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This is East Midlands Today with Anne Davies and me, Dominic Heale.


Tonight, Leicester's closure`threatened ECMO heart unit


attracts international support. But will it be enough?


The eyes of the world may be on this centre, but there is still a


question mark over its survival. Also tonight, a man accused of


attacking a spiritual leader with an axe tells a court he only meant to


frighten him. Plus, as the Midland mainline is


finally electrified, some of these extraordinary 19th`century railway


structures are being listed by endless heritage.


And, delicate lace. This is a product taking the world by storm


because you can eat it. Good evening. First tonight, it has


saved countless lives but could it still be a countdown to closure for


a specialist intensive care unit here in the East Midlands? ECMO was


set up at Leicester's Glenfield hospital 25 years ago. Over the


years it's attracted international attention. Today it was experts from


Japan who came to see what they could learn from it. But its past is


far more certain than its future which is still under review. Rob


Sissons reports. Kirsty owes her life to the hospital


and the artificial lung machine, ECMO. Her father was told what no


parent ever want to hear. My family were told I had two days to live. I


was on the ECMO for 13 weeks, and without that, I would not be here


today. Not many people know what it is all a light clay`macro about, but


it saves lives. These experts know what ECMO is, but have flown from


Japan to find out the secrets as to why Leicester has survival rate is


twice as good as in their country. We came here to find out what makes


this system so good. We have learned a lot. We used to give antibiotics


the whole time they are on ECMO... But it is tomorrow they are worrying


about here children's heart surgery could still be stopped in Leicester


and also ECMO. Birmingham has a new cardio ECMO unit which does very


good work, but this unit would take many years to replicate in a new


hospital. I am so grateful to be here and be ECMO saved my life. I


ready think they should keep it open. It will save a lot of lives.


What is the latest on the future of this unit? Yes, for years and years


we have had the children's heart unit under review. The reason ECMO


is tied up with all of that is because the expertise is shared. If


the children's heart surgery unit goes then ECMO is no longer viable,


we are told. The thing to bear in mind is any of us could end up


there. During swine flu the worst affected patients from all over the


country went there. It is the only unit in the country which is an ECMO


unit for children, babies and adults. The arguments over it go


one. Still to come ` a tough call for Davina.


The TV presenter was battling the wind and rain today as she continued


her 500 mile running, cycling and swimming challenge for charity.


Davina did well to stay on her bicycle. I am at the environment in


Nottingham. We have had gusts up to 60 mph today. Full details at the


end of the programme. East Midlands Trains say that


travellers are still facing some delays on its route from London. A


tree has come down on the line between Kettering and Market


Harborough. Services heading northbound to Nottingham and Derby


are now able to run through to Leicester without being diverted.


There are some delays of up to 30 minutes.


The man accused of the attempted murder of a Sikh spiritual leader in


Leicester has told a court he bought an axe intending to frighten his


victim. Harjit Singh Toor from Oadby denies harbouring any intention to


kill the man described by his followers as a "living guru". But he


does admit wounding him. Eleanor Garnier reports.


It was last August and his Holiness was visiting Leicester from the


Punjab. This sleek temple in the city was packed, and it is here that


the defendant, 27`year`old Harjit Singh`Toor from Oadby, an Orthodox


seek, brought a three foot axe intending to frighten his victim. He


denies attempted murder but admits Revis bodily harm. The prosecution


alleges he was motivated by religious hatred, but he claims he


was abused as a child by the religious leader back in the 1990s


in India. Earlier in court, his Holiness said allegations that he


had sexually abused Harjit Singh`Toor are totally absurd.


Giving evidence on the third day of his trial at Birmingham Crown Court,


Harjit Singh`Toor told the jury, " my emotions just erupted. I just


remember wanting to hurt his hands. That is when I charged up onto the


stage and swung the axe. I intended to hurt him. I wanted to harm him.


It is probably the biggest mistake I have ever made in my life. I accept


what I have done and that it was wrong. " the trial continues.


Police are investigating the death of a baby boy at a house in


Nottingham. Officers were called to a property in Carlton on Monday


evening. A five`month`old baby boy was taken to the Queen's Medical


Centre where he died. Police say the death is being treated as


"unexplained". A postmortem examination took place today but no


details have been released. A Derbyshire man arrested after


offensive tweets were posted online about a missing boy has been charged


with sending malicious communications. Darren Shepstone was


arrested on suspicion of posting the messages on Twitter, after


three`year`old Mikaeel Kular disappeared in Scotland last month.


His body was found days later. The 26`year`old from from Langley Mill,


will appear before Derby Magistrates later this month.


Two men have been arrested as part of a Serious Fraud Office


investigation into the Derby engine maker, Rolls Royce. A formal


investigation into the firm began last year, amid concerns of possible


bribery and corruption in Asia. Some of the allegations date back more


than 20 years. Officers have searched several properties in


London today. The company's declined to comment.


It's an offence that's massively under reported yet has devastating


consequences, according to police. It's the growing problem of cyber


crime. Now the head of a specialist unit that tackles online offences is


appealing for anyone who may have been a victim to come forward to


report it. Simon Ward reports. Our increasingly connected lives


bring many benefits, but the Internet is also a route for


criminals to attack businesses, or any of us who are online. A


conference behind closed doors at the Montford University was held to


bring top detectives, companies and local authorities together. We often


hear about major corporations having their systems hacked into, but now


police are asking more companies to contact them if they think they have


been victims of cyber crime. It can be quite devastating, particularly


for companies that carry out a lot of commerce on line. They have their


systems attacked, if their websites are brought down, it is hugely


costly to them, both in terms of cash and also reputation. One of the


important things about doing business online is trust about


transactions. At the cyber Security Centre at the university, they teach


students to become experts at beating the hackers. For criminals


it is attractive. It doesn't cost a lot of money to do. The current


penalties are far less severe than if you were to be dealing in drugs


or other criminal activities. That is why it is such a focus for the


government and for law enforcement in the UK. Cyber crimes can be a


complex web to investigate. As soon as one crime is defended against,


there will be many more to tackle, which is why experts say they want


information as soon as systems are attacked.


The TV presenter Davina McCall has been cycling through the East


Midlands as part of a 500`mile charity challenge. Earlier this week


she had to be carried from the water after a gruelling swim in the Lake


District. And today's weather meant it was another tough day. Simon Hare


reports. Davina McCall arrives to be greeted


by the whole village school. Our you all right? Yes! It is brilliant! She


is more than halfway through a challenge to swim, run and cycle


from Edinburgh to London, all in aid of sport relief. Today is a bad day,


weather`wise. We have really hit a wall with the wind. I have been


nearly blown off by bike. I just want to get back on my bike and go.


Could you do something like that? No, it would be really hard. She has


to keep going in this weather, and it doesn't look like it will get any


better. Just two days ago, she had to be dragged from an icy Lake


Windermere. Lake Windermere was a real challenge. She was never in any


danger because of the incredible team that surrounds her, but as you


saw, she was on the very edge. She pushed herself to the limit.


Incredible. It was scary for me, but I got well looked after. I don't


think I will be able to watch that footage for a bit. You counting the


hours or the miles? I am counting everything. And, with that, she was


back on her bike, bound for Birmingham through the wind and


rain. What a brave girl.


Still to come: 30 years on from Sarajevo, we speak to gold medallist


Jayne Torvill. She and Christopher Dean made history with this routine


in 1984. She'll be telling us about the years of training and sacrifice


that led to that moment. One of the oldest railway lines in


the world is to have its heritage protected. 30 railway bridges,


viaducts and tunnels along the Midland Mainline ` almost all of


them in Derbyshire ` have now been "listed" by the Government.


Campaigners said it was important for the historic landmarks to be


saved, as the route from London through the East Midlands prepares


for electrification. James Roberson reports from Derbyshire.


Immortalised in bronze in the show, George Stephenson's heritage is


largely remembered for the ground`breaking locomotives he and


his son Robert built, like the rocket. But, unlike the Rocket,


Stephenson's other great heritage does live on today. 170 years after


they were built, the bridges, viaducts and tunnels are still in


constant use. With so many original station is gone, English Heritage is


keen that remaining structures are preserved. This is one of the


earliest railway structures in Britain. And indeed in the world. It


was built and 80 `` late 1830s. It was built at an angle. The archers


were complicated to build, and it is one of the earliest archers like


this in the world, so it is enormously significant. Endless


heritage has looked through the archives and found original


drawings. This was the Tamil them, and here the bridge today. In


Belper, he carved to the town. The bridges and the nine are still in


use. They had to keep the track as level as possible, yet deal with


these hills and valleys and everything else. This is what they


did fantastically well. While the Midland mainline is electrified from


London to Bedford, it is only now but electrification north to the


East Midlands is that last happening. The engineers now know


where the really significant heritage is and they can take that


into account and preserve every bit of it. English Heritage says later


this year it will start looking at other buildings associated with the


railway for possible testing, but it is satisfied historic structures on


the line itself are now preserved for the future.


30 years ago this week, an insurance clerk from a council estate and a


policeman from a mining village made history. Jayne Torvill and


Christopher Dean, both from Nottinghamshire, won Winter Olympic


Gold with a stunning ice dance routine. It was watched on TV by


half the British population. This week we'll be with them as they


travel back to the scene of their triumph, Sarajevo. But tonight,


Jayne gives us an insight into how it all began.


As a child, I was really quite shy. I think when I was on the ice, I


felt like somebody different, somebody else. The ice rink where I


started dating `` skating was quite an old building, quite rundown. It


was a magical place for me, even though there were mice and rats.


After a few weeks I really pestered my parents for my own ice skates.


They bought me a second`hand pair. Also I was allowed to have one


lesson a week, which I absolutely loved. For us to find the time to


escape, it was outside the 9`5 hours. There wasn't a lot of ice


time available to us. Chris and I were in our early 20s when we


realised that we had a chance, possibly, of a gold medal. We made a


very big decision and decided to give up our jobs and concentrate, so


that we could skate full`time. Each year we had to come up with


something new and push ourselves. We started to get 0


something new and push ourselves. We started to get very creative in the


routines that we were doing. Everything was geared around leading


up to 1984 because this was our Olympics. This was our chance. Jayne


Torvill and Christopher Dean have won the gold medal of the Olympic


ice dance competition. I didn't think that a young girl from Clifton


would ever be Olympic champion, but it just goes to show you should


never stop dreaming. My dreams started small and it got bigger and


bigger. Was it really 30 years ago? And we'll be with Jayne and Chris


tomorrow night as they arrive in Sarajevo and prepare to recreate


their Bolero. It is amazing. They look almost the


same. They have hardly changed. First, could Nottingham Forest


winger Jamie Patterson be one of the buys of the season?


Scouted by manager Billy Davies and his assistant Ned Kelly, the


20`year`old winger cost Forest less than ?500,000 from Walsall. He's now


attracting the eyes of the Premier League and was key in last night's


win at Huddersfield. Kirsty Edwards reports.


Huddersfield had 0 reports.


Huddersfield had not lost at home since the middle of December and


looked like they would be difficult to beat. The Yorkshire team wanted


to sign Jamie Patterson in the summer, but he chose Forest and has


been causing defences all kinds of problems ever since. He finally made


the breakthrough in the second half. He wasn't finished there. He twisted


and turned and, with his clever feet, found the net again to make it


2`0, his seventh goal in nine games. Then, just before the 90 minute


mark, a mistake by Huddersfield let in Arius Henderson, who calmly


slotted in his eight of the season. So, a three ` zero away win that


extends Forest's unbeaten run to 16 matches in all competitions. A fifth


in the championship, five points of second spot.


So, with Forest fifth, Derby fourth, and Leicester top, the East Midlands


dominating the push to the Premier League. But in terms of young


English talent we are leading the way too, according to the England


Under 21 manager Gareth Southgate. He's been in Derby this week ahead


of next month's European qualifier against Wales at the Ipro stadium,


as Angela Rafferty reports. England 0


as Angela Rafferty reports. England expect to be delivering the


talent like a, right now. All three clubs are doing really well, and the


players within the clubs are doing very well. We have had Andre and


Michael Caine Patrick was in our squad for the last game, and it is a


great place for them to play and to learn. A crop of the country's


brightest young stars are plying their trade at Derby, Leicester and


forest. Three side that could potentially go into the Premier


League. It has always been a strong football area, and it is great to


see that emerging. Gareth Southgate has enjoyed a great start in his


England role. They are progressing well, they have got talent. That is


why they are in our group. Their attitude and desire to keep


improving is what will take them to the top. Club versus country always


a challenge, but Southgate and McLaren go back a long way. It was a


great fit with Steve's past. I could not understand why a bigger club had


not taken the chance, really, but I think he is proving what a big


decision that was for Derby to appoint him. International football


and a push for the Premier League, plenty to fire up our young guns


right now. Onto one of England best cricketers,


certainly in the short form of the game. In fact, Nottinghamshire's


Alex Hales is the world number two batsman in T20. Surprisingly he


wasn't picked up in this morning's auction to play in the lucrative


Indian Premier League though. Notts team`mate Samit Patel wasn't sold


either. There is one more round of bids tomorrow, so still a chance for


them. And we'll be hearing from Hales tomorrow night.


Now, onto the Winter Olympics, because tomorrow morning we'll have


our first chance to see if the much talked about Nottingham Speed Skater


Elise Christie can bring home a medal. She goes in the Short Track


500m, the first of three distances she'll race at the Olympics. And as


Colin Hazelden reports, she's one of the athletes Team GB has high hopes


for. Lots of Olympic excitement so far.


But Elise Christie remains special. Olympic experience, a medal winner


at the top level, a former world number one, she may just be the


country's best chance of gold. We have got a chance, and that is the


main thing. As long as we give ourselves a possibility, that is all


we can do. Tomorrow is the final stages of short track 500 metres,


not her favourite distance, but she started well in qualifying. Someone


gets pushed out, I could have taken the easy route and gone on the


inside the whole way, I need to pack is that, so I stuck to my guns.


Elise Christie went the alone going into the quarterfinals. Her training


partner sailed through her Olympic debut. Eiffel Tower would be a lot


more nervous. I am actually loving it, really enjoying it out there.


Medals on the line tomorrow, but, as Jack Welborn found that to his cost


in his 1500 metre final, sometimes short track happens, it is such an


unpredictable sport. Anything can happen, as we keep saying, but you


could run it again and I'm sure they would be a different result. I am


not unhappy with it. If anything, I am happy to have had a British


record in the first race. Jack will hopefully take sore ankle onto the


ice tomorrow. But all eyes will be on Elise Christie.


Very exciting, good luck to them all, and on ice and closer to home,


the Nottingham Panthers are in action tonight in the Challenge Cup


semi final first leg against arch rivals Sheffield Steelers.


Should be a good match, thank you. And now to cakes or, more precisely,


cake decorating. It's an art that's possibly more popular now than it's


ever been. Everyone's looking for something that's just that little


bit different, that little bit more special. One Nottingham company has


found it ` flexible lace that really is good enough to eat.


Flavourings, cutters, tens, cupcake cases, everything to do with cakes.


But there is a new product taking the world by storm, cake lace. We


know we have got a fantastic product, but we 0


know we have got a fantastic product, but we are just blown away


with how it has taken off. It all started with player wanting a more


flexible type of lacy icing for her cakes and, thanks to 0


flexible type of lacy icing for her cakes and, thanks to the cake


decorating company, together they founded. I said to Claire, I think I


have got the perfect product for you. She tested it and came in


screaming saying it was perfect. And it is retaking off, selling in


Australia, New Zealand, Asia, and it is even on its way to America.


Surprisingly, cake making and decorating is unfamiliar territory


just a few years ago. I have only been making cakes for two years. I


made my first cake two years ago. I saw a beautiful princess castle and


replicated it for her. They are continuously on the lookout for the


next big thing in the world of cake. If anyone has got ideas of anything


we should be doing, we always listen to people, and we tend to try and


make that product, and try to achieve something that is better


than anything else on the market. So, who knows what is next. One


thing is for certain, they are happy in their work. It is the perfect job


for me. Yes, surrounded by cake. The idea of


edible lace and is up all sorts of images! I probably shouldn't go


there. Onto the weather now. Good evening. I am outside in the


elements. It is a very windy evening. It has been a very windy


day today with gusts of up to 60 mph in a feud places. `` few places. You


can see this picture of a fallen tree. Do keep sending those pictures


to us. Through the day today, we sought that storm passed through


with gusts of 60 master hour. Into the evening, we are getting the tale


of the storm which will whip around and we could see more gusts. We have


got a yellow warning with us, which really does mean you have to be


aware that it will be very windy. That is across the entire East


Midlands. We have got the amber warning in Derbyshire. Through


tonight, things will gradually calmed down and 0


tonight, things will gradually calmed down and he's. 0


tonight, things will gradually calmed down and he's. `` ease.


Territories will fall to one or. Any showers could fall a little bit


wintry. Into 0 0 showers could fall a little bit


wintry. Into tomorrow, a better day all round. It will be drier,


brighter, still quite windy don't get any confusion about that,


they're still could be gusts up to 40 mph, but not nearly as windy as


what we have experienced today. As we make our way into Friday, yet


small wet and windy weather is on the way. It just keeps battering us.


We have 0 the way. It just keeps battering us.


We have got 0 the way. It just keeps battering us.


We have got more bad weather to come before we are done. Quite a windy


night. Still some problems being caused by


that wind. We will bring you more updates in the late news.




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