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Tonight, the £50 billion question. Another wobble for HS2 as MPs cast


doubt on its cost and benefit. Fields of furniture — who is


spreading sofas across Derbyshire? It is a disgrace, isn't it?


Could the Battle of Bosworth help Leicester win a new culture war.


Speeding round written in exactly nine days, nine hours and nine


minutes. Good evening, welcome to the programme. First tonight — more


questions about whether the £50 billion cost of HS2 is value for


money. A senior figure at the Nottingham


Business School says the government has yet to prove that the cash would


not be better spent on improving existing rail links within the East


Midlands. It comes as a group of MPs cast doubt on the benefits of the


high—speed link. Mike O'Sullivan is in Toton and can tell us more. What


is the feeling on the rising costs of HS2? Well, some are concerns it


is like a run rate train, getting out of control. This is the proposed


site for the station in the East Midlands between Derby and


Nottingham. Part of the £50 billion project, including rolling stock.


Today the Public Accounts Committee of MPs criticised transport


officials for out of date assumptions to do with costs and


benefits, one of them failing to realise that business travellers


don't lose working time on trains because they can work at their seat


on laptops and other mobile devices. This was the view and Nottingham


railway station today. I managed to contact clinics to see


if there is a availability so I have used it to the best of my advantage.


I like to relax and read a book. I would not say it is time lost. Noise


as well, and confidentiality. It puts you off. People talking on


phones. There are fundamental concerns in the region. Sue — senior


figure at Nottingham Business School says the government has not shown


that spending money on HS2 is not better than spending it on the


transport network around our cities. We need to see governments


demonstrating more convincingly that investment in HS2 will deliver more


of those investments than other potential investments in


infrastructure, things like the Tram in Nottingham. Is that the kind of


thing that actually will deliver greater net and if it? Some in


Leicester and Leicestershire question just what they are getting


out of HS2 but the West Derbyshire MP and transport secretary has


defended it. I am looking to provide a rail system fit for the long—term


future of this country. This is not a quick fix, it is planning for the


long—term future of the UK. Bringing our main cities together,


Manchester, Birmingham, Leeds, Sheffield, it is essential. More


reaction today from the Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire Chamber of


Commerce. It wants better transport links but says there should not be


an open cheque—book. We are not quite ready for the emergency stop


but perhaps it is time to start applying the break.


A 16—year—old girl is being questioned by police after the death


of a newborn baby in Lincolnshire. The boy was found at a house at


Baston near Stamford last week. Police say the cause of death was an


obstructed airway. Simon Ward reports.


It was here in the quiet Lincolnshire village of Aston that


police were alerted to the death of a baby. —— Baston. A 16—year—old


girl was arrested and questioned by detectives. A post—mortem revealed


the boy died from an obstruction in his airway. Despite the arrest,


officers still want more information. We are not looking for


anybody else. We want more information about what happened so I


would appeal for people to contact the police and tell us, but we are


treating this as Marie March and isolated, localised issue. The


individual arrested I am pretty sure we'll have all of the answers. I


want to assure people that we are doing the right things as quick as


we can. The teenager will continue to be questioned about the death. No


charges have been brought. There has been another death at


Leicester's Bradgate Mental Health Unit. The trust which runs the unit


has confirmed that an incident on 22 August resulted in the patient's


death. An independent investigation will be held into the death, which


follows inquests into the deaths of seven patients between November 2010


and June 2012. A further three deaths are being investigated by the


coroner. A two—day investigation at the mental health unit in July found


poor standards of care. Nottinghamshire Police have been


following up a number of calls they took over the weekend after a new


appeal for information about a 50—year—old unsolved murder. Pub


landlord George Wilson was brutally stabbed in Nottingham in what became


known as the Pretty Windows murder, so—called because of the ornate


design of the pub's windows. Yesterday marked the 50th


anniversary. Officers are now following up the new information


they have received in the last few days.


Derby's accident and emergency department is more understaffed than


the national average, according to a BBC survey. Derby Hospitals NHS


Foundation Trust has a staff shortfall of 12%. The average across


trusts in England is 10%. Meanwhile, a report has found that poor


staffing levels at the Royal Derby Hospital contributed to a baby's


death. Amy and Michael Wray's daughter Georgina was stillborn at


the hospital in March last year. Coming up this evening, King Richard


of York gave battle in vain. But could the last Plantagenet King


helped the city of Leicester secure a 21st—century victory?


A massive clean—up operation has been going on today after piles of


old furniture were dumped in three different places in Derbyshire.


Armchairs and sofas were discovered across the Erewash area. One pile


was so big it actually blocked a country lane. But council officials


believe they may have a lead on the people responsible. Here's Sarah


Teale. Dumped in a lane leading to a


fishing lake, a mound of old armchairs. For the owners of the


lane and the lake it means a headache to get them cleared. It is


a disgrace, isn't it? That must be a furniture company of some sort. It


is a disgrace. The chairs have been left close to this isolated church,


next to this lake popular with local walkers and picnics. One worker


comes to check out the pile and calls out a warden and his team


leader, who come to look at the chairs over more carefully and


photograph them to see if there is any more evidence where they came


from before they were removed. Around here there are not many lines


of enquiry. There are some houses nearby so officers will be checking


if they have seen anything. This is not the only place where fly tip us


have been this weekend. They have removed other chairs and sofas from


near this play area, while an even bigger load has been found at a


cul—de—sac in Stanton gate. It seems clear that the sites at church


Willem and here are linked. Travelling between the two sites I


have had a telephone call to say there is some information for us to


investigate. It may not be linked but it is something we will be


looking at today and I want to reassure residents that the council


are proactive in stopping this behaviour. Today work men have been


clearing the scar —— the sites to bring them back to their normal


condition. Anyone with any information about who might have


been responsible should contact Erewash Borough Council.


Since we ran this story earlier today you have been getting in touch


and showing us some fly tipping near you.


Colin told us about this 3—piece suite dumped to the south of East


Stoke. He says it is not the first time it has happened. Another load


has recently been cleared by the council.


If you have any examples of fly tipping near you, we would love to


hear from you. The mother of a teenager who was


beaten to death because of her appearance is encouraging other


victims of hate crime to get help. The University of Leicester is


currently carrying out the UK's largest ever hate crime survey. It


is trying to find out just how widespread it is and who is


affected. Sarah Sturdey reports. Sophie Lancaster was beaten to death


because of the way she looked. Her mother now campaigns for a better


read —— understanding of alternative subcultures at events like the


download Festival at Donington Park. All the time people tell us, we have


been bullied and attacked. Get on the phone or down to your local


police station and tell people. The offences are based on prejudice.


Victims can be targeted because of their sexuality, disability, race or


religion. Researchers at the University of Leicester want to find


out how widespread it is. We are concerned that many people are


affected but we don't know about it. If you look at the official figures


we know that the number of hate crimes are around 45,000 quite


consistently, but some surveys have it more than five times that. It is


the dark figure of hate crime we don't know much about. The results


will be published in the autumn next year but researchers believe they


will discover some tensions between emerging and established


communities. And you can see Sarah Sturdey


speaking to victims of hate crime here on BBC One in the new series of


Inside Out East Midlands. The team will also be looking at


making decisions about care in old age and the boom in erotic


literature for women. That is at 7:30pm tonight.


It is described as a way of putting Leicester on the map. Now


Leicestershire County Council is considering giving £2 million to


Leicester's City of Culture bid. The council leader says winning the


title would benefit the County of Leicestershire culturally and


economically. Our arts reporter Geeta Pendse has the details.


Yes, it is three weeks to go before Leicester 's final bid to become the


next City of Culture is submitted. The bid team need to prove they can


raise £10 million to host a year of cultural events in 2017. Now the


county council could throw its hat in and pledged £2 million from their


reserves. It comes days after the council announced it has to make


£110 million in savings over five years. The council leader believes


the bid is stronger with the county's backing and is a worthwhile


investment. In economic development terms, each pound invested will ring


in between £6 and £9 of additional money. If I put in a couple of


million, the city put—in 10 million, we could have up 110 million coming


into the city. It is economic development as well as culture. The


council hope the Bosworth Battlefield and the links to Richard


III will be a key part of cultural programming, as will investment in


vents in towns like loft, recently part of the Mary Portas Project, and


attempt to revive the high Street. More trade in any respect but when


you have events on people generally are not shopping so forecasts, they


don't come with shopping bags, so we make less money probably. I think it


is Berry worthwhile, great for the community, great for young people.


—— very worthwhile. There are other things that could be invested in,


employment, as Mrs. —— businesses. Everybody needs some culture in


their lives so it is a positive thing to do for people.


This Friday the council's ruling cabinet will decide whether to


underwrite the £2 million. It is a decision that could carry


significant weight for those hoping to secure the title.


Thank you very much. Work began today to create


Nottinghamshire's first Olympic—sized swimming pool. The


£13.5 million redevelopment of the Harvey Hadden sports complex is part


of a huge project to improve the county's leisure centres. The


50—metre pool will be the centrepiece of new facilities at the


centre in Bilborough, which include a gym, health suite and fitness


studios. It will open in spring 2015.


More than 15,000 people visited the famous Mallard steam engine at


Grantham Station this weekend. And it was at Stoke Bank near Grantham


where the locomotive broke the world speed record for a steam engine in


1938. A pop—up railway shop has also been set up in the town for the rest


of the month, showcasing Grantham Station's history.


Lots of people in Grantham going to see that. It is fantastic.


Next tonight, a charity is warning that the East Midlands needs an


extra 500 foster carers. Action for Children believes the shortage is


caused by the myths surrounding who is eligible to foster. With the


number of carers declining and the increase in numbers of children


needing to be fostered, the charity believes the situation can only


worse. So what are the misconceptions about


fostering? Many people living in the East Midlands believe incorrectly


that you can't foster if you... Well, earlier I spoke to Darren


Johnson, who is the operational director at Action for Children, and


asked him why he thought the number of foster carers was declining.


We increasingly find there are more children coming into the care system


and obviously they need to be supported within fostering. We have


a shortage of 500 foster carers in the East Midlands. It is really


important we put the message out about what the criteria are in order


to come forward and apply to be foster carers. Part of the barrier


is the myths and that is preventing us recruiting. So who can become a


foster carer? If you are over 55, if you have rented accommodation, if


you are unemployed or in part time work or from the LG BT community you


can come forward. These are the myths around, that those people that


fall into those categories can't come forward, but they can. You have


a lot of children that need foster parents. How can you get through to


people that they could be eligible? People need to come to the Action


for Children website, find out more about us and how we support foster


carers in becoming approved carers, and also go to our open days and


information sessions and meet some of our experienced foster carers,


because it is really worthwhile listening to their experiences. We


have foster carers who have been doing it for over 20 years and they


have had a transformational effect on those children's lives. What


happens if you don't get the foster carers you need? You have a group of


children whose lives will be unfulfilled. It is really important


to give them the opportunity to put them in a foster home that will


transform their lives. We'll start tonight with cricket,


and the semifinals of one of the top competitions which is taking place


right now. It is 24 years since Notts got to a one—day final at


Lord's. They are taking on Somerset at Trent Bridge in the YB40 cup.


Mark Shardlow is there. Yes, they are a giant step closer to


Lourdes. The halfway stage and they are 119 all out, Somerset that is.


This is the story of a dramatic afternoon. It started with rain


showers which delayed play until 5pm. It was reduced to 35 overs per


side. In the first over —— over, Marcus Tress topic out. —— Marcus


Tress Gothic. Soon the second wicket and then a brilliant catch for


Hussey to get the third. Jake Ball all in for wicket nub of four. In


the last half an hour a dramatic tumble, four Crick which —— quick


wickets. Notts are well on course to reach their first final for nearly a


quarter century. Now, onto the weekend action,


starting with rugby. Leicester Tigers' Dan Cole will face no action


for allegedly biting Worcester's Ignacio Mieres in the game at


Welford Road yesterday. The citing officer believes it was accidental.


As for the Tigers team, well, they left it very late but eventually got


maximum points. Kirsty Edwards reports.


Tigers will certainly faced tougher tests than this as they defend their


premiership title to the side got the job done, albeit with a scrappy


first game. The host comfortably dominated the first move with a good


move finished off by Thomson for their first try. After the break,


Tigers looked to be out of sight, when a driving maul saw Jordan Crane


going over under a pilot bodies. There was a fightback, reducing the


gap to just ten points after two tries. Tigers never looked in danger


of losing the game but it took some fantastic footwork to get an


all—important fourth try. This was with just six seconds to go.


In football, another waypoint for Mansfield Town in a lively game at


Newport County. Two goals and two sendings off for the Stags' visit to


industrial South Wales. The goals were a case of spot the


difference. This was Newport in the first half, Chris Zebroski finishing


it off. This was Mansfield's reply in the second half. The sendings off


were rather different. This was a straight red for raising the arms.


Max Reid got a second yellow for this late challenge. Overall


Mansfield had the best of what was a 100 mph fixture. At one point


something this tricky will do the Stags very nicely.


We're going to finish with squash, which has just had the crushing


disappointment of missing out on becoming an Olympic sport. The East


Midlands has one of Britain's top squash teams playing out of Duffield


in Derbyshire and their top player is world number two Nick Matthew.


He'd been heavily involved in the campaign to win Squash Olympic


status, and earlier I asked him how he was feeling now.


Heartbreaking, I think, was the word used by the president of the world


Squash Federation, squash being a truly global game now, champions


from all five continents. The hurt will be found all around the world


after this decision. You put so much energy and time into this sport. Can


you redirect that energy and build squash up again? It is


disappointing, the promise was there to have a new sport. Wrestling was


removed and then reinstated. But we have moved forward, television is


one of the aspects we hope to benefit from. We have the


Commonwealth Games next year and hopefully we can show how much we


have come forward as a sport. Thank you very much for joining us.


We will fun it —— followed them all the way through the championships.


Now, if YOU were planning to circumnavigate Britain over the next


nine days, I bet you'd be hoping for good weather.


After months of training in the East Midlands they set off from Poole in


Dorset today. It may look like the sea but in fact


these are the calm conditions in Derbyshire in July. The 999


challenge team from water safe UK had to use the reservoir to rehearse


for their 2000 mile charity trip around Britain. It costs a lot of


money every year to keep the water safe. We decided on this challenge


and we wanted to do it with a partner charity. The team's normal


territory is rescuing people from inland waters. Yesterday it was time


to leave Derby and head off for the south coast. 6:30am this morning in


Poole Harbour outside the RNLI HQ and lifeboat station. The aim of the


voyage is to raise £20,000 not only for water safe UK but also the RNLI.


There are a lot of tides, a lot of weather around the coast,


particularly now in September. It will be difficult for them, lumpy,


and I think they will come back with a tremendous sense of achievement.


The trip is the idea of violent —— volunteered Nigel. A lot of the


volunteers are members of the emergency services so he came up


with the 999 challenge, completing the trip in nine days, nine hours


and nine minutes. We are searchable rescue team so we are are used to


using boats. We have a good chance of completing it. We will have


varying conditions but we are confident. 7am, the team sets off.


They will stop the next eight nights at different lifeboat stations. All


well, they will be back home on September the 17th.


Not that I know any thing but I have a feeling they will be —— they would


have been better off doing that last week.


Yes, last Wednesday we reached the dizzy heights of 27 degrees.


We weren't far off a frost this morning, some people with


temperatures around four Celsius. We have a rash of showers, some of them


quite lively. They will continue over the next couple of hours.


Slowly they will fade away through the early hours of the morning so


they will dry up again tonight. We will have a lot of cloud and the


breeze picking up, so not quite as cold. Lows of seven or eight.


Tomorrow we are watching and it —— a developing area of low pressure in


the North Sea. This may bring some rain across eastern parts. We will


start off dry, quite a lot of cloud but we could see some of that rain


edging into eastern parts as we go into the afternoon. The best chance


to stay dry will be western parts of Derbyshire and East Staffordshire.


We have a brisk north—westerly wind developing, highs of just 15 or 16.


Wednesday, we get rid of the low pressure, but we have another one


coming in from the Atlantic. It starts off dry and bright but we


will see some rain later on. A bit drier towards the end of the week.


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