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This is East Midlands Today with Anne Davies and me, Dominic Heale.
Our top story tonight: the Government's under fire over the
death of a serviceman in Afghanistan.
For family accused the MoD of catastrophic failures. -- the
family. We hope the lessons learnt will be taken up and used to
advantage to savour their lives. Also tonight: a Nordic nightmare.
They couple's dream of a new life in Norway lies in ruins. Suicidal,
really. The whole thing has completely ruined our lives.
Plus, attacked in class but did the punch that almost Kilcullen
actually saved his life? And join me for a live rocket
Good evening. Welcome to Wednesday's programme. First
tonight, a grieving mother has said there is a catastrophic failure by
the Government to meet the requirements of our troops. Teresa
Woods was speaking after the inquest into the death of her son
Corporal Marcin Wojtak, from Leicestershire.
He died in Afghanistan in a roadside bombing in Afghanistan.
The coroner ruled he had been unlawfully killed by insurgents.
Our reporter has been following the inquest and joins us now from
Loughborough. Good evening. The coroner said that
his death was a tragic event. He died having been in Afghanistan for
just over two weeks. He was killed by a roadside bomb. It has been a
complicated inquest, agonising for the family, his mother sobbed as
the verdict was delivered. His wing commander described him as
an amazing human being. It was an honour to be his commanding officer,
he said. Throughout the inquest, his colleagues have paid tribute to
him. The questions were answered. He died in October 2009. He was on
a routine patrol. His vehicle hit a roadside bomb. This is one of the
lightly armoured vehicles. Questions have been raised as to
its suitability. The vehicles were withdrawn six months after he died.
He used to joke that they were like a coffin on wheels. He and his
colleagues had been waiting for these two vehicles, mastiffs,
heavily protected vehicles weighing 28 tonnes. To date, they have been
208 strikes on a master finds no one has been killed. During the
inquest, it emerged that he would probably have survived if he had
been in a massive but supply lines were haphazard and no one knew for
certain when they would arrive. They did arrive 48 hours after he
died. After the verdict, his family spoke outside court. It is not
surprising that so one met their deaths in effect off. This vehicle
was no longer suitable to deal with the increased threat of Afghanistan
and that was abolished as well today. I feel there has been a
catastrophic failure by the Government to meet the requirements
for our troops. Our family is heartbroken in losing him. It's a
loss from which we will never recover. He was a kind and loving
Gentleman and a gentle man who has paid the ultimate price for our
freedom. And we will really, truly this and for ever. He did not die
in vain. He was a brave young man and roast all the challenges placed
before him. His early talent had been recognised with the award of
acting corporal Reich. His girl friend said he had bright plans for
the future. We were in the process of buying a house, we had discussed
Weddings and what we wanted. He would leave hence for engagement
rings around the house! We all knew it was coming. We just needed the
time. These are the last lone -- last known photographs, taking --
taken in the vehicle in which he died.
The coroner is going to write to the MoD, asking for confirmation
that the vehicles have been withdrawn in certain areas. Outside
court this afternoon, his mother accused the RAF of closing ranks,
as evidence given today said that Master Oats, the vehicles which
could have saved him, were available a week after he died. --
Mastiffs. We will leave it there but thank
you. Next tonight, a young teenager left
fighting for his life after being assaulted by a classmate is back at
school. Callum Massey was knocked unconscious and spent three weeks
in hospital. Callum's life was saved by the
quick action of specially trained school staff and bizarrely the
punch that almost killed him could well have actually saved his life.
It uncovered a serious heart condition.
Happy to be back in the classroom at last. It is exciting because I
can see my friends and by teachers. Cullen is 13 and has Asperger's.
Last September, he was punched in their head by another schoolboy in
the classroom. Luckily, the Academy principle is keen on first aid
training for staff. It was the worst nightmare you could ever
imagine and I'm thankful that Dr Edwards has -- had the notion to
send his staff on Thursday it because it literally saves lives.
Without Eddie, my son would not be here. It was a surreal moment. The
child was in front of me, unconscious, not breathing and
dying. I had to make a decision on what I was going to do next. Are
sent him... In hospital, doctors discovered that he had a
potentially life-threatening heart condition. It was previously
undetected. The people who hate him is not at the Academy any more but
he has not been charged with a crime. Because of the circumstances
and because of the boys' ages, Nottinghamshire police tried a new
approach. It is called restorative justice to what they did was work
closely with both the boys' families so the boy who hit Callum
is fully aware that what he did was wrong in the heat of the moment. He
can now move forward without a criminal record. He has suffered
enough. It has not just affected our family, it has affected his
family as well. I think he has learnt from his mistakes. Lessons
have been learnt all round. Now all Callum wants to do is to carry on
with his lessons at the school he enjoys.
Coming up on the programme: higher, lower. Sally takes a look at our
see-sawing winter weather. The ice on that this lake has
melted but will this mild spell Unemployment in the East Midlands
is rising again. That's after months of bucking the national
trend. The latest quarterly figures reveal that the jobless total
increased by 7,000 to 190,000. That's an unemployment rate of 8.3%,
still slightly lower than the national average.
Let's find out more from Westminster and our Political
Editor. Recent sets of quarterly figures
for unemployment in the East Midlands may have given a false
sense of security. Last year, and employers in the West Midlands
started to increase but in the East Midlands, it looks like we were
able to ride the economic downturn. That is not the case today. The
regional TUC says the East Midlands figures are, truly depressing and
worse than expected. It's certainly not the start to 2012 that
coalition ministers would have wanted. So I asked the employment
minister Chris Grayling why he thought finding jobs in the East
Midlands was getting more difficult. The East Midlands has faced
particular challenges. It has depended upon manufacturing in the
past. We want to see business growth encouraged through changes
to red tape and regulation, through targeted financial support. We went
to see that to come -- come together so that prisoners can grow
and develop. Isn't there a real danger that the push will get young
people and student into work but for people over 50, they will end
up on the unemployment scrapheap? We have specific measures targeting
young people but we have first-rate support for those who are over 50.
The work programme is offering specialist support to those
jobseeker's from specialist organisations to what only paid
when they are successful at getting somebody in to work and helping
them stay there. Alongside that, we have schemes like the new
enterprise allowance to help people move from employment into self-
employment. They are particularly relevant to older people with
experience that can be taken into building them and this has.
While the headlines in the papers tomorrow will once again focus on
the problems of young people trying to get work, the figures in the
East Midlands, when you drill down, reveal that for the over-fifties,
there are now getting on for one third of that age group who won a
finding it difficult to get work. As we've heard, many older workers
say finding another job is extremely difficult. It's an issue
we've been looking at this week on East Midlands Today, focusing on
the reality of being over 50 and out of work.
Today Sarah Teale, in the third of her special reports, has been to
one company which says it wants to employ more older staff because of
the many benefits they bring to the firm.
Trevor knows just how hard it can be finding a job in that your 50s.
The 57 year-old wanted to leave the late nights of the sales industry
behind him but he had to spend two years hunting for a different job.
In the for market place, it is not easy for so one of my age because
you are competing with people of younger years. Would you do speak
to employers, they may be thinking of the longer term but also
thinking about you being past it. Eventually, Trevor got a job here,
domestic and General in at Nottingham. You can show that you
are worthwhile and bring your experience to the job, rather than
your youth and inexperience. Call centres traditionally employ large
numbers of younger workers and they have a high staff turnover. But
here, the company tries to recruit and retain older workers, who they
say bring experience, loyalty and reliability. The company says it
recognises the value that mature workers can bring and not just that,
they firmly believe that older members of staff have a positive
influence on the younger people who work here as well. A also, older
workers and the younger workers make a great team the balance.
older workers often so that working with younger people queued for the
young. Older workers obviously have greater loyalty to the company. You
tend to find that sickness absence is often lower and they will stay
with us longer as well which is great. A positive message which are
older workers hope more firms will heed.
A new multi-million pound project led by Leicester University aims to
use space technology to help ease road congestion. The scheme began
at the National Space Centre today. The plan is to develop new traffic
management systems which could cut pollution and increase road safety.
The �2.4 million project will be funded by the European Commission.
Nottinghamshire police are hunting for an armed robber who's targetted
shops and old people's homes. The attacks happened in West Bridgford
and Edwalton. Police are warning people to be on the lookout for the
man who was filmed on CCTV. He's been seen with a knife and a gun.
At the weekend he targeted two care homes.
A couple say they've been driven to despair, after their dream of a new
life in Norway was shattered. Paul and Andrea Hodgkinson sold
everything they owned in Derbyshire, to embrace a new life in rural
Norway. But they say the government there has tried to drive them out.
The idyllic Norwegian home they bought may be forcibly sold and
they're facing living in a tent back in Derbyshire.
We first met Paul and Andrea in the 1990s, had their horse blogging
business. They had long dreamt of owning their own farm and in 2006
Sport this apparently idyllic property in Norway. -- Court. Even
in winter, it looked beautiful. This winter, the couple are back on
the only piece of land they have left in Derbyshire. The Norwegian
government department say their farm in no way is being forcibly
sold. There are not telling us how nor what happens of possessions.
Removed personal and business items over there, never expecting the
saga like this. A the couple had hoped to run a B&B and logging
business from the farm that a long running dispute with the Ministry
of Transport said that -- meant they couldn't move in. Now they say
that because they have not lived in, they must go. Then they have to
live on this land in a tent. But as a wood burner. It is not really
suitable as somewhere to live. Hodgkinson's have started a paper
and online petition but with no money, they cannot mount a legal
challenge to the Norwegian government. It should not have got
the stage and they don't seem to respect the fact that we are
fighting it by ourselves. Over a number of years, it has been very
stressful and is a big worry. Suicidal, really. The whole thing
has completely ruined our lives. This is a government that gives out
the Nobel Peace Prize. I think it is a disgrace.
A spokeswoman for the Norwegian Agricultural Authority said she
understood the Hodgkinsons had been warned several times that under
Norwegian law they must live at the farm permanently to keep it. Since
they haven't, the law stipulates the farm must be sold.
A new centre is to be built for patients from the East Midlands who
have a chronic, debilitating, life limiting condition.
The Nottingham hospitals charity has begun a �2.1 million
fundraising campaign towards the development which aims to provide a
homely place for patients with cystic fibrosis.
Stewart says he dreads hospital but with cystic fibrosis, is a fact of
life. At Nottingham City hospital, patients are put on a generous
spirit reward. It is not ideal. These patients have a different set
of new routes -- set of needs and the nurses are torn in terms of
where they direct their care. Cystic fibrosis affects around 9000
people in the UK. It affects the glance that produce body fluids. It
hinders the functions of organs like the lungs. Average life
expectancy is 36 years. This is the dream, a perfect -- purpose-built
centre in the East Midlands. The NHS is putting in �4.5 million. A
fund-raising appeal has been started to get the rest. Building
should start here later this year. By the way, the parking will be
replaced by new spaces created near by. When I heard the news, it was
amazing. I have been coming to this hospital since I was three years
old. Stewart has never met a never adult cystic fibrosis patients.
They are kept apart because of the risk of passing on infections. In
the UK is, they are hoping people will be able to talk to each other
using video conferencing. At the minute, a there are social networks.
There's only so much you can do. The aim to make hospital with the
extras feel more like home. It's expected to generate millions
of pounds of business with people attending from all over the world.
The Agricultural Machinery Show at Newark Showground is the country's
largest fair of its kind. But this year, the emphasis has
been security. From a combine harvesters to muck
spreaders, everything you might need on a farm on the -- at this
event. Over two days, thousands of people are expected to visit but
attention this time round was turned to ways in which farmers can
protect their property. Last year, there was a 61 % rise in
agricultural crime in the East Midlands, costing the region near
the �10 million. But the forefront of everyone's minds is security.
Much of the machinery you see here is usually expensive. Combine Farm
vistas of �350,000. -- combine harvesters. Regrettably, rural
crime is on the increase because fields and farms are large and
difficult to Secure. Many farmers here know only too well what it is
like to be targeted by thieves. had a trailer pinched last year, a
plant trailer. That was 10 grounds with. Somebody came with a tractor
and took it away. Kit with �1 billion is stolen every week in the
UK. Security companies are coming up with new techniques to deal with
a problem. -- kit worth �1 million. The way our scheme works is by
using technology to give our sector, each piece of equipment, a unique
and indelible identity which renders it relatively useless to
the fees. They cannot shifted on. - - shift it on. To a security is
more important than ever to farmers. It is hoped that this will put them
back in control of their livelihoods.
Good evening. For Leicester City, it's a taste of what's possible.
For Nottingham Forest, the question is where do they go from here?
Leicester had a convincing 4-0 win over Forest in the FA Cup replay
last night. But for all Leicester's domination, Forest can still ask
what might have been after a miss as bad as many people have seen.
Thanks to these two, it was goalless in the original tie but it
did not stay that way for long last night. The tempo was fast from the
start and his cross was turned into the net. Six minutes gone, 1-0
Leicester. Forrester are having a torrid time. They were hanging on.
-- Forest. When they did break, they had chances. Two yards out,
what was he thinking? Finally, Leicester turned their domination
into a bigger league. A swift move from defence and at last, a goal
for Jermaine Beckford. Forest still managed to conjure up a chance but
Leicester looked more likely to score and they did. It was Beckford
again. This was a performance to warm up the fans on an Alice cold
fans. Leicester went on to win 4-0. It was their biggest win over
Forest for 99 years, and Beckford scored a hat-trick. He went off not
well after his goals. Forest at times were ripped apart. It was a
performance which left many fans bewildered. I really enjoyed
watching the players enjoy themselves tonight. I think that is
something that we have to try and build on. We go behind and we lose
heart. They spent probably the next five or 10 minutes' thinking we are
going to get a goal but get stung again. We have to get more battle-
hardened and it is the only way we would get out of it. The bigger
picture is that we've got to try to reproduce that sort of performance
more regularly. The presence of the former manager in the TV commentary
box filled third fans' frustration. Leicester can now look forward to a
home tie with Swindon in the 4th round.
Derby County have signed the Sunderland striker Ryan Noble on a
month's loan. And he's in contention for a place in the squad
to play Burnley this weekend. He had a spell at Derby cut short last
season. And Nigel Clough's persuaded Martin O'Neill to let him
come to the East Midlands again. didn't see her and a 4th and last
time. He has been fit for six weeks Aug -- six weeks or so. He has been
on the bench quite a bit but we are delighted that he has been let out
for a month initially and we will take it from their.
A finally from a, a new shirt unveiled by Notts County today
which they will be unveiling next season as part of their hundred and
50 if celebrations. Embedded in the black stripes are the names of 3000
supporters. They are the ones who bought their season tickets in the
last April. Cricket is going on general sale at the end of the
month. Tomorrow night, we will have more on Notts County as they have a
civic reception to mark the 100 and 50th year to March -- 100 and 50th
year. Last night thousands of people
turned out in the cold to stare at the sky as they became part of the
BBC's Stargazing Live week. Well, today there's a chance to
tour the inner solar system. You won't need a space suit or rocket
to visit Venus or Mercury. You just need to get down to Alvaston Park
in Derby. A smooth lift-off for rockets made
by students at two schools in Derby. These paper vessels would not make
it into space but they were one of the activities on offer at a new
science garden in Alvaston Park. is all about the world around us
and is an opportunity to explore and discover and discuss.
cannot write with his pencil. It helps to measure the Sun's movement.
This is the planet Venus, it is known as the morning and evening
star. The star Lloyd's -- besides the unknown, it is the brightest
object in the night sky. This is Mercury and it is the fastest
planet in the solar system. Visitors can become a human sundial.
You stand on the correct one for on a sunny day and your shadow helps
you to tell the time. If you don't have a watch or you don't have your
phone on you, you can simply stand on here when the sun is out and it
will show what time it is hopefully. This rocket will be on show during
tonight's star-gazing live event as Alveston Park. It can travel 100
kilometres into space. Visitors to the new science garden will be able
to explore our solar system without ever leaving Planet Earth.
Brilliant enthusiasm from all these Good evening. Yes, if you're hoping
to stargaze tonight, unfortunately it is pretty cloudy. We did see
that lovely sunset earlier on because the clouds broke up just
enough to see a lovely red sky but that is proof that tomorrow it will
be a much brighter day. Good news on the way. Further rain to come in
between. I thought I would shave his photograph that Beryl sent in.
She was out and about in Derbyshire yesterday and spotted the snowdrops
with the frost surrounding them. That sums up that topsy-turvy
weather we've had in January so far. We can see this rain that is coming
late on the ceiling is the next front that is working its way
through from the West. We will see that westerly breeze starting to
pick up as that rain putsches in overnight. For now, the staff of
the evening, cloudy skies for most areas. -- the start of the evening.
Today was quite mild and tonight remains the same. Around six
Celsius as your minimum temperature. His reign will start to sink
southwards very early on tomorrow morning so by the end of the rush-
hour, we should see that rain disappearing altogether. -- this
rain. We are left with a dry and bright day for Thursday. Good sunny
spells, the best of which will be the in the afternoon. Allow for the
odd shower in parts of Derbyshire. Temperatures are not quite as mild
tomorrow, highs of eight Celsius. As we look ahead, we will see a