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6pm. It's goodbye from me and on BBC One, we join our teams where you


are. Hello and welcome to Thursday's Look


East. Coming up in the next 30 minutes, heavy rain and strong winds


` the worst coastal tidal surge for 60 years is expected to hit the


region within the hour. We'll be live in King's Lynn.


Six months after it was stripped of Children's Services over safety


fears Bedford Hospital is back in business.


First tonight, King's Lynn is bracing itself for the worst coastal


tidal surge for 60 years. It will hit the town within the hour before


moving around the coast. But over the course of tonight, heavy rain


and gusts of up to 60 or 70 miles per hour are expected to batter


other parts of the region. Mike Cartwright is in King's Lynn now.


They knew this was coming. Are they ready? Well, they said they were,


but have a look at this. This is just starting to happen. This is


floodwater seeping in under these huge floodgates which have been shut


tight and screwed tight. This is literally whooping, the town is that


way `` this is literally happening, the town is that way. The


Environment Agency says once the water pushes up against it, they


will close tight. They are expecting it to rise 30 cms up that gate.


They've been putting the flood protection into action all along the


quayside here. They've been putting up wooden boards, putting up metal


struts and making homes and businesses safe. This is the first


place where this tidal surge is going to strike. It seems to be


striking right now across the East Coast. Have a look over here. This


has risen dramatically since we've been on ire. `` on air. These are


sluice gates. They are saying these are part of their flood defences and


they should hold. This is the quayside. Literally two minutes ago


we could see the edge of the quayside. Now it has completely


gone. Cars have been taken away. Let me bring you over here. That is the


quayside now. Literally in the last minute that has is now completely


underwater. This is a tidal river. It flows down the business beach. In


that `` down to Wisbech. We are expect people who've got cars parked


on the front to put them to safe positions and for people to stay


away from the seafront tonight. The sea is a very dangerous thing. We


recommend people keep away from the coast. Mike, the issues in King's


Lynn are clear, but there've been strong winds across the rest of the


region. What effect have they had today? We are getting reports of


trees down on A roads across the region and in residential areas too.


This was a tree that fell on a car in Cambridge city centre today.


People having to put the branches off. We are also getting reports of


a double`decker blown over north of Peterborough. No reports of any


injuries. Lorries being blown off the road. While driving here I saw


one lorry blown off near Ely. We are getting reports from First Capital


Connect. Winds have caused problems with power lines and there are


delays to trains from King's Cross to Peterborough. You can tune in to


your local radio stations. Mike, thank you. We'll join him again for


our late news at 10. 25pm and Alex Dolan will have a full forecast.


In other news, six months after it was stripped of its children's


services because of fears for patient safety, Bedford Hospital


says it's almost back on track. Most paediatric services were shut down


in the summer, sparking protests from parents forced to take their


children elsewhere for treatment. So how's the hospital turning things


around? Ben Bland reports. They've never met but Lauren, Victor and


Joshua all have something in common. While Bedford Hospital's Children's


Services were suspended all three had to be taken elsewhere for


treatment. Now many of the services have returned. The service wouldn't


have come back to this level if it wasn't safe. We do have a big


inspection in February to ensure that what we've said we are doing we


are doing. They will want to see what our pathways look like, want to


see whether children coming here for a short stay, do they end up coming


back to another hospital? In April junior doctors complained they


weren't getting enough support from senior doctors and feared it was


putting patients at risk. From August the hospital suspended a lot


of its children's care, including overnight stays, planned surgery and


A services. Some of those returned in September. GPs could refer


patients for treatment. Today they were extended today. The children's


River bank unit is now open 24 hours a day and more services have


returned. But there are some important exceptions. Children


needing care lasting more than a day will be taken to other hospitals, as


will those under 16 being picked up by a 999 ambulance. For the


majority, 95% of those people who use the River bank unit, they won't


see any difference. There'll be a difference for those young people


and children who needed to stay beyond the 23`hour stay. Many


parents will be glad to see Children's Services restored for


now, but bosses are reviewing how and where all healthcare is provided


across Bedfordshire, so the long`term future of children's care


at the hospital remains uncertain. CCTV pictures have emerged of the


moment a man brandished a hammer and robbed a convenience store in


Northamptonshire. It happened just before closing time at the


Costcutter in Broadlands in Desborough ten days ago. The man


took the day's takings from the till and a quantity of cigarettes. The


shop worker was injured during the attack. Police are appealing for


witnesses. Detectives investigating the murder


of Sharif Demirsay in Bedfordshire have made another arrest. The


65`year`old grandfather died at his house in Vineyard Way in Kempston in


May. A 17`year`old man was arrested this morning at Hartwell Drive in


Kempston on suspicion of conspiracy to commit aggravated burglary at Mr


Demirsay's home. Four other teenagers have already been charged


with murder and will stand trial in February.


Pensioners who can afford to heat their homes without the winter fuel


allowance are being asked to donate it this year to help families in


need. The request comes from the Citizen's Advice Bureau and City


Food Bank in Cambridge. The allowance, which amounts to anything


between ?100 and ?300 depending on circumstances, is given out to


everyone born before 5th January, 1952. The charities say that 16% of


people in Cambridge alone live in so`called fuel poverty. And for many


it can be the choice between heating or eating. This report from Emma


Baugh. It's the busiest time of the year for the food bank, helping up


to a thousand people in just one month. Those in food poverty are


often in fuel poverty, and,000 charities are coming up `` and now


charities are coming up with new ways to help those they feed. The


food bank has been helping feed people for four years but now they


want to help people heat their homes. They are asking people who


can afford to to give up their ?200 winter fuel payment. It will help


people in the coldest winter months. We do feel there's people who might


want to give their fuel allowance. They don't need it themselves but


may be wondering how to pass it on to the people that really need it.


We are hoping to be that bridge for those that don't have things that


don't need it to give it to the people that really haven't got that


and have no way to produce that. The Citizens Advice Bureau has been


giving general guidance on money matters for 75 years, but now what


they do here is changing. We've had people coming to us for advice on


how to manage their debts. Now people are coming to us for advice


on how to put food on the table that evening. It really is quite a


desperate situation. But do people living locally think it is a good


idea? I think it is justified for people to keep their money. On the


other hand, if you can afford it, it is probably a very good idea to


donate it to that cause. If they've got tonnes of money anyway, so they


could help us poorer ones. I think it is alright those that have got


money. But those that haven't, but will they give it up? Charities are


now identifying who is in genuine fuel crisis so they don't have to


choose between heating and eating. More than ?1 billion could be spent


on transport and housing in the Cambridge area. The Government says


it will approve plans to allow local authorities in the area to keep a


bigger share of tax receipts, which will be used to fund infrastructure


projects. The Chancellor told MPs the details were still being worked


on, but said they would make a big difference. I think it's a classic


example of a good local authority and local MPs working with the


national Government to secure a long`term plan that will help jobs


and housing be created in that incredibly important city.


Andrew Sinclair is on his way back from Westminster. Andrew, how will


this all work? It is a rather complicated idea but put simply, it


looks as if the councils will be allowed to keep some of the minute


which they collect in taxes and use it specifically for developing


transport and housing projects. Several other authorities in the


country do this but it looks as if the Cambridge scheme will be unique,


with authorities in the greater Cambridge area getting special


powers over planning and getting ?1 billion or perhaps more to play


with. Why Cambridge? The Government says it is an important business


growth area. The thinking is if you improve the infrastructure you will


grow the economy. Political parties in the Cambridge area are excited


about this tonight. There is even talk of using some of the money to


develop an underground railway system. There were hints today about


further investment in this region weren't there? Yes. This is still


some way off in the future and it could be affected by the next


election. The Government talked about wanting to set up kwooif


quantum research centres in the UK. We have a specialism in quantum


research in Cambridge, so they might be good candidates to get one of


these centres. The Government wanted to establish a clab rative space


programme, giving money to companies involved in the space race. We have


several companies that already do that. It seems as though we've had


lots of announcements about this region in the last few days. The A


14 yesterday. Anything else today? Well, one other big one, there is


going to be a regional tax break for regional theatres. That will go down


well in our region, which often feels they've lost out to London


theatres. Research shows that in London the Government spends ?69 per


head on the arts. Out of London it is just ?4`60. Andrew, thank you.


A row is brewing in Bishop's Stortford over plans for more than


2,000 homes to the north of the town. This afternoon more than 200


people turned up at a meeting to protest at the application.


Campaigners say the development will be the biggest Bishop's Stortford


has seen in 30 years. Bishop's Stortford, like almost every town


and city in our region, needs to build more houses. But the thorny


question as always is where. The prospect of a housing shortage being


filled by building over 2,000 houses on this open countryside is one


which horrifies local residents. I think I could say they were being


uxtd we've had the development in the 1970s, St Michael's Mead in the


1980s and now this. It is ruining the town as a market town. And it is


the impact of traffic not just on country roads but on Bishop's


Stortford's historic town centre which worries residents. This


afternoon of 200 people attended this meeting, with some airing their


concerns via video link and in person. In this these days when


people are demanding joined up thinking, this application lacks


just that. East Hertshire District Council is recommending this


application be approved, and says the town has almost become a victim


of its own success. Developers will often say that hertz fir generally


and certainly Bishop's Stortford are areas that they do see as favourable


for development. Bishop's Stortford is very well located in that


respect. The M11, Stansted, good rail links as well. But because of


that we want to ensure that development is managed and therefore


it brings along the facilities and the infrastructure that goes with


it. George Osborne said today, if we want more people to own their own


home, we need to build more homes. The council will decide tonight


whether Bishop's Stortford will play its part in solving the housing


shortage by building new houses here.


A waste recycling plant in Cambridgeshire which broke down 15


months ago is finally up and running again. The facility at Waterbeach


was built to save the county millions of pounds by cutting down


the amount of black bin waste. The company which runs the plant has


been held responsible for the increase in landfill tax incurred by


the county whilst the machine was out of action.


Later in the programme Alex Dolan will have that all`important weather


forecast, but now it's back to Stewart and Susie


walking off with the match ball. Norwich will be relieved they won't


see him again until April. Still to come: The News of the storm


surges with Alex. We will also have the story of the


Essex school and the missing time capsule.


All this week we've been meeting the people on the short list to become


the BBC East Unsung Sporting Hero. We've already met two people who


coach netball. Tonight, it's the turn of gymnastics.


Brenda Hughes has devoted more than 30 years to a gymnastics club in


Northampton which caters for children with special needs. And her


commitment has had amazing results. A big stretch, Sophie. That's it.


It's difficult to say how many gymnasts render has guided over the


years, but after 30 years of war maps it must run into the thousands.


You get older and you think, will I give it up? But so long as your


brain is on the ball and your body can cope, it keeps you active and


alert and it fills my life out. I find it hard to miss it. Brenda is


the heart and soul of Northampton 's Lings Forum Gymnastic Club, the only


place which caters for special needs children is locally. She is an


ambassador of gymnastics. She loves the sport and has a passion which is


evident in the way she coaches and the relationship she has with


parents and gymnasts. 14`year`old Eddie learned to point her toes and


take the brunt `` plunge with Brenda and has her coach for the amazing


display at the Olympics. I got five gold medals thanks to her and I had


all the confidence from Brenda. 22 years ago, after I had my third


daughter and she was down syndrome, I started a branch of this and we


are the only one in the county, and only two in East Midlands, that have


gymnasts with disabilities. It is her skill that working with girls


with all abilities which stands out. Her commitment to gymnastics in


Northamptonshire is huge. Describe how it felt when you realised you


had been short listed? It was a big surprise. It knocked me for six


because I am not the sort of people that is in the front line for


anything. I organise in the background. She is wonderful and


helped me with nearly everything. She is really special and a big part


of my life. She always tells you to be happy and try your hardest.


Brenda 's club is a happy club, small `` full of smiles: `` full of


smiles, colour and opportunity. We'll be announcing the winner


tomorrow night. There are 200 buildings which are officially


listed as being "at risk" across the East, according to English Heritage.


And tonight on BBC One, there's a programme about the campaigners


hoping to save some of them. It's called Restoring England's


Heritage. It features several important buildings in this region


and it's presented by John Sergeant. When I spoke to him about the


programme, he told me why he thinks people are now so interested in


saving buildings which had been allowed to fall apart for years.


I think people realise that, if you are not careful, the buildings up


can go and lost forever. If you don't do work of this sort, the


places you visit all look the same. The same shops on the high street,


the same buildings and the stain `` same materials, but if you restore


one of these old buildings, you can attract visitors more easily. You


have seen different things in our part of the world, starting with


something from the Second World War? Yes, the radar station in


Suffolk built in 1937 and the first proper radar station in the world.


Although the Germans didn't know that at the time, the network of


radar stations, starting with board seat, would be the key factor in us


winning the battle of Britain. Rhetorically something like that


takes effort and money? Yes, they have worked for many years and they


still haven't got it right because there is a lot of money involved and


you can't expect to get much money from people who will then come to


visit. So you need money from English Heritage and the not refund.


I think is worth it. `` the lottery fund. The little gem in great


Yarmouth? The Winter Gardens. What a terrific building that is. Crystal


Palace started the craze for these buildings made of cast iron and


plate glass and then every town wanted one, particularly a seaside


resort like great Yarmouth. But they found one in Torquay which had


already been built. In 1903, it was packed up and put onto barges and


re`erected in great Yarmouth. If the restoration goes according to plan,


it is the sort of fat `` the sort of thing that could attract visitors?


The plan is for it to be made into a Winter Gardens again so it will have


lots of plants, exotic plants and the Royal horticultural Society will


be involved so you can't say better than that. It must be a delight for


you to go around and see so many different things? And what gets you


going is the volunteers because without them you don't get a


restoration project. Also, you think how interesting it is that Saint


Mary 's is an old church in Clophill and not used for 150 years. They


will restore most of it but they will also build lodges,


accommodation for visitors. So, give it a new use if you can. Thank you


for your company. A couple of weeks ago, we told you


about a junior school in Essex which had buried a time capsule 25 years


ago. The only problem was, when they came to dig it up, they couldn't


find it. You can imagine, everybody at


Writtle Junior School near Chelmsford was very disappointed.


This report from Mike Liggins. In October, pupils, former pupils


and staff gathered to celebrate 25 years of the school. They thought it


would be fun to dig up a capsule buried in 1988. We all had to think


or make something to put into the Time Capsule. It had a first and


second class stamp in it because I remember thinking recently it would


be interesting to see what they were. They started digging and they


kept digging, but no sign of the capsule. Before the school grounds


became a muddy heap they stopped digging. Retail heritage were called


and they threw everything at the problem. A super`duper metal


detector and Olivia helped out with divining rods and, guess what? They


found the capsule? They are incredible. Really intelligent. They


always cross over and you think, what will they do? The findings of


the detector were conformed `` confirmed by the dowsing rods. Dug


it up and low and behold! That is what we had. The children were


really inquisitive to find out what had been put in there. Now we can


have a look at the contents, pack them up and rebury them with a new


Time Capsule. In the capsule, was a copy of the Daily Telegraph, a train


ticket, a stamp and a Star Wars toy. The capsule is being reburied with


the new items in the New Year. Perhaps a map and a very big sign


saying where might be a very good idea!


Back to our top story and the tidal surge. Last time we spoke to Debbie


she was being told to leave the pub. Have you left now?


Yes, the water came over the key and hour and a half earlier than


expected. There is already five feet of water there and the road behind


me, the main road, has three feet of water. People behind me have been


evacuated from the pub because the electricity has gone off and the


whole town is on flood alert. It could be a lot worse here than


expected. Thank you very much.


That is the situation in Wales. Alex is here.


Thank you. We have had a deepening area of low pressure bringing strong


winds across the region. 72 mph gusts recorded at Wattisham. Coastal


flooding has already caused problems in Wales. `` Wells.


A bulge of water is being pushed towards the coast line in strong


onshore winds. Of course, it is coinciding with high tides and that


is where the risk becomes highest. If we have a reminder of when the


high tides are. Right the way through the evening. It does not


mean when flooding can occur as there may be a delay. Further down


the coast, you can see high tides over the next few hours into the


early hours. It will also get very cold tonight


because the weather front has brought in lots of cold arctic air.


For many of us temperatures will fall below freezing. We didn't have


a lot of rainfall earlier but it brings the risk of icy patches and


the risk of a frost. The winds will ease this evening and overnight.


Remaining windy across the North Norfolk coast but not as windy as


today. Into tomorrow morning, we start clear and bright but bitterly


cold. Temperatures are not expected to get higher than three or four


Celsius tomorrow. We will see some sunshine. Wind coming from a


north`westerly direction. Breezy around the coast but a moderate wind


for most. Dry into the afternoon with dry and sunny spells to come.


High pressure builds backing so the cloud comes back. Cold on Friday but


temperatures recovering. The wind will be lighter and we may well see


bright and sunny spells but as we get to the beginning of next week,


temperatures declined just `` temperatures climb to double


figures. With cloud around, temperatures will not be quite so


low. With any flooding concerns, here is the flat line number.


And you will be back on the late bulletin tonight.


Please don't go anywhere to film anything tonight, but if you get


some good pictures, we would love to see them. Good night.


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