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Kier Starmer as well. Join me now on BBC Two.


Hello and welcome to the Look East late news.


In the programme tonight - a cliff collapses on the Suffolk


We assess the impact of a weekend of wild weather.


The GP crisis - in Essex, 10% of surgeries are refusing


to take on new patients, prompting many to pay to go private.


And after the drama of last week, I'll have a fairly settled


The Environment Agency is warning home owners not to be complacent


after many communities escaped the worst of the


Thousands of people who were advised to evacuate, chose to stay at home


In Suffolk a man died after a cliff collapsed on him


But while most defences held, some of the most serious damage


was on the north Norfolk coast. Alex Dunlop is in Cromer.


Take a look at the size of this rock and now imagine this and thousands


of others being picked up on this beach behind me by the wind and the


waves and thrown against the seafront. A pretty devastating night


on Friday but not as bad as four years ago and that is because at the


last moment, the crucial trio of the high spring tide, the surge down the


North Sea and also the north west wind didn't quite aligned as many


had feared. The cost of clear-up


in and around Cromer pier will run into the hundreds


of thousands pounds. The force of the waves over the pier


ripped up the decking. In a way, we are sort of relieved


we got off lightly but the first thing we want to do is make sure


things are safe for the public and then get the pier open


as soon as possible. Chris Taylor filmed the storm


hitting Cromer on Friday night. He is a photographer


and the helmsman of the local RNLI. You could hear as the water came


down, this clattering of big stones. Looking around us here, there


are rocks the size of your head. Serious amounts of power there.


The benches along the prom, big, heavy, metal benches being swept


along the prom in the water. At Thorpeness in Suffolk,


the storms may well have undermined this section of cliff.


On Saturday, it collapsed on top of a man in his 50s who was walking


on the beach with his wife. He was eventually dug out


but it was too late. We are all very sorry to hear


what happened and our hearts go out to the family and friends that


are involved in this accident. I think perhaps people who are not


from around here are less likely to be aware of how eroding


those cliffs are. And on a nice, sunny day,


it looks very benign. This tragic death has led to renewed


safety warnings about the dangers of the soft cliffs which line much


of the local coastline. At Jaywick in Essex


and at Great Yarmouth in Norfolk, most of the thousands of homeowners


who were told to evacuate their properties have


decided to sit tight. The defences held


as the wind abated. At Salthouse on the Norfolk coast,


the road was closed by debris And at the nearby reserve


at Cley, seawater washed There is a lot of destruction


in the short term, in terms of reedbeds, invertebrates that


will have been killed and things like that,


so food for birds is going to be The danger for now has passed


but there are several more As you can see, the clear up is well


underway. A real concern in the emergency services that a lot of


people further down the coast who decided to stay in their homes...


This was a close call and next time they say it could be different.


Charles Beardall is from the Environment Agency.


A short time ago, I asked him how concerned he was the vast majority


of people at risk decided to stay in their homes despite all


We issued 17 severe flood warnings this time and we only issue those


when we think that people's lives are in danger, so it is very


worrying that people do hear what the police say and then choose


And our advice would be to anyone who hears from the police


about evacuating their house, that they take heed of that advice


But I mean, next time we have weather conditions


like this, there may be even greater complacency.


We got away with it this weekend, got away with it in 2013,


I think we have got work to do with the police


and the emergency services, the local authorities,


to make people more aware of the danger that they are under


if they do stay in their house. And if we can do that,


then hopefully more people will evacuate next time.


I know that you feel that the sea defences stood up


well over the weekend, but there are some communities


around the coast - smaller communities -


that always feel at times like these, that they are overlooked,


that the investment hasn't gone in there and that they are


We maintain and manage over 500 miles of sea defences around


East Anglia and we have invested multi millions of pounds in those


Even at the moment, we have just done a schema Great Yarmouth


which is ?28 million worth and another one in Ipswich is 32,


but there are smaller schemes all around East Anglia that


are protecting smaller communities up and down the coast.


But of course, they all cost money and you can't protect everywhere.


We can't afford to protect everywhere all the time


and there will undoubtedly be big surge tides coming down the coast


in the future which will overtop some of our defences.


And that is why it is so important that the warning and informing


is done in advance of these surge tides coming down.


I would just like to say that it does stress the importance of people


listening to the advice they are getting from the police


and evacuating areas that they are advised to so they can


be safe from these surge tides in the future.


Thank you very much. Thank you.


An inquest has been told that a mother begged staff


at Chelmsford Prison to keep her son on suicide watch.


Dean Saunders was found electrocuted in his cell a year ago.


A nurse who was giving evidence this afternoon said Mr Saunders had


told her he did not intend to harm himself.


Instead of suicide watch he was monitored every half hour.


In parts of the region, the number of patients forced


to wait at least a week to see their GP has been steadily


Surveys of GP practices suggest the crisis in the service


In Essex, 10% of GP surgeries are refusing to take


on new patients, prompting an increase in the number of people


He has regular check-ups with his private GP.


For Tim, paying to visit his doctor is worth every penny.


Do I think my health is more important than ?400 a year,


which is half a cost of a holiday or something like that?


And the answer is, my health is more important.


Here in Essex, private GP practice is thriving.


We are seeing an increasing number of new patients


who are here because they cannot get an appointment with their NHS GP.


Across the county, practices are struggling


Here, a combination of an ageing population, doctors retiring


and problems recruiting, has led to a huge strain being put


Dr Peter Skew joined the Green Elms Medical Practice five years ago.


His aim? To turn around a failing practice.


Dr Skew concentrated his efforts on recruitment, offering


such as defined hours, to attract GPs to the practice.


Now, the surgery has five regular GPs and one long-term locum.


Because we know the patients are going to come back to us


if we don't get it right, we have a much stronger driver


Surveys of GPs suggest the workload issue is becoming more and more


of a crisis and that plays into your ability to


The government says it is responding and it is committed to spending more


and maintaining free access to GP practice.


It is not just the NHS, it is what society wants


And if they can only get it privately, we have failed.


And you can see a longer version of that report


by searching for Inside Out East on the BBC iPlayer.


Coming up now, the weather with Julie.


But from the rest of the late team - goodnight.


It will be difficult to predict how much cloud we will get over the next


few days. Underneath a clearer skies, temperatures already falling


closer to freezing and likely to drop lower. A fairly widespread


frost, come the morning and with light winds, perhaps some patchy fog


as well. Cold, frosty start tomorrow for many and it looks like it will


have quite a lot of sunshine if all goes to plan. Temperatures, even


with the sun, will struggle. Light winds. As we go into Tuesday night,


under the clear skies, temperatures could fall even lower. Tuesday night


looking very cold. Wednesday, high pressure in charge, this front


should stay to the north and for many of us, a cold and frosty start.


The further north you are, the more likely thicker cloud will appear.


Temperatures only two or three degrees above freezing again. A


weather front of Thursday pushing down from the north which could


introduce more cloud on Thursday with some drizzle perhaps. At the


moment, Friday looking at a repeat performance, generally cloudy skies


and a lot of dry weather with hopefully some brightness and


temperatures around six Celsius at best. Nick will have the national


forecast in a moment but herd comes the outlook for next weekend.


perhaps a little milder. If you like the mild weather, you'll have to


head elsewhere in the country. Find out more in the national weather


forecast. Our weather is going against normal expectations this


week. In Highland Scotland some snow to be seen on the hills.


Temperatures as high as 12 Celsius today. Over the next few days the


coldest air is in the far south-east of England where there is sunshine


to be had. Four or five Celsius in Kent. Differences remain over the


next few days and here is why. I pressure in control of the weather.


Some clear a


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