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This is East Midlands today with Anne Davies and me Dominic Heale.
Tonight, a Bollywood superstar brings part of Leicester to a
standstill. Hundreds turn out to meet India's first Miss Universe
here to talk about diabetes. Also tonight, without a mate for life,
of violence that has left five swans dead. What I think about the
person who has done this cannot be repeated on-camera. It is really
said. Why mechanics are now offering to engraver your car's
catalytic converter. Some interesting themes at this dressing,
the RAF, the Titanic, and even the gruffalo.
Good evening, and welcome to Thursday's programme. First tonight,
Bollywood glamour came to Leicester this evening. Hundreds of people
turned out to see the actress Sushmita Sen who was in Leicester
to raise awareness of diabetes. A lot of people suffer from the
condition in the city and it could be that thousands more remain
undiagnosed. The concern is that not everyone is getting the checks
they need to prevent serious complications.
Let's go live now to our reporter Rob Sissons who's been with the
crowds this afternoon. It be an incredible afternoon
herein Leicester. You would not believe how many people turned out
there. These were the scenes a few hours ago, they turned out in
strength to see the former Miss Universe, and Bollywood actress,
they have made it across town, some very heavy traffic, to publicise
diabetes. There are problems with diabetes in Leicester? There are
problems, people haven't been tested, not been diagnosed. They
continue with their lifestyle, which means they will die younger
as a result. The presence of Sir Sushmita Sen here, not only adds a
bit of glamour, but reminds people about the necessity to go out and
be tested. She has closed the roads here. The eyes of the world were on
you in Leicester, it was incredible? An electrifying. We
were expecting a lot of wonderful people. Diabetes is something you
care about, you have it in your family? It is more than that.
People need to be aware, it is something that is affecting many
lives across the words that the present stage. -- across the world.
Lots of people haven't been tested? I was not aware until I had some
blood taken, that news was given to me, I had diabetes. She had a test
today, she is in perfect health. Tomorrow, people should go to their
GP, and asked to be tested. I got to know that there are 850,000
people who have not been tested. Did your grandmother had it?
maternal grandmother. Do you worry that it is genetic? Whether it is
genetic or not, it doesn't matter. As a former Miss Universe, you have
to we healthy? -- you have to eat healthy. Of course. Beth still be
tested. -- but you still have to be tested. You have brought Bollywood
to Leicester? We are looking to raise money and awareness, it is an
important message. This is a publicity stunt, dear think the
message gets lost? It is not the -- it is not a publicity stunt.
Publicity is important. It may not be a stunt. It is important. It is
not just the message. It is collecting of the funds. Great to
meet you. The red carpet is waiting, and of the drummers. Take it away
guys. -- and of the driers. A tenth person has been arrested by
police investigating the murder of a teenager in Nottingham. 19-year-
old Malakai McKenzie died from a gunshot wound. He was shot in the
car park of The Hubb in Sherwood last month. A 22-year-old man is
being questioned on suspicion of murder. 3 men have already been
charged with murder and 6 other people arrested have been released
on bail. Police say the injunction they
obtained to stop so-called 'drifters' who race their cars late
at night, has worked. Warning notices were handed to drivers as
they gathered to race in the Netherfield area of Nottingham. As
many as 200 met regularly at the Victoria Retail Park. People living
nearby said it was noisy and disruptive. The police feared it
was putting lives at risk. The Newark MP, Patrick Mercer, says
he'll cooperate fully with any investigation by the Parliamentary
Commissioner on Standards into his relationship with a security firm.
It alleged Mr Mercer secured a parliamentary pass for the head of
Clearwater Security, while the Conservative MP was being paid by
the company for consultancy work. The commissioner will now
investigate whether Mr Mercer broke any rules.
Still to come this evening - why aren't we building enough new
houses? And if we did where should we put them?
Also find out how this new medical device invented here in the East
Midlands could help doctors save thousands of lives every year.
An RSPCA inspector says he's been left sickened after a nesting swan
was shot through the head with an air rifle. It's thought the same
person was responsible for shooting four other birds elsewhere in
Nottinghamshire. Quentin Rayner reports.
It's been day since the -- it been days since the Mel swan lost his
partner. The Fe Mel was found with a single air rifle pellet in their
head. The Nesta went cold. Other birds were also found shot. Chris
Shaw from the RSPCA recover the day it's one from the nest after it was
reported by a member of the public. He probably hasn't realised that
those eggs are dead quite yet. He's doing what is instinctive to him.
He's sitting on his dead babies. It is so sad. It is so sickening. I
would absolutely love to prosecute the person responsible. It was this
that a dog walker who raised the alarm with the RSPCA and the police.
She is so disgusted with what has happened she has had posters put up
offering �100 operate money as a reward. You think how can anyone be
so crawl? It is absolutely mindless. -- be so nasty. How could someone
do something so mindless? someone is caught, they could face
a fine of �5,000, or a prison sentence. It is likely to be weeks
before the male swan realises the futility of his vigil.
They're designed to make car emissions cleaner - but instead
thieves in the East Midlands have been converting catalytic
convertors into cash. After a spate of thefts in South Derbyshire,
police today offered drivers the chance to protect their very
expensive exhaust systems - by engraving them. Carolyn Moses
reports. This garage usually makes catalytic
converters, today it is trying to protect them, engraving them so
they can be traced back to their rightful owners. This is your
typical exhaust system, and this is what of the feats have been
targeting. Almost 40 of these have been stolen in Derbyshire in the
last two months. Police warned drivers to take action. It is
predominantly 4x4 owners. Put it up by the garage, by the side of the
house. Make it difficult for them to get underneath. Put obstacles in
the way. It is unlikely to be attacked if it is safe outside.
is not worth a massive amount of value, but it will cost a lot to
replace. We want to try and prevent the this kind of theft. There is
added peace of mind if you mark your exhaust. It is a bit like the
value of scrap-metal, making it the target of thieves. It is a good
idea. As well as the engraving, police are offering advice on other
security measures. There is a regional wider operation, with
prices stay high, they are still monitoring scrap-metal dealerships.
Hundreds of plants - which could be used to fight cancer - have been
stolen from a nature reserve in Derbyshire. The plants which are
commonly known as Lords and Ladies were taken from a Site of Special
Scientific Interest in Dovedale. Police are concerned because the
plants are poisonous. If they're not prepared properly they can kill.
A call centre says it's on track to employ 1000 people in Derby by
August. Hero TSC took over the former Egg building on Pride Park
at the end of last year creating 700 jobs. Its main client is Sky.
The company's now looking for another client, which could mean
hundreds more jobs. A giant incinerator in Nottingham
is set to get final permission to increase - significantly - the
amount of rubbish it burns. The Eastcroft plant would be able to
burn an extra forty thousand tonnes of waste a year - something that's
angered environmental campaigners and people living nearby. For its
part, the Environment Agency says it will carefully monitor emissions.
Simon Ward reports. This is the biggest heat
distribution system in the UK. The energy provides heating for 0.5
4,500 homes. The company who wanted has been given permission to
increase the burning of waste. It is set to go opted to a hundred
thousand tonnes a year. Friends of the Earth say should be recycled
instead of being burned. We say this is not the best available
technology. Most of the waste that is burnt here should be separately
collected. They should be recycled. Even if they are going to use an
incinerator, there are ones that achieve much better admissions.
company has to shut down at times to avoid going over the limit be
allowed to burn. The company allows long operation would be better for
the environment. The household waste is brought in from around
Nottingham and Nottinghamshire. The council wants more recycling, but
says incineration is the practicality. As a nation we are
producing more waste. Much of that can be recycled, but there is an
element that needs to be disposed of. It is far better to get some
energy from that waste rather than put it into a landfill. You can
still contact the Environment Agency with your views. The public
Controversial plans to build more than 6000 new homes on the edge of
Nottingham have been given the go- ahead. Broxtowe Borough Council
says without them, the error -- area faces a looming housing crisis.
They will be built on 97 sites, including green belt land this
Stableford. Councillors backed the plans last night despite protests
from some residents and opposition from leading Conservatives.
A report has warned that the East Midlands is only building half the
number of new homes it needs to meet future demand. The National
Housing Federation and Shelter says the region should be building up an
additional 22,000 new homes each year. Last year, the total was less
than half of that at just under 9000.
The report says 7000 people are now homeless in the region, and
predicts private sector rents will increase by 25% over the next few
years. The average price of a home in the East Midlands is now
�165,000, more than eight times higher than the average wage of
�20,000. With us now is Chris Hobson from
the National had been fed up -- National Housing Federation. The
figures are pretty stark. What are the consequences if we continue and
do not build enough houses? They are pretty bad. We saw some
statistics there into homelessness and overcrowding. There is a
massive mismatch between supply and demand, and it will put a pressure
on prices and means that the average home is going further away
from the average person. What is the answer? The building
industry is in recession. I am sure they would like to build more. It
is more difficult to raise a mortgage.
Investing in new homes is exactly that, investing. You are giving
money to the economy and creating jobs and supporting local
businesses and local enterprise. It is not necessarily throwing money
away at all, it is about keeping money going and building homes
people need to live in. A the other problem is where to
build them. If you start using greenfield site, people get upset
about it. A lot of people recognise the need
for new homes, although they are maybe less vocal. They need
somewhere for their children to live and they want to support local
businesses. Also, there are many sites that can be built on that are
less than contentious, old hospital sites for example. So there are
many options are there. In terms of demographics, we have a
changing population, a huge boom in the number of elderly people is
predicted. Does that change the way be look at housing and houses?
It is important that local authorities recognise that the
housing need will be different in the future and that homes are built
to meet those needs. Sounds like it is a complicated and
difficult issue. Thank you very much.
There is more about housing policy in the East Midlands in the latest
blog from our political editor, The medical gadget which has been
invented hearing the is Midlands and could help doctors saved
thousands of lives right around the world.
It a Nottingham firm has come up with a little digital instrument
that measures the sight of people's pupils. It is essential in
diagnosing a head injury. It is up for a prestigious award.
At the scene of emergency, it is vital for a doctor to assess
straightaway whether their patient has a brain injury, but it is
something really difficult to act - - accurately diagnose. Doctors have
to rely on shining a light into the eye of their patient to see how
their pupils react to light. The problem is that that is just
guesswork, and that is where this New Invention comes in. This is a
telescope which gives a digital measurement of the size of the
people and dilation. That means doctors have a more accurate way of
diagnosing head injuries. It removes the subjectivity, so it
means it is rather like using a digital thermometer. There is now a
measurement that they can track, and with any head injury, you are
looking to prevent potential brain injury, so the faster you can
diagnose that patient, the better it is for the patient, and you are
looking at improving outcomes. It is a finalist in an awards
ceremony in the East Midlands. It is like the Dragon's den for the
health world, where innovative new products are on show. These kind of
inventions will make it real difference to patient care in the
future. You can see things that will really
change lives. I think also, the other thing is it will bring growth
and jobs to this area, and give people a much better and quicker
experience of illness, and we all want that to be as painless as
possible. The inventors believe it will be as
routine for doctors to carry one as it is for them to have a
stethoscope at the moment, and they say thousands of lives could be
saved because of it. That is one amazing gadgets!
Still to come, it is well dressing time in Derbyshire, and this year's
designs are particularly eye- Always topical, always eye-catching,
Colin in sport! You're definitely write! There has
been a lot happening. Leicester City are on the verge of making
another signing, had it could be a record-breaker. Fleetwood Town
striker Jamie Vardy is the man and the deal is being finalised right
now, with the Foxes report to be paying �1 million, the most ever
for a non-League player. We will update due as we get it. Nottingham
Forest are trying to hang on to their players, there are reports
today linking Chris Gunter with a move to Swansea City. Swansea have
tonight they have made an official bid for the Welsh international,
but we understand there has been interest, so watch this space.
And Mansfield manager Paul Cox has signed a new two year deal to stay
at Field Mill. Next, a close look at one of our
Olympic hopefuls. Harry Aiknes- Aryeetey is likely to be part of
the British 4x100 metres team, and that is despite some career-
threatening injuries. I sat my tent and in my hamstring
back in 2010, so it took be the whole year to come back from that.
-- snapped my tendon. Then I had a stress fracture in my back. To come
back again, that is also something in itself.
Reflecting on a remarkable few years which despite injury, have
seen the Harry Aiknes-Aryeetey collect medals at numerous
competitions as well as being named BBC Young Sports personality of the
year. This was ahead of the likes of Theo Walcott. As his training
schedule ramps up, he says the prospect of competing on the
biggest Major-Ball would be the culmination of a childhood dream. -
- biggest stage of all. They're all the 90,000 people
behind it, had it will be difficult to make the final, but I have a
real chance in the relay. The 23-year-old's chances of glory
looked slim when he was recently diagnosed with asthma, but nothing
will slow this sprinter down. I just get on with it, and it
builds character, it builds who you are.
And Harry is one character we hope will make his mark in London this
summer. Do you think he has been working
out? Stuart Broad has been the start for
England today, he has taken six wickets, and his victims have been
the West Indies in the first Test. He had already accounted for the
opener when he got into the middle order for stock Marlon Samuels and
Denesh Ramdin fell in successive overs. He did for Darren Sammy
before this, a caught and bowled, and finally the wicket of Fidel
Edwards pulls off England looking in control.
Derbyshire are in control in the first innings of their County
Championship game, while at Grace Road, the that they are having the
best bet. -- the bat men are having the best of it.
Now too late edition of dating back to the 19th century which probably
started off well before that. We are talking about the village
tradition of well dressing. Well, one of the most popular well
dressing events every year is the one at Tissington, which boasts six
wells. The artwork often portrays religious themes, but they have
gone for something quite diverse It is a time-honoured tradition,
the service to bless the wells of Tissington. Clergy from all
denominations and hundreds of visitors blather to give --
gathered to give the festival a proper send-off.
I bless this well and we pray in Jesus's name.
They are all a delight to the 35,000 visitors who are expected
here over the next seven days. The artwork is really beautiful,
and it shows great imagination. It is a wonderful event even with the
bat weather. We saw one on the coach coming in.
Up until this year, we had a solid line on biblical themes, but we
felt we would open it up and see what creativity would come this
year. The graph below is very similar to the story of David and
Goliath, so it is not too far away from what we are used to.
Those pictures took about 150 people several days to make. The
sea and Titanic to have connections to Tissington.
There are people whose lives were lost on the Titanic. There is a
grave in the graveyard. There is a little bit of importance with the
Titanic and the village as well. We try to do something topical on
some of the Wells, and there is the jubilee this year. We have got an
amazing RAF tributes to our men in the skies.
Eventually, the clay tries and the petals wither. If you want to see
the dressings here because they are only here for another week, until
next Wednesday. Such a beautiful place, Tissington.
Completely out of time, all on its own. She was going on about it all
The weather built fluctuate, but it will be nice to get out and about.
-- the weather will fluctuate. This young fox decided to take a rest in
Adam's gardener when we saw some sunshine. We have had a glimmer of
sunshine through this afternoon, it was very brief and if you blink you
will miss it. But there is still an occasional break out there at the
moment, and it will fill in again. There has been patchy rain around
with further outbreaks taking us through the night-time period. It
will be quite cloudy tonight and mild with a minimum temperature of
seven Celsius. The first thing tomorrow we will start off with
that gradually clearing. There could be sunshine in the middle
part of the day, but it will be quite short-lived, because the next
area of rain pushes up from the south for the afternoon period, and
that will be quite a showery as well. The wind will also pick up
from the north-east, so it will be a call the direction. -- a cold
that direction. It is fragmenting and will be across the north of the
region through Saturday. It will be a windy weekend with the north
easterly wind, as they will be some breaks appearing across the south.
On Sunday, low-pressure is not far away. It is a warm front of working
its way northwards throughout the day, so I a windy day and quite