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Anne Davies and Dominic Heale. Tonight, new calls for action


against internet bullies after the death of a teenage girl. Also


tonight, hunger in hospital. The patients most to wait hours for


food. Hundreds of meals were delayed so not only were they delayed by an


hour or two, they were also delivered wrongly to patients, the


wrong meals. Plus a fortnight since the floods but it will take months


for this time to recover. And motherhood versus marathons, how


children help Paula Radcliffe put her sport in it. They remind you all


the time and you think, how did I do something like that? They remind you


First tonight, fresh calls for an internet clamp-down after a


14-year-old girl from Leicestershire was found dead in her bedroom after


being targeted by so-called trolls. In the weeks before she died, Hannah


Smith had received anonymous messages on the website Ask.fm


telling her to take her own life. Today, her headteacher said staff


and students at Lutterworth High School are "shattered" by the news.


Our reporter is in Lutterworth. Eleanor, sounds like there's


complete shock at the school. Yes, shock and deep sadness from anybody


who knew Hannah at Lutterworth High School where people are trying to


come to terms with the enormity of what has happened. Hannah's


headteacher said she was a teenager who was well liked and respected by


everybody she met. But is somebody who has now gone from all of their


lives forever. Bright, bubbly, popular. But also


deeply unhappy and a vulnerable victim of online bullying.


14-year-old Hannah Smith from Lutterworth took her own life last


Friday. It was here at the home she shared with her father and sister


that her body was found. Friends and local charities are now paying their


respects. It makes you really upset. It is such a shock that somebody so


lovely as he would feel like she could not talk to anybody, express


how she feels. They are coping as well as they can, to be honest. It


is extremely raw. They are going through every emotion you can


imagine as a parent would, let alone anybody else. They are hoping now


they can start the grieving process now but Hannah's story has been


told. It was the social make-up working site, Ask.fm, used by


millions around the world -- social networking site where Hannah had


turned for help with a question about eczema. Instead, her father


said she became a victim of abuse with some people telling her to take


her own life. Now it is politicians that have's father wants help from.


-- but Hannah's father wants help from. Pauline Latham is a victim of


so-called trolls. We are in this age of transparency, everybody can get


us very easily and it is the same with the online stuff for


youngsters. They can be got out so easily and they do not even know the


people who are targeting them very often. This is a major issue for the


whole world, not just our county. Cyber bullying is one of the largest


forms of bullying there is. It is a way to bully and intimidate somebody


and also remain anonymous behind a computer screen. a young life


wasted. But now hope that Hannah's story will help prevent more deaths


like hers. What has the website said about


this? I got a statement from Ask.fm which says that Hannah's death is a


true tragedy. The website is used by millions of people around the world


and it says it would be happy to help Leicestershire Police with


their investigation. It also says that it encourages users and their


parents to report incidents of bullying and those reports are all


read and that if policies are violated, they will be taking down.


But that will be of little help to Hannah's family here in Lutterworth


who are now grieving after her death. Thank you.


So, is anything being done to toughen up the laws on internet


bullying? Our political editor John Hess is with us. Have our laws kept


up to date with the social media revolution? The law has struggled to


keep up the date with the changing nature of the internet. But the


Government is now poised to intervene. Only last month, the


Prime Minister announced new measures to tackle internet child


pornography. On the issue of cyberbullying, there is growing


cross-party support for the police and the Crown Prosecution Service to


take more robust action against the internet providers. MPs are in


recess, they must have views? certainly do. For example. Labour MP


Stella Creasy - herself a victim of anonymous internet trolls - wants


the equivalent of a rape alarm available online to alert the


internet provider. And Broxtowe MP Anna Soubry, who's a Government


minister and former criminal law barrister, says the internet


providers aren't beyond the law and as a publisher, they have the same


legal duty as any newspaper or broadcaster. As the Prime Minister


said, "a free and open internet is vital". But in no other market and


with no other industry do we "have such an extraordinary light touch


when it comes to protecting our children". The message is clear -


the internet providers are now under notice to get the own house in


order. Thanks. Later in the programme, we'll be


talking motherhood and marathon running with Paula Radcliffe. And


Sara will be here with the weather. After quite a wet spell of weather,


the next two or three days will be quite settled but low pressure is


just waiting in the wings ready to turn things upside down by the


hospitals have received an apology after the catering system descended


into chaos. Hundreds of mail orders did not arrive and that meant some


patients could not take their vital medication. Our social affairs


correspondent reports from the Leicester Royal Infirmary.


If you're in hospital and trying to get well, you really need regular


meals. But here at the Royal Infirmary, some patients have had to


wait up to three hours for their food. Sujata was discharged this


afternoon, after four days being treated for complications from her


arthritis. And after what happened last weekend, she can't wait to get


home. I am absolutely shattered. Not to get enough food to eat and then


to feel sick all the while and hungry, and to be made to feel as if


it is our own fault. They were elderly people in tears, it was


horrendous. I am angry. It happened after a new catering


system was introduced here last week by a private contractor called


Interserve. The changes were supposed to help patients choose


their food, using iPads. But hundreds of orders didn't arrive.


Today, the company brought in extra staff, to sort out what it's


describing as teething problems. are really sorry that we have got


off to a bad start and we are very concerned. We have got a lot of


people investigating, working through, making sure that we


understand what the issues were and we are putting that right at the


moment. But this patients' spokesman is


worried. And he thinks it shows the risks involved in contracting out


vital hospital services. It is vital for them to have the medication on


time and I can only happen if the food arrives on time. And his not


only patients, nurses and staff had to hold the fort in difficult


circumstances. Today they have received an apology from hospital


bosses. A young girl was taken to hospital


this morning after two cows escaped from a livestock market. It happened


at the farmers' market on Scalford Road in Melton Mowbray. Police were


called at around 10:30. A woman also suffered minor injuries during the


incident. The cows were recaptured and returned to the market by


midday. I came out of the stalls and it went straight into the stalls,


run into the tax office and a young girl on the stalls got injured,


apparently. Somebody else got knocked over but he got up, he was


all right. He was a farmer, you see. I understand there were a


couple of people injured, the most concerning injuries were a


six-year-old child who was injured, I understand they have been taken to


hospital for a precaution. People need to understand this is half a


tonne of least which is dangerous when it is released. -- half a tonne


of beast. A Nottinghamshire farmer has been


charged in connection with the death of a walker who was killed by a bull


on a public footpath. Roger Freeman was walking with his wife through a


field in Stanford on Soar in November 2010 when the bull


attacked. The 63-year-old from Glen Parva in Leicestershire died from


multiple injuries. His wife spent three weeks in hospital. Paul


Geoffrey Waterfall has been charged with manslaughter by gross


negligence. A mother jailed for 17 years for


killing her six children in a Derby house fire has, for the second time,


appealed to have her sentence reduced. Mairead Philpott was jailed


along with her husband Mick - who got life - after being found guilty


of the manslaughter of their six children. Family friend Paul Mosley


was also sentenced to 17 years. Their first appeal was thrown out at


the end of last month. Mairead Philpott and Mosley will now be


granted a short hearing in front of three judges.


A pressure group calling for a cut in stamp duty says big tax bills are


holding back the housing market. The TaxPayers' Alliance says one in ten


sales in the East Midlands were hit by tax bills of �7,500 or more last


year. They claim stamp duty scares off some first-time buyers and


others who want to move up the property ladder. But the Government


insists their other policies do support people wanting to buy a


home. Mike O'Sullivan has been investigating how it affects our


region. value of the house. Up to �125,000,


there's no stamp duty. Above that, the duty is 1%. Then it goes up


dramatically for a house worth more than �250,000 - it's 3%. It can be


as much as 7% for some expensive properties. But for many people in


the housing market, this is the critical barrier to moving house -


the jump from 1-3% at �250,000. The tax bill? At least �7,500. They need


to look at a way of changing the rates and thresholds so that not so


many people are getting hit by these massive lump sums of money when they


are trying to save for a mortgage themselves.


In the East Midlands, the figures produced by The TaxPayers' Alliance


suggest one in ten transactions takes place at a duty level of 3% or


more. And in monetary terms, the alliance reckons those transactions


account for 69% of all the residential stamp duty in the


region. I think the Government's and statistics say that by 2017/18, the


money they are raising nonstop duty from housing transactions will catch


up with and even overtake the amount of taxpayer taking on alcohol and


cigarettes. But is this just a problem for the


well-off? The alliance's figures show huge variations in how


different places in the East Midlands are affected.


In Rutland - one of our most affluent areas - they calculate 36%


of all housing sales attract 3% or more stamp duty. In Derbyshire


Dales, it's 31%. But at the other end of the scale are places like


Ashfield. There, only 3% of transactions are above the �250,000


mark. In the cities - both Leicester and Nottingham for example - the


alliance figures show only 4% of transactions breached that barrier.


If you look at specific areas like the East Midlands, 6000 transaction


last year alone had to pay up �7,500 on top of their deposit and all the


other fees that go along with moving house. This is a tax that hold


people back. Well, the Government says nothing's


going to change - for now, anyway. In a statement, the Treasury told


And you can put your house on that. This time two weeks ago, you'll


probably remember it was chucking it down, although it would probably be


more accurate to describe it as a deluge. A month's worth of rain


swamped parts of Nottinghamshire in a matter of hours causing flash


flooding and, for some, misery. The clear-up will take months. Quentin


Rayner has returned to one of the worst hit towns to see how they're


getting on. A fortnight ago, Nottinghamshire was


officially the wettest waste in the UK. Three inches of rain fell in


just a couple of hours. Streams, Dykes and Becks could not cope with


a month's rain and they were overwhelmed. Southwell was turned


into lakes. Two weeks on, the scars are still showing and residents like


Jackie are coming to terms with being flooded for the second time in


six years. I have a temporary set up in here, no dishwasher or washing


machine. I have got gas and electricity so I can cook and then


I'm coming through to my lounge where I will be living for the next


six months in rather spartan conditions. With the dehumidifiers


and finds wearing in the background. Where I am standing, they used to be


a barn but that has been demolished and cleared away. During the flash


flooding, the walls collapsed threatening this cottage. Thankfully


it has been saved but it will be months before they have got the


house back in order. The district council has sent out 3000


questionnaires to assess the full impact of the flooding on the


community. All the information that people give us will be fed back to


the council and they are responsible for overseeing the watercourses and


drains and hopefully that will feed into future action to improve things


for the maintenance of the watercourses. and Jackie is already


taking action by setting up a Flood Forum. Our main aim is to map the


scale of the problem in the whole of the community and then feed that


back to the authorities so that they are aware that they need to be


clearing ditches, drains, whatever it takes to help the watercourses


flow freely and also to help individual residents become more


aware of how they can protect their own houses. the market town will


take months to dry out and that Derby's old hippodrome. A new study


has just been published to reveal what the future could hold for the


city's famous but now disused theatre. The report, from the City


Council and English Heritage, outlines three possible uses for all


or part of the building. The Green Lane Hippodrome Theatre, a


much-loved landmark but one that has seen significant problems in the


past half-decade. Back in 2008, part of the roof collapsed as developers


worked on the building, the site has had several fires and some famous


faces have tried to raise its profile. Now though, a feasibility


study which was commissioned by the council and English Heritage suggest


three possible options. The first is to restore the building back to a


theatre costing �16 million. The second, to restore the front of the


building, lay decking in the interior making an open space for a


cafe, outdoor theatre or cinema. Or the third, to restore the front


developing the remainder into student accomodation. There are lots


of areas that could do with money in terms of regeneration. At the end of


the day, it is a listed building. It has been there for years.


The Derby Hippodrome Restoration Trust also prefer the first option


to use it as a theatre. It brings in the most money because that is what


they want and it is because of a gap in the market, as they point out in


the report. There is a gap in the market for a theatre of that size.


The building remains in private ownership but the council is hoping


the findings to the study will take Coming up, getting back to sport


after pregnancy - a very personal look. But first a reminder that once


the football starts it comes thick and fast.


Four ties in the first round of the League Cup tonight. Forest the only


one to have a home draw - facing Hartlepool. Leicester City fans of a


certain vintage may not relish a cup game against Wycombe, they'll still


remember the FA Cup quarterfinal defeat of 2001. Mansfield will just


be delighted to be back. So, sport and pregnancy. After


having a baby, how soon should an elite athlete return to training?


There were questions in the news when Zara Phillips rode while


pregnant, and Paula Radcliffe, now a mum of two, faced similar criticism.


The runner, who was based in Loughborough for a decade, has been


speaking exclusively to Helen Barnes about her experience.


Paula Radcliffe is normally very private about her personal life but


while sharing precious photographs, she told me that becoming a mum is


a mum so I didn't ever want to sacrifice that and I couldn't see a


time when my career was able to wind down but I didn't want it too late


so I thought, why not have them both? It is a dilemma with many


sportswomen. I carried on canoeing but felt concerned. Paula gave me


training advice because there is little out there. She juggled two


pregnancies and competing at the highest level. The first priority,


instead of being whatever time you can run and the quality of your


training, it immediately becomes the baby. I have the heart rate monitor


to make sure I did not push too hard. Did you deal with any negative


comments? Not really, most people were supportive and nice. A few


people were looking surprised as you would run across past them and they


will of the cross and then looked down! A bit of a double-take!


average woman is advised not to return to sport for six weeks after


giving birth but she was back running after just 12 days. With


hindsight, it was too soon because I have had a long labour and quite


difficult and my body just had not recovered, the ligaments were not


strong enough so that contributed to a sacred stress fracture. After the


second one, I did not run for three weeks. -- sacral stress fracture.


has put sport into perspective for her. It reminds you what is


important and brings normality back and makes you see how lucky you are,


to have them. Finally, another runner - Richard


Whitehead - and an extraordinary challenge. The Paralympic champion


was running with youngsters on Nottingham's beach today. Slightly


unusual preparation for his plan to run from John O'Groats to Lands End.


40 marathons in 40 days, all for charity. Everyday, it will be hard,


getting up in the morning, running 42 kilometres. It is not a fast pace


but I am having to do it for a month but for me, I am giving up one month


of my life to hopefully support the legacy of great written within


sport. So I feel it is a small part of my life that I can give and I


feel I have looked up the challenge now with the support my team give me


around me. Good luck to him. If you want to look up more about


the run, Richard Whitehead Runs Britain is on the web. What a brave


man. A lovely chat with Paula, there.


Now, for the first in a new series of reports on young entrepreneurs


who've set up their own businesses. Tonight, we meet a teenager whose


company promises to deliver anything the customer is craving. 19-year-old


Osh McDonnell from Melton in Leicestershire came up with the idea


for a delivery business with a difference. And, in tough economic


times, is determined to make it into a thriving success. Rebecca Sheeran


Meet the teenager who delivers it all, whatever you want, Osh


McDonnell will deliver it. He came it -- he came up with the idea in


school. My slogan is we will deliver anything but babies! I thought,


because it is a fun business, so it needed a fund slogan. A hard day's


work. You take off your work clothes, and then you have


everything delivered. Dog food, I do a lot of prescriptions. What is the


most random thing you have delivered? I have taken a cat to the


vets and back so if I ever have dangerous animals, I would not like


to transport a steak or anything like that. -- a snake.I have got


some milk and chocolate and now it is going to the next place. The


worst part is probably the fact that it is 24/7. Especially at the


weekends, all through the night. The best part is meeting people, really.


I have put old lady's shopping in the fridge for them. I have met


people, young people, old people. I just picked up the final


prescription and going to the delivery. You create your own job.


You don't need to find one, you can make one. And then you can employ


people and help the community. How you doing? Good, thanks.There you


are, there is your milk and chocolate and your prescription.


That will be �9.50. I will grab your change. Also staff we cannot spare


off the floor here so Osh will go and pick up prescriptions and drop


off samples on things like that so it is rarely enforced. From meals to


medicine, it is all in one day's work for this entrepreneur


determined to grow his empire. Well, good luck, I hope he becomes a


multimillionaire. How lovely. Very enterprising. But can he deliver


fact, we have got the wet weather behind us and what a difference 24


hours makes because we are dry outside and although it has been


cloudy at times across the East Midlands, we are starting to see


clear spells slowly developing. The cloud gradually clearing from the


south of the region first. Remaining dry into the early hours of tomorrow


morning and just turning a bit misty out in the rural areas with a


minimum temperature overnight 13 Celsius, that is within towns and


cities so slightly lower in rural areas. It certainly felt cooler last


night, trying to get sleep was a bit better but we are starting off with


some early morning sunshine but again similar to today, the car


develops into the afternoon and there is a stronger chance of seeing


the odd light shower. Lots of them further towards the West Midlands


rather than the East Redlands but just the occasional light shower


into the afternoon and it could be slightly sharper as well, localised


heavy showers as we progress through the afternoon. Daytime temperatures


in the sunshine, 21 Celsius at the highest. Still feeling pleasant and


the north-easterly breeze tomorrow. We have got a weather front around


by the time we get to Thursday and into Friday. Thursday will be a nice


day again, the cloud developing with a slim chance of a shower but we


also have this weather front waiting to come in on its way in for Friday


but it is weakening, the me up against a ridge of high pressure so


it will increase the cloud for a time and produce a few showers as


well. Temperatures at around 20 Celsius and as we get closer to the


weekend, if you have got any plans, we have low pressure close by, it


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