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Dominic Heale and Anne Davies. Our top story tonight, losing benefit


and losing patience. Dave Hardwick is appealing against the loss of


his disability allowance but there's a huge backlog.


I have to wait 15 months for an appeal against a Government


decision, totally wrong. Also tonight, doing the rounds, the "do


not disturb" vests helping nurses to help patients.


Plus how the 9/11 attacks changed everything for this Nottinghamshire


fire fighter. It changed my life massively and it has taken hours


and hours of not only my life but my family's life as well.


summer goes out with a bang. The excitement, the ups and downs and


Good evening and welcome to East Midlands Today. First tonight, a


pensioner stripped of �100 per week in benefits says he's being forced


to wait 15 months to appeal against the decision. Dave Hardwick from


Derbyshire has written to the Prime Minister to complain about the


delay. But the Government admits there's now a backlog of 180,000


cases in the benefit appeals system. Pensioner Dave Hardwick has


arthritis, diabetes and other health problems but the Government


has stopped part of his Disability Living Allowance earlier this year.


He claims that has stripped him of around �100 per week. He is


appealing against the decision but has been told it will take 15


months to go to a tribunal. I am existing but I am just existing,


but people desperately need this money who are far worse off than me


and to wait 15 months for an appeal against a Government decision? It


is totally wrong. He has also written directly to the Prime


Minister to complain about the long wait for his tribunal to be heard.


He has not had a reply. He says he is now living on his state pension


of around �136 per week. Put money so tight that he has to limit the


amount of diesel he puts into his brand new mobility car. A car paid


for by the benefits system. I have to go to hospital in Derby four


times every few weeks and at the end of the day, that is the only


diesel I can afford so I can't use it for getting around and


socialising. The Government's tribunal services there has been a


large number of increases in tribunal cases going to appeal. The


backlog stands at around 180,000 cases. More than half of them are


the result of people being denied incapacity benefit. Something which


Dave Hardwick was not even claiming. He now wants more resources put


into the tribunal system to cut waiting times.


To discuss that case and the wider issues, I'm joined now by David


Jones, the East Midlands treasurer for the National Pensioners


Convention pressure group. That is a long title! How unusual is this


case, Dave Hardwick - a pensioner being caught up in a backlog of


tribunal cases, more than half of them to do with incapacity benefit,


a benefit that Dave Hardwick wasn't even claiming? It is not quite as


unusual as you think but I know of one in Gloucestershire and I known


nationally they have been picking up a lot around the country.


Sometimes they are connected to the disability side which is a real


problem. The upshot is that Dave is left with basically a state pension,


is that enough given that he needs help? Absolutely not. It is bad


enough for a normal pension are to be on the basic pension. Our


position is that the basic state pension should be above the poverty


level which is �178, that would get rid of means testing and that


catches people out because if you lose means testing you lose


everything. Is there anything that can be done about this 15 month


wait? The Government has brought people in because they were aware


that there would be so many people. The national pensions have been on


to the Government already and a few months ago, they got a standard


reply, they will look at it and they will come back at how they


will look at recruiting. My own personal view of this now thinking


about it, they need to separated from the tribunal and have a


separate way of dealing with it. It is actually going to get worse. It


really is. And people who have been denied their benefits, they will


have to wait all this time for an appeal and in the meantime, will


they get the money back if it is found in your favour? The big


question. Let's hope so that is not the problem, the real problem is


the fact they have not got things to live on and very often they need


care. To be able to have that money particularly if they have got a


personal budget, they have got a problem, where do they go? We will


leave at there, but Dave, thanks Three men have been sentenced for


their part in placing a pig's head near the site of a proposed mosque


in Nottinghamshire. Nottingham magistrates heard that the offence


was racially and religiously aggravated. All three defendants


today were fined, another defendant was given a suspended prison


sentence in July, for his part in On 23rd June this year, a woman and


her young daughter were walking around Collington way in West


Bridgford. As they passed this piece of land, earmarked for a


possible mosque they found a pig's head stuck on a pole with two


deeply offensive words written on the pig. On the ground was spray-


painted "no mosque here, EDL Nottinghamshire". 41-year-old Wayne


and 20 when -- 22-year-old seen here in light coloured coats and


20-year-old Robert seen here on the right with a tie. All three


admitted the role in racially and religiously aggravated harassment.


The judge said all three of you should be ashamed, very ashamed.


The court also heard on armed forces Day on Nottingham, two days


after the pigs had incident, Wayne also shouted highly insulting


phrases at some Muslims who set up a stall in Nottingham city centre.


For his part in both these incidents, the man with glasses was


given fines and costs. Nicholas Long was given fines and costs of


�300 as was Adam. In July, another defendant was given a suspended


prison sentence for his part in place in the pig's head.


Police have arrested a third person in connection with a stabbing in


Derby. A 22-year-old man was stabbed on Saturday night at


Sunnyhill Avenue outside an off- licence. Police say he is in a


serious but stable condition in hospital. A 15-year-old boy was


arrested last night. Two men are also being questioned.


Coming up later, the tenth anniversary of 9/11. We meet an


East Midlands fireman whose life was changed forever by the attack


It's an important week for Bombardier and its workforce in


Derby. On Wednesday MPs will begin an inquiry into why the firm missed


out on the �1.4 billion Thameslink contract. But ahead of that, it's


emerged that over 800 UK companies that supply Bombardier could also


be badly hit. Here's our chief news The effect of the Government's


decision to award the huge Thameslink contract to the German


firm Siemens has already been felt at Bombardier with the loss of


1,400 jobs at its Derby base. The Canadian owners are also reviewing


their UK operations. But the wider knock-on effects are still emerging.


According to the Unite union, the ripples from Derby have spread to


suppliers across the UK from as far apart as Edinburgh and London,


taking in major cities such as Newcastle, Birmingham, Manchester


and Nottingham. Even places not usually associated with train-


making such as Weston-super-Mare in Somerset and Horsham in West Sussex


will be affected. The union estimates that around 830 firms


will be hit putting up to 10,000 jobs nationwide under potential


threat. Tomorrow the union will publish a survey of suppliers which


will show that a large percentage are laying off staff and fear for


the future. And Derby City Council says it's proposing to financially


support any judicial review brought by Unite. Despite mass protests,


the Prime Minister won't budge, insisting the contract was awarded


fairly in accordance with EU rules. 200 people will travel down on a


special train from Derby on Wednesday in the hope the Transport


Select Committee will disagree with the PM and recommend a retendering


of the contract. A man serving a life sentence for


murder has absconded from Sudbury Prison in Derbyshire. 41-year-old


Steven Blissett failed to return to the prison yesterday after being


released on a temporary licence. He was sentenced to life imprisonment


for murder in 1997. He's described as five-foot-eight with a slim


build. 36-year-old Mark Carter has also absconded. He's described as


five-foot-ten with a medium build and a Midlands accent.


Officers investigating a fire that broke out at a disused school in


Nottingham say it was started deliberately. Firefighters were


called to the Old Becket School in West Bridgford just after seven


last night. As this viewer's footage shows, the fire was started


in a wooden portable classroom. The building has been unused since the


school moved to a new site two years ago. No-one was hurt. The


Government has approved plans to close two walk-in centres for the


NHS despite local opposition. The Nottinghamshire NHS Trust announced


it wanted to close the care be in Ashfield and Stapleford centres


earlier this year but the county council referred the matter to


ministers. The Health Secretary says the centre's can close as long


as the local health services which remain offer the same quality or


possibly even better. Hospital managers say patient


safety has improved since nurses started wearing "do not disturb"


vests whilst doing drug rounds. Some patients groups have


criticised the idea. But anecdotal evidence in Derby suggests staff


have been able to focus better on delivering medication because of


fewer interruptions. Our health This might appeal to many workers,


the first version of what nurses walk on the Derby Hospital's drug


round. It was decided to keep the concept of "do not disturb" but


give an explanation. To put the programmes on there. Here's the


garment second version brought in. Patients do not see red, it is


aimed at them and deterring staff from interrupting. It reduces the


risk of mistakes. It has made a definite improvement. Not many


people interrupting us which is vital. Derby hospitals say it has


reduced errors by 10% but could not be specific on exact numbers.


Across the NHS in England and Wales, 133,000 drug mistakes were admitted


last year. That is an average of 364 per day. In Derby, people had


seen the sense of bringing in the garment. I know I would be


reassured that they are giving everything there for concentration.


Does this give the right message to patients? Surely nurses should be


able to multi- task. If we have got patients who require assistance


which is non urgent, there are always other people who are able to


assist the patient with that. Increasing numbers of hospitals are


using similar versions. In Leicester, it is used in selected


It does make you stop and not speak to them when they are doing the


drug grounds. Probably a good idea. School catchment areas in Leicester


are to be reviewed for the first time in more than a decade. The


move comes after a family were refused a place for their son at a


primary school on their street. Andy and Louise Cooper now have to


drive 75 miles a week to take their son Charlie to a school on the


other side of the city. Victoria The Coopers have their own tale to


tell when it comes to school catchment boundaries. This is


George, their eldest son Charlie has been at school today. But not


at the school on their Street. That is considered out of catchment.


spent hours and hours fight in the council, writing to them, trying to


get anybody to see sense but we are in an absurd situation. All the


children on the street walking past our house to the school, or


Charlie's friends and neighbours going to the school, and Charlie


Knott. I can show you why this is an absurd situation. You only have


to walk 100 metres down to the bottom of the street and there it


is, and entrance to the school. Montrose primary school. But this


street has a bizarre catchment area. That side is considered in


catchment, and the sad that the Coopers is considered out of


catchments of the school was not able to offer charlie Cooper a


place despite two appeals. Today, the Mayor of Leicester has ordered


a review of catchment areas in the City to stop a situation like this


happening again. Once the review is completed, we have an opportunity


to put it into place and to make sure of that by this time next year,


the situation which is frankly appalling, having neglected these


catchment areas, is put right and we are able to make sure that


children are able, particularly on the doorstep of a school, to attend.


It is shocking and disgusting how we have been treated. Thankfully


today, it seems that our hard work has paid off and this will affect


and benefit all families in Leicester and that, I am very


pleased about. Well this review may come too late for the Coopers, many


more families in the City could A new crackdown on metal theft in


Derbyshire has led to the arrest of eight people in the first 24 hours.


Derbyshire Police launched Operation Calanthia after a surge


in metal thefts from homes, churches and railway lines. Four


men were arrested on a disused train track in North Derbyshire on


Friday. Four teenagers were also arrested in Castle Gresley in South


Derbyshire, after lead was found to be missing from homes.


More than �6 million is to be spent trying to boost businesses in


Leicester. The city council's offering cash grants to


organisations that can support and advise fledgling firms. It comes


after the city secured European funding to help the local economy.


Another �2 million is to be spent improving city streets and public


It's ten years this weekend since the attacks on the Twin Towers in


New York and as we know it, 9/11, sent shockwaves right around the


world. This week we're meeting people here in the East Midlands


whose lives were changed forever. From terror attacks here in the UK


to troops serving abroad or even something as mundane as catching a


flight, we've all been affected by the security crackdown. For more,


let's join our social affairs correspondent, Jeremy Ball, who's


I was watching TV and it was an unbelievable sight. The guys were


going in and the towers were going down, you knew there would be fatal


it is. 2002 was the first anniversary of 9/11, I was


wondering what I could do myself. Down at Ground Zero we met a lot of


people from New York, firefighters and we got talking to each other,


exchanging gifts and T-shirts and caps and things like that. And I


managed to make a few friends and we kept in touch. Mark soon got


invited to help out with a firefighters' charity. It collects


used fire fighting equipment for countries where it is desperately


needed. I went to see the chief at that time and asked him if we could


help the foundation. Some of the kit has gone to the Philippines,


they used to fight fires in flip- flops and short. And we helped out


in the floods in New Orleans as well. 9/11 has changed my life


massively and it has taken hours and hours of not only my life but


my family's life as well. And as New York commemorates the twin


tower attacks this weekend, Mark's has been invited to join the


memorial services. It would be very emotional, to go to New York, we


have been there on numerous occasions and they look after us


like we are one of their own. I cannot put into words what 9/11 did


to me. It is a big part of our life now. Another story tomorrow from


someone else's life was changed by nine 9/11.


Still to come, a bit of a party at the palace of the peaks. We'll have


all the highlights of the three-day I wasn't there but I know somebody


who was. Yes, but I missed the Red Arrows, but it was terrific on


Saturday. We're in an international break so


Notts County stepped into the spotlight, and duly delivered a


command performance, dominating Bournemouth in a very enjoyable 3-1


win. And today - to take a closer look - I get to play with our


A fantastic win for Notts County at the weekend and with no


championship football, only one place for us to take our tactics


truck and I am delighted to say, Martin Allen, good afternoon.


I usually start the beginning with these things. But I am tempted to


start with this. This is a heck of belief and the confidence. I


believe it is a bit of a South American quality, Lombardo, that


sort of quality to him. That goal, the third for Notts County, was the


way it started very well. Lee Hughes had not trained for a week,


this was the first minute. That is what Lee Hughes has made a living


from all these years. He gets his body in behind, he has taken the


goalkeeper by surprised and it is rolling into the goal. Actually,


this match could have been much better than it ended up being.


lads practice and if they did practice, they don't stay out, and


they miss it. As a manager, you look at this and you say you have


not been doing this and that, but our lads have been a. Chances go


begging and Bournemouth equalised, the Magpies though had a response.


You did not quit though. No, they don't do it. And another South


American style goal. A trip to Juventus. Can you imagine what that


is like for me? I told them it is a Champions' League game. You do


Something to look forward to later in the week.


In rugby, the Leicester Tigers didn't have the start to the season


they would have liked but then they were without 11 internationals.


Tigers lost 30-28 to Exeter in their opening Premiership game at


Welford Road. The Chiefs were 23-15 in the lead at the break but in the


second half, Tigers fought back. They went close to snatching a win


in the dying minutes, but a drop goal attempt went wide.


Meanwhile Nottingham's first game of the season ended in a dramatic


defeat to Bedford at Meadow Lane. The Green and Whites trailed by 14


points midway in the second half. An impressive fightback saw them


leading 26-23 thanks to two tries from Martin Holford and great work


from David Jackson. He scored this try coming up. In the dying minutes


they could have won it but missed a Ice hockey, and on Saturday the


Nottingham Panthers attracted their biggest ever crowd for a season


opening fixture. 5,500 fans were there to see a seven-goal thriller.


The Panthers beat the Cardiff Devils 6-1 at the Ice Arena. They


did however lose by the same scoreline to Cardiff in a cup game


yesterday but we think the fans should be commended for coming in


great numbers on Saturday. What a We hope that support carries on


through the season. And better luck for the Green and Whites and the


As well as the regions' sporting teams, the East Midlands Today team


were busy this weekend as we took our mobile studios to the


Chatsworth Country Fair. The weather stayed fine and the crowds


flocked in for a taste of the countryside and we thought we'd


share with you some highlights of It is the biggest event we have all


the year. Very important. To see the sun shining, it is great.


It was extremely moving and more so than I thought it would be. The


# The heat of the summer sunshine, # I kiss you and nobody needs to


Just up the road in Manchester, came down to see what everything is


about really. It is great, I loved We never stop and we are already


thinking and preparing doing bits And they fab time was had by


everybody. The summer may be just about over but we have got one more


roadshow to come, will be at the Wian Du Preez -- at the East


Midlands Food and Drink Festival. They have got everything there. Hog


roast and everything. I am looking forward to it. You were at


I did and I had a lot of fun, talking about the weather with


young kids. Things are set to turn fairly unsettled over the next 12


hours. Wet and windy. If you have got any weather pictures, send them


into us on the e-mail address. Why is it turning unsettled? This


deepening area of low pressure is to blame, moving into the North of


Scotland and an active frontal system here. Rain moving in during


the early hours of Tuesday and you can see that those winds are going


to be strengthening. However, at the moment mostly dry at the moment.


Even some breaks the further east you are. We will quickly start to


see some patchy rain moving in but then the main patch of rain will


spread in persistently every Tuesday morning. The winds will be


picking up as well. Expecting gusts of 35 mph. Maybe even stronger than


that. The rain and the strong winds staying with us during rush hour


and then removes the rain but then the strong winds stay with us until


the afternoon. Many showers we get, maybe blustery but also a good deal


of dry weather and a high of 18 degrees. Steyn blustery into


Wednesday again with a chance of some showers at times and Thursday,


rain again. Still fairly windy but the rain pushing its way in and we


are expecting it to become drier towards Friday and also a bit on


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