27/03/2014 East Midlands Today


27/03/2014

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there's a first look at the papers over on the BBC News

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And now the news for the East Midlands, I'm Dominic Heale. Good

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evening. Two of this region's police forces have failed victims of

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domestic abuse ` according to a a scathing report by Her Majesty's

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Inspectorate of Constabulary. Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire have

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been criticised for a lack of knowledge among staff, a backlog of

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cases and for providing an inconsistent service to victims.

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Here's our Chief News reporter Quentin Rayner.

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The Inspectorate says this should be a wake`up call to the police. On

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average they receive an emergency related call every 30 seconds and 77

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women were killed last year by their partners or ex`partners. Across the

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East Midlands it accounts for 10% of all recorded crime and almost 6500

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incidents of domestic abuse resulting in injuries were recorded

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until August last year. Derbyshire is undersized for gaps in their

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knowledge. Officers need to fully understand domestic abuse in crews

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including psychological abuse. Yes, we need to improve. If the reported

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and said everything was rosy within the Derbyshire Constabulary I would

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have been surprised but ultimately we do need to improve. Part of the

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Inspectorate's role is to say to us, you need to improve in these areas

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and we will act on those recommendations and we will improve.

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Nottinghamshire force is undersized for inconsistency. It found that

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high`risk victims receive a better standard of service and protection

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than those assessed as lower risk. Then there is no system in place to

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review their level of risk once an offender is released from custody

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the inspectors also found a lack of awareness about victims in the local

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area and the force doesn't have an understanding of serial offenders in

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Nottinghamshire. There isn't a difference in the level of

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protection, there is a difference in the risk assessment and therefore

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there is a difference in the way we have to deal with that. With the

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serial perpetrators, that workers in its infancy. We will work with the

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national lead in developing our process to understand better how

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perpetrators behave and how we can manage them. Leicestershire is

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praised for its information sharing and for being one of the few forces

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which asks victims for feedback about its service. The Inspectorate

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recognises considerable improvements but still found the service offered

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to victims is too often unacceptable. It is insisting

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domestic abuse must no longer be the poorer nation to other policing

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activity. Cathy Saunders, you and your organisation have been working

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with victims and survivors of domestic abuse for some years. How

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surprised really by the findings of the report? Not surprised at all, we

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fed directly into the HM RC review. What is the experience of the woman

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you deal with? Most of them have had bad episodes with the police,

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reporting crimes to them are many will never report to the police

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again. That is pouring. It is also to do with the police's attitude to

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women in this ocean? Generally, police now they seem to have a

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better attitude towards victims and survivors of domestic abuse but

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still, we get complaints about bad treatment and bad attitudes. There

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has been improvement over the decades but nowhere near enough? To

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say we're now in the 21st century, having dealt with domestic abuse for

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40 years, working in partnership with many agencies, the answer is

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no. There is vast room for improvement. Thank you.

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Many of our councils have been accused of "siphoning off" public

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health funding to prop up other town hall services. Doctors have warned

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that campaigns on smoking, obesity and sexual health are threatened.

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This report from our Political Editor John Hess.

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The public health, but how healthy is the public? Do you do any

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exercise in? Not really, I working all day, that should keep me fit. I

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have a natural predisposition to put on weight so I'm careful with my

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diet. Daily walks with her, that's about it. It's just over 12 months

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since responsibility for public health transferred from the NHS to a

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local authority, and for a City Council like Tottenham, those public

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health contracts with ?27 million. It is now down to the local

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authorities and politicians to decide on what the public health

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priorities are locally. But Nottinghamshire GP says that some

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councils are siphoning off the money. His fears about the Bible a

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survey that reveals a third of the councils have done that. There isn't

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enough money in the system to sustain the entire public health

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budget for health services and the entire council budget for adequate

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social services, and I think the system is balanced on a knife edge.

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The politician now in charge of public health in Nottingham defends

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the shift in spending priorities, and gives this example. Taking ?1

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million out of sexual health because we have negotiated well with the

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University Hospital so there shouldn't be any service changes but

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we should have better value for money and contracting, we can now

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put that into an early intervention so that young people are making

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better choices so that we might not have the same call on sexual health

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services in a decade. New proteins other public health. How local

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politicians and the health service went are struggling to agree.

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That is your news, goodbye from me, but with your weather, here is Anna.

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It has been a chilly evening with the cold easterly breeze we are

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having, and we are expecting more rain in the next few hours. It may

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feel a bit wintry over the Derbyshire Peak District before

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clearing away. I'm dry into the night, it keeps hold of a lot of

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cloud, maybe a bit of mist forming. A cloudy start to your Friday, we

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keep the easterly winds throughout the day and some rain will start

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pushing as we go through the morning. Temperatures, a little bit

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of an improvement on today. But it's all change for the weekend. By the

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time we get to Saturday, we take on a southeasterly wind, that brings in

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warmer air so highs of 16 and hazy sunshine.

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weather. Now the national forecast with Nick Miller.

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Hello, as winter becomes spring, the atmosphere contains more energy. The

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shower clouds grow taller. If conditions are right, you get

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thunder storms. There have been some today. Bob took this picture near

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London this afternoon. The spring flowers will appreciate the

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