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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