17/05/2017 Look East


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In the programme tonight, a new development in the search

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as police extend their search of the landfill site.

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The Liberal Democrats hoping to stage a fightback

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We report from a hustings in Colchester.

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And the boatbuilders using the history of the Broads

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Hello. I'm Susie Fowler-Watt.

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First tonight, police have announced they are going

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to extend their search for the missing airman

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Corrie Mckeague for at least another three weeks.

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Corrie went missing after a night out

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in Bury St Edmunds in September last year.

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Suffolk Police are working on a theory

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that his body was taken to a landfill site near

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They started searching the site in early March.

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Our Chief reporter Kim Riley has the latest.

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This search was always going to be a massive undertaking.

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An area roughly one-quarter of an acre has already been excavated

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3,500 tonnes of waste has been picked over by

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officers, looking for any trace of Corrie Mckeague.

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Corrie Mckeague was last seen in the centre of Bury St Edmunds

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CCTV footage captured him around the town centre,

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including in an area known as The Horseshoe, where businesses

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He was recorded going in, but not coming out.

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The next morning, a waste lorry made a collection and took a bin

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At the time, data showed the bin was not heavy enough

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to have contained a body, but in February, it became clear

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That is when police organised this huge search.

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Despite the best efforts of the search teams here, no

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trace has been found of Corrie Mckeague.

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Originally, they identified a core area on which to

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But outwith that area, they have also found

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material relating to the time and location that

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That is why the search has now been expanded.

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It was news welcomed tonight by Corrie's mother.

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I did not expect the search to suddenly stop.

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But I am obviously really pleased that they are

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Do you feel, in your heart, that he is there?

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Given all the information we have got, I struggle, like the police,

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to believe anything else. They were so confident.

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The form of words that they used talking to both the public

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and myself, I really do believe that that is where he is.

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She expressed the family's gratitude to the officers working

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As you will have heard, the Liberal Democrats launched

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They were once the "second party" across much of the region,

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In 2010, they had 24% of the vote in Norfolk,

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They had four MPs, in North Norfolk, Norwich South,

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In Colchester, in 2010, Sir Bob Russell had 48% of the vote.

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In 2015, he was out, when the Lib Dem share

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He is now hoping to win the seat back.

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Tonight, there has been a hustings at the Mercury Theatre

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in Colchester and our political reporter Simon Dedman was there.

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It has been a feisty Nate at the feet. Over 400 people attended with

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questions for the prospective MPs. Many of these questions related to

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Brexit. I think it is about infrastructure. Colchester has been

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rapidly growing. Transport, the likes of expanding the two magic.

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Brexit, although I think that is a done deal. Today, the people of

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Colchester got the chance to hear what all the candidates stood for.

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Brexit Was not the only issue which could not, but it was the first. The

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Prime Minister went to Europe and wanted to negotiate a better deal.

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said no. This is something we want said no. This is something we want

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to deal with that the first opportunity. Liberal Democrat Sir

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Bob Russell once a second referendum on Europe. Labour were pitching

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strongest on it health. Without immigration, our NHS would collapse.

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There was one life. People could send in automatic questions. One of,

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supposedly from the Prime Minister, said that Sir Bob Russell had nice

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legs! The Conservatives fancy their chances because Ukip I'm not

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standing, but clearly, the Liberal Democrats are feeling buoyant.

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Andrew Sinclair is our political correspondent.

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The Lib Dems clearly have high hopes of taking back Colchester and doing

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well elsewhere in the region. How easy is that going to be?

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As you say, until recently, they had the second-highest number of

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councillors in the region. There are clearly a lot of people in region

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who would thought for the Liberal Democrats if they had the policies

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that they liked. But clearly, things have been altered by Brexit. On the

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doorstep, I have here, I would normally vote for Liberal Democrats,

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but I do not want any more uncertainty over the European Union.

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I am going to vote Conservative. Another busy day of campaigning?

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Yes, the Conservatives focusing on North Norfolk. The Defence Secretary

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was via today. He said the party had to take the seat. He said it was

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important that the got the large majority. The Shadow Education

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Secretary was in Ipswich today. She was visiting a number of schools. As

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you have seen, the hustings have also started. They were originally a

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few questions about Brexit about the one I was at. The NHS and the school

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funding formula were much more popular topics.

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Unemployment has fallen in the East, for the second quarter in a row.

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Figures out today show 122,000 people are out of work,

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a drop of 17,000 on the previous three months.

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That means the region's unemployment rate has fallen to 3.9%,

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It's the Chelsea Flower Show next week

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and among all the flowers and shrubs there will be a very special boat.

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It's a replica of a vessel found next to the River Chet

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on the Norfolk Broads four years ago.

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The original is nearly a thousand years old and made of oak.

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It's been recreated at the International Boatbuilding

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It was two years ago that the Broads Authority

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commissioned the college to create a replica of the Chet Boat.

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What we discovered, in doing the drawings of it and in

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reconstructing it, is that it's almost identical

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So, it was probably used as a little lighter for carrying reeds, eeling.

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Would have been a one-man boat, really.

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Sometimes, it would have sailed and, occasionally, it would probably have

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been pushed along with a pole, which locally is called quanting.

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It is, kind of, trial and error. A lot of the planks are fitted.

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You shave a bit of the planks off, you try more modern methods,

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So it is, kind of, make it up as you go along a bit, but it is

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The Broadland Boatbuilder's Garden is inspired by the traditional

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skills, which continue to be taught at the college in Lowestoft

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and by the ancient landscape of the Broads itself.

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What you will see at the garden is this

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little double-ended medieval chet boat under construction,

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surrounded by natural plants from that period,

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which are still found on the Broads - some of them very rare.

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Gary Breeze came on sabbatical to the boat-building college

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He also a successful Chelsea pedigree.

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Last year, he won a gold medal and Best Fresh Garden at the show.

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But for his colleagues, this is a first.

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My wife is very keen that I get involved, so she can tell all

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her friends I am involved in the Chelsea Flower Show!

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And here is the Chet Boat in all its glory,

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in place at Chelsea, ready for all the visitors next week.

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Coming up next, the weather, with Alex, but from me, goodnight.

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Good evening. More pics of rain across the East associated with this

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area of low pressure. It should become increasingly dry as the night

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goes on. Overnight temperatures still in double figures. We start

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tomorrow with just the odd spot of rain. But for most browsers, geese

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and spills of sunshine and dryly. Best temperatures of 17 Celsius. The

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National weather is coming up. As we get to the end of the recount into

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the weekend, heavy rain on Friday at claims.

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