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This is East Midlands Today with Anne Davies and me, Dominic Heale.
Tonight: A misadventure verdict on a burglar who died trapped inside a
chimney. It's thought Kevin Gough was burgling a solicitors office
when he became lodged behind a bricked up fireplace.
Also tonight, as our war dead are remembered, the East Midlands
prepares for next year's centenary of the start of the Great War.
And we are in the East Midlands and market town voted the best in the
country for raising a family. Where am I? Find out shortly.
And a new plan to rejuvenate shopping in Nottingham. A deal to be
signed within days. Good evening and welcome to the
programme. First tonight: Unusual and tragic ` that was the
description today of the death of a man in Derby, who was found in a
bricked`up chimney at an office building.
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The body of 43`year`old Kevin Gough was discovered behind an old
fireplace at a solicitors in the city. It's thought he could have
been there for weeks. James Roberson reports.
On May one this year, this solicitors firm in Derby called in
builders and pest control officers. Staff hadn't noticed an infestation
of flies and a bad smell. When the builders broke through a bricked up
fireplace, they found what appeared to be the decomposed body of a man.
An inquest heard that the man was 43`year`old Kevin Gough from St
Helens. He had arrived in Derby and within one day he was being hunted
by police in connection with this `` a burglary. He left his DNA at the
scene when he cut himself falling through a glass window. On the 15th
of March he was last seen alive at a homeless centre. Then he vanished
until he was discovered six weeks later at the solicitors. He got in
by removing a chimney pot and wriggling down inside the building.
He had become wedged heads downwards with the narrow chimney restricting
his breathing. His T`shirt also cut across his throat and his other
clothing block airflow up or down the chimney. As mother told the
coroner that her son had formed her. A detective told the inquest that
police would not find anyone else involved, and the coroner said he
must have chosen to get into the chimney himself, not knowing the
fireplace at the bottom was bricked up with no airflow and that such
closed chimneys contained supplicating gases such as carbon
monoxide. The coroner told the family that he hoped it was some
small comfort to know that Kevin Gough would almost certainly have
lost consciousness within some minutes and would not have been
trapped for hours before dying. The death was recorded as by
misadventure. And there's more on that story on
our online news pages. At 11am today, the East Midlands
fell silent to mark Armistice Day 1918, when the guns ceased firing in
the First World War. Yesterday, on Remembrance Sunday,
the dead of all armed conflicts were remembered in towns, villages and
cities. Thoughts are now turning to next
year when another significant milestone is marked ` 100 years
since the outbreak of war in 1914. 95 years on and Armistice Day is
marked in time`honoured tradition. On a grey, damp day, medals and
poppies are a vivid reminder of the courage and sacrifice stop then
silence. BUGLE PLAYS. This was Nottingham's
old Market Square. I'm so proud. Similar scenes at the heart a's war
memorial in the marketplace. And at Leicester Cathedral. Yesterday, in
brighter weather, Remembrance Day services were held across the
region. In Loughborough poppy petals were scattered as veterans looked
on, seemingly lost in thought. Every anniversary is important but next
year's will be special dash the centenary. The war was a catalyst
for huge social change across Britain. Across the East Midlands, a
massive programme is being planned. Nottinghamshire's is advanced. There
was not a family or village untouched by this and people have
forgotten that. We want to remind people and will do that with events
at a local level in every single village. We will bring the war
memorials to life. We hope that a lot of what we have will be of
interest to a wider audience than just Nottinghamshire. It will be a
fitting tribute to this out `` thousands of East Midlands who died.
The Government is defending its decision to intervene in the running
of a Muslim free school in Derby. The Al Madinah school has been
described as dysfunctional and inadequate by Ofsted inspectors.
It's been put into "special measures" by Ministers, with a
warning it will be shut if standards don't improve. The Education
Secretary, Michael Gove, told the Commons today that it was right for
him to step in. Derby was one of the 20% weakest
local authorities in the country and the Right Honourable lady said
nothing about that. She turns a blind eye to failure on the part of
Labour local authorities and when this government takes steps in order
to improve state education, she has nothing to say.
More than 230 people have been arrested as part of a crackdown on
criminals by Leicestershire Police. Dubbed Operation Tiger, the force
has been carrying out more patrols, forcing entry to suspects homes and
tackling anti`social behaviour. Over the past two weeks, drugs and stolen
property have also been seized. The police have called it a success. The
operation will continue into next year.
Concern is growing for a man who has gone missing from his home in
Derbyshire. Scott Walker hasn't been seen since he left his house at
Langley Mill for his journey to work on Thursday. He never arrived there.
Police are appealing to him to get in touch and for any information on
his whereabouts. Still to come tonight, we're inside
the winning dressing room after the weekend's all`East Midlands
footballing affair. And I'm in the East Midlands today
dressing room, sheltering from the cold and rain. All the details
later. A deal to rejuvenate shopping in
Nottingham could be struck as soon as next week if councillors agree to
put ?50 million of public money in the pot. That would trigger a
redevelopment plan for the Broadmarsh Shopping Centre including
more shops, cafes and a multiplex cinema. Our reporter Jo Healey's in
Nottingham City centre now, picking over those plans.
It was built in the 1970s and, let's face it, it is a bit tired and
jaded. The City Council has wanted to do something about this place for
years and it is almost exactly two years since Westfield pulled out of
the deal. Now the council is more optimistic. What does it have in
store? First of all, how much do shoppers reckon that Broadmarsh
Shopping Centre needs a boost? It is outdated. 0 0
Shopping Centre needs a boost? It is outdated. It is really sad and it
needs decoration. Better shops. It is just a bunch of shops on one side
and emptiness on the other. With new people coming in, it creates a
better impression of the city. We've been waiting for years for something
to be done. What sorts of changes are in the plan? It promises to be a
bit of a cracker. Much more in the way of leisure. Multiplex cinema,
cafes, restaurants, and a big investment in transport and car
parking. ?21 million. Including a new tram stop. The City Council is
set to contribute ?50 million in partnership with the Centre owners.
It is tired and needs investment and it is not a great shopping
experience for people. With the kind of investment that the City Council
are looking to make, we will see a dramatic improvement. I think people
will recognise a sharp uplift in the quality of the city centre. That
will be helped by another part of the deal which will eventually
revamp Nottingham's Victoria shopping centre nearby. So, lots
going on here. Next week, the executive board of the City Council
will meet and be asked to agree the ?50 million contribution. If so,
work could start in 0 ?50 million contribution. If so,
work could start in 2015 0 ?50 million contribution. If so,
work could start in 2015 and finish by 2017. Four years' time.
Radio Nottingham's breakfast show with Andy Whittaker will be
exploring the story further ` that's just after 7am.
Police officers looking for a GP from Beeston who's gone missing say
they've had another possible sighting of her. Elizabeth Kinston,
37, is thought to have been seen outside a supermarket in The Meadows
on the day she went missing ten days ago. The police are appealing for
good Samaritans who may have helped her to come forward.
The reburial of King Richard III's bones in Leicester's Cathedral looks
likely to be delayed. The Cathedral Fabric Commission says it needs
longer to consider the impact of the new tomb on the rest of the
building. Officials want more information on key aspects of the
scheme and say this will take at least six months.
A Derbyshire building company has paid ?2.7 million in compensation to
the driver of a crane which collapsed in Liverpool city centre.
Bowmer and Kirkland, along with an engineering firm, paid the
compensation to Iain Gillham after the accident left him paralysed. The
crane collapsed on apartment buildings in July 2009. Iain
remembers nothing about the accident. Bowmer and Kirkland won't
comment. Bodily functions which you no longer
control and cannot deal with. You require carers to help. That means
you have to have carers. That is probably the worst. Worse than not
being able to walk. Having to deal with what I have two deal with no,
`` now. There's no point in looking for revenge.
Now if you're wondering where's the best place to raise your family, new
research suggests the answer could be close at hand. One
Nottinghamshire town has come top of the class when it comes to things
like schools and property prices. So where is it? It's Bingham in
Nottinghamshire and Sarah Teale has spent the day there 0
Nottinghamshire and Sarah Teale has spent the day there to find out what
makes it so special. Marketplace Bingham, 11 o'clock.
Locals here are proud that the place they call home is the best in the
country for raising a family. The report found it had three excellent
schools, a low crime rate, lots of social clubs and activities, good
shops and affordable housing. It's a great place to live. It is
brilliant. There is a lot to do and great facilities and shops. It is a
nice atmosphere. More families can come here because Bingham is
expanding. Several hundred new homes have been built on the outskirts and
plans for another major housing development have been agreed. That
will see around 1000 new homes built here along with a primary school and
other facilities. The average cost of a two bedroom house is pretty
reasonable as well. Around ?140,000. That is cheaper than the national
average. Bingham grabs you. It's a market town but feels like a
village. If you have your children in schools here, they are
outstanding skills. So, you will move from three bedroom 24`bedroom
and eventually bungalows. But not everything is perfect. A lack of
parking is an issue. And Bingham has had to defend itself from critics.
Last year, a family moved away when they were the victims of an
anti`Islam attack. We were victims of racist abuse. The only people
that supported those were our neighbours and the local reverent.
No one else, not the council. I believe it was an isolated incident
and a great shame. It is a great place to bring up a family. That is
something they are proud to shout about.
Now, the sport. First, Leicester City and Nottingham
Forest go into the international break in great shape as they push
for promotion, but it was Forest who came out on top, against the form
book, in the all`East Midlands match at the King Power Stadium on
Saturday. We promised you a cracker and the team's delivered. Natalie
Jackson was there. Leicester City and Nottingham Forest
are on the promotion march, both banging the drum in the top of the
table. That's 30,000 down here today. One of the lucky few to get a
ticket. I think it will be quite boisterous today. Just keeping my
fingers crossed. It's not just about rivalry but remembrance. A special
fixture for an East Midlands derby. BUGLE PLAYS.
Nottingham Forest haven't won for eight years at Leicester City but it
could have been a different story. Leicester City had a number of
chances but it was Nottingham Forest who take there. There was a reward
for hard work with this second goal. It was unlike him but striker David
Nugent missed a penalty saw in the end it finished 2`0. Nottingham
Forest close the gap by six points and become in the first six. I don't
like losing local derbies but we'll have to move on. Never try and put
these players done. The togetherness amongst the staff and the rest of
the people is absolutely top`class and that's what you showed outside.
You showed the spirit of this football club. Well done.
At Derby County, they've found their new Director of Football Operations
` the man who'll work alongside coach Steve McClaren. He's Chris
Evans ` the former Sheffield Wednesday 0
Evans ` the former Sheffield Wednesday assistant manager. He's
spent the last year as a widely`travelled scout and will look
after Derby's scouting network, as well as dealing with agents.
Evans will have a good impression of what Derby already have ` he was
there to watch them demolish his former club at the weekend.
Against Sheffield Wednesday Derby put in a performance that leads you
bouncing out of the stadium. We gave the five forward players the freedom
to go and express themselves. A host of early chances meant there
visitors were on the back foot. A proper confidence boost. How far
can the Rams go? What a great team. What football. We have to be
consistent. If it carries on like this, the drinks should definitely
be on Steve McClaren. In the FA Cup, Mansfield's reward
for first`round victory is an attractive second`round trip to
either Oldham or Wolves. They were the only one of our clubs to get
past Saturday's test. Jessica Creighton starts our round`up at St.
Albans City. Mansfield may have thought they were
at risk of a giant`killing at St Albans but their resistance broke
just at half`time. Two quick goals set them on their way. Once they
started rolling over their opponents, there was no stopping
them. The FA Cup provided Nottingham's
first game. Last year, Alfreton beat Wrexham at
this stage in the competition. This time, the Welsh side got ahead and
never let it slip. This penalty was the only thing that offered anything
to Alfreton. In ice hockey, an injury`hit
Nottingham Panthers had a really disappointing road trip to Scotland.
Beaten 4`2 in Fife on Saturday, and then on penalty shots in Edinburgh
last night. On the bright side for them, Sunday's visit from Sheffield
is already almost sold out. Get your tickets fast.
And just to round up the rest quickly, in case you missed it,
Leicester Tigers were victorious in the LV Cup on Friday. Then over the
weekend Nottingham Rugby lost at Moseley but basketball's Leicester
Riders continued winning and still top the table.
And finally from me, Derby's new on`loan defender Andre Wisdom might
know his way round a back four but hasn't quite mastered the route to
Pride Park and this is the result. That's a very expensive car in a
very deep, wet hole after Wisdom's SatNav took him up a terrible track
on the way to Saturday's game. I imagine he's taken some fair old
stick for this. And I dread to think of the bill. At least he is playing
well. We've been waiting for a very
special guest to join us on the programme this evening. In fact he's
so important that Anne has gone to the reception area here at the BBC
to meet him. Anne, what's happening? Not a lot at the moment. No prizes
for guessing who the guest is ` yes, a big, yellow bear called Pudsey.
And here he is, just in time. Well, the final countdown begins
here. Children In Need 2013 is on Friday. More than ever, we want you
to get involved on behalf of children and young people in the
East Midlands who, for whatever reason, need a helping hand. We'll
be at Nottingham Tennis Centre on Friday night ` that promises to be a
fabulous and worthwhile evening. And through the rest of the week we'll
be seeing what kind of work the money you raise pays for. First
let's just take a look at the numbers involved. Last year, you
raised more than ?1 million here in the East Midlands ` nearly ?1.1
million, in fact. A fantastic total, up on the year before. It's an
achievement that allows Children In Need this year to be helping 136
projects across the East Midlands, which currently have grants to a
value of ?6 million. And people are already collecting money ahead of
the big night on Friday. We are trying to raise ?1 million which
would be a massive achievement. Today, we are riding a rickshaw
around Nottingham city centre. Charnwood 20:20 got nearly ?87,000
for a scheme that helps teenage girls at risk in Loughborough And
this project ` The Nottingham Photographers' Hub ` was given
nearly ?90,000 to help young people, some of them homeless. That's just a
couple of examples of the work that's funded by Children in Need.
The biggest slice ` a third of the money ` goes to projects dealing
with child poverty. A fifth helps children with disabilities. And
smaller percentages to address abuse, behavioural problems,
distress and other serious issues facing children and young people.
And over the next three nights, we'll be looking in more detail at
some of those projects. And I promise you that so many of
those groups you will be seeing this week are truly inspirational. On
Friday night from 6pm we'll be down at Nottingham tennis centre so come
and join us. It's a great evening with fun things going on. It is such
a great night and it proves there are some fantastic people out there
doing great things for children and young people in the East Midlands
who really need our help. We'll see you then. Now, the weather.
I hope he is waterproof because it has been wet and horrible today. We
have had some beautiful pictures sent in. This is the River Trent.
The weather front will clear away through tonight and pressure is
building in behind that and that will settle things down nicely
tomorrow. A dry and sunny day just like Sunday and some sunshine into
the afternoon. It will be cooler than today. We have some rain first.
It has been light and drizzly this afternoon but it will get heavier
for the first part of the night. Some mist and fog as well. It will
clear away to the south in the early hours of the morning. Tomorrow
morning, the rain will continue to clear to the south and behind that
we have some cloud across southern parts of Leicestershire. It will
finally clear away and we will have sunshine in the afternoon. A little
bit hazy at times with higher cloud. High`pressure tries to hold on for
Wednesday but it gets sunk to the south. So it is a dry day but we
will see the cloud increasing. We'll see you later.