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heavy rain is causing more misery as flood waters are on the rise.
Now the news for the East Midlands, I'm Dominic Heale.
First tonight, the ongoing fears over the future of Leicester's world
famous intensive care unit, ECMO. Today experts from Japan toured the
centre to learn lessons on improving survival rates. But the unit remains
under threat because of a long`running review into children's
heart surgery across the country. 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
was told I had two days to live. I was on the ECMO for 13 weeks.
Without that, I would not be here today. Not many people know what it
is all about, but it saves lives. These experts know what ECMO is, and
have flown from Japan to discover the secrets behind White Leicester
has survival rates twice as good for ECMO as in their own country. It is
why we came here, to find out what makes the English system so good.
Leicester is a good place, and we have learnt a lot. It is tomorrow
they worry about here, a seemingly never`ending NHS review could still
see children's heart surgery stopped in Leicester and ECMO and here too.
You could set up a new ECMO unit in any hospital, and Birmingham has a
new cardiac unit which does very good work, at this unit would take
many years to replicate in a new hospital. I am just so grateful to
be here. The ECMO saved my life. I really think they should keep it
open because it will save a lot of lives. The future of ECMO is still
up in the air, but for now, it is business as usual for the
life`saving team. 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 Sikh Temple in the city
was packed, and it is here the defendant, 27`year`old Harjit
Singh`Toor, from Oadby, and orthodox M2 macro brought a three foot axe,
intending to frighten his victim. He admits grievous bodily harm, but
denies attempted murder. The prosecution alleges that Harjit
Singh`Toor was motivated by religious hatred, and that he
claimed he was abused as a child by the religious leader back in the
1990s in India. Earlier, his Holiness said allegations that he
had sexually abused Harjit Singh`Toor were 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 0 emotions just erupted. I just
remember wanting to hurt his hands. That is when I charged up onto the
stage and swung the axe will stop I intended to hurt him. I wanted to
harm him. It is probably the biggest mistake I have ever made in my
life". The trial continues. In other news tonight, two men have
been arrested as part of a Serious Fraud Office investigation into the
Derby aero`engine maker, Rolls Royce. A formal investigation into
the firm was launched last year, over 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. 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 Langley Mill, will
appear before Derbyshire Magistrates later this month.
Next, one of the oldest railway lines in the world is to have its
architectural 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. It comes as the route
from London through the East Midlands prepares for
electrification. James Roberson reports.
In motorised in bronze in Derbyshire, George Stephenson's
heritage is largely remembered for the ground`breaking locomotives he
and his son Robert Bildt, like the Rocket. Unlikely Rocket,
Stephenson's other great heritage does live on today. 175 years after
they were built, the bridges, viaducts and tunnels in Derbyshire
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 in the late 1830s. What is so innovative about
it is that it is built at an angle. English Heritage has hunted through
the archives and found original drawings. This was the tunnel them,
hear the plans and the bridge today. Stephenson simply carved through the
town of Belper. The bridges and nine are still in use. They had to keep
the track as level as possible, yet deal with these hills and valleys.
This is what they did fantastically well. While the Midland mainline is
electrified from London to Bedford, it's only now that allege vocation
north to the East Midlands is happening. `` electrification. Now
engineers know where the significant heritage is and now they can
preserve every bit of it. In Bush Heritage says later this year it
will start looking at other buildings associated with the
railway for possible listing, but it is satisfied historic structures on
the line itself are now reserved for the future.
`` preserved. Finally, do you remember the Winter Olympics of
three decades ago? Well, tomorrow we'll be catching up with
Nottinghamshire's own Jayne Torvill and Christopher Dean in Sarajevo.
Here's a sneak preview from there tonight as the pair work to recreate
their famous 1984 Gold Medal winning performance of Bolero. We'll
It's goodbye from me, but here's Mel with the weather forecast. It is
amazing. The East Midlands have escaped the
worst of the wind so far. In the Derbyshire Peak district, the gusts
have up and up to 80 mph, which is where the amber warning is still in
place, issued by The Met office. That last until midnight. Across the
East Midlands we have a yellow warning, which lasts until first
thing tomorrow morning. It will remain windy this meet `` this
evening. It will be dry with clear spells for many places, and there
will be the risk of ice first thing in the morning with temperatures
dropping close to or just below freezing in some rural spots.
Tomorrow will be the better day. The wins will still be quite strong
first thing in the morning, with one or two showers around, which may
have a wintry flavour. Certainly, more in the way of dry and bright
spells. Top temperature tomorrow of six Celsius, so it will remain
fairly cool throughout. Into Friday, the respite is short lived. Another
area of low pressure sweeping in, bringing more wet weather and strong
winds. Your national forecast will be here in a moment. Here is the
outlook for the next few days. Good evening. What an incredible day
of weather it has been. We saw gusts of wind up to 108 mph in the West of
Wales. The wind is easing down a notch or two but we still have a
high-level amber warning from the Met Office for the strength of the
wind over the next few hours over quite a large swathe of the UK.
Northern Ireland, northern England and down across Wales, there is
still potential for damaging and disruptive gusts of wind. This huge
curl of cloud is bringing wet and windy weather across much of the
West of Europe. It curls back across the north of the UK and that's the
centre of the area of low pressure with the strongest winds just to the
south of that. Let's focus on the winds over the next few hours. The
ease down by a notch or two but still blustery conditions over most
of Wales. High seas around the coast and gusting up to 70 mph. Easily
around the 80 mph mark across much of northern England. Across the
Pennines this evening and overnight, travelling will be treacherous. Wind
and rain at lower levels will produce a lot of spray. You don t
have to go to high up the Pennines to see that turned to snow. One way
or another, further disruption to travel is more than likely. BBC
local radio will keep you up-to date on where you are and where you are
trying to get to. The centre of the low system moves northwards. Pretty
heavy snow developing across the hills of Scotland with several
centimetres by dawn. A bit of snow for Northern Ireland and wintry
showers drifting across the southern counties. A risk of ice with most
races are seeing the temperatures a degree or so either side of
freezing. A cold, windy start Thursday but I think it be a better
day. No persistent rain to be seen. There should be some spells of
sunshine for many of us, as well. Does it last until the end of the
week? I'm afraid not. It goes downhill on Friday. This low
pressure will head our way. Lots of isobars on the chart later in the
day. Gusts of 60, 70 or 80 mph, with rain spreading northwards.
Significant snow for parts of Northern Ireland and southern
Scotland. Windy into the start of the weekend. Saturday has outbreaks
of rain. On Sunday, something of a respite. The winds will ease down
and it should