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Tonight, hundreds of jobs are to go as a dairy closers.
Moving the business to the Home Counties.
In other news, the drugs like this that people are calling the new
thalidomide. The figures are 40% of babies exposed in the womb have a
birth defect. I will be finding out how Nottingham is benefiting from
its German twin town. And why this World War II landing
craft is being used on the River First, a huge dairy and distribution
plant is to be closed down in Leicestershire with the loss of 370
jobs. Britain's biggest dairy company, Arla, told its workforce
that production was being switched to Buckinghamshire.
Union says staff are shocked but a local says the economy is resilient
and new jobs are being created to reduce -- replace those being lost.
What is the company saying? company is saying that shutting down
this plant is part of a business goal to move things to a
state-of-the-art plant near London. The security guards are here because
the dairy is regularly targeted by farmers protesting over the price
paid the milk. Now the workers inside seem resigned to losing their
jobs despite the company saying a consultation process is underway.
The tankers continue to roll into the dairy. Arla wants to close it
down by next April with the loss of 370 jobs. This is the third time I
have been made redundant. Apart from it being bleak out there to get a
job, you have to move on. Arla is the biggest dairy company. Now it
wants to switch production of milk the customers like supermarkets from
Ashby to Aylesbury in Buckinghamshire. Staff in Ashby were
told today. The staff are shocked. The announcement wasn't a surprise
but it is still a huge shock for the individual is likely to be affected
and will create insecurity for them, particularly in the current economic
climate. They are moving production to a more productive plant. I will
continue to fight for the future opportunities so these skilled
workers can be back in to our economy as soon as possible. There
is a 3% unemployment rate in this area according to the council.
a disappointing day. We have had a couple of large industries that have
closed in the past few years. To add another one to it, it is not very
good. There is a lot of people here that have known nothing else. They
are at that age now where they may not get anything again. Arla says
the production in Buckinghamshire could start as soon as October. The
company next door supplies the plastic containers for the milk
supplied by the dairy here. Some workers over there could be losing
their jobs as well. The company hasn't returned my call but it seems
the days of the dairy numbered. That is the situation in Ashby
tonight but what about the farmers in the region who are supplying the
company. --? One says it is a serious blow
for dairy farmers. A normal lunchtime here. Note is
collected by Arla but today farmers were given the news that their milk
could be going to Aylesbury in Buckinghamshire. The thing for me is
is there going to be an extra cost of transporting this milk to
Aylesbury? I believe there might be an extra cost and I presume the
farmer will have to stand it. It costs 33p to produce each litre of
milk. Here, Richard is paid 31p and he is making a loss and has been
doing so for the last 18 months. We are struggling to pay people that
supply us with food for the cow was, everything from the family to going
shopping. I can't afford a holiday this year and we work 84 hours a
week. Not being able to pay your bills is embarrassed. I am
embarrassed that I run a business that loses money. Here, there is
another form with more concerns. Rory is the siting of the new dairy
is close to the links to the constant and we are worried about
milk being imported from Eastern Europe. For Andrey and Michelle,
unless prices improve sooner, they will be forced out of farming.
could be the final straw. It is another nail for us all. It is a
kick in the teeth. Richard is teaching his son is about farming.
He is a fourth generation but will both be -- will there be a fifth?
The future couldn't be more uncertain.
A spokesman for Arla said the company was a co-operative owned by
farmers and it wanted to get the highest price possible for its
farmers. They say farmers should not be concerned about increased
transport costs. The move was about removing costs rather than
increasing them. Coming up - taxing times for taxi
drivers in a Nottinghamshire borough.
Too many taxes and not enough ranks. They say what they taking fares they
are paying out again in parking fines.
And we will be flagging down some drier weather tomorrow but its
Five people have been arrested and are being questioned after a man was
stabbed last night. Police were called to a disturbance opposite the
Rosehill Business Centre on Normanton Road in Derby just after
11 o'clock. A man thought to be in his 20s had a stab wound to his
stomach. He's in a critical condition in the Royal Derby
Hospital. A man in his 30s, three women and a teenaged girl are in
custody on suspicion of wounding. The High Court has thrown out an
application by East Midlands Trains for an injunction against the RMT
union which is taking industrial action. The union banned overtime a
week ago. That led to cancellations at the weekend. The RMT says there's
been a breakdown in industrial relations over a number issues
including the scheduling of work at Nottingham Station. A spokesman for
East Midlands Trains said its passengers would be disappointed
with the court's decision. Critics claim it's the new
thalidomide, a drug for treating epilepsy which they say can damage
unborn babies. There are indeed warnings for women on the packets of
Epilim. But one mother from Leicester now
wants tougher regulation to controls Andy is 14 but has the mental age of
the six-year-old. Her mother believes she knows why. She is
convinced the anti-epilepsy tablet that she'd talk whilst pregnant had
known effects. I was reassured that there was a small chance of a birth
defect and that I should not be concerned. I continued taking the
medication. So did others. Homes of 160 children tried to sue for
compensation only to see their legal aid withdrawn but Emma is continuing
her fight. She is urging medicine regulators to act. Emma talk a drug
which is effective in treating epilepsy but it isn't recommended
for women of child-bearing age. Its manufacturer says there are warnings
on the packets but Emma and others want doctors to be told to spell out
the risks in the consulting room with more up-to-date information.
The regularly quota -- regularly quoted figures are 40% of babies in
the womb have a birth defect. All of us want when we are ill to take
medication to make us better. We do not want that medication to cause us
more harm or cause our children more that work outside their headquarters
on Friday. Cab drivers in Nottinghamshire claim
they're being unfairly hammered with parking fines because there simply
aren't enough taxi ranks. They say much of the money they make from
fares is now going on penalty charges.
At the moment across Gedling, there are hundreds of licensed taxi
drivers but just 15 spaces to accommodate all of them to pick up
their affairs. One of the most popular ranks is here in Arnold
where there is space for just three taxes. Gedling Borough Council gives
out the licenses and currently there are more than 700 taxis but three
ranks. We need more ranks on Mapperley top and Carlton Road at
Tesco. We need a rank in Sainsbury's. We need lots of them.
They claim taxi -- traffic wardens are heavy-handed in giving them
fines when they are waiting to get into the taxi ranks. We are not
common criminals. Why is this happening? Why don't they give us
more space? We go around the block all the time and we are not earning
much money. What we earn, it goes on fines. If somebody isn't parking in
the right place, whoever you are, if you are parked inappropriately and
on double yellow lines and contravening law, we need to action.
They are also taking action on taxi ranks and are working with the
county council on a feasibility study to see if they can create more
Next, the final part in our special series on twinning. So far this week
we've found out about Derby's envoys in Osnabruck and Leicester's
football playing firemen. Today Tom Brown looks at how the German city
of Karlsruhe is helping business in Nottingham. From in the city centre
to above the station. The tram networks are used by millions of
passengers every year and its inspiration came from here in
Nottingham's German twin town, Karlsruhe. Trams have been running
here for more than 100 years. They dominate the inner city. The high
street is more than a -- more like a highway. This tram network is
extensive. Seven lines compared to Nottingham's one and the people make
100 million journeys on it every year. Back in the 1990s, news of the
system had spread to Nottingham. Tram experts from here travel to
their English twin to give advice. Thomas says the second line will
continue to improve the centre of Nottingham. This city as a whole it
is effective and attractive to live. In the city centre it is also
attractive the business. Nottingham's gratitude is shown by
the name of the station's neutron bridge. It goes further than the
network and assigned. Businesses are cashing in on their twin. This is a
man keeping a close eye on the link. John is using the twinning
relationship to export his acrylic prosthetic eyes to a German market.
Do you think you have fired a warm welcome from Karlsruhe because of
the links? Absolutely and they are very aware of it. I never thought
about twinning and why we did it. It is really good and it is a good idea
and great commerce. In this old slaughterhouse back in Karlsruhe, 63
shipping containers are being turned into offices. They are using it to
encourage young creative entrepreneurs from Nottingham to
expand abroad. They are leading the pack. I am not aware of anything
that has been done in other places quite so in-depth and seriously.
There is a will on both sides to put a commercial level onto an existing
relationship. In doing that, you can get a real benefit the business.
With most of Nottingham City Council's twinning costs covered by
private companies or the government, this isn't just a close
to win but a relatively cheap one. It is the 44-year-old friendship
that is developing into one of the city 's most important business
links. -- city's. It looks lovely place. We have seen
everything from football playing fireman until the impact on the tram
system. We have seen all the signs saying a
places twinned with another place. I have been amazed at not only the
diversity of our twinning links but the strength of them. You mentioned
that 40 year friendship between a firemen in Leicester that we saw
last night. Add to that school exchanges, theatre tours, work
placement, they have gone from having a twin town. A lot of these
links were set up after the world wars.
They are as relevant as they have ever been. This idea of turning is a
sting twinning links into commercial links is a really interesting
trend, especially because so many of these links are costing our council
so much money. This is going to be an increasingly important aspect.
Many would say twin towns shouldn't be about making money and they
should be about making friends and seeing new cultures, experiencing a
new angle on life. I have to say, my favourite aspect comes from a tiny
village. Whitwell in Rutland, which claims to be twinned with none other
than Paris. Think big! If you missed any of the
series, you can find it all on your local BBC news website.
People in Leicester are being invited to give their views on its
bid to become the next UK City of Culture.
The bid team are competing against three other cities and have only two
months to submit a detailed report Joy and jubilation as Leicester made
the government short list but that was the starting block. Now those
behind the bid have to prove why Leicester has the edge over the
competition. The programme is really important. This is a public meeting
being held to galvanise support. It is not just about a big party, it is
about transforming the city and making a long-term difference.
People really understand that and think it is a really good thing to
be going for. Whilst they have been short listed, the next eight weeks
are about pinning down the final details to funding and crucially to
legacy. The panel who will make the final decision say they are looking
for a bid that has its own unique vision of what the UK City of
Culture means and a bid that will provide a step change for the local
area. What do those attending make of the plans so far? Rather than
highlighting the great things about the city and making them greater,
look at the problems and the things that need help. It will only be a
good thing and it will put Leicester on the map. This Saturday will see
the city streets flooded with performers as Leicester's 28th
Caribbean carnival takes place. team will be hoping a summer of
cultural events will fuel public support for the city's bid.
The art of football now. We're going to start with our
special guest and the next in our previews of the football season.
This is Sam Rush about seven months into his job as Chief Executive at
Derby County. He leads a club that's been seen as stable and carefully
run. Let us talk about this coming season. Nigel club -- Nigel Clough
is talking top six. How strong are you? Really strong. We have some
really good purchases and Nigel has been very clever. We have kept our
young players and they are coming forward. Six new signings and four
new contract negotiations. Really excited. Derby have adopted a
particular policy. You've valued your youth. Do you see that paying
off? I really do. If we are to go out and replace our young players,
there would be eight figure signings. That quality interspersed
with the signings we have made will bode very well. Let us talk about
Nigel Clough. He is the longest serving manager of the
championship. What we have to do to keep you happy? He carries on. Derby
County are very lucky to have Nigel Clough as their manager. He is a
fantastic manager and a driven man and hugely knowledgeable. I am
looking forward to working with him. He has prepared the squad really
well. You are enjoying life and football? Really enjoying it. Derby
is a fantastic club and a fantastic city. The fans have expectations. It
is a tough league but people are proud and pleased that Derby are
being talked about as genuine promotion candidates. How tough is
this league? It is really tough and there are no guarantees. We are in a
decent place and store B have a real chance this year. -- Derby.
Nottingham Forest have announced a new sponsorship deal. It is with an
air conditioning company. What exactly is going on the shirt has
not been announced. The glamour of Premier League
football came to Ilkeston FC last night. The club has only been
established for three years after Ilkeston Town was wound up back in
2010 over an unpaid tax bill. But last night they had their sights
firmly set on the future as they took on a Chelsea 11 in a pre-season
friendly. Paul Bradshaw was at a sold-out New Manor Ground for us.
It was a special night for Ilkeston. West London came to visit them on
their home turf and the whole turn -- a whole town came out to greet
them. Go on. Come on Ilkeston. Chelsea sit six divisions above
Ilkeston. There was plenty of youthful quality. This side were
anything but Chelsea pensioners. In the brunt of their biggest ever gate
of 2700 fans, Ilkeston were dominated by the visitors in the
early stages. John Swift given Chelsea a six minute lead. They
doubled their advantage with a penalty before half-time. They added
a third for Chelsea after the break with a superb long-range effort
between dead before Jason Stokes finished off a flowing move and gave
the home fans something to cheer about. Chelsea got another fourth
before a cheeky lob. I think they played very well. We put it down to
an education. We are delighted and it is a great attack -- occasion for
the football club. A proud occasion and a battling performance on a
night when they lost heavily but when plenty of new friends.
Whatever level you support, can't believe the season is here. Thank
A World War Two landing craft, which appeared in the film Saving Private
Ryan, is being used in a special project on the River Trent. The Army
is using the boat to transport materials to construct buildings for
scouts in Nottinghamshire. Simon Ward went along for the ride.
At deleting the -- after leaving the marina, it is the only landing craft
of its type in the UK and the first time it has been used by the Army
since its military service and is. This is the actual boat that Tom
Hanks was on board one he was filming Saving Private Ryan. We
landed in the middle of the Trent in an area used by the Sea Scouts. They
are constructing a new building here. As reservists, we don't get
much opportunity to carry out military task as Max. The Scouts
have been victims of theft here. have had a few break-ins and
valuable equipment has been stolen. We have had nowhere secure to keep
it. Now we can get some security and get the boats on the island where
they belong. I would like to go out on the boat again and not waste time
getting them out of the galley and having a good boat shed and being
able to get out on the water quicker. The kayaks will be safer
and less likely to be stolen. The project is called exercise me duck.
They hope to have it running in the next few days.
I have been on that. Have you? While it has been wet and great
today, tomorrow is going to be very warm indeed with plenty of sunshine
around. Things cool down again by Friday and things become unsettled
again. The rain has been quite persistent at times. We were never
too far away from the next downpour and some of those were heavy. It is
now gradually starting to clear northwards. We are left with quite a
lot of cloud around and it could be producing some drizzle from time to
time. It will be very murky overnight and we are feeling the
effects of the humid air. We have seen temperatures tonight of 18
Celsius and overnight we are looking at 17 Celsius so a very warm night
on the clouds. The cloud should gradually clear away by the morning
and we will be basking in some very warm sunshine. It will be the
temperatures that would be the main talk point -- will be the main
talking point. We cut our temperatures up to 31 Celsius.
Things cool down again on Friday and we have more by the the wings --
wings. It will be a fairly and sack -- it will be a fairly unsettled day
on Saturday with a few showers dotted around here and there.