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This is East Midlands Today. Our top story: the vulnerable people at
the sharp end of council cuts. Family say they fear for the future
if there day-care centres close. has been part of our lives for 35
years. It makes me feel sad. Also tonight: Nottingham's workplace
parking tax goes up before it is enforced.
Plus I am in London where the British Museum has unveiled this.
It has come all the way from Leicestershire and is more than
2000 years old. I will find out about flowers and
crops bursting into life much Good evening. First denied, they
are some of society's Most Honourable. They relied on meeting
up in places where they feel safe but now those centres us jet to
shut. A council is planning to close 30 day centres affecting
hundreds of people. Families fear it will leave their loved ones who
have learning disabilities facing the lives of solitude. Jo Healey
reports from one day-care centre in Grantham.
This is the St John's Day Centre. It has been here for 10 years,
around 60 people with learning disabilities come here and they can
go was riding, swimming, in two town shopping, supervised by the
staff. They were not allowed to talk to us to date, we were not
allowed to film inside but the people who use this service say the
staff are brilliant. People like Martin who had Down's syndrome.
Martin get up every morning. He knows what activities he will do
during the day. They always very. You like to meet your friends here?
I do. Is that important? Yes. will you feel if this facility
closes? Very downcast because it has been part of our life for 35
years. They are being put out on a limb. What people in Grantham a
struggle to accept it is St John's is said to shut. It is horrible
because everyone here has a disability needs support. They have
friends, they meet up, what will they do now? They are vulnerable so
they need somewhere to go. Without them, they will lose contact with
people together. The county council says it is planning to crows around
30 centres. The families of people like Martin fear they could be come
housebound facing lives of solitude. Jerry is with us now. Why are the
council planning to do this? Of the proposals to shut the centres to
have come about because of cuts. The council is introducing
personalised budgets. People with learning disabilities will get
their own personal budgets and they will choose how it is ban them.
Here is what the council told us. If St John's Day Centre is really
good and they want to keep running, they will be able to attract people
back with personal budgets and that is how they will receive funding.
We said clearly when we started this process that if there are
staff and local groups or any organisation that would like to
take over these buildings and encourage the people to keep going,
we would support that wholeheartedly. The Howwood using
your own budget work for Martin who featured in your report? Marketing
has been assessed as having moderate needs so he does not get a
personal budget and his father feels he will miss out. These plans
have undergone a consultation period, that has just finished so
the decision on the future of the centres will be known in the next
few months. The the cost of Nottingham's
controversial workplace parking levy has gone up again because of
higher than expected inflation. The levy is being introduced in a few
months, in April, and will now be �288 per space per year but it
could increase by another �100 over the next three years. Mike
O'Sullivan it is in Nottingham. Welcome to the business park in
Nottingham, one organisation here that is liable for the workplace
parking levy is the Chamber of Commerce which has been fighting
the tax for more than a decade. The workplace parking levy is comping
in April and now we finally know how much that charge will be in the
first year at least. A workplace car park that is going to cost the
company that owns it around �8,000. 28 spaces liable for Nottingham's
workplace parking levy. The managing director of plumbing
supply is GB will Bond found out about the latest increase in the
lead be when we told him. The company has decided not to part on
the levy to its staff. We could see that this would be very divisive
and we -- if we pass this charge on, we would have disgruntled members
of staff. We did not think we wanted to go into another tough
year without all about him pulling together. The city council had
estimated that the cost of the workplace parking levy would be
�279 per year per space. Now it has acted in inflation of 5.2 % from
the retail price index. That is putting up the cost to �288 when it
is introduced in April for employees and organisations with 11
or more liable spaces. In future years it could go up by 3% a year.
Using forecast from the government's office for budget
responsibility. By 2015, it could be �381. The effect at the plumbing
company this year will mean there is no money to pay for a new
apprentice. We ought to be able to encourage young people to come
along and join our industry. Very sad. It is another young lad
without a job, so directly affecting the unemployment
statistics. The council says the levy is needed to pay for two new
tramlines, for other public transport improvements and the
revamp of the station. But it has left some firms accounting the cost
of a bill they did not want. The city council says it is writing
to businesses to tell them about the latest increase and it says the
legislation for the levy requires them to link the charge to
inflation. They were not available for interview but John Dowson from
the Chamber of Commerce is here. How our businesses going to react
to this increase at the time when the economy is on a downward trend?
A lot will be surprised that the increase. Many would not have
budgeted for it. You would like them to take another measure of
inflation, CPI, rather than retail prices. Certainly, that is what
Government's measure for inflation is. We heard in the report that one
business is looking to not pass on the cost because it could cause
problems with the workforce. Is that a dilemma that businesses are
facing? The tears. If they parted on to their employees, they have to
add VAT, if they absolve it themselves the could invest --
affect investments. What will happen in terms of other cities?
may well have done. Their government has said any other city
looking to introduce the levy will have to demonstrate it has the
support of the business community. It has not got that in Nottingham.
The city council says 44,000 parking spots have now been
registered. Still to come: those flowers wrong-
footed by one of the warmest winters on record. But also a
forecast that might herald the return of some proper seasonal
weather. We have a cold snap on the way and
these mild January temperatures are set to be slashed in half. I will
give you the full details later. Police have denied revealed that a
takeaway owner whose death is being treated as murder had been tied up.
But they have been keen to quash a rumour that he was stabbed. The
man's family have described him as a well liked and trusted member of
the community in Leicester. They have appealed for the public's help
to catch his killers. Leicestershire police have named
the victim as 50-year-old dough can Bogan who ran two pizza takeaways
in Leicestershire. I am joined by the local police inspector. What
can you tell us about the circumstances that he was found in?
He was found at 2:20pm on Sunday afternoon. He was found deceased
and tied up. Hence the murder inquiry. Yes, we are awaiting the
outcome of the post mortem but one of the rumours we want to discount
is he was stabbed. A how can the public help? He must have been well
known. He was well-known and popular with customers and we are
anxious for people to come forward who knew his whereabouts between
lunchtime on Saturday and when he was discovered the following
afternoon. His business presumably generated some cash. Too early to
say whether a robbery was a motive? We are looking at all motives. He
was a family man. They have stressed he was very kind and a
trusted member of the community. We are supporting them and working
closely with them. They are encouraging people to come forward
who may have seen anything. Leicestershire police wanting to
hear from anybody that knows anything about the murder. If you
get anything, call Leicestershire police.
Detectives in Derby investigating an assault on a pensioner in his
own home have released a picture of a man they want to trace. Officers
want to talk to Maris Sickis about the incident at a house in
Littleover last week. The 77-year- old was attacked after disturbing a
burglars. One man has been charged. A glider pilot is recovering after
this crash in Derbyshire yesterday. It happened yesterday afternoon
near Abney in the Peak District. Rescue crews spent some time spent
-- wrestling the 74-year-old he suffered two broken legs.
A man who escaped from Syria's embattled regime has told us he is
facing a stark choice - agree to go home where his life is in danger or
stay here, homeless and penniless. Only today, a Syrian President
Assad promised to maintain his regime in the face of mass protests
and international criticism. The prison is in the mountains?
Bestiary that is familiar to refugee workers like Jane. Sami
says it is almost 20 years since he was first arrested and tortured at
this Syrian doubt and he recounts the details are being beaten,
burned and worse. A Sami is not his real name. We have agreed not to
identify him because he is worried about his family. I do not go back
because I know he will kill me. I am very scared. Now the Syrian
government's brutality is making headlines. These pictures are being
sent in from people there and the UN estimates that four end - a 400
have been killed so last month. Sami has been told to go back to
Syria because he could not convince immigration officials that he would
be in danger there. That means he cannot work and cannot claim
benefits. He if he went back to Syria, he would be killed. Looking
at his experiences in prison there is no question about that. People
who have fled their countries, places where they cannot return
because they know their lives would be in danger of but they may not
have documentation because when you fleet you cannot rush back for your
passport. Whatever the truth, Sami is no in what is known as the
destitution trap. He has spent time sleeping rough and now is staying
with friends. It is not much of an Almost two weeks after an explosion
at a former Nottinghamshire colliery, two security guards are
still critically ill in hospital. The police are investigating what
happened at the Welbeck Colliery site on New Year's Eve. It is in
the process of being decommissioned. They severed injuries when an
electricity sub-station exploded. Celebrations to mark the Queen's
jubilee year started in Leicester this morning. The County Council is
planning a series of events from street parties to community awards.
It lay and touched a neck -- a Leicester Sheffield for 80,000
years but after a decade of restoration, one of Britain's
oldest helmets is being unveiled at the British Museum.
It was in hundreds of pieces when it was found dead Market Harborough
but it has been carefully reassembled.
-- found at. The Romans have done a lot for us
but they left behind a lot of their coins, weapons and armour for
today's archaeologist to discover. If this was one of them. A unique
Roman helmet but it looks more different now than when it was
found 11 years ago. The you could see the iron flex, the purply
silver flakes. It was like crushed cornflakes. It is astounding that
somebody has put that thing together. Amazed. The Helmand may
have been in pieces but it was still the only one to be discovered
in Britain with most of its silver- gilt plate -- plating in tact. It
was sent to the British Museum where the pieces were put back
together. Be worked out what it would have looked like it back then.
The helmet was quite eroded. It was quite a challenge. It is a
fantastic object and to get it back on display after 2000 years is a
marvellous experience. It may have spent a cabbage -- a decade in the
capital but it still hasn't forgotten his roots. It will go on
display here not far from where it was discovered. They are very rare
and to have one that has been professionally excavated and put
together, is incredible. To have them on display where they were
found so local people who feel a strong sense of ownership, that is
brilliant. The helmet was bought by Leicestershire County Council and
will be unveiled at the museum on I love the way they peer at it like
that. Coming up, the farmers that would
like their crops to stop growing. These have been -- fields have been
spurred into action by the mild weather and that is not good news.
Time for the sport. 11 Leicester Tiger players have
been named in the Six Nations squad. Geoff Parling is back-up for
The players may look relaxed as they head out to training but
behind the smiles lie is a team that mean business. They play in
Heineken Cup on Friday with one result in mind. It is a winner
takes all fixture. We are going away to Ulster whoever a good
record. They were successful at Ravenhill. It will be a difficult
game. If we don't get a win, it is all set for the European Cup.
at all stand there chance of reaching the knockout stages will
be on shaky ground. Aid losing bonus points will be something and
that may be enough to get you somewhere in a second position. If
we want to have any ambitions of going on to win the competition, we
have to win. A host of injuries mean Tigers will once again be
without key players like Toby Flood. His replacement didn't do a bad job
last weekend. Billy Twelvetrees scored all 29 points against Wasps.
The second time he has done at all this season. I didn't realise when
people sell -- people told me I had done 29 points again. It is a weird
one that doesn't happen very often. The team set off tomorrow. Packing
can be a stressful job but the best of times. Imagine doing it for a
whole will be team. One thing they won't forget to take with them his
confidence. We have the players to go there and win. We have good
Irish internationals and foreign players and an intimidating place.
If there is one Cup -- club that can win, Leicester can. The match
is on Friday 13th. Let's hope it is a lucky one for the Tigers.
Live commentary is on Friday on BBC Radio 1 Leicester.
Next week we have coverage of the replay between Leicester City and
Nottingham Forest but that has been switched to Tuesday evening with a
7:30pm kick-off. There is no news on transfers with the club.
In any big news, three East Midlands gymnast would be fighting
for places at the British men's team qualified for the London Games
last night. There will be five in the team when it is announced in
June. Leicestershire's West End Pamela Main off and Sam Hunter and
Sam Oldham are in contention whilst in badminton, there is a battle
between veteran Nathan Robertson and his county team-mate, Chris ADD
Park. Robert son and his pet -- Chris Adcock.
There is a battle for places in the British hockey team. The Leicester
Ladies will provide the backbone for the squad. They are preparing
for a big season and they are in the semi- finals of the National
Indoor Championships. Olympic hope for Maddie Hinch
padding up for training. She helped Leicester to a big win against
Slough at the weekend. She is one of eight Leicester Ladies backing
for a place in Team GB. If I keep improving up to his selection, I
can't do any more. I am young being at 23 and the number one is 33.
has been picked for the England squad in Denmark along with team-
mate Hammersmith and Katie Long, called up for the first time after
a hat-trick against slapdash Slough. It is the Olympics that are on
everyone's mind. It is such a massive thing. We get mums and dads
coming to watch us and to have thousands of people watching you
and your sport will be incredible. Kerry Williams is so focused that
she has opted not to play indoor for England after being left out at
the latest GB squads and she will train with men to catch the eye of
the Olympic selectors. I fully believe in my ability. I think the
form I have shown and what I hope to prove will put me in that 16.
Obviously, it is not me making my decision. The squad is announced
until June when Ella bedrooms will either be realised or shattered.
There is a long tip -- face a long time till the selection. You hope
to be part of it. The best of luck to them.
Sally has joined us because we are talking about the weather.
Warm weather. It has felt like spring this past couple of weeks
and the main reason for that is because we are getting these
weather patterns with this westerly airflow. We have milder air. If we
get the called a snap, it is from the easterly direction. We have had
flowers that are coming out that shouldn't be.
The weather is coming up. First of all, Simon Ward has been
out taking the temperature of this warmest of winters.
Bright sunshine in the middle of winter. Here on farmland at King's
Norton in Leicestershire, the mild conditions are affecting growth.
This is a field of wheat but normally it would be this lush, it
wouldn't be this high at all. Andrew, what is happening?
The crop has carried on growing. We haven't had the cold spell which
puts the crop into its dormant winter stage. If this was in mid-
March, I would be happy. There is a problem here. With the lush growth,
some of these leaves have come to disease. Normally we would expect
the cold weather to keep those in check. There is of weeds growing
and by now, the weeds would have stopped growing. It is like
springtime. A lack of rain is causing concern for the future.
This pond is very low compared to what it usually looks like. There
are pros and cons to the mild weather. The grass keeps growing so
no need to feed the sheep and getting up early is not as much a
chore when it is not bitter outside. Flowers are beginning here at
Woodthorpe Grange Park in Nottingham. If this is a Quins
Bausch. Normally you would have tiny buds showing. To to the lack
of frost that we have had, it has managed to come out early and is
going to give a really good supply. We should have a good display of
this one. Staff are having to work at keeping the weeds down. You have
been sending in your pictures showing how things are growing
We filmed these daffodils at Risley in Derbyshire. So far it has been
at an early and vibrant start in 2012.
We saw all those gorgeous flowers that shouldn't be out. Is the cold
You can see these temperatures are going to plummet and they are going
to half than what we have seen it so far this January. First of all,
this photo that Brian cent in of some of I race in Beeston. Proof
Keep those photos coming in. You can see we have this cold front
that will work his way and push its way down across the East Midlands
during the course of tomorrow. Once it clears southwards, Calder air
feeds in so it is a big change around during the course of
tomorrow. -- called R. There is some drizzle coming out. We have
that Pre's that will strengthen in places. We have gusts of up to 60
miles per hour. A mild night ahead yet again. A mile start to Thursday.
Those winds will stay strong for a time. -- a mild start to Thursday.
Temperatures around 11 Celsius. As those clouds break, that cooler air
feeds in. Allowing for a widespread frost on Thursday night. A frosty
start to it Friday but it is going to be a gorgeous day with sunshine