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This is East Midlands Today, with Anne Davies, and me, Dominic Heale.


Our top story tonight: HS2 - the Government admits house


prices will fall. The day after the rule was


published, concerns grow over the impact of the. Shocked to think it


is going to cut Harland in half. Plus, why the police are changing


their attitudes to mental health. For five, six years ago we would


have had to take somebody we had detained two mis-sell blocker was


mentally ill. I do not think that is the right place. -- to a cell


block. And why high streets continue to


struggle but others go from strength to strength.


And me the latest edition here at Twycross Zoo of that is causing


Good evening and welcome to the programme. The Government has


admitted that property prices along the new high-speed rail link will


fall in the short term. The proposed new route between London


and Leeds was announced yesterday, and already estate agents in the


East Midlands are reporting that buyers are getting cold feet and


pulling out of sales. Our reporter Geoff Maskell is at Long Eaton in


Derbyshire, one of the communities directly affected by the HS2 route.


Good evening. Nobody wants to talk about a property deal that has gone


sour, at least not on camera. But I know about one sale that has gone


to pot so far. �10,000 not of the value of their home. But the


evidence from the Government is that after the confusion and


building phase, property prices could be in for a bit of a boost.


If welcome to the North London suburb of totem.


But at least it could be in 20 years' time. Derbyshire based


developers have an application to build more than 700 houses on these


fields. They stretch from the island over there down to the


siding at the bottom of the hill, and that will be home to the new


HS2 station. And with a 51 minute commute into London, those houses


will be effectively closer to the capital than any existing commuter


towns. We are going to get Londoners moving in, I think!


Pushing up your house prices? Possibly, yes. I think it is very


good and will bring some prosperity to the area. At Robert Ellis they


have been selling houses in Long Eaton for 25 years and HS2 could be


a big change. When it takes place it will have a very positive effect


but we did talk about the transport links we already have in the Long


Eaton area because we are close to the M1 motorway, the railway


station. So people do move into the area for these links and we know a


high-speed train into London will move things up again. But first,


the market faces its worst fear - uncertainty.


At the other branch, they are already dealing with the kind of


uncertainty that comes from the extension of the Nottingham tram


network, but here they say they are expecting an uplift in property in


those areas as well, which is a good bit of news for homeowners.


Last night I spoke to Margaret and her neighbours at drink cottages


and they were exhausted today by what they had been going through


and still have had no communication from the VAT company and were no


clearer about what any compensation package might mean from them. --


the HS2 company. So, communities, businesses and


individuals still trying to assess the impact of the high-speed rail


link. But what about the effect on our landscape? Today the National


Trust said it was opposed to the line's proposed route through its


historic Hardwick Hall estate, as Mike O'Sullivan reports.


It wasn't on East Midlands Airport's radar. So it was news to


them that a giant 2.5-kilometre tunnel would be built underneath


the airport to bring high-speed rail to the region. They're still


looking at the implications. I do not think we can expect the


Government to have told everybody whose land they were going to


tunnel under. I think they would probably say East Midlands Airport


should not be an exception to this. After tunnelling under the airport,


there is another huge construction job for HS2. It will pass under


junction 24 of the M1 motorway and then go under the flood plain of


the rivers or under a two mile viaduct to the power station. After


two miles of elevated travel, the line will touch ground again as it


cuts through Red Hill, near the Ratcliffe Power Station. Then it's


onto another viaduct for another mile to get across the River Trent


and its floodplain. Further North, the most spectacular bridge of all.


The landowner is stunned. Never heard anything about it before and


it was quite a surprise, probably a shock, to think it was going to go


and cut our land in half. Further North, HS2 will run through


National Trust land at Hardwick Hall, tucked alongside the M1,


which already bisects the estate. We will discuss things with them to


get the best possible solution, whatever that might be. We hope


people will look at the positive benefits. There could be a lot of


jobs and the railway supply industry, regardless of who builds


it, the actual trains. The public consultation period for the high-


speed rail proposals will end on 29th April.


Well, forget high-speed for a moment. Because later in the


programme, we'll celebrate a slower pace of life. A camera causes


excitement in the Derbyshire countryside. Well, it is the 1930s,


when for many, this was as fast as things got.


We have been giving with one hand and taking with the other. It is a


lot milder now but it is about to get a whole deal wetter and a good


deal when as well. Join me for the details later in the programmes. --


A police force is training thousands of officers and staff to


deal with people who have mental health problems. Leicestershire's


Chief Constable has told us that up to a quarter of calls to his force


are the result of mental health issues, as our social affairs


correspondent, Jeremy Ball, reports. A stranger pushed under a moving


train in Loughborough. A Nottinghamshire pensioner stabbed


to death by his paranoid schizophrenic grandson. Mental


health makes headlines when things go badly wrong but for Simon it is


a Daily priority. He is in charge of dealing with mental health for


police chiefs across the country. Probably 25% of our business has


some linked to mental health. It is 3am, who do they turn to? Quite


often it is us and that means are patrolling officer who literally


saves the life by the way they talk to somebody. You talk about people


having a psychotic episode. And now all frontline officers are being


trained here to deal with everything from dementia sufferers


who are missing or island to preventing suicide. Then needs to


be 24-7 access for crisis care for people it is perhaps more immediate


ban at the moment, so if an individual is at a point of crisis,


they know who to call or their friends and family no mood to call


at 3am and then a officers can support them, and I think that


could be done more effectively across the country overall. --


their friends and family know whom to call. Many of the people end up


under lock and key and it is protecting the staff and care staff.


Patients, where, at the first stage, we can identify the consultant for


that patient and classified the type of offence. It has made a


massive difference. Five, six years ago we would have had to take


somebody we had detained who was mentally ill to a prison cell and I


do not think that is the place where we should be treating


somebody. You would not take somebody with a broken leg tour


prison cell and expect them to get better. Often these are people who


are ill rather than those who have committed a crime. People have this


will keep all of us safer in future. -- the police hope.


Cuts to services in Derbyshire of �127 million have been approved


today. It'll mean big reductions in the budgets for adult services and


support for children and young people. It'll also lead to more


than 1,000 jobs being lost over the next four years. Derbyshire County


Council says the most vulnerable people will be protected but their


services will be delivered differently, as Quentin Rayner


reports. The Conservative Cabinet met to


County Hall today and ratified and other four years of cuts. Between


now and 2017, �127 million of savings will be made. 25 million


will be cut this year. Exactly where has now been revealed. Almost


a million pounds will go from support for children services and a


further �9 million from adult care. -- �8 million. �3 million will be


saved from the budget for highways maintenance. The council says money


can be saved by be -- by fixing potholes in other ways. We are


focused on their needs and there will be different services


delivered in different ways to cope with these budget pressures but we


are well practised at this and we have their interests at heart.


frontline services be reduced? will be changed as a result of this,


as we have already delivered changes. It is the only way to cope


with these sorts of pressures. is this denial again - trying to


carry on, doing the same as they have done with less money, and if


you keep doing that, you end up sailing. Those involved in


providing adult care say there will be an impact on services on top of


what they are already experiencing. Many are going to have the only day


of day care they received taken away, and we have one man going to


a centre and it is the only service he received. That is being cut.


Since 2000 and, the council has already cut 2000 jobs, and with


this latest raft of cuts, it expects to lose 14 another 1,400


posts. -- since 2010 of. A 50-year-old man has been charged


with a Public Order Offence after a police investigation into disorder


at a football match in Leicester. It follows an under-15s game


between Blaby and Whetstone Football Club and Leicester Nirvana


FC last October, in which players from both teams and the referee


were charged with improper conduct. The man is due to appear at


Leicester Magistrates Court next month.


Roadworks have been blamed for bringing traffic in Derby to a


standstill this morning. The three bridges that carry the city's inner


ring-road between the Derwent Underpass and King Street, close to


the A52, are being renovated. The team behind the bridge project at


Derby City Council say that this morning's problems should be the


worst that motorists experience during the renovation work.


A woman was taken to hospital after being trapped in a car which


crashed in Nottingham. Part of Canal Street in the city centre was


closed for four hours after the vehicle lost control near the


London Road roundabout. A second car drove off. Police are appealing


for witnesses. Traders and shoppers in Ilkeston


say they need more support from the local council to stop more shops


following the Co-op and quitting the high street. The department


store is one of seven in the East Midlands to close, threatening


dozens of jobs. But over in Belper, many shops say parts of the town


there are thriving. Tom Brown has been following the varied fortunes


of these two Derbyshire towns. The end of the road from one of


this town's biggest shops. Last week's announcement that the Co-op


department store would close was another blow to the struggling


high-street. Today, traders and shoppers Tommy morale in the town


is at its lowest binges and that the local council needs to step in.


-- local shoppers told me. If they do not step in now, it will become


a ghost town like many others. I would like to know what the council


will do about it. Sadly, nobody from the council was able to talk


to us today but in a statement, they said they were working


together with partners to improve regenerate the town centre. But it


did not mention any concrete proposals, so what do the people of


Ilkeston thing should be done to revive the fortunes of their high


street? What they need to do was move with the times and incorporate


the customer shopping experience with the internet as well. Get rid


of Tesco! They are building another Morrisons down the road, so this is


doomed, really, I think. But while sales go down in Ilkeston, bin


Belper, thanks to innovative ideas, stores on the streets there are


striving and. You can even buy chocolate shoes! It is having the


courage to open up the first job and be the first people to do it


and also the council has to be behind us with rates and the


landlords with their rent. There has to be something in place so


these shops can start up and hopefully flourish. Backing


Ilkeston, the Chamber of Trade says supporting the businesses is the


key to high street revival. The is has been going on for years. All


sorts of proposals have been put to the council. They have even agreed


some ideas are good but they do not seem to be able to implement them.


Two towns separated by 10 miles up worlds apart when it comes to


confidence on the High Street. Chocolate shoes! That his genius!


Everything combine in one! Coming up, the sport, and here's a


brief preview. Yes, when it comes to a pay-off,


you could say our Helen is on a roll. Helen Barnes... BBC East


Lovely! Now it's time to travel back in


time to the village of Kniveton, right in the heart of Derbyshire.


We can see what life in the countryside was like in the 1930s,


thanks to a local gent, a Mr Wright and his chauffeur, a Mr Radcliffe.


Here's Teresa Mikula with Go right, turn at the Old Vicarage,


and he was the first person in the village to have a car and a


telephone. And a refrigerator! I think it was just the novelty of


having something. I do not think he was minded that always so he got Mr


Radcliffe to drive the car and make the films. Beth Hunt was born in


Kniveton and is on one of the films. I don't know what I was doing but I


was putting this thing in his hat. They took a lot of films and he


used to London to various organisations, like the mothers'


union, to show them. Now, some 80 years later, those same films have


been shown again as part of the media archive collection. Oh, yes,


there were lots of people wanting a film of their parents. And


grandparents! My wife's family is on the films. I recognised my


father-in-law and his father, who was still living there. Kniveton


was quite a remote village in the 30s but this did not concern the


residents. People do not want to go out, apart from going to Ashbourne.


Apart from that, people did not seem to worry about going out of


the village. With people not travelling very far, we were


families who very much into married. It was a very good community spirit.


Go and they knew how to party! It is 1936 and George V's Silver


Jubilee. Everybody had a commemorative mug and there was a


tea and races and so on. They now work with local communities to


preserve such local history. These films would probably have got lost


in time. It is very nice that they should be kept and that the younger


generation can look at them and see What beautiful pictures! I could


watch that for hours. Just lovely! It does make you hanker a bit,


doesn't it? Yes, for a gentler pace of life.


But we're going to break the spell now, because it is time for the


sport. Notts County is in action in League


1 tonight, away at struggling Portsmouth. Now, it's a long enough


trip to do once, but for many fans, this is the second time they've


been down there in just a couple of weeks. Last time around, the match


got called off at the last minute because of torrential rain. Kirsty


Edwards has been down to see them get ready for round two.


It is deja-vu for these fans, off again to the south coast. Notts


County saw their impressive away unbeaten run come to an end at the


weekend. I am sure they had hoped to get another run going tonight at


Portsmouth and in fact, I am sure they would love to get all three


points. 12th in League One and eight points off the play-off


places. Not where they were hoping to be. But as the fans waited to


set off, the mood certainly seemed positive. Still early days yet. Not


even February. I am hoping we can get to the play-offs at least.


season hangs in the balance tonight, I think. Things will be easier


after this one if we can get momentum and get out strikers


sought it. After that, we should be OK. So off they go, and indeed the


team will have to get very used to sitting on a bus over the next few


days. Tonight it is the second of the four a way -- away matches for


the team. I sorry if you had trouble hearing the earlier.


Hopefully it is now fixed. Nottingham Forest are stepping up


their efforts to add to their squad before Thursday's transfer deadline.


They've made another offer for Birmingham's Chris Burke. The Reds


have already had one bid for the winger, turned down, but Birmingham


say they are considering this improved offer. He's actually


scored a couple of decent goals against the Reds over the past two


seasons. Now, the first ever programme to


find Olympic canoe slalom stars of the future has just been run right


here in the East Midlands. And it's been so successful, similar schemes


are about to start round the country. So, for the first in her


series on the Olympic legacy, Helen Barnes has been to meet the


youngsters who are progressing way 12 months ago, these were just a


bunch of ordinary school kids. Then they got picked by talent spotters


to do canoe slalom and now they are some of the best up and coming


The youngsters have benefited from having training sessions during


school time, as well as evenings and weekends. We will really


ambitious with the targets we set and they have always delivered


whatever we have asked them to. And there progress has been absolutely


phenomenal. The kids are all loving it and it is pushing them and they


have got focused on getting the gold medal. Etienne Stott was part


of canoeing's record 2012 medals and the sport is still on high.


think it is really cool. It is part of what the sport thrives on. You


need inspiration and a champion to draw the youngsters up and to push


the standards amongst the elite athletes. He is a great inspiration


for the sport and he is just an inspiration for all of us. You can


now think, I can get a gold medal as well. Talent-spotting and


training is behind many gold medal successes but these Nottingham


youngsters are the first ever in canoe slalom. Be a complicated


sport like ours it is difficult to tell what are the most important


factors you try to identified in youngsters. -- in a complicated


sport. People out there are being coached and learning to canoe on


their own and those will be successful as well. We will see who


gets the prize first! It is really I have been canoeing for 25 years,


but so much has changed recently. For a great role models, the


opportunities these kids have got our just better than ever. Helen


Barnes... For BBC East Midlands Today in Nottingham!


A bit of news about Helen herself to leave you with - after 20 years


as an international canoeist and two Guinness World Records, she's


decided to retire from the top level of the sport. It will miss


her. But you can see Helen again tomorrow as she explores whether


the Olympic legacy is going far enough. It will be well worth a


watch. Trust me! Just like that! Good luck, Helen. In whatever you


do. She will be fantastic whatever it is. Next tonight, Twycross Zoo


is celebrating a new arrival. A baby gorilla from an endangered


species native to Central Africa. Western Lowland gorillas are dying


out due to declining habits and hunting. There are estimated to be


fewer than 100,000 in the wild, which officially classifies the


species as being dangerously close to extinction, as Rebecca Sheeran


reports. Meet the latest edition at less


than four weeks old, this little baby has been clinging so closely


to mum, zoo-keeper has still do not know if it is a boy or A Gill.


are always excited about these gorilla births. Every birth of a


gorilla is an important contribution to the conservation of


the species because of the numbers are dwindling. It has made a year.


Be it might be small, but this little baby is attracting a big


audience. We have been looking forward to seeing it. We've been


trying to spy on the baby be on the adults. But Daddy is very


protective! In his thought and there are fewer than 100,000


lowland rivers in the wild. Hunting and habitat loss are just a couple


of the reasons that they are coming so close to extinction. So the


birth of his baby is being celebrated. The birth of a baby is


actually very important for the whole structure, social structure,


of the group, because it brings a whole cohesiveness to their society.


A zoo is learning more about the birth of this baby but like any mum,


this one is keeping her baby under wraps.


The baby does not let go of its mother properly for two years! It


must be true! That is a miracle. Along milder for us today. This


time last week we were struggling to get above freezing. -- a lot


milder. But today we have been at 13 degrees. The average for this


time of year is about seven Celsius so we have gone from well below to


well above. The reason for that is these westerly winds. It is a lot


might as well. We have picked up a wondering whether front. So far


today, we have had a force-field around us. The rain has been


skipping across us but we don't think we will be quite as lucky


this evening and overnight, so the cloud will be thickening up and we


will see outbreaks of light, patchy rain to start with it through the


early hours of the morning. Later on, we see the rain padding up,


particularly across parts of Leicestershire, where Grieg could


get an inch of rain. -- the rain increasing. Very mild tonight with


the temperatures. Tomorrow morning, still some rain kicking around


early on but it clears away fairly quickly and behind that, the skies


are brighter, with beautiful sunshine for tomorrow morning, but


very windy with showers coming in but -- behind that. We have a


yellow weather morning in force for tomorrow with gusts of around 40-50


miles an hour. A cross wind, a westerly one, going across the M1


motorway. Further rain to come through Thursday night from


Wednesday. A word of warning - it looks like it is cooling down once


again towards the end of the week and into the weekend. Lots of


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