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to be lower than average. Make sure you pack your jumpers if you are
going away. And why Luton has the worst cancer
survival rates in this region. We'll be here later
in the programme, meeting the private postman who's
delivering letters for half And we're
in Milton Keynes with badminton's golden couple, the Adcocks,
back from the Commonwealth Games, Harry Connolly was just
three`years`old when he was taken to Northampton
General Hospital suffering After assessment by Dr Tasnim Arif,
he was sent home, Today a medical tribunal ruled that
Dr Arif had failed to record the toddler's symptoms properly
and should have "taken more care". The hearing, in Manchester,
is to decide whether Dr Tasnim Arif Ben Bland was there and joins us
now from the BBC's Salford studio. This case is about a 19`month`old
baby who died. The process is not about finding anyone guilty of
blaming anyone. It's about whether a doctor fell short of the standards
expected of her. A number of allegations of misconduct were made
against Dr Tasnim Arif from Northampton. Today, the tribunal
found that some of those allegations were proved to be true based on
evidence heard over the last two weeks.
Pictures like this, and memories, are all that Harry Connolly's
parents now have to remember their baby boy.
In April 2011, they took him twice to Northampton General Hospital.
The 19`month`old had been having severe vomiting and diarrhoea
But twice they were sent home and told by doctors it was just a virus.
Three days later Harry died at home from dehydration and kidney failure.
This is basic bread and butter paediatrics. We are not talking
about a chronicle the disease or underlying health conditions. It is
Today, one of the doctors who saw Harry at
Northampton General before he died, appeared at a misconduct tribunal.
Dr Tasnim Arif admitted she had failed to check
if his weight had changed and record how often and how much Harry had
The panel found there had been further failures.
Among them, that Dr Arif had failed to adequately assess Harry
She failed to record if he was "well hydrated" or not.
And, she failed to record that he was "lethargic",
a red flag symptom of dehydration according to medical guidelines.
The panel sitting here in Manchester told Dr Arif
"you ought to have taken more care when assessing Harry",
given that he was brought back to the ward and taking into account
The tribunal will meet again in January to decide
if all this affects Dr Arif's fitness to practise.
After Harry's death, Northampton General Hospital carried
It found key procedures had not been followed.
It says it has since made changes and has also
This summer, they should have been getting him ready to start school
Instead, they're still seeking answers as to why their little
To day was the first stage in the process looking at whether the
allegations were true or not. When the panel meets again in January,
they moved to the second stage and they will decide whether this calls
into question Dr Tasnim Arif's fitness to practice. Only after that
will they consider sanctions, which could, if any, range from needing
further training to being struck off permanently. However this end, it
will not bring that back the boy he was so dearly missed.
A man has been seriously injured after being stabbed in Peterborough.
The incident happened in Cobden Avenue in Millfield.
Officers say the victim, who is in his 30s, has suffered
A 32`year`old man has been arrested in connection with the incident.
He has also been taken to Peterborough City Hospital,
Four pedestrians have been injured after being hit by a car
in Cambridge, which had earlier failed to stop for police.
Officers had tried to stop the car in Hills Road just before midnight
yesterday, but it made off and later mounted the pavement near Station
Police say the car wasn't being pursued at the time.
A 43`year`old man has been arrested on suspicion of dangerous driving.
The jury has gone out to consider its verdicts in the case of a Luton
accountant who was gunned down after being caught in the middle
Atif Ali, then 27, was shot at close range
He needed a seven`hour operation at Addenbrooke's hospital
This is a complicated case. There are six defendants all accused of
conspiracy to commit murder. The master man `` mastermind has said he
wanted a relationship with Atif Ali's Beyonce. The man who was ``
who allegedly supplied the weapon. Two other men are also accused of
being involved. Today, the judge summed up the case to the jury. On
May 20 last year, Atif Ali with driving to work when he was rammed
from behind by another vehicle. As he got out, he was blasted in the
leg with a Sean Belloc saw off a shot gun. The man admits carrying
out the shooting but said he had no intention of carrying out a
shooting. If not, he would've shot him in the head to kill him. Both
men have admitted conspiracy to commit grievous bodily harm. The
court also heard about the car, a Ford Mondeo. On the day of the
shooting, it was caught on CCTV, following Atif Ali's Audi. It had
been brought the ?300 in cash and left overnight nearby. The keys were
on the rear wheel arch. They were later collected and used in the
shooting. There was also evidence about a series of phone calls
between the three men. The defence says these conversations about
prying proteins `` buying protein shakes. The judge has told the jury
they must decide about this. Today, they failed to determine any
verdicts. They will return on Monday.
Luton has the worst survival rates for cancer in the region according
Macmillan says there's an "inexcusable"
These figures show the percentage of patients who died just one year
As you can see, Cambridgeshire and Peterborough have
The rest of the region is ranked at 33%, but Luton has
Earlier I spoke to Dr Nina Pearson from Luton's Clinical Commissioning
group and asked why more people seem to be dying in Luton?
This is a complicated picture. In use today is no surprise because we
do know that our one year survival rates of the cancers are not as good
in Luton as they are in the rest of the country. We are similar to many
other deprived areas in the country. There are a number of factors. One
is the general healthy population, another is the fact that when people
are having stressed lives because of the level of deprivation, they do
not necessarily deal with their health as a high priority, because
there are lots of other things happening. Sometimes they put off
resenting symptoms to doctors, `` presenting, when they should come
earlier. What can be done to educate them? We have been doing a lot. We
have enthusiastically embraced local programmes promoting health advice,
there have been problems `` programmes on what to do if you have
a cough or more than three weeks, to go to your doctor. Also, what to do
if you see blood in your European. Another innovative thing `` your
ring `` we have been training people to understand more about the
symptoms of cancer and how to talk to their neighbours and their work
colleagues about symptoms and to encourage them to go and get any
symptoms checked out. How far is it a problem that ethnic minorities not
accessing health care? I think there are a number of factors there. If
your first language is not English, then locks of the promotional
materials are in English so it is not English, then locks of the
promotional materials are in English so it's a bit difficult `` lot.
Also, you need the confidence to go and talk about the symptoms you are
having. I can understand why people might find these difficult. You say
the symptoms are no surprise, but how worried should we be? I think it
is a really important factor for the population to get behind. Do
encourage each other. Do look after your health. Don't start smoking in
the first place. If you are a smoker, we have lots of services to
help you to stop and we would encourage you to access them. That
is the best thing you can do to cut your cancer risks. Stop smoking.
Questions are being asked about how effective the flood defence systems
in March are, after last week's torrential storms and flooding.
The network of rivers and drains in the Fens are controlled
They say under normal conditions, flood water would flow
But last week, that water remained on the streets.
The Commissioners say drainage systems in March town centre haven't
been properly maintained and new housing has made drainage worse.
Fenland District Council hasn't commented on the allegations.
Later Alex has the weather and more rain ahead.
First, back to Susie and David for the rest of the news.
Still to come. On court with a married couple who won gold at the
Commonwealth Games. Plus 5000 guides and scouts from all over the world.
If someone offered to deliver your letters the next day, for less
than half the price of a first class stamp, would you be tempted?
If you are, then you wouldn't be alone because that's what's
Brian Webb, who runs a newspaper delivery business, spotted a gap
in the market and started postal deliveries in the spring.
He covers 20 villages around Wisbech and already he's delivering 1,000
He collects the mail, sorts the mail, delivers it.
This is Brian Webb, newsagent and now private postman.
A new career all because of the cost of a stamp.
I was collecting the money and my customer said to me,
what ever would your mum say, paying money for posting a letter.
She said, it goes up next week to 62p.
Less than half the price of first class.
His round is growing on foot and by van.
20 villages, more than 1500 customers.
Among them, businesses like Linda Pepper's hairdressers.
Moving away from Royal Mail is quite a big jump, isn't it?
It is, but at 30p it is a jump worth taking for our local mail.
Customers buy the sheets for ?3 each.
When they use a stamp they are marked just like the Royal Mail.
Stamped, Webb's Postal Service, it is delivered the next day.
They told us that if a local delivery company can guarantee the
same level of service under the same requirements, we wish them well.
And when it comes to deliveries, there are bigger fish to worry about
I don't believe Brian himself is a threat, but what he's doing could
be on a larger scale with some of the bigger companies.
He can't compete when people move to the southern
hemisphere, but business closer to home, he says, is booming.
It has just gone from doctors to solicitors,
He's delivered morning papers all his life,
An independent mailman who is hoping to take on more staff and the
People in Frinton on the Essex coast are very proud
It's very neat, very tidy and very traditional.
And over the years, they've fought a lot of battles to
They've opposed bookmakers, ice cream parlours and pubs.
But now they're taking on the supermarket giant Sainsbury's, and
This is a town which stands defiantly behind it's white gates,
determined to keep the traditional feel to its high street.
Anything that causes a problem comes under close scrutiny.
Frinton isn't a place that likes change.
The pub, the fish and chip shop, even the railway gates caused
controversy when they were replaced with automatic ones.
Now the town council has asked Sainsbury's to reconsider
its plans for a new store, saying it's signs are too orange.
What we don't want to see is this great orange mass at the front.
I think people will know that Sainsbury's is there,
and I'm sure they will use it, and I don't think you need to paint
You could perhaps do something that was more in keeping with the area.
It is the latest in a list of battles.
The man who sold ice cream on the seafront was stopped,
the town resisted having a pub until 2000 and when
the much disputed fish and chip shop first opened, it had to be nice.
The council says it welcomes the supermarket but abides
A spokesperson for Sainsbury's said some concern was raised about
the signage, but they are always careful to ensure that their stores
are in keeping with the local areas and they will consider any comments
made from Frinton residents as they take their plans forward.
I don't think it matters, to be honest.
Sainsbury's is Sainsbury's at the end of the day.
But councillors asked Sainsbury's if it will consider reverting to
its original black and gold signage, which it considers to be
Sport now, and the golden couple of the Commonwealth Games, Chris and
Gabby Adcock, have told Look East they're now hoping for more success
The pair from Milton Keynes won gold in the badminton mixed doubles,
the first married couple in their event to do so.
Barely time to draw breath, English badminton's golden couple
back home preparing for next week's World Championships.
They train five times a week, morning and afternoon.
Two weeks ago at the Commonwealth Games their dedication
Without sounding too cliched, it is a dream come true.
You dream about being on top of that podium and with all
Do you always wander around wearing your medals?
Yes, we like to look at them now and again and get them out
of the box, but we are really proud of what we have done and happy we
Your friends and colleagues around you must hear you coming.
They sound a bit like a wind chime, moving about.
The Adcocks are ranked fifth in the world.
They were the outstanding couple at the Commonwealth, winning
With the real Olympics just two years away, every second counts
You're married to each other, do you get bored of each other?
We are very used to it since we were 16.
We used to live at the lodge together
It is really important the partnership, especially as you work
together and you both have imput, because that is how you progress.
We are very lucky to do what we love together and
when we achieve something it makes it all that more special.
I think it is same at home, because at work we are so much
It transfers into our home life quite well.
Commonwealth celebrations have been put on hold
but with the holiday booked and a first wedding anniversary to come,
they should buy some quality time together off the court, particularly
I love that bit where their hated it. If it was that easy, I would do
In athletics, some of the region's athletes have
got their sights on medals at the European Championships in Zurich.
Will Sharman from Corby won Silver last night in the hurdles,
and this evening there could be more glory in the track and field.
Until this year his biggest hurdle has been injury and inconsistency,
but last night all that stood between Will Sharman and a gold
medal with ten potential stumbling blocks. He was out faster than the
human eye, but human frailty kicked in and he clattered the gates, lost
his stride and lost his golden opportunity, silver for him. Mixed
emotions because I knew I was in the lead. I studied my opposition. I
know what I am strongest. I didn't expect to be in the lead in the
middle section, but I dominated it. That is why I was gutted, because I
could have done more. In the javelin, either through 70 metres,
an amazing achievement at the surgery and 18 months of heartache.
58 was not another to be near the podium, and the captain finished
eighth. On the track tonight, Jill Williams runs in the final of the
tour in metres. As a junior, she was fated to be a major force, while
some night it is her chance to win their first grown`up championship.
If her semifinal stroll over is anything to go by, she has nothing
to fear. I just did as much as I needed to do. I can as much energy
as I could. I want to win just as much as anyone else. Also denied is
Chris Baker in the high jump. `` tonight. Greg Williams is looking to
add European gold to his Commonwealth title. Good luck to all
of them. And of course there's a full
programme of football this weekend. There are previews
of all the games on the BBC Sport website and coverage of every game
on your BBC Local radio station. We'll have the goals on Look East
on Sunday teatime. For the past week,
Norfolk has had a new town. Population 6000,
most residents under 15 and It's called Norjam and it's one
of the biggest scout And as Jenny Kirk reports, children
from all over the world have come to From as far as field as New Zealand,
5000 Scouts and guides from 21 countries are here for a week of
activities, team`building, personal challenges, new friends and of
chanting. And it is character building stuff. What is in there?
Irritating. Scary and squashing. This is the size of a small town.
They have pretty much everything here to keep ten to 18`year`olds
entertained and cared for. Even on a daily newspaper, a hospital and
their own radio station. Good morning. What do you think Norjam?
It is a real chance to do something great. It is a good opportunity to
do something new, so I decided I would go for it. It is hard to
resist getting stuck in. Hello, I am Jenny. It is the last afternoon here
at Norjam and excitement is building. Watch and learn, watch and
learn. The bottle was spotted by E`coli fans. Moving on. As well as
barrel loads of fun and a week away from home, there is a deeper message
to all of this. The highlight is that we have Arabs sitting next to
Jewish people. It is world peace here in Norfolk. Maybe we should
have a few scouts helping out the United Nations. The gill scouts
agreed. We have made new friends `` girl. It is all a long way off from
campfires. Archery. Everything has been fun. Even the weather? Not
ready. It finishes tonight. Plan the next ten to `` girl begins next
week. They will be glad it is finishing tonight, because the
weather is getting cooler. What a great thing to do. The weather has
been on and off. great thing to do. The weather has
been on and off. We have seen some decent spells of sunshine today. We
have some fine traditions, but some areas of cloud and it has felt
cooler through the day. This is our satellite image for the last few
hours. The eastern half is doing well sunshine, but we should see
some sunny spells at the end of the day. There is a risk of one or two
showers, certainly for this evening. After we get to about
midnight and beyond, it should be largely dry with some clear spells
developing. Quite cool temperatures for tonight. These are our towns and
cities. Out in the countryside it could get down to single figures in
one or two spots. The wind coming from the west. So, we start tomorrow
with good sunshine. It will tend to turn cloudy into the afternoon.
There is a chance of an isolated shower. Those places at risk are
those North Eastern corners. A brisk breeze coming from the west.
Temperatures anywhere between 19 and 20 degrees, so they stayed quiet on
the cooler side. Where the cloud is, there should be some decent breaks
to allow for sunshine. It is not a bad start to our weekend. Then it
changes somewhat for Sunday, because this is our pressure pattern. We
have a week pressure pattern come in. It looks like a windy forecast
for Sunday, and that could be some gusts of up to 40 mph. Quite a windy
forecasts. Let's summarise our weekend. Largely dry, but there
could be some spot of rain, and some sunny spells around for tomorrow
morning, but it will be quite windy through Sunday. Let's go back over
Saturday as it is the best of the two days. A bit more cloud to stop
the day on Sunday but it will brighten up, perhaps some spots of
rain. We started Monday with some showers, but look at our
temperatures, they're going down. A lot more cloud, highs of 16 degrees
and overnight temperatures into single figures. Summer is still
here. Clinging on, we are. Have a great