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Good evening. Our top story tonight: Are the safety lapses at a
house where four children died in a fire.
An inquest hears there was no garden front of an open fire, and
no working smoke detector us. Also tonight: A couple's lucky
escape after a gas blast rips through their home.
Plus, no compensation for Reigate hit businesses because the riots
were not riots. And the decorations that have stood
Good evening. Welcome. An inquest was opened into the death of four
small children and a house fire. The children's mother Rachel Henson
was the only survivor of the blaze at Hulland Ward in Derbyshire.
Today the court heard there were two types of smoke alarms in a
house, but none were working. There was no garden front of an open fire.
-- no guard. Tommy was nine, Alisha 6, Apollonia
two, and drop goal was for. -- Rocco was four. All of them died.
Today, Rachel, the mother, arrived at court with her partner. A fire
investigation officer said it was an extreme blaze, with high
temperatures and zero visibility. He said there was a battery
operated smoke alarm in the hallway that was not working, and a hard-
wired system, but none of the censors have been fitted. Chris
Smith also said they contained a lot of -- the locks on the fire
contained moisture, which was the likely cause of the blaze, as they
spit out embers. Rachel's partner was asked if he was concerned there
was no fire guard, and he said it was not a top priority, and he did
not believe it was a life-or-death matter.
What can you tell us about the cause of the fire? As well as the
fire officer you heard mentioned, the inquest heard from a chimney
Engineer today. Matthew Ramsden said moisture tests carried out on
the wood used at the family home showed it was well over the normal
moisture levels, and he said that wet wood jumps out of the fire. He
said if there was a fire guard, it could have prevented the blaze.
Who else was speaking today? also heard from neighbours, and
their next door neighbour said she heard screaming. She went outside
and saw Rachel sitting on the pavement. She said she shook her,
and asked where the children were. Other neighbours tried to get into
the house. We heard that they got a ladder and tried to break a
bathroom window, but it was just too hot. One of them described that
the downstairs of the house was a big fireball. What about the mother,
will she be giving evidence? was in the court today, but she did
not give evidence. She left in tears as the post-mortem reports
were read out. She will be giving evidence tomorrow morning. In
conclusion, the coroner said he wanted to mention the quality of
citizenship of the community of the people of Hulland Ward. He said
neighbours pick their own lives at risk, and I should not go one
noticed. Thank you.
-- they picked their own lives at risk and it should not go unnoticed.
Were due shopper drunk driver? Would a �1,000 reward make your
decision easier? Police are hoping the fear of not
knowing who would phone-in against them will prevent drunk-driving.
This Christmas card as from this man's cousin Margaret, the only
survivor of a road crash that left her parents and sister dead. The
car was hit by a drunk driver that spun out of control.
Seeing their coffins, it hit me as to what an awful waste of talented
lives this was, through a responsibility. Along with
Darbyshire Road Safety Partnership, the police are backing the campaign
to encourage people to shop those they suspect to be drink-driving.
Their reward could be �1,000 a deadly still can diction. Drink-
drivers should be under no illusion that people will phone us, whether
it is for moral reasons or a cash reward, it is a big incentives.
In Long Eaton, the idea was supported. I think you should shop
them anyway. It doesn't matter about the money for. It is a good
incentive. It should reduce deaths on the road. It is too risky,
especially around here, because everyone knows everyone. Recorder
no reward, it should not make a difference. -- reward or no reward.
We are should get this message across.
The idolising cannot be done randomly, there has to be a valid
reason. It is hoped that the incentive will encourage this.
A Christmas visitation that we are all keen to have -- keen to avoid.
It is winter flu season, but lots of people eligible for the
vaccination had no a habit. And if you're taking your bicycle
to work tomorrow, the good news is Before all that, a lucky escape for
a couple whose house was destroyed in a gas explosion.
They were in the house, in Bilborough, in Nottingham, at the
time of the blast. Nearby properties had to be evacuated, too.
It was allowed bang that brought residents out onto the street at
1130 p -- 11:30am this morning. This is what they saw. Burnt out
windows and the inside destroyed. The two people living here were
home at the time, but managed to escape before the fire service
arrived. It was a big shock to see
everything, all these firemen and police cars. Have you been told
anything? No, the only thing I know, I asked about the people who live
there, they said they were all right. You buy houses had to be
evacuated. Neighbours said they were terrified when they heard the
noise. I thought my conservatory had caved in, are something. But I
saw it was all right, I saw someone on the street, and saw fire. Most
of the afternoon was spent cutting the supply of to the property,
making sure the area was safe. It is now up to the fire investigators
to find out why it happened. In other news: A Nottingham women
who, along with others, claims to have had a relationship with the
undercover officer Mark Kennedy, is suing the Metropolitan Police for
emotional trauma. Marc Kennedy infiltrated a group of climate
change protesters who planned to target their Ratcliffe on Soar per
station. -- power-station. Fares and East Midlands Trains are
to rise by 5.7%, above the current rate of inflation, but lower than
the national rise of 5.9%. East Midlands Trains says it is freezing
the cost of parking at a several stations in the region.
Businesses in Leicester and Nottingham, which suffered damage
during the stuff -- the summer's disturbances, have been told they
will not receive compensation under the riot act.
The decision affects dozens of businesses, and means they will not
be entitled to claim damages above and beyond what their insurers will
Not much Christmas cheer for businesses in Leicester. The ones
affected by the disturbances particularly. In August, damaged
windows cost �800 to appear in this restaurant. But Leicestershire
Police authority has decided they are not eligible for compensation
under the right attack. Absolutely furious. -- the Riot Act.
We're going to be out of pocket, and it is something should not have
happened, and hopefully will not happen again. And the businessmen
his -- are left to pick up the pieces. This has come to the small
business is picking up the pieces. Leicestershire and Nottinghamshire
police authorities have decided the disorder did not meet the lawful
definition of a riot. There needed to be more consistent numbers than
12 people at each incident. And they need to be supporting each
other, in terms of a common name for looting from shops, and they
clearly were not. We were promised compensation, which we have not. It
has cost me �1,000 and repair damage, and that is 20 hours a fire
was on the minimum wage. Claims by business is not insured will now be
separately considered by the National claims Bureau. The rest
will have to pay any insurance excess and face the prospect of
higher premiums next year. One of the stories that has
dominated the news has been the failure of the Derby train maker
Bombardier to win the major order. This failure has placed doubts over
its survival in the city. Some staff belong to a group which is
little or no redundancy. The public are being asked to contribute to a
Andrew has been forced to find his own window of opportunity. A former
builder, he has been doing odd jobs to keep money coming in after he
was laid off by Bombardier last month. He just had a few minutes'
notice. Piggott told 10 minutes prior to leaving the site. There
were a lot of people with long faces the stock that must have been
terrible. It was terrible. Andrew was one of 600 Agency staff to
leave Bombardier in recent weeks. As they were on short-term
contracts, they are not entitled to redundancy money. Now the Unite
union is asking for people to contribute to a larger fund. There
are no jobs, no redundancy pay, and we wondered how we could help.
Other hardship funds have been set up in the past, in the West
Midlands, so we thought we would do this to help. Do you think you will
make an application to the fund? will make an application to them.
When you have got bills piling up, it might just help us out. A lot of
people are worse off than I am. Lot of people have not got a trade.
Andrew knows he will need full-time work decidua his long-term
People coming into the middle of Nottingham to worship on Christmas
Day will not have to pay to park. Four weeks ago the city council
brought in charges to park in the streets on Sundays. It was a
controversial move that upset shoppers and worshippers. Christmas
Day falls on a Sunday, but the council tells us charges will be
suspended because enforcement staff will not be working for.
School pupils in Leicestershire could be taking a subsidised train
to classes instead of a Boston. There was whose children have -- a
attend a high school have been complaining about the bus services.
Children having to spend a week before Christmas in hospital were
given a festive treat today. The charity Starlight put on a panto
for the children. More than 100 children are receiving treatment
there. Today many got the chance to get into the spirit of Christmas,
and see a special performance of It was so funny. I like jasmine and
Aladdin and I like them when they dance. Princess Jasmine, she looked
NHS bosses are warning people not to forget their flu jab, saying the
worst of the winter may still be to come. This year take up rates have
been as strong among the over 65s but many younger people still have
not had their injection. Health correspondent Rob Sissons reports
from Nottinghamshire where public health experts are now based.
It is almost here, but the weather is not that seasonal. It has been a
mild winter and one reason why some people have not been thinking about
the seasonal flu vaccine. Last year, all that snow we had in the big
freeze, the coldest December for over 100 years, there was a lot
more flu around then and more people in hospital, some fighting
for their lives with swine flu. Take up rates, they are not much
down on last year but they could be better. The over 65s 70 % have
taken up the offer of the flu jab. Younger people with underlying
health problems, diabetes and heart disease, the figure is 46 %.
Worryingly, there are only 25 % of pregnant women who have taken up
the offer of the vaccine. Dr Chris Kenny is the Director of Public
Health for the County. Pregnant women not taking up this offer,
that must worry you? We know some pregnant women who developed
influenza can have a serious condition. Why are some saying no?
It is hard to say. The we saw a pre-Christmas rush for jabs last
year, particularly some pregnant women fighting for their lives.
That is true and when we had the swine flu it was some of -- of this
some pregnant women got the disease more aggressively than others.
is not too late for people to have a jab if they are entitled to one.
Exactly. In the new year, we may get more cases of flu in the
community. Can we dream of a white Christmas? Later, Sally will be
along with the forecast and hints of what it will be like for the
Christmas weekend. A thoroughly modern tale but with
echoes of the Christmas story. It maybe 2011 but there is still no
room at the inn. The inn in question is a former hotel called
the Carpenter's Arms. It provides food for homeless people and people
on low income to, but demand for food parcels has rocketed in the
downturn and space is limited Senna Roger Clarke comes to the
Carpenter's Arms to get his book parcels. He is on benefits and has
applied for 150 jobs in the past 10 months. The former Potter says for
castles have helped make life more easy. They food I get twice a week
is really important because it puts a meal on my table. I can have a
proper diet to a certain degree and it is a big help. All the food is
donated. Three years ago, the charity Help to around 12 people
per week now that is up to 160. 12 residents stayed in the old
building and can benefit from a drug rehab programme. But it's the
food parcels side that these duties the an expansion next year when
applications for funding are successful. We can have a separate
area where people can pick up clothing and we will have a coffee
bar, laundry and showers for homeless people. On the first-floor
we are hoping to have a small conference room where people can
have meetings. Roger's story has taken a turn for the better. After
all those applications, he is working as a volunteer at this
charity shop. It is not paid so he will continue to carve -- rely on
the food parcels. E it will give me some experience and get me active
again and hopefully after six months, something will turn up.
Perhaps Roger's next job could be in retail.
Still to come: the ancient Christmas decorations that have
lost none of their sparkle. Stay tuned for a glittering gallery of
antique adornments. Your much-loved decorations of Christmases past.
You should be a town crier. Talking of vintage things, time for the
sport. It is that time of year,
footballers have been visiting hospitals today. It is a busy time
but they take time out of their Schedule now to cheer up those who
are less fortunate. Every year the players of Leicester
City come here. They have come here to ward 27, the Children's Oncology
ward. Today it is the foxes and they have brought gifts.
elephant! Some books also. It was exciting and she got a lot of
presents from the footballers. Coming out of intensive care just
think of everything you worry about, it is kind of meaningless when you
see those things. The his name is Tom P! Matthew is just five, at
back of goodies from the football team is lovely. The players have
been superb and the children have been so excited. Christmas is a
hard time for children in hospital and when the players come in, it
makes everybody smile. Just up the road, Derby County's players were
doing their bit. Giving up our time to make sure we visit, is a nice
gesture for everybody. Trinity is nice to come and show your face and
make a few kids smile. In Leicester it was an emotional return for the
fox's captain who was born here. Five I spent six months in
intensive care when I was first born. The doctors at one stage told
my mum there was a chance of me not making it, so to get the operation
I needed and to pull through, I cannot thank people enough.
The Leicester Tigers England international Dan Cole says he is
hoping to sign a new contract with the club this week. Cole broke into
the side in 2010 and he says he is disappointed with the way this year
has gone. It has been up and down. Leicester reached Premiership final
and lost. You want to when. 31 at six nations but did not win the
Grand Slam. It has ben disappointing, but at the same time.
In ice hockey, Nottingham Panthers have a hectic Christmas. They are
home tonight and face five games between now and 29th December.
The promoters of the Canadian box at Lucian Bute have confirmed they
are keen on a fight deal with Carl Froch and not in a Boris said they
are open to the idea of the home about being held at the city Ground.
After being out in Atlantic City supporting Carl Froch, Nottingham
jockey Hayley Turner was back in the saddle. The country's top woman
sidled -- rider has been out for four months with a broken line
calls. -- ankle. A couple of weeks ago we showed you
this. It is not just a Christmas fairy, it is and 80-year-old
Christmas fairy shared with us by Wendy Sheldon. When the's picture
inspired us to ask you to share with us your ageing but much loved
Christmas decorations. You have done us proud. Lots of pictures
sent in and Peter Snow has been going through them all.
It has been in the same family since the 1930s, with the complete
cent of original decorations, glass baubles and candles, it is a tree
that has seen more than 80 Christmases. The it was my
grandmothers serve I could guess you can add 75 years to the age of
the tree. It enabled people on lower income has to buy a tree when
the real ones were so expensive and not as plentiful. The tree used to
fold away for safekeeping. These days it is too delicate. It is
small enough that I can put a plastic bag over it and poppet in a
cupboard. I do not know why you keep these things but... Margaret
is not alone. He is a selection of I do not think my grand mother when
they first bought this that her granddaughter would show this to
the nation. She would be tickled pink. The hang onto your baubles.
I have for some time. I have my grand mother's baubles.
No shortage of sparkle with the weather.
My mum put a clothes pegs Santa on the Christmas tree that I made when
I was in infant school. Weather wise we are getting some milder
temperatures as we go through the couple of days which is good news
couple of days which is good news because it has been cold over the
past few days. Thing is getting much milder which is great. This is
Monty the cat who likes climbing up the tree at Ruth's out in
Derbyshire. Thank you for your pictures. If we take a look we can
see this warmth working its way towards us from the West. Over the
next couple of hours we will see those patchy outbreaks coming in.
Cloud increasing and from that, we are starting to see the first of
those outbreaks of rain. At first patchy but gradually through the
evening that rain turning more persistent. You will need an
umbrella if you are out tonight. Temperatures milder as that rain
spreads in. Temperatures dipping to four or five Celsius. Milder
through the course of tomorrow. That rain clearing in most places
by the middle of the morning. Cloudy skies for the rest of
Wednesday but generally dry. Temperatures in double figures, 12
Celsius the maximum. Staying mild as we move into Thursday. A dry
picture again, in double figures stealth but cloudy skies. On Friday,
a cold front pushes it through with rain during the day. Colder