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This is East Midlands Today with Dominic Heale and me, Anne Davies.
Tonight: Closing within week ` a care home for people with severe
dementia. More than 30 patients will have to move out by November. Five
weeks from Christmas and they are putting those people through total
misery. Also, please step up their hunt for two toddlers taken from
their mother. Plus, a terror trial at the Old Bailey is told about guns
found at a teenager's home. And find out why I am at the home of
summarising Newton to discover more about his family tree. `` Sir Isaac
Newton. Good evening and welcome to the
programme. First tonight, inspectors have ordered the closure of a care
home in East Midlands because of big worries about failing standards.
In a damming report, the Care Quality Commission found many of the
residents who had dementia were not having their needs met adequately.
At least 33 people are currently at the home and now face being moved.
Our health correspondent Rob Sissons has the latest.
The owners of this home in Nottingham say they had been
struggling to bring me home up to scratch. The inspectors found a
catalogue of problems. Residents were not being safeguarded from the
risk of abuse, staff not always responding to basic care needs,
residents at risk of neglect. Elizabeth is one of at least 33
residents who now face the people of moving. Her son visits every day but
tonight said he simply could not break the news to her. I have not
told my mother because I do not want to upset her. At 103, there is a big
chance that a move from here would be her last move. The inspectors
said, we saw that some people did not have access to an emergency call
alarm in their bedroom. There was a lack of staff in communal areas. We
saw one person supported to beat two breakfasts when another person did
not get any food or assistance. The inspection report makes for
depressing reading but the picture painted is not one David recognises.
It is absolutely fantastic. I have no complaints. I have not seen
anything untoward. I trust the staff 100%. Methodist homes, a charity,
took over the facility in 2011, after the collapse of Southern
Cross. They say they have struggled to improve it. They have refurbished
the centre but there was concern is about care which led to the closure
decision, supported by Nottingham social services. The city council
would not put anyone up for interview but they told us these
decisions for closure are only made in very rare and exceptional
circumstances. They have said they want to reassure relatives that they
will do all they can to ensure the smooth transition of residence to
alternative homes. Worrying times for residents and
their families. What is going to happen? Tomorrow there are going to
be meetings at the hospital for families and relatives of the
residents at the care home. They will be told what arrangements will
be made. It is likely that a lot of the residents will be offered
alternative homes. But as we heard from David in the report, how
traumatic will that be for some of these people? A lot of them have
dementia and change is extremely unsettling for them and their
families. I have heard from David, but it would be interesting to hear
what other relatives think. He says he does not recognise what the
inspectors... He is happy? He thinks the staff are doing a good job. He
is happy? He thinks the staff are doing a good job. Here's their two
and half hours a day, not all I think there are a lot more
developments to come but the 9th of November is the date they are
looking towards closing the home. For now, thank you.
A terrorism trial has been told that police found several lethal guns
when they searched the home of a Leicestershire teenager.
The jury's heard that he was planning a Columbine`style massacre
at his former school in Loughborough. Our social affairs
correspondent Jeremy Ball is at the Old Bailey in London. Who's been
giving evidence this afternoon? The jury heard from the police firearms
expert who examined the weapons and ammunition found that the
teenager's home. He showed us ten different guns, all of them have
guns, `` all of them bear guns and other things, but powerful enough to
kill people. The police found a downloaded document on the boy's
computer which gave instructions to make real pistols. The boy had
started making modifications consistent with the instructions. We
cannot identify the 17 `year`old on trial for legal reasons, but today
he was accompanied in the dock by an intermediary. His Asperger's
syndrome makes it difficult for him to concentrate. The jury has been
told about plans he made to attack Muslims and his own school in
Loughborough. They heard he had admitted possessing petrol bombs and
pipe bombs. What they have got to decide is whether those weapons
really were being stockpiled for an act of terrorism.
Still to come on the programme tonight: A surprise appearance at
the City ground on Saturday. The Forest chairman's wife witnessed
her first ever game and saw her husband as she's never quite seen
him before. We have seen some of these before.
Typical autumnal weather today. Have we seen the back of the rain? All of
the details coming up later. Two young children who were taken
from their mother's care by their father are still missing tonight.
Saleem Tahir from Nottingham took the brother and sister from a hotel
near Stoke on Friday. Both children are under the age of three. Here's
our chief news reporter Quentin Rayner.
Two and a half `year`old and her brother have not been seen for three
days. They were taken at 5pm on Friday from a room at this hotel
near Stoke`on`Trent where they were staying with their mother. Her
father 40 `year`old Saleem Tahir forced is way past their maternal
grandmother and took the children. Detectives believe they are with him
and his mother, a 67 `year`old, who is also the children's grandmother.
Having previously discovered the easiest route out, he went via a
fire exit with the two children. Some minutes later, the grandmother
came down to reception in hysterics and told reception what had
occurred. Obviously, at that point, the police were alerted. Our
priority is around the safe return of these children. We are anxious
for the father to make contact with us using the 101 number because we
want to bring this matter to a resolution as quickly as possible.
It is a stressful situation for children. It needs to be resolved
and the sooner we do that, the better for all concerned. The
children were last seen at around 8pm on Friday evening with their
father near a tanning salon on the Bristol Road in South Birmingham.
The police have been focusing their search in this part of the city.
CCTV footage is also being analysed. The detectives are urging
anyone to call 101 immediately if they see the group and not to
approach their father in case it distresses the children.
Three men appeared at Nottingham Crown Court today charged with the
murder of a man in Beeston. The body of Simon Hay who was 47 was
discovered by police in a flat on Villa Street on Sunday, 13th
October. Callum Dickinson and Karl Raynor from Beeston and Christopher
Royton from Cotgrave have been remanded in custody. Their next
court appearance will be in February.
Detectives are investigating a suspected arson attack on a firework
shop in Derby. Fire crews were called to Big Boy Fireworks last
night, with police closing Ashbourne Road at Markeaton Island as a
precaution because of the contents of the shop. Shutters protect the
shop but the owner believes the attackers poured something through
the letter box. The head of UK Coal production says
some of Britain's mines, like Harworth Colliery in North
Nottinghamshire, could be reopened. That's if the Government diverts
some of the subsidies it's using for renewable energy. Some power
companies claim that green policies are the reason behind spiralling
bills and there are fears that overlooking coal could result in
blackouts. The jury at an inquest into the
deaths of a pregnant Derbyshire woman, her son and her former
partner three years ago has been sent home for the night, after
starting to consider its verdicts. The jury is also considering whether
there were failings by Derbyshire Police in the week before the
deaths. James Roberson is at Derby coroner's court now. James, remind
us of the background to this case. Yes, the events go back to the
second June, 2010. At around 11am, the bodies of 38`year`old Rachael
Slack and her two`year`old son Auden were found, along with the body of
Auden's father, Andrew Cairns aged 44. They were all discovered with
multiple stab wounds at Rachael's cottage at Holbrook in Derbyshire.
Cairns had been arrested by Derbyshire Police a week before the
deaths for making threats to kill, but was released on bail without
charge. The jury's been asked to return
verdicts on all three of them and there are also questions about
Derbyshire Police they may have to consider, aren't there? Yes, the
jury's been asked to consider whether Rachael and Auden were
unlawfully killed and if so, whether their deaths were intentional and
therefore murder. Or whether they were victims of voluntary
manslaughter. In other words, the person that killed them was of
unsound mind. However, if they wish to return longer, narrative
verdicts, then the coroner has also asked them to consider seven
questions about Derbyshire Police's conduct in the week before the
stabbings. The jury's also been asked if there
was a failure by Derbyshire Police to update their risk assessments on
Rachael and Auden. The jury deliberated for four hours today and
then were sent home. They'll resume their discussions at 10am tomorow.
A campaign's begun in Nottingham to try to reduce the impact of the
norovirus this winter. Community health workers will be putting up
posters in GPs' surgeries, nursing homes and health centres across the
city. Nationally, around a million people catch the vomiting bug every
year. The campaign's aiming to minimise the spread by reminding
people to stay at home for an extra two days even after their symptoms
have stopped. Some of our region's Highways Agency
workers are to wear cameras to help with a crackdown on motorists
driving through roadworks. Earlier this year, two staff narrowly
escaped serious injury when a drunk driver careered through cones at
roadworks on the M1 near Nottingham. The cameras are small enough to be
attached to the worker's jacket and is flipped down to capture the
action. The biggest Diwali celebrations
outside India are under way in Leicester. 6,500 lights were
switched on along Belgrave Road last night. More than ?100,000 is being
spent on this year's celebrations, with 80,000 coming from the city
council. The event which marks the beginning of the religious festival
of light has become an annual party for all Leicester's communities.
Rail bosses have been accused of negligence and putting commercial
interests before safety at the level crossing in Nottingham where three
people died. The allegations were made today at a hearing of the
Transport Select Committee of Mps. The level crossing has since been
replaced with a footbridge at a cost of around ?1.6 million. Mike
O'Sullivan has this report. Three lives were lost at this
railway crossing in four years. In November, 2008, this grandmother and
her grandson aged seven were hit by a train. Last November, 13 `year`old
Lindsay died after being hit by a tram. Today one of the victims
relatives gave evidence at a select committee. My wife and grandson
would be still with me. The negligence, that has caused the
accident. The level crossing today looks totally different with a ?1.6
million footbridge in place. This footbridge has replaced the level
crossing. Both families campaign for it and Network Rail agreed after
Lindsay's death. The level crossing was closed in February and this
footbridge was opened on Friday. Critical comments about the level
crossing were made by a retired British rail manager who has worked
as a safety consultant. In my view, the level crossing was wrong and I
suspect, I don't suspect, it is my belief that commercial
considerations influenced safety. No one from Network Rail has been
available for comment. They are due to give evidence before the
committee in November. Still to come: Relativity meets
gravity. A worldwide hunt's under way for
relatives of Sir Isaac Newton, the man who did for apples what
Archimedes did for bath water. It will be a Eureka moment, I
promise! It will be a Eureka moment in sport tonight.
Natalie never disappoints. Coming up, the Nottingham Forest
chairman as you have never seen him before, but first, Derby County have
brought in a new player on loan. Liverpool defender Andre Wisdom.
He's 20 and has played in the Premier League and for the England
Under`21s. The Rams pulled off one of the results of Championship at
the weekend, as Kirsty Edwards reports.
The game was action packed from the off. Derby ahead after just eight
minutes. It is there! Four minutes later and Watford were back in it.
The manager Steve McClaren not happy. Just before the break, the
Rounds were back in front. Ward has scored! Which? Derby found
themselves pegged back again, a spectacular shot . One last role of
the dice for Steve McClaren. He brought on a striker and the gamble
paid off. I think both teams can be satisfied with the football they
played but disappointed with the goals. Character in the end.
Leicester City remain our best placed teams in the Championship.
They are third in the table after a win over Huddersfield. Jessica
Creighton reports. No Place like home for Leicester
City. Unbeaten here at the King Power Stadium after picking up
another three points at the weekend. The goalkeeper made a
howler in the last game but he was back to his best on Saturday,
keeping Huddersfield at bay early on. At the other end, David Nugent
linked up well with another player, putting Leicester had with his third
goal of the season. The opening goal opened the game up. `` the early
goal. The foxes doubled their lead before the break. Anthony Gerard
powered a header into his own net. Huddersfield pulled a consolation
goal back, another own goal. Not the way he would have wanted to mark his
100th appearance for the club. Foxes are back to winning ways and state
third in the championship. Onto Nottingham Forest and an
exclusive interview with chairman and owner Fawaz Al Hasawi who says
as long as he is at Forest, manager Billy Davies will be there. Fawaz
gave Davies a new four`year contract last week, but Saturday was a big
day for the Kuwaiti chairman for another very important reason, as I
found out. He has ploughed millions into
Nottingham Forest. I just want the fans to be happy. He has faced
scrutiny from the media and the fans. I believe what I see, not what
I hear. This weekend he was judged by his guest critic, his wife. On
Saturday, she came to her first`ever Nottingham Forest match. If you
lose, will she be allowed back? I doubt it. Now, no. He wasn't joking.
When he watches a game, he goes through a whole range of emotions.
He said, when I win, I start to cry and I feel shame. I said, go ahead
and cried, show them your love. This goal was enough to move anyone, a
breathtaking half`time strike. It was a big week for him after he gave
the manager Billy Davies a new four`year contract. Billy likes
Nottingham and we like him too and if I am going to be around, Billy
will be with me. It was a painful experience watching the game next to
her husband. He was jumping up and down, biting his nails and the team
put him through it, missing chance after easy chance. I have a sore
hand now. He keeps jumping all of the time. The act of times he was
elbowing me and nudging me. `` the amount of times. This was when
Bournemouth scored the equaliser. He takes the lows of football very
hard. He and his family make sacrifices. He has to be here all
the time. When I saw the fans all around him and the love and passion
of football... After the game, they had to go their separate ways. But
both say the sacrifices are worth it in the pursuit to push Nottingham
Forest to the Premier League. In League one, Notts County find
themselves second from bottom of the table. Just as it looked like Notts
had turned a corner, they suffered another defeat on Friday night going
down 2`0 at Swindon. Inconsistencies really costing Chris Kiwomya's side
at the moment. In League Two, it was a frustrating weekend for Mansfield
Town. They're in eighth place after a goalless draw at Torquay.
In ice hockey, the Nottingham Panthers skated into the semifinal
stage of the Continental Cup after a 3`1 win over Dinamo Juniors Riga of
Latvia. Panthers finish top of Group B with three wins from three. They
made it past the Latvians thanks to goals from Matt Francis, David
Clarke and Leigh Salters. It was a fantastic weekend for Nottingham and
means they will travel to Italy next month for the next round.
And finally, big congratulations to Alex Lowes who this weekend become
the youngest ever British Superbikes champion, following victory at
Brands Hatch yesterday. The Derby`based rider took the title by
seven points, despite going into the final weekend trailing the defending
champion Shane Bryne by a point. Lowes' win comes just a week after
his twin brother Sam claimed the World Supersport title. Well done to
both of them. What a family!
Now, a search is under way to find the relatives of one of the greatest
scientists of all time. Yes, a Lincolnshire family with four
generations related to Sir Isaac Newton are supporting a world`wide
project to map more branches of his family tree. Navtej Johal's been to
Newton's home to find out more. They say the Apple does not fall far
from the tree. For the relatives of the man regarded as many as the
father of science, that is something that they are banking on. Meet the
Newtons, Philip, his son, Mark, grandson, David, and finally, great
grandson, to `year`old Sess. They are relatives of Sir Isaac Newton.
This family is helping to start a search for more relatives who
discovered why the Apple dropped and allowed your pet to drop in as the
credited inventor of the cat flap. We think more people should
appreciate the fundamentals of science that he originated from
here. Grantham should be proud of him, not just us. He was born here.
I think Family Reunion is a misnomer because these are people we have
never met but a gathering of Newtons perhaps, apple bobbing or
something equally exciting. The story goes that it was while sat
under this tree at his family home that Sir Isaac Newton came up with
his dairy of gravitation by watching the fall of an apple from its
branches. `` his theory of gravity. We have got a Twitter account so if
you think that you are the Newton who might be related, get in touch.
We will find out for you. The Newtons are hoping to celebrate
their roots next year. Cat flap? Extraordinary.
I had no idea about that. Sir Isaac Newton would be on Twitter
these days. He would have lots of followers! How
is the weather doing? Unfortunately, we have a few more
downs before any of the ups this week. A lot more rain to come thanks
to an area of low pressure. Today's cold weather front has pushed
through now, but behind that, we pulled through much milder air. Not
particularly cold but it has been quite wet today. We have round to
heading our way tomorrow. A repeat performance tomorrow. Outbreaks of
heavy rain, gusty winds. At least it is not cold, wet and windy. It will
stay on the mild side tomorrow. Today's brain, half an inch of rain
this morning. We did get some dry up its `` today's brain. Most of us
will dry out tonight. Showers in more western parts. For most of us,
it is dry and cloudy and very windy. We have winds coming in from
southerly directions. 14 or 15 degrees, this is where we should be
for daytime highs, so an exceptionally mild night to come.
Tomorrow, most of us will start drive. It rapidly goes downhill.
Heavy rain pushing in from the west `` it will start dry. Just like
today, not raining all day, there will be brighter bits, particularly
in the evening. A bit of sunshine before the day is done. The winds
coming in from the south so still relatively mild. Into Wednesday,
lows still very close by so we will see showers on Wednesday. They will
come to an fairly gusty winds as well. A mixture of sunshine and
showers, but staying on the mild side. 15 degrees once again as a top
temperature. Thursday looks like being the Drysdale the week. Fairly
cloudy. By the end of the day, the clouds will increase and more rain
to come `` the driest day of the week.
It does not feel wintry. Milder than it should be. See you on
late news. Goodbye.