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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