05/03/2014 East Midlands Today


05/03/2014

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And now the news for the East Midlands, I'm Dominic Heale. Good

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evening. First tonight ` an investigation's underway after a

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mother admitted killing her baby daughter when the balance of her

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mind was disturbed from givhng birth. The police had asked an

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emergency social services tdam to visit Amy Black ` but they were told

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no`one was available. The ndxt morning her little girl Zoe was dead

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from drowning. The scene in the hospital emergency department after

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a baby is brought in for resuscitation. Zoe Black, sdven

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months old, was taken to thd Queens medical Centre in Nottinghal last

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year. Our cameras were therd and captured the dramatic moments.

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Hospital staff could not save Zoe, her mentally unstable mother had

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drowned her. Amy Black pleaded guilty to the killing. This is where

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the tragedy happened. It is the family home in Nottingham. Lr Black

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was away in hospital at the time. CCTV footage of the back garden

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showing Amy Black putting the body into undergrowth, were shown at

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Crown Court. Neighbours found Mrs Black wandering around with

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self`inflicted knife wounds. The day before, Mrs Black had taken Zoe to

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London. She asked the policd for help. A Sergeant tried to gdt social

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services to visit Mrs Black, they said no one was available that

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afternoon or evening. The only option for police was a chepue the

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next morning, but that was overtaken by events. A Serious Case Rdview,

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looking at how authorities handle things, is now underway. In a

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statement, the safeguarding children board said... Mrs Black, an

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American, 30 years younger than her husband, is due to appear in court

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again next month. A new study claims the government's squeeze on welfare

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benefits is leading to an increase in rent arrears and a drop hn

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council tax revenue in the Dast Midlands. The research, comlissioned

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by the region's local counchls, also says the welfare reforms have taken

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?1.3 billion out of the loc`l economy. From Westminster, this

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report from our Political Editor John Hess. This research is the

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first snapshot of the impact of the government's controversial welfare

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benefit changes on our local authorities. It calculates that

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18,000 households were hit by what government critics call the Bedroom

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Tax. 89,000 tenants in the private sector face cuts to housing.

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Conservative MPs, such as Andrew Britton, have blamed

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Labour`controlled councils. They should be looking to curtail it

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They should be riding the front line services that residents desdrve ``

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providing. 50% of council tdnants in Leicester City Council cannot afford

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to pay back rent. Leicester City Council is losing ?300,000. Tax

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payers across the board losd out. Will this issue go away? Hardly

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likely because East Midlands' councils have asked the chidf

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executive to monitor the impact of the government's controvershal

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benefit changes. GP surgerids in Nottingham could soon be opdning on

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Saturdays and Sundays. The city s NHS bosses are getting readx to lead

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the way with an experiment which will be closely monitored. The move

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appears to have popular support but a doctors' leader says it jtst won't

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work, as our Health Correspondent Rob Sissons explains. They will not

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be open all hours, but here they want to open more hours. Ond of

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seven GP practices in Nottingham, interested in Saturday and Sunday

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opening. There are times whdn they want to see a GP, and they `re

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unable to do so, and Saturd`y has been identified as a day whdre they

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would like access to a GP. He is up for Sunday working to a GP hs not

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falling over themselves to do it. There are 60 practices in Nottingham

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with a handful open on Saturdays. Patients I spoke to in Notthngham

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like the idea of seven day `ccess. I think it is brilliant. At the

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weekends, when you need a doctor, you cannot get one. I work for the

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health service on a Saturdax and Sunday, they should. This doctor

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's' leader in Matlock is not sure whether it will work. What we cannot

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provide, because we do not have the resources, is 20 47 convenidnce

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medicine. We do not have enough doctors. `` 24`hour. They hope more

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GP appointments here might dase some of the pressure. Today's news is

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most welcome. Saturdays and Sundays are frequently the most busx of the

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week. We have a frailer and older population which puts presstre on

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the wider NHS. That is the news Here is your weather now with Anna

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Church. We have had a fairlx decent day at the cloud has increased, and

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that is the story for the ndxt couple of days. A cloudy night ahead

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but it will be quite mild. The cloud increases as we go through the rest

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of the evening and overnight. It will be quite thick and there will

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be some rain and drizzle. It helps, however, to hold the temper`tures

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up. We are looking at lows of six Celsius. It is a cloudy start to

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Thursday and into the afternoon we may see some showers. A good deal of

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dry weather but it will stax quite cloudy, I am afraid! Top ten of 11

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Celsius. An improvement on Friday with cloud and rain around hn the

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morning, but that will clear away, and we should hopefully see

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sunshine. The weekend is looking promising, here is the outlook for

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the next few exceed 15 Celsius. The unsettled

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weather will continue. With more on that, here is the National forecast.

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Good evening. I would like to start by showing you simply haven't seen

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the quite some time. After a three-month onslaught, finally I can

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show you a chart with high pressure across the whole of the UK. Yes

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things are settling down. You may have spotted, though, that says

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Monday, so we have a little way to go yet. We have some rain in the

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forecast. Not so much in the area suffering from flooding up to now

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but in northern parts of the UK it's been a wet day for a western

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Scotland and more

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