08/09/2014 East Midlands Today


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Edinburgh, on the vote that could reshape Britain. Now we join the

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I'm Anne Davies. news teams where you are.

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First tonight, a mother has told an inquest of her desperate struggle

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to stab a pet dog which was attacking her four`year`old.

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Lexi Branson died at her home in Mountsorrel, near Loughborough,

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This report from Victoria Hicks contains graphic details.

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Lexi Branson was attacked by a type of Aylestone bulldog in the lounge

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She died from facial injuries and from being suffocated by the dog.

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Her mother Jodie Hudson, on the right wearing a peach blouse,

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had seen the dog advertised online and told

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She said Lexi would give the dog cuddles.

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Nothing to give her cause for concern in the four to five weeks

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But on 5th November last year, Jodie Hudson described how

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the dog went up on all fours, went stiff and stared at Lexi

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before going straight for her throat and then round to her mouth.

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She described how she tried to pull the dog's legs apart, tried smashing

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a glass on its head, and tried to prise its jaws apart before rushing

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into the kitchen to find the biggest knife she could, repeatedly stabbing

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the dog before it finally released its grip.

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The inquest heard Jodie Hudson bought the dog for ?50

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from these kennels in Barrow upon Saul which re`homed council strays.

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Police enquiries after Lexi's death found it had had

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seven previous owners including two dog breeders before arriving here.

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Detective Sergeant Kenny Henry from Leicestershire police told

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the inquest that whilst the dog appeared placid it had

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attacked without warning the dog belonging to the last owner.

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That owner had contacted the RSPCA saying he had concerns over

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his children's safety but when the RSPCA wouldn't collect

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the dog, he contacted the city dog warden, saying it was a stray to get

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That meant no information about the dog's recent history was passed on.

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Nottinghamshire's Chief Constable has told us

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Chris Eyre made the comment following a call

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for forces across the country to be merged, to save money.

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Mr Eyre's backing the idea even though he concedes it's a bit

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The East Midlands already has regional policing teams

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for investigating murders, and everything from forensics

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But Chris Eyre thinks it's time to go further.

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You do not need 43 chief constables and 43 sets of headquarters.

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The money that goes into those should be forced

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and pushed down into delivering better services for the public.

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In a world where we have police and crime commissioners, whatever

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services are going to be delivered locally will be held to account

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We need to make sure the rest of the money that goes in policing is

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pushed as much as we possibly can down into community services to do

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Do you think your job should be scrapped?

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Certainly I think there should be fewer police constables.

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I guess if this is a turkey voting for Christmas,

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We can't carry on in the way we deliver business.

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If you look across policing at the moment, in many, many forces there

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are collaborations being built between police forces where we've

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got teams of people who are now trying to report through to two,

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It's inefficient, doesn't make sense and creates

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Let's speak to our social affairs correspondent.

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Jeremy, how controversial is this idea?

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You might remember the outrage eight years ago when our local police

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Now, that time, there was so much opposition the

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whole thing had to be dropped, but I do think the sands have shifted

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because of partly because of financial pressures, partly because

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The local forces there have already been merged.

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Nottinghamshire police and crime Commissioner told me he is

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I'm very keen that we do things on a more regional level,

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whether that means greater collaboration, integration or

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ultimately, changing the structure, but it is clear as crystal that

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Whether we force people into mergers, I think is still up

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legislation. Now, by that, he means a change in the law.

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That's something that's not going to happen

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There have been some concerns about this merger idea today

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from the policing minister who is worried about compulsory mergers

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could end of distancing the police from their local communities.

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I think, though here in the East Midlands at least, this idea

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This week a Nottingham teenager will become the youngest person in the UK

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Ethan Buttress who's 17 and from the Lady Bay area hopes to help a

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Our Health Correspondent Rob Sissons reports.

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Most teenagers don't like being parted from their mobiles for long.

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Ethan was in the bath when he read the e`mail from the Anthony Nolan

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Bone Marrow Trust saying he was a potential match for someone.

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I was looking at my phone, which was a stupid idea, electrical device.

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It was only a potential match at the time.

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I think they would have called if it had been more serious.

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Ethan could change save a child's life.

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All he knows is it's a boy somewhere in the world, someone who is very

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If I can save a life why shouldn't I?

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The amount of pain I'm going to be in compared

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to the amount of pain this child is going to be in is nothing.

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Why shouldn't I donate my stem cells?

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It began with a session similar to this.

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The Anthony Nolan trust takes spit samples to see

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The age limit for donors was lowered in 2012 from 18 to 16.

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Ethan's sixth form centre in Nottingham got involved

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after a former student, Adrian Sudbury, died from leukaemia.

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We're absolutely surprised and delighted.

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We have about 400`500 students on the register now.

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The chance of them being called up is fairly slim.

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I think it's pretty amazing, a brave thing he's doing,

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A lot of people go on to live full healthy lives so it would be

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But with your weather now, here's Kaye.

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High`pressure engulfing the UK now and it will be influencing the

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weather in the next few days for the rest of this week, in fact, so we

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will stay dry for most of this week. The cloud will vary from time

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to time. More cloud as the week wears on and it will be a fairly

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chilly and mystique start through the morning. Temperatures will be

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responding and recovering but tonight it's certainly a cool night

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tonight. We will see temperatures falling. 10`11 in the town. In the

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countryside, 4`5. A misty start tomorrow morning and chilly start.

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Then Mr will start to clear away quickly through the morning

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revealing more sunshine once again. More cloud in the afternoon `` the

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mist. Temp just getting up to 19`20. That is it from us to.

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too bad for the next few days. Out of London, now the national

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forecast. Good evening. A little bit of mist

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and fog in the coming few mornings. Apart from that, we are set fair.

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This high pressure has been drifting in through the day. It will stick

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around through the week and into the weekend. So the rest of this week

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looks very good indeed, a lot of dry weather in the forecast. This is

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what we saw earlier today, a lovely afternoon across England and Wales,

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lots of sunshine, high level cloud drifting south through the evening.

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Essentially overnight, many of us dry, with clear skies. Light winds

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as well that. Combination will lead to the mist and fog forming, mainly

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across northern and western areas. 10 or 11 in towns and cities. In the

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countryside temperatures down to three or four degrees. Rural

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Northern Ireland and rural Scotland could be close to freezing. : In the

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north of Scotland thicker cloud keeping temperatures up and

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producing the odd spot of rain. Elsewhere, it's a dry start. Extra

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cloud for eastern Scotland and England. We have fog patches to

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contend with. I don't think it will be overly dense. It could be in one

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or two places. Not too much fog in the south-eastern corner. If you

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don't see fog through the morning, you should see sunshine. Any fog you

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