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This is East Midlands Today with Dominic Heale and me, Anne Davies.
Our top story tonight. Jailed. A 79-year-old paedophile who abused
boys over two decades. A cunning predator, Peter Holland
used his position at church to groom young boys. When researchers
house, we found a suitcase full of photographs.
Derby City Council announces �20 million of a savings, 500 jobs are
to go. The man at badly injured in a crash
who did not want the man responsible to be jailed. I could
get pretty miserable, but I do not intend to do that.
And on occasion, we get the low- down behind the scenes of the
latest in Jane Eyre film to be made Welcome to Friday's programme.
First tonight. A 79-year-old pensioner has been jailed for six
years for the sexual abuse of children spanning almost two
decades. Peter Holland admitted crimes against 12 schoolboys in
Nottingham. But detectives believe there could
have been hundreds of victims. And it's emerged that Holland had
already been jailed for similar sex offences over 50 years ago. Our
Social Affairs Correspondent, Jeremy Ball, reports. Justice
finally caught up with Peter Holland today as he was sentenced
for crimes going back to 1970s. Crimes that ruined a string of
young lives. Let me show you some of the photographs. The police
knocked on Holland's doors after a former victim finally came forward
last year. They found thousands of catalogued photographs with details
that helped them trace several others. Men who are now in their
30s and 40s. I was probably the first person they told. There was a
lot of silence. I think there was a lot of relief that it had now come
out. These people had never disclosed to anybody the extent of
the abuse, not even to their wives, to their parents. I think the
victims run into hundreds. The photographs speak for themselves.
Holland groomed some of his victims by volunteering at church and in
Scout groups. Earning their parents' trust and then taking them
on trips to the fair and on holidays. That shows him on holiday
with one of the victims. This other shot here is taken at Center Parcs
and it shows one of the victims swimming in the pool. Holland even
used workmates at the Plessey factory to meet some of his victims.
But to his neighbours, he presented a very different face. He was very
kind. He always comes round if we are not very well or anything and
does shopping, or runs people to the doctors, all that sort of thing.
Detectives say when they came here to arrest Peter Holland last year,
he was not at all surprised. In fact, it was the knock on the door
he had been expecting for decades. That is because he had a long track
record of sexual abuse. These blurry photographs were taken more
than 50 years ago when he was jailed the first time. Church of
England authorities say that conviction would have showed up
with the safeguards now in place. We are deeply sorry that this has
happened in the context of his membership of one of our churches.
We apologise unreservedly to the victims who are out there, some we
know and some we do not know. We would join the police in urging
others to come forward. Detectives say he was a cunning sexual
predator and they say it beggars belief that he got away with it for
so long. Jeremy Ball's with us in the studio.
These crimes happened several years ago. So how did the police find
Peter Holland's victims? A lot of them were traced through
Facebook. By searching for names that Holland had written on the
back of those old photos. He left dates too, so detectives had a good
idea of how old those men would have been now. And they simply
compared the photos with their profile pictures. And if the two
seemed to match, then officers sent them a message, asking them to get
in touch. We heard the police there saying
Holland's victims had kept this abuse quiet. How were they
affected? It's been traumatic for some of
them. The youngest victims were only 8 years old. Three of the boys
were brothers. And one was abused in chuch. Today the judge told
Holland he was a manipulative, predatory paedophile.
We heard the police there saying Derby City Council today announced
it was to make hundreds more staff redundant. It said it was being
forced to make �20 million of savings to balance the budgets.
Unions have called the cuts a tragedy for staff, services and the
city of Derby, as Sarah Teale reports.
These were the scenes earlier this year when Derby City Council
announced the largest cuts in its history. There were widespread
protests them. 465 staff took voluntary redundancy. Unions warned
that more would follow. Today, the council announced it has to make a
further �20 million of savings to balance the budget for next year.
It said the money would be found by losing 500 full-time posts from its
6100 strong workforce. That is a lot of jobs. What the expecting
people to do? They should be creating jobs, not cutting them.
People try very hard, but the often complain that they are the only one
so there. It is the reaction amongst the people of Derby. They
should see this as a tragedy for their services. Staff morale is low.
You have people trying to provide good quality service on a reduced
the workforce and budget. All that creates pressure and unmanageable
workloads. In a statement, the council said it was unfortunate
there had to be job losses, but there was no alternative. The
council said that it was committed to getting as many voluntary
redundancies as possible. So they would be offering an enhanced
packaged to any staff the volunteered to leave. Staffing
costs are only a percentage of the savings which need to be made. More
cuts in services are inevitable. The council has not said where they
will be yet. Still to come on the programme -
going nowhere. Forest boss Steve McClaren tells us frustrations have
been vented by both him and the board. But he's not quitting.
And we have an ex hurricane on the way as we head towards the weekend.
It is skipping the States and crossing the pond and working its
way towards us bringing some strong winds and potentially heavy rain. I
Next tonight, the many thousands of patients rushed to hospital only to
face delays when they get there. East Midlands Today has uncovered
more evidence of the strain that our accident and emergency units
are under. A freedom of information request by
the BBC has revealed huge increases in the number of patients having to
wait longer to be handed over by ambulance staff to hospital medical
teams. Live now to our Health Correspondent Rob Sissons.
Those delays are not just act at the un -- the queue and see, right
across the region. -- QM see. The fear is that hold-ups are reducing
the fire poor power of ambulance crews our A&E units are under
strain. After being stretchered and, the handover to the hospital team
typically involves a brief consultation and the transfer of
information. The target is to do this within 15 minutes of arrival.
Increasingly, it is being missed. We have a spike in demand, activity
increases and lots of patience, do the hospital at the same time.
we can reveal the extent of the handover hold ups. Last year,
across the East Midlands, over 98,000 patients had to wait longer
than the target time of 15 minutes. And Nottingham's QMC had the
biggest delays. Leicester's handover doubled. The ambulance
service say improvements are needed. We are under strain, but for the
vast majority of the time, the system works very well. It is when
they get peaks in demand, and they are often unpredictable, that we
struggle. This patient was taken in with chest pains. His handover was
up two minutes. He was impressed, but it was quiet. It is good when
it has been like that. They do a lot here. The hospital stresses
that that the more seriously ill patients are always prioritise.
Hospitals across the East Midlands are putting together action plans
to sort this out. The problems, if they carry on, may get worse over
the winter. Maybe the fact that this barrier spiralling demand and
finite resources, solutions may be more competent
British detectives who are reviewing the search for Madeleine
McCann have travelled to Portugal for formal meetings with the
authorities there. Scotland Yard says its officers have conducted
face-to-face discussions with police who led the massive hunt
when Madeleine disappeared. She was nearly four when she went missing
from Praia da Luz in the Algarve in 2007. The Metropolitan Police has
begun to review the original investigation after a request from
the Home Secretary. A 45-year-old man who was assaulted
in Nottingham just over a week ago has died. Rajkumar Thurairajah was
found with serious injuries on Lawson Street in Radford. A man has
been charged with causing grievous bodily harm with intent and actual
bodily harm. A man seriously injured in a road
crash involving a drunk driver says he wishes the motorist had not been
sent to prison. 69-year-old Peter Small from Sileby in Leicestershire
suffered head injuries and now uses a wheelchair. But he asked the
courts to order the driver and passenger to carry out voluntary
service instead of going to jail. Helen Astle reports.
Peter Small is still recovering from the crash which happened in
October last year. He suffered multiple injuries including a
smashed leg which may still have to be amputated. He had a fractured
pelvis, a broken arm and cracked ribs. It hit a had happened when I
was 40, I might have had a different attitude because of my
responsibilities. But it did not. Peter was travelling along here
when he was involved in a head-on clash. The driver of the other car
was drunk, was not insured and did not have a driving licence. After
the accident, Peter road to the Crown Prosecution Service asking
for the drunk driver and his passenger not to be sent to prison.
These two las Arab the beginning of their lives, they are both young. I
would hate to think that something, for me which is not as bad as all
that would turn into something very unfortunate for them. Despite his
pleas, the pair were jailed yesterday. I do not want this to
last on my conscience too long. If they wish to see be, I would be
very happy to talk to them about it. What do you hope to achieve?
would hope that they can continue their lives and rebuild their lives.
The sad thing is I think that prison sentences I'll of Richard
plot and I do not think it is appropriate. -- our are Richard
The mother of a 3-year-old boy has spoken about the support she has
received since he was killed just over a week ago. Dylan Crean from
Albert Village near Swadlincote was airlifted to hospital but died from
his injuries. A 21-year-old man has been charged with his murder.
Consultation on a review of school terms in Nottinghamshire has closed.
The city council is deciding whether to bring in a five-term
school year with four weeks holiday in the summer. The authority
believes this would enable pupils to achieve higher standards. Next
month the council will start considering the opinions it has
gathered. Next tonight, police in parts of
Leicester have begun a crackdown on muggers. Operation Harvest has been
prompted by a rise in burglaries and street robberies in the east of
the city. Paul Bradshaw has been to meet one of the victims who says
she will never get over it. Mary Adams was mobbed at a bus-stop
earlier this year. Her thieves stole and necklace bought by her
has been the day before he died. She says she will never get over it.
It was dreadful. Her story is not unique. Police are now taking form
were action. There were two a muggings in the area. Two remember
were robbed by the same man. Both burglaries and muggings have shot
up in the first six months of this year compared with the same period
Police and are spending �50,000 to put more officers on the streets to
try to make communities feel safer. Every victim of a crime, it causes
distress and upset. If we can prevent attacks from taking place,
it is better for everybody. We are trying to help people from becoming
victims of that type of crime and also to identify offenders.
Really's family have replace the net result was storeman, but the
memories that -- me the's family have replaced them reckless up was
stolen, but the memories of what happened will never go away.
Coming up. Notts County's big night at Juventus, but first Nottingham
Forest manager Steve McClaren insists he is bemused about stories
he wants to quit. McClaren was speaking publically for the first
time today since headlines were plastered all over the tabloids and
broadsheets about his desire to leave the the club.
Steve McClaren was all smiles here at training today, but it has been
a turbulent few weeks at the city Ground. What happened last Friday?
That is a good question. I was away went all that was going on back
home. Frustrations were vented and points were made. Things have
settled down. We know the parameters we are working with them.
Did you ever think of quitting? do not know with a story has come
from. My commitment is to the players, to the players in that
dressing room. But it was not all paper talk. Three months after
joining, he the board were at loggerheads. It is frustrating, the
players we have not been able to get. It must all seem it so
familiar to Forest fans. Another transfer window has come and gone
Ambleside names. -- and no signings. Steve McClaren is now building
bridges with the board. It is something that does take time. If
it had come straight away, everybody would have been delighted,
but it has to be expected. It has been put to bed. McLaren is moving
What an evening yesterday for Notts County. What an honour. At Italian
giants Juventus to help them open their new stadium with the first
game ever played there. A massive reward for the decision by one man
over 100 ago to send Juve an old Notts kit.
The replacement for the old and and loved Stadium of Juventus is
magnificent. Any team could have been chosen for the ceremony, but
instead Notts County for the cells flying out to them. -- found
themselves flying out to Italy. had to pinch myself that we were
going there. It feels like Christmas Day. For me to be taking
the team to Juventus is surreal. Why the honour? It is black and
white stripes. Gifted do Juventus in 19 of three by John Savage. --
Make one Notts County against A penalty in the second half. The
Italians played their national stereotype by becoming robust. But
as a Notts County substitutes help to balance the sides, the Magpies
started to irritate. The first visitor to score a goal at
Juventus' new stadium was a Notts County player. It was fantastic, I
will enjoy it while it lasts. banter with their will not -- the
fans who where there will not forget it.
All our Championship sides are away this weekend. Leicester are off to
Barnsley and Derby to Coventry as the season gets a bit of a restart
after the international break. The characters that came in during
the summer have proved it on and off the pitch. We have a good
camaraderie. It is a very important moment now. There are five games
before the next international break. I think it is important that those
five of one. And, as ever, all four clubs have
full live coverage on your BBC local radio stations. Brilliant
commentators bringing you the games. What more could you want?
Before we leave football, I would like to mention Ilkeston FC. They
missed out on non-league day last weekend. So they're offering Derby
and Forest season ticket holders half price entry to tomorrow's game
with Quorn. Just 3.50. Got to be worth a punt.
In rugby, it is away games for Leicester Tigers, off to old
sparring partners Wasps, and for Nottingham who go to Moseley.
Results and action here on Monday. Meanwhile Martin Johnson's England
take on Argentina in the World Cup in New Zealand. Good luck to all
the Tigers in the squad against the Pumas tomorrow morning. But there's
already been an East Midlands player in action. Nottingham
Rugby's Sione Kalamafoni played for Tonga in the opening game of the
tournament earlier today. He was on the wrong end of a 41-10 defeat to
the All Blacks. Finally cricket, and all three of
our counties in action. Notts in all sorts of trouble, following on
at Edgbaston. An intriguing last day in prospect in Derby. Kent
chasing 198 to win. And Leicestershire's collapsed this
morning. They're following on too. Football Focus have a full report
from the Juventus game, make sure to watch it.
Next, a tale of romance and forbidden passion. No, it's not
Celebrity Big Brother. It's a real classic.
The latest film version of Charlotte Bronte's Jane Eyre is in
cinemas tonight and it's the third screen version to be filmed at
Haddon Hall near Bakewell in just over 15 years. James Roberson went
to see what impact these films have on Haddon Hall and the area.
This is the banqueting hall. Janet is that manager at Haddon
Hall and shows the behind-the- In this courtyard, they had horses
will stop to get a horses into this, they had to bring them air through
the House. Jane Eyre has almost become an industry here. Thank God
Zeffirelli made his film version here was stop the BBC made their TV
series. Glastir, another film was It was very important that we did
not try to employ wins the director about which rooms would be used for
each scene. The films are good for local business. Local hotels have
been full of actors and production staff. The Peacock Hotel was
delighted to accommodate Dame Judi Dench. People want to stay with the
stars stayed. It is good for Everyone involved in this version
of Jane Eyre is hoping it will be great for the box office and for
It is passionate! Yes. Come down, dear. There is some wind
Come down, dear. There is some wind Yes, we have had a lovely day, but
things are set to change. We have a hurricanes heading our way. This is
a great portal. It is a Category 1 hurricanes at the moment. It is
dragging his way across the Atlantic. By the time we get to
Sunday night, those are winds will be really strong, up to storm-force
and part of the UK. We have got a yellow alert issue across the East
Midlands for these potentially strong winds. That is the key thing
for our region. Just be aware of that. I will be here over the
weekend to keep you posted. For now, we had some lovely warm and sunny
spells it through the course of the afternoon. The cloud is gradually
increasing now as we go through the evening. It is bring him one or two
showers. But you might miss them altogether. Those temperatures,
very warm. A minimum temperatures of 17 Celsius. For September, that
is quite surprising. Quite humid as well. We will see cloudy skies for
the start of the weekend. Patchy outbreaks of rain. That cold blood
is working his way through, but it will not hang around for too long.
-- that cold front. Temperatures tomorrow, still quite good. 21
Celsius. But that breeze will start to increase. That really is the
theme as we go through the weekend. On Sunday, quite a blustery day.