16/09/2014 East Midlands Today


16/09/2014

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And now the news for the East Midlands.

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First tonight, a family havd said neighbours missed an opporttnity

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to save the lives of four pdople who died in a house fire.

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An inquest today heard that a little girl, who survived the

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blaze, banged on doors but got no response even though neighbours had

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Two mothers and two young boys were killed

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in the fire at North Wingfidld in Derbyshire last November.

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Our reporter Mike O'Sullivan has the details.

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It was a night that shocked a close`knit North Derbyshire

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In November last year, a fire claimed the lives of

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Josie Leighton, her two sons Tyler, who was nine, and 12`year`old

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Jordan, and Josie's friend Claire James, who was staying at the

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The inquest heard that Tia, woken by thick smoke,

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The neighbour, who had heard sounds and the smoke alarm, didn't respond.

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Firefighters found her in the garden at around 5am.

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It must have been terrible for that little girl to wait outside

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It couldn't have been anythhng else, could it?

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It is a missed opportunity from the neighbours, isn't ht?

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The combination of hearing a smoke alarm sounding and smelling

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smoke, if it is unusual, and hearing people moving around, we do ask that

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the communities play their part in looking out for each othdr.

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That would potentially be enough cause certainly

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for my me to think we should have got a call and have had

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The fire was caused by an electrical fault, a poor connection

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The cause of death was the inhalation of toxic smoke.

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The coroner recorded verdicts of accidental death.

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He described the electrical fault as a time bomb that could h`ve gone

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off any day, causing a fire that led to four people

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Police are asking the public for help to find a 12`year`old boy who's

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Tionne Loftman was last seen by his mum when she dropped him off at a

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Police say there have been sightings of him since then at the

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Queen's Medical Centre and Nottingham city centre.

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Two men from Leicestershire were killed in a road accident in

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27`year`old Patrick Casey and 17`year`old Martin Casex were

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travelling in a black Ford Focus which crashed into a wall ndar

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Police were on the look`out for the vehicle after reports

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The matter has been referred to the Independent Police Complaints

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Traders on Leicester's Golddn Mile say delays to roadworks could be

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Work to demolish the Belgrave Flyover

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and improve the roads around it was meant to be finished by next month.

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But now it could be March before it's completed.

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It is a familiar sight for many Leicester commuters.

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The gridlocked Golden Mile, as traffic towards the city centre

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The traffic is just a nightlare you can't get anywhere.

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It takes half an hour to get ten minutes.

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Work has been paid for by the supermarket Sainsburx's,

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which closed its store and opened a bigger one 12 miles away.

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The old Belgrade flyover was demolished within weeks,

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then work began to improve roads into the city centre

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It was all meant to be done in time for next month's Diwali

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The delay is affecting local traders.

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When I compare my business from last year, it is almost 70 or

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60% down, because of this construction work, people don't come

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Because of Sainsbury's, they are not coming.

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When it is finished it is hoped it will regenerate the area,

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and the work will be postponed for Diwali, so as not to stop

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Tom Brown, BBC East Midlands Today, Leicester.

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So, what's gone wrong with the timings?

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Martin Fletcher is Leicester City Council's Head of Highways

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Well, in terms of the major works that are being carried out that you

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can see behind me, they are all going to be colpleted

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The problems we have had have been on the southern side of the island,

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where, when we got the flyover down and saw the position of a lot of the

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utility services, we have h`d to carry out a lot of extra work on it,

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that is going to take us through into the New Year to finish those

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So shouldn't all those things have been known before

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When we see the plans in front of us at the time, we see lhnes on

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a map, and we don't totally see the condition of the services, or the

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exact location of them, and it is only until you get to explore among

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the flyover that we could gdt a true picture of the work that was

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I mean, there's been a lot of disruption in that period.

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The Belgrave flyover, it wasn't much to look at, but at least it worked.

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In terms of the flyover, it was a massive obstruction to thhs area,

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and it was a blight in terms of people's view of the area, what you

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Taking it down has radicallx transformed the area, and opened

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The actual traffic around the island is slowing,

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and we're adding extra capacity through the work that we ard doing

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to make it as good if not bdtter than what was the original flyover.

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Nottingham was today named as the first City of Football.

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It's received ?1.6 million from Sport England to help get

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people playing and watching the Beautiful Game

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And talking of the beautiful game, I have two results for you tonight:

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In League one Notts County drew 1 all against Leyton Orient and

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in League Two it finished M`nsfield 1, Morecambe 0.

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So, it's goodbye from me, btt with your weather now, here's Sara.

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We have a lot of low cloud coming in from the North East. Turning is very

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misty and murky into the early hours and drizzle likely as well, and also

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some hail fog affecting the Peak District area. It will be a mild

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night, and a very grey and lurky start to the day tomorrow as well.

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We are hopeful that we make see the cloud thinning as we head into the

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afternoon across the East Mhdlands. It is going to be warm in the

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sunshine. Temperatures into the low 20s, saw above average rate time of

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year, but we start to see the weather changing towards thd end of

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the week, courtesy of this `rea of low pressure. For now, I will leave

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you with the outlook, and ndxt you will have

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you now with Darren Bett and the national weather.

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This cloud looks worse than it is. Glitching the extreme south-west

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overnight. Ahead of it we've got an easterly air flow. That low cloud

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that never cleared the North Sea coasts is pushing through the gaps,

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running on to high ground. We'll have clearer skies further west but

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the low cloud is more extensive leading to mist and fog over hills

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and coasts in the east, where we could have drizzle. Another warm ni

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ahe Tomorrow starts slowly for many of us,

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