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Tonight, a special edition of Look East on the day
that the girlfriend of the missing airman Corrie Mckeague announced
When ever one finds out they are pregnant, there is joy because you
bring in someone into the world, but it is just a horrible time, really.
Today I sat down with April and Corrie's mother to talk
I guess potentially you're looking at the possibility of having lost a
son but gaining a grandchild. It is something of a state all of us are
thinking about, but again, as I've said so many times before, I won't
accept Corrie is coming back -- is an coming back until I have proof.
Also in tonight's programme: An inquest hears that an inmate
at Chelmsford Prison died after electrocuting
And no cup upset for Posh against Chelsea.
But what a day for striker Tom Nichols.
First tonight, Corrie Mckeague's girlfriend tells Look East
April Oliver, who's a personal trainer in Norfolk, told me
about her relationship with the airman, who's been missing
She was on holiday abroad when he disappeared,
but flew back immediately - and found out she was pregnant
We'll hear from her - and from Corrie's mother -
She's always wanted to be a mother, but looking at the scan of her and
Corrie Mckeague's unborn child, April Oliver wishes
Their baby is due late spring, early summer.
The 21-year-old personal trainer who lives in West Norfolk first met
Corrie on an online dating website last summer.
She only discovered she was pregnant a fortnight after the
You know when the lady showed its foot?
Corrie's mother, Nicola Urquhart, and April's parents
have known about the pregnancy since the outset and are supporting her.
Corrie, who was based at RAF Honington in Suffolk,
September in the centre of Bury St Edmunds.
The 23-year-old had been enjoying a night out with friends
before he left this nightclub alone in the early hours.
After entering an area behind some shops, he
As this home video shows, Corrie Mckeague is an extrovert and
happy to perform for both family and friends.
His family say he would talk to anyone.
Every week Nicola flies to Suffolk from Scotland to
Last week she brought in a team of private
Preparations are in place for Corrie and April's baby.
April now hopes for some personal privacy for
her and her baby's health, both families now
determined that efforts are
now focused on finding Corrie, this unborn baby's father.
I sat down with April Oliver at her home in West Norfolk earlier today.
Corrie's mother, Nicola Urquhart, was there too.
They invited the Look East cameras along now so that April can focus
on her unborn baby for the rest of her pregnancy.
I started by asking April about her relationship with Corrie.
We started seeing each other, and it was quite casual. We were both
seeing other people. At the time, and then be led on to have
conversations whereby we thought it was getting serious, and what we
were going to do and what plans we had. So, yes, we were sort of
getting on our way to being just as and happy and seeing what we wanted
out of each other, where it was going. And for you, what is Corrie
like? He's a gentleman, he brought me roses on our first date, as such.
Yes, he was just lovely, I have never known anyone like him, it was
so refreshing to find someone so nice. You know he disappeared at the
end of September, have recently had you seen him before then? I had seen
him near enough the same week he had gone missing. I had seen him, I
think, apart from the RAF boys, one of the last person to see him. When
he went missing, you were abroad with your family. Yes, I was in
America, my dad was doing a marathon. There had been plans to do
it for so long, I was disappointed he couldn't come, but because it was
planned, he unfortunately could not come. When did you hear he had gone
missing? I had only been there a few days when I got the call from the
REF boys asking if I had seen him or heard from him -- REF. On Monday, it
was. That is when I knew he was honestly missing, and they very
quickly got a plane home. And what was your opinion of what might have
happened back then? At that point I wasn't entirely sure. Obviously
because of the way we were going, I was concerned. It was out of
character. I knew it wasn't something he had done before when he
had gone off and disappeared and not got in contact. I was worried. That
is what led me to come home, and my message is not going through to him.
I was concerned. How long after that did you discover you were pregnant?
I found out a couple of weeks after eight came back, obviously after
going through police interviews. Unfortunately I've had to make a
massive decision by myself. I was hoping and praying with find out
some information, he would come home so we could make the decision
together. We've had conversations about children and what we wanted in
the past. It was something I hope he would be here to help me make the
decision, but he isn't. It is a decision I've had to make the loan.
Not the most pleasant thing to go through on your own. Especially when
the person you love is missing. And you say you've had to go through it
alone, did you have any doubts about whether you wanted to keep the baby?
There is the element of, what if he did not come back, how would I deal
with that? Again I had to think about it and take a sensible
approach to. In my mind it is not something I wanted to do, and
probably could do. Being a mum is something I've always wanted to be,
right from when I was younger. It is just a horrible time, really. How
have you been in your pregnancy, given the stress you are under?
Given the stress I'm under, the pregnancy has gone really well. I
haven't really had any trouble, but my concern is to stay out of the
stress levels, try not to increase it. Just sort of doing everything I
can that won't add more pressure than what is already. You are still
hopeful Corrie will come home? There's nothing I would love more,
is for him to walk through the door and say, I'm back! Yes, I would
probably cry, that would be the first thing. It is my only concern,
getting him home and how we can help to get him home. Why have you come
out now and decided to announce it in this way? I decided to tell
everyone because I'm at a stage in my pregnancy where I'm happy, I'm
slightly more emotionally relax as well as anything. However, this will
be the only thing I do. Given the stress levels that I'm under anyway,
it is something I kind of, I just want to put out there and then I'm
asking the public and the press to politely leave me alone. And,
Nicola, for you, this is another twist in a very difficult tale for
you. How are you coping with this? I've known from the beginning, but
April is 21. She is pregnant in exceptional circumstances behind it,
so it is something that somebody would normally want to keep quiet
anyway to make sure things are OK, but that's only thing she's dealt
with. We have been trying to keep it quiet, hopefully by doing this it
will draw a line under it and able to get the chance to try and enjoy
her pregnancy as best she can, but safely. Without any additional
stress. And this will be your first grandchild. It will be. It should be
a joyous occasion for you. Can you feel any join about it? I was at the
scanner with April the other day and I don't think any one could see that
and not be affected by it. But it is incredibly difficult. To balance my
head, as it is for April as well, from the excitement of the new baby
to what we are actually trying to focus on just now, and that is
finding Corrie. So one day at a time, we'll get through this. But
just now, I have got to pull my own sanity just try and concentrates to
find Corrie -- for my own sanity. At the same time, although Abel has
fantastic support with her mum and dad family and friends, just giving
her any support I can -- April. This is a difficult thing to think about,
but I guess potentially you're looking at the possibility of having
lost a son but gaining a grandchild. It is something all of us are
thinking about, but again, as I've said so many times before, I won't
accept Corrie isn't coming back until I have proof of that. I won't
let my mind go there. It isn't constructive, it doesn't help me
find him. While we have no news, they're still the chance he could
come back. So I will keep thinking that way. Nicola and Abel, thank you
both very much. Thank you. -- April. And for more information
on the search for Corrie Mckeague, Other news now, and an inquest
in Chelmsford has heard how a prisoner who was under observation
electrocuted himself with wires 25-year-old Dean Saunders died
a year ago at Chelmsford Prison. The inquest heard his electrocution
was only the third recorded in a prison in England and Wales
since records began. His parents, who were at
the hearing, say clear warnings, he was acutely mentally
ill, were ignored. The inquest is expected to last at
least a week. It's being headed by a juror. The coroner told them we will
be looking into whether the state authorities did or did not do
everything they could to prevent Dean Saunders's death, and whether
any lessons can be learned. A man has been arrested on suspicion
of murder after a woman was found The woman in her 20s,
named locally as Kerri McAuley, was found at Southalls Way
in the city late last night. A Just Giving page, set up to help
the family pay for funeral costs, As you can see, the property is
sealed off, as friends at others as go about their work. Norfolk police
are appealing for information to establish the sequence of events
which led to this death. Tributes have been left by friends, and a man
arrested by police is in custody awaiting questioning.
An investigation's underway into an arson attack
The fire at the Al Falah Braintree Islamic Centre
Still to come, their weather for the week ahead. And it did not quite
happen for Posh and their cup match at the weekend. Tonight it is all
eyes on Cambridge, who host Leeds. We've got a sell-out, it is not full
yet but nearly 8000 fans are expected, the vast majority hoping
for an upset, and Cambridge United to knock Leeds United out.
A couple who are both in the nursing profession in Norfolk are raising
money to help with health care in India.
Gerry and Emily Bowdren have already made one trip -
taking their teenage girls with them.
They're now planning another trip from their home in Norwich
to the West Bengal area of India to treat people living
The queues of people needing medical help on their last trip have
convinced them to try to raise money to build a permanent clinic.
Reliving an experience they will never forget. As a family be treated
more than 100 people a day. Emily Bowdren is sitting to be a nurse,
her husband is an advanced nurse practitioner working in A He's
treated several people abroad but this was the first time he's taken
his wife and stepdaughter 's. I was nervous because I thought, how will
they cope with such a culture shock and such hardship, because it was a
lot of practical hardship. A lot of the Cumberland -- the comfort they
had to give up. Working long days, they were cleaning wounds, taking
blood pressure and predict and bandages. We could not say no. Can I
see another person, you're getting this opportunity, we might have made
their life. After working with this girl, they encourage her to say her
very first word. Her mother said she'd never spoken following a
traumatic experience. It was incredible to see mum who were eight
years, her daughter had not uttered a word. To hear her daughter to
speak was incredible. I felt so privileged to hear that. The family
travelled on local transport, stayed in basic accommodation, and were
thanked with this farewell dance. Now they want to raise money for a
permanent clinic. We have loads of clinics here, you can go down the
road if you are ill. We have 24 hour systems for sore throats, whatever.
But you have to walk miles in those countries, it takes weeks and
months, it cost so much. Affected by the property, overwhelmed by the
kindness, the family plan to return to India if they raise enough money
for a clinic or not. Football now, and Peterborough
United manager Grant McCann says he is very proud of his players
after a tough match against Chelsea 6,000 Posh fans travelled
to Stamford Bridge hoping to see their side cause
a massive shock. Sadly, it wasn't to be
with Chelsea winning 4-1, Our Sports Editor
Jonathan Park reports. The Posh against Chelsea's
rich and famous. But try telling that
to Peter Peterborough's But try telling that
to Peterborough's 6,000 They wouldn't miss
this for the world. It was 5-0 last time,
what is it going to be today? I think, optimistic, we are
an attacking team, I think 2-1. Maybe three or 4-0,
if we can keep it 16 years after Peterborough's
last visit to the Bridge, which ended 5-0 to Chelsea,
a new generation were here to see But the name Lee Angol,
hardly a household one, had a golden chance to embarrass
the hosts early on. Chelsea, though, don't
often waste chances. Take Pedro's opening
goal, unstoppable. One became two before
half-time, Batshuayi teed up, Posh full of effort,
but Chelsea far too clinical. Willian with another
unnerving finish. But the 6,000 Posh fans were then
rewarded with two priceless moments. First the sight of seeing John Terry
beaten, sent off, sent packing, then the indescribable joy
of seeing your team score Tom Nichols rewarding
Posh's army of fans. People say you can't always
celebrates when you're People say you can't always
celebrate when you're losing, but no, no one is going
to take that goal away from me. I enjoyed it, in front
of a lot of travelling fans, I will never forget that goal,
I will put it that way. That and Liverpool,
you never forget those. What was it like when
your goal went in? Yes, it was ecstasy,
it was fantastic. Normal service was quickly resumed
when Pedro made it 4-1. For the Posh now,
it is Bury away next. It is not reality, it's what we are,
we are a League One team. We want to try and be
a Championship team, so the league Posh outclassed by Chelsea,
but after 70 minutes, who was making But we're still not guaranteed
a side in the fourth round. It's a big ask, with
Cambridge United from League Two hosting Leeds United
of the Championship. Let's go to the Abbey
now and Tom Williams. Yes, after weekend when the
integrity of the FA Cup has been called into question and intense as
happiness, there's no suggestion the competition is being devalued this
evening -- attendances has been questioned. They are all praying for
an upset and Cambridge to knockout the mighty Leeds. I'm joined by the
Cambridge chairman. You had Manchester United before, the draw
has been good. To have a sell-out is a tribute to everyone who's worked
so hard. Looking around, it is very damp underfoot. Are these conditions
conducive to an upset that the fans are praying for? It certainly will
the pace of the game. I have to be very careful being a chairman of a
football club, because I've have to sit there and not get excited. I've
taught myself over the years to enjoy but not jump up and down. I
think there will be some exciting moments, and the atmosphere will be
heard all over Cambridge. I mentioned that manages a lighted
match a couple of years ago, you took them back to Old Trafford --
Manchester United. How important hazard beans are you? We've made it
hard to make the club stable -- has that mattered been to you. More
hospitality, better pitch, training ground. It is all building the club
to make a solid base. Can you do it tonight? Of course we can. I am one
of the world's optimists. I enjoy live, enjoy my football and enjoy
Cambridge United Football Club. Best of luck. The draw per round ball is
coming up. Cambridge United are in it, joined by Ipswich and Norwich,
who earned replays. It is live on BBC Two and on BBC Radio
Cambridgeshire. And as Tom mentioned,
Ipswich and Norwich face replays after they both drew
2-2 on Saturday. Those replay dates have
now been confirmed. Ipswich, after narrowly
avoiding an upset, head Then a week on Wednesday,
Norwich are away at Southampton. Both games will be covered live
on your local BBC Radio Station. 100 years ago today one of the most
astonishing sea rescues took place At its centre, the
coxswain Henry Blogg. Henry Blogg led the Cromer lifeboat
crew during the First World War. And on this day in 1917, he helped
with two rescues in one day. Robbie West has been
to Cromer to see his legacy. He is described as one of the
bravest men who ever lived. The most decorated lifeboat man, and to this
day, Henry Blogg remains one of Norfolk's greatest heroes. 100 years
ago Henry and his lifeboat crew answered a distress call. At 11am, a
Greek vessel was riding in anchor, and she holds up her signals of
distress, said the lifeboat in the boat has over the came to the water
's edge and launched, and off when the crew. You have to go with a
break, it is incredible. After this rescue, they had to turn around when
another ship hit a naval mine and was blown in half. With help from
the locals and army, the exhausted crew worked for the night, rescuing
all but one of the second ship's crew. It was all elderly men, two of
them, nearly 70. My age now, I would not want to be out there. The rescue
masterminded by Henry ended when they reach what was left of the
second ship. Its remains can still be seen on the beach in low tide.
The sea is calm now, but a statue of Henry Blogg overlooks the beaches.
This is on the clifftop named after him. Henry's career lasted 53 years,
and he was awarded the George 's Cross, the British Empire medal and
others. He saved over 873 lives. His impact is still felt right current
lifeboat teams. This is what we use nowadays, compared to what they used
to use. Everyone has got a screen, we've got an individual job to do. I
say they were the Brave ones, to get that off the beach by rolling its,
we've got it easier. Henry Blogg dedicated his life to rescuing
people caught at sea. A hero not only for those following in his
footsteps, but for the whole country. It is a nice touch with the
picture. Right, we've got a lot to talk about. Quick handover. It's
been a busy day in the world of weather. We've had some brightness,
this was at 11:30am this morning. Lots of cloud, outbreaks of rain. In
the last few hours, this little area is abusing some heavy downpours.
Eventually all that will clear. For many, it will be a dry night with
some long clear spells. The strength of the winds should limit the
potential Bob Ross, but under clear skies, with temperatures in some
sports, we can't rule out frost -- potential for frost. Tomorrow, some
patchy rain, but a dry start, with some brightness. Into the afternoon,
thicker cloud pushing in from the west and some outbreaks of rain.
Temperatures tomorrow around seven or eight Celsius at best. With light
to moderate south-westerly winds. We finish the day with a lot of cloud,
and some outbreaks of mainly light rain, just moving very slowly to the
east. Then Wednesday, a cold front moving through and behind it, much
colder air feeding end. Actually when Saint will get off to a mild,
cloudy start with some patchy rain, and then it will become brighter
with some sunshine and a few showers. Temperatures initially
around 10 Celsius, but with that cold air, they will eventually drop
down to seven Celsius. Actually getting colder as the day goes on.
Then on Thursday, notice how tightly packed the isobars, a windy day, and
it will feel cold. Some cells are sunshine, but also some showers,
they could be wintry. We are looking at highs for Celsius and it will
feel even colder because of the of the wind. And you'll notice there is
a yellow warning for North, that's been issued because there is the
risk of some occasionally wintry showers which could turn to snow.
More about that as the week goes on. That yellow warning stays in place
for Norfolk on Friday, the risk of a wintry shower anywhere, and a
bitterly cold day with highs for Celsius. The winds are lighter. The
other thing I should mention above Friday is that we will have
northerly winds developing in the North Sea and spring tides. So there
is the risk, and it is a low risk, some coastal flooding affecting
Norfolk, Suffolk and Essex. If you have any worries at all, log onto
the environmental agency website, or give them a call. As we head into
the weekend, still the potential for wintry showers. Elsewhere, it is
cold with spells of sunshine and overnight frosts. But we are
watching a weather front on Sunday carefully, depending on the time. If
it hits the cold air at the right time, it could produce some snow.
Watch this space. You weren't kidding. And Brive. That is all,
have a good evening. Goodbye. -- and breathe.
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