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This is East Midlands Today with Anne Davies and me, Dominic Heale.
Our top story tonight: an urgent appeal to the Asian community.
in Leicester where the police are asking people to sign up and donate
in the hope of saving an officer's life. A also tonight: at the home
devastated in a second. We look at what happened to the
home hit by a bolt of lightning. Plus, the anti-capitalist
occupation where some of the protesters go home at night.
And, a question for the chairman of Leicester City - just why did Sven
Good evening, welcome to Wednesday's programme. First
tonight, a woman's desperate appeal for people to come forward who
could save her husband's life. Rik Basra is an inspector with
Leicestershire police. He's suffering from acute myeloid
leukaemia and urgently needs a bone marrow transplant. But there's a
lack of Asian donors currently on the Anthony Nolan register.
Rik's wife, together with the police, have helped organise a
campaign to encourage more potential Asian donors to sign up.
Helen Astle is at the Belgrave Neighbourhood Centre in Leicester.
Good evening. It is a pretty busy night here in Leicester, and that
could be good news for Inspector Basra. I am just outside the
Belgrave Neighbourhood Centre and the police officers, as you can see,
are giving out leaflets and urging people to sign up to donate. The
message is clear - it is a simple process and you could save
someone's life. He got a routine cold and we didn't think anything
of it, but the doctor decided to a blood test, and that revealed that
leukaemia had returned. Shocked, devastated. It was harder than the
first time because the first time he was ill, we knew there was
something wrong. But this time, it just stunned us. Mrs ASDA recalls
the moment he was diagnosed for the second time with the disease. He
needs a bone marrow transplant. The family are determined to find a
matching donor, not just for Rik Basra, but for other people, too.
But time is tight. I discovered in the first week there are only 4% of
Asians on this database. Not only I am I being told that Rick has got
leukaemia, but now I am starting to worry that we won't find a match
for him. Over in Nottingham, and this lady is all too aware of how
few Asian donors there are. Her daughter died last month. She never
received a bone marrow transplant. It is the pain. It is hard to
accept. I don't want anyone to go through what I am going through. I
just hope that people who are watching this will come forward and
joined the bone marrow register and help others like my daughter. You
know, they can save a life. They are hoping hundreds of people will
register, and she also wants to dispel myths about what it involves.
What we found out initially was stopping people from registering
was the fear factor, of what it would mean for them, what they
would need to do, and how much time that they need to have of work.
What we are able to say is that all it is is a saliva test, a very
short medical questionnaire, and then maybe a couple of days off
work. But it is worth that to save someone's life. A heartfelt plea
there from Rik Basra's wife. I am joined by Simon Cowell. How
important is this campaign? It's really important to us. We are
trying to make sure that Diwali is a successful and joyous event, but
around the edges of that it would make it really joyous if we could
help to save Rik Basra's life. There is a wider need for donors,
particularly in the Asian community. What kind of officer is he? He is a
top officer. He is a role model for many young Asians, I would suggest.
He has achieved the rank of inspector, and has been with us for
over two decades. We all want to know that we have done what we can
to save him. So you are backing the campaign? Yes, we have had great
support from the Anthony Nolan Trust, but we need to get more
donors on a database, and hopefully one can save him. Thank you for
joining me this evening. Hopes are high that hundreds of people will
sign up tonight, and as Rik Basra's wife said earlier, we can make a
difference. With us now is Nigel Russell,
professor of haematology at the Queen's Medical Centre in
Nottingham, and he's an expert in bone marrow donation. Is the
problem with bone marrow potential donors the belief that it is a
painful experience donating bone marrow? I think things have changed
dramatically in the last 10 years. It is now possible to be a bone
marrow donor and not have your bone-marrow touched at all. We can
collect the stem cells we need from the blood. The donor does need a
few injections and go on to a special machine, which is just
putting a needle in their arm, and they can collect the stem cells
within a few hours. It does not involve spending any time in
hospital. No anaesthetic, pain-free. That has dispelled a lot of rumours
about that. Just talk a little bit about people from ethnic
backgrounds. It is more difficult to find donors from that area?
it is. We can find donors for 90% of white patients who require a
transplant. For people of Asian or Afro-Caribbean origin it is under
50% of patients who can be found a donor. There are alternatives. It
is possible to use and the local called bloods, and there is a big
drive to increase the number of court bloods are stored. A new
blood bank has been opened in the last year for this very purpose.
terms of bone marrow, is there a reluctance within the Asian
Committee to donate, is this a canal -- culture will issue?
don't think so. It is very simple, you go on to the Anthony Nolan
website and then a few clicks you can register as a donor. The target
group is young people under the age of 30. These are the best donors.
It is so simple to do. You can register in a few minutes, and
scent of a sample of blood, and you could be on the register. It could
not be easier. He could transform people's lives. Absolutely.
mentioned the other local court. Do you see a point in time where the
court could be taken from the baby when it is born and then we would
have to find donors? I think that will be the situation in the next
few years. Then we can bitchery just get them off the shelf. This
is what to be increasingly need to do. Let's hope it happens. It is
not a problem, you can just signed up and do it and save someone's
life. Still to come on the programme:
lighting up Leicester - the city's Diwali celebrations are the biggest
outside India. And, we will be there live as the festival gets
under way. Before that, a man has been
describing the moment his house was blasted by a bolt of lightning.
Dean Radford from Nether Langwith in Nottinghamshire said he thought
a bomb had exploded. Dean and his girlfriend face a repair bill
running into tens of thousands of pounds and months of living in
alternative accommodation. Tom Brown reports.
This is just a small part of the damage left by that lightning bolt
last night. The remains of the roof are scattered all around me outside.
On the inside, it left a trail of devastation that meant Dean and
Lisa, who were inside the House at the time, were perhaps lucky to
walk away from it. We were watching television as normal on the sofa
with my girlfriend. All of a sudden, the most almighty bang ever. Total
darkness. Dust, snake. Horrendous. It was total devastation. The power
blew off the plaster from the force. And the devastation continued
upstairs as well. I think you can see that if anyone had been in here
at that time would not have lived through it. It smashed everything
to pieces. The shower unit, nothing left of it. And the showers which
are part of here, blown to pieces. The lights hanging down from the
ceiling. The ceiling has gone, glass everywhere. This room is my
computer room. You might think that is my DIY gone wrong, but yet again,
it is where the lightning struck and blow it to pieces. As you can
see, we are fairly new, and it is totally wrecked again. You have not
been in the House long, have you? No, about nine months. My dream
home. Beautiful views. Now, one day on, Dean and his girlfriend Lisa
are devastated. We are both lucky to be alive, that's the main thing.
It is devastating that the houses such a mess, but we are still here.
His insurance company will be there to -- tomorrow to assess the full
extent of the damage. Dean is already preparing to have to spend
months away from his dream home. Eight people have been arrested on
suspicion of murder after a man's body was found in a house in
Mansfield. Paramedics were called to Chesterfield Road South just
after 10 o'clock yesterday morning. The victim is believed to be in his
forties. Seven men and a woman who are aged between 19 and 43 are
being questioned. A cordon is in place while forensic officers
examine the scene. Detectives investigating a serious
assault at a pub in Leicester have released CCTV images of a man they
want to talk to. Two men remain in hospital with burns after the
incident at the Rainbow and Dove pub on Charles Street in the early
hours of Tuesday morning. The Boeing 787 Dreamliner, which is
powered by engines made in Derby, has completed its first commercial
flight. The long-haul jet flew over the Rolls-Royce factory in July
last year. Now it has flown from Tokyo to Hong Kong in four hours.
It is said to be one of the most fuel-efficient planes ever made.
Boeing's development problems delayed production of the plane for
three years. Anti-capitalist protesters who have
been occupying part of Nottingham's Market Square for the last 12 days
have admitted that some of them go home at night. The Nottingham
protesters say a few people do go home periodically, but the camp is
still well supported by campaigners and the public. And they say it is
staying indefinitely. James Roberson reports.
It's a time this contest between those representing wealth and power,
and the pawns they dominate. And that's also the world view of the
anti-capitalist protesters who are camping in Nottingham's Market
Square. I am Nottingham born and bred. I thought it was about time
we brought the message home to our city, to our friends and family and
the people we love here. homeless account in Nottingham has
gone up. I notice more people sat in doorways of the overnight, and
it is disgraceful something needs to be done. A similar camp outside
St Paul's Cathedral in London has been criticised because it appears
many of the Tens RMT at night. In Nottingham, campaigners admit some
are, too, and say it is necessary. No, not everybody is staying all
night. Last night we had about 30 that it stay. The last count we had
about 27 Tens. Some people have to go home. It fluctuates, as you can
imagine, at night. It is difficult to ward off very jump people
sometimes when they are being aggressive and intimidating.
camp has moved position since it was first set up 12 days ago. It is
now much larger than when it started with more tense. Today, a
City Council spokesman said they understand the demonstrators and
respect their right to protest. "we do feel they have made their point,
but are pleased they have moved so that events such as game city can
go ahead unheeded. We will continue to monitor the situation". But
other council's were used affected by the public? I agree with
everything they have said, but this is the best way to get a point
across. It is taking a stance and saying we don't all have to live
like that. There are better ways of making a protest. They do bring a
point which a lot of us never think of week to week. The protesters say
they will continue to stay For some cancer patients it is the
worst thing about their treatment - a losing their here.
-- losing their hair. Our correspondent meets a week
stylists. -- asked by a list of wines.
Are you ready for this? Yes. Sinead O'Connor eat your heart out! You
are OK. There is a lot more to here than
that. Put it on it really law first. They
look terrible until you have got it right. I did not take my hair loss
very well at all. I do not think other people notice. We cry
together. We start off with tears but everybody goes out with a big
smile on their face. Tony is pleased that his wife loves the
results. Anything that helps bring There we go. This group was set up
to help those suffering from hair loss. You do not need to worry.
This is a bit more of a transition. I quite like it. And in not to be
confused with the wig is this dog! A council has been criticised for
spending �250,000 on a new website whilst axing jobs. Derby city
council spending years developing this new site. Unions and
opposition councillors say it was a waste of money.
Severn Trent has apologised for failing to reduce leaks. The
regulator has criticised the company. The last action against
the company was taking in 2007. The company says it is making dramatic
improvements. BBC Radio 1 was in our region today
as part of a national tour. Fearne Cotton presented her shawl from the
University of Leicester. The radio station is focusing on Leicester
and other university towns. Still to come - fireworks in
Leicester tonight. It will be a good mate for up the
it Diwali celebrations. But there is more rain on the way.
Fireworks in sport. The vice chairman of Leicester City
has insisted he has not spoken to Martin O'Neill about the manager's
job at the King Power Stadium. Top Raksriaksorn told me he has not
made a decision. He said he will take his time to find the right man
to replace Sven Goran Eriksson. It has been a soul-searching week.
He said he acted for the good of the club. He parted company with
Sven Goran Eriksson. It was difficult. It was sad. I talked to
him every day. He is a good man. He is a good person. He is a good boss.
I said that. But the decision was made. We have to move on. Leicester
have won in nine of their last 27 games. The order of the club says a
continuation of that form would not bring promotion. That is not good
enough. Their owners have spent �15 million on the the playing a squat.
PB on the B 26, but he says he is the man who has to make the tough
decisions. Every decision that we make is for
the club. It is not just for me myself. It is for the club.
Leicester legend Martin O'Neill is thought to be a number one target
to replace Sven Goran Eriksson. I have not picked anyone yet. I
have to see all the applications. Then that we decide later. We have
made no contact yet. What kind of manager would you like? Anyone who
can bring the team up! He must have a hunger and want to go to the
Premier League. He must motivate the team. Anyone who can bring the
team up. There we have it. What have we learnt today about who the
new manager might be? Our sports editor has his own thoughts.
You spend 15 minutes with him. We know that he wants a motivator. He
is not Mrs Sally looking for an international name. He said there
are a lot of applications. He said he will not speak to anyone until
he has read all of them. I would be amazed if there has not been
informal contact with Martin O'Neill to discuss what Leicester
would have to do to tempt him to come here.
What about the other front-runners? Anything on them?
No comment from Mark Hughes. Lee Clark, and Simon Grayson, have
dismissed suggestions they would be interested.
We have spoken to the adviser of Billy Davies, he is coy, and he
says he expects Billy Davies to return to management by the end of
next month, but could that be at the King Power Stadium?
I wonder. Thank you.
Last night Notts County extended their unbeaten run to four games
end after ruling and controversial draw with Bury.
Notts County's manager cannot believe how well his team is doing
at the moment. They had to show character last night at Bury. There
is a lot of disbelief around. Much of it was directed at the referee.
This player could not see why he was penalised, but the penalty was
given. There were three penalties awarded
last night. Notts County were pressing for the
equaliser and coming close. Then it the third penalty was awarded. Once
more it was converted. Notts County are now 5th in the table. Good luck
to them. Nottingham Panthers in action
tonight against Dundee. We'll have all the action tomorrow on that. We
will also have the latest one Leicester City.
Thank you. More than 30,000 people are
expected to celebrate Diwali in Leicester tonight.
The Indian festival of light is the biggest event in the Hindu calendar
and at last for five days. Every year the celebrations are the
largest outside of India. Our reporter is enjoying the
celebrations. Good evening. This is the heart of
their Asian community in Leicester. There is plenty of live
entertainment. There will be a spectacular fireworks display later.
People will exchange gifts and meet with other people. It is a time of
feasting and celebration, but also a time of worship. I spent the day
at a temple. Catering on a grand scale to feed
the thousands who will visit this temple to celebrate the most
important date in the Hindu calendar - Diwali.
This is a time to come together as a family, as a Hindu community, and
celebrate. It is a part of India that has come to England. It is
remembering our traditional routes. Everyone has their own busy lives.
During Diwali it is extra-special. Diwali is a time for food cannily -
- food, family, worship. This is the festival of light.
Families should forget feuds and misunderstandings and come together.
Garlands are need to decorate the deities. Home-made food is deleted.
Diwali is all about food. It is pure vegetarian. It is offered to
the deities. That turned it into sacred food. We event of it to
everyone who comes in. 10,000 worshippers are expected here at
this new temple. It is the first major festival in this temple since
it opened. Plenty is going on here tonight as
you can see. The fireworks displays at 8:30pm. If you cannot get down
here there is a special evening of programming on BBC Radio Leicester.
From all as here have agreed Diwali. If you cannot get down there you
can watch more at 10:25pm on BBC can watch more at 10:25pm on BBC
One this evening. Here is the weather: This guys are starting to
clear. -- the skies. It will be a chilly night. It is a southerly
breeze. A very nice evening. Happy Diwali.
Under these clear skies than normal temperature will be seven Celsius.
That will change in the early hours of the morning. A weather front is
pushing up from the south will stop -- from the south. It looks as if
they are heavier rain will be in the west of our region. The further
east you are, it will still be showery. It will feel cooler. A
maximum temperature of 12 Celsius. This is the picture for Friday.
That is low cloud. That could lead to early morning fog. The skies
will gradually start to Brighton. - - start to Brighton. At the weekend
the winds will strengthen. It will be a reasonable weekend. There will
be some sunny spells. On Sunday the wind will start to get stronger