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This is East Midlands Today with Geeta Pendse and me, Dominic Heale.
Tonight, a breakthrough in treating high blood pressure. We speak to the
first patients to benefit. It made my life a lot better. It is going
down. Also denied: New delays and diversions for motorists on the big
return to work. Plus the day the wheels of justice grind to a halt.
For the first time in history, barristers and solicitors across
England and Wales, who care about justice, are refusing to go to
court. And ladies and gentlemen, this may be the only functioning
Victorian music saloon outside of London but now, the amazing
revelations beneath my feet, about what they want to do with the
ancient floors below. Good evening. Welcome to Monday's
programme. First tonight: breakthrough surgery for high blood
pressure has been performed for the first time, in the East Midlands.
Linval Henry from Nottingham underwent the procedure because
medication wasn't adequately controlling his condition.
The experimental technique involves burning nerves around the main
artery supplying the kidneys. As Our health correspondent Rob Sissons
reports, doctors in Nottingham now hope more patients will benefit.
The procedure is called... It is offering hope to patients for whom
medication hasn't really brought down their blood pressure enough. In
Nottingham, they are hoping to come one of 12 centres across the UK
doing more of the work. This man is proud to be a first patient to have
it done in the East Midlands. A few weeks on and his blood pressure is
down from sky`high levels. I feel a lot better in myself. I am not in
pain any more. The technique uses a catheter. This tip burns the nerves
surrounding the main artery to the kidneys. The labs where the
procedure was done were busy with different cases today but they hope
to do more patients here like him. There is a communication process
between the brain and kidney which is to do with how the body sets the
blood pressure and how it regulates the blood pressure. It seems to be
that if you interrupt the communication, mainly in what course
of the Vatican nerves, you reduce the signals which are driving blood
pressure up. At home, he was on 12 different medications a day to
control blood pressure. Now it is five. His father died young because
of hypertension. He had always feared a similar fate. Everything is
going the way the doctor wants it to go. I am not really too worried. At
Nottingham City Hospital, they want to do more of these procedures. But
there are lifestyle changes they stress people can make to bring down
blood pressure, just as `` such as giving up smoking, reducing salt,
taking more exercise and losing weight.
Well, a little earlier I spoke to Simon Cooke from The Stroke
Association who told me the procedure could help save the lives
of people who are not benefiting from medication. It is great that
any new procedure is coming which helps reduce the risk of stroke,
particularly for this group of patients. It will save lives. That
is hugely welcome. We would hope that more money could be put into
research to further the development. How big is the risk of
stroke for those who have high blood pressure? It is estimated that
around 54% of people who have a stroke have high blood pressure is a
contributing factor. It is hugely significant. You welcome new
treatments but do you think people are doing enough to reduce the risk
of strokes in terms of their own lifestyle? There are always things
if we can do to help reduce risk. I think the first and most important
is to get along to your GP or health practice and have your blood
pressure checked regularly, at least once a year. BP is a situation where
you cannot necessarily experience symptoms so you need to have a
cheque. Lifestyle factors also come into play. Cutting out smoking,
reducing alcohol intake, reducing salt intake and taking regular
exercise will all help. Still to come: better news on the
weather. Are the storms running out of steam? And we'll take a look at a
mammoth art display inside a shopping centre.
Each one is a work of art. Here to help, elephants like this one. She
lost part of her leg to a landmine. 13 people have appeared in court
accused of taking part in a Leicester`based immigration scam.
They're all suspected of involvement in sham marriages. Our Social
Affairs Correspondent, Jeremy Ball, was in court and joins us now. What
happened today? Eight men and five women appeared
here today. Between them, we heard that they're facing a long list of
immigration charges. They're all Nigerian, Cameroonian or Portugese
nationals. And they're all accused of organising or taking part in sham
marriages over more than a decade. Now they were all arrested back in
May last year. Several at addresses here in Leicester. Others around
London and Peterborough. Among them, Antonio Semedo. He's a Portuguese
national. Today he denied marrying a Nigerian woman to deceive the
immigration authorities. Some of the others are facing criminal charges.
One of those other people who appeared today has been charged with
possessing a number of fake documents. We will hear more about
these allegations when the case comes to the Crown Court later this
year. This is a real priority for the immigration authorities. Because
sham marriages are organised purely to get round the British residency
rules. Essentially to help non`European nationals con their way
into getting permission to settle here and work here.
Police are still waiting to question a woman who was arrested after a
baby was born at a sports warehouse in Derbyshire. Officers were called
to Sports Direct in Shirebrook on New Years Day, where the baby boy
was found, having been born in what they've called unusual
circumstances. A 28`year`old woman has been arrested on suspicion of
wilful neglect. Both the mother and her baby are being treated at the
Leicester Royal Infirmary. The baby is said to be making good progress.
An 18`year`old man has pleaded guilty to the manslaughter of his
closest friend who was found dead in his burnt out car last July. Ryan
Morrell had fallen asleep in the car after attending the Fristock
festival near Melton Mowbray. Jack Buckley accidentally dropped his
lighter while searching for his possessions in the dark. He didn't
know anyone was in the car but failed to raise the alarm after the
fire started. Sentencing has been adjourned.
Next tonight: a new year and a new series of major roadworks across the
East Midlands. Millions of pounds is being spent improving key junctions
across the region. Inevitably, there'll be congestion.
Chaos even, according to some. Sarah Teale has been taking a look at
what's happening. Sarah, these road improvements seem to be
never`ending. They do don't they and that's
because there's been a lot going on across the East Midlands over the
last few months. Major roadworks still ongoing of course on the A453
into Nottingham. Beeston's got major tramworks and improvements are being
made around the Fosse Park roundabout in leicester. And now
there's more roadworks starting. Over in Derbyshire work has begun to
widen and improve safety at two roundabouts on the A38 in
Derbyshire. It's all part of a ?317 million improvement programme to
reduced congestion and boost the local economy. So until June
there'll be lane closures and speed restrictions at the Little Eaton and
Markeaton roundabouts. Work will take place outside of rushhour
between 9.30 and three, and again at night to try and keep disruption to
a minimum. Moving further south, into Leicestershire, the busy
Catthhorpe Interchange of the M1 at junction 19 is to undergo major
roadworks. It's going to take a massive three years to complete and
the Highways Agency says over all of that time people should allow extra
time for their journeys. Complete overnight motorway closures start
tonight and continue all week so if you do travel that route its worth
checking the Highways Agency website for detailed information. Into
Loughborough and there's been huge disruption while the inner relief
road is being built. Work has entered the last major phase with
improvements now taking place at the junctions of Leicester and
Southfield Road and High Street and Woodgate. When that's finished at
the end of March work will move to the Epinal way/Forest Road junction.
Work on the whole scheme isn't due to finish until this autumn. So why
is all of this work happening at once? I asked Andy Butterfield from
the Highways Agency. Although it may not seem it, those works have been
carefully planned and coordinated with all those partners to try to
make sure there is as little disruption as possible. Most of the
work is happening at night or between the rush hours. We have to
accept that there will be some short`term pain for the long`term
gain that the works will deliver. The government is consulting on
plans to set up a 60mph speed limit for a 32`mile stretch of the M1 from
junction 28 Matlock all the way up to junction 35. That would be 7am to
7pm every day and why? In a bid to cut pollution. So all in all not the
best new years news for motorists. Still to come: in sport, Forest club
Captain Andy Reid looks back on a good day at the office.
Reidy scored yesterday's fifth and final goal against West Ham in the
FA cup and signed a new contract at the City Ground.
The Chancellor, George Osborne, warned today that 2014 will see
further significant cuts to public spending. And it seems the
continuing austerity will affect everyone, even barristers.
They're already up in arms over proposals by the Ministry of Justice
to cut the legal aid budget. This morning they made their feelings
known by bringing many of our Crown Courts to a virtual standstill.
Today is a momentous day. For the first time in history, barristers
and solicitors across England and Wales, who care about justice, are
refusing to go to court. Criminal solicitors and barristers from
Leicester and Nottingham gathered outside the Galleries of Justice as
part of a national mourning of protest. Our system of justice is
the envy of the world but gradually, over time, it has become starved of
resources. The Ministry of Justice says further cuts are essential as
the local... If these cuts come into effect, the advocacy in the Crown
Court could be affected because we will not be able to recruit and keep
the very best people to do the job. Some of these cases are very complex
and have a special needs, especially for victims and witnesses. They
argue the profession is in crisis and most barristers are not paid fat
cat amounts. The real figures for 25% of the criminal bar is that 25%
of them take gross ?25,000 a year or less. The mystery of justice says
these cuts will save ?220 million a year and still leave us with one of
the most generous legal aid system is in the world. But barristers
argue these figures are misleading and that the cuts will degrade the
criminal justice system irreparably. The parents of a Nottinghamshire
teenager with anorexia say they're having to travel to Yorkshire just
so she can get the care she needs. There's currently no in`patient
facility for anorexia in Nottinghamshire, despite an internal
review highlighting the need for a specialist service. The local NHS
Trust says it doesn't want to take children away from their families.
The Robinsons say their daughter Amelia needs better support closer
to home. And on Inside Out East Midlands this
evening you can hear from other local families affected by Anorexia,
that's on BBC One from 7.30. It's been described as one of the
East Midlands historic and architectural gems. Now even more of
its hidden past is about to be revealed.
We're talking about the Malt Cross, the only surviving saloon music hall
outside London. As James Roberson reports, it's just won nearly ?1.4
million from the Lottery to open three floors, including the 11th
century caves, below the existing Victorian building.
Tucked away on Saint James's Street just off the old Market Square, the
exterior belies its spectacular interior. Built in 1877, it is now
the only functioning saloon music hall outside the capital but it is
not the spark that has changed, it is what lies beneath. In the 80s and
90s, the two floors below were used as an Indian restaurant but the
partly hidden Victorian colours reveal that this was originally a
very different space. Here we are on the lower ground floor. Got to
imagine that the ceiling wasn't there and around the top here would
have been a balcony. Just like in the top. Just like the top. This
flaw would have been a Victorian roller`skating rink. It says on the
blueprints. It was also used as a billiards room. Perhaps the most
extraordinary area is the third floor down. This cave was from the
old monastery that stood on the side from 1100. The monks would have
brought up water to make wine and beer and cider. They would have
stored it along these prints here, along with meat, so that you
couldn't see the rat bites in it or the mould. Here is the boiler that
would have heated the building in Victorian times. ?1.38 million from
the Heritage lottery fund will transform all of these three
currently hidden levels. The idea that we gave them they thought were
really exciting, to engage with tourism, artists and musicians and
Heritage craft that would have been associated with the music Hall at
the time. It was cute too good an offer to turn down. Heritage is an
important part of tourism and this is fantastic news for the city. It
will bring people from all over the UK and hopefully all over the world.
The trust hope to open the three floors this coming September.
Well I never. Fascinating. It's time now for sport.
First tonight the club captain of Nottingham Forest has been in our
new look studio this afternoon after signing a new contract at the City
Ground. His new deal was announced yesterday after Forest thrashed West
Ham of the Premier League by 5`0, in the FA cup. Andy scored the fifth
and final goal of the game to take his team into the fourth round in
style! Shortly after the club released the news that he'd extended
his contract by two and a half years. Earlier Reidy popped in to
chat to us and told me how he now wants to go and lead his team into
the Premier League. It is a relief. It is something that I suppose plays
on your mind sometimes and now that it is sorted, it's great. I'm
absolutely delighted. The club have been good to me and I think I've
been good to them. It was the right thing to get it done. The timing is
pretty good as well, I suppose, on the back of a win yesterday. And
what a result in the cup for you yesterday. We've got some footage of
the goals. The first one, a penalty by... He is not shy, is it?
Obviously not. Would he have been in trouble as captain if this had not
have gone on? Yes, of course. If you are going to do something like that,
there are risks that come with it. He got away with it yesterday but I
wouldn't be keen on him doing that again. Your heart must have been in
your mouth. Listen, it went in, so that is the main thing. I thought
Henry was going to take it because he scored the last one that he took.
Jamal looked like he really fancy that. He is not too shy so he ended
up taking it and luckily enough, it went in. In the second half, the
hat`trick, which we can see, he is an extraordinary talent. What is
special about him? He was fantastic yesterday. He has done well since he
has come in. It has been a start`up for him and he has a bit to learn.
He is another lad in our squad who isn't shy. We all like him. He has
been threatening to do this for awhile. He's been a little bit
unlucky and yesterday, things went well for him. If he keeps his feet
on the ground, has a fantastic feature again `` ahead of him. The
third goal was a fantastic goal. You also got on the fourth `` scoresheet
yourself. What would it mean for you to have a good season in the
championship? Things are going really well at the moment. I've
scored a couple of goals and that always helps. I was absolutely
delighted to get on the scoresheet yesterday. I made a late run. My
legs were a little bit tired after all the games that we've played. It
was nice to round the day off with a goal and then get the contract
sorted, and of him that goes with it. It turned out to be a fantastic
day for me and for the club and everybody involved. A special day.
Thanks for coming in. Now onto Derby, where it's not just
Rams fans hoping to see them in the Premier League next season. Jose
Mourinho's is rooting for them too. His Chelsea side beat them 2`0 in
the cup but it was a performance Derby could be proud of.
The magic of the FA Cup was well and truly alive at Derby, a sell`out
crowd, hopes high for an upset. This Chelsea side are real contenders for
the Premier league title. If Derby are going to make it nine wins out
of 11, they are going to have to be at their very best.
We are going to have you, Chelsea. They will rise to the occasion and
hopefully upset the special one. No lack of respect for the cup from
Jose Mourinho. Some changes to his team but still packed full of stars.
It was a good first half for Derby. They had a number of chances. And
they were strong in defence, too, mainly restricting the visitors to
some long`range shots. As the game went on, Chelsea looked more and
more threatening. The player broke the deadlock after 65 minutes. Just
five minutes later, O made sure of the win. There was still time for
Derby to threaten but it wasn't to be. I wish them the best for the
championship. I hope that next season, I can come here, not in the
cup but in the Premier league. The players were doing all the talking
beforehand and they were saying, this is where we want to be, we want
to play like this every week. They have put a lot of responsibility on
themselves. They must feel now, that experiencing that packed stadium,
that they want more of this. Derby and Leicester play each other
this coming Friday. With that in mind Leicester City boss Nigel
Pearson rested five players against Stoke as they lost 2`1 in their cup
game over the weekend. Promotion is the priority so it was
a result which went `` will not hurt too much. Jones gave Stoke a
first`half lead, before of the few highlights in a fairly ordinary
game. This was the strike for Charlie Adam, to make it 2`0. Less
to got a goal back but they couldn't force a replay.
In the league, there was no game for Notts County, but Mansfield Town's
revival continued at Exeter. Lee Stevenson scored just before half
time to make it three games without defeat for the Stags in League Two.
Rugby, and the Leicester Tigers needed a last minute try to prevent
being beaten by old rivals Bath. There was a full house yesterday to
see the Tigers take the lead with this Benjamin try. But they are
missing almost a full team of players with injuries and the
pressure showed. Bath went ahead, scoring the next three tries. With
ten minutes left, this player crept in behind the forwards and crawled
over to give Leicester a chance to get back in the game. They grabbed
that chance in the last minute. It needed the video referee to confirm
that Jamie Gibson had touched down fairly in the corner. So the scores
were level. It left this kick to win it. In the wind and rain, Owen
Williams just push it wide. In ice hockey there was no close
finish at the National Ice Centre. The Panthers had an emphatic win
over Cardiff Devils Nottingham scored five times in the first
period. And they got eight goals in a remarkable 20 minutes to blow away
their Welsh visitors. Two players got hat tricks. First it was Matt
Ryan. And then local boy Rob Lachovitz got his third to complete
a 9`2 thrashing. You may not have herd but there's
been a stampede of elephants through two of our biggest shopping centres.
Don't worry though, they're not real.
In fact, they're rather beautiful and they're here for a very good
reason as Jo Healey discovered. There are 30 of them, here, on a
mission. This is to protect the Indian elephants. Elephants are my
favourite animal. They remind you of India and I am so happy to be here.
There is a message to save elephants. They are so beautiful and
intelligent. Yeah, really good. We want to save them, definitely. And,
Asian elephants are threatened with extinction, partly their habitat
disappearing, son, injured like landmines. And here is the
inspiration behind the whole tour. The reason why we are doing it is to
raise money for the Asian elephant foundation. As well as running shop
and it `` shopping centres, we are passionate about elephant
conservation. Each elephant weighs ten stone, was manoeuvred in here by
a forklift truck and a seam of six people. They finished in the early
hours of this morning but luckily, they are here for another five
weeks. I love elephants. They are very
intelligent, you know. Just like you!
We've had some gorgeous winter sunshine today but we still cannot
get away from those wins at the moment. We have low anchored to the
north and west of the UK. It has been battering us with its wins all
day long. But things are improving over the next few days. We don't see
that area of low pressure starting to fill in and push its way
northwards. We can see the ice bars will open out. We have to keep a
close eye on this cheeky chappie which may come in on Wednesday.
Otherwise, it is looking pretty decent for the next few days. It is
a lot calmer. Winds will be a lot lighter. It will be drier as well.
Those showers will start to diminish and we are staying on the mild side
as well. We've had a little bit of a forcefield around East Midlands so
far today with not too many of these showers pushing in. A couple of them
are trying to creep into the north and west now and these may continue
during the evening of the first part of the night. Generally, it is
drying up to the latter part. We will see temperatures falling away.
Not falling very far at all. Those of seven or eight Celsius. That is
about where we should be for the daytime maximum temperatures for
this time of year. The winds will stay quite strong tonight. They
would be their first thing. A couple of showers around first thing as
well. These should become a lot lighter and they will eventually die
away into the afternoon. Some sunshine to enjoy later in the day.
The winds will ease down as well. It's a lot better in terms of how it
feels with highs of nine or 10 Celsius. In two Wednesday and a
decent day for daylight hours on Wednesday. Perhaps a little bit of
rain creeping in later on but pretty decent.
You like the changes we've made to our studio. Goodbye.
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