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He fell 800 feet from a mountain path and survived. Tonight a


Cambridge man talks about this rescue. When you can feel yourself


not touching anything, you feel you've had it. Good evening. Also


tonight, a crackdown on curb crawling. How police are winning the


battle to take sacks off the streets of Luton. Later, Lewis Smith returns


to the gym and stakes his claim to a Commonwealth games place. And


mapping the night sky with stargazing live. Good evening. We


begin tonight with the dramatic rescue of a Cambridge man after he


fell 800 feet from a cliff edge and survived. Ollie Daniel was walking


in the Cairngorms in Scotland along Ben Macdui when he slipped. The


25`year`old was airlifted to Aberdeen Royal Infirmary but says


the injuries he sustained won't put him off mountaineering. Today he


spoke exclusively to our reporter Kevin Keane about his experience.


Battered, bruised and with a broken wrist and cracked ribs but


incredibly, he is here to tell the tale. This mountain rescue footage


shows him being airlifted to safety. Hours earlier, he'd been


walking along the plateau when this is rescue footage shows him being


airlifted to safety. Hours earlier, he'd been walking along the plateau


when the snow underneath his feet suddenly gave there are sections of


sliding and freefall and the sections of the freefall, when you


have gone over a cliff and you feel yourself not touching anything, you


think you've had it. Still on top, his dad and his friend


called for help and after an hour and a half of searching, they took


the difficult decision to take themselves to safety and walk away.


Immediately afterwards, I wanted to go after him and had to stop myself


from doing that. I wanted to carry on looking for him and had to stop


myself doing that. You must not do those things so it was a tough one


but it had to be done. The conditions when they set off


worldwide but these were experienced mountaineers who had taken all the


safety equipment they could. This is how astonishing it is that the 00


foot fall did not kill him. The fourth Bridge is around 360 feet so


he fell from a distance of more than double its height. The site of a


helicopter overhead was a massive relief.


By that time I had hunkered down in the sleeping bag to try and wait it


out and yes, when the first player went up and showed me their close,


that was a relief. None of this has put the party of


what they were training for they still plan an expedition up


pressure's tallest mountain later this year.


Prostitution on the streets of Luton has fallen dramatically in the last


12 months according to Bedfordshire Police. In January 2013 they were


receiving more than 40 complaints a month about sex workers in the


Hightown area. But following a year`long crackdown, that's now


fallen to around seven. Police say during the operation almost 200 kerb


crawlers have been stopped and 4 of them arrested. A further 79 people


were arrested for other offences including robbery, drugs and


attempted murder. Anna Todd spent the evening with officers patrolling


Luton last night. It is about dark alleys, lonely


parks, quiet, empty streets. Searching for the people who keep


Luton's sex trade is ticking over. We believe that sex workers picked


up a client. By going to go along and find out what's going on.


For the next seven hours, operation turtle is on the tale of the Cape


crawlers, monitoring their every move. This woman, taken from a black


full time can, tells the police officer that her client was going to


pay ?30 per set. I didn't know she was a prostitute.


The commotion and blue lights attract attention. People like see


the law enforced on their doorstep and it is making a difference.


It is quieter now but I used to see all kinds of things happening. Is it


nicer to live here now? Yes.


This man has been in the police was for 11 years. He knows most of the


street workers by name. Many have been in their jobs just as long


It can't be easy, what they have to do to earn money. It's a dangerous


job for them. It's 10:30pm but it wouldn't be unusual to encounter


them at three or four in the morning, a female with a customer


and who know what dangers they put themselves through its not just


about sex offences. Officers stumble across crime


everywhere. This couple are in a crime hotspot and the smell of


cannabis is strong. Operation Turtle is doing what it


set out to do. Some street workers are accepting help to get off the


game. By taking away their business, they and the streets are


safer. Tributes have been paid from across


the world to the crew from RAF Lakenheath who were killed when


their Pave Hawk helicopter came down in Norfolk on Tuesday night. The


crew, three men and a woman, were on a routine low`flying training


mission. Today their bodies were finally removed from the crash site.


Our reporter Simon Newton is at RAF Lakenheath for us now. Today we have


seen more flowers late year at Lakenheath, many by local people. We


have also heard from the commanding officer describing them as for great


officers. All the time, the job of recovering their bodies and


ascertaining what went wrong has continued.


At RAF Lakenheath from where they had taken off, the flowers continue


to arrive. This sentiment is one of sympathy and support. This morning,


the cruise commanding officer described them as qualified and


capable and he had this to say to their families.


As a husband and father myself, I cannot imagine how heartbroken you


must feel. I speak for the entire wing and I say that we are thinking


of you, praying for you and we're for you.


The four who died were members of the 56th rescue Squadron. The


captain came from Washington and his English wife had been married for


one year. His co`pilot was from Pennsylvania. He had completed three


tours of Iraq and Afghanistan. The technical Sergeant was 36 and had


been in the air force since he was 18. Also killed was the soft


Sergeant who was in her late 20s. Across the USA, television stations


have been reported in the tragedy including distributed by a


Pittsburgh radio station. It was important that he was there


to get people out of situations He enjoyed his life in England with


other military and everything he did. It showed every time he would


call us or we would see him on the computer. He expressed such pride.


For the 6000 personnel, these are difficult days. This man is an air


force mechanic and worked here. His wife set up and online friend


yesterday. By lunchtime today people had donated three times the amount


she had set out to raise. We are hoping for the best but this


is a different situation. It was a normal day at work and a training


exercise and they didn't come home. It's very heartbreaking to hear that


these families are going to have to go through this after something so


mundane. After granting this aircraft for a


day, the skies above Lakenheath today Lord to the sound of planes


again. There's been serious disruption to


train services between Cambridge and London during this morning's rush


hour. We understand that the four helicopters here have been grounded


temporarily to make sure that they are ready to resume their flying


duties. A board of enquiry is being established with American and RAF


officers on board and civilian experts but it may be many months or


a year before the findings made public and we know what caused this


crash. Milton Keynes is fast establishing


itself as an innovator when it comes to public transport. Today the


Transport Minister Baroness Kramer launched a fleet of electric buses


in the new city. The buses will be charged wirelessly, meaning they can


run for 17 hours at a time without plugging in. Our reporter Mike


Cartwright hitched a ride. Amongst the exhaust fumes and the


engine noise, something different. Not much more than a hammer, one of


eight new electronic purses here, powered by plants in the road. There


are two charge plates like this either end of the route. As the bus


arrives, it connects with the plates down here. Within seconds, the


receivers underneath the bus dropped down and the bus will be charged for


around ten minutes which will power it for an hour. Not all went to


plan. An engineer was called after the bus got stuck but this


technology could change public transport forever. The University of


Cambridge helped develop it. This is the first time that we will


have put a complete fleet of electric buses on the road so we


will see whether this works technologically and economically.


That is a world first. Launched today, with plenty of


dignitaries, the transport minister joining us for the trip.


This is a very important trial. It will feedback data which will show


us whether we can run long distance bus routes and do it with electric


vehicles. They have already announced plans


for driverless pods to ferry passengers from the train station to


the shops and now this. Milton Keynes is leading the way


internationally and I think that's exciting. To be doing something to


the low carbon agenda is a massive priority.


If it works, the dream is to replace these for all diesel buses. Not just


here, but everywhere. Rail services between London and


Cambridge are back to normal tonight. Network Rail had to clear a


tree which had fallen onto the track. Those


`` amnesty. A man from Cambridge is lucky to be


alive after falling 250 metres from a cliff edge in the Scottish


mountains. Ollie Martin is 25 and was walking in the Cairngorms when


he slipped on Sunday. Still to come, lots of sport. We are talking balls


with the youngest ever winner of the Ladies World Matchplay title. And we


are back in the gym with Louis Smith as he returns to competitive


gymnastics. Last month, a man from Norfolk took


on quite a challenge. Duncan Slater started walking across Antarctica to


the South Pole. He made it, and what would have been an incredible


achievement for any of us was even more impressive, because Duncan lost


both his legs while serving in Afghanistan. He is the first double


leg amputee to walk to the South Pole. In a moment we'll chat to him,


but first, Jenny Kirk reminds us of his epic adventure.


Duncan Slater started some serious training months ago. He was


preparing his body for freezing temperatures, gale force winds, and


the challenge of a lifetime. For years ago, the servicemen from this


survived this. A roadside bomb in Afghanistan. The Norfolk `based


charity Working With The Wounded came up with the South Pole


challenge, and their patron Prince Harry joined the British team. Three


teams, from the US, Britain and the Commonwealth, or containing some


disabled servicemen and women, were to race to the South Pole, and in


Antarctica, the teams were making last minute preparations. I've got a


spare pin. To spare pins. Spirits were high. Leaving on a jet plane,


don't know when we'll be back again... But the weather


deteriorated, and after a few days then it became a true challenge. But


after a few days... Duncan Slater, the first`ever


amputee to get to the South Pole. All in all, the mission is a


success. And it has paid off. So far, the mission has raised


?107,000, and that is expected to rise.


Duncan is here now. Fantastic photograph there at the end, with


you and your daughter Lily. Obviously glad to be back, but


congratulations will stop the achievement. Thank you very much. It


was once`in`a`lifetime. It was very special. And very hard work, I would


think. Jedinak yes, but we had a training package to get us down


there. It was hard work, but it was good. Hacked tough is it, how


painful? Everyday, we started off with heavy packs, with all our kit


and equipment, about nine kilos. The good incentive was, every day, they


got a bit lighter! The incentive to eat more, and they all got a bit


lighter. There were problems along the way. It was initially a


competition, but during it, that was cancelled because some people were


struggling? Yes, initially it was pitched as a race which everyone


trained for. But it was evident that at the altitude we were at, it took


its toll on people's injuries. Because of that, people were having


quite a bad time, and the last thing the charity wanted to do was for


people to be Casualty evacuated out of the place in a bad state, so they


said look, we will stop this now. To be honest, I think that was


definitely the right decision. Tell me about the moment that you


actually reached the South Pole. It was something else. I was very


privileged that day that I got to lead. I had to lead another crew


member, who was blind, to the poll. The last day was beautiful, blue


skies, flat as a pancake. You could see the South Pole ten kilometres


away, and every step, you could see the South Pole ten kilometres away,


and every step, union were getting a bit closer. When we got there as a


group great to be there. You have spent a lot of time working towards


this. I know all of you have been warned that might feel a bit flat


now you have achieved it, and you have come home and you are looking


to the future. You are still in the position you are with your legs.


Yes, that is right. We spent a long time preparing for it, and before


you knew it, it was over, so the incentive is to give yourself


something in the future to work towards, don't just sort of focus in


on that. So now, we are all going our separate ways a little to life


beyond the South Pole. One, tell us some of the challenges you have


climbed up. I'm doing the London Marathon this year, so that will be


a good training exercise for me to get back into running. Hopefully,


next year, and will do a bit of a race across the desert. Just a race


across the desert! I have had enough of the cold now. Quickly, is Prince


Harry as fun as he looks? Yet, an absolute legend. He was brilliant,


absolutely fantastic. Congratulations. Great to have you


back in the studio. Thanks for coming in. Thank you very much.


When gymnast Louis Smith announced he was to take a break from the


sport after the London Olympics, few expected him to return. But this


week, the triple Olympic medallist said he was hoping to compete at the


Commonwealth Games this summer. And the hard work started today at his


gym in Huntingdon, under the watchful eye of his mentor and the


club's head coach Paul Hall. Our Sports Editor Jonathan Park reports.


It takes an incredible effort to win a major medal. But Louis Smith is


about to go through it all over again. Today, the first green this a


journey he hopes will end with gold in Glasgow. The news has only been


here for a couple of days, that I want to get into it again, and I


have had so many people mentioned the world gold medal already. So


many times. It brings me straight back to the days of 2012, and the


build`up. A gold medal would be nice, but let's not get ahead of


ourselves. It is definitely one step at a time. Since Lewis jumped off


and was in London, he has one Strictly Come Dancing and become the


head of the celebrity circuit, but missed the routine the gym has


offered. I have done it since I was four years old, and although I have


had some time off, I am kind of missing a little bit of structure


and routine in my life. Sometimes, when I have a day off, I don't get


out of bed till one o'clock. And so, on to the apparatus that Louis made


famous in his country. Looks good. Yes, first session back, I am very


pleased with him. How hard will be to get back on the team? Very


tricky. We are under no illusions that it will be very difficult. He


has a lot of work to do, fitness training, and we will see. The


comeback starts in March, the English Championships leading to a


competition he last appeared in the 16`year`old, the Commonwealth Games.


You compete, you get the medal. Is that it, or is there a possibility


he would continue to relocate macro I haven't really planned anything


after 2012. I let things open. At the moment, I'm not planning


anything after the Commonwealth Games. We said, he knows what is


going to happen after that? It might be it. I can say that it might be


it, but if I get the bug back, who knows? Louis's images as Britain's


finest gymnast in a century inspired a new wave of world`class talent.


They were maybe his rivals for a spot in England's team this summer.


So beautiful to watch, isn't it? Even in training, incredible


strength. Now to the game of bowls. Twelve


months ago, Rebecca Field from Norwich became the youngest ever


winner of the Ladies World Matchplay title. This year, there are women


taking part aged 16 to 70. Tom Williams has been to meet Rebecca at


Potters resort in Norfolk. How was your bowling? OK! Show me


what you've got. Simon Kroon oh, no! I take a bit of warming up on the


old tenpin bowling usually. You not a world champion tenpin dollar, so


we will forgive you. But she is world champion on the electric blue


carpet. Aged 23, she won the indoor women's singles title three months


ago in her first appearance in the final. Has it been fun Colin


yourself world champion for 12 months? Yes, I must admit. It is


strange to be able to call myself that really. The big thing is, I


know I can cope with that sort of situation. It was an incredibly


tense final. It could have gone either way. I kept my nerve and I


was able to win the match. You were quite emotional after last year's


win. Ya, it meant a lot. I have been playing since I was eight, that is


16 years of hard work. It was nice to be able to thank some other


people as well for doing what they have done to get me here. I did not


get here myself. She has held her skills at the North at Bowling club


and Norwich, sacrificing evenings and weekends, practising five times


a week, while juggling a full`time job. I am lucky to have some very


supportive employers that let me have the time to come along to these


sorts of things, but it can be difficult, and often, people have to


stop because they can't keep up with commitments. Laying at high level,


you need a lot of time off, so my annual leave is always used up to


play bowls. That has strike written all over it! So what are the last


year than like? Crazy, really. It has been a good one, for sure. I set


it off with the world title, and then we went on in the national


mixed pairs, which was great, followed by the British Isles. It


couldn't have been better really pulled up she is hoping lightning


will strike twice her title defence this year. Looking good.


The BBC Stargazing live programme pulled off a UK first last night by


creating a human constellation in Norwich. The stunt was part of a


Stargazing road show in the city, as around 200 people stood with lit


torches to form a human map off the night sky.


A human consolation has been done before in Poland, but not on this


scale. Before nightfall, they closed the road and space expert Victoria


London plotted the night sky to scale on the pavement outside City


Hall. Where to put 200 of the brightest stars? 250, Green. As


darkness fell, local people were invited to be on their marks and


ready to light up the night sky. Blue! Blue on, blew off, and I will


give special instructions. In cooperation with the City Council,


street lamps were switched off as demonstrators introduced the human


consolation. The first time it has ever happened in the UK tonight.


Could all of our volunteers please turn on their stars? And as a little


twist, some had coloured torches to pick out family favourites like the


plough in red, and Torres in the yellow. Just to say thank you, would


you volunteers like to give as a shout and wave your lights? It was a


cloudy, rainy night in Norwich, but the stars came out anyway.


How clever! That looks like it took a lot of organising. And now, the


weather. Yes, it has been dominated by cloud


and rain in the last few weeks, but for now, it is changing slightly,


and for tonight, it has been a while since we talked of cost, but


tonight, although will be patchy, there is a possibility of frost.


Also ice patches from residual rain earlier, but a cold night with clear


skies, and winds falling. These are the sorts of values we can expect in


towns and cities, between two and four Celsius. We start tomorrow


quite cold, but it should be a bright day across much of the


eastern half of the country. We have is whether front pushing in from the


west, and that will turn our skies cloudy. It does not have a great


deal of Rayleigh, but it may bring a few spots of rain by evening time.


Certainly expect a bright start. Sonny through the morning, but


increasing cloud pushes in from the west later on. Certainly it will be


a little chilly through the morning, but it won't feel quite as cold


tomorrow as it did today, because we will have lighter winds through much


of tomorrow. A light south`westerly. Temperatures climbing to seven or


eight degrees. As the weather front starts to push through, a few spots


of rain, but not really a great amount of rainfall. Much of this


looks as if it will march through the evening and head out to the


North Sea by the early hours of morning. Looking ahead, this is our


pressure pattern for the weekend. Cold, with high pressure across


Scandinavia and the UK, allowing cold air to moving eastwards. You


can see this whether front moving through on Sunday. The behaviour of


this front will really shake the weather that we get here next week.


If the high`pressure holds firm, it will remain quite cold, but the


current thinking is that this front. To push eastwards, and bring a band


of rain with it, and it should really march out into the North Sea,


so that will mean some overnight rain. Day. But still a few days out,


so there could be some changes to that forecast. We could be in very


cold spell next week. This is how the outlook looks at the moment. For


the weekend, quite chilly, but fine weather for Saturday, and it should


stay bright through much of the day, with long spells of sunshine. A much


colder night Saturday night, widespread, sharp frost expected.


Some bright weather around on Sunday. There may be some mist and


fog patches as well that could linger through part of


Cambridgeshire and Norfolk the Sunday morning. But as it gradually


eases away, a fine and dry day expected, if rather cold. Then the


front pushes through Sunday night, bringing some rain, and hopefully


not too cold week. not


Thank you very much indeed, Alex. Some sunshine at the weekend! That


is all from us. Have a very good evening. Thank you for watching. See


you tomorrow. TOM: # And if there's


anybody left in here # That doesn't want


to be out there... #


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