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Dominic Heale and me, Kylie Pentelow.
Tonight, panic at 35,000 feet. A Ryanair pilot takes emergency
action after a sudden loss of cabin pressure. "Mayday, Ryanair! Mayday,
Mayday!", and he was saying it rapidly as we were going down. I
thought my number was up. Also tonight, retail park by day,
race track by night. Now the police get tough.
And the pressure's on for some, as the hosepipe ban kicks in.
And what will the Time Team dig up Good evening. First tonight, a
couple say they're grateful to be alive after their Ryanair flight to
the East Midlands suddenly lost cabin pressure over the Alps and
headed downwards. Jacqueline and Melvin Frater were on their way
home from a surprise break in northern Italy. Their plane made an
emergency landing in Germany. The German authorities say 13 people
were injured in the incident, three of them seriously. The Fraters say
they're concerned because this is the second incident of this kind on
a Ryanair flight in two months, as James Roberson reports. A safely
home at Bakers Field in Nottingham, Jacqueline and Melvin Frater
reviewed the holiday that should have been a treat.
Jackie had surprised Melvin with a short break in northern Italy, but
their flight home tending to fear. You could see the whites of the
eyes of the people next to you. People weren't panicking but they
were not screaming or shouting. minutes into the journey the plane
had reached 5,000 feet. Just north of Nagano, is suddenly lost cabin
pressure. Boxed remarks -- oxygen masks were released. The plane
rapidly descended, at four miles every few merits. The crew turned
north and headed for Frankfurt airport in Germany. We overheard
the captain saying, Mayday, Mayday! And he was saying it rapidly as we
were going down. I thought my number.. I don't know how long we
were actually falling. You could tell it was rapidly because of the
pressure in your ears. Then the children and babies started crying.
It did level out. After several hours, Ryanair flu the passengers
home to East Midlands on another plane. -- Ryanair flew. 13
passengers were injured in the incident, three seriously. An
investigation has started. The Fraters has stop -- are concerned
because another aeroplane suffered a similar decompression in February.
Apparently, it had happened to other planes of that make but I
would like to know exactly what caused it. In a statement tonight,
Ryanair said that the captain identified a pressurise social
morning and deployed oxygen masks and went down as recommended.
Passengers disembarked as normally to be provided with refreshments.
The company also apologised to pressures affected by this
experience and by the delay. Next tonight, it's here. After
months of drought warnings, a hosepipe ban officially began in
parts of our region today. Anglian Water is asking people to conserve
as much water as they can. But what about the millions of litres they
lose through leakage? Simon Ward is at Rutland Water. What's the
situation like there this evening, Simon? Anglian Water say it has
been the driest 18 months for a century and that is despite the
rain we have had in the past couple of days. It has not been enough to
prevent the hosepipe ban coming into force. Normally here, we would
be knee-deep in water. You can probably see the fishermen behind
me. Earlier today, I was out with a leak prevention team to find out
how they carry out their work. Listening for leaks. Here in this
village, 80 my using traditional and modern techniques. This metal
rod is used to listen for water seeping out of underground pipes.
At electronic devices are also used to pinpoint leaks. This calculates
the time it takes for the League sound to which either sensor and
convert that into a distance. -- to reach. Last month, the detection
target was Mr, meaning of the loss of 2 million litres each day.
have doubled our investment and another 60 people are out on the
ground looking for leaks and finding them. But we need a lot
customers to help us, so if they spot a leak, we will be out to be
sorted out. We frequently go to Rutland Water for sailing. For many
people, it is really good. So we are not surprised it has come a
long and we are quite ready. don't think it is right. A lot of
water is wasted. We don't have baths, we have showers. And I think
if people consider how they are using their water, it would make a
great deal of difference. James Williams is a keen gardener. He
uses rainwater to top up the pond and more to his plants. I think the
key issue is adapting how you use water. Being more specific with
using it in a spot bases rather than spring it everywhere.
Hosepipes are useful. Let's not beat around the bush! But they are
not necessary. While efforts are being made to save water, the
length of the hosepipe ban will be down to nature in the end.
Rutland Water is a source of water for Anglian customers, in Stamford
and the surrounding areas, and Anglian Water said to us today the
ban is expected to last through the summer, possibly for the rest of
the year. That is the bad news. It would take about two months of
persistent rain to have sorted out. Other customers served by Severn
Trent Water will be happy to know that Severn Trent Water have said
they have no plans to bring in a ban this summer.
You're watching East Midlands Today. Still to come, the big Easter
getaway begins but the airport says passengers won't be held up by
border checks. Getting tough on so-called drifters
- gangs of youths who race cars at night. It's happening in the
Colwick area of Nottingham and police say it's putting lives at
risk. Today a sign has gone up warning the drivers that if they
carry on, they could be speeding their way to a prison sentence, as
Jo Healey reports. It is incredibly noisy...
residents, for us at the back, it is a horrific problems. For them,
it is a thrill. But many fear it could kill. And they say it is a
nuisance. It disturbs us a great deal and the sleep of the children.
Every night, it is relentless. is what this is about. There is now
a court injunction in place and penalties for so-called drifters
will be much tougher. It means we can take positive action against
the real anti-social behaviour taking place. The ultimate outcome
being, if you have reached the injunction, you can go to prison.
And that threat is what this warning letter is all about. From
this weekend, it will be handed out to the so-called drifters. If they
speed and raise their cars, if they create excessive noise, they could
be guilty of contempt of court. Dash Olympic Park Run -- race. They
often come out on a Sunday night. We have put in CCTV cameras so we
are doing everything possible to try to disperse this. They are
concerned it will simply shift the Drifters to another area, so now
they are calling for a county-wide injunction.
Police have released an image of a man they want to trace in
connection with an armed robbery. It happened at a shop on
Loughborough Road in Leicester yesterday evening. A man threatened
a member of staff with a firearm and demanded money. He left empty-
handed. The man was wearing grey overalls with a hood and sunglasses.
A man's been charged following an attempted armed robbery at a post
office in Leicestershire. The postmaster was approached in
Nottingham in February before being driven to his post office in
Barrow-upon-Soar. A 30-year-old man has been charged with kidnap,
carrying a firearm in public and attempted robbery.
Protestors camped on Old Market Square in Nottingham won't be
evicted for at least another three weeks. A judge has ruled there
should be a trial so that human rights issues can be considered.
Occupy Nottingham started their protest almost six months ago. The
City Council says it owns the land and that the camp is an
unacceptable nuisance, as Quentin Rayner reports.
Who's square? ALL: Our square! Who's square? ALL: Our square! A
county court judge has agreed to hold a trial, postponing the
eviction for several makes. -- several weeks. The camp has been
here longer than any other in the city. The protesters claim ancient
rights dating back to Edward the First entitle them to protest on a
land. Today the judge ruled that a trial was needed to look at the
balance of human rights issues. Human rights is a fundamental --
fundamental issue. In fact, it is a key point. The right to assembly
and a protest. We need to look at this for Occupy Nottingham and the
movement as a whole and these rights need to be upheld. At the
heart of the matter is that he public highway cannot be used as a
campsite in definitely, say the city council. They also say there
is a pressing need to remove the camp because of the nuisance from
odour and urination issues, which have increased. The council says it
has given the protesters countless opportunity to leave and they could
still go and avoid the need for a trial.
Managers at East Midlands Airport say they're confident there won't
be any delays at passport control this Easter, as thousands of people
jet off for their holidays. Concerns had been expressed by a
number of airlines. They fear UK airports won't have enough Border
Agency staff to carry out full security checks, as Tom Brown
reports. Luggage, check. Sunhats, check. And
don't forget the company toy. It is that time of year regain when
thousands flocked to the airport, stopping East Midlands rain and
snow for some continental sun. are going to Barcelona. Malabar.
The two Sharm El-Sheikh. Because it is nice weather. Better than here!
Egypt. We are going for a break and to celebrate my husband's 40th
birthday. We're going to Egypt. It would be really nice if I could
lead England for a bit and come back in two weeks. Is that OK?
it could be a bumper Easter for the airport. The number of flying is
expected to rise by more than 1,000. It is the 4th consecutive Easter
the airport has seen a rise in passengers. But more flying means
more strain on border controls and there were fears that a lack of
staff could lead to major delays. But here at East Midlands Airport,
they say there will be no hold-ups for passengers. We checked
yesterday and at the beginning of the week and they are absolutely
certain there will be no problems for people coming back over the
Easter holidays. But the message to passengers is also not to get
complacent. Arrive two hours before and you won't be left hanging
around. Two Church of England bishops have
been offering a free shoe-shining service. Today it's Maundy Thursday,
when the Church remembers how Jesus washed the feet of his disciples.
The Bishop of Sherwood and the Bishop of Southwell & Nottingham
joined local clergy to shine shoes in Mansfield. This is my new friend,
Alan, and what we are doing, we are cleaning his shoes for him! The
reason is, it is what we call Maundy Thursday and we are
remembering when Jesus washed feet. We prefer to clean shoes! This is
the second deal we have done it. Last year, Nottingham, this year
Mansfield. Next year, who knows? Next, to a pile of old stones not
far from the former mining town of Clipstone in Nottinghamshire. The
ruin barely merits a mention in the history books but its true place in
history is about to be revealed. It's an old hunting lodge and is
about to star in its own TV show. John Holmes has been to take a look.
King John's Palace in a Clipstone. We are told and the Middle Ages it
was a hunting lodge fit for a king. What do we know about it? Henry the
second had it built when Richard -- Richard the lion heart would not
have a meeting. This is the place he chose. Edward the First help
Parliament he and Robin Hood popped up a few times. But that is all we
understand. There may be more to learn... We have done loads of
archaeology on that side of this wall and none on this... Today, the
land is owned by two farmers. For Mickey, the arrival of a television
crew is not a day too soon. Time Team's visit was a real life-
saver. What did you feel when the biggest turned up? Oh, excited! And
severely! It was a dream come true! With the archaeology close to the
win so badly trashed, the net is spread wider. Two more trenches are
added, based on the physics results. The first pegs and a strong radar
feature on the southern edge of the site. The second transcends what
could be a boundary ditch to the West. Maybe, just maybe, the
archaeology will be better preserved at the site edges. Do you
know what they found? everything. I am sure I was not
allowed to see everything they found. And you are very keen to get
what it -- visitors here? This is Nottingham's history and should be
shared by everybody. And we have the most iconic forest anywhere in
the world. Everybody knows Sherwood Forest. And if this adds to its
glory, then that is all the better. A English Heritage and Notts County
Council has spent over �100,000 making the ruin save for us to
visit. Meanwhile, if like me, your appetite has been whetted, on
Sunday, you will be eager to see what the 20 has unearthed.
Her intriguing! We are very keen. - - what What's On has unearthed.
Have -- what Time Team has unearthed.
This is East Midlands Today. Coming up later... I'll be learning how to
survive in the forest with just the basics.
First tonight, devastating news for Derby County's skipper, Shaun
Barker. The club has confirmed he'll be out for the whole of next
season. Barker suffered a serious knee injury during the game with
Nottingham Forest and underwent surgery last week. It revealed the
damage is worse than originally feared and will mean the Rams
skipper will play no part in the next season. The club has promised
their full support for his rehabilitation and we wish him well.
Onto Forest, and a massive game for them this weekend. Victory against
Bristol City would lift them well clear of the drop zone. Anything
else could see them dragged back into a relegation battle. So little
wonder it's being billed as the biggest game of their season so far.
He first arrived here as a fresh- faced teenager, turning down
Arsenal and Manchester United to join the reds. He said he felt
wanted then, so when the call came for Steve McClaren, he returned to
where his career first began. quite emotional. I don't want to
sound like I am going to cry, but I learned so much. I learned the
basics of the game and I had a great education here coming up
through the academy. It felt really right. The right situation and
scenario for me to come back. I was more than happy to sign. High hopes
faded when the clarinet and a new manager took over. Big ambitions
instead turn to a battle against relegation. Forest in front again
at the City Ground! It is not ability. That is not the issue. It
has got to be me. When things aren't going too well, when you are
1-0 down and a crowd of getting on your back... What do you do? Do you
shrink and disappear out of the game or do you stick your chest out
and go, I am going to keep doing the same thing. But the fortunes of
Forest have changed in the last few weeks. They have been lifted six
points clear of the drop zone. Next up, Bristol City. For me, this is
the biggest game of the season and we can't afford to be complacent.
We need better results than we have had all season because this game
could be the difference between, you know, enjoying the run-in and
may be playing some good football and picking up some good results,
or also looking over our shoulder the whole time. So a massive,
massive game for us. At Leicester City, manager Nigel
Pearson has played down suggestions there's been a fallout with star
striker Jermaine Beckford. He said he would be included in the squad
for their game against Doncaster. have got no control over what gets
into the national media. And how I worked... I think things are dealt
with in-house for pretty obvious reasons and it is as simple as that.
Notts County play Leyton Orient tomorrow, still with a chance of
making the play-offs. And manager Keith Curle says his team should
play their remaining games without fear. Do we think we can win? Yes,
could do. If I am proved wrong, I know we will have had a go.
Despite the chilly temperatures, it is the start of the cricket season
today. The Woolies were out at Trent Bridge as Notts began their
campaign against Worcestershire. The game won't have cheered them up
much, Notts all out for 118, Worcestershire currently 127-9 in
reply. At Grace Road, Leicestershire
managed 249 in their first innings in their game against Glamorgan.
And Derbyshire off to a good start against Northants, 286 for their
first innings. The visitors 28-3 at close of play.
Onto ice-hockey now, and it's play- off finals weekend in Nottingham
and Panthers are in the mix once again. After securing their first
piece of silverware, the Challenge Cup, last month, the question is,
can they do it again? Here's Paul. Lifting the trophy and lifting the
roof at the National Ice Centre last season. And now Panthers'
captain is hoping to do it or loathe regain this weekend. It is
just a wonderful feeling for any player, no matter whether it is
your first year or your last. You play ice hockey to win
championships and to do it with these guys is great. This is by far
the most professional team I have been a part of. They booked their
place in the semi-final with a dramatic win and a player coach,
Corey Neilsen, says his players have earned their place on the big
stage. When we do what we do, we can score goals, and that is the
message to the players. 30 times this season, we have won by three
or more goals. So I told them, it is possible. This is the most
successful tenure in Panthers' history. It would be nice to win
the League. We have not won it for years and for many of us, it is the
only championship we have not won. To finish a championship is always
a great way to take this season and go into the summer. They will feel
confident going into their game on Saturday having won at all meeting
against the sting rays. The winners will play in the final on Sunday.
So a busy weekend of Easter sport. Thank you.
Next tonight, is your ideal weekend under the stars, just you and
nature? If it is, you're not alone. It seems many people are learning
how to survive with just the basics. In fact, bushcraft is now so
popular, they're running courses on it in Nottinghamshire. So for this
month's What's On guide, I went along to Sherwood Pines Forest Park
So, Mike bushcraft challenge begins with good work. I have already
split you're locked but what we're going to do is cut a slice off
using this. Wow! It is perfectly safe. It is a keeping tool rather
than a splitting tool. Give it a good whack! Yeah! Yeah! Perfect!
There are courses like this through the year learning shelter-building
and fire-lighting. If you want to put your hand on there, please, and
your right hand on the Boa... No weight on the bearing block.
Just get the feel of it. Keep it going. Another 300! At Bosworth
Battlefield, there is a day devoted to the countryside, with owl
encounters and ferret racing. And why not let Sherwood Forest legend
of Robin Hood take you on a tour of Nottingham? He will explain how he
became a legend. OK, let's have a go at that... Just roll it round
above your head and below. It is not as easy as it looks. It has
gone, I'm afraid. So when the bow and drill doesn't work, time to
bring in the flint and steel. On there... It is Easter weekend, so
there are plenty of egg hunts. A chance to solve Easter clues and
spot a few new arrivals on the wave. Explore your creative side as there
is free Easter fun at The Nottingham Contemporary. Or head to
the Festival of road, rail and steam at the Central Railway in
that -- in Loughborough. Just Kraft it like that... Just like that!
Kraft. This is what I have made for you, Dominic! I have hidden it for
you all there! I have been waiting all week for this! It is a spatula
for Dr King! It is truly unique! I shall treasure that. -- for cooking.
I don't believe him! Now for the Things really brightened up nicely
during the day today but I don't think there will be an awful lot of
brightness as we go through this Easter bank holiday weekend. For
much of the time, it will be quite cloudy, and that will be thick
enough to bring us some rain at times. So not too many pictures as
lovely as this one. That cloud, which has been breaking up through
the day, will continue to break up through this evening and things
will turn willy chilly with his blue shading, showing a widespread
frost, with temperatures in towns and cities down to freezing. The
clear conditions tonight are because of his nose of high
pressure which has been dominating. It starts to slip away to the West
and weather fronts come in from the North instead. That introduces more
cloud and even a few light showers, particularly into the Peak District
and down into parts of Lincolnshire and Leicestershire. Temperatures
are at 11 degrees which will not feel too bad if you get into some
sunshine. On Saturday, some light and patchy rain, probably drying up
a bit in the afternoon. The odd brighter spell at 10, 11 degrees.
It is a game of spot the difference with the odd dribble of rain and
cloud from time to time. But then, as we had to the end of the weekend,
another change. These weather fronts pylon from the Atlantic and
will gang up on top of us, bringing quite happy rain at times. --
piling in. It will Turnberry unsettled by Easter Monday.