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This is East Midlands Today with Anne Davies and Dominic Heale.
Tonight: a third of Derbyshire's fire stations could close to save
money. Dozens of firefighters' jobs could also go. Bosses say the
service has to change. We have had a reduction of 62% in fires, therefore
we have got to change our delivery service. Also tonight, Steve
McClaren is the new man at Pride Park. Hopefully Things Will Work
Out. Plus, As A Giant New Landmark Is Moved Into Position, There Is
Talk Of Another Tramline For Nottingham. And the grand design
with big ideas. Good evening and welcome to Monday's
programme. First tonight, a third of Derbyshire's fire stations could
close under major changes planned for the county's fire service.
Budget cuts of around 40% could also lead to the loss of around a quarter
of full—time firefighters' posts. Tonight the government has said the
fire service may need to share its resources in order to save the
money. Well, our reporter Simon Hare is at
one of the stations under threat. Simon, what more do we know about
these proposals? This fire station in Derby was only redeveloped in
March last year. Under these proposals, all three fire stations
in Derby could close and be replaced with one single, central station. It
is because of a predicted 40% cut in the fire service budget over the
next few years. These changes have been described to me today as the
biggest shake—up in fire service cover in Derbyshire since 1947.
Derbyshire firefighters at a house that was struck by lightning in
July. Under the proposals announced today, the nearest fire station to
this incident in the future will be at Ripley and Ilkeston. Other
closures would see all three fire stations in Derby merged into one
new Central Station. There are currently 31 fire stations across
Derbyshire. Under the proposed closures and mergers, that would go
down to 20. 78 full—time firefighter posts would also be lost. That is
around a quarter of the current total. Over the last ten years the
service has seen a reduction of 50% in its call ratio, but we haven't
made any significant change to how we deliver service. We have had a
reduction of 62% in fires. We have got to change how we deliver the
service. When people pick up the phone and dial 999, is a vehicle
going to turn up? That will happen and it is a guarantee. The
government's minister has said savings could be made in other ways.
We should be looking at whether it shares across boundaries. And how it
shares with other parts of the blue light service. The local authority
is well could make sure there is not this duplication of rising costs.
And that the money is funnelled into the front line service that we love,
protect and want to keep. Tonight, there is a branch meeting of the
Fire Brigades Union taking place. Earlier, I spoke to the chairman of
the fur brigade union for his reaction to these proposals —— Fire
Brigades Union. The implications of this, the resilience within the
organisation, is very worrying. Could be life—threatening? I would
hate to sensationalise this but potentially it could. Talking about
the response times of up to 75% of households will receive a fire
service within ten minutes, that will be reduced. That talk of lives
being put at risk has been dismissed as alarmist by the government
tonight. The finer details of all the closures will be put on the fire
service website from tomorrow. The public will then have 12 weeks in
which they can have their say. Thank you. Other news, the house in Derby
were six children were killed by their parents has been demolished.
Workmen have been taking 18 Victory Road, where the children of Mick and
Mairead Philpott died in May last year apart. The house next door has
already been knocked down. The work is expected to last another week.
New housing will then be built on the site.
A man's been 20—year—old Antoin Akpom died after
an attack on Kent Street in the city earlier this month. A 19—year—old
was arrested in Cardiff last night. Another 19—year—old has already been
charged with Mr Akpom's murder and will appear at Leicester Crown Court
at a later date. Still to come: A tricky manoeuvre in
the middle of the night. A tram bridge is moved into position over
Nottingham's ring road. And today there's talk of another
line being added to the tram network.
seven people have now been charged with murdering four members of the
same family in a house fire in Leicester. The bodies of Shehnila
Taufiq and her three teenage children were found at their home on
Wood Hill earlier this month. Our reporter Eleanor Garnier was at
Leicester Magistrates Court this morning and she joins us now.
Eleanor, can you bring us up to date? Two men appeared in court this
morning. A 19—year—old from Leicester and a 21—year—old who
lives in Leeds. They both face four counts of murder. The hearings
lasted just a couple of minutes each, and the men spoke only to
confirm their names, addresses and that they understood the charges.
They have both been remanded into custody and will appear at Leicester
Crown Court on Wednesday for a bail hearing. Take us back to when this
house fire happened. It was in the early hours of Friday the 13th of
September. For members of the family all died after flames engulfed their
home. Shehnila Taufiq, her 19—year—old daughter and her two
sons, they all died. Today's court appearances are in addition to some
earlier charges. Four people, to our both 19, as well as a 16—year—old
who cannot be named for legal reasons. They all appeared at the
magistrates on Saturday. They each face four counts of murder. Another
man, Kemo Porter, who's 18 and facing the same charges, was
remanded into custody earlier this month. That is seven people now in
total all accused of murdering four members of the same family. Thanks
for that. You're watching East Midlands Today.
One of the region's leading opponents of the proposed high speed
rail link through the East Midlands has been invited for talks with the
Prime Minister. The invitation to Andrew Bridgen, the North West
Leicestershire MP, came on the day that the Conservative Party
conference heard powerful arguments for HS2, despite concerns over
escalating costs. This report from Manchester is by our Political
Editor John Hess. The anti—HS2 elephant that greeted
conservative activists for their conference was deflated today. Could
it sense that the Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin have
the political wind in his sales on backing HS2? In Manchester, I am
proud to support HS2, just as I am proud to support it in cities like
Sheffield, Leeds, Nottingham, Derby, Glasgow and Birmingham. All the
great cities of this country. But outside the conference all, mixed
views for the party's rank—and—file. I don't think it will benefit the
expenditure. There are probably better ways of achieving the same
aims. I think it is actually good, if it brings jobs, and it also gets
investment outside London. I think that is a good thing. The North West
Leicestershire Tory MP is shown the latest campaign video by anti—HS2
campaigners. It may be rattling a few cages in Downing Street. It has
already won him his first HS2 one—to—one with David Cameron. I am
grateful to express to the Prime Minister migrate concerns, and I
believe the concerns of the majority of people in the country that this
whole project is spiralling out of control. Patrick McLoughlin the
Chancellor remain upbeat about HS2. The reality is that the image of the
white elephant is not going to go away soon.
20 shotguns and a stun gun are among weapons handed in as part of a
firearms amnesty in Leicestershire. It's been running for ten days. The
haul so far also includes 11 pistols, a revolver and nearly 100
bullets. Police say they started the county's first amnesty for a decade
to remove unwanted and unlicensed firearms from the streets. It
finishes on Sunday. The company which leases Mallory
Park race track in Leicestershire has been put into administration.
Mallory Park Motorsport Limited says it has suffered significant losses
after it was forced to limit the use of the track to two days a week.
This followed a breach of a noise order. Testing and racing has been
cancelled this week. The administrator hopes racing can be
enjoyed for years to come. Nearly £50,000 in legal fees has
been spent by governors at a troubled Leicester primary school.
The headteacher at Uplands Junior in Highfields was suspended by the city
council earlier this month and the governors' powers were removed. The
school's defended its spending between April and September, saying
it was partially for staff matters. The council's investigating.
Leicester's bid to become the next UK City of Culture was given a
colourful send—off this morning. The final document was brought into the
city on a vintage wagon accompanied by the Leicester rock band Kasabian.
The bid will go to Manchester, to be considered along with entries from
Dundee, Hull and Swansea Bay. Whilst the government is expected to make
its decision in November there was only one winner in Leicester today.
I think it is important for Leicester to move on as a city.
Especially with the arts now, pushing them forward. It should be
great for the city. Our kids live here now, our children, the king is
buried here as well. Next tonight, it's on the market for
more than a million pounds. But a big selling point is it will save
you money. That's because a new property at
Great Glen in Leicestershire is one of the country's first 'zero carbon'
homes. In three years' time, the government
wants all new homes to be zero carbon. So could the new home built
by a father and son team be the way forward? Jo Healey went to find out.
I have always wanted my Kevin Maguire to moment, and this is it.
And this is the grand design, and what makes this place so important
to you as it could mean no more fuel bills. That is because it has taken
technologies that are already around and combined them. So what is so
unique about the way this works? It is unique because we take the warm
from the sun during the summer when it is abundantly available, and we
push it into the ground, underneath the building, which is warmed, and
we take it back in the winter to heat the house. So it is the storing
of the energy from the sun that matters. Not that bills would
probably bother you too much if you could afford this, but there is a
lot of interest, and not just from buyers. For the next year, a team of
experts will be keeping a close eye on its efficiency. It is a really
exciting project. We want to see how the house is really performing in
winter. And then to see how it can be rolled out across a much wider
market, across the UK and maybe across Europe. How excited are you
buy all this? We are thrilled. We are looking forward to building more
houses like it. With no energy bills? The houses will be completely
self—sufficient for energy. That's an incentive for those of us who may
be afford —— able to afford a much smaller version.
We like that. Nottingham's tram network could be
extended with another new line and a link to the proposed new HS2 station
on the edge of the City. Talks are being held about taking
the tram out to the Eastwood area and to the high—speed hub at Toton
towards Derby. The news came as a new landmark tram
bridge was edged into place across one of Nottingham's busiest roads.
Mike O'Sullivan reports. Moved by special transporters and
lowered with incredible accuracy, this 1000 tonne tram Bridge has
become a new landmark in Nottingham. On Saturday night, waste across the
A52 dual carriageway. It was euphoria for the team that were
here. Many hours of preparation over the last few days have culminated in
a fantastic achievement for the team. The bridge is part of a £570
million extension of the tram network, building two new lines out
to Clifton and Chilwell with work due to finish next year. This bridge
is hugely impressive, but the scale of ambition for the tram network
does not end here. There is no talk of building a new line out to
Kimberley. Looking at Toton makes sense as the HS2 project develops.
We are having conversations, we have not got a definitive plan yet but
conversation continues and we need to work out what is realistic,
affordable and how we can achieve it. There will be a tram stop as the
elevated line goes past the hospital. Secondary glazing has been
put in place to stop the noise affecting patients. The next big
project is a bridge at Clifton, heart of the bridge there collapsed
earlier this month. The builders blame engineering design problems,
but say that beams are being remanufactured and the job will be
completed in November. One of ten bridges and supports being built for
the tram extension. A lot of digging going on in
Nottingham these days. Exciting stuff in sport. New manager, Colin?
Indeed. In just the last hour, Derby County have officially appointed
Steve McClaren as their new head coach. The former England,
Middlesbrough and Nottingham Forest boss replaces Nigel Clough. Our
sports editor Natalie Jackson has been following the story and is life
for us. It has been a remarkable 48 hours.
Tonight, Steve McClaren is back in English management with his old club
Derby County. He was all smiles as he arrived for talks at Mallory
Park. —— Pride Park. It is great to come back. Hopefully things will
work out. Banks very much. The former England boss has been caught
at QPR since July. This is his third spell at Derby. He served as a
player, then assistant manager in the 90s, helping the club to the
Premier League. We have to be challenging for the play—offs.
Challenging to get into the top two and the Premier League. He replaces
Nigel Clough, who was sacked on Saturday just hours after defeat in
the local derby with Nottingham Forest. We have got to assess what
we have here. Excellent new players, a great style of football,
Nigel has done a great job. We have to develop that and make that
better. That is our job. We have two and a half years to do it. He posed
for photographs with fans and said he was aware he would have to work
within a budget. Ultimately you have to get the balance between the
ambitions of what you want, what the owners want, and there is ambitions
there. It has stabilised over the last three or four years and now
they want to push on. We are all in it together, we cannot wait to get
started. Steve McClaren will meet the media is the new Derby manager
at a press conference tomorrow. Natalie Jackson is at pride Park for
us. What today it been. What a day and what a 48 hours. Nigel Clarke,
sacked on Saturday night. Steve McClaren appointed as manager today.
A move which has divided fans. After Saturday, there was a slight
backlash. Some feeling that idle Clough has been harshly treated. He
has had to have the wage bill. Others felt that it was time for a
change. The club they want to get to the Premier League, they want to be
in the top six. They felt that they needed to bring in a new man. Steve
McClaren is that man. He will be in the stands here for the game with
Ipswich tomorrow. He will see his new team. Darren wassail will be the
caretaker coach. He will get a first look at his new side. Eric Steele,
also a former reader there —— former Derby player, will also be part of
the stuff. This story will rumble on. We will have more on our late
bulletin. Thank you very much indeed. Derby
were involved in a huge game on Saturday. The Nottingham Forest fans
certainly won't forget as it was the Reds who came out on top in the East
Midlands Derby. Kirsty Edwards looks back.
This is not just a game. It is the only one that matters doing the
season, the biggest game. I would love Derby to win. For these fans,
this is the big one. We were so nervous, I couldn't sleep last
night. Whoever wins will be walking a bit taller. Bragging rights and
the Brian Clough Trophy at stake. Pressure high on both sides. It was
forested started brighter, I great chance. Derby got themselves into it
and had their chances as well. But the decisive moment came just before
half—time. The Forest defender left in acres of space to head in his
first for the club. There is no feeling like it. I felt like I was
going to implode in euphoria. Forest's manager says his club could
have won by more. Missed chances like this he was talking about. Then
of course, there was the penalty. Up stepped Henderson, only to be
thwarted by the impressive league rant. It led to an intense final few
minutes. —— Lee Grant. I am delighted for our fans. We have
enjoyed the bragging rights. That is what this game is all about.
Regardless of the drama at Forest and Derby, it's Leicester City who
remain top dogs in the East Midlands. A 2—1 win over Barnsley
saw to that. They fully deserved it as well. Well
on top, even at the point where Barnsley had a goal disallowed for
offside. After the break the goals came for Leicester. The deadlock was
broken in 50 minutes. It was his first goal of the season. This
penalty meant the job was done, despite Barnsley producing a
consolation goal. Look at some of the Leicester chances generated by
their enormous share of possession. Definitely a team in form.
Elsewhere Notts County suffered their seventh defeat of the season
in League One. They got off to a good start at Carlisle with
midfielder Callum McGregor giving them the lead. But they wasted a
host of chances and were punished by two goals from the homeside. Notts
are now second from bottom of the league.
Mansfield Town are flying in League Two though and will have
particularly enjoyed this win over big rivals Chesterfield. Calvin
Andrew scored his first goal for the club. They're now unbeaten in their
last eight matches and are third in the table. In rugby, Leicester
Tigers took full advantage of what must have been Exeter's worst 40
minutes for years to take a lead that they would never surrender. Not
a bad warm up for the big home game with Saints on Saturday.
Nottingham Panthers had a cracking weekend. League leaders Dundee
slipped up last night and that meant Panthers' 3—2 win over Belfast was
as crucial as it was dramatic. This is Belfast's late goal to make it
2—2. But once the face—off is taken, the response from Panthers is
unbelievably swift. They are pushed back for a while, but then
Nottingham break at high speed and the end result is delivered with
real and ash, as you will see. —— with real pan ash. 16 seconds of
playing time from puck drop to game winner. You'll take that all day,
every day. That is a very nice finish to the day.
Indeed. It has certainly been very mild
autumn, but Leicester charity is thinking ahead to the time when
mercury plummets. It is asking people to donate winter coats to
help the homeless and some of the county's most vulnerable families.
Leicestershire Cares' Coat Drive will see warm clothing distributed
via 14 different charities as Jonathan Cecil reports.
Illness related to living in a cold home cost the NHS £1.6 billion a
year. Thousands are dying every winter due to the cold. The charity
Leicestershire Cares are urging people to donate winter coats to
help the county's poorest and most vulnerable people of all ages. We
need people to donate their courts because a court is the warmest thing
you can have and it is really going to keep you snug over the winter. We
are looking for people to donate coats, really we are looking for
men's' courts, women's courts and children's courts. They hope to get
2500, which will be distributed to 14 charities and community groups.
We will have a lot of people coming into our sessions needing courts are
clothes, and they can look pretty low actually, because they have got
a lot of worries, they are wondering how they are going to afford things.
It is nice at the end of the session, if you're able to give a
court are clothes, and they go out smiling. One of the solutions, one
of their needs, have been met. You can donate at either Tower Street in
Leicester or St Mary's Road in market Harborough. There is a
particular shortage in children's and small men's courts.
As we were saying, it is very warm at the moment. Here is the weather.
The weather has given September fine sendoff. Warm spells of sunshine
around today. In the next few days we have a battle on our hands. In
one corner we have high pressure that has been with us for a few
days, in the other corner as swirling area of low pressure out in
the Atlantic. The high pressure starts to wander off allowing these
weather fronts to work their way in. But back to today, the cloud was
with us first thing this morning, but it broke up very nicely
particularly through eastern parts. Elsewhere, it did break up very
nicely, we saw highs of 19 Celsius in Nottinghamshire. As we go into
tonight, we will see prolonged, clear spells overnight. Cloud will
start to creep injuring the early hours. It will be breezy, with
overnight lows of 10 degrees in built—up areas. Item the
countryside, they could dip down into single figures. Tomorrow will
be similar, mainly dry, some cloud around, but decent spells of
sunshine as well. Some places will wake up with brightness, clear skies
overnight. It will be breezy and the cloud will come and go throughout
the day. Some good sunshine and highs tomorrow of around 17 degrees.
Things start to change as weather fronts start working during the
middle of the week. It will be breezy at times, we will see some
rain, but temperatures won't do too badly at all. The picture on
Wednesday, the first weather front starting to creep into the East
Midlands. It will have lost its momentum as it reaches us, becoming
more patchy. But on Thursday we could see something a little
heavier, heavy pulses of rain for a time. Ring started quite and don't
last as we head towards the next weekend. —— things start to quiet
down. I will see you with the