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In Look East tonight: a dis`ster for Cambridge and the country.
The latest warning about five's takeover of AstraZeneca. Caught
The latest warning about five's takeover of AstraZeneca. Catght on
camera ` Bedfordshire Police takeover of AstraZeneca. Caught on
camera ` Bedfordshire Policd begin camera ` Bedfordshire Police begin
trials of controversial new body cams.
Tributes to Colin Pillinger, whose space exploration went from Milton
Keynes to Mars. And behind the scenes with the
Women's Tour as the race continues to cross the region.
It will mean significant job losses and the loss of leading world
research in Cambridge. That's the view of a Cambridge businesswoman
about the proposed takeover of Astra Zeneca by the American drug giant
Pfizer. Harriet Fear runs an international organisation which
represents life science and health care companies. She says thd
represents life science and health care companies. She says the multi
care companies. She says thd multi million pound takeover will mean a
reduction in the amount of world leading research carried out in
Cambridge. And will ultimately leading research carried out in
Cambridge. And will ultimatdly mean Cambridge. And will ultimately mean
job losses. We'll hear from her in just a moment, but first this report
from Mike Cartwright. AstraZeneca has committed to a new
HQ, a research centre and 2000 jobs. What guarantees have come from
Pfizer? The Pfizer bid is driven by tax
advantages. Has the Prime Mhnister advantages. Has the Prime Minister
's spoken to the US governmdnt advantages. Has the Prime Mhnister
's spoken to the US governmdnt to ask whether they propose any
's spoken to the US government to ask whether they propose anx changes
ask whether they propose any changes to their tax system? It's an
advantage that Britain is a low tax system.
We used to complain about the fact that companies were leaving because
of our high taxes will stop I agree ` that is not enough. We want the
investment, jobs and research that comes with that competitive tax
system. AstraZeneca will move here in 2016.
AstraZeneca will move here hn 2 16. It will form the heart of a new
biomedical campus. We have a certain commitment from
AstraZeneca for a major new scientific ace here in Cambridge.
Pfizer is promising to keep the jobs here, but they did the same in
Sweden and broke their promise. Sweden and broke their promhse.
Pfizer has already shut down its operations in Kent. If we w`nt these
operations in Kent. If we want these jobs to be firmly based in
Cambridge, this takeover must be resisted.
AstraZeneca is seen as a crtcial AstraZeneca is seen as a crucial
part of that. Questions are being asked that, if Pfizer comes here,
will it be as committed? If Pfizer does take over
AstraZeneca, what would be the worst case scenario?
I'm sorry, we are having some technical problems.
It's a new way to crack down on crime. Police officers across our
region are being asked to wear crime. Police officers across our
region are being asked to wdar body region are being asked to wear body
cameras which can record Big brother gone mad, or a way to safeguard the
gone mad, or a way to safegtard the public? The controversial body
cameras which are being rolled out to police officers across the
region. Today Bedfordshire Police showed off
their new cameras and explained Today Bedfordshire Police showed off
their new cameras and explahned to their new cameras and explahned to
our Home Affairs Correspondent their new cameras and explained to
our Home Affairs Corresponddnt Sally our Home Affairs Correspondent Sally
Chidzoy how they intend to tse them. Chidzoy how they intend to use them.
Images of domestic violence incident.
All right, all right. Let's talk to you. Let's go in there.
Get away from me. Captured on a police camera, this
harrowing scene could later be shown in court as evidence. Bedfordshire
Police for the latest force to get the body worn cameras. They will
become another part of their routine issue. 60 front line police officers
across Bedfordshire are now using this camera, and the hope is that
eventually all will get one, but of course that will depend on funding.
The cameras are seen as an `blution in policing. They're certainly a
powerful piece of kit, seen as being of benefits to both police `nd
powerful piece of kit, seen as being of benefits to both police and the
of benefits to both police `nd the public.
It's like having an independent witness going out with a police
officer, capturing what thex're doing and their interactions with
the public. The benefits around it are for the public, the comlunity
and for the police themselves. It will assist us in capturing the best
evidence, it will reassure the community that the conduct of the
officers is professional and proportionate.
Police body worn videos werd proportionate.
Police body worn videos were first Police body worn videos were first
trialled in the US, in Rialto near Los Angeles. They resulted in
Los Angeles. They resulted hn complaints against the police
dropping by 88%. Incidences of uses of force by officers felt bx more
of force by officers felt by more than half. `` fell by.
But the use of these cameras is still being rolled out by police
forces here, and there are concerns. No one is saying that there are
scenarios in which, limited scenarios, in which this could
scenarios in which, limited scenarios, in which this cotld be
useful as a way of preventing abuse towards members of the public, as a
way of protecting both police and the public from false alleg`tions.
the public from false allegations. But we really need proper s`feguards
But we really need proper safeguards in place and real, consistent
guidance presented across`the`board and made clear to the public.
People we questioned supported the introduction of the cameras.
It works both ways. They'll have to be very good to the public and it
will show the public are trte will show the public are trte
colours of the good ones and bad ones.
Maybe it's an intrusion of xour Maybe it's an intrusion of your
privacy but I think, as far as finding someone guilty or not
guilty, I think it's quite a good guilty, I think it's quite ` good
idea. This might just calm the public down
a bit when they're doing the things they're not supposed to do.
Police say camera footage not required for evidence will be
deleted after 31 days, and some people who object to being filmed
can say so. When we are in people's houses, if
we are dealing with victims, we will be listening to their views. We will
be explaining why we would like to carry on filming, but it will be
guarded by them as a victim. When they're in their own homes, the last
thing we want to do is alienate the victims from the police.
From now on, every front line officer in Bedfordshire leaving
their station to attend to an incident will reach for the camera.
We can return to Harriet Fe`r. incident will reach for the camera.
We can return to Harriet Fear. She We can return to Harriet Fe`r. She
has real concern is that if Pfizer take over AstraZeneca, it would not
be a good situation. What is the worst case scenario?
I can't hear you particularly well but I will try to answer. This is a
sensitive issue. I would like to concentrate on the positives. Both
of these companies are brilliant and internationally renowned. For
AstraZeneca to be a company that has the gravitas and the brilliance to
attract such interest is a fantastic thing, not just for AstraZeneca but
for UK life sciences. I can hear a but coming.
Again, I think I have misheard but coming.
Again, I think I have mishe`rd you. Again, I think I have misheard you.
There is a but bear. The qudstion There is a but bear. The question
have to be, what is the long`term commitment? I'm talking ten or 20
commitment? I'm talking ten or 0 years down the line. If Pfizer can
assure us that there will not be job losses, and that they will be
committed to the UK, and importantly committed to a better patient
outcome, then I think it is potentially a good thing. You talk
about assurances. We have had assurances from
Westminster that jobs must stay in this country. Do you think that is
an empty promise? I'm not sure it should necessarily
be a government matter. It hs a commercial matter between these two
organisations. If you look `t organisations. If you look `t
AstraZeneca's commitments to the UK, I was privy to meeting the CEO
last year, Hugh committed to the global headquarters for AstraZeneca
being in Cambridge, 2000 jobs by 2016 and billions being spent on a
new site out at Addenbrooke's. He assured me that the work is
continuing in spite of recent issues.
AstraZeneca has a long`term commitment to Cambridge. It also
owns another research body. There is a presence here in Cambridgd, as
a presence here in Cambridge, as many will be aware, but we `re not
hearing anything more than a five`year commitment from Pfizer. In
drug discovery and development, the drug discovery and developmdnt, the
commitment needs to be much longer. A man from Northamptonshirel
commitment needs to be much longer. A man from Northamptonshirem who was
A man from Northamptonshirel who was jailed after infecting his
girlfriend with herpes, has lost an appeal against his conviction, but
he has had his jail term reduced. Today, Lord Justice Treacy at the
Court of Appeal, reduced David Golding's sentence from 14 lonths `
Golding's sentence from 14 months ` to three. The 31`year`old traffic
warden from Braunston near Daventry pleaded guilty in July 2011 to
grievous bodily harm. Two weeks today. You'll have
grievous bodily harm. Two weeks today. You'll havd your
Two weeks today. You'll have your chance to vote in the Europdan
chance to vote in the European elections. And there'll also be
voting taking place on some of our local councils. Anywhere coloured
red for labour, blue for conservative or grey for no overall
control will be holding loc`l elections on May 22nd. One of the
fiercest battles to be fought is in Cambridge. The Liberal democrats
have run the council for thd last 14 years, but it's now in no overall
control. Labour only needs three seats in order to take it. This
report is from our political correspondent. Andrew Sincl`ir.
correspondent. Andrew Sinclair. Cambridge is booming ` it's become
the powerhouse of the region's economy, with new development, new
jobs and hardly any unemploxment. For the liberal democrats it's a
record to be proud of. We have removed the tight
straitjacket on growth, which would have caused a lot of these local
companies to fly away. We have allowed them to stay. It results in
us having one of the highest average levels of burning in the cotntry. We
levels of burning in the country. We have been able to weather the
recession might few other places in the UK.
Labour is making a big push to take over this council ` it believes
Labour is making a big push to take over this council ` it belidves its
over this council ` it believes its message about the cost of lhving
will play well here ` it argues that parts of the city have missdd out
parts of the city have missed out and it's time to re`think
priorities. The conservatives and it's time to re`think
priorities. The conservativds accept priorities. The conservatives accept
that the lib dems have done some good things in Cambridge but say if
it hadn't been for the conservative run County Council ` there would
have been very little movement on the big issue that faces thd
have been very little movemdnt on the big issue that faces the city.
We are a prosperous city but we also have areas that have been affected
by the Lib Dems in the last few years. Some people have not been
able to see the growth of the city has been experiencing.
We have transport issues. Wd need to We have transport issues. Wd need to
look harder at the private rented sector. We need to look at the
investment that needs to take place. Do voters reward is the party that
has given them growth and prosperity?
The conservatives accept th`t prosperity?
The conservatives accept that the The conservatives accept th`t the
lib dems have done some good things in Cambridge but say if it hadn t
in Cambridge but say if it hadn't been for the conservative rtn County
Council ` there would have been very little movement on the big hssue
little movement on the big issue that faces the city.
I don't think they have gripped the transportation issues in a strategic
way. The Conservatives have spotted and promoted the rebuilding of the
A14. The Greens used to have a presence
on the City Council but thex The Greens used to have a presence
on the City Council but they were on the City Council but thex were
hit by internal divisions. Like Labour they're talking a lot about
high rents and low wages ` they also question if the inftratsuctre can
cope with so many people wanting to come and work in Cambridge.
Is this the right thing to do or should we be taking the jobs from a
place like this? `` and spreading them more equally around thd
country? I don't think that people should be pressured to move for
work. It's no accident that all the big
names have been coming here to campaign. This is an important
council in a very successful city. Whoever controls it after M`y 2 nd
will have a lot to feel pleased will have a lot to feel ple`sed
about. Those are your top stories tonight.
Now it's over to David and Susie for the rest of the programme.
Still to come. Taking the play out of the theatre. Performers in
Peterborough prepare for opdning night in an empty theatre.
And we are behind`the`scenes as the women's tour comes to Bedford.
More now on the space scientist Professor Colin Pillinger who has
died in hospital after suffering a died in hospital after suffdring a
brain haemorrhage at his home near brain haemorrhage at his hole near
Cambridge. Tributes have been paid to the
pioneering professor, who was just pioneering professor, who w`s just
70 years old. He was discussing new projects right up until his death.
He was the scientist who got us all interested in space. Friends say his
distinctive side burns and West Country accent masked a true genius.
Country accent masked a trud genius. It was Beagle two that endeared
Country accent masked a true genius. It was Beagle two that ende`red him
It was Beagle two that endeared him to the public ` even after ht
spectacularly failed. He designed and built the probe looking for life
on Mars but it vanished without trace. Professor Pillinger remained
undeterred and later on Look East said the search would continue. We
went to Mars to look for life and this is the question that everybody
is asking all the time. Are we alone in the universe was to mark when
will space exploration answer that question? Dave Moore, from Stevenage
based firm Astrium, worked `longside Professor Pillenger on the Beagle
two project. He says it was a success in so many ways. Colin again
with his charisma and drive that space on the map for the Brhtish
space on the map for the British public. He got the generations of
youngsters to get more involved and be passionate and interested.
Professor Pillinger began hhs career analysing moon rocks for NASA. He
became Professor of Interplanetory Science at the Open Univershty
became Professor of Interpl`netory Science at the Open University and
Science at the Open Univershty and earned a host of awards. In 2005, he
was diagnosed with MS. Yestdrday, aged 70, he suffered a fatal brain
haemorrhage at his home near Cambridge. Colleagues at thd Open
University say they will always be inspired by his passion and drive.
He was often argumentative but always, always inspirational and
able to bring people round to his way of thinking. Professor Pillinger
was a pioneer and always said he had unfinished business with Mars. He
may not have realised all his dreams but his vision remains an
inspiration for scientists hn the future.
David Braben works in the science and technology industry in
Cambridge. He featured in a book alongside Colin Pillinger and met
him through that. Earlier, H asked him through that. Earlier, H asked
him how he would best describe Colin Pillinger's life's work. I think he
was a wonderful charismatic guy. He was a wonderful charismatic guy He
had a sort of magnetism and enthusiasm for science which was
infectious. It was great. Hd infectious. It was great. He
appeared loads of times on television. I was lucky enotgh to
television. I was lucky enough to meet him a couple of times. It was
infectious, the enthusiasm he had. He managed to do something that
other people hadn't done before him. Of course many people know him for
that attempt to land a spacecraft Of course many people know him for
that attempt to land a spacdcraft on that attempt to land a spacdcraft on
Mars in 2003. Sadly it didn't happen and he did wish to continue making
it happen. Do you think he would have gone back and made it happen if
he hadn't been ill? The problem is because it failed, which was a real
shame, people were wary to do it again because it was expenshve.
shame, people were wary to do it again because it was expensive. It
was one out of one that failed and that was blocked to him getting
funding. It would have been wonderful if he had have done. What
I was hoping for, and I think he was hoping for at the time prior to his
2003 mission as well, was that this would be the first of many very,
very cheap mission is to explore our solar system, to put machinds,
solar system, to put machines, Rovers or whatever on distant
worlds. Such an enthusiastic person. Do you think that is why other
scientist 's were drawn to him, to get on`board on projects? Hd
scientist 's were drawn to him, to get on`board on projects? He is an
get on`board on projects? Hd is an explorer is another way of looking
at it. He brought things forward. He started exploring the solar system
as an individual, not as Nasser, started exploring the solar system
as an individual, not as Nasser but as Colin Perch `` Colin Pillinger
working to achieve things. We need people like him to inspire the next
generation or they will go into different things. It would be
great, the more people who are kids great, the more people who are kids
today, who are doing sciencd in the today, who are doing science in the
next ten years, it will be better for all of us. Thank you very much.
Thank you. Northamptonshire and Bedfordshire
played host to the women's tour today and the rain did not put
people off. Preparing for an event of this scale takes a real
preparation, as we have been finding out.
How is that? Same setup, different location. For five days, thd women's
location. For five days, the women's cycle tour is put up, rolled out and
spruced up. Here we are on the embankment in Bedford. The
organisers were here at 5am, getting everything setup. All we need now
are the crowds, the riders `nd everything setup. All we nedd now
are the crowds, the riders and a bit of action. Basically, my job is to
get the crowds ready and tell them what is going on, because they
cannot see the race as it is happening. Hopefully get them
cannot see the race as it is happening. Hopefully get thdm that
excited and then we bring in the race weekend. Alas, it would be a
soggy race. The best place to be, inside where the timing teal
operates. This system is obviously very reliable. It has to be. It can
take 10,000 pictures per second so take 10,000 pictures per second so
we can have ten thousandths of a second. We don't need that much for
second. We don't need that luch for cycling but it is really accurate.
The women's tour has started from Hinckley but these riders are the
support race from Bedford, Milton support race from Bedford, Lilton
Keynes, Luton and they are getting a taste of what is to come in the main
event. We tend to take it all for granted but we move 180 vehhcles,
180 tonnes of equipment, hotels for 400 or 500 people every night but
that is what we do and we gdt on that is what we do and we gdt on
with it. The crowds were deep, despite the weather. We werd racing
on the circuit around here this morning. It was a great expdrience.
morning. It was a great experience. For the organisers, stage two is
nearly done and dusted and for the rice `` for the riders, 72 miles
done. It was Italian that one in Bedford. As for the organisdrs, time
Bedford. As for the organisers, time to get the show on the road. `` it
was an Italian. Tomorrow, the tour moves to Suffolk
and Essex, starting in Felixstowe and finishing in Clacton.
Some say theatre needs to bd and finishing in Clacton.
Some say theatre needs to be edgy. Well, in little over 30 minttes in
Well, in little over 30 minutes in Peterborough, it is opening night
for a new play which its crdators admit is the one of scariest things
they've ever done. What's m`de it they've ever done. What's m`de it
scary is that they didn't even have a venue until the very last minute.
That venue is an empty retahl unit in a shopping centre. Kevin Burch
has more. You could say this is a tale of the heart in the he`rt of
tale of the heart in the heart of retail. In unit 23 of the sdrpentine
Green shopping Centre in Hampton, it is almost time for the audidnce to
is almost time for the audience to arrive. It is called River Lane and
professionally produced, but beyond that, it is entirely the work of the
community. Around 70 local volunteers, aged 11 to 76, recruited
to handle every aspect of the show from the performance and props to
stage management and sound. It's set in the Swinging Sixties and written
by local playright, Tony Ramsay, using his memories of life `s a
using his memories of life as a teenage boy in the River Lane area
of the city. We have only h`d evenings and weekends, meaning the
number of hours to get rings down are cut down. To know that it
number of hours to get rings down are cut down. To know that ht is
are cut down. To know that it is tonight is really exciting. It feels
like we have made it. Don't do that estimation mark you made me jump. It
is my first time in a shopping is my first time in a shopphng
centre but I worked on a touring Macbeth that worked in all sorts of
buildings, so this kind of work is the sort that excites me. I have
lived in Peterborough pretty much the sort that excites me. I have
lived in Peterborough pretty much my whole life and yet I didn't know all
about the story from the 60s. I have learnt a lot about fishing `s well
learnt a lot about fishing as well for top if I kept walking this way,
I'd end up in London. And you'd be in... Manchester as Commissioner
in... Manchester as Commisshoner Mark tell me about your singing.
in... Manchester as Commissioner Mark tell me about your singing Oh,
it's great. No, we get through it. it's great. No, we get through it.
It's taken a year to producd. It's a It's taken a year to producd. It's a
story rich in local characters, story rich in local charactdrs,
legends and landmarks. It opens tonight and runs for ten days.
Desmond back! It is pretty damp out there, isn't
it? It is. More wet weather this afternoon and
this evening, with heavy rain around this evening, with heavy rain around
and we cannot rule out thunder. It should ease away into the early
should ease away into the e`rly hours, but we do expect showers to
feeding from the west later on. Temperatures down to ten or 11
Celsius, perhaps cooler unddr clear Celsius, perhaps cooler under clear
skies. The winds are mainly moderate westerly. A fresh westerly wind
tomorrow though and this system moves towards us bringing wet
moves towards us bringing wdt weather for Saturday. More on that
in a moment but for tomorrow, showers around from the word go.
Some could be heavy and thundery, but a much better chance of seeing
some sunshine and a fair amount of dry weather, although showers will
be around. Temperatures, near be around. Temperatures, ne`r
average. Perhaps a degree or so higher than appears in the sunshine,
but a blustery day as well. That will blow the showers through
quickly. On Saturday, I think it will be a wet and windy start to the
day, but by the afternoon, we should see brighter conditions. Sthll
pretty windy with heavy showers. see brighter conditions. Still
pretty windy with heavy showers. It all depends on how quickly that
morning rain clears. Sunday and Monday, to showery days. Some of
Monday, to showery days. Sole of those showers could be on the happy
side. They will be on the call side. The difference between the two
days, hopefully on Monday, slightly lighter winds. Overnight lows, as we
head into the new working wdek, we head into the new working wdek, we
will see some chilly nights but we should stay frost free. At the
moment, pressure is falling, so not a great night
that is all from us. Have a good evening.
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minds immeasurably more bureaucratic than ours
slowly and surely drew their plans against us.
smashing our democracy and destroying our laws...
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