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at night. There is frost on the way. Thank you very much. Goodbye from


me. And Welcome to Look East: In the


programme tonight: Unveiled for the first time, the van that secured the


future of Vauxhall in Luton. Improving ways to fight crime. The


country's first Institute of Crime and Justice opens in


Northamptonshire. We will be here later in the


programme with the remarkable story of the war`timebomber which survived


against all the odds. And home at last. The woman who was


almost killed by a stag in Scotland goes back to work in Cambridge.


Good evening. The van which secured the future of the Vauxhall plant in


Luton has been unveiled for the first time today. Over 200 million


euros have been invested in the Bedfordshire factory to prepare the


production lines for the new Vivaro van. But the battle to secure the


future of Vauxhall in Luton has been a long one. In 2009 Vauxhall's


parent, General Motors, considered selling its European factories


altogether, including the one in Luton. The year after, GM decided


against a sale. But it became clear that the only way the Luton site


remain open was to secure another contract to build the new model


Vivaro. Then finally in March 2011, after months of lobbying, it was


confirmed the new model would be built in this region. And today the


new Vivaro was revealed to the public. Mike Cartwright reports.


Unveiling the van that Vauxhall say saved the day ` the new Vivaro. For


the factory in Luton, it means survival for at least another ten


years. The big battle to save the plant has been won. The new van is


here and we will go from strength to strength in Luton for many, many


years to come. I have no doubts about that at all. Colin Kirk is


preparing Luton's new production line. Employed here for 16 years, he


says a workforce afraid the factory would close for good, endured


everything to help keep it open. It's been a tough couple of years.


We've taken pay freezes, changes in our terms and conditions. We are


working longer hours, just to secure the future. We've got it now. We've


had 12 years of successful, good quality vehicles out there and we


are looking forward to ten or 12 years of the future with the new


Vivaro. In its heyday Vauxhall employed 25,000 in Luton, now less


than one tenth of that work here. The plant still integral to the


town's economy. In 2010 it was doom and gloom. I don't think anyone


beyond their wildest dreams expected us to get the second generation


Vivaro. We supported Vauxhall. In 2012 and 13 they said they looked


like they were going to get it. Now, of course, the rest is history. This


van has saved the factory for at least the next decade. Now the plant


will build around 55,000 vehicles a year. And that has saved around


1,200 jobs. The production line that produced this van now one of its


kind in the country. The Luton plant is now the only volume van


manufacturing plant in the UK. It means we have jobs secured at the


plant until 2025. Obviously we are in the start up phase of production


now and that will ramp up and in time that could mean more jobs at


the plant. It's a company that's built not far off a million vans in


Luton ` the newest model renewing hope for the long term future in the


town. Joining me now is Professor Mike Sweeny from Cranfield School of


Management. Just how important is the plant at Luton? We heard in that


report there 1,200 people employed there and thousands more on the


production line. Yes, well it is vitally important, for a number of


reasons. Firstly, it is vitally important to the 1,200 people who


have got employment for the next ten years or so. That's testimony to, as


you heard previously, testimony to the management and the workforce and


their commitment to producing a high`quality vehicle. It's also


vitally important to the local community. The expenditure of people


who work within the factories support local services and the


commercial market locally and it is vitally important to the UK because


this company and the products of this company ` 52% of those produced


will be exported. It is good for the economy, too. The new van is due to


be launched on to the market in September. How well do you think it


will do, considering the eurozone is still lagging behind in economic


recovery? That's an interesting issue. The status of the market at


the moment is that the volume of demand in the UK for vans has grown


at something like 1%. So you have growth of demand within the UK. ``


something like 13%. And since we are talking about large numbers of


vehicle, I mean 50,000 a year, made and sold from the UK, demand of 52%


of those go to Europe. Demand from Europe is very important to the


company B you that seems to be picking up now. `` but that seems to


be picking up now and the economy of the euro countries in central and


West Europe is growing. One can expect, I think, the demand for the


product to increase. A point to remember, though s that this is a


life cycle product. It lasts for about ten years. So we are talking


about large numbers of vehicles being produced over a long period of


time. So things looking good. Well, the contract is only for ten years,


isn't it? What more do you think that the company and its staff could


do to secure its long`term future beyond that point? What's really


important is that the company continues to produce high`quality


vehicles. More important than that, these are global companies that


place products into Britain and they expect reducing costs and increasing


productivity. So what is really critical to the survival of the


company in the longer term, is that there is continued reduction in the


cost of the product year on year. But maintaining the quality of the


vehicles that they produce. Professor Sweeney thank you very


much. It's been revealed that a Luton man


who stabbed his neighbour to death was known to police and had also


been referred to a crisis mental health team. But a judge at Luton


Crown Court has said there was no warning that 35`year`old Sameer


Babar would be violent. Babar has admitted killing 67`year`old Leonard


Flower outside his garage in Carnegie Gardens last October. Babar


as been detained indefinitely in a mental health unit.


The country's first Institute of Crime and Justice has opened in


Northamptonshire. The centre is a joint venture between the county's


Police and Crime Commissioner and the University of Northampton. It


will carry out research on crime and its causes. But the Commissioner


denies that the money spent on the new centre will mean money will be


diverted away from frontline policing. It is best seen as an


investment in the frontline, helping frontline police officers decide


what prevents crime, how to go about their job on a day`to`day basis. How


to engage with the communities and what they want back. So the learning


that will be created will give us an evidence base of where to spend


money, where to put police and where not to put them. A conference has


been held in Cambridge looking at the specialist work of the city's


new Trauma Unit. The centre opened at Addenbrooke's Hospital two years


ago and has already transformed the lives of more than 1,000 patients.


Fae Southwell reports Plans for a controversial stone quarry in


Northamptonshire have been approved but the County Council has imposed a


number of planning conditions on the application.


At the age of 15, Ben hue ton nearly died. A cycle accident last year,


left him with shattered bones and internal injuries. He was airlifted


to the new trauma centre at Addenbrooke's Hospital where he was


treat treated by a specialist team of trauma staff. The whole process,


fwaufs started so quickly meant he could go back to school in


September, despite his injuries because the treatment was started at


the scene. It is the paramedics and doctors who are first at the scene


who refer patients to the trawl divra centre. In the past they would


have been taken to the nearest A department. The Cambridge trauma


unit opened two years ago. It's one of only 12 specialist centres of its


size in the country. Every year it treats 700 patients. All have been


diagnosed with severe multiple injuries. 10% of those treated are


children. The existence of the trauma centre could mean getting


quicker treatments, which may mean the difference between life and


death T could mean the difference `` it could mean the difference between


a more prolonged hospital stay verses a shorter one. And it will


have an affect on the ability to rehabilitate patients more quickly.


Experts have now been sharing their experiences at a conference in came


Britain. Ann among the speakers. Her speech full of praise for the team


who helped her son make a full recovery.


will be shared between 42 stations across the country.


will be shared between 42 stations Now over to Stewart and Susie for


the rest of the programme. to Southend or Manningtree. Coming


up next on Look East, the region passes a health check with flying


colours. And it's a warm welcome back to work in Cambridge for the


woman who was gored by a Highland Stag A new survey out today suggests


that people living in our region are among the healthiest in the country.


We score well on everything from having our five fruit and veg a day,


to feeling less lonely. But the research by a health insurance


company shows we struggle to find time for exercise. And apparently we


worry about the impact of growing old. Our special report tonight is


from Maria Veronese. Living in the east is good for your


health. We are happy and eat our fibre date and keep well trim. I


live in a city so it is easy to come to the market. There is fish and


vegetables. When you eat vegetables your age increases. Although my body


is given up now I think by eating healthily I lose a better wave. `` a


bit of a weight. We are not so good when it comes to the gym. Getting


ready is the hardest bit. Most of us have good or excellent health. We


are happy with our lives with a lot saying our lives all worth while.


That is the highs in the country. The national average of people being


lonely is 34%. Here in the east it is just 29%. It reflect society


here. We have a strong sense of community in our towns, and that is


an important aspect of life, and it probably is one of the reasons why


we have such a low proportion. 29% is still hide? Yes, but we have more


people living by themselves. More people are living longer and maybe


widowed. Those background backs feed into that figure. Living alone


shouldn't mean being lonely. They do get out and do things. There are


lots of activities for older people. They are encouraged to form


friendships and do activities. While we may be healthy we have our


concerns, and one is getting old and what impact that will have on our


health. Nobody wants to be old. Things start to wear out. We keep


going. There is no point in worrying. You just try and stay as


fit as you can. Was that a class for women, all were


there no men there? We deserve what we get. You eat both fruits for


yourself and also my portion. In a few weeks' time there will be


events to mark the 70th anniversary of D`day, the Allied invasions,


which changed the course of the Second World War.


In a moment, we'll be hearing about a tale of war`time heroism which is


being turned into a film. But first, a special exhibition to mark D`day


at the Imperial war Museum at Duxford. Ben Bland has been along


for a preview. Even 70 years on Nick Archdale is


still learning things about those he fought alongside at the D`day


landings. Ron rushed upstairs to establish a firing division. He


startled a young French couple, lying naked. Nick himself is


featured in one of the portraits, each capturing a personal moment or


memory of the campaign. In that place, a bullet hit the wall right


beside my eye. It completely blinded me. Only for a moment. And so I


always remember that place. A Frenchwoman bathed my eyes. I could


see again. It took two years to put the exhibition together,


photographing each veteran at a key location, poignant for those on both


sides of the campaign. This was a standout moment, because she hadn't


been back to the chateau where she was a nurse for 69 years. So, to


walk around the chateau with her listening to her say how things


were, and seeing that glimmer of recognition was a standout moment.


You will never do that again. In June 1944, Jeff Paterson was just 20


years old. He remembers dodging enemy fire on patrol. His photo was


taken at the stables where he was shot in the leg. What kind of


feelings does it bring about seeing this photograph? Well, it is strange


to see yourself some 70 years ago. I'm only too thankful to be standing


there being photographed. Looking at it now it is quite poignant. Each of


these photos tells its own story, not just in the words that accompany


it, but in the faces of the veterans themselves. The exhibition is open


here until the end of this year. The true story of a German fighter


pilot, who had the crew of an American bomber at his mercy but


instead allowed them to fly to safety, is to be made into a film.


The bomber had been on a mission from Cambridgeshire in 1943 when it


happened. Now the playwright Tom Stoppard has acquired the rights and


filming could start next year. This airfield in Norfolk, former


home of the 448th bomb group. There were 3000 young Americans here


between 1943 and 1945. In the restored control tower, Pat Evison


showed me the officers' watchlog for Monday, 28 December 1943, when an


unexpected visitor made an emergency landing. At 14:29, B17 S167 landed


from the mission with one engine, one dead, one injured. They informed


division and base. 21`year`old pilot Charlie Brown was at the controls.


The flying fortress had come under heavy ground fire on a mission over


Germany. The tail gunner had been killed, an engine destroyed. When a


fighter came alongside, it's pilot, Franz Stigler, decided to spare


them. Over 40 years later the two men were reunited and became firm


friends. I looked out the right window and there parked on my right


wing is a German BF109. The little sucka looked like he owned me and


belonged there. It is hard to describe because it was so crippled.


You know positively that there were badly wounded people aboard. And for


me it would have been the same as shooting at a parachute. I just


couldn't shoot. To do something like that was brilliant. They counted up


how many people, through his act, were alive now, their children and


grandchildren and all the relatives involved. Charlie and Franz died


just months apart in 2008. Who will play them in the film based on the


bestselling novel, A Higher Call?. We have got people in mind and it


would be unfair to say who we are approaching, going to approach. It


will be the usual suspects and we are pretty excited about the names


on the list. They're holding the first open day of the season on


Sunday. Visitors can reflect on the 499 airmen who lost their lives


flying from here and on Charlie and his crew, spared by an act of great


humanity amidst the fog of war. Isn't that a truly remarkable story?


A woman who was gored in the throat by a stag has spoken of the "simple


joy" of eating solid food for the first time in nearly four months. Dr


Kate Stone was left with "life`threatening" injuries after


being struck by the animal in the Scottish Highlands. This week she


finally came home to Cambridge. Alex Dunlop caught up with her.


It's been a long haul back to work for Kate Stone, a planned week's


break for the New Year became a four`month marathon. Are you sure


you missed me? How big is the welcome body? Huge. This is what I


use to breathe through. If it was on the back, I could have been like a


dolphin and swam. Today the welcome back from her small team was


heartfelt and humorous. Kate loves baked beans, but finally she can


enjoy real food. How does it feel to eat again? Amazing, absolutely


incredible. I am sipping my cup of tea, eating my cupcake. It has been


incredible. This was Kate's diet while recovering with relatives in


Scotland, fed through a gastric tube. She had been on holiday with


friends when they startled a stag in this garden. In its panic the animal


charged. It's antlers impaled Kate's throat. During an operation in March


surgeons reopened her throat,grafting skin from her left


shoulder. My food pipe and windpipe, there was a joint between the two.


They separated them and laid it up between, whilst leaving me attached,


and over about two weeks that healed up and meant I could eat again.


Until now Kate has had to manage her employees remotely from Scotland


while undergoing treatment. The company is at the cutting edge,


using microelectronics to connect artworks and posters with


smartphones and tablets. This poster is Bluetoothed to my iPhone and


every time you touch a different button, a different sound plays and


on the screen you see all the colours. This is an interactive


advert? Yes. Kate says the accident has reinforced a personal philosophy


of hers, never take anything for granted. I couldn't breathe through


my mouth or nose. Suddenly I could breathe, and I blew on my fingers


and it was such an incredible experience, and for several hours


later I just blew on my hands and cried. It just made me realise it is


not until we are lucky enough to lose something that we get to


appreciate the most simple things. Good to be back? Good to be back. I


have two smiles. This one, and this one.


Isn't that amazing? . A reminder that the BBC is offering


apprenticeships in its local radio stations. Successful candidates will


start a 15 month apprenticeship in September. If you are 18 or over by


September, a non graduate and you want to find out more, go to the BBC


website at bbc.co.uk/las. The deadline for applications is May


12th. And so to the weather. It was a slow


start this morning, a lot of Mr round, and some of us some rain but


into the afternoon the cloud obeyed `` mist around. It is still possible


you might catch a light shower before the day is out but much of


the night is dry. Wheelhouse and clear spells overnight and the


chance of some misty patches `` we will have some. The temperatures


were only get down to eight Celsius. Once more a slow start of


the day tomorrow and there could be more cloud through the day. A risk


of some isolated showers but they do look isolated. Most of us will be


dry and that mist and Fog is slow to clear. Places like the coast may


hang on to some mist right through the day but elsewhere looks hopeful


that it will brighten up. Where we see the sunshine the temperatures


should climb to 16 degrees. The winds are generally light and


variable but a little bit cooler on the coast itself. As we get into the


afternoon we might bring in some isolated showers, looking those at


risk across southern counties. Then of course we look to Thursday


because there are some big changes on their way. We have big pressure


moving in is that means not the best day of weather on Thursday. It will


introduce some cooler air as well, so if you're thinking about the bank


weekend, it is quite early to talk about the weather but it looks


certain to be dry with some sunny spells, high pressure building in.


It will feel quite a bit cooler with a chilly night as well. So we have


that web data, on Thursday with some rain or showers `` wet day. That's


all from us. Good evening.


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