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This is East Midlands Today with Dominic Heale. And me, Kylie
Pentelow. Our top story tonight: A new war of words over Bombardier's
lost contract. Union anger about the Thames linked
deal. We do not know the basis on which it was accepted and to keep
this out of the public domain is outrageous.
Also, praying for help. For a plea to our government from our churches.
Sort out the metal thieves before they destroy our buildings and our
budgets. Plus a capital idea. What Boris
Johnson thinks Leicester can learn from London.
And after 15 years of trying, a couple welcome twins on New year's
Good evening, welcome to Tuesday's programme and our first full
programme of 2012. First tonight: show us the money. That's the call
from a union and MPs in the row over Bombardier's lost Thameslink
contract. They want Siemens of Germany to
publish the financial details of their winning bid for the �1.4
billion order. It could help explain why the rail carriages are
to be built near Dusseldorf instead of in Derby.
But tonight a senior manager at Siemens in the UK said putting the
figures in the public domain is not a good idea. Mike O'Sullivan is in
Derby and can tell us more. Workers at Bombardier got a boost between
Christmas and the New Year. A new rail contract worth �188 million.
It was the Big One That Got Away, Thames Link, that continues Tonight
Siemens in the UK rejecting calls to put the financial details of
their winning bid under the spotlight. Bombardier not around to
comment on whether they'd want It led to Bombardier of Derby
announcing a 1400 job losses. Campaigners for the Derby-based
company Save the financial details of how Siemens are one should be
out in the open. We do not know the basis on which the Siemens bid was
accepted for Thames Link. To keep this out of the public domain is
outrageous. The transport select committee of MPs has recommended
that the financial difference between the bids from Siemens and
Bombardier is revealed. But Siemens says shining a light on a
competitive tendering process would not be the right thing to do.
first reason is that ourselves, as well as all the other people that
competed in the process, like Bombardier, signed a process
agreement which has very strict requirements regarding
confidentiality. That is number one. The second one is that when you are
involved in are the very so fierce competitive tendering process, not
only in the UK but across the world, I don't think it would be in the
interests of ourselves or any other parties. In the tendering process
to make that information public. I think it would damage competition
and would not be the best value for the fare-paying passenger. Some
observers have suggested that Siemens financial clout, with a
credit rating higher than Bombardier, was the main reason why
Derby lost and tussled of one. Bombardier are not around to
comment but they've all -- always a pointed towards the wider impacts
to be taken into account. The government has said they will do
that now and that is important for Derby because there is another
important contract coming up, valued at �1 billion.
Next, a crime wave that's sending worshippers through the roof. Last
year was the worst on record for people stealing metal from churches
- and Nottinghamshire was one of the worst hit areas in the country.
We've been given the latest figures today. They show the thefts are
costing the county's churches well over �500,00 a year, money they
just can't afford. Metal theft is massive, massive
business, massive crime and a massive headache and heartache for
our churches. They took the lead off the roof, all the way along
this side. They took lead from the far corner and down that side.
We've had to cover everything with this covering. And we had a
tarpaulin on the roof. They fitted every security device going after
the lead was ripped off for years ago but that didn't stop thieves
coming back recently. Once it has happened, you always think it is
going to happen again and when it does the second time, it is
devastating. Anglican churches across Nottinghamshire are some of
the worst effects is in the country. Latest figures show that in 2010,
there were 49 insurance claims. Last year, as you can see, that
figure almost doubled and the amount of money they can claim is
limited. It is nothing like the amount they need to repair the
damage. So the true cost to Nottinghamshire's churches last
year was well over 500 million -- �500,000. This latest theft has
cost us around �35,000 and we are grateful for people's generosity
but we cannot keep on replacing our lead. They want action. The
government is looking to change the law to tackle the theft. In
Nottinghamshire, the police have been running operation the Talacre,
liaising with scrap-metal dealers. -- operation Metallica.
Still to come on the programme: force ten winds, fallen trees, and
flood warnings. But not here. We've escaped the
worst of it but will our luck hold? We are not out of the woods yet.
There seems to be a sting in the tail. The winds will strengthen
further the season. All the details The Mayor of Leicester Sir Peter
Soulsby has kicked off the New Year by pressing the government for new
powers to run the city. And London's Mayor Boris Johnson
has backed him, saying it'll give Leicester a bigger profile.
It's one of the many changes that could shape the local and national
political scene in 2012. This is big picture politics.
man was the first mayor of Leicester. The mayor of Leicester
was the sort of powers once enjoyed by his city's Victorian
predecessors. Our public transport is very inadequate. The fire and do
my job properly, I need the same powers as Boris has in London.
Johnson not only runs transport in the capital but also the police. --
Khmer London. It means you know there is some person who is
accountable to you and you can hold them to account. If they are not
succeeding, you can chuck them out. So should other mayors get tax-
raising powers? There is a strong case for that. The mayor of London
has additional powers and effect. But debate will start up if mayors
are created after next May. Next May, Nottingham, together with
other be English -- big English cities, will have a referendum vote
on whether it wants a directly Efenechtyd mayor. But could be the
cue for the government to give elected mayors are far more powers.
Another significant change in 2012 will affect controversial housing
and planning issues. The council leaders... There is a large amount
of concern about alterations proposed to the planning rules
particularly. Some see this as a danger to areas like the green belt
and giving carte blanche to am -- to developers to develop without
planning permission. A a financial squeeze on household budgets will
tighten in 2012. -- the financial squeeze. This political Palmer
should will be looking for... big issue is going to the economy,
and whether or not we are getting the growth and jobs reneged in the
private sector to make up the shortfall in the public sector and
are generally for the overall recovery of the country. We have
not had any growth. It has been flat lining. The next 12 months,
David Cameron has to get growth in the economy. I don't think he will.
The Prime Minister says we will get through it. 20121 indicator if he
is right. -- 2012 will indicate if he is
right. Well, our Political Editor joins us
in the studio. And John, the New Year's about to remind us of one of
Grantham's best known exports. Yes, the Iron Lady is back. From
this Friday, Meryl Streep's movie portrayal of Mrs Thatcher hits the
cinema screens. But here's a turn- up. Among the film's extras is the
veteran Derbyshire Labour MP Dennis Skinner - the beast of Bolsover
himself. The most interesting thing about the extras was there were
half a dozen Tory whips out there, probably guarding the place. They
were extras as well but they had to sit on the same side as me shouting
insults at Thatcher. That was the most amusing part, Tory whips
shouting out Thatcher! I asked the Right Honourable Gentleman, whose
fault is that? She has always been meticulous in her preparation for
her fans, that is why she has won Oscars and been nominated for
Oscars countless times and will almost certainly be nominated again.
A There's a first. A Dennis Skinner prediction for the Oscars! And
while you would struggle to find a statue to Mrs Thatcher in her home
town, The Iron Lady is coming to Grantham. I've been assured, the
movie will be screened at the town's Reel cinema from Friday.
Other news now: Police have named a three-year-old girl who died
following a road crash in Derbyshire. Lily Grace Roberts,
from Hilton, was seriously injured in the collision, which happened
yesterday afternoon on the A50 near Findern. Two vehicles were involved,
a silver Nissan, in which Lily Grace was travelling, and a blue
lorry. Derbyshire police are asking anyone who saw the incident to
contact them. Two men have pleaded not guilty to
charges involving the theft of six horses. 48-year-old James Snoddy
from Nottingham denies stealing the horses from a field in Calverton
last July. 43-year-old Christopher Booth from East Bridgford pleaded
not guilty to one charge of possessing stolen horses. After the
police found the animals, two had to be put down because they were in
poor condition. A trial will take place at Nottingham Crown Court
later this year. The countdown has begun to one of
the biggest sporting events this country has ever seen. This summer,
Leicestershire will be thrust into the global spotlight as both the
British and Japanese Olympic teams come to Loughborough University to
train. But what will the lasting impact be
for the town that's hosting all of these athletes?
In six months' time, hundreds of athletes will be making use of
these facilities at Loughborough University but it is not just about
sport. People in the town are excited about the business
opportunities the games will bring. There are not going to be a lot of
business benefits because all the retail people are going to get
involved, they will be supplying not just the Olympic teams that are
based here but their families and their supporters as well. There are
local businesses that will benefit from the general high. The facts
Loughborough will be more on the map that it already is. The �6
million refurbishment of the town's railway station has also helped
boost its image. Along with the construction of two new hotels, in
anticipation of Olympic business. If there are more people coming in,
they will spend more in the area. It is a great opportunity. I think
you cannot go wrong with it. There are many shops which have closed so
maybe it will improve things. think they are very important.
Everybody is struggling for money but the many people bring into the
town will be spent here. If the so- called legacy of the Danes will not
just be measured in bricks-and- mortar. There will definitely be a
physical legacy from the Games but obviously, the softer legacy will
be the fact that more people will be motivated by the games and
inspired to perhaps pursue a career in athletics was some sort of sport
themselves, or just become a bit healthier and fitter. It is hoped
the benefits to this town will continue to make a splash for years
to come. We all know that blood stocks can
run low at this time of year. Donors are in great demand. And the
same is true of dogs. The Leicestershire-based charity
Pet Blood Bank says its supplies have dwindled over the festive
break and it's appealing for dog donors to lend a helping paw.
Joe is an ideal blood donor, a young dog which weighs more than 25
kilos. He is friendly and fully vaccinated. Last year, we had an
accident with our other dog. In the end, she had to have her leg a
contented -- amputated. A large dog can donate nearly one pint of blood
a time. The supplies are then sold to vet so nationwide. Each donation
is split into different components so more than one dog can benefit
from each donation. Vets are making very good use of these products.
People's perception of what health care for their animals should be
has changed over the years. People nowadays expect equivalent levels
of health care for their Peps as with themselves. We have to
constantly strive to improve the level of health care we produce,
using blood and other ways to do that. What is in it for the
patients? There is no tea and biscuits, just a tasty bowl of dog
food. Still to come on the programme:
Glad Tidings, times two. The first day of the New Year heralds twins
There's been no rest for our intrepid adventurer Sarah Outen
over Christmas and the New Year. She's spent the festive season in
training for the next leg of her record-breaking attempt to loop the
globe from London to London. She's in Japan, preparing to set
off in the spring to row across the Pacific Ocean to Canada.
Arriving in Japan after cycling 11,000 miles and kayaking dangerous
waters. Since arriving in the country, Sarah has been
volunteering in areas worst hit by the earthquake and tsunami. It is
particularly poignant seeing some of the stuff that has been washed
up, to London's choice -- children's toys, clothes and so on.
Back home in Rutland, friends, family and supporters packed vital
supplies into her boat. This seven metre-long vessel will be home to
Sarah for several months when she attempts to row solo across the
Pacific Ocean. But will be the second leg of her record-breaking
attempt to cycle, kayak and roll around the world, from London to
London. Sara's experience in Japan will always stay with her. It has
humbled and silenced me. It has reminded me that the ocean is boss.
Messages of love and support have been scrawled on the boat to give
her encouragement, including one from her mother. Excited for her
but obviously it is a huge, huge expanse of water to row across. But
she will do it. She is so determined. Packed with supplies,
but was sent off in style. Next stop, Japan, for the woman who
wants to break records running here. Good luck to her.
What a happy new year. All four clubs enjoying excellent starts to
2012. Goals for Forest and a winning streak for Derby on the way,
along with a party at Meadow Lane. But first, Leicester City. Today
they had an attempt to sign Hull City's Cameron Stewart
contemptuously dismissed by Hull. But yesterday they came up with
their first win in six games, putting them back in the playoff
picture. Nigel Pearson admitted it was not
pretty but says his first away win since returning to the foxes was an
important one, given the club's lofty expectations. First player
opened the scoring against his former side with a touch of the,
Kohl and the classy. Watch the keeper smash the ball against his
own defender. It was a free kick that led to goal number two. Nigel
Pearson had well and truly shaken things up. Palace pulled one back,
leaving Leicester to ride out the home pressure. The game ended on a
sour note. Through the south London sunshine, an altercation between
Howard and the assistant referee led to the striker's dismissal.
Howard continued his argument, despite his fate. A big win for the
foxes, who stomped home just four points of the play-off places.
There were away wins for Derby and Forest too. Derby, who are having a
seesaw season, making it three wins on the trot and Forest ending a run
of seven games without a goal. At last!
You wait 10 hours for a goal, and then three come along all at once.
The first came after five minutes. Forest's last goal was by the same
player, also by then -- also against it which. -- Ipswich. The
tractor boys began to show signs of pulling out of their rut. Having
broken for rat, Forest were full of confidence. The second was a belter.
Ipswich were still in the game. Thomas hit the bar from a distance.
No one was able to put the ball in from the rebound. When Thomas went
over in the box, had such were given a penalty and Grant scored
from the spot. This player masterminded the victory with no
passes. Forest would like to play at which every week. Derby have had
a cracking Christmas with three wins in a row. Derby coach says it
may not have been the best performance but praised the side's
effort. When the chance came, it fell to Robinson after the break,
who took his time before sliding it underneath the keeper. The Rams had
a chance to add to their lead but did not get the run of the green.
After that, Derby put up stubborn resistance. The Hull bourse said
they set out to frustrate his side and they succeeded.
While the Championship clubs all celebrated, so did Notts County.
The world's oldest professional Football League clubs turns 150
years old this year. It's an amazing history and one the club
continues to honour. The reception area is brand new, so
is the trophy cabinet. This is not a club pickling itself in the past
but it is celebrating. This year, Notts County will be marking 150
years of football. They are even serving specially brewed beer.
means everything. We are proud. Long-term fans have not just turned
up for today's glory. It means a lot to everybody. Inside the ground,
out came the old players. Great goalscorers, promotion winners,
fans and so on. A lot of the players who have played for the
club still live in the area and would break a leg to get down here
to celebrate. It's a great day. of this who pluck is only good if
the team of 2012 can do it on the This bit went nuts after half-time.
Huddersfield's first goal sparked 40 minutes of enthralling end-to-
end football, including decent chances for Notts County. The
spills did not stop there. Both teams hit the bar before Notts
determination played dividends. Lee Hughes was strong in the box and
deadly with the finish. The fans loved it. Absolutely fantastic.
Come on, Notts County. With Haydon Hollis making his debut, a day
focused on the past was about the future as well. Our supporters love
to see one of their own coming through the system. There are more
lads coming through the system. now we do know what else is new
beer is good for. It's good for celebrating unexpected new ears..
Very well done to Notts County. In Ice Hockey Panthers are second
in the table and pushing leaders Belfast hard after ending the
festive period with a confident 5-0 win over Hull last night. The team
are away at Braehead this evening hoping for more of the same.
And today's windy weather was a positive at Southwell Racecourse.
It's got behind the horses in a five furlong charge and helped a
four year old called Ghostwing to a new course record.
Now we're only three days into the new year but for one couple, 2012
has already brought them everything they wanted. The Kanabars from
Leicester have spent the last 15 years trying to have a baby but now
they've had not one, but two! The babies were the first twins to
be born in the city this year. Meet the twins. They've yet to be
named. The pair were born on the early hours of New year's Day. For
the parents, it is the end of 15 years of trying. This time last
year, we had given up hope. We thought that sit, you know. A year
down the line, we have to beautiful children. A boy and a girl. I don't
have words to describe it. It's a blessing. It is the best feeling
you can ever get. It is the best thing that ever happened to us. We
are living our dream now and that is fantastic. The babies were born
by Caesarean section. For the father, waiting to join his wife in
a theatre was an anxious time. half an hour wait, whilst they got
everything where -- everything ready, that was the longest half-
an-hour of my life. Everything goes through your head, what is
happening? They took me in and within five minutes, the baby boy
was born. One minute later, the baby girl was born. He was crying.
I was crying. Everything ran to my body and I started crying.
Everything was perfect. After 15 years of wanting a child, they are
now looking forward to a very happy and very busy 2012.
How lovely. It sounds like the only ones not crying with the babies
themselves! The wind has been preparing horses
Briefly but things will turn more unsettled over the next few hours.
We will get strong winds and squally showers. This photograph
was taken earlier. Thanks for sending it in. It was this area of
low pressure sitting across Scotland that has moved out towards
the North Sea. It has taken with it all the heavy rain we had earlier
today. The win Seve's a little. Down to 35 mph gusts. This evening,
real see this occluded front pushing through, bringing with it
squally showers. We can expect guests of between 50 and 60 Matt
Powell. It is brief and should clear by midnight. We have started
to see that cloud begin to increase. Showers are beginning. They will
turn quite heavy for a time. They won maybe turn to snow and subtle
over the Peak District but everywhere else, they will fall as
rain. A drier end to the night. Some showers around across
Derbyshire. Rather cold out there with temperatures down to two or
three Celsius but it should stay frost-free. We will brook -- make-
up -- wake up with Frost but eventually, the rain will push its
way in from the north. It will sweep south-east through the day.
The winds will be around 35 miles per hour. Top temperatures for
Wednesday of seven Celsius. This rain will continued to push south-
east during the natal won so. Clearing by Thursday morning,
giving us not as windy a day on Thursday with lovely winter