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Good evening welcome to East Midlands Today with me,
Dominic Heale and me, Anne Davies. Tonight:
Why a council's letting restaurants carry out their own hygiene checks.
Some are self certifying because there are not enough food inspectors
to do the job. Also rebuildhng motor cycling, Norton welcomes hundreds of
new apprentices to a new ac`demy. And a young man with Down's syndrome
gets his first job. When he first came in he could not even tdll me
his name and now he is loving it. Memories of a moment of history 75
years ago. carry out their own hygiene checks.
Welcome to Wednesday's programme. First tonight, some restaur`nts
and takeaways in Derby are being allowed to vouch for themselves that
they've made the improvements needed from a food hygiene inspecthon.
The city council says getting proprietors to self`certify that
action's been taken will ensure "better use of resources" as its
food inspection team copes with cutbacks.
Pressure on the team is such that around a fifth of inspections due
this year won't be carried out. Mike O'Sullivan has more.
A good hygiene rating from Derby's inspection team can mean able to
consumers. It is something H would look for when coming to somdwhere
new. You want to guarantee that what you are looking at eating is healthy
and good for you. If it was a restaurant I had not been bdfore I
would definitely go on the hygiene rating. It has highlighted how staff
cuts have hit food hygiene. Now some low`risk restaurants are behng
allowed to self certify. Thd city council says nearly 1300 prdmises
are due to be checked this xear They expect to get to 70% of them,
concentrating on high and mddium risk outlets. This means 280 will
not be checked. There are now five in the food safety team. We are
achieving 100% visits to those high to medium risk establishments to
make sure the risk to the ptblic is absolutely minimised. This
award`winning cafe and DeLadt would like as many inspections as possible
across the city to help maintain Derby's reputation for food. For any
in the city centre to be messed out is disappointing. Obviously we want
to make sure the restaurants at higher risk of contamination are
still being checked. A sample inspection may also be used to help
regulate Road beat `` no danger businesses.
Mike O'Sullivan has more. Mike O'Sullivan is in Derby
for us tonight. Mike, the star ratings
from these food hygiene checks are pretty high profile, aren't they?
Yes, that's right. Proprietors are being encouraged to
literally put the scores on the doors.
In the latest round, the pub behind me was awarded 5 stars.
But the Chinese restaurant next door got zero stars.
Lots of people take notice of them as we heard in my rdport.
But behind the scenes, the food inspection team is facing pressures
from cutbacks and trying to find new ways of getting the job dond.
What about this idea of proprietors vouching for themselves that they've
made improvements following a hygiene inspection ` is anywhere
else in the region doing th`t? Well we've spoken to Nottingham
city council and Leicester city council and they both say it's
something that they DON'T do. But Derby city is convinced that
this is something that can work It's only being considered
for premises that are considered a low risk,
based on the type of food sdrved up and the number of customers.
What's the Food Standards Agency had to say about this?
Well, they say for very low`risk businesses, local authoritids are
able to use alternative ways of assessing compliance with
hygiene rules, for example, self`assessment questionnaires
completed by the business. But they say that the hygiene rating
itself can only be done through inspection by the local authority.
And if they don't think that an authority is carrying out enough
inspections, they'll want to know why.
And you have been posting comments on our Facebook page
about this story. Victoria says it's a seriously bad
idea that may put people at risk. David S commented you either
do this type of thing properly or you don't do it at all.
Joanna says. Bang, there goes my faith
in hygiene ratings ! Still to come this evening.
Life support from Leicester. The woman saved by Glenfield's
world`famous ECMO unit after she contracted legionnaires
disease abroad. The Education Secretary
and Loughborough MP Nicky Morgan has defended pulling governlent
funding from a Sikh free school that was due to open in Leicester today.
70 pupils were due to start at the new Falcons primary school.
But Department for Education officials were unhappy over how the
free school was going to be run Up to ?1 million
of public money has already been spent on preparing the school.
The issue was raised in the House of Commons this afternoon.
Can she give us an explanathon about why it got to this late stage to
pull the plug and can she dhscuss an urgent way forward? I very luch hope
there will be a seek a forcd school in Leicester. There is another wait
until applications open in October but I hope there will be.
of Commons this afternoon. Next tonight, the first apprentices
started work this week at a new academy ` aimed at rebuilding
the British motorcycle industry Hundreds of youngsters applhed
for the positions at Norton Motorcycles in Leicestershire.
The new intake at Norton is part of a growing tide
of apprentices working in all sorts of industries across the region
Simon Hare reports. These are two of the first
apprentices at the British motorcycle manufacturing ac`demy. It
is located directly above the Norton factory floor. The first sttdents
started this week. They are not already plans to get bigger. We have
applications from Mexico and things. We have recruited a good
selection of 40 youngsters but are still open to applications. I have
had bikes from as young as H can remember and I was not going to
refuse it. It is relaxed and there is no problem asking people
questions. Obviously the guxs down stairs are quite ready to h`ng up
all the time. It is all the idea of the Norton chief executive who hopes
the apprentices will go on to work for him or his suppliers. Wd want to
stay authentically British, we are currently 83% parts and we want to
continue that or improve it. It is all the racing history. A Norton
rider wins the TT race betwden the wars but since the end of the Second
World War, Britain has lost much of its motorcycle expertise to other
countries. We need to get some of these skills back. Over the last
eight years the number of apprentices across the region in the
industry has trebled, it is hoped hundreds more will come through the
production line here. Simon Hare reports.
A police report's found that a Derbyshire teenager
and her boyfriend shot themselves dead, after murdering an Amdrican
policeman.17`year`old Alex Hollinghurst emigrated to
the United States with her family six years ago.
Alex went on the run with hdr boyfriend, Brandon, when her parents
banned her from seeing him. In March their bodies were found
near a Florida car park where they'd shot a US officer who'd
stopped them for questioning. A Derbyshire swimming pool will be
closed until next year after an arson attack.
The fire badly damaged the plant room at
Ashbourne Leisure Centre in July. It was originally expected to
re`open in the autumn but repair work will now take longer
than expected. Staff are making alternativd
arrangements for its 100 melbers. We all remember our first d`y in the
office. For one young man it is very special. Josh has just started work
in the catering department here His new bosses showing him some of the
jobs he will be doing here. His wasteland has been organised by
Project Search it gives people with disabilities experience in the world
of work and helps with the transition from school. He will be
working with a good group of people who will support him, look `fter him
and at the end of his coursd help him find good employment. Vdry
quickly he is getting to grhps with his first task of the day. There it
goes down there. Through thhs and to the wrapping. I can put on the
sticker. When he first came in he did not even tell me his nale and
now I asked how he liked dohng it and he said, love it. Soon time for
a well earned break. At the end of his first day, it Josh is fdeling
positive. It is also about feeling good about myself. If all goes well,
it next year, his placement could lead to a full`time job herd. It
looks like he was having a good day. He does. Well done, Josh.
arrangements for its 100 melbers. It's world renowned
for its work saving patients on the life support system known as ECMO.
And to celebrate 25 years of specialist care at the Glenfield
Hospital, we've been given dxclusive access to the Heartlink ECMO Centre.
Alethea Parker from Hampshire owes her lifd to
the team in Leicester, after she contracted legionnaires disdase
Victoria Hicks reports. A happy reunion as she meets the
nurses who helped save her life after she contracted Lee Junior 's
disease while travelling in Italy. Into the second week of the holiday
I was feeling really lethargic, and a headache, was not sleeping well
and was being sick. We thought it was food poisoning. As she posed for
this picture she was starting to feel ill and proved positivd for me
Juniors disease. They never find out who she believed then the infection.
The consultant explained to the family the only way to leavd her
life was to send a mobile m`chine from here in Leicester, connector to
that machine and get her back to the Glenfield Hospital for further
treatment. If she did not gdt that further treatment it was likely she
would die. She spent three `nd a half weeks on this machine which
oxygenated her blood, giving her time to recover. Problems mdant she
had to have her lower legs `nd left arm amputated as well as having four
fingertips on her right hand. If it was not for that machine I would not
be here now, it is excellent that I survived. My whole family praised
the hospital here all the thme. Now the couple planned to return to
Tuscany, she is more determhned than ever to live life to the full. I
think I have done well, I c`n drive, I do Pilates, I go on the treadmill.
I go to an infant school and help children read once per week. Life is
pretty good at the moment. @nd this child was also saved after three
heart attacks and a stroke, she her story on tomorrow's programle.
Victoria Hicks reports. A Derbyshire cancer charity has had
its offer to pay for five`ydar`old Ashya King's proton treatment
accepted. The five`year`old's parents were detained in a Spanish
prison after taking Ashya, who has a brain tumour, from a Southalpton
hospital against medical advice As you may have heard on the n`tional
news they've been freed and have now visited their son in hospit`l. Well,
joining us now is Mike Haym`n from the Kids N Cancer charity who made
the offer to fund Ashya's therapy. Around 30,000 people will h`ve
beards DNA tested as part of a genetic project. They will be
sequenced by the end of 2014 and the data will then be compared with that
of healthy tissue to develop treatment. Derby's Royal mahl
delivery offices to start opening on Sundays. It is part of a national
trial which will see 100 sorting offices around the UK open hn seven
days per week. The scheme ahms to make it easier for online shoppers
to pick up the parcels. A fhlm that was shot in Derbyshire makes its
big`screen debut later this month. It is a love story and detahl of
time travel all in one. It hs one of 100 and short films to be screened
in London at a festival. It has become Europe's largest inddpendent
film Festival. the offer to fund Ashya's therapy.
Coming up a little later on the programme:
The day war was declared. We meet Maurice, a bell ringer
with a very clear memory of the morning 75 years ago when Britain
entered the Second World War. First tonight, rugby is back.
Leicester Tigers are getting ready to kick off their Premiershhp
campaign this weekend. And joining them for the se`son is
a true legend of the game. 39`year`old Brad Thorn has had an
amazing career and now he's starting another chapter at Leicester.
Kirsty Edwards reports. They have seen some stars rtn out at
Welford Road over the years and at the age of almost 40 this Ndw
Zealand legend cannot wait to join them. I already have one se`son
behind me, that is why I am here. It is not about the money, I jtst love
rugby. By the time I retire I will be 40 or 50 years and I will not be
able to smash on a tackle. H will be done, it is finished. There is no
getting away from it, he is 39, turning 40 this season. If xou want
an easy time the premiership is not the place to come. He is not going
to retire on the money he e`rns here in the next nine months. His
achievements in the game ard incredible. The first player ever to
win rugby union's World Cup, eat super rugby title and most recently
the Heineken Cup. Despite all that, he says it is a real privildge to
come to Tigers. When I think of Leicester I think of the success
there has been, they are always in the finals. To be part of even
casting club, one of the best in Europe, it is the real privhlege. We
have got one of the greatest players in both cords, he is going to spend
the last nine months of his career in the Tigers environment and we are
going to get every bit of experience out of that, off of the field as
well. Kirsty Edwards reports.
Onto football and at good ndws for Derby County, midfielder
Jeff Hendrick will NOT be ndeding surgery on his shoulder, after
dislocating it at the weekend. The club hope Hendrick will be back
and available for selection by the end of the month.
At Mansfield Town manager P`ul Cox admits he's hurt by the calls
from fans for him to be sacked. Last night Stags lost 2`0
down the road at Notts County. Some supporters were calling for
corks to go during the game last night. Mansfield lost 2`0 at Notts
County. Paul Cox has been in charge for over three years. Some fans are
unhappy with the style of football, especially when Jake Cassidx got
this second goal to get Notts back to the winning ways.
down the road at Notts County. Cricket and promising all`rounder
Shiv Thakor has turned down a two`year contract at Leicestershire
to join Derbyshire from next season. And on the field Leicestershire
dismal season in the County Championship continues as they lost
by an innings and 34 runs at Hampshire today. In Division One
Notts lost by 54 runs to Durham at Chester`le`Street.
In motor sport, great news for fans. Donington Park will stage next
year's British Moto GP for the first time in six years. There have been
construction delays and for the past five years the event has bedn held
at Silverstone. In squash, the European club Championships are
being held in Nottingham thhs week. It is like the champions le`gue of
squash. It all started todax at the Nottingham club and features the
world champion. 20 teams from European countries are taking part.
This week the Derbyshire pl`yer is playing for the French champions. I
am very proud of my year so far and to top it off with the Commonwealth
Games was an amazing week. Not quite cold wet you always want as an
athlete but all in all, two silvers was good. Yes, good times for
squash. Now, while we have been commemorating the beginning of the
great War we must not forget it was a mere 21 years after the end of
that conflict that the Second World War broke out. That happened at 11
in the morning exactly 75 ydars ago today. A reporter has been to meet a
Leicestershire bell`ringer who remembers it as if it were
yesterday. 82`year`old Maurhce Halifax arrives at his local church
and climbs the stairs for bell`ringing practice. Judy's was a
practice with a difference. Exactly 75 years ago at 11am War was
declared. At the time, Morrhs was seven. But that Sunday he w`s
ringing the bells at another East Midlands church. `` Maurice. Morris
was at a local farm and he came in. As from 11 o'clock we are at war
with Germany. Els will only be wrong to signal war to the population in
event of invasion, we were told From that moment on the bells ceased
for almost the entirety of the war. It did ring once when Churchill said
we must celebrate Alamein. Today, Morris run up to 11 o'clock just
that he had done 75 years ago. Now! Very proud to be able to do it for
Morris being as he did it 74 years ago, to the day, the time and the
minute. It is worth remembering these things. It is something I will
never ever forget. There were lots of tears in the village that day.
The adult population of remdmbered the First World War. `` old
remembered. Not everyone happy. No, not all those remedies. Beattiful
skies in Leicester today. Yds. We have had quite the Lord of cloud
across the East Midlands. What you see is what you get for the next few
days. High pressure over Sc`ndinavia at the moment. It is keeping things
settled. There are some warl southeasterly winds being drawn in
but little in the way of ch`nge as we head into tomorrow. Dry `gain
with quite a lot of cloud around. Temperatures peaking at 18 degrees.
Perhaps the road 20s. Come thick cloud across northern and wdstern
parts today but we did get some brightness early on across
Leicestershire. Then there hs a feed of dry year which will start to push
northwards as we head through tonight. We will see some clearer
spells for the first part of the night but once again the cloud will
be dragged back including the early hours of the morning. It will
current mistake and there whll be some hill fog by tomorrow morning.
We will wake up tomorrow to list and low cloud first thing. It whll
slowly start to left and we will struggle to break up the cloud
during the afternoon. It is still the afternoon. It is still. Similar
story heading into Friday, dry and fairly cloudy. A weather front will
come in during the weekend which will introduce a little bit of rain.
It will current colour as wdll. Typical, I have the feet on
Saturday! Join us for the l`te news. Goodbye. `` fete.