22/01/2017 Look East


22/01/2017

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Hello. I'm Jenny Kirk.

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More than 100 people have been taking part in the second

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privately-funded search for missing airman Corrie McKeague.

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40 members of the public volunteered to help search and rescue teams

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They also used drones and a team of dogs specially trained

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On one of the coldest mornings this year, search teams were out

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The area is where his phone pinged off a mast a couple of days

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If he was to try and get back to Honington, as the crow

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flies, he's got to walk directly behind you.

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He does know this area because this is where the RAF do

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This is the second time Suffolk lowland search and rescue have

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teamed up with the public to look for Corrie.

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They are covering 4-5 square miles

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And you can see the terrain they are having to deal with.

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I have some power around about 60 trained search technicians,

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I think we have 14 4x4s out who will ferry the teams around.

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We have five cadaver dogs coming from all over the country.

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They will go out with team leaders and be given their own search areas.

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The 23-year-old airman who is based at RAF Honington was last seen

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in the early hours of Saturday 24 September in Bury.

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He'd been enjoying an evening out with friends.

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But nearly four months on, the search team manager says it

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The search we are conducting now is for body recovery.

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There is no feasible way that if Corrie has been missing

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for the length of time that he has, and he is out in the

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Corrie's mother still has hope of finding her son alive,

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but understands that might not be the case.

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She says having the public supporting the search

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Basildon Council says it has finally finished clearing

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the former travellers site at Dale Farm in Essex.

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Travellers were removed from an illegal part of the site

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Officials say it has been returned to a condition

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They have cleared more than 180 tonnes of rubbish.

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The head of one of the region's leading universities says students

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from low-income families shouldn't be put off by the

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From this year, the Government has removed non-repayable maintenance

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Alexei is in his second year studying politics and sociology

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He receives around ?3,500 a year from the Government

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in maintenance grants, money to help with the living costs

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of being at university, that doesn't have to be paid back.

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My sister and I are both at university now.

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And even the maintenance loan and grant together,

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there is a shortfall in terms of how much you actually need for living,

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particularly now that my sister doesn't have a maintenance grant

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I would say to anyone with the potential to benefit

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It's the best investment that you will ever make.

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But there are mixed signals from the Government.

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On the one hand urging universities to recruit more students

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from poorer backgrounds, which is the right thing to do,

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but at the same time abolishing non-repayable grants.

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But it's not just so-called elite universities that

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are trying to make sure that they have diverse students.

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Anglia Ruskin has an outreach programme that includes speaking

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to sixth formers and their parents about the new student

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For a normal boy like Alexei, going to Kings College Cambridge

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And his hope for the future is that other students will be able

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And there was more on student grants on this week's Sunday Politics East.

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You can watch it on the the BBC iPlayer.

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Now with the weather. Here's Elizabeth Rizzini.

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It was a very chilly start to the day today.

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Some of our more rural spots got down as low as minus eight Celsius.

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There will be another widespread sharp frost forming

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Also patches of freezing fog around as well.

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We have a Met Office warning out for this fog.

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It could be very dense, very slow to lift and clear.

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It will be mostly towards southern parts of our region, parts of Essex

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Bedfordshire and Buckinghamshire also seeing some fog

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tomorrow morning. Very slow to lift and clear.

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Poor visibility on the roads, maybe leading to some travel issues.

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Keep up-to-date on BBC Breakfast tomorrow morning.

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Some brightness as we head into the afternoon.

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Top temperatures only up to three or 4 degrees.

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More fog problems possibly on Tuesday morning.

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It will stay largely dry and cold for the rest of the week.

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Look East is back with bulletins throughout BBC Breakfast

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Good evening. If you are dreading the trudge back to work in the

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morning I'm not going to help matters. There is the prospect of

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nasty, freezing fog over the next couple of days. Quite localised but

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tricky out there on the roads. Disruption possible. Check out your

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BBC local radio station, go online for the latest updates where you

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are. The fog thickening up as I subpoenaing, particularly across

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southern parts of the UK. There are warnings in force with some patches

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of fog elsewhere, too. A cold one, needless to say. Some places already

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well below freezing. Where you have cloud cover, hovering

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