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I'm Dominic Heale. getting married these


An inquest has heard that a Derbyshire woman was prescribed


ten times the correct dosage of a strong painkiller


27-year-old Kymberley Holden, who had multiple sclerosis,


had been to see her doctor to alleviate her pain.


"She had a smile for everyone", that's how Kymberley Holden's dad


described his daughter today at the inquest into her sudden death


Kymberley, a dispatch officer for East Midlands Ambulance Service,


from Codnor in Derbyshire, had been diagnosed with


multiple sclerosis almost a year before she died.


Her father, Stephen, and boyfriend, Ian Dye,


described how the condition was so severe that she needed


a wheelchair after losing the use of her right leg.


They told the inquest that she had been feeling unwell in the days


Mr Dye told the court, in November 2014, he woke


in the middle of the night to find his girlfriend lying


Also today, we heard from Kymberley's nurse,


her consultant neurologist and a forensic toxicologist.


It was during their evidence that we learned about the strong


liquid painkiller OxyNorm, which the postmortem report says


The inquest heard that a prescription error had occurred


and that Kymberley had been prescribed ten times the dosage


In the hours before she died, Kymberley had taken three doses


of OxyNorm to cope with attacks of pain in her right leg.


The post-mortom report gave the cause of death


as 'OxyNorm intoxication', the umbrella name for


the painkiller, and Devic's disease, an illness similar


Tomorrow, the inquest will hear from Kymberley's GP,


Major work to repair a railway bridge in Leicestershire


which collapsed causing travel chaos across the country


The bridge in Barrow upon Soar crumbled onto the Midland Mainline


It will fully re-open within a fortnight,


but there is more work to come, as Amy Harris reports.


Its collapse sparked a day of chaos for rail passengers last August,


but people living near this bridge continue to feel the impact.


Repair work is still underway, disrupting life here in the small


It's been horrendous, really, to be honest,


because the impact on the flow of traffic through the village,


community events had to be cancelled.


Also the residents, they have had disruption daily,


access, and actually nightly, as well.


The work here has included removing 200 tonnes of debris,


restoring the brick parapet walls and resurfacing the road.


While it will finally reopen to vehicles in under a fortnight,


Engineers will return to complete the job later this year.


Network Rail broke the news to villagers at this


I suppose I saw that coming, you know?


The fact that they will be doing more work.


I'm surprised they haven't done it while it was closed now.


I'll just be relieved to see it open to traffic.


Future work will take place on four Saturday nights.


So, for villagers here in Barrow, the disruption isn't over yet.


Earlier, I spoke to Rachel Lowe from Network Rail.


I asked her why the bridge had taken so long to repair.


Obviously, the priority at first was to get the emergency work done


to make the bridge safe, both for the people who need to go


across it and live close to it, and also those


That work was carried out reasonably quickly and then what we have had


to do is compress a design process that normally takes around six


months into a much shorter time frame to make sure we got


a long-term fix that means we don't need to come back,


that means the bridge is safe for many, many years to come


Four more sets of night working to do.


That is pretty annoying for the local people, isn't it?


That's only finishing off work, so it is just putting the stones


across the top of the bridge to stop people from being able to get


onto the tracks when we come underneath and electrify,


We will do that in the most considerate way possible,


but for us, the really good news is that the road is going to reopen


and that night-time work won't mean any road closures,


and pedestrians will still have access.


I'm sure people will be very pleased about that,


but they have put up with an awful lot because of the work


What about the subject of compensation for people whose


businesses have suffered and have had their lives disrupted?


Obviously, we are really sorry for the disruption this has caused.


We have managed it as best we possibly could.


Safety has been a priority, both for local residents


Where people feel they have been inconvenienced they can contact us


and any contact will be assessed in an individual way.


OK, Rachel Lowe from Network Rail, thank you.


The unemployment rate in the East Midlands


is at its lowest for more than a decade.


Between November last year and January this year,


the number of people out of work dropped by more than 9,000, compared


Despite this, the number of people claiming Jobseekers Allowance


rose by almost 2,000, to more than 31,000.


New signs are to be installed to reinforce the weight restrictions


In May, the county council's planning to put up electronic


warnings before drivers reach Swarkestone Bridge reminding them


The bridge is 800 years old and Grade I listed.


Last year, one driver was fined ?700 after ignoring eight warning signs


and driving a 44-tonne lorry over it.


A team of Nottingham scientists is using forensic techniques


There has been a big rise in illegal waste removal operators dumping


Now the Environment Agency is spending millions of pounds


Fly-tipping costs councils in our region around ?1.5 million


a year to clear up and depending on the type of waste,


Here at the Environment Agency labs in Nottingham,


they are using forensic science to identify if abandoned waste


We take a small portion of the sample, place


it on this instrument, which is an infrared...


This sample was taken from a canister abandoned in a warehouse.


The computer programme analyses the substance


The position of the peaks on this chromatogram tell us what atoms


are present in the substance and their intensities.


From the type of substance that you find you can characterise


the process that it comes from, and that might lead to where


And it's that chemical fingerprint that allows investigators


The Environment Agency estimates that waste crime diverts around


?1 billion a year from legitimate waste disposal businesses


and from the Treasury, and they have spent ?65 million


The Environment Agency has seen a rise in illegal waste


operators dumping material, but they say that forensic analysis


Now, were you or someone in your family ever in the Navy?


If so, an ex-service organisation in Leicester needs you because it's


The Senior Service Club needs a new generation of men and women


It's John Cassie's 91st birthday, and he's celebrating


His medals include the Legion d'Honneur for serving


on a minesweeper during the D-Day landings.


They say "Cheers, Cassie", and you have a rum, buy a rum.


But the club, on Loughborough Road in Leicester, has seen support


While it's mainly former Navy personnel, it's open


to all ex-forces and anyone who is interested


In 1976, I think there were over 400 members and they were


Now the service level is diminishing and you don't get


But we're open to anybody now - Army, the RAF, anybody can come down


With the club AGM coming up soon, the number of members


New recruits are needed now to keep them sailing on into the future.


That's your news, so it is goodbye from me,


but with your weather now, here's Lucy.


Could evening at the end of what has been a gorgeous day, also the


warmest day of the year. Lots of blue skies and blossoms being sent


in by our weather watchers. As we move into tomorrow, we will see a


shift to something that big cloudy. It will be cooler as well.


Temperatures reached a maximum of 16 Celsius tomorrow -- reached 16


Celsius today, 11 will be the maximum tomorrow. We will see clear


spells for a time but it will turn increasingly cloudy, with the cloud


pushing up from the south-west. That could be a few patches of mist and


fog developing. It will be mild, a low of 7 degrees. Moving into


tomorrow, few bright intervals first thing, but turning increasingly


cloudy quite quickly as we move through the morning. There could be


the odd spot of light rain or drizzle. A maximum of 11 Celsius. It


will be that big greasy, as well. Into Friday and it is a cold start


of the day. Friday is where we see a shift to more unsettled weather. We


will see outbreaks of rained and rained picking up. A maximum of 10


Celsius. It will feel more unsettled. I will leave you with the


Outlook. been. The outlook, rain around, if


it stays dry I will be surprised. Here is Nick with the national