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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