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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