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And that is all from us. There is more throughout the evening on the


This is East Midlands Today with Anne Davies and me, Dominic Heale.


Tonight ` the teenager who saved her boyfriend's life


16`year`old Chloe administered CPR and the kiss of life


She's the reason I'm here and I can see family again.


Also tonight, the busy maternity units th`t had to


Plus what to do with a city's waterways, Nottingham is


And we meet the writer whosd book has been published


in amongst other things, Chhnese and Norwegian, and who has just won


Thanks for joining us this Friday evening.


First tonight, a teenager from Grantham says he owes his lhfe to


his girlfriend after he collapsed just hours into their first date.


Zach Selby had a respiratory arrest whilst camping


His new girlfriend Chloe had to perform emergency CPR


and use a defibrillator just to keep him alive.


The couple say they now lovd each other more than ever.


It really was an unforgettable first break, as Zach recovers frol his


first date, he will always ` member of the night that they first got


together and the that Chloe saved his life. They were camping in


Lincolnshire with friends after playing football. Zak run`off to


catch his breath on a nearbx bench. I had an almighty pain. It was just


like that. That was when I collapsed. I could see him face


down. All of this panic camd over me. I did not know what to do. I ran


over to him and I was shaking him, I was like what are you doing? ! And


then, he wasn't waking up. Chloe calls for a number lens, but with


the nearest half an hour aw`y, the operator told her to start CPR. So


much was going through my hdad. The main thing that stuck was that if I


stopped, his heart would stop, and I think that was what made me keep


going. Zach will have his hdart monitor by doctors for the next two


years, but for now, his fridnds and families are relieved that he is OK


and that Chloe was there to save him. Amazing, and I have sahd that


so many times since this happened. I do not have the words. I am stunned.


She has just done brilliantly. I was so close to just going and not


returning. You know, it is herbal to think that, but she is the one that


saved my life, she is the rdason why I am here and I can see my family


again. Obviously, I liked hhm, and now, I love him. Now, I havd saved


his life, I feel like we can get through any thing. This was quite a


first date! Yes! One we will never forget!


We wish them all the best for their future.


It's been revealed that Nottingham's maternity units turned away


expectant mothers in labour more often than any others in thd whole


In Leicester, the picture is almost as grhm.


Our health correspondent Rob Sissons is here.


Rob, how did these figures come to light?


Here at the BBC, we did a Freedom of Information Act request and the


figures are for last year. Here they are for the East Midlands, they show


that in Nottingham, and 97 occasions, the delivery suite at the


Queens medical Centre or thd city hospitals closed temporarilx,


because they were full, and on eight occasions, both were closed. Over in


Leicester, slightly better picture, but 86 times, some of the hospitals


were close to admissions, the delivery suite, and in Derbx, about


time, two temporary closures. Behind the statistics, women worridd about


their babies, and you spoke to somebody today. Yes, I visited a


woman who gave birth a few lonths ago, and unfortunately it w`s on one


of the times when Botting w`s closed and she had to go to Kingsmhll, and


she said the Labour was adv`nced, she was on the back of a calper van


and she thought she would ghve birth on the road. What are the hospitals


say? In Leicester, they said they'd take safety as the nub one priority,


and that this is something they regret, but it is difficult to


predict things. In Nottingh`m, the city hospital, they say thex try to


make sure the other is open. It is unpredictable. Women are told what


to expect when they are expdcting, and it is possible that a unit could


close. It is impossible to predict demands. There are fluctuathons that


are difficult to predict. September, October time,


we know it's quite busy. And we do manage


our staff accordingly. We reduce the number of staff


on annual leave, but it is very difficult to manage the peaks


and troughs that we have and they are the short`term closures that we


have to do in terms of managing The Royal College of Midwivds has


said they knew about this shtuation, but did not know it was quite as bad


as has been said. Coming later ` a glimpse of Flanders


fields on a Derbyshire hillside Poppy seeds planted months `go now


provide an evocative commemoration And, it is Friday, what can we


expect from the weather, sunshine, it will be warm, we can also expect


some rain. Nottingham is being told to be more


like Birmingham when it comds to making the most of its waterways.


Campaigners say the city sthll needs to do more to exploit their economic


and leisure potential. City leaders say progress IS being made, but


slowly. Quentin Rayner reports. The canal was opened in 1793 and was


used commercially up until the post`war years, but since the 1 70s,


the city has struggled, but the The City Council concedes fhrst


impressions are currently poor. People enjoying a drink by the canal


see big room for improvement. If there were more places lhke this


along the waterways, more pdople would be encouraged to associate


themselves with the waterwaxs. They could be used more and


in some parts be cleaner. It would be nice if the barges


came down in price a little bit I would love to go underwatdr,


but where do you go to get It is a pity Nottingham


cannot be like Birmingham. Birmingham offers bistros, cafes,


pubs along the canal Progress has been slow


in developing the southern gateway. After years of stalling,


the development of apartments and offices is complete


but only partially full. A bid is in for Heritage Lottery


funding to refurbish buildings But it is a long way


from matching what Birmingh`m has achieved with a thriving economy


along its waterways. Development means something


like Brindley Place in Birmhngham. There are lessons Birminghal should


be taking from us in terms of the amount of nature we can sit


alongside our waterways. Campaigners want greater


ambition for the waterways. There needs to be guaranteed,


long`term Government funding, so that they can help use the waterways


more for freight and other dconomic purposes, but also to improve the


quality of life of the citizens One sign of progress to look out


for next year, is an electrhc ferry dropping off commuters from


a park and ride to Trent Brhdge A report says a reduction


in staff at Nottingham prison is The jail has lost 140 officdrs


in a cost cutting exercise. The prison's independent


monitoring board says this has led to education and exercise


sessions being cancelled. The board has warned that whthout


more officers there'll be greater disruption by prisoners, and staff


morale will drop even furthdr. More than ?36 million is behng


invested in green transport The money will be spent


on upgrading facilities for cyclists and pedestrians


in the region's city centres. It will also be used to


improve bus journeys. Last month, Derby opened a bike


hub designed to make it easher An investigation has found that


a fire at a school started accidentally while work was being


carried out on its roof. One classroom at Stonebroom Primary,


near Alfreton in Derbyshire, Three other rooms were smokd damaged


by the fire yesterday afternoon Staff led 128 pupils to safdty


and no one was injured. The school is due to reopen


on Monday. Libraries in Leicestershire face


closure unless community volunteers That's the message


from the county council as ht The council says


a similar approach is working But library campaigners


remain unconvinced. This report from Radio Leicdster's


Political Reporter Tim Parkdr. Barwell is one


of 36 community libraries that Leicestershire County Counchl want


to support communities to rtn. Many users here love their local


library and don't want to change. I love reading, I love my lhbrary,


and it is the one thing, We moved last year


and the library was one I've met loads of new friends and I


love reading and I really w`nt Ollie But will these readers


volunteer to run the librarx? Yes, I'm keeping an open mind,


you cannot make a decision tntil It is not just a case of st`nding


behind the counter issuing books. The councillors have taken


their petition to the Countx Hall. Volunteers can be found,


that is for sure. If we can find volunteers to run


the library, fine, but if you can't, then it is important that we


keep the services so that wd have a fallback position that saxs, if


volunteers cannot be found, then the council will step in and provide


a professional library servhce. In a statement,


the council says they will `nalyse the responses of this consultation


which closed on Monday, and a report They also say they understand that


people value their libraries and want them to continue


as community hubs. And the issue of budget cuts


and libraries will be debatdd on the Sunday Politics,


with Labour MP Jon Ashworth Join Marie and the team


from 11 o'clock. Leicestershire police investigating


a spate of attacks on Audi cars Officers say 39 cars have h`d


their windows smashed and glove Police say


an emergency key is sometimds kept A 23 year old man has been


released on bail while the police The Department for Transport has


blamed a computer error aftdr issuing a document which sahd


Leicestershire was in the south east of England. The mix`up was contained


in an announcement about whhch areas would benefit from new government


funding. A member of staff `t the department suggested the error was


down to a mix`up in what were called In towns and villages


across the East Midlands people have come up with a great many w`ys


of marking the 100th anniversary But Belper has come up with


a particularly striking ide`. Millions


of poppy seeds were sown to create 100 feet`high lettering on ` hill


overlooking the Derbyshire town The floral landmark will be


maintained by local army cadets Some of these army cadets are much


younger than the residents of Belper who lost their lives during


World War I. So it was fitting they were used to


create and now maintain a poignant tribute to mark the


centenary of the start of the war. We thought this would be


a fantastic opportunity for cadets to make a fairly permanent larker


on the Belper community. Especially commemorating


World War I. When you walk around Belper


and you talk to people, This is how it looked on


New Year's Day. Local councillor John Nelson


recently captured some aeri`l shots Three days ago,


it was absolutely in bloom. Some of the poppies have


started to go down. There are plenty left


for more poppies to come. As a farmer, we are designed to


spray these, not farm them. They laid down their lives,


and if we can't do something to commemorate those lads,


there is something wrong. It will be maintained


for the next four years so ht provides a visual reminder for all


of the centenary commemorathons In a moment ` Anne gets all bookish


with an award winning author. And I will be meeting Jean, who has


walked the same walk for thd last 35 years.


Now they do say that everyone has a novel somewhere inside thdm,


but very few ever put pen to paper or finger to key to write it.


But we're about to meet a woman who's turned part of her falily


I've been to meet her and it's a jolly good read.


It shimmered in the soft, dHM light, drifting around painted facds.


This is a tragic love story based in India and it is now the winner


Here it is, this is the award, East Midlands Book Award, last ydar, it


was won by John MacGregor, this year by the lady who is working tpstairs.


This is actually a story th`t is close to your heart and your family.


My mother is Indian, she was born in Assam in 1928 and


was the product of an unproclaimed liaison between a British tda


And so, it was something th`t followed my mother around lhke a


I questioned her and questioned her until eventually, she said to me,


this just will not do, becatse I knew that I had a grandfathdr who


lives in the Far East, and who had been in India for a long tile.


I used to write to my grandfather on those airmail letters


The hooded cobra swaying in front of him, a basket laid out,


Your descriptions of the Maharaja Palace and the partition


of India, it is almost as if you had been there.


My mother was private nurse to a Maharaja's mother`in`law


And she went off and she worked at the Palace.


And so I had a real inside track into what life was


My mother also remembers partition very well.


So, there is the award, the books have been translated into so many


different languages, but thd best thing of all is the positivd effect


She's really proud of who she is and where she came from.


And of course, the writer's work is never done, yes, there is


A wonderful, amazing story. We can cross out to Trent Bridge for


the sport. It has been an interesting day here,


a lovely, sunny day at Trent Bridge for day three of this test latch


against India. They were 332`9, 105 behind India, but there werd


positives. Botting sure and England?s Stuart Broad was tnlucky


not to get a 50, and today, it was broad appeal day, some with me is


Chris broad, also a match rdferee. Can you explain to us what this day


is all about? My wife died of motor neuron disease four years ago, and


we did not know about motor neuron disease, so we set up an appeal to


raise awareness and funds and help the scientist try and find ` cure


for this disease, and thanks to the ECB, we are able as the Bro`d Appeal


to come and raise awareness for more disease here. `` motor neuron


disease here. Some terrible batting for some great bowling todax? What


you think? Well, this is ond of the types of wickets that the Indians


are used to, but perhaps England did not bat as good as they could have


done, but in the end, a glint have gone into a reasonably healthy


position, just 105 runs behhnd, still batting tomorrow, and still


this could be an interesting result. `` England have gone into a


reasonably healthy position. There are some positives. Yes, and with


Broad Appeal day,, Stewart came to the party as well, so we ard happy


about that. There is some T20 action at Leicestershire tonight, `nd they


are looking for their first back`to`back wins this season, they


are at the Lancashire and the visitors are batting in that at the


moment, and meanwhile, Derbxshire are playing in Northants, that's got


underway a short time ago. Onto football and Derby County's


latest signing Cyrus Christhe has The right back who is 21 johned the


club yesterday from Coventrx City. He's been settling in today


and chatting to Kirsty Edwards. Meet the latest recruit to Derby's


ranks. At the age of just 21,


Cyrus Christie has already lade over 100 appearances for Coventrx,


37 of them in the championship and the Rams have fought


off competition to bring in the I had


my first trading session today, and we should have a good sdason,


and I think the lads will progress on what they did last year `nd


totally get to the Premier League. Back training very early,


one of the first teams I am playing catch`up, they have


been here two weeks already. I am an attacking full`back,


I like to get up and down and put crosses, but I still have a


lot of lessons to learn, and I think this is why this was an ide`l move


for me, because the coaching staff He's clearly a player hoping


for big things for his own career My ambitions for the season


at very high. I think the lads are willing to


match that ambition and obvhously losing the play`off final,


they will want to get in thdre and They are hungry for the success


here and I think they are whlling The fans may have been disappointed


about that collapse after ltnch but most will go happy tonight, because


Trent Bridge is rarely the best place to watch cricket. Thex staged


a fantastic three days here, tomorrow is fancy dress day, they


will also have another sell`out What a great week it has bedn so far


here at Trent Bridge, the tdst match ends here on Sunday.


Thank you. Back in 1974,


Abba won the Eurovision song contest, a loaf of bread cost just


15p, Jon Pertwee was Dr Who...and Jean Dawson began working


as a lollipop lady in Stapldford. 40 years on,


a lot has changed but Jean hs still doing the job she loves `


helping pupils cross the ro`d to Mel Coles has been to see


this seasoned pro in action. Right, come on, then,


let's have you. The school run wouldn't be


the same without Jean. She's helpful,


always helping us cross. She keeps us safe and if we didn't


have her we wouldn't be safd. Jean's job sees her out


in all weathers. I love it, I like children,


and the open air, It keeps me fit, it keeps md young,


the children keep me young, you have She is well`known to all thd peoples


but also to some of their p`rents. I know some of the parents `nd some


of the grandparents that brhng their grandchildren across, and they


talk to me and they say, I can It is nice to see through


the generations of children Jean has worked about 7,800 days


over 40 years give or take the day. She crosses this road


about 40 times every day. By my calculations, that me`ns she


has walked 1,357 miles, the equivalent of walking from Land s


End to John O'Groats and back again, Today, the school held


a special assembly to mark Jean s 40th anniversary, and despite


turning 77 earlier this year, Jean says she has absolutely no hntention


of handing over her lollipop yet. Well done to Jean, we love the fact


that Mel was wearing a zebr` crossing dress!


Now, the weather. The weather, not too bad, that


should be plenty of play at Trent Bridge. This lovely picture from


Peter, thank you for sending it in. Let us talk about the weekend, one


thing is for sure, it will feel warm. Saturday, quite humid, the


sunny spells will be there. Some rain in the forecast, it will arrive


on Saturday evening until Stnday morning. If you are heading to Trent


Bridge, there should be plenty of play on both days. The small


potential of an isolated shower on Saturday and Sunday, but pldnty of


play around. Let's look at the detail, all week, the weathdr was


influenced from the West, btt tomorrow, the weather pushing in


from the Atlantic, bringing weather fronts which brings some rahn


overnight on Saturday. This evening, some cloud around, thinning and


breaking to give sunny spells before getting dark. Tonight, low cloud,


missed in places, a lot of humid air, so you will notice that


tonight. `` Misty in places. We will see the cloud pushing in as we head


to Saturday morning, and a brighter, sunnier zone for a time before we


see the cloud increasing in the late afternoon from the East, from the


West, apologies. If we get some prolonged sunshine, there is the


potential for the odd thunddrstorm, and temperatures could get ` little


bit higher. Rain for Saturd`y into Sunday morning, but that should


clear to give brighter spells on Sunday afternoon and the potential


for the odd shower. A mixed picture!


Much like life! Have a good weekend, goodbyd.


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