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This is East Midlands Today with Anne Davies and me, Dominic Heale.
Tonight: operations are cancelled for a second week at two of our
busiest hospitals. Non-urgent operations are postponed
in at Nottingham as medics as lacy prize in emergencies. I can only
apologise to the patients and their families for the occurrence of an
operation being cancelled. Last summer's disturbances, a man
admits tried to burn down a police station.
Of also denied: at remembering Sam, a teenage victim of cardiac arrest
in the young. He lit his life to the follow and it is so said that
he got -- society didn't get a chance to fulfil his dreams.
Plus where the closure of this chain-store has caused fury among
Welcome to Monday's programme. First tonight: a hospital boss has
apologised for the cancellation of hundreds of operations in
Nottingham. Dr Peter Homa who's in charge of the Queen's Medical
Centre and City Hospital, admits the disruption to patients' lives
is unacceptable. It's a shortage of hospital beds
that's causing many of the cancellations. But for patients
caught up in the delays, the situation can seem baffling.
Third time unlucky, Geoff should have been getting ready for
hospital today but an operation to treat the impact of cancer on her
spine was put off again. It means he is still not walking as tall as
he would like. High hopes dashed. It has not been music to his ears.
He just want to get your life back together. You get yourself all
geared up to have an operation and obviously, you are concerned and
worried as to what that is going to be like. And then it is all
cancelled so you seem to be at a loss. He is not the only one. 541
operations have been cancelled this year. It was bad with 41 last week
put off and 10 put off today. They included routine operations on a
finger, a knee replacement and surgery to remove Lenin plant. The
problem the hospital says is a surge in emergencies, leaving not
enough beds for routine planned surgery. Today, the chief executive
said sorry, admitting it is unacceptable. I can only apologise
to the patients and families that have experienced the distressing
occurrence of an operation being cancelled. All of the staff who
work at the hospital understand intimately how upsetting that is.
But I would like to say that all this within the hospital are
working absolutely flat out to make sure the emergency and non- urgent
cases receive an excellent service. The situation has been going on
since the beginning of the year. When will it be sorted out? We are
in the process of sorting it out. We have put additional beds in
place. With some on the way, they hope things will East and the
situation is being reviewed daily. Nottingham is becoming a major
trauma unit, the most serious injuries in the East Midlands will
be dealt with a. The services being built up gradually. The hospital
stresses that that is not having an impact on others. They say it is
down to the usual emergencies coming through the door and a
shortage of beds. Referred this has been going on for a long time so
there is a lot of pressure to sort it out. -- we have heard.
People who were expecting treatment tomorrow, what should they do?
The latest news tonight is that seven operations, as least seven,
have been cancelled tomorrow. Those patients have been counteracted --
contacted by phone. But the duration could change but the
advice this week is if you got their routine, planned operation
coming up, to expect it to go ahead unless you here otherwise. But with
the situation being reviewed daily, there could be more cancellations
on the way, until this whole thing is sorted out.
Next tonight, a Nottingham man has admitted trying to burn down a
police station with petrol bombs. Curtis De Jean will be sentenced
after 14 other men stand trial for rioting.
Their case is due to begin tomorrow. Jeremy Ball has been at the Crown
Court in Nottingham today. And he joins us from outside the City's
Canning Circus police station which was damaged in the attack. Jeremy,
tell us about Curtis De Jean. What did you hear about him at the court
today? This afternoon, he admitted
basically carrying out an arson attack which could have put lives
in station. He also admitted a separate charge of carrying
explosives of the court heard that involved him coming here with
petrol bombs. This all emerged just as a jury was being sworn in this
afternoon. And what does that Dury have to
decide when the case does get started tomorrow?
They are going to be hearing a case against 14 other men. This is a
case against 14 men and boys who come from estates across the city
of Nottingham. Today, we heard those 14 have all denied a charge
of riot and there have also been accused of violent disorder. We
have also heard that six of those 14 are also accused of involvement
in an arson attack at Cannings circus.
We were told at the time there was not officially any rioting in
Nottingham. You will remember there was huge
political controversy over this. The authorities in Nottingham have
always existed -- insisted the trouble in the cystic -- city was
not serious enough to be described as rioting. What has changed now is
that the Crown Prosecution Service have looked at this case. They have
decided that there could be enough evidence that there was rioting
here. We have heard this is because at least 12 people are alleged to
have been involved in this trouble together. We will get details
tomorrow. Police are investigating the death
of an 80-year-old woman at a Derbyshire care home after reports
that a wardrobe may have fallen on her. Police were called to the
Coach House Nursing Home in Milford near Belper on Easter Monday
morning. A post-mortem examination was inconclusive, and police are
now working with the Health and Safety Executive to investigate the
death. Police are trying to trace party-
goers at a hotel in Nottingham, after two people were injured by
pellets. Officers were called to the Stage Hotel on Gregory
Boulevard on Saturday night. A 17- year-old man and 36-year-old woman
were found with minor leg injuries. Police say it's not yet clear what
weapon fired the pellets. MPs are to discuss the future of
the Midland Mainline tonight. A Commons debate is scheduled for
this evening, with changes such as electrification and longer trains
up for discussion. The leader of Nottinghamshire County Council, Kay
Cutts, has written to eight local MPs asking for their support. The
authority says improving the line would cut journey times to London
and boost the local economy. Still to come on the programme: the
latest in our occasional series on the health of our High Streets.
The Prime Minister has launched the Conservative election campaign in
Amber Valley. Is that a sign of the voters are about to swing against
Next tonight: it's official, the whole of the East Midlands has been
declared a drought zone. There are no hosepipe bans in place
yet because public supplies aren't affected. But rivers, streams and
farms are showing signs of the driest 18 months since records
began. These crops are safe from are
growing at the moment but if the dry spell carries on, farmers could
be in trouble. It means we are very low wall reserve water and crops
are looking OK because they've had a bit of rain. But we know there is
nothing down below at all. If the dry spell continues, there is
nothing down there to feed the crops and it could get very serious.
What is happening here is happening across the East Midlands. In the
last two months alone, there have has just been 40 % of the average
rainfall and in the last 18 months, it has been the driest since
records began. The rain we've had of late is too little, too late.
What we are urging people to do over the summer is be wise with
their water used. It is not just fish that will suffer. Back at the
farm and for John, the drug could be costly. If we don't get the
reins, the other crops suffer and this could be very expensive for us.
We are talking about an environmental drought. It is a risk
to the environment, not the water supply. If we are wise with our
water use, we avoid the possibility of getting one next year.
advice for all of us is save water now in the hope that things will
not get worse in the future. The Prime Minister was in the East
Midlands today to kick-start the Conservatives' local election
campaign. He spoke to activists in Amber Valley, where the Tories face
a strong challenge from Labour. After his Far East tour last week,
to he was an Alfred will. Inside the committee centre, there was a
noticeable lack of the exotica, just a platform of LEA eager --
eager Amber Valley candidates hoping to get elected.
Traditionally, Amber Valley is classic swing territory but for the
last 12 years it has been safely held by the Conservatives has to be
third of seats are being contested here on 3rd May and the Prime
Minister's visit may indicate some party jitters. This is the real
heart of England, because of hard work, independent minds and strong
communities. But the trouble with independently minded voters is they
might not always vote for you. have frozen the council tax as
Labour half oppose that council tax freeze. There are many Conservative
councils I could choose from but here we are, in the heart of the
country, a councillor is giving good value for money. We need to
help them with their family budgets and the council tax freezes a good
way to do that. 25 miles away in Nottingham, Labour were unveiling
their poster campaign to urge voters to reject the Prime
Minister's ambitions for a directly elected mayor. The referendum is
also being held on May 3rd. At the number Valley, that prompted a
further round of bashing of Nottingham Labour. The only council
that will not be transparent, that's right, Labour controlled not
ago. Let's take that argument for transparency out around the country.
Afterwards, the prime minister warmed to his theme. I hope people
in Nottingham will vote for a mayor, someone who can give great
leadership. Mayors are a good way to have proper accountability and
to have real leadership in our cities. The Tory faithful left
feeling upbeat, after all it has not heard -- every day you get a
Prime Minister at your local election launch.
A family says people need to be more aware of the risk of
potentially fatal heart problems in young people.
The parents of Sam Wright from Derby were speaking at a charity
event in memory of the 19-year-old, who died suddenly just before
Christmas. The event was to highlight the
shocking statistic that 12 under- 35s a week die in Britain from
often undiagnosed heart problems. A few moments of enjoyment at a
fundraiser for Elaine Wright, Kevin Wright and their remaining son,
Mark. They helped helps organise the event in Derby it as -- in
memory of their son had died suddenly just before Christmas, on
his return home from a run. Sam's friends remember him as full of
life. He was a lot of fun. I don't know, it's weird not having him
about now because this would have been one of the things he would
have turned up to and would have been running around doing
everything. If there was anyone who lived their life to the fullest, it
was some and it is sad he never got the chance to fulfil his dreams.
During the busy event, a moment of reflection as well for the family.
Some had been a lifeguard and instructor at the Seoul poll and a
keen sportsman. 12 young and fit help the people are dying every
week and it is terrible. The family says the recent case in the
football world highlights how, on these problems are. This has helped
increase awareness and hope it will help save more people. They also
believe greater public access to Diouf liberators could start --
help those like Reece Geoffrey who died last year. If we could get
more people aware of it and hopefully save more lives.
fund-raising event raised over �7,000 for a charity but the rights
hope that if publicity hope -- helps one more family avoid the
pain they've suffered, Sam's death will not be entirely in vain.
Next tonight - more on our occasional series The Street where
we follow the fortunes of three shopping areas in the East Midlands.
Tonight we're back in Beeston which is seeing big changes as
Nottingham's tram network is extended through the town.
The works are forcing the closure of a high street chain store. And
that's provoked a furious response. Removing what's left of Wilkinson's
in Beeston. You may not believe this chain-store could provoke such
strong emotion but its closure has stoked up fury in this town. The
building is being demolished to make way for the extension to
Nottingham's tram network. The stores shut this weekend, despite
2000 residents signing a position demanding that the store remained.
It is going to be like a ghost town here. I cannot imagine life without
it. I can imagine life without the tram. Wilkinson's is a part of
everybody's everyday life. Every time he went in the store, it was
for. Everybody is going to miss this door. Everybody unspoken
doesn't want the tram. Nobody is in favour of the tram. Nobody.
source of support for the tram does exist in the form of councillor,
Steve Barber. It's terrible, a disaster that they are chosen to
close at this stage, when they could have relocated. It had a
number of years to get their act together. It is not the trams fault.
The tram is an easy scapegoat. what of Wilkinson's future? It is
not looking hopeful. The company says it has genuinely been
overwhelmed by the strength of feeling expressed by customers but
it says in spite of best efforts, it hasn't found anywhere that is
suitable, where it can relocate. First tonight, all of our
Championship teams went into the weekends fixtures with something to
play for, but only one of them came out with anything! Leicester City
and Derby were hoping to strengthen their bid for the play-offs, while
Forest were looking to distance themselves from the relegation zone.
Leicester were looking for three points that the new stadium to
bolster their hopes. But things didn't go to plan. Daniel
Drinkwater brought one back but they only have three games left.
We've been playing catch-up for a while so we need a lot to go for us
and we got to win our remaining games. It is a tough call but it
today is disappointing. It was a similar story at Derby, whose own
hopes for making the play-offs were left remote, after this goal.
was a brilliant finish. The lad has come on, put his head down and
smashed the ball and hit the target. It's something I wish one of our
players would have done. We've had similar situations, if not better
ones, and failed to do that. Better news for the Reds who picked up a
potentially vital home. Against Blackpool. Forest are now seven
points clear of the drop zone. Blackpool are a tough nut to crack.
There are good team. The counter- attack very well. We knew it was
going to be a tough game but we thought probably we deserved the
three points. While major issues for our
Championship clubs are all but settled, League One Notts County
will see the drama continue to the end of the season. And hopefully
beyond. The Magpies are in a battle to get the final playoff spot. The
competition is Carlisle, Stevenage Notts have been out of the
championship for 17 years. Their journey back, heavily rests on this
game, against a team who won play- off rivals and breathing down their
necks on a potential road to Wembley. So, Keith, what you
normally do on the bus on the way to the ground? Watch a bit of
football. It is a big day today. A lot of them are coming around to
him and appreciate his style of I was allowed to sit on the bench
with my own, tiny camera, and we The view from the away dug-out is
actually the worst in the house. But the pace of the game looks so
much faster close-up. There are minutes to go now and if not can
come on, this would be a brilliant... As the clock ran down,
Damian Stuart headed a free kick off the line to give them the press
that advantage -- precious advantage.
You can see a longer version of that report on tonight's Late Kick
Off, together with extended highlights from the Championship.
Former Leicester and Forest man Stan Collymore is on the sofa too.
One last bit of football news before we move on. Well done to
Mansfield Town, who have secured their spot in the Blue Square
Premier play-offs. A return to the Football League perhaps just three
games away. Some sporting teams just have the
knack of timing their runs of form perfectly. So it is with Leicester
Tigers. If you want to win Rugby's Premiership, the secret is to
finish strongly. Tigers are going so well, they're setting records.
The game at Northampton Saints could have been really tough.
Usually a feisty local derby between teams close in the
standings. Instead, Tigers maul at With all of that in mind, they were
not going to leave Franklins Gardens without getting on the
scoreboard. The try was quality. Five bonus wins on the trot, a new
record, as was the scoreline. And Nottingham Rugby did all they
could do by posting a bonus point win at Doncaster. But it wasn't
enough and they're out of the Championship playoffs race with a
game left to play. Nottingham Canoist and Olympic
Silver Medal winner David Florence has qualified for the London
Olympics in two events. Some time back Florence set himself the
target of making history by winning Olympic medals both on his own and
as a pair with partner Richard Hounslow. Some brilliant racing in
the qualification event at Lee Valley means that he's still on
track to do it. Not so great in the Kayak for Campbell Walsh, though.
Distressed and angry with himself for missing out.
The pressure was on the former Nottingham Doctor Tim Brabants at
the weekend. He won gold in Beijing but has struggled with form after
injury and still has to qualify for London. So it's down to a best of
three race-off and Brabants, in the blue, held off his rival Paul
Wycherley by three one hundreths of a second in the first contest at
Holme Pierrepont and become national champion. The pressure is
on. It is unimportant here, an Olympic year. I'm feeling strong
now and looking forward to the Olympics. Have been watching people
qualify in the other sports and I want to be one of those people
wearing the GB kit. And the next race-off is in May.
Couple of final things to mention: In cricket there's been a flying
start to the County Championship for both Nottinghamshire, who are
on top of Division One, and Derbyshire, on top of Division two.
Both two games, two wins. And in Hockey, Leicester Ladies are
national outdoor Champions after beating Reading this weekend. Sadly
Beeston's men couldn't match them. They went out in the semi-finals.
But that's a brilliant performance by Leicester's women. Outdoor and
indoor champs this season. Continuing with a sporting theme
really and a look ahead to the London Marathon next weekend and a
remarkable woman who's going to be breaking a few records. Yes, Karen
Hodgson from Derbyshire needed a new heart in 2006 after suffering
from cardiomyopathy. Now she's on track to become the first woman
heart transplant patient to ever run in the big event as Tom Brown
reports. Today, she is looking forward to
her first marathon but looking back, Carole Hodgson knows this they may
never have come. I was told I had about a year to live. One year to
18 months. I went on to the transplant waiting list. That was a
very nerve-racking time because I knew that a lot of people don't
make it but I was very lucky. And here I am now, a week away from the
big day. I cannot believe it. lived with cardiomyopathy for more
than 15 years. She doesn't know who donated her new hardback in 2006
but they remain her biggest motivation. I feel I owe it to the
person now as well, but as well of the big reasons why a exercise and
from, because that kind person signed up so I could have this
chance. I want to make the most of it. It has been a long journeys is
the day of the transplant but now for Karen and her husband, the
finishing line is inside. She is running it for the donor and for
her family so it is going to be quite overwhelming. I think there
are going to be lots of shoulders to cry on at the end. A mixture of
relief and exhaustion and gratitude. It is something I never thought I
would be able to do. Things are changing tonight and
we've got a wet week in store. It might be a band of rain or it could
also be showers as well, on and off towards the end of the week. We
will keep a close eye on the area of clothes -- I pressure coming in.
This was the shot first thing and thank you to Geoff for sending the
sin. We have got wet and windy weather on the way tonight. There
is an area of low pressure starting to move towards the country and it
will produce a band of rain and some very strong winds across the
East Midlands as it comes towards the east. But the moment, we still
got the broken cloud with us but it will gradually start to increase
during the latter part of the evening. Then you'll start to see
that rain coming through into the early hours of the morning. That is
when the wind will also start to strengthen. A strong and gusty
south-westerly wind. Gusts of up to 40 mph as that rain band works its
way eastwards. A minimum temperature tonight of four Celsius.
We are still around during the rush hour period tomorrow morning so a
lot of surface water and spray and gusty winds as well. As it clears
the way eastwards, it leaves us with Sky's stars into Brighton but
there will be further blustery showers coming through. It will be
one of those wet and windy days with a little bit of sunshine. A
maximum daytime temperature of 12 Celsius. There is another wet day
on Wednesday. A band of rain pushing its way northwards
throughout the daytime. The wind is not quite a strong on Wednesday so
that rain band a little bit slow moving but it is much needed. We
are going to stay quiet and subtle as well as we get closer to the
weekend. The temperatures what they should be for the time of year.
Once the rain band clears on Wednesday leaving us with a showery
theme again for Thursday and Friday, a little bit nippy at night time