30/01/2014 East Midlands Today


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extended interview with her. But now on BBC One, it's time for the

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And now the news for the East Midlands, I'm Dominic Heale.

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The former partner of a pregnant woman killed by a mentally ill man

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says he believes her death could have been prevented. Robert Barlow's

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comments follow the publication of a Serious Case Review into the deaths

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of Rachael Slack and her young son, who were killed in their Derbyshire

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cottage. On June two, 2010, police called to this cottage in Holbrooke

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in Derbyshire found inside the stabbed bodies of Rachael Slack and

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her young son, Auden and that of Andrew Cairns, Auden's father. An

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inquest concluded last year that Cairns, who had mental health

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problems, had killed Auden then Rachael, then himself. A report

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published today by the Derbyshire Safeguarding Children Board says all

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three deaths were unpredictable and unpreventable. But Rachael's partner

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at the time of the killings said the deaths were preventable. He says the

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police should have told Rachael she was specifically at high risk of

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being killed by Andrew. If you get a phone call from the

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police and they see that your partner is at high risk of homicide,

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it definitely would make you sit up and take notice of what you have

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then got to do. A victim at high risk, and therefore

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at high risk of homicide, we make that absolutely explicit. We go

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through a protective form with them, and look at what measures they can

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adopt and we can adopt with them. And they sign that to say that they

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understand. The health service, criticised for

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concentrating on Cairns and not those close to him, has also made

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changes. They have been improved through the

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adoption of a process called Think Family, which allows the wider

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understanding of the family and the child around an individual.

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The police, the health service and the Safeguarding Children Board all

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say lessons have been learnt since the tragedy.

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Two of our emergency services could move in together to save costs. The

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police force and Fire Service in Derbyshire are looking at the

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possibility of having a new shared headquarters. It would be built on

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the site of the current police HQ in Ripley.

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This is Derbyshire Police Headquarters but could it soon also

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be home to Derbyshire Fire and Rescue Service? That's the plan said

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to be at a very early stage and it would need planning permission. The

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police want to replace two buildings on the site and Derbyshire Fire

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Service headquarters are also said to be outdated. That would be sold

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off, as part of the plan. The man in charge of the police purse strings

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says it is a matter of good timing. Both of us have rather old

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headquarters buildings that will either need a lot of money spent on

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them or would need to be replaced. It was quite fortunate that both of

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us had a similar need at the same time.

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Both the police and fire need to make savings. The FBU will be hoping

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that the number of fire stations proposed to be closed may be

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reduced. There is concern that this could lead to the loss of

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background, administrative job staff. We could have a new joint

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Police and Fire headquarters here within three years.

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140,000 patients in Nottingham failed to show up for their GP

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appointments or at hospital outpatient clinics last year. The

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problem of absentee patients is now the focus of a big campaign in the

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city. Our Health Correspondent Rob Sissons reports.

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This baby has a bad chest. This winter the doctors are busy at this

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practice. But not everyone shows up. If people cannot make it then we

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should be able to cancel it so that somebody else who needs it can get

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an appointment. People are cancelling appointments when they

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don't need to. A survey revealed that the scale of

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missed appointments varies and ranges from one in a hundred at one

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GP practice to one in five not showing up at another smaller one.

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Here, the manager told me they are trying to improve things by text in

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patients. We're been working at this for a

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considerable time now. Our percentage is fairly low, at around

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5%. If you costed this staffing for

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missed appointments, it is five and a half million pounds per year. That

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could pay for 261 nurses. It could also pay for MRI scanners.

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A star Nottingham rugby player, who was forced to retire because of a

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head injury, is supporting a campaign to get the sport to take

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concussion more seriously. New figures have revealed that on

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average in professional rugby there's a concussion injury in every

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six games. In the past Nottingham's David Jackson played on even after

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being knocked out. Now the risks of playing at all are too high.

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Luke Griggs is from Headway ` the brain injury association. I asked

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Luke if things are changing in rugby.

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There is certainly a large momentum building and people are becoming

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aware of the risks of concussion, and more importantly how to spot it

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when people are concussed and that is really good. It is important that

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players like David Jackson come out and talk about things like this.

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We are ending January on a very soggy note. An unusual sight today,

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some of us had wintry showers. Those showers will start to clear away as

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we go through the night. It will be a cloudy night. We may see a touch

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of frost. A chilly, cold start tomorrow. Then it all changes as the

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Reagan pushes through from the West. `` as the rain pushes through from

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the West. Thank you. Goodbye. very good night.

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Good evening. As we have seen, it has been an exceptionally wet month

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and it is not even over yet. The final day of January promises even

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more heavy rain and that is not the only hazard. There could be some

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snow and strong winds over the next 48 hours. We have seen too many of

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these weather systems steaming in from the Atlantic. It is not with

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this yet, however. Some snow over the hills in northern England and

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eastern Scotland. Some mist and fog patches in the south. Many of us

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will start Friday Drive, however the rain is on its way and it will

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gradually spread its

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