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In the programme tonight - the impact of Friday's tidal surge.
Walkers are warned to stay away from cliffs after a man dies
And counting the cost in Norfolk as Cromer Pier
Also in the programme - exclusive access to A
How tough has it been this weekend? The weekend has been very tough but
luckily we have been able to weather the storm.
A new approach to tackling bed blocking in Bury St Edmunds.
The West Suffolk is buying up care beds.
And the company called Wingspan - helping former prisoners learn
First tonight, warnings of the dangers of landslides after
On Friday night the entire east coast took a battering but in most
But with strong winds and high tides there were a number of landslides.
On Saturday in Suffolk a cliff collapsed at
A man out with his wife walking their dog was killed.
Our first report tonight is from Gareth George.
A single bunch of flowers where a dog walker died when the cliffs
below him gave way. Rescuers desperately try to free him and his
dog was dug out but they couldn't reach him in time. We are all very
sorry to hear what happened and our hearts go out to all the family and
friends that are involved in this accident. I would just like to thank
everybody that came along and helped on Saturday. The tragedy has led to
renewed safety warnings about the dangers of our coast. I would advise
anybody to keep clear of the cliffs. They are very delicate at the
moment. All around the country. The cliffs overhang the beach
precariously and there is a crag in that section and perhaps that will
be the next bit to go. You can see where there have been landslides as
big if not bigger than the one that took place at the weekend. This
morning, officials visited the cliffs and the Council said an
investigation is underway. A geologist described many of the
cliffs in this region as very soft, almost like building sand. He said
they would have been weakened by the high tides on Friday. That is a bad
combination for cliff erosion so essentially, the waves will reach to
the bottom of the cliff easily and have lots of power. They can even
force water into the spaces between the sediment which increases what we
call the poor water pressure in the sediment and all that contributes to
Cliff failure. Regular walker said they kept away from the bottom of
the cliffs because they were aware of the dangers but said they had
seen children playing on them. Do you think people don't realise the
dangers? I think perhaps people not from around here are less likely to
be aware of how eroding those cliffs are. On a nice day, it looks very
benign. This was put up during the rescue attempt, the cord and still
in place but no signs warning of the dangers of the cliffs. The identity
of the man who died has not been officially released yet. The
authorities... On Friday night
the authorities were keen to evacuate homes in places
like Great Yarmouth and Jaywick. In the event some of
the most serious damage Debbie Tubby is at
Cromer Pier, Debbie. Compared to the 2013 tidal surge,
our coastline this time got off relatively lightly.
There is still hundreds of thousands of pounds worth of damage
caused to Cromer Pier. In a way, we were let off lightly,
but the first thing we want to do is to really make sure things
are safe for the public and then get This pier is about 130,
140 years old and runs At times like this, you can
actually see how well Chris Taylor filmed
this as the storm hit He is a local photographer
and a helmsman of the RNLI. All we could hear as the waves
were smashing against the prom, you could hear as the water came
down, this clattering of big stones. All we could hear as the waves
were smashing against the prom, you could hear as the water came
down, this clattering of big stones. Looking around, there are rocks
the size of your head. The benches along the prom -
big, heavy, metal benches, being swept along the prom
in the water, It was really, really
awe-inspiring to see. Today, the clear-up operation
is already underway. We have lost some sections
of decking which we are in We are having a survey done
at the root end of the pier to check We have lost the water supply,
a bit disappointing, but we are getting that
back on today. And also, the specialist rope action
team will go underneath and do a survey to make sure the cables
and pipes are intact. The damage wasn't caused
by the waves coming over the pier, the problem was the force
of the ways underneath it, forcing the decking
up and breaking it. In Great Yarmouth where 5,000 homes
were due to be evacuated, residents have been returning
sandbags which in the end, Further along the coast,
the road is still closed after waves left debris strewn across the tarmac
and a nature reserve has been damaged,
after the seawater washed There is a lot of destruction
in the short term, in terms of vertebrates that would have been
killed and things like that, so food for the birds is going to be
very scarce at the moment. Thankfully, it is expected to take
not years, but months to get The coastal road at Clyde is due to
open at some point tomorrow. This peer is due to open to the public
tomorrow as well, repair work continuing. The West Brom Hinds B
has more work to do before that will open but they are working as fast as
they can to get everything back to normal.
Charles Beardall is from the Environment Agency -
a short time ago he told me how close we came to a major
We came very close, actually, Stuart.
If the surge tide had come and hit at the same time as the high tide,
then it would have been significantly higher
than it actually came in but it is because the surge got
a bit out of sync with the high tide, that it came in lower
And that's because of the wind, is it?
It is because of the wind and the low pressure systems that
come in over the North Sea, which are very, very
And the weather was actually very volatile and changing all the time
so anything could have happened but we were prepared for the worst
I was in Great Yarmouth on Friday and 60 to 70% of those
people who were asked to evacuate their
homes, didn't do so. How concerned are you about that?
I think that is very concerning because obviously,
this one didn't go over the defences but as I was just saying,
if the surge tide was at the same time as the normal high tide,
exactly, then it would have gone over the defences and many
properties would have actually flooded, so that is very
concerning and we would advise to anybody who lives behind
the defences in Great Yarmouth, that they do take the advice
of the emergency services and evacuate their properties
to a safe place when they are advised to.
I know a lot of money has already been spent on sea defences.
How well did they do on Friday? Very well.
We have over 500 miles of sea defences around east Anglia alone.
We maintain all of that and we have spent a lot of money over the last
few years in making sure they are fit for purpose and not one
of them breached during this event so I think that shows that it has
been money well spent on our defences.
There are something like 80,000 properties that are protected
and communities up and down East Anglia by those defences
and many of those would have flooded if they hadn't held up.
No, it is not it at all, it could happen any time.
It is all dependent on weather systems coming around
the north of the country, particularly the big
low-pressure systems that generate the surge tides.
We actually have them very regularly during the winter but no one other
than us really knows about them because they come at low
tide and therefore have no significant impact.
It was just like this last weekend when the surge coincides
with the high tide and particularly spring tides, that is when we are
likely to suffer the most damage. Thank you very much.
A charity in Chelmsford is helping prisoners to stop reoffending
when they're released - by getting them jobs.
The latest figures show that more than half of inmates reoffend
But Wingspan says it's confident that getting people back to work can
This isn't just a job, it's a second chance.
Nap served in the Prince of Wales Royal Regiment of Wales.
After leaving the army, he found himself in trouble with the law.
At the time, I wanted to change but there wasn't
I sort of lead a military life and then to come back
into normal society, I just couldn't adapt
He spent time in Chelmsford prison, watching the revolving door
of people leaving prison, only to be sent straight back.
People are put onto the streets in the middle of winter
I've been in prison with people who are terrified of leaving
because they know they have got nothing to go to.
They leave on a Friday and they will be back on the Monday.
Whilst inside, Nap secured a job with Wingspan, a company that
They give them jobs and help them adjust to life in the outside world.
When you are in that place, it is actually very difficult
to break the offending background, so we want to give them
their self-esteem back, give them their self-worth back
and we do that by giving them a full-time job.
As well as former offenders, they aim to help those
at risk of offending, the long-term unemployed
The company, which is run as a not-for-profit social
enterprise, believes that by employing former offenders,
It costs a lot of money to actually keep someone in prison and we have
found and there have been studies which have found that
if you employee former offenders, they are less likely to reoffend
and therefore end up back in prison again.
Back on site, Nap believes that without Wingspan, he would never
What would have happened to you, Nap, if this wasn't here?
I probably would have gone back to doing what I did
Wingspan are currently taking on more work and hoping to help more
prisoners break the cycle of crime and punishment.
An inquest has been told that a mother begged staff
at Chelmsford Prison to keep her son on suicide watch.
Dean Saunders - was found electrocuted in his cell a year ago.
A nurse who was giving evidence this afternoon said Mr Saunders had
told her he did not intend to harm himself.
Instead of suicide watch he was monitored every half hour.
Three possible options for a northern bypass for Ipswich
The road - linking the A12 with the A14 -
Now the County Council has published a study with details of three
different routes from Martlesham to Claydon,
from Woodbridge to Claydon and Melton to Needham Market.
Some estimates have put the cost at about ?200 million.
Still to come tonight - Julie with the weather.
And in football - the former Spurs defender taking charge
The National Health Service is under particular pressure at the moment
with many people believing this winter is the toughest ever.
Tonight three different snapshots - life on a busy Accident
The hospital buying up beds in a care home to help
And the Councils planning to raise taxes to pay for social care.
This morning Sadie Nine presented the BBC Essex breakfast show
from Colchester Hospital. Here's a flavour.
This is brand-new and it says, "Help keep A for those
With all the troubles in the NHS, BBC Essex decided to bring our
breakfast show live from the A to see for ourselves.
Sylvester was in the waiting room after falling at work.
At 7am, we spoke to this doctor who had just come
off his night shift and had been dealing with patients.
All through the night, I've got a group of doctors
It has been very tough but we have given it our best shot.
Colchester Hospital has been in special measures, rated
In the first few weeks of this year, they have experienced
I have certainly been reviewing people in the back of ambulances
as well over the New Year period when it would have been unsafe
to offload any more people into the corridor.
If there was anyone seriously ill, we would make sure that they got
We have to categorise based on clinical need.
Chief Executive Nick Hume has been working to turn things around
after last year's inspections found some patients without pain relief
I can assure the public and patients that the care has improved.
But the important thing is for me is that we don't concentrate
on getting out of special measures, the most important thing
is that we improve the care that we give to our patients,
the support that we give to families and carers and the consequence
of which will be to get out of special measures.
There is a lack of doctors and nurses with roles going unfilled
But after being stretched to the brink at the start
of this year, today, this hospital seems to be coping.
It's been quite quiet and our callers have
been mainly positive, but there have been one
or two who said they had to have their operations
cancelled once again. Still work to be done.
Experts say so-called bed blocking is one of the main reasons
that hospitals are under so much pressure.
Older people can't leave hospital because they can't find a place
in a care home or they can't get a care package to help them go home.
Ian Barmer now on one possible solution in Suffolk.
Ethel is making a cup of tea, all under the watchful eye
of an occupational therapist, at the Glastonbury Care Home
of an occupational therapist, at the Glastonbury Court Care Home
in Bury St Edmunds. Ethel was in the West Suffolk
Hospital but instead of going home, she has been sent here.
The hospital has bought 20 care home beds and staffed them
It moves patients out of the wards and frees up space.
This is a much better environment for these patients.
They are out of hospital, it provides an opportunity for them
to return to normal life, recover, have a little
bit of rehabilitation or optimisation, before plans
So it is all about moving people through the system, is that right?
It is and it is very important that people move through the system.
The A department at the West Suffolk Hospital.
If elderly people are blocking beds, people here cannot be admitted.
The care homes scheme in Bury St Edmunds is just one small
part of major changes across the NHS over the next few years.
It is all being done under the banner of sustainability
and transformation plans, or STPs, for short.
Across the east, there are seven STPs, roughly covering
They will see the NHS collaborate with local councils
And it means new ways will have to be found to deliver that care.
A key theme - the reorganisation of hospitals.
In Essex, Southend, Broomfield and Basildon hospitals
Bedford, the Luton and Dunstable and Milton Keynes could
In Cambridgeshire, there's the merger of Peterborough
The other key theme - moving people out of hospitals
for treatment in the community, like the initiative in Bury St Edmund.
It's brilliant, the personal care, they have got everything.
One thing is clear, with an ageing population,
the pressure to make changes in the health and care
A lot of those pressures on the NHS are connected to the huge strain
And that is down to combination of funding cuts, increased staff
costs and a growth in demand as our population gets older.
The Government's given local councils permission to put up
Council Tax this year to provide extra funding for the service
Andrew Sinclair is here and it looks as if councils are doing that?
The new budgets are starting to be published and every Council seems to
be putting apps Council Tax. Mainly to support social care. Over the
weekend, Norfolk said it was looking at a 4.8% increase, about an extra
?57. Both Essex and Suffolk have announced plans for a 3% tax
increase, although Essex saying the extra money raised will just pay for
about 12 days extra social care. Social care needs
a fundamental redesign. The government needs to look
at the funding for local government And this pressure on social care
is only going to increase, isn't it? The population is getting older as
you said and more papal than ever before will turn 70 this year. More
money for social care is one option and there is a big campaign
happening about that but councils are accepting increasingly they have
to look at things differently. That is why there is a lot of interest in
what is going on in West Suffolk. Norfolk County Council are talking
about redrawing the whole way they provide social care.
And on Inside Out tonight David Whiteley will be looking
at the challenges facing GPs in this region.
And he finds out how some surgeries are being taken over by private
That's Inside Out tonight at 7.30pm on BBC1.
Time for sport now and with news of a new man in the hot seat
at Northampton Town, here's James Burridge.
Welcome to Sixfields in Northampton and displays got used to a fair
share of success last season. They got promotion to League 2. Rob page
lasted only eight months until he was sacked last week. A new man at
the helm, Justin Edinburgh, a familiar face around these parts.
Justin Edinburgh whose managerial career took off at Rushden
Diamonds five years ago, now hoping the grass is a little
I think if I could have the same impact that I did at Diamonds,
then I think the crowd and the people of Northampton
The last man here, Rob Page, suffered really under
the shadow of Chris Wilder, who brought them promotion,
so what do you need to do, Justin, to reinvigorate this team?
To stamp my style of play, I think I have spoken...
People have spoken about formations and I think it is a difficult one,
coming midway through a season, to try and make players
play in a formation that perhaps doesn't suit them.
So I think we have to pick a formation for the players but also
He will need to instil a little steel as well.
The Cobblers ran out of puff against Scunthorpe on Saturday,
conceding the winner in the last few minutes.
We are going to raise the morale, the confidence.
But I see a good sign this morning in trading.
Very good vibe, real intensity to training.
They are scared stiff of you, aren't they?
But we want competition for places and an honesty and a trust.
With the Cobblers just five points above the N1 clash
with MK Dons this Saturday, Justin Edinburgh is keen to produce
The profession continues to grow on the Norwich boss Alex Neil after
another defeat on Saturday. Paul Lambert return this weekend with
Wolves. Can Alex Neil survive? If they lose to Wolves,
with Paul Lambert in charge, with Carrow Road as noisy
and as toxic as it will be if Norwich do lose, then
it is going to get more and more difficult for anybody at Carrow Road
to justify keeping him in the job. But we have been here before,
we thought that before The man everyone is talking about at
Ipswich Town at the moment is Tom Lawrence. The focus is on Tuesday
night at Lincoln, third-round replay. He played an important part
in that game. Tom Lawrence is making a happy
habit of goals like this. COMMENTATOR: Glorious effort.
Quite remarkable goal. He's now scored seven in all,
including both goals against non-league
Lincoln in the FA Cup. Lawrence is on loan from
Premier League champions Leicester, His all-round performances
have been good, as well. Unfortunately, that goes unnoticed
when you're not scoring goals. You add goals to performances,
and of course everybody's waxing lyrical about him,
and where he's going to go and where he's not going to go.
How much he'll cost. He is our player to the end
of the season - I'm delighted. Former MK Dons defender
Jordan Spence signed today. And 6'6" Kieffer Moore
from Forest Green. The striker has played
with Lawrence before. Did you know he could
strike a ball like that? Obviously, we were
together at Yeovil. He used to do it day in,
day out in training. Neither of Ipswich's new signings
are eligible to play in tomorrow's's replay,
when Town will look to avoid Top six is looking
out of their reach. Too good to get dragged
into a relegation battle, in my opinion, so it's more
about now sort of seeing a bit of light at the end of the tunnel.
A bit more entertainment value for the fans.
A little cup run wouldn't go amiss. Ipswich were given a real scare
against Lincoln the last time. He's desperate to avoid a repeat
tomorrow, with a home draw Some Formula 1 news, Mercedes in
Northampton shire were last year's constructors champions and that was
Nico Rosberg Duan the Championship and then retired. They are looking
for Valtteri Bottas, hoping he could be a driver for the future.
Looking at a slightly, week of weather this week? After the drama
of last week, it should be much more settled this week. High pressure in
charge keeping it fine and dry. The difficulty will be judging the cloud
and how much sunshine we will get. On the satellite picture, the cloud,
best breaks in the east but eventually they spread to most
places. A lot of clear sky. We will see cloud feeding down from the
north and perhaps a couple of showers but largely dry. Underneath
a clearer skies, we could see temperatures as low as minus one
Celsius. Looking at a frost across a lot of the region. Light winds which
could mean patchy fog. Tomorrow morning, some frost and fog and it
looks like a largely dry day with a good deal of sunshine. Potential for
some or cloud in the north and north west but it could be fairly well
broken. Temperatures really struggling. It will feel quite
chilly. We hold on to light winds and it looks like the dry conditions
will continue through Tuesday evening into Tuesday night and
Wednesday. Tuesday night looking very cold. Wednesday, high pressure
in charge, this weather frontage stayed to the north so after the
frosty start, it should be a fine and dry day with potential for quite
a bit of sunshine. The north and north west will perhaps see some
thicker cloud and drizzle. Struggling to get a few degrees
above freezing. Perhaps the change on Thursday. High pressure in charge
but the weather front may drift southwards and so we will see more
cloud. They could be a little bit of drizzle. But we may see some
brightness and sunshine. Thursday is looking a cloudy day at the moment
with temperatures perhaps a little closer to average, around seven
Celsius. There is a lot of uncertainty about the amounts of
cloud right the way through the week but at the moment, Friday is looking
cloudier although we cannot rule out a little bit brightness and sunshine
and temperatures a couple of degrees higher than the beginning of the
week. It looks like that weather will continue into next weekend so
largely dry and settled but always a lot of cloud around and some
brightness and sunshine and mainly chilly.
We will see you tomorrow night, good night.
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