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Hello, first tonight - at least four hospitals in this
region tell us they have been victims of the cyber attack
A number of others have taken precautions to try to protect
Well, our reporter Stuart Ratcliffe has the latest on how
The first hospital to announce they had problems was the list in
Stevenage and the QE2 in the Wellens and then later on we also had
capturing and Northampton were also having problems with their IT
systems. It seems at 11:30am the Lister and QE2 suspected an attack
and decided to close their entire computer systems down to protect
them. That meant they had to cancel all nonemergency appointments and
they were also telling patients not to go to accident-macro unless
necessary. Similar message -- measures were put in Kettering but
they have not confirmed an attack actually took place there. We
understand the suspected cyber attacks have not compromised any
confidential patient details. Other hospitals in the region have not
been affected but some of close their e-mail systems as a precaution
and Peterborough City Hospital's website has been taken off-line to
protect it. It has been a ransomware cyber attack and tonight the cyber
crime Centre at Cambridge told us back in March Microsoft issued an
emergency warning their systems could be bombed rubble to attack.
In other news - An inquest jury has concluded that a string of failures
contributed to the death of a prisoner at Woodhill
45-year-old Michael Cameron was found hanging in his cell,
He's one of 18 prisoners who've taken their own lives there,
Michael Cameron had been charged with serious offences,
He was dependent on alcohol and known to take drugs.
The inquest heard that, while in police custody,
He was assessed as being at very high risk of self harm.
When he was transferred to Woodhill prison, we heard Michael Cameron
He was given a 2-3-minute mental-health screening but never
referred for an urgent mental health review.
I think a mental health assessment should have been done for him.
If he seen a doctor when he was there, he never saw a doctor,
I think Michael would still be with us today.
I'm so angry and nothing will bring Michael back.
The jury was told that, while at Woodhill prison,
razor blades were found in his cell and handed in to staff
Prescription medication was not always given because staff
were concerned he was under the influence of drugs.
And on the day he was found hanged, his cell-mate was moved,
The inquest heard that, on that day, Michael Cameron should have been
But he was found hanging 36 minutes after his last check.
He died at Milton Keynes Hospital two days after being found
in his cell, having suffered severe brain damage.
Today, the jury found there was a failure to carry out
Each of these failures contributed to his death.
Michael is the 14th self-inflicted death in the run of 18 between May
It is dispiriting to ask the same questions, the same witnesses
and have the same and have the same answers, and see the
It was the conclusion Michael's mother had been hoping
for but she said nothing will bring him back.
A judicial review looking at a high rate of deaths is concluding later
this month but the prison itself says there have been no
self-inflicted deaths at the prison this year saying changes have all
ready been made based on recommendations from the prison
ombudsman. Well earlier I spoke to Mark Day
of the Prison Reform Trust. I asked him how widespread
the problem of self-harm and suicide The statistics show that 47%
of women and 21% of men in prison have attempted suicide at some point
in their life and this compares to just 6%
of the general population. This is a worrying trend
and the number of suicides you say The causes are complex
and it is important to pay attention to the particular circumstances
of individual cases but we can certainly point to the decline
in the numbers of staff, this comes on top of systematic
overcrowding in the estate, we are at 20,000 people currently
housed in conditions overcrowded and we also have this very high
level of vulnerability Let's look specifically at Woodhill
prison, what are your concerns Well, a series of inquests
and prison and probation ombudsman reports have shown a failure
of the establishment to learn the lessons of previous deaths
and implement the recommendations of the inquests and the ombudsman
so there seems to be particular circumstances at Woodhill which have
contributed to this alarming level A crackdown has been launched
on anti-social behaviour Eighty pound on the spot
fines can be issued - for infringements including -
riding on pavements It's part of efforts to make town
centres more user-friendly. In rugby, Northampton Saints
could still qualify for next season's European Champions Cup
after Gloucester lost the European Challenge Cup final
tonight to Stade Francais, It means Saints are now
into a play-off where they'll face Conaught in the semi-finals next
weekend at Franklin's Gardens. Time for a look at the weather now -
and after a chilly week and rain today, let's hope it's
a good weekend ahead. A largely dry night with some clear
spells and a few isolated showers. For most of us, we stay in double
figures or bro spots could drop down to eight or nine Celsius. Saturday,
bright or sunny spells but a scattering of showers but I do not
think the showers will be for everyone but one or two could be on
the sharp side. In the best of the sunshine, temperatures up to 20 when
Celsius. Saturday night into Sunday, a cold front whips through producing
a couple of millimetres of rain but it should be gone by Sunday morning
leaving us with a day of sunshine and showers and some showers could
be on the heavy side. In a moment, the national forecast but I did with
the Outlook. Monday, rain in the morning and try and bright, Tuesday
dry but largely cloudy. A bit of a mixed bag earlier on
today, some of us were cloudy with rain. This is the view from one of
our weather watchers in Cornwall. But in the Highlands of Scotland, it
was completely different, find, sunny and warm. The satellite and
radar picture shows the variety of weather we have