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And now the news for the East Midlands, I'm Anne Davies.
A baby girl suffered a catalogue of appalling injuries, including 15
fractures, at the hands of her mother. She's since been convicted
and deported. A serious case review into Baby Z found mistakes were made
by health professionals. Jo Healey reports.
The baby was eight months old when she was taken to her local A in
Leicester by her parents. These are some of the injuries. 15 fractures
in all. This was in October 2012. In September last year, the baby's
mother, who was 31 and had admitted GBH, was given a two and a half year
jail sentence. A few weeks ago on Christmas Eve, she was deported back
to India. The child is still here in care. It will be her second birthday
on Thursday, but she won't know much about it. She's brain`damaged,
severely visually impaired, confined to a wheelchair and fed through a
tube. So why was she never referred to social services? When she was six
months old, a GP noted that she had blue marks on her back. He did
consider it was non`accidental injury, but because the mother was
relaxed, smiling, well`dressed and nicely spoken, and the baby was
happy, he was reassured. But he should have referred baby Z to
children's social care. The GP accepted it was an error of
judgement, but said he found it difficult to believe that anyone
would harm a child. The Serious Case Review has recommended more training
for health workers in referring child cases to social services.
If you're concerned, please ring, do not keep it to yourself. Refer
quickly, do not delay because delay can lead to serious consequences. As
it did in this case. As, tragically, it did in this case.
NHS England has told us this review has shown them things need to be
done differently to protect children and changes will be made to make
sure this doesn't happen again. Scant comfort, though, for Baby Z
facing her second birthday with little to celebrate.
Council workers have been protesting today, demanding an extra pound an
hour in their pay packets. Cleaners and care workers joined this demo in
the centre of Leicester. There were similar protests in Derby and
Nottingham. Trade Unions say some of their members are being forced to
rely on food banks. Hard`working, and we keep the economy going, so we
should get something out of it. We take on a lot of the stress of
families that are in difficulty and I don't think our pay reflects the
work that we do. MPs are getting way in excess of inflationary increases
and the Royal Family as well. Social workers haven't had a real pay
increase for the last five years. A man's been airlifted to hospital
following reports of an assault at a block of flats in Oakham. The
47`year`old was flown from Rutland to the Queen's Medical Centre in
Nottingham, after police were called to Derwent Drive this lunchtime. A
40`year old woman has been arrested and an investigation has started.
Police are appealing for witnesses. The former Gedling Colliery in
Nottinghamshire is to be transformed into a 300`acre country park. The
first phase of work will include making the area safe for the public.
The ?1 million project will see a car park and road added, along with
a children's play area, all due to open this autumn.
Next, developers could be forced by law to include flood protection
measures into future plans. It's the idea of Mark Spencer, the MP for
Sherwood, and follows severe flooding in many parts of
Nottinghamshire in recent years. From Westminster, here's our
Political Editor John Hess. Today, Mark Spencer introduced his
own parliamentary bill to ensure that any new building plans include
flood prevention. He wants developers rather than customers
through their water bills to pay for those flood prevention measures,
especially in villages that have been so vulnerable in the recent
floods. Sadly, the drainage systems of those
villages have not grown at the same rate and further developments
upstream have added to the problem of drainage. These villages today
are faced with sewage systems that are already under enormous pressure
and have a high risk of flooding during periods of prolonged or heavy
rainfall. While the national media attention
today has been focused on Somerset, there are many households in the
East Midlands that are still struggling to cope with the impact
of the floods from last year as Simon Hay reports.
It's hard to believe that this is rainwater run`off, not flooding from
a river or stream. The water came down, and along the
road here, and over the edge and it filled the garden and the house. We
made futile attempts to stop it, but you can't stop water. It continued
coming in. It deluged the Buntings' home last
July. Six months on and they've only just moved back in. We had good
temporary accommodation, but to be back home is very good. The drains
couldn't cope with three inches of rain in a couple of hours. It's a
question not simply of defence, but drainage and coping with excess
water. Last year's events here have left many feeling wary about what
the weather is going to bring in the future.
Mark Spencer's parliamentary bill today coincided with the government
announcing an additional ?7 million to help communities affected by the
floods. So far, up to 53 local authorities, many of them in the
East Midlands, have indicated that they will pitch for some of that
emergency funding. And now an ingenious place to set up
home in winter. This family of mistle`thrush, we believe, have
nested on traffic lights at a busy junction in the middle of Leicester.
All mod`cons, central heating from above and below. The lights may go
on and off all night but it does produce a cosy warm colour scheme.
Brace yourselves, we are in for a rough ride over the next 24 hours or
so. The rain has already arrived across western parts. It will become
heavy and persisted for a time through tonight, quite wet and windy
tonight. Most of the rain should clear away to the North by the end
of the night. Some places. Dried tomorrow, but more been pushing in.
We could have an inch of rain by the end of the day tomorrow.
Temperatures of seven or eight degrees. Not looking good for the
next 24 hours. I will Good evening. Much like the local
forecast, the national picture is a stormy one in the next 24 hours The
Met Office have issued an amber weather warning for strong winds
across southern counties. Wilts up to Surrey in particular. There will
be some transport disruption, no doubt, and it could go beyond that,
so if you're travelling across the country there could be transport and
power disruption and with more rain in the forecast, further flooding
where areas have flooded and some very strong winds and high seas
Southern coastal counties of England and Wales have been troubled, but
Dorset sees three severe flood warnings,