21/03/2014 East Midlands Today


21/03/2014

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That's all from us. Don't forget a first look at the papers over on

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

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are being advised to look out for the symptoms of scarlet fever after

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a big increase in the spread of the infection. In just a matter of

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weeks, 350 cases have now been confirmed across the East Midlands.

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That's the highest it's been in 24 years. Our health correspondent Rob

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Sissons has more. It is the red crash that gives

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scarlet fever its name. The cross East Midlands, there have been 350

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confirmed cases this year, compared to 75 in the first 11 weeks of last

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year. Derbyshire has the most cases. At this school in

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Nottingham, they have had a number of suspected scarlet fever cases and

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have written to parents. We have had three cases of what we think might

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be scarlet fever. They have been to the doctor and been prescribed

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antibiotics. Symptoms take up to five days to appear after infection.

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The rash comes 12 to 48 hours later. Red blotches turn into a fine pink

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rash that feels like sandpaper, looks like sunburn and maybe it's

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you. It is really important if you think your child has scarlet fever,

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that you go to the doctor and get treatment, partly because we want

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these bugs treated and taken out of circulation. Antibiotics were hard

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to come by when Bill Maynard got scarlet fever. The 85`year`old was

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eight at the time. He spent 16 weeks in isolation and says in some ways,

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it kick`started his show business career. While I was in there, I

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learned to play the ukelele. I learned some songs that I knew

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because I was a big George Formby fan as a boy, as I think most kids

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while. And when I came out, after 16 weeks, I was ready to be launched on

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the unsuspecting British public. These days, parents are being asked

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to keep an eye out for those symptoms.

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A terrorism trial has been shown more home`made videos of a

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Leicestershire teenager. Michael Piggin has denied preparing plans

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and weapons for a Columbine High School`style attack. The jury at the

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Old Bailey saw this clip of him spraying "No More Mosques" onto

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Loughborough leisure centre. Jurors were told the local mosque was top

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of his list of potential targets. And today they were also shown more

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video footage of Michael Piggin testing petrol bombs. This is

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Michael. Here we go. Here we go. The daughter and son`in`law of a

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couple whose remains were found in a garden have admitted burying them

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nearly 16 years ago. The bodies of William and Patricia Wycherley were

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discovered at a house in Forest Town in Mansfield last October. Susan and

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Christopher Edwards have denied murdering the couple. But today at

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Nottingham Crown Court both admitted obstructing a coroner in the

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execution of his duty by burying the bodies.

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It's been revealed a theatre failed to carry out background checks on

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volunteers working with child performers. The Concordia Theatre in

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Hinckley has been at the centre of child sex abuse allegations. Geeta

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Pendse reports. It was last October when police

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received information about to members of staff at the Concordia

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

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were arrested and released on police bail, but the investigation raised

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more concerns with the police. One of the areas of concern is the fact

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there was not a robust system for criminal checks at the theatre. Two

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men who were volunteers here had previous convictions relating to

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sexual misconduct with children. At the checks been in place, this

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would've been revealed. If there had been an effective system for

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conducting checks, then potentially, these people might not have been

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allowed to remain within the theatre, but investigation has

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identified these men and the theatre have been proactive in removing them

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from the theatre. The Concordia Theatre says it is working with the

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authorities to Britain plays a more robust vet of child protection

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measures. As a result, police have put off the review of their licence

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for the time being. Officers are still investigating whether any

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children came to harm. The leader of the Green Party has

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been on a two day visit to the East Midlands ahead of the European

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elections. Natalie Bennett was canvassing in Nottingham. The Greens

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polled 7% of the vote in the last euro elections. She said voters were

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concerned about the Government's energy policy. Any gas obtained

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through fracking in Britain will not be cheap gas. What we need to do is

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invest in renewables, create the jobs in Britain, develop new

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technologies and make sure we have one, comfortable homes. `` warm.

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An inventor has come up with an idea to help rural communities that have

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lost their village shop. It's a giant vending machine full of

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essential groceries. The first one has just been installed in a pub car

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park at Clifton, near Ashbourne in Derbyshire. There are already plans

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to place them in other villages in the area.

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Sport ` and disappoinment on a big night of ice hockey for Nottingham

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Panthers. They've lost the first leg of their Challenge Cup final in

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Northern Ireland, going down 5`2 to Belfast. That's your news and sport.

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So, it's goodbye from me ` but with your weather now, here's Anna

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Church. Feeling quite chilly as those

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temperatures drop. We have had some showers already this evening, more

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intense showers pushing through at the moment. Maybe some hail and fund

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our mixed in. It is a cold night, temperatures down to 203 Celsius.

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There may be ice around first thing in Derbyshire in the morning. He

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cold on bright start in the morning, then a scattering of showers with

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the risk of hail and thunder. Feeling cold, highs of just eight

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Celsius are not held by the strengthening south`westerly wind.

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In a few moments, a full you with our summary, but now, the

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National forecast. Good evening. If you can cast your

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mind back to this time last week, we were looking forward to sunshine and

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warmth, we got temperatures of 20 Celsius. This weekend, it will be

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cold and windy, with showers. We saw quite a few earlier on today, then

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this organised band of cloud, containing gusty wind, rain, sleet

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and snow. Some gusty wind and blustery Wayne moving east, clearing

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out to the North Sea, and further wintry showers coming in overnight.

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It will turn quite cold, with icy conditions expected in parts of

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Wales, and into Scotland. Do not be surprised to see a dusting of snow

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in the south-west of England, but apart from that, it is a windy

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morning with a bit of sunshine

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