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This is East Midlands Today with Anne Davies and me, Dominic Heale.
Tonight, on track. The work that's left a city without trains. Our
first look at the massive track and signals upgrade that has shot down
Nottingham station. Also tonight, a victim of fraud, just one of the
many elderly people targeted by a window farm. Plus the summer boost
for the region's economy, but will it continue, the Winter? And in the
sport, it might be early August but they are itching to get under way.
The first weekend of the football league season.
Good evening and welcome to Friday's programme. First tonight, 14 days
into the engineering work that's closed Nottingham railway station,
the pledge passengers want to hear. Network Rail says it is scheduled to
finish on time. But passengers still face another three weeks of
disruption along with longer journey times on replacement buses. One
commuter's been telling us why she's switched to the car for part of her
journey. Mike O'Sullivan reports. They've ripped up the railway. Our
top �100 million worth of engineering and signalling work that
is closing Nottingham station for 37 days. Here, working day and night in
blistering heat and torrential downpours, to put down new track.
We've worked in difficult conditions, it was really hot, then
we had a downpour, and now it's just OK. But it affects the install.
is Mansfield Junction, a mile from Nottingham station where some of the
most complex work is being carried out. Network Rail is changing the
railway point here so trains can use any of four tracks. Delays going
into Nottingham station were abolished. The old 30 miles an hour
speed limit will be scrapped. Trains will go at 50. The end of the work
can't come quick enough of this commuter. Paying �1600 for an annual
rail ticket and facing a disruptive to our 40 minute journey home. Karen
is now driving to Leicester to fit in with replacement bus services at
East Midlands Parkway to take her to and from Nottingham. Yes, the work
has got be done, but seven o'clock I'm managing to get home, providing
everything's OK. If the train goes without the bus having arrived, it
is just miserable. The work is on course to finish on time, says
Network Rail and will result in improvements to passengers.
consciously took the decision to close the railway to 37 days. This
was the best thing for passengers. We have got replacement bus services
in place throughout, and if everything goes to plan, we will
reopen the railway. East Midlands trains admitted there will be
individual challenges but said the replacement bus services were
working well. On schedule but the work will not finish early. This
being a railway, Network Rail has a strict timetable for the engineering
trains and vehicles. And they are sticking to it.
Three members of a home improvement firm have admitted conning elderly
and vulnerable customers out of thousands of pounds. Leicester Crown
Court said the trio carefully targeted their victims after
stealing their confidential details from their previous employer.
Carolyn Moses reports. HTH a role Douglas was living on his
own after his wife was moved to a care home. -- 88 years old. His
daughter Margaret says he was visited in 2009 by representatives
of a Leicester -based improvement company which convinced him to hand
over money for work that was never carried out. They definitely took
advantage because the first time they went, he paid them cash. The
second time, it was a cheque. It was cash very swiftly. And the same with
the third one. I phoned the bank on the last occasion but it was too
late. It had already gone through. It was run by this man, who had
brought with him his girlfriend, and fellow salesman, too. They'd worked
together at window firms and left together taking with them
confidential details of more than two and a half thousand customers.
They highlighted the elderly and vulnerable. They pretended they were
associated with the company. When they got him, they would persuade
them to sign contracts and are paid deposit. What they didn't tell
customers was they were entitled to cancel so when people tried to
cancel, they refused to refund deposits. These kinds of things have
long-lasting effects on people. They feel distraught and it affects their
lives. From these offices, the three secured �25,000 in this way. Today,
there was some remorse. Why did you not give their deposits back?
different person than I was. three have suspended jail sentences
of 12, nine and seven months. The judge said that what they done was
distasteful, especially because so many other victims were elderly.
They will to pay compensation later, but 2-mac of them have been
re-employed by their former company. The company wouldn't comment.
Still to come. An upbeat assessment of the economy. A business leader
says things are on the up. And, revealing the human stories between
Nottinghamshire's great warm Orioles. -- great War memorials.
The Chief Executive of the East Midlands Ambulance Service is
leaving the organisation. Phil Milligan is stepping down after
nearly two years in the role. He says he's proud to leave the service
in a much stronger position. Mr Milligan has overseen a big shake-up
which has seen the majority of ambulance stations being sold-off.
The service has also failed to meet response targets for three years in
a row and been fined �11 million. One of this region's for most
business leaders has given one of his most up beat assessments of East
Midlands economy. George Cowcher from the Derbyshire and
Nottinghamshire Chamber of Commerce says local businesses in all sectors
are seeing a revival and taking on more staff. He was speaking at a
regional business and trade fair. Here's our Political Editor John
Hess. The summer heatwave's has boosted
the regional economy. Ice cream manufacturers have been supplying
from Europe because sales here have gone red hot. Fashion retailers are
enjoying a mini boom, too, as shoppers back summer clothing but
when the summer's over, will the region's economy still be smiling?
We are seeing more companies clearly doing more business, which is what
we have wanted to see for a while. We are seeing more people taking on
more staff. We are seeing more companies ambitious and terms of new
contracts, new areas of work. focus here is on the region's
economy, but wherever you look, East Midlands businesses at this trade
fair in Nottingham are talking up revival. The recession has made it
tough. We had it severely. We're down to 26 employees from 50.
last month, the Chancellor was in the Midlands claiming the UK economy
was finally turning the corner. economy is on the mend but we've got
a long way to go as we move from rescue to recovery. So, George, what
is the mood? It is up each. We've been really surprised at the
strength of business wanting to come out, wanting to engage, wanting to
get involved. And we are seeing a record number of people attending.
Part of that recovery includes new Internet businesses starting up,
like this one from South Normanton in Derbyshire. We are taking on more
staff as well. We've got ten staff at the moment, and we are buying
another office. And we expect to double in size, up to 20, in the
next six months. The heatwave may come to an end, but the economic
forecast looks set to become rather brighter.
Fingers crossed! The water company Severn Trent has
apologised to a man who's house flooded with raw sewage for the
seventh time after heavy rainfall at the weekend. Sundeep Patel from
Leicester found his cellar had flooded on Sunday. That's despite
the installation several years ago of a water storage tank designed to
prevent flooding to nearby properties. Navtej Johal reports.
For Sundeep Patel, his/her Mrs Temple, but on Monday morning, he
opened his cellar door to find that once again it had flooded with raw
sewage. I was devastated, I was in shock, it is traumatic that it has
happened again. Sunday was the third time it has happened to Sundeep's
home since seven trend installed a water tank under this road a few
feet from his house to prevent any more flooding. Clearly, this has not
solved the problem. Well, I am very angry at Severn Trent, disappointed,
and not only that, I am frustrated because the managers know about
this. And this is an ongoing problem. They still have not
rectified it. Sundeep and his family have had to move to temporary
accommodation. Severn Trent have apologised to him and admit the
situation is not acceptable. We will try to understand why the measures
we put in place didn't work in this instance, carry out any further
remedial works we find necessary to ensure that Mr Patel is safe in a
future. Once again, I have too stress there will always be some
offence against which we cannot protect. That is unlikely to provide
much solace for Sundeep. I would never have bought this house if this
was going to be a problem. I cannot sell this property to anybody else
because I don't want anybody else to face the same problem. In the
meantime, Sundeep hopes it isn't too long before he can move back again.
Yes, let's hope so. A permanent tribute to Nottinghamshire's men and
women who died during the First World War was unveiled today. It is
not made of stone and you can visit it wherever you are. The
Nottinghamshire Great War Roll of Honour is a website detailing the
county's war dead. It's taken months to research, and volunteers have
been turning up long-lost memorials in some unusual places. Paul
Bradshaw reports Coming up later, exciting times for Rutland
adventurer Sarah Outen. The cost of the Ward end all Wars is
still being counted. Nottinghamshire lost 11,000 lives and many of their
stories and names have been forgotten. But nearly a century
later, fresh light on World War I is being shared by the World Wide Web.
A new resource, Nottinghamshire Great War Roll of Honour, went live
today. It is an online archive of all the county's fallen, funded by
Nottinghamshire County Council as an active, narration. My team of
volunteers who have beans barring Nottinghamshire and the city of
Nottingham collecting data from War memorials to offer and create a
unique archive, a database for future historians and researchers,
and members of the general public who are interested. It has taken 24
and his 18 months to scour the county. They were looking for
memorials to gather names. In this church in Clifton, they found a
memorial plaque last seen in a church in the city centre in the
1950s. And long thought lost. The new research has revealed that some
5% of Nottinghamshire's casualties were under 30. Almost all of them
were soldiers and nearly three quarters of those were killed on the
Western front. One in six of the male population of all ages in
Nottinghamshire died or were wounded in the great War. I'd be very
surprised if there was any county who could match that scale of
sacrifice. The second phase of the project will add photos, letters and
narratives to the archive later in the year. Nottingham's motto is
virtue outlives death. Through this archive, their memories will live
up later, exciting times for Rutland adventurer, Sarah Outen. Sunday will
be her 100th day rowing solo across the North Pacific. And although
she's solo, she's revealed she's no Time now for sport and tonight
heralds the start of the new football season so today Colin and
Natalie have been out to all about to our clubs starting at Leicester.
I cannot believe it! The football season is hours away.
All three of our championship clubs have yet another huge season ahead
of them. Leicester City, the spending may have stopped but the
expectations are as high as they ever were.
At Nottingham Forest, they talk about unfinished business for
manager Billy Davies. At Derby, it has been rough for
Clough but they are building him up this term. They are saying it might
be his time to shine. Our question is, why is this season so important
in the championship? The stakes this season could not be
higher. 24 championship clubs tonight ready to chase the huge
riches of the Premier League. Only three can scoop the jackpot. All our
big sides, Leicester City, Nottingham Forest and Derby County,
start this season with that in mind. All believe that if they can hold
their nerve, they could skip the biggest prize in domestic football.
This season, promotion offers an unparalleled opportunity financially
and a one-off chance to secure a cup's future. The Premier League
dream this time around could be worth as much as �150 million.
In-depth on all three of our championship clubs. We start at
Nottingham Forest, the busiest of our clubs. This is the manager.
Billy Davies, thank you for agreeing to talk to us. Are you happy with
your transfers and acquisitions? We've got to thank the chairman and
family for what has been great support. No doubt about it.
Tremendous support from the chairman, delighted to have that
support. And we thank the family very much. Sounds like your
relationship is pretty good. It has been excellent. We've got a great
understanding, a great working relationship. We know what we are
trying to do and what it takes to get there. We are on the same page,
which is always very useful. And it is a pleasure working for this man.
It could be a double-edged sword because you've made some pretty good
signings. Does that pile the pressure on to you? There was no
excuse the last time. We were one of the favourites for promotion last
time. In the second season, same thing. This is a club, this is the
badge, this is what this club carries, a big expectation from fans
from the and everybody else. So, we know what we are dealing with, we're
not surprised by it, we welcome it and we are delighted with the
challenge. We do live up to the expectations? Are you thinking.
Two? The expectation is top six. We have to compete in the top six.
There are plenty of other teams in this boat. Wigan, Derby County,
every single day -- game, home and away will be difficult, no matter
what the spending, the history, the badge, the tradition, the
championship is very tough. Thank you very much indeed. Forest have
got Huddersfield. Down the road, Leicester City are away at
Middlesbrough. Pressure on the manager, Nigel Pearson as well.
Everyone is well aware that a good start is crucial for him. I've been
talking to them about the new season It was a very difficult experience.
But I think what you have to try to do is draw on that. And make sure
that you use those sorts of experiences to get you through the
and want to far-away, it was us, and I will try to keep the group
season I didn't have to answer a question about who was going to be
my replacement, so, I suppose, in football management you tend to get
battle hardened to speculation. But I always do my job in a way I think
it needs to be done. And I am very pleased to be here. And I will be
working very hard to have a everybody would like it to happen.
But I still think we have made progress as a club. But it is making
that next step. Well, if he is going to lead Leicester City next is -- to
the next step, it's going to be from the seats. What about Derby's
prospects? This morning, Nat was inside the training ground.
The manager Nigel Clough starts this season as the longest serving
manager in the championship. And with his strongest team, he says,
since he has been here. Behind the badge, these are some of the new
faces. Six in total, the most talked about, striker Johnny Russell, 23
and has joined from Dundee United for several hundred thousand pounds.
He scored several goals preseason but wants to deliver in the brutal
championship. I want to prove I can play here. A lot of people have said
I can't as well. I will use that to my advantage, hopefully. I just want
to prove I can play at this level. Derby have a number of coveted
players. Notably 18-year-old will Hughes who is regularly scouted by
Arsenal, Manchester city and Liverpool, with a cool price tag of
several million. There is real expectation this year. We've got to
shake some depth. Is it strange on days like today when you're in the
closed shop and there are kids your age desperate for your autograph?
Two years ago, I would not have believed this to be true, especially
this quickly. It's been crazy. I hope to keep my feet on the ground.
I think the fact we've got a settled side, we've got to keep them fit,
and it gives us a chance. At Derby, the hit is ready and their first
game is on Sunday, at Hyde Park. None of the championship clubs can
make the claim that they are opening the season deserted because they are
at Sheffield United kick off very shortly indeed. And skilled town
have the privilege as well because they are back in the football the.
Paul Cox is leading his troops up to Scunthorpe United. Our best wishes
go with them. As always, you will find the best coverage of live
events, which of your club, on your BBC local radio station. And we will
have reports from the two handguns, Derby County and Nottingham Forest.
We will keep in touch with everything over the weekend. And
there will be a full and comprehensive round-up on Monday.
I, for one, cannot wait to see what happens.
Here we go, as they say. She's set three world records,
battled tropical storms and almost died at sea but this weekend Rutland
rower Sarah Outen is preparing to reach a major milestone. The
adventurer, who is rowing solo across the north Pacific Ocean, will
mark her 100th day at sea on Sunday. She's one of only four women ever to
have spent so long at sea alone. To celebrate the occasion she's
announcing another, more personal, achievement as Sarah Teale reports.
Sarah Outen's first attempt to row solo from Japan to Canada last year
was full of danger and drama. After 26 days at sea, a powerful tropical
storm hit, and Sarah had no choice but to call for coastguards to
rescue her. After recuperating back home in Rutland, she decided to try
again and set off this May. This time around, it has been much less
traumatic than last year. Equally, it has been full of the most
wonderful moments. It is everything I hoped it would be, and more, I
suppose. Sarah has already rode 1400 miles across the North Pacific Ocean
and will be celebrating 100 days at sea this Sunday. It vary -- it feels
very cool to be a today 100. Every moment, every milestone, just feels
huge. The 28-year-old adventurer has marked the momentous achievement by
announcing her engagement to her girlfriend, Lucy. I asked her to
marry me for weeks ago. So I am super excited by that. The thought
of seeing her again in Canada excites me. So says she's feeling
strong physically and mentally and, hopeful, of not just reaching
Vancouver but finishing a mission to complete a continuous sleep of the
world by cycling, kayaking and rowing. I store have that cautious
optimism for the chance of successfully landing in Canada, but
I know that it is outside contingencies that will determine
the outcome. If she successfully crosses the North Pacific Ocean, she
will still have to cycle across Canada and America, and then row the
Atlantic Ocean to get back to England, a feat she is determined to
achieve. Wow. We were wondering, does she
ever get any spare moments? And what does she do them?
I know what she does in her long I know what she does in her long
hours. Have a look at this. And Sarah had a special message for
us at East Midlands Today from the middle of the ocean.
She's extraordinary, how on earth does she have the time?
She is multitalented. A lot of people have been asking me whether
the heatwave is back for this weekend. Fortunately or
unfortunately, it looks as the heatwave was a one-hit wonder.
Yesterday, we reached 31.3 Celsius across the East Midlands. It has
been cooler for us today and we are staying in the cooler air mass
through the weekend. We are talking of highs in the low 20s. A little
bit more comfortable and bearable for sleeping. That cooler air mass
is also much more unstable and showery, so there will be some
showers lurking about through the weekend, some of those heavy. They
will be moving through quickly on a brisk wind, and there will be some
sunshine in between. It is a usable weekend of weather with some dry and
brighter bits. We've seen a lot of dry and bright weather today. We've
escaped the showers but there have been some heavy ones developing.
These ones are quite stubborn so they will continue the night, on and
off. Temperatures, much cooler and fresher than last night. 13 or 14 is
the lowest. Tomorrow morning, we start off with showers from the word
go. As the day progresses, they will line themselves up into bands so
some places might get shower after shower being blown through on those
brisk winds, and some places may escape them altogether. Northern
areas will be the best place to see the sunshine. The showers eventually
fade out into the evenings at if you've got a barbecue planned
tomorrow, there should be a lot of dry and bright weather around.
Sunday, it looks as though we've got this weather system moving its
weight in on Sunday. It'll take all day long to take to us, so the cloud
increases during the day and we see some of the showery rain into the
evening and through the night. Sunday night into Monday, the rain
will turn heavy. It looks as though there is heavy rain to start next