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on the BBC News Channel. I'm back with the News at Ten. Now it's
Good evening. And we start tonight with the New Year's Honours List in
this region. A former head teacher who now runs an education trust in
Norfolk is among those to be recognised. Rachel de Souza becomes
a Dame of the British Empire. The new boss of the East of England
Ambulance Service is also honoured. Simon Newton has this report.
From Norfolk to Bedfordshire, she has turned around failing schools,
and today Rachel de Souza becomes a Dame for services to education.
I really wasn't expecting it, I know everyone says that but it was a real
shock and then it just felt great, like ten Christmases had just come
at once! As an able Seaman, Edward Slater
from Colchester served on D`day. Chairman of the Normandy Veterans
Association, he is made an MBE. This is an honour to every man who
went to Normandy on six June 1944. This is their honour as well as
mine. Betty Baines from Diss in Norfolk
also gets a gong after 56 years of campanology, she is made an MBE for
services to bell`ringing. I'm over the moon, I'm so thrilled
and I can't believe it's happened for me, really.
Also honoured as Doctor Anthony Marsh, the new head of the East of
England Ambulance Service. He gets a Queen's Ambulance Medal.
And Professor David Neill, a cancer specialist at Addenbrooke's Hospital
receives a CBE. Gillian Wood, from Henlow in
Bedfordshire, has been involved in scouting for 40 years and is still
going strong. Her effort rewarded with the British Empire Medal.
I was just an ordinary person and I got this wonderful award and I just
still cannot believe it. From chief executives to charity
workers, more than 100 people from the East were named in today's New
Year's Honours List, recognition of their service to their communities
and the nation. A woman from Cambridge has been left
seriously injured after being attacked by a stag in the highlands
of Scotland. Kate Stone was airlifted to the Southern General
Hospital in Glasgow. She's understood to be in intensive care.
The incident happened in a village near Fort William in the early hours
of yesterday morning. Members of the Fire Brigades' Union
began their latest walk`out 15 minutes ago. The latest strike runs
from 6.30pm until half past midnight. In Essex those who take
part have been told they won't be paid for the rest of the shift.
Thousands of tonnes of sand is finally being cleared from the
seafront at Felixstowe ` more than three weeks after a massive tidal
surge hit the East Coast. The clean`up operation started almost
immediately, but work has been hampered by a new wave of storms.
Unlike other parts of our coastline, the title source left
thousands of pounds of sand on Felixstowe promenade, and is in the
process of being cleaned up. Is a problem we did not have on
Felixstowe before, prior to the sea defence work that was put in place,
we had a prayer. `` we had a predominantly single beach.
This is either promenade looked afterwards. The plants and seating
have also been covered. The clean`up operation has been constantly
hampered by the Guild force winds, blowing the sands back on the
promenade. We are trying to make the access to
the promenade safer. When there are projected high tides and severe
winds, we will carry on. They will discuss moving the sands
next week. A couple from Norfolk who went
without food in order to pay for Christmas are warning others about
the dangers of falling into debt. Donna and John Smith turned to the
charity 'Christians Against Poverty' for help. Two years ago, this
couple's lives were consumed by debt. When he lost his job, they
turned to credit cards for money. They found themselves ?45,000 in
debt and had to file for bankruptcy, not helped by the stress
of paying for Christmas. You feel obligated to buy your children and
relatives and everybody something nice, but she cannot afford. It is a
big worry. We have gone without a couple of meals to try to get some
money together. The couple turned to this charity
for financial advice and assistance. The charity says that its client in
the east are nearly ?12,000 in the East on average. The majority of
money owed on credit cards and loans, all things that mount up at
this time of year. This is generally our busiest time
of year because people do not want to think about it, they want to
provide an ace Christmas for their family, particularly if they have
children. They may use credit cards or other short`term borrowing to
provide Christmas. The couple are now managing their
money and get free `` get free debt free.
It is looking promising that you will welcome in the New Year under a
clear sky. The cloud has still not quite cleared from the eastern half
of the region. It should soon be out into the North Sea, leaving us with
a largely dry night. Some patchy cloud, with the chance of showers,
but they might just get into the Western Power so for most of us it
will probably be dry at midnight. Relatively mild until midnight, but
temperatures will drop after that. Perhaps a touch of ground frost in
places. Some further showers after midnight across the region. Then it
looks like a dry start to New Year's Day. Not for long. A wet and windy
day to come for New Year's Day. Mild array will raise temperatures, but
the rain and cloud and the strength of the wind will not make it feel
great. This will be a very persistent and heavy spell offering.
Thank you very much that is all from us this evening. Happy New Year.
Goodbye. us this evening. Happy New Year.
team, have a happy New Year. Good evening. It looks like mother
nature may provide her own pyrotechnics in the run-up to bid
night tonight. We have some heavy showers in western parts, starting
to ease a bit across Scotland and Northern Ireland. But the showers
further south are heavier, with some flashes of lightning as they move
eastwards. They do get a bit more hit and miss as we head towards
midnight, but a greater chance of getting wet in the south as we move
into 2014. Cardiff and London could see heavy downpours. Further north,
you could be greeting the New Year on a dry note. A touch of frost in
northern and eastern areas going into New Year's Day. A few