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Welcome to East Midlands Today with Anne Davies, and me Maurice Flynn.


Our top story: The infection spreading at an alarming rate.


This former soldier is up for a national award. He was has a smile


on his face. He's an inspiration to everybody.


From the heart of the European Union, I have come to Brussels. And


the vending machine on a village scale, using the loss of the corner


shop. I use it practically every day. I get my eggs and milk year. ``


here. Good evening and welcome to Friday's


programme. First tonight, 350 cases of scarlet fever have now been


confirmed across the East Midlands ` and that's just so far this year.


It's the highest number for 24 years. Parents are being urged to


look out for the symptoms of the bacterial infection, which is most


common in children. Our Health Correspondent Rob Sissons reports.


It is the red rash that gives scarlet fever... Name. Across the


East Midlands, there have been 350 confirmed cases this year, compared


to 75 in the first 11 weeks of last year. You can see here where the


cases are in the region. They tend to peak every five years. Derbyshire


has the most. In this primary school, they have had a number of


suspected scarlet fever cases and have written to parents. We have had


three cases we feel might be scarlet fever. They have been to their


doctor and been prescribed antibiotics. Symptoms generally take


several days to appear. The rash comes 12 to 48 days later. Red


blotches turn into a rash that feels like sandpaper, looks like sunburn


and maybe itchy. It usually starts in one place and spreads to other


parts of the body. It is really important if you feel your child has


scarlet fever, that you get to the doctor for treatment. Partly because


we want these things treated and taken out of circulation. When Bill


Maynard got scarlet fever, there were no antibiotics. He spent 16


weeks in isolation, but in some ways it kick`started his show business


career. While I was in there, I learned to play the ukelele. I was a


big George Formby fan as a boy, as I think most kids were. When I came


out, after 16 weeks, I was ready to be launched on the unsuspecting


British public. These days, parents are being asked to keep an eye out


for those symptoms. It's been revealed a theatre failed


to carry out background checks on volunteers working with child


performers. The Concordia Theatre in Hinckley


has been at the centre of child sex abuse allegations. However, the


police say the theatre has now made significant progress.


Well, our reporter Geeta Pendse has the details. Geeta, how did this


come to light? It was back in October when police


received information about two male members of staff at the Concordia


Theatre who were thought to have a sexual interest in children. They


were arrested and released on police bail. It also emerged there were two


volunteers and an actor with previous convictions of child sex


abuse. The theatre hadn't picked up on these because volunteers hadn't


undergone adequate background checks ` raising major concerns for the


police. Clearly, if there was a neck vectored system in place previously


`` an effective system in place previously for doing background


checks, then potentially these people might not have been allowed


to remain within the theatre. Well, the Concordia Theatre says it's


co`operating fully with the authorities to put in place a more


robust set of child protection measures. These have included a


change of staff and vetting system. As a result the police have put off


a review of the theatre's licence, providing it puts into place the


changes by May. At that point the council will consider whether to


re`issue a child performance licence. The police say they are


still investigating whether any children at the theatre were abused


and welcome any information from the public.


Sport coming up ` live from the I`pro stadium in Derby.


Where the big game of the weekend is taking place.


Yes, it is derby against For B. `` Forest. We are behind the scenes


later on. More up`to`date's news. The daughter


and son`in`law of a couple whose remains were found in a garden have


admitted burying them nearly 16 years ago. The bodies of William and


Patricia Wycherley were discovered at a house in Forest Town last


October. Susan and Christopher Edwards have denied murder. But


today at Nottingham Crown Court they admitted obstructing a coroner in


the execution of his duty by burying the bodies. A terrorism trial has


been shown more home`made videos of a Leicestershire teenager. Michael


Piggin has denied preparing plans and weapons for a Columbine High


School`style attack. The Old Bailey jury saw Michael Piggin spraying "No


More Mosques" on a Loughborough leisure centre. They've been told


that the local mosque was top of his list of potential targets. They were


also shown more video footage of him testing petrol bombs.


This is Michael. Here we go. Here we go.


A Nottinghamshire primary school once ranked among the best in the


country is being put into special measures. St Edmund Campion in West


Bridgford was judged as outstanding by inspectors. But in January, the


school's head teacher was removed from her post and replaced by an


acting head. Ofsted says the school is providing an unacceptable


standard of education. Hundreds of farmers were today given


lessons in how to avoid injury while they're working.


The agricultural industry has one of the worst safety records in the


country, being responsible for one in five of all work`related


injuries. Today farm workers were given


practical demonstrations of how to avoid some of the most common


hazards. Sarah Teale reports. A potentially tragic farming


accident, but fortunately, this is just a dummy. It is part of a


demonstration to hundreds of local farm workers, I letting some of the


hazards they face. This event was organised by the Health and Safety


Executive, to try and improve the poor safety record in the industry.


The agricultural industry accounts for just over 1% of workers, but it


is responsible for 20% of all work`related injuries. In the East


Midlands in the last year, there has been one death and 45 serious


injuries on farms. One victim was in a wheelchair for six months after


being run over by a poorly maintained tractor on a farm near


Melton Mowbray. His pelvis was crushed and he punctured a lung. The


company was fined ?10,000. Very few accidents are inevitable. Things


happen because of a lack of thought or for a small bit of expenditure or


maintenance that would make the job so much safer. And more effective.


Up to 400 farmers and workers are standard `` attended the workshop.


We want to make the place safer. There are a lot of things you don't


think about that are potentially dangerous. I think farmers can be


too relaxed about dangers. It is an industry that takes the risks for


granted and this event is to make people stop and think about what


they're doing. Hopefully that will ultimately cut the numbers of deaths


and serious injuries in a notoriously dangerous industry.


A Derbyshire soldier, who was paralysed in Afghanistan, has begun


a new mission to become a schoolteacher.


Next month Ben Zissman's up for a national award for injured


servicemen who overcome adversity. And he's hoping to compete in the


next Paralympic Games. Our Social Affairs Correspondent, Jeremy Ball,


reports. Dealing with a class of five and


six`year`olds is not easy, and imagine how much tougher and it is


if you are paralysed from the waist down. That hasn't stopped then


volunteering as a teaching assistant. His determination has


earned him an award. It means such a lot. Various charities are


recognising that I'm still achieving. I am still trying to put


together how it works in a wheelchair. The children don't


care, as long as you have the knowledge. He is so upbeat, he


always has a smile on his face. He does whatever we asked him to do.


Considering he is so young, he is an inspiration to everyone. Then was


injured in Afghanistan when he was working as an engineer and his


convoy was hit by a roadside bomb. I went through the top of the


vehicle. The most amazing thing is that after all of that, I have still


got myself here. A lot of people, you know, three people died in that


attack. It is amazing still to be here and tell the tale. Ben is not


going to let his injuries stop him looking forward. This summer he is


getting married. And he is focusing on competitive hand cycling and is


hoping to make it to the Paralympics.


Good luck. The elections to the European


Parliament may be two months away but the rivalry between two of our


MEPs has boiled over during a televised debate. UKIP's Roger


Helmer has been accused of not bothering to turn up to vote at the


European Parliament. The claim was made by the Liberal


Democrat Bill Newton`Dunn during a debate for our East Midlands Sunday


Politics programme. From Brussels, here's our Political Editor, John


Hess. The European Parliament and the EU


will be explaining to us what these elections are all about. That's why


are elected members know that there's a lot at stake. But is this


a flavour of what we can expect? Roger Helmer never turns up. His


voting record is dreadful. My attendance record and voting record


is better than the average of your party. I would like you right now to


apologise. That's not true. You were not there yesterday. On the surface,


a row about voting records. But at the heart of this clash between


Roger Helmer in Bill Newton`Dunn is what is really in Britain's


long`term economic interests. They fancy themselves at making some


really knock out there. But we can match them all the way. This brewery


was set up a 40% of its funding on the European Union. But neither is


doubt over whether Britain should stay in the European Union. Bakewell


market and Derbyshire sheep farmers are also torn. If we carry on, we


will get subsidies, but if we came out, we would have less red tape.


You never see the MEPs, because the constituency is too big. We may need


some other Belgian chocolates as a sweep there. `` we may need some of


those Belgian chocolates as a campaign sweetener.


Catch that debate in full on the Sunday Politics for the East


Midlands from 11 o'clock, here on BBC One. Plenty more to come on the


programme tonight. Including something for the weekend from Anna.


Yes, no spring has sprung, winter is fighting back.


Thousands of people across our region are taking part in events for


Sport Relief. It's a time to get active and also raise money for good


causes. Some of the big events took place


today, but there'll be even more over the weekend. Simon Ward joined


the fun in Leicester. The pupils, parents and staff at


this school and Leicester are off on their sport relief mile. Music to


keep them going. We have had a great start to wear mourning. It is a big


challenge for Kieren, whose longest walk so far is half a mile. Today,


he is hoping to double back distance. It took a lot of


organisation. You think you will make the whole mile? Yes. And he did


make it all the way to the finish. We're raising money for kids in


other countries. The special guest today inspired the children. All the


kids from the school, family members and staff, all dressed up and it was


really good. I got to walk round with Kieran, walk round the whole


mile with his Walker. And the celebrations continued long after


they had finished their Sport Relief mile. Cracking stuff. Well done if


you took part. Time for sport and there is only once place for Colin


to be tonight ahead of the game this weekend.


The players know there is so much more than the usual local rivalry at


stake, and here's why. This is the first time in 20 years these clubs


have come together, both looking at potential promotion. With both teams


having had a dip in form recently, this scheme could be the one that


makes or breaks their season. It is about points, it is about


pride, but this time, it is all about promotion. They are all big


games, but this one has a touch of spice. It is not just about Derby


and Forest, it is about the play`off position. It is passion, it is


energy. It is going to be a high octane game. I have no fingernails


left and it has not even kicked off. It is going to be a bloodbath.


They are fighting to get promoted and biting to set our place in the


play`offs. That always seems to be something going on. Hopefully, the


football will be the main talking point after the game. We would like


the Derby fans to go away happy. Whoever wins on Saturday will be one


step closer to promotion. This promises to be the biggest clash in


decades. We cannot emphasise enough how much


this one means. Plenty of other football this weekend ` and some big


events in other sport too. Rounding things up, here's Kirsty Edwards.


At Leicester city this week, we have been given special access behind the


scenes as they continue their march towards the top flight away at


Blackburn tomorrow. You can watch an exclusive feature on Monday night on


BBC One. Nottingham County have a big clash with Carlisle tomorrow.


There is a big local derby for Mansfield Town in the two. They are


at home to Chesterfield. Keep up with the action on your local BBC


Radio station. In rugby, Leicester Tigers are at home. In ice hockey,


Nottingham Panthers have been having a bit of fun of the ice. This is a


song they have recorded to celebrate reaching the Challenge Cup final.


They have the first leg of that in Belfast tonight.


Good luck to all our teams in action in what ever sport this weekend, but


we are focused on Derby against Forest. Take a look at this motley


crew, because the face`off has begun. Let's stop to you first. We


have been talking about Sport Relief already. What are you up to this


weekend? We are putting together Sport Relief the Five. `` Rivals. We


have legends coming out of our dressing room and fittingly, red and


white by the colours. I am not happy with these colours, but the cause is


the most important thing. Don't try and sneak that fly again. Come in,


gentlemen. You are both playing in the game. Let's talk about the big


game. It is a big game, now matter how you look at it. It is all to


play for at the moment and Forest need the points. How about Derby? If


we get the right result tomorrow, they will drop out of the top six.


What does it take to win a game like this? It is about pride. It is about


wearing the shirt for themselves, but the manager and the fans.


Hopefully, the result goes the right way. Briefly, which is the most


important game, Saturday or Sunday? No competition, Sunday. Don't forget


you can see a full report on the match on Monday on East midlands


Today. That is a reason why we are


surrounded by giant food. An inventor's come up with a novel idea


to help rural communities which have lost their village shop. It's a


giant vending machine full of essential groceries.


The first one has just been installed in a pub car park near


Ashbourne in Derbyshire. But there are plans to place them in other


villages in the area. Simon Hare reports.


This convenience store it really is open all hours. It has recently


opened behind a pub at Clifton near Ashbourne in Derbyshire. It stops


everything from hot dogs to food for hungry dogs. It is that range of


items you need day`to`day, where it is a real pain getting in your car


to drive for two or three miles to get what you need. I use it every


day. I get my eggs and milk here and once villagers get used to it, it


will be a boon for us. If I want E`bacc, the court is six to two. I


do the numbers, press OK and it gets the product. This collection unit is


quite important, because it means you can do delicate products like


eggs. I have bottled milk and eggs and bacon and bread. Guess what I


had for breakfast. Where else can you go shopping and have a pint at


the same time? The idea came from a couple of pints in the pub. It went


from a discussion over a pint of beer to a shop. It's incredible.


There are plans for other shops like this in the area. But they are


hoping for interest from a major retailer.


Simple, but genius. It is a brilliant idea, a giant vending


machine. Could we get sunshine and rain?


If you are unlucky, you would have been caught in showers today. But


also some stunning rainbows. The weekend and continues, sunshine and


showers. The temperature quite chilly throughout. There may be some


rumbles of thunder and some hail, but as we go into the evening, a


line of more organised showers moving through. Once the showers


ease, the wind also begins to die down and we're looking at laws of


two or three Celsius tonight. There is a risk of ice first thing


tomorrow morning. The Mac office have issued a yellow warning. ``


then met offers. `` Derby the Met Office.


A strengthening south`westerly winds tomorrow afternoon. Looking further


ahead, it is Sunday. A cloudy start, showers in the morning, but we are


hopeful the showers will ease in the afternoon. Still quite chilly, but


Sunday afternoon is looking like the best part of the weekend. Sunday


night, a widespread frost. So watch out.


We are back at ten o'clock. We'll have good pictures of the lull


before the


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