01/04/2014 East Midlands Today


01/04/2014

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Dan, thank you. That's all from us.

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

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A murder trial was told that 'bad feeling' and long`running rivalry

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led to a street confrontation and the fatal stabbing of a football

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coach in Leicester. The victim, Antoin Akpom, was said to have led a

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group of men from a nearby gym and was carrying a dumbbell when he was

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attacked, as Quentin Rayner reports. 20`year`old Antoin Akpom was

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described today by a close friend who tended to him after he was

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stabbed as an all`round great guy. But for a year there had been a bad

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feeling between him and Abdul Hakim. In the early evening of

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September the 12th last year, the football coach spotted him and

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another 19`year`old, Hussain Hussain, in Kent Street. After an

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initial confrontation, Antoin Akpom ran to a nearby gym. Seconds later,

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he ran back with a group of nine men he ran back with a group of nine men

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to confront the teenagers again. Witnesses say they saw the football

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coach carrying a dumbbell and one of his group shouted, you're a dead

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man, and appeared to be the aggressors. The court heard Mr Akpom

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was seen exchanging punches with the two teenagers before emerging with a

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blood stain on his upper back and then collapsing in the street. After

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fleeing to London, the 19`year`olds were arrested. Both deny murder. The

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prosecution claim Hussain Hussain wielded the knife but he claims

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Abdul Hakim told him he'd stabbed Antoin Akpom because he was scared

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after he swung a dumbbell at him. Abdul Hakim says he never saw a

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knife. Mr Hakim told the police he intended to return to Leicester

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after hearing about a fire two doors down from his mother's home. Four

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members of the Taufiq family were killed. The jury was told the

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tragedy was that the occupants had nothing to do with the Kent Street

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incident. Richard Latham QC said whoever did this, if it had anything

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to do with the stabbing, got the wrong house. It was a ghastly,

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ghastly event. The trial is expected to last just over two weeks.

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Loneliness is as damaging to the long term health of the elderly as

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smoking or obesity. That's the claim being made by Age UK. Today the

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charity held a conference in Nottingham to give advice to anyone

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struggling to cope on their own. 64`year`old Colin Harrison was

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there. He lives alone in sheltered accommodation and says he found

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giving up work very tough to deal with.

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I had a lot of issues with depression. Serious issues with

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depression. I do think that work provides structure to your life and

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gives you the reason to get up and to go out and do things. And

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unfortunately when you retire you've then got to go out and find those

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things for yourself. With me now is Maria Cooke of Age UK

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in Nottinghamshire. What's the scale of this problem? It is pretty big in

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Nottinghamshire. 100,000 people use TV as their main form of company and

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39,000 people in Nottinghamshire alone see people less than once a

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week. How is the campaign hoping to reach people? We want to encourage

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people to reconnect with their neighbours or family. It can be as

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simple as smiling, saying hello or contacting your family more. It can

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really make a difference. Is there are long`term impact of free don't

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look at the situation? Yes, increased cost of the NHS. People

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would use doctors more and are more likely to develop dementia. In

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addition to the fact that being lonely is a very miserable state to

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be in and people need help to do that. It will save us money in the

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long run but it will make us all feel better in the meantime. What

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would you like to see? People smiling at their neighbours more.

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A schoolboy's been given a new lease of life thanks to pioneering surgery

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on his spine. The parents of Thaine Marston, who's from Long Eaton,

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fought for him to get the new procedure after discovering his

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spine was curved. Jo Healey reports. Doing this was something Thaine

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feared may never happen. He was diagnosed with early onset

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scoliosis. It felt like a strain on my back, but I also felt upset and

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hurt emotionally because I would not believe that it could happen to me.

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But it did. You can see here the curves in his spine. Traditionally

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he would have endured many operations, his spine fused and

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unable to grow much. But this surgeon agreed to fit Thaine with

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new magnetic rods. He basically has something like a scaffolding which

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holds his spine upright, as well as allowing us to distract these rods

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according to his growth. We can locate them on the x`ray and put a

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strong magnet on the skin and that causes the motorised section of the

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rods to lengthen. So no operations and Thaine it can move and crucially

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grow. I feel really happy. I think I have been one of the luckiest boys

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in the UK. He could have been in a wheelchair. I could have been

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pushing a wheelchair around. But with this magnetic spine he has got,

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it is fantastic. It is pioneering work and that is what we are trying

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to push forward at the Queen's Medical Centre.

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On to football and there's one result from tonight. It's in the

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Championship ` league`leaders Leicester City drew with Wigan

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Athletic 2`2. That's your news. So, it's goodbye

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from me but with your weather now, here's Kaye.

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It has been a cracking start and it is not over yet. It will be even

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warmer tomorrow. It could get up to 19 Celsius. It has been a fine

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evening. warmer tomorrow. It could get up to

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19 Celsius. It has been a Staying in drive for the first part of the

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night. We will see some showers in their early allies. They will be

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isolated but a few could be heavy. Tomorrow morning, showers move

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northwards. The cloud will break up to give us some sunshine. This will

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vary through the day. Many of us will have a gorgeous afternoon. As

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you can see, it will become a little more cloudy and

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the afternoon. The outlook, rather cloudy with some rain on Thursday.

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Good evening. Before we get to the weather details, little bit about

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the pollution which we have been talking about in the weather reports

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over the last couple of days. The pollution levels actually during the

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course of Wednesday, tomorrow, will be very high across a large swathe

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of the country. A couple of reasons why this is happening. During today,

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high levels of pollution across parts of East Anglia but you can see

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how extensive it becomes tomorrow. One of the reasons this is happening

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is because of a light wind dragging pollution from here in our direction

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and on top of that, our own pollution from industry, industrial

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pollution, but by Thursday, the weather pattern will change so we

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think the pollution levels will tend to go down a little bit. Certainly

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by Thursday. On top of that, we also have the dust which has been driven

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in from the Sahara Desert

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