30/12/2011 East Midlands Today


30/12/2011

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With your news now for the East Midlands, I'm Maurice Flynn.

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First this evening, the police inspector who's recovering well

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after receiving a potentially life saving bone marrow transplant on

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Christmas Eve. Rik Basra is seriously ill with leukaemia but

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now, thanks to a near perfect bone marrow match, his family are daring

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to look forward to the future. Helen Astle reports.

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It is now a week since Rik Basra had the bone marrow transplant. It

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was completed in the early hours of Christmas Eve. He is still in

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hospital but doing well. I have not seen him smile so much and we are

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being cautious because they have warned us it is a bit of a journey.

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But very happy and he talked to the girls for the first time yesterday

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which was absolutely lovely. family has campaigned to raise

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awareness about the lack of Asian donors on the Anthony Nolan

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register. They organise sessions in Leicester for people to sign up. A

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match was eventually found in Germany and although it is early

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days, the future is looking good. Fabulous, really great. We are

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feeling just over the moon. The children are happy and it's like

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we've got a future now which we didn't have a few weeks ago. We

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have not dared to think of the future. Christmas, it means so much

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to his family. It has been absolutely euphoric. For the Basras,

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they cannot thank the donor enough. We don't know who this person is

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but for us, it is almost like a member of our family... So special.

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Someone has saved his life and that is what they have done. The family

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hope that, all being well, Rik can come home in the next few weeks.

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A man charged with the murder of a pensioner was too ill to appear in

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court today - but was remanded into custody. Jeffrey Burton, who's 60

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and from Pearl Close in Rainworth, is accused of killing 70-year-old

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Harry Raymond Tindall, also of Pearl Close. Mr Tindall was found

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collapsed on Boxing Day. He died from a stab wound to the chest.

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Jeffrey Burton is set to appear at Nottingham Crown Court on January

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11th. Churches in Rutland are trying to

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defeat thieves who steal metal, especially the lead from their

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roofs. The problem's getting worse and costing the Church thousands of

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pounds in damage. Jo Healey reports. It is called ChurchWatch and

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started up because roofs had been stripped bare. It is devastating.

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These are very small, rural, church communities and obviously the large

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bill to replace the lead is a great strain. Also, they love this

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building and they feel that it has been desecrated. It was targeted

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twice in four months, landing it with a �30,000 bill. We are going

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to be visiting all of the local houses which surround the church. I

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feel that if they are aware that there are lead thieves in the area,

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they are more likely to report suspicious activity. All 54

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parishes have signed up to the campaign, in the hope they can beat

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the lead thieves. Patients in Nottingham will soon be

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able to choose which GP they want, under a new trial announced by the

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Department of Health. It means people will be able to register

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with a GP near where they work, or keep the same family doctor if they

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move. The trials in Nottingham, London and Manchester will start in

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April. This is a pilot project. It is a one-year project, happening in

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three areas, and people will be have to look at how it works, how

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it affects patients, how much it costs, how much it affects primary

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care, and then decided it is can be rolled out over the country.

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Volunteers who help the ambulance service treat casualties in remote

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parts of the East Midlands are looking for more people to train as

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First Responders. The volunteers attended 14,000 emergency calls

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across Lincolnshire last year. Now they're looking for new recruits in

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towns and villages near Grantham. All volunteers undergo three days

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of first aid training. A Derbyshire company says a big

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investment at its factory has created the largest recycling

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centre for plastic window frames in the country. It will also lead to

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15 new jobs. Mike O'Sullivan has this report.

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It looks like a graveyard for window frames. But there is life

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here, as the material is recycled. This is Merrick Plastics in

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Ilkeston, where 15 jobs are being created. The factory is being

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extended at a cost of �3 million, becoming the largest and most

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advanced plant in the country for recycling frames made out of PVCU.

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For many years wood was considered the only sustainable material. The

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average life of windows is between 25 and 30 years and you can recycle

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that 10 times so you can use the same piece of PVC for the next 250

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years. The metal and rubber are taken out. In the end, a new

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product is formed, used to insulate the window, increasing its thermal

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efficiency, made out of material that could have ended up in

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landfill sites. A Derbyshire woman trying to ski to

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the South Pole has made it past the halfway mark. Bryony Balen has now

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completed well over half of her 700 mile trek. She and her four team-

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mates reached the mile-stone having successfully crossed a rugged

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mountain range. They have been on the ice for five weeks, and are

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hoping to finish the trip in three weeks time.

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On to sport and in football, managers are bracing themselves for

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the opening of the January transfer window. Ahead of the final game of

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this year, deals are already being done. Here's Angela Rafferty.

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Six games, no wins and no goals for Forest could this be the solution

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to their problem? Striker Marlon Harewood has agreed a four month

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deal with the Reds. The wheeler dealing has begin in earnest at the

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City Ground. Two bids for Welsh international Chris Gunter have

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been turned down so far. Until it ever got to a stage where we feel

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as though the money would be too good to turn down, there is not a

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decision to make. Buoyed by their Boxing Day win over fierce rivals

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Leeds, Derby face high fliers West Ham. Arguably the biggest side in

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league since they just got relegated last season. We just want

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the lads to share the same kind of endeavour as they did against Leeds

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and we are inwith a chance. Leicester will be looking to end

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2011 with a victory Portsmouth their opposition in front of the

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home fans. We have to find the formula of winning more

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consistently and that is something that has been very elusive for us

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this season so far. And in League One, Notts County will be hoping

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for a change in fortunes when they face Oldham.

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If you're heading to a home match this weekend, out for New Year's

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Eve or heading to the sales - let's see what's in store weatherwise

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It is slightly milder tomorrow but we have a lot of cloud remaining

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with us over the weekend. The band of rain is quite slow moving and

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working eastwards but stay with us until the early hours of tomorrow

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morning. Temperatures increasing tonight. We will finish at around

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eight Celsius. First thing tomorrow, a lot of cloud and some patchy rain.

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