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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