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This is East Midlands Today with Quentin Rayner and me Anne Davies.
Tonight a new strategy to take on the gangs. From now on Nottingham
or treat street crime, as a gang crime. We need to get them off the
streets into more positive relationships.
Also tonight, the event macros may be over, but the consequences
continue. Find out how some businesses are losing thousands of
pounds every day. Plus, are you in the picture? Find out about the
digital switch-over. Talking tactics with the man who says he is
playing badly, but scoring belters First tonight, some of the most
influential people in Nottingham have admitted for the first time
that the city does have a problem with street gangs. We can reveal
that they're now drawing up a plan to tackle it. They say this isn't a
response to last week's riots. They began working on a gangs' strategy
months ago, following growing concern about the level of violent
crime on the streets. A trail of destruction as violence
spread to Nottingham and a large group of thugs attacked homes and
cars are the petrol bombing a police station. This may have been
sparked by the events macros in London, but people there have been
concerned for months. They are worried about groups of 16-24-year-
old who have been involved in street crime. They are worried that
guns and knives are also involved. I heard about one group who set up
a one -- a road block and rob people. Another gang used machetes.
This is about tackling between two -- between 200-300 people in the
Nottingham area. We are looking to tackle the causes of gang of
membership. We need to find people work, we need to have jobs for them
to go to, and to tackle deprivation in the sitter for -- deprivation in
the city. The police had been trying to
tackle it as well. There have been arrested Radford, and they have in
stock checks in St Anne's. Could this have been prevented? The
people running these projects say that jobs are needed. These
volunteers that in after the inclusion project was shut down.
they take this away, what do the kids have left? We are trying to
get them back on the right track. They keep blaming the parents.
youth inclusion projects help -- help to these two musicians to turn
their lives around. They performed at Glastonbury this year. They
appealed for calm at the Notting Hill Carnival. If I get an
opportunity to do something positive then I will do it,
otherwise I would add been in prison like other youths like me.
was always involved in gangs, this was a life-saver.
It was police that tactics that brought a halt to the extraordinary
violence, but now there is a wider debate about how it -- about how
they stop it again. Police forces in the East Midlands
say they have been "humbled" by the support they've received from the
public following last week's rioting. In Derbyshire the number
of people applying to become Special Constables has doubled and
Nottinghamshire Police are holding a special recruitment event later
this week. On Friday night our reporter Jonathan Cecil went out on
patrol with two Specials in Nottingham city centre.
Matthew and the Dani are Special Constables. They look like we do
officers and have the same a powers. I do this after the goodness of my
own heart to put something back into the community. I want to make
sure the public are safe. That is good to hear... They have been
trying to get as many of us as they cannot, they want to make sure the
whole area is covered. To insure a visual presence around
80 Special Constables run duty last week during the disturbances.
kept hearing what was going on on the radio. I wanted to get in and
help out. I have seen groups of youths hanging about the 4th. These
people on a mission. I have not seen that before. It goes through
your mind of what would happen if something was to kick off.
You have done very well. I have a flat in Tottenham, I did not want
to go back there. You have done very well up here. It makes you
feel very good at them is their community out there.
The level of support for the police has been a high this week. Senior
officers recognise the value of their part-time volunteers, and
want to add to the 350 Special Constables. All we ask is that they
provide a minimum of four hours a week. The average person gives us a
300 to 400 hours a year. recruitment drive is taking place
this Saturday. Arrests are still being made in
Leicester after last week's troubles. The police took 5 more
people in for questioning today, including a 14-year-old boy
suspected of burglary. So far, 83 people have been arrested.
Meanwhile, traders say they're struggling to attract customers
into the city centre, despite reassurances from the authorities
that Leicester is now open for business.
The clean-up operation in the City is still continuing. For
restaurants and bars what happened last week is having a massive
effect. This restaurant would usually do 100 covers a night.
are about 40 % down on bookings. People say they are worried that
any their relatives in, worried that their cars been damaged. These
things are worrying to our customers.
It is not just here where people are cancelling bookings, it seems
to be happening across the city, and is costing them thousands of
pounds. Fridays and Saturdays are usually quite busy, but after last
week Wednesday was dead, really dead. There were many cancellations.
This weekend was also quiet. think people are avoiding the area
on the weekend. This restaurant has been
particularly badly affected. have lost 80 % of our business. We
lost about �20,000. That is a lot of money. Things are fairly tough
coming out of recession, or busy taking a hit like this can have
catastrophic effect on businesses. As soon as we can restore football
to the city be better -- bought before.
It hurts the business. Every cover is important, you want to make
everyone happy. You have to see the customer a's appointed you, they
want to feel safe. After the rioters, who all the
restaurant has warned there is consumer confidence.
There is a lot more to look forward to, we will deliver -- lifting the
lid on people's lives, what you think that putting your treasured
possessions inside a memory box? Nottinghamshire Police have started
a murder inquiry after a 28 year old paramedic died nine days after
being attacked. The cricket fan had travelled to the city to watch the
Test Match. He was was assaulted outside a city centre pub in the
early hours of the following morning and never recovered. Sarah
Teale reports A twenty thousand pound reward is
being offered for help in finding this is where James Hodgkinson was
assaulted, outside this pub. The 28-year-old cricket fan had spent
the day watching the Test match at Trent Bridge, and went into town
afterwards. It is understood he received head injuries which were
so severe he was left in a coma. He never recovered and died last
Tuesday -- Tuesday in the Queen's Medical Centre. James Hodgkinson
has been described as an amazing paramedic. He had been working in
London, although he grew up in Southampton, joining the ambulance
service for years ago. The local newspaper there has been carrying
tributes to him. Nottinghamshire Police have started a murder
investigation, p details have been released about exactly what
happened. Their major crime team are investigating, and are
appealing put any witnesses to come forward.
In another murder investigation, a �28,000 reward has be offered
behind in the kill other women in Nottingham. -- for finding the
killer of a woman in Nottingham. The body of 28 year-old Caroline
Coyne was found in St Ann's on Saturday the 23rd of July. Despite
speaking to more than two hundred people, detectives say they still
need more information. The reward is being offered by Nottinghamshire
Police and Crimestoppers. Police are investigating after a
man was stabbed five times at Somercotes in Derbyshire. The 19
year old was found in the garden of a house on Nottingham Road just
after ten o clock last night. He was taken to hospital for treatment
and later released. Investigations are continuing.
And Hollywood action hero Jean- Claude Van Damme is due to begin
filming in Derby. The actor is one of the stars of a film called UFO.
It's set for release next year and is being directed by Dominic Burns,
who is from Derby. They say that every cloud has a
silver lining and that's quite true for five young men from Nottingham.
Two years ago, their musical studies came to end when their
college ran out of money and their courses ended rather abruptly. Not
to be beaten, they formed a band, called The Third Kind, and they've
been causing quite a noise in the industry ever since,
Now there's nothing more we dread They are back with popular demand.
Five-piece rock band, the Third Kind started after their college
course was cancelled, despite a musical picket line. The students
were unable to complete their studies in contemporary popular
music. If they feel they were left high and dry if, but decided to
carry on regardless. It was a sinking ship, we thought
if this was going to happen, we might as well start a band and go
on around. The sudden events left them feeling angry and frustrated.
It was frustrating been dropped in the deep end. We think we have got
Brits, we are doing all right now. We have a decent set up, we are
doing very well, we are playing a lot of gigs, we are raking in it be
done. Well as much as we can! If we finish the course, we would
have had a lot more experience. Two people in the band are
considering returning to full-time education, one is unemployed, and
the singer is a full-time carer and a part-time rock!
It only happens to a few, They are allowed, but good!
There is nothing more we dread here than losing viewers, and a very is
sadly, every chance of that happening unless you actor.
That is because over the next fortnight, everyone has to switch
to digital to carry on watching. Because otherwise, that is going to
The TV switch-over starts here on 17th August. The reminders about
the digital switch-over have been on our TV is it for a while, but
now is the time to tune in to avoid your screen going blank. That is
because the next stage affect the most important transmitter in the
East Midlands, at Waltham in Leicestershire. Standing at more
than 1000 ft, it serves 8 does -- 8000 homes. Over the course of the
next few weeks, the old way of watching TV will be switched off,
and the only way of watching will be via a digital signal. There are
two dates for your diary. To BBC2 analogue channel will stop being
transmitted, and two weeks later, on the 31st August, BBC1, ITV,
Channel 4 and Channel 5 will also be switched off forever. After both
stages, Freeview viewers will have to retune. Cable viewers are
unaffected. The vast but charity of aerials will not need changing. The
important thing to remember is you don't need to replace your TV with
a new one, but if it doesn't have a digital tuner inside, you will have
to buy and plug-in a set top box in order to continue viewing. There is
help at hand for elderly and disabled viewers. The switch-over
help scheme run by the BBC will come out and convert a television
to digital. For some people that will be free of charge, some people
would be asked to make a �40 contribution. But as part of the
scheme, they will get the TV converted to digital, and get 12
months after care, so if they need any more help or guidance, they can
call and they will come out and show them. Nine out of 10 homes in
the East Midlands have already gone digital, but the next fortnight
need to see everyone making the big switch.
I'm going to get my advice from the horse's mouth. I will get a 1-1
with you! There is bound to be added to the switch-over on the
weather front, as well. There is a change on the way, it is time to
swap your sunglasses for one of Release! Sport will cheer you up.
Shall I leave you to your 1-1? A long awaited new arrival at
Forest, striker Ishmael Miller comes from West Brom to bolster the
team which flopped at Millwall on Saturday, especially in the first
45 minutes. Plenty of hard work ahead.
This is the kind of promise that Ishmael Miller has shown in the
past. West Brom's goal of the season three years ago, but a
cruciate injury ruined his progress soon after this. Now it feels like
a fresh start. I just want to play games, that is the main thing right
now. I haven't played back-to-back games will a long time. -- for a
long time. It is not like they are short of attacking options at
Forest, but they couldn't produce a goal on Saturday, and opponents of
all good. Henderson got the touch from a simple corner. A huge second
half improvement including this attempted in the post, but trotter
delighted the ever hostile home crowd with this killer goal.
didn't deserve to win the game. If we had been playing until tomorrow,
we wouldn't have scored. Plenty to consider as Steve McClaren get to
grips with things. Derby County have also been talking
strikers, and I haven't ruled out a move by Leicester City's Steve
Howard, but at the weekend, another Steve made the headlines, youngster
Steve Davies, who hit another wonder goal. This afternoon he has
been talking to Natalie in our The Tactics Truck is back. By
popular demand! The cameraman loves it. But forget him, because world
renowned managers have been in this struck with us, international
goalkeepers, and legends of world football. But tonight, at the man
in the Tactics Truck is derby county's latest goal hero. Steve
Davies is just 23, but in his third season with Derby. As soon as I
have got the ball from under my feet, the first thing on my mind is
to hit the target. A to get two goals in two weeks at the start of
the season is great for you? As a striker, it is always nice to score.
I don't dig I have played the best in the past two two games, the
gaffer has let me know that. This is what he did on opening day
against Birmingham. His goal against what birds at the weekend
was another stunner. -- against Watford. Up until that moment, I
hadn't had a kick, I was running around, chasing balls. He struggled
with injury, but is now fit and enjoying himself. We have the likes
of Croft, Bailey, Bryson, they all live in the same apartment, next
door. They are always together. I and five or 10 minutes away. As
soon as we can all get together, we all go out and socialise. Today the
whole team went bowling and played snooker. This was the first time he
had seen his goal. I have gone and not seen it at all to about 10
Boris, the cameraman! Leicester City had an opening day party, but
it came down like a popped balloon at the weekend. Expectations at the
club sky high, so even Sven was left to describing the performance
as poor and unacceptable. A free funfair for the kids was
just part of the pre-game build up. How about a few Thai dancers? Atria
with high-kicking girls. Thai massage for stressed fans, although
this was not on offer after the game. Then some Leicester tradition.
The team, packed with new signings, nothing could go wrong. Could it?
They just could not live up to their billing. They created a for a
few chances after a terrible first half, but dreadful defending gave
Reading a deserved lead. An opening day blip for promotion favourites.
We didn't play good football. We all get frustrated by it. The big
point is, we have to do better. Sven will hope to see that when
Bristol City visit in two days time. Huge news for Notts County. They
are to play Juventus. The Italians have invited them to open venue
41,000 seater stadium, with a game in Italy next month.
The black and white of Notts County has more humble opponents, Charlton,
to contend with on Saturday. While they were going down to the
Londoners, finishing touches were being put to that game against
Juventus. A century ago, the black- and-white shirts of Notts County
were exported to Italy. They could hardly believe they have been
invited to open the new stadium. Does it excite Martin Allen?
course it does! I know there is a link between the Kits, but that
still doesn't quantify, to me, paying for us all to go out there
back and play them. They are planning a return game in
Nottingham the following season. A stunning story from someone we
have followed for years here. 22- year-old Chris Adcock from
Ravenshead in Nottinghamshire sensationally won a silver medal at
the world badminton -- World Badminton Championships. He was
unseeded, with his partner, Imogen Bankier. This is them winning their
semi-final. They beat more fancied pairings. A truly heroic
performance. Set them up nicely for the book Olympics.
Not should be playing in the Sydney 40 cricket this evening, but it has
not started yet. We have got a personal question for
you. Are you a hoarder? Do you have boxes full of old postcards,
railway ticket? I think most of us do. Half the time, you don't know
what you have got all wear it is. But a memory box could be the
From traditional to a little more unusual. These boxes are represent
people's special memories. They are individually designed and made in
Derbyshire. The outside is designed to be shared with the world. But
when you unlock the box, opened the box, all the private things are
inside. Every time you look at it it recalls a wonderful memory.
Quality craftsmanship does of course, to price. It is hand-made,
completely bespoke. It is from �500 to hundreds of thousands of pounds.
So you could end up with a memory box of this one, made for a
passionate theatre fan from Nottingham. Each individual piece
of this creation, however small, is made from different coloured wood,
and reflects the scale of Nigel's workforce. We have a plasterers,
designers, all those details, created through the skills that
they have. Most projects take about five weeks to complete, but it is
never too late to add or change things. This can of course make the
process take a bit longer, or a lot longer. Two years later, it is
finished, almost! Skilfully crafted, famous carriages from stage and
screen are around every corner of this piece. -- are famous
characters. It can be passed down the family, people over the years
can be adding things to it. It becomes a real history of the
things that are important to the family, from generation to
generation. Oh my gosh. Beautiful. They are too
nice to put anything in the more. I still have on the lips full of
rubbish! -- envelopes. Time for the weather. I wasn't
going to bother going to it, I You may be depressed briefly, but
things are improving after the next 24 hours. The weekend is said to be
warm. Rain is however on the way. First, thanks to re for sending in
this photograph. The reason for the change in the weather is the ridge
of high pressure moving away, you will see this cold front, followed
by a warm front, and an area of rain. That is pushing its way into
the west of the Midlands, maybe parts of Derbyshire are starting to
see it. It will then break up, made its way towards the east, behind it,
we have scattered showers. A mile the night but last night. -- a mild
at night than last night. Temperatures, 21 Celsius. The
showers will then Clear, a try and pretend to the day on Tuesday. --
dry air and brighter end to the day. Thursday at day going to be a
mostly dry day. The good news comes on Friday, expected to be dry, warm