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This is East Midlands Today with Geeta Pendse and me, Dominic Heale.
Tonight ` an upsurge in cases of scarlet fever. Can we have heard
more than 700 cases since September, more than London. The last time it
was bad was in 2008, so we are due another bad winter, and this has
been it. Also tonight, employability. We have come a
considerable way. Plus, why one council is considering getting tough
on motorists who park on the pavement. Leicester City could put
themselves on the edge of the Premier league tonight. Good
evening. Welcome to Friday's programme. First tonight ` an
upsurge in scarlet fever. This region now has the highest number of
cases in the country. More than 700 reported cases since September ` a
higher total than for the whole of London.
Across the country it's becoming a big issue. Last week alone,
according to Public Health England, almost 900 new cases were reported `
that's the highest weekly total for more than three decades. Amy Harris
has been looking at the figures. It is the red trash that gives
scarlet fever at its name. Latest figures show 778 cases have been
reported in the East Midlands since last September. It is the most in
the country, beating the number in much larger places like the West
Midlands and even London. We were the first part of England to
recognise this, so we wrote to GPs saying there is scarlet fever about,
please tell us about it. We are working with GPs to make sure the
treatment is right, working with schools and nurseries to make sure
affected children are excluded until the antibiotics have worked. These
figures give an indication of where the cases in our region are.
Derbyshire has the most confirmed cases and Leicester has the least.
Scarlet diva is a bacterial illness and symptoms generally take three to
five days to peer. It is most common in children aged between two and
eight and most cases can be treated with antibiotics. The main thing is,
if you think your child has scarlet fever, take them to the GP, get the
antibiotics. The good news is children with the disease make a
quick recovery. They can be back in the playground soon after starting
treatment. Before antibiotics, they were put in isolation for many weeks
or months. The police say they are becoming
increasingly concerned for the safety of a young Polish man, who
disappeared near his home in Nottingham almost three months ago.
Today the sister of 22`year`old Bogdan Navrotski made an emotional
appeal for him to get in touch. Officers say despite extensive
inquiries across the Midlands and in Poland itself, Bogdan's simply
vanished. James Roberson reports. At a Nottinghamshire police press
conference today, Monica came to make an appeal in Polish for her
missing brother, about him pictures and posters have been made in
English and Polish. The very last sighting of Bogdan was
that about 830 a.m. From this house, setting off for the shops.
But after leaving the house, he vanished utterly. Police enquiries
have spanned the whole Midlands and Poland, but given Bogdan had no
money and spoke no English, police fear the worst. I believe there is a
possibility Bogdan has come to serious and significant harm, so
we're here today to make an appeal to the public of Nottingham and in
particular the Polish community, to help us find where Bogdan is. Local
officers have been scouring the area, talking to the Polish
community. Now they want the wider public to help. Our appeal is for
local people to check their sheds and outbuildings. Please let's have
a look for someone who is rough sleeping. Police have a special
number for Polish speaking people to ring. And videos with information
can ring Nottinghamshire police or Crimestoppers.
Still to come ` the weekend weather. And the Atlantic's back in charge.
It certainly is. It is helping to clear the pollution so you can wash
your car, but it is also bringing us some rain.
Business leaders are warning that growth in the East Midlands' economy
is in danger of being choked off, because of a serious shortage of
skilled workers. They say some school leavers may not
even qualify for apprenticeships because they lack basic reading and
maths skills. So what can be done? Well, one scheme backed by the
Government is aiming to match expanding businesses with young
workers who DO have the right training and skills. Here's our
Political Editor John Hess. These are Derby's very own boys from
the black stuff, preparing cracked pavements and filling and potholes.
It is unglamorous but essential work and for a 19`year`old Adrian, it is
a job opportunity through a new city council run apprenticeship scheme.
It gives me a new set of skills and hopefully I will get a career out of
this. The rate of youth unemployment in the East Midlands now stands at
just over 20%, but what is more significant is the number of young
people neither in employment, education or training, that now
stands at 74000 and that has gone up by 3000 since the core mission came
into power. This bit of kit is for oil. They're making cultivation
equipment clean`up fuel. Business plans to expand, but a lack of
engineering schools in the local jobs market, especially basic maths
and science, is becoming a headache. It is tricky, people are out there,
but it can be hard work. That is a cross the piece, from cereals or
design to the engineering work. A government backed programme is
creating an alternative job centre for firms needing those skilled
staff. It is a cliff edge, if you don't do the right thing to engage
young people now. As the region's economy hots up, the worry now is if
we have enough skilled workers ready for the revival.
Well, the Education Secretary was in Leicestershire today and he's
acknowledged the skills gap is a big problem.
Michael Gove also reiterated his claim that there's a toxic lack of
ambition in the leadership of schools in Nottingham. Here's our
Chief News reporter Quentin Rayner. For a man who is used to making
sparks fly, you might think the lesser`known city was appropriate
for Michael Gove. They Education Secretary was visiting a of schools
today, including this one in Loughborough. He is acutely aware of
the concerns of business leaders over the shortfall in skills. I had
the opportunity to speak to the Chambers of commerce this week and I
explain to them that eradicating lack of numerous illiteracy was my
number one priority. There is still a gap between where we should be
aware we are, but we have, suitable way and the quality of schools is
much better. `` we have come a considerable way. In an open
letter, the city council we picked him for logical flaws in his
argument and called on him to work with them to improve the schools,
rather than criticising from the sidelines. It is not just a matter
of talking, it is a matter of doing. The people carping from the
sidelines are the councillors who have been responsible for poor
educational standards for too long. It is a pity that there are some
people in the local authority who simply want to shoot the messenger.
But further strike action threatened by teachers this summer, the
Education Secretary is bracing himself for further resistance to
his reforms. And the Sunday Politics for the East
Midlands is taking a closer look at our skills shortage. That's from 11
o'clock this Sunday with Marie Ashby, on BBC One. Gunshots were
fired early this morning in a street in Leicester. A property was damaged
` armed officers responded, but detectives say nobody has been
injured. Forensic officers are working out what happened on Saxby
Street in the Highfields area of Leicester. Police are appealing for
information. It is a multicultural area, everybody gets on nicely. All
of a sudden, something like this, it is just not nice. Whoever it was was
not actually aiming to hurt anyone. Police have confirmed that a body
found in Nottinghamshire earlier this week is that of a grandmother
who went missing four months ago. 59`year`old Elaine Harrison
disappeared from her houseboat at Castle Marina in Nottingham in
December. Underwater search teams made the discovery on Tuesday
morning close to Colwick Park. Nottinghamshire Police thanked the
public for their support in trying to find her.
A member of a Nottingham`based gang who fled the country has been
captured in the Czech Republic and returned to the UK to start a five
year jail term. Magdalena Ferkova from St Ann's became one of
Britain's most wanted fugitives when she fled to her homeland during her
trial. Her gang brought foreign nationals to the UK to illegally
claim over a million pounds in benefits. Four other gang members
were sentenced last year. A hospital is to stop doing hip and
knee operations because it's thought it's not safe enough.
Newark Hospital in Nottinghamshire doesn't have intensive care
facilities or specialist surgical back up on site 24 hours a day. Our
Health Correspondent Rob Sissons reports.
Major surgery was halted here in Newark last summer. The boss of the
trust that runs Newark means the decision will give them more of a
chance to do more do surgery. We are moving in patients surgery and
expanding our daycare surgery in Newark. Newark is already a
significant site for a daycare surgery. We treated something like
1600 patients there last year, but the inpatient work was very small by
comparison, so we're moving the inpatients and expanding our
daycare. Campaigners are unimpressed. It no longer says
accident and emergency here and the removal of other patients is a
further blow. For a hospital to be a hospital, it needs to have a
significant level of urgent care. It is financial saving for keeping
Kingsmill operational, and it is a lack of commitment from the trust.
Managers say in creased day case procedures would include cataract
surgery, removal of skin lesions and more in DOS could be work.
New figures suggest the East Midlands is the best region outside
London at finding new tenants for empty high street shops.
A study of stores affected by recent high profile closures found just 16
per cent of those shops here are still empty. The study, by Deloitte,
suggests the high street recovery is out`performing shopping centres and
retail parks. We have got tyrants and cities who are very keen to
enhance and preserve their towns and city centres. We have actually got
more people in this region wanting to open shops, and you have the
great East Midlands shopper, who wants about their credit card and
use these facilities. Coming together, that means we have vibrant
town centres and high streets. If you're pushing a buggy or you use
a wheelchair ` parked cars on a pavement can turn a simple trip to
the shops into an obstacle course. Now authorities in Leicester are
considering getting tough on motorists and may start handing out
more fines. As part of a review they're asking
people to take photographs of offending vehicles and send them in
to the council. Simon Ward reports. Parking in tight streets is often
frustrating for drivers, and can cause problems for pedestrians and
people with disabilities. Leicester City Council is considering
introducing ?70 fines for people caught parking on pavements. Jolly
good idea. We have so many problems in the street, because it is so
narrow and parking on the pavement is the answer to one of the
problems, but pedestrians and people with Bush years have problems
getting by. Where will they put their car is? I don't think it is a
good idea. If you need to go to a shop just round the corner and pull
upon a double yellow line. The council is asking people to e`mail
in photographs of cars that parked on the pavement. Not at this stage
to find drivers, but to gather evidence for the review. In some
cases, when cars are not on the pavement, that can also cause
problems. Four years ago, we filmed Leicestershire Fire and rescue
service having problems striving down arose when cars are parked. But
the moment, wardens can find drivers parking in restricted areas. The
council has already had more than 100 responses from the public. The
consultation closes at the end of the month.
There is a big debate on that on our Facebook page. Still to come ` we
take a peek inside Bolsover Castle after its painstaking one million
pound make over. The castle was built as a weekend
getaway for one William Cavendish ` complete with ornate training rooms
for his beloved horses. Time now for sport. You're excited,
aren't you? I am excited.
It could be a huge night for Leicester.
Yes, it is a huge night. We will start with Leicester City. If they
win tonight and results over the weekend go their way, they could be
promoted to the Premier League is soon as tomorrow, which is frankly
astonishing. Our sports editor is with us. It is not complicated, but
taken through the permutations. But it simply, two more wins and
Leicester are promoted. It is slightly, dated this weekend,
because they went this evening against Sheffield Wednesday and
Queens Park Rangers lose tomorrow and Derby field to win at
Middlesbrough, Ben Leicester are up. So it did mean the fans are home
sipping beer champagne and watching the results come in when most of our
promoted. The manager was nominated for the manager of the month award
today. He just wants the team to do what. It is a recognition of the
hard work so many people have put into achieving success for the
football club, so yes, nice for me to pick up the award, but it
reflects a solidarity within the club, which underpins everything we
do. It is only the beginning of April, things like this shouldn't
happen. More on Leicester in a moment, but first let's take a look
at the other football stories this weekend. Derby County Head Coach
Steve McClaren goes back to his old club Middlesbrough. A win could put
the Rams back into third place. Meanwhile Nottingham Forest play`off
push continues against Millwall at the City Ground tomorrow. In League
One the Great Escape is still on for Notts County. Mansfield are off to
Morecambe in League Two. Now onto rugby and while the Foxes have gone
an impressive 20 games unbeaten it's nothing compared to the opposition
facing Leicester Tigers tomorrow. They're in France for their biggest
game of the season. A Heineken Cup quarter final at Clermont Auvergne.
A side who are so good they haven't been beaten in their last 74 games
at home. Here's Kirsty Edwards. The Tigers are about to go into the lion
's den. It will be intimidating, it'll be tough, but will be under
pressure, with lots of noises. It is an unbelievable atmosphere, but we
have to try and keep them quiet. They are rarely described as
underdogs, but tomorrow, that is exactly what Tigers will be. As
sportsmen, you look forward to the biggest games. The shackles are off,
it is a win`win situation. If we win, everyone will call it a miracle
and if we don't, everyone will see the expected us to lose. An
intimidating prospect, but this is a chance to make themselves heroes. If
you looked at Clermont Auvergne, it is up there with some of the biggest
results this club has had, but there's a real players has the
opportunity to put a marker down. Given the achievements Tigers have
had, but seeing something that this is big one. Well, the cricket season
starts this weekend. Leicestershire take on Derbyshire while Notts start
against Lancashire. In hockey Beeston Hockey Club take on hosts
Reading as they battle to be crowned English Champions for the second
year in a row. And congratulations to the Leicester Ladies hockey club
who are being given the Freedom of the City tonight. They are one of
the first women's sport club to receive the honour.
You mentioned the rugby, we have mentioned Leicester City and behind
me, you can see a group this could be even bigger for Leicester sport.
This lot are Saint Andrews football club. They are in eight semifinal,
the second leg tomorrow at home. It could lead to big things. What sort
of achievements would this be? Tigers and City going up as well?
Big night for the boys tonight. And even bigger data model for St
Andrews. Let's keep our fingers crossed that they are going
somewhere that a lot of pressure visuals would never get to and
hopefully it is Wembley. `` a lot of repression olds. `` a lot of
professionals. You are from the Northern league, which traditionally
supplies the winners. Yes, we have been in this situation before, but I
have every faith in the lads. We have beat for top sides in the last
four rounds. We have gone my moans and conceded six calls, which shows
you everything about our spirit. We are more than up for it tomorrow.
Just a stones throw away from here tomorrow. Worth going. How much
would you like to make it all a promotion priority? We're not over
the line yet. A little bit of work to do. All right, we're over the
line! Were not exhumation Mike that is still work to do, but it is
exciting times for the football club and have fantastic would it be, the
Tigers, Saint Andrews and City getting what we want. It is going to
be a great weekend and we look forward to seeing all these sides go
up. Give us a cheer. I am going to be very distracted
this weekend, keeping It's one of the jewels in our region's crown. An
eye on that. And this week Bolsover Castle in North Derbyshire reopened
for the summer, after a million pound make over. English Heritage
has restored the little castle in the centre of the grounds and
rebuilt a raised walkway. James Vincent has been for a look
round. English Heritage is hoping the work
it has done here that Bolsover Castle will not only increase
visitor numbers but unlock secrets of the past. William Cavendish built
it as his weekend getaway and somewhere to train horses. Use known
as the father of dressage. `` he is known. The way he contributed as a
great patron of the arts as well as a playboy and lover of pleasure and
delightful company. ?1.3 million has helped restore the high walk around
the castle gardens. It is great to know nobody has walked around here
for a 250 years. Absolutely, it is the first time we have been able to
open it to the public. The views here are incredible. William
Cavendish didn't actually live here. He built Bolsover Castle Julie for
pleasure. One of those pleasures will supply is. The original
17th`century gardens were researched for the restoration and they have
tried to recreate them. The plants at the time work called outlandish,
because they came from different lands and this revolutionised Spring
Gardens. This is a story we can tell at Bolsover. This place was the
cutting edge of 17th`century fashion and culture.
That is what I call a weekend getaway.
Very blue skies there, I guess that wasn't filmed today.
Probably not, because the cloud has been stubborn. Clean air is coming
from the Atlantic, but it is going to be a cloudy weekend and you do
need to allow for some rain, particularly on Sunday. There were
102 sunny spells, but the cloud has been stubborn. It will start to
break up as we go through this evening, to give some clear skies
for a time. The cloud will be back with us by dawn. Temperatures
tonight, seven is degrees Celsius is your minimum. Some patchy rain in
the morning, but it looks like it will ease for a time to give a dry
morning. Try interludes and temperatures not doing too well. But
south`westerly wind is bringing in milder air. 13 or 14 Celsius.
Outbreaks of rain on Sunday, so it is the wet day out of the two.
Further rain on Monday, so if you are planning to the outside this
weekend, Saturday is the best day before the rain on Sunday.
Don't forget your umbrella. Before we go, we want to wish the best of
luck to Sally Barker from Lutterworth in Leicestershire.
Yes, the mother`of`two is one of four contestants performing in the
live final of The Voice tomorrow night. She's been mentored by Tom
Jones in the this year's series of the BBC singing competition. This
week, the programme filmed her as she returned to her home town to
meet friends and family. I am amazed and really pleased to
see so much support, and they want me to win, so I would like to win it
for them as well. There is great aspiration in the county. I think
Leicestershire is expecting me to win, and I will try and do that. We
hope you have a great weekend. Goodbye.
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