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


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


Left in limbo, but never giving up hope.


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


staring. What the leaked Labour Manifesto


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


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


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


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


VR playground. First tonight, the hidden anguish


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


for more than a year. While thousands of people


disappear across Essex, Suffolk and Norfolk every year,


most are found. But Look East has discovered there


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


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


who vanished 11 years ago in Ipswich, but many


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


contact and let us know you are safe and well.


Rob and Julie Stammers talking about their missing son Anthony.


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


or call their confidential helpline on 116 000.


The big election story of the day has been the leaking


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


Late this afternoon, we heard that the Green Party


will not be fielding a candidate in North Norfolk.


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


who is considered vulnerable this time round.


Our political correspondent Andrew Sinclair is here.


This is potentially quite significant because Norman Lamb


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


scrapping tuition fees and nationalising industries, but there


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


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


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


communities for granted with chronic underfunding in transport and public


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


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


broadband will be available everywhere within five years. There


will be uninterrupted phone coverage and devolution will be rolled out


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


forthcoming Brexit negotiations. Labour's house-building plans


were revealed as part They want to build more


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


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


the biggest problem they face. Our business correspondent Richard


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


of new homes in Colchester, although some people feel


they are not always Over the last decade,


the council says a thousand homes have been erected,


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


three, four and five Prices range from


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


the rate of house-building, but this expert says


they face big obstacles. The planning system is becoming


increasingly dysfunctional despite what the government claims


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


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


of large house-builders to supply everything we need


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


obstacles that a new incoming administration will have to look


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


a magic wand for her. Meanwhile, she keeps


working and saving. Do we know much yet about where


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


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


housing association properties. They want to limit rent increases and


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


spelt out their intentions but the Tories are expected to force


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


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


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


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


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


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


help to buy and bring in a Private renters charter.


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


one from someone asking about Airey housing.


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


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


demolished. They are not accepted for mortgages unless repaired using


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


who make their people have an easier life.


The person who gives more help for people,


The aristocrats, they just want to protect rich people.


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


or anything business-related would be quite useful.


I want Tony Blair because he was great.


From my very distant memory, I suppose Tony Blair


Take from the rich and give it to the poor.


So what are you thinking about the general election?


Are the parties talking about the things that


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


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


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


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


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


Accident investigators are calling for carbon monoxide alarms to be


made a legal requirement on boats on the Norfolk Broads.


They say a year after a couple and their dog


died on their own boat, not enough is being done


Katherine Nash is at Potter Heigham on the Broads now.


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


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


the dangers of carbon monoxide poisoning seriously giving those


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


boats with carbon monoxide alarms. Michael Whitaker, director


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


monoxide alarm to warn We have got a smoke alarm,


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


but we have also fitted By having the alarm


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


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


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


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


Investigation Branch released today found that Alan Frost


and Tina Wilkins died of carbon monoxide poisoning


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


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


a carbon monoxide alarm. It is relatively inexpensive


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


requirement to have one on board But the Marine Accident


and Investigations Branch A law would certainly help in this


respect, but ultimately it is the responsibility


of individual boat owners to ensure that for the safety


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


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


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


fitted inside is just It is one of those jobs


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


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


got carbon monoxide, we do see the vents and looking


at that gives us confidence that although we cannot test


the heater in its own right, Carbon monoxide poisoning


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


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


lives can be saved. Marine accident investigation Branch


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


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


save lives. The Norfolk and Norwich


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


important arts events and includes music, theatre,


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


like this often claim to bring Mike Liggins has been


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


at Norwich Station, you sit on a swing while wearing


a virtual reality headset. And the buildings are


whizzing past me now. The organisers of the Norfolk


and Norwich Festival think it is and will have eight


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


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


all that is art. It brings us together,


makes us celebrate life. Will VR playgrounds help to bring


the community together? According to its inventors


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


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


social cohesion and a shared If any town or city knows


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


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


into communities across the city and the general sense of confidence


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


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


local people which is absolutely For that day, it brings


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


and fragile and sad. One of the people


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


the performers layout items Why did you want to


be involved in this? One because it sounded


like extreme fun. It is meeting new people


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


understatement surely? But perhaps that is what all


good art should do - William Galinsky is


the Artistic Director of Norfolk He has led seven festivals


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


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


Willy Wonka. Do you think that legacy of bringing communities


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


Next, to a centenary of a world first.


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


and it was re-enacted today at the Stow Maries


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


centenary. It was an amazingly warm day to day.


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


weather system ships northwards through the day tomorrow. It will


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


Ukip created history and won us all Brexit.