26/12/2013 Look East - West


26/12/2013

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News Channel. We are back with the late news

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Hello, I'm Jenny Kirk. Traditional Boxing Day hunts took

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place across the region today, with meets in Northampton, Suffolk,

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Essex, Norfolk and Cambridgeshire. At Brigstock in Northamptonshire,

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organisers say, despite the fox hunting ban, the number of people

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taking part has been rising, largely down to the web and social media. It

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comes as a poll for animal welfare charities suggests the majority of

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the public want the ban to remain. The Boxing Day hunt. Horses, pounds,

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hundreds of people here. A spectacle centuries`old. Now seeing their

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numbers grow, they say, because of 21st`century social media. People

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now get hold of me via Facebook. We had a newcomers' date with probably

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25 or 30 people out, which, to have got the information out using other

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forms of advertising, would have been firstly difficult, and

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secondly, expensive. This woman and her five`year`old daughter are

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having their first time here. They heard about the hunt from the web.

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Force ourselves, this is more the case that is the first time we have

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done this, so getting the horse prepared for it all. It has been

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good. It has been really, really good. A lot more people than I

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expected. I didn't realise it was so popular. A poll by the RSPCA found

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80% of people thought hunting should remain banned. Around 60 riders took

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part here today, and more join every year, they say. People still want to

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come out and hunt. We lay trails, we exercise the hounds, and we try and

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provide a day of entertainment. We are having a bit of fun. It is a

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tradition that will never die. More alive than ever, they say, with

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social media. A robber who threatened a

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90`year`old woman at knife`point is being hunted by the police in

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Northampton. The masked thief stole World War I medals belonging to the

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woman's late father and a World War II Burma Star which belonged to her

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late husband. Police have just released details of the theft in

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Debdale Road, and they're calling it a "horrible incident."

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Hundreds of people had a moment of madness this morning and went for a

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swim in the sea off the east coast. These were the scenes during the

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annual Boxing Day dip in Cromer. It's been a tradition there since

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1985 and those taking part were raising money for local charities. I

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can speak from personal experience. It was incredibly cold today, but

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exhilaration takes care of that. This year, it is incredibly special,

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because we are raising money for the Norfolk 's open association, because

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the memory of our club has a daughter who has value their

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services this year. It has been great to raise money for them.

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Sport now. In football, in the Premier League, Norwich lost at

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home, beaten by Fulham 2`1. In the Championship, a good result for

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Ipswich ` they won away at Doncaster by three goals to zero. Coventry

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twice came from behind to beat League One promotion hopefuls

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Peterborough 4`2. Colchester beat Stevenage 4`0, and it was a good

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away win for MK Dons as well. They beat Crawley 2`0. In League Two,

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Southend beat Wimbledon 1`0, while Northampton lost at Burton by a goal

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to nothing. Strong winds and heavy rain are

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expected overnight, raising fears of further flooding and power cuts.

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There are flood warnings already in place across parts of the region.

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You can find out more on the Environment Agency website. With

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more details, here's Georgina Burnett.

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Good evening. I'm afraid it is a bit of a grotty end to Boxing Day, so

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tonight will be a bit of a wet and windy night. Rain pushing through

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this evening from the west, and also strong southerly winds picking up.

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That will be the same for tomorrow morning, so cost of 40 to 50 miles

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an hour inland, and perhaps just clipping 60 mph along the coast as

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well. Rainfall, we are expecting ten to 20 millimetres by tomorrow, and

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perhaps even up to 30 millimetres locally. That storm starts to make

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his way after the east, so by about lunchtime, we should see the back of

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that. Behind it, we have drier, brighter conditions, but it will

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still be quite a blustery afternoon, temperatures reaching eight, nine or

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even 10 Celsius. Quite a cold night to follow tomorrow night, and a

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couple of chilly but settled days before another feature working its

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way through at the beginning of next week.

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You can keep up with developments on That's it for now.

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Your BBC local radio station. We'll be back with an update at 10:15.

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Until then, enjoy your evening. Hello there, most of us have had a

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quiet Boxing Day, mostly dry, chilly, lingering mist, light winds.

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That is all about to change. The next storm arriving on our doorstep

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right now, over night tonight will see wet and

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