02/04/2014 East Midlands Today


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


evening. UK Coal has confirmed tonight that


the last remaining deep pit in the East Midlands is to shut next year.


The company is consulting with unions and employees about the


planned closure of Thoresby Colliery in Nottinghamshire, which has been


operating since the 1920s. Helen Astle reports.


It has been a sombre day today, the end of an era for deep coal mining


in Nottinghamshire. 600 people are employed here, the jobs are under


threat. 280 could go by the end of the year. It was last November the


Chancellor visited the site and there was hope it had a future. It


is a different story today. Falling prices and the strength of the pound


against the dollar are being blamed. I spoke to several people


who work here, no one on camera but they told me they are shocked and


saddened. They also say they have been given little information by UK


Coal as to what is happening and there listening to the radio for the


latest news. The site has been here since 1925, almost 90 years old. It


is the main employer. Many people have spent most of their lives here.


Today, they tell me they don't know what else they can do. The site will


close in the next 18 months. Earlier, I spoke to Andrew


Mackintosh of UK Coal who confirmed the closure and explained the


company's position. A very difficult day for all of us.


2000 employees, 600 in Thoresby and a sad day for Nottinghamshire. The


point about on how the situation is, we tried to keep employees


informed, today has been a crunch day weather news has come out with


competent `` about consultations. Consultations with unions and Andrew


Mackintosh from UK Coal speaking to me earlier from our Norwich studio.


Employees, what will you talk about? We will look at the discussions are


taking place at the moment involving a wide range of people to see if we


can get a package together to make sure we can close the coal mines


down safely. At the same time, to make sure employees and suppliers


get the appropriate treatment they expect from such a plan.


A lawyer has called for prosecutions over the death of an elderly care


home resident. 87`year`old Betty Arch, who had dementia, was offered


solid food despite not being able to swallow it. An inquest heard that


neglect at the home in Nottinghamshire contributed to her


death. The coroner said the case should act as a warning to other


care home owners. Rob Sissons reports.


Do not be fooled by the sign, this was not a quality provider. The


inquest heard staff were run ragged, mealtimes chaotic and the needs of


dementia patients not met. Betty Arch paid the ultimate price. Betty


Arch died alone, left unsupervised with sandwiches. She should not have


had solid food, it should have been mashed or pureed. The coroner said


the attitude was take it or leave it. Take it, sandwiches and


biscuits, risked Betty's life, leave it and she would go hungry. This was


the owner. The inquest was told she was asked for more staff but this


was ignored. The coroner said she controlled the purse strings and the


purse remained closed. Betty Arch's son left with his solicitor


demanding tougher action on care homes. Whilst nothing can bring


Betty back, the family hope lessons have been learnt by everyone


involved in the care of dementia patients and homes providing care


for these vulnerable residents will in future be much more closely and


effectively monitored. Tonight, Nottingham social services stressed


most of the 170 care homes they say are good or excellent but they do


have concerns about a handful. We have established a task force


which consists of professionals going in to work with those


identified homes to make sure they improve their quality of care.


The family don't understand why the facts that were produced at the


inquest should not form a prosecution by the Health and Safety


Executive. Clearly, these residents' lives were put in danger. Concluding


the case, the coroner said Betty Arch died from natural causes


contributed by neglect. The trust which runs Derby's


hospitals is warning services could be cut unless the Government


provides it with an emergency financial bail`out. It's currently


spending ?66,000 a day over its budget. It had already been left


with a ?9 million deficit from the last financial year. And it needs to


make savings of ?43 million during this year. Officials say that could


have an impact, but there aren't any plans to cut whole services or make


any redundancies. But in the short`term it's going to need a


financial bail`out. We need to ask the Department of


Health for some short`term specialist funding to cover the


extra costs we won't normally incur. That's so we can make sure we can


continue to deliver high`quality services for patients.


Soldiers from our largest local army regiment marched through Ashbourne


this afternoon. The Mercian's second battalion have served four gruelling


tours of duty in Afghanistan. This was the first of three "freedom


parades" in Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire this week. Tomorrow


lunchtime they'll be marching through Mansfield Town centre.


That's your news. So, it's goodbye from me but with your weather now,


here's Anna Church. We are currently at moderate


pollution levels and it continues to rise. The risk of moderate to high


levels of air pollution is something to be aware of. Tonight, mostly dry


and very mild across the East Midlands. Fairly cloudy, some


showers across the North at the moment, some clearer skies in the


south of Leicestershire. Towards dawn, mist and fog forming in the


Peak District but a mild night, lows of eight Celsius. Cloud is quite


stubborn try morning, a misty and cloudy start. Any brightness in the


afternoon will be across the East and one or two showers starting to


push in. A good deal of dry weather. Temperatures, not too bad, a maximum


of 17 degrees. be dry. The air pollution has been


hitting the headlines today. For more information on that, here is my


colleague. Good evening. Very hazy skies in


London today and many other towns and cities across the UK. On


Thursday there is the chance of some pretty high pollution in the


south-east and East Anglia but by the time we get towards the end of


the week, we will see clearer Atlantique air coming in and we


should get rid of the Saharan dust which has been making services


grubby in the last few days. You can see the pattern across the


Atlantic. We also have a weather front.


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