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degrees. Thursday, more of the same. Is that is all from us. Now


Tonight ` a breakthrough in the fight against a killer superbug.


He knows that can smell deadly infections. Commuters promise faster


journeys. Why the Catholic Church is now recruiting priests from Africa.


One of the busiest ECMO wants in the world. `` wants.


Good evening and welcome to Tuesday's programme.


It's the word that chills everyone going into hospital:


Well scientists in Leicester have developed a new weapon in the fight


Four people a day are dying from Chlostridium difficile or C Diff.


Now, as Jo Healey reports, researchers in Leicester have made


a breakthrough in the form of an 'electronic nose'.


His father got the infection while in hospital in Leicester.


You go from being fit and healthy to, you know,


His father survived but every year in this country more


than 1500 people who are infected die. That is most associated with


hospitals and it costs the NHS millions of pounds each year,


But treating it is difficult because there are more than 450


So that is where this electronic nose comes in.


It can analyse patients' faeces, find the bug and the variety.


What we have been doing is sniffing out the bugs here.


What we take in is the gases that come out from the


bugs than we chemically fingerprint them in this machine here.


We draw it in and we produce a chemical fingerprint that allows us


to look at the individual chemical molecules that make up the smell.


The real significance of that is we are able to differentiate those that


are infectious from those that are non`infectious, from the smells.


At the moment, patients get a blanket treatment with antibiotics.


What this electronic nose can do is distinguish


between the different strains and therefore allow a lot more targeted


The patient would not be given an antibiotic


If you can find a way of treating the right type of it, then yes, you


Hospitals are working hard to reduce it but also welcome the new research


Well, we heard there hospitals have been trying to bring C Diff


Well, at their peak there were many people with this awful infection


In 2007 the Leicester Royal Infirmary reported


nearly 2,000 cases ` it now averages around 60 cases a year.


In recent years, NHS England has really toughened up on hospitals `


What this shows is the number of cases of C Diff each of our main


The red figures show how many they actually recorded,


although it's important to say they told us many of the cases weren't


Now in recent years, for every patient who was infected with C Diff


in hospital over and above those permitted totals the hospital could


Earlier this year, that penalty was reduced to ?10,000 but still


Well no, I've been told this afternoon, they're now worried about


a new group of antibiotic resistant bowel bacteria, known as CRE `


Cases are spreading in London and the north west and patients


going into hospitals here will be screened for this from next month.


Next tonight, wildlife groups have given


a cautious welcome to the news that the government is going to part`fund


It will include large parts of the East Midlands, in an attempt


But a second planned cull of badgers in one badly affected


A badger is vaccinated against Tibet doses after being trapped. Today ``


against trabecular doses. To back you losers. Our it is good the


government is putting some money on the table so we welcome that but we


do have some concerns about the amount of money involved. And as of


money involved. And also be coordination which is lacking.


Vaccination projects could also receive advice from experts. Also


free loans of traps and free supplies of vaccines. But the second


planned badger cull in the south`west of the country is going


ahead. We know that there is no single measure run it saying it will


tackle the problem. The disease has now been spitting for around 15


years. It covers a large part of the country and we're slaughtering


33,000 cattle a year. We do think there is a role for vaccination on


the edge of the visit is `` disease. There was no scientific evidence to


suggest that a cull will solve the problem. We are totally opposed to


any cull comment adoption. This is the way to go we never said we could


vaccinate every badger but we are showing the way it can be done. We


need more reason is as an quarter nation from the government. It is a


good start but there is more to go. The next phase gets under way


tonight. It is hoped that will prevent the need for a badger Karl


here and protect cattle herds across the region. `` badger cull.


another significant transport project gets the green light.


Improvements to commuter rail links between Nottingham,


Newark and Lincoln, have been given the go`ahead


The planned upgrade of the Castle Line follows years of campaigning by


It'll cut journey times and the project could be completed


Our Political Editor John Hess is at Westminster and has more details.


I understand that officials from the Department for Transport


have been working closely with East Midland Trains, local council


and business leaders over the summer, to upgrade the Castle Line.


The Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin is expected to make


a formal announcement within a week or so.


Certainly, we had a big clue when the Chancellor


of the Exchequer George Osborne backed the project during the


What exactly are the improvements? We will get a little more detail in


a minute from Robert Jenrick. Presently the current rail service


stops that many villages, it is slow and can take more than one hour from


Lincoln to Nottingham. The investment could cost more than ?1


million. It will double the number of direct services especially


between Newark and Nottingham. It could cut journey times by 20


minutes. I think it would be nice because we get old strains on this


line. It is standing room only so it is badly needed. I start university


in September and I will be using it fairly regularly and the quicker and


more often the trends are the better it will be. I think it is very badly


needed because a lot of people go to Nottingham and thinking. ``


Nottingham and Lincoln. Paying the third to have to stand is not


acceptable. This is good news for you and for a new work. A lot of


commuters will look at the ?57 billion being allocated for


something else and saying there are projects that could benefit from the


cash. This is a line where you could travel faster in 1909 at you can


today so I think it will bring thousands of jobs to the area and it


will help anyone who commutes or goes to college, goes shopping in


any of the towns or villages in this area and it will be a massive


benefit. Of course the cash being spent on HS two is a lot of money


but this is a huge step forward for the area. Is that funding cast`iron


regardless of the outcome of the election? I hope it will continue.


There will be a formal announcement in a week or two. Hopefully happier


news for commuters on the Cassel line.


The Department for Education will meet


representatives from Leicester's first free school for Sikhs next


Falcons Primary was due to open tomorrow, but those plans have


been delayed after its funding was held back by the government.


Parents met outside Leicester town hall yesterday to protest


There are hopes that a Sikh school could now open


An independent inspector has described signs at a controversial


junction in Nottingham as "not adequate".


handed fines for turning into Station Street from London Road


since last summer. The adjudicator directed the council to cancel the


fine for a driver who appealed against the penalty. But, the


authority has defended the signage as "robust and reasonable".


Still to come ` an ice bucket challenge without the ice.


This young man's video's being viewed around the world.


Churches in the East Midlands are tackling a shortage of Catholic


The new priests are taking services, and working in hospitals


And for some ` the move here has come as quite a shock.


Our Social Affairs Correspondent, Jeremy Ball, reports.


Sunday Mass at St Philip's in Mansfield.


A typical Catholic parish in a traditional Nottinghamshire


mining town but the new priest here grew up in a peasant farming


Father Victor is one of seven African priests who have


been sent to the East Midlands in response to a request


But it was not what he had been planning.


I immediately asked my Bishop, why me?


I was afraid of leaving my community, leaving


He has been getting used to Mansfield's weather


He has also been posted to Derby in Loughborough and to


He was worried that people would not understand his Nigerian accent.


You might have to come in African dress.


But no complaints from these Mansfield parishioners.


Technically very charismatic, very warm, very welcoming.


We have been so used to having an Irish priest coming over here


as missionaries and indeed us going over to Africa as missionaries now


we've got the African priests coming over here as missionaries to us.


It is not just about taking services,


when he is not in church, he spends a lot of time visiting hospital


patients and he is trying to bring a bit of traditional African


What surprised me coming to England is the joy is not the same


So, after four years working here in the East Midlands,


I really really would love to go back to Nigeria.


Leicestershire Police have declined to comment on claims that a report


to the Home Office said they were ill`equipped to take the British


It's claimed by Sky News that the comments were made in 2010


in an unpublished report submitted by the Child Exploitation


The decision by the Association of Chief Police Officers to give


Leicestershire the lead was reportedly described


as a "mistake" as the investigation was said to be too big for them.


Leicester City Council have announced how they will demolish


The New Walk buildings will be brought down in a controlled


The method will bring the two tower blocks down into their own


Staff moved to other offices in the city this summer


after the buildings were found to be structurally unsafe.


Now to a national service which has been saving lives for 25 years but


It's provided by a team of specialists based at the


They work round`the`clock, treating patients on a life support


And to celebrate 25 years of this expertise, we've been given


In the first of our series on the Heartlink ECMO Centre,


Victoria Hicks takes a look at how it all began at Groby Road.


A tiny life being given an extra chance.


Weighing just over four pounds, Braden was born four weeks early


It was crying begin with then stopped crying and then Tuesday


night came down here and that's when I first heard about ECMO.


Braden has persistent pulmonary hypertension.


Put simply, he cannot breathe for himself.


At the Glenfield Hospital a machine is beathing for him.


Through this circuit, giving his own heart and lungs a chance to recover.


They basically said they couldn't do any more for him,


he would have to go on the ECMO, it was his only chance of survival.


ECMO is only used when conventional intensive care has not worked.


It costs between ?5,000 and ?10,000 a day to trigger patient


With constant care from a specialist team.


In 1989, Glenfield Hospital was the first in the country to


At the time, nobody really understood what it was all about.


Apart from one heart surgeon, Dr Richard Furman.


He had seen it been used in America, and was sure it could also save


The initial experience that we got in Michigan convinced us that


When we had only done on very few cases, it was clear that


there was a lot more to this treatment than even we do imagine.


The charity, Heartlink, was the first to back ECMO.


At the time when the NHS would not fund it, Mr


Fermin came along and told us about it, and as far as we were concerned,


he is a consultant and you listen to what a consultant says.


And if they believe in it, someone else has got to back him.


He could not manage it on his own and Heartlink was his only chance.


It was a decision which nearly bankrupted the charity.


Even though Dr Richard Fermin and his colleague took


the extra workload of ECMO for no extra pay, and had little support.


Everybody actually was against it and telling us that we


were wasting our time, we should not do it ` you are just prolonging


And it is that success and expertise over the past 25 years which has


given ECMO treatment at Glenfield Hospital a world`class reputation.


They did a study in newborn infants and a study in adults with


which really set the standard for ECMO practice around the world.


On tomorrow's program we find out how that expertise save the lives


of this patient after she contracted legionnaires


In a moment we'll meet Nottingham Forest's new `


and long awaited ` Chief Executive, but let's round up Transfer


Deadline day first because Leicester City brough in two new players.


Both of them are youngsters from Manchester United.


Striker Tom Lawrence has signed a four year deal, while fellow


forward Nick Powell comes to the King Power on a season long loan.


Both could be in first team action against Stoke on the 13th.


Now, Nottingham Forest's new Chief Executive who's told us today


that his job is clear ` it's to make sure the Reds are ready


Paul Faulkner used to be the Chief Exec at Aston Villa


and only officially started at the City Ground yesterday.


So, just hours into his new job, he's been talking to Kirsty Edwards.


The hunt for a new chief executive has been a long one but at last they


have their man. Fresh into the job, I met him today to find out what he


is hoping to achieve. To help gel things together and help make the


manager's life easier where I can. On the commercial side of the club,


to develop that and really get us ready to get promoted and be in the


Premier League and ready to be a really strong club. They have been


without a chief executive for over one and a half years and there have


been concerns someone needed to be brought in to oversee the day to day


running of the club. I was not here when those situations went on but it


is not the reputation that we want here and, as I said, the owner has


committed and I will play a part in it and I want to make sure people


feel good about the club. I do not want on paid bills and the like.


There is a lot of positivity around the club right now and we have two


make sure we keep that momentum going. Obviously you have met the


owner. How do you see your relationship with him going? I have


been really impressed with his passion, his commitment, enthusiasm,


knowledge as well of football in general and certainly this club. I


expected to be working really closely with him. He has got big


ambitions for this club and it is my job to help those, too. The main


dream is the Premier League with the site top of the championship it is


exciting times. It is very exciting right now. It is early days right


now. The real challenge is to keep it going and to stay at the front of


the table. Interesting times. There is football action tonight


with Notts County and Mansfield Town gearing up for an eagerly awaited


Johnstones' Paint Trophy match Overnight deals for them saw French


midfielder Drissa Traore arrive Sam Clucas has gone to Chesterfield


for an undisclosed fee. Coming in was promising


striker Rakish Bingham. Other sport ` golf first,


because Lee Westwood has made it into the European Ryder Cup team


as one of Captain Paul McGinley's Westwood's form this season was


nowhere near good enough for automatic qualification but he


has huge experience and has improved In Cricket, it looks


like Nottinghamshire's crucial match at Durham will need something


special from title`chasing Notts. Set a massive three hundred


and seventy`five to win, they're In the second division,


Derbyshire allowed leaders Worcestershire to sneak themselves


a first innings lead. But decent work


from their second innings openers. But in Leicestershire's game at


Hampshire its all about Jimmy Adams. The new home planned for


Leicester Riders basketball side could make the club


a long term force in the game. A brand new ?4.2


million arena will go up just outside the city centre `


giving the Riders their first The lander 's battered and


contaminated but it is right next to the grand union Canal. A short walk


from the city centre and it is in the hands of the authorities which


means they can make it available for the new arena. Absolutely ecstatic.


It is a game changer. We have been waiting, planning, trying a lot of


options for the past 20 years to get to a position where we could get to


a home we could call on. We are there now so we are absolutely


delighted and very focused on delivering the project that we have


announced today. It is far from the most attractive places at the


moment. A wasteland. But they have an ambitious timetable. They say by


this time next year 2300 fans will be here cheering on the riders. That


is going to take a lot of work and a lot of committed people are behind


it, determined that we will actually make it on that timetable. What we


will get at the end of it is something stunning. This is a


partnership. It will open up the waterfront. The big winners are


definitely the riders, who hope to repeat successes like this again and


again. I think this makes riders our long`term force on the British game.


We have been quite successful in the past two years but sustaining that


is always difficult when you do not know where you are going to be


playing. Time will tell about going to do it on the court but riders


will have a court. Thank you. A five`year`old boy who can't risk


getting cold, has done the ice bucket challenge


and managed to stay dry. Albert Tansey from Burbage


in Leicestershire was born with half His video has become an internet hit


and raised the profile A family tweet alerted us to


Albert's video and thousands The five year old needs


a heart transplant and cannot have ice thrown over him


but was desperate to take part. He has wanted to do this for a


while because he has been watching everybody else's challenges so he


was so excited at the thought that We got all of the balls out,


didn't we? And one of the posts that was


actually not linked to the YouTube link actually got over half


a million likes on Friday evening and there is another one still there


now that has got over 300,000 shares I think we can be confident that


over one million people around Albert isn't nominating anyone or


asking for donations, What started out


as a simple idea to allow a child to do something he could not do,


has ended up as a brilliant way of And if you want to see Albert take


that challenge again we've popped it on to our Facebook page,


and there are the details. You can of course also contact us


by Facebook if you want to tell us about a story and you can use it to


send us your pictures too, We'll let the weather get a million


likes? `` will. It is relatively warm over the next couple of days or


so. The temperatures are very dependent on whether we get that


sunshine. If we get cloud, temperatures not doing too badly. 17


degrees. When the sun pops out there is the potential for them to reach


21 degrees. A taste of summer over the next couple of days of you get


that sunshine. Sunshine this morning by clouds increasing this afternoon


so it is fairly cloudy at the moment. The cloud will start to


thicken up and it was such a lower as well later in the night so it may


turn a little bit misty. Maybe some health across the Peak District by


the end of the night. It will keep the temperature is absolute is


really rather a warm one. 13 degrees or 14 degrees. Not falling very


fast. Tomorrow morning a completely different picture first thing in the


morning. Cloud, mist as well. Eventually the cloud will slowly


lift up thin and break into the afternoon so we will get some


sunshine and brightness late on in the day. Light, southeasterly winds


and so it will go quite present. `` pleasant. Temperatures at 21 degrees


or 22 degrees. Perhaps bigger cloud into Thursday but again some breaks


in the cloud from time to time. Temperatures in the low 20s. So we


are still on for a gradual improvement. Lip flops out of the


cupboard. I will see you for late news. Goodbye.




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