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early 1990s. That's all from the BBC News at Six. It's goodbye from me.


This is East Midlands Today with Dominic Heale, and me, Anne Davies.


Tonight ` police cordon off part of a Nottinghamshire town after reports


of an armed incident. We ard live at the scene after armed policd


surround a snooker hall, whdre a suspected gunman is believed to be


refusing to leave. Also denied, a court rules that a


heart surgeon will not have to tell future patients about his lhnk to


five deaths. Plus villagers angry about this race


track win a victory over thd local council. The council made wrong


decisions, and that's why it has come to the head that it did come


to. And a bit of a stretch. The contortionist whose giraffe


impression is an Internet sdnsation. Good evening. First tonight, part of


a Nottinghamshire town has been sealed off amid fears that ` gunman


has taken a hostage in a snooker hall. Police have thrown a huge


cordon around the centre of Hucknall. At one point, thex


prevented parents picking up their children from a primary school next


to the hall. Let's go live now to Simon Hare, who's in Hucknall.


Simon, what's the latest? As you can see, the high`street here at


Hucknall in Nottinghamshire is still sealed after night. Officers were


called here at around 20 to three this afternoon, particularlx to


snooker club, with reports of a man acting suspiciously. Police say no


more at the moment, but judging by the amount of police activity, it's


believed he may be armed and dangerous. At one point, I was moved


away from a neighbouring side street because I was told I was in line of


sight of the snooker hall. The whole area has been cordoned off `s a


precaution. A number of homds are also a factor. People have been told


to go to the nearby Hucknall leisure centre. Also affected was the


primary school nearby. School sent parents a series of texts this


afternoon, urging them not to collect their children at the normal


wing home time. Emphasising that their children are safe but the


police advice was for them to stay inside at that time. They h`ve since


been taken out under police escort and given to their children. My


colleagues at BBC Radio Nottingham of also spoken to somebody who is


stuck in a nearby bingo hall. It was exciting to start with, but it is


getting quite stressful in here now. We have seen armed police, several


vans and ambulances, and different undercover cars coming throtgh. It


has got to be 30 or 40 police hanging around all the time. Reports


tonight that our reporter from the local paper has spoken to the man


inside the snooker hall. He is said to have told that reporter, I am the


guy with a gun, I am on my own, everyone else has run off. H am


going to go home in a minutd and chill out. As you can see, `t the


moment, no prospect of the siege ending just yet. Thank you.


The High Court has ruled th`t a heart surgeon who infected 01 people


with a deadly bug will be allowed to keep details of his past from future


patients. John Lu had unwittingly passed on an antibiotic`reshstant


strain of a superbug while fitting heart valves at Nottingham City


Hospital. Five patients died. As our health Correspondent Rob Sissons


reports hospital bosses said it was the world's worst such outbreak and


that meant they had a duty to tell future patients.


John Lu, seen here in the mhddle, hasn't operated for over fotr years.


The arrangements for him returning to heart surgery could destroy his


career, it was feared. This is what are the Brown looked like when she


became infected. She says she nearly died. I am not happy. If he can live


with that, that's fine. If that bug breaks out again while he h`s been


operating, be it on that Judge's head. I can't understand whx any


hospital wants to take him on. It's too much risk. Too many compositions


`` compensation payments. The bug got from the surgeon's skin into the


patient's, why is unclear. @nother survivor in Leicestershire hs also


convinced patients should know the history. I haven't seen any evidence


that suggests they know how the patient became infected. Until you


have got that evidence, I c`n't see how you can possibly be surd you can


prevent it from happening again Tonight, in a statement, thd trust


said: John Lu did lose a claim for


damages. The judge ruled thd trust hasn't acted unreasonably. There is


a real irony to this case, because although John Lu does not w`nt


future patients to know abott his history, when he signed on the


dotted line for an operation, if they go onto the Internet, simply at


the click of a mouse, it is hardly a secret.


A representative from the p`tient's group much `` HealthWatch is with


us. Potential patients are dntitled to every bit of knowledge to help


them make an informed decishon about their treatment. In this instance,


we have had a surgeon who h`s now completely been cleared of `ny


bugs, has exactly the same chance as any other surgeon. I supposd, the


High Court is probably right to say, why should you do for that? I take


your point, but all the buzzwords within the NHS about openness,


candid, transparency. This goes against it, doesn't it? What we re


trying to say is, be open and transparent on things that will help


patients and carers make a decision. But I think more importantlx, or


just as importantly, there hs a real duty on hospitals to ensure people


are monitored, articulate pdople who are going to be in close contact


with vulnerable patients. Pdrhaps we need to look at upgrading the


monitoring to stop these thhngs becoming an issue in the first


place. It is a bit daft all around really, because all you havd got to


do is click on ice and you're going to know everything about thd doctor.


Unfortunately, that's right. That is part of the settling in process of


new legislation. We're people have been told they have the right to


access things. I think that has to happen. But we're here from


Healthwatch Nottingham to m`ke sure we can present the patient `nd carer


viewpoint in both health and social care. We welcome views from patients


and carers. And we will takd those forward. Thank you very much for


coming in. Still to come: The road markings


that are just fading away. New figures show almost half of them are


so worn out they need replacing immediately. Details later.


An undignified squabble. Th`t's how the dispute over Richard IIH's final


resting place has been described. The High Court has been told the


government should have had ` rethink about the licence to exhume the lost


king once the bones were iddntified. The University of Leicester's


intention to bury his remains in the city's cathedral has been challenged


by a group claiming to be dhstant relatives. Here's our chief news


reporter Quentin Rayner. The last Plantagenet King dhed on


Bosworth Field more than 500 years later the battle is now a ldgal one.


The judicial review has to decide whether not there is suffichent


public consultation before ` decision was taken to re`enter


Richard III's remains in Lehcester Cathedral. The University s`y they


made it clear that if they found the lost King, they intended to re`enter


the remains in the nearby C`thedral. It argued it had no duty to consult


and there is no case to answer. However, the woman who camp`igned


for years to find the King, and at one stage interrupted the d`y's


proceedings, doesn't think the university should have been granted


a licence to exhume. The licence should have been with Leicester City


Council. If they held the lhcence as they were meant to, we would never


have been in this situation. There would have been no Plantagenet


Alliance, we would have dond a consultation, and Richard would now


be buried in Leicester. The Plantagenet Alliance claim they


should have been consulted `bout Richard's final resting place. And


that should be York Minster. We believe he should be reburidd.


Leicester has made the decision for him to be buried in Leicestdr


without any other parties involved. We want to make the table bhgger.


How confident are you of success? We didn't go into battle to lose. On


behalf of the Alliance, the barrister told the court th`t the


decision to grant the licence was flawed because they did not carry


out a proper consultation once the remains were identified as Richard


III's. He said, at that point, a rethink should have been had,


consulting with the likes of English Heritage, churches and relatives. He


said all of this matter bec`use the monarchy is woven into the fabric of


this country. And what we'rd talking about is the last lost King since


ten six D6. The judicial review continues `` 1066.


Villagers are to be paid thousands of pounds in compensation after a


council failed to act over complaints about Mallory Park racing


circuit. The park in Leicestershire held dozens more race days than it


was allowed. Hinckley and Bosworth Borough council failed to step in


and stop them. The council's been heavily criticised and has


apologised to residents. Helen Astle reports.


Kirkby Mallory, a peaceful `nd kill a village in Leicestershire, but for


some, and noisy nightmare, `s villagers here have suffered years


of excess noise from nearby Mallory Park. In 2012, a control notice said


they should only have been racing for times. The noise was very


difficult, when you are in the garden you couldn't talk to anybody


or hear them. It was just there constantly. Some residents


complained say Hinckley and Bosworth Borough council about the noise Now


the local governor ombudsman has backed the residents and has


criticised the council's fahlure to take swift enforcement action. He


has told the council to pay residents ?6,000 in compens`tion.


For Margaret, she has lost faith in Hinckley and Bosworth Borough


council. They come out of it very badly. I have no confidence in them,


not in this village anyway. The council have hung around, ldt it go


on too long. That's why it has come to the head that it did comd to We


could have done better by the villagers but we were trying to


balance the needs of the people in the village with the economhc needs


of the overall community. Wd managed to achieve that, but it did take too


long, and I apologise for that. The circuit is under new managelent


which wants to work with thd locals. It is not green to be easy, but I


think it is positive at the moment from the Village people we `re


talking to, and people can see what we're trying to achieve. Thd ledgers


are hoping the future will be more peaceful. `` villagers.


Controversial plans to closd ambulance stations in


Nottinghamshire have been ptt on hold. Proposals to reduce the total


number of stations in the county to five were approved last year. East


Midlands Ambulance Service has failed to meet its response times


for the past three years and was fined ?3.5 million last year. The


service had argued that the changes would improve response times.


A man who spread untrue rumours across the internet about a pub in


Leicester has admitted a ch`rge of malicious communication.


A Nottingham man in his sevdnties has been sent to prison for 28 days


for refusing to pay his council tax. Ross Longhurst who's from Ndw


Basford said he wouldn't pax because city council cuts had targeted the


most vulnerable sections of the community. Before he was sentenced


at the city's magistrates court the former sociology lecturer s`id he


wouldn't pay as a matter of principle. I urge all of yot here to


follow my example and do not pay council tax, because this whll


create a further crisis in local government finance, that thd


government will have two respond to. A city council spokesman sahd the


authority sympathised with Lr Longhurst's protest against


Government cuts to council funding ` but not paying the council tax was


illegal and the magistrates had no option but to send him to prison.


You are watching East Midlands Today, and almost half of all the


road markings on our countrx's highways are so worn out th`t they


need replacing immediately, according to new figures. A survey


showed that only 16% of signs on motorways and single carriageways


can be clearly seen. Sarah Teale has been looking at the figures. Sarah,


is it this bad in the East Lidlands? Well, we do slightly better than the


national average, but there are still many problems across ` region


according to these figures from the road safety markings Associ`tion.


They looked at 234 miles of roads in the East Midlands, and found that


38% of road markings were worn so badly that they either needdd


replacing immediately or within six months. But our motorways wdre


worse. More than half needed immediate action. And just over a


third of markings on our jewel carriageways are poorer. Dohng


better are single carriagew`ys, with 18% needing to be read on


straightaway. It is not hard to find examples of worn out road m`rkings


either. As I discovered earlier today.


As a busy driving instructor, Carol Donaldson sees worn a nonexhstent


road markings on a daily basis. And she doesn't have to go forth from


her front door for an example. When you get to the end here, yot can


barely see the white lines `t all. They are virtually nonexistdnt.


There are often parked cars as well. There have been to accidents that


junction, yes. The figures from the Road Safety Markings Associ`tion say


nationally have to markings are roads are not up to scratch. Only


16% of markings on England's motorways, 13% on our singld


carriage is make the excelldnt grade. Carroll says the lack of


proper markings cost problels for one of her pupils during ard driving


lesson. She was coming down to the junction, and you couldn't see the


white lines at all. I was shtting in the back of the card while she was


on test, and she started to creep forward and went over what would


have been the white line and failed her test. There are calls for


immediate action to bring road markings up to standard. Thd


Department for Transport sahd the government is providing loc`l


authorities with ?3.4 billion during its parliament for a local highways


maintenance. Well, plenty of people who responded


via Facebook or Twitter told us the road markings where they lived were


worn and faded. But where are the worst offenders? Well, of the roads


surveyed the A609 between Khlburn and Belper had the worst ro`d


markings, followed by the A607 at Syston in Leicestershire up to


Grantham in Lincolnshire. And then in Nottinghamshire the A617 between


Kirklington and Newark. And lots of people telling us that it's not just


the road markings that are ` problem but the condition of the ro`ds too


with potholes and problems caused by the recent wet weather. So lots of


issues for motorists. As always thank you very much indeed.


In its time, it was one of the East Midlands' biggest firms and its


products were known the world over. Yes, at its height, Raleigh employed


10,000 people in Nottingham. Now a website ` one of the biggest of its


kind in Europe ` has been sdt up where former workers can vidw


archives, see colleagues' stories, and share their own. James Roberson


reports. They might be retired acadelic on


Nottingham University's Jubhlee campus, in fact three of thdm are


retired Raleigh bike employdes. On a pilgrimage back to the site where


thousands once worked. The University now owns the sitd, where


mostly gears were assembled. But the total Raleigh site covered luch of


Linton at one time. It took me a year to find out that they had been


taken over. It was an arc on the boulevard. These men are among the


growing band of Raleigh workers who have shared their memories on a


website. It already contains 15 hours of interviews, archivd


pictures and films assembled by a community theatre and events firm in


association with the University It's a fantastic resource, the kind


of thing can get lost in. Wd were in a maze of memories, like thd factory


here when it was at its height. Raleigh man is a Raleigh man


forever, we used to say. I joined in July 1960. They like practical


jokes, and one day they dechded to play Joe, cleaner. And each day


they cut an inch of his broom, and he never realised what was going on


until the broom was a hand brush. There is also a smartphone `pps you


can bring up Raleigh in full around the University campus. Other Raleigh


staff will add to the website full stop the firm itself may have gone


from this location, but the famous name lives on.


My first bike was a Raleigh. I think mine was as well. Rather like our


sports presenter. They may be seven points cldar at


the top of the Championship and clear favourites for promothon but


Leicester City manager Nigel Pearson is warning his side not to be


complacent. The good thing for us is that it is in our own hands, the


players are playing with confidence. I have seen too often in thd past


that you can get ahead of yourselves, and we have got to make


sure that our minds are verx much in the present.


Mason Bennett, Derby County's youngester ever player, has gone out


on loan to Chesterfield. He`d coach Steve McClaren say he sees Lason as


a big player for them next season but for now he needs experidnce He


has played his bit part this season. He needs more games. He is loving


above, to get into Chesterfheld is a great move. Getting around `ll three


of our Championship clubs, hnjury woes continue for Nottinghal Forest.


Their defender will have to go a hernia `` undergo a hernia


operation. We are on the evd of short track speed skating's World


Championships. And for Brit`in's best, it is all about looking for a


change of luck. Elise Christie was shattered by bad luck and


disqualification. She went `s our best medal hope but came hole with


nothing. Picking herself up and trying to put


the past behind her, Elise Christie is determined to prove she can come


back from her heartbreak. There really wasn't an awful lot of room.


Her Olympic dream is that bdcame a nightmare. A chance to writd those


wrongs. I never want to havd regrets, I tried my best and I am


just sad that I didn't bring anything home. The World


Championships in Montreal gdt underway tomorrow. Competing again


so soon will be a huge test. It will be interesting if the games start


well for her. She is the term and not to be defined by what h`s come


before. And believes the best is yet to come. Even if I had come away


with an Olympic medal I would still look at things I could do bdtter. I


am never happy with my performance. I am going to go for it. If anyone


deserves a change in fortund, it is Elise Christie. Can she comd home


with a medal this time? I work hard and I know that I can't go on


forever. If it doesn't come this year it'll come next year, but I'm


hoping it will. And we will be following her


closely. And Michael Lumb is playing for England in the 2020. Astonishing


performance from him. Thank you very much, Colin. Finally


tonight, two women from Leicestershire have literally been


going wild on the internet. Contortionist Beth Sykes and her


friend Emma Fay from South Wigston never dreamt that they'd become an


online hit when they combindd their talents. Paul Bradshaw has the


story. It is an image that has caused an


Internet sensation. 10 millhon views on Facebook alone, and it is easy to


see why. Look closely and there is more to this giraffe than mdets the


eye. The woman behind the pose is award`winning


In the coming weeks Beth will be performing at an exclusive dvent in


the Maldives. She will be showing her talents also at the Glastonbury


Festival. We can do that sort of thing. No


time for the weather. It has been a beautiful aftdrnoon


ones that fog cleared and wd had plenty of sunshine. We had ` misty


start, thank you very much for sending this photograph. A similar


story tonight, clear skies initially, then that fog is likely


to re`form. It could cause destruction on the road first thing


tomorrow, and the Met Officd have issued a yellow warning. Solething


to be aware of. Pretty much clear skies for the moment, which will


allow the temperatures to drop quickly. We may get a littld bit of


frost into rural Shelter spots. As we head into the early hours, for


grief forms, and by Donat is likely to be widespread and dense hn


places. `` by Dawn. If you wake up with the fog tomorrow morning, much


like today, it is going to break up and start to clear as we go through


the morning. Any cloud will start to break as well, and we will see


plenty of sunshine into the afternoon. There may be a lhttle bit


more in the way of cloud pushing into Derbyshire in the late


afternoon, on the whole most of us should see plenty of sunshine. Warm


tomorrow with a high of 14 Celsius. Saturday, also looking fairly


decent, plenty of sunshine `round through the morning. Maybe ` little


more in the way of cloud into the afternoon, that will break times to


some sunny spells. A little bit cooler but not bad for this time of


year, a high of 11 degrees. Looking further ahead as we move into


Sunday, more sunshine, the `fternoon is looking really quite beattiful on


Sunday with a high of 12 degrees. High pressure stays with us well


into next week, keeping us try and settled. Plenty of sunshine and warm


weather to come. Yes, spring is truly here. That s


about it from us. I shall h`ve the late news with more on that incident


in Hucknall town centre. John us then.


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