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This is East Midlands Today with Anne Davies. And me, Dominic Heale.
Our top story tonight: The dole queue just got longer.
11,000 people joined the East Midlands drops unemployment total
last month. A gang's Hama raid on a gold shop
but the jeweller fought back. got out the shop, they took a few
items. On the Alps say it -- outside, I started to smash their
car. Copper thieves will be caught after
a mile-and-a-half of valuable cable like this was stolen from
underground. From Belfast to Brisbane, find out
wind -- why one Nottingham's artist Good evening. Welcome to
Wednesday's programme. First tonight unemployment on the rise
and more gloom in the housing market. New figures on the economy,
published today, show a big rise in the jobless total in this region.
The East Midlands alone accounts for nearly 14% of today's rise in
the national jobless figures. Our reporter Mike O'Sullivan's in Derby
where people facing redundancy have today been looking for new jobs.
Good evening. Good evening. Egg Bank has been
here for 11 years, and it was a major financial employer moving
into Derby but now 650 redundancies are being made at a time when
unemployment is rising. Many workers feel they have got the
skills that employers want. Recruiting now. A hopeful sign for
650 workers that are being made redundant at the Egg Bank in Derby.
It follows the takeover of their credit card business by Barclays.
Today, a recruitment fair at Pride Park. I would prefer to stay local.
I think there are some companies locally I would look for
opportunities that are available. You need to make sure you are a
competitive and cellular skills and the people here have got a lot of
skill. But it is a challenging time to be looking for a job. Figures
out today showed unemployment in East Midlands now stands at 186,000.
That is an increase of 11,000 on the previous quarter. An
unemployment rate of 8%. Around 30 employers turned out at the Egg
Bank recruitment fair. 1,000 jobs on offer. One firm came up from
Brighton. He we have seen people here complaining about payment
insurance. It is worth it for us to see those people. The 650
redundancies at Egg Bank mean that some of the customer calls answered
that Derby will be handled by Barclay's staff abroad. Some will
be answered in the UK, some in India, some in the Philippines. We
have a diverse operating model. After November, they -- there will
be 550 workers on site, but with the Yorkshire Building Society
buying the savings and mortgage business, it is not clear what the
long-term future of the site will So, Mike, some gloomy news for the
region's housing market tonight. That's right. A survey out today
said the economic gloom is impacting on the housing market.
This from the asked -- RICS, the property surveyors. It is a measure
of how confident they are with the market. The market continues to be
subdued. 91% felt it was because of the uncertainty in the economy. 45%
more expected prices to fall. I am joined by George coucher from the
Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire Chamber of Commerce. What is your
reaction today to the rise in unemployment? Obviously, it is not
unexpected. We thought it would rise in the autumn, so it has risen
stronger than we had hoped. It puts great pressure on the private
sector to generate more jobs. would you describe the situation at
the minute? Patchy, fat lining? have just come from a meeting at
the Chamber of horrors in Derby and employers are optimistic. --
Chamber of Commerce. They are concerned about the long-term
prospects. Egg Bank is a number of employers in Derby or making job
losses. Still to come on the programme:
A massive new forest in the heart of the East Midlands. Millions of
trees are to be planted on 460 acres of Leicestershire countryside.
Next tonight, dramatic pictures showing how a jewellery shop owner
tried to fight off thieves armed with hammers. The four men went
into the shop in Leicester at midday yesterday and escaped with
around �30,000 of gold. But as Kylie Pentelow reports, it was all
caught on CCTV. Kuala the sudden, my wife rushed
into the back-office screenings. Seeing these four lads come in with
hammers and smashing all of the tulip counters. At the same time, I
got something in my hands, a baseball bat and started to use --
started to fight with these guys. It is the second time the shop has
been targeted and this time the owner did not want to let the
thieves escaped. I was a bit more wary and I knew that at the end I
had to protect my jury. And eyes get them out. That is what I did.
Human instinct. And just started to fight with them. He followed them
outside but the men did it away. Police say the increase in these
robberies is because of the soaring price of gold. It is something
nationally we are seeing an increase in that jewellery is being
targeted. It is a worry for the owners of his jaw will restore that
their livelihood has been attacked but I would like to reassure
everybody in this community we are trying to do everything to tackle
the problem. The police warn people that where large amounts of gold
not make themselves a target. Now the owner is left with the clean-up
but will not let the fear of being attacked again affect his business.
Are a scary time and we do get scared, but we do have security in
place in our jewellery shop, and it is something we will fight against.
The police and electricity companies are warning metal thieves
and disreputable scrap dealers that they are employing new technology
to catch them. The authorities are seeing an epidemic of cable thefts
as the world price of copper hovers close to an all-time high. More
than a mile of heavy cable was stolen more -- before it could be
switched on. A whole wind farm was put out of action today.
On a windy day, wind turbine is not turning because thieves have stolen
cables from this wind farm on all five turbines. This is not the only
Nottinghamshire's site thieves have targeted. Today in a
Nottinghamshire ward, engineers were putting in a mile of cabled
back underground. The original wiring, capable of carrying
electricity at 33,000 volts, was stolen in May just before it went
live. They dragged it out using a 4x4 or which type equipment. They
had six tons of material. The cost us is into several hundreds of
thousands of pounds. You can see the valuable metal in the centre of
this cable. This piece alone, the copper is worth �20 and the thieves
got away with the equivalent of six drums of it which is about 2.4
kilometres. Distribution companies go to extensive lengths to protect
the cable. This has been sprayed with smart water before it goes
underground but it is selected urban sites in the Midland,
tripwires have been set up. It also -- spray thieves with Smartwater
which can be seen for weeks afterwards. If criminals are
cutting metal, their tours, clothing, home will be infected and
contaminated with that Smartwater. And they will be identified with
the crime scene. Thieves are targeting copper because after
dropping in price three years ago, it has ridden -- risen again at.
This time, this cable will be guarded until it goes live and the
police are working with the wind farm owners to improve their
security, too. Police in Australia have charged a
man in connection with the death of a Nottinghamshire woman. Sally
Brooks, who was 48 and originally from Stapleford, was found with
severe head injuries at her home in Melbourne in July. She died in
hospital on the day she had been due to return permanently to the
East Midlands, along with her three children. Robert Meade has appeared
in court in Melbourne charged with her murder.
The parents of Madeleine McCann are to take part in the inquiry into
the phone hacking scandal. They're among a number of high profile
names invited to be what are called "core participants." They'll have
the right to make statements and cross examine witnesses in the
Leveson Inquiry into press ethics. A man from Nottingham has been
scammed out of �300 by a telephone caller claiming to be from the
Ministry of Justice. Trevor Richardson says the caller knew his
bank details, passwords and even his mother's maiden name. He was
told he was entitled to �3,000 in compensation. Police are warning
people to check the details of any suspicious callers.
Nottinghamshire County Council has announced that six of its
residential care homes are to be sold off for just under �2 million.
The authority is planning to re- invest the money in care for older
people. But, today, UNISON called on the council to scrap the idea.
A petition containing two-and-half 1,000 signatures. That wasn't the
only opposition to the County Council's plans to sell off its 12
care homes. Rival political candidates ditched their
differences and turned their fire on the Conservative controlled
authority. This is one of the homes. Bramwell. It provides specialist
care for up to 22 elderly people. The council's proposing it and five
others should be taken over which it says has a fine track record. --
taken over by a company. They are rare quality company with a good
name with the Quality Care Commission and with our own Vizards,
they have excellent quality and they will put further development
in and infrastructure into the homes in Nottinghamshire and they
shouldn't be worried. Today, the Nottinghamshire branch of Unison
called on the council to abandon the proposed sale of the six care
homes, saying it would be a bad deal for the residents, their
carers and the staff working in homes.
England's green and pleasant land is about good greener. The Woodland
Trust wants to plant -- plant one million trees. A 460 acre public
would in Leicestershire will be the centrepiece which is being created
to mark the Queen's diamond jubilee next year.
62 trees form the New Grove. Though first is planted by Her Majesty...
Tree planting and royalty. The two are firmly linked and in February
Princess Anne kicked off the UK's largest-ever native tree planting
project. This was to commemorate the Queen's diamond jubilee in 2012.
The idea is that 6 million trees will be planted across the UK to
create 16 new diamond woods. The Woodland Trust also wanted want to
be bigger than all the rest. A flagship. And this is where it will
be. In Leicestershire. Near to Ashby de la Zouch. It is near to
people, and by Derby, Leicester, lots of population, lots of people
can use it. The first thing we need to do is to buy the land so,
clearly, before you start planting, there is lots of work to do as an
organisation. We need to raise �3.3 million to buy this side. Moderate
this land was not always pleasant although it is green. This was an
active operational site three years ago which was removing coal and
taking it out of the ground. Negotiations have taken place and
we hope to be party to this Reddy tremendous project. Some people
assume they would will take decades to read properly. Is there? Mare.
This Asher's about 10 years old so you can see that people will be
walking through a beautiful woodland soon. Sumptuous relations
will be short-lived but not the creation of this would. Its impact
will be felt for centuries. -- this wood.
Workers at British Sugar in Nottinghamshire are to be balloted
on strike action. It's part of a dispute over pay. Staff at four UK
sites, including the company's factory in Newark, rejected a 3.5%
pay offer. Union leaders are calling for a rise of nearly 6%.
The ballot by the union Unite will close on October 12th.
Managers of the Peak District National Park are to be directly
elected by the public. It's one of two areas to try out the elections
from next year. The Government's announced the move, calling it part
of its 'big society'. At the moment, the Peak District's run by a
National Park Authority, made up of appointed members, mainly local
councillors. If you ever get burgled, you'll
probably want the person who did it to get punished. But, for some,
prison is nothing more than a university of crime. Here in the
East Midlands, thousands of convicted criminals were caught re-
offending last year. So now the government's looking for ways to
break that cycle. In the final part of this week's series on Crime and
Punishment, our Social Affairs Correspondent, Jeremy Ball, reports
from Nottingham Prison. If you'd been the victim of a
serious crime, there is a fair chance the person that did it has
been locked up here. For some inmates, the prison system isn't
revolving door. Look at these reoffending figures in the region.
Well over 3,000 criminals committed another offence within three months
of being sentenced. That is a reoffending rate of 9%. So, how do
you break that cycle? Just up the road in show would, we found a wide
range of views. Don't make it so easy inside prisons. You can
inflict ever more severe penalties costing the taxpayer more and more
but it doesn't work. I think it is linked to poverty and deprivation.
They commit a crime, they are in prison, out in six weeks and going
to do it again. As a barrister, this woman has seen this first hand.
She used to represent criminals but now she is a local MP. I had a
number of clients that I had a lot of time for. They had terrible drug
addictions and they had to have a radical change of their morality,
approach to live, how they live, get up in the morning, attend
appointments, how they want to work etc. Ken Clarke's the
Nottinghamshire MP in charge of the justice system and now he is
planning radical reforms, among the new Troke recovery wings in several
prisons, meaningful work for criminals in jail and payment by
results for independent providers that stop criminals reoffending.
There are plans that a controversial. These can be very
damaging because it is likely to reduce professional standards in
terms of how these community penalties are delivered. If they
are delivered by private companies seeking profits. That is going to
lead to more reoffending and more victimisation in the community.
This Nottingham MP thinks tackling the cycle of crime needs much more
long-term solutions. Graham Allen's idea has caught early and event
from. The best way to stop reoffending is to raise kids and
the right way, give them the right values, a purpose in life. You can
spend billions of pounds when things have gone wrong and when
they are deep-rooted with drink and drug abuse and all those other
things. Why not spend a few pounds early on to stop those things from
happening in the first place? Reoffending is an age-old problem
and the one thing everyone agrees on is there are no easy solutions.
Still to come on the programme: The Nottingham artist who's
changing the skyline of cities around the world. He's the
curiously named Wolfgang Buttress. His sculptures are rather eye-
Talking of eye-catching... We know what is coming. Here is the
sport. First, Derby County manager Nigel
Clough told us today emotions won't come in to it when deciding whether
or not to play Nathan Tyson at the City Ground on Saturday. Tyson
controversially left Nottingham Forest for bitter rivals Derby
County in the summer. He's been injured for the last six weeks so,
ironically, he could make his debut against his old team. Tyson will
always be remembered for his flag waving antics while at Forest in a
grudge match against Derby, and Clough is well aware Tyson possible
debut is what many fans are talking about.
I think Derby fans will want know if he is going to make his first
start for us and the Forest fans might be thinking up songs for him.
He has only played an hour behind closed doors at Leicester on
Tuesday afternoon. He has had 1.5 training sessions as well so we
will see how he goes and we will make it is session on Friday. --
make a decision on Friday. At Leicester City, Yann
Kermorgant's contract has been cancelled and he has left the club.
Kermogant came to prominence when he missed this penalty in a crucial
play-off game for Leicester two seasons ago. Former Foxes coach
Chris Powell is now manager at Charlton Athletic and he has signed
the striker on a two-year deal. In League One, Notts County moved
to joint sixth in the table last night after winning a point at
Exeter. The real Magpies were playing at real St James Park! Mark
Shardlow reports. Last week at Turin, last night
Exeter. A crazy week included with a -- concluded with a crazy goal,
an own goal. With just eight minutes gone, a mistake from the
left back was not what they needed. They were playing well and there
was a welcome equaliser. County, in the blue, or dominating. Geoff
Hughes came close. And he was again in a good position. He went down,
but claims for a penalty were waved away. In the second half, the
goalkeeper made a decent save from a free-kick and then Exeter's
striker stumbled with a goal. So, just like with trim, it finished 1-
1. -- just like in Turin. Rugby now, and Nottingham are
hoping regular Friday night rugby will be the key to their success
this season. They take on Esher at Meadow Lane on Friday looking to
boost their attendance. Jeremy Nicholas reports.
The club are based at Lady Bay, playing home games over the river
at Meadow Lane. They did not get on with the previous owners of the
Football Club but they became part of Notts County plc last year and
now the future is looking good, if they could get bigger crowds.
target is two and a half 1,000 and we are averaging about 1,800 and
beyond, but the crowds are improving. We would like more
people to come because what we do, we believe, is worth seeing.
Playing on a Friday night they hope will bring large attendances,
targeting people that want to stop the weekend and a. They can come
after work, have a beer, some more wine, spend a few hours and go home
and still have the weekend. If you have had a hard week, there is
nothing better than watching a physic contested game of rugby and
have a pint. After training, they meet up with their footballing
neighbours. While imagining the rugby guys eat more than the
footballers. We try. We tried to eat their food. But we stay over
each other's sides. One win this season. Nottingham hungry for
success. The season started with defeat with Bedford in a tightly
fought game. They lost 28-26, but then won 20-10 at Moseley. It
looked like an uphill struggle, but that might be the camera and goal.
It is not a bad start. The home game should be much easier.
In cricket, Nottinghamshire's Graeme Swann will captain England
for the first time. It was announced this morning that he's
been put in charge of the Twenty20 team for the series with the West
Indies. His Notts colleagues Alex Hales and Samit Patel are also in
the squad. Well, in the County Championship
today, Nottinghamshire's season is drawing to a close. In Division Two,
Derbyshire were well beaten by Surrey at the Oval to bring to an
end their season. Whilst Leicestershire's miserable year in
the Championship ended with a win at Grace Road against Middlesex.
That is all the sport from me tonight.
From Brisbane to Belfast, a Nottingham artist's rather larger
than life sculptures are attracting global attention. Looming as high
as 120 feet, Wolfgang Buttress's works form a distinct part of the
landscape. This week, one of them will be unveiled in Northern
Ireland. We sent Geeta Pendse to see him at work.
His first sculpture were created in this garage but 20 years on and art
is mac's work on a much bigger scale. In Nottingham, his mammoth
sculptures are pieced together. This one will eventually end up in
Brisbane, at the Grand Hyatt of 75 feet. -- big height of 75 feet.
did on the computer, and you have the sense of the scale, but it
isn't until you start making it you think, oh, my goodness. What have I
done? This week, his mistress and sculpture will be unveiled in
Belfast. It took three years to create. It straddles the two
communities. The Protestants and Catholics. So what I wanted to do
for that sculpture was so that it would be seen around, so it
wouldn't turn its back on any community. It is the scale of his
projects that are quite mind- blowing. For the sculpture, there
are currently seven people working in Nottingham, then shipped over to
Australia in three pieces and welded over there, and, eventually
placed in a park, and all that would have taken two years. Venus
rising will be placed in an area once used for worship by Aborigines,
linking the ground with the heavens. Wolfgang Buttress hopes his work
will echo that tant he wants the public to walk inside did. It is
nice. It is good to do things in Nottingham. And then in four
months's time to think this will be the other side of the world. It is
crazy. He says he often feels like a big hit with a giant Meccano set.
Though it should be a giant set -- giant Challenge round the corner
soon. And they look different up close,
don't they? Beautiful. We will go from Venus to
Yes, you could see it last night. It is the brightest star and quite
prominent. We have got a bit of cloud at the
moment, but yesterday we mentioned on Twitter that we had a rainbow
over the BBC building. David Cross managed to capture a double rainbow
so please keep your pictures coming in. We always look forward to
seeing your weather related pictures. We have got a small
amount of cloud sitting over us. There is a small and weak weather
front working over us which fizzles out as the night goes on, leaving a
very small amount of cloud across the South of the region but the
further North you are across those clear skies, it will turn chilly.
We are down to single figures. In rural areas, it could go down to
about four or 5. This will give us a cold start tomorrow morning. A
bit of a September morning in store for Thursday, but it'll be a dry
and bright start. The day not doing badly at all with some small cloud
developing and daytime temperatures reaching a maximum of 19. The winds
as well very light because the high pressure is virtually sitting over
the top of us. It will be quite transient and doesn't stay around
long. It moves away on Friday, allowing this weather front to come
in from the West. We have a few showers into the afternoon on
Friday and Saturday, too, a deep area of low pressure cuts across
the country although the winds are not on this chart, they will
strengthen. Although it eases on Sunday, it is a blustery day with a
chance of a few thunderstorms. If you would like one of the
weather team to visit your school, get in touch. We'll bring a mini
weather studio, show the pupils how we forecast the weather and each of