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That's all from us. Now the news where you

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

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

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

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pharmacies lit by gas lamps, shopkeepers struggling to save

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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emergency prescriptions, but obviously, they have no computers,

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Jacqueline Parker and father Adam Kightley are on trial for his

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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sometime between Friday the 16th Match 2012 and the following

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Saturday, causing his death. Effectively, both parents are

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blaming each other ` both giving police different versions of what

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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will last four weeks. Two members of staff have been

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sacked after having sexual contact with a female detainee at the

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Yarlswood Immigration Centre. A surprise inspection at the

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privately`run Bedfordshire site also raised concerns about how potential

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human trafficking victims were treated, and about the detention of

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Nursing Home. Louise Hubball reports.

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Nurses, Mary Bisieri Ombui, Anastacia Maduli and Girlie Franklin

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came to central London for a disciplinary hearing. The deputy

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

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

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

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

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The tribunal heard disturbing evidence. The allegations relate to

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ten residents of the Parkside Nursing Home in Northampton, who

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

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

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also showed signs of severe and prolonged malnourishment. The

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investigations into Parkside nursing home were prompted after

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

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

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

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Deputy manager Maria McKenzie and another nursemaid deny any

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

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heard she is in retirement in Trinidad.

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

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

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

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

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

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Jenson Button's title`winning season.

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

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

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

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

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Christmas Island veterans. Today Norfolk County Council's

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cabinet formally approved the plans to build a waste incinerator in

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

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

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

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

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

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against. The council decided the poll was meaningless and pressed

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

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

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withdrew financial support. Then yesterday the full council voted to

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

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

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Our political correspondent Andrew Sinclair reports.

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

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Cabinet will formally approve the incinerator and for the developer is

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

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

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

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

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

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

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a compensation bill of around ?25,000.

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

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

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

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

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spending in case Eric Pickles rejects the plans. Councillors left

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

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of this financial year would have catastrophic consequences. Why on

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earth did this administration and previous administrations nor there

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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council thing. Norfolk county council have got themselves into

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

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

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

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

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with the PFI contract. The government decided earlier this year

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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from Simon Newton. A few mistakes were made because

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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whether it was recognition or compensation that was really

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

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

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

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establishment of a ?25 million benevolent fund that would be

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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affected. Neil Bradford is at a pub in the

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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of a chilly start but those temperatures could claim perhaps a

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

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

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

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

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

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interesting for the weekend. Promising some and windy weather,

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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on the way. Thank you very much indeed.

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Stay warm, we'll see you tomorrow night.

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Goodbye.

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