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And now the news for the East Midlands, I'm Dominic Heale.
The former partner of a pregnant woman killed by a mentally ill man
says he believes her death could have been prevented. Robert Barlow's
comments follow the publication of a Serious Case Review into the deaths
of Rachael Slack and her young son, who were killed in their Derbyshire
cottage. On June two, 2010, police called to this cottage in Holbrooke
in Derbyshire found inside the stabbed bodies of Rachael Slack and
her young son, Auden and that of Andrew Cairns, Auden's father. An
inquest concluded last year that Cairns, who had mental health
problems, had killed Auden then Rachael, then himself. A report
published today by the Derbyshire Safeguarding Children Board says all
three deaths were unpredictable and unpreventable. But Rachael's partner
at the time of the killings said the deaths were preventable. He says the
police should have told Rachael she was specifically at high risk of
being killed by Andrew. If you get a phone call from the
police and they see that your partner is at high risk of homicide,
it definitely would make you sit up and take notice of what you have
then got to do. A victim at high risk, and therefore
at high risk of homicide, we make that absolutely explicit. We go
through a protective form with them, and look at what measures they can
adopt and we can adopt with them. And they sign that to say that they
understand. The health service, criticised for
concentrating on Cairns and not those close to him, has also made
changes. They have been improved through the
adoption of a process called Think Family, which allows the wider
understanding of the family and the child around an individual.
The police, the health service and the Safeguarding Children Board all
say lessons have been learnt since the tragedy.
Two of our emergency services could move in together to save costs. The
police force and Fire Service in Derbyshire are looking at the
possibility of having a new shared headquarters. It would be built on
the site of the current police HQ in Ripley.
This is Derbyshire Police Headquarters but could it soon also
be home to Derbyshire Fire and Rescue Service? That's the plan said
to be at a very early stage and it would need planning permission. The
police want to replace two buildings on the site and Derbyshire Fire
Service headquarters are also said to be outdated. That would be sold
off, as part of the plan. The man in charge of the police purse strings
says it is a matter of good timing. Both of us have rather old
headquarters buildings that will either need a lot of money spent on
them or would need to be replaced. It was quite fortunate that both of
us had a similar need at the same time.
Both the police and fire need to make savings. The FBU will be hoping
that the number of fire stations proposed to be closed may be
reduced. There is concern that this could lead to the loss of
background, administrative job staff. We could have a new joint
Police and Fire headquarters here within three years.
140,000 patients in Nottingham failed to show up for their GP
appointments or at hospital outpatient clinics last year. The
problem of absentee patients is now the focus of a big campaign in the
city. Our Health Correspondent Rob Sissons reports.
This baby has a bad chest. This winter the doctors are busy at this
practice. But not everyone shows up. If people cannot make it then we
should be able to cancel it so that somebody else who needs it can get
an appointment. People are cancelling appointments when they
don't need to. A survey revealed that the scale of
missed appointments varies and ranges from one in a hundred at one
GP practice to one in five not showing up at another smaller one.
Here, the manager told me they are trying to improve things by text in
patients. We're been working at this for a
considerable time now. Our percentage is fairly low, at around
5%. If you costed this staffing for
missed appointments, it is five and a half million pounds per year. That
could pay for 261 nurses. It could also pay for MRI scanners.
A star Nottingham rugby player, who was forced to retire because of a
head injury, is supporting a campaign to get the sport to take
concussion more seriously. New figures have revealed that on
average in professional rugby there's a concussion injury in every
six games. In the past Nottingham's David Jackson played on even after
being knocked out. Now the risks of playing at all are too high.
Luke Griggs is from Headway ` the brain injury association. I asked
Luke if things are changing in rugby.
There is certainly a large momentum building and people are becoming
aware of the risks of concussion, and more importantly how to spot it
when people are concussed and that is really good. It is important that
players like David Jackson come out and talk about things like this.
We are ending January on a very soggy note. An unusual sight today,
some of us had wintry showers. Those showers will start to clear away as
we go through the night. It will be a cloudy night. We may see a touch
of frost. A chilly, cold start tomorrow. Then it all changes as the
Reagan pushes through from the West. `` as the rain pushes through from
the West. Thank you. Goodbye. very good night.
Good evening. As we have seen, it has been an exceptionally wet month
and it is not even over yet. The final day of January promises even
more heavy rain and that is not the only hazard. There could be some
snow and strong winds over the next 48 hours. We have seen too many of
these weather systems steaming in from the Atlantic. It is not with
this yet, however. Some snow over the hills in northern England and
eastern Scotland. Some mist and fog patches in the south. Many of us
will start Friday Drive, however the rain is on its way and it will
gradually spread its