09/02/2014 East Midlands Today


09/02/2014

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With your news now for the East Midlands, I'm Maurice Flynn. A

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two`year`old girl who's been fighting a rare form of cancer since

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she was just 11 months old is to undergo specialist treatment

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overseas. It's hoped it'll not only save her life but her face. Bethany

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and her family leave for America on Tuesday. Tom Brown's been to meet

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them. Daddy, mummy, Bethany. Four`year`old Kane knows how

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important families, especially after his little sister, Bethany, was

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diagnosed with cancer. I was scared. When Bethany was sick.

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Bethany has a rare muscle tumour in her left cheek. If she were to have

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it removed here, she could lose most of the left side of her face and an

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eye. And now the NHS is flying Bethany and her parents to America.

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There, they offer proton beam radiotherapy, a more controlled and

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more effective treatment. You can almost see the light at the end of

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the tunnel. Hopefully this is finishing it off, and we will come

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back and that is it hopefully done. She is the 220th child to be sent

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out to America for this treatment. They've had no comeback of a child

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that has had a relapse. And Kane will be there, too. After the

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charity, kids in cancer, and the local Stableford community, all

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chipped in to play for his bride. That was the biggest weight off our

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shoulders. Worrying about getting the money to make sure he could come

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with us and not with the family was one of the most important things.

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Will you be happy to be there with her? Guess, because I'm her brother.

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I keep an eye on her. The family leave on Tuesday to begin the 12

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weeks of treatment that could mark the end of Bethany's cancer ordeal.

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A house in Leicester has been cordoned off by police for most of

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today. It's after three men were found with injuries in Rowan Street

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late last night. Two had been stabbed, one had a fractured rib.

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All three were arrested, one remains in hospital tonight. The owner of

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Britain's biggest private aquarium says he has to get rid of his exotic

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fish because he can't afford the electricity. Jack Heathcote built

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the tank ten years ago in his basement. Although the ?11,000 bill

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has been reduced, he's now refusing to pay, as Quentin Rayner reports.

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Few of us will forget Jack swimming with his tropical fish in the

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basement of his home. At 20,000 litres, it Britain's biggest private

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aquarium. But heating and filtering the water now costs ?16,000 a year.

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So the exotic fish have to be sold or given away and replaced by cold

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water river fish to slash the electricity bill. It's a tremendous

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blow. It's really cut me up. I went to great lengths to provide a

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spacious, suitable home for these creatures and now I've got to get

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rid. Jack thought he was budgeting correctly, but a misreading of the

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meter meant he initially faced and ?11,000 arrears bill from British

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Gas, which has since been amended to around ?4500. And really angry

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because the way they've behaved is atrocious. They should have

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recognised that they've made the mistake and been apologetic for that

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and not be trying to charge me this enormous bill. British Gas says Mr

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Heathcote hasn't paid anything for months, despite offering him options

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to pay the outstanding debt, and they sent him accurate meter

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readings. Jack is appealing against the arrears bill. British Gas is now

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threatening disconnection. To football, and none of our teams saw

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defeat in the league this weekend. With the round`up, here's Kirsty.

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Leicester City were 2`0 down to Watford before Mattie James reduced

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the deficit just before the break. They dominated possession but looked

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to be heading for defeat until Danny Drinkwater's unstoppable shot. It

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rescued a point in the dying moments to leave them 11 points clear at the

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top. Nottingham Forest are now unbeaten in their last 15 but had to

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settle for a point at Blackpool. This goal looked like it might be

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enough for the win, but with just four minutes to go, Andy Keogh's

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header left Forest frustrated. Notts County were against and inform

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Coventry. Aidan Mullins opened the scoring before a stunning strike

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from James Spencer. The win was then wrapped up with a penalty. Mansfield

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town hadn't had a home win since September until yesterday. They were

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set on their way against Southend, with James Jennings making sure of

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all three points. After a showery day, our next

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concern is ice as the temperatures start to drop away. The Met Office

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has got a yellow warning in place. There are still one or two showers

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around this evening, but it is going to dry up. The skies were clear, the

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temperatures will drop away. We are expecting a frost as we start the

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new week. But tomorrow is a much more settled day. The winds will be

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much lighter. There will be some light showers around which may turn

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a bit win to reach, particularly over the higher ground. It will feel

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quite cold with highs of around six Celsius. There's more wet and windy

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weather to come on Tuesday. I will have more for you at 10:15pm.

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Goodbye. Good evening. We have a significant

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number of severe warnings out. Most of them have been issued on the

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River Thames today. Now, of course, with more rain due this

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