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This is East Midlands Today. Our top story: tackling obesity on the
operating table. Why thousands of people a year are going under the
knife to lose weight. I can get out, walk my dog, do more exercise.
Also tonight: going private - the X council staff are looking for jobs
in the cut-throat world of commerce. Plus manoeuvres on the M1 - the
Highways workers dodging traffic in the dark. That could blow out into
the carriageway, cause an obstruction and to have motorists
swerving, probably caused an accident. Last week, Gareth was a
builder in Mansfield, this week he is �40 million better off. Find out
about his lottery win that later in Good evening. �40 million. What
would you do with that? We will be meeting Mansell's luckless couple
later. The East Midlands obesity crisis. NHS figures show more and
more people in this region are turning to the scalpel to lose
weight. More Obesity surgery is being done here than in any other
region in the whole of England. Steve Waugh super obese. 36 Don't,
even mowing the lawn was a struggle. Now after a gastric ban was fitted
under the NHS, his old clothes no longer fit. This is how I used to
be. He has lost 15 stone in two years. I can get out, walk my dog,
do more exercise that I never used to do. At the Royal Derby hospital,
over 700 people have had weight- loss surgery over three years.
have one of the most dense populations in terms of obesity and
that is why we are providing operations to a high percentage of
the population compared to the national average. To qualify, the
government agency nice recommends that people have a body mass index
of 35 or 45. But in the East Midlands, the NHS bar is set higher.
You need a BMI of 45 with other health problems or 50 without. The
new NHS report shows the East Midlands having the highest rate of
obesity surgery in England. What we need to do is look at the whole
system, not just the operation that counts, other areas may have
treatment modes that are different. They baby managing individuals
differently. Avoiding surgery was Sharon's aim. At home in
Leicestershire, she says she is proof you can do it without
operations. She has gone from 31 to 20 stone in a year by cutting out
junk food. I can tell. I can see that my whole shape, because I used
to call myself a tanker, because I used to walk like a tank. The Steve
had to fight for his operation but he is glad he did.
Rob is with us now. A lot of people carry a few extra pounds, why is
Obesity surgery an issue now? of people wanted and cannot get it
on the NHS, some cannot afford to go private. There are questions as
to whether the NHS may be doing this at all given the financial
pressures. People say we treat people who smoke, drink, we should
treat people with obesity as well. Surgery does not work for everybody.
Gastric bans, we seek cases where it does work but you can still
cheap. It does require lifestyle changes that are sustainable.
you. A young woman says she is afraid to
leave her home unaccompanied a week after she was beaten up in an
unprovoked attack. 18-year-old Kristina Leatherland was assaulted
in Leicester city centre. It has been just over a week since
the attack in Leicester city centre. Kristina is recovering at home
after a man aged around 40 and 6 ft tall pushed her over and beat her
up. He punched me to the ground, kept on carrying on punching and
kicking me. When he was hitting me he was shouting things at me. When
people were coming over, saying, what do you think you're doing, he
ran off. It happened on Sunday 15th January at the junction of bishops
Street and Granby Street. I was meant to be a bridesmaid but I
could not. I have not been able to go college because I cannot get
their and basically, my confidence has gone out the window. I cannot
go anywhere on my own. It feels horrible. It is a mental side. It
is nightmares, not sleeping, too scared to go out. Even I have taken
her to the shop and she is a nervous wreck. It should not be
like that, and 18-year-old girl should be living How Life not
cooped up at home. Most of Kristina's bruises are fading but
she is afraid to go out on her own. Police are appealing for witnesses
but as nothing was stolen, the reason for the assault is a mystery.
Next tonight, the question facing thousands of unemployed public
sector workers in the region. Will they be able to find work in the
private sector? How does a career at the Town Hall, the hospital or
the police station equip people for a future in commerce? From Derby,
Simon Hare reports. Derby's council house is undergoing
major changes and Matthew is looking for a new job. He had
worked for the city council for the last 16 years in housing and then
highways. Today he was the first through the door at a jobs fair for
public-sector workers. Be it is very daunting, very different world
from what I can see that I believe I have got the skills that I can
work in either sector equally well. Many positive thoughts and I have
to prove myself. I wonder if you have any project manager roles?
do. A new company on site. They are looking for a project manager.
public sector remains a major employers in the region. It
provides work for 382,000 people in the East Midlands but that is down
16,000 on a year ago. Maybe the public sector has key skills that
are coming across in both the public and private sector. We are
helping people to find the job that works for them. Matthew, how did it
go? Very positive. Good contacts made today and good information on
jobs that are out there. You were hopeful before, more hopeful now?
am, yes. There were some jobs there that I did not know about and the
contacts I made, it will not be too long before I am in employment.
A teenager has died 11 days after being knocked off his bike in
Nottingham. The 14-year-old boy was taken to the Queen's Medical Centre
following the accident on Colwick Loop Road. The A612 was partly
closed for around four hours while police investigators examined the
scene. An 18-year-old driver has been
killed in a crash involving three cars in Leicestershire. It happened
just after 9:30pm last night on Park Lane in Bruntingthorpe. Adam
Stevenson from Fleckney died at the scene. No one else was injured. Two
max 17-year-old man arrested and released on bail. Police want to
hear from any witnesses. Last night on this programme and on
Inside Out, we heard how the authorities in Mansfield are trying
to make the town a safer place. A similar thing is happening in Derby.
Police there claim new licensing powers will help reduce alcohol-
related crime and start to transform the image of the city
centre at night. How? By stopping the growth of vertical drinking
establishments, bars that they say encourage irresponsible drinking.
A we can night out in Derby city centre. The police and city council
say the area is saturated with bars and that is linked to an increase
in alcohol-related crime. The police and city council had new
licensing powers in Derby. It means the police can challenge and block
new applications for bars and one type or part they do not want to
seek any more of is the so-called vertical drinking establishment.
The police officer in charge of licensing in Derby explained why he
does not like the idea behind Vertical drinking. Where seating is
kept to a minimum, to maximise space for drinkers. They are the
generic loud music, every one crowd in, drink as much as you can and do
not me have some special offers at the pass. What it does is make
people drink irresponsibly. Derby has the 5th highest concentration
of pubs and bars in the UK. 150 licence purposes and the police say
30 of them are vertical drinking Any new pubs or bars that open up
will have to offer something different, say the police. Like
this new piano bar they started a couple of months ago. Binge
drinking is a national, local and regional problem. Working with the
local police and licensing we can see they are trying to deal with
that and improve the image of the city. The new approach will not put
up the right sort of investment it is claimed. It is not stopping
investment, it is stopping dodgy dealers coming into the city centre.
I want people that are coming in that will trade responsibly, sell
alcohol responsibly and promote the licensing objective. A more vibrant
and save the city centre is the overall objective. The new powers
will be reviewed in three years. A Nottinghamshire engineering
company has been fined after a worker suffered severe injuries
when his excavator struck a bridge. A maintenance fitter employed by
Van Elle Limited hit his head after being thrown through the front
screen of his digger. It hit a bridge while carrying out widening
work on the M1 in September 2009. Time for the second part of our
special on the highways agency. The organisation that patrolled the M1
throughout our region. They are responsible for co-ordinating
traffic around accidents, retrieving objects and world
generally keeping flowing. We have been out with two teams to find out
exactly what they do and how. Three lanes of the M1 have been
closed because of an accident. lost control of the vehicle. Police
are at the scene. They are assessing the driver to see whether
they can remove her without taking the roof off. The Highways Agency's
priority is to divert traffic and keep commuters informed. The fire
crews were able to remove the driver up and get her to hospital
without the need to remove the roof. We have not taken over the police
role in the motorway. They are still involved in major incidents
but we assist them. We can cone off and make a safe area for them to
work in. It is late at night and a lorry has parked up. It is are lit,
a danger to others, it looks like it could be a Takhar break which is
not allowed on the hard shoulder. I will have a word with the driver.
It does mean working up the driver, asking him to move to the next
services. -- waking up the driver. There has been a collision early on
in the day and there is a part of a plastic car bumper against the
central reservation barrier. officer unease to judge the traffic
accurately and go out into a live carriageway to retrieve the bumper.
It is dangerous and he needs to get it right. That could blow out into
the carriageway, cause an obstruction and then you have
motorists swerving, probably caused an accident. This driver is anxious.
His sports car has a puncture, its boiler is causing some issues.
Recovery have turned up to take the vehicle off the motorway. The car
has a very low skirting on the body work. Recovery knew what he was
doing. Customer is happy. Everybody is safe. The highways agency deals
with around 160 incidents the day in the East Midlands. They are here
to help the traffic get around the region quicker and safer.
Still to come: which beyond the dreams of avarice - but it could
have happened to a nicer couple. We meet the new millionaires of
Home after an epiced a venure, a young -- adventure. A young woman
is back in Britain after a world- breaking Polar trek. Bryony Balen
became the youngest woman to ski the South Pole. It was on Friday
she finally reached the Pole. We are delighted to say she is safely
back home tonight, in Melbourne. Hello, Bryony. Good evening. First
of all, congratulations. Welcome home. Actually, what is it like to
be home? It's really surreal to be honest with you. It has not sunk in
it is all over and I am back this the real world yet. Can you remind
us the purpose of the expedition, despite the fact that somebody
discouraged you and said you were not up to it. That was like a
reding are to a bull, wasn't it? was. I wanted to be the youngest
Briton to ski this route. It is 1200kms. It is the last 10 degrees
to the South Pole. I did. I set the new British record. I was trying to
inspire people to get outdoors and raise money for charity while I was
doing it. Was there a highlight? If you could pick one thing what would
it be? Surprisingly enough it was not getting to the Pole, obviously
that is a massive highlight. Halfway through we reached a
mountain range and I was just getting strong. I had got rid of
the blisters. Our team was working well. That was a thing for me to be
out in dramatic scenery, feeling good and knowing I had less than
halfway to get to the ultimate goal. How will you cope with being home?
It will all seem mundane, won't it? I am not complaining about the
luxuries, nice cups of tea and chairs and tables. It is odd not to
be skiing for ten hours a day. I think I can cope with it for the
next few weeks. What is next on your agenda? What are your plans?
Nothing solid yet. I am looking forward to a bit of recovery,
putting a bit of weight back on. Then I am sure I'll have an
adventure plan. I want to get work done on my degree. Any tips on
putting weight on - I'm your man. Thank you for talking to us. How
amazing. I would love to be able to say that, I need to put some weight
on! God bless her. We will keep you up-to-date with what her next
expedition will be. I am contemplating the South Pole weight
loss diet. Leicester City's Nigel Pearson has been praising his
side's work after last night's away win. It was sweeter as it came
against Southampton. They had only lost once at home all season.
Southampton have been top of the championship most of the season and
would have returned with a win, but Leicester had other ideas.
One player was bowed as an ex- Portsmouth player. I knew I was
going to get some stick off the Southampton fans.
Leicester were two up with less than half an hour played. The
captain, up for a corner and stayed up to head the ball home. I managed
to creep back on side. A nice bit of skill on the side. A little chop,
get into the box. Pearson praised the hard work of his side, who
defended. The players are very disciplined in terms of how we
dealt with their threats. Leicester will look to push on up the league
after that performance. They have a break for the cup at the weekend,
but it was the cup that quick- started their season. We played
Wednesday night, we took it into this game. Two clean sheelts. Six
goals. The mood has been fantastic since the 4-0 win at Forest.
Everybody is nice and bubbly. We took the confidence in tonight's
game and thoroughly deserve the win. Some other Leicester news - a
defender, Michael Ball, has been fined �6,000 by the FA for sending
homophobic tweets about Coronation Street's Antony Cotton. He was a
celebrity in I'm a Celebrity Get Me Out of Here. He has had his contact
at City cancelled. We understand that is purely for football reasons.
Now the former Nottingham Forest manager Billy Davies would like to
return to Nottingham Forest. He was speaking on Late Kick-Off here on
BBC One. Davies said he was sad to see Forest struggling and would
love to go back as manager one day. I said in the past that I would be
delighted to go back. As much as what people might think I have
great thoughts and feelings for the club. I do. I wanted to get them to
the Premier League. The job is unfinished and simply I certainly
would love to finish that job for the fans, for the players that are
there and for many, many good people of Forest. He had more to
say. If you missed it all is not lost. You can watch last night's
Late Kick-Off right now on the BBC's iPlayer. It has a great
feature on Frank Fielding and Derek Fazackerley. It is well worth
watching if you missed it. There is more live football tonight. Notts
County are at home to Preston. The manager at knots is positive,
despite not having won a league game since November. I think the
results have been fantastic. We have just played Huddersfield and
draw 2-2. They have a budget of �12 million. That was a great
performance and a good draw. We played away at a championship club
called Doncaster. We won 2-0, which was another great result.
Woolworth played -- we played very well, but did not win. We played MK
Dons who have completely dominated a Premier League club in QPR. They
came here and we were by far the better team. What a good point it
was. The results have been fantastic!
He sells it well, doesn't he? Exactly the best of season for
Leicester tigers so far in rugby, especially so for Anthony Allen. He
missed three months after a bizarre injury to his thumb while carpet-
laying. Thankfully he has returned to the side for the last three
matches and is looking forward to the match at Harlequins. I finished
off some underlay I had to put down before the carpet layer came in. It
went through my thumb. It is working now. It is well in the past.
We are looking forward now. Hopefully get another one this
weekend and start getting into some good form. Makes me squeamish just
thinking about it. Reminds me of when my dad put a chistle through
his hand. -- chisel through his hand. I dream
of this all the time. For a couple from Mansfield it is real. They
found out on Saturday morninging that they had won more than �40
million. Gareth Bull is a builder. On Friday, his job was rained off,
so he went to the shop to buy a lucky dip EuroMillions ticket. How
lucky that was! A word of warning, this report contains flash
photography from the start. These are the faces of Mansfield new
multi-millionaires, Gareth and Catherine spoke to the press today.
They are the seventh biggest lottery winners in the country.
They have no intention of leaving their home town. You are obviously
from Mansfield and you are planning to stay here then? Yeah. It's not
as bad as they all say. I like living where I live. It is lovely.
They have stwo boys, who at the time of the recording they had not
told about their win. When will you tell your boys? After this, I think,
yeah. They will have finished school soon. So, yeah. Very shortly.
So what could our lottery winners spend that �40 million on? Well,
they could buy about 300 houses here in Mansfield.
With �40 million they could keep their local hospitals running for
about two months. And if they wanted to, they could buy their
local football club and potentially enough players to take them all the
way to the Premier League. The millionaires have been the talk of
Mansfield today. Where Gareth and Catherine are planning to stay put,
most others say if they won that much they'd leave the town. Take a
holiday, one way. Not come back.... Ever. Probably leave the country.
Be happy, duck. Celebrate! That's the best answer I have heard. One
man who is living proof that money can make you happy is Al len from
Nottingham. He won �1.9 million a few years ago. What is his advice
to the new millionaires? Don't do anything rash. Just enjoy life now.
What is the first thing Catherine will spend her millions on?
I did say a carpet for my landing because it's terrible. No-one is
allowed upstairs because it's that bad. I am sure with �40 million in
their pockets it will be a rather nice carpet.
She could buy several new landings in several houses. Nice couple.
in several houses. Nice couple. Fabulous! Not jealous at all!
No. It doesn't show. It was wet in Mansfield today. We
did see rain rather than snow. The milder air came in and kept us wet
throughout this morning and this afternoon as well. A nice frosty
picture to show you, it was anured by Antony in Huthwaite. We have a
slightly cloudier picture outside. We have cloud remaining with us.
There will be further outbreaks of patchy light rain or drizzle. Some
hill fog affecting the Peak District area. It will be a milder
night. Temperatures will start to increase. I think we'll finish at
around seven to eight Celsius. A gentle south-westerly breeze.
Tomorrow morning starting off cloudy first thing. A dry, but
cloudy start. We will see drizzle again starting to come down from
the north-west through the afternoon. The wind is starting to
strengthen as well. Becoming blustery into the afternoon and
into the evening. The day time temperature a lot milder. So we
will see a maximum tomorrow of ten Celsius. Now, we are going to start
to see the weather changing again towards the end of the week. This
is the picture for Thursday. There is an opportunity for a few showers
over the west of the country. We have colder air around on Thursday.
One or two of those showers if they start to work into the Peak
District or North Nottinghamshire could be a little bit wintry. High
pressure is building up from the south-west as we get towards Friday.
It is a ridge over us on Friday. It will keep us mainly settled. We
will see a brighter day. Temperatures back down to single
figures. The air of high pressure will slowly start to pull away
eastwards. It will keep us settled throughout Friday and Saturday. It
will keep us very cold as well. I think a bit more cloud around on
Saturday. Day time temperatures five or six Celsius. Remaining cold
at night-times. Sunday too, but the opportunity for a few wintry