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Spy planes targeting ISIS, a multi-million pound deal


for military surveillance aircraft secures jobs in Flintshire and hopes


There's a strong market across the world for that capability and I


think we are well placed here in North to provide that.


The family of Miriam Briddon from Ceredigion, killed


by a drink-driver, are in Downing Street handing


in their petition calling for tougher sentences.


They've been selling flowers in Pontypool market for generations.


A new report looks at how to revitalise communities


I remember coming in here when I was a really little girl. It was so busy


here then. I come in and it's disheartening when no one thing


here. All of this can have food poisoning bacteria on. And concerns


over an increased risk of E. Coli with a growing trend for burgers


served rare. And Wales's Valley to Rally GB get started in North Wales.


They are the spy planes at the front line of surveillance


against so-called Islamic State in Syria and Iraq.


Tonight a ?130 million deal has secured Welsh jobs to maintain


Raytheon based at Broughton in Flintshire says North Wales


is now well placed for further expansion into Intelligence


This is the view from the cockpit of the Raytheon Sentinel,


the RAF's eye in the sky over Iraq and Syria.


The plane can fly for nine hours at a time, at 40,000 feet.


Surveying the land below using high-tech radar equipment.


It's helping to pinpoint a terrorist in the Middle East.


It's here in north-east Wales that engineers maintain the planes


which have their instruments and electrics installed


The fleet of five sentinels were due to be scrapped,


but in last year's UK Government's Strategic Defence Review


A decision that has secured 40 highly skilled jobs here,


and around 120 across the rest of the UK.


It's great to be here in North Wales at Broughton to announce


a ?135 million contract to sustain the centre now


here at Raytheon and ensure that this really capable aircraft


which provides an eye on the sky for our Armed Forces is going to be


Raytheon have been in business here for 20 years.


The company took over the Hawker jet company,


and move production to the United States but bosses


were so impressed with the quality of the workforce that the company


Engineers here are in the process of servicing one of the fleet


Today's news means that staff of all ages can have some job


We're going to be here for however long, I can still learn.


Move around different areas and get to know the aircraft.


And Shannon and her colleagues could see their workload


increase if the company can sell its high-tech


The market itself, I think, is a very strong market


for ISR, the intelligence for reconnaissance platforms.


There is a strong market across the world for that


I think we are well placed here in North Wales


This entire area is controlled by Islamic State.


Last year the BBC gained exclusive access on board one of the centre


now planes as it flew in nine hour mission over Iraq and Syria looking


John Skipper spent most of his 35 year military career working


in intelligence and was involved in developing the Sentinel.


He says it's a very valuable in modern warfare.


It can image in very high definition what is going on on the ground.


Enemy troop movements, and enemy positions.


Particularly effective in Afghanistan, or certainly


against Isis where you're trying to identify a small pocket


of very quickly moving and difficult targets to acquire.


Today's investment will assure that these planes are fit


for the skies above the Middle East for years to come.


Thanks, in no small part, to a highly skilled workforce some


A Pembrokeshire engineering company has gone into administration.


Main Port Engineering opened a new manufacturing site last March


with ?650,000 support from the Welsh Government


with the aim of creating 30 jobs and safeguarding the then


The company was served with a petition to wind


We will have more just after the ten o'clock news.


The family of a young woman from Ceredigion,


killed by a drink-driver, have taken their 100,000 name


petition to Downing Street to call for tougher sentences.


The motorist who killed Miriam Briddon will spend just two


The government say they will hold a review into driving offences


From Downing Street, Aled Scourfield reports.


It's been a long, painful journey for the family of Miriam Briddon's


since she was so tragically killed near Ciliau Aeron in March 2014.


Today the journey took them from their home in Ceredigion


to the gates of Downing Street in their battle for tougher


penalties for drivers that kill after drink-driving.


Not only have we been fully supported by our local community,


that's kept us going for the last two and a half years.


We've been supported across the whole of the UK.


We're very proud to be here to present this petition


on behalf of ordinary families like ourselves.


Miriam was just 21 when her Fiat Punto was struck by a car


being driven by Gareth Entwistle, seen here hiding his face outside


He pleaded guilty to causing death by careless driving whilst under


He was sentenced to five and a half years in prison,


but his sentence was cut by six months on appeal.


He'll serve just two and half years in jail.


Miriam's family have led a campaign for tougher sentences


And almost 110,000 people have now signed a petition supporting


them, which was handed into Prime Minister Theresa


A spokesperson for the Ministry of Justice told me the Government


is determined to make sure that sentencing fits the crime for people


who killed or seriously injure others on our roads.


The consultation on road offences and penalties will be launched


Miriam's family told me they are hopeful they will be


a change in line to light of the tragic story.


It's very hard to put into words the feeling of being here today.


We've worked hard for 11 weeks now, and we're handing this over


Quite frankly, there has to be a change.


We have to get to the point when a sentence fits the crime.


People need to understand that drink-driving is not an accident.


It is a choice people make with tragic implications.


I think the Government are mindful, we need, those of us campaigning


on this issue with the Briddon family, need to hold


The Briddon family say they will continue to fight


for tougher sentences despite their daily battle to deal


The UK Government says it's looking at whether there should be


a change in the law, in the wake of the Ched Evans case.


The Welsh footballer, who now plays for Chesterfield,


was cleared of rape in a re-trial earlier this month.


Labour has condemned the decision to allow the jury to hear the sexual


The Attorney General says this isn't "routinely used", but


A 23-year-old man has denied murdering his girlfriend in Cardiff.


Xixi Bi,who was 24, died at a property on Ely Road


Jordan Matthews, who's from Llandaf, was remanded in custody and is due


Ms Bi grew up in China, and had moved to the UK to study.


A teenager has been sentenced to four years behind bars,


after attempting to rob a village post office near Newport


with an imitation gun wrapped in a plastic bag,


and dressed in a smart suit and balaclava.


19-year-old Kane Wannell fled the Basaleg post office where there


were several elderly customers after the postmaster fought back.


Major infrastructure projects such as the M4 relief road and Metro


will offer "little" to some communities, despite costing over


?1 billion in public money, and the promise


A wide ranging report suggests that towns in the South Wales Valleys


would benefit more from having higher-skilled jobs,


so people would earn more and spend more locally.


The report concentrates on the town of Pontypool in Torfaen,


from where our economics correspondent Sarah


The entrance to Pontypool Park, a reminder of past glory.


But for decades here, like many other Welsh towns,


The indoor market has been refurbished, helped by EU cash,


The market, like the town, is not thriving.


The bulk of the work that is above minimum wage


Lots of people within the town work minimum wage,


As seen in London the report says the haves and the have-nots


It argues those struggling can be drizzly forgotten and big economic


projects can fail to touch communities in need


like this one, a mile from Pontypool town centre.


What's it going to do for those broader communities,


in particular of Pontypool that are so far distant from


The prospect of using that infrastructure to commute to work


in the big cities of Wales and beyond seems a very


It's in this part of the town that families are struggling most.


It's only a mile from the centre of Pontypool that you can


As you drive up, a few streets away large houses with big bay


Here's 75% of children under four are living in poverty.


The average income is ?16,000 a year.


Reducing poverty is a priority for the Welsh government and Torfaen


It hopes the Cardiff Capital Region wil help.


It can really bring the scale and ambition to the


If we really worked together I think we can combine that skill


with the local knowledge we bring to the table.


Getting ready for a day of inspiring children


with extra money from, among others, the Welsh government.


It's proud of low unemployment across Wales and says it's


developing a new strategy to support economic growth in all communities.


Its recently set up a valleys task force.


The Welsh government says investment is at record


In Pontypool the report says those who are more affluent are earning


and spending their cash outside the town.


The challenge is to grow higher paid jobs in town.


And there are positive signs, and old pub transformed,


new flats above, and a creative space for businesses below.


People will then grow outside this space.


Eventually they get bigger and they may take up


It means they can stay living in Pontypool.


It means they don't have to go to Newport or Cardiff.


Theyll buy their bacon sandwich in the market.


Beth White is the fourth generation of her family to sell


I remember coming in here when I was really little.


Obviously my mam had the stall and it was so busy then.


The report argues that if you can get more people with money


spending it in the town, that's good for people like Beth.


So what does this report suggest about other parts of Wales?


I think the detail of what we see in Pontypool is something that will


touch a nerve with a lot of people across Wales. Inward investment has


been a policy of successive governments for a long time. The


idea of attracting jobs in industrial parks and building good


roads to them so people can get there. The Government is right, we


have more inward investment and higher levels of employment.


Unemployment is below the UK average, but if you look at


Pontypool, I think lots of us know a town like that where people are


living and earning decent wages, but they are not working in the town


they live in and not spending money in that town either. In tall vine


about 40% of people don't even work in county. They commute. The


argument in this report is that with technology and the way people work


now you don't have to be in the same office as your colleagues and you


can bring the life back into towns. Thank you.


There's concern tonight that relaxing food hygiene rules around


serving rare beef burgers could lead to an increased risk


Demand for gourmet or premium burgers, served rare or medium,


has increased and experts say, while the risks are low,


serving under cooked burgers is a risk to public safety.


The humble burger, staple of the roadside van,


And increasingly being offered as a premium option


The sector has grown rapidly, the UK burger bar market is now


estimated to be worth over ?3.2 billion, up 22%


But it's how well you cook the burger which is causing much


debate, as the current trend is to offer high-end burgers cooked


We're at Coleg Gwent's catering department,


There'll be bacteria on the outside of the meat,


and on the meat as it's been handled and gone


It's not been killed by high-temperature throughthorough


cooking, it's just been warmed up a little bit, which actually


We would expect to see, for a properly cooked burger,


So this is a burger that's been properly cooked all the way through.


Responding to the trend, the Food Standards Agency has been


looking at how meat can be made safer for the industry to serve


rare, but environmental health experts here say it can't be done.


One of my concerns with rear burgers is that someone could get


E.Coli food poisoning, and someone could die


Right now we can't stop people offering their burgers,


if the business can absolutely guarantee that there is no risk


at all from the burgers that they serve rare,


My concern, the concern of the chartered Institute


of Environmental Science, is that nobody can guarantee that.


It's impossible to give that guarantee.


In fact, the Welsh Food Advisory Committee,


which advises the FSA's board, also disagreed with


I would hope that we take the opportunity to rethink the


Although I'm quite happy to recognise that it was arrived


at with the best intentions I don't think it's the best position


Here in Wales memories are all too fresh of the E.Coli outbreak


of 2005, which killed a five-year-old boy.


The man who chaired an enquiry into that outbreak has called


on the FSA to reconsider the relaxation of rules


and heed the advice of their scientific advisers.


Many of us, including myself, and I know experts


from Wales as well lobbied the Food Standards Agency not to go


down this route and not to, basically, relaxed the system


they had in place for many years which worked very satisfactorily.


Why change it just because of a change in public fashion?


I'm not saying that they've been giving into commercial pressure,


that you could say that's what it looks like.


The Food Standards Agency says their advice is clear,


serving burgers less than thoroughly cooked remains unacceptable,


unless a business can provide evidence to their local authority


However, FSA advice when cooking burgers at home is that burgers


should be cooked all the way through, no pink meat,


And high pressure building as we head into the weekend,


Engines are to be ready. We gear up for the start of Wales Rally GB in


mid and North Wales. And high pressure building


as we head into the weekend, looking settled, but not necessarily


that bright, a full A group of dentists and doctors


from South Wales is going to the so-called Jungle in Calais


this weekend to give medicine and clothing to people who've


been living at the camp. French officials cleared the site


this week and migrants have been moved to centres across the country,


but the group believes there are still people


in the area who are in need. It was once home to around 8000


people. Very close to the Calais ferry terminal they were desperate


to come to the UK. French police moved in this week to move migrants


to other facilities. Some slept without shelter last


night, activists on the ground worn many will simply return here after


clearance work is done. Groups of volunteers from Wales have


visited Calais frequently for the past year. Ali is a dentist chair


income brand, part of the latest group to offer help.


Despite thousands of people being moved to other homes there are


hundreds still there. The only difference being their accommodation


has been decimated. He was inspired by another dentist


from Cardiff who visited the so-called jungle camp last year.


He had lines queueing around him last year. He literally had got a


caravan, attached it to his car and was driving around doing all the


work he could possibly do. Sometimes people have problems they don't know


about. This can cause significant loss of quality of life.


They will take medical supplies and money with them.


It is basic humanitarian aid for me. I'm not concerned with the politics


of who wants to come to the UK. These people all deserve basic care


and aid which, unfortunately, in the jungle is not being provided. As


refugee centres they will tell you, the living conditions are poor. We


just want to help our fellow man. That is my philosophy. They were


temporary shelters built by people who had very little. Some now appear


to have even less. Ali hopes that practical help with the right some


relief as a long-term solution to the crisis seems a distant hope.


Students and staff at Swansea University were evacuated


earlier after a potentially hazardous chemical


The emergency services were called to the Singleton campus shortly


It's understood that steps are being taken to safely remove


the chemical and the Health and Safety Executive


I think most people were surprised it wasn't a drill.


This is the one time it isn't a drill.


They scanned the building to make sure no one was there.


At least half the campus are away, if not at home.


The latest radio listening figures show the audience


for BBC Radio Cymru has fallen to its lowest level this century.


101,000 people tuned in between July and September,a drop of 2,000


compared to the previous three months.


Meanwhile, Radio Wales increased its audience


to 340,000, attracting 7,000 additional listeners.


So how will the weather be looking for the event over the coming days?


A bit mixed over the next 24 hours, there is some rain heading


into parts of North West Wales, misty but mild and often cloudy


This evening starts dry, some clear spells further south,


but cloud thickening and that patchy rain pushing into


That rain further north comes from this cold front, also bringing


thicker cloud tomorrow, but it retreats back northwards


as high pressure starts to build in from the south later in the day.


Some mist and fog first thing tomorrow.


Slowly lifting, that mainly patchy rain and drizzle in the north


Some limited brightness later, light winds,mist and fog reforming


But still quite mild for late October at 12C in Gwynedd,


Some improvements as we head into the weekend, that high pressure


continues to build from the south keeping things relatively settled,


but quite a gloomy high with a lot of cloud around.


A lot of low level cloud, and just a light breeze allowing


a fair amount of mist and fog to develop overnight.


Temperatures won't drop away too much staying in double


A misty, murky start to Saturday, quite cloudy, but where we get


the breaks in the cloud southerly winds will make it feel quite mild


Through the weekend, high pressure drifts


It should still be should be dominant enough to block weather


systems from coming in, but always the north and west more


So often overcast but mild as we head into the weekend,


which looks mainly dry and settled, but could be quite cloudy.


The cloud thick enough for some rain and drizzle.


When the suns breaks through, feeling pleasantly mild


although where the sky is then clear overnight it will turn chilly


Finally this picture is from weather watcher ADJ,


who took this one of misty, autumn woods near Tonypandy.


Likely to see more mist and fog over the next 48 hours.


If you're near any of the forests of Mid and North Wales over


the coming days you'll almost certainly encounter


the Wales Rally GB - the penultimate stage


of the F-I-A World Rally Championship.


Teams from around the world are back to compete over


200 miles across Conwy, Denbighshire, Flintshire and Powys.


The event is about to be launched in Park Eirias in Colwyn Bay,


and Chris Dearden is there for us tonight, Chris.


Good evening. From the ceremonial start the first cars crackle their


way across the start line. That's where the Wales Rally the GB


formally begins. The work in the forests in Denbighshire this morning


for a shakedown. That is chance to iron out


last-minute problems. They would be there for real on Sunday. I have Ben


Taylor who is the managing director with me.


What is the attraction? There is a fantastic cloud here this evening.


It is the biggest event in North and mid Wales every year. Its second


motorsport in the UK, to Formula 1 Grand Prix. This is a big event. The


best of the World Championship rallying coming to Wales. And we've


a platform here which we really excited about.


It's been in Wales for 20 years, 16 years, I think?


Wachtel Wales get out of it? It's a fantastic host country. The Welsh


government have been incredibly supportive. They get back a ?10


million economic impact in the Welsh economy which is big numbers. It's


talking about local communities. You can't get a bed in Wales for the


next four days! We've also got primary schools and


rugby clubs and community groups benefiting from the event coming.


It's bringing masses of spectators with it.


Last year was really wet. I remember the driving rain and wind. With the


weather this year, what is going to like?


It looks like it will be favourable. We had a terrible time last year.


The weather looks fair. It's half term, the families and kids go free.


It's a brilliant way to end the half term holiday. We are really looking


forward to a fantastic regard. With less mud over the next few


days! Rallying starts tomorrow morning with the first stage. It


looks great to be a Chris. Rank you. Our headlines. Around 40 highly


skilled jobs have been maintained in Flintshire. Raytheon is benefiting


from a deal struck with the Ministry of Defence is worth more than ?130


million. And BBC Wales has learned tonight that main port engineering,


based in Pembroke Dock has gone into administration. We will, of course,


have more details for you on that story in late bulletin. That's at


10:30pm. You can see the latest online.


For now from all of us on the programme,


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