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light rain. It will be damp across the north and west. That's all from


the BBC news at six. Good evening. She bled to death and


nobody noticed. The teenager who died in hospital after a routine


operation. The road that keeps claiming lives.


Survivors now join the safety campaign. Struggling to find a door


and could not find a door handle. At that point I thought I was taking my


last breath. And later, poured into a bin, the Co`op's ban on


super`strength beer is coming to a store near you. And three times


snooker champ, we will be talking live to Neil Robertson.


Good evening. First tonight, the teenager who bled


to death after a routine appendix operation. Victoria Harrison was


just days away from her 18th birthday. She was booked into


Kettering General Hospital and told her mother she'd be home the next


day. But overnight she was left bleeding, unnoticed by staff. Mike


Cartwright joins us live from Corby, where an inquest is taking place


into her death. Victoria Harrison had everything to


live for, her mother said. She was training to be a nutrition and she


was engaged. Today the family sat in there and listen to one of the


nurses apologise. In tears, she said, I am so, so sorry, I have


tried to move on from this but I don't know how.


Victoria Harrison. A teenager who lost her life after a routine


operation. This is the surgeon who carried out the operation. I saw a


small belief committee told the `` small bleed, he told the committee.


But he was confident it had stopped. The family today, sitting through


evidence from a string of hospital staff, responsible for the care of


Victoria. Gillian Joy asked in the inquest, worth the talk about the


bleed? `` were you told. Victoria Harrison went into hospital


on the 15th of August last year. At 2:30pm she arrived in theatre. At


3.20, Pete `` surgeons noticed the bleeding. Just before six, Victoria


went back to the ward. At 5.30 the next morning, she was found in bed,


it paled, stiff and unresponsive. She could not be revived.


A staff nurse told the inquest that if she had known about the bleeding,


she would have checked on her more during the night. Victoria


Harrison's dressing was changed and she was given morphine when she


complained of pain. But when asked if the outcome could have been if


rent if regular observations at second place, possibly was the


response. `` have been different. An investigation found that Victoria


was felled in 43 different ways. `` was felled in 43 different ways. ``


failed. The hospital say they have made improvements. There is better


communication, they say, between staff in the theatre and on the


ward. They say that checks are better on patience. They are more


structured and more frequent. The inquest is likely to Tim `` to


finish tomorrow. Next tonight, the patients waiting


up to four hours in an ambulance before being admitted to hospital.


People taken to A by ambulance should be admitted to hospital


within 15 minutes of arriving. But the BBC has learned that some are


waiting far longer. The four`hour delay happened at Princess Alexandra


Hospital in Harlow. Louise Hubball has more.


What the statistics refer to is handover time. That's the time from


the patient arriving at A in an ambulance to the A staff taking


over care. The figures released today show that, on occasion, every


hospital in our region has exceeded an hour's waiting time.


Ambulances delayed at A can slow down response times. And every


second can count in an emergency. It's recommended patients should


only wait 15 minutes in the vehicle, but figures released today of the


longest time people were left waiting at each hospital show it's


often much worse. Milton Keynes Hospital recorded the shortest


single wait, and that was one hour 15 minutes. They've recently opened


two new ambulance bays to process patients more quickly. We have been


working hard to prioritise our emblems patience among the whole


workload of the emergency department. You don't go to the back


of the queue. We prioritise you according to need. We have set up


areas we can use specially for ambulances to do rapid assessment.


We start the treatment on the trolley.


But elsewhere in our region, the longest single wait was at the


Princess Alexandra Hospital in Harlow. On one ocassion, a patient


was left waiting for nearly four hours. People I spoke to there were


concerned. It is quite shocking. concerned. It is quite shocking.


Yeah, that is not good at all. I work in the hospital and I would say


yes, approximately. It is a long time. Yes, but it is putting


patients at risk. The longest single wait in England


was recorded nearby at Broomfield Hospital in Essex. The figures were


collected over a 12`week period from August. NHS England say waiting


times are improving. Of course, winter leads to more


pressure on our hospitals as falls and infections both increase. If you


want to know how your hospital is coping, there's now a new BBC


website to help you. By simply entering your postcode you can find


out whether waiting time targets at A are being met, how many beds are


closed because of the winter vomiting bug, how many planned


operations are being cancelled. The figures are updated every week. It's


called the NHS Winter Tracker, and you can find it on the health


section of the BBC News website. It's one of our most notorious


accident blackspots, and in the last few weeks alone it's claimed two


lives. The North Bank road runs alongside the river Nene near


Whittlesey in Peterborough. Now pressure is growing for safety


improvements. Campaigners held a rally at the weekend.


The flowers at the roadside tell their own tragic story. In the last


two years there have been six major accidents here, resulting in ten


casualties, three of which have been fatal. And last month Neil Pridmore


feared his car journey along North Bank would be his last. We were


driving at about 45 mph, going around the bend. The backing of the


car went from behind us. We did a fish, started to roll. I was knocked


out. The next thing I remember is going in the water, and splashed it


was soaking wet. We won the lottery that night. No money, but we won the


lottery. It should have been four dead people in the car.


Last month 18`year`old Hannah Yates died after an accident here, and


this weekend her sister joined campaigners to call for new safety


measures. Very outgoing, bubbly lovely young lady. She had a lot


going for her. If it has happened to her and can stop another family from


going through this, it is an aim. Over the years Fenland roads have


claimed many lives, and there's an ongoing campaign to improve safety


along the roads. But many feel that this particularly road needs


immediate attention. We absolutely need to protect people and vehicles


going in on that bend. The way to do it is to install a safety barrier.


It is here where barriers are said to be needed most. This is an unlit


road with the river on one side and a sharp right bend, which often


catches drivers unaware. North bank will close tomorrow as engineers


begin to test to see if the river bank can support barriers.


Later this week, the City Council is holding a meeting to discuss the


possibility of installing safety barriers. Campaigners say they would


cost around ?45,000, which they say is a small price to pay to save


lives. The Prime Minister travelled to the


East Anglian coast today to see for himself the damage caused by last


week's surging tides. Coastal communities have spent another day


mopping up and counting the cost of the flooding. Andrew Sinclair


reports. All along the coast, there are


plenty of people with stories to tell. This morning the Prime


Minister heard a few of them. On the quayside in Norfolk, John Crook told


how his shop field like a swimming pool. All of this is wet? In Wells,


they had the highest tide on record on Thursday. Mr crooks says that in


40 years, it has never flooded. Although shops on the quayside were


flooded, only a handful of homes were affected. The Environment


Agency has spent ?1 million on flood defences. The Prime Minister says it


is why places like this got off lightly. Here we are, flood the


given 9053, this time fortunately only 1400 homes were flooded. ``


bigger than the flood in 1953. Now they can get rid of the furniture


and carpets and get money for the loss. He also met those involved in


the emergency operation. He was told the emergency services works well


but that there were also problems with mobile phone reception along


the coast. They say it is all very well being in Cobra, but to come


here and see out there and to see the houses and how high the sea


came, this is appalling. Today the government set up a committee to


oversee the reconstruction of homes and businesses. The Prime Minister


that `` was determined that those affected are not forgotten.


Well, the impact of the rough seas is also being felt by RSPCA staff


near King's Lynn. They are dealing with dozens of injured seal pups


washed up on the shore after being separated from their mothers in the


stormy conditions. The pups are being fed and treated, but the


rescue centre at East Winch is now over capacity and fears it won't be


able to save them all. Those are


Campbell's future in the game depends on the outcome of a police


investigation. Still to come: The police launch


this year's Christmas drink drive campaign. So our reporter has a few


drinks and goes for a drive. Stay with us to see what happened next.


A ban on super strength drinks in Ipswich is being rolled out across


the rest of the region. The Co`op said today all cheap drink with an


alcoholic content of 6.5% or more. Was being withdrawn immediately.


It's claimed the Ipswich scheme reduced anti social behaviour and


problems associated with on`street drinking. It received national


recognition and some other stores followed suit. Today, the regional


Co`op group ceremoniously dumped its super`strength drinks.


At an East of England Co`op in Norwich, they're pulling


super`strength beer and cider from the shelves. From today, you won't


find it in any of their 140 stores in Norfolk, Suffolk or Essex. On the


pavement outside, a publicity stunt to drive the message home. That this


sort of booze should be binned. Those who work with homeless people


have seen how this quick hit of alcohol affects them. Liver problems


which can be related to causing cancers. I think this is the tank of


choice because it is cheap, readily available and it has a high


percentage of alcohol and sugar so it gets into peoples systems very


quickly. Last year the Co`op followed the lead of smaller of


licences in Ipswich and was the first big chain to ban to sale of


high strength booze. Police say the number of street drinkers in Ipswich


has halved. But others told us they've simply moved elsewhere.


People walk past the matter is not right. But they are going to do it.


Whether a policeman comes up to us or not. Take a look at all the


offers another alcohol in the store. For an off online. Half`price. Even


the beer is on offer. Isn't the court giving out a mixed message?


Not at all. The product we have removed is a designer product to get


people drunk quickly. Wine and other products are there for you to enjoy


in a very controlled way. If you drink enough of anything, you will


probably get drunk. Other major outlets told us they have local


initiatives limiting alcohol sales, but none has imposed a blanket ban


like the Co`op. Street drinking is a complex problem and the Co`op's


action isn't meant to work in isolation. They're relying on other


agencies such as drug action groups and the NHS to play their part. The


hope that more addicts can bin their dependency for good Meanwhile, the


region's police chiefs have launched their Christmas drink drive


campaigns. Last year was the first for some


time where convictions for drink driving actually went up. Police


forces across the region. Have decided to combine their resources


to get the message across. Now how about this for an assignment. We


asked Mike Liggins to have a few glasses of wine and then try to


drive. Three senior officers representing


six Police forces across the region with one message. Don't drink and


drive. You feel you are UK. Someone might do something from which does


not give you time to react because of senses being dull. You end up


having a collision that you would have avoided when you were so were.


`` sober. But have you wondered what happens to a person when they drive


under the influence of alcohol? To put that to the test, I drove a


Lotus Evora at the Hethel test track with Chris Inspector Chris Spinks as


my passenger. Driving sober, I was accurate and entirely safe. But then


I had two small glasses of wine. I should say at this point that this


demonstration has been carefully risk assessed. We are carrying a


tent under controlled circumstances under the supervision of Norfolk


Police and our friends at Lotus cars. Technically I was under the


drink drive limit but my driving was nowhere near as safe. The only safe


way you know you know where near the safe limit and that your driving is


not impaired is not to have a drink at all. Then I had two more glasses


of wine and I was drunk. Can I drive through these columns? I could


operate the car. But was I fully in control? No. My driving through the


cones was exaggerated and any my reaction on the brake test, nowhere


near good enough. Reaction time is much slower. The consequences of


being breathalysed our loss of items, loss of livelihood, domestic


problems and inability to pay your mortgage. In the early hours of


Saturday morning.Essex Police went to the M11 near Saffron Walden. A


young driver in her 20s had lost control of her car. It went up the


embankment and rolled. With her breath smelling strongly of alcohol,


she was taken to hospital with a broken shoulder. If you are caught


drink driving, you will lose your licence, you could lose your freedom


or even lose your life. One again this Christmas, the Police are


urging you not to do it. As they say, please don't try that


at home. Next, the challenge to get the region's schools up to the mark.


Over the next three nights we'll be looking at what schools are doing to


improve teaching and exam results. We're going to start in


Peterborough. Last year, only a quarter of the city's most


disadvantaged pupils achieved five good GCSEs. So what's being done


about it? An extra maths class at St Joseph


Fisher Hgh School in Peterborough. Some of the these students are from


disadvantaged backgrounds. And for each of them the school gets an


extra ?900 a year. It's called the pupil premium and it's meant to help


raise standards. Almost half the pupils at this school qualify and it


can be used for classes like this. Previously, I used to be in the


lowest class. Now I am second top. I was predicted grade F. Last month I


got a grade B. Now I am aiming for grade C. I am close to grade C no.


This extra maths revision class is one of the things this school can


now do, paid for using the pupil premium. And it seems to be working.


Of the pupils who qualify for the premium, this year, half achieved


the grades expected of them at GCSE level. That's an increase on the


year before when it was fewer than a third. It could be providing a taxi


home, breakfast club on the day of an exam or a summer school. Across


the East, just over a third of disadvantaged children are achieving


the minimum level at GCSE. And in That's below the average across


England of 38.5%. Some local authority areas did better than


others. In 2012, Luton did best at nearly 44%. While Peterborough was


the worst performing at just over 26%. But they say they've since


improved. In 2008 inspectors said this school was failing. In October


this year, they rated it as good. The turnaround of the school has


been significant over a short period of time. Part of that has to be


attributed to the Pupil Premium funding. In the school, that is over


?300,000. But even here poorer pupils fall well behind their peers.


The real challenge now is closing that gap.


If your school is working hard to lift its performance, we want to


hear from you. The Cambridge snooker star Neil


Robertson has added another title to his impressive collection. He is the


new UK Champion after beating Mark Selby in a dramatic finish last


night. It means that Neil has become only the eighth player in snooker


history to win the Triple Crown. That's the World Championship, the


Masters and the UK titles. Congratulations! How does it feel?


Incredible. Forced to win the world title and then the Masters in 2012


and then the UK just after that. It is incredible. To join the likes of


Alex Higgins and Terry Griffiths and Steve Davis, it is incredible.


Something I'll always trained all. This is the trophy that was missing


from my CV. Parting the winning balls last night was the most


satisfied been winning a tournament. We have pictures of that important


mess on the black. Was that crucial for you? It was, because I should've


won the frame about 15 minutes before that. Mark Foster is way


back. You should have won it. Healer of white and black cleaned before


the shop and I I think that put too much pressure on. I potted the black


and just quickly gained my composure. 9`7 is very different to


8`8. You came over to Cambridge from Australia in your early 20s. My mum


came over midway through the internment and she doesn't get to


watch me live very often. Usually as it `` usually it is in the middle of


the night. It was fantastic to have there. She flew over on the day of


the world final to watch me. I was just joking around about keeping her


run for the Masters in January because she is good luck. Thank you


for joining us. Keeping on top of the household DIY


chores can be time`consuming and expensive, especially if you live in


an older house. So imagine what it's like looking after a castle which is


1,000 years old. Imagine no more. The castle is in Colchester.


Renovation work is nearly finished. And soon they will be welcoming a


steady stream of new admirers. In the oldest recorded town in


Britain stands the biggest Norman keep. It is the largest surviving


one ball in the whole of Europe. Looking over Colchester for 1000


years, it has seen many changes. The latest is a big renovation to the


museum inside. Here we are inside. We will turn left up the staircase.


Ancient graffiti on the walls. This is said to be the largest Norman


spiral staircase in the country. A strange fact but true. Preserving


history is modernising the inside is the challenge for builders. The


dramatic incident change the castle in the 1500. The woman's had built a


vaulted structure and there were certain weaknesses. One of the


Norman walls collapsed which brought down the roof. We know that the


number of prisoners escaped. Some managed to escape, though I think


some people will have died under the rubble. We want people to realise


they are in a castle, but also have modern technology and display things


that Colchester has to offer. These fireplaces and Norman toilet are


also available for people to look at. The renovation should be


complete next year before it reopens.


A fairly settled weather pattern for us this week. We are on the


periphery of this area of high pressure. This is acting to prevent


any of these low`pressure weather systems from pushing from the West.


Essentially, it will be quite settled for much of this week.


Expect try and bright days. Will be some code around a pack. Looking at


the satellite image at the moment, you can see there have been some


areas of high and medium level cloud around, but some breaks in them.


That will mean for so most temperatures will drop the low


freezing. Expect a widespread ground frost. Locally and here frost in


places. Visibility not so great. These are the sort of temperatures


we can expect. It is possible we could get them to freezing or just


below in rural spots. We start tomorrow quite chilly. Some missed


to clear first time. It should get away into mid`morning. Then things


will brighten up. We said see some sunshine. Some code feeding through.


It could turn out the skies... Not quite as comfortable as today. The


winds are southerly. Largely by up right into the afternoon with some


areas of cloud moving in from time to time. Tomorrow night, mist and


fog is expected to become more widespread. The pressure pattern not


changing a great deal. Eventually the weather front will make its way


into our part of the world. Later in the day on Thursday and into Friday.


We're looking at a dry few days. Some mist and fog to clear first


thing on Wednesday. Quite chilly. In terms of cold nights, Tuesday and


Wednesday night have the potential for a frost. Some rain will arrive


by the end of the day on Friday. Being on the edge of high pressure


has cost something lovely. We have had some great sunsets. Let's finish


with some of those. We are back at 10:25pm. Goodbye.


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