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Dominic Heale and me, Anne Davies. Stroke Tonight ,the Government tells
councils to get tough on travellers. A costly clean-up after the
travellers move on but what can be done to stop illegal camps? Peep
hole will not be able to play football on it for a long while.
Also tonight: A former beauty queen goes on type -- trial for illegally
selling gun parts. And the builder who created theme
park for kids. It was a lank piece of ground and nobody had been here
since the war. And brightening up the bridges, a
new sponsorship appeal to give Trent Bridge a spectacular new night-time
programme. Tonight, a massive clean-up operation has been going on
all day after a group of travellers camped on a local recreation ground
for almost two weeks. Almost a dozen caravans were parked on land in
Gedling, near Nottingham. Councillors say it'll cost thousands
of pounds to tidy up. This comes on the day that the Government urged
local authorities to get tough in tackling illegal travellers' sites.
They say they're simply reminding councils of their existing powers
such as: using temporary stop notices to stop and remove
unauthorised caravans. Pre-emptive injunctions that protect vulnerable
land. And possession orders to remove trespassers.
They can take immediate action if somebody is developing something
which is illegal in the first place. The police also have powers to move
people on and we want people to understand that those powers exist
and they can be used so there is no long-term damage. The council does
not then get caught up in a protracted legal at all. I do not
think it is as much of a problem as the government is making out. A lot
of people get on well with the gypsy community. They are not outside
people's boundaries. They are people they know. There needs to be more
site provision and less of an end is on the negative. In the East
Midlands there are a number of legal, authorised sites for
travellers, run by a mix of private operators and local councils. There
are just over 100 of them. The vast majority are in just two counties,
Leicestershire and Nottinghamshire. The number of illegal sites is much
smaller, just ten. But councils admit that this figure can be very
fluid, and that the sites are difficult to monitor. Well this
morning, our Chief News Reporter Quentin Rayner joined council
workers as they began clearing one of these illegal sites, on Lambley
Lane in Gedling. Last night, the evicted travellers
moved a few miles down the road to another illegal site, having left
their mark on where they have just been. A small army moved on to
Lambley Lane recreation ground in Gedling to clear up their mess. The
open space is popular with footballers and dog walkers. Ten
days of illegal occupation left 14 tonnes of garden waste for the
council to remove, dumped after tree cutting jobs in the area. A large
amount of human excrement was also left behind. The area behind the
tape is littered with toilet paper. There is a strong smell in the area.
The council says it will take until October 's to fully decontaminate
this land. It is the excrement that is left everywhere, needles. There
are no words to describe it. It is terrible. They break in, cut the
bolt off and then run their business of Lambley Lane car park.
council leader is facing a bill of �30,000 to clear both sites in the
borough. I cannot believe the amount of rubbish that has been left ear
and illegally dumped. It is very frustrating. I have to deal with the
cost of clearing this up, the public pay for it and it is making me
really angry. For the second year in a row, the travellers are back on
Teal close, another recreation area in Gedling. The council has served a
48-hour eviction notice but they know it will be at least a week
until anyone is moved. The leader says councils need stronger powers
than those granted by the government. We need one day and we
will clear them. We will bring bailiffs in and get them off very
quickly. Give us the power from government to a local level and we
will implement that. The clean-up team will return on Monday to finish
the job. Next tonight, a former Miss
Nottingham finalist has appeared in court accused of selling gun parts
illegally. 27-year-old Rebecca Draper runs a shop that sells air
weapons. Our social affairs correspondent, Jeremy Ball, reports.
This is Draper 's airgun Centre, a well-established field sport
supplier. A family business has been here in Radford for nearly 40 years.
But now the managing director has been accused of selling weapons
parts illegally. Rebecca Draper appeared at Nottingham Crown Court
to face for firearms charges, charges she denied. The charges
involve components for prohibited handguns which cannot be owned
without a licence. She is accused of selling or transferring four firing
pins without lawful authority. The charges relate to components for
Luca handguns and Glock pistols, weapons which are commonly used by
police forces. The allegations against Rebecca Draper will not be
set out in detail until she goes on trial. The judge said that case will
take place in December. Still to come: Britain's most wanted
tax fugitives. Two of the latest to join the list are from this region.
Here they are. And we'll tell you more about them, later.
A gang which used children to courier drugs between the East
Midlands and London have been jailed for a total of more than 30 years.
Officers from the Special Operations Unit have told this programme they
exploited teenagers to avoid the police as they bought and sold crack
cocaine worth around half a million pounds. Eleanor Garnier reports.
Behind bars for their parts in a criminal conspiracy worth hundreds
of thousands of pounds, bringing crack cocaine from London to the
East Midlands, to sell on the streets of our towns and cities.
Officers say the drugs run from Leicestershire to the capital
happened at least 18 times. To keep a low profile and try and avoid the
police, the drugs gang used children as young as 14 to career the crack
cocaine. These type of people will exploit anyone and they have
demonstrated that on this occasion by exploiting children to fetch the
drugs so they can stay out of the handling and the transportation of
the drugs. The four men have all been sentenced at Leicester Crown
Court. The gang leader Ruben Crawshaw was given 13 years after
being found guilty of conspiracy to supply cocaine. The three others or
from Leicester will serve between seven and 5.5 years.
There's been a massive surge in the number of private ambulances used
for 999 callouts in the East Midlands. Three years ago just 12
emergency journeys were handled by private vehicles, but this jumped to
246 last year. The cost to East Midlands Ambulance Service also rose
from �638,000 to 3.5 million. EMAS has blamed increasing demand, but
says it's now investing more than �4 million in its own vehicles and
extra staff. The driver of a digger who backed
his vehicle into a lorry, crushing and killing its driver, has been
given a suspended prison sentence. Mark Nayland who was 24 and from
Sutton-in-Ashfield died from multiple injuries at a landfill site
in Cambridgeshire last year. Kenneth Miller from Linton admitted
breaching the Health and Safety at Work Act.
Today, the government added two more names to a list of wanted tax
evaders. Several of them are on the run owing millions of pounds.
The Treasury's most wanted. These are the men and women who are
getting away with millions of pounds they should have been paying in tax.
New to the list, two from the East Midlands. He is alleged to have cost
the taxpayer �3 million but he failed to appear in court.
In 2002, this woman failed to turn up to Leicester Crown Court where
she was accused of her part in a tax fraud. She is thought to be on the
run in Pakistan. They join Wayne Hardy from Nottinghamshire who was
on last year's list. He is wanted for his part in a major counterfeit
plot. Today, the Chancellor was visiting tax investigators training
in arrest techniques. He says the evaders must pay up. We are
publishing the names of ten of our most wanted tax evaders who are
costing the country millions of pounds and this comes on top of the
support and investment we are giving to the men and women here who go out
there on the street on our behalf to raise the money that is due to pay
for our public services. The message to people who evade their taxes is
very clear, we are coming to get you and we will catch you. It is the
second time the government has tried this naming and shaming. HMRC
insists the idea works but so far, only one of the top 20 most wanted
has been caught. It is hoping to increase that arrest rate here in
the East Midlands. One of the country's best known
bridges, Trent Bridge in Nottingham, is to get a light show
transformation. The idea is to make it as iconic at night as Brooklyn
Bridge in New York or London's Tower Bridge. Nottingham City Council
believes the new night-time look will be popular, so it's looking for
sponsors to help meet the costs. Let's find out more from our
Political Editor John Hess, who's where you'd expect him to be on this
story. Good evening, John. Good evening. Two figures to conjure
with: 920.That's the date the first bridge was built here over the River
Trent. The second figure: 38,500. That's the total of vehicles each
day that go into and out of Nottingham over this bridge. But I
wonder how many of those drivers have ever thought about what the
bridge looks underneath the arches, especially at night.
Cricket fans crossing Trent Bridge last night after the 2020 match,
with the ground's eye-catching flood lights blazing in the dark. What
fails to catch the eye at night of the historic bridge itself. At
night, Trent Bridge is almost lost in the dark. Today, and I idea to
illuminate Trent Bridge and make it one of the most eye-catching bridges
in Britain. The council's deputy leader and the senior lighting
engineer were looking at lighting designs which could lift the bridge
out of the gloom at night. It will cost �150,000 but with finances
squeezed, it is looking to the business and public for sponsorship.
We are looking for somebody to sponsor the under lighting which
will look amazing and we are also looking at somebody to sponsor the
columns. Some of the bridge's lights are suffering wear and tear. Forest
are playing one evening, we could change it to read if we wish, or
leave it white for County. nearby suspension bridge owned by
Severn Trent Water had its own lighting make over a couple of years
ago. As for Lady Bay Bridge, its owners, Nottinghamshire county
council, are being urged to consider something similar. When you consider
the number of people who come over this bridge for football matches and
cricket, international cricket, you will get many many people and it
will be impressive. It is an iconic symbol and need some special
treatment. There will be some test lighting in the autumn to try it out
and if that and the sponsorship goes well, Trent Bridge could have a
whole new spectacular night-time look.
And Dominic and Anne, if you were wondering about the daily running
costs of powering up all that light, I was told today it will be
equivalent of switching on three electrical kettles. That does not
seem very much. Is that like switching them on and they go for
keeping them on all might? We do not know!
Now it's one of the most successful, family-run visitor attractions in
the region, and this year it's celebrating its 35th birthday. We're
talking about Gulliver's Kingdom, the children's theme park at Matlock
Bath. But when Ray Phillips bought the site in the '70s, a theme park
was not what he had in mind at all. James Roberson explains.
Screaming, music to the ears of theme park owners. It means
customers are in and enjoying the rides. Ray Phillips and his son,
Nick, also like to hear it at Gulliver 's kingdom. The steep site
was owned to aid -- home to a dance hall in the 19th century. When Ray
bought it, it was a dense woodland. It was soon home to a model village.
We soon saw that the children wanted to do something. The first terrorist
had a little train which went from one end to the other and that was
the first mobile typewriter that we had. And then we have grown from
there. 35 years on and Ray's children have taken on the
business. It spread from Matlock Bath to Warrington and Milton Keynes
which include superior camping facilities which the staff make in
Derbyshire. We are creating other attractions inside the park and
outside so we are extending our season. A lot of attractions like
the spy school here at Matlock are in Dorset they can operate all year
round. -- they operate in doors. original site is popular, including
with those who came when they were children. You go back to where you
went as a kid. It is close and it is a nice day out. We come every year.
The kids enjoyed it. It is a good family day out. Mum and dad are
there in the background. They are ready to step in and give advice but
we are taking the business forward. A third generation is coming but Ray
recalls his kids growing up as the Park did as well. They said why
don't other kids have theme parks they can go and play in
after-school? They had a lot of friends coming to play in it and now
it is their children coming. , here never return. They said he was not
for sale. But tonight Kelvin Wilson is back home and a Nottingham Forest
player. We broke the story three weeks ago that he was coming to
Nottingham. And we were there today as Kelvin completed a three year
deal from Celtic to Forest, for a fee of �2.5million.
The hero returns, welcome back to Forest. In a real statement of
intent, Forest have paid �2.5 million for defender Kelvin Wilson
on a three-year deal. You walked away from champions league football
to come here, so why? You are playing with international players
week in, week out, playing Champions League football. But I am coming to
Nottingham Forest. This is not a small club. It is a massive club
with massive ambition and great players. You said when you went to
Scotland it was hard for you to leave your family and child behind,
has that been a deciding factor for you? It was one of the main
reasons, my daughter, but it was not the case of me just coming back and
signing for anyone close to Nottingham. It had to be the right
club. He had a medical last night, trained today and admitted Celtic
did not want to let him go. They did not want to let me go but they
respected my decision. Forest is perfect for me. His time at Celtic
was a very good time for him and very educational for him. He had the
pressure of playing European games involved with Celtic. I think we are
getting a player who is at a very good agent we are very fortunate to
have him here. Kelvin, who is 27, left Forest for Scotland 2.5 years
ago. They said he he left after a dispute with Davis. Did you fall out
with him? This is the first time I have played with Preston and I have
never fallen out with him once. Billy Davies and his coaching staff
now have their back five. They are still looking for some in midfield
and upfront. Forest say they expect three more new faces before the end
of the transfer window. A new face too at Leicester City,
they've signed Spanish starlet Ignasi Miquel. The 20-year-old
defender has agreed a year long loan deal from Arsenal and as Angela
found out he has quite a footballing pedigree.
He signed up to the season, brought up the Barcelona way, but now Ignasi
Miquel is set to prove his worth for the Foxes. I know the competition at
Leicester is hard. I think I can get in the team. I fight for it and that
is it. That is why I am here. teenager in Spain's youth squad,
both Manchester United and Arsenal were after his services. The gunners
won that battle. But his desire for first-team football says he -- means
he is happy to call this the stadium home for now. I think Leicester has
given me a big chance so that is why I am here. He is a welcome new
edition on what has been a quiet transfer summer for the Foxes.
was very enthusiastic and looking forward to being here. That is a big
part of players having a successful loan spell. He may have to wait to
make his debut but make no mistake, he is a man eager to make his mark.
Derby County can complete a really solid week's work with an away win
at Brighton tomorrow. Last season the Rams form away from Pride Park
failed to match their home record. Manager Nigel Clough says they can,
and should, do better this season. It might balance itself up a bit
more this season. On Tuesday night we will do well, a good clean game.
The Brighton away game last season probably epitomised our away form.
We gave two soft goals away. Also in action, Notts County at home to
Peterborough and Mansfield have their first home Football League
match in some while when they host Exeter. You can follow all the
action on your BBC Local Radio station.
For the third time running, a very disappointing night for Cricket's
Notts Outlaws in the quarter finals of the T20 Cup. And for three overs
the Outlaws looked up to the job with some big hitting of their own.
But the wickets just would not stop falling and Notts lost by 47 runs.
There are lots of things which have not gone our way and that is the
bottom line. Apart from David Hussey and Alex Hales, we have not played
well enough. We have not been good enough.
Staying with Cricket, the men may have already retained the Ashes, but
the women's campaign is only just about to get underway. The squad
includes two Notts players, Jenny Gunn and Danielle Wyatt, plus a
whole group with Loughborough connections including the likes of
Lauren Winfield and Anya Shrubsole. They play a combination of T20s,
one-dayers and a single test which starts on Sunday.
Good luck to them, and all our best wishes to Loughborough Sprinter
James Dasaolu. Earlier this year he went under ten seconds for the 100
metres. This weekend he faces Usain Bolt at the World Athletics
Championships. Every hope of a medal.
Now, a special weekend of wildlife's getting underway at one of our
longest established nature reserves. The Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust
hopes the event, at Attenborough near Nottingham ,will help identify
dozens of new species, both insect and mammalian. It comes as the Trust
celebrates its 50th anniversary, this year. I popped along this
morning to see how they're getting To celebrate their birthday, the
trust has organised what they are calling the big 50, that is 50 hours
where they will try and find 50 new species at the Attenborough nature
reserve. One of the activities on offer is adult pond dipping. Nothing
to do with budgie smugglers or bath towels, but a lot to do with finding
new species of bugs. The technique is simple, scoop up a net full of
water, weed and silks, tipped everything into a bowl and then look
through one of these magnifiers. People use pond life as a
disparaging term but resume ugly you find it interesting? It is
fascinating. The smaller species are eaten by the bigger ones and they
are eaten by bigger things still and eventually by the fish. It all began
50 years ago so entirely appropriate that there are these big
celebrations this weekend? This started because of a fight to save
the wildlife that Attenborough. We want to save the hidden wildlife
that people do not see from the far corners of the reserve. Yes, because
90% of the reserve is not accessible to the public and I know you have
your eye on another reserve. Absolutely. We want to create a
wonderful new wetland reserve, 50 years on, wonderful parallel.
big 50 started this morning and continues until Sunday at noon. Pop
down and have a look. And bring your wellies and a jam jar.
And if you want to get involved then the BBC has a special website with
loads of wildlife tips. Just go to bbc.co.uk/summer of wildlife.
You were well protected from the sun with your big sun hat. Yes, I can
take no chances at my age. Less coverage than they used to be!
we need hats and factor 20 at the that moved through last night. It
gave a sprinkling to the gardens. We have a little ridge of high pressure
building for the weekend. It is not looking too bad at all. It will be
dried tomorrow. Just the small chance of a shower. The winds will
be a lot lighter for us. It should feel warmer. Here is today's
satellite picture. We did see a lot of clout today. That is starting to
melt away. The winds are starting to ease down. Lots of lovely sunshine
for the next couple of hours or so. The cloud will start to increase
from the West. It will be nippy once again. Tomorrow morning, NEP start
to the weekend. Some sunshine to start off with. That cloud will
build up. Cloudy at times but some decent spells of sunshine between
the clouds. A small chance of showers which will fade away later
in the day. Not a bad day tomorrow, the winds are a lot lighter. For
Saturday night into Sunday, we have these weather fronts converging
across us. It looks as if there is a greater chance of us catching a
shower on Sunday, particularly on Sunday morning. These should be