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This is East Midlands Today. Our top story tonight - the metal
thieves who target the dead. Modern-day grave robbers plunder
the railings around headstones. really is a sad and disgusting day
when people come here and desecrate graves.
Horror in a park as the swans are butchered for their meat.
Plus cuts and redundancies confirmed it - the unions say
council chiefs are being heartless. And same paintings, different
setting - and New Look a gallery to showcase one of our best known
Good evening. The metal thieves of plumbing new depths of. A cemetery
has been stripped of the railings protecting a grave. It is the
latest and one of the lowest examples of the crime but we also
have pictures of a house wrecked by thieves ripping out cables and
wires. The problem is so bad that one security firm has developed a
new alarm system especially for wiring and led roofs.
Nothing is sacred for the thieves who steal metal. Here at this
cemetery they have taken a set of railings around this 19-year-old
grave, a memorial for someone who died. -- 90-year-old. They smashed
out around this grave and removed all metalwork. It has been here
since 1922 and it is a sand and disgusting day when people come and
desecrate graves. Simon's property rental company has been targeted by
thieves are two. A lot has been cut out. The they ransacked this house
only days after the tenants moved out. They have stolen cables, a
metal fireplace, even the hot water tank and they have taken everything
but the kitchen sink. They have ruined of the house. It is no
longer occupy able. It will need up to �1,000 to bring it up to
standard. They will have got away with no more than �100 worth of
metal. This firm has come up with a set -- system to protect metal from
thieves. It sends electric currents down cables or plates that is
linked to a alarm. Her soon as the alarm goes off, it comes up on the
screen and we can also have a visual representation to where
there is. We will phone a contract security company he will respond
directly to the alarm. They will be there in 20 minutes. For the
thieves who do not get caught, metal is becoming a new counterfeit
currency and it is a crime that is causing damage.
Councillors have defended the cuts to Nottinghamshire County Council's
budget which are being rubber- stamped this evening. More than
�170 million has to be saved over four years with around 2,500 jobs
are likely to go. Unions say the cuts will have a major impact on
services and for the local economy. When there are cuts, there were
protests and today was no exception. UNISON members demonstrated outside
Nottinghamshire County Council as the cabinet insider agreed to
millions of pounds of cuts to the budget. Boos rang out as they had
that councillors had agreed to the controversial decision to close a
show with Industries, a furniture- making factory employing disabled
staff. Many of its 40 workers were at the protest. We are workers
willing to work with the disability. The council is taking that away
from us. What future do we hold that? It is a heartless decision.
We are doubtful as to any of us can beat we employed. Four they are
throwing away scores of disabled workers. Councils arrived for the
meeting this morning facing the same problem which is facing dozens
of other councils around the country. Where out of the Budget to
find huge savings? Nottinghamshire it needs to cut �171 million over
four years. In the next two years alone, savings of 63 million have
to be made, �12 million more than first thought and in total, 2005
French a jobs are likely to go. Across the organisation we are able
to make a lot of efficiency savings and reinvest that in the front line
services such as adult social care and health and children and young
people and the front line of children. Unison says these cuts
will affect services and it also says it for have a massive negative
impact on the local economy. It says an independent report predicts
the knock-on effect of the council redundancies could lead to 3,500
people also losing their jobs in the private sector.
Still to come: in Sport, Colin is live at Pride Park ahead of
tonight's local Derby. It might be Derby County against
Leicester City this evening but more important than that is the if
any of these two sides are loses they can count themselves out of
the play-off race. And the temperatures have been
hotting up today. But spring has not sprung just yet as they are on
the way down again for the weekend. They are used to being fed by
people but now ates thought that someone has been killing them for
food. Several swans have been found butchered in a Derby park to the
horror of people who use it. The police are now investigating.
They are known for their grace and beauty, but it is thought someone
has been killing these swans for them the. Six have been discovered
dead in Derby. Some had seemingly been butchered for their breast
meat. The Rangers had found six swans over the last three weeks and
they believe from the way they were found it was human intervention
rather than animal that has been attacking these birds. The police
have stepped up patrols in the area and they want anyone who sees
anything suspicious to report it. The birds are able to come down and
get fed, so they come down a lot and we have had a lot of reports
from people horrified by what has been happening. I come here with
the little ones that to feed the ducks. It is a nice park. But it is
not a nice thing that is. It is call. There is no need to kill
swans. I like all animals. It is terrible. Those I have spoken to
are appalled at the butchering of these beautiful birds. They are
protected by law and should not be touched. Anyone caught killing a
swan and could face a �5,000 fine or six months in jail. It is hoped
that could deter whoever is responsible from killing any more.
A former Nottingham community protection officer has been cleared
of rape and sexual assault. Richard Mundle from Bestwood was found not
guilty at Derby Crown Court of three counts of rape and a sexual
assault. The prosecution offered no evidence on a second sex attack but
Mundle was convicted of the misuse of a computer and was given a
conditional discharge for 12 months. The family of a woman and her
grandson he died in a lake say they death had left a hole in their
lives that they can never be filled. Dawn Mullany and Laurence Mills
were discovered in the water at Holywell a week ago. In a statement
their relatives said the pair could not have been closer and they
shared a love of fun and laughter. Award of �25,000 is being offered
for information about the theft of a cash machine from a High Street
bank. The to use a tractor to crash into the Nat West in
Nottinghamshire. A police spokesman said the incident caused a lot of
disruption and damage to a building. Detectives are checking where they
there is a link with similar robberies in Leicestershire.
Just two weeks to go and tell the Queen starts her Diamond Jubilee
tour and she is starting it in the East Midlands. Leicester is the
first stop for the royal party on that tour of England, Wales and
Scotland. Shops are already cashing in as royal fever gripped the city.
The flags are up, the bunting is out and there is no shortage of
more royal memorabilia. Tills are ringing ahead of the royal visit in
two weeks' time. It is a good thing for Leicester and it is a busy
shopping centre and it will bring focus to Leicester. We are honoured
to be the first on her Jubilee tour. The brute of the royal party
consisting of the Queen, Duke of Edinburgh and Duchess of Cambridge
has yet to be unveiled but people are excited and think it will mean
big business for the city. It will be good because everybody wants to
see her. It brings prestige to the city. It highlights the city.
Leicester is not really on the map. People go past it, so it is very
exciting they are coming. This tour has sold out of two Billy tea-
towels as demand has soared. It has caused a lot of excitement and we
have been caught by surprise with the demand for the gifts that we
have got. We have sold out of several things already and are on a
third order. Details of the Royal fruit are expected to be revealed
next break. It is hoped thousands A police detective sergeant has
denied raping a woman while he was off duty. Trevor Gray, seen here at
an earlier court hearing, today pleaded not guilty to charges of
rape, attempted rape and sexual assault. Detective Sergeant Gray,
who's 47, and of Stannier Way, at Watnall, near Nottingham - has been
suspended from duty and will go on trial in May. We will roll
investigators have seized more than a �300,000 from a bit of a car in
Nottinghamshire. The money is believed to have been proceeds of a
plot to smuggle tobacco. Three men had been arrested, and had been
bailed until next month. A Nottingham charity is to receive
an award from the Queen. Balls to Poverty sends footballs and rugby
balls to some of the poorest parts of South Africa. So far they've
sent more than 26,000 balls, helping tens of thousands of
children. Now the charity's work is to be rewarded with a Queen's
Anniversary Prize. Next, he may be one of the East
Midlands' most famous artists - but the gallery where his pictures hang
has long been in serious need of a new lick of paint. Well - more than
a lick of paint really, because it's cost a �150,000 to spruce up
the Joseph Wright gallery in Derby. But it was all worth it because now
it's ready for the public re- opening as James Roberson reports.
Admiring Joseph Wright's paintings in a 21st century setting. �150,000
has gone into the revamp of the museum. The grey walls are a
startling contrast to what went before. The last decoration was
over 20 years ago when the painting's return from a tour of
London, Paris and New York. Two decades, the style was tired. There
is backing for this collection from places like the Tate Gallery and
the Yale University. A told us we have a great collection. We said to
them, right, we are going to need your help and backing to try and do
something with this. They said they were behind that. The bicentenary
Exhibition attracted 30,000 visitors from the world all over.
They now hope a new environment, and the drawings will again have
bring visitors to Derby. You go round and see his paintings all
round at the world. We have the biggest collection, and it's going
to bring the people back into Derby. They looked so lovely being
displayed here. Here to open the gallery, the designer, Wayne
Hemingway, he said at the museum has the right staff. It is full of
wonderful things. It takes you into another space. It takes the
pressure off, it makes you think, a gets your brain ticking over. That
helps everybody. We've got something here that is world class,
and we need to live up to that. It is a really important landmark in
that journey. It is a landmark. We have a lot more to do, but it is
wonderful to show them off. exhibition reopens to the public on
Saturday. The paintings are wonderful, so was the paint.
Still to come on the programme - after a strangely warm day what
does tomorrow's weather forecast hold?
I been given this, and best, to help something that will help -- to
make something that will help wildlife.
Time now for the sport - and its a big East Midlands football night.
The sports team are at Pride Park. Yes we are, and we're here because
Derby's visitors tonight are Leicester City. An all East
Midlands affair. Very different attitudes to building their squads,
but both mid table and both on the same number of points. Tonight,
though only one can take the bragging rights. There was no
dispute about who did that when the teams met at the King Power -
Leicester turning in one of those performances that made you think
they were going places, and winning 4-0.
We have both had our ups and downs of this season, but we want to try
and get three points and move up the league. We haven't done too
well in the last couple of seasons against them. We suffered a 4-0, it
was a bit harsh us. Sometimes forms -- form goes out the window in
derby games. Hopefully we will give the fans and the manager something
to shout about. That's how they're feeling about
the build up. Roger Davies is a man who has a foot in both camps. Most
people think you are Derby County for Renfrew? -- Derby County
through and through? I had good times here. But I want both clubs
to do well. What you think of the Derby side? It is a young side.
They lack experience. We beat West Ham at Christmas, and whole, it was
a great Christmas. You never know what this side is going to do.
this game has added significance. Eight points is a long way from the
play-offs. I'm not sure about this league. Everybody is beating
everybody. Whoever wins tonight, that will be a help. You look at
how much money Leicester have spent, and what Derby have done, it never
gives you any guarantee if you spend money.
Thanks Roger. Now, we presenters and pundits can bang on all we like
- but its the supporters who really matter. Ange is just outside.
Yes a packed house here tonight because this is after all - about
East Midlands bragging rights. Hot on the heels of their FA cup
victory the Foxes full of confidence but here at home Derby
County will be giving it everything to make sure it's their fans who go
home happy. I think we did get an upset. 2-0.
They are a bogey team for you. sure. We tend to use against them.
I have some little ones down here. What is your prediction? 2-1 to
Derby. That sounds good. Some less the fans here. We have been
inconsistent over the last few weeks. If we perform like Saturday,
we will win. Let's get another quick prediction. 31 -- 3-1 to
Leicester. A big game here deceiving. Also a very big game
Anyone who left Meadow Lane early would have been very disappointed.
Notts County grabbed a late late goal against Stevanage to get new
manager Keith Curle off to the perfect start.
perfect start. So nearly a dream start. This early
effort only kept out by the woodwork. There were some Met
Office for the defence. This mistake could have nearly led to a
goal put the visitors. What they first got this would have been on
loan defender Kieron Freeman. In the 91st minute this shot from Jeff
the 91st minute this shot from Jeff Hughes crept in to give Keith Curle
his first victory. Fantastic. If it had been a draw, it was an
opportunity to put ideas in place for the players. You need to aim
high, you need aspirations. If we can sneak into the play-offs, so be
it. They will continue that push buggy -- push for the play-offs
against Chesterfield. Leicester Tigers Manu Tuilagi is
back in the England team for the game with Wales this weekend.
There's a first international start for his club mate Geoff Parling.
Tom Croft and Dan Cole are also in the line up with Ben Youngs and
Toby Flood on the bench. Alan Young is here tonight for BBC
Leicester. I pick it is vital Leicester win this game. We have to
win this and the Coventry match. We have a big cup tie, and a couple of
away matches. It is vitally important. Do you think this is a
Leicester team that is getting it together? Yes. It is very
frustrating for everyone, we know how well we can play. Thank you
very much. If you want to hear Alan with Ian
Stringer BBC Radio Leicester is your place to go. For the Derby
point of view, BBC Radio Derby are point of view, BBC Radio Derby are
And don't forget, I'll have the first report on the game in our
late bulletin. Ange has an indepth look back this time tomorrow
evening. We're hoping for a cracker. After the unusually spring-like day
we've enjoyed, its hard to believe that only a couple of weeks ago the
East Midlands was covered in snow. But that was indeed the case when
Sally and the "goes Wild" team visited Rutland Water to learn a
centuries-old farming tradition In order to protect our local
wildlife, it is vitally important to provide them with a flourishing
Habitat. One tradition which goes back centuries is laying hedges. I
have come to meet a man of he will show me exactly how it is done.
Martin Aspinall recently retired as a warden to a nature reserve, but
he still lays some of the hedgerows. That is a billhook. Different
counties use a different one. What you do, basically, is cut. You
start about hair, then go down at that sort of angle. Right the way
down. A he learned the craft when he was just nine years old. How
long has this been here? When would it have been laid? It would have
been there about 50 years ago. long have people been hedge laying?
It was first written down in 56 BC. The finished height we are looking
for is about this high. We do need to get this down a little bit
before we put the binders on top there. About there. You get a bit
of string, and tie a knot of there. Once the stakes are in a, it's time
to weave the bindings are to complete the traditional raping
effect. -- traditional rope effect. Back in come forward. -- that can
come forward. So, is it just the birds that can benefit from this?
No, insects like to be there as well. It is a good place for Robin
have to nip in and nest. It is a good habitat, or round. Absolutely.
If it wasn't for people like Martin of teaching people how to maintain
the these natural habitats then our wonderful wildlife would have to
find somewhere else to go. Next time you are driving past a
hedgerow, stop and think how much work has gone into it. Believe me,
I know. I'm a bit worried with her having
that machete. that machete.
It is really a skill. I think it looks great.
We have had a picture cent in today. -- a picture cent in today. Her her
this is known as an iridescent cloud. It is in the process of
forming. Thank you Yvonne. Keep your pictures coming in. We have
had a lovely day today. The maximum temperature was 80 my degrees at
Market Bosworth. -- 18 a degrees. The night-time temperature would
drop to around 9-10 degrees. Quite a breezy night. The wind or pickup.
The cloud will be with us first thing tomorrow morning. That will
start to work its way down from the north. It will keep us quite cloudy.
It is a big enough at times to produce a small amount of rain. The
further north you travel as the day goes on, the skies begin to
brighten again. Quite a breezy start, but the breeze will die down.
We have some high pressure building up for the weekend. That will sit
across the south of the country. We wake up to a bright start on
Saturday, they could be the order mist or fog patch. -- there could
be. We will hold on to those clearer skies. We will see some
cloud development. Temperatures cloud development. Temperatures