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With David and me. - so it's goodbye from me -
The headlines tonight from Essex, Suffolk and Norfolk:
The region's poultry flocks to stay in lock down as the threat of bird
Yellow Masco -- if you don't adhere to rules, that is where the problem
lies. An Essex tradesman accuses
housebuilders of snobbery after his van is banned
from a new estate. It is outrageous because range
Rovers are the same size. What is the difference?
Mourners from the travelling community gather
in Suffolk for the funeral of a man killed in Ipswich last month.
And all present and correct - the zoo carrying out
The region's poultry farmers suffered another blow
tonight when they were told to keep their flocks indoors
To guard against the risk of bird flu.
The restrictions imposed by DEFRA were first brought
in on December 6th after outbreaks of bird flu
It meant all captive birds had to be kept under cover for 30 days
to stop them getting infected by wild birds.
An auction of poultry, due to take place near
Mildenhall later this month, has been cancelled.
The restrictions were due to end on Friday.
But this afternoon the government confirmed it was extending them
This field in South Norfolk should beef full of free range chickens but
not the last four weeks. They will be confined to quarters that the
next eight weeks, safely undercover until the threat of bird flu has
passed. A worry for Mike Gordon who rears 1 million free range birds
across 50 farms. It is a huge worry. We have farms across the whole of
East Anglia and there is a huge amount of migration coming into this
part of the world. It is a real worry. This is an issue that is not
going to go away. It is here and here to stay. An outbreak has
strained nerves. 5000 turkeys at this farm near Louth died or were
cold and another case at a property in Wales. Public Health England say
there has been no recorded places of the H five Nah strain as a risk to
humans. The commercial risk of that is another matter. If bird flu is
found in their flocks, the clean-up operation could cost hundreds of
thousands of pounds. The East was hit hard by bird flu ten years ago.
Thousands of turkeys and chickens had to be slaughtered. This is a
massive industry and produce 107 million eggs every year. The sector
is worth ?640 million. No new outbreak in the East the latest rain
has hit businesses. There is also a ban on poultry shows and gatherings.
It is something you live with and expects. I have survived for tanned
mouth, bird flu, bird flu again and we will carry on and endeavour to do
the best we can. The threat is from wild birds migrating over the
eastern region and only until that threat has passed will mark release
his turkeys and chickens back into East Anglia's fields.
Stephen Lister is a veterinary specialist in poultry from Norfolk.
He came into the studio earlier, and I asked whether he was surprised
that the restrictions had been extended till the end of February.
I am and was expecting a month because that would be sensible so it
didn't confuse people. Taking it to the end of February is longer than
we expected but it does take us to the end of the migratory period for
wild birds. Is there any sign that not everyone is abiding by the zone
or is it widely dear to? The commercial poultry sector in this
region and elsewhere in the country are 100% compliant. We don't know
whether we have reached or backyard poultry producers because even if
you have five chickens in your back garden, you should be housing those
and keeping them away from any wild birds. How does it affect free range
birds because there are real -- balls. They have to be free range to
be sold as free range. They allowed 12 weeks to allow free range birds
to be housed if it is better that their care. The closer we get to 12
weeks, the more concern there is as to whether those eggs could still be
marketed as free range. The farmers have talked about their concern
about bird flu. It is an ongoing issue and could be back next year.
Is there anything more that could be done on a more permanent basis to
protect flocks? We will never stop wild bird incursions as that is the
nature of migration. We have a requirement that consumers who want
free range eggs and meat of all types and therefore we will have to
keep birds outside and there will always be a seasonal risk. This year
is exceptional because this particular strain is very active and
very prevalent in wild birds across the whole of Europe. Any that come
over here have the risk of containing the virus. This area has
a huge poultry industry. The effect could be devastating, could net, if
it came here? You only have to look at America and Europe and it could
be devastating for these birds. Whether you're wanting to do poultry
shows, auctions or dealing with commercial poultry. It has massive
international trading locations as well. Thank you very much.
When there's an emergency, and people call for an ambulance,
there's an expectation that the crew which turns up are fully trained.
But the BBC's Victoria Derbyshire programme has discovered that some
staff at a private ambulance company based in Essex, had as little
as an hour's training on how to respond to emergencies.
James Melley, has this special report.
When we dial 999, most people expect NHS ambulances to respond. NHS
trusts are having to use private companies to meet demand. One of
these companies is the private Ambulance Service based in Basildon
Essex. It carries out work like taking patients to hospital
appointments, transferring sick people between hospitals and it
provides cover for 999 calls for the East of England NHS ambulance trust.
We were told the staff are not popular -- properly trained and
equipment is not up to scratch. We spoke to several people who have
worked there. Paul would only speak to us if we disguised his identity.
He worked as a mesic -- medic but lost his job last year. I didn't
have any training. I was sent out that was it. It was clear that I was
with people that weren't trained. They weren't competent in the job
and not confident in joining -- dealing with certain situations.
They did know how to take blood sugars, ECG's, manual blood
pressures, basic stuff. We heard to store being stories about a lack of
trading -- training the staff. David was sacked back in 2013. The job
could require him to drive under blue lights when taking an emergency
patient between hospitals. What training we've given to drive under
the blue lights? One hour's training on blue lights. That's it. That is
astonishing. What is an acceptable level of training to drive under
blue lights? The courses four wheat is long and the foundation is then
to move on to blue light training and it takes two weeks. The
approached -- we approach the private Ambulance Service phone
interview. They told us... The east of England's ambulance and
the sad thing you to use Ambulance Services to keep up with demand.
They are increasing front-line recruitment of paramedics so as not
to have to rely on private Ambulance Services in the future.
Police are searching for a man who stole lead from a church roof over
Christmas. A 38-year-old man from Essex has
been arrested after two men died in an apparent hit and run
incident in Cambridgeshire. It happened between Yaxley
and Farcet near Peterborough just after eleven o'clock
yesterday morning. Officers searching
for the driver of a BMW arrested a man in Chelmsford
later that night on suspicion of causing death
by dangerous driving The funeral has been held today
for one of two men killed in a double stabbing at a travellers
site in Ipswich. Barry Street, who was 32,
lived at West Meadows. Barry Street's cortege made its way
to the cemetery for a private burial. His coffin flanked by family
members and other mourners. Earlier a funeral service was held nearby at
Saint Gregory 's Church. Proceedings relayed by loudspeaker to mourners
outside. Barry Street was one of two men stabbed to death that the West
Meadows traveller site in Ipswich on December eight. The other was
18-year-old Nathan Oakley. The 17-year-old boy was arrested and
charged with both their murders. Barry Street, pictured here weeks
before his death, was sentenced to 14 years in prison in 2006. He was
part of a gang that carried out more than 30 RAM rains -- Ram raids and
armed robberies across East Anglia. A few days after his death, two
caravans were burned down and other properties were damaged. Six people
have been charged with arson with intent to date -- endanger life.
Today there were long delays as Barry Street's cortege passed
through and there was a significant police presence. The teenager
accused his peers of murder and is -- and is due to appear in court
next month. -- the Chino Ajax accused of murder is due to appear
in court next month. You're watching Look East
with David and me. Stay with us for the debut novelist
who's just won a top award. Alex has got your
weather forecast, and we're at the zoo on the day
they made sure everyone Well, whatever your views
on politics, you have to admit 2016 was a watershed year,
both here and across the world. David Cameron out of Downing Street
in the summer after Britain And Donald Trump heading
for the White House. All this week, our correspondents
are gazing into their crystal balls to consider what the year
ahead will bring. Tonight, our political correspondent
Andrew Sinclair talks to political figures in our region about a 2017
which will almost certainly be Last year's referendum led to the
creation of a newspaper. Published in Norwich, the New Year appearance
reflects the views -- views of those who voted to stay and six months on,
many haven't given up hope. A portion of our readers are holding
out that we will get a second opportunity to back out of this
through a second referendum or a general election. Brexit will
dominate British politics for a long time to come. The only thing we know
is that nobody knows anything right now. It may be two years ago but
there is growing pressure on the government to explain how Brexit
will affect us. MPs of all parties say the uncertainty is starting to
worry local employers. EasyJet, an airline based on European travel
being easy, Vauxhall, where we can't get away with higher tariffs, that
is one small part of our region. We need answers many of these
questions. Politicians will be at the forefront of this year's Brexit
negotiations. The early work will be done here at the European Parliament
and one of our Euro MPs will pay eight key role. -- play a key role.
I want to keep as many things the same. The EU is over half of our
exports for the Easterby and and I want to make sure that doesn't fall
off a cliff. At Westminster, Ben Gummer is in charge of making sure
government departments are prepared for Brexit. Agriculture Secretary,
Andrea Leadsom, will have to make it work for farmers. Stuart Jackson is
a key aide to David Davis. Meanwhile those of our MPs that leading
figures in the leave campaign will be watching closely. Worried that
some in the government will be trying to drag their feet. We know
there are people in Parliament that have made it clear that they don't
accept the result and want to play the long game. The Longo time we
take to exit, the more chance of some event occurring which would put
it off. You sound like you were worried this may never happen. I am.
It seems appropriate that 2017 should've started with fireworks at
Westminster. A lot more will follow as Brexit begins.
Peter Bone is worried that Brexit may yet be scuppered - is he right?
Look at the row over the resignation of our ambassador in Brussels. There
is this suspicion that there are elements of the civil service, the
press, Parliament who will try to scupper Brexit or slow things down
and not make it work. The official line from Whitehall is that the
referendum must be respected. We are leaving. If you look at the Labour
Party, there are MPs like -- that feel they will vote against article
15. Norman Lamb wants a second referendum and hinting they will
slow things down in Parliament. Six months on, I am still speaking to
people who believe Brexit can be stopped. They believe it can be
stopped. I think it is a long shot but people are trying. We will be
talking a lot Brexit but will anything change? On one front, no.
The Brexit talks will have just begun and we will be for members of
the European Union. What I think will be far more different will be
uncertainty. Gavin was talking about that in my piece. Firms and
institutions, research is Egyptian plan five or ten years ahead and
students plan five or ten years ahead. What our future relationship
will be is something that will worried them and we will be talking
a lot about that. Which voter would you say symbolised Margaret
Thatcher's success in the 1980s? That will be Essex man. That is
right. That's right and Essex
man, or at least some It follows news that commercial
vehicles are being banned from parking on a new housing
estate in Colchester. The builder, Persimmon Homes, said
the rule was designed to protect The local MP said the ban
sounds like snobbery. The Luke Wood Meadows estate has
already made headlines. He was set by his 300,000 dream home until he
realised he wouldn't be able to park his works fan outside his house
because of a restrictive covenant that bars commercial vehicles. Not
far from the estate, builders were working on an extension and Matthew,
plumbing and heating engineer, said he thought the van ban was unfair.
It is ridiculous and discriminating against someone who goes to work and
works hard. Just because they use a van, it is outrageous. At the
florist, they use a van fit delivers and were not impressed. It labels
people with the type of jobs that they do. It is good enough to be an
office worker but not good enough to be a tradesman and park your vehicle
at your own property. Colchester's MP is a former property lawyer and
he wants an end to restrictive covenants that Bob commercial
vehicles. There were lots of hard working people that rely on vans,
use bands often. It is their only mode of transport and say they can
build a house but not able to live in one because they can't park there
than there is snobbery. Persimmon Homes,, they said...
At the estate, residents said they were happy with the band but not
all. People should be allowed to have whatever vehicle they wish. If
they purchased out -- purchased a house, they should have whatever
vehicle parked on the driveway. The only white van we spotted was
leaving. The writer from Cambridge who's won
a major award for his first novel. Francis Spufford
is best-known for his His latest work, Golden Hill,
is his first novel and it's won the Costa Book Award
for a debut novel. I'm delighted to say Francis
is in our Cambridge newsroom now. Good evening. Well, congratulations.
Thank you very much. Before we go into how you found out about this
award, what is the book about? It is about a suspicious in man with a
suspicious name of Smithfield intones opinion New York in winter
1746 when instead of being a gigantic world city, it is still
basically a village where everyone knows everyone. You are not used to
being a well published author. How did you make the transition? Was
there something you always had in your mind that you thought one day
you would put it to paper? Not this thing but I always thought I had an
appointment with fiction sometime in the future. Code is held me back for
years and years. It is only now in my 50s that I felt I wouldn't make a
total fool of myself if I did it. They say there is a good book in
most people. In 2007, you were nominated a Royal fellow of the
Royal Society of literature. Here you have done it and you have this
prestigious award. I suppose anybody watching, if you have an idea, do
it. Absolutely but this is where the writing teacher in me comes out. It
is extremely hard work getting from the golden glowing idea through to
the actual words on the page and it is a process of turmoil and
compromise and disappointment from time to time. It is worth
persisting. When did you find out you have the award? I have to reveal
the inner workings because they told me before Christmas and I have been
sitting on this news and biting my tongue for the last ten days.
Difficult to keep that information. Wouldn't it be great to have
revealed it before Christmas? I couldn't possibly comment. The think
you now is you have the debut novel and it has done well. If you get the
overall award, you now have the difficult second album of coming up
with another album. There is two in their jostling like two fat people
trying to get through a revolving door. It is about London over the
last 50 or 60 years starting with a bang. Congratulations again.
What do lions, giraffes, ringtailed lemurs and Madagascan
Well they were all part of the big annual
stock take today at the Africa Alive Zoo near Lowestoft.
In fact every zoo has to count all its animals
You can't miss a giraffe but at Africa Alive Zoo, they have to count
them all the same. You are going to steal it all? We have four. Not easy
to tell apart if you don't work with them every day. When you do, you can
easily see how different they lock. No surprises. Zoe locks the official
number and the giraffes are ticked off the list. We do it to make sure
our records are the same as what we have and we put it on a large
database and nine times out of ten, we have the same and it matches up.
The only times he might not as if we have a birth. They have 2000 animals
at the zoo and they are not big. These are Madagascan hissing
cockroaches. There is an angry one. What causes them to hiss? Little
holes in their body. They suck in air and blow it out. They live in
the same place as the ring tailed lemur and they like to eat them for
their dinner. These are the ring tailed lemurs. All males and keen to
get their hands on some snacks. The keepers thought there were nine and
there are nine. Most of the time, that is how it is. You do get to see
new births and it is an excuse to walk over. It is nice to see the new
arrivals because you don't always see them if you work in a different
part of the park. They will start to crunch the numbers and arrive at the
official total and they'll do it all again in the year's time.
The lemur's always steal the show. I have held a scorpion and a cockroach
but not at the same time. Good evening. It will be eight very
cold night night. This was a dramatic photograph that caught my
eye in Bedfordshire. We have had photographs of rainbow sent in by
some of you. This is where the showers have been falling. There
hasn't been a huge amount of them. This weather front brought us some
patchy rain and it set up this cold northerly wind. It has felt bitter
in that wind and that is what has brought in the showers. There is the
risk of further showers as we go through the evening but they should
fade away. The biggest risk is the frost. Whether the showers have
fallen, there could be some icy stretches. Elsewhere, dry across
those clear skies and temperatures falling to minus three Celsius. It
could get down low. Really cold start to Thursday. High establishing
itself and lots of fine weather expected tomorrow. It is a cold and
frosty start and we shouldn't have a problem fog overnight. Lots of dry
and bright Weatherford tomorrow. The risk of some showers the parts of
Norfolk and Suffolk. Across the board, lots of wintry sunshine but
turning cold into the afternoon. Temperatures for some of us, no
higher than four Celsius. As we get into the evening and overnight, we
are expecting some dense fog patches to form. That could linger through
much of the morning on Friday. This weather front is going to change
things to a milder regime for the weekend. It will bring some rain
although not expected until my four. The bulk of the day is dry. Some fog
patches lingering. A cold day expected. As we get into the
weekend, it looks as if it will be rather cloudy. Look at those
temperatures. That is all from us. Goodbye.
as he explores Naples, Venice and Florence.
It's like we're walking through a giant's armpit.
We can follow the escape route of Michelangelo.