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This is East Midlands Today. Our top story. The blood test that can
find it can serve five years before any symptoms it shows.
The they have been working on aid for years and it could
revolutionise the way cancer is detected and treated.
Also tonight, back in court, the burglar freed from quarter only
because it breached his human rights.
Plus, the hunt is on for thieves who have stolen the Ashbourne's
market. And when is a Stilton not a
Stilton? Good evening. First tonight, news
of a simple blood test that can detect cancer years before the
tumour grows. It is a test that could revolutionise the way cancer
is diagnosed and treated. Experts at the University of
Nottingham have been working on it for 15 years. Now after being
tested in America it will launch commercially here in the UK later
this year. Our health correspondent is at the
opening of a new research centre in the East Midlands where the work is
being co-ordinated. Good evening. Good evening. Experts from home and
abroad are listening to a lecture at the moment hearing just how far
all of this research has come. And how much promise it holds. At the
moment, here are some facts. One in three of us according to the NHS
will develop cancer at some stage in our lives. One in four people
died from it. The hope is to detect all forms of cancer much quicker,
treat them more effectively, saving lives and helping more of us live
longer. This lady has lung cancer. There is no cure. She has been
supported by the Derbyshire hospice. Like most patients she wishes it
had been picked up sooner. It was a complete shock, you have no idea
before the scan? I have no idea. I had no breathlessness, nothing. I
found it frightening. Me and my husband both did when I couldn't
breathe properly, we were both thinking it was serious. Do think
that there are things inside me and I didn't know about them...
Diagnosing cancer earlier is what this research is about. They have
detected a -- created a blood test that can pick up the disease in the
early stages. This evening, a new centre opened in Derby to promote
the work and raise millions. The blood test is already on sale in
America where it has been shown to detect lung cancer early. Now more
studies are planned. This blood test is I think the most promising
and the best test available. It is maybe the only one commercially
available but I know of in the United States. There are others
that are being tested and researched but nothing is as far a
long as this. The University of Nottingham plans to launch the
blood test in the UK later this year and develop it for other
cancers. Professor Robert CERN knows all
about this. You have been working on this fog 15 years. Some people
will think it sounds too good to be true, the ability to pick up cancer
years before people have symptoms? It has the potential to change the
way in which we diagnose and treat cancer. It has taken 15 years to do
the research. His is only for lung cancer at the moment? That is the
first Test we will develop. It's it is no secret that you have tried it
in America and it only picks up lung cancer about 40% of the time?
It does at the moment. Since that is the most common form of cancer
in absolute numbers it is a huge number of people. Depicted a burly
is the most important thing. There it is a very poor outlook for lung
cancer patients because it is detected too late. For the majority
come late, yes. You are a breast cancer surgeon at Nottingham City
Hospital. Is there any chance for this being developed for breast
cancer patients as well? I am at the Royal Derby Hospital now. We
are about to develop it for breast cancer and then: cancer and liver
cancer. That is the reason for having the centre of excellence
because we want to give it a focus and develop the funding for that
which we do not have. We are forming the centre to get as to put
that forward. The test that you are trialling in America cost �100 up
to �200 in our money. Will it ever be used for screening at that cost?
I often say it is a bit like something starting out more
expensive but as more and people use it, the cost drops. To start
with, it is more expensive. As it becomes used for screening, the
cost will drop. Fan due very much. I am sure you will agree that it is
very exciting research -- thank you very much.
Next, he was released early from prison so he could care for his
five children. Today Wayne Bishop from Nottingham was back in court.
Last year, he won an appeal against his sentence for burglary and
dangerous driving arguing that it breached his human rights. Now
after being convicted for assault, he could face being sent back to
jail. This was the moment when Wayne
Bishop from Clifton was reunited with his family of but the father
of five was released from jail last May after the Court of Appeal ruled
that not enough attention had been paid to the effect of a prison term
would have on his children. Today he returned to court to face a
charge of assault. The judge was shown CCTV footage of the incident
which took place at the shop in Broxtowe just a month after Wayne
Bishop was released from prison. His brother grabbed a man in a
headlock before Wayne Bishop punched them. Both denied the
assault. The judge said that he found their story implausible and
as Wayne Bishop had refused to give his account of what happened he
took that to mean he had no proper defence. The case against his
brother has been referred to the Crown Court for a date to be set.
Still to come, two people who make a living from looking towards
heaven. I will be looking to the sky at
night as we forecast further wintery showers.
And do join me later on East Midlands Today.
Before those heavenly bodies, the Cambridgeshire village fighting for
a slice of the Stilton market. Pub landlords in the village of Stilton
have produced a cheese which they say should go by the same name.
As we all know, by law, no cheese is allowed to be called Stilton
unless it is made right here in the East Midlands. But the makers of
Bell White say they are prepared to go all the way to Europe to win the
right to take the name. This is the cheese which is
fighting for the right to be called Stilton. Although it has been
produced by a pub in the Cambridgeshire village of Stilton,
by law, it is not allowed to take the Stilton name. The blue veined
cheese has been made in just six Dairies in East Midlands since
being given protected designation of origin status in 1996. Locals
believe archive evidence of a long history of cheese production
including an original recipe proves that Stilton originally came from
the village of Stilton. We have been wanting to make cheese in
Stilton for a number of years. Unfortunately, we cannot call it
the Stilton and it seems ridiculous that we can make a cheese in
Stilton and we cannot call it by the name of the village. Although
this may seem like a quaint challenge from a village pub, in
reality, it means fighting for a slice of big profits. The Stilton
industry estimated to be worth millions of pounds. A million of
them a made in the East Midlands every year and 10% are exported
abroad. His is a very valuable property, the Stilton cheese. You
cannot have people coming along anywhere in the world and starting
to use that name. It is projected to protect the local economy and
ensure consumers know exactly what they are getting one lay-by Stilton.
They know it is made to an approved recipe and only in Derbyshire.
Today, customers at this pub gave their vote of approval for the new
cheese which is currently called Bell White. It is really lovely.
goes on sale in March. Whether it ever will -- whether it will ever
win at the right to be called Stilton is something that can only
be decided by the European Union. In other news, a council leader has
been charged with benefit fraud. Milan Radulovic runs Broxtowe
Borough Council in Nottinghamshire. He is alleged to have made a false
statement about his income on an incapacity benefit claim form 15
years ago. The 56-year-old from Eastwood is reported to have denied
the accusations strenuously. He is due before the courts in March.
A police force is disputing government figures which they ate
they have seen the biggest cut in officer numbers in the country. The
Home Office say that Derbyshire Police lost 156 officers last year,
that is a 7.5% vol. Before says the figures are misleading because they
include officers who moved to new regional units.
Police are hoping that a reconstruction of a violent armed
robbery at a Nottinghamshire Post Office will lead to vital
information. The TV reconstruction to be shown on tonight's Crimewatch
programme shows the moment two masked men broke into the Shireoaks
Post Office last November. The couple who owned the village
business were held at gunpoint. Crimewatch is on at 9pm.
Stallholders in Ashbourne had a bit of a surprise this morning when
they turned up and found that a vital part of the street market was
missing. A bit of make-do and mend it meant
that trading could go ahead as normal.
There may have looked like a normal day at the market but something
very important was missing. Last night, all of the market
stalls were stolen. We arrived this morning at 7am to find that there
were no stalls. There was someone from the council who came down and
said that the stalls had been stolen but we did not know if we
would still be able to go ahead with the market. The traders did
not let the theft affect them. Instead, they use their
imaginations, building stalls out of cardboard and crates.
problem is that when it rains, we have got no cover. The stalls
normally have sheets on them. We are having to put all of our goods
a way or cover them up. A it has definitely made it awkward for the
people who use the market. I do not use a stalk so I was lucky.
Considering they did not know this was -- this has happened, they did
really well. I thought it was the weather that had done it but
obviously not. In it is obvious what they have done. At first, I
thought it was a new idea. Around 60 of the stalls were stolen from
one of the council's warehouses. The dates and rocks had been
smashed. The council says it will have to borrow a stalls and do what
every can to make sure that Saturday's busiest market goes
ahead. In other news, of alcohol-related
deaths in the East Midlands increased between 2009 and 2010.
That is according to official statistics released today. 579
people died as a result of alcohol issues in 2010. That is an increase
of 16. The figures also show that more than two-thirds of those who
A man's been charged after a woman was assaulted on Bishop Street in
Leicester earlier this month. Kristina Leatherland, who's 18, was
assaulted on Sunday 15th January. Police have arrested a 39-year-old
man in connection with the incident. He'll appear at Leicester
Magistrates Court next month. A Leicester MP has spoken out in
Parliament today over why businesses in the city cannot claim
compensation if they were damaged in last summer's disturbances.
Firms can't get any money from the Government as the trouble in the
city wasn't deemed serious enough to be classed as a riot. Now
Leicester South MP Jon Ashworth has demanded businesses in the city are
given more support. Leicester businesses have learned they are
not eligible for any money from the police are authority and we have
now learned from the Minister for police they are not eligible for
any of the Adair compensation schemes. People in Leicester are
hugely disappointed and furious about this. Compensation is
available for those who suffered loss in the riots. I will chase the
issues he has referred to do see if we can make progress to help his
retailers. The UK's largest planetarium has
been renamed in honour of a famous astronomer. Sir Patrick Moore
visited the National Space Centre in Leicester today for the official
ceremony. Simon Ward got the chance to meet the veteran broadcaster.
He has been presenting the BBC television programme the sky at
night for more than 55 years and has encouraged it generations to
become interested in astronomy. Now what was simply known as the Space
Theatre has become the Sir Patrick Moore planetarium. Today he gave
his you on separate set -- says Professor Brian Cox. We complement
each other. And you have excited people over the generations to
become interested in space. Is that your greatest achievement? What I
have tried to do is introduce astronomy and bring people into it,
which I hope I have done. presence may be visiting the space
centre even more special by those - - for those fascinated by the
subject or stop I feel as though it is so much more amazing and people
need to find out more about it. have always had an interest in
science fiction. Obviously, you know, it is life beyond Earth, I
guess. Just the discovery of new things. He is an inspirational
characters. The first book I read on astronomy was by Sir Patrick.
With people like him and other astronauts coming along, it just
helps people get interested in astronomy. There is no doubt that
this planetarium will inspire people for years to come to look up
and find out what is out there. What a lovely man.
Still to come, Sally goes wild, in search of a silent killer of the
countryside. For our first outing of 2012, I am on the lookout for a
bird of prey from Leicestershire. But will I get to see his clearing
up yellow eyes? Find out later. And I will be finding out how the
boxing binman is doing now he is no longer on the bins.
And you saw him just then and you can see him now. Not wearing a pink
jumper... But wearing a pink tie. borrowed this!
Three East Midlands footballers are in with a chance of competing for
Team GB at the Olympics. Derby keeper Frank Fielding is the latest
to receive a letter asking if he wants to be considered for
selection, along with Nottingham Forest's Chris Gunter and Jamal
Lacelles. They'll face tough competition, though, with nearly
200 players being considered. Another quick bit of news from the
Rams and striker Tomas Sifka has signed for Reading in an
undisclosed deal. He was out of contract in the summer and didn't
feature in Nigel Clough's plans. In cricket there was a fourth
wicket for Nottinghamshire's Stuart Broad and a catch for team-mate
Graeme Swann, as England bowled out Pakistan for 257 in Abu Dhabi.
England will resume tomorrow on 207 for five, 50 runs behind.
Last year, we were with Leicester's boxing binman Rendall Munroe in
Japan, as he fought hard but lost in his bid to be world super
bantamweight champion. Well, the boxing binman is no longer a binman,
so I've been to see how he's doing now he's packed in the job, and
find out what we should call him now.
Now he has given up the been round, he can bet -- get more rounds in
the ring. But since his defeat in Japan, nobody wants to fight terror.
He did well because his opponent was one of the best. Rendall
schedule off. He is now nine-stone four and when he was on the bins,
he was 10. It is a lot of weight to get off. People came out and
brought him cups of tea. Good for a big man but no good for a boxer!
like my chocolate, my doughnuts! But I miss the lads. We used to
have a good bit of banter and I miss the people who used to look
after me. Sometimes you have to give away things to achieve things.
That is the way it goes. Now key is no longer a binman, he needs a new
name. Now people are calling me a machine and bacon call me at the
elite fighting machine. -- they can call me. A fight with a fellow Brit
is on the cards and then another title shot, but will we ever see
him back on the bins? I am a workaholic. If they take me back,
why not?! He's a lovely chap. Let's hope he
cleans up! Now, there's not long till the Olympic Games, and while
we'll all be rooting for Team GB, there'll be a little bit of
Derbyshire that's also keeping an eye out for the Aussies. As part of
the Olympic legacy programme, Highfields School, in Matlock, has
twinned with a school down-under, as Helen Barnes reports.
These pupils from Highfields School in that login Derbyshire are seeing
how close they can get to the training at times of an Olympics
won. -- in Matlock. The challenge has been set by a Australian Emily
Seebohm, a swimming medallist in Beijing. Her former school has been
twinned with Highfields School. It is one of the first to be twinned
with another school from around the globe. It is part of the Education
legacy for the 2012 Olympics. project have started, we have done
it sub-assemblies and joint project in history, technology, maths,
English. Emily is keeping in touch with the pupils from Matlock,
answering the questions they send her. I got into swimming with my
mum and she taught me how to swim from a baby. Lessons have taken on
an Olympic team, like designing these brilliant torches. They have
been learning about the Australian culture, would be didgeridoo and
the don'ts. Matlock youngsters are being encouraged to take on the
Aussie way of life and embrace the great outdoors. They have bronze,
silver and gold targets. challenge we have makes you push
yourself. You get a better sense of achievement. You can run around and
you know you're achieving something at the end. So, back to the pool to
see how they got on in Emily's swimming challenge. Not many people
get to do this - comparing their times with an Olympic swimmer.
makes you see how far you have to go yourself. It has been inspiring
great work in school but also creating a great partnership. We
hope to continue this long after the Games have finished.
And if you're a teacher, check out this link with lots of great
information about how to twin your school with a school abroad, and
great ready-made assembly packs to inspire youngsters using the
Olympic ideals. Over the past two months, sightings
of a special but rather elusive bird of prey have been causing much
excitement among visitors to a nature reserve run by the
Leicestershire and Rutland Wildlife It is Australia Day sometimes
sooner, isn't it? Over the past two months, sightings
of a special but rather elusive bird of prey have been causing much
excitement among visitors to a nature reserve run by the
Leicestershire and Rutland Wildlife Trust. So we asked Sally Pepper and
the Goes Wild team to go to Cossington Meadows to see just what
Although it is more commonly thought of as a nocturnal hunter,
this particular bird of prey can also be seen by day. And with daily
sightings of them here at Cossington Meadows, we are hoping
we might get a glimpse. And to help us catch that glints, we have
enlisted the expert advice of John, from the Leicestershire and Rutland
ornithological Society. What will we see? We have got up to four
birds around the reserve at the moment. You can see the trees and
the hedge there, the spindly tree? We have one sat out there are now.
It has got it back to us. Brilliant, aren't they? It is sitting on
The Orkney people call than the catty-faced owl. Because of the
eyes? Yes. Where the you think the roost is? Somewhere in this
triangular field there. Occasionally in low bushes. They
ears are placed slightly higher. One is slightly higher than the
other so it gives a radar effect. The sound comes in and bacon
pinpointed. It is as if we do that. You can hear better. -- and they
pinpoint it. Wow. They tend to feed on the ground so you tend not to
see them but they will get something in their Proms and
transfer it straight to the bill and Swallow ripped straight back. -
- in bed Hallam's. -- and they swallow it straight back. It may
have been a damp day but we got what we came for. The majestic
shorted owl soaring across the nature reserve and then perching.
Why don't you come along because into meadows and you could see one
for yourself. -- along to Cossington Meadows.
I thought it was the long-it owl. One bonus of the early shift is
that you get to see those animals on your way in. We also have some
amazing photographs sent in, one of which was sent in by Lisa. This
captures the skies over the East Midlands today, where we have had
some very heavy showers around and hail as well. A further showers
tonight and a few affecting the Peak District. Those are falling as
snow at the moment and they are pushing across Bristol and Wales,
and they have been falling as snow as well. Every chance over higher
ground of seeing those showers falling as snow, and at lower
levels, a mixture of sleet and rain. We have got clearer skies the
further south you are, so a frost developing. A breezy night, as soap
sheltered in some parts. Cloudy skies with showers on and off
through the morning, and a minimum temperature of two degrees.
Tomorrow, we have the sunshine and a frosty stuck across the South,
and Ben showers forming across the West, and they will work their way
down. -- and then at showers. We could have hail mixed in, too, over
lower ground. A damp afternoon and a bit treacherous on the roads as
well if you are travelling anywhere. A maximum similar to today, of six
degrees. All changed over the weekend. Well, we think it is
changing. Still a question mark over that. But they will gradually
brighten up on Saturday and we have this band coming in over Ireland.
It will work its way towards us over Sunday. If its stars to come
in towards the East Midlands, it will need the cold care. On Monday,
we could see some snow. Thank you. If you are into tweeting,
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