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This is East Midlands Today, with Kylie Pentelow and me, Dominic


Heale. Our top story tonight: Odd jobs for the elderly - a


council plans to double its charges. As a new round of cuts starts at


Nottinghamshire County Council, even the cost for pensioners to get


a light bulb changed is doubling. Also tonight, in with a gang. Now


children as young as eight will be taught to steer clear.


Plus, why aren't more health workers having v flu vaccine?


And will Cinderella go to the ball? We'll be looking at the months of


Good evening and welcome to Tuesday's programme. First tonight,


even more cuts are on the way at a council that's already shed 2,000


jobs. Today another 500 posts were marked as being at risk of


redundancy at Nottinghamshire County Council. The council says


despite making massive savings, it's now got to cut a further �12


million from its budget. That's leading to increases in charges for


some services, including the fee pensioners have to pay to get a


light bulb changed. Mike O'Sullivan is at County Hall and can tell us


more. Yes, we're in the middle of a three-year cuts cycle here at


Nottinghamshire County Council. In a moment, I'll be talking to a


union leader about the effects on jobs and morale. But with extra


cuts and savings now being made here, even the cost to older people


of getting the council to change a light bulb is going up.


The cuts planned at Nottinghamshire County Council are massive. �150


million over three years. Now the council says it needs to make


another �12 million of cutbacks on top of that. As well as making


cutbacks, the council is increasing its charges for it handy person


service. Jobs like changing a light beef -- a light bulb will go up


from �10 to �20. Some are not happy. I asked pensioners at an Asian


lunch club for their reaction. for that work was expensive enough.


Now 20 is unacceptable. Totally! cannot afford that all stop people


have got their gas bills up, their electricity up. The man in charge


of the finances defended the doubling of the fee for the handy


person service. I am sure that in this day and age, you can get


somebody else to change the light bulb for you in the community and


do not have to call up a special service. So overall, it is very


good value going forward. The new cuts are wide-ranging. They include


�1 million cut from the connections advice service for young people.


Saving around �520,000 will happen by switching off more street lights


and relief -- reducing Highways staff. The handy person scheme will


save the council �50,000 over two ideas. The savings made it could be


wiped out by just one elderly person being injured by falling off


a ladder, trying to change the light bulb on their own.


council still says it will workout at savings of �250 a day.


The council briefed staff today about which jobs were under threat.


I'm joined now by Martin Sleath from UNISON. What sort of posts


were marked as being potentially at risk today? We have not been given


all the details but we know of there are jobs largely in the


children and adults social care departments. They include jobs such


as community care officers and adult care team managers of adults


care services. Occupational therapists. When it hit the front


line? Inevitably. What's staff morale like at the council? You can


imagine that morale is very fragile in many cases. We heard in my


report there that the cost of the handy person service, doing jobs


like changing a light bulb for elders, is doubling. What do you


think of that? I think it is shameful and an attack on our most


vulnerable in society. The council says it is having to make these


cuts and savings because of increased pressures on his budgets.


Also things like having to pay for a lot more children in care and


things like inflation. Thank you.


Still to come on the programme, finding the Olympians of the future.


Could a set of simple measurements identify which of these children


will excel in sport? And although the mild temperatures


will continue, we have further rain A 32-year-old woman from Leicester


has appeared in court charged with the murder of her seven-month-old


baby girl. Carly Jakes from Netherhall Road appeared before


Leicester magistrates this afternoon, as Victoria Hicks


reports. For seven-month-old baby, called


Sky, was taken to hospital, as officers were called to Netherhall


Road on Sunday. A postmortem has taken place or stop the police say


further tests are being carried out to establish further how she died.


Her 32-year-old mother, charged with her murder, has appeared at


magistrates this afternoon. Carly Jaques appeared in the dock with


her neck and wrists bandaged. Crying into a tissue, she spoke


only to confirm her name, address and date of birth. She was remanded


in custody and will appear at Leicester Crown Court in two days'


time. The Transport Minister, Theresa


Villiers, has pulled out of a long- planned visit to Derby. Mrs


Villiers was due to be the keynote speaker at a rail conference on


Thursday. Supporters of Bombardier said they planned to be there to


protest over the Thameslink decision. Mrs Villiers is said to


have pulled out because of commitments in her constituency.


The police are staging a month-long knife amnesty in Derby. Rams


striker Nathan Tyson was on hand to lend his support to Operation


Jagger. Throughout November, anyone can hand in weapons at city police


stations with no questions being asked. The amnesty has been


organised by Operation Redshank, a specialist team set up to tackle


gang crime in the city. Amnesty's do get rid of some of the knives


but they are not the only thing we do. Sometimes we have no more,


kitchen knives handed in. But some of the knives you can see, you


would not want them anywhere near you or the place you live or work.


East Midlands Today has been told that children as young as eight are


going to be targeted as part of radical plans to tackle gang


violence in Nottingham. The city's begun recruiting an 18-strong team


who'll work with offenders, their families and schools. It's all part


of a detailed plan to deal with guns, gangs and knife crime. Our


social affairs correspondent, Jeremy Ball, reports.


It is not hard to find Nottingham's street gangs posturing on the


internet. There's a lot of bravado, but look at these weapons. City


officials reckon hundreds of children as young as 12 are being


sucked into street crime and some move on to drug dealings, mugging


and even organise violent crime. You would never think this has been


a hotspot for crime but you do not have to look too hard to see how


gangs and weapons have been ruining lives. You can see tributes to


Danielle, a teenage girl shot dead in the street. Next to here, the


faded graffiti tag of a gang and a rival area. It is a mark of


disrespect and it is designed to provoke. There honour rules. They


have to get the money for the buzz. It is nothing except joining a


gang... If giving your mate money. That is what everybody seems to be


on. In the past, it has been dealt with as a drugs problem. Police


targeted suspected dealers and their weapons as part of Operation


vanguard. A new strategy is aimed to prevent teenagers from joining


gangs are using support from families and asking schools to warn


children as young as eight about the dangers. There is disruption as


well, with mediation schemes, and medics could get training to deal


with battle-tied injuries. And they want to create new job


opportunities so people can earn money legally, to entice them out


of drugs. Nottingham City Council hopes it can make a significant


difference. Gun crime is nowhere near the problem is used to be but


there is complacency. We are committed to early intervention and


trying to get upstream of some of the issues that young people can


cause. It is a priority. Nobody knows how many gang disputes


involve guns and knives but many are suspected young criminals who


do not want the police involved. But innocent victims can get caught


in the crossfire. That is why dealing with gang violence is so


important. The NHS is hoping to get more


frontline workers to have the flu jab this autumn. Last winter in the


East Midlands, only a third of those eligible had the free


seasonal vaccine. Bosses say they're concerned about the low


take-up. They say nurses, doctors and other key workers should have


the jabs to protect themselves as well as patients. Our health


correspondent, Rob Sissons, reports. They are working really hard here


at the King's Mill hospital to get as many NHS staff are vaccinated as


possible. But why do people not want the jab either not go for it?


Caroline, a junior doctor, has her own ideas. Time. Making time for


the jab on a busy shift is a barrier. Taking 10 minutes out to


have the flu jab, it is difficult, and you might not prioritise it.


Last winter, only a third to cut the offer of a seasonal flu jab.


Sherwood Forest hospitals had one of the highest uptakes in the East


Midlands, at 50%. That compares favourably with Derby and Leicester


hospitals. One reason that they are doing better here is that the staff


come to visit and there are frequent clinics. But I was


surprised to hear that some nurses are frightened of needles. There is


a myth around having a vaccine and some people think it gives you the


flu either makes you sick. That is generally not the case. Experts


insist there of three are good reasons to get protected. It is


important to protect yourself from getting sick, not patients and of


family. It is difficult to get vaccinated when you are very busy


but the flexibility of more appointments and opportunities will


make sure staff have that opportunity. Last winter, there was


a last-minute rush as swine flu took hold. They are hoping to avoid


that this time around. You're watching East Midlands Today.


Coming up, the sport, weather and panto.


And don't shout about it too loud, but a very rare bird has just been


spotted here. Find out more later. It's thought that two or three


children in every classroom struggle to learn to read and write.


The charity Dyslexia Action says that with the right support and


teaching, the effects of the condition can be minimised. Carol


Hinds has been to see how one eight-year-old boy is getting extra


help to understand words and sounds. Dyslexia Action works closely with


people with the condition and Wade sees staff on a weekly basis at the


Nottingham centre. Dyslexia is difficulty with reading, writing


and spelling and it affects the memory and processing speed and


phonological awareness. Wade particularly has difficulties with


these processes, which is gritting sounds together to make words. That


obviously hindered his progress with reading and spelling. No, no...


Today we are going to be looking at the sound off A, made by these


words. We will be doing lots of activities learning that spelling


pattern and sound. We are playing tennis... Wade's grasp of words and


sounds is improving. For him, learning is fun because of the way


his progress is rewarded. Do you like coming here? Yes. What do you


like? The chocolate! When you get 15 stars, you get a treat.


staff say they will take as long as Wade needs to remember the words he


has learned that this week's session. We were visited again next


week to see what he has remembered. If he has not remembered it, we


will keep returning to it. Anybody concerned about themselves or a


family member should contact their local dyslexia Action Centre.


Hundreds of people from across the country have been flocking to the


Attenborough Nature Reserve in Nottinghamshire, to point their


binoculars and cameras at an extremely rare bird. There have


only been three sightings of the squacco heron in the county in 130


years. But now it's returned, and Tom Brown went along to see it.


It's had people from all around the country twitching with excitement.


Over the past few days, more than 500 had gathered here on this


bridge to catch a glimpse of this - the squacco heron. Its appearances


in the East Midlands have been few and far between but the people here


were convinced it was worth the wait. I got back from South Wales


to see it and I am very impressed! Very impressive. It is like an


exotic butterfly. It has flown a long way to get here and there are


only three or four each year in Britain. It is a rarity. It has


been an amazing experience for us to see this incredibly rare heron


that has turned up at Attenborough. It is a life tick for me. I have


not seen one in this country or anywhere else in the world. I


arrived on Friday to see it and I cannot get enough. Although the


bird has not been seen in Nottinghamshire before, bird


watchers in Derbyshire have not been so lucky, until last weekend,


when the bird flew over the area awash, crossing over the county


border for the first time. It has flown on a number of occasions over


the field behind us, and has obviously appeared now on the


Derbyshire list. The bird is usually found in the slightly


sunnier climates of the Mediterranean and Middle East, but


with a unseasonably mild temperatures and an endless supply


of fish, it seems content to stay here in the East Midlands. And as


long as it is here, so will they be. Great pictures there. You like your


birds, don't you? I do! It is now time for the sport.


Before we start on Leicester, Forest and the rest, can I get you


to grab a pen and some paper. At the end of the bulletin, I'll be


giving you details of how to get tickets to join us at the BBC East


Midlands Sports Awards later this month. Be quick, because there's


lots going on, including Leicester City's trip to Burnley. Still no


new manager at the King Power Stadium. Can't be long now, surely?


I went to catch up with fans leaving for Lancashire.


As the Leicester faithful got ready for departure, one men kept


cropping up. Billy Davies. Billy Davies. Billy Davies. Perhaps a


slight surprise, but his record has clearly impressed. I know he has


been a Forest but the jockey has done with no money has been


fantastic. -- but the job he has done. He has been motivated,


successful where the egos. He knows the championship. Another familiar


name was in the frame. Pearson. has something to prove down here.


He has not said no yet, has the? Another person already mentioned.


It's somebody from abroad coming in and tying v Ts. We will wait and


see. Nottingham Forest are at home to


Reading, and for their new loan- signing it's another step on the


road, as Mark Shardlow reports. It was a New Year's Day he will


never forget. Greg Cunningham, then with Leicester, on the floor with


agony. His leg had been broken in a challenge. His three-month spell


with City came to an end. It has been tough physically and mentally.


A long road. But I was in good hands at City. I am now back


stronger. He made a good impression at Leicester. And eye for a free-


kick. But 10 months after his break, it is all about fitness, and on


Saturday, he lasted 85 minutes. had to come off with cramp. They


took me off as a precaution. Tonight, they come across a team


who have not lost for two months. But under new management, it seems


Forest is a happier place. The guys are fantastic and I have got on


really well. I want to settle down quickly. I have been enjoying the


game. Happier still if Cunningham can return to his best.


There's live commentary tonight on both Forest and Leicester on your


BBC local radio station, and we'll have some action on our late news


tonight, and all the goals here tomorrow night, when we're hoping


to have a very special guest live in the studio. As a clue, he's one


of the top names in sport at the moment.


Now, it may sound a little crazy, but one of our potential gold medal


winners at London 2012 had little interest in sport as a teenager.


She was "talent spotted". It's not quite the X Factor, but teams of


sports coaches are going into schools looking for future


Olympians. International canoe star Helen Barnes has been finding out


more for us. This is no ordinary PE less than.


From this bunch of children, talent spotters are hoping to find


potential Olympic medalists. They reckon that tests and measurements


can show them a potential top canoeist, he even though they may


never have been out in a boat before. These children are doing a


canoe slalom. The children selected will be given expert coaching over


the next few years. Certainly a fantastic opportunity. We are


hopeful that a number of the students, because we do have some


talented pupils who can go on to bigger and better things, and they


will progress and hopefully we will see them he NFU years' time at a


higher level. -- in a few years' time. A great opportunity.


should be able to experience what it is about. Rachel Cawthorn is a


European champion and Britain's most experienced and successful


Pabla. She was identified as school. It is giving people a chance to


have a go at something they did not really know about. Before I started,


I was not a sporty person. I used to swim about three, four times a


week. I did not think I had it been made to train like this. Like


others out there, I was waiting to be told. But the first stage of


testing is over and with the final 20 selected, it is time to have


some fun. At the end of the day, you have got to enjoy the sport to


invest yourself in it. As the coach made their final decisions, the


children are up for an amazing because I'm about to give you


details about how you join us on our big night, the BBC East


Midlands Sports Awards. It's going to be a great night with loads of


entertainment, at Loughborough University on Thursday 17th


November. And you get to see who we crown our East Midlands Sports


Personality of the Year. To be there you need to do something


rather old-fashioned. Send us a stamped, addressed envelope. It


needs to go to this address. We'll send back two tickets per


application and you need to apply Do join us if you can. It was a


great night a couple of years ago. Now, for many it might still seem a


bit too early to think about Christmas, but behind the scenes at


the Nottingham Playhouse, staff have been preparing for the festive


season for months. From elaborate sets to sequined costumes, the


annual pantomime is a grand affair, and we sent Geeta Pendse to see the


Whether it is outrageous dames or glittering sets, Christmas is not


Christmas without a pantomime for many. But creating the magic is no


easy feat. The team here at the Playhouse have been working on


their production of Cinderella has since May. The teams get through


550 litres of paint and 10 kilos of glitter. It starts in May, when the


design unveils the look of the show and then the construction and


painting begin. In the warehouse, they are unveiling of the horses


that will draw that all important Courage. We are finishing the


construction of the horses for Cinderella's carriage. We have


Tim's original model piece. And you can see they are about 3.5, four


metres tall. They are quite big. For many, it is the outrageous,


shoot -- costumes that are the shows dealers. Without a doubt, it


is the dames that have the most elaborate ones. Quite often, Helen


will phone me and say, how big can I go on this? Sometimes you have to


fly the dresses up into the ceiling so they are out of the way and a


wee drop them down on top of the performers. That is incredible!


There is something about panto that is unique. It is the only theatre


where people come to have actually have a good time and to take part


and get involved. The team have a few weeks left until the show opens


but I am sure Cinderella will go to the ball. Oh, no, she would! Be oh,


yes, she will! We were just thinking, we could be


the stand-ins. I can be Prince charming and you can be Cinderella.


So we are just looking for... Where are your two sisters?


How cheeky! We have had a lovely It will turn cooler but not


dramatically so overnight. Do send us your lovely weather pictures.


Keep them coming in. We have got this big area of low pressure. This


is the area that brought those freak snow storms and severe


blizzards to the east coast of America that we have been hearing


about in the news. It is heading our way. Before the children get


too excited, it will not be bringing snow, but some very strong


wind and rain, too. We have good, clear skies over much of the UK at


the moment, however. The rain is not too far away and we will see it


working its way towards us. Still keeping those clear spells


overnight and a little cooler than last night, but not dramatically so.


Mist and for to start the day tomorrow and if you do not wake up


to that, if it will be a nice, bright, sunny start. The cloud will


increase through the day, with temperatures not dissimilar to


today. Through much of daylight hours tomorrow, we'll stay in dry,


but then we see that next system working its way through. That will


bring rain overnight, clearing through Thursday, but into the


afternoon, we will see some short, sharp showers. A little unsettled


on Friday and a bit of a damp affair for your Bonfire Night on


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