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This is East Midlands Today, with Dominic Heale and me, Anne Davies.
Tonight: The ambulance delaxs that led to the death of a patient.
There were holed up in hosphtal care, incomplete medical notes, and
a nurse painted a picture of being rushed off her feet.
I saw him take out a knife `nd stab somebody. Coughing up blood.
Putting the pressure on the Chancellor, these homes are being
incinerated in a government scheme to cut rising fuel bills. Why is the
project being scrapped? I mdet one of the biggest babies ever to be
born in the east Midlands. Thank goodness she is an eldphant!
Good evening. First tonight, the ambulancd and
hospital delays that led to the death of a Nottinghamshire lan. A
control room mix`up meant Stewart Maltby's ambulance took fivd hours
when his GP had ordered it to be no longer than two hours. Once in
hospital, it took hours to get fluids into the 64`year`old who was
dehydrated. Boom Our health correspondent Rob Sissons w`s at
today's inquest, held at Nottingham's Council House. Rob why
did the ambulance take so long? It is a question which has dominated
the inquest hearing in Notthngham. The GP said it should be within two
hours, but it was input wrong in the control room, a box wasn't ticked,
which meant it reverted to ` four`hour response. The doctor said
if it didn't come within two hours, it should be upscaled to and
emergency. It was five hours before the ambulance arrived. Mr M`ltby was
dehydrated. It was six hours before he got to the Queen's Medic`l
Centre. Then, 14 hours before he got the fluid he needed.
What improvements have been made at the ambulance service?
We had during the inquest today in cross examination from Paul Balen,
the solicitor for the familx, that there have been lessons learned The
computer software has been changed so that now, those responses are
given within two hours, and the ambulance service is getting to more
of them within that time. What happened when Mr Maltbx finally
arrived at the Queen's Medical Centre?
At the Queen's Medical Centre, the chronology is difficult to follow
because of gaps in medical notes. We heard today from a nurse who painted
a picture of being rushed off her feet on the hospital ward, `nd acute
ward where Mr Maltby was behng looked after. She admitted with
hindsight not enough fluid checks were done, she didn't write enough
in the notes because she wotld rather look after patients than
right. We heard from a doctor who said they thought there werdn't
enough doctors or staff on the ward. What lessons have the hospital
learnt? We have heard things have bden
changed on that hospital ward. We also know that there have now been
implemented verbal handovers rather than Britain ones as in the past. Mr
Maltby died in November 2012. We will hear from more medical experts
from the Queen's Medical Centre tomorrow.
Next tonight, teenagers at five secondary schools across Lehcester
get a stark warning about the horrors of knife crime. In `
hard`hitting police road show, students have been warned they could
be jailed for four years for simply carrying a knife in public. More
details from our reporter, Victoria Hicks.
Knife crime isn't a game. That is the message being taught to
teenagers across the city. Leicestershire Police recorded 41
knife`related offences in the past year. It is a crime some sttdents at
this college have witnessed first`hand.
I looked out of my window, `nd I saw one guy pulling out a long knife and
stab someone. This guy was on the floor, coughing up blood. This young
offender was 16 when he was involved in knife crime. I know someone who
was found with a knife and was excluded.
We cannot identify this student because of his age.
He has pulled out a blade. For me, I did not know that anything was going
to happen. I am part of it, I am associated with knife crime. Before
I know, he took the phone off him, and he's walking away. I was not a
big enough person to walk away. I was not a big enough person to say,
no, and stop the crime. I think we all know that is an
offensive weapon. Here, at Crown Hills, two students
have been permanently excluded from school. Police want to educ`te
teenagers about the consequdnces. It is illegal to carry a knhfe in a
public place, in school, and the penalties range from a cauthon, to a
long custodial sentence of tp to four years.
The police say that knife crime is not prevalent in Leicester, but they
will use a 50,000 volt Taser gun to disarm someone, if they need to
Still to come on the progralme: The hospital making expectant mtms feel
at home. A new birth room has opened at the
Royal Derby today, complete with soft furnishings and sensorx
lighting. Police have released CCTV footage of
the moment a customer bundldd an armed robber out of a Derbyshire
shop. It happened at a stord in Woodville on Thursday evening. The
masked man, dressed in whitd overalls, demanded cash and
cigarettes, threatening a mdmber of staff with a gun. A passer`by, who
entered moments later, pushdd the armed man out of the store. Police
want to trace the robber who, they say, ran away along Swadlincote
Road. Food inspectors say almost half of
the meat they tested in Leicester has failed labelling laws. Ht
follows the discovery of pork in so`called halal lamb burgers, at a
primary school last year. The city council tested more than 100 meat
products sold by local businesses. It says 44% contained meat other
than that labelled, mainly chicken. There was no undeclared pork or
horse meat. Leicester's been ranked among the 20
least affordable cities for house buyers in the UK. Lloyds Bank says
the average home there costs more than six times the average local
salary, making it the 19th lost expensive city for buyers in the
country. However, Derby features in the top 20 most affordable cities,
with the average house pricd just 4.85 times the average salary.
An attempt is being made to rescue an ambitious project to cut domestic
energy bills on one of the country's biggest housing estates. Nottingham
South MP Lilian Greenwood is demanding the government reconsiders
its decision to scrap a multi`million pound scheme to make
homes much warmer. And tonight, there is a hint from the government
of a change of heart. Here's our political editor John Hess.
They have got a lot in common. Both related, both living in simhlar
homes on the same estate. Btt, when it comes to the cost of heating
their homes, there's a big difference. That is how much I owe.
That is how much I have to pay a month. And that's a lot mord than
you're paying at the moment. Katrina Richardson's domesthc fuel
bills are rising. It is really cold. Heating bills
constantly increasing. Her sister`in`law's bill will be
?400 cheaper. That is because her home benefited from a
government`backed insulation scheme on Nottingham's Clifton Est`te.
It stays warmer longer, and the boiler doesn't run for as long
during the day. More than 1,000 homes have had
insulation, but that is cold comfort to the 3,500 homes which have lost
out. Labour MP Lillian Greenwood would like the government to
reinstate the project. She hs raising the problem in Parlhament.
We need serious proposals about how we can ensure that everybodx who has
got one of these solid wall hard to treat homes are able to get it
insulated, because it is good for all of us. Not just those who are
living in those homes, but the country generally if we can save
energy. We can bring energy prices down for everybody.
It is disappointing that we can t do this as well.
In a Parliamentary debate, she won this concession. We are working
closely with Norton on a new bid for our green deal communities. While I
can't announce the results of that, they have put in a robust proposal,
far from being dead and over, the scheme has every reason to believe
it is optimistic. The government is scrapping a levy
which paid for such environlental work.
A BBC investigation has raised fresh concerns about voting fraud in
Derby. Radio Four's File On Four programme has spoken to one man who
says people in the city are pressured into handing over their
postal votes. Conservative Party officials have called on thd police
to investigate the claims. Last year, four Derby women were
convicted of electoral fraud offences. Simon Hare has thd
details. This was the ballot paper at the
centre of last year's vote`rigging scandal in Derby. It had bedn issued
by polling station clerk Nasreen Akhtar, using a different n`me. It
was issued to one of her two nieces. But tonight's File On Four programme
on Radio 4 looks at the widdr issue of voting fraud. It says th`t abuses
of the polling process in some areas of Derby are considered almost
normal. One man, who did not want to be named, described how his mother
had been pressured into handing over her postal vote. They came to the
house, and they asked my mother to vote for them. My mum, not being
able to read English, she dhd not know where to put her cross, so one
of the people put the cross in the box for her. They said that they
would just sign it and take it off her. It was not free choice, it was
more influence, and it was lore to get them to stop coming back. She
gave in. It is them voting for you. They are voting for themselves.
Derby City Council declined to take part in the programme, but ht said
that it has every confidencd in the postal voting system in the city.
The programme also hears from the police unit trying to investigate
further claims of the electoral abuse in Derby. It is allegdd that
the women convicted of voting fraud had been put up to it. Police said
that further inquiries had been met by a wall of silence.
Joining us is Alistair Jones, principal lecturer in polithcs and
public policy, an expert in UK politics, especially nation`l and
local elections. How easy is it to cheat the postal voting system?
It is quite easy to cheat, `ll you need to do, it is not a secret
ballot first of all. Anybodx can apply for a postal vote. Yot might
have your family pressurising you, filling it in on your behalf. Do you
think it should be scrapped? The thing about it is, the government
has tightened up the applic`tion process. There is a process involved
in getting an application, but there can still be family pressurd. It can
be manipulated. On top of that, people claiming to be somebody else
and getting extra votes, we saw the general election with someone
getting 900 fraudulent ballot papers. They got caught before the
election, this was in Radford. If we did get rid of postal voting,
what would replace it? This is meant to help people to vote. There are
arguments that we should trx online voting or boating by text. Lobile
polling stations in supermarkets. Unless you go somewhere specific, it
is always open to influence. Absolutely. Voting is meant to be
secret. You lose that with postal voting. It is meant to be
confidential but every paper is numbered. So that can be chdcked.
What about online voting? One problem is in security, cybdr
security. There is a huge ddbate on that. Even a mobile phone. Xou could
lose your vote in the ether. A new birth centre, which ahms to
give expectant mums the rel`xing atmosphere of a home delivery,
opened today. The midwife`ldd unit at the Royal Derby Hospital has been
decked out with sensory lighting and soft furnishings, to recreate the
experience of a home`birth, but with the reassurance of being in
hospital. Mel Coles had a tour. Just four hours old, this b`by is
contentedly sleeping in her dad s arms in the new Derby birth centre
officially opened this afternoon. Her older brother was born hn the
traditional labour ward a fdw years ago. I think it is really nhce.
There is less equipment arotnd. One`to`one contact with the
midwives. It feels like you are in your own house. Here, I feel more at
home. Last time, it felt more clinical. The birth centre feels a
bit like a hotel. There are four rooms each with an ensuite, and
while the decor is basic, it is not as stark as a hospital ward. If
women who don't need lots of intensive care in labour can use
facilities like this, then they are more likely to have a normal birth,
they are more likely to spe`k positively about their experience.
It has already seen a number increase in women who have opted for
a water birth. But it isn't for everyone. Some pregnancies have
complications and mums need to be monitored. Here, we don't offer
continuous monitoring. One of the benefits of having this within the
labour ward is access to consultants in those problems arise. Muls know
that giving birth is a far cry from a relaxing hotel stay. But the
hospital hopes that here, at least they will receive 5`star trdatment.
Still to come: A new baby that tipped the scales at an eye`watering
98lb. And, what will the weather deliver?
Here's Kaye. It felt like the birth of spring
this week, these have been dmerging all over the place. How far can we
push our luck? All the detahls coming up later.
Time now for the sport. So, what will tonight bring, as our
Championship football teams chase promotion to the Premier Le`gue
They're all playing. And, ndws from all three coming up. Starting at
Leicester. One of their key figures this season, although suspended
tonight, is Paul Konchesky. He last played in the top flight with
Liverpool. And he's desperate to get there with Leicester. As Kirsty
Edwards reports. He joined Leicester in 2011 and
since then, he has been a vhrtual ever present. Nigel Pearson called
him an outstanding professional and the fullback has plenty of praise
for the boss. The spirit around the building, for the staff, giving us
confidence going into games, it is a great team spirit. No wonder team
spirit is good, they are now unbeaten in their last 14
Championship games, a run which has taken them five points clear of
second place Burnley, with one game in hand. Crucially, they have a 13
point cushion over third pl`ced Derby. Another win at Barnsley
tonight, and surely Leicestdr are heading to the Premiership? We are
going into games knowing we have a chance of winning any game. We are
enjoying ourselves and it looks like that on the pitch, the playdrs, the
staff, even the fans are having a great time at the moment. Wd don't
want to get beyond ourselves, we need to keep picking up points.
Konchesky played with Fulhal and Liverpool, but nothing can compare
to the run he is on with his team this season. I have never bden
involved in anything like this. It is good, a great time for md and the
club. We are top of the league and hopefully going back to where we
want to be. Derby County's challenge on the
automatic promotion spots h`s been hit by successive defeats. Tonight,
they're at home to Bolton, ` Bolton side that won 5`1 away at Ldeds on
Saturday. Former player Crahg Ramage is covering the game tonight for BBC
Radio Derby. And, before he set off for the IPro Stadium, I askdd him
what was happening to the R`ms. We have been struggling for a bit of
form in the last few weeks. We have ground if you results out btt
struggling to have free`flowing football at the moment. It hs a mini
blip. Hopefully, tonight, against Bolton, we will get a vital three
points. They are a proper threat, Bolton. Yes, they have turndd a
corner under Dougie Freeman. They couldn't buy a win if you months
ago. Now, they have won thrde. Their school ratio is frightening, scored
11, conceded one. If you go to Elland Road and school five, you
have turned a corner. A tough game, but they all are at this st`ge of
the season. You are fighting relegation, or trying for promotion,
so they are all tough. It is another one we need to get three pohnts Can
you see Derby making a good run into the end of the season? Absolutely.
We have been playing great stuff. Since Leicester which was lhve on
the TV, we have come on and won five out of seven. We have shown great
maturity to come through th`t and recover. I think we will do it
again. They have lost two on the bounce, but they have strength and
depth and quality. We will dstablish ourselves in the top six.
Two East Midlands players are in the final three, fighting it out to be
named the Championship's Yotng Player of the Year. Derby's Will
Hughes and Leicester's Liam Moore will find out if they've won this
Sunday. Nottingham Forest have laid on free
transport for fans travelling to tonight's game at Middlesbrough
Forest need the support at the moment, after a rough few wdeks
Mark Shardlow was there as the fans set off.
They travel in hope, their team hasn't won a game for a month, and
the long road to the North Dast takes them to Middlesbrough, a team
which has lost only twice at home this season. What are they
expecting? With the last few games, I am not sure. Hopefully, wd'll get
a result tonight. A draw wotld be fantastic. A wooden `` a win would
be better. What are you expdcting tonight? Expecting a defeat. Hopeful
of maybe a draw but I am not sure the way we are playing. What has
gone wrong? It is the injurhes which have cost us completely. It has
decimated the season. The f`ns won't be back until the early hours. They
know history points to another defeat, it is 21 years sincd Forest
return from Middlesbrough whth three points.
Both Notts County and Mansfheld Town have League games. And they're both
at home. Notts County are at the bottom of League One, and whll be
desperate to get maximum pohnts of the MK Dons. Meanwhile, at the One
Call Stadium, Mansfield Town host York City, in League Two.
Next, tonight, a mother has given birth to one of the biggest babies
ever to be born in the East Midlands. It's a baby girl, weighing
an eye`watering 98lb, and she's a week old today! Jo Healey w`s one of
the very first people to medt the new arrival.
She may be hefty, grey, wrinkly and Harry, but at Twycross Zoo, they
reckon she is a rare and spdcial lady. Beautiful, absolutely
gorgeous. Really surprised, actually, because we came today not
realising there was a new addition to the elephant house.
Are you impressed? Yes. Wonderful news as well. A
gorgeous baby. Absolutely amazing. We did not
expect to see a baby elephant. It is fabulous.
Every baby elephant is really important, so this is reallx
important for the species. They are in danger back in the wild. It is
important because their range is being reduced. Every birth hn
captivity is important to the European breeding programme. As a
female, that is even more ilportant. The mother is doing well. She was
pregnant with the baby for 22 months, but, thankfully, labour was
pretty quick. We were watchhng on CCTV. We went in there with them.
But we could see them. She did everything right, the rest of the
herd were there to support her. She has a good appetite, 11 litres
of milk from her mum every day. She will do that for the first xear
before moving onto solids of fruit and vegetables and hay. All of the
elephants here, they are enraptured by this new arrival. They are all in
love with her. What naturally happens is that all of the females
look after the infant, so she has lots of baby`sitters and lots of
aunties. She is going to be a very well`loved animal, that is for sure.
Well, the new baby hasn't actually been named by the staff. But we ve
had lots of suggestions sent to our East Midlands Today Facebook page.
Here's just a few of them. Stephen Addisson suggests Thtch
Anita Jennings says Pancake, because she was born on Shrove Tuesday.
Or Abena, which is African, apparently, for "born on a Tuesday".
That's from Marie Brown. George or Eliot, suggest Colin
Ashby, because she was born in middle March.
And finally, how about Sunnx, says Jayne James, on account of the
weather. Please visit our Facebook p`ge and
add more suggestions. But not you, Colin Ashby.
Time now for the weather. A fabulous afternoon. We have all
been enjoying the sunshine. These are the scenes across the E`st
Midlands, hardly a cloud in the sky this afternoon. Keep your photos
coming in. It is high presstre we have to thank for all of thhs
lovely, fine weather. A whole forecast without the word, brain, in
it. It will stay dry into the weekend. We will be played with low
cloud and missed overnight. We may have to wait before we see some
sunshine. Not too bad. We h`d to wait for the sunshine today, cloud
this morning which melted away. Fabulous wall`to`wall sunshhne.
Clear skies this evening allowing temperatures to fall away.
Eventually, the cloud will thicken up in the early hours, this time,
giving mist and fog. Temper`tures under clear skies close to freezing.
Most of us seeing four Celshus. A murky start to tomorrow morning
some mist and fog first thing. The mist should clear away quitd
quickly. Cloud will be more stubborn tomorrow. It may stick into the
afternoon. Eventually, we whll all see some sunshine by the end of the
day. Not too bad, 13 degrees is the top temperature. Very littld change
into Thursday, starting mistake but, eventually, some nice sunshhne. ``
misty. That's all from us. Join us again
during the Ten O'Clock News.