13/03/2014 East Midlands Today


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Frost. That's all from us. Now it's time

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for And now the news for the East

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Midlands. I'm Dominic Heale. First tonight, dramatic pictures of

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how armed police brought two people out of a snooker hall at the centre

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of an armed stand`off. The police have surrounded the building in

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Hucknall in Nottinghamshire and are believed to be talking to a man

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still inside. Our reporter Simon Hare is in Hucknall. Let's cross

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straight over to him now. Simon, what's the latest?

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As you can see, Hucknall High Street is still cordoned off this evening.

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Elise have confirmed to me that they are the direct negotiations with a

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man in a snooker club who is thought to be armed. My colleague captured

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dramatic footage at around nine o'clock of two people being wrought

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outside from that snooker hall. It is believed they may have been

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hiding inside and the man may not have been aware that they were

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there. They are said to be shaken but unharmed. Police believe that

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nobody else is inside apart from the man they are negotiating directly

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with. He has previously threatened officers.

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How did this all start? It began at around 2:40pm today when

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a man was reported to be acting suspiciously at the Spot On snooker

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centre. Police set up a cordon and a school within the cordon was shut

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down. Many homes within the cordon are also affected. People who can't

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get into their homes will have to go to the town's leisure Centre

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tonight. The main focus of police attention tonight is the continuing

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negotiation with this man who is thought to be armed.

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A heart surgeon has won his courtroom fight to stop future

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patients learning about his links to the deaths of five people. John Lu

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unwittingly passed on a deadly bug during cardiac surgery at Nottingham

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City Hospital. Our health correspondent Rob Sissons has more.

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John Lu, seen here in the middle, hasn't operated for over four years.

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He feared the arrangements for him returning to heart surgery would

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destroy his career. Hospital bosses talked of a moral duty to tell

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patients about his past. They lost. This is what Dorothy Brown looked

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like when she became infected. She says she nearly died. She is baffled

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by today's High Court ruling. I'm not happy with it. If he can live

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with that, that's fine. But if that bug breaks out again while he's been

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operating, we'll beat on that judge's head. At the Trent Cardiac

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Centre, exactly how the bug ` staphylococcus epidermidis ` got

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from the surgeon's skin into the heart valves isn't clear. We have a

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surgeon who is now completely clear of any bugs and has exactly the same

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chance as any other surgeon to pass on bugs so I suppose the High Court

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is probably right to say, why should you declare that? It's like saying

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you had chickenpox. Tonight, in a statement, the trust said...

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Mr Lu did lose a claim for damages. The judge ruled the trust hadn't

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acted unreasonably. The legal battle has begun at

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London's High Court over whether Leicester has the right to the bones

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of Richard III. The city wants the king's bones buried in Leicester

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Cathedral. But the Plantagenet Alliance claims it should have been

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consulted and wants the king reinterred at York Minster. King

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Richard was found buried in a car park in Leicester nearly 19 months

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ago. A Nottingham man in his 70s has been

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sent to prison for 28 days for refusing to pay his council tax.

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Ross Longhurst, who's from New Basford, said he wouldn't pay

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because City Council cuts had targeted the most vulnerable

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sections of the community. A council spokesman sympathised but said not

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paying the council tax was illegal and the magistrates had no option

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but to send him to jail. Nearly half the road markings on our

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highways are so worn`out they need replacing immediately, according to

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a new survey. It suggests only 16% of markings on motorways and single

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carriageways can now be clearly seen. Sarah Teale reports.

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As a busy driving instructor, Carol Donaldson sees worn and nonexistent

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

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her own front door at Keyworth in Nottinghamshire for an example. When

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you get to the end here, you can't really see the white lines at all.

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They are virtually nonexistent, aren't they? New figures from the

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Road Safety Markings Association show that half of the markings on

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our roads aren't up to scratch. 52% of markings on motorways, 42% on

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dual carriageways and 48% on single carriageways need replacing

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immediately. Carol says the lack of proper markings has even caused

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problems for one of her pupils. She was coming down to the junction and

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you couldn't see the white lines at all. I was sitting in the back of

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the car while she was on test and she started to creep forward and

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went over what would have been the white lines and she failed her test.

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There are now calls for immediate action to bring road markings up to

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standard. That's your news. We will have all

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the details on that situation in Hucknall in our breakfast bulletin.

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So, it's goodbye from me. But with your weather now, here's Anna

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Church. We have had a stunning day.

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Overnight tonight it remains dry but we can expect widespread fog. There

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is a yellow warning for fog as it will be quite dense. At the moment

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it is fairly clear. We will start to see the cloud and fog increasing in

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the early hours of the morning. Maybe a little bit of frost as well.

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The fog becomes quite widespread and very tense that it will start to

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clear as we go through the morning and then we expect plenty of

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sunshine during the afternoon. It will be warm in the sunshine. I'll

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leave you with a look at the than it did today across parts of

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the Thames estuary, temperatures could be 17 or 18 degrees. Now we

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will get the National forecast. It has been a funny day. Warm and

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sunny for some, cool and mystique for others, cloudy and damp for a

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few. Wet weather getting into northern Scotland tonight. Fog is

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the issue. It already is across the heart of England with thick patches.

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It could become widespread through the rest of the night. Touches of

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frost where the skies remain clear for any length of time. Tomorrow

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morning, difficult conditions across more central and southern parts of

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England. Dense patches. If you are planning a journey early, allow

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extra time because you could run into trouble. Check out your BBC

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local radio station first thing in the morning. There could be some

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disk -- significant disruption. There is a

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