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This is East Midlands Today with Kylie Pentelow and me, Dominic
Heale. Tonight - the safety fears that
keep children cooped up at home. Unlike their grandparents, one in
five has never played in fields of farmland. You try to tell their
children about the freedom you have done everything. It's hard for them
to understand because they've not known it.
Also tonight, a man filmed walking in the early hours, close to where
a young mother was murdered. It is a significant and I urge the public,
if they know who this person is, please give us a ring and help us
with the inquiry. Past Derby County is hoping for a
good result, saving jobs at Bombardier.
And taking some knocks, scaling new heights and having a ball at a
Welcome to the programme. First tonight: how free are your children
or grandchildren? New research has revealed that many children are
denied the freedom to play outside because of their parents' fears
over safety. A charity, the National Children's
Bureau, found that one in five children has never played in fields
and on farmland, far fewer than their parents and grandparents.
Our reporter James Roberson has been to meet three generations of
the same family in Derby to find out more.
Outside their grandad so house, the younger grand children play on
their bikes. This is what this youngest generation is used to,
only being allowed to play on their own within sight of the family's
houses which are close by. It is a huge change since 65 year-old Dave
was a lad growing up. In the early 50s, he would happily Rome on his
bike, up to 10 miles from his home. By the 70s and 80s, when his sons
were growing up, they were only allowed to go to a nearby park on
their own. Now their children, aged 14 down to seven, have grown up
with only the street outside being considered safe. It was a different
world. He tried to tell the children about the freedom you had
and everything. They've not know it themselves. It was a lovely world
then. Do you worry about being saved? Yeah, a little bit. The
people around here, fell in gangs and carry weapons around with them.
The family now escort their children to the park, to events
like this Sunday, designed to help children enjoy the outdoors with
their children. We were not allowed to go too far. Our parents always
knew we were at the park. It was so. It is not as safe now to let our
kids out. We have to bring our children and here and Mollet am am
off whilst they are playing. Children like to be outside, they
like to be well to activities with or without parents. Sometimes it is
nice for them to experiment without parents. Anything that gets them
out and about, doing things, using their minds to do things his
reimport and in a child's development. Play is essential.
Playing under the watchful eye of a parent is the reality for many
children these days. But not for thousands of Scouts and
Guides gathered for their annual jamboree in Leicestershire. And our
reporter Jo Healey is there too. As you can see from all of those
tense over there, here in Leicestershire, thousands and
thousands of children are staying well away from their families and
homes all week. They are doing loads of activities. What are you
doing? We have got climbing, zip wire, Mountain bought Ding, sailing,
kayaking, everything really. There has been the order water fight!
They say kids are over-protective. Have the children here been up for
it? Definitely. They have all loved having a go and try new things. No
one has not wanted to get involved and statin. Everyone has been
jumping on and having a go. important to you think it is that
children have a go? It is so important to try new things out and
get the opportunity to try things that you would not usually get to
at home. That is how you came into climbing. Yes, I came in 2001 as a
Brownie and tried it. I loved it and joined a club. Then it went
from there. And just what do you reckon children get out of the sort
of thing? The opportunity to try new things and make new friends,
and have fun while they are doing it. Great. You cannot get better
and that. Later, I will be finding out just what the children here
Thank you, Becky. We'll be back with you later. And we like to hear
your views. Do you think children have less freedom today? Let us
know how you used to spend the long summer holidays. You can send us a
message by Twitter or by email and we'll read some of them out later
in the programme. You're watching East Midlands Today.
Still to come: the family of a soldier killed in Afghanistan hear
tributes to his bravery - as a Police have released CCTV pictures
of a man they believe may have vital information about the murder
of a woman in Nottingham. The body of Caroline Coyne was
found between two houses in the St Ann's area of the city just over a
week ago. Angelina Socci reports. The 28 year-old woman, a mother of
two children, was found dead on 23rd July. Her body was discovered
here, and she died from head injuries. Today, Nottinghamshire
police have released these pictures of a man walking in the area in the
early hours of that morning. Officers say he is wide, around 6
ft tall and you can see he has a backpack and light coloured shoes.
If someone is watching television and sees the CCTV, recognises the
person, allowed her son to give us a call. If there is anyone out
there that recognises the image and thinks they know who it is, awarded
them to give us a call. There are still a lot of unanswered questions.
A missing trainer worn by Caroline still has not been found. Officers
are also following up information gathered in the early hours of
Saturday morning when they stopped cars and buses near to where she
was found a week earlier. Now they are hoping that this man may also
have vital information that can help the murder investigation.
Next tonight, the worker left with a fear of heights and the need for
several operations after he fell 15 feet through a factory roof.
As Simon Hare reports, the company involved today pleaded guilty to
breaching health and safety rules and was fined �10,000.
There was a big bang, like a crack, and the next thing, as on the floor.
Michael fell 15 ft on to textiles equipment. He had been working on
the roof. He was left needing six skin graft operations. I did not
dare I had done that to my back. I thought I had banded. I could see
blood down my arms and down my head. Two years on, the contractor or
from Mansfield today admitted breaching health and safety rules.
Derby magistrates fined the firm �10,000 and ordered it to pay more
than �5,000 costs. The court heard there were some safety bores on the
roof to spread the load of people walking on them but they did not
have got rails and through flights have not been covered. We have 35
fatalities every year from work at Hyde. With workers are a big
proportion of that. Several thousand people have life-changing
injuries from falling through all of industrial rooms every year.
court heard that the company deeply regrets the accident and Mr Hawkins
will be in line for compensation for the injuries he suffered.
cannot go up Heights, and scared of them now. I never used to be scared
of heights. If fire and stood still for too long, I cannot do it
because my Back's seizes up. -- If I am stood still.
The former leader of Derby City Council has pleaded not guilty to
assaulting his ex-wife. Conservative councillor Harvey
Jennings, seen here in the dark blue suit with his new partner, is
alleged to have assaulted Jane Jennings on the 3rd of May - just
days before this year's local elections when he retained his seat.
The trial will take place at Nottingham Magistrates' Court.
Police have begun an investigation after a woman's body was discovered
in a car in a field in Derbyshire. Officers were called to the field
off Wilne Lane in Long Eaton, after a report of a car on fire. The
woman is thought to be in her 30s. Police say they're not treating her
death as suspicious. The Department of Health has
praised the way King's Mill Hospital in Sutton in Ashfield has
cracked down on hospital acquired infections. The Sherwood Forest
Hospitals trust says strict measures have led to King's Mill
being free of the MRSA superbug for over a year. Staff say all patients
are screened when they arrive. Next tonight - he was awarded one
of the highest military honours for his part in rescuing wounded
comrades. Today, four years after his death, part of an army training
centre was named after Sergeant Craig Brelsford.
Family and friends attended the ceremony at the Catterick Garrison
in Yorkshire where the Nottinghamshire soldier trained, as
Paul Bradshaw reports. Putting on of the medals of a
fallen hero, Sue Brailsford prepares for a ceremony marking
their courage of her son who was killed and Afghanistan in 2007.
of the number of sold his but have been killed, that Craig has been
remembered, and very proud. He was awarded the Military Cross
posthumously after trying to save his colleagues. Today, his family
returned to Catterick Garrison almost 12 years to the day after
Craig started his training here to see an accommodation block named in
his memory. He was the perfect example of what we look for in a
senior non-commissioned officer. His biggest priority was looking
after has sold us. He was clearly a very brave man. He performed
extremely capably operations. new facility has cost �60 million
and it is hoped great legacy will inspire the next generation. He is
a good example to new recruits come through this place. All of our new
crew recruits come to this place and this is the perfect example of
what they should be aspiring to be in their careers. I don't know how
to put it into words, to be honest. I am really honoured that his name
has been put on of these blocks as a remembrance. Although he gave his
life for thousands of miles away, there is now a permanent memorial
to Craig closer to home. Car parking charges at hospitals in
Leicester are set to double in price. Among the proposals to be
discussed at a board meeting of the NHS Trust tomorrow, are plans to
increase a one hour parking ticket from a pound, to two pounds thirty.
-- �2.30. Staff permits could also go up. The new charges would end
the Trust's subsidising of parking. In just one day the police in Derby
have stopped almost a hundred people for dangerous driving or for
having unsafe vehicles. Drivers in Chaddesden were cautioned for a
range of offences including not wearing seat belts, using hand held
mobile phones or for having un- roadworthy cars.
One of the region's major tourist attractions has won a Green Flag
Award. Rutland Water received the top gong for being well maintained,
well managed and for having excellent facilities. Set in more
than 4,000 acres of open countryside it's a haven for
wildlife and attracts thousands of visitors every year.
Elm trees are making a come back in the East Midlands after millions
died from Dutch Elm Disease. The outbreak, particularly the big one
in the 1970s, meant they all but disappeared from our landscape.
But now they're on their way back and a tree planting scheme is
starting to a make a difference in It caused the biggest disaster for
our trees in modern history. More than 20 million were felled because
of Dutch elm disease. Preventative measures are desperately important.
In many areas, the elm will disappear. We very much hope that
people will recant in the future. And planned for the future they did.
It has been slow but 16 disease resistant elm trees are now getting
established as Leicestershire could schools and in the National Forest.
It was devastating and the disease are still around today. There
appears to be a genetic experience -- was distance with this tree.
We're also looking to propagate from other isolated trees which
survived the disease through the 70s and 80s. This is rare timber,
and untrue that may have designed - - died from the disease. At this
Park, they are preparing for a would fare on 29th August and some
of this would will be available to craftsmen. People will have a
chance to learn all about the Somme project. They will be able to see
some of the Elms we are milling today, made into beautiful
furniture. It will be a chance for them to learn all about the forests,
all about the developments and the things that people can see and do
here. It is taking time but with care, more and more are on trees
will flourish for everyone to enjoy. Coming up - Rams to the rescue. Why
Derby County's backing Bombardier. It is a lovely evening here. The
stunt -- the Sun is still shining but it is a different story in
other parts of the region. I will have a full forecast at the end of
a programme. Time for sport with Nat.
First swimmer Rebecca Adlington The players warm-up shirts will
carry the slogan, save our rail industry.
The training T-shirts have been made, the banners printed, a packed
pride Park on Saturday will have no doubt about the message.
employees have stood by the club over many years and we've got an
opportunity to do the same for them. Something like 20,000 people work
for Rolls-Royce here. 40 years ago, another Derby company under threat.
It looks very bleak. That's all I can say. Derby's then manager Brian
Clough said he wanted to cheer up the workers and went out and paid a
record transferred three to sign the Robert Todd. Derby County has
always held on to its industrial roots and in turn, the workers of
Derby have always come out to support their club. They are the
best supported club in the East Midlands. That relationship will be
tested this season. At one stage last season, Derby were forced but
with only four league wins since the CERN of the year, the fans have
got fed up. -- the turn of the year. With a year left on his contract,
does Nigel Clough have something to prove? I don't look at it like that
at all. If we start trying to look at it in a personal way, you tend
to make decisions for the short term and not in the best interests
of the club over the long term. player have played in the day...
They derby lad, one of his brothers works for Bombardier. Absolutely
brilliant to be back. Loving it. Itching to get back playing.
players may still come up but where does it leave Derby ahead of the
new season? The championship is so unpredictable. There are teams
coming into it from League One, those coming down. It is almost
impossible to predict. The bookies are even finding it difficult to
say who will go up. You have the obvious Leicester and West Ham who
are favourites but after that, it could be anybody. 40 years ago,
against the odds, Derby won the League and the government saved
Rolls-Royce. How the City would love that to happen again.
The Rams kick-off on Saturday against Birmingham. Tonight, they
have a friendly at home to Aston Villa.
Leicester City are closing in on signing striker Shane long from
Reading. Swimming and Rebecca Adlington says
she can get even better in the run- up to 2012, despite becoming world
champion over 800 metres at the weekend. Becky arrived back in the
UK last night. And today she's been out promoting a swimming campaign
in London. Earlier she told me what spurred her on to her latest gold
medal. It was the last 50, I pushed off and said holiday, holiday,
holiday, just keep going. I put my head down and thought it is all
over after this. It doesn't matter about the pain, work as hard as you
can. Just try and finish. Did you expect to do so well at the
world's? No, I definitely different -- didn't. At the last World, I
came away with two bronze medals. It was an exciting time it but to
come away this time with a gold and silver is absolutely amazing. And
so glad I've improved as well. I never thought it was going to
happen. I wasn't even thinking about medals or play how much does
it mean to you guessing that gold and silver in the world? In terms
of the Olympics coming up, with it being just a year away. It is
extremely exciting and the whole of the UK is looking forward to it.
Especially as... It was so nice to see my colleague qualifying for the
Olympics. It got us all extra motivated and have made us more
excited. It is not that far away now. There seemed to be a
sensational spirit among the team. What was that like? The support and
the team are absolutely amazing at the minute. The atmosphere is so
good and everyone is so positive. It is such a great thing to be part
of. I wouldn't be able to do it without the team's support. If
somebody has a bad swim, they pick them back up for the next race. It
is so nice that we have that. We have and always have that in the
past and that is why we are doing so well. Becky, does all the
support back home still means something to you? It didn't get a
chance to see any of the coverage or read any of the papers.
Everybody was sending their best and it was so nice. That support
means everything to all of us. Great to see you. Have a nice break
Cricket and at Leicester, a superb spell of bowling has set up a close
finish in the game against Kent. That is all your sport on the day
when the big names of Derby County show his solidarity with a train
makers that Bombardier. Now it is time for us to head back
to the sunshine. You will remember earlier in the programme, we had a
Hello. There are thousands of children here. This is just a few
of them and they are doing hundreds of activities all week, not just
here, but also out and about. Watersports in Leicestershire,
climbing, caving in Derbyshire, here is just a taste of some of the
Thousands of kids, hundreds of activities. They are busy all day
long and loving it! It was really great. If it was a bit scary at
first. It is scary. You don't see anything. Jamie, what have you been
up to this week? Running and jumping and everything. Bouncing up
and down and running around and everything really. Do you like
Are you enjoying the climbing? Loving it. It's really fun. I love
coming down and I love dangling. were trying to get the balls from
the top of the net to the bottom and we were getting really squashed
really. It was very complicated but These are largely scouts and guides
from the East Midlands but also there is very much a national and
international flavour. Here right now, we have people from Ireland,
Germany and cannier! Are you all enjoying yourselves? -- Kenya. One
slight fly in the ointment, the weather has been amazing. What is
it going to be like from here on There is a lovely breeze which has
suddenly picked up but it has been a different story across the region
today. Although the western side has seen the drier weather, we have
a warning in force at the moment for heavy rain. We did this
afternoon start to see some pretty heavy thundery downpours. If they
all merged together across parts of Leicestershire and Lincolnshire. It
really has been awful whether to try and deal with. The showers are
finally starting to clear away towards the east coast. Gradually
throughout the evening, will start to see the weather improving again.
It is still going to stay she made overnight. Summer temperatures to
last night, a minimum of 16 Celsius. There his card already coming in by
the early as of the morning and as we have a weather front coming from
the south-west, that will bring a band of rain for Thursday. That
will also bring a change in the the temperatures. The temperatures are
gradually going to go down to what they should be for the time of year,
around 20 sources. The rain will become quite heavy and persistent
for a time through the middle part of tomorrow and then it will start
to pull away eastwards during the evening. Friday will not be a bad
day. That will be the better day at of the next three. The temperatures
will be more reasonable sober again, daytime temperatures at 20 Celsius
on Friday. Some sunshine as well. A good day in store but then we do
have some low pressure coming in over the country for the weekend.
What that will do is start to keep us unsettled. We will see a mixture
of sunny spells and showers. It will be unsettled for the early
part of next week. It will not deter anybody here. Everyone has
have been -- has been having a Those storms you mentioned, there
of all ready making themselves felt. This picture was e-mailed to West a
short time ago, heading into Leicester.
The showers are moving away, they will clear towards the North Sea.
We were watching them on the radar in the office and they were
spectacular. A lot of rain fall in a short space of time.
It was perfectly clear to see that the Scouts and Guides have been
having a fantastic time at the jamboree. Let's hope that weather
holds for them. Earlier in the programme, we ask
you to write in to tell us how much freedom you used to have when you
were a child. Terence said he never had any adverse experiences.
Of DEC clones says, children have less freedom. He said when my dad
was young, he was always out and about. Another viewer said he used
to play football, tennis, kick the can and marbles.
Down the said, he used to play out with his friends every night. --
Daniel said. Another viewer says, back in the 60s, he was out all day
playing or riding his bike in the countryside.
A jammer says my parents preferred this to be outside. -- Gen a.
Stewart says, we were outside all the summer holidays and only in for