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


fear for their lives or were they willing accomplices? The judge sums


up in the trial of two men who are accused of assisting Peterborough


serial killer Joanna Dennehy. A life transformed by birdsong. A


treatment for tinnitus as growing numbers of children are diagnosed.


Later: No end in sight to the soggy weather. The experts said we will


have to get used to seems like this. We have had four incidents where


motorists have driven into floodwater. And how to make your


debut for England. Saints player Luther Burrell gets off to a


fantastic start in the Six Nations. First, the words of the judge in the


trial of two men accused of assisting the Peterborough serial


killer Joanna Dennehy. Summing up, Mr Justice Spencer told the jury, if


you believe the men feared for their lives, they should be cleared of any


wrongdoing. Gary Stretch and Leslie Layton denied being willing


accomplices during the killing spree last spring when Joanna Dennehy


murdered three men and tried to kill two more. Our correspondent joins us


from Cambridge Crown Court. As this case reaches its closing


stages, this was the day the judge, Mr Justice Spencer, went over the


details and the evidence for the benefit of the jury. He said, do not


allow yourselves to be influenced by in motion. You must put aside all


feelings of sympathy and of prejudice. The judge told the jury


is, cuatro men and eight women, that the prosecution had sought to prove


that Gary Stretch and Leslie Layton were willing participants in helping


Joanna Dennehy in the disposal of the bodies of her three victims


They were all stabbed in the Hajj during her 10`day killing spree But


he said the defence case was that the men were acting under duress.


They say you should not underestimate the evil and malign


influence of Joanna Dennehy. The judge told the jury as if they


believed the men were in fear of death or serious harm they could


claim they were acting under duress and should be found not guilty.


Would a reasonable person placed in the defenders' situation have been


driven to act in the way they did? The men have not given evidence in


their own defence. The victim was' bodies were all found in ditches


last March. Joanna Dennehy then stabbed two men in random attacks,


but they survived. Leslie Layton denies perverting the course of


justice and two counts preventing the lawful burial of two victims.


The judge said the juror 's had plenty of evidence on Joanna


Dennehy. He said, she could be charming and pleasant, but there was


a much darker side to her. She has already admitted three murders and


two attempted murders and summing up will resume at Cambridge Caravan


Court tomorrow morning. The jury is expected to go out sometime in the


afternoon to consider their verdict. `` Cambridge Crown Court. The Labour


Party has launched an investigation following allegations of vote


rigging in Luton. It follows growing concern that


dozens of new Labour members could have been signed up in an attempt to


influence the outcome of local party elections. It is known as membership


packing. According to the Luton South MP, Gavin Shuker, he says


democracy no longer exists in his constituency.


Headteacher's please and crime commission has been a Labour member


since the age of 15. Now he is concerned candidates like his deputy


are not being reselected. He suspects foul play. You can see


evidence of it. It is the underlying cause behind the two councillors we


have seen being deselected. My deputy and Councillor Robin Harris,


the council finance chief. That to me suggests there is something


amiss. Luton Labour's investigation is underway. Looking for evidence of


people joining the party to influence elections. Luton's MPs I


the only two Labour have in the whole of the Eastern region. The


council is Labour majority. This is an important part of the world for


the party. Could this be damaging? It is clear membership packing has a


direct effect on those people who get elected. In some parts of my


constituency around local government selections, for example, the person


who gets elected is not the best person necessarily, it is whoever


has signed up enough members. Others in the party say it sounds like sour


grapes. In all parties when you have a hotly contested election, when


rival candidates will get their supporters along to a meeting to


vote for them, it has happened for years and the people who lose do not


like losing and they complain about things being undemocratic. That is


part of the hurly`burly of politics. But it does not stack up


says Ollie Martins and he hopes the investigation will uncover why


capable councillors are being deselected.


Our political reporter has been following this story closely. You


have spoken to the local party. What did they say? They told me the


investigation began today and was commissioned by the general


secretary of the National party It is not clear what he is looking into


other than these allegations of membership packing. One option open


to him is to place the constituency into special measures which would


effectively wrestle control away from the local party and place it in


the hands of the National party It is not clear whether that would go


any way to solving the problems This is deeply embarrassing for


Labour. Absolutely and it has revealed pretty deep and bitter


wounds in some areas. Some people say it is a serious problem and some


people say it is not a problem and refute the claims. The regional


party on Friday said it would be happy with the way the selections


have been conducted. But that combined with the resignation of


this very experienced counsellor in charge of the finance budget weeks


before the budget is due to be revealed is very embarrassing for


the party and this investigation is not clear whether it will heal those


wounds. An inquest has begun into the death of a pensioner from


Northampton killed in a house fire that was started by her son in law.


75`year`old Mavis Clift died in the fire on New Year's Day in 2008. Her


son`in`law was charged with murder but died on remand in prison.


It was a ferocious house fire that took the life of an innocent


pensioner. Just hours before, 75`year`old Mavis Clift had been


celebrating the start of 2008 with her family. As they slept her home


was deliberately set alight. The man responsible was Paul Barber, the


estranged husband of Mavis's daughter Susan who had moved back in


with her parents to get away from him. For eight months since their


split he had harassed and subjected her to abuse. On New Year's Day he


drove to the house in Northampton and poured petrol through the


letterbox. After it was ignited the fire spread rapidly, trapping the


family upstairs. Firefighters found Mavis Clift's body in the bedroom at


the front of the terraced house Paul Barbara was arrested and


charged with her murder, but died in March, 2009, at Woodhill prison in


Milton Keynes while awaiting trial. It later emerged Susan and her


family had contacted police more than 32 times about his behaviour


between March and September, 20 7. It is now acknowledged there were


serious failings in the way the police and other agencies had dealt


with the case. Today the start of an inquest into the death of Mavis


Clift the jury were told it is not their job to find people guilty or


innocent, but to establish how she died and what the circumstances were


surrounding her death. The hearing is expected to last 25 days.


A police officer from Stevenage has been given 12 months in prison for


corruption. 35`year`old Erfan Hussein, an officer with


Hertfordshire police, stopped speeding drivers and ordered them to


hand over a fine which he then kept. Assessment of birdsong has


transformed the lives of a young boy suffering from tonight is.


11`year`old Leo Bamford from Luton suffered so badly that it kept him


awake at night. But the treatment from Addenbrooke's Hospital means


his condition is now improving. Imagine if whenever there was


silence and you try to concentrate you could hear this.


It is what 11`year`old Leo suffers from, constant tinnitus. My one is a


high`pitched sound that continues for a long time. It does not stop.


When do you hear it? Every time Does it ever go away? No. How does


that affect you? If I do not get an night's sleep, in the morning I will


not concentrate. He now relies on this sound box which makes a noise


at night which masks the ringing in his ears and let him sleep right


through. You turn the sound up and then you put it onto this. Which


sound do you use? I use the bird sound. Those who suffer here a


variety of sounds in the inner ear. For some people it is a ringing for


some it is a buzzing. It is thought around one in 100 are affected so


badly it causes them real distress. At the moment there is no known


cure. Leo drew this picture when he was eight. It helped his doctor


identified the problem. At Addenbrooke's Hospital they are


seeing more children with senators. It might be that there are more


children with the problem, but it might also be there is a greater


understanding this can be a problem amongst parents and GPs and ear nose


and throat surgeons and audiologists. Their ICDs and local


radio stations that play birdsong, but Leo's life has been transformed


by this device, which gives him something many of us take for


granted, a good night's sleep. Two people are being treated in hospital


tonight after a chemical spill at a school in Northampton.


150 staff and pupils at Greenfields School and Sports College were all


safely evacuated this morning. Due to the nature of the chemical spill


we have had the fire brigade, police and ambulance. This is a school for


people with severe disability, so we have had to get the children home


which is quite an operation. Tendring District Council and has


now apologised to his colleagues in a letter.


Still to come: An amazing debut in the six Nations full Luther Burrell.


Plus, the remarkable sound of a pianist


with one hand. The Environment Agency has been


defending itself today over complaints about its handling of the


flooding crisis in Somerset. And closer to home, the Agency has


repeated its assertion that it cannot afford to defend all of the


areas prone to flooding. As you can see from this weather map, produced


by The Met Office, parts of Essex have been deluged in recent weeks,


and today many areas around the river Chelmer are still under flood


water. So, what can be done here? Alex Dunlop has tonight's special


report. When a site like this or this


prompts a weary sigh, you know this is an issue which will not go away


soon. In Essex, some drivers braved floodwaters. More than half a dozen


had to be rescued from their vehicles. I would really ask


motorists, stop and look at water, and think can you get through it?


The fact you have stopped indicate you probably can't. Turn around and


go another way. Meanwhile, in Cambridgeshire, this farmer says the


flood water is threatening to ruin his livelihood and that of others.


If we get a larger flood or more rain, the site will flood. It is


just absolutely common sense. The weather has been exceptional. Part


of the fans have seen three times the average rainfall for January.


Because of this rapidly changing Atlantic pattern, there is no time


for the water to drain away, so you end up with one lot of water falling


on the soil to keep it saturated and the next lot of rain comes through,


and it can't go anywhere but run straight up into the rivers drains,


and cause the stress on the water management systems. Long`term


solutions are planned. This weekend, the Ireland agency showed off a ?28


million defence scheme for Great Yarmouth. Another is on the cards


babes which. But today, the agency chairman said there is no bottomless


purse. We could face a stark choice Dashti protect town or country from


flooding. How do you decide whether to build fences and where to


prioritise? Recently, the drive has been around protecting prebuilt


property, but making those kind of decisions, we are also mindful of


the commercial benefits defence schemes can bring, not only


protecting properties but also jobs. Some experts say which is that back


and take the long view, and it is not good news. Since the last ice


age, written has actually seesawed so that Scotland has been rising and


East Anglia has sunk by several millimetres per year. Scotland is


still rising and East Anglia is still sinking. Is a noticeable in


our lifetimes? There is a measurable change every year, and that is


making the local sea level rise and making that more of a problem in


East Anglia than elsewhere in the country. Ultimately, it is


politicians who designed where our defences go. They are about to


announce next year's flood protection budget. The government


engineers and environmentalists acknowledge that some places may


have to be sacrificed so that others can be saved.


A wealthy businessman from Norfolk is being touted tonight as the next


chairman of the education watchdog Ofsted. The speculation was


triggered by the removal of the current chairman Sally Morgan. That


decision, by the Education Secretary Michael Gove, has led to claims of


cronyism. The first name connected with the vacancy is Theodore Agnew.


He is the founder of a chain of new academy schools in Norfolk and


Suffolk and a Tory supporter. He is little highly influential, and


he founded the Inspiration Trust, which runs seven academy schools


across Norfolk. Now he is also one of the front runners to become the


new head of Ofsted. The son of a Norfolk farmer, Mr Agnew was a Tory


party donor and in 2010, he advised Michael Gove, with whom he is a keen


supporter. He is a most remarkable man, and he has come into education


with a real mission to raise educational standards. It is the


only job he wanted to do in governments, and he is making a


difference. The Ofsted jobs available because Michael Gove has


ousted the current occupant, Labour peer Baroness Morgan. She has called


the decision politically motivated. Like Mr Gove, Mr Agnew is a firm


believer in the academy system and strong leadership in schools. That


goes to the heart of the problem. Good leadership in schools is what


tends them around, and that is what I am absolutely focused on in our


trust, that we will have really good leaders, and that is what will lift


the standards. With the prospect of someone so close to government


heading Ofsted, that has not done down well with teachers, and their


union said it would oppose his appointment. The appointment of


someone like Theodore Agnew raises very serious concerns about how


independent Ofsted will continue to be. There are already concerns about


how it operates, but to put in someone so closely linked with


government really does raise questions about whether it cannot


break effectively in an independent manner. So far, Mr Agnew has not


commented on the speculation about the Ofsted role, but for many, his


closeness to Mr Gove and his conservative credentials mean he is


very much a front runner. Right, let's have a look at the


sport. If you watched the rugby this weekend, you will know the name of


Luther Burrell. Yes, the Northampton centre played a starring role in the


Six Nations epic in Paris. Watching the game for us was Tom Williams.


Indeed. As debuts go, it was a heartbreaking


one for Northampton Saints' Luther Burrell, in the Six Nations on


Saturday. He's received widespread praise helping England launch an


astonishing comeback from 16`3 down, scoring under the posts, only to be


cruelly denied as France scored the match`winning try, two minutes from


time. From cold nights playing for Rotherham at Sedgley Park to an


England debut in the Calder another Stade de France. Luther Burrell's


rise to the red Rose has attracted plenty of headlines, but there was


no room for romance in Paris. The French flair was back. England were


in trouble. At half`time, it couldn't come soon enough. Luther


regrouped alongside his team`mates, and within minutes, he was living


the dream, running under the posts to give England and unlike the


lead. Few had heard of Luther Burrell when he signed a few years


ago. He failed to secure a premiership first`team place, and


had even been loaned out to championship clubs, but the Saints


thought he was worth something. It proved a wise investment. Watching


back home, a former team`mate who had watched England beat the French


during the 90s. He was one of many impressed by his turnaround in


fortunes. He did what has he has been doing well all season. He took


the ball, had a great physical presence, did not look fazed at all.


I have no doubt this will be his only cap. Sadly, the dream was not


to last. A late change saw him move to the wing, and England took


advantage of the defensive confusion. It was a cruel and to an


unforgiving match. We are in that game, we have a few phases together,


we played well, we made a couple of errors, we didn't go off to the gate


is the start, but we are very disappointed. On the flip side,


France were fantastic. They really came at us, and fair play to them


for getting a try at the end. It just shows you can't shut off before


80 minutes. A frenetic finish to a memorable match, but an unlucky


loser. Now to football, and Norwich, along


with Newcastle, have been charged by the FA for failing to control their


players during last week's Premier League match. Bradley Johnson and


Loic Remy were both sent off after a scuffle involving several players.


Johnson's ban was overturned. The clubs have until 6pm on Wednesday to


respond to the charge. Now from one scrap to another, and


City's fight for survival. The bare facts make pretty grim reading. In


24 league games, Norwich have scored 19 times ` less than a goal a game.


They've failed to score at all on nine occasions. In the two games


against Cardiff this season, they've had a whopping 58 shots, scoring


just once. 27 of those efforts came at Cardiff on Saturday, with Robert


Snodgrass scoring after just five minutes but in just 80 seconds after


the break, the home side turned the game on its head.


just once. 27 of those efforts came at Craig Bellamy with the first.


Kenwyne Jones made it 2`1. Norwich came agonisingly close to snatching


a deserved equaliser but defeat means they've slipped to 15th, with


just one win in nine. Two points clear of the drop zone. I don't


think you could fall to our efforts in trying to get back in the game


and think you could fall to our efforts


in trying to get back in trying to get that equaliser and possibly a


winner. Their goalkeeper had a good day, but if we make mistakes like we


did, we have got to be scoring goals, and we are finding that at


moment. The transfer window might have


closed but many of our teams with smaller budgets are counting the


days before the loan window re`opens. MK Dons need a new striker


after going 324 minutes without a goal. They've lost their last three


games including Saturday's 1`0 defeat against Tranmere. The


manager's desperate for more firepower in a bid to make the


play`offs. Ipswich boss Mick McCarthy praised


David McGoldrick after he scored the only goal in Saturday's win over


Bolton. The striker converted a penalty ` his 15th of the season `


keeping Ipswich in the Championship play`off race.


And Paula Radcliffe is targeting one final appearance at the London


Marathon. She's 40 now. The Bedford runner withdrew from the London


Olympics because of injury but she says she probably only ask her foot


to do one more marathon, which she hopes might be London next year.


For more sport go to the website, where there's reaction to Chris


Wilder's first point as Northampton boss, plus a list of all this week's


fixtures. Thank you very much. The breakfast


show on BBC Essex has a new presenter. James Whale has taken


over from Ray Clark, who's moved to an afternoon slot. He has worked in


radio and television for 40 years, including spells at LBC and Talk


Radio. He says he's delighted with his new role at BBC Essex. When you


come on the breakfast show the day is new. It is a new Day dawning, and


I get to deliver the latest news, talk to the people who are making


the news, usually before anyone else, and you will hear them here


first on BBC Essex. And now, the weather.


Thank you. It hasn't been a bad day. Plus three times, with the


winds gusting. But a great deal of sunshine, especially in the east.


More cloud in the West, as the weather front moves slowly towards


us, but it still has a way to go. We start fine and dry with some clear


spells, but eventually that pushes in from the West. Most of it light


and patchy, though we cannot rule out the odd heavy burst. Behind


that, dry skies with some clear spells, and under the clear skies,


the lowest temperatures later on in the night towards dawn, possibly


down to two Celsius or even lower in some spots. The potential for icy


patches for some of us and a bit of frost, but not everywhere. The rain


perhaps holds on until first light. Then tomorrow, the weather front


pulls away, taking the last of the rain with it. There's the area of


low pressure brings some wet and windy weather. More about that in a


minute, but tomorrow, the between two systems, and not a bad day.


Largely fine and dry. We are likely to see a few showers moving


through, but for most of us a dry day with some brightness and


sunshine at times. Temperatures not doing too badly, up to around eight


Celsius in some places, that is 46 Fahrenheit, so close, it not above


average for the time of year. We start with light winds, but by the


afternoon, a moderate to fresh southerly, so quite blustery


afternoon. Any showers will rattle through quite quickly in the second


half of the day. We finished largely fine and dry, give or take one or


two showers. But Tuesday night, later on, and into Wednesday


morning, we expect some wet and windy weather to arrive. The winds


are strong, perhaps gale force at time around the coast, with gusts of


around 50 miles an hour. That the moment, the strongest winds are


expected during the early hours of Wednesday morning and afternoon.


Wednesday of self, as well as the wind I mentioned and rain, it is


likely to be heavier, and Babs Jaya slots before some more heavy rain


later in the day. A pretty awful day, and one we are watching. More


details tomorrow. Hopefully by Thursday, that really wet and windy


weather will be out of the way. A quieter day, still quite blustery,


but the Windies is to a moderate fresh south`westerly, and Thursday


is looking largely fine and dry with just a scattering of showers. Friday


is looking dry, lighter winds still, although we are watching an area of


low pressure at the moment. It should stay to the south, keeping


the rain there. We will keep you posted. Thank you very much.


Before we go, a quick mention about tonight's Inside Out.


It features a remarkable musician called Nicholas McCarthy from


Colchester. Nicholas is a very gifted pianist, even though he only


has one hand. called Nicholas McCarthy from


Colchester. Nicholas is You can see Inside Out at 7:30. We will leave


you now with Nicholas and a piece by Scriabin. From all of us, good


night. Goodbye. Why are you staring at me? Just


wonder how things grow and grow Why are you staring at me? Just


wonder how things grow and grow Yeah, well, mummies and daddies


do argue sometimes. Did you hear any other words?


Pillock and another word. Can you please stop doing this


OK, you can put me down.


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