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With David and me. - so it's goodbye from me -

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The headlines tonight from Essex, Suffolk and Norfolk:

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The region's poultry flocks to stay in lock down as the threat of bird

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Yellow Masco -- if you don't adhere to rules, that is where the problem

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lies. An Essex tradesman accuses

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housebuilders of snobbery after his van is banned

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from a new estate. It is outrageous because range

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Rovers are the same size. What is the difference?

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Mourners from the travelling community gather

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in Suffolk for the funeral of a man killed in Ipswich last month.

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And all present and correct - the zoo carrying out

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The region's poultry farmers suffered another blow

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tonight when they were told to keep their flocks indoors

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To guard against the risk of bird flu.

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The restrictions imposed by DEFRA were first brought

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in on December 6th after outbreaks of bird flu

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It meant all captive birds had to be kept under cover for 30 days

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to stop them getting infected by wild birds.

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An auction of poultry, due to take place near

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Mildenhall later this month, has been cancelled.

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The restrictions were due to end on Friday.

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But this afternoon the government confirmed it was extending them

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This field in South Norfolk should beef full of free range chickens but

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not the last four weeks. They will be confined to quarters that the

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next eight weeks, safely undercover until the threat of bird flu has

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passed. A worry for Mike Gordon who rears 1 million free range birds

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across 50 farms. It is a huge worry. We have farms across the whole of

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East Anglia and there is a huge amount of migration coming into this

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part of the world. It is a real worry. This is an issue that is not

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going to go away. It is here and here to stay. An outbreak has

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strained nerves. 5000 turkeys at this farm near Louth died or were

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cold and another case at a property in Wales. Public Health England say

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there has been no recorded places of the H five Nah strain as a risk to

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humans. The commercial risk of that is another matter. If bird flu is

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found in their flocks, the clean-up operation could cost hundreds of

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thousands of pounds. The East was hit hard by bird flu ten years ago.

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Thousands of turkeys and chickens had to be slaughtered. This is a

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massive industry and produce 107 million eggs every year. The sector

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is worth ?640 million. No new outbreak in the East the latest rain

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has hit businesses. There is also a ban on poultry shows and gatherings.

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It is something you live with and expects. I have survived for tanned

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mouth, bird flu, bird flu again and we will carry on and endeavour to do

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the best we can. The threat is from wild birds migrating over the

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eastern region and only until that threat has passed will mark release

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his turkeys and chickens back into East Anglia's fields.

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Stephen Lister is a veterinary specialist in poultry from Norfolk.

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He came into the studio earlier, and I asked whether he was surprised

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that the restrictions had been extended till the end of February.

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I am and was expecting a month because that would be sensible so it

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didn't confuse people. Taking it to the end of February is longer than

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we expected but it does take us to the end of the migratory period for

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wild birds. Is there any sign that not everyone is abiding by the zone

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or is it widely dear to? The commercial poultry sector in this

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region and elsewhere in the country are 100% compliant. We don't know

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whether we have reached or backyard poultry producers because even if

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you have five chickens in your back garden, you should be housing those

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and keeping them away from any wild birds. How does it affect free range

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birds because there are real -- balls. They have to be free range to

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be sold as free range. They allowed 12 weeks to allow free range birds

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to be housed if it is better that their care. The closer we get to 12

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weeks, the more concern there is as to whether those eggs could still be

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marketed as free range. The farmers have talked about their concern

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about bird flu. It is an ongoing issue and could be back next year.

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Is there anything more that could be done on a more permanent basis to

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protect flocks? We will never stop wild bird incursions as that is the

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nature of migration. We have a requirement that consumers who want

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free range eggs and meat of all types and therefore we will have to

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keep birds outside and there will always be a seasonal risk. This year

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is exceptional because this particular strain is very active and

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very prevalent in wild birds across the whole of Europe. Any that come

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over here have the risk of containing the virus. This area has

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a huge poultry industry. The effect could be devastating, could net, if

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it came here? You only have to look at America and Europe and it could

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be devastating for these birds. Whether you're wanting to do poultry

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shows, auctions or dealing with commercial poultry. It has massive

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international trading locations as well. Thank you very much.

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When there's an emergency, and people call for an ambulance,

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there's an expectation that the crew which turns up are fully trained.

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But the BBC's Victoria Derbyshire programme has discovered that some

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staff at a private ambulance company based in Essex, had as little

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as an hour's training on how to respond to emergencies.

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James Melley, has this special report.

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When we dial 999, most people expect NHS ambulances to respond. NHS

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trusts are having to use private companies to meet demand. One of

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these companies is the private Ambulance Service based in Basildon

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Essex. It carries out work like taking patients to hospital

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appointments, transferring sick people between hospitals and it

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provides cover for 999 calls for the East of England NHS ambulance trust.

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We were told the staff are not popular -- properly trained and

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equipment is not up to scratch. We spoke to several people who have

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worked there. Paul would only speak to us if we disguised his identity.

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He worked as a mesic -- medic but lost his job last year. I didn't

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have any training. I was sent out that was it. It was clear that I was

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with people that weren't trained. They weren't competent in the job

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and not confident in joining -- dealing with certain situations.

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They did know how to take blood sugars, ECG's, manual blood

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pressures, basic stuff. We heard to store being stories about a lack of

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trading -- training the staff. David was sacked back in 2013. The job

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could require him to drive under blue lights when taking an emergency

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patient between hospitals. What training we've given to drive under

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the blue lights? One hour's training on blue lights. That's it. That is

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astonishing. What is an acceptable level of training to drive under

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blue lights? The courses four wheat is long and the foundation is then

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to move on to blue light training and it takes two weeks. The

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approached -- we approach the private Ambulance Service phone

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interview. They told us... The east of England's ambulance and

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the sad thing you to use Ambulance Services to keep up with demand.

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They are increasing front-line recruitment of paramedics so as not

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to have to rely on private Ambulance Services in the future.

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Police are searching for a man who stole lead from a church roof over

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Christmas. A 38-year-old man from Essex has

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been arrested after two men died in an apparent hit and run

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incident in Cambridgeshire. It happened between Yaxley

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and Farcet near Peterborough just after eleven o'clock

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yesterday morning. Officers searching

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for the driver of a BMW arrested a man in Chelmsford

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later that night on suspicion of causing death

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by dangerous driving The funeral has been held today

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for one of two men killed in a double stabbing at a travellers

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site in Ipswich. Barry Street, who was 32,

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lived at West Meadows. Barry Street's cortege made its way

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to the cemetery for a private burial. His coffin flanked by family

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members and other mourners. Earlier a funeral service was held nearby at

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Saint Gregory 's Church. Proceedings relayed by loudspeaker to mourners

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outside. Barry Street was one of two men stabbed to death that the West

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Meadows traveller site in Ipswich on December eight. The other was

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18-year-old Nathan Oakley. The 17-year-old boy was arrested and

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charged with both their murders. Barry Street, pictured here weeks

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before his death, was sentenced to 14 years in prison in 2006. He was

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part of a gang that carried out more than 30 RAM rains -- Ram raids and

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armed robberies across East Anglia. A few days after his death, two

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caravans were burned down and other properties were damaged. Six people

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have been charged with arson with intent to date -- endanger life.

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Today there were long delays as Barry Street's cortege passed

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through and there was a significant police presence. The teenager

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accused his peers of murder and is -- and is due to appear in court

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next month. -- the Chino Ajax accused of murder is due to appear

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in court next month. You're watching Look East

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with David and me. Stay with us for the debut novelist

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who's just won a top award. Alex has got your

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weather forecast, and we're at the zoo on the day

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they made sure everyone Well, whatever your views

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on politics, you have to admit 2016 was a watershed year,

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both here and across the world. David Cameron out of Downing Street

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in the summer after Britain And Donald Trump heading

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for the White House. All this week, our correspondents

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are gazing into their crystal balls to consider what the year

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ahead will bring. Tonight, our political correspondent

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Andrew Sinclair talks to political figures in our region about a 2017

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which will almost certainly be Last year's referendum led to the

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creation of a newspaper. Published in Norwich, the New Year appearance

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reflects the views -- views of those who voted to stay and six months on,

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many haven't given up hope. A portion of our readers are holding

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out that we will get a second opportunity to back out of this

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through a second referendum or a general election. Brexit will

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dominate British politics for a long time to come. The only thing we know

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is that nobody knows anything right now. It may be two years ago but

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there is growing pressure on the government to explain how Brexit

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will affect us. MPs of all parties say the uncertainty is starting to

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worry local employers. EasyJet, an airline based on European travel

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being easy, Vauxhall, where we can't get away with higher tariffs, that

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is one small part of our region. We need answers many of these

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questions. Politicians will be at the forefront of this year's Brexit

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negotiations. The early work will be done here at the European Parliament

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and one of our Euro MPs will pay eight key role. -- play a key role.

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I want to keep as many things the same. The EU is over half of our

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exports for the Easterby and and I want to make sure that doesn't fall

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off a cliff. At Westminster, Ben Gummer is in charge of making sure

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government departments are prepared for Brexit. Agriculture Secretary,

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Andrea Leadsom, will have to make it work for farmers. Stuart Jackson is

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a key aide to David Davis. Meanwhile those of our MPs that leading

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figures in the leave campaign will be watching closely. Worried that

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some in the government will be trying to drag their feet. We know

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there are people in Parliament that have made it clear that they don't

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accept the result and want to play the long game. The Longo time we

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take to exit, the more chance of some event occurring which would put

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it off. You sound like you were worried this may never happen. I am.

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It seems appropriate that 2017 should've started with fireworks at

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Westminster. A lot more will follow as Brexit begins.

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Peter Bone is worried that Brexit may yet be scuppered - is he right?

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Look at the row over the resignation of our ambassador in Brussels. There

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is this suspicion that there are elements of the civil service, the

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press, Parliament who will try to scupper Brexit or slow things down

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and not make it work. The official line from Whitehall is that the

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referendum must be respected. We are leaving. If you look at the Labour

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Party, there are MPs like -- that feel they will vote against article

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15. Norman Lamb wants a second referendum and hinting they will

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slow things down in Parliament. Six months on, I am still speaking to

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people who believe Brexit can be stopped. They believe it can be

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stopped. I think it is a long shot but people are trying. We will be

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talking a lot Brexit but will anything change? On one front, no.

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The Brexit talks will have just begun and we will be for members of

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the European Union. What I think will be far more different will be

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uncertainty. Gavin was talking about that in my piece. Firms and

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institutions, research is Egyptian plan five or ten years ahead and

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students plan five or ten years ahead. What our future relationship

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will be is something that will worried them and we will be talking

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a lot about that. Which voter would you say symbolised Margaret

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Thatcher's success in the 1980s? That will be Essex man. That is

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right. That's right and Essex

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man, or at least some It follows news that commercial

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vehicles are being banned from parking on a new housing

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estate in Colchester. The builder, Persimmon Homes, said

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the rule was designed to protect The local MP said the ban

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sounds like snobbery. The Luke Wood Meadows estate has

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already made headlines. He was set by his 300,000 dream home until he

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realised he wouldn't be able to park his works fan outside his house

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because of a restrictive covenant that bars commercial vehicles. Not

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far from the estate, builders were working on an extension and Matthew,

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plumbing and heating engineer, said he thought the van ban was unfair.

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It is ridiculous and discriminating against someone who goes to work and

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works hard. Just because they use a van, it is outrageous. At the

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florist, they use a van fit delivers and were not impressed. It labels

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people with the type of jobs that they do. It is good enough to be an

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office worker but not good enough to be a tradesman and park your vehicle

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at your own property. Colchester's MP is a former property lawyer and

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he wants an end to restrictive covenants that Bob commercial

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vehicles. There were lots of hard working people that rely on vans,

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use bands often. It is their only mode of transport and say they can

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build a house but not able to live in one because they can't park there

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than there is snobbery. Persimmon Homes,, they said...

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At the estate, residents said they were happy with the band but not

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all. People should be allowed to have whatever vehicle they wish. If

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they purchased out -- purchased a house, they should have whatever

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vehicle parked on the driveway. The only white van we spotted was

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leaving. The writer from Cambridge who's won

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a major award for his first novel. Francis Spufford

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is best-known for his His latest work, Golden Hill,

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is his first novel and it's won the Costa Book Award

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for a debut novel. I'm delighted to say Francis

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is in our Cambridge newsroom now. Good evening. Well, congratulations.

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Thank you very much. Before we go into how you found out about this

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award, what is the book about? It is about a suspicious in man with a

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suspicious name of Smithfield intones opinion New York in winter

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1746 when instead of being a gigantic world city, it is still

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basically a village where everyone knows everyone. You are not used to

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being a well published author. How did you make the transition? Was

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there something you always had in your mind that you thought one day

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you would put it to paper? Not this thing but I always thought I had an

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appointment with fiction sometime in the future. Code is held me back for

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years and years. It is only now in my 50s that I felt I wouldn't make a

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total fool of myself if I did it. They say there is a good book in

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most people. In 2007, you were nominated a Royal fellow of the

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Royal Society of literature. Here you have done it and you have this

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prestigious award. I suppose anybody watching, if you have an idea, do

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it. Absolutely but this is where the writing teacher in me comes out. It

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is extremely hard work getting from the golden glowing idea through to

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the actual words on the page and it is a process of turmoil and

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compromise and disappointment from time to time. It is worth

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persisting. When did you find out you have the award? I have to reveal

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the inner workings because they told me before Christmas and I have been

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sitting on this news and biting my tongue for the last ten days.

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Difficult to keep that information. Wouldn't it be great to have

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revealed it before Christmas? I couldn't possibly comment. The think

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you now is you have the debut novel and it has done well. If you get the

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overall award, you now have the difficult second album of coming up

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with another album. There is two in their jostling like two fat people

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trying to get through a revolving door. It is about London over the

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last 50 or 60 years starting with a bang. Congratulations again.

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What do lions, giraffes, ringtailed lemurs and Madagascan

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Well they were all part of the big annual

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stock take today at the Africa Alive Zoo near Lowestoft.

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In fact every zoo has to count all its animals

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You can't miss a giraffe but at Africa Alive Zoo, they have to count

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them all the same. You are going to steal it all? We have four. Not easy

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to tell apart if you don't work with them every day. When you do, you can

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easily see how different they lock. No surprises. Zoe locks the official

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number and the giraffes are ticked off the list. We do it to make sure

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our records are the same as what we have and we put it on a large

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database and nine times out of ten, we have the same and it matches up.

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The only times he might not as if we have a birth. They have 2000 animals

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at the zoo and they are not big. These are Madagascan hissing

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cockroaches. There is an angry one. What causes them to hiss? Little

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holes in their body. They suck in air and blow it out. They live in

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the same place as the ring tailed lemur and they like to eat them for

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their dinner. These are the ring tailed lemurs. All males and keen to

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get their hands on some snacks. The keepers thought there were nine and

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there are nine. Most of the time, that is how it is. You do get to see

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new births and it is an excuse to walk over. It is nice to see the new

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arrivals because you don't always see them if you work in a different

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part of the park. They will start to crunch the numbers and arrive at the

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official total and they'll do it all again in the year's time.

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The lemur's always steal the show. I have held a scorpion and a cockroach

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but not at the same time. Good evening. It will be eight very

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cold night night. This was a dramatic photograph that caught my

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eye in Bedfordshire. We have had photographs of rainbow sent in by

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some of you. This is where the showers have been falling. There

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hasn't been a huge amount of them. This weather front brought us some

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patchy rain and it set up this cold northerly wind. It has felt bitter

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in that wind and that is what has brought in the showers. There is the

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risk of further showers as we go through the evening but they should

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fade away. The biggest risk is the frost. Whether the showers have

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fallen, there could be some icy stretches. Elsewhere, dry across

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those clear skies and temperatures falling to minus three Celsius. It

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could get down low. Really cold start to Thursday. High establishing

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itself and lots of fine weather expected tomorrow. It is a cold and

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frosty start and we shouldn't have a problem fog overnight. Lots of dry

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and bright Weatherford tomorrow. The risk of some showers the parts of

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Norfolk and Suffolk. Across the board, lots of wintry sunshine but

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turning cold into the afternoon. Temperatures for some of us, no

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higher than four Celsius. As we get into the evening and overnight, we

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are expecting some dense fog patches to form. That could linger through

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much of the morning on Friday. This weather front is going to change

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things to a milder regime for the weekend. It will bring some rain

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although not expected until my four. The bulk of the day is dry. Some fog

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patches lingering. A cold day expected. As we get into the

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weekend, it looks as if it will be rather cloudy. Look at those

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temperatures. That is all from us. Goodbye.

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as he explores Naples, Venice and Florence.

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It's like we're walking through a giant's armpit.

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We can follow the escape route of Michelangelo.

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