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That is all from the BBC News At Six,


Frustration at Papworth Hospital tonight as the government puts a


last`minute hurdle in the way of its move to Cambridge. Phasing out of


Middle School ` Northants parents take up the fight. And we will be


here later in the programme with farewell Afghanistan as troops from


this region prepared to leave for the last time. And Bedford's Nigel


Lavine laps it up in the 400 metres ahead of the world indoor


Championships. Good evening. Welcome to Look East.


First, questions and confusion over the future of Papworth Hospital.


First, questions and confusion over the future of Papworth Hospital. ``


the future of Papworth Hospital `` Look East can confirm the government


is reviewing its plan to move the hospital from its site near


Huntingdon to Cambridge. The move has been in the pipeline for years,


with work due to start on the new multi`million pound side this


summer. But it is the most project has not been signed off yet. The


government is looking again at the benefits of the mood and its


affordability. In a moment, we hear from the chief executive of Papworth


Hospital. First, this report. It was here they carried out the


UK's first successful heart transplant in 1979. Now the UK's


biggest centre for heart and lung surgery treats hundreds of thousands


of patients every year. But it has outgrown its buildings, and in


December the chief executive told Look East that it would move to a


new site right next to Addenbrooke's Hospital. The work they undertake is


very complex. In today's world, it is so important that we have the


specific back`up. Being on the Cambridge biomedical campus, that


offers our patients the best care in the world. The plans are already


well advanced. This artist's impression was even created, showing


how the new Papworth Hospital would look. Construction work, due to


start this,, the hospital complete by 2017. The government has now


ordered a review of the whole move, looking at whether it makes sense


financially and how much patients would benefit. The Department of


Health wouldn't put anybody forward for interview but, in a statement,


said: And alternative option that is being


considered is moving into Peter brain instead. The trust that runs


that hospital is in financial trouble, unable to afford the cost


of its new building. There is a new space which Papworth Hospital could


move into. That might help Peter borough pay its bills. Would it be


best for patients? In a statement, the trust confirmed that last


September, when this was considered: At the time, such a move described


as unworkable. People travel from across the region for treatment at


Papworth Hospital. Even Prince Phillip had heart surgery there one


Christmas. The move to Cambridge would cost up to ?170 million. The


governance said it expects to make a decision soon. `` the government.


Stephen Bridge is the Chief Executive of Papworth Hospital. I


met him a short while ago and asked him if he was expecting this latest


round of red tape. I wasn't. We have been at this for over ten years. We


have done everything, at every step of the way, by the rule book. I was


disappointed that we were informed of this literally the Friday before


Christmas. Are you being kept in the dark about conversations that might


be going on at other levels? I was disappointed to hear that they have


now introduced another obstacle They wanted an external clinical


review, as well as another review of financial checks. It has added


another six`month delay on the project that has already been much


delayed. Talking of the timescale, it was only a couple of months ago


when we were talking about this and you were proudly showing me the


artist's impressions of the site. This is frustrating. It is.


Particularly as Cambridge and the campers were hoping for it to be a


world leader. `` the campus. Next door is going to be the global


headquarters of a pharmaceutical company. It is going to create many


jobs. It is going to come up with world latest research for heart


disease. It is great news for the country, for the patient and the


economy. I am wondering, because the review is looking at the financial


situation, whether people might be thinking again about moving Papworth


Hospital to Peter borough. `` Peter bra.


The financial issues around Peter borough are so big that moving


Papworth there would not only be wrong but would make a small dent in


the size of the deficit. We have got this latest review. Have you been


given any time frame now when you can be confident that the plans that


you thought were very much in place will in fact move forward? To give


you a straight answer, I have not got any date. What we are able to do


is give the answers back to the Treasury as quickly as possible so


that they can then be in a position to give us a speedy answer. I would


hope that certainly by early to mid March that all the formation they


will have. The clear up is still underway after Friday night's geld


force winds. The Met Office recorded gusts of almost 70 mph. `` gale


force. Travel was disrupted and buildings were damaged. The Imperial


War Museum in Cambridgeshire had to close over the weekend after a


section of the main aircraft display building was ripped open by the


storm. The high winds also tore half the roof of this sport centre in


Northamptonshire. We invest a huge amount in our sights here and our


buildings. When you come in and you see the damage, it upsets you. You


want things to be right for the children and the start on a


day`to`day basis. We will work with for it to be right. There are no


severe warnings from the Environment Agency this evening. Compare to


other parts of the country, we have escaped any serious problems. In the


Fens, this is largely thanks to some complex engineering which keeps tens


of thousands of acres Drive, whatever the weather.


The betaine 14 near Thorney in Cambridgeshire today. Here, they are


used to flooding, but may `` not everywhere is affected. Here is one


reason why. The Denver sleuth, doing what King Canute famously failed to


do, literally holding back the tide. It protects this region from


flooding. But without it... We would be talking about the fans as they


were 400 years ago. It would all be flooded. This is one of the gates.


They work into microwaves. If the river has been high and there has


been a lot of rain, they can open the gates and the water flows to


see. If the tide is coming in and it is high, they shut the gates and it


stops the water flowing in that direction to Cambridge and Ely. Now


without the gates, tens of thousands of homes could be flooded, along


with thousands of acres of farmland. The conditions are so extreme and


the moment, one alone is not enough. Even at low tide, the water on this


side is high enough that the gates have to stay shut to stop it


overwhelming and already high river further inland. While it protects


Cambridge and Ely from the time, further inland. While it protects


Cambridge and Ely from the time it Cambridge and Ely from the time it


means the river water can't throw out to sea. That is where the second


sleuth comes in. It diverts the water into a relief channel, a ten


mile stretch of river where it can be stored, and then let out into the


sea. This protects about 100 miles of river. By dropping it down before


the rain fall, it increases the storage considerably. Once we have


had the rain, we can open the sluice even more. We can train the river


down and tour the water down from Ely and Cambridge. There has been a


sluice here since the mid`1600. Nowadays, more sadistically


operation, it can train three a living swim pools of water every


minute. `` nowadays, a more sophisticated operation.


Related to night, inside out investigates the aftermath of the


region's storm damage, reporting the lengths people will go to keep the


insurance premiums down. Next to a row in Northamptonshire


over the phasing out of middle schools. Today, the county council


resist `` released more details of its plans but many parents are not


convinced. At the moment there are lower, middle and upper schools,


convinced. At the moment there are lower, middle and upper schools but


the council is to reduce it. The plans will affect 13 schools and


aims to raise standards. The future of Northamptonshire's middle schools


has sparked many heated discussions. The council insists no decisions


have yet been made. If the loud voice is we don't want this to


happen, the county council will step away from it. Then it will be down


to each individual school to deal with the impact themselves and to


deal with the cost of that themselves. It would be a fractured


system. Here, they have both the low and middle schools next to each


other. Some parents here have raised concerns that if the middle school


were to close them some of the buildings would be sold off or


development, something they saved would be short`sighted. The county


council say that wouldn't happen. Instead the buildings will be


retained and incorporated into one large primary school. Parents are


also worried about standards. This middle school received a good Ofsted


rating, whereas its replacement requires improvements, which the


school says are taking place. Our trajectory is as spelt out by the


county. We want to make it good. county. We want to make it good.


That is where we want it to be in the next Ofsted, which we expect in


September. Northampton abolished its middle school ten years ago, and


there the council say the figures speak for themselves. In 2003, 40 6%


of pupils got five or more GCSEs at grade C or above. `` 46%. For


Priscilla, it is a case of deja vu, having fought against the three tier


system in the 1970s. The majority of the country has to tears. It is


ironic, because I think my vision was proved right. The consultation


runs until the middle of March. The council insists it is listening and


all views are welcome. A farming business has been ordered


to pay ?90,000 following the death of a teenager and his older brother


at a lake in Cambridgeshire. Ashley Yardley and his 17 brother, Luke,


both drowned in September, 2011. Luke fell from a boat while working


at the site. His brother jumped in to help but also drowned. A court


heard the farming partnership breached health and safety laws. I


breached health and safety laws I rode in the centre of Northampton


has fully reopened to traffic two years after fire badly damaged and


building. `` for a road. Since the fire, it has undergone a large


repair and restoration programme. Local businesses have been calling


for the road to open. Two of the region's train companies are not


providing a satisfactory service according to any survey. The


consumer group, Which, claim that just 40% of passengers said they


were satisfied with their service. The survey of 7000 passengers found


that less than half were pleased with their journeys. The most common


complaint was ticket prices. Those are your top stories. Now it is over


could have their contracts terminated. Dr Cormack says he will


take the consequences. Still to come tonight. Some of our


top athletes fighting for a place at the Commonwealth Games this summer.


Plus, after the storm surge and the flooding, nature's own repairs to


hold back the sea once more. About 1,000 military personnel from


this region are nearing the end of their last major deployment to


Afghanistan. By the end of this year, all British combat troops will


pull out. Over the last 13 years, more than 60 local soldiers and


airmen have lost their lives. But now the military presence is scaling


down, and a huge removal operation is under way.


Have a listen. What sounds like corn popping could be the sound of the


end of a war. Ken Underwood from Northamptonshire invented this


contraption. In it, 46,000 bullets an hour explode in a drum. No longer


needed, they're made safe A few miles away, Anglians go on patrol.


When I think back, and looked to be standing in a desert I would say,


that is life. Their base at Lashka Gar hasn't been attacked once in the


five months they've been here. But they take no chances. It is easy to


get the risk of vehicle IDs. Coming down a main route. While some of the


600 Anglians here hone their skills on the range. For others this is the


front line. Passing power and security to local Afghans. The


keyword. Transition not attrition. Plenty of time then to prepare for


home. And it's a mammoth operation. Deep cleaning armoured vehicles


engrained with seven years of desert sand. Hundreds of containers packed


and ready to ship out. The Anglians will be the last to leave Lashka


Gar. This was after 1200 people. There are six in containers of


equipment. Vehicles and office space. Those have now gone. We


updated those out. That has been our focus for the past five months. It


feels different now. It is almost ready to hand back to the Afghans.


It's been a long 13 years campaign for the East's servicemen and women.


Colchester based paratroopers were among the first, openly welcomed


into Kabul. A very different reception five years on in Helmand.


Local soldiers deployed to a hostile region dominated by the Taliban. 65


men and women. That's more than one in seven of British personnel killed


are from this region. The commander of the last brigade into Afghanistan


is from Norfolk. His role is to help draw down and pull British forces


out of Afghanistan. Beyond here, we are in a new operation which will go


into our capitals and native countries. That is alongside the


Afghan government. The details of that still finalised. Eight years


ago, the Defence Secetary vainly hoped not a single bullet in Helmand


would be fired. Now at least in Lash Ka Gar, millions are being


destroyed. During the tidal surge in December,


the shingle bank at Cley in Norfolk was breached. The sea poured through


the gap, flooding the marshes and villages along the coast like


Salthouse and Cley`next`the Sea. But now the shingle bank is starting to


repair itself. Which is exactly what the owners, the Norfolk Wildlife


Trust, want to happen. This is known as Marsh. We purchased this in


December. Kevin Hart is head of nature


reserves for the Norfolk Wildlife Trust. This morning he showed us


onto Popes marsh at Cley. This whole section of the north Norfolk coast


took a fearful battering in December. This was pretty disastrous


in terms of the immediate aftermath. There was a lot of


damage. We took damaged infrastructure for visitors. We have


done a lot of work. We have got boardwalks back in place. We had one


that was completely destroyed. But further on it's possible to see how


the shingle bank is starting to repair itself. Over the past month


the sea has brought in a huge amount of shingle and plug the gap, if you


like. The bank has completely changed. There are sections which


are much lower and wider adoption has moved on by 300 metres. The


shape of the bank has changed to become flatter and wider, but


according to the Wildlife Trust that might not be a problem. They want to


see what is called the managed retreat of the coastline. That is


what it is doing. We have to give the habitat time to adapt. We need


to a loud species to adapt, from a freshwater system to a more


attainable one. We need to manage this retreat and the reserve easily


manage in such a way that species can move and can adapt to the


change. The Norfolk Wildlife Trust has no intention of abandoning these


marshes. Far from it. But the Trust says they will have to change and


any solutions to changing weather patterns must be sustainable.


If you are a top athlete, this is a very special year. There's the


Commonwealth Games in Glasgow in July, but before that, it's the


World Indoor Championships in Poland in early March. The Bedford runner


Nigel Levine is already on top form, winning the 400 metre title at the


British Indoor Championships at the weekend. Olympic gold medallist Greg


Rutherford was also competing, after a long break with injury.


Some athletes choose to miss the indoor season, but if you're Nigel


Levine, you thrive on it. He hit the deck hard and fast in Birmingham,


leading from the front to clock an equal personal best.The perfect prep


for Poland. Today he was back with his coach Linford Christie,


reflecting on a job well done. The aim was not to panic, stay relaxed


and calm and whatever happens, happens. Getting prepared for the


world Championships, to this race was just a stepping stone. How much


cricket do you think you think out of the win this medal and also a


Commonwealth Games medal? Very quick. I will have to sacrifice and


do something I've not done before. It was also an important moment for


the Milton Keynes long jumper Greg Rutherford, back competing after a


hamstring tear which ruined his World Championships last summer.


He's raised eyebrows by admitting he wants to compete at a Winter


Olympics in the skeleton. For now though, he heads to the sunnier


climbs of California, having jumped eight metres and finish third. It is


wonderful to come out here and get germs back to back, and jump well as


well. I am happy with my staff. This is the best art I've had my career


and the best art career I've had. I want to win, but I have to be


sensible. And it's been a successful month for the Cambridgeshire


high`jumper Robbie Grabarz. Having already won the British Indoor title


in Sheffield. He finished third on Saturday, clearing a season's best


two metres 27. In the football, if Peterborough can


beat Swindon tonight they will be playing in a Wembley final next


month It's the Southern Area final of the Johnstone's Paint Trophy.


It's 2`2 after the first leg. The winner will play either Fleetwood or


Chesterfield on March 30th. There's a good chance that lots of


you will be eating potatoes for your evening meal tonight. And it's


likely that when they were grown last year, they'll have been sprayed


with chemicals to kill the fungus that causes potato blight. Without


spraying, most of our main crop potatoes would wither and die. But


now, in a three year trial, scientists in Norwich have developed


genetically modified potatoes that are resistant to blight.


These potatoes stems may look tiny, but could herald a big change for


farmers. At the moment, millions are spent fighting a disease. Blight is


a number`one threat to potatoes, thriving in damp and humid


conditions. Scientists at the Sainsbury laboratory have found a


gene which is resistant to it. It is like downloading an apt to your


smartphone. After you have downloaded it, it is still a


smartphone, but it has the added function. Once you have downloaded


the gene to hear, it is still a potato but it has the added function


are being Blight resistant. Farmers have to spray of the 15 times a


season to protect against the disease. If you can control it with


genetics and chemistry, you don't have to do all that spraying. You


don't have tractors coming up and chemistry, you don't have to do all


that spraying. You don't have tractors, other bit longer, or do


something else. It makes agriculture more efficient and reduces its


impact on the environment. 16 turned potatoes are sold every year, so it


is expensive if the crop is damage. Blight cost farmers ?60 million a


year, which is why scientists say this is such a breakthrough. But


will consumers buy potatoes with a GM logo? Public confidence in GM


food has been shaken by action from environmentalists, who say it is


untried and untested. The scientists here are about to take their new


potato to the States, where company wants to develop it. But with EU


regulations to pass, it is estimated it will take at least eight years


before we see the GM potatoes here. If you're interested in what the BBC


does in this region, then you might be interested in joining the BBC's


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and it's your chance to tell us what you think about the BBC from this


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bbc.co.uk/ace for an information pack. If you don't have internet


access call: 0800 092 6030. Let's get the weather. Today may be


in luck on Sunday's sunshine, but a quieter day than late. This is a


picture of a farmer harvesting sugar beet in Suffolk, making the most of


this welcome break in the weather. For this afternoon, we have had rain


pushing towards us from the South West. We have had bits of pieces of


rain too, producing heavy bursts. That sets the scene for tonight.


Cloudy skies with rain pushing eastwards. Under half an inch of


rain in places. It does mean that a black cloud, it will be a frost free


nights, with temperatures no lower than six or seven Celsius. Light


southerly winds as well. Tomorrow, this is the weather front. It moves


off towards the continent. It is not a bad day. The last of the rain will


clear pretty quickly, then we are left with bodies start. Largely


cloudy, `` body . The winds will be fairly slowly and light


south`westerly winds. Moderate at times on the coast. Another mild day


with double figures in the temperature. For the rest of the


afternoon, we will see further slow`moving showers, possibly heavy


and thundery. They will die away as we head into tomorrow evening. Then


on Tuesday, it does look like a lot of cloud around. A bit of brightness


with sunshine and showers. Wednesday has filed first thing, but generally


quieter with winds and cloud. Then Thursday has low pressure with wet


weather. At some point in looks like we will have rain pushing west to


east, and a blustery day too. Blustery showers on Friday too.


Those are your overnight lows. Rain, rain, rain. Goodbye.


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