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This is East Midlands Today with Anne Davies and Dominic Heale. Our


top story tonight - a plea for help for soldiers traumatised in battle.


Lee Bonsall's best friend was killed in Afghanistan. Earlier this


month, he committed suicide. post-traumatic stress disorder


should've been diagnosed when he was in the army. He should have had


help. Also tonight, the crash in fog that


brought chaos to the M1. Plus sheep farmers on alert as a


new virus threatens their lambs. the continent, people have been


suffering 5-15% losses in the lamb crop and that would be a big


financial blow in one year. And for the BBC's School Report,


Ciara shoots a question at Lord Coe. How come netball isn't an Olympic


sport? That's a question I get from Good evening and welcome to the


programme. First tonight, the family of a former soldier who


killed himself after being discharged from the army, say the


MOD let him down and that he should have been given more support. They


claim Lee Bonsall from Warsop was suffering from post-traumatic


stress disorder but it wasn't At their Warsop home, the Bonsall


family are going through photos of Lee to be displayed at his funeral


and wake tomorrow. This one was taken just 24 hours before his


widow found him hanging at their Tenby home earlier this month.


had some Peter, sang some songs, it was a beautiful moment. Total shock.


Yes macro, completely. We were not expecting anything like this.


24-year-old Lee was discharged from the army almost five years ago for


going absent without leave. His behaviour had changed after his


close friend Private Andrew Cutts from Blidworth was killed in


Afghanistan. Lee returned to the barracks to find their beloved


Mansfield Town flag already taken down. The flag and lock had gone,


they had taken it away. It dup like an empty space there. We came back


and there was an empty space. -- it felt like there was an empty space.


Since last year, Lee had been on anti-depressants but his family


believe he was suffering from post- traumatic stress disorder which had


been missed by the army. He should have been held and have been


diagnosed. How do you feel about the fact he was not? I am angry. I


lost my boy, we have lost our boy. It makes me feel angry. Very angry.


His mother, who manages a GP's surgery, also wants to know why the


army didn't pass on Lee's medical notes to his doctor. I want to make


sure these soldiers get all the help they need before they get out


from the army and if they do get out, I want to make sure the


medical notes follow them to the GP practices so they are aware of what


they have been through. In a statement, the Ministry of Defence


At tomorrow's funeral, instead of flowers, the Bonsall family has


asked for donations to a veterans' psychological support charity.


We're joined by Professor Stephen Regel from the University of


Nottingham, who's a psychotherapist and an expert in post-traumatic


stress disorder. Thank you for coming in. We talk about post-


traumatic stress disorder but how does it actually manifest itself?


The symptoms that most people will understand our recognised either


from the media or popular media, things like nightmares. What is


often called "flashbacks", it they relive the trauma whatever that


might be. That is usually accompanied by things like smell,


that is common. People involved in traffic accidents might smell the


burning. Did you think that the military civil servants, government,


politicians and the general public understand this? I think in the


military... Certainly the medical aspect and side of the military is


used to this, military psychiatry and the mental health services,


they will be very aware Robert. They often do publish quite a lot


of research in this area. -- very aware of it. Generally people in


the military, the average soldier, may know of it if they have had


some experience. But not specifics. Can it be treated? It manifests


itself in these ways, it is there a single way of dealing with it was


what we don't usually say there is a cure. Usually the symptoms which


we try to help people deal with, is that people avoid situations and


triggers, reminders, watching the news on television, anything that


has a reminder of their trauma. Resonances should be avoided. The


people we see of them might be four years after the event. This is long


term, isn't it? Is there the money and support out there for this sort


of thing? For soldiers? Yes. Some admit they get help within the


military. I do not know about the specific cases but they do have


services within the military. The army hospital in Catterick, for


example and other places in the UK were people are treated, not just


for the physical injuries like in Birmingham, but are provided help


for mental health problems associated with their experiences.


Or they might have just part of other things they experience,


anxiety, pressure and things like that. We will leave it there but


thank you for coming in to speak to Next tonight, the M1 reopened about


two hours ago after a day of chaos on our roads. Just after 3 o'clock


this morning, four lorries heading north collided in thick fog near


Trowell Services in Nottinghamshire. The motorway was closed for more


than 12 hours between junctions 25 and 26. Our reporter James Roberson


has spent the day on the M1. The police made an extraordinary appeal


to drivers this morning, didn't they? That's right. It was about 4


o'clock this afternoon when the motorway finally reopened but when


we were down on the carriageway earlier filming, the police were


telling us they were astonished to see drivers passing on the


southbound side taking pictures of the crash on the northbound as they


went past. Basically the, the police were saying "don't do it, it


is really dangerous". The weather here is quite clear now but it was


a different kettle of fish earlier in the early hours of this morning


for stopping lorries collided at about 20 past 3:00am this morning


in thick fog with only about 20 metres visibility.


It is thought this lorry came across a small red car travelling


slowly in the fog and had to brake suddenly. As a result of hitting


the brakes, the resulting tanker has seen the other transport


vehicles seen the back and forced it out into the road and an


Eddystone but vehicle which is behind them all in a different


position -- at Eddystone but vehicle. Two other drivers were


taken to the Queen's Medical Centre for treatment, one is badly hurt.


The motorway closure meant other drivers were trapped at Trowell


Services for hours. This woman had stopped for an overnight break from


Wales. I got up this morning at six, got my curtains and it was dead


quiet. I thought I was dreaming, to be honest. It was quite bizarre.


The seriousness of the accident meant the investigation and


clearance of the motorway took well into the afternoon. All I can say


is I am sure that everybody gets as frustrated when they have to be


diverted off and spend hours in traffic. It was a difficult journey


for myself in an emergency vehicle. The fact is if you think about your


own families, you would want us to be securing the best evidence to


find out exactly what happened. is quite nerve-racking when you see


a bad accident like that. It makes you aware of what you are doing on


the road. The motorway was reopened just after 4 o'clock this afternoon.


For the lady, it had been in 19 The police are saying to us this


evening that they would like, if possible, to talk to the driver of


the small car he was involved in the accident but may have actually


driven away completely unaware of what had happened behind him


causing that crash. Also tonight, we do not yet know the identities


of the drivers but we understand they are still being treated in


That fog caused problems across our region last night and through the


rush hour. Can we expect a repeat tonight? We will see some mist and


fog tonight, especially where the cloud managed to break throughout


today. A bit more of a breeze starting to pick up and that should


help clear the fork out of the way. I will have more for you at the end


Next tonight, it's the news farmers across the East Midlands have


dreaded. The Schmallenberg virus has been found on two farms here -


one in Leicestershire, the other in Lincolnshire. The disease causes


birth defects and miscarriages in livestock and there are fears it


could cost the farming industry These lambs were born while we were


filming. Thankfully for farmer Charles Sercombe, the virus isn't


here. These lambs are fit and healthy. But Charles admits these


are troubling times. Schmallenberg was to be confirmed


here, it would have a fairly serious impact. Not only would be


lose a percentage of this year's lamb crop, we are dependent on


selling in-lame sheep to other breeders and we would not be able


to do that if the thought it was a possibility of selling infected


sheep. The farm in Leicestershire infected


with the Schmallenberg virus hasn't been identified. But that farm


isn't alone as over 150 animals across the UK have been affected.


It's thought the virus, which causes late abortions and birth


abnormalities in lambs, calves and kids, is spread by midges.


Charles is not the only one worried, farmers across Leicestershire are


worried and it is not surprising. This is the time of year when sheep


farmers make their money and this virus could cost the industry


millions of pounds. I have estimated in Leicestershire, the


lamb crops would be world at -- worth about �12 million per year.


If we seek 10% losses of Lamb's duty this virus, you can think of


the figures we are thinking in lost income.


And it's not just farmers in Leicestershire who are worried.


want these lambs to be born healthy and fit, at the animal welfare is a


great concern. We do not know what will happen. The NFU fears that


there could be more cases across Leicestershire and is urging


A man was arrested in the early hours of this morning after a


stand-off with armed police. Officers were today searching the


house boat at Sandiacre in Derbyshire where he'd been


surrounded for more than 12 hours. The man was wanted for allegedly


breaching the terms of a violent offender order and for questioning


on suspicion of burglary and theft. Fears that he was armed proved to


be false. I basically drove past on my bike last night at about 8


o'clock to see the armed response unit. The front of the pub was


cordoned off. A lot of the residents were out on the street.


bit apprehensive, really. We only live over the road. We were a bit


apprehensive that there was a police helicopter flying overhead,


not knowing what is going off. Then we heard that there was a gunman


across the road. A mother has appeared in court


charged with the manslaughter of her two-year-old son. Riley


Pettipierre died in hospital on Tuesday after falling ill at his


home in Belper. Today 32-year-old Sally Dent appeared at Derby


Shaun Binfield, who's 44, appeared alongside her, charged with the


same offence. They were both remanded and will appear at


Nottingham Crown Court later this month.


Councillors are meeting in Derby this evening to discuss the plans


for a new 5,000-seater velodrome. At Pride Park. If approved the �28


million centre would also be a major concert venue and have


facilities for basketball and badminton. The plans could be given


the go-ahead tonight. But the Government could still call the


plans in, meaning it would make the final decision.


Today is the BBC News School Report Day when hundreds of students


across the East Midlands became journalists for a day. The news


team at Shepshed High School in Leicestershire wanted to focus on


the Olympics and what it means to young people at their school. So,


as you can never aim too high, they went down to the Olympic Park in


London and put their questions directly to Lord Coe. Here's their


Mrs Keenan. And Kirov. And behind us as the Olympic Stadium where the


opening ceremony of the Olympics takes place. Today we will look


around the Olympic Park. It is looking absolutely fantastic.


I have from the East Midlands, how come netball is not an alleged


export? If you are from the East Midlands, that is a hotbed of


netball. I know Loughborough University, Sue Campbell who is the


chair of UK Sport, she was a national netball coach. It is for


the International Olympic Committee to decide which sport go through.


So is the Olympics all about London or does it matter to us living in


Leicestershire? The is his our school, only a few


miles away from Loughborough where Arabic athletes are training.


do the Olympics mean to us? -- the Olympic athletes are training.


really interested in tight one though. I think it will be a great


opportunity for Great Britain, seeing it is in our country, people


will be watching. James who is in year seven has been nominated to be


a torch-bearer in the torch relay. I am very excited and my mother and


father were excited as well. It will be really good if I could hold


it. This is the sport education lesson in physical education way


you take it in turn to do different roles such as an umpire, manager or


What does our p teacher think about the Olympics and what it will do


for our School? I think it will inspire children to take part in


different sports, those they have not tried before. It has been a


great day looking around and we are really looking forward to the


Olympics. We will be cheering on all our (athletes and hope they win


lots of medals. This is Keri. kin and, reporting for the BBC from


the Olympic Park in London. We love his microphone technique! I will


adopt that, I think. They did very well. We have got another report


before the end of the programme. And in sport,


From now until the London Olympics it'll be "Olympic Thursday" across


much of the BBC. We're joining in today with a couple of great


Olympic women. But news for you first, Nottingham's former World


Champion boxer Carl Froch has confirmed his next fight, against


Lucian Bute, will be at the Nottingham Arena on 26th May. A


plan to fight at the City Ground has been scuppered by technical


In rugby, no change for the Tigers in the England Rugby team. So


Tuilagi, Parling, Croft and Cole all start against Ireland. Ben


Youngs is on the bench. Cricket, and confirmation of the


name of Notts' new Chief Executive. Lisa Pursehouse has been at Trent


Bridge for ten years, most recently as Deputy Chief Executive. She


replaces Derek Brewer who's moving to be Chief Executive at Lord's.


Now, the Olympics and the latest in our look at sports from archery to


weightlifting. Today it's boxing. To find out why we should love the


sport, I've been to see a young woman from near Derby who has more


reason than most to love the Four years ago, this woman was not


allowed to compete in the Olympics but now in London, they will and


the ball to Lee, that means the ticket to Rio 2016 is possibility.


After the Olympics and people will see what girls can do and we will


see that it is not just messing around. She certainly is not


messing about, even though she has to share her training hall with


Because while the ladies are calling House, the women in the


background have been moving on. Today, she is at a Team GB


assessment based in Sheffield. have that opportunity is the best


opportunity ever. I would love it, to get onto the team. It would mean


everything to me. It is so much different, they have got a


nutritional less, a psychologist, a doctor, everything. Everything is


there for you. -- a doctor studying My passion is boxing, but it is


nice for the younger girls to have somebody to look up to. They can


think, "I want to be just as good as you". We have got a very strong


reputation for women's boxing and we will get stronger. The question


sticks around, what does it feel like, woman or man, to step into a


ring to hit or be hit? A weird feeling. Going in there, you get a


buzz. You do not really remember much after. It is just the


adrenalin. You are trying not to get punched, trying to punch, it is


a weird sport to achieve in. Levels From an Olympian of the future - we


hope - to one of today's. Nottingham gymnast Becky Downie has


her training back on track after a recent injury. That means she's


finding time to inspire the very youngest. Helen Barnes is reporting


for us on the Olympic legacy and Olympic hysteria is spreading into


the school. It is not every day they get one of the best gymnasts


coming into the school so it is not surprising that the children are


Becky Downie came 12th in the Beijing Olympics and has won seven


British titles and two Commonwealth medals. I have come here today to


promote the Olympics and to promote gymnastics and to inspire hopefully


the children. I will show you some of the


different things you can do while How does it feel when all the


cheering goes on, they are cheering your name? It feels great, it makes


you think what you have achieved and how much you have achieved can


help other people. As a teacher myself, I have seen a


lot of assemblies over the years but few that have captured the


enthusiasm of the children like this. It has made me what to do


sport. It was amazing to have her in our school for. Brilliant.


has left the children wanted to learn everything. Does it ever that


when you stretch? What type of food do you eat? What is your favourite


move? It is fantastic, she is from the local area which is great


inspiration for our children and I hope it inspires other kids to get


out there. These two are our up-and-coming


gymnasts in the school. It is nice to have our school host Becky.


has really inspired us, the things that she does. The kids are buzzing,


this is a brilliant opportunity that the Olympics is providing to


get the children engaged and In case you're wondering, the


answers to those questions were, in order, "Yes, it hurts, sushi and


chocolate, and her own move on the bars - the Downie". So now you know,


if you can remember the questions, As we've said, schools from around


our region have been taking part in the BBC's School Report Day today.


One of the aims is for these young journalists to report on stories


that really matter to them. Two pupils from Hastings High School in


Leicestershire wanted to tell a story of friendship. Charlie is a


keen disabled sportsmen, but one person he couldn't compete against


was his best friend, Abby. Until she decided to borrow a wheelchair.


Here's their story in their own I am Abby. And I am Charlie the


will stop and we are reporting for I don't usually used a wheelchair


but when I play with Charlie, I do. It is a brand new experience and I


am loving every minute of it. I didn't expect to be able to play


a sport, disabled sport, with one of my able-bodied friends so it is


really could have they can get involved and see it from my level


and what challenges disabled sport and my life holds.


I am not a been joking any more! Abby and I have been friends for 10


years. I have always loved sport. Abby started playing tennis with me


a few years ago. I realised how difficult wheelchair tennis


actually is for Charlie so it makes me understand him a bit more.


think he has been really good because not only can the Abby play


with me, they can come to my world and see what tennis does for me and


how I enjoy it and she can have that as well. I already compete in


a number of different disability sport. Every year at Stoke


Mandeville, and one day I want to be a Paralympic athletes. I cannot


compete in the disabled sports, but I will be cheering Charlie on every


step of the way. That is just a lovely, lovely story. More from the


BBC's School Report later. And now Not as much fog around tonight but


we will see some forming where the cloud broke this morning. It was a


bit hit and miss and a rather for the picture to show you. This is a


picture from Steve Adams, the chapel on the hill at Kimberley.


Berry for be seen there. It is coming in, keep them coming in --


very foggy there. It is nice to see what is happening across the region.


A few clear spells across the eastern side of the Midlands and


that is where the fog patches will more likely be. We could have them


creeping West but the breeze is also starting to pick up through


this evening so that should help lift the fork into low cloud. We


have got a lot of cloud continuing to filter in from the West say


minimum temperatures seven of six Celsius. We will stay cloudy


through the daytime tomorrow and we see the odd glimmer of bright as


working its way through. Into the afternoon, may be a few more bricks


appearing but it could be similar to today where we start to see the


sunshine and then the cloud takes it away again. But the breeze


coming from the West and a bit more of a breeze around, hopefully it


might improve things into the afternoon. It will still feel fresh


tomorrow and a maximum daytime temperature of 12 Celsius. We have


been talking about rain coming in for the weekend, and we still up


our weather front working its way from the north-west. It depends on


the positioning, it is moving further west and north but it will


work its way down towards the south-east corner through Saturday


and that will fragment over as but still producing some heavy bursts


at times. It could turn a bit Winfrey over high ground. We have


still got the remnants of the front sitting across the south-east


corner on Sunday morning. We will start off quite wet again on Sunday,


gradually clearing and possibly when she with a few showers that


could contain some hail behind but also high pressure pushing up from


the South so this weekend is the only chance we will see some rain


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