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This is East Midlands Today. Our top story: a grieving husband
accuses medical staff over the death of his wife.
Alison Taylor died from a blood clot days after giving birth.
to Taylor hopes no one ever has to endure the trauma and pain that his
wife suffered. The Christmas tipple that can kill
but just how much fake booze is out there?
Plus howl in Bakewell they are preparing for Christmas both here
in the church and down in the town. And I will keep you up-to-date on
Good evening. Welcome to the programme. A grieving widow Work
says he is convinced his wife would still be alive if more had been
done to spot the blood clot that killed her. Alison Taylor from
Leicestershire was only 29 years old and died just 16 days after
giving birth to her third child. Speaking at the end of a two-day
inquest, her husband Darren said he would be taking legal action.
Evie will never know her mother. 16 days after she was born, Alison was
in the bath when she shouted for help. She was blue, lips were blue
around the edges. I asked the ambulanceman and he said, it is not
looking good and he gave her this clot-busting drug that could work
but he could not give guarantees. Attempts to resuscitate Alison were
in vain. 11 days earlier and midwife had sent Alison to the
hospital suspecting she had a deep vein thrombosis but the doctor was
not convinced. He admitted misunderstanding guidelines and an
ultrasound scan was not available. The pathologist who carried out the
post-mortem told the hearing that there probably was a deep vein
thrombosis in Mrs Taylor's right leg and that if they scan had been
done, on or around the time she went to Leicester will Infirmary,
then she might still be alive. Darren Taylor told the inquest how
his wife still worried had gone to her GP twice, but at each time, how
puzzling symptoms were diagnosed as muscle pain. The coroner no narrow
-- decided on a narrative verdict, a blood clot had killed her
originating from DVT. investigation has been carried out
by the trust and hospital trust and recommendations have been made but
Mr Taylor and his family it is too little too late. Darren's solicitor
says the family is planning legal action. Left to bring up his
children on loan, there is a huge hole in all their lives.
Next tonight, Derby has been given a huge jobs boost after one of the
UK's largest call-centre companies announced plans to create 700 new
positions in the city over the next six months. Hero TSC is to move
into the former Egg building on Pride Park turning it into a
customer service centre for Sky. The company currently employs more
than 400 staff in eight cities around the UK. It will start
recruiting in Derby immediate lead. Part of the high street may be
suffering but one sector seems to be doing well. That is the discount
stores selling things for around �1. Bosses at two of the biggest chains
say it is due to the changing attitudes of consumers. They say
the embarrassment factor has gone. The pound staff shops are a growing
sector of the High Street. Many consumers are looking for value.
Customers at this pound while shop in Leicester say attitudes have
changed to shopping in discount stores. Everybody you speak to say,
you can get that from the pound shop. The stigma has gone. There
should be no stigma because it is a shop just like any other. The chain
has plans to open another five stores in the East Midlands next
year, creating up to 100 jobs. One worker who started here a few years
ago says she never expected the job to last. Enormously surprised
because although my manager was assuring me that it was the job
that would last, there were still the doubt in my mind and I thought,
have I done the right or wrong thing? I did the right thing.
Arrival of this canter, a branch of the 99p Stores in Derby. They
recently opened a new shop in Long Eaton. It is claimed many consumers
are feeling more comfortable with the concept. There are stories of
people hiding their carrier bags to hide where it came from, but
nowadays people are not embarrassed. Going back four or five years there
was that stigma but it is not there any more. People brag about what
they got in the pound shop. shops are saying there are now part
of the mainstream shopping experience and they are moving to
retail parks as well, so you can now drive up and spend your pound.
Some high-street stores are fighting back in these times but
what happens if your local high street is in a small town and not a
big city? How do shopkeepers attract business in places like
Bakewell? Let's ask James Roberson who happens to be there.
We are here in Bakewell and shoppers and Traders need all the
help they can get to fight back against the attractions of
supermarkets and big cities. On Monday, I was here in Bakewell to
see how traders are coping with the fight back to get the shoppers back
in here. On a sunny winter's day, Bakewell
looks bus the thing but this is market day and the weather is kind.
In reality, Bakewell has been struggling to keep shoppers coming
here but one of the older shops in town decided to fight back. It
expanded its business by investing in a big extension. It is a massive
investment and something we thought hard about, especially with the
economic climate. It has to be positive thinking for 2012 and it
has been a success. Senior citizens getting benefits from free public
transport, Bakewell's shops are looking at other ways of drawing
customers in. When you're out in a local community, you have to
support the local community. We have a local discount card.
marketing ideas help he around, they call traders knew something
extra was needed. Recently the town held a special Christmas weekend.
The local chamber of trade has been concerned about the decline of
turnover of businesses and we needed to do something to aid --
boost the local economy and make a call a focus 0.4 people to do
shopping. I have lived here for 12 years and I love the town and I did
not want to see it go downhill. result was a success. Hundreds of
people were involved and dozens of shops. We had the best Saturday we
ever had in 13 years. What a difference it makes for us. All the
shops did something individually and it brought all the tourists in
and it was fantastic. A lovely weekend. In the town, they are
already planning another bigger, better shopping weekend for next
Christmas. I will be back at the church here
later in the programme and to see that an exhibition of angels that
has brought hundreds of visitors into the church here as well.
Still to come: counting the holds in the road - last winter's big
freeze may be a distant memory but councils are still digging deep to
pay for the damage. East Midlands Today has discovered
that thousands of bottles of illegal alcohol have been seized
right across the region this year. Trading standards officers are so
concerned about the potentially fatal booze that for the first time,
they have issued a warning to shoppers.
In the summer, an explosion killed five men at a small unit in
Lincolnshire. Fake vodka was being produced in the centre of Boston.
Trading standards believe it could illicit alcohol firmly on the map.
It is now such a problem, for the first time, regional figures have
been compiled. Around 2,500 counterfeit bottles have been
recovered by trading standards following spot checks and
intelligence. Most of its branded as Fokker but containing
potentially fatal industrial alcohol used in cleaning products.
The number seized in Derby accounts for 60 % of the total. In April,
600 fake bottles were found at a house belonging to the owner of an
off-licence. In August, at 900 bottles were found in a delivery
van. Drop is a made-up name. The bottles contained a separate are
not used in anti-freeze. Elicit what care can be lethal. The this
is the tip of the iceberg. We know one lady in another part of the
country died and students are seeking this type of Barca out.
That is a very bad thing because what is in this is very harmful for
you. The forgers are getting better. Take this fake bottle. It is almost
impossible to tell the difference, even when compared with the genuine
article. Yesterday, 10 fake bottles were found in Nottingham. In
Mansfield, inspections have also been carried out. For the first
time, trading standards who are one in customers to be vigilant about
book like Christmas booze. They should be looking for poor quality
labelling. If the levels vary in the bottle, they should not. If it
taste strange contact trading standards, we can get it analysed
to make sure it is genuine. If you are in any doubt about the
Christmas tipple you are buying, the advice is if the price is too
good to be true, it probably is. Overboard is being offered to catch
a gang who attacked and terrorised a couple in their home. David and
Sandra Clarke were tied up and beaten by three men at their
farmhouse near Countesthorpe in September. An appeal will be shown
on TV tonight. A Crimewatch reconstruction shows
how masked men burst into the clocks home in September. I was
watching at the one with the machete which was frightening. I
was hit in the face with a crowbar. They said, you are lying to us.
Where is the money? They would not believe us. The couple were left
badly bruised by their attackers who stole cars, cash and fire arms
worth a total of �100,000. horrifies me to think some of the
guns they took could be threatening some poor shopkeeper. Police
believe the gang may have carried out another attack in Leicester. It
is hoped tonight appeal will help jog memories. A reward to help
catch those responsible is also on offer.
It has been confirmed that Nottingham will get two new
tramlines after the government signed off the proposals this
afternoon. Trams will now run as far as Clifton and and chilwell
with the first phase of construction due to begin next
month. Nottingham City Council will fund around a third of the �570
million extension, which is says it will do for next year's workplace
parking levy. Some of Derby's primary schools are
amongst the poorest performing in the country. The Department of
Education has released results of 16,000 schools across the country.
In Derby almost a quarter of the schools fell below the expected
standards for key stage two. The government says it is vital they
improve. We have hundreds of thousands of
young people leaving primary school every year as fluent readers, good
in arithmetic with an knowledge of science and general knowledge. Why
are there schools that are still underperforming and it is an
objective of the government that we have all schools that are the best.
We have looked at those schools and we are concentrating on those 20 to
bring them out and help them get a A union has accused councils are
failing to support their workers. They had said that the council does
not use as much work from come in macro as they used to. -- Remploy.
People do not realise the problems until they work in these factories.
They would be doing absolutely nothing if it wasn't my hair.
You are watching East Midlands Today. Do you remember scenes like
this from last year? They could be more on the way. We will have the
weather soon. The legacy of snow is pot holes. The council has received
a 77 complaints about holes in the road.
It is difficult to drive around at the East Midlands and not seek a
pothole. The cold weather last year caused considerable damage to our
road network. The number of pothole claims from motorists over the past
four years has shot up 500%. Leicester City Council are having
to U-turn, and invest money in the roads. We are putting �1 million
into the maintenance budget, to respond to these problems, and get
more of them repaired. Although relaying the road it looks easy, in
Nottingham they are studying how repairs like this can be improved.
The signs of understanding potholes is not that advance. -- the science.
The numbers are missing. Working out how quickly they deteriorate,
that sort of thing, that is a step we are yet to take.
universities have also been granted funding to test a difference
services, and how they react to traffic roads -- loads.
traffic roads -- loads. I hope will not get more potholes.
Here is the sport. Leicester City striker David Nugent
has told us he disappointed with the season so far. They are 9th in
the championship table. Despite their start, he feels they still
can get automatic promotion. Smiling and relaxed, but David
Nugent is not happy. A I am the leading goalscorer, but I should be
doing better. I hope to get ten goals by Christmas. He has scored
six goals, he says he, and the team have to do better. I think we
should be hierarch in the table. Results could be better. -- higher
up in the table. We need to get the results right. He has played for
England, made over 500 appearances for three different clubs, many
people regard him as a veteran. People remember me at 16. He says
the best is yet to come. I'm in my prime, 26, hopefully we can
challenge for the top two. We need to get to the Premier League.
believes Nigel Pearson is the man to guide them there. The lads are a
bit scared of him! If he says something, you have to listen to
him. Feeding you can go up? -- do you think you can go up? There are
whole point up for grabs, -- there are 12 points up for grabs, we need
to get the maximum. What a day boy Lee Westwood, he
leads the Thai Open up by five shots on day one. He fired a round
of 12 under-par, his best ever. Boxing, they are calling it the
fight to the air, Nottingham's Carl Froch against Andre Ward. It has
taken a Froch years to gain the respect he has now.
We are just two days away from this fight. Two days in the latest
chapter of the remarkable story of a man who used to watch boxing
films of his mother. It is a small step away from Carl Froch's buried
tell end to his career. -- fairy- tale ending to his story. I walked
into a boxing gym when I was nine years old. 25 years ago this is
where he first box. The club is still going strong. He believed in
himself. He fought nobody could beat him. He would get his homework
done. He was straight there. He won all of his schoolboy fight. He was
inspired by the Rocky films. I had my first amateur fight when I was
11 years old. He always kept winning. After a four-year break,
he became an amateur champion. He turned pro ten years ago. He won
the world title. You always believe that your child is special. I did
not believe that my son were grave to be a world champion. -- my son
would become a world champion. securing my legacy. I won my name
to live on. At the end of a day, we are very proud of him. Carl Froch,
a fighter from Nottingham, he did himself, and his city proud.
We will find out if the fairy tale comes true. The fight in Atlantic
City, I will be reporting from their tomorrow night.
Proof that mothers know best! Are always! -- always!
Earlier Ronni found out that shopkeepers from Bakewell are
preparing a -- preparing for Christmas. Now we hear from the
Christmas. Now we hear from the church.
This is a beautiful church. The decorations have been done by
children and professionals. I'm joined now by Canon Tony Kaunhoven,
where have all these angels come from? We have 16 professional
artists. We have around 70 made by the community. They are wonderful
displays, based on people's interpretation of angels. They are
not just here, there in the town as well? We invited local businesses,
organisations, and individuals to make them, put them in their
windows, their gardens, where the people wanted to put them. -- where
the people wanted to put them. We had people come here, they have
been inspired. It is part of their Christmas celebrations. They are
supporting our church, and an orphanage. That is wonderful. Thank
you very much. And now to play as out, the choir is going to play us
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# Little Baby Jesus was at that Wasn't that a lovely? What we need
now to feel like Christmas, his son now to feel like Christmas, his son
snow. -- is a summer snow. Thank you for this picture of a
robin. Skied sending them in -- keeps sending them in. This is the
cloud which is sitting across the south-west of the country, on our
satellite. What we are starting to see is that the low pressure is
starting from the south. That is coming up from the English Channel,
for ourselves, we will see a band of rain working its way up the
country. A header that we have clear skies, some showers in the
Peak District. When that rain comes up, it will mean cold air. We will
start to see that turning into snow. Leicestershire, the South of
Derbyshire, we will see some showers there. Tomorrow morning,
during the rush-hour, the winds will strengthen. Some showers
coming in across the Peak District. A mixture of sleet and snow.
Temperatures reaching 3-4 degrees. A cold weekend in store, clear
skies on Friday night. Widespread frost, a cold north-westerly wind,
a chance of a few is no showers -- snow showers. Slightly lighter