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With your news now for the East Midlands, I'm Maurice Flynn.
First this evening, the police inspector who's recovering well
after receiving a potentially life saving bone marrow transplant on
Christmas Eve. Rik Basra is seriously ill with leukaemia but
now, thanks to a near perfect bone marrow match, his family are daring
to look forward to the future. Helen Astle reports.
It is now a week since Rik Basra had the bone marrow transplant. It
was completed in the early hours of Christmas Eve. He is still in
hospital but doing well. I have not seen him smile so much and we are
being cautious because they have warned us it is a bit of a journey.
But very happy and he talked to the girls for the first time yesterday
which was absolutely lovely. family has campaigned to raise
awareness about the lack of Asian donors on the Anthony Nolan
register. They organise sessions in Leicester for people to sign up. A
match was eventually found in Germany and although it is early
days, the future is looking good. Fabulous, really great. We are
feeling just over the moon. The children are happy and it's like
we've got a future now which we didn't have a few weeks ago. We
have not dared to think of the future. Christmas, it means so much
to his family. It has been absolutely euphoric. For the Basras,
they cannot thank the donor enough. We don't know who this person is
but for us, it is almost like a member of our family... So special.
Someone has saved his life and that is what they have done. The family
hope that, all being well, Rik can come home in the next few weeks.
A man charged with the murder of a pensioner was too ill to appear in
court today - but was remanded into custody. Jeffrey Burton, who's 60
and from Pearl Close in Rainworth, is accused of killing 70-year-old
Harry Raymond Tindall, also of Pearl Close. Mr Tindall was found
collapsed on Boxing Day. He died from a stab wound to the chest.
Jeffrey Burton is set to appear at Nottingham Crown Court on January
11th. Churches in Rutland are trying to
defeat thieves who steal metal, especially the lead from their
roofs. The problem's getting worse and costing the Church thousands of
pounds in damage. Jo Healey reports. It is called ChurchWatch and
started up because roofs had been stripped bare. It is devastating.
These are very small, rural, church communities and obviously the large
bill to replace the lead is a great strain. Also, they love this
building and they feel that it has been desecrated. It was targeted
twice in four months, landing it with a �30,000 bill. We are going
to be visiting all of the local houses which surround the church. I
feel that if they are aware that there are lead thieves in the area,
they are more likely to report suspicious activity. All 54
parishes have signed up to the campaign, in the hope they can beat
the lead thieves. Patients in Nottingham will soon be
able to choose which GP they want, under a new trial announced by the
Department of Health. It means people will be able to register
with a GP near where they work, or keep the same family doctor if they
move. The trials in Nottingham, London and Manchester will start in
April. This is a pilot project. It is a one-year project, happening in
three areas, and people will be have to look at how it works, how
it affects patients, how much it costs, how much it affects primary
care, and then decided it is can be rolled out over the country.
Volunteers who help the ambulance service treat casualties in remote
parts of the East Midlands are looking for more people to train as
First Responders. The volunteers attended 14,000 emergency calls
across Lincolnshire last year. Now they're looking for new recruits in
towns and villages near Grantham. All volunteers undergo three days
of first aid training. A Derbyshire company says a big
investment at its factory has created the largest recycling
centre for plastic window frames in the country. It will also lead to
15 new jobs. Mike O'Sullivan has this report.
It looks like a graveyard for window frames. But there is life
here, as the material is recycled. This is Merrick Plastics in
Ilkeston, where 15 jobs are being created. The factory is being
extended at a cost of �3 million, becoming the largest and most
advanced plant in the country for recycling frames made out of PVCU.
For many years wood was considered the only sustainable material. The
average life of windows is between 25 and 30 years and you can recycle
that 10 times so you can use the same piece of PVC for the next 250
years. The metal and rubber are taken out. In the end, a new
product is formed, used to insulate the window, increasing its thermal
efficiency, made out of material that could have ended up in
landfill sites. A Derbyshire woman trying to ski to
the South Pole has made it past the halfway mark. Bryony Balen has now
completed well over half of her 700 mile trek. She and her four team-
mates reached the mile-stone having successfully crossed a rugged
mountain range. They have been on the ice for five weeks, and are
hoping to finish the trip in three weeks time.
On to sport and in football, managers are bracing themselves for
the opening of the January transfer window. Ahead of the final game of
this year, deals are already being done. Here's Angela Rafferty.
Six games, no wins and no goals for Forest could this be the solution
to their problem? Striker Marlon Harewood has agreed a four month
deal with the Reds. The wheeler dealing has begin in earnest at the
City Ground. Two bids for Welsh international Chris Gunter have
been turned down so far. Until it ever got to a stage where we feel
as though the money would be too good to turn down, there is not a
decision to make. Buoyed by their Boxing Day win over fierce rivals
Leeds, Derby face high fliers West Ham. Arguably the biggest side in
league since they just got relegated last season. We just want
the lads to share the same kind of endeavour as they did against Leeds
and we are inwith a chance. Leicester will be looking to end
2011 with a victory Portsmouth their opposition in front of the
home fans. We have to find the formula of winning more
consistently and that is something that has been very elusive for us
this season so far. And in League One, Notts County will be hoping
for a change in fortunes when they face Oldham.
If you're heading to a home match this weekend, out for New Year's
Eve or heading to the sales - let's see what's in store weatherwise
It is slightly milder tomorrow but we have a lot of cloud remaining
with us over the weekend. The band of rain is quite slow moving and
working eastwards but stay with us until the early hours of tomorrow
morning. Temperatures increasing tonight. We will finish at around
eight Celsius. First thing tomorrow, a lot of cloud and some patchy rain.