04/02/2014 East Midlands Today


04/02/2014

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And now the news for the East Midlands, I'm Anne Davies.

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A baby girl suffered a catalogue of appalling injuries, including 15

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fractures, at the hands of her mother. She's since been convicted

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and deported. A serious case review into Baby Z found mistakes were made

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by health professionals. Jo Healey reports.

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The baby was eight months old when she was taken to her local A in

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Leicester by her parents. These are some of the injuries. 15 fractures

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in all. This was in October 2012. In September last year, the baby's

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mother, who was 31 and had admitted GBH, was given a two and a half year

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jail sentence. A few weeks ago on Christmas Eve, she was deported back

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to India. The child is still here in care. It will be her second birthday

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on Thursday, but she won't know much about it. She's brain`damaged,

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severely visually impaired, confined to a wheelchair and fed through a

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tube. So why was she never referred to social services? When she was six

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months old, a GP noted that she had blue marks on her back. He did

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consider it was non`accidental injury, but because the mother was

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relaxed, smiling, well`dressed and nicely spoken, and the baby was

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happy, he was reassured. But he should have referred baby Z to

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children's social care. The GP accepted it was an error of

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judgement, but said he found it difficult to believe that anyone

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would harm a child. The Serious Case Review has recommended more training

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for health workers in referring child cases to social services.

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If you're concerned, please ring, do not keep it to yourself. Refer

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quickly, do not delay because delay can lead to serious consequences. As

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it did in this case. As, tragically, it did in this case.

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NHS England has told us this review has shown them things need to be

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done differently to protect children and changes will be made to make

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sure this doesn't happen again. Scant comfort, though, for Baby Z

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facing her second birthday with little to celebrate.

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Council workers have been protesting today, demanding an extra pound an

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hour in their pay packets. Cleaners and care workers joined this demo in

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the centre of Leicester. There were similar protests in Derby and

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Nottingham. Trade Unions say some of their members are being forced to

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rely on food banks. Hard`working, and we keep the economy going, so we

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should get something out of it. We take on a lot of the stress of

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families that are in difficulty and I don't think our pay reflects the

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work that we do. MPs are getting way in excess of inflationary increases

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and the Royal Family as well. Social workers haven't had a real pay

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increase for the last five years. A man's been airlifted to hospital

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following reports of an assault at a block of flats in Oakham. The

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47`year`old was flown from Rutland to the Queen's Medical Centre in

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Nottingham, after police were called to Derwent Drive this lunchtime. A

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40`year old woman has been arrested and an investigation has started.

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Police are appealing for witnesses. The former Gedling Colliery in

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Nottinghamshire is to be transformed into a 300`acre country park. The

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first phase of work will include making the area safe for the public.

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The ?1 million project will see a car park and road added, along with

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a children's play area, all due to open this autumn.

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Next, developers could be forced by law to include flood protection

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measures into future plans. It's the idea of Mark Spencer, the MP for

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Sherwood, and follows severe flooding in many parts of

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Nottinghamshire in recent years. From Westminster, here's our

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Political Editor John Hess. Today, Mark Spencer introduced his

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own parliamentary bill to ensure that any new building plans include

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flood prevention. He wants developers rather than customers

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through their water bills to pay for those flood prevention measures,

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especially in villages that have been so vulnerable in the recent

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floods. Sadly, the drainage systems of those

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villages have not grown at the same rate and further developments

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upstream have added to the problem of drainage. These villages today

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are faced with sewage systems that are already under enormous pressure

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and have a high risk of flooding during periods of prolonged or heavy

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rainfall. While the national media attention

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today has been focused on Somerset, there are many households in the

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East Midlands that are still struggling to cope with the impact

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of the floods from last year as Simon Hay reports.

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It's hard to believe that this is rainwater run`off, not flooding from

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a river or stream. The water came down, and along the

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road here, and over the edge and it filled the garden and the house. We

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made futile attempts to stop it, but you can't stop water. It continued

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coming in. It deluged the Buntings' home last

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July. Six months on and they've only just moved back in. We had good

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temporary accommodation, but to be back home is very good. The drains

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couldn't cope with three inches of rain in a couple of hours. It's a

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question not simply of defence, but drainage and coping with excess

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water. Last year's events here have left many feeling wary about what

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the weather is going to bring in the future.

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Mark Spencer's parliamentary bill today coincided with the government

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announcing an additional ?7 million to help communities affected by the

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floods. So far, up to 53 local authorities, many of them in the

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East Midlands, have indicated that they will pitch for some of that

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emergency funding. And now an ingenious place to set up

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home in winter. This family of mistle`thrush, we believe, have

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nested on traffic lights at a busy junction in the middle of Leicester.

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All mod`cons, central heating from above and below. The lights may go

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on and off all night but it does produce a cosy warm colour scheme.

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Brace yourselves, we are in for a rough ride over the next 24 hours or

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so. The rain has already arrived across western parts. It will become

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heavy and persisted for a time through tonight, quite wet and windy

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tonight. Most of the rain should clear away to the North by the end

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of the night. Some places. Dried tomorrow, but more been pushing in.

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We could have an inch of rain by the end of the day tomorrow.

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Temperatures of seven or eight degrees. Not looking good for the

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next 24 hours. I will Good evening. Much like the local

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forecast, the national picture is a stormy one in the next 24 hours The

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Met Office have issued an amber weather warning for strong winds

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across southern counties. Wilts up to Surrey in particular. There will

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be some transport disruption, no doubt, and it could go beyond that,

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so if you're travelling across the country there could be transport and

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power disruption and with more rain in the forecast, further flooding

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where areas have flooded and some very strong winds and high seas

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Southern coastal counties of England and Wales have been troubled, but

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Dorset sees three severe flood warnings,

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