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Hello and welcome to Look East. so it's goodbye from me -

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In the programme tonight: The agony of the families of the missing.

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Left in limbo, but never giving up hope.

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I often say now, I am sorry, I thought you were my son, sorry for

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staring. What the leaked Labour Manifesto

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means for us here in the East. Accident investigators demand carbon

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monoxide alarms are installed Out on the Broads today, many boat

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owners are complacent about the so-called silent killer. And as the

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Norfolk and Norwich Festival gets under way, I will be trying out the

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VR playground. First tonight, the hidden anguish

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of hundreds of people in the region who've had a loved one missing

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for more than a year. While thousands of people

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disappear across Essex, Suffolk and Norfolk every year,

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most are found. But Look East has discovered there

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are 313 cases where the missing Some cases hit the headlines,

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like the search for the airman Corrie McKeague, and Luke Durbin,

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who vanished 11 years ago in Ipswich, but many

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don't make the news. Musician Anthony Stammers was 27

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when he left the family home Today, his parents Rob and Julie

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told us they'll never give up It has had a horrendous effect on us

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all. There are a few incidents where I have looked at people which must

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have been waived. You sing, was it him? The problem is you wanted to be

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him, you want these people to be him and you have got to rationalise it

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and say, no, it wasn't. I often say to somebody, I thought you were my

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son, sorry I was staring. It is very difficult. The impact you were

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talking about, you cannot imagine how it impacts on your life. When he

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left the house, he had every intention of going to his

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grandfather's funeral. Let us know you are safe. He had suffered from

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some depression but we felt he was getting through it. I often shout,

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hallow, Anthony, I'm home. It is a habit just in the hope that he will

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reply. Hello, mum. You never stop searching, you never give up hope

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that you will see him someday. Even now we sit down regularly and plan

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the next thing. We have been to North Wales, you go into a church,

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you leave a poster. We rarely go out without a leaflet or two in case we

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bump into people. Anthony, we love you so very much and miss you so

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very much, and all your friends miss you. We just love you and want you

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back in our lives and hopes you want us in yours. And just to make

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contact and let us know you are safe and well.

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Rob and Julie Stammers talking about their missing son Anthony.

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If you want help or advice, you can go to missingpeople.org.uk

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or call their confidential helpline on 116 000.

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The big election story of the day has been the leaking

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We'll have more on that in a moment, but first some breaking news.

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Late this afternoon, we heard that the Green Party

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will not be fielding a candidate in North Norfolk.

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That's the seat currently held by the Lib Dem MP Norman Lamb,

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who is considered vulnerable this time round.

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Our political correspondent Andrew Sinclair is here.

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This is potentially quite significant because Norman Lamb

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holds the seat with quite a small majority, just 4000. You will see

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why this is interesting. Ukip came third with 8000 votes and on Tuesday

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it said it would not stand this time, instead telling its supporters

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to vote Conservative. Tonight the Greens, those are the wrong figures

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there, sorry, last time round, the Greens who polled 1400 votes said

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that they have decided not to stand either so they can help Mr Lamb.

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They said, we would rather Norman Lamb wins rather than a pro Brexit

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conservative. So the Lib Dems, Labour and the Conservatives will

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stand and the battle will be close. How common are these unofficial

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pacts? They are not, but we have seen quite a few of them. Ukip have

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told their supporters to back the Brexit MP. The Lib Dems have stood

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down in Brighton to give the Greens a chance. Talking of nominations,

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the deadline has passed for anyone who wants to stand in this election.

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Labour, the Lib Dems and Tories are standing in nearly every seat in the

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region. The Greens are standing in most seats with nothing yet from

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Ukip. What about Labour's manifesto? We have heard about their plans for

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scrapping tuition fees and nationalising industries, but there

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are a few things which will play well in this region. The plans may

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yet change but it seems Labour has big ideas for the region if it wins

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the election. The draft manifesto accuses the Tories of taking formal

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communities for granted with chronic underfunding in transport and public

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services. Labour it says will borrow to fund infrastructure projects,

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transport will be a priority. It from the sea is that superfast

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broadband will be available everywhere within five years. There

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will be uninterrupted phone coverage and devolution will be rolled out

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across the region. The manifesto reaffirms Labour's commitment to

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nuclear power. It will support new projects like Sizewell C and keep

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the hunting ban and renationalise the trains. Other ideas which could

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go down well, Labour says it will change the law to stop banks and the

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Post Office from closing branches in areas where there is a local need.

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The big criticism is there are no costings so it is hard to say how

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Labour will pay for all this. Ukip launch their fisheries policy saying

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fishermen along the east coast will have a friend in Ukip. Ukip once

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asked to have control of all our territorial waters for fishing.

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Their worry is the Tories will give away our fishing rights in the

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forthcoming Brexit negotiations. Labour's house-building plans

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were revealed as part They want to build more

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than 100,000 council and housing Here in the East, the issue

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of house-building is likely Some councils say it's

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the biggest problem they face. Our business correspondent Richard

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Bond reports from Colchester. Amy is a senior carer at a home

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for the elderly in Colchester. She works all the hours she can

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with one aim in mind - to buy a place of her own,

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but it's not easy. I am paying over ?500

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in rent on a flat. On top of that, I'm trying

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to save up for a 10% deposit, ideally a ?12,000 deposit

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on a ?120,000 flat. Yearly, house prices are going up,

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so it is quite difficult to save up They are building plenty

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of new homes in Colchester, although some people feel

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they are not always Over the last decade,

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the council says a thousand homes have been erected,

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many on the town's outskirts. This developer is building 140

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three, four and five Prices range from

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?330,000 to ?440,000. We launched in March and since then

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we have had a terrific response, a lot of local people looking

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to trade up to bigger properties, and also we see a fair percentage

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of our buyers do commute into London And people that are closer to London

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at the moment are moving down the line to get value for money

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and are still commuting to London. Colchester is a good place to gauge

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the scale of the housing Not only has the town seen one

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of the fastest rates of house-building over the last ten

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years, it is also working on three so-called garden communities

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with neighbouring councils and yet there are still 4,000 people

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on the local housing waiting list. Wherever you look, house-building

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never seems to catch up with demand. It's reckoned the region needs

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30,000 new homes a year. The actual rate of building

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in the East has fluctuated over the years, but at 21,000 last year

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has remained below target. All the main parties want to up

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the rate of house-building, but this expert says

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they face big obstacles. The planning system is becoming

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increasingly dysfunctional despite what the government claims

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to have done to it and at the other end of the scale, small

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house-builders are unable to get We cannot rely on a small number

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of large house-builders to supply everything we need

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because their capacity is not infinite, so I think there are many

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obstacles that a new incoming administration will have to look

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at afresh with new eyes and come Amy would love a politician to wave

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a magic wand for her. Meanwhile, she keeps

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working and saving. Do we know much yet about where

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the main parties stand on housing? Labour want to thought lots of new

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homes, a million over five years, half of them council housing is or

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housing association properties. They want to limit rent increases and

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they want to offer three-year tenancies as well. They haven't

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spelt out their intentions but the Tories are expected to force

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developers to use land and to limit overseas ownership of homes. The Lib

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Dems are keen to place the homeless into independent homes rather than

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emergency shelters. They want to set up a housing investment bank to fund

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house-building. Ukip is keen on getting councils to bring empty

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homes back into use and to give priority to British applicants for

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housing and the Greens keen on social housing. They want to scrap

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help to buy and bring in a Private renters charter.

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Now we've been asking viewers for their questions and we've had

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one from someone asking about Airey housing.

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They were basically council houses built after the war and many are

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suffering from structural problems. We may have pictures of some being

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demolished. They are not accepted for mortgages unless repaired using

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certain approved methods and their bill for this has to be paid for the

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owner. They view us as she faces a bill of up to ?60,000 so she can

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sell the property and she says this wasn't explained to her by the as

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housing association she bought from. She says is there an MP who will

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take this up for me? Any MP would look into it but as far as I have

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been able to find out today, it is not a matter of party policy.

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We're asking you to tell us the election issues that

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As part of that, we're running a series of films on our Facebook

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This evening, a visit to a Turkish barbers in Ipswich.

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I would like to vote for people who stand for this country,

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who make their people have an easier life.

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The person who gives more help for people,

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The aristocrats, they just want to protect rich people.

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As a businessman I suppose anything that keeps the business rates low

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or anything business-related would be quite useful.

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I want Tony Blair because he was great.

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From my very distant memory, I suppose Tony Blair

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Take from the rich and give it to the poor.

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So what are you thinking about the general election?

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Are the parties talking about the things that

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Remember, you can get in touch on Twitter using the #getsmyvote,

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Still to come: Mike Liggins is on a swing with a difference.

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This is the VR playground, it is a virtual world and I am speeding

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through a cityscape. It is all part of the Norfolk and Norwich Festival.

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You can find out all about it later in the programme.

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Accident investigators are calling for carbon monoxide alarms to be

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made a legal requirement on boats on the Norfolk Broads.

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They say a year after a couple and their dog

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died on their own boat, not enough is being done

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Katherine Nash is at Potter Heigham on the Broads now.

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Potter Heim is a popular place for holiday-makers to take out boats

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especially when the sun is a sunny as today. Boat hire companies take

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the dangers of carbon monoxide poisoning seriously giving those

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incidents last year. I have been to one company that has fitted 120

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boats with carbon monoxide alarms. Michael Whitaker, director

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of Herbert Woods, showing me around Each one fitted with a carbon

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monoxide alarm to warn We have got a smoke alarm,

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which is the sort of thing you would expect at home anyway,

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but we have also fitted By having the alarm

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that the customer knows there is no risk and that they can be sure

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that they have got a safe place Herbert Woods suited its fleet

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with the alarms following the death of a couple and their dog

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on board their boat Love for Lydia A report by the Marine Accident

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Investigation Branch released today found that Alan Frost

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and Tina Wilkins died of carbon monoxide poisoning

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from the boat's engine. In a safety video, filmed on board

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the boat, it says the couple This is an example of

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a carbon monoxide alarm. It is relatively inexpensive

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to buy considering that At the moment, it is not a legal

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requirement to have one on board But the Marine Accident

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and Investigations Branch A law would certainly help in this

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respect, but ultimately it is the responsibility

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of individual boat owners to ensure that for the safety

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of their own boats and the people on them, and a carbon monoxide alarm

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is an essential piece of equipment. But out on the Broads today not

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all boat users had installed alarms. The reason I have not got one

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fitted inside is just It is one of those jobs

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on the list I haven't done. It is very irresponsible of me

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because it is fatal. When they come on board we have

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got carbon monoxide, we do see the vents and looking

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at that gives us confidence that although we cannot test

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the heater in its own right, Carbon monoxide poisoning

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is known as a silent killer. Over the years, there have been

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a number of campaigns to raise awareness of the dangers in the hope

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lives can be saved. Marine accident investigation Branch

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is keen to stress it is up to boat owners to fit those carbon monoxide

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alarms. They take minutes to install and the message is clear, it could

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save lives. The Norfolk and Norwich

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festival starts tomorrow It's one of the region's most

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important arts events and includes music, theatre,

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literature and fine art. As well as the art, festivals

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like this often claim to bring Mike Liggins has been

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to find out if that's true. Today on the concourse

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at Norwich Station, you sit on a swing while wearing

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a virtual reality headset. And the buildings are

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whizzing past me now. The organisers of the Norfolk

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and Norwich Festival think it is and will have eight

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playgrounds dotted around the city. It is hearing a great concert

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for a great singer or a great pop song that makes your spine tingle,

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all that is art. It brings us together,

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makes us celebrate life. Will VR playgrounds help to bring

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the community together? According to its inventors

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from the Thrill Laboratory, If you are looking at the VR

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playground, one person is performing It is this social interaction,

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social cohesion and a shared If any town or city knows

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about the power of art to transform it must be Hull where the people

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appear to be loving its status We are seeing a good reach

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into communities across the city and the general sense of confidence

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and pride is up and really confident Back in Norwich the big show this

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weekend is called Summer, It's a seven hour spectacular using

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local people which is absolutely For that day, it brings

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them together as a group It's very complex and rich and funny

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and fragile and sad. One of the people

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taking part is Sharon. In one part of the show,

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the performers layout items Why did you want to

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be involved in this? One because it sounded

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like extreme fun. It is meeting new people

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and a chance to do something out Which has to be an

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understatement surely? But perhaps that is what all

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good art should do - William Galinsky is

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the Artistic Director of Norfolk He has led seven festivals

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and this is his last. It is my last but I am programming

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most of the 2018 Festival before I go. You have described yourself as

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Willy Wonka. Do you think that legacy of bringing communities

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together is the most important thing you have achieved? Community is the

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beginning, where you start. You arrived here and the first thing I

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wanted to discover was he with Norfolk and Norwich and what is the

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community, the people who live here? What are our stories, what is our

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shared history and really to make things in response to who we are,

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where we live and our shared genes and bring people together. Given

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that importance of art and culture, do you think it is reflected in the

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funding you get? For certain it is. Norwich City Council and the Arts

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Council have entrusted us to do a big job, an important job and for a

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city of this size, and arts Festival really can create quite a head of

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steam and bring a lot of attention as well. We had about Hull and the

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effect city of culture is having on Hull. Is there something we aspire

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to? I think Norwich should definitely put its hat in the ring.

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It will be a great city of culture, there is a lot going for Norwich, a

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lot of people are moving here and Norwich is in the ascendance. As far

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as your highlights of the festival, are there things that stick in your

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mind over the last seven years that you are proud of? Dinosaur petting

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zoo was one of my great moments, 10,000 children saw it for free

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before it went to Broadway. Robert Wilson's walking was something we

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did in 2012 but there are also great things this year, Museum of the Moon

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from tomorrow evening, the VR playground which we saw just there

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and also a racehorse company are coming back with their show super

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Sunday at the Theatre Royal. A quick circus from Finland.

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Next, to a centenary of a world first.

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It involves a bi-plane, a very brave man and some camels

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and it was re-enacted today at the Stow Maries

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A personal tour for the Duque of Gloucester or they be too. In 1917

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it was... He was treated to a re-enactment. A century ago at a

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British biplane came to the rescue of an score for McGregor. He had

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been shot in the Angkor Wat fighting in the desert. The nearest hospital

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was 45 minutes by air or three days by camel. The plane was called in by

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the troops who recognise that this guy would probably die if he went on

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a camel taking three days. They asked the pilot to ship him back to

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the hospital and that is what they did. The first recorded aeromedical.

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It must have been difficult to get the patient into the aeroplane. You

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are surrounded by wires and goodness knows what. Little did they know it

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but that pilot and his casualties had just made history. His Royal

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Highness went on to open a museum to honour 37 Squadron. Its pilots

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defended London from aerial attacks during the First World War. If it

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were not for those men, the outcome could have been different because of

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the nature of flying in those days, as many men were lost in accidents

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as they were lost in combat. From the biplanes to the Hercules,

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another warhorse. And stay it flew into salute this little-known

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centenary. It was an amazingly warm day to day.

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It certainly was, but quite a chilly start because these are the

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overnight lows last might. Some places down to freezing but we

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climbed to 19 in lots of regions today. A beautiful scene here on the

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Norfolk coast and a lovely start in Northamptonshire. At the moment we

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have this warm, humid air coming up from the south that will eventually

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bring us some rain but for now we start the evening drive with some

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showers trying to get in some southern parts of the region. Some

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parts of the region will escape them but there will be the odd heavy one.

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Much milder than last night with lows of eight or 9 degrees. This

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weather system ships northwards through the day tomorrow. It will

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still be slightly humid through the day. Some sunshine as well, but also

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please showers are likely to persist into the afternoon and there could

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be the God thundery downpour. Temperatures of 19, 20 degrees. Into

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the weekend, this system coming in from the South West stars to bring

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some fresh conditions. The risk of some showers for the weekend but it

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does mean although temperatures will be in the high teens, we lose that

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humid field that we will continue to feel tomorrow. Saturday and Sunday,

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largely dry, turning cloudy later. The risk of some showers on Sunday

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and a cooler start to next week, temperatures overnight nobler than 8

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degrees. It is beginning to feel like summer is around the corner.

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That is all from us. Have a very good evening. Goodbye.

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Ukip created history and won us all Brexit.

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