25/01/2017 Look East (West)


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In Look East tonight: More than 300 jobs at risk -

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and many local branches going - as the Norwich and Peterborough

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And no money, no medals, Badminton bosses fight to keep funding

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And bitterly cold temperatures expected tomorrow, all the details

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later. More than three hundred

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jobs across this region are at risk tonight,

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as the owners of the Norwich and Peterborough Building Society

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announced it will be scaling back its branches and losing posts

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at its headquarters. In all, 28 branches will close

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across East Anglia and up to 340 jobs could be lost,

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and the brand will disappear This from our business

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correspondent Richard Bond. It has been a trusted name

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on the high street for decades, But soon the Norwich

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and Peterborough name will completely disappear,

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it all the Yorkshire building society to close 28 N and P branches

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including this one of the outskirts

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of Peterborough. It does have an effect on people

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in the area which is particularly felt with the older

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community year but also for the young people, so my younger brother

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uses it because it is near to where It is a bit of an upset

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because people have to travel further, for those who love appeared

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especially because it is the neither Be changes put at risk 340 jobs,

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in branches and at the After the closures,

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only 17 branches will It was formed in 1986

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to the merger of the Norwich and Peterborough

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building society is, for 20 years the organisation thrived but had

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suffered a major setback about ten years ago when it started selling

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the investment products of a company Customers were compensated

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by the scandal cost them ?57 million, and led

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to the Yorkshire takeover. The Yorkshire CV banking market

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is changing, more customers are conducting business online

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and use of high-street branches like this

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is Further investment in

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that network can't be But the argument will disappoint

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thousands of members who inspect -- expect a building

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society to provide a good branch network

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in places where the big

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banks aren't represented. These are some of the place is set

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to close, the changes due to take effect from

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September this year. Members are being encouraged

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to embrace online banking but some elderly customers may find

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that difficult to do. So what will the changes

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mean for customers? The Chief Executive

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of the Yorkshire Building Society, Mike Regnier, joined me from out

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Leeds newsroom to explain. The thing that makes

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building society is different from banks

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is the overall objectives are

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completely different, the building society objectives are to act

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in the interests of our members, we don't have shareholders,

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we look at the And provide the best

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service and best value. Lots of your members value

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having a local branch You are not providing

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value for them. What is important to say is that

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for most of those people the nearest branch will

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still be two or three or four miles away from

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one closing because in the main we are proposing two )

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is where we have another branch in the close

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We will still have 260 branches and agencies on the high

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And from our perspective that is still going

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to be a significant investment in face-to-face service.

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This will involve a certain amount of job

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In East Anglia we are consulting with

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our colleagues at the moment and these changes will take effect on to

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the next 18 months so our priority really is to see how many of those

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colleagues that we have spoken to today we can find them out of

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employment for because we do have a number of months for us

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to find them alternative rules were that is

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possible and where their skills match and very find something they

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A lot of people might be sad and losing the

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name, Yorkshire does not mean a lot to them.

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Any understand that and how can you reassure them?

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While the name might change them while the

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pink and purple blobs might change to green,

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the service customers get day-to-day will be just as good if

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And for those branches it will remain, it will be

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the same people there that customers can turn to to help them with their

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Four officers from Bedfordshire Police have been dismissed

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At a disciplinary hearing, Police Constables Robin Denton,

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Matthew Neild, Todd Mills and Deanna Waite were found to have

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breached professional standards in discussing a sensitive case.

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The Chief Constable said he had apologised to the victim concerned.

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The force hasn't released any further information because of other

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Badminton England, based in Milton Keynes,

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says success at the next Olympics is in jeopardy - unless funding

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Public money for badminton was cut after the Rio Games,

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despite two MK players winning bronze in the men's doubles.

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Our sports editor Jonathan Park has this report.

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They want to turn bronze into gold, in Tokyo.

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But right now and medallists Marcus Ellis and Chris

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They like the other players training at the National Badminton Centre

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face an uncertain future after the sport's funding

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Hearing the news was obviously a real kick in the teeth for us and

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everyone, I don't think anyone could believe what had happened.

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It was not just the case of funding reduced

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18th of August 2016 the day Marcus and Chris won

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Brent's first-ever men's doubles awarded medal but before the year

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was out the UK sport decision not to --

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made the decision not to spend a

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This was leading up to the Tokyo games in 2020.

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Badminton has launched an appeal but still must

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prepare for the worst if the appeal fails.

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UK sport's Badminton snub means that Marcus and

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Chris may have to fight between 60 and ?70,000 each in the run-up to

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A court is ?10 per hour and retrain sex hours a day and we need six

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courts so that is a lot of money in itself.

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These are not luxuries, these are the basics we need and

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then turn its wise if we are not travelling a pointer internment our

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opponents in competitions are and they go up in the ranks on the go

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Badminton players and coaches and management are confident in the

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sport's ability to win Olympic and paralytic medals in Tokyo and

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The head to London in two weeks' time for the appeal to be

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heard by UK sport in what will prove to be

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a pivotal moment for the

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Well a short time ago the head of Badminton England told me

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the loss of funding could be catastrophic for the sport.

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If we are unsuccessful effectively it will turn the sport upside down.

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We have players that we absolutely believe can meddle in Tokyo and if

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UK sport that they want your appeal we have got to look at certainly a

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much smaller programme. Other people training now who have the funding in

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the will have to change the regime or would be able to train any more?

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What will the impact beyond people affected? In realistic terms were

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looking at a programme that at best is half the size of what it is now,

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the players know which players are potentially going to be carrying

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food and those players that unfortunately we have the release

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from the programme. The implications around that are also to the coaches

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and staff involved in the programme, as a consequence of this decision we

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have had to serve formal notice of redundancy. None of the staff, none

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of the quotas are players deserve what is happening to them right now

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is which is why we are so determined to ride what we believe to be a

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wrong. How will it affect the grassroots level? What the

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grassroots level does is give us a fantastic shop window and without

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that how do we actually attract our sport to young people who have the

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aspiration to go on and become future medallists? We believe our

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clubs will suffer, but not so many people will be attracted to the

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sport, so from a grassroots kids playing in school right through to

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the podium, this decision has a significant impact for our sport.

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The Prime Minister says Milton Keynes has a great future.

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At Prime Minister's Questions today, the MK South MP Iain Stewart

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asked Teresa May to join in the celebrations

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We are providing additional funding for the east-west rail project, I

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know he supported that through sharing the APPG. We will see a

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country that works for everyone. Milton Keynes has had not just a

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great 50 years but I am sure will have a great future as well.

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Pasolini is, here's the weather. A lot of cloud around, quite misty

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conditions but still cold the coming in from the new continent so that is

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going to mean temperatures down below freezing quite widely, the

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risk of frost and icy patches on untreated surfaces. We have this

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cold continental air making its way across as overnight tonight and into

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tomorrow and at strengthening south-easterly wind will be a

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feature of the weather through to tomorrow making it feel bitterly

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cold. It will already be a cold start the day with the widespread

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frost and although there will be a lot of cloud around it looks like

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there will be some brighter spells and perhaps even some sun chamber

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temperatures for many of us are not expected to get above freezing all

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day. Factor in the wind-chill and it will feel bitterly cold. The

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National weather is coming up but he's out like and the weather will,

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temperatures will recover by Friday, it will stay cloudy added into the

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weekend and it is looking take a look at the Outlook towards

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the weekend.

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