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This is East Midlands Today with Anne Davies. And me, Dominic Heale.


Our top story tonight - could there be a hard winter ahead for the


homeless? A homeless charity reports a sharp increase in the


number of people sleeping rough. Divided opinions - should this


Crematorium be able to recycle the heat it generates? Why waste it if


you don't have to? It is a bit creepy!


Also, fighting for education in the great outdoors, but are the centres


becoming too costly to keep? And a Nottingham teenager who wants


to become the World Scrabble Good evening and welcome to


First tonight, a further sign of the impact of the economic slow-


down. But this is one indicator that won't be found in the latest


monthly unemployment figures or in the rate of inflation.


Instead, it'll be more evident late at night on street corners and in


shop entrances. That's because a charity for the homeless in the


East Midlands says there's been a sharp increase in the number of


people sleeping rough. Today the charity took that message


to MPs. From Westminster, here's our Politcal Editor John Hess.


Nobody here will be sleeping rough tonight, but they gathered for a


parliamentary reception to warn that more people in the East


Midlands are struggling to keep a roof over their heads.


repercussions are that the number of people sleeping rough has gone


up to stop this time last year it was three or four people and night,


now it is 19. That is a trend we are seeing right across the country.


The Nottingham-based homework charity Framework held a sleep out


earlier this month to highlight the growing crisis. I think there is an


awful lot of hidden homelessness, people who are staying with friends,


sleeping on their couch or their floor for a week or two, and then


they moved on December the else. Some of those people may end up on


the streets because they run out of goodwill from France. According to


the government, they are 121 people sleeping rough in the East Midlands


last year. But Framework it said it handle 57 in Nottingham, and over


this year, they helped 103 people sleeping rough, an increase of 81%.


The government maintained it has introduced initiatives to help the


housing market, especially those that are vulnerable. It says it is


up to local councils to decide on local priorities and how that money


should be allocated. Local authorities have seen enormous cuts


to their budget, and they are having to make the two differed --


difficult decisions. If they don't get the economy going, we will not


have the money for the public services. It did -- it is getting


worse, it is always be vulnerable who are affected worse. Framework


based his big budget cut. Today it warned politicians of the


consequences. John Hess joins us from Westminster


now. Is the government aware of these growing concerns? I quite the


how to administer Grant Shapps, he says it is shocking that rough


sleepers continued to pour through the net of the systems on offer,


and far from being apologetic amazes the coalition government is


providing the best support for the homeless anywhere in the world.


�400 million over the next four years, at this year's rate of


spending. An additional �42 million, two Voluntary organisations, like


Framework of Nottingham, to help deal with the problem. He says it


is obscene that in the 21st century, governments are unable to deal with


the problem of rough sleepers. So this is an indication that this


particular housing minister certainly doesn't want to see a


return to the cardboard city style of life that blighted many of our


towns and cities in the 1980s. Thank you.


Still to come on the programme: A top scrabble star spells it out.


Plus, frosts are back in our weather forecast.


Also, find out why you can rent of this huge building for just �1 a


A crematorium wants to be allowed to turn the heat from its


cremations into central heating. Bramcote Crematorium says its


trying to be more environmentally- friendly in the way it uses what's


left from the burning process. It's now asking families for their


views. Carolyn Moses reports. It is a soothing environmental


setting, using 18 acres of woodland, but now, the crematorium is using


at more recycling, instead of sending its heat into the


atmosphere, it wants to re-use the furnace heat to heat the building.


The idea is slightly sensitive. During cremation, Mercury can be


released from dental fillings. It is not allowed out into the


atmosphere, so has to be treated on site. It is during this that the


Crematorium says he'd could be converted to run pipes into central


heating. -- heat. But what do people think here? I think it is a


bit morbid. I don't like that idea at all. Everything is being used


again, we are been reduced. Can't be that more of a thing, can it?


wouldn't bother me, no, when you're dead, you are gone. Might as well


use the heat! The crematorium is run by two local councils. In a


Over the next three weeks, local people, religious groups and


funeral directors will all be asked their views. But the idea is not


totally new. Some Crematorium are already using it. To try and reduce


global warming while increasing their own.


The inquest into the death of a Red Arrows pilot has heard his ejector


seat fired him into the air but his parachute didn't open. Flight


Lieutenant Sean Cunningham was killed two weeks ago after his


ejector seat went off on the ground at RAF Scampton near Lincoln. The


35-year-old died from multiple injuries after hitting the ground


still strapped into his seat. The inquest has been adjourned until a


later date. Two burglars his friend has been


stabbed to death have been jailed for seven years. They forced their


way into a flat to attack the man who lived there. Nottingham Crown


Court heard that he picked up a knife in self-defence. All three


attackers were stabbed in the struggle, and their friend bled to


death. The former leader of Derby's


Conservatives has rejoined the council's Tory group, after an


assault case against him was dismissed. Councillor Harvey


Jennings was in court last week accused of assaulting his ex-wife,


which he denied. The prosecution offered no evidence and both were


bound over to keep the peace. The councillor was suspended during the


court proceedings, but had the whip restored at a meeting last night.


Next tonight, they've been credited with transforming the lives of tens


of thousands of children for decades - but now they could be


closed down. The future of three outdoor


education centres in Leicestershire is hanging in the balance because


of cuts. And now anyone with an opinion on their future is being


asked what they think should be It is 1940 - we are in an air raid


shelter, and I am with fellow evacuees here. They are actually


from Dunton Bassett primer, bringing history alive at this


historic hall. It has been really good so far, really good experience


for us to put it is actually like you are in the war, using your


ration cards. We have learnt a lot so far. It makes you think about


how the World War Two children felt. It is not just history days. For


half a century, tens of thousands of children have enjoyed outdoor


Children of Leicestershire, adults, have benefited the 50 years from


the life-changing experiences they have had to these halls. It would


be such a shame to see them go, because if you lost the knack made


you would never be able to replace them. How many children are using


these facilities? 6000 of them come along here. But the centre's cost


the county council �400,000 last year, and it needs to find savings


of �79 million. Clearly, the way things are set up at the moment, we


are not going to be able to continue, because the loss they are


recovering. But we are interested to hear the wider range of fuse, so


we can bring about a solution. Bunce it may be rationed, but they


want people's opinions via the County Council website. The


consultation ends are just before Christmas, a decision it is


expected early next year. And it's not just services for the


young that are facing cuts. At a meeting in Derby this evening,


councillors are expected to confirm the closure of a day centre for the


elderly. Simon Hare is there. Good evening. Derby city council


cabinet is meeting here at the moment. On the agenda, day-care


centres for the elderly. Within the last few minutes, it has confirmed


the closure of the Whitaker rode day-care centre, and all the people


who currently use it will have to transfer to the more distant street


centre in Derby. The council says despite our ageing population, both


at the centres have a lot of spare places. But the decision to close


them have been controversial. The Labour group has opposed it. More


than 400 people have signed petitions, with opponents arguing


that the decrease in popularity of the centres has only been brought


about by a massive increase in charges. But this will save the


council about �290,000, and any money raised by the sale of


Whitaker rode will be ploughed back into day-care for the elderly.


A 19-year-old prisoner from Derbyshire has been found hanged in


his cell. Christopher Neale from Somercotes was not thought to be on


suicide watch. He was serving a two-year sentence at Glen Parva


Young Offenders Institute in Leicestershire, for sexual activity


with a girl under 13 years old. An investigation by The Independent


Prisons and Probation Ombudsman is underway.


One in four young people in the East Midlands has got in a car with


someone who'd been drinking or taking drugs. Many also feared for


their safety as a passenger. That's according to the road safety


charity Brake. It's calling for tougher restrictions on new drivers


to cut the number of accidents. A major expansion to West Notts


College in Mansfield has been given the go-ahead. The �11 million


building on the Derby Road campus will eventually be open to the


public as a restaurant and beauty salon. It'll also help to train


students with hands-on work experience. The development is part


of improvements to the college Next on East Midlands today,


imagine being healthy one day and barely able to move in agony the


next. That is exactly what happened to Annie Glover from Leicestershire


when she suffered complications after a prolapsed disc.


She still does not know what caused it but is certain she wants to help


others. Now diagnosed with a rare condition, she is running a


nationwide support group and campaigning for research. Our


health correspondent reports. Annie is 38 but says she feels like


90. It takes crutches and painkillers to get around the house.


A prolapsed disc led to numbness in her legs and pain. It is a


condition that --... Loading the washing machine, washing up, making


a meal, it is hard for me. I have to rely on my husband to help me.


At her home in Loughborough, she has set up a national charity. She


hopes to raise awareness of, not just among sufferers. We want to


get the message through the medical profession because not everyone in


the have medical profession knows about the condition. Your spinal


cord finishes just above your waist. Below that is a group of nerves


which supply muscles controlling the bladder, bowel and legs. The


syndrome occurs when these nerves become compressed. A slipped disc,


the most common cause. Other causes include tumours, infection or


trauma. There is now one NHS specialist clinic in Sheffield


which offers support for people in East Midlands with the conditions.


The a find being in a wheelchair is not an issue. It is the problems


with bladder and bowels that of the problem. They are much more


significant to them. Annie has been contacted by some of the 100 people


diagnosed each year in the UK. She suspects there are many other cases


not recognised. Until a cure is found, she relies on more than 20


painkillers a day. For the second part in our Heritage


SOS series, tonight the community taking restoration into its own


hands. The Grand Pavilion in Matlock Bath


has been empty for three years. Since it was built in 1910, it has


hosted top musicians, beauty contests and even a night club.


When it came up for rent, people living nearby wanted to save it


from developers and return it to its former glory. That is no longer


just an aspiration. They are about to sign the lease.


You cannot miss in -- it in Matlock Bath. It still looks rather pretty


on the outside. Inside, it is a different story. This is from the


old days. It almost smells like a nightclub. It is huge. It is


enormous. We can fit 400 seats in here. It needs some work. The it is


quite daunting. When we started with this, we didn't even have


access to the building. If you look up, you can see the original


ceiling. The pavilion was built in six months. Can you believe it? The


whole building in 1910 was built in six months. We are right at the


top? From the top to bottom, it needs complete renovation. The


community as applying for more than �2.5 million in grants. The good


news is, the rent is cheap. We have only got to pay �1 for the building.


Getting the rest of the money will be a much bigger job. The council


is leasing it so was it the easy option to let the community raise


the money? I do not really think it is an easy option for the council.


What we are trying to do is make sure that its frontline services


are maintained. We are also -- the council also feels it has a duty to


the community to try and make some of the other things that are not


statutory services happen. If these Walls Could Talk, in the last 100


years, bird -- they would tell tales of elaborate beauty pageants


and even the sound of a Elton John playing here. That history is wide


800 local people have signed up to save it. The nearest arts venue for


us is 20 miles away. This would make a great venue on my doorstep.


Not Rob Stewart played here in his early days. We have also had a lot


of comedians, Ken Dodd played here. They it is the first time in my


memory that all of the people are pulling together and reading the


same hymn sheet. It is marvellous to see it. The deal is signed early


next year. Then it will be up to the community to make the pavilion


same once again. -- singer once again.


Still to come, the teenage came of the triple letter score. -- the


teenage King. We will be meeting Tim Butcher who


is about to head off to the World Scrabble Championships in Malaysia.


A after a run of mild nights, I can finally say tonight that we will


see a widespread frost. Temperatures in rural areas go


below freezing. More weather at the end of the programme.


Time for sport. Why have seen some shocking sights this afternoon.


of the unedited footage. Those pictures will not be making it into


the peace. We will start with Derby County


whose coaching staff are on make and by a lone striker. Along with


manager Nigel Clough, they are at games tonight looking for firepower


after losing three games in a road. One of their injured players found


something to be grateful for at the training ground today.


When they arrived at the training ground today, one request was high


on the wish-list. A new striker before Thursday. Derby have an


injury crisis. Another four got injured on Saturday. It was their


third defeat in a row. Under this Santa mask, he has played just 25


minutes since the signing in the summer. They have been helping at a


children's hospice today which they say put things in perspective.


I compare my worries to anyone else's who has a seriously ill


child, my heart goes out to all of them. The Santa suits are to


promote fun runs across Derbyshire, Leicestershire and... For a small


registration fee, or we will give you your Santa suit and then you


complete the 2.2 mile run or before 0.4 mile run. He first one is this


weekend by which time Derby hope to have found someone to bring them a


sack full of gold. There is one game happening tonight.


A first-round replay in the FA Cup. Hinckley's part-time squad go to


Tamworth. The first leg ended in a 2-2 draw. The winners will be away


at Gateshead and there is live commentary on BBC Radio Leicester.


Now something not happening. Steeplechasing has had to be


cancelled at Leicester Racecourse because of a lack of rain. The


course is too hard and staff say they are not licensed to irrigate


during the winter months. They are blaming the exceptionally dry year.


The hurdle racing will still go on. Now we will take you to the heart


of an ice hockey practice session. Nottingham Panthers won the team of


the year award at the BBC East Midlands Sports Awards last week.


That was due to their astonishing turn a grant -- turnaround. They


were so bad that they were docked wages but they turned it around.


In the bowels of Nottingham arena, 10:30am on Tuesday, off the back of


a defeat. The coach is going through the drills. Is it hard to


get the guys up for it? Not this year. They are good workers. As you


can see, they like to have a little joke. Most of us have already been


to the gym. It can be difficult for them. They are used to 80 plus


games a season in North America. There is nothing like playing a


game. It is a lot easier, the more games you are playing. In fact,


sometimes it is impossible to keep them away from the eyes, even in


their own best interest. It is a pretty tough mentality, the sport.


I have a harder time keeping them That was definitely harder than my


work out this morning. My legs are burning a little bit. What is going


on there is a little game. If you lose, you have to wear deep pink


And particular thanks to the player he was wearing the camera on his


chest. From triple letter scores to


elaborate words, the game of Scrabble can challenge the most


bookish of us. A teenager from Nottingham is taking it to a


completely new level. He is called the Tim Butcher and he


is flying to Malaysia this weekend to compete in the World Scrabble


Championships. We went along to meet him and hopefully pick up some


tips. Player against the school librarian


who taught him scrabble when he was 10, Tim Butcher learnt the game at


Carlton Academy. Now 17, he has competed in major tournaments and


is heading out to Malaysia this weekend for the World Scrabble


Championships. When I won the first time, I wanted to beat my best


score. I just want to do better and better. I found out about a local


club and joined. It just became addictive. Tim is part of several


clubs including the school's weekly Scrabble game. Most of the students


and staff are too scared to play him. We regarded as a master class.


It is humiliating Thos us. The last time I beat him, it was in year 10.


That was only because four of us were playing him as a team. He is


so much better than we are. What are Tim's top tips? Find common


endings and keep them under wraps so that you can have a word that


will come easily to. My second trip would be not to be afraid when you


are playing. Play a complicated web -- if they play a complicated web,


challenge it. Do not give up when you are playing. You could be 100


points behind and a few turns later, you could be winning. You never


know what will happen. When I asked Tim what was one of his favourite


words to play, he came up with this one. Somehow, I don't think he will


have a problem at the tournament. Things have been so mild but things


are starting to change. It will probably fluctuate a bit between


the milder daytime temperatures. A nice frosted picture for we have,


which was sent in earlier this year. Thank you for that. We are starting


to see these guys that gradually clearing now. The weather front has


been with us all day giving us a grey day. It is clearing to the


south-east. Coming in behind it, the temperatures will soon to --


soon drop under the clear skies. Minimum temperature in the towns


and cities, two degrees. In rural areas, it will go below freezing.


Some mist and fog of forming. If you are setting off early, watch


out for that. A cold and frosty start. A bright day. We will seek a


little bit of cloud in the afternoon from the north-west.


Daytime temperatures with a gentle south-westerly breeze reaching --


reaching a maximum of ten degrees. An area of high pressure just about


reaching the south-east corner of the country. An area of low


pressure against the North West of Scotland. At the moment, we will


probably see the breeze picking up over a next couple of days. The


winds continue to come from the south-west. We will hold on to be


drier weather. A bit of wintery precipitation across parts of


Scotland. Across these murders, we will hold on to the dry and clear


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