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Hello, welcome to Thursday's Look East.
Coming up in the programme, sent home from A,
found dead hours later, the hospital apologises
Kind and gentle, tributes to two young Cambridgeshire men killed
It's not something that I wanted to believe.
And now it's something, I'm going to miss them both.
Access issues, are there enough disabled facilities on the region's
And I will be exploring one of Cambridge's hidden treasures.
Very little has changed in this terraced house
First tonight - she went to A complaining of leg pains -
But she was sent home with painkillers, only
An inquest today heard that Joan Hawes actually had
Addenbrooke's Hospital has apologised.
Our reporter Mike Cartwright is there now - Mike.
Last July, Joan Hawes arrived here with a swollen knee and in terrible
pain. She thought correctly it was caused by a blood clot but staff
here did not find it. Instead, they discharged and advised her not to
climb stairs. The next morning, downstairs in her home, they found
her dead. Joan Hawes, 77, who told nurses
the pain in her knee But instead, ligament
strain was misdiagnosed Arriving at the inquest,
her daughters and a family friend. Steven, her son, drove his mother
to Addenbrooke's that morning. She was in terrible pain,
he said, her knee swollen. His mother repeatedly telling staff,
a blood clot was to blame. The inquest told a nurse had
ordered blood tests to look for a deep vein thrombosis -
a clot, but when Joan saw nurse practitioner Andrew Carr,
there was no information If he had known there
were concerns about clots, he said he would have referred Joan
to other medical staff. But instead, he gave her
painkillers and sent her home. Later learning blood tests had been
ordered, he cancelled them. Their solicitor today
spoke for them. The family are understandably deeply
distressed at what has happened to Mrs Hawes -
an otherwise fit and healthy woman. They were looking to the inquest
for answers and in some respects, the admissions from Addenbrooke's
have gone a long way But the inquest still has
an important function to perform and the conclusions will help
further illuminate this tragedy. The hospital Trust says
an investigation was carried out to make sure lessons could be
learned from what happened to Joan and a detailed action plan put
in place to improve the way deep vein thrombosis is
recognised and treated. Their mother died at home
sometime during the night. Her death brought on by a blood clot
that medical staff failed to find. Joan had been a healthy person,
today, the coroner concluded she died of natural causes, but in that
conclusion, he also noted that when she arrived at Addenbrooke's with a
painful knee, he said she was not referred to a member of the medical
team and the deep-vein thrombosis in her left calf went undetected.
Friends of the two men killed in an apparent hit and run incident
near Peterborough have been paying tribute to them today.
The victims who have been named locally as Thomas Northam
and Thomas Fletcher were walking along the B1091 near
Yaxley on Tuesday morning when they were struck by a BMW.
Today the local vicar said the men will be remembered
in a service this Sunday. Stuart Ratcliffe reports.
Two days on from this apparent hit and run,
and tributes are still being laid at the scene where two men named
locally as Thomas Fletcher and Thomas Northam, were killed.
It is no exaggeration to say that there is still a real sense
of horror here in Yaxley at what took place on Tuesday.
And from the people I have spoken to, it is clear that both young
men were well known, well liked and well loved.
Earlier this afternoon, I spoke to Thomas Fletcher's mum,
who told me she still can't believe what has happened.
And she told me that her son had only just returned from holiday
The two men were walking between Yaxley and Facet
The driver of which then fled the scene on foot.
And for friends of the men, emotions are understandably
Tom Northam was the best friend I've ever had.
We spent birthdays together, went on holiday together,
always talked, spent a lot of time together.
Tom Northam was funny, he always knew how to make everyone smile.
When I found out, I finished work and my friend told me straight away,
It is not something I wanted to believe.
And now it is something, I'm going to miss them both.
Yaxley has a strong and vibrant community spirit.
And this weekend, prayers will also be said in the village church.
It is just desperate, desperate sadness.
We didn't know the families at the time but now we know
who they are, just a desperate sense of loss and just a desire to reach
out to these families, we will be offering to support them
and as I said already, we will be praying for
them and doing whatever we can to support them.
Earlier this week, a 38-year-old man was arrested 80 miles away in Essex
on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving
He is now being questioned by officers in Cambridgeshire.
Next tonight, the new study which suggests that living
near a busy road might lead to an increased risk
The study, which was carried out in Canada, followed more
than six million people over a decade.
It found that those who lived within 50 metres of a major traffic
hub were up to 12% more likely to be diagnosed with Alzheimer's
The findings suggest exhaust fumes and traffic noise may be factors.
Alzheimer's Research UK is based in Cambridgeshire,
How do fumes and traffic noise affect the brain to such
an extent that Alzheimer's disease could develop?
We have just been able to find out there is a link between the two,
between living by a road and potentially having a higher risk of
dementia. It could be something like noise disrupting sleep which could
be important for brain functions, perhaps some of the air pollutants
can aggravate some of the processes that go on in the brain. We don't
know yet from this research. Should we be wearing
breathing masks, getting Bib the risks that they found was
small and we still don't quite understand what they mean. What we
do know about dementia is that there are other risk factors people can
modify, things like heart health, keeping mentally and physically
active, not smoking, a balanced diet. Those risk factors may have
more benefits for people. Do you know where the traffic factor plays
in with those others? Is it more likely to have a factor than smoking
or obesity? Age is the biggest rip factor -- risk factor for dementia.
We can't do anything about that. Things like smoking, controlling
high blood pressure, they are probably the factors that have the
best evidence behind them, where this fits in, at the moment, much
lower down and still more to really fully understand what it means. On
the traffic factor, it could be a bit of a rich- poor divide. People
living in an urban area might not have the money to move? There are
many factors why people live where they do and social factors can be an
important one, and can also influence the risk of dementia.
There is little people can do about that so I think for us and
Alzheimer's research UK, yes we need to understand the risk factors but
we also need to understand those we can do something about more easily
and help to encourage people to do those kinds of things. This latest
research carried out in Canada but how will it feed into the work you
are doing in Cambridge? We're funding research all the UK and we
are now launching a prevention fund as well which is looking at how we
can fund research into these risk factors and potentially modifiable
risk factors so any new research that comes out helps to grow the
evidence base that will inform future research in this area. Do big
headlines help you get funding? They do, people talking about dementia,
large and robust studies like this help is to identify trends, they are
very important because they get people talking about dementia and
identify new avenues to explore. So we need to encourage more and more
research to be done. Thank you. An inquest has heard how a husband
was caught on camera shooting his wife in the head.
Stephen Muncaster killed his wife Allison at their home
near King's Lynn. His body was found in the garden
of the property with Today a coroner concluded
Mrs Muncaster was unlawfully killed. Allison Muncaster's cousins leave
today's inquest in Norwich with perhaps some sense of closure,
knowing she was unlawfully killed. Late one night last year,
in the remote village of Magdalen, neighbours heard gunshots
at the home where she lived A tent covers the spot
where his body was found. Allison, who was 48,
was found dead inside the house. At the inquest, Detective Constable
Jeremy Pitt said CCTV cameras installed in the house had recorded
the last fateful moments. Just before midnight,
both appeared to be very upset. Moments later, Stephen
is seen retrieving his A minute later, he entered
the sitting room and aimed it Allison tried to run
but was shot in the head. It is thought he then left the house
before turning the gun on himself. There was no audio on that CCTV
recording so we don't know why the couple appeared to be so upset
shortly before the fatal shooting. What we do know is that
Stephen Muncaster had placed the shotgun under a bed earlier that
day, so there is every indication that this may well have been
a premeditated killing. I think we can conclusively say that
Stephen Muncaster killed Allison, He has got a firearms
shotgun licence. That shotgun was within the house
and it was recovered by Stephen Stephen Muncaster was the uncle
of Michael Carroll and he was at the dustman's side when he picked
up his multi-million pound Mr Carroll was then living
in Magdalen with him and Mr Muncaster's first wife
Kelly, pictured here. He was said to be very
close to the couple. After a short inquest,
the coroner concluded that Allison Muncaster had been
unlawfully killed and and extended her sympathies
to Mrs Muncaster's family. The inquest into Stephen Muncaster's
death is expected to take The Government has announced
a ?100 million investment in the Cambridge-based
British Antarctic Survey. The money will be used to upgrade
its Rothera Research Station, The base will be home
to the new research ship - That's it from me -
let's join David and Susie And I doubt you'll ever have
seen a home like this. I will be exploring the hidden
treasures inside this terraced house in Cambridge, preserved since late
Victorian times. On Tuesday, we featured the story
of paralympian Anne Wafula Strike. Anne is a wheelchair
user and was on a train But the disabled toilet was out
of order and she had to wet herself. Anne's story provoked
a big reaction from you on the subject of disabled
facilities on trains In a moment, we'll hear some
of your comments, but first He had a stroke nine years ago and
that is why Mick now uses a wheelchair. His partner is Elaine
and together they often travelled by train from the home in Suffolk. They
often find toilet facilities out of order. On occasions Mick has had to
use a bottle. We have to ask if we can use the disabled toilet even
though we know it is out of order just for privacy. They are out of
order for a reason, usually covered in European, but we still have to do
it because it's the only place you can go in private. I'm anxious. It's
embarrassing. On Tuesday we brought you the story of Anne Wafula Strike
who found the disabled toilet out of order and on a long train journey
was forced to wet herself. I knew as a human being I needed that
facility, I needed to use the toilet. It scared me. A similar
thing happened to Alan White. He was travelling from London Liverpool
Street on a Greater Anglia train to Witton. Alan is not disabled but
found two toilet out of order. In a panic, he was also forced to wet
himself. I do hope that other people who have found themselves in a
similar situation will come forward, because the more people that do,
hopefully Abellio will stand up and take notice and do something about
these toilets. Greater Anglia have apologised to Alan and in a
statement today, the companies said they would like to reassure all
customers that on an average day, only a small percentage of toilets
are out of order. For some, like they learn who lives near Cambridge,
there is only one option, not to use the trains at all. She has a
daughter who needs to be changed on a regular basis and that can mean
using the floor of a toilet. We tend not to use the train much now that
she is older than a standard baby changing area. We just, there is
nowhere for anyone bigger than a baby to change. Sadly for disabled
people trying to use the trains, toilets are just one issue, there
are others, broken lives, grumpy staff. That aside, can it really be
right that people like Nick cannot find a toilet to use in this day and
age. So it seems clear that
Anne Wafula Strike's experience We had an email from Rosie Barber
from Stowmarket in Suffolk. She's a wheelchair user and travels
to London on the train five Rosie says, "It is not unsual
to find the wheelchair accessible Rosie also says train
companies simply stressful and potentially
embarrassing the lack of a disabled toilet can
to be to their customers. Gillian Wilkinson-Brown emailed
from Great Bentley near Colchester. Gillian is also a wheelchair user
and says there are design issues She says they are very "public
and have passengers seated nearby." And on Facebook, Nicole Karimi say,
"This isn't just about trains. It's about time our shopping malls,
big stores and public buildings think about the facilities
they provide so that all citizens are treated equally
with respect and dignity." We always love to hear
from you and don't forget that you can contact us via email,
twitter or facebook. All this week, our correspondents
are looking at what 2017 has the changes ahead
for local government There they signed the devolution
deal and this May, they'll Devolution is going to
have a big impact on how Our political reporter
Tom Barton has the details. We are all used to elections for
Parliament, for councils and more recently for police commissioners,
but this may, in Cambridgeshire fair will be an election that has never
been held before. At the moment in most parts of the country, there are
two tiers of local government. District councils look after issues
like housing and waste collection while bigger county councils are
responsible for social care and most roads. But in Cambridgeshire, a new
devolution deal will see the introduction of a third tier of
local government. An elected mayor. People say it is a new layer of
government but some faces bureaucrat in Whitehall has been making these
decisions. -- faceless. It will be a local voice now. That will be making
decisions about some big issues. They will have the power to spend
millions on building new homes. They will get control over the local
training budget. And they will have power and money for new transport
projects. What do the people who will elect the new mayor think? We
have enough people in all the local councils so why can't they manage it
between them? I liked the idea. Especially if he knows Cambridge
well, it can be good for us. What we are doing is adding a layer of cost
without providing a full democratic freedom. The mayor will work with a
combined authority made up of all the council leaders in
Cambridgeshire and Peterborough. It met before Christmas to start laying
the groundwork for the election. Local business also has a voice and
their representative sees the new mayor as a vitally important figure.
This is the spokesperson for Cambridgeshire and Peterborough. It
gives us access to a global audience and therefore one person. We have
seen how the Mayor of London is represented. We see a similar model
here. All eyes are now focused on the election when Cambridgeshire
will join the likes of Manchester and Sheffield as one of just half a
dozen areas with a new devolved mayor.
Let's talk about this with our political
So Peterborough and Cambridgeshire gearing up for devolution -
what's going on in other parts of the region?
Varies little happening in other parts of the region. In some parts
there are not even talking about devolution. Northamptonshire and
Essex briefly flirted with the idea. They could not find out who else
they could go in with. The only other place where do stood a chance
of success was Norfolk and Suffolk. What has happened is Suffolk and two
authorities in Norfolk have formed a coalition of the winning and they
are starting talks with the government but they are at an early
stage and it is not clear how Suffolk and two bits of Norfolk
could work as devolution. This was supposed to be the government's big
idea. Yes, and all of last year, they have always said devolution is
the way forward. This is the way local authorities receive their
money for infrastructure, housing. The money wants to -- government
wants to give money to regions. We have seen the lion's share of
government grants go to areas that has devolution at our expense.
Cambridgeshire will get a lot more money probably at the expense of the
rest of the region. We have some important local elections coming up.
County council elections in May. Four years ago, you will remember
Ukip came from nowhere to do really well on councils like Essex,
Cambridgeshire and Norfolk. How will they do this time? Will be Lib Dems
keep fighting back? What will happen to the Labour Party? All sorts of
parties have all sorts of things to prove this year.
A terraced house in Cambridge preserved like a time
capsule since Victorian Times is to receive more than ?600,000
was owned by David Parr, whose day job was to decorate
he painted his own house in similar styles.
Now it's been given a grant so it can be restored
Outside is 21st-century Cambridge. But inside it is still very much the
1890s. This house has been in the family unchanged for well over a
century, but until recently, few people knew what treasures were hit
in the time the front door. Let me show you into the drawing-room. It
is painted by David Parr. If we look over here, you can see the walls
which are all hand-painted and which he painted in 1912 and it took him
two years. The ceiling which he painted by the early in 1903, but he
really did try and cover all surfaces. David Parr made his living
decorating grand buildings like stately homes and churches, but he
also spent more than 40 years painting his own house in a similar
style. If you needed to spend a penny here, even in 1893, there was
no reason to go outside because David installed this toilet. The
property is now owned by a trust and has been awarded ?625,000 by the
Heritage lottery fund so it can be renovated and open to the public.
There are issues here, there are stamp coming through, paint peeling
and we wanted to stop that happening so that we can protect for future
generations. We will only take six people around on any given tour and
we will have to limit the numbers who come to the house each year,
because part of our job is to conserve the house as well as
opening it up to the public. It will be two years before this house is
fully restored. Visitors will then be able to get a glimpse into a
world long gone. I had no idea about that. A
revolutionary toilet as well. It was very chilly today. But thankfully
getting older. But another cold night tonight. Look at the
temperatures from last night. Down to -5 and a lot of places, 80
degrees below freezing. Similar temperatures tonight. Some fantastic
photographs taken in Hertfordshire this morning. Look at this
windscreen. Also, a rainbow because there were some coastal showers and
this shows the coastline of Norfolk. Thank you for those. We start the
night dry, maybe the chance of a coastal shower but most places will
stay dry. Temperatures dropping away. Mist and fog and some freezing
fog patches, particularly affecting the western half of the region. That
could be quite a hazard and ice on untreated surfaces. But you can see
across the coastline and further east, temperatures staying a degree
or so above freezing. A cold start tomorrow. Changes are on the way.
High-pressure being pushed away by this weather system from the West.
That will bring us rain, but for us in the least, the bulk of the day
will be dry. The biggest thing will be the freezing fog which may well
linger through the morning and then a period of brightness, sunshine and
then the cloud will push in from the West has that weather front edges
closer. It will be a cold day. Temperatures between four and six
Celsius. The wind switching round to a south-westerly direction, pushing
in the milder air. By the end of the day they see spots are patchy rain
across northern and western counties, gradually trekking
eastwards. It will push in quite a bit of milder air for the weekend
but also a lot of cloud. We have another cold night tonight and then
it will be milder for Friday night. Rain clears on Saturday,
temperatures will be milder but a lot of mist and murk around. Milder
by day and not quite so sharp, no frost expected overnight for
Saturday and Sunday and a milder start for next week. It means
children can wear fewer coats. See you tomorrow. Goodbye.