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Hello. First today, an exclusive interview with the partner of an


army veteran jailed for an armed He is very ill. He is not a bad


army veteran jailed for an armed I am not stupid. I would not stay


with somebody who was a bad person. The university is fighting for the


cream of the crop. Stepping into the world of work, the students saying


no to debt and yes to a wage packet. And a year on from Olympic bronze,


the World Championship bar proves too high. First this evening, an


interview with a partner of an Army veteran jailed for an armed siege


Jane Hill—Phillips has hit out at the sentence given to Mark McLees


post—traumatic stress disorder. the sentence given to Mark McLees


Beds. He thought he was in a war zone, as he held police at bay for


five hours at his home in Leighton Buzzard. She says he needed help,


Jane Hill—Phillips is standing by her man. She believes Britain will


do nothing to help her partner's post—traumatic stress disorder.


Throughout her relate —— throughout their relationship she has witnessed


his suffering. He gets quite angry. We get nightmares, he does not


sleep. He suffers night sweats. All the typical sort of symptoms you


get with post—traumatic stress Corporal Mark McLees believed he was


This is the moment he was arrested after an armed stand—off in Leighton


buzzard. This week, he was jailed for two years after pleading guilty


to making threats with an imitation firearm. It is a sentence which


to making threats with an imitation left his devastated. What happened


that night and the events of that night must have been terrified ——


terrifying. I accept that. Do I think the sentence was hired? Yes, I


do. Mark served with the Sutherland Regiment for 18 years. He had been


struggling to adjust to life with a civilian and had spent a number


struggling to adjust to life with a A charity which helps ex—service


case. Trustees say many others could situation. There is no emergency


pick—up from this problem. Charities help, but they have got to get to


rock bottom before anyone recognises there is a problem. The day before


his breakdown, Mark McLees tried to seek help but without success. His


partner accepts many people were terrified by his actions that night,


but she wants people to know the probe soldier and not the prisoner.


He is not a bad person. He is the most caring and lovable person I


punished, but face prison will do more harm than good. —— she fears.


In a statement the Ministry of Justice said: Sentencing is a matter


for the independent judiciary. Defence, around 4% of veterans


Stress, an organisation set up to help struggling veterans, estimates


that around 20% have some form of mental health issues and they say


that 3.5% of the prison population Well, earlier I spoke to Steve


Pettitt from Combat Stress and I began by asking him, what is being


done to ensure that more veterans don't end up being sent to prison? I


hear a lot that we did not know don't end up being sent to prison? I


to do, we did not know who to seek help from. It would be beneficial


for ours if, if you have problems, contact Combat Stress or the Royal


British Legion. That signposting is what the Government could do. But


organisations like ourselves to what the Government could do. But


trouble is, you see, that quite often the veteran does not know


trouble is, you see, that quite has a problem. It is only when some


family member or friend says that he thinks he might be suffering that he


take stock and do something about it. That could be ten years after he


has left the services. There will be those who say the law is the law.


And that as tragic as it is, this punishment had to be in some shape


or form issued as a result of the distress that was caused. I would


agree with that. I don't think any veteran seeks exemption from the


law, and I don't think the civilian society would expect him to. Mark


McLees's partner thought he had society would expect him to. Mark


harsh sentence, I could point her in the direction of people who had


And if you or anyone you know is affected by the issues raised, you


As you'll know it's A—level results day, and across the east students


have been finding out how they've done. For some of our universities


university admissions mean they done. For some of our universities


have to work harder to attract the best students. Mike Cartwright


nervous moments, as students open their results. Most here are hoping


to go to university. It is not what I was hoping for, but I know I have


got in any way. I have a scholarship I got a A in biology, and a A in


At the University of Bedfordshire's students find a course. This year


2,500 have enrolled. There is a relaxation of the rules, —— but


there's a relaxation of the rules put more pressure on universities


performance, so we are a university that takes people at all ranges


performance, so we are a university applications this year are up. It


has made an interesting market for higher education, and universities


are now having to think differently about how we recruit students.


is that time of year when students discover how they have done, and


As the financial pressures of going to university grow, more and more


apprenticeships. Anna Todd has been Cambridgeshire who has landed a


Turning his back on student life, Ross Payne has landed an accountancy


company Deloitte, to earn a decent outsider sometimes, but there has


university has risen a lot lately. So it seems more beneficial to get


some practical experience, and earn money in a salary rather than come


out with a lot of debt. Kelly also became a trainee straight from


Deloitte's bright sparks programme We are looking for very strong


candidates. The places feel very quickly, we are recruiting now for


next September, and the competition has definitely increased over the


Apprenticeship Service say A—level results day is now its biggest time,


benefits of learning and learning. If a person is apprentice trained,


they will have a premium over the kind of qualifications. The gap


they will have a premium over the narrowing between that which premium


and —— between being apprentice Ross will have to get used to buying


Well, a little earlier I spoke with John Bridge from the Chamber of


Commerce in Cambridge, and began by asking what he thought the education


system could do better to prepare We need to understand how we can


equip young people much better for the work environment. We obviously


achievements that young people have made and the results they have got


today, but the end result is that most of them need a job or a career


in order to earn money and get the deserve. But how do businesses get


into the schools? This seems to deserve. But how do businesses get


big disconnect between schools and worse. One problem is the funding


mechanism that is being used by worse. One problem is the funding


education department, where cash is number of pupils in sixth form.


education department, where cash is the schools are focused on how many


they do not want them in vocational training or in businesses because


clearly that has an impact on the way they run the school. But between


the age of 14 and 18 you are not thinking about your first job, you


are thinking about University. But particular areas, they need to


understand the type of companies we available, and the skills that they


wherewithal as well, and they need to know where the —— this can be


connectivity, we need to get better careers advice. At the moment what


we are finding is that lots of careers advisers are being made


redundant because of the current situation in the way the schools are


focusing in a completely different way. Businesses are really concerned


about the end product, and the young people are being disadvantaged


because they are not equipped for Peterborough has stopped running


Firefighters believe that a spark from a locomotive caused the fire


which destroyed 40 acres of crops yesterday. Trains are now being


New technology has allowed police in Cambridgeshire to drastically cut


Operators used to answer calls within an average three minutes


Operators used to answer calls but now 95% of calls are answered


England, the Care Quality Commission and the local watchdogs say that


they need to deal with staff shortages.


A clamp—down on knives in Clacton seems to have paid off. In the three


months to July there were more than 30 reported knife—point robberies.


Extra police were drafted in and no similar robberies have been reported


for the last month. Still to come: Another disappointing


day for our athletes in Moscow. And invariably test state of the art


dummies helping to train our flying medics.


The news is all about those A—level results today, but exams,


particularly English language exams for foreign students, are big


business in our region. Tonight in our series looking at


companies which export, we look at the work of Cambridge English


Language Assessment, which has been doing business for 100 years. Dr


written in Cambridge, printed in Cambridge, but these exam papers


will be taken by students in 180 different countries. The company


that produces them is part of Cambridge University, recognised the


world over. it is very well recognised because Cambridge


University is one of the top five recognised brands in the world. That


has helped this business grow. It has been exporting exams for over


100 years. The attention. This is the first exam paper that was set


back in 1913. Among the tasks they had two hours to write an essay on


subjects which include the effects of political movements on


19th—century literature in England. But here are just three candidates


sat the exam. Not one of them passed. 100 years later they now use


computer—based tests as well. But when you sell to the world, you need


to be able to speak to the world as well. The mac ——. we offer support


in other languages as well. the employee around 400 people. Jobs


that depend on exporting success. Dr Mike Milanovic is the Chief


Executive of the unit. When I spoke to him earlier and I asked him how


the unit came into being. Originally it got involved as part of a


programme for a teacher of modern languages. It has now grown in


scale. Those exams 100 years ago are very different from today 's. Pretty


different. The exam 100 years ago took over 12 hours to do. And there


was only one exam. We are talking this week about exporting. You are


exporting knowledge and examinations. Where does the money


from that go? the money that we make from exams gets invested again in


our business. We are part of a group, Cambridge Assessment. So some


of that money will go back into the university, to support that work,


which in turn supports us. how important is it to have the words


Cambridge University on it? it is really important, it is one of the


leading universities in the world. The quality that it represents


underpins the work that we do as well. Everything that we do must


reflect the same quality standards as are achieved in the University.


At the moment I know you reach into 130 countries. Either more that you


are waiting to move into? English is so important that although we are in


more than 100 and 30 countries now, I am sure we will eventually be


present in almost every country in the world. The developing nations


and the fast—growing economies, China, India, countries like that


are very, very interested in English language and an English—language


qualifications. A lot of our growth and development over the last decade


has come from countries like that. But it is equally true in Europe


that, as the European policy of mother tongue plus two languages


spread around Europe, English is very important and that context as


well. Hundreds of thousands of children are doing our exams in


Spain and Italy and France. A 12 hour exam! It puts those


A—levels into perspective. If you have a serious accident or if


you are taken seriously ill you want the best care around you want it


fast. For more than 40 years, MAGPAS has been playing a vital role in


providing just that. At the moment the


Cambridgeshire—based charity provide critical care cover 18 hours a day.


But soon they will be working 24/7. They have a new training scheme to


help provide more paramedics and a new helicopter.


Landing close to the new Magpas training centre in Huntingdon, the


new orange Explorer. On the board, next Foster, the first doctor in the


UK to specialise in prehospital emergency medicine. It has now been


recognised as a subspecialty, like gynaecology or paediatrics. They


have approved a curricular minute and standardise training has


started. Magpas also claim a first, with this


new training scheme. Already a paramedic, Chris is giving up his


time to complete the course, which will allow him to volunteer with the


team. Made any mistakes? yes. We are learning from previous mistakes that


have been made. This is the place to make mistakes. the doctors and


paramedics work on a series of highly realistic scenarios. Chris


and his team are trying to save the life of boys hit by a car. —— a boy.


it is nice to be tested. We get hot and bothered and a bit stressed but


it is well worth it. We sedated the child initially to maintain his


earwig, gain control of his pain. #.


Using a rapid response vehicle, Magpas do several runs a day. All of


this is designed to help people who need critical care before they get


to hospital. As a result, saving lives.


It has been a tough day for our athletes at the World Championships


in Moscow. This morning it was 18—year—old Jessica Judd from Essex.


This afternoon it was the high jumper Robbie Grabarz from St


Neots. Jessica Field to qualify for the 800 metres final. And Robbie


Grabarz missed out on a medal as well.


It has not been a happy World Championships for either Greg


Rutherford yesterday Robbie Grabarz today. Robbie actually spent his


formative years training year at the Bedford athletic Stadium, but today


two metres 29 centimetres was not quite good enough. It was won by a


Ukrainian athlete. He just missed out on a world record, in fact. That


is how high—quality it was today. Behind me you can see the sprinters


erect Bedford County athletics club. Nigel Levine has still got a chance


of winning a medal. He started he read Bedford as well. But Robbie


Grabarz, like Greg, it just was not his day to day.


They gathered to see if one of their own kid when Britain another


priceless medal. Robbie Grabarz spent years at Bedford County


athletics club. It has been a difficult year for him after the


Olympics, but provided that he gets his act together now he is in with a


chance. What do you think, is he going to be lucky today? yes, I


think so. Bronze medal, I'm guessing.


Robbie ran into trouble at two metres and 29 centimetres.


He cleared it on the next attempt but it was last chance win at two


metres and 32 centimetres after two failures.


Two metres 29 centimetres was good enough for Bobby to win bronze last


year. One year and the bar has been raised higher and Robbie could not


make it over. The high jump collective stayed to watch the rest


of the high—class competition. Earlier and another of Bedford 's


finest, Nigel Levine, was rescued as his relay team—mates qualified for


the final. But disappointment for Jessica Judd who failed to reach the


final. A—level results wait at home for her, hopefully what is inside


will be less of a disappointment. I am so disappointed, so many people


have worked hard to get your. I thought I was going to do it and


then my legs just went, but maybe that is something the site had lost.


I am just so happy to be here in one piece and I wanted so much more than


that. Not the best day for our region 's


athletes but Jess and Robbie will both be back.


Robbie presented the award tear at the ceremony last year, so he will


certainly be back at Bedford. We have the young high jumpers at


Bedford going through their paces now. One or two of them have


actually broken his records that he set your all those years ago. This


is their head coach. You know Robbie and his mum very well, how


disappointed I you today? Very disappointed. He was expected to get


towards the medals, we know that he had a problem with his knee, but we


expected him to get through. He did look impressive up until the 229. It


was sad that he did not get into the top. he will be back, that's for


sure. You have some talent year. Quite a bit of talent. This girl is


new to it, one for the future. This is my son. He is 12. He broke Robbie


's under 13 record 13 years to the day the other week. A lot of talent


here. We hope to see 12 of these at the stage that Robbie has. my eldest


son has broken Robbie 's under 17 record year. He went to the World


Championships and got a personal best. Your dynasty is certainly


doing well year. Sadly for Robbie, not the case today.


And time for the weather. Some very changeable weather


conditions today. The pressure at the moment is more like what you


would expect in the autumn. At the moment there is a mass of rain out


to the West working. That will be with us into the early hours of


tomorrow morning. Today we have had that perfect combination of


humidity, warmth and sunshine. That has triggered showers. Pretty much


anywhere is at risk of catching a sharp shower before the end of the


evening. The first part of the night looks quite drivers clear spells. It


can quickly turn cloudy. Much of this rain expected to arrive


overnight. Quite a good soaking in places which may well be welcome for


gardens and fields. In terms of temperatures once more and mild


night. A moderate wind, still breezy. That weather front will take


its time clearing tomorrow, so for the Eastern half it will be sticking


around, bringing us these cloudy conditions and a wet start pretty


much everywhere. It will gladly clearer way and at the end of the


day we will see something a bit brighter, especially across the


western half. Some rain, but not raining all of the time. A lot of


cloud left a class this Eastern half. —— across. The temperatures


could shoot up if we start to see some sunshine. We could see one to


sharp showers into the evening where afternoon and they could turn


thundery. This is not going to spoil the day


froze because the rain is not expected to arrive until the


evening. Much of Saturday looks dry. Brighter spells perhaps to start


with but turning increasingly cloudy. Outbreaks of heavy rain,


strong winds and gusts in excess of 30 mph. We have some blustery,


westerly winds for Sunday and Monday. That could mean some


showers. Overnight lows here and a quick barometer cheque for you.


That is all from us. Have a great evening.


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