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This is East Midlands Today with Dominic Heale and me, Anne Davies.
Our top story tonight, the bars and pubs facing a law and order levy.
Some bars could be charged thousands to help cover the cost of
late night policing. In it is a step in the right direction and a
reasonable thing for us to ask. And the giant distribution depot
which is likely to change the face of online shopping. And Toyota
unveils its new car at the Paris Motor Show, a model bringing 1500
jobs to the region. And happy first birthday James, but
the day of his birth a year ago was a shock because Jane did not even
Welcome to Thursday's programme. First tonight, bars and clubs will
soon be charged for late-night policing. A new "levy" of up to
�4,500 has been agreed by local politicians in Nottingham.
It's coming in because there's been so much violence around bars that
stay open late in the city centre. As a result more than 20 extra
police officers have had to be deployed. But publicans say the
extra charges could put some out of business. Our Social Affairs
Correspondent, Jeremy Ball, can tell us more.
It is all quiet now, but come here late at night, at the weekend, it's
buzzing. But soon bars and clubs that don't close by midnight are
going to face a policing bill. And as you can imagine, they're not
happy about it. Nottingham has a thriving pub and
club scene making the city centre a magnet for miles around. But it can
bring problems. Almost one-third of violent crime takes place around
the city centre with a sharp rise at weekends and in the early hours.
So now the Police Authority has agreed that the council can
introduce a late night levy. should council tax payers be paying
for the additional policing costs generated by a licensed premises
staying open the a midnight? levy will help pay for 24 police
officers focusing on the night time the economy. But is the charge
their? Most people have had enough. If you're going to give out cheap
drinks then someone has to pick up for that.
For the busy places that is all right but the ones were not so busy
could struggle. It will be more difficult for us to
pay on a student budget. We pay for the policing in our taxes so that
buyers should not be charged for DUP the late-night venues could be
charged between �200 and almost �4,500 per year from next summer.
Well councillors of course reckoned this new charge is the way to do it.
But publicans do not see it that way. What impact do is think this
will have? It will have a detrimental effect. A lot of
farmers are already closing in Nottingham. And that affects
everybody. A lot of people would say, why should you not pay? The
Bar's other places making the profits. Why should council
taxpayers pay? Will we bring millions of pounds to the city
centre and we already give the council over �400,000 in business
development funds. And we heard comments St it is a drop in the
ocean and the fee would be around the equivalent of one night's
takings. That is not true. To make �1,000 you have to take between
5007 �1,000 and a lot of bars do not even make that in a week.
The new levy is still needs to be rubber-stamped by the licensing
committee of the council. They will decide who is going to pay what and
how that will work exactly. But the council reckons it could raise
several hundred �1,000 per year here in Nottingham.
Still to come tonight: What doctors here think of the biggest shake-up
of the NHS in its 60 year history. And find out why a Bollywood acting
dynasty have chosen at Leicester as the location for their latest movie.
The hunt is underway to find 1,000 people to work at the country's
biggest distribution centre. The Marks and Spencer depot has been
built at Castle Donington and will open next spring. The firm has
adopted a new approach in its search for staff. It's particularly
keen to recruit people who've had problems getting work in the past,
as James Roberson explains. It may looked like just another
warehouse from a distance but closer in and then inside the
massive scale of the new depot begins to hit you. Over 80 ft high,
it is divided into three enormous areas. In this one there are
already practising of selecting items automatically. The second
warehouse will eventually have my 200 Packers and the third is there
for expansion. The building is designed to hold around 20 million
items. This vast space will hold millions more in future. We will
hold 150,000 different types of product here. At Christmas we
reckon we can ship 1 million in any one day. We can keep -- can fit
billions of packets of sweets in here any one time! The depot there
also has its own two mile-long railway link and is close to
freight hubs at East Midlands airport. But the company staffing
plans are equally radical. It will include amongst the 900 staff still
needed, a high percentage of people with disabilities or other barriers
that have stopped them previously finding work. A we have an employer
making a really public commitment about their desire to employ
disabled people as part of their diverse workforce and their
willingness to make some changes to make sure disabled people get the
same chances and choices as everyone else. The scheme has
enabled Adrian to get back into work after an 18 year gap. It is
absolutely brilliant. I would not have believed it back in January.
The high-tech equipment and all the systems are currently being worked
on. Staffing will increase and the depot will fill with goods. Full
operation is on the horizon next spring.
That is extraordinary. You can fit 12 jumbo jets in there. I do not
think they sell those! More coverage of that story
including an online photo gallery can be found on our BBC Leicester
website. And there's some more positive news
on jobs tonight. The Japanese car manufacturer Toyota has unveiled a
new model, one which is bringing 1,500 jobs to its Derbyshire
factory. The revamped Auris was shown for the first time today at
the world's biggest motor show in Paris. From the French Capital,
Mike O'Sullivan reports. The razzmatazz and fanfare of the
Paris Motor Show. The new Toyota Auris. Towed it
unveils its revamped Auris. This is the biggest motor show in the world.
Motoring journalists and rivals taking a close look. This is the
new Auris that will be built in Burnaston. It is described as more
sporty with an upmarket interior. And it is said to be a must succeed
carp in a very competitive market. It is must succeed from a sales
point of view. We have to sell significant numbers of cars in the
biggest sector of the European car market. We will make at least
100,000 per year at Burnaston. Toyota is creating 1500 jobs over
two years at Burnaston because of the new model. Some will be hybrid
cars using battery power and conventional fuel. There will be an
estate version being built next year. The business minister came to
Paris braising Toyota's contribution to manufacturing.
have always make things in Britain but it has taken global investors
like Toyota it to remind us of that. They want to be in the east and
then -- in the East Midlands because of the skills that are
there. They have done a huge amount to revive our manufacturing story.
85% of production at Burnaston goes to Europe. So with the Continent in
economic crisis, what are the prospects for the new car? Toyota
or has always had a strong brand. And with this new Auris, it will be
back. Toyota is hoping the launch here in Paris will lead to the car
being a triumph both for the company and the workforce in
Burnaston. Two members of staff at The
Salvation Army in Nottingham have been suspended over allegations
they ignored a rape victim's cries for help. 28-year-old Mawawe Karam
from Carrington raped the teenager near Sneinton Market in March.
He was jailed for ten years. A passer-by told the city's Crown
Court he took the victim to the Salvation Army, but was told they
only helped males. Police are searching a
Nottinghamshire village for a missing 86-year-old woman.
Hilda Pearce was last seen at her house in East Bridgford on Tuesday.
She has dementia. She went out without her medication or her purse.
The police and her family say they're growing increasingly
concerned for her safety. For the third time in 18 months,
Derby City Council is looking for staff to volunteer for redundancy.
The authority says it will have to find �25 million in savings next
year because of government cuts. Two previous moves to reduce the
workforce led to a total of 760 full and part time staff offering
to take redundancy. Next tonight, it's the biggest
shake up of the NHS since it was created more than 60 years ago and
it's gathering pace in the East Midlands. The nine primary care
trusts which control most of the health service budgets here are
being scrapped. From April they're being replaced by twice the number
of GP-led consortia. Our Health Correspondent Rob Sissons reports
from Nottingham, where doctors are already increasingly involved in
making the big decisions. Dr Kalim is a GP in Nottingham. He
has seen countless reorganisations of the NHS but this time he is
getting very involved. People are worried about the Health and Social
Care Bill and the changes coming in. But doctors like myself thought it
was a mob poured and opportunity. It is an opportunity that takes him
to the centre of decision making. There have been plenty of changes
in more than 200 years of this hospital, but this is radical.
The doctors are helping shape services for a third of a million
patients. Control of the purse strings is in TransTec from my old
Primary Care Trust to this, a clinical commissioning group where
doctors have a big say. It is massively different. We have had
the Primary Care Trust with fantastic managers who did a great
job. But they have had difficulty engaging with the specialised
medical workforce. In this brave new world the GPs already claimed
to have innovated. They have cut waiting times for patients to see
podiatrist says. They have set up a crisis response team to help keep
elderly patients out of hospital. And for MRI scans, they can now
book patients in directly without going through a consultant. The
budget is not endless from streets that GPs will not run out of advice.
Waiting lists could be improved. The GPs seem to be over burdened.
It has worked successfully for years. Whatever the doubts there is
one certainty. The clinical commissioning group in Nottingham
has its work cut out. Rob's here now. The reforms have
been controversial, not all doctors are on board?
The British Medical Association told us to date most doctors are
apathetic about these changes. They started off thinking it was not a
bad idea but it has become clear that finances are getting tight and
some are now in doubt about it. Some are said to be enthusiastic
and some dead set against it. There not a bad idea at group field
their railroaded into something that now looks like something less
attractive than they were told at the beginning. They do not have the
freedom to do what they won. Patients will be told they have
more choice when they have less. The amount of money is being cut so
the range of options for patience is not going to be there. It seems
we have been talking about this for a long time. What is the timescale?
When the transition phase, when it ends it should be in place by April
next year. It goes to show that if you tamper with the NHS, it is at
your peril. But they have been proud of what they have achieved in
Nottingham. The GPS there are taking more of a bigger role in
decisions. Still to come, look at you now. A
bundle of fun born on a shopping trip in Belper. His mother did not
even know she was pregnant, now the baby is one year old.
He's considered one of Indian cinema's greatest heroes, so the
presence of the Bollywood actor Dharmendra in Leicester has been
causing quite a stir. He's shooting his latest film alongside his two
sons and hundreds of locals who've been recruited as extras.
Geeta Pendse went to have an exclusive look behind-the-scenes.
When it comes to Bollywood roles, Dharmendra it is high on the list.
As star of the silver screen for five decades, his sons have
followed in his footsteps. They have chosen the University of
Leicester as a location for a movie. And their presence has excited the
fans here. People around here are very cordial
and warm. We are enjoying it. exciting because they do not get to
see us. They ask, what are you doing in Leicester?! One of the
fans is a university worker who was named after the actor. Watching
them grown-up and bent sing them standing right next to you is
unbelievable. It is not unusual for a Bollywood movie to film in a
foreign location but it seems East Midlands universities are proving
popular. This is the third time a Bollywood movie has been filmed at
the University of Leicester. And last year a Alastair's were spotted
at the University of Nottingham. The family also have a strong
connection to the East Midlands. daughter in law, she lives in
Rutland. This weekend 700 local people will be extras in a wedding
sequence. No doubt their presence in Leicester will secured an army
of future fans. He thinks Rutland is a fairy land!
Time for the sports news now. We are starting tonight with an
event at Loughborough that's the first real attempt to get to grips
with eating disorders in the world of sport and especially athletics.
It's a problem that's often been ignored or hidden away. But it
exploded into the open when one of our leading triathletes retired
just before the London Olympics and blamed her problems partly on her
sport Nottingham Forest have confirmed the signing of former
midfielder Jermain Jenas on a one The real shock from the public came
when it athlete colleague said she had suffered real problems with
food because of a careless remark from a coach when she was just 16.
It is not just lack of knowledge but the subject is somewhat to
build. People do not want to approach it. People do not want to
talk to athletes about what is going on. Holly may be the one to
speak out but she is far from alone. Female athletes are around twice as
likely to develop an eating disorder compared to none athletes
of a similar age. And for the males that figure is 16 times more likely
than an on athlete. Perhaps hardly surprising that sport these days
obsessively measures every promoter and closely guides every athlete.
The conference today at Loughborough was trying to educate
and guide coaches. In sport we have a lot of the same risk factors in
the general population but there magnified. Athletes by definition
are driven and they are perfectionists. Onstage with Holly,
a bit of stardust. Dame Kelly Holmes. It is great to speak to
someone who is willing to open up to others and will pass on the
message and hopefully help others. Achieving what Kelly Holmes did
takes this Divis attention to detail. Spotting when that tips
into an unhealthy obsession is a new Challenge for everyone.
On to foot fault and at Leicester City to a big money signings seem
to be out of favour. The manager confirm today there are not
training with the first team but insisted it was just normal squad
management. We have got good competition for
places. I have made the decision that other people are ahead of them
at the moment. If players are not friendly in the team bar on the
bench than they have to work that bit harder.
Nottingham Forest have confirmed the signing of Jermaine Jenas on a
one-month loan from Tottenham Hotspur. Jenas began his career as
a teenager with the Reds before leaving them for Newcastle for �5
million ten years ago. He has found himself on the periphery at White
Hart Lane and so decided to returns to Forest.
Now for Notts County it has been a very good start to the season.
Results and performances they've put in have been pleasing to watch.
For the manager it's all about a long- term plan that's finally
coming to fruition. Angela has been to hear more about the philosophy
in Keith Curle's world. The Magpies are after a flying
start this season, sitting pretty near the top of the table. An
unbeaten away record so plenty of cause for optimism. For the man in
hot seat there is a sense of satisfaction that his plans a
coming together. We tried to introduce a different philosophy
about how we wanted to play and the players have bought into it. The
supporters are starting to enjoy the football that is being served
up. Years spent alongside Neil Warnock have taught him a thing or
two. Mostly, a manager cannot do anything. I do not approach even
though I am a qualified coach. I have got footballing ideas. I can
now manage howl and want to manage the start 11 new signings in the
summer have confirmed that this is truly his team. I have been able to
choose the players to fit into my philosophy. Early days yet, but
room for optimism. The approach we have at this club, the players are
buying into it and enjoying it and that is spreading into the crowd.
They are seeing exciting players. Just an update on the England game,
the first of the Super 8. They needed 180 to beat the West Indies.
England made a horrendous start in batting. England were beaten in the
end just a few minutes ago by 15 runs. Two more games to put it
right. Next tonight, baby James has just
celebrated his first birthday. But his arrival a year ago came as a
bit of a shock to his mum. That's because, not only was she forced to
give birth suddenly on a bench in a busy street in Belper, but she had
no idea she was even pregnant! Jo Healey reports.
He has brought joy and happiness was the up happy birthday to James
but the day of his birth a year ago brought shock and grief and trauma
instead of joy. Jane had no idea she was pregnant. So how is she
clothing, one year on? I'm just getting used to the idea.
Also getting used to him are his brother and sister in their
twenties. I'd love him to bits. I would not turn the clock back now,
he is amazing. A few days ago the family brought James back here to
Belper to the place he was born. One year ago his mother had been
shopping and complained of stomach pains. She went over to the chemist
to get some painkillers, she came out to sit on the bench and gave
birth to James! It does not seem five minutes since he was born. It
has gone so quickly. We would not change him for the world. At 45
Jane thought you were simply going through the menopause. Being
pregnant had not occurred to her, but not any more.
He is the last! No more surprises! But he is a lovely surprise.
Even more valuable for being so unexpected. It will not come as any
surprise, we have been talking about babies and prams all week.
about babies and prams all week. No surprises here, halfway through.
The weather has been kinder to us today. Just a few scattered showers
moving in on that breeze. This morning to you may have noticed
that we had a misty start. And if you have been out and about
with your camera come up we would like to see your pictures. Tonight
we will see a gradual increase in cloud because of his cold front. It
will push south east through the morning bring a little rainfall.
But on a Hull it will be a good afternoon on Friday. -- on a whole.
Sunny spells around at the moment, any showers will die out to give us
a dry night. Then that cloud starting to increase from the
north-west. We are looking at a mild at night than at last night. -
- milder. Just be aware of an area of low pressure for Stobart on
Friday afternoon we have some long spells of sunshine. But we have a
blustery wind as we go into the afternoon. After the settled
conditions we expect on Friday, it remains fine into Saturday. Some
long spells a sunshine. However it is all change because this area of
rainfall is set to move in on Saturday night and will be with us
on Sunday. We also expect the wind to strengthen. What the weather
front will still, it almost stalls over the East Midlands into Monday
giving us a damp and blustery start to Monday. But Friday afternoon and
to Monday. But Friday afternoon and Saturday are looking very pleasant.