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This is East Midlands Today with Anne Davies and me Quentin Rayner.
Tonight, silent remembrance. Armistice Day is marred by
communities across the East Midlands. It is moving to see.
tonight: farewell to a mother and her two children, found dead in
their home. Plus the number of people homeless
in a Nottingham is rising. Find out how I cope to sleeping rough for a
night. And his nickname, the matchstick
man painter, the new exhibition is Good evening, welcome to Friday's
programme. On this day the guns fell silent as
the Great War finally ended, and silence was observed today, 93
years on. Armistice Day was made all the more
memorable this year because the date is 11/11/11. Thousands of
people across the East Midlands came together to commemorate it,
young and old to remember those who For some, today was especially
poignant. At Nottinghamshire's Chetwynd Barracks they remembered a
former comrade who was killed in Afghanistan just two days ago.
And at the same time hundreds of soldiers from the East Midlands
fell silent at their bases in Helmand Province. Our Social
Affairs Correspondent, Jeremy Ball, is at Nottingham's Victoria
Embankmant. Yes, most of us grew up in the days
when remembrance was all about two historical world wars. A tribute to
the fading names on these old war memorials. But the recent conflicts
in Iraq and Afghanistan have changed all that. Now, for some,
it's about remembering close friends.
At the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month, they stopped and
Today, there was a new name on the war memorial at Jutland barracks.
Matthew Thornton lost his life just two days ago. Private Thornton was
an army reservist who trained at this camp. He was killed by an
improvised bomb. There are colleagues of hours. It is a
personal day for us and we can pay tribute to those who made the
ultimate sacrifice. Of high seas are made people processing through
our organisation. -- I see so many. Many of the soldiers here have
served in Afghanistan or Iraq and some have lost several friends.
when people are losing lives and you are there, you see grown men
cry. It really is moving to see. I've lost friends and colleagues,
who I have served with, and it is that time way you go and reflect
upon these guys and say they deserve at least two minutes to
remember them. A several hundred soldiers from the East Midlands
have just gone back out to the Helmand province. Today, they were
remembering a young private shot dead on patrol just last week.
the comrades who have fallen, we always feel for the family and
friends. We hope that they are coping as well as they can through
these bad times. But also keeping their chins up. We are remembering
them ourselves. These two short minutes of silence mean so much
when you have been to war, a tribute to fallen friends who will
never be forgotten. There'll be more remembrance events
on Sunday. Here and at towns and villages across the East Midlands.
To remember those who lost their lives in the two world wars and in
conflicts that are still going on today.
Train services between London and Nottinghamshire are slowly getting
back to normal after major problems earlier. A signalling problem at
Hendon had halted all services between St Pancras and Luton.
Engineers have now repaired the fault. But East Midlands Trains
says some delays are still likely tonight.
Thieves have stolen Derby's Christmas lights which were due to
be switched on next week. They were being kept in storage at Markeaton
Park, together with cabling and tools worth more than �20,000. The
city council says its desperately trying to find replacements lights.
Still to come: we look forward to the weekend's sport.
A and the big countdown is on. It will be Children in Need a week
today but will we be shivering with cold temperatures or is it going to
be mild like the weekend? I'll have the weather at the end of the
The funerals have taken place of a mother and her two children who
were found dead at their home in Leicester.
The congregation was told that the lives of Joy Wathall and her young
son and daughter, had ended too early. The BBC was specifically
asked to attend. United in death as they were in
life. Under a grey overcast skies, family and friends came together to
remember them. The three were found dead at their home in Leicester in
February. Police believe the children's father killed Joy and
the children before taking his own life. The family were due to return
to their home city of Sheffield but never made it. Disputes within the
family have meant the funerals have only now taken place. Flowers,
photographs and teddies were placed on top of the three coffins. During
the emotional service, tributes were paid to the three. Eric
Clapton's Tears in Heaven was played. Family and friends were
told their lives ended too early. They are an outrage. She was a
lovely person, always there for us. They are up there. A if you look at
the worst day in your life and magnified by 110, that is how bad
it has been. It has been a constant nightmare. It is in my mind all the
time. I did not expect to bury my daughter and grand kids. Inquests
into the deaths are due to be held in January.
Next tonight, unravelling the mysterious death in a river.
Detectives are trying to trace a shotgun that was used to inflict
fatal wounds on a man found dead in the River Trent in Nottinghamshire.
At the moment, officers don't believe Peter Nuttall was murdered,
but they desperately want to trace the weapon.
The superintendent winter leads me to the sport in Nottinghamshire
where Peter Nuttall was discovered last month. The 44 year-old roofer
from tax food had been missing for three days. His car was found in a
nearby car park. Some fishermen saw something in the water, they were
not sure what it was. We were called and the police came along
and we found his body at this spot. Mr Nuttall had suffered a shotgun
wound to the head. He had previously held a shotgun licence.
Officers say at the moment, there is nothing to suggest any foul play.
But searches of the riverbank and river bed have failed to find the
shotgun used. A for full facts are not explained and we need to be
able to explain those. -- the full facts. We need to be able to
explain them to the coroner, the family and the public because we
don't want people to be worried, thinking they could come to some
harm. We need to get to the bottom of where this fire Amis. Mr Nuttall
was known to the police but not the subject of any ongoing
investigation. Anyone with information about the gun for his
movement's leading up to his death, is urged to contact police.
A 14-year-old girl from Leicester, who's fighting leukaemia for the
third time, is appealing for a bone marrow donor to save her life.
Bethany Mickelburgh is urging people to attend a special clinic
her family has organised at the Leicester Tigers stadium tomorrow.
A lot of people have been very kind. Supportive. A Bethany has been
overwhelmed by support. Her message is simple. Come to Leicester Tigers
tomorrow and you might save her life. It is so simple, or you've
got to do is spit in a spot. It would be a privilege if you could
be a donor. It is a simple, for our procedure with no operation
required. TV personalities are among those keeping her spirits up.
Her sister has been instrumental in setting up social networks sides as
her family campaign to find a match. Have we got enough coming in?
need more. Since finding out one month ago that Bethany had elapsed
for a second time, the family have organised a special clinic for
anyone aged between 18 and 40 to register as a possible donor at
Welford Road. She is a quiet young girl but has an inner determination.
That is why people have taken her to their hearts. This event on
Saturday, if they come along, and they are a match for her, it is a
simple procedure. It is just like donating blood. There is one little
girl that would very much appreciate that. About 100 family
and friends have been kept busy distributing thousands of the
floods. Team that Bethany was out in force at the Leicester City home
games last week -- last weekend. The family is all too aware that
time is of the essence but remain ever hopeful.
Don't forget, it could be you who is the match!
It's grim - the reaction of one of our Euro MPs to describe the latest
crisis in the eurozone. Today Glenis Willmott met Italians
living in the East Midlands to discuss the economic whirlwind
that's engulfed their country. It is lunchtime for this Italian
family in Derby but it is the economic crisis in Italy that is
proving difficult to stomach. Everybody is against Berlusconi so
now I say, he has gone, and we will see what the others do, if they are
better or worse. Arriving in Derby, you're MP Dennis Willmott has just
returned from Brussels. -- Glenys. She is heading for an Italian
restaurant, aptly-named the European. She asked restaurant
staff about their reaction. Many young people cannot find a job. It
is like that are everywhere. A it has dominated the ITV News all week
but what is the reaction from non- Italians? -- it has dominated.
we make clothes for the Italians, it is the knock-on effect for our
people. It is scary, really scary because there are 1 million people
from aged 16 to 24 without jobs. asked the Euro MP why the Italian
crisis matters so much to us. is one of our biggest markets, the
eurozone is a big market. Anything that impacts on the euro as an
impact on us. If Italy fails, then we will have massive problems in
the UK. We've already got rising unemployment. We don't want to make
it any worse. The restaurant manager catches up on of the latest
news. His verdict? Don't worry. Italians always find something, an
idea. They will get through it. They can do it if they want. With
political change under way in Italy, these Italians in Derby have
something to drink too. And there will be more political
news from the region in the Politics Show this Sunday. Here's
Marie Ashby. A Tory leader attacks Labour and
Conservative councils for diverting government money meant for housing.
And the lawyer who is taking the government to court over its
decision to half what consumers get for selling renewable energy to the
National Grid. So that's the Politics Show at the
later time of3.10pm this Sunday. Now, imagine replacing your brick
walls and central heating with a sleeping bag and a cardboard box.
The Nottingham charity Framework deals with 8,000 homeless people
every year and says the number of people sleeping rough in the city
has almost doubled since June. Last night those figures went sky
high as 300 people slept out in the city to raise money for the charity.
Amongst them our reporter Tom Brown. First is the Big Sleep Out, an
annual fund-raising event for a couple give up their home comforts
and spend the night in a cardboard box on the streets of Nottingham.
And tonight, I'm going to be one of them. People care about the welfare
of others and third come together tonight to demonstrate that. He can
see people who are participating, building their shelters, joining in.
Words cannot describe how fantastic that feels. I am excited. Anxious
and excited actually. 12 hours, it's not much, is it? And it is
people like this that tonight's event aims to help. Andy spent two
weeks sleeping rough in Nottingham before being found by framework.
Now he has a new home and a new job but the memories of what it is like
to have to speak on the streets will stay with him forever.
worst part about it is feeling like a total at cast from society. It is
horrible, lonely, it gets depressing, you are having to fight
with depression yourself and keep It is coming up to 1am and the mood
up to feed Big Sleep Out has changed. The bans have stopped
playing, even my cameraman has left me behind and people are trying to
get some sleep. It will be interesting. Within the
organisation facing serious cuts, events like this have never been
more important. The charity wants to make �35,000 from tonight. This
could pay for two new employees or provide numerous training courses
to help get people off the streets and into work. The sea about is not
just about raising money. It is also about raising awareness. --
the sleep out. People have to sleep on the streets every night and it
is a big shock. It is cold, windy, the cardboard managed to fence it
off. I couldn't do it again. That was the sleep out. I've had two
hours' sleep and World Cup shivering in my sleeping bag. There
are people in Nottingham you have to do this every single night. It
is an awareness of that fact that tonight has all been about. Now it
is time for me to leave my cardboard box and get a cup of tea.
If you are homeless, you don't necessarily get a cup of tea.
Plenty more to look forward to in the programme: including a new side
to LS Lowry. The match-stick man painter was also a dab hand at
portraits as well as impressive Happier homes and a better future,
that's what experts say parenting classes are giving to families in
Nottinghamshire. Early intervention by a super nanny
is really helping parents who're struggling to cope with their
For year-old Harrison is letting us know he is here. Being a parent can
be a tough job for anyone but relationship break-ups and other
problems adds to the pressure. because he wants to get the praise
as well because he is hearing you've praising their full. Anna
has been labelled a super nanny. The advice is making life easier.
Hopefully they will calm down. Things will get better. I've
noticed coming here I've learnt a lot and used that at home. I am
finding things are getting better. We are picking families up now that
initially may have been on a parenting protection plan from
social care. Instead of... They make good progress but they still
need support. The sessions involve discussion, videos and tips like
ignoring bad behaviour and tantrums when it is safe to do so. They come
to be and they say, can I have it? Then I ignore the problem and then
he will come down. The hope is that these children will grow up in
happier homes and have a better future as a result.
They look like happy bunnies, most of them.
Time for sport and it is a big weekend for rugby.
Yes, it is Heineken Cup time. The most prestigious competition in
European club rugby and it gets underway tonight. The Heineken Cup
is a tournament that has propelled rugby onto a entirely different
plane. So earlier Angela was with the Leicester Tigers as they jetted
off to Italy. A chance for the Tigers to put
their Premiership woes to one side for the weekend and focus instead
on the biggest prize in European rugby, the opposition this weekend
from Italy. Nobody from Leicester is taking anything for granted.
got nothing to lose, they will throw everything at us. They are a
very difficult side, they have got some good international players.
They have some very good foreign South Africa us. They will be a
tough test and if we are not accurate and committed, they will
cause us problems. The Tigers have had a difficult start to the
domestic campaign. Leicester rewrote Heineken Cup history with
back-to-back titles. How they would love to do that again. We have not
been as successful as we would have liked over the last few years. We
will start afresh. It is probably a little bit refreshing from what has
been a disappointing start to the domestic season. We know we've got
a good squad, a good team. Everyone's in a positive frame of
mind. We must do our best. Eight to one of the odds for the Tigers to
lift the trophy again this season. The team and they are legion of
travelling fans will certainly hope the campaign gets off to his flying
start. -- a flying start. Onto football and it must be make or
break this weekend for Leicester in their battle to bring back manager
Nigel Pearson. It is day seven of the saga and it seems Leicester can
just not agree compensation with Pearson's current club Hull.
Tonight we are even hearing a whisper that Leicester may be
forced to look elsewhere. Meanwhile at Derby County manager
Nigel Clough has been fined �2,000 after he admitted an FA charge of
improper conduct. It was in relation to an incident during
Derby's match at Peterborough last weekend.
Well, no Championship football tomorrow because of the
International break but it is an important weekend for our teams in
the first round proper of the FA Cup. A special mention for Alfreton
Town who play League One opponents Carlisle and of course Hinckley
United who have a good record in the cup. They're at home to
Tamworth. Notts County host Accrington Stanley.
Well, we started with a big match in rugby, we finish with a big
match in ice hockey. The biggest rivalry in the sport will play out
in front of what's expected to be a sell out crowd at the National Ice
Centre. A little earlier Colin went to get a preview.
It is all pretty quiet class act -- at the National Ice Centre at
minute. Tomorrow, the place will be packed for the Panthers against the
Sheffield Steelers. It is the big rivalry in the ice hockey. You know
what this means. It is going to be extremely lively. Sheffield and
Nottingham are totally intense. Am looking forward to it. Brandon, you
one utility in for this season but you've been around. You've been in
Belfast. He must have picked up stories around the league as to how
intense the scan been forced to definitely. I've played in the
league for the last couple tears. You hear about the rivalry and have
experienced the place now. I can imagine now how much it will
escalate. Do you pick up divide? Definitely. You feed off the farms.
-- the fans. You get the feeling this is going to get the season
going. Definitely. It is time to get the league going and there is
no better time than tomorrow to do that. There are refused tickets
left. -- a few tickets left. It will be intense.
Good luck to the Panthers and for Tigers this weekend.
Now did you know that despite his huge success as a painter, LS Lowry
stuck at his job as a debt- collector all his working life?
And although he'll always be associated with his match-stick men
and industrial scenes, a new exhibition in Nottingham aims to
From the Lancashire mills to the stylised images of workers, many of
the paintings in this new exhibition depict the industrial
world that became his hallmark. As the team at the Arts Centre and
pack 90 of his works of art, they are hoping to show another side to
the painter, one who was drawn to landscapes and striking portraits.
There was an incredible variety of subject matter. He is more than the
artist at the Lancashire mills. We are hoping people will come and go
away with a much broader idea of what his work is. The exhibition
spans the 1920s to the post-war era when his popularity rose. Despite
this, many critics dubbed him an amateur. An image which Neil is
hoping to is a spell. While some of these works have been loaned by
galleries like the Tate, many have come from private collections which
means they will not have been seen by the public for years. It is like
Christmas. It always is, it is very exciting when you've just been
working with things. Some of these pictures I will have seen in it the
usual homes but a lot I have not seen before. The excitement of
taking things out of their crates and out of their wrapping and
seeing them for the first time is incredible force of the exhibition
will open to the public next Wednesday and the gallery hopes it
will please enthusiasts and shared a new light on this well known
artist. And beautiful, aren't they? I had
no idea they were so huge. Lots of bark at -- around at the
moment, Leonardo da Vinci at the I think we will get to see a little
bit of sunshine as well and hopefully it will feel milder
because it did feel quite raw today with all the cloud. This picture
really does depict the weather today. At Rutland Water, you can
hardly see the water. Please keep your pictures coming in depicting
the weather. It is always great to see them. We've got a lot of cloud
with us at the moment. It was drizzling this afternoon as I drove
into work. The card will increase further because we've got a band of
rain working its way in from the West. That will cross us overnight,
becoming heavy and persistent for a time. Leaving us with a lot of
cloud tonight and a few showers following on behind as well. A
minimum temperature of nine Celsius. Saturday morning is going to start
off quite cloudy. We will still see a few showers for the early morning
on Saturday. Gradually into the afternoon, the skies to start to
brighten again. Daytime temperatures tomorrow just a very
gentle breeze, should reach 15 Celsius. Feeling better but we do
cloud over through the evening on Saturday. There is a warm friend
working its way northwards overnight. That will produce some
drizzle and also quite a bit of clout on Sunday morning. If you are
going to a service on Remembrance Sunday, the cloud will take its
time to clear forced to pick it clear that all on Sunday. We hope
to see an improvement into the afternoon. It will become windy you.
-- windy. On Monday, there is high pressure to the east and low
pressure to the West. The cloud will continue to increase again,