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In the programme tonight, life after the front line.
Are businesses doing enough to help former servicemen
The service person leaving the forces wants another career.
They could have that person for many years to come,
They just need to give them a chance.
One of our train operators sells a 40% stake to a Japanese
investor, but what does it mean for passengers?
A crack in the ice closes a research station in Antarctica.
We talk to the Cambridge team that runs the centre.
And a satellite from Stevenage blasting into space to help
First tonight, are businesses doing enough to support servicemen
The BBC has discovered that just 58 companies in our region have signed
up to the Armed Forces Covenant, a government promise to look
after servicemen after they have served their queen and country.
In our region, Hertfordshire has the most companies,
but there are only six in Milton Keynes, and just
Emma Baugh has been to meet some of those trying
Para-ice hockey in Peterborough with Stuart, who lost a leg
Now he's trying to help others make the transition from
It's not easy, even for an able-bodied person.
You lose a whole network of support, once you leave the forces.
And you're suddenly left with nothing.
And that's exactly what happened to Daniel Johnson Morris,
who felt let down when he left the Army three years ago,
with mental health problems, no job, and no home.
I went into one of the hospitals in Peterborough.
I was literally in one room, on my own, two single
And I was just keeping myself to myself.
The only time I went out was to go and see my two boys.
Here in Peterborough, they're trying to get more companies
to take on ex-service people, and they can get support
from the government, if they sign the Armed Forces Covenant.
But, for now, out of 3,000 companies in the city,
At this drop-in session, they're trying to link
But with so few signing the covenant, it's hard.
I'm disappointed on the fact that a lot of companies
They are looking at an array of different backgrounds,
different trades, different skills that all three services
The service person that's leaving the forces wants another career.
They could have that person for many years to come,
They just need to give them the chance.
But one of the companies which have signed up is Anglian Water,
who found how employing ex-servicemen and women has
In the last three months alone, we've had nine employees
that we've hired with service backgrounds.
And we find that they're just amazing people.
They've got brilliant skill sets that are really transferable
They have health and safety, they have supply chain,
and they have engineering and practical requirements
So, that's absolutely brilliant for us, too.
It's all about getting them more integrated into civilian life.
Because, as any ex-forces person will tell you,
forces life is completely different to civilian life.
It's hoped that by giving people a chance, it might mean the nation
lives up to its promise of looking after those who served
So, how applicable are skills gained in the military to civilian life?
Earlier, I spoke to the head of a company that specialises
in placing former services personnel into jobs.
Here's what Adam Bonner had to say about transferable skills.
The key thing with service personnel is personal attributes.
It's the attributes they develop during their service careers.
So, when you think about things like leadership,
conflict resolution, and motivating teams,
and dealing with difficult and sometimes hostile situations,
those sorts of attributes can be very well placed in the workplace,
in dealing with team issues and conflict within teams.
And, often, it's one of the key things that is
I suppose we hear quite a lot, don't we, about conditions
like post-traumatic stress disorder, and we see the physical evidence
of war in some people leaving the services.
I suppose some companies might worry they can't support those people.
They might shy away from giving them a chance.
I think, quite often within the media, the area
of the services and the area of service leavers that gets
the primary focus are those that are either disadvantaged
or currently undergoing some form of treatment for either physical
It forgets about the larger proportion of service leavers
who are coming out who are highly qualified, highly mobile and able
and ready to get into the workplace, who have immediately
It's not just down to businesses, though, is it?
What's the military doing to prepare people for life outside?
So, the Careers Transition Partnership are an organisation that
are funded by the MoD to support service leavers as they transfer
But, of course, it is not the quickest process in the world.
It is not as proactive as it could be.
And there are organisations, like ourselves, that understand,
as business owners, what an SME, what a commercial organisation
needs to have, and why they need to have it.
And, so, we can work with them to proactively engage with the right
people and put them in place to ensure the value
is added to the employer as quickly as possible.
And if you run a business and want more information
about the Armed Services Covenant you can find more details
on the website, the details are on the screen now.
Next tonight, it's been announced that a Japanese investor is to take
a 40% stake in train operator Abellio.
They run trains from Kings Lynn, Cambridge and Stansted
to London Liverpool Street, as well as between Peterborough,
The operator says the partnership with Mitsui will lead
to "significant improvements" for passengers, but
Worth ?1.4 billion, it's been just three months since the Dutch firm
Abellio began the nine-year franchise that promise to transform
Rob transport across the region for passengers. To deliver its pledge,
it sold 40% of the franchise to the Japanese company Mitsui, a fair deal
for stakeholders and customers, says one rail expert. All these companies
who have come in for the medium and long-term franchises bringing money
with them. Naturally, they expect a return on it and we're told it
averages about 6%, no more than that. That isn't big-money buy any
commercial standards. So nobody is being ripped off, so to speak. Every
day, the service carries 250,000 passengers from London Liverpool
Street to Cambridge, Norwich, Peterborough, and Ipswich. In a
multi-million pound investment, the rail operator says it will replace
more than 1,000 carriages with more seats and faster services by 2020
and ?60 million will be spent on improving stations, including
Cambridge. The investment could cut average journey times by 10%. Unions
say it simply shows that a chunk of Britain's rail network is up for
grabs. It makes a mockery of the tendering process. Tendering process
is quite tough, if they satisfy safety, customer satisfaction, and
reliability. And we have this company, come in out of the blue,
never been in the process and they are buying up 40% of the company.
Who will we have next? Sports Direct getting involved? Japan introduced
the world famous bullet train but it is unlikely those sorts of speeds
will be seen in this country any time soon.
As you may have seen on the national news,
Prime Minister Theresa May says Britain cannot remain
So, where does that leave businesses here who export to the EU?
Peter Cooke has been to a government event promoting exports
at Silverstone today to gauge the mood.
In uncertain times, an opportunity to support the UK economy
by exploring new ways to expand businesses.
The Export Hub is a Department for International Trade initiative
It offers advice and support for companies about access
But how much should today's Brexit announcement about leaving
the European single market concern them?
We still want to export goods worldwide.
And we will have to cope with whatever changes are ahead of us.
And our mantra, our objective, is to make sure our businesses
are prepared for whatever changes are ahead of us to cope
and adapt, and to win in the international markets.
Silverstone Park provides space and other facilities for businesses.
And here there's some confidence moving forward.
When people talk abouts things like Brexit, and uncertainty,
actually, I think uncertainty's the new norm.
And that's been the message on the platform at events
like the Auto Sports Show, and with the export event
here today, companies will need to get used to uncertainty
and still forge on and focus on their high-tech activity,
and what they have to offer as very exciting R cutting-edge
One local company, which exports up to 70% of its products,
Bear in mind the needs of businesss in the UK to be able to export
things like administration and, you know, keeping up with rules
and regulations, tariffs, those sorts of things will be
what determines whether we can successfully transition
into the new status quo that we have in the future.
Two of the Prime Minister's priorities include tariff-free trade
But how many concessions she gets for these during the Brexit
Cambridgeshire Police are investigating a multiple
They say at least three people are in hospital with serious but not
life threatening injuries and four people have been arrested.
It happened in the Wentworth Street area of Peterborough at around
A British research station based on a floating ice shelf
in Antarctica is to close for winter amid safety concerns.
The Halley centre, run by Cambridge based British Antarctic Survey,
is to close until November as a "precautionary measure" due
to changes in the ice as Louise Hubball explains.
For decades, there has been a research station
here on the floating Brunt ice shelf to study the impact
Always an inhospitable landscape, a huge ice crack meant the Halley
But now the appearance of this second crack means it's too
unpredictable for scientists to stay beyond the end of next month.
We've been wintering there since the 1950s,
so it's a very unusual decision for us to take the people out over
So, to make sure our people are safe when it's dark,
when we can't get an aircraft in very easily to pick them up,
Currently, 88 people work here but many scientists
The research in this aquarium furthers our
This sun star grows much more slowly and to a much
larger size than normal because of the cold temperatures.
And with the Antarctic winter starting in March,
these creatures have to survive longer periods
Researchers are studying seaweed collected from the area
and monitoring the animals which use it to hitch a lift
With climate change, and things, the conditions
further south changing, a lot of people are worried
about animals from the north coming down into the Antarctic.
But you have to have a way of getting there, especially
if you've got hundreds and hundreds of miles of very deep sea
This kelp offers a mode of transport for those
It's hoped scientists will be back on the Halley research
station after November to further our understanding
of the future of the world from one of the most remote
The next phase of development at a Milton Keynes shopping centre
The grade II listed Centre:MK will get new customer facilities,
and a multistorey car park for over 1,000 vehicles.
The redevelopment coincides with the towns 50th
More on our top story at 10:30pm, but now let's join Stewart and Susie
inevitably will mean a lot of countryside. -- a loss of
countryside. You're watching Look East
with Stewart and me. Stay with us for the story behind
the Royal Mail's new stamps. We're looking ahead to Lincoln
against Ipswich in the FA Cup. And how a satellite from this region
will be helping to improve Time is running out for people
who want to have their say over plans for a new nuclear power
station in Suffolk. French energy giant EDF wants
to build a new type of reactor Sizewell C would be the biggest
civil engineering project ever It would take up
to ten years to build The second round of
public consultation ends Our environment reporter
Richard Daniel has been looking A world-renowned nature reserve that
sits cheek by jowl to Sizewell. The project of the massive construction
site nearby is causing concern. From that, potential
to disturbed birds in the non-breeding season,
in the winter, but also in their breeding territories
if there is too much noise, impact on the water levels,
that could potentially affect their EDF say they are carrying out
surveys, but will not release detailed information until the final
stages. The building was a huge project, but with its twin reactors,
the building of Sizewell C would be on a completely different scale.
This is the existing site. It was objectively double its size. Added
to that, construction elements. There is an accommodation campus for
2400 workers. This is where part of the campus accommodation as EDF is
proposing is likely to be. Our position all along has been in order
for the region to benefit truly and for the local community's impact to
be reduced, it would be much more effective to split the campus
accommodation into more urban settings. Right next to the site
lies side well marshes. It is described as irreplaceable. A lot of
it would be loss of the road was built. A lot of that is of a
significant concern. We would also begin certain about the wider
platform build. The rating ground water through the more. We have our
moral and ethical right to minimise disruption and we accept there will
be disruption. There is a lot of benefits to be brought by this
project images up to us to get the balance in terms of minimising it
but also getting the benefits. Conservationists say that at this
stage they don't have sufficient information to get an understanding
of what the impact will be. It is clear now that there is plenty at
stake. A flint mine in Norfolk which dates
back 5,000 years is being featured in a new set of postage stamps
from the Royal Mail. In its heyday, Grime's Graves
was of national significance. The prehistoric site
near Thetford has been preserved It's one of several images
of Ancient Britain to be It looks like a lunar landscape,
the grass covered craters are what remain of more than 350 mineshafts
excavated between 3000 and 2000 BC. Miners used antlers
for picks in the hunt Miners used antlers for picks
in the hunt for rich seams of flint The miners at Grimes Graves
at this historic site now Despite the name, there
are no bodies buried here. This is the only Neolithic
flint mine in Britain that opens to visitors and for school
parties, it's the perfect history At Glade Primary in
Knappers Way Brandon, and their teacher who took
a school trip to the site. They visit filmed by
English Heritage including a I had lots of people
who were there and my friends were encouraging me to go
down there and not be scared, but I Once you go down, you see
all these kind of flint rocks When I go down there,
it was like my room They thought that Flint was really
special and they could make weapons The ancient house
Museum in Thetford has original artefacts from Grimes
Graves including this large slab of dark, glossy Flint
and this replica acts. It's beautiful natural science
as well as being of very great And you can go down the shafts,
the mineshafts, following in the footsteps of the Neolithic miners
and you can get a real sense of what A very atmospheric,
evocative and wonderful site. Grime's Graves comes
out of the shadows tonight is one of eight ancient
Britain's stamps available from Amazing pictures and the kids were
so enthusiastic. Next, how our region is helping
to improve the accuracy Yes, a satellite made in Stevenage
will be the first to measure wind The Aeolus satellite
is about to head for France for testing before being
launched into orbit. In Greek mythology, Aeolus
was the keeper of the winds. Now, it's the world's
first ever satellite designed to study the Earth's wind
patterns from space. It's going to collect more data
in one week than we have It's been built in a clean room
at Airbus to keep its glaze is It shines it through the atmosphere
and a telescope picked up the reflections of that
signal from the dust particles and the aerosols
in From this, we concede
the wind speed throughout At the minute we don't measure
of the wind in this way, we just use weather balloons that pop up
in individual points and radio songs There are huge parts
of the planet where we actually This will make it
much more accurate. It means that there
will be actual data rather than estimated data and that
should feed into more accurate Aeolus works by firing
a laser into the atmosphere It's reflected back
by molecules and clouds, that at a subtly different frequency
in what is called the It is the difference between these
two signals that gives This satellite which weighs
about the same as a Mini is going to be travelling
around the Earth at 27,000 When in its three-year
life span it will orbit There is all sorts of
fundamental building blocks to making a weather forecast,
but none really more important than But the wind is a really
complicated thing. It varies very dramatically
as you go up through What we can do with the satellite
is just get a much broader image and we needed know
what the winds are doing right now to be able to predict
the weather in the future. The data that Aeolus sends
back could lead to a breakthrough in our understanding
of the Earth's climate. The big football match
on the TV tonight is the FA Cup Third Round replay
between Lincoln City It's on Match of the Day
at eight o'clock. The studio line-up tonight includes
Ipswich legend Terry Butcher. How I do Terry? This could be a
banana skin, couldn't it? It could well be. Mick McCarthy's team have
not won two games in succession this season they would have to win to
play Brighton in the next round of the cup. As was in the first game,
Lincoln are a very good side frame National League team. A good number
of Ipswich Town fancier. They are buoyant, they have not lost at home,
they are a really good run. How important is to knight in far as
Mick McCarthy is concerned? Ipswich has gone out in the third round of
the cup over the last seven years, so it would be no shock if they do
go out, but it would be an absolute shocker they do go out to National
League opposition. The budget is around half a million mark whereas
Ipswich is considerably higher. They have got ambitions themselves. When
you look at the weight of the teams you look at the weight of the teams
have played, there was no difference between the sides. Lincoln was the
better team. I expect them to come out fighting because they know and a
lot of the players know that Mick McCarthy and their job is might be
on the line if they go out. With a very different state of affairs when
you were there and things were going so well. Yes, is so long ago.
Remember playing against Bradford and we drew a home to them and they
were in the bottom division then we went up to another team and we had
to battle hard to win the replay. It was a will have two battle very hard
to win the replay today. If Tom Lawrence can get on the ball, do
against Lincoln and two against the other team, then it will be very
tough. A very old-fashioned cup ties just like the old days. Does it
matter to the club whether they stay in the cup? Should they beat
concentrating on the league? Any win is a great win for Ipswich Town's
point of view. The win against Blackburn was great for three
points. A win tonight will take them through. A win is a win and when you
are Ipswich's position, any kind of win is a moral boost and a huge
boost to the club. They will be looking to just make progress and
win a football match. It all breeds confidence. Ipswich has some really
hard matches coming up, but we every team in the top nine. If they get
through this, they have to play Brighton as well who are playing
very well. This is going to be as tough as a championship match, if
not tougher. What will be the final school? I think you will go to extra
time. So, it could be 1-1, it could be won - whatever. I've got my
fingers crossed for Ipswich. Brilliant.
Amazing how a bit of January start to Lee Mack Sunshine lift the
spirits. Here are some is on the water. A reflection of sunshine and
blue sky. Plenty of sunshine in Frinton on Sea. If this does not
help you feel a bit better, hopefully this little chap wealth
soaking up the winter sunshine. This was the Norfolk coast. What a
fantastic photograph. Today we have had high pressure. That has kept is
largely fine. This weather front has been away to the north-west. The
closer you word that front, the more cloud you saw. Over the last few
hours, this cloud has cleared away for a time being. Under these clear
skies, we've already got loads of minus 12 minus two. Overnight
tonight, a fairly widespread frost. -- minus one or minus two. Thicker
cloud coming down from the west. A big question mark about how quickly
this cloud will spread in. It may produce a bit of drizzle, but most
will be staying dry. Once the cloud arrives, we will see the temperature
is rising again. By the end of the is rising again. By the end of the
night, we could be a degree or so above freezing again. We will hold
onto light winds. Tomorrow, high pressure in charge. That front sits
to the north of us. The Linux sits west to east. It doesn't look like
that will generate more cloud and push it down further south. For many
of us, it will be a cloudy day compared to today. It will thin and
break at times. This out these in corner, we are expecting the best of
the brightness. Temperatures at best, well, I think about three and
five Celsius. We will hold onto light winds. The largely dry
conditions will continue into tomorrow evening. Thicker cloud will
produce a bit of patchy rain and drizzle here and there. That is
Wednesday. Some of this seeing more sunshine than others, but generally
more cloud around. Thursday and Friday, question marks over how much
cloud will be there. Pressure keeping it largely fine and dry.
Both days will be largely cloudy. Best chance of any sunshine in the
south. Debra disclosed to average. We may lose the frost overnight. We
may see the return of frost on Saturday night for some of us under
clear skies. Thank you very much. That is all from us. Having evening.
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