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And we will ask why so many more people over the age of 65 are

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getting married these days. Hello and welcome to

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the Look East late news. The region's response to the threat

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of serious flooding two months ago is

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condemned as inadequate. Sleeping in a box -

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an idea to cut infant death rates in Finland is now being hailed

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a success in Essex. And the challenge was

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a sketch a day for a year. We catch up with artist

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Kate Batchelor. A new report has found a catalogue

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of errors in how authorities in Suffolk handled the tidal surge

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earlier this year. Mistakes included a lack of training

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losing a set of keys to emergency At a meeting in Lowestoft tonight

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councillors have been considering the report which lists

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64 lessons which must be learned. In a moment, we'll hear

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from the council chief executive, The village of Snape knows only too

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well about the impact of flooding, the surge of 2013 left

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a pub and homes awash. So as trouble loomed again

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in January, they were ready. A rest centre in the village hall

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took in about 30 people, it emerged as one of the busiest for miles

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around on that night. But one area of worry was a lack

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of communication with council The initial concerns

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we got as a community People were asking us as volunteers

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in the community, are we going to be

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asked to evacuate? So it took a bit of time

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just to get the clarity That need for better

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communication is the key one in this list of more than 60

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recommendations after council officials ordered a root and branch

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review of how it handled the threat. On that night, this community

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building in Leiston was set up as a rest centre but,

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says the report, it lacked amenities and the team here hadn't been

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trained or told what to do. There's also the question of public

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car parks in flood zones. They weren't closed

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off, it suggested they should be to avoid potential

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damage to vehicles And Waveney's own council

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base in Lowestoft is flagged up, home to the emergency

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control centre but sitting in a

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flood zone itself. And what about other niggles

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there on the night, a missing key for a vital storage cupboard,

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an emergency satellite phone which didn't work and staff being unsure

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how to log in to or use a critical I think there are some big

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lessons to learn but I think other smaller things,

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sometimes it is human error, sometimes it is systematic failure

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but the important thing is that they have done this review and they are

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going to address it for the future. Well, officials are saying

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it is important to keep this Yes, 60 odd recommendations but this

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is a warts and all report. But they're adamant it's not

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just the defences that need to be watertight,

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but the systems too. Kevin Burch, BBC Look East,

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at Felixstowe Ferry. Stephen Baker is the Chief Executive

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of Suffolk Coastal and 64 recommendations in that report.

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So a lot of what he did wasn't good enough? As Kevin just said, there

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are 64 recommendations, they are points of actions. Some of them are

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quite serious, like making sure we have adequate communication in the

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committees. We will take that on board. We asked for root and branch

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review, we pride ourselves on the quality of our response. Because of

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that, we wanted to make everything that, we wanted to make everything

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better if we could possibly do so. We want to continually improve. A

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lot of those action points in real detail. Things like getting an extra

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whiteboard in one of the rooms and so on. There is a lot of detail in

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there. It was an internal document but we are happy to be open and

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transparent with it. No, I would say not 64 errors as being reported. 64

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is that we can potentially improve. As you well know, the region escaped

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on that night. Had things been worse, could some of those floors

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actually have proved quite costly? -- flaws. I would not say that. We

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have a good record. We work with it every day, flood risk, so, no, if we

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had overtopping flooding, we were ready to respond. The rest centre

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were open, on reflection, there might have been a case for better

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training. On reflection, we could have been quicker opening a centre,

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we could not get hold of the caretaker as quickly as we like.

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These are areas that we can improve on and that is the whole point of

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the review, to improve our response. Rest assured, and in the community

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should rest assured, we are always ready to respond to the threat. That

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is what the report is about. Stephen Baker, thank you very much indeed.

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Next tonight, we can reveal that a pilot project in Essex to help

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reduce the number of baby deaths is proving a success,

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New mothers at Colchester Hospital are being given small cardboard

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to stop them rolling onto their tummies.

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The idea came from Finland but Colchester decided to try it

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Midwife Tracey Baxter demonstrating to new parents Jenny and Stuart how

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Baby Poppy, less than 24 hours old, will sleep in this

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cardboard box to reduce the risk of sudden infant death syndrome.

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The idea is simple, first used in Finland

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in the 1930s, the baby is placed on its back

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in the box, preventing it

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from rolling onto its tummy which could cause the infant to stop

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A lot of families are telling us that if they have already

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got a Moses basket, if they have already

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got a baby, that they will

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use these downstairs, they don't have to move their Moses baskets

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around, they are there directly in front of them and encouragement

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to put their babies down and not to cosleep with their babies.

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In the eight years leading up to 2014, 221 babies in

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the east have lost their lives to

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Since these boxes were introduced at Colchester Hospital

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a year ago, 700 have been handed out

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to new parents in the hope of reducing that risk.

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I think the most important part of it as well,

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it's the basic yet really vital information that you get in the box

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I think it's a wonderful idea, really.

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Yes, yeah, we're definitely going to give it a go.

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We have got a Moses basket as well and I'm sure

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she'll have a preference, one or the other.

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And it's good in an emergency as well.

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Colchester Hospital was the first in the region

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They are now being rolled out in hospitals in

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Katherine Nash, BBC Look East, Colchester.

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A year ago we featured an artist from Suffolk on the programme

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She'd set herself a challenge of doing

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Kate was also posting her sketches online.

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Mike Liggins has been back to see the 'tweeting painter'.

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I think one of the nicest things about doing a sketch a day was that

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it reconnects you with your landscape.

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Lots of people go, oh, I don't know what to paint.

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Well, if you get outside and sketch then you

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are giving yourself new ideas all the time.

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In 2016, Kate Batchelor made a New Year 's resolution to do

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She couldn't give up chocolate and she wanted to stretch

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herself as an artist and so out she went

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in all weathers and, yes, Kate

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did manage a sketch a day but did the sketching improve?

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The sketches got more fluid and the mark making

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more interesting so, yes, I think it did.

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I think practice is one of those things, it's like being a

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musician, you need to practice every day.

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We first met Kate last year when she was sketching at

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She exhibits in galleries all over Norfolk and Suffolk

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The sketches were made available to a wider audience online

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and this is the last sketch at Covehithe on New Year's Eve.

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I was just really pleased when I'd finished it and I've got this little

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162 crayons I got through and at the end of it,

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I was very good at sharpening crayons.

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she is planning to do one painted sketch a week.

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This is a replica Dutch barge on the quay at Beccles.

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And this is the finished work, proof, if proof were needed,

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that good artists are always learning,

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challenging themselves to improve and find new audiences.

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Mike Liggins, BBC Look East, Beccles.

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Just time to tell you about something our digital team is up to.

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From midnight tonight until midnight on Thursday, they'll be

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in the A department at Ipswich Hospital to reflect how

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staff and patients are coping with the pressures.

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You can follow live updates at bbc.co.uk/suffolk and you can

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also follow the team on Twitter - #AandElive.

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Coming up now the weather with Alex,

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but from the rest of the late team, goodnight.

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Thank you. Templars got to 18 Celsius. Not quite one tomorrow with

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more cloud. It is likely to turn quite misty as we go through the

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night. Temperatures not lower than six or seven Celsius for most of us

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tonight. We start the day tomorrow with them mist two thing. Should be

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some bright sunshine to start with but this weather system coming in

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from the west, that will turn up our skies cloudier and bring in some

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patchy rain. Probably not until the evening and overnight. Early mist,

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some sunshine for the morning, into the afternoon, more cars coming in

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from the west. Staying dry for the daytime areas. Temperatures will be

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cooler under the cloud. 12 Celsius, a notable south western breeze. The

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national been. The outlook, rain around, if

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it stays dry I will be surprised. Here is Nick with the national

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headlines.

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