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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
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.