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This is East Midlands Today with Anne Davies and me, Quentin Rayner.


Tonight, hundreds of jobs to go at British Gas.


300 staff are told their jobs are going overseas.


Also tonight, things are hotting up for Rangers with an earlier than


usual warning of fire. Buzz, the women caught up in the


breast implant scandal says the Government has acted too little too


late. The longer these implants are


inside us, the more damage they are doing.


And, helping students to fathom out their academic futures. Nowadays,


especially with the increased fees, it really is about the cause and


getting the right grades. -- course.


Good evening, our top story tonight: Hundreds of jobs are to go


at a company in Leicester. British Gas Business made the announcement


this morning. 300 posts will move overseas. The company say they need


to save money and stay competitive. Helen Astle reports.


The sunny skies at British Gas business were in short -- sharp


contrast to the atmosphere inside the company today, where employees


were given the grim news this morning. 300 jobs are to go, both


here and at the side in the city. The jobs will move overseas and


staff are shocked. It is upsetting because you have got colleagues who


had you have worked with for so many years. What is the mood like?


Not very good at the moment. But is to be expected, really. Many of the


people we spoke to did not want to talk to us on camera. They describe


the atmosphere inside as sombre. One woman who has worked here for


24 years said the way the situation has been handled is brittle. No one


This is a disappointment at for the families, and clearly British Gas


is a big employer, so it is a great shame. But, if you look at the


current employment market, there are a lot of jobs available now for


people with skills, and I'm sure that a lot of people come out of


British Gas the skills that other companies are looking for. A 90 day


consultation period has now begun with staff, but for many here,


tonight their future is uncertain. Staying with jobs and a company in


Derby is recruiting 300 new workers. AS-System is a French owned


engineering firm based at a number of locations in Derby. It works


closely with Rolls Royce. The company has already taken on more


than 70 new staff and expects the total to be 300 over the next three


years. It's keen to employ local engineers, who have transferable


skills and want to move into the aerospace industry.


You're watching East Midlands Today from the BBC, and there's plenty


more to settle down to, including the craftsman who's making a giant


throne from an ancient sweet chestnut to showcase


A woman who fears her health has been put at risk because of leaking


breast implants says the Government has done too little too late to --


too late. Jane Brown has been campaigning to get the NHS to offer


more choice is to women caught up in the breast implant scandal. In a


moment, we will hear from the East Midlands MP who heads the Commons


health select committee, but first, he is her story.


Jane told me at least one of her breast implants is leaking. Eight


years ago she had been put in because she was worried about the


way breast-beating had left that shape of her body. I was left with


very little breast tissue after that, and it just made me really


self-conscious. The operation boosted her confidence, but then


the problems started. About 2008 I first started noticing problems,


particularly with the left one - a deep rippling in them and lumps


forming under my arms. The implants were manufactured in France. Some


were filled with sub-standard silicon used as matches for love.


Jane's private clinic today scan for her, and she knows one of them


is leaking. It is really scary because we don't know the effects


of this stuff. The thought of that leaking in the is really


frightening. I have got it in my lymph nodes, I know because I can


feel the lumps there. Kind of like marbles under the armpits, and you


can feel them moving around. When I spoke to the NHS surgeon he said it


was the silicon that has leaked into the lymph nodes. Some people


say this is the price for being vain. I did not suddenly wake up


one morning and think I would have a breast job. It was a long and


hard decision to have them done. The NHS will remove implants.


Pressure mounted today for them also to offer the chance for


patients to have them replaced, but had -- perhaps with a top-up fees.


A whole year has been wasted, really, from when they were first


band to when we found out. The longer these implants are inside


Lee, the more damage they are doing. That is where I am keen to get them


out as soon as possible. Can Jane turned to the NHS before help about


her implants and she had to have her as removed next month. She is


not sure whether she wants new ones put in.


Earlier I spoke to the chairman of the Commons health select committee,


MP locally. I asked him why the committee objected to the end the -


- NHS only removing the implants and not replacing them as well.


is important to be clear about the principles here, which is that an


implantation was made which was faulty in the private sector, and


therefore the first responsibility for putting this right rests on the


private clinic that inserted the faulty implants. What the NHS has


said and the committee agrees with the Government about this is that


if the private clinic won't do that, then the woman should be able to


rely on a removal of a faulty implant by an NHS hospital when


that is clinically required. The NHS should send the bill to the


private sector that put that faulty implant in in the first prize. The


difficulty arises when a woman chooses to have a replacement


implant inserted and in those circumstances the Government is


currently saying that it needs to be done on a separate day - in


other words, the woman needs to go through two separate operations to


have that achieved. The committee things that is not only to find


common sense, to require a woman to go through to operations where only


one is necessary, it is also very bad medicine, to be putting a woman


through to procedures were only one is necessary. What are you


suggesting? That the woman pays for the replacement at the same time as


removal? Indeed. We think that, where a woman chooses to have a


replacement implant, it is clearly continuing to be a private


procedure -- no one is suggesting the NHS should pay for this


procedure, but it should be open to the woman to have it done while she


is in hospital, having the original implant removed. But the Government


says that this flies in the face of a founding principle of the NHS,


that nobody pays for treatment on the NHS. If you go down this road,


it will set an unwelcome precedent. I think that is to interpret the


rules, and I am very familiar with the rules and I am committed to the


principle that NHS care should be available to everyone for free. No


one is saying that there should be a purely cosmetic procedure


available on the NHS. But NHS hospitals, many -- they do many


private sector procedures. All we are saying is that in these


circumstances, a woman should not be expected to go through to


operations where only one is necessary, and that the private


insertion of a new implant should be available at the same time as


the removal of the old implant, the cost of which everyone accepts,


including the Government, should be charged to the clinic that inserted


the faulty implant. Two men have been found guilty of the murder of


a former policeman from Leicester. The body of Paul Fyfe, who was 47,


was found at a house in Rowlatts Hill in the city last June. He died


from a single stab wound to the chest. Mohammed Adnam Hirsi and


Ameen Hassan Jogee have been jailed for a total of 42 years.


Next tonight, a court's heard the former president of the UDM has


been accused of false accounting, of being "palpably dishonest" and a


liar. Neil Greatrex repeatedly denied the allegations. He, along


with fellow mining union leader Mick Stevens, are both charged with


stealing almost �150,000 from a charity. They controlled the money


which was meant to care for sick and elderly miners. Nottingham


Crown's court's been told they used it instead, to carry out


improvements to their own homes. Mick Stevens, who also denies the


charges, is due to appear in court tomorrow.


Extra patrols are being mounted in the Derbyshire Peak District as


concern grows about the threat of moorland fires. Rangers said they


had never issued this kind of warning this early, but the dry


weather and warm temperatures are ideal conditions for fires to break


out. Visitors are also being advised about the dangers. We can


just see you there, Carolyn. Blair, I am in the Derbyshire Peak


District on what looks like a glorious summer's evening. In fact,


it has been a day of short sleeves, shades, and unbroken sunshine. And


this is march! Combine that with an unseasonally dry winter, and


impending school holidays when there are lots of visitors expected


here, and you will understand why Rangers are particularly worried


about this tinder-dry bracken. They are signs usually seen in


summer, but this year, fire season has come early, and with it, the


warnings. The dry winter means a warm, sunny spring could be even


riskier than mid- July. Even a simple cigarette could start a


wildfire. There is so much dead grass and bracken. All sorts of


things that can just burn very easily, potentially the peat and


her the catching fire. Once that is a light it can burn underground for


periods of days or even weeks. year there were a number of fires


in April, but Rangers admit warnings this early are unusual.


is certainly showing stress from lack of water. They say if a fire


happens now, the results could be far-reaching. We have


internationally important species that breed on the moorland, and


they are all ground-nesting birds. And also, the animals are starting


to have their young, so the Lambs was to be out. Any fires are a


potential threat to them. And, it is not just wildlife. Walkers, too,


said they have been thrown by the timing of the warnings. I am really


shocked about that. I can't even remember that we have had one. To


be getting one now is really bad. It is really like a tinderbox up


there. It is really very dry. after any fire receding the burnt


areas of the Peak District can also be a major operation. With hotter,


drier summers and springs been forecast for coming years, it is


work that is not going to go away as the risks increase.


Just to reiterate, they are asking for no naked flames, cigarettes, a


barbecue. To show just how seriously they are taking this risk


of fires, they have been training all week here in the Peak District


- Rangers, fire officers, gamekeepers, coming together to


practise their fire-fighting skills. The hopers, with proper care, they


won't need to put them into It is a double worry for young


people, rising tuition fees and high unemployment. Teenager's face


tough choices when deciding whether to go to university or enter the


world of work. So universities from across the


country came together as today for a fair to highlight what students


would get for their money. They came in their thousands. Mind


and a half 1000 to be precise over the course of today and tomorrow.


Teenagers from across the region, at the end of their school career


and now wondering whether to embark on a new one at university. People


don't want to go because these are high. A lot of people want to go to


college but the fees are high. INDISTINCT.


With tuition fees now costing up to �9,000 a year, or respect its --


prospective students are asking questions about the quality of


courses on offer and what sort of Careers they could lead to in the


future. Nationally, university applications


are down three per cent. He in Derby they -- there have been eight


per cent fewer. A sign of the so- called rush tradition with more


established universities seen as a better investment for many


prospective students and their parents. We are looking for the


complete package, to get the right course with good employment


prospects after that. We have noticed people are looking at


traditional subjects a bit more, maybe not vocational ones as much,


and we would say if you want a job in media or fashion, though is our


traditional Careers and still require those courses. People are


looking at how to pay accommodation fees. Derby is hoping hosting the


event will hope to sell its courses to others who may decide to stay a


little closer to home. Simon Hare, East Midlands Today, Derby.


Now something you may not be aware of, there are apparently now more


herons nesting at the Attenborough Nature Reserve in Nottinghamshire


than ever before. I thought you were going from Monty


Python joke? There are now 14 s compared to 25 in previous years.


Tom Brown has more. Hunting for herons, something that


this year seems particularly easy. So far 41 nests have been found at


Attenborough Nature Reserve, which now makes it the largest heronry in


the county. Once we got beyond 25 and knew we still have more we


started getting excited, then we once cut -- once we got be on 30


and into the port is we were really excited and knew we were on to


record for the site -- into the Forties. Why this increase? The


mild winter has certainly helped but the Wildlife Trust has also put


it down to the Prime wetland habitat on offer here, including


good quality water for of the brain needed to feed the and heron chicks.


-- full of the prey needed. The Wild Life Trust says this could


lead to even more Herren nests in future. It is great for people


visiting the reserve to see the behaviours of herons which they may


be wouldn't have seen in the past before at such close quarters. If


the increase in numbers will be great news but we are lucky enough


to have her heronry of this size here at Attenborough. It is big,


you can see it easily and it doesn't hide. Unlike a lot of those


little grey or brown things it is easy to see, you don't need a


telescope or binoculars or an expensive camera, you can just look


here and see quite clearly, it is not difficult to see. With the


number of Heron's now creeping into triple figures, it could be more


than just the unseasonable weather but helps drawing the crowds. --


that helps. From the countryside to the town,


Grantham is bidding for a share of funds from the scheme promoted by


the retail expert Mary Portas. The government has a �1 million pot of


cash to boost town centres. Business leaders in Grantham want


to improve the look of the town and attract more shoppers. Market


Harborough in Leicestershire has also confirmed it has applied for


funding from the scheme. What you do with the 350-year-old


tree that has blown down in the wind?


Do you have a great big bonfire? No. One man's answer is to make it into


a giant throne, of course, as Peter Snow reports, it is all about


showcasing Nottinghamshire's skills in Italy.


Patrick Turk has worked with would all his life, but his latest


commission is a chair, or rather a throne, with a difference. This


thing is huge, it is 8 ft high, to the top the seat is just under 3 ft,


and the arms of 50 of inches of the ground, so it is huge. -- 50 of


inches. Not a normal chair. wood has come from a giant tree,


which Patrick named the restoration tree. The so called Restoration


tree was planted here in Sherwood Forest by William Cavendish first


Duke of Newcastle. 350 years later when it blew down in a gale it


provided the wood and the inspiration for some furniture.


fact that Patrick works with trees that grow in Sherwood Forest is


incredibly inspiring. It is unique, incredibly, and I think the world


will want it once they get to know about it as well, and also the fact


that he is using traditional craftsmanship. The machine couldn't


make a thrown out of these pictures are -- pieces of wood because it is


twisted, particularly at the back, where it came off the trunk and was


milled, there for every single rail on the side is a different length.


The finished Rome will be taken to the International Design Festival


in Milan in two weeks -- finished throne. Meanwhile, the first


finished panel has returned to the forest. I like to bring some of it


back to the woodland it came from, and when the throne is finished her


plea of the weather was nice we will bring it here and put it in


front of the tree -- hopefully if the weather is nice. The tree is


not dead. New buds have appeared and in 350 years' time it could be


back to its original height. How fabulous!


Beautiful. Good use of an old tree. I would love a throne!


And we are all in the pink today. Pretty pink faced as well today in


the heat, but is there more to come?


Yes, it will last for another glorious day across the East


Midlands tomorrow, but advice from me, keep your coats and scarves


It is cricketing weather, I would say.


Need to. We could be playing it now.


There is cricket to come, but we will start with football, and while


we have been spoiled for the sunshine so far, Notts bowled four


goals last night I am afraid. Leicester's pygmies -- East


Midlands derby ended goalless. -- not spoilt for goals. The foxes


have edged just a little closer to the play-off places.


These lads were certainly dreaming of scoring for Leicester before the


game, and both sets of fans were arriving confident of seeing lots


of goals. Death and at Leicester win, 3-nil. -- definite Leicester


win. Confident, 3-0. Easy win for Nottingham Forest. Leicester are


going to win for definite. 3-1. Come on you reds!


So expectations were high, in the end, though, neither keeper was


trouble too much, both sides with the odd chance to grab all three


points, forest with some early pressure, without any real cutting


edge. Leicester's best chance is probably fell to the two plays it -


- players who scored in Saturday's win. Ben Marshall phantoms of in


some space with the crowd urging him to shoot -- found himself in


some space. He obliged but it missed the goal. Then Lloyd Dyer


had a chance to get on the scoresheet and leasing a shot that


went narrowly wide -- unleashing. In the second half the Reds had a


great chance to break the debt -- deadlock with Dexter backstop's


header hitting the bar. But a. Leaves the foxes four points of the


play-offs and the reds are away from danger, an important point for


them then. All in all we are pleased with the point. We knew it


would be a tough game, and it is a measure of how far we have come


since last time, which wasn't very good at all. Many sides are


slipping up, so a two point drop for as in some ways, but we still


believe we have a fighting chance. News from Derby County, Captain


Shaun Barker has been under the surgeon's knife today having an


operation on the knee he injured during the match against Nottingham


Forest. It was a really nasty injury. He dislocated his kneecap


and ruptured his medial and cruciate ligaments. He is expected


to be out for a year. He has been unlucky in a sense as he has


already had injuries, so he knows what to expect. He is a strong


enough character to know what he is coming towards, and he will work


hard and come better -- come back a better player. In ice hockey, there


was a shock defeat for Nottingham Panthers in Glasgow last night.


Their hopes of a second trophy so that a major setback as they lost


their first play-off match 3-0 at Braehead Clan. It means they will


really have to pull something out of the back for Saturday's return


leg at the National Ice Centre. In rugby now, Leicester Tigers have


suspended Ben Youngs for a week after an internal disciplinary


where he was cited for striking an opponent in the win over London


Irish. In cricket, Nottinghamshire's Graeme Swann took


six second innings wickets for England against Sri Lanka, but they


will have to make history tomorrow to win. England need a record 340


runs on the final day. Closer to home, and the domestic


cricket season starts next week, but Derbyshire are also planning


well beyond this season, they are hunting for future young talent


within the county and getting the first team players to help by


taking coaching sessions. Jeremy Nicholas has more.


A under the new scheme, Derbyshire players now have written into their


contract that they must give up some of their time to coach


youngsters, and it seems they are only too happy to help. Having come


through the system myself, it seems like five minutes and so was he the


Academy doing these sessions, so for me personally it is great to be


here helping out every way I can, and these lads in the first-team


squad at the moment feel the same, I know. It is important for asked


to come back and talk to the young guys because it was only a few


years ago we were in their position being coached off guys we looked up


to playing first-team cricket, so it is definitely important for us


to come down and pass on our knowledge. With limited resources


to attract top players to the county, Derbyshire had to discover


local talent and develop it. -- hope to discover. It is vital. The


academy will provide us with the life blood of the future teams. It


is going back to how things were when you and I grew up, really,


when we saw local Gap -- lads playing from local county side, the


likes of Bob Taylor, Geoff Miller, Mike Hendrick, local lads, great


for Derbyshire, who represented England. They is nothing better.


The players enjoy seeing the youngsters prosper but owners of


warning about them progressing too quickly. -- there are warnings.


need to keep your eye open to make sure they are not trying to steal


my place! -- I need to keep an eye open.


It will probably pour with rain next week when the season starts!


It will last into tomorrow when we have high pressures and high


temperatures for the time of the year. However, at this time of the


we have chilly night, which is on the cards tonight. Firstly, Jamie,


thank you very much for this picture. He took it yesterday at


Loughborough University with his brand new camera and needed lots of


patience to get a shot, so thanks for that. E-mail us, the addresses


on the screen. We started the week with high pressure in the North Sea


which stayed with us for the last couple of days, gradually moving


across the UK and slowly today out into the Atlantic. It will cling on


for the next 24 hours to bring another beautiful day tomorrow, but


will then move away into the end of the week when temperatures will


come down quite considerably, you will notice. This evening we have


clear skies, lovely early evening sunshine before it gets dark, and


then with clearer skies overnight tonight it might get cold enough in


rural spots to see frost to start the morning, a little bit of Mr in


places, but mostly minivans of four Celsius -- mist in places. Tomorrow


morning we will have a chilly start, clear skies and yet again another


glorious day right across the East Midlands. A couple of degrees


cooler tomorrow, around about 21 Celsius, 70 Fahrenheit. You will


notice it is lower, of course, there, but still doing nicely


across this time of the year on the coast. High pressure still on


Friday but we are in for a decent day, plenty of sunshine but


temperatures starting to come down on Friday, 16 Celsius your high,


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