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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.


Goodbye. That I will faithfully execute


the Office... And will to the best


of my ability... The Constitution


of the United States...


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