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Kier Starmer as well. Join me now on BBC Two.
And now the news for the East Midlands, I'm Anne Davies.
First tonight, figures obtained by the BBC show 500 people
in our region have died from an asbestos-related cancer over
Derby has emerged as a hot spot for Mesothelioma,
with one trade union linking it to the city's industrial heritage.
Meanwhile, a specialist centre in Leicester says it's offering
new treatments for the disease, as Mike O'Sullivan reports.
Retired vicar Richard Bailey and his wife Marilyn
from Walton-on-Trent in Derbyshire were told he had
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 hot spot, with 30 deaths in that time,
more than any other city or district.
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
A specialist team based in Leicester is offering treatment
Year on year, the incidents in the UK are still increasing
and we are about at 2,600 cases a year.
When I first started working with this disease
we were about 1,500 cases a year, so you can see that it
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
Mr Bailey is now claiming compensation from his former
I have no fear whatsoever about dying, I'm not
What I am really bothered about is that I can
provide for my family, in particular my wife,
should the time come when I submit to the cancer.
Cases of mesothelioma are expected to reach 3,000 a year.
Mike O'Sullivan, BBC East Midlands Today, Derbyshire.
A man has been charged with manslaughter following the death
Oliver Falivena died after being attacked in the city
centre on Monday 5th September last year.
Officers discovered him while on their way to another incident.
31-year-old Richard Last from Spondon is due to appear before
Southern Derbyshire Magistrates' Court in three weeks' time.
Agency workers at Derbyshire's Toyota factory are being warned
The firm currently employs 200 staff from an agency called Blue Arrow
But in a statement today, it's said falling demand
for the models produced there means fewer workers are needed.
Toyota says it's currently offering retirement packages to workers
and can't comment further on job cuts.
Next tonight, there's been a signficant drop in anti-social
behaviour in one Leicestershire village since powers were used
A six-month Public Space Protection Order has just
It was used to ban groups of five or more gathering
Earlier last year, anti-social problems, including some vandalism,
were building up in the generally quiet village of Countesthorpe.
Residents and the authorities decided something had to be done.
The temporary power of a Public Space Protection Order
was put in place to stop groups of mostly young people gathering
Normally, it was advisory, we could educate and inform them
that they were in breach of the Public Space Protection
Order, then they normally dispersed, so we did that six times,
but there were a few core offenders who have actually committed some
criminal offences too and we have been very purposeful about taking
We did go out and consult with young people, the parish council did
a piece of work with young people about what things they
would like to happen, and as a result of that,
put on some sports sessions and some boxing taster sessions for young
Some residents agree there's been improvements.
There are a lot less kids hanging about.
Particularly at Tesco, here, and in the churchyard,
but I have to say, of late, I've not seen that.
There have been a lot of cars going, police cars going about,
and in general, over this last four, six months, it has got
But after these six months, what next?
Well, I will do what I can in my role as Police
and Crime Commissioner to keep a watch on what's happening and talk
to the council and obviously, talk to my colleagues who work
As far as youth services are concerned, I am afraid they have
been cut pretty badly generally, throughout the region,
not just in Countesthorpe, but elsewhere, and I am absolutely
delighted by the help that the County Council
and the District Council have given in that regard.
Only a minority caused problems and the authorities hope
they will not have to use stronger powers again.
Simon Ward, BBC East Midlands Today, Countesthorpe.
Villagers in parts of Leicestershire and Rutland are getting a new kind
The mobile service is based in the back of a van.
It's the first of its kind in the East Midlands and provides
all the services you'd find in a conventional Post Office,
replacing branches closed down in eight villages
Absolutely brilliant because it is a facility
for the people that are disabled or older people that cannot get out.
Well, it has been missed for years, I mean, we've had the closure
of Post Offices here, then we had a little
So, it is useful that it has opened again.
Next tonight, one of the youngest guide dog owners in the country
has been describing how she hopes her new canine
companion will help her lead an independent life.
Alice Hopkins is 15 and for three months she's been paired
She's one of just 55 people in the country under the age of 18
to have a guide dog and Sarah Teale has been to meet her.
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 then balancing that up
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 of it.
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
Alice is now one of just 55 guide dog owners aged
What is very noticeable in the short period that she has had Billy,
her confidence and her whole demeanour has grown in stature.
He seemed to enjoy our cameras today.
I can imagine he is a bit of a novelty.
Yeah, they did say the novelty would wear off
After GCSEs, Alice hopes to stay on at Tuxford
And then Billy should allow her the independence
Sarah Teale, BBC East Midlands Today, Tuxford.
So, it's goodbye from me, but with your weather now, here's Lucy.
Thank you. And good evening. Well after the unsettled week with its
weather warnings we saw last week, this week is looking a lot more
settled. We have high pressure sitting over UK and that will keep
things really quite settled over the next few days. We will not see much
in a way of change day to day, really. What can we expect? Well,
there will be plenty of cloud around as we move through this week. As we
get into the midweek those temperatures will creep
up a degree or two but it will not be won by any means and there are
one or two showers to look out for, the odd spot of rain and drizzle as
well. Putting the detail onto the map, plenty of club around tonight.
It could be taken of the odd spot of rain or drizzle and we also are
looking at a little bit of hill fog and mist. Temperatures dropping to
an overnight low between two degrees and three Celsius. Tuesday looks
similar to today. The further South, more in the way of brightness and a
little bit of uncertainty as to exactly where that boundary will
set. Further up to the North, plenty of cloud and a bit of mist and murk,
temperatures at a maximum of six Celsius. Not really much NEXT
overnight low. In the Wednesday, it is a frosty start to the day, the
further South you are. There will be plenty of cloud Arat at the chance
of seeing the odd shower but the high pressure moves out to the East
so we will see a little bit more of the wide of brightness, temperatures
at a maximum of 8 degrees. Thursday, the club's victims, a chance of
seeing the odd bit of drizzle, temperatures at a maximum of eight
Celsius. I will leave you with the outlook. Similar story as we move
perhaps a little milder. If you like the mild weather, you'll have to
head elsewhere in the country. Find out more in the national weather
forecast. Our weather is going against normal expectations this
week. In Highland Scotland some snow to be seen on the hills.
Temperatures as high as 12 Celsius today. Over the next few days the
coldest air is in the far south-east of England where there is sunshine
to be had. Four or five Celsius in Kent. Differences remain over the
next few days and here is why. I pressure in control of the weather.
Some clear a continental air, but coming into Scotland from the
Atlantic plenty of clouds around. Outbreaks of rain through Scotland
and Northern Ireland overnight, patchy drizzle into parts of