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perhaps 48 hours of drier weather for many of us. But between now and


Hello and welcome to Look East. In the programme tonight:


Are private companies encouraging benefit tourism by helping migrants


to claim? The election blunder in


Cambridgeshire which could mean the wrong candidate was announced the


winner. Return to the classroom. A big day


for the Duke of Cambridge as he starts his new course.


And six months and counting. The region gets ready for the Tour de


France. Private companies that charge


migrants in our region for help in claiming benefits should be better


investigated. That's the claim of the MP for Peterborough. Stewart


Jackson fears at best they are exploiting the migrants and at worst


encouraging what he calls benefit tourists.


People from all and, Latvia and Rumania `` Poland. Some people won't


support and they are willing to pay for it. There are numerous places


along here you can pay for help in filling out forms. Sometimes it is


?10. Sometimes more. This woman moved here ten years ago. She paid


for help for filling in forms. It was 120 four child revenue and tax


credit. She thinks it was too much. Today, the MP for Peterborough has


called for these types of businesses to be investigated. I think they


need to get the regulatory forces, such as people in charge of


licensing, to be ensuring that people are not exploited. It is not


a good image for Peterborough. We want working people who are sold


sufficient and making a contribution. We don't want benefit


tourists. This advice centre opened in Peterborough this week. For 60 a


year, migrants will be told about employment rights, benefits and how


to find a GP. Fiona says she is here to help, not rip people off. A lot


of people are helping. But others are taking too much of a cup. Was a


huge market. There are a lot of vulnerable people at there. The


citizens advice bureau can offer some help for free. In communities


like this, many migrants are paying private companies instead.


So why are migrants paying for help they could get free of charge?


Martin Lord Is from the Citizen s Advice Bureau in Northampton. He


told me that many private companies are run by migrants themselves and


so they are more appealing. But I asked if the CAB should advertise


its services more. We do make ourselves fairly well


known amongst the migrant community. There is a lot of information on our


website in a range of languages And we so questions that migrants


frequently ask us. The vast majority of people who seek advice from our


service asking about employment issues and not necessarily those


regarding Social Security benefit and tax credit. When I think about


the frequently asked questions, it is about not being paid at work


about were men who become pregnant being dismissed by their employer


and so on. It's not that the vast majority of migrants are benefit


tourists? We don't see a great deal of evidence for that. Things might


change in terms of new migrants but there are strong restrictions placed


on what new migrant communities from Romania and Bulgaria can claim.


Those from Poland and with the Waimea are potentially younger and


speak reasonably good English `` Lithuania. They are prone to being


exploited in the workplace or by private landlords. Have you had many


Romanians and Bulgarians coming to you for help yet? There has been a


trickle. Not since January, but historically because there have been


a number of people who have been working here on a self`employed


basis. Does it concern you that some private companies are charging


migrants hundreds of pounds for help filling in these forms? It does It


is difficult to separate the issue of giving advice on employment


issues and Social Security and the process of actually filling in


forms. I would imagine that many of these providers are not in any way


qualified to provide the support and are preying on people is former


abilities and might actually end up giving people the wrong advice in


the process. We will continue to do our best to help all the communities


we serve, including those from abroad.


Members of the Conservative Party in Cambridgeshire will hold a special


meeting this week to discuss claims that they may have chosen the wrong


candidate to represent them at the next election. There are suggestions


that the votes weren't properly counted during last month's


selection. Our political correspondent is in our newsroom.


This is all rather embarrassing so what happened?


A lot of conservatives in the south`east are quite angry about


this. They really tried hard to be open and transparent when it came to


choosing a successor to Sir James Pace. Last month, they held an open


primary and asked members of the public to help them choose. They


chose Lucy Fraser, a London barrister highly regarded by the


party hierarchy. She was not the favourite to win locally. It was


only later on that they discovered some of the folks in her bundle had


been cast for another candidate It was probably an innocent mistake,


but it does call the verdict into question. They're having a special


meeting to officially re`endorse Lucy Fraser. She was not the


favourite. Supporters of at least one other candidate are saying they


are going to call for the whole election to be rerun. If that


happens, it will be embarrassing for the party. Hierarchy are saying this


is a local matter and if it needs a second election, so be it. But the


local Conservative Party will not want that to happen.


All but two of our hospitals met the Accident and Emergency waiting times


over the Christmas week according to figures out today. The number of


patients fell slightly over the festive period, which may have


helped. This is the target that all


hospitals are expected to hit. 5% of emergency patients should be


treated within four hours. According to NHS England, these hospitals all


failed to achieve that. The worst performing here was Northampton


General. But Milton Keynes is an unusual case because even though the


A department itself missed the target, the hospital also has an


urgent care centre which looks after less serious injuries. Taking those


figures into the mix, Milton Keynes as a whole did meet the target at


nearly 97%. But these hospitals without question performed well The


best in the region were Hinchingbrooke and the Luton and


Dunstable, which despite high demands achieved 98.4%. The BBC has


learned that A departments across the country have a number of


patients who repeatedly turn up One patient at Luton and Dunstable went


to casualty 234 times over the course of the year. That is more


than every second day. Even now a week into the new year many


hospitals are still struggling with unusually high numbers of patients.


Peterborough, Milton Keynes and Addenbrooke's Hospital are all on


black alert at the moment, meaning there's a serious shortage of beds.


I think patients are probably experiencing two major issues.


People are having to wait a little longer in A departments before


getting access to treatment. Secondly, unfortunately we have had


to cancel a number of people for routine surgery in the last five or


six days. But the concern now is how will hospitals cope if the weather


takes a turn for the worst? It's been a very mild winter so far, but


pressure always increases during a cold snap.


There's also news today about children's services at Bedford


Hospital. A report into the problems in paediatrics last summer which led


to services being suspended says leadership at the time was weak It


says the hospital board effectively ignored the safety concerns of


junior doctors. Today the hospital told us many of the concerns have


already been addressed. Five organisations have thrown their


hats into the ring for a ?1 billion contract to run health care for the


elderly in Cambridgeshire. It is the largest outsourcing contract in NHS


history. But protest groups say it will put patients and the NHS at


risk. A feisty former nurse stopping


traffic to state her case. The public are not assured of what is


going on. We hope to educate them at the same time. The campaigners say


health care services in Cambridgeshire should stay within


the NHS. Today the clinical listing group announced the short list.


So far, we have had some interesting and exciting conversations that have


not happened in the last 15 years of the NHS about how organisations can


really make a difference for patients when looking after all of


our health care. This is not the first time this has happened.


Hitting brick hospital became the first privately run NHS hospital in


the country in 2012. `` hitting brick. There are fears that could


set a precedent for other commissioning groups across the


country. This could ultimately lead to the break`up of the NHS. That is


whoever wins the contract would have to do meet fierce NHS standards


Station staff on Greater Anglia s West Anglia route have voted to go


on strike. Around a hundred members of the Rail Maritime and Transport


union are involved in the dispute. It's in a row over flexible working


and claims that proper procedures were ignored. Union members backed a


campaign of industrial action by nine to


work that could stop it happening again.


Still to come, a new project designed by a mother and daughter


from Norfolk to combat bullying in schools. Plus the white van man


turning muck into masterpieces. Students have been arriving back in


Cambridge for the start of the new term, but one in particular has


attracted quite a bit of attention because he happens to be second in


line to the throne. Yes, Prince William, the Duke of Cambridge, was


getting settled in today, as he begins a ten`week course in


agriculture. Ben Bland reports. It is a university city that is rich


in royal connections, with college names like kings and queens, you do


not need a first to work that out. Today the latest royal student


arrived, Prince William. He will be studying agriculture on a course


that has been designed just for him. What you think about him coming here


to study? It is great. It is a nice environment for everybody. Good luck


to him. It does not really bother me too much. I think it is great. What


would you see if you bumped into him? Fort would I say? Hi! Of course


he's not the first member of the rail family to study at Cambridge.


The college itself was founded by King Henry VIII `` first member of


the Royal family. Some students had accused the


University of giving the future King special treatment, allowing him in


with A`level grades of eight, B and C. Today that criticism was


withdrawn. The ten week course will help him to run the Duchy of


Cornwall, the farmland that his father will handover. It is good


that he wants to study with real experts and I understand that it is


interdisciplinary and focuses on architecture, agriculture, planning,


leadership. It strikes a lot of chords as a good way to prepare. At


the nearby college of West Anglia the hope that it will inspire


others. You need to be good at maths and science, it is not just for


people who have nothing else to do. It is a very high`tech business. The


Royal student will have his knows in his book, but East didn't say that


he can get some practical experience down at their farm `` but these


students say. It's six months to the day until the


world's biggest bike race passes through our region. Stage three of


the Tour de France goes through Cambridge and on to London.


So let's remind ourselves of the route. The riders will cycle through


the centre of Cambridge before heading south into Essex. Here the


route will take them along smaller roads, through villages, before


joining the A104 into London, finishing outside Buckingham Palace.


Our sports editor Jonathan Park reports on six months to go.


For Luke Hennessy, 2014 is a very important year. It is the year that


he is trying to make it as a professional cyclist. It is also the


year that the world's biggest cycle race comes to his home city,


Cambridge. It is massive, it has never happened before, it will never


happen again, it will come to Cambridge, more than likely. It is a


once`in`a`lifetime opportunity. Next week he is off to Europe to race


against seasoned pros in the hope of landing a contract. Words cannot


describe it. Who would have thought that it would happen, the tour


coming to Cambridge. Just back it as much as you can. This is where stage


three of the true difference starts exactly six months today before


heading to Essex and London. It is hard to believe that this park will


be a sea of cyclist and their support staff for the teams, around


2000 in total, plus there will be thousands of spectators and


everything else that goes with staging one of the biggest aborting


events on the planet. `` sporting events. Six months today, the true


difference starts here. Does it? A surprise. Did you know it was


coming? Yes, definitely. Did you know? Now, I did not. `` no, I did


not. Some in the know, some no wiser. The council today said that


the big push start in spring. From roundabout March and own words it is


going to become very obvious that the true difference is coming to


Cambridge. `` and own words. For Luke and his team`mates, they


started the day with a six mile ride. Their thoughts may just have


wondered however to seeing their rivals in July.


Three`time Olympic medallist Louis Smith has announced that he's


returning to full`time training in an attempt to qualify for this


year's Commonwealth Games. Louis is from Peterborough but trains in


Huntingdon. He says he'd thought the London Olympics would be his last


competition, but now says he has "unfinished business" with the


sport. I mean, I am confident I can get my


pommel horse back to a level where it can be considered for the team.


Whether it is what the team are looking for, whether they want more


all`rounders, whether I can prove that I am better than the youngsters


that are in the team that are doing great at pommel horse, I don't know.


It will be hard to make the team, all I can do is get back to a level


where I feel good and I am producing medal winning routines.


The young pop star Ronan Parke came on Look East last week to talk about


his new anti`bullying single. Ronan told us how he was bullied on social


networking sites after finding fame in Britain's Got Talent. I think


that with cyber bullying it is a thing that it can be so ruthless and


you cannot see people's reactions to it. That is why I think it is a very


bad case of bullying. All of them are full, but because you cannot see


the reactions you do not understand how people are dealing with it ``


all of them are terrible. After seeing the interview, a family in


Norfolk got in touch to tell us they've designed a programme for


schools to stop bullying before it starts. Bullying Stinkz is the first


of its kind in the UK and teaches young children to celebrate each


other's differences. Jacqui Hitchcock`Wyatt and her


daughter Ellie are here with us now. Thank you for coming in. First of


all, why as a family have you decided to do this? I think it is


because of their personal experiences. I have twins who are 16


and they were believed from the age of three. For eight years they were


relentlessly bullied at four different schools here in Norwich.


We could do nothing about it. The school could not deal with it, we


did not know what to do about it, my parents did not know. We were


distraught, the whole family went into meltdown because we could not


deal with it. It got a point where we were all very well and we had to


make a decision as a family that we would try to do something that would


stop this to other families. So you have created this programme which


will go into schools and preschools. From a young person's perspective,


how will it work? It will help people from a young age to feel good


about themselves and to celebrate their differences and the


differences in their peers. It will help them feel good about themselves


and give them confidence. The title of the programme is called Great As


You Are. The whole idea is that we should celebrate differences. It is


learned behaviour. It is learned behaviour, and the frightening thing


is that it is increasing and it is starting at younger. People are


arriving at school is knowing how to bully already, that is because they


have learned it from their environments. This programme is to


help parents, young children, teachers, to make sure that they


know how to use other forms of behaviour. You have tested it for


quite some time, there are preschools, schools, looking at


taking it up? We have been trialling it for several years and we have an


incredible team of experts. Lots of schools that are actually helping us


with the programme, so it has all been tested for four years and now


we go into schools and nurseries this September. It is ready to go.


What you need to happen for it to be taken up by schools? In order for it


to be taken up by schools, obviously we believe in it, but I think that


the headteachers and people in the school need to believe in the


cause, and I think having them wanting to help, I think that


everybody really wants to stop being and that desire is going to make


them want to get involved in this programme. Good luck with the


programme, thank you very much for coming on and telling us all about


it. It was Banksy who made graffiti art


famous. He's said to have made millions, but we still don't know


his identity. Well, now there's a new kid on the


block. His name is Ruddy Muddy and he's from Norfolk. Ruddy is


pioneering the use of muddy white vans to create art and Mike Liggins


has been to meet him. This is Ruddy Muddy inaction working


on a particularly grubby Forge transit. But for him, mud and grain


is what he needs. His true identity is at closely guarded secret. He


works quickly and with a bit of old tissue paper can create a mountain


scene of great beauty. I had a bit of time on my hands and I was


getting fed up with people rating all kinds of weird things on Van


Zandt thought it would be interesting to play around ``


writing all kinds of weird things on vans. We only joking about the


identity thing, Ruddy Muddy is really a van driver and amateur


artist. His van and what he calls his grafilthy art has been spotted


all over the region. I have had people contact me from all over, a


few in Cambridge as well. So your fame is spreading? The art certainly


is, I do not know about the fame. Ruddy Muddy's parties also portable.


We wanted to know what the great British public made of it, so we


took his van to a car park. I think it is great, brilliant. It is with


the good, better than the usual stuff on the side of a van that you


would see. You don't do any kind of that stuff? I don't think I could do


that. But not the rude stuff. No, not at all.


He makes it look easy, but it is not. But here is a little portrait


of our presenters. It is uncanny! It is like looking in


the mirror. Thankfully the rain will watch that away. Will there be some


rain to wash off that masterpiece? There may be. Part of America and


Canada have been plunged into exceptionally cold temperatures ``


parts. It has led to an abnormal jet stream which has pushed wet and


windy weather our direction. We have also had milder conditions. Our


warmest spot yesterday was 13 Celsius. It is early January, it


should be more like six Celsius. We got to 12 Celsius in certain parts


of Essex. We have also had unsettled weather, a lot of showers this


morning and some of you may have experienced heavy downpours with


heel mix in. There are some showers just across the western half, but


they make make their way into parts of Northamptonshire. The rain moves


up from the south`west, that might affect parts of Suffolk and Essex


across the eastern side. Essentially it is a largely night with clear


spells and lows of six or seven Celsius. At this time of year you


should really be down to around freezing. Still quite breezy as well


with the moderate `south`westerly. Tomorrow it does not look like a bad


aid. It will be dry, with sunny spells through the morning. `` a bad


day. Not a bad winter's Day at all. It changes subtly into the


afternoon, increasing cloud will eventually bring us some patchy rain


that will move through overnight. It is looking like a wet night forward


and is the night into Thursday morning. This area of low pressure


is bringing in that wet weather. Then we look ahead to the Outlook.


We may well start a little bit cloudy and wet on Thursday. It is


also looking quite breezy for Thursday. It settles down for Friday


and Saturday. It will be a bit cooler, there will be some sunny


spells around by the time we get to Saturday. There will be the return


of some overnight frost. We are back with Stargazing, that will be on for


three nights, make sure that you tune in at 8pm this evening. The


weather for stargazing tonight is looking good, a bit more cloud


around, a little bit wet. Just time to tell you a little bit


more about the Stargazing programme which is coming to you live from


Norwich. Thousands of people are expected to come along to the Forum,


we will bring you all of the build`up tomorrow. People are


working hard to make sure it is built on time.


That is all for now. Goodbye. A tenth of a second


could be the difference


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