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This is East Midlands Today with Anne Davies and me, Dominic Heale.
Tonight ` the victims of anti`social behaviour who suffer months of
torment. This couple say repeated complaints
to the authorities have not stopped the threats. He stood there, and
said he will kick `` we will keep `` we will kick your head in.
Also tonight, the remains unearthed in a garden. Police say both victims
have been shot. Plus, firefighters from stations
across the East Midlands are walking out on strike. It is an ongoing
dispute with the Government over pensions.
And entering a new dimension, could 3D printing start the next
Industrial Revolution? Welcome to Friday's programme. First
tonight ` the elderly couple who are being terrorised by local thugs.
Shirley and John Harvey say their tormentors are targeting an entire
block of flats at Sutton` in`Ashfield in Nottinghamshire.
Other residents, though, are too frightened to speak out.
The couple, who are in their seventies, are now sleeping in
shifts to protect their home. Today they were visited by their local MP
who's promised to help. Rebecca Sheeran has this report.
John and Shirley Harvey have lived here for 15 years. Now they say they
fear for their lives, and are being threatened by thugs who intimidate
them and vandalise their home. We can't do anything about it. This
intimidation, threats and anti`social behaviour is allowed to
go on to go onto pensioners on a daily basis with nothing done. They
have moaned `` no morals. He stood there and said, we will kick your
heads in. Today they were visited by their
local MP, who is pledging to help. Ashfield district Council has been
dealing with the complaint for over a year. Anti`social behaviour cases
and that complex, getting robust evidence and presenting it in court,
it is going on so long and people just give up and live with the
consequences which is unacceptable. John and Shirley are not alone.
Last year councils across the East Midlands were dealing with over
10,000 noise and anti`social behaviour complaints, many of those
still have not been resolved after six months.
In Derby, it was 10% of cases and in Nottingham 13%. And it can have
serious consequences. Two years ago, one woman took her own life after
years of living next door to problem neighbours. Notts's Police and Crime
Commissioner says there is still a long way to go to reducing
anti`social behaviour. These are important issues to the people who
are affected, and I want the police to give them more priority, and they
are, and the figure, 14% over 12 months is a good step forward. There
is a lot to be done. Shirley and John hope the council will be able
to resolve the problem, and that finally they will be able to live
without fear in the home they love. I've been speaking to a senior
police officer who's an acknowledged expert on tackling anti`social
behaviour. Simon Edens is the Deputy Chief Constable of Leicestershire,
and speaks for the Association of Chief Police Officers. Here's what
he had to say. Anti`social behaviour is a priority
for the police service, because it can cause harm, and we are focused
on reducing and preventing harm, keeping people safe. When the level
is at a particularly high level, what weapons to the police have to
deal with it? We are very clear, the sort of anti`social behaviour that
causes people to shelter in their own homes, and in some cases move
from their own homes is absolutely unacceptable. In many cases it also
involves crime. There is a very wide range of powers we can use to deal
with individuals, to deal with premises, to deal with people
driving in an anti`social manner. We can intervene even before we use
those powers. We also realise that working more closely with partners
is right at the heart of our response to anti`social behaviour.
Joining up the dots, making sure information we hold is not held in
isolation, so that we can see the big picture, and make sure those
cases that require the best and speediest response I getting them.
What is your advice to somebody suffering from real anti`social
behaviour, someone who is trapped in their home, their neighbours are
afraid to speak out? I can offer them the complete reassurance that
we will listen to them, and we will be sensitive to their needs, and if
those needs include their fear that they may be subject to
repercussions, we will deal sensitively and appropriately with
that. We will understand the issues they face. We take the time and
effort to do that, and we will respond appropriately. Not everybody
who picks the phone up will get the same level of response, but we will
tailor that response according to the harm that person faces, so we
can keep that person safe and protect them.
Police investigating the deaths of an elderly couple whose remains were
found in the back garden of a house say they were both shot. Tonight two
people are still being questioned on suspicion of murder.
Detectives are confident the bodies found in Forest Town near Mansfield
are those of William and Patricia Wycherley. It's believed those in
custody are their daughter and her husband. Quentin Rayner reports.
It was at St Pancras Station on Wednesday night that it is
understood 55`year`old Susan Edwards and her husband, 57`year`old
Christopher Edwards, were arrested. They were brought back to Notts for
questioning. Their arrests follow the discovery of human remains in
the back garden of a semidetached house in Forest town last month.
Detectives began digging up the garden following a tip`off. Two sets
of human remains were discovered in what was described as a grave.
Although formal identification has yet to be confirmed, the police are
confident the bodies are those of an elderly couple, William and Patricia
Wycherley, the former owners of the House. There has been no trace of
them since 1998. Two weeks ago, the police began a double murder
inquiry. We are starting to put together now a clearer picture of
the family tree, and the focus of the investigation is on Mr and Mrs
Wycherley and the goings on at the House back in the 1990s. And the
motive? There is no known motive at this time. Home Office pathologist
has established the couple were both shot. It is understood the police
have until tonight to continue Quetta `` questioning the couple who
are in custody. A teenager who's accused of plotting
a terrorist attack on targets in Loughborough has admitted he pulled
a pistol on a group of strangers. The 17`year`old told the Old Bailey
that "idiots", as he called them, had been mocking him. When he got
his gun out they looked scared. The teenager has admitted possessing
explosives, but denies preparing to use weapons for an act of terrorism.
76 workers at a refrigeration and air conditioning business in
Leicester have formally been made redundant. WR Refrigeration went
into administration last week. Another 70 employees are being kept
on to help wind up the firm. The administrators are hoping the
remaining staff can be transferred to other businesses.
Still to come ` Sara will be here trying to find some positives in the
weekend weather forecast. The coming weekend's weather is
going to be cold and frosty for your bonfire parties.
In the last few minutes firefighters have walked out on strike, leaving
resources severely stretched just as an evening of planned firework and
Diwali celebrations gets under way. Fire chiefs say the action will put
people's safety at risk. And they've suggested that any planned bonfire
events should be postponed. Sarah Teale is live at Nottingham
Road fire station in Derby this evening. Sarah, firefighters there
have just started their walk`out? Yes, scenes here mirroring those
across the East Midlands and indeed the country, and this was the scene
just a few minutes ago when on the dot of 6:30pm firefighters left
their posts and went out on strike. They will be out until 11pm tonight.
This is a second strike by firefighters in their ongoing
dispute with the Government over pensions, and the plans to increase
the age of retirement from 55 to 60. With me now is one of the
firefighters who has gone on strike. Why is it impossible to work until
60? The Government has set a fitness standard we are expected to reach
which is unachievable. The Government have had a report into
the fitness standard, and it has been proven that two thirds of
firefighters over 50 will not be able to reach it. Was it a hard
decision to come out on strike? The hardest decision we could have to
make. We do not want to come out on strike, we have been backed into a
corner by Government. Let us pick to Gary from the Fire Brigades Union.
Picking tonight is quite a cynical move, isn't it? We specifically
chose tonight, and we chose to avoid the first Saturday before bonfire
night and the Saturday after bonfire night and bonfire night itself. It
is hard decision to make. But we do feel we have had to make it. Steve
Lunn is from Leicestershire Fire Service. We asked him, was safety
being compromised tonight? Yes, it will be `` put people's safety at
risk, because I will not be able to manage and deliver resources I would
normally be able to outside a strike. The resources we will have
available will be around about 60% less than normal. However, we will
respond to all emergency incidents, and all calls made to our fire
control which will remain unaffected.
We heard there are people's lives are being put at risk. Do you think
the public support you bearing that in mind? I think we do have the
public support. We are out here at the front of the station, many cars
pass by, you can hear the beeping of the horns and the public definitely
support us in our fight. And do you think strike action is the right way
to achieve what you want? Again, this is on the back of two years of
negotiation with this Government. We have put back `` together a very
fact based on evidence `based report, and the Government refuses
to acknowledge it. This is our only fight, and hopefully they will start
to listen. As you have heard, the Fire Service said only dial nine the
Fire Service said only dial 909 tonight if there is an absolute
emergency. They will respond, but this strike finishes at 11pm. There
is another strike planned for Monday morning rush hour. That is between
6am and 8am. Derby City Council says it wants a
group of derelict warehouses to be redeveloped as soon as possible. It
comes after the discovery of a man's body in a recent fire at a run`down
site in the city. Nearby residents voiced concerns
about homeless people seeking shelter in the disused buildings.
Today the council leader says he hopes that after decades of
dereliction, progress can be made. Simon Ward reports.
At first it was thought this was just a fire in a long disused
building. But would firefighters managed to search inside the old
warehouse, they found a body. Later he was identified as a man
originally from Poland. Today it is obvious people are coming here, with
rubbish and drinks cans strewn around. The company that owns this
building `` these buildings did not want to make a comment, but soon
after the fire people living around here told us they have been worried
for years these buildings have been left derelict.
They said it was common knowledge people have been sleeping rough
here. They could have prevented all this. I have seen it boarded up and
people reopening the door again and making access so they can get back
inside again. So how does the City Council leader respond to the
concerns of the local community? I did not know that people were rough
sleeping in the buildings. What we want to do is talk with developers
to enable them to bring that site forward. It has been like that for
probably the best part of 30 years. We want to enable them to bring that
warehouse back into use. Bring the site back into use and redevelop it
for the benefit of people in Derby. The old magistrate's building is to
be redeveloped into an office `` library and offices. But it seems to
be a difficult task for councils to get buildings into use. Two men were
arrested in connection with the body found in the old warehouse. One is
on police bail, the other released. There have been no charges, and
detectives continue to investigate what happened.
Serious concerns have been raised about standards at another care home
near Nottingham. The health watchdog ` the Care Quality Commission `
inspected Bramwell Care Home in Bramcote in August. ?NEWLINE It's
one of several that were sold off by the County Council last year.
Angelina Socci reports. It is not the first time this care
home has been criticised. Last year, not long after Nottinghamshire
County Council sold it off, inspectors said it had failed to
meet a number of essential standards. 18 months on, and an
inspection has again found failings. This man's mother`in`law spent four
years of her life at Bramwell Care Home. The objects to the decision to
sell it off. They gave guarantees that the
private sector were better at administering care, and they did it
on a lower budget. This was the guarantee given by adult social
services and the councillors. Nottinghamshire County Council has
fun stop placing residents in this care home. Is one `` one of more
than a dozen homes in the country to have recently had its contract
suspended. We have to be assured that the contract we have with homes
for the residents we placed the are consistently higher, so although we
have not got the authority as the Care Quality Commission has two
close the home, we do work with them closely. The owners say they have
put in place management support to maintain standards. It also says
that it has meant `` made substantial investment in staff
training and will continue to monitor all areas of the service.
We can look ahead no to a busy weekend in sport.
Coming up, two big names in football management, Steve McClaren and Harry
Redknapp. But news first from Nottingham Forest. The Reds are
stepping up their search for a new striker, and have welcomed a new
addition from the Premier League in the middle of the park. Natalie
Jackson reports. Ahead of tomorrow's game, Nottingham
Forest have confirmed they are looking to bring in a striker on
loan. They have widened the search into Europe, and they do have a
target in the Premier league. According to the manager, it is a
search which is ongoing. The chairman put up some very good money
for good strikers, but unfortunately deals did not happen. We will not
bring in players that we feel are not better than the ones we have got
or equal to the ones we have got. We want to bring in the right type. One
who is the right type is midfielder David Vaughan. He signed a deal from
Sunderland yesterday. Forest fans will remember him for being part of
the Blackpool team which got promoted at Forest's expense four
years ago. David Vaughan was very influential. He is a wonderful
player, excellent appetite for the game. I am delighted he is now part
of this competing midfield. You obviously know how to get promoted
from this decision `` division. What is the key? I think it is just
having the confidence to go out and play under the pressure. Hopefully I
can bring that to the table. And the new midfielder is in the squad for
the game against Blackpool tomorrow. And you can hear an extended
interview with the Nottingham Forest Manager Billy Davies on the BBC
Sport website. On to Leicester City, who will be
looking to lay last season's demons to rest when they head to Watford
tomorrow. The last time the Foxes played there was the play`off
semifinal that ended in such a cruel and dramatic defeat. But the Foxes
go there second in the Championship and are only looking forward.
The players who played in that game put it behind them, and we have got
to do that. It will be a tough game, they are a good side, we have
worked very hard so far this season, but it is about going into the next
game and doing the same again. Next, a former England boss and a
man who has often been tipped for the role. Tomorrow Steve McClaren's
Derby go head to head with Harry Redknapp's Queens Park Rangers. Now,
QPR are a team McClaren knows all about. Just five weeks ago before
joining Derby, Steve was a coach there under Harry. So what do they
really think of each other? We have been rivals throughout the
years, so I think it was a little difficult at first coming together,
but as time went on we developed a good relationship. Another expert on
red wine, I have worked with some characters who know their red wine
and I know he is going through the country publicising his book, and I
have heard all the stories before anyway. He talks about Bobby Moore
and that team, and he comes through and he is still involved in football
in this era, the modern era. To adapt is very, very difficult to do.
He has done that very successfully. I really enjoyed having him around,
he was great, and I think it was good for him as well. He got himself
back into coaching, back on the training ground. Steve's took over a
good squad, and I am sure they will be there at the end of the year.
Derby's a good club, a fantastic set up, the stadium, the crowds. It's a
Premier league club, really. It is a good opportunity for him.
The players are very strong, perfect for the Championship and perfect for
them to bounce back. I have moved on, and I love working here. I
thought I lived a very good bunch of players at QPR, but their attitudes
here are exactly the same. Will you be sharing a glass of red wine with
Harry after the game? No doubt, with a smile on my face, I hope.
No new manager at Notts County yet, so Steve Hodge will be in caretaker
charge again this weekend. Hodge led them to victory in Tuesday's game
against Oldham. Tomorrow they have a tough trip to Coventry as they look
to pull further away from the bottom of League One. Former Sheffield
United Manager Danny Wilson remains the bookies' favourite for the
vacant job at Meadow Lane. Mansfield Town play tonight and
travel to Southend in search of a first win since September.
In rugby, the Leicester Tigers meet Harlequins tomorrow at Welford Road
looking for a win to keep in touch at the top of the Premiership table.
And in ice hockey, the Nottingham Panthers could hand debuts to new
signings Joe Jensen and Nick Conway in tonight's game against Dundee at
the National Ice Centre. Hope you enjoy your sport this
weekend. Scientists from Nottingham say
advances in 3D printing could be one of the most significant developments
in British manufacturing. The University of Nottingham, which
boasts one of the world's leading 3D research groups, says the technology
is far from being a gimmick. In fact, it could be of particular
benefit to small and medium`sized businesses right here in the East
Midlands. Tom Brown reports. It is printing in a whole new
dimension. This is a 3D printer, following a computer designed to
build an object layer by layer. Often, with intricate detail.
Additive manufacturing has been around for years, but here at the
University of Nottingham, this team hopes the research will help the
technology make a real impression. This is a super exciting area, and
watching the processes work is almost like watching magic work. As
a research group what we are plight `` trying to do is add more sides to
the area. The technology already allows you to
put out something like this out of plastic or something like this made
of metal, but what the team here are researching is combining multiple
materials so that eventually you could have something like this
prosthetic arm at the click of a button. The research is not yet a
reality, but this idea of printing and entire product in one go and in
one place could open a world of opportunity for our smaller
manufacturing firms. If you are making small volumes of
things, the conventional way is expensive, so using this approach to
break a product will enable companies to get a product to market
easier and manufacture them locally as well. From this 3D printer done
to these 3D printed people, the technology is already starting to
excite and amaze. It is said it could spark the next industrial
revolution, and this laboratory is ready to lead the way.
Could you put your own table? Scary stuff? `` print your own
table. This coming weekend, if you are
hosting a bonfire party, is going to be quite wet and windy at times. Low
pressure is controlling the weather today, that is soon replaced by this
next area of low pressure coming in for the weekend. A band of rain is
sitting over the East Midlands, that has been with us for the majority of
the day, producing some heavy bursts of raid as we head into the early
hours. A little bit more showery over Leicestershire and Rutland, but
across Derbyshire it will increase and it will be around tomorrow
morning. The temperatures falling no lower than eight or nine Celsius
overnight in rural areas, and a damp start initially first thing. But
rain quite patchy, but then a few lively showers coming in as well. It
will still remain quite wet, the best of any brightness I think
across the eastern side, before we see further outbreaks of showery
rain in the afternoon. But it is the strength of the wind on Saturday
afternoon and through the evening to. The wind starting to gust, we
could see gusts of around 40 or 50 mph. So very difficult conditions
for fireworks. Sunday will start off a bit better, but it will still be
blustery. Through the daytime we should be merely dry, but this band
of rain will push up from the south. It depends how far north that comes
in. It could still work its way in earlier on in the evening and get us
our wet night. `` give us a wet night. Wet and windy weather returns
on Tuesday. Keep on smiling!
Have a good weekend anyway. Goodbye.