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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