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But this is East Midlands Today. We speak to a couple tied up and


robbed in their farmhouse. Be raiders used a crowbar, a


machete and a cricket bat. This is where they threatened me with the


machete on my throat. They demanded to know where the money was, the


safe. To also, a big shake up for our


police forces in the way they investigate serious crimes. Budget


cuts and collaboration means fewer detectives are needed.


Plus, unfit best figures, the rogue trader's risking lives with unsafe


repairs. And the history of a whole


community, its mining and Good evening. Welcome to East


Midlands Today. Fewer police officers and civilian staff working


on the most serious crimes. That is how five police forces in East


Midlands see their collective future as they cut budgets by �26


million over four years. But they insist it will not lead to


a drop in their crimes dating capability. We are going to be


talking to Mick Creedon, of Derbyshire's police constable.


First live to Derby. This is St Mary's Wharf Police


Station in Derby where today the five police forces announced they


were creating two new regional crime squads. One dedicated to


major crime, murders, extortion. The other it to second -- the


second to serious and organised crime like people trafficking and


gangsters. Overall, it will lead to the reduction in the number of


detectives and civilian staff working in those two key areas.


A lie is a murder incident room, police and civilian staff working


to get there. -- a live murder incident room. Several people have


already been charged with the murder of a man who was killed in


April. Now investigations will be taken over by the regional squad.


There will be a second regional squad for what is called serious


and organised crime, drugs and people trafficking. They needed to


make -- the budget cuts means that there will be fewer staff working


on these big cases. The sort of high-profile crimes that can create


a lot of public anxiety. It is a balance between being able to


deliver police and also being able to tackle the serious and organised


crimes. The nature of the spending review means that it is not


possible for us to invest more. is part of a plan to save �26


million across five forces over four years. They number of police


and civilian staff working in major crime will be reduced by 85 to


around 230. And the number working on serious and organised crime will


be cut by around 100 to 250. Some civilian staff could be made


redundant. There will be other savings on overheads. The detector


is not needed for the new regional squads will be redeployed to fight


crime at a neighbourhood level. officers leaving major crime, they


will fill vacancies that have appeared in the five forces as


people leave the organisation because of the recruitment freeze.


The union to night said they were not clear where the savings would


be named. We are now joint by the man in charge of the reorganisation,


Mick Creedon, the Chief Constable of Derbyshire Police.


The officers at working on these big crimes, that will surely hit


your ability to target the big villains? There are two sides to it.


On the side of murders, we can profile very easily what we need to


deal with. On the other side, there is something about that, but the


proper investigations with high covert assailants, they work with


the local teams. It is the totality of police that counts.


We all know that to be successful, you need resources. Surely you need


more rather than less? You have to look at how we are going about it.


We are bringing teams together. They will work with local teams,


local detectives and neighbourhood teams. They will also do the most


difficult investigations, be things that have an international


dimension that need covert tactics. These changes have been inspired by


the cuts but if this is all going to leave -- lead to improved


efficiency, why didn't you do it earlier? The truth is that we were


expanding at the beginning of the century. There was big investment


but now that is not the case and we have big challenges with the


spending review and we need to be more efficient. If we have been


talking about collaborating for many years and we has been


collaborating some units for nine years. This is growing that process.


Thank you very much. A couple have been at reliving the


moments when they were threatened by three men wearing balaclavas at


their isolated home in the Leicestershire countryside. David


and Sandra Clarke were beaten with a crowbar and cricket bat, tied up


and terrorised at their farm at Foston near Countesthorpe. The gang


stole cars, cash and firearms worth one-third -- �100,000.


Battered, badly bruised, but not beaten. The defiant stance of David


and Sandra Clarke after being threatened with their lives in


their own homes. They shouted, screamed, wanting car keys and


money. There were three of them, in black. One was bigger than the


other two. I was stopped by a cloud in the mouth. I was club to the


ground with a machete. I was brought out of the land into here


where they tied my hands and they sat me here with my hands tightly


tied behind my back which really did hurt. They threatened me with


the machete on my throat. A screwdriver from my cheek and in my


mouth. That was terrifying. I really did not know what they were


going to do. In his temper, he got the machete and hit his chest of


drawers. Then at the intruders found the licence firearms. They


stole five rifles, 10 shot guns, cash, a silver Range Rover and a


grey Land Rover. A we want information about the whereabouts


of the firearms and to the offenders are and that information


to die they come from general members of the public or even from


people in the criminal fraternity who might want to keep these guns


off the street. Physically, I have not really been hurt like my


husband. But what goes on inside your head, that will be there far


longer than any physical injury they could do to either of us. You


do not forget it. They are cowards. Under ascribable really, what you


think of them. Truly terrifying ordeal. Anyone with any information


is asked to contact Leicestershire Next tonight, gas safety experts


say that rogue traders are endangering people's lives with


shoddy and sub-standard work. Four out of every 10 repairs


investigated by inspectors were classed as presenting a risk and


somewhere plain dangerous. For this lady, a work on her home


and business by a cowboy gas fitter has proved to be a knife to a --


nightmare. It started with leeks, rattles, noises, pipes were not fit


-- fitted properly. There was a big leap into the kitchen. I had to


have industrial dryers here for three weeks. Her home was left as a


building site. There was a lengthy court battle, she won, but has not


received any damages. I wish I had the nerve to say hold on a minute,


I am not happy with the work you have done, instead of thinking that


it might be OK, he must know what he is doing. We know that they are


our around 250,000 gas jobs carried out in the country by non-


registered illegal engineers. Potentially, this could be lethal.


All registered gas engineers carry proper photo ID cards. You should


always check and Engineer's ID before you start a job.


Staff arriving for work at Derby City Council today were asked if


they wanted to take voluntary redundancy. The council wants to


lay off around 500 more staff. That would take the total number of job


losses that the council to almost 1000 this year. Council leaders say


government cuts means that they have to save �20 million from next


year's budget. There are traffic problems in Derby


city centre tonight. That comes after security staff at the


shopping centre spotted at a suspect package. The centre has


been completely evacuated and an army bomb disposal team has been


called in. Several states are shows. -- closed.


I winds have been causing problems today. A lorry was blown over as it


tried to negotiate a roundabout back to the Hucknall bypass. A man


was taken to hospital. The atrium is also reported to have fallen on


a car in the same area -- a treat. Give us a taste of the winds. *


winds for tonight. It eases off by the early hours of the morning. --


strong winds. We will have more weather towards the end of the


A reformed drug addict has inspired his identical twin to follow his


example and go into rehab. Daniel Hirons used to be described as a


one-man crime wave but now he is at college and he is volunteering at


church. In the first of a series


investigating how offenders can break the cycle of crime and


punishment, our social affairs correspondent reports from a


charity in Loughborough called the The Carpenter's Arms.


When you meet Daniel Hirons and his brother, you can see how much


damage drug addiction does. They are identical twins, but look at


the difference. Damien has just arrived here at The Carpenter's


Arms and Daniel Hirons joint nine months ago. The it has changed my


life more than I can really describe. There was a time when I


just accepted myself as a drug addict, I was never going to get on


in life. For me to come here and feel how I do at the minute and two


of that term, it is a big inspiration. I look at my brother


and I realise it can be done. it successfully is painful and


tough. Daniel Hirons has been through this. His visit goal --


vigorous physical regime is just the start. Addicts who come to The


Carpenter's Arms or give up their time as volunteers. Is about


building up respect. The used to think I was a one-man crime wave.


You lose your job, fall out with your family, shop lifting. I used


to steal computers out of factories. I ended up living with one of my


friends. It just so happened that he lived above a heroin dealer. It


just went from bad to worse. things could not be more different.


He is studying to start a plumbing business while his brother is still


waiting to be sentenced for a street robbery. It is funded by


charity donations and is run like a family homes. We have had men here


who have been up in jail 30 times. If we can get them off jobs -- off


drugs and stabilise them, it helps the community. This is my room.


Daniel, the most important thing is the Christian ethos. I was falling


the walls when I was coming off drugs. I used to think that they


were off their hair -- off their heads, but the more I heard about


Christianity and Caesars and saw how pure it was, the more I wanted


it. -- Christianity and in Jesus. This centre is the kind of


independent provider that could soon be used much more widely under


the government's plans for tackling reoffending and these twins are


Tomorrow, tackling violent gang culture, as we meet a former


firearms offender who's been given a second chance.


Two union leaders will stand trial in March, accused of stealing


almost �150,000 from a charity for sick and elderly miners. Neil


Greatrex, former president of the Union of Democratic Mineworkers,


and Mick Stevens, who was the general secretary of the Notts UDM,


both deny 14 theft charges. They were trustees of the


Nottinghamshire Miners' Home charity, set up to run a


convalescent home at Chapel St Leonards.


The Denby Pottery Factory in Derbyshire got a royal seal of


approval today. Her Royal Highness the Princess Royal was guest of


honour, marking the company's 200th anniversary. The Princess toured


the pottery's visitor centre before chatting to staff and getting a


preview of designs on the factory floor.


Next, the growing importance of music festivals to tourism in the


East Midlands. It's estimated that they're now contributing �38


million to the local economy. But in these challenging economic times,


some of them will have to really fight to pull in the crowds. Paul


Bradshaw's been to one festival that's hoping to become a firm


fixture in the ever-expanding festival calendar.


Head to stock isn't exactly would stock, but it has high hopes of


becoming a big crowd-puller. About 3,000 people rocked on at this


year's festival near the village of Newstead in Nottinghamshire. Now in


its second year, it cost �60 for a weekend ticket, and the organisers


say the competition for the festival pound is fierce. It feels


like there is an awful lot of new festivals every year. This year,


several cancelled at the last minute, they failed to get off the


ground. It is a tougher and tougher market. They are getting too busy


and too expensive, this one is pad for it. The prizes are a bit steep.


�35 for such a small festival. Music festivals are big business


and it is no wonder that more are springing up. It is estimated that


in 2009, 125,000 people went to music festivals in the East


Midlands. They spent around �38 million. That is 71% of all


spending in the region by music tourists. Although there have been


hundreds of people here today, not every festival has been as well


attended, and the story across the region has been mixed. The secret


seems to be to have niche first of that specialise to a specific kind


of crowd. There is a lot out there and in more difficult economic


times, I think there will be a lot of pain. The festival scene is


growing, but surviving and thriving could be as tricky as writing a top


10 hit. We love a good festival!


Time for the sport. A disappointing day for Leicester


City on the way, but we're going to start with some very grumpy


managers. And no wonder. Both Nigel Clough at Derby and Steve McClaren


for Forest saw some very dubious decisions go against them. We've


done some analysis. Three controversial penalty


decisions, all three disputed by the management. No one would be a


referee, would they? It is a difficult job, but somebody has got


to do it. We will start with Nottingham Forest and seeing how


their game with Nottingham Forest panned out. Matt Derbyshire scored


first after just seven minutes. The first after just seven minutes. The


lead lasted just 60 seconds, Ricky Lambert got what turned out to be


the first of a hat-trick. Forest equalised earth just before half-


time. They could not make it stick. Defeated by Lambert and a set piece.


Controversial decisions aplenty. Ishmael Miller thinks he should


have got this. The Southampton player looks to have got a touch on


the ball. We are put in that down as a good tackle. This one, Forest


are furious. I can see why. The goalkeeper had a bad first touch.


Just as his food goes to ground, eclipse the heels of match


Derbyshire, he brings him down, it is a penalty. -- he clipped the


heels. This is what Steve McLaren heels. This is what Steve McLaren


had to say. It is tough being a referee. But it is not often that


referee. But it is not often that we talk about blaming officials.


They make a decision, I just think that on two occasions, they got it


wrong. Let's move on to derby. I think they might feel even worse.


They were going pretty well against Coventry when this happened. Nigel


Clough is not impressed. It wasn't a penalty. Have you spoken to the


referee? You're not allowed to speak to the referees, you're not


allowed to talk about them. You might have a word 30 minutes after.


I am sure he will talk to you and explain his decision. He has bought


the penalty and you can understand why the referee has called it, he


can't see it from where he is standing. Sometimes when a referee


has got it wrong, it would be nice to see them come out and say they


got the decision wrong, to say sorry, and to move on. We will see


sorry, and to move on. We will see if it ever happens. Thank you.


Derby lost 2-0. You might expect Sven Goran


Eriksson to be grumpy too, but he says he is happy with Leicester's


point at Barnsley. The Foxes were under the cosh early on, but came


back to earn a draw. Jeremy To rain Beckford wasted no time


getting into the action on his debut at Barnsley. His flick nearly


caught out the keeper at the near post. Caspar as Michael's goal came


under pressure from Barnsley who would score more often if they hit


the target -- Caspar Schmeichel. Drinkwater looked hungry, but just


over. Andy Gray again missed the goal. Eventually, they did hit the


target. Although it took two goes, Jacob Butterfield got the nod.


After some great work from Beckford, Andy King turned in for Leicester.


Leicester are 10th, lower than fans expected after the summer signings.


It might have been worse than a -- if not for good work from


Schmeichel. It was a hard Ford point and time for handshakes


before the managers gave their thoughts. I thought the performance


thoughts. I thought the performance deserved more points. Disappointed


with their equaliser. The timing of it, the circumstances which led to


the goal. We took a point, that is good when it is 1-0 away from home.


We have to be happy with the result. Onto the goal of the weekend, and


indeed, the best of the results. You could have forgiven Notts


County for being a bit tired after the Turin trip, but Lee Hughes


showed no sign of it when he cracked this beauty into the back


of the Walsall net. The visitors did manage an equaliser, but as


loan acquisitions go, Cristian Montano looks a complete winner.


Classy player, classy finish. Now, rugby and how a Leicester


Tiger saved Martin Johnson's England from defeat to Argentina.


It finished 13-9, thanks to a moment of magic from Leicester's


Ben Youngs. The Tigers star scored the only try of the game in Dunedin,


much to the relief of his head coach. England, despite their new


kit, are someway off the standard of the All Blacks. Meanwhile,


Leicester went down to another team Leicester went down to another team


in black. They lost 35-29 at Wasps. Tigers seemed to be on a roll when


Twelvetrees scored the first of his two tries, but the lead changed


hands constantly and in the end Wasps were inspired by Wade, making


it two defeats out of two for Tigers.


Nottingham Rugby Club claimed their first win of the season too, but


what a start to the World Cup for the club's fly half, James Arlidge.


He scored all of Japan's 21 points in their opening game against


It's been a terrific weekend for some of our leading sportsmen and


women all round. Mark Selby, the Jester from Leicester, won the


Shanghai Masters to become the World's number one snooker player.


Leicestershire's Olympic eventing hope, Piggy French, had the best


win of her career at Blenheim. Melton Mowbray's Simon Price won


bronze at the Para-cycling World Championships. And Derbyshire's Jon


Kirkham claimed a podium spot at the British superbikes at Donington.


And finally, a big congratulations to the 8,000 or so runners who took


part in the Robin Hood marathon, half marathon and mini marathon


yesterday. And we had two local winners over the 26 miles. Sutton's


Carl Allwood won the men's event, and Sandiacre's Sarah Harris, the


women's. That is just about all from me but catch up tomorrow at


the Nottingham Playhouse, it is the gala charity of the Ashes play.


Mangles, tin bathtubs, miner's lamps and old ploughs. On their own,


not particularly valuable. Together, though, a priceless reminder of


times gone by. Sadly, though, they'll all go under the hammer


this weekend. Locals who run the Museum of Agriculture and Mining at


Langwith in Derbyshire say they can't afford to keep it going.


James Roberson reports. Visitors to an old Methodist chapel


in a Derbyshire village, but these are not ordinary visitors, and this


is no ordinary chapel. I don't really know what this is, but this


is the needle that the farmers used to lose in the haystack. This is


the metal rod farmers put in haystacks to check they were not


overheating, risking a fire. These people are examining one artefact


in what has been the Langwith Heritage Centre. It is crammed with


items chronicling the history of the area, an area dominated by


agriculture and the local pits. The association can no longer afford


the rent for the chapel and the whole collection is to be auctioned.


The collection here has brought out a lot of nostalgia discussions with


our visitors. It depicts a whole heritage for this area. Which we


shall lose for ever. Two miles away, another collection up for auction.


Tony is selling in the same sale, his own private collection of


farming and Hulse old instruments. I deliberately collected the --


household instruments. I deliberately collected the items I


remembered from my childhood. means the everyday items that local


people used for over a century will be scattered. Cath feels it is sad


that funding can't be found for existing projects like there's.


cannot get funding to pay for utilities, heat, light, and keep


going, something which is proving popular. The auction will start on


Saturday morning and continued at Tony's property from around noon.


How sad. The winds of change. That was seamless, I bowed down to


you! Why? Oh, because it is the


It has been warm air, a balmy south-westerly wind. The maximum


gust has been at RAF Cranwell. RAF Cottesmore was not far behind. We


have still got a warning in force with regards to the fact that the


wind will stay strong overnight. It was all due to the former hurricane


Katia, it has been getting some strong gusts across parts of


Scotland, Wales and Ireland. For ourselves, the wind felt strong


enough, and we have got a dry night on the cards. Quite a lot of cloud


with us, but it will start to thin and break to allow clear spells by


the early hours of the morning. We will start to sea temperatures


dropping to a minimum of 11. The winds, remaining strong first thing


tomorrow, and the cloud increasing across the south. Some showers


bridging up from the south-west, the odd one might become heavy --


pushing up from the south-west. It will remain windy throughout


Tuesday, they should move through quickly. The best of any sunshine,


across parts of Derbyshire. A pleasant day despite the fact it


will be windy and daytime temperatures reaching a maximum of


19 tomorrow. We have a weather front working southwards on


Wednesday, coming up against high- pressure building up from the south.


That should weaken as it works southwards, producing cloud cover,


maybe the odd light shower. Thursday, a cloudy start initially


and this guy starting to brighten. We have high pressure over us on


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