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This is East Midlands Today with Anne Davies and me, Dominic Heale.
Our top story tonight - the childless couples facing agonising
delays in getting fertility treatment. A shortage of funds
could threaten their charts is of getting a baby through IVF. After
five years of trying, naturally, IVF was our only hope. It Farhad
way today longer, I would have been stressed more about our chances of
Memorials, park benches, even Benn's. The scourge of metal theft.
Belts tightening at the Town Hall. After a very wet and windy day,
will the stormy conditions Good evening. First tonight we can
reveal childless couples are facing delays of around two months for
fertility treatment on the NHS because of a shortage of funding.
The health service says there's been an unexpected increase in
demand for IVF treatment. But the annual budget is fixed. At one
clinic most NHS patients will now have to wait until at least mid-
February to begin treatment. Our Health Correspondent Rob Sissons
The miracle of life. Created by a This woman had successful NHS
treatment. We certainly would have not had the baby without it. It
took a while for the ITF system to come -- kick in. When it did, it
was the first attempt, which is great. In Nottinghamshire -- in
Nottinghamshire, you only get one pundits got us -- cycle on the NHS.
Here she is! But the weights are getting longer. NHS funding in
Nottingham is now so tight, there are delays of two months. They have
been waiting a long time to get their funding. This is now another
delay on top, and they have to hope that this is the only delay. For
these patients, coming to the end of their reproductive life, every
month is very important for them. Across the city at the Queen's
Medical Centre, they have also seen demand go up, back NHS funding has
not kept up. The success rates are up to 50 % in a our NHS patients
coming in for treatment at the moment on the contracts. Advances
in IVF have meant that more babies are being born and treatment is far
more successful. Even before the latest delays, there are barriers
to overcome to get NHS funding. Women in the East Midlands me to be
between 23 and 39, and have a body mass in set -- index of 19 --
between 19 and 30. If you are currently undergoing treatment,
don't worry. If you are a new referral, this is where the delays
will kick in. It is because the money is ring-fenced. There's only
so much money to go round. Is it true that in some parts of the
country, there is no IVF on the NHS a tall? That is true, and is his
controversial whether the NHS should fund IVF. In places like
York and Warrington, because of the pressure on NHS budgets, they have
suspended treatment altogether -- funding for the treatment
altogether. There is no plans to do that in the East Midlands. They did
It's costing one of our councils almost �1,000 a week - the theft of
metal street furniture like benches, litter bins and even drain covers.
In fact, since January, 200 drain covers and 26 metal bins have been
stolen from Nottingham. Now it's hoped that by marking items with
dye the thieves will think twice. Paul Bradshaw reports. Brushing up
on security. This memorial plaque on Nottingham's Embankment has been
permanently marked with smart water. The city council is a response to a
surge in metal thefts. The it has doubled in the last year. �50,000
worth of metal has been set up -- stolen in the last month alone. All
precious metal has been taken out of the city. This is a fight back
to protect our heritage. This bench may be made of hard metal, but it
is seen as a soft touch. We do taking very seriously, so we are
talking to scrap metal merchants, and we are marking the metal. If
you get caught, you will be punished. Metal theft is an all too
familiar story. Only three months ago, I reported on a police
operation which uncovered stolen lead that had been smart watered.
The lead had come from this church. They are now having to replace the
lead with clay tiles costing thousands of pounds. The loss of
the lead was significant, because our insurers have been suspended.
We had to raise the money for the replacement materials. The fact it
has been recovered is terrific, but -- because we have had led stolen
in the past. The smart watering has paid off. The water contains a
fingerprint that proves irrefutable proof of ownership. It is hoped the
A A man with homes in Derbyshire has been sentenced for tax evasion
of �290,000. Michael Keena carried out roofing work around Derbyshire.
He failed to declare earnings of one point seventeen million pounds
over seven years and failed to pay the income tax, VAT and national
insurance. He's required to pay the money or face jail. It's emerged
that East Midlands Trains made a loss of more than �25 million over
six months. Figures from Stagecoach who own the train franchise show
East Midlands Trains made the loss between April and October this year.
Whilst more people are using the service passenger revenues were
lower then expected. The company expects to be in profit next year.
Still to come on the programme - more good news for engineering in
our region. Leicestershire-based Caterpillar follow Rolls Royce and
JCB in announcing a much-needed Nottinghamshire police are warning
anyone tempted to make up an allegation of rape to think again.
For the accused - and the accuser - the consequences can be devastating.
They've told us that several well publicised accusations over the
past year turned out to be completely false. Here's Sarah
Three crime of rape is one of the most difficult for the police to
investigate. Had to prove an allegation with one person against
another when only one person is true? Since last November, they are
asking 300 allegations of rape. 60 % -- 16 % turned out to be false.
It is a concern to the senior police officer. Superintendent
Helen Chamberlain says in some circumstances, they will prosecute.
Their actions will cause a lot of work for the police. We will treat
it seriously in terms of considering them for an offence.
They have wasted police time. June, 19-year-old student was
jailed for two years for perverting the course of justice. The forces
Dow said that three claims were the most -- emotionally vulnerable
had made a false claim against a stranger. It cost �250,000 if and
rape investigation reaches court. rape investigation reaches court.
Police do not want to deter genuine Police do not want to deter genuine
race -- rape victims to Concorde. People to worry about the support
they get. Only 13 % of rape allegations in Nottinghamshire
result in convictions. But there are can be -- successes. This man
was jailed for 17 years after raping his victim in front of her
boyfriend on New Year's Day. We take -- the police say they take
The leader of the Labour party has been telling workers at an East
Midlands firm that HIS party will help local businesses grow. Ed
Miliband was visiting Tioga in Derby, which makes circuit boards
for the electronics industry. Tioga is taking on apprentices, despite
the current economic conditions. Mr Milliband told staff similar growth
is needed in all businesses. We are going to all parts of the country
talking to businesses about what they need from the economy. What
most businesses are saying is that they need growth in the economy,
because flat mining is not going to work. This business is doing OK
thanks to their efforts. We need a government that is going to support
of businesses like this one. there's been another major
announcement on the jobs front today. The digger-maker Caterpillar
is doubling production at its Leicestershire plant. The move is
likely to lead to hundreds of extra jobs at the firm which already
employs two thousand people. Here's This is the visitors' centre here
The firm has just announced a �50 million investment. Let's hear it
from the MD of Caterpillar. We are going to increase our capacity in
the UK. We are going to be doubling it. We are bullish about the future
and our plans. It will continue like that. The markets around --
outside Europe are particularly doing well. There's a lot of demand
for these. We have proved to be an excellent export base for the world.
We do not know the numbers, but we will certainly increase from now.
We will start an apprentice programme. We have 200 this year,
we had to have 200 next year and to you -- 200 the year after. We will
be continuing with that. Doubling apprentices each year. That is good
news for Caterpillar. I like everyone else, 2009 is the year we
would want to forget, but we have come out of it very well. Many
thanks, and this is just the latest announcement of major investment by
major manufacturers here in the East Midlands. Going to the
pictures has never been more popular. A chance to indulge in a
bit of harmless escapism. But for some people with disabilities,
watching a film can be a drama in itself. Today campaigner Vivek
Gohill from Leicestershire met the bosses of Britain's major cinema
chains to talk about a lack of facilities for disabled people.
This woman has muscular -- this man has muscular dystrophy. He is
saying that people with disabilities should have better
views of the big screen. If you're sitting at the front of the
auditorium, you have to crane your neck to see the screen. It is quite
painful after a while. That is one of the problems. Another problem is
the will chair seats. There's not enough space to sit in the group
when you're with your friends. muscular dystrophy Campaign has
made a campaign -- a trailer. should always be universal access.
I would support everything they are doing to change that. Everyone has
the right to go and see a good movie. I am quite positive that
changes are going to be made. The cinema industry will have to listen
to these changes. It just adds more pressure on them. This morning, he
joined other campaigners to present a petition at Downing Street which
they hope will make the move is a - - movie industry pay attention.
hope the Co op's of cinema -- C O of cinema as to listen.
government says it is committed to improving it for all disabled
The civil rights campaigner Reverend Jesse Jackson is to
receive an honorary degree from De Montfort University. Reverend
Jackson visited Leicester in 2007 to meet the city's minority
communities. Next week he'll be back in Leicester to receive the
honorary degree and attend a conference on the threat of
terrorism in the UK. Now, one lucky person in
Nottinghamshire could be holding on to a lottery ticket worth over
�300,000. The National Lottery announced there is an unclaimed
ticket belonging to someone living in Rushcliffe. The ticket dates
back to the 19th of November and comprised five winning numbers and
a bonus ball. I will check mine in the cart, immediately.
Now, with their ceremonial robes and gold chain, there's a certain
amount of splendour associated with the office of mayor or Lord Mayor.
But how much do some of our councils spend on cars for their
civic representatives? Today the mayor of Leicester, Sir Peter
Soulsby, promised to get rid of one of the Lord Mayor's two luxury cars.
Whilst in Loughborough the Lord Mayor of Charnwood now uses a Skoda.
Tom Brown reports. A touch of elegance in a time of
austerity. These two cars used by Leicester's Lord Mayor cost nearly
�18,000 a year to run. What price to for the personalised number
plates? By looking to save �70 million over the next three years,
today the mayor promised to get rid of not one, but both. The second
car is a modest saving, but none the less a saving we look to make
over the weeks and months ahead. I have no doubt at all that the axe
will fall on it. The city council also owns two cars, one for the
mayor and the sheriff, they were bought for �90,000 and a further
�16,000 is needed each year to run them. Replace any vehicles has been
all ruled out. In Loughborough the council have decided to change the
Meyers car, bringing in this new Skoda over the next four years. The
council says it will save them money. The mayor has over 400
visits per annum to make and travels around 15,000 miles, he
could not do as many engagements as he does in one day without it. It
makes sense to have a male role car. We would have had we would have had
people complaining if we had gone for a Mercedes or something like
that. This has got many people's approval.
Now it hopes the rest of the borough will feel the same.
Still to come on the programme, a hobby for the nimble fingered. We
meet the collector who's big on First tonight, for a long time it
has been a taboo subject, but Derbyshire cricket captain Luke
Sutton has announced he is retiring from the game because of depression.
The 35 year old, who has made 176 first class appearances, said in a
statement that as a professional sportsman he felt it was extremely
embarrassing to admit to a weakness. But, he says, he was proud to have
found the strength to have sought treatment. His replacement will be
announced in the next few days. We wish him well.
Onto football and Nottingham Forest have reported losses of more than
�11m for last year, despite an increase in turnover. It comes as
chairman Nigel Doughty has stepped down from his role but will
continue with his financial support. But Reds boss Steve Cotterill says
he's not at all concerned by the finances. I am not responsible for
that, I can't really worry about to -- it's too much. I have not done
an accountancy course, I will leave that to the people in charge. It is
obviously a blow, but when you have been in charge of a football club
which is �120 million in debt, then I can handle this.
It may have escaped your attention but England's netball team have
just won their first ever world title. For whatever reason the
sport tends to go under the radar in this country. That's all about
to change for one of Loughborough's England stars though. Kirsty
Edwards reports. It has been a whirlwind couple of
weeks, capping England took an historic win in the world netball
series, and now getting ready to leave her Loughborough lining team-
mates behind and jet off to play in the biggest netball leak in the
It is a joint league between Australia and New Zealand, trying
to put your whole life into one piece of luggage. It is going to be
quite scary, but at the same time a great opportunity. You will have
300 people watching games here in Loughborough, in New Zealand they
are paid to play in front of thousands. That is why she is
heading Down Under, just like her coach did 12 years ago. I went out
there and is a similar thing, some of the girls are superstars in New
Zealand and I am sure she will love the limelight. The game may be huge
Down Under but it has a long way to go elsewhere. We will see
basketball at the Olympics but still no place for netball.
trained as much as any armour athlete, so I think it would be our
dream to get it in the Olympics. minutes in an action-packed game
where you have bodies everywhere, 120 goals potentially, it is a
great spectacle. She sells the game well and after England success on
the world stage, it is hoped that more people will start buying into
Congratulations to Leicestershire cyclist Lucy Garner. She has made
the final 3 for the BBC Young Sports Personality of the Year
award. Little wonder after the 12 months she has had, she became the
junior road race world champion making her Britain's first
medallist in the event for more than a decade. She also became the
Youth Commonwealth Games road race champion and team time trial
champion this year. Fingers crossed for the big night on December 22nd.
Can I urge you to watch netball live if you can.
And now, back by popular demand, Jeremy and his series all about
people who make a hobby out of collecting things. Tonight we meet
a lady whose collection is made up from the tools of her trade.
Unravelling the bobbins, the often ornate spindles used in lace-making.
Louise West has been collecting for years. Most of them on a here are
made from bone, they are weighted with a spangle as the bottom. Today
that is generally a ring of glass beads. It could have been all sorts
of things, beads, buttons, Collins, the lace makers would have been
cottage workers, working in poor conditions by candlelight. Most
were blind by the time they reach the mid- twenties and were paid a
pittance for a luxury product. It is nice to handle the bobbins and
feel the history. This was made for somebody called Mary, this one and
his birth. This one was made for George, they have tried to make the
letters, they were so fed up they missed out the letter G. Bobbins
have been used to commemorate moments in history. The public
hanging was one which was commemorated here quite a bit on
bobbins in the 19th century. lovely souvenir for William Balfe
who was hanged for killing a lady. 1871. Louise makes her own souvenir
bobbins. I had a bobbin at to commemorate my course at Derby
University. We which is the one which would get you bobbing up and
down with excitement? One made for Thomas Leicester to give to his
best lace makers. To give you an idea of the amount of work involved,
there are 120 involved here, and this has taken 150 hours. That is
not a wind-up! He was quite taken by the world of
bobbins. Well done, you have educated us. A rare event. I am
It's been a pretty blustery day here, these turbines filmed near
Mansfield this morning were turning in a 35 mile an hour wind, just
right for them as they were generating their maximum power
output. They're built to withstand a lot more than that and things did
turn windier in the afternoon but we've not seen anything like the
gales in Scotland. The next morning we have is for ice, to affect
Derbyshire, I will tell you more why later on. The winds are still
freezing, and it stays windy through the evening. It will be
very cold. Most of us have moaned about the wind, but some of us have
been enjoying them. Particularly this chap, windsurfing. Let us look
then, a cold front, once it has cleared much colder air feeding in.
Pretty heavy rain with the scrawly wins. Clearing rain across the East
Midlands, one or two remain for a time. Try for most parts, however
into the early hours Weise will see some showers. There will be an ice
risk with the cold conditions dipping down to two Celsius. A cold
start for tomorrow morning, and I see one in parts of north
Derbyshire. The warning there until 10am. Please be careful on the
roads. Today much, on the roads, plenty of sunshine for most,
temperatures down a bit too five Celsius as a maximum tomorrow.
Tonight there could be the main shower around, but still try for
most. Bitterly cold on Friday, you will need something warm one. A