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Peering through the pollution - the space probe helping map the problem

The Sentinel 5 Precursor was constructed at Airbus Defence and Space in Stevenage. Credit: ITV News Anglia

A space satellite built in Hertfordshire has started beaming images of pollution back to Earth.

The Sentinel 5 Precursor was constructed at Airbus Defence and Space in Stevenage.

The pictures will show us the extent of pollution - both man-made and natural - in our air around the world and hopefully lead to solutions.

The Sentinel 5 was designed to last for seven years but it's gone into orbit so successfully the signs are it could now last twice as long.

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One arrest after toddler found seriously injured in Stevenage road

Fortuna Close in Stevenage Credit: ITV News Anglia.

A toddler was found lying seriously injured on the ground after being hit by vehicle in Stevenage.

Police were called to Fortuna Close just after half past six on Friday evening.

The little boy was taken to Lister Hospital before being transferred to Addenbrooke's in Cambridge where he is in a serious but stable condition.

A 23-year-old man, from Stevenage, has been arrested on suspicion of causing serious injury by dangerous driving and failing to stop.

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Girl reduced to tears by racial abuse on train

Do you recognise this man? Credit: British Transport Police

British Transport Police want to speak to this man after two families were racially abused on a train in Hertfordshire.

A passenger got on at Stevenage and sat next to the groups.

One young girl was reduced to tears as he racially abused them.

The man got off the King's Cross to Leeds service at Grantham.

Police believe this man may be able to help their investigation.

Do you recognise this man? Credit: British Transport Police

Pollution satellite built in Stevenage launches from Russia

  • Video report by ITV News Anglia's Russell Hookey

A pollution monitoring satellite built in Stevenage is being launched today from Russia to monitor pollution levels across the globe.

It comes after a World Health Organisation warning that pollution is a greater global threat than Ebola and HIV.

The satellite, Sentinel-5 Precursor, will be able to map a number of gases including nitrogen dioxide, ozone, formaldehyde, sulphur dioxide, methane, carbon monoxide and aerosols.

Scientists hope it will give a global picture of where the situation is worst, and which countries and industries our pumping out the most pollution.

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