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Dominic Heale and me, Anne Davies. Our top story tonight. A bleak
warning that train making in Derby could end completely. A storm brews
in Westminster as MP's demand a Government U-turn on Bombardier. Is
this at the small solution to one of the biggest causes of hearing
loss. Plus, coming in from the cold. A seventies spy plane reaches
retirement at the end of this runway. It has done a very good
service of the Air Force, I have an affinity with it. A melee are
millionaires, find out why these Good evening and welcome to the
programme. Downing Street's under pressure tonight to agree to urgent
talks with a delegation of East Midland MPs about the future of
Bombardier.The Derby-based train maker has already announced 1400
job loses. Today, MPs warned one of the government's transport
ministers that Bombardier, the last remaining train maker in the UK,
might have to shut down completely. From Westminster, here's our
Political Editor John Hess. There's nothing more intimidating
for a Whitehall minister than to face a committee room of backbench
MPs, seething with anger over a decision the government's
responsible for. That was the situation for a transport minister
over the Bombardier issue. Derby-based Bombardier had high
hopes the government would award them a �1.4 billion contract to
build new rail carriages for Thameslink. The Canadian multi-
national had talked to basing its global engineering centre of
excellence in Derby. That's in doubt because government ministers
awarded the Thamelink deal to Bombardier's German rivals, Seimens.
The stark repercussions for jobs and British train making aren't
lost on East Midland MPs. That Arthur was thrown back in their
face. That is one of the things that concerns me, if we are talking
about more jobs, more jobs of their higher level of skills than we had
seen at the time. Nobody's saying you want a Bombardier to be a new
British Leyland. What we are saying is that we have someone that can
build high quality trains or a right price, they should get the
chance to do that. The MPs now want see the Prime Minister. We have to
look at his contract again, can we change this decision? I believe
this was the wrong decision. were left with the envelope are
bidders, that was left to the previous government. We are legally
bound by the criteria set by Labour at the beginning of this process.
At Bombardier, as in Parliament, that ministerial reply won't be
welcome. If the government's to change its mind, the lobbying will
have to continue. It's also been revealed today that
next week the Prime Minister is to fly to South Africa on a trade
mission with the chairman of Bombardier, a visit arranged before
the Thameslink contract announcement. Don't expect their
flight conversation to be about the duty-frees.
Well as the political controversy goes on, what about the families
caught up in the row over the Thameslink contract? We've been
speaking to a father and son who both work at Bombardier. One's
leaving, the other fears redundancy, as Mike O'Sullivan reports.
This father and son both work at Bombardier. They fear the loss of
Thameslink could result in the loss of both of their jobs. Contract
worker Chris 19, is leaving in August. He now says he'll re-join
the army. He says finding work in the Derby area is tough. There are
jobs at Toyota and a JCB, but there are many lads to want to go there.
There are not enough jobs for a bus. Some of us are going to let the
disappointed. At 15, it had been hoped that
Chris's brother Ryan might be able to get an apprenticeship at
Bombardier in the future. But after losing Thameslink, Bombardier has
cancelled its apprenticeship scheme. Even having to tell the 15
youngsters who were due to start in September than that there was no
place for them. Dad Steve is permanent staff at Bombardier. With
the threat of redundancy and possible closure of the site
hanging over him, he's even thinking of working in Germany.
I have to go there to get the work, that is what I will do. It is bad
for the country, they are losing taxes, I will be paying them in
Germany. Can this country recover when most of its skills engineers -
- skilled engineers are moving to Germany, or France, or whether? --
or whether? Father and son who'll soon be going their separate ways.
Mike O'Sullivan East Midlands Today, Derby.
Well with so many job losses in Derby - hundreds earlier this year
at the city council and 650 at Egg on top of Bombardier, what sort of
shape is the economy in? Mike O'Sullivan's at Bombardier and can
tell us more. Yes many families here have
concerns about the future - with a question mark over these works
because of the Bombardier review. As far as the economy goes the
chamber of commerce has issued its quarterly survey today which points
up some concerns. They say in the last quarter, the pace of growth
has slowed. A performance worse than the national picture. There's
been a small increase in UK sales, but a significant fall in export
sales 16 per cent down in Derbyshire alone. Not all gloom and
doom though. The chamber says growth will continue this year, and
that should translate into jobs, but it'll be unpredictable, it'll
be patchy. And in Leicestershire their survey suggests the majority
of manufacturers are confident about the next year.
Still to come on the programme - another mixed outlook. But this
one's from Sally. The clouds have broken, the sun is shining. They
will be sunny spells over the next couple of days, make the most of
them, the weekend looks decidedly bad.
Experts in the East Midlands are developing a new treatment for one
of the most common health problems affecting children. The University
of Nottingham has come up with a way of targeting powerful
antibiotics at a condition known as Glue Ear. Our Health Correspondent
Rob Sissons reports. Blue Ear is the it build up a blue with in the
middle ear thought to be triggered by bacteria. This girl knows all
about the hearing loss that it can cause. In noisy environments it is
hard to here and concentrate. struggle to here, it makes it
difficult for me to understand people. Anything to stop these
inspections would be a blessing. She has tiny tubes inserted into
her air designed to drain the fluid away. There are 30,000 children
suffering with this. Experts have come up with a new treatment, small
pellets offering a big hope. They can be loaded with powerful
antibiotics and can kill the bacteria causing repeated problems
a Blue Ear. It can deliver at the high concentrations of antibiotics
exactly where they are needed. They dissolved -- they dissolve of their
own accord. The pellet is tiny, but they offer hope to many people.
could be around three years before there is a clinical trial on people.
There is no reason why it cannot work, there will be plenty of
people who hope it does. The Labour leadership on Nottingham
City Council is to oppose plans for a referendum on having a London
style mayor. Its deputy leader, Graham Chapman, claims the
referendum and mayoral contest would cost more than �600,000,
which the authority can't afford. The government though wants
Nottingham to follow Leicester in having a directly elected mayor.
A man's been praised after leading his mother and a friend to safety
from their burning home in Derby. A bin and rubbish bags were set on
fire outside the front door of the house in Alvaston and the flames
quickly spread. Nineteen-year-old Michael Haywood helped the pair
escape to the garden. It is a very small window, it is very tight. It
is lucky I had the radiator to stand on, my mother went first, I
went last. If we did not wake up when we did, it could have been
much worse. The price of scrap metal has soared
in recent years and that's led to an increase in the theft of copper
cables from railways, and lead from church roofs. Now scrap metal
thieves are targeting the streets of Nottingham, with scores of drain
covers stolen in the last month. Peter Snow reports.
Another street blocked, another drain cordoned off. Nottingham City
Council says it's spending thousands clearing up after metal
thieves. And the problem's suddenly getting worse. Last year the
council lost 70 a these grilles. 180 have been stolen this month.
you steal the grating, there is a big hole in the road, it can cause
great stager, we are spending money replacing them. That money can be
spat has spent on other things. -- better spent on other things.
And the bill for replacing covers is rising fast. So far an estimated
�30,000 of council tax payers money will need to be diverted from other
projects. We are trying to repair the roads, that money would have
repaired are many roads. That would be better if the local citizens.
Nottingham City Council are urging anyone who spots anything
suspicious to contact them straight away. It's working with Trading
Standards and the police to track down the stolen metal and catch
those responsible. This hostel was opened by the Duke of Gloucester,
it is one of two hostels that were A royal visit to a coffee shop with
a difference. This is where they teach people to work in the
catering business. This makes a massive difference. The key to
tackling homelessness and all of its associated problems is giving
people the skills they need to live their own lives so they are not
dependent on other people. It is about having the skills to maintain
your own home and getting to the job market and earn money. Upstairs,
this man has moved into a bedsit. There are more at a second hostel
up the road in Mansfield. I got laid off and I had to give up the
House I was applying for. I had no way to live and no job. If it was
not for here I would be living on the street. These hostels are a
response to people living rough. There was a public backlash when
Framework warned both centres could become a victim of the spending
cuts. The leader of the council said she had listened to concerns.
When you're talking about grass cutting or pot holes against
looking after people, generally people want to look after
vulnerable. What struck me is how caring most people are.
Organisations like this are fighting for a shrinking pot of
public money and keeping centres like this running will mean more
tough financial battles to come. Still to come: A very lucky number.
It is a number of lottery millionaires in the Midlands. Some
of them got together for a party. From R Pale to down dale, I will be
telling you what is great about A little piece of history was made
today with what could be the final flight of a famous spy plane. A
Nimrod R-One flew into East Midlands airport to the delight of
hundreds of enthusiasts who turned out to see it. The surveillance
plane was active only last month over Libya. Now it is retiring to
the airport's aeropark. The last hurrah. With a roar of
Rolls-Royce engines, one of the few remaining Nimrod R-One completes a
final five past -- fly-past at East Midlands airport. Many people
turned out to see the play which had taken off from RAF Waddington.
It landed for the very last time. Until last month the aircraft was
operational helping the NATO efforts in Libya. Now crew members
were leaving the plane after its final flight. Nowadays so many of
their craft are scrapped at the end of their life so it is nice to know
it will be in loving hands and I will be able to come back here and
sit inside and remember the good old days. The plane will be
stripped of the classified electronics inside and then it will
go to its final home at the aeropark next to East Midlands
airport. We will have the only complete Bolton Paul Defiant in
existence. It is fantastic. Once we get over to the aeropark and we can
open it up to the public and show them what is like in an up-to-date
aircraft. It is hoped the plane will be ready to go into the
airpark by the end of August. We off for another look through a
part of the East Midlands. It is the turn of Phil Trow from Radio
Derby. He will tell us what he thinks is the pride of the County
of Derbyshire. There is a certain irony in the
fact that Derbyshire's a landlocked country and it has its own seaside
resort. This is Matlock Bath. You can see the beauty of this village.
The great thing about it is its all-year round versatility. There
is a Boxing Day raft race and illuminations in autumn. There are
fantastic views from the heights in the summer. Foremost, it is a
welcome release from the stresses of everyday life where you can grab
an ice cream and take a stroll by the river. You cannot talk about
Malloch bath without mention of the bicycles. When the Westfield
shopping centre opened, many people believed the heart of Derby would
stop beating. In actual fakes it -- a actual fact, places like this
have continued to to survive. This quaint area of the city is home to
coffee shops, tattoo parlours and restaurants. Look up and you can
see the history of what has always been a central part of the city
centre. At eye-level it reflect the diversity of modern retail in the
city. It even has a pub which is said to be haunted by a young
servant girl murdered in 1745. If you are young or just young at
heart, if you come to Derbyshire at some point, the chances are you
will attempt to stop getting your feet wet by a crossing the stones.
The famous stepping-stones crossing the river at staff controversially
had limestone blocks cemented on top of them last year but it does
not seem to have diminished the area's possible -- popularity. The
area was immortalised by Isaac Walton in a fishing book. It has
featured on postcards of the area. It has been a favourite for walkers
and families ever since. It is one of the many reasons that makes
Derbyshire a county to be proud. That was lovely.
Gorgeous pictures. Sport now. We start with more
transfer news from Leicester City - deals which will take their
spending to over �10 million this summer. Tonight they've signed
Liverpool's Paul Koncheskey and they're reported to be after
Newcastle's Wayne Routledge. BBC Radio Leicester's Ian Stringer is
with the team on their two week tour of Austria and Sweden has has
sent this report. As then returns to Sweden There is
no survive -- surprise that transfer news that dominates the
headlines. Paul Konchesky has joined the squad. He will not
feature tonight. The stars already added will have a chance to sparkle
at some stage but none will feature in the first 11.
And there's live commentary on Leicester City's first friendly
game right now on BBC Radio Leicester. City are leading to-zero.
The signing news will add to the frustration of Nottingham Forest
fans. Koncheskey played for them on loan last season and they were keen
to sign Routledge. Steve McClaren says he expects to
welcome signings this week. Forest fly out to the Algarve tomorrow
morning. But McClaren says he won't be going until Friday so he can
work on transfers. Cricket, and Derbyshire are chasing
what would be a landmark signing for them. They've asked Durham for
permission to speak to former England all-rounder Paul
Collingwood. Durham say they can, but any deal is a way off yet.
Derbyshire are playing today and they face an uphill struggle
against Glamorgan on day two. A century from Alex has has
transformed the match. Leicestershire have been on the
wrong end of a game changing century with their match with Essex.
We're going to stick with cricket, but at a slightly lower level. The
National Village Cup ends in a Lords final. And yesterday was the
last 16 match for Derbyshire side Stainsby Hall. Now, we often have
East Midlands team get this far. But this mob from Smalley grab your
attention by making it a family affair.
Like any other warm-up net except that these players know each other
better than most sports teams. Dan Wood, I bat No. 3. I am Tom
Wood, Dan's brother and I am opening the batting. Iron John Wood,
I and that dad and I open the batting. I am Rob Wood, I am their
uncle and died at number four. Stainsby Hall go out to back, it is
the world's leading the way. Grandad had any interest in cricket
and it has an interest that has carried on. There are a lot of
debate at home about it and it is a talking point around the dinner
table. With the family at bat, there is a pride family competition
going on. They both do very well, better than I can expect. I am a
very proud dad. It must be good for him to see how it is done now.
was out and then replaced by his son. Behind the scenes... I am
John's wife, Danielle and Thomas's mum. I am doing the teas for the
first pictures and I am a cricketing widowed. I am MLA and
Diane their daughter and I run the bar. You can guess what happens
when they argue over selection. am the middle man. They know it all
and the other person is all wrong. It is a whole community that has
run this club. They are ready for a changing of the Guard. It is
particularly pleasing to see the younger ones coming through. Dan
and Thomas have more ability than John and I and it is good. In this
game Tom carries his back and sets up a fine victory. Delighted with
the performance but Tom and Robber pushed on with the bat and we
brought it home with the ball. Great stuff. Only one bit of
dinner-table conversation for the family last night, brilliant.
Good luck to all of them. I have always wanted to say this,
release those big-money balls! How would you spend a big lottery
win? We asked that question last night. Today we have a group of
people who have face that dilemma. They gathered to day in Nottingham.
We went to find out just how much their life had changed and where
the money has gone. Ready, one a, two, three! They have
plenty to smile about. These lucky winners from across the Midlands
have won millions on the lottery since it began 17 years ago.
Amongst them are Susan and Ivan Hill won �7.5 million last July.
They have bought cars and a dream home but they are determined not to
let it change their minds too much. Eight years ago you said she would
carry on working, has that continued? Yes it has. It is
something I have done all my life. I have had one or two days off and
I thought I cannot deal with it. I need to go back to work. Anne and
Don from Derby clinched more than �1,000,000.50 years ago but it
still attracts attention. Lot of people come and congratulate us
still, they want to touch us particularly if they have just
bought a lottery ticket. If I was in Derby city centre now I am sure
a lot of people would touch me for luck tonight. Between them the
winners have clocked up a total of �16 million. Since the National
Lottery began in 1994 they have paid out �1.7 billion in top prizes
to those in the Midlands. What have they spent the money on? Bought the
House and paid for his summit was brilliant. We go on holidays and
staying in five-star hotels which we could not have afforded before.
All the family has been looked after and that makes us happy more
than anything. Susan says she is determined to get tied in to retire
soon but if 7 million does not do it she might have her work cut out.
We are not jealous! A lot of prizes are not claimed so check behind
your sofa. I dream about it a lot, do you?
I have done the lottery for the first time ever today so I might be
first time ever today so I might be first time lucky.
We have had some sunny sky is developing as we go through the
past couple of hours and we will continue to see them ending of the
day. Drier and clear spells overnight and this is the Nimrod R-
One flying over East Midlands airport. It is captured in a clear
spells today. Thank you for sending out. You can see the area of low
pressure is sitting over France. It is bringing rain into the south-
east corner for us. All we have seen is the effect of cloud over
the course of the day. Now we are seeing some clouds -- some holes
appearing in the clouds and some sunny spells for the end of the day.
We will continue to see the clear skies developing for a time
overnight. It will stay dry overnight but temperatures will be
cooler. Wednesday start on a bright and sunny note. We will get back
cloud developing as we go through the day and bring the risk of an
odd shower. Most places should get away with another dry day.
Temperatures around about 19 degrees. It is still end noticeable
breeze. Things are going to change as we head towards the weekend.
Make the most of Thursday because it looks like a nice and sunny day.
It will be warm in the sunshine but on Friday we start to see the area
of low-pressure heading our way and bringing heavy rain and strong