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This is East Midlands Today with Anne Davies and me, Dominic Heale.


Tonight — the Government threatens to shut down the Al Madinah Free


School in Derby — for good. Minister accuses the school of delivering a


poorer standard of education and of discriminating against women and


girls also tonight, sales at a seven—year high, or are these the


first signs of a new property boom? The rare medical condition which


causes excruciating pain in the sufferer's face. Trigeminal


Neuralgia, you would not wish it on anyone. It is like having your tooth


drilled without an anaesthetic. Leicester cuts, how familiar


landmarks left in Prince on local artist. —— imprints. The government


is threatening to withdraw its funding for a controversial free


school — unless it takes "swift action" to address major concerns


over how it's run. Officials say the Al—Madinah school in Derby has


failed to ensure the safety of its pupils, has delivered an


unacceptably poor standard of education and discriminated against


female members of staff. Our reporter Simon Hare is at one of the


school's two sites in the city. Simon, the Government appears to be


taking a hard line? Yes, a very hard line after a month of


investigations, inspections and intense media scrutiny. Today the


Education Minister wrote this very strongly worded letter to the school


telling them that unless they make major changes to the way the school


is run, they will lose funding. It is fair to say that having spoken to


parents tonight, many remain broadly supportive of what is happening


here. Parents of schools at Al Madinah Free School arrived to


collect their children this afternoon. Most had already heard


that the government was threatening to withdraw funding. There is no


problem with the school. I think it is the job of the teachers to sort


everything out. Parents should back the teachers and give their support.


The government should not withdraw funding. We need schools like this


in society and in the community. Are you happy with the school? It is


OK. Parents were given a letter from the school in response to the


criticism from the government. The Education Minister accused the trust


which runs the school of breaching the conditions of its funding


agreement by failing to ensure the safety of children at the school.


That relates to the lack of paperwork to prove background checks


have been carried out on staff, delivering an unacceptably poor


standard of education. We revealed that the regulator accused the skill


of being inadequate. It was discovered in 18 in its policies


towards female staff. It failed to discharge its duties and


responsibilities in respect of the governing body. The government said


there have been significant failings in the financial management of the


school. It now has to comply with a list of demands from the government


by the end of this month. In the letter to the chair of governors,


the minister warned unless swift action is taken to address these


concerns, I will become hailed to terminate the funding agreement.


Tonight the acting principal gave this reaction. We had a team of


inspectors in earlier this month and they will be publishing a report


which will be published nationally with their objective views. I look


forward to when you receive that report, because this is their


professional objective judgement for the school. There are things we have


to address. Their view is objective. Well, in that letter to parents, the


school says that to say the criticisms have come out of the blue


would be an understatement. They say that the school is struggling to see


how it is being treated in comparison to other free schools.


While it intends to cooperate with the Department for Education on


these improvements, it is also going to be seeking the advice of its


solicitors. Thank you. Next tonight — If you're looking to a buy a house


or sell your home, things could be looking up. A survey by the Royal


Instiution of Chartered Surveyors says house sales here in the East


Midlands have hit a seven year high and the recovery is gathering pace.


The news came as the Prime Minister used a visit to this region to


launch the Government's Help to Buy scheme. Jo Healey reports. This


woman did not think she would be packing up and moving on until the


spring, but as soon as it went on the market, her home was stabbed up.


The estate agent came round on the Tuesday, took photographs on the


Wednesday, the sign went up on Saturday. We had three viewings on


the Sunday and had the asking price on them Monday. It went through


quickly. We were pleased. All the estate agents I spoke to said there


has been a surge in sales. More crucially, there is an increased


confidence in the market. We have got plenty of properties coming into


the market. We have also got plenty of sales being agreed. The


government's new Help To Buy is helping the market. We are hoping to


move to a three bedroom house. We have not been able to get the


deposit together until now. Now this couple have sold, they are heading


off to live in Turkey. They're quick sale means they are sailing into the


sunset much sooner than they thought. Well, Jo mentioned the


Government's new Help to Buy scheme in her report. It was officially


launched by the Prime Minister this lunchtime — here in the East


Midlands. Our Political Editor John Hess joins us in the studio. John,


is it significant that the Prime Minister should chose our region to


announce the scheme? The East Midlands is a region that's seen


some of the biggest housing Midlands is a region that's seen


pressures in recent years. Those new figures from the Royal Instiution of


Chartered Surveyors are based on findings from its 12,000 members in


the East Midlands Half of them report sales are up: That's the


highest level in seven years. But are there enough homes to meet the


demand. According to East Midlands Councils, seven and a half thousand


new homes were completed last year — that's half the total of ten years


ago. And the National Housing Federation says it expects house


prices for first—time buyers in our region to increase by 36% over the


next SEVEN years. More For Sale signs are a sure of a recovering


housing market. Certainly the Prime Minister believes the housing market


and other changes now in place should make more homes available in


the East Midlands. But it's wrong to think that the scheme is helping on


the demand side. It is helping with the supply for the reason that the


builders will not build unless the buyers are able to buy. This is


helping to unlock the housing market which is part of a good and balanced


recovery. But are there concerns of another house price bubble in the


East Midlands? The Prime Minister says this will" unlock the housing


market" .It's a basic law of economics: if there's a shortage,


the price goes up. That's why the National Housing Federation is


warning an East Midlands spike in property prices for first time


buyers, the very group the Prime Minister wants to help. Thank you.


Still to come — top flight speedway in Leicester. After the sport


collapsed in the city in the 80s, it seems the Leicester Lions are on the


verge of joining the Elite League. And we are speeding our way into


winter, we have a temperature roller coasters on the way. Join me later


in the programme. —— roller coasters. The Old Bailey's heard


that a teenage terror suspect was arrested after threatening two


schoolboys with a knife in Loughborough. The seventeen year


old's accused of preparing weapons and plans for a Columbine High


School—style attack. For the latest — let's cross to Loughborough — and


our Social Affairs Correspondent, Jeremy Ball. This is Granby Street


in Loughborough, not the kind of straight you would expect a


terrorism investigation to begin, but this is worth the 17—year—old


was arrested in February after a row with two schoolboys. The details


emerged in court where he was in the court with an interim media victory


and cannot be identified. This afternoon witness described how he


and his friend were confronted here. He said the teenager was wearing


military style clothing and he told them to stop messing around with a


drinks can and when they got to this corner, his friend shouted knife!


The teenager moved towards them pointing a jagged blade. That is


what led to the arrest and police searched his home. The prosecution


say more weapons were found and a list of potential targets. These


included a local mosque and the local council along with this cinema


and two of the teenager's schools. Today the court heard from a former


student who talked about a pattern where the teenager used to get


taunted and then use to respond with death threats. The jury heard from


one of his former teachers who described him menacingly turning to


a bag after she reprimanded him. The bag contained two knives and what


looked like a gun. The teenager on trial has admitted possessing petrol


bombs and pipe bombs but he has denied that they were for an act of


terrorism. Fire crews from all over South Derbyshire have been at a


warehouse fire this afternoon The fire service got numerous calls


around 3.40pm that this Victorian Warehouse on Northern Road in Derby


was ablaze. Fire officers from the three Derby stations, as well as


Long Eaton, Belper and Duffield turned out — along with a high rise


appliance. Initially it was thought people might be trapped inside, but


it now appears the building is empty. Damage, though, has been


extensive. People who have it describe it as one of the worst


pains on earth. Now a woman from Leicestershire who says she has


suffered from it for years is hoping to make a world of difference. She


has set up a global online support group for Trigeminal Neuralgia. As


our health correspondent reports, this severe facial nerve pain can


last from just a few seconds to up to two excruciating minutes. It


feels like my face has got tight. Nicholas Smith says she experiences


pain in her face many times a day. —— Nikki Samuel. It covers all the


nerds across my face. It makes my face feel like it is burning ——


nerves. Trigeminal Neuralgia is not one of the worst pains known to man.


It is a bit like having your tooth drilled without an anaesthetic. In


most cases the pain is caused from pressure on an artery. Tumours can


affected and surgery only cure is some cases. Some people commit


suicide if they do not get adequate treatment. Sudden changes in


temperature make it worse and it can be hard to play outdoors. I watch


Harry through the glass and that is not how it was meant to be.


Sorry... Just then I had a shock across my face. It makes us very


sad. The condition is hard for her partner. She has got no control over


it. It can hit her at any time. She has helped to organise the first


international awareness Day, eliminating landmarks around the


globe, a publicity stunt to shed light on condition that affects one


in 20,000 people in the UK. An inquest jury's witnessed an


emotional exchange between the sister of a man found fatally


stabbed three years ago and the psychologist who'd been in charge of


his mental health care. It happened at the inquest into the deaths of a


man, his former partner, and their young son in Derbyshire in 2010.


James Roberson reports. It was at this cottage in 2010 that three


bodies were found. Those of Rachel Slack and her son Aidan and his


father Andrew Cairns. The year before, the couple had split up and


Andrew Kerins lived alone here. Throughout 2009 and early 2010, his


mental health deteriorated. He was supposed to see his care


coordinator, but he began to miss appointments. In March, 2010, in


desperation, he insisted that this woman went with Rachel Slack to see


him along with his doctor. However he refused to admit any of them. The


doctor told the jury we had no powers to enter the property or take


things further. The coroner said that the woman left you a number of


messages the following day which you made no response. The doctor then


said to her personally, that was not acceptable and I apologise to you


for any distress that I may have caused you. She said it would not


do. The inquest also heard that Andrew's sister could only be


directly involved in his care with his permission and he was against


that. Additionally, the doctor was asked if knowing him


professionally, the deaths that happened later could have been


foreseen. He said no, he was not violent, it could not have been


foreseen. The inquest continues. With almost a million young people


out of work anything to reduce that figure is bound to be welcomed — and


that's where Nottinghamshire's biggest careers fair may help.


Thousands of people have been visiting Nottingham Racecourse where


scores of exhibitors are providing advice and support. And as Quentin


Rayner reports, for one teenager, going to the fair really paid off.


Up to 6000 young people and their parents are expected to have


attended the fair at Nottingham Racecourse. Aimed at 15 to


19—year—olds, the exhibitors offered advice on the best choices for


further and higher education as well as apprenticeships. Really useful.


What do you want to do? I want to be a science engineer. I have been


searching for apprenticeships and I have found a few. I was looking at


construction work. How useful has it been? It has been very useful. It


does lead to a job. They get some real work experience. That stands


them in good stead either to be taken on by that employer or by


someone else after they finish their apprenticeship. This man walked into


full—time employment after an apprenticeship when he visited the


fair two years ago. The 19—year—old now works as an IT support


consultant for the training provider who give him his apprenticeship. I


went to the fair and I learned so much more. You find out a lot more


that you can do. He is typical of many young people. He wants to work


and has a great work ethic. He has an interest in IT which he was able


to develop. When he got qualified, we decided he was too good to lose.


Success for Jake and that they went down a as well. A leading charity


says almost a quarter of seven—year—olds, from lower income


families in the East Midlands, are NOT reaching the expected reading


standards. Save the Children says the government must act to stop


pupils falling behind. Simon Ward has been to a school in


Nottinghamshire that's trying to improve reading skills. At this


school, they are eager to learn, but in our region, 22% of


seven—year—olds from low income backgrounds are being left behind.


More intensive lessons are helping to boost reading ability. These are


the children of the recession, they were born in the economic downturn


and are beginning school life now. The charity is campaigning to reduce


the reading skills gap. With intensive teaching from our highly


qualified teachers, we returned these children to age expectations.


Five years ago in Nottinghamshire we started with ten schools and we


currently have 50 schools who are engaged with reading recovery. This


boy's reading skills are improving thanks to the scheme. The earlier


the intervention the better. That is why Reading recovery is so powerful


because it picks the most honourable children at the age of five and six


and really nips any problems they have with reading. The charity wants


the government to increase spending on reading tuition and in the


meantime schemes like this hope to set pupils on the right course to


enjoy books and reach the right standards for their age group. It is


time for the sport. Leicester Tigers director of rugby Richard Cockerill


has confirmed the signing of Argentine flanker Pablo Matera until


the end of the season. Matera is just 20 but comes fresh from the


Southern Hemisphere's version of the Six Nations. He will help to cover


for the injured Tom Croft. And Cockerill is delighted to have him.


Very abrasive and tough. We have had some good history with the


Argentinians and we are delighted to have him. He could be a real find


for us and hopefully, a decade or so with us would be very nice. In


football, some bad news for Derby County — striker Johnny Russell will


be out for around six weeks after breaking a bone in his leg. He


fractured his fibula during the match with Leeds at the weekend.


Elsewhere, there are two corking games in the Johnstone's Paint


Trophy to distract us tonight. Mansfield renew their always spicy


rivalry with Chesterfield — that's at the One Call Stadium. And Notts


County have a trip to one of the lower leagues' giants — Wolves. Top


flight speedway seems set to return to Leicester after 30 years. The


Leicester Lions say they're confident they'll be awarded


promotion to the Elite League next month. The sport collapsed in the


city in the mid 80's. But the revival's been remarkable. And this


Sunday the biggest crowd of the season is expected when Coventry are


the visitors. Mark Shardlow reports. It is nearing the end of the


season. The club the fans fought for for two decades to revive is going


strong. In tough economic times, the return of speedway has been a


success. We knew we would start off with a core crowd. The people who


remember the sport. We have got new supporters who are coming in to


support us. There is no open ocean and relegation. This time last


year, they applied to enter the top league but it was turned down. They


hope for a different outcome next month. The fans are brilliant. They


deserve the best racing. If they continue to support the club, they


will end up in the league sooner or later. Speedway has loyal fans. They


have to be looked after with great racing. To grow, Lester Haas to


attract newcomers, selling it as a family friendly night out. It is


great. It is good. I will come again. I always enjoyed it. I'm


excited about the racing. The little one likes it. This Sunday there is a


taste of what might be on offer next season. Coventry are in the Elite


League and they were once the bitterest of rivals. All our local


teams are in the Elite League. We will be racing against Coventry and


Wolverhampton. It makes the whole thing far more exciting for our


supporters. Some fans worry that promotion might mean a change at


race night, more expensive ad mission and the sustainability of


the club would be threatened. After a 30 year wait, the top—flight


speedway seems close to a return. Now as Leicester waits to find if


it's to become the next UK City of Culture, we're exploring how the


city has helped shape and inspire an array of creative people. Tonight in


the second of our series Made in Leicester, our Arts reporter Geeta


Pendse has been to meet a print maker whose imagination has been


fired by the city's architecture. In the busyness of life it is easy to


forget our surroundings, but for this artist, a walk—through


Leicester is a source of constant inspiration. From the historic


gallery to the forgotten factories of the city's industrial era, Sarah


has been documenting Leicester's many buildings through her work. One


of the things I find is that it is very compact. You get these changes


in the city very quickly. They're all within yards of each other.


There are lots of residential streets. The Tory and terraces. ——


Victorian terraces. These details are minute. There are a lot of


bricks. Sarah uses a technique which involves carving a design onto a


piece of lino and cutting out the white areas of the printer. Inc is


rolled over the design and a machine is used to make the impression on


paper. I was aware that people who had come to Leicester were very


modest about their own city and yet I was walking past buildings that


I've found gorgeous and interesting. There was something in me which


wanted to make something of those buildings that other people were not


shouting about. In many ways her work is about inspiring people to


take a second look at a world that is right in front of them. Such hard


work, but they are beautiful. They are stunning. It is time for the


weather. Our heat wave is coming to an end.


We have seen it out with a bit of a cracker. More sunshine today and


temperatures were even higher. We were up to 20 degrees in the East


Midlands and we peaked at 21 degrees. Temperatures are usually


around 15 degrees, so we are above average. There are changes to come,


high pressure is building in the West and that means winds will turn


to a northerly direction and we will bring in much colder air behind this


cold front. A bit of a shock to the system, it is turning colder and by


the end of the week, we will pull in brisk winds. Not a lot changing for


the rest of the day and tonight, it will be dry with clear spells. The


cloud will thicken later on. Temperature wise, 11 or 12 degrees.


A little bit cooler than last night. Tomorrow morning, we will


start off dry, a bit of brightness first thing, but the clouds will


thicken up and we will see a line of showers moving in. The showers are


associated with the cold front, some beautiful sunshine in the evening


tomorrow, but that is when we will start to introduce that cooler air.


It will feel cooler and fresher with highs of 13 or 14 degrees.


Temperatures will continue to take a nosedive later in the wake. Dry up


bright weather, but highs of 11 or 12 degrees —— in the week. Goodbye.


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