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Midlands. This is East Midlands Today with Anne Davies and Dominic


Heale. Our top story tonight. Schools and offices close on a day


of protest by teachers and civil servants. I hunger-strikers as they


take to the streets. You will hear about by they're fighting for


affair pension. And I were people who have been on the receiving end


of strike action. Also tonight. The millions of pounds urgently needed


to restore this country estate. And in sport, already a triumph for


Liam Brady. It was a day when for local players were in action at


Wimbledon. Good evening. Welcome to tonight's programme, on a day when


thousands of people went on strike to protect their pensions and to


protest about spending cuts. Unions described the turnout as great,


while one business leader said the action will have cost the region


more than �20 million. In a moment we'll analyse the economic impact,


but first this report from Sarah Teale. Fight back! A sea of


strikers joining together in defence of their pensions. Rallies


like this took place across the East Midlands. Pickets were held


outside schools and other public sector offices, like this one at


Revenue and Customs. Their message quite clear. You will have to work


longer, we will have to pay more and we will get less. A lot less.


Public sector workers from across the board joined the action.


Teachers, lecturers and civil servants marching side-by-side in


protest at the government plans to increase their pension


contributions and raise the retirement age. They're talking


about increasing contributions by �100 each month, that is �1,200 the


year and that is a big impact. have our pensions reduced, it will


not help workers in the private sector and the best way to help the


private sector is to fight for our rights. There are lots of things we


are being hit with and it just does not seem fair on the idea of being


60 it and working is absolutely ludicrous. Hundreds of strikers


joined the rally. It is well supported. It is noisy with


chanting like fight back against cutbacks. Rallies like this have


been held in Leicester and Derby as well. About 200 strikers gathered


at the market place in Derby. think we are sending a message to


the public and to the Government. In Leicester, dozens also took to


the streets to march. And protestors, young and old, gathered


at Victoria Park in the city. But turnout hasn't been high everywhere,


with some picket lines featuring just a handful of people. And


despite fears of widespread closures, most government offices


did remain open. Despite that, unions call this the most supported


strike they've ever had, with some members taking action for the first


time in their careers. Are you happy with how it has been


supported? I'm very pleased with the number of people, it is a great


turn out and it is great that the three unions are striking together.


The government is keen to point out that three quarters of civil


servants didn't take part in today's strike action. What is


clear is that protestors who did walk out, like the 1,200 who


marched through Nottingham, are ready for a long fight to win their


battle. Today the Government played down the scale of the strike and


said the vast majority of public sector employees hadn't supported


it. So what was the impact here? Anne has been looking at the


figures. I have indeed. Well, the civil servants' PCS union claims


nine or 10,000 members went on strike today in the East Midlands,


about 85 or 90% of members. The PCS figures are already hotly disputed


by the Cabinet Office, though. Looking at Government agencies, the


impact seems to have been rather patchy. Five out of six courts at


Leicester Crown Court were shut because of today's action and two


out of five closed at Nottingham. Some others had reduced services


and there could be paperwork backlogs tomorrow. Driving centres


appear to have been only lightly affected. And it seems the vast


majority, if not all, of the region's Job Centres stayed open,


too. There were fears airports could be affected because of


immigration officers striking, but East Midlands Airport has reported


no disruption. It is schools that have borne the brunt of today's


action. The NUT can't yet say how many teachers were on strike and


the figures we have are only for schools that reported problems to


county councils, so there might be more affected. But as far as we can


tell, across our region 299 schools were totally shut down by


industrial action. That's one in five or 20%. Some others had to


shut down at least some of their classes, a further 396 of them. So


nearly half were affected in one way or another. With more now on


the impact on parents and others, here's Angelina Socci. This is one


of many schools across the East Midlands that was either shut or


partially closed today. Some of the protestors here at Kingsmead School


in Derby were too young to know what was happening. For others who


took to the picket line, it was a time to show solidarity. But not


everyone was standing by them. have had to have both of them off


school. And find something to do with them. Which is most unusual.


had to use up one day of my annual leave. It has been a little bit


inconvenient. I think the teachers should be in school and we should


have a more civil way of discussing things. They supplied a service and


we pay taxes for. They need to get their backsides into gear. But in


Nottingham, where a rally was also held, at least a dozen parents


turned up with their children. Every single one of them supporting


the action. It is very frustrating working in the public sector to


find that the supports that we took for granted to do a job on a day-


to-day basis are being cut. But as traffic was brought to a standstill


as strikers marched through the city, one driver caught up in the


jam said it had caused him real disruption. I think they should all


be at work. I work in retail, people are losing jobs all over the


place. Why should they not pay for their pension? It is disgusting. I


have got three kids at home, who cannot be at school because of this.


It is disgusting. And it wasn't just parents that were


inconvenienced. This man was unable to visit the Job Centre this


afternoon. Because I have wanted to speak to my advisers today because


they are meant to be starting a job next week, I do not know what to do.


I could be committing fraud without benefits by accident. So while many


have felt the personal effects of today's strike, experts say a much


wider impact has been felt across the economy. We're joined by George


Cowcher, the chief executive of the Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire


Chamber of Commerce. Is it possible to say how much the strikes have


cost the region today? National surveys say that it has cost about


�600 million in terms of lost production and additional costs as


a result. We have done some extrapolation on a county by county


basis and in Nottinghamshire we estimate companies have lost about


�9 million. What factors are used to gather that figure? We can look


at the national figure and we will know what the gross value added is


of companies in a particular county. If you can see what the national


figure is, you can extrapolate that. These are missed deliveries and


closures? Extra costs that employers must bear? We have had a


number of phone calls from members and other employers about certain


problems, particularly staff who have not been able to come to work.


That has affected what companies can do. Would potential investors


be put off coming into the region if they see hundreds of people on


strike? It is very destructive and it has been reported in New York


and around the globe. And it's hard on the heels of all the problems in


Greece. This isn't the right message to send out about how to do


business in the UK. Do you understand the anger of the


strikers over their pension provision? Yes, but many in the


private sector have seen their pensions also altered substantially


and most public sector pensions are substantially better than anybody


gets in the private sector. Some are. This is a conversation we have


not got time for. Thank you. Still to come - the 11th hour dash to


save a childrens' heart unit. A public consultation on the


Glenfield closes tomorrow, so campaigners made sure all their


paperwork made it on time. Yesterday they were in Downing


Street. Today, families fighting to keep children's heart surgery in


the East Midlands gave their campaign a final push. This


afternoon, over 10,000 completed consultation questionnaires were


sent to the team reviewing the future of childrens' heart surgery


across England. That's on top of thousands already despatched. As


our health correspondent, Rob Sissons, reports, the public


In here are the hopes and fears of 10,000 people from across the East


Midlands. As the latest boxers have completed consultation


questionnaires are piled up, so, they hope, is the pressure to keep


children's heart surgery going in at Leicester. We have had enormous


support from the trust and from staff and parent organisations and


we would like to have done more but in the end, we are here to do the


job of looking after children with heart disease and despite that, we


have a pretty good argument. have the address? You can


understand and last-minute nerves, this is precious cargo and the


consultation closes tomorrow with everyone still in the dark about


what the review will decide. This is the picture at the moment.


Children's heart surgery is done at hospitals in these cities. There


are ten services and the plan is reduce it to six or seven. There


are more than 1,000 combinations possible. In this, one of four


short-listed patterns - it's only one in which Leicester's Glenfield


service survives. It happens to be the preferred option but local


campaigners are taking nothing for granted. They cannot be complacent


and the people have shown they are not complacent. There used to sit


in hearts and in the past few months it has been about winning


minds. Protests and petitions taken to the top, a famous football


manager on board helping them achieve that goal. The result is


expected at the end of the year but campaigners just hope they have


been heard loud enough. A Nottinghamshire man jailed for life


in the US three years ago for shooting dead his wife and baby


daughter is appealing against his conviction. 32 year-old Neil


Entwistle from Worksop is arguing that he should get a new trial


because police searched his home without a warrant. His wife and


baby were found dead at the property in Massachusetts.


Investigations are continuing into the death of a snake breeder who


died after one of them bit him. Luke Yeomans ran the King Cobra


Sanctuary near Eastwood in Nottinghamshire. Paramedics were


called there yesterday afternoon. It's believed he'd suffered a heart


attack after being bitten. A reward is being offered to try to catch


vandals who scrawled graffiti over a new memorial to the armed forces


in Mansfield. It was blessed by the families of soldiers just weeks ago.


Six names have been sprayed onto the stone. A 13 year-old girl is


helping the police with their enquiries. Those behind the


Mansfield Heroes Memorial Fund spent months raising the money for


it and say it's a huge blow. When we discovered it had been


vandalised, the were firstly absolutely devastated. As a trustee,


I spoke to many of the families whose relatives were on this


memorial and they were absolutely distraught. Some of them in tears


and complete disbelief. A new report says it's going to take more


than �6 million to restore a country estate. And without a new


use being found for it, it'll fall into further disrepair. Campaigners


say Elvaston Castle, near Derby, must remain open to the public. And


developers have pledged that their plans will improve access for


everyone. Simon Hare went to take a look around. A it was England's


first country park. But Alison castle is in need of serious


attention. Some are small-scale work has been carried out. Today's


report shows the full scale of the task in hand. A team of architects,


structural engineers and surveyors have spent months looking at the


castle and their conclusion is what many people have known for years.


It is in dire need of repair. The full cost of the works hanging over


the future of this estate is said to be nearly �6.5 million. The


honour, Derbyshire County Council, says the castle urgently needs new


use. It has been 15 years since the council first mooted the sale of


the place. 11 years on the market. And here we are and nothing has


been signed. I hope decisions can be taken much more quickly this


time around. And we will see something going out of the ground


in 2013. That could see the Cassidy, the conference hotel. I am thrilled


we're at this point and we can move on to the next stage. It has


confirmed the level of costs we are aware of and I'm really excited


that we can move on with English Heritage and the county council.


Looking at different uses that can support this cost and support the


public access. People have had their ashes scattered here and


people cannot afford to go away on holiday and have days out here,


people are asking for permission to hold events here and we can see


just what revenue is being lost by the council. The authority says it


is committed to maintaining public access but it will not burden tax


payers with massive bills. Still to come on the programme. Tales from


the riverbank with Sally. tonight's programme, we're at


Cranford canal and we might have spotted what we have come to look


for. Find out later... Now the sport. No surprises, given the big


news of the day? Certainly. SW19... He would not want to be anywhere


else. It has been quite a day. Four players competing from or neck of


the winds. The star of the show is this man, Liam Brady. He has come


out here and nailed it today. I would explain, yesterday he put out


the No. 1 seed from the boys' singles and he followed that up


today with an epic on Court No. 18 against the German. On Court No. 18,


this has to go down as one of the games of his life. Fine tennis in


the first set and he took on the tie-break inspired perhaps by


Heather Watson. She was part of the crowd that just kept growing around


Court Number 18 and no wonder, he had lost the second set and turned


the third into something special. As the young pair battled to very


nearly a standstill. No tie-breaks in the final set so he had to fight


through some real spells at Tardis. And he finally claimed victory. 13


- 11 in the third set. I have played in the men's qualifying and


I won that so I knew what I needed. I managed to just focus, point by


point and with the support of the crowd. It made it easier. He won


the junior doubles last year and what on earth might he do next


time? The answer is partly that you might win the junior doubles again


because fresh off the court for the junior doubles, that is just hours


in the singles and two hours in the doubles? Yes, and tired. And will


get some food and sleep. It is tricky because at this stage, it


gets relentless? You were asked a question about perhaps scratching


the doubles? I have my points to defend. It is a great honour to


play every match. How much has last year's triumph prepared you? It has


helped loans because obviously it helps you in terms of preparation


for the big crowd. How far do you think you can go? As far as you can


go in the juniors? There's not much pressure because I am one of the


law seeds. I will go out and try to enjoy it. Just enjoy it and relax?


Yes, I will be fighting for every point but yes, try to get the crowd


behind me. Thank you for talking to us. We would chat in a moment.


There has been plenty of other stuff going on. Let's catch up with


the rest of the sport. First football and a busy day at


Leicester City. It's looks like Peterborough United striker Craig


Mckail Smith is coming to the Walkers Stadium. He could join


tomorrow. Meanwhile, Leicester say goodbye to defender Jack Hobbs, who


has signed a three-year contract with Hull City. Also on the way to


Hull, Nottingham Forest striker Dele Adebola. The 36 year-old was


released by Forest at the start of the summer and he'll be joined at


the KC Stadium by Forest midfielder Paul McKenna, who's likely to


complete his transfer from the City Ground before the weekend. In


cricket, Nottinghamshire have been showing off their new signing.


Tamim Iqbal is only the second Bangladeshi to play county cricket.


The big hitting international will play the next six Twenty20 matches


and he says to play here is a dream come true. When I was young I


father used to tell me that it's all about the history of this


county and from then on it was a dream. It's a big deal and it is


for him to play here. He has been in the training camp in Bangor - so


he is fit and ready to play. He'll start his first match for Notts


tomorrow against Derbyshire. Let's hope he does well. We should catch


up with the other three players at Wimbledon. Jocelyn Rayner, she was


competing in the mixed doubles. I am afraid they went out. You can


see her performing rather well. They lost that set. The second set,


straight sets. And look Banbridge, another familiar face. But Josh


ward is still on court in his boys' doubles doing much better, one set


up and three - 3, in fact, 4 - 4 in the second set. Ian Brodie, you


could just hear, how impressed are you? He has performed at a high


level for a few weeks. He was informed. He is getting a lot of


attention, is the part of your job to help can manage that? It is one


of my roles. But he is level-headed, he gets on with it and enjoys the


challenge. What is it like being coached by Mark? He is great. I


have only started six months ago in Nottingham and it was a great set-


up and great facilities. Everything is great. And the wider scene, for


competitors from one part of the world, does that inspire you?


great for Nottingham. And the Nottingham Academy has a fantastic


programme and it inspires youngsters to follow in his


footsteps. Singles triumph? One step at a time! He is playing good


tennis and I'm looking forward to tomorrow. He will follow that of


away. We will let you know how Josh Ward Hibberd gets on. His game is


still going on. Thank you very much. It's not very often that our


presenters have to think about what's happening behind the camera.


But in this month's Sally Goes Wild, Sally Pepper heads to Derbyshire to


put her new wildlife photography skills to the test. This is my


local Haven, not far from where I live, I can picnic here and I ride


a bike here. And I take time to look at all the fabulous wild life,


dragonflies, and were hence, the little grebes. And if you are lucky,


you might spot water voles. This is my slice of heaven. This is


Cranford canal. You will get some good shots today. Back with Paul


Hudson, he lasts a lonely spot of the mountain hare in January.


Having won a photographer, he has been coming to Cranford for 30


years. They could be doing their business on the same spot every day


so we can build up. It's like a calling card. It does help the


researchers because they can see them and it's a good way of


indicating that they are here. Which can take ages. Hopefully not


today. Time to wait. And wait... And wait. And what some more.


There... Under the bridge, we spot a small summer. He has dived under.


We have to wait for it to pop back out. Really quiet. Now that we had


spotted this little water vole, Paul give me tips on how to take


the perfect picture in case he rapiers. We have seen him on that


bank so there is a fair chance he welcome back out. It's always nice


if the animal is looking into the frame. So you have some of the


animal looking across the picture so you have got more space on the


side of the animal. Giving that exposure. He might only be there


for a few seconds. That allows you to move quicker when he disappeared.


And if Mr Ahern goes past a well practised... -- I will practice.


And he finally popped back out. Next time you are in your local


slice of quiet life heaven, bring a camera and have a little patience,


you might capture your perfect wind In the Willows moment... And if you


would like to pick up more wildlife photography tips, then you can take


a look at the extended version of the Cromford Water Voles online at


www.bbc.co.uk/derby. Dear little things. Now the big blue yonder. It


I have some nice clouds to show you. Things are set to turn settled over


the end of the week but on the county side. Sorry about that, this


is a cloud we had earlier on, increasing through the day and


turning thick for a time before turning away and we have at the


moment broken cloud, decent sunny spells and any of the earlier


showers have now cleared towards the east coast and eventually


overnight, all of us will be clear. With this clear skies, you would


expect it still to be mild and it will instead dropped down to eight


degrees, that is towns and cities. In rural spots, it will get 10 to


about four five degrees. It's a fresh start to the first day of


July, actually going through the Friday be when it is that cloud


bubbling up. That is the high pressure, trapping the cloud and


still fairly warm with the top temperature of 19 degrees. 66


Fahrenheit. Friday night into Saturday, what we have had all week,


the cloud breaking and turning San'a and into Saturday, high


pressure still with us but look... Still cloud round and it starts dry


and sunny but that cloud slowly increases through the day on


Saturday and the isobars are far apart so it will be a lovely still


day on Saturday. Further ahead, again, high pressure for a Sunday


but we trap the cloud. It will feel warm earth. Top temperature, 22


degrees. Let us recap, tomorrow, cloudy with 19 degrees. Slowly


through the weekend, things get water and into Monday, staying with


that high pressure, settled and a top temperature of 23. Nice and


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