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rain from the east. That's all from the BBC News At


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


crossings ` the campaign to make level crossings safer, but is


Network Rail moving fast enough The battle for classroom cash in


Cambridgeshire, with jobs at risk in a system even the Government says is


unfair and out of date. We will be here later in the


programme with the rest of the news including...


Could this be a champion of the future? The foal whose father is


Frankel. And another potential champion,


Charley Hull, on preparing for her first Major.


Good evening. Railways in this region are safer because one in ten


level crossings have been closed. That is according to Network Rail.


The national target was to shut 750 by April this year. Last week


closing a crossing in Cambridge are meant they met the milestone. Last


year ten people were killed accidentally on the UK's level


crossings and there were many more near misses.


A cyclist centimetres from death. This heart stopping near miss in


Cambridgeshire. One of the closest Network Rail say they have seen


This farm crossing in Cambridgeshire is the 750th they have closed. This


crossing, one less safety risk on the East Coast Main Line. The gate


is padlocked but Network Rail will still use it as an access point onto


the track. Up and down this track, there are many more crossings still


open and still being used by the public. In 2005, teenage school


friends were killed crossing the tracks in Essex. Olivia's mother


says the crossings closed since have been the easy ones. The next ones


will be higher risk, probably higher numbers of people involved and


therefore much more difficult to close. But it is important to close


as many as we can because that is the best way to protect it. Network


Rail say they have spent more than ?130 million on improvements. The


East has more than 900 crossings. Lucky escapes like these have been


captured by cameras across the country. And a crossing in


Huntington, drivers had concerns. You always wary. But don't be


stupid, don't jump them. Not really a problem at all. I just wait for


the lights and go when the lights say go, basically. You think they


are pretty safe? Yeah. Network Rail said they are committed to making me


crossings as safe as possible, but as long as the trains and the public


cross paths, there will always be dangers.


Warwick dentist `` the area director for Network Rail spoke to us


earlier. I think certainly a lot of level crossings have got various


legal complexities which we need to navigate through. We tried to do


that. In the interim period between closing the crossing, we look at


innovative ways using technology to help manage it as best we can.


Ultimately, the safest level crossing is a closed level crossing.


I appreciate it is expensive to close a level crossing or put in a


bridge. Sometimes people do not want them closed. It must be difficult to


overcome that. Ella Macri yes, we often come into challenge with local


communities `` yes, we do come in to challenge with local communities. We


may look to divert the crossings. In the last two years, a number of


bridges have been built to allow us to close the level crossing. I don't


think anyone would deny 750 crossings closed is a big step


forward, but ten people were killed accidentally on level crossings in


the UK last year. You cannot afford to think it is a job well done


already cost at certainly not. We are not becoming complacent. We


recognise yellow crossings are the single biggest risk and therefore we


have now over 120 level crossing managers. Working on improving


safety and moving towards closure. Network Rail was fined ?1 million


following the deaths of Charlotte and Olivia at a crossing. The


organisation knew the crossing had risks but did not do anything about


it. How would you say Network Rail's attitude has changed since


then? I think we have come a long way in that time following the


tragic events. We aim to close another 500 in the next five years


during our control period, but we are always keen to work with local


communities, local users around closing others and we do look for


every opportunity to close any crossings we can.


Next, the worst funded council in England for education. Even the


government admits the system is unfair. Now hundreds of people in


Cambridgeshire have put their names to a petition demanding change.


It is a tightly run ship where every penny counts. This school is the


educational leap pad for almost 2000 children. With Cambridgeshire the


lowest funded county for schools in England, cutbacks, heating,


lighting, maintenance, it is commonplace. Still it is not enough.


We cannot continue without impacting on staffing. We start by looking at


support staff and cut back. If that proves to be insufficient, we will


have no choice but to cut back on the curriculum and the teaching


staff. At the very top of the funding table is the City of London.


They have over ?8,500 per pupil Let us see how this region gets on.


Luton children fared the best with almost ?4800 each. In Hertfordshire,


they are getting just over ?430 . In Northamptonshire, just under ?4 00.


And her Cambridgeshire children and ?4000, right at the of the pile You


can justify in areas of high deprivation and need greater


funding, but you cannot justify that sort of gap where schools are


getting twice as much as Cambridge NEET Cambridgeshire. Already over a


thousand signatures on this petition. Why has Cambridgeshire


been historically underfunded? In a statement, the government agreed the


current system for funding schools is unfair and out of date. We expect


to publish details of our reforms shortly. Head teachers say there


should be transitional funding until all of the promised changes are


made. They say the crisis is here and now.


Next, why women in this region are failing to turn up for tests which


save thousands of lives a year. Cervical cancer kills around three


women a day in the UK. Women between 25 and 65 are invited for regular


screening. One in five do not go. This region is one of the worst in


the country. This woman was diagnosed almost two


years ago and underwent surgery that summer. She was overdue her smear


test by at least a year. The hardest thing for her was knowing she should


have gone sooner. I was working full`time. I had no need to go to


the doctor. I put it off. I knew I was probably due at smear test but


it wasn't on my register. I had them in the past and found them quite


uncomfortable and not the most pleasant of the siege is so it was


not something I was too worried about. Ashley Greg pleasant of


procedures `` pleasant of procedures. A cancer charity says


the Jade effect could be working. Half of women under 30 had delayed


getting tested in Cambridgeshire and a third had put it off because they


feared it might be painful. More than half were not aware of the


virus that caused the disease. We see about 25,000 cases of severe


precancer that are picked up with the screening programme every year.


If we were to do nothing about those, and these are women with no


symptoms, if we were to do nothing, there would be a large proportion of


women developing cancer and needing treatment or even dying from the


disease. Sam still has regular checks, her future is much more


positive and she knows she should still be able to have a family. That


was the one time when I started to fall apart was the phone call to say


they were not sure whether I would need to have a hysterectomy. OK I


might not be old to have children. Up until that point, I had not even


thought about it. `` I might not be able to have children. The choice


being taken away was the hardest thing. Now she is hoping others will


get tested so the cancer could be caught in time too.


The jury in the trial of two men accused of assisting Peter Baris it


real killer has been shown CCTV footage. It is taken from the shop


in Hereford. It shows her entering the store and buying tobacco. The


men denied the charges against them. The trial continues. Those are


the main stories from programmer critter night. Now the


charge the three men arrested or apply to the court for more time.


charge the three men arrested or The latest now on the bid by one of


our most senior MPs to keep his job in Parliament. Tim Yeo has been the


MP for South Suffolk since 1983. It's a classic safe seat. At the


last election, his majority was more than 8,500.


But in November; a bombshell from the executive of his constituency


association. They decided they didn't want him to be their


candidate in next year's General Election. In response, Mr Yeo has


asked for a ballot of all 600 members of the association. We'll


find out the results of that ballot on February third. He insists he


still has widespread support from his party. And there are several


dozen messages of support on his own website.


He declined to speak to Look East today. But here's what he told BBC


News about the ballot. I wanted all 600 members of my party in South


Suffolk to have the chance to take part in this vote. I did not want it


to be left to a small group of 30 people. I look forward to the


results of this ballot eagerly. I am quite happy to be judged on my


record and what I have done in South Suffolk. And what I do at


Westminster for Parliament and for the Conservative Party. And I am


quite confident that, if people look at my record, then they will reach


the verdict I hope they will reach, which is to reselect me.


Critics of Mr Yeo are not hard to find. But what makes this very


unusual is they have become very vocal. Earlier this afternoon, I


spoke to John Hinton, a Conservative councillor in Suffolk. I started by


asking him what his problem is with Mr Yeo. My problem is that, in 32


years in the village, we have had him as an MP for most of that time.


And in the early stages, when it was a brand`new constituency, he was a


very good local, convicted MP. `` local, connected MP. There were the


odd scandals, which were glossed over and moved on with. Because he


was generally doing a good job. In recent years, we have seen little of


him. In the village or elsewhere. And the criticism that comes to me


from other party members is that they do not see him. They do not


seem connected with the constituency. But isn't that a


problem when you become a well`respected member of the party?


You are on select committees and business keeps you in the House of


Commons? To a certain extent, yes. But as I pointed out in my letter


published in the press today, a rough analysis shows that 33% of his


time is possibly spent on his own personal business activities. Yet he


was elected as the MP for South Suffolk, to represent the people.


That should be his priority. It does sound as if there is something


personal underlying this? Not personal from my point of view. I am


involved in all sorts of activities throughout Suffolk and elsewhere.


Certainly, I do not see much of him at those activities if anything. It


is getting very messy, though, isn't it? Messy because everybody should


be abiding by the rules. If the rules had been strictly adhered do,


and much more balanced in their format, it did not need to be messy


at all. I think that, after the 30 odd years he would have been an MP,


we could have turned round, had a party for him and said thank you


very much. You have done a grand job, enjoy your retirement and


business interests. And a new young person would take his place to


revitalise the constituency. Why did you want somebody young? When


somebody with his experience and connections can do such a good job


for you? You say his experience and connections. Yes, a lot of


experience and connections. But I am not sure they are being used in the


right way. Is this to do with the fact you maybe disagree with him on


certain issues? And you want him to follow what everybody else in the


constituency says, other than his own mind? No, not just about that. I


would accept that his views on same`sex marriage differ


considerably from mine. As they did from a lot of other people in the


constituency. But you will understand that lots of other people


might feel differently from you and he may be representing those views?


I accept that. And that is all part of democracy. But when nobody has


actually asked you for your views, you start to think, has it not been


a little one`sided? Mr Hinton, thank you very much. You are welcome,


thank you. Our political reporter Andrew


Sinclair is here now. He says it is not personal. But it is getting


better and personal? yes, and out into the open. `` getting bitter.


The raw problems for the Labour Party, for example. And normally,


you have a private altercation, someone resigns and life goes on,


this is all in front of the media and will continue for the next few


days. Why is he so reluctant to answer his critics? he believes,


after 30 years as an MP, he should not have to defend himself. He


believes his record speaks for himself. He says he has been


re`elected on six occasions, with majorities, he has influence in


Parliament, and he organised one of his friends to speak to as. I find


him very helpful. I know lots of others find him that way. He goes


about his business quietly, does not shout about it, it helps people, and


if you look at his blog, you can see the amount of people supporting him


and saying thank you. Such is getting reaction within 24 hours, 48


hours, being kept informed, which you cannot ask for more. And that


has always been the nub of the problem. He is always been quite


behind the scenes. Maybe they are now looking for someone different.


Thank you. We heard a lot about Frankel's first


foal last week. It was born in Ireland. But the trouble was the


owners didn't want her to be filmed. But now there's another one. This


time the foal was born in Newmarket. And the owners are very happy to


show her off. Jonathan Park is at the National Stud now.


It is a bit like a royal baby arriving, in racing circles, so much


excitement at the arrival of the first Frankel foals. There will be


around 130 born, but here at the National Stud, a glimpse of maybe as


that of the future. One of the most eagerly anticipated sites, the first


Frankel foal pictures just two days old.


We take it in our stride. With over 100 every year, it is just a relief


that they are born healthy and well. More than anything. Last week in


Ireland, the first was born, but the National Stud in Newmarket is the


first in Britain to announce its own special arrival, complete with white


blaze just like his father. With many born every year, few will carry


the same hope, expectation or even pressure than this as yet unnamed


foal. Unbeaten in his career... The greatest! We could wait long for


another horse of Frankel's class, which is why thousands are charged


every time he meets a new partner. There will never be another Frankel.


At first some filly like her to go in the same league as him, competing


group, consistently winning, it will be a better ask. But there is


nothing to suggest that she couldn't compete in the classic level. For


the next five months, the filly will stay close to her mother, which has


its own bloodline, and sold for a great sum. She could be a great


resource. But no guarantees? No, it is not an exact science. And up


against 130 family rivals when it starts racing.


Just beautiful. Not much more appealing than that.


Last year, the teenage golfer Charley Hull from Northamptonshire


took the ladies game by storm. She finished second five times in a row


on the European Tour and became the youngest player ever to take part in


the Solheim Cup. Since then, she's been winning awards and is learning


to live with being interviewed. And there are those photo shoots as


well. That's what she's been doing today at Woburn Golf Club. This from


our sports reporter James Burridge. The publisher quite likes the mean


and moody look. Do you enjoy having your picture taken? It's all right,


if it's a good picture. If it is bad, I'm like no. As calm in front


of the camera as she is on the first tee. After a whirlwhind 2013, the


golfing world cannot get enough of Charley Hull. The sport of golf is


changing. It has quite a stuffy image. Certainly to those who do not


play the game. I just think she is a great role model for golfers of all


ages. From the young to very old. We are pleased she is going to be on


the front cover. The notoriety thing, has it become easy to realise


more people know who you are? I was in Nando's the other day. Someone


was like, you are Charley Hull, the golfer. He was from Corby, I knew


the accent. I was like yes. How did the conversation go? I looked away


and carried on eating my chicken. Despite her success thrusting her


into the media spotlight, Charley is reassuringly normal. At 17, she has


a maturity beyond her years. Her father Dave still accompanies her on


the road. But he is happy to let her steer her own course. Charley has


always been the same. Nothing seemed to affect her. That is the main


thing. If it affected her, I would think ooh! But she is so good at


handling everything, she knows that golf is her profession. After that,


she is the same as everybody else. Do you see yourself as a role model?


I do not look at it like that. But probably to younger kids. At the


moment, I am still Charley who likes to play golf and go out with my


mates. I think of it like that still. This week, Charley and Dave


travel to New Zealand and then Australia. The start of a


three`month stint competing at some of the biggest tournaments. That


first victory can't be far away. She is great, isn't she? Yes!


The last time we had Sport Relief was in 2012. And in this region last


year, we raised more than ?1.6 million. A lot of that money stayed


here, and was shared between 270 different projects. Projects like


the Noah Enterprise in Luton. The charity works to help homeless


people across Bedfordshire. It's lunchtime at Noah Enterprises.


The homeless are drawn to the smell of home cooked food. Today it is


turkey. The busiest time of the day, for obvious reasons. The food we


serve is essential, very necessary. A primary need. It gives us the


opportunity to engage further. Find out people's needs, how they are


getting on. Anything we can help them with. A general purpose.


For 25 years, the charity has helped people with nowhere else to turn.


And in many cases, nowhere to live. Homelessness can strike anyone. The


head of welfare, Tim Archibald, knows that too well. It happened to


him. Within a year of starting to use drugs, I had lost my job, my


family, my home. Soul destroying is the one thing. I was sleeping in a


garden shed. I spent time sleeping on trains going in and out of


London. Even on park benches. Sport Relief has given money to


provide singing workshops. You would not think singing is high on the


priority list of someone with nowhere to live and little to eat.


But what it does for the self`esteem is immeasurable. It also provides a


distraction for those struggling with addictions. Kevin is one of


those helped. He has come out the other side. You meet new people. You


can start to trust again. It picks you back up and gives you something


to do, to look forward to. Meaning in your life. You feel wanted for a


change. Last winter was as cruel as they come. But they found shelter


for 75 people who might have perished otherwise. Sport Relief,


thanks to you, is helping to keep them alive.


Well done to everybody that helped raise so much money. Now for the


weather. A frosty and foggy start this


morning, but this beautiful scene of Unity College, Cambridge, just


before sunrise. Some brave students going out to practice football. And


ending with a four`day garden in Norfolk. A beautiful photograph,


thank you. Still misty and foggy across the region, remaining for


some all day, and a very cold day. Change is on the way. A weather


front marching across the country, and increasing wind will clear mist


and fog. It will also bring rain overnight. Any clear spells


overnight could mean cold temperatures. Cold enough for frost


and icy patches. As the night progresses, we increase the cloud


from the West, the wind freshening, the rain marching through. Patchy


rain I the end of the night in the West, temperatures expected to


recover to around three or four Celsius. Tomorrow's stars wet,


particularly in the eastern half, but getting brighter in the West


later. Rather cloudy, not heavy rain, quite patchy, but staying,


with a lot of cloud in the East impacting on temperatures. Five or


six Celsius, chilly across Norfolk, Suffolk and Essex, perhaps


Northamptonshire and Cambridgeshire. A chance of some showers behind, but


it looks mainly dry into the afternoon and evening. Looking


ahead, weather France for Thursday, and another for Friday. `` weather


France. Chillier than last week and stop chilly for Wednesday night,


possibly drier on Thursday. Outbreaks of rain pushing through.


Once the rain clears, a sharp frost, and the next weather front


not arriving until much later on Friday night, clearing on Saturday,


temperatures recovering for the weekend.


That is it for tonight. We will see you tomorrow night, same time, same


place, goodbye. Goodbye.


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