07/03/2014 East Midlands Today


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And now the news for the East Midlands. Good evening, I'm Simon

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Ward. First tonight, the families left

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bereaved by two accidents at a level crossing in Nottinghamshire say an

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unreserved apology by Network Rail has come too late. The apology comes

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after MPs have condemned thd company for showing a callous disregard for

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the families whose loved onds were killed or seriously injured. Quentin

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Rayner reports. Lawrence Hoggart was one of those

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who gave evidence to the tr`nsport select committee. On a dark evening

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in November 2008, his wife Jean was walking over the crossing whth their

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seven`year`old grandson Mikdy when they were hit by a train. Mr Hoggard

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received a settlement but no apology.

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I never received any letter of apology from them, of any

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description. I was not even invited to the bridge opening in 2003.

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He says safety warnings werd not heeded from 14 years ago. They knew

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all about the crossing in 2004, and still ignored it. Tragicallx people

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have been killed. My wife would still be here, and the

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grandchildren. Four years after these deaths,

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13`year`old Lindsey was killed by a tram which is the crossing. This is

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Lindsey's room. She painted all this herself.

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Her family also feel badly treated by the company.

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We are glad the bridge was there, but I would sooner have my daughter.

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If they had done what they were supposed to have done, my d`ughter

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would still be here. I have had no apologies, no letters to sax, we are

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so sorry. And that's it, never have nothing else from them.

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As for the unreserved apology.. It is too late. It is like somdbody

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sending you a Christmas card for years later. They started to

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apologise because they had to, not because they wanted to.

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Both families are trying to rebuild their lives. Lawrence Hoggart has

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moved and remarried. Marlend says Network Rail is not left with the

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painful memories. Network Rail has offered a full and

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unreserved apology. They have promised to change the culttre of

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the company, away from blamhng users of crossings and more towards what

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it can do to reduce the risk of accidents.

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A grieving daughter says shd will fight on for better regulathon of

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care homes, after an inquest heard about a catalogue of problels

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leading up to her mother's death. Kathleen Reid was in a mouldy, damp

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bedroom ` and her weight wasn't properly monitored at a card home

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where staff struggled to medt residents' needs. Our health

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correspondent Rob Sissons w`s at today's hearing into the

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92`year`old's death. In her younger days, she was in the

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Land Army. Then, a loving grandma. In her final year she was in a damp,

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smelly room in a Leicestershire care home, with Alzheimer's dise`se.

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There were not enough hands on deck to cope with the number of

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residents, and `` that is another thing that needs to be lookdd at,

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training and staffing levels. The family it seemed intelldct, The

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Poplars in Mountsorrel in the Leicestershire countryside. But here

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they did not keep a close enough la `` I on her weight. There w`s poor

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record`keeping. Social Services concluded K`thleen

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Reid suffered neglect, the owner told the inquest she would have done

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more had she been told. She left the inquest without comment.

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What have you got to say about Mrs Reid's Beth? Why was the not `` Mrs

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Reid's death? The most disturbing aspect hs I

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think what little we know that goes on behind walls. We need more robust

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monitoring. I think families and friends going into the home have a

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responsibility as well. If they see things they are not

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comfortable with, they should not be slow in telling others, and may be

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going along to the Care Quality Commission or another agencx that

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has an involvement with the home, and expressing their concerns.

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Home now has a new manager, and the Care Quality Commission's l`test

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report has shown improvements. `` the home.

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Mrs Reid died 14 days after leaving the home to go into Loughborough

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hospital. Her family heard today from the coroner that he accepted

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many of the criticisms of the home. He recorded a verdict of de`th by

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natural causes. As lambing time approaches, five

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organisations working in thd Peak District have joined forces to urge

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dog walkers to keep their pdts on leads if they're anywhere ndar

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sheep. It follows a spate of incidents where pet dogs have chased

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sheep onto busy main roads ` and even attacked and killed thdm, as

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this distressing picture shows. Because we are coming up towards

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lambing time, if sheep are chased, it can cause them to abort, and also

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when they have got lambs with them, it can separate the use frol the

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lambs, and the lambs can did from Harper `` hypothermia. `` ewes.

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A pensioner who dresses as Dlvis has beaten a Liberal Democrat c`ndidate

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in a Nottingham by`election. David Bishop, who stood for the Bus

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Pass Elvis Party in the Clifton North by`election, came fourth,

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pushing the Lib Dems into l`st place. Whilst Labour secured the

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seat, the 69`year old said he was pleased with the result. He's hoping

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to stand in the next General Election.

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I'll be back with the if you enjoyed this afternoon's

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sunshine, tonight's forecast comes with the promise of more. The

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weekend is looking really qtite stunning. There will be a lot of dry

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weather, and plenty of sunshine We have clear skies at the momdnt, that

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has allowed those to butchers to take an early drop. We may get early

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frost in places. `` those temperatures. Maybe a bit of mist

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and hill fog, and butchers start to recover as that cloud moves in. It

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is a cloudy, misty start to your Saturday, the cloud may produce a

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little bit of light rain and drizzle into the Derbyshire Peak District,

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but then just like today thd cloud clears away and the sun comds out. A

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beautiful afternoon, lots of long, sunny spells. A strengthening

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breeze, but still a high of 14 degrees. Sunday, a great me`l of

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sunshine. I will leave you with the outlook, followed

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that in just a few minutes with the National forecast. London's outlook,

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plenty of sunshine. Hello. You have got to love the

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British weather. For a time this afternoon, it felt like we had

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skipped ahead a couple of months as temperatures reached 17 degrees

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across parts of southern England. That is

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