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Crews admit they struggle to get to patients in time.


The 81-year-old war veteran beaten up after asking a group of youths to


stop throwing things at his house. Turning empty shops into houses, the


plan to breath new life into our high streets.


And more than 30,000 people watch Hull's finest local talent.


I will be asking just what events like this And we will have the full


weather forecast later in the programme.


It provides emergency care for almost five million people, but for


the past three years the East Midlands Ambulance Service has


failed to meet its response times. Tonight we go behind the scenes with


the ambulance crews who are struggling to meet those targets and


hear claims that there simply aren't enough ambulances on the road in


Lincolnshire. It's been a troubled few months for


EMAS. Earlier this year it was fined �3.5 million for missing targets


again. A controversial plan to reorganise


the service has been called in for review by the government. And then


on Friday, the Chief Executive left his job after less than two years in


the role. In a moment I'll be talking to a local MP who sits on


Parliament's Health Committee and has his own ideas about what need to


happen to EMAS in the future. But first, this special report from our


Health Correspondent Vicky Johnson, who spent a night with ambulance


crews in Lincolnshire. Vicky's report does contain some flashing


lights. We are just making sure we have got


everything that we need. That's the first job crews do when they clock


on. Minutes later, they get their first It takes them 16 minutes to


drive the 12 miles to Dunham on Trent, where an elderly man has


collapsed. A decision's quickly made to transfer him straight to hospital


in Lincoln. We are not really sure what is going on with him. I think


he came through as an eight minute response. Because of where it what


it took us longer than that and that was one that was missed. This is


such a huge county. My personal opinion is that we do not have


enough vehicles on the road to cover the amount of people that we deal


with on a daily basis. The handover at the emergency department went


quickly and smoothly, but that's not always the case. We had two vehicles


to queue in on Tuesday. This is an all year round thing now. It is


frustrating when you are sat at the back of the queue waiting with


patients that are potentially quite poorly, but there is just nowhere to


put them. Before they can go back on call, the crew has to complete the


new electronic patient report forms, and that can take up to half an


hour. League-macro you can experience -- you can experience


quite extensive delays. We just have to see the patient as quickly as we


can. Admin completed, and it's straight back on the road, attending


to yet another emergency. There is a 25-year-old female who is querying


an asthma attack. By the time they get to North Hykeham, a first


responder from Lives is already there. This time the service has met


its response target. I am just about two or three miles up the road


there. One in our responders lives just up the corner so it is quite a


local one for me. The crew take over and decide not to take the young


woman to hospital. Instead, they make an appointment for her at the


out of hours service. We do all of the paperwork the same. We will make


an appointment and bring them up now and then he can bring them back once


she has seen the doctor there. have described a job, a 72-year-old


female that has fallen and hurt her leg. But within minutes they were


diverted from Sleaford to Woodhall Spa. A 19-year-old female with


breathing problems. The elderly date he will have to wait until someone


else is available to go see to her. -- the elderly lady. If there is


going to be a delay in getting a crew to a patient they will send a


fire crew out -- the fire brigade out. It's took the crew 15 minutes


to get here, but as first responders, the fire brigade were on


scene much quicker. As far as the crews on the ground are concerned,


patients should always be put first. Patient care, second sometimes,


which is a shame that targets me nothing to us at the end of the day.


We are here to deal with the patients and treat them. There are a


lot of politics in the job that we do. I come for the public and I may


best and then go home again. There is an emergency call to the East


Midlands Ambulance Trust every 45 seconds, and demand is increasing


every year. Extra funding for more front-line staff should have been


sure of the battle to answer all calls within the necessary targets


is one more often. Nobody from EMAS wanted to be


interviewed today, but in a statement told us that the poor road


network in Lincolnshire does make meeting targets a challenge.


However, they've secured some additional funding that will be


spent on a 126 extra front-line staff. Andrew Percy is the MP for


Brigg and Goole and is also on the Health select Committee. He's with


me this evening. The Trust has been fined �3.5 million for failing to


meet targets for the third year running. Plans for reorganisation


have been put on hold and on Friday the Chief Executive resigned. How


much confidence do you have in this ambulance service? I am very


concerned about this whole state of affairs, actually. My constituents


living in rural parts of Lincolnshire deserve the best


ambulance service and for the targets to be meant as much as


possible. We have to ask whether or not this trust is fit for purpose.


Do we need to be listening to this? Yes. Southern parts of


Leicestershire all the way up to the Humber Bridge, we need to ask, is


this trust serving our area and to these big trusts really work?


senior paramedic who we heard from there says targets come before


patient care. Is she right? You have got to have the targets. I would not


want to see the eight minute target go. For rural areas they will always


be more challenging. It is the rural areas that suffer even more if you


are not pushing the trust all the time to hit the eight minutes


targets. The paramedics are right, patients must always come first, but


targets can help to achieve that. All of this money would be better


spent on the service itself, wouldn't it? It does sound a bit of


a perverse incentive that you find a trust for not hitting its target and


then put them in the worst financial position. -- find a trust will stop


-- find a trust. Will your government relax the targets or will


you invest in more ambulance crews for Lincolnshire. We have been


increasing the number of paramedics. There are more paramedics nationally


on the front line, but there is supposedly going to be an


announcement this week of an extra half �1 billion to deal with this


crisis, so hopefully that will release more ambulances. Should


Lincolnshire have its services again? We need to find out whether


mixing these larger urban areas with rural areas is really fit for


purpose or would we be better with a more rural focused amulets service.


It is up to the commissioners ultimately, but I think we should


look at whether we should have a smaller service. Thank you very much


indeed for coming in. We'd like to hear your views on this one. What's


been your experience of the ambulance service locally? Do you


think the crews are overstretched? In a moment: Why criminals gangs are


costing our rural communities more than �5 million a year.


People living on a Grimsby estate are calling for CCTV cameras to be


installed after an 81-year-old war veteran was attacked by a group of


youths. Barney Alcock suffered cuts to his face after a confrontation


outside his home. It's claimed the boys had been throwing things at his


windows. Crispin Rolfe's report contains some graphic images of Mr


Alcock's injuries. He has that's too much of a scab, so


I have to take him back on Thursday. -- he has got too much. Recovering


after an attack. But Barney Alcock, who has dementia, can't remember how


he sustained these wounds. But it's left the 81-year-old former Korean


War veteran to be treated at home by his wife after two hospital visits.


Honestly, he cannot remember what happened. He still keeps going a bit


dizzy when he looks down. Wife Thelma, however, remembers Barney


going outside to intervene after a group of youngsters repeatedly threw


cherries at the windows of the couple's Grimsby home. I came back


in here to get the telephone to phone the police and get the lads


moved on. I got to the kitchen window and was talking to this


police lady and I saw him at the floor. I went out and had a look and


I was absolutely gob smacked at the state of him when I got across the


road. He was absolutely covered with blood, his white vest was red, and


it was all down his trousers and deliver the floor. A week on, and


the talk along the Nunsthorpe Estate is of who was or wasn't involved.


And from neighbours along Redbourne Road and Winchester Avenue, how to


prevent an assault like this from happening again. The call from parts


of the community is for CCTV cameras to be installed. I think it would be


a good idea. There are a lot of old people around here and I think it


would make them feel a little bit secure. There is no excuse. You do


not do that, especially to an old person. They are a lovely couple


next door. Police have issued a statement to say they have arrested


a 14-year-old boy in connection with the incident you had subsequently


been let out on bail. They are still looking for further witnesses to


come further -- forward. In the meantime, Barney Alcock says the


attack won't deter him from going out in future. But among the local


Nunsthorpe community, the assault of this 81-year-old man has been


branded as completely unacceptable. A man whose body was found in a


drain in Lincolnshire has been named. 27-year-old Aleksandr


Vasilevskij, who's originally from Lithuania, was found in the Maud


Foster drain in Boston on Friday. An inquest is expected to be opened


tomorrow. Work has begun to expand the


Accident and Emergency department at the Diana Princess of Wales hospital


in Grimsby has begun. �60,000 will be spent where the most seriously


ill patients are assessed. The hospital says it will mean more


people can be treated at the same time, reducing the waiting times for


ambulance crews. Empty shops in high streets should


be turned into homes, that's according to Lincolnshire MP and


Planning Minister Nick Boles. He believes we should worry less about


empty shops and turn them into homes and dad. Our business correspondence


has been looking at how that might work. -- instead. Nick balls need to


look no further than his and constituency to the -- Katrin


Jonsdottir needs to look no further being in a sustainable place in the


middle of town, being eyes on the street said that if anybody was


thinking of misbehaving, they would not be so likely to do so. Nick


Boldt is that you told a local newspaper that he a relaxed --


relaxed approach. His comments are controversial because he appears to


be the First Minister to suggest that in parts of our high street, we


should abandon -- abandoned retailing altogether. The government


has tried to breathe new life -- live in the towns by using retail


experts, but the project has had mixed progress. We need shops and we


need people to come into town and spend Monday -- money. There is


hardly any housing around here anyway, so it would be good.


cities like Lincoln, it is a ready happening. These offices have been


converted into homes. You're looking at refurbishment. You are not having


to release it so much Greenland. Actually, it does make sense to


revitalize and rejuvenate areas and set of letting them fall into


natural decay. This man says that turning shops into homes is a bad


idea. Let's not decrease the footfall by turning shots into


housing. Let's increase the footfall by trying to get more people in the


town. In a statement, Nick Boles was is now going to recommend that


councils concentrate their shots into one or two prime streets.


town centres could be looking very different to these proposals become


reality. -- if these proposals. This is another story we'd like your


thoughts on. Is Nick Boles right? Should empty shops be turned into


houses or flats? Will anything breathe new life into our shopping


streets? people watch on as Hull's


transformed into an arts and music festival. But will it be enough to


earn Hull the title of City of photographs coming in. It was a very


busy weekend in Lincolnshire. Saturday, waiting for the


illuminations to be switched on. Thank you very much for that's. A


very busy day on the photographs front of Sunday. This is from an air


show. A lot of planes on the programme recently. I think the


presenter was a plane spotter. Thank you very much. Another picture


tomorrow night. Let's get the around but tomorrow promises to be a


lot drier and brighter. -- little bit of rain. This little ridge of


high pressure is going to give us a bit more settled conditions. It


looks like it will continue through Wednesday as well. The promise of


drier and bright weather ahead. Tonight we will see spells of rain.


If you have your of rain as he go into overnight tonight. -- as we go


into overnight tonight for the a fresher field tonight so it will be


easier to get to sleep tonight. The sun role rise at 5:24am. Those are


a deal of dry weather on the cards for tomorrow. Clouds will bubble up


as we go through the afternoon, but more importantly, it looks as though


it will stay dry. When we see the sunshine, temperatures will be up to


19 and 20, if not 21 degrees. With a light read, it should feel quite


pleasant, and it will be a quite -- with a light breeze, it should feel


quite pleasant. Amateurs will still hover around 19 or 20 degrees --


temperatures will still hover around 19 or 20 degrees. And looks like we


are sad to see one or two more showers. For Thursday and Friday,


the showers will linger on the coast. Tomorrow it looks like it


Yorkshire and the Humber is the highest in the country. New figures


show that, while it's at a five year low, crime in the countryside still


costs this area more than �3 million a year. Emma Massey has more.


What short of majors -- what sort of measures have you taken to protect


the church? We had to put equipment up a few years ago when we were


brought for light. -- Rob for light. Installed to protect this church in


Harpham, East Yorkshire from rural crime. This CCTV footage also helped


to convict this man, seen here walking away, of stealing from this


and over 600 other churches from up and down the country. Jeanette


Corkwell and her husband farm near Driffield. Two years ago they were


burgled and were among one of 56 properties targeted that night.


not get frightened very easily will stop -- I do not get frightened very


easily, but I was stopped my husband was away. Lincolnshire was the third


worst area hit in 2012, with �1.8 million lost to criminals. Crime has


fallen significantly year after year because a lot of prevention measures


have gone into the area. As well as actively policing local communities,


police are now working alongside them in order to stay one step ahead


of criminals. We have to build a big team, and local residents are an


integral part of that team. In North Lincolnshire, at the farm watch


scheme there has been in existence for two years and they have managed


to half rural crime in that time. But there's still some way to go to


bring down this and other types of crime in rural areas to make them a


safer place to live and work. But even though rural crime figures are


at a five year low there's still work to be done to make the


countryside even safer. A Lincoln teacher has drowned while on


holiday. She was an English teacher at an academy. The Foreign Office


says it is providing consular assistance to her family.


On Friday's programme we reported how drivers in rural areas feel they


are becoming isolated because of the cost of filling up their cars. It


followed the Government's announcement it will consider


extending a fuel discount to remote parts of the country but failed to


include Lincolnshire or East Yorkshire. There was a big response.


Ian says, "If people choose to live in rural areas surely they must


those. Scunthorpe United manager Brian Laws


has challenged his players to build on Saturday's season opening wind


against Mansfield. The Iron beat the visitors 2-0l, with goals from new


signings Matt Sparrow and Sam Winnall. The manager says he's


pleased with how his players handled the match. At times it was not


pretty but we had to be determined to deal with what ever they were


going to throw in the box. There was a lot of aerial bombardment against


a big site and I think we got the bad and it shows that we can deal


with that and that we can play wind the title of City of Culture.


But if this event is anything to go by, Hull is putting up a pretty


decent fight. 160 local acts performing on ten stages with an


estimated audience of 34,000 people. For local artists from all genres,


comedians and DJs, it was not a bad We have got some amazing talent and


some great photographers. What we find ever the years is that they get


to the colleges and universities and then leave the area, but events like


this hopefully can help us towards the Colts are -- City of Culture


bed, which will hopefully help us keep our creative people in the


city. It was so busy the pumps ran dry in this pub, this pop up cafe


was rushed off their feet, all good for business and of course the bid.


It was just a massive showcase of local talent at all levels. Not just


music, but food and drink, art, design. It was a good show and I


think it could Hull pride. -- proud. There is a lot of talent in Hull and


we deserve this recognition. This is what the competition are up to.


Leicester held its annual Caribbean Carnival at the weekend, but Swansea


Bay and Dundee have held no major free events since they were short


listed. Hull has got a lot to deliver and achieve, but it has got


the people on the grounds that have proved that they can create events


that people want to come to, and we have got to share with that we have


the energy and in duty as him and the commitment of local people.


Well, with just a few weeks left before the final bid is entered, the


work doesn't stop here. The push to become a City of Culture continues.


Dundee sounds fine, it doesn't do it, and the sun. Caroline is on


Humber Street this evening. What will this do for Hull's bid to


become the UK's City of Culture in 2017?


It would not be a success on Saturday without the people. Where I


am standing now, it was absolutely packed with people. This event at


the weekend was the start of a month of a free events taking place in the


city. Every the next five weeks, there will be three festivals in the


city. It is the final push. You are from the bid team. What can people


do to get involved? Two we would like for people to bite us on


Facebook and follow us on Twitter. Just find out what is happening. Put


your ideas in. What do the people of Hull want from a City of Culture?


The more likes and shares we get, the better. It also means that


people's ideas can't get put into the mix and into the bid. Fingers


crossed. We have the festival of food and drink next week, and it


takes place in the city centre. Let's get a recap on today's


headlines: Four years after his death during the G20 protests, Ian


Tomlinson's family gets a formal apology from the Metropolitan


Police. And amulets -- amulets cruise in


Lincolnshire say they are struggling to meet their targets. There are


calls for the East Midlands Ambulance Trust to be broken up.


need to ask whether mixing up these large urban areas with rural areas


is creating a fit for purpose services or would we be better with


a more rural focused ambulance service. The weather for tomorrow,


dry and bright, with some funny style. Just the chance of a shower.


Top temperatures will be getting up amulets service. They say that


Lincolnshire needs its own amulets service. Samantha says that


Lincolnshire used to hit all of its targets. One man wonders how the


services to post to achieve targets when the government is fining them


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