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News at Six, so it's goodbye from me, and on BBC One we now


Tonight: A distraught couple demand answers about their daughter's


violent death. Claire Martin died of multiple stab


wounds in Italy. The police claim it was suicide. We want to know what


went on. A surgeon linked to the avoidable deaths of liver patients


in Wales worked in Leicester for 11 years.


Struggling to keep up, and of bed `` Ofsted inspectors slam our schools.


To see a child let down is awful. Why MPs are desperate to pass up a


big pay rise. It cannot go ahead. We cannot justify MPs getting 11% at


the time of national austerity. All those stories coming up in the


next half hour. Plus Anne is live at Nottingham Playhouse as the theatre


celebrates a very special anniversary. Yes, 50 years ago today


it was curtains up for this now Grade II listed building. The first


production was Coriolanus starring a young Ian McKellen, and the theatre


was the place for rising stars. But in this time of economic austerity,


what of the theatre's future? I'll be talking to the Chief Executive


and some of the well`known faces that have made the Playhouse what it


is today. More from Anne later in the


programme. A couple whose daughter died in


mysterious circumstances in Italy say they're not getting the support


they need to discover what happened to her. Claire Martin from


Nottinghamshire suffered multiple stab wounds to her neck. The Italian


authorities ruled she'd killed herself, and closed the case. But


Claire's parents are convinced she was murdered and are desperate for


help to uncover the truth. Almost two years on from the loss of


their daughter, this couple still have many unanswered questions about


how she died. I spoke to her eat or nine hours before it happened and


her last words were, I love you dad, and tell mum I will see her


tomorrow. It changed our lives forever. She had suffered 24 stab


wounds to her neck. Italian authorities ruled she had committed


suicide due to postnatal depression but her family believes she was


murdered. She is supposed to have inflicted 24 stab winds on her own


neck. Yes. Cleaned the knife, head it and went back upstairs for help.


Wonder woman. That is all I can see if she was able to do that. Two


years on, and this is what I am like everyday. We just want to know what


went on. We have nothing. We have lost our daughter. We have near


enough lost our grandson. Their grandson is being cared for by her


father and her family in Italy. Player had moved to near Naples six


years ago to live with her partner. Her parents have copies of much of


the paperwork for the case but the British authorities have refused to


find the ?3500 needed to translate the filling the reports. We do not


feel as if anybody gives a dam. They want the Italian authorities to


reopen the investigation. It's emerged a surgeon who's been


suspended over the avoidable deaths of eight patients in South Wales


spent more than 11 years working at Leicester's General Hospital. A


review of the operations carried out by Professor David Berry in


Leicester has now been ordered. Our reporter's in our Leicester


newsroom. What's the background to all this? Earlier today it was


revealed that Professor David Berry, a liver and pancreas specialist, had


been suspended from University Hospital Wales and banned by the


General medical Council from performing any more liver surgery


after a review of his work. He's worked in Cardiff since leaving


Leicester in 2011. A review of his work in Wales showed that out of 31


of his patients ten had died and eight of those were found to be


avoidable deaths. That was a routine review that was then backed up by


the Royal College of Surgeons. Here in Leicester, Professor Berry worked


as a consultant specialist liver and pancreatic surgeon at the General


for 11 years. And today the Hospital's Trust here said they've


now ordered an independent review into Professor Berry's cases and


said the year he left Leicester his results were in line with his peers.


Should people here be worried and have concerns? The statement the


hospital sent me says that when they looked back over a longer period


there were occasions when the outcomes weren't as good as his


colleagues but they stress it's not the same magnitude as the situation


in Wales. They say it's specialised surgery and there are a number of


reasons why this might be the case and that's why they've asked the


Royal College of Surgeons to carry out an independent review of his


work. A helpline's been set up for anyone with concerns. It's free to


call. The number is 0808 178 8337. It opens at 10am tomorrow. And one


other thing I've just found out, the case in Cardiff surrounding


Professor Berry has now been handed to South Wales Police.


For the first time ever, the school inspection body, Ofsted, has spelt


out, in detail, what it thinks of schools across the East Midlands.


While there are signs of improvement, they say too many of


our children are getting an education which is mediocre or


worse. It is not all bad, the school near


Derby has been rated outstanding. When the head took over 16 years ago


it was struggling. We have a belief that given the right conditions


everybody can really achieve and do well. Today's reporters about our


region's education as a whole, how it is doing nationally and locally.


It says too much of our education is mediocre. There is some improvement


but more dates to be done. Only Leicester and Rutland secondary


schools were in the top third of the country. Rutland got top marks. Not


one of the seven authorities was then the top third of the country


for primary schools and in Derby the will and the bottom third. In


Derbyshire, they were in the bottom third of the country for secondary


schools. As for GCSE performance, Nottingham was very low, among the


worst in the country. What this report is showing is that hundreds


of thousands of children across the East Midlands have been let down in


their education year upon year. How does that make you feel? I cannot


read it if anyone child does not have the education they deserve. As


an inspector, as a teacher, as a head, to see even a single child let


down is awful. Are they being let down? Some of them are. What do you


think about that? I think it is appalling. What do you want to do


about it. I want to eradicate any inadequate teaching. I want all


schools in the East Midlands to be good and I want many of them to be


outstanding. We know that the inspection and still `` system


itself could be better, but that is not an excuse. We need to set down


and analyse to make the correct decisions. Some of them must


improve. The pledge from Ofsted, we will not walk away until they do.


A young man's been treated for serious injuries after an incident


at the University of Derby. Police and paramedics were called to the


Kedleston Road campus in the city this afternoon. Security guards


found the man, who's thought to be a student, just before 4pm. He was


unconscious and was taken to hospital. The police say they're


still trying to establish his identity.


The police have started a murder investigation after the death of a


woman in Derbyshire. Police discovered the woman's body at a


house on Short Row in Belper last night. She hasn't yet been formally


identified. Another woman, who's 37, has been arrested on suspicion of


murder. Forensic officers are still at the scene and the police say


their inquiries are continuing. A growing number of East Midlands


MPs have voiced opposition to a planned 11% increase in their pay.


Tomorrow, a report will recommend that MPs salaries should rise to


?74,000 a year. One government minister from the East Midlands says


he would rather give the extra cash to local charities. Our Political


Editor is at Westminster. How has this talk of a big increase come


about? A pay rise of ?7,600. That's the recommendation of Ipsa, the


independent parliamentary authority that would bring an MP's salary to


?74,000 after the next election. A one`off increase, it says, to


compensate for cuts to their perks. But that proposed 11% pay rise has


outraged many MPs. Tips that is independent. It is an independent


body `` Ipsa. We cannot justify MPs getting 11% at a time of national


austerity. East Midlands Today contacted 30 of our MPs. The


question, would they accept the proposed pay rise? Of the 15 who


replied, not one said yes. Earlier, one Tory backbencher, the


Sherwood MP Mark Spencer, told me that Ipsa may be independent, but


had a lot to answer for. It is causing enormous frustration. My


constituents are very angry about it and I have encouraged them to write


to Ipsa and tell them what they think. Is there a solution that will


satisfy public opinion and MPs? The way to do it is to reduce the number


of MPs, make us work harder and so the taxpayer does not lose out.


Parliament set up Ipsa to sort this out. It is meant to be independent,


which is why I am saying to my constituents, right to Ipsa and make


sure they understand how angry you are. An update on John Mann's


parliamentary motion to peg the MPs' pay rise to 1%. So far, the


Bassetlaw MP has the backing of only seven other MPs to that idea.


The family of a woman who's gone missing from her home in Nottingham


have made a plea for help finding her. Elaine Harrison, 59, hasn't


been seen since Monday. She lives on a houseboat at Castle Marina and was


last spotted outside a pizza restaurant there, just before 4pm.


Police are asking anyone who's seen her to get in touch.


A report into a train derailment on one of our busiest rail routes has


revealed that a planned inspection of the track hadn't taken place. A


freight train came off the tracks just north of Barrow upon Soar last


December. No one was hurt but the line was shut for days, causing huge


disruption to services. The report says the planned inspection three


days before the derailment could have identified the problem. It's


recommended improvements to the way Network Rail inspects embankments.


Still to come: All the sport, including a special interview with a


Tigers star. But first it's time to go back to Anne who's at one of our


best known theatres for what is a very special night for them.


The drinks are already flowing, the party is in full swing. It is a


special gala evening because it is 50 years ago to the day that Lord


Snowdon was here opening what was then a state`of`the`art theatre. It


was cutting edge. It was what theatre was all about. So many stars


came here. Many of their pictures tell a door in the wall. A very


young Judy bench. `` Judy Dench. These are the names we have grown up


with. A modernist design with the layout


inspired by classical Greek auditoriums. In name to 63 the


Nottingham Playhouse was seen as an innovative news is. `` 1963. Not


long after the doors opened, it earned a reputation as the place to


be seen if you were the right things dark in the acting world `` a rising


star. A production starring Peter O Toole earned a critical review


citing Nottingham Playhouse as the theatrical capital of England. It


must have been astonishing then, particularly 1963, some years when


people were just coming out of austerity, so the combination of the


modernist building, the stars that were working here, the clamour that


was associated and the quality of the work must have been


extraordinary. The theatre is now grappling with budget cuts with the


County Council currently considering with growing `` withdrawing funding.


I came here because the County Council subsidised the tickets, so I


came here for 50p. It saddens me that young people will not have the


opportunity to even work I did because the ticket prices will go


up. A modern`day challenge for a theatre that is no longer the new


kid on the block but instead an established arts venue.


Let me introduce you to the Chief Executive. Many challenging times


ahead. Absolutely. It is a challenging time for everyone. The


great thing about theatre is people are still coming, even in the light


of challenging those. In terms of proposed cuts, we are still


appealing. People still need theatre. The possible cuts in


funding from the County Council, how real is that? It is a proposal and


we are rendered ashen 's and we hope that we can find a way round it ``


we are in discussions. I think it is a case of getting round the table


and continuing to keep talking and keep the communication channels


open. One of the things I mentioned is the wealth of stars that have


appeared here. Where are the stars of today? Are they still coming


here? Yes. The interesting thing is we have the stars of tomorrow. James


Alexander was here. We have all the stars of tomorrow. You see them here


before they get famous. We will look back and say, we saw them at the


Nottingham Playhouse. We will be back with you later looking at


pantomime, because it is that time. Possibly climbing up the giant


beanstalk. Rugby, and the Leicester Tigers


winger Miles Benjamin says he'd love to play for England in the Six


Nations next year. It'd cap a remarkable return because Benjamin


has just come back from 13 months out of the game with a neck injury.


Five months in a neck brace and hours spent in rehab, but is now


ready to start both for Tigers and England. Two tries against


Montpellier at the weekend announced the return of Miles Benjamin. I


fractured my neck. It was September 2012. It was just a case of being


really careful with it, I had to get surgery in the end, it is the last


part of the body you want to be going into a game worrying about.


You have to be as patient as you can. We got great press at the


weekend about the possibility of you being in the England or six Nations


squad. I would be lying if I said I did not think about it cause I would


love to have the opportunity. You have to look after your club first


under the call came I would be delighted. First thing is first. It


is more than a decade since the Tigers won the Heineken club and


this could be the last time that English clubs take part in at. At


the training ground, the Tigers are putting the finishing touches


towards people will be another classic performance this Sunday.


Onto cricket and Nottinghamshire batsman Michael Lumb has signed a


new three`year deal at Trent Bridge. He's become a central figure for the


county in all forms of the game. Swimming, and Loughborough's to


become the main national centre for British swimming. There's been a


shake`up following a disappointing Olympics. Two national centres are


being set up. The majority of the British team will be based at


Loughborough, the rest at Bath. He's been skating since he was six


years old, and next week Jack Whelbourne should discover if he's


made Britain's Winter Olympic team for Sochi. The 22`year`old from


Nottingham trains at the National Ice Centre. Our reporter's been to


see him to learn more about his sport, speed skating. These are the


ice skates that have hopefully qualified Jack for his second Winter


Olympics, but these are no ordinary ice skates, it is short track speed


skating and the blades are longer, thinner and sharper. They also cost


more than ?2000 will. The boots that we skates on our custom made to our


own mould eat food and I mean, there is a lot of technology going into


the boot and a lot of expense. It comes just under ?2000. Then you


have your blade attached which comes at about ?400 appear. The helmet is


the new technology can such proof `` concussion proof. It compresses


which reduces the concussion massively. Once that happens, it is


pretty much in the bin and you have to buy a new one, it is ?100 apiece,


it is important but expensive. The cost does not stop there. The sport


demands specialist classes, gloves and suits, that even with the Winter


Olympics just months away, he is still without a sponsor, which makes


finding himself difficult. Individual sponsors, we do not get


many out there. It is only coming up to the Olympics that people start


getting interested and start funding a few of the athletes and that is


just a few. Is a medal on the cards? I am not saying I can or I am going


to, but when you are on form and when it is your day, there are six


teen or 17 guys. It has not happened to me yet, but hopefully I am saving


up. More news on Jack next week. That is all from us. Oh no, it


isn't. Oh yes, it is. It is filling up here. This is to celebrate 50


years and there is also a gala performance of the pantomime. There


is a giant beanstalk behind me because it is Jack and the


Beanstalk. The Playhouse has always been known for its new works for


children and the weird looks after children and panto is very special


`` the way it looks after. It is a special year for the artistic


director because he has been doing it for 30 years and he says this is


his last performance. I managed to catch up with handfuls top `` catch


up with him. It may be 50 years of the Playhouse


but it is 30 years of panto for Kenneth Alan Taylor. You cannot come


to the pantomime without talking to the Dame. How lovely to see you! I


am famous at last. How is it going? A little bird told me that this is


going to be your last pantomime, but you have said that before and come


back. This year, honestly, this is the last appearance as Dean. I will


be back writing and directing. 30 years. If you come back and do a


Dame again I am going to make you pay a forfeit. Honestly, I will not


be back, I promise. What will you miss? The audience. I will not miss


the 12 shows a week. I did my first panto in 1959. Were you only three?


You are a charmer. I was going to say how beautiful you are. Perhaps I


could borrow some of your outfits. I could give you some tips on make up.


It is surely good this year. There are lots of funny jokes. We have not


been to one since our children are small so it was really nice. I have


found Billy Ivory. This theatre means a lot to you. I have been


coming here for donkeys. The thing that made me want to be a writer was


Kevin Griffiths' play which was back here in the 70s and I saw it as a


young boy. What does tonight mean to you? It is a fantastic chance to


celebrate the building and the city. And the people of Nottingham and the


effect this building has had on the city culturally and the wider


populace as well. It is lovely to see you. Alice is outside.


I think Jack would have struggled to see the Beanstalk because we have


had fog. There is some around this evening but nothing as widespread as


we had this morning. Tomorrow is quite quiet with a lot of cloud, a


little bit of rain. Tonight, plenty of clear skies at the moment. That


is going to allow those temperatures to drop quite quickly. It might


allow for a little bit of Bros in sheltered spots. As we go into the


early hours of Thursday morning, you will start to notice some cloud from


the south`west and the winds starting to strengthen and that will


help to lift any patchy mist and fog. Thursday, generally very


cloudy. It seems to be quite dry first thing in the morning but then


we will notice some rain pushing its way south east as we go into the


afternoon. It is very light and patchy but it will be quite a damp


afternoon and quite easy. Friday, rain pushing its way east as we go


through the day, giving us a damp day. The weekend, Saturday starts


dry but more rain to come. That is just about it for us. It is


going to be a great night. The pantomime is about to begin. A very


happy birthday and here is to the next 50 years.


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