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Hello and welcome to the Look East late news.

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A Conservative councillor has resigned after this video emerges

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The Norwich Peterborough building society brand

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is about to disappear from the High Street.

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And how the recent storm surge may have played a vital role in saving

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In the last few hours a councillor from Norfolk has resigned

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following his behaviour during a hunt.

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He was filmed making lewd comments to a hunt protestor.

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Until recently, Charles Carter was the master of the West Norfolk hunt.

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He is also a Conservative councillor for Breckland.

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Tonight, both the local MP and the leader of the council told

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Excuse me, didn't you know hunting was banned?

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Video of the Middleton Hunt in North Yorkshire, filmed

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Linda Hoggard challenges at Charles Carter.

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He starts filming her, then makes a lewd comments.

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Charles Carter has been on Breckland Council since 2011,

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representing the ward of Saham Toney.

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A man in that position should know so much better anyway.

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And a woman shouldn't be spoken to like that

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People shouldn't say things like that.

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He shouldn't be representing anybody with those beliefs anyway.

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In June 2015, Mr Carter was the master huntsman

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Look East spoke to him about the ban.

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Having to look over one's shoulder all the time for fear

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of being in breach of bad law is not what the country should be about.

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Tonight, the local MP George Freeman says that

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while being rude isn't a crime, he believes all in elected public

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office have a duty to set the highest standards of conduct.

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North Yorkshire Police have confirmed they were

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called to an altercation and they are investigating.

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We made several attempts to contact Mr Carter today, but we've not heard

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back from him. However, I did speak to

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William Nunn is the leader of Breckland council,

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he made the decision to suspend Mr Carter as soon

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I was pleased to receive Charles' resignation.

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I felt he had done a dreadful thing, and it was absolutely right

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he resigned from his position on Breckland Council.

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And when he spoke to you earlier this evening to say

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that he was going to resign, what did he tell you?

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He was sorry he'd brought embarrassment to myself,

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to the local Conservative group and to Breckland Council.

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More so, I know that he contacted the protester to apologise

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to the husband and make it clear it was meant in no way to be rude.

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But the footage, you say yourself, you are shocked and appalled by it.

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When you did see it, were you also surprised by it,

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because you obviously know Mr Carter well?

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I've known Charles for some years now on the council.

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I was shocked he had used that sort of language to a person

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It was an absurd thing for him to do.

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But he did it, I felt as council leader I had no choice

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but to immediately suspend him from the Conservative group

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on Breckland Council, which has, obviously,

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George Freeman, the local MP, has said he too was appalled.

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How much damage do you think this has done to the Council and to

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I hope it hasn't done any damage to the Conservative Party locally.

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I think, as a party, we've handled it swiftly and appropriately,

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and I think that's the way it should be dealt with.

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Of course, for Charles, this is not good,

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The Norwich Peterborough Building Society brand

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will disappear from our high streets later this year.

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28 branches across the East will be closed and hundreds

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The society is owned by the Yorkshire Building Society,

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which says it wants to focus on the main brand.

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It's been a trusted name on our high streets for decades,

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But soon, the Norwich Peterborough name will completely disappear.

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It's owner, the Yorkshire Building Society, plans

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to close 28 N branches, including this one

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It's a shame, our elderly customers are going to feel the impact more.

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They rely upon the convenience on their doorstep of being able

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to withdraw their money and spend it at local businesses.

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In the vast majority of cases, it's matter of a couple of miles

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Of course, there are other ways we could help them as well,

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and what we'd certainly urge customers to do, if they have

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any concerns, please come and talk to us,

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pop into the branch and we'll do anything we can to help them.

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They're in branches and at N's headquarters in Peterbrough.

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After the closures, only 17 branches will remain under

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The Yorkshire says the banking market is changing.

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More customers are conducting their business online,

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and use of High Street branches like this is declining by 7% a year.

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Further investment in that network can't be justified.

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But that argument will disappoint thousands of members who expect

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a building society to provide a good branch network in places where

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These are some of the places set to close.

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The changes are due to take effect from September this year.

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Members are being encouraged to embrace online banking,

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but some elderly customers may find that difficult to do.

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Earlier, I asked Richard whether he was surprised

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Building societies are supposed to be different from banks.

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They're mutual organisations, owned by members, not shareholders.

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Building societies are supposed to use the money they save by not

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paying dividends to do good stuff for members,

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such as paying good interest rates and maintaining

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I think today's announcement risks making

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the Norwich Peterborough look like any old bank.

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So are we expecting some of our other smaller

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We're got the Ipswich and the Cambridge.

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I spoke to the Ipswich earlier today, they have nine branches,

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We had about 50 regional building societies in the 1950s,

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Plans to provide an extra 1200 school places in Essex

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Two weeks ago, our coastline was bracing itself

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for the devastating effects of strong winds and spring tides.

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But while many places were left counting the cost,

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at Orford Ness in Suffolk, they were counting their blessings.

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There, the waves dumped thousands of tonnes of shingle

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on the shoreline, and that could prove vital in a battle

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Once again, the volunteers are stepping into the

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This, the latest phase of work costing more than ?6,000

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to try to delay the now-redundant structure's collapse,

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using what they call these shingle-filled sausages.

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While they feared the worst as the most recent storm

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sea swelled, for once, the waves proved friend, not foe.

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Built in 1792 using three quarters of a million bricks,

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Below, there's another 20 feet, as the profile

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Once powered by whale oil, it was decommissioned in 2013.

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It's now owned by a trust driven by passion and pride.

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It's a landmark that everybody loves.

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When you drive into Orford, the first thing you see out

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Orford without a lighthouse would be disastrous.

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Do you have any vision of how many years you've got left?

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We will take it year by year, and at the end of each winter

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we will be able to assess how she's got through the winter.

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That's when we will start dismantling and moving

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These voice pipes go all the way down to the kitchen of the cottages,

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when the cottages were here by the side.

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The keeper could summon his mate to come up here and give him a hand.

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When the end is finally nigh, they will hope to salvage

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and exhibit in a museum this and other artefacts from the inside.

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The very top of the building will be taken away and preserved too.

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They know that day will surely come, but for now it is all about digging

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Coming up now the weather with Alex, but from the rest

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thank you very much. Good evening, another cold night across the

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region, despite the amount of cloud out there. Colder air coming in from

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the consonants, misty conditions and a few spots of rain possible, and

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the risk of icy patches on untreated surfaces. Temperatures widely low,

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lower than these temperatures as we get to the early hours of tomorrow

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morning. Already a cold start to tomorrow, but also this cold mass of

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continental air moving across us. It will feel bitterly cold,

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temperatures not likely to get above freezing all day. A lot of cloud

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around, as that moves in, the chance of some sunshine. But take a look at

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the temperatures, around 1 degrees for some of us. Factoring in

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wind-chill, it will feel bitterly cold. The National weather is coming

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up, USA outlook, cloudy take a look at the Outlook towards

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