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Drugged, suffocated and dumped in a septic tank -
a court hears this children's author was murdered by her partner
An end to cheap migrant labour undercutting local workers -
that was the promise from Jeremy Corbyn today,
but what does it mean for our region?
The Cambridge drugs company in line for a multi-million dollar
investment from the Bill Gates foundation.
And Reginald James Watson, an old soldier with no surviving relatives
gets a fitting sendoff. She was a much loved children's
author with a ?4 million fortune, But a court heard today how
Helen Bailey was drugged and dumped in the cesspit of her home
by her partner, who then The jury at St Albans Crown Court
was told that Ian Stewart then sat back and watched as police
searched for his fiancee. He denies all
the charges against him. Our reporter
Nicola Haseler was in court. The prosecution said today that it
was a long planned and deliberate killing, motivated by money. It is
claimed Ian Stewart killed Helen Bailey and let the police carry out
a futile missing persons search until her body was found three
months later. It is the prosecution's case that Ian Stewart
had been secretly drugging Helen Bailey with sleeping pills in the
months before she died. Records show that Helen Bailey had googled, why
do I keep falling asleep? They were due to be married, both widowers.
The prosecution claimed that on the day of Helen's disappearance last
April, Ian Stewart probably suffocated her while she was sedated
by sleeping pills. He moved her body to the garage and dumped it in the
cesspit below, the jury were told. Along with her beloved dog, Boris, a
pillow case and a dog toy. Later in the afternoon, Ian Stewart accessed
her bank account and transferred ?4000 to his. Four days later, Ian
Stewart reported his partner has missing telling police she had left
a note indicating that she wanted some time alone. A huge search
began. As you can imagine this has been an extremely difficult time for
our family, and as more time passes, since she was last seen, the more
concerned we become. Helen Bailey was the author of several popular
children's books. After her first husband died suddenly while on
holiday, she started writing about grief. My husband died in an
accident in Barbados in February 2011, and when I got back to the UK
I tried to write about it. I found I was completely blocked with grief.
It was not until July that Helen's body was found in the cesspit.
Forensic analysis of her hair revealed she had been given sleeping
pills for some time. Ian Stewart is charged with murder, preventing the
legal burial of her body, fraud and perverting the course of justice. He
denies the charges. After Helen Bailey disappeared, Ian
Stewart carried on sending texts to her phone and made an appeal for her
to return home, so he is also charged with perverting the course
of justice for what the prosecution described as the Charente of
deceiving the police and the local community, who were all searching
for the missing water. -- the charade. Tomorrow we expect to hear
from the first witness. A section of the M1
in Northamptonshire was closed this morning after a man's body
was found on the carriageway. It was discovered in the early hours
of this morning on the northbound carriageway
near the Watford Gap services, The person is believed to have been
hit by several vehicles. Police are asking for anyone with
any information to contact them. Two brothers have gone on trial
in connection with the death of a woman whose body lay
undiscovered for 12 years. Pensioners Joseph and Daniel Doherty
face a total of seven charges between them,
including concealing the body The mother of three
disappeared in 2003. Her remains were discovered
in a garden in Luton in 2015. Next, the plight of tenants
in Peterborough who are losing their homes to make way
for homeless people The city's MP, Stewart Jackson,
called a special debate, Our political reporter
Tom Barton was watching. On the platform for the ten .09 to
King's Cross, Jelena Stevic on her way to Westminster to see MPs
debating the situation that is affecting her and her neighbours at
St Michael's gate. The whole street was bought last year by a new
landlord who struck a deal with Peterborough City Council to use the
houses as a commendation for homeless people. Living most tenants
having to find someone new to live. Jelena arrived in London, keen to
see the Government take action. Low-mac I want them to acknowledge
that this is wrong, it is deplorable. It is despicable and
that they care about the people of this country, because this will
affect us all, it will affect you, anybody else, your friends and
family, somebody will be affected with this situation down the road.
Can I thank the Speaker Laika The debate Jelena was in Westminster to
hear, called by the MP Stewart Jackson. Limato would like to
apologise that I could did not do more to help my constituents are
Bifield to extension -- to a certain extent that I am the system have let
them down. It is unfair, morally repugnant, and I hope this debate
and the Minister's response will make sure that two and tense and
purposes, decent people are not treated like this again.
The Housing Minister was critical of both the landlord and the council in
how they have behaved. There was an Alice in Wonderland quality to the
situation, where a group of people have essentially been told they need
to leave their homes and have been made homeless in many cases, in
order to provide housing for the homeless. It seems a highly
irrational thing to do, but for a company and the City Council. It is
almost certainly too late for the Government to do anything to change
the situation affecting Jelena and her neighbours, but she hopes the
law can be changed to prevent anything like this happening again.
Did the Minister Pledge any actual action? As far as the residents of
St Michael's gate and so still, really, the speech was cold comfort.
There was a promise to do more to stop situations like this from
happening in future. Part of what makes properties like St Michael's
Gate attractive to landlords to use homeless accommodation is that they
can charge a significant management fee on top of the rent. The
Government said they are changing the way that system works in the
hope of stopping this sort of thing from arising in the future. But
there were no promises over the rights of tenants to stay in
properties when new landlords by them, as has happened in St
Michael's gate. And some of those tenants are having a meeting
tonight? That's right. The residents association in palm oil, --
Parmwell. They will be attended by the Chief Executive Peterborough
City Council. We understand that she is not expecting to talk directly
about St Michael's Gate, she is expected to speak instead about how
the council can work more closely with residents, given the strength
of feeling, it is unlikely the topic will not come up. Tom, thank you.
And we will have more from that meeting in our latest news at 10:30.
The Labour Party will campaign to stop cheap migrant labour
That was the message from party leader Jeremy Corbyn today.
In a key speech to supporters in Peterborough, he also said
that EU migrants who are already here will have
Our political correspondent Andrew Sinclair is there.
Well, 56% of people across the East voted to leave the European Union in
the referendum last year. 61% of them here in Peterborough. Jeremy
Corbyn and most of the Labour Party were on the side of Remain. This is
an area where they have struggled for support so a lot of interest
this afternoon in Jeremy Corbyn's speech, his first big one of the New
Year. A speech which could determine the fortunes of Labour in this part
of the world. Labour and its leader are undergoing
a bit of a New Year rebrand. This afternoon's speech was billed as Mr
Corbyn's big response to the Brexit vote. Labour access those challenges
that voters have given us. Among his big ideas, more money for the NHS, a
crackdown on high levels of pay and yes, a new policy on immigration.
The advance briefing was that he would back a restriction on the
number of people coming to Britain. But he did not say that. Instead, he
spoke about the importance of migrants to our economy and said
improving local services was the answer. The question of underfunding
of services is crucial, in this city, for example, this council here
seems to be more interested in selling off council housing to a
private sector organisation, rather than housing the people who are
homeless. So you say if there was more funding in services, people
would not be so concerned? I think sometimes, there are issues
surrounding social -- shortages of services in which people are
unfairly blame. It is generally accepted that fears about the
pressures caused by immigration is worried the reason for the large
Brexit vote in use. The Leave campaign see the solution is to
limit numbers. Mr Corbyn believes more support for local councils is
the answer. I think it is reassuring voters we are listening. There was a
vote in June and people have had their say. We need to make sure that
we as a party of the people are listening to what they are saying.
And reports of voters in Peterborough? I think we should put
a cap on it, but I think they are hard workers, some of that come
here. There are a lot of jobs that perhaps we do not want to do, that
people do do. You will have to cut numbers, there is no other way to
control it. He is still speaking about immigration and its benefits,
and he hopes it will win Labour new supporters.
How significant was at that Jeremy Corbyn came to Peterborough today? I
think it is significant for a couple reasons. He came to a major Leave
city in a major Leave area to talk about Brexit. So you might as well
come here if you're going to talk about Brexit. Secondly, if Labour
want to stand any chance of forming a government, it needs to start
winning seats in this part of the world again. It needs to start
winning seats in places like Stevenage, Bedford, Milton Keynes.
It got Cambridge last time but it should have also got votes in
Peterborough. There is still a big disconnect between Labour and many
of its supporters, so today was partly about Labour coming back here
and saying to voters, look, we have not forgotten you, we would like you
to start taking us seriously again. A new all-weather horse racing
course could be built at Newmarket, allowing training and racing
all year round. The Jockey Club is preparing
a planning application for the track on its land at The Links,
providing easy access for the thousands of horses that
use its nearby training grounds. If approved, it would replace Camden
Park's or whether operations and the site would be developed for housing.
More at 10:30, but now, let's joint Stewart and Susie
They are now driving for Uber even though the company has no devices to
operate in Southend. Southend Council told me how unhappy they are
with the situation. Two individuals who we know about
have had their licences revoked in Southend and have been licensed by
TfL and are working for Uber. What do you think about that?
It is a scandal of epidemic proportions, it cannot be right back
one licensing authority finds them not fit to hold a licence, yet TfL
have seen fit to give them a license.
TfL told us these were serious issues which were under
investigation. A spokesperson for Uber said they would welcome more
transparent data sharing between licensing authorities.
What they are doing, there is no point having a local licensing you
might as well go to the cheapest area then drive you like.
The cabbies here say they are worried the fact drivers previously
banned are now back in the resort could put passengers in danger and
are calling on the London Mayor to take action.
You're watching Look East, with Stewart and me.
Stay with us for action from last night's Cup tie
Alex will tell us about a freezing end to the week.
Local people make sure a war veteran gets a fitting sendoff.
The Microsoft billionaire Bill Gates is giving $9 million to a medical
company in Cambridge which is trying to find cures for
The grant is coming from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.
The cash is going to a Cambridge lab called Kymab which is researching
vaccines for diseases such as HIV and malaria.
The Gates' involvement will ensure that any treatments are shared among
Scientists working in this Cambridge laboratory are taking the first
steps to create vaccines that could prevent some of the world's
Work is expensive and can take years which is why bosses at Kymab
are overwhelmed after being awarded $9 million by Bill
I think it is very special because the foundation doesn't
It wants to know it is going to get high-quality science.
So it is an indictment how good the quality
And how what we do at Kymab can really contribute to the mission
of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.
The company has developed its own way of producing
and testing antibodies, the proteins that help ward off
infections, by creating genetically-engineered mice.
The mice mimic the production of antibodies in humans which helps
Vaccine that could cure whooping cough normally
It's now being seen in adults and experts say
that is because current cures aren't working.
We think that is because the vaccine received as a child is waning.
What we are trying to do is generate some antibodies that can
be given as a therapy, but also as a way of looking at
vaccine design against the bacteria that causes whooping cough.
There is a certain cachet and allure about attracting big-dollar
The billionaire philanthropist is widely considered to be the world's
Money from the Microsoft founder has enabled Kymab to grow rapidly.
An initial $20 million investment has seen the company
grow from a handful of scientists to more than 120
employees using state-of-the-art lab equipment.
Researchers here say that money will enable them to be the first
to discover vaccines, and be the best.
Mousumi Bakshi, BBC Look East, Cambridge.
Let's get the thoughts of Martyn Postle who runs a biotech
This deal is about philanthropy but also business because the company
will be able to commercialise those axioms in developed countries?
That is true. It doesn't matter how philanthropic the founder is, the
people who invest are generally not philanthropic but financial
investors. All investment in our biotech sector
is to be welcomed. How worried are cos it might be harder to attract
because of Brexit? For companies like this, at least in
the medium term, it probably won't have any affect. Cambridge is still
the Centre for European biotech and still very successful in attracting
overseas investment. But there are risks, probably the most is the
retention of scientists, about 40% of the science base in Cambridge are
non-UK nationals, not all from the EU. I have heard stories about
difficulties in attracting scientists from overseas to work in
Cambridge because of the uncertainty as to whether their spouse will be
able to get a job. On the other side of the coin, what
about the weakness of the pound? Is that having any effect on the
sector? It is, it is good news for me, the
service companies like consultancies and contract research, we find we
are even more connected than before. Good news for the service sector.
Like so many industries we hear about post Brexit, you are suffering
from the Institute of not knowing when and what is going to happen.
What would help the sector, what would you like to hear from the
Government? First, exactly what the Government
position will be in terms of overseas scientists not having to
jump through hoops to get visas. Secondly, when it comes to start up
companies, the spin offs from university, who until now have
relied on investment from the EU investment fund, how exactly the
Government will make up the money they can no longer access.
And our two teams left in the FA Cup this year now know
Norwich will be at home to Arsenal if they can beat
Ipswich will be at home to Brighton if they can beat Lincoln.
Last night, Cambridge United threatened
But ultimately the League Two side came up just short.
For fans of Cambridge United, a game they would not miss for the world.
For some top clubs, the FA Cup has lost a little of its magic.
But at this level, it still means everything.
Fingers crossed, we have good league form.
Hold to half-time, get ten minutes then, bang, start again.
League Two side to knock out the Championship side?
Leeds made eight changes to their starting line-up,
Possibly not if the first half was anything to go by.
Cambridge United looked more determined, in truth,
they dominated and thoroughly deserved to go in front.
A goal neither nor the fans will ever forget.
But if the first period was one-sided so was the second.
They drew level and the winning goal followed shortly after.
A rousing Cup tie for half the game, it looked
Leeds showed their Championship class in the second half
The first 20, 30 minutes it was all Cambridge, it was brilliant.
We did well for ages and then there were lots of gaps.
Two years ago, Cambridge made more than ?1 million from their Cup run.
A third-round exit this year but another boost
Financially it was huge and it came after nine years
The club is in a good way and financially
This allows us to maybe make one or two signings in January
And accelerate the continued growth of the club.
We want more of this, and to put ourselves
We want to make sure that at the end of the month we are stronger for it.
The focus now is on winning promotion.
That means, for the 8,000 inside last night, they have another
200 mourners packed a village church in Norfolk today to pay
Reginald Watson lived in Ormesby St Margaret.
He was 90 years old when he died in hospital.
But today, after a campaign on social media, he was given
So different from how it might have been.
He'd put aside funds for his funeral but there were no relatives
A public health burial in an unmarked grave was a possibility.
But hanks to detective work by the Reverend Mandy Bishop,
support from funeral directors, the Royal British Legion and social
media, the former rifleman in the King's Royal Rifle Corps
Amongst the 200 mourners, some who knew Reginald,
others as the vicar put it who had come to give something
back for his service to his community and country.
As a former serviceman, I served in the Royal Air Force,
the thought of someone dying alone, being committed alone
As a former serviceman, Reginald had a lot of family.
It is a brotherhood regardless of what capacity we may have served,
Because of him, we have the freedoms we have today.
Hugh Taylor, whose father also served in the King's Rifle Corps,
was wearing his blazer, KRC badge, and war medal
I walked into this church together with some colleagues
from the Royal British Legion, thinking that we were
The funeral director with Reginal's prized possession,
We have all rallied together, along with the support of social
gentleman's funeral, to ensure release of his own funds
and ensure he had the sendoff he deserved.
A rare photograph, Reginald at the age of four with a neighbour
Celebrated today, a quiet man, a hard worker, a perfect gentleman,
Some fine weather across the region, this is a beautiful photograph
showing blue sky. And a lovely coastal scene as well. A relatively
mild night with this weather front from the west but cold weather is on
the way. This is introducing more cloud. A cloudy but mainly dry
evening. Through the night there could be spots of patchy rain as the
weather front moves through. For most of us, no lower than 5 degrees.
But it may be lower than these alleys where there are breaks in the
cloud. Patchy rain first thing and strengthening winds, this weather
system brings a change. Behind it much colder air is tucked in. The
main feature will be that strengthening north-westerly wind
which will make it feel cold. But it is a mild start with highs of 11
degrees. The weather front moves through briskly. Brighter skies with
sunshine. Mainly dry. Certainly the strength of the wind will be a
feature through the day. 10 degrees through the morning. By the
afternoon, that cold air digs in, more like 7 degrees, feeling cold,
and a cold night with a frost likely. That will continue for a few
days. Looking ahead to Thursday, some interesting weather. This
weather system comes in from the south bringing us some rain
essentially. It may turn to sleet or snow. Some uncertainty what will
happen. Mainly a brain event at the moment but the potential is there.
Collection -- Rain. A dry day on Thursday. Long spells of hazy
sunshine and high-level cloud. Later, the rainbow push through with
the potential to turn to sleet or snow. I will give you an update
tomorrow. Looking perish in the cold by the end of the week. Fine weather
on Friday and Saturday but a strong north-westerly wind on Friday with
gales on the coast. Some sharp frosts. A colder theme on the way.
Join us again after the Ten O'Clock News here on BBC One.