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The true scale of what has been called a had an epidemic in the UK.


Darby has emerged as a hotspot. Younger patients are coming


through to. Retired vicar Richard Bailey


and his wife Marilyn from Walton on Trent in Derbyshire were told


he had mesothelioma in April 2015. It's an incurable cancer caused


by breathing in asbestos dust. He started his working life


as a 14-year-old apprentice joiner. Cutting up all the asbestos


on the circular saws, then filing, cutting,


screwing, drilling, everything that goes


with applying the asbestos


sheets to the wood frames. Asbestos was banned in 1999,


after being widely used in industry It's claimed many lives but figures


obtained by the BBC show more than 500 people in our region have


died from mesothelioma Derby has emerged as


a regional hotspot, with 30 deahts in that time,


more A union official told me


he believes it's linked to Derby's industrial


legacy, especially train-making. People worked when there


were thousands working in the railway works over a long period


of time, many of them were using asbestos when the employer didn't


advise them of the risks. A specialist team based in Leicester


is offering treatment Year on year, the incidents


in the UK are still increasing When I first started


working with this disease we were about 1,500 cases


a year, so you can see Richard Bailey was ordained


in the mid 80s and survived another The couple's grown-up children now


live away from home. Because on media, it is


very difficult, even on Facebook or Skype, it is really


difficult to actually express your emotions and feelings


to your family. Mr Bailey is now claiming


compensation from his former I have no fear whatsoever


about dying, I'm What I am really bothered


about is that I can provide for my family,


in particular my wife should the time come


when I Cases of mesothelioma are expected


to reach 3,000 a year. Mike joins us now -


Mike, the team at Leicester says younger patients are coming


through - what can Well, I've been speaking


to Professor Dean Fennell in Leicester, who's been doing


research into different He says a number of younger patients


are coming through, who didn't work He says some would have been


exposed to asbestos dust at a very young age


indeed, as children. What about compensation


if you can't trace your Well, if you can't,


there is compensation available That's on a sliding scale


depending on your age. Payments were improved


a few years ago. Between July 2014 and March 2016,


around ?50m was paid out nationally. Again, showing the cruel


legacy of asbestos. Next tonight, one of the youngest


guide dog owners in the country has been describing how


she hopes her new four legged companion will help her lead


an independent life. Alice Hopkins is 15 and has


been paired with Billy She's one of just 55 people


in the country under the age of 18 who have a guide dog -


and the youngest in Nottinghamshire. Alice says he's still quite


a novelty at her school but has Monday morning and Alice Hopkins


arrives at the Tuxford Academy This year the 15-year-old has


been coming to school What has it been like


having Billy with you? I think it is good because I don't


have to constantly have people watching me, it gives me


a bit more freedom. The rules changed in the last few


years to allow under 18s to be Alice is the youngest


owner in Nottinghamshire. What are the challenges


that that brings? So getting her to accept


the responsibility, she had a bit of a Eureka moment


when she realised it was going to be such a commitment and did she want


that but also balancing that with the independence


that she wanted. It became, yeah, this is the route


we're going to go down. The amount of work that


you have to do with him and the responsibilities


is overwhelming. But if you put the work in,


you get a good result out Tuxford Academy is one of just


a handful of schools in the country Having Billy in school just


allows her to gain that independence, build resilience


and confidence and go through her school life as every


other child would. Alice is one of just 55 guide dog


owners aged under 18 in the country. What is very noticeable in this


short period that she has had Billy, her confidence and her whole


demeanour has grown in I can imagine he is


a bit of a novelty. They did say the novelty would wear


off but everybody still loves him. After her GCSEs this


year Alice hopes to stay on at Tuxford Academy to do


A levels. And then Billy should


allow her the independence Sarah Teale, BBC East


Midlands Today, Tuxford. A woman on trial for the death


of her baby niece in Leicestershire has described how she became pale


and lost consciousness Chaufang Zheng denies


the manslaughter of seven-month-old Leicester Crown Court heard how


the baby had been left in her sole care at her flat on Linden Drive


in Lutterworth, but within half an hour she'd suffered


catastrophic injuries Agency workers at Derbyshire's


Toyota factory have been warned The firm currently employs 200 staff


from a company called Blue Arrow But in a statement it says falling


demand for the models produced there means fewer


workers are needed. They're hoping some staff may


take early retirement, but are warning others may


lose their jobs. A BBC investigation has discovered


that NHS prescription medicines are being sold on the black market


across the East Midlands. And trade involves patients request


and repeat prescriptions for drugs they no longer use in order to sell


them on. Jonathan Gibson reports. I'm in a car park at some motorway


services, waiting to do a drugs The man I've arranged to meet


is selling an expensive prescription-only medicine,


prescribed to him and He's prescribed a box


of the injections every four weeks, which costs the NHS almost


?10,000 a year. But what he doesn't use,


he sells on, and he's not alone. This Nottinghamshire man sells NHS


prescription drugs from his kitchen. He's selling Caverject,


a prescription-only I take it you don't pay


for your prescriptions? He says he no longer uses the drug,


but still receives repeat He told me he knows what he's doing


is wrong, but his customers are too I've arranged to meet him


again to buy more drugs. But this time, I'm not


bringing cash, just cameras. And I'm trying to find out why


you're selling NHS prescriptions But moments later,


he gives me a call. So you won't be selling NHS


prescriptions any more? We may have closed the door on one


fraudster's activities, but it's clear he's not the only


patient trading Jonathan Gibson,


BBC East Midlands Today. Well, the selling on of those


prescription drugs comes at a time when the NHS is under


significant financial pressure. We asked our Health


Correspondent Rob Sissons if there was anything more that


can be done to stop it. Raising awareness that this


is illegal is one way forward and, as well, there's an onus on GPs not


to over prescribe. All of this happening


at a time when the NHS We can see that in Nottinghamshire,


where health bosses are proposing scrapping NHS funding


for IVF fertility treatment. Well, I've been following Kelly,


one of a growing number of patients who've had to go private for IVF,


at CARE Fertility in Nottingham. It's clear it's a very


emotional journey. There's also a lot of financial


stress too, as the family have had to go into debt to pay


for their treatment. Well, you can see more


on this on Inside Out, here on BBC One in less


than an hour. Still to come - party time


for the Nottingham Panthers - the first ever British team to win


a major European trophy. jury's begun hearing


from a Nottingham supermarket worker, who's denied planning


to fight with a jihadi Ryan Counsell said he was inspired


to book a flight to the Far East, Our Social Affairs Correspondent,


Jeremy Ball, is here. He told the jury that he used


to play in a heavy metal band. He converted to Islam


when he was 21. And while he was very interested


in Islamic terrorism movements, The trial's taking place


at Woolwich Crown Court, where he's denied four


separate terrorism charges. And the jury's heard that


Ryan Counsell worked And how he bought military


equipment on the internet. He said he was a collector,


and he needed some of it for a paintball-style


game called "airsoft". He also said he wanted a "grab bag",


in case there was something The jury's also been told


that he booked a flight that's linked to the so-called


Islamic State. Well, today, he's denied trying


to join an extremist group, that's linked to the so-called


Islamic State. Instead, he said he wanted to live


a simple life "off the grid". And the jury heard he was


inspired by a TV programme A programme called


New Lives in the Wild. That showed how an American


man started a new life Ryan Counsell also told


the jury he considered But his Somalian-born wife


considered that was too dangerous. You are watching East Midlands


Today. In other news tonight... A Leicestershire village has seen


a significant reduction in anti-social behaviour,


after new powers were used. A Public Space Protection Order


was introduced in Countesthorpe 6 months ago, after a growing number


of incidents were The order bans groups of five


or more young people from gathering. As a result, just four


incidents were reported A loan for almost ?20 million has


been approved to build a new campus The money from the city council will


go towards a new building behind In return, the council will use


the existing Central College campus It's all part of a ?250 million


revamp of that part of the city, Now, villagers who struggled


after losing their post offices are welcoming a new service,


the first in the East Midlands, Yes, it's a bit like the mobile


library, bringing the post office to eight villages


across Rutland and Leicestershire. Many have to travel here,


because, in recent years, thousands of people have


lost their village post offices. Eight of them have been shut


in Rutland and Leicestershire. Today, they became the first


in the region to start getting Great news, because


I've got my own business. We haven't even got


broadband here, you know. It's great to have something


like this to support the business. I can't get very far,


I'm not mobile, you know, and so it would make


a great deal of difference. How valued is this?


Well, it's been missed for years. I mean, we've had closures


of post offices here, and then we had the temporary


one down there, so it's useful Absolutely brilliant,


because it is the facilities for the people that are disabled,


or older people that can't get out. People without a car in these


outlying villages just don't get the service that they need


from the post office, so I'm very pleased that we can


now offer it to them, These are the eight villages


that no longer have post offices, but will now get weekly visits


from the mobile. They are going to be able to do


passport check and send, do personal banking,


all the mailing facilities here, so a whole host of services


are going to be available. There are 557 rural post


offices across our region, and that number's remained stable


in recent years. This is the first mobile van


to start replacing Jo Healey, BBC East Midlands Today,


Thorpe Satchville in Leicestershire. I was going to say it was a big post


office van. Much better than not having a post office at all.


Certainly is. It is that time of the evening when they go to the sport


with Natalie. Thank you very much.


Coming up, the history-making Nottingham Panthers.


But we start at Nottingham Forest, because many thought this week


the club would start a new era under new owners.


But a deal fell through late on Friday night


and, on Saturday, the manager Philippe Montanier was sacked.


with senior positions on and off the field empty.


Well, Mark Shardlow is live at the City Ground tonight.


The key to the club is who is running it.


And that tonight is still Fawaz al-Hasawi, the Kuwaiti


businessman whose family bought Forest 4.5 years ago.


What happened over the last few days is the subject of uncorroborated


summation. One would have you believe that the offer from the


Americans was that it will reduce that the last minute, the other side


would say that was nonsense. Where does that leave


the ownership of the club? It is still in doubt. John Jay


Moores, the American behind the bid, remains in London, hoping that he


could still have chance of buying it.


But the sacking of manager Phillippe Montanier at the weekend


suggests to me that Al-Hasawi is now shaping the future again


after taking a back seat during negotiations.


And saying that he is back in charge after that six months or more of


negotiations. A draw at Birmingham.


Now eight matches without a win. Forest are just outside


the relegation zone. No-one really surprised


at the sacking on Saturday. Something many fans


have been calling for. Lots of names being thrown


about for a new manager. Billy Davies top of the bookies


list, followed by Oscar And you can expect to see


other names being linked So a lot of uncertainty and may be


unhappy and bewildered fans at the moment? Yes, many that are


disappointed, upset and angry, and that is a planned protest and


boycott at the weekend here. There's a body of fans that want


Fawaz al-Hasawi out at any price. But if there is no acceptable


deal on the table, Now is the time for Fawaz


to step up and do what he's always wanted to do -


win over the fans by getting a proper structure at the club


and a manager who's going to There is an awful lot of scepticism


about whether he can achieve that. At Leicester City, Alan Birchenall,


the club's ambassador who had a cardiac arrest last


week, is home. He had a pacemaker fitted


in the Glenfield Hospital at the weekend and was well enough


to watch on TV a terrific show They used mobile phones to


light up the King Power stadium As for the team, they were


well beaten by Chelsea, Claudio Ranieri


mixed up his formation. But there was no


containing the Londoners. A 3-0 defeat - their worst


at home for over a year. At Derby County, their league form


has dipped for the first time A defeat at Leeds United means


they've gone three league games Leeds were impressive


as they moved up to third. Onto Meadow Lane, where the biggest


crowd of the season turned out Up against Mansfield Town,


their fierce local rivals, it was a massive day


for new boss Kevin Nolan. A new manager.


A new owner. No sign of first-day nerves


from Nolan, relishing Just great to be back in the game


and what a wonderful I'm starting my, you know,


adventure as a manager. He's starting


his adventure as a chairman. So, hopefully together,


we can be successful. A standing ovation from


more than 11,000 fans. A lack of confidence the key


in a team that's suffered Benjamin Whiteman's defected


shot looked goal bound. Urging his team on from


the sidelines, Nolan knows For Mansfield, a match


of missed opportunities. For Nolan, the first point


and clean sheet since October. They deserved that standing ovation,


what they got from the fans today, because there's been a lot of,


you know, been a lot of negativity over the last ten games,


a lot of people getting called out. When I spoke to the chairman,


when I told him that he has got a squad capable of staying in


this week, they've proved to me I wish Kevin - he's a good


guy - every success. As long as they are a place


and a point behind us in the league every year,


then we'll be all right. I think every fan in here


today knew that every player on that pitch has


given their all and they were delighted with that,


so I'm delighted for them Rugby and Leicester Tigers are out


of Europe after a poor performance They were dominated by Racing 92,


who'd not previously won a point The French team left the Tigers


shell-shocked and ran out A really disappointing way


to go out of the European Cup. Now, that extraordinary and historic


weekend for the Nottingham Panthers and for the sport of ice


hockey in this country. Last night, the Panthers won


the Continental Cup to make them the first ever British team


to win a European trophy. Colin Hazelden was with them during


a magical weekend in Northern Italy. High in the beautiful


mountains of the South Tyrol, the pretty villages and rocky peaks


of German-speaking Italy, is tucked an atmospheric


throwback of an ice arena. Now, the local villagers of Ritten


were welcoming four teams to fight for the Continental Cup,


including first-time finalists It's great to make


a piece of history. Yeah.


And I hope, you know, we win. The last time a British side even


got this far was seven years ago. In their first two games


of this mini league, And so, on a stunning Sunday,


down the hill was a silent village It was Panthers versus the home team


and either could take the cup. But from only the fourth minute,


Nottingham stamped their mark And when Chris Lawrence added


the second, you felt they had Ritten had spirit,


but Panthers had more quality, A bit of history, man.


How does that feel? I think we came here


as bottom seed, um... We knew we could do it,


but it was just to prove to everyone else, and I think that's


what we did today. Nobody's ever done it,


so it's obviously something that The noisy black-and-gold


army loved it. in the Champions League.


European adventurers next season, Colin Hazelden, East Midlands Today,


in the South Tyrol. What an extraordinary achievement!


At the best in Europe, the Nottingham Panthers. And a gorgeous


setting. Thanks, Nat. We have to tell you about an extra


special marriage proposal in Leicester that has taken


the internet by storm. Matthew Brookes from Thurmaston


surprised his girlfriend Roxanne Gyles outside


Highcross Shopping Centre recently. He arranged a flash mob


to perform for Roxanne Then he went down on one knee


and popped the question. We're delighted to


report she said yes! The happy couple are planning


to tie the knot in 2019. That is so sweet, I'll be allowed to


show all that kissing? Proper snogging!


Now for the weather, very little romance I would expect?


We will see a bit of a change from last week, which was rather


unsettled, this week will be much calmer, but plenty of cloud and it


will be milder. But not one. We have some shows to look out for. The


bigger picture is high pressure in charge of moving through the week,


keeping things calm, and we have all that cloud about. Today, blue


Monday, very grey across the region, low cloud, mist and murk, this


Weather Watcher pitcher sent from Derbyshire. The rain clearing out


through the first part of tonight, plenty of cloud around, maybe some


rain and it all into the early I was. Temperatures between four and 5


degrees minimum, some patchy fog to look out for. Tomorrow quite


similar, plenty of cloud around. Further south with more chance of


brightness. Most of us saying a cloudy day, which could be thick


enough to produce rain and drizzle, temperatures not up to much, maximum


of five or 6 degrees. It is similar as we move into Wednesday, plenty of


cloud, again the chance of some Charvis, but temperatures creeping


up a little midweek, maximum of 7 degrees, so quite a settled week got


underway with plenty of cloud as well plenty of cloud. It is just


grey! We hope you have cheered you up on the blue Monday. Lucy and I


will be back at 10.30. Hope we can see you then. Goodbye.


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