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


Tonight, a top judge condemns a council for trying to evict a


grieving widow and her children. After Claire's husband took his own


life, she was told she couldn't stay in the home they shared. I am so


overwhelmed that we have won it, and this has really been worth it. I'm


getting emotional. Also tonight, how a wrangle over a locked door delayed


vital time for this stroke victim. He thought the other side was open.


They were unable to get in. Plus the town were easing traffic congestion


with a new relief road comes with a catch. 4000 new homes. And the


winner is... ? We reveal which of these is our Unsung Hero 2013.


Good evening. Welcome to the programme. First tonight, a widow


says she feels overwhelmed after a judge ruled that her local council


was wrong to try to evict her and her two children from their family


home. Leicester City Council was trying to evict Clare Shearer


because the tenancy agreement was in the name of her late husband, who'd


taken his own life. Clare says the stress has meant she hasn't been


able to grieve for him, and any plans for the future have been put


on hold. Helen Astle reports. Claire and James were married for


six years before he committed suicide in 2011. Their council


tenancy was in his name after James had inherited it from his mother.


James died, and Clare Shearer says she received a letter asking her and


her children to leave. I was mortified. I was having to deal with


the death of my husband and this K only two weeks after. Over the


following two years, Clare has battled with the council to be


allowed to stay in the home. She's had no strict right to stay there.


It has left us not been able to plan anything, it has been hard because


at the back of my mind is the fact we have to leave. The court ruled


today that Leicester City Council had been wrong to try to evict Clare


and the girls from their home. I am so overwhelmed we have won it. And


this three years fight has really been worth it. I don't want to get


emotional... But it is such a relief to know that... You know, we are


going to get to keep all these memories. I think I need an apology


from the council. It is not a decision to be made lightly. They


should have considered and looked at it a lot more and not just gone on


there all is and regulations. In a statement, Leicester City Council


say that tenancies on council properties can only be passed to


another family member in limited circumstances. They go on to say


that in light of this judgement, it could be that we need to review our


housing allocations policy in light of this case. We are considering our


position and we will look into it further.


Governors of the troubled Al`Madinah free school in Derby have today been


meeting education officials to discuss its future. There's mounting


speculation that the trust which runs it could be removed. It's


thought the school may then be placed in the hands of an academy.


Our reporter Simon Hare is in our Derby studio now. What's the latest?


Well, the Department for Education has told us wants to make an


announcement on the future of the Al`Madinah school, quickly as


possible. As you say, officials have been meeting governors from the


school today. No word yet on the outcome of that meeting but there


was speculation at the weekend that the trustees who run the school were


told they would have to go all the school would lose its funding. It


would then have to close. Any formal announcement could be made as soon


as tomorrow but the Department for edge of says it will release any


details and relevant documents to show what it has taken the decision.


`` but the Department for Education. So, what could happen? Well, closing


the school would be politically embarrassing for the government.


Free schools are a flagship education policy for the government.


Doing nothing is not an option. So if the trust was removed, that could


see the running of the school passed to an academy or a group of


academies. They are established education providers operating


outside local authority control. One name we are hearing quite a lot


during this situation is that of Barry dei who runs a foundation


trust in Nottingham who has got 22 academies across the country, mostly


in the East Midlands. He's going to be a favourite of Michael Gove, the


Education Secretary. And when I spoke to Greenwood Dale earlier,


they had declined to comment. But we will learn the future of the


Al`Madinah school in the next couple of hours.


Still to come, why Rebecca`Anne's a revelation. Deaf since the age of


18, Rebecca's used her memory of music to write songs, and to


challenge a few stereotypes about deaf people.


A distressed daughter says she's furious that her father, who'd had a


stroke, had to wait 26 minutes behind a locked door at a care home


before staff opened it to let in paramedics. 89`year`old Leslie


Coombs from Nottingham died of a heart attack nine days later. Those


caring for Mr Coombs say they did follow correct procedures. But his


daughter, Glenis Riley, says she's now considering legal action. James


Roberson reports. Glenis Riley and her husband are


deeply upset about what happened to Glenys's father last month. Leslie


Coombs was an RAF war veteran and a much loved grandfather who had gone


to live that sheltered housing complex in Nottingham. One Saturday


morning last month, the 89`year`old suffered a stroke when paramedics


arrived, no staff on duty were allowed to use codes to access the


safe with emergency room keys. That's all it took. These numbers to


be given out so they could get this master key up to get into his flat.


And they just refused. It is their policy. The home is run by Places


For People, but it is run by somebody else on the weekends. It


took 26 minutes of anyone to get in. The ambulance crew could see him


through the letterbox. He was asking when they were going to come in and


help. Nottingham city homes say they have recorded this incident and they


say... The faster you act, the more of a


person you say. The government's an advertising campaign stresses fast


action is needed if a patient is to survive a stroke and recover. This


is what I have to live with right now. Would it have made a difference


if they had got in straight away? Leslie Coombs died nine days later


of a heart attack. Nottingham home says the safety of their customers


is of utmost importance. "We are reviewing the current process with


the emergency services and changes will be made as a priority." Glenis


Riley is considering taking legal action.


The company running Mallory Park race track in Leicestershire has


been put into liquidation. The decision was made today after a


meeting with creditors, who'd put the firm into administration in


September. It follows a row over the number of race days allowed at the


circuit. Creditors say the site will go back into the hands of the


landlord who will decide on any further racing at the track.


Three men have appeared at Nottingham Crown Court today charged


with the murder of a man from Arnold. The body of Andrew Dosiuk


was found at his home in Laneham Avenue last Monday. The 33`year`old


died from a gunshot wound. Detectives charged the trio with


murder on Friday. They've been remanded in custody.


For years, it's been a frustrating bottle`neck for motorists on one of


the region's busy east`west trunk roads. Now a new multi`million pound


relief road is to be built just south of Grantham, linking the A1


and the A52 heading to the East Coast. But for some residents,


there's a catch. It's tied up with a planned development of 4,000 new


homes. From Grantham, here's our Political Editor John Hess.


This is what happens when a high street is also on one of the main


routes from the Midlands to East Anglia. But relief it is on its way.


At the shape of a new road linking the A52 south of Grantham to the


A52. The local economy will get a lift. An estimated ?745 million


boost. I think it could be huge. Not only in terms of the retail


opportunity but also the out`of`town distribution opportunities with the


trunk road, and I think there are plans with regards to a distribution


hub around the south side of the town which would take advantage of


the new road. The plan also includes building 4000 new homes which an


arms this woman, who has lived in little pond and since she was eight.


It is a nice little village. And you are likely to have new neighbours.


No, not at all. How do you feel about it? It is not good at all. If


residents are hoping for a sympathetic hearing from their local


MP, they might be disappointed because Nick Bowles is the local


planning minister, and he has been urging local councils to speed up


such housing schemes. Frankly, there is no it screws for a local


authority not to put in a local plan in place. That is a fundamental


responsibility of theirs and many authorities have done it. Those that


haven't needed to get a move on. It is all quite here, but this time


next year, this ancient village might have some noisy neighbours as


the road builders move in. Beautiful skies there.


Colin's here with the sport later, but earlier today he was out and


about meeting someone very special. We are hidden away. He has no clue


we are coming. Find out in a few minutes to has won this Unsung Hero


2013 award. This time next week, there'll be a


special service getting under way at Southwell Minster to bid farewell to


Paul Butler as he leaves to become Bishop of Durham. It'll be well over


a year before a successor is in place, but the outgoing Bishop


denies there'll be a leadership vacuum in the Diocese. As he


prepares to take up one of the most senior positions in the Church of


England, he's been reflecting on his time there with Quentin Rayner.


When Paul Butler arrived almost four years ago, he assumed he would be at


Southwell until he retired. He's a priest who never expected to be a


bishop. I was very surprised when I was first approached with it. But it


is a huge challenge and a huge privilege. It is slightly scary


knowing I will be the 73rd Bishop of Durham. He feels he has achieved his


aim of being out in the community. Things like transforming lots


together, rural support, there have been some good developments in terms


of engagement in the community, the relationships with community


leaders, City Council, County Council have been great. We are very


sorry to see Paul going. He has been a man of the people, out and about


in the towns and villages. He has been on his prayer walks, he has


clean shoes in the town centres. And he has been around for people to see


him. A backlog of appointments in the Church of England means there


will not be a new bishop installed until Easter 2015 at the earliest.


Added to that, the dean of Southwell has announced his retirement from


next year. What effect will this have on the leadership of the


dioceses? It is a fantastic leadership team. The real work is


done in the parishes. And the parish leadership will get on with what


they do well in the parishes because that is where the Church of England


is at his bets. `` is at its best. I will take with me great memories,


wonderful people, great plays. I will have lots and lots of happy


memories. A former Derbyshire soldier who's


helped set up a new charity for disaster victims is about to fly out


to the Philippines. James Harris from Draycott served with the Royal


Engineers for 13 years. He says there's a huge pool of skills among


retired military people and their new charity, called Unseen Heroes,


has a lot to offer. He and two other colleagues will be flying out


tomorrow to help those affected by Typhoon Haiyan.


A fresh bid for ?14 million of lottery funding to develop


Nottingham Castle has been approved for submission. The Heritage Lottery


Fund has asked the city council to resubmit its plans, which include a


new visitor centre and greater access to the caves. The council's


first bid for funding the revamp was turned down back in May. Second time


lucky, we hope! A deaf actress, dancer and now


singer`songwriter who lives in Derby says it's her ambition to break into


the music industry. Rebecca`Anne Withey worked on the BBC teenage


drama Grange Hill. When she lost most of her hearing, she says, she


also lost her confidence. But now she's determined to make her musical


mark, as our Reporter Satnam Rana's been finding out.


Rebecca`Anne Withey is severely deaf with her hearing being lost when she


was 18. She uses her memories of music to write songs now.


This video filmed at Elvaston Castle is the first song she has recorded


with Stephen Heselton, also deaf and works with the deaf charity. There


is definitely a stereotype that people believe that you can't hear


anything, and that you never did and can't. That's not the case


especially with the technology and equipment we have now. I'd like to


think that this project demonstrates that actually deaf people can be


very talented in the music world. That's a fantastic achievement for


Rebecca and it's so important the deaf community is aware that Rebecca


has created her own song in that way, and it means the deaf


community, hopefully, will become inspired to make their own songs as


well. This is just the start for Rebecca.


She wants to continue working with Steven and become the first deaf


artist in the UK to be signed up I label. `` by a label.


Now, something else equally wonderful...


That was over egging it slightly. As he prepares for his 100th Test


match, England batsman Kevin Pietersen has launched an attack on


his former Nottinghamshire colleagues. He's revealed he was


given a hostile reception when he signed for the club in the year


2000. Pietersen's currently preparing for this week's opening


Ashes Test with Australia. He had several falling outs in his five


years at Notts and says the issues started as soon as he arrived. When


you get to Nottingham, and one of the first songs you hear when you


get into the dressing room is I've Never Met A Nice South African, and


you hear it all the time, and a young kid starts coming in and


stealing the headlines and taking the gloss away from Nottingham's


finest youngsters and established players, it hurts a lot of them. I


copped a lot of it. I will talk about it when I finish my career in


a locked more detail. Notts have declined to comment but it's well


known he clashed with a number of members of staff, including the


captain, who was once left so frustrated he threw Pietersen's kit


out of a top floor dressing room window. More, I'm sure, in his next


book! But, first, Carl Froch says he's getting better with age.


For the next two nights, we've got exclusive behind the scenes access


to the world boxing champion's final sessions in his Nottingham gym. On


Saturday, he'll be at a sell`out Manchester arena against fellow Brit


George Groves, who's ten years his junior. Mark Shardlow has been


finding out the key to Carl's success.


It's that time in life when your body starts slowing down. When


footballers retire, when newspapers start calling you a veteran. So far,


the mid 30s have brought the best out of Carl Froch. At 36 people say


I'm getting old, but I am 36 years old but I've been a professional


boxer first 11 years. And I am in my physical prime. His last fight was a


modern classic. He became four times world champion. And lapped up the


celebrity lifestyle by joining ITV's Stepping Out programme. Do you


regret being out of that celebrity scene? I never do anything with


regrets. I wouldn't take part in something I think I will regret


this. I'm you only enjoyed it. I did myself proud. I did Patrick Swayze


Prout on my last dance and I pulled it off. You all doubt. I was


injured, my lover back was sore. I didn't want to risk it. I had to say


to myself, what's more important? Dancing or boxing? Boxing is my


livelihood. On Saturday, Carl Froch five to 25`year`old, who is never


lost a professional fight and who is annoying him. One thing I've noticed


about this fight, you usually respect your opponents. I wouldn't


say your friends, but this is not the case with this clean cut George


Groves. He is downright rude and I don't like rude people. It has


motivated me, it has given me that extra drive. When I get up in the


morning, and I think, shall I go tomorrow? I think I am going to go


today because I want to do the business with him. The fact he is so


arrogant, it's given me the motivation at this late stage of my


career. Tomorrow we go on a training session


with Carl and his best mate as they prepare for the fight which will


have a worldwide pay per view TV audience on Saturday night.


Leicester Tigers next Premiership Games are crucial to the season.


That's according to the club's Director of Rugby Richard Cockerill.


He says, despite all the injuries, he has a strong squad to draw on for


the upcoming match with London Irish.


We've got a good enough squad and good enough players and we did


against wasps. We just didn't play well enough. That is my fault. We


need to start putting that right and it starts this weekend. You've got


to crack on. It's not all doom and gloom. Somebody's misfortune will be


our opportunity. Now, it's time to find out who has


won the BBC East Midlands Sports Unsung Hero for 2013.


We've gone through all the nominations. We found a final three.


And today I made a surprise presentation to the winner. But,


first, a quick recap on our finalists.


John Ball has written the footprint for coaching football to blind and


partially sighted players spending nearly 50 years volunteering. Monica


and Shaun White are close to 30 years running the trampoline club.


And Colin Magee has half a century of teaching sailing. He has broken


down barriers to make the sport available to all. So, now time to


present our award. It has gone to Colin Magee. He has no clue it's


coming. I am here very proudly to make you the BBC East Midlands Today


Unsung Hero 2013, congratulations. I get the impression that you're not


often stuck for words, but you are now. I am absolutely flabbergasted.


You nominated Colin, why did you do that? He is very special. The time,


the effort he has put in to make sailing accessible for everybody. He


has helped volunteers who have put ours back into the sport and he


never looks for recognition. Let's see if you've gathered yourself. I


haven't got over the shop. Tremendous thank you to everybody.


It's just something I do and something I love doing, for young


people, for disabled people. And getting people on the water. But I


am just absolutely overwhelmed. And it is not very often that I am moved


to tears. And then it was photos, and plenty


of chat. Certainly not lost for words later. Colin Magee will now


represent the East Midlands at the BBC Sports Personality of the Year


Awards here on BBC One in December, where he has a chance of winning the


national award. Goodness knows how he would react if that happens.


Colin, we love you, great reaction, fantastic.


Kaye will be here any minute with the full weather forecast but you


can't have failed to notice that it's getting a lot colder. So no


prizes for guessing who's making significant preparations for the


freeze. Yes, our gritting lorries are getting ready to go out on our


roads tonight. Sumeer Kalyani reports.


As temperatures dropped this week, motorists are being warned about


treacherous conditions. Cue the winter hero, grip. We fully stocked


in terms of salt. Have two tonnes of an hundred thousand tonnes of salt.


That's enough to last as 100 days of frost, 15 days of heavy snowfall.


Leicester City Council have stockpiled nearly 3000 tonnes. They


have a fleet of six trucks to wheel into action. The authority says the


onus isn't only on them. We have put out over 100 temp on Mac `` would


have put out over 100 grit bins. We have been explaining to people how


they can help themselves. With winter at around the corner, and if


weather predictions are anything to go by, these gritting trucks will be


Council money well spent. It is cold in here.


He is a gentleman and he has given me his jacket.


Now, the weather. Can I borrow it? It is freezing in


here! But we have had some gorgeous sunshine to go with that coldness


today, and it got you out snapping. This beautiful photo taken this


afternoon. Thank you for that one and keep them coming in. Things are


changing unfortunately. We have an area of low pressure pushing in from


the North this time which will bring some wet weather tomorrow. Some


wintriness in this across the Peak District and that anions. A serving


of what an windy weather to go with the coldness. `` wet and windy


weather. It is a game of two halves tonight. We dry, clear, the


temperatures are falling like a stone. We will see an early frost


tonight. By midnight, we will be down to minus one or minus two. The


winds cup, and the temperatures recover by the end of the night. We


will be above freezing at about three or four. With the comes the


wind and rain. It is a crowded, wet and windy start the day tomorrow.


The rain is patchy to start off with but we will see a band of heavy rain


following on. It clears out of the way by the end of the afternoon so


sunshine returning. But the showers could turn wintry. Most of us


staying dry into the afternoon. It will be cold again with highs of


six. For the latter part of the week, things settle down. An area of


low pressure pushes southwards, pressure builds on behind that, we


will keep this cool wind. A cool day on Thursday, but mostly dry and


bright and it stays that way into Friday. The winds ease down by


Friday so it should feel a little bit warmer by then.


Good, because I would have to give you your jacket back!


Now, after months of build`up, tomorrow morning at 7:45am we'll


find out if Leicester is the next UK City of Culture. Up against Hull,


Dundee and Swansea Bay, the Culture Secretary will announce the winner


early tomorrow morning. Last week, each bid team had their final chance


to fight for the title and pitch to the judges. We'll be live in


Leicester as they wait for that all important decision. So do join us


tomorrow morning on BBC One. Fingers crossed. Go, Leicester, the! See you




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