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

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

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Killed at a notorious acciddnt blackspot. An inquest hears of

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

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

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

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

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

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asparagus crop. First tonight, a court's bedn

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Northbank stretches for somd miles alongside the River Nene towards

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

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

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safety measures still didn't go far enough.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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eventually, the car lights disappeared. The driver who stopped

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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accidental, losing control while negotiating a bend.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Campaigners are calling for more safety measures across the county.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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child sexual abuse are more difficult to block. The

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Cambridgeshire`based charitx the Internet Watch Foundation is

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concerned that a vote in thd European Parliament tomorrow will

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

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

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

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worry for the Internet Watch Foundation, mainly because they are

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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internet service providers, who provide internet connection to

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

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

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

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

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

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

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member of the European Parlhament raised that today. This is

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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would help businesses boost their profits and create jobs and giving

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

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

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

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

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very much. A jury has been hearing frol the

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

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vulnerable young girls in Peterborough. Giving evidence via

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

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

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

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charges. The police have named the woman who

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

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medical assistance going to be investigated. An inquest her death

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will open. The Police and Crime Commissioner

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for Bedfordshire has been interviewed under caution bx the

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

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Martins admitted giving awax confidential information about the

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

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November after he was detained by Bedfordshire Police.

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

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

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

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

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expected to clear in the next 2 hours.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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conditions for causing her sore throat and leaving her breathless.

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

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

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

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eyes start itching. People with respiratory problems are most likely

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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fresh air from the Atlantic. Air quality monitoring stations like

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

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

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

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

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

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

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asked her how concerned shotld we be?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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people who have already got lung problems, breathing difficulties,

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such as asthma or chronic obstructive airways disease, or for

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

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

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

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

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particularly vulnerable? Those people that have asthma shotld be

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using their preventive inhalers properly and using their trdatment

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

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problems should limit how strenuously they exercise ott of

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Huntington has been awarded grade two listed status. Designed by

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

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

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

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for the Lots more to come tonight, hncluding

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

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

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of them. The second broadcast duel bdtween

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

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

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

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

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

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political correspondent Andrew Sinclair is in Brussels now. So

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

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

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

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You built up a big screen for the night.

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It are built up a big screen for the night.

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It really matters to people in Brussels whether we in

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It really matters to people in Brussels whether we stay thd

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

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

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even though these forthcoming European elections aren't about

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

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and are down to Westminster and a possible

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referendum you down to Westminster and a possible

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

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East get for our membership in Europe.

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

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spent ?1.2 million here on ` new hide and are

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

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

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the high hide and raising the wall to protect

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the freshwater hide and raising the wall to protect

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the high is hide and raising the wall to protect

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the freshwater marshes hide and raising the wall to protect

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the freshwater here hide and raising the wall to protect

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

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Europe. that the Two thirds of the money camd from

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

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

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

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and wildlife protection, both in the UK gene

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

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Ipswich freight line which opened is Ipswich freight line which opened

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

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in you In the last seven years, more than

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

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universities and companies hn the region for research and devdlopment.

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

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

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

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

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you the European Parliament, it makes

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complete and the European Parliament, it makes

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

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

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

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

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

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point out we pay far more to hear in tax and

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

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they believe the European Commission and other institutions like the

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Court of Human Rights have too much you

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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popular in the Mediterranean after discovering it in them the lead

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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cheaper sugar, tempting manufacturers to put extra hn

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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high`level cloud around. And temperatures varied across the

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

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

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

:26:56.:26:58.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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company, and see you tomorrow night. Goodbye.

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