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Hello, welcome to Look East, with Susie and me.
The region's response to the threat of serious flooding
two months ago is condemned as "inadequate".
A review highlights 64 short-comings.
Faulty equipment, losing a set of keys for the emergency stores,
lack of training - those don't instil confidence?
Well, as I say, there's definitely lessons
to learn and it's a relief to us all that it was a near miss.
Keeping babies safer at night by sleeping in a box.
Experts hail the success of a pilot project in Essex.
and speak to the man who invented the Chopper.
And the X Factor auditions come to Clacton.
We will be meeting some of the contestants.
# I can't answer, I can't answer that #.
The night of Friday 13th of January this year,
You might remember it was the night the North Sea threatened to flood
Luckily it didn't and it seems that was just as well.
It turns out that behind the scenes there were dozens
A new report highlights 64 in Suffolk alone.
losing a set of keys to emergency stores
The short comings will go before councillors tonight.
Let's get the details now from Kevin Burch.
We are at Felixstowe Ferry, the waters tonight really benign but
look back to January, there was an angry sea up there. We had had
warnings what to expect going through the night. As it was, things
were baited but still hundreds of people had to be moved from their
homes. These tidal surges still represent a major threat and that is
why officials have gone through everything in microscopic detail.
The village of Snape knows only too well about the impact of flooding,
the surge of 2013 left a pub and homes awash,
so as trouble loomed again in January, they were ready.
A rest centre in the village hall took in about 30 people, it emerged
as one of the busiest around on that night.
But one area of worry was a lack of communication with council
The initial concerns we got as a community
were through the media, people were asking us as volunteers
in the community, are we going to be asked to evacuate?
So it took a bit of time just to get the clarity
That need for better communication is the key one
in this list of more than 60 recommendations after council
officials ordered a root and branch review of how it handled the threat.
On that night, this community building in Leiston was set up
as a rest centre but, says the report, it
lacked amenities and the team here had not been trained or told what
There's also the question of public car parks in flood zones, they
weren't closed off, it suggested they should be to avoid potential
damage to vehicles and keep the sightseers away.
And Waveney's own council base in Lowestoft is
flagged up, home to the emergency control centre but sitting in a
And what about other niggles there on the night, a missing key
for a vital storage cupboard, an emergency satellite phone which
didn't work and staff being unsure how to login to or use a critical
I've used the analogy before, it's a bit like
You'll always have somebody who says, "yeah,
but the defence could have been a bit better."
There are also some recommendations in there, like having an extra
whiteboard in the room and boxing blankets
how many we are issuing, that sort of stuff is pretty easy
The really important ones are about communications, about
access to facilities, they have very much been takEN on-board
and they will improve our response next time around.
He says he doesn't accept if the latest
surge had been more damaging these flaws in the planning could have
Whatever the level of threat had been, he
believes, what's already a pretty slick system would have adequately
Officials say it is important to keep this in perspective. 60 odd
recommendations but this is a water no process. This report will go
before councillors in Felixstowe tonight.
Therese Coffey is the MP for Suffolk Coastal
Late this afternoon I got her reaction to the report.
I actually thought the council's worked
really well together with the
emergency services and I think it is the hallmark of a strong performing
council that they go back and look in detail at this near miss and then
I think there were some obvious things
that perhaps could have been done but they have also been, they have
very high standards and I think overall,
my impression is from the
communities that I have visited at that time,
is that they felt the council had been responsive.
Faulty equipment, losing a set of keys for
the emergency stores, lack of training - those don't
Well, as I say, there are definitely lessons to learn
and, you know, it's a relief to us all that it was a near miss but I
think the broader communication that happened at the time made sure that
householders were certainly aware of the risks to them and certainly I
saw in different communities that they had learned from the previous
flooding and that they'd developed their own community plans.
Now, that hasn't happened quite everywhere.
And I'm sure that councils are working with the Environment Agency
will continue to try and do that and of course there are things that
could've been done better but I think we saw generally much better
response along coast than we have seen in previous times, including
But you will accept that 64 items on that list is not
I think there are some big lessons to learn but I
think other smaller things, sometimes it is human error,
sometimes it is systematic failure but the important thing is that they
have done this review and they are going to address it for the future.
The important thing to remember here is that
everybody knew this was coming
and so for some things to fail at the last
Well, I'd think the fact that people were
notified, that people were encouraged to evacuate, kind of the
I mean, there are some recommendations
on that report, for example, a lack of mobile phone signal at
Well, that is something that will need to
be addressed in due course but it is not entirely in the hands
It does highlight the problem that many people have in
rural communities in this area, that is you can't get a mobile phone
signal, sometimes you can't get decent broadband.
Well, that's something you'll be aware
I'm personally keen to see greater deployment of
mobile phone masts around our countryside
and that is what we're doing in trying to encourage
more of the mobile network operators to set up those
Norfolk was also threatened by the tidal surge.
The county is ranked tenth in England
Away from the coastal defences, the county council
is spending millions of pounds on tackling surface-water flooding.
This from our chief reporter Kim Riley.
Scenes in the heart of Norwich after heavy
rains overwhelmed dreams and
threatened homes and businesses in May 2014.
It came about that far away from the front door and it was about
that far away from coming in the back door.
Fire crews pumped out flats and nightclubs after flash
Against siff competition, the county council successfully bid
for more than ?9 million from the Department for Transport
to improve surface water drainage in high risk
areas like Thorpe St Andrew near Norwich.
The problem was, historically, the surface water when
it rained wasn't drained away properly, it went into old systems
What we are doing now is opening up the ground,
putting pipelines in that are taking the surface
water away when it rains, when we have flooding events, it
will now go away, it will discharge down to the river
Today the pipe laying meant Jill Thomas couldn't drive
from her home but she accepts the work is important.
There certainly have been flooded areas, big puddle in
It is something that has to be done, isn't it?
A new network of surface water drains is replacing many boreholes
A growing population, thousands of new
homes on the way and more heavy rainfall expected heighten
This will be a state-of-the-art scheme, it will put
everything right to dispose of all the surface water here in the city.
I can never say no more flooding but I
It will deal with hopefully everything that is thrown at us in
So far, three miles of piping has been laid in high risk
areas of Norwich and a further two miles
will be laid before the
The county council will then spend hundreds of thousands of
pounds more addressing training issues in some of our market towns.
Elsewhere, the Environment Agency has recently completed a
multi-million pound scheme replacing over 500 metres of title defences,
reducing the risk of flooding to the Southtown and Cobholm
There's been a drop in unemployment in this region.
The latest total is 138,000, that's down 9,000 on the previous quarter.
4.4% of the workforce is unemployed, the national figure is 4.7%.
A fire has badly damaged a thatched cottage near Stowmarket.
About 70 firefighters spent most of last night
It is believed to have started in a wood burner.
Crews were alerted just before 10pm by the owners who heard a smoke
Last year we told you about the small cardboard boxes
given to new mothers at Colchester Hospital
to help reduce the risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome.
The idea is to stop babies rolling on to their tummy.
The experiment appears to be working.
Midwife Tracy demonstrating to new parents Jenny and Stuart how to use
their baby box. Baby Poppy, less than 24-hour gold will sleep in this
cardboard box to reduce the risk of sudden infant death syndrome. The
idea is simple, besties in Finland in the 1930s, the baby is based on
its back in the box, preventing it from rolling onto its tummy which
could cause the Internet to stop breathing. A lot of families are
telling us that if they have got a Moses basket, if they have got a
baby, they will use these bands, they are there in front of them and
encouragement their baby done and not to co-sleep with their babies.
In the eight years leading up to 2014, 221 babies in the east have
lost the rights to sudden infant death syndrome. Since the boxes were
introduced at the hospital a year ago, 700 have been handed out to new
parents in the hope of reducing that risk. It is a safe place for a child
to sleep, to rest but I think the most important part as well is the
basic but yet vital information that you get in the box as well. The
first-time parents, I think it is a wonderful idea. Will you use it? We
are definitely going to give it a go. I have got a Moses basket as
well and I'm sure she will have a preference. It is good in an
emergency as well. Colchester Hospital was the first in the region
to launch these baby boxes. They are now being rolled out our hospitals
in mid-Essex and Norfolk this spring. The baby Poppy, it is almost
time to lead the maternity ward. Her parents hoping for a good nights
sleep and a chance to try out the baby box in the comfort of their own
home. Gorgeous. will be spending 24 hours reporting
live from Ipswich Hospital They will be talking
to patients and staff in A You can follow live updates
on the web page for BBC Suffolk. Click on to bbc.co.uk/suffolk, we'll
have a full report on that tomorrow. You're watching Look East
with Susie and me. Stay with us for our special guest -
the man who invented the Alex has got the weather
and a new search begins in Essex It's Day Three of the Look East
Referendum Road Trip. we are re-visiting the places
we went to in June to find out what people
think about Brexit. and last night went
to Northamptonshire. Tonight, we take the road
to Cambridgeshire where there are concerns around
the availability of labour While in Silicon Fen, the focus
is more on where to recruit Hannah Olsson is at the wheel
for tonight's report. On the road in the Fens,
it may seem a long way from Westminster but the effects
of Brexit are far reaching. And even here the debate over
the EU is still growing. 7000 people in Cambridgeshire
work in farming, growing the food that ends up
in our supermarkets. 8000 tonnes of leeks
a year are grown by this farm and they rely on migrant
workers to pick them. But after the Brexit vote,
coming to the UK is no longer the first choice
for many Eastern Europeans. Most of them, you know,
they like to go more to Europe countries,
like Sweden, Denmark, because Brexit
and they are thinking of the future, That's why they are taking
a different kind of choice and the After harvesting,
the leeks arrive here But in the future, will there
be enough workers to keep our supermarket
trolleys full of produce? We're trying to make as much
as we possibly can and apply technology where we can
but if we can't find the jobs, the workers to fulfil our jobs,
we will go and find the workers which means we will
take our business abroad. It's not just workers
that farmers are concerned about, there is also
changes to subsidies. They have got to sort out trade,
where that has got to be, where the Labour is going to come from so we
can anticipate, from that subsidies to make us more productive, more
technically efficient in the future. At the moment, the government has
promised subsidies will be matched until 2020. But after that, there
are no guarantees. From farming to pharmaceuticals, in Cambridge,
developing drugs is big business. When pharmaceutical giant moved to
this camp later this year, it will become one of the leading medical
research centres in the wild, more than 17,000 people working here. It
is what we do with Brexit itself. You see the building behind me
represents real optimism about what Cambridge can become if it is a real
player in the global environment which has been since its inception.
There is a lot of optimism that can be greeted from it as well, it is
certainly not doom and gloom and you don't feel that in Cambridge at all.
That option -- opinion is not shared by many. There are still questions
what the pharmaceutical industry will look like after Brexit. He at
the outcomes research UK drug discovery Institute, they are
developing the dementia drugs of the future. Like the farm, they have
questions over funding and immigration. They also want to make
sure there are no issues with drug regulations. The moment we do that
wrap the whole of Europe with the European medicines agency, if we
lose that agency, we will have to have our own process. I do not think
we know at the moment what that would look like. The concern that
people have is that we might find ourselves behind the rest of Europe
in our ability to access the most exciting new medicines.
Keeping cross-border trials running and collaborative with partners
overseas is what the scientific committees that is needed now to
keep it in the driving seat. -- scientific communities.
And tomorrow night, Andrew Sinclair will bring the mini to Norfolk
to get the views of people in fishing and farming.
And a new bicycle came on the market like nothing before it or since.
which is the subject tonight of a BBC documentary.
Released in 1970, it is arguably Raleigh's
Motoring journalist Mark Hughes got one
There was just no way once you've seen that as a
ten-year-old kid, there was no way you couldn't have that.
It was just lust, that is the only way you could
Grown men still talk about that name back. Tom Curran is the man who
designed the Chopper. He is in our Cambridge studio. Why do you think
it became so iconic? I ought to explain that in my design of it, I
wanted every project to be a huge success. I think the Chopper was a
bit unusual in that it was a bit unlike any other bike and it really
caught the imagination of children. I always meet people who either had
one or desperately wanted one. It just became a great success. We had
a lot of those in our newsroom today talking about it as well. What did
you do to come up with the idea? How did you come up with the idea,
especially of the saddle? The Raleigh, Raleigh needed to compete
with something in America. They came to me and asked me to design
something which would compete with this bike but had a different kind
of flavour. I was very keen to make it like a dragster with a big wheel
at the back and a small wheel at the front. I think that made it
different from any other bike. It had a lovely gear shift which
children liked a lot and the saddle was fun. It had make-believe springs
on it, you may notice. It was all about the looks, it was not
necessarily the best bicycle to ride but it was all about how it looked.
It... I am not sure I am quite with you.
I was just talking about the fact that the looks of it was so
important rather than what it was like as a right. -- ride. I have got
one in my home, I am not answering your question. I have got one in my
home and it belonged to my first-born who said a long time ago,
early 70s and it was restored by the Chopper club. I have got an
11-year-old grandson and he has got his eyes on it. He drove it down my
garden and went down some steps as well. Get me back on track, if you
will. You have invented so many things as well as the Chopper.
Including the also iconic marble run which I think both your children and
grandchildren have loved playing with. I am glad you mentioned the
marble run. I am so proud of that because it has given pleasure to
properly millions of children. -- Raleigh too. I thought of it in 1970
and we made a prototype and it has been running ever since. I was one
of the people who love that as well. Thank you so much for talking to us,
Mr Karen. Thank you. It's cold and dark,
the shops are bursting and the chances are the finalists
will come from Essex, Today, the search for a new star got
underway in Essex on Clacton Pier. # Oh, I do like to be
beside the seaside # Oh, I do like to be
beside the sea #. If you want to find fame and fortune
on reality TV, this is where the X Factor journey starts -
auditions in the spring. Olly Murs, Matt Cardle
and Louisa Johnson are all In a room next door
to the bowling alley, the Clacton hopefuls are
trying their luck. I found out yesterday
so I was like, why not? # I'm leaning on a lamp
post on the corner Natalie Imbruglia
could be good, I think. Go on, give us a little
burst of that now. # I thought I saw
a man brought to life # He was warm, he came around
like he was dignified #. Waiting in the queue
for more than two hours is 28-year-old Toni Parker,
she works for Asda and has always For as long as she can remember,
Toni has had a stutter and would break down
in tears when asked No, it was always, I always used
to sing a lot as a child and do karaokes and everything and it was
always all OK, the singing. For the X Factor
audition, Toni sings an Alanis Morissette
song called Thank You. We can't film the
audition itself but... I have to wait either
for an e-mail before I know It is a long way between here
and the X Factor final at Wembley just before Christmas but if today
proves anything, it proves that this Mike Liggins, BBC
Look East, Clacton. He was desperate going. You could've
gone on. Let's get the weather. Blue sky today. 18 Celsius in Essex.
Beautiful scene here in Suffolk coastline and lots more lovely
photograph sent in today showing the fine weather. It is going to change
a little bit through tomorrow, more cloud around that ending the day on
a clear night. It is expected to ten quite misty as we go through the
night, down to around six Celsius. We start the day tomorrow with some
mist bad thing. This weather from coming in from the west will turn
things cloudy. It should be a bright bat for many of us, once the mist,
some good sunshine, particularly across eastern counties drain the
morning. Across western counties, the cloud coming in from the west so
it is going to cloud over and it will not be as warm as it was today.
Up to 12, 13 Celsius. A notice or breeze as well from the south-west.
The evening and overnight, some patchy rain but not expected to
amount to very much. A splash of rain for many others. And we are
getting towards the end of the week and into the weekend, looking
unsettled. Some rain later in the day on Friday, much of the day does
that drive but cloudy. This is how it shapes up for the next few days.
We get a cold night for tomorrow night, worth noting once that
weather front has me through. We are into cloudy forecast for much of the
day on Friday with some rain arriving later. Looking mostly for
here in the east in the weekend, temperatures lifting to mid teens.
Not so much of the sunshine. Thank you. We've had an e-mail to
from Karen to say she was the only girl who
'The UK has voted to leave the European Union