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The ups and downs of A`level results day. There are more university
places than ever before but not all are taking that path. To get one
like that is a dream come true. Also tonight: Support for a shopkeeper
who are earned himself to fight off thieves. He did not deserve it, the
guy who came in, it serves him right. And thousands of children of
nasal sprays to help combat winter flu will stop and the pupils turning
wristbands into remembrance poppies. On the programme tonight:
Welcome to Thursday's programme. First tonight, there are more
university places than ever before. Half a million are available
and that's good news for young people across the East Midlands.
This morning thousands of school leavers got their A Level results.
There was a fall in the number of top grades for the first time
in three decades but there was still plenty of joy and relief `
and that was just the parents. Well, Tom Brown is at the University
of Derby for this evening. Tom, we've seen those familiar
images of celebrations and commiserations haven't we?
Yes, I'm sure many of us can remember going into school
one August morning, being handed that sealed envelope and finally
knowing whether all that revision and hard work had been worth it.
Well this morning, for many young students in the region, it was `
as despite the overall pass rate going down slightly, a record number
of university places were on offer. Here at the University of Derby,
for example, they had 4,000 places, as opposed to 3,600 last year.
So what was this morning like for the students, well,
I was at Loughborough College, bright and early, as they opened
those all important envelopes. ??PREVSUB ??NEWSUB the wait was
almost over, weeks of excitement and worry where about to come to an end.
In this boy's on below what exactly what she needed. I cannot describe
how I feel right now. For this boy it is astrophysics and physics at
Leicester University. Over the moon. I am so proud of him. Even some of
those who did not get what they wanted were still able to celebrate.
My offer was for the C C but I got four these and buy some stroke of
luck I have got through. We want to make sure as many students as
possible who want to go to university can do. I think that is
good news for the country in general. This space engineering
student is going to do an apprenticeship at the bus. To get
something like that is just a dream come true. While others are
appealing to enter the world of work. I am going to try to get a
job. Students here were murdered across the region including
Nottingham. The final visit to college and the corpse of hundreds
resting on a single piece of paper. How are you feeling? Nervous. But I
will give it a go. Good luck. Yes! I got see, D and D but I got into
university so I am happy. Loughborough University welcomed
students for the last time to discuss the results which could
shape the future is. I have got into my apprenticeship at Rolls`Royce. I
am just relieved now. I did not have a back`up plan. I was counting on
these results! I am pretty chuffed with mine. I am getting a job and
then university the year after. The exams in January peak even more
pressure on young people. For me it is awesome. So it is tension, tears
and triumphant. The full spectrum of human emotion. Due in Derby they
have had almost 3000 calls. What does all this mean? Let us have a
chat with the Deputy Vice Chancellor. We have heard you have
all these extra places, we have heard of students getting in on
lower grades but is getting into university easier these days? There
are able more places available at universities will get is more
opportunity but I think the students themselves will have told you it
does not feel like it has got any easier. We have heard stories of
people getting in with Wendy had been told they would need be and
see. `` when they had been told. The universities have to discount some
results slightly when it comes to cleaning. There will be some people
who will be disappointed, what is your advice to people who might have
narrowly missed the grades but have not yet had a firm offer? Do not
panic. It is a likelihood that you will get the right course at the
late university. Take a chance and talk to cleaning. The stress of
exams and the nervous wait is all over. Congratulations to everyone
involved at to not panic if you are having to go through something like
this. those all important envelopes.
Three more people have been arrested in connection with the death of a
seven year old girl in Nottingham. The body of Shanay Walker was
discovered at a house in Bestwood Park a fortnight ago.
She'd died from a head injury. Two women, aged 21 and 53 and
a 22`year`old man were arrested on suspicion of murder earlier today.
Shanay's aunt Kay`Ann Morris has already been
charged with her murder. Monarch Airlines has announced that
it's to stop flying from East Midlands Airport.
The company says the decision to pull out of
Castle Donington follows a strategic review of its short`haul operation.
Monarch started operating flights from East Midlands two years ago
after low`cost airline BMI Baby ceased trading.
The final Monarch flight will take place at the end of April next year.
Grantham has unveiled its first new council homes for a decade.
The four two`bedroom flats on Sandon Road mark the start
of a ?3 million investment by South Kesteven District Council.
It's planning to build 33 new council homes over
the next two years ` offering more variety to tenants.
Still to come: Cutting edge surgery at the vets.
Holly's about to be spayed, but thanks to keyhole surgery
the experience will be a lot less painful for her and her owners.
Next tonight: A shopkeeper says he's been forced
to use weapons to defend his store against petty thieves.
Ali Nowroozi has chased away several shoplifters from his corner shop
in Derby. He says some have even agreed to
hand back the goods they stole. Our Social Affairs Correspondent,
Jeremy Ball, reports. ??PREVSUB ??NEWSUB a thief caught on
camera as he dabs a bottle and runs for it. Ali tries to stop him by
throwing another bottle then grabbing a wooden bar and chasing
the shoplifter out. I said give me my money, I will not make money ``
trouble for you. So, what do his regular customers think? He is
right, he is doing something for the community as well. Stopping it. He
did not expect it, the guy who came in, it serves him right. His very
direct approach to protecting his business might raise some eyebrows.
After being targeted 20 times into UCC is no alternative and he says
three shoplifters have returned stolen goods after he chased them
with a weapon. Of course I am angry, I pay tax and everything. The
Derbyshire force recorded almost 6000 offences of shop theft last
year but many instances are not reported. The police say companies
need to do much more to protect themselves. Of course, they do not
advise protecting businesses like this but traders to take on
shoplifters are putting their own safety at risk. That is unlikely to
deter this shopkeeper. Jeremy Ball, reports.
Last winter the nasal spray was given to primary
school children in Leicester city people East Leicestershire including
people in Melton area and Rutland. This winter the whole
of Leicestershire will be covered not just primary school children 12
and 13`year`olds too. Now Lincolnshire will be joining in
too this winter for the first time. There 16,000 12
and 13`year`olds will be targeted. The success of this will depend
on the take up. And there is work to do there?
We have some pictures of children getting the spray during the last
time. A badge of honour for the brave youngsters to. This year's
pilot will be better than ever. The idea is that ultimately children
will be offered the vaccine from age to to 17 every year. The pilot is
about how best do we organise that? It is given intranasally, a squirt
into the nose, no needles. Very easy to have. Who gets the spree? They
will be living in certain areas. You can see that last year it was over
in Leicester City where people were given it. Primary schoolchildren and
as well as part of Leicestershire was the neighbouring counterplay of
Rutland. The whole of Leicestershire will be covered, that includes
Caldwell and Lincolnshire will join in. We will see secondary school
children for the first time also given it. I suppose the success will
depend on the take`up. It is going to parents at the end of the day.
Last year the take`up was 52% saw quite a week to go.
And there is work to do there? The Queen has bought one
of the biggest retail parks in the East Midlands.
Fosse Park in Leicester has been sold to the Crown Estate
for just over ?345 million. The estate, which looks
after a range of properties for the monarch, said the deal was
the largest in its history. Fosse Park is home to 40 stores
and attracts eight million customers a year.
Nottingham`based Raleigh has released a new model of its famous
Chopper bike. The original mark 1 Chopper bike. The original mark 1
and mark 2 Choppers proved to be massive hits in the 1970's. There
have been some limited editions released since then. But the company
says it?s now created a black and gold 2015 version ` inspired by the
world of motor racing. A swimmer from Leicestershire has
abandoned a world record attempt in the Lake District.
Julie Bradshaw from Loughborough was leading an international team trying
to complete the world?s longest freshwater swim
` 14 lengths of Windermere. But one of those taking part
fell ill this morning. The attempt had been in memory
of Susan Taylor from Leicestershire who died while trying to swim
the English Channel last year. We're known as a nation
of animal lovers and most of us would do anything for our pets.
No wonder then that pioneering keyhole surgery to neuter dogs
in Nottinghamshire is proving popular with owners `
it reduces pain by up to 65%. Rushcliffe Veterinary Centre is
the only practice in the East Midlands carrying out the spaying
procedure and it now performs three times as many keyhole ops as it does
the traditional type ` despite them costing over ?100 more a time.
Amy Harris reports. This golden retriever is on her way
for pioneering surgery. Her owner has brought her especially to this
vet to be neutered by a keyhole operation, only carried out by 100
surgeries in the UK. To have it done microscopically with minimal in
sessions I feel is much kinder for her. A short while later in the dog
is in the theatre. Using this high`tech camera system he removes
her ovaries through two tiny hole is reducing pain and healing time. It
is open 65% less painful than the traditional operation. Dogs
recovered really quickly, it will go all within three hours of the
procedure. These keyhole surgery are proving popular, over the last four
years they have carried out 300 of these operations, three times the
number of traditional procedures. Despite the higher cost, vets here
believe there will be more and more of this type of procedure as their
nerdy science keeps up with human surgery.
Amy Harris reports. Still to come:
Two very different but equally striking ways
of marking the centenary of the start of World War One.
Children fashion remembrance poppies from the loom bands they'd normally
wear on their wrists and the Leicestershire maze that's
been designed to resemble a giant field gun.
Now the sport. We're going to start with cricket
and the smashing of records by Nottinghamshire.
Led brilliantly by Alex Hales and then by Captain James Taylor,
the Outlaws scored their highest ever List A total in their
Royal London Cup game at Middlesex. Their 368 for 2 off just 45 overs
including the highest ever county White Ball first wicket stand.
All the more remarkable given the pressure of the hunt
for a quarter final. Sadly the rain has intervened.
Leicester are still in with a quarterfinal chance. There are two
days to go now until the Fox's first season in a decade in the Premier
league. We have a build`up to their time back in the big time. Many
teams are expected to go straight back down so plenty of the questions
today where about expectation, it can Leicester stay up? The manager
says it will be a steep learning curve but he believes in his team
and his striker. We are champions. We were unbeaten in preseason. We
are going in confident. I am 100% that we can stay up. Everyone seems
to have a good season the first year, we are looking to finish above
18. What do the fans think? Can he keep you up? Yes! I reckon so, I am
excited. Two CB would be happy with 17th or above is great. Do they have
a chance? Two out of three do stay up and recently teams coming up have
done well. But what does history tell us? In 2003 they went down and
the next time they went up they were ninth backed down the next year. In
2004 at the same thing happened. You have only got another one and then
you can stay up but I would rather look for a mid`table place. I think
they can do it, I am very confident. Leicester are an unknown quantity,
it can be used that in the first three games against Everton, Chelsea
and Arsenal? News just in that Nottingham Forest announced the
signing of midfielder from Hamburg. for a quarter final.
Derby County striker Jamie Ward has become the latest Rams star
to commit his future to the club. The 28`year`old has signed
a new two`year deal that will keep him at the Ipro until 2016.
And Head Coach Steve McClaren is delighted to have secured a deal
for yet another of his squad. He can play in previous positions,
right or left. His attitude is great. On and off the field he is
infectious to the team. for yet another of his squad.
Sheffield United an almighty scare in the Capital One Cup last night.
Alex Butler had put United ahead early in the second half.
But only four minutes later Alex Fisher pounced to level the scores.
The Stags went looking for the winner ` and nearly got it `
but just four minutes from the end of the 90, Marc McNulty
did the job for the home side. So, Leicester City enter
the competition and we have three In Athletics, Loughborough has
a new European Champion. James Dasaolu's began paying out
on his potential by taking the 100 metre crown in Eindhoven last night
` with Loughborough colleague Harry Aikines Aryeetey in third.
If he's spared more injury trouble we could be in for a great couple
of years from him. In Rugby, huge congratulations to
Desford's Emily Scarratt and Hinckley's Vicky Fleetwoodwho are
part of the England Rugby team that rampaged its way to the World Cup
final by beating Ireland last night. Scarratt one of the try scorers.
Fleetwood just delighted. It is my first one so I am just over
the moon, it is amazing, I cannot wait. We are going to thrive on them
being against ours and we will play our hearts out.
Fleetwood just delighted. Finally, we'd like to add our
tribute to the many that have poured in for one of Notts County?s
greatest supporters ` in every sense. John Mounteney, who died
yesterday aged 79, was a club Vice Chairman at Meadow Lane for 24 years
and before that one of the leading lights among the supporters. Former
players have described him at the club's number one fan.
Children in Nottinghamshire have come up with a unique way of
commemorating the 100th anniversary of the start of World War One.
Youngsters from Radcliffe on Trent are making loom band poppies.
Their efforts are all part of BBC Radio Nottingham's Big Poppy Knit.
Angelina Socci has been to take a look.
In many homes across the East Midlands children are doing this,
twisting, weaving and creating bracelets, necklaces and things from
loom bands. Here a group of children are making poppies. We are making
poppies because of the world War, so many people died. We are trying to
make 11,000 for the 11,000 who died in World War I. You are one of the
Rowan Vine teachers here. How does it work? You pull the bands over
every foot and it is almost like in a knot but when they get together
they end up looking like a poppy. I think it is fantastic, they are all
into the room bands we just cannot keep up with purchasing them. What
is this you have here? This is a piece of the newspaper. It is my
great grandad and his three brothers in the world War. He was posted for
four years in Germany. This was the Battle of the Somme. The children
have made dozens of the poppies but they are not stopping here, they
plan to create as many as they can by October.
a look. And staying with the Great War
Centenary, news of a piece of art on a massive scale that takes us right
back to the start of the conflict. A field in Leicestershire has been
turned into a maze in the shape of an enormous field gun.
Paul Bradshaw reports. Now the weather.
These children were learning about the war at the great Glen. To mark
the centenary of the conflict, this theme and design is a timely
reminder. I thought it was important people realise the sacrifices made
during that time. We have multiple choice questions on the First World
War, it covers everything from the First World War beginning to the
effects of shell`shocked. The plan was to use GPS technology, now fully
grown the laws of corn have created three miles of pathways and the quiz
boards are ahead in along the way. It was interesting finding out
different things about the First World War. I have found out things
today I did not know happened in the water. It was very good actually
finding out all about the history of the First World War. I Cannes it is
open to the public until the end of August. That is amazing! It
certainly is! As Rob Ogleby will be the weather. We have certainly had
some heavy showers around earlier today. Some of you were lucky enough
to spot this, the cloud developing around lunch time was spotted around
many areas. It is a funnel cloud, a violent and rotating column of year.
It did not touch the ground, if it did, that is when it would be
classed as a tiny dog. Thank you for your pictures, we could only show a
few of them. A good deal of dry weather and some sunny spells
tomorrow. We continue to have a few showers reading through this
evening. These will die out into the early hours of Friday morning. There
will be a dry night with clear spells and mist in places. Tomorrow
morning starting fairly dry, some decent spells of sunshine through
the morning. Just as we start to head into the afternoon we will see
more showers which could be heavy in nature. It will be a largely dry day
in many places. The high 20s Celsius in the sunshine. Saturday looks like
a dry day. The best sunshine through the morning, cloud increasing
through the day. From Sunday on words we have the potential of
showers from Sunday. It will also be quite breezy on Sunday. That theme
will continue for the new week, the easy with showers around. It is like
summer has gone on holiday! I'll need to put the heating on!