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This is East Midlands Today with Dominic Heale and me, Anne Davies.
Tonight: After five long years, the all—clear for Alex.
He had pioneering brain treatment —— brain tumour treatment in the US,
now he is completely cured. Plus, 131 guns that will not be
falling into the hands of criminals.
And when Harry met William. At 87, the country's oldest referee is
welcomed at Buckingham Palace. To think I have got here through
football, unbelievable, isn't it? Good evening and welcome to a new
week on East Midlands Today. And we start with a celebration for a
remarkable young boy — just nine years old — who for most of his life
has been living under the threat of cancer. Alex Barnes from
Leicestershire was only four years old when his family gambled
everything and took him to America for pioneering treatment.
It was only with the help of thousands of well—wishers in the
East Midlands that they could afford it. Today he was finally given the
all clear — the news his family thought they would never hear.
Just take a look at Alex now. He is alive and kicking. The sky's the
limit, and cancer is a thing of the past. Five years, are really
important milestone. His mother was given the news today that everything
is looking good. What a relief. I cannot believe how bad the last five
years have been, and now we can relax. That decision to go to
America was huge. Yes, it wasn't an easy thing, and to take that chance,
into the unknown, I would like to thank everybody who helped us.
Let us have a look at everything you have been through. Alex may have
looked the picture of health five years ago, but a brain tumour the
size of a golf ball was growing inside his brain. His mother had
family in Florida, but it was the biggest decision of her life to go
to America. For life—saving therapy. If I can
get him treatment like the proton therapy treatment which does not
have side effects, he will walk out of that centre afterwards and there
will be no side effects. It is my responsibility as his mother to
ensure that you get the best chance.
Proton therapy was already making headlines in America. Here is how ——
how ABC News explained the treatment.
Conventional radiation burns everything in its path. By
contrast, the new radiation shoots proton particles that can be told
precisely when and where to explode, releasing all their energy to
destroy cancer cells. By 2011, Alex appeared to be beating
cancer. The NHS was talking of funding 400 children a year to go
abroad for proton therapy. And there was a pledge to build centres in the
UK. We paid £110,000 altogether, but it was well —— worth every penny. We
went back to Florida at Christmas time to flip —— say thank you to all
the people at the therapy centre. There were already three or four
families there from the UK. Alex, can you remember anything
about America? You were four years old. I can remember all the cars
parked out in the car park. And the beach? What about your dreams for
the future? I would like to become a footballer for either Liverpool or
lustre. You better not say Liverpool Road here! There are probably a full
—— a few glory supporters who arrived. Are you proud of your
brother? Yes, he has been really brave and he has gone through a lot.
The story of proton therapy goes on because they are bringing it to the
UK, and they? Hopefully, by 2017 we will have this treatment here for
our children. Because you had to raise all that money. Luckily
everybody rallied round and help us. Well, it is great to see you
doing so well. I went to Florida with Alex and his family, I will
never forget it. What a fantastic outcome. We won't
forget it either, how nice to start the programme like that today.
Police have named a man whose body was found near a Derbyshire miners'
welfare club as they continue to question five people.
48—year—old Barry Smith was found dead in Kilburn yesterday morning.
The cause of death is still being investigated. Two men and two women
have been arrested on suspicion of murder, another man's been arrested
on suspicion of assisting an offender.
An ex—classmate of the Leicestershire teenager accused of
planning a series of bomb and gun attacks has told a court the boy
threatened to shoot him in the head. The prosecution told the Old Bailey
the 17—year—old boy, who can't be named for legal reasons, also
brought a knife into college to show fellow students. He denies terrorism
charges, and the case continues. Still to come — a controversial free
school re—opens, but there's still no official word on why it closed.
Also tonight, we look at some of the weapons which have been handed in
during an amnesty. Next this evening: The family torn
apart for carrying out voluntary work abroad. Gill Reagan has been
married to her American husband Herb for twenty years, and they have
three children in Nottingham. But after they all spent ten years
working together on a church project in South Africa, Herb was told he
couldn't come back to live with them in the UK. Carolyn Moses reports.
Gill Reagan and her three boys have happy memories of the ten years they
spent volunteering in South Africa, but when they decided to move back
to the UK they could not have imagined the stress they would be in
three months later. Because while these four live in
Nottingham, Herb is 3,000 miles away in Georgia after being refused
re—entry to the country he has lived in for more than ten years.
It has been a roller—coaster, emotionally, for both of us. And for
all of us. We keep being positive and helpful, but sometimes it just
feels desperate. Each time we have had the turn down, and had the Visa
declined, we have just been desperate. It does not make sense to
have a family separated like this. It was going to be hard as it is
moving internationally, but it is much harder without your father. I
hope we can get him into the country. Even if it is just a
tourist visas so we can properly see him, that would make it so much
better. Jill and Herb spent their wedding
anniversary last month talking over the Internet. They say they did not
know the terms of Herb's Visa. Despite a new appeal, Visa has still
been rejected, with their options limited the family face having to
live apart like this for some time come.
An inquest has heard that a man found dead in a Derbyshire cottage
three years ago, along with his former partner and their little son,
had an excessive need to control. A clinical psychologist has told the
inquest that Andrew Cairns had obsessive compulsive traits, yet was
so helpless in other ways that his former partner described him and
their two—year—old son as like having two children to look after.
Well, James Roberson's been at the inquest and joins us from our Derby
studio. Yes, this all goes back to June 2010
when three people were found with fatal stab wounds at this cottage in
Well Yard in Holbrook, just a few miles north of Derby. They were
Rachael Slack, aged 38, and her 23—month—old son Auden, and
44—year—old Andrew Cairns, Auden's father and Rachael's former partner.
Now, the inquest has heard that in his early years Andrew Cairns, from
Wigan, was a junior golf star, who then travelled the world. He worked
in Ibiza, Israel and New York, before moving to California to set
up a golfing business. There he also married an American make—up artist
with Universal Studios. However, he became bored, moved to Spain where
he set up another business and met Rachael. But when, in 2008, Rachael
moved back to Derbyshire with Cairns, and they had Auden, Cairns'
mental health began to spiral downwards.
In his final year of life, Andrew Cairns was under the care of a
particular psychologist, wasn't he? Yes, that's right. He'd previously
spent some time in mental health wards at Derbyshire hospitals, but
from April 2009 Cairns was under the care of Dr Andrew Raynor, a senior
clinical psychologist with Amber Valley Mental Health Trust.
Dr Raynor said at an early meeting with Cairns and Rachael Slack that
Rachael said Cairns had an excessive need to control, that he had
obsessive compulsive traits, and that he was unable to easily process
emotions. In all, Dr Raynor had 22 phone calls and meetings with
Cairns. He said Cairns was deeply depressed about the loss of his
house in Spain, and his formerly successful life. Rachael said it was
like having two children to look after.
Leicestershire football club Hinckley United has gone out of
business. The club had suffered years of
financial difficulty, and earlier today a winding up order was granted
by the High Court in Birmingham. In September the Knitters were given a
reprieve because of hopes that there could be new investment. But today
it's been announced the club will cease to exist.
Campaigners against a controversial waste treatment plant in Derby have
lost their latest bid to block the development.
The proposal for the site in Sinfin is to turn the city's waste into a
gas which can then be used to generate electricity. In April the
High Court threw out claims the plans were unlawful. Today the Court
of Appeal again rejected their case. The MP for South Leicestershire
Andrew Robathan and the MP for Loughborough Nicky Morgan have both
been given new roles in the Prime Minister's reshuffle of his
ministerial team. Andrew Robathan is now the Minister
of State for Northern Ireland, while Nicky Morgan takes over from Sajid
Javid as the Economic Secretary to the Treasury. The promotions are of
a number of changes announced earlier today.
Leicestershire Police say they've had a "fantastic result" from their
first weapons amnesty in a decade. A total of 131 firearms were handed
in, including antique rifles and fake Uzi machine guns. The police
say it's a major step in making sure guns are kept out of the hands of
criminals. Sarah Teale reports. This is the impressive haul of
weapons handed in across Leicestershire and Rutland during a
two—week gun amnesty. 131 firearms have been given up, including 49
shotguns, rifles from the first and second world Wars, three stun guns
and this dangerous looking weapon. This is a Uzi machine gun made of
metal, pointed at somebody they would think this is a genuine
firearm and would cause a lot of fear. Changes in the laws governing
gun ownership mean that it is now illegal to keep many of these
weapons without registering them. Police say it is important they are
kept out of the public arena. Unfortunately over the years through
burglaries and such, these weapons may fall into the wrong hands.
Having them off the streets mean they cannot be passed to people who
will use them for a crime. Many of these weapons are family heirlooms
which have probably been handed down from generation to generation,
including this, and 1850s revolver. Something like this is pretty much a
collected —— collectors item and will probably be handed on to a
museum. The rest will be melted down.
A free school in Derby that was shut down following an Ofsted inspection
has reopened today. The Al Madinah school closed on Tuesday on health
and safety grounds. Today many parents said they were
happy with the school — but it hasn't yet made any comment. Mike
O'Sullivan reports. Back to the classroom at the
Al—Madinah free school in Derby. Set up with £1.4 million of taxpayers'
cash. The school says it has overcome the health and safety
problems that led to its closure. Will the school be making a
statement? Sorry, I can't. They have not told us why the school closed
down. I would rather they closed and did not put my child in trouble, van
stayed open and have difficulties afterwards. You would expect a
publicly funded body to give reasons why, and allay the fears of the
parents. I am amazed it has been all over the national press and radio
and television, and nobody has explained to parents why it has
closed. I think that is crazy. There have also been concerns about female
teachers having to wear headscarves and girls allegedly being told to
sit at the back of the class. This man says he's —— help to set up a
cumulative group to question the direction of the school before it
opened. I raised concerns and complaints, and members of the
non—Muslim community did the same. Why were they not investigated, why
did they not sent officers to take interviews and find out what the
picture was? Labour is asking Michael Gove what checks were
carried out prior to Al—Madinah's opening.
Still to come — a passion for football since the fifties.
87—year—old Harry Hardy is still going strong, and says he has no
intention of hanging up his referee's whistle.
Someone else with a passion for football.
First, Derby County manager Steve McClaren says there's still a lot of
work to do despite a winning start as the new Head Coach. He officially
took charge for the first time on Saturday when the Rams beat Leeds in
style for their first home win of the season. Kirsty Edwards was
there. The buzz is back. I can feel it in
the crowd. Hopefully things will start improving and we can start
pushing on to the play—offs and who knows, see what happens.
This is always a big game for Derby. The players are heading out
now, knowing today is even bigger. It was about more than the old
rivalries with Leeds, it was all about the start of a new era. Steve
McClaren sat up in the stands for the first half, saw some great
passing football from Derby, with Chris Martin giving them the lead
after 20 minutes. Three minutes later, this happen.
Just before half—time Derby saw their lead pegged back. Signs of the
familiar defensive frailties. Probably the worst time to concede a
goal, but it just shows the character we have got, we came out
and played the same way we did first half. Eventually we got ourselves a
win. It was Will Hughes who made sure of
all three points. Amazingly it is Derby's 10th win in a row against
Leeds. He said go out and enjoy it, and I think we showed some really
good glimpses of stuff we can play this season and hopefully it will
continue. We know this team can play football, and it showed today with
the discipline and organisation and character. We can win games
consistently and that is the key. Onto Nottingham Forest, who go into
the international break on a back of a six—game unbeaten run, and after a
superb 3—1 away win at the seaside against Brighton. Mark Shardlow
reports. This was not Nottingham Forest at
their best, but it was them at their most responsive. In front of more
than 27,000 fans on the south coast, they produced a remarkable
second round —— half turnaround. It began with Henri Lansbury's header.
Then two goals in two minutes, coming —— starting from Darius
Henderson's snapshot. Next, a penalty. Lansbury won the fight to
take the cake and scored his second of the game.
But there was still a man —— match to one —— match to be one.
Nottingham Forest one and are now fourth in the table.
We are pleased with the victory. Second half was tremendous. Forest
are now unbeaten in six league games as they go into the international
break. At Leicester City, manager Nigel
Pearson says he wants his players to use the international break to
refresh themselves. City are third in the table, but went down 1—0 at
Doncaster at the weekend. There was a real howler from keeper
Kasper Schmeichel. This the only goal of the game, as the normally
reliable No.1 made a complete hash of a corner. Schmeichel made amends
later with two top saves. But Leicester rarely threatened, and
lost 1—0. Into League One, and a classy
display from Notts County. They beat Crewe 4—0 on Saturday and played
some fine football at Meadow Lane. This was just the boost Notts County
needed. A handsome win, kick—started by Calum MacGregor. The 22—year—old
is on loan from Celtic. He scored the first and the second, as Notts
totally unplayed crew. More than 6,000 fans were there, and
it was a performance to give their biggest crowd of the season some
real hope. Danny Haynes with the third. The win was completed by a
perfect header. If not display like this every week they will quickly
rise up the table. Notts and Mansfield play tomorrow in
the Johnstone Paint Trophy. The Stags were beaten 4—1 by Hartlepool
at the weekend, but have had a great start to the season in the league
and have top supporters. In rugby, the Leicester Tigers have
no fresh injury problems as they prepare to launch their European Cup
campaign. They're at Ulster on Friday night. The Tigers salvaged a
draw at the weekend in their East Midlands derby.
There was a terrific atmosphere at Welford Road with a 24,000 sell out.
Tigers Head Coach Richard Cockerill is still serving a touchline ban.
But the crowd made sure his presence was felt. After a tight first half,
it was Northampton who took the lead when Corbisiero got the first try of
the game. With ten minutes remaining the Tigers were ten points behind,
but in a thrilling climax Ed Slater touched down and the game finished
19—19. In ice hockey, the Nottingham
Panthers are through to the quarterfinals of the Challenge Cup
following a win at Coventry last night. It completed a winning
weekend. The Panthers beat Braehead on
Saturday, but made heavy work of it after taking the lead in the first
period. Panthers sealed the game early in the third, to win by four
goals to two. That is all the sport.
A Derbyshire man who's thought to be the country's oldest football
referee has been recognised today at Buckingham Palace.
Yes, Harry Hardy is 87 years old and has been refereeing since the 1950s.
This afternoon he was given a medal by Prince William for his services
to the sport. It's all part of the Football
Association's 150th anniversary, celebrating the sport's grassroots
heroes. Tom Brown reports. Football look a little different
when Harry Hardy started refereeing. The top players were
paid £20 a week, England had not one the World Cup. More than half a
century later, 87—year—old Harry is still going strong. To be involved
in this game, it is better than sitting at home. Marvellous. But
Harry still remembers what the 50s game was like. Especially the ball
itself. When it was wet, it was like kicking a dead pig. What do you need
to be a referee in your 80s in the modern—day game? Vision, that is
most important. I have been playing since I was 16 and he has refereed a
long time. His whole enthusiasm is absolutely fantastic. And this
afternoon Harry's service to the game was given royal recognition. He
was one of 150 volunteers rewarded by the president of the FA, Prince
William, as part of the FA's 150th anniversary. I think it is
absolutely marvellous. To think I have got here through football?
Unbelievable, isn't it? Unbelievable. It was a reward for
more than five decades of tireless volunteering, but Harry just takes
it all in his stride. You have to do your best. They will tell you it is
not good enough, but that is by the by. Any plans to hang up the whistle
yet? Now, what for? Harry Hardy calling the shots since 1959.
Harry, we salute you! It is warmer here than it was when I
was in the past few days. It has been lovely here, temperatures up
into the 20s in the last few days. But you have probably heard it is
set to get a lot cooler towards the end of this week. By the middle part
of this week temperatures will be shooting down, 1112 degrees our top
temperature by Thursday and Friday. —— 11 or 12 degrees. Northerly winds
developing will make it feel quite bitter towards the end of the week.
Nothing in terms of rainfall, just a few light showers. But it is all
about that temperature drop. And east—west split in terms of the
sunshine today, the best of the sunshine across more eastern parts.
We stay mostly dry with clear spells through tonight. A very weak weather
front edging its way into northern and western parts, so it will cloud
over here. Look at the temperatures, 13 or 14 degrees. Tomorrow morning
will start off quite cloudy, a few spots of rain is that weather front
goes southwards. But it will clear in the afternoon and the sun will
come back out. Dry, bright, decent spells of sunshine and the
temperatures approaching that 20 mark, perhaps 18 or 19 degrees. But
as we had through the middle part of the week I think Wednesday our
transition date, as we pull in these northerly winds as we go into
Thursday and Friday. We will lose these orange, warm colours and pull
in these cold, blue colours. It is about time, I suppose.
Seasons of mellow fruitfulness! Goodbye.