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Dominic Heale, and me, Anne Davies. Our top story tonight, a workplace
parking blow for Boots workers. Staff are told they'll have to pay
the lion's share of the new levy. Free because jail breached his
human's rights, but his father says he should If you can't do the time,
don't do the crime. It is as simple as that.
Should a council pension fund be investing in tobacco?
And how boy Max what his Russian orphanage for a top private school
in Derbyshire. -- Maksim. I am really enjoying the school.
Everything is great and I want to Good evening and welcome to
Friday's programme. One of the biggest employers in Nottingham has
said it'll be passing on most of the cost of the workplace parking
tax to its staff. A majority of the workforce at Boots will be paying
�180 to park at work for a year from April. The council says it's a
relatively small amount to help the city grow and prosper. Mike
O'Sullivan is at Boots and can tell us more.
Big firm Boots, big decision on the Workplace Parking Levy. Passing on
most of the cost on to its employees. The sort of decision
many firms and organisations are having to wrestle within Nottingham
as the Workplace Parking Levy looms large.
Commuting by car. Boots in Nottingham faced a big bill. 3,000
spaces liable for the Workplace Parking Levy. Now the company has
decided that most of that cost will be passed on to the workforce.
is unfair for the company to pass that on to employees. I can
understand the company's objection to paying it, given the location of
where they are, but far better to pay that than the individuals
themselves. The tax is �288 plus VAT. It is for businesses and
organisations with 11 or more liable places from April. Paying at
Boots will be linked to salary and most of well-paid �180 the year
including VAT. -- most staff will pay. But some will pay �80. The
company is topping it up with a �200,000 subsidy. In a statement,
Many commuters will be finding out sooner whether or not they have got
to pay this new tax. I asked people in Nottingham who should pay. The
employer or the employee. I don't think it should be passed on to the
staff because wages are a bit like that at the moment anyway. It is a
lot of money. I think the employers should pay. But I agree with it
because I think we need the trams. The employers should pay. But I
don't think anybody should pay. council or the Government should be
paying. The levy will be used by the council to help pay for two new
tramlines and other public transport improvements, including a
revamp of the city's railway station. The kind of renounce Boots
employees are being asked to pay our small amounts which help us
grow as a city and prosper long into the future. The city council
says it has been advising Boots, which still opposes the levy.
Boots has been one of the biggest critics of the Workplace Parking
Levy, joining the business campaign that fail to stop it. But the
council would say, get over it and let's concentrate on it. It is a
law. The arrangement is here for the first year and they are
continuing to look at the long term approach to paying the tax,
including parking pay and display metres. Thank you.
The father of a burglar from Nottingham who was convicted of
assault says he should be sent to prison. Last May, 34-year-old Wayne
Bishop, from Clifton, was released early from an eight-month jail
sentence so he could look after his children. He said jail had breached
his human rights as a parent. But yesterday he and his brother were
found guilty of assaulting a man in Broxtowe. Angelina Socci has been
speaking to their father, Phillip Wheelhouse. She started off by
asking for his reaction to yesterday's verdict.
Well, it is wrong, what they have done. More Wayne because he got off
because he used the young rights for his children. And my belief is
that if Wayne had been inside, it wouldn't have happened. The chap I
wouldn't have got hurt. So to me, he deserves to go back from where
Bobby came from. And you mentioned he was released from prison early.
He had been released after a month. He need to care for his children.
What was or -- your reaction when that happened? Well, if Poppy were
that concerned about his children, you wouldn't have got into trouble.
-- if he were concerned. The children have got a mother that can
care for them as well. But at the end of the day, he is your son.
Should you have taken more responsibility for the way he has
turned out? I could be saying the same about my parents. It was their
responsibility when I got into trouble. He had a good upbringing
when he was a child. How do you feel when you see both your sons in
the news for what they have done? If it is bad. What they have done.
They have got to accept the punishment. Both Wayne and his
brother are due to be sentenced at a later date.
Still to come on the programme, in the weather, is winter on the way?
You could say that. We have quite a lot of wintry showers around
falling as snow of a higher ground, and when they die away, we have a
weather warning out for ice. Not to talk about and I will be back later
on. -- locks to talk about. Next, is it right to invest in the
tobacco industry? A leading doctor is calling on Nottinghamshire
County Council to withdraw millions of pounds that its pension fund
puts into cigarette firms. Dr Greg Place says it's a conflict of
interest for the authority to support the cigarette industry
while promoting public health. Rob Sissons, our health correspondent,
has this report. Smoking kills. But cigarettes make
money and why pension funds invest. But is it right that local
government schemes put money into Debacker? This GP in
Nottinghamshire sees the impact of smoking on patients. It is in a
day's work. He says the investments sent out mixed messages. The County
Council will be involved in managing public health and 2013 and
they cannot do that and says smoking is bad for you and, at the
same time, invest in tobacco. pension trustees would not tell --
dream of telling you how to do your job. What gives you the right to
tell them how to invest? It is incompatible with their role as
politicians. Over 100 employers are -- have investments into punching -
- pension funds on their behalf. Other schemes invest in tobacco.
Nottinghamshire has �36 million of shares. In Derby, the figure is
even higher at �48 million. In Nottingham, I asked people what
they thought. I don't see a problem. In light of what they say about
smoking, it seems a bit crazy. seems wrong that they are investing.
It is a bit unethical. The County Council said it did not want to put
anybody up for interview but said investments are separate from
pension activities. They say it only represents 1% of the pension
fund. What does the tobacco industry have
to say? Nottingham his cigarette city. We make millions of
cigarettes and it used to be a massive employer in Nottingham.
Players still employs 750 people but they said they were not dream
of telling anybody else -- they would not dream of telling anybody
else how to invest. Will these arguments go away? No and they
could gather momentum, as we have heard from Dr Greg Place, as we
have heard the County Council is taking on the responsibility of
public health and telling people to quit smoking from 2013. These
arguments will run and run. Thank you.
A motorist from Leicester has been banned for a year after being
caught driving with four children lying in the boot of his car!
Police found a total of 11 people travelling with 38-year-old Soltan
Lakatos from Belgrave in his Audi A4 saloon. Three adults and another
two children were sitting on the back seat.
A cyclist has been taken to hospital after being hit by a van
which was being followed by Nottinghamshire Police. It happened
just after midnight on Nottingham Road in Long Eaton. The cycle rider
was taken to hospital with non life-threatening injuries. The van
driver has been arrested for dangerous driving, failing a
roadside breath test and failing to stop. The force has referred the
incident to the Independent Police Complaints Commission.
Police say they have a new lead in their investigation into a violent
armed robbery. It follows a reconstruction of the attack on the
Crimewatch programme last night. A couple who ran a business at
Shireoaks in Nottinghamshire were tied up and held at gunpoint during
the robbery last November. Police say they now have a new name to
investigate. A Nottinghamshire farmer has been
jailed for a year after admitting cruelty charges and breaching
regulations for the disposal of dead livestock. Keith Littlewood
left scores of animal carcasses on his land near Bestwood village.
Trading Standards Officers told Nottingham Crown Court it was the
most horrific case they had dealt with. Pigs, cattle, poultry and a
donkey lay decomposing. Emaciated animals were left to roam around
dilapidated sheds and pens. Inspectors filmed scenes which were
too distressing to be shown. Many of the animals found alive had to
be destroyed. Dr Steven McOrist is a spokesman for the British
Veterinary Association. I asked him how common such cases of shocking
neglect were. Certainly these cases are very rare, fortunately. I have
been a vet for 30 years and I have seen five or six cases that was
similar. What sort of checks are there for farmers like this?
national quality assurance programme for pigs in the UK, the
farms and a better revisit a scheduled every quarter, so are
four times a year. -- a better and revisit. 8% are expected to have a
local scheme in place. Other animals are involved as well?
Certainly, but each scheme tends to be organised under each animal
species. So cattle required a cattle passport to track their
movements following the foot and mouth outbreak. That seems quite a
lot. How has this fallen through the net? Her the Net is that there
is no strategy -- statutory legal obligation on the farmer to have
this. It is between the farm and a retailer who purchases the
livestock to sort this out. Do you think there should be more testing?
Certainly. That is one a possibility and we have considered
that and would certainly help move towards guidelines along those
lines. Thank you very much for For a charity which helps
disadvantaged Russian children is celebrating its 20th anniversary.
The it has given more than 50 youngsters a chance to spend a year
at a top private school in Derbyshire.
We have been to visit the latest boy to benefit.
Early morning. The it is a preparatory school for the famous
Repton School nearby. Queuing up for breakfast is his latest pupil,
for all the way from St Petersburg in Russia. He has swapped his
orphanage for the South Derbyshire countryside.
He only speaks a little English, but he already understand a lot.
I am really enjoying this school, everything is great and I really
want to stay in England forever. But in a year, he will go back to
Russia, with love and a promise of future help.
A it opens up all kinds of possibilities for him, the
education system that he will then go into should give him chances
that he would not otherwise have had.
His place is paid for by a charity set up by a former headmaster
Richard a Theobald. The it is amazing how quickly he has got --
taking to live here. He has a constant smiler and he is
so keen to improve his English and to really get hold of all the
opportunities he has presented to. When I grow older, I want to be a
pilot in British Airways. You want to be a pilot? Yes.
Later we will return to see how he is getting on for stopper --.
A man who admitted robbing two banks in Nottingham has been jailed
for more than five years. Victor Franklin, who was caught on CCTV,
pleaded guilty at -- to robbing Lloyds-TSB at Low Pavement and
Lower Parliament Street last year. He also admitted possession of an
imitation firearm. He was arrested after Handy himself into a police
station after seeing an appeal for information on Crimewatch.
Local schoolchildren and survivors have marked the anniversary of the
Holocaust at a memorial centre. The Holocaust centre at Laxton near
Newark has been at running sessions to raise awareness of racism and
hate crime. Survivors lit candles to honour those who lost their
lives. Actress Maureen Lipman was there to run help.
It was exactly what a Holocaust Day, or any genocide day was therefore.
To make us remember that this must never happen again.
On the Sunday Politics for the East Midlands, Marie Ashby will be
leading a debate on an issue which divides our politicians.
We will be asking whether elected police commissioners really are the
good idea David Cameron says they are. His party leader in Darby says
it could end up politicising our forces. Will it make it more
difficult for me police to do their job?
That is Sunday Politics from 12pm with Marie Ashby and Andrew Neil.
We'll be having a look ahead to the sport and the full weather forecast.
And I am at the factory that is making schools got that could save
children's lives by glowing in the dark.
They look rather good! Time for the sport now.
A a bit of news to start with. Nottingham Forest have confirmed
they are considering a third bid from Leicester City board defender
Wes Morgan. Nigel Pearson is keeping pretty tight-lipped.
I cannot control how the club's deal with bits that have been put
in and how they use the information. We have made a number of inquiries
for players in this window. Unfortunately, on certain fronts,
it has not yet been successful. Leicester do have an intriguing FA
Cup tie, they are up against Swindon, which will bring back a
lot of memories. Two teams, Leicester and Swindon.
Cast your mind back to a dramatic afternoon in 1993. It was the play-
off final at Wembley, the Foxes were trailing by three goals when
suddenly in 11 breathtaking minutes they brought it back to a draw. But
heartache was to follow, and Swindon were awarded a penalty and
grabs the winner. So, almost 19 years on, can we expect a seven-
goal thriller when the two sides meet this weekend?
I would take a narrow victory if you gave it to me now! That would
be good enough for me! Life is good at Leicester at the
moment following on from two impressive wins. And they go into
this game as big favourites. But this is the FA Cup, and anything
could happen. A lot of things can happen in the
FA Cup, and I have been on the end of them before, and I have also
experienced winning against teams from higher divisions. So we all
going like we do every game, and we will not get complacent. We will
look at Swindon as if they are a Premier League team. If we play our
game, we will hopefully get through. Leicester have not won a three
games and a row all season. They will be hoping that that changes
tomorrow. Paolo Di Canio on the way, what a
prospect! Premier League stoke are the visitors to Derby County. They
bring a former Derby star who now lives in Duffield, surrounded by
Derby fans. He is as famous for his throwing as his football. I have
been to see Rory Delap. Once one of Derby's young
Premiership players, now a promotion winner and Cup finalist
in -- for Stoke. My wife said wouldn't it be funny
if Derby came at? So it is greater, because I still have a lot of
friends who work in Derby. It was inevitable, stepping out
again for the club he never wanted to leave.
Financially it was a good move for me, but I never wanted to go. I was
in tears. There was a chance for something special to happen, but it
was broken up before we got a chance. We all lived around the
same villages and we would see each other all the time. It was a great
time. Stoke come to Pride Park with a
reputation for, to be kind, direct ness. How many of the stereotypes
are true? All of them! Everything?
To be honest, it has played in our favour at times. Both teams have
turned up and you can see in their eyes that they just do not want to
be there. You probably get sick of being
asked about your throw-ins. It is good to be famous for
something! When I first got the exposure, people were asking me to
do all sorts, to throw a Christmas pudding Overy double-decker bus.
Did you do that? No, I turn that one down!
So how will he feel about going back to the club that he supports?
If I play, once the game starts, you have got to put that behind it.
I will only enjoy it if we get the right result.
I will be there at Pride Park tomorrow. At Robbie Savage has been
back as well, bringing the noise back to the training ground.
Is our manager going to put Peter Crouch up on Saturday? This is our
secret manager -- secret weapon! You could never do that!
We are hanging on in there. We have got some young lads in
midfield now. You can see more of it here on BBC
One upon Football Focus. There is another new arrival at
Notts County, striker Jonathan Forte, who has had two spells with
them before. He arrives from Southampton, and comes in as they
prepare to go into the cup tomorrow. We are the underdogs and are right
up against it. This is the toughest game, without a shadow of a doubt.
Sutton and Doncaster were tough, and now we have another draw away
from home. This is the toughest team of the lot. We will have to be
absolutely spot-on and ready for this one.
Leicester Tigers are playing in the LV Cup next weekend, while
Nottingham play London Scottish in the Championship.
Good luck to Graeme Swann and Stuart Broad as they try to
capitalise against Pakistan today. England looking good. Also to the
Leicester ladies who form the GB hockey squad, they are playing in
the Champions Trophy in London. Finally, good luck to our ice
dancers Nick Buckland and Penny Coomes, they are in 4th place in
the year -- in the European Figure Skating Championships.
Fingers crossed! How many times have you been a bit
concerned when the kids go off to school and it is pitch black?
Earth it is something every parent has to do, but now I Leicestershire
company has come up with a rather bright idea to solve the problem.
They make starts with a difference, as Tom Brown explains.
At this family business, they make ropes and school scarves. And this
is more than just the latest fashion accessory. When the
children before school and it is dark outside, this scarf reflects
in the headlights. And it is already been warned and
appreciated by school children across the county.
It is excellent because cars can see you're.
I think they are really comfortable, because they light up, and the cars
will be able to see you if you are going across the road.
I think they are fantastic. Children will wear them, because
they do not like wearing yellow jacket. It is in school colours,
and they are not aware that they light up in the dark, which is
brilliant. The machines can produce up to 2005
Roberts got every week, as they are distributed across the county. --
scarfs. You are the chief executive. Why did you come up with this idea?
I was walking down the canal and tripped over a broker for a boat. -
- a rope. We thought if we could eliminate it, we could stop
accidents. And then I thought there was a market for children's scarfs.
We developed one. As far as I know, we're the only ones who do it.
The matter what your school's colours, there is a scarf that is
sure to match. This is a company with a bright future.
A very illuminating report! You will need as Garth for the
early part of next week. -- Aysgarth.
Thank you for sending this picture in. The shower was just starting to
reach the A46. We have still got a warning in force for snow. It has
been extended by the Met Office. It starts to expire just after 7pm.
They are starting to cut across parts of the East Midlands and
falling as no at lower levels. Temperatures will start to drop in
the evening, and in the north of the region, we could start to see
it turning quite icy as well. We do have a weather warning in force.
Tonight's minimum temperature is about one Celsius. It will go below
freezing in Ruairi us. CAC 40 across the south of the region. --
cloud across the south of the reason. Just a small amount of fair
weather CAC 40 around. Daytime temperatures reaching a maximum of
six Celsius. -- cloud. We will start to see quite extensive fog
developing. It could take a large amount of time to live a -- lift.