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Four men from Luton are jailed for drumming up support
for Islamic State after a 20-month undercover police operation.
A major search of a Cambridgeshire landfill site is to start
in the search for a missing airman Corrie McKeague.
And the new virtual reality approach to treating cancer
as researchers get a multimillion-pound research grant.
And I'm here in Stevenage for the launch of
a major new exhibition about a pioneer of modern theatre
Four men from Luton have been sent to prison for arranging meetings
that drummed-up support for so-called Islamic State.
Mohammed Alamgir, Yousaf Bashir, Ziur Rahman and Rajib Khan
for their part in the meetings attended by up to 70 people.
Money was also collected to help pay the legal fees
of a convicted terrorist, as Mike Cartwright reports.
Four men from Luton, jailed after a campaign
At three locations in the town - a school, a Methodist church,
a home - preaching terror at large public meetings.
Muslim community leaders today condemning what they stood for,
fearful others may have listened to their extremist teachings.
There is a level of extremism among young people,
And if these people are drawing hundreds of people
to their meetings, then I think it is a matter
and much earlier interventions should have been made.
All members of the extremist group Al-Muhajiroun.
This a photo of Isis fighters in Syria.
To his right, Rajib Khan and Mohammed Alamgir.
If the aftermath of the Tunisian terror attack,
Alamgir was secretly recorded praising the gunman.
Inside there, Alamgir described the attack in Tunisia as a victory.
Today, the judge described him as a very dangerous man,
deeply committed to an extreme and violent jihad.
They were holding events at various locations in Luton.
One particular address was a tent that was erected in the rear garden
They invited groups of 50 to 70 people,
The type of rhetoric they were spreading was certainly
encouraging support for terrorist organisations such as Daesh.
Their arrest came after raids in December 2015.
once again putting the town in the headlines.
Well, earlier, I spoke to Professor Anthony Glees,
an expert on terrorism from the University of Buckingham,
and ask him how easy it is to radicalise people
We are, in this country, very aware of the fact
that there are people who might go out and fight
And one reason the United Kingdom is currently, touch wood,
one of the safest countries in the European Union
is precisely because we take these things very seriously.
But we know they were targeting places
So how easy is it for radicalisation to spread in an area like Luton?
Unfortunately, I think it is much easier than people would assume.
they build on the wrong interpretation
of the peaceful religion of Islam.
Let us never forget, the vast majority of Muslims
in the United Kingdom, indeed throughout the world,
want absolutely nothing to do with this ideology of violence
But young minds are impressionable minds,
and these people are very good at turning these minds.
That is why we need good prevention in this country.
But how easy is it for prevention to work and root out this problem?
Well, I think again, it's easier in some senses
Easier to radicalise and easier to de-radicalise.
We're talking about people being responsive teachers,
listening to what their pupils are saying,
then having those danger signs addressed.
as it was with undercover policing, as you said.
It can often be about stopping people from getting
into the position where they will do something stupid like go off
to fight for the so-called Islamic State
by teaching them that, in this country,
we do not allow violence to prosper.
EU staff working at our biggest hospital
have appealed to the Government for an early decision
They were meeting with one of our Euro MPs who'll be playing
a role in the forthcoming Brexit negotiations.
Uncertainty, anxiety. The two words that kept coming up at this eating
at Addenbrooke's Hospital in Cambridge. Doctors, nurses and
research staff at being called together to discuss their fears
about what Brexit could mean for them. There were plenty of concerns.
The insecurity, the uncertainty is palpable, and it's kind of trying to
find out whether our futures are secure. I'm Swedish, but I have a
British partner and two British boys, and they have British
passports. At the moment, I feel like an outsider looking in on my
own family. Having worked my entire professional life here, having paid
my only pension contributions in this country, what would happen to
me next? Most of the concerns were practical, but AQ said they had
seized racist comments following the Brexit boat, and no one felt welcome
here. 30% of the staff here are from the U. This is home, people have
been brought up here, they have been married to people from other
countries, so it is a pitch tapestry of experience going on here. Brexit
will affect us all, but the NHS, with its reliance on overseas
workers, is of particular concerns. Local MPs are holding meetings like
this to address people's concerns. It is complicated. 40 years of close
corporation between the UK and the rest of Europe, unravelling that is
going to be complicated. The Government says it wants to end the
uncertainty for EU citizens as soon as possible, but that depends on the
outcome of the Brexit talks, which haven't even started yet. So the
reality for EU worker s here is that that uncertainty is to continue for
some time. The police say they'll start
a major search of a landfill site near Cambridge to try
to find a missing man. Corrie McKeague
was last seen in September in the centre of
Bury St Edmunds after a night out. Searches involving hundreds
of police officers and volunteers have so far failed to find
any trace of him. Now police say they'll search
the Milton landfill site, Milton landfill site, not far from
Cambridge. It is the focus of the latest phase of the investigation
into the missing airman, Corrie McKeague. Police will search 1000
square metres of the site and up to eight metres below the ground. They
are searching here after he was picked up on CCTV walking into a
loading bay behind some shops, a dead-end full of beans. Shortly
after, a waste lorry was caught on camera, making a collection in the
same area where he was last seen. The lorry itself was forensically
tested, but no evidence was found. Waste from that lorry is still at
the site after police told them not to put anything on top of it. Since
he went missing in the early hours of the 24th of September, there have
already been searches involving hundreds of police and volunteers.
We have 40 months of the public, I have somewhere around about 60
trained search technicians, team leaders and research managers. I
think we have 14 four by fours out. We will bury the teams around with
those. The police say searching this site will be the next logical step.
His mother told this latest news leave the family with mixed emotions
and while she is pleased searches are taking place, she is terrified
and desperate for the result it may bring.
Scientists in Cambridge have been awarded ?40 million in one
of the biggest ever funding grants to be given by Cancer Research UK.
one will look into the lesser-known causes of cancer.
The other uses virtual reality to build breast cancer tumours,
what looks like a virtual reality video game
is, in fact, a research tool to study tumours.
Thanks to a ?20 million grant, scientists in Cambridge
will now be able to build a 3D model of a tumour,
allowing doctors and patients to understand how and why
What patients want to do when they are diagnosed
with cancer is, in many ways, take control of their disease,
We imagined that giving patients the option of putting on these
goggles and really flying inside, stepping inside the virtual world
with a doctor by their side, explaining to them
why the therapeutic procedure was taken,
It can be really empowering for patients.
Computer programmes can only hold so much data.
According to the man who came up with the project,
virtual reality means cells can be studied in greater numbers.
What we want to do now is go from a few thousand
to a few million and put that in a spatial context.
The way that I think about this is, if we do this right,
by the time we'd done, we will generate more data
in a single experiment than exists right now about cancer.
has been used to study and build real-life tumours.
The samples are gathered in this lab.
Here, material donated by hundreds of breast cancer patients
at Addenbrooke's Hospital is extracted from tumour samples,
which are then fed into the programme.
to understand the complexity of cancer is clear.
At the moment, just 50% of people diagnosed with cancer
go on to live for ten years or more.
This work could see that number rise.
And it's people like Lynn who could benefit from the research.
not once but twice with breast cancer.
You don't think about the scientists that are actually behind
that are looking into cancer in all ways.
Because I think, with cancer, you just get the word "cancer"
and you don't really understand what it is.
And since I've been involved in this project,
I have a great understanding that cancer is so complicated.
Cancer remains one of the biggest killers in the UK.
This work, researchers claim, could improve survival rate.
Five suspected illegal immigrants have been found
in a shipping container at Cambridge Services on the A14.
The two adults and three teenagers were discovered
when the lorry driver heard knocking.
He didn't have the keys and the fire service were called to release them.
They have been taken into custody and will be passed to immigration.
First, back to Amelia and Stewart for the rest of the news,
Still to come tonight: Julie is here with your weekend weather forecast.
We find out about the man from Stevenage who had a huge
Ask any rail passenger what they want, and you can bet
near the top of the list will be new trains.
When Abellio Greater Anglia won a new nine-year franchise last year,
it committed to replacing it's entire fleet by 2020.
Greater Anglia unveiled plans today for a new ?70 million
The company says it will play a key part in transforming train services
Travellers on the Great Eastern Line out of Liverpool Street have
for a decade looked out on a post-industrial wasteland
as the train passes over the River Stour estuary to Brantham,
It used to be a thriving industrial centre employing thousands.
ICI one of the companies that used to operate here.
Margaret Roberts, later Margaret Thatcher, was employed
as a research chemist at a plastics company close by.
Now, 22 acres is earmarked for a state of the art
This is an enormous decrepit and decaying site which is crying
out for regeneration which many people thought would never happen.
It is now going to be delivered, and delivered on the back
of investment from this private rail company, and the thing
that is so important for all of us is this is the first step
on the road to how this new franchise will regenerate
The new depot will have 15 tracks for stabling,
cleaning and maintaining a new fleet of trains.
It will complement existing ones in Norwich, Clacton and Ilford
and include a new lathe, especially useful in the autumn
when falling leaves create slippery conditions can
Local planners have given permission for 300 new homes nearby, and now
This is the largest inward investment since
?70 million coming in to a very tricky site
Design work is underway and work proper should start in the summer.
The aim is to have it up and running by December 2018.
Then it will receive a first of a fleet of new trains to be
Jamie Burles is Managing Director of Greater Anglia.
Late this afternoon I spoke to him about the new depot,
But pointed out that what most passengers want is a reliable
What we have got is we are working closely with Network Rail
and for example services this week we have been ahead of target
so we are seeing some green shoots with regard to the millions
of pounds we are spending on making the trains
themselves and the reliability of the fleet better.
We're continuing to put more money into that as well.
So we are seeing some green shoots but you are right,
that to get to the 93% we need, we need a lot more progress,
as is planned over the next coming months and years.
How many out of ten would you give the service currently?
Our customers give the service, if you think about the National Rail
passenger survey, independent survey, our passengers give a score
I am honest when I say there are still too many incidents
and that is where the billions we are putting in will reduce
those incidents and keep on improving the service.
How frustrating is it for you to get blamed for a lot of the problems
which should be blamed on Network Rail?
I think, as you know, we cause 30% of our problems and Network Rail
And other operators, such as freight, is 10%.
But we are the operator and take the money from the customers
of the customer absolutely is relying on us to
We are to battle for the customer and to improve the service
as much as possible, so it is something we are used
to and something we use as a good pressure on ourselves
When can we expect this to be the perfect rail service
Well, halfway through 2020 we will have the majority
of the new trains in and they will bring a much better reliability
and customer experience, so around 2020 is when the true
transformation will have worked through the system.
Sport, and for some of the region's athletes, a chance to blow off
Sport, and for some of the region's athletes, a chance to blow off
With more on that plus rugby and football, here's Tom.
Yes, a full programme of football action this weekend.
Boss Mick McCarthy desperately seeking some consistency -
Norwich host Nottingham Forest, with manager Alex Neil
admitting his side will have to win the majority of their remaining
he's been in charge for just over two months and Robbie Neilson
down in 19th up to the relative comfort of mid-table.
Neilson was nominated but missed out on today's manager
When you come in you want to add something to the club.
There was already a really good structure here and it is a case
of coming in and trying to add a little bit more, and hopefully
We're picking up points and heading in the right direction.
There is still a long way to go in this season for us.
Now if you've ever tried the shot-put, you'll be well aware,
Luckily, Sophie McKinna from Bradwell near Great Yarmouth
She's also highly motivated after failing to make
Sophie's hoping to start her season with a bang
at the British Indoor Championships in Sheffield.
my strength has increased rapidly since I joined and I can bench 135
and my best dead left is 205 which was an unofficial world record.
Quite a lot of weight. It is not usual for 22-year-old girls to lift
that sort of weight. The life of a shot-putter involve weights, and
heavy ones. Sophie McKinna catalyst 22 stone. So she can do this. --
Sophie McKinna can lift. Of these students and Norwich were lucky to
get a masterclass. It is quite a unique sport and not
something you see at a higher level every day, it is not televised like
other sports. They are quite receptive. I do some shot-put
outside of school but I have never throw that far. I know Sophie
because she trains at my gym but I had never see her throat before. She
has been competing for button for several years but is still getting
over the disappointment of not being selected for Britain's Olympic team.
As an athlete I expect to be supported by my governing body but
now the way I can get that attention and get my revenge, if you like, is
throw further and put the decision out of their hands in the future.
With the support of her gym she is in great shape ahead of the British
indoor Championships this weekend. The legendary shot-putter is among
the coaching team, whose long-standing record might be in
trouble. It is amazing having like her, the most successful British
shot-putter, on my team and she really wants me to go on and be
successful and break that record. Her personal best is just over 17
metres so she needs to find another two metres and she hopes to do it at
the corner of games on the Gold Coast in Australia.
Rugby, and week two of the Six Nations with
Northampton's Dylan Hartley leading out England against Wales
He's joined by fellow Saints players Courtney Lawes and Tom Wood
Saints meanwhile play tonight at Bath in the Premiership and must
win to keep their hopes of a play-off finish alive.
Very difficult place to go, and a lot on the line for both teams.
Away rugby, our defence is going to be massive,
but in the context of our season we need to go down there
There's full previews to all this weekend's sport on the website
and coverage too on your local BBC Radio Station.
Now he was a revolutionary influence on modern theatre.
But most of us have never heard of Edward Gordon Craig.
He's also one of Stevenage's most famous sons.
If you live in Stevenage you probably know the name of the
theatre which is named after him but now there is a chance to find out
more about him with a lottery funded exhibition.
Using projection and staging, this is an exhibition which captures
Born in Stevenage in 1872, Edward Gordon Craig revolutionised
He took the Victorian theatre he had grown up
with that was elaborate, maybe slow in terms
of its production values, and he turned it on its head
and introduced light, flooded the stage light,
pared everything right back and asked the audience
Stevenage's theatre may be named after him, but Craig,
seen here in later years, has a much lower profile
Working mainly in Europe in the 1900, he saw theatre
as joining architecture, movement and music and did Hamlet
at the Moscow Art Theatre to critical acclaim in 1912.
He was tall, good-looking, had a great stage presence
when he was an actor, and I think women just
He had about 13 children, at least, by eight different woman.
On display include production designs from the VNA
and Eton College, some of which have never been seen
Also featured in the exhibition are some incredible puppets that
were central to the way he thought about the theatre and he used
as a production technique to plan out actors' movements in scenes.
Stevenage's new town status masks a thriving arts scene,
and it has received ?65,000 from the Heritage lottery Fund for
And it is hoped more people in the town will recognise
the face of the man who radically changed theatre.
And 13 children with eight different woman? I think that is what she
said. And all that and the theatre as well. Shall we talk about the
weather? What a cold and wintry day. Some
snow showers and it was starting to settle here in Suffolk. These
flurries this morning on the east Coast mainline. It has been rather
called, at best three Celsius and many getting just one above
freezing. Overnight further showers, either rain, sleet or snow and some
snow is likely to settle. We could see a frost and ice in places and it
is already misty and murky for some. Mainly light winds. Tomorrow, we
keep this north-west of the flow and we should have further wintry
showers to start. As the day goes on they become predominantly rain but
pretty miserable, cloudy skies. Temperature is widely struggling to
about three Celsius and we have mainly light to moderate north to
north-easterly winds continuing to feed in rain showers throughout the
evening. Sunday does not look much better. The winds turning more
Easter break, cold easterly flow and Sunday -- winds turning more
easterly. Feeding in rain, sleet or snow. Hopefully some dry weather,
too. The cloud may break at planes for some brightness but largely
cloudy skies and a cold easterly flow with the winds reaching
moderate in strength. Similar temperatures to Saturday but feeling
much colder when you factor in the wind. We keep that cold easterly on
Monday but any showers on Monday are few and far between and much better
chance of at least seeing some sunshine to help lift the spirits.
On Tuesday, we lose the risk of showers, largely fine and dry with
decent sunny spells and by Tuesday the winds to the south-east are
bringing in more mild air and temperatures perhaps closer to
average. Sounding better next week. Is spring coming, do you think? Have
a good weekend.