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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!