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first look at the papers on the BBC News channel. Now on


Now the news for the East Midlands, I'm Geeta Pendse.


First tonight, all kidney transplants in Leicester have been


dramatically stopped. An urgent review was carried out after it


appeared that medical staff had rejected an above`average number of


kidneys for transplant. Until changes are made to the service,


operations are on hold for at least two weeks. With more, here's our


health correspondent, Rob Sissons. Damon here's waiting for a kidney


transplant but if a donor becomes available in the next couple of


weeks, he may have to go to Nottingham, as those operations here


at the Leicester General are on hold. And the reason is because in


January a review team was drafted in to look at the figures after an


unusually high number of kidneys appear to have been turned down for


transplant by the unit. The review team wants to know why. Kidney


transplants are one of the miracles of modern medicine. They can mean an


end to life on dialysis for patients and dramatically improve their


quality of life. So the big question in Leicester is, have some


opportunities for transplants been missed? The reason we asked the


review team to come into Leicester was that we had received a report


suggesting that more kidneys were being turned down here than in other


centres. But that the reasons for that could be quite complex, and


we've asked the review team to try to give us some information. It is


possible that there might be some other processes that are leading to


that but equally it might be to do with our patient population, and we


might have a different mix to other areas in the country. I guess if


they have to, they have to. It's one of those things, really. The good


news is, if an organ does become available, you could still get the


call... That's right. ..And go to Nottingham. Would you go to


Nottingham? I'd go anywhere! I'm happy to go to Nottingham, yes. The


hospital is now looking at its policies and processes before


restarting surgery, it hopes, in two weeks.


Derbyshire's Chief Fire Officer Sean Frayne has appeared in court for the


first time after being charged with rape. The case has been sent by


magistrates to Derby Crown Court for a hearing on April the 14th. Mr


Frayne, who's 47 and from Etwall near Derby, is currently suspended


from his role. The alleged rape is said to have happened in Etwall


between November 2006 and January 2007.


Two of our big`city railway stations are facing closures over the next


few years as work is carried out to electrify the line. It's part of a


?1.6 billion investment by Network Rail. The news came on the day that


Nottingham, which has already been through the pain of a lengthy


shutdown, showed off its new`look station, as Mike O'Sullivan reports.


Opened by the Midland Railway in 1904 and now restored to its former


glory. The terracotta front of Nottingham railway station has been


given a face`lift, as signalling and track work is completed inside. Now


passengers can use the entrance hall for tickets for the first time since


last summer. It needed doing. Over the years it seems to have gone


downhill. But, yes, very nice. It took a while to notice the


difference but it looks a lot nicer and cleaner. It's nice to see the


enlarged concourse as well. It'll be even better when all the new shops


are in. The station redevelopment's costing ?50 million. It meant the


closure of this station for 37 days last summer, with a fleet of


replacement buses laid on. Things are looking bright and airy here in


the front of Nottingham station as the work nears completion. But


there's a warning that the stations in Derby and Leicester could face


partial closure in the next few years because of electrification.


That work will cost ?1.6 billion in the East Midlands. We're looking to


take the learning and the successes here from Nottingham and do very


much the same thing at Derby and Leicester, really in advance of the


electrification works that'll be coming over the next three to five


years. The council in Nottingham has contributed ?12 million from the


Workplace Parking Levy towards the station work. It wants to see the


whole area redeveloped as a prestigious gateway into the city.


Next, the remarkable story of the two`year`old boy from Leicestershire


who's possibly the youngest person ever to dial 999 for a


life`threatening emergency. Riley rang the number from his home at


Barrow`on`Soar after his mum fell unconscious to the floor, as Sian


Lloyd reports. Nee`naw, nee`naw! Only two years


old, but when Riley's mum collapsed, he knew who to call. It was amazing.


I'm so proud of him, so proud of him. He's absolutely a little super


star, aren't you? He remembered what his mum had taught him, and dialled


999 to save her when she suffered a blood clot. But the emergency


services didn't have much information to go on.


It was enough, though, for the police to trace the call to their


home. There you go, Riley. Aw! Such a brave boy. And today, Riley's


bravery was rewarded with a special certificate. Absolutely a


life`saver. A very important part of the team. So, do you think he might


be joining the Ambulance Service one day? He seems to be pretty on the


ball! Yeah, well, I'd be happy to have him as my crew mate. But for


now, Riley is just a happy two`year`old who can't make out what


all the fuss is about. Wonderful story.


That's your news, so it's goodbye from me, but with your weather now,


here's Kaye. Thank you. We had a lovely start to


the British Summer Time with some gorgeous sunshine through the


weekend. Some more of it to come but we do have rain to come first and we


have seen thundery showers pushing through this evening and there is


more to come over the next two hours. The rain will be quite heavy


and thundery, pushing northwards fairly swiftly through the early


hours of the morning, and then dry up again towards the end of the


night. It will time quite murky with mist and fog forming through the


early hours of the morning. `` it will turn. A very mild night to


come. Dry tomorrow morning with a loss of mist and fog first thing,


but that should win and break and then the cloud will be broken up


through the afternoon as well. `` that should thin. Most of us staying


dry and bright and feeling very warm with light winds and temperatures


peaking at 15 or 16. That's it from us. This is the outlook.


Some rain will clear the atmosphere on Thursday. More information on all


of that. Hello, talk of the day-to-day has been the Saharan


dust. If you have no idea what I'm talking about, here is an


explanation for you. Essentially, in the last 24-hour is, there has been


wind from the Saharan desert, you can get an idea of where it has been


coming from, by the motion of the cloud on a satellite picture. Low


pressure. The wind in the atmosphere picking up some of the dust from the


Sahara desert, shunted across western parts of Europe, and all of


it on Sunday night into Monday felt the ground for the some us were


waiting to find some grubby cars, but that's the closest to desert


whether we're going to get, apart from the dust. We've also had other


pollutants in the atmosphere. In London and Manchester, pollution is


high. You can get our environmental summary online. The skies have been


washed out by the rain across western parts of the UK this


evening. Heavy rain across parts of Wales, thunderstorms, and by the


early hours of Tuesday morning, heavy rain transferring to parts of


Northern Ireland, northern England and Scotland, too. To the south,


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