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This is East Midlands Today with Dominic Heale and me, Anne Davies.
Our top story tonight: a convicted crime boss pulls the strings, from
his prison cell. A bleak future for closer
threatened maternity units. Some women feared the worst. My baby was
born quite quickly. If it had happened to me, my husband
delivering my baby would not have been ideal.
We speak to the residents who have not had there been as collective
more than two-and-a-half weeks. -- their bins collected.
And the pop star singing the praises of their community
recording studio. Fame isn't about money, it is about what you can do
with your fame, the positive things Good evening and welcome to
Monday's programme. First tonight, a gang boss convicted of murder has
won the right to demand the names of officers who write reports about
him. He wants to know who is compiling
his record as he serves a life sentence in a high security prison.
Colin Gunn ran a gang in Nottingham blamed for giving the city its
reputation for gun crime. He was finally jailed for ordering the
murders of John and Joan Stirland in a vendetta killing. Gunn's
serving 35 years, currently in the high security Belmarsh prison in
London. It's there he complained that prison officers' names and
other information were withheld from copies of his record. The
Prisons and Probation Ombudsman agreed and Belmarsh has now
arranged to give him uncensored copies.
Well, our chief news reporter Quentin Rayner joins us now. What's
behind his demand? Colin Gunn complained that since
being at the high security Belmarsh prison, reports written about him
didn't include names of the prison officers who'd written them. He
said officers' names hadn't been removed at his previous high
security jail. So he complained to the Prisons and Probation Ombudsman.
The Prison Service advised the ombudsman that information should
only be redacted in exceptional circumstances. So the ombudsman
asked Belmarsh to review the records given to Gunn and a
governor there decided that he should receive unredacted copies.
How did this come to light? The ruling was actually made in May of
this year but it's only just come to the public's attention. Because
a letter from Gunn has been published in this month's edition
of Inside Time, the national newspaper for prisoners. In it he
wrote: I know that prison staff up and down the country must hate the
thought of us being able to actually see who has written what
about us and will try to tell us we are not entitled to see names and
redacted information but this is 100% wrong. I hope this will be of
help to others. The ombudsman ruled that the names of prison staff
should only be removed if there is reasonable expectation that bodily
safety or even life itself are put at risk, but the Prison Officers'
Association isn't reassured. If the ruling is put in force to
the letter, and there is a knee- jerk reaction to it, and every
prisoner in a country is good in the name of every single prison
officer it has ever made an entry about them or give any information
about them, it could place prison officers in severe jeopardy for
their safety. Now this isn't the first time the ombudsman has ruled
in Colin Gunn's favour. Last year he won the right to be called Mr
Gunn by prison officers, complaining he wasn't being treated
with respect. The future of two midwife-led
maternity units in the Derbyshire will be decided this week. The NHS
wants to close the Darley Birth Centre near Matlock and a similar
facility in Buxton. It says both units are relics from the past and
too expensive to keep open. A Maisie came into the world nine
months ago. She was born at the Darley Dale birth centre near
Matlock. Her mother got what she wanted, a natural birth and she had
no pain relief. It was fantastic. I had a really easy second birth and
no complications, no problems. family value the Birth Centre so
much that they have decided to spread the world -- spread the word
of a unit under threat. I did a big bike ride, without leaving
Derbyshire. The primary care trusts says it doesn't doubt people's
affection for the unit but says there are simply not enough birth.
In the last 12 months, only 100 people have used it. Have you been
winding its down? At its best it would have been 150 or 160. The
guidance we have is that around 300 makes basis Bain the ball -- makes
a sustainable Birth Centre. Could it be marketed before? That has
been done before. We don't think they are marketed fit enough before.
This meeting in 1980 it closed similar units in other towns. In
fact, there are now just four stand-alone midwife Redberth units
in our region. Darley Dale sells itself with a birth pool and mood
lighting. Today's weather has done little to lift the mood of
campaigners and it might not be the only winter gloom they have to put
up with if Wednesday's closure recommendations go through. Still
to come on the programme: a hidden army of young carers.
A normal childhood for Sophie means caring for her disabled mum. She
says it's no big deal but, as you'll, see it it ia, for Sophie
and thousands like her. British police officers have
travelled to Spain in the hunt for Madeleine McCann. Madeleine from
Rothley disappeared in Portugal four years ago. Scotland Yard
detectives were asked by the Prime Minister to review the case after
Portuguese police dropped its investigation. The Metropolitan
Police say last month's visit to Barcelona and previous trips to
Portugal were to liaise with other forces.
17 people have been arrested in Leicestershire during the first
weekend of the Christmas anti- drink-drive campaign. The None for
the Road campaign started last Thursday. Police say nine people
were over the alcohol limit on Saturday alone. Last year 125
motorists were arrested for drink driving during the whole of
December. It's not just the roads that are
being prepared for the cold weather this year, East Midlands Trains
says its improving the way it deals with freezing temperatures. The
company's planning special snow timetables and has new anti-freeze
in vehicles which can withstand temperatures as low as minus 28
degrees Celsius. It also plans to offer passenger information on
special screens and through dedicated Twitter feeds.
Nottingham City Council has apologised after people living in a
block of flats had to wait more than two weeks to have their bins
emptied. Residents said they felt ignored by
the authority. However, the rubbish was finally taken away less than an
hour after our lunchtime programme had reported their complaints.
The council says major changes to its bin collection schedules were
to blame for the delay. This was the scene at 10am today.
The council had not collected the bins at this block of flats since
the middle of November. Residents taking out their rubbish were
greeted by overflowing bins and piles of bags. It is not on. The
council just ignores us. They are ignoring a sound that is the only
thing I can say. They are totally ignoring our plight. If this is
council care, I don't know what is Foster with of a room beginning to
phone up, some residents were forced to put rubbish on their
patios. -- with the room are beginning to fill up. I found... We
are getting desperate. These were the views aired on our lunchtime
programme today. Then, at around 2pm, the bins were finally
collected. As soon as it is on television, it is clear within 20
minutes. Why has the response to the phone calls we've made... Why
have they done nothing? It is a side effect to last month's changes
to bin collections. It says the new system will save them �700,000 a
year but there have been some teething problems. Two weeks on and
the rubbish at at least 200 properties is still to be collected.
But for the residence here, things are finally back to normal. --
residents. A youth project that's facing
closure got some unlikely celebrity backing today.
The American pop-star, Aloe Blacc, popped into to Nottingham's
Community Recording Studio, ahead of a performance in the city
This is the track that turned him into a overnight recording star. He
was visiting Dane Nottingham youth project that is desperately short
of money. It has been taking teenagers off the streets for 21
years. There are questions for local school children as well.
is not about the money you have put about what you can do with your
fame. I hope I can inspire the local community to support this
project because without it, places will not be able to stick around.
We needed. -- we need it forced up and then he listens to some of the
young musicians. -- we need it. And then he came and listened to some
of them the UN musicians. It gives awareness to the work that we do.
Last year, another big name from the musical world came to visit.
Feargal Sharkey was here with the culture minister to unveil a new
rehearsal space. Now the studio might have to close because of cuts
in its funding. We are reaching the point where we could cease to be.
People were completely disillusioned, had no way to go, we
were bringing parents. We are trying to make sure that kids are
not confused because it was a big issue, the riots. I don't know how
easy we could have been of places like this were around. Getting
support from such a big star is a shot in the arm but it is money
they really need here. It will take very much more than a dollar to get
this centre up and running. Now it's hard enough caring for a
family member virtually full time but it's even harder if you're
trying to do well at school too. But that's the reality facing 14-
year-old Sophie Walker from Derby, who, with her dad, looks after her
mum who suffers from Huntingdon's disease.
In the first of our series on carers, James Roberson went to met
Sophie, whose only respite from her duties comes through her dance
classes. At classes in Derby, Sophie Walker
looks like all the other young dancers learning the latest routine.
For Sophie, this is her knee time. -- me time. But she soon get back
to her other eating, washing up and making food, so she can help to
look after her mother. She has Huntington's disease. It
progressively affects the brain and nervous system. Hadn't really mind
because I think I am used to it now. I don't find it as hard. -- I don't
really mind. Some people think it is a big deal but it is normal life.
Sophie has spent most of her child at helping care for her mother. As
her condition has worsened, so he has done more and more so Alpo,
from making her bed debating have lost up people say you are doing
really well. She just doesn't see what all the fuss is about. She
doesn't think she is anything special. So he also has to fit in
homework and every week her dancing, her bit of respite care. It gives
me a really good break and everyone is fully supportive. It gives me
someone to talk to land gives me a break. Because my father a break.
Her parents are proud of her daughter who has already won a
committee Champions Award and is hoping to be part of the Olympic
torch relay. The mother nominated me. I felt really good. I like it
when I make my mother pride and she is happy. As long as my mother is
happy, I'm happy as well. There could be up to 750,000 teenagers
like Sophie across the country. Many are reluctant to admit they
care for other people, a point made by Nikki Thompson from the
Barnardo's charity earlier this afternoon.
The overriding fear for young carers and their parents is if they
ask for help it will be perceived that they are not coping and they
are frightened that their family will be split up if they do ask for
some support. That is not what happens but I think that is the
overriding fear. That is the biggest challenge that we all face
in terms of identifying young people like Sophie and their
parents. Sophie is obviously comfortable with her role. She is a
great girl. There are other children who would fear being
bullied, is that right? Yes. At Barnardo's, day-in, day-out, we
would have lots of young carers who are not coping as well as Sophie
and to one not as resilient as Sophie evidently is. One of the
many negative impacts of being a young carer can be bullying from
Piers, which is very distressing. - - peers. No teenager wants to be
seen as being different. Sadly, in society, even today, there are
tremendous stigmas associated with mental health, physical
disabilities and alcohol and substance issues, which many of our
young carers parents are experiencing. By association, the
young carers are stigmatised as well. I know that Barnardo's
supports young carers. There is help out there, isn't there?
Certainly, Barnardo works with over 350 young carers in Leicester and
Leicestershire every year. There are other young care services
throughout the East Midlands. There is a great website younger carers
.net. You can search in your area. There is a safe chat room as well.
Still to come: it's beginning to feel a lot like Christmas.
Yes, snow in some parts last night. And there's another cold one on the
way. I am keeping warm and snug, looking at some of the snowy images
that have come in today four cross region. I will be giving you the
First Nigel Pearson says he'll be looking to tweak his Leicester City
squad in the January transfer window. It follows defeat to his
old club Hull City at the weekend. Jeremy Nicholas reports.
The Hull City Platt -- fans had been... They were not impressed.
Another game. That is your people's job to build it up like that. It
was a game we are all looking forward to. 10 of the 11 players
were signed by Pearson and it was left to his players to open the
scoring, nearly. A crucial moment was the sending off of his play a.
At first, the second red card seemed harsh but closer inspection
showed it wasn't for the initial challenge but for the following
trip. Have got no complaints with it. I've seen at a number of times.
-- I've got no complaints with it. Friarton made no mistakes from the
spot. Leicester were back in the game when David Nugent found
himself in space. His shot was straight at the keeper. The shot
came back to this other player. His right foot found the bottom corner.
The travelling supporters sang, with only got 10 men, and it looked
like they were going to win it. But this player scored a goal right at
We know we've got very good players. The balance of the squad needs
tweaking slightly. We will look at that when the January comes but
there is a bit of football to be paid between Valand them. --
between now and then. Leicester's squad, tweaked or not,
learned yesterday they will go to Nottingham Forest in the FA Cup
third round. So no pressure for either team there. Actually, its
probably an unwelcome distraction for Forest in particular. A third
defeat on the bounce on Saturday in another game which Forest should
have won. This is why they did not. But his
injury time and a moment of weakness and Brighton and pick
Forest. -- unpick. It was a crawl way to lose it. We've got to keep
our focus and belief. We cannot turn in a performance like that and
there be too much wrong with us. can show you exactly what Steve
Especially in the second half, passing and movement to savour. In
the end there, all for nothing. Like it or not, Nottingham Forest
of Ackerman bottom three. -- back in the bottom three.
Bit of Forest news today. Former striker Marlon Harewood is back
training with the club. He's been playing in China and becomes a free
agent next month. Notts County are safely through to the third round
of the FA Cup, where a they have the rather dull draw of Doncaster
away. But at least they made it past non-league Sutton United.
Notts progress was by no means certain until the very end of the
game. Jeff Hughes had given them the lead 35 minutes in, but Notts
only stayed in front because Stuart Nelson was able to save a Sutton
penalty. The Magpies finally finished their non league opponents
off in injury time. Hughes again. One final thing from the FA Cup.
Derby, who drew against Crystal Palace in the league on Friday,
will be at home to guess who? Crystal Palace, in the third round
of the Cup. In Rugby, a bit of a relief for me.
On Friday I absolutely promised you Leicester Tigers against
Northampton would be exciting. So thank goodness it was. Tigers
victorious by just five points in a cracking Premiership game at a
packed Welford Road. It is fair to say they will not be
many Christmas cards sent between these two teams. Northampton's Tom
Ward was not pulling his punches. The cavalry arrived and it all
kicked off. Two of the players were sent off. Ashton, who started the
whole thing, escaped Scot free hand went on to score a try to keep
Northampton in the game. Young went over to keep Leicester's noses
ahead. Northampton hit back with tries from these two players. The
Saints went into the lead. They left Tigers fans with their hearts
in their mouths. A win is even sweeter when it is almost taken
away. To rub salt into Chris Ashton's wins, he was even GG
enough to touch down with his famous splash. -- cheeky enough.
It was also tight for Nottingham Panthers, though it shouldn't have
been. These goals had helped Nottingham to a four one lead but
later they somehow let Dundee back into it for a tense final few
minutes. In the end though the work Panthers did here was enough. 5-4,
the final score. A mention, finally, for Leicester
Riders. No BBL Cup final for them, a poor first half did the damage as
they lost in their semi final second leg at Newcastle. Now for
the first in a little series we're running to give you a flavour of
Christmas, with the emphasis on the flavour.
Yes, we've been lucky enough to visit some of those who put the
spice into festive food. Tonight, I'm off to Hambleton
bakery in Rutland, if I manage to I think I must have come a long way
round. I've got my mincemeat, all I Good afternoon. Welcome to the
bakery. Do you have any mince pies? We have some lovely puff pastry
mince pies and we make our own mincemeat. Lovely. Can I see the
Baker? Yes, Julien would love to speak to you. Hello. Hello. Crikey,
what is this? This is our Christmas Crown, a bun loaf, soaked in apple
brandy with stem gender and dried apple. This is one of our Christmas
product. What else? Mince pies are the killer, we have to make
thousands of them. We do we still since gone, celebrating the Stilton.
A cherry and almond tart. We have a new tarred with orange zest this
year. What about your mincemeat? That's a really, really nice. That
is the easy part though, the hard part is making the mince pies,
thousands of them! Shall I have a He wouldn't get too many done with
me doing it, would you? If I worked here, I would be about 73 stone.
I've tasted everything so far. You are never going to get cold here,
this is a wood-burning oven. It is huge in there. There are only three
in a country. The mince pies are And who shall I give my mince pie
Thanks. Sorry, Tom, it was a long journey
back and I couldn't resist trying its...
Good evening. We've had snow recedes across the East Midlands
and a couple of our cameraman went out to film these scenes. This dog
is having a great time, isn't he? Into Ashbourne as well, plenty of
snow around. If you have not seen any snow today, there has been
plenty around. We are set to see further icy conditions as we go
through the ceiling and overnight tonight. If you have any nice shots,
or send the men. -- send them in. We have a Met Office weather
warning, a yellow alert for icy conditions overnight tonight and
into tomorrow morning. It is mainly for the Peak District which is
going to be affected by this weather warning. As we move on and
look ahead over the coming few days, we can save there are some showers
trickling in across the region. Just to the north, we are seeing a
wintry mix. A little bit of snow is still over the Peter strict. Way we
do see those showers continuing as there temperatures plummet. -- over
the Peak District. Temperatures will be turning very cold. A very
cold start to Tuesday morning, I stand for Sunday. A touch of frost
tomorrow morning. A bright and sunny start but the cloud increases
and we get further showers blowing in through the afternoon. The
temperatures still struggling, only getting up to around six Celsius as
your maximum temperature. Another cold night ahead. Wednesday is a
blustery day. The chance of one or two showers although they will be
mainly rain showers. Further very wet and windy weather heading our
And finally tonight, a happy ending for a flock of geese. For ten years
they have lived on an allotment in Mansfield Woodhouse.
But their owner, Roger Spate, was told that after complaints the
birds would have to go. Well, after their case was highlighted on East
Midlands Today and after lots of offers, they've today moved to a