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A Japanese company buys a huge stake in one

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of our biggest train operators - what'll it mean for

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Calls for companies here to take on former soldiers,

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as Government promises have produced few jobs.

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And find out how a satellite built in Stevenage will help improve

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It's been announced that a Japanese investor is to take a 40% stake

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They run trains from Cambridge to London Liverpool Street,

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as well as between Peterborough, Cambridge and Norwich.

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Abellio says the partnership with Mitsui will lead

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to "significant improvements", but not everyone agrees.

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Worth ?1.4 billion, it's been just three months since the Dutch firm

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Abellio began the nine-year franchise that promise to transform

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rail transport across the region for passengers.

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To deliver its pledge, it sold 40% of the franchise to the

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Japanese company Mitsui, a fair deal for stakeholders and customers, says

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All these companies who have come in for the medium and

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long-term franchises bringing money with them.

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Naturally, they expect a return on it and we're told it

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averages about 6%, no more than that.

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That isn't big-money buy any commercial standards.

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So nobody is being ripped off, so to speak.

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Every day, the service carries 250,000

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passengers from London Liverpool Street to Cambridge, Norwich,

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In a multi-million pound investment, the

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rail operator says it will replace more than 1,000 carriages with more

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seats and faster services by 2020 and ?60 million will be spent on

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improving stations, including Cambridge.

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The investment could cut average journey times by 10%.

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Unions say it simply shows that a chunk of

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Britain's rail network is up for grabs.

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It makes a mockery of the tendering process.

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Tendering processes are quite tough, if they satisfy

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safety, customer satisfaction, and reliability.

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And we have this company, come in out of the blue,

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never been in the process and they are buying up

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Japan introduced the world famous bullet train but it

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is unlikely those sorts of speeds will be seen in this country

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Is it worrying that a private company that wasn't involved

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in the tendering process has such a huge stake in Abellio?

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Here's our Busines Correspondent, Richard Bond.

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Bear in mind, the Government was unaware of his Japanese interest

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But bear in mind, Abellio is still in charge.

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It is still in charge of the operations of the company.

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All terms and conditions of this new franchise will have to be met,

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otherwise the operators will be in hot water.

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Mitsui is being vetted by the Department for Transport,

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and the Government actually put out a statement tonight saying that it

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would only approve this partial sale once both parties,

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in other words Abellio and Mitsui, have satisfied us that passengers

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So there you are, basically, checks are being made to make sure

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that it is a fit and proper partner for Abellio.

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Next - are businesses doing enough to support servicemen and women

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The BBC has discovered that just 58 companies in our region have signed

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up to the Armed Forces Covenant - a Government promise to look

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In our region, Hertfordshire has the most companies with 32,

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but there are only six in Milton Keynes and

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Para-ice hockey in Peterborough with Stuart, who lost a leg

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Now he's trying to help others make the transition from

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It's not easy, even for an able-bodied person.

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You lose a whole network of support, once you leave the forces.

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And you're suddenly left with nothing.

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And that's exactly what happened to Daniel Johnson Morris,

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who felt let down when he left the Army three years ago,

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with mental health problems, no job, and no home.

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I went into one of the hospitals in Peterborough.

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I was literally in one room, on my own, two single

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And I was just keeping myself to myself.

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The only time I went out was to go and see my two boys.

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Here in Peterborough, they're trying to get more companies

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to take on ex-service people, and they can get support

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from the government, if they sign the Armed Forces Covenant.

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But, for now, out of 3,000 companies in the city,

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At this drop-in session, they're trying to link

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But with so few signing the covenant, it's hard.

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I'm disappointed on the fact that a lot of companies

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They are looking at an array of different backgrounds,

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different trades, different skills that all three services

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The service person that's leaving the forces wants another career.

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They could have that person for many years to come,

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They just need to give them the chance.

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But one of the companies which have signed up is Anglian Water,

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who found how employing ex-servicemen and women has

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In the last three months alone, we've had nine employees

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that we've hired with service backgrounds.

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And we find that they're just amazing people.

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They've got brilliant skillsets that are really transferable

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They have health and safety, they have supply chain,

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and they have engineering and practical requirements

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So, that's absolutely brilliant for us, too.

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It's all about getting them more integrated into civilian life.

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Because, as any ex-forces person will tell you,

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forces life is completely different to civilian life.

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It's hoped that by giving people a chance, it might mean the nation

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lives up to its promise of looking after those who served

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A court's heard how the man accused of murdering the author Helen Bailey

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told police she had spoken of "wanting space".

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Ian Stewart made the comment during a recorded 999 call

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to report her missing, four days after she disappeared.

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Ms Bailey was found dead in a cesspit under the garage

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of her home in Royston three months later.

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Cambridgeshire Police are investigating a

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They say at least three people are in hospital with serious but not

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life-threatening injuries and four people have been arrested.

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It happened in the Wentworth Street area of Peterborough

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Now, just before we bring you the weather,

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a look at how our region is helping to improve the accuracy

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A satellite made in Stevenage will be the first to measure

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In Greek mythology, Aeolus was the keeper of the winds.

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Now, it's the world's first ever satellite to study the Earth's wind

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It's going to collect more data in one week than we have already.

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It's been built in a clean room at Airbus to keep its lasers

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It shines it through the atmosphere and a telescope picks up

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the reflections of that signal from the dust particles

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From this, we can see the wind speed throughout the whole

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At the minute, we don't measure the wind in this way,

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we just use weather balloons that pop up in individual

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points, and radios that are scattered around the world.

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There are huge parts of the planet where we actually don't know

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This will make it much more accurate.

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It means that there will be actual data rather than estimated data

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and that should feed into more accurate weather forecasts.

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Aeolus works by firing a laser into the atmosphere

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It's reflected back by molecules and clouds,

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but at a subtly different frequency in what is called

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It is the difference between these two signals that

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This satellite, which weighs about the same as a Mini,

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is going to be travelling around the Earth at

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In its three-year life span it will orbit the Earth over 17,500 times.

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There is all sorts of fundamental building blocks to making a weather

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forecast, but none really more important than

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People obviously appreciate the wind at the surface,

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But the wind is a really complicated thing.

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It varies very dramatically as you go up through the atmosphere.

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What we can do with the satellite is just get a much broader image

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and you need to know what the winds are doing right now

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to be able to predict the weather in the future.

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The data that Aeolus sends back could lead to a breakthrough

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in our understanding of the Earth's climate.

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Fascinating stuff - so lets get our latest

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But from me and the team here, goodnight.

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Well, we've already got temperatures in some spots below freezing.

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As the night goes on, we'll see a lot of the clear sky

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filling in with cloud from the north.

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And that could produce a little bit of light rain and drizzle.

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But for most of us it will be a dry night.

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As the cloud increases, that will probably bring

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the temperatures back up in many sports above freezing.

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So some of us will wake up to a frost tomorrow morning,

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And then, tomorrow, we have high pressure in charge again.

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This weather front to the north, that's likely to push a bit more

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Generally more cloud around tomorrow compared to today.

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I hope it will thin and break in time to at least allow

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Temperatures at best only up to about four Celsius, but we do

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But it's going to stay on the chilly side, and stay largely dry

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Although we may again just to see a little bit of drizzle out

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In a moment, Nick will have the national forecast,

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Thursday and Friday, high pressure stays in charge,

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so it stays fine and dry, but largely cloudy.

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On both days, we should see temperatures perhaps closer

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to average - about six Celsius at the best.

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from time to time. Staying settled still. Nick has the national

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forecast this evening. Hello. If you are watching the

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football earlier it turned out to be an evening for football fans in

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Lincolnshire. This is how it looked at the start of the day. No idea

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whether this weather watcher is a football fan, it's a fan of weather

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that matters here. All sorts of weather, from 13 in Aberdeenshire to

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two, despite the sunshine in Kent. I wonder if this six in the cloud

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across the Midlands into northern England and parts of Wales felt

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colder, particularly in these misty and foggy conditions in this weather

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watcher view. Some drizzly rain around at times still from the

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thicker cloud into parts of England and Wales overnight, hill fog too.

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Cloud for Scotland and

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