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‘ the ‘the uk, earlier we had snow parts of the uk, earlier we had snow in wales and shropshire and in scotla nd in wales and shropshire and in scotland last night it was the cold est scotland last night it was the coldest night of the autumn so far, minus seven degrees. so a real autumnal mix of whether happening, but we're focusing on the rainfall. this time further south and this is where the rain will behave through this evening. and southern england, berkshire into parts of london as well. really unpleasant cold conditions. overnight temperatures, not quite as low in the south night. 6 degrees but in scotland it could be as cold in the highlands, down to minus seven degrees again. the good news s if you are heading off to remembrance sunday services, it might be misty and foggy in the morning but on the whole it is looking not bad. this way the front isa looking not bad. this way the front is a precursor of things to come for next week.
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the conservatives lay out plans to train and employ thousands more gps despite failing to meet a previous recruitment targets. labour and the liberal democrats promised to fund more hours of free childcare, but providers expressed scepticism about the ledger is being funded. the environment agency says flooding still poses a danger to life in south yorkshire with seven severe flood warnings along the river don. angela merkel weeds events in germany to mark 30 years since the fall of the berlin wall. now, inside out. hello, i'mjacey normand, and welcome to inside out north west. on tonight's programme... we investigate the dangers posed
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by cheats on the roads who've never taken their driving test. people are out there, becoming victims of car crashes, fatalities, no fault of their own, because the people's stupidity feeling they don't need to have a drivers licence. a charity reveals how gardening could be the perfect tool for coping with depression. it has given my family have their freedom back, given their daughter, they mum, their sister and friend back. and the bits of rubble left lying on the beach which tell the story of the blitz. i can see people's lives and homes amongst the rubble. have you ever noticed bad driving on the road and wondered if the person responsible had actually passed their driving test? i've been investigating the growing
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number of people cheating the system to get their hands on a licence and asking, how safe are our roads? it just really does frustrate me that people think they can get away with it. you're actually not just risking yourself but you're going to kill innocent people. you are causing collisions, you are hurting people and you are also killing people. we all know the pressures of driving these days. there is more and more traffic on the road than ever before and it can be quite a stressful experience. but imagine if the person next to you had cheated on their driving test or even paid somebody else to take it for them. these are just some of the examples of people have been caught out driving without a license in our region. sometimes it can have devastating consequences.
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luckily the driver of the other car survived, but not without injury. the dvsa says that, on average, people need around 45 hours of training with an approved driving instructor to be deemed safe to use the roads in this country. on a test sheet there's about 28 subjects you're going to be tested on, so you're going to need at least 28 hours. but then once you've learned a new skill, you need to then practise that over and over. so i've come to a test centre in oldham to meet the experts tasked with the job of keeping our roads safe and finding the people trying to cheat. this year, in relation to theory test cheats, we have reported 743 cases, and on the practical test we have reported 146 cases. and on the practical test so that's the largest figures in the last five years we've ever reported. that doesn't necessarily mean the problem is increasing, what it does mean is that we are getting better at detecting it and taking them through the courts. in your experience, what's actually behind this —
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why are people prepared to put their own safety and the safety of others at risk by getting somebody else to take their test for them? it could be lack of ability to be able to pass a test, it could be a language issue which is a common problem, they can't understand the signs that on our roads as well, a british driving license is a good identification document, second only probably to a passport. so, just how are people cheating? the main ways that people cheat are on theory tests and that's using bluetooth technology. so if you can imagine an earpiece the size of an aspirin, that fits inside the ear, it's very hard to detect, and they will have someone communicating from outside the building, helping them pass the test and giving them the answers, basically. in your experience, what have you found to be the going rate for this? what are people prepared to pay to pass a theory or a practical test? it's significant amounts of money. and if you think, well, if they are prepared to pay hundreds of pounds then why not
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do this legally? i've always been quite embarrassed that it took me four goes to pass my driving test. and i'll never forget the first time i had my very first lesson, the instructor told me that getting in the car and getting a licence was effectively having a licence to kill. and that has stayed with me throughout my driving experience on the roads. so it's really shocking to find out that people were prepared to get on a road like this without a licence and put so many other lives at risk. craig booth knows only too well the damage an untrained driver can cause on the road. i've been a traffic cop for many, many years. there's too many people out there that feel they don't have to pass a driving test these days and its causing lots of problems for lots of victims and the emergency services. craig dealt with a recent incident where an unlicensed driver caused a multi—car crash
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with serious injuries. they didn't have a licence and had never bothered taking their test. had they not been driving so aggressively, then they are culpable for that because they are distracting the driver in front. the unlicensed driver drove off but was later tracked down and arrested. last year in lancashire we had 55 fatalities and countless serious injury collisions. i'm not saying that all the fatalities that lancashire had last year was as a result of people driving without driver's licences, but it was a big influence, and people fleeing scenes causes the emergency services a few hours more work, but we will catch up with you. if it takes us two hours or two days, we will catch you in the end. you must see all kinds of driving on the roads, how often do you see people that you suspect aren't qualified? i'd say i see people every day that don't follow the system that they were probably taught,
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which is to check mirrors, signal in time, giving people behind enough time to react to what they are doing. people that have not done the full driving course, people that have not done all of that, they won't have that skill. it's just being selfish. how can somebody... what's their psyche on that, that they are letting somebody take the driving test and they think it's perfectly ok to drive a car? itjust beggars belief, really. have you ever taken anyone out that you've suspected to be a driving cheat, and how do you look out for those tell—tale signs? i did have a case where i was dropping somebody not to his house — he wanted to be dropped short. and then once he wasn't there and the neighbour said to me, why are you teaching this guy? he drives to work every morning, i see him. and i actually confronted him and said, "i'm not sure how we are going to continue if you
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don't stop driving illegally." i mean, if you're driving and you're not qualified, obviously you've got no insurance, and basically they are just a menace on the road. so what's the future? technology gets better on both sides, technology gets better on our side as well. so we are becoming faster and more effective at tracking these people down. we want to make sure anyone that's using the road in this country has the ability and the aptitude to drive a car safely. i don't want to be on a road and i'm sure you don't want to be on a road with someone next to you that's driving a car that hasn't passed the theory test and practical driving test. the test centre staff are trained to spot anything suspicious. and the use of impersonators — where people are paid to fraudulently take the practical test for someone else — is also taken very seriously by the dvsa. we had a recent case of a 27—year—old female from moss side in manchester who presented herself as another candidate for a practical driving test. she impersonated that person,
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or she tried to impersonate that person, the driving examiner spotted her and she was reported to us and we took the case forward. and in january this year, she was sentenced to six months in prison. so it is a prison sentence? yes, we will always press for the highest sentence possible, and in these cases that's a custodial sentence. this year, the fact that we've only had to take 39 licenses back as opposed to somewhere in the region of 300 five years ago, shows that we are actually getting to these people before they are on the roads with an illegal licence, because we've managed to take it off them. but the fight to eradicate this type of fraud is ongoing. and the dvsa have three cases currently going through the courts. unfortunately, if someone doesn't sit their theory test, doesn't sit their practical test that you and i have, they are ultimately a more serious problem on the road. the likelihood is that you will get
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caught and the chances are that you will go to prison. accidents happen to people that are qualified, so if you've not passed your driving test and you are out there, you're a real menace. it's crazy to think that you would want to cheat at something that could save your life. people are out there becoming victims of car crashes, fatalities, through no fault of their own, because of people's stupidity, feeling they don't have to get a driver's licence. gardeners will tell you a day tilting the soil is good for the body and the soul. one cumbrian charity has taken that advice to heart, helping people overcome depression and anxiety. and it's busier than ever.
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it's thursday morning at the growing well site near kendal. i think i like the kind of physical side. just having to work stuff out. megan is part of the team at growing well, a group of volunteers who every week come together to improve their mental health by rolling their sleeves up and getting outdoors. i have had a little help on this all my life, since i was a child. just struggling. needed something to do. this was suggested. my doctor recommended it. it took me a while to... they recommended it a few times.
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the first time i came i really enjoyed it. i didn't think i would, but it is a really nice environment and everything, everyone is really nice. so we are just picking through rocket. the volunteers are working alongside james to pick and harvest the best veg on the field for their customers. the crop share is like a box scheme. people can pick up from us a bag of local seasonal organic veg that we only grow on site. growing well started 15 years ago last year the charity helped 120 people — many of them are referred by their doctor. it is just really good to have something other than prescribing to help people, and also something that is different to talking therapy as well. there is no strict
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referral criteria. like with a lot of services and organisations. if you did it like that... as well as gardening, volunteers can also take advantage of courses with the aim of building confidence, and in this case, having fun with clay. i don't know, i am thinking little shop of horrors, horror—style plant. the usual stuff you find in the poly tunnels. jane, who lives in kendal, has been coming to growing well for nearly four years. i was in a pretty desperate place. i had a nervous breakdown, my marriage had ended. i had been made redundant. i was left feeling quite isolated. i squirrelled myself away and kept away from society. coming here was a scary move but i think it has probably done me the absolute power of good.
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you have an opportunity to work with your hands, work in the outdoors. it is all an experience, a different way of healing. i was referred here by my psychiatric nurse after being diagnosed with bipolar. coming here has been an absolute lifeline. i started on the field and i moved into catering, and i am starting to take advantage of the courses they are running. courses range from horticulture right through to a successful back—to—work course. julian is another volunteer who has taken advantage of some of the courses here. i was diagnosed with post—traumatic stress disorder following an incident at work when i was physically attacked. that became severe anxiety. clinical depression, basically. it is a joy to be here. in every way. particularly if you have been on the edge and had ideas about not being here.
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let's put it like that. the service is free for everyone who comes. only a sixth of the budget comes from the crop share, the rest through fund—raising. £35,000 hasjust been raised recently. but last year the nhs stopped funding a project on the site — that was worth £100,000 a year. and currently there are no plans by the nhs to replace that cash. we cannot say that we are financially secure, we can't do that. we have filled a gap in our budget this year, with an immense amount of work and a huge amount of help from the community, but it is not sustainable. the closure of two other mental health charities in cymbria has put
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more pressure on them. more people want to come here, that is where we are at now. we are determined to keep going. but we have a great number of people who are wanting to access as. it is all hands on deck for packing up it is all hands on deck for packing up this week's produce. 64 bags of organic vegetables are heading to homes in cumbria, picked and grown ina very homes in cumbria, picked and grown in a very special way. it is nice to
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feel that you are part of something bigger than you and probably more positive then you can create by yourself. i can't praise it enough and you can't underestimate how much ofa and you can't underestimate how much of a difference it makes to your recovery. to my knowledge, there is nowhere else like it. as much as seeing the plants grow, i am seeing the people grow and i know that sounds cliche, but it is true. i can see a really quick changing people when they come here. it is a lifeline to lots of people, it has given my family their freedom back and it has given then there daughter, mum, and theirfriend back.
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now, did you know you could find remnants of the blitzjust lying around on a beach near liverpool? a young archaeology student has been trying to piece together clues from the world war ii debris — with the help of social media. jemma gofton‘s been to meet her. for years, emma marsh's family brought her to crosby beach as a childhood playground. but this is no ordinary seaside — these are the remnants of a devastated city. where there should be sand is now rubble — the remains of people's homes, offices, hospitals, factories and civic buildings. each has a story to tell, but likejigsaw pieces in a box, their histories are jumbled. now, as part of her university degree, 20—year—old archaeology student emma marsh is trying to unravel some of their secrets.
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i can see people's lives and homes amongst this rubble. this beach's hidden history begins a lifetime ago, in an age of fear. in may 1941 — two years into the second world war — the german luftwaffe turned its full attention to liverpool — the most important port in the british empire. for seven nights, liverpool and the surrounding areas were bombarded. it is hard to comprehend the scale of damage caused in a single week of bullets. -- blitz.
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according to the imperial war museum, 4,000 people were killed or injured, 70,000 were made homeless, and thousands of buildings were destroyed. here's one example. in walton on the 3rd of may — the worst night of the raids — a parachute mine, like this one, landed at index street. the blast from a parachute mine exploding above ground could demolish whole streets, and that very nearly happened here. on index street, house after house crumbled and 43 people died on this road in this single incident. originally, the street continued all the way over there, but, after that fateful night, there was only half a street left. the houses that once stood there — and buildings right across the city — were reduced to rubble. the question then arose — what do you do with millions of tonnes of smashed bricks and concrete? the answer was to move it
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to the coast and use it as a defence against the sea, that is why crosby now has a brick beach. it is a city on its side. this coastline was built to protect fragile dunes which are constantly under attack from the tide. well, from studying archaeology, i'm quite trained in spotting small things amongst this. so when you walk through i've seen stuff like tiles, flooring, so then i can start to see a picture of what this was. so for me it's very interesting because i can see people's lives, people's homes amongst this rubble. if i come across something here, i've tracked down a bit of information on it, i'll put it out on twitter and then within minutes i'll have people there who are experts and people who've lived in liverpool all their life and they know, they know these buildings,
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they know the style of architecture and they can be really helpful to me. now, this is very ornate. it's really detailed, really carved to a very high quality. you can see along the sides here, hidden by the seaweed, there's these roses which have been carved in. and leaves reaching up here and ending is some sort of a spiral scroll design. and it'sjust, obviously would have been on an important big building. i would say that, yes, i mean, even right behind it here there is another stone exactly the same colour, looks like it has been worked along this side, so i would say there is a building here amongst all this. ok, let's have a little wander, see what else we can find. this is some lettering. we can see the letters preserved here as a—l—l—s. and i think that it most likely spelt out threlfells, which was a very popular brewery which had many buildings across liverpool. many pubs as well would have had this on the front of their building.
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i was able to take photos of this and put them up on my twitter page. i had one person send me a photo of this from ten years ago that they took where you could see the original colouring, and the writing used to be bright blue with a paler blue background. and that would be impossible to know today. i mean, you can see tiny little bits of paint now that i know what i'm looking for, but without social media and being able to communicate with people that i'd never used to be able to talk to, who will have photos and will know this site very well, it'sjust been amazing in helping me find where these things came from. this is the one we came across on the beach where you can see the lettering. and i posted this image on twitter and someone got back to me with a location. so i can access maps from the 1890s up until the modern day period. and this is where you see the pub is marked on this map from 1890s and i can trace it all the way up until the ‘20s. so it's still there in the 1920s? still there in the 1920s, and i then started cross—referencing
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with aerial photographs from a similar time period. so this is a photograph from 1937. so there was this railway here, and then i followed along, along the railway, up this road and then across. and i was able to identify the building which is here. and the key feature of this building is there's four windows at the bottom, then three on the first floor and three on the second floor. that's a feature you can see. and then we can look at a later photograph, so this is from 1952 and we can use the same route. so we go to the old railway, follow the long road up. across, and at the first major turning we find the building. but the area looks completely different now. as does the building. as it does, yes. you can see the bottom floor still has the four windows and then the three, but the top floor is missing. and it is very clearly the same building. you can look at the road patterns, you can look at the maps. it is the same building but the top floor must have been blown off. can we see it present day?
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i'lljust go to google. and here it is. so it's got the four—three—three again, but the top floor is back. and here it is. wow! is this the first time you've seen it? yes, it is. first time i've actually been here. and you look at it now, it looks so similar to the piece that you found on the beach. yeah, it does. i would say they they tried to recreate it, after it was destroyed, as accurately as possible. these tiles, they all match, they all look similar. i think the whole frontage would have been redone, redecorated. it is a really good, really satisfying feeling. ifeel like i've put the puzzle back together and it's just great having access to other people through social media that can help me with this and then we can all find the answer. there are no signs or
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boards at crosby beach, explaining its history. emma hopes her work may one day lead to its heritage being more widely recognised. amazing! i wonder how many other beaches have used rubble from the blitz for their sea defences? that's all for now. goodbye.
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we had mist and frogs. —— fast. this weather front brought snow earlier on to wales and shropshire for example. rain in northern ireland, now rein in the south of the country. look at the temperatures, in some areas three or 4 degrees this afternoon. this evening it is going to be wet across parts of the midlands, but particularly southern central in that and the south—east, really u npleasa nt central in that and the south—east, really unpleasant saturday night here. in scotland, northern ireland and northern ireland, it is going to be colder. particularly in court scotland. clear skies and cold and temperatures could be down to minus seven degrees in the high winds like last night. the good news is that if you are heading out on sunday the weather is looking fine. they could be mist and bog lingering but on the
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whole it is dry. rain is forecast for sunday night into monday and we will have snow in the highlands.
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this is bbc news. the headlines at two... the conservatives lay out plans to train and employ thousands more gps, despite failing to meet a previous recruitment target. labour and the liberal democrats promise to fund more hours of free child care, but providers criticise them for not thinking through how they'll be paid for. the environment agency says flooding still poses a danger to life in south yorkshire, with seven severe flood warnings in place along the river don. angela merkel leads events in germany to mark 30 years since the fall of the berlin wall. translation: i remember you of the people who found their death at this wall because they were looking for freedom. i also remind you of the people who were trying to escape and who were imprisoned. india's supreme court rules that the disputed holy site


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