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


Tonight: A hospital halts surgery that could help children with


cerebral palsy. Shannon had her NHS operation but 30


other children will miss out. I thought it was really bad and that


other people could not get it was really bad for them to.


Also, police carry out raids across counties looking for suspected


football hooligans. Plus, the rise and rise of house


prices. And what is missing from the House of Lords is asked, apparently?


Find 0 House of Lords is asked, apparently?


Find out why they later. Good evening. Welcome to Tuesday's


programme. First tonight, growing anger and confusion after


potentially life changing operations for children were cancelled. The


surgery was designed to help children with cerebral palsy walk


again. The NHS has apologised for the pain, distress and uncertainty


the decision has caused. Tonight the affected families face


an agonising wait to see if there's any way that their children can now


get the surgery they need. Many fear they'll need to raise thousands to


go private. Our Health Correspondent, Rob Sissons reports.


Forward, that's it. This boy's family thought he was well on the


way to his surgery to help him walk unaided. But Nottingham's Queen's


Medical Centre say the spinal operation is no longer routinely


funded on the NHS. There is hope there that he could walk, and


without the surgery, we question that he will ever do that. In


today's balls, the news his mum was dreading, and 29 other families are


in the same boat. His 0 dreading, and 29 other families are


in the same boat. His operation will not be going ahead on the NHS. The


procedure involves cutting nerves around the spine to reduce


spasticity. Nottingham's Queen's Medical Centre should have stopped


doing the operations months ago when NHS England ruled there was not


enough evidence of that success. In a statement, NHS England told us


they were trying to achieve a: Shannon's family feel lucky. She got


her operation four days ago, and the hospitals honouring 18 other


children's operations. But to begin with, they had said no. I thought it


was really, really bad. And that other people 0


was really, really bad. And that other people could not have it it


was really bad for them to. I want to do anything I can to help the


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


already noticing improvements. Before the operation, Shannon could


not raise her arms. That is brilliant. It is not fantastic for


this boy's family. It is quite a big mountain to climb, who knows how


long that will take? Families right across the Midlands have had 0


long that will take? Families right across the Midlands have had their


hopes 0 across the Midlands have had their


hopes raised and then dashed. We asked for interviews from both


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


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


some cases, possibly around 100 to be evaluated, but there is no word


yet on who might qualify. Police have arrested 26 men in


connection with suspected violent disorder that broke out after a


football match last year. It happened on the day Nottingham


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


place across three counties in what police say was an almost


unprecedented operation. Tom Brown reports.


It was barely dawn this morning, and a huge police operation was already


underway. Around 100 officers arrived in homes in Nottingham,


Derbyshire and Boston in Lincolnshire aiming to arrest 26 men


in a series of code needed raids. It was all in rear `` in relation to


suspected football related violence. It is the culmination of


the investigation that took place in response to a violent disorder that


took place in September last year. Since then, a number of people have


already been arrested who are currently on bail, and we have been


piecing together lots of different strands of intelligence, identifying


26 for the people we need to speak to in relation to that disorder. It


happened in this village right, Nottinghamshire, Derbyshire border.


The men arrested today were aged between 16 and 50. The majority were


detained in Nottingham, where evidence and statements were taken.


This police operation was so big it was partly funded by the Home


Office. It is unprecedented. I have not seen, on many occasions, the


amount of intelligence gathering and preparation that has taken place in


relation to preparing for today's arrest phase. Anyone convicted of


football related violence gives the real fans a bad name, the police


say. More arrests could follow. Almost 600 affordable homes are to


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


confirmed the average house price in the region stands at a whopping


?176,000. The average cost has remained


constant for three months in a row, meaning our annual rise hasn't been


as sharp as elsewhere. 0 meaning our annual rise hasn't been


as sharp as elsewhere. But today one estate suggested the housing market


was at the beginning of another boom. Mike O'Sullivan reports.


There is a cluster of estate agents on the street in Leicester, one of


them saying that the cycle of house price boom is about to start up


again. With increases of up to 27% across the country, and here in the


East Midlands, up to 7%. We have seen it before, at the beginning of


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


bubble builds, the increase becomes more rapid. So our house price boom


is around the corner? It could be, in my humble opinion. Today the


Office for National Statistics said the average price for a house in the


East Midlands was ?176,000 last year, unchanged for the third month


in a row, there's been a steady 1.9% increase in a year. For this


family, who live in social housing, the average price is a figure they


just cannot afford. No way, not a chance. There is no way we could


afford a new house. Or any sort of house to move into. This is it for


us. In Leicester, more affordable homes or on the way. The city


council says 600 will be provided in the next couple of years. Wages have


not kept up with inflation in house prices, so many people cannot afford


to buy. There have always been many people, because of low`income, low


wages, disabilities are other reasons, who would never buy. We


have got an increase of 31% more buyers, that is a fact. There is


more 0 buyers, that is a fact. There is


more confidence out there. At the moment, the market is growing. Help


is out there for mortgages, but around ?60 million is also being


spent on affordable homes in the city. With the money coming from the


Council, the government and outside investment.


The RSPCA have returned to a field in Leicestershire at the centre of a


campaign to move some horses being kept there. People have been at the


field near Fosse park protesting that the animals need to be taken


somewhere dry. The owner insists he's done nothing wrong and the


horses are taken care of. The RSPCA visited today and said afterwards


their inspectors had no immediate concerns and the owner was


co`operating in mending fences and clearing some litter. They said the


horses do have access to dry land and food. One was put down at the


weekend, unable to rise from a large puddle of water.


A council is defending plans to introduce a two tier rent system


which would essemtially give a discount to so`called responsible


tenants. Nottingham City Council says the idea is to reward those who


play by the rules and pay on time ` while those who don't would pay


more. It says it won't disadvantage those who genuinely can't pay.


Benefits campaigners in the city though, have called the idea


'divisive' and 'unfair'. Nottinghamshire Police are to hold a


fortnight long firearms amnesty next month. It's a decade since the last


one was held in the county. Officers are asking for people to hand in


unlawfully held or unwanted guns and ammunition to stop them getting into


the wrong hands. There'll be no questions asked. The amnesty will


begin on March third. Still to come: Big changes and big


challenges for Mansfield's Golden Girl.


Rebecca Adlington talks about her life away from competitive swimming.


Before all that, a deafening silence in Parliament's second chamber. A


new survey reveals that our voice is going unheard in the House of Lords.


The East Midlands has fewer noble Lords and Baronesses than any other


part of the UK. Now there are calls for that under`representation to be


addressed. Here's our Political Editor John Hess.


It was Oscar Wilde who wrote that the House of Lords and never takes


into account public opinion. That is why, he says, it is at a civilised


body. But a new report suggests Parliament's unelected second


chamber is out of touch with many of the regions but the country ``


regions of the country, especially the East Midlands. Out of 432


working peers, only nine or from the East Midlands. At 2%, that is the


lowest representation of any part of the UK. That compares with 4% for


the West Midlands and Yorkshire. 11% for the East, and 20% from the


south`east. At 24%, peers living in Greater London make up the biggest


share. The Bishop of Leicester is one of our handful of peers. There


is also lauds Charlie Falk in, a former Lord Chancellor in Tony


Blair's government. I'm very conscious listening to the


contributions... This baroness, a former BBC head of communications,


now a government Environment Minister, and Baroness Lister, a


professor of social policy. It is ghastly there are so few peers from


East Midlands. I can't think of any sensible explore nation for that.


Members of the Lords have no constituency to represent. We are


scrutinising legislation, bringing our experience of where we live,


what is going on. If a particular region is underrepresented it means


that the people bringing knowledge of the effects of legislation in


this region are not there. Over the last 100 years, governments have


attended to reform the House of Lords. The last attempt a couple of


years ago to have direct elections also ended in failure. Would that


surprise Oscar Wilde? I think not. Parts of the Elvaston Castle Estate


could be taken over by local businesses and organisations.


Derbyshire County Council currently spends ?800,000 a year maintaining


the 17th century castle and parkland. Now it wants to see if


local groups or firms would like to move in to some of the park


buildings to help secure the estate's future. It'll be holding


open days next month. English Heritage has objected to


plans to knock down part of a former Nottinghamshire brewery. Developers


want to build 150 homes on the site of an old malt house at Kimberley.


It's part of a major redevelopment of the disused brewery site. But


English Heritage says the building is listed and the homes will be out


of character. 0 is listed and the homes will be out


of character. The firm behind the proposals say they're vital for the


area's economy. Now to the only hospice of its kind


in the East Midlands caring not just for children and young adults but


for their families too. This year, Rainbows celebrates it's 20th


birthday. For two decades it's given respite, palliative and end of life


care. And as Jo Healey reports there's been an awful lot of 0


there's been an awful lot of laughter among 0


there's been an awful lot of laughter among the tears over the


last two decades. It is very, very special place isn't


it? It is 0 It is very, very special place isn't


it? It is a lifeline for the families and children who come here.


Rainbows has been here for two decades, and in that time, it has


helped thousands of children and their families. One of them is


Chloe, who has been coming for ten years. How important as this place


been to Chloe? It has been really important. Rainbows has been a place


she can come and have fun and get the support she needs. She gets 16


nights of respite care a year, doesn't she? She has had time to


recharge your batteries. The staff are 0


recharge your batteries. The staff are just amazing. The facilities


have improved beyond recognition since it was officially opened by


the Prince of Wales. This man was the first child through the doors,


he is now 21 years old. At the moment they are supporting around


300 children. They are also supporting 250 grieved families. But


at all costs ?4.5 million a year just to run. And this, its 20th


year, they want to raise an extra ?100,000. We need to provide complex


care for our children. We rely a lot more on technology. It is a huge


undertaking. But they are rising to the challenge to help children and


their families for decades to come. Fantastic.


Still to come: A bit of a redesign for the Red Arrows.


The new look was unveiled today but you'll have to keep watching to find


out exactly 0 you'll have to keep watching to find


out exactly what 0 you'll have to keep watching to find


out exactly what has changed. You will have to stay watching. Do


not go away. I know it is the sport. We have got good stuff too. A lovely


interview with Rebecca Adlington on life after sport to come, but we


start with current footballing stars. Derby have a match at


Sheffield Wednesday tonight which could more than consilidate their


place at the top of the table. Natalie Jackson has been looking


ahead. If Steve McClaren's Derby County win


at Sheffield Wednesday tonight they could go into third place. It is a


remarkable rise up the table for the Rams. Over the last five years on


average they have finished 15th in the Championship. It is changing the


mentor Lydia the players. `` the mentality of the players. Being in


this position, what does it take? We have to take the pressure away from


them. It is about mentality. Derby have had eight days of rest since


their last game. A win which left the players feeling full of


confidence and desire. A nice mix of guys in the changing room. Everybody


is hungry for success. There are some senior players who have had


good success throughout their careers. And young lads who are new


to this type of situation. But it is working well for us. Full match


commentary at Derby's game on Sheffield Wednesday tonight, 7pm on


BBC Radio Devon B. `` Well, hosting that Radio Derby coverage is our own


Mark Shardlow who can look ahead for us at Hillsborough.


Sheffield Wednesday lost last week for the first time in 12 games. One


crucial factor here will be the pitch. It is still damp. It might


cut up a bit. And it has just 0 cut up a bit. And it has just


started raining again. Kick`off here is at 7:45pm.


Nottingham Forest's chairman says they will support champion boxer


Carl Froch to fulfil his dream. The chairman says they would like to


thank `` help if they can. It is potentially the biggest ever


all British boxing match but where will it take place customer Carl


Froch would love it to be at his beloved Nottingham Forest. The


chairman is not ruling it out. We will try to help them as much as we


can. I will sit with them and talk about his game, and I wish him all


the best. The chairman is busy with footballing matters at the moment.


Speculation is rife that there midfield could be returning to the


club. Loan signings are real possibility. We are missing a number


of players. These are key players for Nottingham Forest, good


players. I'm sure the manager is looking for a midfielder, but we do


not want to bring any player, we want to bring the right player. And


despite the injury problems, the chairman is still confident of


success. We have 16 games to play. If we win ten games out of the 16, I


think we'll do well. We can do this season.


Huge ambitions. In other sport, a big night coming up for Nottingham


Panthers ` they have a 5`3 lead going into the second leg of their


Challenge Cup semfinal with arch`rivals Sheffield Steelers. Face


off is at 7:30 and it's live on BBC Radio Nottingham with, well, me.


Join me then if you can. At the Winter Olympics some joy at


last for Nottingham speed skating star Elise Christie. She's been


denied medals in the 500 metre and 1,500m events by controversial


judging decisions but skated today in the heats of her favourite 1,000m


distance ` and came from fourth to blow the field away in the last


three laps. It was a confident return to the ice. And it helped


Elise put the earlier events ` and abuse she's had on social media `


behind her. It is good that I was out there, everyone has hated me and


I did not feel good out there, and it was emotional and stuff. But I


have got back out there today knowing that people are helping me


get on with things. It is great to get out there and skate again.


Also skating today in the 500m heats were Jon Eley and Jack Whelbourne.


Jon is safely through, but Jack had a really tough draw and has been


knocked out. Now for the second in our series on


how sports stars cope with retirement. Tonight, Mansfield's


Rebecca Adlington ` the Golden Star of the pool at the Beijing Olympics.


She's only 25 but already she's got to carve out a whole new career and,


as Helen Barnes found out, cope with some big changes to her body.


Rebecca 0 some big changes to her body.


Rebecca Adlington is Great Britain's most successful ever


swimmer. Rebecca Adlington, two gold medals in one Olympic games.


Absolutely brilliant. In February 2013 Shirov retired from sport. ``


she retired from sport. She moved to the north`west, got herself a new


job. Becky has launched a network of swimming schools. She wants to


improve her swimming is taught across the country. My ambition is


for every child leaving primary school to be able to swim 25 metres.


It is one of those things that if you are in a situation, you have to


save someone's life, you will not panic if you're confident in water.


Becky turned 25 yesterday, and she is loving her new life. It is nice


not waking up at quarter past five in the morning. I don't have much


routine and structure any more like you do when you are and athlete. It


is so relaxed. But there have been some surprises. Now I have lost all


my muscle, pretty much. Nothing is toned, everything wobbles. I am


like, what is this? Why is that wobbling? That is very different.


You kind of expected when you retire, that you just kind of, you


will never be as fit as you are in that moment when you are competing.


You will never be that body shape again, because that body, for me, I


am so grateful for my body in many ways because it has gotten me to


four Olympic medals. Please welcome the incredible Becky Adlington.


Those medals put Becky in the media spotlight. I wondered how she feels


now about being so famous. It is crazy to me. I have never had a


desire to be famous. I would prefer to be with my family and friends and


do nothing. I know exactly how she feels. I don't know how I cope if I


lost this tone and body. Dominik said earlier the reason he


never went into sport was the feeling of not being toned. Anyway,


this summer The Red Arrows celebrate their 50th year of aerobatic


displays ` displays which have taken the Lincolnshire based team around


the world. And to mark the anniversary the


pilots and their engineers, known as the Blues, unveiled a new paint


scheme at their RAF Scampton base. Gemma Dawson was there.


Unveiling their new look, and it is up to the Blues to reveal the Red


Arrows' anniversary tail fin. I always had an idea for a union Jack


on the tail. The engineers came up with the final design. I was really


impressed with it. The tale features the Hawk and the Nat. Red Arrows,


marking the opening of the 19 six D5 season of aerobatic display. ``


1965. The way we operate as a team is similar to how we did years ago.


It is a huge privilege to be on the team in this 50th year. For some of


the pilots, their first glimpse of the paint's new look. On the 50th


season, it is even more impressive. Knowing that is going to be on the


back of the aircraft I am lying. This one is getting its make over


today. And over the next few days, all of the aeroplanes should be


ready for the Red 0 all of the aeroplanes should be


ready for the Red Arrows' 50th display season.


Nice tail. It was edging stuff. Anyway, it is


time for the weather forecast. Sadly.


There is good news in the forecast, at last. It has been quieter for us


today, and that quieter weather has enticed you out. A beautiful carpet


of snowdrops here. Do not be shy. Send in your weather pictures. The


next 24 hours is staying fairly quiet. In between these weather


systems. This one is heading in for Thursday. Tomorrow, very quiet,


dry, bright, there will be sunshine around. We are still on the mild


side, temperatures will peak into double figures. We have had some


showers around today. They are starting to fade, so it is a dry


night, clear spells developing through tonight, light winds as


well. It will be a little chilly tonight. We will keep frost away,


lows of three or four Celsius. Tomorrow will start off bright, some


spells of sunshine, cloud will thicken up through the morning, that


may squeeze a very light shower. By the afternoon, sunshine should come


back again, decent breaks in the cloud. Light winds, it will feel


pleasant, nine or 10 Celsius. It may actually feel springlike later on,


dare I say it. But it is not going to last. That weather front is


zooming in for Wednesday night. That will be with us through Thursday. We


are back to cloudy, damp and breezy on Thursday.


Tomorrow is looking lovely. I am going to love it. It might change by


Thursday. Goodbye.


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