28/08/2014 East Midlands Today


28/08/2014

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And now the news for the East Midlands, I'm Maurice Flynn.

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An inspection into Leicestershire Police has highlighted significant

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It came as part of an investigation into the way

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Our Social Affairs Correspondent, Jeremy Ball has more.

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figures right, that they set`up a whistle`blowers' hotline.

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But the Policing Inspectorate found that some crimes still

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weren't being recorded. They say that's down to training and

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some systems which need to be improved.

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And they're especially worried that child abuse.

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The inspectors found 16 child abuse cases that should have

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been recorded as crimes. But the records showed only six of

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them. How serious is that?

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Today's report says it's a significant concern

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and a matter of urgent importance. You can see why, if you've been

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listening to the news about what's been happening in Rotherham.

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Because these cases were referred by outside agencies,

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like schools and social services. They were investigated by specialist

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policing teams. But those teams didn't use the

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force's main crime recording system. That means cases could fall through

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the net. And Leicestershire Police have been

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given three months to put that right.

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What else have they been told to improve?

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Robbery's the priority. The inspectors say too many of those

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offences are being written off, as "no crime".

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They're also concerned that cautions and warnings are being used,

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for some suspects who should have been prosecuted.

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Among them, thieves who were given penalty notices after stealing

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goods worth more than ?100. So some concerns.

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But the inspectors were very impressed with the way the force

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dealt with victims of crime. And these inspections are going to

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be taking place at forces across the country.

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As thousands of children started school today, for one little boy

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Alfie Greasley was born four months early ` weighing less than 2 lbs.

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For all children, starting school is a big milestone.

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This age four boy is cheeky and happy on his way to school

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For his mum and dad it is a very emotional day.

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It was a shock but each day he grew stronger and stronger.

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He was a tough little boy but it was frightening in the way his ears

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weren't developed, his eyes still hadn't developed, he was almost

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As every day goes by your hopes grow and here we are today.

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It's amazing that he's come through it all and now has walked

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How excited are you about going to school?

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We found him not long after he had come out of hospital,

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having been born so prematurely there were lots of worries.

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He has just got a few words now, he is still under the speech therapist.

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For Alfie, today is about meeting his new friends and teacher

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For his parents it is a day they never thought they would see.

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I do not think I will never stop being proud of him,

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NHS workers marching to London from Jarrow in the North`East

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reached the half`way mark today, arriving in the East Midlands.

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They want to highlight what they claim is the creeping privatisation

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Our political editor John Hess caught up with them.

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This is a long march with a political message. These NHS workers

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have been on the road for 12 days now. Feet are sore but spirits high.

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What has been amazing about this march is the number of people

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shading stories and lifting spirits. The Labour MP met up with them.

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Waiting times have gone up there and people are angry about that. They

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are trying to recapture the spirit of the original march for jobs in

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the 1920s. This is about the future of the national health service. One

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of the marchers was either tired NHS doctor. When you come from abroad

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Judy lives how important it is to have access to affordable health

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care. Elsewhere in government they have been able to release money for

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spending in this Parliament. The principle is that the NHS will

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always be free at the point of use. After another week on the road it is

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London and Parliament. Property owners in Leicestershire

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could soon be charged by the fire service if it's repeatedly

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called`out to false alarms. The service says it's receiving false

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calls from some places weekly. Proposals will be discussed next

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week and could be agreed by the end of September.

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We have seen an increase in the number of automatic fire alarms we

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do spawn two. This is to reduce the number of false alarms. We have a

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reduction in our funding so it is in part cost recovery.

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Finally from me, Derbyshire steam locomotive engineer

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Sir Nigel Gresley could be honoured with a statue in London.

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Gresley made his name designing famous engines like the Mallard

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Now an application's been lodged to have a bronze statue

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of him put up on the new concourse of Kings Cross Station.

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More from me tomorrow, but I'll leave you now with Kaye

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It looks like things will be warming up a touch into next week. You will

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see the low pressure pushing in from the North West. Some gusty winds

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developing through tomorrow. Most places will stay dry. Fairly cloudy

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and the wind is the most noticeable feature of the weather. It will be

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drier with some clear spells throughout the night. Not

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particularly cold, quite mild for the time of year. Tomorrow morning

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we start dry, bright and fairly breezy. There will be some sunshine

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around. There will be more cloud in the afternoon and showers will push

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in towards evening. Some sunshine. Temperatures around 19 or 20

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Celsius. That is all from Hello! We had a touch of autumn in

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August, now we are hoping for a bit of summer in September, both as a

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result of former Hurricanes. It was Hurricane Bertha that brought cold

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air a week or two ago, now we have another later in the

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