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chilly old week, George. Rais thank you. That's all from the


Clocking off in Corby. 900 jobs go as Solway announce it's closing its


factory for good. It was shocking. It was a shock to everybody. Nobody


thought it would shut compldtely. Hello and welcome to Monday's Look


East. The report Kettering Hospital didn't want you to see. 43 drrors


which lead to the death of teenager Victoria Harrison. We will be here


later in the programme after decades of disappointment, Cambridgd United


finally lift a trophy. And `t Luton Town, they are swapping headscarves


for football scarves. First tonight, 900 jobs are to go in


Corby as one of the town's biggest employers announces it will close


down this Summer. Two weeks ago Solway Foods announced in would cut


more than 500 jobs. But at lunchtime today, staff were told that the


remaining 400 posts would also go. It's a huge blow for the town which


already has one of the highdst rates of unemployment in the region. Our


reporter Mike Cartwright is outside the factory now. And, Mike, you were


actually there when the news broke. There has been a huge questhon over


the future of this factory but nobody expected this news today You


could sit on people's faces. They were stunned. Many emerged on


mobiles telling their familx and friends the news. People have worked


here for 30 years, help famhlies working together. But come the end


of the summer, all the jobs will go. They filed from the factory moments


after being told it was to close. They knew more than 500 had lost


jobs here. Now all of them have We've just been told. So wh`t's your


reaction to that? Well, of course, it's a shock. But I've taken


voluntary redundancy so tod`y is actually my last day which hs very


sad. People must be shocked, aren't they? Yeah, they are, totally. Did


they think the factory might actually stay? Yes. They thought a


solution would be sought. It was shocking. It was a shock to


everybody. Nobody knew they were going to turn around and sax it was


going to shut completely. They've asked for voluntary redundancy and


people have put in for it. H haven't and I should have done maybd, and


got out and got another job as soon as possible but it's frightdning.


Yeah, they want to say they tried to get a buyer but nobody bought the


factory and they are not getting any more products. So, we are hdre until


the summer so that's about ht. The factory, which packs salad, was one


of the largest employers in the town. Opened by Princess Anne in the


'80s, three decades on, Solway Foods say the site must close. We have


fully explored all the options available, they say.


Handbrake. Come off the foot brake onto the accelerator. Until Friday,


Sean Hall worked at Solway. He's walked straight into a new job. The


trainer here helping youngsters learn new skills. Workers at Solway,


he says, believed the factory had a strong future. The core staff have


been here for more than 20 xears. They've done well. A lot of business


has come out of the place. Then it was taken over and within 18 months,


it's not viable so a lot of questions are being asked about how


genuine it is. We haven't got no grounds to argue it really. A task


force had tried to keep Solway Foods in Corby. But couldn't. It hs


devastating. 913 people employed there. That's 913 families `ffected,


so you can make the multiplx effect yourself. The workforce is loyal,


hard`working. They have demonstrated that over many years to Solway. It's


disappointing that Solway h`ven t been able to recognise the loyalty


of the workforce here in Corby. For more than 500, today was thdir last


day of work here. By the end of the summer, all of them, more than 00,


will have gone. Members of the task force were surprised by tod`y's


announcement and bitterly disappointed. They say they worked


hard to try to keep them in this time. Unemployment has been creeping


up in Corby. Clearly, there are jobs here. It will be difficult for any


town to swallow more than 900 redundancies. Thanks very mtch,


Mike. Let's go live to Westlinster and the MP for Corby Andy S`wford.


You lobbied hard for this not to happen. But what we've now got is


the worst case scenario, isn't it? Definitely. This is what we were


trying to avoid with all thd hard work of the task force, the local


partners and we were talking to the company in good faith and wd


believed it might be possible to keep some jobs at Corby. And then


the news came out a fortnight ago, 500 jobs. Today, just as thd


consultation closes, they h`ve shocked everyone by saying the whole


factory will close. I think there could be a different way forward and


I'm incredibly disappointed. So you're telling me that you were


genuinely shocked? You didn't think the writing was on the wall? They


had two major contracts. We know they lost the biggest contr`ct a few


weeks ago, the first big announcement. We met with l`st


Monday. I talked of a company and they said they were looking to


continue their other contract and in the long term, they could h`ve


rebuilt the business. This hs really disappointing. Of course, it's


particularly bad news for the families who are going to bd


directly affected and all otr focus now has to be on helping people into


new jobs. What kind of hope can you offer the workers and their families


at home tonight thinking, in a few months, there won't be a job to go


to? We were always doing two things with the task force, trying to save


jobs and recognising, if jobs went, we had to support people so


already, this week there is a jobs fair organised on Thursday. Just


around the corner from the company. 30 jobs there, two major colpanies


are going into the company with hundreds of vacancies betwedn them,


and they are food companies, so people will have the relevant


skills. Hopefully, they can find new jobs. I met the boy in a report


there, was already found a new job. Unemployment in Corby is ond of the


highest in the region. The National office of statistics say it is


creeping up. I know you are hopeful but realistically, we are going to


hundreds of more people join the dealt you, aren't we? `` dole


queue. It is worrying for the workers and families. It shows


what's happening across the region, ran the country, some parts are


doing OK, the South of Engl`nd but, in Corby, we have very high youth


unemployment and we have had this year, 160 more people on thd dole


before the announcement. But we re working locally to attract


investment. There are some jobs coming along. I hope people will


come to the jobs fair, and hf we can support them through the task force,


we will do our best. OK, th`nk you very much indeed. Kettering General


Hospital has finally releasdd details of a catalogue of errors


which led to a teenage girl bleeding to death. 17`year`old Victoria


Harrison died after an appendix operation in 2012. The hosphtal


carried out an investigation into her death but refused to publish the


report, saying it could end`nger the mental health of staff. But a


Freedom of Information requdst from the BBC has forced Kettering General


to reveal details of 43 mistakes, oversights and errors. In a moment


we'll be hearing from the hospital, but first this report from Neil


Bradford. This is the Victoria Harris and her family remember. A


teenager full of life and whth everything to live for. Last August,


aged 17, she was admitted to Kettering General Hospital with


appendicitis. A series of hospital blunders meant she never cale home.


It just wasn't one mistake. It was 43 mistakes that started with the


surgeon, right through to the nurse when she eventually died. The


teenager suffered a damaged artery during the procedure. Surgeons had


worked to stop the bleeding but not all nursing staff were made aware.


Few formal observations werd recorded on the day of surgdry


before nursing staff find Vhctoria unresponsive the following lorning.


The hospital withheld details of the mistakes because managers fdared


releasing them would have an impact on the mental health of the staff


concerned. The BBC challengdd that under the Freedom of Inform`tion Act


and today the hospital's internal enquiry has been released to the


public. It reveals ten staff members were disciplined. There werd a total


of 43 mistakes, errors and oversights. They included poor


record`keeping, poor communhcation between staff and a failure to check


Victoria's abdomen after surgery. And the list goes on with a string


of inconsistencies, inaccur`cies and failures. There was no form`l pain


assessment, vital signs werd not monitored. And there was no record


of discussions with the famhly. Victoria's mother believes ht's


important the public know what happened. We have a right to know


what our hospitals are doing. If we are going into hospital, ard we


going to come home? You know, they have a right to know. Patient groups


say hospitals have a duty to be more transparent. Ideally, we wotld like


to see them proactively discussing these incidents in public board


meetings. As a real demonstration to the public that they serve that they


are being open and honest and transparent and learning lessons to


make things safer for all of us The hospital has since set up Vhctoria's


Legacy. A programme of improvements to ensure the same mistakes are not


made again. Victoria's family say it's important the public know the


quality of the care they receive. So do the hospital feel thex got it


wrong and should have released their report in the first place? @ short


while ago, I put that questhon to Kettering's Director of Nursing and


Quality, Clare Culpin. The decision wasn't made lightly. It was


considered because the internal investigation describes every aspect


of care and treatment that Victoria was given and we have to thhnk about


protecting the dignity and respecting that patient. And


thinking about the detail of that report on our staff, as well. In the


words of Victoria's mother, though, she says we all have a right to know


what our hospitals are doing. Her mother wanted that report ptblished.


Absolutely. I agree. I agred that organisations, particularly


hospitals, should be open and transparent. We are not dis`greeing


with that. Why did it take ` BBC Freedom of information requdst to


get you to publish this report, because the panel that conshdered it


ruled that it was in the public interest? Well, what is in the


public interest is that you are open and candid and transparent `bout


what happened, which is exactly what we have done, what is in public


interest is that you actually respond to a tragedy like the loss


of Victoria. It was not a qtestion of not releasing it because we


didn't want to share it. It is based on being a considered decishon


because we actually felt th`t we had shared an awful lot of detahl and


been very open around the f`ct that mistakes were made and errors were


made and we have been very candid about that. Thank you very luch A


man and a woman have been charged with stabbing two people in Wisbech


at the weekend. The victims, two men, remain in a serious but stable


condition. They were attackdd shortly after midnight on Stnday in


Orange Grove. The area in the centre of the town was sealed off for a


forensic examination. The ldader of Cambridgeshire County Counchl is


quitting his post. Martin Ctrtis says he's going because of the


council's decision to move from a cabinet to a committee systdm of


operating. He says the authority's strategic focus will be harled and


he'll step down in May. Now it's over to Stewart and Susie for the


rest of the programme. still to come, and amazing ?53


million raised for Sport Relief Look out for some of your phctures.


And some wonderful scenes at Wembley, as Cambridge United


celebrate winning the A question: what was the biggest


airborne operation in World War II? If you said D`day, you would be


wrong. The biggest in a single day happened nine months later. It was


called Operation Varsity and it involved 40,000 troops. The


objective ` securing a bridgehead over the Rhine. Today a service was


held at Coggeshall in Essex to mark the anniversary. This report is from


Alex Dunlop. Imagine this: Xou are strapped into a six tonne plywood


glider, 28 soldiers crammed in the back. Four hours later, you will be


to glide behind enemy lines. Survive that, and you will have to hit the


ground, pick up your gun and start fighting. David Brooks did `ll of


that and is here to tell thd tale. We saw the Rhine, which of course,


is a very wide river, and there were smudges of fire around us, `nd


several gliders got shot down. And 100 glider pilots were actu`lly


killed, and that is why we're here today in of those pilots th`t we


lost. It is poignant that the memorial to those menaces they


stone's throw from the airfheld where some of those pilots took off


60 years ago today. So willhngness to act, as much of their action


that gives the state is that they should be remembered... Manx, of


course, remember operation Larket Gardening, September 1934, the


classic bridge too far. The viewer will remember Operation Varsity


review be the most daring and successful airborne operation in


history. The soldiers' job was to create a bridgehead to advance


across the Rhine. It was dangerous, but it worked. Today, the Army Air


Corps, still on active servhce in Afghanistan, organised the service


and the Apache fly`past. Certainly through technology, we are `ble to


protect ourselves more, but the fundamental basics are very much the


same. We are still aviators, prepared to be soldiers on the


ground, as they were, and they were soldiers on the ground. The pilot


glider regiment no longer exists, but its memory and contribution to


Allied victory in Europe is secured. In sport, great goals, great wins


and day to remember at Wembley this weekend. Here's Tom.


Good place to start. Some shlverware for non`league Cambridge Unhted who


won the FA Trophy for the fhrst time. It ended a 45`year waht for


victory in a cup competition. The U's hope their Wembley win will


inspire them to a return to the Football League after nine xears


away. Wembley! Wembley! Cambridge United


fans were out in force yestdrday afternoon to see if their tdam could


make it third time lucky Welbley Stadium. No promotion on offer this


time, but silverware and ?50,00 prize. That combination will be


music to their ears. I think they're the best team in the world, but who


knows. I've been here twice before and got my heart broken. I don't


want to do it again. Amber nation out in force today. That is what


it's all about. They almost got off to a flyer inside four minutes.


Despite struggling in the ldad below Cambridge, Gosport were out for the


challenge, also having some early challenges. In the 39th mintte,


though, Bird settle the nerves. Ryan Bird against the keeper! And United


take the lead! And for the first time in three attempt, Unitdd are in


front. After the break, Ryan Donaldson added goal number two and


he was the right place at the right time to make it three zero. He could


have had the rarest of Wembley hat`trick when a penalty was


awarded. Luke Berry, however, slotted home from the spot. 4`0 the


final score, and memories to savour forever. It's amazing. I can't


explain how good it is. Adddd it to the rest of your footballing


career? It is amazing. I can't even speak. I think we all deserve this,


and hopefully, we can use it as a springboard for the rest of our


season. If we can get back through the play`offs, it will do us good,


but we've got a really tough line up now, want to make sure we are in the


play`offs first of all. For a club that has laid a loss for thd last


decade, prize of a hundred `nd ?50,000 would make a differdnce the


promotion would you worth hhs weight in gold.


Now, it's rare you ever see Chris Hughton as animated as this. The


Norwich boss was quick to rdgain his composure. But he and the f`ns had


just witnessed one of the goals of the season by Alex Tettey. @ 2` win


over Sunderland handed them some breathing space in the Premher


League. Norwich are seven points clear of the drop`zone with seven to


play. It is vital for us pl`ying at home, winning 2`0, and the way we


played today is huge for our team, and has brought us confidence as


well. Ipswich manager Mick McCarthy admits


this week's matches will go a long way to deciding their play`off fate.


Town won 2`0 at Brighton, Slith and Murphy scoring, meaning thex're five


points off the pace going into home games with play`off chasing Derby


tomorrow night, then Nottingham Forest on Saturday. And thex sacked


their manager today. For Late Kick Off tonight, I spoke to the Ipswich


manager on the golf course `bout the club's progress despite the need to


make huge cuts to the playing budget.


I tell you what I thought when I came in 16 months ago. Make sure you


get enough points to stay in the league. I didn't consider what I


would be doing the following season. That was the remix. At the start of


this season, I thought, I h`ve a good squad, I thought we had a


chance. And we still have, but we must make sure we stay therd. If you


have had a bit more money available, you think that would have m`de a


difference? But it wasn't. H know what my room it is. That thd gate.


That's the job I've got. People say we haven't spent anything, but we've


put ?5 million in this year, just to keep is where we are. We ard


adhering to financial fair play I'm not saying everybody else is. In


fact, I'm certain they aren't. So within those parameters, we've done


well. You mention financial fair play. Is that why things have been


cut back, or the owner wishhng to keep a lid on things, or a bit of


both? That policy is therefore everybody, supposedly to add here


too. Queens Park Rangers can have a huge fine, and the rest of them but


we are sticking to it, and within that, we have done really wdll. If


it doesn't happen this year, do you think you'll be under more pressure


next year to deliver promothon? Listen, the longer you're in the


job, the more pressure it bdcomes. But I do worry about that. H would


do my job under whatever circumstances I'm doing it. I think


what people underestimated the amount of pressure I put on myself,


and I get people patting me on back saying doing your job. We mhght miss


out on the play`offs, howevdr. I think we've got a chance thhs year,


and still have, but to get hn those play`offs, and I `` if I don't think


I can do it, there'd be no point me being here, and if Marcus doesn t


think I can do it, there'd be no point in being here either. So we


continue to try and prove otrselves. They may have had their


international stars back, btt it couldn't prevent a second stccessive


defeat for Northampton. Saints director of rugby Jim Mallinder


insists they're "not down and out", despite losing top spot going down


at Sale. More sport on the website, where you


can find tonight's team news ahead of Southend's league match with


Oxford. Thank you very much.


About 100 Asian women were `t Luton Town this weekend for the g`me


against Chester. It was part of a campaign called "From Headscarves to


Football Scarves". The club is trying to persuade more Asi`n and


female supporters to go to games. Chettan Partak from the BBC's Asian


Network went with them. For most of these women, who lived


locally, it's the first timd they've been anywhere near a football match.


They're coming to watch en lasse. I'm nervous. I don't know what's


going to happen. I know will be very loud. The crowd is quite


intimidating. You always here about football hooligans, but bec`use I


think there is a large group of us, I think you'll be OK. Today is about


these young ladies experiencing something of a haven't in the past,


and a lot of them live quitd nearby, and they often see the supporters


going up and down the streets, but today, they are going to go to the


ground. I think it is about the misconceptions that this colmunity


has about football, but also what football supporters have about this


community, and I hope will be a real sharing experience. Same echo its


really important to have people from the Asian community here, bdcause


commercially, they form a significant part of the demographic


of Luton, and the numbers attending a relatively small. We want to


increase that because we want to increase our revenues. It is good


commercially and socially. We want to achieve a better demographic mix.


The match sees top of the t`ble Luton town face Chester. Despite the


novelty of the experience, lost seem to be having a good time, and have


had no problem fitting in. Ht's a really great buys an atmosphere Is


actually quite unifying. It was boring at the beginning. But it is


pretty cool. The atmosphere is awesome, and everyone is chdering.


They are singing tunes, it's quite good. If their first time at the


football today, and they bedn a little bit confused about some of


the songs they have heard. We've been teaching them the words. The


organisers hope seems like this will become less uncommon, and won this


match to become one of many for these funds. `` fans.


Very chilly overnight, wasn't it? It was. The average lowest temperature


this time of year should be three Celsius.


As you can see, last night got a lot colder than that. `5 in Norfolk and


in many other places, below freezing. So a cold, frosty start to


the day today. We have enjoxed a lot of sunshine. This frontal sxstem and


the cloud and rain associatdd are still down to the south`west, so we


saw a bit more about pushing through, but it stayed dry `nd lots


of us enjoyed some sunshine. They are skies to start today, btt


eventually, thicker cloud and rain pushes in from the south`west. Most


of it is light and patchy, but we can't rule out some heavy btrsts,


and even as I speak, there hs some uncertainty as to how far e`st this


rain will get. So a good part of rain will get. So a good part of


Norfolk and Suffolk could stage I overnight. Lowest temperatures by


the end of the night underndath the clearer, drier skies are down to


around two or three Celsius, so there might be a ground lost in some


places. Elsewhere, if there is an earlier ground frost, it will be


gone as the temperatures rise as the rain spreading. Tomorrow, a front


brings thicker cloud and rahn, comes to a halt, and then starts to pull


away again to the west. So the best of any brightness and sunshhne first


thing in parts of Norfolk and Suffolk. Elsewhere, cloudy day with


outbreaks of rain. At the France does the pull away to the wdst, it


should start to take the thhcker cloud and rain with it. So we should


see brighter skies from the east. Temperatures inland could gdt up to


nine or 10 degrees. Where wd keep the thicker cloud and rain for


longest, and along the coast, with onshore wind, temperatures will


struggle up to about seven or eight degrees. Through the afternoon, the


last of the thicker cloud and rain clears, with a view showers


following. A largely dry end to the day. Into the middle of the week,


Wednesday and Thursday, hopdfully some fine and dry weather, but those


the chance of showers on both days. On Friday, a good deal of


uncertainty, but as it stands, another cold day, perhaps more cloud


and outbreaks of rain. Looks like a frost on Tuesday and Wednesday


night. Thank you very much. If you took part in Sport Rdlief at


the weekend, well done. ?53 million pounds raised so far. The atmosphere


in Norwich, as I started up the Sport Relief raised there, was


fantastic. Your daughter finished it? Yes, she's only little. So we'll


leave you tonight with some pictures, including a speci`l video


made for Sport Relief by Dance Matters, a dance school in


Cambridgeshire. Good night.


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