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Louise, thank you. That's all from the BBC


On East Midlands Today at 6:30: This is East Midlands Today with Dominic


Heale and me, Anne Davies. Tonight ` a mother's extraordinary


act of forgiveness. Mandie Brown hikes are serving


prisoner whose drink`driving killed her son. Everything he has done,


Michael has always shown true remorse.


Also tonight, after 20 years of dereliction, and I saw and drugs


haven is finally demolished. Alas, is it right to fight? What


Boxer Carl Froch tells his little boy.


And the new `` a mastiff who is half the dog she used to be.


Good evening. Welcome to Thursday's programme. First tonight ` in an


extraordinary display of forgiveness, a mother today publicly


embraced a serving prisoner whose drink`driving killed her son.


Michael York was granted special release from prison to address


students at his old school in Hinckley. He was joined on stage by


Mandie Brown, to raise awareness about the dangers faced by young


drivers. This was the moment when a mother


publicly renewed her forgiveness for a prisoner jailed for the


drink`driving which killed her son. What does her forgiveness mean to


you? Everything. I do not forgive myself. For her to forgive me, for


what I have done, it really does mean a hell of a lot.


Michael has always shown true remorse, and I know my son made the


decision to get in that car, I could not be a hypocrite. Through the


chats we have 0 not be a hypocrite. Through the


chats we have had, this has come about. We have been able to support


this project, so something good has come out of it.


Two years ago Michael York had been on a 13 hour drinking binge with his


friends. He crashed into a tree as he drove them home. Matthew was


killed instantly, another friend died later.


The Ministry of Justice gave permission for Michael York to


address students at his own school `` old school about the dangers of


drink driving. I have lost two friends I grew up with. I am still


in jail, I am still paying for it now. It is not worth it at all.


His appearance was part of a road show which `` whose aim is to make


sure every school pupil is aware of the causes of death among young


drivers, drink and drugs, mobile phones, speeding and not wearing a


seat. It prompted this impassioned plea from Mandie Brown. I am


screaming at you, to think. I do not want to see one of your faces with


two dates on. It has made me think a lot about going out on driving under


the influence of alcohol. I hope that people have learned a lot. It


makes me want to make the right decisions later on in life. It


really touched my heart. It goes to show how precious life is. I had


someone who I loved past away in a similar situation. `` who has passed


away. It is quite emotional. Michael York is now back inside


Sudbury prison to reflect on what he calls the biggest mistake of his


life. But it is a lesson students at his former school will never forget.


A man who's survived cancer six times in the last 28 years is


setting up a trust named after his son ` who died from cancer earlier


this year. Mark Cooper from Leicestershire and


his wife Tracy want to celebrate the life of 14`year old Joseph, who had


leukaemia, and in his memory raise funds to help other sufferers. James


Roberson reports. It is now five months since Joseph


died, but for the Coopers, their home is still a shrine to his


memory. Joseph was 14 when complications from leukaemia and


lymphoma took him away. It has been particularly traumatic because


Josef's illness came as Mark himself was between his own fourth and fifth


balance of cancer. History going back 28 years. Joseph was diagnosed


in 2008 with lymphoma, and I blamed myself straightaway. Eventually we


found out it was nothing to do with my illness.


For five years Father and son fought their own cancers, Joseph even


writing a book. I was diagnosed last year with a second throat cancer.


And Joseph was still at that time fighting a lot of problems. Mark


survived a sixth boat mast year. Tragically Joseph could not fight of


his illness. Joseph died in June, and the next day we were handed by a


letter which he had written in the January. I was not in the letter


about his life, how happy he had been, which I am very proud of, and


I know I am his dad but I am so fortunate to have known him for 14


years. After Joseph's fight the Coopers has


started a trust to support organisations that help sufferers


like him. When Joseph was alive we spoke many times about setting up a


charity in which we could help some of the children that he met along


his journey. Newspapers are supporting 0


his journey. Newspapers are supporting their cause. This weekend


a friend will have his beard shaved off for the charity. They hope that


through it, Joseph will live on. It's been described as an eyesore


and a blight on the landscape ` but that's all set to change.


The former Mansfield General Hospital has been derelict for 20


years. Work to demolish the site finally started today. Navtej Johal


reports. From derelict to demolished. These


machines are tasked with tearing down the former Mansfield General


Hospital. The site was bought by the Council in June this year. It has


over IT of buildings, the oldest dating back to 1900. For over 20


years, the site has determined `` deteriorated badly. It is a blighted


site, recession, numbers do not stack up. Previous owner had


different ideas for this site. We tried to work with him to make that


happen, it did not happen so the council stepped in.


The council have been committed to demolishing this site. Last month


they agreed to pay the extra ?360,000 to cover the cost of


demolition. The total cost of the project is


expected to be just under ?1 million. This has been a blight on


the landscape in terms of Mansfield as a whole and also the residents in


this area for 20 years. The council made a commitment to purchase the


site, we managed to do that without going down the compulsory purchase


route, and having completed on that we managed to get the guys on site


and as you can see we got the site clear. The demolitions should be


completed by April next year. The council are hoping the site could


then be used to build around 40 new homes.


Police in Leicester are investigating reports that a woman


was assaulted before being put into a car and taken to a park.


It happened between half past seven and half past eight yesterday


evening. The woman was walking along Rosebery Street when she was


approached by two men and assaulted. She was then taken to Spinney Hill


Park before being attacked again. Police say she's being treated for


head and facial injuries. It's not clear whether she knew the men.


A shopkeeper in Nottinghamshire has been ordered to carry out 100 hours'


community service and pay ?1,000 in costs after being caught selling


fake cigarettes. Trading Standards officers found


more than 12,000 counterfeit cigarettes at Andrew's News and


Booze 0 cigarettes at Andrew's News and


Booze in Sutton`in`Ashfield. 35`year`old Shakhawan Salah pleaded


guilty to seven offences at Mansfield Magistrates Court.


More than 170 jobs are to be created at a Derby call centre.


Webhelp began life as HEROtsc when it moved into the old Egg building


at Pride Park in 2011. It's since hired more than 1,000 staff. Now


it's looking for another 177 permanent employees, who'll mainly


work in satellite TV and internet support.


Still to come: The gloves are off. We're at home with Carl Froch


discussing the future, family life and THAT fight.


High pressure is putting up a fight, but will in dominate for the rest of


the week? `` will it dominate.


Poachers and even some gamekeepers are both being targeted in a


crackdown on wildlife crime. Specialist police teams are being


trained to protect birds and animals across rural Derbyshire. Our social


affairs correspondent Jeremy Ball reports.


The stunning Derbyshire Peak District does not look like a


typical crime scene, but then rare birds of prey are not typical


victims. His father used to be a magnet for Peregrine Falklands ``


this valley. They were preying on grouse, but now they have


disappeared. I have lived and worked up here all my life, they are a


stunning work `` bird. It would be something I would want to bring my


grandchildren to come to see in years to come, and it looks like


that will not be possible. Nearby, a nest destroyed killing the


checks. Glenn Brown was caught on camera trapping a sparrow hawk. He


has been convicted of wildlife offences, so no 20 Derbyshire Police


officers have been specially trained to tackle wildlife crime. They want


the rest of us to help. Not all gamekeepers are persecuting birds of


prey, but there are occasions it happens. We would encourage the


public to report things, and getting witnesses is important. Landowners


are being told to keep their eyes out as well.


Protecting the wildlife has become such a priority, but that does ``


does that mean officers are being diverted away from protecting human


victims of crime? I think there is a wider aspect when you look at crime


here, where you often find that people involved in wildlife crime


are also involved in other areas of criminality like domestic abuse.


What we are trying to do is build up a whole intelligence picture. It is


a picture that is far from clear. The force recorded 200 wildlife


incidents last year, they think that is just the tip of the iceberg.


A planning application's been submitted for a revamp of the main


entrance to Nottingham's Victoria Centre.


The centre's owners, Intu, want the way in on Lower Parliament Street to


be completely refurbished and surrounded by multicoloured lights.


It's all part of a planned ?40 million redevelopment of the centre.


The City Council's already approved proposals for similar entrances at


the Clock Tower and Glasshouse Street.


Commonwealth medallist Ross Davenport says Derby City Council is


making a mistake in downgrading its plans for an Olympic`sized swimming


pool. The Belper`born swimmer says he's


concerned the city will miss out on hosting national competitions. The


authority says the pool will now be smaller than planned, and in light


of budget cuts, it could be delayed by at least a 0


of budget cuts, it could be delayed by at least a year.


Equipment used to test the ripeness of cheese is helping people with


liver disease in Nottingham. The scanning machine measures liver


elasticity, meaning people at risk can be identified before they have


any symptoms. The pilot project has doubled the number of patients


diagnosed. Experts at the University of Nottingham say if the project is


rolled out nationally it will save the NHS nearly ?75 million pounds in


the first year. If we can pick it up early, there is a potential to


reduce people getting into the last stages, and reduce the cost of care,


because they do not need hospital care.


Staying with health, next tonight a hospital facility treating the most


seriously injured patients is set to become the busiest NHS major trauma


centre in England. Already the centre, in Nottingham,


treats patients from across Nottinghamshire, Leicestershire and


parts of Derbyshire. From next April they'll also be taking patients from


Lincolnshire and Southern Derbyshire. Our Health correspondent


Rob Sissons reports. This report contains flash


photography. Opening the major trauma centre


ward. They saved Jason's life. He came off his motorbike, the crash


took seconds, the recovery has been 18 months and counting. You never


think you will be involved in this kind of thing. A major trauma


involves the most serious life`threatening cases. Major trauma


encompasses the most severely injured patients, people in very


serious car accident so falling off horses. They have about a 10% chance


of not surviving those injuries. The centre open back in April 2012. They


have already treated over 1,600 patients and claim to have saved an


extra 71 lives. From next April they expect 900 nations per year, making


it England's busiest major trauma centre.


It has cost ?2 million to create this unit. Patients can be isolated.


Everybody here has their own story about what happened.


Warren cannot remember his car crash. My ribs are broken on my left


hand side, my shoulder blade's not fantastic, I have scratches and


bruises everywhere. David had an accident with farm


machinery. Somebody pressed a lever and I bought one straight through my


hand. And this man's road accident


happened just metres from his home. My pelvis was shattered on one side.


I grateful they could actually rebuild it. I never thought five


days on I would be able to get up. They are in, day out,


round`the`clock, they never know what will come through the door.


`` day in, day out. Still to come: A massive mastiff no


more. Mizzy's middle is now more medium


than extra large. A diet for old dogs that could teach us a new trick


` later. Time now for the sport.


First, an exclusive at`home interview with Nottingham boxer Carl


Froch. The boxing world is still talking about the double world


champion's controversial win over George Groves at the weekend. Carl


won the fight when the referee stopped it in the ninth round. So,


will there be a rematch? Well, Froch told us today it's unlikely ` Groves


has had his chance, and Carl wants to end his career with one big fight


in Las Vegas. Carl Froch says despite all the


controversy and drama, the hardest thing this week has been explaining


to his three`year`old that daddy fights for a living. After returning


from his battle with George Groves, for the first time his son asked him


about the bumps and bruises. He was looking at me really


concerned, what has happened? Are explained that is what I do, and


then he understands. `` are explained. I said, unless you have


good odds on, you cannot hit anybody. He is a clever lad. ``


unless you have got gloves on. On Saturday Carl won his fight. He


returned his two world title belts when the referee controversially


jumped in to stop the fight in the ninth round. What the crowd saw was


the referee not letting the fight come to a natural conclusion. I feel


like I had my glory taken away from me, because he jumped in. He stole


me of my glory, but I am not going to complain about it because I got


the win, I successfully defended my title, and I have got my health.


Maybe they just wanted to see that full conclusion, that for knockout,


but I think a lot of people have watched the fight again now and


thought, the referee was right, he was right to stop it because it is


dangerous at the end of the day. It is a dangerous sport. Carl is now


taking time out with his family in Nottingham to think about his next


move. A rematch with Groves, he says, is unlikely. He wants `` he


wants one last big fight in Las Vegas. I need to finish my career in


a massive fight. That would be much better than going over old ground.


He has had his chance, and unfortunately he blew it. He cannot


cut it at world level, and that fight proved it.


On to football, and a former Notts County footballer is understood to


be among six people arrested as part of an investigation into alleged


match`fixing in England's lower leagues.


33`year`old Delroy Facey now works as a football agent. He played for a


number of lower league clubs in his career and spent two seasons at


Notts. It follows an investigation by the Daily Telegraph which is


being looked at by the National Crime Agency.


On to Derby County, who have signed young Manchester United defender


Michael Keane on loan today. Keane was with Leicester last season and


is a good signing for the Rams. Derby are flying at the moment `


four wins in six games and just outside the promotion places. Angela


Rafferty has been to see a man who could prove to be a key part of


their success. It is not 0


their success. It is not always easy being the


goalkeeper going from hero to zero with one small mistake, but here at


Derby there is a coach on board known worldwide as a goalkeeping


guru. They have to touch all the four


corners. Tactically, mentally. And physically. And they realise the


value of what the goalkeeper does. Eric helped mastermind Manchester


United's European and domestic glory, and he is now determined to


bring success back to Derby County. Having been there as a player and a


coach, I know what it is about. I know what the people want. There is


not a magic wand that gets you there.


His CV takes some beating. The players understand he is a tough


task master. He has got us at it from half past eight in the


mornings. My wife is not happy I am still here at four clock, five


o'clock at night. `` four o'clock. Lending his


services is a major coup, but the chance to return to the club where


he `` is an offer he could not turn down. Next year I will be 30 years


living in the Derby area, so there was no hesitation, and in the last


six and seven weeks we have tried to build and improve and move the club


forward. He has just one goal in mind now,


promotion for Derby. On to another bit of Derby news,


striker Callum Ball has gone on loan for a month to Notts County.


While two young Charlton players, Morgan Fox and Bradley Jordan, are


on the to move to Meadow Lane for a month. Fox is a left`back, and


Jordan an attacking midfielder. And at Nottingham Forest, two


players out today. Marcus Tudgay has joined Barnsley. Ishmael Miller has


gone to Yeovil on a month's loan deal.


In ice hockey, Nottingham Panthers are up to fifth in the Elite League


after victory over the Edinburgh Capitals last night.


A hat`trick for captain David Clarke who opened the scoring, before Petr


Kalus made it 2`0 with his first ever goal for Panthers. Clarke


completed his treble either side of the Capitals' solitary goal. A great


result for the Panthers after their European exploits at the weekend.


Some of us might be piling on the Christmas pounds over the next month


or so ` quickly followed by an urgent 0


or so ` quickly followed by an urgent desire to shed them in the


New Year. No easy task. So spare a thought for Mizzy the


bullmastiff from Derby, who's spent all summer on a special diet to


fight the flab. Sumeer Kalyani's been to see how she's getting on.


The last time we saw Mizzy, she had let herself go a bit. The


bullmastiff weighed more than 11 stones back in May. She needed to


lose a few 0 stones back in May. She needed to


lose a few pounds. In fact, drastic action was in order. She was slow,


she slept most of the day. Fickle to walk, she would strike if she did


not want to go. So we really knew we were having problems. And what a


difference a dog diet makes. We now have a waist measures `` measurement


of 35 inches. Mizzy has shared two stone in just


six months. She has shared a win in a national, edition. They say, come


on, feed me. `` a national competition. She could


not exercise, and I should have cut down the amount which she was being


fired. Mizzy's diet is part of the PDSA's


campaign to end `` encourage a better diet for pets. We give pets


extra food for our own short term happiness. However it has a massive


impact because it increases the risk of `` joint disease, heart disease


and other diseases like diabetes. It is like having a poppy. She bounces,


she swims... `` it is like having a poppy.


Mizzy's next challenge might not be as easy. She is afraid of the dark.


It has been a quiet week. We have had largely dry conditions, and


light winds, but a change is on the way tomorrow. It will feel colder,


with a few blustery showers. There will be some blue skies though, so


we may get some pictures like this. Thank you to Peter for sending this


in. Why are we having the change? We are sandwiched between high pressure


and low pressure. The winds begin to strengthen, they are coming from the


North West so it will feel quite cold. That wind will drive all the


cloud away so we should see the skies whitening up. `` brightening


up. Some missed is forming underneath the cloud, `` some mist.


First thing the art a few showers, but as the winds strengthen you will


notice that cloud break `` breaking up. You will notice the winds are


strong enough to keep driving in some cloud, and a few blustery


showers. Allow for a few blustery showers into the afternoon. All of


us should still see some sunshine, you will notice it feeling colder


however. With the wind chill, feeling quite chilly.


High`pressure's in charge for the weekend, Saturday's looking the


better day, it will be a cold day on Saturday but we should cease and


distance spells of sunshine. More cloud on Sunday, and high`pressure


keeps a settled well into the week. `` we should see some spells of


sunshine. I will be back with late 0


sunshine. I will be back with late news.




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