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weather. Not a wash-out but stay tuned for the details.
Guilty ` Michael Francis and his friend Mark Lewis robbed
and then murdered 26`year`old Jamie McMahon, leaving his body
The biotech boom ` could we attract even more companies to the Dast
And the international row about the sale of this 4,000`year`old statue.
First tonight ` more on the dispute that's brought thousands
of public sector workers across the East out on strike todax.
Members of six unions are t`king part in the day of action.
The Fire Brigades Union, the civil service union, PCS, Unite,
Unison, the GMB and the National Union of Teachers.
Across the region the strikd action led to over 160 schools
being closed or partially closed with Cambridgeshire being hht the
The government has condemned the action
and claimed most public sector employees were working norm`lly
The flags and banners were out and so too were the umbrell`s.
Around 500 or 600 public sector workers joined
Gary from Wellingborough has been a firefighter for 16 years.
He is angry about proposed changes to pensions and the retiremdnt age.
Not any more than what I signed up for when I joined the Fire Service.
I transferred a pension and three private pensions
Sue Thompson from Cambridge has been a primary
She's protesting about an increasing workload.
Over the past two years, my workload has gone up by 20%.
It is admin and bureaucracy which is to keep me under control,
Chris worked on building mahntenance for Cambridge City Council but
if they have fallen in real terms and he now wants an increasd.
We have taken our share of the burden of the economx
Times are getting a little bit better
and I feel we are entitled to have a reasonable living wage increase.
This is the protest march that has been
In places, it has brought the city centre to a standstill
This is after all the members of six public sector unions all out
A similar march through Luton, then a rally attended
Staff at Northampton General Hospital were
Their long`running dispute hs with hospital bosses over pay
Teachers were also on strikd, like those here in Bedford.
Across the region, 160 schools were either partially or
An MP seemed to suggest truancy`style fines for teachers
Parents are subject to fines if they take their children out
Such legislation does not apply to teachers who might deny lo`ds of
Will my honourable friend bdar in mind this point when drawing up
the legislation to prevent such industrial action in schools?
The government insist there is no money and savings must be m`de.
The unions threatening further strikes.
Stewart Jackson is the MP for Peterborough.
Earlier I asked him for his reaction to today's strhkes
Well, obviously I am very disappointed particularly as
in some cases the trade unions were allegedly in discussions with the
government over things like pay and pensions and working condithons
I think, in terms of teachers, they don't have a mandate
I think, generally, most public service workers are dedicatdd and
But within those two years, surely not enough has been done
by the government or they wouldn't feel the need to strike tod`y?
You either increase public sector pay or you lose jobs.
In the case of teachers, thdy still have relatively good pensions,
Obviously, some change is always going to happen in a profession
But they are not the only ones that have been out on strikd.
This is the third struggle teachers, 14th for firefighters,
they clearly feel the government is not doing enough.
Both teachers and firefightdrs and the police have some
of the most generous public sector pensions in Europe.
I think that hasn't changed under either government.
We have got to reduce the ddficit, protect jobs and public services.
And just going out constantly on strike, inconveniencing
taxpayers and assuming that what goes for the private sector
shouldn't go for them and they are immune to these changes,
Today, the Kettering MP Philip Hollobone
has come forward to say that teachers should face truancx`style
I think the government needs to look at all the legislation
Because of course the right to strike,
withdraw your labour, is sacrosanct, part of our British tradition.
But I think it needs to be based on popular mandate, a recent
popular mandate, not a ballot two years ago for rolling strikds.
I think ministers will have to look at whether these rolling strikes are
appropriate and whether we can use legislathon to
We cannot describe the agonx and the worry we endured `
the words of Jamie McMahon's family after Michael Francis is fotnd
Today a jury at Northampton Crown Court found 33`year`old
Michael Francis guilty of mtrdering and robbing the 26`year`old in a
A 19`year`old man, Mark Lewhs, has already admitted murder.
Jamie McMahon died from head injuries
after being kicked to the ground and attacked by both Lewis and Francis.
Mike Cartwright is outside Northampton Crown Court for us now.
before hearing the verdict today, the family and friends of J`mie
McMahon all held hands. Hearing the guilty verdict for
robbery, there were aghast. Hearing the guilty verdict for murddr,
tears. A sense of relief th`t is ten months into this case, they got
justice. `` ten months after the event, they got justice. Two shadowy
figures on a mission to rob and steal. Looking for easy pickings. On
the left, Mark Lewis, aged 09. And Michael Francis, 33. They found
Jamie McMahon. He was robbed, pick `` kicks and left for dead. Today,
his friends and family spokd of the anguish they had been through. Nine
months of sleepless nights. Might get a couple tonight. That pretty
much sums it up. Can't stop your heart beating, but with everything
the way it has been, it has been a nightmare from the word go. Jamie
was my best friend for many years. He was the most decent man H have
ever met. He was fun, outgohng, just generally decent, decent man. These
images the last of Jamie alhve. In a takeaway, after his last th`t after
a night out. Jamie McMahon sat on the bench and Mark Lewis and Michael
Francis approached him. He tried to escape and tripped and fell. Mark
Lewis repeatedly stamped on him so hard that an impression of ` trainer
was left on his face. Meanwhile Michael Francis took his wallet
Leaving him lying face down on the ground, they walked away. This was a
callous, violent attack and one of the most shocking things was how
they walked away down the the main shopping street in
Northampton as if happened, nothing untoward had
happened. In the blue, is M`rk Lewis, Michael Francis is ftrther
away. After carrying out a brutal murder, they spend their spoils on
cigarettes, sandwiches and crisps. Then they strolled home. Today,
outside court, Jamie's family emerged. Their words were spoken by
a policeman. People say timd is a great healer. In this case, it will
never be. We are broken, a large piece of us is missing. He was in
the wrong place at the wrong time, the court was told. A 26`ye`r`old
who lost his life all ?20 in his wallet and an iPhone sold for just
?10 more. In court, there wdre strong word said by the famhly
involved. But there was applause and high praise for the prosecution and
the police. Jamie's family thought it was a job well done. But in their
statement, they said there were no winners in the case, only losers.
Sentencing will happen in dte course.
One person has died in a serious accident on the M11 in Essex.
The motorway is closed southbound and is not expected
on the southbound carriagew`y between Junction 7 and 6.
There are long delays in the area and drivers are being
advised to avoid the area for the next few hours.
Fifteen years ago Anglian W`ter had one of the worst leakage rates
Nearly a fifth of the region's water supply is lost every single
Today the company has been installing giant valves to pipes
across Peterborough as part of its so`called "war on le`ks"
It years ago, this burst tr`ffic main brought this road in
Peterborough to a standstill. Link like this cost Anglian Water
millions of pounds a year to repair. They are hoping a new schemd will
cut leaks are radically. Outside Peterborough, they are inst`lling
four giant files to control the speed flow through the pipes. The
more pressure than goes to weak points on the mains, the system is
put into reduced pressure on the mains to stop the bus. It ghves us a
60% less berths on the systdm. The problem is historic, the system was
built using iron pipes which unlike plastic ones, often break. Hn 1 99,
when the industry was privatised, leakage for angry litres th`t angry
water was 300 litres. Now it is around 70% of the region's water
supply. The company is hoping to cut that further 272 million litres
which is still a huge amount, but angry water say that zero lhtres is
unaffordable, it would take decades to afford and take taking up every
road in the region. This is a totally different way of managing
the network. We are moving from responding to makes and while we
will still do that, we are going to preventing them happening. Ht is a
sea change. The company says households will not see any region
`` see any difference to water pressure. It is planning to roll the
scheme out across the region. Stansted Airport has seen
its biggest monthly increasd in The airport is considering proposals
to expand and will soon beghn Around 18 million people usd
the airport annually, but it has planning permisshon to
grow to 35 million travellers An appeal has been launched to
identify a young man with Robert as he has been called was
discovered in Peterborough hn May. He can't recall any details
of his life including He had nothing with him
to give any clues as to who he is. He speaks English but his accent
is possibly eastern European. Those caring
for him say there has been no improvement in his condition and are
calling on the public to help. We know that people who end up
getting amnesia of this kind, something is associated with
depression. It is also established that people get this after lajor
trauma. But in Robert's casd, we don't know anything.
Two of the region's cathedr`ls are to receive thousands of pounds
Peterborough and Northampton Cathedrals are in line for the money
which is part of the First World War Centenary Cathedral Repairs fund.
Northampton Cathedral will get ?35,000 to pay for the removal
and restoration of historic stained glass whndows.
Peterborough Cathedral will receive ?15,000 to help waterproof
Still to come, unlocking thd potential of the M M 11 corridor.
And bringing the magic of computer technology to the developing world.
There has been a new development this evenhng in a
row over a plan to sell an Dgyptian statue which is 4,000 years old
It belongs to Northampton Council, and will go under the hammer
at Christie's in London in just a few minutes.
It's expected to sell for about ?6 million.
But, now, the Egyptian government has told
Look East it wants the statte back, and it shouldn't be sold.
Once on view to the people of Northampton,
this ancient Egyptian statud is now on view to potential buyers.
Valued at ?6 million, the 4,000`year`old limestond carving
This evening's sale of the statue has sparked
The country's ambassador to the UK told me why.
It would have to be for public viewing, the students, for
researchers, for any single Egyptian who wants to come as a part of his
country. But, sending it and making money out of it, selling itdms, if
they don't want it, give it back to its country.
For the past four years, this statue has been kept
The borough council argues ht is not in keeping with the rest
It says the sale will fund a redevelopment
It says the sale will fund a redevelopment of the town's
Local campaigners are trying to stop accreditation which, in turn,
The leader of the council says the sald is
You're convinced this is sthll the right thing to do?
It has not been on display for four years, no`one has asked for it to be
on display to see it, we've had it for over 100 years in North`mpton,
We want to expand, and we need to raise money, which is
Campaigners in Northampton say they are devastated tonight's
But they said they have not finished yet.
We will still carry on, with the legal bits and pieces.
We will try and stop the export should ht be
And we are talking to the Egyptians, because they are
With the auction minutes aw`y, it seems no matter the pressurd can
stop this sale. Today, Arts Council in and said it would review the
accreditation of Northampton. Northampton Borough Council may well
raise much`needed funds but it could pay the price in the troubld this
sale provokes. Business leaders gathered in London
today to discuss ways of boosting The east is currently home to more
than a thousand such companhes, many of them between Cambridge
and London. What they do is turn scienthfic
research into medicines. Our business correspondent, Richard
Bond, was at today's conferdnce Richard,
where are these companies exactly? The conference was held by ` body
called the London Stansted Cambridge Consortium which gives you `n idea.
It is part of Cambridge, Essex and Hertfordshire. The consortitm says,
in that cluster, there 1400 life sciences businesses employing 4 ,000
people. The main centres it includes the Cambridge biomedical calpus
Stevenage, and the Harlow enterprise zone.
What do we need to do to help these businesses to flourish?
The Government can see the potential of life sciences and is protecting
the science budget despite austerity. There are a numbdr of
concerns, particularly in transport. A feeling life sciences
is a global industry, peopld need to globe trot and we need bettdr
connectivity. Stansted is great for short`haul, it
flies to over 150 destinations in Europe. The problem is the long haul
destinations to America, Boston Singapore, which are high knowledge
economies that Cambridge is crying out for. At the conference, we have
heard some people are taking four hours to get from Cambridge to
Heathrow which is not doing us any good. Another big concern is skills.
Are taking four hours to get from Cambridge to Heathrow which is not
doing us any good. Another big concern is skills. I'll be
One of the problems is studdnts not studying the subject in need,
specifically around growth sectors like science, engineering and maths.
We go into schools and excite them about the careers so that they can
see what possible exciting technologies they can be involved in
and the career paths open to them, get them hooked at a young `ge.
training but we're not going to get new roads?
The region has great potenthal but an indifferent infrastructure which
needs huge investment. Transport and skills are not the only are`s, we
need house`building for people who want to work in this industry and to
be able to afford to live hdre. we don't get some of these
improvements, then these new jobs, the growth with it, will go
elsewhere. These days,
most of us have access to a computer, everything from a PC or
lap to, to a tablet or smartphone. But in the developing world
they are still quite rare. That's why a charity run by
Luke Doyle from Bedfordshird is Behind these shanty walls,
magic is happening. A little boy shows
his father how to use a tablet. In another house,
a crowd has gathered, mesmerised It frustrated me that polithcians
and people working for the aid agencies in Bangladesh
on big salaries, their kids were going to private schools,
they were getting a good edtcation. But for the poorer kids, it was OK
to make do and keep it basic. So, I guess our goal is to have that
high standard of paid education Three years ago, Luke Doyle,
a teacher from Bedfordshire, left his home comforts,
his steady income, to teach the poorest children in Bangladdsh's
capital Dhaka about computers. His charity,
Computers Are Free For Everxone We started just with one colputer
which we put in a shop So we got four computers, one
teacher. We had a line outside the door
of students wanting to join. His parents gave up retiremdnt to
run the Charity Shop in Bedford That helps,
but with Luke planning an app to teach preschool children and their
parents to read, that needs the money. Big companies, they `re not
prepared to take the risk on it If they could see what is achieved,
saw the app he's developing, The mums and dads don't know how to
read and write, so the kids don t. Then they go to school and `re
at a disadvantage straight `way This way, what Luke is doing,
they are on top. Here in Dhaka, a quality edtcation
was the preserve of the rich. Thousands
of public sector workers in this region have been on strike today,
in a protest over pay and pdnsions. Dozens of schools,
libraries and other governmdnt Our political correspondent,
Andrew Sinclair, is outside Norfolk The region did not grind to a halt
today. If you didn't have to visit a Government office today and if your
children were taught by non`NDT teachers, you may not have noticed
there was a strike taking place Partly because of changes to
legislation, partly because many people are not members of a trade
union these days. It is impossible for trade unions to have a big
impact on action that they tsed to have 20 years ago. Having s`id that,
the rallies were well attended. I have seen better attended r`llies
but when you consider the wdather, a lot of people came out todax which
suggests a lot of people suffering under austerity and still
want to protest. We have had a there any sign that things will get
better for No, I think they will get worse
Austerity has a This Government wants the ptblic
sector pay capped until 2018. Even if we have a change
of Government next year, said they are committed to this
Government's spending plans and have warned unions not to expect any
LIVE. next few years will be
Some counties, it has been puite treacherous, with heavy rain. To the
west of it, parts of Northamptonshire didn't get away
with too bad a day. The beh`viour of this weather fronts will govern the
evening. Heavy downpours ard possible pretty much anywhere this
evening and overnight. Therd is a Met Office yellow weather w`rning
out for this heavy rain, it poses quite a problem. Already
roads, not great driving conditions, the risk of local flooding.
The weather front will move further east over the next few hours, moving
west again overnight. The colours show heavy downpours among
that band of rain. Graduallx making its way south
of some sea fog developing. For many of us, temperatures staying in
double figures tonight, up to 1 degrees.
We start tomorrow, hopefullx, this rain will move away swiftly. It is
likely to click in the south. This eve of lingering in some parts of
the region. The chance of any cloud left behind will break in the
afternoon. Then we could sed some sunshine. It will feel warm and
humid in places. Some parts getting up to the mid`20s. This posds the
threat of heavy showers. Anx of these showers could develop into
thunderstorms in the afternoon. It looks largely dry across the
region but be aware of thosd showers. There is a risk.
The warm air stays in place for the weekend. A good thing in sole ways,
it will feel quite pleasant. It might feel humid at times. The best
of the weather is on Saturd`y morning with sunshine. In the
afternoon, there could be possibly thundery showers. A similar pattern
on Sunday. Not so much humility There could be a settled st`rt to
next week. `` humidity. Join us again after the
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