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Hello, welcome to BBC Look East. In the programme tonight:


A Conservative councillor is suspended by his party after this


video images of him confronting a hunt protester.


I'll tell my husband there is, shall I?


One of the biggest financial brands in East Anglia


is about to disappear, as Norwich Peterborough


building society is swallowed up by the Yorkshire.


We will report on the latest phase of work to preserve this iconic


lighthouse. And after 40 years of snowdrops,


we say goodbye to the First tonight, the huntsman


from Norfolk who's been suspended as a councillor after a video


emerged of him making lewd comments Until recently, Charles Carter was


the master of the West Norfolk hunt. He is also a Conservative


councillor for Breckland. Tonight, the Conservative


leader of the council told us he was appalled


by the video. Gareth George is that council


headquarters now. Charles Carter's behaviour under


intense scrutiny here. The leader of the council told us, I immediately


took action and he has been suspended from the conservative


group. North Yorkshire Police said they were called with reports of an


altercation. They say they're investigating too.


Excuse me, hunting is banned. The Middleton Hunt in North


Yorkshire, felled by a hunt protester. She challenges Charles


Carter, it he begins filming her, and makes lewd comments.


Pardon? I'll tell my husband that, shall I?


Charles Carter has been on Breckland Council since 2011. In a statement,


the council leader said, ... Mr Carter represents the ward of


Saham Toney. Disgusting, a man in a position


should know better, and women shouldn't be spoken to that -- like


that by anyone in any position. It's just not on.


It makes you feel awful. People shouldn't say things like that.


Especially councillors or anything. Not nice at all.


He shouldn't be representing anybody if he holds those beliefs anyway.


Totally wrong. The thing is, Meera Carroll, now I know that connection,


I won't vote for him. In 2011, Look East filmed the east


Norfolk can't, and interviewed Mr Carter.


Having to look over at the shoulder is is not what the country should be


about. You're very pretty.


Sewer foxes. The council described Mr Carter's


comments as inappropriate and offensive.


The Islwyn take in Yorkshire, the council has suspended Mr Carter. We


have tried to get hold of Charles Carter several times today, but so


far have failed. The Norwich Peterborough


Building Society brand will disappear from our high


streets later this year. 28 branches across the East


will be closed and hundreds The society is owned


by the Yorkshire Building Society, which says it wants


to focus on the main brand. This from our business


correspondent, Richard Bond. It's been a trusted name on our High


Street for decades, with 45 branches across the region. But soon, the


Norwich Peterborough name will completely disappear. Its owner, the


Yorkshire building society, plans to close 28 N branches, including


best one, on the outskirts of Norwich.


A lot of people use that branch, this project every branch, I should


think. It's a shame, our elderly customers


are going to feel the impact more. They rely upon the convenience on


their doorstep of being able to withdraw their money and spend it at


local businesses. The changes but at risk 340 jobs.


They branches and at the Society's headquarters. The N was formed in


1986 through the merger of the Norwich and Peterborough building


society is. Throughout the 80s, the business thrived, but suffered a


setback ten years ago, when selling the products of a company called


Keydata, which went bust. The scandal cost N ?15 million and led


to the Yorkshire takeover. The Yorkshire says the banking market is


changing. More customers are conducting their business online,


and use of High Street branches like this is declining by 7%a year.


Further investment in that network can't be justified. But that


argument will disappoint thousands of members who suspect a building


society to provide a good branch network in places where the big


banks aren't represented. These are some of the places set to close. The


changes are due to take place from September this year. Members are


being encouraged to embrace online banking, but some elderly customers


may find that difficult to do. Mike Regnier is the chief executive


of the Yorkshire Building Society. When I spoke to him


late this afternoon, I asked him if it had been part


of the merger agreement that the name Norwich


Peterborough would disappear. We agreed that we would retain


the brand for a period of two years Obviously, it's now six


years ago since then. In that time there's been some


pretty significant changes to the way that customers


as a whole, but our customers We're seen a move away


from branches towards digital. So the changes that we're


announcing today just Because, as an organisation, we're


not immune to those changes either. You will be aware that there


could be people in some of the smaller locations


for whom you are the only bank, and this will mean great


difficulty for them. Yes, as you imagine,


we've done a lot of analysis around exactly how far our existing


customers might have to go In the vast majority of cases,


it's a matter of a couple of miles Of course, there are other ways


we can help them as well. What I'd certainly urge customers


to do, if they have any concerns, please come and talk to us,


pop into the branch, and we'll do everything we can


to help them and make sure they continue to have banking


services or whatever As I understand it,


between headquarters and the branches, about 340 people


will lose their job. At this stage, we haven't,


obviously, confirmed anything. This is still proposals


and now about to enter the consultation process,


where we work with all the colleagues that could be


affected by these changes. The announcements we've made today


will not take effect In fact, up to 18


months in some cases. So that gives us as much time


as we can tell find roles for as many of those people


as we possibly can. My aim would be to find roles


for everyone, if we possibly can. That's unlikely, but we'll be


redoubling efforts to make sure as many of those colleagues that


are affected, we can help, and find other roles


within our business. Does that apply to the


headquarters as well? Do you intend to keep that open


for the foreseeable future? We've not got any plans for


the site, which is in Lynch Wood, That will remain part of the


Yorkshire Building Society Group. We have several hundred


people working there, and will continue to work


there in the future. So, yes, this is mainly about some


branch closures and some of the central themes in Lynch Wood


that support the branches. But when you say you are consulting,


it does mean that some of those It's likely some of them


will lose their jobs, yes, but my objective is to find roles


were as many as we can. Richard Bond is here -


are these branch closures just Think it shows building societies


are not immune from those forces that are causing banks to close


their branches. But both societies are different from banks, they're


mutual organisations, owned by members, not shareholders. Building


societies are supposed to use the money they save by not paying


dividends to do good stuff from members, such as paying decent


interest rates and maintaining good branch networks. I think the trouble


today's announcement it risks making the Norwich Peterborough, or the,


look like any old bank, and that's not a place they want to be an.


But this region still has some smaller building societies?


Yes, you have the Cambridge and the Ipswich bullock societies. Cambridge


have nine branches and say they have no plans to close any of them and


are still committed to investing in them. When you consider 50 years ago


this region had more than 50 building societies, we now have


three, a precipitous decline. New figures show that hundreds


of patients are bed-blocking Yesterday, we heard from a man


who had spent more than two years at the James Paget Hospital


in Norfolk before he was evicted. But he's far from alone, here's


Katherine Nash with the details. Adriano Gueres spent two years


refusing to leave his hospital bed. He's an example of someone offered


alternative care and accommodation, His case may be extreme,


but he's not alone. The term is used to describe


patients who are occupying a hospital bed that they don't


strictly need. They're often medically fit, ready


to be discharged from the ward, According to the NHS,


there are 445 people in the region who are fit


to leave, occupying beds. And in Norfolk, that


figure stands at 78. Commonly, delays are caused by


patients who require further care. For example, if medical assessments


aren't completed on time, or funding for social care hasn't


been arranged, the patient Patrick Thompson has


sat on health boards He says releasing someone


from hospital is a complex process. There's a lot more people involved


than just the health service. It's to do with social care,


whether or not it's local council, county council, private health care


assistance and neighbours - Not all bed-blockers fall


under those categories. There are those, like


Adriano Guedes, who simply reject their care plan,


choosing to stay At hospitals in Essex, there are 27


patients opting to stay. There are 18 in Suffolk,


and in Norfolk there are 13. If you or a family member have been


struggling to leave hospital, You can contact us via e-mail,


phone or social media. Plans to provide an extra 1200


school places in Essex have been The council is expecting the demand


for places in secondary schools in Chelmsford to increase this year


as more homes are built. If planning permission is granted,


a school for children of all ages will be created


in the Springfield area. A new primary school


and early years building A 900-place secondary school


would open the following year. Alex with news of even


colder weather to come. Saying goodbye to the gardener


at Anglesey Abbey after 40 years. And after all that bad


news about the tidal surge earlier this month,


the silver lining on The latest phase of work is now


underway to protect the iconic lighthouse Orfordness from the


scene. Avril once the ways that been taken away, had been giving


something back. The East of England Ambulance


Service has seen a huge increase in the numbers of calls over recent


years, and it reached record levels The service says it's


been its busiest winter ever. Today, the board of directors


met in Cambridgeshire. Among the items up for discussion,


growing demand, a shortage of paramedics and handover


delays at hospitals. But the trust says it is making


progress on response times. In a moment, the chief


executive Robert Morton, after this from our chief reporter,


Kim Riley. Pressure on the Ambulance Service


has been steadily building over the winter, with demand leaping


by almost a third last month. Between Christmas Eve


and Boxing Day, control room staff handled just under 7000 calls,


800 more than last year. The Department of Health national


standard requires paramedics treat 75% of the most serious


life-threatening calls In December, the East


of England Ambulance Service While not hitting the national


targets, the trust claims, week-by-week, it's consistenyl now


one of the best-performing Our hospitals are under


intense pressure too. The report, at today's meeting,


highlighted that delays handing In December, delays of over 15


minutes reached over 7800 hours. The equivalent of some 682


12-hour ambulance shifts. Southend, Colchester,


the Norfolk and Norwich and Peterborough among


the top contributing hospitals. A national shortage of paramedics


has led the trust to back up its recruitment drive at home


by looking overseas. Nine candidates have


been offered employment It's now considering furtehr


recruitment in Australia The trust says it's treating more


of its sickest patients within the eight-minutes target


than ever before, and is moving towards meeting national


performance standards. But the recruitment problem,


an ongoing dispute with the main union,


Unison, and a significant financial deficit are among problems that


still have to be faced. After that board meeting, I asked


the Chief Executive Robert Morton about the financial measures at the


trust. He said the need to to spend more than they had in order to keep


patients safe. If we did not spend this money now,


effectively, we would not have sufficient capacity to respond to


the huge rise in demand we're experiencing across the east of an.


Secondly, there would be tremendous pressure on our workforce. Us, as a


trust board, the pressure wave had to maintain this deficit to ensure


we have sufficient capacity to respond to patients, maintain the


safety of service and the well being of our workforce.


You talk about your workforce, the trade dispute relating to late


finishes are still ongoing. I spoke to you about that when you first


joined, 18 months ago? We have worked in partnership with


Unison and developed a number of measures to address the issue of


late finishes and disturbed meal breaks. The feedback we've had from


our workforce generally is that those changes have been positively


received. But Unison has reiterated the threat


to ballot for strike action if its demands aren't met?


One would expect a trade union to continue to maintain that option.


The reality is, we do continue to work together in partnership, we do


continue to talk between our organisation and Unison. So whilst


the statement is there, the reality is the risk of industrial action is


low at this stage. You're still, as a service, failing


to hit your targets. How much of that is down to the problems you


have with handovers at hospitals? Is good percentage is due to hand


over delays at hospitals, particularly across the festive


season, we've seen continued correlation between weight for


ambulance in areas where there are a long hand over delays.


So you haven't got enough money, you have difficult relations with the


union and you're dealing with a creaking NHS. What would your


message to beat the Health Secretary this evening about those pressures


you're facing? Clearly, we would want or money and


want it now. I think the Secretary of State with gift us that money if


he had available to him. But thing, accordingly, what we also need is


continuing recognition of the pressure we're all under and that's


where a micro doing our best underdog but circumstances. I've


heard is a recognition that is it case from the Secretary of State.


Thank you. Two weeks ago, our coastline was


bracing itself for the devastating effects of strong winds


and spring tides. Thousands of homes were


evacuated, and the sea But while many places


were left counting the cost, at Orfordness in Suffolk,


they were counting their blessings. There, the waves dumped thousands


of tonnes of shingle on the shoreline, and that


could prove vital in a battle Once again, the volunteers are


stepping into the breach on the beach. This, the latest phase of


work costing more than ?6,000 to try to delay the now redundant


structure's collapse, using these shingle-filled sausages. While it


has weathered the recent swell, for once, the waves proved friend, not


phone. We felt that the old girl was


putting up a good fight, so we decided we would help her. Given


some fair winds and a kind tail end to the winter, we should be able to


get visitors over here again this year.


Built in 1792 using three quarters of millennium breaks, it's over 750


feet tall, with another 20 feet underground. It was decommissioned


in 2013, now owned by a trust driven by passion and pride.


It's landmark that everybody loves. Went you drive in, the first thing


you see out to sea as the lighthouse. It would matter be --


Orfordness without a lighthouse would be disastrous.


We will take it year by year and at the end of each winter we will be


able to assess how she's got through the winter. Will have time from when


we can't get visitors here any more, but the lighthouse still saved, if


that makes sense. That's when we will start dismantling and moving to


the next phase of the plan. These are voice pipes, Wessels would go


all the way down to the kitchen. The keeper good summer his mate come up


here and give him a hand. They will hope to salvage an exhibit


in the museum this and other artefacts from the inside. The very


top of the building will be taken away preserve too. They know that


they will sue calm, but for now it is all about digging in and battling


on. Surrender, never. I always loved those moments when


you say, I never knew that. Powered by whale oil, well I never.


If you say Anglesey Abbey to most people, especially


at this time of year, most people will say snowdrops.


Over the years, the Abbey - which is run by the National Trust -


has built a reputation for its winter garden.


For the last 40 years, the man in charge has been Richard Todd,


but now he's stepping down as head gardener.


The nationally acclaimed winter garden, here at Anglesey Abbey -


From red dogwood to whitewash bramble.


That's the beauty of a winter garden.


You can't be unhappy about what you're seeing,


because they're fantastically bright.


Richard Todd has worked here since he was 22.


He planted much of this garden and designed a lot of it.


Now he's retiring, his successor will need to constantly maintain it


It's not a job for the faint-hearted.


Not only are you running the garden, making sure


maintaining all of those things - big team to look after,


Obviously, there's lots of emotions around that, because it's


But think it's the right time for me to hang up my boots, as it were.


The real jewel in the crown here are the snowdrops,


What are the challenges facing the new head gardener?


We've got one right here, this is the first of our named


We've got 350 in the collection, you've got to get your head


round that, to tell the stories, tell the differences


Richard is now going on to become the garden consultant


for the National Trust in our region.


If you'd like to fill his shoes here, applications close


Does look lovely. Beautiful, very cold, but don't get


colder? Yes, it today wasn't called enough.


Promoter us across the region, it was misty and foggy, temperatures


just above freezing. Beautiful photographs, a misty scene and


Norfolk this morning. Another one here in Northamptonshire. That's how


we start the evening, a lot of messed around and low cloud. Spots


of drizzle possible, even the odd snow through the night. That throws


up a problem of ice on untreated surfaces through the night.


Temperatures will drop below freezing quite rightly, down to


around minus two Celsius. In those frost-prime spots, it could go a


degree or two lower than that. As we get drier, colder, continental air


bossing the region overnight. That is going to be a feature of the


weather tomorrow. High-pressure starting to head eastwards, we get


this south easterly wind. A lump of cold air across the continent,


across us tomorrow. We start tomorrow on a cold note anyway, a


widespread frost. Potential for icy conditions as well. Cloud around,


and once more at the of drizzle, a snow flurry as well. Essentially, a


dry day. Is this dry air comes in, we'll studies ease and brightness,


perhaps even sunshine in parts of the region, across that southeastern


corner. Temperatures were some of us, not above freezing all day.


Factor in the wind-chill, as easterly breeze, it will bitterly


cold. It will feel subzero for Match Of The Day. The good news is it


won't last, but it's going to be a widespread frost. A shift in


pressure pattern, Friday a transitional day. High-pressure


starting to rake down, Atlantic weather systems pushing and from the


west. We'll study get more of a southerly wind. Celeste Coles, not


warmer, but less cold. The potential for more cloud, and patchy rain on


Friday. Not raining on Friday, but cloud around, dry interludes and


spells of patchy rain. Temperatures recovering, up to 7 degrees on


Friday. The weekend a similar pattern, dry, cloudy at times,


chilly at night, but not as cold as it will be tomorrow.


Thank you. 80 degrees on Saturday? Hardly


swimsuits! -- 8 degrees on Saturday. See you tomorrow, bye-bye.


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