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That's all from the BBC News at Six, so it's goodbye from me

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Is this the toughest winter ever for the

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The Norfolk MP calling for a completely different approach

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to the politics and the finances of the NHS.

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We are very proud as a country and rightly so of our NHS. But we are in

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a situation now where we are killing people. -- failing people.

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We speak to the UEA and Cambridge about the challenges ahead.

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The Co-op store getting tough on drivers who wrongly

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And I will be 20 feet under the Northamptonshire countryside,

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where miners will be extracting rock soon to

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preserve some of the country's most historic buildings.

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First tonight, the Norfolk MP calling for a completely

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new approach to NHS funding as the health service faces

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specifically to pay for health and social care.

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And he wants the different political parties to work

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But first, the state of the NHS in this region.

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In a moment, what's happening in our hospitals, after this

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snapshot of life for a busy GP in Suffolk.

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Tim Morton is a GP at the health centre in Beccles, where a patient

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consultation can often start with a phone call.

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Calls are received here, and patients are either signposted

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elsewhere or added to a triage list for a call-back.

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It is a system designed to be more efficient.

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But with or 400 call-backs per day, the medical centre GPs

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are still working 12-hour days to meet demand.

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But many surgeries, like the one in Beccles,

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The young doctors see it as a very hard specialty.

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We have an increased female workforce, who quite rightly

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want to work part-time and bring up families.

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We have my end of the spectrum - getting burnt out

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We have a national crisis in GP recruitment.

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How do you get more GPs into the system?

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You put more money into the primary sector.

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The promises that the Government have been talking about the last two

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years have yet to really hit the front line.

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Cold weather can be seriously bad for your health...

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The NHS is always asking us to think carefully

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For patient Penny Wilson, who has children, she says

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I don't come for a general cough or cold.

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But if they have had a temperature for a few days or myself feeling

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poorly for a few weeks, then definitely, I wouldn't

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Is it something that you, yourself can sort out?

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Just by going to the chemist, for instance?

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I think we have lost the capability to look after ourselves.

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According to Tim Morton, all the recent publicity

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about the NHS has led to a slight drop in demand for services

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at the health centre in recent days, but he isn't expecting his job

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Hospitals have been finding it tough, too.

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We've all heard about winter pressures, but the Health Secretary

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Jeremy Hunt says that December 27th was the busiest day

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ever in the history of the National Health Service.

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Alex Dunlop now on the state of play at the ten hospitals across Suffolk,

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This is what it looks like on the front line of the NHS said to be

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given with its worst ever period. Inside a London hospital A E as

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doctors struggled to find emergency bouts. -- births. This is a familiar

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scene in our region. Incredible pressure. Our staff are working

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relentlessly to find spaces immerse pressure. In the region's major

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hospitals, they are on the second highest state, red alert on red

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alert on red alert on. OPL three. States to shows that pressure is

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starting to show. Only one hospital is on the lowest alert. Today,

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Norman Lamb asked to Reza made to sit down with concerned MPs. Was the

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Prime Minister meet with those? -- Theresa May. She accepted his

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invitation to sit down. I would be happy to. Since last year, recruited

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3000 extra nurses and 1600 more doctors. We still have several more

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weeks of winter to come. So to Norman Lamb and his bid to get

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the different political Of course, as a former health

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minister in the coalition Government, he knows there is very

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little cash for anything. That is why I think you need a

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mature discussion with the public. We have two level with them about

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the scale of the challenge. Why are the costs are so high and rising.

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The fact that we have these ageing population, which is a great triumph

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of man and woman's ingenuity. People are living with chronic conditions

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which used to kill us. That is wonderful in many respects but there

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is a caste attached. As far as the National Health Service, does it

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make sense that you have one part of money? It is essential. If we were

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designing a system now, would recreate to different social care

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and health system, which makes no sense. If you are an elderly person

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with a mix of chronic conditions, diabetes and depression perhaps,

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perhaps a heart condition, you want continuity of care, to be safe and

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secure at home. It is a broken system? It is pretty dysfunctional.

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It is not fit for purpose in a two-day's H. How much more would we

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pay individually to find the National Health Service as you would

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like to see it funded? I don't know the answer yet. We have said, as the

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Liberal Democrats, we would be prepared to make the case to the

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public to pay more tax. Just 1p on income tax would raise a substantial

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amount and had a big impact on the current health and care system. This

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is the discussion we have to have, how much will people pay to make

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sure their loved ones have access to care. The Government say there is

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more money than ever before going into the system. This is not an

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attack on the Government, but a statement on how things are? I have

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avoided that deliberately. My pleas, Les and the shouting match across

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the chamber. Let's work together for something this country needs, and

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efficient health and care system. The inquest into the suicide

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of a 25-year-old man at Chelmsford Prison has heard an accusation that

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a mental health assessment of him was "bent" to

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a pre-determined outcome. Dean Saunders, from Basildon,

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was jailed - not sectioned - after attacking members

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of his own family Our chief reporter Kim Riley has

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been at the inquest in Chelmsford. A lot of time was spent on the

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controversial assessment of the two discs -- to decide whether she

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should have been detained under the Mental Health Act. Prison no place

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for him? It has been said by professionals that they were in no

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position to make that assessment. Lynn Johnston, who organised

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the assessment for the local mental health trust,

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told the jury she honestly couldn't recall whether she had told

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the doctors that Dean had been clear in his determination

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to take his life. Sean Horstead, representing

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representing Dean's family, said she had an abundance

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of evidence as to his He'd made a serious

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assault on family members, It would have been a gross failure

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on her part if she hadn't In his view, the assessment

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at Basildon police station was, was, as he put it, bent

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to a predetermined outcome. Come what may, Mr Saunders was to go

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through a criminal justice system. This afternoon, Abdul Kallon,

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a mental health nurse at Chelmsford prison hospital,

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said when he met Dean, he found him suspicious, guarded,

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clearly paranoid with scratches He was saying, I just

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want to end it all. Dean's parents and other family

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members have written to the often Tomorrow, they and the jury

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will hear from the head of health care and a number of prison officers

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at the jail. We had strong criticism of Lynn

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Johnson. She said she followed procedure properly and hoped she had

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shared vital information. But it was alleged that she did not... The

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director of the trust said prison was the right place for a timely

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assessment by a forensics psychiatrist. The inquest continues

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tomorrow. Nearly ?10,000 has been raised

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for the family of a mother who was murdered in

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Norwich last weekend. The body of 32-year-old

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Kerri McAuley was found in a house

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on Sunday night. has appeared in court today

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charged with murder. Kerri McAuley was a mother

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of two young boys. Her body was found

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by police at 10:40 on Sunday night at a house

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in Southall's Way. Postmortem results

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released yesterday were But officers say there is evidence

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she had been severely Her ex-boyfriend, 26-year-old

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Joe Storey, who is also from Norwich, has been

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charged with her murder. Over the past few days,

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tributes have been paid to Kerry. Her friend has known

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her for ten years. She set up a Just Giving page online

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to raise money to help I was thinking, what

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on earth can I do? I'm sure she doesn't

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have life insurance. I was thinking all

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these crazy things. The father is now going to have

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to take on those two young All these things went

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through my head, and I was Right, I thought, I'll set

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up a donations page. We are nearly ?500

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away from 10,000 now. Joe Storey appeared here

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in Norwich Magistrates' Dressed in a dark blue

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jumper, he spoke only to confirm his name,

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age He is due to appear

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at Norwich Crown Court tomorrow. Still to come tonight Alex

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will mention the S word. at Newmarket as they unveil plans

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for an all weather track. And new slate

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from an old mine - There's been a 14% drop

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in the number of undergraduates applying to study at

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Cambridge University next year .. and many academics say it's

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another sign of the impact Today a leading professor

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in Cambridge appealed to MPs to make the free movement of staff

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and students a priority If it doesn't happen she said uur

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universities will suffer. Let's get more from our political

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correspondent Andrew Sinclair If anyone will be affected by

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Brexit, it is our universities such as Cambridge. There was a delegation

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to Brussels shortly after the vote. It is not a concern about the loss

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of funding, it is a concern about the loss of the staff and students.

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It would probably be the biggest disaster for the university sector

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in many years. A college in Oxford, the event, it is the first public

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hearing by a committee of MPs about how Brexit is affecting

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universities. We have seen a 14% reduction in the number of

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applications from the European Union. That was the first of several

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revelations. From what the University can tell, some EU

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students are thinking twice about coming to Cambridge. They are

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worried about the uncertainty of funding, anti-immigrant sentiment,

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and loss of possible collaboration with EU institutions going forward.

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But her more pressing concern was the impact Brexit will have on

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staff. Researchers make universities great, and if they want reasons to

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come here, they may go elsewhere. It is a concern held by many

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institutions. At the University of East Anglia, 350 staff are from the

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EU. Leading researchers are globally mobile. Uncertainty about

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fundamental things like immigration, Visa and work status, any

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uncertainty there is a problem. Those who supported the accents

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there is uncertainty. But say universities could do well. There

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could be more money, less red tape and easier to bring in staff from

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outside the EU. The MP for Essex University says it could be a

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exciting future. The opportunities to go global are considerable from

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Brexit. It is up to universities to talk about how full the class is.

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Not the empty bit with the uncertainty at the moment. It will

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depend on what she can negotiate. That will take time. The uncertainty

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for universities will continue. Professor Barnard from Cambridge

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says universities in Ireland and Germany are making overtures to

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British staff and researchers. MPs were told they excepted Brexit could

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bring advantages, but on the whole, they are pretty nervous about the

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future. Have you ever parked in a parking

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space set aside for drivers Who don't have a blue

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badge or small children Now a Co-op supermarket in Suffolk

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is taking drastic action. Around 50 parking fines

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being issued - every day. This isn't a knee jerk

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reaction by the East of England Co-op, quite

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the In 2014, it started

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putting up warning signs and had people

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the car park in its store at Combs Ford,

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Over the last month, it has been relying on an enforcement firm.

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The Co-op knew it had a problem here.

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That is why it brought in this private company in the first place.

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But even it has been surprised by the figures over a ten day period

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It demonstrates, says the company, apathy among drivers

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I need that room to get in and out of my car.

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You dare not say anything because, if you do, you get a load of abuse.

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There are 100 spaces in the car park, with eight set aside for

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drivers with disabilities, six for young families,

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and one for people making a quick stop to use the cash machine.

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The Co-op says, while there is always discretion with

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every case, it has a duty to keep the designated areas free for those

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I think we got to the point where we tried education, we

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tried to speak to people, we try that on a one-to-one basis.

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And in some cases, actually, we received

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The only way we could do that is to a

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People need to follow the rules, the rules are there to be followed.

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The punishment is ?60 if paid within two

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All the money goes to the enforcement

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Of the 500 or so fines issued, 125 have been paid, 33

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The position with the remainder is so far unclear.

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But some drivers are determined to dig in.

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But that's the ATM bay with my kids and partner.

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She used the ATM Bay, three minutes, three

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or four days later I got a

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The Co-op has around 120 food outlets in the

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As for whether more sites could follow suit, it says any

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decisions will be made on a case-by-case basis.

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For decades, racegoers at Newmarket have enjoyed horse racing across six

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months of the year - at two different courses.

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There's the July course and there's the Rowley Mile.

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But now there are big plans for a third -

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an all weather track to allow racing to continue through the winter.

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The new track would be one of only six winter

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The new track would be one of only six winter courses in this country,

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Newmarket, the world's biggest racing training Centre.

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The land behind us will see the introduction of an all weather

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Now, an all weather facility proposed on this site near

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the links golf course, allowing racing through the winter months.

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Newmarket trains 40% of UK flat horses.

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It makes sense to build an all weather racecourse here where we

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can stage racing across the three courses throughout the year.

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The plan is dependent on Kempton Park

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Part of the ?100 million raised would be spent on the new track.

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Significant that one third of all horses racing at Kempton are

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The value of Newmarket's horse racing industry to

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And an all-weather facility allowing racing all year round means

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For the past two decades, trainer Mark

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Tompkins has been campaigning for an all-weather track here.

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To cut down costs and travelling times for

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I think you have to look forward, you have

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And if you've got that, they've got plenty

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And if you've got that, they've got plenty of space here still to

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And especially for the younger trainers, they can

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But there are always winners and losers.

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Less than one hour away is another all-weather track,

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And there are fears Newmarket's plans would affect them,

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with top trainers opting to race closer to home.

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We don't see it as a threat to us or a problem.

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The transfer of the fixtures from Kempton will go to Newmarket.

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The main focus is that we now have planning permission for a

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grandstand and a casino, a turf track.

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Chelmsford clearly has its own ambitious plans.

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To have the best all-weather track in Europe.

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For 600 years Collyweston Slate has been used to roof some of the most

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From the Guildhall in London to King's College Cambridge.

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So now an old mine in the Northamptonshire

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of Collyweston has been re-opened to help meet demand.

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Deep beneath the Northamptonshire countryside, a new tunnel is being

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done. The much sought-after stone they are planning to extract will be

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used to restore some historic buildings. A new 80 metre long

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tunnel. The miners have just ten metres today before hitting the

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slate they want. It will be the first excavated for many years. The

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Guildhall in London have a slate roof from this stone. This building

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will have the first delivery to replace the old tiles. It will be a

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matter for our business. At the moment, using the reclaim supply of

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state. If we don't get it, the skills will be lost. Far are

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business to survive and the local historical buildings, we need the

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supply. To get to the rock face, experts have been brought in to help

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open up the new tunnel. We are in a new mine. It has been filled up with

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waste rock. We are driving this tunnel through the back of mine to

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reach the mineral that wasn't mind when they stopped mining 50 years

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ago. One update is the use of the industrial freezer. Planning to use

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it to crack the rock into benches. You need frost to get into the

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laminations of the stone and split it. We do not get the winters we

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used to get. In order to get area liable production, it needs to be

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mechanised with this big freezer unit. Within weeks, for the first

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time in a generation, this might well be producing precious stone. It

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is a rebirth for the local slate and a 600-year-old industry.

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It is cold. Here is a Dalmatian walking through the trees. Clear

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skies, a cold at night and last night. Cold air digging in. Into

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those single figures. The ten a touch of frost in sheltered spot

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through the night. A cold start to the day tomorrow. Tomorrow, governed

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by this weather system coming in from the west. That could mean

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wintry weather. A yellow warning for snow and ice. Essentially, this

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weather system is going to bring rain, but mild air heating cold air,

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and that could turn to sleet or snow. A dry start with increasing

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amounts of blood. Rain spreading to all areas by the afternoon. Made or

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late afternoon, particularly north of Western counties, some of this

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rain turning to sleet or snow. A cold day, so quite treacherous

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conditions around rush hour. For services is the height. The

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continuation of the wintry flavour to things. Through the evening.

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Certainly some ice around, it could be a problem. It could be slash, but

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accumulations are possible. Be aware of the risk going through the day

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tomorrow. Made too late afternoon. Then, Friday, this weather system

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coming down from the East Coast. Better northerly wind developing,

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gales on the coast, wintry showers. For many of us, dry and bright with

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some sunshine for Friday. A sharp frost following, and still be cold

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theme continues. The wind eases a little, come up for Saturday.

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Certainly the wintry weather for tomorrow with the risk of gales for

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Friday. Tomorrow looks delightful! We must

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have our heating on. No need for that. Good night.

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I think my political beliefs are really quite straightforward.

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I believe that our country needs to work for everyone.

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Not just for the rich, not just for the privileged,

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not just for those who know the right people or who've got

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the loudest voices, but a country that really works for everyone,

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has the opportunity to be who they want to be.

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In order to make sure that the country works for everyone,

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Standing up for the vulnerable, for the voiceless,

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against those who feel that they're strong and powerful.

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