24/06/2014 East Midlands Today


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And now the news for the East Midlands.

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First, a new crackdown on home`grown drugs.

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East Midlands Today can revdal that Nottinghamshire Police have set up

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the region's first specialist team to tackle cannabis gangs.

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This exclusive report from our Social Affairs

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Searching for illegal cannabis grows has become a full`time job. The

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tell`tale pungent smell led the police to this house today. They did

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not need to force their way in, because the tenant was out, and the

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door was not locked. Downst`irs they found a typical family home,

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littered with toys and baby photos. But in the bedroom, a very different

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story. As you go up the stahrs here, these now gets stronger and

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stronger, and as you can sed in here, this is a growing tent, with

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several cannabis plants inshde, already harvested, cropped `nd

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hanging out to dry. But finding cannabis is just the start. Police

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had to prove that drugs are being sold. That is where

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Nottinghamshire's Nou `` new cannabis recognition team comes in.

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The whole process is greatlx reduced in time. Police use to find a lot of

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cannabis being grown in large factories. These days, the drugs are

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becoming harder to bind as Camilla gangs become more sophistic`ted

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Crime gangs are now approaching people in residential areas, and

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they are having multiple sm`ller grows throughout the communhty is,

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or renting addresses themselves so if they do lose one or two of those

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grows, they don't lose the lajority. There are fierce disagreements about

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the damage cannabis causes, but for the police, it is very simple. It is

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illegal, and growers who get caught could end up in jail.

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This new team came into operation on the day another drug has been

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Khat acts as a stimulant and is very popular among Somalis.

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The ban has been welcomed bx the Somali community in Leicester.

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Here's our Chief News reporter Quentin Rayner.

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Imported from Africa, khat hs a leafy plants which, when chdwed

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acts like a less powerful and that you take it, you are very h`ppy It

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makes you happy. You are thd boss will stop can you imagine somebody

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who doesn't eat for three d`ys, who is chewing 24 hours? Who is talking

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24 hours? It is mad. I am tdlling you. I have lost five children and a

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beautiful wife. That is bec`use of khat. Where are you? I'm at the

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mosque, where I'm cheering. From today, khat is illegal. Somd

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information here about the ban. It is thought at least a third of

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Leicester's Somali communitx uses khat, including women. The community

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itself wanted the ban. I welcome it very much, the community welcomes

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the ban. It has a huge impact on our community, including familids and

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children. It has consequencds financially, culturally, economic

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way and socially. It is likd banning smoking overnight. We will offer

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users support, and there will be a range of reaction ranging from a

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ticket to find, and possiblx prosecution towards the end. Opinion

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is divided as to the risks of khat use. The Home Office societx oppose

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the ban, because it believed there was little evidence of a link

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between news and psychosis. Captain large doses can cause mental illness

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in people. The main things `re that that high doses, it can cause a

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psychosis. And then when people stop taking it, they can get a ddpressive

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illness as well. It is hoped Somalis themselves ensure the ban is

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effective. One of our largest hospitals is

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about to undergo its biggest The plan is for a new research

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centre and a multi`storey c`r park, complete with a rooftop helhpad

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for air ambulances. The changes to

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Nottingham's Queens Medical Centre Our health correspondent

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Rob Sissons reports. On top of Queen 's medical centre,

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and a fantastic view of what is going to change. A multistorey car

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park will be built here, and the idea is to fund raise millions to

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put a helipad for air ambul`nces on the roof of it. Sybil Joe M`ttok

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they reduce that transfer thme for the injury of patients arriving in

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the major trauma centre. Wires are not ideal at the moment, thd

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situation you have? At the loment, helicopters land on two sitds, the

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University site which they let us use, and another. Both take about 20

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minutes to get the patient through to the emergency department. So that

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delay could be costing lives at the moment due macro potentiallx, if you

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have unstable patients, you wonder nearer as soon as possible. Karen is

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one of 250 patients per year now airlifted to the major traula unit.

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She left control of their c`r in rain, ending up in a ditch, and

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knows the benefits of ambul`nces. The gentleman who was supporting the

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air ambulance said it would take about 20 minutes to get to hear

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whereas, if you are driving to Nottingham, it would probably take

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two and a half hours. These are the biggest redevelopment plans for the

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medical centre in years, and followed a ?5.5 million grant from

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the government. It will see more scientific research nearby. It is a

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really exciting development for us and for the university and for the

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city, and preparing a site which means that Nottingham can attract

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really cutting edge health `nd health technology research. So,

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there is going to be 100 next a hospital car park spaces, the tram

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is being built there, there will be a new entrance alongside it. All

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told, it is the start of a new dawn for the Queens medical centre.

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

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Thank you very much. The we`ther is on a change, and you can fedl it

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already. Pressure already. @ cold front moved southwards todax,

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bringing cloud and if you showers this afternoon. It clears w`y to the

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south, but behind that, a mtch cooler and fresh air. Showers

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continue to push away through tonight. It is a dry night with

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clear spells. Cooler air st`rting to dig in. A fresher, less humhd night.

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Temperatures as low as seven or eight Celsius in rural spots, but we

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stay figures in the towns and city centres. Tomorrow morning, we start

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of dry, lots of sunshine through the morning. The cloud filled then again

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in the afternoon, cloudy skhes later. We will stay dry, sole

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brightness later on, although it feels a bit cooler and pressure

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temperature is just about gdtting up to 17 or 18 Celsius. As you can see

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from the outlook, it will stay quite cool and cloudy on Thursday, but the

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rain catches up with us on with the summary. Turning more

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unsettled as we head towards the weekend.

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Good evening. After what has been a glorious few weeks of summer

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sunshine for many of us, things are about to change over the next 2

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hours. We are seeing the change marked by the weather front on the

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satellite image. To the south of that, 25 degrees, in Bournemouth for

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instance, but in the north and east, cooler, fresher air. That sets the

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scene for tomorrow. A cooler day. We will have hazy sunshine on offer,

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although cloudier skies than we have been used it over the past week

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Tonight we have thicker cloud bringing more two spots of drizzly

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rain for some southern areas. Many parts dry, but we have the rain

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heading in towards the far north-west for the early hours of

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Wednesday. A cool night ahead. Many

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