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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.