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And now the news for the East Midlands, I'm Maurice Flynn. Parents
are being advised to look out for the symptoms of scarlet fever after
a big increase in the spread of the infection. In just a matter of
weeks, 350 cases have now been confirmed across the East Midlands.
That's the highest it's been in 24 years. Our health correspondent Rob
Sissons has more. It is the red crash that gives
scarlet fever its name. The cross East Midlands, there have been 350
confirmed cases this year, compared to 75 in the first 11 weeks of last
year. Derbyshire has the most cases. At this school in
Nottingham, they have had a number of suspected scarlet fever cases and
have written to parents. We have had three cases of what we think might
be scarlet fever. They have been to the doctor and been prescribed
antibiotics. Symptoms take up to five days to appear after infection.
The rash comes 12 to 48 hours later. Red blotches turn into a fine pink
rash that feels like sandpaper, looks like sunburn and maybe it's
you. It is really important if you think your child has scarlet fever,
that you go to the doctor and get treatment, partly because we want
these bugs treated and taken out of circulation. Antibiotics were hard
to come by when Bill Maynard got scarlet fever. The 85`year`old was
eight at the time. He spent 16 weeks in isolation and says in some ways,
it kick`started his show business career. While I was in there, I
learned to play the ukelele. I learned some songs that I knew
because I was a big George Formby fan as a boy, as I think most kids
while. And 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.
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 jury at the
Old Bailey saw this clip of him spraying "No More Mosques" onto
Loughborough leisure centre. Jurors were told the local mosque was top
of his list of potential targets. And today they were also shown more
video footage of Michael Piggin testing petrol bombs. This is
Michael. Here we go. Here we go. 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 in Mansfield last October. Susan and
Christopher Edwards have denied murdering the couple. But today at
Nottingham Crown Court both admitted obstructing a coroner in the
execution of his duty by burying the bodies.
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. Geeta
Pendse reports. It was last October when police
received information about to 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, but the investigation raised
more concerns with the police. One of the areas of concern is the fact
there was not a robust system for criminal checks at the theatre. Two
men who were volunteers here had previous convictions relating to
sexual misconduct with children. At the checks been in place, this
would've been revealed. If there had been an effective system for
conducting checks, then potentially, these people might not have been
allowed to remain within the theatre, but investigation has
identified these men and the theatre have been proactive in removing them
from the theatre. The Concordia Theatre says it is working with the
authorities to Britain plays a more robust vet of child protection
measures. As a result, police have put off the review of their licence
for the time being. Officers are still investigating whether any
children came to harm. The leader of the Green Party has
been on a two day visit to the East Midlands ahead of the European
elections. Natalie Bennett was canvassing in Nottingham. The Greens
polled 7% of the vote in the last euro elections. She said voters were
concerned about the Government's energy policy. Any gas obtained
through fracking in Britain will not be cheap gas. What we need to do is
invest in renewables, create the jobs in Britain, develop new
technologies and make sure we have one, comfortable homes. `` warm.
An inventor has come up with an idea to help rural communities that 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 at Clifton, near Ashbourne in Derbyshire. There are already plans
to place them in other villages in the area.
Sport ` and disappoinment on a big night of ice hockey for Nottingham
Panthers. They've lost the first leg of their Challenge Cup final in
Northern Ireland, going down 5`2 to Belfast. That's your news and sport.
So, it's goodbye from me ` but with your weather now, here's Anna
Church. Feeling quite chilly as those
temperatures drop. We have had some showers already this evening, more
intense showers pushing through at the moment. Maybe some hail and fund
our mixed in. It is a cold night, temperatures down to 203 Celsius.
There may be ice around first thing in Derbyshire in the morning. He
cold on bright start in the morning, then a scattering of showers with
the risk of hail and thunder. Feeling cold, highs of just eight
Celsius are not held by the strengthening south`westerly wind.
In a few moments, a full you with our summary, but now, the
National forecast. Good evening. If you can cast your
mind back to this time last week, we were looking forward to sunshine and
warmth, we got temperatures of 20 Celsius. This weekend, it will be
cold and windy, with showers. We saw quite a few earlier on today, then
this organised band of cloud, containing gusty wind, rain, sleet
and snow. Some gusty wind and blustery Wayne moving east, clearing
out to the North Sea, and further wintry showers coming in overnight.
It will turn quite cold, with icy conditions expected in parts of
Wales, and into Scotland. Do not be surprised to see a dusting of snow
in the south-west of England, but apart from that, it is a windy
morning with a bit of sunshine