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DERBY'S spectacular new indoor cycle track is very near completion with workmen hammering in 265,000 nails by hand to get it in place. The track is the centrepiece of the city'snew Arena on Pride Park which doubles as a 5,000-capacity events venue as well as playing host to other sports including badminton, basketball and netball. Single-rider bikes for the track have already been ordered and the council yesterday revealed it was looking for sponsorship for "specialist tandem bikes" being built by local firm Mercian Cycles. Councillor Martin Repton, cabinet member for leisure and culture, said it was on target to open in January or February. He said that details of the building's opening had not yet been confirmed but that it was "important it is as spectacular as possible". The cycle track that forms the centrepiece of the eagerly awaited Derby Arena is well on its way to being complete, as you can see from these exciting pictures. City councillor Martin Repton has confirmed that the wood for the circuit has come all the way from Siberia. He said the track would be complete by June 6, with the next stage being the

completion of the sports hall in the centre of the track, where sports like badminton will be available. Mr Repton said he was also delighted by news that champion cyclist Sir Bradley Wiggins had declared an interest in setting a world record on the track. He said: "We are now on the final stretch for completion of what will be a 21st-century iconic building, which is exciting news for hundreds of thousands of people in the region and across the whole country. "Interest and excitement has reached such a level that Sir Bradley Wiggins wants to come to Derby to attempt a world record, which would be for distance cycled in an hour." Mr Repton said the planks of wood for the track which, laid end to end, would stretch from Derby to Leicester, had come from the Russian pine forests of Siberia. He said the wood had gone to Germany first to be prepared by specialists before being shipped to the UK. "Interest and excitement has reached such a level that Sir Bradley Wiggins wants to come to Derby to attempt a world record, which would be...

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cost ex-soldier Luke his leg Ex-soldier Luke Ducille-Irons came back from the Army without a scratch, but the 63-year-old’s leg has now been amputated because of a wound on his foot, which he believes was caused by an ill-fitting shoe. When surgeons told Luke Ducille-Irons they would have to amputate his leg, his first thought was for his Army comrades who went through the same thing. “They would be screaming and writhing in agony – both before and after the amputation,” the 63-year-old said. “These were men injured by roadside bombs and you’d be waiting for assistance while they were screaming, with very little pain relief to offer them. “So, it was a hell of a shock when I was told I would have my leg amputated. “I was just preparing myself mentally for serious pain, because that’s what I’d seen.” But, in total contrast to Luke’s Army days, he received pain relief through catheters attached to his nerves during the operation – which saw his left leg amputated below the knee. And surgeons at the Royal Derby Hospital performed a special

technique so he will be able to attach a prosthesis to his stump. Luke, who is still recovering at the Royal Derby Hospital after his surgery, said: “It really was a great surprise – I didn’t feel any pain after the surgery at all. “But I had a marvellous surgeon and he did an excellent job of it.” Luke, who served with the Royal Tank Regiment for 28 years, was told he needed the amputation after developing a wound on his foot. He believes it happened as a result of an ill-fitting shoe. Luke, of Normanton, was diagnosed with type-two diabetes in 1990 and – together with a condition called peripheral vascular disease – it can reduce the supply of blood to the feet. This left him at risk of a loss of feeling in his feet and the possibility any foot injuries he sustained would not heal properly. Luke said: “I was in Germany in January and we’d gone for a walk by the river to take a look at some of the boats. “When we got back to the apartment, I thought something was wrong so I had a look at my toes and I realised the skin had been ripped off them.

“Being diabetic, I’m always trying to care for myself – my diet and my feet and so on. “So, when I flew back two days later, I went straight to the foot clinic at the hospital to get it checked out.” Luke was given antibiotics and John Quarmby, consultant vascular surgeon at Derby’s hospitals, performed an angioplasty – using a balloon to stretch open his narrowed arteries, to improve blood circulation. But Mr Quarmby said the toes became gangrenous and, because of the pain Luke was suffering, it was agreed he needed to have the leg amputated. Luke said: “I’ve been to the Falklands, Northern Ireland, all sorts of places in the Army, and I came out of it without a scratch. “So I couldn’t believe I would end up having my leg amputated because of some shoes. “However, I thought things through and I realised it was the obvious thing to do – that it was going to be to my benefit to get it done.” Mr Quarmby, who performed the operation, said: “This was a gentleman with a proud military background who, unfortunately,

had developed diabetes and severe narrowing of his arteries in later life. “There was really no other procedure we could do at this point. “But our specialist in rehabilitation medicine, Dr Xia Lim, gave counselling and advice to him before and after about the benefits of surgery and how he could move forward.” The operation was carried out last month and Mr Quarmby performed a skew-flap amputation. He said: “The aim of this technique, which is quite difficult, is to avoid the hammer-head look which comes with conventional amputations. “The stump also has a better profile because it finishes it more smoothly and will allow the patient to use a prosthesis.” It is not the first time Luke, of Stenson Road, has been in hospital. In 2006, he suffered a stroke and was initially left paralysed on his left-hand side. He remained in hospital for eight months. After being discharged, he would pivot on his left leg and use a walking stick to help him get about. Luke said: “This is a different story, though, because my left arm still isn’t great and it meant I wouldn’t be able to use a manual wheelchair

Luke Ducille-Irons was forced to have his leg amputated after suffering an infection in his foot.

or crutches.” But staff at the Royal Derby Hospital’s amputee rehab centre got in contact with volunteers at the British Limbless Ex-Service Men’s Association, known as BLESMA. The national military charity aims to support servicemen and women who have lost limbs or the use of limbs.BLESMA has now provided Luke with an electronic wheelchair. He said: “I’m so grateful for what they’ve done for me.” The charity’s welfare representative for Derbyshire, Steve Beasley – who himself lost his leg after a car accident in 2005 – said it should give Luke confidence in moving forward. The 47-year-old former Woofer, originally from Wirksworth but who now lives in Hulland Ward, said: “Because Luke used to be in the forces, we signed him up as a member and got him the wheelchair, which was donated to us. “This amputation is going to change his life, but having this wheelchair while being a relatively new amputee is going to help with his rehab earlier. “The knock-on effect of that is that it will make him much more comfortable in the long run. “And, being an amputee doesn’t stop you doing what you want to do. “We have members who go skiing, skydiving and scuba-diving. Some of our ex-marines, for example, still love to jump out of planes.” Luke – who served in the Falklands, Northern Ireland, Bosnia and Herzegovina and Sierra Leone, among other places – said: “After the paralysis from my stroke, I used to wear this thing around my neck so I could call paramedics for help if I fell. “That was with two legs – it’s going to be much harder with just

one. “So, it’s great to have the wheelchair and my aim now is to get a prosthesis so I can work on my left leg. “I’m hoping to get accommodation sorted out which is more suited to me and just try to get the benefits out of the modern-day amputation.” FOOT CARE IMPORTANT FOR DIABETICS Looking after your feet is incredibly important for people with diabetes, Royal Derby Hospital experts said. This is because the condition can restrict the flow of blood to the feet, causing a loss of feeling. Experts said patients who experience this may then not notice a cut, scrape or wound on their foot. It also leaves them more vulnerable to breaks in the skin, caused by occurrences such as stones in the shoe or ill-fitting footwear. And restricted blood flow also means these injuries do not always heal properly, leaving them open to infections. Dr Fran Game, consultant diabetologist for Derby’s hospitals, said: “Because the skin is so fragile at this point, it’s really difficult to know exactly how this all started for Mr Ducille-Irons. “It could have been an ill-fitting shoe, a small stone or even scuffing his foot in his slipper. It takes the most minor thing to break the skin or cause an ulcer. “And even giving patients like this antibiotics doesn’t always help, because good blood flow is needed to carry them around the body. “Foot care is so important for anyone with diabetes and we really urge people to check them regularly for any lesions.”

Luke Ducille-Irons, centre, with rehab specialist Colin Waterfield and physio Laura Creighton at the Royal Derby Hospital.

Coronation Club in Heanor that sold alcohol to 1 3 - ye a r - o l d s loses licence A CLUB in Heanor has lost its licence after selling alcohol to children as young as 13. Amber Valley Borough Council’s Licensing Board has revoked the licence of the Coronation Club, in Derby Road. The action came after the panel heard evidence that teenagers were being sold alcohol, including one occasion where they were served 10 times in one day. Officers had also received reports of alcohol-related disorder, such as fighting and anti-social behaviour in and around the premises. PC Jamie Pendrill, licensing officer for the Amber Valley area, said: “We have received reports of underage drinking and anti-social behaviour over a number of months and have tried to work with the club to help resolve the issue and ensure they complied with the license conditions. “I hope that this decision sends out a clear message to local residents and licensees that we are committed to reducing underage drinking and any associated disorder to ensure our area stays safe.” The licensee of the club has 21 days from the date they received the notice, which was sent on Thursday, April 24, to appeal against the decision.

FIVE graves have been left damaged after being hit by a car. The memorials at Stapenhill Cemetery were damaged over the weekend although no driver has come forward to claim responsibility. A witness told the cemetery office that a white Ford Fiesta caused the damage on Sunday, June 1, at around 12.30pm. The police have been informed but the car driver has not yet come forward and officials are still trying to contact some of the families who have been affected. Councillor Dennis Fletcher, deputy leader for built environment, said: "It’s a real shame to hear about this incident which, in addition to the upset for the families concerned, has caused hundreds of pounds worth of damage. "More and more people are choosing to drive through the cemetery. The speed limit is 5mph. "Drivers are asked to park in the lay-bys provided rather than by the side of their grave, and to pay careful attention to pedestrians and machinery..

Derby entrepreneur Mel Morris will share in $7 billion Candy Crush windfall today DERBY internet entrepreneur Mel Morris will share in a $7 billion windfall today thanks to his investment in the company behind hit game Candy Crush Saga. Mobile game developer King Digital Entertainment, in which Mr Morris owns an 11.5% stake, has priced its shares at $22.50. Trading in King shares will begin in New York later today. The price of the initial public offering gives Mr Morris’ slice of the business a paper value of $805 million, or approximately £487 million. He invested in the company when it was set up back in 2003. The floatation is likely to make

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