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This is East Midlands Today with Dominic Heale and me, Anne Davies.
Tonight ` more evidence of the pressure on accident and emergency.
The spotlight 0 pressure on accident and emergency.
The spotlight falls 0 pressure on accident and emergency.
The spotlight falls on the long delays facing patients in Leicester.
It was chaos. There is queueing with people in wheelchairs.
Also tonight, the Government steps in to strip the trust of control
over newly created Academy. Plus, the World War I aero`engine
that helped change the cause of history.
Trent Bridge is no stranger to this sort of bat. Find out later while
the flight # why the flying variety is causing concern here. `` why the
flying variety is causing concern here.
Good evening and welcome. First tonight, the continuing crisis at
Leicester's accident and emergency unit. It's relied upon by more than
a million people, but has proved unreliable when it comes to waiting
times. Four hours is the target, and it is not being met.
Ever increasing numbers of patients, delays sending patients home and
people who don't really need to be there clogging up the waiting room
are all part of problem. 0 there clogging up the waiting room
are all part of problem. Now health campaigners are preparing for talks
with the hospital boss to air their concerns. Our health correspondent
Rob Sissons reports. Record numbers of patients are being
brought to Leicester's accident and emergency unit. But the 0
brought to Leicester's accident and emergency unit. But the centre has
been struggling to hit target times. The national waiting time targets
for a need apart is is to deal with 95% of patients within four hours.
In Leicester the latest week's figures has shown the hospital trust
has managed only 84%, and 74% with major cases. That means it is one in
only five trusts in the country where 80% of patients are dealt
within four hours. Our experience is that it is OK.
People are the priority. So they have to do something about it.
Hospital bosses at Leicester Royal infirmary say the unit was built for
100,000 patients every year, it is now seeing nearly twice that. The
aim is to keep waiting time stamp, but the reasons for delay is
conjugated. `` are contributed. We cannot cope with the level of
demand. We currently have between 60 and 80 patients in our beds on any
day who could be cared `` cared for elsewhere.
Health campaigners are now repairing to meet 0 0
Health campaigners are now repairing to meet the boss of Leicester's
hospitals later this week. Last Monday there were 17 ambulances
waiting outside, and patients were left in there for up to two hours.
Could block 0 left in there for up to two hours.
Could block in centres do more? A review of opening times is under
way across Leicester and Rutland. `` walk in centres. We want to provide
high`quality health care centres seven days a week.
There are fears some access to GPs could be lost at Oadby.
When are things going to improve? They have had some success on
weekends, long`term there is talk of a rebuilt needed in terms of
accident and emergency. `` rebuild. But this issue is not going to go
away, there is a lot of scrutiny of what is going on.
A Nottinghamshire school is one of ten being removed from the control
of a chain of state`funded academies in England. A new sponsor will now
have to be found for the Sherwood Academy in Gedling.
The decision comes after Ofsted inspectors raised serious concerns
about the performance of schools run by the E`ACT trust. Quentin Rayner
reports. 0 In 2010 Gedling School was fighting
for survival. The County Council considered closing it. Switching to
Academy status was an option to keep the school open. The E`ACT trust was
chosen to run it, and it's then director`general made his pledge. We
will build on the strengths the school has undoubtedly got, and
identify areas they could improve. But following a recent 0
identify areas they could improve. But following a recent Ofsted
inspection, Sherwood Academy is among 10/ from E`ACT's control.
Inspectors raised serious concerns. Parents were just taking in the
news. Pretty 0 Parents were just taking in the
news. Pretty concerned. Because it is having to go through it again. I
cannot see anything wrong with the school. I want my son to achieve, so
it is very disturbing and worrying. The new system was designed to
remove schools from local authorities controls. I think what
we are seeing is a demonstrator will failure of the policy in relation to
academies. `` demonstrate ball. `` demonstrable.
The trust now has to help find new sponsors for the affected academies.
The Government says it acts swiftly to address underperformance in all
schools. There will be a post of state discussion evening here next
month. `` post Ofsted. Coming up ` hold the front page,
could we be seeing TWO consecutive sunny 0
could we be seeing TWO consecutive sunny days? 0 0
sunny days? We have more sunshine on the way for
tomorrow, we could it be a hat`trick?
All the details later. An ambitious project to install new
lighting on Nottingham's historic Trent Bridge, has hit an unexpected
snag. The idea 0 Trent Bridge, has hit an unexpected
snag. The idea was 0 0 Trent Bridge, has hit an unexpected
snag. The idea was to make the bridge the backdrop for an
eye`catching changing light show. But the plans are now on hold
because of concerns that the lights could blind bats living under the
bridge's arches. Let's find out more from our political editor. Where are
you, John? This is Nottingham's newest bridge.
All lit up in green light, this bridge near the 0
All lit up in green light, this bridge near the Queen's Medical
Centre has been built to take the city's tram over the inner ring road
towards Beeston. But plans for an equally eye`catching lighting
display on one of the Nottingham's oldest bridges aren't going quite as
smoothly. It was in the summer that we
reported on plans to bring Trent Bridge out of the gloom. Costing
?150,000 and paid for by donations, the idea was to flood the bridge
with lighting. Today The City Council's Deputy Leader caught up
with those plans and there is a problem. We have got to consider
bats. It may well be there is a maternity column under the bridge,
but we have got to wait until May at least to find out. He may not look
particularly cuddly, but for this bat, Trent Bridge is home from home.
They are often called the water bat because they hunt and feed over
water. The light shining directly where there entrance is, that will
probably cause abandonment of the roost. It is the environmental
concern over the bats' habitat but will now delay the lighting scheme.
Trent Bridge is no stranger to this sort of bat, 0 0
Trent Bridge is no stranger to this sort of bat, and could the flying
variety actually stumped most ambitious project? `` but could.
Our bat expert tells us we could probably find alternative roosting
points for 0 probably find alternative roosting
points for them, so there are ways of overcoming it, but it will create
a further delay. If bats are roosting under Trent
Bridge, this could turn out to be one of the more unusual cases of
free housing by The City 0 one of the more unusual cases of
free housing by The City Council. Following the concerns launched by
the Nottinghamshire Bat Group, there will be that ordered the `` of the
bat population. If they can be rehoused, the
lighting scheme is now `` is on again. There is just the matter of
raising their remaining ?100,000. There will be a public subscription,
and then if they are on time, it might be in time for next August.
A 101`year`old woman has won the first round in a 0
A 101`year`old woman has won the first round in a legal battle to
save her care home. Amrutben Karia's family is trying to
reverse Leicester City Council's decision to close Herrick Lodge in
Belgrave. It's one of three care homes planned for closure later this
year. Last month Mrs Karia lodged a claim for a judicial review of the
decision. Now a hearing at the High Court will decide if a judicial
review should take place. It's been a big day for Nottingham's
Muslim community today, as a minaret was placed 0
Muslim community today, as a minaret was placed on a 0
Muslim community today, as a minaret was placed on a mosque in the city
for the first time. The minaret, made out of fibreglass, was placed
onto a new ?1.2 million mosque that's been built in Sneinton. It's
15 metres high. Mosque leaders are now to apply for planning permission
to make the call to prayer three times during the afternoon.
It's claimed new figures show the number of people sleeping rough in
the East Midlands went up by 50% in one year.
The charity Crisis says Government figures show the rise between 2012
and 2013. It says just over 200 people were reported sleeping rough
on any one night last year. That's compared 0
on any one night last year. That's compared to almost 0
on any one night last year. That's compared to almost 140 the year
before. The charity says our region has been hit particularly hard with
cuts to homeless services. Fairly or unfairly, people often
associate professional footballers with fast, 0
associate professional footballers with fast, expensive 0
associate professional footballers with fast, expensive cars. But
today, two East Midlands players were actually behind the wheel of
something a little less flash. And, something a bit more crumpled.
Very crumpled in fact. Carolyn Moses explains.
Normally Dean Leacock and Gary Lidl can manoeuvre across the whole
football ground, but today these players were in rather more cramped
conditions. The mocked up aftermath of a road accident. The message
these food bolus `` 0 of a road accident. The message
these food bolus `` the message, these footballers could be any young
drivers on the roads. One in five young drivers has an accident within
six months of passing the test. Young drivers are also involved in a
quarter of fatal or serious road accidents despite making up one in
eight drivers, and also young men are seven times more at risk of
having an accident in the early hours of the morning or late at
night `` and in the early morning or late at night that increases to 17
times. Pupils will be told clearly what it means to speed, what the
consequences are. But using a mobile phone whilst driving. What does that
do to the ability to control a vehicle? So 0 0
do to the ability to control a vehicle? So not only will they learn
to drive, they will learn to avoid the bad habits that are often picked
up. I would hate to be in a situation like this in real life, or
if it 0 situation like this in real life, or
if it was one of my kids or something like that. So the message
is, drive safe and where Lucy belts. Other advice from these food dollars
and others, it 0 Other advice from these food dollars
and others, it is better to arrive safely than never to arrive at all.
A disabled man from Derbyshire is in training to tackle one of the
toughest endurance tests in Britain in one of the toughest ways
possible. 0 Will Blanche is preparing for the
Three Peaks Challenge ` using a handbike. He's raising money for a
charity set up in memory of a friend who died from brain cancer. Paul
Bradshaw reports. Preparing to scale new heights, Will Blanche with his
specially 0 0 new heights, Will Blanche with his
specially adapted hand bike. He will be attempting the Queen's Medical
Centre in July to raise money for a charity founded to find research and
treatment for brain cancer in young people.
My wife 0 people.
My wife grew up with Jesse, she was a bridesmaid at my wedding. It is
about raising awareness of brain cancer in young people. It is
something that not really has enough support at the moment, 0
something that not really has enough support at the moment, and it is one
of the biggest killers in young people.
The Three Peaks Challenge is a gruelling challenge over three
consecutive days. It 0 gruelling challenge over three
consecutive days. It has never been attempted in this way but a
wheelchair user before. It will be an extraordinary challenge, and
something that, who knows, will maybe end up in the Guinness book of
records. We'll's new hand bike has been donated by it wheelchair firm
in Staffordshire. It is one incredible challenge. I don't think
it has ever been done `` it has ever been done before in this sort of
equipment. Jessica had a zest for life, and 0
equipment. Jessica had a zest for life, and a love for 0
equipment. Jessica had a zest for life, and a love for the great out
doors. But since losing her own battle with brain cancer a year ago,
Jessica's parents have been determined to see her memory lives
on. Now, they hope to take that wish to new heights.
Stay tuned for the next part of our special 0
Stay tuned for the next part of our special World War I series.
And the ski slope in Derbyshire where they have had the worst
February ever, thanks to the Winter Olympics.
`` there best February ever. `` the best February ever.
The Great War was an era of huge innovation in technology. For one of
our cities, that proved pivotal. Rolls`Royce in Derby is of course
known today as 0 Rolls`Royce in Derby is of course
known today as a major aero engine manufacturer for the civil and
defence industries. It employs thousands at sites across
the city ` but back in 1914, the company was very different. As I
discovered as part of the 0 company was very different. As I
discovered as part of the BBC's World War One At Home project. The
project, in partnership with the Imperial War Museums, has discovered
hundreds of stories about the effect the war had on Britain.
Before 1914, Rolls`Royce was best known as a manufacturer of luxury
cars for the aristocracy and the generally wealthy. But for the city
of Derby and Rolls`Royce, the Great War changed everything.
This is the Rolls`Royce bluebook. Rolls`Royce archivist Craig shows me
some of 0 0 Rolls`Royce archivist Craig shows me
some of the key correspondence it contains. These letters show the
design that was going through the design team, how they would make
their first aero`engine. The archive shows that with the war
just weeks old, the British Government had asked the company to
design and build an engine to power its warplanes. The answer initially
was no. When 0 its warplanes. The answer initially
was no. When World 0 its warplanes. The answer initially
was no. When World War I broke out, police `` people believed it would
be over by Christmas. The board were quite against setting up the company
to do a different programme `` project done they were used to. But
soon, 0 project done they were used to. But
soon, the project got under way. Once agreed, the new engine was
designed, tested and fully in production by 1915. At well over 230
horsepower, it was considerably larger than a car engine but still
relatively light. It needed to be. The bad claims Edward Power were
flimsy by modern standards. `` biplanes. `` the biplanes it would
power. They were quite simple aircraft. The engine soon won the
same 0 0 aircraft. The engine soon won the
same reputation for reliability as those fitted to Rolls`Royce cars.
The factory in Derby had to be extended, and a huge new workforce
employed and trained at short notice. You could take somebody with
semi`skills and take get `` get them to take a machine apart, and a
skilled machinist could finish it off. A lot of women were taken on
because men were going 0 off. A lot of women were taken on
because men were going off to fight at the front.
Around half of the engine use used by the Allies during World War I
were used by `` made by Rolls`Royce. So the company was transformed by
World War I. I think this engine represented a milestone for the
company. It was the thing that took Rolls`Royce from just being a motor
car manufacturer to being an aero manufacturer.
Other industries like roots in Nottingham `` boots, had a good war
economically, benefiting from huge War Ministry contracts, but
Rolls`Royce led the way. Front line soldiers 0 0
Rolls`Royce led the way. Front line soldiers lucky enough to return to
Derby after the Great War would have noticed that home as they knew it
had changed for ever. That was due in great part to Henry Royce's
water`cooled aero engine. Tomorrow, the East Midlands stately
home that became a high security prisoner of war camp ` but a camp
from which one German officer escaped, making it all the way back
to the Fatherland. And you can hear more surprising WW1
stories every morning this week on your BBC Local Radio station. Time
for the sport. Colin is not with us, he is in Derbyshire.
From the toboggan track to this really impressive dry ski slope,
this ski centre has had its best February in years. And they're
putting it down to the excitement, thrills, spills 0
putting it down to the excitement, thrills, spills and 0
putting it down to the excitement, thrills, spills and glories of the
Winter Olympics over the last couple of weeks.
It is a sport, and a team, that has captured the country's imagination.
A real show stopper of a routine. We cannot quite say `` lots of
people have been the beneficiary of the Winter Olympics. What happened
over the period? Right from day one, the interest went sky`high. The
website, it 0 0 the interest went sky`high. The
website, it had a 40% increase in hits.
February half term is going to be the best on record. Sheer volume of
people wanting to do ski slope lessons. We had to turn people away
because we had no more space on the slope. It is your job to turn these
people into competitors, but this is a dry slope, how will this help to
compete on snow? Most 0 a dry slope, how will this help to
compete on snow? Most of 0 a dry slope, how will this help to
compete on snow? Most of the slope style people in Sochi all came from
dry slope backgrounds, and they trained up until they competed
internationally on dry slopes. We are going to meet a potential
medallist before we leave. As you saw earlier, it's not just
the snow sports. Some of the most beautiful and most heartbreaking
moments were produced by the ice dancers 0 0
moments were produced by the ice dancers and 0
moments were produced by the ice dancers and speed skaters nurtured
and brought through at the National Ice Centre in Nottingham. Mark
Shardlow's been to see the impact of the Sochi Games there. Those
professionals make it look so easy, but 0 0
professionals make it look so easy, but you are new 0
professionals make it look so easy, but you are new to the ice you soon
find out it is a challenge. I think it is pretty hard. How are you
doing? I am not that great. Last week was one of the busiest
ever at the busiest ice rink in Britain. The National Ice Centre in
Nottingham. Skating numbers up 58% on the equivalent week of last year.
This year with the last series of dancing on ice and Torvill and
Dean's historic 30 years, we have had the perfect storm.
Even before the Winter Olympics, 120 schools across the East Midlands ``
things were booming. 120 schools come for lessons. The main things I
have been watching 0 come for lessons. The main things I
have been watching is the snowboarding, the curling and the
ice`skating. I think it is good. I like watching it because they show
off their skills. Lots of beginners want to learn, 0 0
off their skills. Lots of beginners want to learn, and that has been a
big impact for not just families but also mums and dads.
One thing 0 0 also mums and dads.
One thing they cannot cope with is the clamour for curling. It is the
wrong kind of eyes. Curling ice needs to be really cold, it probably
takes three or four hours to prepare the ice.
But the National Ice Centre host just about every other ice sport. It
is now opening 20 hours a day to cope with the clubs 0
is now opening 20 hours a day to cope with the clubs and classes that
are blossoming after Sochi. Some other news ` Nottingham world
boxing champion Carl Froch says Nottingham Forest's City Ground is
now "the frontrunner" to host his hugely anticipated rematch with
George Groves. Groves described it as a "hoax".
There's one local football match tonight. It's in League Two,
Mansfield are going for three home wins in a row as they take on
struggling Bury. I want you to take a look at this.
This is just in, 0 I want you to take a look at this.
This is just in, he is potentially the next big thing in freestyle
skiing. `` Justin. How inspired by `` where you buy the Winter
Olympics? I was very inspired. Could you go for the next Winter Olympics?
Possibly. We will let you get back on with the practising. The
inspiration has been cleared to see by the numbers, let us hope it
translates into champions. We thought he was going to ski down.
Now, what would have caused our political editor, his cameraman and
the Deputy Leader 0 political editor, his cameraman and
the Deputy Leader of Nottingham City Council to get in a bit of a flap
this afternoon? The answer ` a sudden, strong gust
of wind. In the middle of an interview it
blew John Hess's papers out of his hands and scattered them along the
Trent embankment in Nottingham. Here they are ` in true Benny Hill style
` trying to retrieve them. John is used 0 0
` trying to retrieve them. John is used to reporting on political
turbulence, but you could say the winds of change caught him somewhat
off guard today. It was a bit breezy!
It has been really blustery today, but we have had some sunshine and
out of 0 0 but we have had some sunshine and
out of the 0 0 but we have had some sunshine and
out of the wind 0 0 but we have had some sunshine and
out of the wind it 0 but we have had some sunshine and
out of the wind it is not too bad. The winds are easing down for us
through tomorrow, and we are going to have that sunshine back as well,
so a decent looking day once again. We have seen a few showers around
this evening, there are still a couple dotted around at the moment,
but they should be fading away over the next couple of hours or so,
taking us into a dry night. Clear skies for some of us, and it is
going to be a little bit chilly impaired to recent nights, down to
three or four Celsius. `` impaired to recent nights. They could be a
touch of frost. `` compared to recent nights. A beautiful bright
start to Wednesday morning, as we head into the afternoon I think we
will just 0 0 head into the afternoon I think we
will just see 0 0 head into the afternoon I think we
will just see a little bit more cloud pushing in, and there is just
a small chance of catching some rain. Temperatures again will peak
at nine or 10 Celsius. So get out in the wind, the sunshine not feeling
too bad. `` get out of the wind. This weather front will be pushing
in on Wednesday night, some heavy rain for a time during the early
hours of the morning, but it clears out of the way for Thursday. Lots of
sunshine around them, just watch out for a few blustery showers as we
head out into the afternoon. We'll leave you with John, his
cameraman Richard and Councillor Graham Chapman, still chasing those