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This is East Midlands Today. Tonight:
The teenager who encouraged violent disorder via Facebook. Amed Pelle
called on more than 2000 people to attack police stations and continue
the riots. Also, the deputy comes to town to
see for himself the firebombed Canning Town circus. I think people
should be proud that there was not any rioting in the city centre.
income can be tired -- not become can be proud of that. People have
been knocking on Arab doors and asking what they can do to help.
And seven stages, 100 AX and 30,000 fans. -- 100,000 axe and 30,000
fans. It is a Summer Sundae in Leicester.
Good evening and welcome to Friday's programme.
A teenager admitted in court today that he used Facebook to encourage
others to join the riots in Nottingham. Amed Pelle sent
messages via the social networking site to more than 2,000 people. In
a police interview he said he believed that the riots should
continue and more police stations should be attacked. He also said
that he felt the police pick on black youths. Our correspondent was
in court. During the rioting, police had been
monitoring social networking sights to see what messages had been sent
to find out when and where violence may happen. They picked up when to
take -- 22-year-old Amed Pelle and he was taken to jail. He sent a
message is on Facebook. He said that it one black youth was killed
they would kill one million police. He also reference a high and
clothing store in Nottingham. Amed Pelle said he did not want to
take part but he wanted the right to continue and he said that the
police pick on black youth and this was a demonstration of black youths
against a party. The latest arrest figures are related to disorder
Detectives are continuing to check CCTV so that the number of arrests
could increase. Amed Pelle was just one of the people caught in the
East Midlands. The judge said that Amed Pelle did not understand how
his comments would be taken. He is due to be sentenced at the Crown
Court. As promised, yesterday, the Deputy
Prime Minister Nick Clegg was in the East Midlands today. First stop
was Nottingham and Canning Circus Police station, the one that was
firebombed on Tuesday night. There he met police and community leaders
who had been on the front line that evening.
Chaos at Canning circus. These were the scenes on Tuesday night. Today
Nick Clegg was in town to talk to the police officers who had been on
the front line. There were one or two of them... Yes, I saw the
pictures. He topped with a local MPs and council leaders as well as
the heads of various community groups. -- he spoke with. He agreed
that the front line was being stretched too thin. I have just
heard that police officers have been reassuring myself and members
of the committee that there will be no frontline cuts to the
neighbourhood policing teams whatsoever. Magistrates worked late
into the night dealing with those who had been arrested after the
violence. Nick Clegg had a clear message for anyone who attempted to
follow their example. For any youngster or anyone who thinks this
might be an occasion to cause trouble, think again. Look at what
is happening with the increasing number of arrests. He will not get
away Scot free. You will get a knock on the door. You cannot get
away with this but no consequences. Confidence is key for politicians
and leaders and one sign up the confidence is that the Caribbean,
all in Nottingham will go ahead as planned for Saturday. -- horrible.
It is a risk that community leaders say they are prepared to take. It
is a chance for the community to come together for a day of
celebration. And the fight back goes on in other
cities as well. In Leicester the damage caused by the riots and its
aftermath is estimated to be costing the city over �1 million.
Tonight there is still a high police presence in the city. There
are dozens of police here tonight. They are here to provide
reassurance to the public and provide protection to local
businesses. But some people are being stopped and searched. All
this is with them preventing any more of violence.
The were images that shocked and raised questions as to why. An Age
Concern minibus completely destroyed after being set alight.
This woman comes to lunch here once a week. Old people come to the sort
of places. Without the bus we cannot get here. But there is some
good news. Leicester City Council has lent the charity a bus and
thousands of pounds of charity is being given to get a new bass.
Age Concern is such a good charity. They need new vehicles. We were
able to give them a substantial donation towards their appeal.
over a cup of tea, the head of Age Concern in master told me loads of
money were giving money. We have had young schoolchildren coming
into our offices with little bits of pocket-money wanting to put a
little into buying an ambulance. Out in the City, the aftershock of
a night of rioting is still being felt. I was here on Wednesday
morning when many of the shop windows were smashed. Now they are
all boarded up waiting to be replaced. Shop owners are keen to
stress that it is business as usual, but what happened on these streets
late on Tuesday night near the early hours of Wednesday morning is
set to cross -- cost the city Dili. By the time you have added up all
of the loss in property and people cancelling bookings and things, you
are looking at an excess of �1 million. It is a busy lunchtime and
the topic of conversation is what should happen to be rioters. They
will not do it again if they got a win with salt on it. The if they
were put away for a while they would realise what they had done.
They need to do Labour unpaid. They need to work. The police here have
been working between 12 and 15 hour shifts. There is steely
determination in the officers to make sure that would happen here
does not happen again. The This week's riots have put huge
pressure on our police forces. Earlier I spoke to Simon Cole,
Leicestershire's Chief Constable, and began by asking him, given the
cost of the operation, how long can the high number of officers be kept
on the streets? Every day of every week of every year we look at the
resources that we need. We will have spent at the end of the
weekend about �250,000. We have a contingency budget that is more
than that and the increased it for this year's budget. We will be
going as long as we need to for positive action against those who
offended three days ago. You cannot keep this going all the time. The
fear is that the writers will return. What then? -- de rioters.
The at is an interesting view. What we have been doing over the last
couple days, we have had many arrests, and we are carrying out an
investigation into what happened three nights ago. We hope that
people are getting the message that be are policing this very firmly
but very Bailey and we will do what we need to do to protect local
communities. -- very fairly. are facing potential cuts of up to
�34 million in the next four years. How much has thus strengthen the
case for reviewing this Budget reduction? -- this strengthened the
case for reviewing these budget reductions? I will accept that we
have got to take our share of dealing with national issues. It
did not affect our policing on Tuesday evening. We have plans
looking ahead to try and maintain our frontline, whenever else we
have to do. Of course I would like more resources. There is no chief
constable that would not. Joining us now is Graham Allen, the MP for
Nottingham North. You've just published your second
report into early intervention which is a programme ultimately
aimed at really stopping what we've just seen.
It is being piloted here in Nottingham and after what we've
just seen it doesn't seem to be working. I think it will work. We
need to pair off some of the followers from some of the harder
cases. That is a two prong situation. Our policing in
Nottingham has been exemplary. I hope the magistrates back the
police up. Some of the early signs are not particularly good on that.
There is the long-term strategy as well. How do we stop people doing
this again? How do we break the inter-generational cycle, where a
lot of us go through families and goes father to son and on? But not
a game has been doing in the last few years is supporting young mums
and helping them raise their children. -- what Nottingham has
done. Everyone on the street has been asking me what the parents are
doing. We need to support those parents early on so their children
can be raised in the right way rather than be feral children.
But how do you change the mindset of someone who thinks rioting is
fun and getting arrested just an occupational hazard? Pie think it
would be too late at that point and you would need a stick at that
point to make sure that they are properly policed. I think before
the child grows up you need to intervene much earlier. They need
to do what we are doing in Nottingham. Social and emotional
aspects of learning, life skills, how to build relationships, how to
be a decent citizen. You say this has only been going for a four
years. Do you think it will work and that the kids... It is not a
cure all. We need to build out the problems that have the -- rather
than have the consequences. Not just rioting, lifetime on benefits
and drinking, that is the lifetime policy to go with the short-term
response we have seen. We have to leave it there. Thank you very much.
You are watching BBC East Midlands Today, and later, an old favourite
returns because the branch line is enjoying a boom. One rural line has
seen passenger numbers double in just four years.
A former leader of Derby City Council has been jailed for five
years for child sex offences. Maurice Burgess, who is 63 and from
Normanton, admitted 11 charges of indecently assaulting four boys
under 14. Derby Crown Court heard that Burgess had two previous
convictions for similar offences. He was the Liberal Democrat leader
of the city council for two years from 2003. 1,000 council homes
could be demolished -- demolished him an ambitious home building
project. It is a scheme that could cost up to �60 million.
They have been part of the landscape in Nottingham since 1967.
Now these tower blocks are showing their age. I have had three leaks
over the last week. There has been excessive damage on the ceiling.
There is an up and a down to living here. The view is amazing. High
rise flats along what older buildings could also be demolished.
The city council says that about 1,000 old flats and houses would be
replaced by 500 new homes. We will be building more appropriate
housing in the City. There is a need for family housing and
bungalows as well. This will freeze up a council house for a family to
live in. It would be the biggest building project in Nottingham in
25 years. B Campsall has promised to rehouse all residents but not
everyone has been happy about it. - - the council. This is such a
community focused area. I think it will ruin my life. I didn't like
what they moved me last time. would not like to get a new house.
I still want to stay in Nottingham. A series of meetings is being held
in the next few weeks where residents can get more information.
The city council will decide whether to go ahead with the
rebuilding project at a meeting next month. The skyline will change.
Indeed! Many of our branch railway lines
were famously killed off by Dr Beeching's axe in the 1960s. They
were closed for being too costly and inefficient. But some of our
smallest surviving routes are going from strength to strength. In fact,
one rural line in Derbyshire has seen its passenger numbers almost
double over the last four years. A new sitcom is being filmed here.
But for those who use this line its appeal has increased to investment
rather than showbiz glamour. It is a comfortable ride and in his
frequent. It is every hour. Four years ago, just over 200,000
passenger journeys were made on the line every year, but now it is
almost 400,000, and last year saw a 20 % increase. It has got a new
life and a new role. No one would think of closing it now. It brings
people into Derby and Nottingham. It connects people into London. It
plays a vital role. Other small rail lines are seeing similar rises.
With more people holidaying at home, the summer months are particularly
popular. It is a good service. It was a day trip with the kids.
heading back from a holiday in the Peak District and going back to
London. It is changing at Derby and hopefully it will be a good journey.
With Nottingham and in using a parking levy next year, the number
of commuters is expected to rise even higher. We want people to
choose using the train as their first choice, really. From the work
we had been doing we have been having success. People like branch
lines. It is Friday, so the weekend starts
here, but in Leicester it's already Summer Sundae as festival-goers
settle down for three days of music. By and although the umbrella has
had already been in use and master, it will not be all doom and gloom
this weekend. More weather for you towards the end of the programme. -
- in Leicester. And now for sport, with all of the thrills.
He is the man who once said no to Manchester United, played for
England Under 21s and spent several seasons abroad enjoying Champions
League football. Now striker Matt Derbyshire is ready to reignite his
Matt Derbyshire is a man on a mission. I always believe in my
ability. To get off to a good start would be a good thing. That is the
most important thing. footballing career began at
Blackburn after he turned down Manchester United. I was looking at
a couple of clubs as a youth player. There was Manchester United and
Blackburn but being a Blackburn fan the on the decision was made -- was
to go for Blackburn. His boyhood favourites would find him and he
had the chance to experience Champions League football. Now my -
- when Nottingham Forest came calling with a deal he knew he had
his chance. I am always pushing myself every single year. There is
no reason why we cannot be at the top where we should be. He has
scored goals for his country. Like everybody we have got in, there is
an extra motivation for him. They have to do well. If he does well it
might help fans forgive him after being named after one of his
fiercest rivals. By am from Blackburn, born in Blackburn, said
there is no reason to hate me because of my name! Spotted briefly
at training this morning, was a new player, he was going under a
medical. We will keep you posted. Forest
travel to Milwall tomorrow, while Leicester City's record summer
signing comes up against his former club as the Foxes try to keep up
their winning start to the season. Matt Mills cost over �5 million
from Reading. Here he is scoring against Leicester last season, but
now the roles are very much reversed. My family will be here. I
think it will be a good thing to get out of the way. I am looking
forward to it. They have got a strong side this year. We are
confident, two wins in two. Looking forward to the next game.
Derby County go to Watford and they are also looking for back to back
league wins. But they are without five central defenders because of
injury. That should mean a first league start for 18-year-old Mark
O'Brien, who's faced more than his share of adversity. Mated 1009,
Vicarage Road, and his debut as a second half sub. -- made 2009.
make me baby when I was 16 and then two down the line -- to make me a
player when I was 16 and then take me on two years down the line is
extraordinary. That should have been the start of great things and
tell Mark found out he had a potentially fatal heart defect. He
was operated on but it a must we would his season. I went to the
bottom of the lowest and now I am on a big high. I cannot explain
what it feels like. It is unbelievable. Chances were limited
last year but he now has his break. He came on during last Saturday's
opening day win and started on Tuesday. He is in line to keep his
place. I think because of what he has been through, the heart
operation, -- it would make a lot of people think about the future.
He was out there and I think his bravery stands out a mile. It has
been terrible the way people have been dropping out with injury. I
felt I was leading the team were bare bones. Hopefully they can show
what they can do and give all the chances they can get. What has it
been like? It has been more than I ever expected. I am loving every
minute of it. They have not won their first two League games since
1973. If that changes tomorrow, Mark is in for a double celebration.
Notts County, who will be determined to put their Carling Cup
exit behind them, entertain Charlton at Meadow Lane. And of
course there is full commentary on all the local matches on your BBC
local radio station, with highlights on the Football League
Show just after half eleven tomorrow night.
Meanwhile Mansfield Town are suing Ilkeston FC for loss of earnings
after their ill-fated pre-season game earlier this month. The match
had to be abandoned after three stags players were injured.
Defender John Thompson needed 40 stitches in a facial wound.
Darren Bravo is making his debut for Nottinghamshire in this
evening's 40-over game. Derbyshire have a great chance to beat
It's been dubbed the Grandson of Glastonbury, and today the little
bundle arrived in town. Thousands of music fans are expected to
attend Leicester's Summer Sundae festival over the next three days.
The gates are open, the hospitality is in place and the stage is set
for Summer Sundae. Now in its element here, it is expected to be
bigger than ever. It requires quite a big team to run it and several
months of organisation. It is always the things that crop up at
the last moment, the -- at the last moment that test the organisation.
2000 visitors will be under a canvas. It is just good music.
chilled out. It is quite relaxed. Everyone is quite friendly. It has
a really unique vibe and atmosphere. This is the biggest of at seven
stages at the Festival, and over the next three days, they will be
hosting over 130 axe. The music scene here is just arriving at the
moment. An event like this, that gives those artists a chance to
appear with established acts, is incredibly important. Among them,
Dancing Lotus, who open the show. This is easily the begin -- biggest
gig we have ever played. We are on a massive stage on a bill with
great axe. It is truly a massive honour. It would not be a proper
I had been driving pass that all week. I was wondering what it was.
It looked very similar and dark. It was great having backstage
passes. But that is one of the great joys of those stages -- shows.
Now for the weather. Just to put you in a holiday mood, this
fantastic shot sent him. It was I think if you are heading off to
the coast for the weekend it should be a better day on Sunday, not
Saturday. We have a weather front fortnight. It is a band of rain
that has already started to arrive and parts of Derbyshire. It is
fragmenting as it works its way eastwards. There will be some
showery bursts of rain overnight. 15 Celsius is the minimum
temperature. The heavier bursts during the early hours of tomorrow
morning and it will clear a way eastwards. These guys will not
Brighton too much tomorrow. There will be the odd glimmer of sunshine
but it should still be quite warm. The maximum temperature will be 21
Celsius tomorrow. Sunday is the better day out of the two. There is
a little bit of rain working its way up from the south. At the
moment, the East Midlands will stay dry, and there will be more
sunshine around. The temperatures will be around the low twenties. It
will not be overly warm but it will feel pleasant if you are outside
for any length of time. We have some high pressure building on
Monday. In the afternoon there will be a change. The cloud will start
to increase but it should remain dry throughout Monday. Temperatures
will be very similar to the began. Tuesday is about the only day when
there is the opportunity for us to see a shower. It is a little bit