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This is East Midlands Today with Anne Davies and me, Dominic Heale.
Our top story tonight: a woman's denied IVF treatment because her
fiancee already has a child. The NHS won't pay for Susie's treatment
because her partner has a grown up son. And classed as having a family,
not classed as being childless. Also tonight, Boots pulls its ads,
on the day the News of the World self-destructs.
Plus, I've never abused anyone. A care home worker says claims of
ill-treatment are rubbish. And Golden Hynd, and Sam Hynd's
brother gets a Silver too. He is like a crocodile. He never stops
Good evening, welcome to the programme. First tonight, the woman
denied IVF treatment on the NHS because her fiance has a grown up
son. The rules in the East Midlands mean
she's not seen as childless because she has a stepson.
The rules apply even though he's 20-years-old, and she's never even
met him. Our health correspondent Rob Sissons reports.
Susie makes dreams come true. She designs wedding dresses in
Nottingham but is furious the NHS will not find her own dream to have
a child. I cannot imagine myself being childless. I disagree with
people who say IVF shouldn't be on the NHS because it is a lifestyle
choice. Infertility is a disease. This affects one in 10 women.
Regional criteria mean that if either partner has children, the
course of IVF will not be funded. Susie's fiancee has a grown-up son.
He is 20. She has never met him, he lives hundreds of miles away in
Wales. And not about to start nurturing and protecting it went
year-old man. -- I am not about. I'm not going to cradle him in my
arms. That would be very weird. I want the opportunity to be a mother
and a real mother. Unravelling the NHS rules has proved baffling for
her. She has won many awards for her business. She loves her career
but says it will not love her back. It is a baby she doesn't just want
but needs. More than anything, and desperate to be a mother. I feel we
are being discriminated against because I had a child in a previous
relationship over 20 years ago. They say at the end of the day,
they will find the money somehow for IVF. They say it is the
principle of the whole thing. They insist the NHS should pay for at
least one course. Well, there are several conditions
that have to be met for you to get the go ahead for IVF on the NHS but
Susie fails on one. Because she has a grown-up stepson. Now that rule
applies throughout the East Midlands. And in fact is now the
case across most of England. The only way round it is to opt for
private IVF treatment and that would cost Susie around �7,000 for
one cycle. Dr Greg Place is a Nottinghamshire GP who has to deal
with this emotive issue. A line has to be drawn somewhere in terms of
funding services for people who are not in law. That means you can
maximise treatment options for those with cancer, those with heart
disease, those with chronic lung disease, for kidney transplantation.
For those people there were not physically ill, there is funding
available to some extent and the idea of the funding guidelines as
to maximise chances of having a baby for a certain number of people.
Susie Henson's MP Vernon Coaker says he's taking the matter up in
the House of Commons. That criterion that means she is
automatically excluded. In other parts of the country, she would get
IVF. It is very unfair. I will meet her tomorrow, discuss it with her
and then I will see what I can do to help both locally and nationally.
This is of such importance that it needs to be raised in Parliament.
Well, the Commissioning Group responsible for making the policy
say they recognise the difficulties couples face but they believe their
rules are fair. Explosive news tonight from The
News of the World - it's closing down. The phone-hacking scandal has
finally sunk the top-selling tabloid and Sunday's paper will be
the last. Only today, Boots the Chemist pulled its advertising from
the paper. The East Midlands company was one of the paper's
biggest advertisers but felt it had to withdraw its backing today as
the size of the scandal grew. Simon Hare's at the Boots site now. Good
evening, Simon. Good evening. The day began with
the company saying it was reviewing its advertising with the News Of
The World. LEA -- later can use it was put in its adverts on hold,
although one at that will appear in the newspaper's Sunday supplement
magazine which will now be the last. A significant Advertiser, as you
say, said to be the 7th biggest advertiser with the News Of The
World, spending almost �1 million a year plugging its range of health
and beauty care products. Through the course of the day, other
advertisers and organisations said they were stopping or suspending
their relationship with Britain's biggest selling newspaper. The
allegations of hacking also expanded to include alleged hacking
off phones of soldiers and their families, soldiers killed in Iraq
and Afghanistan. For the latest information, I'm joined by a
lecturer in politics and the media at Nottingham Trent University.
Quite an amazing story breaking late tonight but how influential do
believe the loss of advertisers like Boots the Chemist has been in
this amazing decision? I think it has been incredibly important.
Advertising is the lifeblood of the newspaper industry. It is also
important because people were not going to buy the newspaper on
Sunday. I think Rupert Murdoch thought this might jeopardise the
BSkyB deal. Stay with us for the moment. Within the past hour, we've
been out on the streets of Nottingham to assess the reaction
of readers. I think that the salaciousness of the News Of The
World is probably represented elsewhere in the media now. I think
it is a good thing. By May writer and it is not very good for
literacy anyway. -- I am a writer. It has been a shameful episode for
everyone concerned has and it, really? Sunday is not going to be
the same without it. Some reaction to the news that the News Of The
World is no more. Do you think that this is going to be a simple
rebranding exercise? This is an amazing commercial decision.
would be very surprised if in a couple of months' time, we don't
see the Sunday Sun or some equivalent been launched. This has
been an amazing week, a long- running story but an amazing
development. A what is interesting is how quickly it has happened.
the space of four days, a newspaper which has 168 years old has been
closed down. Many thanks. Back to the studio.
Still to come on the programme: Sally struggles for words.
A brief period of precipitation, six letters, starts with the letter
S, shower! Why didn't I think of that?! Or showers in the forecast
later. And I will be finding out why this
time of year is especially A senior care home manager has
adamantly denied ill-treating three elderly patients in her care. Dawn
Heaney told a jury at Leicester Crown Court today that in her 22
year career she'd never abused anyone.
She said claims that she'd slapped two residents and had a lack of
respect for the diginity of her residents were utter rubbish. Sarah
Teale was in court. Dawn Heaney took to the stand at
Leicester Crown Court today where she repeatedly denied allegations
of mistreating patients in her care. The 38-year-old from Woodthorpe in
Loughborough faces four charges relating to her time as a senior
care worker at Wymeswold Court Care Home at Wymeswold near Loughborough.
Relatives of some of the patients were in court to hear claims that
she'd slapped one 93-year-old wheelchair bound resident on the
head and forcedfed chocolate to an 81-year-old patient. The
prosecution then questioned her over allegations that she'd slapped
and sworn at an 85-year Alzheimer sufferer. Heaney was calm and
assured under cross examination. She denied ever hitting the elderly
patient or swearing at him, but she did admit shouting. She told the
jur,y in my 22-year service I have never hit a patient, ever. The
prosecution is backing up it's case with claims that Heaney treated the
patients with a lack of a respect and displayed a casual attitude to
their dignity. They told cross examined her over claims she called
several patients names. No, it is rubbish, she said. The residents
would not have hit me use also a language like that. The judge began
his summing-up this afternoon and the jury is expected to begin its
deliberations tomorrow. It's emerged that a county
councillor and former equalities spokesman faced a standards panel
hearing after he used an offensive racist term during a Conservative
Association meeting. It's not the first time Rob
Fraser's phraseology has got him into trouble. Well, our chief news
reporter Quentin Rayner joins us now. Obviously this was a deeply
offensive term and many people will be upset by it.
Yes, they will, and certainly someone who attended the
association meeting at a pub in Ratby in March last year did find
it offensive and complained to the County Council. Councillor Fraser
used the phrase "ligger in the woodpile" which the Standards
Committee felt brought his office or the Authority into disrepute
when it met earlier this year to consider the case. That's right.
When did he justify using this claim -- word?
He said the word was offensive but the phrase was not. He rhetoric --
he said it was a recognised and traditional phrase meaning
something bad happened to him. If he thought he had offended anybody,
he would apologise. The standards committee accepted that some voted
not to take any action in the light that he had apologised.
This isn't the first time that he has used some kind of phrase and
made a public comment. In January 2009, while he was
addressing a public meeting concerning the proposed travellers'
site, he said this: The Romanians, they'll stick a knife in you as
soon as look at you. Going on to say, some of these European ones,
they make the Irish look like complete amateurs and I would dread
to see them in Groby. On that occasion, the county council did
take action. He was suspended for a month as well. He was ordered to
attend a diversity course. Mr Fraser has pointed out that the
next council election -- at the next election, he doubled his
majority. Derbyshire Police are investigating
after a 28-year-old woman was sexually assaulted in Ilkeston. She
was approached near the Pewit Golf Course yesterday but managed to
fight off her attacker. He's described as white, slim and in his
late 20s. He was wearing a black Umbro jacket with white stripes
along the arms and a dark beanie hat covered in dog hairs.
Villagers opposed to a Tesco store being built in Keyworth in
Nottinghamshire have told a public inquiry that they would would
prefer the land to be used for sheltered housing instead. The
supermarket chain's application was refused permission by Rushcliffe
Borough Council in November. But if their appeal is successful, it
could be built. A leading rail union says the
possible loss of 1,400 jobs at the Derby train-maker, Bombardier, will
be at the top of the agenda when it meets the Transport Secretary next
week. The union says it wants to stop the
government actually signing a huge train contract with a German firm.
Meanwhile, the leader of a task force helping rail workers facing
redundancy, says she believes they will be able to find jobs. James
Roberson reports. Three rail unions and the TUC were
due to see the Transport Secretary Phil Hammond on Wedsnesday, anyway
to discuss railway reform. But now the RMT union says the Bombardier
situation has jumped up the agenda. The union wants pressure kept on
the government to review the contract, even though Philip
Hammond's stated he does not have the power to change the contract,
whose term were written by the previous Labour government. Isn't
that strange, that they are quick to blame everyone else put
themselves. They've been in government for 14 months. It is
happening on his watch, on Cameron's watch, and they need to
change their mind. However, if jobs do go at Bombardier and elsewhere,
the government's new task force leader, a former Rolls Royce
executive, believes other work can be found for workers. I think this
town has a very high skilled population. The city depends on
higher skilled people. There will be opportunities. It is our job to
make sure thereof. A government trade and investment tsar, based
here in our region, says there could also be jobs for any local
redundant railworkers in Europe. would much pig -- I would much
prefer people to stay in this kind of the world, selling engineering
products around the world. That said, better job than no job, and
one of the advantages is the free movement of labour. When you come
back, you bring back additional skills you've learnt somewhere else.
A further pressure is being put on the government for national
newspapers. Thus the story in today's Daily Mirror. This is the
story in today's the Sun. And the Daily Express has gone one further
with a full campaign. We asked for an interview with Philip Hammond to
discuss bombarding a. We were told he did not have time today to talk
They're known for crossing roads, often badly, but hedgehogs it seems
often end up in all sorts of places that really aren't very good for
them. Which is why so many end up at rescue centres.
At one in Leicestershire they're currently looking after dozens of
babies who've been found without mothers. But it's not just the
babies, or hoglets, that need our help.
No, the whole species really need a little bit of TLC from the human
race so for this months what's on guide Kylie Pentelow went to
Quiniborough to find out a bit more about this prickly problem.
When they're this small, they've not spiky, just don't really keep
still. And they seem to like our mini camera! Pat Wadd runs Helping
Hands from her home and it's a time consuming job. These little ones
need a feed every three hours! Right, your turn. He is not spiky.
There you go. I need an extra hand. It is harder than it looks, Pat.
If you're into wildlife there's a whole weekend of activities coming
up. Find out about Nottinghamshire's inhabitants at
Clumber Park. Across the region there are events for Archaeology
week, that starts on 16th. And it's the Ashby show in Derbyshire with
vintage tractors, activities, dogs and horses. Now, it's not just the
hoglets who need a helping hand here. The grown-up hedgehogs get
into the odd prickly situation too. This is Charlie. He came to me when
he was found in the daytime. He had a little injury. He came in in a
very bad way and now he is quite happy. He is ready to be released.
Charlie's off to an enclosed garden to live out his in days. This month
the Open Air theatre season gets underway, this play's at Nottingham
Castle. In Leicester the Mela is celebrating 25 years, that's this
Sunday. And for more music the Splendour festival is in Wollaton
Park in Nottingham, with bands like the Scissor Sisters and Blondie!
Some tips for you if you want to help hedgehogs. Don't give them
bread or milk, they much prefer a puppy food. If you have a pond,
make sure it has a hedgehog escape route. Do not put slug pellets in
your garden. Hedgehogs don't like them.
They are very cute, aren't they? Still to come on the programme,
changing churches. The vicar who's been ordained as a
Catholic priest, at the tender age But what does age matter?
Not at all! First, its looks like Leicester City have made the
Championship signing of the summer today. Later tonight they're
expected to announce that Reading defender Matt Mills has become a
Leicester player. Premier League clubs have been chasing Mills but
we understand Leicester have paid a fee of �5 million to get him.
Natalie was the first to get a glimpse of him at the King Power
stadium in the last hour. Here he is, Matt Mills leaving
Leicester City tonight. The deal is not done. But tomorrow, it should
be. He could become the championships most expensive player.
Leicester City of really splash in the cash. This is what his new
team-mates had to say about him. There are going for the best
players in the championship at the moment. He has proven that he is
that one of the best defenders. He is worth over to March and nobody
will be arguing. Phil spending a lot of money to bring him here. --
they are spending. David Newton... They are highly rated players in
their own right. But Mount Mills was wanted by a number of Premier
League clubs and Sven Goran Eriksson has been chasing him for
weeks. Of them more on the way? cannot talk specifically but yes,
there are also more common. Not many but it is important for us to
find the right ones. How many more? Is it possible to say? No, I don't
know. One or two, three maybe. understand why Leicester City have
paid Reading a fee of around �5 million and we've heard that his
wages are about �25,000 a week. Leicester are certainly splash in
the cash. Mills will be their 6th summer signing and Sven says there
are more aware. We are even hearing that the former Manchester United
star Owen Hargreaves could be on his way to the stadium here.
Astonishing spending! Just a line on Derby County, confirmation that
Luke Varney has moved to Portsmouth. Still no news of signings at
Nottingham Forest, though. Some good news for
Nottinghamshire's Lee Westwood as he builds up to next week's Open.
He's currently playing the Scottish Open, which is on a links course
too this weekend. Westwood is in the lead after a first round seven
under par. In Cricket, Leicestershire are in
the T20 quarter finals and Derbyshire are still in the hunt
after both sides won yesterday. No doubt about the moment of the
evening. Leicestershire's Jigar Naik taking three wickets in just
one over. His only over. As for the Falcons? They probably still need
to win all three of their remaining games but you can see they're still
fighting. A year ago today, Mansfield's
Paralympic swimming champion Sam Hynd was involved in a car accident
that was so serious, his mum thought he'd never pull through.
This week, he claimed gold in the European Championships. And what's
even more remarkable is that Sam's brother was just behind and took
the silver on his international debut. Ross Fletcher reports.
2008 and the high point of Sam Hynd's swimming career, claiming
gold in the Paralympics. But that was almost his final flourish. 12
months ago, a car crash nearly ended his life. The car was code to
the concertinaed. I don't want to see the car. The emergency staff
did not think he would get out alive but luckily he did. He has
made a fantastic recovery. After missing the world championships his
recovery has been quite something. This week he was back in the water,
winning the 400 metres in Berlin. But this has been about Team Hynd,
with younger brother Ollie coming second. I knew he would be there
for the whole of the race. I cannot say how chuffed I am to do it. And
chatty got second as well. I turned a 300 with 100 to go and I thought
he is not as far ahead as he was in the heat so would put my head down
in the last 100 but I couldn't quite catch him. He is like a
crocodile. He never stops snapping. That is how I wanted. It is absurd
it is fantastic, but we are about this level of competition. Both
swimmers have a condition which is gradually weakening their legs, so
London 2012 could be very special for the Hynd family. It will be
fantastic to be at their home games. To have to plea... Quick, Valium!
So the way things are going? Well, Sam might have to share the
limelight. But they both belong to us! That is
the important thing. Finally, he's nearly 83, he's a
great grandfather, he's been an Anglican vicar for nearly 60 years
and now he's just been ordained a Catholic priest.
Father Peter Peterken is one of three former vicars who've recently
become priests. Jo Healey has followed his extraordinary story.
Peter walks near the two miles each morning from his home to his new
church, to say Mass. So why? He has become a Catholic priest in his
eighties. All of my life, I've believed in the unity of the Church.
When the Pope offered us the opportunity to join the Catholic
Church, it seemed the right step to take. He was recently ordained in
St Barnabas Cathedral. There are priests with a difference. Peter
has four children, 12 grand children and four great-
grandchildren. How does it feel to be married to a Catholic priest?
have been married to a priest for such a long time, nearly 58 years
now. It doesn't seem very different. It is different of course and we've
been made to feel so welcome in the Catholic Church. Other clergy we've
met have made us feel so welcome. He was an Anglican minister for
nearly 60 years and among his new congregation are people from his
old church were converted with him. It is Father Peter's 83rd birthday
soon but he says his journey is just beginning.
A lovely story and Happy birthday for whenever it is.
I do crosswords regularly! Good evening. We've had a showery theme
through the past few hours and that will continue for a time. This
picture depicts the scenes across the East Midlands this afternoon.
Philip sent this one in the from Leicestershire. He was on a bike
ride. He managed to escape the showers. Do keep your photographs
coming in. For now, there are one or two showers for us to try and
avoid. We are looking at this area of rain that is sitting in the
south-west corner of the UK. That is gradually making inroads during
the course of the night. And of course we've had a pretty cloudy
day and from those clouds we seen a lot of showers. Blustery showers as
well. It has been a windy day. It will get when you are still by the
time we get to tomorrow. For now, those showers are becoming few and
far between. Trying overnight with clear skies. Temperatures staying
in double figures. There it is, but rain hours talking about. It is
gradually making inroads and by the early hours of tomorrow morning, it
will be continuing to make a wet and windy start to Friday.
Gradually, that band of rain works its way northwards. Behind it, we
will get a blustery showers coming in. Interspersed with nice, sunny
spells. 20 Celsius is your high, 68 Fahrenheit. We could do better than
that and we will try our best over the weekend. This low pressure
gradually works its way northwards and moves away from us so after a
showery start on Saturday, we are left with a dry and bright
afternoon. Sunny spells, lighter winds. Highs of 22 Celsius.
Hopefully getting even warmer still. Sunday is looking a much more
settled day. Dry with sunny spells. The best of the sunshine through
the morning. As we going to the start of next week, all I can say