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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


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