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Frost. That's all from us. Now it's time
for And now the news for the East
Midlands. I'm Dominic Heale. First tonight, dramatic pictures of
how armed police brought two people out of a snooker hall at the centre
of an armed stand`off. The police have surrounded the building in
Hucknall in Nottinghamshire and are believed to be talking to a man
still inside. Our reporter Simon Hare is in Hucknall. Let's cross
straight over to him now. Simon, what's the latest?
As you can see, Hucknall High Street is still cordoned off this evening.
Elise have confirmed to me that they are the direct negotiations with a
man in a snooker club who is thought to be armed. My colleague captured
dramatic footage at around nine o'clock of two people being wrought
outside from that snooker hall. It is believed they may have been
hiding inside and the man may not have been aware that they were
there. They are said to be shaken but unharmed. Police believe that
nobody else is inside apart from the man they are negotiating directly
with. He has previously threatened officers.
How did this all start? It began at around 2:40pm today when
a man was reported to be acting suspiciously at the Spot On snooker
centre. Police set up a cordon and a school within the cordon was shut
down. Many homes within the cordon are also affected. People who can't
get into their homes will have to go to the town's leisure Centre
tonight. The main focus of police attention tonight is the continuing
negotiation with this man who is thought to be armed.
A heart surgeon has won his courtroom fight to stop future
patients learning about his links to the deaths of five people. John Lu
unwittingly passed on a deadly bug during cardiac surgery at Nottingham
City Hospital. Our health correspondent Rob Sissons has more.
John Lu, seen here in the middle, hasn't operated for over four years.
He feared the arrangements for him returning to heart surgery would
destroy his career. Hospital bosses talked of a moral duty to tell
patients about his past. They lost. This is what Dorothy Brown looked
like when she became infected. She says she nearly died. She is baffled
by today's High Court ruling. I'm not happy with it. If he can live
with that, that's fine. But if that bug breaks out again while he's been
operating, we'll beat on that judge's head. At the Trent Cardiac
Centre, exactly how the bug ` staphylococcus epidermidis ` got
from the surgeon's skin into the heart valves isn't clear. We have a
surgeon who is now completely clear of any bugs and has exactly the same
chance as any other surgeon to pass on bugs so I suppose the High Court
is probably right to say, why should you declare that? It's like saying
you had chickenpox. Tonight, in a statement, the trust said...
Mr Lu did lose a claim for damages. The judge ruled the trust hadn't
acted unreasonably. The legal battle has begun at
London's High Court over whether Leicester has the right to the bones
of Richard III. The city wants the king's bones buried in Leicester
Cathedral. But the Plantagenet Alliance claims it should have been
consulted and wants the king reinterred at York Minster. King
Richard was found buried in a car park in Leicester nearly 19 months
ago. A Nottingham man in his 70s has been
sent to prison for 28 days for refusing to pay his council tax.
Ross Longhurst, who's from New Basford, said he wouldn't pay
because City Council cuts had targeted the most vulnerable
sections of the community. A council spokesman sympathised but said not
paying the council tax was illegal and the magistrates had no option
but to send him to jail. Nearly half the road markings on our
highways are so worn`out they need replacing immediately, according to
a new survey. It suggests only 16% of markings on motorways and single
carriageways can now be clearly seen. Sarah Teale reports.
As a busy driving instructor, Carol Donaldson sees worn and nonexistent
road markings on a daily basis. And she doesn't even have to go far from
her own front door at Keyworth in Nottinghamshire for an example. When
you get to the end here, you can't really see the white lines at all.
They are virtually nonexistent, aren't they? New figures from the
Road Safety Markings Association show that half of the markings on
our roads aren't up to scratch. 52% of markings on motorways, 42% on
dual carriageways and 48% on single carriageways need replacing
immediately. Carol says the lack of proper markings has even caused
problems for one of her pupils. She was coming down to the junction and
you couldn't see the white lines at all. I was sitting in the back of
the car while she was on test and she started to creep forward and
went over what would have been the white lines and she failed her test.
There are now calls for immediate action to bring road markings up to
standard. That's your news. We will have all
the details on that situation in Hucknall in our breakfast bulletin.
So, it's goodbye from me. But with your weather now, here's Anna
Church. We have had a stunning day.
Overnight tonight it remains dry but we can expect widespread fog. There
is a yellow warning for fog as it will be quite dense. At the moment
it is fairly clear. We will start to see the cloud and fog increasing in
the early hours of the morning. Maybe a little bit of frost as well.
The fog becomes quite widespread and very tense that it will start to
clear as we go through the morning and then we expect plenty of
sunshine during the afternoon. It will be warm in the sunshine. I'll
leave you with a look at the than it did today across parts of
the Thames estuary, temperatures could be 17 or 18 degrees. Now we
will get the National forecast. It has been a funny day. Warm and
sunny for some, cool and mystique for others, cloudy and damp for a
few. Wet weather getting into northern Scotland tonight. Fog is
the issue. It already is across the heart of England with thick patches.
It could become widespread through the rest of the night. Touches of
frost where the skies remain clear for any length of time. Tomorrow
morning, difficult conditions across more central and southern parts of
England. Dense patches. If you are planning a journey early, allow
extra time because you could run into trouble. Check out your BBC
local radio station first thing in the morning. There could be some
disk -- significant disruption. There is a