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Hello, welcome to Look East, with Susie and me.


The region's response to the threat of serious flooding


two months ago is condemned as "inadequate".


A review highlights 64 short-comings.


Faulty equipment, losing a set of keys for the emergency stores,


lack of training - those don't instil confidence?


Well, as I say, there's definitely lessons


to learn and it's a relief to us all that it was a near miss.


Keeping babies safer at night by sleeping in a box.


Experts hail the success of a pilot project in Essex.


and speak to the man who invented the Chopper.


And the X Factor auditions come to Clacton.


We will be meeting some of the contestants.


# I can't answer, I can't answer that #.


The night of Friday 13th of January this year,


You might remember it was the night the North Sea threatened to flood


Luckily it didn't and it seems that was just as well.


It turns out that behind the scenes there were dozens


A new report highlights 64 in Suffolk alone.


losing a set of keys to emergency stores


The short comings will go before councillors tonight.


Let's get the details now from Kevin Burch.


We are at Felixstowe Ferry, the waters tonight really benign but


look back to January, there was an angry sea up there. We had had


warnings what to expect going through the night. As it was, things


were baited but still hundreds of people had to be moved from their


homes. These tidal surges still represent a major threat and that is


why officials have gone through everything in microscopic detail.


The village of Snape knows only too well about the impact of flooding,


the surge of 2013 left a pub and homes awash,


so as trouble loomed again in January, they were ready.


A rest centre in the village hall took in about 30 people, it emerged


as one of the busiest around on that night.


But one area of worry was a lack of communication with council


The initial concerns we got as a community


were through the media, people were asking us as volunteers


in the community, are we going to be asked to evacuate?


So it took a bit of time just to get the clarity


That need for better communication is the key one


in this list of more than 60 recommendations after council


officials ordered a root and branch review of how it handled the threat.


On that night, this community building in Leiston was set up


as a rest centre but, says the report, it


lacked amenities and the team here had not been trained or told what


There's also the question of public car parks in flood zones, they


weren't closed off, it suggested they should be to avoid potential


damage to vehicles and keep the sightseers away.


And Waveney's own council base in Lowestoft is


flagged up, home to the emergency control centre but sitting in a


And what about other niggles there on the night, a missing key


for a vital storage cupboard, an emergency satellite phone which


didn't work and staff being unsure how to login to or use a critical


I've used the analogy before, it's a bit like


You'll always have somebody who says, "yeah,


but the defence could have been a bit better."


There are also some recommendations in there, like having an extra


whiteboard in the room and boxing blankets


how many we are issuing, that sort of stuff is pretty easy


The really important ones are about communications, about


access to facilities, they have very much been takEN on-board


and they will improve our response next time around.


He says he doesn't accept if the latest


surge had been more damaging these flaws in the planning could have


Whatever the level of threat had been, he


believes, what's already a pretty slick system would have adequately


Officials say it is important to keep this in perspective. 60 odd


recommendations but this is a water no process. This report will go


before councillors in Felixstowe tonight.


Therese Coffey is the MP for Suffolk Coastal


Late this afternoon I got her reaction to the report.


I actually thought the council's worked


really well together with the


emergency services and I think it is the hallmark of a strong performing


council that they go back and look in detail at this near miss and then


I think there were some obvious things


that perhaps could have been done but they have also been, they have


very high standards and I think overall,


my impression is from the


communities that I have visited at that time,


is that they felt the council had been responsive.


Faulty equipment, losing a set of keys for


the emergency stores, lack of training - those don't


Well, as I say, there are definitely lessons to learn


and, you know, it's a relief to us all that it was a near miss but I


think the broader communication that happened at the time made sure that


householders were certainly aware of the risks to them and certainly I


saw in different communities that they had learned from the previous


flooding and that they'd developed their own community plans.


Now, that hasn't happened quite everywhere.


And I'm sure that councils are working with the Environment Agency


will continue to try and do that and of course there are things that


could've been done better but I think we saw generally much better


response along coast than we have seen in previous times, including


But you will accept that 64 items on that list is not


I think there are some big lessons to learn but I


think other smaller things, sometimes it is human error,


sometimes it is systematic failure but the important thing is that they


have done this review and they are going to address it for the future.


The important thing to remember here is that


everybody knew this was coming


and so for some things to fail at the last


Well, I'd think the fact that people were


notified, that people were encouraged to evacuate, kind of the


I mean, there are some recommendations


on that report, for example, a lack of mobile phone signal at


Well, that is something that will need to


be addressed in due course but it is not entirely in the hands


It does highlight the problem that many people have in


rural communities in this area, that is you can't get a mobile phone


signal, sometimes you can't get decent broadband.


Well, that's something you'll be aware


I'm personally keen to see greater deployment of


mobile phone masts around our countryside


and that is what we're doing in trying to encourage


more of the mobile network operators to set up those


Norfolk was also threatened by the tidal surge.


The county is ranked tenth in England


Away from the coastal defences, the county council


is spending millions of pounds on tackling surface-water flooding.


This from our chief reporter Kim Riley.


Scenes in the heart of Norwich after heavy


rains overwhelmed dreams and


threatened homes and businesses in May 2014.


It came about that far away from the front door and it was about


that far away from coming in the back door.


Fire crews pumped out flats and nightclubs after flash


Against siff competition, the county council successfully bid


for more than ?9 million from the Department for Transport


to improve surface water drainage in high risk


areas like Thorpe St Andrew near Norwich.


The problem was, historically, the surface water when


it rained wasn't drained away properly, it went into old systems


What we are doing now is opening up the ground,


putting pipelines in that are taking the surface


water away when it rains, when we have flooding events, it


will now go away, it will discharge down to the river


Today the pipe laying meant Jill Thomas couldn't drive


from her home but she accepts the work is important.


There certainly have been flooded areas, big puddle in


It is something that has to be done, isn't it?


A new network of surface water drains is replacing many boreholes


A growing population, thousands of new


homes on the way and more heavy rainfall expected heighten


This will be a state-of-the-art scheme, it will put


everything right to dispose of all the surface water here in the city.


I can never say no more flooding but I


It will deal with hopefully everything that is thrown at us in


So far, three miles of piping has been laid in high risk


areas of Norwich and a further two miles


will be laid before the


The county council will then spend hundreds of thousands of


pounds more addressing training issues in some of our market towns.


Elsewhere, the Environment Agency has recently completed a


multi-million pound scheme replacing over 500 metres of title defences,


reducing the risk of flooding to the Southtown and Cobholm


There's been a drop in unemployment in this region.


The latest total is 138,000, that's down 9,000 on the previous quarter.


4.4% of the workforce is unemployed, the national figure is 4.7%.


A fire has badly damaged a thatched cottage near Stowmarket.


About 70 firefighters spent most of last night


It is believed to have started in a wood burner.


Crews were alerted just before 10pm by the owners who heard a smoke


Last year we told you about the small cardboard boxes


given to new mothers at Colchester Hospital


to help reduce the risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome.


The idea is to stop babies rolling on to their tummy.


The experiment appears to be working.


Midwife Tracy demonstrating to new parents Jenny and Stuart how to use


their baby box. Baby Poppy, less than 24-hour gold will sleep in this


cardboard box to reduce the risk of sudden infant death syndrome. The


idea is simple, besties in Finland in the 1930s, the baby is based on


its back in the box, preventing it from rolling onto its tummy which


could cause the Internet to stop breathing. A lot of families are


telling us that if they have got a Moses basket, if they have got a


baby, they will use these bands, they are there in front of them and


encouragement their baby done and not to co-sleep with their babies.


In the eight years leading up to 2014, 221 babies in the east have


lost the rights to sudden infant death syndrome. Since the boxes were


introduced at the hospital a year ago, 700 have been handed out to new


parents in the hope of reducing that risk. It is a safe place for a child


to sleep, to rest but I think the most important part as well is the


basic but yet vital information that you get in the box as well. The


first-time parents, I think it is a wonderful idea. Will you use it? We


are definitely going to give it a go. I have got a Moses basket as


well and I'm sure she will have a preference. It is good in an


emergency as well. Colchester Hospital was the first in the region


to launch these baby boxes. They are now being rolled out our hospitals


in mid-Essex and Norfolk this spring. The baby Poppy, it is almost


time to lead the maternity ward. Her parents hoping for a good nights


sleep and a chance to try out the baby box in the comfort of their own


home. Gorgeous. will be spending 24 hours reporting


live from Ipswich Hospital They will be talking


to patients and staff in A You can follow live updates


on the web page for BBC Suffolk. Click on to bbc.co.uk/suffolk, we'll


have a full report on that tomorrow. You're watching Look East


with Susie and me. Stay with us for our special guest -


the man who invented the Alex has got the weather


and a new search begins in Essex It's Day Three of the Look East


Referendum Road Trip. we are re-visiting the places


we went to in June to find out what people


think about Brexit. and last night went


to Northamptonshire. Tonight, we take the road


to Cambridgeshire where there are concerns around


the availability of labour While in Silicon Fen, the focus


is more on where to recruit Hannah Olsson is at the wheel


for tonight's report. On the road in the Fens,


it may seem a long way from Westminster but the effects


of Brexit are far reaching. And even here the debate over


the EU is still growing. 7000 people in Cambridgeshire


work in farming, growing the food that ends up


in our supermarkets. 8000 tonnes of leeks


a year are grown by this farm and they rely on migrant


workers to pick them. But after the Brexit vote,


coming to the UK is no longer the first choice


for many Eastern Europeans. Most of them, you know,


they like to go more to Europe countries,


like Sweden, Denmark, because Brexit


and they are thinking of the future, That's why they are taking


a different kind of choice and the After harvesting,


the leeks arrive here But in the future, will there


be enough workers to keep our supermarket


trolleys full of produce? We're trying to make as much


as we possibly can and apply technology where we can


but if we can't find the jobs, the workers to fulfil our jobs,


we will go and find the workers which means we will


take our business abroad. It's not just workers


that farmers are concerned about, there is also


changes to subsidies. They have got to sort out trade,


where that has got to be, where the Labour is going to come from so we


can anticipate, from that subsidies to make us more productive, more


technically efficient in the future. At the moment, the government has


promised subsidies will be matched until 2020. But after that, there


are no guarantees. From farming to pharmaceuticals, in Cambridge,


developing drugs is big business. When pharmaceutical giant moved to


this camp later this year, it will become one of the leading medical


research centres in the wild, more than 17,000 people working here. It


is what we do with Brexit itself. You see the building behind me


represents real optimism about what Cambridge can become if it is a real


player in the global environment which has been since its inception.


There is a lot of optimism that can be greeted from it as well, it is


certainly not doom and gloom and you don't feel that in Cambridge at all.


That option -- opinion is not shared by many. There are still questions


what the pharmaceutical industry will look like after Brexit. He at


the outcomes research UK drug discovery Institute, they are


developing the dementia drugs of the future. Like the farm, they have


questions over funding and immigration. They also want to make


sure there are no issues with drug regulations. The moment we do that


wrap the whole of Europe with the European medicines agency, if we


lose that agency, we will have to have our own process. I do not think


we know at the moment what that would look like. The concern that


people have is that we might find ourselves behind the rest of Europe


in our ability to access the most exciting new medicines.


Keeping cross-border trials running and collaborative with partners


overseas is what the scientific committees that is needed now to


keep it in the driving seat. -- scientific communities.


And tomorrow night, Andrew Sinclair will bring the mini to Norfolk


to get the views of people in fishing and farming.


And a new bicycle came on the market like nothing before it or since.


which is the subject tonight of a BBC documentary.


Released in 1970, it is arguably Raleigh's


Motoring journalist Mark Hughes got one


There was just no way once you've seen that as a


ten-year-old kid, there was no way you couldn't have that.


It was just lust, that is the only way you could


Grown men still talk about that name back. Tom Curran is the man who


designed the Chopper. He is in our Cambridge studio. Why do you think


it became so iconic? I ought to explain that in my design of it, I


wanted every project to be a huge success. I think the Chopper was a


bit unusual in that it was a bit unlike any other bike and it really


caught the imagination of children. I always meet people who either had


one or desperately wanted one. It just became a great success. We had


a lot of those in our newsroom today talking about it as well. What did


you do to come up with the idea? How did you come up with the idea,


especially of the saddle? The Raleigh, Raleigh needed to compete


with something in America. They came to me and asked me to design


something which would compete with this bike but had a different kind


of flavour. I was very keen to make it like a dragster with a big wheel


at the back and a small wheel at the front. I think that made it


different from any other bike. It had a lovely gear shift which


children liked a lot and the saddle was fun. It had make-believe springs


on it, you may notice. It was all about the looks, it was not


necessarily the best bicycle to ride but it was all about how it looked.


It... I am not sure I am quite with you.


I was just talking about the fact that the looks of it was so


important rather than what it was like as a right. -- ride. I have got


one in my home, I am not answering your question. I have got one in my


home and it belonged to my first-born who said a long time ago,


early 70s and it was restored by the Chopper club. I have got an


11-year-old grandson and he has got his eyes on it. He drove it down my


garden and went down some steps as well. Get me back on track, if you


will. You have invented so many things as well as the Chopper.


Including the also iconic marble run which I think both your children and


grandchildren have loved playing with. I am glad you mentioned the


marble run. I am so proud of that because it has given pleasure to


properly millions of children. -- Raleigh too. I thought of it in 1970


and we made a prototype and it has been running ever since. I was one


of the people who love that as well. Thank you so much for talking to us,


Mr Karen. Thank you. It's cold and dark,


the shops are bursting and the chances are the finalists


will come from Essex, Today, the search for a new star got


underway in Essex on Clacton Pier. # Oh, I do like to be


beside the seaside # Oh, I do like to be


beside the sea #. If you want to find fame and fortune


on reality TV, this is where the X Factor journey starts -


auditions in the spring. Olly Murs, Matt Cardle


and Louisa Johnson are all In a room next door


to the bowling alley, the Clacton hopefuls are


trying their luck. I found out yesterday


so I was like, why not? # I'm leaning on a lamp


post on the corner Natalie Imbruglia


could be good, I think. Go on, give us a little


burst of that now. # I thought I saw


a man brought to life # He was warm, he came around


like he was dignified #. Waiting in the queue


for more than two hours is 28-year-old Toni Parker,


she works for Asda and has always For as long as she can remember,


Toni has had a stutter and would break down


in tears when asked No, it was always, I always used


to sing a lot as a child and do karaokes and everything and it was


always all OK, the singing. For the X Factor


audition, Toni sings an Alanis Morissette


song called Thank You. We can't film the


audition itself but... I have to wait either


for an e-mail before I know It is a long way between here


and the X Factor final at Wembley just before Christmas but if today


proves anything, it proves that this Mike Liggins, BBC


Look East, Clacton. He was desperate going. You could've


gone on. Let's get the weather. Blue sky today. 18 Celsius in Essex.


Beautiful scene here in Suffolk coastline and lots more lovely


photograph sent in today showing the fine weather. It is going to change


a little bit through tomorrow, more cloud around that ending the day on


a clear night. It is expected to ten quite misty as we go through the


night, down to around six Celsius. We start the day tomorrow with some


mist bad thing. This weather from coming in from the west will turn


things cloudy. It should be a bright bat for many of us, once the mist,


some good sunshine, particularly across eastern counties drain the


morning. Across western counties, the cloud coming in from the west so


it is going to cloud over and it will not be as warm as it was today.


Up to 12, 13 Celsius. A notice or breeze as well from the south-west.


The evening and overnight, some patchy rain but not expected to


amount to very much. A splash of rain for many others. And we are


getting towards the end of the week and into the weekend, looking


unsettled. Some rain later in the day on Friday, much of the day does


that drive but cloudy. This is how it shapes up for the next few days.


We get a cold night for tomorrow night, worth noting once that


weather front has me through. We are into cloudy forecast for much of the


day on Friday with some rain arriving later. Looking mostly for


here in the east in the weekend, temperatures lifting to mid teens.


Not so much of the sunshine. Thank you. We've had an e-mail to


from Karen to say she was the only girl who


'The UK has voted to leave the European Union