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Hello and welcome to the Look East late news.
In the programme tonight: Why the Police and Crime Commissioner
for Essex is bidding to head up the fire and rescue service too.
A man has died after being arrested at a holiday camp in Suffolk -
And an exclusive television interview with Newmarket
jockey Freddy Tylicki, who was paralysed from
Essex could be the first county in the country
to have its own Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner.
Roger Hirst, the current Police and Crime Commissioner,
wants to take on responsibility for the Fire Service as well.
He would control budgets and strategy for both,
but critics say he would have too much power and be
It's a five-year logo that within eight months could be out
Essex's police and crime commissioner thinks an even closer
collaboration between the police and fire service will be more
More can be done, especially since the demands on both
Today, his office launched a 12-week public consultation on the proposal.
Of the three options on the table, the one he favours
If we can align the services and look at doing things
like workshops together, doing IT better together,
so we don't get duplication, using the assets best where they can
be used, if we can look at all of that, we reckon the work
we have done with the support of both the fire and rescue service
and the police service says that they should be saving
It doesn't mean you would have a police officer turn up
to help put out a fire or fire crews to help tackle crime,
but the two services would be more joined up.
These elected representatives, the Essex Fire Authority,
It was an idea first mooted by Roger Hirst's predecessor.
Today, the Fire authority would not go on camera, but a year ago,
It will provide an improving service across Essex,
whichever blue light service the public come in contact with.
A closer alliance with the police, they say, could erode
Norfolk's PCC says his police are looking at closer collaboration
with Fire Service colleagues and Suffolk's Police Commissioner
says he has no definite plans for a similar merger yet.
In Essex, people will have until May to have their say
on whether they would want an even closer marriage between their
Stephen Robinson is a Liberal Democrat councillor
on Essex County Council who is opposed to the plan.
Concentrating the power in one person's hands, last year in terms
of the oversight of the police and combining that with fire is a
mistake because they are not accountable. Once elected for
four-year is, they are a law unto themselves. What you're saying is
you don't object to these services working closely together, you just
don't want Roger Hurst in charge of them? It is not about the individual
but if the post of Police Commissioner having their role
extended to include fire. The Lib Dems were opposed to the creation of
police commissioners and directly elected mayors because they are not
as accountable as having local elected councillors. How would you
like to see it run? The current Essex Fire authority is a reasonably
effective mechanism for oversight because it involves more people. It
involves councillors who are elected in their districts and they have
oversight of the Fire Service. That will all go and be replaced by one
individual. There is no accountability for that one
individual. Roger Hurst says doing it his way, you are looking at
savings, between 15 and 23 million. The savings have nothing to do with
the governance, the way it is one. The savings are to do with the
operational between the police officers, firefighters and their
operational side, which is operational side, which is
absolutely a good thing and would potentially be a good thing with the
Ambulance Service as well. The key thing is Public accountability and
putting all the power in one person's hands removes
accountability. The Independent Police Complaints
Commission has launched an investigation into the death
of a man after he was arrested Paul Gladwell, who was 38
and from Colchester, was detained by staff at Pontins
in Pakefield on Tuesday night The investigation was launched by
the IP CC after Paul Gladwell was arrested here on Tuesday following
what people claim was an altercation. It has been reported
that he had Asperger's and he was arrested on suspicion of assault.
His family say he got in a dispute over one of his children and they
claim he was head-butted by another man. He was arrested by police, put
into a police van and taken to the investigation Centre in Great
Yarmouth and while on the way to that centre, the officers became
concerned for his welfare. He was treated at the scene and taken to
hospital in a serious condition and this afternoon it was confirmed he
died in hospital. What has the IP CC said today? It has issued a
statement today. It has offered its condolences to Mr Gladwell's family
at this extremely difficult time, but it has told us about the
investigation and teams have been on site today, there have been
door-to-door enquiries as well as CCTV being looked at. All of this
information will be gathered to work out what happened surrounding Vista
Gladwell's death and the interaction he had with police.
The cull of 23,000 chickens affected by an outbreak of bird flu
in Suffolk is expected to finish shortly.
The outbreak is the first case of birdflu in this
The chickens are at a poultry farm at Redgrave near Diss.
Tomorrow, once the birds are removed, the farm will be
The East of England Ambulance Service has been issued
with two official warnings, which accuse it of failing to ensure
The notices were imposed by the Health and Safety Executive.
They relate to staff working more than 48 hours a week.
The ambulance service says it has now "agreed a way
All staff must now complete an opt out form if they want to work more
Next tonight, the Newmarket jockey Freddy Tylicki has given his first
television interview since a terrible fall left him
It was during a race at Kempton in October that Freddy was involved
Today, he told our reporter Tom Williams that riding horses
is "like a drug" and getting back on one will help him
So how are you coping with learning to adapt to a new way of living?
You get good days and you get bad days obviously.
Freddy had been an emerging force in the saddle.
A former champion apprentice, last year his best season yet.
At 30 years old he was tipped for the top before tragedy struck,
falling in a four horse pile-up at Kempton in October.
Worse still a T7 paralysis, meaning he has no movement
in the lower half of his body. To be honest a couple of lads
watched the race again and they said to me that I was very lucky
Apparently it was a horrible fall, I have not seen it.
I was there, so there is no point in looking at it again.
In some ways I am lucky to be here, yes.
After weeks in intensive care, Freddy's rehabilitation
Experts at the London spinal cord unit keep him busy.
Specialist equipment keeps his muscles moving.
I would never regret being a jockey, I love my job,
I live for the industry, I live for my job.
I started riding racehorses when I was 11 or 12 years of age
and it is like a drug, once you start wth
Do you think there might be a chance you could ride again?
Most definitely, I have a riding lesson next Wednesday.
So you really are getting straight back on a horse?
It will not be a racehorse, something slower, but life goes
on and you have to make the most of it.
That's all from me, coming up now the weather with Alex,
Good evening. There was some rain earlier and fairly cloudy
conditions. Most of that rain has cleared into the North Sea, so it
will be a largely dry night and quite misty as well in places.
Temperatures down to six or seven Celsius. Tomorrow morning we have
this weather system quite close by. It will bring quite a lot of cloud
first thing, possibly rain as well but high pressure building so a
fairly settled forecast for the next few days. We might have more cloud
around generally but there should be some brighter spells. Into the
afternoon, a good chance of seeing some sunshine and temperatures of
ten or 11 Celsius with a light and variable wind. The National weather
is coming up but here is the outlook and for the weekend the temperatures
are staying miles. Cloudy