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And we will ask why so many more people over the age of 65 are
getting married these days. Hello and welcome to
the Look East late news. The region's response to the threat
of serious flooding two months ago is
condemned as inadequate. Sleeping in a box -
an idea to cut infant death rates in Finland is now being hailed
a success in Essex. And the challenge was
a sketch a day for a year. We catch up with artist
Kate Batchelor. A new report has found a catalogue
of errors in how authorities in Suffolk handled the tidal surge
earlier this year. Mistakes included a lack of training
losing a set of keys to emergency At a meeting in Lowestoft tonight
councillors have been considering the report which lists
64 lessons which must be learned. In a moment, we'll hear
from the council chief executive, The village of Snape knows only too
well about the impact of flooding, the surge of 2013 left
a pub and homes awash. So as trouble loomed again
in January, they were ready. A rest centre in the village hall
took in about 30 people, it emerged as one of the busiest for miles
around on that night. But one area of worry was a lack
of communication with council The initial concerns
we got as a community People were asking us as volunteers
in the community, are we going to be
asked to evacuate? So it took a bit of time
just to get the clarity That need for better
communication is the key one in this list of more than 60
recommendations after council officials ordered a root and branch
review of how it handled the threat. On that night, this community
building in Leiston was set up as a rest centre but,
says the report, it lacked amenities and the team here hadn't been
trained or told what to do. There's also the question of public
car parks in flood zones. They weren't closed
off, it suggested they should be to avoid potential
damage to vehicles And Waveney's own council
base in Lowestoft is flagged up, home to the emergency
control centre but sitting in a
flood zone itself. And what about other niggles
there on the night, a missing key for a vital storage cupboard,
an emergency satellite phone which didn't work and staff being unsure
how to log in to or use a critical I think there are some big
lessons to learn but I think other smaller things,
sometimes it is human error, sometimes it is systematic failure
but the important thing is that they have done this review and they are
going to address it for the future. Well, officials are saying
it is important to keep this Yes, 60 odd recommendations but this
is a warts and all report. But they're adamant it's not
just the defences that need to be watertight,
but the systems too. Kevin Burch, BBC Look East,
at Felixstowe Ferry. Stephen Baker is the Chief Executive
of Suffolk Coastal and 64 recommendations in that report.
So a lot of what he did wasn't good enough? As Kevin just said, there
are 64 recommendations, they are points of actions. Some of them are
quite serious, like making sure we have adequate communication in the
committees. We will take that on board. We asked for root and branch
review, we pride ourselves on the quality of our response. Because of
that, we wanted to make everything that, we wanted to make everything
better if we could possibly do so. We want to continually improve. A
lot of those action points in real detail. Things like getting an extra
whiteboard in one of the rooms and so on. There is a lot of detail in
there. It was an internal document but we are happy to be open and
transparent with it. No, I would say not 64 errors as being reported. 64
is that we can potentially improve. As you well know, the region escaped
on that night. Had things been worse, could some of those floors
actually have proved quite costly? -- flaws. I would not say that. We
have a good record. We work with it every day, flood risk, so, no, if we
had overtopping flooding, we were ready to respond. The rest centre
were open, on reflection, there might have been a case for better
training. On reflection, we could have been quicker opening a centre,
we could not get hold of the caretaker as quickly as we like.
These are areas that we can improve on and that is the whole point of
the review, to improve our response. Rest assured, and in the community
should rest assured, we are always ready to respond to the threat. That
is what the report is about. Stephen Baker, thank you very much indeed.
Next tonight, we can reveal that a pilot project in Essex to help
reduce the number of baby deaths is proving a success,
New mothers at Colchester Hospital are being given small cardboard
to stop them rolling onto their tummies.
The idea came from Finland but Colchester decided to try it
Midwife Tracey Baxter demonstrating to new parents Jenny and Stuart how
Baby Poppy, less than 24 hours old, will sleep in this
cardboard box to reduce the risk of sudden infant death syndrome.
The idea is simple, first used in Finland
in the 1930s, the baby is placed on its back
in the box, preventing it
from rolling onto its tummy which could cause the infant to stop
A lot of families are telling us that if they have already
got a Moses basket, if they have already
got a baby, that they will
use these downstairs, they don't have to move their Moses baskets
around, they are there directly in front of them and encouragement
to put their babies down and not to cosleep with their babies.
In the eight years leading up to 2014, 221 babies in
the east have lost their lives to
Since these boxes were introduced at Colchester Hospital
a year ago, 700 have been handed out
to new parents in the hope of reducing that risk.
I think the most important part of it as well,
it's the basic yet really vital information that you get in the box
I think it's a wonderful idea, really.
Yes, yeah, we're definitely going to give it a go.
We have got a Moses basket as well and I'm sure
she'll have a preference, one or the other.
And it's good in an emergency as well.
Colchester Hospital was the first in the region
They are now being rolled out in hospitals in
Katherine Nash, BBC Look East, Colchester.
A year ago we featured an artist from Suffolk on the programme
She'd set herself a challenge of doing
Kate was also posting her sketches online.
Mike Liggins has been back to see the 'tweeting painter'.
I think one of the nicest things about doing a sketch a day was that
it reconnects you with your landscape.
Lots of people go, oh, I don't know what to paint.
Well, if you get outside and sketch then you
are giving yourself new ideas all the time.
In 2016, Kate Batchelor made a New Year 's resolution to do
She couldn't give up chocolate and she wanted to stretch
herself as an artist and so out she went
in all weathers and, yes, Kate
did manage a sketch a day but did the sketching improve?
The sketches got more fluid and the mark making
more interesting so, yes, I think it did.
I think practice is one of those things, it's like being a
musician, you need to practice every day.
We first met Kate last year when she was sketching at
She exhibits in galleries all over Norfolk and Suffolk
The sketches were made available to a wider audience online
and this is the last sketch at Covehithe on New Year's Eve.
I was just really pleased when I'd finished it and I've got this little
162 crayons I got through and at the end of it,
I was very good at sharpening crayons.
she is planning to do one painted sketch a week.
This is a replica Dutch barge on the quay at Beccles.
And this is the finished work, proof, if proof were needed,
that good artists are always learning,
challenging themselves to improve and find new audiences.
Mike Liggins, BBC Look East, Beccles.
Just time to tell you about something our digital team is up to.
From midnight tonight until midnight on Thursday, they'll be
in the A department at Ipswich Hospital to reflect how
staff and patients are coping with the pressures.
You can follow live updates at bbc.co.uk/suffolk and you can
also follow the team on Twitter - #AandElive.
Coming up now the weather with Alex,
but from the rest of the late team, goodnight.
Thank you. Templars got to 18 Celsius. Not quite one tomorrow with
more cloud. It is likely to turn quite misty as we go through the
night. Temperatures not lower than six or seven Celsius for most of us
tonight. We start the day tomorrow with them mist two thing. Should be
some bright sunshine to start with but this weather system coming in
from the west, that will turn up our skies cloudier and bring in some
patchy rain. Probably not until the evening and overnight. Early mist,
some sunshine for the morning, into the afternoon, more cars coming in
from the west. Staying dry for the daytime areas. Temperatures will be
cooler under the cloud. 12 Celsius, a notable south western breeze. The
national been. The outlook, rain around, if
it stays dry I will be surprised. Here is Nick with the national