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The evening. In the programme tonight: After the storm, more


misery for commuters and continuing power cuts for some. That and the


rest of today's's top stories now. Good evening. First tonight,


pharmacies lit by gas lamps, shopkeepers struggling to save


frozen food, rail passengers seriously delayed. They're just some


of the thousands of people who've been facing continuing disruption


today, 24 hours after the storm struck. Tonight, power companies say


around 40,000 homes in the East are still not reconnected and there are


still some problems on the trains. 24`hour it after the great storm of


2013, the centre of Sawbridgeworth is still in the dark. A few hours


grace last night gave this or pharmacist chance to catch up, and


then the lights went out again. We are managing, just about with


emergency prescriptions, but obviously, they have no computers,


we have no computers. We're doing the best we can with torches and


lanterns and things like that, because we have too. People need


medication. Further down the street, many shops haven't opened today


This man was up at 3am, throwing out ?1000 worth of stock from his


freezer. It is a lot of stuff that has gone in the bin. A lot. Only the


stuff on the sale or return, I have left for the companies. The rest of


the stuff, I had no option to Bennett, because we can't sell it.


All the traders I have spoken to have been helping each other out and


making the best of a bad situation. The one thing they all said is there


has been a significant lack of information. It has been very


difficult. I thought we might even have a leaflet through the door but


we had nothing. I was told we would wait 45 minutes to have anyone talk


to us on the phone. They could have acted a lot more efficiently than


they have done. As power companies worked to fit a lines, chop trees


were removed, and it was another tiresome morning on the trains. Half


term treats and business meetings were hanging in the balance. The


notice board says the trains are going to arrive in five minutes and


then it says cancelled. Who knows what the real story is. Today, I


thought it would be OK, so I surprised there is cancellations. It


would have been great if they got their act together. Network Rail


says it has not been easy. Trees left on stable fell overnight


causing more problems. We have stated objective that we wanted to


restore the network this morning. We didn't achieve that, and I am


partially disappointed that we didn't. I hope people will forgive


us on the basis of their sheer scale of damage. This afternoon, the light


came on, but it will take many local businesses here longer to recoup


their lost earnings. It's the job of UK Power Networks to


run and maintain the power lines in this region. Late this afternoon, I


spoke to Matt Rudling and asked why, when the storm was forecast, people


simply couldn't get through to their helpline. We had, yesterday, two


months worth of calls in one single day. Two months worth of calls. We


had three times on normal staffing levels, which we were prepared for,


and we have been preparing over the weekend. We were as ready as we


could be, but the scale of the event and ferocity of the winds meant that


regrettably, some customers could not get through. I'm sorry about


that, but we have done everything we could do. What we have done today is


called back as many customers as we can, 10,000 calls today, to


customers who bought affected by the storm. We'll continue to do that


through the night and tomorrow, till this event is over and your


customers are resumed. Why is it taking so long to get people back on


to their supply? Over 90% of customers were restored in the first


24 hours. That is a good result By close of play tomorrow, we hope that


will be 98%. That is very good restoration performance. 500


thousand people have had their power is restored. I apologise to those


who haven't, but we're doing everything we can. We have six times


the normal resources in place, and these resources are one people,


resources we have in from the other network operators. What are you


doing to protect customers against this in the future? We invest ? 60


million per year and reinforcing our net work. We are investing heavily


in that. Whether we should put the cables underground, that is a


discussion we often have. It costs a lot more to put them underground,


and we as customers would have to be about cost. These events are very


rare, and well we do have a number of customers without supply, the


vast majority have been restored, so I think we have the balance right.


A Jury has heard today that one or both parents of a baby boy inflicted


terrible injuries upon him and left him for dead. Jamie Kightley from


Northampton was less than eight weeks old when he died. His mother


Jacqueline Parker and father Adam Kightley are on trial for his


murder. Our reporter Mike Cartwright was in court. Some harrowing


evidence heard today, Mike? Yes the prosecution opened its case today,


warning the jury of distressing subject matter. Jamie Kightley, only


seven weeks old, lost his life. The court was told he died from severe


brain injuries ` that there were more than 40 fractures to the bones


in his body ` his ribs and his legs ` and extensive bruising across his


body. Trauma, the jury was told inflicted in two assaults. One


around two weeks before died, the other, just hours before. Jamie


Kightley's mother arriving in court in the hood here ` Jacqueline


Parker, aged 21 ` is on trial for his murder, along with her partner


and Jamie's father, Adam Kightley ` both also on trial for causing or


allowing the death of the child The prosecution say that one or both of


them assaulted Jamie at the family's flat in London Road, Northampton


sometime between Friday the 16th Match 2012 and the following


Saturday, causing his death. Effectively, both parents are


blaming each other ` both giving police different versions of what


happened. The court was told Adam Kightley said both parents washed


and fed Jamie in the early hours of Friday morning and put him to bed.


He then says he found the baby not breathing the next morning.


Jacqueline Parkers says she felt sick on Friday night, went to bed,


and was woken by Adam the next morning screaming, "Babe, it's the


boy, he's not breathing." Adam Kightley told officers that he did


feel a little high, as he'd smoked some weed. He didn't feel drunk but


the couple had drunk four cans of Stella between them. Both say they


don't know how the injuries were caused, both deny murder. The trial


will last four weeks. Two members of staff have been


sacked after having sexual contact with a female detainee at the


Yarlswood Immigration Centre. A surprise inspection at the


privately`run Bedfordshire site also raised concerns about how potential


human trafficking victims were treated, and about the detention of


pregnant women. A report says there have been improvements in other


areas but more needs to be done Elderly care home residents were


left lying for hours on painful bed sores at a nursing home in


Northampton, a disciplinary hearing has been told today. Five nurses


were called to answer allegations of neglect. The tribunal heard five


residents died within two weeks of each other in 2009 at Parkside


Nursing Home. Louise Hubball reports.


Nurses, Mary Bisieri Ombui, Anastacia Maduli and Girlie Franklin


came to central London for a disciplinary hearing. The deputy


manager at the time also attended. Another manager failed to appear.


The allegations have been brought by the nursing and midwifery Council,


who are based on the building behind me. This afternoon, the word red to


three members of an independent panel, who preside over the hearing.


The tribunal heard disturbing evidence. The allegations relate to


ten residents of the Parkside Nursing Home in Northampton, who


were in the nurses care in April 2009. It is claimed on resident s


sewers were so bad, he omitted a smell akin to rotting flesh. They


also showed signs of severe and prolonged malnourishment. The


investigations into Parkside nursing home were prompted after


allegations. The home has since closed. The nurses have admitted the


charges against them on the basis that they worked nights shifts and


were told they weren't allowed to deliver certain elements of care.


Deputy manager Maria McKenzie and another nursemaid deny any


wrongdoing. The care nurse did not answer the charges, and the court


heard she is in retirement in Trinidad.


In Formula One, Ross Brawn will leave his position as Mercedes


principal at the end of the season. The team, based in Brackley near


Milton Keynes, have failed to reach an agreement with him on a role in


which he'd have been happy to stay. Brawn masterminded Michael


Schumacher's seven world titles at Benetton and Ferrari and also headed


Jenson Button's title`winning season.


Wolfswinkel has a toe injury and Alex Tettey could also miss out.


Kick`off is at 7.45pm and there's coverage on BBC Radio Norfolk.


Still to come: We are live by candlelight in a village in Essex


where they are still without power. And the campaign to recognise our


Christmas Island veterans. Today Norfolk County Council's


cabinet formally approved the plans to build a waste incinerator in


King's Lynn. It is the latest stage in a long and controversial saga


which may not yet be at an end. The original decision to build a


waste incinerator was made in 2006. Two years later the site at


Saddlebow on the outskirts of King's Lynn was purchased. The protests


started soon after, and in a referendum 65,000 people voted


against. The council decided the poll was meaningless and pressed


ahead. The Government ordered a public inquiry and we're still


waiting for the result of that. But two weeks ago the Government


withdrew financial support. Then yesterday the full council voted to


go ahead and build the incinerator after a warning that to pull out


would leave them open to a claim for compensation. And it's not over yet.


Our political correspondent Andrew Sinclair reports.


They are not out of the woods yet, today it is expected that the


Cabinet will formally approve the incinerator and for the developer is


another milestone has been cleared. You'll mark ``. There has been


debate on all sides. It represents good value for money. We will


continue to work with the people of Norfolk and deliver a great


infrastructure project. But there is still one big hurdle. Eric Pickles


has the final say and he is being heavily lobbied to reject the


scheme. But if incinerator is rejected the council will still face


a compensation bill of around ?25,000.


Mr Timmins told the meeting that the council would not be able to use its


reserves, and despite what local MPs have suggested, he thought it would


be unlikely that they would be allowed to borrow the money. He said


that the councils may want to start asking officers to hold back on


spending in case Eric Pickles rejects the plans. Councillors left


the meeting in a sombre Mead. To find 24 million in the final phases


of this financial year would have catastrophic consequences. Why on


earth did this administration and previous administrations nor there


was a risk of planning failure, it was on the risk register. Why did


they not start putting money aside earlier. If Eric Pickles approves


the scheme it will not be a problem and building work will start your


next summer. If it doesn't, this will become a very real debate in a


few months's time. George Nobbs is a leader of Norfolk


county council. This is a real mess, isn't it? It is not a mess, it is a


situation we have inherited, it is not perfect. But just one thing, we


did not decide today to go into a contract, what we decided today was


not to cancel the contract. Saw you have no plans to build it? That is


not what I'm saying. The contract was signed many years ago, `` the


contract was discussed many years ago, signed 18 months ago. We had to


decide whether to withdraw from the contract and pay penalties. We have


?180 million worth of cuts to make. We are now ?169 million worth of ``


worse off because of the withdrawal of PFI credits. We have


extraordinary challenges to face. We could not pay another ?30 million.


Can I ask you about that point that someone mentioned in the film, why


did you not think about those savings when you were elected on me


the fifth? We took office on me the 24th. We were told then that we had


?140 million worth of cuts that we had to make because of the cut in


government grants. Within one month, because of changes in government


grants, we were told we had to make another ?45 million on top of that.


We were not planning at any time to say that we would increase that by


cancelling the contract. I'm in crested. `` interested. You said it


was not a mess, it sends like it is to me. You'll mark I will tell you


why it is a mess, it is because the government granted this... It is a


council thing. Norfolk county council have got themselves into


this problem. The government have the rate withdraw that. You are


wrong. One of my predecessors, when they signed the contract they were


promised ?169 million of government grant. If you have a public enquiry


the government can withdraw that. Government inquiry has nothing to do


with the PFI contract. The government decided earlier this year


that they would look at all of the outstanding PFI grants to see if


they wanted to continue in order to save government spending. When they


decided to weeks ago, at the behest of some of our MPs, to... Who you


are not very happy with X . I have to ask you one last question. Have


you heard from Eric Pickles, is there a nod and a wink that you will


get the money? No, I have not. But we will be in touch with Mr pickles.


Veterans of nuclear tests carried out in the 1950s have taken their


fight for compensation to Westminster today. More than 1,000


men say they and their families have suffered ill health since the


Christmas Island tests. The Essex MP John Baron held a Commons debate


this afternoon. We'll be hearing from him in a moment, but first this


from Simon Newton. A few mistakes were made because


they had no idea what would happen, no thought seemed to have gone into


it. Now aged 74, David was a teenage airman posted to Christmas Island.


Within a few weeks of coming home my gums started to bleed and within six


months, I was actually losing teeth. Like thousands of other veterans,


David believes that exposure to the nuclear blast left him with a


lifetime of health problems, including a seizure, an aneurysm and


spinal problems. We all sat with her back to it, that is probably one of


the reasons why. He later developed bowel and stomach cancer. The MoD


has long denied any link, but today John Baron led a Westminster debate


calling for their sacrifice to the recognised. The signs were unknown,


the risk was unquantifiable, but the cost to the veterans and their


descendants was very severe indeed. We just want the recognition and


perhaps a handshake to say that we are sorry that we did this to you.


Only a few thousand atomic veterans still survive. Some believe it is


now time to give up, but David is determined they should not be


forgotten. For him and many others it remains a battle worth fighting.


This afternoon I spoke to the MP John Baron and began by asking


whether it was recognition or compensation that was really


important to the veterans and their families. First of all, official


recognition from the Prime Minister, preferably oral but in rating if


necessary, making clearer debt of gratitude to these veterans. But the


establishment of a ?25 million benevolent fund that would be


distributed on the basis of need, not entitlement, to help veterans


and their descendants when it came to care. There is also a health


needs analysis, helping veterans through the NHS, which has been


successful. This is a campaign that has been going on for many years


now, are you still optimistic about getting this benevolent fund and the


current economic situation? Yes, I am. The reason being that this is a


just cause and it is wrong that needs to be righted. The government


has a track record of doing just that, I can think of thalidomide


that ends. `` victims. The nuclear test falls into this camp. We should


never forget that there is a legacy that we would these veterans. A debt


of gratitude that we have not yet fully acknowledged. We need to put


that right, for the sake of not just the veterans, but also their


descendants. But are you running out of time on this? We have been


fighting a Parliamentary campaign for a few years now. We rankle most


at the bottom of what we call the international table of decency when


comparing how other countries treat their test veterans `` we rank


almost at the bottom. Canada, the Isle of Man. Or you had to prove is


that you were at the test and you are ill and you will get a payment,


you do not have to prove a causal link. In this country very elderly


veterans have to go through a very torturous war pension scheme which


often feels. That is clearly wrong, we are at the bottom of the


International table of decency and the time has come to put that right.


Back now to our top story, and the tens of thousands of homes still


without power after yesterday's storm. Homes and businesses are


affected. Neil Bradford is at a pub in the


village of Stebbing in Essex. Good evening. I suppose we could say


we are in deepest, darkest Essex. Perfect for stargazing, not the best


for finding your way around. We very nearly did not find this pub, but I


am glad that we did. Although it has been without heating and electricity


since yesterday it does of course have a warm welcome. At has become a


focal point for the community. Let us talk to some residents about how


they have been coping. How have you been coping without power? It's


getting to be a bit of a drag now, to be honest with you. The biggest


problem at home as the freezer, the food is going off. You cant watch


television, can do anything. I have been over at `` you cannot do


anything. I have been over at the golf course. I have not tried to get


out, but plenty of people have and they have come in here. We just sit


and wait. Conflicting messages from companies. The reserve roaring log


fire here. Let's talk to the landlord of the white cart. It has


brought the community together, but it must be difficult trading like


this? It is difficult, with the glass washer and cooking especially.


And food. You normally do food, but you have not been able to? The odd


sandwich, that is it. As of tomorrow everything goes out. How much longer


do you think you can cope? Who knows. The bear is hanging in there,


but it is warming up, which is not good. `` the lager. At least it has


brought the community together. UK Power Networks has been on the


village checking on the vulnerable and that is what they are asking you


to do. If you are in power affected village, check on your neighbours.


Time for the weather. Stebbing make be without power, but


look at the dramatic sunset they have had this evening. We have


spared the pictures up so that you can see the sun sinking behind the


trees. It will be a fine start to the day tomorrow, but not before


temperatures have dropped quite sharply. We have a ridge of high


pressure is starting to move them from the south`west. That will mean


light winds and clear skies. For some of us a touch of ground frost.


It will stay dry overnight tonight and for much of the night those


quiet skies stay clear. We are dropping down into single figures


quite widely across the region. Certainly we could get close to two


or three Celsius in more oral spots. A bit of a crisp spot `` in more


rural spots. Virtually unbroken sunshine through the morning, a bit


of a chilly start but those temperatures could claim perhaps a


little higher than they could today. A bit of a brisk south`westerly


breeze, that will tend to freshen during the day and you will start to


see Clay developing into the western half of the region. That rain


arriving for most of us overnight into the early hours of Thursday


morning. It may just take its time to clear. Developing low could be


interesting for the weekend. Promising some and windy weather,


but the track of it still not quite established yet. It does look as if


it will turn am settled. Some rain to clear for the eastern half on


Thursday. The risk of one or two showers for the afternoon. Into


Friday, we may get away with a dry but cloudy start with some rain


pushing on and the next system for Friday, it is looking like it could


be quite wet and windy to start the weekend. Tonight is the night that


we have the risk of ground frost. Certainly some chilly weather still


on the way. Thank you very much indeed.


Stay warm, we'll see you tomorrow night.




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