18/02/2014 East Midlands Today


18/02/2014

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gone wrong with Wales? But now on BBC One, it's time

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And now the news for the East Midlands, I'm Anne Davies. Good

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evening. There's growing anger after potentially life changing operations

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for children were cancelled. The surgery was designed to help

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children with cerebral palsy walk again. The NHS has apologised for

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the distress and uncertainty the decision has caused. Now families

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face an agonising wait to see if their children can get the surgery

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they need. Our Health Correspondent, Rob Sissons reports.

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Forward, that's it. Keep those feet nice and far apart. This boy's

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family thought he was well on the way to his surgery to help him walk.

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But Nottingham's Queen's Medical Centre say the spinal operation is

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no longer routinely funded on the NHS. We're not expecting him to jump

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off the bed but there is hope there that he could walk without the

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surgery. In today's post, the News Mum was dreading. And 29 other

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families who are in the same boat. His operation will not be going

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ahead on the NHS. The procedure involves cutting nerves around the

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spine to reduce spasticity. Nottingham's Queen's Medical Centre

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should've stopped doing the operations months ago. In a

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statement, NHS England told us they were trying to achieve nationally

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consistent approach. In Nottingham, Shannon's family feel

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lucky. She got her operation four days ago, and the Queen's Medical

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Centre is honouring other operations because they have firm dates booked

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in. But to begin with they had said no. I thought it was really bad and

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that other people could not get help, it was really bad for them as

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well. I think it is awful and I want to do anything I can to help the

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other children who are not getting the surgery. Days on, they are

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already noticing improvements. She can now raise her hands. Can you

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show us now? Can you open your hand for me please? That's brilliant. It

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is not fantastic for this boy's family who say they feel forced to

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raise thousands of pounds to go private. It is a big mountain to

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climb, who knows how long that will take? Families across the East

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Midlands have had their hopes raised and dashed. We asked for interviews

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from Queen's Medical Centre and NHS England and were told no one was

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available. Tonight there is talk of NHS England funding some cases,

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possibly around 100 to be evaluated, but there is no word yet on who

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might qualify. Police have arrested 26 men in

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connection with suspected violent disorder that broke out after a

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football match last year. It happened on the day Nottingham

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Forest played Derby County in September. This morning, raids took

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place across three counties. Tom Brown reports.

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It was barely donned this morning, at huge police operation was already

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underway. Around 100 officers arrived at homes in Nottingham,

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Derbyshire and Boston in Lincolnshire. They were aiming to

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arrest 26 men in a series of co`ordinated raids. It was all in

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relation to suspected football related violence. The operation is

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the culmination of investigation that place with regards to a violent

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disorder incident after the Nottingham Forest and Derby County

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game in September last year. Since that date, a number of people have

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already been arrested and are currently on bail. A lengthy enquiry

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and investigation piecing together lots of different strands of

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intelligence has taken place, identifying 26 further people we

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need to speak to in relation to that disorder. It happened near this in

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right on the Nottinghamshire Derbyshire border. The men arrested

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today were aged between 16 and 50. The majority were detained at

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Nottingham, where evidence and statements were taken. This five

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months police operation was so big, it was partly funded by the Home

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Office. It's unprecedented. I have been a police officer for 22 years,

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I have not seen on many occasions the amount of intelligence gathering

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and preparation which took place in relation to preparing for today's

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arrests. Police say anyone convicted of football related violence gives

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the real fans a bad name. More arrests could follow, this operation

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is not over. Almost 600 affordable homes are to

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be built in Leicester over the next two years ` as figures confirm today

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the average price of a house in the region is ?176,000. The average cost

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has been unchanged for three months up to December last year ` but

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there's been a near two per cent annual increase. The UK average is

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?50,000. `` ?250,000. In Leicester ?60 million is to be spent by the

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council and others on providing affordable homes. But one estate

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agent in the city is suggesting a boom could be on the way in the

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private market. We have seen in markets before that at the beginning

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of the market you get that gradual, steady growth, and as that bubble

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builds the increase becomes more rapid.

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This year the Rainbows Hospice will have been caring for thousands of

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children and their families for two decades. It was officially opened by

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the Prince of Wales and since then, has gone on to provide respite,

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palliative and end of life care for children from across the East

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Midlands. Sport now and one important result

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in the Championship tonight. Derby County have gone up to third in the

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table after winning away at Sheffield Wednesday. They won 1`0.

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Time for the weather forecast. Thank you. It has been a quiet day

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today and we got to see lovely scenes like this today. It is

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looking decent for tomorrow as well. It may start off gloomy but we will

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get brightness and sunshine towards the end of the day. We have had

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showers around, they are fading away now so it is a dry night. Clear

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spells tonight as well, turning cooler with light winds tonight.

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Tomorrow morning, we will see cloud rolling in, a bit of hill fog and a

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spot of rain here and there as well. Later on, the cloud should break

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up, we should get some brightness and sunshine. Temperatures up at

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around nine or 10 degrees. Feeling quite springlike, dare I say. Taking

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a look at the outlook, it looks as though is all turn more unsettled on

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Thursday, but that's all from us. heavy. More international weather

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next.

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