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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.