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Good evening. time for the news where you are.
First tonight, hundreds of police officers from
four of our forces came together today to stop and search vehicles
The major routes used by metal thieves,
burglars and rogue traders to cross county borders and avoid capture.
Cambridgeshire suffers more from rural crime than anywhere else
in England, losing ?2.7 million pounds last year.
In a lay`by on the A1, officers on the hunt
for those using the region's roads to carry out a rural crime.
Number plate recognition scanning for illegal vehicles.
Motorbike police pulling over vans, wanting to take a closer look.
We have only been here 20 minutes and already a dozen vehicles have
The officers are checking everything, the driver's details,
any passengers' details and checking what the vehicles are carrying.
Theft of metal, we used to have a lot.
You'll see us pulling in vehicles that are carrying
tractors and checking and making sure...
One tractor is as much as ?70,000, probably more.
Further up the road, a van is seized, full of stolen metal.
Both of the occupants have been stopped.
They have been transferred to the local station.
Mainly it is scrap metal from some containers
Police out in numbers today, but is it enough to tackle rising
As much as it is today, this is one tactic.
There will be covert tactics that will be used and we will really take
it to communities to give them the service they deserve.
Today, forces combine to track criminals
across county boundaries, a costly exercise, but they hope it will
The wait is over for the region's teenagers earning
Across the board, the proportion gaining A to C has
risen, although the number achieving the top A star has fallen slightly.
Grades in maths have risen sharply, but in English they've fallen,
something many feel is down to a change
For the first time in years, emphasis solidly on exams
and attempts to improve academic standards.
The pressure evident, not least at this school in Wellingborough.
It has been good at the same time, as I am working towards something.
I have had to put in a lot more work, revising more, and I think
I am concerned about the focus on examinations.
I don't think life chances should be based on the exam at the end.
There should be flexibility, so it is fairer to a wider range
At this school in Luton, some parents also had concerns.
We had modules previously, it was stress`free as you had time to build
up to the end result, but this was just the exam and we did struggle.
Two years ago, this academy was the eighth worst performer in England.
These are the first school exams that really matter.
For Vicky and thousands like her it was a nerve`wracking morning.
More than a third of girls will leave school without
five GCSEs and according to a leading women's charity many will
Twice as many women work in low`paid jobs compared to men,
and they're more likely to need treatment for depression.
Dr Carole Easton is from the Young Women's Trust.
She says headlines about girls traditionally out`performing
Once they get to 18, they are offered a narrow range of jobs,
there are not as many jobs for them to do and they are being encouraged
to study and work in traditional roles like nursing or childcare.
The boys are being given a much broader range of options,
more apprenticeships, and they are seen to have broader choices
Young women are told they don't get second chances.
If they take the wrong subject, they are stuck or, even worse,
Does this come down to pure gender discrimination?
I think gender discrimination on some occasions and narrowness
I think people need help to understand that young women and
Do we need to rewind a little here and say that careers
I think careers advice has a mixed reputation among
the young women we have spoken to and what they say is that they need
So many young women don't know, many of us didn't either,
what they want to do at 16, but by the time they get to 21 they may
know more clearly what they want and they may not be given the second
So, briefly, what advice would you give young women who have had
If you have done well, congratulations.
If you haven't, hang out there for a second chance,
exam results aren't the be all and end all and you can...
People do succeed and people do do well and we need to help them
get the second chances that they might need a little bit later on.
A man who's suspected of trying to get a gun
into Northampton Magistrates Court this morning is in police custody.
The 54 year old was arrested after he triggered the alarm
It's not yet known whether the gun is real or an imitation.
There's been speculation today that the American drug giant Pfizer may
make a fresh bid to buy the UK pharmaceutical firm, AstraZeneca.
The company is due to begin building a new global headquarters
Under takeover rules, Pfizer could launch a new bid
A risk of some showers developing overnight, not for everyone,
some places stay dry, but there will be some cloud around.
We start tomorrow with some cloud around, showers should clear,
then it should brighten up with sunshine coming out.
Still stays a little on the cool side and a risk
Highest tomorrow of 18 Celsius with a moderate north`westerly wind.
In a moment, the national weather, but here is our outlook.
On Saturday, there will be some sunshine and
showers around, it is looking like a dry day on Sunday, some chilly
nights on the way with temperatures down into single figures.
into a nice, fine day on Sunday with lots of sunshine. Then more rain
pushes in from the west for the Bank Holiday Monday.
Good evening. There's a feel of autumn about the weather at the
moment. It's thanks to the fact we are pulling our off off the British
Isles from the north making for a cold feel by day and chilly nights.
Still some showers to contend with across England and Wales. Some heavy
through the small hours of Friday, particularly around the Bristol
channel and into the south-east towards the end of the night.
Further north, the breeze eases. The showers fade away and with clear
skies, temperatures will fall down into single figures in northern
England, Northern Ireland and southern and central Scotland. For
Friday, he wassier showers hanging back across the far south-east of
England for the morning rush