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Hello and welcome to Look East. In the programme tonight, the
remarkable story of a rescue team who
MPs go on the attack over plans to charge drivers to use the A 14.
A big fall in unemployment. The East now has the lowest jobless figure in
the UK. And it is official ` Fenland celery
joins the ranks of champagne and Melton Mowbray pork pies.
First tonight, the Cambridge surgeons who carried out life`saving
surgery at the top of a crane. They were part of a rescue team who were
flown to Tilbury in Essex when an engineer caught his leg in the
winding gears, 100 feet up in the air. After six hours of surgery the
man was freed and airlifted to Addenbrooke's Hospital. We can join
our reporter at Addenbrooke's. Ben. The man involved in this incident is
being treated here at Addenbrooke's this evening. His ordeal an
incredibly traumatic one. As you say, he was at the top of that 00
foot crane when his leg became trapped in the mechanism. The injury
was so bad he had to have it amputated above the knee. That
operation was carried out by two surgeons from Addenbrooke's, at the
top of the crane. Preparing for the next rescue, but few will be as
dramatic as the one Louise was involved in on Monday. She was the
paramedic on board the Essex and Hertz air ambulance, which flew two
Cambridge surgeons who help a man whose leg was stuck in machinery on
top of a crane in Tilbury. Normally with the training the team has in
the helicopter we can manage almost every incident, the able to join
together our experiences. But this was a very complex and unusual
incident, so being able to call on a specialist team was very helpful and
indeed improved the county come of the patient. Emergency crews were
called just before 11. 00am to reports of a man trapped 30 metres
above the ground. At 11. 30am the air ambulance arrived carrying the
surgeons from Addenbrooke's. An hour later they asked for specialist
equipment as engineers failed to release the crane gears. A
specialist vascular surgeon was called from Chelmsford but it wasn't
until five o'clock that the man was released. The accident happened at
Tilbury, containers coming from all over the world, the goods destined
for shops across the country. The engineer whose leg was trapped
didn't want to be identified. It is thought he is still being treated at
Addenbrooke's Hospital, lucky to be alive thank to the skill and courage
of the rescue team. Earlier I spoke to the two surgeons who were involve
in that life`saving operation. There had been a lot already done before
we arrived by the pro`hospital team and the mental services. Patient was
comfortable but still awake. He had a single isolated injuriry, just his
leg trapped. He was in an extremely awkward difficult position for both
his own comfort and for access for us to assess him and to get him out
of that situation. The first thing we did was talk to him and assess
the situation. It was clear that his leg was severely trapped and there
was no safe way that the fire crew could free that leg. Even if they
had been able to find a way to free it it was clear that was so badly
damaged that it wasn't possible that that leg would be able to be saved.
How difficult is this as a situation that you've experienced? Have you
been in any situation like this before 100 feet up having to carry
out this surgery? Not 100 feet in the air. I have a military
background with experience in Afghanistan and Iraq, which skills
were directly transferred to the civilian setting. It was a pretty
austere environment. It was very tight in space. It was filthy, there
was thick grease everywhere from the gather mechanism. The patient was
covered in grease. His other leg was trapped behind him. He was leaning
forward on to the mechanism itself. It made life very difficult. That
was despite all the other services having worked with him for a number
of hours before we arrived on the scene. Luckily he had very good pain
killers and he was conscious and aware of what was happening
throughout the entire time. We were able to talk to the patient, explain
who we were, what we were going to do and perform the assessment before
deciding we had to proceed with surgery. How much of a team effort
was this? Night was 100% a team effort. And that's not just amongst
ourselves but the fire crew, the police, the ambulance, the heart
service, and back here in Addenbrooke's from the mainly trauma
network service, who were effectively the command and control
of deploying ourselves. The patient is said to be in good spirits
considering all that he's been through. One of those surgeons told
me he is due to have more surgery tomorrow, but that he is comfortable
and stable, and undoubtedly incredibly grateful for the bravery
and skill that that team showed on Monday.
Ben, thank you. It was claimed today that charging
drivers to use the A14 will slow down the region's growth. MPs told
the Government that plans for a new toll road in Cambridgeshire are
"arbitrary and unfair". Here's our political correspondent, Andrew
Sinclair. There is no Shoreham of people oppose `` there is no
shortage of people opposed to these plans, business organisations,
hauliers, environmental groups and motorists. And increasingly people
from outside Cambridgeshire. This businessman in Suffolk has put a
petition on the Downing Street website. Why should we pay a tax in
Suffolk to use a road that's not been usable for years. Today MPs
from Suffolk called a debate to voice their concerns, worried that
many drivers will have though option but to use the toll road, something
they said could cost business dear. But we in Ipswich are asked to pay
effectively for a congestion charge for Cambridge. That is wrong. It
runs the risk that we are now going to be facing in Suffolk a road
apartheid, that there is going to be discrimination against business
users and other travellers into Suffolk. No local MPs were present
to defend the scheme. It fell to the Roads Minister to bang the drum And
the transport and economic benefits of the improvement to the east of
England recently and the Cambridgeshire subregion in
particular are significant. The Government will still bear the brunt
of the capital costs associated with this scheme but we believe it is
fair that the road users who will benefit most should make a
contribution to its cost of construction. And he said if
hauliers didn't want to pay to use the toll, they could travel at
night, when it would be free. Today was about standing up for Suffolk,
but politicians in Cambridgeshire and Northamptonshire have also
expressed their concerns. Ministers keep telling me th don't want to
force an unpopular road scheme on people if most people don't want it
but also say there is no more money available. Which begs the question,
is the A 14 any closer to being improved?
Later in the programme we'll have a special report looking at the
environmental impact of the new toll road, with claims that it will
increase air pollution. She was born to dance, and is now
dancing with the angels ` the tribute to a teenager killed in a
car crash in Hertfordshire. Daniella Ruggiero died when her car crashed
and burst into flames on the A1 yesterday morning. Her family said
today that she was a true star in their lives.
A teenager has appeared in court charged with attempted murder after
four people were stabbed at a party in Bedfordshire. The incident
happened on a farm in the remote hamlet of Begwary, close to the
Cambridgeshire border. Three of the victims are being treated in
hospital. One of them, 23`year`old Reece Bell, is critically ill. This
region now has the lowest level of unemployment in Britain. Figures out
today show that 185,000 people are out of work here. It means that 5.
9% of the region's working force is unemployed. The next lowest recently
is the South East at 6%. Analysts say that fall is further evidence of
the economic recovery. It has emerged that more people are finding
work quicker but many are struggling whole long`term unemployment.
We've had our ups and downs over the last three years. Unemployment's
risen and fallen. But all the time staying within spitting distance of
200,000. But, of course, those who are unemployed aren't the same
people. Well, some of them are, but most of them aren't. And that's
because most unemployed people find new jobts quite quickly, within six
months. People likely am Scorer after leaving school he worked at
Center Parcs in Suffolk for five years, but in May he lost he job.
After four months of searching he was taken on as an apprentice by
multi`York, the furp chair `` furniture maker in Thetford. I went
to the Jobcentre and applied for numerous jobs. I found this one at
multi`York. I had an interview and I'm now employed. But Elinor Baker
from Peterborough has been out of work for a year. A medical secretary
and office manager was made redundant three times in the UK so
tried her luck abroad. After five years working in the Middle East she
returned home. She is learning accounts and book`keeping to brawnd
her skills. I see these challenges as an opportunity. I see them as a
way of actually retraining and getting new skills and getting out
into the workplace and showing that actually older people are not people
to be put on the scrap heap. We are very good at what we do and we are
actually very employable and keen to be working. Today's figures show
that employers are recruiting again, throwing up opportunities for those
on the market. The Ministry of Defence has
confirmed that a soldier based at Chicksands in Bedfordshire has been
killed in Afghanistan. 22`year`old Lance Corporal James Brynin, of the
Intelligence Corps, was attached to 14 Signal Regiment. He was shot dead
during a gun fight in Helmand Province on Tuesday.
difference and will meet Finland at Stadium MK on 14 November.
Still to come on Look East this evening: What celery grown in the
Fens has got in common with Champagne.
And as we approach the centenary of the First World War, we want your
help in building a picture of what the East did.
Let's return now to that controversy over toll charges on the A14.
Earlier, we heard MPs criticising the plan suggesting it will hinder
economic recovery. Well, today, more opposition, this time over claims
the new road will increase air pollution.
The Campaign for Better Transport says the new road scheme will
increase air pollution over a wide area of Cambridgeshire. And the
group also warns that levels in some locations could exceed legal limits.
Tonight's special report is from our Environment Reporter, Richard
Daniel. It anywhere will feel the impact of
the new A14 toll road, it is here. The existing A14 passes to the north
of this village. For Eileen Collier, it is a big problem. Our biggest
concern is for the health of our children. All roads lead to
Brampton. There rugby ten lanes of traffic within metres of family
homes. The risk is for children. Studies have shown it is very
harmful for children living within 500 metres on the highway.
If this toll road is to ever go ahead it will have to overcome many
hurdles, not least if pollution limits, because on the testing A14,
in some places already certain limits have been exceeded.
Take particulate matter, the fine suit reduced by diesel engines. It
can cause lung disease and asthma. The legal limit per year is 40
micrograms. It was recorded near Kimmeridge at 54. The level of
nitrogen dioxide is 40 micrograms per to beat meter. Add bar Hill in
2011, it was 43. Overall, levels of nitrogen dioxide have been falling.
That might be because engines are now cleaner, but campaigners warn
that the new toll road could reverse this trend. And even end up
breaching EU laws. We know historically that when you
build new lanes of traffic, they fill up. Given that it is already at
or above the legal limits, we can assume that the extra lanes of
traffic can only add to that and make it worse.
Today the Department for transport says that the government understands
the impact the project that this can have. That is why he full assessment
will be completed before any work happens. But that won't convince
opponents. Battle lines over this new road are already being drawn up.
This afternoon I spoke to the MP for Huntingdon, Jonathan Djanogly and
put it to him that there was a lot of opposition to the A14 plans for
different reasons. But the main objection still seemed to be that
out of 25 national road schemes this was the only one to be funded by a
toll. The point here is that the
government has said they don't have ?1.5 million to spend on the road
and they are offering all as an alternative. My position is that it
is better to have the new road, and vital for the future of the region
than if we were to just reject the road on the basis of their not being
the funding. The MP for Ipswich calls it a
Cambridge congestion charge because he says motorists across the East
are being forced to pay for a Cambridge's success.
The truth is, as you go along the road and will be some people who
benefit. But I do think that looking at the forward business, cultural
and whole way of life that we have in the East of England, for us to
move forward, we need to have better infrastructure, and the A14 is a
vital part of that. We need this road to move forward. Yes, we have
the enquiry process, we have the consultation, people's views should
be taken on board, but a look at it as something that just affects
Cambridge congestion is to my mind a narrow focus.
Isn't one of the main problem is that there is now easily available
alternative for those who don't want to pay the toll? Would it not be
better to keep open part of the old road to other people can go on if
necessary? This is a common misconception. The
old road is going to be kept open. It won't be a through road, you will
have to go down into Huntingdon and then round Huntingdon on the new
road. But it will still exist. That's not an easily available
alternative, it is a slower alternative will stop we want to
encourage through traffic to go onto the new road, is that is what is
going to improve the flow of traffic and therefore alleviate the terrible
problems that we have. Over a 20 year period we will see
traffic increase by 26 present. For anyone who uses this road, it is
already one big car park a lot of the time. For those complaining
about rat running, rat running is currently happening through villages
around the road when increasing rate. To deal with it, we need a new
road. Given the strength of opposition
from all sorts of organisations, chambers of commerce, road haulage
federations, the RAC, are you feeling a bit like a voice in the
wilderness? Not at all. I certainly represent
the majority in my constituency. If there was to be a free, new road, I
would be delighted. Sure everyone would be delighted. The government
were to their mind and put in place a new road. I would not be
complaining. That is not what is on the table. What I'm saying is that
if it is a question between a new road or no road, we need a new road.
On the face of it there isn't much in common between Champagne, Cornish
pasties and a certain type of celery grown in the Fens. But from today,
there is. What's happened is that Fenland
celery has become England's first vegetable to earn protected status
from the European Commission. So, if it wasn't grown in the Fens, it
isn't Fenland celery. And that's good for business, as our chief
reporter Kim Riley has been finding out.
Spread over 20 acres, as far as the eye can see, 200,000 sick of Fenland
celery growing in dark, rich soil. Planted in June, they will be
harvested over the next three months. Traditional varieties like
fenland, dwarf white, wanted in white rose amid deep trenches. Today
they were renting up the soil, protecting from winter frost. The
soil blanching the celery to give it a paler colour.
These soils are 70% organic matter. Gareth McCambridge came to farm in
the Fens. This is how we harvest the fenland
celery. It is labour`intensive, as you can see. Soil is banged up
around the celery which makes it very brittle and you can see the
blanching in the celery. The traditional method was to have it
cut into the point. And that is pretty much how it would be sold
today. In Victorian times, fennel and
celery was grown for the London Christmas market. It is getting
protected status at just the right time.
It was announced yesterday, so we're only one week into the season, so
we're hoping to push all the way through Christmas will stop so if
you can find it in your shops, you encourage people to have a go after
Mark this year it will be in Waitrose and Marks Spencer 's and
on a lot of respite menus, as well. It does cost double the price of
conventional celery, but connoisseurs say it is a cheese
board winner, its roots are holy grail of taste. When it comes to
crunch, fenland celery is back in fashion.
Though there is a selling point ` the holy grail of taste.
The BBC has announced plans to mark the centenary of the First World War
with the biggest and most ambitious season of programmes the corporation
has ever commissioned. Here in the East we're looking for 100 stories
from this region to mark 100 years since the outbreak of war.
The project is called World War One at Home. Shaun Peel has more now
from the Imperial War Museum at Duxford.
Yes, I'm in the land warfare exhibition. This is a howitzer that
was used in France in 1914 and 1917. My friend here is a sentry from the
camera to regiment, having a chat with an officer from the French
army. The memories are still there. Maybe they are in an attic a shoe
box. Stories about real people, links to places in our region in
this region. Stories like this. The BBC Essex presenter never knew his
grandfather until you recently. Helped by the records office, the
crackdown on his grandfather, an ace pilot who was shot down over the sum
during the war. This is the moment Dave find out who his grandfather
was. Let's have a look at the first one.
Here he is. Your grandfather. He came over from
Canada and then went to the flying school. He was the plane he would
have learned on. Looks quite scary to me.
You'd have to be pretty brave or pretty mad to do that.
Exciting, really, for a young man. Yes, yes.
The thought of playing your grandfather flew in battle.
And I guess he would have stood up there with his gun. It would have
been freezing out there. He was flying this thing on 3rd of August
1916. What happened? They were on a bombing mission.
Although they were north of the sum, they took part in doing things
like bombing railway lines and so on to stop supplies getting to the
sum, they did do that. On their way back, they were attacked by a German
pilot. `` the Somme. A letter from Geneva states, this
officer is bereaved. Since we started, I have felt different about
myself. Before, there was a big question mark that side of my
family. Now I feel much more complete as a person. These were
real people with real lives, and one of them was my grandfather.
Dave's story ` what is yours? This is a German howitzer, and here are
the most striking images from the Somme, the mud and misery of it.
Maybe someone in that photo is a member of your family. We would love
to hear your stories. Do get in touch, the details are on the
screen. Tell us your stories about real people went to places in our
region. It could be a makeshift hospital that was used for a street
that was bombed. 100 stories, it is a tall order, but the mini one of
them could be yours. Thank you very much.
Now the weather: a weather front today has brought rain to the
region, and some has been heavy. This weather front has also
introduced milder air. This is the rainfall radar over the last few
hours. Much of it has now cleared into the North Sea. Still cloud
around for Norfolk and Suffolk but elsewhere clear skies. A
predominantly dry night with clear skies to start with. We might see
increasing amounts of cloud over the south parts of the region. Part of
Essex, Suffolk, Bedfordshire. Elsewhere dry and much milder.
Tonight more like 11 Celsius, 52 Fahrenheit. It will stay windy. The
wind from the south`west. A moderate breeze, and breezy through tomorrow.
A difference in pressure pattern tomorrow. We will be under the
influence of high pressure, so that means a sunny day, and also it will
feel warmer, so much better weather prospects for tomorrow, particularly
in the morning we will see sunshine. In the afternoon, patchy cloud
around, and this might blow in showers. We'll have a brisk
south`westerly wind through tomorrow, particularly noticeable
through the morning, though it is expected to ease as the day goes on.
Be aware that there could be one or two isolated showers to the south
and elsewhere. Temperatures will climb to 16 Celsius, 61 Fahrenheit.
We might get to 17 or 18 degrees. As winds ease, it should feel
comfortable. Looking ahead, low`pressure returns. Another
weather front on its way. In the east we will fear quite well and
will see dry weather through the morning and into part of the
afternoon on Friday. The western half will see rain as we progress
through the day. The low`pressure sticks around, so unsettled weekend.
Temperatures will stay on the mild side. Nothing too chilly overnight.
We start Friday dry with sunny spells. Increasing cloud, bringing
rain. It will turn heavier through the day. Maybe some issues during
rush hour. It will stay mild, a little bit showery and breezy. But
some sunshine around. little bit showery and breezy. But
That's all from us. If you have a story about World War I he would
like to share with us, you can contact us by phone, e`mail or on
social media. Have a good evening. Goodbye.
You ask us to get behind you and why should we?
You're punching above your weight, aren't you?
He wouldn't do that to me because he wasn't that sort of a man.