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whether that is legal or not. Full coverage for you online and on

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In Look East tonight: Care in the community.

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Why a solution to bed-blocking is under threat because funding

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27,000 new homes for Milton Keynes, as authorities reveal when and where

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And, staying cold with the risk of snow showers in the next couple of

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days. I'll be here later with all days. I'll be here later with all

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the details. As you may have seen

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on the national news, bed-blocking is a huge problem

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for our health service. And here in the East,

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in December alone, patients spent nearly 15,000 days in hospital beds

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when they didn't need to. It is usually because the patients

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need care outside that isn't there. But a pioneering scheme to tackle

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the problem in Hertfordshire is under threat as its funding

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is being slashed. Our Political Reporter,

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Tom Barton, has the details. Myra Stevenson has been

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in St Catherine's Nursing Home in Letchworth Garden City

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for three weeks. She came here straight

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from hospital. And the nurses are individuals,

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and you're an individual. Myra is benefiting from a scheme

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which sees the local NHS and Hertfordshire County Council

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working together and It's paying for exercise classes

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like this, which have led to a massive drop in the number

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of falls, stopping unnecessary And it's also helping to get people

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out of hospital more quickly. Hertfordshire have just started

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using this red bag as a way of making the process of leaving

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hospital run as So it's got everything in it that

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you need to go home. So it's got a change of clothes,

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it's got your medication, The project also has

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a trusted assessor, working in the Lister Hospital on behalf

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of the Hertfordshire Care Home Association,

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helping to get people out of hospital as soon

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as they are ready. We've had a 45% reduction

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in hospital admittances since we've In terms of the trusted assessor,

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she has now saved, I think it's 305 So that means that we have made

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a saving of around ?160,000. The Herts Valley Clinical

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Commissioning Group has just taken ?8.5 million out of the shared fund

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that pays for schemes like this. This is an additional payment,

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very few parts of the NHS And yesterday, a Council committee

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decided to ask the Health Secretary I strongly believe that

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patients will suffer, because while we can absorb some

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of the impact of that funding reduction within the service,

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and we will be able to preserve some of it, but the magnitude

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of ?8.5 million just being taken out, five weeks before

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we set our budgets, it makes it For now, though, Myra and others

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like her are benefiting from a system which is really

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helping to stop unnecessary Tom Barton, BBC Look East,

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Letchworth Garden City. Staying with so-called bed-blocking

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- Northamptonshire is one of the worst affected areas,

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with more than 5,000 bed Part of the reason,

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according to the county's Care Home Association,

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is that many homes just won't work with the County Council because it

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doesn't pay them enough. The Council says it's

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planning to invest an extra The impact is that we cannot provide

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the service that we need They don't pay a sufficient amount

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of money per week per resident. We're reaching, in effect,

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a tipping point. We've said to them that they need

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to increase their funds, they need to increase them rapidly,

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to prevent further homes from shutting and prevent

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bed-blocking in the local hospitals. The fiance of Royston children's

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author Helen Bailey has claimed he was blackmailed for ?500,000

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by a pair of mystery kidnappers Ian Stewart says they were business

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associates of her late husband. He also claims he spoke to Helen

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after she disappeared. From St Albans Crown Court,

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Kate Bradbrook reports. Ian Stewart was on his

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feet in the witness box His voice broke several times

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as he gave his version of events He told the court that two men

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called Nick and Joe abducted Helen on the 11th of April,

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the day she went missing. He said on Friday the 15th, Nick

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turned up at the house with a phone. Ian spoke to Helen, who said, "Sorry

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about everything, I love you." He replied, "It's not your

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fault, I love you too." Ian Stewart told the jury

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that the following day he met Nick in Kent to hand over Helen's phone,

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as they had requested. He said on the 26th of April,

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Nick and Joe demanded access They said, "Helen told us

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where something was in the garage." Ian Stewart later told

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the court they must have Ian Stewart claimed throughout that

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Nick and Joe had threatened that he would never see Helen Bailey

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again if he told anyone He said they told him if they didn't

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get what they needed, Ian Stewart is accused of drugging

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Helen Bailey with sleeping pills He told the court Helen had taken

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them when she realised he couldn't When asked why this wasn't mentioned

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in his defence statement, he replied, "It only came back to me

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when I saw the The drug Zopiclone was found

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in Helen Bailey's system when her body was found three months

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after she disappeared. Under cross-examination,

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prosecutor Stuart Trimmer QC put to Ian Stewart that it was,

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"A long-crafted, cynical and cruel plan of yours to do

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away with Helen Bailey." "You smothered her while she was

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sleeping or unconscious... Now, Ian Stewart also admitted today

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that he lied for months about a note that he claimed Helen had left,

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saying that she was He said he had to do that

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in order to keep her safe. And also because he was told that

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if he didn't, his two sons Now, he told the court that months

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later he received a phone call saying that one of the men,

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Joe, had now been dealt with, Ian Stewart denies all the charges

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against him, and the case Kate Bradbrook, BBC Look East,

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St Albans Crown Court. This year, we've been looking back

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at the history of Milton Keynes, as the town celebrates

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its 50th birthday. But later this month,

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the Council will discuss how the town could grow over

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the next 15 years. Their new plans include thousands

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of new homes and offices, as well as a redeveloped shopping

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centre. From the very beginning,

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Milton Keynes has made it Today, over 250,000

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people live here. And in this new plan, MK would

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like to build 26,500 new homes. Which would take its population

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to well over 300,000. It's gone over and above

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the ten-year statutory We've done what Milton Keynes does,

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and always gone that step further. And yes, I think we can indeed

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deliver those house numbers if the developers and the builders

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will get on and do it. We will grant the planning

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permissions, we will set the land aside, but they've got to deliver

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on the numbers for us, which up 26,500 new homes is a lot

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of homes for you to deliver. It is, absolutely,

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it is a lot of homes. And what we've got to do

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is bring forward the sites, bring forward the sites in the right

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places, those that We believe that we are doing that

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in the plan that we're putting out. We now need the developers to do

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their bit and build the houses, not at the rate they want to,

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but at the rate that we want them them to, and at the rate

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that the Government are asking But the Plan MK document is about

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much more than just new houses. The main shopping area could also

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get a huge expansion. The Centre MK for example could get

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new shops and leisure facilities. And the regeneration of Bletchley

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town centre will also be a priority. New jobs, better education

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facilities are also But central to the plan

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is transport. That includes support for the

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East-West rail link and an expressway

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road linking Cambridge and Oxford. It's taken years of consultation

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to come up with Plan MK, and it will now be debated

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by the Council later this month. Peterborough travel giant

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Thomas Cook has cheered a "solid" start to the New Year,

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but says it still remains The company says that holiday

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bookings for the Greek islands have risen by nearly 40%,

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as travellers move away from Turkey and Egypt because of concerns

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about security in both countries. Chief Executive Peter Fankhouser

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said there was no sign that Britons had been put off by the weak pound,

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but there was still plenty of And that's the late

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news from Look East. We are back with bulletins during

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BBC Breakfast from 6:30pm. -- 6:30am.

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The cold air has now properly established itself across

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the British Isles, so it's going to stay

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bitterly cold, certainly for

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For tonight, temperatures dropping away.

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And although a lot of dry weather around, there could be the odd snow

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You may wake up to a dusting of snow in places.

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Temperatures could get down below freezing in one or two

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And that could cause an issue with icy patches on untreated

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A very cold start of the day tomorrow.

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Not a lot changing in our pressure pattern.

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We have still got this bitterly cold easterly

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This could mean there are a bit more widespread showers as we go

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But there will be quite a bit of dry weather, likely to stay quite gloomy

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and overcast for much of the day. Showers being pushed in from the

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North Sea. As the easterly wind freshens, it could push them further

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inland. Temperatures getting up to around three Celsius. But with the

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wind chill it is going to feel colder still. The risk of snow

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showers increases into the afternoon and evening. There could be more of

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a covering of snow by Friday night and into Saturday morning. The

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National weather is coming up, and here is the outlook.

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will turn a bit less cold again. All the way up seven Celsius.

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At this time of year we can often get the weather stories that reflect

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the battle between winter and spring, and that's what's been

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happening in New York in the USA. Yesterday, 17 Celsius, but today,

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it's been bitterly cold, just a daytime maximum of -2, a significant

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wind-chill and some significant snow falling as we speak. This was Times

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Square earlier today. For others, it's been a pretty cold day. Not

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quite as cold, but nevertheless a lot of low cloud lifting in off the

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North Sea and two bridges have struggled. That will continue into

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the

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