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You are watching East Midlands today. The top story, how recurring
fires at a former factory are hitting neighbourhood finances.
Seven fires in two years, with the latest destroying
It's only a few months ago there was a major fire here.
It is impacting the businesses throughout as well,
including our insurance premiums as well.
the thieves targeting this discontinued Land Rover model.
We've seen thefts of Land Rover Defenders absolutely rocket
since they went out of production and they've become
the vehicle of choice for thieves to go for in the countryside.
Plus, I'll be finding out about the Shoe Aid project, which is
collecting thousands of shoes from people
And making the most of the dark, how Nottingham's Light Night
is illumminating new areas as it marks its tenth event tonight.
Good evening and welcome to Friday's programme with Anne Davies
First tonight, the demolition of a derelict knitwear factory
in Leicester began today after it was destroyed
It's the seventh time the former Corah building has been targeted
Meanwhile, fire safety officers have been visiting nearby businesses
today giving advice to owners on how to protect their premises.Emily
Anderson is at the scene this evening.
Emily - a little less dramatic there tonight,
Yes, it really has been a dramatic couple of days here. This evening,
there is little left of the former Corah factory. Police and fire
investigators left the site earlier this afternoon to make way for the
demolition teams to start the process of taking down this historic
building. It's been part of Leicester's
skyline for over 100 years. This building once
housed Corah Knitwear. In its heyday, it was considered
to be one of the world's greatest manufacturers of its kind but less
than 48 hours ago, in the early hours of Thursday morning,
a huge fire all but destroyed it. At its height, the flames
were so intense they spread to another building and caused
damage to dozens of cars We still haven't been able
to identify whether anybody was in the building at the time
of the fire. We do know it was a building
that was sometimes used by rough sleepers, so we are still working
with the police to identify whether anybody was in the building
at the time of the fire. Today, fire safety officers have
been visiting neighbouring businesses to give them advice
on how to protect their buildings. If I just give you this bit
of information from the fire service, just giving some
advice for you to follow. It's the seventh time the former
factory's been targeted in just two years and it's causing concern
for other owners on this site. We should all get together and come
to the bottom of this, make sure these sorts of things
don't happen, because it's affecting business throughout and putting up
insurance premiums as well, because it will impact us,
all these things do affect other businesses because all these things
are taken into account when we get insurance as well
and it is not very right, After years of being
at the forefront of manufacturing, tonight, another piece
of Leicester's history Police cordoned remains here this
evening and is expected to stay here for most of the weekend while
demolition work continues. The joint police and fire investigation is now
complete. At the moment, they are treating this fire as arson. In the
last few minutes, the demolition teams left for the night. They are
expected to return here to continue their work tomorrow morning.
Next, a first for the NHS at one of our busy A departments
Leicester's Emergency Department now has a dedicated team
Spots checks in November 2015 by inspectors from
the Care Quality Commission revealed sepsis patients were not always
The creation of the special team is designed to make sure more
suspected cases are identified and treated as soon as possible.
Our health correspondent Rob Sissons has more.
In Leicester, they see typically between eight and 15 new cases
Sepsis is where the body's immune system, fighting an infection,
Sepsis is a potentially life-threatening condition.
It can happen to anyone with an infection of any kind.
Cases can be complicated, hard to spot.
Sometimes the symptoms seem like flu.
The causes, though, aare simple enough.
It can be a simple chest infection, a skin infection, gastroenteritis.
Intravenous antibiotics are needed, and fast.
The aim in A is to identify more cases sooner.
That's where this new special team comes in in Leicester,
with life-saving kit at their fingertips.
In here is everything we need for the treatment
So we have our antibiotics, we have our culture packs,
we have our fluid and we have our blood bottles that we have if we
It about spotting sepsis quickly, it's about getting the treatment
of antibiotics, fluids, into patients within an hour
and it is about ensuring those patients that are not doing so well,
that they get expert care further on into the hospital.
So how it been for you this week, Claire?
At the end of the team's first week in A, they seem more
At the end of the team's first week in A, they've seen more
Some patients do get worse and do require intensive care support.
Somewhere between ten and 20% of patients that come
in with life-threatening sepsis don't survive.
Everywhere, the NHS is trying to do better when it comes to sepsis.
Role is with us now, you say it is a killer, how dangerous is it the most
people? The UK Sepsis Trust tells us that 150,000 people in the UK die
every year from sepsis, a staggering number, more than breast cancer,
prostate cancer and bowel cancer put together and yet we don't hear much
about it compare to cancer. The NHS is doing its bit, what do we have to
look out for? We are told to look over the symptoms and here they are
on screen, some of the things to look out for.
I think they may have been struggling for something for the I.
So symptoms that could be other things, that is one of the problems,
but it is hard to pick up, but the NHS is putting, as we heard, a lot
more emphasis on it a try and save a lot more lives. Thanks very much.
Other news tonight. A 19-year-old man's in a critical
condition in hospital Officers were called
to Aikman Avenue in the New Parks area of the city, just before five
o'clock last night, Five men have been arrested
in connection with the incident. Police are appealing for any
witnesses to get in touch with them. Police say there have been a spate
of thefts from parking meters in Leicester. This man was caught on
camera attempting to break into one on Morledge Street in the city. The
owners say no money was taken, just a battering. Officers say there have
been three incidents in the past two days.
The jury in a trial of six men accused of running a scam
where they staged deliberate car crashes for false insurance claims
They will return on Monday to consider the evidence
against the men, who are accused of making hundreds of thousands
of pounds in the scam by targeting mainly older and lone women drivers.
Dharminder Nagra was the director of the company that managed
Nice to have you along this Friday night.
Plenty more ahead to ease you into the weekend -
including the charity leaving its footprints on the hearts
Before that, they've long been popular off-road vehicles used
by farmers and workers across the region.
But now thefts of Landrover Defenders have risen dramatically.
Today the insurer NFU Mutual has revealed that, in 2016,
it received almost one claim for a stolen Defender
every week, as demand for the now-discontinued model soars.
An iconic countryside vehicle, but this off-road hero
is increasingly becoming a target for thieves.
Dairy farmer Andrew Stafford from Leicestershire has had a total
of six Land Rover Defenders stolen, the latest seven months ago.
one for the last 40 years, the off road has been very good, they are
very durable. Andrew Stafford spotted parts of his stolen car on
sale online. It was the sixth taken from his dairy farm. I was very
cross, we rely on it on a daily basis, especially in the summer, it
is part of our livelihood. The final Land Rover Defender rolled up the
production line last January. NFU mutual says since then, there has
been a surge in theft claims. Across the Midlands last year, they say
they had almost one claim for stolen defend every week. That is a 42%
increase on the number of claims made in the previous year and an
overall increase of 83% since 2014. There is now a huge market
across the world for both whole Land Rovers and the parts
and because they are no longer being made, the prices are going up
and will probably continue to do so. So really, owners of Land Rovers
are having to take huge care so that they can know in the morning
and find that it is still there Defender owners are now urged to be
on their guard and tighten security in a bid to drive down thefts of
these iconic vehicles. Local authorities face
a collapse of vital services That's a warning which has
come today from a local It says councils are at breaking
point and nine out of ten in the East Midlands
will be increasing taxes. To explain what's going on is our
Political Editor Tony Roe. Why does it appear there's a funding
crisis for councils? The problems councils have up and
down the country is they have had their central Government grants cut
as their contributions towards trying to reduce their national debt
and for unitary councils, they have to pay for social care and social
care costs are going up, while their funding is being reduced. So it is a
struggle. If you look at the council tax proposals for those unitary
authorities in the East Midlands, they are planned to go up by as much
as 4.99%. To explain the top figure, councils have been given permission
to raise the tax by 3%, as long as all that money goes towards social
care and social care alone, so we can see that is happening in Derby,
for instance and in Leicester. That adds roughly about ?1 per week to
the average household. In Leicestershire, they are the same as
Derbyshire and I spoke to the finance chairman at Leicestershire
receiving and he has told them they are keeping it 1% below because they
think the burden is enough already on local Council taxpayers. 1.99%,
if I can explain that bit, it is quite complicated, that is because
that is the maximum any council can raise their council tax bills by
without having a referendum. They don't want that, so they don't do it
more than 1.9 nine. Those behind the state of local Government finance
report, which we spoke about earlier, with those dire warnings,
they say not even the additional 3% is going to be enough to pay for
what is needed for social care. One in ten councils are worried
that they are not going to be able to meet their statutory obligations,
their legal duties to care Yes, I think across local government
there is a general view that something has got to give somewhere
that someone is going to fall over and everyone is just hoping
that it will not be them. So is nothing being done or nothing
able to be done to ease this crisis? I think Government are thinking
about ways of easing the crisis and getting messages from MPs on the
Government side. The chair of the health committee says there has to
be a better way forward for social care in particular. You can do a
couple of things, you can raise taxes, the do we want to pay extra
taxes for social care? Or councils could dip into reserves they have,
that is another way of doing it and if I can leave you with one
anecdote, this money for social care it's the first time that taxes have
been raised for a single thing to pay for, like social care, since
1634 and the last time that was done, it was King Charles I
committee was raising money around the country for a ship tax. It
wasn't very popular and it didn't end well for him. It didn't, did it?
Sir John Rose, the former chief executive of Rolls-Royce,
has declined to comment after reports that he's been
interviewed under caution as part of an investigation into corruption
Sir John left Rolls-Royce after 15 years in 2011.
Last month, the company settled corruption cases in China,
It agreed to pay ?671 million to authorities in the UK,
Also today, the Serious Fraud Office has declined to comment or confirm
that dozens of others had been questioned.
Researchers at Nottingham Trent University have used
state-of-the-art technology to uncover the secrets
The Selden Map of China is the world's oldest
It's thought to depict ancient trade routes through Asia.
Scientists in Nottingham, think is origins are Persian,
although it's been drawn like a typical Chinese watercolour.
They now believe it was created in Sumatra.
An East Midlands project that collects both old and new shoes
for people in need is hoping to expand across the country.
Shoe Aid has collection points in schools and in
Since it began six years ago, Shoe Aid has received
Simon Ward has been finding out more.
It doesn't matter if the shoes are slippers...
In less than a week, the children at Cloudside school
in Sandiacre have collected all this footwear.
It's going to the East Midlands project called Shoe Aid,
to help people without proper shoes in other countries
I think it's a great idea because some people in, like,
less-developed countries who haven't got shoes and live in poverty just
really hurts and it wouldn't be nice to not have any shoes.
I brought in some wellies because we are helping children
Shoes of all types are sorted in a warehouse in Nottingham.
Others are end-of-line stock given by shoe manufacturers.
The shoes that go overseas are transported by the
We want to get into a lot of schools, educate the kids
as to why we should recycle shoes, but also what we want to do
We are Midlands-based and we are proud to be Midlands-based,
but what we want to do is get into every sort of corner
of the UK and make this a national organisation.
Back at school, the headteacher's pleased at the support
They've loved it, they've enjoyed the idea of sort of helping children
all around the world, yet also those
Shoe Aid hopes more and more people will step up and give
away their old shoes, instead of throwing them away.
Colin's up next with the weekend's sport, and Sara's here soon
with details of snow and a chilly weekend ahead.
Particularly of interest if you're planning anything outside.
And you will definitely want to wrap up if you are coming to Light Night
in Nottingham. Hundreds of thousands of bulbs are lighting the city up
but not making it warm. It looks chilly out there.
It is, it is bad. It is warm in here and it is Colin.
I will plan to huddle around my single light bulb.
We start with Leicester City, who have a match that looks
The teams are level - one point above the relegation zone.
But the Swans' Paul Clement has just won Manager of the Month.
Leicester City are in their worst form for a long long time.
It is one of our important matches from now until the end. We have to
achieve our points to be safe at the end of the season.
It is only February - so are we guilty of
To find out, we got former Leicester Captain Steve Walsh into the studio.
And I started by asking him just how big this game was .
A huge game, yeah, everyone knows that at the football club.
I don't like to use that word but it is,
The stats don't make pretty reading, do they?
The lack of goals, so many hours of football without a goal,
At the moment, let's look at it in perspective,
a couple of wins and if we can beat Seville and beat Millwall in the FA
Cup, then things are great, it's a great season.
Don't forget, last year was a miracle, it was
a clear miracle and, you know, we are up against it.
I think everybody in the football club realises that now and it comes
from within the dressing room to get out of this trouble.
They've done it before and I'm sure they can do it again.
OK, well, you're sounding confident but there's been a lot of talk
about that dressing room and about whether maybe Claudio
A lot of rumours flying around, but at the end of the day,
it comes down to the players in that dressing room.
They've got to roll their sleeves up, they've got to get
stuck into this fight and deficit this trouble.
stuck into this fight and get us out of this trouble.
So how does the dressing room do that, then?
Well, these players have been in that position as well and they've
We've just got to, you know, work it out, work a plan,
get the game plan right, get the shape of the team right
because obviously there's been a lot of changes.
The squad rotation's been very difficult.
At a club that just got themselves into the Champions League,
Let's talk about individuals, because the big loss from last
season was N'Golo Kante and he has been directly replaced now
almost with Wilfred Ndidi, who scored that spectacular goal,
Does he look to you like it might be a key part of this jigsaw now?
I've seen him two or three times now and he certainly
You will never replace Kante, you see what he's doing
You know, so, yeah, we've got a good squad on the whole and that balance
and that fine rotating and getting the right players, resting
them at the right time, it's a difficult, difficult job.
So is it a must-win game this weekend?
Every game now is a must-win game and it is one of those games
where we could get some confidence and it would be great to win.
So I'm sure that we'll have a very good go at it.
Steve, thank you very much for joining us.
Derby County hoping to make the most of home advantage -
their next three games all at Pride Park.
Which is where we start our weekend round-up.
Fully focused on their promotion hopes know they are out of the FA
Fully focused on their promotion hopes now they are out of the FA
Cup, nine league games unbeaten at home, hoping for more
I think the supporters have been absolutely fantastic.
You know, it's always been a great atmosphere,
full house and I think we are using that and we are feeding
off that and we've got to do that the next game.
The job is his until the end of the season after winning
Gary Brazil says the feel-good factor is back at Nottingham Forest.
The players are at it, the players are desperate to get the shirt,
squad there to pick from, so we got some real decisions
A new face at Notts County, former Newcastle United
striker Shola Ameobi, reunited with his old
Obviously I've known Kevin a long time and we've always worked
well and got on well, so it was something that really
excited me, so obviously I jumped at the chance to come down.
Stags boss Steve Evans says he is loving life with Mansfield.
Little wonder, his team are seven games unbeaten and on the brink
Confirmation of those matches tomorrow and as ever, the best
coverage is on your BBC local radio station.
While rugby eyes focus on the Six Nations, Leicester Tigers
have crucial games to play if they want a place
Tomorrow, they're home to Gloucester.
And what a weekend ahead for Nottingham Panthers.
Tomorrow, the Ice Centre is all but sold out -
well over 7,000 will watch them play Sheffield.
And on Sunday, they're at the league-leading Cardiff Devils.
And finally congratulations to Cricket's Stuart Broad -
And finally congratulations to cricket's Stuart Broad -
grown in Leicestershire, matured in Nottinghamshire,
He scrubs up nicely, too. Thanks, Colin.
So, Light Night has returned to Nottingham.
It's the tenth time the festival's been held in the city.
As well as light displays, there'll also be free entry
to Nottingham Castle, live music and markets.
To mark this special anniversary, celebrations
Elise Chamberlain can cast some light on that for us.
She's there live now - it's looking bright
I'm here in the city centre where the festival is in full flow.
You can see the iconic wheel of light behind me -
That is just one small part of this big event. There are art
installations in place across the city tonight. There are also crap
sessions for children and poetry readings. And as you say, it has
expanded this year. It now includes a candlelit walk at the William
Booth birthplace Museum and the Arboretum is also involved. Joining
me is councillor David Trimble. While we look at some of the events
going on, tell us about the scale of this event. There are over 53 events
all over the city from north to south, east to west, right around
the city, all there for people to enjoy themselves. What is this event
designed to do, what is the aim? It is to change the city on a Friday
night, groups of people going from bar to bar and this brings in
grandparents in, parents, children, gets them to carry lanterns, enjoy
themselves and it changes the whole nature. Those young people can join
in, it's a night for everybody. What about bringing the city to light,
that is a lot of work, isn't it? An awful lot of work and there are
hundreds, possibly over a thousand people, community groups, church
groups, all over the city coming to perform live in front of people and
have a great time and do it in the city they love. Thank you very much.
As you can see, crowds are building here. Events only take place tonight
and most of them will be finished by 9pm. Last year, there were 51,500
people here. Despite the cold, organisers are hoping for more this
evening. Well it will be one more, because I
will be going to say Merry's church all lit by candles.
I wonder how they will cope with some snow, what you reckon?
We did see some snow flurries today, and it has been captured quite
nicely by our weather watchers today. This is Glenn Parva, just a
light dusting of snow. Earl Shilton, it was perfectly there the day and
into parts of Derbyshire Nottinghamshire, bitter brightness
of the cloud started to break. What we have this evening is a weather
front gradually starting to coming from the North Sea. It will bring
wintry showers on the north-easterly wind and it is a very cold night out
there tonight, but though showers, as they start to come in, they will
be us were rain along the coastline because they come inland, they start
to convert to smirk and certainly parts of Derbyshire, the Peak
District, over 200 metres, 3-5 centimetres of snow. Even at lower
levels, you could wake up to a covering of snow first thing.
Temperatures in towns and cities around freezing, in a country, as
low as minus two. We will see a widespread frost and it could be icy
on untreated surfaces tomorrow morning. The wintry showers continue
proton through Saturday morning, so we don't wake up to a light covering
of snow but they may be with you through the mourning period for a
time but they convert back to rein in the afternoon, so daytime
temperatures, with quite a brisk north-easterly wind, around three or
four Celsius. There is another opportunity overnight, Saturday
night into the early hours of Sunday, are seeing some more snow
showers coming in, but at the moment, it is more for the Peak
District and a little bit further north, but that could change, so
keep an eye on the forecast. It will be bitterly cold on Sunday, very
strong easterly wind with us then but also a bitter brightness, and
then more southerly wind which will give us more sunshine.
Three children on this back Sauber, as soon as the snow was mentioned,
yes! Wagon airline will it affect the matches?
Wouldn't have thought so. That is it until the late show.