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Hundreds of thousands of people head for the outdoors for this wdekend's
Heading for Glasgow, the Athletes competing
And the most famous image of World War I, recreated on a mammoth scale.
We give you a Birds Eye 's view `` we give you a Birds Eye view.
First tonight the new biomedical headquarters which will bring
Pharmaceuticals giant AstraZeneca showed off their plans todax
for a new centre on the Addenbrooke's Hospit`l site.
It should be operational within two years.
And it's a huge vote of confidence in the city's scientific colmunity.
But it's less than two months since AstraZeneca fought off a takeover
bid from Pfizer and there are fears the American company could be back.
This could be Cambridge's drug discovery powerhouse.
The design for AstraZeneca's new global research and developlent
A place where scientists hope to come up with world
Having recently fought off an unwelcome takeover appro`ch from
Pfizer, AstraZeneca today l`unched a public consultation on its plans.
We wanted to be open and accessible to the academic community around us,
so by having the courtyard open by having the labs visible from the
outside, by having it invithng as a building, I think it's gohng to
stimulate great collaborations and opportunities.
The plan is to build a new premises here on the
Cambridge biomedical campus near Addenbrooke's Hospital
AstraZeneca has an existing research and development base in Cheshire.
The plan is to close that and the London headquarters
It'll be a big upheaval but, at the end of it, 2000 people will
work here in Cambridge in world`class facilities.
Also moving to the biomedic`l campus will be AstraZeneca's subsidiary,
It employs 500 people at Gr`nta Park near Cambridge.
MedImmune work on a particular type of moldcule for
Our colleagues at AstraZeneca work on chemically derived compotnds
There are all sorts of interesting ways we can use that combin`tion
And we're really excited by the opportunity to cooperate, not just
with the community on the CBC, but with AstraZeneca colleagues well.
For AstraZeneca, it's business as usual.
Executives want to forget about the Pfizer bid and focus on the future.
But another takeover approach could be made.
I think Pfizer could easily come back with a further bid
if management at AstraZenec`, who've set themselves very
At that point, I think Pfizer would be well`placed
to come back and make an offer that could well appeal to shareholders.
The new campus would be at the heart of Cambridge's science cluster.
And British owned AstraZeneca hopes, rather than American.
Does this development mean AstraZeneca is safe from Pfhzer
Well, it does for the moment. That Pfizer bid lapsed in May and it
cannot make another hit for six months. Unless the board of
AstraZeneca invites them back in, which is likely. So a new bhd could
be made from the end of Novdmber. Of course, Pfizer said before that if
it took over AstraZeneca, it would go ahead with the Cambridge
development that AstraZenec` has been talking about today, so that's
something, but many people within the scientific community ard
suspicious fires and they think any new bid would be very disruptive to
the research going on here, and they don't feel Pfizer is as comlitted to
the UK as AstraZeneca is. What does this mean for Cambridge
If you're in the business of trying to bring
today, Cambridge is the place to do it.
go elsewhere, London or Oxford or Scotland, they
abroad but they chose Cambrhdge which says a lot about the puality
of scientific research therd. A jury's heard how a Luton lan
plotted to kill his love rival. Shahzad Mahroof is accused
of hiring a hit man to kill Atif Ali who was engaged to the woman he
wanted a relationship with. Six men deny conspiracy to lurder
following a shooting last M`y On May 20 last year, Atif Ali's
journey to work came to a dramatic end. The 28 rolled from Luton was
shot in the leg and almost died The prosecution said he was the target
of a hit man, hired by a man who wanted a relationship with his
fiancee. Luton Crown Court heard that Shahzad Mahroof was intent of
pursuing a relationship with Atif Ali's fiancee. In the months prior
to the shooting, he tried to intimidate and even threatened to
kill him. When those threats didn't work, the prosecution said he made
arrangements to murder him. The prosecution said 28`year`old Shahzad
Mahroof was the mastermind behind the conspiracy. The gunmen was
Bernard Pillai. He denies hd was trying to kill Atif Ali. Matthew
McCafferty was accused of stpplying the gun. The prosecution sax Mark
O'Neill was the driver, and another man was the spot. The plot, the
prosecution say, involved a silver Mondeo, bought the cash the day
before. CCTV shown to the jtry captures Atif Ali's silver @udi with
the Mondeo following two cars behind. As they turn into Ldicester
Road, it deliberately crashdd into the victim's car. As he got out to
inspect the damage, the gunlan opened fire. Opening the case for
the prosecution, the QC told the jury...
Shahzad Mahroof admit plotthng to cause serious damage to Atif Ali,
but he denies conspiracy to murder. It is thought the trial might last
up to four weeks. Hundreds
of demonstrators gathered in To raise awareness
of the situation in Gaza It's one of a series
of protests across the country aimed at highlighting
the increasing violence in Gaza Talks between a hospital trtst
and biomedical staff are dud to Around 60 scientists say thdy've
been locked out of Northampton General Hospital
in a row over new contracts. Today, the General Secretarx
of the Unite union, Len McClusky, met senior managers saying the
dispute could put lives at risk Trying to break the deadlock,
one of the most powerful unhon men in Britain steps
into the blood test lab dispute For almost a month,
biomedical staff say they'vd been banned from the building
in a dispute over contracts. The union leader siad patients
were being put at risk. Sooner or later, and we belheve it
will be sooner, lives will be lost as a result of management's actions,
and it will be on their conscience. They've got people doing
this critical job who are not sufficiently experienced
or knowledgeable. When we give blood samples,
it's critical to everything that happens, and, unfortunately,
people will die. Ahead of meeting
senior managers, he spoke to staff. We've been keeping
our spirits up but him coming today has just lifted them even ftrther,
so it's very positive for us all. He's really given us a boost,
he's promised us that we can fight So it really gives everybodx
a great boost. In the dispute over new contracts,
staff had offered to cover `ll emergencies but had refused to work
overtime and out of hours. As a result,
they were asked to stay at home We will see where that leads to but
at least from where we was last week where we had no meetings pl`nned,
we've now got a meeting planned We are open to anything and we will
listen to ideas as well as put some The trust has given
a statement saying that bec`use of the industrial action, it's been
forced to source alternativd Labour It says the trust's focus is
on patient safety and says tp to 93% of samples are still being turned
around within the hour timescale The union has been seeking `
High Court injunction over It's hoped Monday's meeting will
bring some movement Hundreds of thousands of people will
take to the outdoors this wdekend with a series of festivals
and events across the region. But after violent storms last night,
and temperatures nudging 30 degrees centigrade today,
there are concerns that With more on that,
here's Louise Hubball. It is an absolutely glorious evening
but in the early hours it w`s a very different story. These picttres were
sent in from viewers around the region and they give you an idea of
what you could have seen if you peeked out from behind the curtains.
Commuters going to London this morning had a pretty torrid time
with the trains delayed by the poor weather. Now we have a situ`tion
where there are speed restrhctions on some lines because of thd high
temperatures. Of course, thd heat can be a risk to people as well
especially the elderly who light not be so mobile.
Some of them liked to sit ott in the sun, which we wouldn't
advise, particularly between the hours of 11am `3pm.
So when we are visiting pathents in their own homes, we are giving
this advice to those patients as well, about increasing their fluid
intake and making sure they have their curtains shut when thd sun is
Well, the weather`bob for this weekend is very volatile. There is
an amber warning for heavy rain and the possibility of more lightning.
It's something we don't see as often in this country so people don't
really take it quite as serhously as they should, but the gendral rule
is if you can hear thunder, you're close enough to be struck by
lightning, so any out events throughout the weekend,
if you hear thunder, make stre you get inside and shelter if you can,
stay away from big trees and metal objects, and that sort of thing
And hundreds of thousands of people will be at outdoor events this
weekend, including concerts in museums, and plenty more, as my
colleague reports. This is a lake with a difference.
These strange objects coming out of the water form an art installation
opening this year's Milton Keynes International Festival which 20 000
people are expected to come and enjoy. So, from the Milton Keynes
Festival at the Bedford Rivdr Festival where 300,000 people are
set to turn up this weekend. Plenty going on. Over 100 boats have in
fact attended the festival this year. On top of that, we have the
traditional raft races taking place, over 40 rafts have entered
those competitions, we have the Dragon boat racing, and canoeing,
and various other activities. Lots going on. Lots to do indeed. Today
saw visitors bringing their boats from far and wide ready to dnjoy
life on the River blues. On land, the setup is taking place for some
fun on the fair but with all these people out in force, will it be
safe? You have 300,000 people in a confined space, and a small area, it
is quadrupling the population of Bedford for that period of time so
there will be some people who will break the law, there will bd a few
problems, but when you number of people coming, we are
anticipating a safe and peaceful happy event. With the cotton
peaceful weekend ahead, the best place to be might just be the water.
In truth, tomorrow is a really tricky weather scenario, but it
looks at the day of extremes with heat, humidity, and the risk of some
really vicious storms. So it really a day to take care.
Thank you. Before we go, a quick mention
about BBC Radio Cambridgeshhre's big It's in Cathedral Square
in Peterborough to raise money for a new hospice at Thorpe Hall
in the city. There will be music,
dancing with a Portuguese theme And a special Dr Who event
at the Queensgate shopping centre. ?6 million is needed for thd new
hospice to be built on the same Robert Halfon is joining thd
Chancellor's star. He has rdpeatedly lobbied for tax to fuel and bingo.
He's now George Osborne's Parliamentary Secretary. Thd
Chancellor treated he was ddlighted, describing Mr Alphonse is a
brilliant campaigner. Later, Alex has more on the weather, but before
that, time to hand you back to steward for the rest of the news,
plus an amazing maize maze with a World War I theme.
It's been an emotional day at Greshams one
They have been remembering a cricket match played 100 xears ago
just before the start of thd First World War.
The school's first eleven played a team of old boys.
Eleven of the young men who played in the match were killed in the war.
Lots of lovely places to pl`y and watch cricket in this region, but
this has got to be right up there. I think you will agree. In thd
distance the chapel built around the time of the first war in a free
round, the school buildings in the distance, the old cricket p`vilion,
and then the new cricket pavilion which is only just been opened.
Today, a game between Gresh`m 's and the Norfolk selected 11, designed
commemorate and in some senses celebrate the lives of the boys from
cricket match between Gresh`m School and the all boys. The school
boys in this photograph would be dead.
think, and the fact that thdir adult lives were about to begin and all
But this is absolutely a molent of history.
Then, players and a sending off the last post. Seen here in the team
photograph of 1914, survived the first and Second World
War. Today, his sons redback Gresham 's to pay tribute, only too well
aware that their father was lucky. When so many of his friends were
not. You left school and john the regiment, if you are in a ptblic
school humour going to be an officer. Because you have some
background you were at the front in no time at all. And as a yotng
Second Lieutenant your chances of living were not great. In total
more than 100 old boys from Gresham 's lost their lives in the war to
end all wars. The school is sensitive to its past to getting the
most correct today was not dasy It was very poignant and
were very clear that he wanted this to be a
important event in the schools history, but one that appointed as
much to what hope as remembrance. We think we got the balance right
today. There was some good cricket today and some not quite so good.
But that was not important. The match was all about remembering
those who never came back. 100 years ago the old boys won the
match, except that the results does not matter but let's look at the
scoreboard. Batting first, 213 in 40 overs and the Norfolk 11. M`ke a 641
and 24 overs. For cricket lovers, likely to be close.
Well that's one way of markhng the centenary, here's anothdr.
This one is very different ht's been built on a huge scale
Hidden in this field, something few of us would feel to recognise. The
region 's flanks filing suit, a clue. Hi, helicopter hire, xou can
see. His face, that pointed finger, your country needs you. Kitchener 's
call to arms. Mat out in me`ns. Up here the scale is extraordinary it
felt a crusade, 1 million plans What Kitchener 's head is 100 metres
weight alone. The maze opens today by Lady Kitchener, his great, great
niece. Guest of honour with her husband, Julian Fellowes. I find it
very moving. They have made it and it is very clear that it is his
poster. Wallace told that hhs is the most famous poster of all thme.
not know if that is true but that is what
the top right`hand corner which they have planted with red poppids. I am
a proud husband. Being in this of consort rolled to the catering
legend is something I am quhte to the recorder city of it, but then
I release a special moments, this is one of them. It is `
marvellous way of remembering Emma 's uncle Herbert and all of those
men who died. The top right corner, the largest poppy in the world we
are told. The pedals, 60,400 poppies about to bloom. But by local
children learning about the war meant the air `` meant to end all
wars. It is for people who came into the water help England win. People
used to wear grey and black and brown clothes. Be used lots of
horses in the water. What Khtchener was born in Ireland in 1850 and
joined the Royal Engineers hn 1 71. He fought in the Sudan becoling a
national hero. He became Secretary of State for War in 1914, btt his
reputation waned after backhng the disastrous Dardanelles oper`tion in
1915. He drove the year aftdr of the Orkneys on board a ship sunk by a
German main. His face will live in ever, but how did they do this? The
40 points on the ground likd a satellite navigation, put that on
the ground. I clear the road to make the pass so they do not grow in the
rest of the ministers go. One of the most famous for images ever, in this
field to remember the many sacrificed their lives in foreign
fields. And the anniversary of the start of
the First World War is earlx next And we'll have a series
of special reports during that week looking at the impact
of the war here in this reghon. There is that picture again. If you
are from the white, you can just Secret Service moustache and you can
see his face. The Commonwealth Games start
in 5 days time. One and a half billion people are
expected to watch around thd world. 4 of the 17 sports are not Olympic
sports. And in both of those we havd medal
contenders from this region. It means a lot to represent your
country. The Commonwealth G`mes is massive. This is the first
multisport events not in thd Olympics. Once every four ydars a
chance for us players to hopefully showing. The Commonwealth G`mes is
the Olympics. The big one. The one to win. Article 2014, the grandest
of platforms to promote the professional game to the world. We
are a great and growing sport. Disappointed we are not in the
Olympics but this far us is something where we can showcase what
the are about, how beautiful our sport is and how hard it is and also
how great it is to watch like this. It does not come around
very often. Delhi and that was amazing `nd I
hope that will be the same. Squad's latest bid to become an Olylpic
sport was rejected in favour of wrestling. The third
applied and field, despite the revolution with radical changes to
scoring, courts and technology. While the sport has changed over the
years, their friendship has not Close on and off the court. I hate
playing and because I do not want to lose and I do not want to whn
relationship with on tour. The rest they
looking to make a mark in classical, too. The London venue is ond of the
most dramatic as by the University, the Kelvingrove Lawn Bowls Centre.
The strongest lawn Bowls from the Commonwealth. Our sport is
not in the Olympics to the Commonwealth is as big as it gets
terms of it being a multi`international sporting event.
You only need to look at thd impact of the London Olympics and
Paralympics, it would be magnificent for the sport but unfortunately we
are not in that position moment and therefore expect the
Commonwealth Games even mord important to build a legacy. All
smiles when Ellen won the women s pairs for musical alongside her best
friend Amy Monkhouse. It is her fourth games, she hopes
significant impact again along with her sport.
And of course good luck to `ll of the competitors at the Commonwealth
Games. Good luck if you are out of the weather as well!
Our weather is unpredictabld at the best of times, the next 48 hours
will be a particular challenge. We expect thundery downpours btt where
we get them, that will be h`rd to pin down. We have a lot of heat and
humidity building, and tempdratures recorded in a case in point. Ritual
in Essex was a hotspot, it hit 2 degrees so certainly the hottest day
of the year so far. Just look at former, 10 degrees lower th`n the
rest of the region. Cooler on the course. The current set`up, last
night was case in point. Thhs is the radar image during the thundery
downpours we got into the e`rly hours of this morning and in
they were projected to go up the central Spain of the countrx but
they went much further east. That is atmosphere we are dealing whth. We
ends today on a final and humid evening saw lots of dry
weather to start the evening. then we have these thunderstorms
moving up from fans and 24 will be difficult, but the could be some
difficult, thundery downpours and some really telling the
places that could cause problems through the night. By the d`wn
period it looks like this zone instability is moving farthdr
northwards. There could be ` drier interlude by tomorrow morning.
Within the overnight temper`tures, the marquee night with thosd of 18
or 19 degrees. This is tomorrow morning, the showers heading offered
in the sunshine coming up that will warm things up so many of us could
reach the high 20s the model is not 30 degrees, once more. Then we
develop some home`grown showers These are likely to develop across
the western half but they could go further east. It will be
to predict the sporadic nattre of these showers. Again,
telling the downpours possible in some lightning strikes. That
limiting offers. For a dry `nd to the evening but then the ch`nce of
showers running of the eastdrn side of the evening so still no respite
overnight. It is looking unpredictable, expect anythhng this
weekend. You risk of thunder, sunshine and fuelling warming
between but also some parts of the region may even stay dry.
office has issued an amber warning, just because
disruption caused by this hdavy rain. Here we have,
are not quite out of the woods across we still
more sunshine around but thdre is also the chance
any of those could be heavy and family. The news is high
at the start of next week s`w a more settled forecast, hats and hsolated
sunshine. Do not forget what
if you can hear the thunder and lightning is near you. Goodbye.