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into Friday morning and enhance the risk of flooding. That is all


Big This is East Midlands Today with Anne Davies and me, Dominic Heale.


Tonight ` tragic and saddening. The appalling injuries to a baby girl


that went unnoticed. They were inflicted by the child's


mother after a GP failed to raise the alarm.


Also tonight, public sector workers demand an extra pound an hour in


their pay. Because we are hard workers and we


keep the economy going so we should get something out of it.


An MP demands builders provide flood protection for all new homes. And


the rise and rise of the rat. A warning about super`sized rodents.


First tonight, the baby girl who suffered a catalogue of appalling


injuries and the serious case review which has found that mistakes were


made. Last year, Baby Z's mother was convicted and deported. This week,


the review said a GP, who saw marks on the baby when she was six months


old, should have referred her to social services.


The head of the review has described it as an extremely tragic case which


saddened them. Jo Healey has this report.


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 0 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. 0 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.


The report said the case has had a huge impact on the health community,


but that is small consolation to baby Z, 0


but that is small consolation to baby Z, turning two on Thursday with


little to celebrate. Jo is with us now. Clearly, a tragic


case but what changes have been put in place because of it?


Since the high`profile cases in other parts, NHS England say they


have done a massive amount to safeguard 0


have done a massive amount to safeguard children. But this latest


Serious Case Review has told them that they should have done something


differently here. They are planning three changes. They want to


strengthen communication between health visitors and GPs with bees to


face meetings. `` with face to face meetings. They want to see if


training is fit for purpose. We want to see how GPs ask for help and


advice in difficult cases. Will this stop another case like


this? There are no guarantees we will not have another child in this


situation. But the things we are putting in place all strength in


what is already in place and support the professionals to do their job in


a more competent and safe way. It is her birthday on Thursday, what


more can you tell us of her condition?


She is brain damaged, she refuses all food and is fed into her


stomach. She is now being tested for epilepsy, she cannot walk or crawl.


She will need long`term support and care.


Thank you. Council workers have been protesting today, demanding an extra


pound`an`hour in their pay packets. Demonstrations have taken place in


the centres of Derby, Leicester and Nottingham.


Trade unions say some of their members are being forced to rely on


food banks. Yet official figures show that average public service


salaries are actually higher than in the private sector. Our Social


Affairs Correspondent, Jeremy Ball, reports.


Care workers, housing staff and council cleaners joined this


lunchtime protest investor. They took to the streets to demand more


money of at least ?1 an hour. Their message here is loud and clear. At a


time when we are told the economy is improving, they want to see some of


that improvement reflected in their pay packets. We have been losing the


value of what we get paid and everybody needs to live, basically


and we are struggling to do that. We take you on a lot of distressed


families in difficulty and our pay does not reflect that. MPs are


getting way in excess of an inflationary increase, and the Royal


family as well. Social workers have not had a big increase last five


years. We are hard`working and we keep the economy going so we should


get something from it. This afternoon, more wage


demonstrations in Nottingham and Derby. But the government has


already announced a rise in the minimum wage and several of our


councils are paying the living wage. In the East Midlands, the average


public sector worker earns ?22,500, higher than workers in private


companies. Most public sector workers are low paid, part`time


women who fall behind every year in pay. People are struggling and using


food banks. Today's demonstrations were not just about pay rises. They


were also protesting about council cuts. But council leaders are likely


to see it as a choice between those demands.


Governors at a school in 0 demands.


Governors at a school in Leicester will decide tonight whether it will


be the first non faith`school in the city to become an academy. Only six


parents took part in a consultation over the plans to change Rushey Mead


School. Their responses will be considered by the Governors.


Academies are state`funded schools which 0


Academies are state`funded schools which aren't controlled by the local


authority. They have more freedom than other state schools over their


finances and don't have to follow the national curriculum. The city


council and the National Union of Teachers are against the plans.


Joining me now from outside Rushey Mead School is Ian Leaver from the


NUT. Only six parents offered a view on


this. That suggests that there isn't a huge groundswell of opinion either


way. I think it probably suggests that


there is a flaw in the consultation process. Parents have a 0


there is a flaw in the consultation process. Parents have a view on


these things if they understand what the arguments are. The National


Union of Teachers and the city council continually asked for the


opportunity to have a public debate on this where we can put our point


of view and explained why we are opposed to the idea. That would give


parents a proper opportunity to make a considered decision.


If Rushey Meade does convert, it'll get more money, it'll be able to


innovate, raise standards even further and attract the best


teachers. What is the NUT afraid of? There is no more money available for


academies. That wasn't the Academy programme first started. There a


sweeteners for schools. But there is no more available money. One 0


no more available money. One argument is that academies have more


freedom, but that is... They have very few freedoms that maintained


schools do not have all stop there is very little freedom that an


Academy games. If Rushey Meade does convert what can you do about it? We


will meet with our members and governors. I am hoping that they


will see sense. They have taken a long time to consider this.


Thank you. A man has been airlifted to hospital


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


47`year old has been 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 to contact them.


A planning application to knock down the Regent Cinema in Hinckley,


leaving just the facade, is being considered by councillors this


evening. The former cinema stopped operating as Flutters bingo hall


last year. Developers already have permission to demolish it, but have


now applied to keep the front area. Local campaigners are trying to


raise ?100,000 to buy the site and transform it into a community


centre. The woman who researched and helped


discover the remains of King Richard III says his bones should not be


stored at the University of Leicester, but taken to a more


appropriate place. Philippa Langley made the comments


one year on from the official confirmation of the discovery. Simon


Ward reports. When King Richard III's remains were


discovered under a Leicester Council car park, it caused a worldwide


sensation. But a year on, the woman who researched his burial place is


unhappy the bones have been kept at the University of Leicester while a


final decision is made. My agreement, in place locally, says


that following identification, as the named custodian of the remains I


would be able to take Richard to a place of sanctity and rest to await


reburial. That's what it says. It's pretty simple. And it won't affect


anything, it won't affect any of the outcome, and yet it will honour this


man who fell in battle. No one really knows this is where he


is. Only two of us have access. Last night on Inside Out East


Midlands, the BBC was given access to a secret location at the


University of Leicester where the bones are kept secure. I do feel


quite unhappy that people think the university did something incorrectly


because we followed normal practice on the exhumation of many, many


burials over the years. Everything was agreed before the dig got under


way, before the tarmac was cut and everybody was happy with the plans


that were in place. So I think all we're saying is can we honour the


agreement? Work is well under way to build a


new King Richard III visitor centre at Leicester Cathedral. The judicial


review about the excavation and plans to place the bones at the


Cathedral will take place at the High Court in London on March 13th.


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. It's due to


open to the public this autumn. Nearly ?600,000 is being invested in


road repairs and other improvements across Derbyshire this month. The


money is part of a ?35 million package the county council is


spending on improving its roads in one year. Resurfacing and patching


roads are the main tasks during February.


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


measures in their 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. Today, he introduced his own


Parliamentary Bill to ensure that adequate drainage forms part of any


new plans. Let's find out more from Westminster and our Political Editor


John Hess. John, surely planners already have such powers.


You would have thought so. But it is not nearly as clear as you might


think. Like so much flood water, this issue and who should pay for


flood prevention measures is rather muddy. I'll be speaking to the MP


shortly, but first this report from Simon Hare.


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 Bunting's family 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. That's why today Mark Spencer introduced


his own parliamentary He wants developers to pay for flood


prevention. `` parliamentary bill. Especially in villages.


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. 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 is with me here at Westminster. Mark Spencer, I think


many people will be surprised that a developer doesn't have to take into


account the knock`on effects of flooding caused by new housing. It


is the knock`on effect that I am worried about. This sewer in an old


village but 0 worried about. This sewer in an old


village but does not have the capacity. So who should take a grip


of this to ensure that adequate drains are built? It has to be the


local authority. The highways authority. They have to make sure


that during the planning process, the developers are held to account


and the knock`on effects of this problem are sorted out. The cost of


flood prevention is paid for people who pay water bills? Absolutely.


When you are building a new property, it does not cost that much


more to build in mitigation schemes. But if you are living at the bottom


of the village, you are getting all of the flooding. Because it's not


just in rural areas that this is an issue. Absolutely not. There are


enormous problems in towns. Downing Street is anxious to be seen on top


of the current flooding crisis. Your Bill is very timely. Should the


government back it? Let's hope so. It is going through the House of


Lords at the moment. Mark Spencer's Parliamentary Bill today coincided


with the government announcing that ?7 million in emergency funding is


now available for local councils to repair damage caused by the floods.


So far, 53 local councils, including some in the East Midlands, intend to


claim some of that cash. Still to come. Rats as big as cats?


No, they'll be bigger. One academic says we should prepare


for a new generation 0 One academic says we should prepare


for a new generation of super sized rodents. The details later.


Obviously, that was before picture. Time for sport.


For anybody bothered about that, you can watch the sport. A major blow


for Nottingham Forest promotion push.


David Vaughan has a knee injury. It will keep them out for several


months. The club have revealed he has fractured his kneecap.


Basketball and an attack from the Great Britain captain and Leicester


Riders player Drew Sullivan on today's decision to cut the national


side's funding. UK sport has withdrawn their financial support


because they say Great Britain aren't realistic medal contenders


for the 2016 Olympics. Sullivan says cutting the funding means the work


the sport has done in the last eight years has counted for nothing. But


those behind today's decision say basketball isn't yet fulfilling its


potential despite plenty of opportunities.


We've been funding them since 2006. They've had a lot of opportunity to


showcase their sport here in the UK and raise their profiles to generate


greater interest 0 and raise their profiles to generate


greater interest and increase participation. So I would say to the


governing body of Ascott bowl, concentrate on that over the next


few years and then we can say what it looks like. `` of basketball.


Leicester Tigers have confirmed they've tied four key players to new


or extended contracts. French scrum half David Mele has made a longer


commitment to the club, while Jordan Crane and Adam Thompstone have


signed new deals. Only details remain on winger Miles Benjamin's


extension. Tigers Director of Rugby Richard Cockerill says he is heavily


involved in negotiations. I think that's important. I want to retain


and sign the players that I want, so when they're good, it's my


responsibility and when it's bad, it's my responsibility. So I choose


who comes and I choose who goes. If we're poor, or we lose, I get the


blame, and it's my fault and rightly so.


The East Midlands is on track to produce footballers ready for


Brazil. We're not talking about this year's World Cup. But the Rio


Paralympics in two years' time. Cerebral Palsy Football is part of


the Paralympic programme. And a Centre 0


the Paralympic programme. And a Centre of Excellence in this region


is looking to bring on the players of the future. As Mark Shardlow


reports. These are the teenagers from the


East Midlands chasing the dream to play for England at 0


East Midlands chasing the dream to play for England at the World Cup


and Britain at the Paralympics. We try and make it as mainstream as


possible for them. Today, just normal seven v seven. You notice, on


one side, some of them struggle with their movement so it's all about


trying to make the game accessible to them. Yes, 0


trying to make the game accessible to them. Yes, they have got a


disability, but we try to give them that opportunity to play as much as


possible. Easy!


Cerebral palsy affects movement and coordination, but to these boys,


it's now opening up a whole new world. I 0


it's now opening up a whole new world. I just love playing football


and it's very inspirational for me to come and work with these


fantastic players. I hope to progress, maybe, to national level


and represent the country, that would be really 0


and represent the country, that would be really good.


Darby's Leon Taylor has played all over the globe, including for


Paralympics GB at London 2012. It's certainly been fantastic for my


confidence and self`esteem. I was always one of those 0


confidence and self`esteem. I was always one of those who, as a child,


had a love of football, a lot of all sports but was never quite good


enough to make it into the school team. But I kept chipping away at it


and then having this opportunity, being involved in disability


football, has been absolutely fantastic. The Football Association


set up regional teams and an elite league. Once a month, players come


from all over the country to play matches.


When we play our tournaments, we have scouts there, we have England


staff come along to tournaments to see if these 0


staff come along to tournaments to see if these players could actually


make it onto that world stage. And the opportunities are endless then.


Two East Midlands players are this week at England's training camp in


California, incentive enough for anyone with CP to dig out their


boots and join in. If you don't like rats, you might


not like this next bit. You have had enough warning.


Oh, there are some. Lovely. Well now, a scientist from Leicester


University is predicting they could become a sizeable problem in the


future. That's because, in the future, rats


could grow to the size of sheep or even bigger, as they take the place


of extinct larger mammals. Victoria Hicks has more.


Love them or loathe them, there are millions of rats the world over.


Why? Because they are born survivors and easily adapt to their


surroundings. I've had reports down south that


they are becoming super`sized and starting to become more resistant to


rat poison. Peter Andrews knows a thing or two


about rats. He's spent 15 years trying to control them.


They can get into any situation, out of any situation. They're just a


good all`round survivor. And that's a view shared by this


geologist from the University of Leicester. He says as bigger animals


become extinct, smaller animals evolve to replace them.


Dinosaurs are the classic example. When they lived, they occupied the


top part of the food chain. The mammals were very small and were


kept down by the dinosaurs. When the dinosaurs died out, it was the turn


of the mammals and they could evolve to take over the roles of the big


and fierce animals on earth. Could that become as big as sheep or even


larger? The answer is yes. We know that goldens can become the size of


a bull, wheeling over a tonne. They might become even bigger. If they


take to the sea, 0 might become even bigger. If they


take to the sea, as the ancestors of wheels and dolphins did, they could


weigh ten of times. It has happened in the past and it could happen in


the future. But don't worry about that 0 0


the future. But don't worry about that happening any time soon. It


would take millions of years. Giant swimming rats.


Very 0 Giant swimming rats.


Very assured it will be millions of miles away.


Time for the weather. Brace yourselves, a pest from the


West once again. I'd eat area of low pressure winding itself in ``


winding itself up in the Atlantic. We are back to square one,


unfortunately. A wet and windy day. We could have another inch of rain


by the end of the day, very unwelcome. We had a decent afternoon


today, lots of lovely sunshine. But a wall of water is pushing its way


in from the west. It is clouding over this evening. The wind will put


car and the rainbow operation `` and the rain will push in. It should


ease off towards the end of the night. Staying frost free with


temperatures of five or six Celsius. Some of us might start of dry


tomorrow morning, but we will soon have more been pushing its way


across. This rain will be heavy. A wet and windy afternoon. Another


inch of rain by the end of the day tomorrow. And the wind will be


gusting around 40 or 50 miles an hour. Temperatures of seven or eight


Celsius. That area of low pressure pushes northwards tomorrow night.


Some dry and bright weather on Thursday. The wind will ease down,


but the rain is never far away. More wet weather heading in on Thursday


and more for the weekend. Those storms keep coming.


Just time to show you this ` an ingenious place 0


Just time to show you this ` an ingenious place to set up home in


winter. This family of mistle`thrush, we


believe, have nested on these traffic lights at a busy junction in


the middle of Leicester. All mod`cons, central heating from above


and below. The lights go on and off all night but they 0


and below. The lights go on and off all night but they have a nice cosy


warm colour scheme. They were spotted by Sergei Grishanov.


I had not been expecting, you know, to see a bird on a traffic light! I


think this is because the traffic lights warm up the chicks, it is a


very warm spot. Fantastic Lovely, and you can see


more of those birds on our Facebook page. 0


more of those birds on our Facebook page. .


Do have a look at the Facebook page. Seeing tomorrow. Goodbye.


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