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welcome to Spotlight. Tonight: Milton Keynes we are welcome

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welcome to Spotlight. Tonight: Warnings about the desks while

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driving, it could be the toughest winter getaway for years. The day

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they have called manic Monday, people are looking for a bargain.

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And we are on the wards of Peterborough City Hospital on one of

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the busiest nights of the year. Also the tiny village with the giant

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Advent calendar. First tonight. The day they have

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called Manic Monday. For travellers in the region, disruption and

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cancellations on the trains and delays on the roads. In all, misery

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for people trying to get home or getaway for Christmas. High winds

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and heavy rains have brought down power lines and closed roads and

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bridges. We start in Milton Keynes where London Midland and Virgin West

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Coast Trains have been seriously affected. Neil Bradford is there

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now. Idea see those who took the advice to travel earlier today are

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feeling smug right now because then the last half`hour London Midland

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have announced they are only able to operate one service in each

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direction between London Euston and Northampton. Those services will be

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restricted to the 50 mph speed restriction. Like many travellers

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today, this 18`year`old from Milton Keynes was preparing for the worst.

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She has allowed extra time for her journey to Kent where she will be

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joining her boyfriend for Christmas. We are heading down the but we are

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having to set off early because the trains are being cancelled and it is

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even worse down in Kent. Milton Keynes had minor delays with the

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speed limit due to be introduced warmly at seven o'clock this

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evening. Other services had a speed limit introduced at four o'clock.

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About 20 line blockages so far, we will get many more as we go through

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this. While some passengers seemed prepared, others were taking their

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chances. We thought we would head off earlier than we did to beat the

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four o'clock deadline. It was busier than be expected but we were

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expecting that. Hopefully they will be all right it is the long journey

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but fingers crossed and we will see how that goes. Passengers continued

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to arrive by the dozen knowing full well that the journey might not be

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easy. Because of the disruption ticket restrictions have been

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lifted. Other lines out of London are not feeling any better. There

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are delays to services through Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire

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because of the tree on the line There is also a tree on overhead

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power lines in the West Hampstead ADF. Those who was born on their

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journeys to model do not know what the weather is going to bring. ``

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West Hampshire region. Well that's the picture in Northamptonshire and

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Bedfordshire, but the disruption is having its effect right across the

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region. Greater Anglia trains into and out of Cambridge are not

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expecting to run any service tomorrow until at least ten o'clock.

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Mike Cartwright reports Well Mike joins me now, Mike, what's the

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latest? On the roads this Christmas getaway there are warnings of high

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winds. These are urging people not to drive for the next 24 hours

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unless they really have to. Take her, avoid areas with the lot of

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standing water, fallen trees and fall and fallen electricity pylons.

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Trees and power lines have been brought down on train tracks. Some

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routes are closed in case there is more damage. Ticket restrictions

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have been relaxed to allow people to travel earlier but tomorrow morning

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Greater Anglia trains will not run until ten o'clock so that tracks can

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be checked for debris. The highest winds will be overnight. They will

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drop off quickly by the daylight hours. After the storms are fears of

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flooding with standing water and swollen rivers. Heavy rainfall is

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expected in Bucks and Beds. Some of the rivers are likely to flood. As

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the rain and wind arrives there are warnings that if you do travel this

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Christmas take extra care and allow extra time. What is the very latest?

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Nothing major to report since we have come on year. The live one

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flood warning on the outskirts of no fountain `` Northampton. You can

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ring the flood line number. The trains have a restrictive service in

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operation and network rail will be checking the track for fallen trees

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and power lines. People are warned not to drive through floodwater The

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bridge on the M25 is closed tonight because of strong winds but the

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tunnels are open. It is the case of watching and waiting at the moment.

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Thanks, Mike. And you can keep fully up to date with the latest on the

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weather and travel tomorrow morning with your BBC local radio station.

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Well it's also been Manic Monday for our shops ` thousands of people

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across the region have been hitting the High Streets today in pursuit of

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bargains, and last minute provisions. In Milton Keynes alone

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they were expecting 150,000 people today. But, as Louise Hubball

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reports, not everyone's been heading for the big centres. This is the

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story of manic Monday revealing the last`minute dash at two very

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different centres. The traditional festive approach is working its

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magic here. In Milton Keynes they expect 100 and the thousand through

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the doors today, more than on Saturday. This is one of the top ten

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shopping centres in the country In the battle against online buying

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right offering retail are and are the thing they have the right idea.

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You can get wrapping done, we have got to the cruisers, we have the

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lights you cannot get that at home. Add the part of manic Monday by

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accident or design, the people who have come here? I am on holiday so I

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have sent my wife of somewhere else so she cannot see what I am buying.

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I have bought things for myself that I should not have bought! The macro

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it is nice to see lots of sales going on which has been quite nice

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but I do not think it has been as bad as last year. The main item on

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people's to buy list here is good. How long would you queue for the

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butchers? One hour. We started at ten to ten and now it is ten to 11.

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What are you waiting to pick up I have forgotten my list! Do we really

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need the sausage meat? It is important to keep the small shops

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going, the supermarkets get too much. I will have to look for my

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parsnips elsewhere, they are sold out. Managers at a hostel for the

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homeless in Hertfordshire have criticised workers who've gone on

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strike over Christmas. Five employees from the St Mungo's hostel

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in Hitchin walked out yesterday afternoon. The charity says the

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strike couldn't have come at a worse time. Last`minute preparations for

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Christmas. This year temporary workers from other hospitals are

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running this homeless hostel in Hitchin. Five permanent staff have

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walked out on strike for 12 days. Even industrial action comes after

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the shelter switched from opening only at night to 24 hours per day.

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They were offered the same terms and conditions as other employees but it

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did not happen, the say. The staff that look after those vulnerable

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people that do an incredibly challenging and experienced job for

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Saint Mungo 's. The centre here houses up to 17 homeless people at

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the time, they are getting clean clothes, and evening meal and a

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place to sleep. They are encouraged to get into independent

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accommodation. We thought we had reached agreement with the new

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rotors and terms and conditions for staff, we are very disappointed that

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they have chosen this time of year to go on strike because it is a very

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difficult time of year for homeless people. Some residents support the

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strike. I think they are fighting for what is the right. They could

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not have made it feel any more Christmassy for me. I've fully back

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them up. They deserve fair pay. Controversial bells in a

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Hertfordshire village are to be silenced at night after complaints

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from local residents. The bells of St Mary's Church in Ashwell have

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rung out every quarter day and night for more than a century.

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be long before the community is tested again.

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Still to come on the programme tonight: Chris Bell will be here

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with the latest on those storms. And in football, another manager

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bites the dust. Aidy Boothroyd pays the price after a torrid season at

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Northampton Town. Hospital managers have been warning

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for months about the building pressure in our Accident and

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Emergency departments this winter. And we were warned that last weekend

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would be particularly bad ` so much so that they were predicting last

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Friday would be 'Black Friday'. But what was the reality for the NHS?

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Well, we were on the wards at Peterborough City Hospital. Jo

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Taylor has this report. It's only 8pm and the place is full. This

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woman is having breathing difficulties. She has a history of

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health problems. In the next cubicle, a man has been brought in

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uncoscious. He's been in a road accident and is being taken for a

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scan to assess how badly injured he is. The Emergency Department has

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seen more than a 50% rise in the number of people turning up over the

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Christmas fortnight over the last five years. When I first started we

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had a minor injury unit and another area... It was rare to use it, never

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mind fill. This is three times the size and full. This man is worried

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about redness following a hernia operation. He called the

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non`emergency 111 number and told not to come here. They said a GP

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would ring us in six hours. We didn't want to wait. We were a bit

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concerned. So we came down here and hopefully we will be seen soon. One

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in ten who turn up do not need to. The problem is that doctors deal

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with are getting more serious. We have got a wide range of patients.

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Patients with cases revolving around XS alcohol and many other things. ``

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excess alcohol. Dominic was a week after row. He is being transferred

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to Addenbrooke's Hospital. That is life. But they are not able to save

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everybody. There are two deaths this evening. It was quite moving for us.

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The patient had died but they were still very grateful. That is

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touching. If we don't feel like that then we shouldn't be nurses. By

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midnight, another 40 patients have come through the door. It is a

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typical Friday night for staff as they head towards Christmas. Dr Dan

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Poulter is a Health Minister. He's also the MP for Central Suffolk and

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North Ipswich. Late this afternoon, I asked what we could do about so

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many people going to A when they don't need to. It's absolutely right

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that if someone is unwell they should be seen quickly. That's what

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A is for. But the challenge is to help people understand that it's not

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in their interests ` or the interests of other, sick patients `

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to put extra pressure on A for routine complaints like a sore

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throat. The appropriate thing to do is go to see their GP the next

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morning. Part of that is about doctors in A pointing it out to

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people. Next time they might want to see their GP rather than come to A

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when it's a relatively minor complaint. One of the big problems

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is that it's not always easy to see your own GP. Do we have enough? Do

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we pay them enough? The average GP is paid around ?105,000 a year which

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is a good salary by anybody's standards. Most of them won't be

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doing evenings or weekends. Some will, of course. The challenge is to

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increase the number of GPs. If we want to move to a position where we

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have more working over evenings and weekends then it's not just about

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getting the current GPs to work later... It's about making sure we

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have enough bodies on the ground to provide the service. Is one of the

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problems that people move around so much in the country, and Europe as a

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whole, that they don't bother signing up with a GP? There is a

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challenge relating to high population. It happens in inner`city

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areas as well as some rural ones. As much as a third of the GP register

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can change on a yearly basis. `` an annual basis. Younger people are

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particularly bad at signing up. It tends to be them who turn up at A

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for more trivial complaints. When they do turn up with a minor

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complaint, the A department should link them to a GP so that in the

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future that person won't be putting extra pressure on. Thank you. And

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the BBC is keeping a close eye on how our Accident and Emergency

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departments cope this winter. You can actually see how your local

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hospital is getting on by going to the BBC website online and searching

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for 'NHS Winter' You can put a post code in ` the studio here is NR2 1BH

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` and we get the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital.

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You can see how many patients are being seen within four hours in A

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And if you scroll down you can also compare how your hospital is doing

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compared to the England average. Plenty of opportunity on the site to

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share your own NHS experiences too. In football, Northampton Town go

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into Christmas and the New Year battling for survival in the

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Football League and trying to find a new manager. Aidy Boothroyd was

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sacked at the weekend following a heavy defeat. Back in May they were

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at Wembley in the League Two play`off final. But they've only won

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four games this season and the manager paid the price. Saturday.

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Wycombe Wanderers at Sixfields. Aidy Boothroyd needed a win but he didn't

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get it. The Cobblers lost 4`1 ` and at 5:39pm, less than an hour after

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the final whistle ` Boothroyd was sacked. We lost the manager at the

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weekend. He was a friend, particularly to me. The players got

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on with him well. But they reacted. We had a little talk and I thought

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they trained very well. Aidy Boothroyd joined Northampton Town

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just over two years ago. He'd already taken Watford into the

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Premier League, followed by spells at Colchester United and Coventry.

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In May, the Cobblers made it to the League Two play`offs and the Wembley

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final... But they lost. And this season has been a disaster. This is

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what Boothroyd told Look East just a few weeks ago. You know you're going

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to have highs and lows. There are more lows than highs. Fortunately,

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I'm getting the opportunity to change it and turn it around. A lot

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of guys in this day would have been chopped by now. `` in this day and

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age. Whether he realised or not, the board was losing patience. The

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Cobblers are bottom of League Two with just four wins. I know there

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was gloom after the decision. I just feel we have to have a lift. We

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can't have a negative opinion. I think the club are taking a gamble

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by replacing him at this stage. He knows the players. He's been backed

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financially. He looked to be getting more in January as well. After

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Saturday's final whistle, maybe Boothroyd did know what was coming.

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Instead of thanking the players on the pitch, he looked on then turned

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and walked straight down the tunnel. Within minutes he'd be sacked.

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Another manager looking for another job.

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A former sports editor here at BBC Look East has died at the age of 82.

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John Myatt presented sports bulletins during the 1970s and

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1980s. He was also a reporter and presenter on the radio programme

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Roundabout East Anglia. He died at Southwold Hospital yesterday.

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There was a time when you knew what to expect with an advent calendar.

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Mary and Joseph round the crib, perhaps a few shepherds in a field

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or some wise men on camels. These days it's anything from a Christmas

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tree to pop groups like One Direction. And behind every door,

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anything from chocolate to whiskey. But in the village of Abington Pigot

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in Cambridgeshire they've gone one better. The whole village has, in

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effect, become an advent calendar. Every night throughout December,

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people have gathered at a house and opened another window. Alex Dolan

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explains. It is the eve of Christmas Eve. For a small Cambridge village

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the countdown has been extra special. People usually open and

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Advent calendar but here in Abington Pigotts they have taken the idea

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even farther. They have transformed the house is in two Advent calendar

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windows. `` their houses. `` into Advent calendar windows. I tried to

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gauge interest and I had a great response. We have got lots of things

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here. Beyers, rabbits... `` Bears. What has it been like seeing all

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these windows? Everybody has had a different slant. It has been great

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to get together with people even just for 15 or 20 minutes. It has

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been lovely. It has been amazing. We are new to the village of this is

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our first experience. 24 minced pies. 24 glasses of wine. Lots of

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friendly people. The villagers have really got into

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the spirit of things. With just two windows left to open, they are

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likely that next year will be even better. `` they are all agreed that

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next year will be even better. That music will be in my head all night!

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Now for the weather. I am going to show you some graphics. Here are

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some very cold air over my homeland of North America. `` Here is some.

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There is a real contrast in temperature. It has allowed these

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big areas of low pressure to develop. You can see at streaming

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over. `` it. Some of these winds have been very fast. When you get

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strong winds like this, over the top of low pressure, it becomes quite

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fierce. Fort and eight, across our region, there will be gale force

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winds and some strong gusts. `` For tonight. The Met office has a wind

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their brain will be with us right throughout the night. `` the rain.

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60 to 70 mph is for the winds. These will come at around midnight. There

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could be some damage done. At the end of the night it will be confined

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to eastern areas. It will start to ease down eventually. The rainbow

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sweep away to the east leaving us with a much nicer day. `` the rain

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will. High temperatures of 78 Celsius. `` seven to eight Celsius.

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For Christmas Day it looks like a mild day. That is how things will go

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into Boxing Day. We will see the wind is picking up again. That could

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potentially cause some strong winds. See you tomorrow.

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