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This is East Midlands Today with Dominic Heale and me, Anne Davies.
Our top story tonight: The mum who died days after a
gastric band operation. Out inquest hears Clare White had struggled
with her wait for years before opting for surgery.
I am tributes act school for a six- year-old boy who drowned with his
grandmother in a lake. He simply loved life. He tackled everything
with enthusiasm. And boxer Carl Froch backtracks
over claims he deliberately prolonged this title fight.
comments I made in hindsight, I shouldn't have said. But it was a
throwaway comment. And bowing out at 92, but is there
Good evening. First tonight, she was so desperate to lose weight,
but the surgery that she hoped would finally sort out her obesity
problems ended up taking her life. Clare White was 37 when she died
from a blood clot after undergoing an operation to fit a gastric band
at the Royal Derby Hospital. An inquest into her death was held
today. Our health correspondent Rob Sissons was at that inquest and
joins us now. Rob, why did she want this surgery?
Good evening. She tried with diets, but always ended up putting the
weight back on. She tried medication. So she turned to the
Royal Derby Hospital for gastric surgery, to try and finally lose
weight. She leaves a widow were and three children. It has left a huge
hole in their lives, the fact that there were complications following
the operation and that she sadly died. What was the evidence from
the Royal Derby Hospital? Here at the Royal Derby Hospital they have
developed and regional centre for of the city surgery. They have done
hundreds of these operations. Paul leader, the consultant who carried
out the operation, said his theory was maybe the gastric band had
caused tiny porous, not visible to the naked eye, that would have let
bacteria from the gut travel to another part of the body and cause
infection. The post-mortem examination that was carried out
following her death revealed she died of a blood clot, but she did
not feel well in the days after the operation and ended up in intensive
care before her condition went downhill. So, a complicated case.
And one that is not quite finished? No, her widower, Craig, had lots of
questions, he found it very complicated. He said his brain was
being fried by the evidence. He was obviously -- was obviously a
complex case and the coroner himself as a manager and the case
after killing all the evidence. He will deliver his verdict on Friday.
Next tonight, a 6-year-old boy who drowned has been described by his
head teacher as someone who simply loved life. The bodies of the boy
and his grandmother were pulled from a lake in Lincolnshire. Police
say inquiries are continuing, but there are no suspicious
circumstances. Helen Astle reports. After the shock, come the questions.
But what happened here, we may never truly know. But we do know at
grandmother and her six-year-old grandson lost their lives at this
late in Lincolnshire. This afternoon, the police named the
pair as Don Molineux and Laurence Marlet me Mills. It is thought they
may have got to view the ducks on their way to their home in kept it.
This morning, the boy's head teacher pay tribute to him. He was
such a special little boy. He simply loved life. He tackled
everything with enthusiasm. He relished the challenge, he had a
wonderful sense of humour. He was chatty, sociable, and he had
impeccable manners. He just loved everything about school and he
would run to get here every morning. Meanwhile at the village church,
Campbells are being let and prayers being said. I visited the family
yesterday and found them in terrible grief. As we would expect.
They are an open and from the household, people have been coming
and going. I think the family are aware what a friendly and
supportive village and a delightful school he attended. We have had a
special assembly for the children and they know that they can speak
with any one of us at any time if they have any questions. Throughout
the day, people have been coming here to pay tribute to Laurie and
his grandmother. Many locals have been visibly upset, saying because
of with his family, who lived just up the road from here. For Laurie's
Mann, she has lost her mother and her six-year-old son. And she may
never know why. Nottinghamshire Police have been
severely criticised for failing to give proper care to a teenager who
died in custody. The family of Reece Staples called it incredible
that four different police officers ignored the teenager when he told
them he had swallowed packets of cocaine and feared he would die.
Sarah Teale reports. The father of Reece Staples led the
inquest today, saying he could not come to terms with the fact that
his dying son was denied vital medical assistance. Reece died in
police custody after a cocaine packet Burston his stomach. He had
smuggled that drugs from Costa Rica and the day after he arrived back
in this country he was arrested for a different defence and taking to
the police station. Four different officers ignored him when he told
them he had swallowed drugs. He collapsed are as later in the cells
and died on arrival at hospital. Thus, the officers eliminated at a
stroke the possibility of his survival through hospital treatment
and surgery. Had he only received medical help, at least he would
have had a fighting chance of life. The inquest heard that Reece would
have died anyway, because his cocaine levels were so high. But an
Independent Police Complaints Commission reports criticised
Five police officers have since been disciplined for gross
misconduct, but the inquest heard that staff have not received
training on guidelines introduced in 2007, stating that anyone
suspected of swallowing drugs should be given immediate medical
treatment. The jury returned a verdict of death by misadventure.
The coroner said he was confident that the police had changed their
practices to make sure that frontline officers were aware of
what to do is something similar happens again.
So, why weren't frontline officers trained to follow guidelines put in
place two years before Reece Staples died? Well, that is the
question our chief news reporter Quentin Rayner put to
Nottinghamshire's Assistant Chief Constable, Paul Broadbent.
I am absolutely not satisfied, that that is a feeling on the force,
they did make -- did not make sure officers were aware of the
guidelines, both personally in writing and having received a
briefing. Obviously, back for the, there have been no deaths of a
similar nature since the time of Reece's death. But why did it take
a further two years for all frontline officers to receive the
training? Reece died in June 2009. Within a short time, the attention
of officers was brought to the existence of the policy, and a
short time after that, with the IPCC recommendations came out, a
formal briefing was delivered. So there was a lot on between his
death and the time that that training was completed. What
aspects of the five officers response alarmed you the most?
guess it was the fact that a number of the officers were told by Reece
that he had taken some drugs, and foreign number of reasons, all
those officers did not respond as quickly as they should have done.
We are presented with people on a daily basis who tell us lies. If
they told us the truth all the time, maybe they would not be as much
crime. But unfortunately, or five officers should have, between them,
Dr but Reece had told them and should have taken more decisive
action and for that, I apologised. Still to come on the programme:
Water levels on the slide. As the Government issues drought warnings,
we have the latest aerial views of Lots of controversy today around
the sport of boxing, and our own Carl Froch is right in the middle
of some of it. It is because of a live interview he gave to BBC Radio
Nottingham. In it, he said he could have finished his 2005 Commonwealth
title defence against Ruben Groenewald in the 4th round.
Instead, he deliberately avoided doing so because of bets placed on
him finishing it in the 5th. Let's hear what exactly Carl said to
Robin Chipperfield about trying to end the fight in a particular round.
I have done it a more than one occasion and it was right fight,
but that is not illegal. I can say, I ended to stop him in round five,
if I am good enough to do that, fair enough. My friends,... Again
say if I'm good enough to step on the gas to stop it, that is my
privilege. That is what I did in this particular fight at the Arena.
But the problem with that is, I held him up in round four. It was
there for the taking and they held them up. I could have got done
myself in round four. Well, Colin Hazelden has been
following all of this. It sounds controversial to me, has it been?
It's certainly had plenty of attention. Lots of reaction in
places like Twitter and the most read story on the BBC website for
most of this morning. It's not actually the first time Froch has
said something along these lines. He made less direct comments about
this immediately after the fight and in his autobiography. But, as
one expert pointed out to me, because of cricket's scandals,
times have changed. External perceptions are everything. No one
wants to call suspicion down on themselves. Just think before
speaking, in many respects. We think carefully about the
consequences. Carl Froch said clearly he had not gambled, so he
had done nothing wrong. But it is not as simple as that.
So what's Carl Froch had to say today?
He's been all over the media, mostly talking about the brawl
between Haye and Chisora you may have seen on the news. And of
course, he's been asked about what he said. A "throwaway comment" not
to be taken seriously is his line. I think it has been flagged up
because of the cricket issue. But in hindsight, I should not have
said that throwaway comments which are set on the radio. A fight
prediction is what it is. It is something fighters are like to do,
to generate media attention. That is basically all I did.
Will it end here, do we think? It looks like it. The British
Boxing Board of Control say they've spoken to Carl, who's explained the
comments. They think it's an old story. It will get discussed at the
next meeting, but certainly, the indications we're getting is that
Police believe a body which was found in Leicestershire yesterday
is that of missing man Stuart Taylor. Officers were called to
fields at Foxton near Market Harborough yesterday afternoon. The
discovery was made by a dog-walker. Stuart Taylor was last seen in
December and enquiries are continuing.
Thieves used a mechanical digger to carry out a ram-raid on a cash-
point at a Co-op store in Leicestershire. The digger was
stolen from a farm in Long Clawson and then rammed into the Co-op at
Asfordby at around 4am this morning. The cash-machine was damaged. It's
not clear how much money was stolen. The thieves escaped in a red pick-
up truck. Charities in the East Midlands tell
us more people than ever before are relying on food parcels to make
ends meet. Many can't afford to heat and eat. As Marie Ashby
reports, food parcels have now become a lifeline for some people
who you wouldn't expect to be living hand-to-mouth.
Joseph's Storehouse In Love produced hub around a dozen people
when it opened its doors three years ago. -- in Loughborough
helped around a dozen people. Now they help thousands the. Sudden
changes in circumstances and redundancies have proved more
people on to the breadline. We are seeing more and more of the people
who you and I would pass in the street and never think they would
have to come somewhere like this. It is a very humbling thing for
people to have to come here. It is really a matter of circumstances
for me and with my daughter being special needs, and then my wife
contracting an enormous. I have had to rely on income support. It has
been very helpful. All this food at FareShare's new depot in Leicester
would have ended up in landfill. Instead, it is shared out between
charities around the city. Three years ago, they distributed 40 tons.
That has trebled. Over the last four quarters, we have distributed
over 120 tons of food. You think of the articulated lorries we see on
our roads each day, that the equivalent of killing six of those
completely. -- that is equivalent to filling. This couple said they
could not survive without their food parcels. FareShare says it is
expanding to meet demand. There's more on this on tonight's
Inside Out programme here on BBC One at 7.30pm, along with a profile
of an East Midlands environmentalist who's enlisting
the help of local school children to help save the coral on the other
side of the world. Still to come on the programme, the
Foxes snare the Canaries in the FA Cup. They needed a fifth-round
upset in East Anglia and they got it. Now the fans are dreaming of
The Environment Department is warning that the East Midlands is
at high risk of severe water shortages if the drier-than-average
winter continues. Anglian Water says that levels at Rutland Water
are worryingly low. Staff say the reservoir is under 70% capacity
because of two dry winters and a lack of rain last summer and spring.
We sent Carol Hinds to check the level at one Derbyshire river.
It is one of the shortest but prettiest rivers in Derbyshire.
Villagers say the Bradford is only just recovering from one of its
driest summers. For water has come back again but we had virtually no
river -- water in the River Taw from August to December. It is
coming back but no where near to the extent it should be. The river
Bradford runs through part of the White Peak. The organisation
looking after the areas as low levels cannot be blamed solely on
the weather. His shoe such as the underground drainage and through
the limestone, so the loss of water in some rivers is disappearing
through cracks in the limestone, whether they be natural cracks or
due to mines. There is due to be a meeting to discuss what could be
the worst crisis over water levels in England since 1976. What can
make a difference now is starting to save water now. At the moment,
the river and water levels are no where near strong enough to get us
through the summer. We will be in trouble again this summer. That is
why tomorrow night, the Bradford redaction group will be meeting to
discuss how to protect this precious resource. -- the Bradford
at River action group. Time for the sport now, with Colin.
Some big results for us this weekend, but Notts County are
stealing all the headlines. They've named Keith Curle as their new
manager less than 48 hours after the shock sacking of Martin Allen.
Kirsty Edwards has more. Yes, never a dull moment! Who would
have thought that at the end of last week, we would be stood here
today talking about a new manager and Notts County. 48 hours after
Martin Allen's surprise sacking, former Mansfield Town boss Keith
Curle has been officially named as the new man in charge. He was
actually recommended to the club by Neil Warnock, who he worked and at
Crystal Palace and, more recently, at QPR. Give the guy a chance. See
what he can do. But he has a lot to live up to of the Martin Allen.
-- after Martin Allen. Both of his clubs are languishing but I will
give him every chance. Martin Allen's final act as manager was a
dismal 3-0 defeat at Hartlepool. Despite that, they're lying 11th in
the league positions. Not disastrous. The club are keeping
tight lipped saying it is being dealt with privately. Also
announced today, the departures of the system manager and the first
team coach, John Scofield. So, Keith Curle becomes their 7th
manager in less than two and a half years. He will be here in the dug-
out for the first time on Wednesday night.
Nigel Clough has today confirmed that Derby County are talking about
bringing in a director of football. But he's stopped short of welcoming
the idea, as Jeremy Nicholas reports.
Derby fans were reflecting on a 4-0 drubbing and there were reports the
manager was unhappy about plans to bring in a director of football to
work with him. It was suggested he was on a collision course with the
club about the appointment. We have been assured talks are taking place
and there has been no fall-out. But he doesn't sound too enthusiastic.
We are looking to improve in any way we can but we are certainly not
on a collision course. Anybody in training has far too much respect
for John. So you would welcome a director of football? No, we are
talking about it. Derby would not comment on speculation on who the
director might be but it is widely thought to be Ross Wilson from
Watford. That being said, forest needed to start well. The first of
was forgettable, however. But then this happened. It was like Forrest
Gump, except instead of running out of the stadium, he did a lovely
stepper and put the ball into the net. The goal wrapped up the points
and with Portsmouth dock 10 points for going into administration,
Nottingham Forest are out of the relegation zone.
And plenty more on Late Kick Off tonight at 11.05pm on BBC One, with
special reports on Notts County and Nottingham Forest.
Leicester City are into the quarter finals of the FA Cup. They'll play
either Chelsea or Birmingham next month and may well fancy their
chances, after disposing of Premier League Norwich. Paul Bradshaw was
2.5 nearly 2,500 fans came along to see their team, and a Laurie,
outboxed Canaries. It is hoped the Foxes can continue their run.
a dream about this game before it happened. If we can get a draw,
take them back. Things certainly started well when this header was
printed in from the corner. And Leicester were on top for most of
the first half and would have stayed that way if not for a
dubious penalty decision. Then the Foxes struck again. They danced
through the Norwich defence to set up a fifth round upset. More solid
defending kept Norwich out and it could have been three. Beckford hit
the bar late on. They were in good spirits, so a good performance. Not
just in terms of how we played football but in terms of how we
behave ourselves and how we were pleased for the players and with
the players. A good day for the fans as well. Come on, City!
the fantastic FA Cup run continues for the Foxes as their campaign
continues. Leicester Tigers Director of Rugby
Richard Cockerill says he's still targetting a top-two finish. That's
after Tigers became the first club in over a year to win at Saracens.
Leicester pressure in the second half finally resulted in an an Ed
Slater try to put them one point in the lead. But a Saracens penalty
set up an exciting finish, with Leicester working the ball back to
Geordan Murphy, who's drop-kick sealed victory by 20-19.
No such doubts about Nottingham Panthers' weekend. They beat
Edinburgh 9-0 last night. But the real joy was on Saturday. At home
in front of a sold-out arena and dishing out a 5-1 thrashing of
Sheffield Steelers, their biggest rivals. Fantastic! It has been a
busy old day! A 92-year-old bandsman is hoping to
retire after more than 80 years of playing. The only problem is, he
needs someone to take his place. Bob Taylor, from Melton, first
picked up a horn when he was six and has played in almost 30 bands
He knows how to blow his own trumpet, well, bass, and he should
because he has had over 86 years of experience. Bob Taylor has had
loads of experience with the horn after picking his first one up aged
six. I was fascinated. What does this do? What does that do? And my
uncle was a bandmaster. So bass was in his blood, and since then, Bob
has gone on to play in more than 30 bands, even playing in London's
Royal Albert Hall. He started Tornado Brass almost 30 years ago
but he says the time has come for him to put down his music and make
way for somebody younger. But that might not be as easy as it sounds.
Locally, he is known as Mr Music, because in Milton, he has been
associated with music for many, many years. Fill his shoes? No. It
can't be done. Fill his seed? We hope so. So, has you run out of
puff? Not quite, it seems. I want to play it again with Tornado Brass
Well done, Bob! Absolutely! Here's They headline for the weather is
that temperatures are starting to rise and stay mild. Thank you for
this photo. Cast your mind back when we had the snow. The park had
to cancel their Snowdrop weekend but this weekend, it is on.
Temperatures are at around seven degrees on average. By Thursday we
expect them to be as high as 16! We are expecting a gradual increase as
we go through the next couple of days and that is because of getting
the milder air. A lot of cloud through this evening and that
produces a few spots of light rain and drizzle as we go through the
evening overnight tonight. The cloud is holding the temperatures
up with a low of just five degrees. A frost-free night tonight. Maybe a
few spots of light rain in the morning but becoming drier in the
afternoon and then seeing the cloud break to give some sunny spells but
any sunshine will be at a premium. Already starting to see those
temperatures rise. As we go further into Wednesday, it will be a windy
day and we could get gusts of up to 40 miles an hour, with outbreaks of
rain gradually moving east through the day. But then we get the
introduction of the warm air, also 15, 16 degrees on Thursday with