28/12/2011 East Midlands Today


28/12/2011

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Now the news for the East Midlands. I'm Quentin Rayner. Good evening.

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It's hoped that a major new contract for the troubled train-

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builder Bombardier could provide work for many of the people

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recently laid off by the company. And it's thought the multi-million

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pound deal could help to keep the firm's plant in Derby. But Labour

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says the government should rethink their whole approach to major train

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building contracts. Simon Hare reports. The future just got

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brighter for Bombardier's plant in Derby. It has won an order worth

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�188 million. Work on the 130 carriages for Southern Railway is

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will start in the second half of next year. This could mean work for

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a further 12 to 18 months. It is of course one contract of a couple

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that Bombardier of bidding for at the moment. We are delighted they

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have won this one and we are in discussions with them about a

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further contract. It is excellent news for British jobs as well.

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campaigner hopes that there for 200 people laid off in recent months

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will now be able to return. -- the 1400 people. They were a

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fundamental part of the workforce and it would be great for them to

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come back. Hopefully if we could get some more work, then they could

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be full-time workers. Obviously I am like everybody else, eager

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really. I would like to get back if possible because I did enjoy

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working there. It is thought that the deal today will mean that

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Bombardier will keep its Derby plant open in the hope of winning

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the �1 billion order for the new CrossRail route. After six months

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of bad news for Bombardier, the year is ending on a high and it has

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led to renewed hope that Britain's last train builder is here to stay.

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A 60 year old man has appeared in court charged with stabbing a

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neighbour in the street in Nottinghamshire. Harry Tindall, who

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was 70, was found injured at Pearl Close in Rainworth on Boxing Day.

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He was pronounced dead at the scene by paramedics. The accused, Jeffrey

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Burton, is expected to make an application for bail at Nottingham

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Crown Court within the next few days. A 54-year-old woman arrested

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in connection with the incident has been released on police bail

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pending further enquiries. A man has appeared in court after

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being charged with the murder of his wife on Christmas Day. Gillian

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Woodward, who was 56, was found dead at her home in Bosden Close in

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Bilborough on Sunday afternoon. She'd been stabbed. Her husband,

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Stephen Woodward, appeared before Nottingham magistrates and was

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remanded in custody to appear at the city's crown court on Friday.

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Protesters who've set up their own tent city in the heart of

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Nottingham's Market Square have no plans to leave in the New Year.

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It's now three months since Occupy Nottingham supporters set up their

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camp, in protest at the financial system. Here's our Political Editor

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John Hess. Bargain hunters drawn into

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Nottingham for the sales have another attraction to catch the eye.

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It is now 75 days since protesters against the global banking system

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set up camp in the market square. After three months and with the new

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year approaching, is it time to pack up? I think they were like an

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excuse to move us on but at the moment they are not going to and we

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have the right to be here because this particular land is owned by

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the citizens of the city of Nottingham. Nottingham City Council

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and some shoppers are beginning to run out of patience. They should

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have the right to be here. They have been here for quite some time.

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They should move on. They should move on, yes, it is an I saw. They

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should definitely move on. support them. They are doing a

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grand job. The council has a dilemma. While they sympathise with

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the reasons for the protest, they are hinting that they would rather

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the protesters would move out of the market square. The flag is

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still flying, but will it still be there to marquee -- to mark Occupy

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Nottingham's first 100 days? An East Midlands authority says

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it's on track to make efficiency savings this year. Leicestershire

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County Council needs to save �57 million over four years. Some of

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the measures include having fewer and better offices, which will lead

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to a saving of almost �1 million, and cutting the council's

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streetlighting energy bill, resulting in a saving of �800,000.

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A textile firm which has invested half a million pounds in new

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knitwear machinery is planning to expand, bucking the economic trend.

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David Nieper, currently celebrating its 50th anniversary, employs 200

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people at its factory at Alfreton in Derbyshire. The company says it

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hopes to continue to expand and is determined to keep all production

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in Derbyshire to provide more local jobs. This investment has allowed

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us to increase the work force recently here and over the last two

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months we have recruited and trained an extra 10 people here. We

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have expanded the company every year for the last 25 years and we

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are even growing today during the recession.

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Good for them. Most people like a challenge, but a

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woman from Castle Donington is setting herself quite a task. She

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is going to the Arctic, with a team of husky dogs. As she hasn't

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perfected the art of dog sledding yet, she went to Sherwood Forest to

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have a go. Kylie Pentelow reports. There would normally be a few more,

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but for this training run, just two will do. Amanda Halliday is off to

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the Arctic in April and it all came about because her mother was

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diagnosed with skin cancer. I have watched her suffer a lot this year.

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It has not been a pleasant experience for her. Hopefully we

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have got rid of the full-blown cancer now but she is still

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undergoing treatment for another disease. She is raising money for a

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skin cancer charity based in West Bridgford. In the Arctic, the dogs

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will not do all the work. When it is to stick, there is no other

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option but to get off and push. It is going to be culled. I think we

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will struggle with the overnight temperatures the most. It will get

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down to minus 30. We will be tucked up in our nice warm sleeping bags.

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Even though it will be hard work, she hopes it will be fun as well.

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That was just amazing. It takes the It has been another mild day today

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but it might be trying to feel more wintery tomorrow. Temperatures will

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not be minus 30, will they? Thankfully, none of that in the

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forecast tonight! But it will feel cooler than what we have been used

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to. Thank you very much to James for this beautiful photograph. The

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cloud has increased already deceiving and is pushing in over

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the next few hours, bringing some spots of rain. -- this evening.

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Leicestershire will remain mostly dry with clearer spells. Minimum

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temperatures of four, so colder, and with the strong westerly winds

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it will feel breezy and quite cold. Winds and rain will push in through

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the morning. There will be outbreaks of rain in the afternoon

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