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Good evening. Welcome to Thursday's programme.
The family left hanging from a fairground ride. A fun day out at
Skegness turned into Tero. It's only went down and everyone was
screaming and crying. Also tonight - moving patient admin to India. G
A -- GPs say Outsourcing is not saving money. The cost of sorting
out problems that have arisen must be considerable. And more shops
than ever are empty on our high street but one market town is
bucking the trend. And curtain-up for the King of
Good evening. An East Midlands family have been talking for the
moment they became trapped on a fairground ride. The Patels from
a day out, but the trip turned to terror when a ride broke. It left
six members of the family hanging, injured, in their seats waiting for
rescue. James Roberson reports. Back at home in Leicester and now
became trapped on the ride in Skegness look back at how some
national papers covered it. The day - last Thursday - had
started innocently enough as an enjoyable family day out in the
Lincolnshire seaside town. At about 3pm, six of the family
decided to try a ride called Surf rider. But within seconds of
getting on, something went wrong. It was just when we get to the top
of my uncle heard a noise and then it just collapsed. It happened so
quickly. I thought it was a part of the ride. But the whole thing was
on the floor and then I realised what had happened. It took around
40 minutes to rescue everyone on head and gone unconscious. She
Pilgrim hospital, but all needed treatment for brusing, spinal and
back injuries. I was thinking about my daughter and husband and my
family, what would happen next. Then I just passed out. There was a
funfair the other week at Victoria Park and I could not even look at
it when I was driving past. sometimes get flashbacks. I get bad
headaches. It is hard sometimes for Investigation into how the ride
came to fail with passengers on it. The Patels who were hurt hope
from their injuries. But the mental scars may take longer to heal.
catalogue of problems, according to a group representing GPs.
Patients' records and payments to doctors are now handled by fewer
admin centres. Some of the work is out sourced to India. But instead
of efficiencies, it's led to delays. Quentin Rayner reports.
A year ago, all PCTs in the East Midlands signed up to the plan to
save �9m over six years. Certain administration is now outsourced to
a company called NHS Shared Business Services, including in
India. Under the shake-up five, admin centres across the East
handling a range of services on behalf of GPs and patients. Some of
the work is now done thousands of miles away in Pune and up to a
hundred jobs have been lost over here. But an organisation
practices getting paid, and hold- ups in the transfer of medical
notes, potentially puting patients at risk. Clearly if it is delayed
in transferring notes it can cause problems from the point of view of
patients' safety. A G P could have seen a patient a couple of times in
that period but without having access to important information
about their medications and pass a medical history. NHS SBS says it
has an almost 100% record in reaching its targets and has dealt
was to save money, it hasn't convinced everyone. It has been a
false economy. The actual cost of sorting out the problems that have
arisen must be considerable. say they'll know in a few months if
improvements have worked. A 21-year-old man has denied
murdering a Thorntons worker near to her Derbyshire workplace.
Jia Ashton, who was 25, disappeared after leaving the Swanwick factory
in March. Her body was found three days later in woods nearby. David
appeared via video link at Nottingham Crown Court today, and
pleaded not guilty to her murder. He'll remain in custody until a
trial in November. Figures out today show that almost
200 members of teaching staff were assaulted in Derbyshire last year.
There were 138 assaults on teaching assistants in the county and 57 on
teachers. Between January and June this year there were 51 assaults on
teaching staff. Fans with tickets to see a dealt in
concert in Leicester next week are being warned to check that they
have genuine tickets. The singer will be performing on Tuesday night.
It is thought a number of pans -- of fans have bought tickets from a
fate website. -- a fake website. Still to come tonight - white
actors are posing as conmen. working on behalf of the council.
New figures released today reveal just how much the high street is
suffering from the effects of the recession. The number of empty
shops has increased in the last year from 10% up to 13%. In
Nottingham city centre nearly a quarter of units are vacant. But
while many cities and towns are suffering, some are doing better.
Sarah Teale reports from one market town where business is booming.
Riding out the recession is tough going for retailers. Too tough for
some. In the past year as many businesses will do it, shop vacancy
rates rose from 10% to 13%. Grantham was hit hardest in the
East Midlands. It was recently labelled a ghost town. With the
supermarkets blamed for sacking the shoppers out of the centre. Just
under 20 miles away, things could not be more different. Melton
Mowbray has just 22 of its 443 shops empty. We recognise that the
recession has come in and it was going to be hard on the High Street.
We took the initiative to do an empty shops scheme and start to
fill up the vacant units with short-term leases are. That
attracted shoppers, which attracted a new and permanent businesses. The
town is now flying the flag for independent, niche retailers.
chose Melton Mowbray because of the cast. In the larger cities it is
much higher. The at Duke family set up their gift shop in February.
is just a lovely traditional market town. There are so many things to
attract people in. And the amount of coaches coming in is amazing. It
has really helped us. But Melton Mowbray does seem to be bucking the
trend. Are three main city centres are not faring so well. With much
higher vacancy rates. Nottingham tops the list with 23% of its shops
standing empty. Derby is next with 19.4% of its units vacant. And
Leicester has 17% of its shops empty. The economic pinch is being
felt. But back in Melton Mowbray the retailers are sure that trade
in their town is on the up. It's almost a month now since
violence broke out on a number of our city streets following the
London riots. In Nottingham alone, more than 120 people were
subsequently arrested. But police say they still need more help in
tracking down those involved in one of the worst attacks. That attack
was the firebombing of Canning Street police station. It's also
emerged that the building wasn't the only thing to be targeted that
night. Our reporter, Carolyn Moses, is there now.
It all looks fairly normal now but this is Canning circus with the new
lick of paint. But it does still show the scars of what happened a
month ago. Here you can see where the window was hit. The glass has
been replaced but four weeks ago, this was a building under attack.
As these dramatic pictures show, they were captured by a mobile
phone, fire bombs and incendiary devices were thrown at the police
station while staff were inside. It is thought 40 people were involved
in that action but so far only around 15 have been traced and
charge. Luckily no one was hurt in the attack but there was smoke
damage and damage to the windows. And it was not just the police
station, on that night the number of cars coming down the street
opposite were also targeted. Some were hit and a taxi in particular
he was attacked by members of the mob. Detective Sergeant Mike Allen
is with me now. This has to beat one of the worst nights of street
violence that Nottingham has seen. seen for many years. But it did not
mirror the level of disorder seen elsewhere in cities across the UK.
Because we were prepared for it that evening. The level of policing
was such an the strength of policing was such that they were
denied the right to cause the serious violence seemed elsewhere
for stock there are arrests going in tracing those responsible for
this attack. How can people help? 15 people have been charged so far.
Clearly there are offenders outstanding. So I appeal to members
of the public, if they know flute was responsible then please contact
Nottinghamshire police or contact Crimestoppers anonymously. If these
people are confident enough to petrol bomb a police station I'm
sure they would Prague to it -- Bragg about it to their friends.
And a specific appeal - we you the station that was hit by a petrol
bomb? You want to trace those who were also hit? They have been
arrests made and are still going on. We should hear shortly about the
backgrounds of the people involved in the hope that it could shed some
light as to why it happened in the first place.
Next tonight, more affordable housing needs to be built across
the East Midlands. Some councils have been given money to get
the leader of Leicestershire County Council, the cash isn't been spent
on houses. Helen Astle reports. Rebecca Laing plays with her
daughter Maisie in their new home. They moved in a few months ago and
pay rent to a social housing company. It means so much. We have
lots of friends and family in the Village. And both sets of our
parents live here. Rebecca is one of the lucky ones. At the moment
over a quarter of a million people in the East Midlands are on his
social housing waiting list and that list is growing daily.
demand is ever-growing because of house price increases. The waiting
lists on most local authorities Money from the Government has been
given to district and borough councils so more social housing can
be built, small scale developments on the edge of villages. But some
councils aren't spending the cash. It can be infuriating. But it is
important, we need to get those houses into villages. They Arsenal
scale developments, they are sustainable. These schemes are a
godsend for the local communities. The people will sustain the Village
and the shops. The children will go to the schools here. They really
help keep the villages alive. interviewed and approved before
they were able to get their home. It means a lot for us to stay in
the Village. So Maisie will follow in her mum's footsteps, the council
is hoping that other families will be given the same opportunities.
Residents in part of Nottingham say they're concerned about the city's
with managers to discuss the the trams will cause parking
remove trees. Tram bosses say they'll keep disruption to a
minimum. Police have released an image of
the man they would like to speak to in connection with a robbery in
Nottinghamshire. Last month a 16 year-old woman had cash stolen from
her handbag by two men he claimed to be from the gas board. That sort
of scam in terribly targets the elderly. Sir Alastair's trading
standards officers have been trying to flag up the kind of tricks used
by con artists. Pensioners were treated to a number of shows today
performed by actors and illustrating a few classic examples
of today's cons and scams. Portraying as serious message. This
play is that theatre with the difference. And it is hoped it will
raise awareness. Bogus callers are distraction burglaries, their
offence is very impacted on the person and also their family. These
despicable people are trying to take advantage of the most
vulnerable in society. performance is part of older
persons month. Leicestershire Trading Standards say this year
they have well received over 400 calls from people needing advice
will stop there are still too many people being taken in by it.
need to get the message across. Do not open your door to strangers and
do not give out any personal information for stopped the show
made a big impact with the audience will stop very good presentation on
an important theme. Powerful messages going out to older people.
I hope many more people come and see it. Looking at that, it goes
further in it and you understand more. It is about the individual
taking control of their own doorsteps.
Still to come - the dancer who moves Madonna. We meet the King Of
Contemporary Dance ahead of a world premiere in Leicester next week.
Time to get excited about Olympic ticket sales again! This time it's
Paralympic tickets which go on offer tomorrow. Those games are
also expected to sell out. And round here, we have plenty of
Sam and Ollie Hynd go for Gold. And Henshaw. She was part of a grand
Square today. And when I caught up with her, it sounded like she was
having fun. We have met some really nice people who have shown a lot of
interest in the Paralympics which is always great. We were shown some
demonstrations from the wheelchair basketball guys. It has been great.
Just tell us what you are expecting from your games. Because you have
this enormous rivalry with Liz Johnson in the pool. Well we have
not qualified yet, we still have to do the trials in March. Assuming we
both qualified than I think it will be a really good challenge to try
to beat her. And then also the American in the mix there as well
and other Australian girl. So it is claimed to be really exciting race
between the four of us. It is important to say that the
Paralympics are not at all second class, you will be able to generate
just as much excitement as any at the Olympics will stop absolutely.
The more people become aware of Paralympics swimming the more
people will start to see that there are races that are so close, just
as close as those that use the in the Olympic Games. The pattern is
exactly the same and everyone wants to win that gold medal. There are
some really exciting races to come in London. Are you going to bring
the gold medal back to Mansfield's? I hope so. I have had some great
success in the past couple of years. But it is never going to be easy to
win a gold medal at the Paralympics. Good luck to Charlotte. Well, all
across the region, people have been marking a year to go to the opening
of the Paralympics. And it's not met a group of blind footballers.
Well, this is Paul Gallagher of course, of Leicester City. And
Matts Rahmen, who is a blind footballer for the England
development squad. Today we are taking part in a very special
soccer shoot out. To mark a year to go to the
Paralympics, five visually impared players came up against five
Leicester City first teamers. And to make it a level playing
If they get their take legal right there will be all right. It is just
getting used to not being able to see where you are. I usually get
the call from the caller behind the post. And when the whistle goes I
take the penalty. How was that? It is a totally
different thing. You have to take your hat off to them because it is
really difficult. The Leicester City team won 2 - nil. It is an
opportunity to raise awareness of the sport and the chance to meet
some famous people and hopefully we can it recruits are more players
and improve the standard of the football is there for everyone to
enjoy. Staying with football, all the best
boys are in Turin for their own Italian Job, helping European
giants Juventus open their shiny new stadium. We've got a reporter
there - and a full report tomorrow. Panthers last night in the
Challenge Cup. They demolished close rivals and former Champions,
Coventry Blaze, 10-1 at the Nottingham Arena. A very old school
hockey scoreline, that. Might live long in the memory. Certainly
Civic Reception the club are currently enjoying to celebrate
last year's success. Cricket and will creep up our
counties are in action. -- all Final preparations are underway at
the Curve theatre in Leicester for a world dance premiere which opens
next week. Almost 20 years ago, Akram Khan arrived in Leicester as
a student. Now he's back with an international reputation as a
dancer and choreographer, staring in his first solo show for five
years. Geoff Maskell has been to meet him.
The stars of contemporary dance may not be household names, but let me
put it like this - if Akram can play football, he would be Wayne
Rooney. It is really about Bangladesh, my relationship with
Bangladesh. It is a relationship of father and son and also first-
generation and second generation and the complications there are.
You have a repetition it from a king with great artists such as pop
princess Kylie Minogue. At the team here are going all-out to make sure
that this latest production is a real spectacle. It is so potent for
has given that we have this amazing facility with every technological
gadgets you could float at it. And the show certainly does that.
fantasy based. Everything is out of proportion. You have a huge share
that when I stand next to it, I do not have to play being the child, I
become a child will stop this show is an opportunity for us to relate
to beat Bangladesh community in Leicester. I have a friend who grew
up here and I ate most telling him about the piece and he said, I have
to come. He never comes to my shows, ever. But it was the first time he
was interested in my work. He thought, it may be contemporary
dance but there is a narrative there with him that and it is about
me. It does look amazing. You could me. It does look amazing. You could
take me there! Good evening. We have a chance to
night other see him he's supernova. It will be the first time in 20
years that astronomers will have seen one so close to the air. If
you look up, it is basically a dying star. And if we have the
clear skies we should be able to see it. But we're not going to keep
those Clear skies and for very long because of this area and bringing
it ranges some parts of the UK. But for now we are going to keep those
sunny spells for a time giving us a bright end to the day. The cloud is
increasing and bringing with it the risk of some light outbreaks of
rain. Quite a mild night with temperatures around 14 degrees.
Temperatures tomorrow afternoon of around 22 degrees. So a taste of
some or returns for one day only. But make the most of it because it
turns rather wild as it goes through the weekend. For Saturday
it turns breezy and this cold front works its way through. It is this