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With your news now for the East Midlands, I'm Maurice Flynn. A
two`year`old girl who's been fighting a rare form of cancer since
she was just 11 months old is to undergo specialist treatment
overseas. It's hoped it'll not only save her life but her face. Bethany
and her family leave for America on Tuesday. Tom Brown's been to meet
them. Daddy, mummy, Bethany. Four`year`old Kane knows how
important families, especially after his little sister, Bethany, was
diagnosed with cancer. I was scared. When Bethany was sick.
Bethany has a rare muscle tumour in her left cheek. If she were to have
it removed here, she could lose most of the left side of her face and an
eye. And now the NHS is flying Bethany and her parents to America.
There, they offer proton beam radiotherapy, a more controlled and
more effective treatment. You can almost see the light at the end of
the tunnel. Hopefully this is finishing it off, and we will come
back and that is it hopefully done. She is the 220th child to be sent
out to America for this treatment. They've had no comeback of a child
that has had a relapse. And Kane will be there, too. After the
charity, kids in cancer, and the local Stableford community, all
chipped in to play for his bride. That was the biggest weight off our
shoulders. Worrying about getting the money to make sure he could come
with us and not with the family was one of the most important things.
Will you be happy to be there with her? Guess, because I'm her brother.
I keep an eye on her. The family leave on Tuesday to begin the 12
weeks of treatment that could mark the end of Bethany's cancer ordeal.
A house in Leicester has been cordoned off by police for most of
today. It's after three men were found with injuries in Rowan Street
late last night. Two had been stabbed, one had a fractured rib.
All three were arrested, one remains in hospital tonight. The owner of
Britain's biggest private aquarium says he has to get rid of his exotic
fish because he can't afford the electricity. Jack Heathcote built
the tank ten years ago in his basement. Although the ?11,000 bill
has been reduced, he's now refusing to pay, as Quentin Rayner reports.
Few of us will forget Jack swimming with his tropical fish in the
basement of his home. At 20,000 litres, it Britain's biggest private
aquarium. But heating and filtering the water now costs ?16,000 a year.
So the exotic fish have to be sold or given away and replaced by cold
water river fish to slash the electricity bill. It's a tremendous
blow. It's really cut me up. I went to great lengths to provide a
spacious, suitable home for these creatures and now I've got to get
rid. Jack thought he was budgeting correctly, but a misreading of the
meter meant he initially faced and ?11,000 arrears bill from British
Gas, which has since been amended to around ?4500. And really angry
because the way they've behaved is atrocious. They should have
recognised that they've made the mistake and been apologetic for that
and not be trying to charge me this enormous bill. British Gas says Mr
Heathcote hasn't paid anything for months, despite offering him options
to pay the outstanding debt, and they sent him accurate meter
readings. Jack is appealing against the arrears bill. British Gas is now
threatening disconnection. To football, and none of our teams saw
defeat in the league this weekend. With the round`up, here's Kirsty.
Leicester City were 2`0 down to Watford before Mattie James reduced
the deficit just before the break. They dominated possession but looked
to be heading for defeat until Danny Drinkwater's unstoppable shot. It
rescued a point in the dying moments to leave them 11 points clear at the
top. Nottingham Forest are now unbeaten in their last 15 but had to
settle for a point at Blackpool. This goal looked like it might be
enough for the win, but with just four minutes to go, Andy Keogh's
header left Forest frustrated. Notts County were against and inform
Coventry. Aidan Mullins opened the scoring before a stunning strike
from James Spencer. The win was then wrapped up with a penalty. Mansfield
town hadn't had a home win since September until yesterday. They were
set on their way against Southend, with James Jennings making sure of
all three points. After a showery day, our next
concern is ice as the temperatures start to drop away. The Met Office
has got a yellow warning in place. There are still one or two showers
around this evening, but it is going to dry up. The skies were clear, the
temperatures will drop away. We are expecting a frost as we start the
new week. But tomorrow is a much more settled day. The winds will be
much lighter. There will be some light showers around which may turn
a bit win to reach, particularly over the higher ground. It will feel
quite cold with highs of around six Celsius. There's more wet and windy
weather to come on Tuesday. I will have more for you at 10:15pm.
Goodbye. Good evening. We have a significant
number of severe warnings out. Most of them have been issued on the
River Thames today. Now, of course, with more rain due this