13/02/2014 East Midlands Today


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And now the news for the East Midlands. I'm Dominic Heale.

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Controversial plans to close fire stations and lay`off firefighters

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have been scrapped. It follows an oucry from members of the public,

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who were worried lives would be put at risk. But campaigners fear the

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reprieve could prove to be only temporary. Simon Hare can tell us

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more. You hope you will never need them, but if you do, you also hope

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they will come quickly. And that's what had led to widespread concerns

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about what was being proposed. Cutting the number of fire stations

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in Derbyshire by over a third, from 31 to 20. And a quarter of full`time

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firefighter posters were to go. Up to 40,000 people had signed the Fire

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Brigades Union petition against the plans. The man who received it today

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urged fellow members of the county's fire authority to ditch their

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original proposals. We have said that for a two year period we will

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not be closing any fire stations and there will be no firefighter

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redundancies. But should the Government impose more cuts on us,

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the closure of fire stations and redundancies would be unavoidable.

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Yet there is a promise that closures will only happen as a last resort.

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The news was given a cautious welcome by members of the Save

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Melbourne Fire Station group. We still have concerns and we want the

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station to remain open. The county's Chief Fire Officer warned the

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meeting he won't be able to deliver the same level of service and he

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urged politicians not to allow elections to get in the way of

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delivering an effective Fire Service. Derbyshire Fire and Rescue

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needs to save ?4.4 million over the next four years. Communities like

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here in Melbourne now know that their fire stations are safe for at

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least two of those four years. The jury has retired to consider its

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verdict in the trial of a man accused of attempting to murder a

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Sikh spiritual leader with an axe. Harjit Singh Toor from Oadby in

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Leicestershire denies the charge, but admits grievous bodily harm. He

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attacked His Holiness Sirisat Guru Uday as he attended a religious

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ceremony at a Leicester temple last August. The judge told the jury the

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key question they had to answer is whether they were sure Mr Toor

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intended to kill the guru. An animal charity is urging dog owners to

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consider vaccination against parvovirus. Vets say a small number

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of cases have been confirmed in the Derby area, but despite concern from

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some owners, the level of infection is not higher than normal.

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Parvovirus can be fatal, but dogs can be protected. If you get your

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animal vaccinated and keep up`to`date with the booster

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injections through adulthood, it would be an exceptional case that

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would go on to be infected with parvovirus. It is important to keep

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up the booster vaccinations for dogs. Next, robotic technology is

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being used in the fight against cancer. Nottingham City Hospital is

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the first in the East Midlands to use the device to remove prostate

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tumours. The first operation using the robot was carried out this week,

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as our Health Correspondent Rob Sissons reports. Your life in the

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robot's hands. A ?2 million addition to Nottingham City Hospital. They

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call it da Vinci. The surgical robot combines high`definition vision with

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artculated wristed instruments that allows the surgeon a level of

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precision and dexterity. What that really means is surgeons can cut

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better and see better than ever before. Recovering at home, Alan was

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the first patient to have his prostate cancer removed with the new

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technology three days ago. He was diagnosed after sensing something

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was wrong. Something just wasn't right, with my wee pattern mainly

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through the nights, getting up, wanting to wee. The machine is

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fantastic. I Googled a little bit of it on YouTube and looked at what it

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did. Didn't look too much because of the fear factor, but it has done its

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job. We have got the prostate out in one. Let's be clear, what are the

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benefits for the patient? So for men that had prostate cancer surgery

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using the robot, length of stay is reduced, complications is reduced,

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bleeding is less. The outcomes for the patient are better and they tend

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to get back to work quicker. The surgeons train on a simulator.

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Accuracy within millimetres here is everything. One might liken it to an

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expensive PlayStation. It allows surgeons to train before going live.

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Alan dreams of going on his mountain bike this summer. I'll always been a

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strong believer in that what you don't know, don't hurt you, but in

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this case, what you don't know will kill you. And it will. It will have

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you if you are not careful. It's been a very special night tonight

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for two of our region's sporting superstars. In Sarajevo, the city

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where they won Olympic gold 30 years ago, Jayne Torvill and Christopher

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Dean took to the ice to recreate their winning performance. They had

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spent hours training in the Bosnian capital, perfecting their 1984

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Bolero We'll have a full report from

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Sarajevo on tomorrow's programme. Now, more high winds and heavy rain

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are on the way. Mel will be here with the forecast in a moment. But

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today those affected by yesterday's storm were clearing up. Eleanor

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Garnier reports. Blue skies today, mask yesterday's bad weather, but

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damage done by the high winds is clear. Lead ripped off the roof here

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at St Peter's Church. I have never seen anything quite this dramatic

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from storm damage. It is like a sardine can. The wind has got

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underneath it. It ripped the lead off one side exposing the timber and

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the main concern, of course, is water damage that might occur to the

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timber. We need to arrange to get that covered with temporary sheeting

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today. Overnight, firefighters in Leicestershire say they had to deal

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with double the number of emergency calls they normally get. This road

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was closed for much of the day after an 80`foot tree was blown down in

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the wind. In Derby, this block of flats had to be evacuated. None of

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the residents were hurt, but debris had to be cleared before people were

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allowed back in their homes. There is relief back in Foston, as the

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church does have insurance. It could be a very different situation. We

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are incredibly fortunate that nobody was in or around the church

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yesterday afternoon. Yes, I dread to imagine what would have happened if

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anybody had been around. With more bad weather forecast, they are

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focussed on making the church safe. That's your news. So, it's goodbye

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from me, but with the latest on the weather now, here's Mel. Today has

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been the calm between two storms. This was yesterday, clearing away to

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the North East, but this is what we have got heading our way. Tonight,

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largely dry with temperatures dropping to freezing, are just a

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load in the countryside. Some fog in places and possibly some icy patches

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around. And the winds, easing all the time. Tomorrow starts off on a

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decent night but it will be a deteriorating picture once again.

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That brain spilling into the south`west, and we will see that

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clouds thicken and by mid`morning, that rain will push its way in. The

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Met Office has issued a yellow weather warning for the Derbyshire

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Peak District, where we expect to see some snow. Some clusters of

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blustery showers packing in behind. The wind will peak overnight, with

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the potential for costs of around 45 miles an hour. `` gusts. Nick Miller

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will have the National forecast in a moment,

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few days and now we go to the weather centre for the national

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forecast from Nick Miller. Hello, in this winter of perpetual

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autumn, it seems we're never more than a day away from a storm so we

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must be due another one and as you've just heard, here it comes,

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deepening in the Atlantic Trio heading for us. Overall for the UK,

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we're not expecting this to be as severe as the storm yesterday that

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there will be some significant impact, particularly where the Met

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Office has weather warnings in force and that means more rain will serve

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to heighten the floods. All the while, the wind is picking up,

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reaching its peak tomorrow night in southern England. This is the rest

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of tonight and where we've had showers, south-west England and

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Northern Ireland and Scotland, as icy patches developing. Quite a cold

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start but, for Scotland, Northern Ireland and northern England, a dry

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start for most of us. Look at this - the rain from that area of low

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pressure I showed you is already across much of southern England and

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South Wales. These triangles are Met

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