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Coming up on Wednesday's programme.


Our hospitals battle their busiest winter period ever.


The system is very, very congested at the moment.


So, a system that was already very full, the last thing


you need is to be closing areas to further admissions.


Why the rise of a "sleeping" disease with no symptoms


New Year - New Hopes and fears for Brexit.


Our politicians make their predictions for 2017.


The temperatures dropping overnight, bringing a sharp frost. I will have


all the weather details. First tonight, our


hospitals at crisis point - again - with some A


departments saying this festive period has been


their busiest ever. Tonight, the Lister,


Milton Keynes Hospital, Kettering General and


Peterborough are all on what is called "Black Alert" -


operating at full capacity. And Northampton General has more


acute patients this evening It has prompted fresh calls


for patients to stay away from A unless it is a genuine emergency.


Stuart Ratcliffe reports. Here in Northampton,


every day for the last ten years, this A department


has seen an increase We have shades of black now, like


most of the rest of the country. In reality, what does it mean


if a hospital is on black alert? It means we stop a lot of things


that we would normally do and focus all of our attention


on the urgent care system. We may be stopping some


routine operations. But we are really spending


every degree of effort, discretionary effort, particularly


on sorting the situation out. One particular pressure


point this year has been the number of patients


with severe respiratory problems - problems which could have


been avoided had the patients sought help from their GP


before infection set in. We had a very large


number of people who required some mechanical


support on ventilation, But that got to the point


where we had to bring in more ventilators, we had to hire them in.


We did that and it was great. People had to change


what they were doing, in terms of teams supporting


these very sick people. They did a fabulous job.


But it was a lot of hard work. At Addenbrooke's in Cambridge,


the hospital is not only it is also now trying to cope


with an outbreak of flu. There are ten ward


areas currently closed because of patients


admitted with flu. We are putting restrictions on the


number of visitors to the hospital, in order to reduce


the risk Of people bringing flu into the hospital


and transmitting that to both Over in Peterborough,


the hospital is also struggling. It has gone beyond black


alert, operating at The more patients you have,


the more difficult it becomes for us all to give the degree of care


and attention that we wish to do So, it is certainly not


a position any of us But we and our system


partners are working as hard as possible, to try


and get the number down and to try and increase


the flow through the hospital, therefore,


reducing the pressure Our ambulance services


are also under pressure. Both the East of England and South


Central seeing a surge in demand. The largest increase has been


in the East Midlands. Over the Christmas


and New Year period, the number of red calls, that is,


potentially life-threatening calls, doubled and, in the first


six hours of 2017, the Ambulance Service received


1,153 emergency calls. What ambulance trusts


and hospitals fear now is a sharp updrop in temperature,


which would mean A further rise in the burn. -- team


earned. With me now is Dr Adrian Boyle,


from the College of Emergency Medicine, and a consultant


at A at Addenbrooke's. Dr Boyle, why are winter


pressures this year so bad? This is a situation which has been


building for a long time. We simply do not have enough beds.


What is the risk of running at full capacity?


Absolutely. Infection control is a big problem. But we are also having


to postpone other activities. It all has a knock-on effect.


What is the knock-on effect of emergency departments


being full on the rest of the health care system?


From what I hear, all my colleagues in primary care are operating at


capacity, as well. The information can be confusing, because you


sometimes get told to stay away from accident and emergency, but when you


phone 101, you are often called -- instructed to go to accident and


emergency. This is not so much about accident emergency, it is more about


people who need to be admitted to hospital.


What is needed to improve the situation right now?


Planned activities are bound to be cancelled.


Is there extra money available from the central NHS coffers


for extreme circumstances? Should there be?


We actually have the least number of parents of any country in Europe. We


need two things. We need more hospital beds and we need better


social care. We keep hearing that the health services are having to


make big cuts all the time. That is a big problem. What is the morale


wake amongst staff? When we get colluding waitress, clearly, it puts


pressure on everyone. Thank you very much for joining us.


A 38-year-old man from Essex has been arrested


in connection with a hit-and-run crash in Cambridgeshire


The incident happened in Yaxley, near Peterborough, yesterday.


Police are trying to establish whether it is


linked to the discovery of a briefcase full of cash nearby.


A quiet moment on the edge of the busy road. Tributes been left at the


spot where two young men were hit by a car yesterday, after which the


driver drove off. The two people were believed to be in the late


teens or early 20s. Our condolences go out to the loved ones of the


families of the two young men who tragically lost their lives


yesterday. It is a very sad time. Normally, the sort of thing does not


happen around here. As you can see, you can see how fast and busy this


road is. Officers searching for the driver of BMW the arrested a man in


Chelmsford last night and arrested him on suspicion of actual bodily


harm. They want to see if the suspect is linked at a break-in at


the nearby address, after the suitcase full of money was found


nearby. Doctors in Peterborough


say they are seeing a growing number of patients


with "sleeping Tuberculosis". Unlike active TB,


there are no symptoms But health chiefs are keen


to ensure the bug does not A screening programme rolled out


in May has seen the highest number of samples being


processed in the UK. It is an airborne infection


that affects the lungs. Tuberculosis was a big


killer in this country Fast-forward to the 21st century,


and so-called sleeping tuberculosis As long as we pick it up


early, it shouldn't cause At this clinic in Peterborough,


patients deemed to be at risk from the latent infection


are being invited in for screening. There is a lot of different groups


coming to Peterborough, so obviously, as their doctors,


we really want to protect them and we also want to protect our


other patients, as well. So, I think, finding a disease


like latent TB early and treating it helps protect both the patients,


but also the rest of The vaccine for TB was phased out


a decade ago, but rising levels of migration from high-risk


countries has seen health bosses in Cambridgeshire introduce a pilot


screening programme. We have got about 12 practices


involved across Peterborough and the pilot has been


running since May. We have had a fantastic


response from our GP teams. They have screened over 250 people


and we have now got 30 people in treatment for the latent form


of the disease that, otherwise, would not have known


that they had it. One of 60 programmes in the country,


it has sent in the highest number Data from the region's clinical


commissioning groups show that between 2013 and 2015, there were,


on average, 26 cases of TB detected in Milton Keynes,


42 across Northamptonshire, 63 in Luton, and 85


in Cambridgeshire - the highest number in this


part of the region. It is estimated that a third


of the world's population is infected with latent


TB and one in ten goes A century ago, TB was a big


problem in this country, but improved housing and sanitation


has seen a stark drop in figures. Scientists in this Cambridge


laboratory have sequenced the TB genome, looking at drug-resistant


bugs, in order to find In the United Kingdom,


the rates of tuberculous have declined over the last few years


and, I think, last year, there were about 6,000 cases,


which was down from about But tuberculosis has never


disappeared from the UK and is unlikely to do


so in the foreseeable future. While latent TB is not contagious,


doctors are urging people who have settled in this country in the past


five years to be tested, in order to help eradicate this


once-widespread illness. A non-league footballer


from Hitchin Town has been sacked, after abusing Bournemouth midfielder


Harry Arter over the death Alfie Barker, who is 19,


posted, "Big hype, just for a disappointment,


like the nine months leading up Barker issued an apology


on Wednesday for his "disgraceful It has been revealed that a level


crossing in Bedfordshire where a driver died yesterday


was due to be replaced The man's car was hit by a train


close to Lidlington, near Marston Moretaine,


at around ten o'clock British Transport Police


are investigating. Network Rail say a consultation has


already started to find a suitable The line is due to be upgraded,


as part of plans to improve east-west rail links


between Bedford and Cambridge. -- and is due to appear in court


next month. -- the Chino Ajax accused of murder is due to appear


in court next month. You're watching Look East


with David and me. Stay with us for the debut novelist


who's just won a top award. Alex has got your


weather forecast, and we're at the zoo on the day


they made sure everyone Well, whatever your views


on politics, you have to admit 2016 was a watershed year,


both here and across the world. David Cameron out of Downing Street


in the summer after Britain And Donald Trump heading


for the White House. All this week, our correspondents


are gazing into their crystal balls to consider what the year


ahead will bring. Tonight, our political correspondent


Andrew Sinclair talks to political figures in our region about a 2017


which will almost certainly be Last year's referendum led to the


creation of a newspaper. Published in Norwich, the New Year appearance


reflects the views -- views of those who voted to stay and six months on,


many haven't given up hope. A portion of our readers are holding


out that we will get a second opportunity to back out of this


through a second referendum or a general election. Brexit will


dominate British politics for a long time to come. The only thing we know


is that nobody knows anything right now. It may be two years ago but


there is growing pressure on the government to explain how Brexit


will affect us. MPs of all parties say the uncertainty is starting to


worry local employers. EasyJet, an airline based on European travel


being easy, Vauxhall, where we can't get away with higher tariffs, that


is one small part of our region. We need answers many of these


questions. Politicians will be at the forefront of this year's Brexit


negotiations. The early work will be done here at the European Parliament


and one of our Euro MPs will pay eight key role. -- play a key role.


I want to keep as many things the same. The EU is over half of our


exports for the Easterby and and I want to make sure that doesn't fall


off a cliff. At Westminster, Ben Gummer is in charge of making sure


government departments are prepared for Brexit. Agriculture Secretary,


Andrea Leadsom, will have to make it work for farmers. Stuart Jackson is


a key aide to David Davis. Meanwhile those of our MPs that leading


figures in the leave campaign will be watching closely. Worried that


some in the government will be trying to drag their feet. We know


there are people in Parliament that have made it clear that they don't


accept the result and want to play the long game. The Longo time we


take to exit, the more chance of some event occurring which would put


it off. You sound like you were worried this may never happen. I am.


It seems appropriate that 2017 should've started with fireworks at


Westminster. A lot more will follow as Brexit begins.


Peter Bone is worried that Brexit may yet be scuppered - is he right?


Look at the row over the resignation of our ambassador in Brussels. There


is this suspicion that there are elements of the civil service, the


press, Parliament who will try to scupper Brexit or slow things down


and not make it work. The official line from Whitehall is that the


referendum must be respected. We are leaving. If you look at the Labour


Party, there are MPs like -- that feel they will vote against article


15. Norman Lamb wants a second referendum and hinting they will


slow things down in Parliament. Six months on, I am still speaking to


people who believe Brexit can be stopped. They believe it can be


stopped. I think it is a long shot but people are trying. We will be


talking a lot Brexit but will anything change? On one front, no.


The Brexit talks will have just begun and we will be for members of


the European Union. What I think will be far more different will be


uncertainty. Gavin was talking about that in my piece. Firms and


institutions, research is Egyptian plan five or ten years ahead and


students plan five or ten years ahead. What our future relationship


will be is something that will worried them and we will be talking


a lot about that. Which voter would you say symbolised Margaret


Thatcher's success in the 1980s? That will be Essex man. That is


right. That's right and Essex


man, or at least some It follows news that commercial


vehicles are being banned from parking on a new housing


estate in Colchester. The builder, Persimmon Homes, said


the rule was designed to protect The local MP said the ban


sounds like snobbery. The Luke Wood Meadows estate has


already made headlines. He was set by his 300,000 dream home until he


realised he wouldn't be able to park his works fan outside his house


because of a restrictive covenant that bars commercial vehicles. Not


far from the estate, builders were working on an extension and Matthew,


plumbing and heating engineer, said he thought the van ban was unfair.


It is ridiculous and discriminating against someone who goes to work and


works hard. Just because they use a van, it is outrageous. At the


florist, they use a van fit delivers and were not impressed. It labels


people with the type of jobs that they do. It is good enough to be an


office worker but not good enough to be a tradesman and park your vehicle


at your own property. Colchester's MP is a former property lawyer and


he wants an end to restrictive covenants that Bob commercial


vehicles. There were lots of hard working people that rely on vans,


use bands often. It is their only mode of transport and say they can


build a house but not able to live in one because they can't park there


than there is snobbery. Persimmon Homes,, they said...


At the estate, residents said they were happy with the band but not


all. People should be allowed to have whatever vehicle they wish. If


they purchased out -- purchased a house, they should have whatever


vehicle parked on the driveway. The only white van we spotted was


leaving. The writer from Cambridge who's won


a major award for his first novel. Francis Spufford


is best-known for his His latest work, Golden Hill,


is his first novel and it's won the Costa Book Award


for a debut novel. I'm delighted to say Francis


is in our Cambridge newsroom now. Good evening. Well, congratulations.


Thank you very much. Before we go into how you found out about this


award, what is the book about? It is about a suspicious in man with a


suspicious name of Smithfield intones opinion New York in winter


1746 when instead of being a gigantic world city, it is still


basically a village where everyone knows everyone. You are not used to


being a well published author. How did you make the transition? Was


there something you always had in your mind that you thought one day


you would put it to paper? Not this thing but I always thought I had an


appointment with fiction sometime in the future. Code is held me back for


years and years. It is only now in my 50s that I felt I wouldn't make a


total fool of myself if I did it. They say there is a good book in


most people. In 2007, you were nominated a Royal fellow of the


Royal Society of literature. Here you have done it and you have this


prestigious award. I suppose anybody watching, if you have an idea, do


it. Absolutely but this is where the writing teacher in me comes out. It


is extremely hard work getting from the golden glowing idea through to


the actual words on the page and it is a process of turmoil and


compromise and disappointment from time to time. It is worth


persisting. When did you find out you have the award? I have to reveal


the inner workings because they told me before Christmas and I have been


sitting on this news and biting my tongue for the last ten days.


Difficult to keep that information. Wouldn't it be great to have


revealed it before Christmas? I couldn't possibly comment. The think


you now is you have the debut novel and it has done well. If you get the


overall award, you now have the difficult second album of coming up


with another album. There is two in their jostling like two fat people


trying to get through a revolving door. It is about London over the


last 50 or 60 years starting with a bang. Congratulations again.


What do lions, giraffes, ringtailed lemurs and Madagascan


Well they were all part of the big annual


stock take today at the Africa Alive Zoo near Lowestoft.


In fact every zoo has to count all its animals


You can't miss a giraffe but at Africa Alive Zoo, they have to count


them all the same. You are going to steal it all? We have four. Not easy


to tell apart if you don't work with them every day. When you do, you can


easily see how different they lock. No surprises. Zoe locks the official


number and the giraffes are ticked off the list. We do it to make sure


our records are the same as what we have and we put it on a large


database and nine times out of ten, we have the same and it matches up.


The only times he might not as if we have a birth. They have 2000 animals


at the zoo and they are not big. These are Madagascan hissing


cockroaches. There is an angry one. What causes them to hiss? Little


holes in their body. They suck in air and blow it out. They live in


the same place as the ring tailed lemur and they like to eat them for


their dinner. These are the ring tailed lemurs. All males and keen to


get their hands on some snacks. The keepers thought there were nine and


there are nine. Most of the time, that is how it is. You do get to see


new births and it is an excuse to walk over. It is nice to see the new


arrivals because you don't always see them if you work in a different


part of the park. They will start to crunch the numbers and arrive at the


official total and they'll do it all again in the year's time.


The lemur's always steal the show. I have held a scorpion and a cockroach


but not at the same time. Good evening. It will be eight very


cold night night. This was a dramatic photograph that caught my


eye in Bedfordshire. We have had photographs of rainbow sent in by


some of you. This is where the showers have been falling. There


hasn't been a huge amount of them. This weather front brought us some


patchy rain and it set up this cold northerly wind. It has felt bitter


in that wind and that is what has brought in the showers. There is the


risk of further showers as we go through the evening but they should


fade away. The biggest risk is the frost. Whether the showers have


fallen, there could be some icy stretches. Elsewhere, dry across


those clear skies and temperatures falling to minus three Celsius. It


could get down low. Really cold start to Thursday. High establishing


itself and lots of fine weather expected tomorrow. It is a cold and


frosty start and we shouldn't have a problem fog overnight. Lots of dry


and bright Weatherford tomorrow. The risk of some showers the parts of


Norfolk and Suffolk. Across the board, lots of wintry sunshine but


turning cold into the afternoon. Temperatures for some of us, no


higher than four Celsius. As we get into the evening and overnight, we


are expecting some dense fog patches to form. That could linger through


much of the morning on Friday. This weather front is going to change


things to a milder regime for the weekend. It will bring some rain


although not expected until my four. The bulk of the day is dry. Some fog


patches lingering. A cold day expected. As we get into the


weekend, it looks as if it will be rather cloudy. Look at those


temperatures. That is all from us. Goodbye.


as he explores Naples, Venice and Florence.


It's like we're walking through a giant's armpit.


We can follow the escape route of Michelangelo.


Mildred is our first student from a non-witching family.


'I've got a good feeling about this year.'


We're looking for someone who can sing, someone who can move.


Someone who can keep an audience on the edge of their seat.


Something like this could change my life.