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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


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