, they are up against an experienced team. they have everything to prove. very excited. we have only played in luton,
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this is the first match we are going out and facing an actual club. we are excited as a team. i am very excited. going to go out there and prove everyone wrong, show them what we can do, what we are capable of and win the match. it is a dream match because the first time we were playing outside luton, we only play local cricket and that is all indoor cricket, that is not really that much. i am really excited. they have come to one of the most beautiful and picturesque grounds in the country. south hill park in bedfordshire. can they win? in the name of allah, the most merciful, we have this opportunity to show your own abilities. this is your opportunity to play your hearts out. a traditional game, your first game you are playing away from home. this is your time.
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he wins the toss and decides to bowl. have a good game. south hill get off to a decent start. a change in bowling helps and the tigers take a few wickets. south hill reach a total of 103 runs. it is a challenging target, but the boys are feeling confident. they hit some terrific shots. but then the heavens open, they are chances are looking bleak. but captain leads an incredible fightback. you can do this! from nowhere, they win
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their match in the last over. a result that means everything. skip innings! what are we saying? everyone did good, i am proud of everyone, but no time will do it again. skipper was man of the innings! great game of cricket, we have a cup to present to our man of the match, which is this man here. play to that standard, excellent team. some of the best cricket we have had up here all season. great game came down to the final over, and really enthusiastic which is what we love to see, people who love the game, great joy playing them. a year ago, they were restless teenagers short on opportunity in a new country. now they are a team, they have a passion, and an identity.
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and it has earned them a very special trip. they have been invited to lord's, the iconic home of cricket. they have seen how welcoming the united kingdom and england has been towards them. it is very... they've gone beyond what they could have imagined. they started to believe in themselves. that is very important, having aspirations. we have been able to create that realistic aspirations for them, that they can play the game and there are opportunities for them to develop as individuals. and as cricketers. some of the greatest played here and walked through here, and i walked on the same steps, it is a dream come true for me. thinking now, if i practise more, if i have faith in myself, i am sure that i can play here, hopefully. when i came inside the doors
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of lords cricket ground, i was thinking, i should push more, i should be harder. cricket changed my life a lot, because before all we did was roam around the streets. that is all we did, now i am getting this opportunity to play cricket, as a team, come together and be a strong team and go outside luton and other teams and i am really happy and amazed what we have achieved.
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bringing bouts of cloud and rain or showers ever further towards the northeast to the rest on into the evening and overnight, yes, scattering shows her time in many of these dying despite the clear skies, it won't be a cold rice and i'll be a feature of the forthcoming week, make the most of northern ireland, wales and the subtlest of england on monday because it won't stay that way here already in the next set of atla ntic way here already in the next set of atlantic france bringing the cloud wind and rain and the old weather front moving across the far end of scotla nd front moving across the far end of scotland but in between northern and eastern parts, monday the temperatures well into the teens and not the low 20s and the forthcoming
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week, marked by further spells of windy weather. this is bbc news. the headlines. labour insists it can win a general election — as arguments rumble beneath the surface over the party's brexit stance. labour is at a crossroads now. i don't think it is sustainable for us to maintaina don't think it is sustainable for us to maintain a neutral position. meanwhile, the party is promising free prescriptions for all — as it tries to put policy back in the spotlight thomas cook is holding emergency talks as it tries to agree a rescue deal to prevent it from going bust. angry scenes in hong kong — as pro—democracy activists disrupt transport services protesting against what they see as china's growing interference. cities around the world close their streets to traffic for ‘world car free day‘ — organisers want to promote greener


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