14/02/2014 Look East - West


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Good evening, I'm Katherine Nash. First tonight, weather warnings have

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been issued for gale force winds and heavy downpours. Ten millimetres of

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rain is expected to fall overnight on already saturated ground. And

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wind speeds could reach up to 70 miles per hour. Earlier this

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evening, rail passengers on Greater Anglia were warned of disruption and

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in Suffolk the Orwell Bridge has just closed. In a moment, we'll have

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the latest on the travel situation. But first, this report from John

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Cranston. Battling home through the rain on

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the A12 in Essex this evening as the storm approached. Both Queen

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Elizabeth Bridge over the Thames and the Orwell Bridge over Ipswich have

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closed as wind speeds increase. On the trains, Greater Anglia urged

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people to travel early. Just getting there early, first come

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first serve. I was meant to be going to London

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but I haven't gone because of the weather just in case I couldn't get

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back. Commuters faced lengthy delays after

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a man was hit by a train. In Hertfordshire, people living in

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Puckeridge try to dry out their homes after the last bout of

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flooding, hoping the latest one won't bring more. In Luton, a

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desperate attempt to stop the pitch getting waterlogged in the hope that

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tomorrow's football match can go ahead.

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We've had a couple of postponements through waterlogged pitches and we

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just want to play football so we resorted to bringing in this cover.

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The River Chelmer in Essex was in spate today. It seems the immediate

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threat is not just more water but the ferocity of those winds.

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Dawn Gerber is in our newsroom now. What's the latest on the trains?

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There hasn't been as much disruption as originally thought as many

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passengers took the advice and travelled home early. There will be

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a reduced service across parts of the network tomorrow because of the

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high winds. Commuters should check with the real And what about our

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roads and airports? Operators before travelling.

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The police are warning people not to travel unless they have two. There

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are delays on the A120. Luton airport is warning of disruption and

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a handful of flights have been cancelled at Stansted Airport. The

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worst of the weather is expected from midnight tonight to 4am. The

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best thing is to listen to your local BBC Radio station for more

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information. Serial killer Joanna Dennehy

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appeared at Cambridge Crown Court today for the beginning of her

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sentencing hearing. In the dock alongside her were the three men who

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helped her. At one point Dennehy told the court she was not sorry for

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having killed three men. This was the first time Joanna

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Dennehy had been seen in court since she pleaded guilty at the Old Bailey

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last November to the three murders in Peterborough and two attempted

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murders in Hereford. Brought to Cambridge to record the sentencing

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hearing, the serial killer's barrister said his client's

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offending was at the high`end of the criminal scale. The court was told

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she accepted she acted in a volatile way from time to time and that she

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acknowledged that she manipulated men around her. Her barrister said

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it was her case that she was not in sexual relationships with the men.

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She stabbed to death her friend Lukasz Slaboszewski, housemate John

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Chapman, and landlord Kevin Lee, who she made where a black dress shortly

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before he died. And then unexpectedly, Joanna spoke about

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victim Kevin Lee. In a raised voice she said there was no sexual

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interference. "It is hearsay, I was quick to assault him in a dress, I

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did put him in a dress, it was humiliation, pure and simple. There

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was nothing sexual about it." Then, just as she was leaving the court in

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handcuffs, there was a second outburst. In the presence of her

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victim's relatives she said, I want to make everyone to know I'm sorry

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for the attempted murders but I'm not sorry for the murders.

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Sentencing will be later this month at the Old Bailey.

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An inquest jury has returned a verdict of accidental death on four

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men who were killed when a steel cage they were working inside

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collapsed on top of them. Two brothers from Suffolk Daniel and Tom

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Hazelton, Peter Johnson and Adam Taylor died at Claxton Engineering

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in Great Yarmouth three years ago. This is the steel cage which

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collapsed killing four men in January 2011. It was going to

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reinforce a concrete base for pressure testing at Claxton

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engineering in Great Yarmouth. Daniel and his younger brother Tom

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died in the accident with Peter Johnson and Adam Taylor. The men had

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been sub contracted from another firm. They died at the scene from

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traumatic asphyxia. A solicitor read out a statement on behalf of the

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family. We will never be able to come to terms with our devastating

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loss. Four men went to work that day and

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never came home. The evidence clearly showed that the men were

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conscientious and skilled workers and no concerns were raised about

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the work they were doing. The employer is still going but has

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struggled to find work. The Health and Safety Executive will

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now review the evidence in light of the inquest. They will decide

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whether criminal proceedings are appropriate and will announce its

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decision in due course. The judge extended his sympathy to

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the families of the four men. They met such an tragic and untimely

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death, she said. In Football, two of our teams have

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been in action in League One tonight. Peterborough hosted

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Walsall. They drew 0`0. And it was also a goalless match for Colchester

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against Swindon. Well, that's all from me. Time to look at the weather

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now with Dan. The Met office have and amber

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warning out. Some trees could be downed due to the dampness of the

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ground. Blustery showers coming in from the south`west. Temperatures

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are fairly mild. Saturday will be quite windy with lots of showers

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piling on from the south`west. There will be dry intervals but it will be

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quite a windy day. It will ease a little bit as we head through the

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day. The showers tends to fade away through the course of the evening

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leaving a dry night. Sunday is much and bright after a chilly night. I

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will leave you with the weekend summary for London. Let's go to the

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weather centre to get the national forecast.

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Our love hate relationship with the weather has become unbalanced this

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winter, I suspect there is not a lot of love left. Today's storm has not

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helped. It gave us 20 to 30 millimetres of rain. Snow in the

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past few hours at lower levels in eastern Scotland. That should turn

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to rain again but the blizzards in the Scottish mountains will

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continue. This evening, it has

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