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Welcome to Look East. Coming up Another hike in rail fares.
Travellers in this region could be hit hardest, but are commuters an
easy target? An investigation is under way after
the body of a priest remained undiscovered for three days.
We will be here later with the rest of the news including.
One of our brightest new stars `` young stars and his mission to stamp
up `` stamp out bullying. And we help to catch the animals at
the zoo. `` and the animals. `` can't the animals.
Good evening. First tonight: A tax on going to work. How protesters in
this region have reacted to today's rise in rail fares. Season tickets
to the capital have increased by an average of 3%. This is lower than in
previous years because of a Government cap. But many say it s
still well above their pay rises ` and it's becoming cheaper to drive.
Emma Baugh reports. The morning commute ` a new year and
a new price hike. And today, the Green Party talking to commuters
about fare rises that are higher than inflation. A lot of people feel
hopeless. They are used to everything going up, and their wages
may be frozen or a very small increase. They feel there is very
little they can do. It is commuters that will pay the
lion's share of the increases. If you want to travel from Cambridge to
London for a year, it will cost you more than ?4000. From Northampton,
it will be more than ?5,000, and from Peter borough it will cost you
7,100 yards. `` Peterborough.
The Chancellor announced last month he'd cap season tickets at 3.1% But
city travellers are unimpressed The time I spend wasted at the station,
and they have the audacity to increase the fares, it is beyond B.
`` beyond me. It is all very well putting the prices up, as long as
the services are running well. Out of all our train companies, only
First Capital Connect would appear on camera. They agreed regular
travellers were the hardest hit Commuters take the highest because
sadly season`ticket are part of the regulated fares basket, and the
increase is set by Government. What I can say is that where we have the
opportunity to do so, we have made every effort to hold down fares
So, little cheer for rail passengers this new year ` all they can hope
for are smaller year on year increases.
A postmortem examination is being carried out on the body of a priest
discovered in a supermarket car park in Luton. Father Joseph Williams,
who'd been reported missing last Friday, was found dead in his car
outside Morrisons in Houghton Regis on Monday. The police say there are
no suspicious circumstances. A Cambridge woman.
Struggling to come to terms with the loss of a much loved colleague.
People fear they have lost someone who served them, somebody they liked
and admired, and for us as priests it is the loss of a colleague who
has been a priest of the dioceses since 2000.
Father Joseph Williams was found dead in his car in a supermarket car
park. Police believe his body had been there for three days. Dozens of
people would have passed by his vehicle. His parishioners are
shocked nobody stopped to find out what was wrong. It surprises me that
he was not found sooner. I think we all should look at what we do. I
know we do tend to look at people if they are asleep in a car and not
pass any heed, but I think as Christians we should be looking at
what we are doing and make sure people are OK.
The church has launched an investigation. So far, there are no
clues. Father Joseph was due to spend ability to Christmas with his
family on January 16, the date that has now been set for his funeral.
Passengers flying in to this region from Romania and Bulgaria say it's
harder to buy tickets after immigration restrictions were lifted
yesterday. Four flights from the two countries landed at Luton Airport
early this morning. Among those on board ` people coming to the UK for
work. Mike Cartwright was there to meet them.
Among the arrivals at Luton this morning ` Gaorgi Chilikov from
Bulgaria. He's come to Britain for his brand`new job. Today will be my
first day. I am excited, it is the finance industry so I suppose it
will begin so did high school. I see an application of my skills in terms
of language and experience. `` hi skill.
Many of the Bulgarians and Romanians we spoke to already work ` or study
` in this region. Their return flights though were much busier
they said. There are a lot of people on the plane now, and there have
been no tickets at all available because they are fully booked. Are
people coming here to work? Yes because in Rumania we did not have
lots of opportunities. Many people are working in Italy, Spain, not
just Europe. So they will be going to all different countries.
The long established routes `` they are long established routes, but if
demand goes up more flights could follow. Airlines have seen the
markets opened up `` open up, and we now have ten routes between Romania
and Bulgaria. Those campaigning for tighter
immigration controls say 50,000 Bulgarian and Romanian could move
here every year for the next five years.
In this part of the world, thousands of Eastern Europeans have found work
in farming and food packing. In Luton today this welcome sign. We do
not think the are a lot of Romanians coming. So it is a comment about
what the media had to say. The first of the new migrant workers
have already arrived, but how many will follow, nobody really knows.
Peter Bone is the MP for Wellingborough. He's one of a
growing number of MPs calling on the Government to once again restrict
working rights for Bulgarians and Romanians ` earlier tonight I asked
him why. We cannot have 70,000 people turn up in this country from
Bulgaria and Rumania, it would put too much pressure on our public
services. I think we should continue with the current Visa arrangements
which other people in this country who we want for specific jobs, but
not to let anyone come in. You say 70,000. Where have you got that
figure from? Lots of people have conflicting opinions, it is
guesswork, isn't it? The Government has not given as any figures, I
think it is ridiculous that they have not, though I suppose they are
looking back to when Poland's transitional arrangements did not
take place, and the Government said a few thousand Polish people will
come in and we had over half a million. But I am looking at the
independent forecasts by think tanks and it seems to me between 5000 and
70,000 seems to me the best estimate. The big issue in
Wellingborough is immigration, it is more important than health, crime,
even the economy. But have people got a warp perception of what
immigration might mean? Know, if you look at the figures, it is pressure
on housing, hospitals, schools. I would continue with the current
restrictions that other people into this country if we want them to come
in for a particular job, but not allow anybody to come in. You say
continue with these restrictions, but they were lifted yesterday. Is
it not too late for this debate no? Parliament can bring in these
restrictions or install them as soon as it once. What is frustration ``
frustrating is that it has not allowed Parliament to have a vote.
We will have a vote, and then MPs will have to make up their mind
whether they are going to support unlimited immigration from the
European Union or support what I believe is the right thing to do,
have restrictions and control your own borders. It is an essential
question that needs to be answered, and my constituents have made it
quite clear what they think should happen.
A Cambridge woman who was gored through the neck by a stag whilst on
holiday in Scotland will spend the next week in an induced coma. Dr
Kate Stone runs a hi`tech printing firm in Impington. She suffered
serious throat injuries after the animal panicked and charged at her.
An operation yesterday to repair the damage is said to have gone well.
The Luton and Dunstable Hospital has come under fire for a procedure
intended to ease back pain, but which for some patients actually
made the condition worse. The operation on 93 patients involved
using a spinal implant, but in many cases it later had to be removed.
The hospital's now being asked why it allowed so many operations to go
ahead. It's called a Dynesys spinal
implant, meant to alleviate back pain and increase mobility. In four
years 93 patients at the Luton and Dunstable Hospital underwent this
procedure, but outcomes were poor. Many people needed corrective
surgery ` others were told the operation had damaged their spine.
To see a member of your family or a friend go through two major
operations when they only needed one, and further to know that maybe
that first operation has reduced the chances of being out of pain, these
are serious questions. Many patients needed corrective surgery. Much of
it was done here at the National Orthopaedic Hospital in Stanmore.
What we have to do now is make sure that when a new product comes to the
market base, it is done in a number of centres and the correct amount of
information is obtained. And outcomes are addressed before it is
used widespread throughout the rest of the NHS.
The Dynesys implant is made in America. Its manufacturers, Zimmer,
say it's been successfully implanted into thousands of patients
worldwide. In a statement they said: The implants at the L and D were
carried out by one surgeon working alone.
The hospital now accepts there could have been better monitoring of
outcomes for patients. One of the things we identified was that an
individual surgeon working single`handedly, the are no checks
and balances in place. It is very important that clinicians can
scrutinise their peers' work and see that things are leading to good
outcomes. Two surgeons now monitor each
other's work, and the hospital no longer performs Dynesys implants.
But for those patients living in pain, these changes have come too
late. More than 20,000 homes and
businesses across Beds are to get superfast broadband. The project is
backed by Government funding and should reach 90% of homes in the
county by the end of 2016. There was to my's top stories.
forward. It has proved a frustratingly slow restoration
process. Still to come. The girls from last night's football. Ronan
Parke talks to us about beating bullies. And we are with the great
animal count at Banham Zoo. 1,500 jobs are be created this year
with the opening of a second Center Parcs site in the region. It's one
of a number of developments on the business scene in 2014. Our business
correspondent Richard Bond has been looking at the prospects for this
region. New Year cheer has been lacking on
this production line ever since the recession. Jobs have gone, a shift
has been cut. This year, the workers had reason to feel perky. This event
will be launched in the spring. This will guarantee production for the
next 12 years. It's been made here since 2001. It could have turned out
so differently for one of the region's last major factories. This
model nearly went to France, but after lengthy negotiations going
right to the top of government, a decision was made to keep production
here. Huge sums have been invested in the plans, including ?40 million
in this new body shop. It will assemble the vans using the latest
robotics, and if things go well, a second shift could be added. We
anticipate that in the midst of 2015, the volume will blow up and
out guys will get two shifts. That is our prediction provided the
market will grow as anticipated. It won't be all good news in the
manufacturing sector. This factory will close in the spring with a loss
of more than 200 jobs. It was founded in the town. It's jobs have
moved to Hertfordshire. The infrastructure is badly in need of a
boost. It will get one late in the year. Work on the last stretch of
single carriageway between two more areas is being completed. Another
significant event, this time for tourism, will be the opening of the
new Center Parcs in Bedfordshire. The ?250 million project is due to
welcome its first guests in the spring. Center Parcs will inject
approximately ?20 million into the regional economy. As well as that,
we're creating many jobs, and they are permanent. 1500 jobs all year
round. We're right on the doorstep of the south`east here. Millions of
potential customers to come and enjoy our facilities at Center
Parcs. With unemployment falling and growth picking up, it could be a
good time to open a holiday park, especially one close to the
south`east. And tomorrow, our sports editor
Jonathan Park will be looking ahead to a year in sport ` in particular
the for gymnastics at the Commonwealth Games.
Lots of you will remember Ronan Parke from Britain's Got Talent. He
was the bookies' favourite to win the competition in 2011 but finished
in second place. Since then, Ronan, who's from Norfolk, has released an
album and a string of singles. His latest record, Defined, is out on
Monday and will raise money for Kidscape, the anti`bullying charity.
This afternoon I spoke to Ronan Parke and Peter Bradley from
Kidscape about the message they were hoping to get across.
I was very close with the writers who were writing the song, and I
spoke to them closely saying about my experience with bullying, which
was online after Britain's got talent. It was just name`calling
mostly on social networking sites. I think Kidscape just connected with
the song, because it is talking about not just the effect of how
people will feel about bullying, but about how they can overcome it and
not let it define you. The video is hard`hitting. Very powerful. I
suppose that is really important to actually show the kind of effects
that bullying has. Even filming it, I stood there watching it being
filmed, and it's like giving you shivers because it was so realistic.
It's very bad cases of bullying, but that they can be like, and that's
what we wanted the video to really show people. The statistics on
bullying are still pretty shocking. So many young people affected. We
have heard about cyber bullying from Ronan, but is verbal bullying still
the worst`case? In the United Kingdom, verbal bullying is the most
common form of bullying. As you've seen, cyber bullying affects so many
young people, and of course it's 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and
is an relentless. The thing about cyber bullying is that you are
one`on`one, aren't you? You're looking at something. No one else
need be around you all see what's happening. With cyber bullying, it's
the fact that it can be so ruthless, and you can't see people's reactions
to it. That's why I think it is a very bad case of bullying. All
bullying is awful, but I think cyber bullying, because you consider
reactions or see how people will deliver quick. More people are
getting tablets and phones where they are going on social networking
sites. What would you say to anyone who is being bullied? It's important
that you are from if you are being bullied, you tell a trusted adult as
soon as possible. A parent, adult friend, a teacher. By telling
someone, it can be stopped, because as we know, once it goes viral and
around the world, news travels quickly. Speed is of the essence to
stop cyber bullying. Kidscape's research shows that quite a few
parents and teachers don't know how to deal with cyber bullying. What
you think is the answer? How can they be educated? What's important
is that young people and teachers and parents work together joined up
approach. The education of cyber bullying has to be within the
curriculum and teachers need to be more aware and pass that knowledge
on to young people. You have dealt well with what happened to you.
Obviously things are going well now? I've learnt not to look at it
and just take a step back, not read the comments. But people can be
awful, but people can also be really kind, so I think I'm lucky to be
able to have people who support me, and my fans are great to me and they
really help me as well. They are so supportive. They've been supportive
about the track and what me and Kidscape are doing. I'm grateful.
Good luck to both of you. Thank you very much.
In football, we start 2014 with a number of teams battling at the
wrong end of the table. But both Ipswich and Southend were unbeaten
over Christmas. Northampton are still searching for a new manager,
while Norwich are hoping to find form. Yesterday's draw with Crystal
Palace in the Premier League means they haven't won in five games.
As Christmases go, very little to celebrate for Norwich. No wins, few
points. 2014 now all about survival. Little to cheer at Selhurst Park, a
game low on quality but high on spirits, with two teams each braced
for a fight to the death. Bradley Johnson's goal a rare moment of real
class. Johnson! Good effort, and in!
Norwich City League! Soon, the mood turned sour. One
player lucky to escape with just a booking for this, and Palace were
level shortly after. Leroy Fer's foul, a booking and a penalty scored
by Jason Puncheon. The second half all but a write`off, notable only
for Fer's second yellow, meaning he will miss Saturday's FA Cup game
with Fulham. A glance at the table shows Norwich have little breathing
space. A 6`point cushion pre`Christmas has closed to just
three over the drop zone, but one win would ease the pressure.
three over the drop zone, but Ipswich begin the year in the
play`offs upbeaten in eight, the Championship's form team. The gift
of an own goal set them on their way, but Charleston denied them
three points in injury time. Darren Ferguson has been longing for
January, with the transfer window open. Expect arrivals and departures
to reignite Peterborough's promotion push. Jack Payne's goal gave Posh
hope against Brentford making it 1`1, but the leaders once again
pulled away. It finished 3`1. The fact
Colchester's goalkeeper was man of the match at MK Dons tells its own
story. Sam Walker made a string of saves in a goalless draw. The Ewes
rode their luck. The dominant Dons couldn't find a way through. Then a
bleak picture. The Gillingham game off. Borough at bottom. The
chairman's backed Graham Westley to turn it around, but with the manager
under pressure to reduce the wage bill, there is little money to play
with. A productive Christmas for Southend. Seven points from three
games. Ryan Leonard scored late in each half to beat Portsmouth.
Northampton start the year bottom of the football league and without a
manager. We understand interviews have taken place with a small number
of applicants. Iain Dowie is the favourite. Tom Williams, BBC Look
East. There will be lots of companies
doing their stock`taking over the next few weeks. It's not much fun,
and can take time. But of course it gets a bit more interesting at a
zoo. It's not always easy, because the zoo population changes over the
course of the year, and occasionally some animals just don't want to be
counted. But we sent Mike Liggins to Banham Zoo in Norfolk to see if he
could be of any help. One two, three, four... They should
have been ten, but I can only see nine. We did have some help from
this little chap, who is keen to check out the paperwork. A stock
take happens because suits need to know what they have. We contacted
the breeding coordinators and do an update of what we've got and what
sexes. Perhaps the most important number in the ban inventory is too.
Two Siberian tiger cubs. They have been a huge draw over the summer.
They are critically endangered species, so they are important in
this breeding programme. There are thought to be less than 400 left in
the wild. There are 120 species at Banham Zoo, and over 2000 animals in
total. That number is hard to calculate because there are 1568
cockroaches. And very friendly they are too. But not as friendly as the
lemurs. Eight Ring tailed and five red ruffs. They are very different
in character. The Red Cross, sweet as they are, they are more
temperamental. The ringtail is a very laid`back, but might `` like
most lemurs, they like food. You know that old showbiz saying about
never working with animals and children? It's true. Meerkats can
get into funny places. But one and my leg, sorry. And so can lemurs.
When it comes to doing the annual stock... Oh, God! This one had left
onto the camera. Perhaps he wanted to make sure he had been counted.
Weren't expecting that. That's brilliant. The weather.
An area of low pressure is bringing wet and windy traditions to the
south`east of the King country. It is bringing problems overnight.
Here, we get off quite lightly. There will be some rain later, but
the big feat of these low for us will be the strength of the wind as
it makes its way to the North Sea. Currently dry across the region. We
will see increasing amounts of cloud moving from the West. This fairly
narrow band of rain will battle through quickly tonight into the
early hours of tomorrow morning. We will see some clear spells behind.
Perhaps one or two showers. In terms of temperatures, they do stay mild,
five to seven Celsius. It will be windy by the end of the night. Gusts
around 45 knots per hour. We start tomorrow still quite windy. There
will be some sunshine around first thing, and some blustery showers as
well, particularly through the morning and into the early
afternoon. Tending to die away through the late afternoon, but some
sunshine out there. Certainly windy. Though speeds will pick up into the
mid`afternoon, so these are the of average speeds we can see around
2:00pm. Temperatures staying mild. 89 Celsius. The wind will make it
feel chilly. Once more, we have the chance of some 40 mile an hour gusts
through the afternoon and early part of the evening. Some showers still
around the afternoon and evening, but they will tend to fade around
with some clear spells developing later. The forecast will stay very
unsettled, so the pressure pattern for Sunday really flags up that
point. You can see the steep area of low pressure out into the Atlantic
are pushing through some strong winds across the region. Having said
that, Saturday does not look quite as windy. In fact, it may well start
wet with outbreaks of rain through morning. By afternoon, it is looking
more dry and brighter. Clearing skies for Saturday night. That will
mean there is a risk of Frost as temperatures get close to freezing.
In Sunday, will start dry and bright. Quickly turning cloudy, and
is outbreaks of rain. This area of low pressure will bring some heavy
rain for the evening on Sunday and into the overnight period. By Monday
morning, still some showers around and still unsettled. A quick
barometer check. 998 millibars. Thank you very much. That's all from
us. Have a very good evening.