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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


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