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I'm Dominic Heale. getting married these

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An inquest has heard that a Derbyshire woman was prescribed

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ten times the correct dosage of a strong painkiller

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27-year-old Kymberley Holden, who had multiple sclerosis,

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had been to see her doctor to alleviate her pain.

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"She had a smile for everyone", that's how Kymberley Holden's dad

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described his daughter today at the inquest into her sudden death

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Kymberley, a dispatch officer for East Midlands Ambulance Service,

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from Codnor in Derbyshire, had been diagnosed with

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multiple sclerosis almost a year before she died.

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Her father, Stephen, and boyfriend, Ian Dye,

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described how the condition was so severe that she needed

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a wheelchair after losing the use of her right leg.

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They told the inquest that she had been feeling unwell in the days

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Mr Dye told the court, in November 2014, he woke

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in the middle of the night to find his girlfriend lying

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Also today, we heard from Kymberley's nurse,

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her consultant neurologist and a forensic toxicologist.

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It was during their evidence that we learned about the strong

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liquid painkiller OxyNorm, which the postmortem report says

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The inquest heard that a prescription error had occurred

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and that Kymberley had been prescribed ten times the dosage

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In the hours before she died, Kymberley had taken three doses

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of OxyNorm to cope with attacks of pain in her right leg.

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The post-mortom report gave the cause of death

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as 'OxyNorm intoxication', the umbrella name for

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the painkiller, and Devic's disease, an illness similar

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Tomorrow, the inquest will hear from Kymberley's GP,

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Major work to repair a railway bridge in Leicestershire

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which collapsed causing travel chaos across the country

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The bridge in Barrow upon Soar crumbled onto the Midland Mainline

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It will fully re-open within a fortnight,

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but there is more work to come, as Amy Harris reports.

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Its collapse sparked a day of chaos for rail passengers last August,

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but people living near this bridge continue to feel the impact.

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Repair work is still underway, disrupting life here in the small

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It's been horrendous, really, to be honest,

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because the impact on the flow of traffic through the village,

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community events had to be cancelled.

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Also the residents, they have had disruption daily,

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access, and actually nightly, as well.

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The work here has included removing 200 tonnes of debris,

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restoring the brick parapet walls and resurfacing the road.

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While it will finally reopen to vehicles in under a fortnight,

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Engineers will return to complete the job later this year.

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Network Rail broke the news to villagers at this

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I suppose I saw that coming, you know?

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The fact that they will be doing more work.

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I'm surprised they haven't done it while it was closed now.

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I'll just be relieved to see it open to traffic.

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Future work will take place on four Saturday nights.

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So, for villagers here in Barrow, the disruption isn't over yet.

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Earlier, I spoke to Rachel Lowe from Network Rail.

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I asked her why the bridge had taken so long to repair.

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Obviously, the priority at first was to get the emergency work done

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to make the bridge safe, both for the people who need to go

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across it and live close to it, and also those

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That work was carried out reasonably quickly and then what we have had

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to do is compress a design process that normally takes around six

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months into a much shorter time frame to make sure we got

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a long-term fix that means we don't need to come back,

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that means the bridge is safe for many, many years to come

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Four more sets of night working to do.

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That is pretty annoying for the local people, isn't it?

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That's only finishing off work, so it is just putting the stones

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across the top of the bridge to stop people from being able to get

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onto the tracks when we come underneath and electrify,

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We will do that in the most considerate way possible,

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but for us, the really good news is that the road is going to reopen

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and that night-time work won't mean any road closures,

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and pedestrians will still have access.

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I'm sure people will be very pleased about that,

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but they have put up with an awful lot because of the work

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What about the subject of compensation for people whose

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businesses have suffered and have had their lives disrupted?

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Obviously, we are really sorry for the disruption this has caused.

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We have managed it as best we possibly could.

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Safety has been a priority, both for local residents

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Where people feel they have been inconvenienced they can contact us

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and any contact will be assessed in an individual way.

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OK, Rachel Lowe from Network Rail, thank you.

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The unemployment rate in the East Midlands

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is at its lowest for more than a decade.

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Between November last year and January this year,

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the number of people out of work dropped by more than 9,000, compared

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Despite this, the number of people claiming Jobseekers Allowance

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rose by almost 2,000, to more than 31,000.

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New signs are to be installed to reinforce the weight restrictions

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In May, the county council's planning to put up electronic

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warnings before drivers reach Swarkestone Bridge reminding them

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The bridge is 800 years old and Grade I listed.

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Last year, one driver was fined ?700 after ignoring eight warning signs

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and driving a 44-tonne lorry over it.

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A team of Nottingham scientists is using forensic techniques

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There has been a big rise in illegal waste removal operators dumping

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Now the Environment Agency is spending millions of pounds

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Fly-tipping costs councils in our region around ?1.5 million

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a year to clear up and depending on the type of waste,

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Here at the Environment Agency labs in Nottingham,

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they are using forensic science to identify if abandoned waste

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We take a small portion of the sample, place

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it on this instrument, which is an infrared...

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This sample was taken from a canister abandoned in a warehouse.

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The computer programme analyses the substance

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The position of the peaks on this chromatogram tell us what atoms

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are present in the substance and their intensities.

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From the type of substance that you find you can characterise

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the process that it comes from, and that might lead to where

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And it's that chemical fingerprint that allows investigators

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The Environment Agency estimates that waste crime diverts around

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?1 billion a year from legitimate waste disposal businesses

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and from the Treasury, and they have spent ?65 million

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The Environment Agency has seen a rise in illegal waste

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operators dumping material, but they say that forensic analysis

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Now, were you or someone in your family ever in the Navy?

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If so, an ex-service organisation in Leicester needs you because it's

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The Senior Service Club needs a new generation of men and women

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It's John Cassie's 91st birthday, and he's celebrating

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His medals include the Legion d'Honneur for serving

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on a minesweeper during the D-Day landings.

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They say "Cheers, Cassie", and you have a rum, buy a rum.

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But the club, on Loughborough Road in Leicester, has seen support

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While it's mainly former Navy personnel, it's open

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to all ex-forces and anyone who is interested

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In 1976, I think there were over 400 members and they were

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Now the service level is diminishing and you don't get

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But we're open to anybody now - Army, the RAF, anybody can come down

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With the club AGM coming up soon, the number of members

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New recruits are needed now to keep them sailing on into the future.

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That's your news, so it is goodbye from me,

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but with your weather now, here's Lucy.

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Could evening at the end of what has been a gorgeous day, also the

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warmest day of the year. Lots of blue skies and blossoms being sent

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in by our weather watchers. As we move into tomorrow, we will see a

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shift to something that big cloudy. It will be cooler as well.

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Temperatures reached a maximum of 16 Celsius tomorrow -- reached 16

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Celsius today, 11 will be the maximum tomorrow. We will see clear

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spells for a time but it will turn increasingly cloudy, with the cloud

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pushing up from the south-west. That could be a few patches of mist and

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fog developing. It will be mild, a low of 7 degrees. Moving into

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tomorrow, few bright intervals first thing, but turning increasingly

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cloudy quite quickly as we move through the morning. There could be

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the odd spot of light rain or drizzle. A maximum of 11 Celsius. It

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will be that big greasy, as well. Into Friday and it is a cold start

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of the day. Friday is where we see a shift to more unsettled weather. We

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will see outbreaks of rained and rained picking up. A maximum of 10

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Celsius. It will feel more unsettled. I will leave you with the

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Outlook. been. The outlook, rain around, if

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it stays dry I will be surprised. Here is Nick with the national

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headlines.

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