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This is East Midlands Today with Dominic Heale and Kylie Pentelow.


Tonight, an exclusive interview with the new manager of Nottingham


Forest and the chairman who's appointed him.


It is a dramatic return to the City ground for Billy Davies and a


chance to complete that unfinished business. I am absolutely delighted


to be back, delighted to work with the new Warners, and very much


looking forward to try my very best to achieve what we never done in


the last ten years. -- new owners. Defending Derby from serious


flooding. And �8 million project gets the go ahead.


Plus voting for big savings. The council cuts that could cost 1400


jobs. And the darling of the tea dance.


Strictly's Mr Nasty reveals his Good evening. First tonight, Billy


Davies is back as manager of Nottingham Forest. And on the day


of his remarkable, shock appointment, East Midlands Today


has an exclusive interview with him and the club chairman. Davies was,


of course, sacked as Forest manager 18 months ago. And he now becomes


the fourth manager at the City Ground since Forest was taken over


by a Kuwaiti consortium last summer. Natalie Jackson reports now from


central London. Tonight, I am at of Homo of


Nottingham Forest chairman, Fawaz Al Hasawi, in London. It is here


that over the past weeks he and former manager, Billy Davies, have


been planning his shock return to the city Ground.


We had lunch and, within minutes, officially announcing that Billy


Davies had been reappointed as boss. Then he and the chairman gave their


first interviews. I am delighted to be back, to be working with the new


owners, and very much looking forward to try my very best to


achieve what we never done in the last time here. Does Billy have to


get promotion this season? We hope so. We hope that will happen. It is


not far. We have only 16 games to go. I think we are only six or


seven points. If we continue winning, it will happen. When I


found out about this one, my decision was very easy.


Fortean-year-old Scotsman was harshly sacked 20 months ago by the


previous owners. -- 48-year-old Scotsman. That was despite leading


into semi-finals. So why go back? In my meetings with the chairman, I


can see clearly he is a winner. And I am sure he would agree that I am


also a winner. Together, we want to win. The Kuwaiti family have sacked


three managers since taking over at Nottingham Forest six months ago.


But Fawaz Al Hasawi says Billy Davies's return heralds a fresh


start. Maybe some of the fans feel we are interfering with the


managers. This is totally wrong. I know Billy Davies is a strong


manager and I will not interfere. He does not like that. There is his


reputation you are the kind of sky that can have an argument in a


telephone box. -- the kind of person. Can you get on? I am here,


that tells you everything. Fawaz Al Hasawi says he will be


there at Billy Davies's first game against Bolton a week on Saturday.


In the meantime, Billy will meet the media as the new Nottingham


Forest manager officially on Monday. And there will be more on this in


our sport with Colin later in the programme.


Moving on to other news of the day. Rolls-Royce has come under fire for


announcing hundreds of job losses, mainly at its sites in Derby and


Bristol. The union Unite says 320 posts are being axed, yet the


company is making record profits and the cuts are unnecessary.


Rolls-Royce says the number of people it employs in the UK will


not alter a great deal. But the workforce profile will change. More


people will be in engineering and production and fewer in support


jobs. Detectives are still questioning


two men arrested on suspicion of killing a murder suspect. The


search for the remains of James Brodie on farmland at East


Heckington in Lincolnshire is now in its fourth day. Two men, aged 32


and 41, were arrested yesterday. Brodie was wanted for the shooting


of the jeweller Marian Bates in Nottingham in 2003.


Still to come... In sport, all the reaction to the return of Billy


Davies to the City ground. Plus Mary Portas pops into


Loughborough, but can this pilot But before that, Derby is getting


one of the largest payouts in the Government's latest flood


protection programme. It will receive the lion's share, �80


million, to safeguard homes and businesses along the River Derwent.


But the Government also says the funding will generate much-needed


new jobs in the city. From Derby, here is political editor John Hess.


Derby is no stranger historically too serious flooding. Even back in


1842, the level of the flood water would have come up to my chest.


Michelle Killmartin needs no history lessons in flooding. Her


home in Darley Abbey, just north of the city centre, rarely escapes a


winter without it. It is really bad, the path down there, the houses get


flooded, all the gardens. It is really mad. It must be a worry?


is. Older people live around here. When the water floods, they cannot


get out and their belongings get ruined. But today's Government


announcement should help prevent future flooding. There will be the


potential for great regeneration. Huge numbers of jobs, in the


construction, will come through from the regeneration afterwards.


This is massive day for Derby, a There will be new flood defences


along a three-mile stretch of the It will go from Darley Abbey


through the city centre to Price Park in the south. The politician


in charge of Derby's environment policy says the �80 million price


tag will kick start housing development. 1400 new riverside


homes will be built. I think it will benefit immensely, meaning we


will attract private developers to build houses where they cannot be


at the moment, but also in terms of businesses coming in and creating


jobs for the city and region. imagine the force of the River


Derwent when it is flooding. The Government hope that this �80


million programme will be enough to protect homes and businesses in


this city. So just how much damage does


flooding cause? We have been taking a detailed look at the figures.


Last year, swollen rivers flooded more than 200 homes here in the


East Midlands. But in previous episodes, thousands of properties


were damaged by floodwaters. Social Affairs Correspondent, Jeremy Ball,


Imagine having to deal with this. Your home engulfed by floodwater.


Every time this happens, it turns another life upside down. Now the


Environment Agency has given us figures that show how many people


have been affected in recent years. The most serious damage was back in


2007. Homes along the River Trent bore the brunt of serious flooding.


In Nottinghamshire, it left almost 1500 flooded properties. In


Lincolnshire, another 660 homes ended up in river water. The


flooding damaged 430 properties in Derbyshire. And 30 homes in


Leicestershire were damaged by those floods. That prompted a


multi-million pound response. This is Nottingham's new flood defences


along the Trent. We saw what difference that made when serious


flooding hit this region again last year. This time, Leicestershire got


the worst of it. There were 110 flooded properties. But only 20


homes were flooded by river water downstream in Nottinghamshire. And


the Environment Agency says that shows how the flood defence schemes


Thank you very much. More than half of the residents


living in two tower-blocks in Nottingham say they cannot afford


to heat their flat. The Park Street flats in Lenton feature in a


Government report as the third worst in the UK for fuel poverty.


Meanwhile, the charity, Shelter, says the situation is getting worse


across the whole of the East Midlands. Rebecca Sheeran reports.


Towering above Nottingham, but when temperatures plummet, residents


become some of the most vulnerable in the UK. Jim has lived here for


seven years and says not being able to afford heating can make things


unbearable. I can only afford to put a firearm, I cannot afford


central-heating. It would cost too much. -- I can only afford to put


that fire on. How does that make you feel? Terrible, I have cancer.


Because of the rising cost of heating, and the design of these


flats, he is not alone. You need to get your blanket and try to keep


yourself warm. Terrible. It is really cold. Really awful,


particularly if you are elderly, disabled or unwell and cannot leave


your flat very much. You are literally sitting in a really


freezing cold. Over half of the people living in these tower-blocks


cannot afford to heat their homes. Elsewhere in the East Midlands, it


is not much better. Over half a million people are classed as


Many say this is causing them stress and depression. These flats


will be demolished this year and a residents repose -- rehoused.


average, the homes where work has been done is already saving tenants


between �95-�250 per year on heating bills. But there are


worries plans to reduce benefits this year will make paying for


A Nottingham man who dug up his garden to hide a shipping container


full of drugs has been jailed for three years. Police made the


unusual find at the home of 43- year-old Adrian James. They


discovered a tunnel leading to an underground container full of


cannabis plants and growing equipment. In total, drugs worth


�86,000 were seized. James, from Hungerhill Road, admitted


commercially producing cannabis. Plans to build 2000 new homes on a


former iron works site in Derbyshire have been revealed. The


owners of Stanton Ironworks want to turn the 470-acre site into a new


neighbourhood. It will be complete with shopping centre, retirement


village, business park and community facilities. An area


destroyed in a massive recycling centre fire last year would also be


redeveloped. The Melton Show, one of the best


known events in Leicestershire's entertainment calendar, is to end.


Held in the town centre on the Whitsun Bank Holiday, the show ran


for nearly 30 years. It attracted tens of thousands of people to the


town's parks. The organisers have now decided to call it a day. They


are going out on a high following last year's Jubilee Show.


A Tory council leader says they cannot continue making more and


more cuts despite bring in another swingeing budget in his own council


for next year. Andrew Lewer, who runs Derbyshire County Council,


acknowledges services will be trimmed. And 1400 jobs will go.


The council's Labour group agrees cuts are unavoidable. But they


should be targeted on the area's most able to afford them. Actually,


one disabled woman thinks any cuts are unfair. James Roberson reports.


It may look comfortable. But this flat in Belper is much smaller than


the bungalow Jane Lyon used to own in Ashbourne. Jane, who has lung


disease and chronic fatigue syndrome, had to move here when


Derbyshire County Council cut the benefits it paid her by 80%. Now


thousands more people are going to Over the next four years, �127


million in savings will have to be made. �26 million will be cut this


year alone. Almost �8 million will go from support for children


services. And a further �9 million People do not choose to be disabled


and to be in the. And to continue to hit us with these funding cuts,


I think it is very cruel, never mind anything else. But the council


leader who steered the cuts through says he agrees his own Government


party needs to stop hitting councils were tough financial


reductions. We have coped well with what we have done up until now. But


we will struggle to provide services if cuts continue at this


level. What county council elections looming, the Labour Party


thinks things could change she have radically in May, giving the


current ruling Conservative Party only has a majority of one. But it


look -- but the Labour group says they would not be able to reverse


the cuts, but would seek to read this that the Budget to help the


most needy. We would have a fundamental review of funding.


Under men about what the purpose of the council is which is to serve


the people of Derbyshire. -- and remember what the purpose of the


council is. She and will watch what happens with interest.


Next tonight, the NHS troubleshooter in the East Midlands


to says the NHS must always be looking to improve standards in the


wake of the Stafford Hospital scandal. Yesterday's damning report


revealed how hundreds of patients died because of sub-standard care


there. Eric Morton was the man sent in to sort out the crisis in


Stafford in 2009. Now he is working in Nottinghamshire dealing with the


troubled finances of King's Mill Hospital. Health Correspondent Rob


Sissons is there. -- here. What have the lessons? Lessons for all


parts of the NHS. This has sparked a national debate. Some comments on


radio and e-mails to us. One woman said she would give the NHS ten out


of ten. But one woman said her experience in hospital was terrible.


And one nurse said there was simply too much Agency and temporary staff


in the NHS. You were speaking to Mr Morton. He is the temporary boss at


King's Mill. What does he have to say? He says the NHS should look


out for a sub-standard care. That is him in King's Mill Hospital,


where he was trouble-shooting. Standards must be the same on at


the war, every shift, and it is not good that people have perception


that things are not good across the board. There will always be times


when we do not treat a patient went that is expected. We need to be


honest, sheer that and learn from mistakes, so the next patient get


treated excellently well. We are here to look after people and do no


harm. The patient wants that little bit of time and attention, to be


cared for. Some insuring quality is top the


agenda? It is. When we look at where the NHS is going, we should


look at where it has been. I have been doing this for ten years. This


was the Leicester Royal Infirmary in 2001, when I was looking at


weights of 12-14 hours. There is proof of the ageing process. And


cases of people waiting a year or two years for a hip operation. I


travelled with this woman who was using her life savings to go to


Germany for heart operation. But a lot of those waiting times have now


been sorted out. -- for her operation. I did my bit in the air


force, because that was patriotic. I loved my country, but my country


does not love me. All I have done, just this once, is something I


cannot fix myself. Challenging times. It sounds like the man is up


for it. Thank you very much indeed. The Queen of shops has been in


Loughborough today. Mary Portas has been speaking to business owners


about how to bring empty shops back into use. The market town is one of


27 across the country taking part in the Portas Pilot Scheme. Eleanor


Garnier went to find out more. She's known for her straight


talking, no nonsense approach. And it wasn't long before Mary Portas


was having her say. You would rather have a business the near


than it looking like that. Much rather. The Queen of Shops was in


Loughborough. It is one of 27 towns across the country which was given


�100,000. It is under the Portas Pilot Scheme. This is not about


�100,000, but to make a change. This as help people come together,


with ideas, and have a business opportunity to go out to other


retailers, businesses, social entrepreneur and asked to come into


this town. There are currently 47 empty shops here. This pilot is


aiming to change that. But what kind of help to people in


Loughborough want for their high street? Chiba war three mac car


parking to encourage people back to the market, back to the High Street.


-- cheaper or even free car parking. Reach out to the community. It's


clear who the crowds were interested in. But the Government


also wanted to have their word. They launched a new Future High


Streets Forum to help towns adapt to the era of online shopping.


These are tough times. But if you change, you can prosper. I have met


a number of businesses adapting to consumer habits to are doing well.


-- who are. The retail guru certainly brought a buzz to the


market today. But the test is whether behind the scenes talks


with businesses and politicians will create a long-lasting


excitement in our high streets. Sport now and interesting times at


the city Ground. Colin is there. What a week it has been. I do not


know who your support, and it does not matter what you think of the


man, but the return of Billy Davies is quite a news story. He lost his


job just over 18 months ago. But now, he is back under the new


owners. We have had exclusive access to Billy Davies and chairman


Fawaz Al Hasawi today. They were giving their only broadcast


interview to Natalie Jackson. If you missed the beginning of the


programme, it will be on the iPlayer later. We wanted to give


you a taste of what Billy had to say. Obviously, I am delighted. I


have said to the fans who were listening that we had unfinished


business. They have been very loyal. No matter who has been there and


doing the job. I think, from my own point of view, I am delighted.


have you made of the new owners since dealing with them? It is very


difficult at the moment, in this short period of time together, but


there is no doubt, if you look at the chairman and the investment he


has already made, a Ticketus 14 players, you have to say that there


is a huge return there. -- I think it is 14 players. We know this is a


developing team. It has new ownership. It is a project that


will take time. Billy can be a robust character, he


would not deny that. The new owner, Fawaz Al Hasawi, has shown a


ruthless streak and a willingness to we'll be axed. So other fans


convinced this is a match made in heaven? It is the best news we


could wish for. Over the moon. He is the man for the job. He is not


going to stand for no rubbish. brings belief in the fans. That is


what the club needs. It seems we lost a bit of stability. Hopefully,


King Billy can bring good times back. What forest means more now


than ever is some stability. -- forest. He has a good track record,


but his three years were spent with a public fall-out with the last


owners. She his his own man. He will say what he wants. -- he is


his own man. He will play the game, and if he gets what he gets, who


knows? Even back in the Premiership. That sort of split mirrors what we


have seen on social media. We have received some tweets. For every


person saying they were not a fan, everyone else says it is brilliant


and they hope the headlines are positive. Twitter also spawned a


harsh attack, unfinished business, because that is what Billy said he


had here. -- hashtag. We asked what he meant by that. They are a club


waiting to go into the Premier League. They deserve to be in the


Premier League. They certainly have the fans, all the reasons why they


should be in the Premier Division. We know that is a difficult task.


We know there are other people and teams out there wanting the same


thing. The reason for me being back here now again is pure than simply


to try to get this club to the Premier League.


Well, we shall see if that happens over time. It is certainly more


drama here at the city Ground. This programme on the iPlayer, full


interview on the website. And more to come from Billy Davies tomorrow.


If you are a fan of football, you will not want to miss tomorrow's


interviewed. In the meantime, the circus rolls on.


Indeed it does. Thank you. Whether you are a Strictly fan or


not, you will probably know the show's pantomime villain. Billed as


the Mr Nasty of the judging panel, Craig Revel Horwood is always quick


to fire barbed comments and criticism at the dancers. He has


been in Nottingham this afternoon, where Jo Healey discovered his


softer side. It needed shaking, lifted up


slightly. A little dynamic.


I am nervous about this one. He is a big bad judge. I am not good with


difficult people and I cannot dance. So how nervous are these people?


They are practising, because Craig Revel Horwood is about to come to


their tea dance. Quite excited to see him. He is quite a character.


We are Tara fight, that is why we are standing at the back. -- we are


terrified. But they do not need to worry. He is here as patron of the


osteoporosis Society. Many men and women get this, over the age of 50,


and it is really important to teach children in primary school that, if


they do not like sport, they should do some weight bearing exercise.


Like exercising. -- like dancing, but what does he think?


CHEERING. We have never had the score 10 before. A great fun. I


want to keep my bones strong. was really good. You are actually a


seriously nice person. Doing all of us for osteoporosis. Yes, when I


have my judge's hat on, it is only when I see bad dancing that I get


annoyed. You are dancing is fine. It is wonderful to support this


society. And today, his support for I thought of her dancing was lovely.


He looks very young. It is all his dancing keeps them


youthful. We could be doing some dancing to


keep warm, with cold temperatures this weekend and the opportunity to


see some snow back. But not quite tonight. Some frost developing


overnight. There is a weather front across the West having an impact on


overnight temperatures. Under clear skies, across Leicestershire and


Rutland, temperatures going down to about minus one. Then cloud


increases at the first sign of bad weather front during the early


hours of the morning, across parts of Derbyshire initially, and it


being wintry first think and as it sinks towards the south east corner.


Some rain, sleet and snow, giving an and grey and damp day. Under


called one with that wind. Maximum temperature of five Celsius. A cold


night Friday into Saturday. Thump rain, sleet and snow. It is on


Sunday that we have an early weather warning with regards to the


return of snow. We are hesitant as to the direction that low pressure


is likely to travel in. It will probably produce heavy snow across


the north, but that could sink southwards. By the time we get to


Monday, and set me rush-hour, we could see some nifty -- and


certainly Russia, we could see some significant snowfall. We shall keep


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