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This is East Midlands Today with Dominic Heale and me, Anne Davies.
Fury as the cost of diesel edges towards 1750 a litre.
We speak to a haulier who already spends �2 million a year at the
pumps. Probably 60% of that is duty and VAT. That's �1.2 million if my
figures are right. A heck of a lot of cash.
Also tonight, found here with shocking injuries, now questions
are raised over the death of a baby. We feel totally let down by the
professionals entrusted to protect the lives of the vulnerable.
Plus our spending cuts behind rising sickness rates in the
police? And running for Sport Relief. The
man who lost his limbs to meningitis. I've not got back to
the stage after a decade where I can make a contribution back and to
show that you can recover and you Good evening. Welcome to Thursday's
programme. Amid the talk of a granny tax, a
mansion tax and cuts in the 50p tax rate for top earners, the plans for
3p on fuel passed almost without notice.
It was hoped George Osborne would delay or scrap the rise due in
August as prices on the pumps edge closer to �1.50 a litre. Last week,
the Prime Minister told students UK fuel prices would make them faint.
Quentin is joining us now. More financial strain for drivers?
certainly looking that way. With potential unrest in the middle East,
prices will not get any better by the looks of it. Tonight, we're
here in Derbyshire where the County's police force announced it
will cost them an extra �40,000 a year to fill up. They intend to
send their fleet of cars to supermarkets where they hope prices
will be cheaper. My colleague Simon Hare spent the day at a hauliers.
They've calculated they will spend over �1 million in fuel duty and
VAT every year. This is a service station with a
difference. Its owners know how the average motorist feels when fuel
rices rise. That is because K & H which operates this garage in the
Peak District also run as haulage business next door. When the extra
3p in fuel duty kicks in this summer, the price here for a litre
of diesel will break the �1.50 barrier. People have had enough.
You go to these other countries and it's a lot cheaper. It should be
capped. They are paying enough tax. I wouldn't like to pick the fuel
bill in, what this firm's paying out or what heavy goods vehicles on
the road pay. We are buying about �2 million of fuel. About 60% of
that is fuel duty and VAT. A heck of a lot of cash. Just going
straight to the Government? Going to the Government from us alone.
Diesel used to be a third of your costs. Now we are way over 50%.
Money that should have gone towards investing in the business for
things like replacing lorries has had to cover the extra fuel costs.
We are in a continual challenge to keep people employed. On a weekly
bases somebody goes out of business. It is a very serious situation. It
needs to be taken account of. the mean tile, this firm warns
customers it will have to put up haulage rates. That means higher
prices for other goods also being passed on to the public.
So, big bills at that hauliers. No doubt big bills here at Trent
Barton. Let's talk to the commercial director, Alex Hornby.
How much will it cost you? literally translates as an extra
�100,000-to-our fuel bill. Coupled with changes coming to the fuel tax
rebate rules to bus operators in the UK, that translates as an extra
�1.1 million in over heads to our company. You have seen a
opportunity in this? There has to be a opportunity. Everyone will
face these increases. Not least the motorists. Our aim is, we will not
stop investing, improving our quality in order to attract the
motorist to our services. So you're hoping to attract the Moat ris --
motorist driven out of their cars to hop on to a bus. Certainly.
will the impact be on the bus companies, smaller companies?
will be companies in similar situations to ours. Some companies,
this will seriously damage their business. This is a huge impact.
There are people who may not have the opportunities we have.
Particularly those operating school services or more rural services. We
are trying to meet the challenge head-on. I hope the Government
lends support to those who need the extra support. Alex, thank you.
That's the impact on a big transport company. What about the
impact on you, the ordinary motorist? Well, cast your mind back
almost 12 years ago to September 2000, and the height of the fuel
protests when oil refineries and fuel depots were brocadeed by
furious lorries drivers and convoys of vehicles deliberately drove up
moat ways slowly to cause tailbacks. That was when the average cost of
unleaded fuel was only 80p a litre. Now look at how things have changed
for a typical journey through the heart of the East Midlands. We've
chosen a trip from Mansfield in Nottinghamshire down to Leicester.
A drive of some 47 miles. If you were driving a car that did 35
miles to the gallon, in 2000, that journey would have cost you �4.88
in unleaded fuel at 80p a litre. From August this year, that same
journey will cost you �8 .97 at 17p a litre after the hike in fuel duty
which comes into effect in August. There is now an e-petition Jon
Leyne which is calling to scrap this fuel hike. So far, it has
attracted almost 14 2000 signatures. The Conservative MP behind it says
with many motorists now paying a tenth of their entire income
filling the family car, there now is an urgent need for a
parliamentary debate on all this. Quentin, thank you.
Incredible figures. You've been getting in touch with us over the
coming price rises. A flavour of your views.
Lindsey says what next, a window tax?. Trish says she's thinking of
staying on in Tenerife. Everything is cheaper and we've the sun too!
Steve Fletcher says diesel is already close to �150 a litre in
the Giltbrook and Kimberley area. Susan tweet the us to say she's
just paid �1.44 a litre for diesel and thought that was expensive.
Ouch! Thanks for all of your tweets and emails. Still to come: You can
forget the price of fuel. At least the sunshine is free.
It is a good job. We've had some lovely sunshine again across the
East Midlands and those warm temperatures. Will they last for
the weekend? I'll tell you towards the end of the programme.
Next, the family of a baby boy who died from head injuries say they
feel totally let down by professionals who are entrusted to
protect the lives of the vulnerable. Tyler Redhead died in 2007. His
inquest has only just been held. Todays the coroner recorded a
narrative verdict saying there was shortfalls in the service provided.
Disciplinary action has been taken against those involved.
Inquests normally answer questions. But in this case, some still remain.
This inquest was about a child of whom publicly, at least, there are
no known photographs. A child who had shocking injuries, including
those from being sexually abused. A baby, Tyler, who is dead, aged just
14 weeks. Heavily pregnant, Tyler's mum Zoe Harris, seen with the pink
handbag, arrived at the coroner's court this morning to hear how her
son died. In accept 2007, Tyler was rushed to the Leicester Royal
Infirmary. He died the next day of head injuries. Tyler's father,
Craig was looking after the son and told the police he shook Tyler
after finding him unconscious. The postmortem examination revealed
some of Tyler's injuries were non- accidental and were four weeks old.
The court was told at the time of Tyler's death, his parents were
heroin addicts with a history of domestic violence. They were well
known to social services. A serious case review's been carried out. It
found more could have been done to help Tyler. No words or statements
can bring Tyler back to us. We feel totally let down by the
professionals entrusted to protect the lives of the vulnerable.
the All the agencies who work with children in Leicestershire have
taken action, improved quality of service. It would be less likely
this would happen today than it would have done in 2007. So what
happened here at the family's home in Earl Shilton will probably never
be known. The police originally charged Craig Redhead with the
murder of his son but the case was dropped as there wasn't enough
evidence to secure the conviction. Mr Redhead was called to give
evidence but he didn't show up. The police say the case is still open.
In other news tonight: Work to widen the A453 has been brought
forward. The news was revealed in yesterday's Budget papers.
Nottinghamshire County Council says the work is likely to start this
winner it. It was due to begin in 2015. You cook driving on the new
dual carriageway now before that date. The council's welcomed the
announcement. Controversial plans to relocate
five GP surgeries in Nottinghamshire on to a single site
have been approved in principle today. The Primary Care Trust board
agreed the clinical and financial case for the supersurgery planned
for Wilford Lane in West Bridgford but they have deferred a final
decision for two months while more research into transport links is
carried out. The Leicestershire based fashion
retailer Next says its profits rose by 5%. The company says the success
was largely down to the rapid growth of its Jon Leyne business.
The group warned the outlook for the year ahead remains uncertain.
It is probably fair to say it is a stressful enough job fighting crime
but now it seems the pressure on our police is rising still further.
Figures obtained by the BBC show the number of sick days taken by
officers in Nottinghamshire has risen by more than a quarter. The
force says it is tackling the problem. But rang and file officers
blamed cutbacks and the fact many experienced staff have been forced
to leave. It was never going to be a popular
police tactic. Last year, Nottinghamshire decided to get rid
of experienced officers with more than 30 years service. It was
facing some of the biggest cuts in the country though, �42 million
over four years. But those on the frontline say the cracks are now
showing. We've lost 200 officers since the start of last year alone.
Way over 300 civilian staff that were supporting those officers. We
work in a stressful environment where people set out to attack and
abuse us on a daily bases. If officers haven't the knowledge that
backup is coming it can only exacerbate injuries picked up in
the line of duty. Injuries and illnesses have gone up. 23,000 sick
days were seen last year, up by 5,000. In Derbyshire and Leicester
shire rates are falling. Managers insist they are tackling the
problem and in the last few months are making prose rest -- progress.
We are trying not to pile work on to people. We are trying to make
ourselves much more efficient. We are reducing crime figures. We are
down 7.2 were from this time last year. Our sickness rates are coming
down. There could be a new challenges ahead with sweeping
changes planned by Government tor pay and promotion, the federation
says there will soon be even fewer laughing policemen. A lot of
officers will rethink their career choices. I stand to lose a number
of thousands of pounds from my pay. The force will have serious issues
with retention and recruitment if this comes in.
A nightclub owner's been given a criminal ASBO only the second in
the country for persistently fly- posting. In January, Tim Sturgess
was ordered to pay over �5,000 for putting up hundreds of posters
advertising his nightclub all over the city. Magistrates imposed the
CRASBO after hearing evidence Sturgess continued fly-posting,
even after his conviction. He was convicted on 16th January. He still
continued until the end of February. There have been numerous fly
posters glued to people's private properties, windows, businesses and
BT telephone boxes. It is a cost to them and the council to remove.
is claimed a new system to make people's basic medical history
available across the NHS will help to avoid mistakes and improve
emergency cares. Patients are being invited to have part of their GP
medical records made more widely available on computer. Our Health
Correspondent reports. One of the first surgeries in Derbyshire to
take part in the new idea. It is to make a summary of a patient's
medical history available across the NHS so long as the patient
agrees. We get the basic information about medication,
druggal erpblgies and have the ability to share that information
amongst the relevant parties. thinks it is a great idea. He has
chronic breathing problems. If he was rushed into hospital, he knows
he would not be able to recall the medication he's on. Some of the
names are Latin. I can hardly pronounce them. I have them in the
cupboard in the kitchen. If you asked me what I was taking, I'd
have to get the boxes. His wife only has one wor ji are they
secure? As long as only the medical profession know what's going off in
our lives. It is not just an open access to everybody. Clinicians
would have to have a smartcard inserted into the computer and a
PIN code to access information. Emergency departments see huge
advantages. They are getting busier. Hospitals can struggle to get hold
of key information from GPs out of normal surgery hours. We have to
give quite a few medications at short notice to people who are
sometimes conscious and sometimes not. If we give it to them and they
are allergic you can makes things worse. After billions was spent on
the ill fated NHS computer, this is a less ambitious project but those
behind it see big benefits. In.$$TRANSMIT Still to come: Tom
Ray prepares to pass a special milestone.
12 years ago, he lost his limb to meningitis. On Sunday, he'll run
the Sport Relief Mile. Don't miss that. He's inspirational.
He certainly is. Tile for sport.
I'll start with someone who will need inner reserves. A big blow for
Derby County captain Shaun Barker. He will be out of action for a year
following his serious knee injury. Barker dislocated his kneecap and
ruptured three key ligaments during the Rams match against Nottingham
Forest. He'll undergo a major operation next week. Today he was
offered support from someone who knows how tough his recovery will
be. Forest's Dexter Blackstock. know where he is at the moment and
what it takes to get back. It is definitely a long road but you can
do it. I'm sure he's a determined character. And he'll be back.
Elsewhere, he scored seven goals in seven games, now Forest boss Steve
Cotterill is keen to get Gareth McCleary signed up to awe in
contract. McCleary who scored four against Leeds md week is out of
consider this week. Something the boss feels needs to be resolved.
was one player I wanted to nail down. A few are out of contract.
We've had a habit of letting players run out of contract here.
We can't do that anymore. We cant aafford to do it. It is counter-
productive if we do. That we need to do something about that. It is
one in and one out on loan in notice county. Daniel Bogdanovic
arrived from Blackpool and Ben Burgess heads for Cheltenham. After
all those goals we showed you yesterday, Leicester shi got in on
the act last night. There were six goals at their game against
Blackpool. It was a 3-3 draw. It would have been a fair old trip
back from Blackpool last night but the players were back here today to
train and no doubt try and take their minds off the last few
moments of the game. It certainly finished on a bit of a low for the
Foxes. The whole match was a real rollercoaster of emotions. They
were in Blackpool after all! First, Nugent went down in the box for the
referee to book him for diving rather than award a penalty. Then,
Leicester found themselves behind when Kevin Phillips headed past
defender and goalkeeper from a corner. While Leicester' defence is
looking dodgy. Up front, it's a different story. Five minutes later,
Beckford made it all square. He and fellow striker Nugent are in good
form at the moment. It was Nugent who found himself on the score
sheet as the Foxes took the lead. They could only hold on to that
lead for 15 mins as Blackpool grabbed another to make it 2-2.
Leicester again took the lead, Beckford grabbing his second of the
night. As full-time fast approached, the Foxes like rb looked like
coming home with all three points but up popped Blackpool with a late
equaliser. Feels like a defeat. At the last minute it was a bit of a
killer. That's football for you. Having played so well, we deserved
to win the game. It shows you at this level that you have to be
switched on for the whole of the game. They may have scored three
goals but it was a frustrating night for the Foxes and they are
eight points off the play-offs. Complete goal-fest this week. Let's
hope for more at the weekend. Let's hope for tries too. Nottingham
Rubgy Club have a crunch game against Bristol at the weekend.
They've prepared with the help of some young children. The boys and
girls from Stepping Stones nursery have been getting behind
Nottingham's promotion push. We don't normally get blokes this
big coming to nursery. The children had a rugby theme day decorating
eggs to look like rugby balls, dressing up and meeting players.
Giving us the run-around. Good to come out and spread rugby around.
We could have the next Jonny Wilkinson here! It is pretty hard
with two big football teams in the town. If we can push the word and
get out there with the community, get a bit more involvement with the
kids in the rugby and push it through the schools, that would be
good. The club mascot, Archie, was shown know mercy.
It's always nice to get out and get the Nottingham rugby out in
Nottingham. Especially with the kids and grown ups. To get rugby
with them as well. Nottingham play Bristol who are top of the table at
Meadow Lane on Sunday. They are pushing for promotion but they are
already winning the next generation of fans.
They were setting up quite a good ruck there. I sent Simon Ward to
report rather than me after last time!
Yes, you were taken out last time. We loved that one!
Thank you, This Sunday, it's Sport Relief Mile
where people all round the country can run one, three or six miles to
raise money for charity. Tom Ray is one of the runners. But 12 years
ago, he contracted pneumococcal septicaemia or meningitis as it is
also called. He was 38 and this one-mile run will be extremely
challenging as our reporter found out.
This is Tom Ray, 12 years ago, he ran a successful company and had a
nice house in the country. One night just before Christmas, he
caught meningitis. Within hours, he was in a coma. He'd lost both his
legs and arms and half hi face. was very, very sudden. And very,
very severe. It was almost like, well it really was like dying and
coming back to life again. Slowly, over time, Tom started to recover
and was eventually allowed home. was a different person. I won't lie.
He wasn't same man who came back. His head was in a very different
place. Everything about him was different. It was just a case of
rebuilding it minute by minute. Just being around him as a family.
I've not got back to the stage after a decade where I can make a
contribution back and to show that you can recover and you can help
others. So, this Sunday, he's helping others by walking the Sport
Relief Mile with his son Freddie. Dad's always saying you how am I
going to do it? I said, like, I'll going to finish it with him.
Doesn't matter. If he's crawling, I'll finish it with him. It is not
about the distance as Tomas already walking a mile to work. It is about
raising money to help others. about confidence. I've had to
overcome that going back to work and doing things in society. I
guess a lot of people are facing that now. Especially the youngsters.
I wanted to be part of something that shows people that there's a
positive side. If you just really get yourself together and really
try, you can do something and turn it around.
What can you say after that. How brilliant.
If you see Tom, give him a wave. Time now for the weather.
Made me quite emotional, that did. A good day, Tom, decent weather on
Sunday. Hopefully a little sunshine Sunday. Hopefully a little sunshine
as well. Maybe not as warm as today. More bearable for those taking part.
This shot really says it all. Last night as the sun was setting this
is along the embankment. Looks amazing, the lovely colours as the
sun was going down. We've another cold night tonight.
For the early part of the evening, clear skies. The chance of a frost
starting to develop. We see it changing. There's a weak weather
front across the south-west of the country. It will gradually cloud us
over. Misty and murky again tonight. Further fog patches starting to
develop. A minimum temperatures of around 4 or 5 Celsius. It means
we'll start off very misty and murky again first thing tomorrow
morning. A slow process but the cloud will gradually break up. We
see the return of some sunshine into the afternoon. Again, in land,
it will be a very warm day. The winds remaining light coming from
the south-east. A maximum temperature of 16 Celsius. The
further to the west you go, the temperatures held down. Low cloud
and mist around there through the day time. I think we'll see things
changing over the weekend. A lot still wanting to cling to the
coastline on Saturday. I think the further west you go, that's where
the sunshine will remain. Temperatures not doing too badly.
For Saturday, around 14 Celsius. Sunday, too, still have high
pressure with us. It could give variable amounts of cloud at times.
An interesting weekend to see what really does happen. We will get to