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Welcome to the programme. A family's plea to Parliament in a


fight for safer level crossings Paralympic medallist Matt Skelhon is


on target for the European Championships.


First, a day in Parliament for families who've lost loved ones on


the region's level crossings. After years of campaigning, MPs are now


holding a special inquiry into how to improve safety. In a moment we'll


be talking to a mother whose daughter was killed on a crossing


and has been fighting for changes ever since. First though this report


from Mike Cartwright. As near misses go, they don't come much closer than


this. Chilling footage from water Beach Crossing, near Cambridge.


Watch again. The cyclist avoids the barrier and breaks just in time She


is lucky not to have been killed. Others, though, haven't been so


fortunate. Katie Littlewood, aged 15, lost to life in January last


year. Hit by a train at this crossing in Bishops Stortford. A


pensioner, Jones Sage, also died here a decade before. On the same


line, teenage school friends Olivia Bazlinton and Charlie Thompson were


killed, while crossing the track here in 2005. Olivia's father gave


evidence at the transport committee at Westminster today. Ideally, I'd


like to see all level crossings go. No railway will ever be built again


which has a level crossing on it, that is quite clear. The important


thing for the committee is to make sure they are going to keep an eye


on it and keep network rail to their plans and hopefully improve their


plans and increased them for crossing closures and improvements.


Today it is the victim's families and British Transport Police. Later,


it will be network rail and the Department for Transport, giving


evidence to a select committee into the safety of our level crossings.


These extraordinary near misses were captured by cameras across the


country. Now Network Rail say they've spent ?130 million improving


crossings. The East has more than 900 of them, but 93 crossings closed


in our region in recent years. Network Rail told us, nothing we say


or do will lessen the pain felt by families of those killed or injured.


But we have promised we are committed to making our railway as


safe as possible. Heart stopping moments like this are a reminder of


how dangerous crossings can be. The committee here asking if enough has


been done to make sure they are safe. Tina Hughes lost her daughter


Olivia more than seven years ago, when she was killed at a level


crossing at Elsenham in Essex. Tina has since been advising Network Rail


about crossing safety, she gave evidence to the committee this


afternoon. She joins us live now from Westminster. There were some


very emotional stories of loss given today and behind all of them a claim


that historically, Network Rail has been driven by profit over safety.


Is that how you felt? Yes, absolutely. I think it was like


that. I'd like to think it has changed, it is certainly changing.


There are still people in Network Rail who were there operating for


the last ten years. I think some of those people still have that kind of


culture. That feeling that, well, we only killed ten people a year or


whatever at level crossings, but one person is just too many. We heard


some really harrowing stories today about some of those deaths on level


crossings. One of the things that I will never forget this something you


told the committee, which is that just weeks after Olivia died, you


were told by network rail that you have to consider the cost of safety


versus the value of human life. Yes. I was sitting very close to the


chief executive at the time when he said that. I was just horrified that


he could say something like that. I'm a project manager, I know about


cost benefit analysis, but that was such a callous, inhumane thing to


say to a grieving parent. I could not believe you could say something


like that. You said today that the service is very much improving,


Network Rail says it's making all the changes it can afford. Do you


believe that? I do believe it to a point. Obviously, the national level


crossing team has been up at two years. They've done a phenomenal


amount of work in that period and have made considerable changes and


reductions in the risk management and risks at level crossings. But


what I always try to get across when I talk to people at network rail is


it is not just about percentage points. This is about the impact on


people 's lives. And also, Network Rail don't yet appreciate the value


of their assets. Not just track and signal, but people. They don't give


them the support they need from senior level. They are in great


danger of losing some very key people. That is a real tragedy.


You've campaigned long and hard to get this hearing the government


What do you hope to achieve from it? I'd like to think that the select


committee will keep pressure on the regulator to keep the funding up. I


heard at the weekend that they are going to have additional funding.


I'd like also the Network Rail to commit to making changes to level


crossings, even after the chief executive leaves and joins the HS2


project early next year. Several MPs missed that safety hearing because


they were stuck on the East Coast Main Line. Even now, passengers are


being urged not to travel on the route unless absolutely necessary.


Overhead cables have been ripped down near Peterborough, meaning


there are no trains running north of the city. Louise Hubball is at


Peterborough station now. Louise, this has been going on for a few


hours now, what's the latest? I ve been here throughout much of the


evening commute. We've seen plenty of replacement buses coming and


going. A lot of those buses looking very full indeed. We've seen people


getting off to realise that they then got to get back on the train.


People are tired passengers getting off the train, only to find out that


they then got to carry their journey by bus. A lot of them are not very


happy at all. East coasters saying if you don't have to travel tonight


on the line then simply don't, and that your ticket for today will


still be valid for tomorrow. But a lot of passengers feeling very


tired. I've been speaking to them. The line is down between


Peterborough and Grantham totally. I have to get the bus. It's going to


extend my journey by probably up to an hour. It's been appalling and


east coast should be ashamed of themselves. That face should say at


all. An absolute nightmare. It's been absolutely awful. This does


nothing to improve the punctuality record for east coast trains, which


have recently been told to be the worst in the country. Absolutely.


Network Rail apologised for that to customers last month. They admitted


they were responsible for 70% of delays, due to the maintenance of


the track. That means around August and September, one in six trains on


this line were delayed. That will give you some idea of the scale of


the problem. I've spoken to Network Rail tonight, they are trying to


rectify this issue. They say engineers will work through the


night if necessary. They don't know what has caused it, but they are


hoping that a limited service may resume later this evening. If you've


been travelling for hours are stuck here, that is little consolation.


And you can keep up to date with the latest on the East Coast Line by


tuning into BBC Radio Cambridgeshire's travel bulletins at


half past the hour every hour. There have also been major delays on the


M11 and A14 today after a lorry overturned on the westbound


carriageway near Bar Hill. Roads in dozens of villages around Cambridge


became gridlocked and there were tailbacks of up to 20 miles on the


A14. Of course, a new and improved A14 is being planned to avoid so


much congestion. Part of that includes upgrading the M11, A14


junction. But the biggest and most controversial plan is a new toll


road bypassing Huntingdon. As David Whiteley reports, the lengths people


will go to, to avoid paying the toll, is becoming a real concern.


This is Haughton Village in Cambridgeshire. It's an idyllic


room location, but it's also near an alternative route to the 814,


designated by the Highways Agency. Some residents fear if the toll road


is built, then Haughton and many of the neighbouring villages will


suffer. If the hauliers move onto this road to avoid the toll, we will


have 100 lorries an hour going through at night, and 200 plus in


the day. That is going to mean this road will be completely congested.


We had a major road incident on the A14 and all the roads around here


were completely clammed up. That was not just the A roads, it was the B


roads, trying to avoid the traffic. That will happen every day if the


toll road goes ahead. Billy Angus is a haulier who regularly travels on


the A14. We asked him to try out the alternative route, avoiding the


proposed toll road. I've crossed three roundabouts, one goes to


Tesco. Imagine Tesco's, they are going to be crowded out. It's going


to be absolute chaos. It's 44 tonnes of tank. You really don't want these


going through town centres. These should be kept out of town centres


at all costs. Too dangerous? That's it, yes. Unfortunately, us and


cyclists don't mix. Public consultation has just closed, and


the Department of Transport says it will carefully consider all


responses. We requested an interview but were told that because they are


considering next their steps, it would be inappropriate for them to


comment at this time. More than 3,000 jobs could be created in


Northamptonshire if plans for a new business park are approved. The


Developer Roxhill is behind the latest proposals worth tens of


millions of pounds. Waseem Mirza is here with more.


This development would be on land at junction ten of the A14, just south


of Kettering. It would be nearly 120 acre site, not far from the Weetabix


factory. It would include a mix of flagship office headquarters, small


industrial units and a hotel. It will be across the whole spectrum.


Undoubtedly, there will be a lot of office jobs, it is, after all, a


business park. There will be a lot of high`quality flagship offices


here. That will be the main focus. As well as that, we are expecting


light industrial and manufacturing jobs. This is the latest in a series


of good news announcements for Northamptonshire. Cosworth


Engineering is planning to build a new factory in Northampton, creating


70 jobs. Church's Shoes look set to build another factory. It's expected


to generate 150 jobs. And the biggest boost will come at


Daventry's International Rail Freight Terminal. New warehouses


mean 900 jobs will come there. Northamptonshire County Council said


tonight this latest development would contribute to a buoyant


economy. And, although the county has a long way to go, it's heading


in the right direction. We can now join Stewart and Susie for the rest


of tonight's be unsettling for the plans `` for


the fans and the players. McCarty says he will only clarify


his position if the club makes an official approach.


Still to come, we talk to the Paralympic shooter Matt Skelhon.


Which game is now outselling monopoly.


And it is now looking like an unsettled week ahead.


Managers at Basildon Hospital say they are confident things are being


turned around after months of damning reports from health experts.


The first of 250 extra staff have started work, including 200


permanent nurses, who will replace a string of agency staff.


The NHS spends more than ?2 billion a year on agency staff. Over a two


year period, for example, Addenbrooke's in Cambridge spent 1.2


million on temporary nurses. Southend Hospital 1.3 million. And


one of the biggest spenders was Basildon, which spent more than


three million. Last week, Claire Marie Battersby


was the among the 200 new full`time nurses to arrive on its wards.


Despite its reputation, she had no hesitation about joining Basildon


Hospital. My personal opinion was because of


the heat that is on the hospital, standards are an `` are at a high.


It will be a great start with the hospital.


Basildon's Director of Nursing, Diane Sakar, says they've also


reorganised A, and paediatrics, and introduced new technology. But


permanent staff nurses was a key factor. It will ensure that the


nursing staff have enough staff to do the job that they are employed to


do. It makes them feel valued and will improve the morale, and for us


to have a very strong nursing workforce.


This afternoon, I spoke to the Health Minister and Suffolk MP Dr


Dan Poulter, and started by asking what he thought of the millions of


pounds being spent by hospitals in this region on agency nurses.


Spending money on temporary staff is not a good use of NHS resources, and


that is why, earlier this summer, I published a review that set out a


number of ways how the NHS could save money in reducing the cost of


temporary staffing. It is about prioritising and employing more


full`time staff. It also provides better continuity of care for


patients. That all sounds like common sense.


Why has the situation got to this stage were so much money is


effectively being wasted? For far too long, too many hospitals


at an individual hospital level, the executives and nonexecutive


directors, didn't focus enough on how they could reduce their costs


and wasting money on temporary staffing is something that the NHS


can no longer afford to do. It is also about providing better care for


patients. That is why I am pleased that the hospital are investing in


more full`time staff. That will save the NHS money, so more money can be


put into treatments. Is accepted the government that


understaffing is one of the main issues behind the scandals at


hospital? That is right. The review was


launched by the government is in response to the inquiry over the


terrible events. That highlighted a number of hospitals, including


Basildon, where there were unacceptable in the low levels of


staffing and is too much reliance on temporary staff, and the damage that


it on quality care. Obviously, it takes more time to


recruit more nurses and a permanent basis. We are heading into the


winter season, when normally hospitals, under more pressure. How


confident are you that they will cope this winter?


The number of nurses now working in the NHS in acute hospitals like


Basildon is increasing. I am very confident that hospitals are taking


it seriously, putting in the necessary investments, and reducing


unnecessary wastage and paying agencies money for temporary staff


that should be going into patient care.


And Inside Out tonight goes behind the scenes as the hospital tries to


shake off its bad reputation. That's tonight at 7:30pm on BBC One.


Scientists believe they may have found the cause of an illness which


has been killing dogs in parts of the region. More than 100 have be


taken ill after going for a walk in woods in Suffolk and Norfolk,


including the Sandringham Estate. Now estate managers and the Animal


Health Trust in Newmarket are investigating.


The size of a pinhead, the harvest mite could be the cause of a


seasonal canine illness. Mites can get onto the skin, and give the dog


is a high fever. In extreme cases, it can kill. There have been eight


cases recently, all from the Sandringham estate.


They often have orange dust on them, which we found to be caused by


harvest mites. They tended to be small dogs, Terry is `` terriers. So


they were presumably not used to this environment.


The Animal Health Trust is examining the problems in two Woodland


regions. It wants dog owners in the area to help them to find if the


mite is responsible. We are encouraging people to speak


to the vets about preventive treatment for Harford `` harvest


mites, in case the cases decrease, showing that there is a link between


the two. This is a pilot study about Seasonal


Canine Illness. The idea is that this spray is sprayed on their dogs


before they go for a walk in the area.


Dog owners are being told not to panic, but it is a nasty illness.


With the public's help, the authorities should soon be able to


tell if this tiny mite has caused so much misery.


This week, the European Disability Shooting Championships are taking


place in Spain. And Matt Skelhon from Peterborough goes into the


contest as one of the favourites. Matt is 28, lives in Peterborough


and won gold at the Paralympic Games in Beijing in 2008. Last year, he


won silver and a bronze at London 2012. Brennan Nicholls has been to


see his final preparations. It's a sport where you do battle as


much with yourself as others. Shooting requires supreme


concentration as well as an obvious steady hand. Matt Skelhon improved


his when he won gold back in 2008. When he is in his own, he hears hard


to beat. `` he is hard to beat. I only care about how well I shoot.


My biggest enemy is myself. I have to keep my head in the game. If I do


that, I will do well. It took a world record in 2012, but


he still scored a silver and a gold. Since London, the score `` the


sport has changed its system. Decimal places now are important,


and the final is a shoot off. The ten is broken down into points.


All be decimal scores at the end now added, so the maximum score is


higher. His gold in Beijing helped attract


funding which has led to this practice range. It provides the


shooting squad with crucial time to fine tune their technique. This is a


place which rivals even their able`bodied counterparts area. Away


from the game, there are other things that help improve his


concentration. Fishing is his hobby of choice.


I have done it since I was little. It is nice and relaxing to do. In a


lot of places, you can get by the waters edge. It is nice and


relaxing, a bit of an adrenaline `` adrenaline rush.


There will be no time for that at the European Disability Shooting


Championships. It is the first time since 2007 that the competition has


been held, and Matt is determined to get one of the biggest prizes in the


run`up to 2016 Olympics. If you're a parent or a grandparent


then the chances are you have the Shopping List game in a cupboard


somewhere. Made in Norfolk, the game has now climbed to third in the


Amazon bestselling list for toys. Aimed at children up to the age of


seven, Shopping List is outselling classics like Monopoly and Scrabble.


Turn one over and let's see if we get it.


Children at this nursery are playing the Shopping List game. Each child


has a shopping list and a trolley to fill. It is great fun.


Why do like this game? Because there are loads of things that you can


get. Peppers. What is that one? Suites. I like


sweets. The Shopping List game is made just


down the road. It now outsells Monopoly and Scrabble, and is only


beaten by the Rubiks cube and a `` another game.


It was first launched in 1995. We have sold many millions of them. We


will sell this year 125,000 units. This is Keith, the man who founded


the company. He started Orchard Toys at his home. His late wife ran a


nursery and knew what children wanted. But it was Keighley came up


for the `` with the Shopping List game as he went round the


supermarket. `` Keith. I watched mothers picking things up


and putting them in the trolleys, and I thought that children would


relate to the game. When I got back, I wrote it on the back of an


envelope. I tried it. Orchard Toys has doubled its


turnover in the last few years. It has 115 games and jigsaws in its


range. But even after 18 years, the Shopping List is still everyone's


favourites. I am sitting next to somebody who


claims to be very good at the Shopping List.


Yes, I am very competitive. Today we have had outbreaks of rain,


but the air has been warm. In some areas, it has been 16 Celsius. It


could get even warmer tomorrow. In the next few hours, there is


potential for outbreaks of rain, but it should be quite dry for most


people. It will be a very mild night. Temperatures for many of us


not falling lower than 14 or 15 degrees Celsius. These are the


values that we should be seeing in the day. The winds will be quite


blustery in the south`east. Tomorrow, there will be this weather


system moving to waters, bringing with it more rain. But for many us,


it will be a dry day. There will be thicker cloud and outbreaks of rain


in the north`east. Some of this could be quite heavy. But despite


the cloud and the rain, temperatures around 16 Celsius. I would not be


surprised if we will see 17 or 18 Celsius in some areas. A blustery


day with moderate wind. We will finish the day with more cloud.


There will be more rain, some of it is on the happy side.


In the next few days, Wednesday to Friday will be different weather. On


Wednesday, we will have some sunshine and some showers, and some


of those could be heavy and underrate. On Thursday, probably a


dry start, but it could be some sunshine. `` thundery. In the


south`west, some of the rain could be heavy. And then on Friday, the


rain will be in showers. We will have warmer temperatures in the day


and mild nights. The only exception is Wednesday night, when it could be


nine Celsius. We will see you tomorrow night. Goodbye.


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