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Drug made student ‘think he could fly’

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Image caption Thomas Millward died of a brain injury the day after he fell from a stairwell at Girton College

A Cambridge University student fell to his death after taking a drug which can make users believe they can fly, an inquest has heard.

Thomas Millward, 19, was found unconscious and naked after falling from a stairwell at Girton College on 5 March last year.

He is thought to have taken a variant of hallucinogenic LSD beforehand, an inquest in Huntingdon heard.

Mr Millward died in hospital the next day of a traumatic brain injury.

Cambridgeshire assistant coroner Simon Milburn said the engineering student and his girlfriend Daniella Mieloszyk took a substance which was probably 1P-LSD, a legal high at the time which has since been banned.

A toxicology expert told the court that people can believe they can fly after taking the drug.

Mr Milburn said the couple took the drug at around 15:00 GMT and Mr Millward was found to have fallen four hours later.

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Fellow Cambridge student Tessa Duff, 20, told the court Ms Mieloszyk had previously mentioned to her that the couple had considered taking drugs.

“After that, neither of them mentioned it to me again until they knocked on my door after they had already taken it,” she told the inquest in Huntingdon.

She said their condition “wasn’t particularly alarming”, but “they just seemed confused”.

“If I tried to engage with them they would partially respond then look at me, and look at each other, and say ‘this is so strange, is this real?'” she said.

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Image caption Mr Millward, from Cheltenham, was a first year engineering student at Girton College

After about 45 minutes the pair returned to Mr Millward’s room, she said.

She later heard an “echoey bang” but she stayed in her room, the inquest heard.

‘Mind-altering’

Dr Susan Paterson, head of toxicology at Imperial College, London, said analysis of blood samples showed Mr Millward had taken either LSD or 1P-LSD.

But, she said, it was not possible to determine which drug had been taken nor the concentration consumed.

She described it as “the most potent mind-altering substance there is”.

“You lose your perceptions, your senses become confused, your senses of colour and sound become distorted,” she said.

“It’s possible to think you can actually fly. That’s well-recorded with this drug,” she added.

She said effects typically start within 30 to 90 minutes of taking the drug and last between three and 12 hours.

The inquest continues.

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‘Heartbroken’ Royal writes to Bradford family after learning of baby Kia’s meningitis battle

A MEMBER of the Royal Family says she is “completely heartbroken” at the plight of a Bradford baby who has had all four limbs amputated because of meningitis.

Sophie, Countess of Wessex, has written a letter of support to the family of Kia Gott, who is fighting the worst case of meningitis doctors have seen in decades.

Eleven-month-old Kia, from Wyke, is on a high dependency unit facing a series of skin grafts and being weaned off a drug stronger than heroin.

Now the family has received a personal letter from the Countess, who is Patron of the Meningitis Now charity.

In it, she says: “I wanted to write to you after learning about your beautiful baby daughter, Kia.

“I am completely heartbroken and devastated by Kia’s prognosis and can’t begin to imagine how you are feeling at this impossibly difficult time.

“I am so very sorry for what you are going through. I know words are inconsequential but I felt compelled to reach out,” she wrote and ended the letter saying: “I wish you peace, strength and hope as Kia rebuilds her strength and I send my love to your family.”

Doctors have warned that baby Kia could lose her sight, her hearing and be 90 per cent brain damaged by meningitis C septicaemia. But her aunt, Donna Gott, described Kia as “remarkable” and said she was “meant to be here” but added that she was still “far from being out of the woods.”

Last week, doctors told Kia’s mum and dad her gut had stopped working and if it did not heal, there would be little else they could do for her.

“She’s a tough little cookie, she’s meant to be here. She looks like a little teddy bear in bed,” said Mrs Gott, who added that Kia would next need to be weaned off a drug called Fentanyl, a painkiller stronger than heroin.

She also said the family did not believe Kia was fully blind and deaf because she was following her mum Vikki’s voice.

Kia, who has an older brother Kayden, eight, and four-year-old sister Elsie, is starting to put on a bit of weight and has grown two teeth since being in hospital.

Meanwhile, a brain scan taken after she did not wake up for one week has shown there is no further deterioration or infection. She faces a series of skin grafts from her back and belly and will stay in the high dependency unit at Leeds General Infirmary (LGI) until around January.

Mrs Gott said: “We are also having a special doll made with amputations for her sister Elsie to help her understand what Kia is facing, Elsie keeps asking when will Kia’s legs grow back.

“We also started a trend #shesnotjustanumbertous and #vaccinateourbabiesagainstmenigitis. Were trying to get people to share on social media.”

Kia’s dad Paul has since slammed the NHS for its decision to stop giving babies under 12-months the MenC vaccine. The vaccine for 12-week-old babies was discontinued from the NHS childhood vaccination programme last July because there were almost no cases in the UK. Instead, all children are now offered a Hib/MenC vaccine on their first birthday – Kia was just three months away from being given it when she fell ill in September.

Wellwishers at justgiving.com/crowdfunding/emma-simpson-2 have brought in more than £26,000 for the family. Her other aunt Terri Mitchell wrote on the page: “Kia has had her 4th amputation and is still fighting. She’s a little sleepy after all her ops. Keep praying and thank you from the bottom of our hearts for all your well wishes and donations.”

Kia’s dad discovered the rash on his daughter’s face, neck and chest – a known symptom of meningococcal septicemia – after going to check on her in the middle of the night.

Paramedics arrived fast but her veins had collapsed, so they had to drill into her tiny shin to give her emergency drugs. While that was happening, she had a mini cardiac arrest, said Mrs Gott. Kia was rushed to Bradford Royal Infirmary where medics told her family it was meningitis and she was not likely to survive. She was transferred to LGI where doctors told the family it is the worst case they have seen for 25 years.

Meningitis Now’s helpline number is 0808 80 10 388

Veteran of Korean War admits surprise as medal arrives in post

A VETERAN of Britain’s bloodiest conflict since the Second World War has been honoured with a medal from South Korea’s government.

Brian Maddocks, 85, was seriously injured fighting in the Korean War in 1951.

He was hit by shrapnel storming a hill with his unit, the Royal Leicestershire Regiment, in what became known as the Second Battle of Maryang San.

He has already had two medals recognising his service in the war but he has unexpectedly received a further medal from South Korea, expressing the country’s “everlasting gratitude” for his contribution towards preserving its freedom and democracy.

The citation accompanying the latest medal is from South Korea’s minister for patriots and veterans’ affairs.

Mr Maddocks, of Knowle Park, Keighley, said: “It arrived in the post in a presentation box but I hadn’t been expecting it at all. I feel rather shocked, but also pleasantly surprised.”

Mr Maddocks was born in Keighley and before joining the Army for his National Service worked as a labourer for Summerscales Washing Machines in Parkwood Street.

Once in the Army, having only just turned 19, he found himself sent to the other side of the world to support South Korea’s bitter struggle against Communist North Korea and its ally China.

After reaching South Korea in October 1951 he and his regiment were deployed to help another British unit which was under attack on a position called Hill 317.

Mr Maddocks said: “As we went up this valley the enemy started shelling us.

“We got to the trenches of the King’s Own Scottish Borderers, stayed there for a short while, then launched our attack.

“We were getting shelled, mortared and hit with hand grenades and I was struck by shrapnel in my right foot.

“I could hardly walk. Me and a friend had to make our own way back from the fighting but we got lost and had no idea where we were. I don’t know how we made it back to our own positions.

“The Indian Red Cross picked me up, put me in a wagon, and then in a helicopter which flew me to the Mobile Army Surgical Hospital (MASH).

“I’d never been in a helicopter before, and the helicopters then were nothing like now. I was very scared.”

Mr Maddocks was evacuated to a military hospital in Japan where he remained for two months. He was sent back to Korea in early 1952, only to be injured again, this time in a non-combat accident.

Following a second spell of recovery in Japan he finally returned to England in September 1952.

After being discharged from the Army he initially went back to Summerscales, then spent ten years sailing the world as an engine room worker in merchant navy ships.

On returning to Keighley he worked as a plasterer and also as a machine moulder in a foundry.

Mr Maddocks, a father of three and a supporter of the Soldiers Sailors Airmen Families Association, said his experiences had made him staunchly anti-war.

He said Korea had effectively been a “forgotten war”, with few people in Britain today remembering the 1,100 British troops who died there.

“I’ve never been back to Korea since the war,” he said. “I’d liked to have gone back to visit the graves of some of my friends who are buried there, but it was too expensive.”

Muckamore Abbey Hospital: Four staff members suspended

Muckamore Abbey Hospital
Image caption The hospital cares for adults with an intellectual disability, behavioural or mental health problems

Four staff members have been suspended from Muckamore Abbey Hospital in Antrim while police investigate allegations of the “ill-treatment” of patients.

The BBC understand it centres on the care of at least two patients.

Muckamore Abbey Hospital provides acute inpatient care to adults with an intellectual disability, behavioural or mental health problems.

A spokesperson for the Belfast Health Trust said that an incident had come to light several months ago.

“Following concerns identified in relation to the conduct of a small number of staff in Muckamore Abbey Hospital, Belfast Trust has placed four members of staff on precautionary exclusion from work while a full internal investigation is undertaken,” it said.

Families of other long-term patients are being kept informed of the investigation.

The Belfast Trust says it has introduced additional measures and is assured of the ongoing safety and care of the community of patients in the hospital.

Det Ch Insp Tracey Mageean said: “We can confirm that we are working with Belfast Health and Social Care Trust regarding a number of allegations into ill treatment of patients at a hospital facility in Antrim.

“This is a live investigation and it would be inappropriate to comment any further.

“The safeguarding of any vulnerable victim is a priority for the Police Service of Northern Ireland.”

Care at home

Community matron Temba Ndirigu
Image caption Visits from community matron Temba Ndirigu means Maurice can get care at home

District nurses play a vital role in keeping patients out of hospital by providing care in their own homes, but official figures show their numbers have nearly halved since 2010.

In the Seacroft area of Leeds, community matron Temba Ndirigu is driving to see his first patient of the day.

He pulls up in front of a semi-detached house and calls out a cheery “Hello!” as he steps through the front door.

In a front room converted into a bedroom, he finds Maurice Welbourn and his wife Nora.

Maurice has suffered a stroke, throat cancer, diabetes and has liver problems, all of which have left him dependent on the support of his wife and the community health team.

Nora has also developed Parkinson’s disease, meaning Maurice’s main carer is also herself in need of support.

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She says that without people like Temba, her husband would constantly be in and out of hospital.

“No matter what time of the day, you can ring them any time, the district nurses, you know, the carers.

“I wouldn’t be able to keep him at home without them.”

Despite the complexity of his health problems, Maurice is a fairly typical patient for a community health team working in one of the more deprived parts of Leeds.

And for Temba and his colleagues, working in a community setting, rather than hospital, presents its own challenges.

“In a hospital, it is your environment, you know what you’re doing, you’re more or less in charge.

“In someone’s home, the tables are completely reversed.

“You are a guest in their home, and this sense of being alone, it’s just you and the patient or the family.

“There are all these people looking at you to make a decision or come up with a plan and that can be quite difficult.”

Back at base, the phones are ringing as the team try to manage a growing number of cases and it’s not easy.

Constant pressure

Service manager Lucy Hall is trying to schedule the team’s appointments for the next day, while at the same time knowing there will be unexpected calls.

“For the past 18 months we have been really busy, it seems to have stepped up a notch.

“The problem is we just don’t know what’s coming through the door the next day

“So when the hospitals have a big surge in referrals or a big surge in bed management, we often see the outcome of that.”

But as well as meeting the demand for services, there is a problem in the supply of staff qualified and willing to do this complex and demanding work.

Thea Stein is the chief executive of Leeds Community Healthcare NHS Trust, which runs the district nursing team in Seacroft.

“We do constantly struggle with the supply of staff to do the job we need done,” she says.

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Image caption Thea Stein, chief executive of Leeds Community Healthcare, says staffing is a constant struggle

Official figures also show a 46.4% drop in full-time district nurses working for the NHS in England from May 2010 to July 2017.

Some of that drop may be down to nurses moving to work for other health organisations outside the NHS.

But the Royal College of Nursing says the data reflects a recent survey it carried out that suggested community teams are being stretched to the limit.

And Ms Stein says that keeping patients at home and out of hospital is a daily battle.

“We just have pressure day in and day out to do it.

“If services like mine aren’t there, 24/7, our hospitals are completely full.”

Next we are back on the road with staff nurse Lisa Heyward, this time to check up on Colin, who has problems with his legs.

Keeping patients like Colin at home rather than in hospital is central to plans for the future of the NHS in England.

This is work often unseen, requiring dedication and compassion.

But it is vital if the health service is to cope with the growing number of frail, older people living with multiple health conditions.

Tributes paid to former journalist, 85

A RETIRED Keighley journalist who covered major stories such as the Yorkshire Ripper murders and the Bradford City stadium fire has died aged 85.

Trevor Atkins, who lived in Riddlesden and began working for the Keighley News in 1949, and was a journalist for 41 years, died in Airedale Hospital on November 10.

He leaves his wife Barbara, sons Stephen and Graham, and a grand-daughter, Amy.

His family have said that a copy of the Keighley News, Telegraph & Argus and Yorkshire Post will be placed in his coffin, as he worked for all of those papers during his career.

Graham Atkins, who lives in Exley Head, said: “He was very hard working and caring. He always put other people first and he really did not have a bad word to say about anyone. He wouldn’t judge people.”

Trevor Atkins was born in Keighley and attended Keighley Boys’ Grammar School.

He completed his National Service as a clerical worker with the Royal Air Force. He was an enthusiastic cyclist and would even cycle from his RAF base in Buxton, Derbyshire, to Keighley and back during weekends.

It was while he was with the RAF that he learned to type.

Following his stint at the Keighley News he helped launch a new weekly paper in Shipley in 1963. After a spell with the Telegraph & Argus based in its Bingley office, he joined the Yorkshire Post, retiring from that paper in 1990.

Among the events he also covered during his time as a reporter were the crimes committed by notorious armed robber, kidnapper and murderer Donald Neilson – who was dubbed the Black Panther.

Mr Atkins served as president of both Keighley and Bradford branches of the National Union of Journalists, and was a keen organist and hiker.

He also volunteered his time for a patients’ information group at Airedale Hospital, was editor of the house magazine at Manorlands hospice, and was secretary of the Master Bakers Association.

He was a friend of the Settle to Carlisle line and survived the traumatic 1995 Ais Gill rail accident on that railway, when a landslide caused a train derailment and collision, resulting in the death of a conductor and many injuries to passengers.

Mr Atkins ended up in hospital for five days with broken ribs.

He met his future wife, Barbara Rickerby, in 1949 while working at the Keighley News in North Street. She was then employed as a mender at a business called Tanfield on the opposite side of the street.

The couple were married at Keighley Parish Church in 1956.

Mr Atkins’ funeral service will take place on Thursday, November 23, at The Knowle Chapel of Rest, Keighley, at 1.30pm, followed by a private family cremation.

His family have asked for flowers only, and donations may be made in lieu of flowers to Manorlands Hospice and the RNLI.

Popular vet ‘recovering well’ after car-jacking ordeal

A POPULAR vet is said to be “recovering well” after being subjected to a violent car-jacking outside his Bradford home.

Terry Croud, who works for the Gatehouse Veterinary Group, was attacked by a gang of four men who robbed him of his blue 2015-reg Audi RS6 V8 in Birchlands Avenue, Wilsden, on Friday night.

Hundreds of well-wishers took to social media to offer their best wishes to Mr Croud, who was described as a “special person” and a “super-kind” vet, who is known to sing to the animals he cares for.

People also contacted the Telegraph & Argus directly to pass on their regards, with one calling Mr Croud “the best vet in Bradford”.

Tonight, Mr Croud’s wife, Samantha, told the T&A: “Terry would like to thank everyone for their thoughts and best wishes, it’s meant a lot to him. He is feeling fine and recovering well.”

In messages on its Facebook page, Gatehouse said Mr Croud, who is in his 50s, was stable in hospital before receiving eight stitches to his head wound. Late on Saturday, a message stated that he was a “bit sore”, but out of hospital.

Mr Croud was hit over the head with a hammer during the attack, which took place at around 8.15pm.

Police said he had just parked up his vehicle when he was confronted by a group of men who made demands for his keys.

They are understood to have driven to the address in another vehicle, said to have been a Mini.

Mr Croud was struck from behind during the incident and was taken to Bradford Royal Infirmary with what police described as “non-life threatening head injuries”.

Car-jackers rob man of high-spec Audi

Detective Inspector Ryan Bragg, of Bradford District CID, said: “This appears to have been a group looking for a high-value car to steal, who have then used force to get what they want.

“We will not tolerate this kind of wanton violence in our communities and are making significant inquiries to identify those involved.

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“We have already spoken to a number of witnesses and from our initial inquiries believe that the victim’s Audi RS6 was driven off in convoy with another vehicle.

“We would urge anyone who has seen these vehicles after this offence to please get in contact.”

Police are yet to provide descriptions of any of the suspects involved in the robbery.

Anyone with any information on the robbery is asked to either call Bradford District CID via 101, quoting crime reference 13170538835, or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.

Newry: Girl, 12, dies in beach buggy crash

The Flagstaff Road near Newry
Image caption The crash happened on the Flagstaff Road in Newry

A 12-year-old girl has died after a crash between a beach buggy and a pick-up truck in Newry, County Down.

Police said the girl was a passenger in the buggy when it collided with the truck on Flagstaff Road at about 14:50 GMT on Saturday.

A 14-year-old girl, who was driving the buggy, sustained a broken leg and remains in hospital.

The driver of the pick-up truck was not injured.

The Northern Ireland air ambulance attended the scene of the collision.

Police have appealed for information.

Giant airship ‘breaks in two’ and collapses

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Image caption The airlander collapsed at Cardington Airfield, where it is based

The world’s longest aircraft has collapsed to the ground less than 24 hours after a successful test flight.

The Airlander 10 – a combination of a plane and an airship – was seen to “break in two” at an airfield in Bedfordshire, an eyewitness said.

Owner Hybrid Air Vehicles Ltd said it appeared the Airlander broke free from its mooring mast, triggering a safety system which deflates the aircraft.

Two people on the ground suffered minor injuries.

‘Minimises damage’

It was not flying and was not due to fly, Hybrid Air Vehicles said.

No one was on board, but a female member of staff suffered minor injuries and was taken to hospital as a precaution.

A colleague also sustained minor injuries while dealing with the incident.

“The safety feature is to ensure our aircraft minimises any potential damage to its surroundings in these circumstances,” Hybrid Air Vehicles added.

“The aircraft is now deflated and secure on the edge of the airfield. The fuel and helium inside the Airlander have been made safe,

“We are testing a brand new type of aircraft and incidents of this nature can occur during this phase of development.

“We will assess the cause of the incident and the extent of repairs needed to the aircraft in the next few weeks.”

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Image caption The company that owns the airlander said it was not flying at the time

On Friday, the Airlander took off at 15:11 GMT and landed at 16:18 GMT at Cardington Airfield.

Hybrid Air Vehicles Ltd had said it was now in the “next phase of extended test flights”.

It will soon “fly higher, faster, further and longer”, the company said.

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Image caption The airlander is the longest aircraft in the world at 302ft (92m)

In August 2016 the aircraft crash-landed after climbing to an excessive height because its mooring line became caught on power cables.

The 302ft (92m) long aircraft nosedived after the test flight at Cardington. No one was injured.

The Air Accidents Investigation Branch said the line was hanging free after a first landing attempt had failed.

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Image caption Airlander 10 completed its sixth test flight on Friday

Luton Airport tour for ‘bucket list’ 82-year-old cancer sufferer

An 82-year-old man has been given a tour of London Luton Airport as part of his “bucket list” wish.

Reg Grace, from Bedfordshire, was allowed on to the runway and up the control tower after his Macmillan cancer nurse contacted the airport.

Mr Grace found out he had cancer of the liver during a stay in hospital following a stroke.