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Hello and welcome to Look East. rain.


Hello and welcome to Look East. In the programme tonight. The


international mega`deal that might hit plans for the Cambridge


biomedical campus. A coroner hears how a firefighter


from Bedfordshire died in a robbery in Venezuela. We will be here with


the protests against plans for hundreds of new houses in Essex. Yet


thousands are needed. So where should they go? A special report.


And on the tail of the tailgate drivers. The police have got new


powers but are they using them? Hello. It's a multi`national,


multi`billion pound deal. But it could have big implications for our


region's economy. Earlier this week the American pharmaceutical giant


Pfizer announced it was interested in taking over its rival


AstraZeneca. And AstraZeneca is in the process of building a ?200


million research centre at the Cambridge Biomedical Campus. Would a


takeover put pay to that? Well, today, the city's MP has asked the


government to ensure the development goes ahead whatever happens. Ben


Bland is at the biomedical campus now.


There are big ambitions for this pic site near Cambridge's Addenbrooke's


Hospital. The plan is to turn this into the world's leading centre for


medical research and the development of new drugs. Part of that plan


includes AstraZeneca, they will be investing ?300 million in taking


over this plot behind me. Tonight there are concerns that plan could


be at risk if the American pharmaceutical giant Pfizer takes


the company over. It's at its site on AstraZeneca because of its


expertise in research into future valuable new drugs. Amy Bates at


home in Peterborough. At 21, she was diagnosed with breast cancer. Part


of her treatment included a relatively new drug called Zoladex.


They said to me one of the biggest things it would help me with because


of my age and I don't have children, it would protect my ovaries so that


I would be able to hopefully have children in the future. That drug is


one of many developed by the British pharmaceutical firm AstraZeneca.


Last year, it revealed plans to move 2000 jobs to Cambridge. Its global


headquarters and research teams would be based on the new biomedical


campus being built here. But with the American drugs giant Pfizer


looking determined to take over the company, could that plan be looking


a little shaky? Some people are worried. What Pfizer are doing is


putting that at risk. I would want to hear very clearly from Pfizer


that their intention would be about our site. And I'd like to know that


is definitely going to go ahead. The attractions Cambridge has as a


centre for R, world leading hospitals, world leading researchers


and companies is a firm attraction. For now, AstraZeneca has rejected


the approach by Pfizer. In a statement, it said:


that assurance has been welcomed by local business leaders. We can't


comment on the detail of the commercial things. But we are very


keen to make sure that Cambridgeshire retains its place as


the place to go and the place to be for the biotech industry. And,


certainly, we have seen a lot of interest around that, and we are


looking forward to AstraZeneca moving on to the biomedical campus.


So, as two giants of the pharmaceutical world square up to


each other, at stake could be millions of pounds of investment.


And thousands of jobs right here in Cambridgeshire. Developers of the


Cambridge biomedical campus have told us in a statement that they are


proceeding with the project as planned. Indeed, just today, plans


to build a brand`new private hospital in a 4`star Hotel have been


given the go`ahead. Although AstraZeneca doesn't want to be taken


over, Pfizer could still do it in a hostile way leaving lots of


questions for us. Well, someone who can perhaps answer


some of those questions is Martyn Postle the director of Cambridge


health care and biotech. Your job is to advise pharmaceutical and biotech


companies across Europe and the States. What would your advice be to


AstraZeneca at the moment? Well, my advice to AstraZeneca employees is


don't take your eye off the ball because it is business as usual. I


would've thought that Cambridge as a centre for RND would be as


attractive to Pfizer as it is to AstraZeneca. Perhaps they wouldn't


want as many jobs here but, certainly, Cambridge is, after all,


the centre of gravity for biotechnology in Europe. So you


don't think that Pfizer and if they take over, that spells the end of


the investment in the biomedical campus? It might make some people


nervous, especially the developers, and it would make the employees of


AstraZeneca nervous, but it wouldn't be the end of the development, and


it wouldn't be the end of Pfizer having a significant research


presence in Cambridge than they already have. Julian Huppert in that


report talked about everything that Cambridge has to offer. And the city


has a lot to offer when it comes to companies like that. Absolutely, the


hospital, the University... If you talk about the axis between


Cambridge and London, there is very little outside that. The main


implication is jobs. Everyone is getting nervous about that. But


ramifications could go further than that, couldn't they? I am governor


and Salton Village College. We have been talking about opening our doors


to the families of AstraZeneca, people moving down to the area.


to the families of AstraZeneca, people moving down to the So, you're


already planning for this? Absolutely. Let's put it this way,


when might we know either way? Quite soon. The magic date is to raise six


of me when Pfizer have to either up their offer or pull`out. And how


significant is this investment here in Cambridge to the bigger picture


that Pfizer is looking at? To be honest, it's probably not one of the


main reasons they're looking at it. The main reason is tax reasons. They


have a lot of offshore cash which they will have to pay tax on if they


move it back to the US. So an idea of establishing a UK holding


company, where we have a lot of recent changes in the UK tax


legislation, such as R tax credits, that would mean they would


pay a lot less pack on that money. So, things should be clearer by the


end of the month. Thank you very much indeed.


Three men arrested last week after the death of a man in a flat in


Peterborough have been released without charge. The police were


called to the flat in Lincoln Road early last Thursday morning where


the body was found. But today it was announced that the death is not


being treated as suspicious and a file has been passed to the coroner.


Hundreds of travellers arriving into Stansted Airport were held up at


border control this afternoon. One passenger told Look East he waited


an hour and a half, with other passengers reportedly kept on planes


to minimise disruption inside. The Home Office apologised saying IT


problems were causing the hold ups. Three men accused of murdering a man


from Bedfordshire in Venezuela are still awaiting trial almost three


years after his death. Firefighter Thomas Ossel was shot dead as a gang


robbed his hotel. Today at an inquest into his death the coroner


concluded he was unlawfully killed. Neil Bradford reports.


Thomas Ossel love travelling. In 2011, he went to South America with


his younger brother. But he never came home. The London firefighter,


who was 28, was shot dead during a robbery at this guesthouse on the


Venezuelan island of Magritte. They were due to check out the following


day. Thomas grew out `` grew up here in this village near Bedford. It


didn't seem to limit his spirit of adventure. He'd already visited


dozens of countries but was unable to realise his ambition of visiting


100 in his lifetime. Today, at an inquest into his death, it was


revealed that he had fought back after an armed gang raided the


hotel, taking guests hostage. In the struggle, he was shot with a nine


millimetre pistol. And died within minutes. The inquest heard that


local prostitutes using the hotel had tipped off the gang about


potential victims. Three men are awaiting trial for his murder while


a woman is under house arrest. Prosecutors in Venezuela say it is


likely to be several months before the trial is heard because a big


club of cases. Thomas Ossel's family chose not to attend today's hearing.


The coroner said he had been an innocent victim in the robbery and


formally recorded his conclusion that this was an unlawful killing.


A dental nurse who was accused of trying to poison her boss with


mercury has spoken to Look East for the first time since the case


against her was dropped. Ravinder Kaur worked at the Shams Moopen


Practice near Bedford. She stood trial twice and on each occasion


juries failed to reach a verdict. She says the allegations resulted in


months of "absolute hell." And a diagnosis of post traumatic stress.


Anna Todd has been to meet her. Standing two trials, two sets of


trials, was just... It was just so horrifying. Not knowing what's going


to happen. I felt my life wasn't in my hands. I had criminal and civil


proceedings going on at the same time. Two types of legal battles...


To defend my position. And it was just horrible. It must have been...


A great strain on you, knowing that was a serious allegation. I was


scared. Anyone facing criminal charges would be scared. And the


painful thing about it was I haven't done anything. Like I said, I


wouldn't even... I don't have the mentality to even do... To even


commit such a crime. The entire experience... Left me ill. Did you


change as a person? I can't... I find it difficult to trust people,


I'm afraid. I won't be making teas or coffees for anyone. I won't put


myself in that position. What were you like before all this happened?


What are you like now? Has your personality changed? It has, to a


degree. I was a lively, bubbly, enthusiastic, energetic type of


person. What is Ravi Kaur like now? How have you changed? I am a bit


quiet. Really sensitive. And it has left me a bit paranoid. So, when the


judge acquitted you and you walked free from court, tell me what went


through your mind. I felt my freedom. I felt relieved. A huge


weight has come off my shoulders. And I was really happy... That I had


won the battle of my life. The Shams Moopen Dental Practice


sent us a statement in which they said that they had no control over


the issues once the Crown Prosecution Service had taken over


the case. The principal Dr Huma Khan added:


A Northamptonshire family is asking for information after a caravan


containing a boy's go`karting equipment was stolen.


It happened at lunchtime on Monday and was taken from the front of


their house in Irthlingborough. Nine`year`old Finley won't be able


to compete in events until it's found. It is quite a tight fit to


get the caravan out of the drive. You can see some of the marks here.


It is quite close to the house and hedges, so it has taken them a bit


of time to come out. Someone might have to have stopped to let it out.


When we got home, the caravan was gone. I was devastated. I couldn't


believe it. The Sue Ryder Thorpe Hall hospice in


Peterborough has announced it's raised a third of the total amount


it needs to build a new state of the art facility for Cambridgeshire. The


Raise the Roof campaign, which is supported by BBC Radio


Cambridgeshire, has raised more than ?2 million of the ?6 million target.


Those are your top stories tonight. Now it's over to Stewart and Susie


for the rest Lowestoft. It is up to businesses to


apply for aid. Still to come: Thousands of people are coming to


the East every year, but where should they live? Plus, look at


these pictures. The van is travelling at 50 mph behind the one


in front. Police get tough with tailgaters.


The population of the East is set to rise dramatically in the years


ahead. Across the region, it's expected to go up by 22% in just two


decades. But that regional figure is, of course, just an average. Some


places, like the area covered by Uttlesford District Council, are


under even greater pressure. Here it is. Saffron Walden in the North,


Great Dunmow in the South, and the M11 right through the middle. The


big employer: Stansted Airport. The population here is expected to grow


by 31% in 20 years. That's an increase of 24,000 people. So where


will they go? Kim Riley is in Saffron Walden now.


I'm in the market square of the town that has been judged one of the best


places to live in the whole country. It is hardly surprising that people


want to move here. Today, local planners were planning new homes in


the town. I have been trying to find out more about Saffron Walden. It


originally got its name from the saffron trade. The big question now


is can its ancient charms be reconciled with the demands of a


growing population? Towering over the town, the Touch Of Saint Mary


The Virgin. Desirable properties underneath. There aren't many towns


with the two wrist information centre that has over 100,000 people


per year passed through its door `` tourist information. We have so much


to offer in terms of tourist attractions: Green, open areas, a


concert arena, history... So much to bring people to the town. It is very


special. At the offices of the local newspaper, they know there is


nothing like planned housing development to agitate readers. John


has been editor for 20 years. He says that more than 1300 families


would be the ones to benefit. Coal I think people in the town who have


young families are annoyed and have been on waiting lists for years,


well hundreds are going to be brought in from outside. I really


don't understand that. Surely if we have a waiting list, why aren't we


dealing with it? It is not a sensible answer.


Bridget originally came to love you more than 50 years ago and has


fought to protect the town. She fears for its future. We would have


been distressed to see it spoiled, and that could easily happen with


the pressure of population, traffic, fumes, aircraft, the


attraction of the area could be destroyed. I'm quite elderly so I


shan't see it, but I wouldn't like it for the next generation. Bridget


Eliot talking to VMware. She says it is up to young people to rise to the


challenge of the fears she has for the town in future.


So what was happening at the council office? There are specific plans


were being put forward for housing developments. As ever, they proved


controversial. Gareth George reports on the protesters and decisions.


This protest was a polite one but there was no mistaking the strength


of feeling. The worry was that more homes means more traffic and more


pollution. It is just going to multiply the amount of cars that


passed through. There is no mitigating that. Pollution kills so


many people already. They are still proceeding with original plans


despite the wishes of the vast majority of local residents. Inside,


one of the most important meetings in Saffron Walden four years. The


consideration is three separate applications for hundreds of homes.


Developers wanted to build hundreds here, in these areas. Opposed in the


meeting by Speaker after speaker, but not all were against the idea.


They included representatives of local sports clubs because one has


offered land for a sports ground efforts planning application goes


through. But Shannon says her daughter's help is already affected


by pollution. She believes morbid make it worse and put pressure on


schools and health services. These new developments will bring in


excess of 700 homes and in excess of 1100 vehicles. It will just be the


straw that breaks the camel's back. Weak after hours of debate,


permission for 230 homes was given, but the 300 one was denied. It seems


that protesters have a partial victory.


Tailgating. Hogging the middle lane, and showing a lack of respect for


other drivers at junctions ` some of the things that can infuriate even


the calmest of drivers. And, as of last year, the police can do


something about it. They now have the power to hand out on`the`spot


fines for careless driving. So is it working? Jenny Hill has been out


with traffic police in Cambridgeshire.


It's going to be a busy shift. We are out with Cambridgeshire police.


The award it was simply too close to the one in front. `` lorry. Today


the tailgaters are out in force. But last year, officers like John were


given the power to issue on the spot fines or penalty points for


inconsiderate driving. The new powers were designed to tackle the


middle lane hog is and tailgaters on the road. One motoring organisation


estimated that a sort of all drivers could be fined. I don't think there


has been a campaign by the police to target drivers. That's why the


figures have been so low. We need more cops out there and more


education about the driving zone. The Government will assess it in one


year. I hate it when people are in the middle lane. VCE women driving


and they think they will push as they see. Backing Cambridgeshire,


John spot another tailgater. The force does fine inconsiderate


drivers, but issue warnings to many more. I would rather point out your


error than stop you at the moment. Anything we can do to reduce


collisions and make drivers aware of the responsibility is important.


Police powers will assist others. The balance is that we don't want to


just use powers, we want to educate. Well the lorry driver


escaped with a leg injury, the consequences of careless driving can


be so much worse. We are and consensus that we all


hate tailgating! Let's get the weather.


Thank you to those who sent in this picture of bluebells. The flowers


are all out with the warm sunshine we have been having. We predicted 17


Celsius today but many got up to 19 Celsius the north Norfolk coast,


with most, stage cooler `` with mist, stayed cooler. Rain is on the


way to model with this thicker cloud over the West Country. We might get


an isolated showers this evening, although it looks like it will stay


dry during the first batch. The rain is trying to make its presence felt


at the end of the night. Temperatures won't drop down to


eight Celsius. Here is the pressure pattern for tomorrow. Low`pressure


moods across the entire country so it does mean rain for the entire


country. For others in the East, it will be cloudy and rainy throughout


the day. A lot of the rain will be like in the morning, so there will


be dry interludes. It's going to be cooler, because we have more cloud,


so don't expect to feel as warm as you did today. In the afternoon,


showers develop. These look like they could be heavy, with some


merging together is a longer spell of rain. Still some drier interludes


in between. The bank holiday weekend will have high pressure. Good news


in some ways, but bad news in that it is bringing cold air. It would be


significantly colder but it will be cooler and fresher. Lots of dry and


bright weather, but some chilly nights with temperatures low enough


to bring the ground frost. Freddie will start cloudy, but will brighten


up. Temperatures of 11 or 12 Celsius through the weekend, so cooler, but


brighter, sunnier weather coming. 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. That's all from Oz. Have a good evening!


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