31/03/2014 East Midlands Today


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

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

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First tonight, all kidney transplants in Leicester have been

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dramatically stopped. An urgent review was carried out after it

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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end to life on dialysis for patients and dramatically improve their

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

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opportunities for transplants been missed? The reason we asked the

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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hospital is now looking at its policies and processes before

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restarting surgery, it hopes, in two weeks.

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

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

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

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

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

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between November 2006 and January 2007.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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glory. The terracotta front of Nottingham railway station has been

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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partial closure in the next few years because of electrification.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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whole area redeveloped as a prestigious gateway into the city.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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services didn't have much information to go on.

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

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

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bravery was rewarded with a special certificate. Absolutely a

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

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

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

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

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all the fuss is about. Wonderful story.

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

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

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the British Summer Time with some gorgeous sunshine through the

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

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have seen thundery showers pushing through this evening and there is

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

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and thundery, pushing northwards fairly swiftly through the early

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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