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In this is East Midlands Today, with Dominic Heale and Kylie


Pentelow. Our top story - the police hunt for a bogus doctor


who's sexually abusing elderly women.


Because the victims are elderly, and because of the sexual element,


I would put it as very, very, very serious. Also tonight, in critical


condition, the hospitals that have blown their budget.


Pulled up for not wearing a seatbelt, police make drivers an


offer which is hard to refuse. can watch this three-minute DVD or


take a fine of �60. Plus, we're with the children of Chernobyl, who


are benefiting from the healthcare Good evening. First, police have


issued an urgent warning to the elderly after two women were


sexually assaulted by a man posing as a doctor. In both cases, the


bogus GP claimed he had been sent to examine them. Our chief news


reporter is in our newsroom. Over to Quentin Rayner. The lead


detective told me this evening that given the nature of these sexual


assaults, he regards these attacks as very, very serious. They both


occurred in Nottinghamshire and both followed a similar pattern.


The first one happened on Tuesday 24th May in Sutton-in-Ashfield. An


24th May in Sutton-in-Ashfield. An 89-year-old woman was visited by a


smartly dressed man, claiming to be had up to, and saying he needed to


examine her. He sexually assaulted her. In the second attack, a 74-


her. In the second attack, a 74- year-old woman was sexually


assaulted. I cannot go into specific details,


but what happens within the household, what is said and done,


makes us believe they are linked. Clearly we fear it could happen


again, so I would like to warn people, not just the elderly, but


family members of elderly females and also the local communities,


please look after the elderly, and please do not let anyone into your


house purporting to be a doctor unless you know that person or you


have checked by winning the GP. -- by ringing the GP. Police have


managed to get some form of description from the victims. He is


described as white, aged between 40 and 60, with a slim build. It is


believed he was wearing a pin- striped suit. Police are asking


anyone who might have information Next, the NHS Trust that's going


bust. It costs �2 million a day to run the three hospitals which make


up the University Hospitals of Leicester Trust. But between them,


the Glenfield, the Leicester Royal Infirmary and Leicester General are


haemorrhaging cash. Bosses say drastic action is needed. Despite


efforts to make cuts, not enough money is being saved, and more


radical treatment is now being prescribed. Unions fear patients


will suffer. We can go over to Rob Sissons at Leicester General. Good


evening. They reckon hundreds of posts will have to go because of


this financial crisis. There's likely to be a trawl for volunteers,


and the offer of severance pay if the Treasury gives the go-ahead,


rather than more attractive redundancy pay. Ideas being looked


at include using operating theatres, reducing the stays of patients in


hospital and reducing readmission rates. Today, some other


controversial suggestions have also been mentioned. Half of Leicester


hospital's services lose money. Too many beds were kept open and


staffed after the winter, and temporary staff on premium rates.


�8 million overspend, just four months into the financial year.


you take �8 million in one quarter, and multiply it by four, that's �32


million. That would affect our ability to continue. Now, the top


boss says more radical action is needed. Otherwise they will not be


able to pay the 10,000 staff. is going to happen to accident and


emergency, maternity units? That's isn't the demand is not going to


stop. Making better use of theatre time is just one idea. But some


groups fear patient care will suffer. This campaign are challenge


the directors, earning more than �100,000 a year, to take a 10% pay


cut. For those people earning hefty salaries, it would not be too much


for them to concede a small percentage of the salary at this


stage on a temporary basis. Also controversial, hospital Karl Pryce


-- car park prices look like going up for both staff and patients.


Many staff will see this as them paying the price for the financial


Missen management of UHL, by Do the bosses really think that


putting up car parking charges will help them cut that debt?


parking charges is a real poisoned chalice. These are the fees at the


moment. They claim these short stay rates are the cheapest in the East


Midlands at any acute hospital. Also, that call for executives to


take a pay cut - I can reveal that at least one director has taken a


pay cut, from my sources, but they have not gone public about it. We


will not know who it is until we see the accounts. But there will


now be pressure on others to do the same.


A man is still being held by police after he was arrested following a


serious sexual assault on a 10- year-old boy in Nottinghamshire.


Police were called to woodland near the village of Rainworth yesterday.


They arrested a 43-year-old man in Ollerton in connection with the


attack. A man has been banned from


travelling to West Bridgford in Nottingham and given a suspended


jail sentence after admitting involvement in the placing of a


pig's head on a pole outside a planned mosque. 25-year-old


Christopher Payne, from Hucknall, was a member of the English Defence


League. He pleaded guilty to racially aggravated public-order


offences. The court heard he had also daubed offensive graffiti.


Payne will also have to do 100 hours' community service.


Still to come - the nuclear disaster that's affecting a whole


new generation. They are the children of the children of


Chernobyl, and they have come here Before then, an offer errant


drivers may find hard to refuse - pay an instant fine for breaking


the law or agree to an on-the-spot safety lesson. Today, dozens of


drivers were stopped for various offences, but instead of


prosecution, there were offered education. Paul Bradshaw reports.


You have been spotted not wearing a seatbelt... Another motorist is


cautioned as part of Operation Fatal 4. The road policing unit was


in Coalville on the lookout for miscreant drivers. What we're doing


today, as an alternative to prosecution, we are putting the


drivers through this educational workshop, showing them DVDs which a


graphic and giving them some idea of what can happen on the road by


indulging in these Fatal 4 offences. Police stopped more than 60


vehicles in total, mostly for people not wearing a seatbelt.


was my fault for not wearing a seatbelt. But my own safety is not


always in my hands. Obviously, lives can be taken for not wearing


seatbelts, so I will make sure I wear mine all of the time from now


on. It has been very informative and I have taken note. I do not


really want to have it happen to me. It does make you think and


obviously it is better than a �60 fine. People do not realise the


damage they can do to themselves if they are not wearing seatbelts, or


indeed, using mobile phones, doing damage to others. Officers hope


Fatal 4 will help motorists avoid making a fatal flaw.


Now, in many cases, our bins are collected for lack the. To try to


cut down on landfill, Leicestershire County Council


thought it had the answer, a �68 million incinerator. But the plans


have now been shelved. So what next for our rubbish? This is what


Leicestershire County Council had in mind for the future of our


rubbish. But three years after planning began, the Government


withdrew its funding, and the scheme is now in the rubbish bin as


well. Except this is costly waste. Around �1.5 million has been spent


on the plans, and that does not include the cost of buying the land


near Coalville. It is very disappointing. We have private


finance in place, we were ready to go. It can now no longer happen.


But Leicestershire's waste will certainly be looked after. This was


going to be the site. It would have dealt with thousands of tons of


rubbish every year. But while the plans have gone away, and locals


are delighted, we have still got the problem of what to do with our


rubbish. We are delighted to win this battle, but what we have to do


about the rubbish, we have to start at the top, we have to stop buying


things. We have to cut out the carrier bags, we have to we used


before we recycle. That's right. We have got to save the resources we


have. -- we have got to re- use. The first thing is education and


packaging and paper recycling. There's loads of alternatives to


this - re-using, recycling, composting. If you look at


recycling rates in Germany, they are vastly more than here. We have


got to up our game. As a nation which relies on landfill, will all


of this be enough? Just as the school holidays are


starting, a museum in Derbyshire has temporarily closed because of a


flood. Water pipes have burst at the Museum of Childhood. The main


collection has not been damaged. The main building is open as normal.


It is hoped people will be able to visit again from Monday, after the


water has been mopped up. The Derby train maker Bombardier


has reacted with scepticism to a hint from Pinter about new


government contracts to avoid huge redundancies. David Cameron said


work for the London Underground could be brought forward to avoid


Bombardier having to mothball its Derby works or indeed pulling out


of the UK altogether. We have been following the latest developments -


why is the company apparently unconvinced by this? First of all,


Bombardier a wrapping up a contract to build 47 carriages for the


Victoria line at the moment. The Prime Minister is hinting at


bringing forward contract which will in the pipeline, for example,


upgrading existing carriages on the rest of the London Underground. And


perhaps there is also promise of bringing forward work for CrossRail,


also in London. But when I spoke to Bombardier's boss this afternoon,


he said his main priority was the Thameslink contract which so


controversially went to Siemens. For us, the main thing is that


Thameslink is still not a done deal. It is still at a preferred bidder


stage. We are a reserved bidder, and we are very hopeful that in the


negotiations which take place, there could be issues where we get


called upon, and we will be very willing and able to step up to the


mark. More political fall-out tonight on this Thameslink


contract? The Government has admitted that the Transport


Secretary, Philip Hammond, was not told the name of the two main


bidders for the Thameslink contract before he made the decision. The


Labour Party have seized on this, because Labour's spokesman John


Denham has said this evening it beggars belief that the Transport


Secretary was not told by his own officials that the contract for


this �1.4 billion deal was going to Germany, rather than staying at


Bombardier in the UK. Very quickly, what is happening for the


Bombardier workers? They are being offered the possibility of working


for Jaguar Land Rover, who are about to take on 1,000 skilled


engineers. So that gives them the prospect of working an hour down


the road in Solihull. The Chernobyl nuclear disaster


happened 25 years ago, but still, the people living nearby are


suffering from the effects of radiation. Each year, a group of


children come to the East Midlands for one month, a trip which is


thought to vastly increase their life expectancy. They have


important health checks which they do not get back home. This report


from Sarah Teale. This is the second year this Nottingham mother


has been a host for children affected by the Chernobyl nuclear


disaster. She has opened her home to 11-year-old girls from the


Ukraine and from Belarus. When they first come, they're


really shy and timid, they seem listless and lifeless, in a way.


But after four weeks, they seem to be thriving. Chernobyl was the


world's worst nuclear disaster at. It was 25 years ago now, but the


people there are still affected by the radioactive exposure. So, part


of this stay in England includes health checks, and today, it is the


dentist. It all started when a patient of


mine was looking after one of the children, and asked me to see them


because they had a discoloured tooth. And it has snowballed since


then. We have been seeing them for more than 10 years now. My wife and


I have hosted since 2001. We are still in touch with our first


children that came over, who are now both at university. It is


incredible to have that link. host families are always needed,


and there's an astonishing statistic to prove just how vital


the trips are. Every four weeks spent in this country is believed


to add two years to the life expectancy of the visiting child.


It is all down to things that we take for granted - cleaner, clean


water and good food. -- clean air. When they're asked whether they


enjoy the trips, we do not need an This week we have been


investigating the increasing number of large wind turbines in our


region. But within a few months, the East Midlands has also become


the solar capital of Britain. Anthony Bartram reports from the


latest solar farm to go live. Carefully planted, row after row,


these once-green fields of Nottinghshire are harvesting power


from the sun. The scale can only be appreciated from above. You could


fit 20 football pitches in here, and they want to get almost five


megawatts of power out. Roger Pykett's family has farmed this


land for four generations. He has seen it transformed in just a few


weeks. It is awesome to transform it from horses and arable into a


power station within six weeks. Hawton is almost -- is one of


almost a dozen solar farms built across the region since February,


each one bigger than the last. Why the rush? Companies are trying to


beat a deadline at the end of this month which will drastically cut


the amount of money sites like this can earn by feeding power into the


national grid. Where wind farms have often triggered objections,


the planning application for this went through in a month, with


strong local support. As far as I can see, it is a kind of low impact,


high yield thing, really. There is a proposal that they are going to


build another 5,000 houses around here. So it will help those. Five


megawatts is enough for 1,300 homes. The Government says there will be


many left for smaller projects, too. Still to come on the programme -


the final chapter for a school where one of our most famous


Time now for the sport. Thank you. After days of speculation,


Nottingham Forest have confirmed that Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink has


been appointed first-team coach. It reunites him with former boss Steve


McClaren, who signed him at Middlesbrough. Hasselbaink was a


prolific goalscorer during his playing carrier, before retiring in


2008 and going into coaching, and working with McLaren during his


time at FC Twente. No news yet on Forest's other Dutch target, George


Boateng. Meanwhile, Notts County have had a bid for Paul Benson


accepted. His goalscoring record was enough for Notts County to


offer �150,000 for his services. Olympic gold medal winner Tim


Brabants has suffered a major blow with just over a year to go until


the London Games. Brabants, a doctor in Nottingham, failed to


make the team for the World Championships after losing a race


off in the 1,000m canoe sprint. Three years ago he became Britain's


first ever Olympic gold medal- winner in canoeing.


Our other gold medal winner in Beijing was of course Rebecca


Adlington. She's with the British team for the World Championships in


Shanghai. Alongside her is a teenager from Derbyshire called


Molly Renshaw. And her place in the national squad came right out of


the blue. Ross Flechter reports. Early morning in the Derbyshire


village, and a regular training session for a slightly redact and


Molly Renshaw. -- slightly reluctant. She does it four


mornings a week. Her mother comes armed with a trusted?. She tends to


get in the pool and swim, and I can sweep in the car for a couple of


hours. -- sleep. That's before I go to work. I bring an extra sleeping


bag in winter as well. But the huge dedication has brought even greater


rewards. Molly smashed her personal best at the recent national


championships. She got silver in the 200m breaststroke, earning her


a place in the World Championships, and wait for this, she's only 15.


did not think I could go that fast. She has been consistently at the


national events. But to have his meteoric rise into the senior


British team is a bit of a surprise, not just for us, but for British


swimming. Despite her rapid rise, the pressure is off. The trip to


Shanghai is a chance to mix with the likes of Rebecca Adlington.


Does Molly know what to expect? do not know, but it will be a good


experience. It is going to be tough, no doubt about it. We're going in


with our eyes open, we know she is ranked about 25th in the world. C


lido expectation for her to win a medal. Whisper it quietly, there is


an ambition to make the team for Cricket, and there has been some


play today. Stuart Broad has kept his place in the England team for


the Test match with India. In the County Championship, after the


washout yesterday, Nottinghamshire are responding to Hampshire's 213.


At Leicester, James Taylor finished on 168 not out in their game with


Sri Lanka A. Schools across the East Midlands


are closing for the summer holidays today, but one historic school is


shutting for good. Pupils at the primary school that DH Lawrence


went to a moving across the road to a new �6 million cool. But as Peter


Snow reports, they were not forget their links to the famous writer.


Head teacher Donna Chambers is the latest in a long line of head


teachers in the same building since 1878. But she will be the last.


She's moving with the school on to a brand new site, leaving behind a


Grade II listed building with a special historic connection.


Lawrence himself was a pupil here in the 1890s. When we amalgamated


to years ago, we could not all fit in here, so we had to move. The


doors are closing on education children for the last time here.


But the building will always be here. It makes you proud, because


you're in the same building as DH Lawrence was. You actually went to


the same school as DH Lawrence. He also taught here. It makes you feel


like so key part of the history. Wonderful, it evokes marvellous


memories, we had some fabulous teachers, like Mr Oldbury, the


headmaster. The teacher commented, whatever next? We have lost India,


now the king has died. It was very good, I can remember my first


headmaster, Mr Mallett. He was a man I'm going to say I detested, to


be quite honest. Just nearby is the new school, costing �6 million. But


for the old school, the future is less certain. It is no longer


needed by education so it will be marketed. It is a listed building,


so we shall see. So, after 133 years, the school will empty for


We were just saying, we like a bit We were just saying, we like a bit


of DH Lawrence. It's time now for the weather forecast.


This weekend the weather is going to be a bit divided. First, we have


got quite a spectacular picture to show you. This was captured the


other evening. We're going to start to see the showers gradually fading


this evening. The skies will also start to clear-up behind those


showers. First thing tomorrow morning, it is going to be the


drier part of the day. After that, the cloud will be increasing once


again. And there will be a few showers around. There will be a


northerly breeze. Now, the weekend's weather. It will be a bit


divided. We have got low pressure sitting out in the North Sea, which


is likely to push some cloud in our direction. If you're heading to


Skegness, it will be quite a cool there. And there's the possibility


of a few showers as well. The further west you go this weekend,


the more sunshine you will see. The rain is never very far away. The


weather front will be producing quite a bit of cloud as well. The


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