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Following the death of Dean Saunders in Chelmsford jail, warning that

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lesson still need to be learned. The government unveiled its new

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industrial strategy with a focus on Norwich science Park.

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Tonight we have frost and freezing fog in the forecast. All the details

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for your weather for the week ahead. All the details for your weather

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for the week ahead. A campaign group which is supporting

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the family of a man who died at Chelmsford Prison has told

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Look East that jails have become "dumping grounds" for people

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who are mentally ill. Dean Saunders was on remand

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after attacking family members with a knife and trying

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to kill himself. He was initially placed on suicide

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watch, but a decision was made against his family's wishes

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to reduce his observations. Just days later, in January last

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year, the 25-year-old On Friday, an inquest jury ruled

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that Mr Saunders had been let down by Care UK,

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which provides health Today, the Prison Ombudsman said

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he was "seriously mentally ill" September 2015, Dean Saunders

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at home, opening presents Months later, he was

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in Chelmsford prison. Today, a report into his death

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criticised almost every The investigation by the Prison

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and Probation Ombudsman concluded that the criminal justice system

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"did too little to protect this Dean was at "high risk of suicide"

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when he arrived at Chelmsford and the people who took him off

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constant watch "weren't I said to Mark, "Why didn't

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we save him at home?" Why didn't we save him

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because if we had let him go then, he would've been with people

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that loved him. He would've been

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surrounded by his family. He wouldn't have been shut away

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thinking nobody cared about him. He suffered for another 14 days,

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to die in a cell on his own. He was getting no comfort,

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no love, no phone calls. I feel that they just took away

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all of his human rights, stuck in a cell and just

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left him to die. The health care in the prison

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was run by Care UK. Just last week, a report

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by the prison's Independent Monitoring Board raised concerns

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about the company's running Care UK have since announced it is

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quitting its contract at the prison. A former prisoner told me

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about his experience Fights in the queue

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to get into medical. People going, "Oh, my needs

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are greater than yours". Just because in case

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someone doesn't get seen. Then, at this point,

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some people were itching There have been 14 suicides

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at Chelmsford since 2011, each Tonight, the Ministry

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of Justice says it accepts there were significant failings

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in the case of Dean Saunders. It says Chelmsford Prison has

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already put into place a number of measures to better support those

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with mental health problems. The Saunders family say

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they are keeping a close eye to make Deborah Coles is the Director

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of Inquest, the charity that supports families of those

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who die in custody. Earlier, I asked her

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for her reaction to The scandal, I think,

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of this case is that Dean was ever It does say something

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about how our sentencing policies and magistrates operate,

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that a man who is seriously mentally ill ends up in a prison system

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that is so obviously incapable In the case of Dean Saunders,

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cost was clearly an issue. How worrying is that,

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that in the prison system people are trying to save money,

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so not proper care and attention So, of course that's an issue,

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but I think this is an issue across the prison system

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in the sense of, you know, there are just far too many people

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in prison who don't need There are far few staff,

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there are far few staff able to cope with the vulnerabilities

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of the prison population. What we desperately need to do

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is to dramatically reduce the prison population and then you can invest

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in the proper mental health provision and the proper regimes

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that can address the reasons behind people's offending and actually

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rehabilitate people, because at the moment

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what we are doing with prison is pretty much not more

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than warehousing people in extremely The Ministry of Justice have told us

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that improvements have been made. Does that go any way

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to reassure you at all? I have to say that following every

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inquest where failings have been identified by coroners

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and by juries, we hear the very empty words

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"lessons will be learned". Well, I'm sorry, if lessons

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had been learned then Dean Saunders would not have died

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in such appalling circumstances. Too many people are going to prison

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who simply shouldn't be there. We also need a Government that

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properly invests in mental health facilities so that prisons don't

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become dumping grounds for people Plans to widen 19 miles of the A12

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in Essex have been unveiled One plan is for three lanes each

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way between Chelmsford The preferred option will be

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decided in the summer. Highways England hopes

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work will start by 2020. There are 90,000 vehicles

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per day in peak time. The road is in excess of capacity

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most of the day these days and, clearly, there is a need

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to desperately improve that. A man who shot and seriously injured

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a millionaire businessman during a raid on an Essex mansion

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has been jailed for 24 years. Charlie Sims, from Great Yeldham,

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was convicted last month of attempted murder after shooting

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the man in his home The Science Minister says

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the Government's new industrial strategy will particularly benefit

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this region with its emphasis on supporting science,

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research and innovation. He came to Norwich to unveil

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the new policy, which could see millions of pounds of investment

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coming to our science parks. In the new Leaf Laboratory

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at the Norwich Research Park, the Science Minister learns how

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plants are producing proteins, This is where the next cure

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for Ebola or Zika could be found and it's because of research

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like this that the Government is upgrading the role of science

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in post-Brexit Britain. We are world class at science,

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but you've got to continue to invest in your science base

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to stay world class. We always said we would put science

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and innovation at the heart of the industrial strategy and,

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today, we can see The growth of the Norwich Research

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Park is proof that science has been getting a higher profile

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in recent years. Putting it at the top

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of this new industrial Ministers see a sector

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were Britain can excel, so there will be extra funding,

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less regulation and ministers will fight for new deals

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to drive up exports. There will also be a big attempt

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to ensure that scientific discoveries get the help they need

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to become commercial successes. There is something that is generally

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known as the 'Valley of Death' between pure research

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and its translation, where investment has probably been

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less than it might have been Also part of this new strategy

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is a promise to upgrade infrastructure, to support low

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carbon energy schemes and a push to set up more schools,

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like this one in Norwich, which specialises in

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maths and science - an attempt to produce more

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British scientists. Labour gave today's plans a cautious

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welcome, saying science needs the extra investment,

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but some scientist groups sais that to succeed there would have to be

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a good Brexit deal which allows staff to move freely and take

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part in EU research. Today was a very positive Government

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vision for the East, Coming up now is the weather

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from Julie, but from the rest Apart from a little bit of light

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rain and drizzle, I think tonight will be dry. Cloud will come and go

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so temperatures will fluctuate, but in rural spots the cute get down to

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about minus five. We have a yellow warning in place from the Met office

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for widespread fog, some of that freezing fog so tricky travelling

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conditions not just for tonight but tomorrow as well as some of the fog

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could linger throughout the day. Some spots will brighten up with

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hazy sunshine developing. In that highs of six Celsius, but where the

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fog lingers temperatures will struggle to get above freezing. We

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finished the day dry under the clear skies with the fast and frog --

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frost and fog reforming. The winds will pick up a little bit. We may

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have frost and fog on Wednesday morning but the wind should help it

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clear for red leave on Tuesday. Hopefully the cloud will break to

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allow some sunshine and brightness. On Thursday, the winds will go more

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south-easterly, dragging in much colder air from the near continent

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so cold frosty start. A lot of sunshine but that the pictures for

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many' linked together about two or three Celsius. The wind chill from

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the south-easterly is will make you feel even colder, so a better day on

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Thursday. Hopefully not quite as cold on Friday. It should be largely

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dry but more cloud around on Friday, but hopefully some brightness and

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sunshine, too. John will have the National forecast in a moment, but I

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will leave you for the outlook for next weekend. It looks to give will

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be largely dry with some sunny spells, but always quite a lot of

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cloud around. Cold For the weekend we will have dry

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weather with sunny spells and it will be a little bit milder.

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Good evening. We are continuing to see huge righty in the weather.

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Getting the detail right is proving to be a challenge. This was in

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Pembrokeshire and other parts of the UK were gloomy throughout the

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