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brightness between the clouds. The outlook is mixed. Thank you.


Hello and welcome to Look E`st. Coming up in the programme tonight:


Killed at a notorious acciddnt blackspot. An inquest hears of


Hannah's final fatal journex. High alert on health as air


pollution peaks in this reghon. We'll be here later in the


programme. The rising tide of obesity. As the sugar industry


booms, so do our waistlines. But who's to blame?


And an East Anglian success story. Why our region has the pick of the


asparagus crop. First tonight, a court's bedn


hearing of the final fatal journey of a teenager who lost her life at a


notorious accident blackspot. Hannah Yates was just 19 years old, full of


fun, with her whole life ahdad of her. She was described by hdr family


as full of fun with her whole life ahead of her. But an inquest heard


today how one night last November, she lost control of her car on


Northbank, near Whittlesey. A notorious stretch of road, the


Northbank stretches for somd miles alongside the River Nene towards


Peterborough. Hannah's death was one in a series of accidents last winter


that led to safety barriers being erected. Today, campaigners said the


safety measures still didn't go far enough.


"A beautiful girl, who we mhss so much. Our hearts are broken." the


words of Hannah Yates' family after today's inquest into her de`th. She


died after her car went into the River Nene at Whittlesey ond night


last winter. The inquest he`rd that it was at the seven o'clock in the


evening. Hannay Yates was h`ppy in herself and on her way to sde her


boyfriend. An eyewitness saw that her car crashed through the trees


and into the water. He said the car was sucked underneath and


eventually, the car lights disappeared. The driver who stopped


said he heard Hannah shouting from the car, saying, "Help me, H can't


get out, I'm trapped." It sounded like she was banging on the glass.


It was one of a series of accidents. Starting with Hannah's death on the


3rd of November. Then, over a week, four cars also plunged into the


River Nene, with passengers thrown into the water and having to escape.


On second December, the bodx of Keith Pettitt from Corby was


recovered from a car. into the water and having to escape.


On second December, the And on the same day, another accident. This


time the driver was unhurt. Today, the coroner said Hannah's ddath was


accidental, losing control while negotiating a bend.


time the driver was unhurt. Today, the coroner said He gave an open


conclusion on Keith Pettit's death, saying he couldn't be sure ht was


accidental. After Hannah's death, her family joined campaigners


calling for better safety mdasures. If we can raise awareness from what


happened to Hannah, we can help save other people and stop other families


going through this. It will be in her name. A temporary 40mph speed


limit was brought in and safety barriers put up on the bend where


she died. It is a terrible shame that it took Hannah's death and then


the subsequent death later on, only a few weeks later, and then further


accidents that happened in November of last year, to persuade the city


council finally to realise the need for a safety barrier on this road.


Campaigners are calling for more safety measures across the county.


Obviously, the barrier is already in and has been constricted on that


particular bend. Unfortunatdly, it comes down to cost and risk


management as to where else to put barriers. There are so mini rose in


the county where water runs alongside, it is not practical or


effective to do that. Hannah's family said they were disappointed


the coroner didn't ask for lore safety measures but that thdy have


to accept what has happened and move on with their lives.


In less than 24 hours, a ch`nge in the law could mean online ilages of


child sexual abuse are more difficult to block. The


Cambridgeshire`based charitx the Internet Watch Foundation is


concerned that a vote in thd European Parliament tomorrow will


lead to images remaining on the internet for longer. At the moment,


they're removed within 60 mhnutes of a report being made in the TK.


Ben Bland is in our newsrool and has more on this. This is causing a real


worry for the Internet Watch Foundation, mainly because they are


not exactly sure about the hmpact this change the law could h`ve on


them and the work they do. Their fear is that it could slow down


ability to block access to child pornography images. We are talking


about thousands of web pages. Last year alone, they received rdports of


more than 13,000 websites that were hosting images of children being


sexually abused. At the momdnt, if somebody reports website hosting


images of child sex abuse, the web address can be blocked almost


immediately. They added to ` list that is shared with all of the


internet service providers, who provide internet connection to


people's homes, and they voluntarily block that address. It seems as


though the new law, the one that is being proposed, would make ht


illegal for internet providdrs to do that in future. Instead, thdy might


have to go and get a court order first before blocking the shte, and


that would mean people being able to access those illegal images for


longer in the meantime. One of the Eastern region's members of ``


member of the European Parlhament raised that today. This is


irresponsible and dangerous and that amendment must not be allowdd to go


through. And the reason that this matters is because actually removing


and deleting the images can take anything from an hour to a couple of


weeks, so this ability to block the address, block access to those


images in the meantime, is one of the key weapons in the fight against


sexual abuse of children online So why are they doing this? It is all


part of a bigger attempt to change European law, to make it easier for


legitimate businesses to do trade across the whole of Europe, making


it easier for businesses to access customers reliably, even if they are


in another European country, without any worry of their websites being


blocked or slowed down. Frol the customer point of view, makhng it


easier for people to buy online It should be just as easy for le in


Cambridge to buy from a bushness that is in Belgium as it should be


to buy from a firm operating online that is based in Bedfordshire. And


they say that a more unified approach, more joined up system


would help businesses boost their profits and create jobs and giving


businesses that confidence would help them in that aim. So that is


why this whole law is being proposed, but some of our MVPs,


Conservative and Labour, want an assurance that there will still be


the ability to block access to illegal content if needed. Thanks


very much. A jury has been hearing frol the


first witness in the trial of five men accused of sexually abusing


vulnerable young girls in Peterborough. Giving evidence via


videolink, the woman, who w`s 1 at the time, told Cambridge Crown Court


she was raped by 28`year`old Yasir Ali. Under cross`examination, she


said didn't tell anyone. Shd felt scared. The five men deny all the


charges. The police have named the woman who


died at Charles would detention centre. Claims that she was denied


medical assistance going to be investigated. An inquest her death


will open. The Police and Crime Commissioner


for Bedfordshire has been interviewed under caution bx the


Independent Police Complaints Commission. Earlier this ye`r, Olly


Martins admitted giving awax confidential information about the


death in custody of Leon Brhggs Mr Briggs, who was from Luton, died in


November after he was detained by Bedfordshire Police.


Next tonight, more on that dust cloud that's blown in from the


Sahara. Pollution levels here in the east have hit the highest point on


the scale. Health experts h`ve advised the elderly and those with


heart and lung conditions to avoid outdoor exercise. The air is


expected to clear in the next 2 hours.


This was Luton this morning. Like much of the region, the fog remained


throughout the day. The sun was doing its best to burn throtgh but


it was a gloomy journey to work the many. Dust from the Sahara which has


blown north across Europe, combined with air pollution from exh`ust


fumes on both sides of the Channel and a light wind,


fumes on both sides of the Channel and a light have raised air


pollution levels. This map shows the worst affected areas in the east,


highlighted in purple. In Mhlton Keynes, Christine Peel names the


conditions for causing her sore throat and leaving her breathless.


It is a tightness in the chdst and you can hear that when I am


breathing, it is wheezy. So it is not... I can't actually get my


breath through properly. Thdn I have a sore throat. Then sometimds, the


eyes start itching. People with respiratory problems are most likely


to be affected by the higher pollution levels. The Sahar`n sand


is only likely to be an annoyance to drivers. Weather forecasters say


conditions are not helping. Now the turn southeasterly, we have brought


in pollution from the continent and that is coupled with our own


pollution in East has caused the problems with air conditiondrs. The


perfect storm? In a sense, with the wind so light, nothing is there to


disperse it and it will be down to the wind picks up all week hntroduce


fresh air from the Atlantic. Air quality monitoring stations like


this provide real`time data about air pollutant levels. In Milton


Keynes, they are higher than usual but the experts say they ard still


within safe limits and therd is no real cause for concern. Chrhstine


Peel says she won't be taking any chances. She plans to stay hndoors


until the dust has cleared `nd the air`pollution drops.


This afternoon, I spoke to Dr Kate King, of Public Health Engl`nd, and


asked her how concerned shotld we be?


I think we have to recognisd that air quality can be an important


factor in various people's health, particularly if they have already


got lung problems or heart problems, and knowing that over the l`st


couple of days and into the next few days, air quality pollution levels


will be very high, I think that s important, that people know and plan


for. What are the possible risks, then? The risks are mainly for


people who have already got lung problems, breathing difficulties,


such as asthma or chronic obstructive airways disease, or for


people who have got heart dhsease or for older people, whose lung


function has fallen away with age. They might well find that the air


pollution affects their bre`thing and their ability to undert`ke


exercise. So what's your advice to those people, then, who are


particularly vulnerable? Those people that have asthma shotld be


using their preventive inhalers properly and using their trdatment


inhalers as they need them. People who know they might be runnhng into


problems should limit how strenuously they exercise ott of


doors whilst the air polluthon levels are high. And if thex are


finding themselves affected, either in their breathing or their eyes, or


a sore throat, anyone should go in doors and just limit their time


spent in this air while it hs of such poor quality.


Dr Kate King talking to me darlier. And if you've got a story about the


dust cloud, or any pictures, we d love to hear from you. You can


email, phone or there's Twitter and Facebook too. And Alex will be here


later in the programme with a a war memorial in the centrd of


Huntington has been awarded grade two listed status. Designed by


Kathleen Scott, the wife of polar explorer Captain Scott, it hs one of


500 being given the protectdd status by English Heritage this ye`r.


Those are your top stories tonight. Now it's over to Stewart and Susie


for the Lots more to come tonight, hncluding


the latest advice on sugar hn our diet will stop plus, as the


asparagus harvest gets underway expert tips on how to make the best


of them. The second broadcast duel bdtween


the Deputy Prime Minister Nhck Clegg and the UKIP leader Nigel F`rage is


due to take place on BBC Two in about 15 minutes. The pair `re


debating whether the UK shotld be in or out of Europe. This region does


more trade with Europe than anywhere else, and yet, if the polls are to


be believed, we are more Eurosceptic than anywhere else the country. Our


political correspondent Andrew Sinclair is in Brussels now. So


Andrew, why are we so Eurosceptic? Well, tonight's debate will be


widely watched over here. I know at least three debate parties taking


place. The pub across the road has built up a big screen for the night.


You built up a big screen for the night.


It are built up a big screen for the night.


It really matters to people in Brussels whether we in


It really matters to people in Brussels whether we stay thd


It really matters to people in Brussels whether we stay or go, and


even though these forthcoming European elections aren't c`re


even though these forthcoming European elections aren't about


whether we stay or go that that is down to Westminster and a possible


and are down to Westminster and a possible


referendum you down to Westminster and a possible


referendum `` they are focusing attention on what exactly wd in the


East get for our membership in Europe.


This is the Titchwell Naturd Reserve in north Norfolk. They recently


spent ?1.2 million here on ` new hide and are


spent ?1.2 million here on ` new hide and raising a


spent ?1.2 million here on ` new hide and raising the wall to protect


the high hide and raising the wall to protect


the freshwater hide and raising the wall to protect


the high is hide and raising the wall to protect


the freshwater marshes hide and raising the wall to protect


the freshwater here hide and raising the wall to protect


the freshwater marshes from the sea. Two thirds of the money camd from


Europe. that the Two thirds of the money camd from


Europe. For the RSPB, being part of the EU is very useful. Therd are two


main benefits for the organhsation. Clearly, one is funding we get from


Europe, but also working with our European partners on conservation,


and wildlife protection, both in the UK gene


and wildlife protection, both in the UK and throughout Europe. The new


Ipswich freight line which opened is Ipswich freight line which opened


this week was part funded bx the EU. In the last seven years, more than


in you In the last seven years, more than


?600 million has been given to need ?600 million has been given to


universities and companies hn the region for research and devdlopment.


Subsidies to farmers, improvements to Southwold harbour, just ` handful


of things funded by Europe. to to Southwold harbour, just ` handful


of things funded by Europe. Business point out that 55% of our trade is


with the EU. To most people here at the European Parliament, it makes


you the European Parliament, it makes


complete and the European Parliament, it makes


complete sense for us to be part of Europe. It benefits each falily in


the East of England by ?3,000 a year. That is the value of the extra


trade that we bring. you year. That is the value of the extra


trade that we bring. Not Labour saying that, not even a polhtician


saying that. That's what Brhtish business, the CBI says. But critics


point out we pay far more to hear in tax and


point out we pay far more to hear in tax than we ever get back. The


they believe the European Commission and other institutions like the


Court of Human Rights have too much you


Court of Human Rights have too much of a say in our lives. The political


commentator Simon Heffer, hd lives in Essex, says it has all gone too


far. I drive around bits of Britain and see signs up saying "pahd for by


the European Community". Well, we could have paid for it oursdlves.


I'd rather have that money spent here, and I'd rather the people I


elect to govern me decided how to spend it. And even here in Brussels,


there are people who agree with him. I think we could do a lot bdtter


outside the EU with a suitable trade agreement. But wouldn't we lose out?


No, I don't think we would. We would have full access to the EU single


market. Remember, we import far more cars or wine or goods from the EU


than we actually export to ht. What we have here is another example


of the EU trying to find a role Yesterday, another conservative was


questioning why the EU was helping to tackle piracy. There is `nother


view that Europe would be mtch better for us evicted few things and


spent less money. Not surprhsingly, most people here want us to stay in


Europe. But opponents believe the argument is going their way.


You know, there are dozens of facts and figures traded in this debate.


Most of them are actually true. It is true that we pay around ?50


million a day to Europe. It is true, depending on how you count back 50%


of our rules and laws have some brothels involvement. It is harder


to decide how many jobs are involved. The bottom line is, there


is no killer fact. It is all down to what you believe people havd to be


swayed by arguments, not st`tistics. Thank you very much.


A reminder you can see that debate between Nigel Farage and Nick Clegg


after Look East on BBC Two. It's called The European Union: Hn or


Out? It's chaired by David Dimbleby. Last night we reported how hmportant


sugar production is to the region's economy. British Sugar is planning


to invest ?300 million pounds in its East Anglian operations to boost


production. And that's desphte the growing health concerns abott sugar


in our diet. In her second report, Jo Taylor examines the problems


which can arise when consumdrs can't control a sweet tooth.


This is my son's treat bag. In the evenings, I will get packagd and


come in and have a rummage `round, and see what he has got, and see


what I fancy. Lisa has a problem ` sugar. It is a constant battle to


resist it. This is hard for me to resist, this bag. Surely thd


solution is not to have it? I know, but how can I deprive myself of


having a treat in his back lunch? Every other child at school has


won. She must lose weight for her health, but it is hard when


temptation is right under hdr nose. The waffle for Harry for brdakfast,


how much sugar is in those? I would not normally look, now you have told


me to look. There is 6.5 gr`ms per waffle. But it is hard. It would not


occur to me at all when I al doing my shopping to pick something up and


look how much sugar is in it. I don't have time. The averagd Briton


needs 140 teaspoons of sugar per week. Alexander the great m`te sugar


popular in the Mediterranean after discovering it in them the lead


India. Brown sugar has more calories because it contains more water. Many


processed foods have hidden sugar, even if they are not sweet. Also


does contain four calories per gram. When you compare that with fat, at


nine calories per gram, it hs less than half. It is that balance of


calories in and out that is important in our diets, not just


demonising one ingredient or even added sugars. British Sugar, based


in our region, is investing ?50 million this year alone to hncrease


production. ?300 million will be spent over the next decade. Experts


say it will lead to a 20% rdduction in the price of sugar, fuelling the


obesity epidemic. That prob`bly won't mean that consumers whll buy


more in the form of a bag, but it probably means they will sell more


to producers, who will prob`bly put more as an ingredient, not only as a


sweetener, but into a wide range of foods. So if more sugar means


cheaper sugar, tempting manufacturers to put extra hn


products, it will be harder for us to control how much of it wd eat.


It's been confirmed today that players from Norwich City Football


Club are to reimburse their fans who travelled to Swansea for last


Saturday's league game. The Canaries lost the match 3`0 in a performance


condemned as dismal by thosd who witnessed it. 900 away supporters


made the 12`hour round trip from Norfolk. Adult tickets were ?20


Michael Bailey, who covers sport for the Eastern Daily Press and Mustard


TV, was at the game. So, whether players forced hnto


this, or did they volunteer to part with their money? I am sure it is a


bit of both. You have to trdat what they said after the game genuinely.


I think they were disappointed at how they performed, and that those


away fans travelled the length and breadth of the country to sde them,


and it is kind of a good news story. It is a good gesture. You c`n't be


too cynical or critical abott it. It is good at them to do. How luch does


it actually work out per pl`yer I think it must be approaching ?1 00


per player, and obviously they receive a lot of money for what they


do, and some may argue they didn't do a lot on Saturday. It is good at


them to do it, I think. Chrhs Hughton didn't look happy dhd he? I


think it was predictable. I don t think was a standout terrible way


showing. They have been pretty rotten all season on the ro`d,


losing 7`0 at Manchester City. It was not a standout, but one among a


number of bad away performances Does this set a precedent? Will they


have to do this again when they have a bad away game? The fans whll hope


not, because they will be hoping they start winning! It is a pretty


unique gesture. I can't remdmber it happening before. Thank goodness


they do not do it for every home game! Thank you for coming hn.


Last year we ate ?28 million worth of asparagus in this countrx, more


than ever before. But still not as much as the Germans, apparently who


love it even more than we do. Farmers across the region h`ve just


started picking the crop. Btt how do you cook it? Mike Liggins joined the


harvest to get some tips. This is St John's Farm at


Beachamwell, not far from Swaffham. Joao and Mario, both from Portugal,


are busy picking the first `sparagus of the season. In a tent in the


corner of the field, chef Alan from the local pub is busy preparing the


asparagus. Breaking off the top of the spear, ready for two minutes in


boiling water. What you want to try to do is keep it as fresh as


possible. There's no point hn growing such a perfect prodtct and


then really, really boiling it. You want to keep it al dente, so to


speak. St John's supply wholesalers across the south`east of England. A


van goes every night from Norfolk to Covent Garden in London, and on to


some of the country's top restaurants. People want solething


that is seasonal and fresh, and asparagus ticks all those boxes It


is a sign of spring. Here wd are, lovely spring day, and we'vd got


asparagus. And it's the first green veg of the year. You can do pretty


much anything with asparagus, but Alan is planning to serve it today


with locally`produced ham and a poached egg. While in the fheld


Joao and Mario can pick for up to eight hours a day. Like I s`id, it's


not difficult to do that. It's not hard work, and if people want to do


that, they can do it. It's dasy Only, it isn't easy, of course.


Getting a bit behind alreadx. You have to be quick, and you h`ve to be


fit. Look at him, he's about 100 He s


laughing, look! He doesn't care He's done it before, though.


And domestically, is it easx to grow? Yeah, it's very easy to grow.


Take a couple of years to gdt it right. In other words, don't, as


soon as you see a spear, cut it Let it grow out for a couple of years,


cut it very lightly, and after two to three years, you'll have


asparagus beds that will last you for ten, 15 years. Asparagus is an


East Anglian success story. We're eating more and more of it, and at


places like St John's, they're happy to produce more. If you want to try


it, don't delay. The season is short, and ends on June 21.


So, one of them thinks it is easy to do all day, one of them get out of


breath doing a couple of yards! That is why he had to run when they were


just sauntering. But good of him to have a go. Let's get the we`ther.


have a go. Let's get Good evening. There will be a real


improvement in air quality by the end of the week. Let's look at where


we are now. Across the region currently for most of us, pollution


levels are low, but there are a couple of areas in Essex whdre they


are higher. Level seven acts and in Southend`on`Sea, that is level five.


Increasing amounts of cloud this evening, and some of you max be


experiencing some trouble. `` drizzle. A band of rain will


continue to make progress northwards through this evening, but whll not


bring very much rain, perhaps a few spots of light rain or drizzle


through this evening. For the second part of the night, it is looking


dry, and there will be clear spells. Temperature is not really gdtting


very low, we are looking at about seven or eight degrees. As we starts


tomorrow, we will start to see some slight changes on the way, `nd this


will improve our air qualitx for Friday. This is an area of low


pressure coming in. Later tomorrow, a cold front, so behind it, a


cleaner, fresh air mass. Not a lot of rain by the time it gets to us,


so a few spots later on. Certainly looks like a warm day, but the


sunshine will be quite hazy, and it will turn increasingly cloudy later,


with just the chance of one to spots of rain. But we should see some


sunshine through the morning. But it will be quite hazy, as I sax, with


high`level cloud around. And temperatures varied across the


region. On the coast, with the southeasterly breeze, a little


cooler. Further west, 19 or even 20 degrees possible. We get more cloud


increasing through the afternoon, and this may just produce a few


spots of light rain or drizzle. Perhaps it will come in the form of


an eye dilated shower across western counties. For Friday, it is looking


like a dry and bright start, but more cloud later may producd a few


spots of rain, and once we got that cold front through, much cldarer


feels to things, but also a bit cooler for Friday. On Saturday, we


started dry and bright, but increasing cloud could prodtce a few


spots of rain. It looks likd an unsettled end the weekend.


Thank you very much. That is it From all of us, thank you for your


company, and see you tomorrow night. Goodbye.


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