03/01/2017 Look East


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In the programme tonight, the Paralympic enforced to wet herself

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during a train journey because the disabled pilot was out of action. I

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was embarrassed, I was very angry and I just really felt useless. And

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honestly, you know, I felt very disabled. Hands off, the new

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campaign to stop drivers using mobile phones at the wheel.

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And plans for the so-called garden town near Harlow, details coming up.

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First tonight, the paralympian forced to wet herself

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on a long-distance train journey because the disabled

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Anne Wafula Strike has represented Team GB in wheelchair racing.

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She's also been awarded the MBE for her charity work

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She was travelling back to her home in Harlow when the incident

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happened and says she felt humiliated as result.

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The 42-year-old wheelchair racer is a board member of UK athletics and

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was awarded an MBE for services to disability sport. She was returning

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from a board meeting last month when a train journey of almost three

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hours turned into a nightmare. The cross-country trains disabled toilet

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was out of order. A member of the train crew suggested she get off the

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train at the station to use the disabled toilet the but there were

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no staff at the station to help her. She could not wait until the train

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reached Peterborough. I could not wait any more. I had to do it.

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Humiliating but I had to do it. I would add that pilot with this sign

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out of order and I was mortified. I was mortified because I knew I was

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not letting on that train in the next ten or 20 or 30 minutes and

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knew I had a long journey ahead of me. I knew as a human being, you

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know, I needed that facility. I needed to use the toilet. It scared

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me. The MP for Harlow Robert Hoffman has taken up a complaint with the

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train company, describing the service is appalling. A spokesperson

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for cross-country said: sentence case from nobody wants to

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widen to the public and say that I had this kind of accident. It is not

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cool in this day and age and people are suffering. And for something

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like that happened to me, it's not like that happened to me, it's not

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me so much and made me think of those other people with disabilities

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who can't even speak for themselves. And hopes talking about her

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experience will help trigger change. Too many disabled people she said

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suffer in silence. As we heard the local MP

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Robert Halfon has been looking into the case and spoke

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to the railways minister She served her country, she runs

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charities, she has been recognised by the Queen with an honour, she is

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hugely respected in Harlow and across the eastern region and for

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her to be treated in this way is unacceptable and she is not one of

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life 's mourners, I have never heard her complaint in this way about her

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disability, in fact she's a very positive, wonderful human being and

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it's hugely saddens me that she has had to suffer and be humiliated by

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this rail company in this way. What are you hoping for from the real

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minister? What needs to change? I have had discussions with the

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railways minister, he has said that by the end of parliament it will be

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a requirement for every train carriage to be properly accessible

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for disabled people, he said he wants really companies to deal

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properly and be much more spontaneous and other problems

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affecting disabled people and it is interesting that the number of

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disabled people applying for disabled real card has gone up by

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70% service model more responsibility on the real companies

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to treat disabled people properly. It -- as part of that you think

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there should be tougher legislation? It is one thing for the company to

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take a box and say we are providing disabled lose, it is another thing

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to make sure they are always accessible and working so should

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there be greater fines if that is not happening? I think that there

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definitely should be some kind of penalty but if they are not

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following the law, I mean I have a disability which I don't often talk

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about but I do all too well when you go on trains or restaurants or

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whatever it may be, often toilets are not accessible and disabled

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people face inconvenience every day of the Alliance which is wrong.

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Little things that should be working, that these big companies

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don't seem to care about at all. don't seem to care about at all.

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Thank you. A new campaign's been launched

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across Suffolk and Norfolk today to warn of the dangers

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of using a mobile It's called "Hands Off"

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and is backed by local BBC radio Few people could have a better

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reason to campaign for change than Alice husband. Two years ago her

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son, Seth, died after he was knocked down outside of his home. He was

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seven years old. The car driver was using a mobile phone on loudspeaker.

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MSN every day and so do his brothers and the rest of the family. It has

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changed my life and is something I would never wish to anybody. If

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there was anything I could change my life it would be not to lose him.

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Despite new tougher fines and new tactics from the police is this

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footage and Suffolk shows drivers footage and Suffolk shows drivers

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seem happy to risk it. We want you to pledge not to use your mobile

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simple as that. We are one radio simple as that. We are one radio

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station but with radio Norfolk involved in the local newspapers we

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can really get the message across and it is brilliant that the local

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media were to get behind this. The campaign is backed by the police and

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an air today from Worcester 's overwhelming support and no shortage

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of skilled stories. Your Mac the coach was coming round the

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roundabout, the coach driver had one roundabout, the coach driver had one

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hand on the wheel and one hand on his mobile phone to his ear. When

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you're on the phone part of your brain will visualise the person

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you're talking to, but that part of the brain is apparent that should be

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sorting out hazards. Having someone sitting next to you is not an issue

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but having some on the phone is. A string of tragedy shows that how in

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a split-second everything can change. The advice on mobiles is

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simple, do not be tempted to touch it at all, if there is any doubt put

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it in the boot out of reach. Next tonight the latest government

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idea to meet the housing The campaign group the Town

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and Country Planning Association says 30,000 new homes are needed

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every year in the East in 2014/15 just over

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20,000 were built. Today people in Essex have been

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reacting to plans for a so-called But can this idea succeed

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where others have failed. Artists impressions of what Gilson

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Park to the north of Harlow might look like, it can have thousand

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will have a rural feel. This will be will have a rural feel. This will be

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part of a government plan to create three new garden towns and 14 garden

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villages across the country. But not everyone is thrilled at the

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prospect. Gilson Park would be at the bottom of Spike Hughes's garden

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and he says Harlow's infrastructure just work out. There are no plans

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for the employment in this area, it really is just a sprawling housing

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estate of 10,000 houses. And a lot of them, we will want to go on the

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train to London or too dry. On the trains can't accept more people and

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neither can the roads. You will not get a new hospital road improvements

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without the housing investment both in terms of the direct contribution

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that it will make to the infrastructure development but also

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with the demand. As a region we need more houses but new houses often

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attract opposition. In 2008 plans were announced for garden towns but

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eco-towns, one of them was racking on the outskirts of Norwich was up

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to 5000 new homes planned. The vision of the then Labour Housing

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Minister Jen -- John Healey. Living here in the future in the eco-town

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will be a new type of living but the eco-town will have everyone living

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in houses so they can reach the services they need and shops they

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need within ten minutes walk. But when Labour lost power in 2010 the

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plan was dropped. Will the new garden settlement succeeds were

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eco-towns failed? The government is talking about ?7.4 million of what

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amounts to seed money to help developers provide 200,000 homes. In

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Harlow some welcome the project saying it will help regeneration.

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Others are talking of urban sprawl. That's all from me, coming up now

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the weather with Alex. Not so cold the night as last night

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with more motoring across the region, the bulk of the night looks

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like it will stay dry by the end of the night we might start to see some

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light rain or drizzle coming into northern counties. This is how we

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end the night, temperatures down to 2 degrees but rising by the end of

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the night as the weather front moves on. It will introduce cold air

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behind it and also a strengthening northerly winds that will make it

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feel cold but we will wake up to a lot of cloud. Some might regard

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result of the morning and then it should brighten up and we will see

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lots of pleasant winter sunshine. You will need to wrap up warm

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because it will be around six or 7 degrees. As the afternoon goes on

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the win strengthening from the north-west bringing someone three

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showers to part of Norfolk and Suffolk. The National

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milder later in the week. That is it from me but coming up next is the

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national picture. Good evening. But frost or not of frost, that is the

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weather question for tomorrow and the answer is no, probably not

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because of this weather front

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