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This is East Midlands Today with Anne Davies and Quentin Rayner.
Tonight, stealing from right underneath you. Metal thieves are
now ripping out catalytic converters costing motorists
thousands. They come in and they're mortified when they see what's been
hacked off. Also tonight, dangerous play, the
children at risk on a derelict site. Plus this holiday park is
celebrating 25 years of being in Sherwood Forest. I'll be finding
out how much benefit it brings to the region's economy.
And memories of the Titanic from Britain's oldest man. $CYAN My
I received it, but I was too young Good evening. First tonight, the
rise of a new wave of metal thefts that's costing motorists in the
East Midlands thousands of pounds. Police say there's been a huge
increase in the number of catalytic converters being stolen from
people's cars. They can fetch a couple of hundred pounds if sold as
scrap, but drivers face a much higher cost to get them replaced.
On the rise - the metal thieves have a new target. This garage in
Swadlincote in Derbyshire has already fitted eight new catalytic
converters in the last week. Today, this was their ninth. In this
section here, that was where the customer's catalytic converter was.
People at the moment are crawling under these hire vehicles, 4x4 and
Vans. They are then taking them to scrap dealers for money. Some
people think they have just got an exhaust pipe and they bring it in
and they are mortified when they have seen what cracked off. This is
what the thieves will walk away with. The catalytic converter
contains valuable metals but the prize signed one for scrap is
nothing compared to the cost of getting one replaced -- the price.
A one gentleman unfortunately had a nearly new range of pick-up from
Ford, the park was genuine and it was over �2,000 to buy the part
alone. For someone getting �100 for scrapping it in, the customer is
left with a massive bill. Police say there have been 36
reported thefts in the area in the last two weeks. A rise that's
sparked concern amongst local residents and businesses. We are a
24 hour operation so there is somebody inside but that does not
stop anybody coming in and tampering with the vans if you like.
It is a concern. I am retired, I can't afford that sort of money.
The biggest concern that we have had his that we appreciate it is
costing a lot of money for people to have these catalytic converters
replaced and we are determined to prevent the offences happening.
The police have put on extra patrols and are advising motorists
to keep their cars locked away where possible. All in the hope
they solve what's proving to be a very expensive problem for
Talks between managers and trade unions are underway to try and
prevent hundreds of job losses at the Castle Donington-based airline,
BMI. It's feared even the company's headquarters at Donington Hall
could be at risk, with plans to lose 400 staff there and a further
150 at East Midlands Airport. MPs and business leaders say they'll
fight to try to keep the company in Under cloudy skies, PMI staff
arrived at work today, the jobs literally up in the air. The new
owner British Airways wants to shed around 1,200 jobs nationwide,
almost half here at the company's headquarters and at nearby
maintenance buildings. Hopefully it won't have a knock-on effect to
local work. But that is the worry here in Castle Donington. While it
still has the airport nearby, there are fears that new jobs will be
hard to find. If I lost my job, the only place I can realistically look
for one is Donington. Not many are going. On a family worked up there
and they have got mortgages and they may have to move down south.
Probably the air crew jobs will be there. It is with companies coming
together, always surplus when that happens. It is thought the slots
are what made PMI so attractive. It was losing money but business
leaders feel the company could be swallowed by its bigger company and
shipped away. We all hoped that with the takeover of British
Airways, we might see some strengthening of our Midland
airline and what we are actually seeing is the opposite of that, the
resource training away from here down to London. Nor good news for
the area but the facility here is an amazing facility, the house and
offices are there and there are opportunities there if it is not
the headquarters of PMI. Rolls- Royce is among the companies being
approached to take on redundant workers. But it is clear that some
Imperial Tobacco, which employs 750 people in Nottingham, has sharply
criticised Government plans to force firms to sell cigarettes in
plain packaging. The company says the move would encourage
counterfeiting. But the Health Secretary, Andrew Lansley, believes
the Government has a responsibility to stop young people smoking.
Marketing experts say that tobacco firms will simply find others ways
of promoting their brands. I think if this does go ahead, the tobacco
industry will look for clever ways to try to reach people. Through e-
mail campaigns, viral marketing, product placement. There's a lot of
other options besides point of sale. Plenty on the way for you here on
East Midlands Today, including headline news from 100 years ago.
But is it the genuine Titanic article? I am in the shop where the
first winning ticket was bought and the amazing run of what we look for
the area, can it happen again tonight? A �43 million EuroMillions
People living near a derelict factory say they fear for the
safety of children seen playing in there over the past few weeks. The
old Donisthorpe and Co textile factory in Leicester was abandoned
10 years ago, and it's not clear who owns it. Drug addicts and the
homeless use the factory to shelter in but they're not the only ones.
Local people are worried it's also There's been a factory here since
the 18th century. A proud landmark of Leicester's industrial heritage
but now the site lies open to the elements and to abuse. The -- site
is easy to access. You are able to approach the site and it has become
a magnet. I cycled past and spotted people playing on the side. Came in
and warned them about it and the dangers about being on here. Gas
bottles located in all sorts of locations, asbestos piled up.
even a war memorial dedicated to factory workers killed in conflict
has had to be covered. It is bad that we cannot see it but again, it
is covered up to hope fully protected from what is happening
around us. There's nothing but weeds and bricks. It is appalling.
One of the buildings has become a refuge for a number of homeless
people being helped by a local charity. This is what we call a
squat, this is where the guys love because they have got no
accommodation so we come here and give them blanket. And give them
food which is most probably sandwiches and so on. Hot drinks
and try to make it a stable home for them. While it is unclear who
currently owns the property, Leicester City Council says any
planning applications that may have existed have now expired. It is
hoped that this Grade two listed building can be preserved for the
future and made safe for the The company which owns luxury flats
by the River Trent in Nottingham has called in administrators. The
award-winning complex was once home to Sven-Goran Eriksson, during his
brief tenure as manager of Notts County football club. The site
includes the first million-pound penthouse to be sold in Nottingham.
Riley Holdings has blamed its financial difficulties on the
prolonged downturn in the property market.
There's a new twist in the war of words over whether Nottingham
should have a directly elected mayor to run the city. The leader
of the Labour-run council Jon Collins says it would be stupid to
vote for the role. He was responding to criticism made on
this programme by Lord Heseltine that his leadership was remote and
unaccountable. Nottingham is one of ten cities holding a referendum
next month on whether or not it wants an all-powerful mayor. Here's
This is the politician who won't be taken for a ride. But is his
leadership facing his biggest challenge? What if the voters vote
"yet"? -- yes. They are allowed to, that is democracy.
Next month, the voters of Nottingham will decide on whether
to replace his style of leadership with a directly-elected mayor. Jon
Collins wants Nottingham to vote a resounding "no". The case for a no
boat is that this is an experiment and if you look around the country,
there are plenty of examples where it is a failing experiment as well.
He used to facing down his critics, right and left. He believes he'll
see off the referendum threat. not think we should just make a
stupid decision because a lot of people are making decisions that
don't work, we must make a decision best for Nottingham.
He's taken to Twitter to get that message across. The "Yes" campaign
is making its case through newspaper adverts and this week's
intervention of Lord Heseltine. great English cities want to
reverse the north-south divide and they need powerful, identifiable
and accountable leaders. People want to see politicians doing
things and delivering. I do not think that most people are
interested in the personality side of things.
Jon Collins enjoys cycling. This is from his charity ride to Paris. But
could the Government's support for city mayors puncture his ambitions
for Nottingham? The idea that somehow, it is a Labour city
council and a Conservative Government, but things are not
being agreed and approved is not borne out by the fact.
Jon Collins has led Nottingham for 10 years. He says the city's on the
up. That's why he's voting "no" to a city mayor.
Parents across Nottinghamshire have been finding out if their children
have secured places at their first choice primary school.
Nottinghamshire County Council say 90% of five-year-olds are going to
their first choice. Whilst the city council says 84% have got their
preferred place. Last year, schools in parts of Rushcliffe were
oversubscribed, but staff say they've worked to improve the
situation. What we are doing is building an additional building to
the Hayman school but we are also building another classroom to be
Jessie grey school and what we are doing is getting parents there
their best choices and we are confident the quality of education
will not be affected. One of the East Midlands' biggest
tourist attractions is celebrating its 25th anniversary. Center Parcs,
located in the heart of Sherwood Forest, was the first of its kind
in the UK. Figures show that it's still proving very popular with
visitors, but how much benefit does it bring to the region's economy?
This was the construction scene before opening in 1987. Don
Camilleri was here right from the start. We had to run down to
Nottingham and grab almost every bike they had.
Running out of bikes was one of very few teething problems. The
centre now draws in a wide range of people. Our catchment is around a
three away drive so we are bringing people in to spend money in the
East Midlands to do not necessarily live here. That is a huge boost to
the local tourism economy here. The most prominent feature is the
swimming pool dome. It's very warm inside, but you can swim into the
outside and back again. Most staff live locally so the economy
benefits with �11 million worth of pay. 400,000 visitors come here
each year and they have a continuous 96% occupancy.
In the heart of Sherwood Forest, it's a good place to have a go at
being Robin Hood. 13 of the staff have been here for
all the 25 years. One of those thinking back to the first days is
Claire. It was an example of just another employee, we still have the
factories and the mines but this was another concept. There are no
plans for expansion and up to 25 years it wants to keep things as
This weekend sees the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the
world's most famous ship, the Titanic. The event has brought to
light memorabilia and even memories, here in the East Midlands. One
woman believes she may have unearthed a newspaper published at
the time in 1912. But even more remarkably, Britain's oldest man,
from Derbyshire, actually remembers hearing the news of the sinking as
At their house in Ripley in Derbyshire, Susan Waldron and her
daughter Chelsey sit down to re- read a copy of the Daily Mirror
that may actually have been printed a few days after the Titanic sank
in 1912. Susan knows the paper was used for years as a drawer liner,
but thinks it could have been owned by her great grandmother.
The paper shows pictures of anxious relatives and the shocked public.
The crew including Captain Smith. There's even a retraction of an
earlier story that he shot himself as the ship foundered and a photo
of J Bruce Ismay, White Star's chairman who became notorious for
leaving the sinking ship. It is not mentally see the old photos and you
read some of the stories in the paper that it really brings it home
to you -- it is not until you see the photos.
Susan's paper is just one Titanic memento in Derbyshire. John Siggins
has spent years amassing an entire collection, mainly from Titanic's
sister ship, Olympic. Derby Museum is showing this piece of wood
recovered after Titanic's sinking that came from the ship's first
class dining room, for which Royal Crown Derby produced china.
Replicas like these will be taken by submersible to the wreck this
weekend. But perhaps the most unusual memories are those of Reg
Dean from Wirksworth - Britain's oldest man - who was nine when
Titanic sank. My father gave me the news and I received it but I was
too young to make very much of it. I can picture the ship as an
immense vessel with four funnels. Experts are unsure if Susan's paper
is genuine, or a modern replica. She says it doesn't matter which.
They said it was hard to authenticated but to us, really, we
have got a piece of history and we will keep it anyway.
The story continues to fascinate each generation. Clutching their
special glasses, Susan, Chelsey and two friends were off - yes, to see
No escaping it at all. Didn't he looked fantastic for 109? We are
actually experiencing the same kind of weather to 100 years ago. We now
know that because Anna told us. pressure was in charge just like
this week but I will have the It is surprising there is still
would be on. Hard to overstate the importance of that game.
A look ahead to all the weekend's sport from me. And there's a lot on
- but we'll start with Leicester City because for them it's been the
Back-to-back wins has pushed them right up into contention for the
play-offs. Just three points off the top six with just four games to
go. The big question is, can they Saturday is the big match. If we
win, we will be there. You never know what to expect. If we do make
the play-offs, we will go on. Typical Lester, leaving it right to
the end. Keeps you on the edge of your seat. It is life-changing for
a lot of people. We just want to Always tough to get back to back
results in this league. Our form has been up and down. You get the
momentum at the right time, it could work well for you. You must
We have got lots of players to have been in play-offs before. We are
still with an outside chance. If we can take to the end of the season,
we will have done pretty well. It's not just Leicester with
something to play for tomorrow. Three points would be very welcome
for Derby, Forest and Notts County too. Kirsty Edwards looks ahead to
The Rams get set to replace Middlesbrough and are not out of
the race yet but with four games left, it will be a big demand to
make the top six. We will keep going, we are playing well. It is a
shame the season finishes when it does. We are in it for a sharp but
we have got to play Cardiff and Middlesbrough so it will be a tough
test in Portsmouth away, we will keep going and see where it takes
Nottingham Forest have a tough game against promotion hopefuls,
Blackpool but surely the Reds are just about safe now. Seven points
clear of danger and looking up rather than down. I think Darren
Ferguson said before, we play Peterborough at Christmas, that if
they won, they could go 10 points ahead of us. Millwall, Barnsley, so
17th place is up for grabs. Why not aim for that?
Notts County at Brentford, one of their big rivals for the League One
play-off places so is it a make-or- break game for them then? People
keep asking us if our season is over. No, we are still up three
other games and that is where we must look at it. We are just
seeking to extend the opportunity. And all those games are on your BBC
Local Radio station, the place to get the best coverage of your club.
And your first look at the goals this weekend here on BBC One.
Away from football, it's a massive game for Leicester Tigers. The
derby at Northampton Saints is always special. But this time,
Tigers are battling for a top-two finish - and the home play-off
semi-final that would bring. Northampton? Well, they're just
Northampton is always a difficult place to go, a good team, a
difficult team to break down so I don't think it really matters, I
think we can take a bit of confidence from the El the final
but that is gone, a totally different game no -- the Liverpool
Victoria final. We need to win and they need to win. We have got a
tough run, Harlequins after that so it is a tough game.
Nottingham Rugby Club are in the Last Chance Saloon this weekend -
they need a bonus point win at Doncaster tomorrow to stand any
chance of staying in the play-off contest.
Nottingham Panthers have responded to their historic double-double
triumph by announcing that player- coach Corey Neilsen and goaltender
Craig Kowalski have both re-signed for the new season. Neilsen's deal
will see him gradually stop playing to concentrate on coaching.
A fantastic start for Nottingham canoeist David Florence in the
campaign for Olympic selection. It's a straight best-of-three this
weekend and today, Florence won the first races, both on his own and as
part of a pair. One more tomorrow or on Sunday in either discipline,
and he's off to London. Campbell Walsh, though, has work to do. He
was third in the K1 today. Cricket now, and Notts batsmen have
stepped things up against Durham. New boy Michael Lumb getting
himself a century as Notts built a substantial lead. The bowlers are
still well on top at Cardiff, though. Lots of wickets falling
again. I suspect they may be inspecting the Saphia Gardens
wicket. With an eye to a final or penalty for Glamorgan.
The jackpot of the Euro-Lottery has tipped over the 40 million mark
again. So knowing the recent success for people from the East
Midlands, is it time for lucky Nottingham to cash in again? On a
traditionally unlikely date in the diary, Mike O'Sullivan has been
meeting people willing to take a Yes, they have. Good evening, this
is where it started. The amazing run of lottery luck in Nottingham
and Nottinghamshire. In January, Gareth from Mansfield popped into
this shop in Broxtowe, bought a EuroMillions ticket from that
machine and won �41 million. Then a couple from Stapleford be won �45
million. Followed by a couple from Nottingham who won 4.5 million on
the National Lottery. I have been asking people round here if they
think time is right for another big win because �43 million up for
grabs in the EuroMillions rollover. I don't think it will happen again.
I don't think lightning can strike twice. I will try my luck though.
think we can all dream. Nothing wrong with having a dream.
million tonight, have you made a mistake by not buying a ticket?
going back to get one. Definitely, yeah. Whoever wins it, good luck to
them. Have you got a ticket? You will not be winning it then.
but somebody well. My winning numbers for tonight, that is. No
more work. Stephen, very quickly the manager. This is regarded as a
lucky shop? Yes, I feel like it because it is the sales going up,
more people coming in. We planned to sell the shop before but now we
have change our mind. Stephen is doing well, as if the place wasn't
lucky enough, two big unclaimed prizes, �307,000, a ticket bought
in Rushcliffe in November and �1 million on the EuroMillions bought
in Nottingham in March. If I were you, Quentin and Anna, I would
check your pockets. I will check down the bottom of the
sofa! It is not raining cash but Yes, process -- precipitation is
the term. We can expect a main theme over the weekend feeling
noticeably cooler. More on that in a moment. Yesterday evening, we had
a spectacular hailstorm and this was Hazlewood and thank-you to Kris
to -- Christopher for sending this in. Low pressure has been driving
in the showers over the past few days. Over the next 24 hours, we
will see Sunday setting up for a chilly feel because the northerly
airflow from the low pressure -- high pressure. Showers will die out
tonight giving us a dry night and in places, you will notice the
cloud braking to give some clear skies and temperatures falling down
to freezing, possibly lower in some rural spots where you will get a
touch of frost. A chilly start to Saturday and the best of the day's
weather will be in the morning but quite quickly we will see cloud
increasing with a scattering of light showers, might be some dry
interludes in between and the high temperature of nine Celsius. Sunday
with a brief ridge of high pressure meaning it is dry and settled with
the odd shower possible but generally staying dry and sunny.
Further into next week, this area of low pressure is a real deepening
area and it will turn wet and windy from Monday evening onwards and
looking at Tusa, more wet and windy conditions to come. Although
Saturday has got a few showers, we are looking at it improving on
We have to finish tonight on a sad note for us all here at East
Midlands Today. The funeral took place this morning of our colleague
Peter Snow who many of you will know for his work as a video
journalist. He was also an outstanding picture editor. Peter