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This is East Midlands Today, with Anne Davies, and me, Dominic Heale.
Our top story tonight, the ex- soldier who's been told he's not a
housing priority in his own home city.
No council house for Dale. Born and raised in Nottingham and with 22
years in the RAF. It's wrong. And you're ever had the audacity to say
it to him... I would like to meet them.
Also tonight, the leisure activity that has landed a disabled benefits
claimant in jail. He had been playing regularly, once a week over
an 18-hole golf course. Plus the Government's controversial
NHS changes. How will patients notice the difference?
And the big day is almost here. The final preparations are being made
Good evening. First tonight, homes fit for heroes. For some military
veterans, it's nothing but an empty phrase. This evening, we can report
on the housing inequalities suffered by servicemen and women
when they hang up their uniform for good. A man who was born and raised
in Nottingham before embarking on a long career in the military has
been told he doesn't have a strong enough connection to the city to
qualify for a council house because he's currently living outside the
city. But other local councils in the region are giving their
returning servicemen a boost up the waiting list. Simon Hare has this
exclusive report. Dale Williamson was brought up in
his parents' home here in Nottingham. It is a household full
of childhood memories. He went on to swap the marching band uniform
for a military one. He spent the last 22 years as an intelligence
analyst for the RAF, stationed at home and abroad. There has been a
promise to consult on changes to the law to put servicemen up the
wedding is... Despite warm words from political leaders, he is now
struggling to get a council house in his knitting -- native
Nottingham. He has been told he does not have a strong enough
connection to the local area. has been a huge kick in the teeth
to be told I have no association with the city I love. You don't
call where you are posted your home because it is only temporary.
soldier was given priority by his local house a lot fraud you on his
return from Afghanistan. council were spot on, helped me
everywhere I could. Otherwise I would have been stuck. On the
street. Mansfield District Council has signed a special veteran
charter promising help for ex- military personnel. A lot of
regiments have been given freedom to the city of Nottingham and I
find it kind of ironic that it is OK for a publicity exercise to give
a group of individuals the freedom of the city but then not honour
that on the back end. I think it speaks volumes. Dale Williamson
says he cannot afford private rent in Nottingham and you will soon be
moving to Ashfield. -- he will soon be moving. You commit to fighting
in other nations around the world but you are forgotten about around
the country. Simon is with us now. What response
has there been? They say they feel sympathy with Dale Williamson but
at the moment they give priority to those who are homeless, those
already living the city boundary and those affected by domestic
violence. What's the situation elsewhere? It is a real mixed
picture. In Derby, they have no a priority for service personnel. In
Leicester, they do, and Dale Williamson would be in Band 2, not
band 5, as he is in Nottingham. Thank you.
A judge has described a benefits fraudster who regularly played golf
as a thorough and utter liar and cheat. Nottingham Crown Court heard
Robert Cave from Mansfield cheated the public purse out of more than
�12,000. Today, he was jailed for four months, as James Roberson
reports. Nottingham Crown Court today heard
Robert Cave, a former miner, has a genuine degenerative bone
collection -- bone disease, but despite an improvement in his
condition in recent years, he still claimed he could barely walk. In
2009, benefit fraud investigators secretly filmed and at home in
Mansfield easily moving heavy fence panels to his car. But they also
follow it into this golf course in Nottinghamshire, where he was
filled practising on the driving range, apparently without any
physical problems, and then playing a whole round of golf on football
stop before investigators discovered that not only had he
been coming here regularly, but he had achieved a handicap of 15,
which is a mark of an accomplished golfer. He had claimed over �6,000
up to 2010. The court was told, he could not have got a handicap of 15
overnight. He must have been playing for some time. I cannot
think of worse breaches. I cannot imagine the public annoyance at
this man's disgusting behaviour. A clear message was sent to other
benefit fraudsters, they said. would be scared if I was doing that
and I found out what had happened today and they think it gives a
reassuring message to members of the public or on his stun working
and wondering what on earth is going on here. -- the public who
are honest and working. Still to come, all of last night's
goal action, in the sport. Also, the scaffolding is down at
Chatsworth House. Renovation work is over at the ancestral seat of
the Dukes of Devonshire. Experts say this is the best it's looked
for 300 years and we'll take a peek. And all eyes are on Leicester
tomorrow, but what will the weather be like for the visit? I will have
the details shortly. Next, big changes are on their way
that could transform the way health services are run here in the East
Midlands. The Government's controversial Health and Social
Care Bill will give local GPs greater control over NHS budgets.
But our MPs are still divided over whether patients will actually
benefit from the changes. From Westminster, here's our political
editor, John Hess. So who is best at deciding the
spending priorities for local health care? Is it your GP, or, in
the case of Derby and Derbyshire, the Primary Care Trust, with its
annual budget of �1 billion to surveyed population of one million
people. In the future, it will be the GPs who decide but there are
critics who say the Government's changes under its Health and Social
Care Bill will allow it a much greater role for the private sector
in the NHS, and that is a very much at the heart of its long-running
political drama. It will be a lot better, because frankly,
constituents come to me and say, the only person who understands my
medical needs is my GP. They now have the power to commission the
services that patients' needs. will those structural changes
improve things? I think so. It will make things much smoother and give
power to the patient. I think we will get the services people do
need. My worry is that this Health Bill will set different parts of
the system against one another and it has also been a huge waste of
money, this big reorganisation. Billions of extra pounds have been
spent on it we should have been going into frontline patient care.
This controversial bill is almost writs last parliamentary hurdle but
at Westminster tonight, there is a big rally organised and among the
speakers, Sue Johnson, a hospital worker from Derby. She is a great
geographer who works in the X-ray department at the Royal Derby
Hospital. -- she is a radio opera. If things go ahead as we believe,
we might see closures and hospitals will not be able to plan for their
care because alternative providers will be coming in. Quality. Well,
we talk about quality but there is no evidence that competition
improves quality. The Primary Care Trust which shape local an edge as
funding of being wound down. are setting out their local
consortium in anticipation of the new legislation. David Cameron once
the GPs very much in the driving seat of the future direction of the
NHS and tonight, it looks as though those changes are heading into Top
Gear. The job agency Remploy has
announced plans to close its Leicester factory. The city site
employs 23 people who assemble mechanical products. It's one of 36
factories earmarked for closure after the Government announced it's
cutting funding. 1,700 jobs could go in total. However, Remploy says
it hopes to keep its Derby operation.
More than 1,000 cannabis plants have been found in a disused garage
shelter in Nottinghamshire. The bunker is on a former airfield in
the village of Whixley. The find is one of two large seized -- seizures
in the last month. Eight people have been arrested and
Leicestershire and Derbyshire at the start off a regional crackdown
on metal theft. Forces across the East Midlands have been working
together to tackle the problem. Thieves have stolen lead from train
lines and war memorials, as well as churches. A new unit has been set
up to deal with the crime specifically.
Now, final preparations are being made for the visit of Her Majesty,
the Queen to the City of Leicester tomorrow. It is the first stop on
her Jubilee tour of the country. She will be accompanied by the Duke
of Edinburgh and the Duchess of Cambridge. We go overtook where
they are making the finishing touches. Excitement is building
ahead of tomorrow. Technicians have been here all days setting up
things for the special service. Why is the biz is so important?
Leicester has been chosen as the first prize the Queen will come on
her tour, arcing 60 years of her reign. It will also be the first
official visit of the Dodgers of Cambridge to the East Midlands. So
where can you see the action? -- of the Duchess of Cambridge.
12:30pm, there will party moves to the cathedral. There is limited
space for spectators outside. -- will meet the Mayor of Leicester
and go on a walkabout before The Queen will also unveil a plaque
eight St Nicholas Place. It is currently being used as a car-park.
It will have gardens and places to walk through. Join me again later,
when we will have a chat with the Bishop of Leicester.
Thank you. Before then, more than a quarter of taxis stop in Derby last
month failed on the spot safety checks. Licensing officers
inspected 26 vehicles. Eight of them were ordered off the road and
two were given warnings. The Czechs are part of a continuing operation
between the police and the city council.
The council says business waste could be included in some of the
worst recent cases of fly-tipping. Trouble was dumped outside a farm
in Derby. It was one of three big incidents cleared up by the council
in a week. Tyres also found in Long Eaton.
A huge operation is underway in the Peak District to spread heather
seeds over the moors. It is hoped it will improve water quality in
rivers and reduce the risk of flooding. So far, 5,000 bags have
been edited -- airlifted to the Derbyshire moors.
You are watching BBC Newsline, and a day centre which closed recently
after more than 25 years has reopened in a local park. In a
host's a group of over 70s more than once a week, hosting games and
food. Up with councils and charities
being forced to tighten their belts, they send -- centres across the
East Midlands are having to close their doors. But this pub has
started a day centre of its own. speak to one another and it makes
you happy. The staff of very jovial and include you in what they are
doing. Very nice indeed. I was a bit dubious at first but now I am
chatting as bad as them! So it was nice! The group used to make us a
day centre run by the Red Cross but when that closed down after more
than two decades, they were left with no way to go. The County
Council then approached this pub and ask them if they would provide
this centre instead. A few drinks and a few exercises they can do. It
just makes them happy and that makes me happy. I would be lost
without it because it is the only place I get out to. Other than
going to the supermarket or shopping. This is my day out.
some way to go. Each day... Otherwise I would be sitting at
home on my own. A day here costs �6 but the copses it is doing it to
make a difference rather than to make a profit. -- but the pub says.
They now want to open it for a third day in the week and the
council wants more pubs to follow Before sport, it is the wash up
that has cost �15 million. Renovation work at Chatsworth House
is complete after years of work. The last of the scaffolding which
has cocooned the building for 12 months has come down, Anthony parts
have been opened up for the first time. We take a look in the company
of the Duke of Devonshire. It is the jewel in the Peak, now
with added sparkle. Where there was baffled and tarpaulin, now there is
claiming stonework. Chatsworth House has not been seen this way
since it was built a 300 years ago. All we needed to do what we do if a
few things and clean it. Some bits have had to be carved again.
Every generation of the Devonshire family has made their mark. The
current Duke is no exception. He has revealed a few secrets.
It was not for the visitors, we would not be able to do this. It is
just because we get so many visitors as they are so
enthusiastic, and their support means we can do this work.
But the master plan has not just been about cleaning and repairing
the fabric of this Grade 1 listed building. In total, �15 million has
been spent in -- spent to open up new rooms. This is not a war, it is
a door into way guest bedroom. You see how filthy it is up there.
The nasty, black flame. There is the small matter of the
east face still to clean. But this house has not stood still in 300
years. The garage will be full of paint
cans! It is sport now. Plenty of football action from last
night. Certainly not good for Forest or Leicester. Let's start
with the cheery news. Derby County Peter Black Bull. -- Derby County
beat Blackpool. They conceded in the opening two
and equipped -- minutes, letting in Tom Ince.
I thought, here we go. But we came back on Saturday and knew we could
do it. At the start of the second half, we fully deserved it for
stopper Derby Guardian, and feel Robinson's squandered a good chance.
-- v Robinson. In the second half, Derby where a different team. Steve
Davies scored the equaliser. The goalkeeper was needed again. Derby
push hard, and it was Stephen Davies who scored the winner.
Pre-performance from him. That retrograde performance. Again, to
excellent finishes. Next up, it is Watford and forest.
-- Forest. That was the winner of the night. It did not go so well
for Leicester City or Nottingham Forest, who both lost.
Leicester City's season can be summed up in one word, inconsistent.
Things were going to plan at Bristol City when Lloyd Dyer put
them ahead. They could not hang on to the lead for long at all. After
the break they fell behind. Leicester thought they had rescued
a point through Neil Danns, but the home side had other ideas, to leave
the Foxes seven points behind the play-offs.
Nottingham Forest's recent revival came to a costly end against
Doncaster. They fell behind to a scream that. The visitors then
doubled their lead, hopes were raised when Dexter Blackstock
pulled one back for Forest, but the equaliser would not come, and the
beds are now three points off the relegation zone.
Notts County looks like they were on course to make it five wins in a
row against a Tranmere when Damion Stewart fired in. But the keeper
was in great form. They finally succumbed in stoppage time and
space tip in League One. -- state six vol stop Leicester City will
play Chelsea in the FA Cup quarter- finals.
The Londoners beat Birmingham in last night's replay.
Ice hockey, and there is a big night in store for the Nottingham
Panthers, they have got the first leg of their Challenge Cup final
away in Belfast, a repeat of last year's final. The Panthers won on
that occasion to pick up the trophy for the second time. They will have
to be at their best to make it three times running, as Belfast are
the league leaders. We will be looking to be the best.
We can get a result in their place to bring back here for next Tuesday.
Pick congratulations to Grantham's Sophie Allen, she has made the
British Olympic team after this win of her life at the National
Championships. Four more places went to Loughborough University
competitors, including Caitlin McLatchey. Salafi qualified in the
butterfly, pipping Leicester's Sophie Smith. -- Sophie.
It is amazing. I cannot wait, it is so long since we have got the
Olympics, and to be a member of the team is amazing.
Well done to her boss Bob more swimming to come later this week. -
Flowers arranged, Pepsi's practice to -- Paksi is practised, speeches
written. No one can say Leicester is not properly prepared for
tomorrow's's huge royal occasion. The there will be global interest
in the event, it is the first engagement of her Majesty's Diamond
Jubilee tour. Let go back to the cathedral and
rejoin the Simon Ward. What are they up to now?
Rehearsals are still going on at the cathedral. The Bishop of
Leicester joins us. How you feeling?
We are all very excited. The Queen will never forget this day. She is
held in such affection here, and everyone wants to show it.
It will be a Christian service, but also multicultural?
Yes, our Christian faith leads us to reach out to people of other
faiths and people of no faith. This cathedral is common ground, and
that all be here for everyone to see tomorrow, as young people read
from the Holy scriptures as -- of their faiths.
How important is it to be multicultural?
It is part of the character of our city, and we did well as somewhere
where different people from different cultures come together
harmoniously. The Queen wants her kingdom to look like that, I think
that is why she has chosen to come here for her first visit.
Thank you for joining us. It will be an exciting day for the City of
Leicester. I was down their earlier, and it
was amazing. It was buzzing! Fingers crossed.
Thank you for that! De weather is looking fine, so if you are heading
down to the Royal celebration, temperatures are what they should
be for this time of year. The wind will not be as severe as recently.
Tonight will be mostly dry up with some clear spells. Thank you for
this absolutely beautiful photo taken yesterday morning. This cold
front moved its way south-east through the morning and into the
afternoon, behind it we have seen some lovely sunshine. Just the odd
isolated showers. As we go through this evening, there is a chance of
one or two showers. On the whole, a dry night. For the rest of us, a
dry night, they could be some rain over the Peak District. It might
get cold enough in rural spot for a touch of frost. Plenty of sunshine
around in the morning, it is just as we going to be after that we
will start to see the cloud increasing a bit. But there will
still be plenty of sunshine. It will still feel fairly breezy, so
you might need to hold onto your hat! Looking further ahead, high
pressure is firmly with us on Friday, and will be by this
throughout the weekend. There's a lot of cloud associated with the
high pressure, but on the whole, Friday is looking like a dry day,
still fairly breezy. The outlook for Saturday, we are staying with
the cloud, but still high pressure, as a way dry day. Both the
temperatures are getting higher, so it will feel fairly mild. Still
quite cloudy on Sunday, but there Thank you, Anna!
Would have full coverage of the Queen and Duchess of Cambridge in
Leicester tomorrow. You can follow the whole day on BBC