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This is East Midlands Today with Dominic Heale and me, Anne Davies.
Tonight: Police question 11 people over the death of an elderly woman.
The 11 people were arrested today are being held on suspicion of
manslaughter. The Transport Secretary in Nottingham justifying
the big rail fare rises. We are seeing huge investments in the
railways. In Nottingham, a million pounds. Are we going to see more of
these going up outside homes in the East Midlands? Eli McReddie athlete
who came from nowhere to win gold at the Paralympic world championship 's
-- the athlete who came from nowhere.
Welcome to Tuesday's programme. First tonight: 11 people have been
arrested on suspicion of causing the death of a Nottingham care home
resident. Ivy Atkin died shortly after the
closure of Autumn Grange in Sherwood Rise last year. Our social affairs
correspondent Jeremy Ball is there for us this evening. Jeremy, what
more can you tell us about these arrests?
The people were arrested this morning. The police say the
investigation was prompted by the death of Ivy Atkin. She was a
resident here rat Autumn Grange and she died shortly after the home shut
down last November. New line macro what happened at the home today?
building is currently being converted into flats. A police van
arrived here this afternoon. It was only a short visit and they work
accompanied by a senior detective. I understand the 11 people arrested
earlier are all linked to the Autumn Grange care home and their ages
range from 19 up to 77. Why was the care home closed down? There had
been worries about the quality of care for well over a year. A number
of inspections were carried out by the Care Quality Commission. There
were concerns raised about cleanliness, record keeping.
Nottingham City Council were so worried they sent in their own team.
A few days later, the private owners of the home decided to shut it down.
Ivy Atkin was one of the people who had to be given emergency transfers
to other care homes. Has there been a reaction from the authorities?
Nottingham City Council say that autumn hash macro Autumn Grange was
in breach of its contact. -- contract. A safeguarding
investigation is currently being carried out to see whether any
lessons can be learned from the death of Ivy Atkin.
The multi-million pound revamp of Nottingham Railway Station is just
one reason why big increases in rail fares are inevitable and justified.
That's the view of Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin who was
in the city today. Commuters will face an average
increase of just over 4% from next year. Union leaders say it'll make
rail travel too expensive for ordinary people. Here's our
political editor John Hess. The next London bound train leaving
from here is just under a fortnight away. Nottingham station has been
closed to most services while Merck on improvements press ahead -- while
work. The Transport Secretary used the transformation as a backdrop to
defend above inflation increases in train fares from January. We are
seeing huge investments in the railways. The Nottingham, over �130
million on Nottingham station. Birmingham station, �600 million.
That is despite all the work going on on the tracks and signalling
which people never see. It will mean that a ticket that now costs �180
will increase by �7 38 from January. They want to get the people on
public transport. They will not do it if they keep putting the fares
up. They are quite a lot already. The trade union has its own solution
to rising ticket fares. �1.2 billion the year is leaking out of the
railway system through privatisation. If we had a publicly
owned railway, it could be put to immediate use and lead to an 18% cut
in rail fares. The Transport Secretary is returning in a week to
see the progress of the construction work. A sure sign that this
particular project is on time and budget. It will lead to a better
service for commuters and passengers in Nottingham in the future. Rail
users may agree but another increase in fares from January, the 11th
consecutive year of rises, will be far more difficult to sell.
Still to come: In sport, a special studio guest. Yes, Aggers is here to
talk about the Ashes and Stuart Broad.
And building the tram extension, one of the biggest challenges is moving
this huge bridge across the A52. Poor exam results mean lifelong
career failure or can they be overcome? With its results due in
days, it is a question occupying many people right now. New research
by the Princes trust youth charity shows that nearly one in five
youngsters here in the East Midlands expect to end up on benefits. Bad
enough, you might think, but that figure rises to more than a third
among those who did badly in exams. Nearly one in ten believe that
failure in exams will always hold them back. 37% of the young people
surveyed in the region say that those who fell Berwick sounds will
struggle to find work in the future. -- those who fail Derek Sands. Our
reporter has today been visiting someone who has managed to keep one
step ahead of her exam grades. Putting her best foot forward.
Charlotte with a group of youngsters at a class. The 23 -year-old is busy
teaching dance to 120 children each week. It all could have been very
different. She struggled with some exams at school and nearly gave up
on her dream of becoming a dance teacher. With the help of a charity,
she set up her own business. academic side is weaker but they
gave me a mental to support me setting up. Charlotte's story is not
unique and now the charity that gave her support and carried out today's
survey is calling for more vocational help from the
government. Politicians have not really focused enough on the 50% who
do not go to university and who therefore need support to get into
vocational training. Charlotte also believes you can still be a success
without going down the Puma league academic route. -- the pew early
academic route. You can find different ways. Having a teacher who
does not shout is nice. With exam results out soon, it is hoped that
youngsters do not give up on career A 26-year-old man from Leicester has
appeared before magistrates charged with the attempted murder of a Sikh
spiritual leader. Harjit Toor from Oadby in Leicester was arrested
after an incident in the early hours of Sunday morning at the Gurdwara
Namdhari Temple in Leicester. Sri Satguru Uday Singh Gee was treated
in hospital for injuries but was later discharged.
A Derbyshire company says it could save the struggling NHS at last �30
million a year. Not by cutting staff, but simply by recycling old
hospital equipment. It's begun a trial with Nottingham's
two main hospitals who say the idea could transform the way the health
service operates. Carolyn Moses reports.
It is known as the trolley Hospital, a place for hospital
equipment to be brought back to life. It is hoping to revive the
finances of the NHS. We want to reject a throwaway society. We want
to reuse equipment. We bring it back and strip it back to steal and
repair anything damaged and powder coat the equipment and put it back
into service as new. Here are some they made earlier. Recycled and
handed back to Nottingham's hospitals. The trial has run for
several months and managers say they have already seen equipment costs
plummet. Historically, what would happen is that they would be
scrapped. Then you have the cost of scrapping and replacing them and the
time for it to come back. The solution we have got is a piece of
equipment will last ten years and save you a third of the price. It is
by one, get two or three free. Hospitals estimate that if they
recycled simple things like this oxygen trolley it could save the NHS
more than �30 million a year. If the NHS recycled more complex items like
patient trolleys or wheelchairs, it could save billions. It is very
simple. Very effective. If we can make this national, we could bring
much bigger savings to the community. It is a feel-good factor.
The Department of Health says it welcomes innovative ideas and will
study the results of the trial. If it proves successful, pieces of
equipment could make their own recovery too.
Excellent idea. The engineers building Nottingham's
tram extension are facing one of their biggest challenges.
Next month, a huge bridge built on site at the Queen's Medical Centre
will be moved into position over a dual carriageway. Meanwhile, the
head of the extension project claims attitudes towards the tram are
changing and have become more positive.
Mike O'Sullivan reports. This is what gives Nottingham's tram
extension the wow factor. Waiting to be lifted into place, a 60 metre
long bridge built on-site at Queen's Medical Centre. This bridge weighing
about 1000 tonnes is due to be lifted up and put into position over
the A52. They say they can do the job in one weekend at the end of
September. The bridge is part of a long viaduct through the hospital
grounds. The Queen's Medical Centre will have its own tram stop linking
the hospital to the city centre, the University and one of the suburbs.
In Beeston, there are mixed views. It will be a great benefit. We need
something like this. The convenience of it will be very good for people.
We do not need it. We have got fabulous buses. We have also got the
train only five minutes down the road. Whatever the arguments for
these two civil engineers, building the tram is a landmark in their
lives. You can see what you have done and you can come back in 50
years time and say, this is what I did when I was younger. You can be
proud. For the city to achieve what it has and putting up with difficult
scenarios that times. It is costing �517 million. It is beginning to
change the streets of Nottingham and it is claimed attitudes as well.
lot of the time people's negativity to projects is the unknown. Now they
have something to relate to. Over the last few months, people's
response has been more positive. region's biggest infrastructure
project is taking shape. It should be completed next summer.
Still to come: Sunshine in a bottle from Derbyshire.
We've been to two vineyards that are enjoying a bit of a vintage year,
all thanks to the recent hot spell. Estate agents are claiming that the
East Midlands' housing market appears to have finally turned a
corner. Buyers have returned to the market in their biggest numbers for
four years. The latest survey by the Royal
Institution of Chartered Surveyors says last month the biggest number
of new buyers entered the market since the summer of 2009. James
Roberson reports. In the early 19th century
farmhouse, this lady shows round an estate agent. She has been thinking
of selling for over three years but has been put off by the state of the
market. Now she can see it is picking up. You see the sold signs
going out. The prices seem to be moving up. For me, it seems the time
is now right. Her house is now for sale. A survey says two fifths of
estate agents in the East Midlands report an increase in demand.
have seen false starts in the past. This has legs because of the
government initiatives, for new housing and others due to come in
for second home housing. If you thought the housing market was in
the doldrums, come to this high street. In Westbridge road, there
are at least ten different estate agents. Some also advertise on the
Internet. We have been in the property doldrums for the last five
or six years and now people are saying that perhaps prices are
rising, wider signs of an economic recovery. That gives them the
confidence to look at a greater financial commitment and look to buy
a house for the first time or trade up. What do the public think?House
prices have been low for some time and interest rates have been low as
well and I think it is a good sign. Probably a good thing for me. No,
probably not good for the economy as a whole. It is good if you own a
house. At the end of the day, people are struggling to pay mortgages each
month. It is not going to improve the situation if house prices
continue to rise. Thank goodness we are turning a corner, hopefully.
It is not good for everyone. Time for the sport.
First, the cricketing world is talking about Nottinghamshire's
Stuart Broad today after he was the star of the show in last night's
sensational Ashes victory. England won their third straight Ashes
series, beating Australia by 74 runs in Durham. Broad who enjoyed a
devastating spell took six quick wickets to catapult England to
victory. Earlier, the BBC cricket correspondent Jonathan Agnew popped
in to see us, on his way back from the North East. We started our
interview by talking about how Broad has been right at the heart of the
drama in this series since he refused to walk in that first Test
at Trent Bridge. It seems a long time ago when he stood there for the
obvious catch. A lot was made of that. The England team supported him
for not having walked. A crucial innings in the end. Those of us who
have been around a while, we thought that there are limits in cricket as
to where you draw the line and where you walk. A lot of people do not
walk at all. Anyone who plays club cricket would understand that there
is a line. It has been feisty over the last few weeks. Messaging and so
on. I have known Stuart since he was a kid. I have kept a fatherly eye on
him. He is a brilliant cricketer. He is very competitive. Sometimes, that
can spill over a little bit. Positively, obviously, like
yesterday as well. You interviewed him last night. After what he
achieved yesterday and the dramatic way he took those wickets, that has
outshone what happened at Trent Bridge. Definitely. He is paid to
bowl and win matches. That game yesterday was nip and tuck. It was
120 41. It looked as if England for the second time in the game could
lose -- it was 120-1. I was talking to the coach today. When Stuart
Broad is on a roll, he can blow teams apart. He has done it before.
Last night, he bowled quickly, 90 miles an hour plus which he does not
always do, but it is something that he has, this competitive streak that
drives him on. I hope one day, this is why I keep an eye on him, I would
like him to be seriously considered for the next England captain. He
will probably be in his early 30s and I think he would be a brilliant
captain. At times, if he wants to be, perhaps he does not want to be,
but he has to keep a little eye on what he is up to. He is a beautiful
batsmen. He has been likened to very good batsmen. Part of the aggro has
been him not having the confidence of his place in the side but there
is no question of that any more. you think England are going to have
a 4-0 win? We go to Australia this winter and we start all over again.
Bear in mind, I have watched seven Ashes series now in which England
have barely won a match let alone a series. If people are expecting me
to show sympathy towards Australia, they will not find it coming from
me. Thank you.My pleasure. Staying with cricket and a big night
in the YB40 competition. Nottinghamshire could secure their
place in the semi-finals with a win against Worcestershire at Trent
Bridge. But the visitors are batting first and putting on a decent total.
Leicestershire still have hopes of making the last four but could only
make 163 down at Gloucestershire. Derbyshire are hoping to keep their
slim hopes alive at Lancashire. They batted first. They made 190-9 from
their 40 overs. Now there can't have been a more
dramatic rise to fame than Nottinghamshire's Paralympic star
Sophie Hahn. The 16-year-old from Widmerpool has cerebral palsy and
only took up running only last October. But she's just returned
home from becoming the world 100-metres champion and world record
holder. Kirsty Edwards reports. She announced herself on the world
stage in dramatic style and now the Paralympics newest star is back in
training. Good. Well done. Sophie's mum brought her down and said that
her brother thought it was a good idea on the back of the Olympics
because he thought she was quick. We did a taster session. As a coach,
you look and go, if I can sort out this and that, could be something
special here. There certainly was something special there. She picked
up silver and gold at the World Championships. It was amazing.
Fantastic experience. My version of London. Felt like a dream. I was
over the moon. Her medals are privately on display. Her family are
still getting used to her incredible achievement. It was 46 degrees on
the track that day. We were boiling in the crowd. For her to pull that
out, it was phenomenon. As a tot, she had a real determination that
was in her that you could not possibly give to her . I see that
coming through now. She is now way real prospect for the Olympics in
Rio in three years time and her coach says she will get quicker. For
now, they are still enjoying her recent success. To watch her achieve
what she achieved in the short space of time that she has achieved it, it
is incredible. Absolutely incredible. I have him to thank.You
did the running! Modest to the end. Well done, Sophie.
Well, we could see more medal success later at the Paralympic
swimming World Championships this evening. Mansfield's Ollie and Sam
Hynd and Charlotte Henshaw all have finals tonight as does Loughborough
based Ellie Simmonds who took gold yesterday, winning by a whole 20
seconds. This was just me really. It is different. You push yourself. You
push your own abilities. I am looking forward to doing other
events. I have got five more events this week.
And Nottinghamshire's blade runner Richard Whitehead set off on his
incredible challenge today to run 40 marathons in 40 days. He's running
from John O'Groats to Land's End and aiming to raise a million pounds for
two charities. Good luck, Richard. He is a superhuman, isn't he?
A lot of superhumans in the sport to night.
Now, we've had the longest and hottest weeks of sunshine this
summer for many years. It's had huge benefits for two Derbyshire
businesses. They're vineyards and one of them
expects to triple the amount of bottles of wines it'll produce this
year, as Paula Boys-Stones reports. It has been a job to keep the plants
under control this year at this vineyard in South Derbyshire. They
have around 4000 vines planted five years ago producing red and white
wine. The grapes are coming on well and John expects a record harvest
next month. We could produce four or 5000 bottles. Compared with last
year at about 1500. It gives you some idea of the difference in the
year and what it is going to make. Further north, these fines are in
their second year. They were planted in the snow. This summer's hot
weather has meant they are flourishing. We are five or six
weeks behind, but the hot weather meant the plants shot up and we have
had a good flowering season. They will not produce their real crop
until next year with wine being bottled in 2015. They are already
planning to plant more vineyards in the adjacent fields and to provide
local jobs in the micro winery. are looking like we will have a
harvest. John surveys their best ever crop but he for one does not
have ambitions to expand. It would be nice to put more vines in but as
the years roll by, I think probably not. We may have to look for one of
the family members to take it on and probably I will finish up just doing
the wine tasting. The worry for now is keeping on top of the weeding.
They used to produce wine in England for centuries, the Romans. Perhaps
it is coming back. I hope so! It is a lovely thing. They make some
nice champagne in market Harborough but of course you cannot call it
We have had perfect stargazing weather as well in the past few
nights. We had a fantastic view of the Nietzsche a shower. If you
missed out last night, fear not. -- the meteor shower. The skies will
not be quite as clear as last night but still decent clear spells. We
have got showers to get through once again. They have been on the lively
side today, blown through on the westerly winds. They are starting to
ease down again now. They are fading away. A dry evening. The skies
slowly clearing. There will be decent clear spells. Temperatures
quite chilly. The winds will ease. It will slide into single figures,
six or seven degrees by the morning. A bright start for
tomorrow. Cloud will increase Disney afternoon. A couple of showers
around later in the day. -- cloud will increase in the afternoon. The
showers will be very light. The winds tomorrow are starting to come
in from the south-west. Much milder so at last temperatures will again
scrape into the 20s. We will continue to import the mild and
muggy air on Thursday and there is a chance that could spark off heavy
showers which could be on the thundery side. At least temperatures