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And now the news for the East Midlands. Good evening, I'm Simon
Ward. First tonight, the families left
bereaved by two accidents at a level crossing in Nottinghamshire say an
unreserved apology by Network Rail has come too late. The apology comes
after MPs have condemned thd company for showing a callous disregard for
the families whose loved onds were killed or seriously injured. Quentin
Rayner reports. Lawrence Hoggart was one of those
who gave evidence to the tr`nsport select committee. On a dark evening
in November 2008, his wife Jean was walking over the crossing whth their
seven`year`old grandson Mikdy when they were hit by a train. Mr Hoggard
received a settlement but no apology.
I never received any letter of apology from them, of any
description. I was not even invited to the bridge opening in 2003.
He says safety warnings werd not heeded from 14 years ago. They knew
all about the crossing in 2004, and still ignored it. Tragicallx people
have been killed. My wife would still be here, and the
grandchildren. Four years after these deaths,
13`year`old Lindsey was killed by a tram which is the crossing. This is
Lindsey's room. She painted all this herself.
Her family also feel badly treated by the company.
We are glad the bridge was there, but I would sooner have my daughter.
If they had done what they were supposed to have done, my d`ughter
would still be here. I have had no apologies, no letters to sax, we are
so sorry. And that's it, never have nothing else from them.
As for the unreserved apology.. It is too late. It is like somdbody
sending you a Christmas card for years later. They started to
apologise because they had to, not because they wanted to.
Both families are trying to rebuild their lives. Lawrence Hoggart has
moved and remarried. Marlend says Network Rail is not left with the
painful memories. Network Rail has offered a full and
unreserved apology. They have promised to change the culttre of
the company, away from blamhng users of crossings and more towards what
it can do to reduce the risk of accidents.
A grieving daughter says shd will fight on for better regulathon of
care homes, after an inquest heard about a catalogue of problels
leading up to her mother's death. Kathleen Reid was in a mouldy, damp
bedroom ` and her weight wasn't properly monitored at a card home
where staff struggled to medt residents' needs. Our health
correspondent Rob Sissons w`s at today's hearing into the
92`year`old's death. In her younger days, she was in the
Land Army. Then, a loving grandma. In her final year she was in a damp,
smelly room in a Leicestershire care home, with Alzheimer's dise`se.
There were not enough hands on deck to cope with the number of
residents, and `` that is another thing that needs to be lookdd at,
training and staffing levels. The family it seemed intelldct, The
Poplars in Mountsorrel in the Leicestershire countryside. But here
they did not keep a close enough la `` I on her weight. There w`s poor
record`keeping. Social Services concluded K`thleen
Reid suffered neglect, the owner told the inquest she would have done
more had she been told. She left the inquest without comment.
What have you got to say about Mrs Reid's Beth? Why was the not `` Mrs
Reid's death? The most disturbing aspect hs I
think what little we know that goes on behind walls. We need more robust
monitoring. I think families and friends going into the home have a
responsibility as well. If they see things they are not
comfortable with, they should not be slow in telling others, and may be
going along to the Care Quality Commission or another agencx that
has an involvement with the home, and expressing their concerns.
Home now has a new manager, and the Care Quality Commission's l`test
report has shown improvements. `` the home.
Mrs Reid died 14 days after leaving the home to go into Loughborough
hospital. Her family heard today from the coroner that he accepted
many of the criticisms of the home. He recorded a verdict of de`th by
natural causes. As lambing time approaches, five
organisations working in thd Peak District have joined forces to urge
dog walkers to keep their pdts on leads if they're anywhere ndar
sheep. It follows a spate of incidents where pet dogs have chased
sheep onto busy main roads ` and even attacked and killed thdm, as
this distressing picture shows. Because we are coming up towards
lambing time, if sheep are chased, it can cause them to abort, and also
when they have got lambs with them, it can separate the use frol the
lambs, and the lambs can did from Harper `` hypothermia. `` ewes.
A pensioner who dresses as Dlvis has beaten a Liberal Democrat c`ndidate
in a Nottingham by`election. David Bishop, who stood for the Bus
Pass Elvis Party in the Clifton North by`election, came fourth,
pushing the Lib Dems into l`st place. Whilst Labour secured the
seat, the 69`year old said he was pleased with the result. He's hoping
to stand in the next General Election.
I'll be back with the if you enjoyed this afternoon's
sunshine, tonight's forecast comes with the promise of more. The
weekend is looking really qtite stunning. There will be a lot of dry
weather, and plenty of sunshine We have clear skies at the momdnt, that
has allowed those to butchers to take an early drop. We may get early
frost in places. `` those temperatures. Maybe a bit of mist
and hill fog, and butchers start to recover as that cloud moves in. It
is a cloudy, misty start to your Saturday, the cloud may produce a
little bit of light rain and drizzle into the Derbyshire Peak District,
but then just like today thd cloud clears away and the sun comds out. A
beautiful afternoon, lots of long, sunny spells. A strengthening
breeze, but still a high of 14 degrees. Sunday, a great me`l of
sunshine. I will leave you with the outlook, followed
that in just a few minutes with the National forecast. London's outlook,
plenty of sunshine. Hello. You have got to love the
British weather. For a time this afternoon, it felt like we had
skipped ahead a couple of months as temperatures reached 17 degrees
across parts of southern England. That is