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Hello and welcome to Look East. In the programme tonight:


Wellingborough based Booker Group is bought by Tesco


in a multibillion pound deal - what could that mean


police investigating historical abuse allegations in football.


In her first public engagement since her illness over Christmas,


champion, and don't call it table tennis.


First tonight - the huge business deal centred on this region.


Tesco has agreed to buy Wellingborough based


wholesaler the Booker Group for ?3.7 billion pounds.


Booker supplies food to 700,000 businesses


including independent high street names like Budgens and Londis.


Tonight the Wellingborough MP Peter Bone told Look East he hoped


it would mean more jobs at the HQ and warehouses in his constituency.


Burqa, basting Wellingborough. -- Bookers. Today, they gained a whole


lot of weight. Taken over by Tesco in a deal worth ?3.7 billion. From


the distribution centre, Booker supplied 200 cash and carry, more


buying 5000 convenience stores, pubs, restaurants, cafes. I buying


into this business, Tesco are taken on a whole new market. Londis and


Budgens are part of Booker. This man owns this shop, along with a pub and


a coffee shop here, all supplied by Booker. He calls the backbone of his


prisoners. I think it is good. It'll be a strong the supplied chain, we


will get more stock and hopefully that prices will be good for the


consumers and ourselves. I'm looking to open new stores with Tesco's and


Booker to help us, it should be good. We are told workers have


welcomed the news. The company employing 1300 people, it has one .3


million customers and suppliers 700,000 small misses. It is


exceptionally good news and it will hopefully lead to more jobs and more


growth for the combined group. Tesco is an enormous company but Booker is


a very big company too. I think what we'll see is growth overall which


will hopeful lead to more jobs than it will certainly lead to better


profitability, more economy is and that is good for the economy as a


whole. The company built on supplying the small independent has


now swallowed up the biggest of all. There's a real endorsement of our


sector and independent retailers. Everyone was predicting the demise


of independent retailers, that they would be overtaken by the likes of


Tesco and now we see in 2017, Tesco buying the right to supply those


retailers. Booker, part of the shop steel, now being budgeted by the


food industry. Our business correspondent


Richard Bond is in our newsroom. Why do Tesco and Booker


want to merge? I think there is as wrong chance


that the competitions and authorities will want to look at it.


Tesco is Britain's biggest retailer, it controls a third of the UK


grocery market and it owns the convenience jaw stain with -- chain.


I think if this deal is to proceed, the com petition authorities will


want to look at those relationships and to them, maybe even ask for one


of those businesses to be disposed of. Why do Tesco and Booker want to


merge? I think this is all about buying power. Both of them need to


buy their supplies as cheaply as they can so they can offer


attractive customer prices to their customers. Tesco, by virtue of its


size, already carries a lot of clout in negotiations with big suppliers


like Unilever. Adding Booker customer base will give Tesco even


more clout and it will be able to extract more value in the supply


chain, in other words, keener prices, and that will allow keener


prices to be passed back to Tesco and Booker and will give them a


competitive edge in a brutal market. A man has been arrested by


Cambridgeshire police in their ongoing investigation into


historical abuse. Kit Carson is well known internationally and here for


what has sometimes been described as his pioneering youth element work.


He joined Norwich City, he left ten years later to take up the post of


academy director at Peterborough Road United, and then he moved to


Cambridge United, becoming the head of talent and development, that was


between 2001 and 2006. Mr Carson began coaching youth teams in


Finland from 2012 but it is unclear whether he is still actively


involved in coaching there. We understand the allegations here


relate to his work at Cambridge United and Peterborough United. The


police confirmed they arrested a man in his 70s and put him into custody


on suspicion of indecency with children and assault. He is


currently being questioned at a police station in the county. Police


say anyone with concerns should call them on 101.


MPs and business leaders got together today to find out what's


happening with one of the region's most important planned


The upgrade of the Ely junction has been promised


But the message today was that passengers will have


It is probably the most strategically important junction in


the nation but when will it be improved? Today, another rail


summit, local politicians and business leaders once again pushing


for the work to start as soon as possible in Ely North. It has a


length the process to it. We've got some money available and we would


like to say get on with it but actually we have allocated the money


and there is a big long process. The ?200 million junction improvement


would make it possible to run more trains. The hope was that the work


could again in 2019 when the new Network Rail budget kicks in but


officials from the company told today's meeting that the project was


complex and there wouldn't be ready to start by then. Although they


insisted that Ely remains a priority. This scheme would generate


500 minion pounds for the local area. In my view, it has to be done.


We need to open up the line to Kings Lane. We want good services from


Norwich to Cambridge and we want to get the heavy lorries off our road


and get those onto freight trains. There is a huge benefit to local


people in doing this but it is a quite torturous process. There was


some positive news today. Trains running through Ely will have more


carriages after the summer which should ease congestion. Local


businesses have committed almost ?8 million to pay for a study that will


hopefully speed up the design and planning process. There is a real


determination to see this junction upgraded a bad decision will be


taken by Network Rail when it has the money and the plans in place and


the reality is that it is still likely to be several years before we


even have a start date for the work. This week, we've been


celebrating the 50th birthday of Milton Keynes but being one


of Europe's fastest growing towns The NHS nationally is feeling


the pressure but what happens when your population is due


to grow by around 15% Currently, Milton Keynes


Hospital has 526 beds More than 4,000 babies


were delivered there last year and more than 84,000


people visited A and E. Stuart Ratcliffe has


been to the hospital This hospital opened in 1984. Then,


the population of Milton Keynes was 110,000. 30 years later, and the


population is 250,000. The hospital itself has also expanded but it does


illustrate the pressures that this hospital faces and to see for myself


those pressures, I spent the same -- day with Julie whose job it is to


manage the hospital beds. It is to be on Friday. What is the situation?


It is that Tripoli -- typically busy day. We are on an escalation. It is


governed by the number of patients waiting for heads, the number of


four hour breaches that you have, the number of fun place to patient


you have and that volume of patients coming in. We have three M T beds


currently which we will be filled shortly and an additional 20 or so


definite discharges and a further ten potentials. I have 50 patients


in my A department, ten of which definitely need beds. With pressures


building in A, it is the obvious first port of call. We are still on


red. We want to create capacity for the male patients we have waiting


for us. We should have beds coming up shortly. In total, Julie manages


526 beds in this hospital and it is a constant juggling act. But a new


ward with an extra 20 beds is due to open next month. It is all part of


the rebuild but without the -- with the publishing booming, will it be


enough? We believe the building programmes we have will allow us to


cope with the extra demand. It is harder to say, the NHS is doing very


well at looking after even more sick patients. It is always hard to


predict. We believe what we are doing here is the right entered the


doing. Do you think the NHS model is sustainable in the future? I


absolutely believe it is. The values that drive the NHS, the staff that


work in the NHS, the level of care, the policy of care is still without


question one of the best, is not the best in the world. The chief


executive also admits at this hospital and the wider NHS are


coping. But only just. Back on the wards, that means the search for


words in the juggling of resources continues. Despite its booming


population, this hospital does rather better than many hospitals


which spent much of the winter on black alert. Over the next ten


years, the population here will grow by another 50,000. Even with that


planned redevelopment, there are still concerns about whether this


hospital will be able to cope. Jurors at St Albans Crown Court have


today been shown pictures of the police excavation


of the cesspit where children's author Helen


Bailey's body was found. Police made the discovery


in the garage of the Royston home that Ms Bailey shared


with Ian Stewart in July 2016 - That is it from us. Later in the


programme, we'll have your weekend Julie is here with your


weekend weather forecast. And a masterclass in ping pong -


from the world champion. The Queen received a warm welcome


today from crowds and Fijian warriors when she toured a museum


exhibition in Norwich. It was the Queen's first official


engagement since a heavy cold kept out of the spotlight since


Christmas. This was showcasing art from Fiji.


A traditional Fijian welcome. The crowd delighted to see Her Majesty


looking fit and well after her health problems over Christmas. I


like seeing the Queen because her clothes are pretty. And I love your


crown, did you make that yourself? Yes. You look royal. Well done. Will


you remember it for a long time? Yes, because we are allowed to keep


these flags. That is fantastic. One of the Fijian


warriors was a professional rugby player in a different guise.


Different from the day job. This is made from the bark of a tree. This


is an important symbol... When the Queen visited Fiji in 1953 she was


presented with a whale tooth, one of the artefacts now on display in the


exhibition. There is also a canoe which featured in celebrations last


year. There is a wedding dress which was


worn by the daughter of a high chief who married a relative of one of her


ladies in waiting. This is a Fijian who was part of the choir who sang


to the Queen. I am gobsmacked. Speaking to Her Majesty was an


honour. This is the largest exhibition about Fiji ever


assembled. Before she left the Queen met staff and students. Her


enthusiasm for the exhibition and her affection for the Commonwealth


country clear to all. Something a bit different now


because across the region today people have been marking


Holocaust Memorial Day. the BBC has been telling the story


of one survivor of the death camps. and this is his account


of what happened You could see the squat chimneys


belching fire and smoke, sort of a sweet smelling smoke


of human bodies. The SS asked very politely,


no dogs or whips or anything, they said, if you feel you aren't


quite fit, we can take Of course, some people did,


the old and the disabled Of course they put them straight


into the gas chamber. I was extremely confused and not


terribly happy for the simple reason that for the first time,


we were separated. I was separated from my


parents and the parents My mother spotted me,


broke ranks, came over to me, I saw her then go along


this ramp and at the end Those who survived realised


that was into a gas chamber. Yes, the deadline's next


Tuesday at 11 o'clock. Ipswich boss Mick McCarthy


is certainly working hard He's agreed a loan deal with former


Newcastle defender Steven Taylor but not in time to play


at Preston tomorrow. Toumani Diagouraga could make


his debut after signing Preston meanwhile have turned down


a second bid for a reported ?2 million from Ipswich


for their striker Jordan Hugill. nothing concrete in terms


of transfer activity. Alex Neil will bring up his 100th


game in charge against Birmingham. The manager also confirmed


Louis Thompson's out Elsewhere, a couple of local


derbies to look forward to. In League One,


Peterborough host MK Dons. The Posh boss Grant McCann has


revealed he slept at the club's training ground after Tuesday's


defeat to Oldham. He said it was their worst


performance since he took charge. He'll be hoping for


better against MK. Derivate games are always great. We


have been good in their big games this season. We need to make sure we


do it again this Saturday. Looking forward to getting back in front of


our home supporters. The U's have been in good form


but are looking to bounce back It is massive. They are big games,


big games that everyone looks forward to. We have been involved in


to know. Their game against Luton earlier this season did not go our


way and we are disappointed about that and we want to go there and do


ourselves justice. Now, do you know the difference


between ping-pong and table tennis? Andrew Baggaley from


Milton Keynes is an expert. After a decade as England's most


successful table tennis player And this weekend, he's looking


to make it a hat-trick. Welcome to the fast and furious


world of ping pong. In a corner of a sports hall


in Milton Keynes you will find the world champion who kindly agreed


to slow it down for me. The sound for one is a lot hollower


and then there is the kit. Explain the differences between ping


pong and table tennis. The main difference


is the equipment. A table tennis bat is with sponge


rubber as you can see there and the ping pong


bat is with sandpaper. How does that affect


the way you play? Table tennis is a very fast sport,


you get a lot of spin on the ball with the rubber and sandpaper


is a bit slower and also more A two-time Commonwealth


table tennis champion, Andrew Baggaley has won the last two


world ping pong titles The brainchild of


promoter Barry Hearn. A tournament still in its infancy


but watched by millions worldwide. It is just a phenomenal feeling


to win two world titles in a row and looking to try and see if I can


do it again. If you had to choose,


ping pong or table tennis? At the moment there is only one ping


pong tournament in a year so... My heart is with table tennis,


my heart is with ping pong so I love both of them,


I can't choose. This weekend the blue bat is boss


once again at Ally Pally. He'll be hoping it's best too


for a third time in a row. Norfolk's Alfie Hewett


missed out in the final He lost to his British


teammate Gordon Reid There's coverage of all


the sport on your local Diana Moore is one of the country's


leading operatic singers and has Now she has come home to East Anglia


to give a special one-off She will be exploring


the history of female singers Alex Dunlop is at the Norwich


Central Baptist Church. You can see behind the Diana Moore


warming up with members of knowledge Barack. She has travelled the world


but she is a Suffolk girl. -- Norwich Baroque.


Trouser roles, this is woman dressing as men on stage playing


Baroque roles. It is exploring the lives of people who did this as a


living. For a woman to break into that world in the 18th century, they


must have had to be strong willed. Yes, they were characters. This lady


here, she was a famous actress and singer in the 18th century. But her


career was destroyed through a sex scandal. Handel wrote the part in


Messiah for her and she never looked back. Why come here? It is home.


Last summer we had a fantastic time. They invited me to choose a


programme of my own. This is what I wanted to do. Good luck. You are


going to sing as a part from a Handel's Opera, another close rule.


Thank you very much. What a wonderful voice. Here is the


weather. Some parts of the region last night


fell as low as minus six. That meant fantastic weather watchers pictures.


It still has not thawed out at three o'clock this afternoon.


Plenty of blue sky on the Norfolk - Suffolk border.


The thickest of the cloud will continue to feed up through tonight


and it is producing outbreaks of rain in places but most of the rain


to the night will be liked and patchy but we cannot rule out the


odd heavy airburst here and there. Not as calls tonight. Nothing more


than two Celsius. Light to moderate sized to south-easterly winds.


Tomorrow's weather dependent on how quickly this weather front clears


out to the north Sea. Still uncertainty about how quickly it


will do that. At the modem looks like a cloudy start to the day.


Further outbreaks of rain, most of it light and patchy. We are


expecting to hold onto a lot of cloud. Temperatures could be double


compared to today, seven or eight Celsius, closer to average. The


winds change to south to south-westerly. Sunshine in the


extreme West late on. For most of us it will be a cloudy day from start


to finish. On Sunday the weather dependent on how far north this


system spreads. We are not sure how fire officers going to get. The


further south you are in the region on Sunday the likelihood is you will


have a cloudy day with outbreaks of rain. Further north, may just stay


dry. Monday and Tuesday is a lot of cloud around. Monday perhaps light


rain and drizzle, largely dry. Tuesday more persistent rain late on


in the day. And check your barometer in the West, it should be 29.82


inches of mercury, in the East, 29.88 inches of mercury.


That has flummoxed us. We know you understand the risks


associated with your pregnancy. Because I'm smaller, people think


my hopes are not so great. You know what it's like when


help is needed. You just jump in. Are you saying that


he's stalking you now?


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