19/02/2014 East Midlands Today


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Nugent And now the news for the East Midlands, I'm Maurice Flynn.

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First tonight, how a eye test became a life saver. Stephen Trower from

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Derby 0 0 0 a life saver. Stephen Trower from

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Derby was 0 a life saver. Stephen Trower from

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Derby was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer after his optometrist

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spotted a tiny bleed at the back of his eye, during a routine check up.

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Geeta Pendse reports. 0 It is two years since Steve had his

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last I scan at this opticians. He thought it was a regular checkup but

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the optometrist picked up on a tiny tear. You can see a tiny haemorrhage

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the optometrist spotted. It was because of this that Steve's GP

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recommended a blood test. If I had not come here for an eye test, I do

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not know what would have happened. I was getting more lethargic. But I

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put it down to advancing years, working hard. You would not

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instantly think cancer. Steve was diagnosed with a rare form of bone

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marrow cancer. The severity of the illness was a surprise for the

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optometrist too. Most commonly when you see something like that, you

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would be thinking more along the lines of diabetes or high blood

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pressure. Steve came and told us what happened and we were surprised.

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Back at work as a local plumber after intense treatment, Steve says

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he is now on the road to recovery. It is a great feeling that I am

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alive, happy, well and getting on with my life. Thanks to the

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optometrist. In the past, Steve had left a decade before visiting the

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optician. He is encouraging people to book in for a regular checkup.

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A teenager has been jailed for three years for the manslaughter of his

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best friend who was found dead in his burnt`out car. Ryan Morrell had

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fallen asleep in the car after attending the Fristock festival near

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Melton Mowbray last July. 18`year`old Jack Buckley

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accidentally started a fire when he dropped his lighter. He didn't know

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anyone was in the car, but failed to raise the alarm.

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Another round of big budget cuts and job losses have been approved by one

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of the region's county councils. The Conservative leadership at

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Leicestershire's County Hall says it has to find savings of ?110 million

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over the next few years. Among those who'll feel the impact of the cuts

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is Snibston Museum and Visitor Centre at Coalville. Its funding is

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being cut by a third. Now to the Army reservists from

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Loughborough and Grantham who are playing a vital role in transporting

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supplies in 0 playing a vital role in transporting

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supplies in Afghanistan. The drivers regularly run the gauntlet of deadly

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roadside bombs. Our social affairs correspondent Jeremy Ball reports

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from Helmand province. Imagine getting stuck behind this

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lot when you are trying to get to work. More than 50 heavily armoured

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trucks travelling in convoy. On this patrol, the reservist from

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Leicestershire whose day job is delivering clothes. The chance to

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get away from the traffic jams and face different challenges. It is

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small arms fire and IEDs. Because of the armour on 0

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small arms fire and IEDs. Because of the armour on the vehicle, we are

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pretty much protected from everything. They are collecting

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sensitive equipment. That makes these patrols a prime target for the

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Taliban. That is why these huge vehicles are pushing rollers in

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front of them. They are designed to take the force of a blast. The

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protection is so good that hundreds of British soldiers have survived

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IED strikes. The latest threat they face is a pillow IED, a sack full of

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explosives that is thrown under the vehicle. An occupation hazard for

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this man. I was not expecting the bang. Some people wave at you. Some

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people throw stones at you. What has surprised you? The Way they live,

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the way they drive, it is quite mad. As this mission comes to an end, the

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Army is becoming increasingly reliant on its reservists.

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Sport now and the East Midlands derby between Nottingham Forest and

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Leicester has been a dramatic one tonight. There was four goals, a

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penalty and a sending off. Kirsty Edwards has been following all the

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twists and turns. The big East Midlands derby has

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finished at the city ground, to all the final score. In front of almost

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25,000 fans. `` two all. Leicester City took the lead just before the

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half`hour mark. Defensive indecision saw the keeper punched the ball away

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and it fell to the striker who coolly slotted the ball into the

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net. Forrest equalised minutes later. Jamie Patterson put the ball

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into the net for his third goal in as many games. Then Nottingham

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Forest took the lead just before half`time. This time a penalty given

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away by the Leicester captain. Andy Reid stepped up and slotted the

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penalty away. More drama was to follow in the second half. Leicester

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City found themselves down to ten men. A red card but Paul Konchesky

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for a foul. But there was another goal in the second half, another

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penalty. Kevin Phillips stepped up to take it and saw his spot kick

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saved, but the rebound fell to the substitute who tucked the ball away.

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It finished 2`2 at the city ground in the East Midlands derby.

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That's your news. From me, it's goodbye, but with your weather now,

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here's Anna Church. A fairly decent day with sunshine.

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It felt quite pleasant out and about. All changed tonight. We are

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expecting rain to move in and it will turn quite windy with gusts up

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to 40mph. The rain will push on from the West. It will be quite patchy

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overnight. The winds will strengthen, strong south`westerly

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winds. It will remain mild with minimum temperatures of seven

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degrees. A wet start, windy start to Thursday. The rain will clear away

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slowly to the east. Behind it, the skies were clear and there will be

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dry and sunny spells in the afternoon. Remaining breezy. A look

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at the outlook... Coming up Friday, a fine day. For the weekend,

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here is the BBC National weather. We have got rain and wind in the

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forecast, but the good news is that it is not severe. Over the next 24

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hours, some of us will get rain and the winds will be strengthening Not

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stormy at this stage. This is the satellite picture, you can see the

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low pressure

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