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This is East Midlands Today with Anne Davies and me, Dominic Heale.


Tonight: on the eve of a crucial inquiry into Bombardier's lost


contract, the Government's accused of an "act of vandalism".


As Bombardier's supplies a struggle, Whitehall is accused of turning its


back on a world-class business. will potentially destroy it and it


is tragic and it is a vandalism. Also tonight, Y Kate and Gerry


McCann want to have their say at the phone hacking inquiry.


Plus the other victims of 9/11, the East Midlands soldiers fighting the


war on terror. I still expect him to come bounding through the door


and it is something I will never get used to.


And ploughing on, have allow farmers cope with the longest dry


Welcome to Tuesday's programme. First tonight, the local businesses


losing out because of Bombardier's failure to win the Thameslink rail


contract. Many fear they'll suffer from the


knock-on effect of reduced sales and lower spending in the Derby


area. One supplier's told us it's going to wipe out their plans to


create new jobs. All this comes on the eve of a


much-anticipated hearing into how the contract came to be awarded to


the German firm Siemens. Mike O'Sullivan can tell us more from


Derby. Good evening, Mike. Good evening. Workers from


Bombardier will be heading down to London on a specially chartered


train tomorrow morning to a select committee of MPs, he will be asking


tough questions about why the Thameslink trains are due to be


built near Dusseldorf instead of Derby. Today, there was more


evidence from the City about how it could suffer from the loss of that


big rail contract. A small engineering fear -- firm at


the heart of the �34 billion -- part of the Bombardier supply chain.


They make lots of things for trains here, the metal strips that hold


down the seeds, grab handles, even the desolation display boards that


you see in front of May. But the loss of the 1.4 billion pound


Thameslink contract at Bombardier means there will be less of work


around. The supply firm employs 45 people. Plans to create another 30


jobs now look like being wiped out. We would have expected to have


taken on another 25-30 staff to cater for the work that we would


have accepted -- expected to have won with Thameslink. These are


still jobs requiring not only existing skills but also training


of staff for the future as well. That won't happen now? If the


decision is not reversed, those 30 jobs will not exist. There are also


concerns from firms not connected with the rail industry. After


Bombardier announced 1,400 job losses. Shown in a survey of


businesses in Derby, by a chamber of commerce. 92% said that


Thameslink contract should have stayed in the UK. 67% say the loss


will mean reduced sales. 61% say they will need to lower spending in


the local economy. The chamber is accusing the Government of ignoring


a world class train maker, risking an important part of manufacturing


in the UK. The Government has done nothing to protect it at all and


the decision it has taken well actually potentially destroy it at,


and that is tragic and it is vandalism. The supply firm has been


around for 50 years. It hopes to be around for another 50, but it is


not sure if Bombardier will be in the City as well.


So a big day tomorrow, who will be on the train to London?


Dominic, a real cross-section of campaigners who all want the


Government to overturn that decision on the Thames TEC


contracts. The workers and management here will be joined by


union representatives, or representatives from the Derby and


Derbyshire Rail Forum that represents the supply its affirm we


had a bad, councillors from all of the main parties in Derby City


Council, and some of the campaigners will be protesting


outside the Houses of Parliament as the select committee goes on.


What will actually happen in the Select Committee?


First up, you could say it would be the case against the Government. It


will be Bombardier themselves appearing first, then an two


academics who have been critical of the way the Government had given


the contract to Siemens, and the Government has said they cannot


reconsider. Then Siemens, the arch rival of Bombardier, they will give


evidence. Next up is the EU's Director General for the internal


market. How the EU rules have been interpreted by the Department for


transfer it is a big controversy. - - transport. Bennett is the star


witness, Philip Hammond, the Transport Secretary -- then it is.


What sort of evidence are we talking about?


Well, they are going to hear oral evidence and then after that, they


might decide to launch a full inquiry into the country's rail


procurement process. If that happens, they could make


recommendations to the Government. The Government doesn't have to


stick by them but they do have to respond within 60 days. The


committee could recommend changes to the way the country plays the


game in these big rail contracts, especially when faced with foreign


competition. It might not tell people in the short term facing


voluntary redundancy or forced redundancy, but what the people in


Derby want to hear is that the Government is prepared to


reconsider this big rail contract. We shall see. Thank you.


Next tonight: then Kate and Gerry McCann have offered to be core


participants in the Leveson Inquiry. The couple don't believe their


phones were hacked, but they're happy to contribute to the wider


inquiry about press standards. Their press spokesman Clarence


Mitchell has already spoken to police about suspicions that his


mobile phone was hacked. Our political correspondent Ross


Hawkins was in court this morning. I spoke to him a little earlier


from our Westminster studio and started by asking what a core


participant actually is. Basically, it is people who believe


they could be central to this issue. Central to the inquiry which is


going on at the moment, looking into all sorts of things, including


not just phone hacking, and it is worth saying that the McCanns did


not believe their own phones were tapped, but much broader issues.


Notably, how the press and broadcast media deal with the


public. They think they can make a contribution to that debate. They


obviously have a unique perspective through what they have had to


undergo and they are going to try and contribute to this inquiry.


What do they want to achieve? What is in their interests are to do it?


In short, nobody contributing necessarily get anything out a bid,


particularly in the first year which will look at the broad issues


of the structure of the press, how it deals with politicians and the


public. You speak to a great deal of money people who have had


dealings with the media, the newspapers, not media people who


suddenly find themselves in the eye of a newspaper storm and they talk


about a tough and difficult times. There are a great many people, the


McCann's included, who want to make sure their experience of that sort


of time is reflected in the evidence given to the judge leading


this inquiry. You mentioned a year, that would


suggest this inquiry will go on for some time.


What the Prime Minister wants is in a year Rossouw to have a report


back, and quite a wide range of issues -- or so. To do with the


structures and the ethics of the way the press works and how it


deals with people. Beyond that, there is another a whole set of


work about what went wrong at News Of The World, and there will be


major limitations on what can be done with that until the police


have finished their investigations. We will leave it there, thank you


very much. Still to come, the sporting passion


that unites a father and a daughter. Yes, after years of supporting


triathletes Hollie Avil, her dad has been inspired to take up the


Police have identified the body of man found in a canal in Nottingham.


The body was found by a member of the public at 6:30 this morning at


Wilford Street in the Meadows. His family have asked for his name not


to be released. Officers say they're not treating the death as


suspicious. A 15-year-old boy will appear in


court again next week after being charged with stabbing a man in


Derby last weekend. The 22-year-old was assaulted outside an off


licence. He suffered stab wounds and remains in a stable condition


in hospital after the incident on Sunnyhill Avenue on Saturday night.


The 15-year-old was arrested the next day.


Everyone knows these are tough economic times - confirmed by a


rise in the most recent unemployment figures - so any


glimmer of hope is to be welcomed. So here is one. On its first


anniversary, a free careers service says it's advised more than 60,000


people in the East Midlands and many people have now found jobs.


Quentin Rayner met one of them. 21-year-old Lauren Buchanan is a


success story. She has recently been given a permanent job as a


purchase Clarke at the cash and carry in Nottingham, a city with


one of the highest Adam Parr rate in the country. I did the same at


another country. -- unemployment rates. They couldn't offer me the


hours I wanted to look after my son. She got in touch with Next Step, a


free step for adults, online face- to-face or on the telephone. It


advises about the way to get jobs, polishing CVs and improving


interview techniques. I thought an interview was one person, but


obviously sometimes you can have a panel of people all firing


questions at you and you don't know what to say. So they help me deal


with that. We need to find a few suppliers and play some orders.


Lauren was lucky and got the second job she went for, despite the tough


times, perseverance paid off. In its first year, Next Step has


offered career advice to more than 60,000 adults in the East Midlands.


54% were aged between 25 and 49. 76% were out of work. So what is


the success rate in finding a job? We have contacted 20,000 so far and


around 20 -- 10,000 have gone into learning all volunteer


opportunities and a further 3,000- 4,000 people got into work. There


is a good deal of jobs that they, more than people think. Lauren may


be in charge of checking paperwork at the moment but she already has


her sights set on becoming a buyer. Next, the lives turned upside down


by the 9/11 attacks in New York. The atrocity almost ten years ago


prompted the war in Afghanistan, where Vicki Holmes from Clifton in


Nottingham, lost her son, Kieron Hill.


He's one of 20 East Midlands soldiers who've been killed in


Helmand Province. She's been speaking to our Social Affairs


We had got the Radio 1, we were in the kiosk in the petrol station on.


-- radio on. It was big news. Little did I know a few years down


the line, it would be devastating me as well. If it wasn't for the


bombings, Patrick wouldn't be out in cannot stand and Kieren would


have been here today. -- Afghanistan. He was only 12 when


the twin towers came down and was looking forward to joining the army


cadets. This was in seven years later when he passed his lance-


corporal exams, a teenager preparing to fight in Afghanistan


for a second time. I was just worried sick, basic impulse of he


had nightmares and things like that, so I knew how it affected him --


basic it. I just thought it would be the same, he would come back the


second time. But he didn't come back alive, he was killed by a


Taliban bomb. His coffin was brought back to Nottingham so he


could be buried with full military honours. He has said to have one of


his friend's mothers that he would be on it to come back in a coffin


with the Union Jack draped over it. Bash on it. So he did believe in


everything he was fighting for, but for me, it was not worth it. I have


lost too much. It has changed my life completely. I still expect him


to come bounding through the door. It is something I will never get


used to. Never. I will never get used to the fact he is not coming


home again. I think to myself, has he died for nothing? Things are


still happening they were hoping to stop, so has he died for nothing,


because things have not been solved?


That's Vicki Holmes speaking to our Social Affairs Correspondent,


Jeremy Ball, who's with us now. Jeremy, obviously, military


families are affected so very deeply by the war on terror. On a


much lesser known, what about the rest of us?


I think the most obvious effects RFU travel by plane, you will have


seen all of the extra security -- are iffy. The chances are you will


have bought some of these little Bagster put your toothpaste and


potions in. -- backs are to putt. Last year, you might remember this.


When the freight terminal got caught up in an al-Qaeda plot last


year. They found a bomb in a printer cartridge, in a parcel from


Yemen. That was being sent to the United States but it was security


services here that dealt with it. It is not only air travel that has


been involved. No, for all of our police forces,


terrorism has become an X -- increasingly expensive priority.


There have been high-profile arrests in this region and they


have had to protect Muslim communities against the backlash


and we will hear tomorrow how they walked a tightrope between keeping


those communities on side and all of us safe.


Still to come on the programme: Remember the scorcher of 1976?


Well, the last seven months have been the driest since then. So how


have farmers coped? We'll be finding out later.


And we may have been lacking the rain over the past few months but


we are certainly not lacking in the wind department. I will have a


fault when the forecast later. In other news, police said they are


growing increasingly concerned about a 46-year-old man missing


from home since yesterday. David field left his home in Sheffield on


Monday morning but he never arrived at work in Nottingham. His car was


found in the park and ride at Phoenix Park.


Here's an interesting statistic. Nearly a third of all accidents on


the road are work-related. And here's another. One in three


company drivers has an accident each year.


The stats come from researchers at the Department of Transport. Now a


safety organisation in Leicestershire is calling on


employers to do more to protect workers when they get behind the


wheel. Tiredness, distractions and time


pressures. The three main causes of accidents on the road. Now the


Institution of Occupational Safety and Health is calling on employers


to do more to protect their staff. Unfortunately, it is still very,


and that companies will pressure drivers to go from A to be very


promptly and will ring them on route to ask where they are, get


there quickly, and people need to think again, because the risks are


out weighed by the benefits. This is why. Research suggests one-third


of traffic accidents are work- related. That amounts to 14 deaths


and 160 serious injuries per week. One in 10 people killed or


seriously injured in the East Midlands were in a goods vehicle.


There is an element of haulage companies out there that are


struggling to make a living up. Thankfully, I don't believe we are


in that, but in terms of pushing drivers, making them drive harder


and longer. I can understand the pressures on the industry, the cost


of fuel and the cost of vehicles and the margins. But companies like


foxes fit their optic lorries with the latest sake -- safety


technology to help protect their drivers. Why have adapted cruise


control which monitors the speed of the vehicle in front and it will


adjust this vehicle's speed to compensate. If the vehicle in front


stops suddenly, it will momentarily apply the brakes in this vehicle.


We also have acted Lane control, this black box, and it monitors the


white lines on a dual-carriageway or a motorway and will alert the


driver fired a buzzer if he treats out of his lane. They are now


calling for all serious work related driving accidents to be


reported to the Health and Safety Executive, so companies are more


accountable. Next tonight, would you or your


company like to run two of Nottinghamshire's best-known


tourist attractions? The County Council is looking for


entrepreneurs and private investors to help manage a new visitor centre


for Sherwood Forest and the water sports centre at Holme Pierrepont.


Geoff Maskell has the details. Running a facility like the


National Watersports Centre isn't always plain sailing. It is two


years since the county council took over managing Holme Pierrepont from


Sport England. When they did, it was making an annual loss of �1.2


million. That has now been cut by a third. We have it -- invested a


significant amount of money, around �400,000, and into a campsite as


well and we are seeing returns on that investment. What the centre


needs is some transformational change, some significant capital


investment. That is where the private sector could come in. The


council insists the two sides are not for sale, they want a part that,


not a buyer. Sherwood Forest needs a centre. It is tired and old and


needs an investor. We need people who can work with us. It is not


about selling them off, we want them viable, enjoyable experiences


for the public of Nottinghamshire. The legend says Robin had kept


Sherwood Forest save for ordinary people -- Robin Hood. Councillors


say today they want access to the public maintained and don't oppose


private sector involvement but insist both sides must remain in


public ownership -- but sides. It will go to Cabinet next week before


being discussed by the full council. If there are any chocolate


factories they want us to run, we are up for that.


Yes, volunteers here-and-now. Time for the sport now, with Colin.


Nottingham hurdler Andy Turner says winning a bronze medal at the World


Championships has given him a huge pre-Olympic boost. It was a


controversial third place - awarded after the original winner was


disqualified - but as Turner arrived back from South Korea and


met his family at the airport, he wasn't worrying about that.


Chris Loader confident. My last three championships, I have taken


medals away. -- loads of confidence. I am looking forward to London. I


have a lot of work to do but I am confident things can go well.


Well, Turner's reached the top - but life as a parent to a young top


athlete is often one of sacrifices. It's a life of ferrying your child


around the country, often at unearthly hours, as they try to


reach the elite. Of course, it has its rewards. Hollie Avil is a


former World Junior Triathlon Champion. And now, as she trains


for London 2012, she's inspired her dad so much that he's taken up the


Triathlon. Give-and-take, a mile swim, 20 mile ride and six-mile run


and one of the fastest sports and growing in the UK. Hollie Avil


loves it and now, so does her dad. I will get the towels. Since she


was eight, Mark was the taxi. For 10 years, his life revolved around


his daughter's training. Then she left home. Dad got me into


triathlon and he wasn't doing it himself at the time but in the back


of my mind, I thought he would start to give it a go. It is in


sight left home and he has had more time on his hands to train. --


since I left. Yes, I got used to getting up at 4:30am to take care


to the Lakes and the swimming pool to swim and suddenly she went off


to love pre-university and I was still getting up at 4:30am, so I


thought I would be useful learning to swim properly -- Loughborough


University. Sunday morning, holly and a bad compete for the first


time together. An open water swim over a mile -- Hollie and her dad.


She is now have competing for Ironman events. In the last two


years, Mark has lost four stone and it needs a whole new wardrobe.


Hollie won the race at a stroll but she has London 2012 on the radar.


Dad came in Sidath dad was first to congratulate her. Well done, you.


That was a surprise. Thanks, Dad! In Beijing, I didn't qualify until


the end of May 2080 so I have been patient and just enjoying racing


and hopefully I will be on top form by the end of this year -- 2008.


Hollie has moved back to Loughborough to train full-time and


if she does make it to London, that will be there at the sidelines,


swimming, biking and running all the way.


If he ever overtakes the, he might enjoy it. -- her.


Just a couple of quick bits of news to finish. Derby County's Chief


Executive has told us that the club will have to move players on before


they can sign any more. Nine players arrived during the summer -


and Tom Glick says any more would unbalance the books.


In cricket, fast bowler Charlie Shrek is leaving Nottinghamshire to


join Kent. Shrek, who was twice player of the year, is keen to get


regular first team cricket. There you are, you are up to date.


I love Hollie's bad. Fantastic. On a grey and windy day


today, it is strange to report that 2011 has a lot in common with a


scorching summer of 1976. I don't remember it! Figures out


today show that across the Midlands, we have had the driest January to


August period for 35 years. So now that this year's harvest is


complete, we sent Mark Heathcote out to a Nottinghamshire farm to


see how they are coping. Peter farms 80 her tears of land.


He has been here for 50 years -- hectors. This year, it has been


strange. The we have had a year of great variation. Will we had a very


harsh winter, and that was followed by a very dry spring which took us


into a drought situation in this region in the East Midlands, and


then through harvest combat it has been a mixed bag of weather forced


up recently, farmers could only stand and watch.


Bash recently, farmers could only stand and watch as they feared


crops would rot in the ground. This year, they could not hardest at all.


It was a hardest of catch it while you can, it was sunshine one moment,


you could get its quality, and the next minute it was raining and we


were back into the shed, so a lot of ground had to go through an


expensive drying system to get it fit. This year has seen the price


of oil seed rape go up by 15%. Barley prices have fallen and wheat


crops have also dropped by 15% on average. The same farming... They


say in farming, no two years are the same at this is the year to


prove all of that. From what I could tell, we are ready for


another harsh winter. Add that is probably what none of us wanted to


hear -- and that. I have read that, another harsh


winter on the way. As if they can tell!


You are supposed to be able to tell by the berries. Sally will know.


You can't expect me to be an expert on that. I was picking blackberries


yesterday so signs of autumn on the yesterday so signs of autumn on the


way and today has felt autumnal. Windy with share was blowing


through. They are fizzling out but the strong winds continuing --


showers. Thank you for this lovely picture of the sunset. If you have


got any photos of the wind, that would be great -- when the photos.


Between January and August, it has been the driest across the East


Midlands since 1976. You have been complaining we have had of rubbish


summer, maybe that it has not been as rubbish as you thought, we are


not lacking in the wind department. Plenty of strong winds, these


isobars squeezing together as they circle around the area of low


pressure. We have seen one or two share was blowing our way through


the day but they are starting to fizzle out nicely -- showers. One


or two isolated showers, over the Peak District, but most places dry


with clear spells. Temperatures not too bad, a little cooler than last


night, 12C as your minimum temperature. We will start with a


much brighter note on Wednesday, sunny spells through the day but


with the chance of an occasional shower into the afternoon. Many


areas getting away with a dry day. We will see rain spreading in later


on in the evening, temperatures around 18 or 19C, but the wind will


not ease off until Wednesday evening. That eases off but we get


further rain starting to spread in and that makes Thursday a rather


wet looking day, even though the wind would be quite as strong. Then


we seem to see a little return of summer come Friday. Although it


will be quite blustery, it will be will be quite blustery, it will be


quite warm, with temperatures into the low twenties.


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