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This is East Midlands Today. Tonight, if you think traffic is
bad now, just wait. New research predicts that traffic in the East
Midlands is set to increase by almost 50% in the next 25 years.
Also, a former seniors' that there -- police officer faces jail after
admitting sexual offences against a 13-year-old girl.
Plus, the accident that has made this period of property less of a
des res. And the million making East
Midlands all records broken for Good evening. Welcome to another
week of the programme. First, a warning for motorists. East
Midlands is going to see the biggest increase in traffic over
the next 25 years. The RAC Foundation says that the average UK
increased by 2035 will be more than 40%. In this region, it will be
nearly -- nearer 50%. Gridlock, it drives a motorists to
despair. The error stress of and frustrating. -- very stressful.
roads have been designed for lighter traffic. The bad news is,
it is about to get worse. The RAC Foundation has predicted that in 25
years, the biggest increase will be in the East Midlands. The amount of
traffic on the roads will increase in the region by 48%. The
population is currently 4.5 million, that is also going to increase, by
a 5th -- 16%. The increase in traffic volume is three times the
population growth. It is a worrying statistic of those trying to solve
the region's traffic blackspots. do what we do to improve junctions,
and a big posh of ours is to get this road improved and widened.
Cities across the region are facing a major headache and councils have
to find a remedy. We have a local transport plan which sets out how
we will deal with the growth in traffic numbers and what we need to
see now is the government backing us in those plans by making
investments available to cope with their predicted increase in cars on
our roads. While it drives motorists to distraction, it can
drive business away. Congestion is expensive. If we are going to
remain competitive, we need to make sure that we can squeeze down costs
and therefore we will have to invest in transport infrastructure.
The RAC research predicts that with traffic volume increasing by almost
half, delays will rise even more. Jams today, jams tomorrow and jams
in 25 years' time. The little earlier, I spoke to
Professor Stephen Glaister from the RAC Foundation. They wrote the
report. I asked him why traffic in the East Midlands is going to be so
bad. What we have done is looked at the official forecasts for traffic
growth and East Midlands is highest on the list. It is partly because
of the official forecast for population growth in the area. I
think also industrial growth, small businesses, which is of course what
the government is relying on for economic recovery. It does not seem
to be a very good at list to be top of, does it? It depends how you
look at it. Traffic growth is a symptom of a buoyant economy. From
that point of view, the last thing you want is a dead place. But it is
true that there are going to have to be more provisions bond more
capacity on the roads in your area than in many other parts of the
country. There is there anything we can do so that it is not so bad for
the motorist? There is a list of schemes that we have identified on
the Department for Transport's books including road widening and
management that will help. There is the link from the M1 down to
Nottingham that is a dangerous and slow road. Beyond that, I think we
will have to bite the bullet and raise some more money to invest in
the road network. Thank you very much.
Next, a former police inspector has admitted a string of sex offences
against a 13-year-old girl. Russell Dew resigned from the
Nottinghamshire force after he was arrested in August. To date a judge
warned him that he will be sent to jail.
Our social affairs correspondent is at Nottingham Crown Court.
Russell Dew admitted five offences here this afternoon, five counts of
sexual activity with the 13-year- old girl, all involving
inappropriate touching. They all happened while Dew was off duty but
we heard in one case that he videoed himself wearing handcuffs
at the time of abusing this girl. Earlier I spoke to Dianne Haydon
who was in charge of the investigation. She is
understandably traumatised, extremely upset. High trust has
been betrayed. She has a Lunt -- young lady who put her trust in
someone who was responsible for looking after her and that trust
has been taken away. The police say that Dew's colleagues at the
Nottinghamshire force were shocked and disappointed by the breach of
trust, particularly because of his senior position of stop these
offences took place at a time when he was in charge of dealing with
problems like this, these car cruises a near have a will. Dew was
the local inspector who was running the Ashfield South area and he
spoke to me about this police operation at that time. I saw one
of them put on his hazard warning lights as he braked from 60 miles
an hour to nothing. There were two other cars right on the table --
tale. That is not safe driving. Today it became clear that at the
same time that Dew was reporting -- enforcing the traffic laws, he had
been committing serious crimes insult. The judge made it clear
today that when he is sentenced, he will be sent to jail.
Later, you may have to wait, but do look out for a fantastic goal in
sport. A warning that council cuts will
mean more of our heritage is left in ruins.
Plus, is it a new chapter for libraries as councils cut back on
When you put your house on the market, you do want potential
buyers have to see it in tip-top condition.
Putting the kick-off they aren't, baking bread.
Imagine the despair of a couple from Leicestershire profound a car
rammed into the side of their period property 48 hours after it
went on sale. It is a feature that answered no
value to the 350-year-old coffee -- cottage.
The owner was visiting relatives in Birmingham when he got a phone call
from a neighbour to tell them that a car was now in his living room
wall. It was extremely lucky. Extensive damage that was done to
the property and vehicle... The driver of the vehicle was very
lucky as well. He had three children with him as well. Had we
been in the property, it could have been quite serious. The accident
happened 48 hours after he had put his home or six years up for sale.
His plans to move house are now on hold while repairs to the period
property are carried out. Hard to say, without removing the car. But
I imagined when you remove it, the house would probably fall down.
There are two walls and need to be rebuilding. It looks like the roof
is damaged as well. You're probably looking out two or three months and
probably about �30,000. Ironically, much of the traffic has been at
slowing down to look at the damage. Villagers say that speeding drivers
are a concern. There is an awful lot of speeding traffic through the
village. Police put up my rale cameras occasionally but it took
only has a short effect. They will be moving house but not to a new
home. They will stay in temporary accommodation while the cottage is
repaired. I am amazed by the damage.
It is not what you need. You need to be or ears for our next
report because it is all about listening to the heart. Doctors
have been using stethoscopes for almost 200 years but now the very
latest version allows up to five people to listen in at the same
time. The Derbyshire Children's Hospital
is the first in the world to use it. Our health correspondent has this
exclusive report. Even with the best bedside manner, many patients
it seems do not always like their heart set listened to. The fact
that this stethoscope can send the time -- is found to up to four
other devices nearby, it is fantastic for training. We have
medical students, sometimes six or seven, and everyone wants to listen.
That is the key, getting the opportunity to practise. This way,
only one person will disturb the patient and everyone else can have
a lesson. The Heart sounded very fast. All babies have faster heart
beats than adults. The normal range for a baby is up to 170. His is
going at about 120 which is normal. The stethoscope, it the doctor's
badge of office. In today's world, the latest device uses bluetooth
technology to send the sound while asleep. Patients and parents can
also listen in. I can hear mice in the heart... To hear it, it was
really good. You could hear it, couldn't you? It sounded like mice.
It is beautifully made, great sound quality. The key bit is the magic
phone that goes with it because it allows me to link them together.
has been developed in Loughborough. We believe that improving the way
that students are taught will increase their clinical skills.
Derbyshire Children's Hospital is the first to use the system,
helping to train University of In other news, 6 council and care
homes in Leicester may be saved from closure. Last year, Leicester
City Council said it was considering shutting six of the
homes that it owns. Now a U-turn is on the cards. A review ordered by
the mayor Sir Peter Soulsby recommends that the homes stay open
with money being spent on modernisation.
Nottinghamshire councillors one of the highest spenders in the East
Midlands when it comes to town twinning. Broxtowe Borough Council
spent more than �90,000 on its twin towns over the past three years. A
Freedom of Information Act puts the local authority in the top three
council spenders in our region. You can see more on Inside Out from
7:30pm on BBC One. The Nottingham close designer Paul
Smith is to be given a major industry award. He is to get the
outstanding achievement in fashion design prize at the British fashion
Awards later this month. He took tailoring evening classes and
opened his first shop in Nottingham When it comes to libraries,
passions always run high. The BBC has learned that many are finding
their budget for new books being cut, sung by up to 42%. This comes
after many councils said they were committed to keeping them open.
They may be packing up but they are not closing. Staff at this library
and moving it stop at to make way for a redevelopment. A major
investment was whilst the county council has pledged to keep all the
libraries open, the services themselves have faced cuts. New
figures show the budget for buying books has been slashed by 36% over
the past two years. Some argue that cutting back on new stock will mean
fewer people are drawn into libraries. It is this cutting back
which is seen as affecting councils across the region. In Derbyshire,
the budget was cut by 17% while in Leicestershire, the budget for new
books was cut by 42% since 2007. The statistics say that 20% of
libraries in the country will close in the next year. They will not in
Nottinghamshire. I accept they will not have the same they had before
in the way of books going into them that we will work hard to put that
right. In Derby, this group say a library is a vital resource. I am
looking at pictures with the children. Some way to come to meet
people. It is good for the little children to have fun with his
friends and a little sing-song. helps him grow and develop.
many, libraries are an essential part of life. The question is
whether cutting out on new stock Plenty more to enjoy on the
programme, including as promised, this 35 yard scorcher from
Leicester City's Gally which they are already talking about as go
o'er the season. And talking of seasons, we needed
our... Will we be needing one of these? You could think it was
already winter but it is still This week, we are taking stock of
the region's heritage. We know that councils need to save money and
there are many protests about axing services. But there is one part of
local authority work which is often forgotten.
We are blessed in this region with fantastic heritage but at a time
when every part of the community is struggling to make ends meet, what
does that mean for the future of our historic buildings? English
Heritage has found that conservation officers in the East
Midlands have been cut by 15% in the last year, that is higher than
the national average. In the first part of our Heritage SOS series, I
find out what that spells for the future.
This is a list of all those buildings for our region which are
most at risk. 70 pages of them. English Heritage is warning that
cuts could mean more of our heritage is consigned to the
history books. This year's analysis has shown that compared with last
year, nationally there is a reduction of 12% in the number of
conservation officers. Here in the East Midlands, the figure is 15%.
We are above the national average. And with further council cuts, who
knows what that reduction could be next year? In Nottinghamshire, the
budget for Heritage is �1 million, that is being reduced by �230,000
and they cannot rule out job cuts. As with all other local authorities,
we must make reductions which is regrettable. No decisions have been
taken as regards final staffing numbers, and they will not happen
until early next year. Every should be reassured that howl of many
people remain as Heritage officers, we are committed to ensuring the
heritage of Nottinghamshire continues. Even though it may not
seem as important as frontline services, English Heritage says it
is a vital part of our culture worth preserving. We have inherited
very special places and that is what people cherish. Sometimes
though, that is what they take for granted and when you take it for
granted, he perhaps ignore how important it is to look after.
Tomorrow we will be finding out how one community has taken the matter
into their own hands. 800 people in Matlock Bath have joined forces to
We said the goal by carriage was the best one but you have other
opinions? Leicester City's new manager may be
annoyed with Paul Gallagher. On the bright side, two fantastic goals,
almost one of them certainly a goal of the season. But he has hit all
the headlines. The game against Crystal Palace was
poised, 1-0 to Leicester and an element of jeopardy about the state
of play. That is when Paul Gallagher did this.
COMMENTATOR: here's Paul Gallagher, what a goal! Paul Gallagher scored
As if that wasn't enough, he cap it by doing this. Paul Gallagher
should, oh, my goodness, that is it, that his goal of the season! Close
the entries, Gallagher has just scored a 35 yard strike. I'll was
going to pass to somebody outside of May but I just hit it and it
flew into the top corner. Hopefully as a team we can try to get back.
We have moved up a few places but I will not get carried away. Paulsen
to say the least and it seems in the dressing room, Gallacher knew
it -- or some of to say the least. We have a team talk and assumed as
that finished, he threw his boots into the middle of the training
room and said "put a fire Nigel Pearson's return may have the
desired effect on Leicester's effective and expensive squad for.
Nottingham Forest captain Luke Chambers says after a bit of
turnaround in recent weeks, he would not rule out a play-off push.
After the drama under Steve McClaren, things are finally
settling down and that manager Steve Cotterill. We sent the
Dramatic MUSIC PLAYS All aboard the tactics took today with captain, it
looks Chambers. His players are no dummies after
four win its out of six. So what has changed under the new
manager? It took someone like the new gaffer coming in and knowing
what it takes to return us to doing what we have done best over the
past few years. Even though Ipswich scored first on Saturday, Forest
are playing with more freedom and character.
Talk us through their goal. Were have worked on it all week, to
concede goals from free-kicks and corners and we did it again.
did not give up. You were back in it. Here's the equaliser from
Robert Findlay. If Lewis can get the delivery like we know he can,
and when you put balls in like that, it will force them to have problems.
You are celebrating together there. Is there more of a team spirit? It
looks like it. It is more of an enjoyable place to be at the minute.
And the team are really pulling together, they came back after
going another goal down help by a double substitution.
Andy Reed and Paul Anderson came on, they played really well, didn't
they? Yes, that is probably what we have been missing. The gaffer has
come in and this is what Paul Read can do -- Andy read can do. The I
have just spotted something which we have got to talk about. What is
that? That is an impressive effort, his moustache. I am standing here
with a horrible moustache but that is from lack of shaving! When you
have got the likes of Andy Reed in wide areas, and he can turn the
ball like that... To get his first goal for the club, he has been
waiting for that for a while. you did. Marcus Tudgay has been
brilliant since the new gaffer came in. When he gets goals like that,
On to the rest of the football action. Starting with Derby
County's slump after a third straight defeat in just one win in
nine, the Rams are stepping down the table. But there are some
reasons to be cheerful. It may be a small consolation now,
but Derby fans will be cheered by the sight of this cheeky banner
taunting fans over the City Ground on Saturday. That and the news that
influential captain Shaun Barker is back from injury. He could not help
the Rams to a win, two goals in six first-half minutes gave Hull all
the points in the game. Huddersfield set a new record with
43 league games unbeaten. The key moment one minute after half-time,
Jordan Rhones headed a body blow when he fired that up with another
20 minutes later, the game was up. Despite Neil Bishop making it 2-1
in injury time. In rugby, a massive, massive win
for Leicester Tigers. The Heineken Cup win over Ulster at Welford Road
have said that this season's ties will not be defined by the start of
the seas and. This was easily the biggest test of
the season so far and tigers rose to it in brilliant fashion. They
exchanged points to a tense quarter-final -- final quarter.
They looked as strong as steel in this game, holding back some
Northern Irish onslaught with fine style. Eventually, it opened up the
Tigers just enough for a kick through from Flood to be touched
And frustration for Nottingham Panthers last night, a huge crowd
with big expectations and somehow Sheffield grabbed the winning goal
in overtime. They are our team of the year and I will have something
Lucky old Colin. It is time for a pat on the back for everybody in
the region who played their part in this year's Children In Need. It
was fun and fabulous and it was completely record-breaking. We
topped the �1 million mark. And It is pubs the's party at
Loughborough University. -- Pudsey We have had loads of fun on the
spot the bus for Children In Need. Last month, 276 bikers and their
bikes from all across the East Midlands descended on Clay Cross in
Derbyshire. We raised �2,000. You are all stars, thank you so
much. I am looking pretty small to you, great moustache by the way.
�2,467.90. What does SAS stand for? A big round of applause for
everybody who picked up the phone and donated money. It was fantastic
and lovely. Your dress looked lovely as well. I was told to wear
something sparkly. We were singing A great night had by all. A lot of
fog over the weekend. We might just get a bit more overnight tonight
but also the occasional outbreaks of rain. This photo was taken at
the weekend, a foggy start, and thank you to Lucy who said this in.
-- cent this in. Looking at the pressure chart, we have got two
fronts moving in today. This one here today at what the West and it
will slowly die out, bringing some about a brain tonight and another
front here that will bring some heavy rain tomorrow. -- outbreak
Light patches but to was the early hours of Tuesday morning, we will
see mist and fog forming first thing in the morning. Temperatures
down to around seven Celsius tonight. We wake up tomorrow with
the fog possibly across the East and any second weather front moving
its way in, bringing some heavy pulses through the morning and it
will slowly push away through the afternoon. It is a very slow front
so it should stay cloudy throughout the afternoon. The pictures up
around ten Celsius. It will clear and when that happens overnight on
Tuesday, we could see some frost because we will have some clear
skies with this ridge of high pressure bringing in cooler air.
Possibly some frost on Wednesday night into Thursday, first day,