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This is East Midlands Today, our top stories tonight: The new
Transport Minister signals no change on Bombardier. Theresa
Villiers visits the Derby works but came empty handed. What is the
point of her coming? She made that statement, they are just playing
with people's emotions, people's livelihoods. Also tonight, a city
calls a halt to high rise student flats like this. I think it does
profound damage, it is poorly designed as a building which is far
too tall and is visible for miles around.
Plus... ARCHIVE FOOTAGE: The cargoes of our
bombers shattered military objectives in the City and start
hundreds of fires. The campaign to honour those who died on Bomber
Command duties. After 125,000 volunteers, 55.573 died. And the
row over flying the Union Jack, it is flying again over Gamston
Good evening, welcome to Monday's programme. First tonight, bitter
disappointment. Their reaction there of union leaders today after
a meeting with the Transport Minister Theresa Villiers at
Bombardier in Derby. They have been hoping that she would announce some
new work for the factory. She did not. But she did is express
confidence and the company's future. -- but she did express.
Facing the cameras, the Transport Minister spoke to the media after
facing Bombardier and their supporters in Derby today. Without
new work, it could be the end of the factory.
Are you prepared to see this plant closed down? I will be fighting to
keep this plant healthy and flourishing and that is why I am
here, talking about the opportunities which I hope they
will have in the months and years to come. Union leaders were hoping
for announcements about new orders in the wake of the loss of the
Thameslink contract and 1,400 jobs in Derby. None came. What is the
point of her coming? They are just play with people's emotions and
livelihoods. To go back in there now until -- and tell people she
has got things, it is wasted. everything she has spoken about, we
have heard before. She has done nothing to allay any fears for
losses for our members at all. two coming contract I especially --
are especially important. They are a �200 million contract from
Southern Rail and a �120 million contract from cross country. It is
claimed decisions have to be made on those contracts and quick. The
club is ticking as far as Bombardier is concerned.
Government must understand the urgency of dealing with these
contracts and getting them out to tender as quickly as possible.
Virtually all our engineers today are doing work that Bombardier has
brought in to write the rest of the world. We cannot sustain that for
much longer. No hope of reopening the Thameslink contract, too costly
and too much delay, the minister said. Leaving behind an uncertain
factory future. Next, a jury has heard how a
householder who was attacked by an armed gang stabbed one of them to
death. Napoleon Sharman said they came to his flat armed with
baseball bats, and two people have gone on trial accused of aggravated
The court heard this was all fronted by a domestic dispute that
got completely out of hand. Napoleon Sharman had a turbulent
relationship with his ex-girlfriend, so much that they both complained
to the police and both wanted custody of their younger son. It
all came to a head, the court was told, last Christmas after Napoleon
Sharman sent an abusive text message. Three weeks later, he got
a knock on the door at his flat. The court heard three men burst in
and use baseball bat to give him a terrifying vicious beating so he
used a knife to fend them off. Shortly afterwards, a man called
Dean Lloyd was found bleeding to death outside. Today, two of
delight's friends were accused of aggravated burglary. These are
cousins of Mr Sharman's ex- girlfriends and both deny attacking
him. Napoleon Sharman gave evidence but we were told he was initially
arrested as well and questioned with regard to Dean Lloyd's death
but the court was told he was never charged because it happened inside
his property and that meant his Still to come on the programme, two
boat, one bike, three continent. Adventurer Sarah Outen makes it to
Japan for the hardest part which is still get to come.
And a distinct lack of sunshine over the past week, what do we have
in store this week, any sunshine? City councillors in Leicester have
ordered a ban on new student housing developments in the city.
Thousands of student flats have been built there in the past few
Love it or hate it, this is one of the latest student housing blocks
going up in Leicester and this is what it will look like when it has
finished. 22 storeys high and home to hundreds of students. For a
while at least, it will be one of the loft developments in the City
as the council has temporarily stopped any planning applications
for student development. We have a lot of people living in these areas
who have lived there many years and we want to get a proper balance
between the needs of those residents and the needs of this did
and. Leicester is home to around 30,000 students and over the past
few years, demand for housing has soared. In 2009/10, 987 flats were
granted planning permission. Each one can house up to four students.
The following year, that rose to just over 1,100 and November this
year up to that date, 739 flats have been granted. For Stuart
Bailey, the step is one step too far. It does profound damage. It is
a poorly designed building that is far too tall and visible for miles.
The developers believe the architect has created a fantastic
design after that the consultation which will greatly enhance the area.
Meanwhile in the city centre, there is a need for student housing to
compete with the best. Students are expecting a higher quality of
accommodation. Therefore it is important we have the right balance
here in the City to offer to those students. We also must recognise
that universities are in competition with each other.
Ultimately, the city council hope that the moratorium will give it
more control over the future of Leicester's landscape.
In other news, a man has been arrested on suspicion of the
attempted murder of a special constable. The woman had gone to
deal with an incident on Shakespeare Street in Nottingham in
the early hours of Sunday when she was hit by a car which was later
found abandoned. She has undergone surgery for leg fractures and is in
a stable condition. The 24-year-old man was arrested in Linby last
night. Rolls-Royce have received engine
orders of over �500 million, the Derby engine maker has celebrated
after they bring its 1,000th Severn And the charity says there has been
an unprecedented response for a recall for small bone marrow donors.
Almost 2000 people queued around the Welford Road stadium, more than
ever before. It came as an appeal to help Bethany Mickleburgh and Rik
Basra. Thank you to everybody who did that.
It is not often that parish politics hit the headlines but not
often the issue of flying the Union Jacks but a British village either.
Last week, we told to help residents of Gamston heard that
some were offended by a flag flying all the time in the centre of the
village. However, one councillor is threatening to resign if it is
taken down. Our correspondent is there.
The meeting has just started and is promising to sort out this issue
once and for all. As you can see, the wood is flying tonight and that
is because it is the Prince of Wales's birthday an official flag
day-to-day. Let me remind you how this argument started. It was
raised for the Royal Wedding earlier this year and flew until
September. The council resolved to only fly it on special days.
Towards the end of October, it was raised again to mark the death of a
retired council and the intention was to keep it in place until today.
But defence has been taken on both sides. One of those who object to
it flying all the time is a villager called Roger Henry here
with us tonight. Residue each label for joining us. Your heart
opponents say they have received people supporting them from all
over the word -- some people who are your opponents. It unnerved me
to live in this area and have the Union Jack being flown all year
round. Why does it unnerve you? Because a lot of extreme groups
have hijacked the Union Jack and they have made it become something
which they kind of own themselves. It has made it offensive to people
of different cultures and ethnicities. Lots of people say
this has nothing to do with far- right politics, everything due to
do with patriotism, it is the British black. I totally appreciate
that -- it is the British flag. I totally appreciate that but over
the complete year, it is quite offensive. It is not a government
building, which has the right to fly the flag and I feel strongly
having the flag up all the time. will be back here tonight with our
late bulletin when I will be talking to Mr Henry's main
opponents and finding out about the result of the meeting. His main
opponent has threatened to resign immediately if the flag does not
fly all the time. A college has played host to
another will visitor today. His Royal Highness the Duke of Kent
this opening a creative art centre known as Create at Vision West
Notts in Mansfield. It opened to September students in September.
Three years ago, Prince Charles visited the college.
And now for a company car with a difference, for one of, the Mayor
of Leicester and his deputy are trialling and electric car as part
of a pledge to make Leicester a low carbon City. They want to see how
electric vehicles could be used as alternatives before the council and
other local organisations. A team of Street Ambassadors is
being introduced in Nottingham to welcome visitors to the city. They
are able to give directions and recommend restaurants. The scheme
is funded by local retail and leisure businesses and aimed to get
more people shopping and eating out. Nice blue uniforms as well! As we
reflect on remembrance for our and services, a former air man is
campaigning for a memorial to thousands who died on bombing
missions in World War II. Ted Cachart from Derbyshire says it is
a disgrace that there is still not one for Bomber Command. 67 years
after the war's end. The sales of a memoir I hope to put that right.
Once a poor man, always a barman. 1:falsified his age to enter the
RAF. He now regularly returns to Lincolnshire airfields from which
his Lancaster bomber set off for its final mission in 1944. His
plane collided with another Lancaster's, all tied's crew
survived, none of the other crew did.
Next weekend, he will again but at a bookshop in Ashbourne in
Derbyshire to sign copies of his wartime memoir. The proceeds of the
book will go towards the national memorial to all those bomber crews
who died. In all, 55.573 lost their lives on
Bomber Command. Out of 125,000 volunteers.
The RAF's destruction of Dresden in Germany cast a long shadow over
Bomber Command. A stigma attached to us but when people say why did
you plummet to a close to the end of the war, but then you say, how
do we know when the war would end? My own squadron alone, if you
reverse the figures, you get 851, that is the number of people killed
on my squadron alone. People do not realise the lives we have lost.
the moment, fallen friends are remembered where they can, until
the memorial is finally dedicated Still to come on the programme. The
Power of Pudsey. How the money you donated to Children in Need last
year made a difference to youngsters like Amar. Next tonight:
great news from adventurer Sarah Outen. The 26 year old has
completed the tricky first leg of her record-breaking human-powered
loop of the globe. Two years ago Sarah was awarded an MBE after
becoming the first woman to row solo across the Indian Ocean. Today
she arrived in Tokyo after an epic expedition across land and sea.
Sarah is trying to lead the globe. London to London. It has been full
of highs and lows, and I suppose, there were times when I wondered if
others going to make it this far. I it was going through the heat of
the Gobi desert and bits of equipment going wrong in Russia. It
has been brilliant. Sarah, from Rutland, has enjoyed the high
wildlife. We up watching the bet. They have definitely been moments
when I thought it was going to be when I thought it was going to be
Since leaving London Sarah has cycled 11 thousand miles, travelled
through 12 countries, and kayaked 300 nautical miles to reach Japan.
But the most challenging stretch is still to come. Next spring she'll
attempt to row the north Pacific Ocean - a feat never completed by a
woman. After that she still has to cycle from Canada to New York and
row the Atlantic Ocean to get back But right now, she gets a well
deserved rest. London to Japan - Dick! She is extraordinary, that
Notts County have been drawn away to non-league Sutton United in the
second round of the FA Cup. That's after they thumped Accrington 4-1
at the weekend. And Hinckley United will need to beat Tamworth in a
replay, if they're to make it to a second round tie at Gateshead. Ross
Fletcher reports. It was pretty easy for Notts County. Cole Holly
scored twice. Alan Judge got the second. Alan Sheehan also got on
the scoresheet. Hinckley survive their goalkeeper being sent off. A
misjudgment from the keeper allowed an equaliser by Tamworth. Alfreton
In Rugby, Leicester Tigers kicked off their Heineken Cup campaign
with a solid win in Italy. First half tries from Tom Croft and
Alesana Tuilangi set the platform for Tigers over Aironi and
Leicester maintained their lead throughout. It was always hard work,
though, and Tigers only really made the scoreline reflect the game with
Niall Morris' try near the end. It's Ulster at home next - a very
tough test indeed. Much more tense for Nottingham Rugby who needed a
drop goal deep into injury time for their 23-20 cup win over Pontypridd.
In ice hockey, the build up to the Panthers versus Steelers clash on
Saturday night was totally justified by a storming game. Only
one goal scored all night - and this was it - the second period, on
the powerplay. Jordan Fox with a great setup. David Clarke with the
goal. But it was the defence and goaltending that really won it -
the highlight of Craig Kowalski's shutout seeing off a two man
Sheffield advantage during the first period. Boxing, and Ovill
McKenzie become commonwealth light- heavyweight champion over the
weekend. The 31-year-old fighter from Derby knocked out Jeff Evans
in fifteen seconds. Yes, winning the title took him about as long as
it has taken me to tell the story. It's almost that time again - the
BBC East Midlands Sports Awards are this Thursday night. Amongst the
possible winners, three amazing people who could be our unsung hero
of 2011. You'll get to find out what makes them so special this
week and tonight we start in Newark. Move your boats slowly! Don't!
Let's see them get on to the end. Julie works tirelessly with
disabled children and their families. She runs canoeing and
kayaking sessions. Well done guys! Don't fall behind. That's excellent.
Many of the people she helps are wheelchair-bound, but when they are
I am in awe of some other people who come canoeing. Amount of
commitment she gives is awe- inspiring. She works full-time as a
paediatric physiotherapist. But at weekends, she is encouraging these
children. They have a lovely lifestyle, which will keep them fit
and healthy for as long as possible. Julie's were does not stop in the
water. She has even built a gym in her back garden. The idea is that
we keep them fit as possible, so when they get back out on the water,
they will be fit and ready for next season. Without Julie, I would not
have got into sport. It has helped me get to a high level. She has
helped me so much in my life, and I thank her so much. Julie's hard
work and dedication has inspired This Friday it's Children in Need
day and as usual we're hosting our very own Pudsey Party - this time
at Loughborough University And, as usual, we're hoping to raise as
much money as possible because it makes such a huge difference to all
sorts of charities here in the East Midlands. Karen Winchester has been
to one such project in Leicester where they're helping boost the
confidence and social skills of children with special needs. Meet
Amar and his support worker Surbjit. This is good great adventure
playground in Leicester. It is for special needs children. It is a
place where they can come and play. I do want to ones with the children.
To one this boy it was very timid. She never -- he never used to speak
to anyone. His favourite word was no. I tried to help him, with
socialising with the other children. He got a bit more confidence. First,
when he came, he would only go on the baby slide. Now he goes on
I think it is important for the children, not just those who have
additional needs. It does not matter if you do not have the same
ability. You can still play in the same way. A lot of the children
come to the playground and come from parents not working and low
income parents. They cannot access Now, he is confident. They notice
at home that he is talking more, and he is happier, and he is not
always on the laptop, because frequently, before he was on the
laptops. He is not getting angry at all now. Do you like coming here?
Yes. What do you like doing? I like the swings. What else do you do?
play with play do it in -- playgoer in the nursery. People don't
realise what difference the sort of thing makes. People might think it
does not make a difference. I have It is your money that helps.
Beautiful blue sky in the report. Beautiful blue sky in the report.
Sorry, it is not metre of plain! -- need to blame! It has been a cloudy,
dull day. This is what it is been like over the weekend. For now, it
has been cloudy and damp. Even with the cloudy skies, the autumn
colours still look gorgeous. Here are leaves which have fallen on to
a bridleway. Thank you for that We take a look at the satellite
picture, and the cloud is starting to increase, thickening up as we go
through. Already, we are starting to see some drizzly L-plate. That
will continue for much of the night. Temperature wise, it is going to be
dipping down to six Celsius. Rural spots, you can nick -- knock
another degree or so off. Tomorrow, we start on a cloudy note. That
should fizzle out. But tickly the further east you go, you may see
the odd glimpse of sunshine. Generally cloudy skies. A little
bit of a brighter feel to the day. Tempted down to nine or ten Celsius.
A gradual improvement as we go through the rest of the week.
Wednesday looks even drier, and again, a chance of seeing brighter
spells. A better chance on Thursday, but staying largely dry, and by the
time we get to Children In Need day, it will have passed. Now do you
remember "On the Buses", the sitcom from the 1970s? Well, tonight on
Inside Out, actress Anna Karen, who played Olive, is back on the buses
to investigate cuts to rural bus services in the East Midlands. You
can find out what happened when she took a bus load of disgruntled
passengers to Westminster to confront the politicians. You can